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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at six. early results suggest the republic of ireland has voted by a landslide to relax some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. the prime minister says it's a quiet revolution. meath ireland is a country that trust women and respect their decisions. this is the scene live in dublin, the official result is expected shortly. the leaders of north and south korea hold talks as a us delegation heads to singapore before a possible meeting between president trump and kimjong un a scheme to protect interpreters who helped british troops in afghanistan is deemed a "dismal failure" by a group of mps countdown to kick off, as liverpool fans soak up the atmosphere 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. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. voters in ireland appear to have overwhelmingly rejected their country's strict anti—abortion laws, and backed reform, in a landmark referendum. the final votes are still being counted, but exit polls suggest around two—thirds of voters supported the calls for change, and the n0 campaign has conceded defeat. ireland's prime minister leo varadkar has called it a quiet let's cross now to my colleague in dublin. you are very welcome. icf people here at dublin castle are waiting the result of a historic
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referendum. the exit polls we have seen the rejections and the yes aside looking to repeal language in the constitution to liberalize abortion laws as expecting a landslide victory. really should be happening in perhaps in the next hour or so. leaders from the campaigns also leaders of the particle party and prime minister are all in the environment. very much the pace and tempo and also the passion that has amped up over the past hour as they awaited the results. how did we come to this point? let's see more and hear more from a bbc colleague, vardy. and transformative and tra nsformative moment and transformative moment for ireland and more emphatically than anyone predicted the country has voted for change. it's been such a long time coming and to know that it is finally over and we have one is
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massive. two years fighting and campaigning and finally we have shown the rest of the country that we got what we wanted it will be fighting for. it's a sea change in irish society and how treat women. it exit polls indicated a landslide. by it exit polls indicated a landslide. by midday pro—life campaigners receded defeat but resolved to continue their campaign. it will pave the way for a abortion regime and everything about abortion on demand. your opinion on abortion is so demand. your opinion on abortion is so strongly against the messages forward. why continue to oppose what many women want? we have supporters that have been through abortion hurt by abortion and that's what gives us strength to continue with this. more than two thirds of voters voted for repealing the controversial law which has restricted access to abortion for so long. i think we
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have seen today, really, is a combination of quite a revolution taking place in ireland for the past ten or20 taking place in ireland for the past ten or 20 years. this is been a great exercise in democracy as people have spoken. in the 1980s, ireland voted to enshrine in law protection for the unborn. today public result shows how much attitudes have evolved. the referendum at its heart is about offering women a choice. the result has brought so much more. and you sense of pride and optimism in ireland's future. it's a step towards being a more progressive nation and it's a really good move for the young people of ireland to get out and be political and vote. an intense campaign at an end and ireland on the brink of a new era. and those people are still here as
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you can see. there was a huge cheer, not so long ago when one man made his way up to speak to me. his name is simon harris and the minister for health as been leading debating for the yes campaign. here's what he had to say. emotional and relieved. people cannot have voted in a compassionate way. you're not told their stories of the last few months. stories about how they felt that day and the stories can never be untold. the risk always was when people put their cells on the line and tell the stories you have to put into a popular vote. i'm so humbled that they responded and in such large numbers male and female and rural and large numbers male and female and ruraland urban and large numbers male and female and rural and urban and voted for a more compassionate and kind or ireland. we have to look after our own
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country. there was also no voters not here right now, but how are you going to unite those factions as not have a divisive future in ireland over this situation? we have had social referendums on last of issues. like divorce, marriage equality and some people voting yes and no but we still have to get out of the unit. this will be no different. i respect their right to vote in a different way but we also have to be led by the majority in this country who have voted to tell people like me to get on with our job and introduce legislation. one of the most passionate i know is that between medical professionals and there was many that did not want any part of this. they believe the conscientious objection is not laid down in the law in the way that works for them to really refrain
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from taking part in any of those procedures. what would you say to those medical professionals that are looking at the in dismay? the overwhelming majority of medical professionals support this but there are some who don't, and conscientious objection will be in a lot in the same way it is in our medical guidelines. i'm very confident as it all in place they will be possible to object. that's no doubt. when will legislation be passed that will change the abortion laws and liberalize it in this country? i will go to government on tuesday to seek permission to draft legislation. i would expect that over the summer period where they hope to introduce it into parliament. by the end of this year we will have changed the law in this area. we could not move ahead of that before this vote today. what you think we look at at the sea of people? does a lot of people i have met today with tears in their eyes and tears of relief and tears of gratitude that fellow citizens have said if you everfind gratitude that fellow citizens have said if you ever find yourself in a
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crisis we want to be able to support you here. they the faces of the real ireland it is a lot of stereotypes abroad of our country, but when the people of ireland have had an opportunity to vote they have said we wa nt opportunity to vote they have said we want to look after women in our own country and we don't want to have nine women every day going to the uk for have nine women every day going to the ukfora have nine women every day going to the uk for a termination. or having people everyday taking illegal abortion pills. but what a country thatis abortion pills. but what a country that is tolerant, inclusive and compassionate. that's simon harris, a man who has been campaigning for yes and got such a warm welcome from this crowd. it's incredibly noisy and they were just singing over the past few minutes, andi singing over the past few minutes, and i think will remain in the spirits until the announcement of the referendum comes through. i want to connect now with belfast and i wa nt to to connect now with belfast and i want to speak tojohn mcavoy. she is somebody who was in the pro—life
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movement. that would be the anti—abortion rights campaign. you're very welcome, thank you for to us. they will push forward the legislation as quickly as possible. can you continue to campaign against it? thanks for having me. obviously as you said we are based in belfast, so we as you said we are based in belfast, so we don't have any direct involvement in the campaign in the south. we were supporting and encouraging colleagues in dublin, and beyond, ourcampaign encouraging colleagues in dublin, and beyond, our campaign is focused on and based in northern ireland, so we are now turning our on and based in northern ireland, so we are now turning oui’ eyes on and based in northern ireland, so we are now turning our eyes to belfast, and actually to westminster and to dublin to encourage them not to impose anti—abortion legislation here in northern ireland. with this crowd that is behind me many of them
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are holding up placards and signs saying the north is next. many people i've spoken to with the yes campaign said that is what they are setting their on next. start trying to get legislation that will be introduced into the republic of ireland to become a campaign for the women of northern ireland. what would you respond ? women of northern ireland. what would you respond? would ask them to be respectful and not set their sights on northern ireland. it was forward because we believe that both lives and existence in every pregnancy do matter, and as much as we can hear the celebrations behind you meet think it's a very sad day. we don't accept a definition of rights for women that is determined in and defined by an inability to end the lives to and unborn children. we will continue to speak up children. we will continue to speak upfor children. we will continue to speak up for both lives and for life
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enabling services and the life affirming culture so that no woman looking at the statistics in great britain in the 50 years of abortion that has been there, no woman would feel she has no other choice that you and the life of her unborn child. you have seen how the campaign played out here. one of the lines from the yes campaign was i don't export the problem. don't have an irish solution to what they say is an irish problem. it's good that people would go to the uk. it's going to be the issue of people from northern ireland just going south. it will be even easier than getting ona it will be even easier than getting on a plane. do you really want to export the issue if people want to have terminations? we recognise that women have left ireland and northern ireland to go across the irish sea to access abortion and we recognise that now they may be able to take a
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short drive over the border, but it's not so much a matter of imposing or exporting our problem, it would be imposing a field social model from great britain and the rates of abortion are truly horrendous. one in three women by 45, 90 8% of abortions are for socioeconomic reasons and we want to hold our government to account and say you could do so much betterfor women facing pregnancy crisis, and all too often abortion is the cheaper solution. rather than offer abortion we would advocate for flexible, better, affordable childcare. we are speaking into a welfare system that penalizes families and are advocating for our university campuses to provide child ca re university campuses to provide child care and better relationships with the sex education. i hear some of the sex education. i hear some of the arguments you are making that do
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replicate what was made by the no campaign but we are hearing the announcement will be coming in to us here. let's take a moment to look at this crowd. speaking irish i've been notified by the constituency and the provisional results of the referendum happened yesterday with the proposal in the 36th amendment is as follows. speaking irish 2 million to 150 9000, 600 55. invalid ballot papers, 6042.
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speaking irish cheering applause speaking irish
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speaking irish applause the result of all the constituencies will be available online shortly. thank you. cheering cheering so there the official announcement
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on ireland's abortion referendum. you are pictures now of the people that gathered in the courtyard, it is incredibly noisy. this is dublin castle. it was piped over loud speakers into this crowd to the chance of yes. let's just watch. cheering so, that begins to give you an idea of what has been happening on this island of ireland. we heard from don mcavoy outlining why she did not wa nt mcavoy outlining why she did not want what has happened in the republic to come to the north, and then immediately the official
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announcement that has been awaited all day that there was a guest with this referendum to repeal the eighth. the language inserted into the constitution in 1983. let me bring in audrey. she has a watching this all day. what a moment. but a moment. the crowd had just been shouting the names so veto. she is a woman, was a woman who died in 2012 ina woman, was a woman who died in 2012 in a hospital in galway. she requested a termination and began to miscarry her baby. unfortunately she died from sepsis before she was given a termination. the independent inspector said the eighth amendment of the constitution played a major role and her death. a lot of people honouring and remembering her today. this is a deeply, deeply emotional day for the women of ireland. for many of them they feel that today is
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their day. there day when they finally achieved equality in the our system. you said you believed this was one of the most significant moments since the foundation of this state briefly. absolutely, this is profound. on the 70% of irish people decided in their view to trust women, to listen to women, to be compassionate towards women and to offer irish women a solution to their complex pregnancies. they're beginning to pop the champagne, take a moment to look at the people that are gathered in the centre of dublin at dublin castle, has announced that it isa at dublin castle, has announced that it is a resounding yes and they have repealed the eighth amendment. back to london. thank you very much. the official declaration showing that almost twice as many people voted to repeal the abortion laws as of voted
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to keep the status quo. all the constituencies now declared. i think i'm correct in saying that only constituency which was only in that wa nted constituency which was only in that wanted more people voted to maintain the status quo, but clearly a resounding victory for the yes campaign in this side to repeal the republic of ireland's abortion laws. and of course lots were continuing detail and analysis of that story on oui’ detail and analysis of that story on our website. that's all at bbc.co.uk/news south korea's president moonjae—in has met the north korean leader kim jong—un today, for more talks aimed at resurrecting the planned summit with donald trump. it's the second meeting between the two leaders, in the demilitarised zone that divides the two countries. a white house team is departing for singapore to prepare for the summit, if it takes place onjune 12th. our seoul correspondent laura bicker
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explains what the meeting between south and north korea means. what does all of this mean? and means that present the moon and kim jong—un are not going to wait for the united states to become involved. they will move the process along by themselves. it's a direct hotline between president moon's desk and kimjong—un and they decided not to use it. they unification house. when it comes to president moon he has made it clear this is why he was elected. this is his mission. he wants to move this forward and he wants to keep war away from the peninsula. when it comes to kim jong—un dishes is willing to engage at a level we have never seen from his father or his grandfather. what does it mean for the singapore summit? we don't know, it's been on—again, off—again. none of us really know what will happen. president trump said it is looking more hopeful. i think with regards to what those two leaders met and talked about when other talked
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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 on the 12th in singapore, but who knows. some news just some newsjust coming into is the last few minutes from rochdale where police say that earlier today they we re police say that earlier today they were called to reports of concern for the welfare of a teenager in a field near the dewhurst road. they say emergency services attended but a teenage boys that they died and three other teenagers have been taken to hospital for treatment. three other teenagers have been taken to hospitalfor treatment. the police as they died and three other teenagers have been taken to hospitalfor teenagers have been taken to hospital for treatment. the police statement continues inquiries into whether there are any suspicious circumstances around his death are continuing. no more detail from that but thatjust into us about the death of a teenager in rochdale this morning. now the time
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we're talking about the champions league final and can't liverpool win the biggest prize european football? with just over an hour to go, thousands more fans have been arriving in ukraine's capital kiev, for tonight's champions league final against real madrid. our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. it's almost here. liverpool and particularly their fans have been on quite a journey to reach this moment of destiny. planes, trains, coaches, cars, did not matter how they got here just as long as they got here. they think, though, it will all be worth it. stephen said that if he had a final on the moon we would find a way of getting there and he is right. to win tonight means everything. i'm going to be crying my eyes out with happiness and if we lose lb cry my eyes out with
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despair. i'm going to be crying one way or the other. their coveted because this is an exceptional cup run undera because this is an exceptional cup run under a manager who understands this club's dna. the last of their five european trophies was 13 years ago. time to make new memories. because the competition sometimes as a player, things having to you and he convinces you you can win. my gut feeling is i don't know how they would do it but ijust think that liverpool will win the competition. but real madrid are the undoubted kings of europe littered with star turns. it'll go for their 13th champions league trophy. their third consecutive unprecedented in this era. steve has played for both. and this era of money and financial stability and a lot of clubs around the fact that real madrid can't win it three years in a row is phenomenal. everyone said it will be a real test for liverpool. today saw
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a real test for liverpool. today saw a special version of the podcast to leverage to the devotees in the sunshine. following this is a religion. what i want to say is we have supported the love each other and supporters that love them. they ready to show their love of. the liberty stadium has no idea what it's about to hit it. in a moment will talk to katie austin at liverpool's stadium in anfield on merseyside, where around 30,000 liverpool fans are expected to watch a live screening of the game but first let's talk to david ornstein who is in kiev. so so the journey made by so many who will end all be worth it tonight, david? liverpool fans will certainly hope so. you within 90 minutes now until kick—off and you may be able to hear some of the noise developing behind me. the strains of the
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soundtrack for the run which began on the way back on the 15th of august when they came through qualifying all the way to the final here ina qualifying all the way to the final here in a sunny and scorching tf which included temperatures have dropped a little now and the fans have another lease of energy as kick—off approaches. should be a fantastic spectacle as natalie said they are. real madrid going for a 13th european cup title. liverpool for their sex —— six. this is theirfirst —— six. this is their first final since 2007. they come in as underdogs the highest scorers in this competition. they do have mohamed salah on their side. so too has chris general rinaldo. it's a repeat of the 1981 final which liverpool won and so they will be hoping for a repeat tonight. i
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repeat would be a first trophy at liverpool for their managerjuergen klopp who is up against the great former player and current madrid manager now. they are partying for four days and not making their way into the olympic stadium behind me with kick—off approaching. our correspondent katy austin is at liverpool's anfield stadium for us. fans trying to recreate the atmosphere that the fans in tf will be feeling tonight. —— key as. we are about 1700 miles away here. that is not stopped liverpool fans making the most of today and we believed that well over 30,000 fans are expected to come to the stadium here. they have already started to strea m here. they have already started to stream in. he can hear the atmosphere is really building here now and across the city there's a party atmosphere as well with flags being sold. a lot of read about and fa ns being sold. a lot of read about and fans have been gathering here at the stadium from quite early in the
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afternoon. we have spoke to supporters who have come from essex and birmingham, from scotland and as far away as paraguay. that's how important this match is two people here. although there for the favourites tonight there's a bit of nervousness and what we spoke to fa ns nervousness and what we spoke to fans they were pretty confident that liverpool will win. will think it will be 2—1. liverpool will win. will think it will be 2-1. as long as they come out early i think we will win. i'm going to say 3—1. out early i think we will win. i'm going to say 3-1. i might drive down there. i cannot wait. mohamed sala is going to do a hat trick tonight. high scoring. 3—1 to us. is going to do a hat trick tonight. high scoring. 3-1 to us. liverpool! if victory is secured tonight it does not kick—off till 745, but a
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big victory parade has been planted the city and it will only be three and half miles long but it will be extended to five miles. plenty of salvation to be had if liverpool do secured victory tonight but at the moment it's still there is to play for. as you can hear quite a big atmosphere going now. starting to sing and it's only going to get more and louder as the game approaches. thank you very much. i imagine those fa ns thank you very much. i imagine those fans won't mind too much if liverpool win. should be a good game. time for the weather forecast now. here is thomas. a bit of a mixed day so far. some of us have had sunshine and in other areas the clouds have been growing and growing through the course of today and with a risk thunderstorms this evening it will be affecting mostly southern areas of the uk. the west country, possibly reaching parts of the midlands and wales by time you get to the evening and there could be a
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lot of rain for the short space of time in some areas. frequent lightning, hail possibly as well but through the course of this evening noticed that many other areas actually escape the thunderstorms. by the end of the night they should have rolled through the south and there will be a bit ofa through the south and there will be a bit of a lull before they return tomorrow. very muggy starch to the but these thunderstorms popping off once again. widespread across the south. no so scotland are probably missing thunderstorms once again tomorrow and another very warm and muqqy tomorrow and another very warm and muggy day. good evening, this is bbc news with our latest headlines. victory for the yes campaign and the
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