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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america on pbs and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: more tears as australian cricket hits rock bottom. former vice—captain david warner apologises for his role in the ball—tampering scandal — and admits he might never play for the team again. i take full responsibility for my pa rt i take full responsibility for my part in what happened, and i am deeply sorry to the consequences of what i was involved in. sixteen palestinians are reported killed and hundreds injured after israeli forces clash with protesters on the gaza border. russia expels diplomats from 23 countries as the spy row continues to stoke east—west tensions. a bus fire brings one of britain's busiest airports to a standstill. officials say the blaze at stansted was accidental. within the last hour
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the former vice—captain of the australian cricket team has appeared in front of the media and apologised — saying he takes "full responsibility" for his role in the ball—tampering scandal. david warner said he let his country down and made a "bad decision" in the last test match against south africa. and he admitted he might never play for the team again. ido i do realise that i am responsible for my own actions, and the consequences are that brings. it is heartbreaking to know that i will not be taking the field with my teammates. i love and respect, and i have let them down. right now it is
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ha rd to have let them down. right now it is hard to know what comes next, but first and foremost... is the well—being of my family. in the back of my mind, i suppose there is a tiny ray of hope... that i may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again. but i am resigned to the fact that that may never happen. but in the coming weeks and months, i am going to look at how this has happened and who i am as at how this has happened and who i amasa at how this has happened and who i am as a man. our correspondent phil mercer is in sydney. regardless of whether you believe him or not, this is pretty dramatic staff, for great athletes, trying
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and expressing his remorseful stop —— crying and expressing his remorseful stop the enormity of what took place in south africa in cape town has well and truly dawned on all three of the australian players involved. we saw tears from former captain steve smith, we saw a heartfelt apology from cameron bancroft, and now david warner clinging to that tiny ray of hope that one day he may play to his country again. all in tears, all expressing remorse, and this is give you an indication as to how seriously australia as a nation is viewing this ball tampering scandal. this is a cheating scandal, the biggest crisis in australian sport very many years. and it may well be the end of the road to david warner and for quite a long time, he has embodied a very aggressive, a very confrontational approach to cricket. the big question now is what does australian cricket do to try and
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move on from this scandal? speaking up move on from this scandal? speaking up the sceptics slightly, he not a nswer up the sceptics slightly, he not answer any questions about whether there was anyone else on the team involved? was david warner the sole architect of the ball tampering scandal? it has been suggested, he would not say. what we do know is that cricket australia, the governing body, has banned the david warner, steve smith, the former captain, the 12 months. cameron ba ncroft captain, the 12 months. cameron bancroft has been banished the nine months. there are former players here in australia and elsewhere who believe that this trio has been treated very unfairly because there isa treated very unfairly because there is a suggestion that all tampering is a suggestion that all tampering is pretty common in cricket. and it does seem in some quarters here that this threesome has been punished unfairly. i get the sense here in australia that the vast majority of fa ns australia that the vast majority of fans feel very let down by what has happened, and there will be many
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fa ns happened, and there will be many fans who believe that the punishment handed out to bancroft, warner and smith are appropriate. just briefly before i let you go, we have many viewers around the world who don't quite understand what the big deal is with ball tampering in cricket. just explain why this is so serious? cameron bancroft had a strip of sandpaper apparently to rough up one side of the ball. the purpose of that we understand is to change the trigger rear of the ball when it leaves the hand of a bowler. it can be travelling in excess of 140 kilometres an hour. if you temper with one side of the ball it makes the flight very unpredictable, making the batsmen's job even harder. thank you very much, phil mercer following that dramatic press conference with tears from david warner. the palestinian president says israel was responsible for the deaths of 16 demonstrators, after violence flared along gaza's border during a mass protest. mahmoud abbas also called on the un security council to take action. the israeli army said the protesters
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had been throwing stones and fire bombs at its soldiers. yolande knell reports from jerusalem. a chaotic rush to the hospital, with hundreds of palestinians injured in gaza. a call for peaceful marches turned to violence, as protesters headed towards the israeli border. israel's military says it used tear gas and opened fire to stop anyone illegally crossing into its territory or attacking soldiers. and this was just the start. palestinians are planning a series of protests until mid—may. that will be 70 years on from the creation of the state of israel. palestinians see it as their catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes, and many here have never given up their claim to the land. translation: we are here to stress our right to return.
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sooner or later, we must go back. but israel says gaza's leaders are cynically exploiting ordinary people to stir up unrest. translation: hamas and other palestinian groups are calling their protest "the march of return". however, as events unfold, it's the march of chaos. these are aggressive riots. gazan families are now being urged to stay at protest camps along the israeli border, and that will ensure that tensions here remain high in the weeks ahead. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. russia has told britain it must further reduce the number of diplomatic staff it has in the country. the move is the latest development in the escalating row over the poisoning of a former russian spy in the uk. the kremlin has also expelled diplomats from 22 other countries including the us, germany and spain. sarah rainsford reports from moscow. it was quite a sight.
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a stream of ambassadors summoned to russia's foreign ministry. they came from more than 20 countries to hear their punishment. each one had backed britain and accused russia of the nerve agent attack in salisbury. the german ambassador emerged to say moscow still has questions to answer over the poisoning. but his country is now losing four diplomats here. in total, well over 100 willjoin a mass exodus from moscow. there have been extraordinary scenes here all day, as, one by one, ambassadors have been called in to the foreign ministry. the timing of this, the choreography, seemed meant to send a message — that russia will hit back at any moves made against it by western governments. and today moscow decided to escalate. the british ambassador was summoned again, ordered to cut his staff even further. it's important to bear in mind why this crisis has arisen
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in the first place. it is the use of chemical weapons on the streets of the united kingdom that has threatened the lives of a number of people in my country. 23 british diplomats have already left this embassy. now the uk has to match its total diplomatic presence here to the russian headcount in the uk. this move is a clear sign that vladimir putin is determined not to give in under pressure. expulsions look so easy, you don't have to pay a high price on either side for expulsions, but it is not the case. i'm afraid if the whole fabric of the relationship gets thinner and thinner, we have a real problem. but that problem is already here. western countries seem determined to show russia it has crossed the line, but the kremlin still calls the accusations against it outrageous and warns that further sanctions could follow. the diplomatic row between the uk and russia has taken
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another turn, with the russian embassy saying that british officials searched an aeroflot plane at heathrow airport. it says uk border force and customs officers boarded an aircraft which was due to fly to moscow. a statement claims the officials wanted to search the plane without any crew present and gave no reasons for their actions. it adds that embassy staff have sent a diplomatic note demanding an explanation. and it describes the events as ‘connected with the hostile policy that the uk government is conducting with regard to russia.‘ the british government has not commented so far on those claims, but earlier it did confirm that customs officers had boarded a plane in london without saying whose aircraft it was. all flights from stansted airport have been cancelled after a shuttle bus caught fire just outside the terminal building. passengers were asked to leave the airport and re—book with their airline. the fire caused smoke
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damage to the front of the terminal, but no one was hurt. thomas magill reports. a shuttle bus outside stansted airport carrying passengers, and in flames. nobody was hurt, but part of the terminal was evacuated after being damaged by the fire. all flights this evening have been cancelled, a devastating start to the holidays are many. yes, well i was due to fly to shannon this evening. and i, like many others, hundreds, well into the thousands, perhaps a thousand, i would say, in that departures area here in stansted, that are stranded here at stansted. the misery was felt by thousands. some abandoning cars and leaving the airport with nowhere to go. the bus was completely destroyed by the blaze.
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officials say it was caused by an electrical fault. tonight, passengers are being told to go home and rebook their flights with their airlines. on the line is richard homer who was on a family holiday and heading home when the fire at stansted meant their plane was diverted to east midlands airport. thank you forjoining us, where are you at the moment? thank you for having me, i am on a one for with a friendly taxi driver who has been kind enough to take us back to stansted. on the start of this lovely easter holiday. you were dropped off 100 miles or so away from your destination how was this to get the taxi back to stansted, did the airline help you out without? yeah, to paint a picture somewhat, it has been slightly diabolical. and the moment we arrived at east midlands, it has
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been around six, over six hours of miscommunication is from the airline in terms of moving us from one terminal to the other, from their telling us that there will be a shuttle service or a taxi service, should i say, then three hours later, to then be told that "we strongly suggest you book your own taxi". that is what we have done, andi taxi". that is what we have done, and i feel very sorry so many families who are still stranded at east midlands, who perhaps may not have £180. .. east midlands, who perhaps may not have £180... it is pretty surprising, because whenever you travel with children, it is almost a good thing you have children because you are given priority, especially as you have a six—year—old. i would have thought that put you guys at the front of the queue. that's a good question, and when we were escorted to a particular area where
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there were coaches to pick us up, we approached two staff members and suggested that, could we perhaps bring older children and families to the front, to which we got told, it yes, that will be happening. and when the coaches arrived, there was a small stampede to say the least, which was very annoying to most of the passengers, which then had a backlog and a backlash to all the families to be moving into the arrival departure lounge, where they we re arrival departure lounge, where they were promised a taxi, three hours later, to then be told that they strongly suggest you get your own taxi back to stansted. as i can imagine, it has not been great, but the family and i are halfway back to sta nsted now, but the family and i are halfway back to stansted now, but there are hundreds of people still stranded, at east midlands. thank you for that update. i hope your daughter has fallen
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asleep in the cab, that help things somewhat. you can go to our website for the latest on that. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: the united nations security council has imposed new penalties on companies accused of helping north korea to evade international sanctions. twenty—one shipping companies and one individual are to be blacklisted for their role in helping pyongyang to continue to illegally import oil and sell coal. arnold schwarzenegger has undergone emergency heart surgery in los angeles and doctors say he's in good spirits. the 70—year—old terminator star was admitted for a routine procedure and then developed complications. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: scientists in denmark make a quantum leap in the race to build the world's fastest super—computer. the accident that happened here was of the sort that can, at worse, produce a meltdown.
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in this case, the precautions worked but they didn't work quite well enough to prevent some old fears about the safety features of these stations from resurfacing. the republic of ireland has become the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. from today, anyone lighting up in offices, businesses, pubs or restaurants will face a heavy fine. the president was on his way out of the washington hilton hotel where he had been addressing a trade union conference. the small crowd outside included his assailant. it has become a symbol of paris. a hundred years ago, many parisians wished it had never been built. the eiffel tower's birthday is being marked by a re—enactment of the first ascent by gustave eiffel. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: the former vice—captain of the australian cricket team, david warner, has said he takes full responsibility for his role in the ball—tampering scandal, and admitted he might never play for the team again. malala yousafzai has told the bbc she hopes to move back to pakistan one day. the youngest—ever winner of the nobel peace prize is currently on her first trip back there, after she was nearly killed by the taliban in 2012 for campaigning for girls' education. she spoke to our correspondent, secunder kermani in islamabad. this was the last time malala was in pakistan, fighting for her life after being shot by militants. after nearly six years, she's now back and says she still can't believe it. it is emotional. each and every thing i see, it is valuable to me. even just this warm air, i value it, and i'm enjoying it,
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and i am just so happy to be home and to put my feet on this land again. malala, though, has her critics in pakistan. many on social media accuse her of being a western agent. how does it feel when you read those kind of comments? firstly, i just want to understand who, why do they oppose me and what is the reason behind it? i want a better future for this country. that's why i started speaking out for girls' education. that's why i did not fear anything, and i said even if the terrorists attack me, it does not matter, i will continue speaking out. and it did happen, and i continued my campaign for girls' education. so my focus is only working for the good. it's 200 million people, and i know that 99%, more than 99% stand with me, support me, they believe in education, they believe in their daughters. yesterday, malala spoke at an event attended by the pakistani prime minister. but she says she doesn't have
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political ambitions herself. so when i was 11 or 12 and when there was extremism happening in swat valley, at that time i thought by becoming prime minister, i can solve every problem, and i will eradicate all these extremists, and everything would be fixed. but i think now i have met many leaders and politicians and prime ministers, and it seems it's not that simple. i think my focus right now is continuing my work through malala fund and making sure we reach out to as many girls as we can — and there are 130 million girls who cannot go to school right now — to ensure that they can get quality education. i have no intention right now of politics. malala yousafzai, speaking to the bbc‘s secunder kermani. the trump administration recently announced it will lift temporary protected status or tps for around 220,000 people from el salvador next year, who will then face deportation from the us.
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with limited support networks in place, el salvador is already struggling to cope with so many deportees. will grant reports. the trump administration says it has sent these deportees home. but for many, home was the united states. they're met with a little kindness. a meal, a chance to call family, medicalattention. they are reunited with their possessions, removed from them in us detention centres. from the most basic to the most cherished. these are the first steps of rebuilding their lives in el salvador, a country some left a few months ago, but others haven't seen since they were small. jose has no one in el salvador. instead he turned to the man he was shackled to on the plane. miguel angel opened his home and family to a stranger, sharing what little they have. translation: these people are my only support, i had nowhere to go.
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the situation is so bad and dangerous you can easily be killed. so when i arrived at the airport my original plan was to try to reach the us again, through guatemala and mexico. translation: he told me his story, that he was coming back to nothing and that he had no one to support him. so i said look, i will help you, don't worry, somehow we will get by. they have found work through the church, butjose's predicament is common. many deportees return to hostile and unfamiliar surroundings, a place president trump recently described in the crudest terms. politicians in el salvador know that much is to be done to create conditions in the country to prevent the exodus. some are urging the trump administration to change its thinking and its language around immigrants. when you have that kind of discourse, you reinforce stereotypes, and you
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reinforce division and you reinforce, in many cases, it is essentially the politics of fear. still, the waves of deportees return, often having left children, spouses, homes and businesses behind. this man, maximo, hasn't set foot in el salvador in 14 years. and his kids remain in the us. his family are glad to have him back, but he is lost, a stranger in the country he was born in. scientists say it's the technology that could revolutionise computing. it's called quantum computing and for years, companies have been vying to build a fully operational quantum computer, which could process information much faster than today's most powerful super—computers. scientists at microsoft say they're now on the verge of a major breakthrough. our technology correspondent, rory cellan—jones explains. copenhagen, and it's
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pretty cold outside, but inside a university lab, there's a place that's even colder. if you look right up here on this gauge, you'll see that the inside of that refrigerator is sitting at three hundredths of a degree above absolute zero. that's100 times colder than deep space. this may be the coldest place in the universe. and this is why. embedded in this chip is a qubit, the building block for the computer of the future, which will only work under these extreme conditions. microsoft is working with scientists here and around the world to build a quantum computer. they're confident they're about to make a major breakthrough. if they succeed, there's a huge prize. quantum really represents a giant leap forward from today's technology. we can begin to solve problems that would take us today more than a lifetime of the universe to solve, in seconds, hours or days. so how does a quantum computer work? drill down into a conventional
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computer and you'll find the bit, the basic unit of information, which is either a zero or a one. think of it as a switch which is either on or off. but at the heart of a quantum computer is the qubit, and the magic here is it can be both one and zero at the same time. the switch can be both on and off. this supercharges any computer programme, making impossible problems easy to solve. we could find answers to climate change, make rapid progress in artificial intelligence, and break encryption — secure codes would be simple to crack. first, though, there are huge challenges in creating qubits stable enough to be useful in a commercial quantum computer. microsoft thinks it's got a unique way of doing that. by making a better qubit to begin with, you'll need fewer of them to build the full quantum processor. but there's stiff competition.
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google, ibm and scientists in labs like this one in london are all making breakthroughs, and so far they've made faster progress. so microsoft is starting further behind, they're still trying to demonstrate a single qubit, but their approach is unique. its qubits may be much better protected against errors, so if they get their one qubit to work, they could leapfrog these other approaches quite quickly. back in copenhagen, they're confident they're on the verge of a breakthrough which will lead to a commercial quantum computer within five years. if that's true, and it's a big if, the world will change in all sorts of ways. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @nkem ifejika. hello.
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some parts of england had a washout of a good friday, some areas in western scotland were bathed in sunshine. those weather differences will continue as we go through the rest of this weekend. there will be some rain around at times, snow, particularly easter monday as we will see in a moment. it is disappointingly cool but there are drier, sunny areas too. they will come in the day ahead, the further you are away from this area of low pressure. this brought some very wet weather for some of us during good friday but you are further away still in northern and western scotland and northern ireland. so you will fare quite well, but for eastern scotland into england and wales, you will get plenty of cloud but there will still be some outbreaks of rain, some sleet and snow into the higher hills. but it is not as heavy, not as wet as it was during good friday, more of this will peter out later in the day. there will be some brightness developing in the south—west of england, western fringes of wales, to the west of the pennines, but especially into northern ireland, north and west scotland.
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nowhere is particularly warm and actually it is quite cold into north—east england, with a brisk breeze. a lot of that patchy wet weather will fade away during the night, into sunday morning. clearing skies into northern and western parts of britain will allow temperatures to dip away into a touch of frost, there will be fog patches into sunday. but it is a better day on sunday, that is if you've been wet, in between weather systems, it is the most widely dry day of this easter weekend. there will be a good deal of cloud around, one or two showers to be had here and there, and some drizzle. but many places will be dry, a few breaks in the cloud here and there, maybe some developing through eastern parts of england. but expect a good deal of cloud. and rain coming back to south—west england and southwest wales later in the day, we have seen a lot of rain here, so watch out for potential problems from that. and from the rain and snow pushing northwards into easter monday, because the moisture is feeding into cold air, so for parts of wales and the midlands northwards,
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some sleet and snow mainly on hills, but also possible and lower levels. the far north of scotland staying dry during daylight hours and in the south we brighten up a bit after some heavy showers. but it is that possibility of snow, and it's a busy travel day on easter monday which we are watching closely. if you have travel plans keep across the forecast because there is a risk of some disruption and we will keep you updated. this is bbc news — the headlines: the former vice—captain of the australian cricket team has apologised and said he takes "full responsibility" for his role in the ball—tampering scandal. david warner said he let his country down and made a "bad decision" in the recent test match against south africa. and he admitted he might never play for the team again. the palestinian president has blamed israel for the deaths of 16 demonstrators, after violence flared along gaza's border.
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mahmoud abbas called on the un to take immediate action to protect palestinians against what he called ‘escalating daily aggression‘ by israel. russia has announced that it‘s expelling diplomats from twenty—three more countries — sharply escalating a row over the poisoning of a former spy living in britain. an unofficial tally put the number of expelled diplomats at fifty—nine. now on bbc news, westminster in review.
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