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hello, this is bbc news with ben bland. the headlines... fine and settled thanks to high pressure but it will start to be quite chilly and we could see some mist and fog as well. hundreds of thousands of people have marched this is bbc news. through central london, demanding another brexit referendum. i'm ben bland. the headlines at 8. hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rally protesters gathered to hear speeches in front of parliament, from across the political spectrum. demanding another brexit referendum. today we make our voices heard this deal pleases no—one. if you voted remain, and what our voices are saying it's a rubbish deal. if you voted leave, it's a lousy deal. there are no winners. loudly and clearly is this... 0nly losers. put it back to the people. american—backed kurdish forces have declared victory over islamic state after capturing american—backed kurdish forces the group's last remaining declare victory over islamic state stronghold in syria. after capturing the group's last police say a 17—year—old boy remaining stronghold in syria. who was stabbed to death in west london yesterday was chased by a group of men police in west london launch a murder investigation, before he was attacked. after the fatal stabbing more than 1,000 people of a teenager last night. are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the western coast rescuers in norway are evacuating of norway, after the ship more than 1,000 people from a cruise suffers engine problems. ship in stormy seas. scientists hope the technology behind these unprecedented and detailed images of a baby inside the womb will help improve now on bbc news, the highlights the care of children of a special week of coverage born with heart disease. from bradford in west yorkshire,
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featuring stories that matter most and, in half an hour, we'll bring you the highlights to the people of the city. of a special week of coverage from bradford in west yorkshire, this is we are bradford. featuring the stories that matter we are bradford. most to the people of the city. doesn't it look fantastic? good evening and welcome to bbc news. 0rganisers of a march in london today to demand another eu referendum claim more than a million over the next half an hour people have taken part. we are going to be exploring the issues that really matter it comes after eu leaders to the good folk who live here. in brussels agreed to delay brexit, and theresa may wrote to mps, hinting she may abandon her plan the people of bradford are driving to put her brexit deal to a third the news agenda and they're vote in the house of commons. helping us make the decision 0ur political correspondent about what we cover. iain watson reports. and the stories reflecting brexit is at a crossroads. all of the city's life
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no support yet for theresa may's are being broadcast across the bbc, on tv, on radio, deal but no agreed alternative. the organisers claim that a million online and on social media. already we have received hundreds people took to london's streets of stories and i promise you this — to call for a new referendum. every single one of them will be looked at. but how did we get here in the first place? the people's vote campaign says this david sillito can explain. will bring the country together but their opponents believe it can i ask you a quick question? will only deepen divisions. is that 0k? can you say hello to the camera? i think the government needs to listen and give people a chance hello. 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.
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jeremy corbyn isn't here but has said it is an option the labour leadership will vote 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
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with the european union similar to norway. 0thers 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 a march to try and stop brexit, to reverse the decision the majority took in 2016. politicians haven't exactly been in harmony brexit. —— over 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 4.5 million signatures. a separate petition,which urges the government to leave
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the eu without a deal, has been signed 485,000 times. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at10:30pm 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 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
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on the area near baghuz and today us—backed forces in syria claim they've taken back that final strip of land. the sdf‘s announcement of a victory marks the culmination of a week's 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 this man 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.
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we still have much work to do to 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, 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, unused suicide vests, crumpled flags and the squalid remains of a pitiful camp. well, there have been parades and cavalcades in towns, in cities, up and down this region of the news but it has all come at a huge cost to people here.
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while they celebrate now, they also recognise thatjust 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 this morning. he is hoping to be able to release mr mueller‘s main findings this weekend.
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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, traitor! among them, the president's 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 next year's 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 that is already known. that robert mueller has 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. 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,
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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 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.
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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. 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 seven weeks after she went missing, following a night out
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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. 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 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 led to the worst riots seen in britain for 30 years. for five nights, shops were looted and set on fire.
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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. scotland yard is defending the civil claim but says it is inappropriate to comment. keith doyle, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... hundreds of thousands of people march through central london demanding another brexit referendum. american—backed kurdish forces
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declare victory over islamic state after capturing the group's last remaining stronghold in eastern syria. police in london launch a murder investigation following the fatal stabbing of a teenager last night. sport now. and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good evening. mick mccarthy's second spell as republic of ireland manager has begun with a laboured 1—0 victory against gibraltar in their opening euro 2020 qualifier. it was the republic's first competitive win in almost 18 months, as holly hamilton reports 17 years after his last game in charge, mick mccarthy finds himself somewhere between a rock and a hard place. after a dismal nation league
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campaign, this is an ireland side with a mountain to climb. gibraltar ensured this would be an uphill struggle. 0n the artificial pitch the boys in green unable to find the net time and again. the grass here may be thick that ireland's‘s frustrations were very real. into the second half and a wake—up call for the visitors. this from a team ranked 19ath in the world. relief for the travelling fans. jeff hendrick with his second international goal. enough to take the three points back to dublin. aaron ramsey will miss wales‘ opening european qualifier against slovakia tomorrow. he's failed to recover from a leg injury and has returned to arsenal for treatment. wales warmed up for the match with a laboured 1—0 win over trinidad and tobago on wednesday.
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with the six nations done and dusted, all eyes are firmly on domestic rugby for the rest of the season and defending premiership champions saracens earned a hard fought win over harlequins at the london stadium. two tries from australian will skelton helped them to a 27—20 victory. it keeps them second. there were wins too for gloucester, worcester and newcastle ulster have climbed to second in conference b of the pro1li, after claiming a bonus—point 33—19 win over southern kings at the kingspan stadium. rob baloucoune scored a fourth try for ulster, as they sealed their seventh—straight victory.
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ulster beat southern kings. munster are you losing at home currently. elewhere 0spreys beat dragons . there was a hat—trick of tries but cata la ns there was a hat—trick of tries but catala ns went there was a hat—trick of tries but catalans went one better. they got 826-22 catalans went one better. they got 826—22 victory to the home side. british number three dan evans has lost his second round match at the miami open to the world number 23, denis shapovalov. evans down at 97 in the world at the moment took the first set 6—4. but shapovalov, the highest ranked teenager on the men's tour then worked out how to combat evans‘s interesting range of shots and the canadian came back to take the second set 6—1. evans double faulting on match point. britain'sjoe fraser finished fourth
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in the men's all—round competition in the gymnastics world cup in birmingham, whilst team—mate jamie lewis finished ninth. the women's competition is now under way, with great britain's sole representative ellie downie in action. we will keep you posted. that's all the sport for now. an operation in norway to rescue more than 1,000 people from a cruise ship in stormy seas is continuing into the night. 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. earlier i spoke to a travel journalist from the scene in norway who described how the rescue operation unfolded.
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the rescue work is still going on. it's five helicopters flying in and out. the ship is about two kilometres away, out to sea and it is still blowing away. the waves are even more heavy than earlier today because the wind direction is changing. so this is a very, very difficult rescue operation going on now. where are the people being taken to? have you spoken to or seen any of them? yeah, yeah. they are taken to a sports hall about two kilometres from the ship. there are five people taken to the hospital directly. the rest of them, some of them have small injuries and they will be taken care of by the red cross
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and be given first aid. and then they will be taken to a hotel in the surroundings. this is very close to a very popular tourist road called the atlantic road. this is famous for a lot of tourists. we are just looking at some footage that you filmed. i can just see the helicopter hovering. it looks like the winds are incredibly strong. that must be complicating the rescue efforts even further? it has to be very, very complicated, because the helicopter is just a little bit over and they are taking the passengers one by one up on ropes. in factjust half an hour ago there was a new ship accident on the same area. so there is a new mayday rescue operation going on.
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just about 1000 metres from the cruise ship. so this is very heavy rescue operations in the area just the moment. you yourself are a travel journalist. have you ever experienced anything like this before? i have travelled around the world, and i have never seen something like this. i was here, by coincidence, this morning, because it was storm weather and i thought it would be nice to take some photos of the waves. and when i stopped the car and opened my eyes, i realised there was a cruise ship just in front of me, having huge trouble with the waves. and then the rescue and the mayday operation was about to start. 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
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figure will only be known once the waters have receded. the cyclone has also caused devastation in malawi and zimbabwe. 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 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.
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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. we have some amazing footage to show you now. the first glimpse of sperm whales hunting in the darkest depths of the ocean has been captured by film makers off the coast of dominica. eliza philippidis has the story.
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this is the largest of the toothed whales. until now the feeding habits of these magnificent sperm whales have been a mystery. the giant mammals dive to depths of more than 1,000 metres to hunt for food but we've never seen how they do it because cameras weren't strong enough to withstand the pressures of that much water. but cameras have changed. there's the calf! it's hitting our camera. new technology has been developed that can record in total darkness and under extreme pressure, so this filming team got to record the first pictures and sounds of a sperm whale on the hunt. there's the first clicks at depth. now, she's starting to echo—locate. she's flattening out. this click is her looking for squid, 3000 feet below the surface.
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the camera allows the scientists to follow every moment of the chase. look! whoa! what was that!? it looks like a patch of ink just flew past her face. that has got to be what it is, right? wow. no—one has ever seen a sperm whale hunting at depth. whales use clicks for navigation. when the sound waves bounce off an object, they return to the whale, allowing it to identify the shape of the object. scientists say we currently know more about the moon and mars than we do about our oceans but today we've got a much closer look at the underwater world. eliza philippidis, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. hello, there. not a bad start to the weekend. we've got high pressure building in across southern areas, so many places were dry, with a variable cloud and some sunshine.
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tonight, under clear skies, in general with light winds, it's going to turn quite chilly. a touch of frost across central and northern areas. different story going on across scotland. we've got a deep area of low pressure passing to the north of scotland. here, it will be windy through the night with showers or longer spells of rain, some snow on the hills. you'll notice the temperatures, low single figures for many, but a touch of frost out of town further north, as you can see from the blue hue there. tomorrow, we start off on a chilly note. lots of sunshine across central and southern areas. plenty of showers, these blustery across scotland, a few of them pushing into northern ireland, northern england, through the course of the afternoon. they will be wintery over the high ground. but more sunshine, i think, across southern areas through the day. across wales and into southern england, we could see temperatures reaching 12 or 1a degrees. into next week, its high—pressure dominating the sea. —— it is high pressure dominating the scene. so there will be plenty of settled weather throughout the week. turning milder as well as the week wears on, with some sunshine.
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but the nights will be chilly.
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