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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 12: thousands of people attend vigils across new zealand to remember the victims of the mosque attacks, as the country's prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings. had it provided details that could have been acted on immediately, it would have been. but there, unfortunately, were no such details in that e—mail. 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. also in the next hour, investigating the effects of climate change. we join scientists in the arctic, where increasing rainfall
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is creating new problems for wildlife. and the click team visit japan to see how the country is using technology to help prepare for next year's olympics. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. new zealand's prime minister says her office received a document containing far—right views minutes before the shootings that killed 50 people in two mosques in christchurch on friday. at a press conference, jacinda ardern also said it will be 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
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of grief and solidarity has continued unabated. close to the mosque where the first 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. made her own emotional tribute at the city's biggest mosque. but amid all this grief, there is also anger. the attacker wasn't stopped before he could carry out his deadly plan. 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.
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his coach has this message for the australian man suspected of carrying out the attack year and anyone who shares his racist views. 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 man and his father were inside the imam when the shooting began. —— inside the mosque. his badly wounded father lay beside him, imploring him to look after the family. he said, ta ke to look after the family. he said, take out —— take care of your mum and your brother and sister. his father is still in a critical condition in an induced comma. father is still in a critical condition in an induced commam father is still in a critical condition in an induced comma. it is terrorism, it is nothing to do with race or religion, this is what terrorism is. we need to change to
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live as a community and police. the name of the city, christchurch, will be forever linked to the attack on the two mosques on friday about the people of christchurch want to tell the world that it does not represent them. they are also victims of this horrific crime. 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 victim's families can follow the necessary cultural traditions. this is totally unprecedented in our history, in our modern history. we are working closely with imams 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
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and judge marshall, chief coroner, have met with the leaders from the muslim community to discuss the process from here on 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 and funeral directors within the christchurch area. the only comfort but we can provide to these grieving families
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is to return their family members to them as expediently as we can. and we are working very hard to make this happen. deputy police commissioner wally haumaha. 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 support what he did. but i think somewhere along in his life, maybe he was 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, 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
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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 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.
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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. 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.
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our correspondent phil mercer is in christchurch. tell us about the vigil that has been planned. this was a vigil that we understand will take place in christchurch on thursday. we have already seen a very powerful act of solidarity with the city by the people of wellington, the capital of new zealand, about 11,000 people have crowded into the basin reserve, the main cricket ground in wellington, to stand shoulder to shoulder with people of many different faiths and culture, just to pause to remember the atrocity perpetrated in christchurch more than two days ago. when we think of new zealand, in the past, this is a country that has considered itself to be immune from the troubles of the world and the violence, but of
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course, the events on friday sure that new zealand is no longer immune to that, and when we think of the way forward, the vigils, the strength and the harmony that has been displayed at the vigils and will be displayed at vigils in the next few days, you get the sense that the greatest strength for new zealand against the sort of extreme violence is its unity in diversity. this is a former british colony, a very strong indigenous culture here, people from across the pacific islands have made their home in new zealand, lots of migrants have come in more recent times from asia, the muslim population here is quite small, about 50,000 people, but it all fits into the fabric of this country, and you get the sense that this unity in diversity will be the nation past my greatest strength as it comes to terms with the horrible events that occurred in christchurch 48 hours ago. pretty much everybody you hear from seems to be of that
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same mine, that it is an open, welcoming society, and no one wants that to change? generally speaking, new zealand is a friendly place. its politics are mostly progressive. this was the first country in the world, as far as i can remember, that gave women the vote, so it is a country that takes its environmental responsibilities carefully, it is a multicultural country. 0nce responsibilities carefully, it is a multicultural country. once upon a time, new zealanders considered their country to be a small country at the bottom of the world, far away from the troubles of the world, but the events on friday show that new zealand is no longer insulated from all of that. it must now face up to the reality of the sort of violence. these vigils will help, and bringing together people of all sorts of backgrounds, with the single aim of thinking about how to cope with this and how to make things better in the
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future. thank you very much. 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. earlier, jeremy corbyn said 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. i've been speaking to our political correspondent jonathan blake and asked him about the ongoing negotiations with the dup. there has been a suggestion from some that this is an attempt by the dup or the government to, in exchange for their support for the prime minister's deal, offer them funding for northern ireland which we know was a big condition of their support for the confidence and supply arrangement they had with the government after the last election. the chancellor was asked
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about this this morning on the andrew marr show. well, the dup as i think 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
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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, 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 dup? 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 a few
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have changed their minds in the last few days, and also, if there is not enough support apparent, it may not be that mps get another chance to vote on this deal in the coming 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 a big step to supporting a further referendum. it looks like that amendment will be something along the lines of offering the public a choice on theresa may's deal or 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 whip his mps to support it. even if he does, 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
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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 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? 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
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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. the headlines on bbc news: thousands of people attend vigils across new zealand to remember the victims of the mosque attacks — as the country's prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings. 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 injust 24 hours. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. good afternoon. the new formula 1 season has got under way in australia, with valterri bottas winning the first grand prix of the season.
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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. this afternoon sees the last quarter final of the fa cup, with two teams hoping to join wolves, manchester city and watford in the last four. either brighton and hove albion or millwall will complete the line up for the semifinals. that game kicks off at the den at 2:00pm. with the draw for the semi finals scheduled to take place immediately afterwards. and in the women's fa cup, all four quarter finals are being played out this afternoon. 0ne game is already under way and it's a big ask for durham as they take on chelsea. 20 mnutes into that game... still no score. the rest of the those games kick off at 2:00pm this afternoon, with the draw for the semi finals taking place live on bbc breakfast tomorrow morning. two games in the premier league this afternoon as well when liverpool could go two points clear at the top with
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a win over fulham. the late kick off sees chelsea away to everton, where a win for mauricio sarri's side could see them go within a point of third—placed tottenham. before that though liverpool will need to take care of business at craven cottage to ensure they take those crucial three points to move back to the top. they lost the two games against chelsea, which is a difficult one for all teams in the league, obviously. and leicester, with a new manager. but they were really pretty impressive. so that is all, on our books, we will make sure we are spot on from the first second and hopefully we can win that game. 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 a match that kicks off in around ten minutes' time. dundee are second from bottom, and celtic on—loan striker 0liver burke, isn't expecting an attacking approach from his opponents.
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we've had a fair few games now where teams have sat deep and been really defensive. so sort of getting used to that now. we just have to move the ball very quick and pull them out of their shape a little bit and hopefully find chances. and when the pockets open up we can really penetrate and hurt the teams. wales captain alan wynjones says his side have a "target 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. i'm excited about the world cup.
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you get that two or three 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 or the fittest teams in the world cup and we will be in pretty good shape for this one as well. 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 14 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.
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one area in north wales saw a months worth of rain injust 24 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. who'd have thought you would need a wheelbarrow to one day 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 some parts of wales has seen the equivalent of a month's rainfall in the last 24 hours. the equivalent of a month's rainfall 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
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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 clemison, bbc news. the former vice president of the united states, joe biden, has given his strongest hint yet that he may run for president. 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.
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ididn‘t mean... cheering and applause. ..of anybody who would run... new powers to help police better protect people being stalked by strangers have become law. the crime survey for england and wales says more than one in five women and nearly one in ten men have been victims of stalking. the new law will allow officers to intervene sooner. anisa kadri explains. in many cases, people find they're being stalked by an ex or current partner, but campaigners say if they're targeted by a stranger, there hasn't been the same ability to protect the victim before the stalker‘s prosecuted. stalking isn't how it used to be perceived which is kind of somebody following you in the street or looking at you from behind a bush. it might be more now that they sit for hours looking
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at your things online, finding out who you are, what you do, looking at all your pictures, and then they know where to find you in the street. the new stalking protection orders would allow police to stop a stalker approaching the victim or contacting them online earlier than ever before and if they ignore it, there'll be a criminal penalty. figures for england and wales show more than one in five women and one in ten men aged between 16 and 59 have been victims of stalking. out of more than 1,600 prosecutions in the last year, almost three quarters were related to domestic abuse. it's hoped the new orders will plug a gap which is said to have left people suffering the unwanted attention of strangers. anisa kadri, bbc news. police response times to urgent calls at two of england's biggest police forces, have become significantly slower in the past five years, according to a freedom of information request by bbc five live investigates. in some areas, including the west midlands and greater manchester,
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the average length of time victims have to wait has nearly doubled since 2013. the home office says police funding will rise by £970 million over the next financial year and forces will decide how this money is spent in relation to handling 999 calls. a state of disaster has been declared in zimbabwe, where a tropical storm has killed over 30 people. the authorities say about 70 people are still missing as a result of the cyclone, which earlier caused severe damage in mozambique. junk food adverts on tv and online could be banned before 9pm, as part of government plans to tackle childhood obesity. ideas for the new watershed have been put out for public consultation from today, and have been backed by doctors. the department of health and social care says one—in—three children leave primary school overweight or obese. all this week, bbc news has been taking a look at life in bradford, reporting on the stories important to the city's diverse communities. today, shanbam mahmood examines
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the future of the city centre, and whether asian—style market places hold the key to reviving the high street. bradford city hall, a symbol of its prosperity and confidence but in the surrounding streets, that confidence has wavered. shops and offices are for sale or rent. large stores have migrated to new shopping centres. busy precincts are now lined with blank and dusty windows. but a couple of miles away, new business is booming. this is bradford's first licensed bazaar and they‘ re springing up across the city. shoppers here experience an asian—style market similar to those in india and pakistan. generations after generations, like grandmothers bring their daughters in—laws and daughters even here. i think that's what we sort of like because it's more
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like a local community aspect. asian bazaars like this attract thousands of people from across the country every week from places like manchester and glasgow. but could what's happening here be a model forfuture development in the city centre? over the next 3—4 years, bradford's going to change quite dramatically. councillor alex ross—shaw says the asian community could play an important part in bringing these streets back to life. 0ur young people who are entrepreneurs, they want somewhere to sell and succeed, they're very passionate about bradford as well so we want to create the opportunities for them here in the city centre, and absolutely these bazaars can play a role in that. it's not that easy, according to samir kader who runs one of bradford's oldest department stores, opened by his grandfather in 1967. the people need to be able to trade. there's still a good customer base in the city centre,
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still a lot of travellers coming in, and i think the councils could be doing a lot more such as offering free rates rather than increasing rates in the city centre. the councils say help is available but it might be some time before the asian shopping scene finds a permanent home in the heart of the city. shanbam mahmood, bbc news, bradford. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. after yesterday's flooding in parts of wales and northern england, the outlook is a much drier and brighter one. even today, yes there are some showers around, mixture of hail, sleet and snow and a rumble of thunder to towards of thunder too towards the north—west of the country. but they are pushed along by a stiff breeze and sunshine in between. it's going to be much, much drier than it was over all. certainly better conditions this afternoon. western scotland and northern ireland compared with the morning. a few more showers in the east. but a blustery wind will add to the wind—chill, those winds still topping 40, 50 miles an hour across some parts of eastern scotland. the winds will ease down tonight, the showers will gradually fade. lasting longest across southern and eastern part of england and then
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showers return to the west later on as cloud increases. the coldest part of the night, northern ireland will be early on but elsewhere, scotland, england and wales, clear skies. icy, frosty temperatures as low as minus six for one or two to start tomorrow morning's commute. which will be a sunnier one for many. sunshine turning hazy from the west. a few showers here and there across england and wales and scotland. most of the outbreaks of rain will come and go in northern ireland and then spread around irish sea coasts later. hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines: thousands of people attend vigils across new zealand as the country's prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings. had it provided details that could have been acted on immediately, it would have been. but there, unfortunately, were no such details in that e—mail.


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