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good afternoon. more than 70 mp5 and peers have called on the government to ensure that the wikileaks co—founder, julian assange, faces justice in sweden first if the authorities there re—open a rape investigation against him on charges he denieds. the united states has already requested that the uk hand over mr assange to them to answer a charge of computer hacking which lead to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets. here's our political correspondent, susana mendonca. after seven yea rs after seven years old up in london's ecuadorian embassy, julian assange is now in the hands of british justice, but the question of where he should do next is becoming increasingly politicised. and 70 members of the house of commons and house of lords have put their names toa house of lords have put their names to a letter to the home secretary to request that he do everything he can to champion action thatjulian
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assange be extradited to sweden. they also urge him to stand with the victims of sexual violence and seek to ensure the case againstjulian assange can now be properly investigated. the swedish authorities have been pursuing julian assange for years over accusations of rape, coercion and molestation, which he denies. the weekly expander claimed he would be extradited to the us if he went to sweden and instead sought asylum in ecuador‘s embassy. the swedish prosecutor stopped pursuing the case in 2017, but now they have until august next year to restart the rape investigation. at the same time, the united states wantsjulian assange extradited over hacking charges after wikileaks released extradited over hacking charges after wikilea ks released secret documents including this video of a us military helicopter firing at iraqi citizens. they have chosen the lesser charge to increase the chances of extradition, but the
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price they pay for choosing the lesser charge is that when it comes toa lesser charge is that when it comes to a comparison with the swedish charges, the swedish charges are much more severe. some, including the labour leader, xi julian much more severe. some, including the labour leader, xijulian assange is being pursued for political reasons. 0thers is being pursued for political reasons. others say he should face charges brought against him. a boy has died after he was attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. 0ur correspondent, charlotte gallagher, is here. what more has emerged about this attack? well, police were called to tencreek holiday park just before well, police were called to tencreek holiday parkjust before five o'clock this morning after an attack bya o'clock this morning after an attack by a dog which police are describing asa by a dog which police are describing as a bulldog type breed. paramedics went there, but the sad lady by died at the scene. three hours later, a 20—year—old woman was arrested in saltash, which is near to the holiday park. she has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of
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control. that dog has been removed from her and is now in kennels. police haven't named this boy, but say his family is being supported by specially trained officers. thank you. doctors have used a new type of treatment called "gene silencing" to reverse a disease which leaves people with crippling pain. the condition, acute intermittent porphyria, can also cause paralysis, and is fatal in some cases. the treatment works by fine—tuning the genetic instructions locked into our dna. experts say the same approach could be used in previously untreatable diseases. james gallagher reports. and the cows, look, moo! 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
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and itjust 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 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.
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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. india is observing the centenary of the amritsar massacre, one of the darkest incidents of colonial history. british troops opened fire on a peaceful protest, killing hundreds of unarmed men, women and children. today, the opposition leader, rahul gandhi and britain's high commissioner have laid wreaths at the site of the massacre. anti—government protesters in sudan say their demonstrations will continue until the military hands back power to a civilian authority. the protest movement led to the downfall of the long—time leader 0mar al—bashir last week. a general has been appointed as the third leader in as many days, but demonstrators say the change doesn't go far enough. andy moore reports.
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a new day in khartoum and a new leader, but the protesters are still on the streets. the new man has already accepted an important resignation, salah gosh, the head of the powerful national intelligence and security service. the crowds are waiting to see what to make of the man now in charge of their country. translation: abdel fattah al burhan is the new guy but who is he and what will he say and do differently? will he chant to our slogans or not? we won't deal with him emotionally. we are waiting to hear his first address and then we will decide how to deal with him. translation: it is a great thing for sudan and, inshallah, our hopes will be realised. we are not leaving the streets until everything goes to our advantage. sudan's third leader in as many days, lieutenant general abdel fattah al burhan abdelrahman was sworn in late on friday night. his elevation followed the resignation of the man who led the military coup to topple the president. translation: i announce as the leader of the transitional
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military council that i am stepping down from this position to select someone whose expertise and competence i can trust. on that basis, i have chosen the kind brother lieutenant general abdel fattah abdelrahman burhan. al abdelrahman burhan is seen as further away from the old regime. he has been seen on the streets of khartoum, engaging with protesters and trying to win them over. but, so far at least, that plan doesn't seem to be working. the demonstrators say they will stay on the streets until there's a handover to a civilian government. andy moore, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's hugh ferris at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. five major winners have a share of the lead heading into day three of the masters, with tiger woods lurking just behind as he attempts to win what would be an incredible fifth title at augusta. woods has had four back surgeries and four knee operations since the most recent of his 1a major wins,
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but he's in contention on six under par, despite almost being injured by a slipping security guard during a soggy second round. francesco molinari is one of those star names that have a slim advantage, while ian poulter is the leading british player, two shots behind the leading group. and you can watch live and uninterrupted coverage of the 3rd round of the masters on bbc 2 from 7.30pm this evening. valtteri bottas will start formula 0ne's1,000th race from pole position. the championship leader beat his mercedes team mate lewis hamilton byjust two hundredths of a second in qualifying for the chinese grand prix. the ferraris of sebastian vettel and charles leclerc will line up behind them on the grid. the day's premier league programme has begun with tottenham's attempts to go third in the table. they'll do it with a win in the early game against huddersfield, who are already relegated. spurs lead 2—0 thanks to victor wanyama and lucas moura.
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nearly half—time. later today burnley can almost secure safety, while also leaving cardiff with a lot to do to avoid relegation. they meet at turf moor. and manchester united could go fifth by beating west ham in the late game. in the scottish cup, hearts are taking on inverness and it is 0—0 so far. there are just three months to go until the netball world cup begins in liverpool, and while england are expected to challenge for the title, one of the other home nations are hoping to achieve their best everfinish. northern ireland have a new coach to take them on this journey, but but their appointment breaks the mould, as emily croydon reports. netball is a sport on the move. it is the number one women's sport in the uk and is expected to struggle in that position with a world cup on the horizon. in a female dominated world, there will be a man in charge of one of the home nations in the summer's tournament. to teach other on. get aggressive. netball has been a part of my life since i was eight yea rs old a part of my life since i was eight years old so i have grown up with it
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and been involved in a number of different departments as a coach and also administrator and commentator, so it has been part of who i am as a person and i have never seen myself as any different from any other female or male in the game. it is just something i have been involved in and been really aspirational and driven to succeed in. obviously, we are all there used to female coaches and female management the whole way through, so to bring in a male coach just changes the dynamic of the squad. obviously, a all—female squad and with a male interpretationjust changes it up. regarded as one of the most promising coaches in the sport, ryan has my appointment in northern ireland has created a buzz, but he arrived on the back of an unprecedented losing streak. after 27 successive defeats in his time at adelaide thunderbirds, some may have wondered if we would see dan ryan backin wondered if we would see dan ryan back in the game, but still only in his mid—30s, he is now in his first international head coach role, and northern ireland, he has a team determined to make an at the world
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cup. if you go through a winless season, a lot of coaches will not be interested in doing it again, but for me it was the catalyst to go, i am not to let this defy me and i am good use this as a launching pad for what happens in my future opportunities. he faces his native australia, the well‘s the side, in the opening game of the world cup, but if you can mastermind a competitive tournament, he will be sure not to stand up for his gender but for his coaching achievements. the australian horse winx is said to have achieved racing immortality after winning herfinal race to extend a victory run to 33. the mare crossed the line to win the queen elizabeth stakes at a sydney racecourse to remain unbeaten since 2015, and is now retiring. that's all the sport for now. that's it. the next news on bbc one is at 5.30pm. bye for now.
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hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's get more on our top story. dozens of mps have signed a letter to the home secretary, urging him to ensure the wikilea ks founder, julian assange, facesjustice in sweden. 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. 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, 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 two charges.
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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. 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
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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 in this country? 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, 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.
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someone wrote famously, justice delayed is justice denied, and it has been difficult for the alleged victims of the offences and arguably for mr 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 a delay which makes it extremely important for both the british and swedish authorities to move
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as quickly as possible, that is down to mr assange and not down to either the united kingdom or sweden. and now more from the situation on the ground in sudan. tagreed adbin has been going to the protests in the capital khartoum and spoke to us earlier. we heard about the departure of the second leader in a matter of days and now the third leader. the protests have ta ken and now the third leader. the protests have taken place and now the third leader. the protests have ta ken place for and now the third leader. the protests have taken place for 19 weeks now. we started by asking whether she was surprised at how quickly things have moved. a little bit. we did expect something to happen but we weren't sure that he would resign right away, and that will be eternally to his credit. mr al—bashir has gone and mr auf, general auf, has gone but there is another general in charge.
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they're 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. we've had enough of the military. we appreciate the role they have played over the past few weeks, and their contribution to sudan and everything, but they need to go back to their role as military, as protectors of the country, and not to impose themselves as leaders. i don't know if you've seen the reports on state television this morning that salah gosh, who was the head of the national intelligence and security service, has himself resigned. i mean, it's 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? because the record in north africa hasn't always been good in this sense... the top man changes and one or two faces change, but things still stay the way
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they have stayed for many years. yes, exactly, we're quite used to doublespeak. we're quite used to people saying one thing and meaning another, from people resigning from official positions and maintaining unofficial positions... so the fact that he has gone in an official capacity is fine, but it's not completely reassuring. what is it that brought you out to take part in these protests? what made you think, no...? you may have been unhappy about things for a long time, i don't know, you can tell us that, but what was it for you that made you think, no, actually, i want to do this? cos it's a risky thing to put yourself up on the streets. some people died in these protests. some protesters were shot and killed. you never know how the military and the police will react when they face large numbers of people. we have been resisting for a very long time. it's just gained some type of visibility over the past few months, but the fact is that the sudanese people have been resisting for years. we lost many martyrs and many people have fallen.
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the fact is that everybody is fed up with the mismanagement, the corruption and the utter humiliation that this regime rained upon people... so what made it different this time was people going out... we'd reached a point where people really had nothing to lose, because even sick people didn't have access to medicine, and people didn't have access to their own assets. so it was a case of people kept saying, we're dying anyway so we might as well die with honour. the quality of your english, 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 they usefully bring to bear on the people who have taken charge? the best thing that foreign missions can do orforeign governments can do right now is to uphold the demands of the protesters and not lend this regime any legitimacy
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until it's handed over to a civilian government. 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. this has confirmed their 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
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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 kept locked ina safe, and one of the sons came forward and agreed to give his dna. the children call themselves the donor kids, and there was a match, and then they were able to check the paternity against the doctor's dna that had been kept safe. one of the young women, they are young women and men now, one of them told me she thought her father had a god complex and believed 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
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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. this search took 11 years. they still don't know how many children may have been fathered by this man. the other thing he is suspected of doing is mixing sperm so some children who grew up believing they we re children who grew up believing they were brothers and sisters in their family home shared their dna and they had the same mother and father... their dna had been donated bya father... their dna had been donated by a sperm donor and they now discover they have different fathers. it is difficult to imagine what it feels like for them but joey, who is one of those who has been most vocal throughout this case, basically said, at least now they have some form of closure and they have some form of closure and they can focus on the future. and
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they can focus on the future. and the next step will probably be looking at suing the doctor's estate. when i spoke to these young people, a couple of years ago they said their intention was to sue the doctorfor said their intention was to sue the doctor for the fact that they shouldn't even exist, which is just something that would be difficult for anyone who was not involved in this to get their heads around. but for now, beyond compensation or anything else, they have got what they went to court to try to get and thatis they went to court to try to get and that is the truth about where they came from. let's return now to the centenery 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.
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since the massacre happened 100 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 slightly revamped so colonial atrocities are taught
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in british schools. i wish somebody had apologised 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 19a7. 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. 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, there are 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
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rescue centre that has been built here at sea life birmingham. 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
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sea life hunsta nton and sea life scarborough. they are about to go into the height 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 it?
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i know, it's quite different, but, yes, they are settling in really well and they seem quite happy. plastic does have a big 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. it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker.
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have you seen any seals finding their way to have you seen any seals finding theirway to birmingham, have you seen any seals finding their way to birmingham, and what would await them? today the weather has my seal of approval because... because it is not bad at all. a lot of sunshine around and not everywhere. we have a couple of showers around at the moment in east anglia and the south—east, so perhaps a little unlucky in this part of the country but overall the weekend looking dry and bright and


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