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this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm: north korea claims its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test proves any target in the us is now within striking distance. white house war — donald trump names generaljohn kelly as his next chief of staff after days of public in—fighting. general kelly has been a star, done an incrediblejob general kelly has been a star, done an incredible job so far it general kelly has been a star, done an incrediblejob so far it is respected by everybody. a great, great american. a great, great american. after violence breaks out in east london — the family of a 20—year—old man who died after being restrained by police — appeal for peace. also in the next hour — uk universities‘ pension fund deficit doubles to more than £17 billion pounds in the last year. a pensions‘ expert says universities may have to reduce benefits for its members, or increase tuition fees for students, to fill the black hole. a tight squeeze — an american woman has been rescued by firefighters after a boa constrictor wrapped
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itself around her and bit herface. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the north korean leader, kimjong—un, claims any target on the us mainland is now within striking range. it following his military‘s latest intercontinental missile test, the second test within a month. as with previous launches, the event was celebrated by north korean state media. this report by our correspondent karen allen. cloa ked in darkness, state run tv captured the final
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moments before the missile launch. a potent symbol of north korea's defiance in the face of international sanctions. its leader kim jong—un there to witness it all. then the dramatic lift—off. and the moment that pyongyang thumbed its nose at the world. the second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in less than a month. it travelled higher and further than the missile fired before, eventually smashing down into the ocean off the coast of japan. then came the official confirmation from pyongyang. the newsreader announcing that this test was proof that the whole of the us is now within reach. pictures show a triumphant north korean leader. in washington, president trump described the tests as reckless and dangerous.
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the reaction from north korea's neighbour in the south was equally harsh. translation: dashing the international community's hopes have eased inter—korean military tensions and in particular, seoul's offer of bilateral military talks. these joint us south korea military drills a response to the launch, designed to send a clear message that seoul and washington stand shoulder—to—shoulder in the face of an increasingly belligerent north korea. the us already has battleships in the pacific ocean. now, it has promised to scale up its strategic assets in response to this latest threat. more aircraft carriers and stealth bombers could soon be on the way. a jubilant kim jong—un wants us recognition as a nuclear power. instead, in the wake of another missile test, he's likely to face stiffer sanctions with china
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and russia under pressure not to stand in the way. president trump has described his new chief of staff, john kelly, as a true star of his administration — after reince priebus stood down from the post. mr trump said mr kelly, a retired military general, had done a spectacularjob as the head of homeland security, where he introduced a tougher immigration policy. the resignation of mr priebus came after he was criticised by the president's new communications director, anthony scaramucci, who accused him of leaking to the press. here's our north america correspondent peter bowes. another tweet, another resignation, another day in the trump presidency. reince priebus is the latest senior figure in the white house
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to leave his job prematurely. the shortest serving chief—of—staff in history. he is being replaced by a retired four—star general. john kelly is currently in charge of the department of homeland security. donald trump revealed that reince priebus had been replaced at the end of a tumultuous week in washington. earlier, the two men travelled together to an event in long island, where mr trump lavished praise onjohn kelly. one of our real stars. truly one of our stars. the president was heading back to the white house that he tweeted news of general kelly's newjob. he spoke briefly to reporters. reince is a good man. john kelly will do a fantasticjob. general kelly has been a star. done an incredible job thus far. respected by everybody. a great, great american. reince priebus a good man. there was a time when they seemed so close. ever since the election, the right—hand man, reince priebus, rarely far from the president's side.
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but he tendered his resignation on thursday, following what he said was several days of discussions. the president wanted to go in a different direction. i support him in that. the president has a right to hit a reset button. i think it's a good time to hit the reset button. i think he was right to hit the reset button and i think that it was something that i think the white house needs. i think it's healthy and i support him in it. asked about an interview in which he was described by the new white house communications chief, anthony scaramucci, as "a paranoid schizophrenic," mr priebus said "he didn't want to get into the mud." next week a new start at the white house with a general in charge. let's get a bit more background on the president's new chief of staff, generaljohn f kelly. as a four star general he holds the highest possible rank in the us military. during a career spanning four decades he served as a commanding general in iraq.
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his son robert died in action when he stepped on a landmine in afghanistan in 2010. it made general kelly the highest ranking officer to lose a child in the afghan and iraq wars. president trump appointed him the secretary of homeland security injanuary, where he was responsible for borders, immigration & cyber security. he's said in the past that a border wall between the us and mexico is essential because of threats entering the united states. let's talk to jan halper hayes — a republican commentator and former world vice president of republicans overseas. she joins us via webcam from san francisco in the us. thank you forjoining us. what do you make of the last, i'm not going to centre last week but certainly
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the last 2a hours? to centre last week but certainly the last 24 hours? i'm pretty relieved, and i have an enormous amount of respect for reince priebus. he did incredible things at the republican national committee, and he gets enormous credit and we are all incredibly grateful for how we won the white house and the senate. but he was in over his head, and his team was really responsible for the leaks. i think what trumpeted but he tried to work with the establishment because reince priebus is very much the establishment. he is very much part of the swamp that doesn't want to be drained, andi of the swamp that doesn't want to be drained, and i think that he gave it a chance and now we're going to see trump really a chance and now we're going to see tru m p really start a chance and now we're going to see trump really start bucking the system again. i missed that. what does mrtrump system again. i missed that. what does mr trump have against the republican establishment? what is the issue? let me give you a sense
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of things: we willjust take the house health care bill, and why the draining of the swamp was so important. kevin brady and paul ryan, the speaker of the house, they are in the pockets of the health ca re are in the pockets of the health care lobbyists, as the health care lobbyists actually had some things eliminated from obama care that was actually working as generating revenue for the government. it is not the establishment per se but washington is very dysfunctional, the 13 senators on the health care bill all had a top recipients of money from the health care industry. that is the part that has got to stop, because it becomes self—serving for business and self—serving for business and self—serving politicians, is not serving we, the people. it is a government for the people and by the people. the people were watching the goings—on at the white house, and it is certainly, the comparison has been made that there are overtones of the intrigue, the power play of the courtesan. king louis xiv‘s
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court. there is a lot of comings and goings. is this how mr trump likes to run his white house?” goings. is this how mr trump likes to run his white house? i think the question is, has this been standard of performance in past administrations? if you look at bill clinton, his first six months were as chaotic as mr trump's. he has brought a lot of people in that are not part of the system, and so the people who are part of the system viewed them as invaders. they want to keep the status quo, and you have people bucking the status quo. some of the hassles and the intrigue and the backstabbing and everything, it can be understood. give it some time it will calm down. the house speaker, paul ryan, describes reince priebus's conduct, his achievements, is essentially being a class act. what can we say so far about anthony
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scaramucci's conduct? goodness! i am on world news! well, you know what, i have a feeling that we had a dose of reality tv behaviour that i'm going to guess, i am truly guessing, but was somewhat sanctions behind—the—scenes. because as much as mrtrump can behind—the—scenes. because as much as mr trump can say, you're fired on the show, he is known for not wanting to fire people. he actually has been talking to general kelly for the past three weeks about him taking over. ryan had tilljuly four, and the minute the senate health—care bill fails, that was it, that was when the announcement was going to be made. it has been lovely speed you. thank you very much. my pleasure. my pleasure. the family of a man who died after being apprehended by police has appealed for peace — after unrest broke out on the
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streets in the wake of his death. the independent police complaints commission is investigating the death of 20—year—old rashan charles. last night angry clashes broke out as protesters blocked a road in dalston, east london, and set mattresses alight. richard lister reports. the tension had been building all afternoon. a peaceful protest about the death of a young man in police custody in east london beginning to turn into something else. the police were out in force trying to maintain calm, but it didn't last. by ten o'clock, a fleet of police vans was facing a burning barricade and an angry crowd. fireworks and bottles were thrown. hundreds of officers trying to keep people back. move away, the dogs are coming out.
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police in full riot gear repeatedly tried to clear the street. mounted officers were brought in too. it took at least another hour for some kind of order to be established, debris still smouldering on the streets. the confrontation was sparked by death of rashan charles. he was chased into a shop by police a week ago. officers say he tried to swallow something. there was a struggle and he became ill. just over an hour later, rashan charles was declared dead. he was 20. he is the third young man to die after being stopped by police in london injust over a month. it has stirred up long—standing grievances here. they're angry and they're confused because they're not being represented in life itself. they have to sell drugs. they have to carry knives because they're living in fear. they have no spirituality. they have to sell drugs? yeah. why? they're forced into situations where they don't understand how to live, how to make money, how to work for what they want because they don't want to work for the system. the council has been cleaning up and trying to move on. it spent the week trying to ease concerns in this community. the charles family has warned that hostile actions by demonstrators are unhelpful.
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people are gathering in hackney again today. i'm quite worried that people want to come from outside of hackney, haven't been part any of those protests this week and haven't listened to the family's requests and don't necessarily have the motivation of having a peaceful protest. so i think as long as it remains peaceful, people should be able to obviously gather. the independent police complaints commission says it will seek to answer the questions from rashan charles' family about his death and will follow the evidence wherever it leads. richard lister, bbc news. our correspondent simon jones is in hackney. it is raining, the crowds have gone, how has it on today in general? the vigil here has passed off peacefully. i think the campaign is very much wanted to bring their message right to the door of the police. some were chanting justice
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for al—sham, some holding pictures of him. among the crowd was his father. i know that family have seemed worried about the violent scenes we saw last night in hackney, with objects being thrown out the police. a spokesperson for the family addressed the crowd. this is their message. enough experience of burning down are community, i have experienced debt in our communities. i have experienced the anger of the people are feeling. believe me, young people, iwant people are feeling. believe me, young people, i want to talk to you. other half of the family. young people knew him. we understand your frustration, we understand your anger. don't fill that the family doesn't have the frustration at the anger, too. the family knows taking to the streets doesn't give you justice. burning down your own en”: ;- your . , . , homes, burning—emir is not 25535! to , homes, burning—emir
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here today to publicly show my support, as a member of the community, a mother i agree with what stafford has said about the importance of peace on the streets. violence is not the answer. but i am here to assure the parents and the community that i will stand by the parents in their fight for the truth. most of us will have seen the video and there are questions to be answered and i will not rest until those questions are answered. she i will not rest until those questions are answered. after the speeches, a small number
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of protesters surrounded a number of police officers to be keeping an eye on the demonstration. those protesters... none were forthcoming, because this issue is now being looked at by the ipcc. they will have to determine exactly what happened and whether there was any sort of misconduct by the police. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: there've been angry clashes in east london after a protest over the death of a man who was restrained by police last week. north korea says its latest missile test proves the whole of the us mainland is within range of its weapons. president trump names retired military generaljohn kelly as his new chief of staff after reince priebus stood down from the post. a former petroleum minister has been named as interim prime minister of pakistan. shahid khaqan abbasi has been chosen to replace former prime minister nawaz sharif after he was was ordered to stand down over corruption allegations.
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mr abbasi is expected to serve for a few months until mr sharif‘s brother, shahbaz sharif, can take over thejob. shahbaz sharif will first need to step down as the chief minister of punjab province and then win a national assembly seat in a by—election. two men have been arrested by police investigating two separate rape attacks on a schoolgirl. the 14 year—old was assaulted in a secluded part of birmingham's witton railway station on tuesday night. when she flagged down a passing carfor help, she was attacked a second time. it's emerged that uk universities have a pension fund deficit of more than £17 billion, the largest in the uk. the universities superannuation scheme caters for existing and retired academics. pension specialistjohn ralfe — who has been monitoring the scheme's
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progress for many years — says the deficit is down to poor management. i think the root cause of it is the uss trustees going down to the casino and betting the money they have been given by universities on equities. i've just checked the figures this morning, in 2008, the scheme was in surplus. a lot of people including me have been warning that this was a problem. uss have been kicking the can down the road for a number of years and i think now, they will have to face up to it and do something. what is the bet the trustees have made that hasn't paid off? they have been taking money from individual members of the scheme and from employers, could have putting that in safe investments, bonds, which match the pensions. but they haven't, they have been putting the assets into equities, hedge funds and other
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complex and risky bets. our business correspondent, joe lynam, explained how difficult it would be to clear the pension scheme's deficit. if you have a pensions black hole and you're a private pensions, basically a savings scheme, the government is not going to bail you out because its private. your options are, you ask the existing people who would benefit from this scheme, academics, lecturers, to take another pay cut. they did that last year. they got their benefits cut last year. they won't be keen on that. if you ask them to take another pay cut, they may say, i'm moving to germany or canada or the states. option two, you ask donors to pay more money, wealthy people who studied at these universities, to cough up more, but will they do that for a pension scheme? easy for oxford and cambridge, but not much for the less well known universities. last option, you ask students to pay more. that's controversial. there is a £9000 tuition cap on fees, would they go back to the government and say,
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we need to raise that even further, or start charging students for other things? maybe charging to use the wi—fi, or other things. it all makes a big headache, and you don't want to deter students as the uk emerges on this new post—eu path. north wales police are searching for a missing five—year—old girl. detectives believe molly owens, from holyhead in anglesey, may be with her father — brian george owens — who failed to attend a court hearing yesterday. to germany, where police say a man who killed one person and injured 6 others in a supermarket knife attack in hamburg was a "known islamist", "but not a jihadist". the suspect attacked customers at random yesterday. german police say he acted alone and was overpowered by passers—by. when waheed arian was a young boy growing up in afghanistan,
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he witnessed the suffering of war. many years later and he's now an emergency medic living in chester and is using virtual reality to help today's victims of violence in his homeland. his "tele—medicine" system allows doctors in war—zones to get help from specialists in the west. here's our world affairs editor, john simpson. we hear plenty of depressing stories about afghanistan, but this isn't one of them. quite the opposite, in fact. afghanistan has one of the lowest standards of medical care in the world — the doctors often aren't very highly trained, and their equipment is pretty basic. but they can contact dr waheed arian. an afghan who qualified as a doctor in britain, he can give them detailed medical advice using social media — from his home in chester, he takes messages day and night. he calls it telemedicine. they don't have the up—to—date technologies, they don't have the cutting—edge expertise, they don't have advanced
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evidence—based medicine. so they need any expertise or any advice that's more world—class here, that is very useful for them. so i'll take the arrow and place it... now he and his team are developing new ways of showing doctors there what to do. it went very well — we discussed a medical case, we solved the problem, it was a live case in one of the hospitals in kabul, afghanistan, and using augmented reality, we discussed it, and we managed the problem. as a boy in the 1980s, waheed had to escape from the russians who'd invaded his country. he and his family were lucky to survive. when civil war flared up in afghanistan, his parents sent him on his own to britain. he was 15 and didn't speak much
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english, yet within four years he was studying medicine at cambridge. and he became passionate about helping people in the country of his birth. i'd seen so much suffering in my childhood, and that suffering was still very vivid in my memory, and i wanted to see if i could help in any way alleviate that suffering from many people that were in a similar position to mine as a child. he doesn't get much time with his family in chester. he's taken leave of absence to develop his telemedicine ideas, but in order to pay the bills, he has to work every weekend as an a&e doctor. yes, years away a lot, and it can be hard, and it can be lonely at times, when you are on your own, and you're seeing all the other families out, but on the other side, i know that he's amazing things for humanity, he's going to be saving thousands
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of lives, so i look at the positive. we've come a long way in just two years, and where helping in places that have no other support, and this is so important. lives are at stake, and we can help save those lives. waheed arian has survived a lot. helping others in afghanistan to survive is, he says, his therapy. john simpson, bbc news. viewers in the north west of england can watch the full documentary "waheed's wars — saving lives across the world" on monday evening at 7pm on bbc one. it will then be available on the iplayer shortly afterwards. a 60 metre crane has fallen over onto an old primark store in reading. police and fire crews attended the scene and there are no reported injuries, but there are road closures reported in central reading as a result.
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paramedics in ohio have had to cut the head off a boa constrictor after it wrapped itself around the face of a woman who had rescued it the day before. the woman, who owned 11 snakes, survived the encounter with the five foot animal who had latched onto her nose. let's have a listen to her call to 911 — and the dispatcher passing the call on to emergency services. there we go. whether now.
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whether now. rain will be sweeping across the country through the rest of today. and did night. wet and breezy particularly across the southern pa rt particularly across the southern part of the uk, where this weather front is moving across to the north of that. so far it has been sunny spells and showers, though not so bad. and lots of different weather across the country. a more continuous area of cloud and rain to the south—west into wales, southern parts of it went and the southeast, eventually moving through the midlands to night. into yorkshire and the north—east. by the end of the night, how and newcastle have the night, how and newcastle have the rain, whereas many southern and western areas dry out. then clear spells and showers across the north. tomorrow quite a breezy day on the way. initially some rain in the north—east, then sunshine and then the showers were shut off the atla ntic the showers were shut off the atlantic and it's going to be a very changeable day. some of us might mr sharon is particularly across the purpose of these, but be prepared to
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catch them almost anywhere in the uk. like -- catch them almost anywhere in the uk. like —— mist the showers. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 5.30: north korea tests an intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of striking the entire united states. president trump describes the action as reckless and dangerous. president trump describes his new chief of staff, the retired military general john kelly, as a true star. he takes up the position after reince priebus stood down from the post. there were clashes in east london last night after protesters threw fireworks and bottles at police, angry over the death of a man who was restrained by officers last week. uk universities have a pension fund deficit of more than £17 billion, the largest in the uk. we will have more on that in the
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moment. let's catch up with the sport. hello. thank you very much. good evening. it's been a rain affected day at the oval and in the last ten minutes play has finally been abandoned for the day as england take on south africa in the third test. there has been enough play though for toby roland—jones to take five wickets on his test debut. patrick gearey has been following the day's action. after the players had an interesting journey there. today's london's roads were a result of psychos, look beneath them and you would find cricketers. the tube played the best way for the team together, next where south african innings terminated. he gave his side score some respectability, still it would've been an innings remembered for its end as ben stokes helpless. almost one of the great catches, almost. south africa batted an survey would not have two follow—on. eventually
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jimmy anderson got one. it was a precious one for toby rowland jones, a place on the on board, walk off he will never forget. england led by 178 runs, mind the gap. but overhead, problems loom. alistair cooke did not make it to the rain, steward. these were pivoted moments forjennings, he had already been dropped when he was given out, lbw. once that would've been that, now the batsmen has a last resort, use the gadgets. the decision was wrong, jennings was saved. once the rain arrived, is stuck around. time to head undercover or perhaps underground. here is the scorecard. impressive reading for rowland jones. the south african all—rounder
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vernon philander has been back in action today, despite being in hospital last night suffering from a virus swimming now and ben proud has won a bronze at the world championships in budapest. proud came third in the 50 metre freestyle final with caeleb dressel from the usa winning gold. it's ben proud's second medal of the championships, after winning gold in the 50 metre butterfly. 50 freestyle if the event to be meddling in. ithought 50 freestyle if the event to be meddling in. i thought that was a fast race, i was happy to get in first or third, it was between me and fifth, almost nothing. britain's james guy won bronze in the 100 metre butterfly, he was tied in third withjoseph schooling. caleb from the usa also one that final. he came out really fast, i had to brilliant bag as fast as i
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could. the finish was terrible, third on the hundred fly, third is a great place to finish on. it will be the ferrari of sebastian vettel on pole position for tomorrow's hungarian grand prix while vettel‘s title rival, lewis hamilton, will start back in fourth place. there is only place difference between the two in the championships standings at the moment but this is one of hamilton's most successful circuits, with five previous victories there. sebastian vettel might leave the drivers championship but this was a rare show of strength in qualifying. only his second pole of the season and a front—load lookout for ferrari and a front—load lookout for ferrari and hungry for the first time in 13 yea rs. and hungry for the first time in 13 years. it was also a special day for paul, with dizzy spells forcing felipe to drop out, they called on the reserve driver. he had only driven this kind of simulator and will start with the last row of the grid. it is after three and a half year absence, he will be pleased to
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be back. lewis hamilton's hopes of matching michael schumacher‘s session evaporated in the final row of qualifying. elastin with one chance to take the top spot. but he did not get close to sebastian vettel‘s new track record on was pushed further down the order. i like this truck a lot. the sunshine, people around, that is what it is about. it was big fun, front row force which is incredible and i'm looking forward to tomorrow. all hope is not lost for hamilton though. he won here from fourth in 2009. defending champions, hull fc are through to the rugby league challenge cup final at wembley after beating leeds rhinos 43 points to 24. it's hull fc‘s third final in five years. their opponents will come from tomorrow's other semi final between wigan warriors and salford. when the team that listed the trophy in 2016 takes on the team that won
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it in the two years before, you sense this was a challenge cup semifinal that could not really live up semifinal that could not really live up to expectations and so it proved as leeds got off to the best possible start. every is dry and much always cordon was more the here. behold the allders showed their owners star quality. look at that! bale fell for it. there is no sense of misdirection when it comes to that man hall though, more magnificence from him. 220th rhino stride. that was as good as it got for leeds. hull hit back twice. six points their lead at the break which they extended significantly in the second 40. a kick. it is the way hull do things. kallum watkins does his things. kallum watkins does his thing is the only way to come he kept the match alive with a terrific
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try bidder would make little difference in the end. hull had much. jamie shaul, the flaw is yours. he is on his way. jamie shaul, it is a beautiful try. a beautiful moment. wembley, here they come. they had not beaten leeds in eight attempts, today was a very different story far hull. 43—20 42 the 2016 winners. can they now make 2017 day years while? —— their year as well? we're at the quarter final stage of the women's euros and defending champions, germany, continue their quest for a ninth title later when they face denmark. the match already underway sees the hosts, netherlands up against the olympic silver medalists sweden. the host netherlands are leading at the moment, with the goalfor them. 1-0 the moment, with the goalfor them.
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1—0 against sweden. 32 minutes. the germany game against denmark takes place at 7:45pm. now the football season is already underway in scotland, and we've had the first major upset in the scottish league cup. premiership side hearts are out. the scottish cup starts with a group stage in mid july. hearts needed to win the final game against dunfermline to progress and don cowie got them in front in the first half. but dunfermline were level before the break, thanks tojoe cardle's goal. not long after half time, the visitors were ahead. declan mcmanus scoring. 2-1 to 2—1 to dunfermline at that time. that meant hearts needed to score twice. they managed a late equaliser but it wasn't enough. to make matters worse for the home side, they had to complete a penalty—shoot to determine the final points, knowing that a win wouldn't be enough. they failed to hit the target with three of their four efforts, heaping the pressure on manager ian cathro. here are some selected results. hibernian beat alloa
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3—nil to top group d. also through as group winners are ayr and hamilton. the four best runners up also go through to the knock—out stage, they are partick, kilmarnock and ross county. they'll be joined by aberdeen, celtic, rangers and stjohnstone. group c won't be decided until tomorrow. the full results can be found on the bbc sport website. in their latest pre—season friendly, premier league champions chelsea were beaten 2—1 by inter milan in singapore. manchester united target ivan perisic got inter‘s second goal before this happened. chelsea benefitting from one of the most comical own goals you will ever see! substitute geoffrey kondogbia somehow lobbing his own goalkeeper from over 40 yards out. that gave chelsea a goal. west ham drew two all with werder bremen in germany. marko arnautovic scored a first half
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equaliser for west ham 25 minutes in. it was his first goal for the hammers since signing from stoke city for a club record £20 million last week. after going on a crash diet in order to get down to the necessary weight to ride the horse, enable, frankie detorri, has won the prestigious king george vi and queen elizabeth stakes at ascot. enable, a 5—4 shot, trained byjohn gosden, saw off the challenge of ulysses in second. the filly, racing against older horses, was magnificent in the final furlongs as she cruised to victory on soft ground. dettori said afterwards, "i missed the whole of royal ascot and to come back to the place i love so much, it means a lot to me." britain's wimbledon champion, jordanne whiley has announced that she was 11 weeks pregnant when winning the wheelchair doubles title earlier this month. whiley and her playing partner yui kamiji won the wheelchair doubles title for the fourth year in a row. the british tennis player tweeted a picture of her latest scan saying, "had a little help at wimbledon this year." her baby is due injanuary. congratulations to her.
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that's all the sport for now. you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport and we'll have much more in sportsday at half six. i can't wait, thank you. president trump's chief of staff, reince priebus, has resigned after days of public infighting at the white house — and repeated failures by the administration to fulfil key election pledges. mr trump has replaced him withjohn f kelly, a former general, who he praised for his work as head of homeland security. let's talk to our correspondent in washington, laura bicker. what is american making of the last seven days? the last seven days, trying to make something out of the last six months. when it comes to it, donald trump has yet to have a major
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legislative victory. this week was supposed to be one, this week that we re supposed to be one, this week that were supposed to be a health care victory and this morning he's tweeting, giving reasons for why it may have failed. but he is also distancing himself from the party. the departure of reince priebus is pa rt the departure of reince priebus is part of that. he was an establishment figure, you would got the feeling that he did not quite have confidence in mr reince priebus and he did not quite have the aa of the president. he is replacing him with a general, someone who can perhaps impose his military discipline on a feuding staff and someone who has already shown that he has good management skills as pa rt he has good management skills as part of the department of homeland security. so can he go and do what mr reince priebus did not? that is the question that many people this morning asking themselves because we have had a six—month period of turmoil within the white house, the president has not had that
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legislative victory, he looks certain to be frustrated at these increasing investigations as to whether russia meddled in the us presidential election nation and now he's getting criticism within his own party. it is time to stay things ina new own party. it is time to stay things in a new direction. is general kelly the man to do it? does mr trump risk isolating himself to the point of lessening his position of power orders actually making stronger by distancing himself from the establishment, like you said? it is an interesting question because reince priebus was one of the few assumption figures left in the few assumption figures left in the white house, there is the vice president mike pence, but mr trump does seem to have surrounded himself with partly his own family, now general kelly, the newcomer anthony can scaramucci who is a wall street financier, he has surrounded himself by people who come from ordinary life in many respects. he campaigned as an outsider and here's a round of
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himself by political outsiders. that has an advantage of saying to the people, look, we are separate from politics and it means i have done exactly what i said i would do, i'm not hiring people from the swamp, as he calls washington. but on the flip side of that, it does mean that when it comes to liaising with the republican party in trying to get things done, he is going to find it a little bit difficult, especially as the republican party do not seem to know how to defend what to do with this entire presidency. but again, when he is explaining to people why he has not gained victories, why there has not been so much winning as he promised to people, he can turn around and blame party and not his presidency. we will leave it now. thank you. it's emerged that uk universities have a pension fund deficit of more of more than £17 billion, the largest in the uk. the universities superannuation scheme caters for existing and retired academics. let's speak to sally hunt, general secretary of the university and college union, which represents
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more than 100,000 lecturers. thank you forjoining us today. are your members worried by this news?” am not going to sit here and tell you we are feeling relaxed, but i would caution against some of the rather panicked reaction to the headline figure because what we have to remember with this if this kind of deficit has been measured at a very specific point in time and if you actually looked at it today, that deficit is likely to be much lower. and we know that the fund is actually very healthy, it is represented unsupported by a sector that not only goes back hundreds of yea rs that not only goes back hundreds of years but is forecast in terms of the city itself to have very solid in assessment and a very solid capital base for the future. so, yes, this is something that we have got to deal with, we have got to ta ke got to deal with, we have got to take it seriously but we do not do it thinking it is going to be a panic because it is not. a lot of parents will be watching,
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stu d e nts a lot of parents will be watching, students will be watching and thinking ourfees are going to go up here, are you saying, because you sound quite sure, you think that is not going to happen? students will not going to happen? students will not have to pay this deficit? no, i am not saying that, i cannot say that. what i can say to everyone who's watching and particularly i would say to all those people who are members of the fund, that what we will do is talk very seriously to the employees, talk very seriously with the pension fund and will do this over a number of months, establish what we be to do which i think doesn't solve examining the level of risk factors involved here, whether we are being too cautious, whether we are being too cautious, whether the employers have got the funds to invest more, if the fund is stable, make sure we are doing it an affordable way, notjust stable, make sure we are doing it an affordable way, not just fast for everyone. what we know is that we have to have universities that are successful for students to be successful, for the country to be successful. what we also noticed that a gradual reducing pension
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fund, which is what is going on, in terms of our youth are people who retire, set against a year pay rises is straining the value out of the pay package for members of staff at every university. so what we have to do is balance the need to make sure that salaries and pensions are decent against affordability. so it is not going to be panicked and it is not going to be panicked and it is not going to be panicked and it is not a ben going to be over in a few weeks, it is going to be months of talking, we want to make sure eve ryo ne of talking, we want to make sure everyone comes out secure. £17.5 billion is a huge figure, is there a risk, are you worried there is a real risk that members of academia will leave the country? we know that we have got members of staff who are making choices about leaving the country, notjust because of the pension scheme but because of the pension scheme but because of the level of play but also because of brexit, you have to remember there is a big
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international environment that academics are working in. we also know there is a choice being made between university staff, between those that have pensions that are in what ben the government front scheme, and the ones we are talking about today. we know year—on—year, at the moment, one is coming out looking more secure. you are paying more for it, but it looks like you get a better retirement package coming out at the other end. oxford, bristol, edinburgh, gloucester, good, big institutions need to think very carefully about keeping their competitive age and that means making sure that their staff have got a decent package and that is domestic and international, both are taking place at the moment. we will leave it there for now. thank you very much. now, on meet the author, jim naughtie talks to conn iggulden, an historical fiction novelist who has recently turned to fantasy writing. you've decided to cast away
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historical setting and get rid of real characters that we might know and gone into fantasy — if it's a word you're happy with. why? i've always loved historicalfiction. i've always read it and my entire career has been built around it, but i've also always read fantasy and the big difference, to some extent, is the freedom. in historicalfiction you have to check every single fact, otherwise somebody will e—mail you — a roman re—enactor, something along those lines. but with fantasy it felt like i had a slightly... the reins were off. i didn't have to stop in the middle of a scene them think, "did they have sidesaddle in this particular...?" hang on, she's a woman
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on a horse, would she have been riding sidesaddle? which is my constant experience in historicalfiction. you make it up. well, exactly, you have that freedom. in historicalfiction, you do feel the constraints because it has to be as accurate as possible, you have to find a story in the real history. of course, you've got an army of readers and they've enjoyed ancient rome, the mongol empire, the wars of the roses, and so on. they've trusted me. they've trusted you. and they've felt at home, they've enjoyed the setting. it's risky, you know, taking them into a city that doesn't exist. it is and it's almost like starting again. there is no way to sugar that pill. it is a completely different audience. some people won't touch it. i've always thought that historical fiction and fantasy are the closest genres. there are certain elements — the thrill of a battle, for example, can be very similar. of course. and it depends how you do it. i don't have any dragons in mind, although george rr martin has done very well with them. well, there's a bit of magic in this book. it's not harry potter magic in the sense that lives aren't governed by it, but it's very much there. there's a kind of superstition that becomes real. yes. the point about it really is i wanted to have as few constraints as possible.
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an awful lot of stories, at their heart, about characters making some discovery about themselves and i wanted to use magic to bring those discoveries about. i wanted characters to be able to move on and through various devices and then bring them all together at the end. we are talking about a city whose great era is passed. i mean, it's a bit like venice with the empire gone. yes, they're worn out. it's all worn out. tired. and there is an unhappy figure on the throne. this is a very familiar setting, in a way, for an historical novelist. a miserable young man and various families all struggling for power. to some extent there's always that basis in reality. you can't simply have, i don't know, walls disappearing in the middle of a scene. you have to have it as real as possible and then add that extra element that i've always fantasised about myself, which is the ability to do something extraordinary. that's what makes a good story, iwould hope. there's an interesting comparison between this book, which i think is the beginning of a trilogy, is that right? the empire of salt.
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well, we'll see if you can control yourself and keep it as a trilogy. it will be the first trilogy i've ever done. it might end up being four. you are very prolific. dunstan came out only two, three months ago, and that's an interesting book, because it's set, as it has been your want up to now, in a particular historical period, in the england of what people misleadingly called the dark ages. it's told in the first person, which you've never done before. no. to some extent i do like to challenge myself, but i came across dunstan when i was reading dickens's a child's history of britain to my children, as i'm sure you do. he described dunstan, who was a saint and archbishop of canterbury, as a complete rogue and involved in the selling into slavery of a queen. so... you thought, "hang on." i thought this is a good character here. i thought if he's both a monster and a saint at the same time, then i've got another genghis khan, if you like, which is too strong. but i liked genghis because he was hated by his enemies and loved by his own family. i look for that sort of humanising quality. i want them to be rich and varied and interesting, as he is. and, of course, it's
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a very interesting period in english history. it is, it's fascinating, because it's book ended by athelstan, the first king of england, who also was king of scotland. yes. yes, constantine came down. he had coins made with "rex totius britanniae", and a fair claim to being an actual king of britain. but, of course, that only lasted as long as his short reign, which is 14 years. it's 910—988, something like that. 400 years after the romans had been their for half a millennium. and, of course, you've written about caesar and augustus and the rest of them and this is the beginning, really, after a gap, of what happened after the romans had gone. yes, to some extent this is the run—up, of course, to 1066. these are the kings that people probably don't know, but they are the only ones with great stories. and the nice thing about dunstan is his life crossed seven kings, so he went from athelstan at the beginning to ethelred the unready and, through those seven kings, we have the beginning of the modern world. and you've told the story through dunstan's voice.
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yes. a wonderful opening line, i hope i've got it right — what is an opening line but a door being opened by an unseen hand? something like that, sorry if i've got... but opening lines are important. that's a good one. it is, but that's the beginning of the prologue. the beginning of the first chapter is "i think i could have hung there all day if they hadn't broken my hands." which i... you see, for me, i do like that a little more. the whimsical quality of writing in the first person meant that i had this old man's voice. and as i was saying earlier, i had to cut some of that out, because you couldn't be too rambling. what's the difficulty of writing in an old man's voice? you're not an old man. no, but i've known a few. my father was 90 when he died and i'm familiar with the way they tell stories, as i heard them so many times. the trouble with that is an old man will tell the same story more than once. i was playing with the fact could i actually do that in a text? and the answer is no, honestly, you can't. if you're writing about a young man,
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described by the old man, you have to do the young man's voice, you have to to cut out some of the querulousness of the old man. yes. just to keep it tight and fast moving, because i do like the reader to turn the pages. because books aren't a representation of reality, how an old man would speak. no, there's always a simplification. books are telling you a story about what an old man might do. yes, i think someone once said that the simplest real human being was 1,000 times more complex than the most complex shakespearean character. that is true. real people are very, very complex, indeed, and all you can ever do with a novel is to try and focus a single facet and try and make them as real as possible. talking about storytelling, i'm interested in something about your mother, who, i think, was of irish descent and came from a tradition of the telling of tales, which is a very powerful bit of the culture. her grandfather was a seanchai, an irish storyteller, who used to go from fireside to fireside and be rewarded with a meal and a glass of ale if he tells a story. it was a community purpose, this business of storytelling. oh, yes, it kept history alive.
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before it was written down... when i went to mongolia, they talked about the fact that they knew they were the distant ancestors of the north american native american, because they had been there 15,000 years ago, and they had an oral tradition which went back much, much further than anything written down and that's where these stories come from. you were a teacher. if you were trying to explain to children who are a bit leery about history, or indeed novels, but particularly history, why it is that it's fascinating by saying, you know, how do we explain this, what happened, how do we know? my mother always said that, for her, history was a series of stories about people, with dates. to me, that's the absolute heart of it. people are interested in people. we are fascinated by extraordinary moments of courage and betrayal and love and despair, and history is absolutely chock full of those, because it's the story of millions of different people. it is an absolute treasure trove and always has been. and in this case, whether it's darien, a fantasy,
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or whether it's dunstan, based on, you know, a real man and a real historical period, the point about storytelling and where it takes us is the same. yes, i've been at the end of the day, its characters. i think kurt vonnegut says there's this guy, right, and he's a pretty decent kind of guy and then something awful happens to him. that's the absolute essence of all fiction, whether its history or heroic fantasy. conn iggulden, now cf iggulden with darien, thank you very much. thank you. rain will be sweeping across the country through the rest of today and into tonight. wet and breezy particularly across the southern parts of the uk, where this weather front is moving across to the north of that, so far it has been sunny spells and showers, not so bad. really a lot of different weather
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across the country right now. this more continuous cloud of rain will move into wales, southern puzzlingly, the southeast and then eventually be through the midlands tonight into yorkshire, hull and newcastle has the ring by the end of the night. many western and southern areas will be dry. tomorrow, quite a breezy day on the way, initially some rain in the north—east and then some rain in the north—east and then some sunshine and then the showers come off the atlantic and it's going to be changeable day. some of us might mist the showers, the decay crosspiece far south—east there but be prepared to catch them almost in the uk. this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm: north korea claims its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test proves any target in the us is now within striking distance. white house war — donald trump names
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generaljohn kelly as his next chief of staff after days of public in—fighting. general kelly has been a star. he's done an incredible job so far. he's respected by everybody. a great, great american. after violence breaks out in east london — the family of a 20—year—old man who died after being restrained by police — appeal for peace. also in the next hour — uk universities' pension fund deficit doubles to more than £17 billion in the last year. universities may have to reduce benefits for its members, or increase tuition fees for
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