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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at 3.00pm: labour and the conservatives compete for worker's votes — theresa may rules out a vat rise, while labour says it won't raise tax for those on low incomes. we are the party that wants low taxes for low and medium earners. the conservative party are the party that wants low taxes for the high earners. madeleine mccann has been missing for ten years, but in an interview to mark the anniversary, her parents say they still hope she will be found. one of the world's best known mountaineers, ueli steck, has been killed in an accident on mount everest. 100 days into his presidency, donald trump tells a rally that media criticism is fake news . mercedes driver valtteri bottas holds off a late charge from ferrari's sebastian vettel to win the russian grand prix. at 3.30pm, click investigates a company claiming to offer absolute security and discovers all is not what it seems. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. theresa may has said there will be no increase in vat if the conservatives win the general election. however, the prime minister has given her clearest signal yet that her party will abandon its promise not to raise income tax or national insurance contributions. labour has also promised not to raise vat. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, said he would end what he called "giveaways to the rich", while labour would protect low and middle earners. our political correspondent leila nathoo reports. in the swing of an election campaign, there is, for some, an unmentionable word.
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so far, theresa may has skirted around the issue of whether her government would increase taxes but this morning she gave her strongest indication yet not to raise national insurance, income tax or vat. we have no plans to increase the level of tax, but i am also very clear i don't want to make specific proposals on taxes unless i am absolutely sure i can deliver on those. it would be my intentions of a conservative government and a conservative prime minister, to reduce the taxes on working families. later, she went further in clarifying her plans. we won't be increasing vat, but what i want to ensure is we are able to have the strong... you definitely won't raise vat, that is a 100% commitment? where will extra money come from to pay for schools, hospitals and social care? the prime minister hinted
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the long—term plan for that would be in her manifesto. labour says it would make those at the top pay more. yes, there will be changes, but it'll be at the top end. labour is guaranteeing the state pension will continue to rise by 2.5% a year. theresa may suggested she was considering a new way of calculating the increase. but brexit looms and with the eu states negotiating around their position yesterday, the other opposition party sends an opportunity. the labour party are fighting amongst themselves and have given up opposing the government. the country needs a stronger position for the sake of democracy. we don't have too agree with me
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on everything to agree with me that we don't have to agree with me on everything to agree with me that britain needs a strong opposition. the eu has been clear they have been clear they have to look after the interests of the eu 27. in the next parliament we have an importantjob of holding the current government to account. theresa may doesn't want to discuss our eu divorce bill before trade talks and says she is still happy to walk away without a deal. leila is here with me now. theresa may giving herself plenty of wriggle room on income tax and national insurance, but how new is that comment? she has been skirting round the issue for the majority of the campaign. she has been pressed on whether she would keep this commitment not to raise national insurance or vat today. we have
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heard that vat won't go up today. philip hammond in his budget tried to raise national insurance contributions for some self—employed people and that was quickly ditched when it became apparent that it was against the previous manifesto commitment. the chancellor said has said he would like more flexibility to manage the economy. we get a sense that this commitment in the previous tory manifesto could be dropped. at the labour response. labour not defining at what point it would consider raising taxes for wage earners. what is that crossing the line between middle income and higher income people? they are sticking to the terminology of low and middle income. they are saying that they feel people who have the
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broadest shoulders should bury the biggest burden. we do not know the levels, we haven't heard figures. they are saying this will come out in the manifesto when it is published later this month. ten years after the disappearance of madeleine mccann, her parents have told the bbc they will do "whatever it takes, for as long as it takes" to find their daughter. madeleine was three—years—old when she went missing on holiday in portugal while her parents were eating at a nearby restaurant. speaking to fiona bruce, kate and gerry mccann talked about the pain they continue to face after a decade of uncertainty. every day is another day without madeleine... i think it's just that number. that ten year mark makes it more significant. it's a reminder of how much time has gone by and obviously ten is a big number. i think that the day and the poignancy of it... we don't tend to go back because it's so draining. but inevitably on anniversaries
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and birthdays, they're by far the hardest. how different is your life now to what you must have imagined all those years ago? it's a hard one. such a long time. i think before madeleine was taken we felt we'd managed to achieve a perfect, nuclear family of five. we had that for a short period. you adapt. you have a new normality. unfortunately for us, the new normality at the moment is a family of four. last time we talked, you told me how you were still buying birthday presents and christmas presents for madeleine... are you still doing that? yes, we still do that. a lot of thought goes into it. i couldn't not do that. she'll always be our daughter. the police have talked about one
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signifca nt lead that they're still pursuing. can you tell me anything about that? we're very much... the investigation is in the hands of the met police. ongoing enquiries. we've come a long way and there is progress, there are some very credible lines the police are working on, and while there's no evidence to give us any negative news that hope is still there. it really is there, in your hearts? one day you'll be reunited with your daughter? no parent is going to give up on their child unless they know for certain their child is dead. theyjust don't have any evidence. my hope of madeleine being out there is no less than it was ten years ago. kate and gerry mccann, speaking to fiona bruce. counter—terrorism detectives have
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been granted more time to question seven suspects detained in two separate incidents. khalid mohammed omar ali was arrested on thursday afternoon near parliament square. three women, two men and a teenager remain in custody following separate police operation in north london and kent. under anti—terrorism laws, suspects can be held for a maximum of 14 days with judicial approval. in turkey, the manager of an iranian television network has been shot dead in istanbul. saeed karimian was driving with a business partner when masked gunmen opened fire on their vehicle. saeed karimian‘s network, gem tv, broadcasts foreign and western shows in iran. he had previously been convicted in his absence of spreading anti—iranian propaganda. one of the world's most accomplished mountaineers, ueli steck, has been killed in an accident on mount everest. steck, known as the swiss machine, was climbing alone on the mountain
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as he prepared for an attempt on the summit without oxygen. steck, who was 40, had won many awards and was famed for the speed of his accents. alexandra mackenzie reports. mount everest, dangerous and daunting, even for the most experienced of climbers. just climbing from base camp to camp number two. ueli steck, also known as the swiss machine, planning the detail of his route. we don't know if it is possible, that is the interesting thing. nobody has done that before. having the chance, it is there and it is possible, but i don't know. he knew the dangers, he had reached the summit without oxygen in 2012 and in 2015 he climbed all 82 alpine peaks, over 4,000 metres injust 62 days. he conquered the north face of the eiger in less than three hours.
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ueli steck was on everest to acclimatise before attempting a new route on the summit. if he had been successful, it would have pushed him into another sphere. a first ascent like that on everest, it is just sinking in at the moment. he was known as the swiss machine, really fit, lovely guy when you meet him. a bundle of energy. i have the peak again. pretty cool. the climbing community has said it has lost a pioneer. he was known for his speed and ruefully methodical approach, with an ability to push push himself to the limit of human endurance. authorities in the united states say that several tornados that hit texas on saturday evening have left at least five people dead and nearly 50 in hospital. emergency services are conducting
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a search for missing people and say they fear the death toll may rise. as david campanale now reports, the american mid—west has been struck by an intensive weather system that has caused damage across several states. it's texas and this region of the united states is known as tornado alley for its frequent, powerful storms. twisters like this are not uncommon but their dramatic capacity for death and destruction is unstoppable and always unwelcome. homes in the state have been flattened, trees uprooted and cars overturned. at least one powerful storm hit the city of canton about 80 kilometres east of dallas. more were reported in surrounding areas. this is the tornado crossing the road right in front of us. blocked roads have hindered emergency responders, who are still trying to get out to numerous calls for help. fatalities, i believe, what i'm getting is that they are still coming in.
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we are talking about maybe five casualties. that number may go up once we can get into those areas. we are trying to deploy search and rescue and recovery right now. that number may go up, hopefully it doesn't, but we do know we have a number of fatalities as of right now. heavy rains and damaging winds have struck a broad swathe of the us heartland. downpours that began on friday have been so intense the ground has been unable to absorb rainfall, causing widespread flooding and prompting evacuations. the governors of missouri and oklahoma have declared states of emergency due to flooding and the damage caused to power supplies and structures. the massive storm system has also delayed thousands of flights. colorado and wyoming further north have been struck by snowstorms. heavy rain in the midwest is expected to continue to the end of the weekend, along with wind gusts of 95 kilometres per hour. the headlines on bbc news:
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labour and the conservatives compete for worker's votes — theresa may rules out a vat rise, while labour says it won't raise tax for those on low incomes. madeleine mccann has been missing for ten years, but in an interview to mark the anniversary her parents say they still hope she will be found. one of the world's best known mountaineers, ueli steck, in sport: former world champion tyson fury seemingly accepts the challenge from anthonyjoshua, who invited fury to take him on, after he beat wladimir klitschko in their heavyweight unification fight last night. fury responded on social media with "let's dance." it's a big day of football — swansea held manchester united to a 1—1 draw at old trafford. elsewhere, city are losing at middlesbrough and it's goalless between chelsea and everton. valtteri bottas wins
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the russian grand prix to take his first victory in formula one. his mercedes team mate — lewis hamilton could only finish fourth. those are the sporting headlines. we will have more freely in the next hour. donald trump has marked the 100th day of his presidency with a speech defending his record and attacking the media. addressing thousands of cheering supporters in pennsylvania, he insisted he's delivering his election promises "every single day" and dismissed criticism of him as "fake news". our correspondent laura bicker sent this report from the rally. american political analyst eric ham joins me now from washington. they came to support their champion, to celebrate 100 days of a president who calls them "the forgotten of america." i think his first 100 days have been outstanding, myself. he hasn't got enough credit for what he has done. i support him 100%. in the nation's capital, the deliberate contrast.
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celebrities and journalists gathering for the glitzy white house correspondents' dinner which is usually attended by the president. but he said he wanted to shun the press in favour of his people. i could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from the washington swamp spending my evening with all of you! back at the correspondents' dinner, the usual revelry was replaced by a sombre defence. it is ourjob to report on facts and to hold leaders accountable. that is who we are. we are not fake news. but the president kept a determined note, and those who'd waited all day to hear those magic words were finally rewarded. we will make america safe again!
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and we will make america great again! donald trump has said there has been nothing like the last 100 days. he has proved to be unconventional and certainly unpredictable. on that, at least, both his supporters, and his critics, will agree. laura bicker, bbc news, pennsylvania. earlier, political analyst eric ham told me that he thinks the president has a long way to go. i think it is an alternate alternative universe that donald trump is in when he talks about how successful this 100 days has been and how great it is for him to get out of the washington swamp. remember, he ran on training this washington swamp and now after 100 days looks like he hasn't done much to even cause a ripple in this washington swamp. so i think he has a long way to go and i think we just
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haven't seen donald trump actually get his political and legislative footing. we have seen failure after failure thus far and i think that is why the 100 days is such a benchmark for us here in the united states because we look at the first 100 days as to get an idea of what the entire four years would look like. so as he creates his narrative, is anyone telling him that there is another narrative out there? is he listening? well, i think if you look at donald trump's approval numbers, i think that is showing what is really happening. donald trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in the modern era. in fact, he has the lowest approval rating of any president after the first 100 days. also, if you look at donald trump's approval ratings particularly amongst his own party his numbers are still much lower than we have seen from predators is, particularly george w bush, george bush and ronald reagan. those president after
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100 days saw their approval ratings in the high 90s. donald trump's number to ring the low 80s. he is still very far off. are you talking there about other republican politicians? argued talking about the voters who put him in power? are they keeping the faith, surely that is more important as far as donald trump is concerned ? is more important as far as donald trump is concerned? i am talking specifically about republican voters because those are the people that really matter, those that will go to the polls for you and support due in four years. his numbers are not where they need to be at this point after 100 days. why do you think that these? i think because donald trump actually got off on a very shaky start. he has been such a combative president, particularly with policymakers here in washington, that it has just been very difficult for him to actually translate his campaign rhetoric into policy successes. you talk about
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that, but if beginning. is there any evidence, though, that certainly he is sticking with the big news attacks on the media, but is there any other evidence that he is tailoring his approach based on what has happened over the last 100 days and the fact that he hasn't been able to get ahead with all of the issues that he wanted to get ahead on? if we are seeing any change in this president that would actually mark and noticeable difference, difference that would put many people, particularly in the policy community, at least, it is the fact that he is moving from a populist and nationalist foreign policy standpoint to our more internationalist and interventionist, where you see him not engaging with world leaders and recognising that the united states and him as the president simply cannot engage in the rest of the world by himself and that he needs world by himself and that he needs world leaders to help him deal with many of the intractable problems.
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u nfortu nately, many of the intractable problems. unfortunately, at home, his domestic agenda is completely stalled. he hasn't been able to get the support he wanted for the wall, the support he wanted for the wall, the support he wanted, particularly at his home base in health care and other issues. if he wants to see success going forward he has to change up and change his tactics and he has got to try to engage and be more inclusive and trying to get legislative success is because right 110w legislative success is because right now donald trump is in desperate need of a win, even though he might say otherwise. that stalling of the domestic agenda, is that putting a dent in his america first policy and is that which might ultimately cause his voters to turn away from him? well, that is why you see the campaign starting —— campaign style ballater took place last night in pennsylvania. as he begins to continue to rack up these losses, he
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has got to try to do but he can to keep the base of the support that he has. but —— donald trump is only pulling around 40% so even right now he doesn't have a consensus of the entire country with him on his agenda and that is going to make it very hard. he has to do what he can to try to shore up the support that he has, which is still in the low 40s and that is simply not enough to actually have a mandate and to turn that mandate into political and policy success. we arejust seeing we are just seeing that donald trump will talk to the leaders of singapore and thailand today about the threat posed by north korea. this is coming from the white house chief of staff, who is saying that theissue chief of staff, who is saying that the issue on the table is north korea. there is nothing this in this
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country or that region that is a bigger threat than what is happening there. he said that the conversations were planned and prompted by the potentialfor a new killer and massive destruction in asia, using his words. in relation to the counterterrorism operation carried out in north—west london on thursday evening, you will recall that during the operation and woman was shot by police, 21—year—old woman, who was taken to hospital. the metropolitan police are saying that this afternoon she was discharged from hospital and arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. she has been taken into custody after police in south london. six other people were arrested on those charges in that operation on thursday evening. that is the latest common to us from the police on that
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investigation. mps are calling for best—before dates on food to be scrapped, saying they‘ re unnecessary and contribute towards unacceptable levels of food waste. in a report published today the environment, food and rural affairs committee also believes that supermarkets should sell more wonky vegetables, as claire marshall reports. mixed in with other waste, we throw more than £10 billion worth of food away every year. the committee calls it a scandal. councils have to raise bills to dispose of it. and this is happening while food bank use is at a record high. mps say the best before date should be abolished. on packaging, it only refers to quality. it is perfectly safe to eat afterwards, but the food may not be at its best. industry experts told the committee it was meaningless. the important information to be displayed was the use by date, which is about safety. the best before date, i believe, can be scrapped, because it is unnecessary.
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it means food is wasted and sometimes people don't actually eat that food when it goes beyond the best before date. the use by date is still safe to eat. we need to make the best use of our food. if it is still good to eat, let's eat it. customers at a pioneering project in leeds sell food that otherwise would have gone in the bin. three tonnes arrive each day. mps say we also need to learn to love our wonky veg. priceless egyptian artefacts that were badly damaged during the second world war are once again going on display at liverpool's world museum for the first time in more than 70 years. a gallery expansion and extensive restoration work means they're now part of the largest egyptology collection outside of london, as lindsey prosser reports. from the everyday to the beautifully decorative, these objects reflect the rise and fall of
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ancient egyptian society. it is our most ambitious exhibition we have done for egypt. we've got a whole range of artefacts, right from the prehistoric period, we have stone vases and stone tools, all the way through the christianity in egypt. so we've got these beautiful leather slippers that people would wear in life, and also be buried in. when the museum was bombed during the second world war, part of its priceless collection was badly damaged. we have two granite statues of the goddess sekhmet, a human form with a lioness head, and they were both shattered. the fire damaged the two pieces, which were intact before then, and it wasn't until recently we have restored them, pieced them back together, and put them back on display for the first time with the rest of the egyptian collection. the challenge for this team is to move the statues
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into the gallery without breaking them. at the same time, mummies who were also fire—damaged are being installed. we keep the objects not because they look stunning, because they look beautiful. it is because of the information they hold. so part of what we do is unlocking the stories that they hold, and revealing their hidden histories. we have two romano—period mummies here, and they are both quite young. one is a teenager. we have wondered in the past if they were associated with each other, so they could be sisters. you never know, they could be. this display at liverpool's world museum is now the largest ancient egyptian gallery outside of london. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather forecast. let's take a look at the weather forecast. many places enjoyed a fine sunday
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afternoon, some hazy sunshine, albeit rather windy, but it's been wet across the south and the south—west and this evening and overnight the rain will continue to spill its way northwards. the rain will continue to be quite heavy across the south—west of england in towards south wales and some more persistent rain for northern england and north wales. generally speaking, it's going to be a mild night, temperatures 7—11 degrees. on bank holiday monday, there will be unsettled weather in the majority of england and wales. some heavy rain continuing across parts of southern, south—western england and south wales, through the midlands, giving some sunny spells in the afternoon. temperatures will rise and we could see some heavy, thundery showers developing. it'll be quite warm across north—west england, western scotland and northern ireland. we could see a high of 18—19 degrees for western scotland. that area of low pressure begins to ease away along with the showers through the course of bank holiday monday evening. for the rest of the week, it looks like high pressure will dominate and it'll often be dry but cool in the east with some low cloud and showers. warmer and sunnier in the west. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 3:30pm:
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labour and the conservatives compete for workers' votes — theresa may rules out a vat rise, while labour says it won't raise tax
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