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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 6.00: thousands 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. stories of heroism are emerging from the attacks — as survivors talk of their shock that something like this, could happen in christchurch. forget gunshots, you know even a simple quarrel is in the news over here. this is the most peaceful place on earth. the chancellor, philip hammond, says a significant number of conservative mps have changed their minds and are prepared to back theresa may's brexit deal if it went back to the commons
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for another vote. also this hour — ethiopia's transport minister says there are "clear similarities" between black box data from last week's crash, and that of an indonesian lion air plane that crashed last october. the minister also said an initial report into last sunday's crash will be released in 30 days. police response times to the most urgent calls at two of england's biggest forces have become significantly slower in the past five years, according to figures obtained by the bbc. warming airand sea temperatures are causing arctic glaciers to melt and triggering rainfall that creates problems for animals like reindeer. it is cooper to save millwall. they are out! and in sportday... brighton win a dramatic penalty
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shootout against millwall to secure their place in the fa cup semi—finals. good evening. new zealand's prime minister says her office received an email containing the far—right views of bra nton tarra nt just minutes before 50 people were shot dead in two mosques in christchurch on friday. butjacinda ardern said it contained no details of the planned attack — the worst mass shooting in the country's history. tarrant has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court again next month when he will probably face more charges. 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 attack took place on friday, the flower tributes continue to grow, many people overcome with emotion.
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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 the attacker wasn't stopped before he could carry out his deadly plan. prime minister ardern today confirmed her office did receive an email 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 the location. it did not include specific details. back in christchurch, a sports team has come to lay flowers. their goalie is among the dead. his coach has this message for the australian man suspected of carrying out the attack here, and anyone who shares his racist views. we are all one people.
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we are all one race. we are 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. ali adeeba and his father were inside the al noor mosque when the shooting began. his badly wounded father lay bleeding beside him, imploring ali to look after the family. the last thing he says to me was, take care of your mum and your brother and sister. his father is still in critical condition in an induced coma. this is an act of terrorism. it has nothing to do with what race or religion you are, this is what terrorism is and it is evil and it needs to stop and we need to change within ourselves to be able to live together as a community in peace. the name of this city, christchurch, will now forever be linked to the attack on the two mosques here last friday. but the people of christchurch want to tell the world that it does not represent them and they too are victims of this horrific crime. rupert wingfield—hayes,
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bbc news, in christchurch. earlier i spoke to mazharuddin syed ahmed, who survived the shootings. he described how he took cover when he saw the gunman come in through the main entrance of the linwood masjid mosque. in the spur of the moment, i ran to the back side of the mosque. i don't know how but ijust ran towards there. there was a small storage area that has no door. ijust went in and took cover. then the shooter came into the main door and started shooting the people. people were falling down and he was shooting. i took cover and i was able to see the shooting and he was wearing those dirt bike helmets and i think it was like armour and he was shooting repeatedly. there was a woman right
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in front of him and she was screaming, no, no. he shot her, then she fell down and he shot her again. at this moment of time, i was on his left side. he started shooting from the right. suddenly, at any moment he would turn left. i was trying to think, should i run ahead or take a twist or turn around? i was trying to think, what should i do? just then somebody pulled him from the back and i didn't see who'd pulled him. he fell down and i was still holding my cover. in that scuffle, he lost control of his gun. sorry to interrupt you, just to be
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clear what you are saying. somebody tried to tackle the gunmen and they managed to bring him to the ground? yes, there was a companion — he was from afghanistan, he was a refugee. he brought him down and in that scuffle, he lost control of his gun. he got up and ran outside. this person who pulled him down, chased behind him, taking his gun. i believe there were no bullets. he emptied all of the bullets. at that moment, he ran behind the shooter's gun. i think he couldn't operate and nothing happened so he ran chasing him and then because he was ahead, i believe that he was going to the car to collect the other gun. just then, this person threw the gun at him.
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he yanked the gun at him and that landed on his windscreen. while he was picking the gun, i believe, that scared him. and then he ran. the grandmother and uncle of the alleged gunman of the christchurch mosque shootings have spoken out from their home in new south wales, in australia, sharing their disbelief and compassion for the victims of the attack. we are all gobsmacked, we don't know what to think. you know, the media is saying he planned it for a long time so he's obviously not of sound mind, i don't think. it is only since he travelled overseas, i think that boy has changed completely from the boy we knew. we say sorry for all the families over there
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for all the dead and the injured. can't think of nothing else. just want to go home and hide. police in greater manchester have made four arrests, after three separate incidents of alleged hate crime in, which the new zealand mosque attack was mentioned. meanwhile, counter terrorism police in the south east say an incident at 10:30pm last night in stanwell, surrey, in which a man was stabbed, has been declared a terrorist incident. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds says the incident in stanwell is being treated extremely seirously. this was quite a big deal in sta nwell in surrey last this was quite a big deal in stanwell in surrey last night. armed police officers telling people to move out the way and not go in certain parts of the area. what had happened was, they sayjust before 10:30pm a man was reported as acting aggressively. shortly after that there was a report that a 19—year—old had been stabbed nearby.
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eyewitnesses are reported to have said this 19—year—old was sat in his car. somebody came to the car and he put his hand up to protect himself and he was stabbed in the hand. police have been investigating last night and today and now they say this has the hallmarks of a terrorist event, is the words being used, inspired by the far right. therefore it has been declared a terrorism incident and counterterrorism police officers in the south—east are taking over. they will work with surrey police to get to the bottom of what has happened here. the assistant commissioner, the most senior police officer involved in terrorism policing, says they will work closely together and they will work closely together and the police are committed to tackling all forms of extremist ideology. but
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the moment it comes, days after this awful incident in new zealand, it is quite significant. have they arrested somebody they think is involved in this? a 50-year-old man who lives in the area has been arrested. in terms of those other incidents you mention, there is the fear something like what happened in new zealand provokes either copycat oi’ new zealand provokes either copycat or it provokes people to invoke it oi’ or it provokes people to invoke it or use it in some way, repeat the message of hate. is that something police here, although thousands of miles away, will have been on alert for? there have been a few incidents over the last two days or so in which potential hate crimes have been carried out and those involved are alleged to have invoked the new zealand incident in carrying out those alleged crimes. in rochdale in manchester last night, early hours of this morning, there were reports of this morning, there were reports ofa of this morning, there were reports of a taxi driver was racially threatened and abused and the attackers allegedly there, used words which made it look like they we re words which made it look like they were referring to the new zealand attack. there is a police investigation going on in that
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situation and a man and a woman in their 30s have been arrested. in 0xford, some graffiti has appeared overnight. swastikas and a phrase that refers to an online gaming star, also mentioned by the new zealand attackers. police investigating and crucially saying they will step up patrols and go and visit places of worship in that area. a number of forces saying they area. a number of forces saying they are doing this to make sure people are doing this to make sure people are reassured. senior cabinet ministers, including the chancellor philip hammond, have suggested mps may not get a third chance to vote on theresa may's brexit deal if she can't pursuade enough mps to change their minds. the warnings follow a plea from mrs may for "honourable compromises" to avoid a long extension to the brexit process, or the possibility it doesn't happen at all. here's our political correspondent jonathan blake. some things never change. theresa may went to church as normal this morning before a week when the stakes for her and her brexit deal will be higher than ever.
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she has again given mps an ultimatum, warning in an article for the sunday telegraph that if they do not back the deal, they risk a lengthy delay and perhaps no brexit at all. all this, she says, makes the choice facing mps clearer than it has ever been. if parliament can find a way to back the brexit deal before european council, the uk will leave the eu this spring. if it cannot, the prime minister writes, we will not leave the eu for many months, if ever. ministers are trying hard to change mps' minds. support from the dup, who provide theresa may with a majority, is crucial. and the man who holds the government's purse strings did not rule out more money for northern ireland in exchange for the party's support. this isn't about money, this is about political assurance. look, we are coming up to a spending review... ah. and we will have to look at all budgets, including devolved block grant budgets in that spending review, of course we will. so it is not impossible that
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you are going to give them extra money in that deal in return for voting for the deal? well, we haven't even started to look at it yet. although a handful of mps who were opposed to the deal have now said they will back it, the chancellor admitted the government does not yet have the support they need and a third vote on the deal may not happen this week. if it does, it could also be a big test of parliament's support for another referendum. labour looks likely to back a plan to make mp's support for the deal conditional on it being put to a public vote. we will obviously decide on our whipping arrangements, but clearly we have had a very good discussion with them. the key thing is actually theresa may's deal has now been rejected twice by parliament. rumour has it she is bringing it back on tuesday for a third time, if that fails a fourth time after that. this is ridiculous. this thing has been defeated comprehensively and she has got to recognise that we have got to do something different. mr corbyn also hinted he would push for a vote of no confidence in the government if mps reject mrs may's deal a third time. if defeat looks inevitable, there may not be a vote at all.
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leaving big questions unanswered about where the brexit process goes from here. jonathan blake, bbc news. well, jonathan blake spoke to me a little earlier and had this update. this is an amendment which will be put down, it seems, if mps do vote for it again on theresa may's brexit deal this week, which is farfrom certain as we were just hearing. if they do, it will be put down which essentially says that mps will support theresa may's deal on the condition it is put to a public vote. so if parliament backs the deal, it will then have to be subject to what we call a confirmatory referendum. a significant change. it would see another referendum on that basis put to the public. what is not clear is what the question would be. theresa may's deal or remain? theresa may's deal or no deal?
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and that is unclear. yes, the multiple option some campaigners argue would be the fairest way but it could potentially make a quite complicated. in terms of who will support this, why isn't labourjust openly falling in behind it? after all, it is party conference let open the option of a referendum. there is not a majority in parliament for a second referendum, whatever the question is. or even any labour party. it is a contentious issue. you mentioned the conference last year it became labour policy to leave open the option of a referendum. jeremy corbyn has made no valiant push for that to happen, in terms of putting anything in parliament or whipping his mps to back emotion. mps to back motion. last week, you wonder if there is any point in whipping. that is right. in all these votes to do with brexit, people have voted not
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necessarily along party lines. they have had to resign as a result, they have abstained and kept their jobs. interesting times in parliament. jeremy corbyn did contradict that because he said he would not be backing theresa may's deal under any circumstances, which contradicts the idea of supporting that amendment as well. an interesting week ahead. ethiopia's transport minister says black box data indicate "clear similarities" between last week's crash of an ethiopian airlines jet and the october crash of an indonesian lion air plane. dagmawit moges told journalists the similarities would be the subject of further study during the investigation. a preliminary report into last sunday's ethiopian airlines crash that killed 157 people will be released in "30 days". police response times to the most
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urgent 999 calls for two of england's biggest forces — west midlands and greater manchester police, have got significantly worse in the past five years. that's according to a freedom of information request by bbc 5 live investigates. in the west midlands the average response times for the most serious calls went up from ten minutes to 19 minutes. the home office says police funding will rise by £970 million over the next financial year. adrian goldberg, the presenter of 5 live investigates gave more details about the response times of some of the largest police forces. forces like west midlands where the average response time to the most serious, the most urgent crimes has gone up over a five year period from ten minutes to 19 minutes. in greater manchester, it's gone up from seven minutes to 12 minutes. in urban areas, the target time is 15 minutes a greater manchester are still meeting their target. west midlands aren't.
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but if we look at both west yorkshire and south yorkshire, that 15 minute target time for urban areas has been missed by both west and south yorkshire on thousands of occasions and it's getting worse. dr lynnette kelly, the assistant police and crime commissioner for the west midlands, said that she believed cuts in police numbers had had an effect on response times. we are concerned about it. i have to say, if you are going to cut police funds year after yea r, after yea r, if you are going to make us lose 2000 officers, which is what has happened in the west midlands, at the same time as crime is going up, then the natural thing to happen is response times will increase. so why hasn't that happened everywhere? the west midlands has been hit far harder by cuts than most other police forces. are you saying proportionately orjust saying an amount? because you are a bigger force, so if you have a bigger cut necessarily translate in terms of the impact they can have. you could be a smaller
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frce with a smaller cut. force with a smaller cut. yes, but if you look at the level of funding per head for the west midlands, we are funded to the same level as surrey. and yet surrey does not have the levels of crime and the levels of deprivation and the young population that we have in the west midlands. lynette kelly, the assistant high commissioner for the west midlands. 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. the chancellor, philip hammond, says a significant number of conservative mps have changed their minds and are prepared to back theresa may's brexit deal if it went back to the commons for another vote. ethiopia's transport minister says there are "clear similarities" between black box data from last week's crash, and that of an indonesian lion air plane that crashed last october.
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in sport, brighton are wembley bound. they beat millwall after a penalty shoot out to book their place in the fa cup semifinals for the first time in 33 years. they will play manchester city. a late penalty from james milner helped liverpool beat fulham and regain top spotin liverpool beat fulham and regain top spot in the premier league. lewis hamilton has to settle for second in the opening grand prix in melbourne. i will be back with more of those stories at 6:30pm. rescue workers in papua province in indonesia have rescued a five—month old baby — the boy was trapped for hours under the rubble of a collapsed building. flash floods and landslides
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triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 58 people in the province. many areas still remain inaccessible as rescue teams are struggling to search for survivors. because they don't know his name but his rescue was a small miracle. because the baby has been pulled out alive after being trapped for six hours under the damaged house of his parents. their whereabouts are unknown. the army has been mobilised to join the search and rescue efforts in the town of sentani near the provincial capital of jaipur. they are battling mud, rocks and fallen trees looking for survivors. the death toll, however, is expected to rise. more than 4000 people have been evacuated from the affected areas. heavy, torrential rain caused flash floods and landslides late on saturday. hundreds of houses and three bridges
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were badly damaged by the floods. the government has announced a 14 day state of emergency in papua. flooding is common in indonesia, especially during the rainy season from october to april. officials had warned that widespread deforestation is aggravating the risk of floods. nga pham, bbc news. 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 region to see the effects of climate change, with british researchers. this former mining village has the feel of a frontier town in the wild west. 0ur 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.
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this is the edge of the original glacier where the ice 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. more so in the last 20 or 30. 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.
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here on the top of a glacier which is 5,000 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. 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.
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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 the arctic many of the new signs of climate change are mysterious and troubling. martha kearney, bbc news. the duke and duchess of cambridge have led a minute's silence to pay their respects to the 50 people who died as a result of the new zealand mosque attacks. the couple joined the irish guards and theirfamilies in remembering the victims at a st patrick's day
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parade in west london. the duchess then handed out baskets of shamrock, and the duke, who is colonel of the irish guards, took the salute. they're one of the most famous rock bands in the world, and pack out arenas wherever they go. but incredibly the who haven't played a gig at wembley in a0 years. thisjuly pete townshend and roger daltrey are looking to change that with a massive concert and there's some new music too. they've been speaking to our reporter, matt everitt. # we got our folks together. # we broke down barriers...# the who, one of the most famous and indeed loudest bands of all time. # we were the carriers...# now, some a0 years since they last played the home of english football, they are back. well, we thought, it isjuly, summertime, we have never played the new wembley stadium, played the old one
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when we did it, although we had guests, it was the first time that we had done a stadium in the uk, so i remember been very excited about it, but i don't remember anything about the gig at all. i probably will remember this one. it was very loud. since forming in 1964, the who have played some legendary concerts — woodstock, glastonbury, and the isle of wight festival in 1970. when a band starts out, they are proving themselves every single night, no—one knows who they are and you have to let people know. now, you are the who, you've still got to do that. you can't go through the motions. if you start going through the motions, give up. especially with our music. it's music that demands you give it full throttle. as well as the wembley show, the band, responsible for classic songs like my generation, pinball wizard, and won't get fooled again, have also revealed they are releasing their first album of new songs for 13 years. it is going to be all right. it's going to be all right! it's going to be ok.
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we have some great songs. is it a linear collection of songs? no, a little bit... a box of chocolates. i am always a bit eclectic in the way i approach music. i find it difficult to get into a particular groove and style and stay with it. i enjoy being in the studio and having fun and noodling around and doing different things. the farewell tour was 1982, so it has been a long farewell. it was a farewell to touring. we said farewell to touring until 1989, and it was done for a specific reason. we had issues in the band that needed to be addressed and the only way to do it was to stop doing tour after tour after tour. we were working down a wormhole to nowhere. so, after 55 years and 12 albums, the who are showing no signs of stopping.
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matt everitt, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell ina in a moment we will be joined by people on bbc one. after last week, fairly relentless wet and windy weather, our prospects are looking considerably calmer. much lighter winds and wednesday and thursday, some very springlike temperatures for the south. satellite from sunday, heavy rain and strong winds pulling across scandinavia, still breezy behind low, still some shower showing up on the satellite picture, a few more to come across england and wales and then the skies clear as he moved to the small hours of monday, light winds and spread frost across the northern half of the uk in england and scotland, rural areas perhaps down to “11, milder to the west and also


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