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this is bbc news. the headlines at seven o'clock. president hollande‘s former national football centre due to adviser pleads guilty to lying to fbi agents. damian green denies the allegations that he watched pornography on the house of commons computer. donald tusk says the eu will not accept age uk brexit office if ireland disagrees. a man has been jailed for life for murdering his 19—month—old stepson nearly 50 years ago. also, hundreds turn out to cheer prince harry and meghan markle. the royal couple went to nottingham for the first official visit together. gearing up for a summer visit together. gearing up for a summer of world cup football. maradona hands england a comfortable draw for russia 2018. coming up on new swatch, did bbc news go into
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overdrive over harry and megan? join us overdrive over harry and megan? join us tonight at 7a —— at 7:45pm here on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. one of president trump's closest confidants — his former national security advisor, michael flynn — has pleaded guilty to lying to fbi agents as part of the investigation into alleged russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. mr flynn is the most senior former official to be charged in the investigation so far. it has sent political shock waves through washington. general michael flynn, donald trump's former national security adviser, turned himself into the fbi, and to a judge admitted lying about his contacts with russian officials.
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general michael flynn! michael flynn developed a close relationship with donald trump during the election campaign, at one point he was talked of as a potential vice—president. a truly great general. i thank you. at the republican national convention, he famously led chanting for hillary clinton to be imprisoned. lock her up! all the focus is on the mistake michael flynn made after donald trump's win at the polls, when barack 0bama was still in office and had imposed sanctions on russia for interfering with the us election. on 29th december, michael flynn spoke to the russian
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ambassador on the phone in the first of a series of calls. on 15th january, vice—president mike pence said sanctions were not discussed by michael flynn in those calls. only after 9th february, when a newspaper revealed general flynn did discuss sanctions when he was not organised to do so, did pressure increase and michael flynn lost his job. michael flynn then became one of those investigated by the special counsel into russia's attempts to influence the election and the potential collusion with the trump campaign. this is unquestionably the biggest moment of the russia investigation. michael flynn is the most senior member of donald trump's team to be indicted, and is accused of lying to fbi agents while still serving the white house. most importantly, we now believe michael flynn will testify that he was directed to talk to the russian ambassador when he was not supposed to by a senior official in donald trump's transition team,
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bringing this investigation ever closer to the president himself. aleem maqbool, washington. joining me now is dr brian klass. he's a former us campaign adviser to the current democrat governor of minnesota and a fellow at the london school of economics. thank you for coming in. for you, how significant moment is this? thank you for coming in. for you, how significant moment is thi57m is how significant moment is this7m is in this moment in american history. this is former national—security adviser to the president who has pleaded guilty to felony and is willing to testify against the president of the united states, according to reporting. he said he will help the investigation, that doesn't necessarily mean he will testify in that way. that is true. some reporting in the last
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hour or true. some reporting in the last hourorso, true. some reporting in the last hour or so, that there was meetings between senior officials in the trump campaign and the russian ambassador. michael flynn was involved in discussing sanctions with the russian ambassador over sanctions. this is a serious moment and one in which michael flynn is exposed for criminal liability much beyond this initial document. he is also an undisclosed foreign agent, something that he has acknowledged, for the turkish government. and he accepted money from vladimir putin's propaganda network, the rte network. is there a timeline that suggest certain things, connection the people think they can make, but where is the actual incontrovertible proof? that is what michael flynn deeded guilty to today, about lying
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about these things. he has acknowledged he took $530,000 from the turkish government for a scheme that he did not disclose. he also has accepted and admitted he took money from russia. 0n has accepted and admitted he took money from russia. on top of this there is also in the bleeding documents the timeline about lying to the fbi about his contact with the russian government. all of these things that michael flynn pleaded guilty to the proof. he is saying that he did them. but the white house is saying this doesn't implicate anybody other than michael flynn. it may be that people think he did not do all of these things without somebody else knowing, but it is conceivable, surely, that president trump knew nothing about what was going on around him. of course it is, but we also have to keepin course it is, but we also have to keep in mind that if you were looking at this investigation, robert miller will not use a light
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touch on michael flynn and getting touch on michael flynn and getting to admit to the latest crime possible unless he is part of the prosecuting strategy. any prosecutor would know that an agreement to work with the prosecution means you are going to testify against somebody higher up the food chain. the only logical people of the food chain from him are donald trump, potentially mike pence, orjared kushner. trump may have to consider whether he will pardon people very close to him. michael flynn, or if jared kushner ends up implicated, his own family member. this is a territory for the us government that has not been seen since watergate. what role is there at this point for the senate? the senate could be involved in investigating it further. after michael flynn has got involved with the robert miller investigation and it is unlikely that they will do anything further,
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because he has pleaded guilty, he has agreed that he has committed felony. the senate overwrites oversight role will be very important. they could save to donald trump that if you consider pardoning anybody involved in best that could be impeachment. the only thing that is venting somebody like michael flynn from going to jail is donald trump pardoning him. he has committed a crime, he has accepted he has. the constitution gives wide pardon powers to the president. we may see considerations in this. a couple of months ago the white house counsel did acknowledge that they had discussed high—level pardons and even the possibility of donald trump pardoning himself. all of these aspects of the investigation, we don't know what exactly is happening, but this is a very significant moment because it is a senior person in the trump white house who has effectively flipped
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and is cooperating with an investigation that may go all the way to the president himself. thank you very much for coming in. we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.a0pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are the writer and broadcaster, lynn faulds wood and rachel cunliffe, comment and features editor at city am. the irish prime minister has pressed the british government, again, to come up with a new plan on the issue of the irish border, after brexit. leo varadkar‘s comments followed a meeting with the president of the european council donald tusk who said he was "fully behind" the dublin government's request. mr varadak said the next couple of days "will be crucial" if the uk wants to move onto the next phase of negotiations — over trade and the future relationship with the eu. chris pagejoins me now from dublin. donald tusk map with the irish prime
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minister for donald tusk map with the irish prime ministerfor about in donald tusk map with the irish prime minister for about in our earlier. there was strong unity on the face of it from the two of them. donald tusk said that on the irish border, the big issue here being that no side once any new controls in the irish border but there was a difference of opinion over a high that could be achieved, donald tusk said if the uk offer on the border was unacceptable for ireland it would also be unacceptable for the eu, he even went as far to say that the key to the uk's future in some ways lies in dublin as long as the negotiations continue. leo varadkar
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could not have had a stronger endorsement from donald tusk here today. one setting out the possession of the irish government, they think the best way to avoid the ha rd they think the best way to avoid the hard border on the island is for the uk to spend the customs union, but he has acknowledged that the uk has indicated they will not do that, but in the absence of that the uk had to come forward with some other kind of workable solution and he once written assurance that would convince the irish government that there is a way to avoid the hard border on the island of ireland before the eu decides whether to move on to the next phase of the brexit negotiations, focusing on trade. the critical dates on this is just under a fortnight away. the pressure is on. theresa may's deputy, damian green, the first secretary of state, is under renewed pressure tonight after claims that he accessed
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pornography on his commons computer. a retired detective says he found "thousands" of pornographic images on a computer in mr green's office nine years ago and that it was "ridiculous" to suggest that anyone else could be responsible. mr green has again insisted that the allegations are false. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw has this exclusive report. he's theresa may's oldest and most trusted political ally, now battling for cabinet survival over claims he watched pornography on his work computer. can i ask you to leave? the allegations, which he denies, centre on computers seized in this police raid over leaked documents from the home office. now, a detective involved in the enquiry has given his account of what he discovered. neil lewis spent 25 years in the metropolitan police before retiring due to ill health. he has multiple sclerosis. in 2008, was given the task of examining damian green's work computer. the shocking thing was that as i was viewing, i noticed a lot of pornography thumbnails,
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which indicated web browsing. but a lot. there was a lot of them. how many images did you see on that? thousands. thousands of pornographic images? thumbnail images. this is the one note that you kept. neil lewis still has his notebook from the time, detailing what he saw on the computer. there is a reference to briefing officers about pornography. he claims two other detectives also saw the material. it was legal and not extreme, he said. similar images were also seen on a laptop, he claimed. how can you be sure that it was damian green who was accessing that pornography? there's a sort of phrase, "you can't put fingers on the keyboard". so i can't say that. but the computer was in mr green's office, on his desk, logged in, his account, his name. in between browsing pornography,
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he was sending e—mails from his account, his personal account. reading documents, writing documents. and it was just impossible. it was sort of exclusive and extensive, that it was ridiculous to suggest that anybody else could have done it. 0utside his home in kent today, damian green protested his innocence. a cabinet office enquiry has been examining his conduct. mr green... i've said that i'm not commenting any further while the investigation is going on. i've maintained all along, i still maintain, it is the truth, that i didn't download or look at pornography on my computer. but obviously while the investigation is going on i can't
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say any more at the moment. one of mr green's colleagues in parliament rallied to his defence, saying the detective's account didn't add up. the pattern of behaviour he describes seems to me entirely inconsistent with the normal pattern of behaviour of an mp in parliament. we simply do not have hours to sit in front of our computers and browse leisure websites, of whatever variety. did you look at pornography at all? there are now questions about how apparently confidential information about damian green's computers was made public. scotland yard is looking into it. danny shaw, bbc news. 0ur political correspondent eleanor garnier is in westminster. the brexit secretary, david davis, has warned downing street about not firing damian green. several people are waiting in now. yes, allies,
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friends of damian green have been rallying around him today, coming to the defence of the de facto deputy prime minister. it is interesting that a fellow cabinet minister, although not publicly, has come forward to defend damian green. sources have told us that david davis made his strong feelings on this matter clearer to downing street at the highest level. and that he warned downing street not to sack damian green on the basis of today's allegations. 0ne sack damian green on the basis of today's allegations. one source said that in effect david davis had thrown a protective cloak around damian green. it is also interesting that close friends and allies of mr green as well as defending him have tried to ship the attention to whether or not this information should have made it into the public domain at all, stressing that even former police officer should have a duty of confidentiality. we know damian green has said today that he
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stands by his word that he did not download and look at pornography in his office and his friend saved there is no case for his resignation oi’ there is no case for his resignation or sacking based on today's allegations. if we look at the bigger picture for theresa may, within the last month she has lost two cabinet ministers for unrelated and separate issues. she certainly would not want to lose another, and certainly not one he is such a close ally and close friend. theresa may and damian green have been friends since their time at university and keep plays a pivotal role behind the scenes in government. she will not wa nt scenes in government. she will not want this to end up on anything where he loses hisjob, but also it isa where he loses hisjob, but also it is a distraction. she has plenty on her plate at the moment. two key meetings in brussels later this month over brexit. it goes without saying that theresa may and downing street will not be welcoming these latest allegations. thank you.
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german police have found and defused an explosive device in the city of potsdam. police had earlier cordoned off the area and the nearby christmas market after being alerted about a suspicious object delivered to a pharmacy in the area. let's get some reaction now from the united states after michael flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi over contacts with russia. mr flynn has agreed to cooperate with the enquiry into alleged russian meddling in the presidential election of last year. in our new york studio is nina burleigh. she's a political correspondent at newsweek. thank you forjoining us. how anticipated was this please? well, we knew as of thanksgiving on that day it was revealed that general
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flynn's lawyers had stopped participating in conferences at the white house lawyers, but that was a clear indication that he was going off the reservation or of the ranch and not going to be part of their tea m and not going to be part of their team any more. on that day we recognise that he was going to make some kind of deal, we didn't know what the deal would be, and what is interesting is that it does carry a line to the fbi which is what he played two, it does carry five years in prison if thejudge decides played two, it does carry five years in prison if the judge decides to give it to him. but it is a relatively small charge compare it with what other things that he was involved with, including not telling
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the government that he was working for the government of turkey and taking money from the turks and practice perhaps in a turkish effort to kidnap somebody from the united states. there were lots of other things that he could've gone after him on. they left it at this, so that would indicate he is valuable to them, is helping furthering this investigation. where it goes, we're only speculating. we are hearing that the senator mark warner is likely to want to see jared kushner spoken to again. it willjust be him he is wondering whether the investigators will come knocking. well, yeah. i didn't hear that he was going to be called forward again, butjared was going to be called forward again, but jared kushner was going to be called forward again, butjared kushner has a big problem because he has been one of
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the characters most frequently forgetting his contacts with foreign national is, which is part of what this investigation is about. he has not put that on, those meetings, on various documents he was supposed that the light. he said he'd forgotten them. it has gone on and on and on. what is interesting about the news today is that michael flynn a p pa re ntly the news today is that michael flynn apparently was directed to talk to the russians not aboutjust the sanctions that the 0bama administration had slapped on them for alleged involvement in the us election, but jared kushner for alleged involvement in the us election, butjared kushner had asked him to talk to the russians about holding back on a security council vote on israel. this is of course during the period of transition when you're not supposed to be doing that. his activities on behalf of israel, and jared kushner is known to have family members
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associated with an donating money to very right wing settlements in israel, so his involvement there is interesting because it goes beyond just operating in terms of the united states and russia, talking about israel. plenty to keep you busy! thank you very much for talking to us. a 71—year—old man has beenjailed for murdering his toddler stepson almost 50 years ago. david dearlove swung the one—year—old child by his ankles and hit his head on a fireplace in 1968. for decades dearlove lied about what had happened, but then a photo posted on facebook led to the investigation being reopened as danny savage explains. this picture triggered a murder trial. it shows a man called david dearlove with his stepson, paul booth. when this image was posted on facebook, paul's now adult brother went to police, telling them dearlove had murdered the toddler and he had witnessed it.
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the 21—year—old dearlove in the photo is now 71. almost 50 years later, he was today convicted of murder. back in the late 1960s, he lived with the boys' mother in this house in stockton. 0n the night he killed his stepson in the living room, he claimed the boy's injuries were accidental, but his three—year—old brother, peter, saw what really happened. he'd crept downstairs for a drink, and through a gap in the living room door saw dearlove swinging paul violently by the ankles and cracking his head against the fireplace, causing fatal injuries. nearly half a century later, what peter booth sawjust before his fourth birthday has convicted his stepfather of murder. dearlove said paul had received the injuries by falling out of bed. had he fallen out of bed and fractured his skull, that would have resulted in a straight line fracture. in this case we had a fracture that was a z shape and crossed two places in the skull,
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and that wasn't consistent with him having simply fallen and hit his head against an object such as a hard floor. a lot of the lines of enquiry we are used to in this day and age, digital enquiries, phone works, forensics, stuff like that didn't exist. we didn't have a body in this case, we didn't have a scene, a lot of the witnesses were dead, so it was quite challenging. paul booth‘s brother and sister had to relive childhood ordeals and trauma to getjustice for him. thejudge said dearlove made the children's lives a misery, and jailed him for a minimum of 13 years. danny savage, bbc news, teesside. more now on the news that the royal bank of scotland is to close one in four of its high street branches. a total of 259 rbs and natwest branches will go with the loss of 680 jobs. let's get more on this from annie shaw, a personalfinance expert from the website cash questions. shejoins us via webcam from cheshire. thank you very much forjoining us.
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this has been put off and put off. — these branches held on so long? publicly because the government has been trying to promote rbs, getting it ready for sale. in the budget had the chancellor announced he would be starting the sell in 2019. they are basically trying to rescue the reputation of rbs after the financial crash, the bailout by the government. it is part of the whole changing scene of banking that we are seeing throughout the uk and throughout the world, really, to some extent. that is that we are using more and more direct tra nsfers, using more and more direct transfers, we are not going into branches so much. the pity is that bank branches are part of our community, they are like the police station, the post office, and those
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are also going. part time skips are totally changing as we get different methods of doing things and it is natural that rbs want to) methods of doing things and it is natural that rbs want to ) choose to save money, but it is a real blow to those communities that are losing the building and the community centre for their villages and towns. which customers do you find tend to feel this lost the most?|j which customers do you find tend to feelthis lost the most? i think it is older ones. the people who say they are going to miss the branches are possibly those that can go in there that much, it is kind of a security thing. they like to have them there. people are using them less. certainly, for many old people, it is difficult when they don't necessarily feel comfortable with online banking, they don't understand apps or other online tra nsfer understand apps or other online transfer methods. this statistic showed that using cheques is going
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right down, it peaked in 1999 and has gone down ever since. 0ne right down, it peaked in 1999 and has gone down ever since. one of the biggest adopters of contactless technology is older people because they don't have to remember in numbers or get cash out of the bank. it isa numbers or get cash out of the bank. it is a real changing landscape. but it is very hard on people who have been used to transacting in a certain way, they like to be able to see familiar faces behind the counter of a bank branch and this is being taken away from them. you wonder if there isn't some kind of creative solution to try to bring together in one place each high street all of the services that are disappearing that you have just listed. to some extent the rays. the post office allows people to take out than pay in money from the banks, and many of the banks have a relationship with the post office and you can deposit cheques through the post office. many post offices are disappearing themselves. when there is no cash machine or counter
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service, you can often get cash from supermarkets on a cashback. brand sharing was tried back in about 2,000, the yorkshire and britannic building societies came up with an arrangement, but it didn't work very well and britannia soon merged with the co—op. that is consigned to ruins now. i don't think there was much appetite for that. people like it as much appetite for that. people like itasa much appetite for that. people like it as a business concern i don't think it will happen, we are seeing the growth of online transactions and direct transfers is the way forward. danny shaw, thank you for your time. prince harry and his fiance megan markle have carried out their first official public engagement since they announced they were getting married earlier this week. the couple were greeted by crowds of well—wishers in nottingham as they visited a world aids day
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charity fair and then met local teachers and children at a school nearby. from nottingham, here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. as an actress, she's been used to a public stage. she's accustomed to meeting crowds and dealing with fans. little surprise, then, that meghan markle handled her first official public appearance in her new role with considerable confidence. husband—to—be was on hand, solicitous and supportive, with a lot of eye contact between them and supportive arms going around each other‘s backs. at times they met the crowds together, but then meghan branched off on her own, stopping and taking time with people. while harry did the same thing on his side of the street. moments later they were reunited, the queue for more back—rubbing. this clearly is a team effort and the new recruit seems a natural. she will do hundreds and hundreds of events like this in the years to come, but she will remember this one, her first official encounter with the british public.
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and the verdict on her performance? i think she's great. a good addition to the royal family. definitely. yeah. an american. go, mixed kids! yeah, mixed kids in the royal family now. it was just fabulous and we're just so excited that they've come to nottingham for their first public appearance and we're very excited about the wedding in may. the couple heard about the work of the terrence higgins trust, the charity which has worked for years to help people suffering from hiv—aids. it's a cause harry, now with meghan, wants to take forward in tribute to his late mother. at a local college, they heard about the effort to help young people keep out of trouble, serious issues to which harry, through a charitable trust, is devoting serious attention. but for all that, there was no doubt who sparkled the most today — the woman with the diamond. i saw her ring and the diamond is massive! it's absolutely gorgeous. just knowing that you're sitting near meghan and prince harry, it'sjaw—dropping, it's really nice.
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a glittering future, then? it certainly seems to augur well. that is the embodiment of wide—eyed. the weather. after a dramatic spell of weather i think we will see something a bit quieter as we push into the weekend. high pressure towards the west meeting in relatively milder air than many of us relatively milder air than many of us have seen. it is not a new heatwave. it will take time to boost demand their down through the british isles. initially only the north—western quarter and northern ireland will see the benefits. some
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sunshine in the eastern side of the pennines and parts of the south—east. more in the way of cloud across the north and west. bits and pieces of rain in the north. a scattering of showers across wales. in the evening a lot of you will be dry in scotland and perhaps the north of england. remnants of the front on sunday dragging cloud into the southern half of the british isles. brighter further north. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. president trump's former national security adviser, michael flynn, has pleaded guilty to making false and fraudulent statements to fbi agents about his contact with russia's ambassador. theresa may's deputy — the first secretary of state, damian green — has denied downloading or viewing pornography on his parliamentary computer. eu council president donald tusk says the european union will not accept any brexit offer from britain
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that is unacceptable to ireland. a 71—year—old man has beenjailed at teesside crown court for life with a minimum term of 13 years for the murder of his 19—month—old stepson, paul booth. and hundreds of people cheer prince harry and meghan markle — on their first official public visit since announcing their engagement. in just over six months‘ time, 32 countries will begin battling it out in cities across russia, all competing for one trophy — the 2018 football world cup. today, the all—important draw was made at the kremlin in moscow — so did england manage to avoid the favourites? our sports editor dan roan reports from moscow. there were real dangers lurking here
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for england this evening. in the past these occasions have been cool. germany, argentina, brazil and france were all lying in wait, but all were avoided. england can look forward to the summer with a degree of confidence. this report contains first photography. it was the day in that russia invaded the great and good of football inside the kremlin, playing host to some of the legends who have graced the showcase event. it has become an event of personal pride and political importance to vladimir putin. taking the opportunity to kick off proceedings. a colourful celebration of russian culture providing the now traditional pre—draw entertainment. as england's manager gareth southgate prepared to learn his team was like they were plenty of familiarfaces from was like they were plenty of familiar faces from which to gain confidence. world cup winner gordon banks leading a big stellar cast
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list of assistance. gary lineker and an abs open critic of the organisers, paper, introduced. an abs open critic of the organisers, paper, introducedlj think organisers, paper, introduced.” think i would prefer to take a penalty in the world cup final plan organised this draw but they will do my best. with the draw finally underway it felt to diego maradona, no stranger to breaking england hearts, revealed they would be in group g. that ranked the top ranked seeds, belgium lie in wait, squad packed with premier league town. imagine giving little away. as the draw progress the rest of the group emerged. along perhaps with a sensibly. tunisia beaten by england in their opening match in france 98, and panama playing in theirfirst world cup. but opponents england would have taken before the draw. what the manager think of the and his team had been built? which have been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten by them so we have to make sure we are prepared for all of those games. it is
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exciting to be here with every other coach. it has been a great experience and looking forward to getting on with it. england are out of the european championships! england's humiliating defeat to iceland in last year's euros serves asa iceland in last year's euros serves as a warning that no one should be taken for granted. however as they look ahead to the campaign deep down they and their fans know that today's russian roulette could have been far topper. the draw means that the fans can look forward to some pretty long journeys, and being in some russian cities they are perhaps not heard much of before. 0r correspondence check out the first cities. —— host cities. this is a mother russia. determined, defiant. urging her people to rise up and crushed the enemy. this used to be
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called stalingrad, and the battle of stalingrad in which nearly 2 million people were killed, still haunts this place. but today the focus is on football. from a pier there is a wonderful view of the stadium they are building for the world cup. and here is a close look at that. we have already mentioned how the war still casts a shadow over the city. when they started building the stadium they found 300 unexploded bombs here and the remains of two soldiers. in communist times i wouldn't have been allowed in the eilélééii wouldn't have been allowed in the ! eli wouldn't have been allowed in the $77 a; 7 for football fans lee 7: 212.57 is plenty to see. this i here there is plenty to see. this place has even got its own kremlin. they are not quite ready for kick—off here. the misty novgorod football stadium is still under construction. the whole thing has been designed to look a bit like the
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volga river just across. been designed to look a bit like the volga riverjust across. they assure me here that everyone will be here on time. and there will be entertainment off the pitch too. here at the nizhny novgorod circus they are putting together a special series of shows for the world cup and the visiting fans. russia might not be the favourite in the football but they certainly look like champions in the big top. in some spots like this: in grad looks distinctly european. but this is russian territory, as a sliver of the former soviet union now surrounded by the eu. this is the westernmost point for the world cup. if england fans to have a ticket to be much here the good news is that it will be pretty easy to get to because kaliningrad isjust a short drive across the border from poland oi’ drive across the border from poland orfrom drive across the border from poland or from lithuania. the drive across the border from poland orfrom lithuania. the ground itself is pretty close to the city centre. it seems they will be a warm welcome forfans. the
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it seems they will be a warm welcome for fans. the mayor it seems they will be a warm welcome forfans. the mayor here recently instructed all buckles to be nice to the visitors and not to fit them. —— locals to be nice. 0ne the visitors and not to fit them. —— locals to be nice. one thing kaliningrad hosts are known for it is amber. vast reserves of the precious stone here by the baltic sea and occasionally after a storm the waves will throw chunks of amber right onto the beaches. it is worth a small fortune. maybe an extra bonus for some of the football fans perhaps a consolation prize. sarah raynsford reporting there. such has been england's disappointing performances at major tournaments in recent yea rs, performances at major tournaments in recent years, in truth they can tickle admitted comfort from the drop. it is ordered to remember not even favourite gum tag belongs to belgium. if they can win that group, the possible route would be in colombia in the next round, then brazil, then france, then the final here in moscow. a d—day veteran who was attacked at his home in somerset has been
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able to leave hospital. 96—year—old jim booth, from taunton, was seriously injured after being hit with a hammer. his family say he's been enormously uplifted by well wishes from the public — including one young boy who sent him his £5 christmas money. 39—year—old joseph issacs of no fixed address has been charged with aggravated burglary and attempted murder. the supermarket chain morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of staff who stole the personal details of thousands of his colleagues and posted them online. the case — thought to be the first data—leak class action in the uk — paves the way for the employees to claim compensation. danni hewson reports. workers at the bradford —based supermarket morrisons brought a claim against the company after personal details of nearly 100,000 staff were posted on the internets. the data leak had been carried out by andrew skelton, an auditor working at morrison's headquarters. he is currently serving an
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eight—year sentence for fraud. today a judge ruled that whilst morrisons wasn't directly responsible for the bridge it could be held vicariously liable for his actions. this decision paves the way for compensation pay—outs for more than 5500 workers who launched the claim. the next stage in the litigation process is for the court to consider what damages the claimants are now entitled to. 0bviously also morrisons has been given permission to appeal and saw that as a matter that might be a word in the court of appeal. this has been the first fatal big class—action in the uk and as such is incredibly significant. thejudgment as such is incredibly significant. the judgment handed down today will have serious implications for every individual and business in the country. but it shows is that large organisations are legally responsible for the wrongdoing of their employees. this case is massively significant because essentially deals with insider risk
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and as insiders they are either deliberately or accidentally responsible for most data breaches in the uk. morrisons was immediately given leave to appeal against the decision. it has released a statement saying the judge said he was troubled that the crimes were aimed at morrison's and innocent party and that the court itself was becoming an accessory in furthering the aim of the crimes to harm the company. the result of that appeal will be monitored closely. notjust by morrisons and its staff but all uk businesses. the headlines on bbc news... president trump's former national security adviser pleads guilty to lying to fbi agents. the first secretary of state damian green denies new allegations that he watched pornography on his house of commons computer. european council president donald tusk says the eu will not accept the uk brexit offer if ireland disagrees. an update on the martin numbers.
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here is how london and frankfurt entered the day and the dow and nasdaq. the pound was trading in the rest strong manufacturing data as a lack of news around brexit tasks resulted in subdued interest. now it's time for newswatch. this week samira ahmed hears reaction to the coverage of a certain royal announcement. hello and welcome to newswatch. everyone loves a wedding, but the bbc news go into overdrive over harry and meghan? and... my congratulations to harry and meghan... jeremy corbyn congratulates the happy couple. what could possibly go wrong with bbc subtitling? could possibly go wrong with bbc
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subtitling ? first could possibly go wrong with bbc subtitling? first row involving donald trump's twitter account is not a new thing, but this week was the first time theresa may got involved so directly. the us president had retweeted three videos from the far right group britain first, alleging to show violent acts by muslims. they shall felt the wide coverage given to the story was unhelpful. e—mailing. .. at coverage given to the story was unhelpful. e—mailing... at the start of the week the government handed over a document detailing how it felt the uk's departure from the european union would affect 58 sectors of the economy. but some sections of the so—called brexit impact studies were blacked out to the fury of opposition parties. there was little about this and bbc news on monday or tuesday, which prompted chris hill to write... 0ne
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one reason why that story received less attention than it might have done was a certain engagement announced this week which we think you mightjust announced this week which we think you might just have announced this week which we think you mightjust have noticed. toure derbyshire was on their won the long—awaited and much predicted news broke on monday morning. clarence house have just announced broke on monday morning. clarence house havejust announced in broke on monday morning. clarence house have just announced in the last few seconds prince harry is to marry his american girlfriend meghan michael. but the rest of the day the bbc news operation went into overdrive with presenters and reporters deployed to getting ten pals, bolton is devoting more than at that time to the engagement,

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