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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11: the 17—year—old girl stabbed to death in a park in east london has been named as jodie chesney. she's the 18th homicide victim in the capital this year. and years old. the fact that this did not shock me, that is quite sad. that should not be a reality, that should not be young people's reality. —— am 23 years old. —— i am 23 years old. the former lord chancellor, lord falconer, has revealed says that he hasn't yet agreed to take up a new anti—semitism role within labour, despite the party's most senior official saying he already has. the us asks britain to embrace us farming methods —
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dismissing warnings about chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef as a smear campaign. three, two, one, zero. ignition, liftoff. after a successful launch, the first astronaut capsule launched from american soil in eight years is on course to dock with the international space station tomorrow morning. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking a look at the papers with our reviewers. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a 17—year—old girl who was stabbed to death in a park in east london last night has been named asjodie chesney. she was identified by her grandmother on social media. she paid tribute to her granddaughter and appealed
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for an end to needless violence, after what she described as an "unprovoked attack". the metropolitan police have begun a murder investigation, no arrests have yet been made. the teenager becomes the 18th person to be killed in the capital this year. our correspondent jon donnison reports. london's latest victim of knife crime. 17—year—old jodie chesney, described by those who knew her as a bright and lovely girl. this evening, herfamily named the teenager on social media, as they appealed for information. her grandmother wrote... earlier, friends came to lay flowers. among those paying their respects, a young, local councillor. was i shocked about this today? no, because you're hearing of continuous crime happening, you're hearing of serious youth violence,
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and that's scary, the fact that it didn't shock me. i'm a young councillor, i'm 23 years old, the fact that this did not shock me, that's quite sad. it shouldn't be... that shouldn't be our reality. that should not be young people's reality. police say no arrests have been made and are appealing for information. a 17—year—old girl lost her life and i want to express my deepest sympathies to her family and herfriends. her death is a tragedy. this afternoon, forensic officers searched a nearby wooded area. as another murder investigation is launched in london, the mayor sadiq khan encouraged anyone with information to come forward. i've got a daughter aged 17 years old, many londoners, many people around the country will have children or will know people who are young, and but for the grace of god, it could have been one of our children who lost their life last night. there are people who know who's responsible and my message to them is to please contact the police. it's really important that justice is done. tonight, a children's playground in a small east
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london park is a crime scene, something that for many is becoming all too familiar. the murder rate is actually down in london on what it was at the same point last year, but in the last two weeks, there have been six fatal stabbings in the capital. and behind each one, grieving families, lives destroyed. jon donnison, bbc news, in harold hill, near romford. i have been speaking to leroy logan, a former superintendent with the met police. he's now an adviser to the all party parliamentary group on youth violence. he told us that the scale of the problem meant that unprecedented action needed to be taken. well, look, we've got a growing crisis, it's not showing any signs of reducing. i think we need to realise that the number of teenagers that have died in the last 15 years
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since the 7/7 bombings is almost six to seven times more teenagers dying than in the 7/7 bombings. and i know that the home secretary then called cobra for that terrorism offence, and that was a tragedy. we've got an ongoing tragedy, so the home secretary needs to call cobra to make sure we have a national approach to this, because it's notjust london. you know, these tragedies of young people and under senseless circumstances is happening all across this country and we need to get a grip of this now, nationally, regionally and locally. i suppose, in drawing that comparison where, of course, you're right about the numbers, but they're individual tragedies, aren't they, rather than a large number of people dying as a result of one atrocity? you mentioned cobra, though. what difference would that make if cobra were convened?
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it's the optics. it gets ministerial central government co—ordination, the full force of all the assets at the local level, to make sure there's co—ordination. because there's too much breakdown in the strategies. you know, the national strategy is not playing itself out at a local level. it's all splintered, it's all fractured. so many reports have said that these strategies are not bringing together all the safeguarding agencies. i know a lot of it is through austerity, and the safeguarding agencies have been reduced. but we need to ensure that we get the connections back with the community, safeguarding agencies, police, back to safer neighbourhood teams. we need to make sure that the — this thing is being taken seriously by central government
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because people are angry that there doesn't seem to be that mobilisation of assets that's being co—ordinated centrally to make sure that we get local impact, early intervention and prevention programmes. because you're saying it's individual instances, but communities are being traumatised. communities all across london and different cities in this country are being traumatised. so, even if it's in one borough in havering today, it's having an impact nationally. i know everyone tuning in is feeling a sense of loss and trauma because of this, and we need to recognise the scale of it. leroy logan. the former lord chancellor, lord falconer, has revealed that he hasn't yet agreed to take up a new anti—semitism role within labour, despite the party's most senior official saying he already has.
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it comes after the party's deputy leader tom watson challenged the pa rty‘s handling of anti—semitism complaints. our political correspondent iain watson is here. has he? he has not yet, i think he wa nts to has he? he has not yet, i think he wants to but let's get a few things straight first. effectively what happened is the general secretary of the party, wrote in and said that she was delighted that an eminent qc would become something called the surveillance commissioner, looking at these crucial anti—semitism cases which have been so controversial but, in fact, which have been so controversial but, infact, he which have been so controversial but, in fact, he said that he still has the terms of his appointment to sort out. he's going to see on monday to try to thrash out what it can and cannot do, so from his point of view, what he would like to do is investigate whatever he feels is appropriate, so looking at whether the cases have been dealt with consistently, whether there is any interference in the party we perhaps they shouldn't be, and also he wants
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to see his well—being properly resourced, a clear signal that the party hierarchy are taking this seriously. he wants to see what he calls anti—semites expelled, there isa calls anti—semites expelled, there is a list of demands and the party's general secretary will have to concede them to get him on board, if she doesn't, it will be a negative story for the labour party. as you mentioned, it comes immediately after tom watson, the deputy leader the party, suggesting that there is a lack of trust in the process and then he got into war of words with then he got into war of words with the general secretary, effectively saying you are going to do more to rebuild trust and she was saying we can't have people like you sticking your nose in. slightly more subtle than that but not much, effectively saying look, the data protection issues in all the rest of it, so you just cannot get all this information that you require. but she is going to have to share that information on lord falconer to get him on board, is one of his key demands, so he/she wa nts to is one of his key demands, so he/she wants to defuse this kind row which is going on between the party
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headquarters and is deputy leader, she will need lord falconer to come m, she will need lord falconer to come in, try to sort this out and give them confidence of a independent and overseeing how things are being run. —— she. overseeing how things are being run. -- she. it seems to have been going on for some time, that mess is created over. does not seem to be as straightforward. it has re—energised the breakaway, splinter group, whately some of them were suggesting at least that the party is institutionally anti—semitic. the deputy leader has been trying to keep them inside the party, he has to be seen to be doing a lot more to maintain trust and tackle anti—semitism. —— some of them. their efforts to dojust anti—semitism. —— some of them. their efforts to do just that have been undermined and there is a story and my‘s observer newspaper suggesting that in a three—month period last year, that in effect,
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when the people had been investigating allegations of anti—semitism, suggesting in some cases that members should be suspended from the party, a senior official in the general secretary's offers is effectively watering that done, suggesting perhaps that they should be investigated certainly but they should not be suspended, so there is an allegation that the issueis there is an allegation that the issue is not being taken seriously enough by some key party officials. —— tomorrow's. tonight, the labour party is saying this is only a handful of cases and posters have already changed in that period last year, and the general secretary is doing a lot more including trying to bring in lord falconer, it is clear that this issue isjust bring in lord falconer, it is clear that this issue is just not being detoxified. thank you very much. the american ambassador in london has urged britain to embrace us farming methods, dismissing warnings about chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef as a "smear campaign". in a newspaper article, woody johnson compared food production in the eu to a museum of agriculture. downing street has repeatedly denied that it would accept
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lower food standards. our business correspondent rob young reports. the trade landscape could be about to change. as brexit approaches, the uk is looking to do trade deals around the world. the way food is produced could become a sticking point. the united states says it wants to sell more american food in the uk. currently, there are eu—wide bans on us chicken, washed in chlorine, and cattle given growth hormones. writing in today's daily telegraph, the us ambassador in london, robert wood johnson, said... he goes on... british farmers are unhappy. they've rejected the call for them
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to adopt american farming methods to help secure a trans—atlantic trade deal. we are asking our politicians to put their promises in writing — that they will respect our high standards and they won't sell us down the river by doing bad trade deals that don't respect the fact we have higher standards and higher costs and make us compete against farmers that have lighter regulation and lower cost. the government has said it's clear that the uk's farming standards would not be compromised in the pursuit of trade deals. eu standards are due to be enshrined in uk law. the american government has made better access for its food products a key aim in various trade talks in recent years. so we can expect the us to push its case hard with the uk. the two governments's differing positions on the way some food is produced could mean reaching a trade deal is more difficult. food experts expect there to be a clash of food cultures. the us argues that it's got a problem with salmonella
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and campylobacter, so let's throw chlorine all over it, cleaning up... let me put it politely... cleaning up faeces that people would rather weren't there. the eu says let's prevent the faeces being on the meat in the first place. that's what the argument is about. if the uk leaves the eu on schedule, trade talks can start in earnest at the end of the month. the outcome of those trade negotiations could affect how we farm and what we eat. rob young, bbc news. the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier says he doesn't believe the uk has enough time to approve theresa may's brexit deal and leave the european union as planned on the 29th march. mr barnier said that a technical extension of up to two months may be necessary, but ministers have rejected the suggestion. the veteran us senator bernie sanders has launched his bid to topple donald trump in the 2020 us presidential election. he's been speaking at a rally in brooklyn, new york. the 77—year—old is amongst the favourites to secure the democratic nomination,
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after falling at the final hurdle to hillary clinton in 2016. in what he's just called a political revolution, he's campaigning for policies such as medicare for all and a $15 an hour minimum wage. and i want to thank all of you for being part of the campaign which is not only going to be in the democratic nomination, which is not only going to defeat donald trump... who is the most dangerous president in modern american history... but with your help, we are going to transform this country! and finally create an economy and the government which works for all of us, notjust
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the i%. which works for all of us, notjust the 1%. bernie sanders. president trump has renewed his attack on robert mueller, who's investigating allegations of russian interference in the 2016 us elections. in a speech to grassroots conservatives, mr trump said that the special counsel's forthcoming report on collusion claims was part of a wider plot by his opponents to remove him from office. the headlines on bbc news: the 17—year—old girl stabbed to death in a park in east london has been named asjodie chesney. she's the 18th homicide victim in the capital this year. the former lord chancellor, lord falconer, has revealed that he hasn't yet agreed to take up a new anti—semitism role within labour — despite the party's most senior official saying he already has. america's ambassador to the uk, urges britain to embrace us farming methods to help secure a post—brexit trade deal — dismissing fears over chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's ben mundy. good evening. manchester city have returned to the top of the premier league, after beating bournemouth. pep guardiola describing the 1—0 win as one of their best performances ever. riyad mahrez scored the only goal, as city put the pressure back on liverpool. they're now two points clear, with nine matches to play. liverpool play everton in the merseyside derby tomorrow. there was a goal of the month competition at old trafford. yan valery thundered southampton into the lead with an absolute cracker against manchester united. andreas pereira arguably went one better to equalise for united in the second half and romelu lukaku won it with this finish two minutes from time. united winning 3—2 and moving
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above arsenal and into the top four. that's because arsenal could only draw with tottenham in the north london derby, but they were close to winning it. pierre—emerick aubameyang missing a penalty in the last minute at wembley. elsewhere today, wins for west ham, crystal palace, brighton and wolves. england are in action right now at the she believes cup in the us. they're playing the hosts in nashville. the us took the lead thanks to this stunner from megan rapinoe. karen bardsley had no chance of stopping that. but england hit back almost immediately, and just as impressively. captain steph houghton with the equaliser. and phil neville's side have started the scond half strongly — taking the lead through nikita parris. and these are live pictures from nashville. 15 minutes into the second half, the score is still 2—1 to england. japan's win over brazil earlier means the competition will go to the final round of fixtures. you can watch it live now on bbc two and via the bbc sport
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website and app. barcelona beat real madrid for the second time in four days to move ten points clear at the top of la liga. ivan rakitic scored the only goal of the game, beating former chelsea keeper thibaut courtois. barca well on course to retain the league title now, whilst real‘s season continues to drift. tennis — and yet another milestone day for roger federer. 20 grand slam singles titles, he's won a record six atp finals and the davis cup with switzerland — and now he's won his 100th title on the atp tour. he did it by beating stefanos tsitsipas in straight sets at the dubai tennis championships. he's only the second man to reach the milestone — jimmy connors has 109. england were absolutely walloped in the fifth and final one—dayer
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against the west indies. they lost by seven wickets in st lucia, as patrick gearey reports. byjuly, the odds say these men may be world champion. here was a reminder that there is nothing definite about being a favourite. this was the sound of england returning to earth. sheldon cottrell prompted the first changing of the guard but english batsmen remained at ease, joe root among many who flew too close to the st lucia sun. the margin between being fearless and being careless is small but crucial, this is what happens when you are caught the wrong side of the line. a team that scored a18 in its last match, dismantled for 113. west indies opener chris gayle looked as though he had somewhere to be. this would be his last one—day innings on these islands — he retires after the world cup, so he released his greatest hits. banger after banger,
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77 runs in 27 balls. we will never see another quite like him. when he was out, others grabbed the batting baton, west indies reaching their target in little more than an hour of power. series drawn, england have been warned. great britain have added to their medal tally on day two of the european indoor championships. chris o'hare took silver in the 3000m in glasgow. he finished really strongly here, to just snatch second place on the finish line. norway's teenage sensation jakob ingebrigtsen took the gold. asha philip added a bronze this evening as well in the women's 60 metres. the defending champion — who failed to retain her title — pipped fellow briton kristal awuah to third. the race won by poland's eva svo—boda. to quit the toonie she believes cop a. the us had equalised. it is 2—2.
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—— just too quickly recap, the believes cup. that's all the sport for now. breaking news for greater manchester police. we have been reporting all day on the death of 17—year—old jodie chesney who died following a stabbing ina jodie chesney who died following a stabbing in a park in romford in east london last night, now we are hearing from greater manchester police that a 17—year—old boy has died after he was stabbed in hale barns. police say they were called at around 20 minutes to seven this evening to quoss bank road, following a report that a 17—year—old had been stabbed. he was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. two boys, also aged 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. they will remain in custody, police say extra patrols will be put in place. a 17—year—old boy dying from stab wounds inhaled by the
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greater manchester. you are watching bbc news. it is 22 minutes past 11. nasa and a private space company have launched the first astronaut capsule from us soil in eight years. the spacex falcon 9 rocket blasted off from the kennedy space centre on an unmanned flight to the international space station, testing what's been described as a new astronaut taxi service. spacex founder elon musk says it could be a major step towards opening up space travel to commercial customers. pallab ghosh reports. three, two, one, zero, ignition, lift off. up and away, the spacex 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
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of these seats. this uncrewed test is part of an ambitious nasa project to send astronauts into space from us soil once more. what today really represents is a new era in space flight, an era where we are looking forward to being one customer as an agency and as a country. it's 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. we believe in the future of space, and it's important that we become a space—faring civilisation and be out there among the stars. we want the things that
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are in science fiction novels and movies not to be science fiction for ever. we want them to be real one day. nasa hopes to use the vehicles to send astronauts into space by the end of the year. pallab ghosh, bbc news. i've been speaking to dr ken kremer, a space writer with universe today — who watched today's spacex launch at the kennedy space centre. this was so significant. if this had failed, it would have been a major setback. but this sets us on the path to finally launch american astronauts from american soil on american rockets in an american rocket to a primarily american space station. so it couldn't be bigger. the stakes could not be higher today. other than national pride, why does it matter that they are american shuttles and not russian? well, first of all, you always want to have a back—up system and, you know what, six months ago
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the russians had a problem. the capsule with the russian cosmonaut and an american cosmonaut failed and they came back to earth two minutes after they launched. so that's the problem, you need a back—up. that was what we had with the shuttle, which by the way was retired by the politicians, not because it was unsafe, but retired by politicians, that was purely a funding decision. so we need an american system as a back—up and then we will work together with the russians. we don't want to be solely dependent on them. we have got to have two systems and actually with boeing, when their other system comes online, we will have three ways to get astronauts to space because you never know when a disaster is going to happen. but how enduring is the controversy over having a private company responsible for getting us astronauts into space? good question. that was controversial when it was initially proposed eight years ago in 2010, but i don't think
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there is any controversy about that now. we all want this to succeed. we can see that this is a faster way to do it. it's a cheaper way to do it, and we would already be launching if the politicians hadn't cut the funding for nasa in the past few years. so we have got to get this online. i think everybody agrees that this is the right way to go right now. there is no body on board. how quickly do you think we will see that, though? there was a test dummy on board, outfitted with sensors to see what the sensations would be like for an astronaut. but great question. we hope, by aboutjuly/august, we will have two astronauts. they were at the briefing that i was at with elon musk and the nasa administrator a few hours ago. they were there. they are raring to go. the capsule needs a few upgrades and a life support system to make it fully capable, but we will launch certainly by the end of this year and hopefully within about six months. how soon should we start forming an orderly queue if we want to be
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commercial space tourists? that's a great question. you know what, the russians have open seats now and they are looking for customers because, now they have got competition, and they need to fill those seats. so if you have got about $80 million, you could buy a seat. but as far as these capsules go, they will have guest astronauts probably within two years or so, and i can tell you this, that, on the second flight after the test flight, there's going to be two international participants who are space station members, iwould imagine. one will be from europe and maybe one from japan. but there are going to be four people on that flight, notjust two, and they will be the international partners. so it's going to be more thanjust nasa astronauts certainly by a year from now. space brighter, dr ken kremer. now it's time for a look
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at the weather with nick miller. now it's time for a look hello. i am following a storm that is heading our way for part two of the we can tomorrow. already had one area of low pressure affecting the uk. the next one looks pretty potent. storm freya coming in later on sunday. here is the first, very windy in northern scotland. here is storm freya, a deepening area of low pressure strengthening through sunday. the quinns sunday night into early monday. we will get to that in a moment. —— peak winds. still very windy across northern scotland from that first area of low pressure. gusts up to 70 mph. showers moving in as well. so to the higher hills. some rain lingering overnight across other parts of england. elsewhere, where you have some rain, it will turn drier. they cool an eye to come. marvin rees hour. strong winds and heavy showers in northern scotla nd and heavy showers in northern scotland is tomorrow. then we look to the south, storm freya moving in, initially with rain pushing northwards through england and wales into parts of northern england and
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southern scotland later, it reaches into northern ireland, the pennines, we could see snow to the hills from that. the winds are picking up. these are some of the gusts we are going to be getting during sunday. the black arrows are wind gusts. it is down towards the south—west of the uk initially where the winds picked up late in the afternoon. it is on the southern flank of this the isobars are close together. this is where we get the strongest winds. we end sunday, late afternoon, into the evening, with gusts up to 70 mph because of wales in western england. there is a chance around the welsh coast —— welsh coast of getting 80 mph. then 65 elsewhere through other parts of england and wales as this pushes on elsewhere sunday night and into monday morning. there could be damage in places, maybe interruption to power supplies and travel disruption from storm freya. if you are travelling sunday night before
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