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this is bbc news. i'm vicki young. the headlines at 11: a man in his eighties has died after his vehicle was submerged in walsall, as flash flooding hits parts of the midlands and wales. some areas get more than a month's rainfall injust an hour. the labour partyjoins calls to change abortion laws in northern ireland, following a referendum in the republic of ireland. talks continue between us and north korean officials on a possible leaders‘ summit, after donald trump says he sees "great potential" in the north's future. and in the next hour... a young malian immigrant who rescued a boy hanging from a balcony will become a french citizen. the man was hailed a hero by french authorities after he scaled the building with his bare hands. coming up... 100 years on from the sinking of hms otranto and the ss tuscania, glenn campbell travels to his home island of islay to tell the little—known story of tragedy and rescue. good morning and
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welcome to bbc news. a man in his eighties has died following flash flooding in walsall. police say they were called to the rushall area atjust after 2am this morning after reports that a vehicle was in the water. the incident came after widespread flooding in the midlands and parts of wales last night. in some places, more than one month's rainfall felljust one hour. there are still four flood warnings in england and 38 flood alerts. ben ando‘s report contains flashing images. the waters rose with breathtaking speed. in some parts of birmingham, they had more rain in one hour than the average
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for the whole of may. on a bank holiday weekend in edgbaston, harborne and selly park, there was little residents or the emergency services could do other than watch and wait, as floodwaters reached up to five foot in depth. some of these houses have been flooded three times in recent years. the police urged people not to travel, but stranded cars like this one were perhaps the most effective warning to other drivers. i don't think this is safe. some motorists did make it through. while birmingham bore the brunt of the deluge, flash floods also hit parts of buckinghamshire, berkshire and here in northampton. in many areas, the rainfall varied dramatically from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. the flooding extended as far west as welshpool, in mid—wales. and the storms also led to dramatic lightning displays. today, the heavy downpours may continue in some parts, though elsewhere, forecasters say it
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could be barbecue weather. as some enjoy the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures possibly reaching 29 celsius in the south—east. ben ando, bbc news. joining me now from hollywood, in worcestershire, is anthony hickerton. you have experienced some dreadful weather, we heard about the high temperatures some people have enjoyed but that has not been the case where you are. absolutely not, we had torrential rain and ha ilstones we had torrential rain and hailstones which began around liz30pm yesterday and lasted about two hours. what is the devastation because of it? they're presumably has been some kind of impact for people that with properties and all the rest of it? absolutely, yes. just around the corner from myself, there were cars and houses
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com pletely there were cars and houses completely flooded out. cars up to four foot up to the windows. and i have seen houses just completely flooded out. water pulling out of one howls. going across the road and flowing into another house. what about the clean—up operation, people gathering together? you have not had any impact on your property, but presumably, others have and are you helping out? yes, i have had very little, i am one of the lucky ones. my little, i am one of the lucky ones. my car was struck by lightning and my windscreen is cracked but other than that, i am unscathed. ifeel sorry for the other guys. they have nice cars and they will be written off. houses, yes, a big clean—up operation now. are you in an area which has suffered from flooding before, is at the kind of think you have seen over the years? this is
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the strange thing, i have lived for ten yea rs the strange thing, i have lived for ten years now and i have never known this area flood before. in my lifetime. you get your usual hotspots, but this particular area, i have never known flood before. i have never known whether like that before in my lifetime. thank you for talking to us and describing what has been happening. pressure to relax northern ireland's strict abortion laws is intensifying, with labour adding its voice to calls for change. it comes after friday's historic referendum in the republic of ireland. mps from across the commons say women should have the same rights in all parts of the uk, but downing street insists it's a matterfor northern ireland. the dup, on whom theresa may relies for a majority in parliament, says it will not be bullied into accepting abortion. our ireland correspondent, chris page, is in belfast.
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arlene foster, the leader of the dup, says what happens in the republic of ireland and their referendum should not have any impact on the legislative procedure in northern ireland, but it is not quite that simple, is it?|j in northern ireland, but it is not quite that simple, is it? i think after the results in the irish republican army there probably is not. northern ireland's largest party, the dup, remain opposed to a change in the law in northern ireland. a woman can only have an abortion if there is a series or permanent risk to permanent mental oi’ permanent risk to permanent mental or physical health, so more restrictive than the rest of the uk although women can travel to have abortions in england, scotland and wales and many do. but the wider political picture, in northern ireland, what is interesting is none of the five main parties are in favour of extending the law in the rest of the uk to northern ireland. you have a range of political opinions. the dup very strongly
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against the law, the second biggest party, sinn fein, their position does not go far as the irish government in dublin, they plan to parsley gust —— legislation to legalise terminals until one nation/ legislation for terminations but they may relax their position further at their annual conference ina further at their annual conference in a couple weeks. the fact there is growing pressure on the westminster government to legislate to relax the abortion laws in northern ireland, especially in the absence of the devolved government at stormont which collapsed 60 months ago, does not necessarily mean any change in the law he is imminent. despite there being a number of politicians in westminster saying they think this should happen, it would be controversial to somehow impose this northern ireland when the stormont power—sharing executive is not even sitting. that is right. for more than 500 days, northern ireland has been without a devolved government, no ministers to make decisions. a kind of administrative limbo. and
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this issue and others over the last few months has highlighted the different problems that can cause. westminster has been very reluctant to pass any laws for northern ireland in the absence of stormont. they said the priority has to be on getting the stormont executive up and running and letting local politicians make those decisions. but the fact we have now spent so long without a government here is increasing measure for the government to come in the dup save the time is right for the government to bring indirect rule, putting ministers in place in westminster to ta ke ministers in place in westminster to take over running the stormont department's and the attitude from the dup is it would be hypocritical for people in westminster to call for people in westminster to call for westminster to pass legislation for westminster to pass legislation for abortion on northern ireland and not go the whole way and say that direct rule should be implemented so that all decisions in northern ireland can be taken in westminster. thank you very much. a 15—year—old boy has
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appeared before magistrates in sheffield charged with murder. it follows the death of 15—year—old sam baker, who was stabbed in the chest in the city on thursday. joining me now from outside court in sheffield is our correspondent, fiona trott. this is one of two fatal stabbing cases in heard in court there today? the first hearing lasted 11 minutes. 15—year—old boy we cannot name legal reasons. charged with the murder of 15—year—old sam baker, he was stabbed in the chest, between sheffield and chesterfield on thursday night. separately, a 22—year—old man also appeared in court today charged with the murder ofa court today charged with the murder of a 19—year—old, who was stabbed at a block of flats in the woodhouse area late on tuesday night. a man
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appeared and confirmed his name, address and age, also charged possessing a knife. separately, both of them will appear at crown court tomorrow. and what police doing to try and get things under control? away from court, over the weekend, south yorkshire police extended their stop and search powers, so they could stop somebody without having reasonable suspicion to do that. it expired yesterday morning and police are telling us today they are reviewing this on a daily basis. in the early hours of yesterday, we have also heard a 38—year—old man was stabbed in the leg and chest in the bramall lane area of the city. he is ina the bramall lane area of the city. he is in a stable, but serious condition today, and police are appealing for information on that. but certainly, today here at sheffield magistrates‘ court, two people have caught —— appeared in court charged with knife crimes, a
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15—year—old boy who will appear at crown court tomorrow, a second man separately, 22—year—old man, who will appear in court at a date. thank you very much, from sheffield. a young malian man — who‘s been hailed a hero after rescuing a child dangling from a balcony in paris — is to be made a french citizen. mamoudou gassama, a recent immigrant to france, scaled the building in less than a minute before hauling the child to safety. a neighbour was also trying to hold the child from the balcony next door. president emmanuel macron invited him to the elysee palace this morning, to thank him personally and gave him a medal of courage. mamoudou‘s brother explained what happened. he was eating in a restaurant with his girlfriend, watching the champions league match, when he heard, horns and people shouting. he
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went outside and looked up, and there was a child. so what happened? he moved immediately to save the child. i asked he moved immediately to save the child. iasked him, wasn‘t he fretted for his own life question what he said, no. at that moment, he was not thinking of himself, he was thinking of the child. as soon as he started to climb, he was scared that the child would get tired and let go. luckily, it was a child who was not afraid and everything worked out well. 0ur paris correspondent, hugh schofield, has been following the story and joins me now. the footage is incredible, what is the reaction in france? he is the hero of the day even the far right cannot find any negative things to say about it. they basically agree he should be made a french citizen. it is such a good news story, it is impossible not to join it is such a good news story, it is impossible not tojoin in it is such a good news story, it is impossible not to join in the general sense of praise and feeling the man is extraordinary and he
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should be given an award. and the award, it seems, is going to be an acceleration of his bid to become a french citizen. to recap, the man‘s pastis french citizen. to recap, the man‘s past is one we are very familiar with. travelling across north africa to libya and across in a boat to italy. arriving in france not illegal technically because he has italian papers allowing him to travel round the eu, but not irregular situation and this extraordinary act of courage which president macron told him today is of such an exceptional nature that he and the authorities are prepared to break the rules, to bend the rules and expedite his bid for citizenship. interestingly, what president macron said was that normally, you would not be eligible for french citizenship because you are not seeking asylum, you‘re not here because you are fleeing persecution or danger, you are here as an economic migrant, you would not normally get citizenship. but
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because of what you‘ve done, you deserve it. so it is going to happen. and we hear he is going to be offered a job in the french fire brigade. there is confusion about that, i am brigade. there is confusion about that, iam not brigade. there is confusion about that, i am not quite sure what that means. i don‘t think it means he will automatically become a fireman. what has been reported is he has been offered a job in the civic service of the fire department, the fire brigade. i‘m not sure quite what that means. i suspect it might mean something more on the training side. i‘m not sure. i don‘t think it means he will become automatically fire officer which is a very prestigious position which requires yea rs of prestigious position which requires years of training. but a job, he will have, and it looks like it will be something to do with the fire service. so, yes, and symbolically, thatis service. so, yes, and symbolically, that is very important because the fire service is regarded by all the french as being this most wonderful, prestigious darling of organisations and to be part of it is very much to be part of the french family. from
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paris, thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: a man in his eighties has died after his vehicle was submerged in walsall, as flash flooding hits parts of the midlands and wales. some areas experience more than a month‘s rainfall injust an hour. the labour partyjoins calls to change abortion laws in northern ireland, following a referendum in the republic of ireland, but it‘s understood downing street believes any reform "is an issue for northern ireland". a young malian immigrant, who rescued a boy hanging from a balcony, will become a french citizen. he was hailed a hero by french authorities after he scaled the building with his bare hands. hugh ferris has the latest from the bbc sport centre. chris froome says he won the giro d‘italia
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with an ‘absolutely clear conscience‘ after becoming just the third rider to win all three of cycling‘s grand tours back to back. he also became the first british man to win the race in italy. but many had questioned whether he should be competing at all after the controversy generated by his adverse finding for asthma drug salbutamol at last year‘s vuelta, the second of his three wins in a row. froome denies any wrongdoing and has got on with the job in hand. it‘s part of my character. i‘ve always been someone who is very good at blocking things out, staying very focused on what i need to achieve. i know what i want to do. once i set my mind to something, i like to get it done. england have dropped mark stoneman for the second test against pakistan, which starts on friday at headingley, after a run of bad scores for both his county and his country. he‘s the only change england have made, with keatonjennings replacing him. the opener last played for his country last summer, before losing his place in the side.
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but he‘s scored three centuries for his new county, lancashire, so far this season. england have strongly refuted allegations made in a documentary claiming three players were responsible for spot—fixing during a test match in india in 2016. the icc say they are investigating the claims made by aljazeera, whlie the ecb have released a statement outlining their denial of the accusations. i think it‘s outrageous that england players have been accused of this. all the players have got the full backing of the ecb. you know, it‘s something really not for the guys to worry about. we‘ve got to concentrate on next week and make sure we‘re fully focused on winning at headingley but, you know, it‘s an outrageous accusation and i‘m sure, you know, all the right channels will be taken by the ecb and people that need to worry about it. the fa have announced the teams that will compete in the newly restructured women‘s super league and championship next season. 23 licences have been given out for the two divisions. manchester united have been granted one for the second tier,
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having applied to be a part of the league for the first time. they‘re one of five new teams in the championship, while west ham have moved up to the super league and will become a professional team. you can see all the clubs on the bbc sport website. both lewis hamilton and fernando alonso described the monaco grand prix as ‘boring‘. in fact, hamilton claimed it was the ‘most boring of his career‘. there was a moment of excitement came when two of the midfield runners crashed during the race, but with its tight twisting turns, the street circuit in monte carlo makes it hard to overtake. so daniel ricciardo was able to win from the front despite having problems with his red bull. hamilton finished third, as his championship lead was cut to 14 points. ulster and ireland centre jared payne has been forced to retire at the age of 32 due to a head injury he sustained on last year‘s british and irish lions tour in his native new zealand. payne represented the province 78 times and has 20 irish caps. but he hasn‘t played since the lions tour because of recurring headaches.
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payne will now spend time in the irish set—up on their tour of australia in preparation for his new role as defence coach at ulster. rafael nadal begins the defence of his french open title later on day two of the tournament. the spaniard won for the 10th time at roland garros last year, and has also claimed titles at three of the four build—up events in monte carlo, barcelona and rome. his first—round match is against simone bolelli, of italy. that match is the final one on court philippe chatrier today. justin rose has tied for the most pga tour wins by an englishman since world war two. going level with nick faldo, with his ninth victory. it came at the fort worth invitational by three shots. he had a bit of a cushion going into the final day in texas and made sure by carding a 64 to finish 20 under par. rose will move up to third in the world rankings, he could become the new number one at the next tour event in ohio. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more for you in the next hour. us officials are in north korea.
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to try to ease the path to the proposed summit between president trump and kim jong—un. the discussions — on the northern side of the demilitarised frontier — are thought to be focussing on details of a possible denuclearisation deal. the summit was originally scheduled for the 12th ofjune. earlier, i spoke to our correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes, who‘s near the demilitarised zone. he told me it is still unclear how much progress the talks have made. well, we‘rejust guessing, really, but i think they are now down to the nuts and bolts. and this is, you know, we now have professional diplomats, experienced diplomats from both sides, pyongyang and the us, who are very familiar with the issues, who are all experts on the korean peninsula, sitting about a mile and a half from where i‘m standing. they started yesterday, they‘ve been talking all day today and it will go into tomorrow. still not much time, but they are trying to outline the agreement that can be put forward to a summit in singapore next month, if it goes ahead. we don‘t know exactly
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what it is or what the outline of the agreement will be, but it appears the americans will offer security guarantees and large economic assistance to north korea in return for north korea agreeing to give up its nuclear weapons programme. now, the big question over all of this is, what is north korea willing to give up? it has been pretty clear that kimjong—un is not going to unilaterally hand over all of his nuclear weapons, so short of that, what is he prepared to give president trump that president trump can take back to the united states as some kind of win, and also, that he can get the agreement of all the allies in the region? italy‘s political crisis has deepened after the anti—establishment five star movement called for the country‘s president to be impeached — for blocking the appointment of a eurosceptic finance minister. five star and the anti—immigration league are trying to form
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a populist coalition, but it‘s thought the president may choose a stop—gap prime minister later today. 0ur rome correspondent, james reynolds, explains. prime minister designate goes to the present, presents a line—up and the president can strike of any name he, and has always been he, once. that has happened in the past and this time simply because of one thing. the euro. the populists have talked in the past about whether or not should get out of the euro. in particular, bearpit for finance minister said it we should make detailed plans for getting out of the single currency. the president did not like that, he struck that name ofand did not like that, he struck that name of and for that reason, the populists administration isn‘t going ahead. is part of this, it is about the euro of course, the fact you have these two populist party is, is that making things more volatile than usual? yes, because the party
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leaders themselves, luigi di maio and paolo savona from the week, have not been in power before and often italian politicians recycle themselves under several administrations and they know you have to have give—and—take. the populists save their mandate is different, they want to do things differently. but essentially, the prime —— the president might have set up their entire election campaign if elections are to be held early because they can now say to the people, look, we were right. we warned that there was an italian and aeu warned that there was an italian and a eu establishment trying to stop us from taking power, trying to stop the will of the people and now we see that a president vetoed our government. by accident, possibly, italy‘s president has handed them an election campaign. do you think now thatis election campaign. do you think now that is where we are heading, to more elections? it looks like it. what is the other alternative? the stopgap prime minister appointed by
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the president might not get approved by the populists. most newspapers this morning said we will have to have early elections. bear in mind it we doesn‘t have early elections, it we doesn‘t have early elections, it has lots of change prime minister but since 1946, it has not had a second election in the same year unlike britain, which has. a fatherfrom north london is to be released from prison in ethiopia after being on death row for four years on suspicion of being a terrorist. andy tsege, a prominent critic of ethiopa‘s ruling party in the 1970s, was given asylum in the uk in 1979 — but later tried for terrorism in his absence. in 2014, he was kidnapped in yemen and taken back to ethiopia. he‘s now been pardoned after two years of foreign office appeals and a change in the political situation there. he still needs emergency travel documents and is not yet out ofjail. and at half past one, we‘ll be speaking to the wife of andy tsege, as she waits for her husband to be released and given the papers
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he needs to travel home. scotland‘s first minister, nicola sturgeon, has raised her concerns over brexit during a meeting with the eu‘s chief negotiator, michel barnier, in brussels this morning. ms sturgeon has called on the uk government to "engage properly" with devolved administrations after britain leaves the eu and says there‘s no alternative to the uk membership of the customs union and single market. i think if there was a third way that, you know, wasn‘t really damaging, the uk might have found it by now, but they‘re still floundering around, talking about options that have already been ruled out by the eu, that most experts think are undeliverable and impractical. they are changing the goalposts all the time on the northern irish issue. and, you know, the clock is ticking. we‘re only weeks away now from the june council which, i think a few months ago, it was anticipated that that would be a moment where there was real progress on these issues. it looks as if that won‘t be the case. and if that‘s not the case, then time is very short from now until october, which is the last point
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at which a withdrawal agreement can be reached. so, with every week that passes, without the uk being clear and focused and realistic about what it wants to achieve, that prospect of a damaging no deal seems to me to get greater, and that‘s in nobody‘s interests. i don‘t think there‘s support for it in the uk and there‘s certainly no preparedness for it in the uk. so, sooner or later, reality is going to bite for the uk government. my view is, we should try and make that sooner, rather than later. whsmith has been voted the worst shop on uk high streets, by more than 10,000 people. in the survey, carried out by the consumer organisation which?, customers complained the stores
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were out—of—date, products were expensive and staff were rude. whsmith says just 184 shoppers commented. the top companies were the cosmetics chain lush, the discounter savers and the toy chain smyths toys. the nhs in england is to review how much it pays male and female doctors, in an effort to eliminate a gender pay gap of 15%. a review, announced by the health secretary, will look at why male doctors are paid — on average — £10,000s more on average — £10,000 more than female doctors. 0ur health correspondent, dominic hughes, reports. the nhs is farfrom alone in struggling with a gender pay gap, but in an organisation where women make up most of the workforce, it‘s noticeable that men still hold the most senior positions. as the bbc reported in april, overall, female staff earn nearly a quarter less than their male colleagues. this review will concentrate on the gender pay gap among medical staff. the average pay for a male doctor in the nhs is just over £67,700. but atjust over £57,500, the average pay for a female doctor is more than £10,000 less. across all medical professions,
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including doctors, the pay gap is 15%. we need to make sure that people are really supported to progress in work, but also, if women need to take time out of the workplace to have children, that we have the right policies in place to support things like flexible working, shared parental leave, and that we are recruiting people back into our health service after they may have taken a career gap for any reason. the review will look at issues such as the impact of motherhood, working patterns and care arrangements. and also, why, given that more women are entering medical school, men still dominate in senior roles. while this review is looking at medicaljobs, it should have implications across the nhs. dominic hughes, bbc news. breaking news from italy. we have been following events after the election. you can see the live
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pictures from rome. we hear that the italian president has given a mandate to form a government to the former imf official carlo cotarelli. so this is bringing in a technical government, the italian president giving a mandate to form a government to the ex—imf official carlo cota relli. government to the ex—imf official carlo cotarelli. now, that is as the two populist party is, the two main antiestablishment parties, 5—star movement and lega, have been trying to form a government. but their desire for a eurosceptic finance minister was vetoed by the president. he has now given a mandate to the ex—imf official carlo cota relli to mandate to the ex—imf official carlo cotarelli to form a government in italy. lucy martin has the weather. afairamount of a fair amount of cloud and some mist this morning. that is clearing
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towards eastern coastal areas. it will brighten up with spells of sunshine developing. you can see on satellite fairer mat of cloud for central and eastern parts of england and that will brighten and we will see more in the way of sunshine this afternoon. also the risk of thundery showers, especially for east anglia, southern england, wales and into merseyside. not everyone catching one, but they do have the potential to be heavy and can cause disruption. elsewhere, a fine day for scotland and northern ireland but seeing low cloud and mist and eastern coastal areas. a warm very warm day, highs of 28 celsius in the south east. this evening and overnight, we see showers generally dying out and in the way of cloud from the east. starting to see more showers into the south east into the early hours. temperature is largely in the double figures. tomorrow, another day with heavy, possibly country


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