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this is bbc news, the headlines at 6pm. russian war planes have launched fresh strikes on the syrian province of idlib, as protesters call for international help to stop the offensive. "call off the dogs", labour mp chuka umunna issues a stark warning to labour's leadership not to hound moderates out of the party. they are the issues we're dealing with, not internal disputes that he is trying to invent, or referring to are is trying to invent, or referring to a re party is trying to invent, or referring to are party members as dogs. unacceptable. people being harassed by cold callers will be given powers to stop them, in new measures introduced by the government today. a russian exile who was murdered in britain last march believed that two men from moscow had tried to poison him five years earlier. and an attempt to clear plastic waste from the pacific ocean gets under way today. for the first time ever,
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a 600 metre—long boom will be towed through the middle of the pacific ocean to collect plastic waste. and at 6:30pm, sportsday will bring you the latest on the fifth test where england are on top after some late wickets good evening. syrian and russian warplanes have continued their bombing of rebel positions in the syrian province of idlib. the united nations has warned of a new humanitarian crisis if syria and its russian allies launch an all—out military offensive. idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in the north of the country. thousands of civilians are trapped in the area, and turkey says it's can't accommodate any more refugees who may flee across the border.
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our middle east correspondent yollande knell reports. today in the idlib countryside. the full—scale offensive here hasn't yet started, but these were powerful blasts. syrian government helicopters dropping barrels packed with explosives. and after each strike, the white helmets civil defence rushing in, searching for survivors. with the fate of idlib hanging in the balance, its residents are taking to the streets. desperately calling for international intervention to prevent a deadly government offensive in this rebel held area. but president assad, surveying territory already recaptured by his forces, now looks on course to win
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back all of syria, supported by russia and iran. his troops amassing on the borders of idlib, and insist they will drive out the islamist militants they see as terrorists. and although rebel fighters are preparing for battle, they look set to be massively outgunned. some residents fled idlib early on in the war, as refugees here in lebanon, they can see the hip —— held that lead to home, and they worry about family lead to home, and they worry about fa m ily left lead to home, and they worry about family left behind. translation: they're telling us it's terrible, tragic. they don't know what to do or where to go. it's hard. maybe they will get hit as they're running hard. maybe they will get hit as they‘ re running away. hard. maybe they will get hit as they're running away. the situation has been terrible there for a long time. among the latest targets, a village hospital, completely destroyed. fortunately, it was empty when the bomb hit. now with syrian and russian warplanes still in
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action and the skies overhead, there isa action and the skies overhead, there is a growing sense that the seven—year—old war that has killed hundreds of thousands is reaching its final stages. the lawndale, bbc news, beirut. the labour mp, chuka umunna, has appealed to his party leader, jeremy corbyn, to, in his words, "call off the dogs", and stop centre—left mps being driven out of the party. it comes as a third labour mp, chris leslie, has lost a vote of no confidence among some members of his constituency party. earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent alex forsyth. the divisions of labour are pretty well documented by this point, and you can categorise the very broad split between jeremy you can categorise the very broad split betweenjeremy corbyn and his supporters, who art to the left, and those centreleft mps, the so—called moderates of the party. what chuka umunna has suggested today is that jeremy corbyn‘s supporters are deliberately trying to get rid of the so—called moderate mps, and he
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says there are doing that through these local votes in their parties, votes of no—confidence, which are only symbolic, but he said this is all part of an attempted purge. this is chuka umunna speaking in london earlier today. already centreleft mps are being systematically targeted with motions against them and their local parties, motions brought against them for standing up for the centreleft values. my message to the leadership is clear. it is within your power to stop this, so call off the dogs. there have been specific instances. john mcdonnell has responded in pretty strong terms castillo the party more broadly saying it this morning that there is a conspiracy is nonsense. the speech by chuka umunna was quite simply incorrect and incoherent. john mccullough —— john mcdonough simply incorrect and incoherent. john mccullough ——john mcdonough is a supporter ofjeremy corbyn, he responded to this today,
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particularly critical of some of the language that chuka umunna used. stop throwing yourself in front of tv cameras, inventing stories, and get out there and start campaigning for a labour government. unite with the rest of the party, because what we want is a labour government as soon as we want is a labour government as soon as possible. across the country there 5000 people sleeping... a million without social care, are in a zinc prices, wages below what they we re a zinc prices, wages below what they were in 2008. they are the issues we're dealing with, not internal disputes that he is trying to invent, or referring to are party members as dogs. unacceptable. it's going to get worse, the run—up to the party season. talk us through what has happened with these specific cases? chris leslie is one of them. some of the critics of jeremy corbyn, such as chris leslie, have had no—confidence votes by their labour party members, that is their labour party members, that is the local party saying that they don't have confidence in the mp. as i mentioned, there are symbolic, but
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that does not mean to resign or unseat or anything, but this is all pa rt unseat or anything, but this is all part of a very public display of the divisions in the party. and as you say, what is important is the conference, because there are some members of the party, including the campaign group momentum, which wants a change to the party's rules to make it easier to challenge sitting mps. they say that is at the democratic thing, they think it should be up to the grassroots, and there should be greater scrutiny of theirmps, there should be greater scrutiny of their mps, which is good for democracy. but there are concerns in the party that this is all part of an effort to get rid of the critics ofjeremy corbyn. coming on the an effort to get rid of the critics of jeremy corbyn. coming on the back of jeremy corbyn. coming on the back of amit —— anti—semitism route and tony blair and vince cable making state m e nts tony blair and vince cable making statements yesterday. there has been a lot of talk about the centre ground, new moderate party. the question is will some labour mps in the centreleft be forced out of the party, or will some of them choose to walk? we have already seen frank
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field, the prominent veteran labour mp, who choose to resign as party web. he lost a vote of no—confidence, but he resigned largely over the anti—semitism route because he did not agree with the party leadership over it. the big question is how many mps may or may not follow? you speak to mps at the moment, and some of them may not like the direction of the party, but labour has seen a growth in its membership, and the party structures have changed, as well. so the question is whether those mps choose to branch off and do something else, as you say, or some of them say they wa nt to as you say, or some of them say they want to stay within the party and push their values within labour. the party who strongly believe in different things. new powers come into force today designed to stop nuisance calls from personal injury and claim management firms. you'll now need to opt in to allow companies to contact you. businesses that don't comply could face a fine of half a million pounds. manuela saragosa has more.
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for many of us, cold calls are a daily torment. hello? the financial conduct authority says some 2.7 billion nuisance calls texts and e—mails were made over the past year. that works out to be about 50 calls, texts and e—mails sent to every single adult in the country. many are made by companies offering to settle personal injury claims, or to claim back ppi, payment protection insurance. but, from now on, these companies will have to check first that the recipient has explicitly agreed to receive those calls and messages. companies that don't could face a fine of up to £500,000, and people are encouraged to report them to the ico, the information commissioner's office. some companies will see the new change in law and i think they will desist from the activity. when they don't, i'm afraid people are going to have to complain. the ico does need the information from people about these calls, and she will then tackle, use her powers and, slowly but surely, we will get on top of it
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and they will completely cease. campaigners say the new rules do not go far enough. they will not, for example, stop calls from fraudsters and note, too, that firms based overseas are not covered. the issue of consent, they argue, is a red herring and they would prefer to see the authorities rule that unsolicited direct marketing calls are not a legitimate way of doing business. manuela saragosa, bbc news. let's get more on this from shelley hague who receives at least 12 nuisance calls a day, she also works for angus council community planning and is concerned about elderly and vulnerable residents in her area. they do so much forjoining us. just tell us, do you really get 12 a day of these calls? yeah, it's been pretty relentless recently. in the last hour, i have had sex, it's like they knew i would be talking to you today. but is constant, and it is getting worse, i feel,
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today. but is constant, and it is getting worse, ifeel, because it used to be a way hundred members, withheld numbers, but now its mobile numbers. i use my phone for work, so i have to answer it, so they have me over a barrel that way now. do you block of scholars, but find you get new numbers calling you? absolutely. as soon as i blocked it, and other one phones. it is continuous. what do you think about these new proposals that the government says they will help? i very much welcome this. but i think there are other ways that we can tackle this, as well. the telephone preference service is his and useful tool for us. service is his and useful tool for us. but on a local level, there is definitely... we have a great twitter digg —— twitter feed which helps vulnerable and older people in oui’ helps vulnerable and older people in our community see what kind of scams are out there and how we can help them fit in true call devices in their home so that we can reduce the amount of calls they get. what do
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those devices do? they stop people getting through that are not from a known number, so a lot of older invulnerable people, their main source of communication as to their phone, so we don't want to cut that off because that leads to social isolation. by putting these devices m, isolation. by putting these devices in, it stops the nuisance calls getting through. do you think those people who get those calls will actually go through the trouble of reporting a number that is a nuisance call? or will we just still slam the phone down? there are two bits to that, i think the ico need to have people who complain, and they use social media tools out there where you can type in the numberand there where you can type in the number and send it to them. but there is another element of that, in terms of educating our community is on our rights to that power. by me knowing now that if five opted in and they should not be phoning, when they phone, i can tell them would not opted in, so i'm not as mad
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about putting the phone down. at times they can be quite aggressive when they don't get the answer they wa nt when they don't get the answer they want from you. some suggestions that these calls don't cover anything thatis these calls don't cover anything that is coming from overseas, that seems to be a bit of a loophole, doesn't it? it sounds like that, and thatis doesn't it? it sounds like that, and that is something that perhaps at a local level, we could look at working on, like the true call devices and things like that. how big a deal is it, in terms of customers daily interactions with these companies? well, i think the more and more calls we get, the more desperate people are sounding when they are phoning me, for example. and i get that this is someone's day job, but it is such a nuisance, and it really does take away from your day—to—day life and being able to do things. so there is a place for sales and things, ijust don't think it is in this manner any more, and the gdp are regulations have gotten
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rid of the nuisance e—mails, and this for me is the next app, we need to get rid of the nuisance calls, and i'm sure lots of people watching will agree. thank you so much for talking to us, shelley. it's emerged that a russian exile who was murdered in britain earlier this year believed two men from moscow had tried to poison him five years ago. nikolai glushkov was found dead at his home in south—west london in march. the police have now re—opened their investigation into an incident in 2013, in which mr glushkov was apprently taken ill after drinking champagne with two russian men. richard lister reports. the murder mystery of nikolai glushkov, a prominent critic of vladimir putin, has just become a little murkier. his body was found at his home in southwest london in march, a week after the skripals were poisoned in salisbury. mr glushkov appeared to have been strangled but now it has emerged that one of bristol's grandest hotels may have been the setting for an attempt on his live five years earlier, when two russian men plied him with champagne. keith carr was the dramatic
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who treated him. nikolai had been lying on the floor and he had carpet burns. he appeared like someone who normally had an a epileptic fit. the russian had told them that he was poisoned and was taken to bristol's royal infirmary. it is the first time in over a0 years that i ever had anyone claiming to be poisoned. but when we revisited the bri an hour and a half later or so, the consultant told me that it was now being taken very seriously. and they handed over to special branch. the police say that they did investigate but no charges were ever brought. officers are still seeking information about this van, seen near mr glushkov‘s house before his death this year. there has been no official link with his case in the salisbury attacks, but decontamination efforts are underway in the house where the skripals were poisoned.
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but police say they will not discuss lines of enquiry in either investigation. richard lister, bbc news. a couple and a child have had a miraculous escape after a tube train went over the top of them at baker street station in london last night. police say the woman was pushing a buggy along a platform before falling onto the tracks, after being distracted by looking at the arrivals board. the fatherjumped down to help and as they saw a tube approach, the three of them moved into a pit beneath the track. thankfully, the tube passed safely over the top of them. none of them was seriously hurt, but they were taken to hospital for checks. in a statement, transport for london said they were relieved that the family were able to escape unharmed. they underlined the need for customers to remain behind the yellow line when waiting for trains or walking along the platform. the headlines on bbc news. russian war planes have launched fresh strikes on rebel—held positions in the syrian province of idlib, as protesters
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call for international help to stop the offensive. labour mp chuka umunna has accused jeremy corbyn of driving centre—left mps like himself out of the party. companies can no longer make cold calls unless a claimant has opted in to receive them. claims management companies that break the rules will face large fines. a former trump campaign adviser has been jailed for 14 days, for lying to fbi agents investigating alleged collusion with russia. george papadopoulos, who admitted the offence, was also ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of $9,500. papadopoulos is the first former member of the trump election team to plead guilty to offences during the 2016 presidential campaign. john mcmanus reports. this is the former adviser to president donald trump who is now
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swapping the white house for the jailhouse. george papadopoulos' crime? he admitted lying to fbi investigators who are looking into allegations that russia interfered in the us election. mr pa padopoulos' role began in early 2016, when the trump presidential campaign signed him up as a foreign policy adviser. when mr papadopoulos was questioned by officers investigating alleged collusion between russia and the trump campaign, he said he had met individuals with ties to russia before he worked for the president. in fact, he had met them after that point and it's this lie, which he pleaded guilty to, which has led to his sentence of 1a days injail. outside court, mr papadopoulos' lawyer said his client had acted stupidly by following the president's line on the russia investigation. he was tweeting seven days before george was interviewed, and he's the president of the united states, that based on all of his information, i would assume, that this was a witch—hunt and that it was
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fake news that russia had meddled in the election. donald trump has always denied ever seeking help from the kremlin to win the election, and his reaction to the sentencing was typically bluff, complaining about the cost. but this investigation is worrying the white house. no evidence of russian collision has so far been revealed, but several people close to the president have been found guilty of various other crimes. john mcmanus, bbc news. one person has been arrested in barnsley after a man was stabbed in the town centre. police were called to the area this morning, and a number of shops remain closed. the victim suffered minor injuries. sweden's prime minister has urged voters to reject extremism and fascism on the final day of general election campaigning. stefan lofven said that supporting the far—right sweden democrats party, who are forecast to win around 20% of the vote, was "dangerous"
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and "counterproductive". neither his centre—left social democrats nor the main centre—right party is likely to win a majority. earlier i spoke to james savage, the stockholm—based founder of online news publisher the local. i started by asking him for his election prediction. the polls are showing very different kinds of results. we are seeing with some that the estimate for sweden democrat is anything from 17% to 25%. that could mean they are the largest third largest party. whatever happens, the way that the system in sweden will mean that there will still be a coalition government, but almost certainly will not include the sweden democrats, because the moderate party on the centre—right and its allies, and the social democrat party, the ruling party right now, have said that they won't do deals with it, which means there will be
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no sweden democrat ministers in any kind of government. but we have seen some interesting developments over the last two years. we have seen the big parties have shrunk, and the sweden democrats, and other parties, including the former communist left party and the liberal centre party, we have seen them grow at the expense of the major parties. obviously this is following a trend we have seen across europe and other parts of the world where migration is a key dividing factor. are the other parties going to be forced to take on some of that grand? they already have. in 2015, as many will be aware... sweden took in most refugees, and it became clear they could not cope with some of the numbers arriving. it introduced much more strict migration policies.
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most parties, all the larger parties, supported those much stricter policies. that has already been baked in, but there was a shock to the system in 2015, and i think a lot of voters felt unsettled by the number of people arriving, and a perception perhaps that the big parties didn't really have control of the situation. that helped the sweden democrats grow from where they were at the last election, around 12%, to where they are now, 17—25%. it has help them and it has forced other parties to re—evaluate their position. is enough being done in terms of supporting areas which have seen migration? is there enough in terms of welfare and organisation? there are problems in certain areas that are immigrant dominated. some of the suburbs of stockholm, gothenburg and malmo. there are problems with segregation,
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and with poverty and unemployment. there are lots of activities going on in those areas, both at local government level and that national government level to try to help integration and help people to get into the job market, and to deal with some of the other social issues which come from immigration. clearly, i think all parties accept that more needs to be done. their approaches differ from the sweden democrats, who have made approaches to clamp down on immigration even further, to the social democrats, who are much more focused on demanding things for the immigrants who have arrived. tributes have been paid to the us rapper, mac miller, who's died after an apparent drug overdose. the 26—year—old, who's real name was malcolm mccormick, was found at his home near los
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angeles. he rose to fame after topping the us charts with his debut album in 2011. earlier this year, the musician went through a well—publicised break—up with his long—term girlfriend, the singer ariana grande. mac miller's friend and fellow musician, pittsburgh slim, was totally shocked by the news. he was a great, great kid. a great kid. nobody had anything bad to say about him, you can see by the reaction on twitter. it's too much. really, trucks to start cool, and i don't know what happened, nobody does at this point. ijust came to drop some flowers and separate for him, that's all you can do. a massive operation to scoop plastic waste from the middle of the pacific ocean is being launched today. a 600—metre long device will be towed out from california, as jenny kumah reports. sights like this have shocked
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people all over the world. the damage to wildlife has inspired a bold project with an ambitious goal, to rid the ocean of plastic. and this is the structure that will help to do it. it's been built in san francisco and is launching from there today. it will travel to an area in the eastern pacific known as the great garbage patch, where currents trap plastic. if we don't do it now, all this plastic will start breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, and the smaller the pieces are, the more harmful and harder to extract from the marine environment. so we feel there is a sense of urgency. so how will it work? a giant tube, 600 metres long, will float on the surface in the shape of a horseshoe. over time, the plastic should gather in a small area and then can be taken out. underwater, a barrier will hang three metres down and trap plastic below the surface. it is meant to allow fish
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to swim underneath it. but some experts worry that the system can harm wildlife. our major concern is for those passive floaters, rather than fish, mammals, plankton, jelly fish, for example. they simply cannot get out of the way of this, they are going to be crammed into this and not be able to escape. the plan is to start with one collection device and eventually deploy 60. the people behind the project estimate a full roll—out will clean up half of the great pacific garbage patch in five years. jenny kumah, bbc news. almost 120 council estates in london are facing redevelopment, which campaigners fear means the loss of thousands of council homes. freedom of information requests, submitted to all london councils, reveal that dramatic changes to the capitals social housing stock are under way, which will affect the lives of tens of thousands of residents. gareth furby reports. across london, thousands of council properties
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are being demolished as estates are being refurbished and redeveloped. but is this good news? some campaigners and experts say it may not be. we have a situation of what we might call hyper—gentrification. council estates have very much become a target for making profit. the claim is that social housing across london is being lost because, when the improved estates are completed, there tend to be fewer homes for council tenants. the green party's sian berry claims she has new figures which prove that regeneration is having a negative impact. i looked at what is called the london development database. we have a net loss of over 4,000 homes, schemes that have been completed over the past 15 years. and when you look forwards, schemes that have planning permission now, it gets even worse. there are 7,600 homes to be lost over the next ten years. so the whole process is accelerating.
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city hall says council homes lost in estate demolitions have been replaced through other housing schemes and, overall, numbers are up. but the pace of change is significant. a total of 118 council estates are undergoing or earmarked for regeneration in the next five years. affecting 31,000 residents. more than 80 estates will be fully or partially demolished. author anna minton says the track record of some regeneration work, such as at the heygate estate in southwark, hasn't been good. the heygate estate was demolished a couple of years ago. it's been replaced by elephant park, a luxury apartment development. almost 3,000 homes, of those, only 82 are social housing. campaignerjerry flynn, who lived here before redevelopment, says it is all about the money. the property developers are the winners of regeneration. all the regenerations
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are public—private partnerships. the profitability of the scheme is the first benchmark of deciding whether the scheme is going to go forward. southwark council says most of the original tenants have been rehoused in the borough and lessons have been learned. the mayor, sadiq khan, says he has introduced controls to ensure redeveloped council estates to keep their social housing. but campaigners fear social housing is under threat and say they will keep up the fight. gareth furby, bbc london news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. it has been atrocious afternoon across parts of northern england and the north midlands and parts of north wales as well but outbreaks of heavy rain. this evening, the rain will ease down time before more rain arrives towards the end of the night. you can see that away gradually, turning drier but cloudy for england,
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wales and northern ireland after a lovely day across northern scotland and the skies remain clear here. could be cool here, but further south, as the rain arrives across western areas, it should be milder. we start sunday on a damp note, outbreaks of rain pushing northwards and eastwards and into the afternoon a better picture, drier, brighter with sunny spells and showers across western areas and most across western scotland, where it will turn windy. temperatures across england and wales, 21—23. starting next week, northern areas remain unsettled and on the cool side and staying drier and warmer in the side. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... russian war planes have launched fresh strikes on the syrian province of idlib.

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