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this is bbc news. the headlines at 12:30pm: spacex's falcon rocket blasts off from florida's kennedy space centre — it's on a mission to show nasa this is bbc news. it can carry astronauts into space. the headlines at 12.00pm: labour's internal row over anti—semitism has deepened, with two of the party's most senior figures clashing over how to handle complaints. three, two, one, zero, ignition, liftoff. spacex's falcon rocket blasts off and reports from the disputed region of kashmir say there's been into orbit from florida's a new violation of the ceasefire kennedy space centre it's along the line of control between india and pakistan. on a mission to show nasa it can carry astronauts into space. labour's internal row over anti—semitism has deepened with two of the party's most senior figures clashing over how to handle complaints. sport now, reports from the disputed region and for a full round up of kashmir say there's been from the bbc a new violation of the ceasefire sport centre, here's mike. good afternoon. the first weekend along the line of control between india and pakistan. derby match is about to get under britain's golden girls — katerina johnson—thompson takes gold way. there are quite a few coming up in the pentathlon and laura muir defends her three thousand metres in merseyside, but title at the european indoor
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championships in glasgow. and coming up in half—an—hour — the click team report from mobile world congress in barcelona. there's been a major space rocket launch in the united states this morning. it's paving the way for america to send astronauts into orbit for the first time in eight years. the spacex falcon blasted off from the kennedy space centre on an uncrewed test—flight to the international space station. three, two, one, zero, ignition, liftoff.
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nasa says it's a critical mission and, if successful, will be a major step forward in space travel. our science correspondent pallab ghosh has more. three, two, one, zero. ignition, lift off. up and away. spacex's mighty falcon rocket, and on top, the dragon space capsule. designed to take four astronauts into space, but not just yet. instead, just a solitary crash test dummy, wired with sensors, is in one of these seats. this uncrewed test is part of an ambitious nasa project to send astronauts into space from us soil once more. we're doing things that are really risky, that most normal human beings don't do. and the designs and the complexity of what we have to do — you know, we're strapping human beings on top of rockets with millions of pounds of thrust and hurling them into orbit, to go attached to a space station, to do world—cutting research, and that isn't trivial.
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it has been eight long years since the country that won the space race has been grounded. the shuttle was withdrawn from service because it was unsafe, and nasa had to pay the russian space agency to send its astronauts to the space station on its soyuz rockets. but, in 2014, nasa awarded spacex and boeing a combined £5 billion contract so that each could build their own spacecraft. if they work as planned, nasa hopes to use the vehicles to send astronauts into space by the end of the year. after the launch , the founder of spacex — elon musk — explained his motivation for the project. i really believe in the future of space. i think it's important that we become a space bound civilisation, and are out there amongst the stars. i think that's one of the things
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that makes people excited about the future. we want the things in science fiction novels and movies not to be science fiction forever, we want them to be real one day. joining me now via webcam from woking is andy bradford from uk launch services ltd. this is a small company working with several partners and organisations to help develop and establish launch services from the uk. thank you for speaking to us. you must be watching all this very closely, because you obviously are going to learn, as well as nasa, and spacex. yes, thanks, good afternoon, nice to be here. it is a really important step that spacex have taken today, to get people going back into space, and using a commercially built rocket. it is very important, and it has really good potential impacts for here in the uk, as well, eventually. say you are hoping to launch the same capability within the uk. are we
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talking about developing the rocket? the hardware? or more a launch area? what exactly are you hoping to develop in the uk? exactly all of those things. we are working with companies and consortiums who are developing a space court, currently in the north of scotland, along with a company that we are working with who are developing a new kind of rocket. and in many ways, it is taking steps in a similar way to spacex dead. spacex started developing a small rocket that launched satellites into space. this is exactly what the company we are working for are going to do, and are doing right now, with a view to launching the first rockets in 2021. so, we start small, we start getting rocket into space, and then putting payloads on those, there is no specific plans right now to launch people into space from the uk, but these are building blocks, these are these are building blocks, these are the steps we're taking that could ultimately lead to and when are you
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hoping you can actually take off, basically? the vast launch is scheduled towards the end of 2021. it is always difficult to get these things developed. it is hard, to develop new things to go into space, and rockets, it's not easy, so it is quite a ambitious schedule, but we are on track at the moment. the people working on these key elements, the space court and the rocket, have got plans in place, and they are developing these things as we speak. the first thing that we have seen, with today's launch, and travelling up the entire national space station, you are looking at nasa, there is a huge background to nasa, there is a huge background to nasa itself, you have got the government helping with that, the history of that, is there any possibility that yourselves would be collaborating with the likes of the european space agency, in terms of partnerships? yeah, absolutely. i mean space is a very international business. the international space
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station is a very international thing, obviously. it needs lots of international governments to collaborate to make it work. it is certainly, with manned space, it is almost always collaborative. the chinese are doing it mostly on their own, but russia and europe collaborating on manned space sites. manned space will always be an internationally collaborative internationally. good luck with everything. exciting times, thank you. two senior labour figures have clashed over how the party handles anti—semitism. the general secretary, jennie formby accused the deputy leader, tom watson, of using a "vague parallel process" by asking labour mps to forward complaints to him. mr watson said people had lost trust in labour's ability to investigate allegations. our political correspondent, nick eardley reports.
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chanting: enough is enough. allegations of anti—semitism have not been easy for the labour party — protests byjewish groups outside parliament, mps quitting the party accusing the leadership of failing to act, rows over whether it is even a problem. chris williamson, an ally ofjeremy corbyn, was suspended this week for claiming the party had been too apologetic. but now, a public row has broken out right at the top. this week, i've had 50 complaints... this man, deputy leader tom watson, wants labour to do more to address the issue. he wrote to mps urging them to contact him with complaints. last night, the party's general secretary issued a scathing reply. in a letter to mr watson, sent to every labour mp and peer, jennie formby said... she suggested mr watson could undermine the work labour's staff are doing to deal with complaints. for labour, agreeing on how
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to tackle anti—semitism is proving far from simple. our political correspondent, tom barton is here with me. just explain what is going on. how rare is this, for this row to be playing out in public? rows like this, particularly in the top level of politics, happen all the time. they don't very often happen in quite such a public way. tom watson, senior figure, quite such a public way. tom watson, seniorfigure, the quite such a public way. tom watson, senior figure, the second seniorfigure, the second most senior elected politician in the labour party, jeremy corbyn‘s deputy, sending this e—mail, to all mps, all members of the house of lords, and labour members of the house of lords, essentially being very critical of the party's complaints process around anti—semitism, by implication of course, criticism ofjennie formby, the general secretary. she then responds, sending an e—mail to him,
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copying in all the parliamentary party, within labour, and is again being very critical of him, accusing him of this vague parallel system, running alongside the complaints process , running alongside the complaints process, saying he is polluting the existing process. these things don't happen in this way very often. i think, if anything, happen in this way very often. i think, ifanything, itjust happen in this way very often. i think, if anything, itjust shows quite how tense things are at the top of the labour party. particularly on that issue of anti—semitism. particularly on that issue of anti-semitism. i mean, this is something that has got to be addressed, now, because he saw it being brought to the publicjust a few days ago, with the resignations. yes, and the labour party would say that they are addressing it. if you look atjennie formby‘s t tom watson, she says that new particles are in place, the party has a system of publishing statistics on how they are dealing with each of these
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complaints, but essentially, what tom watson are saying, that that is not good enough, the complaints process does not have the trust of the people who are making the complaints, and he says, the publication of statistics, and all of that, just isn't happening in a sufficiently transparent way. what you have got, really, within the labour party, which is highlighted, of course, by the departure of those mps tojoin of course, by the departure of those mps to join the independent group, isa mps to join the independent group, is a real fractious mps to join the independent group, is a realfractious nature mps to join the independent group, is a real fractious nature of the labour party, between those people who are right behind jeremy corbyn, passionate supporters of his mission, and other mps who are very uncomfortable with him and his politics, but also the people who have joined the party on the wave of jeremy corbyn‘s rise to the top. tom watson is very much in that camp. there is a dangerfor the party, that if this issue is not dealt with, they could see more splits than we have seen in the last couple
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of weeks. thank you very much for that. a girl thought to be 17 years old has been stabbed to death in east london. ambulance crews were called out to a park in harold hill in havering last night. no one has been arrested. police say the teenager's next of kin have been informed. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, said his thoughts were with the victim's loved ones. in a tweet mr khan also said he was ‘filled with anger that violent criminals are targeting young londoners with their whole lives before them'. reports from the disputed region of kashmir say there's been a new violation of the ceasefire along the line of control between india and pakistan. overnight, fighting appeared to have eased, following pakistan's release of the pilot of a downed indian fighter jet. wing commander abhinandan varthaman was handed over to indian officials on friday and is being hailed as a national hero. our correspondent yogita limaye is injammu — in indian—administered kashmir. she said the shelling
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is still going on. we do know that there was a ceasefire violation, in the sector that is about 100 kilometres from where i am in the city ofjammu. i was there two days ago, and even at that time, i was witnessing intense shelling. late last night, we had a relative calm after 12 or 1a hours, returning to the line of control between india and pakistan. the indian side say that it was pakistan that fired up and india responded, but these kinds of claims, there have been multiple ceasefire violations along the line of control. people have died in those, as well. yesterday, on the indian side, we had one woman and her two children who died in shelling, because the shell landed on her home. of course, there are expectations, that after the return of the pilot last night, that tensions might ease between india and pakistan,
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but you have got to remember that this is a very long running issue, and we have had the dispute of kashmir going on since 19117. this particular dispute is about india saying that there are terrorist groups operating from pakistan, with the help of pakistani authorities, who are attacking india, and that their air strikes in pakistan were a response to that. pakistan, of course, denying that they are helping any any militant groups on the ground, there. well the rising tensions between india and pakistan in the past week have led to the evacuation of people who live in the border areas of kashmir on both sides. our correspondent shumaila jaffrey went to muzaffarabad in pakistan administered kashmir to speak to people who have been caught up in the conflict. another family has arrived at this temporary camp set up in a campus of this university.
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they are residents of border villages, on the pakistani side of the disputed kashmir region. the families were uprooted from their homes, a cross—border shelling started on the line of control. this family also arrived here last night. translation: we heard a loud explosion, first we thought that it is raining, then there was another bank. we realised it was shelling. everybody got up and started running to save their lives, but i could not walk. it was so difficult to reach here. the centre was set up by the local authorities, where free food and shelter being divided the displaced. as a0 families had been registered here so far at many are also going to their relatives's homes. people are still coming in, the situation is tense.
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they are moving out of the troubled area. since morning, i have registered around 50 people and more are coming. this man is a retired school teacher, he is sheltered 50 displaced people in his home. he says that he is hosting these people with the help of the community. there are four to six villagers with a population of around 10,000, they ran out of their homes and spent the night in the bunkers. they came down next morning, some children did not have their shoes on. here, there is nervousness in the air but many are still hope that sanity will prevail and that both the countries will refrain from a full—scale war. shumaila jaffrey, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: spacex's falcon rocket blasts off from florida's kennedy space centre it's on a mission to show nasa it can carry astronauts into space. labour's internal row over
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anti—semitism has deepened with two of the party's most senior figures clashing over how to handle complaints. reports from the disputed region of kashmir say there's been a new violation of the ceasefire along the line of control between india and pakistan. it's emerged that the son of former al-qaeda leader osama bin laden was stripped of his saudi arabian citizenship last year. it comes a day after the united states offered a $1 million reward for information on the whereabouts of hamza bin laden. it's believed he is now a rising figure of the terror organisation, which is blamed for carrying out the september 11th attacks. more than 300 firefighters are battling a number of out—of—control bushfires burning in the bunyip state park in victoria in australia. the bushfires have put lives and homes at risk, as winds fuel the out—of—control fire. an emergency warning has been issued, with residents told it's too late to leave.
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it ended with no deal, no agreement, no warm words. the summit between donald trump and kimjong un in vietnam collapsed abruptly on thursday when talks between the two leaders broke down. president trump flew out immediately — but kim jong un stayed on for a whistle—stop tour of engagements before leaving vietnam on saturday. the bbc‘sjonathan head was in hanoi as events drew to a close. the trump caravan has gone. but the motorcade carrying his north korean counterpart could still be seen this morning, gliding through the streets of hanoi. relations between these two communist run countries have not a lwa ys two communist run countries have not always been good. but this was a chance to put their past differences behind them, and put on a show of well choreographed socialist solidarity. both countries once
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fought the united states, and kim jong—un laid reads at a heroes memorial, and at the mausoleum of vietnam's founding father, ho chi minh, a man his grandfather met in the 1950s and 60s when north korea was the stronger partner. kane several dignitaries, in striking contrast to north korea, this country is run by an almost anonymous collective leadership. he said he wanted to learn from vietnam's rapid development, but just how far down the path of market reforms and political engagement with neighbours as mr kim willing to go. after the setback of his meeting with president trump, it is hard to guess. it has been a proud moment for vietnam, too. the country which rarely stands tall in international affairs. the summit may have failed, but it has shown vietnam's
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willingness to be friends with everyone. so they gave kim jong—un a grandiose sendoff. as he boarded his train at the chinese border. no one quite sure where this once reclusive leader will next try to take his country. the abrupt and unsuccessful conclusion to the summit will have come as as much of a blow to the north korean leader, as it did to president trump, but mr kim, of course, controls his own media, and both here in communist ruled vietnam, and at home, his visit is being depicted as nothing short of a triumph, and mr kim get something else, as well, a rare opportunity to be seen as a statesman on the world stage. the number of smokers in england and wales has fallen, while the number of visits to sexual health clinics has gone up, according to a report on council—run health services. the local government association is warning tough budget cuts are undermining future efforts
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on improving healthca re. but the government says authorities received more than $3 billion of funding this year. our health correspondent, dominic hughes explains. since 2013 in england, it is your local council that has been responsible for public health. that involves everything from helping people to quit smoking to treating sexually transmitted diseases. giving councils responsibility for public health was controversial, but today, the local government association says the evidence shows it has been largely successful. for example, the overall number of adult smokers has fallen by 1.6 million since 2011. teenage pregnancies are down by almost a quarter since 2013. and since 2012, the suicide rate has steadily decreased, and among men is now the lowest it has been since 1981.
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since public health has come over to local government, in 2013, we've seen 80% of the key indicators either remain the same or improve. we're showing real success. that's despite a £531 million cut in the public health budget and 50% reduction in government funding for local government. so, overall, i can say that public health in local government is a success. one of the main tasks of public health is to prevent illness in the first place by encouraging a healthy lifestyle. today's report shows the positive impact an effective public health service can have. but there are warnings that without it, in the face of rising demand, an already hard—pressed nhs will struggle to cope. there's been a big rise in the number of people receiving calls from scammers pretending to work at the tax office. hm revenue and customs is warning people to be vigilant about fraudsters mainly targeting landline users. here's our business correspondent, rob young. government organisations have cracked down on e—mail and mobile
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phone text message scams, but criminals are now increasingly targeting victims using older technology — the landline telephone. nearly a50 phone lines used by fraudsters have been shut down in the past year. despite this, hmrc says it received 60,000 reports of phone—in scams in the six months up to january. that is more than three times as many as in the preceding six—month period. hmrc says the conmen's purpose is to steal money from usually elderly and vulnerable people. it says it will never call anyone and ask for their pin, password or bank details. age uk says, if you have any niggling doubts about a caller, hang up. the largest cruise ship to be christened in the uk has sailed into southampton ahead of its star—studded naming ceremony tomorrow. the msc bellissima was built in france at a cost of £752 million. the huge vessel is 315 metres long and 65 metres high. the surface of the deck
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is equivalent to size of 63 football pitches. in the aftermath of the second world war, many british families were sent to germany to help it rebuild. it was a difficult time, and there was still much anger and resentment between the two sides. now the memories of one young boy who moved from wales to berlin, have been turned into a film. tomos morgan reports. rachael. hello, lewis. i remember it very surprisingly vividly. kim brook was only eight years old when his family moved to germany in 19117. his father, captain walter brook, was charged with rebuilding the shattered city after the second world war. starring jason clarke and keira knightley, the aftermath is a film loosely based on kim's memories. my dad used to talk about it a bit.
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he used to say, a number of times, you know, it's not about revenge, or anything like that, or retribution, myjob is to rebuild. this house is requisitioned for british use by order of the control commission. and despite advice to the contrary, kim struck a close friendship with his seven—year—old german housemate, heike. earning himself the nickname ‘der eisbrecher‘ — the icebreaker. and it was the children that broke down the barriers between the two families. it was a very, very important turning point which happens the following christmas. we decided that all the children, all six of us, would get together and pretend we were a choir. and we saying silent night, and we all did it in german so it was ‘stille nacht‘.
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and it was a very moving moment for my parents and for them. tears were rolling down their face by the time we'd done it. the love affair between kim's mother and the german father is fictional, but it's a key element in both the film and the novel that inspired the screenplay which was written by kim's son. it is a strange feeling, but it's exciting too, you know it's nice that this story, the essence of the story, which is really about forgiveness and reconciliation, is there, you know all the way through in the dna of the film. the production team have stayed in close contact with the brooks throughout before making process. and meeting the stars has been one of the highlights of this artistic journey. what was it like to see keira knightley portraying your mother? it was great.
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i gave her a peck on the cheek and said, "hello, mum." tomos morgan reporting there. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren betts. a fairly quiet start to the weekend, but we are expecting wet and windy weather to put in from the atlantic. we have storm at freya on the way. it is yet to develop into a storm, it is coming from that cloud there. this girl of cloud already brings in wet and windy weather from the atlantic, that area of cloud clearing away from the eastern parts of the uk. it is brightening up here, however, we have already got the rain arriving in northern ireland, turning wet and windy here, and into west to most parts of england and wales. the strongest winds most likely to be across northern ireland in western scotland, strong to gale force wind, here. as you can see, a southerly wind, so not that cold. temperatures evenin wind, so not that cold. temperatures even in the rain around 10—11dc. it will stay dry in the midlands and
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eastern england, so a bit warmer there. the rain could linger across southern parts of bing and all night, and it will get very windy in north—west scotland, gale or severe gales, and frequent showers, too. in between, things, and quieter, clearer skies, temperatures dipping away to about three or four celsius. tomorrow, will be windy for much of the day for north—west scotland, lots of showers in the morning, this rain in southern england and wales moves north, one area of rain chased by another. how far north will it get? perhaps come into southern scotland, perhaps into northern ireland. some heavy rain, followed by some heavy showers, strengthening wind, temperature is in double figures, and it is the strength of the wind that you need to worry about later on in the day, because this is when you have the arrival of storm freya. that is a deepening area of low pressure. the track could change, this is where we have the yellow warning from the met office, wind warnings later on on sunday. through the afternoon and evening the wins will really start
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to pick up, initially in the south of england and wales, 60—80 mph, and those stronger winds push their way northwards tonight, towards northern parts of finland. it will stay windy here right the way through the night. cash of england. rush hour, stay windy, and then the storm moves away, leaving us with a blustery day on monday, with sunshine and some showers.
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