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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 11:00: the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s. the united states accuses china of "intimidating" its neighbours by continuing a military build—up in the south china sea. washington says the issue of us troops based in south korea will not be on the agenda at president trump's summit with kim jong—un. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. the new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, is officially sworn into office. also in the next hour, we'll have another look at the sunday papers. joining me tonight are broadcaster john stapleton and kate proctor, the political correspondent of the london evening standard. to even be holding this book is
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embarrassing. who isjudge you? —— who isjudging you? and the lives of four lifelong friends are turned upside down in book club. we find out what jason solomons thought of that and the rest of the week's top releases in the film review good evening and welcome to bbc news. 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 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 is the head boy?
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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 was the love of my life. 0h, 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 revelations. 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. and, of course, he was found not guilty. so the documentary couldn't be shown and, furthermore,
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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 said he was paid to do it. in 2015, gwent police began looking into the case again after fresh claims that newton could prove there was a cover—up. but officers stopped when they concluded newton was dead. now, gwent police have told the bbc andrew newton might still be alive and are trying to trace him. norman scott, now in his late 70s, has welcomed the news.
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i don't think anybody has 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 10:00. a war of words has broken out between america and china. it comes 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 vas—wani has sent this report.
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—— 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 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,
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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 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. 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. 0n the menu — trade, security and the jostling of two superpowers for regional influence in the very heart of asia.
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karishma vaswani, bbc news, singapore. meanwhile, america says it will not discuss removing thousands of us troops from the korean peninsula at its summit with north korea. the meeting, which has been confirmed as taking place in singapore on june 12th, is expected to focus on the denuclearisation of the peninsula. hywell griffith has more from seoul. the news that the summit is back on again has been welcomed here in seoul. a spokesman for the south korean government saying they await that moment onjune 12 with excitement. they will also have been reading between the lines in terms of what donald trump said in the white house, particularly the idea that this will become a process and not everything will be done on a deal in singapore. and, vitally, he seemed to shy away from the issue of denuclearisation and what exactly that would mean, suggesting maybe that the gap between the us‘s demand for clear, irreversible, verifiable
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denuclearisation is still some way away from what north korea wants as stage by stage. they will, however, have taken heart from the idea that a peace treaty could be part of the summit, an end officially to the war between north and south. the stalemate has lasted 65 years. meanwhile, here in the korean peninsula, south has been talking to north. they have had their own talks about cooperation in the future, about economic ties. one other piece of good news that has come to seoul are the words from america's defence secretary. now, he is in a defence summit in singapore already and he said that there will be no move to pull us troops out of this region as a result of the singapore summit. the security of the region, which at the moment depends on the us, is maintained, for the medium term at least, and obviously that prospect of a longer term peace is now hanging before us all with the summit on the 12th ofjune.
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visa's payment system is now operating at "full capacity" following widespread disruption to card payments across the uk and europe yesterday. the company says the problems were down to a "hardware failure" and has apologised to customers. payments processed through visa's systems account for one third of all uk spending. john mcmanus reports. visa says its high—tech payment system can handle 65,000 transactions per second but on friday, that boast fell flat as cardholders in the uk and across europe found their plastic simply wouldn't work. the problem began in the afternoon, appearing to largely affect electronic payments rather than cash machine withdrawals. many shoppers took to social media to complain with the company forced to apologise. these people in droitwich said it wasn't just customers who were caught out. you can tell the staff are on tenterhooks, the manager's jumping and down.
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he's being a bit firm with his staff because it's territory they're not used to being in, i think. there was a couple in front of us, and we hear that all the cashpoints there, all the cards were down, and apparently it was all over the world. so i was, like, panicking. i've just gone on to barclays bank and just drew some money out. payment processing through visa systems accounts for £1 of every £3 of all uk spending. that adds up to a lot of unhappy customers. by friday night, the company said their cards were now largely working at normal levels and that the "issue was the result of a hardware failure. as a nation, we're using cards more than ever — that's why friday's events left so many of us frustrated. experts say it would be wise to have some back—up payment options just in case — that's cash to you and me. the consumer group which?
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has warned people to be wary of any phone calls or e—mails about the visa problems. they mayjust be fraudsters trying to use the event to gain your personal details. john mcmanus, bbc news. the new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, has officially been sworn into office by king felipe in madrid. the ceremony comes less than 2a hours after his predecessor, mariano rajoy, was forced out of office. a new separatist catalan government was also formally sworn in with its regional leader calling for talks with mr sanchez. 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 fulfil 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 to congratulate pedro sanchez
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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 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
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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 one. that is, to pursue an independent state in the form of a republic — a mandate which was supported by the december 21 elections. it will not be easy, there are powerful interests against this. singing 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. earlier, i spoke to the madrid based journalist miguel—ancho murado. i asked him whether pedro sanchez‘s victory was down to his popularity or mariano rajoy‘s unpopularity.
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it is clearly mariano rajoy ‘s unpopularity. the question is that in spain, the no—confidence vote is a peculiar, they are constructive no—confidence votes which means that you don't vote just to oust the government, you also have the vote foran government, you also have the vote for an alternative candidate to run the government and in this case it was very clear and some of the people voting for sanchez made it clear that they didn't like him that much, it was that they wanted to oust rajoy so it has been a let's say eight coalition of interest and i would say hatred, rajoy had many enemies in parliament and that is what has caused his downfall. what was the key cause of his downfall? was it his undoing corruption in ——
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issues or was that catalonia? that's interesting because the fact is things that were condemned by the judges these days of this corruption scandal, was no, and rajoy won three elections after all of those things, all of those scandals in that sort of thing was known. so yes, of course corruption has been instrumental in bringing down his popularity, no doubt, but it is the issue of catalonia that has been more important, in my view. the issue of catalonia has deprived of crucial support among his people, among the right wing people who saw him as too soft on catalonia. and so they abandon him into this together with the scandal of corruption which was not unreserved and by his people but also the rest of spain, that is what caused him being ousted. the headlines on bbc news:
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the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s. the united states accuses china of intimidating its neighbours by continuing a military build—up in the south china sea. washington says the issue of us troops based in south korea will not be on the agenda at president trump's summit with kim jong—un. sport now and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. good evening. thank you. let's start at wembley where england won the first of their world cup warm—up matches — they beat nigeria 2—1. captain harry kane scored their second and said ‘he is feeling at his best‘ ahead of the tournament, which starts in just under a fortnight. gary cahill was the other goalscorer for england before nigeria, who are also heading to russia, hit back after the break. claire thornton reports.
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finally, the time had come for the talk to football. there is a sense of anticipation about gareth southgate's squad, the usual weight of expectation. ben gary cahill had a corner. away from the headlines, the world cup buildup seems to be going to plan. while england continued to show promise, the only truly eye—catching thing about major was their kit. —— nigeria. gary cahill took advantage. nigeria had catching up to do and they didn't waste time after the break. alex iwobi led to come back as the super eagles soared back into the game. they continue to testjordan pickford while england did their best to create opportunities of their own. as substitutions were made, the spark was taken out of the
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match but england held on to win 2-1. match but england held on to win 2—1.0ne match but england held on to win 2—1. one more stop line before russia. the first half was one of the best performances i have been involved in with england. scored two goals. the topside. second half, we could have done better. to that while to get used to the change in formation. something we have to work on going into the tournament. 0verall, on going into the tournament. overall, a pleasing performance and a very good win. to the second day of the second test between england and pakistan at headingley. it was a wet start in leeds with the morning session lost to bad weather, but england closed on 302 for 7, a first innings lead of 128 — nightwatchman dom bess made a9, captain joe root 45 and jos buttler ended unbeaten on 34. buttler benefitted from being dropped on four by pakistan's hasan ali. kyle edmund's french open is over, the british number one was knocked out of the tournament earlier today, losing in five sets
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to the italy's fabio fognini. edmund reached his first grand slam semi—final and broke into the world's top 20 for the first time this year but he couldn't go any further in paris on his preferred surface. fognini, will play marin cilic in the next round. there will be a rematch of the 2013 women's final in the fourth round, after serena williams continued her comeback. the returning triple champion is playing herfirst grand slam since giving birth. she beat germany's eleventh seed julia gorges in straight sets. that's set up the rematch on monday with double french open champion russia's maria sharapova, who beat sixth seed karolina pliskova in straight sets. to rugby union now and wales are in action on their summer tour — they're playing south africa in washington.
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they're well into the second half where its currently 17—10 — hallam amos with the first try for wales, while tomos williams went over for the second. now to racing and with the queen in attendance. it was masar who came home in front to win the derby at epsom. charlie appleby‘s colt denied the odds—on favourite saxon warrior for a first classic winnerfor his trainer. masar, ridden by william buick, dominated the 239th running of the race to scoop the 920,000 pounds in prize money. thousands of palestinians have attended the funeral in gaza of a 21—year—old volunteer nurse who was shot during protests yesterday. palestinian officials say razan al—najar, was killed by israeli
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soldiers, as she ran towards the border—fence to help someone who was injured. israel says it's investigating. 0ur arab affairs editor, sebastian usher reports. 0nce once again, thousands of mourners have filled the streets of gaza through which the body of the young woman was carried on a stretcher, wrapped in the palestinian flag. health officials and eyewitnesses said that she, a volunteer nurse, was shot in the chest by israeli forces on friday as she ran to treat casualties near the gaza border with israel which has been the scene of weeks of palestinian protests. her father held what had once been her white medical coat, nowjohn —— now drenched in blood. as her mother lamented her death. translation:
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this is her weapon. this is what she was resisting with and what they said made them kill her. so many times she has survived death. she would come and tell me what she went through. may god account every person who is a silent about this. she had become a well—known figure at the weekly protests at the border, held to demand the right of return for palestinians to israel. the israeli military said it will investigate her death. more than 100 palestinians have been killed by israeli forces since the demonstrations were launched at the end of march. israel said its soldiers had only opened fire to prevent militants from breaking through the border. it accuses hamar switch controls gaza of orchestrating the unrest for its own gains. but the un and human rights gates have arm to make have accused israel of human rights breaches. palestinians see her as a new and
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potent symbol of their course —— hamas. a 33—year—old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a man following a hit—and—run near glasgow. 27—year—old steven campbell had been walking in ruh—ther—glen in the early hours of this morning when he was hit by a transit van. earlier police said they were treating his death as murder. a 43—year—old man has been charged in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers yesterday. constables kenny mackenzie and laura sayers were stabbed as they attended a routine visit at a house in greenock. both officers are said to be recovering. around 5,000 people took part in a march through belfast to demand same sex marriage. among them was the labour mp conor mcginn who tried to make it law through a private members bill in the house of commons. he's vowed to continue his efforts as bbc newsline's dan stanton reports. thousands march in the city in
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sweltering conditions a year after supporters of same—sex marriage walked along the same route to demand the same thing. among those at the parade with the labour mp who tried but failed in the house of commons to make same—sex marriage legal in northern ireland. change is coming and we're not going let you stop it. westminster has a duty to legislate for equal rights in northern ireland. jono these rights are enjoyed by people across the uk and the rest of the island ireland and the rest of the island ireland and theresa may must act. you can't have that economy in dissemination in northern ireland, not for lgbtq we don't have that anywhere else, the lot needs to change. the outgoing lord mayor of belfast. the lot needs to change. the outgoing lord mayor of belfastlj the lot needs to change. the outgoing lord mayor of belfast. i am absolutely honoured that this is my
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last event as lord mayor of belfast. it is one of my first and nothing much has changed over the past year except more people are demanding it. the dup say they will continue to oppose the same—sex marriage and thatis oppose the same—sex marriage and that is despite it being legal everywhere else in the uk and in the republic. delays and cancellations have continued today on northern rail ahead of the introduction of an emergency timetable on monday. the company says it'll mean 100 and 65 services being cancelled everyday. from rochdale 0livia 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." they 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
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somewhere else. the new timetables were designed to make things better for passengers. here in the north—west, it 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 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 cray said she'd rather he kept his job and sorted the problem out. 0livia richwald, bbc news, rochdale.
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now it's time for the weather with nick miller another day where there has been glorious sunshine around the thundery downpours. under an lightning giving way to some outbreaks of rain, parts of northern england and parts of southern scotland. but to show you some sunshine from earlier today. there will be more in the way of warmer sunshine by many of us tomorrow. not quite there yet. an area of rain affecting parts of northern england and into scotland. pretty wet at the moment. it isn't moving very much over tonight and tomorrow. some of the rain is quite heavy. elsewhere, it becomes mainly dry overnight. 10— 14 it becomes mainly dry overnight. 10— 1a degrees. missed and fog patches to be had. —— micro three. —— mist.
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there is outbreaks of rain. north of the central belt, brighter skies. a few thunderstorms getting going into the afternoon. in northern ireland, the afternoon. in northern ireland, the rest of england and wales, warmer and sunny the rest of england and wales, warmer and sunny spells compared to today. more of them. very few, if any, showers. in greater detail in the afternoon. some slow—moving torrential thunderstorms in this area of scotland. rainfall totals could be significant out of these if you catch them. lighter rain to come and at this stage of the afternoon, parts of northern england and southern scotland, the odd shower but most, it is dry and sunny and warm. the area of low pressure to the south has been feeding up thundery downpours for a week. less so thundery downpours for a week. less so monday— wednesday. high pressure is dominant to the north but it is a north—easterly flow around it and at
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least on monday, it brings plenty of cloud in from the north sea, through central and eastern parts of the uk in particular. it is cooler than it has been where you have the clout. in the west, parts of northern ireland, scotland, western england, will get to see some warm spells, maybe a shower, most will be dry. as we go through tuesday and wednesday, the cloud will clear and more of the way of sunshine coming back and temperatures heading up a few degrees with plenty of dry weather. later in the week, some return of showers and thunderstorms across the southern parts of the uk. hello. this is bbc news with reeta chakra barti. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. 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. the united states accuses china of "intimidating" its neighbours by continuing a military build—up
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in the south china sea. visa released a statement, saying its services are now operating at full capacity after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. 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. diane keaton and jane fonda star and book club, where the lives of four friends are turned upside down after reading fifty shades of grey. here we re reading fifty shades of grey. here were jason solomon thought of that and the wea k‘s were jason solomon thought of that and the weak‘s other releases in the film review. —— and the week's other releases in the film review.

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