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this is bbc news, the headlines at three. a "quiet revolution" — the words of the irish prime minister. the first official results are coming in and point to a "resounding" vote for overturning the abortion ban in ireland. people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decisions and the right choices about their own health care. south korea reveals that its president moonjae—in met the north korean leader kimjong—un for two hours on saturday. countdown to kick—off as liverpool fans pour into kiev for tonight's champions league final. jurgen klopp says winning is in liverpool's dna as the reds aim to stop real madrid from winning a third successive title. four countries, four cities, and some of music's biggest stars. bbc music's biggest weekend is in full swing across the uk. and coming up:
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the click team have been looking back at the royal wedding and finding out how facial recognition could change the way we watch big live tv events in future. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, says his government plans to enact a new abortion law by the end of year after what appears to be a resounding referendum victory for those campaigning to liberalise such laws. welcome to dublin and dublin castle in the blazing sunshine this
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afternoon. that is where the votes are being collated right now, since when they have been since nine o'clock this morning. anotherfew hours to go until we get a significant result. but two significant result. but two significant exit polls seem to be projecting a landslide victory for the yes campaign, the campaign working to repeal language within this constitution referring to the abortion laws. one of the countries with the strictest abortion laws in europe now looking like it is a brand—new day here. let's hear more about what brought us to this point from my colleague, emma vardy. more emphatically than anyone predicted, ireland has voted for change. exit polls indicated a landslide in favour of repealing the controversial law which has restricted access to abortion for so long. i am in shock. we were looking at 58%. more emphatically than anyone predicted, ireland
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people are more accepting, i think, than we thought they were. i think we underestimated the irish people in a way. we are writing around the last 35 years. before midday, the no campaign conceded defeat. obviously we are very sad if the exit polls are the results, which certainly looks to be the case. i think what we will have to do now is see where we go from here as a movement and where we will be going from here is to hold the government to account for what they said. the irish government now plans to bring forward legislation to allow abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. something opponents say they will continue to campaign against. even in an issue that is as deeply emotive and personal to people as this one, that is the right way to do it. what's more, by the way, you can still passionately believe that the decision of the people is wrong, as i happen to do. the official declaration is expected this afternoon, but already the tally tells us a great deal. large piles of yes votes
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and the realisation that ireland may have changed as a country, more than anyone believed. with more than 3 million people registered to vote, it's thought this referendum saw a higher turnout than the country's same—sex marriage vote in 2015. an intense campaign at an end and ireland on the brink of a new era. where i am speaking to you from right now is where the result to that same—sex marriage referendum was announced. let's hear a little bit more from the prime minister, the taoiseach, leo varadkar. what we have seen today really is a culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in ireland for the past ten or 20 yea rs. ireland for the past ten or 20 years. this has been a great exercise in democracy and people have spoken. people have said we wa nt have spoken. people have said we
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want a modern constitution for a modern country, that would trust women and we respect them to make the right decisions and choices about their health care. we are still seeing results coming in, but it seems it will be greater than a 2-1 it seems it will be greater than a 2—i majority in favour of amending oui’ 2—i majority in favour of amending our constitution. a majority of men and women, almost all age groups and social classes and almost all constituencies in the country. that says to me we are a country that is not divided, we are a nation that wa nts to not divided, we are a nation that wants to make this change and gives the government a mandate we want to bring for the legislation and enacted before the end of this year. leo varadkar, a man that perhaps is also illustrative of how this country has changed, a gay man that is his but
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voting no. if you amendment, 30% voting no. if you look at some of the constituencies like galway east and donegal, perhaps it is too close to call at this point, but a lot of the constituencies are in rural parts of
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ireland which would be traditionally seen as ireland which would be traditionally seen as very conservative ireland which would be traditionally seen as very conservative parts of the country. but the exit poll is showing that across—the—board, across all age brackets by one older age group who are voting against, across all genders, it is a landslide for the yes side which is hugely significant. we are now living in a post—brexit, post—trump world and a lot of the votes were antiestablishment in those particular pivotal moments in those countries people said, but what happened here? this was not expected either? it was not expected among the commentators, it was not expected among many politicians, but the people who were fighting this campaign on the ground, and this campaign on the ground, and this campaign did not start in the last number of weeks when the government decided to hold a referendum on the eighth amendment, this campaign has been going on for many people since 1983, a campaign to repeal the
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eighth amendment. it galvanised support in the last five years when women started telling their stories, when women finally found the courage to come forward, rid themselves of the shackles of shame and secrecy and stigma, and tell their stories of having to leave these shores, travel across the irish sea and terminate their pregnancies, many of them alone and impoverished. that is what has transformed this campaign and why many people overwhelmingly voted yes. audrey, thank you very much. we may have heard the taoiseach calling it a silent revolution. some here who are beginning to gather waiting for that result to be announced will not be so result to be announced will not be so silent. i think it might in fact bea so silent. i think it might in fact be a very few noisy few hours ahead for us here from dublin in ireland. thank you very much.
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for all the latest just go to our website. there you'll find analysis and all the latest on the results. that's all at bbc.co.uk/news. south korea has said that its president moonjae—in has met the north korean leader kim jong—un for two hours today. the south korean government's official twitter account posted these images of the pair embracing at the panmunjom border crossing. it's the second meeting between the two leaders in the space of four weeks, and signals improving relations between two countries. our correspondent keith doyle has been following events and explained why the meeting had caught many by surprise. both sides have a lot invested in this and this was a big surprise that they had this meeting this morning. it took place around six o'clock our time in a building called the unification house, which is on the north side of the demilitarised zone. that meeting
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went on for over two hours. we are told that they talked about the possibility of getting this summit by contract. the statement said, both leaders exchanged opinions with a successful holding of the north korea— us summit and the added that mr moon will announce the outcome of the talks a bit later on. we know on thursday president trump cancelled the summit scheduled for the 12th of june after what he described as open hostility by the north koreans. we know a delegation from north korea failed to meet the preparation team from the us in singapore. since then north korea expressed what it called great regret that the cancellation and said it remained open to talks at any time. now president trump has suggested that might be enough to get it back contract again. and here
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we have the two korean leaders taking the diplomatic initiative. what are the chances that this summit really could go ahead? what are the chances that this summit really could go ahead7m what are the chances that this summit really could go ahead? is on and off diplomacy is highly unusual, but there is a chance it may be working. there is a sign that we have seen from those pictures that they are keen to find a way to work together. all sides have invested heavily in this process. journalists we re heavily in this process. journalists were shown in north korea nuclear testing site is being blown up and we saw prisoners being released. president trump said this morning when he was asked, is this summit going to go on? are they playing games? he said everybody is playing games, but it is a nice statement that has come from north korea. if these tuques talks go ahead, it is all about denuclearisation of the peninsula and having talks is one thing, but reaching that goal is something very different. mps say a programme to protect afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the british army has been a "dismalfailure". the defence select committee says the so—called "intimidation icheme" has failed to relocate any interpreters to the uk,
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even when their lives have been threatened by the taliban. the government says britain is the only nation that has a team in kabul to try to protect them. the conservative mp tom tugendhat is chair of the foreign affairs select committee, and saw active service in iraq and afghanistan as an army officer. he says he's not surprised by the report's conclusions. i think we have done some excellent work here and julian nurse as chair has been very clear of the royal of the select committee in - out
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served alongside us, - who have served alongside us, those who have served alongside us, those who have taken risks and those whose lives are now at risk because of the service they did alongside our troops in combat is recognised and that they are given the protection they require, sometimes in the uk and sometimes elsewhere. i am pleased that one of them i had the privilege to serve alongside, and incredibly brave man, is now living in the uk with his family. he earned
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his place in the uk many, many times over by his extraordinary courage. i am extremely proud that our country has recognised that and brought him over, but there are others and that is why i gave evidence to the committee because julian is why i gave evidence to the committee becausejulian nurse was absolutely right that this is a matter of great concern. i am proud that members of the committee like johnny mercer have made their voices very clear on this. the headlines on bbc news: the first results in ireland's abortion referendum have been declared and point to a "resounding" vote for overturning the countries abortion ban. south korea says its president met the north korean leader kim jong—un for two hours on saturday at the border crossing between the two countries. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe — a british—iranian woman imprisoned in tehran, will face security—related charges in a second case against her according to iranian media. final preparations are under way
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ahead of one of the biggest games in liverpool's history, the club hoping to wina liverpool's history, the club hoping to win a sixth european cup. it has been another sensational ride today from chris froome who isjust tomorrow's ceremonial stage away from becoming britain's first man to win the giro d'italia. he leads by 46 seconds. day three proves as bad for england as the opening two days with ben stokes going very cheaply as england struggle to stop pakistan's lead at lord's. more on those stories later. more on those stories later. iranian state media's reporting that the british woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who's imprisoned in tehran, will face security—related charges in a second case being prepared against her. no date has yet been set for a hearing. mrs zaghari—ratcliffe was detained during a visit to iran in 2016 and is now serving a five—year sentence after being found guilty of spying.
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nazanin's husband, richard ratcliffe, has been telling me what more he knows. we discovered the same as everyone else from the iranian media, that today the president of the revolutionary court gave a speech where he announced the second case would be going for it against nazanin and it would be security related charges. to go back a week, she had met with the judge who said that there would be a charge of spreading propaganda against the regime, a very mild form of security breach. this week nazanin met with the prosecutor, the deputy prosecutor, and wrote a letter to his office, outlining her choice of lawyer and we have not yet had that approved. her family are following the news that they saw in the media and have been chasing with the lawyer. just to clarify, you do not know whether this security charge
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relates to this charge of spreading propaganda or whether it is something else? we do not at the moment. it is possible it isjust that which would be a relief, because it is a much smaller scale, but it could be a bigger one, but we have to wait to see. when was the last time you spoke to nazanin?” spoke to her on tuesday after she had met with the deputy prosecutor and she was more upbeat. he had a conversation with her relating to the court case, but there is also an application where she gets to go home for a few days which she had been pressing for because of our daughter's birthday and he had been quite favourable towards that. our viewers may remember towards the end of last year boris johnson viewers may remember towards the end of last year borisjohnson going to turan to try to lobby for nazanin's release. clearly there was some hope at that stage. things seem to have deteriorated since then. yes, loss
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of hope at that stage. we were very hopeful at christmas and just after there was a slow deterioration and it has got much worse for us and other cases in the last month or so. one of the reasons i am in edinburgh is to try to do more campaigning. all our supporters will be running the marathon tomorrow as a way of keeping spirits up. what more in your opinion can the government do at this point to try to escalate its response to nazanin's case? the thing nazanin asked for in the letter, she spoke to the ambassador last week, that they write a formal letter of protest, a diplomatic letter of protest, a diplomatic letter complaining because the idea ofa letter complaining because the idea of a second case whilst she is in prison is nonsense. i asked the ambassador if they could take it forward. and the response? we had discussions, i do not think there was a final decision, so we will
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keep pressing. we are talking about a letter from the government, keep pressing. we are talking about a letterfrom the government, a letter of protest. will you be speaking to boris johnson the ‘ was ‘was about what. , w, w, ‘ was about what do h, . ‘ was amg what do we ! ambassador was about what do we understand what is going on? i think we will wait to see what happens in that first and then press the foreign secretary. the government has referred the owner of boots to the competition authorities, over the prices it's charging the nhs for some drugs. an investigation by the times newspaper found that walgreens boots alliance is charging more than £1,000 for some medicines, which can be bought for a few pounds. a short time ago i spoke to our business correspondent joe lynam, who told how serious these allegations are for the company. these are made to order at fairly short notice drugs, using specialist
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pharmacologists and trained technicians. they represent a slither of the overall nhs budget for drugs, but nonetheless some of the prices that have been published in the times today are quite eye watering. for example, £3200 charged to the nhs by walgreens boots alliance for arthritis tablets which could be bought for as little as £1. £2600 for specialist sleeping pills also purchasable elsewhere, notably in pharmacists in the us, for about £1. the company which owns blues, walgreens, they are not denying the figures, but they are flatly denying the accusation that they are overcharging the nhs. they are stressing these are very specialist drugs and they are happy to engage with the competition and markets authority to whom they have now been referred, and are already in talks
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with the government about this issue. the nhs england budget is £112 billion, a lot of money, so these specific groups of drugs, specials as they are nicknamed, account for £30 million, which is a slither of the overall budget. however, the idea that such overcharging, though it has yet to be found by the cma, but the appearance of overcharging looks very bad and that is why the department of health referred walgreens to the cma and they said the tax payers would take a very dim view of any company overcharging the nhs. nhs england itself said that any company that rips off taxpayers faced the full force of civil, and where appropriate, criminal enforcement. breaking news coming from the white house. press people there are saying
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that the white house team is to late for singapore is scheduled to prepare for a possible donald trump and kimjong—un summit. that is coming direct from the white house. this story is changing, evolving and shifting beneath our feet because on thursday donald trump said he was calling off that summit with the north korean leader due to take place in singapore next month. then the north koreans said they would still like to talk, anyplace, any time. then donald trump said maybe might still be possible. as we have been reporting today, a two—hour long surprise meeting between the north korean and south korean leaders, trying to hang onto the initiative i suppose you could say, and now this from the white house, saying the white house team who were due to leave for singapore to prepare for a possible summit
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between kim jong—un and donald trump, well, that team is going ahead and leaving for singapore as scheduled. as we get more detail on that we will bring that to you. some tsb customers are still having problems making online payments five weeks after the bank first reported problems. the problems started when the bank switched its it systems. a number of current account customers and some business clients are unable to fully access their accounts online or via the mobile app. the bank has also admitted to the bbc that there has been a rise in fraud incidents. thousands of liverpool fans have been arriving in ukraine's capital kiev ahead of tonight's champions league final against real madrid. the spanish side may be the bookies' favourite but liverpool are convinced they can win. our sports correspondent, david ornstein, is in kiev. the capital of ukraine. tonight, the centre of the sporting world, moments to be treasured for supporters who have waited 11 years to be back on this stage and made it to kiev despite travel
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and accommodation havoc leaving many stuck at home. i feel sorry for the people who have not been able to get here. we are made up to be here. the atmosphere is incredible. beautiful city. i genuinely see it 3—0 liverpool. the fans are a massive part of this club, a massive part of liverpool and they have played a massive part in us getting this far. hopefully our fans can create an atmosphere similar to anfield because it's made a big difference to us. liverpool's journey started in the qualifying rounds on the 15th of august. they are the competition's top scorers and plan to embellish their famous history. i'm really happy being here with this group of players. they've fought so unbelievably hard for this and i really think they deserve it, to be here, and it feels good. i'm really proud of them already and now, let's play football. inside the hotel behind me, liverpool are preparing
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for the biggest game of their lives. in just a few hours, they will make the shortjourney from here to the olympic stadium and attempt to win club football's most sought—after prize. the pressure is all on madrid. i think it is great being the underdog and i think probably that is whatjurgen klopp has been saying to them all week, no one expects us to win and my gut feeling is, i don't know how they are going to do it, but ijust think that liverpool will win the competition. nobody has done that more than real madrid. they are synonymous with the trophy and hope to lift it for a third consecutive year. in liverpool, though, they face a club, team and fan base with an unshakeable belief that this is their time. the love actually and four weddings and a funeral actor hugh grant, who has called marriage "unromantic" in the past, has married for the first time. the 57—year—old has married his swedish girlfriend anna eberstein.
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they said "i do" at a simple ceremony at chelsea old town hall in london yesterday afternoon. the couple have three young children together. he also has two other children with a former partner. sir richard branson has told the bbc he's training to be an astronaut. the virgin boss, who has been working on his own commercial space programme, is hoping to take his first trip in a matter of months. iam going i am going former astronaut training and fitness training and centrifuge training so my body can hopefully cope well with it. how are you getting on? so far, so good. i like to keep fit anyway. to go to space if you are going to enjoy your experience, the fitter, the better. it's being billed as bbc music's biggest weekend with huge name stars to back that up.
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ed sheeran, taylor swift and sam smith arejust a few of those performing. four uk cities across the four nations will host their own event — our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba has been in swansea talking to anne—marie and george ezra about their performances. iamjoined by i am joined by one of the people performing, anna marie. how are you? iam performing, anna marie. how are you? i am great. how much are you looking forward to an event like this? really looking forward to it. it is a good line—up and it is great to be on the same bill as other people here. good. you have been supporting ed sheeran all week and today he is supporting you, he is on first! you could say that. have you decided how it will all fit together?” could say that. have you decided how it will all fit together? i have got half an hour it will all fit together? i have got halfan hourand it will all fit together? i have got half an hour and i thought i would try and cram in all the once people would know. i like it when people think it back, so it is good to get ones that people know. how different is it plain to these big festival
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audience when people do not necessarily know your music?m audience when people do not necessarily know your music? it is nerve—racking. wherever i perform i am nervous, but that is the duty of doing these kind of venues and these kind of festival. people might not know your music at the start and they know it at the end and they join the two people together, the music and the person, and it is amazing. joining me now, one of the starts, george ezra. how excited are you? extremely, it is the first festival of the year which is always exciting and there is a lot of energy backstage. it is nice to have it going on around you. are you looking forward to people singing along with you? that is one of my favourite things. like my favourite songs to play live are still some of the ones of the first record. whatever the once people join the ones of the first record. whatever the once peoplejoin in on, i love that feeling. of everything we get to do, that is the real
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pleasure, getting people to sing along. is budapest the one that gets the most singing along? yes, it does. there is a new song called shot gun and they love it. i say day, people. and paradise has been a number two single. that one builds and builds and we milk it live as well and that is a big singalong. this is all part of the bbc biggest weekend, four size and lots of different music. is it an event you could not say no to? i am always of the standpoint if you are invited to do anything, not entirely i would do anything, but it is flattering. when someone says, we are anything, but it is flattering. when someone says, we are putting on this event, do you want to come along? i have to remind myself that this is all very early doors for me and the
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earliest daughter was introducing. it kind of goes full circle again when things like this come around, and nice reminder. and who are you looking to seeing yourself as a fan? i know that taylor swift is on tomorrow night and i have never seen taylor swift. i would like to see that. it is the huge pop headline shows and there will always be something. glitter. maybe next time. thank you very much for your time. have a great concert. let's take a look at the weather. it looks pretty nice outside the building. tomasz schafernaker has nice outside the building. tomasz schaferna ker has got nice outside the building. tomasz schafernaker has got all the latest. bit of a mixed day so far. some of us have had sunshine, in other areas the clouds have been growing and growing through the course of today and with a risk of thunderstorms this evening they will be affecting mostly southern areas of the uk, central southern england, the west country and possibly reaching parts of the midlands
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and wales by the time we get to the evening. there could be a lot of rainfall in a short space of time in some areas, frequent lightning, hail possibly as well, but through the course of this evening notice that many northern areas actually escape the thunderstorms. and by the end of the night they should have rolled through the south
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