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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at seven. 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 hard to think about what happened four years ago, the fact that it was so close to be reopened, the fact that this has happened again. the home secretary uses "exceptional powers" to allow doctors to treat severely epileptic, billy caldwell, with illegal cannabis oil. billy is getting the best care in the world here. and i feel safe here at this particular hospital with billy. so, again, it'sjust one step at a time, praying for a miracle, really. sinn fein members vote in favour of liberalising abortion law at their conference in belfast. a moment to forget for one of the greats. lionel messi missed a crucial penalty as underdogs iceland secure a draw against argentina on day three of the world cup. and andy murray will make his competitive return from hip surgery
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at queens next week. we'll bring you that and all the days other sporting developments in sportsday at 7:30. good evening and welcome to bbc news. scotland's first minister has said she's heartbroken after the renowned glasgow school of art was badly damaged in a fire, for the second time in four years. the alarm was raised just after 11:00 last night and the mackintosh building was engulfed by flames within minutes. scottish fire and rescue says that the historic building has been extensively damaged along with some surrounding buildings. it was undergoing a multi—million pound restoration project
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following the last blaze. nicola sturgeon visited the site this afternoon to see the damage for herself, and praised the speed of the response and the skill of the firefighters, in preventing loss if life. the people i've been speaking to are from all over scotland, which i think is the same of the scale of response. there were 20 appliances here overnight, scaled—back slightly. i think we have also pictures of the holes that was stretched to do here to allow them to pump water from the river, stretched to do here to allow them to pump waterfrom the river, so there has been an enormous response. and i wanted to take an opportunity to thank the firefighters, the police services, been speaking with some members of the ambulance services as well. the pictures met we we re services as well. the pictures met we were all witnessing last might bring to a whole just what a dangerousjob bring to a whole just what a dangerous job firefighters in
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particular do, and i'm sold grateful to them for the response last night. that was nicola sturgeon. 0ur scotland correspondent, lorna gordon has been at in the scene in glasgow all day where she spoke to colin povey, an artist and former student at the glasgow school of art who told her why the building was so important to him. i was iwas in i was in town today and i thought i would just come up what the damage is. and i couldn't get too close, but what i saw was really bad. sort of like an empty shell. and i spoke toa fireman of like an empty shell. and i spoke to a fireman and what he had to say was pretty bleak. to be honest. he says the fire was a lot bigger than la st says the fire was a lot bigger than last time. and it has affected the whole building, and is basically an empty shell. sol whole building, and is basically an empty shell. so i don't know what will happen, and obviously a lot of funds have been raised for this, for the reconstruction. they had cabinet makers, a team of them working on the library, so i don't know if they can still go ahead with that or
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what. colin, this is a building that the artistic community in scotland andindeed the artistic community in scotland and indeed the wider artistic community of the world holds dear to their hearts. it's a very well lasicki study devonside, you've painted this building. —— you've studied inside this place and painted in this building. describe to be people what makes it so special. i thinkjust the history and who had studied there before. special. i thinkjust the history and who had studied there beforelj personally and who had studied there before.” personally had been determined to study there because of people who had studied there before. sandy moffat, alastair grey, and i really wanted that to be the place where i studied painting. and i havejust wanted that to be the place where i studied painting. and i have just so many memories of the school, and as you say recently, 2016, i did paintings of the school and it was actually not long after the last fire. so was all pretty recent in my mind whenl fire. so was all pretty recent in my mind when i painted it. it'sjust sad. i can't believe this isjust
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happen again, you really can't believe it. this is considered charles rennie mackintosh‘s masterpiece. it really was a special place inside. yeah. so if not, as you say, it's notjust people who studied there come as the whole of glasgow and scotland. it's such a meaningful building to everyone. the home office has granted 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. the conservative mp, george freeman who has supported billy's campaign welcomed today's announcement. i'm delighted that sajid javid has stepped in. but this highlights
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that we need a law change. across europe, people who rely on medical cannabis oils for treatment of epilepsy or pain relief can get prescriptions and purchase. for british patients, that's illegal. we are condemning them into relying on the black market, unreliable supply. i think we need a reform. this is not recreational cannabis. a reform of medical cannabis licensing. i think it should be led by the department of health him and not the home office, and it needs to be done quickly. australia did this three years ago, very fast. it's perfectly doable. it's a difficult if you do have a change, to affect at least the way cannabis is used? because people will say surely, if people who can bring it in for medicinal reasons, they can also sell it for recreational reasons? 0h, we're not talking about cannabis, smoking cannabis, any of that. this is medical use, medical grade cannabis oils for anti—epilepsy orfor pain relief. of course, any licensing regimes,
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all licensing regimes need to be carefully worded. but ultimately, the truth is clear, we cannot have people in britain having to smuggle cannabis oils for medical treatment, in this case this young lad billy, who is suffering seizures. we can't criminalise patients needing a drug. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers, our guests joining me tonight are 0wen bennett, deputy political editor at huffpostuk and the journalist and broadcaster penny smith. in a few minutes' time viewers on bbc one willjoin us for a summary of the day's news with kate silverton. first, 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".
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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, 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
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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 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".
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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. hello, good evening. and an extraordinary intervention by the home secretary a 12—year—old boy with severe epilepsy is tonight receiving treatment using an illegal form of cannabis oil. billy caldwell‘s mother taught the oil in canada to help control his seizures, but it was confiscated on her arrival at heathrow airport. sajid javid said he used an exceptional power to issue the licence for what he said was in a medical emergency. the trip list or has the story. they bought ca nada's they bought canada's oil in canada containing an ingredient banned in the uk. the drug which kept billy's seizures under control for almost a
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year was confiscated. four days later billy was back in hospital. he is still there, but today charlotte was told the home office have backed down and licensed billy's cannabis treatment. leaving her relieved, but angry. 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 medications. for six children in our country. —— 46 children and our country. no other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal. sajid javid indicated this was not a full policy change, but a response to a complex situation. he said "i've used an exceptional power at home secretary... but many others are watching. this boycott my parents asked theresa may for the same access to cannabis treatment the months ago. now they want action. 0ne former minister says the law on
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medicinal cannabis must change. we can't have british patients having to smuggle netizens across the border in europe while european nations can acquire medical cannabis products. i think the mood is changing andi products. i think the mood is changing and i think this case highlights it. billy's cannabis treatment has resumed, but sold too as the debate on whether others like him should be allowed to benefit, too. richard lister, bbc news. last night's fire at the glasgow school of art has been described as heartbreaking by scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon. she was surveying the extensive damage caused the blaze which broke out late last night in the mackintosh building. it was being restored after another fire four years ago. our correspondent alexandra mackenzie reports. a site no one imagined they would ever see again. glasgow is my cherished mackintosh building was engulfed in flames for a second time. as the fire took hold in the early hours of this morning, thick smoke to be seen from miles around.
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as the fire rapidly spread, some local residents would evacuate —— we re local residents would evacuate —— were evacuated from their homes and businesses. more than 60 firefighters have been tackling this major blaze for several hours. and it now looks as if the flames had spread to a second building. it had indeed spread, to the nearby campus nightclub, and the 0tsu music venue. more resources were drafted in from across scotland, and at its 100 lucky firefighters fought to save these buildings. as dawn broke and these buildings. as dawn broke and the smoke subsided, the remains of the smoke subsided, the remains of the mackintosh building began to emerge. the extent of the damage is far worse than from the fire four yea rs far worse than from the fire four years ago. they're working on four fronts, so working on four different parts of the building. and the main operations at the moment are trying to extinguish the fire completely,
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within both the school of hard and it jason within both the school of hard and itjason buildings. within both the school of hard and it jason buildings. affectionately known as the mack, the grade a listed do then was completed in 1909. considered to be charles rennie mackintosh‘s masterpiece, it can be seen here in its former glory. the four years ago, fire ripped through the library. valuable archives and original furniture and fittings on a design by mackintosh, we re fittings on a design by mackintosh, were reduced to black and rubble. —— blackened rubble. the building was being restored and was due to reopen next year. as scotland's first minister paid tribute to firefighters this afternoon, that looks increasingly unlikely. the most important thing today is that we are not mourning the loss of life, and we should not forget that. that is down to the skill and the speed of response of the fire service. for that i am immensely grateful to all of them. investigation teams will now begin their painstaking work, to find out
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why such a devastating fire broke out on this historic site for the second time. alexandra mckenzie, bbc news, glasgow. sinn fein delegates at their annual conference have voted to liberalise the party's policy on abortion. it follows last month's referendum result in the republic of ireland, which overturned a de facto ban on most terminations. the motion, backed by sinn fein‘s leadership, has however, divided party members. from belfast, our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. resistance to sinn fein‘s moment of change. the party once opposed abortion in most circumstances. no more can it be commercialised and will our reproductive rights be capitalised and commercialised. applause today delegates queued to speak in favour of reform. we must face the reality, the lives of some women are placed in danger and real risk because of their pregnancy. during the recent referendum campaign, i was struck by the scores of winning that came forward
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and told their personal stories. last month ireland voted decisively to overturn its ban on abortion. today sinn fein passed a motion requiring its politicians to back new laws in the irish parliament, allowing abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. but not without some internal division. the 26 counties of ireland have long held something beautiful and pressures, the protection of the unborn, but we are the already born did not lose on may the 25th — the unborn child did. now that sinn fein has officially changed its own stance on abortion, the party will continue pressing for the law to be changed here in northern ireland. where abortion remains illegal in most circumstances force of but achieving this will be harder. sinn fein is not in government after power—sharing with the dup collapsed 17 months ago. tonight in her first conference speech as leader mary lou mcdonald will call for that to change.
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emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. with all the sport, here's katherine downes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much. the 2018 world cup has produced its biggest surprise so far. argentina's superstar lionel messi missing a penalty and his jaw and iceland were playing their first world cup. but we're friends beat australia. here's a report. and that of argentina's stars lit up this occasion, sergio aguero, israeli outshot. burdened by such expectation ryland, such as england was found out against the reputation counts. 0ffered was found out against the reputation counts. offered with their first ever world cup goal. predictably, lionel messi would have his moment. it came from the spot, the outcome,
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less predictable. messi and argentina still have a lot to do. as france took on australia, few so much wrong with this challenge. that was until the video referee took a look. a france penalty was eventually the decision, antoine griezmann ending that discussion. australia's response was clearer to see, but just as australia's response was clearer to see, butjust as difficult australia's response was clearer to see, but just as difficult to explain. samuel's handball, a moment of madness. a level maths. france would always go mack also require assistance, taking technology to show that pol pot but‘s ever did was the line —— pol pot but. adam wilde, bbc news. also in group c today, denmark beat peru 1—0. and in group d later croatia take on nigeria. meanwhile england have continued their preparations in repino, but behind closed doors today. 0ur sports editor dan roan is there for us now. dan. that thread. england's big opening
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match on monday night against the media is now looming into view. for the first time the players know exactly where they stand. manager gareth southgate has now informed them who will be in the starting 11. if the team is as expected, it means that nine of those 11 will be appearing in the world cup for the very first time. it is of course relatively inexperienced and you full england squad. they're continuing their preparation to your at their base. they will train for the final time in the morning before making the long 1000 mile journey by saint petersburg, to where the matched its place. immediately have to start accommodating too much heart of —— hotter temperatures compared to major economy campaigns in the past, this as in relatively trouble—free, it's before and, as their surroundings here on the gulf of finland. whether that translates into success on monday, we'll have to wait and find out. for now, thanks very much. away from the world cup, england's recent losing streak in rugby union has continued
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as they lost the second test in south africa. england were 12—0 up, but south africa pulled away in the second half to win 23—12. england have now lost 5 tests in a row. but there was success for ireland, a win in australia for the first time in 39 years. they won the second test in melbourne by 26 points to 21 and level the three—game series with one to play. there's more on the bbc sport website, including news of andy murray's return to competitive tennis and the latest international cricket. kate. thanks so much. much more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. we are back with the late news at 1010 pm. now for the late news where you are. bye—bye. hello. this is bbc news. it is day three of the world cup. and it is well under way. russia, in
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three of the world cup. and it is well underway. russia, in russia. australia have played france and argentina went up against iceland earlier in the day as well. england fa ns earlier in the day as well. england fans have also been arriving ahead of the team's opening group game against tunisia on monday. full of praise for the warm welcome that they have received from the hosts. first impression of russia, it is beautiful. i can't believe how nice and friendly the people are. this person here has been so homecoming. very family. the view of the river and everything, the weather, is magnificent. russia, they have been so magnificent. russia, they have been so brilliant to us. they really have. change my opinion of them. i'm getting a russian flag! that would be fantastic. what a wonderful place. the sun is out on backdrop. i'm blown away, i really am. everyone's been friendly. they've been really nice, really helpful. obviously i don't speak russian, so
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i got lost a few times. but everything has been really great. and we will have more on all the days world cup action on sports day at 730. stay tuned for that. now from anti—freeze to limit colours nails, that could have potentially benefits in fighting cancer. the oceans of antarctica are full of unique animals that scientists hope could hold the key to some major global problems. members of the british antarctic survey in cambridge, spend months diving in freezing waters. 0ur science correspondent, richard westcott has been given special access to the creatures they bring back to study. up top, antarctica is a frozen desert. but venture beneath the ice, it's waters are teeming with life. creatures that hold clues to how the animal world will cope with climate change.
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well, we've been given a rare, behind—the—scenes glimpse at some of the creatures sciences have brought back from the uk to study. and there are some bizarre animals, believe me. this is one of my favourite creatures. so, it's just like the other starfish we were looking at. except one obvious, and very obvious, difference. can you flip it over, so we can see the mouth? yeah. this one may be, it will take a hold and put into there, in fact it might well have something in there that it's feeding on. studying these animals could help save lives. from the sea spider that can grow as big as a dinner plate, to the starfish that looks a bit like bagpuss. many are full of natural anti—freeze that could be useful in the medical world. the humble sea lemon has no predators. the chemical putting them off might also fight cancer or infections. so, there's a range of animals within the antarctic, from things like this to sponges and other animals, that live and grow on the rocks, they could potentially have really important chemicals for human society. so it's like the rain forest,
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where you find medicines? absolutely, yeah. you go through the ice, and suddenly it's all pitch black and then, as your eyes adjust, you look up and you've got this amazing ice cover with these colours of browns and green, it's like this almost sort of cathedral—like feeling. and then obviously, i sink to the bottom, start my work, and i could be anywhere. living in 0—degree waters makes these animals grow much slower, but bigger than usual. so, this is the same group of animals as the wood lice you find in your garden, but obviously one major difference it is pretty big. and this is another example of polar gigantism, so where animals because of the cold, because of the cold water they live in, can actually be bigger. from health and food supply, to the impact of warmer oceans, these animals are helping us to understand the world our children will grow up in. richard wescott, bbc news, cambridge. isn't he pretty? time for a look at
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the weather. saturday's weather was a little hit 01’ saturday's weather was a little hit or miss across the uk, we had one or two thunderstorms but eventually the fungi can out particularly across western areas of the uk. tomorrow there is going to be a lot of this around. ithink there is going to be a lot of this around. i think is going to be a mostly overcast day, with a bit of sunshine here and there. overnight we are going to see the clearer skies moving in, but islamabad you can see on the satellite picture, thatis can see on the satellite picture, that is going to be right on top of us that is going to be right on top of us during the course of sunday. as i say, there will be a little bit of sunshine around. here's the forecast for the rest of this evening and overnight. clear skips those developing, it will be quite chilly particularly and thailand. i will be surprised if it gets down to 4 degrees. in the south, a little bit milder, say 10—13dc. here's the cloud behind me that is racing and the winds will be thrashing. his is
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a weather front, but not a lot of rain. -- a weather front, but not a lot of rain. —— this is a weather front, but not a lot of rain. cornwall, devon, coast of wales, possibly a few spots of rain getting into northern ireland, maybe the lake district too. by the end of the afternoon there should be some bring us afternoon there should be some bring us closer to the north sea coast of there, also eastern scotland. the pollen levels are pretty high on sunday. particularly across central and eastern england, but noticed they are lowering across the west. that is because we're getting those fresher atlantic winds. this is the weather map for monday, low pressure is very close to iceland. that means very windy weather and a very far northwest of scotland. to the south of these websites, we start to see milder or warm of these websites, we start to see milder orwarm aircoming of these websites, we start to see milder orwarm air coming in of these websites, we start to see milder or warm air coming in from the south. temperatures are expected to rise on monday. this is monday's weather forecast. a fair bit of doubt, particularly across western areas. the northwest of scotland with some on and off rain, but look at the temperature contrast, around 125, four or five expected
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at the temperature contrast, around 125, four orfive expected in norwich and london. 0nly 125, four orfive expected in norwich and london. only 12 degrees in the far northwest of scotland with those very strong up to gale force winds. that is the trend we're going to see into next week. we will see warm aircoming going to see into next week. we will see warm air coming in from the south, but unfortunately it will turn and move across england and never reach scotland. so in scotland the temperatures will remain low into next week, say around 1a degrees there in aberdeen where it is far south in london, possibly as high as the high 20s. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. scotland's first minister has described the fire which gutted glasgow's school of art as "heartbreaking". the celebrated mackintosh building was being restored after another fire four years ago. we don't know what the structural damage is, the damage... so it's too
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