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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at ten: iran seizes a british—flagged oil tanker in the gulf. the uk government says there'll be serious consequences if it isn't released. we will respond in a way that is considered but robust. we are absolutely clear that if the situation is not resolved quickly, there will be serious consequences. i don't believe that ships and seafarers, innocent farers who are going about legitimately doing their business in support of global trade should be drawn into the politics. a warning from the chairman of the high speed 2 rail project its cost could rise by £30 billion. this is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
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it's 50 years ago today that neil armstrong took the giant leap to become the first man to walk on the moon. and coming up at 10.30am, the travel show is in florida to meet the people who worked on that epic apollo 11 mission back in 1969. the government has advised uk ships to "stay out of the area" of the strait of hormuz for an "interim period", after iran seized a british—flagged tanker. the warning came after a meeting of the government's emergency committee, cobra, late last night. state media in tehran say the tanker, the stena impero, was involved in an accident with an iranian fishing boat before it was seized. the reports also claim
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the vessel had violated international maritime rules. but the ship's owner, the swedish company stena bulkt says the tanker was in "full compliance with all navigation and international regulations." the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, said the seizure was unacceptable and britain's response would be "considered but robust". our correspondent simonjones reports. seized in a major escalation of tensions, the stena impero, a british—flagged tanker and its 23 crew members from india, russia, latvia and the philippines now in the hands of iran after it was surrounded by four boats and a helicopter. this is completely unacceptable. freedom of navigation must be maintained. we will respond in a way that is considered but robust. and we are absolutely clear that if this situation is not resolved quickly, there will be serious consequences. the tanker was tracked leaving the united arab emirates, heading north, staying well inside
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the international waters of the gulf. but just after three o'clock yesterday afternoon, the 30,000 tonne vessel makes an abrupt change of course, its last known movement inside iranian waters. an announcement on iranian tv claimed the tanker had failed to respect international maritime rules. its british operator says that's not true. london is now urging uk ships to stay out of the area for the time being. there is no alternative route in and out of the gulf, so if this is to endure then clearly it's going to impact on our trade routes, trading patterns and ultimately the price of those goods. the us president is rallying to britain's support. we have a lot of ships there that are warships and we'll talk to the uk and we have no written agreement, but we have an agreement. they've been a very great ally of ours. a second british—owned tanker, the mesdar, was boarded by armed guards
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but has now been allowed to continue on its journey. iran's actions are believed to be in response to this, the royal marines helping to seize an iranian supertanker off the coast of gibraltar earlier this month. britain believed it was smuggling oil to syria in violation of eu sanctions. tehran accused london of piracy. a meeting of the government's emergency committee, cobra, went on late into the night. the big question now — who will make the next move? this morning the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt tweeted:
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g ra cei gracei is the ship seized off the coast of gibraltar. 0ur correspondent katherine da costa is outside the foreign office. good morning. just fill us in on those latest developments because that sounds slightly hardening, and toughening of the language at least that the foreign secretary has used compared to what he was saying last night. yes, that's right. the foreign office has issued a statement saying there is going to be extra emergency meetings here in london over the course of the weekend and it has reiterated its deep concern over the incident and says that it has warned of serious consequences. quite what that means has not been spelt out, butjeremy hunt, the foreign secretary, has said they are not considering military intervention at this time. he is looking to diplomacy. he has beenin he is looking to diplomacy. he has been in touch with his counterparts in the us. his counterpart in iran was not available yesterday. no
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doubt that will be a matter of urgency to speak to him today. as you say, in the tweet this morning, mr hunt said he was concerned that iran was taking a dangerous path but iran was taking a dangerous path but iran hasa iran was taking a dangerous path but iran has a different account. a newsagency there says the british tanker was involved in an incident, an accident with an iranian fishing boat. it has been taken to an iranian port and it says that the 23 members of crew remain on board and that will remain the case while investigations are carried out. what about how this compares with the previous developments? in a sense, some have argued that there were signs that iran was becoming much more aggressive in the strait of hormuz and have questioned whether the british approach was sufficient to prepare for that. yes, some feel that this wasn't unexpected. tensions flared earlier this month when royal marines seized an iranian tanker that was suspected of taking
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oil to syria. that would have breached eu sanctions. in response, tehran accused britain of piracy and threatened to retaliate. in the meantime, british ships have been warned not to go into that area and the us has added extra ships and security in the gulf, but clearly, this is an ongoing situation. it's very volatile and it looks like it could be a difficult situation to resolve a ny could be a difficult situation to resolve any time soon. thank you very much. our middle east correspondent, lina sinjab is monitoring the situation from beirut. obviously a lot of concern around the middle east and particularly gulf countries, those directly in influenced by the strait of hermes for any threat to shipping. what has been said in the course of the last few hours about this incident? well, so few hours about this incident? well, so far, there hasn't been any
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official reaction from the region or from government in the region, but of course, everyone is watching in anticipation of what the next move is going to be, especially by the iranian government. as we just heard from my colleague, iran is responding to what happened earlier in the month by the british maritime, but also this is a moment for the iranian government to use for the iranian government to use for a leveraged of negotiations. they are under immense economic pressure because of the sanctions imposed by the us. they are feeling the burden of these economic sanctions, both locally but also regionally because of their involvement in other regional countries like syria, so this is a moment of using such an incident politically to leveraged their position in negotiations and ask for some relief over the sanctions imposed on them. the decision to board a british flag boat is clearly
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a conscious one and iran has offered its explanation for it, saying the boat had been involved in some kind of collision. presumably there is no outside cooperation of that allegation? no, so far, all this information is coming from the iranian side. the british ship denied that they have violated maritime regulations, but, of course, this is a moment for iran to seize as well for their own benefit in the region. thank you very much. let's speak now to bob sanguinetti, ceo of the uk chamber of shipping, the trade association and voice of the uk shipping industry welcome to bbc news. obviously a worrying time for those who operate ships through the strait of hormuz. what is it you would like to happen over the next couple of days? good
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morning. well, in the first instance, what we would like to see is the authorities, the uk government in particular, do whatever is necessary through diplomatic means to secure the release of the vessel and the innocent seafarers. more generally, we ask for de—escalated free movies. ido we ask for de—escalated free movies. i do not think the raising of tensions will help, so we can offer portion, de—escalation so that we can restore some kind of confidence and security in the busy waters in the region so that ships and seafarers can carry on doing their business supporting global trade. when you hear the british foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, saying that yesterday's action in the gulf shores worrying signs that iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour, that does not suggest this is going to de—escalate quickly. that does not suggest this is going to de-escalate quickly. that appears
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to de-escalate quickly. that appears to be the case, but the efforts must still be to try to find a de—escalation route so that shipping can continue to trade in what is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. the vessel involved is flagged uk, but it is operated by a foreign company and its crew contain no british sailors. on what basis, then,is no british sailors. on what basis, then, is the british government inclined to intervene? well, the uk government will have responsibility by virtue of the fact that the ship is registered in the uk and flies a ukflag, is registered in the uk and flies a uk flag, but you have made a very, very relevant point in that this is an international issue with sailors from a number of countries on a ship thatis from a number of countries on a ship that is owned in a foreign country and doing its business of international trade with other third
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parties. this is very much an international issue which therefore requires an international solution. the heat might well be on the uk at the moment, for obvious reasons, but the moment, for obvious reasons, but the threat will not discriminate between nationalities and its intention continues to rise, then it is the wider community that will suffer and not just the is the wider community that will suffer and notjust the uk, so we urge an international solution to this very worrying problem. in order to protect commercial shipping through the strait of hormuz, which is obviously such a critical part of the shipping infrastructure, and allows for many goods to be transported, not least, of course, oil, what would be most effective, do you think, in protecting vessels? you are not talking about gunboats, presumably, but are you talking about some sort of escort provision? i wouldn't go into specifics of the solution that might be needed. first and foremost, i think what is needed is diplomacy but in the absence of
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that, i think that confidence can only be provided to ships and seafarers through the presence of more warships, multinational warships i would stress, then we would be very supportive of that move. thank you very much for being with us. i'm sure we will talk again in the coming days. for now, thank you very much. the chairman of the high speed 2 rail project has reportedly warned that its cost could rise by £30 billion. the financial times says allan cook has written to the department for transport, saying the project cannot be completed for the official budget of £56 billion. here's our transport correspondent, tom burridge.(vt hs2 — a new high—speed line linking london, birmingham, manchester and leeds — was already set to cost a hefty sum — £56 billion. and in recent months, there has been a growing acceptance at the company building hs2 that the project is likely to cost more. now, with work on the line
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between birmingham and london already under way, and £5 billion spent so far, a report saying hs2 could cost an extra £30 billion. according to the financial times, the chairman of hs2, who is carrying out a review of cost and schedule, has written to the government, warning the new rail line cannot be built within budget and could cost between £70—85 billion. the government says the new high—speed line is needed because the west coast main line between london, birmingham and manchester is already crowded. both the department for transport and h52 said the review into the cost of the project was ongoing. they wouldn't comment on this latest report, but it comes at a sensitive time. borisjohnson says he will carry out his own review if he becomes prime minister next week. he has said the project's costs are spiralling out of control. some say the high—speed line is vital to link the north
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of england to the midlands and to london. but many question whether it's value for money, and if it gets even more expensive, that case will be harder to make. the metropolitan police say they are still trying to work out what happened to their twitter account after it appeared to be hacked. a series of messages appeared on the force's official account last night. it has more than a million followers. officers said they were "assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed" over the security breach. the headlines on bbc news: the uk government says it's deeply concerned about iran's seizure of a british—flagged tanker in the gulf. the chairman of the high speed 2
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rail project reportedly warns that its cost could rise by £30 billion. and it's 50 years ago today that man first landed on the moon. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin. good morning to you. is it all about the golf today? yes, a very busy day in store at the open. no rory mcilroy on the course today when the third round of the open championship gets under way. he missed the cut byjust one shot, a fantastic second round of six under and huge support from the crowd wasn't enough to make up for that disastrous first round on thursday. rory mcilroy won the open in 2014 and said he was disappointed not to be around for the weekend but said he showed good resilience to fight back. it's probably one of the most fun rounds of golf i've ever played.
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which is weird to say, because i'm packing my things and going home and it's only my second miss cut in the open championship. i always had the lowest point in my professional career was missing the cut at muirfield. this does not feel like that at all. there is plenty of home interest are still at the top of the leaderboard. tommy interest are still at the top of the leaderboa rd. tommy fleetwood interest are still at the top of the leaderboard. tommy fleetwood and lee westwood there, just one shot behind jb holmes and shane lowry of ireland. they are going for a first major. justin rose is there, too. he is on six under. four majors in ten yea rs is on six under. four majors in ten years —— four majors in ten even with the leaders going out at ten to four. full coverage on the bbc sport website and firefly. england are looking to reach their first netball world cup final when
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they take on new zealand later today. the roses beat south africa on thursday to confirm new zealand as their last four opponents. the silverferns as their last four opponents. the silver ferns have played as their last four opponents. the silverferns have played in the as their last four opponents. the silver ferns have played in the last five finals but tracey neville's side, who won the commonwealth gold last year, are unbeaten in the tournament. these players now are athletes, they are world—class and they are an absolute pleasure to watch and even the other countries, they are role models, ambassadors and there is a legacy to be left from this world cup that i hope will thrive and make netball the biggest sport in the world. that matches on a bbc two and the red button. you can watch scotland taking on barbados in the 11th — 12th can watch scotland taking on barbados in the 11th —12th place tournament. it has been a disappointing tournament for the scots but they will be hoping to finish on a high. currently they are leading 45—38 in the fourth quarter.
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northern ireland are also playing later on. and it goes, there we go. inward's women have it all to do on day three of the only ashes test match after rain stopped play yesterday. australia only need to avoid defeat to retain their title. elise perry got a century which helped australia get to 341—5 before rain stopped play. the test is worth four and there are three t 20s to come. in rugby league, huddersfield giants claimant a valuable win over fellow relegation strugglers hull kr. only two points separated the sides two minutes from time before the score it became an 18—12 and secured the points for the giants. that moves huddersfield four points clear of bottom spot. britain's geraint thomas may be relishing the tour de france returning to the mountains after yet‘s time trial did
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not go to train and visit my plan. he excels at time trials and was expected to close the gap to the leader, but the frenchman put in a stunning rise, beating thomas by 14 seconds and extending his advantage over him to one minute and 26. and later today, tom daley will defend his ten metre platform world title in south korea. he has already been in action this morning though as he and grace reid narrowly missed out ona and grace reid narrowly missed out on a medal in the mixed three metres synchronised. the world championship final. the pair won silver back in 2017 but could only finish fourth this time around. that event is a lwa ys this time around. that event is always so close because everybody is doing a very similar die. i messed up my doing a very similar die. i messed up my fourth round i've a little bit, so, you know, if anything had been normal, we would have got a medal and maybe even gold but at the end of the day, very happy with it and it is a bit of a warm up event
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for me later on tonight with a ten metre. we will see how he gets on. that is all the sport for now. you can find out more about all the stories on the bbc sport website and live commentary on the gulf and the netball at cpm also on the website. thank you, gavin. some breaking news just coming into us here at the bbc. the first is from france, reaction to the seizure by iran of two british flagged vessels yesterday in the strait of hormuz. the french foreign ministry says it is very concerned by the seizure of the british tanker by iran, particularly referring to the one that was seized and which is still apparently in a rainy and control after allegations that it was involved in a collision with in iranian fishing boat. let's also go to hong kong where protests have been continuing now for several
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weeks against the government's proposed extradition bill but have morphed into bigger demonstrations, anti—government demonstrations. what you are seeing anti—government demonstrations. what you are seeing on screen now anti—government demonstrations. what you are seeing on screen now is actually a counterdemonstration by supporters of the probation government in hong kong who are at least attempting to push back against the overwhelming scale of the protests against the hong kong administration, particularly the chief executive and that controversial extradition bill who would have allowed people in hong kong to be taken out of hong kong to face criminal charges in mainland china. in addition to that, we are getting reports that a member of hong kong's pro—independence group has been arrested for storing explosives. the 27—year—old man was seized in connection to the explosives which were found in a property in hong kong. officers say they found two kilograms of a powerful and volatile explosive on the eve of another protest march thatis
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the eve of another protest march that is scheduled to be held tomorrow against the hong kong extradition bill. the government is to ban developers from creating separate entrances for housing association tenants in newly built blocks of flats. the communities secretary, james brokenshire, says the entrances — so—called poor doors — stigmatise people who're living in social housing and divides them from private residents. ministers have promised to put an end to the practice in england, by introducing new planning measures to create more inclusive housing. local authority services such as bin collections would be brought back under the control of councils, as part of new plans being announced by labour this morning. the party says it wants councils in england to stop the practice of outsourcing services to private firms within five years, if it wins the next election. here's our political correspondent ross hawkins. who's best to run council services like swimming pools and bin collections? the councils themselves or private firms? labour's long been against companies
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doing the work privately on their behalf, saying the businesses often do a poorjob for a high price. so today, john mcdonnell explains how he wants to change the law to, in effect, oblige councils to bring some outsourcing to a halt when existing contracts expire. that's the ambition and i think that's what people want. they want their local council to deliver the service, they want to have a say over those services, they want to know who to go to complain. councils would be expected to comply with the plan, unless there were significant barriers to them doing the work. with billions of pounds' worth of services in private hands, that could mean a big change. a government spokesman says it should be for councils to decide which services to let private companies run, notjohn mcdonnell. 50 years ago today, neil armstrong and buzz aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon. the module carrying the astronauts
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touched down on the lunar surface onjuly the 20th, 1969. here's our science correspondent pallab ghosh. this is apollo saturn launch control. we're still aiming towards our planned liftoff at the start of the lunar window, 9:32am eastern daylight. the saturn 5 rocket shimmers on launch pad a at the kennedy space center. as the dawn's early light fades, three astronauts get ready for a mission that will propel them, and the rest of humanity, into a new era. in their space suits, commander neil armstrong leads edwin "buzz" aldrin and mike collins into the spacecraft. three, two, one... we have liftoff. neil armstrong reporting the roll and pitch programme which puts apollo 11 on a proper heading.
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ok, our flight controller's going to go for a landing. retro. go. vital. go. guidance. go. neil armstrong takes manual control and with fuel running low, brings the spacecraft down. the eagle has landed. roger, tranquillity. we copy on the ground. you've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. we're breathing again. thanks a lot. he then makes his descent onto the lunar surface. i'm going to step onto land now. and uttered the words that would reverberate through history forevermore. it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. it was a time when all things seemed possible, the very stars seemed within our grasp, only for plans for the human exploration of other worlds to fade. but neil armstrong himself said that the dream was still there and it would come back in time.
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let's talk now to sophie allan, a space engineering lecturer at the national space academy. she joins us live via webcam from jodrell bank in cheshire. thank you so much, sophie, for going outside in this horrible weather. it isa outside in this horrible weather. it is a fabulous backdrop find you. tell us what this anniversary means to you. for me, i mean, i'm a huge fan of human space flight in general andi fan of human space flight in general and i think that the apollo missions we re and i think that the apollo missions were absolutely the pinnacle of human exploration and of showing what we as a species and as a civilisation can achieve when we really put our minds to it and when we really, really want to do something. and the fact that it was 50 yea rs something. and the fact that it was 50 years ago and, you know, we have not been back yet, but i think it is really good for reigniting an interest in human space flight and
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in exploration. 12 men in all have been on the surface of the insofar. neil armstrong in 1969, but it was all over by december 1972. it is a very long time since we have been there. what would be the purpose in going back with mike i think the purpose would be primarily scientific exploration. while we sent humans to the moon to collect sa m ples while we sent humans to the moon to collect samples and perform experiments, in order to really do some proper in—depth science, it is better to have a more permanent payments there. if we are looking at potentially exploring further out into our solar system with human missions to mars etc, then actually because the moon is only three days away and we already know how to get there, it acts as a really good test base for a potential future there, it acts as a really good test base for a potentialfuture human space flight exploration technology. so we want to go back to do more science, but if we are going to send
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humans to mars then the moon acts as a really good intermediate step for that. what changed down here by our having been up there?|j that. what changed down here by our having been up there? i think fundamentally our relationship with the world and the universe around us, so simple things like when you see the blue marble images that were sent back by the apollo astronauts and you really get a sense of that is our entire planet and we need to look after it. technology spin offs from things like the hydrogen fuel cells that were developed and improved for the apollo missions have now entered into normal, everyday use and i think the baseline driver is just the pursuit of science and understanding and wanting to find out more about what's out there and even where our own planet has come from. what is, in your lifetime, feasible for space exploration, do you think? there are
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plans already. nasser, along with collaborators from the european space agency, russian space agency, they do have plans to start an orbital gateway at the moon which would basically be a non—permanently crewed space station that would allow us to explore mars and there is talk of that happening as early as 2024. my hope would be that if that does happen and we can use that asa that does happen and we can use that as a test—bed for a future human space flight exploration then i would certainly expect in my lifetime for they are to be a human mission to mars. and that in itself throws up a whole new set of challenges, doesn't it? getting to mars is a lot more difficult than getting to the moon. getting to the moon is hard, but we have done it before and we do have a good understanding of how to do that. mars would be the next big challenge and we can use the moon as our lunch bite into that. in some ways, the exploration of space in the first
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insta nce exploration of space in the first instance was about rivalry on earth, some of the


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