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welcome. it is the morning of a new hello this is bbc news with xxxx. day here in christchurch and new hello this is bbc news. this is bbc news. zealanders are mourning the deaths the headlines... of 49 people killed in attacks on brenton tarrant, the main suspect i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at eight. in the new zealand mosque shootings, in which 49 people were killed, has appeared in court brenton tarrant, the main friday. this attack is very close to on a single murder charge. suspect in the new zealand mosque shootings — in which 49 people were killed me where i stand right now. the has appeared in court the bravery of the victims, mosque isjust the father who lost his life trying on a single murder charge. me where i stand right now. the mosque is just that way but security to tackle the gunman, is still very much out in force here his 21 year old son also died. 50 year old naeem rashid — lost his life trying this sunday morning and you can see his family speak of their heartache. to tackle the gunman — there are still police behind me his 21 year old son also died. theirfamily praise his bravery. i saw that video and the first thing here. a28—year—old man, an australian has appeared in court on i wanted to see was the look in his prime ministerjacinda ardern says charges of murder, brenton tarrant eyes. i did not see an iota of fear the man accused of carrying out did not enter a plea but has been the country's worst mass killing was planning other attacks remanded in court. the new zealand and his eyes and that made me proud. and vows to change gun laws. prime minister has been visiting what a brave man he was. tributes are paid to former victims and we have this report. love island contestant, weighed down by grief, anger, confusion, christchurch is a city where people are trying my colleague sharanjit leyl to comprehend the impact will bring you the latest of a terror attack. from new zealand in a moment. some are just holding onto life. waseem and his four—year—old daughter were both shot. he posted this message online
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from his hospital bed. please pray for myself, for me and my daughter. hopefully she will be so much better. under tight security, the man accused of the shooting on friday was today brought to court to be charged with murder. ajudge has ruled that brenton tarrant‘s face should not be shown. the 28—year—old wore a prison gown and handcuffs and made a hand gesture linked to white supremacism in the dock. the attacks brought chaos to christchurch, it took 36 minutes from the first emergency call for the suspect to be apprehended. naeem rashid was killed alongside his son, talha, in the al noor mosque. he was seen in a video of the attack apparently trying to tackle the gunman before he was shot. his death was confirmed by the government of pakistan, his home country.
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there, his brother told the bbc he was a hero. i saw that video and the first thing i wanted to see was the look in his eyes. i did not see one iota of fear in those eyes. and that made me proud. what a brave man he was. as she met some of the families who have lost their loved ones, jacinda ardern pledged to tighten new zealand's gun laws, which unlike britain, don't include a ban on owning semiautomatic assault weapons. one of the issues we are facing is that the guns that were used in this case appear to have been modified. that is a challenge that police have been facing and that is a challenge that we will look to address in changing our laws. there is also a more immediate challenge — making this community feel safe and united.
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after all the fear and violence the city experienced on friday, this is the natural heartfelt response. people wanting to come and stand together, to grieve together and show their solidarity. they want to help those whose lives had been changed forever. we feel the pain that everyone is going through at the moment. this is something that is very different. we do not experience that in new zealand. it has just touched a lot of hearts in christchurch, for everyone, especially us. we came here to make our life. and ifeel for ourfamily and friends who were killed. they were part of it. with families wanting to bury their loved ones, graves are being prepared. imams are travelling from across the country. a city struck eight years ago by a natural disaster is once again having to mourn incalculable loss. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch.
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just to let you know, we have been blurring the image of the suspect, brenton tarrant, because a court orderfrom a judge here in new zealand. now that naeem rashid was one of the victims of the attack and he was filmed along with his son and just moments before the attack he was filmed trying to tackle the gunmen. we heard from his brother in the report and he has been speaking to the bbc in pakistan about his brother and how he may have saved lives. tell me, how long had your brother been living with his family in new zealand? he went to new zealand in 2010. it has been nine years now. so, he went there, he
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could not finish his phd, but he started working there and he is —— was working there. he liked living there? he loved living in new zealand. he just loved it. there? he loved living in new zealand. hejust loved it. i have never been there myself but i believe it was maybe not the safest place. i suppose no one in the family could ever imagine something like this would ever happen. no, no. we couldn't imagine not at all. not at all. how did you find out? well, my brother rang me, actually, around nine o'clock in the morning because i was not watching the television and someone i was not watching the television and someone rang i was not watching the television and someone rang him and they were watching the television and then we rang, because one of my younger brothers, the brother—in—law also lives in christchurch, so we rang him and my sister in law who rang
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him and my sister in law who rang him also and then in the evening we found out we had lost him. and what was your reaction when you found out, if you can put it into words? there are no words, really, i can't really describe the feeling. the only person who goes through this kind of a thing can understand this thing, you know? but i feel very proud of my brother really and the way he died. very few people... i wish i could die like him, really. dine like that, he was a brave person and i have heard from people there, there were witnesses and he saved a few lives there by trying to stop that guy. me, my wife, my
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children we will all miss him because of his fun loving attitude. he was like, always, after his nephews and nieces, to improve themselves. he was taking interest in theirfamily, in themselves. he was taking interest in their family, in our family, he was a person who was very committed to anything which he wanted to do. he is being hailed as a hero by many people across the world for trying to ta ke people across the world for trying to take down the attacker. have you seen to take down the attacker. have you seen the video, what was your reaction when you sew it? did you failan reaction when you sew it? did you fail an element of pride as well?|j saw fail an element of pride as well?” saw that video and the first thing i wanted to see was the look in his eyes. i did not see an iota of fear in his eyes and that made me proud. what a brave man he was. i knew if i
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had any problem, he would be standing with me. i had no doubt about it. but to do it for others, when he could have ran away. what i have been told, there are some other people who he asked tojoin him, but they ran away. but he did it alone anyway. and that speaks volumes about him. he is my hero at least. an australian senator who blamed emigration on the mosque shooting here in christchurch has attacked a teenager who threw an egg on him while he was being interviewed. he was hit by the 17—year—old before a short scuffle takes place between them. the teenager was then restrained and arrested but has since been released. a petition calling for the senator to be removed from office following his comments has attracted nearly a quarter of a million signatures and
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a fundraising page for legal fees for the teenagerfar a fundraising page for legal fees for the teenager far exceeded its goaljust hours after it started. that is all from me here in christchurch for now, back to you in london. thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining lukwesa burak tonight are the broadcaster john stapleton, and henry mance, political correspondent for the financial times. love island star, mike thalassitis, has been found dead near his hometown in essex. the 26—year—old rose to fame on love island in 2017, where he became a tv sensation after his stint on the show. the former league one footballer, who comes from a cypriot family, enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality tv star — after appearing on season three of love island — in the summer of 2017. his manager confirmed his death earlier this evening and the cause of his death is not yet known.
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with me now is our correspondent charlotte gallagher. charlotte, update us on what we know so charlotte, update us on what we know so far. we know so far that mike thalassitis was found dead in essex on friday and we believe in words close to his home. that is what his management have confirmed. we have not heard anything from his family oi’ not heard anything from his family or itv, that produce love island so far. as she said, he was a semiprofessional footballer before he had his reality tv stardom. he played for stevenage and lots of clu bs played for stevenage and lots of clubs that he played with have paid tribute along with lots of people that appeared on reality television alongside him. chris hughes who starred in love island with them said he was a great guy gone far too soon. jack finch who won the last series of love island pay tribute as well. we have also heard from
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caroline flack who is the presenter of love island talking about what a gentleman mike thalassitis was and this sadly is not the first tragedy to hit love island. just injune last year, another former contestant was found dead in her home, sophie gradin. a second death in less than 12 months associated with this programme. what is interesting is when you look at the flavour of reaction coming out now on social media and like you said, caroline flack saying that mike was a total gentleman, i will not forget that and you start to see this emphasis. there is an anger on social media about the reference to his nickname from his fans. this respect a lot of people are saying, tell us the background to that. when he was on love island, he was known as maggie mike, he threw the cat among the pigeons, all the women were trying to get him basically and he played
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them off against each other, and he got the nickname because of that, u nfortu nately we have got the nickname because of that, unfortunately we have seen a lot of journalists and newspapers that have tweeted about the story tonight and not included his full name, they just called him muggy mike and a lot of people who appeared with them on reality television, a lot of this and say that is disrespectful, he has more than a nickname from a television programme. how did he handle the fame? he seemed to do it really well, he went on to another reality show, celebs go dating. he did club promotions, things like that, posing with his fans, he seemed to really enjoy it and relish the spotlight. very quickly, any reaction from the production company behind love island? we have not heard anything so far and when sophie died they issued a statement very quickly and i expect we will hear something tonight from itv. thank you very much.
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former minister, nick boles, has quit his local conservative association because of a rift over brexit. mr boles wants a closer relationship with europe and opposes a no—deal brexit. he'd been facing efforts by tory activists in his constituency in lincolnshire to oust him as the party's candidate at the next general election. he'll remain as an mp for grantham and stamford, and continue to be a conservative in parliament. our political correspondent ben wright gave us some background to latest developments. he was a remainer during the referendum, but he has consistently supported the prime minister's deal in the last few weeks, he has voted for it, but the difficulty, the tension between him and his party is that he has four months also said that there should be under no circumstances a no—deal brexit at the end of march. he was making that argument very forcefully, to the clear irritation of his local party members who thought that no—deal brexit should be contemplated and should be on the table. he has also been very prominent working with mps from other parties, trying to find agreement
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and consensus around a different sort of economic relationship with the european union after brexit, to the one that the prime minister envisages, sort of the norway option, and he has been working on that. clearly all this has put him out of kilter with his own party, who have locally, made it clear that they do not want him as their candidate at the next election and are on the brink of trying to deselect him. he has really jumped before he was pushed. he does continue to be a tory mp and will remain the mp for that seat until the next election. 0k, as far as the brexit schedule goes, where our way, just signpost it for us and what is coming up in the next week? well, i have not counted up the number of days, 12 or 13 days away from the 29th, which is the moment that we are set to leave the european union. that still is the day that we are set to leave the european union, whether there is a deal or not. now of course, earlier this week, parliament decided that it would not countenance a no—deal brexit and it has effectively organise
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the government to go away and ask for an extension. in response, the government said, 0k, we understand that there needs to be an extension now, brexit needs to be delayed, but there are two choices in front of you in parliament, either you back the deal and vote for it again and we expected to be back in front of mps on either tuesday or wednesday next week, just ahead of a european council meeting, which theresa may will be at. or, if there isn't a deal passed in parliament by the end of this month, the likelihood is that the government will ask the european union for a much longer extension and that is clearly something the eu are contemplating. that is how the next few days will play out. right now, there is huge work being done behind the scenes, between number 10, government whips and tory mps. the 75 who did not vote for this deal last time around, to pile pressure on them and convince them to get behind it or, and this will be number 10's argument, risk a very long extension and potentially losing control of brexit happening at all.
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the headlines on bbc news... brenton tarrant, the main suspect in the new zealand mosque shootings — in which 49 people were killed —— has appeared in court on a single murder charge. former love island contestant mike thalassitis has died aged 26, his management has confirmed more than 60 flood warnings are in place across england and wales as heavy rain leaves hunderds of homes without power. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's it has been quite some day. wales are six nation's grand slam champions for a 11th time. they completely outplayed ireland in cardiff. and though they only scored
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one try they won 25—7 . hadleigh parkes went over for a very early score and there was no looking back after that. there was barely a minute on the clock when he ran onto a chip through from gareth anscombe . anscombe converted as he kicked 20 points in all. wales were utterly dominant and led 25—0 when jordan larmour went over for a consolation try in added time. this is wales' fifth six nations title — their first since 2013 iam i am proud of the players, it is not about me, it is about those players and we said before hand about them playing for themselves and their families and the crowd and wales as a whole and about creating a bit of history. they can never take that away from them now. fantastic performance. we did not look too tired, did we? scotland came back from 31—nil down at twickenham to draw 38—38 against england... having tied the scores at 31
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all sam johnson scored a try which put them ahead with just minutes remaining. but england made one last push for the line...and george ford scampered over. that was converted and it finished 38—all. that means scotland retain the calcutta cup. manchester city also came from behind to beat swansea 3—2... sergio aguero saved the day for city. . .. the third goal coming in the 88th minute that after swansea had gone two goals up before half time.... but goals from silva, nordfeldt and then aguero means the quadruple is still on for city. it is the fa cup, that is why it is so special. we are in the semifinal. elsewhere watford were 2—1 winners over crystal palace... capoue and gray on the scoresheet to put them into the last four.... and manchester united
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have just kicked off against wolverhampton wanderers.. that's live on bbc one right now... there are just 5 premier league matches this weekend because of the cup , all three games today saw late drama and what a match we had at the london stadium. west ham were heading for defeat against bottom side huddersfield but two goals from chicarito hernandez saw them win 11—3 . huddersfield had led 3—1 , the first time they had scored 3 this season, but they are now 16 points off safety. elsewhere in the premier league a 94th minute goal from matt ritchie saw newcastle salvage a point away at bournemouth... leicester played most of the match with 10 men at burnley but still came away with a 2—1win. harry maguire was sent off in the 11th minute.. the clarets are just 2 points above the relegation zone nat siver made 93 from 73 balls to help england's women to a comprehensive isa—run win in a rain—affected opening one day international in sri lanka..
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half centuries from amyjones and captain heather knight helped england to 331 for seven from their 50 overs... katherine brunt took three wickets as sri lanka slumped to 46 for seven before the rain came... and the home side couldn't reach the revised target of 314... the new formula one season is underway, but it looks like the same old story ahead of the australian grand prix. that's because world champion lewis hamilton picked up where he left off, dominating the sport. the briton broke the track record in qualifying as he claimed pole in melbourne for the sixth year in a row. ferrari had looked better in preseason testing, but sebastian vettel was a huge seven tenths of a second off the pace in third. that's all the sport for now. it is still goalless between wills
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and manchester united. a man has died after being stabbed in south—west london. scotland yard said officers were called to reports of a fight in fulham in the early hours of this morning. a 29—year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. caroline davies reports. police tape and an ambulance in west london. it's the second fatal knife attack in the area in nine days. yet another one in this area. i don't think you thinkjust because you live in a nice area where all the houses are pretty that you're going to be safe. the victim, a 29—year—old, was described by one of his friends as a good man. police are still investigating what has happened here but neighbours close to the scene say they heard an argument. i spoke to one passer—by who didn't want to appear on camera. he said he was in this area around 12:30am last night when he came across a man lying down just around the corner in gowan avenue, about 50 yards behind me. members of the public gave the man cpr until paramedics arrived. the man was declared
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dead just before 1am. so far there have been no arrests. caroline davies, bbc news. roads have been closed and trains disrupted across parts of the north of england and wales following heavy rain. 57 flood warnings are now in place across england and wales, and hundreds of homes have been without power. the river ribble in lancashire and the river erwell have burst their banks, and a number of roads across the north of england have been closed as a result. flooding has also hit parts of north wales leaving river levels high and some roads closed. meanwhile a 24—year—old man from oldham has been arrested on suspicion of sending malicious communications — after greater manchester police said it became aware of a post on social media praising the attacks in new zealand. clashes have broken out in central paris between french security forces and those taking
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part in this week s gilets jaunes protests. shops have been looted and more than 60 people arrested. the movement has been protesting every saturday for the past four months, against the government s economic policies as well as wider issues such as globalisation. our paris correspondent, lucy williamson, has more. central paris came under attack todayjust as it did in the early weeks of this protest. police used tear gas and water cannons to push back protesters among who the interior minister said were one and a half thousand professional thugs. security forces called on peaceful demonstrators to leave the capital as kiosks were set alight and shops, symbols of france's wealth, were smashed. the world —famous restaurant,
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fouquet‘s, was left ransacked. as the protest spread to nearby streets, 60 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at a bank, a mother and her child were rescued from the apartment above. despite overtures by president macron and the transformation of some protest leaders into electoral candidates, some of this movement's original anger remains. translation: as gilets jaune, i'm not calling on emmanuel macron to resign. not at all. that is not the case for everyone, but it is for me. i'd like him to put in place a republic with more fiscaljustice, more social justice, it seems he's arrogant, he does not like people, he despises them. translation: france is a rich country and that wealth should be shared with those who have less and less. unfortunately, the political decision, we won't stop saying that, and unfortunately the politicians who are now in power are making a situation worse
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and are not working for us. this was seen by some as a crucial day in their four—month protest, marking the end of a national debate, launched by the government to address the concerns. protest leaders have caught this show of force an ultimatum, but there are those who hope it marks the last eruption of a movement whose momentum is fading. the government in zimbabwe says at least twenty—four people have died in a tropical storm that swept away homes and bridges. dozens of others are missing. the cyclone travelled first through central mozambique on friday, killing at least 21 people, there were heavy rains across the region all last week as the storm developed, battering mozambique and also malawi. a murder investigation is under way in italy after the mysterious death of a model who testified
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against the former prime minister, silvio berlusconi in 2012. imane fadil was a regular guest of mr berlusconi at his sex parties. reports in the italian media say toxicology tests had shown that ms fadil died after being poisoned with a mix of radioactive substances. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas. good evening. what a day of whether it has been. we have had four seasons in one day. heavy rain, gale—force gusts of wind, some sunshine and some heavy snow as well in the north. this picture comes from one of our weather watchers in aberdeenshire where we are still seeing some of that hill snow through the rest of this evening and overnight, too. the bulk of the heavy rain will clear over the next few hours, from southern and eastern parts of england and still some very strong gusty winds to come here. and then the rain eases, the winds ease as well, but still plenty of showers packing in from the north—west during the course of tonight. they will be falling asleep, snow, with some hail and thunder mix ten
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across parts of northern ireland, scotland and the north of england. temperatures close to freezing, so a cold start to sunday, with some icy stretches on untreated surfaces in the north. sunday, a less dramatic day weather wise than we had on saturday, there is still a brisk northerly wind, sunshine for many of us, there will be some showers driving in from the north, falling as sleet and snow over higher ground here. temperatures around about 7—10d, but feeling colder when you add on that wind—chill. by now. bye now.
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