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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at seven. victory for the yes campaign in the republic of ireland, as voters reject strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum. majority of votes in favour of the proposal, 700 6000. a quiet revolution has taken place in today is a great act of democracy. getting to know you — the leaders of north and south korea meet in the demilitarised border area between the two countries. also in the next hour. four countries. four cities. and some of music's biggest stars. thousands flock to live gigs across the uk for bbc music's biggest weekend. and the final countdown to kick off — as liverpool fans soak up the atmosphere in kiev ahead of tonight's champions league final. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising the country's strict anti—abortion laws in a landmark referendum. let's go to dublin and we canjoin my colleague. you're very welcome to dublin castle. this is where they announced in the past hour the results of a historic referendum. this referendum was all about repealing or retaining the eighth amendment. light was that was put into the constitution back in 1983 they gave the same rights to the unborn to that of the mother and so restricted abortion rights severely.
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making it unconstitutional as well as illegal. that has changed today. let's watch. it was declared that the guests of votes had one. majority of votes in favour of the proposal 7006000 349. cheering applause resounding. a landslide. a historic moment. just some of the words being said about that. here's the tea shop 01’ said about that. here's the tea shop or prime minister. his name is leo and he has spoken over the past hour as well. that is a historic day for ireland. a quiet revolution has taken place and today is a great act of democracy. 100 years since women gained the right to vote, today we
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asa gained the right to vote, today we as a people have spoken and we said we trust women and respect women to make their own decisions and their own choices. for me it's also a day when we say no more. no more to doctors telling their patients that there is nothing that can be done for them in their own country. and no more lonely journeys for them in their own country. and no more lonelyjourneys across the piracy or stigma as the veil of secrecy is listed as number isolation as the burden of shame is gone. what the polls yesterday many people voted yes with enthusiasm and pride. but also many others voted yes in sorrowful acceptance with heavy hearts. the x marked on the ballot paper represented much more than individual votes. in 1983 841,000 people voted to insert the eighth amendment to our constitution. in 20181.4 million voted to remove it. in almost every
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county, almost every constituency men and women, all social classes and almost all age groups, we are not a divided country. the result is resounding and it gives us as the government demanded that we need now to bring forward that as soon as possible and secure their passage. we voted for the 200,000 irish women would travel to britain since 1980 32 end their pregnancies. for the couples who shared their heartbreaking stories of returning home from liverpool and other english cities with tiny coffins. for the young and to what young women who spoke the truth and for those stories that still have not been heard. that is the prime minister speaking just over the past few minutes. it has been a dramatic hour. it's been a dramatic day. on bring in an irish
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broadcaster here with me at dublin castle. the crowds have begun to thin, but what is it about this day you will take away, audrey? we witnessed history today here at dublin castle and it was a real privilege to be a part of it. the people of ireland voted overwhelmingly to change the laws on abortion. the social transformation of this country has been phenomenal. it's a profound moment in the country's history. a young country not yet 100 years old. the pace of social change if you look at 20 yea rs social change if you look at 20 years ago homosexuality was illegal, contraception was illegal, divorce was illegal and gay marriage was legal. abortion was illegal. they are all legal now. it will be legalized the government says before the end of the year. so have it as a result of women and young girls and campaigners standing up and speaking and telling their stories.|j campaigners standing up and speaking and telling their stories. i was struck by one young woman i met, her name is amy callahan. she had to
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travel for a termination to the uk. she e—mailed me today saying she could not believe the results and she realises she thought she was abandoned and ignored by the country for having a termination. she says she now realises the whole country was with her in spirit on that sad and lonely journey. have was with her in spirit on that sad and lonelyjourney. have we been perhaps misunderstanding ireland in its current form? i think we have the full set of the country has taken a huge step today in growing up taken a huge step today in growing up and amy, who you mentioned, there are so many stories like that and we said one woman this morning who had a similar story. she travelled to liverpool for a termination and told no one. was filled with shame, was filled with stigma and regrets, and then finally today she told us that she was his she had trusted the iris people more. to tell her story and to share her story with her friends, because she knows now that would have shown her that compassion. there are these milestones that this
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society has gone through. we looking at what a future might be like and it's on the horizon. what do you think, the young woman we saw here are not going to stop today. what you think it will set their sights on next? is a brave woman who would save what they're going to set their sights on. they have made huge strides here at the moment and you are right, this campaign was largely driven by young people. nearly 90% of driven by young people. nearly 9096 of 18 to 24—year—olds voted yes in a referendum. there are other things to tackle in their minds, they would look at the role of the catholic church in education and health care in this country, and think perhaps that needs change as well. that is the future. thank you very much. that helping us tell the story of this historic day for this country. they have voted yes it referendum. stay with the bbc. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening
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in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the journalist and broadcaster, penny smith, and the women's editor at the telegraph, claire cohen. now, can liverpool win the biggest prize in 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. 0ur sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. it is almost here... liverpool, particularly their fans, have been on quite a journey to reach this moment of destination... planes, trains, coaches and cars, it did not matter how they got here as long as they got here. they think, though, it will all be worth it. steven gerard said that if we had a final on the moon, we would find a way of getting there. he's right! to win tonight means everything! i will be crying my eyes out in happiness and if we lose i will cry my eyes out with despair! i'm going to be crying
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one way or another! they are confident, because this has been an exceptional cup run and a manager who understands this club's dna. the last of their five european trophies was 13 years ago. it's time to make new memories... in cup competitions, sometimes as a player, things happen to you and it convinces you that you can win. my gut feeling is, i don't know how they will do it, but i just think that liverpool will win the competition. but real madrid are the undoubtable kings of europe, littered with star turns tonight they go for their 13th champions league trophy. their third consecutive unprecedented in this era. steve mcmanaman has played for both. the fact that real madrid can win it three years in a row amid so much instability, is something else. today saw a special version of the anfield wrap podcast,
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delivered to devotees in the sunshine. it's a religion. i want to see supporters who love each other. they are ready to show their love, the olympic stadium has no idea what is about to hit it. 0ur correspondent katy austin is at liverpool's anfield stadium for us now where around 30,000 fans are expected to watch tonight's champions league final. 0bviously obviously not everybody could travel there. this is the next best thing. absolutely and by my calculations we are about 1700 miles away here. that certainly has not stopped the supporters making the most of the
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match today. if you are around today you would think the match is happening here. so many fans around. asa happening here. so many fans around. as a party atmosphere in the city centre as well. 0ther as a party atmosphere in the city centre as well. other people wearing red and fights around. here we take well over 30,000 fans have gathered to watch the match on big screens. they've been gathering since earlier this afternoon and then around the stadium for hours. it's a mark of how much it really means to the supporters that people have come. at six, birmingham, scotland and all of those places and as far away as paraguay. the kicks off about quarter to eight. every support i spoke to was optimistic and nervous for the liverpool win. the noise become out of the traps early i think we will win. i think we will concede so i will say three having
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one. looking forward to it?|j concede so i will say three having one. looking forward to it? i cannot wait. he will do the hatrack tonight. come on! high-scoring i reckon. 3-1 to us. the verbal! the atmosphere here is really building now. lots of singing and lots of flag waving. you can hear in the background of the big screens or on and the massive build—up is actually under way. if they win that will not be the end of the party atmosphere because if they win their first champions league trophy for some years first champions league trophy for some yea rs now first champions league trophy for some years now there will have an open spot for the city tomorrow. making of it very busy day for liverpool. there is other non—sports related festivals on. the expectations are high and fancier are expectations are high and fancier a re pretty expectations are high and fancier are pretty optimistic and getting in the mood for what they hope will be
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a victorious night for liverpool. 0ur correspondent katy austin is at liverpool's anfield stadium for us. 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. 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. they will move the process along by themselves. it's a direct hotline between president moon's desk and kim jong—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.
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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 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. the headlines on bbc news: victory for the yes campaign in the republic of ireland, as voters reject strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum. getting to know you — the leaders of north and south korea meet in the demilitarised border area between the two countries. and a scheme to protect interpreters who helped british troops in afghanistan is deemed a "dismal failure" by a group of mps mps say a programme to protect
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afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the british army has been a dismalfailure. the defence select committee says the scheme has failed to relocate any interpreters to the uk, even when their lives have been threatened by the taliban. richard galpin reports. british troops on the ground fighting the taliban in afghanistan, they were there for more than a decade. their afghan interpreters also risked their lives on the front line. we have hidden their identities because, to this day, they face retaliation from the taliban for working with british forces. but, so far, only a fraction of the 3500 interpreters have been allowed to leave afghanistan, and settle in britain where they are safe. here, the head of the defence committee is shocked and says
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it is damaging for britain. if the united kingdom gets a reputation for leaving those people who put their lives at risk to help our soldiers at the mercy of our enemies when our soldiers are no longer there to look after them, it will be very difficult in future conflicts to find people, local people, prepared to do that. it is now more than three years since the british combat mission in afghanistan ended, with most troops being pulled out. since then, 400 interpreters and locally hired staff have moved to britain. leaving most to fend for themselves at home in afghanistan. yet the ministry of defence insisted that their team in kabul provides them with enough security advice and support to ensure that they are safe. richard galpin, bbc news. let's return to one of our main stories this hour —
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the leaders of north and south korea has held a surprise meeting. let's look at some of the recent diplomacy around north korea. injuly last year north korea test fired a long—range missile which landed in the sea ofjapan. the next month north korea threatened to attack the us pacific territory of guam. soon after china announced it would be implementing un sanctions against north korea — placing extra pressure on the regime. at the start of this year a thaw in tensions meant a north korean olympic team attended the winter games in the south. in march, president trump announced a meeting was being planned with kim jong—un. the next month kimjong—un held talks for the first time with south korean president moon jae—in. then on thursday president trump abruptly announced he was pulling out of the planned talks in singapore. and today, the north and south korean presidents met for a second time i'm joined now by bruce klingner, who is senior research fellow for north east asia
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at the heritage foundation and previously worked as the cia's deputy division chief for korea. everything seemed to be on track until a number of korean statements, you've are talking to us this evening. apart from the language which may have caused these talks forjune the 12th to have been derailed what else has been going on in terms of a meeting of minds or other? as you point out, there was some very insulting and threatening language in the four different state m e nts language in the four different statements by north korea, although usually within the norm of their behaviour. more importantly was a statement by the first vice foreign minister when he very clearly articulated what is really been long—standing north korean conditions for any kind of constraints on its nuclear weapons programme and also a very different view of their terms for denuclearization from what the white
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house understanding was. at the white house was quite surprised and was one of the factors for canceling the summitand was one of the factors for canceling the summit and now suggesting we are back on the summit. what does it tell you about the real understanding or lack up between the united states and north korea? long—time korea watchers certainly understood the conditions or when they say denuclearization and they don't complying with un resolutions are they abandoned their missile programmes. they term it as part of the global arms control and as a member of the nuclear weapons states they will go down to zero when the other members of the nuclear states go down to zero. i was a quite a different view from the us and un are demanding. how confident are you that things could be put back on track in time for this in singapore? the north korean response to the
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cancellation letter was fairly benign. so that was enough that president trump suggested that now that the us and north korea planners are working together they could even be back on track for the original date of june the 12th. be back on track for the original date ofjune the 12th. that said, when they go into the room i think it's much more obvious to everyone now that there is a wide gap between the two as an understanding of what to denuclearization is and whether north korea will comply with it. how does that kept it in the road and who can most readily influence it? people depicted as a us and north korean issue but we need to remember that it's a multilateral issue that is not just a that it's a multilateral issue that is notjust a us proposal and it's the un requirement in numerous resolutions. north korea needs to move a lot further off its position and the us needs to move off its. it's the international community moving away from the position. the
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last few months variously there have been concerns that we could be close to some kind military action falling short, possibly, of what you might term a war. how much closer or further away are we today from that military action? we are further away because in december, evenjanuary, there was a lot of advocacy including within the us government for a preventive attack even if we did not feel that north korea was going to attack us, but to prevent them from being able to complete their nuke and threaten the american homeland. 0nce their nuke and threaten the american homeland. once we had the sudden reversal and the diplomatic initiatives from the korea as now the summits with south korea and china and the us now we're not hearing about that, but if the us and north korea summit goes or colla pses, and north korea summit goes or collapses, then we may start hearing talk of that's at least within some in washington. i suspect we might be
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speaking again at some point but for now thank you very much.|j speaking again at some point but for now thank you very much. i think it is not going away. i don't think so either. thank you very much. police have appealed for information about a missing schoolgirl who left the uk on a eurotunnel train. 13 year old serena alexander—benson left her home in wimbledon yesterday morning, telling her father she was going to school. the police believe she probably boarded the train "in the company of an older person". the owner of the high street chemist, boots, has denied overcharging the nhs. the government has asked the competition and markets authority to consider investigating walgreens boots alliance. a report in the times alleged that the firm had charged thousands of pounds for drugs which cost a few pounds over the counter. 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
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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. yes, so we discovered the same as eve ryo ne yes, so we discovered the same as everyone else from the iranian media that today the president of the revolutionary courts give a speech where he announced the second case would be going forward against mcritchie and it . quebecker we should know the judge that said the charge of spreading propaganda against the regime. that's a mild charge and hopefully it is just that. this week she met with the prosecutor, or deputy prosecutor and wrote a letter to his office outlining her choice of lawyer and we have had approved. the family following the news that they saw in the media have been chasing
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with a lawyer to seek. i spoke to her on tuesday after she had met with the deputy prosecutor, and she was more upbeat and he had a conversation with her about this new court case. there was also a new application for furlough were you due to go home for a few days. she wa nted due to go home for a few days. she wanted to know if there was any chance. richard radcliffe, the husband of nazanin. 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 nations will host their own event. craig david is performing this evening on the main stage in, he told our entertainments correspondent lizo mzimba, how he's feeling about it very, very excited. to be asked to perform main stage here, i mean, that's ungrateful and the first placed and to look at the acts
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performing already has been amazing. we have had ed sheeran. all going well so far. liam payne at the moment. do you think you can topple that? i don't see it as a competition. we are bringing the variety and we had ed sheeran at the top end and sam smith closing off today. a band who my amd has been with me 18 years. everett would jump on stage with a live band show at the moment to dig in with classic records and putting new stuff as well. looking forward to seeing the crowd and have the respond to it. how exciting is that plane to a younger audience who might well be hearing your music for the first time was blue when i stressed when i performed at glastonbury was being on the stage seeing thousands and thousands of people and seeing so many young faces who i could tell they were discovering classics. they
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knew nothing like this. they knew they had given up in the baseline drops. i have this whole new generation that has discovered music and anyone that goes away from today hearing a song hearing for the first time. you can wait from festivals with new fans with this is such an array of different artists. a short film, starring hollywood actorjason isaacs, is getting its world premiere in a rather unusual venue — a hairdressers in lincoln. the film is written and directed by bonnie wright — who's best known for playing ginny weasley in the harry potter films. anne—marie tasker has been finding out why it's getting its first ever screening in a salon. you'd expect a movie premiere in hollywood or london's west end but one short film is getting its world's first screening here. opposite the blow dries and dreams at lincoln's sincil salon, people can watch medusa's ankles. set in a salon, it stars
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jason isaacs as a hairdresser. wonderful. i am good, aren't i? and it's directed by bonnie wright. harry... she's best known for playing ginny weasley in the harry potter films but is now working behind the camera. the beginning of everything i know about the film industry was from those ten years of experience as an actor. i think i learned so much about the attention to detail that is needed in film. you know, all the heads of department in those movies, whether it was the cinematographer or the production design or the editor, were like at the top of their field. the film's being shown here for three days, the first time it has been screened in public, and it brings a hollywood star into this local hairdressers. it seems a bit strange but it's quite interesting, yeah. hopefully people that come to watch it might decide to have their hair done! being here really brought it alive because you could hear the blow dryers at the back and you could hear the phone ringing.
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i suppose it makes sense to do it somewhere else, to try to get a new audience, yeah. for it to be outside of london, a premiere like this, i thought it was really interesting. i think it was really good because it is boring, especially when you're having a colour. these screenings are part of mansions of the future, a three—year project bringing work by international artists to lincoln. i was really excited to be part of a programme that supports, you know, an arts programme outside of london. i think so much funding can be pushed into our capital and maybe, you know, being a public space, one might discover a film that you would otherwise never have known about because they were in here just to have their hair cut and they asked questions. watching the film is free but you need to book and you can even get yourself a short back and sides while you're there. anne—marie tasker, bbc news, lincoln. it has raised the bar, hasn't it? i
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have to see with my hairdresser can provide for me. phil avery has the weather. nothing boring about that. take me hours to get all this grey into my hair. that's another story. they're laughing, i don't into my hair. that's another story. they're laughing, idon't know into my hair. that's another story. they're laughing, i don't know why. very good evening to you. whether quite exciting the next few hours i had perhaps as we're keeping an eye thunderstorms brewing. 0ne had perhaps as we're keeping an eye thunderstorms brewing. one or two of those perilously close to cornwall already. as a get on into the wee small hours i think a greater zone at risk of seeing that sort of thing through wales, the midlands and southern counties. a chilly one perhaps in some mist and fog running towards the eastern coast. he would start and never better than 15 or 16 perhaps is off into the new day on sunday. look at the extent of the showers and thunderstorms. for the north and east is and brighter. 0nce the fog is proper way. temperatures into the teens in mid—20s and here
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we are on monday since if. fewer showers until perhaps later on in the southeast in a rather humid feel to the southeast in a rather humid feel to the day with torches in the teens and 20s for many. —— temperatures. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. victory for the yes campaign in the republic of ireland as voters reject stricter abortion laws in a landmark referendum. of an hundred 6349. getting to know you, the leaders of north and south korea meet in the doom militarized zone in between the two countries. a dismal failure, according to mps.


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