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good afternoon. hundreds of thousands of people are marching through central london, calling for another brexit referendum. the demonstration, which has been organised by the "put it to the people" campaign, is marching to parliament square, where speakers will address a rally. labour's deputy leader tom watson is taking part, along with scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon. it comes ahead of another critical week in the brexit process. our political correspondent pete saul reports. whether it's to be or not to be, many believe another referendum is
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the only way forward. it's still growing, but this could become one of the largest protests this country has ever seen. their argument is clear, if parliament cannot resolve theissue, clear, if parliament cannot resolve the issue, why not put brexit back to the people? i never wanted to leave in the first place and ijust think i have no faith in the government being able to run the country. we should have a say now that people know what the deal is, people should have a say on what the future of the uk should be. we've got to a shambles where it one week before and even theresa may does not appear to know what deal she wants. the chances of another referendum appear slim however. most mps are opposed including the prime minister. after the eu give her a new timetable for brexit, theresa may is fast running out of options. ina may is fast running out of options. in a letter to mp's she admits there might not be a third vote on her brexit deal this week if it appears there is not sufficient support. the numbers are against her and there is little sign of them changing.
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tensions are running high including within the government. one minister says he would resign if the uk asked for a longer delay. i cannot justify going to my constituents and explaining why we have not left the european union. others believe the prime minister's time is up. she has to go. i'm not seeing the government should go, that's the last thing we want, but she has to go and we need some temporary prime minister who can reach out, put the country first, get this back to the british people, that is what we are marching for today, a peoples sport. in the coming days mps are expected to vote ona coming days mps are expected to vote on a series of options, the idea is to work out what they are thought rather than what they are against. but whatever they choose might be too much for the government to stomach. next week could be key to the future of britain and of our prime minister. a teenage boy has been stabbed to death in west london. he was found outside a block of flats in isleworth in west london last night,
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after reports of a fight. our correspondent jane—frances kelly is at the scene for us. jane, what more do we know? the crime scene tent is behind me, thatis the crime scene tent is behind me, that is where the teenager was fined, officers were called to this block of flats after reports of a fight. they found a 17—year—old boy with serious injuries, stab injuries. despite giving him first aid and the ambulance arriving he was pronounced dead. the detective in charge of the investigation said the teenager was at a nearby park with a group earlier and that a car pulled up, a group of males got out and they chased him to this block of flats. residents say they are shocked. normally this is a very quiet area to live in. no arrests have been made. jane, thank you. the family of mark duggan, whose death during a police operation sparked rioting across england in august 2011, is to sue the metropolitan police for damages.
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mark duggan was shot dead by police, who believed he was carrying a gun and posed a threat. an inquest found the 29—year—old was not holding the weapon when he was shot, but concluded he had been lawfully killed. in the united states, democrat politicians say the public must be told the findings of the investigation into claims of collusion between donald trump's election campaign and russia. special counsel robert mueller submitted his long—awaited report yesterday. now the attorney general is deciding how much to share with politicians in congress — as our north america correspondent david willis explains. i have no idea about the mueller report. i'm going to florida... he'd reach there, in fact, by the time the most highly anticipated report of his presidency was delivered. news that robert mueller had concluded his investigation of russian interference in the 2016 election came in a letter to lawmakers from the attorney
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general william barr, who said he was reviewing the report and may be in a position to advise them of the special counsel's conclusions this weekend. the enigmatic mr mueller, who was once head of the fbi, has spent nearly two years looking at allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and the kremlin during the 2016 election. in that time, he's brought charges against several trump aides such as the former campaign chairman paul manafort — people with ties to russia but whose convictions were for lying or financial wrongdoing, not plotting to subvert the outcome of a presidential election. the usjustice department says no further indictments will be issued, so is that because a sitting president can't be indicted, or is it because mr trump was telling the truth all along? the question now for the attorney general is how much of the mueller report to make public. all of it, say the democrats, and quickly. attorney general barr must not
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give president trump, his lawyers or his staff any sneak preview. announcer: the president of the united states... the mueller enquiry began just four months into donald trump's presidency and has cast a shadow over it ever since. but did it unearth evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the president himself? we may be about to find out. david willis, bbc news. the authorities in mozambique say more than 400 people are now known to have died as a result of cyclone idai. thousands of people remain trapped by the floodwaters which followed the storm. the un says the final casualty figure will only be known once the waters have receded. the cyclone also caused devastation in malawi and zimbabwe. scientists have begun using new technology to produce detailed 3d images of babies' hearts while they are still in the womb. the team at king's college london and guys and st thomas's hospital
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say the technique could help treat congenital heart diseases. james gallagher reports. this is the view inside the womb, and doctors are using images like this to inspect the foetal heart. violet—vienna developed life—threatening abnormalities in the blood vessels around her heart while she was still inside her mum. but doctors spotted them early and planned how to save her life. she was put on medication as soon as she was born and had heart surgery a week later. if a routine pregnancy scan identifies a problem then women are sent for a detailed mri scan and a series of pictures of the heart are taken. sophisticated computer software pieces those images together and then builds an unprecedented 3d image of the heart. about eight in every thousand babies in the uk is born with a congenital heart defect. and this research is enabling doctors to look at them in incredible detail. and importantly, it's
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improving care for babies. it allows us to have a beautiful 3d image of the abnormality so we have complete certainty and plan ahead for what treatment is needed, what's the operation that we need to do? violet—vienna was one of the first to benefit from these 3d scans, and the researchers hope the technology that helped her will soon become routine. james gallagher, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. it's been quite a turnaround for england's raheem sterling. three years ago he was being criticised by some england fans, but now they all adore him, after his hat—trick helped get england's euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a flying start. joe lynskey reports.
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behind the rise of english football is the value of raheem sterling, right now he's the wembley superstar who grew up down the road, i had to trek the highlight of a 5—0 win against the czech republic. his second reveal the dedication to demanding tokens, a 13—year—old academy player who died of leukaemia last week. it's the mark of a man working for a team and community. he's ina working for a team and community. he's in a really confident moment not only on the field but off the field, he's so mature and co mforta ble field, he's so mature and comfortable in himself. we cannot hide from the fact he's had difficult moments with england and he's turned that full circle. those dark times came into mac tournaments by age 21, at the last euros in france he called himself a heated one. now still at 2a of those bumps one. now still at 2a of those bumps on the road have toughened up the talent, this seasons farm at manchester city could make him
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player of the year. he's always been a player who needs an arm around the shoulder and i think he's got the perfect club manager in pep guardiola and the perfect international manager in gareth southgate. and he's taken on this role of role model. with new combinations this england team finds new rhythm with every match, this perfect start to qualifying conducted by stirling. one other line from the internationals and aaron ramsey will miss wales' opening qualifier against slovakia tomorrow. he's returned to his club arsenal for treatment on a leg injury. the republic of ireland are in gibraltar at five o'clock tonight for their opening qualifier. there were mixed fortunes for the british number ones at the miami open. kyle edmund is through to the third round, after a straight sets win over ilya ivashka of belarus. he'll play former wimbledon finalist milos raonic next. butjohanna konta — at the top of your picture — is out. she got herself into a terrible rut, and lost ten games in a row on her way to a straight sets defeat
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to china's wang qiang. it's been a good morning for britain's oliver rowland at the sanya e—prix in china. he had his best everfinish — but it was only good enough for second. it was won by frenchman, jean—eric vergne — as the race finished under yellow flags, because of a crash on the final lap. britain's sam bird — who led the overall standings before the race — went out early, and is now down to fourth, in the drivers championship. that's all the sport for now. if you want more after this news bulletin it is live gymnastics on birmingham part of the world cup but that's all from me. thank you for your company this afternoon, you can see all the latest news on the bbc news channel. with coverage of the huge march calling for a second brexit referendum, taking place in london. the next news on bbc one is at 5:50pm. goodbye.
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hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. iam shaun i am shaun ley, it is 12 minutes past one. us—backed kurdish forces say they have defeated islamic state militants, and conquered their last, small foothold in syria. syrian democratic forces have been fighting the remaining jihadists outside the village of baghuz. let's just take a look at how their territory has diminished. back in january 2015 the areas marked in red were under the control of the group. but since then it has slowly declined as islamic state were pushed back and over the course of the last four years their control has dwindled. and by the start of this year they only held a few small areas of territory. recent fighting has focused on the area near baghuz and today us—backed forces in syria claim they have taken back that final strip of land.
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the syrian democratic forces have been holding a press conference and in the last few minutes, william robak, a us adviser to the international forces, had this to say. we congratulate the syrian people, and particularly the syrian democratic forces, on the destruction of isis's fraudulent caliphate, and for the liberation of isis's remaining territory in eastern syria. this critical milestone in the fight against isis delivers a crushing, strategic blow and underscores the unwavering commitment of our local partners in the global coalition to defeat isis. others the adviser to international forces operating in syria. the prime minister has also been talking about this today. she has issued a statement
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in which she says, "the liberation of the last daesh—held territory wouldn't have been possible without the immense courage of uk military and our allies." of course, daesh is another name used for islamic state. we will continue to do what is necessary to protect the british people, our allies and partners from the threat daesh poses. tens of thousands of people are marching through london to demand another referendum on leaving the european union. mps from across the political spectrum have joined the demonstration, while more than four million people have signed an online petition to revoke britain's notice that it's leaving the eu. this is the live pictures in central london this lunchtime, you can see some of the demonstrators. put it to the people is the slogan used on this occasion, and this march has
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made its way down park lane and heading towards parliament square where a rally will take place. the rally will be addressed by the deputy labour leader tom watson, who has made his support for the brexit deal conditional on mrs may agreeing to put it to a referendum. the first minister for scotland, to put it to a referendum. the first ministerfor scotland, nicola sturgeon, and the mayor of london, sadiq khan, our other speakers. let's now speak to conservative vice chair for london, bob seely. hejoins me via webcam from his isle of wight constituency. good afternoon, thanking for giving up good afternoon, thanking for giving up some of your saturday to talk to us. up some of your saturday to talk to us. my pleasure, not the vice-chair of london conservatives. lbs forgive me, that is an error that has got on to make you. that would seem strange given you are the mp for the isle of wight. you have the largest constituency. what do you think is
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likely to happen given the u under the mps received from the prime minister saying she is not sure she has the necessary votes to put this up has the necessary votes to put this up again to mps? this week coming was meant to be deal or no deal, sadly i think we will have another week or two or three of political purgatory. the remain parliament is frankly stopping us from getting on with it. how do you break that? if parliament is divided from the people in the sense of what theresa may said, maybe go back to the people and ask them to affirm and confirm that what they said three yea rs confirm that what they said three years ago is correct? when we agreed to have a referendum we said we would give the choice to the british people, we didn't say best of three, home and away, we said
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once—in—a—lifetime, you make the decision and we will implement it. on that point, i am sticking third, i think anything else starts to unravel the democratic relationship between the government and the governed. two things have to happen, iam but governed. two things have to happen, i am but sure they will. labour politicians have to stop voting politically and start realising they have a mandate, two thirds of labour constituencies are leave. and as much as i like my brexiteer collea g u es much as i like my brexiteer colleagues for voting against, i think they have to stop using magical thinking. we will not get the numbers for a no—deal brexit u nless we the numbers for a no—deal brexit unless we spiral out, which is not on the cards. we can just about get the numbers for the government's deal. so we need to think about getting the numbers in the house for a deal that respect the mandate of the british people while living in the british people while living in the real world. the face given the agreement at the eu summit on
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thursday, you have a little bit longer to get those votes. lbs presumably it could be delayed for another week or ten days without risking the no—deal brexit that lots of mps seem to be opposed to? we will enter with political purgatory where we will get a takeaway menu of options, we would like a bit of this, a bit of that and a bit of the other. that is why we should not have agreed to an extension unless we had agreed to a deal, and this is yet more kicking the can down the road and i think people are losing faith. if i want a round of applause on the isle of wight, you criticise mps for their indecision and say, let's just get on with it. there is a mood in the nation, a mood in parliament, we need to remember the mood in the nation, it wants us to get on with it. are you worried not just about the practicalities getting to stage two, but the
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trading relationship between the uk and the eu, but are you worried from and the eu, but are you worried from a party point of view about restoring the relationships that seem to have been, to put it mildly, frayed by the process of the last three years? that is less of a problem in the conservative party then labour. we have pressures within the party but they are not insurmountable. the reason why moderate brexiteers like myself have gone with the prime minister's deal, however imperfect, it is because it is the only deal likely to get through this parliament and get us out, because once we are out, we are out, because once we are out, we are out, until we leave, we are not out. i know that sounds obvious, but people who wanted to leave but of
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voting against the steel need to understand that very basic sentence, until believe, we have not left. we should not be worrying about indicative votes on a future relationship until it is the future? we can do that in read two, and i appeal not only to my brexiteer collea g u es appeal not only to my brexiteer colleagues whom i have a lot of time for, but lots of very smart labour people, they need to listen to the constituencies. two thirds of labour members of parliament represent constituencies that voted to leave the european union, they need to stop voting politically to harm the government at theresa may, to push
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for a general election which they do not wanted the heart of hearts, we need to respect the mandate of the british people and get on with it. we can sort out relationships and stage two. the stage two negotiations will have to be much better. i think the various amendments put down by various mps in the last week, they made some very good points. we need to engage with parliament but parliament needs to remember that at the wheel of the people is paramount, that is what we agreed to. realistically can theresa may be in charge of negotiating the trade deal? it is becoming increasingly difficult, but let's see. we need to get this next week 01’ see. we need to get this next week or the next three weeks through and leave in some form. thank you for being with us. here are some pictures from the march in central london, they give you some sense of numbers. it is a lwa ys you some sense of numbers. it is always ha rd to you some sense of numbers. it is always hard to gauge and i would not to call it, perhaps richard lister might have a better idea. what is your sense of the turnouts, have the organisers got the numbers they were hoping for? we could almost certainly say we are looking at
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hundreds of thousands, it is difficult to say how many people are taking part on this match and more people arejoining all taking part on this match and more people are joining all the time. it will need careful detailed analysis. the organisers of the people's vote campaign believe it is the biggest mass movement in the uk. they hope and expect there will be a bigger turnout for this match than the one in october, when police say there was a turnout in excess of 750,000. that was the second biggest march, after the stop the war march in 2003, this century, only 17 years on, but substantial. some estimate more than1 on, but substantial. some estimate more than 1 million on, but substantial. some estimate more than1 million people on, but substantial. some estimate more than 1 million people went on the stop the war march, many people here would hope this is on course for that. i will show you where we
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are, this is one small section of the march. these people are still waiting, even though the march set off some time ago, more than 20 minutes ago. the movement up the march has yet to reach this point, we are relatively close to the front, so people are waiting to start marching down to parliament square where there will be a series of speeches. among those speaking, significantly, the deputy leader of the labour party tom watson, we expect he will speak in favour of a referendum on theresa may's deal, which he says he would vote for on the provision that there was a referendum on that afterwards. he is the first member of the labour shadow cabinet to say that, a significant moment. it gives you a sense of the debate very much ongoing in this country as to where we go, given the vacuum of politics existing at the moment. richard, what are people hoping to
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achieve with this much? arguably the prime minister has set her face against any further referendum, very few conservative mps argue the case publicly, some labour mps do, and the clock is ticking, which might make it a difficult in practical terms to hold another referendum before britain will know whether or not it is out of the eu? that is true, the parliamentary arithmetic suggests that there is not a parliamentary majority for a second referendum, but the people's vote campaign say they did not support the amendment being put forward when it was last week, they didn't think it was last week, they didn't think it was last week, they didn't think it was the time, perhaps it will be next week given that we are where we are and theresa may has signalled that it may now be time to consider getting a sense from parliament about what they would support, and it focuses minds clearly when we are so it focuses minds clearly when we are so close now to exiting the eu if there is no alternative arrangements
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in place. ask anybody here and they will say they want to second referendum, that is what they are marching on. i think there may be some disagreement, some will support approving theresa may's deal, we just want an in or out of votes, others will say something different. they want this to be put back to the people, they say too much has changed over the past few years for people to be really happy with any of the votes they cast the first time around, it is time to see what people want, given we know what we know about the brexit process. richard lister with the put it to the people march in central london, thank you. there are now betting on for 4.1 million people, over 4.25 million signatures had been placed on the parliament website calling for
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parliament website calling for parliament to revoke article 50 and effectively cancel britain's decision to leave the eu. eu law says article 50 could be initiated again atany says article 50 could be initiated again at any other time. it is not the one thing that some had originally argued. it is a different alternative view. another option for what we might do in the coming weeks. in the past five years, £150 million worth of gold jewellery has been stolen from asian families, that's according to bbc research. it's the first time that a comprehensive figure, revealing the extent of the thefts, has been collated — and the actual figure could be even higher. sian lloyd has been finding out more. gold jewellery has long been prized by many asian families. typically 22 carat often bought to wear at weddings and festivals, but it is being targeted by criminals. this retired couple were victims of a violent robbery in their own home. both were beaten and their house ransacked. at night when i lock all the doors and windows and go to bed,
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still i don't feel safe. these family snaps show mrs syed wearing some of the treasured items that were taken. bangles, necklaces and rings. most of the jewellery are from my parents. some are from my husband. so i had sentimental value for that. i used to have rings on my both ring fingers. but i don't have any ring to wear now. we asked police forces across the uk for details of thefts of asian gold in their areas to reveal the scale of the problem. not all responded but the figures provided show some £150 million worth was stolen over five years. sanjay kumar specialises in selling this type of jewellery. people have been taught by their grandparents and parents that you must buy gold, it's an investment, it's lucky. it's something that we as asians
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do, so you must do it. people follow the traditions in the culture. we met with the community groups, certainly from the neighbourhoods affected, and listened to their concerns. in cheshire, police set up a dedicated team after a series of burglaries there. it led to a number of convictions. but officers say they face challenges because gold is easily disposed of. the second— hand outlets, certainly around asian jewellery, the question should be asked, who is this person in front of me selling this gold and the irony is it's often harder, i think, in this country to sell scrap metal than second—hand jewellery. mr syed suffered a heart attack during the robbery in his home. the couple hope by sharing their story, it will help others who are vulnerable. sian lloyd, bbc news. chris fawkes has the weather.
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it is looking promising? yes, shaun, lots of dry weather. it is not dry everywhere, we had some showers affecting scotland, particularly in the north—west, some sneaking into the central belt and a few across northern ireland, but it is mainly dry. some strong winds in northern scotland, gusts in shetland at about 60 mph. loving those across the sky quickly, sunny spells between any downpours. hazy spells of sunshine, across southern counties of england it will stay cloudy but bright for the rest of the afternoon. some rain for a time overnight across south—west england, showers continue across north—west scotland, skies will clear and it will turn out to be quite a cold night. temperatures in the towns and cities 2102, cold enough for a touch of frost or two in the countryside.
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showers across northern areas tomorrow, having some blustery winds. it will be a bit cooler in the south, highs of 14 in london.

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