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this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm. a passenger plane crashes in ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board, it came down soon after take—off among the seven british citizens on board, one of them has been named as joanna toole, a un workerfrom devon. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. cars are crushed by scaffolding and a supermarket roof is ripped off as strong winds batter southern england and wales. aston villa footballer, jack grealish, is attacked by a spectator as his side play local rivals birmingham city. and in six nations rugby, ireland beat france in dublin — we'll have full details of that game and the rest of today's sporting action in sportsday at 7:30pm.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. ethiopian airlines has confirmed that seven british nationals have died after one of its planes crashed soon after take—off from addis ababa. all 157 passengers and crew were killed. they were travelling to the kenyan capital, nairobi, this morning. the accident happened six minutes into the journey, with the aircraft coming down outside a town 37 miles from addis ababa. so far it's not clear what caused the boeing 737 to crash. the plane had only started service a few months ago. joanna toole, a un worker from devon, has been named as one of the britons on the flight.
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she worked for the united nations fisheries and aquaculture department, heading to nairobi to attend the un environment assembly. her colleagues described her as a ‘wonderful human being', and her father said she was a ‘very soft and loving' woman. from nairobi, alistair leithead reports. there is very little left of ethiopian air flight 302. this is where it crashed, just minutes after take—off. there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board. a search and rescue operation began but the fire was intense. the earth left blackened as the aircraft ploughed into the ground. eyewitnesses described the intensity of the impact. translation: they came directly from the sky downwards and we heard a huge explosion. there was no fire before it crashed but onceit was no fire before it crashed but once it crashed, we saw a huge cloud of smoke. e flight bound for nairobi
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took off from the ethiopian capital addis ababa, at 8:38 a:m., but six minutes later it disappeared off the radar. a crashed near the town just 37 miles from the airport. because of disaster is not yet clear however the pilot reported difficulties and asked to return to addis ababa, the airline said. there were people from 35 different countries on the plane, 32 of the passengers were kenyan, sam lane where from the uk. and south london, he heard this afternoon that his father who has dual british and kenyan citizenship is among the dead. found out that nearly everybody had passed away and it was just a frantic rush to work the phones to try to get any information that we could get. major international conferences being held here at the united nations headquarters in nairobi
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tomorrow and a number of the delegates are travelling from all over the world were on the plane. the executive director of the world food programme, members of his staff and other un employees were killed. the aircraft was brand—new. ethiopian airlines, africa's biggest and most successful operator received its first boeing 737 800 max aircraft in june. received its first boeing 737 800 max aircraft injune. it flew up from johannesburg south africa this morning. it is the same type of aircraft bought by line air that crashed last october that killed passengers shortly after take—off. the technical team is ready to provide assistance. all thoughts are with the family of those killed, workers have already began to find out what caused the crash. the us aviation authority says it will be
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involved in the investigation. our correspondent, emmanuel igunza, is at the crash site near bishof—tu in ethiopia, and sent us this update. the recovery efforts you can see going on behind me have been continuing sense the morning, when the flight came down here in this farming area. we have been talking to some of the people and they told us to some of the people and they told us they heard a loud bang and the plane burst into fire. you can see here, the area has been cordoned off, about the size of a football pitch and you can see debris, personal belongings, we have seen la pto ps, personal belongings, we have seen laptops, passports and close of those who have lost their lives in this incident here. it is not clear how long the recovery efforts will continue but we understand they will continue but we understand they will continue in the next few days. we have heard from some of the emergency services that after the plane came down, they were able to recover the remains of some of the
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people who lost their lives here at this area. the plane was bound forjomo kenyatta international airport in nairobi. from there, our africa business editor, larry madowo, sent us this update this crash out of addis ababa was only six minutes in the air, and it is important because the captain was a senior captain who had a thousand flight a senior captain who had a thousand flight hours and was very experienced in this plane was only an operation with ethiopian airlines forfour months. it an operation with ethiopian airlines for four months. it we an operation with ethiopian airlines forfour months. it we in an operation with ethiopian airlines for four months. it we in from johannesburg south africa and to addis ababa this morning without incident. they turned it around and was supposed to do this fight into nairobi which is very frequent, four times a day every day and it is one of the most profitable and successful roots. is a quick two hour hop back and forth and they do it rinse and repeat several times a day. the aircraft was a relatively new model, and concerns have been raised about its safety systems. our transport correspondent tom
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burridge has been looking into it. debris recovered in october, when another boeing 737 max went off indonesia, the crash raised questions about automatic computer systems on board the aircraft and whether pilots were properly informed about how the new plane had been modified. in the weeks after the crash, authorities in america issued an emergency airworthiness directive about the 37 —— 737 max and they believe in automatic computer system to prevent the plane from selling received incorrect data and put the plane and a nose dive. boeing issued a warning to airlines to ensure pilots were aware of an override switch to deactivate the system. rya nair is override switch to deactivate the system. ryanair is set to put passengers on it next month. it only began commercial flights in 2017,
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some four and a half thousand of the 737 max have been ordered by airlines worldwide. it is the latest version of this aircraft and it is very important to boeing and part of the portfolio of aircraft and importantly airlines because they wa nt importantly airlines because they want a reliable business model and they want it because it has better efficiency. it is too early to say what caused the airline to crash. the crater and debris suggest it descended fairly vertically and at some speed. it is highly unusual and airlines and passengers will want reassurance. tom burrdige, bbc news. earlier to max kingsley—jones, from the global aviation news publication, flightglobal, explained how this crash compares to the lionair boeing crash last year... just to go back to the one back in
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november, there is a system on the 737 max which is new to this type at 737 max which is new to this type at 737 which works in the background from the operation by the pilots thatis from the operation by the pilots that is designed to overcome any rapid pitchess app the nose due to power changes and that system was not always known to all the pilots and so when it malfunctions it seemed to confuse the pilots however immediately after that accident, boeing made sure that everyone is aware of the system and how to deal with it and emergencies. ethiopian has a great record and probably africa's best airline and one of the world leading international carriers and has an excellent network across africa and the lobe. the 737 was one of the youngest in the fleet and the 737 has been around for 50 years and
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there have been over 10,000 delivered. however the number is now did not look great to the max because that is to accidents and three orfour months because that is to accidents and three or four months with only a few hundred in—service based on that ratio it not a particularly rosy picture for the aircraft at this stage. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has warned mps that failing to back theresa may's brexit deal in the commons on tuesday could jeopardise the uk's departure from the eu. he said there was "wind in the sails" of those trying to stop brexit —and said there'd be devastating consequences for the conservative party if it failed to deliver on the referendum result. our political correspondent chris mason has this report. for the prime minister, every week begins with the church, but it is followed recently at least by breathing brexit battles in the commons, so here we go again as she tries for a second time to get parliament to back her plan.
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the foreign secretary said to those who backed brexit but attempted to vote against the government should be careful what they wish for. there is wind in the sails of people trying to stop brexit and i want to make this point out because it is a very important one, if you want to stop brexit, you only need to do three things. kill this deal, get an extension and then have a second referendum. negotiations between officials from both sides has trundled on here in brussels all weekend but it has had no breakthrough yet. this former brexit secretary is convinced the deal must stand by is convinced the deal must stand by is convinced that brexit must happen or else... britain will get its donald trump moment and what happens is the british people who voted for this and a large number of remainders who did not vote for it but still think it should be carried through because they believe and democracy will see a government walking away, a parliament walking away, from a question they themselves but to the people.
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here is what we are expecting this week... on tuesday, the commons will vote again on theresa may's brexit deal. if she loses, on wednesday, and peace are likely to be asked whether leaving the eu without an overarching deal will be acceptable. if they reject a no—deal brexit, on thursday, the question for parliament could be whether brexit should be delayed. postponing leaving would only happen if the uk and the eu agreed to it. you would be excused for being just a little world—weary hearing someone like me telling you there is a big brexit week ahead, yes, we have been here before. but the coming days matter because the prime minister will either get her a deal through, which looks unlikely or risk losing control of the brexit process. labour does not want the prime minister's withdrawal agreement or a no deal, but not ruling out another referendum reckoned their plan for a closer relationship with the eu after brexit could be secured if brexit is delayed. how long do you want? as long as necessary, i think,
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myself, we could agree that labour's deal within a matter of weeks, the european union has looked positively on that and and all the discussions that we have had, they see that as a foundation for a proper negotiation. everyone here will tell you what they want to happen but no one knows what is going to happen. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. strong winds of up to 65 miles per hour have caused disruption across parts of the country. fallen trees have caused damage, while these cars were crushed, after winds knocked scaffolding into a road in west london. meanwhile, gusts blew part of the roof off this supermarket store in broadstairs in kent. the family of a 23—year—old british woman missing in guatemala say they're "desperately worried" for her safety. catherine shaw, from witney in oxfordshire was last seen on march 4th in the lake atitlan area of the country. her parents said her disappearance was of "great concern".
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a foreign office spokeswoman confirmed it was supporting the family of a british woman and were "in contact with the local authorities". a 17—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the chest in north london. police were called to reports of a stabbing on a bus in north finchley yesterday afternoon. the 19—year—old is in a critical condition in hospital. a climber is seriously ill in hospital in aberdeen after being stranded overnight on a mountain in the highlands. the 57—year—old man, from nottinghamshire, was airlifted to safety from a peak in the glencoe area yesterday — reportedly suffering from hypothermia. a second climber was also rescued but is in a stable condition in hospital. it's emerged that two more british women who travelled to syria to join the islamic state group have been stripped of their uk citizenship. reema and zara iqbal, who are sisters, left their home in east london in 2013 and married is fighters. they are now living in detention
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camps in syria with their children. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani reports. the latest scenes in syria as families flee the chaos. the humanitarian crisis deepens and some of those seeking sanctuary are foreign—born women who supported i asked. --is. now the bbc has learned more of the british women who went to syria have been stripped of their citizenship. they are called reema and zara iqbal, from east london. they left for syria in 2013 and, between them, they have five children. amber rudd, the former home secretary, deprived them of their citizenship in her last year in power. the home office stripped british nationality from more than 100 terrorism suspects in 2017. it is not yet clear how many more the current home secretary has kept out. with more reports of children trapped and cams through no fault of their own, questions have been asked about whether ministers are properly considering their fate.
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shamima begum stripped of her citizenship after her baby boy was born in a syrian camp, he died days ago. today ministers have defended not doing anything to try to rescue the child. this is a war zone. the mother chose to join a terrorist organisation, to leave a free country to join a terrorist organisation, and we have to think about the safety of the british officials that i would send into that war zone. one lawyer says legal action is looming. the question for the home secretary is, what is changing his assessment of shamima begum, when her for years and syria, when isis was at its peak she was not deemed a risk to national security, it is inevitable that many of these cases will end up in the higher courts with these questions raised in the manner in which it has been implemented. shamima begum's son was just one more innocent victim in syria. but with at least five more children with claims on being british, now known to be in the same camps,
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this is a legal and ethical problem that is only going to grow. dominic casciani, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... a passenger plane crashes in ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board , it came down soon after take—off among the seven british citizens on board, one of them has been named asjoanna toole — a un workerfrom devon. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. a man has been arrested after attacking an aston villa footballer on the pitch during their match against local rivals birmingham city. it happened shortly after kick off, when the man ran up behind the midfielder, jack grealish, and knocked him to the floor. the man was led off by stewards and the aston villa captain was able to continue playing. villa went onto win the game, with jack grealish scoring the winning goal.
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we can speak now to howard hodgson, director of the aston villa supporters' trust. he joins me via webcam from poole. thank you forjoining us. we know that sometimes passions ran high and there are local rivalries but what is your view of what happened?m there are local rivalries but what is your view of what happened? it is unprecedented. i think, is your view of what happened? it is unprecedented. ithink, this is your view of what happened? it is unprecedented. i think, this is new territory for english football and i don't think we have ever seen a supporter in this fixture or any fixture entered the field and have an assault on a professional footballer. it is absolutely disgraceful and despicable behaviour. you are watching the match with your son, what did you say to him about it? to be honest it was surreal, i was in shock initially. did ijust see that? and
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then suddenly it dawned on us as the replays came that it had and we were both absolutely appalled and i said charles this does not often happen, and has never happened before and hopefully it will never happen again. but i think that will largely depend on how the faa now deal with this and they have to set seriously high bar with punishment so no one else considers doing this again because ultimately farming and city are going to be the losers here because they are the ones who will because they are the ones who will be punished. is it right at the club is punished that they cannot necessarily control the behaviour of every fa n necessarily control the behaviour of every fan that claims to support them? well, i think that isjust the nature of the beast. it is their responsibility which is why you have stewards and policing and as i say, it has never happened before. we have had pitch invaders and all
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sorts of things that never has one gone on and tried to seriously hurt a professional footballer. gone on and tried to seriously hurt a professionalfootballer. this is a really serious criminal act as far asiam really serious criminal act as far as i am concerned. if it is a criminal act, it would be the police that deal with it supposedly. yes andi that deal with it supposedly. yes and i am sure the individual involved will be facing serious reprimand and be in serious trouble with the number of charges against them. birmingham city as a football club, them. birmingham city as a football clu b, fortu nately them. birmingham city as a football club, fortunately a number of fans did cheer the man and encourage him so it has been continued abuse tonight on twitter and he lost a young brother to a tragic accident and birmingham city fans have felt the need to tonight put on twitter
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he may have scored a goal but he will never get his brother back and there is some serious awful behaviour going on here. birmingham city has apologised and will review stadium safety procedures but what sort of action would you want to see a football club taking against fans who behave in this way? against the individual that have behave this way or the club? let the club should do to send a clear message to their supporters that this is unacceptable? well, i am sure birmingham city have already confirmed that the gentleman will never be allowed in again and i would think that he would never be able to see a football game in this country, that is the minimum that i think but i think you should be facing a custodial sentence. this is
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common assault and you cannot do that and get away with just a fine on the streets and you certainly should not be able to do that on a playing field. birmingham city say they will support whatever the law requires no due process has to play out. thank you for talking to us. hen harriers, which are rare birds of prey, are being deliberately ta rgetted and killed, according to the rspb. in the most recent case in wiltshire one of the birds, which was being tracked by a satellite tag, has vanished and is presumed dead. police are investigating, and there are concerns over a government plan to introduce more hen harriers into the wild, as andrew plant reports. out on the hunt for a bird of prey. teams have been searching this wiltshire countryside. it's where vulcan, a rare hen harrier‘s satellite tag suddenly stopped responding. but both the bird and its tag have disappeared. sadly, suspicious occasion.
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so that tag just one day stopped working? stopped working — so the tag was in very good health, so that could only have happened through human interference, and it's being investigated by wiltshire police as a very suspicious case. hen harriers almost died out in england. now, just a handful are born every year. conservationists tag the strongest ones. of 34 chicks in 2018, they tagged 11. six have now vanished, tags included — deliberately shot, say the rspb. so the question is, why would anyone want to kill one? well, that's a difficult question to answer, because this is a blatant criminal act. they are a highly protected bird. but that is what you think is happening, that people are deliberately... that is what we know to be the case. there have been convictions. unfortunately, there's a pattern of birds of prey going missing on the grouse moors, and there is intensive shooting. there has long been a plan to introduce more hen harriers back into england.
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the experts say that the environment can support a lot more breeding pairs. but, because of what has been happening to those tagged birds over the past few years, the rspb now say that plan should be put on hold. absolutely. all the research tells us that the environment in england can support hundreds of hen harriers, and yet we only have 34 chicks. and the one limiting factor, let's make no mistake about this, is illegal persecution. there's an estimated 575 pairs left in the wild, most in scotland. the rspb say, until the birds can be properly protected, they will continue to vanish into thin air. andrew plant, bbc news. competitive motor racing is a dream for many, but for people with disabilities it is even harder to make it come true. team brit racing academy trains and equips disabled drivers with race licences, ready to take on any circuit in the world. laura trant has been finding out more
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believe and achieve. it's a difficult industry to get into, even more so for people with disabilities. just ask lewis hamilton's brother, nick. he has cerebral palsy, and is currently competing in the british touring car championship and races in a specially modified car. he's supporting team brit. people who have a disability, they don't know what their limitations are, so you look at a car like this, you think there is no way i will ever be able to drive this, because that is exactly what i thought. i had been driven in many cars growing up and looking at what the driver does, thinking there is no way i would ever be able to do it myself, and here i am taking passengers out in an aston martin. this was intended for ex—servicemen, but it has become so popular, with such a high demand, it has been widened out to civilians with disabilities as well, and you can see them behind me training on a simulator. richard newton had his left leg amputated after
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a motorbike accident. then a few years later, he lost his right leg after a car crash. i am really lucky with the family and friends around me, and obviously with the guys here at team brit, they sort of push you. if you feel a bit low on motivation one day, you will get a little bit of a telling off and you will crack on and go on about things again. so what does being part of team brit give you? a reason to sort of go for things, and we can all have bad days, but with the guys sort of pushing you and — it isjust a great place to be. team brit was set up by dave playerfrom newbury. the dream? team brit making their tyre marks and competing the ultimate test. yeah, the le mans 24 hour is the pinnacle of team
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endurance car racing, so if we want to make a statement that anybody with a disability can race, then if we can become the first disabled racing team to compete in the world's most gruelling 24 hour race, then we have succeeded in our message of normalising disability. it is another crazy british challenge. all right, come on! are you ready for me to be your passenger? are you ready, is the question. they laugh. no, it is going to be great fun, you'll enjoy it. music.
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laura trant laura tra nt reporting, laura trant reporting, let's take a look at the forecast. good evening, who would think that we would wake up who would think that we would wake up to who would think that we would wake uptoa who would think that we would wake up to a picture—perfect postcard setting, some areas and higher ground saw several centimetres of snow and beautiful weather watch up pictures sent and that that is only half the story. england and wales plenty of sunshine but gale force gusts of winds throughout the day and we have winds in excess of 16—70 miles per hour and that was strong enough to bring down some trees. plenty of isobars and rain, sleet and snow moved up to the north sea. a trail of wintry showers lingering in the far northwest and continue overnight. not causing too much of an issue the winds will ease down a pledge but it will be a blustery night right across the country but with some clear skies elsewhere it is going to be a cool one as well. noticeable when but temperatures into the low single figures and one or two spots we could see a touch of
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light frost as well sell a chilly start to monday morning. a blustery start to monday morning. a blustery start to monday morning. a blustery start to monday morning but also monday is shaping up to be a lovely day, for his code —— fools gold for the sunshine because to say it changes. 9—11d will feel warmer and the rain angle cloud gathering and another area of low pressure living in from the atlantic and we will see a spell of heavy rain perhaps an inch in places and as it made its way steady south and east and we will see gail force gusts of wind and it will push its way by tuesday at lunchtime and behind it sunny south and scattered showers but the winds will always remain a feature, particularly up into the far northwest. 7—8d in scotland and 8—10
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further south. southern flank of this level as it tracks its way into the north sea and we could see the most damaging gusts of winds perhaps gales on exposed coasts. the week ahead looks quite stormy, severe gales around with some heavy rain and also some drier and brighter as well. hello this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines: a passenger plane crashes in ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board — it came down soon after take—off among the seven british citizens on board, one of them has been named asjoanna toole — a un workerfrom devon. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. and coming up on bbc news in 15 minutes, the click team reveal how


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