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northern ireland, with wet weather moving in monday night and tuesday. after that, as the week goes on, lots of sunshine and it becomes much warmerfor lots of sunshine and it becomes much warmer for a lots of sunshine and it becomes much warmerfor a time. this is bbc news. " locked and loaded". america tells syria it's ready to strike again after yesterday's attacks on suspected chemical weapons facilities. labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has called for a vote in parliament tomorrow, following yesterday's air strikes it looked awfully to me as though the prime minister was more interested in following donald trump's lead than anything else. this is policy made up by twitter. the chief executive of the world's largest advertising agency, martin sorrell, is stepping down five people have been treated by paramedics after a car collided with a group of pedestrians in essex. also coming up, jubilation at the commonwealth games. england beat australia in the netball to secure the greatest result in their history and win their first commonwealth games gold medal.
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and at 11:30 foreign correspondents posted to london look at events in the uk through outsiders‘ eyes, in dateline. good morning and welcome to bbc news. donald trump has warned the syrian government the us is "locked and loaded" and prepared to strike again if there are any further chemical weapons attacks in the country. britain, france and the united states have called on the un to hold an independent investigation into last week's suspected chemical attack in douma. but that would need the support of russia — which has condemned saturday's air strikes as an aggression.
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here — the foreign secretary boris johnson has told the bbc the action was "essential". the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, meanwhile, has called for a commons vote tomorrow. more on the uk political reaction in a moment, but first our correspondent chris buckler reports from washington. the british, french and american forces were deployed to send a message to president assad, and there was no way they wouldn't have noticed in damascus. one hour of strikes and explosions were, despite the sights and sounds, limited in their scope and very deliberate in their targeting of facilities connected to chemical weapons. the united states and our allies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women and children. and we are prepared to deter any further use. of chemical weapons by the assad
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regime. this was one of the sites where the missiles landed. the syrian government says this building in damascus was home to science labs and training facilities. the western allies claim it was a place where technology for chemical and biological warfare was being developed. after the alleged attack in douma, there are still concerns about chemical weapons, and that means there is still a threat of further action. the united states is locked and loaded. straight talking has replaced diplomatic language at the un security council. here, there are proposals for a new resolution that would call for a full investigation into the alleged attacks. butjudging by recent clashes, that is likely to be vetoed by syria's ally russia. translation: this is how you want international affairs to be conducted? this is hooliganism. and not minor hooliganism, given
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that we are talking about major nuclear powers. theresa may has now published her government's legal case for approving the air strikes but she knows she will face questions at westminster this week about why parliament was not given a say. trump says "more war". we say "no more!" after the briefest of bombing campaigns, some are asking what has been achieved by these air strikes and whether the west really has a strategy for syria. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. our correspondent, lina sinjab, is in beirut — and she's been telling me what's known about the impact of the air strikes in syria. well, they definitely did the damage for the use of chemical weapons. they have sent a strong message to the government of president bashar al—assad not to use prohibited weapons in syria any more, but did it affect the course of the war of the position of the president? definitely not. this is a warning for the president
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and other persons not to use chemical weapons, but it says nothing about using other conventional weapons and we have seen over the last seven years the highest number and the vast majority of civilians killed, reaching around 500,000 in the last seven years, they were killed with conventional weapons, not chemical weapons. so for the course of the war and for peace in syria, they are not making any difference, but for the security of using chemical weapons, yes, they are sending a strong message to the government. we saw the pictures yesterday appearing to show president assad going to work as normal and the message from the syrian regime seems to be business as usual? well, yes, that is definitely the case. you watch what they are broadcasting, the messages they are sending and you talk to people on the ground, it's a message of defiance.
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it is a message to tell the aggression as they call it that we are here to stay. at the end of the day, it is only three sites according to the americans that were targeted. none of the military bases or airbases. these military powers are still up and running, he still has the support from russia and iran and he is still going to win the war. he had full control of douma yesterday, the area that witnessed the chemical attack last week, so nothing has changed for him, only the use of chemical weapons, but we are not sure if he will commit to it in the future. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has strongly defended the use of air strikes, saying it was necessary to deter the use of chemical weapons. 0ur political correspondent mark lobel explains more. he said about the air strike that it's sending a message to the world that enough is enough. he says there is an overwhelming
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reason why it is the right thing to do in syria. he was asked if the uk was locked and loaded, as they are in america, for another attack. he said he hoped it would be enough of a deterrent not to happen again. again, leaving the door open to a future strike if there was perhaps another suspected chemical weapons attack in syria. but he made one point about the wider war in syria. let's have a listen to this clip. i think it's important to understand the limits of what we are trying to do. this is not... trying to end the war? that's right, andrew. and i think that this is not going to... we must be honest, this is not going to turn the tide of the conflict in syria. one can hope that it encourages the russians to get assad to the negotiating table in geneva, to get a political process properly going. but that is, as it were, and extra. the primary purpose is to say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons. you heard it there, treading a fine line with the russians.
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he was talking about conversations that did take place before the air strike so that nothing was escalated on that front. but he did say at one point contacts with the russians have not been good. still very frustrated that they won't. .. he called it the extraordinary weight of evidence in the skripal case, the chemical poisoning in salisbury, that the russians are still denying involvement in that. so, kind of frustration. it you got a sense he was having to hold it back. now, labour had been talking about this as well, particularlyjeremy corbyn, the labour party leader. what has he had to say? that's right. jeremy corbyn was asked a lot about these strikes. one interesting line that came out of a question on andrew marr, that we will listen to a second, if you bear in mind that he was chairman of stop the war for a long time, is seen by many people as a pacifist, and facing the prospect of possibly being prime minister, he was asked directly whether he would never say never on military action. let's take a listen. if you were prime minister, you would never, ever authorise the use of force against countries?
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no, nobody would never say never. what i would say... almost never, though? no, what i would say is there has to be a process where the objective is to bring about peace, to bring about a resolution to conflict, to bring about a political solution. listen, there's going to be no military winner in syria. the war could go on and get worse. the killing could get worse. he continued to air his objections with what the government have done in syria. the government have come forward, saying that international law allows them to do what they have done based on humanitarian reasons. he said that was legally debatable. so, then he was asked where he thought the legal basis for a strike would come from. this is what he had to say. i say to the foreign secretary, i say to the prime minister, where is the legal basis for this? the legal basis would have to be... humanitarian, they would say.
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it has to be self defence or the authority of the un security council. the humanitarian intervention is a legally debatable concept at the present time. i would have thought, from the point of recalling parliament, or waiting two days, things could have been different. it looked awfully to me as if the prime minister was more interested in following donald trump's lead than anything else. and this is policy made up by twitter. clearly suggesting theresa may was being led by donald trump there. what about tomorrow's statement the prime minister was going to give? well, jeremy corbyn saying there should have been a bigger role for parliament. parliament should have been recalled. he wants a vote for what happens next now, how the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons joins in and investigates what is happening now. he wants a un resolution to bring russia and america closer together. he mentioned a war powers act, which he thinks should be brought in to hold a government to account fortheiractions, including these types of strikes. other news now and sir martin sorrell, the highest paid boss of a british public company, has resigned after being investigated for personal misconduct.
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sir martin announced he had stepped down as chief executive of wpp with immediate effect, saying it was in the "best interests of the business" for him to go. last year wpp, the world's largest advertising agency, cut sir martin's salary by nearly a third — to £48.1 million. our business correspondentjoe lynam has been giving me more details on the significance of sir martin's departure. the company announced that they were launching an internal investigation into accusations that funds of the company had been inappropriately used. 0utside counsel was brought in to launch that investigation. we now know that that investigation is now complete, it has been concluded. we cannot infer that sir martin did anything wrong. in fact, he has denied any wrongdoing whatsoever. but he is stepping down for the sake
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of the company. he says he is going to leave it in much better hands and that now is the time to go. he is 73 yea rs of that now is the time to go. he is 73 years of age. the salary figure has been hugely controversial? as you also said, it was a pay cut to £48 million. in 2017 he got more than that. the value of the company, it has been raised from nothing. if you bought shares in wire and plastic products, 30 years ago, your growth would have been exponential. he would have been exponential. he would say he has given value to the shareholders, i am worth that money as the driving force of a company thatis as the driving force of a company that is in 112 countries around the world. police have launched a murder investigation after a man was shot dead in birmingham. officers were called to a shooting
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in the bordesley area of the cityjust after midnight. a 20—year—old man was pronounced dead at the scene. forensic teams are carrying out investigations at the scene this morning — and police are appealing to the public for information. one person is in a critical condition in hospital, and another has potentially life—changing injuries, after a car ploughed into six pedestrians in essex. two of the group had to be air—lifted to hospital after the incident in canvey island. ben ando has more. crash investigators at the scene, marking down the track of a car that veered off the road and struck six people on the pavementjust yards north of the seafront at ca nvey island. it is unclear what happened or why, but five of those hit were hurt, one critically, another with life—changing injuries, and a major incident was declared. three helicopters and four land ambulances were scrambled to the scene. it is quite quiet along the seafront and, yeah, i've not seen anything round here at all like this.
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i was quite shocked when i saw it. as soon as i saw the helicopters fly over, and i thought something has been serious. in a tweet, essex police urged people to avoid the area, but so far have not commented on suggestions from some eyewitnesses that the driver involved was being chased by a patrol car at the time of the crash. the two most seriously hurt victims are now being treated in hospitals in london. so far, no—one has been arrested. ben ando, bbc news. ukip has confirmed gerard batten as its new leader — but he has said he will resign in 12 months. the mep, who had been interim leader since february, said that as he was elected unopposed he would step down so a full contest can take place. he's the fourth person to lead the party in less than two years. henry bolton was ousted in february following a racism row. opponents of brexit are launching a campaign to push for a referendum on the final deal. around 1,000 campaigners are expected to attend an event in london later today to demand what they call a "people's vote" on the agreement,
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which the government and the eu hope to reach by october. 65 million people will be affected by brexit and it affects everybody of whatever generation so it is absolutely critical that we get this right and i think people are becoming uneasy and they are becoming worried about the deal because they know, even on the government's own admission, it's not going to be as good, we are not going to be as prosperous, as we currently are in the eu. police are investigating threatening text messages sent to the wife of a premier league referee after he gave out a red card. michael 0liver issued the penalty as real madrid knocked juventus out of the champions league last wednesday. the move was criticised by the italian goalkeeper and some of the country's media. the bbc understands 0liver‘s wife — who is also a referee — had her mobile phone number posted on social media after the game, which led to the abusive texts.
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the headlines on bbc news: " locked and loaded". america tells syria it's ready to strike again after yesterdays attacks on suspected chemical weapons facilities. labour leaderjeremy corbyn has called for a vote in parliament tomorrow, following yesterday's air strikes the chief executive of the world's largest advertising agency, martin sorrell, is stepping down. sport now and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. a fine way to finish the couple games. england's netballers creating history. they'd never been in a commonwealth final before. they were taking on the hot favourites and hosts australia. it was level at 51—51
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going into the final moments. then helen housby scored the goal that made history. the biggest win in the roses history. the likes of david beckham and michael vaughan took the social media to congratulate them on gold medal. the emotions were running high at the final whistle, none more so than head coach tracey neville. it's my dream come true, i think. the girls worked so hard over the last international phase. they were against the world number one. renowned, not beaten and once in the whole cycle. to beat them at that time isjust a whole cycle. to beat them at that time is just a stupendous. whole cycle. to beat them at that time isjust a stupendous. i think the preparation yesterday really got us the preparation yesterday really got us upfor the preparation yesterday really got us up for the games. really proud, really, really proud. there were distressing images from the men's marathon. callum hawkins had run a brilliant race to lead by a couple of minutes but in the searing sunday sunshine, he collapsed a mile from the end before eventually being attended to by medics. he is recovering in hospital.
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behind, compatriot robbie simpson won bronze. there were two english golds on the badminton court. chris and gabby adcock retained the mixed doubles title, beating marcus ellis and lauren smith in the final. chris said it was an unbelievable feeling to see the st george flag raised alongside his wife. ellis managed to bounce back though to win the men's doubles alongside chris langridge. they've added that to the olympic bronze they won two years ago. it may be the chinese year of the dog but it was a red bull out in front at a crazy chinese grand prix. this man, daniel ricciardo, taking the chequered flag. a processional race was turned on its head when the two toro rossos collided on the thirtieth lap. that saw the safety car come out and ricciardo make a pit stop. after the restart his fresher tyres saw him move from sixth to first
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in just ten laps to take his first win in 15 races. sebastian vettel, who started from pole, could only finish 8th after being hit by max verstappen. the dutchman was given a penalty that saw lewis hamilton claim fourth. vettel‘s championship lead is down to nine points. i don't seem to win boring races. they are all pretty fun. that was unexpected, you know? putting ourselves 24 hours ago, i thought we may be starting at the back of the grid. firstly, thanks to the boys yesterday. i thank them after qualifying. today is the real reward for that work. manchester city could be crowned premier league champions without kicking a ball this afternoon. the 3—1win over tottenham hotspur means manchester united must avoid defeat against west brom or the title will be city's. raheem sterling grabbed city's third at wembley. pep guardiola's side are 16 points clear but the city boss has other priorities this afternoon. tomorrow, i have golf with my son.
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and you could win while you are not playing? bogey, double bogey, birdie, we will see. at 2:30, celtic and rangers will meet in the old firm derby in the second scottish cup semi final. the winner will play motherwell, who reached their first final in seven years by beating aberdeen 3—0 at hampden park. motherwell also knocked the dons out of the league cup . confirmation of the fixtures today... two semifinals and women's fa cup. arsenal travel to everton in a repeat of the 2014 final. that is on the red button. 0n bbc two later,
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the red button. 0n bbc two later, the top two mokoena super league, chelsea and manchester city meeting of kings meadow. england's ian poulter holds a one shot lead going into the final round of the rbc heritage in south carolina. poulter, who won the houston 0pen two weeks ago, carded a 67 on saturday and leads on 13 under par. he's one shot clear of luke list of the usa and kim si woo from south korea. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. you can get more on that dramatic gold medalfor the you can get more on that dramatic gold medal for the england you can get more on that dramatic gold medalfor the england netball team. i'm back in the next hour. as we have been hearing, the foreign secretary has said that the air strikes in syria were about to saying enough is enough over the use of chemical weapons. boris johnson said that the action by the united states, the uk and france would not
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turn the tide of the conflict. earlier, the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, told me that isolated air strikes would not help the syrian people. we have had air strikes in the past that were supposedly about depleting assad's ability to launch chemical attacks against his own population, and that has not have that effect. last year we saw the united states launching an air attack on an air base in syria, supposedly to deplete the abilities of the syrian air force. within hours, syrian warplanes were taking off again from that airbase. the efficiency of isolated air strikes, i think, is questionable. it might make the west feel as if action has been taken, but i don't think syria needs gesture actions like this. it may also have an effect in what increasingly appears like a macho strongman stand—off between president trump and putin. but that should not be the function of uk foreign policy. it should not be
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dictated by the interests of president trump, but it should be dictated by the interests of the syrian people in this respect, and should be sanctioned by the uk parliament. i certainly regret the fa ct parliament. i certainly regret the fact that parliament was not involved in this decision. i hope 110w involved in this decision. i hope now there is a full debate in the house of commons and that there is an agreement on the part of the prime minister that if there is to be any further change the role of uk forces in syria, and that role and of course, right now, in terms of the authority for targeted attacks on daesh, it was agreed by parliament in 2015. any change to that further change to that should be sanctioned by parliamentary vote. what about theresa may's argument that we have seen chemical weapons effectively used on british soil in salisbury? nerve agent, used in the attack on the skripals, and that it was action, partly, against the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons? well, i think it is really dangerous. i don't think it is helpful to conflate these two situations. of course, the use of
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chemical agents is a common feature. beyond that, i think we've got to be careful. i gave the prime minister might support, in terms of the action she took in the wake of the salisbury attack. i thought that she made the case that the most likely instigator of that attack was the russian state, and if there was any doubt, i thought in those circumstances she deserved the benefit of that doubt. that is why i gave her support. but we've got to judge the situation is on their merits. first and foremost, we've got tojudge the merits. first and foremost, we've got to judge the action we take on the basis of its efficacy and whether it is going to help a situation all, and i accept the prime minister's case this would be inadvertently, make the situation worse. the syrian conflict is in its eighth year. it is a complicated, bloody civil war. 0n eighth year. it is a complicated, bloody civil war. on top of that, we have superimposed on it are lots of proxy conflicts involving notjust russia and the united states, but turkey, iran, israel, saudi arabia. it isa
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turkey, iran, israel, saudi arabia. it is a very dangerous situation. we've heard in recent times the united nation secretary general talking about the risks of it escalating beyond anybody‘s control. cool heads and careful strategy is required at the moment. i worry that what we saw over the weekend does not fulfil those criteria. it may make the west, as i say, feel as if something is being done. but if that something is being done. but if that something is being done. but if that something is not actually contributing to longer term peace in syria, the danger is that it makes the situation worse, not better. as we've been hearing, a scottish marathon runner has collapsed from exhaustion as he was set to win a gold medal at the commonwealth games in australia. callum hawkins was almost two minutes ahead when he fell — hitting his head on a barrier. he was talking when he was helped into an ambulance. a scottish team spokesman said there were no major concerns about his condition at this stage. the marathon was won by the defending champion, mike shelley of australia. earlier i spoke to former world marathon champion paula radcliffe,
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who gave us her thoughts and explained some of the challenges marathon runners face. it was really hard to watch. especially knowing callum and knowing how well he had run up to that point, how well he had prepared for the race in general. to see him go down, to see him struggle to carry on, and in particular to see the medical assistants take so long to get to him and to help him, i think all of our concerns were primarily for his well—being and we just wanted people to get to him as $0011 just wanted people to get to him as 50011 as just wanted people to get to him as soon as possible and help them. just wanted people to get to him as soon as possible and help themm really is quite upsetting to watch. why do you think the medical teams did take so long? he isjust there, stranded, loaned by himself for a long time. well, exactly took a minute and 41 seconds to get to him, but that was the second time he went
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down. it is always difficult in a marathon. i think there needs to be some kind of contingency plans that come in when conditions change in the run—up to a major championship marathon that has already been run in difficult conditions, and the conditions become worse, and become tougher. there was a little bit of a situation with how much water was available to them, easily available to them on the course, because they had to open their own bottles. the first time he went down, he wanted to carry on, but at that point he probably wasn't thinking coherently 01’ probably wasn't thinking coherently or rationally. he needed assistance at the very least if he wanted to try to get running again, to be alongside him on a bike. that would have been sensible to have medical assistance following him from that point, because clearly he couldn't carry on. he was going to fall or hurt himself really badly at some point. then when he did go down, it took a very long time for somebody took a very long time for somebody to actually come to him. i couldn't
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see that they did very much when they did arrive. he really needed people to react quickly. thankfully, callu m people to react quickly. thankfully, callum is ok. he's spending a night in hospital, as i understand, but he is up and talking to people, he is able to make some kind of light hearted jokes about the situation, so hearted jokes about the situation, so he is trying to move on, in his mind. do you think it was simply because of the heat, the extreme heat that happened ? because of the heat, the extreme heat that happened? yes, it is very ha rd to heat that happened? yes, it is very hard to tell. probably even callum himself, for him to put those pieces together, it will take him a long time. it will take people with a lot more medical experience than i have to say exactly what went wrong. i think the conditions were tough. they were hotter than expected. it was very humid. direct sunlight, a lot of runners had trouble out there. he was pushing to the limits of his capacities, because he was trying to win the commonwealth title. he was well en route to doing that. maybe some kind of electrolyte
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imbalance, maybe some kind of dehydration orjust hitting the marathon wall. but it came on so quickly. to guess at it, it is not go to do callum any favours, the biggest thing now is that his health is recovering and he is able to bounce back from this and show what a great champion he can be in future. you have run marathons, i don't know of anything like that happened to you. obviously the legs go. you were saying he was not thinking straight. does the mind go ina thinking straight. does the mind go in a sense as well? well, i think when you hit that degree of exhaustion, i have not approached that, but in the athens 0lympic marathon i kind of hit the wall and i wasn't able to run in a straight line, which is where he was at. he was able to get up and push through that, which i think is testament to how tough he is and how badly he really wa nted how tough he is and how badly he really wanted to force his body to
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finish. but at that point, his mind can't have been thinking rationally, because he clearly wasn't able to run well. the worry was that he was going to hurt himself really badly. asi going to hurt himself really badly. as i say, thankfully, he has not. he is ok, he is recovering and he will bounce back from this. but, at that point, every runner is going to finish. i think, point, every runner is going to finish. ithink, medically, people needed to intervene to say it's not in your best interests health—wise to try and push on any further. paula radcliffe, speaking to me earlier. let's catch up with the weather. today for many of us, we will be disappointed by the cloud and some rain. scotland and north—east england seeing the best of the sunday morning sunshine. cloud will increase for many of us here. but northern scotland will continue in the dry and sunny weather and fairly warm after a chilly start.

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