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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 10pm... the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s. the us defence secretary warns china over its deployment of missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea. the new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, is officially sworn into office. also in the next hour — we'll be reviewing the sunday papers. joining me tonight are broadcaster john stapleton and kate proctor, political correspondent of the london evening standard. good evening and welcome to bbc news.
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the bbc has learned that an investigation is to be reopened into the attempted murder of norman scott — a former lover of the liberal party leader, jeremy thorpe. it follows an admission by police that a hitman allegedly hired to kill scott may not in fact be dead, as previously believed. the story has been brought to life in the bbc one drama a very english scandal, which concludes tomorrow evening. jon donnison reports. where's the head boy? jeremy thorpe, charming, ambitious and powerful was at the heart of one of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. in an old bailey trial, the married liberal party leader was accused but acquitted of masterminding a plot to kill his former lover, norman scott. he's the love of my life. don't be ridiculous! a current bbc drama starring hugh grant as thorpe, has renewed interest in the case. safe journey, peter and i wish you a happy life. and then i wish norman scott to be killed. but what is fiction
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and what is fact? this weekend, a new bbc documentary will make fresh revelations about thorpe. it's based on a panorama film made at the time of the trial in 1979, which has never been broadcast until now. it couldn't be shown because we had evidence ofjeremy thorpe‘s guilt. of course, he was found not guilty, so the documentary couldn't be shown and furthermore i was ordered to destroy it by the director—general of the bbc. i declined that offer, i kept it as a tape, i converted it to disc. my dog tried to eat the disc, but i still managed to save it and that's what's running tomorrow night. the documentary will look at the role of andrew newton, portrayed here in the bbc drama. he's the man who has admitted shooting norman scott's dog... your turn. ..before his gun jammed as he tried to shoot scott. newton says he was paid to do it.
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in 2015, gwent police began looking into the case again after fresh claims newton could prove there was a cover—up. but officers stopped when they concluded newton was dead. now, four decades after he made the headlines, gwent police have told the bbc andrew newton might still be alive. they're not saying why they think that, but say they are trying to trace him. norman scott, now in his late 70s, has welcomed the news. i don't think anybody‘s tried hard enough to look for him, i really don't. there must be people who knew him and there would surely be a record of him dying, surely? jeremy thorpe died four years ago, but the case continues to fascinate and the intrigue and the hunt for the truth continues. jon donnison, bbc news. and you can see tom mangold's documentary, the jeremy thorpe scandal, on bbc four tomorrow night at 10pm. and we'll find out how this story
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and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are broadcaster john stapleton and kate proctor, political correspondent of the london evening standard. a war of words has broken out between america and china after the us accused the chinese of using military build—up in the south china sea to intimidate its neighbours. china said the comments by us defence secretary james mattis were irresponsible and not worthy of rebuke. mr mattis was speaking at a security summit in singapore. from there, karishma vaswani has sent this report. singapore is playing host to the dialogue this week, and is taking no chances with security. after all, defence ministers and representatives from all over the world are attending the event — including from the united states and china. and whenever the two sides are in the same room, they usually argue about the same
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thing — china's power in the region and the impact on its neighbours. china's militarization of artificial features in the south china sea includes the deployment of anti—ship missiles, surface to air missiles, electronic jammers and more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at woody island. despite china's claims to the contrary the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion. china says it owns all of the south china sea, a lucrative and strategic shipping zone, even though six other countries lay claim to it. it's been building military installations in the area, and critics say beijing has silenced condemnation of its actions either by paying off its asian allies or by bullying them. tanslation: it's within china's sovereignty to deploy troops and weapons on islands and reefs in the south china sea, and it's allowed by international law.
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anyone who makes carping comments on this is trying to interfere in china's internal affairs. it's not worthy of refuting. the us and china are also battling over trade. an american delegation, led by the us commerce secretary, is in beijing this weekend to address what the united states says are unfair trade terms set by china. tonight american and chinese defence delegations are just departing from their dinner at the singapore presidential palace. 0n the menu — trade, security and the jostling of the two superpowers for regional influence in the very heart of asia. ina in a moment, he was on bbc one will join us for a round—up of the international and national news. —— viewers. the new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, has officially been sworn into office today
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by king felipe in madrid. the ceremony comes less than 2a hours after his predecessor, mariano rajoy, was forced out of office. richard galpin reports. the leader of spain's socialist party taking the formal steps to becoming the country's new prime minister. translation: i promise on my conscience and honour to loyally fulfill the responsibilities of prime minister and to be loyal to the king and to safeguard the constitution, as well as keeping the deliberations of the cabinet secret. king felipe i the first to congratulate pedro sanchez, at today's ceremony in the royal palace on the outskirts of madrid. all of this following a parliamentary vote of no—confidence in the long—standing prime minister mariano rajoy on friday. forced out as a result of a corruption scandal within his party. 46—year—old pedro sanchez takes the reins of power without ever having held government office before. and his party has only a quarter
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of the seats in parliament. he need allies urgently. meanwhile, the new leader of catalonia, quim torra, on the left, was also attending a swearing—in ceremony. this in barcelona, for members of his separatist regional government. a move which ends seven months of direct, emergency rule of the region by madrid, and already the catalan leader is saying he will pursue the goal of independence, despite last year's failed attempt to break away following a referendum. translation: this government is committed to advancing in accordance with the referendum of october the 1st. that is to pursue an independent state in the form of a republic — a mandate which was supported by the december 21st elections. it will not be easy, there are powerful interests against this. singing.
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this catalan government wants negotiations with spain's new prime minister about independence. their support in the last few days helped bring him to power. but madrid says the constitution bans any break—up of the nation. a war of words breaks out as the united states accuses china of intimidation. america's defence secretary says china is using its military might to bully its neighbours. it blames beijing for building up its forces in the south china seas — china calls the claims irresponsible. the jeremy thorpe scandal — police dramatically reopen their investigation into the hitman they said was dead. the working week may be over but weary passengers still face cancellations on northern rail. back to harry kane. he doesn't miss.
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and england's world cup warm—up starts with a win against nigeria at wembley. good evening. a war of words has broken out between america and china after the us accused the chinese of expanding its military presence in the south china sea to intimidate its neighbours. china said the comments — by us defence secretary james mattis — were irresponsible and not worthy of rebuke. mr mattis was speaking at a security summit in singapore. from there karishma vaswani has sent this report. the us is here to stay in asia. that is the message us defence secretary james mattis had for his asian counterparts in singapore today. but he also warned of china's increasing influence. and whenever the two sides
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are in the same room, they usually argue about the same thing. china's power in the region and the impact on its neighbours. china's militarisation of artificial features in the south china sea includes the deployment of anti—ship missiles, surface—to—air missiles, electronic jammers and, more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at woody island. despite china's claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion. china says it owns all of the south china sea, a lucrative and strategic shipping zone — even though six other countries lay claim to it. it has been building military installations in the area. critics say beijing has silenced condemnation of its actions, either by paying off its asian allies or by bullying them. translation: it is within china's sovereignty to deploy troops and weapons on islands and reefs
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in the south china sea. and it's allowed by international law. anyone who makes carping comments on this is trying to interfere in china's internal affairs. it's not worthy of refuting. the us and china are also battling over trade. an american delegation led by the us commerce secretary, wilbur ross, is in beijing this weekend to address what the united states says are unfair trade terms set by china. in just under two weeks, singapore plays host to the summit of the century. the meeting between president trump and north korea's kimjong—un. but tonight, american and chinese defence delegations are just departing from their dinner at the singapore presidential palace. on the menu — trade, security and the jostling of two superpowers for regional influence in the very heart of asia. karishma vaswani, bbc news, singapore. well, we can speak to our correspondent chris buckler who's
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in washington for us tonight. chris, we thought president trump was keen to improve relationships in the region particularly with north korea — and yet here we have the us being critical of china, a country that the us previously relied on as a broker in getting the north korean regime to the negotiating table. yes, there is no doubt china has been an important ally in bringing north korea to the talks table and there will be people in the white house who will be concerned about settling international relationships with that summit now in sight. and indeed, president trump has a personal relationship he values with president xijinping, a man he regularly praises. the way china uses regularly praises. the way china uses its influence concerns many in washington, it is true that trade and also about its activities in the south china sea, when the likes of james mattis really believe it is flexing its military muscles. there
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have been moments of tension in recent weeks, for example, last week chinese ships and warplanes were actually sent to warn some warships from the us that they were sailing to close to the islands and they should move away. china called that provocation but the immediate response from america was to say they would continue their exercises in the south china sea, they were firing back, so you get the sense that the us defence secretary was using this speech to set a marker, to say that no matter what happens in conversations, that america will not change its presence in asia. as a result he is saying, for example, in south korea troops will remain, that these exercises will continue and that is no matter what kim jong—un donald trump discussed in those discussions about denuclearisation. chris, thank you very much. the bbc has learned that an investigation is to be
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reopened into the attempted murder of norman scott — a former lover of the liberal party leaderjeremy thorpe. it follows an admission by police that a hit man allegedly hired to kill scott may not in fact be dead as previously believed. the story has been brought to life in the bbc one drama a very english scandal which concludes tomorrow evening. jon donnison reports. where's the head boy? jeremy thorpe, charming, ambitious and powerful was at the heart of one of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. in an old bailey trial, the married liberal party leader was accused, but acquitted of masterminding a plot to kill his former lover, norman scott. he's the love of my life. don't be ridiculous! a current bbc drama starring hugh grant as thorpe, has renewed interest in the case. safe journey, peter and i wish you a happy life. and then i wish norman scott to be killed. but what is fiction and what is fact? this weekend, a new bbc documentary will make fresh
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revelations about thorpe. it's based on a panorama film made at the time of the trial in 1979, which has never been broadcast until now. it couldn't be shown because we had evidence ofjeremy thorpe's guilt. of course, he was found not guilty, so the documentary couldn't be shown and furthermore i was ordered to destroy it by the director—general of the bbc. i declined that offer, i kept it as a tape, i converted it to disk. my dog tried to eat the disc, but i still managed to save it and that's what's running tomorrow night. the documentary will look at the role of andrew newton, portrayed here in the bbc drama. he's the man who has admitted shooting norman scott's dog... your turn. ..before his gun jammed as he tried to shoot scott. newton said he was paid to do it. in 2015, gwent police began looking into the case again after fresh
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claims newton could prove there was a cover—up. but officers stopped when they concluded newton was dead. now, though, four decades after he made the headlines, gwent police have told the bbc andrew newton might still be alive. they're not saying why they think that, but say they are trying to trace him. norman scott, now in his late 70s, has welcomed the news. i don't think anybody‘s tried hard enough to look for him, i really don't. there must be people who knew him and there would surely be a record of him dying, surely? jeremy thorpe died four years ago, but the case continues to fascinate and the intrigue and the hunt for the truth continues. jon donnison, bbc news. you can see tom mangold's documentary the jeremy thorpe scandal on bbc four tomorrow night at 10pm. a un security council resolution calling for protection for palestinians in gaza
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and the west bank has been vetoed by the united states. it follows the deaths of more than 100 people during recent violent protests. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, said it was because the resolution failed to mention hamas which israel views as a terrorist organisation. britain abstained in the vote. spanish socialist pedro sanchez has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister after the conservative mariano rajoy was ousted out of power over a corruption scandal. he says he plans to see out the remaining two years of the parliamentary term and now has to decide on his cabinet. a 43—year—old man's been charged in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers yesterday. constables kenny mackenzie and laura sayer were stabbed as they attended a routine visit at a house in greenock. both officers are said to be recovering. delays and cancellations have
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continued today on northern rail ahead of the introduction of an emergency timetable on monday. the company says it'll mean 165 services being cancelled every day. from rochdale olivia richwald reports. after almost two weeks of commuter misery across northern england, today was a weekend reprieve. there were fewer passengers on the railways, but still more than 120 cancelled northern rail trains. tell us what's going on. don't wait two minutes before a train is going and say, "i'm sorry, it's been cancelled." i kept changing platforms. we are told, "go to this platform, the next one is coming." then they say again it's been cancelled or going somewhere else. the new timetables were designed to make things better for passengers. here in the north—west, it's actually made things considerably worse, with people late for work, late home, fed up and frustrated. so from monday, a new emergency timetable kicks in and
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that means 165 fewer trains every day. northern rail apologised again for the problems, but said even under the emergency timetable, it would still be running more trains than before. that's not good enough, say mps. the north has been disproportionately affected by the timetable disruption. people in the north have had an evening peak introduced on their rail fares in 2014. they are paying more for dirty, overcrowded, under heated, overpriced trains and these trains sometimes don't even turn up. although there have been calls for transport secretary, chris grayling, to resign, mary creagh said she'd rather he kept his job and sorted the problem out. olivia richwald, bbc news, rochdale. with all the sport — here's olly foster at the bbc sport centre. hello, good evening. in the first of two friendlies before they head to the world cup, england beat nigeria 2—1,
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but there is room for improvement with their opening match in russia just over two weeks away. from wembley, here's our sports correspondent david ornstein. chanting the sounds and sights that say a world cup is on the way. with the road to russia almost complete a chance for nations to fine tune their preparations. this england squad is low on age and experience, and exception being gary cahill, and the defender used his 32—year—old head to full effect, the home side into an early lead. shortly before half—time it was two, harry kane with the help of some questioning goalkeeping leading from the front, the captain, you sense, will prove key to england's ambitions. nigeria had been obliging opponents, though after the break they broke, alex iwobi on hand to give them hope and show why the super eagles believe they can soar this summer. england had lost the momentum and raheem sterling his footing after a week in which
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he made headlines for the wrong reasons. another moment for the forward to forget. ultimately, however, for gareth southgate and his tournament—bound team it wasjob well done. the first half was one of the best performances i've been involved with in england, spirits are high, training has been fantastic. everyone's at a very high level. we've had some great fitness for the last couple of weeks in training. everyone's just looking forward to getting out there now. one warm up game down, want to go, england face costa rica on thursday and then the dress rehearsals are over. 16 days from now it's the real thing. david ornstein, bbc news, wembley. there was a shock in flat racing's most prestigious race. the 16—1 outsider masar won today's epsom derby giving jockey william buick and trainer charlie appleby their first victory in the classic. the heavy favourite saxon warrior was fourth. frankie dettori came home in fifth and addressing rumours
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about his possible retirement, he said he would be riding for another five years. there are no more british players involved at the french open. kyle edmund lost his third—round match in five sets to the italian fabio fognini. also at roland garros today jamie murray and heather watson lost in their respective doubles matches england's cricketers have a first innings lead of 128 runs in the second test against pakistan. the morning session was lost to rain at headingley, but they closed the second day on 302—7 as they look to level the two—match series. adam wild reports. england's summer suffered a stuttering start, at headingley against pakistan was where it's supposed to get going. it did, eventually, things were soon looking much more settled. the recent storm of criticism quickly lifting so when captainjoe of criticism quickly lifting so when captain joe root fell short of of criticism quickly lifting so when captainjoe root fell short of his half—ce ntu ry captainjoe root fell short of his half—century it seemed an opportunity missed. others offered further hope, that was for england
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fa ns further hope, that was for england fans at least. but amidst the optimism, disappointment too, dom bessis optimism, disappointment too, dom bess is just one away from his 50 gone. at all the while england's lead was growing, albeit with a little luck at times, here jos buttler dropped on his way to the boundary. in fact, all england batsmen made a positive start, jonny ba i rstow batsmen made a positive start, jonny bairstow amongst them. but like many others he couldn't take it further. the day ending as it started amidst the yorkshire gloom. still, with a sizeable lead the view from england's dressing room looks bright enough. adam wild, bbc news. warrington are into rugby league's challenge cup semi—finals after beating wigan warrington lost at this stage last year against their arch rivals but ran in four tries. it finished 23—0. st helens play hull fc tomorrow. lots more on those stories on the bbc sport website. that's it from me. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. goodnight.
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hello. sunny spells today, 26 celsius in scotland, but thundery downpours for some of us again, some for northern ireland, quite a few for northern ireland, quite a few for scotland, northern and eastern parts of scotland, some flash flooding in a few spots, the thunder and lightning aspect of this decreasing pastels and outbreaks of heavy rainfall parts of northern england and southern scotland overnight. elsewhere becoming dry, the cerys weather in the southern half of england into wales, could be a few mist and fog patches developing, some spots in single figures but most of us at 10—14dc as sunday begins. through this zone of northern england into southern scotland, not just cloudy northern england into southern scotland, notjust cloudy but further outbreaks of rain, only slowly easing as the day goes on. north of the central belt there will
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be some sunshine but there could be slow—moving and torrential thunderstorms developing into the afternoon. in northern ireland, for the rest of england and wales, warm sunny spells compared with today, plenty of sunshine, just an isolated shower but most will avoid them and stay dry. low—pressure to the south has been feeding up some thundery downpours over the past week or so. less of an issue for the first half of the week ahead. high—pressure will produce a north—easterly flow and plenty of cloud on monday through central and eastern parts of the uk and lower temperatures as a result. west is best for some spells, maybe a shower, most of us will avoid them and the temperatures will avoid them and the temperatures will recover through the week as the cloud clears. good night. hello this is bbc news with a look at tomorrow's papers in a moment but first, the headlines. the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s.
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the united states accuses china of intimidating its neighbours, by continuing a military build—up in the south china sea. spanish socialist pedro sanchez has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister by king felipe, after the ousting of conservative mariano rajoy. the rail industry pledges to get train services in the north of england back on track as quickly as possible following
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