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hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines: the number of dead after new zealand's two mosque attacks rises to 50 as the country's prime minister this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. says her office received a message the headlines at 11: from the suspected killer minutes before the attack. had it provided details the number of dead that could have been after new zealand's two mosque acted on immediately, attacks rises to 50 it would have been. as the country's prime minister says her office received a message but there, unfortunately, from the suspected killer minutes were no such details in that e—mail. before the attack. had it provided details theresa may calls on mps to make that could have been acted on immediately, an "honourable compromise" and back her brexit deal or risk never leaving the eu. dozens of flood it would have been. warnings are in place across england and wales after some areas had a months worth of rain injust 2a hours. scientists warn that warming but there, unfortunately, air and sea temperatures are causing were no such details in that e—mail. arctic glaciers to melt theresa may calls on mps to make and the increasing rainfall is causing new problems for wildlife. an "honourable compromise" and back her brexit deal or risk never leaving the eu. nearly a0 flood warnings are in place across britain after some areas had a months worth of rain injust21i hours. now on bbc news it's time also in the next hour, for dateline london. investigating the effects of climate change. we join scientists in the arctic, where increasing rainfall is creating new problems
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for wildlife. and coming up in half an hour in dateline london, the panel discuss the last week's events in parliament, with brexit day less than a fortnight away. hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week, has the world been neglecting white supremacists while busy worrying about radical islamists? where will is fighters go after the end of their so—called caliphate? good morning and welcome to bbc news. new zealand's prime minister and a fortnight till brexit day? says her office received a document zombie or phoenix? containing far—right views minutes before the shootings that killed 50 people in two mosques in christchurch on friday. at a press conference, it's another crunch week jacinda ardern also said it will be for theresa may's brexit deal. several days before the bodies of all those killed are returned to their families. from christchurch, rupert wingfield—hayes sent us this report. in christchurch on sunday morning, the outpouring of grief and solidarity has continued unabated. close to the mosque where the first
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attack took place on friday, the flower tributes continue to grow. many people overcome with emotion. in wellington, prime ministerjacinda ardern made her own emotional tribute at the city's biggest mosque. but amid all this grief, there is also anger. prime minister ardern today confirmed her office did receive an e—mail copy of the killer's political declaration just before the attacks took place. i was one of more than 30 recipients of a manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place. it did not include a location. it did not include specific details. back in christchurch, a sports team has come to lay flowers. their goalie is among the dead. there will be some who say what happened here is horrific but it is nothing to do with me, it is not my religion,
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it is not my community. but that is absolutely not the message being sent by the people of christchurch. we're all one people, we're all one race, we're all human beings. we love each other, we have to love each other otherwise this sort of rubbish happens. we have to love each other. this city's name will now forever be linked with friday's attacks. but people here want the world to know it does not represent them, that they too are victims of this terrible crime. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in christchurch. the victims‘ ages range between 3 and 77 years old. deputy police commissioner wally haumaha said police were working with the islamic community to ensure the victims‘ families can follow the necessary cultural traditions. this is totally unprecedented in our history, in our modern history. we are working closely with imams,
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both locally and nationally, and we have assembled them all here in christchurch. the support of the muslim leaders and their communities has been exceptional. in the past few hours myself and judge marshall, chief coroner, have met with the leaders from the muslim community to discuss the process from here on in in terms of how we manage the release of their loved ones. many of their families know that although they have not been formally identified they are missing, presumed deceased. our sole focus is getting their loved ones back and to follow the cultural traditions such as the washing and shrouding of their loved ones and we have made premises available to carry out these sensitive cultural issues. we are working closely with christchurch hospital
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and funeral directors within the christchurch area. the only comfort that we can provide to these grieving families is to return our family members to them as expediently as we can. and we are working very hard to make this happen. farid uddin, whose wife was killed while she was searching for him in one of the mosques, says he forgives the killer. i lost my wife but i don't hate the killer. as a person, i love him. but i'm sorry, i cannot accept what he did. but i think somewhere along in his life, maybe he will hurt. but he could not translate that hurt into a positive manner. that's what he's doing wrong. we do not hate a person, but we hate if they do anything wrong. so from that perspective,
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i don't have any grudge against him. i have forgiven him and i am praying for him that god will guide him and then one day he will be a saviour. people who carry out a terrorist attack, they want people to be afraid. they want to incite between one group with another. maybe they were hoping that if the targets are muslim, then maybe muslims will retaliate. but we muslim leaders are saying, that's not going to happen. we will not allow you to feel afraid or to hate other people because some of your horrendous attack. i knew that she would think about me because she always does. i feel proud about what she did and she died in a good cause. she did exactly what she
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loved and what i loved. so, you know, that will motivate me to do the same sort of things as long as i am alive. social media firms have been criticised in the wake of the attack after the suspect live—streamed the shooting on facebook. this morning, facebook tweeted: "in the first 2a hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload. out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, we're also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content." prime ministerjacinda ardern was asked about the way footage of the attack had been spread on social media platforms.
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certainly i've had contact from sheryl sandberg, i have not spoken to her directly but she has reached out and acknowledged what has happened here in new zealand. this is an issue which i will look to be discussing directly with facebook. we will be hearing from our correspondent in christchurch shortly. the prime minister has made a fresh appeal to mps to unite as "democrats and patriots" and support her brexit deal in the coming week after previously suffering two crushing defeats. the chancellor, philip hammond, says ministers are continuing to try and reassure the democratic unionists as the government looks for more support across the commons. it all comes asjeremy corbyn has said this morning that labour mps are likely to be told to support an amendment which could pave the way for a public vote on theresa may's brexit deal.
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with me is our political correspondent jonathan blake. what has philip hammond been saying? he has been giving an insight into the ongoing negotiations which he has been involved with as the chancellor. negotiations with the dup, the group of northern irish mps who prop up the government of theresa may in westminster. support for her brexit deal is crucial. if they come on board, it is likely lots of conservative mps would follow suit and bank the prime minister ‘s deal. there has been a suggestion from some that this is an attempt by the dup or the government too, in exchange for their support for the prime minister's deal, offer them funding for northern ireland which we know is a big condition of their support for the confidence and supply arrangement they have with the government after the last election. the chancellor was asked about this this morning on the andrew marr show. well, the dup as i think
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you would have heard nigel dodds saying on friday, is primarily concerned about the threat of divergence between the regime in northern ireland and the regime in great britain. the dup are passionate unionists, i'm a passionate unionist myself and i regard it as crucially important that we do not allow differences to grow up between northern ireland and great britain. we are looking for ways in which the government can reassure northern irish politicians about our clear intention to make sure there are no such differences as we go forward, if the backstop ever had to come into force. it's odd, as the chancellor you are involved in these conversations, can you rule out that you haven't offered them more money in return for voting for the deal? i don't see why it's odd at all. you're mr money. i'm a senior member of the cabinet and my predecessor, i think, would always have been involved in any significant discussions going on across government. i will ask you the question again, have you offered them any money in return for voting for the deal? this isn't about money,
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it's about a political assurance. we are coming up to a spending review and we will have to look at all budgets, including devolved block grant budgets in that spending review. of course we will. so it's not impossible you will give them extra money in that deal in return for voting for the... well, we haven't started to look at it yet, we haven't started the spending review yet, but there will be a spending review. not ruling out any suggestion that money would perhaps be offered to northern ireland as some sort of exchange in return for the support of the dup. the chancellor did say this is not about money, simply looking ahead to future spending decisions. interestingly, he also said the government is not there yet in terms of the level of support it needs from mps to get the deal through. that is clear, although if you have changed their minds in the last few days, and also, if there is not enough support, apparent, it may not enough support, apparent, it may not be that mps get another chance to vote on this deal in the coming
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weeks. jeremy corbyn has been speaking about an amendment he might tell his mps to support. if parliament does vote again on the deal this week, it looks like labour will support an amendment which would make parliament's support for the deal conditional on it being put to another public vote, so under —— so to another public vote, so under —— $03 to another public vote, so under —— so a big step to supporting another referendum. it looks like that amendment will be something along the lines of offering the public choice on theresa may's deal remaining in the european union. it is not officially there yet in terms of labour support and even if it is, it is not clear thatjeremy corbyn would tell his mps to support it. it is unlikely to pass at the moment because there is not a majority in parliament for a further referendum, but interesting that labour are inching towards putting their support for another referendum into practice. if the amendment is as i have just set out, then yes, we will be supporting it, but we have obviously
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got to see the wording of it and peter and phil are discussing that. we have had a very good, very constructive discussion and relationship with them, as indeed we have had constructive discussions with many mps from all parties. jeremy corbyn. what are we expecting to happen in terms of the timetable of events this week was mike one thing we can say for sure is a meeting of the european council on thursday, the heads of government of all the other eu 27 member states and at that point, theresa may has said she will request an extension to the article 50 process which is due to come to an end on the 29th of march. that is very much in doubt. whether she will ask for a short extension to get the brexit legislation through back in westminster that she needs, or a longer, much more indefinite extension, is dependent on mps voting for or against her deal in parliament this week but as we have been hearing from the chancellor and other ministers this morning, it is not certain they will get the chance to do that.
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back to our top story — and the number of dead after new zealand's two mosque attacks has risen to fifty. it will take quite a few days to release the bodies of those who died to their families? that is absolutely right. the prime minister of new zealand, jacinda ardern, promising today that those bodies would start to be released to family members around about now. given the scale of the atrocity on friday, 50 people killed, that process of returning those remains to relatives could take up until wednesday, so more grief for the family members of those people who were murdered, and we are getting more information about who they were. we know they came from many countries, indonesia, india, pakistan, afghanistan and other countries, and we also understand that among the dead,
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five—year—old girl and her father, who were apparently chased by the gunman and murdered. once again, another illustration of just gunman and murdered. once again, another illustration ofjust how savage this atrocity was friday. the other development is that the death toll has risen from 49 up to 50. yes, that was the result of a body that had been unaccounted for in the al noor mosque, which is a couple of miles from where we are standing outside the christchurch hospital. the authorities have finally removed all of those bodies, the autopsies and postmortem examinations have begun, so this phase of the operation is moving ahead. of course, the police investigation continuing, the authorities are still trying to build a profile of the suspect, brenton tarrant, an australian man who appeared in court on saturday. he was charged with
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just one count of murder. the police say that more will follow. this is a man who is central to the investigation and of course, the authorities want to find out why he was involved in what his motivations we re was involved in what his motivations were as the legal process takes its course as well. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: the number of dead after new zealand's two mosque attacks rises to 50 as the country's prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the attack. theresa may calls on mps to make an "honourable compromise" and back her brexit deal, or risk never leaving the eu. dozens of flood warnings are in place across england and wales after some areas had a months worth of rain injust21i hours. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. good morning. the new formula i season has got under way in australia,
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with valterri bottas winning the first grand prix of the season. a distant fifth in the championship and without a victory last year, he overtook his mercedes team—mate lewis hamilton at the start and went on to win the race by more than 20 seconds. hamilton finished ahead of red bull's max verstappen in third and ferrari's sebastian vettel was fourth. i don't know what to say. the start was really good. it was definitely my best race ever. i don't know what happened, ijust my best race ever. i don't know what happened, i just felt so good my best race ever. i don't know what happened, ijust felt so good and everything was under control and the car was so everything was under control and the car was so good today. truly enjoyable. he drove an incredible race and truly deserved it. we have just got some work to do but it is a great start to the year, more than we could have hoped. wales captain alan wynjones says his side have a "target
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on their backs" ahead of this year's world cup after completing the six nation's grand slam for a fourth time. they beat ireland 25—7 in cardiff yesterday to claim the title — hadleigh parkes with their only try. it's a record breaking third six nations grand slam for head coach warren gatland who has taken wales from tenth in the world, to second after that result, ahead of ireland. iam i am excited about the world cup. you get that couple of months together as a side and you can prepare like a club side and go into skill work and skill development and fine tune your game. so from that point of view, we will be in great shape. the previous two world cups i was involved in, we were one of the fittest tea ms was involved in, we were one of the fittest teams in the world cup and we will be in pretty good shape for this one as well. in the match of the tournament, scotland came
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back from 31—0 down at twickenham to draw 38—38 with england. that means scotland retain the calcutta cup. england's women crushed scotland 80—0 to secure their ninth grand slam and regain the six nations title. they ran in 12 tries infront of a crowd of 13,000 at twickenham. either millwall or brighton willjoin manchester city, watford and wolves in the semi finals of the fa cup later today wolves are through to the last four for the first time in more than 20 years after beating manchester united 2—1. wolves proving once again they're a force to be reckoned. rauljimenez scoring first with diogojota sealing their win. there was a late consolation goal for marcus rashford but the night belonged to nuno espirito santo's side. there are two matches in the premier league later. everton host chelsea at 11.30, while liverpool can go two points clear at the top with a win at fulham in the early match. yesterday west ham staged an astonishing comeback to beat
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huddersfield town 11—3 in stoppage time at the london stadium. javier hernandez was brought off the bench in the second half and scored twice with his second in the 91st minute, clinching victory for the hammers. elsewhere, newcastle managed a draw with bouremouth while leicester beat burnley 2—1. celtic wil be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the scottish premiership to ten points today. they're away at dundee in just over an hour. second place rangers could only draw 1—1 at home to kilmarnock. yesterday aberdeen‘s poor run at home continues — they drew with livingston. niall mcginn putting the dons ahead after 30 minutes. but craig sibbald equalised for the visitors just before the break. that result extends their winless league run at home to six games in a row. elsewhere there were wins
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for hamilton and hibs. in golf, rory mcilroy and tommy fleetwood go into the final round of the players championship at sawgrass in florida one stroke behind leaderjon rahm of spain. rahm equalled the lowest score of the week with a third round 64 and is 15 under—par. mcilroy recovered from a shaky start. both he and fleetwood made two—under—par 70s to move to 1a under that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. dozens of flood warnings are still in place across england and wales after yesterday's heavy rain. one area in north wales saw a months worth of rain injust 2a hours. and there was disruption across large parts of northern england, after train lines and roads were flooded. simon clemison reports. the speed, the volume, and there may be more rain to come today. in conway, the pumps are on but they are taking no chances.
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who'd have thought you would need a wheelbarrow to one day to protect your home? it's a good neighbourhood. everybody comes together in times like this. some parts of wales has seen the equivalent of a months rainfall the equivalent of a month's rainfall in the last 2a hours. in north yorkshire, the three pea ks challenge proved a challenge and a half. while in west yorkshire, the railway was wet and silent. northern said several routes were suspended yesterday. the problems, as unusual as they come, were caused by a lot of rain falling in a short space of time. while there is likely to be less rain today, showers could hit anywhere and be heavy at times. and there are ice warnings for northern ireland, parts of wales, northern england and some areas of scotland. some will be holding on for any sign of warm and dry weather to come. simon climison, bbc news. the former vice president of the united states, joe biden, has given his strongest hint yet that he may run for president.
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if he enters the race, the 76—year—old would join a packed field of more than a dozen democratic candidates hoping to challenge donald trump next year. speaking at a rally in deleware last night, mr biden gave the impression his campaign is already under way, though he says he misspoke. i'll get criticised and told i'll be criticised by the new left. i have the most progressive record of anybody running for the... ..anybody who would run... cheering and applause. ididn‘t mean... cheering and applause. ..of anybody who would run... warming air and sea temperatures are causing arctic glaciers to melt, and now the increasing rainfall is creating problems for animals, like reindeer. radio 4 today programme presenter martha kearney, has travelled to the continent to see the effects of climate change, with british researchers.
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this former mining village has the feel of a frontier village in the wild west. our posse headed out from the base on snowmobiles. i havejoined a convoy of scientists heading across the tundra towards a glacier — one of the most studied in the arctic. this is the edge of the original glacier where the ice which lasted 5000 year and brought huge boulders down. but since 1900 it has been receding. we are heading towards its modern edge, a form of time travel. after a kilometre we reached the snout where the glacier now ends. so starting around 1900 the glacier was all the way down the bottom of this valley and it has been rapidly retreating up in the last 100 or so years.
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but more so in the last 20 or 30 years. the kind of changes that we are seeing are happening all across the arctic. this is... this is an emblem of what is happening in other places. it has a big impact on sea level. here on the top of a glacier which is 5000 years old you really do get a sense of the extent of the melting ice, of climate change. but scientists across the arctic are worried about a new threat which they have noticed here as well. and that is growing rainfall. this microbiologist has been coming here for 12 years to study climate change. i willjust use this probe to measure the depth of the snowpack and identify layers of refrozen rainwater within the snow. it has gone in easily. i've hit a hard layer, that is one rain event.
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push through that and you can hear a hollow sound tapping onto a layer of refrozen rain. that is two now. through that... i think that is a third. and that is difficult to get through. the animals who live in the arctic, like reindeer, are suffering because of the increase in rainfall — which troubles bianca. what happens is that the rain ends up in the snow and percolates down through and forms an ice barrier. it is impossible for small herbivores to get through so they can't eat and the population crashes. for her, like so many scientists who have devoted their lives to be up there, any of the new signs of climate change are mysterious and troubling. now it's time for a look
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at the weather with matt. it is looking better, to be honest compared with what you have seen in the last 2a hours. rivers will remain high through the rest of today. whilst there is still reign in the forecast, it is looking better than we saw. this is the view across better than we saw. this is the view a cross co nwy better than we saw. this is the view across co nwy valley. better than we saw. this is the view across conwy valley. a small, narrow river flooding the rest of the valley floor. but for the rest this afternoon, a few showers around, particularly in the rest. more drifting down into north—east england. good, sunny spells for many and they will stay largely dry. the wind is coming from the north and north—west and not as windy as yesterday with the exception in scotland. a blustery day here and wind gusts will be blustery up to a0 miles an hour. clear skies for a time of the cloud eventually pushes on across ireland producing spots of rain into the morning. cold start to
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monday across scotland, england and wales with a widespread frost tomorrow. bright start, turning claudia in the west. goodbye for 110w.
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