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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: the irish border still a block on the road to brexit, as the eu and the uk call on each other to change position. it is now for the eu to respond is, not simply to fall back on two previous positions which have already been proven on workable. if you want to reach a deal it is also our responsibility to be prepared all scenarios, including no deal. after a surprise invitation with president trump, russia says it is open to a possible visit by president putin to washington. president trump's former lawyer is reported to have secretly recorded a conversation with mr trump before the 2016 election, in which they discussed payments to a former playboy model. two 15—year—olds who plotted to murder pupils and teachers at a school in yorkshire are given custodial sentences. the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury leaves hospital.
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the whole secret of survival was never to stay still for more than two seconds. —— 20. geoffrey wellum, the youngest spitifire pilot to fly in the battle of britain, has died aged 96. good evening, and welcome to bbc news. it may only be 310 miles long, but the border between northern ireland and ireland is still proving a major block on the road to brexit. speaking in belfast, the prime minister called on the eu to "evolve" its position on the issue. the eu's chief negotiator responded that he's open to any solution that is "legally workable."
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michel barnier also welcomed mrs may's brexit white paper — the one that triggered a slew of resignations in westminster — but questioned key sections of it. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar has the latest. the protesters often turn out for theresa may but the problems of brexit follow her everywhere. today, she was in belfast with a plea and a promise. a promise there will be no hard irish border when the uk leaves. and a plea to the eu. she had compromised on her brexit plan. now, it was brussels's turn. the white paper represents a significant development in our position. it is a coherent package. it is now for the eu to respond. not simply to fall back on previous positions which have already been proven unworkable. as for the border, her plans sees goods moving freely between the uk and the eu, including ireland with no customs or other checks. so, no special status for northern ireland, no undermining the union.
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the solution we have put forward is a practical, workable solution to do that which respects the vote of the british people, protects jobs but also ensures that we don't see a hard border between northern ireland and ireland. in brussels, the stage was set for an important moment. how would the british compromises go down? eu foreign ministers had met and set the tone, wary, not convinced, at least not yet. i will remain an optimist, but it is hard to be an optimist in these challenging times. we will work on the basis of our principles and see to what extent our british partner fully gets it, including the british parliament. then, it was the negotiator‘s turn. he wasn't ready to buy britain's offer as it stood, but he was willing to talk. "there are several elements that open away to a constructive discussion," he said, but his doubts and questions piled up. how could britain trade with europe's single market
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without following the same rules? what about protecting eu consumers? and, in plain english, the eu was ready to contemplate the outcome many fear most — talks ending in no agreements. even if you want to reach a deal, it's also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including a no deal. as the european council said, we have to step up preparation at all levels for all scenarios. this was no moment of breakthrough and it was never likely to be. there will be some relief in government that the british plan wasn't dismissed out of hand. but now the going gets really tough. brussels wants more concessions, and there were some mps who are already plotting mutiny when and if those concessions are made. as it stands, seniorfigures on all sides are telling me it is hard to see mrs may's blueprint getting through in the autumn as mps prepare for their summer break, brexit looks like a crisis waiting to happen. it also ensures that there is no
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border effectively down the irish sea. if only all talks are as friendly as this, but nothing's easy just now. not her party, not parliament, not brussels, not brexit. certainly not brexit. john pienaar, bbc news. today was the first time that the eu leaders gave their reaction to theresa may's white paper, and as our europe correspondent damian grammaticas reports, there are fears in brussels that we are heading towards a no deal. michel barnier, we saw today, seems to me more angry, more frustrated, more determined then he has appeared before. why? well, he said there is 13 weeks to sort all this out. the keyissue 13 weeks to sort all this out. the key issue remaining is that border in northern ireland, and it is that tax top, the insurance policy in case they cannot agree in the future ona case they cannot agree in the future on a trade deal, how to avoid border
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checks. —— that backstop. sides agreed in december they would have w011. agreed in december they would have won. today mrs maister in belfast and said the eu's proposal was unacceptable. michel barnier said there has to be one and it has to be legally workable otherwise there is no agreement and the uk crashes out. so he is concerned about that, the eu 27 ministers are concerned. we heard from them as well. they said they are growing increasingly worried that they could see this no deal chaotic brexit. michel barnier also turned to that white paper and he did poke holes in it. he said he's in blue couldn't see, all he had questions, about how it was compatible with the eu's single market. —— he said he simply couldn't see. two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder pupils and teachers at a school in northallerton in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences. thomas wyllie and alex bolland were inspired by the killings of 13 people at the columbine high school in america almost 20 years ago. fiona trott reports.
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thomas wyllie, described as being controlling and devious. his friend, alex bolland, said students needed killing. two children who wanted to carry out mass murder. they never gave evidence in court, so we'll never fully understand why. for months, the teenagers collected items and hid them away. the prosecution called them "instruments for an explosive device". among them, screws and petrol found in a rucksack. police also recovered a series of social media messages between the teenagers. they talked about shooting up the school. most chilling of all was this, a note in wyllie'sjournal. "if this is found," it says, i have committed one of the worst atrocities in british history." it was in this hideout where police found the evidence they needed. they soon realised what the children were plotting. they wanted to re—enact the columbine school massacre in the united states.
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13 people died. it happened in 1999, before wyllie and bolland were even born. wyllie will serve 12 years in detention, bolland will serve ten. fiona trott, bbc news. hot on the heels of his controversial talks in helsinki, president trump has invited president putin for a summit at the white house. from washington, gary 0'donoghue reports. one week on and, still, we don't know what these two men agreed to behind closed doors — in their two—hour meeting, with only translators present. but after that joint public appearance — and donald trump seeming to side with russia over his own intelligence services — he's faced a whirlwind of criticism, being forced to clear up and clarify his support for his own side. getting along with president putin, getting along with russia
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is a positive, not a negative. now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out, i'll be the worst enemy he's ever had. the worst he's ever had. we have some breaking news. the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. and now this, even catching the man who runs the entirety of us intelligence off—balance. 0k. yeah! laughter. that's gonna be special. laughter. 0n the face of it, the invite to president putin is baffling. why risk another potential humiliation, on home soil, just weeks before key congressional elections? the answer is that around seven out of ten republican voters believe the summit was a success, and getting them out to vote in the november polls will be crucial. at the un today, the secretary of state was backing his president. i'm happy that the two leaders of two very important countries are continuing to meet.
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and if that meeting takes place in washington, i think it's all to the good. but not all republicans are happy. and as for the president's opponents, they see his whole approach as a betrayal. i found it shocking. ifound it to be one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an american president that anyone's ever witnessed. and it wasn't just that it was a kind of surrender, it's that it is dangerous. a president stood there and did not defend our country. and while the politicians get stuck in, comedians can't resist it either. second meeting?! second meeting, 'cause the first one went so well! laughter it'sjust like the exciting sequel coming out this summer — 'titanic 2! here we go again'. laughter after yet another turbulent week, it's off to his golf club for the president. in his wake, a political and diplomatic establishment reeling from uncertainty. gary 0'donoghue, bbc
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news, washington. and in another development, the new york times reports prosecutors have seized a recording of a conversation between donald trump and his former lawyer, michael cohen, in which they discuss a payment to a former playboy model in the run—up to the 2016 presidential election. let's speak to chris buckler in washington. chris, we heard gary talking about a turbulent week for the president. this seems to be another potential problem for him. explain more about the secret recording? yeah, it is never quiet at the white house at the moment, certainly on donald trump's watch. as we all know, donald trump's former personal lawyer michael cullen is under investigation for a range of things, including bank fraud and tax fraud. during a raid they went to his officers and federal authorities seized a lot of evidence and information from his office. now, it
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seems one of the things they took was a tape recording, and suggestions from the wall street journal say that it is a short conversation, this tape, something like two minutes, and it also ends midconversation. what it appears to have donald trump and michael cohen discussing them potentially buying the rights to a story of karen dougal, from the national enquirer magazine. but the national enquirer had bought this story from a former playboy model, who claims that a decade before mr trump ran for president that she had an affair with him, an affair that lasted a number of months. the national enquirer bought this story, however, they did not publish it. and the magazine is owned by a personal friend of donald trump. it has led to claims in the us that it is what is known as catch and kill. effectively they take a story and they suffered being published. allegedly, in this conversation, this tape that has been taken, mr trump and mrcohen
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this tape that has been taken, mr trump and mr cohen are discussing the potential of buying the rights to that story from the national enquirer magazine, which would of course mean that karen dougal could not talk about the story going forward. the concern here, and the concern for the white house, is that that could potentially lead mr trump potentially breaking campaign finance laws. it could be seen, because of the timing, just before the 2016 presidential election, that he was trying to stop a negative story from coming out before he ran for president. another one to watch. chris buckler, thank you very much. the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury in wiltshire, charlie rowley, has been discharged from hospital. he's thought to have found the substance in a perfume bottle. his partner dawn sturgess, who was also contaminated, died earlier this month. duncan kennedy reports. it's been a life—changing three weeks for charlie rowley, poisoned by a nerve agent but now well enough to leave hospital. the hospital said he'd been decontaminated to ensure that the novichok could no longer affect him or anyone else. i'm pleased to confirm that,
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earlier today, charlie rowley was discharged from hospital. charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine. today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery, and all of us at salisbury hospital wish him well as he continues to get better. nearly two weeks ago, dawn sturgess, charlie's partner, died after she received a high dose of the novichok. today, in a park in salisbury, a few of those who knew dawn gathered to remember her as a mother and a friend. she was a really nice, friendly person. she always looked out for people. she lent people money if they needed, she helped them out any way she could. it's a shame to see her go, really. she was a really caring person. she liked to be the mother of everyone, really. dawn and charlie came into contact with the novichok here at charlie's home in amesbury. the source of the poisonous liquid was a small, glass bottle found here.
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police have now released these pictures of the park in salisbury where it's possible charlie or dawn picked up that bottle. the operation comes as some reports suggest officers are close to identifying suspects in the case. four months after yulia and sergei skripal were contaminated with novichok, along with a police officer, it's now charlie rowley who's able to leave hospital, to carry on his recovery alongside a huge, complicated police investigation. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in salisbury. the headlines on bbc news: the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said many questions remain about theresa may's vision for future links between london and brussels. after a surprise invitation by president trump, russia says it is open to a possible visit by president putin to washington. two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder teachers and classmates at their school in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences
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of ten and 12 years. 17 people have died and six others remain in hospital after a tourist boat sank in a missouri lake during a firece storm. it's one of the most deadly such incidents in years but the so called duck boats have been involved in a string of fatal accidents. the governor's office says nine of those killed were from the same family and that two others survived. 0ur north america correspondent, james cook, reports. this is not good. this duck boat made it back to the shore. the passengers not wearing life jackets a p pa re ntly passengers not wearing life jackets apparently unaware of quite how much danger they were in. further out, a second duck boat was in bigger
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trouble, unable to cope with the blast from a severe thunderstorm. i need a rope on the back. of the 31 on board, just 1a survived, brought ashore in shock. among the dead was a one—year—old baby. the emptys, tell one of the emptys, please. it's been a long night, a very trying night, and we'lljust keep all of our families involved and all the first responder personnel are in out the first responder personnel are in our thoughts and prayers. now the question is, a weather warnings had been issued so why were the boats on the water and were the passengers wearing personal flotation devices, 01’ wearing personal flotation devices, or pfds. it happened so quick, i guess everyone should have had a pfd, i don't know, they were up over our head when we rode in. you don't think stuff like that's going to
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happen and then, man, it happened. based on the amphibious landing craft of the second world war, duck boats are popular with tourists but their safety record is now under scrutiny. worldwide, a0 people have died in accidents involving them in the last 20 years. this is just the latest in a long line of tragedies. james cook, bbc news. five people have been killed in a day of violence near the gaza—israeli border. the palestinian health ministry says one person was shot dead by israeli soldiers during the weekly friday protests. the israeli army also launched air raids on what it described as hamas targets, killing three people. it said one of its troops has died from his wounds in the exchange of fire. the latest violence comes a day after israel's parliament passed a controversial law defining the country as the nation—state of the jewish people. a man arrested in westminster last year armed with several knives has been jailed for life. dramatic pictures from the time show khalid ali being detained by officers moments before attempting to launch a knife attack near downing street.
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he was convicted last month of terror offences, and will spend at least a0 years behind bars. residents near an industrial estate in the west midlands have been evacuated from their homes following an ammonia leak. emergency services were called to summerton road in 0ldbury this evening where fire crews are dealing with a fire at the industrial site. there are no injuries reported, but people in the nearby area are being urged to keep their windows and doors shut. the new health and social care secretary says he will look again at the current key a&e target of seeing patients within four hours in hospital in england and at whether it is realistic. matt hancock also says he wants to address how undervalued many nhs staff feel and boost their morale. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, has been with him to west suffolk
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hospital in bury st edmunds. nice to meet you. very nice to meet you. i'm matt. demonstrating his bedside manner, the new health and social care secretary was out on the wards at the west suffolk hospital ahead of making his first big speech in the job. it just makes it itjust makes it more human. he's certainly got a lot to think about and a lot of problems to face up to. first, nhs targets — they've been missed for some time in england. the main ones are for patients' waiting times in a&e and waits for routine surgery. nhs leaders have called for them to be changed, and matt hancock told me he would consider it. the nhs themselves have come forward and said, "can we have a set of targets that are more clinically appropriate?" i want to listen very carefully to the proposals they put forward. but the use of targets to measure performance is important. we've just got to make sure they're
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the right ones clinically. he admits that many in the workforce are unhappy after recent disputes, and he's realised how undervalued they feel. you identify low morale as a problem, isn't that partly down to the government and nhs leaders? we need to be crystal clear about the value that we attach to people who give up their working lives to improve the lives and health of others. health unions welcomed that pledge, whilst noting workforce shortages had to be tackled. it's about having the right numbers, the right level of skills and training and the tools to do the job, as well as a culture which is less top—down and less bullying, enabling people to work to the very best of their ability. better use of technology is another of the secretary of state's aims. take the paracetamol... he's a fan of gp at hand, an online video consultation service in london. he says he'd like to see it rolled
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out around the country, but some doctors are concerned. there is a risk with some of the new technology that you could end up with certain groups, the worried well, these who are easily able to access smartphones, computers and so on, being given a better service at the expense of others. 0n the front line, patient numbers are rising and the workload is growing. but the new money promised by the prime minister won't kick in until next year. before then, matt hancock will have to face the familiar, intense pressures which winter will bring to the nhs. hugh pym, bbc news, suffolk. a four week—old baby who was taken during a carjacking in birmingham has been reunited with her mother in hospital. eliza 0'neill was abandoned in her carseat by the carjackers at a health centre three miles from where the incident took place. the baby's mother, who was forced out of the vehicle, was left with facial injuries. sima kotecha reports. a mother who thought the worst, now relieved after being back
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together with her baby. it was yesterday claire 0'neill pulled up outside her home in south birmingham. two men demanded her car keys and then drove off in her vehicle, injuring her in the process. her four—week—old daughter eliza was still in the back. some of her neighbours saw it happen. we thought, at the time... i thought a couple of kids were playing or fighting, but when the screaming continued i had to go out and find out. they shouldn't live in birmingham. it's disgusting what they've done. it's not the sort of thing you expect to happen. around a5 minutes later, baby eliza was found here at this health centre just a few miles away. she was still in her car seat. police said she seemed blissfully unaware of the drama she'd been involved in. officers say they're looking for the men and the car, which is a grey audi. the intent and the greed around
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the people responsible for this was taken above the child's life and ultimately, emotionally, to anybody out there who has any information in relation to this crime, i want those people to come forward. today from hospital, claire 0'neill said she was shaken. and that because the men ran over her as they made their escape she's unable to hold her daughter properly. the child was missing for less than an hour. but for her, those a5 minutes are likely to have felt a lot longer. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. the youngest pilot in the battle of britain has died at the age of 96. when hejoined the royal air force in the second world war geoffrey wellum was only 17. just over a year later he was engaged in a ferocious dogfight in which he brought down at least three enemy aircraft, sustained damage to his own, and yet managed to escape. robert hall takes a look
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back at his life. archive: the british met the challenge by throwing in everything they had. a fortnight after leaving school, i walked through the gates of my elementary flying training school to learn to fly. the chap said to me, he said, go and fly it, but don't you dare break it. it was the start of a true partnership. afterjust a few months' training, geoffrey wellum was in the cockpit of his first spitfire. by the summer of 19a0, he was a veteran. day after day, he and his young friends scrambled to meet german attacks. the moment the telephone rang, you were absolutely het up. that was a difficult time. once you were strapped in your aeroplane and airborne, then it was up to you. flying an aeroplane is a knack. taming the beast, making it do what you wanted it to do, it was a great satisfaction. this is red 2, are you receiving me?
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in later life, geoffrey's experiences were dramatised in the film first light. for much of the battle, british aircraft were heavily outnumbered. dogfights were chaotic and often short, the spitfire only carried enough ammunition for a few minutes of combat. i can remember the controller coming on, "150 plus, coming in over dungeness, 150 plus." my goodness, it looked it too. and we went into it head—on. like a lot of gnats on a summer evening. the losses of pilots and aircraft were unrelenting. when i spoke to geoffrey earlier this year, he said survivors had to shut out their emotions. you just accepted it. it was a dangerous game and it was a dangerous war. if you lost a particularly close friend, yes, there was a little bit of... "let's go out to the local pub." you accepted it, you had to. geoffrey wellum eventually suffered an emotional and physical breakdown and he left active service in 19a3.
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but his memoirs ensure that we never forget that short period in our history. we were, after all, young fighter pilots doing a job. defending our country against the king's enemies. geoffrey wellum, who has died at the age of 96. now it's time to look at the weather for the week ahead with ben rich. hello there. at long last on friday the rain came down, for most of us, that is. over the next few days it's back to a story of the temperatures heading upwards. sunny spells to ta ke heading upwards. sunny spells to take us through this weekend, still some isolated showers but much of the rain becoming just a memory and those temperatures beginning to climb. there's the rainmaker, the weather front sliding away to the south—east during saturday. high pressure once again takes charge, so for many it's going to be a dry
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weekend. a couple of exceptions, southern parts of england, south wales could see the odd shower into saturday afternoon, some could be heavy and thicker cloud will bring patchy rain to the far north—west of scotland. in between, some spells of sunshine, those temperatures between 20 and 27. into saturday evening, most of the showers bubbling up in the south will fade away, still patchy rain pushing across the far north of scotland and we will see more of that into sunday, a weak weather front bringing cloud and rain into the north—west of scotland and extra cloud into northern ireland. eastern scotland, into england and wales, again some spells of sunshine and those temperatures at this stage in the south—east likely to get close to 30. the cloud and patchy rain in the north—west courtesy of this weather front, which will continue to wriggle around into monday, but away from here we are going to tap into some increasingly hot and humid air to start the week. 33 is achievable
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during monday across much of england and wales. long spells of hot sunshine, increasingly high—level is of humidity. you can see the deep orange colours on the temperature chart here. in central london, a high of 32 and somewhere could get to 33. cooler in northern ireland and scotland with more cloud and outbreaks of rain, courtesy of that weather front i showed you, which will try to slide further east on tuesday, introducing something a bit less hot in western areas. still close to 30 degrees across the south—east. 0n close to 30 degrees across the south—east. on wednesday, that weather front breaks apart and we're back to largely financed on the conditions. a dry day forjust about all parts at this stage it looks like, and those temperatures again creeping upwards but cooler in north—western areas. that slightly cooler forecast brought the north—west of the uk continues as we head to the end of next week and into next weekend. —— for the.
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further east we will still tap into this very hot and humid air. if anything, we may bring even hotter as up from the south into the latter pa rt as up from the south into the latter part of next week. temperatures in places could head towards the midthirties. daytimes in southern and eastern part of the country will be very hot indeed with some long spells of sunshine, and the nights very warm, in spells of sunshine, and the nights very warm, in some spells of sunshine, and the nights very warm, in some places not getting above 19 or 20 with relatively high humidity. notice at the end of the sequins, next weekend the end of the sequins, next weekend the chance of thunderstorms. i talked about this hot and humid air from the south, but in the atlantic, this blog of colder air, this associated with a dip in the jet strea m associated with a dip in the jet stream and there's the chance this dip in thejet stream stream and there's the chance this dip in the jet stream will get cold enough into next weekend with the cold air in the atmosphere the stabilising things and sparking


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