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this is bbc news. i'm christian fraser. the headlines at 4.00. police searching for the missing airmen, corrie mckeague, who vanished during a night out in bury st edmunds last september, say they've found nothing in a search of landfill. two people are killed, and more than 100 others injured, after a powerful earthquake strikes near the greek island of kos. the room shook from side to side. the noise was terrible. just dived on my son and the complete sense of fear was untrue. i actually thought that was it, i really did. a new scan on charlie gard makes for "sad reading", his parents have been told by a lawyer representing great ormond street hospital. the environment secretary michael gove has said the whole cabinet agrees there should be a period of adjustment after brexit so that businesses have access to the migrant workers they need. a man admits murdering his brother and attempting to murder his brother's girlfriend in a new year's day house fire. dozens of palestinians are injured in clashes with israeli police —
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amid tensions surrounding a holy site injerusalem also in the next hour — the us bans tourists from going to north korea. it's thought that any us national who travels there after the end of next month will have their passports invalidated. the duke and that chess of cambridge end their tour of poland and germany with a visit to hamburg. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. police looking for the missing raf serviceman, corrie mckeague, say they have called off their search of a local landfill site after finding "no trace" of him there. the airman went missing after a night out in bury st edmunds in september last year.
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police have been searching landfill sites after it emerged he may have ended up in a bin lorry. speaking in the last hour, detective superintendent kate elliot said despite the widespread search of the site in milton, in cambridgeshire, they had not found what they were looking for. we have searched the whole area where we believed corrie could be. we had compelling information that directed us to this area. however, we haven't found corrie and this is bitterly disappointing. we have surged over 6500 tonnes of waste, excavating a huge area. without anything further to tell us where he might be, on such a vast site, the search cannot continue. we have been founding items such as newspapers and other material that had samba 2016 date on them. this is the time
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corrie went missing. some items have been clearly identified as coming from bury st edmunds and this has confirmed we have been searching in the right place. however, none of these items has had any link to corrie. we can now speak to our correspondent alex dunlop who's been at that press conference. essentially we came here to be told either one of two things. either the search was continuing for corrie mckeague, or it was ending. as you say, they have called off the search. no trace of him, essentially they are saying the trail in the landfill has gone cold. they have gone through 6500 tonnes of rubbish. the search was initially to take place for ten weeks, but they said they extended the search ad. new information came to light they needed to extend the search. but
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they have found nothing. essentially, ten months after corrie mckeague disappeared, they are no closer to knowing any more about how he disappeared than at the end of september. i was at the landfill site at the beginning of march when they started the search and back then, katie elliott said they are confident they will find him in this landfill. when you lost us, she went on to say that suffolk police have on to say that suffolk police have on commissioning, a review of the work they have completed since the start of that investigation, to see if anything further can be done to trace corrie mckeague. they said they remain open—minded and shut this review reveal further lines of enquiry that would help us find corrie, they said they will pursue them vigorously. this is a ten month investigation that has cost £1.2 million. she was asked, do you think corrie is in the landfill? they are still confident his remains are in the landfill, but this is not a criminal investigation. they are
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confident his remains are there, but this is such a huge site and milton and they have been through 6500 tonnes and as sad as it is, there is an tonnes and as sad as it is, there is a n exte nt tonnes and as sad as it is, there is an extent to how much you can do? this is a new science for them because they have explored the site as they have been digging down. they have found the rubbish has shifted. they say they have found rubbish thatis they say they have found rubbish that is relevant to the time and place corrie disappeared. they have found artefacts from bury st edmunds, from the week corrie disappeared but the trail has gone cold. they said they didn't search the landfill at the outset, corrie's mother came down to watch the press conference and she said they should have searched the landfill much sooner. have searched the landfill much sooner. but the police said, we were told by the bing company collected by the area where corrie mckeague
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disappeared only weighed 11 kilograms. they found out five months later it weighed 116 kilograms, which was heavy enough to contain a kilograms, which was heavy enough to containa human kilograms, which was heavy enough to contain a human body, but they have searched the landfill and nothing has come of it. two people have been killed, and more than 100 others injured, after a powerful earthquake struck near the greek island of kos. the 6.7 magnitude quake hit in the early hours of the morning under the aegean sea, between greece and turkey. holiday—makers on kos woke this morning to find parts of the island turned to rubble, and there was also flooding in the turkish resort of bodrum. richard galpin reports. panicked shouts. it's just after 1:30am in the morning, local time. and holiday—makers who have been enjoying a night out are now running for their lives.
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security cameras captured the moment the powerful earthquake shook the turkish city of bodrum. anyone inside at the time getting out as quickly as possible, fearing otherwise they would be crushed. but it was the nearby greek island of kos which was hardest hit. it was closer to the epicentre. there was significant damage in the main town. police say two tourists, one from turkey and one from sweden were killed, when the roof of a popular bar collapsed. we were literally ripped from our sleep. the bed shook uncontrollably, the room shook from side to side, the noise was terrible. i actually thought that was it, i really did. it was getting really, really loud and i thought we were being attacked, but then bits of the walls started falling off and our beds were shaking.
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so we ran over to the door frame, to hide under it and it stopped, and we heard everyone screaming in the hotel, running down, trying to get out. 1.30 in the morning, we were woken by a tremendous shaking of the whole building. the fans were thrown around, the mirror came off. it lasted approximately 10—15 seconds. myself and my wife and two children just got our stuff as quick as we could, and as we were making our way out there was a second shock. all this at the peak of the tourist season. 0fficials here say there are 200,000 holiday—makers on kos at the moment. at least 10,000 are british. with a series of strong after—shocks throughout the night, many people in bodrum and kos decided they'd be much safer sleeping outside. and while many of the injured have
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been treated locally, those badly hurt on kos are being flown out for specialist treatment. richard galpin, bbc news. 0n the line is fran shore, a british tourist from sheffield, who is on her honeymoon in kos. it is your honeymoon? yes, that's right. 0h it is your honeymoon? yes, that's right. oh dear, what a way to celebrate your honeymoon, i am so sorry. but you are safe? yes, eve ryo ne sorry. but you are safe? yes, everyone has been great in the hotel in looking after us and reassuring us. in looking after us and reassuring us. it was a really scary episode as you can imagine, last night. what did you do? similar to the people who were just talking. we were in bed when the earthquake struck. very
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similarto bed when the earthquake struck. very similar to what was described, the bed and the room really moving and shaking from side to side. it lasted about 30 seconds and then we made oui’ about 30 seconds and then we made our way out of the hotel along with everybody else. we waited outside for about 20 minutes, they took the register from the hotel, for about 20 minutes, they took the registerfrom the hotel, calling out names. and then waited the same time again and then they said it was feeling like it was safe enough to go back inside. but the after—shock, which was horrible. they were coming every 15 minutes. who is with you there in kos? my husband, gavin, we only got married on sunday and here forfour nights. only got married on sunday and here for four nights. this only got married on sunday and here forfour nights. this has tarnished what has been a lovely honeymoon. we are in the centre of kos, a lovely hotel. we have been reassured it is
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structurally safe, the hotel so we have decided to stay here for the day, along with the other holiday—makers, people are staying local and not exploring too much. thousands of british tourists at the height of the season, plenty will be watching who want to know if they should come and what is it like, what would you say to them?|j should come and what is it like, what would you say to them? i would probably say, take a look at the hotel and how modern it is. maybe get some reassurance from the travel operators. 0ur get some reassurance from the travel operators. our building has been built to recent earthquake standards. my guess is the chances of it happening again, you never know, but it feels like it is unusualfor know, but it feels like it is unusual for people here. know, but it feels like it is unusualfor people here. they know, but it feels like it is unusual for people here. they said they have not seen anything on this scale for a long time. so in that sense, it is as safe as anywhere, i wouldn't suggest people should cancel their plans, it seems a bit extreme. we're looking at pictures of bodrum where there are british holiday—makers and you can see the
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panic of people sitting in this cafe. what are you going to do, will you see out your honeymoon, will you stay? we think so, we feel better in the cold light of day. last night we wa nted the cold light of day. last night we wanted to get on a flight home. but we have been reassured that everything is fine. we are here for another two nights. it does feel strange being in the hotel room the night. but we're hoping everything is ok. i will wish you congratulations on your honeymoon and commiserations as to how it has turned out, but at least you are safe, glad to hear that. the environment secretary michael gove has said the uk will need continued access to workers from europe as the country goes through the process of leaving the european union. mr gove said the cabinet was agreed on the need for an implementation period between britain formally leaving the eu and a new trading relationship coming into force. but it's unclear if that would include continuing freedom of movement for eu nationals.
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from westminster, our political correspondent chris mason reports. this week's brexit negotiations concluded with an acceptance on both side there's still a lot of work to do and the clock is ticking ever closer to the uk's exit day in march 2019. but the government wants a transitional period after that, where the uk is out, but some elements of eu membership remain. could that include unlimited immigration from the eu? the prime minister has made clear as we leave the european union we will have an implementation period which will ensure we can continue to have not just access to labour, but the economic stability and certainty which business requests, and again, that something around which the government and cabinet are united. the details, inevitably at this stage, are sketchy. the boss of the bank goldman sachs says that means they are spending a lot on contingency planning. if i knew today that we'd have a transition period i could stop spending that money, taking out the assurance, because i know i'd always have time
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to transition my business. if they tell me in february of 2019 there will be a transition period, well, i've already spent that money, it's not much use to me. business and others want certainty but the only thing certain right now is the opposite, uncertainty, because no one, either here at westminster or in brussels knows for certain what if any deal will be reached and so what a transitional arrangement might look like and how long it might last. the newest party leader at westminster said... it's encouraging that some of the more sensible and pragmatic members of the government are beginning to exert themselves and look for a compromise, but it's still the case that, within a few years, british people are going to lose their right to move freely around the continent. ukip, the party that achieved its dream in the referendum, says the government would be cheating those who voted out. we are seeing brexit
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betrayed because the eu doesn't want us to leave. it's delaying, impeding, in the hope of overturning, and it is assisted by quislings in both houses of parliament over there. pleasing business, pleasing brexit voters, trying to do a deal. the government's big task is onlyjust beginning. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. the headlines on bbc news: police searching for the missing airmen, corrie mckeague, who vanished during a night out in bury st edmunds last september, say "no trace" of the serviceman has been found. at least two people have died in an earthquake on the greek island of kos. more than 100 people were injured on the island, and in the nearby turkish resort of bodrum. in sport, rory mcilroy puts himself
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into contention at the open up the royal birkdale. he is one under overall. they are all trying to catch jordan spieth, one overall. they are all trying to catchjordan spieth, one of two americans at the top of the leaderboard on five under par. billy nastase is banned for a range of offences committed in a fed cup tie against great britain earlier this year. a man has admitted attempting to murder his brother and his girlfriend on new year's day. blair logan had a hostile relationship with his brother cameron. this is blair logan. for years he had not got on with his younger brother cameron. today, he admitted he murdered him. it wasjust cameron. today, he admitted he murdered him. it was just after 7am
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new year's morning. the dog was barking and there was a man in dark clothes throwing something. her son blair had poured petrol over his brother cameron who are sleeping there with his girlfriend. cameron died, but his girlfriend was rescued. an extensive search was carried out and appeals made to the public. but the court heard today that blair logan had been thinking about doing this for a month and a half beforehand. he had bought petrol, looked up the effects of severe burns on the internet and told police he wanted to maim or cripple his brother, but he said, it was not my intent to kill him, but i did do it. leaving court today, becks williams seen in the red blouse, sustained permanent injuries to her throat and may never work
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again asa to her throat and may never work again as a radio broadcaster. david and kathy logan have effectively lost both of their sons. the parents of the terminally ill baby charlie gard have been told a new scan makes for "sad reading" by a lawyer representing great ormond street hospital. chris gard and connie yates want a high courtjudge to rule that their 11—month—old son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by a specialist in the united states. 0ur correspondent helena lee is at the high court in central london. another difficult day in court for the parents? yes, it has been a case management hearing. what that means isa management hearing. what that means is a judge basically goes over in brief detail all the information they need ahead of the full hearing, which will take place next week on
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monday and tuesday, which is when thejudge is monday and tuesday, which is when the judge is expected to make monday and tuesday, which is when thejudge is expected to make his decision, give his judgment thejudge is expected to make his decision, give hisjudgment on charlie gard. but today, this afternoon, just before the hearing ended this afternoon, the barrister who is representing great ormond street hospital, told the court ‘s that a scan made for sad reading. that was said in front of charlie gard's parents, who were in court. it was difficult for them to hear that. at that point, his parents, his father chris shouted comic evil towards the barrister. he left the court and charlie gard's mother started crying and she also left the court. we also believe they haven't been made aware of the report itself. what we are talking about is an mri scan that was carried out earlier this week on charlie gard. just a reminder that earlier this
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week, and monday, that american doctor came overfrom week, and monday, that american doctor came over from new york, week, and monday, that american doctor came overfrom new york, it was the first time he met charlie, he met with collisions at great 0rmond he met with collisions at great ormond street hospital. that meeting has been transcribed and handed to thejudge. they are has been transcribed and handed to the judge. they are going to come back here to the high court on monday and tuesday, which is when we expect to hear the result of what will happen to charlie. thank you very much indeed. there are reports that a palestinian man has died and dozens injured following escalating tension surrounding thejerusalem holy site known to muslims as the haram al—sharif, and to dues as the temple mount. israel has barred men under 50 from friday prayers there. at the core of the current violence is israel's installation of metal detectors at the holy site. this followed the killing of two israeli policemen. palestinians strongly object to the new security measures. 0ur middle east correspondent yolande knell is in the west bank. palestinian worshippers across the west bank are not praying
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inside their mosques today, but they have come outside. in bethlehem they are on the streets in the hot sun on their prayer mats and this is a symbolically important location. just along there is the road tojerusalem and it is now blocked by israel's separation wall. you can see the military watchtower just over there. the friday sermon has been about protecting the mosque and the dome that lies in the middle of the compound. the palestinians see themselves as the guardians of these places, the third holiest site in islam. and emotions are running high. the palestinians took the decision to fight for their dignity. all the people who are coming here, came to raise their voice, jerusalem is a red line. we will not allow the occupation to pass this red line.
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soldiers, soldiers, soldiers! those unusual prayers have turned into protests very quickly. there has been skunked mortars fired, as mortars fired, a stinky liquid fired by the soldiers. we have got to move back. gunfire just want to bring you a line of copy from reuters, the special counsel looking into the russia connections between donald trump's campaign and russia and the interference in the 2016 election, he has written to the administration to the white house counsel, asking
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them to save all documents relating toa them to save all documents relating to a meeting at trump tower last year. this is the meeting that donald trump jr, the year. this is the meeting that donald trumer, the president's son attended with a russian lawyer. there were eight of them at this meeting including jared kushner, the president's son—in—law. also, the president's son—in—law. also, the president's campaign director at the time. they are saying the papers they want are relevant to the castigation, which would suggest the investigation is expanding. it was news in the american papers this morning and he is also looking into the finances of the president. meanwhile, the administration is looking into the background of the lawyers working for robert muller to see if there is any conflict of interest. i would see if there is any conflict of interest. iwould imagine see if there is any conflict of interest. i would imagine this letter they have had from robert muller will further antagonise the administration and we will watch to see what their reaction is. two travel agents say the united states is preparing
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to ban its citizens from travelling to north korea. the us officials have confirmed the ban and linked it to the death of the jailed american student, 0tto warmbier. earlier i spoke to the general manager of a tour company that take 300 to 400 americans each year. it is not an enormous number, americans make up about 20% of the western tourist market and the total western tourist market and the total western tourist market is around 5000 people. it is still several hundred people, more than most ex—people expect. hundred people, more than most ex-people expect. at a time when the president is trying to increase the pressure on pyongyang, they don't wa nt to pressure on pyongyang, they don't want to give a dictator leveraging over what they are doing, so you can understand why they want to do this? this ban has been a incoming. there was a bill introduced in the us congress some weeks ago, publicly
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available, specifically to ban tourists and other americans going. it is not a huge shock, it is a bit disappointing and side, especially for any north koreans who were helpful for any interaction with the americans outside of what the national media provides them, which is demonisation and showing americans in the worst possible light. unfortunately, that will come to an end, i lease. you are saying there is a mutual benefit for both countries in trouble continuing, is that what you are saying? not necessarily both countries, but people from north korea, who want to experience the americans, the band thatis experience the americans, the band that is awful if you want to find out more. if you are a north korean who works in or around the tourism industry or you are interested in finding out more about the world, in a tiny little way, that opportunity
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just became a bit smaller. you are likely to lose your american market, what about brits, how many go from this country and from europe? from britain, a similaramount. this country and from europe? from britain, a similar amount. about 20% of the market. from europe, about 40%, so still a few hundred people from those areas. the duke and duchess of cambridge and their children have left hamburg after their five—day tour of germany and poland. earlier, william and kate visited the newly opened concert hall before meeting apprentices at the airbus training facility. the royalfamily are the airbus training facility. the royal family are returning to the uk just in time for prince george's fourth birthday tomorrow. tower hamlets council has apologised after fining a five—year—old girl
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£150 for selling cups of lemonade to festival goers. the girl's father andre spicer said she'd set up her stall near their home in mile end, and was charging 50p for a drink. he said she burst into tears when trading enforcement officers confronted her over not having a licence. goodness me, how many others are guilty of that over the years? the former doctor who actress debra watling has died at the age of 69. she was better known for playing assistant to the second doctor in the 1960s. her brother, the mp giles watling, called his sister bubbly and vibrantand watling, called his sister bubbly and vibrant and said she would be sorely missed. let's get the weather. it isa
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it is a little mixed. not going to be that bad but it is certainly going to be farfrom ideal and it has been very far from ideal in the south—west of the country. it has been pouring with rain, gusts of wind and very strong around the coast, nearly 50 malls are now, which is a lot. hasn't felt like summer, but felt like summer has ground to a halt for some of us. not everybody, in part of the uk it has been fine. eastern areas have enjoyed some sunshine. look at the rain, it is coming your way, london, the midlands, yorkshire and across the midlands, yorkshire and across the north—west. there will be gaps in the weather as well, 1314 celsius. the weekend is unsettled with frequent showers and there will be some sunshine around. that is essentially the summary. from morning onwards, showers coming in from the south—west. some will be heavy and they will be spinning into other parts of the uk. showers across northern england and southern
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scotland. in the sunshine, maybe nudging to 20 degrees, but some of us nudging to 20 degrees, but some of us will have cool weather tomorrow. that's it from me, goodbye. this is bbc news. the headlines. police investigating the disappearance of missing airman corrie mckeague, who vanished during a night out in bury st edmunds last september, have searched a landfill but said they found nothing in connection to corrie. two people have been killed and around 100 others have been injured, following a powerful earthquake which hit the greek island of kos and the coast of turkey. a lawyer representing great ormond street hospital has told the high court that a new scan on the terminally ill baby, charlie gard, makes for sad reading. the environment secretary michael gove has said the whole cabinet agrees there should be a period of adjustment after brexit so that businesses have access to the migrant workers they need. dozens of palestinians have been injured during clashes with israeli
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police injerusalem. the israeli authorities had banned muslim men under the age of 50 from the al—aqsa mosque there. it's time for some sports news. those attempting to stay in contention at the open for the weekend are battling tricky conditions. adam, we will talk about the weather in a moment, i canjust about see you, but first of all, how is the leaderboard looking? yeah, you mentioned tricky conditions, they have considerably worse over they have considerably worse over the last half an hour. let's take a look at that leaderboard. still the american pair at the top. they're on 5under par. they‘ re
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american pair at the top. they're on 5under par. they're both on the course now. in fact, everyone, all the partnerships have teed off for their second round. matt kuchar, who was leading overnight, has dropped a shot today. he is on 4 under par. here is what he had to say after his round of 71. continues were really ha rd round of 71. continues were really hard today. — — round of 71. continues were really hard today. —— conditions. having challenging conditions. nearly opposite of what we had yesterday. so the course played completely differently. this wind, it felt like every hole was a cross—wind hole, felt like you had to play for so much curve on the ball. the wind was so much curve on the ball. the wind was so strong. it was quite a trying, challenging day. adam, you have made
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a sensible change there, bringing in an umbrella. it's clearly pretty tricky. yes, thankfully someone finally brought me an umbrella. these conditions are deteriorating, as we expected, those who went out anted off earlier had the better of the weather this morning, the likes of rory mcilroy, who was delighted, understandably so, with his 2 under par round, back to one underfor understandably so, with his 2 under par round, back to one under for the tournament. he is back in contention. no doubt, delighted to be back in the clubhouse. a couple of other english players on the leaderboard i should mention who are still on the course but they are doing particularly well, ian poulter, four under, and richard bland who is also four under at the moment. he is on the course. a terrific story, 19 years since he
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played his last 0pen tournament, it was here at royal birkdale so that's a story. he is enjoying himself, despite the weather. if you want to see the conditions, highlights are on the bbc sport website. of course the highlights on bbc two at 8pm this evening. find some shelter, adam, thank you very much. liverpool have completed the signing of hull city and scotland defender andrew robertson. the full—back spent three years at hull since his switch from dundee united. and has now moved to anfield for a fee believed to be around £8 million. former world number one tennis player ilie nastase has been banned by the international tennis federation from their events until 2021 for a number of offences. nastase was romania's fed cup captain when he made racially insensitive remarks about serena williams. that was ahead of a tie earlier this year against great britain. he also made abusive and threatening comments to players, match officials and journalists.
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nastase is then said to have made unwanted advances of a sexual nature to the gb captain anne keothavong. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. baroness hale has made history by becoming the first female president of the uk's highest court — the supreme court. the family law specialist — who has championed diversity in thejudiciary — was confirmed in the role by downing street a little earlier. she will replace lord neuberger in october. our legal correspondent, clive coleman, gave us more details. her appointment today comes a day afterjudicial diversity her appointment today comes a day after judicial diversity statistics we re after judicial diversity statistics were released which showed that diversity remains a really sticky problem for the judiciary, the fact is only 28% ofjudges are female. that's in spite of a huge range of initiatives to encourage more women to apply to the bench and i think certainly one of the effects her
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appointment will have to show that a woman is now the president of the supreme court, the most seniorjudge in the united kingdom, is likely to encourage and that's certainly the hope, it will encourage more women to apply to become judges and to rise up the judicial ladder. she will bejoined by rise up the judicial ladder. she will be joined by three other justices appointed today, one of whom is also a woman, so now two women on the highest court in the land. how will she mould the court? well, what i can tell you is that she faces a really difficult challenge because she has to steer this place through the brexit and post—brexit period, she's the uk supreme court will have to determine what weight to give to judgments of the european court ofjustice, we know what a hot issue the relationship between the uk and the european court ofjustice is. it is also possible of course that issues arising out of what has become to be known as the great repeal bill could
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end up in this place. i think the eyes of the press will be trained on the supreme court during this period and it is going to be a very challenging time for her but she's very well equipped to deal with it. she's hugely well qualified. she was the first woman to become a law lord, the first woman to become a justice of the supreme court. she has a brilliant academic career, as afamily has a brilliant academic career, as a family lawyer she was on the law commission and her judgments a family lawyer she was on the law commission and herjudgments here have been very powerful. indeed she's had one of herjudgments really extended the definition of domestic violence beyond that of just pure physical violence, another ruling related to the mental capacity of those who are in care homes where she again extended the definition of what it is to be detained in one of those homes, famous phrase she said, a guilded cage is nonetheless a cage. she's been bold in herjudgments and i think she will continue to be bold and forth right in being the
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president of the supreme court and she's looking forward to taking up the role. tolls on the two bridges over the severn between england and wales, will be scrapped for all vehicles by the end of next year. a study commissioned by the welsh government suggests the decision could boost the welsh economy by £100 million, but there are also concerns the move could lead to increased congestion. here's our wales correspondent sian lloyd. the gateways to south wales. 25 million vehicles use the two crossings over the severn estuary every year. charges — currently £20 for lorries and £6.70 for cars — have been levied since the first bridge opened 50 years ago. with the crossings returning to public ownership next year, the uk government announced this morning that the tolls will be scrapped. this haulage company in newport sends trucks through the toll booths every day. its operations manager welcomes the news, but as a first step.
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well, specifically, it is a cost saving to us. we use the bridge probably ten, 12, 15 times a day. so that will be a benefit to us. but we have to make sure that the infrastructure to support the increase in traffic that we're likely to see is in place to support it. just six months ago, the uk government had planned to reduce the tolls, retaining funding to pay for the maintenance of the bridges. so who will pay for that now? well, that will come from general taxation. of course, we're going to work with the highways agency, we'll work with the welsh government, but ultimately, this is the uk taxpayer that's looking after an important part of infrastructure. it's a strategic piece of infrastructure that binds wales and england together. congestion and slow—moving traffic costs businesses dearly. infrastructure in south wales is currently under review. the uk government has accused ministers in cardiff of dragging their feet over plans for a new motorway. but it was only yesterday that the uk transport secretary announced that rail electrification from cardiff to swansea
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had been shelved. removing these barriers is designed to keep the welsh economy moving forwards, but there are concerns that without further infrastructure changes, there could be gridlock to come. sian lloyd, bbc news, on the severn crossing. air traffic controllers are warning that uk skies are nearly at capacity, because of a record number of planes. it comes on what is one of the busiest days for controllers, who are anticipating nearly 9,000 flights, as many families begin their summer holidays. andy moore reports. air traffic building over the uk as the sun rises on a typical summer's day. today, the skies will be even more congested, the busiest ever day at the beginning of the busiest ever summer. new technologies being used all the time to increase the capacity of our airspace. this is a virtual control for london city airport will stop
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computers can see more than the human eye. national air traffic services are expecting more than 770,000 flights to cross our skies this summer. that's 40,000 more than last year. but by 2030, there would be a predicted 8,000 flight cancellations unless something is done. the current system was designed for the planes of the 1960s. modern aircraft are much more sophisticated and that means a new plan can be created. effectively it's redrawing the air networks we have and airspace, to accommodate that future growth. but it can mean more direct route, it can mean continuous descents into airports, continuous climbs out of airports, so there's potentially environmentally benefit as well as addressing issues around noise pollution through modernising our airspace. this morning, transport secretary chris grayling launched a £1 billion programme to double the size of manchester airport's terminal two. he also announced a consultation on the government's aviation plans for the next 30 years.
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this is all about asking the country, people who use aviation, the businesses that use aviation, the aviation sector itself, how should government work with you in the future, what should our approach to regulation be, and decisions we take about the future of the sector, what should those look like? but not everyone is convinced we should keep on increasing the number of flights. it's a very small minority of people who take the overwhelming majority of flights. we need a common—sense approach. we can't go on expanding aviation indefinitely, so we need a levy which penalises those that are taking plots flights multiple times a year but respects people who need to take a family holiday. everyone accepts our skies are reaching saturation point. the question is what to do about it. campaigners have accused boots of refusing to cut the cost of one of its morning after pills — despite calls from campaigners to do so.
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the emergency contraceptive called levonelle costs nearly £30 in boots, but tesco have recently reduced the price to £13.50. the british pregnancy advisory service has called on all pharmacies to do the same — as they explained to my colleague joanna gosling a little bit earlier. women need access to, rapid access to emergency contraception when their regular method fails, many women in this country are reliant on user dependent methods, condoms, pills, which can frequently fail or be forgotten so they need to be able to access emergency contraception. they can do that, though, through the gp. they can do that through the gp but we have talked about the problems with teenagers accessing this, but this is, the majority of women we see in our service, we see thousands of women every year with u nwa nted thousands of women every year with unwanted pregnancy and often it's women in their 20s and 30s who do not have the time, who have child ca re not have the time, who have child care commitments, working responsibilities, don't have the time to get to their gp and for whom
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actually it is not a good use of either their time or the doctor's time, this is a very, very safe, effective medication that should be readily available through pharmacies and we are delighted to see superdrug and and we are delighted to see superd rug and tesco and we are delighted to see superdrug and tesco have taken the initiative. we hope boots follows because this situation is not tenable. what are your thoughts on how available it should be and how much it should cost? i mean, one thing we do know about emergency contraception is it's incredibly safe, so i very much support easier access to it and from — we would support free provision of emergency contraception. it is also available widely in clinics, contraception, family planning clinics free of charge and also people have the
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anonymity. it's safe but it isn't the most effective form of emergency contraception. is there an element of the consultation around it being, not just necessarily about of the consultation around it being, notjust necessarily about how of the consultation around it being, not just necessarily about how safe it is to take, but why someone is in a position of taking it and are they being responsible around contraception, are they making the right decisions in what they're doing? i don't think we talk about responsibility, i think it's more about women being safe and adequate protected and long acting reversible contraception, things like iud is actually much more effective and in fa ct actually much more effective and in fact the emergency coil is a much more effective form of emergency contraception than the pill. 0r more effective form of emergency contraception than the pill. or the emergency contraceptive pill. we would definitely support it being more widely available at a cheaper cost because it is an incredibly safe medication. you wanted to come
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in on the point about the responsibility around contraception. yeah, i mean, ithink regardless responsibility around contraception. yeah, i mean, i think regardless of why a woman needs to use it, they should have it free and easy. but the thing is that i know from the women i have spoken to and from my personal experience it's often not a case of you being irresponsible, it's a case of maybe the condom has broken, maybe you have missed a pill by accident. maybe it's even that you are having side—effects from a normal contraception and you are trying and having breaks from different contraception. i don't think it's anything to do with being irresponsible. ina in a moment the business stories. first the headlines. police searching for the missing airman corrie mckeague says no trace
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of the serviceman has been found. at least two people have died on the greek island of kos in an earthquake. the parents of charlie gard have within told that a new scan makes for sad reading accord to great 0rmond for sad reading accord to great ormond street hospital. it's time for a look at the business stories of the week. we have been hearing about the size of the borrowing and our overall debt which is growing. yeah, the overall big package of debt, the total national debt at the moment is £1. 75 trillion, that's around 87% of gdp. the numbers released today on quarterly borrowing, how much we borrowed april, may, june, they rose by 9% to £22. 8 billion for the government. i suppose this ironically could be good news for the chancellor. it's not normally
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good news to say we are borrowing more but he is keen to stress the age of austerity is not over yet. more but he is keen to stress the age of austerity is not over yetm becomes political? meanwhile, looking at the markets, the shares of vodafone are performing well, why? they had a really good quarter, they're selling more data. this is really ironic. what is happening? yeah, they're a phone company but now they're increasingly a data company. people are communicating via different things and it doesn't use a traditional phone line 0rmeau —— or mobile. these were before the end of roaming. your colleague has been talking to goldman sachs about brexit. 0ne been talking to goldman sachs about brexit. one of their senior directors is saying it's costing a lot of money guessing what is likely to happen after march 2019, why is it costing money before he knows what the deal is? this is a good
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point. banks have to be in place by march 2019 in order to continue serving customers in the european union. he is saying we now have to invest in new properties, training staff, paying off old staff so that they're ready for either frankfurt or paris in the case of goldman and that involves new it systems, training staff, persuading maybe staff from london to move. they may not want to move. so the lead time is quite long. that all costs time and money. isuspect is quite long. that all costs time and money. i suspect it could cost as much as 12 months. let's turn to richard hunter. good afternoon. can we go back to the first thing we we re we go back to the first thing we were discussing and that is the borrowing numbers. what do you think it means for the government's plans for austerity, we were hinting at what it means for the chancellor. well, i think what you have been saying is absolutely right. it doesn't of course in some ways play
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into the chancellor's hands in as much as despite any pressure the government has been seeing, it's not necessarily a great deal of money in the pot to be thrown around, whether it be in the form of extra public sector spending or anything else. 0f course all of this is in the backdrop of the brexit negotiations which are now starting to slowly get into second gear. all the costs and implications that might come out of that, as well. so the uk government has been trying to run a fairly tight ship and this latest set of borrowing figures as you rightly said, has shown there is still a deficit that needs keeping an eye on. 87% of gdp, the debt, for a country the size of the uk, and interest rates are very low, is that a concern? it is and it isn't. traditionally, higher inflation would be pretty good for the uk
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government in terms of inflating away some of that debt. in the interim period where it's not so goodis interim period where it's not so good is that this is why the government embarked on this period of austerityjust to keep the government finances in check. obviously, the recent political pressure, not least of which was the outcome of the general election, has put some pressure on the government to increase spending at a time when it can't be affording to do so. let'sjump it can't be affording to do so. let's jump to vodafone. they had a good day today. they're not really a phone company any more, they're a data provider. how can they continue making money given the fact it's getting cheaper to sell bits of data? you are right, and it's all around data packages. and the requirement of the global population for it's need for data and when you get up to the sorts of hundreds of millions of customers that vodafone has, even on a low margin, that is going to start to pay for itself.
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it's one thorne in the side at the moment is india, for exactly that reason, it's had to have a large write—off of over 3 billion and had to get into bed with an indian competitor to offset a new company out in india which has tried to undercut vodafone. it's had a write—off there. on the other hand, in other parts of the world, not necessarily the uk, but in terms of some of asia and africa, it's had an extremely strong growth in terms of its revenues for this particular period and it's always worth bearing in mind for vodafone that due to the cash general rative nature of the business this is a company which continues to be able to pay dividends. the stock is currently yielding, getting on for 6. 2% and obviously when you look at your cash in the building society at the moment, for example, paying next to nothing, it's another attraction for
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investors. richard hunter, thank you very much. now the markets. a tidy little screen there. half of one percent. it had a good week, maybe they're going to sell on a friday and head off to wherever... summer holidays. busiest day of the year. the dax had a nasty day. i suspect also its profit taking after good days. thank you, joe, have a good weekend. i am working, never stops here! someone has to keep it going. thank you, joe. a bag used by neil armstrong to bring back lunar soil from the first ever trip to the moon has been sold at an auction in new york.
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the seller had waut the —— had bought the bag on a government auction website three years ago for less tha n auction website three years ago for less than $1,000. that's quite a profit. it is one small step for man... neil armstrong's giant leap on the moon allowed him to make several small scoops there as well. he has this little bag. collecting lunar dust and rocks in a specially designed decontamination bag, to bring home. the rocks became national treasures. the bag, not so much. forgotten about, until resurfacing three years ago on a government auction website that space enthusiast nancy carlson liked to check out. i saw a bag described as a lunar bag sewn with a number on it, and the word, moon dust. and as soon as i saw it...
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when you saw that, your eyes must have lit up. that would be putting it nicely. she quickly slapped down her $995, and a week later history arrived. it was like finding the holy grail. but almost lost again to nancy. to be sure it was from apollo 11, she sent it to nasa so they could test the dust embedded in the bag. that is where things started to go off the rails, to put it nicely. nasa told her, yes, the bag had been to the moon, but, no, they would not return it since they said it never should have been sold to start with. nancy had to sue to get her bag back. i found a piece of history everyone forgot about, that is my great gratification. i saved it from being lost. nearly half a century later, thanks to nancy carlson's trolling, there is a new footnote
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to the greatest adventure story in human history. a lesson to us all, i am going to spend the weekend on ebay to see if icanfind spend the weekend on ebay to see if i can find a bag like it! what do you think? it's just a bit of dust really. expensive dust! let's stick to the weather. this says it all, it's been a mixture of everything today. we have a woodpecker in the rain. a picture from a weather watcher. dark clouds in the vale of glamorgan. also fine weather at the moment across many eastern areas of the uk, it's not been bad everywhere. the south—west has had a fair dose of rain and strong winds, up to gale force in places. look at this low
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pressure spinning around. the weather front isn't moving very far. that was video footage of clouds moving across the uk. the rain falling in any one location, hence a lot of rain fell in some areas of the south—west and wales. here is 7pm, you can see it's nudging into southampton, into the far west of the midlands, then moving through wales and nudging into merseyside. many areas clearly enjoying some dry weather this evening and i think pleasa nt weather this evening and i think pleasant across northern scotland and some of these eastern counties. it's going to stay dry and overnight you might get rain. not raining all the time and everywhere. overnight there is big gaps of clear weather, certainly across wales and the midlands, scotland and the trouble is that the low pressure, if you don't like unsettled weather, the trouble is it's here through
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saturday and into sunday, as well. and while it's not going to be raining all the time, the weather will be changeable for many of us from hour to hour. you can see lots of showers here across southern and central parts of the uk, northern england and southern scotland. but the north of scotland enjoying fine weather. belfast, not bad on saturday. for the golf, weather. belfast, not bad on saturday. forthe golf, it weather. belfast, not bad on saturday. for the golf, it means it's going to be a changeable day. sunshine and showers and relatively cool conditions. sunday, again it's more of the same, for as long as this low pressure is with us it's not going to change. by monday chances are we will see weather settling again. frequent showers, not everybody is going to get them, because there will be a fair bit of sunshine around, as well. that's it from me. enjoy your evening. at five... a bbc investigation finds evidence of children as young as nine being groomed on the live—streaming
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app, periscope. children are found streaming video live from classrooms and bedrooms. the nspcc says the evidence is disturbing. so vulnerable and being so clearly groomed for sexual purposes by a pack of people online. it's really shocking. we'll have the latest and i'll be asking the nspcc what can be done to protect our children. the other main stories on bbc news at five... a new scan on charlie gard makes for "sad reading", says a lawyer representing great ormond street hospital. a strong earthquake near the greek island of kos kills two people and injures more than a hundred.
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