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this is bbc news. the headlines at 3pm. leicester players and supporters are about to hold a minute's silence as they remember their chairman after today's match, members of leicester city will be flying out for their chairman's funeral. he always took the time, even if it was just a he always took the time, even if it wasjust a smile he always took the time, even if it was just a smile and a thumbs he always took the time, even if it wasjust a smile and a thumbs up. he a lwa ys wasjust a smile and a thumbs up. he always acknowledged us as the fans who had taken the trouble to go. broadcaster paul gambaccini receives a payout from the crown prosecution service over its handling of unfounded sexual assault allegations against him. new fears for a christian woman in pakistan whose acquittal for blasphemy sparked days of violent protests across the country. 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. and in half an hour, click looks at artificial intelligence
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and the newjobs its creating. thousands of leicester city supporters are in cardiff for the football clubs first game since the death of its chairman in a helicopter crash. a minute's silence is preceding the match. eleanor roper is in cardiff, where leicester are playing cardiff city. eleanor, what's the mood like there? it is certainly an emotional afternoon in cardiff. it is the
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first time that leicester city have taken to the pitch since their chairman and four others were killed last saturday night in a helicopter crash. a minutes silence hasjust taken place and i can hear the fans behind me cheering now. that minutes silence will be taking place across all premier league fixtures this weekend. players will also be wearing black armbands. this afternoon, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends... and leicester city chairman vichai srivaddhanaprabha. applause. speaking before this afternoon's match, jamie vardy said the players we re match, jamie vardy said the players were given the option over whether
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they wanted to play this afternoon but that the decision was unanimous that everyone wanted to get out on the pitch and to do justice to their chairman. the fans were given a free brea kfast chairman. the fans were given a free breakfast at the king power stadium before setting off to cardiff this morning, and they were also given t—shirts when they arrived in cardiff to commemorate their chairman. we spoke to some fans who we re chairman. we spoke to some fans who were delighted to be here and felt they wanted to show their support. he is the top of the family tree, really. from supporters, the fans, their players, he has been there for their players, he has been there for the community, not just their players, he has been there for the community, notjust for the club but for the wider community. as a lot of people have been saying, he has done a lot for football in the country and around the world. he has shown how you can run a football club. talk to us about how the club has changed under his ownership. when they came in, we were near enough on the brink of collapse. we we re enough on the brink of collapse. we were skint. he has brought in such
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sustainability, new facilities at the stadium, we did the 5000—1 extraordinary champions of england, we won the premier league, but he showed respect to the supporters as well, to the fans, to the players. no one has said a horrible word about him and i don't think they ever will. we feel as supporters we are valued as a club and there are not many premiership teams that can say that, but we genuinely do. he sits with us in the stand at away matches. when we were in madrid for the champions league, he came in the square and said hello to us. he a lwa ys square and said hello to us. he always took the time, even if it was just a smile and a thumbs up, he a lwa ys just a smile and a thumbs up, he always acknowledged us as the fans who had taken the trouble to go. the funeral of vichai is now under way in bangkok and after this afternoon's match, a number of members of the team will fly to
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bangkok and they are expected to stay in thailand until tuesday, so that they can then prepare for their premier league tie against burnley. the leicester city manager has said today's result is not important. they are not playing for a particular school, theyjust they are not playing for a particular school, they just want to honour a man who has done so much for their club. thank you very much. after this afternoon's match, members of the squad will afterwards fly to thailand to attend the funeral of vichai srivaddhanaprabha. the ceremony started 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 whose genuine love of football shone through. in thailand though he had a very different image.
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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 thailand. that was largely as a successful entrepreneur, skilled at political connections any 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, 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 for the deceased ahead of 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
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against cardiff will bring home to the people of thailand just how much this elusive tycoon meant to the club that he bought eight years ago. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. the radio presenter paul gambaccini has received a payout 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 ‘80s. mr gambaccini always denied the claims, calling the case "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 two show, 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
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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 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. and since then, paul gambaccini has
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called for changes in the law. the bbc has said paul is valued and appreciated, which is why he presents two much loved shows. frankie mccamley, bbc news. a christian woman, cleared of blasphemy charges in pakistan, could be banned from ever leaving the country following an agreement between pakistani authorities and islamists which ended days of protests across the country. campaigners have blasted the deal, as akin to signing asia bibi's "death warrant". in a new development, the lawyer representing asia bibi has fled pakistan, saying he fears for his life. let's get more on this now from omar waraich, who's deputy regional director for south asia at amnesty international. let's turn directly to this deal that has been made between the hardliners and the pakistani government. what more can you tell
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us government. what more can you tell us about it? this is a shameful capitulation. just a couple of days after the prime minister went on television saying that the government upholds the verdicts of the supreme court is, warning the mobs from rampaging across the streets, carrying out destruction, laying siege to major cities, they have surrendered. they have effectively said that the rule of law is negotiable if you have the muscle to bring the government to heal. so i understand that she has been put on an exit control list. what does that mean? that means that she would not be able to leave the country. this is usually a measure to stop people who are at risk of flight, to stop people who are at risk of flight, principally in criminals is. in this case you have an
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extraordinary situation of someone who has been acquitted by the supreme court is possibly being stopped from leaving and the condition is that she not be allowed to leave the country until a review of the supreme court ruling goes through. there could be real legal challenges to this. there is no guarantee that this goes through. but if she is unable to leave the country and the supreme court is forced to review the verdict, then i fearfor her life. forced to review the verdict, then i fear for her life. what is the state of religious freedoms in pakistan, according to amnesty. it has been a dismal situation for several years. pakistan's long—suffering minorities have been targeted by armed groups, they have been subject to discrimination, they have been ensnared often in these blasphemy laws, which are broad, vague and coercive, on the basis of little or no evidence. in this case we have seen someone
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no evidence. in this case we have seen someone can be no evidence. in this case we have seen someone can be in snared into a justice system that will not protect them. they cannot effectively defend themselves and even as we are seeing, when the highest court in the country rules that someone is innocent, that the evidence is insufficient, they can still be persecuted in this most horrific way. what would you like to see happen next? does amnesty have new plans to act on behalf of asia bibi, and what about these reforms? we will call on the pakistani government to go back to their original position. to uphold what the supreme court ruling was, which reversed an eight—year year—long miscarriage of justice, reversed an eight—year year—long miscarriage ofjustice, to ensure that people are protected, religious minorities, that mobs cannot hold a state hostage in this way. to prosecute the people who have been
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making threats, and these are very serious threats, notjust against supreme courtjudges' serious threats, notjust against supreme court judges' lives, serious threats, notjust against supreme courtjudges' lives, but also members of the government, the prime minister, and even the army chief. this sort of behaviour would not be tolerated by anyone else. it is really quite surprising that an armed and violent mob of this kind can get the government to submit to their demands. it has to rediscover its authority and ensure the rule of law holds some meaning and that it can't be defied at will by the forces of bigotry and it will be there to protect the most marginalised and weak who rely on it. thank you. the success of nf 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%. meanwhile, ivf success rates for women under 35
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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". a man in his 50s was struck by a vehicle and killed while walking on a motorway, around two o'clock this morning. west mercia police said it was yet to be established why he was on the m5 near to frankley services in worcestershire. the motorway was closed overnight for investigations but it's now been re—opened. attacks on firefighters in england have increased by a quarter in the past year, according to their trade union. the fire brigades union says there were more than 930 incidents where crews were abused or threatened. the home office says new laws coming into place this month should give the police and courts more power to deal with those who are violent towards emergency service workers.
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the headlines on bbc news. as leicester city take on cardiff city — a minute's silence was held before kickoff in honour of their chairman. broadcaster paul gambaccini receives a payout from the crown prosecution service over its handling of unfounded sexual assault allegations against him. (00v) (tx 00v) new fears for a christian woman in pakistan —— whose acquittal for blasphemy sparked days of violent protests across the country. and in sport, a leg injury time winnerfor and in sport, a leg injury time winner for marcus rashford gave manchester united a 2—1 win over bournemouth at the vitality stadium. there was also a late goal in
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scotla nd there was also a late goal in scotland as rangers beat saint mirren 2—0. it gave steven gerrard's side only their second away league win of the season. and they are under way at twickenham as england take on south africa in the autumn series. i will have details on those stories and a lot more later. 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. a short time ago, i spoke to our south asia regional editor, anbarasan ethirajan, who explained why the shooting had caused such outrage. because for the last two years, this has captured the imagination of people in india because the authorities used a number of means to track down this tigress.
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they used drones, gliders and even people riding on elephants to goad the into the forest. even calvin klein perfume because apparently it attracts the tigress. they used a different kind of method to lure this tigress but it was very, very clever. it was hiding deep in thejungle. but this is a mother of two cubs and in this population, which is dwindling, that is why activists have been saying the forest rangers could have taken this and put it in a zoo rather than killing this tigress, and that is what has cost outrage. they also say the authorities who shot the tiger, they flouted all rules protecting the national tiger conservation authority. that is why they are saying the authorities should have been more cautious while handling this entire episode. so what is the problem here?
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has the tiger encroached on human settlement or is it now the other way around ? the human animal conflict is becoming a huge problem in india. the economy is growing, more people are occupying forest lands. with their habitat reducing, that puts people into contact with animals. the figures say at least one person a day is killed in india because of elephants or tigers alone. this is leaving aside and other animals like leopards. that is the intensity of the problem in india. people living on the fringes of these natural reserves, they take these cattle to graze inside these forest areas and that is where big come into contact with animals like tigers. it is going to be expensive for many of these farmers or villagers, so that is where they go. these are clearly protected areas so when someone comes in to their territory, the tigers become very
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ferocious and attack people. this has happened over a period of two years for this tigress and increasingly it is becoming a problem. but also it is the traditional issue between development and conservation. thank you. just days before crucial midterm elections in the us, two presidents, past and present, have been dominating the campaign trail. on friday, the former president, barack obama, launched a scathing attack on donald trump, accusing his successor of fear—mongering over a caravan of migrants travelling towards the united states and calling the current president a liar. what we have not seen, at least in my lifetime, is an approach in which folks in the highest levels of office, folks who we thought our children should be looking up to, will just blatantly, repeatedly,
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boldly, shamelessly, lie. just make stuff up. just say things that they know are not true. and theyjust keep on doing it. president trump has also been on the attack. while he acknowledged that the democrats could take the house of representatives, he sharply criticised the obama years and defended his own record. we don't want to go to the obama days of low wages, high unemployment, rising crime, open borders, far leftjudges, oppressive regulations, horrible, horrible trade deals, disastrous foreign policy.
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look at the mess i inherited in north korea and look at how well we are doing now. meanwhile, twitter has removed around ten thousand automated accounts that discouraged people from voting in next week's us mid term election. most of the accounts were posing as democrats, the social media company said. let's get more on this now from sam woolley, he is a researcher and writer with a focus on emergent technology and communication. what kind of message was being promoted by the bot accounts? there has been all sorts of different kinds of messages from what we call political bot accounts. some of them tell people not to
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vote, they are trying to disenfranchise voters, some of them are harassing, they are trying to attack people in different social groups, and some of them arejust spam that are meant to block the lines of communication. is there any evidence that these messages, these accounts, have had an effect on social opinion? what we see is that often times the bots are not targeting people, they are actually being built to target the algorithm, the trending algorithm, in order to manufacture fake trends. when they do target people, what they are being used to do is either harass them in order to get them off—line, or to create a chilling effect amongst journalists so they or to create a chilling effect amongstjournalists so they don't report on the stories. do we know how quickly twitter responded to this? twitter seems to be doing a lot to try to get rid of bots on its platform but these things have existed on twitter since twitter
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went public several years ago. there has been numerous instances across the world with political bots have been used to monitor lead public opinion and twitter has really failed to do as much as it could have up until 2016 when it was in their own backyard. so why this change in its actions? why was it so important that it was seen to be taking swift action? i think the reason is that they had been a tremendous amount of pressure within the united states on twitter, both from the government and society as well but also from users. so if twitter wa nts well but also from users. so if twitter wants to retain its legitimacy, it has to get rid of bots because they are seen as a way of not just faking bots because they are seen as a way of notjust faking political speech online but also bolstering metrics of advertising and really affecting the bottom line of the company itself. and how closely is twitter working with the political parties on these midterms? that remains
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unclear. in the past we have seen twitter, google and facebook working with political parties to sell them advertising and things like that but we don't know whether or not the company ‘s working with parties to actively get rid of bots. in fact, often times what we see from twitter, it is quite a hidden practice of how it manages this problem. i am interested to know because the last time there were allegations of this sort of political interference at the us elections with the presidential elections, there was the allegation that this had originated from russia. do we know whether this was home—grown orforeign russia. do we know whether this was home—grown or foreign accounts? russia. do we know whether this was home-grown or foreign accounts? what my research shows is that a large proportion of the traffic that is being used to target social groups, specificallyjewish being used to target social groups, specifically jewish and being used to target social groups, specificallyjewish and americans, members of the latino community and african—americans is coming from the alp right and members of white
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nationalist parties in the united states, but that could be availed for russian accounts. we know that russians have impersonated us voters in the past. but the thing to underline here is that it's really bad for researchers like me to tell who is actually building bot accou nts who is actually building bot accounts and it is really hard for a group like twitter to tell because anonymity is baked into the platform. how do you know you are looking at a bot account? bot accou nts looking at a bot account? bot accounts have a number of different tells. they tend to message much more rapidly and with much more mathematical regularity throughout the day than a human account. some of these accounts have treated over 100,000 times, some of them over a million times. we use a tool at my lap to determine whether an account is automated. it checks for a variety of different variables across network, language and time
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base to figure out whether an account is actually a bot. thank you. 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 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 incident 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
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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 arrested. any reaction? i wish 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 injail. one lucky ticket holder in the uk has won the entire jackpot in last night's euromillions draw — a total of more than £76 million. the national lottery is urging people to check their tickets to see if they've won. a spokesperson said they've
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got plenty of champagne on ice ready to celebrate. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. it has been turning increasingly windy but mild through the day. more sunshine in the south—east quadrants of the country but further north outbreaks of rain. it is going to be pretty wet across northern and western areas this evening. it stays dry for east anglia and the south—east tonight and drier weather will push into scotland and northern ireland bar a few gusty showers. it will be a mild end the night with temperatures ranging from 5—11d. tomorrow will be a better day across the board. not as windy as saturday. very windy in the north—west corner. for the midlands and into wales,
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south—west england, further outbreaks of rain, which will be quite heavy at times. temperatures in double figures. we hold onto that mild theme into next week. hello, this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines: a minute's silence was held before the cardiff city — leicester city kick—off in honour of their chairman — vichai srivaddhanaprabha — and four others who died a week ago. 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. mr gambaccini was arrested in 2013 but was never charged.
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