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this is bbc news. the headlines at four. early results suggest the republic of ireland has voted by a landslide to relax some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. the leaders of both north and south korea hold talks as a us delegation heads to singapore in advance of any possible meeting between president trump and kimjong un. countdown to kick off — as liverpool fans soak up the atmostphere in kiev ahead of 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. and coming up in half an hour on the bbc news channel. dateline london takes a further look at the irish vote to end the constitutional ban on abortion. good afternoon and
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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. the prime minister has just gone to dublin castle in advance of the official announcement. joining me now from dublin is our correspondent nuala mcgovern. you are welcome to dublin castle where the votes are being collated. you might hear some cheering behind me and that is because i'm hearing
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that the prime minister of ireland leo varadkar has just arrived. they expect the results to be announced in the coming hours of what to all intents and purposes the pence —— appears to be a historic referendum liberalising the abortion laws of this country for them since the constitutional amendment of 1993 when angus watson said it giving the rights, the same rights to the unborn as to the mother, it will have been campaigning to overturn that and now it looks as if that could be on the horizon. the turnout was so could be on the horizon. the turnout was so high it seems to be an overwhelming landslide win according to the exit polls. let's hear a bit more about how we got here. emma vardy reports. more emphatically than anyone predicted ireland has voted for change. exit polls indicated a landslide in favour of repealing the controversial law
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which has restricted access to abortion for so long. absolute shock. 68%, 69%, just crazy. abortion for so long. absolute shock. 68%, 69%, just crazylj abortion for so long. absolute shock. 68%, 6996, just crazy. ithink shock. 6896, 6996, just crazy. ithink people are more accepting than we thought they were. before midday the no campaign conceded defeat. obviously we are very sad if the exit polls are the result which certainly looks to be the case and i think what we will have to do now is just 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 dignity. something opponents say they will continue to campaign against. even with an issue is deeply emotive and personal as this one that is the right way to do it. and what is more
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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 tallies tell us a great deal, large piles of yes votes and the realisation that ireland may have changed as the country more than anyone believed. with more than 3 million people registered to vote it is thought that this referendum saw a higher turnout than the same—sex marriage vote in 2015. an intense campaign atan marriage vote in 2015. an intense campaign at an end and ireland on the brink of a new era. and that announcement of the legalisation of same sex marriage also happened here at dublin castle. let's hear more than a man that i think there are cheering in the background, we're hearing he has just arrived, the taoiseach leo varadkar. more now of his reaction to this historic day. i think what
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we've seen today is a combination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place for the past ten or 20 yea rs. taking place for the past ten or 20 years. this has been a great exercise in democracy and people have spoken. the people have said we wa nt have spoken. the people have said we want a modern constitution for a modern country and that we trust women and respect to make the right decisions the right choices about their own health care. we're still seeing results coming in but it seems it is going to be a great event 2—to—1 majority in favour of amending the constitution. the majority of men and women almost all age groups, almost all social classes and perhaps every constituency in the country and that says to me that we are a nation that is united and be what to make this change with the and it gives the government mandate we need to bring forward legislation that we promised and have a go through and enacted before the end of this year. prime minister leo varadkar there. i have
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an irish broadcaster with me now. we just call him leo in fact, not prime minister. he is getting a great reaction as well as the health minister simon harris and they both lead the political end of this campaign. and indeed leo varadkar came on his ownjourney campaign. and indeed leo varadkar came on his own journey of transformation on the subject of abortion, initially he described himself perhaps as being opposed to repealing the eighth amendment. he isa repealing the eighth amendment. he is a professional general practitioner so would have come into contact with a lot of pregnancies. so over the course of time and listening to women telling them their stories about faith or fiddle abnormalities diagnosis, people with health concerns and complex witnesses, he changed his mind quite radically and he and simon has the
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health minister that this campaign ata health minister that this campaign at a political level to repeal the eighth amendment.” at a political level to repeal the eighth amendment. i should also tell viewers that they are young men, there are perhaps representative of a new ireland which the results of this if in fact the exit polls are borne out in what we're seeing so far the appear to be following both exit polls, 60 plus majority to repeal that language in the constitution. what does it mean, this particular moment as we look out at people that are gathering to us out at people that are gathering to us both celebrate is a difficult world but come together to understand this moment. it is a very significant moment in the history of this country and if you talk about men at the moment this past week in out men at the moment this past week in our te where i work we had one man who was aged 85 and he lived in a very rural part of ireland and said that he was voting yes. if you look at the exit poll in detail across
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the board, across constituencies, gender is, age gaps, social classes, a majority voted yes and that was particularly in the male—female divide, almost 70% of men voted yes. but today even though we are calling ita but today even though we are calling it a momentous and profound it does not change the abortion laws tomorrow. if in fact they have the resounding landslide that they are expecting. what needs to happen next question mark what will happen next is the government will bring forward legislation so nothing changes, women continue to travel to the uk, to the neville lawrence, we determining pregnancies. illegally importing abortion pills and taking those by themselves in their own homes without medical supervision. that will remain in place until the law changes. it is expected that the law changes. it is expected that the law will change quite quickly, the government once legislation in place by the end of this year so next tuesday the health minister simon harris will bring a proposal to cabinet to get the ball rolling. and
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the legislation in a nutshell will look like this, women will be allowed a termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if they choose without giving any specific reason and then after that in the weeks between 12 weeks and 24 weeks women who are given a diagnosis of a potential fatal people abnormality or women who have a serious and substantial risk to their life and health and that includes their mental health, will also if they choose have a termination. and just briefly, have you seen many now campaigners today, or are they lying low at the moment? they are lying low, and if you'd won this morning and one of them said that their fight would go on, that abortion was wrong yesterday, run today and they are fighting on that have admitted that they have been comparatively defeated. and of course those figures if they are borne out will
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tell you that perhaps it was underrepresented the amount of people who are looking for change in this country as it looks right now as if it is on the horizon. the results to come in just a few hours. for all the latest just go to our website. there you'll find analysis and all the latest on the results. 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. meanwhile a team from the white house is leaving for singapore —
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as originally planned — for the summit between kim jong—un and president trump — should it take place. president trump said on thursday of course that the summit was off, north korea said it was still interested in talking and donald trump has said it is still possible. now news that the advance team from the white house is still going to singapore as planned. donald trump has been tweeting in the last few minutes and you can see that on your screen. referring to an article in the new york times but essentially saying that there is still disagreement within the trump administration as to how to deal with north korea. and if there was it wouldn't matter of the article in the new york times said there was some disagreement within the national security team who did not share the same enthusiasm for this project. but we now learn of white
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house team is still going to singapore to prepare possibly for that summit. 0ur seoul correspondent laura bicker explains what the meeting between south and north korea means. what does all of this mean? it means that president moon and kimjong—un are not going to wait for the united states to become involved in this process. they are going to move the process along by themselves. there is a direct hotline between president moon's desk and kim jong—un. they decided not to use it. they went to panmunjom. they met at the unification house instead. i think when it comes to president moon he has made it clear right from the start this is one of the reasons why he selected this as his mission, he wants to move this forward and he wants to keep war away from this peninsula. when it comes to kim jong—un it shows he is willing to engage on a level that we have never seen from his father or his grandfather. and what does it mean for the singapore summit?
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we don't know. it's been on again, off again, on again, off again. i don't think any of us really know what will happen. president trump has said it is looking more hopeful, i think with regards to what those two leaders met and talked about, we know that they talked about the summit and we will wait and hear what president moon has to say. perhaps this means that both north korea and the us are moving towards meeting onjune 12 in singapore, but who knows. mps say a programme to protect afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the british army has been a "dismal failure". the defence select committee says the so—called "intimidation scheme" has failed to relocate any interpreters to the uk, 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. 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
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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. the headlines on bbc news. first official results suggest a clear majority has voted to relax ireland's abortion laws. reform campaigners, led by the country's prime minister, are celebrating. 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. in this board will it be liverpool in another historic chapter in the champions league final. kick—off at
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740i pm. and chris champions league final. kick—off at 7401 pm. and chris froome has had another ceremonial triumph and leads the race by 40 six sevenths in the giro d'italia. and day three proves is bad for england as the opening couple of days with ben stokes allowing several wickets to go cheaply in the first test against pakistan at lord's. 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. nazanin's husband, richard ratcliffe, has been telling me what more he knows. we discovered the same as everyone
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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 forward 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 charge. 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 relates to this charge of spreading propaganda or whether it is something else? we do not at the moment. it is possible it is just that which would be a relief, because it is a much smaller scale, but it could be a bigger one,
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but we have to wait to see. when was the last time you spoke to nazanin? i 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. 0ur viewers may remember towards the end of last year boris johnson going to tehran to try to lobby for nazanin's release. clearly there was some hope at that stage. things seem to have deteriorated since then. yes, lots 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
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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 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 keep pressing. we are talking about a letter from the government, a letter of protest. will you be speaking to borisjohnson specifically on that point? the conversation i had with the ambassador
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was about what do we understand what is going on? i think we will wait to see what happens in iran first and then press the foreign secretary. 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 0rnstein, 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 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
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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 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.
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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. we can speak to hugh woozencroft now. there have been some epicjourneys by the fans to get their so is that winning dnajurgen by the fans to get their so is that winning dna jurgen klopp by the fans to get their so is that winning dnajurgen klopp was talking about going to make theirjourney worthwhile? they certainly hope so, they had been in very good spirits, most of the fans that have tickets to the olympic stadium just behind me for later on are really hoping
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and praying liverpool will make it a six european cup title but a huge challenge ahead of them. real madrid owing for the 13th cup then all, and it would be the third straight year for them to win the champions title. they have all the pedigree going into the match atjurgen klopp even believes that his counterpart zinedine zidane could name the starting 11, the same team as last year, just an indication of the task facing them. jordan henderson talking to the media and he believes that a european final defeat for liverpool underjurgen klopp in 2016 in the europa league final main characters are positive, that they could that evening and use it as an experienced and they can get a little slice of redemption in the match tonight. nor gareth bale is a big talking point, he may or may not start the match tonight coming he has had huge success since going to
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real madrid that this season has not been his best. zinedine zidane saying he could get a starting berth. we shall see the teams and a couple of hours but we know that when the match kicks off weeks late an exciting first 20 minutes and if liverpool to get a goal in that time it could be an amazing night for those fans who have made journeys from all over the world. thank you very much for the moment. 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 a thousand pounds 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 us serious these allegations are for the company. these are made to order at fairly short notice drugs, using specialist pharmacologists and trained technicians. they represent a slither
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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 boots, 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 with the government about this issue. the nhs england budget
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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. it's being billed as bbc music's biggest weekend — with huge name stars to back that up. ed sheeran, taylor swift and sam smith arejust a few of those performing. four uk cities across the four
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nations will host their own event. let's talk to our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba, who's in swansea. the sun still shining there. tell us more about what fans can expect. right now we have george ezra performing. this is occurring across four different sites, each in partnership with the bbc radio network so yesterday in belfast and todayit network so yesterday in belfast and today it was radio 6 music. in scotla nd today it was radio 6 music. in scotland yesterday and today it is radio 2 scotland yesterday and today it is radio2and scotland yesterday and today it is radio 2 and radio 3. in coventry tomorrow and monday also radio 2 and radio 3 but here in swansea it is radio 3 but here in swansea it is radio1. so
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radio 3 but here in swansea it is radio 1. so some of the biggest names in music have been on the stage and we expect more over the next day and a half. it all kicked off earlier with ed sheeran at 12 o'clock plane to tens of thousands of people here and since then we've seen the likes of george ezra lid on stage right now for the sam smith later on tonight. and tomorrow the likes of florence and the machine and of course taylor swift. 0ne likes of florence and the machine and of course taylor swift. one of the reasons that this is all happening at the moment is because there is no glastonbury festival this year so the bbc thought this would be a great opportunity to underline its commitment to music in all its forms. ranging from pop acts here to pop stars like terrorist swift, jazz stars like jamie cullum and classic music stars like nigel kennedy. to demonstrate us to artists and the public how important they think the bbc is to the music and arts scene in the uk. we have been expecting bad weather here in swa nsea been expecting bad weather here in swansea but for the most part it has
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been holding up and the crowds are here in huge numbers. up to 30,000 people. sam smith is the one many people. sam smith is the one many people look forward to tonight but tomorrow more of the same and hopefully the weather will hold up to see taylor swift and france in the machine performing on stage to tens of thousands of people. for what the bbc hopes will be one of the musical events of the year. thank you very much. sunni swansea there. let's find out if that is going to continue. a bit ofa a bit of a mixed day so far, some of us a bit of a mixed day so far, some of us had some sunshine and in other areas the clouds have been growing through the course of the day and the risk of some thunderstorms this evening mostly affecting southern areas of the uk. central and southern england and the west
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country, possibly reaching parts of the midlands and wales by the evening. you could be a lot of rainfall ina evening. you could be a lot of rainfall in a short space of time in some areas, with frequent lightning and possibly some hail. but many northern areas this evening escaping those under storms. by the end of the night those should have rolled through the south and then they returned tomorrow. so tomorrow is very muggy start. further north again, up into scotland, probably missing those thunderstorms once again tomorrow and another very warm and muggy day. this is bbc news — our latest headlines: the irish prime minister has hailed his country's "quiet revolution" as many results point to a "resounding" vote for overturning ireland's abortion ban.
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