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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight: aftera pairof labourmps suffer no—confidence votes in their own constituencies, chuka umunna issues a stark warning to the party's leadership not to hound moderates out of the party. my message to our leadership is clear — it is within your power to stop this, so call off the dogs. people on low—pay wages, below what they were in 2008. they're the issues we're dealing with, not internal disputes that he's trying to invent, or referring to are party members as dogs. unacceptable. russian warplanes have launched fresh strikes on the syrian province of idlib as protesters call for international help to stop the offensive. people being harassed by cold callers will be given powers to stop them in new measures introduced by the government today. 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. also coming up: an attempt
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to clear plastic waste from the ocean gets started today. for the first time ever, a 600—metre long boom will be towed through the middle of the pacific to collect the pollution. and at 8:30pm, the first episode in the new investigative series disclosure asks, who's checking if your surgeon is up to the job? faultlines in the labour party have opened again after a prominent mp warned labour's leadership to "call off the dogs" and stop trying to hound moderate mps out of the party. the comments from former frontbencher chukka umunna were fiercely criticised by senior members ofjeremy corbyn‘s team, including the shadow
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chancellor, john mcdonnell. the row comes after a number of local labour groups held no—confidence votes in mps who had been critical ofjeremy corbyn. however, the party's leadership says there is no campaign to force mps out. here's what chukka umunna said earlier today. my message to our leadership is clear — it is within your power to stop this. so call off the dogs and get on with what my constituency, one of the most diverse communities in the country, demands we do. without equivocation, fight this tory brexit. that is where all of our efforts should be. in reponse, john mcdonnell said the comments were unacceptable. 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 possible. right across the country, there are 5,000 people sleeping rough, a million people without social care,
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our nhs in crisis, people on low—pay wages, below what they were in 2008. they're the issues we're dealing with, not internal disputes that he's trying to invent, or referring to our party members as dogs. unacceptable. earlier, i spoke to the labour mp clive lewis, who spent the day today with the shadow chancellor in nottinghamshire. i asked him whether the labour leadership should be taking notice of what someone like chuka umunna, a former frontbench spokesman, is saying about the labour party. this hasn't come from the leadership, but we're a party of which, over the past three years, elements of our parliamentary labour party have spent the past three years operating a scorched earth policy. they're trashing the brand, and i think, after three years of that, after three years of trying to undermine the leadership of a twice democratically elected leader, some members are at the end of their tether. i've heard this described as call off the dogs, which i think is an unacceptable
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term to call members, and you can understand why some of them are becoming quite upset at that, but the other thing here is that these people haven't been going around, i've heard the term aggressiion news, banging on mps' doors and grabbing them by the lapels. they've gone into a room, they've put in a motion, they've had a very polite debate, raised their hands, a vote has been taken, and a motion saying we're unhappy with your performance, step up, has taken place. it's a very quintessentially english way of saying, after three years of quite deep divisions, we're unhappy with what you're doing. get behind the leadership, let's get this tory government out, and let's move forward together. that's what people are saying in these votes. but is the very act of these no—confidence votes not creating more divisions and infighting and distracting from the party's aim of holding the government to account, being an effective opposition and raising its concerns about the way brexit‘s going? i wish chuka and some of the others had considered that over
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the past three years. we're not a masonic lodge. we're a democratic party. those branches and those clps, those members are entitled to put forward motions. i can't say to them, john mcdonnell can't say to them, don't do this and wag theirfinger at them. they have spent three years watching this unfold and, after three years, in a very polite manner, they've put forward some motions saying, we're unhappy with the way you are performing, get behind this party and support the democratically elected leadership. i think it is very acceptable, very fair, no one is being punished. it is a simple matter of democracy, and i think those mps should listen to it and say that they hear you, let's get behind this leadership and get this tory government out. it is a very simple message. can you see an end to this infighting, this seeming civil war that is going on within
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the labour party? i can, i think the vast majority of labour mps, from speaking to some colleagues back in parliament this week, i think the vast majority of them are tired of this and they want to move forward. we have had three years of this, and i think the country is bored of it, i'm bored of it, and i think most of our membership are bored of that. we want to move forward, so there's an opportunity now, given where we are right now as a country, given the state the government is in and who are leading us, i think people can understand there is a once in a generation chance to have a labour government in power changing our economy for the long—term, and i think that is something people now understand and want to get behind. 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
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are trapped in the area, and turkey says it can't accommodate any more refugees, who may flee across the border. 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 back all of syria,
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supported by russia and iran. his troops amassing on the borders of idlib and insist they'll 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 hills that 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 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 action
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in 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. yollande knell, bbc news, beirut. a mother and child who accidentally fell onto a tube track moments before a train arrived have escaped unhurt after they moved into a pit under the track. police said the woman was pushing a buggy along a platform at baker street station in london when she veered too close to the edge and fell. charlotte gallagher reports. emergency services swarmed around baker street station last night. people who saw what happened were screaming and running away in tears. suddenly, alarms started going off, and all the members of staff were running around the place, yelling. i was on the escalators going down to the platform when a number of staff was running down the escalators, yelling at people to get out. it was on this platform
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where the family had their miraculous escape. distracted by the arrivals board, the mother fell off the platform, along with her child in a buggy. her partnerjumped down to help, and the three managed to crawl into into the shallow pit under the rails. the whole point about the pits, which the people cowered underneath the train, is that they were built precisely for this eventuality. so the people who designed the tube more than 100 years ago realised that people might fall onto the tracks, and that they might be able to hide underneath the train in the pit. and that's what it did, it did itsjob. the track's electric current was shut down, and the family managed to escape. they were taken to hospital, but amazingly did not suffer any serious injuries. transport for london says it is believed the family managed to escape unharmed after the accident here last night, but says it emphasises the need for people to stay behind the yellow
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line on its platforms. on social media, witnesses expressed their shock and relief about what happened. a near miss which could've been a horrifying tragedy. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. 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 £500,000. manuela saragosa has the details. 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.
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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 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.
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manuela saragosa, bbc news. richard herman says he's claimed more than £20,000 in compensation by sending invoices to the cold—call companies and is helping others by running the website, "say no to cold calls dot com. on what basis can you get £20,000 in compensation from these companies? this company kept calling me. i pointed out all the reasons that added up to £10,000 and they offered me £5,000 for it, and then they did it five more times, so it shows how they do not care about who they called and they do not even care about paying out £5,000 a time. but idid take
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about paying out £5,000 a time. but i did take people to court recently, and thejudge i did take people to court recently, and the judge in i did take people to court recently, and thejudge in that i did take people to court recently, and the judge in that case said they we re and the judge in that case said they were the responsible party for the course, even though they had only paid a marketing company for them, and thejudge paid a marketing company for them, and the judge awarded me £ioo then. i suppose your avenues of redress are limited to companies in the uk, but i have noticed increasingly calls are coming from overseas, for numbers. in all my experience, it tends to be in three stages. you get called illegally because you are not allowed to cold call people anyway, typically from overseas, maybe india oi’ typically from overseas, maybe india or the philippines, but it has been from the uk, and then the call gets put through to a middle ranking company which can be in the uk, and onceit company which can be in the uk, and once it is fully qualified it is passed on to the firm's solicitors oi’ passed on to the firm's solicitors or the company or whatever that will actually get a contract with you.
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the thing i do understand about the change in law it is only if you play along with calls until you reach the company that once the contract you that you know who it is, so it is only when i played along with that that i ended up... a uk company that you would not about to do some at things, so i do not think many people will play along with calls as i have done to find equities. i don't understand how the information commissioner can attack people if they do not know who it is either. we have heard the new rules coming into force today that have been attem pts into force today that have been atte m pts to into force today that have been attempts to crack down on this before. do you think this time round it will make any difference and is not what needs to be done? from what i have read on the government website today, i do not see it as making a big difference. it is saying you have to opt in for the cold calls a re saying you have to opt in for the cold calls are being made illegally a nyway cold calls are being made illegally anyway and people who make them make money out of them so they do not
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mind it is illegal, they are doing something illegal anyway. all the things about tightening up and hiding call ids will be spoofed or faked. i believe the only way you can stop something is to take the money out of it. and the government is not addressing that. i think either if people could play along with the cold calls, i know it is asking for people to do what i have done, to find out who's behind it, if information commissioner would then use that information to find them, that's the most important thing, and the other thing which ties into it, when i went to court, thejudge agreed that ties into it, when i went to court, the judge agreed that on the present regulations, the instigator of the cold calls was a solicitors who were only contracted with a marketing company, they had not made the cold call themselves at all. that is what
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is not being addressed in these kind of willing tries, but i do not think addresses at all. richard, thanks very much indeed for talking to us. the headlines on bbc news: labour mp chuka umunna has accused jeremy corbyn of driving centre—left mps like himself out of the party. russian warplanes have launched fresh strikes on rebel—held positions in the syrian province of idlib as protesters call for international help to stop the offensive. 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. also coming up: tributes to the us rapper mac miller, who's died after an apparent drug overdose. good evening.
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england are playing their first international since losing in the world cup semifinals. they're in action in their opening match of the nations league tournament, taking on spain at wembley. and after a slow start to the game, there have been three goals. manchester united striker marcus rashford got the first of them, latching onto a through ball from club team mate luke shaw. butjust a couple of minutes later, the spanish were level — saul with the equaliserfrom close range. northern ireland had a disappointing start to their campaign in league b, beaten at home to bosnia herzegovinia. they fell behind in the first half when haris duljevic flicked in edin dzeko's cross. bosnia made it 2—0 after the break when elvis saric capitalized on a defensive mix up. michael o'neill‘s side grabbed a late consolation from substitute will grigg ended it 2—1.
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the balance in the first test between england and india has tipped firmly england's way. india finishing 174—6 on day two at the oval — trailing by 158 runs and crucially james anderson — taking his test tally to 561 wickets, just two off the all—time record for a fast bowler. patrick gearey reports on another fascinating day's play between these two sides. saturday morning in south london. england in an oval shaped hole. here is the man to dig them out of it, jos buttler guiding england from below 200 to about 300 with care and increasing flair. in the end he made 89, more than alastair cook yesterday, outscoring the master as england finished on 332. stirring stuff. joe root asked his bowlers to
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ta ke stuff. joe root asked his bowlers to take charge. now india under pressure. kl rahul released a valve. the batsman who's struggled for runs this series decided there was little to lose and the game settled in for a mid—afternoon snooze. this was the wake—up call. rahul gone to sam curran, a young man with a knack of making things happen. he's been able to learn from the best. jimmy anderson spent a career luring the likes of them to their ends. repeatable but irresistible, caught by alastair cook and his last test. one for the record books but these were book, but in the score book he still loomed large until ben stokes put a line through him. saturday evening in south london and now it is india in the hole. in about 45 minutes time, serena williams will step—out at flushing meadows in the women's final at the us open. the american is aiming to win
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a record—equalling 24th grand slam singles title. in her way, the young naomi osaka, the first japanese women to reach a majorfinal. but the 36—year—old williams is the firm favourite, i don't feel like me. i think it ta kes i don't feel like me. i think it takes time, my mum said it takes a full year to get back. i'm a full year now but i'm also playing more professionally. the motions and expectations for the other stuff that you have on top of it, it is a lot. i'm still waiting to get to be this arena that i was and i don't know if i will never be that physically, emotionally, mentally. jamie murray's won a fourth grand slam mixed doubles title, his second at the us open, playing alongside partner bethanie mattek sands. the pair fought back from a set down to level
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the match against croatia's nikola mektic and poland's alicja rosolska before going on to win the championship tie—break 11—9. the victory means britain's murray has defended the title he won last year with martina hingis. four—time olympic champion michaeljohnson says he's recovering at home after suffering a mini—stroke. johnson, who held both the 200 and 400 metres olympic titles and held the world records for both, tweeted that he had suffered the stroke last week. we'll keep you updated throughout the evening on how serena williams gets on in her quest to make history. tributes have been paid to the us rapper mac miller, who's died after an apparent drug overdose. the 26—year—old, whose real name was malcolm mccormick, was found at his home near los angeles. he rose to fame after topping the us charts with his debut album in 2011. earlier this year, the musician went
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through a well—publicised break—up with his long—term girlfriend, the singer ariana grande. let's talk to the bbc radio ixtra dj semtex, who was one of the first djs to interview mac miller in the uk. he joins me now on webcam. for those who do not know mac miller did not have the pleasure of meeting him, tell us about the mac miller you knew and remember. mac miller was an amazing person. he was really humble, kind—hearted. he was incredibly creative. from a hip—hop point of view, he was one of the best as an mc, one of the most versatile, articulate and one of the greatest. you were the first person to interview him in the uk. what was it that stood out to you about him
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and the talent that he had? the innocence of the music. the first singles and videos, they had the look and feel, nikkeis on my feet was a classic of that era. it was all over the internet. the mainstream media was not pushing this kind of music. it is when blogs first came to prominence. he is the essence of hip—hop. he embodied everything that the great artist does. from his perspective, he was very young. he was just different at the time. the other thing that was noteworthy about him was how openly was about his struggles with substance abuse. he wore his heart on his sleeve. he had demons. i
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never spoke to him about things like that. when i was talking to him it was purely about the music and nothing else. he has dealt with them the way he has dealt with them but it is unfortunate that he never got to witness the amount of love we have seen in the last 12 hours or so because it has been crazy, everybody online, everybody who has ever met him has got story, something positive to say about him. ijust wish that, while he was going through what he was going through, he could have seen how people cared about him around the world. he could have seen how people cared about him around the worldlj he could have seen how people cared about him around the world. i gather you met him a few times. is there any moment or situation or memory that stands out for you that you feel you will keep with you and sums up feel you will keep with you and sums up your memories of him?|j feel you will keep with you and sums up your memories of him? i was teaching on tour with naas, we were in switzerland. i was backstage. i
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had a microphone with me. i was doing an interview as part of my show. we could just hang them be friends every time we met up. it taught me a lesson about artists, they are humans as well. sometimes, it is just good to hang out as friends rather than always try to do the radio thing in the interview thing and putting on a show. he was like, next time we hook up, we will do this, i will come on your show and freestyle. every time he was in the uk, i always got the message, mac miller wants to see you. every time he was in the uk, i was always on the schedule for him to be on my show. understanding that it is not an artist and the dj thing, there is an artist and the dj thing, there is a friendship and warmth, that is why took away. what do you think his
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legacy will be to the world of music? what will his influence be, even after his passing? his legacy will be... he will be remembered for his music and what he achieved as an independent artist, back when he was an mc commie he was vocalist and musician. the legacy will be the people care, it is a wake—up call, call yourfamily, it people care, it is a wake—up call, call your family, it is people care, it is a wake—up call, call yourfamily, it is an people care, it is a wake—up call, call your family, it is an awareness that not everybody is able to cope with the situation saw the demons. from what i have seen, what hip—hop will take away from this is be more caring about the artist. you don't realise that not everyone is as
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strong as you think they are. thanks very much indeed for speaking to us. 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 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?
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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 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. coming up, the first in the
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investigative series who asks who is checking that your surgeon is up for thejob. it's been a mixed weekend across the country so far. it will be wet and are easier times, equally a bit of sunshine. during the rest of tonight, the rain will return to western parts of england, wales, northern england as well, rain across northern ireland and heavy burst of rain eastern scotland. elsewhere, quite mild night. tomorrow, a patchy rain in western parts, heavier rain moving northwards across scotland. things brightening up in eastern and southern

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