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hello this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines: this is bbc news. the headlines: the home secretary, sajid javid, has come under pressure to allow the extradition more than 70 mp5 and peers sign ofjulian assange to sweden. a letter urging the government more than 70 mps and peers have to ensure julian assange faces authorities in sweden, written to mrjavid urging him if they request his extradition. to "stand with the victims of sexual violence." a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. at a holiday park in looe, cornwall. a 28—year—old woman the sudanese general who led a coup was arrested in saltash in connection with the incident. to overthrow long—term leader the sudanese general who led omar al—bashir steps down, a coup to overthrow long—term leader just 2a hours after he took omar al—bashir steps down — charge of the country. just 2a hours after he took charge of the country. doctors celebrate a new treatment — called gene silencing — that's seen major success in treating the crippling pain caused by porphyria. doctors celebrate a new treatment — called gene silencing — that's seen major success a dutch fertility doctor is found in treating the crippling to have used his own sperm to father 49 children, without his patients‘ consent. pain caused by porphyria and a seal rescue centre has opened in birmingham to deal with the huge increase in pups needing treatment for injuries caused by plastic pollution. more on those stories in the next hour. sport and for a full round up,
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from the bbc sport centre, here is hugh ferris. good afternoon. mercedes continued their dominance at the chinese grand prix, with valteri bottas qualifying on pole. it's his team's sixth pole position in the last seven races in china, and lewis hamilton's on the front row in the other mercedes. nick parrott reports. more than 70 politicians have signed domination is a theme that runs a letter urging the government through formula 1's history. to allow the extradition ofjulian assange to sweden, alfa romeo controlled the first if officials there grand prix 69 years ago and mercedes make a formal request. are doing the same as it reaches swedish prosecutors are deciding whether to reopen an investigation 1000 races in china but it's into allegations from two women, not the dominant driver who accused the wikileaks founder at the front of the pack. of rape and sexual assault, valtteri bottas usually plays second fiddle to mercedes team—mate and five—time world champion lewis which mr assange denies. hamilton. in shanghai, though, it was the finn conducting proceedings, he was arrested on thursday quickest in practice and qualifying after seven years in to claim his first pole the ecuadorian embassy in london. our political correspondent of the season, edging out his british rival by 2/100 susana meondoca explains. of a second. after locking out the front row a lot of them are labour mps, but we've also mps in bahrain a fortnight ago, from other political parties, ferrari slipped back. the independent group, sebastian vettel was more change uk is included in there, than a quarter of a second off and you've got some liberal democrat mps as well. the pace but his number one status
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it was posted on social media last over team—mate charles leclerc has night by the walthamstow labour mp been confirmed by his boss. stella creasy, and basically in this he shouldn't despair, though — letter, what it says, it urges the home secretary to stand one thing that can upset the form with the victims of sexual violence book here is a safety car to ensure the case, the rape case and in final practice rookie againstjulian assange is properly investigated. it's basically saying that if sweden does decide to go down the route of calling for an extradition process to get mr assange to head there to face those charges, that britain should give them mr assange first, i suppose, rather than the us which also wants to extradite mr assange for different charges on computer hacking. now, in terms of that case againstjulian assange, on the rape allegations which he denies, these were actually put a few years ago to mr assange. the case was dropped in 2017, and the reason that it was dropped is that the swedish authorities were not able to formally notify him because he was at that time in the ecuadorian embassy in london, and so that's why it was dropped. now, as far as we know, the swedish authorities are looking at whether or not they want to put
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the case again. they haven't formally asked for extradition proceedings to begin yet, so, you know, i suppose this these various mps kind of getting ahead of things before perhaps it goes down that route. but essentially you could be in a situation where if you've got the us asking for him to be extradited there and you've got sweden asking for him to be extradited to sweden, then home secretary would be in a position to make the decision as to, you know, which takes of those takes precedence. if sweden and the united states both make extradition requests againstjulian assange, it will be the home secretary's decision over which county's request takes precedence. —— country's i've been speaking to the former justice secretary, lord falconer, about the potential dilemmas sajid javid could face. if the swedish authorities seek extradition of julian assange on sexual assault charges, then the home secretary must decide which one goes first,
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and the law says in considering, and it is his discretion which comes first, he must have regard to the date on which the request was first made and the severity of the competing to charges. —— of the competing two charges. now, the americans have chosen to prosecute or seek extradition on the basis of a conspiracy to hack into computers which carries a maximum sentence of five years. it's a lesser charge than they could otherwise maybe have considered bringing because they want to be sure they can get extradition. the sexual offences charges in sweden carry, on the face of it, much higher penalties and would be regarded as more severe. they are also the charges which... or some of them were the charges which julian assange went into the ecuadorian embassy to try to avoid. it looks to me like the swedish charges, if they are brought, have first claim.
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do you think there may have been a calculation about the americans that they knew that a lot of the original criticism and concern was that the americans want to get him because of the threat to national security, so from the huge embarrassment to the american government, and they would basically want to prosecute him on the highest possible charges, lock him up and throw away the key, and britain should resist that? but by bringing this proposed charge of hacking, they're choosing a relatively low level offence and that is designed to offer reassurance? i think they have chosen the lesser charge to increase the chances of extradition but the price they pay for choosing the lesser charge is that when it comes to a comparison with the swedish charges, the swedish charges are much more severe. there is another point as well, which is that there is an absolute time bar in relation to the last possible swedish charge,
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which is 2020, and the american charges obviously take a lot longer to be dealt with, particularly if he went to the states, that is another reason for favouring the swedish charges of the american ones. someone wrote famously, justice delayed is justice denied and it has been difficult for the alleged victims of the offences and arguably for mrjulian assange himself. in a sense presumably the pressure on the british would be, look, you must make a decision relatively quickly and there is no justification for stringing it out. they definitely must make a decision quickly. the length of time it has taken, particularly in relation to the swedish charges, is very much down to mr assange, because the extradition process had almost reached an end in the middle of 2012 at the point he sought asylum, and the dropping of both the charges in sweden was because he ran away from facing up to the charges. so although, yes, there has been
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a delay which makes it extremely important for both the british and swedish authorities to move as quickly as possible, that is down to mr assange and not down to either the united kingdom or sweden. a 10—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. police say his body was found this morning at tencreek holiday park in looe. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident. the dog has been found and transferred to kennels. we understand the police were called last night in that incident and that they subsequently searched for the dog and they were called to a ca rava n dog and they were called to a caravan site at four or 5am this
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morning, and reports that the ten—year—old boy had been found unresponsive after being attacked by a dog, believed to be a bulldog type breed. emergency services went but could not revive the child and he was pronounced dead at the scene. the next of kin have been informed and supported by police officers in dealing with the terrible news. a search has been undertaken to locate the dog and owner and the dog was found and transferred to kennels and a 28—year—old woman in saltash was arrested after atm this morning and spoken to in connection with this case. we will bring you more with this story as soon as we get it on bbc news. —— the woman was arrested after 8a m bbc news. —— the woman was arrested after 8am this morning. the general who led a coup in sudan to overthrow long—time leader 0mar al—bashir has stepped down, after just 2a hours in charge of the country. general awad ibin auf made the announcement after tens of thousands of protesters demanded a civilian—led transition. caroline rigby reports. car horns beep jubilation on the
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streets of khartoum. for months now protesters have been demanding change in sudan, an end to the 30—year rule of strongman 0mar al—bashir, but these celebrations are not about him. they are because the man who led a military coup to topple the president has also resigned. translation: i announce as the leader of the transitional military council that i am stepping down from this position to select someone whose expertise and competence i can trust and on that basis i have chosen the kind brother lieutenant general abdel fattah abdelrahman burhan in succession to me. taking the oath, this is the country's third leader in just two days, an army general seen as less close to the former president who was indicted by the international criminal court for genocide. the military plans to stay in power for two years before eventual elections. they chant but after enduring years of economic crisis and political corruption, many in sudan want even greater change, and transition to civilian rule.
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momentum here is with the people, not least women, who have played a major role in this revolution. change in sudan remains precarious but also full of possibility. caroline rigby, bbc news. let's get more now on the situation on the ground. tagreed adbin has been going to the protests in the sudanese capital khartoum and joins us live. thank you for being with us to talk to us about what has been happening in khartoum. were you surprised by how quickly things move? a little bit we expected something to happen but we were not sure he would resign right away. that will be eternally to his credit.
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mromaral—bashir be eternally to his credit. mr omar al—bashir has gone and mr awad ibin auf has gone but there is another general in charge. they are still talking about a transition towards democracy in sudan. how long are you prepared for this to take? how long should it take? people are going to remain in position as long as it takes. we need a civilian government and we have had enough of the military. we appreciate the role they have played over the past few weeks and the contribution to sudan in everything but they need to go back to their role as military and protected of the country and not try to impose themselves as leaders. i don't know if you saw the reports on state television this morning that the head of the national intelligence and security service has himself resigned. it is clearly encouraging to see all these people associated with the regime you got fed up with going but are you really confident that things will actually change? the record in north africa hasn't always been good in this
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sense. . . hasn't always been good in this sense... the top man changes and one oi’ sense... the top man changes and one or two faces change but things still stay the way they have stayed for many years. yes, exactly, we are quite used to doublespeak and people saying one thing and meaning another. for people resigning from official positions and maintaining unofficial positions... the fact he has gone in an official capacity is fine but it is not completely reassuring. what is it that brought you out to ta ke what is it that brought you out to take part in these protests? what made you think you may have been unhappy about things for a long time, i don't know, you can tell us, but what made you think, no, actually, i want to do this? it is risky to put yourself up on the streets and some people died in the protests a nd streets and some people died in the protests and some protesters were shot and killed. you never know how the military and police will react when they face large numbers of people. we have been resisting for a very long time and itjust gained some type of visibility over the past few
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months but the fact is that sudanese people have been resisting for years and we lost many marketers and many people involved who have fallen. —— many matters. the humiliation that this reins on people... what made it different this time is people going out... we reached a point where people had nothing to lose really because even sick people did not have access to medicine and people did not have access to their own assets. it was a case of people kept saying, we are dying anyway so we might as well die with honour. the quality of your spoken english isa the quality of your spoken english is a reminder of the long—standing connection between sudan and the united kingdom over many years going back to the days of empire... what do you expect of countries like britain now? how can they help sudan in this transition? what pressure can do usefully bring to bear on the people who have taken charge? the best thing that foreign missions
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can do all foreign governments can do right now is to uphold the example of the protesters and not lend the regime any legitimacy until it is handed over to a civilian government. thank you and good to speak to you and hear the positive developments coming out of your country this weekend. thank you so much. thank you, thank you. a 13—year—old boy has died after being found unconscious in a park in south wales on friday night. he was found in the town of ystrad mynach, and was taken to hospital in cardiff where he was pronounced dead. police say his death is being treated as unexplained, and his family has been told. a new type of medicine called gene silencing has been used to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. it works by fine—tuning the genetic instructions locked in our dna. experts say it could be used for other conditions including parkinson's disease and alzheimer's. here's our health and science correspondent james gallagher. and the cows, look, moo!
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sue has endured pain few can imagine. she used to take strong painkillers every day due to a disease called porphyria. sue needed hospital treatment if she had a severe attack but even morphine didn't stop the pain then. i've had a child, i have done child labour but itjust feels like it's never going to end, it is so, so intense, so strong that it's in your legs, in your back and it just resonates everywhere. it's really, really unbearable. but sue's life has been transformed by a monthly injection of a new type of medicine called gene silencing. this is how it works. inside our cells are genes. they send out messages containing the instructions for running our body but in porphyria an error leads to a build—up of toxic proteins. gene silencing intercepts the messenger, disabling it and restoring the correct balance of proteins. the study showed gene silencing cut
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attacks by 74% and half of patients were completely freed from the attacks needing hospital treatment. british doctors who took part in the clinical trial say the impact was amazing. these are very difficult patients to treat and they've had a very difficult time and i'm surprised, genuinely surprised how well it works in this condition and i think it offers a lot of hope for the future. sue is now enjoying life without pain but the implications of this study go much further than sue and porphyria. experts say gene silencing is an exciting new area of medicine with the potential to work in diseases that are currently untreatable. james gallagher, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: more than 70 mps and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces authorities in sweden, if they request his extradition. a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall.
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the sudanese general who led a coup to overthrow long—term leader omar al—bashir steps down, just 2a hours after he took charge of the country. a dutch fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients without their consent has been confirmed as the father of 49 children. dna tests revealed that jan karbaat, who died two years ago, impregnated their mothers at his near rotterdam. our correspondent anna holligan is following the story in the netherlands... jan karbaat called himself a pioneer in the field of fertilisation, and i was in the courtroom in 2017 sitting among children who were side by side, clearly sharing some of the doctor's distinctive physical features, but uncertain as to whether they were among brothers and sisters.
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this has confirmed that suspicions that he was indeed their father. it was the result of paternity tests, and they really had to battle to get them because dr karbaat‘s family initially objected, saying it's not what the doctor wanted, but then after his death in 2017, they harvested dna from his hairbrush and toothbrush, and that was then locked in a safe, and one of the sons came forward and agreed to give his dna. that provided a match with some of these children who call themselves these children who call themselves the donor kids. and then they could check the paternity against the doctor's dna that had been kept safe. one of the young women, they're young women and men now, one of them told me she thought her father had a god complex and believed
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he was doing them a favour by passing on what he saw as his superior genes. obviously, not the way the children saw it, but at least now they say they have some form of confirmation. we might be able to hear from joey, who is one of the children who fought this case... translation: it means a lot, and at last we can close this chapter in peace, and i can carry on with my life now. the search took 11 years. they still don't know how many children may have been fathered by this man. today marks the centenary of the amritsar massacre, when hundreds of civilians were killed under the orders of a british general. despite it being one of india's greatest tragedies, there has never been a formal apology. now, museums from both countries have united to re—examine the brutal events of 1919, as monika plaha reports. they were closed into a pen, thousands of people, and shot at like fish in a bowl.
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raj‘s great uncles were just teenagers at the time of the attack. they were out enjoying vaisakhi, also known as the sikh new year. little did they know the horror that was about to hit them. when the firing started, two of them managed to escape. they either scaled a wall or they managed to get through one of the exits. the youngest, unfortunately, was trampled by people running and fell under dead bodies and remained there until the following day. the british indian authorities had earlier declared martial law and banned public meetings due to a rise in demonstrations. general reginald dyer, with his troops, were sent to disperse the crowds at jallianwala bagh. they blocked the exits and between them, over 1,000 shots were fired. general dyer staunchly defended what he had done. he was interrogated by the british government as part of their investigation and he said he was trying to create a moral effect, that he was trying to strike terror in the people of punjab. since the massacre happened 100
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years ago, this is the first time a british museum has joined forces with one in india to shine a light on the brutal attack and it's all part of a driving force to educate and create awareness on what's known as one of the greatest scandals of the british raj. jallianwala bagh is a park located in amritsar, a holy city in the heart of punjab. it's the cultural centre of the sikh religion and home to the golden temple. the british government has been under renewed pressure to apologise for its role in the amritsar massacre. we deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. but theresa may came under criticism when she stopped short of an apology. an apology is a step in the right direction and will make some people feel a sense of catharsis but i think more importantly what needs to be done is the education system needs to be slightly revamped and colonial atrocities are taught in british schools. i wish somebody had apologised
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to my ancestors 100 years ago. i think it's futile now. historians say the shooting sparked a significant step in india's road to independence, which led to partition in 19117. thousands of miles away and a century on, there is a demand for greater awareness on the massacre and for the events of that day to never be forgotten. monika plaha, bbc news. a historian believes he's pinpointed the location of the london home where william shakespeare wrote some of his most popular works, including romeo and juliet and a midsummer night's dream. evidence suggests the bard took up residence in the parish of st helen's bishopgate in the late 1590s. theatre historian, geoffrey marsh, cross—referenced various official records to find the exact location. it had been known since the 1840s that shakespeare lived in this parish. but the company of leather sellers,
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they bought this huge property in 15113 and they still own it. so i started combing through the leases and remarkably they've preserved them and in there is not shakespeare's lease, but the leases of two people who must have lived next door to him. and so we can locate those, and from that we can work out pretty closely, not exactly, but really closely — within a few yards — where he was living. around 26 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans each year, leaving millions of marine life dead including an increasing number of seals. the bbc‘s beccy wood is at the national sea life centre in birmingham, where she's been finding out more... in this tank, believe me, we've got two seals. we've got miley and we've got boo. they will pop up through the course of the next few minutes, trust me, but this is a multi—million pound rescue centre that has been built here at sea life birmingham.
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and, like you said, it's all to do with plastics and pollution, and the impact that that is having on our environment. in particular, our marine life. now, these two moved in yesterday. this is boo and this is miley. miley is a little more camera—friendly. she likes the limelight a little bit. that's the one that's scooting across the bottom in front of you there, and boo is behind here. they've settled in very nicely. they are the new arrivals here and sea life are very pleased to have them. we have got chris coventry, who is from sea life. so why is now the right time to have this here? yeah, so the national sea life centre in birmingham is already home to 2,000 amazing creatures. we had a great opportunity to have this multi—million pound development which we could put into our mammal rescue facility, so we could continue our mission of rescuing and protecting. and we had a great... our first residents here, miley and boo, we were able to foster them from our sister sites sea life hunsta nton and sea life scarborough. they are about to go into the height
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of the pupping season, so we can take the pressure off those guys so they can continue with the rescue and release work that they do. it is a busy time of year, isn't it? yes, and it is on the increase. so sea life hunstanton last year received over 500 calls from concerned members of the public who had found seals that were in need of some care, and our animal care team will go out and wherever possible we'll take them into our seal hospitals in order to provide them with the correct treatment and rehabilitation that they need. obviously, with the ultimate objective of releasing them into the wild. however, in some cases such as miley and boo's, that's not possible because they just wouldn't survive. now, talking about the animal care teams, we've got karen richmond here who is a senior aquarist. they're settling in well. it's not unheard of for us to have seals coming from the west midlands up the river severn, but not quite in birmingham, is there? i know, it's quite different, but, yes, they are settling in really well and they seem quite happy. plastic does have a big
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impact on all marine life. what about seals in particular? they can quite often mistake it for food. they are very inquisitive creatures. quite often they will play with various things that they find. there has been an increase of issues with frisbees recently that they are getting them caught around their necks, along with nets and fishing hooks. and these two are hopefully going to provide a bit of a legacy for the rest of their species, aren't they? yeah, hopefully. we are hoping to bring some awareness into birmingham, so it's not a creature that you would quite often see around here, like you said, so we are hoping to raise a little bit of awareness, because all rubbish and all waterways link back to the ocean, so we can make quite a big impact on the difference for these guys in the wild. well, they are swimming around now. you have finally seen them and, dare i say it, they've given this tank the seal of approval. the name of the next star wars film has been announced. episode ix which is going to be released later this year will be called the rise of skywalker.
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the publicity was suggesting the skywalkers were a thing of the past... it'll feature previously unseen footage of carrie fisher as princess leia, three years after the actress's death. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. hello again. we've got some stronger winds today which are making it feel that bit colder. we've got a few showers, perhaps one or two wintry ones coming into the south—east of england and east anglia. but away from here, it is going to be dry, plenty of sunshine, some fair weather cloud building up. a little more hazy for northern ireland, west wales and the south—west of england where it is particularly windy. temperatures in the north—west of scotland could make 12 or 13, eastern parts of england nearer seven to nine and falling quickly this evening as skies clear and the winds drop. more cloud though for northern ireland, west wales, and a bit of rain in the far south—west of england should keep the temperatures up here, otherwise it is going to be clear skies, cold and frosty once again. second half of the weekend starts with sunshine in many areas, but more cloud for northern ireland, south—western parts of wales, south—west england. cloud amounts elsewhere will tend to increase, more cloud than today. the odd shower possible but most places will be dry, but those temperatures again struggling up to highs of 9 or 10 celsius.
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