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this is bbc world news. our top stories: a moment of world cup history. mighty lionel messi's penalty hopes unaltered by iceland as the tiny nation holds argentina toa as the tiny nation holds argentina to a draw in moscow. also in moscow, the moment a taxi driver tries to flee after crashing into vans. he says it was an accident. eight people are in hospital. selfies and celebrations. extraordinary scenes in afghanistan as taliban militants and security forces come together during a ceasefire for eid. and a british boy with severe epilepsy is allowed to be treated with illegal cannabis oil after a rare intervention by government. hello, and welcome to bbc world news. at the world cup, iceland, the
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smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament, has pulled off a major surprise. they held mighty argentina to a draw, with lionel messi failing to score a penalty. tim allman has this report. ole, ole, ole! some fans have come a long way for this. many are bringing reminders from home. others aiming to win new recruits. that wonderful moment at the beginning of a tournament when anything seems possible. we are headed for a 2—1 australia win. anything seems possible. we are headed for a 2-1 australia win. 2-0. 2-0, headed for a 2-1 australia win. 2-0. 2—0, all right. headed for a 2-1 australia win. 2-0. 2-0, all right. we are hoping! australia 3—1, australia to win against the french. whatever the result, this match did seem a world cup first. the video assistant referee ea are, affording a penalty
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to france. these socceroos got a penalty of their own in the second half, making it 1—1. penalty of their own in the second half, making iti—i. but paul penalty of their own in the second half, making it 1—1. but paul pogba scored a late winner. the french are up scored a late winner. the french are up and running. var seems to be contagious. another spot kick this time awarded to parul. but you still have to put them in the back of the net. that miss proved crucial. yusuf poulsen, who conceded a penalty scored in the second half, denmark winning i—o. scored in the second half, denmark winning 1—0. in group d sergio aguero gave argentina the lead against icelander. but it was soon 1-1. against icelander. but it was soon i—i. alfredsson bergersen equalising for the smallest nation taking part. in the second half, lionel messi had the chance to win it, but his penalty was easily saved. and in
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group d's other match, and own goal and a missed spot kick from luka modric helped croatia to rate 2—0 win over nigeria. and to keep up—to—date with what is going on in the world cup, do go to oui’ going on in the world cup, do go to our bbc sport website. we have all the team news and results, of course, and the fixtures, building up course, and the fixtures, building up to the final onjuly 15. police in moscow are questioning a man after a taxi veered into pedestrians near red square. injuring eight people. some of those hurt were mexican football fans visiting the city for the world cup. the merrill moscow said the driver, a parody is national, lost control of the vehicle. —— a parody is national, lost control of the vehicle. -- kyrgyrz a parody is national, lost control of the vehicle. —— kyrgyrz national. ina in a video from the scene, the yellow taxi turns sharply from a queue of traffic and ploughs into the crowd on the pavement, scooping up the crowd on the pavement, scooping up and carrying several people along on its bonnet before crashing into a road sign. the driver then leaps out
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and sprints off, pursued by others in the crowd, including fans in football shirts. translation: there we re football shirts. translation: there were mexican is, people were screaming. the only thing that stops him is that he had crashed into the pillar, into the street sign. people who saw him, normal people, detained him. he started driving over people. people were everywhere, they were walking, there was absolutely no i’ooiti. walking, there was absolutely no room. he was pulled out of the car and he started running. hejumped out and then the witnesses caught him. security is high here in russia, with the world cup under way. thousands of foreign fans are visiting. moscow's now has called what has happened close to red square and unpleasant incident, and reports from two russian news agencies suggests the driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel and press the accelerator accidentally. according to their embassy, two mexicans are among those who were hurt, but not seriously. there have been extraordinary scenes
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in the afghan capital, kabul, where taliban and militants havejoined eid celebrations are embracing security forces. it is a result of the ceasefire which the government would like to extend. but the piece was broken after an attack rate on state killed 20 in eastern afghanistan state killed 20 in eastern afg ha nista n early state killed 20 in eastern afghanistan early on saturday. for many afghanis, these are extraordinary scenes. taliban militants crossing over front lines to celebrate eid with officials and soldiers. the two sides were fighting each other just soldiers. the two sides were fighting each otherjust a few days ago. the unprecedented development was due to a three—day ceasefire declared for the muslim religious festival of eid. in some places, soldiers were hugging taliban fighters and exchanging eid greetings. dozens of unarmed taliban fighters also entered the capital city, kabul. the interior minister
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met taliban fighters briefly, and almost unthinkable counter —— and counter a few days ago. but the taliban says it is only temporary. translation: we don't have a problem with afghan police and afghan forces. we fight because there are foreigners in our country. there are americans in our country. we fight americans in our country. we fight americans if we see them now, and we will fight them after the ceasefire has finished. the truth has been widely observed in most parts of afghanistan, but the ceasefire was marred by a suicide attack in nangarhar province. despite the breach, the afghan president, ashraf ghani, wants the ceasefire to continue. translation: ghani, wants the ceasefire to continue. translationzlj ghani, wants the ceasefire to continue. translation: i have ordered afghan security and defence forces to extend the ceasefire from monday, the fourth day of eid. more
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details of the ceasefire will be shared with the nation soon. i also urge the taliban to extend their ceasefire. the war weary afghani population wants an end to the cycle of violence. for the moment, the temporary ceasefire has raised hopes of permanent peace. let's ta ke let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. at least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a nightclub outside the venezuelan capital of caracas, after a key gas canister was donated. at least eight of the dead are children. the club was packed with students celebrating the end of the school year. there has been more violence in nicaragua a day after the government and opposition agreed a ceasefire to end nearly two months of unrest. in the worst incident, at least six members of the same family we re least six members of the same family were killed in an arson attack. in the past two months, almost 180
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people have been killed in anti— governor protests. the greek prime vista, alexis tsipras, has survived a parliamentary vote of confidence over a deal made two is —— to settle a long—running name dispute with macedonia. outside parliament, police fired tear gas at protesters angry with the government. a signing ceremony tomorrow will see grease's northern neighbour renamed as north macedonia. the spanish port of valencia is preparing to welcome more than 600 migrants who have been at the centre ofa migrants who have been at the centre of a major european dispute since they were rescued from the mediterranean sea last weekend. it follows italy's refusal to accept the vessel. france is now offered to help by taking in some of those migrants. john dobson reports. unwanted, homeless, but at least safe. turned away by italy and malta, more than 600 african migrants aboard the aquarius are now heading to spain. they are due to arrive in valencia tomorrow, and now france has offered to take some of those on board as well, and process their asylum claims. finally, something to celebrate. after what has been a terrifying journey, they were rescued off
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the coast of libya as their boats broke up. and even now they have had to face difficult weather. we started proceeding away towards spain, we were hit by 1m waves that were crashing over the deck. the spray was going over the bridge onto the decks on the aft part of the ship. these people are already so vulnerable and it's just putting a huge amount of strain on already extremely tired, vulnerable people who just survived a shipwreck. so not a great situation on board here. at the port in valencia, the red cross and medecins sans frontieres are preparing for aquarius' arrival, with more than 1000 volunteers on hand to help. translation: vulnerable people are travelling on aquarius and the italian vessels, including children and pregnant women. there is also a group of people who have suffered burns, some second—degree burns, due to the mixture of water and fuel. in general, medical teams are used to this kind of situation and the patients are stable. but it is clear that such
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a long trip in such harsh conditions doesn't help. spain and france say europe has a humanitarian and legal duty to give those saved at sea safe landing. italy's new populist government, though, is continuing to push its tough line. but for these people, afterjourneys lasting weeks and maybe months, they are finally about to set foot in europe. the 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 by the waves, which broke out on friday night in the mackintosh building. —— blaze. it was being
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restored after another fire four yea rs restored after another fire four years ago. alexandra mckenzie reports. a sight no—one imagined they would never see again. glasgow's 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 could be seen from miles around. as the fire rapidly spread, some local residents 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 have spread to a second building. it had indeed spread, to the nearby campus nightclub, and the 02 abc music venue. more resources were drafted in from across scotland, and at its height, 120 firefighters fought to save these buildings. as dawn broke and the smoke subsided, the remains of the mackintosh building began to emerge. the extent of the damage was far worse than from the fire four years ago. we are working on all fronts, we are working on four different
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parts of the building, and the main operation at the moment is trying to extinguish the fire completely within both the school of art and adjacent buildings. affectionately known as the mac, the grade a listed building was completed in 1909. considered to be charles rennie mackintosh's masterpiece, it can be seen here in its former glory. but four years ago, fire ripped through the library. valuable archives and original furniture and fittings, designed by mackintosh, were reduced to 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 looked increasingly unlikely. the most important thing today is that we are not mourning loss of life, and we should not forget that.
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that is down to the skill and the speedy response of the fire service, and for that i am immensely grateful to all of them. investigation teams will now begin their painstaking work to find out why such a devastating fire broke out on this historic site for a second time. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come, how a boy with severe epilepsy can use illegal cannabis oil to treat it. there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years forcibly classified each citizen
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according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. just a day old, and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife, it would be a good idea, if i could, to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines. a messy meltdown at the
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world cup. argentina's forward misses a penalty as iceland hold them to assess doric draw. ——a historic trough or other man is being questioned by police in moscow after a taxi veered into pedestrians in red square, injuring eight people, including some mexican football fans. in an extraordinary intervention by the british home secretary, a 12—year—old boy with severe epilepsy is receiving treatment using an illegal form of cannabis oil. be called well‘s mother what the oil in canada to help control its sieges after —— but it was confiscated at london heathrow airport. it has been described by the minister as cruel as inhumane —— and inhumane. sajid javid used an exceptional power for what he said was a medical emergency. charlotte and billy caldwell flew back to britain on monday after taking the law into their own hands. to treat billy's epilepsy, they bought cannabis oil in canada containing an ingredient
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banned in the uk. the drug which had kept billy's seizures under control for almost a year was confiscated and four days later billy was back in hospital. he's still there but today charlotte was told the home office had 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 office can no longer play a role, in fact play any role in the administration of medication for sick children in our country. no other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal. sajid javid indicated that this wasn't a full policy change but a response to a complex situation. he said... but many others are watching.
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alfie's parents asked theresa may for the same access to cannabis treatment three months ago. now they want action. one former minister says the law on medicinal cannabis must change. we can't have british patients having to smuggle medicines across the border while european patients can acquire medicinal cannabis products. i think the mood is changing. and i think this case highlights it. billy's cannabis treatment has resumed but so too has the debate on whether others like him should be able to benefit, too. sinn fein have voted to liberalise the party's policy on abortion. it follows last month's referendum with —— result in northern ireland which route —— reversed a ban on these procedures. from belfast, our ireland correspondent emma vardy
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reports. anti—abortion campaigners turned out to greet sinn fein delegates this morning. these views were once in the party mainstream, but not any more. no more will our reproductive rights be capitalised and commercialised! today, sinn fein delegates of a new generation spoke in favour of abortion reform. we must face the reality that the lives of some women are placed in danger and real risk due to their pregnancy. during the recent referendum campaign, i was struck by the scores of women that came forward and told their personal stories. last month ireland voted decisively to overturn its ban on abortion. motion 95... 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. applause. but not without some internal division. the 26 counties of ireland has lost something beautiful and precious, the protection of the unborn, but we the already born did not
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lose on may the 25th — the unborn child did. leading the call for change, sinn fein's first new leader in 35 years. mary lou mcdonald gave herfirst conference speech since taking over from gerry adams a few months ago. emery woman who calls this island home must have access to compassionate medical care at home. the north is next. now that sinn fein has 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. but achieving this will be harder. sinn fein is not in government after power—sharing with the dup collapsed 17 months ago. change has come in the party, but deadlock over access to abortion for northern ireland remains. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast.
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the former boss of france telecom and six other members of his team will face trial over an alleged culture of harassment that led to a series of suicides at the firm. they are accused of making life deliberately unpleasant for employees to make them want to leave. in one case an employee jumped out of a fifth floor window in front of colleagues and another is said to have stabbed himself in a meeting. in june 1993, is said to have stabbed himself in a meeting. injune 1993, the israeli meeting. injune1993, the israeli ministry was forced to save —— change its policy for gay and lesbian soldiers. before that, high ranking officers found to be gay was —— web bugs from sensible dump that —— were barred from knowing sensitive material. this man was the
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country's first openly gay member and has been telling our history programme witness about how he forced change on the military. ijoined the military and served as an officerfor almost ijoined the military and served as an officer for almost 20 years. i was up to the level in intelligence. the law at the time was if you are known to be gay, you cannot have access to classified information. because of the belief that we were prone to extortion. the atmosphere was such that you didn't talk about gays, something to be ashamed of. i had to live like that in the shadows. it's not a pleasant way of
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living, being in the closet is very difficult. in 1982, they secured a clea ra nce difficult. in 1982, they secured a clearance cheque. people came here and asked about how i live here and at that time, i had a mother with me, living together. that was enough to cause an avalanche of events that endedin to cause an avalanche of events that ended in me being demoted to a low ranking position. ——i had a lover living with me. it was like a slap in the face. until i decided, it is time to fight back. in 1993, a member of parliament decided to organise the first debate in the knesset about the issues. i was very apprehensive. i didn't know how
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people would react. up to that time, no single gay person of high social ranking would come out and say, "i am gay, look". the message of my speech was that we want to be the same as you. we don't demand anything that you don't have. we wa nt to anything that you don't have. we want to be allowed to continue in the military and other parts of society. i was called to the prime minister's office. he says, what do you want? asset what happened to me will not happen again. ——i said. we started to negotiate the military experience and it took a short time because three months after i started my campaign, the law was signed by
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the chief of staff of the israeli military. the new law starts with the words that the israeli defence forces do not discriminate against gays. it was quite revolutionary. in 2004, i was the first openly gay member of parliament to be elected which created a lot of uproar. nowadays, i have a husband who is with me. i have an adopted son. everybody around me knows i am gay soi everybody around me knows i am gay so i feel at peace with my environment. was it worth it? for me, yes. i did it. i managed to change the law. the retired israeli colonel and
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former politician speaking to the bbc‘s witness programme them out. the t1 may not be a milestone birthday for most but it is a big dealfor one giant birthday for most but it is a big deal for one giant panda birthday for most but it is a big dealfor one giant panda in mexico. -- 31. this dealfor one giant panda in mexico. —— 31. this is the world's longest living panda out of china. they were given to mexico by china in 1975. officially a geriatric in panda yea rs, officially a geriatric in panda years, he didn't get fazed about getting old, enjoying a relaxing day with plenty of snacks on hand. a reminder of our top story, at the world cup in russia, iceland have held off football giants argentina to secure a draw. lionel nessie failed to score from the penalty spot. then forget you can get in touch with me and that team on twitter. —— lionel messi. hello. on saturday, the weather was
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hit and miss. we had some downpours. we not expecting that on sunday, however, sunday is expected to be at cloudy day across much of the country. it may remain overcast right through the afternoon and into the evening across western areas with a bit of light rain drizzle. pretty —— through the early will ours, you can see it is chilly in rural spots. this cloud will be over us on rural spots. this cloud will be over us on sunday but at least it would be pouring with rain. through the early hours, you can see the clear skies across eastern and northern areas. towards the west, we have the encroaching crowd, carried by an —— —— atlantic breeze —— encroaching cloud. it starts off right across eastern counties but quickly the
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clouds will increase. around some of the coastal areas, thick cloud and drizzle at times but also through glimmers of rightness will stop however, the best chance of sunshine, i think, however, the best chance of sunshine, ithink, on however, the best chance of sunshine, i think, on sunday, however, the best chance of sunshine, ithink, on sunday, across northern and eastern parts of scotland. aberdeen getting up to 19 celsius. that is how it will end on sunday. cloudy. here is a look at the pollen levels, you can see they are the pollen levels, you can see they a re pretty the pollen levels, you can see they are pretty high across england with inns across the atlantic, just moderate levels across the west of the uk. we will progressively see the uk. we will progressively see the weather system is moving towards the weather system is moving towards the north. still, some weather fronts slicing across the northern half of the uk. the trend will be for more warmer air drifting in across the south so it will gradually rise across the southern half of the uk through the week. monday starts of sunny across eastern and southern areas. we have the weather fronts moving eastern and southern areas. we have the weatherfronts moving into scotland, northern ireland and the north—west. they will be a bit of
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rain here. look at the weather in the south. lots of sunshine and temperatures getting into the mid— 20s. as we go through tuesday and wednesday, the temperatures are expected to rise even further. the wa ltz , expected to rise even further. the waltz, as it comes in from the south, doesn't quite reach scotland or northern ireland. —— warmth. it ends up in continental europe. the temperatures are only expected to rise across the southern half of the uk. the mid— high 20s in london but in aberdeen, temperatures will be closer to the teens. that is the latest from me. bye bye. this is bbc world news. the
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headlines: at the world cup in russia, iceland has held off football giants argentina to secure a draw. the argentines' star player lionel messi failed to score from the penalty spot. police in moscow are questioning a man after a taxi veered into pedestrians near red square, injuring eight people. some of those hurt were mexican football fa ns of those hurt were mexican football fans visiting the city for the world cup. there have been extraordinary scenes in the afghan capital, kabul, where taliban militants havejoined be eid celebrations, embracing security forces. at an attack in eastern afghanistan has killed at least 20. spain has accepted an offer from france to take on some of the migrants from the aquarius rescue ship, which was denied entry to italy. the vessel is currently en route to valencia with more than 600 people on board. now on bbc
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