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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11... the wikilea ks founder julian assange is arrested — 7 years after taking refuge at the ecuadorian embassy in london. his lawyer says he's now facing extradition to the us — charged with publishing state secrets. this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organisations in europe and elsewhere around the world. theresa may tells mps she wants britain to leave the european union as soon as possible — after the eu delays the uk's departure until the end of october. celebrations in sudan as 30 years of its dictator's rule come to an end. jack shepherd — the man who killed a woman in a speedboat crash — is jailed for an extra six months for fleeing the country.
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there are privacy concerns as it emerges that amazon listens in to what some users say to their alexa voice assistants. and at half past eleven, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers jason beattie, the daily mirror's head of politics and kate proctor, political reporter for the evening standard — stay with us for that. good evening and welcome. seven years after taking refuge at the ecuadorian embassy in london, julian assange, the founder of wikileaks has been arrested by the metropolitan police. he took refuge originally to avoid extradition to sweden over
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charges of sexual assault, charges that have since been dropped. he's been found guilty today at westminster magistrates court ofjumping bail in 2010. mr assange is also facing extradition to the us related to one of the biggest ever leaks of government secrets, as our correspondent james landale reports. this was the momentjulian assange's seven years of self—imposed asylum came to an end. 0lder, greyer perhaps, but still defiant, still protesting. we must resist! you can resist! the ecuadorian authorities revoked his asylum and allowed in the police to arrest him for breaching bail. inside, he had resisted the officers, shouting, "this is unlawful, i'm not leaving!" before they handcuffed him and led him outside. what we've shown today is that no—one is above the law. julian assange is no hero, he has hidden from the truth
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for years and years. and it is right that his future should be decided in the british judicial system. this afternoon, assange was brought to westminster magistrates‘ court. he gave a thumbs—up to supporters outside. and inside, he waved to the public gallery. but the judge called him a narcissist, with a laughable defence, and found him guilty of failing to surrender to the court in 2012. he was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date. he's also facing conspiracy charges in the united states, relating to a massive leak of government secrets almost a decade ago. this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organisations and journalists in europe and elsewhere around the world. this precedent means that any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the united states, for having published truthful
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information about the united states. the wikileaks website that julian assange founded has, over the years, published hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents, many from the us. revelations that government officials argued put lives at risk. perhaps the most disturbing leak was this video, of a us military helicopterfiring at iraqi civilians and journalists in a 2007 attack that left at least ten dead. this pertains to publishing work nine years ago. publishing of documents, of videos, of the killing of innocent civilians, exposure of war crimes. this isjournalism. it's called conspiracy, it's conspiracy to commit journalism. in 2010, assange was investigated by swedish prosecutors about claims of sexual assault, allegations he denied, and eventually avoided by seeking
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asylum in the ecuadorian embassy. can you hear me? from his diplomatic bolthole, he continued to campaign and defend himself, but eventually, he outstayed the welcome of his ecuadorian hosts. in particular, the new president, lenin moreno. translation: we have taken asylum away from this brat and removed a stone from our shoe. in the future we'll give asylum to people who deserve it. and not to miserable hackers whose only intention is to destabilise governments. to some, julian assange is a champion of free speech. to others, a dangerous conspiracy theorist. either way, after almost seven years in that building, he's now at least facing justice. this evening after assange left court by a back entrance, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said he should not be extradited. for now, the former guest of ecuador is facing a new life of confinement, initially at least at the pleasure
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of her majesty's government. james landale, bbc news. 0ur north america editor jon sopel is at the white house and explains the level of interest in the us, in this case. ifjulian assange is extradited from the uk, he will face a single and a quite narrow charge. conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. if that sounds quite dry, it follows what potentially has been the biggest breach of confidential materials in the history of the united states. and his co—conspirator chelsey manning has been found guilty of this. and now assange faces similar charges about breaking into the most confidential computers that the us have. his allies in the united states are saying that assange was a journalist performing his duties, and he has rights under the first
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amendment to do that. he is notjust a hacker causing trouble. the department ofjustice clearly have an interest in bringing this fugitive back to the united states so that he can have his day in court. i suspect in the white house there is a more ambivalent feeling. during the election campaign, assange of wikilea ks dumped thousands of e—mails of the democratic party, hugely embarrassing to hillary clinton, donald trump's rival. the president has been asked about this today, and he said, "i know nothing about wikilea ks, it is not my thing." in october 2016, a month before the presidential election, he said, "wikileaks, i love wikileaks." here — theresa may has told mps they have a ‘national duty‘ to resolve the brexit crisis as she defended her decision to accept a further 6—month delay. but some of her own mps have called on her to resign
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accusing her of ‘abject surrender‘. the uk was due to leave the eu tomorrow but in the early hours of this morning in brussels... eu leaders opted for a new deadline, the 31st of october. but the uk could still leave before then if a deal is agreed. if it isn‘t, the uk will have to take part in european elections at the end of may. if the uk doesn‘t take part, brexit will happen on 1st ofjune with no deal. this afternoon the prime minister and labour leaderjeremy corbyn held more talks on possible areas of agreement as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. the fury isn‘t so fast any more. 0ur eu exit has slowed right down. the prime minister didn‘t get her way. so she was back explaining to parliament today, we might not leave the european union for another six months. statement, the prime minister.
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her hope still to make it happen earlier, but not many on these benches think it could be done. i deeply regret that we have not been able to secure agreement in this house for a deal that would allow us to leave in a smooth and orderly way. i know that this whole debate is putting members on all sides of the house under immense pressure. for brexit to happen anytime soon, the prime minister needs labour to compromise, but there is still hostility between the two. the second extension in the space of a fortnight represents not only a diplomatic failure but is another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire brexit process. the delay is toxic for some tories. perseverance is a virtue, but sheer obstinacy is not. so, prime minister... eurosceptics know a thing or two about being stubborn as well. does my right honourable friend the prime minister appreciate the anger that her abject surrender last night has generated
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across the country? will she resign? a sharp collective intake of breath. i think you know the answer to that. and, as per usual, the tories have split. can i think the prime minister for going out to brussels, standing up in the national interest and coming back with an extension that means we are going to avoid the car crash and disaster that would be involved in a hard brexit. ——thank the prime minister. and a delay means more time for those pushing a radical solution to make their case. one more heave isn‘t good enough, and it won‘t work. does she acknowledge, even if it‘s not what she wants, putting her withdrawal agreement to the public is the way to break this brexit deadlock? that might be a long time coming, but so is the decision on delaying. it wasn‘t until the early hours of the morning in brussels
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that the prime minister emerged. good morning. justify doing what she had said she never would. you said just a few days ago, as prime minister, i could not consider a delay further beyond june the 30th, except that is exactly what you have agreed here in the early hours. but why should people consider that you are still the person to preside over this? well, look, what we have agreed tonight means that we can actually leave the european union before the 30th of june. what we need is to ensure we have an agreement in parliament that we can get through. it is quite a stretch, though, to imagine this could be wrapped up by the end ofjune. theresa may metjeremy corbyn again this afternoon, putting energy into trying to find a compromise with labour. it‘s a tall order, though, to imagine the two big parties could come together. and, without a deal like that, there‘s no obvious other way through. boo!
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traitor! the prime minister and maybe you, too, wanted this long gone by now, but nothing about brexit has happened in haste, and now the speed of this process is still slowing down. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. a baby boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked by a dog this afternoon. police were called to an address in hawick in the scottish borders at half past four. 0fficers remain at the scene and inquiries are ongoing. after months of popular protest in sudan, president 0mar al bashir has been removed from power in a military coup. tonight, he‘s being held in what the country‘s defence minister called a ‘safe place‘. it was an abrupt end to 30 years of his dictatorial rule. a military council is now in charge
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in khartoum — it‘s announced it will run the country for the next two years. there are already questions about how much things will really change in one of the world‘s poorest nations. 0ur africa editor fergal keane has this report. the revolution isn‘t over, it simply has a new enemy. the new bus, the general linked to past atrocities, declaring the old boss, president bashir, had been overthrown. translation: i announced that the former head of the regime has been removed and is in a safe place. i announce the formation of a transitional military council that will manage the matters within the period of two years. with a few words, he was deposed. in an age when civil society is challenging leaders across africa, the president had seemed on movable.
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——unmovable. omar al—bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989 and survived for 30 years through cunning and brutality, he was a master manipulator of his own party‘s factions. indictment for genocide in darfur in 2010 wasn‘t enough to force his departure. he was a pariah in the west but still welcomed in africa and the middle east. but a spiralling economic crisis last year awakened decades of resentment and created this people‘s revolution. translation: to see bashir stepping down is enough for us. our young people, this is such a big joy. translation: the protest will go on until the sudanese people are assured that their revolution will not be stolen from them. and what of these younger soldiers
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who sided with the demonstrators? firing on a building where they believed bashir loyalists were preparing an attack. will they accept that the old guard hijacks the revolution? the fractures here are deep and dangerous. most of those people have been part and parcel of all the maladies of the sudanese people, economical, social, freedom, law and order and everything. it is just like an old wine in new bottles. sudan fit into an easy political template. military rulers, yes, but a civil society that‘s sophisticated, organised with mass popular support. and which tonight is defying the army curfew.
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they will do so until the people or the generals win the fight for sudan. fergal keane, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the wikilea ks founder, julian assange, has been arrested 7 years after taking refuge at the ecuadorian embassy in london. his lawyer says he‘s now facing extradition to the us, charged with publishing state secrets. theresa may tells mps she wants britain to leave the european union as soon as possible — after the eu delays the uk‘s departure until the end of october. there are celebrations in sudan, as 30 years of its dictator‘s rule come to an end. jack shepherd, who was convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the thames, has been jailed for an extra 6 months for fleeing the uk before
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he was sentenced to 6 years for the manslaughter of charlotte brown. he returned to the uk last night after 10 months on the run. shepherd pleaded guilty at the old bailey to breaching bail and absconding, as our correspondent helena lee reports. charlotte brown‘s family arrived at the old bailey this morning knowing they would finally see jack shepherd face justice, the day they had waited months for. charlotte was killed when her first date with the 31—year—old ended in a speedboat crash. last night, he was put on a plane back to britain from georgia after ten months on the run. the couple were on their first date when the boat capsized. he had taken her out to try and impress her, but he was drunk and the boat wasn‘t safe. today in court, jack shepherd admitted skipping bail. thejudgejailed him for six months on top of his six—year sentence. charlotte‘s family were emotional outside court.
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he has not shown any real remorse or accountability for his actions, accusing charlie of being responsible for her own death as recently as this week. his lack of respect and decency continues to astound us. we hope that shepherd‘s appeal against his conviction will be dismissed, and as a family, we can continue to fight for a change in the laws. during his sentencing, judge richard marks said that jack shepherd‘s deliberate decision to go on the run added to the distress of charlotte‘s family and was as cowardly as it was selfish. he said, by absconding and instructing his lawyers from his hideaway, he was having his cake and eating it. charlotte‘s family know that jack shepherd is going to appeal against his conviction. for now though, today, they feel they‘re a step closer to getting justice. helena lee, bbc news,
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at the old bailey. it has emerged that amazon listens in to what users say to their alexa voice assistants. amazon employs a global team that transcribes the voice commands captured after the wake word is detected, and then feeds the infomation back into the software. it is intended to help improve alexa‘s grasp of human speech so the ai—powered voice assistant can respond more efficiently in the future, but the news is likely to compound privacy concerns and is a revealing insight to what appears to be the less understood human role in training smart software. let‘s speak now to sally hubbard, director of enforcement strategy at open markets institute — a group that works to address perceived threats to democracy, individual liberties, and national security. get to talk to you. thank you for joining us on bbc news. how
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surprised are you that this is going on. i am not very surprise. i think all the tech companies have been engaging in practises that violate user privacy that users do not anticipate. surveilling people in ways that they would never expect. the tech giants, and resented this case, they use to improve speech recognition, that is the only reason they do it. she users be worried that there is more to it than that? uses should have known first above. the fact that alexa is and devices, jeff bezos and in a letter to shareholders, 100 million devices, and no one knew this? that is a problem. people need to understand what data is being collected on them and how it is being used. that is
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the first problem. the other thing is once the data is collected, how is once the data is collected, how is they use are going to know what purposeit is they use are going to know what purpose it is used for. but at the government decides it wants that data from amazon? is amazon going to stop that from happening? the problem here is there has been massive deception of what has been done with this data and there‘s no controls on what alexa is doing, what amazon alexa is computing. your argument is that there should be some regulation, but if so, what is yellow the gdp i should apply —— some regulation, but if so, what is yellow the gdp i should apply "m is very obvious that amazon is not complying with gpdr. this is the thing to protect privacy in europe, and it has been focusing on google,
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but amazon has been collecting a lot of data about people and it needs to be the focus of attention. in the united states, we do not have anything protecting us. at least in europe, there is gpdr privacy law. what would you like to see government do? the better question, what can governments do? that needs to bea what can governments do? that needs to be a lot more resources that are charged with enforcing gpdr. it is not really being compliant with as it was intended to be and there needs to be a lot more staff working on itand needs to be a lot more staff working on it and technologist. government grant the wild need to have the technological expertise to get out in front of the tech platforms. right now, we are still trying to figure out how to protect privacy on the internet while surfing the web, meanwhile, amazon is rolling out twice as many devices like alexa this year than last year. these new
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technologies are being rolled out, and government need to get ahead of new technology and not just working on old technology and figuring that out. just to conclude, can i go on a tangent? how widespread is it that humans are, in effect, training smart software? software has to be programmed, rights? humans are the ones that are the programmers. that is, you know, the way that programming is done with humans. that is widespread. whether those humans, the human aspect of this troubles people more, but even without humans, we need to be concerned about that massive amount of data that we are talking about surveillance of private conversations and private behaviour within your home but these listening devices. it is something that people need to wake up and realise the dangers of politically it personally to having those intimate conversations being recorded and
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collected without any regulation or oversight. we must be that bad, but need to talk to you. thank you for joining us on bbc news. thank you for having me. it‘s one of only two sleeper services left in the uk — the caledonian sleeper service is preparing to introduce its new fleet of overnight trains. they‘ve spent one hundred fifty million pounds on what they‘re calling a hotel on wheels — travelling between scotland and london. our scotland correspondent david henderson has been on board. for 150 years, sleeper trains have made the long overnightjourney between scotland and london, arriving at the station at daybreak. now, the old fleet is being retired with new carriages, like this one. it is all changed. the style is quite different than what has gone before.
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until now, there were only bunks, now double beds are on offer, even en suite bathrooms with a shower. this feels like a hotel. people nowadays whether they are travelling expect to have comfort, facilities, and that is but we have been a be to provide. our competition is not just other operators, it is the airlines and hotel accommodation as well. the caledonian sleeper began in the days of steam, a luxury trip for those with deeper pockets. executives travel north, there are fast trains —— there are fast sleeper trains that will make every night between london and the highlands. later, the appeal of changed who can sleep and work on the board. among them, broadcaster who used it every week to get home from london. ten minutes, this paper here, and i am about to waive that by.
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dining car has been to be arranged, the menus changing too. but still on offer. it is going to open up the variety that we are able to offer to passengers, and they are going to be overwhelmed when they come on. this service sought as last major refreshment in 2000 so it is due an upgrade. this time around, they are replacing all the old carriages. that said, it has taken a little longer than expected. this rolling stop was meant for service last spring. across europe these days, sleeper trains are on the decline. passengers alert instead by cheap flights. so does this service still have a place in the modern era? that is obviously a big holiday market, tourist market, and what we are finding is a huge amount of interest from overseas, find that people come,
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this is one of the rare rail journeys in the world. so, you got people who are interested in the railjourneys, people who have just want to go on holiday in scotland and want the holiday to start early. you have got to get out there some way, you might as well start it with a party. the changes are not just about style. we are told that the trains will no longer thump together when they meet at carstairs on theirjourney south. this old service is moving with the times. david henderson, bbc news. now it‘s time for the weather with louise lear. sulfite this week has been dominated with dry weather in chile. that might not suit all of you, if you‘re watching the spark as after rain, thatis watching the spark as after rain, that is a little and the forecast later on. we are under the influence of high pressure across scandinavia, this easter in the cool air, but it has been preventing what the fronts moving from the atlantic and
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producing significant rain. that is the case on friday. a few isolated showers. slightly dry air on friday by the end of the day. the potential for bright sunshine along the seacoast, but not much warmer. here, temperatures are struggling seven or 8 degrees for the best for some. that dryer air will push its way steadily bust overnight into saturday. they need to be keep some clout into that southwestern wales for a time. with clear skies and dry air, those temperatures are likely to fall away. again, another chilly site. saturday money could be tells of frost and rural areas and certainly a cold start. but that dryerair, it certainly a cold start. but that dryer air, it does mean it‘s to the weekend, it will failfor dryer air, it does mean it‘s to the weekend, it will fail for many of us a little bit cold or but, it remains to bea a little bit cold or but, it remains to be a good deal of the dry sunny weather in the forecast. the mother what‘s up whether setting out into the atlantic by the weekend, we keep that —— the milder weather. lots of
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sunshine coming through. that is a risk at east anglia, wanted to isolated showers. some of those with hailand a isolated showers. some of those with hail and a little bit of sleet and there is beget that corner field. most of us, and ripe with sunny spells and temperatures again between seven and 11 celsius. the move as of saturday into sunday. sunday to see the chance of a little bit more on the way with cloud around, and as we go through the afternoon, wanting to isolated showers. this time do well and at the southwest england. the area of high pressure that has been so dominant they speak will start to ease its way a little bit further south and east. that is going to allow the wind direction to turn to allow the wind direction to turn to a southeasterly flow. but that is going to do, that is going to allow this frontal system pushed and from the atlantic and eventually it will start to push in on the way of milder air. start to push in on the way of milderair. on start to push in on the way of milder air. on tuesday, start to push in on the way of milderair. on tuesday, we start to push in on the way of milder air. on tuesday, we rent the best of the few showers into the
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southwest england and parts of wales. the southeasterly flow will drive and that mild air and temperatures likely to be in double digits, pretty much across the country. a notable difference in the feel of the weather. we will get a little bit moderate for the middle pa rt little bit moderate for the middle part of the week, but the area of low pressure will bring more in the way of showers through thursday and into the longer easter weekend ahead. it doesn‘t look as though for wednesday, we start to drive up the airfrom the wednesday, we start to drive up the air from the atlantic go down from spain, and that will meet a milder source, but unfortunately, it also means a little more unsettled weather. we will see temperatures slightly above average, there will be marsh i was to look out for. but the easter weekend, there is a potential that we start off a little more unsettled than we had seen of late with a classic to return to sunshine in april showers. that high may build yet again in quiet things down for the second half of the


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