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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at two: the australia cricket captain steve smith and vice captain the australia cricket captain steve smith has been banned for one match by cricket's ruling body — the icc — over the ball tampering scandal. the australian prime minister has expressed his anger. this is a shocking disappointment, and it's wrong, and i look forward to cricket australia taking decisive action soon. catalonia's former president carles puigdemont is arrested in germany after crossing the borderfrom denmark. an extra 3,000 midwives are to be trained in england to ease staff shortages and improve care. in the next hour: france remembers the police officer and three other people killed in the terror attack on friday. a memorial service has been held in the tiny southern french town of trebes — led by the bishop of carcassonne. the first scheduled non—stop flight between australia and europe
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has landed in london. the head of quantas describes the service as a game—changing route. and in half an hour, mandy baker looks back at recent events in westminster in the week in parliament. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the australia cricket captain steve smith has been given a one match ban and fined 100% of his match fee after admitting he knew about a plan to tamper with a ball during a test match. the international cricket council described the incident as one of a "serious nature" and that "the game needs to have a hard look at itself."
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batsman cameron bancroft has also been fined 75% of his match fee, after admitting he interfered with the ball during the third test against south africa. phil mercer reports. play has resumed in cape town with australia fighting to avoid defeat in the third test, but off the field some of its players are battling to save their careers. they've been caught cheating and back home, the nation is reeling with shock and embarrassment. just how cameron bancroft thought he could get away with tampering with the ball, using sticky tape and dirt, in front of dozens of tv cameras, is unclear. i saw an opportunity to potentially use some tape, get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket, and try to, i guess, change the ball condition. his captain, steve smith, who was part of the conspiracy, has agreed to stand down for the remainder of the match along with his deputy david warner.
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i'm not proud of what's happened. you know, it's not within the spirit of the game. my integrity, the team's integrity... both men will continue to play under an interim skipper. there is, though, mounting pressure for smith to quit. cricket australia, the governing body, is sending two senior officials to south africa to investigate the scandal. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, said he shared his country's disappointment. it seemed completely beyond belief that the australian cricket team had been involved in cheating. after all, our cricketers are role models, and cricket is synonymous with fair play. 0n social media, there was more disbelief and anger. the former australian skipper michael clarke hoped it was alljust a bad dream, while other retired players said the game had taken a devastating blow.
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tampering with the ball using so—called foreign objects is strictly prohibited in cricket. there are legal ways to alter the condition of one side of the ball to help it swing or move unpredictably through the air. in this case, australia has crossed the line. cricket is australia's national sport, and many fans could well be asking themselves one simple yet searching question of steve smith and some of his team—mates — just what were they thinking? phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. we can now speak to the former cricketer and bbc test match special commentator charles dagnall. you have got to wonder what on earth possessed them to do this. bancroft, for example, was saying almost immediately that he was nervous about doing this because of all the
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cameras. absolutely. when you have a situation where an international test match is under so much scrutiny, you have 30 television cameras around the ground, due to the angles that the television wants to get, but also due to things like hawk—eye and drs and hotspot, so there are numerous cameras there. how you think you can get away with doing something like this under such close scrutiny from the television cameras is beyond comprehension. you could perhaps understand it in a cou nty could perhaps understand it in a county match, a domestic match, where there is an that level of interest in that particular game. you might have two fixed cameras from either end of the ground and a couple of umpires as well to try and keep on top of all of this. but in an international match, how they thought they would get away with it is beyond comprehension. the punishment handed out so far to the players involved can only be a taste of what is to come, i presume. very much so. due to the laws of the game
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and the levels of breach that have come under the icc code of conduct, steve smith has been banned for a match and 100% of his match fee has been taken away. a similar situation happened with the south african captain faf du plessis, when it was seen captain faf du plessis, when it was seen that he took the rapper from a suite of products of the ball. —— applied it to the ball. that has been going on for some time. people try to change the nature of the ball to try and assist it in any way they can. however, when you have a third—party, like this piece of tape ora third—party, like this piece of tape or a bit of sandpaper or a bottle top as has been used in the past, this is a different level of transgression. the icc have had to punish them the way they have, and thatis punish them the way they have, and that is how it is at the moment. i
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foresee cricket australia taking a very dim view of this, because the reaction from australia has been such, as you heard in your report, it is outrage and shock for many of those back in australia. i also think it is the culmination of numerous events in the australian cricket team. there is not a lot of goodwill towards the australian cricket team and the way they have behaved and the way they play their test cricket, and that has built up over time. so there was also a level of that, the ethics and the morality of that, the ethics and the morality of the way they play their cricket, which will be taken into consideration. and cricket is of course so consideration. and cricket is of course so bound up with the national identity and pride that it is no surprise that we have seen the sort of reaction we have had from eve ryo ne of reaction we have had from everyone from the prime minister down to the average man and woman on the street. very much so. this is a watershed moment, perhaps, in australian cricket. there are old pros like me and commentators and it is easy for us to sit in our
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commentary box and say this or that is not right and talk about the spirit of the game. no one is talking about aggression. aggression is fine, we like a bit of spice. but it has been taken to a new level. the number of incidents over this bitter and bad blood series between south africa and australia, if you think that shop with steve smith a test ago, then with quinton de kock and david warner, that incident off the field, and also the way the ashes was played, there is not a lot of love for the australian cricket tea m of love for the australian cricket team at the moment. no one is saying that international cricket should be holier than thou, but there is a lot to be taken back in australia for the way they like to play hard, but they also like to play it fair. this will have far reaching ramifications. let me ask you about a comment from the icc chief executive in this statement. david richardson said the game needs to
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have a hard look at itself. does he mean the game more widely across the world, or is he talking about cricket australia? you can read between the lines of what dave richardson is trying to say and i think yes, it is a warning to all, but it is probably leaning towards the australian way of playing cricket. we have seen situations where they have asked for stump microphones to be turned down so they can talk a bit more without anyone understanding what they are saying out in the middle. sources get around, saying out in the middle. sources getaround, and saying out in the middle. sources get around, and what has been said has been taken to a new level. it has been taken to a new level. it has been taken to a new level. it has been personal and victim —— vindictive. that is what people do not want to see. you reap a lot of what you sow, and the australians are open about the fact that they
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we re are open about the fact that they were getting abuse from the crowd in south africa. well, a lot of that, you bring on yourself. so that statement from david richardson, yes, i think it's a warning shot to all nations about the way they play their cricket. but it does seem that australia, at the heart of a loss of these situations that we have had recently. charles dagnall, thank you very much. the former catalan president, carles puigdemont, has been arrested in germany. his lawyer says he was detained when he crossed the borderfrom denmark. mr puigdemont fled to belgium following a banned independence referendum in the catalan city of barcelona last october. a warrant was issued by the spanish authorities for his arrest across europe on friday. 0ur correspondent damian mcguinness is following the story for us. he was attending a conference in finland this week. he arrived there on thursday. while he was there, spanish authorities reissued this european arrest warrant which they had originally issued a few months ago and then cancelled.
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it has now been reissued, and that meant that while he was in transit from finland back to belgium, where mr puigdemont was living in self—imposed exile, he was then arrested as he was crossing the border from denmark into germany via germany back on his way to brussels. so now he is being held by german police. he has been detained by german police in a small town in northern germany. his lawyers say it's not clear how long he will be held there, but that is the next stage where we are waiting to find out. it depends what the conditions are for this international arrest warrant, whether he will then have to be sent back to spain or to brussels, where he was originally living. so that's all unclear right now. what is clear is that these charges are very serious because he's being accused of sedition and rebellion, because of course, madrid views this catalan independence referendum as illegal. that means that if he is found guilty, he could face up to 25 or 30 years in prison,
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so they're very serious charges indeed. the government says it's creating more than 3,000 training places on midwifery courses in england over the next four years. it says it's the "largest ever" increase in the number of nhs midwives and maternity staff. but there are concerns that this may not be enough to solve acute staffing problems — as our health correspondent, catherine burns reports. currently, women can see several different midwives during their pregnancy, but the department of health and social care wants to change that. it's pledging that by 2021, most women will have a named midwife throughout. that continuity is expected to be safer for mothers and babies. in training places, starting with 650 extra places next year. if we are going to have what we call the continuity of carer, the same team of midwives, we think that could potentially save 700 babies' lives every year and potentially prevent 500 babies
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being born with brain damage, but it needs more midwives. until last year, training midwives and nurses in england got a bursary. that was scrapped last summer, so they now have to pay tuition fees like other students. if you try to deliver continuity of carer without sufficient midwives, all you get is burnt out midwives, so we do need these numbers, and that is why we welcome these extra 3,000. it will take a while for those numbers to come through. there already are not enough nhs midwives in england. estimates put the shortfall ataround 3,500. over the last five years, the number of midwives leaving or retiring has outstripped the numbers of newly qualified joiners. the government has announced a new pay deal for nhs staff in england, with an increase of at least 6.5% over three years. that may go some way towards dealing with staffing issues but unless the nhs gets better at keeping staff, the extra training places may only
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have a limited impact. catherine burns, bbc news. a 14—year—old girl has been seriously hurt after a group of youths were run down by a car on a pavement in glasgow. police say the silver vauxhall astra with two men in it was driven deliberately at the youngsters. detectives are treating the attack in castlemilk yesterday afternoon as attempted murder. the girl is in a stable condition in hospital. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, has dismissed allegations of cheating by the leave campaign during the eu referendum as "utterly ludicrous". in interviews with channel 4 news and the observer, a volunteer for vote leave has accused the official brexit campaign of breaching electoral spending limits. vote leave has denied this. 0ur political correspondent susana mendonca is here. tell us more about the background to
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this first. it's quite complex. it is. vote leave, as the official league campaign, got to spend up to £7 million. if you were one of the smaller campaign groups, you could spend up to £700,000. the allegation from this former vote leave volunteer is that a vote leave spent more than it should have done, and it did so by using a smaller campaign group in order to spend more money. so vote leave gave £625,000 to a group called believe, which was a youth campaign promoting brexit. that is legitimate. but what this former volunteers saying is that that group was not an independent campaign group, that the money that was given to was spent with the company used by vote leave in order to do digital advertising. if that were the case, that would be against the rules, but the lead and
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beleave have both denied that. boris johnson was of course at the forefront of the leave campaign and he has been talking about this. borisjohnson has treated in response and described this as com pletely response and described this as completely ludicrous. he said vote leave won the referendum fair and square. we have also heard from others who have been critical about this like tom watson from the labour party, who has said that theresa may, the prime minister, needs to make sure the electoral commission has all of the resources it needs to investigate this issue. the police could potentially be called in if needs be. is that going to happen? the electoral commission is already investigating. it has investigated the leave campaign twice last year and found no evidence against them. they are now investigating a number of different allegations. and on this specific claim? the electoral commission would not tell us whether they were investigating this specific claim, but we know that the
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whistle—blower has given his evidence to the electoral commission and tomorrow at some point, he will be revealing his evidence. so far, we don't know what it is. and also news about the conservative mp dan poulter. in the autumn, there were a number of conservative mps accused of inappropriately touching women or behaving inappropriately towards women. dan poulter was one of those accused. he vehemently denied it, but he was accused by anti—bridge, a fellow mp, that women had complained about being treated inappropriately by dan poulter. the conservative party have said that the investigation into this was thorough and impartialand investigation into this was thorough and impartial and chaired by investigation into this was thorough and impartialand chaired by an independent qc and that there was insufficient evidence to support the complaint, so he has been cleared by the conservative party. thank you. well, a reminder this coming
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thursday marks one year to go before the uk leaves the eu and throughout the week we will be putting your questions to a range of experts. you can tweet us your questions. the headlines on bbc news: the australia cricket captain steve smith and vice captain david warner are to stand down over the ball tampering scandal. catalonia's former president carles puigdemont is arrested in germany after crossing the borderfrom denmark. an extra 3,000 midwives are to be trained in england to ease staff shortages and improve care. a memorial mass has been held in the french town of trebes to remember the four people killed in a series of attacks on friday.
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the church service was led by the bishop of carcassonne. a police officer who swapped places with a hostage at the supermarket siege will also be honoured in a separate national memorial in paris in the coming days. 0ur correspondent in france, hugh schofield, said the service had this was a very moving service. it was palm sunday mass, of course. it wasn't a special memorial service, it was the regular sunday mass and palm sunday mass, the start of holy week here, which does add a kind of poignancy, given that the central message of christianity is the sacrifice of the son of god, and the sacrifice of arnaud beltrame evoked that. that was certainly the view of the bishop of carcassonne who presided over the mass and made reference to this idea of sacrifice, the christian sacrifice. arnaud beltrame, let it not be forgotten, was a practising catholic and this was certainly brought out in the mass although of course, the other three people who died
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were remembered as well. they were a retired wine grower, a retired builder and the supermarket butcher. so a very poignant moment, to be followed later this week by a national act of homage to arnaud beltrame. syrian rebels and their families are continuing the process of evacuation that began yesterday from territory they had held in the region of eastern ghouta. the departure of the evacuees follows a deal between the local rebel leadership and president assad's government. eastern ghouta has been subjected to one of the heaviest bombardments of the syrian war and only small pockets remain in the hands of rebels. with more, here's david campanale. buses carrying fighters, their families and others, left eastern ghouta late on saturday as the government tightened its grip on the enclave outside damascus. the coaches headed to the north—western province of idlib,
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which is still controlled by the opposition. in recent weeks, the syrian military has cut the territory into three separate pockets, forcing the opposition to negotiate withdrawals. thousands more people began the process of evacuation on sunday morning following a deal struck between government forces and a local rebel group, faylaq al—rahman. the surrender of zamalka, arbin and ain terma leaves the city of douma as the last rebel—held stronghold. it is held by jaysh al—islam, and talks are under way to evacuate their fighters. damascus city lies immediately adjacent to the newly cleared rebel territory. here, residents have been rejoicing as they expect no longer be hit by opposition mortars. over 70% of eastern ghouta is now under control of government forces who have moved in. restoring rule here would be a major
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gain for president bashar al—assad, and represent a success for his strategy of battering towns to breaking point. as well as flattening whole districts, over 1,500 people have been killed by syrian government forces, supported by the russian military backed by iran, in an offensive which was launched on the rebel—held territory last month. figures on childcare funding are "misleading and out of date", according to members of the treasury select committee looking at the government's flagship policy to provide 30 hours a week of free childcare for three and four—year—olds in england. mps called for more money to be paid to childcare providers because a shortfall in funding is affecting the quality of the service available. caroline davies reports. childcare can be expensive. last year, the government promised some working parents in england more of it for free, but according to mps on the treasury committee,
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childcare providers are not being paid enough and that's costing parents money. if you're an eligible working parent in england, you can get 30 hours of free childcare a week for your three or four—year—old. the government pays childcare providers 34p per child per hour less than it costs on average to look after them. this means they have to find the money elsewhere, sometimes charging parents for activities, food, or charging more for children aged under three. the mps behind the report say changes need to happen if the policy is to be a success. this is what it costs and if the national government is interested and keen to make this policy work, they should make sure that the cost is borne by national government. the treasury says it is already spending more than ever before on childcare, but it will consider the recommendations. caroline davies, bbc news. facebook‘s chief executive, mark zuckerberg, has apologised to british users of the site
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in today's newspapers over the what the firm calls a "breach of trust" following the leak of millions of people's data in 2014. zuckerberg said an app built by a university researcher in cambridge that took the data was not dealt with at the time and for that, he was sorry. the world's largest social media network is facing growing scrutiny in europe and the us over the breach. the first scheduled non—stop flight between australia and europe has landed in london. the boeing dreamliner tookjust over 17 hours to complete its 111,500 kilometre journey from perth. the head of qantas described the service as a "game—changing route". a new series of paintings by damien hirst is going on show at houghton hall in norfolk. it's the first time they will be shown to the public. the exhibition will also include hirst sculptures installed
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throughout the 18th—century house and gardens. alex dunlop reports. home of our first prime minister, 300—year—old houghton hall seems, at first glance, an unlikely backdrop for the shock of the new. but one of the country's most controversial artists reckons this hall and his work are a natural fit. i think they work really well. i mean, i love seeing things out of context, or in a different context. famous for making a massive fortune, pickled sharks and a diamond—encrusted skull, damien hirst dominated the art scene in the 1990s. now he's taken over the spectacular state rooms of this norfolk country estate. gone are the old master paintings, replaced by 46 canvases of spots. we have a new series of paintings by damien hirst. the first spot paintings he made
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were very similar to this. they were painted freehand. how do you think they work in this room? well, it was a bit of a gamble, i admit it, but certainly both damien and i are very happy with the results. next door, a hairdryer keeps a ping—pong ball afloat. two more, like eyeballs, float above a skull, and these hirst sculptures could assault all the senses. it's all about chance. and of course, the lottery is entirely about chance. very noisy! yes, noisy. 0utside, some of damien hirst‘s best—known and most striking sculptures sit in the parkland, from the classical to the frankly surreal. it looks so great, doesn't it? when i got here, i wasjust going to do the paintings, but when we had a walk around the grounds, you just think it would be a shame not to have a little journey around the gardens with some sculptures as well.
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so the whole thing makes sense. it's not really a gamble, because the architecture's so amazing. put anything here, and it looks really good. i don't know how they got this massive sculpture here in one piece, but i'm told they did. it's called the virgin mother, an exposing, an unwrapping, if you like, of the human form. and love it or loathe it, well, you certainly can't ignore it. it's a beautiful site for paintings and sculpture. happy man? who, me or him? no, you! yeah, i am very happy, yeah. after just an hour, damien hirst, not your average struggling artist, was gone. his paintings and sculptures will make their home in this corner of norfolk for the next four months. alex dunlop, bbc news. time to check at the weather. lots of sunshine around today away from the far south and east. we are seeing many photos like these being sentin seeing many photos like these being sent in by our weather watchers.
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this one is from north—east wales. it is gradually brightening up in the south—east. a few spots of rain and good spells of sunshine, and perhaps one or two showers in parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. kent may hold onto more cloud this afternoon, but temperatures are in double figures. this evening, the showers in the north are largely dying out, with plenty of clear spells. that will allow temperatures to fall away. we will see a frost developing and a few patches of mist and fog in the west, but it will be a bright start to the day tomorrow. the cloud will increase from the west, with spells of rain in northern ireland, south—west scotland and wales and the south—west of england. temperatures still not doing badly. this is bbc news — our latest headlines: the australian cricket captain, steve smith, and his vice—captain david warner
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have both stood down for the rest of the current test against south africa as the ball tampering scandal deepens. the australian prime minister expressed his anger at the news. this is a shocking disappointment, and it's wrong, and i look forward to cricket australia taking decisive action soon. catalonia's former president carles puigdemont has been arrested in germany after crossing the borderfrom denmark. german authorities said his arrest was based on a european warrant. mr puigdemont is wanted in spain for sedition. 3,000 extra midwives are to be trained over the next four years in the largest—ever increase of maternity staff in england. the plans will also see expectant mothers treated by the same midwives throughout their pregnancy. a religious service has been held in the southern french town of trebes to remember the four people who were killed on friday
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by an islamist gunman. more from me at 3pm. now on bbc news — it's time for the week in parliament. hello and welcome to the week in parliament. coming up... real anger on the conservative benches over the government's brexit fishing deal. there is no way i can sell this deal in a transitional period as anything like a success to the fishing communities in moray, scotland or the uk. the foreign secretary likened vladimir putin and the world cup to hitler and the 1936 olympics.

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