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this is bbc news, i'm ben bland. the headlines at seven. hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rally in front of parliament, demanding another brexit referendum. today we make our voices heard and what our voices are saying loudly and clearly is this, put it back to the people! american—backed kurdish forces declare victory over islamic state, after capturing the group's last remaining stronghold in syria. police in west london launch a murder investigation — following the fatal stabbing of a teenager last night. rescuers in norway are evacuating more than thousand people from a cruise ship in stormy seas. scientists hope the technology behind these unprecedented and detailed images of a baby inside the womb — will help improve the care of children born with heart disease.
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and coming up in sportsday at half past seven — we round up the day's action from euro 2020 qualifying — including ireland's trip to gibraltar. good evening, and welcome to bbc news. organisers of a march in london today to demand another eu referendum claim more than a million people have taken part. it comes after eu leaders in brussels agreed to delay brexit, and theresa may wrote to mps, hinting she may abandon her plan to put her brexit deal to a third vote in the house of commons. our political correspondent iain watson reports. brexit is at a crossroads. no support yet for theresa may's deal but no agreed alternative. the organisers claim that a million
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people took to london's streets to call for a new referendum. the people's vote campaign says this will bring the country together but their opponents believe it will only deepen divisions. i think the government needs to listen and give people a chance to vote now they know what is actually happening. some people are worried it will be very divisive given the state of the country? and it is not now? what, divide the country? no, she is stuck, it has to be done. we want to have a referendum so people can voice their latest view. would you accept other options, a softer brexit, some people call it? i think anything is better than the current option of either theresa's deal or no deal. i bring with me today solidarity from scotland. the snp and most opposition leaders at westminster had publicly pledged support for a new referendum. jeremy corbyn isn't here but has said is an option the labour leadership will vote
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for in parliament. and the party's deputy leader said he could back theresa may's deal but with a rather large and important caveat. i will help you get it over the line to prevent a disastrous no—deal brexit. booing but i can only vote for a deal if you let the people vote on it too. theresa may isn't yet confident enough to guarantee that she will bring her deal back to parliament for a further vote next week. campaigners here hope that will give them an opportunity to push their case for a new referendum. but that decision will not be taken by thousands of people on the streets. it will be taken by fewer than 650 mps and so far, they have resisted all calls for a public vote. mps are likely to discuss alternatives to theresa may's deal next week. some want a closer relationship with the european union similar to norway.
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others back a more distant free trade agreement like canada's, and some say no deal could still be the best option. but these campaigners are being accused by long—standing leave supporters of trying to stop brexit altogether. this march pretends to be in favour of a second referendum but that is only a means to an end. this is it a march to try and stop brexit, to reverse the decision the majority took in 2016. politicians haven't exactly been in harmony brexit. amid deadlock campaigners are still hoping the government might change its tune on a public vote. a petition calling for brexit to be stopped has become the most popular to be submitted to the parliament website. the petition has now received more than four—and—a—half million signatures. a separate petition — which urges the government to leave the eu without a deal — has been signed four hundred
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and eighty—five thousand times. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are the political commentator, jo phillips and the sunday's mirror's political editor nigel nelson. us—backed kurdish forces say they've 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's slowly declined as islamic state were pushed back, and over the course of the last 4 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
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claim they've taken back that final strip of land. the sdf‘s announcement of a victory marks the culmination of a weeks long final assault on baghuz, a small piece of territory where thousands of fighters and their families had been holed up. aleem maqbool has this report from northeastern syria. it is the syrian democratic forces who raise their flag over baghuz today, the final slither of territory recaptured from the islamic state group. undoubtedly a moment of triumph for the local forces who have sacrificed so much in the fight. "we are gathered here, sons of this great country," says kino gabriel from the sdf, "to confirm our total victory over the islamic state group and their fall." but throughout while marking the significance of the achievement have been the voices of caution. we still have much work to do to
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achieve an enduring defeat of isis. we have been clear that the campaign is not over. isis, or daesh, remains a significant threat in the region, to the united states and our partners and allies. but the land has been won back after a major offensive earlier this week with syrian forces advancing on the ground backed by air strikes from the us led coalition. in the end this is what the so—called caliphate was reduced to, un—used suicide vests, crumpled flags and the squalid remains of a pitiful camp. there have been parades and cavalcades in towns and cities up and down this region at the news. but it has all come at a huge cost to people here and while they celebrate now they also recognise thatjust
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because the territory has been taken back from the islamic state group that doesn't mean the fight is over. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in northern syria. in the united states, there are calls for the full publication of the report into alleged collusion between russia and donald trump's presidential campaign. special counsel robert mueller submitted his long awaited report yesterday after a two year inquiry. republicans claim it vindicates president trump. here's our north america correspondent chris buckler. for months the special counsel robert mueller has been investigating the election of a president to the fury of donald trump, and with this final report now delivered, this man. the us attorney general is deciding what should be made public. william barr left for the department ofjustice tomorrow, he is hoping to release mr mueller‘s main findings this weekend.
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—— this morning. the key questions are whether the trump campaign colluded with russia during the 2016 election and whether the president tried to obstruct justice. donald trump didn't appear too worried today. he was golfing at one of his courses in florida and he has been consistent in his position. there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, everybody knows it. during robert mueller‘s investigation there have been prosecutions and convictions. traitor! among them the former campaign chairman, paul manafort, and mr trump's one—time personal lawyer, michael cohen. but none of those cases have directly addressed what happened in 2016 and democrats already have their eyes on 2020. those out campaigning to become mr trump's opponent in the next election have a new rallying call. that report needs to be made public. the american people have a right and a need to know.
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mr trump's own republican party are seizing on the one thing already known, that robert mueller have not recommended any further indictments. but while the special counsel's probe is at an end, other investigations are still taking place and democrats are determined to push their own inquiries here at congress. and chris joins us live from washington.... from what he said in that report it sounds like although the report has been submitted this is far from over in terms of the investigation of possible political fallout for the president. that is certainly true but at the same time there is a clear good mood surrounding donald trump. 0n the way to the golf course to play a round, he managed to stick his thumbs up at supporters as they we re his thumbs up at supporters as they were lining the road as he made his way to the course. he seemed to be in very good spirits according to
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those around him. clearly he believes the fact that robert mueller has signalled there should be no further indictments is something extremely positive for him. but democrats are insisting they need to see the full report, not just the they need to see the full report, notjust the principal conclusions, which are expected to be released this weekend by the us attorney general. they say it is not about what has finally been decided, it is about all the evidence that robert mueller has gathered and we are seeing a democrat after democrat saying the same thing, they want to see the same report and they are considering how they take forward some of the information gathered evenif some of the information gathered even if his investigation doesn't do that. even if there are no additional indictments from this point on, it is worth remembering there have been some incredibly high level indictments or please as a result of what has emerged during
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the course of the investigation. yes, and if you take a look you will see members of mr trump's inner circle who have ended up in prison asa circle who have ended up in prison as a result of this investigation. it was started by robert mueller. but the investigation wasn'tjust contained to the key questions which was basically it was there collusion between the tramp campaign and russia? i did the president obstruct justice? it went different directions. the keen pain —— the campaign chairman and his deputy we re campaign chairman and his deputy were charged ten years before the tramp campaign to do with their work with russian politicians and russian supporting politicians in ukraine. there is a focus on the key question of how close robert muller has come to wrongdoing by donald trump specifically related to his campaign 01’
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specifically related to his campaign or those involved in his campaign —— mueller. that is why republicans seem extremely confident today but we will not notice the —— note the full detail until we see the full report and there is a chance it will not be published, but there will be pressure on william r —— bar to give as much information as he can. is it up as much information as he can. is it up to the attorney general or could congress voice him? i think for the moment it is in the hands of the attorney general, this weekend we are still expecting we will see the mainfindings of are still expecting we will see the main findings of robert mueller, if not the fine detail of this report but what congress can do is start to ask my question. they have raised this potential of bringing robert muellerfor this potential of bringing robert mueller for congressional enquiry and asking the special counsel itself some questions and getting
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detail that way. i think congress is saying, it might be up to the attorney general for it now but ultimately we are determined to get this information and democrats certainly want to make this an issue as 2020 comes around and we have yet another presidential campaign in america, and i suspect it will be pretty bitter. a teenage boy has been stabbed to death by a gang of men who chased and attacked him in isleworth, in west london. the 17—year—old was given first aid but died at the scene. following the attack, police in the area have been given increased powers to stop and search anyone they suspect of carrying a knife. ben ando reports. inch by inch, brick by brick, searching for clues and answers after another teenager is stabbed to death in london. the youngster involved, not yet formally named, was with friends in nearby syon park last night. police say a car pulled up, a gang of men got out and gave chase. the youngster ran into this residential estate and was stabbed
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by the front door of one of the blocks. one woman said at least one of the gang was wearing a mask. the first police officers to get here said they found the boy alive, barely conscious and unable to speak. they carried out cpr and tried to save his life but were unable to, and he died at the scene. shocked residents woke up to the news london's stabbing epidemic had reached their neighbourhood. we came down and they said there had been a serious assault, and we woke up this morning and it was a fatal stabbing. ijust heard lots of shouting and screaming and i saw a couple of people running away. i would not expect this especially in this type of estate so we are all a bit shocked and terrified about our children and ourselves. the police have been given special powers to stop and search people in the immediate area around the crime scene. those have now been extended to early tomorrow as the investigation into the capital's latest knife killing continues.
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ben ando, bbc news, west london. one of britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested in romania. 31—year—old shane 0'brien was put on interpol‘s worldwide most wanted list with a £50,000 reward offered for information leading to his arrest and prosecution. he is suspected of the murder of 21—year—old josh hanson, who was stabbed to death in a bar in hillingdon in west london in 2015. the mother of libby squire, the hull student whose body was found in the humber estuary on wednesday, has paid an emotional tribute to her "beautiful girl", and said no family should have to endure what hers has gone through. the 21—year—old's body was found 7 weeks after she went missing, following a night out on the 1st of february. humberside police is treating her death as a "potential homicide". writing on facebook, libby's mother, lisa squire said she'd lost one of the most precious things in her life, and that her heart is broken.
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the headlines on bbc news... hundreds of thousands of people march through central london — demanding another brexit referendum. american—backed kurdish forces declare victory over islamic state after capturing the group's last remaining stronghold in eastern syria. police in west london launch a murder investigation — following the fatal stabbing of a teenager last night. bbc news has learned that the family of mark duggan, who was shot dead by a metropolitan police officer, is suing the force for damages. an inquest jury found that he was lawfully killed. the shooting in north london in august 2011, led to riots across england. keith doyle reports. the family of mark duggan have campaigned for the police to be held
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responsible for his death. mr duggan, who was 29, was shot and killed by officers who were trying to arrest him in north london in august 2011. the police said at the time they suspected he was in possession of a firearm. the killing lead to the worse riots seen in britain for 30 years. for five nights shops were looted and set on fire. five people died and hundreds were injured. trouble spread to other cities, including manchester, liverpool and birmingham. the inquest into mark duggan‘s death heard that armed police had intercepted a minicab he was travelling in, as part of an arrangement to collect a gun. he was shot when he got out of the cab. the inquestjury concluded he was not holding the gun when he was shot, but said the killing was lawful because police honestly believed he was and he posed a threat. campaigners say the inquest left unanswered questions about the police operation. mr duggan‘s family now wants scotland yard to be held liable for his death and to pay compensation.
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scotland yard is defending the civil claim but says it is inappropriate to comment. keith doyle, 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 has also caused devastation in malawi and zimbabwe. earlier our deputy africa editor anne soy — who's at one of the busy ports in the capital maputo — explained what's gone so wrong with the relief operation. there is a big humanitarian effort going under way here in mozambique. i am at the sea port in maputo, this ship is being loaded with donations from the people here, 2000 tonnes of food supplies, water, clothing and all things for the people who have been cut
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off by water will need. the situation in central mozambique remains dire, there are tens of thousands of people stranded a week on, who desperately need to be rescued and taken to safer ground. there are boats going to flooded areas and helicopters getting people trapped on the roofs of their houses or on top of trees, winching them out to safety. this is a slow process hampered by bad weather. it has been raining in the region affected by the cyclone. across the border in zimbabwe a similar situation, the rescue efforts are continuing. i am told 80,000 people in malawi are in camps and they need food, medical supplies, the needs are immense. the response to the disaster had been growing by the day and the local people have come
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together to support those people affected. the international community is also responding and donations have been growing by the day, but the biggest challenge once they get them to the ground is how to distribute them because the cyclone destroyed the infrastructure. it is very difficult to get the emergency supplies people so desperately need, to them. an investigation is under way following another attack on a mosque in birmingham. police are examining cctv footage after criminal damage was caused to a window of the building in the balsall heath area. detectives don't believe the incident is linked to five other attacks on mosques in the city. luke hanrahan reports. in the early hours of this morning yet another attack on a birmingham mosque, a windows smashed, part of a
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hammock left behind. hassan who did not want his face shown on camera lives inside the building, clearly shaken by the ordeal.|j lives inside the building, clearly shaken by the ordeal. i mumbled me up shaken by the ordeal. i mumbled me up and said the window has been smashed. it could have been worse, they could have thrown and light fire. it is an increasing reminder in balsall heath of increasing is for the on the streets of birmingham. the behaviour is wrong, it should not happen and the hatred they have in their hearts is not right. it is just they have in their hearts is not right. it isjust two days since the islamic centre had its windows smashed in. we have never seen anything of this scale before. one of five masks to be vandalised on thursday. the chairman of the birmingham council of mosques says it has brightened people. we have seen “— it has brightened people. we have seen —— frightened people. we have seen —— frightened people. we have
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seen it as younger people, the vulnerable state at home and give this week a mess, especially the friday prayer. a man arrested yesterday in connection with thursday's attack has been detained under the mental health act. meanwhile in central birmingham... we will never allow this racism to be normalised in society. people gathered to show solidarity and stand up to racism. police in norway are evacuating more than one thousand people from a cruise ship in stormy seas. the first passengers have already been airlifted to safety. the viking sky sent out a distress call after suffering an engine failure off the southwestern coast. an eyewitness says the ship is being battered by waves up to ten metres high. all 1300 passengers are expected to be taken off the ship. talking to us live from scene is the travel journalist 0dd roar lange who's been watching
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the rescue operation. tell us how it is going. hello, the rescue work has been going on and helicopters are flying in and out. there are two kilometres away in the sea and the waves are even heavier than earlier today because the wind direction is changing. this is a difficult rescue operation going on 110w. difficult rescue operation going on now. and where are the people being taken to? now. and where are the people being ta ken to? have now. and where are the people being taken to? have you spoken to or seen any of them? yeah, they are taken to any of them? yeah, they are taken to a whole —— whole from the scene. five people have been taken directly
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toa five people have been taken directly to a hospital and some have small injuries and will be taken care of by the red cross and given first aid. then they are taken to a hotel in the surroundings. it is close to a popular tourist route called the atla ntic a popular tourist route called the atlantic route so this is very famous for tourists. we are looking at some footage that you have found, —— and at some footage that you have found, -- and -- at some footage that you have found, —— and —— films, it looks like the wind is a very strong which must have been competing rescue operations. it had to be very strong because the helicopter is over the ship and taking the passengers one by one up the ropes. in fact, just half an hour ago there was a new ship accident in the same area so
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there is a new meeting rescue operation going on about 2000 metres from the cruise ship so this is a very heavy rescue operation in the area at the moment. you are a travel journalist, have you ever seen or experienced anything like this before? i have travelled around the world and i have never seen anything like this. i was here by coincidence this morning because i thought it would be nice to take photos of the waves in the storm, and when i stopped the car and opened my eyes i realised there was a cruise ship in front of me having huge trouble with the waves stop then the rescue and the waves stop then the rescue and the media operation was about to start —— matey operation. the media operation was about to start -- matey operation. we heard about what led to the engine
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failure? has anyone said anything? no, ido failure? has anyone said anything? no, i do not know what kind of problem. we arejust no, i do not know what kind of problem. we are just told it has engine problems and they are not able to pull it in so yeah, they are stuck in the middle of the storm 110w. stuck in the middle of the storm now. thank you for the footage. scientists have begun using remarkable new technology to produce detailed 3d images of babies' hearts, while they are still in the womb. doctors say the technique will help them provide better treatment for babies born with congenital heart defects. 0ur health correspondent 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
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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 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.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. it has not been too bad today and we have seen a lot of dry weather with a bit of sunshine and tomorrow promises to be sunny for england and wales. tonight it is going to be chummy with high pressure to the south so later when when we have clear skies and temperatures will drop. further north of scotland is looking unsettled and windy with outbreaks of rain and shower, and wittiness to the high ground. it will be a chilly night in central and northern areas with a touch of frost. sunday stacks of cool but it —— sunday stacks of cool but there will be sunshine around, more sunshine than today. there will be showers pushing further north and wintry other higher ground but in the south it will feel pleasant with
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the south it will feel pleasant with the strong much sunshine. high pressure is dominating the weather and on top of the uk with a settled weather to come, mainly dry with sunny spells. we could even see a little bit of mist and fog too. hello this is bbc news. the headlines. hundreds of thousands of people have marched through central london, demanding another brexit referendum. protestors gathered to hear speeches from across the political spectrum. this deal pleases no one. if you voted to remain, it is a rubbish deal. if you voted to leave, it is a lousy deal. there are no winners. 0nly losers. american—backed kurdish forces have declared victory over islamic state after capturing the group's last remaining stronghold in syria.

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