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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at eleven. alfie evans — the toddler at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment — has died. his father said in a tweet "my gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings... absolutely heartbroken." cabinet backing for amber rudd, who says she didn't see a memo copied to her office detailing home office targets for deporting illegal immigrants. the home secretary has apologised saying that of course you should have seen it. but she cannot be held accountable or responsible for a document she didn't see and for decisions that she didn't take. and she's going to appear in front of the house of commons on monday. plans for easier challenges to parole board decisions — following the case of serial sex offenderjohn worboys. also: the race to the premier league goes down to the wire.
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fulham beat sunderland and move to second in the championship. premier league relegations could also be confirmed today with west brom and stoke on the brink. and that momentous moment for north and south korea is discussed by the dateline london panel. that's in half an hour — here on bbc news. good morning and welcome to bbc news. alfie evans, the terminally ill toddler who was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment, has died. alfie had a degenerative neurological condition and had been in a semi—vegetative state for more than a year. following a series of court cases, alder hey children's hospital in liverpool removed his life support on monday, against his parent's wishes. in a facebook post, alfie's father tom evans said he was "absolutely heartbroken"; at 2.30 this morning his son "lay down his shield and gained his wings."
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judith moritz reports. for the first weeks of alfie evans‘ life, he seemed healthy, happy and well, but he soon started to develop problems and he was admitted to hospital, where scans showed his brain was being destroyed. the little boy spent a year in intensive care before doctors said they felt his late support should be stopped. -- his —— his life support. alfie's parents, kate and tom, strongly disagreed with the medical view that their son could not be helped. he has shown the biggest fight, and that is what is getting us through this. it is heartbreaking, just because the doctors cannot find a diagnosis, think it is ok that they say they think it is time to give up on him. if you're going to give up on him, please refer him. the couple began a long legal battle, taking their case through all the available courts — several times in the uk, and twice to europe. they changed their lawyers
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more than six times. alfie's father tom, 21, even representing himself on this occasion. we have no legal team today, i'm here on my own today. i am on my own with my mum and dad, we need an adjournment today. release alfie evans! and throughout it all, the family have had vocal support, initially from a group of mums and children, but increasingly from a growing social media campaign. the self—styled alfie's army has hundreds of thousands of followers, and crowds have turned up to campaign outside alder hey. it has not always been peaceful. on one evening protesters tried to force their way inside. hospital management published an open letter which said... alfie's plight has made international headlines,
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especially in italy. alfie's parents wanted to airlift him to a hospital in rome with connections to the vatican. tom evans was granted an audience with the pope, who backed his case, and alfie was granted italian citizenship. there was also support in poland. a visit from the president and tweets. i saw this post yesterday from alfie's father, thanking the international community. you do not need to know people to support strangers. we are human. outside the hospital, campaigners have kept vigil, united behind their common cause. inside, after his ventilation was switched off, alfie hung on for days. his family clung to hope as he held to life until until eventually there was no more fight. with his parents by his side, the little boy slipped away. this morning, alder hey children's
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hospital have released a statement. "we wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to alfie's family at this extremely distressing time. all of us feel deeply for alfie, kate, tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them. this has been a devastating journey for them and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of staff at alder hey is respected." the environment secretary michael gove has strongly defended amber rudd over the row on immigration targets. he says it was "entirely possible" the home secretary did not see a memo sent to her last year about targets. last night amber rudd tweeted she hadn't seen the memo but accepted that she should have. here's our political correspondent, jonathan blake. days of damning headlines about the treatment of caribbean migrants who'd lived and worked in britain for decades and increasing pressure for amber rudd to quit over her handling of the saga.
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home secretary, will you resign over windrush? but on wednesday mps quizzed the home secretary on the government's wider approach to immigration and it was then that amber rudd said this. targets for removals — when were they set? we don't have targets for removals. she later clarified in the house of commons that targets were set at a local level. there are some offices which are working with them. unfortunately i was not aware of them and i want to be aware of them which is why i'm now putting in place different measures to ensure that that happens. then yesterday, the guardian obtained a memo dated last year copied to the home secretary and her senior team referring directly to national targets. in a series of tweets last night, amber rudd said that she wasn't aware of removal targets, accepted that she should have been and said that she was sorry. the home secretary said she hadn't seen the leaked document although it was copied to her office as, she said, many documents were.
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she also promised to make a statement in the house of commons on monday. downing street said the prime minister had full confidence in the home secretary and conservative mps have rallied around her with statements of support. but labour are keeping up the pressure on amber rudd to resign saying that she is hanging by a thread to shield the prime minister. and jonathan blakejoins me now. is amber rudd out of the woods? can burn it ministers have been lining up burn it ministers have been lining up to defend her. saying in her opinion she is the right person for thejob. she is in a difficult spot but she should stay and fight on. on this crucial issue of the memo which the guardian newspaper reported on yesterday sent to the home secretary, copy down with a number
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of senior officials and advisers, amber rudd has treated as you have seenin amber rudd has treated as you have seen in that report, saying she has not seen it and she has many documents sent to her and her office. michael gove has meant talking about as a minister himself saying that if a document should be placed in front of the home secretary and it isn't, then that is reg retta ble. secretary and it isn't, then that is regrettable. but in his mind at least the home secretary is right to stay and ourjob and he says she is the right person to do it. the home secretary has apologised saying that of course she should have seen it. but she cannot be held accountable or responsible for a document she didn't see and for decisions that she didn't take. and she's going to appear in front of the house of commons on monday. i think it's important to recognise that whenever issues have been raised, whether it is in the field of immigration or in other areas of her responsibility, the home secretary has been quick to react, authoritative and her response and determined in policy prosecution. she is seeing these targets existed
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andi she is seeing these targets existed and i did not see those targets. another minister in the department saw it and it raises questions she will have to answer about her grip on the department if she does not know things that she admits she should have known? yes, that is the point labour as meat in its criticism of the home secretary. either she did not know what her own department was doing or she misled parliament. she said she was not aware of these targets and she has since obviously been made aware and has burn apologising about not knowing that. it is a serious accusation and there is no letup after pressure from the labour party and diane abbott, the shadow home secretary who again this morning called for amber rudd to go. i think she's in a very difficult position. i think she's hanging by a thread. on the one hand there may be more to come out but what we do know is that no one will take this
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government studiously on the windrush scandal until amber rudd offers her reignation. amber rudd is on her fourth apology about this scandal. you know, there comes a point when the apologies have to stop and amber rudd accepts responsibility. so clearly the pressure will continue at westminster on monday. in terms of the policy, where does this come? we have had this rapid turnaround on the fate of windrush generation people who came to this country in the 50s and 60s, they will be compensated. is the policy story dead, is it about who knew what? i think it is far from dead. we have seen daily revelations about the government's dealings love the windrush emigrants. threatened with
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deportation. there may be more to come on that. their governments struggle to get a grip on it every time it to action, something came up and ministers were on the back foot. it will be at 48 hours for the home secretary before she speaks to parliament on monday. let's not forget the broader political context. theresa may will not want amber rudd to go. if she does, it will leave her exposed to further criticism as her time at home secretary. it may bring key challenges on brexit. jonathan blake, thank you very much. after the smiles, handshakes and hugs north korean state media has hailed yesterday's "historic" summit with south korea as a new milestone in bringing prosperity to the region. it also printed the agreement made between the two leaders in full, including the goal of denuclearisation
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of the korean peninsula. andrew plant reports. it was a handshake that surely marked the start of a new era for north and south korea. the two leaders hand in hand and a north korean leader setting foot in the south for the first time in 65 years. their day of talks ended with vows to work towards a korean peninsula without nuclear weapons. korean teenagers now living injapan celebrating something that many thought they would never see. the question is, after decades focused on developing nuclear weapons, is denuclearisation realistic? america is hoping that friday's summit will be the start of that process. i think some very good things can happen with respect to north korea. we are setting up meetings now,
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we're down to two countries as to a site and we will let you know what that site is. the us defense secretary was asked if he trusted north korea. this was, he replied, a rare opportunity for a new relationship. this is about negotiations and we will build through confident building measures a degree of trust and go forward, so we'll see how things go. the chinese leader too has said his country will do whatever as the secretive state appears to take its first steps in from the cold. our correspondent said the meeting had been welcomed
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by the south korean media. given those extraordinary scenes at the summit yesterday. it is no surprise there are some excitable headlines today. this is one paper with a big picture of kim jong—un this is one paper with a big picture of kimjong—un and this is one paper with a big picture of kim jong—un and moonjae—in. this is one paper with a big picture of kimjong—un and moonjae—in. it is interesting also to note that we now know that people in north korea are getting to see these pictures for the first time. the biggest official paper showing every scene from yesterday's summit and publishing in full the declaration that the two leaders signed at the end of the summit yesterday, in
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which includes the words commitment to seek complete denuclearisation of the peninsular. that is in there without any comment. as far as interpretation of this is going, here in the south i think one would describe it as optimism but cautious optimism. and in some of the papers, scepticism as well. in a popular paper here, there is commentary saying it was never made public what kim's idea of denuclearisation is and how and when denuclearisation will be accomplished. that sums up a lot of the mood here. a real sense that an opportunity has opened up a dialogue to go forward and four apiece to be achieved, but scepticism about what the north korean leader ‘s intentions are in particular regarding his nuclear weapons. a woman police officer has been sexually assaulted whilst detaining a man in sheffield in the early hours of yesterday morning.
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officers were responding to a report of an attempted rape on scotland street, when it's alleged a man struck the officers with a wooden signboard and sexually assaulted one of them. the man was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, sexual assault and criminal damage and remains in police custody. the headlines on bbc news: alfie evans — the toddler at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment — has died. his father said on social media, "my gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings. cabinet colleagues rally around home secretary amber rudd. she says she didn't see a memo copied to her office which detailed home office targets for deporting illegal immigrants. parole board decisions could be challenged more easily, under new government proposals. it follows a review set up after the release of the serial sex offender, john worboys — a decision that was later overturned. members of the public could be able to challenge parole
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decisions more easily, under new government proposals. a review was set up after the parole board approved the release of the serial sex offender, john worboys — a decision that was later overturned. here's our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw. still behind bars, john worboys, the man known as the black cab rapist. his victims had to go to court to appeal against the parole board decision to let him out ofjail. they didn't even know why the 60 year old prisoner had been approved for release until the legal action began. the case exposed flaws in the parole system and ministers are now trying to address them. they're planning a series of reforms to the parole board to make it more transparent. a summary of the reasons for parole decisions will be sent to victims and in some cases to other people who request it. a scheme to keep victims informed about their cases and offenders' licence conditions will be extended. and a parole board judge will review decisions that are contested and could even hold hearings in public.
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nick hardwick lost his job at the parole board because of thejohn worboys case. he told the bbc, extra resources would be needed for the government's reforms to work. but ministers want to go further. they are reviewing the composition of parole panels and the evidence that's needed to make decisions about the release of prisoners likejohn worboys. thejustice secretary david gauke said the changes would prevent a situation like the worboys case from happening again. i think if we went through the worboys circumstances again, with these new rules in place, victims would have greater transparency and there would be an opportunity for the parole board panel to look at it again to ensure that all the information that should have been in front of the panel was in front of the panel. so these are necessary changes that would mean, ithink, that if we had the worboys circumstances again, we would have a much,
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much better process and, i would hope, a much better result. a pilot scheme designed to make people prove their identity at polling stations before they vote is "deeply flawed" — that's according to the the electoral reform society. the campaign group expressed concern that some legitimate voters could be put off. the measures, which are intended to reduce voterfraud, are being tested in five council areas in next week's local elections. pregnant women in wales are to become the first in the uk to receive a new non—invasive test for down‘s syndrome. the blood test, available from monday on the nhs is said to be more accurate, safer and less stressful than existing screenings. but there are concerns it could lead to more terminations. tomos morgan reports. the evanses from maesteg near port talbot are expecting another child to go along with ffion, who is nine, and eight—year—old morgan. morgan has down syndrome, an unexpected result of pregnancy, so this time around, rachel and gavin paid
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to have a noninvasive prenatal test to find out whether their third child would also have the condition. regardless of whatever the test comes back, we would be having the baby anyway. it was just more for peace of mind, so we could just prepare and give us time to get prepared. from monday, nipt will be offered on the nhs in wales to women who have a higher chance of downs, edwards or patau syndrome in their first trimester. but there are concerns this could lead to more terminations. james lives in barry with his family. he is 12 years old and also has down syndrome. his father has reservations about offering the new test. i think it's a very dangerous direction of travel, because obviously, that is one of a number of similar types of illness that you could start applying the same sort of idea to. i mean they have, certainly from my experience with james,
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he has something to offer society. the welsh government say the test is about giving parents a safer test and plays an important role in providing parents with information and support needed for their pregnancy. planning is also under way for nipt to be available in england later this year, with scotland also looking at the possibility of introducing the test in the future. tomos morgan, bbc news, cardiff. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike bushell. let's start with the business end of the football season, with some clubs looking up and some very much looking down. both west brom and stoke city could both be relegated from the premier league this weekend. and they could be replaced by fulham, who are now in pole position to take the second automatic promotion spot after they beat sunderland 2—1 at craven cottage last night.
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wolves of course are already up, so it's a straigh fight between fulham and cardiff as to who joins them in the premier league next season. that will be decided on the final day of the season next weekend. so who will they be replacing in the premier league? well, west brom must beat newcastle at st james' park today otherwise they're down. stoke city could also be relegated today if they lose to liverpool in today's early kick off and results, elsewhere go against them. stoke haven't won in 11 matches, and have it al to do if they're to extend their ten year stay in the top flight. aaron ramsey has spoken, of the shock, amongst the arsenal players, when manager arsene wenger told them he was leaving the club. wenger leaves north london, at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge of the club. when he said it, it was, you know... you could just sort of hear a pin dropping in the room, he was dead quiet and everybody was sort of like looking at each other. and it wasn't a very long meeting, but, yeah, it was still a lot of emotion in the room, yeah. how do you switch off from that emotion now, then? we just have to put that behind us and use that now as motivation for us to finish off the season strongly for him and to hopefully win something and for him to lift
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that trophy and to give him what he deserves, really. ahead of this summer's world cup, the former england and manchester united midfielder owen hargreaves says the current england squad is much more likely to be successful at a major tournament than the ones he played in. hargreaves played in germany in 2006, and says gareth southgate's side are developing well. we feel to deliver on expectation. my we feel to deliver on expectation. my generation. we had players, i would not see our generation was probably more talented, but players we re probably more talented, but players were in their prime. ifeel like probably more talented, but players were in their prime. i feel like the only obstacle really, it is a learning one. it will be great if they could win it. this group of players will be together for a while, if they can cope with the expectation of it. we feel to deal with that for whatever reason. let's go live to the crucible theatre in sheffield and see what's happening at the world snooker championship. england's kyren wilson is seven frames to four up
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against the welshman jamie jones in the second round... on the other table former finalist barry hawkins is playing lyu haotian from china, and it's been tight. hawkins dragging himself back into the lead after dropping a couple of frames this morning. he currently leads by ten frames to nine. first to 13 wins remember. full coverage on bbc two and the bbc sport website right now. dan evans returns to tennis today after serving a year—long ban for taking cocaine. the former british number two says the drug is "shocking" and "life ruining", and that taking it was the "worst thing he has ever done". he left his tennis raquet at his parents house whilst he served his ban so he wasn't "haunted by the sight of it". he'll play at the qualifying event for the glasgow challenger today after being given a wildcard. and some big racing news, asjockey katie walsh announces she's retiring.
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the 33—year—old broke the news after a narrow win riding antey at punchestown yesterday. walsh, whose brother ruby is also a leading jockey, says "i've had a marvellous career and i have unbelievable memories. the next chapter in life begins now." among those achievements — she's the best placed female jockey in grand national history, finishing third on seabass in 2013. that's all the sport for now. now for the weather with matt taylor. hello. the bulk of the cloud has gone to the north sea and it has left this trail of cloud where it continues to rain this afternoon. the rain focused in parts of lincolnshire, east and south yorkshire, that means skies will brighten into the afternoon and it will feel warmer. more sunshine south—west of wales, some showers
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breaking out. the far north of england, sunny spells and a few showers. the showers in northern ireland and scotland, there will be gaps between them. when you see them, they will be heavy with heel and thunder. there will be big puddles around. temperatures between the showers, up to 13 degrees. up towards lincolnshire and east yorkshire, just 7 degrees. still some rain through into the night, it turns lighter and thatcher. north and west, clearer skies, some mist and west, clearer skies, some mist and fog patches. last night we got down to —4 in the highlands. could be similar tomorrow. today, north and west areas a few showers, perhaps not as many as around today. a dry day for many and temperatures on the cool side, but later on it turns wet and windy for the
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southeast and east anglia. this is linked into this area of low pressure. look away now, it is going to bea pressure. look away now, it is going to be a pretty cold, wet and windy day. heavy rain that could lead to minor flooding. severe day. heavy rain that could lead to minorflooding. severe gale day. heavy rain that could lead to minor flooding. severe gale force winds for a summer across the coast, and that rain will be there all day long, and turning to wet snow and sleet over the very top so the hills and the south. away from it, many will be dry. increasing amounts of cloud and breeze, sunniest in scotland. four, five in england. here is the temperature chart, high teens and eastern areas by friday. hello and a very warm welcome to dateline london. i'm jane hill. this week we discuss a momentous day for north and south korea, president trump's meetings with several european leaders and the 73 countries meeting
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in brussels still searching for a solution to the syria crisis. my guests — the conservative commentator alex deane, the french writer agnes poirier from the magazine marianne, maria margaronis from the nation, and the american writer michael goldfarb, host of the frdh podcast. welcome to you all. thank you for being with us. the image of the week is surely the lingering handshake on friday between north korea's leader kim jong—un and president of south korea moon—jae across the most heavily fortified border in the world. there was talk of peace, of working together to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons — albeit without many specifics. maria, how optimistic should we be after this historic meeting? it was an amazing moment, to cd to
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make men holding hands and skipping over the concrete barrier like two boysin over the concrete barrier like two boys in kindergarten. only months after kim is shooting missiles towards japan and trump is calling him little rocket man. i think optimism has its own momentum and i think it is important. i think there is so much we don't know, we know we have been somewhere like this before but not quite the same. i do not think kim has spoken before about
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