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ina this is bbc news. i'm sophie long. the headlines at two... the egyptian military carries out air strikes on suspected islamist militants after an attack on a mosque which killed more than 300 people. the actress emma thompson joins a demonstration in london in support of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe — the british—iranian woman jailed in iran. this is our community. one of community has been imprisoned without trial and separated from her child, more or less for 19 months. the situation is desperate. there is no clear link between suicides in prisons and overcrowding, according to an international study. and england reach the rugby league world cup final, but onlyjust... he has lost it, and england have won it. they survived a late tongan fight
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back, almost blowing their 20 point lead in the last eight minutes of the match, to reach their first final in over 20 years. and coming up... "witness" speaks to the man tasked with solving one of ethiopia's worst ever famines. that's at 2.30. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. good afternoon. more than 300 people are now known to have been killed byjihadists at a mosque in egypt. air strikes have been carried out against suspected supporters of the group that calls itself islamic state. the authorities say up to 30 armed men were involved in yesterday's attack. from cairo, sally nabil sent this report. confusion, chaos and despair. here, the closest city to sinai,
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people gathered outside a hospital where many of the victims lie, hoping for some good news. residents rushed to donate blood to save as many lives as possible. some of the wounded made it but others are gone. inside the hospital, eyewitnesses have harrowing stories to tell. translation: they entered the mosque from outside, ten or 20 people with weapons, and they destroyed everything. some were wounded but many more were killed. some of the wounded have been brought to this hospital in cairo. many are in a critical condition and cameras are not allowed inside. many bereaved families have buried loved ones overnight. there is a deep sense of anger and shock here and some social media users described the attack as a genocide.
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this is where hundreds of lives have been lost, including nearly 30 children. an explosion followed by an unprecedented massive armed assault on defenceless worshippers who werejust going to friday prayers. military forces responded by air strikes, said to have targeted a number of vehicles with militants in them, but many wonder if the iron fist strategy is good enough. is affiliates and jihadists have been operating in sinai for a couple of years. in 2015, they downed a russian plane in the red sea resort of sharm el—sheikh, killing more than 200 people on board. last december, they bombed a church in the heart of cairo. their common target has been military troops and christian families but this is their first
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time to change tactics and shoot at their fellow muslims inside a mosque. australia has criticised a proposal for trade after brexit, warning that it could limit access to the uk markets. it's been suggested that britain and the eu should split existing quotas on the amount of goods from around the world that can be imported without incurring full tariffs. australia is one of several countries that britain is hoping to make deals with, when it leaves the eu. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake is here and can tell us more. so what is the proposal and why has it angered australia 7 this is the latest example of countries outside the eu reacting angrily to the plan the uk and the eu has. holeable trade with other countries outside the eu after brexit. how things work at the moment is their tariffs on imports coming in from countries like the us, canada, china, outside the eu. there are charges to stop countries
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importing too many goods too cheaply and harming manufacturing and other industries in the countries within the eu. certain goods from certain countries, if we use land from new zealand, for example, get a slightly reduced rate. tariff rate quarters, which allows a supplement of particular goods to be imported at a reduced rate. the plan is for when we leave the eu for that to continue. but the quarters will be divided. so with the example of lamb, 6% what other eu countries, 40% of the uk as it does at the moment and we will carry on as normal and everyone will be happy. but they are not. the countries exporting those kids say, hang on, this is a chance was to import more to the uk should the market in the rest of the eu followed we be affected. but we are getting the flexibility and driven to do that. so we should not have this take it 01’ so we should not have this take it or leave it system. potentially, have important all this be for uk trade? it could be very important
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because as we leave the eu, we need to strike new free trade agreements with countries like australia, new zealand, the us, brazil and so forth. because of the moment, most of trade is done through the eu in the single market trading zone. the fa ct the single market trading zone. the fact that these countries are already making angry noises about the plans the uk and eu want to put in place is significant because it will put —— effect the negotiations between the uk and other countries, specifically australia, saying that this is a point of principle. it depends on how you look at it. one argument is this is the country getting in la in what will be a long and complicated trade negotiation to get the best you can. 0k, thank you very much. the former television presenter john leslie has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an edinburgh nightclub. the 52—year—old former wheel of fortune and blue peter star is alleged to have put his hand up the woman's skirt. the 26—year—old woman was on a hen night when the alleged incident took place at atik in the city's
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tollcross area. it is said to have occurred at an event to mark the club's re—opening in june. the dup leader arlene foster will address her party's annual conference in belfast this afternoon — she's expected to focus on the party's influence in westminster, following her deal to support the conservatives after the general election. 0ur ireland correspondent chris page is in belfast for us. it has been quite a year for arlene foster. yes, no parties have had as many ups and downs as the democratic unionists. the year started with some real soul—searching going on amongst unionists because the devolved institutions at stormont had collapsed, along with other parties. sinn fein‘s vote surged and they nearly overtook the dup as largest party. the dup only won the
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election by one vote. injune, an unexpected westminster election and unexpected westminster election and unexpected outcome. the dup came bouncing back strongly with their best ever performance and. ten seats. they are propping up the minority government at westminster. the price of that for the tories was a next £1 billion of public funding form of public funding for vermaelen. there is plenty of focus as to what is going on in london and in the brussels as brexit negotiations unfold. we have already had from the dup‘s leader in the house of commons. he strongly emphasised what the party had been doing in westminster. they said the stability of the country came first. and mr dodds focused on what he said did dup had achieved for the uk as a whole. he pointed to the influence the dup had in shaping the government's national agenda in
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areas like pensions policy and defence spending. areas like keeping the winter fuel allowance for pain of —— pensioners a universal benefit. this unprecedented deal in westminster brought into the national spotlight and are going to make the most of that at the conference today. it has been a roller—coaster year however you look at it. what she expected to work on —— focus on this afternoon? at it. what she expected to work on -- focus on this afternoon? dup lida arlene foster will be on the stage shortly after three p:m.. she will be preceded by the tory chief whip. that is a sign of how significant this pact between the dup and conservative party is at westminster. you can sell me expect arlene foster to elaborate more on that point, the dup‘s success in westminster. that point, the dup's success in westminster. particularly as the uk negotiators deal to leave the eu. we
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can expect to reiterate the point made about brexit. just this week, she accused the irish government of being reckless. the dup say that they want the border between northern ireland and republic of ireland to remain soft. they don't wa nt ireland to remain soft. they don't want checkpoints but they say that cannot, the price of some sort of arrangement from northern ireland which would differentiate it from the rest of the uk. so they are saying, basically, for example, if there is a bespoke customs arrangement for northern ireland as arrangement for northern ireland as a result of brexit, the dup would not want there to be any customs checks between northern ireland and the rest of the uk because that would be a little too much like a united ireland. you can expect to hear more about that. there will be talks about the continuing deadlock at stormont. the dup firmly blaming sinn fein for the problems at stormont, the sinn fein claims the dup. i expect arlene foster to say
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she is very committed to restoring devolution in northern ireland. and not have a deal will receive sinn fein taking significant ground and putting them at an advantage over unionism. chris, for the moment, thank you very much indeed. two men have been interviewed by detectives after an altercation at a central london tube station created mass panic on friday. the men, aged 21 and 40, attended a police station voluntarily following an appeal, and the inquiry is continuing. 16 people were treated after they were injured fleeing oxford circus station. armed officers were called following reports of gunshots but investigators now say there is no evidence weapons had been fired. dr chris cocking is an expert in the social psychology of crowd behaviour from the university of brighton. he says that the availability of social media may have led to the scenes of fear we saw yesterday in central london. 0lly murs, for example, who has
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nearly 8 million followers on twitter, was vilified for treating that he was in selfridge's and heard gunshots. to be fair, in that situation, he did not know better at that time. the crucial thing is that to avoid false rumours circulating on social media, the authorities should be providing as much honest information as possible about the incident will stop unfortunately, in these situations, there is often the fear that if they provide information of the threat, it causes panic. we say it is the opposite. to get people to evacuate effectively, they need as much information as possible about the situation. i understand in this situation, not a magic pan and in was generated, which is a bit impersonal and faceless. we would say it would be better to have people on the ground providing accurate information. to say, there has been a fight here, move along the platform. in the absence of that, it is perhaps not surprising that rumours can indeed circulate. the actress emma thompson is the latest high—profile celebrity
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to back the campaign to free the british—iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who has been in prison in iran for nearly 19 months. the oscar—winning actress has been leading a march of families from mrs ratcliffe's neighbourhood in north—west london, urging iran's leader to reunite nazanin with her husband and three—year—old daughter gabriella. 0ur correspondent, alice hutton, has been talking to supporters including emma thompson at the march. she's losing her mental health and physical health quite quickly now, so this is a desperate and urgent situation, which is why i'm not supposed to be out at all but i said to my doctor, i can't not come to speak because i'm free, i'm free, i've never appreciated my freedom more, imagining the situation of this woman. to be separated from your child when your child is only three is a terrible thing, not that everyone can't imagine
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that, but when you have had children, it's unspeakable, so we are appealing as a community, not as the apparatus of state or anything sinister, but as a community of feeling, empathic human beings, for clemency and mercy in this case. there is nothing to punish, she has done nothing, let her come home to herfamily and let it be over for her. and i think borisjohnson should and absolutely could get on a plane to do what he's paid for. you said that the politicians were "angry molecules" in your speech to the crowd. what are you hoping to push them into action? concern for human beings, it's high in the lip service of this
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government but not high on the agenda. at the moment, there is no government because of the b word, i can't even say it, so this is a very specific case that can help them to evince a real feeling for the people of this country by caring very specifically for one person who has suffered untold, untold torture, and we don't know how deep the suffering has gone, when she comes back we will have to be able to offer her a raft of services, and we've been in this situation before with people who have been kidnapped, we know what it's like, it's a very bad situation. the actress, emma thompson. a heathrow security worker is among four people who have been arrested
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on suspicion of involvement in importing cocaine from colombia. the man was arrested along with a colombian man in a toilet at the airport. two other men were also arrested. the headlines on bbc news... egypt carries out air strikes on those they say were behind the terror attack on a mosque which left more than 300 people dead. the actress emma thompson joins a demonstration in london in support of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british—iranian woman jailed in iran. there's no clear link between suicides in prisons and overcrowding — according to an more on that story now. there's no clear link between the number of prison suicides and overcrowding, a new international study suggests. packed prison cells have traditionally been thought of as a highly significant factor. however, the research published
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in the lancet psychiatryjournal did conclude that suicides could be cut by sending fewer people with mental illnesses to prison. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw reports. prisons can be harsh, depressing and brutal places at times. suicide is a regular occurrence. in england and wales, last year was the worst on record. 119 inmates took their own lives, two every week. staff shortages and population pressures may have played some part in the high suicide rate, but the conditions prisoners are held in are a less significant factor than traditionally thought according to a new study. the research looked at cases across the world. it examined more than 3900 prison suicides in 2a countries. the study found wide variation in prison suicide rates, but no link with prison overcrowding, except in low—income countries where extremely crowded cells might cause extra stress.
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there are no simple explanations for this prison suicide, so overcrowding, prisoner numbers, prison officer numbers, how much you spend on prison, that didn't seem to be an explanation for these differences in rates of suicide. the study found proportionately more self—inflicted deaths in jails in countries such as norway and sweden. there, custody was generally reserved for the most violent and dangerous offenders, including those with mental health problems. that led researchers to conclude that the best way to reduce prison suicides would be to cut dramatically the number of inmates with severe mental illness and improve access to psychiatric care and social welfare provision. danny shaw, bbc news. take up of the government's tax—free child care scheme has been far lower than expected. figures from the office
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for budget responsibility show that only a small proportion of the money set aside by the government this year has been claimed by parents. the full launch of the scheme was put on hold earlier this month because of technical difficulties with the website used to register. car vandalism in england and wales has jumped by 10% in three years. 210,000 vehicles suffered criminal damage, such as smashed windows and slashed tyres in 2016 according to data obtained by rac insurance. it's believed the number of incidents of vandalism could be even higher, with many motorists not claiming for damage because they fear their insurance premiums going up. richard lister reports. it's an infuriating problem for motorists and it's on the rise. around 60 cars were vandalised on this colchester industrial estate in august, costing thousands of pounds to fix. new police figures show that across the country, more than 210,000 cars suffered criminal damage last year. that's up 10% since 2013
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but the increase in hertfordshire and in west yorkshire was 25%, while greater manchester saw a 37% rise. and none of us are immune. in 2009, the former cabinet minister, hazel blears, found her car had been attacked by vandals. slashed tyres and broken windows mean a vehicle can be off the road for days. very frustrating for a motorist because of the inconvenience, the cost and the time it takes to get an effective repair. but we feel it is probablyjust the tip of an iceberg as many people won't report a small incident of vandalism and certainly won't make an insurance claim. in this area near luton airport, holiday—makers who had parked in residential streets to avoid airport car parks had an unwelcome surprise when they returned. paying for secure parking would have been cheaper, and if that's not available, the advice is to find
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well—lit, unobtrusive spaces to avoid the vandals. richard lister, bbc news. bangladesh says rohingya muslim refugees who go back to myanmar will initially have to live in temporary camps, because most of their villages have been burnt down. the arrangement will cause concern in the un, which has already warned of the dangers of returning the rohingya to "confinement and ghettos". bangladesh's foreign minister says aid agencies will be involved in the repatriation process. translation: the returnees will be taken to original lands or wherever they want to live. in the primary stages, they will stay in temporary camps. the two sides have agreed to complete the rabat two sides have agreed to complete the ra bat region two sides have agreed to complete the rabat region process in a reasonable time after the verification process. they will then be taken back. our priority is to
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ensure their safe return to their homeland with honour. we are aiming for that. the president of argentina has ordered an investigation into what happened to a submarine that disappeared more than a week ago. relatives of the 44 crew members of the san juan say they've lost any hope of seeing them alive again. the navy says it believes there was an explosion close to its last known location. aaron safir reports. above the atlantic ocean, the search continues for the san juan above the atlantic ocean, the search continues for the sanjuan and its 44 crew members. it is a huge multinational operation with more than one dozen countries involved. so far, researchers revealed no clues. so far, researchers revealed no clu es. eve n so far, researchers revealed no clues. even as so far, researchers revealed no cers. even as more so far, researchers revealed no clues. even as more sophisticated equipment arrives in argentina, it is all but officially acknowledged that any hope of finding the crew alive has gone. speaking at the headquarters of the argentine navy, the president ordered an investigation, promising the
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submarine would be found in the coming days. translation: meanwhile, until we have all the information, we should not seek to find culprits, to find those responsible. first, we have to know with certainty what happened and why it happened. but neither he or the navy has said if they think the crew has died at the base with the submarine was supposed to arrive, the families have come to the conclusion themselves. translation: my son and other 42 boys, and the girl, are no longer with us. evaluating responsibilities is ridiculous. mildly wishes to know what happened and learn the truth. __ my what happened and learn the truth. —— my only wish is. what happened and learn the truth. -- my only wish is. the navy and the president has been accused of mismanagement from the start. the vessel reported a military go break down in its last communication more than one week ago. the news was not made public for days. on the first
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did the navy confirmed that there had been so inconsistent with an explosion shortly before that contact. there had also been questions about the condition of the submarine. the weather in the search area is improving. scans in the ocean floor can begin. in russian ship with mini submarines is also on its way. the search will continue. but for the families and friends waiting on land, and for a nation demanding to know how something like this could happen, all that can be done is to wait. mr macron said he would be in favour of changing the law and sexual consent to introduce a new offence
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of having six with anyone under the age of 15. he added that society's attitudes and conscience must be debated on the issue. it's been over two decades since england appeared in a rugby league world cup final, but after a nerve shredding showdown with tonga, wayne bennett's side will now face australia in next saturday's showpiece. but what a semifinal it was in auckland — asjoe lynskey reports. victor —— in auckland, they were stealing down tonga. england found an early breakthrough the pacific wave. it is about timing in the sport. this player is really late. it try for him for the ten straight england match. by half—time, they had it under control. it was
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grounded, the team looking safe and sound. john bateman‘s third squad looked to have sealed it. england's try. it looks like it will be england's semifinal. but the drama was just england's semifinal. but the drama wasjust beginning. tonga's england's semifinal. but the drama was just beginning. tonga's fans singing hymns from the stands. now the team had found something almighty. the chorus inspire them to three tries in the last seven minutes. in the final seconds, they we re minutes. in the final seconds, they were on charge for the line. he has lost the decks back —— lost it! england have won it. tonga may never get so close to the top of world sport, but even the end, england's cruise control became survival instinct. tonga trauma over come, australia next for the title. they were called as the
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dreadnoughts of the trenches. 100 years after the first tanks were deployed, in the battle of cambrai in the first world war, members of the royal tank regiment have returned to the french town to mark then loss of life there. robert halljoined the crowds paying their respects. 0n the terrace lawn of the cambrai memorial, today's tank crews look back to a week which cemented the bonds of a new military family. in november 1917, the early tank men clambered into over 400 lumbering machines, for the largest tank attack ever mounted. inside the metal hulls, ci’ews we re ove 1120 m e by heat and exhaust fumes. many tanks broke down. 0ne battle—scarred veteran has been adopted by the french village where it fought. tank d51 — deborah to her crew — was abandoned and lost, until a local historian found her back in 1998 and began the task of preserving her.
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today, deborah is the centrepiece of a new museum, commemorating her part in the battle and the five crewmen she lost. it is simply a love story. it's a love story which has started when first i met a lady who let me know that she knows a place where a tank was buried. deborah's crew are buried nearby, lost on a day when tanks advanced further and faster than anyone imagined. but the bravery of the crews and the sheer power of the tanks came to naught. the allies were once again driven back. cambrai, however, did mark the start of a change in the way wars were fought. the tank had proved its worth. a machine that is still evolving, still a terrifying presence. its birth came at a high cost. these ceremonies mark the passing of the tank men who still lie under the rolling farmland they crossed. robert hall, bbc news, on the battlefield of cambrai. headlines coming up in a few
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minutes. first, let's check on the weather. 0ver minutes. first, let's check on the weather. over to the other side of the newsroom, susan is there for us. skies may be blue where you are, but no doubt about it, it is chilly today. we have seen plenty of sunshine across europe. here is a picture from elvington in the last few hours. we have seen quite a few showers in north and west of the british isles. this picture shows the dusting of snow on the top of the dusting of snow on the top of the brecon beacons. contrast in the way that the weather looks today. it feels cold just about everywhere. showers to the north and west carried in on the wind. that will continue throughout this evening and overnight tonight. sunshine for the remainder of the day, particularly in central and eastern areas. here we head into this evening, showers turning wintry again across higher ground in wales but also in the mountains of scotland. even where
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there are showers of rain, as we develop widespread frost tonight, look out for ice first thing tomorrow. particularly to the north and west of the british isles. basically, anywhere we have untreated surfaces and standing water. for sunday, subtle differences to today, perhaps slightly fewer in the way of showers. first thing on sunday, it will be wintry across the highest ground in scotland. for northern ireland, some) first ground in scotland. for northern ireland, some ) first thing. in the midlands, la showers. in other areas as well. quite scattered showers as the day goes on. the subtleties for sunday, slightly lighter wind. that should make it a touch less cold. fewer showers as the day bans opened more than we have played in central and eastern areas. as the day comes toa and eastern areas. as the day comes to a close, watch over this weather system pushing its way across scotla nd system pushing its way across scotland and northern ireland.

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