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this is bbc news. i am chris rogers. the headlines at 11pm: remembering the fallen — the duke and duchess of cambridge attend a service in belgium to mark one hundred years since the battle of passchendaele. 100 years on, we still stand together, gathering, as so many do every night, in remembrance of that sacrifice. president trump says china isn't doing enough to halt the weapons programme of its ally, north korea. police in australia believe an alleged plot to blow up a plane was inspired by islamist extremism. four arrests have been made. also in the next hour, england's lionesses storm into the semifinals. julie taylorfor julie taylor for england! —— jodi.
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england women continue their impressive euro 2017 run by beating france, 1—0, in the netherlands. england will play the hosts on thursday and in half an hour, we'll be looking some more of tomorrow's front pages with caroline frost and journalist tony grew. good evening and welcome to bbc news. ceremonies have taken place in belgium to mark the centenary of the battle of passchendaele — one of the bloodiest of the first world war. half a million allied and german soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing injust three months of fighting. this evening, the duke and duchess of cambridge joined the prime minister, theresa may here as two days of commemorations to mark the start of the battle got
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underway, as robert hall reports. this is a city that has dedicated itself to remembrance. the firemen of ypres have sounded the last post for the missing in the heat of summer and the snows of winter, as the decades rolled by. around them, carved into the great darch of the menin gate, over 5a,000 names, men from every corner of the uk, who travelled across the globe to join the fight, men who disappeared in the cauldron around passchendaele. with the sounding of this bugle call, the 250,000 british
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and commonwealth soldiers who were killed during the first world war in ypres are remembered. the defence of the city, at such great cost, meant that it became hallowed ground. on this evening, in the summer of 1917, the third battle of ypres had already begun. but early success was followed by the rain, weeks of it, which slowed the advance. passchendaele, the final target of the attack, came to symbolise death and misery in a muddy wasteland where many still lie. gosh, i didn't think it
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would be that moving. dorothy and her cousin peter were here to remember their grandfather. you'll need to take a photo of me. i will. they are among 200 invited guests with personal connections to the battle. that word on there is as close to a body as we are ever going to get for our grandfather. the ethos behind building this was for people to say he is here. in a way, he's here. but, in a way, he's not here. in flanders fields, the poppies blow between the crosses. in ypres main square, dame helen mirren spoke the words of the war poet to try to express the horror he witnessed. the larks scarce heard amid the guns below. i was in the front—line trench at passchendaele.
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winston churchill wanted the ruins of ypres left as a memorial. tonight, meticulously rebuilt, they told the story of men now gone. robert hall, bbc news, ypres. president trump says he's "very disappointed" with china, for not doing more to stop north korea's weapons programme. his comments, in a tweet, came after pyongyang launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a month, which landed in the sea off the japanese coast. the north koreans say it's a "stern warning" to washington, that the "entire us mainland" is now within striking distance. from tokyo, here's rupert wingfield—hayes. the unmistakable shape of an american b—i bomber,
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sweeping low over south korea this afternoon. this is president trump's pointed response to north korea's latest missile test. it was accompanied by an equally pointed rant on twitter. "i am very disappointed in china", the president tweeted. "they do nothing for us with north korea, just talk. "we will no longer allow this to continue." china today has been showing off its own military might, in a huge parade overseen by president xijinping. he has condemned north korea's launch, but china is not prepared to bring pyongyang to its knees, even though it probably could. north korea, meanwhile, is making the most of its success. pictures of friday's missile launch are being played over and over. and, once again, kimjong—un is the star of the show. this latest missile test represents
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a profound challenge to president donald trump. he put a lot of hope in getting china to rein in pyongyang. he now appears to have accepted that is not going to happen. but the us president has explicitly stated he will not allow north korea to acquire the ability to strike the united states with nuclear weapons. well, that is now very close. the rising tension is making people here increasingly nervous. air raid siren in a village in northern japan, a siren shatters the morning calm. "a missile is heading in this direction", the announcer says. "ta ke cover. " practice drills like this are now happening all along this coast. translation: it's very scary, i don't know where to run to if there is a missile strike. i need practice like today's drill to learn what to do. off the same coast last month, the most powerful us armada to be seen here in decades.
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a military strike on north korea may seem unthinkable, but pyongyang and washington are locked in an increasingly dangerous game and there are no good choices for how to end it. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. a short time ago, i spoke to our washington correspondent laura bicker gave. i asked her whether there was any basis for donald trump's frustration with china. donald trump put a lot of hope and a lot of faith in president xi jinping of china. he wined and dined him at the mar—a—lago estate and declared the mar—a—lago estate and declared the media success. he tweeted after it that china was going to help the situation in north korea. here we area situation in north korea. here we are a few months later, and remember that china and north korea are huge trading partners. and he asked them to stop that trading, to cut it
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down, to put the screws on pyongyang. and it seems that china has simply not done that. in fact, trade between the two countries has increased. so here we are, a few months later, and this administration is disappointed and frustrated. but it is now looking at its other options. and they are bound to be much tougher. you have seen the buildup of military in the region. there were bombers flying over korean peninsula. they have also been testing their missile defence systems here in alaska, and they said that posters have been successful. when it comes to this regime, they know the threat is real. they were warned by president 0bama, and here we are, being then taking it could be seriously. laura, nobody in the wider world wants a military reaction to north korea. but how dangerous is a war of words we are seeing now? well, when it comes to actual military options, there are no good military options on the table. when it comes to it,
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there could be certainly strikes on both sides. so any military action is fraught with difficulty. even going on, for instance, as some have suggested, and taking out kim jong—un, would destabilise the region. china would get incredibly upset with that, because they prefer things as they are. they do not want anything destabilising its neighbour, and north koreans flooding across the border. the other options they have is to increase the sanctions. they are already signing a bill this week and it will increase sanctions on north korea. they could go even further. this time, they would target banks and target the currency flowing into pyongyang. 0ther and target the currency flowing into pyongyang. other options, as i mentioned, working with partners in the region like japan and south korea to increase the economic pressure. you heard from the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, talking about increasing that economic pressure. they may also
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call for another security council resolution. when it comes to the certainly more dramatic options, those are ones that they will be discussing and will be exploring. but when it comes to sanctions, the problem is they have pleasantly sections on north korea before, and it does not seem to have had the result they want. the key here is china and how they deal with china, andi china and how they deal with china, and i am sure, certainly when it comes to this trump administration, they will be wondering how they do that, now. laura bicker, reporting from washington. security's been stepped up at airports across australia, after investigators uncovered a plot to blow up a plane. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, called it an "elaborate conspiracy. " four men have been arrested. phil mercer reports from sydney. a suspect is taken into custody in the surry hills neighbourhood of sydney, one of four people arrested in raids across the city by heavily armed police and members of australia's domestic spy agency. investigators say they have information that the plot to blow up an aircraft involved the use of an improvised device. as roads were sealed off
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and properties searched, it has been reported the operation was not planned but a rapid response to a tip—off. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, says the authorities have foiled what appears to be an elaborate conspiracy. i can report last night that there has been a majorjoint counterterrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an aeroplane. the operation is continuing. a woman who said her son and husband were among those arrested in sydney has denied they had any ties to extremism, but senior police commanders say the raids were part of an alleged islamic—inspired plot. additional security measures have been put in place at domestic and international airports around the country. australia's national terror threat level remains at probable, which means the intelligence
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agencies believe that groups or individuals have the intent and capability to carry out an attack. since 2014, 70 people have been charged as a result of more than 30 counterterrorism raids across the country. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. the international trade secretary, liam fox, says unregulated free movement of people between the uk and the european union after brexit would "not keep faith" with the result of the eu referendum. the chancellor, philip hammond, has previously said "it will be some time" before full migration controls can be introduced. —— 0ur political correspondent, chris mason, gave me more detail about how dr fox sees the timetable for leaving the eu unfolding. we shouldn't be that surprised that there are disagreements around the cabinet table. the referendum divided the country and parties, and the cabinet. but from the prime
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minister's perspective, it is much harder to ensure that publicly they say the same things, because after she mislaid her majority, her authority has shrivelled. as the discussion, now, because of what exactly a transitional period looks like. and eric lily disagreements within the cabinet. but take one look at the labour party, and there are disagreements there. —— and there are disagreements within the cabinet. the clock counts down. 0ne year and eight months, just over 600 days, until brexit, at the end of march 200019. chris mason, there. there's been more violence in venezuela, where polls will soon close in a controversial election, to choose a new parliament, which will have the power to rewrite the country's constitution. it follows months of violent anti—government protests, in which more than a hundred people have died. 0pposition groups have boycotted the vote, saying it's another power—grab by president maduro, whom they blame for venezuela's deep economic crisis. katie watson has sent this report from the venezuelan capital caracas.
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is that the sense of celebration here made it easy to forget for a moment the dark times venezuela is going through. but for the people waiting to vote, the problems are real. lisbeth told me she's voting for peace for our children and future of the country. antonio said he's here to ensure there is more food and medicine for people. late president hugo chavez looms large in this part of caracas, on the walls it's his face, not president maduro's you can see. but mr maduro wants to continue his legacy. he says a new assembly that could rewrite the constitution is the only way to bring peace to the country. the opposition boycotted the vote today. instead, many came out onto the streets to keep up the pressure against the government. carlos is a university student and part of what's known as the resistance, playing his part in the protest
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movement by blocking roads, because he says he wants a better venezuela. everything that we can find here, we use to protect us, because this is, as i say, it a critical situation. they are shooting us, they are killing people. there are more than 100 people that are dead. as police gathered on the other side of the street barricades, the protesters got ready for another confrontation. people here can't quite understand how such a rich country has got to this point. the political and economic crisis has never been so bad. but the feeling is here it willjust get worse. that much was clear — just a few metres from here, police convoy was hit by improvised explosives. the government says the opposition are terrorists. the protesters say they are fighting against a government that is becoming increasingly repressive. from this part of town, the vote was almost irrelevant. people here are worried about politics, about food shortages and spiralling inflation.
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much of that is stoking the anger. protesters keep building the blockades. the police keep trying to destroy them. divisions here are so deep in venezuela, neither side is backing down. katie watson, bbc news, in caracas. the headlines on bbc news: the duke and duchess of cambridge join commemorations marking the centenary of the battle of passchendaele in belgium. president trump has criticised china on twitter, saying it's doing nothing to halt north korea's weapons programme, after pyongyang test—fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a month. security has been tightened at airports across australia after the authorities said they'd disrupted a plot to blow up a plane. 4 people have been arrested following raids across sydney. the paper review coming up shortly.
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sport now and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. england are through to the semi finals of the women's euros after beating france 1—0. it's the first time england have beaten the french since 1974 and sets up a finalfour encounter against the hosts, netherlands on thursday. the other semi final sees denmark take on austria. 0ur correspondent, katie gornall reports from deventer. deventer is a place with a long history. one of the oldest cities in the netherlands, here, the past and present are side—by—side. but england have their sights set firmly on the future and are aiming to defy history here. england haven't beaten france since 197a. but these players have every reason to feel confident, having won all three of their group games. in this latest chapter of an old feud, england bristled with belief. but in the early stages, the play didn't match the pr. marie—laure delie with the only warning shot of a nervy first half. mark sampson described his players as a team of street fighters.
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jill scott took that to heart. a card that will rule her out if england progressed. as france started to take control, that looked unlikely, until lucy bronze got on the ball and queued upjodie taylor. 0ne chance, 1—0. this, herfifth goal of the tournament. an injury to goalkeeper karen bardsley only added to the second—half tension and france never gave up. with england backpedalling, they threatened to steal the attention. but, for the first time in a long time, england held out against their rivals for an historic win. england advance and have taken a huge step forward. katie gornall, bbc news, deventer. england's cricketers are just six wickets away from victory against south africa in the third test at the oval. england set south africa a92 to win at the oval, with fifties from tom westley, joe root and jonny bairstow. south africa lost four wickets in their chase, closing on 117 forfour, with ben stokes taking two wickets in two balls in the evening session.
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last innings pressure, a50 looks like 900 sometimes especially on a wicket that plays like this. hopefully we can get these and finish it off pretty quickly with some discipline. ferrari's sebastian vettel won the hungarian grand prix, to extend his lead in the world championship over lewis hamilton, who could only finish fourth. hamilton honoured a promise made earlier in the race to his team—mate valtteri bottas and allowed the finn to overtake him and finish in third place. that result means vettel has extended his formula one world championship lead over the british driver to 1a points. it wasn't easy. i did not do a favour to it wasn't easy. i did not do a favourto kimi, i it wasn't easy. i did not do a favour to kimi, i could go faster but i did not have the pace. i did
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come back a bit and had a bit of a cushion and could read a bit but i had to stay focused the whole race. —— could breathe. wigan warriors will play hull fc in the challenge cup final at wembley next month, after coming from behind to beat salford red devils 27—1a. despite dominating early on, wigan were behind at half time, before finishing strongly. this try from michael mcilorum helping them to victory. it will be wigan‘s 31st challenge cup final appearance, while hull are the current holders. great britain picked up silver in the men's a by 100 metres relay today at the world swimming championships — their seventh and final medal. the team of chris walker—hebborn, adam peaty, james guy and duncan scott knew beating the usa would be tough and it was. but two—time breaststroke world champion adam peaty dragged britain back into contention with a stunning second leg but ultimately the americans proved too strong, as scott held off russia to finish second. norway's alexander kristoff has won the ride london—surrey classic. after 116 miles of racing,
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the world's richest one day cycle race was decided by a bunch sprint on the mall. kristoff held off a late charge from denmark's magnus cort nielsen in second. that's all the sport for now. i will be discussing the newspapers inafew i will be discussing the newspapers in a few minutes. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages: the lead in the times is the insistence by the chancellor, philip hammond, that britain won't be turned into a tax haven after brexit. the guardian says that senior conservative mps are urging cabinet members to stop publicly setting out competing visions on issues, like free movement, as part of brexit. the ft reports that japan's largest bank has chosen amsterdam for its banking headquarters as a result of uncertainty over brexit. the top story in the metro
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is the decision by president putin to expel 755 us diplomats from russia, in what it calls a "new cold war". the express claims that workers, who are cashing—in their hard—earned pension pots early, are being overtaxed to the tune of millions. the daily mail says that british tourists are routinely charged hundreds of pounds for scratches and dents on hire cars they use abroad. the sun criticises channel four over its plan to broadcast a controversial documentary — the diana tapes. and that's the lead too in the mirror. the story is summed up in its headline — "diana tapes will hurt her boys". a 27—year—old man has been charged, in connection with the rape of a 1a—year—old girl at a railway station in birmingham last tuesday. british transport police say they're still looking for another man, who attacked her later, after she flagged down a passing carfor help.
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a record number of criminals have had their sentences increased under a scheme which allows members of the public to ask for them to be reviewed. last year 1a1 criminals in england and wales had their sentences increased. the government says it wants to extend the scheme to include a number of terror related charges. aisling mcveigh reports. sarah stabbed a man to death in november 201a. she was convicted of manslaughter and given a 3.5—yearjail sentence. her neighbour, michael, was a convicted paedophile and sarah, a mother of five, claims she lost control, stabbing him 8 times. it was in january last year that the punishment was considered to be unduly lenient. judges at the court of appeal ruled that because she took a knife to his flat she must have intended to cause serious harm and her sentence was doubled to 7.5 years. 1a1 criminals have had their sentences increased in the last year, according to the attorney general‘s office.
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the unduly lenient scheme allows members of the public to query sentences for serious offences and more people are doing just that. queries are up 17% on the previous year. sex offences are the highest number of cases where sentences were increased and 1a sex offenders who had originally escaped prison time are now serving time behind bars. from next month, the scheme will be widened to include an extra 19 terror—related offences. the attorney general say in the vast number of cases, the judges do get it right. the number of sentences that are increased represent a tiny proportion of the 80,000 cases heard every single year. the scottish government has called for scotch to be defined in uk law in order to protect whisky exports after brexit. holyrood is concerned that any future trade deal with the united states might allow american firms to brand their whiskies as scotch.
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our business correspondent joe lynam reports. under eu rules of origin, any spirit described as scotch whiskey must be aged released three years and matured in scotland. but the scottish government says the us negotiators during the recent trade talks with the eu had wanted this definition to be relaxed to accommodate its whiskey makers. so now holyrood wants the eu definition of scotch to be incorporated into uk law after brexit. that is because whiskey making supports 20,000 jobs and is worth £a billion to scotland. we have to make absolutely certain that any deal done with the us protects scottish jobs. if that deal does not protect the definition of whiskey as a spirit matured for three years or more, it weakens that definition and we will lose scottish jobs in the whiskey industry. 10,000 jobs depend on it, another 10,000 in the supply chain. so we tell liam fox, don't tangle with the scottish
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whiskey industry, protect it. don't sell it away. a spokesperson for the department of international trade which co—ordinates future deals says that scotch is a uk export success story and will support the industry so it continues to thrive and prosper post brexit. whiskey may be the water of life but it might also give london and edinburgh a headache — in trade terms at least. now it's time for the weather. plenty of water around today. widespread and heavy and at times thundery across the uk. northern ireland and scotland with quite a few storms. sunshine around. devon, a decent date to be on the beach not so a decent date to be on the beach not so much inland. a line of eyre
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peninsula showers in six hours. some thickening cloud coming over the irish sea to bring down pause over wales, northern england, up into scotla nd wales, northern england, up into scotland and northern ireland. they will these overnight. towards the south—east it may be dry and clear for the most part. 0ver south—east it may be dry and clear for the most part. over the next couple of days, probably more sunshine although showers becoming fewer but still around on monday. low pressure still in charge. the closer you are to the low pressure, the more showers you will have. in the more showers you will have. in the morning on monday, not as intense pushing to western parts of northern ireland. a few showers across north—western england. many parts of england and east wales dry and sunny start to the day. when you
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get the sunshine, it will feel quite warm. a few showers wales. nowhere near as today. a few showers across scotla nd near as today. a few showers across scotland and northern ireland with some thundery downpours and possibly hail. it will fill warmer towards the south—east. where dry, temperatures 23 degrees or so. wednesday, some showers around one 01’ wednesday, some showers around one or two heavy ones. showers becoming fewer and a big walk shower around. but the jet stream bringing this u nsettled but the jet stream bringing this unsettled weather and it is a further south than normally. with it in this sort of position, it will pick up another front of low pressure. more wind and rain. many places starting dry with sunshine. could pick up showers across
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scotla nd could pick up showers across scotland and then a wet and windy weather across scotland. rob lee arriving across northern and eastern areas towards the latter part of the afternoon. —— probably arriving.

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