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this is bbc news. the headlines at 12... the businessman, aaron banks, insists all donations he made to the leave campaign during the eu referendum complied with electoral law and says his critics are trying to undermine brexit the electoral commission has a bias in this. everybody is biased against you. it is 52 versus 48. eight children were taken to hospital last night after falling from a giant inflatable slide at a fireworks event in surrey. most have now been discharged but one child remains under observation. we don't still know yet exactly what happened but eight children appear to have come off near the top of the slide, or at the top of the slide, i am not quite sure yet and landed
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on the floor beside it. former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service sirjeremy heywood dies from cancer aged 56. a 33—year—old man from lincolnshire has become the first person to swim around the british coast. it feels weird now to sort of be looking back and almost reflecting because for 157 days i almost didn't allow myself to do that, so now it feels quite nice. and at 12:45pm, click looks at artificial intelligence and the newjobs it's creating. the pro—brexit businessman, arron banks, has again insisted that all the money he provided for brexit campaigning before the referendum was generated from his own companies in the uk. the national crime agency has
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launched a criminal investigation into claims that millions of pounds he donated may have come from sources which are not permitted under electoral law. speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show, mr banks insisted the money came from a company called rock services, which conducts insurance business in the uk. he denies any wrongdoing and said the accusations were aimed at undermining brexit. this is about undermining article 50 and undermining the wrecks it result. it is out of group of vicious labour mps to try to undermine brexit. we have provided bank statements to you. you have provided rock holdings bank
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statements. it is crucial it was reported that rock holdings... you are asking for the source. i am asking for the money that went into rock services? it is a uk company and we can evidence that easily. there is no evidence of that.” and we can evidence that easily. there is no evidence of that. i am sorry. what you are saying is wrong. your understanding of it is wrong. we're at the point where we know the electoral commission have a bias on this and the chairman has called it a collection of nonsense. it is 52 versus 48. bmp committee is all against you as
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is the electoral commission. -- the mps committee. mr banks also said he may choose to vote differently if the referendum was run again now. the corruption i have seen in british politics, the sewer that exists, and the disgraceful behaviour of the government over what they are doing with brexit and how they are selling out. if i could vote again i think it would be better to remain an these demons. ——and not unleash they demons. sirjeremy heywood, the former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service has died from cancer at the age of 56. his career spanned over 30 years. his wife suzanne paid tribute to but also said... all prime ministers who worked with sirjeremy have paid tribute —
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including the current imcubent theresa may — who said: david cameron said: gordon brown said: tony blairsaid... and with me now is the permanent under secretary at the foreign and commonwealth office sir simon fraser. thank you for being with us. amazing tributes from a whole string, the current prime minister and lots of former prime minister. i suppose so jeremy is a man many viewers have never heard of but he was a pivotal
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figure at the heart of the british civil service. if i may figure at the heart of the british civil service. ifi may pay figure at the heart of the british civil service. if i may pay my own tribute to him first. it is a very sad day. we knew you is very ill but this is sooner than we expected and we hoped. condolences to suzanne and the family. he was an exceptional person, head and shoulders the best of this in whitehall in many ways he combined three particular things. a laser—like policy mind that an extraordinary capacity for hard work and an uncanny knack of the —— manipulating the government machine. not someone everyone would have heard of but a very influential and powerful person in the government of the country. it is a very difficult job because you are powerful. you are also being pushed around by the buffeting winds of politics and yet you have to be impartial, you have to be not political. the tributes thatjeremy has
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to be not political. the tributes that jeremy has had to be not political. the tributes thatjeremy has had from prime minister is of different parties demonstrate how good he was at that. he was private secretary to three chancellors and worked very closely with four prime ministers and he won the respect of them all. that is a tribute to his skill and intelligence dedication to the job. what was the skill set he had any really good civil servant has to have two be in a pivotal position for so long? different civil serva nts for so long? different civil servants have different skills. he did not run big departments and manage big teams. he was the quintessential person at the heart of the team who knew how things were done and how decisions were made on how to manage the very tricky business of government, making hard calls when he had to make the man's doing things through. managing people, understanding politicians, taking the system with him. people, understanding politicians, taking the system with himli suppose a lot of people will have a view of senior civil servants probably based on yes minister where
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they think the civil servant is manipulating the politician. is the realjob of someone likejeremy to make things happen for the politicians? a minister or prime minister says i want this to happen and you have to do that the best of your abilities, no matter what you think. civil servants advise ministers but ministers make the decisions and civil servants have to loyally execute the decisions. that is the deal was that if you think about the issues he was involved in from black wednesday through the 2008 financial crisis and through to brexit you can see the sort of huge challenges he has been involved in facing. i was struck by the fact some people have been very emotional about him. yvette cooper was speaking about him earlier on today and pretty much close to tears. it was not just a and pretty much close to tears. it was notjust a bigger the politicians admired but very close
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to love it, i suppose. they knew him very well. he had been at the heart of the machine for many years. the eye and his extraordinary dedication and professionalism there was a wicked sense of humour which helped to carry him through. -- behind his extraordinary dedication. thank you for being with us. thank you for your time. police declared a "major incident" in surrey last night after multiple children fell from a giant inflatable slide at a fireworks event. eight children were initially taken to hospital — with one still remaining for observations. health and safety officials are investigating the incident which ocurred at woking park. simon clemison reports. a fairground and fireworks, woking park was packed. some visitors saw a huge, inflatable slide had been particularly busy.
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police say a group of children fell and were hurt. around 7:30pm this evening, a major incident was declared. this followed after a number of children fell from the slide and suffered injuries. the air ambulance was called in to help as people were asked to leave the park. while walking passed the slide, i noticed there were a lot of children lying on the floor next to it on the right—hand side. and about nine or ten ambulances. so, it was very immediately clear it was a serious incident. 0rganisers later tweeted that they were shocked and distressed by events. the woking district rotary club added that it was assisting the emergency services in dealing with the injured children. 12,000 people — most of those people will have children and most of the children will have asked to go on this ride, so everyone is waking up knowing it could have been their child in that situation, sat in hospital. it is deeply shocking. some eyewitnesses noticed the slide was still standing as they left. the showman's guild, whose members
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operates the rides at fairs, told the bbc that the ride had up—to—date test certificates and insurance documents. michael holden, from woking district rotary club, was part of the team which organised last night's event. he said they had used the funfair operator in charge of the slide for a number of years without incident. well, it was a very sad accident on the inflatable slide that you can see behind me here at about 7:20pm last night. we don't still know yet exactly what happened but eight children appear to have come off near the top of the slide, or at the top of the slide, i am not quite sure yet and landed on the floor alongside it. at first we thought the injuries were very serious and a major incident was declared and that meant we had to abort the fireworks. we're pretty shocked and distressed by the whole thing but very relieved to hear this morning's news that seven out of the eight children have been discharged from hospital and the last is being kept in under observation,
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so the injuries are not as serious as first thought. we are hearing obviously that this is a popular event — up to 12,000 people attend it usually. we have spoken to quite a lot of eyewitnesses this morning who say that this ride in particular was very crowded. there have been reports of a0 children being on the ride at the same time. is that something that you witnessed? was the area overcrowded? i don't think the area was overcrowded. it happened during the build—up to the fireworks, so it wasn't as full as it would have been at eight o'clock. so, we think there was probably something like 5000 people in the park at the time when this incident occurred. it looks to be to do with the way the ride was being operated. i cannot comment any more than that because we simply don't know at the moment but i don't think there was any issue around crowding in the park itself. the company who ran the ride, are they the same company that you have used before? do you do the checks on the licences? absolutely. we have a full safety plan for this event, which has been agreed with woking borough council.
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we have used this funfair operator for a number of years — we have never had any problems before. he is as upset as we are about it. i spoke to markjohn — managing director of the inflatable manufacturer company airquee, and chairman of a body that inspects inflatables. he said the equipment goes through rigorous testing processes. it is tragic when something like this happens. all you can do as an industry is reflect and look at what you can do to improve things and maintain public safety. to put people's minds at rest, fundamentally, inflatables are very, very safe. we think there are about 23 million users a year on inflatables and, in the main, they go into events and people have a great time with no accidents or injuries whatsoever. they go through vigorous testing processes and the checklists that are followed and the inspection routines follow a published european standard.
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that is, in itself, very thorough indeed. and that is what we can do really. that is on an annual basis and like i said, it is very thorough and people should be feeling pretty confident that we do as much as we can to protect them. "as much as we can," you say, but there have been accidents, we know that. is that because there is something flawed within the inflatable or is it human error, the way it is attached to the ground, the way that it has been put up? i think you have raised a really important point. i have been doing this for17 years, 0k? and what i have seen over the past couple of years is the emphasis has certainly shifted from being a manufacturing or design issue, in the past, to now where it is becoming much more focused on the operational level, both as the operator that is using the equipment or, you know, providing it to the public, and the operational environment, whether that is windy conditions or anything else that
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could pose a threat to the use of that inflatable. so, on the manufacturing side, i have to say, and i'm notjust saying this because i'm a manufacturer, the uk especially is looked upon as a country that produces fantastic inflatables and we really do. but you always have to reflect on these things to see what you can do better as an industry and we certainly do that and we will continue to do that and maybe we need to look more closely at how people can do something to learn how to operate inflatables to keep people safe when and if conditions prevail that are not ideal. i can't comment on this specific case but certainly the operational environment is very important. straight off a 12—hour flight from cardiff, where they won last night, leicester city's players and staff are attending a funeral for their late chairman. they are joining buddhist prayers for vichai srivaddhanaprabha,
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tonight and tomorrow night. the players havejoined members of thailand's business and political elite, paying their respects for the billionaire. he took them of course to the heights of winning the premier league. with me now is our south east asia correspondentjonathan head. just tell us what other players doing exactly what form is the funeral ceremony taking? we are on the second day of the funeral. we saw the players arrived here, as you say, direct leave from their match against cardiff. they got there as $0011 against cardiff. they got there as 50011 as against cardiff. they got there as soon as they could be just about an hour ago, on soon as they could be just about an hourago, ona soon as they could be just about an hourago, on a bus soon as they could be just about an hour ago, on a bus taken straight from the airport. they are not all here but we saw from the airport. they are not all here but we sanamie vardy, from the airport. they are not all here but we saw jamie vardy, wes morgan and kasper schmeichel coming
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off wearing black suits with other players and officials. they were taken straight into the temple complex you can see behind me where the funeral will go on for many, many days. the cremation itself will not be for at least another close to 100 days. they are there today with the daughter of thailand's and king. this is a royally sponsored event. it makes it an elite and illustrious occasion indeed. a reflection of vichai's will be business success which he achieved in a relatively short time. he had a very good network will stop we have seen the cream of the great and good coming to show their respect for him. he does not have —— it does not have the same kind of feel as tributes backin the same kind of feel as tributes back in britain. it cannot have the same impact as it has the leicester and the people in the city. thank
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you. voters in the french pacific islands of new caledonia have decided to remain part of france. an independence vote was promised three decades ago, after a violent campaign by separatists from the indigenous kanak people. 0ur correspondent, phil mercer, is following events from sydney. so, they want to stay part of france. is that the surprise? not according to opinion polls but they we re according to opinion polls but they were suggesting a 60—110 split and thatis were suggesting a 60—110 split and that is what the early results appear to show. it would seem that economic anxieties and concerns about security have prompted many voters to stick with what they know, to stick with france. france is a major financial beneficiary to the pacific islands of new caledonia. many pacific islands of new caledonia. ma ny voters pacific islands of new caledonia.
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many voters would be worried about what would happen to their standard of living if the french word to be forced away. 0n the other side of the equation we have at the heart of the equation we have at the heart of the independence movement is the indigenous kanak people, who have long complained about discrimination and economic inequality. for then the vote was all about self—determination. it looks as if the ka nak will self—determination. it looks as if the kanak will be disappointed. under provisions of the peace deal in 1998 there could well be two more votes on independence before 2022. president macron has been saying he has immense pride in new caledonia for voting to stay with france. for the french, they wanted this boat they wanted this result. president macron was in new caledonia in may this year. he has largely stayed out of the independence campaign. he did say france would be less beautiful
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without new caledonia. in terms of population, the kanak people, the indigenous population of makes up about 40% of the population and european people make up about a quarter of the population. it is a country which has a diverse ethnic make up and it has had its ethnic troubles over the years. i suspect that paris will be very relieved that paris will be very relieved that its strategic territory in the south pacific is and its control we re south pacific is and its control were given big creeping influence of china in the south pacific. a 33—year—old man from lincolnshire has become the first person to swim right around the british coast. ross edgley crossed the finish line off the kent coast in earlier this morning, after swimming 1800 miles. he swam 1800 miles. he'd been in the water for up to 12 hours a day since the start ofjune. he said the highs and lows had been
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intense but it was easy with the support of his team. it did not matter where i was, i could look on my phone and people would be sending me amazing messages. they were saying i am signing up for my first triathlon because of what you are doing. it felt like a team sport. that is so important. and everyone looks back on this they remember it is a team sport, no way a solo endeavour. people are saying i get it now, that is why it is a team sport. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh. wayne rooney will come out of international retirement to make a final farewell appearance for his country next month. england's all—time record goalscorer, who now plays in america for dc united, is expected to play against the united states at wembley to earn his 120th cap. the game will raise funds for the wayne rooney foundation
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and will be his first england appearance since a 3—0 victory over scotland two years ago. the wembley arch will be lit up in the gold colours of rooney's charity. it's a big day ahead at the top of the premier league with both manchester city and chelsea in action this afternoon. chelsea take on crystal palace in the four o'clock kick off, whilst manchester city are just a point behind leaders liverpool, as they go into their game at home against southampton. always when i see southampton, the players that we have, the position we have, it is not the quality of the players they have in the position normally. i am impressed with the quality i have in front, especially strong and especially in the middle. we have to be sharp in small spaces and clever in set pieces because they are strong as well. that is the game, i guess.
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there's one game in the scottish premiership — just a point at home to aberdeen will take kilmarnock back to third. still goalless in the very early stages of that 12:15 kick off. you can listen to the action on bbc radio scotland. johnny bairstow has been ruled out the first of england's three upcoming test matches against sri lanka, which begins on tuesday. the wicket—keeper twisted his ankle playing football in training during the one—day series, and missed the final two 50—over matches. england have not won a test series in sri lanka since 2001. it's not yet been announced who will take his place behind the stumps for the match in galle. johnny is unavailable for this first one. the decision is probably more based on long—term was giving him extra time to hopefully get right for the second test and not put him in too much doubt, you know, for the rest of the winter.
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looking forward to the next summer at home. meanwhile, in theirfirst home match since the ball—tampering scandal earlier in the year, australia were heavily beaten by south africa in the first one—day international. australia were all out forjust 152, before the visitors cruised to victory by six wickets. it's the first time australia have lost seven consecutive 0dis. england's second rugby league test against new zealand gets under in liverpool in just under two hours' time, with england looking to seal a series victory. they won the first of the three tests last week. captain sean 0'loughlin misses out through injury so st helens forward luke thompson will make his first start for his country whilst castleford's adam milner will also feature. that match live on bbc two this afternoon. he is a captain, the leader of the team. he has been there and done it in the domestic game and international game. big boots to fill. i am ready for the challenge
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and i am sure i can do thejob. ryan burnett was forced to surrender his wba bantamweight boxing title after sustaining a fight—ending back injury during his world boxing super series quarter—final against nonito donaire. the belfast fighter was not able to punch with his right hand during the fourth round, and retired moments later. burnett was treated in the ring before leaving the arena on a stretcher. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. now time for the weather. rainforafew rain for a few of you out there today. low—pressure areas driving in at the moment. this swirl of cloud
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is the remnants of hurricane 0scar. in between the main weather systems we re in between the main weather systems were not a huge amount of significant rain. still damp weather stretching from the wash in lincolnshire and the south and southern parts of wales. either side of it brighter weather continues. the wind is still a key feature with gusts of a0 miles an hour, 50 miles an hour this afternoon. a few showers in the western isles. this afternoon should be very pleasant indeed with lots of sunshine to come. wind is lighter than yesterday. the turning wetter in wales, devon and cornwall this afternoon. east anglia and the south—east will stay dry with temperatures in the teens. stays mild in the evening as well. as we go into another evening of fireworks displays, most of you will be dry. chance of rain in parts of wales and
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the winds will ease down a little bit. wetter weather in the west wales in particular, devon and cornwall. more general wet weather into northern ireland and the far west of scotland as we start monday morning foot at temperatures lower than the last couple of nights but still holding up well clear of a frost. the main focus on monday is the area of low pressure across the bay of biscay which is creeping ever closer. early rain will ease. brightening conditions with patchy rain in western areas. the odd isolated shower in the east of england. for many, a dry day on monday with spells of hazy sunshine and highs of 15 and 16. wind picks up and highs of 15 and 16. wind picks upa and highs of 15 and 16. wind picks up a little bit into tuesday. a few showers heading north. into scotland, wales, ireland and north—west of england we will see
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rain heading in. temperatures in the teens. continuing with a mild theme for the rest of the week that still with wet at times. —— but still with wet weather at times. good afternoon. eight children have been treated in hospital following an accident at a fireworks funfair in surrey. police declared a major incident at woking park last night, after a giant inflatable slide collapsed, throwing children to the ground. families were told to leave the park and the fireworks display was cancelled. frankie mccamley reports from woking. a popular town park left deserted, now the centre of an investigation, after a major incident was declared, last night. this morning, officials from the health and safety executive on the scene, looking for clues as to how eight children were left injured. it was very, very crowded. i mean, they say there was about 12,000 people coming. it looked about that number. and there's only a handful of rides,
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which meant the few rides there were were very, very crowded indeed. 0rganisers, though, accept it was busy but not overcrowded. pretty shocked and distressed by the whole thing. i don't think the area was overcrowded. it happened during the build—up to the fireworks, so it wasn't as full as it would have been at 8pm. so we think there was probably something like 5,000 people in the park at the time when this incident occurred. the area around the inflatable slide still remains cordoned off this afternoon as the health and safety executive carry out their investigation to find out exactly what happened here. as you can see, behind me, this slide remains deflated. just behind that is a stall that didn't have time to pack up before police arrived. it was around 7:30pm yesterday when this evening of family fun was suddenly cut short. the park was evacuated, as ambulance crews tried to help the injured children. the air ambulance also called in to help. as the 30—foot slide was shut down,
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the firework display was abandoned. the children injured here taken to hospital. some are now calling for a government review into the regulation of inflatables. what needs to happen is a temporary ban, and i stress temporary, ban, on bouncy castles and inflatables in big public areas until we've updated the regulations, until we've changed the inspection regime and parents can be 100% confident that when their children go on these things, there's nothing to worry about. a reassurance many parents may well be looking for, today. the events last night was one of the biggest annual events in the town of woking and families, of course, this morning have been walking past, seeing the aftermath and what had happened here, hearing what happened last night. very shocked and saddened. we have had an update from
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surrey police who have said seven out of the eight children were discharged from hospital overnight. they say the eight nick timoney is being kept in hospitalfor observations. —— eightth victim. it is not thought their injuries are significant. thank you. sirjeremy heywood, the former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service has died from cancer at the age of 56. his career spanned over 30 years. theresa may said he had worked tirelessly to serve his country, and there've also been tributes from former prime ministers, david cameron, gordon brown and tony blair. the pro—brexit businessman, aaron banks, has again insisted that all the money he provided for the referendum campaign was generated from his own businesses in the uk, and none came from russia. the national crime agency has launched a criminal investigation into claims that millions of pounds came from sources which are not permitted under electoral law. manveen rana reports. amid calls from campaigners to
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cancel the interview, arron banks arrived at the bbc to answer questions about where he had found the money to fund the brexit campaign. it was the first time he'd been questioned in details of the national crime agency announced that he was under investigation. the electoral commission had cast doubt on the true source of the £8 million arron banks had loaned to his brexit campaign groups. mr banks said the money came from his uk—based company, rock services the electoral commission suspects the money came from the parent company, rock holdings, registered in the isle of man, which will make it illegal funds under the uk electoral law. where did the money originally come from? it is not what i am using a super injunction to hide it. it came from a uk company, which has cash
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generated in the uk. rock services. it isa generated in the uk. rock services. it is a shell company. we have looked at this and we don't see how rock services can generate 8 million quid. are we not of a position where the electoral commission have referred it. we will explain ourselves and the accounting that went behind it. i am very happy with that. arron banks was adamant the money came from his uk—based company, rock services. the electoral commission who have seen the accounts of banks claimed there we re the accounts of banks claimed there were insufficient funds to justify such a large donation. as the criminal investigation gets under way, arron banks can expect months of scrutiny about his finances. manveen rana, bbc news. leicester city's football players have arrived in bangkok to join the funeral of their chairman, vichai sivaddhanaprabha. he died in a helicopter crash outside the king power
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stadium, last saturday. four other people were also killed. the team flew out to thailand after their match against cardiff yesterday. the husband of a pakistani christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the uk. asia bibi's husband, ashiq masih, said they were in great danger in pakistan. the supreme court there overturned her conviction on wednesday, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence, but she has yet to be freed. her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country. republicans and democrats have begun a final burst of campaigning ahead of tuesday's mid—term elections in the united states. president trump told supporters at rallies in montana and florida that democrats wanted to flood the country with illegal immigrants and described how barbed wire was being erected along the border with mexico. mexico is trying. they are trying. but we're different.
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we more than try... we have our military now on the border. cheering and i notice all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight. an adventurerfrom grantham has become the first person to swim almost 1,800 miles around great britain. ross edgley left margate on june 1st and hasn't set foot on land since — swimming for up to 12 hours a day and eating more than 500 bananas. he's been up against strong tides and currents as well as storms and jellyfish. john maguire reports. this is the moment ross edgley set a new world record and became the first person to swim around britain and set foot on dry land for the first time in more than five months. great britain is big, isn't it?
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you tell me. you have swum round it. yeah, it's much bigger than i thought. scotland is big. yeah. people don't realise how big that is. yeah. the highs are so high but the lows are so low. like, scotland is probably the best example, the scenery is stunning, but it's also very humbling just getting slapped in the face byjellyfish every single day. so it feels weird now to sort of be looking back and almost reflecting, because for 157 days i almost didn't allow myself to do that, so now it feels quite nice. swimming twice a day, every day, for up to 12 hours, both day and night, he has battled storms, exhaustion and waters seething with jellyfish. 0n margate beach this morning, where he first set off injune, well wishers who had followed his progressjoined friends and family to welcome him home. absolutely immense. i mean, he is a man who has always had character and he has shown that over the last five months. this is the epitome of survival.
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the epitome of resilience. this is like caveman, feral instinct, dating back to... it's historic. what this man has done. and for these people to be here and support him is absolutely amazing. he's either mad or he knows what he is doing. he lived on board throughout the 2,000 mile swim, consuming more than 1 million calories to feed his endeavour. as for what's next, ross says he is keen to take on yet another swimming challenge. it sounds so weird but i'm still not quite bored of swimming so there's a few more... since i was finishing this, there was a few more challenges that were thrown my way and people were like, if you can swim round great britain, maybe you can try this. i might be naive enough to say yes. that's after he gets his land legs back. cheering stop it. i'm going to cry! john maguire, bbc news.
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. congratulations to him. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at a:35pm, bye for now. you're watching the bbc news channel. a week away from remembrance sunday, when we think of those who lost their lives in all conficts including the great and even before the end of world war i there was a great need to remember those who had fallen. men had fought and died in numbers never seen before, and hundreds of thousands had no known graves. 0ne army chaplain understood the grief of the nation and he was determined that there needed to be a great gesture to serve as a symbol for all of the lost men. natalie graham has the story. at the west end of the nave of westminster abbey is the grave
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of the unknown warrior. but, for many, the story the unknown warrior is itself, unknown. how did this one person come to represent all those who died? to find out the answer, we have to go back to the first world war and meet a curate from folkestone. the year war began, this reverend david railton was living in the town. he saw young men destined for the battlefield flooding into the area. byjanuary 1916, david was himself on the western front, witnessing death and injuries on a scale never seen before. one night, after he had been conducting a burial service, there was a simple grave on which there was a white, wooden cross, which someone had written on in black pencilled letters, an unknown british soldier.
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my grandfather said thatjust started him thinking as to who that person was. of course, he had served on the western front, he had seen the makeshift graveyards for soldiers. they didn't look like this, it would have been rows of wooden crosses, often small groups, many of them unidentified. now the war was over, his idea was to choose one fallen soldier whose identity could never be traced and bring him back to be buried with full honours in westminster abbey. he would represent the fallen, but the heart of the idea was that, for anyone grieving, it could be their loved one buried amongst kings. a chaplain was given the task of bringing bodies all across the battlefield. then they were draped in flags for general wyatt to come and choose one of the bodies by laying his hand on it and that was the body that then made that famous journey back to westminster.
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0n the morning of the 10th of november, the body was taken from a castle to hms verdunne. the body was put aboard and lay on the quarterdeck, guards posting with heads bowed. in dover, crowds were waiting as the unknown warrior came home. hundreds of thousands crowded into the streets to capture a glimpse of the coffin and just as david railton had hoped, many were comforted — this could be their loved one. the reverend david railton was an inspirational clergyman from kent who could not, and would not, forget the men he'd left on the western front. and so he found a way to bring them all home. you can see that. the on tomorrow's
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edition of inside out tomorrow south—east tomorrow on the bbc iplayer. now on bbc news, the click team brings us all the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news. ai. that's what the future is about, if you believe the hype. computer programmes that learn from past experience, that improve and that sometimes, learn to solve problems in ways that even we hadn't thought of. well, here at microsoft's future decoded event,
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ai is at the top of the agenda. these days, there are very real examples of how ai are starting to be able to do things that were once only the reserve of humans. it is learning to drive, to play games. it has learned to paint. it has learned to understand what we say. each ten year or so we seem to have a breakthrough moment where we take a piece of human ability and defeat it with machine. ‘96 it was chess, go, last year — and we all worry. what that is demonstrating is that our ais are extraordinarily good and superhuman in tasks that we can specify and understand. they can improve and self improve. the challenge is this whole idea of general intelligence or transfer
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