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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: 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. the relatives of the alleged gunman have spoken out to share their disbelief at what has happened. what he has done is just not right. it is unrepairable. we are so sorry for the families over there. for the dead and the injured. 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. also this hour, ethiopia's transport minister says there are "clear similarities" between black box data from last week's crash, and that
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of an indonesian lion air plane that crashed last october. dagmawit moges also said an initial report into last sunday's crash will be released in 30 days. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with entertainment journalist and broadcaster caroline frost and parliamentary journalist tony grew. stay with us for that. 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. clive myrie is in christchurch,
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and sent us this report. thousands of people have been attending visuals across the country in memory of the 50 people who were killed in those terror attacks on two mosques. the bodies of the dead should be returned to their families by the middle of the coming week. meanwhile, the investigation continues with the prime minister confirming her office received an e—mail containing some of the far right views of the gunmen just minutes before the attacks began. and more stories of bravery and heroism are beginning to emerge as well. our first report tonight from hywell griffith. grief has so many forms. but it's the one raw emotion that unites this country. 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
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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. at the al noor mosque, members have been allowed to return outside to pray and bear witness. all of the bodies have been removed. burials will begin within hours. 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.
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it did not include specific details. in australia, brenton tarra nt‘s grandmother says she's incredulous at what's happened. we're all gobsmacked. we don't know what to think. you know, the media's saying he's planned it for a long time so he's obviously not of sound mind, i don't think. 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.
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he was shooting just my friend's daughters, she was five years old. he was shooting from 15 or 20 metres, just like boom, boom, and shooting everyone, boom, boom. he's like an animal, he is not a man. he's not a man. but, remarkably in some, grief has inspired very different feelings. i lost my wife but i don't hate the killer. he is a person. ilove him. but i'm sorry, i cannot support what he did. but i think somewhere along in his life, maybe he was hurt. at christchurch hospital, under armed guard, surgery is continuing around the clock to treat those injured in the shooting. 12 patients remain critically ill. across the country, people are praying for them, holding public vigils.
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in wellington, 11,000 came to share their sorrow, to show their resolve. please remain standing as we observe one minute's silence. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch. well, the community here in christchurch has come together in the wake of this disaster. schools will reopen later on this morning with a special —— special counsellors on hand to help children and teachers traumatised by the attack. and as the country has begun to come to terms with the massacre, tales of heroism, suffering and fortitude are beginning to emerge as well. a police helicopter surveys a scene of mass murder below. while on the ground nearby, an armed response stands readyjust 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.
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they must organise the burials of the dead. all this pain because of 30 minutes of madness. everyone was frightened. many caught up in the violence recorded the aftermath on their phones to bear witness. abdul aziz was in the linwood mosque. he was next to my 11—year—old son. so, that dead man there? yeah, because he shot him through the window. and he was standing next to your son? 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 and i yelled at him. i said, "who are you?" and i swore at him. i knew he wasn't an army person, or something. so he was dressed in army fatigues, army clothing? yeah, army clothing, everything army. he drops his gun there
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and runs to his car. when he runs to his car, he saw i was chasing him with his own rifle, with his own shotguns. that he'd discarded 7 yeah, he discarded them on the floor. i just threw the shot on his car windows and smashed his window and at that time he got a bit frightened. the murderer got away, his twisted thoughts made real. all of the women were screaming and shouting. she 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. she sobs when i think about the other one,
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her son, atta, he didn't make it. it is believed abdul aziz‘s courage in taking on the killer helped save lives. 0ne ray of brightness on a dark day. well, behind me, hundreds, hundreds of people, looking at the floral tributes and cards left here at the botanical gardens not far from one of the mosques where so much killing took place. and the job of healing this community, bringing people back together, rests on everyone's shoulders, but perhaps the lead in dealing with that is up to the mayor, and i spoke to her a few minutes ago. i said, what do you wa nt minutes ago. i said, what do you want the rest of the world to see when they look at new zealand deal with this tragedy over the coming days and weeks? she looked me square in the face and without missing a beat she said two things, love and compassion. clive myrie in christchurch. senior cabinet ministers, including 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
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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 of our colleagues, and the dup, are prepared to support it, so that we can get it through parliament. we're 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
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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 to make 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. rumour has it that she's 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 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
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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 a frictionless trade and no border in the island of ireland. division — clear the lobby! the house of commons is charged, frenzied and tense. and what unfolds on these green benches in the coming days will shape the country for years. ben wright, bbc news. police say a stabbing at stanwell in surrey last night has hallmarks of a terror incident inspired by the far—right. officers were called to reports of a man carrying a baseball bat and a knife, shouting racist comments. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds gave us more details from new scotland yard.
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this happened at 10:30pm last night, a man around heathrow shouting racist comments, being threatening to people. some eyewitnesses said he was striking out at passing cars. he had a baseball bat and a knife. at one point a 19—year—old man who was sitting in his car was attacked with that knife antibodies hands up to defend himself according to his wife and luckily he only suffered some less serious injuries. a big armed police response, the man was arrested, he is 50 years old, and a nearby house has been searched for much of the day. this afternoon, most senior counterterrorism officer in the country, assistant commissioner neil basu said this was being treated as a terrorist incident and it did have the hallmark of something being inspired by the far right. all that on top of
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a number of hate crime incidents alleged that has been dealt with around the country over the last few days. 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 into last sunday's crash, which killed 157 people, will be released in about a month. 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
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plane that crashed last october. sport, and for a full round—up, here's bbc sport centre. good evening. rory mcilroy has won his first golf tournament in almost a year. this approach on the last hole helped him finished a shot clear at the top of the leaderboard at the players championship, after a final round of 70, leaving him on 16 under par overall. it's the first time mcilroy has won the tournament, which is known as the unofficial fifth major. brighton are through to the fa cup semi finals for the first time in 33 years, but only after a 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 10 minutes to play. but two minutes from time, a lifeline for brighton. jurgen locardia with the finish.
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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. well, the draw‘s been made for the semi—finals. 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. 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 were enough to give jurgen klopp‘s side all three points. liverpool are two points clear of manchester city who've been
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in cup action this weekend. as the manager i always want perfection, we go for protection, thatis perfection, we go for protection, that is what we want. but it is rare that is what we want. but it is rare that you get it. it is burnley, munich, fulham. it is a completely different journeys. now munich, fulham. it is a completely differentjourneys. now people can say we should have been more convincing in a game like this or whatever, but this is us. we are in the middle of development, not at the middle of development, not at the end. and how the boys deal with the end. and how the boys 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 thanks to a vastly improved 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 area by marcos alonso and gylfi sigurdsson scored the rebound from his own spot—kick. it finished 2—0. great britain finished on a high at the para—cycling track world championships, winning both the women and men's tandem sprints. but it wasn't a straight forward one for the men.
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after winning their first heat in the final, neil fachie and matt rotherham lost control of their bike and crashed off the track on the final bend in the second heat. however, the race organisers made the decision to award them the gold, as they were set to be clear winners and the crash was not caused by another rider. it was a pretty high speed crash and we are hurrying a bit now. it is my job to control the bike and i lost control. it was a bit slippery. that is all i know. you know, blame, i don't know. yeah, like i said, a dramatic end but at least we retained one of ourjerseys this year. yeah. hopefully we recover this week and get back to it. 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,
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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. that's all the sport for now. at least 73 people have died and more than 60 are missing in flash floods, in indonesia's eastern province of papua. while rescue workers are struggling to reach remote parts of the province, a five—month—old baby was rescued after being trapped under the rubble for hours. more than 4,000 people have been forced from their homes. some are sheltering in government offices. nga pham has more. they don't know his name, but his rescue was a small miracle. the baby was pulled out alive after being trapped for six hours under the
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damaged house of his parents. their whereabouts are unknown. the army has been mobilised tojoin the search and rescue efforts in the town of sintani, near the provincial capital. 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 ridges we re hundreds of houses and three ridges were badly damaged by the floods. —— bridges. the government has announced a 14 day state of emergency in papua. flooding is
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common in indonesia, especially during the rainy season from october to april. 0fficials during the rainy season from october to april. officials have warned that widespread deforestation is aggravating the risk of floods. a commander of the kurdish forces fighting islamic state militants in their last stronghold in eastern syria has told the bbc their operation has been prolonged to protect civilians. although tens of thousands of people have fled the enclave in the last two months, it's thought there are still large numbers of civilians inside. 0ur correspondent aleem maqbool reports from the frontline in baghouz. in baghouz, the final battle ground, is fighters have been blasted into retreat, building by building. they've been rained on by missiles, from the us—led coalition. but we're taken right to the front line, through the desolation, by the local forces on the ground, still in combat with them. so, these positions here
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were occupied by islamic state group fighters in just the last few days, they've been beaten back. their ever shrinking so—called caliphate state is nowjust a small area just around the corner of this building. if you peep around the corner, you can see the buildings they still occupy. but even though... even though they've been bombarded and pushed back and given lots of opportunities to surrender, it's very clear that there are some fighters who just won't lay down their arms. we got a sense of the squalor in which the is fighters and theirfamilies have been living, before they were forced on. the pitiful remnants of a new territory that attracted thousands from around the world and brutalised so many others. everywhere was evidence of the battle that raged here. even explosives the militants never had the chance to deploy. with local forces, we went
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to a point where we could see movement and activity in what remains of the is camp. we saw militants in the tiny domain and riding motorbikes but we also saw families and young children. a kurdish commander told us he feared they were also still hostages being held inside the besieged camp. these men still go out in shifts of the front line and keep giving is fighters chances to surrender. but at some stage soon, we are told, those chances will run out. warming air and sea temperatures are causing arctic glaciers to melt, and now the increasing rainfall is creating problems for animals, like reindeer.
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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 rather the feel of a frontier town in the wild west. 0ur posse headed out from the base on snowmobiles. i have joined a convoy of scientists heading across the tundra towards this glacier, one of the most studied in the whole of the arctic. this is the edge of the original glacier which lasted 5000 years, where the flow of ice brought huge boulders down towards the fjords. but since 1900 it has been receding. we headed in towards its modern age, a form of time travel. after a kilometre, we reached the snout, where the glacier now ends. starting around 1900 glacier was all the way out at the bottom of this valley, towards the fjords,
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and it has been rapidly retreating in the last 100 or so years. but also in the last 20 or 30 years it's been accelerating. the kind of changes we are seeing in svalbard are happening all across the arctic. this is an emblem of what is happening in other places in the arctic, which has much bigger impact on sea level. it's personal, in a way, because these landscapes are amazing and spectacular, as you can see. these places are not really found all over the planet. but we are losing them. when you look out here you can see that these glaciers are retreating and we are losing this landscape. here on the top of a glacier that is 5000 years old you get a sense of the extent of the melting
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ice, climate change. but now scientists right across the arctic are worried about a new threat, which they have noticed here in svalbard as well. and that is growing rainfall. alwyn edwards, a microbiologist, has been coming to svalbard for 12 years to study climate change. i am just going to use this to measure the depth of the snowpack and also identify layers of refrozen rainwater within the snow. so, it's gone in fairly easily, it's hit a hard layer. that's one rain event. pushing through that, there's another one. you can hear that hollow sound. that's a layer of refrozen rain. so that's two, now. next one, through that. i think that's a third. and that's pretty tough to get through. the animals who live in the arctic, like the reindeer, are suffering because of the increase in rainfall, which troubles bianca paran. well, what happens is the rain ends up in the snow and it percolates down through the snow and forms this very thick ice layer and it is almost impossible for caribou and the small herbivores to get through, so they cannot eat and then the population crashes. for her, like so many scientists who have devoted their lives
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to the arctic, many of the new signs of climate change are mysterious and deeply troubling. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers entertainment journalist and broadcaster caroline frost and parliamentary journalist tony grew. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas. it has been a weekend of wild weather. we have had it all. strong, damaging winds, heavy rainfall causing flooding yesterday across parts of england and wales. today was a day of sunshine and scattered heavy showers. this picture was taken as the sun went down in sterling. things have become more serena and quiet as it lost the low pressure that brought all that disrupted weather over the past couple of days. you will be pleased to hear that over the next week or so to hear that over the next week or so things are quieting down. much less windy conditions on the way. dry up, and it will be turning a bit milder through this week as well. not too mild at the moment because
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we have clear skies, as you can see here on the satellite. more cloud working into the west. we will keep the clear skies through the remainder of tonight across many parts of eastern england, up towards eastern and northern scotland as well. you can see the cloud moving into the west with 80 spots of rain for northern ireland. western parts of scotla nd for northern ireland. western parts of scotland and western fringes of england and wales two. under those clear skies, look at the temperatures. first thing monday morning, —2, possibly as low as —4 in some rural spots in the north. select jack frost first thing on monday, but that should clear quickly. the sun has a fair bit of strength to it at this time of year. sunny spells persisting or they across eastern parts but further west to have more cloud and that cloud will bring patchy rain to northern ireland and western parts of england, wales and scotland as well. 8—12 other top temperatures on monday. fairly similarto well. 8—12 other top temperatures on monday. fairly similar to what we had today. perhaps a degree or so warmer, but we will lose that wind chill that has been with us recently, because the pressure is building in from the south to the
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isobars easing out. still weak weather fronts moving in isobars easing out. still weak weatherfronts moving in towards isobars easing out. still weak weather fronts moving in towards the north—west. not wall—to—wall sunshine by the time we get to tuesday. still cloudy. my ten patchy rain in the north and north—west. your nest bit of catching any sunshine is towards the south and east. temperatures, by the time we get to tuesday, about 12— 14 degrees 01’ so. get to tuesday, about 12— 14 degrees or so. looking further ahead towards the middle part of the week, they will be fairly pleasant weather, because we've got warmer air coming m, because we've got warmer air coming in, you can see the yellow and orange returning to the map. the jetstrea m orange returning to the map. the jetstream pushing off to the north. that will mean higher pressure builds and we've got that milder weather on the way. wednesday is the spring solstice and it looks like we could see springlike weather, temperatures up to 17 degrees or so in the south on wednesday. thursday again looking dry and unsettled. more rain moving across northern parts of the country later in the week, staying mostly dry in the south. a bit cooler as we enter the week but all in all a fairly springlike week ahead.
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hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first the headlines. 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 relatives of the alleged gunman have spoken out to share their disbelief at what has happened. what he has done is just not right. it is unrepairable. we are so sorry for the families over there. for the dead and the injured. 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.

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