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she would need to apply for a wild card, so what we have said is that the 20th june card, so what we have said is that the 20thjune is when we have our wild card meeting, when all the fa cts wild card meeting, when all the facts will be known, including whether she has got into wimbledon on her ranking points. fernando alonso has been given the all clear to race in the indianapolis 500 at the end of the month. he drove an indycar for the first time today as the the two—time formula one champion‘s looks to complete motor racing's triple crown of winning the monaco grand prix, indianapolis 500 and le mans 2a hours. he has won the monaco race, which he has skipped this year to race in america. he successfully completed a series of speed tests at the brickyard today allowing him to take part. that's all from sportsday. there'll be more sport here on bbc news throughout the evening. we will have an eye on the european matches. from all of us at the bbc sports centre, bye for now. it has just
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it hasjust gone it has just gone quarter to seven. the headlines here on bbc news. in theresa may has made an unparalleled attack on european union officials and politician understanding accusing them of using threats to try to influence the outcome of the general election. lain say the prime minister is playing party games with brexit, for political advantage. an eu source dismisses the prime minister's claims at pure fantasy. the eu chief negotiator has denied planning to punish britain for leaving the european union. a 20—year—old student is found guilty of planting a home—made bomb on a busy london underground tube train. and let us take a quick look at what has been happening in the financial markets. in london the ftse 100 is down a markets. in london the ftse100 is down a bit. 15.5 points. look at the third on your list, that is the important one. also down at the moment, getting on for 39 points. also down at the moment,
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getting on for 39 points. donald trump has welcomed palestinian leader mahmoud abbas to the white house and said he was willing to play any role to achieve peace in the middle east. the palestinians and israelis must work together, to reach an agreement that allows both peoples to live, worship and thrive and prosper in peace, and i will do whatever is necessary to facilitate the agreement to mediate, to arbitrate anything they would like to do, but i would love to be a mediator or an ashtray for or facilitator and we will get this done. palestinian president mahmoud abbas said palestinians were committed to a peace agreement that would create two separate states based on the 1967 borders. translation: a comprehensive and just peace based on the two states
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solution, would give a great impetus to the arab peace initiative, and the other initiatives, international initiatives as well as it enables to fight and deter terrorism and fight the criminal isis that will also lead the arab and the islamic countries to have normal relations with israel. mobile ag connection in the uk varies wildly — according to new research by the consumer group, which. and it very much depends where you are in the country. with me is hamish macleod, director of mobile uk — the trade association for mobile phone operators in the uk. good evening to you. good evening. i think everybody‘s aware of this, why are we in this situation? i read somewhere we have less reliable
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phone connection than people in peru? well, that report, to be fair, also put the uk ahead of france, it put it ahead of italy and germany. but the situation is not static, the mobile operators are investing about £2 billion a year, in improving mobile 4g coverage, in adding to the capacity of the network and improving the footprint in the uk. so that by the end of 2017, a 4g signal will be available in 98% of premises. from at least one operators and the availability of the signal is one thing but the quality is what is important. there are many factors that determine these things, there is the availability of the sites, the ability to get sight sites through planning permission and the geography of the place you are
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trying to cover. it is important for us trying to cover. it is important for us to be able to work with government, particularly local government, particularly local government, to make sure that sites gou through planning. to put the masts up. absolutely. it is very important that local development plans have a promo bile stance. acknowledge the importance of mobile to local economy —— economies and connectivity, and also, as we add to the capacity of the networks, we will as well as putting our transmissions on masts and rooftops, we will increasingly move to street level, so on, you know, traffic lights and bus stops, so getting access to those sorts of sites will be very important. people are puzzled by the fact we hear about country areas i presume might be in the last 2% who will have a tough
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time, but it is often in the middle of places, everyone i have to say in the middle of london sometimes. it seems extraordinary you can't get a reliable mobile phone signal in the capital city. there are all sorts of factors that go on to determining this, but it is a continuous process of network improvement. if you look at the history of the industry over the last 10, 15 years it is about upgrading the networks, improving the geographic footprint and adding to the capacity so many people with use the networks at any one time. there has been a massive increase in data consumption in that time. thank you. sainsbury says it is trying not to pass on increases to customers by
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putting up prices. our business correspondent reports. sainsbury‘s, these days there's more than the traditional deals. last year, it bought argos, delivering a big boost to earnings. it is doing well with sales up by more than 4.1% for the year but sainsbury‘s sales were down by 0.6% and so too were overall profits. it has been an incredible year where we have seen lots and lots of changes and i expect the next year will show many of the similar characteristics. as i say, ourjob is to make sure we do all we can to mitigate pressures on our customers. profits are down because we have seen pressures in our prices but we have also given our colleagues a 4% pay rise during the course of the year. it has been a challenging year for all supermarkets, especially due to the fall in the pound. that's meant a big increase in the cost of getting our groceries onto the shelves. supermarkets say they are doing the best to keep the lid on price rises but ourfood bills are on the up.
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what we are already seeing is shopping prices increasing for goods and services that we buy every week and that is tricky for supermarkets to pass on to us. when they do we just go and shop somewhere else. the last time there was loads of price increases we stopped shopping in the main supermarkets and started shopping at discounters. over the last couple of years, the big four retailers have worked hard to win those shoppers back and do not want to lose them now. sainsbury‘s reckon these argos stores will help. it has already got 59 of them in its main supermarkets and are rolling out several hundred more, a business that has taken a big change in direction to try to attract more shoppers. there are just eight of them left in the waters around the uk — and now there are serious concerns about the future of britain's last remaining killer whales after one of the pod was found dead on the coast of west
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scotland last year. scientists say it had been contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical banned in the 19705. our science correspondent, rebecca morelle, reports. they are the uk's last killer whales. found off the west coast of scotland, today this pod has just eight animals. but they're in trouble. last year, the group lost a female. lulu was found dead on the shores of the inner hebrides. she'd become caught up in fishing line. this is lulu's skull, this is the head... her skeleton is now stored at the national museum scotland. tests showed she was heavily contaminated with man—made chemicals, called pcbs. the levels that we found in lulu were 20 times higher than the levels we would expect in citations that weren't suffering any effects of pcbs. that puts her as one of the most
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contaminated animals on the planet. in killer whales, the chemicals can stop the animal from bearing young. they harm the immune system, and also the brain. for lulu, one theory is that pcbs may have severely impaired her intelligence, perhaps leading to her deadly entanglement in fishing nets. here in the laboratory, the curing effective heat is shown... pcbs were once man—made wonder chemicals. used in everything from plastics to electrics. but it was later discovered they were toxic, and from the 19705 a series of bans around the world were put into place. but they have stuck around. especially in landfill sites that contain the materials they were once used in. today, the pcb problem lives on. especially in our oceans. the chemicals are long—lasting, they do not break down easily. and it is estimated that there is still more than a million tonnes of contaminated material in europe,
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and this is leaching from the land into the sea, and on into the marine food chain. some scientists say more needs to be done to clear pcbs from the environment. but uk officials say levels are declining. the controls we have in place are working, it is just that they take a very long time to disappear. and they‘ re probably disappearing into the sediment at the bottom of the sea, and occasionally when that sediment is stirred up it brings them back to the surface. so it is going to take a very long time for them to disappear completely. pcbs are of global concern, but with so few killer whales left in the uk, it is a problem that is sharply felt. it is likely the rest of lulu's pod is also heavily contaminated, making their future very uncertain. rebecca morell, bbc news. now what about the prospects for the weather? different in different
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parts of the country i think. let us get the latest. bot there are big contrasts across the uk at the moment, we see that in the uk at the moment, we see that in the weather watcher pictures coming m, the weather watcher pictures coming in, grey skies, a bit of rain at times across parts of east anglia and south—east england today, look at this, another sunny day there, across at this, another sunny day there, a cross pa rs at this, another sunny day there, across pa rs of at this, another sunny day there, across pars of northern ireland, into scotland, as well, we have seen some sunshine, northern england into wales too, we have seen some bright blue sky in places and that has lifted the temperature into north—west scotland, we have reached 20 celsius, we have had that for the past few days. it has been wet for some with the cloud. east anglia, south—east england. we may find a few showers popping ernie els where. temperatures will be at their lowest where it is clear. more especially northern ireland and scot, and in scotland, a few spock pockets of fronting are possible. very isolated. a bit more cloud round in scotland, compared with today, but there will be be sunshine and there will be in northern ireland and england, so a good start to the day.
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still got this breeze coming off the sea. it will peg back those temperatures so where you start the day don't expect it to go much higher. 0ne day don't expect it to go much higher. one or two showers, most places will start the day dry and this is where breeze is stronger as well. it has a cold feel yet again with the cloud and the chance nor showers into east anglia, south—east england, maybe one or two popping in in southern england in the afternoon. but into wales, the midland, northern england we will see some sunny spells but the best will be northern ireland and scotland. that contrast between east and west in terms of the. some sunday politicses in the west could just reach into the high teens, a bit cooler perhaps compared to today. still really nice. there will bea today. still really nice. there will be a few showers into east anglia and the south—east on friday. more cloud in the far south. breezy, a gusty wind in southern parts. eyeing up gusty wind in southern parts. eyeing up this weather system going into the weekend. threatening to bring
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rain to the south of england but it's a threat at the moment, not a guarantee. that may not play out exactly like this on saturday. to the north of that bit of cloud may produce shower, good sunny spells in scotla nd produce shower, good sunny spells in scotland and northern ireland. the wind easing on saturday, but more on sunday we notice the difference. enough of a breeze to keep the coasts cooler than elsewhere and we will see unsunny skies in the west. find the forecast where you are or where you are going online. that is it for me for now. hello and welcome to one hundred days plus.
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the british prime minister accuses brussels of interfering in the uk election. it comes after eu estimates that the brexit divorce bill will be much higher than predicted. speaking after a visit to the queen — teresa may says europe is hardening its stance and the european press is misrepresenting britain's position. the european union's stance has hardened. threats against bitain have been issued by european politicians and officials. the fbi director tells the senate he fells sick at the idea that the bureau may have influenced last year's american election. look, this was terrible. it makes me mildly nauseous that we had an impact

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