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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. 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. the relatives of the alleged gunman have spoken out to share their disbelief at what has happened. what he's done is just not right. it's unrepairable. 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
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crashed last october. new zealand's cabinet will meet in the coming hours to discuss changing the country's gun laws, after the attacks on two mosques in christchurch, which killed 50 people. as the country tries to come to terms with the massacre, schools are due to reopen and thousands of people have been attending vigils. let's now go to our colleague sharanjit lyel in christchurch. grief has so many forms. but it's the one raw emotion that unites this country.
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among those mourning, a sports team whose goalie, atta elayyan, was cut down by the bullets. his coach today had this message for the man suspected of carrying out the terror attack. 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. new zealand's prime minister has called on her country to stand against racism. jacinda ardern has confirmed that, on the day of the attack, her office was sent a document by brenton tarrant, spelling out extremist views. but she says there wasn't time to act. 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.
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two days after the shootings, the police are still combing christchurch for evidence. the scale of the crime scene here is enormous. days after the shooting, the police are still having to go street by street, searching for bullet shells. this is one of the areas where the gunman took aim. khalad was in the mosque as the massacre unfolded. ten of his friends were killed. he watched as the gunman moved calmly from one to the next. my heart really... it's broken. he was shooting just my friend's daughters, five years old, he was shooting them from 15, 20 metres. just like, boom, boom. and shooting for every people, boom, boom, boom. he's like an animal. he is not a man. he's not a man.
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but, remarkably, in some, grief has inspired very different feelings. 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. under armed guard, christchurch's hospital is still treating i2 critically—ill patients. the chief surgeon says dealing with so many gunshot wounds has left his staff in shock. it's... it's a bit challenging for people. you know, we're all part of the community, and we're struggling with it as much as everyone else. open, public moments of mourning are helping. in wellington today, 11,000 peoplejoined a vigil, sharing their sorrow, showing their resolve. hywel griffith, bbc news.
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the community in christchurch has come together in the wake of the events in the city. schools will reopen with special counsellors on hand, to help children and teachers traumatised by the attack. and as clive myrie found — the country has begun to come to terms with the massacre, tales of heroism, suffering and incredible grace have began to emerge... a police helicopter surveys a scene of mass murder below. while on the ground, nearby, an armed response stands ready, just in case. members of christchurch's muslim community are gathering to volunteer. they must care for children now orphaned, help feed families that no longer have breadwinners, they must organise the burials of the dead. all this pain because of 30 minutes of madness.
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everybody was frightened. many caught up in the violence recorded the aftermath on their phones to bear witness. abdul aziz was in the linwood mosque. there's blood all over the floor. that was next to my 11—year—old son. so that dead man, there... yeah, because he shot him through the window. when he was standing next to your son? yeah, yeah. his four children were praying at the time. they survived. abdul aziz tried to tackle the killer. when i ran outside, i saw two dead bodies on the floor. and i saw one man with army clothes near his car. i yelled at him, i said, who are you? i was swearing at him. i knew it wasn't an army person or something. so he was dressed in army fatigues, army clothing? yes, army clothing, everything army. he dropped his gun there and runs to his car. when he runs to his car, he saw i was chasing him with his own rifle. with his own shotgun. that he had discarded? yes, he discarded it on the floor.
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i just throw the shotgun on his car windows. and it smashed his window and that time he got a bit frightened. the murderer got away, his twisted thoughts made real. all of the women were screaming and shouting. this woman ran for her life from the al noor mosque as the shots rang out. so many died around her. it's not easy. but you survived. when i think about the other one, her son was also hit... he got... he didn't make it. it's believed abu aziz‘s courage in taking on the killer helped save lives. 0ne ray of brightness on a dark day.
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the grandmother and uncle of the alleged gunman of the shootings have spoken out from their home in new south wales, in australia , sharing their disbelief at what had happened and compassion for the victims of the attack. we're all gobsmacked, we don't know what to think. it's... you know, the media's saying... for a long time. so he's obviously not of sound mind, i don't think. it's only since he travelled overseas, i think, that that boy has changed completely to the boy that we knew. inaudible. what he's done... its just not right. it's unrepairable. we say sorry for all the families over there, the dead and the injured. it wasjust... can't think nothing else,
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just want to go home and hide. counter terrorism police have launched an investigation after a 19—year—old man was stabbed in surrey in a suspected far right attack. meanwhile 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. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds brought us up to date with the latest on those incidents. at about 10:30pm in the evening, the police had a call that somebody was being very aggressive, had a knife and a baseball bat and, shortly after that, they had a call that somebody, a 19—year—old, had been attacked and it's been reported that eyewitnesses saw this 19—year—old in a car and the attacker came up to him with a knife and he put his hand up to stop the attack and he was injured with his hand.
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he is not in a life—threatening condition. but since then, this afternoon, the police have announced that they are taking this on as a terrorism investigation. so, counterterrorism policing is now taking over the operation. at the house... at a house in viola avenue in stanwell, there's quite a big police operation going on right now. a car has been taken away in the last half an hour or so. and police say that they believe that this attack had the hallmarks of a far right terrorist incident. and so, given that we are days after what has happened in new zealand, a significant event. i mentioned arrests in greater manchester and what happened ? those were the ones in the early hours of this morning. that was at 12:20am, police were called because of a taxi driver being racially abused, police were told, and threatened. police arrested two people, a man and a woman in their 30s and they
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are being questioned. also, there have been a couple of cases of malicious communications being investigated, with links to... or rather mention of the new zealand gun attacks. and an incident in oxford, where, overnight, or yesterday, graffiti appeared with swastikas and a phrase mentioning a youtube gamer, a popular guy who plays games on youtube and has a lot of following, this was the same name that the attacker in new zealand mentioned while carrying out his attacks. clearly, a lot going on for the police to deal with in the wake of what has happened. dr elizabeth pearson studies extremism and the right—wing at the the university of swansea and says the far—right is an extremely broad church. we do talk about the extreme right, the far right, the radical right. but there are lots of different things going on, i do logically, when we look at the different groups that we catch under
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this umbrella term. and they don't all believe the same things. so, we got groups, for example, street movements that mobilise around the working class identity, like the english defence league, in this country. then we've got new groups emerging all the time on social media, the alt right. we've got groups that oppose women's rights, very traditionalist. and we've got groups that say their pro women's rights. we got an awful lot of things going on. and they're not all the same. i think that's also an important point to make. you mentioned the media. social media, but also the mainstream media. who clearly, all, have significant responsibilities at this time. how can they best exercise them, do you believe? you have to cover these events, they‘ re really important. you asked about sort of transnational... the media is transnational. an event in new zealand impacts on people living in the uk, as we've seen.
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it matters. but, actually, we have to recognise it's the local context that is often really important in the reasons why people perpetrate this kind of crime. i think the media has a responsibility, given that we know the ends of terrorism are to create publicity and also clearly has a responsibility to audiences to report what is happening. i think it's incumbent on our politicians to reassure the public that, actually, there has, for some time, been a focus on the far right in this country since 2011, the prevent counter radicalisation strategy has been dealing with far right extremism. we heard, last year, that there were equal numbers of referrals to the channel programme, which was set up to deradicalise people from the far right and islamists. so, in this country, there's been quite a lot of work on the part of the home office to deal with a variety of different ideologies, predominantly islamist, because that's where we've seen
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the biggest and most violent attacks, with the highest number of fatalities. but, increasingly, with those far right groups, we've had groups like national action banned and proscribed and, as i mentioned, we're seeing new groups emerge all the time with different aims and different ideologies. doctor elizabeth pearson talking about far right activity here in the uk. let's go back. my colleague sharanjit leyl is in christchurch for us. it is monday morning with you so bring us up—to—date on events you have either seen and heard overnight 01’ have either seen and heard overnight orare have either seen and heard overnight or are anticipating today? as you say, it is a brand—new week and residents here in christchurch are getting back to work, going back to school. trying to get to grips with
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what happened on friday. it is an incredibly shocking thing as you can imagine happening to a city, a country, where this was seen to be the worst terror attack it has ever experienced. new zealand's security threat level went from low to the highest it has ever been, and people are still in shock, in grief over the weekend. we spoke to a lot of residents who simply couldn't come to terms with what had happened in their own town. here is the local paper this morning, pretty much sums it up. that is the headline, a city mourns. i am standing in front of one of the biggest memorials at the botanical gardens and the city, but these sorts of memorials have sprung up these sorts of memorials have sprung up all over the city and people have
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come in their hundreds. we witnessed incredible shows of support and solidarity with muslim neighbours and friends, people from the maori community chanting, and it was an extraordinary display of residents coming together to show love and compassion and fight off some of that heat that inspired friday's attack. on a political level, there has been talk of gun laws and how they may change. what if anything are you expecting on that front in the coming days? that is right, we heard from the prime minister jacinda ardern yesterday and she held a press conference, one of many she has held since friday, but at this particular press conference she says she is getting back to work today and meeting the cabinet and the revision of the gun laws are something they will be looking at very closely. when this first
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happened on friday, herfirst impulse was to say new zealand gun laws need to change, bear in mind the alleged shooter he essentially had a legal licence to hold the firearms and guns he was found with. we know they were modified guns but there is a lot of concerns about how he is able to get a hold of them legally and actually be a trained gunmen. he was at gund school and people at that school also expressing great shock and horror about what he did on friday. we know he was in touch minutes before he carried out the attack. that is right, he was in touch with 30 government agencies including the office of the prime minister herself and she confirmed it again at the press c0 nfe re nce and she confirmed it again at the press conference essentially saying
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this e—mail with far right views was actually sent to some 30 agencies just nine minutes before the attack took place. but of course the big concern was that nobody knew where the attack was to take place or how. we have been hearing a lot from the police commissioner and he spoke about how as soon as this alarm was set out, that this incident happened, they were able to get a hold of brenton tarrant about 36 minutes after they were called in. police on the scene just minutes after. a real attempt to try to address the issue by the authorities. certainly something we will continue to see. ethiopia's transport minister says black box flight data indicates "clear similarities" between last week's crash of an ethiopian airlines 737 max and the same model flown by lion air, which crashed off the coast of indonesia in october. a preliminary report
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into last sunday's crash, which killed 157 people, will be released in about a month. senior cabinet ministers — including the chancellor philip hammond — have said theresa may's brexit deal won't be put to the vote again in the commons this week — if she can't pursuade enough mps to change their minds. he said attempts to win over critics — including the democratic unionists — were still work in progress. 0ur political correspondent ben wright reports. the noes to the left, 391. so the noes have it. the noes have it. a second crushing defeat for the prime minister's brexit deal last tuesday. 75 tory mps rebelled against it. now, with days to go until the uk is meant to leave the eu, the government will try again — probably. we will only bring the deal back if we are confident that enough
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of our colleagues and the dup are prepared to support it. so that we can get it through parliament. we are notjust going to keep presenting it if we haven't moved the dial. the government needs to persuade dozens of tories and the dup to back the deal. some conservative mps have changed their mind. the rest are being warned of the consequences if they don't. clearly, if we don't get this deal through, we are almost certainly going to have to fight a european parliamentary election, almost certainly going to have to have a longer extension. labour looks likely to back a plan making its mps' support for the deal conditional on it being put to a public vote. theresa may's deal has now been rejected twice by parliament. the rumour is 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. parliament is where the national arguments and agonies over brexit are playing out. it's a struggle testing the unity
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of the government and the two main political parties. theresa may hopes that one more heave might get this deal over the line. but some tories are losing patience with the prime minister. it will be a failure of the prime minister if we end up fighting these european union elections. she promised to become prime minister to deliver what17.li million people voted for. that is what she has to deliver, and if she can't do that, she has to go. 0utside parliament there is little sign of compromise. but inside there is, with some tory mps talking to labour about an alternative to mrs may's deal if it cannot pass. my sense is that they want to see a sensible, soft brexit deal that is based on full membership of the single market and a customs arrangement that secures frictionless trade and no border in the island of ireland. division — clear the lobby! the house of commons is charged, frenzied and tense.
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and what unfolds on these green benches in the coming days will shape the country for years. ben wright, bbc news. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent, ben wright, who we heard from in that report. he told me that the issue of a second referendum and labour backing it returned again on the agenda today. labour's constantly shifting around the question of a referendum. we know what the labour party conference passed in the autumn of last year, which was that labour has to get behind it, if all other demands have failed. there will be an opportunity, it seems, the deal comes back this week for mps to vote on sunday, called the wilson kyle amendment. two labour mps are putting forward an amendment that makes support of the pm's deal conditional on a ratification referendum, later on. jeremy corbyn was saying, today, that he was minded to ask his mps to back that. what's less clear is if that passes, whether he would still then backed the government's actual motion to approve the deal.
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we're not going to know until we see the actual amendment itself, i don't think. there is clearly tension between the labour leadership and labour party membership on this question. last week, there was an amendment by sarah wollaston, now one of the tiggers, which called, clearly, for a referendum. and labour told... the labour leadership told mps to abstain. now, even that provoked a walk out of five labour front benchers who then voted against the amendment. remember, a large number of labour mps don't want another referendum. even if we get to the point there is a clear vote on whether there should be a referendum or not and labour goes all in, i think there's a good chance a sizeable chunk of labour mps are not going to vote for it. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are the entertainmentjournalist & broadcaster caroline frost, and
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parliamentary journalist tony grew. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's damian johnson. good evening. brighton are through to the fa cup semifinals for the first time in 33 years — but only after surviving a scare at millwall. it was the championship side who led — alex pearce with the header. and they appeared in control when aiden 0'brien made it 2—0 with just over ten minutes to play. but two minutes from time, a lifeline for brighton. jurgen locardia with the finish. then in the 95th minute — and just seconds remaining, millwall goalkeeper david martin dropped solly march's free kick into his own net. into extra time, millwall had shane ferguson sent off and brighton thought they'd won it but locardia's goal was ruled out for offside. brighton did win it eventually, 5—4 on penalties — afterjake cooper missed his spotkick.
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well, the draw‘s been made for the semifinals. watford will take on wolves, while brighton's reward is tough draw against manchester city. the ties will be played on the weekend of 6th and 7th of april. to the women's fa cup and manchester city are still on course for the treble after two goals from georgia stanway gave them a 3—0 win over liverpool to book their place in the semifinals. stanway put them 2—0 ahead after the break and added this the third one as city booked their place in the last four for the fifth season in a row. here are the results from the other ties. wins for west ham, reading, and chelsea. the draw for the semifinals will be live on bbc breakfast at 8.30am in the morning. liverpool are back on top of the premier league — they had a scare against relegation—threatened fulham but won 2—1 at craven cottage. goals from sadio mane and a penalty from james milner after mane was fouled in the area were enough to give jurgen klopp's side all three points. but ryan babel briefly brought
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fulham level against his former club after pouncing on a rare mistake from virgil van dijk. liverpool are two points clear of manchester city who've been in cup action this weekend. as a manager, i always want perfection. it is really rare that you get it. but it was clear that it was for them, it is a differentjourney, people could say we should be more convincing and again like this but this is us. we are in the middle of the development, not at the end and how they deal with the situation is just brilliant. chelsea wasted the chance to move closer to their top—four rivals as they were made to pay by a resurgent second half display from everton. richarlison headed in following a corner for his 13th goal of the season. the brazilian was later brought down in the penalty box by marcos alonso before gylfi sigurdsson scored
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the rebound from his own spot—kick. it finished 2—0. some of british gymnastics' biggest names were in action this weekend in the british championships. the two—time olympic champion max whitlock did what he does best, taking gold in the men's masters pommel final, repeating the success he had last year. ellie downie, who's had two ankle injuries, took the top spot in the senior women's vault. she also claimed the women's all—round title yesterday — the men's all—round title went to james hall. to cycling and britain's adam yates has extended his overall lead after stage five of tirreno—adriatico in italy. yakob fulsang claimed the stage win and made it two out of two for the astana team. whilst yates — riding for mitchelton scott came in second but retains the race leader's blue jersey with a 25—second advantage over the rest of the field. that's all the sport for now.
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areas across the uk are still at risk of flooding after persistent heavy rain yesterday led to dozens of flood warnings being issued. the majority are for parts of yorkshire, from where our correspondent luxmy gopal reports. a village road turned into a river. cars were left abandoned in flood waters in cattal, north yorkshire. after last night's heavy rains, some people here were not able to leave the village, with cars trapped by the water. laura stokes was caught off guard by the weather. we've seen the road flooding, it floods quite a lot because of the low water table and things like that. but i've never seen it burst its banks before. so it was quite unnerving, really. we had to get my mum to bring some food in, which is quite intense, really, to make sure you've got the right amount of food. people here in cattal are used to rising water levels. in this case, even they had to act quickly, with one woman saying she got a call from herfamily last night telling her to rush home so she was not stranded in floodwaters outside the village.
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in tadcaster, fire and rescue services went to check on properties isolated by floodwaters. in york, where they are used to preparing for the worst by the river 0use, they are waiting for the peak of the rising waters in the early hours of tomorrow morning. parts of wales have seen a month's worth of rain falling in 2a hours. police in north wales today warned that some roads are still impassable. for those still stuck in north yorkshire, they are getting by however they can. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas. much of march so far has been pretty unsettled and stormy, with heavy rain and strong winds, too. things are changing through this coming week. there will be some lighter winds around, much dry weather for most of us as well, a bit more cloud and some outbreaks of rain in the north—west at times. but, yesterday's area of low pressure is clearing out towards the east, so we've got clear skies out there at the moment. still one or two showers to be seen overnight,
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particularly towards the east. they should fade away. for most places, we should see a dry spell of weather tonight, temperatures falling fairly quickly. more cloud works into the west, though, during the early hours of monday morning with a few spots of rain. it won't be quite as cold here first thing monday but sub zero temperatures in the countryside. so, a touch of frost in some rural spots first thing monday morning. after that cold start, some sparkling sunshine, which will hold on throughout the morning in the east, just a bit more cloud building during the afternoon. for the western side of the uk, there will be a few spots of rain, particularly around hills and coasts here in the west. temperatures 8 to 12 degrees, so a degree or $0 warmer than we've seen recently. goodbye.

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