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good afternoon. thousands of leicester city supporters are in cardiff for the football club's first game since the death of its chairman in a helicopter crash. members of the squad will afterwards fly to thailand to attend the funeral of vichai srivaddhanaprabha. the ceremony starts today and will continue throughout the week. from bangkok, jonathan head reports. the setting for the final farewell to the leicester chairman is as grand as he would have wanted. a royal temple and a royally sponsored funeral. in leicester, the city whose spirits he did so much to lift, the grief was open and spontaneous. mr vichai was seen as a generous benefactor there, an owner who is genuine love of football shone through. in thailand though he had a very different image. as a powerful and very private man. the elaborate funeral going on here is a mark of the status that vichai srivaddhanaprabha achieved here in
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thailand. that was largely as a successful entrepreneur skilled at political connections any controversial business. his success at leicester city certainly raised his profile in this country but the outpouring of gratitude and affection we've seen in britain, will you just don't see much of that here. the funeral began with the ritual bathing ceremony for the body attended by close friends and family. later buddhist monks will chant for six nights important religious rights wrote the deceased spurfor religious rights wrote the deceased spur for the religious rights wrote the deceased spurfor the cremation. religious rights wrote the deceased spur for the cremation. funerals are big social networking occasions in thailand and mr vichai's will be watched closely to see who does and does not attend. but the arrival of much of the leicester city team tomorrow straight from their match against cardiff will bring home to the people of thailand just how much this elusive tycoon meant to the clu b this elusive tycoon meant to the club that he bought eight years ago. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok.
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eleanor roper is in cardiff, where leicester play cardiff city, kick off is at three. what's the mood like there? yes well it's bound to be an emotional afternoon here in cardiff, when leicester city take to the pitch at three o'clock it will be the first time they've played since the first time they've played since the crash last saturday. all premier league games will start with a minutes silence this weekend and players will also be wearing black armbands. leicester city fans were given a free breakfast at the king power stadium this morning and when they arrive here at cardiff city they arrive here at cardiff city they will also be given t—shirts to help commemorate their chairman. jamie vardy said the players were asked whether they were happy to go ahead and play this weekend but everybody wanted the game to go ahead. they want to make their german proud. and after this afternoon ‘s game many of them will travel to bangkok to take part in
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this week ‘s ceremony, the manager saying the result of the game not important but they want to honour a man who has done so much for the club. the brexit campaigner arron banks has returned to the uk — as he faces allegations that his multi—million pound donations to the leave cause may have broken electoral law. the co—founder of leave. eu was referred to the national crime agency by the elections watchdog, which suspects that cash given to the campaign had come from what it called "impermissible sources". mr banks denies any wrongdoing and insists that the money was his and not from any other source. the money came from me. i'm quite happy, you know, we're going to cooperate with them this morning. and i'm happy for them to look into the accounts. the radio presenter — paul gambaccini — has received a pay—out from prosecutors over the way they handled unfounded historical sex abuse claims made against him. the bbc presenter was arrested in 2013 over allegations he sexually assaulted two teenage boys in the early eighties. mr gambaccini always denied the claims, calling the case
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"completely fictitious". he spent a year on bail before the case was dropped. frankie mccamley reports. arriving at the bbc studios in central london this morning to host his radio 2show, pick of the pops, paul gambaccini has nothing to say. the veteran broadcaster, known as the professor of pop, has been paid an undisclosed sum by the crown prosecution service of over unfounded allegations of historic sex offences. in a statement, a cps spokesperson said... the 69—year—old, in an interview with the daily mail, talked about how his life had been turned upside down following his arrest, claiming the organisations he had supported throughout his life had ghosted him and praised his husband, who he said saved his life through the ordeal. mr gambaccini was arrested following allegations he had sexually abused two boys in the 1970s and 80s. claims he says were fictitious. the cps dropped the case
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and since then he has called for changes in the law. if we are to have a just society, we must have anonymity before charge. because what we had during this recent five years was anybody could make an accusation against anybody, whether they knew them or not, and it would get publicised. the bbc has said paul is valued and appreciated, which is why he presents two much loved shows. frankie mccamley, bbc news. the world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate, with around one in five thought to be at risk of extinction. so, the race is on to store back—up copies in seed banks. not all species can be preserved in this way, including many trees. our science correspondent helen briggs reports. coming down into the vault itself. buried beneath the sussex countryside, a bomb—proof, flood—proof, radiation—proof vault. it contains store rooms kept at —20 degrees. we put our coats on... and everywhere you look,
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there are seeds. the scale of the operation. large seed collections in these kilnerjars. you can see all of these, drawer after drawer after drawer, 90,000 collections of 39,000—plus species. seeds from nearly every country can be found within these walls, an insurance policy against the extinction of plants in the wild. but not all seeds can be preserved in conventional seed banks. it doesn't give full cover for some very important groups of plants, particularly threatened species, rainforest trees and even in the uk, some iconic species, the oaks, their seeds cannot stand drying and cannot be frozen. we need to work on alternative methods. one alternative being tested is cryopreservation. it involves separating the plant embryo from the rest of the seed. in this state, it can survive very cold temperatures. when thawed out, it will grow into a new tree.
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this baby oak tree has come out of the deep freeze and is starting to grow. trees in a test tube could be the answer to protecting our forests in the long—term. and scientists say there's a need for more investment if we're to stop many of our plants from being lost forever. helen briggs, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon — on a big day of rugby union as preparations for next year's world cup step up with start of the autumn internationals. england are under a bit of pressure as they take on south africa at twickenham. eddiejones' side have only won one match in seven and are suffering from a string of injury troubles. the teams met three times earlier this year with south africa winning two of them. patrick gearey is at twickenham for us. less tha n less than a year to go now until the
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final of the rugby world cup and england head coach eddiejones is not so much fine tuning the team as throwing out the engine and a couple of wheels with it. less than half of the squad which took part in the final six nations game here are back here today to face south africa. that's because of a string of injuries, players falling out of favour, joe marler retiring. eddie jones is experimenting and has even named two captains, 0wen hart play —— south africa will provide a real challenge, they are much improved of late but england have two face new zealand as well. later in cardiff wales faced cardiff —— scotland in the doddie weir cup named in honour of the former scotland international and ireland face italy, the team from the northern hemisphere many feel has the best chance of challenging for the rugby world cup. bmx supercross has been part of the olympics since 2008, but come the next games there'll be a new discipline — freestyle bmx. it's been included
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to boost tokyo 2020's youth appeal and britain's leading contender is jersey rider alex coleborn. he won world silver last year and is aiming to better that at this year's event in china next week. nick hope reports. we've never seen anything at the 0lympics quite like this. we've never seen anything at the olympics quite like this. riding the largest free, you forget about the outside world, you're cruising around and do what you love. i love the progression, you learn and utrecht and then when you pull it you are buzzing, man. there is no other feeling. freestyle bmx is a amongst a group of new urban events including skateboarding and three versus three basketball which will ta ke versus three basketball which will take their 0lympic debut at tokyo 2020. it is an attempt to entice new and younger fans to the games. the 0lympics should not think bmx would be an expert now with being in it's pretty insane. it was not even a thing when i started, especially for me and for women as well. now we
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have been welcomed fully into the sport along with the guys, i think it surely cool we are part of it as well. riders arejudged it surely cool we are part of it as well. riders are judged on style, originality and rescue, something alex coleborn knows plenty about.|j have had a few injuries over the yea rs, have had a few injuries over the years, knocked my teeth out, broke my hip really bad in 2012 and then other little injuries over the years but you overcome them. alex coleborn put those struggles behind him by claiming silver at the first ever world championships last year. he is 110w world championships last year. he is now targeting even more history by becoming jersey's first ever 0lympic medallist in any sport when freestyle bmx makes it 0lympic debut at tokyo 2020. not many people have been to the olympics from jersey so that would be amazing to be a jersey boys flying the flag. to do it for your country and get on that podium will mean everything, man. landing a medal and next week ‘s world championships will keep them on track for tokyo 2020. some incredible skills there.
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liverpool will go top of the premier league later if they beat arsenal, whilst in the early kick off manchester united are drawing 1—1 at bournemouth. anthony martial equalising after an early bournemouth goal. but that is all your sport for now. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5:20pm — bye for now. it is not all trees and shrubs. many of them, we can store in seed banks and we do hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. pakistan authorities have made a deal with protesters , who've been demonstrating against the acquittal of a christian woman who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy. under the agreement, asia bibi will be barred from leaving the country — but it's unclear for how long. the deal ended three days of violent protests across pa kista n.
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earlier i spoke to wilson chowdhry, who chairs the british pakistani christian association and knows the family of asia bibi. i began by asking him how her family, and the pakistani christian community as a whole, are feeling now about her case, after a tumultous week. the initial gut feeling for pakistani christians across the globe and in the homeland was immensejoy. but there was always the fear that riots would break out and the predictions came true. it does seem as if a statement has gone out by the government which would suggest that asia bibi's name will be put onto a controlled exit list and she may have her verdict petitioned by an extremist group. for those who do not know the case, and may not be familiar with pakistan's very strict
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blasphemy laws, what exactly is it that she was accused of? was it simply practising a faith or was it a particular thing that she had done that outraged those who support the blasphemy law? well, on a hot day, she was quite parched. she had been picking berries. she went to a well. she pumped some water into a bowl that was placed there. she took a sip. she drank a bit more, quenched her thirst and decided to share some with her colleagues. they threw the bowl at her. because she was a christian? because she was a christian. they said her christian impurity had contaminated that a bowl and the water from the well. during the argument she said, "my christ died for me. "what did mohammad do for you?" this resulted in an allegation of blasphemy. she was beaten, some reports say much worse happened and i am sure in her autobiography that will be released, more will be revealed. but then she was placed under trumped—up blasphemy charges and remained incarcerated for ten years with a death sentence hanging over her. it seems extraordinary in a week
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when we have been reporting ireland's referendum scrapping its blasphemy law and it is a law that was never actually used against anyone, that in pakistan blasphemy laws remain such an important part of both the legal system and also the politics of the country. indeed. don't forget these were introduced by the british but they were public order offences with a small fine and a very small sentence, if anything. since the 1980s they are used as a tool of discrimination. pakistani christians across pakistan are always fearful that they could be used against them in a small, petty argument. her lawyer has said today that he is leaving the country or has left the country because he doesn't feel safe. are you worried about her safety while she remains in pakistan? it is untenable that asia bibi could remain in pakistan. if you look at the level of animosity, you are looking at hundreds of thousands of rioters, not protesters, attacking each other, killing themselves
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in their fervent anger that this woman has been set free. if she steps foot out of her home and is recognised she will instantaneously be killed. you have no doubt about that. no doubt about it. if anything, western nations should be jumping at the chance to save this woman. it is enough... it shouldn'tjust be lip service when governments across the globe state that she should be given her human rights. do you have any optimism at all now that there is a new prime minister in power? that imran khan is now the prime minister and is a fresh face in government, if not in pakistan's policies. imran khan was supported by the extremists. it would be hard for him to calm them down. even in a situation where he called for calm and he has backtracked already. he is no different to any previous prime minister. we have seen the same only recently when almost one year ago
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there were riots over changes to the oath for lawmakers. so, for all intents and purposes, the status quo remains the same. president erdogan of turkey has said that the order to killjournalist jamal khashoggi last month came from the highest levels of the saudi government. writing in the washington post, mr erdogan calls for the unmasking of what he describes as the "puppet masters" behind the murder at the saudi consulate in istanbul. saudi arabia's version of events has changed several times, but it denies that crown prince mohammed bin salman had any knowledge of the killing. a tigress in india which is said to have killed 13 people has been shot dead after a major hunt. the six—year—old tigress had evaded capture in the jungles of the western state of maharashtra for two years. activists had campaigned to save the tiger, but india's supreme court said it would not interfere if forest rangers were forced to shoot it. 0ur south asia regional editor anbarasan ethirajan told me a little earlier that it's a nationwide problem in india. if you go by the figures, at least one person is killed a day by tigers
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or elephants in different parts of the country. so why does it happen? because the natural habitat is reducing as people move into the forest areas, they set up farmland, they come into contact with animals. even in this case, many of the villagers take the cattle to graze in the forest area. they take their cattle because it is expensive to buy fodder for the cattle. it is cheaper and free of cost to take the cattle into the forest and the tigers don't like anyone coming into their territory. they are highly territorial animals. they attack the villagers as they come into the forest. but only when they come into their territory. some tigers, if they are very old and injured, they attack human beings, but not by their nature. they try to avoid human beings. the numbers of tigers in india are in presumably pretty steep
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decline. the loss of even a single tiger will be felt by those who are campaigning to protect them. that is why conservationists are very unhappy by the way this was handled. when you tranquillise a tiger at least it gives them a chance to capture them and keep them in a zoo or release it back into the forest. they alleged that many rules were flouted, even though the numbers of tigers are going up, it is still an endangered animal. why is it important? if there is a tiger in any forest, it shows the forest is healthy because there is greenery, wild boar. it symbolises certain things. that is why conservationists say, even if
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the tiger is a man—eating tiger, they should have tried to save it. the success of ivf has caused a drop in the number of children being adopted, according to the boss of the organisation that represents children in care. in the last a0 years, adoptions in england and wales have fallen by 62 per cent. meanwhile, ivf success rates for women under 35 have nearly tripled. anthony douglas, the head of the children and family court advisory and support service, told the daily telegraph the adoption process is still "far too slow". earlier i spoke to someone who runs one of the largest independent adoption agencies in the uk. she told me that finding families for children can be difficult but not impossible. you still find those parents out there, there are still people willing to do it. there are lots of
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people willing to do it and each month there are 17,000 enquiries to the helpline. when people find out more then they need time to think and consider what is right for them and consider what is right for them and there are a number of reasons why currently we are finding that the conversion rate from enquiries to people who decide that this is the right time for them to adopt has sort of fallen a little. we can talk about of those factors in a moment. what about the impact of nf? it has become more successful overtime. that must affect the decisions that some parents make because if they are able to have children of their wrong, maybe they are less likely to adopt. that is right. one of the motivations for adopting is for people who aren't able to have a child and ivf as thankfully become more successful. that is great. it isn't the only factor. it is more,
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located than that. journalist got very excited about this because it suggests that ivf was 7% successful and now it is around 30%. it is true that the numbers of children being adopted has fallen, even as the number of children in care has gone up. that is right. i think there are a number of factors involved and i think, sadly, one of the issues for families is the financial and economic circumstances. if you have a baby in your relationship, people plan but they go ahead with it. adoption is planned in a rather different way and you know you were taking ona different way and you know you were taking on a considerable commitment toa taking on a considerable commitment to a child. given the insecurity that a lot of people are experiencing around housing, particularly in the capital, around job security, people may be putting
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off this decision. there have been changes in the process over the yea rs changes in the process over the years and you have seen many of them ina long years and you have seen many of them in a long time you'll be working on this. what impact has the decision had that children who are adopted should, wherever possible, maintain links with their birth families?” don't personally think that it's a majorfactor don't personally think that it's a major factor because people don't personally think that it's a majorfactor because people in don't personally think that it's a major factor because people in this day and age who adopt need to understand that the children they are taking an have a history. you referred to the huge numbers of children who were adopted in the 50s and 60s. that is when we had single women unable to keep babies. and cultural pressures. indeed, it was very different. they were told not to talk to children about the fact they were adopted. families take that on board today and are generous when it is appropriate in helping
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them keep in touch with their real pa rents. them keep in touch with their real parents. it can work really well. the world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate. 0ne the world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate. one in five is in danger of extinction. the race is on to preserve them in seed banks. you saw helen's report and earlier i start tojohn you saw helen's report and earlier i start to john dickie you saw helen's report and earlier i start tojohn dickie and i asked him why we need to preserve tree seeds. it is not all trees and shrubs. many of them, we can store in seed banks and we do store successfully but the problem is that you cannot dry them and you cannot freeze them. if you freeze seeds with high water content, ice crystals will immediately kill them.
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what sort of trees and other plants are we talking about in that category? i think helen mentioned oaks which will be quite familiar to everyone and around the world in tropical moist forests a high portion of palms are sensitive to drying. and we cannot store them in conventional seed banks. a number of other species, ebony, for instance. some tropical rainforest trees from southeast asia. monkey puzzle tree is, we cannot stop those seeds. so what are the options? this is one thatis what are the options? this is one that is attractive. are there other options that could be explored further? there are some other options. 0ne further? there are some other options. one of them is specimens in
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the tonic gardens. you could do that ina similarway the tonic gardens. you could do that in a similar way to zoos. it needs a bit of coordination. the problem is with botanic specimens is the number of individuals and limited genetic diversity that you can keep in an individual botanic garden. you would need to move pollen around the world all the time. the frustrating thing is that some reports suggest a large proportion of the plans that are most in danger include ones that can't actually be stored in seed banks. yes. so it is roughly about one third. remember, these are best predictions. we have always needed to predict what the likelihood of
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individual species being amenable to conventional seed banking at deep freeze tablature, like we saw, so we can target our collecting and play to the strengths of comment shall seed banking and no which species we need to put different... more effort into different techniques. us actor alec baldwin has been charged with assault in new york city after allegedly punching a man in a fight over a parking space. the incident allegedly occurred in the west village area of manhattan on friday. the 60—year—old has been ordered to appear in court on the 26th of november. andy beatt reports. alec baldwin walked out of a manhattan police station after allegedly punching a man in a
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parking dispute. police say he claimed a family member had been holding a spot for his car when another driver swooped in and took it. in the adamant that followed alec baldwin is said to have swung at the 49—year—old man who was taken to hospital with jaw pain. he denied the claims on social media... in recent years the actor has enjoyed plaudits and awards by courting controversy in a different way, as one of donald trump's most conspicuous critics. news of the arrest spread to washington and the real president. mr president, alec baldwin wasjust real president. mr president, alec baldwin was just arrested. any reaction? i wish him luck.
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baldwin was just arrested. any reaction? iwish him luck. baldwin has been ordered to appear in court later this month. if found guilty of assault he could face up to one year in jail. time for a look at the weather, with stav. we have hurricane 0scar passing to the north of the country. very tightly packed isoba rs. the north of the country. very tightly packed isobars. it will be a very windy day across the board and certainly this evening. gales in the irish sea and the north coast of scotland. further north there will be outbreaks of rain as the weather front rows south—eastwards. if you are heading out this evening it could be quite a soggy. windy too. a better chance of diet weather tomorrow. a band of whether goes southwards and eastwards overnight
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and fizzles out. we will see clear skies across the north and south east. eyemouth night. tomorrow, cloudy. some sunshine into the south—east and a drier day across scotla nd south—east and a drier day across scotland and northern ireland but still very windy here. temperature wise, staying in double figures. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the bbc presenter, paul gambaccini, has accepted a payout from the crown prosecution service because of the way it handled unfounded historical sex abuse allegations made against him. unfounded historical sex abuse mr gambaccini, was arrested in 2013 but was never charged. an elaborate funeral process is under way in thailand for the billionaire owner of leicester city football club vichai srivaddhanaprabha. members of the team are expected to fly out after their game against cardiff this afternoon. the head of the organisation that represents
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children in care says the success of ivf has caused a drop in the number of children being adopted. anthony douglas also said the process was far too slow. a man eating tiger that claimed more than a dozen victims in two years has been shot dead in india, sparking controversy over the legality of its killing. now time for inside out west midlands, which asks would a simple change in the law stop the practise of car—jacking? welcome to this

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