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good evening and welcome to bbc news. a british band, chris bevington, is named as one of the four victims of the stockholm attack. the defence secretary says russia is to blame for every civilian deaths in the chemical weapons attack last week in syria. the so—called islamic state group says it was behind on two separate bomb attacks targeting coptic churches in egypt. the payday loa n coptic churches in egypt. the payday loan firm wonga says hundreds of thousands of customers have had their accounts hacked. and in sport, everton bring leicester's winning run to an end. you will have full details of this and the rest of the sporting action from today. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a british man among the four victims
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of the stockholm truck attack has been named as chris bevington. the family of the 41—year—old said they were devastated by his untimely tragic death. two swedes and a belgian also died when a truck rammed into a crowd and then crashed into a department store on friday. swedish police say the suspect had been facing deportation and had extremist sympathies. simonjones reports. thousands gather in the centre of stockholm for a vigil against terrorism, as more details emerge of those who lost their lives when a hijacked lorry was driven into a department store. a british man, chris bevington, died, he was 41. in a statement, his family said... the family request absolute privacy at this incredibly difficult time
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to mourn his passing in peace. police say the suspect, a 39—year—old man from uzbekistan, had been facing deportation and is known to have extremist sympathies. at a news conference, officers also gave further details of the victims. all four deceased are now identified, and their families notified. there are two swedish citizens among the deceased, and there are two foreign citizens. ten of the 15 people injured in the attack are still being treated in hospital. four remain in a serious condition. many in stockholm said they felt compelled to attend today's commemorations. ijust felt i had to go here, and it is very emotional now i am here, very strong emotions when you see all the flowers, and all the people from sweden, and all over the country, because we are a multicultural city,
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and it has expressed itself right here now. i feel very proud, sort of. yeah. and i'm glad that people are more strong than scared. the uk foreign office said it was supporting the family of chris bevington. he was a director of the music streaming service, spotify, and was based in stockholm. the uk foreign office said it would stand shoulder to shoulder with sweden as they deal with the tragedy. simon jones, bbc news. our correspondent, maddy savage, is in stockholm, where people have been paying tribute to those killed and injured in the attack. she gave us an update on the investigation. there's been a huge crowd of people here in the swedish capital throughout the day, coming to lay flowers, light candles and put cards to commemorate those who died in the attack. as you saw, this huge rally taking place earlier,
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featuring a number of big swedish music stars and nonpolitical voices. talking a lot about standing together in solidarity, not being too scared by what has happened here in stockholm, and pulling together, to show that this country does deserve its reputation as an open and very diverse nation. it's been confirmed in the last hour or so that the man who has died, who is from the uk originally, chris bevington, a iii—year—old, was head of global partnerships at spotify. a number of employees, who either worked there now or used to work there, have confirmed that. we understand his wife was swedish. earlier, the family released a statement. it came from his father, john bevington. he said the family were devastated by the untimely and tragic death of somebody they describe
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as a wonderful husband, son and father. terribly sad time for them, of course. is there anything you can tell is in terms of the latest on the investigation? the investigation continues and there is very tight security across sweden right now. what we know is police are still continuing to hold the main suspect, the person they believe was driving the truck, when it ploughed into pedestrians just a couple of hundred meters away from where we are now. this man, aged 39, originally from uzbekistan, and we understand he had applied for residency in sweden. that had been denied. he was set to be deported but obviously, that hadn't taken place. there have been a number of other raids in sweden. people have been taken into custody. it's been made clear that another person has been formally arrested but it's unclear much more information about that person, but we know they have been arrested on suspicion of terror crimes. we can assume some kind of key role
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in what has been going on, that is what police suspecting at this time. many other police officers have been drafted in from different parts of the country to help police here in stockholm, as they continue their enquiries. maddy savage reporting. the british victim of the stockholm attack, chris bevington, worked for the music streaming service spotify. it's founder, daniel ek, paid tribute in a statement, saying... more than a0 people have been killed in two explosions close to churches in northern egypt. the first blast happened near the st george coptic church in tanta, north of cairo, as worshippers marked palm sunday.
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the second explosion took place in front of st mark's church in alexandria. our middle east reporter sebastian usher has more the blasts were timed for maximum impact, hitting coptic christians as they gathered to celebrate palm sunday. the first target was the church of st george, in the city of tanta. the blast went off inside the church, which was thronged with families, transforming what should have been a joyous occasion into a scene of horror. egyptians were still expressing profound shock and calling for unity as news came through of another blast, this time in the country's second city, alexandria. there, a suicide bomber tried to break into st mark's cathedral, but was stopped by security. the bomb was detonated outside, still causing many casualties. the head of the coptic church had been inside, and is reported to have left before the blast. these were coordinated attacks,
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raising to a new level concern for egypt's security, and that of its coptic community, which makes up about a tenth of the population. the islamic state group warned recently it was going to intensify its targeting of christians in egypt, leaving this ancient community more fearful than ever for its future. sebastian usher, bbc news. earlier, our correspondent in cairo, ranya sabry, told us that the blasts were timed to have the maximum impact. in the case of alexandria, it was more symbolic, because the explosion occurred at the main headquarters of the coptic church in egypt, the site which hosts the holy papal see and where pope tawadros ii was giving the ceremony, late morning. in alexandra, things could have been much worse. security managed to stop the suicide bomberfrom entering. he decided to detonate his device
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in front of the church, killing the entire security team which was placed there by the ministry of interior, along with some civilians passing by. according to a claim of responsibility from islamic state minutes ago, they targeted the holy papal seat and this was the aim, speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show, the international development secretary said it was time for concerted pressure to be applied on russia. this isn'tjust about one voice, this is about the international community coming together, and our foreign secretary is working with his american counterpart, as that is the right thing to do. following the us air strike on the al—shayrat air base in homs, britain's foreign secretary boris johnson announced he was cancelling a planned trip to russia, but his american counterpart rex tillerson will go ahead with a trip there later this week, prompting ridicule
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from mrjohnson's critics. the idea that the foreign secretary can't be trusted because he might pursue his own line or have an independent thought or cross over what the americans are going to sayjust makes him look like some sort of mini—me to the united states of america. pictures last night on russian tv showed what they said were aircraft flying once again from the airbase damaged by us missiles. and british hopes of influencing the kremlin's position on syria seem slim, after the russian foreign ministry said borisjohnson's cancelled visit showed that the uk had no real influence over world affairs. susana mendonca, bbc news. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has criticised russia for failing to prevent last week's poison gas attack on syrian civilians. mr tillerson did not accuse moscow of involvement in the attack but he said he would discuss russia's international obligations on chemical weapons when he visits the country on tuesday. he also clarified there is no change in the us policy towards syria. clarified there is no change in the
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us policy towards syrialj clarified there is no change in the us policy towards syria. i think the president was very clear in his message to the american people. this strike was related solely to the most recent, horrific use of chemical weapons against women, children and as a president said, even small babies. the strike was a message to assad that your muscle —— multiple violations of agreements at the un and under the chemical weapons charter in 2013, that those would not go without a response in the future and we are asking russia to fulfil its commitment and we are calling on assad to cease the use of these weapons. 0ther calling on assad to cease the use of these weapons. other than that, there is no change to our military part. joining me now from washington is our correspondent, david willis. similar sentiments from rex tillerson as michael fallon but he will be the one travelling to moscow? absolutely. it'll be
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interesting to see what comes of that meeting. given the rhetoric over the last few days and rex tillerson went on the morning talk shows here in the us and continued to be highly critical of russia. he said that whilst he did not think that russia was complicit in that horrific chemical weapons attack last week, he did think that they had either been outmanoeuvred by the syrian regime or incompetent, as he put it. that'll not go down very well with the russians. he meets mr tillerson with his opposite number, sergei lavrov, this week to discuss to dissuade russia from its continued support of the assad regime. and also to assess, they say, how the us relationship with russia looks to go over the next few
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days —— years. it will be interesting to be a fly on the wall for that meeting given just how angry russia has been following that missile attack by the us last week. david, thank you. david willis in washington. sport now and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. good evening. the final round of golf‘s masters is under way but the leadersjustin rose and sergio garcia don't tee—off for another hour and a half. englishman rose, the olympic champion and us open winner, hit the round of the day yesterday with a score of 67 — including five birdies in his last seven holes. he's tied with his ryder cup team mate garcia on six under par at the top of the leaderboard garcia is looking for his first major title — at the 74th attempt — and shot a two under par 70. but there is plenty of room for manoeuvre with the likes of ricky fowler and jordan spieth breathing
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down their necks a shot and two shots behind and lee westwood, paul casey and rory mcilroy still in with an outside chance. you can watch coverage on bbc two from 6.30pm this evening — or you can listen on bbc radio 5live. the late kick off in the premier league has been goal—packed between everton and leicester. everton are currently leading 4—2. they took the lead after 30 seconds thanks to tom davies. that was one of three goals in the first ten minutes. in the earlier kick off — manchester united moved up to 5th in the table with a 3 nil win at sunderland. zlatan ibrahimovic scored first, before henrik mkhitaryan added another. marcus rashford made it 3. sunderland remain bottom, 10 points from safety. meanwhile in the scottish premiership, 3 late goals for rangers ended aberdeen's winning run at home. all three goals were scored in the space of 5 second half minutes —
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veteran striker kenny miller with the first two... aberdeen remain second in the table to the already crowned champions celtic. rangers are 9 points behind aberdeen in third place with 6 games left to play. wasps moved clear at the top of rugby union's premiership after a dramatic late home victory over northampton... saints were hoping they'd done enough to win it after taking a five point lead with just twelve minutes to go. but sustained pressure from wasps led to replacement prop paul doran—jones — who's on a one week loan from gloucester — scoring in overtime to level it at 30 points all. and an easy conversion forjimmy gopperth clinched victory byjust 32 points to 30. wasps' bonus point victory means they're now 5 points clear of exeter with three games left. and lewis hamilton was the winner of the chinese grand prix this morning, he is level at the top of the
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drivers' championship with sebastian vettel. much more at 7:30pm. thank you very much! the body of pc keith palmer, who was killed in the westminster attack last month, has arrived at the houses of parliament to lie in rest. the queen gave her consent for his coffin to be in the chapel of st mary undercroft before his funeral tomorrow afternoon, which is expected to be attended by hundreds of police officers from across the uk. 0ur correspondent daniel boettcher reports from westminster. as the hearse bearing the coffin of pc keith palmer arrived here at the palace of westminster, police officers bowed their heads. there was an honour guard, made up of members of his team of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, waiting for his coffin. it was then taken into the palace of westminster, and to the chapel of st mary undercroft, where there was a private service for close members of pc palmer's family. his body lies in rest at the chapel for 2h hours.
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tomorrow, his coffin will be taken from westminster to southwark cathedral, where there will be a full police service funeral. it is expected that officers from around the country will travel to london to line the route and attend that funeral. the payday loan firm wonga says up to 270,000 of its customers may have been affected by a data breach. the information stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers and bank account details. earlier our business correspondent, joe lynam, said it's not yet clear how it happened. the company has confirmed 270,000 people have been affected in poland, but mostly in the uk. 245,000 wonga customers have
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had their data accessed. it's a data breach. it's not something that's called a denial of service, where a company has tried to knock over the website in question. this looks as if they've deliberately tried to access information. you've named some of the key bits they have acquired access to, including e—mail addresses, home addresses, the last four digits of the bank account. the company is stressing it's not the entire bank account number. and the sort code. they are investigating and it could take a few days before they know exactly what has happened. they are also in the process of contacting all affected customers in the uk and poland. wonga is a payday company, they used to charge high rates of interest rates. those interest rates have been capped by the financial regulator, they are not as high as they used to be. they have 225,000 active customers in the uk. they have businesses in poland, south africa and spain. it's in the early investigation stage, finding out what kind
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of access these people have acquired and what potentially they can do about it. len mccluskey, the leader of the uk's biggest trade union, unite, today demanded the labour party investigates what he claims are attempts by certain labour mps to undermine his campaign for a third term. mr mccluskey‘s bid to continue as unite's general secretary is being challenged by gerard coyne. the result of this bitter contest could impact the future of the labour party, as our industry correspondent, john moylan, reports. he's the former liverpool dock worker who rose to be the most powerful trade union leader in britain. but he's up against this man, gerald coyne, politically to len mccluskey‘s right, who believes the uk's biggest union needs to change. make sure that you do vote, because it is really important. campaigning in nottingham, gerald coyne says the union needs to focus on the challenge of brexit, insecure work and the increase of automation, and he is scathing
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about what he calls len mccluskey‘s meddling in the labour party. i am standing because i believe the union has spent too much time messing in westminster politics, and actually what we need to do is make sure we are focused on making our members's priorities absolutely top of the agenda. this contest matters, because whoever ends up occupying the general secretary's office on the seventh floor of the unite headquarters here in london will have an influence, which stretches from workplaces, right through to westminster. unite is the uk's biggest trade union, and, of course, it is the biggest donor to the labour party. what's more, len mccluskey has been one of the most powerful supporters ofjeremy corbyn, and put £225,000 into mr corbyn's leadership campaigns. he says he is standing by his record, and he rejects accusations of political meddling. of course we are involved.
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we are always driven by unite's policy, determined by our members. it is myjob to make certain their views, their policies, are heard in the policies of power. if i have to kick doors down, i will do that, but the idea that i spend too much time meddling in westminster politics is ridiculous. there is a third challenger, seen as politically to the left of len mccluskey. ian allinson says he is the grassroots candidate. i think i am the one candidate in this election that has not worked at the top of the union for decades, and i know the expressions of frustration of members at first hand, and it needs shaking up and putting right. the political stakes are high. seasoned westminster watchers believe it could define the leadership of the labour party. it feels like a proxy battle. there is no question that corbyn will be watching this vote, and will hope it goes the way of len mccluskey, because if gerald coyne wins, he knows he will have another enemy.
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whoever wins will lead to unite through to the next election. voting in this increasingly bitter battle closes in just over a week. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. police in manchester say they received 31 calls yesterday relating to the use of the banned synthetic drug, spice. 1a of the calls were about people who'd collapsed. tributes are being paid to the former radio 2 presenter, brian matthew, who's died aged 88. his broadcasting career spanned almost 70 years. he's most well known for the ‘sounds of the 60s', a programme he presented for 27 years. fellow radio 2 presenterjeremy vine said matthew had done everything in broadcasting and met everyone in music. people caught fly—tipping will have to help councils clean up litter,
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under new proposals by the government. it says fly—tippers cost £50 million a year in england and the number of instances of rubbish being illegally dumped by roads or in parks is on the increase. let's get more on the investigation in stockholm. we can speak to emily rose an investigative reporter with swedish radio whojoins rose an investigative reporter with swedish radio who joins us live on the line from stockholm. thank you for being with us. we learned today that one british person was amongst those killed along with two suites and a belgian. tell us more about the investigation and what we have learned today. the police have confirmed that the suspected driver isa confirmed that the suspected driver is a 39—year—old man from uzbekistan and he applied for residency in
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sweden in 2014 and was denied that injune sweden in 2014 and was denied that in june last year sweden in 2014 and was denied that injune last year and he was then supposed to leave and he did not do that so the police got that case in february and they were supposed to extradite him but that did not happen, they did not have the time and we then had this attack. to be no by this man was not deported at that time? -- to be no? there are several thousand people who are supposed to be extradited in sweden, many of them are hiding and i suspect the police did not have the time to look into it. are questions being asked about the effectiveness ora being asked about the effectiveness or a lack of either swedish immigration system? definitely, the prime minister said we had to look into this war but this is not a big political debate at the moment, it is about unity and we're going to
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see a much bigger political debate about this later on. we're watching pictures of the vigil held today, there are many thousands there, close to the place where this happened. can you tell us about the mood of that gathering?” happened. can you tell us about the mood of that gathering? i have not actually been there, i am looking into the suspected culprit but my collea g u es into the suspected culprit but my colleagues say there is a very strong sense of unity, people are looking at each other and supporting each other and talking to strangers and asking them and encouraging them. it is all about unity. emily rosen, thank you for talking to us. an investigative reporter with swedish radio. three sisters have been marking a special milestone — a 100th birthday. what makes this even more remarkable is that joan massey‘s sisters
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were there, too. 98—year—old mercia and ailsa, who's 102. 0ur reporter david allard was invited along to the party. do we get on? we do have our arguments. why not? nobody is the same. you can't say yes all the time, can you? three sisters, 300 years of history. there's a lot to reminisce about at joan's100th birthday party. i don't feel my age. i have to... remember. do the counting. joan was born on the day after america entered the first world war, and she had a vital role in the second. drawing maps for the boys up there, and stationed at newmarket, with bomber command harris. i enjoyed it. atjust 98, mercia is
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the youngest sister. do you still see yourself as the baby sister really? certainly not! do they treat you as the baby sister? no. we have all had a very good relationship. one needs the other. we help each other out. 0ldest sister ailsa has travelled from scotland for the party. she finally gave up a favourite activity last week, at the age of 102. i gave up driving. i am very sad about it. i feel as if i have lost my legs. ailsa has always had a zest for adventure. in her 90s, she backpacked through chile. on my last trip, i went back to berlin, where i had been in 1938 to see hitler. when you saw hitler, did you have any inkling of what was to come? yes. it was very, very strict. i think they are role models. they are something to look up to.
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they are so inspirational to me. who is the bossy one? laughter. david allard, bbc news. viewers on bbc one willjoin shortly from full round—up of the day's news. first, the weather. another stunning day across most of england and wales,


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