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hello, this is bbc news, i'm gavin grey. our top stories: a surprise meeting for the korean leaders as the diplomatic push to revive the us summit continues. following victory for the yes campaign, ireland's prime minister hopes a new relaxed abortion law will be passed by the end of the year. todayis today is a historic day for ireland. a quiet revolution has taken place and today is a great act of democracy. the wonder goal that shattered liverpool's european dreams. gareth bale hits two as real madrid win the champions league for the third time in a row and the fourth man to set foot on the moon, astronaut alan bean, dies at the age of 86. hello, and welcome to bbc news.
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the leaders of north and south korea have met for a second time in the demilitarised zone on theirjoint border. state media in pyongyang said they had an in—depth discussion about denuclearising the peninsula, and plan to meet again next week. it came as the white house said it was sending a team to singapore to prepare for a summit with president trump onjune 12th, despite reports earlier that he had called it off. lebo diseko reports. after a week which was full of surprises, this. an unexpected meeting between north korea and south korea's leaders in the demilitarised zone between the two countries, only the second time they have met. both kim jong—un and moonjae—in keen to show they will do whatever it takes to save thatjune i2 summit with donald trump. the leaders of the two koreas say they have agreed to meet more
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frequently, and the north says mr kim's hopes are fixed on that all—important meeting next month. it's not as if any more drama was needed. the story has had plenty of twists and turns. in march the us and north korea announced the meeting was being planned to discuss nuclear disarmament. the next month, kim jong—un went to the south for the first time and met with south korean president moonjae—in. but on thursday, president trump unexpectedly cancelled that planned summit with north korea, blaming that country's "tremendous anger and open hostility." that announcement seemed to prompt a more conciliatory tone from pyongyang, and president trump suggested things might be back on again. we will see what happens, it could even be the 12th. we are talking to them now, they very much want to do it, we would like to do it. we're going to see what happens. the white house says it is now
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sending a team to singapore to get ready for the possible summit. at the heart of this on—again/off—again drama, one key issue. the us insistence that north korea must commit to total denuclearisation of the peninsula — and getting agreement on that point might be even harder than fixing this meeting. a two—hour meeting, only their second ever meeting. a sense of optimism here? well, there is a sense of the two koreas sort of carrying on with the diplomacy in spite of what is going on in washington with the back and forth, the changes of mind by the trump administration which seem to have gone on over the last few days. we seem
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gone on over the last few days. we seem to understand from the blue house here in seoul that this meeting yesterday was requested via the north korean side, president moon was clearly eager to facilitate that. i think it is interesting it went ahead without telling the outside world, perhaps a way for the two koreas to say, well, if president trump is going to make decisions without telling us, we will go ahead and hold our own meeting about telling them first. at its root, this meeting is about keeping diplomacy on track, and certainly about how keen president moon and apparently kim jong—un are to get this singapore summit back. rupert, the south korean leader, moonjae—in, is rupert, the south korean leader, moon jae—in, is currently rupert, the south korean leader, moonjae—in, is currently holding a press c0 nfe re nce . moonjae—in, is currently holding a press conference. we will obviously be having a look at what he is saying and dipping in and out of that later. but just in saying and dipping in and out of that later. butjust in terms of why it would appear that the north koreans are suddenly much more forthcoming with wanting this meeting to go ahead, some experts are saying this is because the sanctions are at long last beginning to bite. is that your sense of the
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reason? i think we are all playing a sort of guessing game here as to what kim jong—un‘s motivations are. some people, as you say, think the sanctions that were imposed on him at the end of last year, particularly the sanctions from china, were beginning to have an effect on his economy. he has now said ina effect on his economy. he has now said in a speech earlier this year he wants to switch to focusing on developing the economy of north korea, and to do that he needs to get sanctions relief, he needs to be able to trade across the border and get foreign investment coming into his country. so that might be his motivation. other people think that by the end of last year he had achieved his goal of getting a reliable nuclear weapon and a delivery system, and once he had achieved that goal he then wants to turn to getting the pressure lifted off him, and that is why he has come to the table at this stage, from a
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position of strength, not from a position of strength, not from a position of strength, not from a position of weakness. so there is great disagreement. it is probably a bit of both. rebooting -- rupert wingfield—hayes, live from seoul, thank you very much indeed. the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, has hailed an overwhelming referendum result to liberalise strict abortion laws as the day ireland came of age as a country. greeting thousands of ecstatic "yes" campaigners at dublin castle, mrvaradkarsaid ireland had erased the stigma, and burden of shame, from hundreds of thousands of women. anti—abortion groups called the outcome "a tragedy of historic proportions." more details from our correspondent, emma vardy in dublin. cheering. a transformative moment for ireland. more emphatically than anyone predicted, the country has voted for change. 1,429,981. we have been working so hard for women's rights for so many years now, and we can see it's
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finally coming true. ireland has finally grown up, faced the facts. don't shift it abroad, let them do it here safely. for me, my daughters and my grandchildren. more than 3,000 women a year leave ireland to pay privately for abortions in the uk. the first feelings that we would have gone through were utter devastation at the diagnosis. gaye edwards recalls making the decision to travel. the unborn baby had a fatal condition and couldn't survive. the fact there was no assistance with making arrangements, or no information. that made us feel veryjudged. more than two thirds of voters supported repealing ireland's controversial law. today 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 as a people have spoken.
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the government will now legislate to allow abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. but for those who campaigned to keep ireland's strict laws, this brings bitter disappointment. this result will pave the way for an abortion regime that's nothing about healthca re and everything about abortion on demand. we stand over the claims we made during the campaign. opinion on abortion is now so strongly against the messages you are putting forward. so why continue to oppose what many women want? we have a lot of supporters who've been through abortion themselves, and have been hurt by abortion. that is what gives us strength in continuing with this. today, ireland is unrecognisable from its socially conservative past. this referendum, at its heart, was about offering women a choice. but the result has brought so much more. a renewed pride and sense of optimism for ireland's future. we brought care and compassion home, and empathy! we righted a wrong and made such a huge difference today! an intense campaign at an end,
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and ireland ushers in a new era. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a strong cyclone has killed at least two people in the gulf state of oman. cyclone mekunu has now weakened to a tropical storm and authorities there say they have begun clearing operations. residents have been warned to stay in their homes as run—off from river valleys has flooded main roads. a large fire has engulfed part of europa park in germany. the theme park was evacuated and dozens of firefighters attended the scene. the blaze was brought under control and there are no reports of any casualties. it's thought the fire began in a warehouse and spread to two attractions which were destroyed. iranian media has reported that a british—iranian woman imprisoned in tehran will face security—related
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charges in a second case being prepared against her. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was detained during a visit in 2016, and is now serving a 5—year sentence after being found guilty of spying. she has denied all charges. a us citizen and his wife have been released after two years in prison in venezuela. joshua holt, who's a mormon missionary from utah, was accused of trying to organise an armed uprising after travelling to caracas in 2016 to marry a woman he'd met online. the american astronaut, alan bean, has died at the age of 86. a statement released by nasa and family members said he died on saturday in houston, after a short illness. shuba krishnan looks back at his life. in november, 1969, alan bean became just the fourth man to walk
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on the moon. together with his apollo 12 commander, charles pete conrad, they landed their vessel on the ocean of storms, and took those historic steps on the lunar surface. they extensively explored the area, collecting rocks and soil for study back on earth and installing the first nuclear powered generator station on the moon. they then returned to space four years later, where he commanded a flight to the space research centre, skylab. he spent 59 days in space, which was a record at the time. he was a man of many talents. the native texan received a degree in aeronautical engineering from the university of texas before spending time with the us navy as a test pilot. after he eventually retired from nasa in 1981, he turned his attention to painting. he devoted his time to creating an artistic record of humanity's first exploration of another world. i was giving up a lot to decide to become an artist.
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about half of the astronauts thought it might be a good idea, the other half thought it was crazy. he often used elements from his space missions in his creations like his astronaut suit patches stained with moondust. they gave me the flag that was on the left shoulder of my suit. this nasa patch was right here on my suit. apollo 12, right here on my suit. and then this name tag was on my remote control unit. i think probably i am the luckiest guy you have ever met or any of your viewers have ever seen because i lived my lifejust doing things which i thought were the most fun to do. alan being, who has died at the age of 86. —— alan bean.
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still to come, the presenters and the protestors — 30 years on we hear from the demonstrators who gatecrashed a bbc news bulletin. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletics events to aid famine relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars hope will be thousands of queues started forming at 7am. taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot as the liverpool fans broke out of their area and into the juve ntus enclosure. the belgian police had lost control. the whole world will mourn the tragic death of mr nehru today. he was the father of the indian people from the day of independence. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than 11,500 episodes. the chat show has made her one
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of the richest people on the planet. geri halliwell, otherwise known as ginger spice, has announced she has left the spice girls. argh! i don't believe it! she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri — why? this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the leaders of both koreas have held face—to—face talks to discuss how to keep a potential summit between donald trump and kim jong—un on track. ireland's prime minister says he hopes a new abortion law will be passed by the end of this year after more than two thirds of voters in the country chose to overturn its abortion ban in a referendum. the champions' league final in kiev has ended in a 3—1 victory for real madrid over liverpool. it's the spanish team's third consecutive title, but for liverpool players, and thousands of travelling fans, it was heartbreak.
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andy beatt reports. two giants of europe head—to—head for the most prestigious prize in clu b for the most prestigious prize in club football. 63,000 fans crammed into the olympic stadium of their to be back home, thousands more travelled to the bernabeu and anfield, expectations high. a bright start for liverpool with early chances for mane. and then a devastating blow for the egyptian magician moe salop, falling heavily with a dislocated shoulder. 43 goals this season, exiting with tears. as the balance of the game shifted, it $0011 the balance of the game shifted, it soon got worse for the reds. a
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horror show from the goalkeeper, throwing the ball straight at benzema. madrid was yesterday called. it lasted four minutes. a corner knocked the ball home. parity was restored, but only briefly. a moment of brilliance from gareth bale. two minutes after coming on the pitch, the welshman stunned the stadium with an audacious overhead kick, one of the best goals ever seen on kick, one of the best goals ever seen on this stage. the tide of the game turned. liverpool were increasingly locked out of again. with less than ten minutes left, gareth bale hit a hopeful shot from 25 metres to see it slip through the goalie's fingers. a night to forget for the german keeper. 3—1. in the
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dying seconds, cristiano another nearly got a fourth. he was distracted as a fan ran onto the pitch. —— cristiano ronaldo. an historic win for the most excess or clu b historic win for the most excess or club and its manager. it is not easy to do what we have done. tonight there are no words to describe this. the most amazing thing about this squad, they do not have a ceiling. with celebrations set to continue through the night in kiev and madrid, few would bet against the spanish side adding to their third champions league crown in years to come. andy beatt, bbc news. colombians go to the polls on sunday in the first round of presidential
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elections, the first to take place since the country's peace deal in 2016, ending more than 50 years of war with the farc guerrilla group. candidates have been campaigning on issues of inequality and corruption. opinion polls put right—wing candidate ivan duque as the favourite to go through to the second round in june. 30 years ago this week, a group of activists invaded a bbc news studio as it went live on air. they were protesting against the introduction of new uk laws to limit lgbt rights. booan temple told our ‘witness' team why she got involved. announcer: the six o'clock news, from the bbc with sue lawley and nicholas witchell. in the house of lords, a vote is taking place now on a challenge to the poll tax. tory rebels have said... we're protesting about rights for lesbian and gay people. in general, britain was quite a hostile environment in the 19805 for the lgbt community. about 75% of people, when surveyed, said it was mostly or always wrong to be gay.
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simply by walking down the street, if somebody identified you as lesbian or gay, you could get abuse and you could be violently attacked, just for being. i obviously don't want children taught that the gay and lesbian lifestyle is natural or normal. it is not, it never has been and never will be. my overriding concern is the promotion of positive images of homosexuality in schools, from primary school, right through and that is what is causing many parents real offence. there was a catalyst moment where a book was published called jenny lives with eric and martin about a girl who lives with her two dads. it sort of kicked off a moral panic in parliament. what we were told we were doing was destroying the heterosexual family. that lobby grew to get this clause enacted. section 28 banned local authorities from promoting homosexuality. the second part of it banned the teaching of the acceptability of homosexuality in schools. basically it meant the closing down of services. young people became very vulnerable particularly and schools couldn't protect people from being bullied.
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all kinds of groups, all over the country, began to protest. newsreel: actor ian mckellen was at the head of a procession that stretched nearly two miles. a group of lesbians chained themselves to buckingham palace gate dressed as suffragettes. a group of lesbians abseiled into the house of lords. through all of the campaigning prior to the enactment we couldn't get the media to understand what the impact was going to be on our community, on our children. so really, the only thing left was to actually be the news by being on the news. we met outside television centre, we managed to get through the security. the whole thing was timing, really. as soon as the lights changed, we barged into the studio. the whole place went mad, i got smacked to the ground by i don't know how many people. one of our members managed to handcuff herself to a camera and the other one got behind the news desk where she was quite violently subdued by nicholas witchell who has since apologised. sue lawley carried on trying to read the news. i do apologise if you are hearing at a lot of noise in the studio at the moment. i'm afraid we have rather been invaded. in the footage, it all got muffled. you can hear little muffled shouts of, "stop!
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section 28!" eventually, we were all arrested. it got huge media coverage and the headlines were all about loony lesbians. over time and beyond, i heard from quite a lot of people what it meant to them as young lgbt people, knowing they were gay and they felt a bit empowered by it. here we again at television centre again, 30 years later. clearly, things are a lot better than they were in the 19805 but it hasn't completely changed and there are a very dangerous and serious pockets of homophobia. we have to be in solidarity of all the communities worldwide who are in daily fear of their lives. i'm glad we did it. the fact we are here today means the story's being remembered. it's the end of an era for an iconic part of the bbc. for nearly 75 years, staff have been listening in to some of the world's most seismic events from an old mansion deep in the english countryside. david sillito reports.
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translation: this is moscow. i have, today, been informed... welcome to caversham. and this is? the listening room. this is where you listened to the world. it was indeed. and i would sit in a position over there to do spanish and i would sit over here to do french. so, were you a spy? not at all. open source broadcasting. radio: the listening post at caversham are a major source of news and inspiration. what they were doing was listening to the world's new broadcasts, gathering to information vital for newsrooms and government. this is a transcript that confirms the end of the second world war. the cuban missile crisis came to an end after monitors here heard a speech from the soviet leader, nikita khrushchev. linda ebherst began working
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here more than 50 years ago. and in the days before computers, telling the world a major news story had broken came down to fast typing, carbon copies, and a hand—cranked pulley. so, you've got the three copies, what do you do? well, you need to take the flash for the newsroom first. so you would come out through the door into the hall, through there, into the newsroom. and then? and then you've got to give a copy to the americans. where are they? top floor. how'd you get it up there? you had a little table with a rope pulley and two boxes. a rope pulley to announce major news stories to the rest of the world and america? yes. so you'd press a button, and up it would go. chris mosely started working at caversham in the 1980s. it was a building with a mood. it was a mix of aristocratic splendour and civil service tea trolleys. the atmosphere was very much the cold war atmosphere, we were running on
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adrenaline in some ways. today, it is almost deserted. the last few monitors are preparing to go. but this abandoned floor has a particular memory. he was listening to swedish news and heard of radiation from chernobyl. you were the first to know? i think i was. mps on the defence select committee had concerns about monitoring from caversham, but they say time has moved on. it is the end of an era. it isa it is a great shame. monitoring has been here since 1923. this is the 70th anniversary of monitoring at this site. very sad. but life moves on. david sillito, bbc news,
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caversham. the leaders of northern south korea have met for a second time in the demilitarised zone. this is bbc news. the weather behind me looks dramatic but not everybody is going to encounter this risk of thunderstorms. we have already seen some of them across the southern counties of england. that is because you are a little bit closer to the main area of activity, a big area of low pressure and it could be unstable across iberia, biscay, into france. we have seen the first signs of this wanting to drift north across the british isles
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as we get into sunday. a muggy start here, fresher further north, sunshine around, that's the shore. after the fresh start, look how that recover. 22, 23, quite widely across parts of england scotland. maybe 21 in northern ireland, 25 in the south and feeling close. you can see the storms become fewer and further between and are still close night in the south. the two ridges dribble away well down into single figures. temperatures are still being influenced by the continental air. that amount of cloud are around but not without the prospect of a decent, hazy sunny spells. we could see another spiral of cloud activity later on in the afternoon on monday. it will still beyond the human side widely across the british isles. temperatures again it well into the teens if not the low 20s. perhaps a greater chance, we think, at this range, of seeing more and where showers across southern counties of england further north, some low cloud coming back to plague the northern and western isles of scotland and again, the temperatures pushing on a degree or two back on where we have been for the first part of the week. into the middle part of the week, we are still having the low pressure driving the showers at us but no signs of cold air.
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the jet stream is well north and the separation between the milder air to the south and the cooler air to the north. here we are on wednesday, a similar sort of pattern. don't take the distribution of showers to literally because there is still the close, muggy feeling about proceedings. temperatures in the 20s. still the prospect of one or two thunderstorms. this is bbc news.
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the headlines: the leaders of north and south korea have met at a surprise summit. it's still unclear if the north's kim jong—un's meeting with president trump in singapore injune is going ahead. the white house has said it is sending a team to singapore to prepare for a possible summit. ireland's prime minister says he hopes a new abortion law will be passed by the end of this year. more than two thirds of voters in the country have chosen to overturn its abortion ban in a referendum. anti—abortion groups called the outcome "a tragedy of historic proportions". real madrid have been celebrating after winning the champions league finalfor the third time in a row. they beat liverpool 3—1. wales star gareth bale scored twice for the spanish giants. liverpool suffered an early setback when their striker, mo salah, went off injured. now on bbc news, dateline london.
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