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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: sainsbury‘s and asda are in advanced talks to merge, in a deal which would see them overtake the market leader, tesco. alfie evans, the terminally ill toddler at the centre of a long legal battle about his hospital treatment, has died. senior tories rally around the home secretary amber rudd after she says she wasn't aware of targets for deporting illegal immigrants. tens of thousands take to the streets in spain after a court acquits five men of raping a teenager — convicting them of sexual abuse instead. also in the next hour, we'll be taking a look at tomorrow's front pages. including the sunday times, which says russian social media accounts attempted to influence the result of the general election in favour ofjeremy corbyn.
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iron man, behold, and 20 more superheroes unite to fight their most powerful enemy at, in avengers, infinity war. we have the film review coming up. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the supermarket giants sainsbury‘s and asda are in advanced talks about merging. sources say sainsbury‘s would buy its rivalfrom its american owner, walmart. the two firms are the second and third largest supermarkets in the uk and, if combined, would overtake tesco in terms of market share. our business correspondent, joe lynam reports. they are two of the best—known brands in the uk, but now they want to merge into one company.
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the surprise announcement that asda and sainsbury‘s are tojoin up has shaken up the grocery market, and it may affect where and how we shop. in a statement, sainsbury‘s said that it confirms that it and walmart, which owns asda, are in advanced discussions regarding a combination of the sainsbury‘s and asda businesses. a further announcement will be made at 7am on monday. this whopper of a deal could certainly shake up britain's supermarket sector. at the moment, tesco is the biggest grocer in the uk with 28% of the market. asda and sainsbury‘s have almost 16% each. put them together and their combined 2800 stores would hop over tesco into the top spot. but not everybody likes it. it makes no sense to me at all. the trouble is you've got businesses which are on opposite poles of the mass—market. asda are attracting a younger, less affluent customer. sainsbury‘s an older, more affluent one. as much as you try to bring those businesses together, you will end up undermining both.
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britain's retail market has already been shook up by the emergence of the german discounters aldi and lidl. and amazon is beefing up its presence in the fresh food sector with one hour deliveries. so this deal could be in anticipation of that happening. but it could yet falter. the competition and markets authority could well say that cutting the number of supermarkets that consumers could choose from is not on. the competition and markets authority will look at this line by line, store by store, location by location, and that's what their concern will be. will competition lessen as a result of this? so the deal may get approval, but with some very long strings attached. joe lynam, bbc news. alfie evans, the terminally ill toddler at the centre of a long legal battle, has died — nearly a week after his life support was withdrawn. alfie, who would have been two next month, had a degenerative
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neurological condition. alfie's parents said they are heartbroken. turned to grief. they gathered to remember the little boy outside the hospital where he died. for the first weeks of alfie evans's life he seemed healthy, happy and well. but he soon started to develop problems. scans showed that his brain was being destroyed. he spent a year in intensive care before doctors said they felt his life support should be stopped. alfie's parents, kate and tom, strongly disagreed with the medical view that their son could not be helped. 0n the outside, he's shown the biggest fight and that's what's given us the biggest thrive to get us through this. it's heartbreaking knowing the doctors just because they can't find a diagnosis think it's ok to come to me and my mum and say, we can't find an answer, so we think it's time that we give up on alfie.
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no. if you're going to give up on him, please reassure us, and refer him. the couple took their legal case unsuccessfully through all the available courts several times in the uk and twice to europe. but on monday alfie's life support was switched off. and this morning, in a facebook post, alfie's father said his son had laid down his shield and gained his wings. fly high, alfie. little soldier. as news of the little boy's death spread, crowds came to the hospital to pay tribute to him. they've just been so brave, they've been, they've done everything haven't they, all they can, and this has happened. they've been so brave. for a mum and dad to stand that strong with their son. i would do the same. they've done everything they can for him from day one. obviously, we don't know him personally. i think there's a lot of people, a whole nation that don't know him personally, but when you read somebody's story, it captures you massively. this has been a difficult time at alder hey. police are investigating complaints staff and patients were intimidated by some protesters.
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today, the hospital said its thoughts were with alfie and his parents after their devastating journey. last week, alfie's father went to meet the pope, having fought to move his son to a hospital in rome. today, the pontiff tweeted to say he was praying for the family, and the catholic church in liverpool also praised the hospital. they couldn't have done better or done more. i think we have a really wonderful hospital staff. one to be proud of. i think they've kept their integrity, and they've kept quiet about what's gone on. i think they've done it in a most wonderful way. alfie's parents say they're heartbroken. after many weeks in which their plight was played out in public, they were with their son in private at the end. judith moritz, bbc news, liverpool. senior government ministers have rallied around the home secretary amber rudd amid criticism for being unaware her department had targets for removing illegal immigrants from the uk.
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amber rudd has apologised and insisted she didn't see a memo detailing the targets. labour says she should take responsibility for what had gone wrong. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, reports. morning, home secretary. we've been seeing a lot of amber rudd lately. probably more than she would like. home secretary, will you resign over windrush? was it theresa may? good morning. and inconvenient questions keep coming. on wednesday the home secretary denied knowledge of targets to remove migrants. targets for removals, when were they set? we don't have targets for removals. but on thursday she was summoned to parliament to clarify. the immigration arm of the home office has been using local targets for internal performance management. on friday, the guardian newspaper reported a leaked civil service memo copied to amber rudd from june last year which talked explicitly about targets.
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in a series of tweets, she said she hadn't seen it, and she'll be back before parliament to explain herself again on monday. the home secretary's apologised, saying that of course she should have seen it. but she can't be held accountable or responsible for a document she didn't see, and for decisions she didn't take. usually ignorance isn't enough to save a ministerial career, so why on earth is amber rudd still in a job? well, i'm told downing street has made it clear to her that she still had vital work to do and that the prime minister retained confidence in her. certainly it would upset the delicate balance in the cabinet between those ministers who backed brexit and those who, like her, voted to remain in the european union, if she were to resign. critics say she is still there because she is in effect being used as a human shield to protect her predecessor in the home office. the prime minister herself. amber rudd cannot be the right
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person to clear up this mess. she didn't realise there was a mess until there was so much publicity in the newspapers. and the fact she doesn't seem to know whether she has targets or not just reinforces the understanding that she's just not the right person. amber rudd has said targets were only used to assess internal performance but now it's her own performance that's under scrutiny. iain watson, bbc news. parole board decisions in england and wales could be challenged more easily under new 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
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to let him out ofjail. they did not 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 are 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 the parole board judge will review decisions that are contested and can hold hearings in public. nick hardwick lost his job at the parole board because of the worboys case, he told the bbc extra resources will be needed for the government's reforms to work. but ministers want to go further, they fear the composition of parole panels and conditions needed to release prisoners likejohn worboys.
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more than 30,000 people took to the streets of the northern spanish city of pamplona to protest after a court acquitted five men of raping a teenager at the annual bull—running festival, convicting them of sexual abuse instead. it's the third straight day of demonstrations. sophie long reports. tens of thousands of people — one message. it's not sexual abuse, it's rape. this is the third day people have filled the streets of pamplona and other cities across spain after a court acquitted five men gang rape. their 18—year—old victim had been at pamplona's bull running festival when they surrounded her and made her have sex with them. they used smartphones to film it and brag about it. will calling themselves la manada, or "the pack". but this court acquitted them of rape and found them guilty of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. jailing them for nine years. that, say these women,
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is not justice. translation: we believe this sentence is intolerable, justice blames us and justice doesn't protect us. translation: all we want is that when we go out at night not to feel fear. we feel it constantly, and this is so horrible and so unfair. the ruling has led to an outpouring of support for the victim, and mass protests about what's being seen as patriarchaljustice. the government says it will review the legal code on rape. translation: the government wants to emphasise it has always been with the victims. it was for that reason that our first agreement of this legislature was the agreement against gender violence. we're still fighting to defeat the scourge of society. an online petition calling for the disqualification of the judges who acquitted the men has gathered more than 1.2 million signatures.
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state prosecutors say they'll appeal the ruling. sophie long, bbc news. state media in north korea have hailed yesterday's summit with the south as historic, saying it paves the way for the start of a new era. the two leaders agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons at the landmark summit. us president donald trump said via twitter that he'd had a long and very good talk with south korea's president moon. he also made clear that america would continue to push for north korea to give up all of its nuclear weapons. earlier i spoke to our washington correspondent chris buckler for more on that meeting yesterday that appeared to show a very upbeat president trump. yeah. after the apparent success of that meeting at the korean border yesterday, there has been a flurry of diplomatic activity. it is clear the americans are in the middle of it. it does give you the sense that this summit between donald trump and kim jong—un is going
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this summit between donald trump and kimjong—un is going to happen and it is the thing that has led the way for this first meeting the queen at the north and south leaders yesterday —— meeting between. you have donald trump and kim jong yesterday —— meeting between. you have donald trump and kimjong or on who could sit down together and have a discussion, something that would have been unthinkable months ago —— kim jong—un. you get the have been unthinkable months ago —— kimjong—un. you get the impression from the conversations that are being had, by including big japanese prime minister, since they are bay, also including not just prime minister, since they are bay, also including notjust president moon but he is defence minister in the conversations —— shinzo abe. you are leading the way to that summit and the push for denuclearisation. as yet we don't have a date. however, questions about the location are starting to be answered. according to the white house there are indications that it could potentially be singapore or mongolia. president trump said yesterday there are two locations considered at the moment. we
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understand singapore or mongolia. how much debate is there in the us about what is going on in the mind of kimjong—un, about what is going on in the mind of kim jong—un, because the sceptics who have been watching be korean peninsula for many decades say we have been here before, this is kim jong—un playing a game, playing for time, and he will play president trump? there is no doubt that this is, in some respects, a gamble. there are some in the trump administration who will be warning, listen, what exactly does north korea want out of this? they are seeing a leader who, despite having a country where there are huge human rights violations taking place, a country where he has led a regime that has seen him allegedly being involved in the murder of his half brother and assassinating his own uncle, what exactly does he want out of this? at the same kind though there is this recognition that the instability and concerns about the korean peninsula mean that the administration has to look at this
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seriously, has to address the issue, and has to take something of a gamble. and in that, we have said before, donald trump seems to be all in. he is buying into the idea that potentially he can convince kim jong—un. if anything, potentially he can convince kim jong—un. ifanything, he has potentially he can convince kim jong—un. if anything, he has been kinder buoyed by the popularity of the statements in the press that indicate his hard—line rhetoric has perhaps brought mr kim to the table and, therefore, president trump does the big advantage in this. but people will be cautious. it comes down to this key issue, time and time again we hear this word denuclearisation. we hear people say it is time for denuclearisation on the green peninsula. for the americans that means giving up nuclear weapons. so far mr kim has given no suggestion he will do that. the headlines on bbc news: the supermarket chains sainsbury‘s and asda are in advanced talks to merge, in a deal worth £10 billion. alfie evans, the terminally ill toddler at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment, has died almost a week after his life support was withdrawn. senior tories rally around
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the home secretary amber rudd after she said she was not aware of targets set by her department for removing illegal immigrants. sport now, and it's time for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre with james pearce. hello, good evening. the clubs at the bottom of the premier league table live to fight another day. cesc fabregas scored for chelsea, and took four from bottom swansea to and took four from bottom swansea to a 1—0 defeat. the teams below them all picked up points today. bottom clu b west all picked up points today. bottom club west bromwich to win, and have all other results go their way if they wanted to avoid relegation, which is what happened. they won 1—0 at newcastle takes to a goal from matt phillips. quite a turnaround at west ronson ‘s darren moore took charge. now unbeaten in four matches. —— at west brom since darryn matches. —— at west brom since da rryn lloyd matches. —— at west brom since darryn lloyd took charge. it has
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been a difficult task and all we could do was have everybody come together and unite together and show togetherness. that is the big thing. the recent form results in recent weeks have been very good. we are delighted with today's performance and result, against a really good team. here are all the day's results. a goalless finish between burnley in brighton. 0ne results. a goalless finish between burnley in brighton. one point that only means sean dyson's side will almost certainly play europa league that all mac season. crystal palace thrashed leicester 5—0. they'll almost certainly save now. everton beat huddersfield 2—0 to cement their position in a friendly but still looking over their shoulders. stoke hold liverpool to a goalless draw in southampton had to win and they did, too— one was the score over afc bournemouth. they are only one point behind swansea. the big names keep falling at snooker‘s world championship and the biggest
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name of all went out today, ronnie 0'sullivan knocked out in the second round by ali carter. the five—time champion beaten 13— nine at the crucible, his last success now in 2013. there was some needling between the two players during the course of the match, at 0'sullivan brushed that off afterwards, insisting it was overplayed due to his status in the sport. every sport has their tiger woods. every sport has their tiger woods. every sport has their tiger woods. every sport has their roger federer. i happen to be that figure in the snooker. i'm not saying i win as much as them or have all the records, but i didn't ask for that situation, you know? i try to carry it as best i can. if other people have a problem with that they have the deal with themselves. i do is go out to do a job and have fun and enjoy myself andi job and have fun and enjoy myself and i will continue to enjoy myself. it has been an important day in the aviva premiership. 0ur travel to gloucester for the west country derby, earning nothing short of a bonus point victory to keep alive
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their hopes of playing the champions cup next season. shaking off their poor run of recent form, the visitors had actually secured that four try bonus point by half—time. bar finished four try bonus point by half—time. barfinished 43— 20, all four try bonus point by half—time. bar finished 43— 20, all but dashing gloucester‘s hopes of making the play—offs. —— bath. elsewhere, exeter beat sale to finish top of the premiership and auster‘s win over harlech and cemented their place in the premiership next season, meaning london irish will be relegated. in the pro 1a edinburgh clinched the 1872 cup as they beat glasgow warriors 2a— 19 at murrayfield. glasgow given the lead by their record try scorer, who scored twice on his hundredth appearance. edinburgh hit back through james johnson and jordan late, before getting their third is glasgow fell just short. richard johnson has been named champion jockey for the third time in row at sandown park. johnson was runner—up to 18 mccoy on 16 occasions, and has
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110w w011 every to 18 mccoy on 16 occasions, and has now won every title since 2016. —— ap coy. he could only manage second place on his final day of the season. place on his final day of the season. that will be one of his big highlights of the season. meanwhile, the seven time cheltenham festival winning jockey nina carberry has announced her retirement, and day after fellow jockey and her sister—in—law katie walsh revealed she too was retiring. carbury made the announcement after winning at punchestown. that is all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories, including news on the f1 qualifying in azerbaijan, on the bbc news sports website. that's all from me for now. in the united states, a former police officer has appeared in court, charged with 13 murders and 51 rapes. prosecutors allege joseph james deangelo was the so—called ‘golden state killer', whose crimes terrorised california in the 1970s and 1980s. james cook reports. this frail old man is accused of terrorising california in the 1970s and ‘80s.
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is joseph james deangelo your true and correct legal name? i'm yes. handcuffed to a wheelchair, joseph james deangelo appeared confused at times as the judge explained he was initially facing two counts of murder. the accused made no plea and was refused bail. in total, he's suspected of at least 13 killings, 51 rapes and scores of burglaries, many dating to the time when he was a police officer. his lawyer says he's entitled to a fair trial. we have the law that suggests that he is innocent until they prove him guilty and that's what i was going to ask everybody to remember, because i feel like he's been tried in the press here already. mr deangelo, a father of grown—up children, was said to be extremely surprised when he was arrested at home in a quiet suburb of sacramento last week. the crime spree had begun
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more than a0 years ago, just half an hour's drive away, before spreading to the san francisco area and then on to central and southern california. detectives have revealed that they used a genealogy website to narrow down their search for the suspect, who was arrested after officers obtained dna from an item he'd discarded. relatives of some of josephjames deangelo's alleged victims were in court for the hearing. if convicted, he could be sentenced to death. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. thousands of people have been escaping an upsurge in violence in northern myanmar. the military is reported to be attacking ethnic kachin rebels with airstrikes and artillery. the un says 4,000 people have been driven from their homes in the north since early april. meanwhile, refugees at a rohingya camp in bangladesh, say they are eagerly awaiting the visit of a united nations security council delegation. nearly 700,000 rohingya muslims have
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fled myanmar‘s rakhine state since last august during a military crackdown. pregnant women in wales are to become the first in the uk to receive a new non—invasive test for down 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 evans family from port talbot are expecting another child to go along with fionn, who is nine, and 80 roald morgan. morgan has down‘s syndrome, an unexpected result of pregnancy, so this time around rachel and gavin page have a non—invasive prenatal test to find out whether their third child would also have the condition. regardless of whatever the tests come back with, the baby, we would be having the baby anyway. wejust with, the baby, we would be having the baby anyway. we just know for peace of mind so that we can prepare
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and give us time to get prepared. from monday, nipt will be offered on the nhs in wales to women have —— who have a higher chance of having downs, edwards syndrome in the first honest. but there are concerns this could lead to more terminations. james live in bury with his family. he is 12 years old and also has down‘s syndrome. his father has reservations about offering the new test. i think it is a sort of very dangerous direction to travel, because obviously that is one of a number of similar types of illness that you could start applying the same sort of idea too. i mean, certainly from our experience, with james, he has something to offer society. the welsh government says 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
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in england later this year, with scotla nd in england later this year, with scotland also looking at the possibility of introducing the test in the future. an outbreak of toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has descended on the south—east england,according to officials. 0ak processionary moths, which are in their larval stage, have been spotted in london and across the whole of the region. the forestry commission says hairs on the caterpillars can cause fevers and eye and throat irritations and it has issued a caution not to touch the species. now it's time for the weather. a north—south divide with the weather today. the north—west of the country have the best of the sunshine. a few slow—moving showers. england, meanwhile, had a lot of cloud. that cloud is thinning and breaking across north—western areas. we are starting to see clearer skies and shots of the moon being sent to
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us and shots of the moon being sent to us by our weather watchers out and about. overnight, the clearer skies across northern areas, allowing temperatures to dip away. a touch of frost across parts of scotland as we start the day. we will keep the cloudy skies across england for the most pa rt cloudy skies across england for the most part and i think this cloud could be thinking a few spots of rainfortime to could be thinking a few spots of rain for time to time —— from time to time before the main band of rain comes in later in the day across the south—east, and with strengthening norske —— strengthening north—easterly wind it will start to feel quite cold. sunny spells in the north—west of the country with 12 slow—moving showers, these largely in northern ireland. through sunday evening and overnight, that area of rain becomes heavier and more extensive rain becomes heavier and more exte ns ive a cross rain becomes heavier and more extensive across east anglia and south—east england. that is all tied in with an area of low pressure. that is moving north across france at the moment with the pressure gradients tightening and the winds will be getting stronger as we head into monday. just as you thought it was safe to turn off your central heating, this is what we have in store for monday. heavy rain, gale force winds across eastern areas, and it is going to feel cold, more
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like a february day than a day fha. gag,” . .. , wail—fi— _—— it will be cold if falling allday. . —' , " , ' ~ , falling all day. surface —' , " , ' ~ , falling all day. surface water " , ' ~ , rain falling all day. surface water and spray on the roads. look at these temperatures. five degrees in birmingham! and credible, isn't it? further north and west, for scotland and northern ireland, it will not be so and northern ireland, it will not be so bad. the dregs of that system is still with us on tuesday across eastern areas. the rain turning lighter but we will still have chilly winds. another weather front moving off the atlantic into western areas. between these two areas of rain there should be a fair amount of dry weather and sunshine. temperature still on the low side for this time of year but starting to slowly improve. well, they can get much colder. that improvement with the weather will continue with
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their week ahead and into the weekend, with temperatures in london actually recovering and looking at the high teens as we get into next weekend. so the weather is going to be quite cold and cloudy for the next few days but monday across eastern england it looks rotten. hello. this is bbc news with carrie gracie. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first the headlines. sainsbury‘s and asda are at an advanced stage of merger talks. if the move is approved by the competition and markets authority the combined business will become britain's biggest supermarket chain. hundreds of balloons have been released in liverpool as a tribute to alfie evans, the toddler who was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment. the 23—month—old, who had a degenerative brain condition, died nearly a week after his life support was withdrawn. cabinet colleagues defend the home secretary, amber rudd,
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