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this is bbc news. the headlines at a:00: a second devastating fire in four years at one of scotland's architectural landmarks, the glasgow school of art. the scale of damage is extensive. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, sees the destruction for herself. it's actually quite hard to find the words, given what happened for years ago, the fact that it was so close to being reopened after the restoration, that this has happened again. the home secretary uses exceptional powers to release illegal cannabis oil to severely epileptic billy caldwell. the medication has now been administered. his mother remains at the hospital. billy is getting the best care in the world here. and i feel safe here, at this particular hospital. again, one step at a time, praying for a miracle, really. andy murray will make his competitive return from hip surgery at queens next week. also in the next hour
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a crucial game for england's rugby players. eddie jones‘ england are about to try and avoid a fifth test defeat in a row, when they take on south africa in bloemfontein. france beat australia 2—1 — after the video assistant referee system was used for the first time in the history of the competition. and the us—north korea summit, brexit and yemen. all analysed in dateline london in half an hour — here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. fire has caused extensive damage at the world—renowned glasgow school of art. the alarm was raised just after 11 o'clock last night and the mackintosh building was said
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to have been engulfed by flames within minutes. the scottish fire and rescue has said that the historic building has been extensively damaged along with some surrounding buildings. it was undergoing a multi—million pound restoration project following a similar blaze four years ago. firefighters say there were no casualties. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has been visiting the site this afternoon to see the damage for herself. she praised the speed of the response and the skill of the firefighters in preventing the loss of lives. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, is at the scene. everyone is talking about the devastation they feel, particularly because it is not that long since the previous fire? yes, there really isa the previous fire? yes, there really is a sense of disbelief that this building, which glaswegians are so fond, has been hit by fire for a
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second time. behind me you might be able to see the scaffolding at the side of the building. i understand that would have been used in the current restoration programme, the £35 million restoration programme to repair the damage from the previous fire. this building has pretty much been gutted by this latest fire overnight, and the fire crews, you can see, they are hosing down the building. they are working to extinguish the remaining pockets of flames. this was a sight glasgow never expected to see again. its world—famous school of art engulfed by fire once more. thick black smoke and flames spreading quickly, rising high into the night sky. i looked up and i saw this massive orange cloud. and i just thought to myself, surely that's not the art school, because it was on fire recently as well. weird that it is happening again. yeah, it feels like a dream. it can't be real. yeah, it can't be real. it isjust, like, strange.
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glasgow's not got very much luck with fires these days. i think pretty much everyone is just in shock because, i mean, it is iconic, isn't it? the fire spread to other buildings, including a nearby nightclub and a well—known music venue. some local residents were moved from their homes for safety. at its height, more than 120 firefighters were involved in the operation, water pumped from the river clyde to help dampen down the flames. every floor of the art school building at the centre of this fire is thought to be extensively damaged. the building in which the fire started has been extensively damaged by fire. it has reached from the ground floor right through to the roof. it is significantly damaged. we were focusing our attention on preventing it from spreading. the mackintosh building had been damaged in a previous fire four years ago. its restoration, costing £35
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million, had been well under way. artisan craftsmen from across the uk working to recreate charles rennie mackintosh's designs which had made the building so well known. i was shocked, heartbroken, devastated for the people that have worked so hard to try and bring the building back to its former glory. i know that the staff at the glasgow school of art, all the architects and crafts people involved, have been working so hard, and they were nearly there in terms of getting the work done as well. so it is absolutely devastating to see it in the state that is in now. there is shock that a building so central to glasgow's creative history has been so extensively damaged. the investigation into why this happened will be for the days that follow. for now, firefighters continue to work on stopping the fire flaring up once again. within the last few minutes, police
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scotla nd within the last few minutes, police scotland have released some aerial footage, showing the extent of the damage to the glasgow school of art. it is really shocking, in the scale of the devastation that it shows. the fire looks to have ripped through the entire length of the building, including the east wing of the building which was left mostly undamaged in the previous fire. it has gone from the ground floor, right up to the roof level. this is far more extensive than the fire which occurred here four years ago. you may be able to see from the footage that the fire spread to surrounding buildings as well, including a nearby music venue, where it looks as if the roof of the venue where it looks as if the roof of the venue has completely caved in as well as a local nightclub. the damage, extremely extensive. nicola
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sturgeon, scotland's first minister was down here at the scene a little earlier on, speaking to the fire ci’ews. earlier on, speaking to the fire crews. this is what she had to say. it is hard to find the words to describe what it feels like, to look at such an iconic building, notjust an iconic building in glasgow or scottish terms, but a building with significance for people right across the world. four years ago i was struck by the outpouring of support globally for the mackintosh building. we are starting to see that again today. it is heartbreaking. that is probably the only word that can be used at the moment. inaudible. the fire crews i have been speaking to are from all over scotland and that is a sign of the scale of the response. there were 20 appliances at one stage. it has been scaled back slightly now. we have all seen pictures of the hose which stretched from the clyde to here, so this has been an enormous response and i want to thank
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the firefighters and the police and members of the ambulance service. the pictures i was witnessing, we were all witnessing last night, really bring home what a dangerous job firefighters in particular do and i am so grateful to them for their response last night. with me is sam patterson from the glasgow institute of architects. how important is that building that we see gutted behind us? on the first day of my studies, i opened a book, the 100 best buildings of the 20th century, and page one was the buildingi century, and page one was the building i was studying in. century, and page one was the building i was studying inm century, and page one was the building i was studying in. it was gutted and extensively damaged four yea rs gutted and extensively damaged four years ago, and the restoration project was well under way?m
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years ago, and the restoration project was well under way? it was just a couple of weeks ago that my collea g u es just a couple of weeks ago that my colleagues were on a building visit, walking through the hen run at the top of the building, checking out the latest work. it was getting very much ready for the students coming in next year. the hen run had been com pletely in next year. the hen run had been completely restored, the famous library was well under way, they we re library was well under way, they were going to be putting the windows back into position injuly. it's shocking, isn't it? what do you think, looking at the building now? it is an emotional and devastating day to find ourselves back here, four years on from that first time. i was here this morning, with tears in my eyes. neighbours in the street, everybody came out. it is really heartening to see how much this building meant to the people of glasgow, the architectural community. is it fair to call it a macintosh‘s masterpiece? community. is it fair to call it a macintosh's masterpiece?m community. is it fair to call it a macintosh's masterpiece? it is by far his most known piece of work. the one piece of solace around this
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is it is probably the most documented building in his repertoire. the art studies, student's work documenting the building, and the forensic approach that they have taken to the restoration process, it means that we are by far closer to replicate that. the initial impressions are that. the initial impressions are that what remains is just a shell, the fire damage is far worse than four years ago. is it possible to restore a building that is this badly damaged? we will have to wait and see what comes from the report. a building of this importance should be restored, and needs to be restored, not only for the school of art but for scotland. it is one of the most significant buildings we have. you think there is no choice but to investigate and try to bring it back? i would like to say no choice, but we have to see what the report comes outwith. there is significant damage to the building. again, if it is only ray of sun, the
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weather vane is still standing. hopefully that is a glimmer of hope. it is early days and they are still working to extinguish pockets of fire, but with a building of this size undergoing such a huge restoration project, would it have had fire protection systems in place? during the last fire, there we re place? during the last fire, there were fire prevention methods being put in. i can't comment on that at the moment. that is of the now looking at as part of the investigation. thank you forjoining us investigation. thank you forjoining us this afternoon. i think it is fairto us this afternoon. i think it is fair to say there is shock and disbelief with this fire taking place. so many people in glasgow saying, how on earth could this happen for a second time? fire investigators will be looking at that question. for now, their focus remains on putting out the remaining pockets of fire. the home office has granted
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a licence to allow a severely epileptic boy to be treated with illegal cannabis oil — after the drug had been confiscated from his family. the home secretary, sajid javid, says he used exceptional power to grant a licence for 12—year—old billy caldwell. billy is currently in hospital, after suffering two life—threatening seizures overnight. his mother had obtained more of the drug from canada, but it was taken away after she landed at heathrow. keith doyle takes us through the story. when billy caldwell and his mother returned from canada on monday with medicine containing cannabis oil, it was confiscated by customs after they declared it at heathrow airport. billy was taking the oil to help control violent epileptic seizures. now he has been admitted to hospital in london, where this morning his mother said the attacks have returned and his condition is life—threatening. billy is getting the best care in the world here. i feel safe here at this particular hospital with billy. again, it's just one step at a time. praying for a miracle, really. this afternoon billy's local mp
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tweeted that he will be allowed to receive the medication. this afternoon, the home secretary gave permission for him to have the medication. in a statement, he said... my my experience, throughout this, leaves me in no doubt that the home 0ffice leaves me in no doubt that the home office can no longer play a role, in fa ct office can no longer play a role, in fact play any role, in the administration of medication for sick children in our country. billy has intractable epilepsy, which can cause up to 100 serious attacks a day. two years ago he was given medicine containing cannabis oil in the united states, which slowly shortened the length and number of attacks.
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back home, his gp took the decision to prescribe the cannabis oil, but the home office later told him to stop, as it contains the element thc, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. this is cannabis being grown legally in canada for medicinal use. while there is some evidence that some formulations may have medical benefits, it remains illegal in the uk. but the home secretary said that he has used an exceptional this afternoon, billy caldwell is once again being treated with the medication his family says his life—saving. the un's special envoy to yemen has arrived in the capital sana'a in a bid to persuade rebels to give up control of a key seaport. pro—government forces backed by saudi arabia have been fighting to take hodeidah from iran—backed militias. most of yemen's aid passes through the port, and aid agencies have warned that a prolonged battle could worsen an already critical situation. spain's government says it has accepted an offer from france to take in some of the migrants from the aquarius rescue ship.
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the vessel is currently en route to spain, with more than 600 people onboard, who were picked up off the libyan coast. last weekend the boat was denied permission to dock in sicily after italy's new government promised a tough stance on immigration. the prime minister says she's disappointed after one of her own mps blocked plans to make upskirting a criminal offence. the new law would have seen offenders who secretly take photos up victim's clothes sentenced to up to two years in jail. but tory mp sir christopher chope was able to block the legislation by shouting "object". 0ur politcal correspondent iain watson reports. i was at a festival with my sister on a blistering hot day, waiting for my favourite band to come on stage and two guys took pictures up my skirt. gina martin was a victim of upskirting, the practice of secretly taking pictures under someone's clothes. a liberal democrat mp wanted to make it a criminal offence in england and wales,
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with offenders being jailed for up to two years. it's already outlawed in scotland but yesterday in parliament, this happened. 0bject! objection taken, secretary. conservative mp sir christopher chope uttered that one word, object, and under parliamentary procedure, the proposed law was halted in its tracks. many of his colleagues cried, "shame!" the ministerfor women was one of them. i was shocked, i was angry and i was disappointed and, for the record, i shouted "shame" very loudly after the member objected, because it seems to me this is a case where the law has not kept up to date with what's happening in the modern world so parliament needs to be flexible, and parliament needs to react. in a tweet, the prime minister made her views clear. she said: gina martin contacted sir christopher to find
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out why he objected. he just said he objected to it on principle and i said, "what about the subject matter of the bill?" and he said, "i'm not really sure on that, "i'm not sure what that is, upskirting." and i said, "i can help you with that," and i asked for his e—mail address and he said, "yeah, absolutely, e—mail me," and i said, "i'd like to talk to you and find out why you objected "and explain to you what this really is and how much it's going to affect "women and girls and protect women and protect women and girls," and he said, "ok, well, let's meet then". 0pposition mps have also criticised sir christopher chope's actions but government ministers now seem even more determined to outlaw upskirting. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. the headlines on bbc news: fire has broken out for a second time in four years at one of scotland's architectural landmarks the glasgow school of art. there has been extensive damage. the government has said it will help with restoring the building. the home secretary uses an exceptional power to release
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illegal cannabis oil to severely epileptic billy caldwell after doctors said it was a medical emergency. the medication has now been administered. in sport, messi misses. his saved penalty means argentina draw with iceland at the world cup. earlier, france beat australia. england are looking to prove a point, having lost their last four tests. they have just kicked off against south africa. earlier, ireland picked up a first win in australia for 39 years. and andy murray will make his competitive return from hip surgery at queens next week, a tough draw sees him playing the world number 34, nick sees him playing the world number 3a, nick kyrgios, in the first round. day three of the world cup is well under way in russia with a footballing first, australia playing france and
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argentina going up against iceland. with all the latest from the competition let's talk to 0lly foster in moscow. it has been quite an eventful afternoon with some firsts and a very unusual miss from messi? absolutely. a blistering day in moscow yet again. day three, the busiest so far. four matches, two results in so far. in the last 15 minutes or so we have witnessed perhaps one of the great world cup upsets. we know all about iceland with our england hats on, because they knocked england out of the euro is two years ago. but this is their first world cup, that tiny nation, 01’ first world cup, that tiny nation, orjust 300,000. they were up against the two—time world champions, lionel messi's argentina in the capital. argentina took the lead, quite inevitably, really.
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sergio aguero finding the top left—hand corner. a wonderful strike. but iceland got straight back into it with a bit of a scrambled goal. finnbogason. it was 1-1 at scrambled goal. finnbogason. it was 1—1 at half—time. iceland is beginning to believe they were getting back into it. then we had a moment, a penalty given to argentina. we thought, that's it, argentina. we thought, that's it, argentina will win. lionel messi stepped up, and the keeper saved a penalty. it was a poor penalty, right at the keeper. but you can see the look on lionel messi's face. he had about ten minutes to try to make good on that. he had a couple of effo rts good on that. he had a couple of efforts going just wide. but iceland will be making an awful lot of noise when they get down from the spartak stadium. all of their fans when they get down from the spartak stadium. all of theirfans in when they get down from the spartak stadium. all of their fans in the centre of moscow, later on. a wonderful result for them. their first goal, theirfirst wonderful result for them. their first goal, their first point in their first match against argentina, of all people, at a world cup.
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earlier, you talked about that other first. that was the first time a goal had been... sorry, a penalty had been awarded using the video assistant referee, being used for the first time at a world cup. this came between france and australia. griezmann was tackled. it seemed to be fairly legally. but it went u psta i rs be fairly legally. but it went upstairs and they decided it was in fa ct a upstairs and they decided it was in fact a penalty. griezmann put it away. jedinak equalise from the penalty spot for australia. so, justice seemed to be done, but france got a late winner through paul poirier. it took a big deflection and looped over the keeper. they needed goalline technology for that as well. it was really technology and controversy in that match. a quick word on england. they are obviously training and getting ready for their first match on monday. is it fair to say that expectations, at least when it comes
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to the fans, are low? 0r expectations, at least when it comes to the fans, are low? or is their optimism rising? it always rises a little bit. after the last two major championships, especially back to the brazil world cup, when england flopped and could not get out of theirgroup, flopped and could not get out of their group, this new and inexperienced team, i think the fans will hopefully give them a chance. they are still out there st petersburg base, the bay of finland. tomorrow, it starts getting interesting. they get on the plane, they go to volgograd and play tunisia on monday night. they will be itching to go, watching the goals flying in and the drama elsewhere as the other nations play opening matches. we understand that gareth southgate has two days out from the opening match told the players who is going to start. so, they are going to be in the right mindset, they are going to know how they are going to set up against tunisia and they will certainly have no excuses for not being ready for the opening
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match. ok, olly foster in moscow. thank you very much indeed. the white house has been forced to clarify donald trump's stance on his administration's immigration controls. almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the us border with mexico injust two months. earlier, the us president caused confusion by appearing to refuse to sign a new bill, drafted by his own republican party, that aims to stop the practice. chris buckler has more. america is seen as a place of escape, and in an effort to find a better life many people take risks to try to cross the border into the country. children were among this group of dozens of undocumented migrants, found hidden inside a lorry when it was stopped here in texas. all these racist people say, take them back to mexico, send them back. it shouldn't be that way. honestly, ever since trump, that is everybody‘s view. the trump administration's new zero tolerance policy means everybody crossing the border illegally will be detained and prosecuted, including parents.
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and that has meant separating them from their children, who have to be held in facilities suitable for young people. these pictures of a centre near the mexican border in texas were released by the us government. they show boys doing exercise and being given care. but they also reveal that they are living up to five in a room, in a building that is a converted supermarket. and with another centre consisting mainly of tents opening up, president trump is being hounded with questions about why families are being split apart. the children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and immediately. the democrats forced that law upon our nation. i hate it, i hate to see separation of parents and children. shame on us! campaigners say there is no such law, and point out that some in the president's administration have indicated the separations are a deterrent to people illegally crossing the border, and his attorney—general has been
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criticised for quoting the bible in an attempt to justify the current policy. i would cite you the apostle paul and his clear and wise command in romans 13 to obey the laws of the government, because god has ordained the government for his purposes. members of president trump's republican party are now drafting legislation to try to address what has become a deeply contentious and emotive issue. president trump still wants a border wall with mexico, and to be seen as tough on immigration. but he faces that difficult question — at what cost to families? when touts snap up tickets and sell them on at inflated prices, it's the fans who are hit the hardest. now, a scottish arts and music
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festival is piloting new technology in an attempt to halt the professional fraudsters. fringe by the sea in north berwick, has teamed up with a firm to create software so that tickets are no longer a piece of paper that can easily change hands. catriona renton reports. # everything's reminding me of you #. ed sheeran, at this year's biggest weekend — one of the latest artists to declare war against touts. on his latest tour, he targeted some secondary sites. ticket touts make a profit by selling them at vastly inflated prices. in some cases, up to eight times the original value. pop concerts and big events are often targeted by ticket touts. they snap them up as soon as they go on sale and then resell them at sky—high prices, meaning fans sometimes end up paying far more than the face value. no—one we spoke to waiting to see demi lovato in glasgow had paid over the odds, but some had been
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caught out in the past. in cork, in ireland. yeah, i paid, like, i think it was 100 euro each for two tickets. for what?! and they were really bad seats! for my sisters. what?! for ed sheeran. it's not fair to charge, like, extra money for a ticket. if you've paid a certain price, you should charge it for that, or lower. it cost me 200 and something for tickets for mcbusted for my daughter and her two pals. so, yeah, i got well fleeced! fringe by the sea is a growing arts and music festival in north berwick. this year, it expects to sell around 30,000 tickets, and it's piloting a new system which tracks the journey of the ticket, in the hope to beat the touts. yeah, fringe by the sea is a very small festival, with small, intimate venues, with a maximum capacity of 600. so, what we see is that gigs can sell out in ludicrously quick time for some of the bigger artists. last year, we had kt tunstall, who sold out within two minutes. and where those tickets went, we're not entirely sure, we're not able to track as efficiently as we are
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with the new system. these are the performers of the future. it's hoped the technology the company working with the fringe by the sea is using will protect them and their audiences. basically, what we do is, we use identity profiling with each person, to make sure they're not a ticket tout, or someone dodgy. we then link all that to a wallet, rather than a ticket, so you're handing over your whole identity in wallet form rather than just an individual ticket that can kind of go the next day. and then we link all that to a block chain. so, it's on an open ledger and transparent for everyone to see. this is the biggest test for this new system to date. if it works here, the company says the sky's the limit for the scale of events they can work with — and beat the touts. breaking news coming from the sinn
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fein conference, where delegates have voted to liberalise the party policy on abortion. it comes after a referendum in the republic of ireland, where they backed changes to the law. now sinn fein, the annual conference, have voted to liberalise the party policy on abortion. we will bring you more on that story at five o'clock on bbc news. now it is time for the weather. hello once again, let's see how the rest of the weekend is going to pan out across the british isles. it started none too cheerily across a good part of scotland and northern ireland, some of the western fringes of england and wales too, because we have a weather front close by. through into the evening, i think, some of the heaviest of the downpours migrating into the eastern side of scotland, the north—east of england, before moving off into the north sea. following on behind, clearer skies allowing the temperatures to dribble away to single figures in parts of scotland, maybe into the north of england as well. further south, realy quite mild under the blanket of cloud, which thickens up all the while.
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after a dry enough start across wales and the south—west, i think there will be some rain into the afternoon, so too into northern ireland, eventually i think we will push it towards the north—west of england, maybe into the south—west of scotland. if you haven't had a mention thus far, you will probably get away with the bulk of a dry day. top temperature 19, possibly 20. 0n into the start of next week, we keep it pretty unsettled across northern parts, but it will warm up in the south. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: fire has broken out for a second time in four years at one of scotland's architectural landmarks, the glasgow school of art. there has been extensive damage. the government has said it will help with restoring the building. we don't know what the structural damage is, the damage to the stonework.


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