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good afternoon. there have been calls for reform of northern ireland's strict anti—abortion laws, following the referendum in the irish republic which overwhelmingly backed change there. sinn fein said a way now "had to be found" to "deliver rights" to women in the north. however the democratic unionist party said northern ireland "should not be bullied into accepting abortion on demand". our ireland correspondent chris page reports. in dublin today, people are considering the outcome of what was a defining vote on a touchdown social issue. for many years, the catholic church's strong opposition to abortion was reflected in the law. churchgoers this morning where disappointed. i couldn't vote for that. i'm disappointed, i have no badge, the majority spoke and you have two agree with the wish of the people so it's back to the government to see what they do now. at the referendum results in a
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landslide, abortion has been illegal in the irish republic and let a woman's wife were substantially in danger. 68% of the voters supported the case for change. ministers are now set to bring forward legislation which will now a low termination for any reason until a woman is 12 weeks pregnant. but this has raised discussions about abortions in northern ireland which are only permitted unless there is a serious risks to the health. this has been a national debate, people do length and breadth of the island have been talking about how we need to support women. our polity of the same northern ireland to the bottom of ireland, we want to see the same policy. we need to show compassion to the party. the democratic unionist party are opposed to any change in the law. the devolved government collapsed almost a year ago. westminster parties think that
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new legislation should be passed, but government save the priority is to restore their revelations are local politicians can do the matter. the demand for abortion as a choice depends on the dehumanisation of unborn children. we have existing recognition for unborn children in law and that is the way it should be. we made history! the abortion referendum was a highly significant and symbolic moment for the irish republic but it will have an impact on politics across the whole island and in london. at westminster, senior conservative mps have added their voices to the calls for change to the law in northern ireland, including the women and equalities minister penny mordaunt, and the chair of the health select committee, sara wollaston. my view is that it's not right that women in northern ireland can't be able to access the same rights as women in the rest of the united kingdom, and if an amendment is allowed
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by the speaker during the domestic violence bill that's coming to parliament that puts that right, i will be supporting it. well, our correspondent jessica parker is at westminster. jessica, what is theresa may and the government's position on this? i think as we have been hearing, pressure is mounting on theresa may on this issue, with growing calls it seems to liberalise the rules around abortion in northern ireland. as pa rt abortion in northern ireland. as part of wider efforts to modernise the law. a labour mp who is leading the law. a labour mp who is leading the charge that i have been speaking to claims that there is great support from tory mps including, it seems, from some significant conservative voices. the downing street, we understand, see this as an issue for northern ireland. the government very keen to avoid any impression of direct rule. they want to be seen to be trying to get the stormont executive up and running,
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not superseding it. then there is theresa may's alliance with the socially conservative democratic unionist party. the prime minister is already walking a tightrope and it comes to getting her brexit legislation through condiment. i think this weekend, things got a little bit more complicated. a fresh challenge for theresa may. two young people have died afterfalling ill at a dance music festival in hampshire. an 18—year—old woman and a 20—year—old man died in separate incidents at the mutiny festival in portsmouth. organisers have cancelled today's event which was to be headlined by craig david and sean paul after warning of a "dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on site". flights at stansted airport have been seriously disrupted, following thunderstorms last night. a lightning strike disabled the aircraft fuelling system leading to cancelled flights. the storms and torrential rain swept across the southern britain overnight, with spectacular displays of lightning. around 15,000 strikes were recorded. the met office has issued a yellow
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warning for heavy rain and flooding across wales and most of england today. president trump says discussions about his possible meeting with the north korean leader, kim jong—un, in just over two weeks, are going "very well". earlier this week mr trump pulled out of the summit, blaming pyongyang's hostility. the president's comments followed yesterdays surprise meeting between mr kim and the south korean leader moonjae—in. laura bicker reports from south korea. embracing for a second time, the two korean leaders look much more like new friends instead of decades—old enemies. the meeting was called by kim jong—un who seems eager to salvage his summit with president trump. translation: kim jong-un reaffirms his strong will for denuclearising the korean peninsula. that's what the white house wants to hear.
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they had even created a special summit coin, but officially the meeting is off. or is it? so we're looking at june 12th in singapore. that hasn't changed... ..and it's moving along pretty well. at the border, tourists from the south come to catch a glimpse of a land they have never known. it often feels like the razor wire and landmines don't exist. and when their leaders meet so easily at such short notice, it makes them feel that one day that might be possible. each one of these ribbons tied to the barbed wire fence represents a hope for peace and if you were looking for signs that this time might be different they've got it. kim jong—un is showing he is willing to engage on a level that his father and his grandfather never were. but fundamentally, one problem remains — is he willing to give away his nuclear weapons? but people here are eager for the us
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and north korea to at least try, as this is the closest they've come to peace in decades. laura bicker, bbc news, padu. thousands of disappointed liverpool fans are returning home after last night's champions league final defeat to real madrid. but their disappointment will be as nothing to the anguish and dejection felt by liverpool's goalkeeper loris karius, whose errors handed the spanish side two of their three goals. from kiev david 0rnstein reports. departing kiev defeated and despondent, liverpool's dream turning into a nightmare. it all began to go wrong for the reds when their talisman mohammed salah left the field injured, inconsolable. and worse was to follow. loris karius gifting real madrid the lead with an unbelievable mistake. although liverpool did equalise, a wonder goal by gareth bale swung the game and after the same man took
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aim again, another karius howler ended their hopes. it's really hard. i really feel for him. nobody wants that. he has to deal with it. we have to deal with it. of course we will be with him. that's not out of our debt. for the supporters too it was bitterly disappointing. he has to go. he can never wear that shirt for me ever again now. there is no coming back for karius, definitely not. very disappointed last night with the errors of the goalkeeper. very, very shocked and hurt today. from a former player who also lost a major european final, there was backing for karius. he is only 24. in the footballing world that's a very young goalkeeper. he's proved over the last three months he can wear the liverpool shirt. people have been praising the guy, so last night was a game to forget. so liverpool's epic run finishes in disappointment. karius and his club left distraught. for all the glory that comes with
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winning at this level, there is of course the pain of losing, especially in those circumstances. liverpool are famous for their european glory nights but this is certainly one to forget. they have now got the entire summer to wonder what might have been, but despite all the plaudits for their attractive style of play, the wait for a first major trophy under managerjurgen klopp go on. cricket, and england have lost the first test against pakistan at lords. england's tail end collapsed this morning with the hosts all out for 242. that meant pakistan needed just 64 to win and they eased to victory with nine wickets to spare. it's a further blow to england having lost the ashes to australia and a test series in new zealand. that's it for now. the next news on bbc one is at 6.05pm. bye for now. hello.
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you're watching the bbc news channel. we can bring you a bit more on some of the top stories we have brought you in the last few moments. senior female mps are calling for northern ireland's strict abortion laws to be relaxed after the referendum in the republic of ireland. conservative chair of the health select committee, sarah wollaston, says she welcomes the referendum result and hopes it can bring about change in northern ireland. this is a great result that we've seen in the republic of ireland. it's now completely unacceptable that women in northern ireland will be in the only part of the united kingdom not to have the same human rights as women elsewhere. and also things have moved on in the republic of ireland too,
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so it's absolutely time for us to change this. if the stormont assembly was in place, of course that would be the first port of call, but it isn't. and i think if an amendment is allowed by the speaker to the domestic violence bill, to allow women to have the same rights as the rest of the united kingdom, i will certainly be voting for it, and it would be likely that would be a free vote. and i think parliament would vote to bring those rights in line with the rest of the united kingdom. it has always been an anomaly that women in northern ireland haven't had the same human rights to access safe termination of pregnancy in northern ireland as women in the rest of the united kingdom. there has long been a case to take further action on this, but i think the point about the referendum in the republic shows just how further out of place northern ireland will be. and i think it's an unacceptable situation. i hope the speaker does
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allow an amendment. votes on these issues are always free votes, but i also hope the stormont assembly is up and running, and maybe this will be the spur to them actually doing so, because, as i say, we would all like to see the devolved government up and running. but equally, we cannot ignore this situation where women in northern ireland just don't have the same rights as elsewhere in the united kingdom. more on that story on the bbc news website. let's get more on one of our top stories — president trump says discussions about his possible meeting with the north korean leader, kim jong—un, in just over two weeks, are going "very well", despite pulling out of the summit earlier this week. let's discuss this withjohn everard, the former uk ambassador to north korea. you have probably had more insight
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into the thinking of the north korean regime than most. but it is a difficult one to work out, this. do you think it's because of the people involved, and i'm notjust talking about kim jong—un, but involved, and i'm notjust talking about kimjong—un, but donald trump as well. yes, in fairness, the uncertainty is mostly because of donald trump. the north koreans agreed to the summit and wanted it, and hinted a couple of times they we re and hinted a couple of times they were sulking over american state m e nts were sulking over american statements but hadn't gone as far as pulling out, as donald trump did 36 hours ago. indeed, the statement that has just come out of the summit between president moon and chairman kim jong—un at the border says that it is the fixture will of the chairman kim jong—un for the summit to go ahead and that means the north koreans are confirming, that they will not pull out. can i ask you the question everyone is discussing, even those in the intelligence services in south korea, who know
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more than most. why is kimjong—un doing this? it's obvious why donald trump would like to strike a deal with north korea, but after so many yea rs of with north korea, but after so many years of hostility, why is kim jong—un reaching out? years of hostility, why is kim jong-un reaching out? there are two possible reasons. one is the reason a lwa ys possible reasons. one is the reason always quoted by the trump white house, that american led sanctions on north korea have caused such economic dislocation that the north koreans are now looking for a summit out of desperation. the north koreans deny that, they say it's not about economic pressure, and they hint that it's because they now have a workable nuclear deterrent and they think they can negotiate from a position of strength. maybe one day we will learn which of the two is the truth. you have seen a lot of the truth. you have seen a lot of the country. economically we know it is on its knees in more ways than many. this is a complicated summit. iam no many. this is a complicated summit. i am no expert, and maybe you know more, but it seems very rushed. i am no expert, and maybe you know more, but it seems very rushedm is very rushed. the summit on april
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27 between president moon and chairman kim jong—un was prepared 27 between president moon and chairman kimjong—un was prepared of a lengthy detailed meetings between north and south korean officials. as far as we know, apart from two visits to pyongyang by mike pompeo and some conversations in new york, there hasn't been anything like that amount of spadework in the run—up to this summit between kim jong—un and president trump, and given the state of play, that is unsettling. do you think the summit will happen?” think the summit will happen?” think it's wide open. of course, i hope it will happen and the north koreans have made clear they wanted to happen, but is president trump going to get cold feet again? will things not be ready in time? wejust don't know. good to speak to you, the former british ambassador to north korea. to bring you up—to—date with the latest headlines from bbc news... politicians are calling for northern ireland's strict abortion laws to be liberalised, after voters in the irish republic
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overwhelmingly backed changes in their referendum. donald trump has indicated that preparations for a summit next month with the leader of north korea, kimjong—un, are going ahead as originally planned. an electrical storm has caused serious disruption at stansted airport with hundred of passengers stranded and flights delayed. the names of the first colleges in england that will teach new technical qualifications have been announced by the government. the courses for i6—year—olds are intended to be on a par with a levels. there have been concerns that the courses, some of which start being taught from september 2020, are being brought in too quickly. these things do take time. these are new courses of study. eventually there will be 25 new courses of study. initially, we're only talking about three coming in in 2020, and only for around 50 colleges out of eventually many hundreds of colleges.
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so it is a gradual process. but here we are in may, 2018. we started this design process a couple of years ago and there is still two years and four months until teaching will begin, and another two years after that until the first completion. so this is proceeding at the proper pace. two young people have died afterfalling ill at a dance music festival in hampshire. an 18—year—old woman and a 20—year—old man died in separate incidents at the mutiny festival in portsmouth. 0rganisers have cancelled today's event, which was to be headlined by craig david and sean paul. 0ur correspondent jane—frances kellyjoins me now... all this comes after warnings from the organisers about the possibility of drugs on the site. hampshire police have said they were told shortly before seven o'clock last night that an 18—year—old woman had
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been taken ill at the mutiny festival in portsmouth, and they say around 20 minutes later, a 20—year—old man collapsed. both were taken to hospital, but very sadly died. they say they are not treating the death as suspicious, but they are investigating the circumstances around those deaths. the organisers say they are completely devastated by the turn of events. at about nine o'clock last night they posted m essa 9 es o'clock last night they posted messages on social media warning festivalgoers not to take any drugs, that they were aware of some high—strength drugs on the site, and the police will be looking into that. the mutiny festival has been going for around five years. it had some very high acts, craig david, sean paul, dizzee rascal, thousands
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of people go. it's a big event in the area. a big disappointment for those going to the festival hoping for a good weekend, but if there are concerns about drugs, it highlights that this is a problem. the festival hasn't been without controversy recently, inasmuch as hampshire police wanted to raise the age limit to 18, but it would have had no effect on what happened this year, because they were concerned that children as young as 13 were getting in and there were allegations of drug taking and assaults. but clearly they will have to investigate, and we do not know what caused these two deaths. thank you for updating us. england could get more national parks as part of a review of the country's landscape. the environment secretary, michael gove, said the review would also look at whether to increase
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the number of areas of outstanding natural beauty. ben ando reports the cpre are now fighting for great tracts of land to be used for national parks. between the wars, the battle raged for britain's open spaces and the right to roam. there were mass trespasses, arrests and propaganda films like this. but it wasn't until 1951 that the post—war government legislated to create britain's first national park, here in the peak district, a place where ordinary people could enjoy the extraordinary beauty of nature and that would be protected from overzealous developers. over the intervening years, others have been added. the lake district, dartmoor, snowdonia in wales and the cairngorms in scotland. now, there are 15 national parks. 70 years on, the environment secretary michael gove says it is time for a fresh look at the system. writing in the sunday telegraph, mr gove says a growing population and decline in some habitats could not be ignored and he is ordering a review, which he says has the aim of strengthening protection in the face of present—day challenges. challenges like new housing estates encroaching on the outer edges of national parks and britain's 3a designated areas of outstanding natural beauty. the government has previously talked
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about a 25 year environment plan and a green brexit. mr gove knows it may be hard to balance demand for new homes with the desire to protect britain's open spaces, whether green and pleasant or wild and rugged. ben ando, bbc news. many a few perhaps enjoying the weather in those national parks. let's speak to our correspondent katy austin who's at butterley reservoir in the peak district — one of the 10 national parks currently in england. it's so beautiful that and shows how important that area is and maybe areas surrounding it as well. indeed, you join me at the north of the peak district. just over to my right is the butterley reservoir, and some of the lovely rolling hills that make this a lovely place to walk. the peak district was actually
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the very first national park to be designated back in 1951. there are ten other national parks across england and another 3a areas of outstanding natural beauty. this review is designed to try to boost the existing spaces and make sure they have enough protection for the future amid concerns about some habitats declining and the increased demand for housing as the population increases, that was bound to have an effect on some areas of outstanding natural beauty. this is a great spot for walking and we have seen lots of people today and we have asked some of them about how important they think these spaces are and how they would like to be protected in the future, and whether they like the number of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty being expanded. all very supported of the idea. they are very valuable, and to maintain them as well. while they are not as widely used as you would hope, there are not as many people... you don't see that many
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people... you don't see that many people around, but they should be much better used, and certainly should be well kept.” much better used, and certainly should be well kept. i think it's really important you have space like this with good footpaths and good access, that people, on days like this, can go for walks and go cycling. it would be a really good idea to increase the amount of national parks for people to access. construction is giving the sense of claustrophobia and you feel more restricted, so it's important you get out and get into the countryside and away from those things that make you feel pressured. somewhere for people to go and somewhere different. i people to go and somewhere different. lam people to go and somewhere different. i am from the huddersfield area. i have only been here a couple of times but we enjoyed that much that we come on a regular basis now. this review, which is being led by the writerjulian glover, is going to look at whether national parks are working, whether they have enough protection and whether they are working for the people who live there, as well as the 260 million visitors who visit national parks
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every year. visitors who visit national parks every yea r. we visitors who visit national parks every year. we know it will notjust bejulian every year. we know it will notjust be julian glover doing the every year. we know it will notjust bejulian glover doing the review, he will be supported by a panel of experts, from farming to tourism, and we expect those recommendations to be made next year in 2019, although we do not know exactly when at the moment. so we'll have to wait until next year to learn whether we are being recommended to have new national in england. they informed churchill that hitler was dead and picked up on the first reports of the nuclear disaster at chernobyl. bbc monitoring has been covering breaking international stories as they happen for more than 70 years. but now the team are set to bid farewell to caversham park, the grand building it has called home since the second world war. david sillito has been to meet the men and women who've listened into history. translation: this is moscow... jfk: i have today been informed by chairman khrushchev... welcome to caversham. and this is? the listening room.
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this is where you listened to the world? it was indeed. and i would sit in a position over there to do spanish. i would sit over here to do french... so, were you a spy? she laughs. no, not at all. open source broadcasting. archive footage: the listening posts at caversham are a major source of news and information... what they were doing was listening to the world's news broadcasts, gathering information vital for newsrooms and government. this is a transcript that confirmed 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 ebhurst started working here more than 50 years ago, and in the days before computers telling the world a major news story had broken was down to fast typing, carbon copies and a handcranked 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 come out through the door,
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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 do you get it up there? you had a little table with a rope pulley, and two wooden boxes, and a bell. a rope pulley, to announce major news stories, to the rest of the world and america?! yes, so you would press the button and up it would go. chris mosley started working at caversham in the 1980s. it was a building with a mood, a mix of aristocratic splendour and civil service tea trolleys. the atmosphere was very much the cold war atmosphere, i'd say. we were running on adrenaline, in some ways. today it's almost deserted. the last few monitors are preparing to go. but this abandoned floor holds a particular memory. in 1986, we're talking about... radio: the soviet government reports an accident... he was listening to swedish news and heard mention of radiation.
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radiation coming from chernobyl. so outside of sweden, and the soviet union, you were the first person to know? yes. i think i was. mps on the defence select committee have voiced concerns about monitoring leaving caversham, but the bbc says times have moved on. it is, though, the end of an era. it's a great shame. monitoring has been here since 1943, which means that this year is the 75th anniversary of monitoring occupying caversham park. that is sad. very sad. but life moves on. david sillitoe, bbc news, caversham. tomasz schafernaker has the weather now. it's doing all kinds of things. but what is it not doing? dark
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clouds overhead already. storms breaking out across parts of the south—west, the west country, the cotswolds. some affecting south—eastern parts of wales. it really is this southern portion of the uk through today where we will see further storms breaking out. i keep stressing this, it's impossible to say which town and city gets the storm at exactly what time. we can only forecast areas, and these of blue, that's the computer model giving us an indication of where the storms may erupt. that's the best guess. tonight turns quite murky across north and eastern and central areas, so across north and eastern and central areas, so cloudy first thing tomorrow. you can see low—grade cloud fizzling away. sunshine on the way. tomorrow, those thunderstorms p°ppin9 way. tomorrow, those thunderstorms p°pping up way. tomorrow, those thunderstorms popping up like popcorn through the course of the day. this is bbc news —
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our latest headlines. politicians are calling for northern ireland's strict abortion laws to be liberalised, after voters in the irish republic overwhelmingly backed changes in their referendum. donald trump has indicated that preparations for a summit next month with the leader of north korea, kimjong—un, are going ahead as originally planned. an electrical storm has caused serious disruption at stansted airport with hundred of passengers stranded and flights delayed. organisers of the dance music mutiny festival in portsmouth have cancelled the event, after two people died there in separate incidents. let's catch up with all the sport with richard. little went to plan for liverpool.
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top scorer went through off midway through the first half and liverpool's goalkeeper will want to forget last night. you made two errors. the second was the moment of sheer quality from gareth bail though. a spectacular overhead kick. as the goalkeeper, his team—mate said the squad has to support him. yeah, it's devastating for him. i cannot even describe how he feels.


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