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this is bbc news, the headlines at eleven: in a new documentary prince william and prince harry recall fond memories of their mother diana, princess of wales. this crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness. some of the bbc‘s most high profile women have written to the director general, calling on him to correct gender disparity in pay. a 20—year—old man has died after being confronted by a police officer in an east london shop. international trade secretary liam fox has given his backing to a temporary two—year deal with the eu after brexit. frankly i've waited a0 years to leave the eu, 2a months would be a rounding error. jeremy hunt has described the abuse of staff at great ormond street hospital where baby charlie gard is being treated as "totally u na cce pta ble". blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in england and scotland.
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and donald trump's stalled plans to reform obamacare will be among the topics discussed on dateline london at 11.30 with jane hill. good morning and welcome to bbc news. princes william and harry have given a candid insight into their relationship with their mother princess diana, and have revealed that they last spoke to her in a brief phone call on the day she died. speaking in a documentary to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death, the princes said they regret the rushed nature of that conversation, but fondly recall their mother's loving nature and her mischievous side. here's our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell.
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to the watching world, she was the princess whose image appeared constantly on front pages. it was a glamorous but necessarily limited impression of the real person. now, nearly 20 years after diana's death in the car accident in paris, her sons, william and harry, have spoken in an itv documentary about diana, the mother who did so much to shape their childhood. we felt, you know, incredibly loved, harry and i, and i am very grateful that that love still feels there. it was that love that, that even if she was on the other side of a room, as a son, you could feel it. the person who emerges from william and harry's description is a woman with a strong sense of fun. when everybody says to me, you know, so she was fun, give us an example, all i can hear is her laugh in my head and that sort of crazy laugh as where there was just pure
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happiness showing on her face. one of her mottos to me was, you can be as naughty as you want, just don't get caught. and they talk about their mother's death. they recall the last time they spoke to her and they reflect on the overwhelming public reaction and how they coped with the week which culminated in herfuneral. as william himself has said, it is a tribute to diana from her sons, in which they recall the woman they hope the world will remember. nicholas witchell, bbc news. some of the bbc‘s most high—profile female presenters have written to the corporation's director general tony hall, calling on him to tackle the gender pay gap. bbc sport's clare balding, the today programme's mishal hussain and jane garvey, the presenter of woman's hour, are amongst the 42 signatories.
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the letter in the sunday times urges lord hall to "act now" to close the gender pay gap in all areas of the bbc. in a statement, a bbc spokesperson said, "we have made significant changes over the last three years, but need to do more." let's get more on this with gillian howard an employment lawyer specialising in discrimination. she joins us via webcam from north london. we are very grateful for your time. what do you make of this letter? good morning everybody, good morning, rebecca. the letter is very powerful and should be acted upon immediately. it is an utter disgrace that the bbc, a major institution, has allowed this covert discrimination to carry on. now you have 45 really powerful voices
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asking for help, asking for assistance, asking for something to be done, and it should be done. what i hope it does not happen is that individual women are picked off and individually the deal is done. i think this is a collective issue. it is very serious and i hope that tony hall takes this as a serious, serious matter, and deals with this asa serious matter, and deals with this as a collective issue. when you say it needs to be acted on, what are you suggesting? i am suggesting an immediate remedy to all the women, andi immediate remedy to all the women, and i do notjust mean the 45 women who are very senior and in the highest bracket, but a review has to be done immediately of the whole pay structure and pay issues. all the women from top to bottom, they're paid should be reviewed and a sensible timescale should be laid out to improve and increase their
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pay to the level of the men who are doing the same or similar work. forgive me for interrupting, the bbc has said it will close the gap by 2020. does that go far enough for you? no, it does not. that is far too late. it is too little and too late. this inequality in pay has been going on for generations, for decades, and it is not good enough now that the bbc has been caught out to say we will do it in three years' time. they have to do it now. one way that they do not do it is to suggest that they will be creased the pay of men to downgrade the man's pay the pay of men to downgrade the man's pay so that women's pay is equalised. that is not the way to do it. how much is this a problem across other businesses and organisations? it is notjust the bbc, is it? no, it is probably
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throughout most industries, but it is rife in the finance industry. not necessarily on basic salaries, but in terms of bonus i now have six cases in the finance industry where senior women have learned that their bonus payments over the past few yea rs have bonus payments over the past few years have been significantly lower than their male colleagues. this is rife u nfortu nately. than their male colleagues. this is rife unfortunately. why is that? how have we got to this situation? u nfortu nately have we got to this situation? unfortunately traditionally women in the past have been prepared to work for less money than men. they have not been unionised. a lot of women have had to work reduced hours. i will not call them part—timers, but reduced hours or flexible will not call them part—timers, but reduced hours orflexible hours because of childcare or dependents' care. they have not been as forceful as men. men have been in domain in very strong trade unions who have worked very hard to get better pay,
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women traditionally have not. u nfortu nately women traditionally have not. unfortunately the other factor that has been a majorfactor is unfortunately the other factor that has been a major factor is the secrecy. employers have not had to publish their pay rates or their pay scales or individual pay, and therefore they have been able to get away with it. do you think the a nswer away with it. do you think the answer is for all companies, all organisations, to reveal how much is paid? a lot of people will object to that on privacy grounds. they may wa nt to that on privacy grounds. they may want to object to it but this is a major equality issue. from next april employers with over 250 employees will have to publish their gender pay data, so at least employers with 250 or more employees will have to be more transparent. but this is a major issue. since 1970 when the equal pay act was passed, and 1975 when was enacted, employers are supposed to have been
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giving equal pay. this is not a new issue and i do not think employers can hide behind pregnancy, ethnic monitoring or all forms of discrimination could be used as an excuse. i think employers have got to be much more transparent and if they will not, there has to be more powerful legislation to make them transparent. really good to talk to you, gillian howard, the employment lawyer. the health secretary, jeremy hunt, has described the abuse to staff at great ormond street hospital, where the terminally ill baby charlie gard is being treated, as "totally u na cce pta ble". the hospital says its doctors and nurses had faced a "tide of abuse" and that it's had to call in the police. the high court is considering whether charlie's parents should be allowed to take him to the united states for experimental treatment. richard main reports. release charlie gard! it is a case that has touched people around the world. attracting a growing number of campaigners who disagree with medical experts over the treatment of a
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critically ill baby boy. 11—month—old charlie gard has a rare form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and irreversible brain damage. his parents, connie yates and chris gard, want to take him to the us for pioneering surgery. but great ormond street hospital says it is in charlie's best interests to turn off his life—support and allow him to die. last night the hospital said in a statement that their doctors and nurses have been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility. staff have received abuse, both in the street and online. thousands of abusive messages, they say, have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life's work is to care for sick children. a short while later, the parents of charlie gard also released a statement. we do not condone abusive or threatening behaviour to great ormond street hospital staff or anybody in connection with our son.
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we, too, get abuse and have to endure nasty and hurtful remarks on a daily basis. people have different opinions and we accept that. but there is a line that should not be crossed. the health secretary, jeremy hunt, also condemned the abuse, tweeting that the behaviour was totally u na cce pta ble. the high court hearing into charlie gard's future resumes tomorrow, with the judge saying he hopes a decision will be reached by tuesday. richard main, bbc news. a 20—year—old man has died after being apprehended by a police officer in an east london shop. the metropolitan police said the man was followed on foot after officers tried to stop a car in hackney yesterday. they say he was taken ill after apparently trying to swallow an object, and was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later. 0ur correspondent andy moore is at the scene in hackney in east london. what more can you tell us about
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this? this incident happened in the early hours of the morning at this shop, about ten to two in the morning on saturday. police were following a car here on kingsland road, a passenger got out and was chased into this shop. there is a video showing the incident, recorded ona video showing the incident, recorded on a security camera, and that video has been widely shared on social media. we are not showing it at the moment because we do not have the permission of the owner. you can see a struggle between a police officer and a young man on the floor. the young man appears to put something in his mouth at one stage. later on another man is involved in a struggle, presumably a plainclothes peace officer. the young man is handcuffed with his hands behind his back. later on in the video you can
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see he is unresponsive and at that stage we understand paramedics were called but he was declared dead in hospital a short time later. very soon afterwards this incident was referred to the independent police complaints commission. they say they have recovered video from the scene, there are about 15 security cameras in there. they have body worn video from the police officer and they say they have spoken to the police and other witnesses. they say they have spoken to the family of the young man and explained to the family what their role is and what their investigation is about. we have had a statement from the borough commander in hackney, very well aware of the sensitivities around this case and the video. he said there is likely to be speculation over the next few days regarding what led to this man becoming ill, so he says all police officers are fully aware that they will be asked
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to account for their actions. 0fficers to account for their actions. officers are not exempt from the law and we would not wish to be. our correspondent in east london. 0ur correspondent in east london. the rules on blood donation are to be relaxed in england and scotland to allow more gay men and sex workers to take part. experts say there is clear evidence it is safe for those groups to give blood after abstaining from sex for three months instead of 12. hiv charities have welcomed the changes. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. giving blood is not for everyone. rules on safety mean those at high risk of infectious diseases, such as hiv and hepatitis b and c, are restricted from donating. but the rules are changing. gay men will no longer have to abstain from sex for 12 months. that will be reduced to three months before they can give blood. people who have had sex with high—risk partners or in a high—risk place, will also have the deferral period reduced to three months. and for the first time, sex workers will be allowed to donate blood after abstaining
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from sex for three months. the reason for the change is that scientists say new testing techniques have established infectious diseases such as hiv and hepatitis b and c show up in the bloodstream well within three months. technologies to pick up the presence of a virus and other infections in the blood have greatly improved. so we can now pick up viruses at a much earlier stage in the infection. therefore, it is much easier to tell if a blood donor has the virus. the changes have been welcomed by charities including the national aids trust, who say they were based on the latest scientific evidence rather than prejudice. earlier i spoke to alex phillips from the terrence higgins trust. she welcomed the changes and hoped that they would soon extend to the whole of the uk notjust england and scotland we expect wales to follow suit
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pretty quickly as they happen in the past. we would hope to see that northern ireland would do the same. why did you think it was so important for this time limit to be ridges? it needs to be based on evidence which is evolving all the time. it was reduced to 12 months for men who have sex with men, gay and bisexual men, in 2011. we know since then testing technology and so forth has changed quite dramatically and the evidence suggests that should now be a three—month deferral period. we provided some evidence around sex workers and their lifetime ban on donating blood has been lifted. they are also down to three months. what do you say to those people who are perhaps a bit concerned about this and might say surely it is better to err on the
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side of caution? this is erring on the side of caution. we have a world leading blood donation service. we have not had any infections in it for well over a decade, so it is very safe and that is paramount. that is the most important thing that we maintain the safety of the blood supply. this evidence suggests it will do it. you suggest categorically that no one at risk will donate blood or if they do, that blood will then be discovered? that is right. for sex workers, for example, which has been the biggest shift, it has been unprecedented in fa ct, shift, it has been unprecedented in fact, the evidence we supplied to government showed that 98% of sex workers that we surveyed rated their sexual health is very important and the same percentage, so 98%, knew their hiv status. it is down to three months. should it go even further in your view? what we have
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been calling on government to do now is to continually review the evidence because it is changing so quickly that in three or four years we could see some dramatic changes. what we would like to see specifically is an investment from government into gay and bisexual men who only have oral sex because we know from our clinical work that they are a much reduced risk. alex phillips from the terrence higgins trust. the headlines on bbc news: in a new interview prince william and prince harry have recalled fond memories of their mother diana princess of wales. some of the bbc‘s most high profile women have written to the director general, calling on him to correct gender disparity in pay. a 20—year—old man has died after being confronted by a police officer in an east london shop. golf, cricket, cycling.
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sport now and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh. the women's cricket world cup final is under way. england have won the toss and chosen to bat against india. they have just lost their first wicket for 24. tammy bowman is still on their 19 not out. england are currently 49—1 in the 12th over. david 0rnstein is that lawyers for us. an important game on the field, but in the wider context of the women's game, how important is the attention that this match has garnered? it is huge and arguably the bigger victory has already been achieved in the success of this tournament. 26,500 spectators inside lord's today, that is a sell—out. it isa
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lord's today, that is a sell—out. it is a record since the icc governed this competition. no final has seen more tickets sold and this one. it really is a tribute to the success of this tournament and also what can be achieved by women's cricket. 0f those spectators this tournament has seen 50% of tickets sold to women. around 30% to under 16 ‘s have been sold, so there is a youthful vibe that this and also a lot of women getting involved in cricket. it should see the sports take off in india where cricket is something of oui’ india where cricket is something of our religion. this is a magnificent occasion today. there was such excitement with the fans coming to the ground, it was a seminal moment. a while ago cricket would not have even registered with the average sports fan, but it registers today. you can get full coverage of the match over on radio 5 live. text
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commentary also available on the bbc sport website. the sprinters will contest the stage win in the tour de france, but chris froome will be looking forward to standing on the top of this podium for a third year in a row. there have been ups and downs in the last few weeks but it has been very much a grand tour in the sense that it has been really about the three weeks and doing those three weeks in the most conservative but efficient manner. it was not about one single stage. that is what grand tour racing is. that is what grand tour racing is. the final round of this year's open championship is under way at royal birkdale. jordan spieth holds a three—shot lead. the american goes out at 2.30 and is trying to become only the second player afterjack nicklaus to win three of golf‘s four majors
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before the age of 24. i think ithinki i think i am in a position where it can be very advantageous to everything i have gone through, the good, the bad and everything in the middle. i understand leeds can be squandered quickly and i also understand how you can keep on building on one. as i go in for the next 18 or 20 hours it is about being very positive and really stay very focused on the game plan. so who will lift the claretjug this year? you can listen to radio 5 live from midday to follow the final round, there will also be highlights on bbc two from 8 o'clock this evening. manchester city have completed the signing of real madrid defender danilo for a fee believed to be £26.5 million. the 26—year—old brazil international has signed a five—year deal and will join city on their preseason tour of the united states. danilo can play in both full—back roles as well as in midfield, and is city's fourth major signing of the summer.
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that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the international trade secretary liam fox says any transitional arrangement with the eu after brexit must end by the time of the next general election, which is scheduled for 2022. mr fox, who is currently in the us conducting preview trade talks, said there were a number of practical issues which needed to be sorted around things like immigration, to allow a smooth transition. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo is here to tell us more. tell us a little bit more about exactly what he said. doctor fox has been talking about this idea of a transitional deals so we know the clock is already ticking down to march 2000 and 19. by that date we have to have a deal with the eu and that will be the date when brexit
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happens. what will brexit actually looked like? theresa may has already said she wants to see what she called an implementation period, a time—limited period of any new deal thatis time—limited period of any new deal that is struck. this time implementation period is also being called a transitional deal. we know there have been differences in the cabinet about this idea of a transitional deal, how long it should go on for and what it should look like, what part of our current relationship with the eu would still be present in that conditional deal. doctor liam fox, one of the key brexiteer is in the cabinet, has been speaking this week about a transitional deal, saying he has been prepared to consider a two—year time frame for this. today speaking to andrew marr he appeared to go a little further. it's about the practical issues we would face, about getting, for example, any new immigration system into place, getting any new customs system into place. that's a practical issue. i think we would want to get it out
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of the way before the election. i don't think people want to have it dragging on. but i think it's perfectly reasonable to have a transition that makes it as smooth as possible. i think that's what businesses would want us to have in britain and i think that's actually what our investors abroad would want to see. doctor fox talking about this idea ofa doctor fox talking about this idea of a transitional deal to avoid a cliff edge are potentially going on until the next election in 2022. there are some who feel a transitional deal would be equal to not leaving the eu at all because we do not know yet what a transitional deal might look like. but there does seem to be consensus emerging about the necessity of a transitional deal to smooth the path. but what it looks like and how long it lasts is up looks like and how long it lasts is upfor looks like and how long it lasts is up for discussion. meanwhile, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn was a guest on the andrew marr show and he has waded into the ongoing debate about the gender pay gap at the bbc.
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yes, he has. he was asked what he made of the gender pay discussions going on after the salary list were published earlier this week by the bbc. he was asked by andrew marr whether what he thought about the letter signed by some of the bbc‘s most high profile female presenters. i would sign the letter with them. i think the bbc needs to look hard on yourself. the point you made in the press discussion earlier about the treatment of older women in the bbc is, i think, is a very important one. but also this gender pay gap is appalling. we would insist on a strong gender pay audit of every organisation and we'd also look at a 20 to one ratio between the chief executive and the lowest paid staff in every public sector organisation. and bbc is very much public sector. jeremy corbyn proposing a gender pay audit of all organisations. under new government rules that came in in
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april this year, companies with more than 250 employees are required by law to publish their details of the gender pay gap annually, butjeremy corbyn went further, saying he would like to see that extended to all organisations regardless of size. thank you. now, if you happened to visit paris yesterday you may have had something of a surprise. all the normal attractions were there, exactly as you'd expect, but there was an unusual guest that was rather large in stature. tim allman explains. at first glance, this looks somewhat surprising. a giant sperm whale washed up on the banks of the river seine. a medical team appeared to be examining the body, tourists look on with more than a little interest. but things are not what they seem. this is in fact a giant replica, created by a group of belgian artists. they're trying to raise
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awareness about the environment, so much so they won't break character, even for the cameras. translation: this happens fairly often, but not in paris. he came up the river to escape sonar, we found out he had an eye infection so he couldn't see properly. he came up and got stuck over there by the bridge. the firemen were called and pulled him out with a craine and pulled him out with a crane because you cannotjust leave the body in the water. similar replica beachings have taken place across europe. and it seems like the artists do a pretty convincing job. someone posted an article but we thought it was real. we came over and then my mum said in the morning that it was a sculpture. i had to look it up, i said it was a sculpture. i saw it was a sculpture. it is amazing, really neat thing that they did to bring awareness. they want to explore the boundaries between reality and fiction.
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in the shadow of notre dame, it's certainly an interesting place to try. 0nly only the facts in the weather. time for the latest weather prospects now, here's stav danaos. yesterday was a disappointing day for summer. a similar picture this afternoon. there is quite a lot of sunshine, but also clusters of rain and heavy showers. we have got some pushing into eastern scotland. it will move southwards into much of central and southern scotland and the far north of england. it should bea the far north of england. it should be a bright and fine afternoon in scotla nd be a bright and fine afternoon in scotland and northern ireland, but some long spells of rain in the south east. temperatures cool in the rain, but it could be 20—21 in
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brighter spots. then that rain thinks it's way southward overnight and it turns dry and cooler. 0n monday we have got an east— west split. many eastern areas could see some outbreaks of rain and it will feel chilly. temperatures around the mid—teens celsius. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: prince william and prince harry have spoken of their regret that their last conversation with their mother was a "desperately rushed" phone call. some of the bbc‘s most high profile women have written to the director general, calling on him to correct gender disparity in pay. health secretaryjeremy hunt has described the abuse of staff


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