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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at three. more than 70 mp5 and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces authorities in sweden, if they request his extradition. a 10—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog, at a holiday park in cornwall. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident. 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. anti—government protestors continue to demand a move away from military government. doctors celebrate a new treatment called gene silencing that's seen major success in treating the crippling pain caused by porphyria. a dutch fertility doctor is found
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to have used his own sperm to father 49 children, without his patients‘ consent. 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. and at 3.30, click reports from the vatican as the pope hosts a workshop on robot ethics and artificial intelligence. good afternoon. more than 70 mps and peers have called on the government to ensure that the wikileaks co—founder, julian assange, facesjustice in sweden,
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if the authorities there re—open a rape investigation against him, on charges he denies. the united states has already requested that the uk hand over mr assange to them to answer a charge of computer hacking leading to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets. here's our political correspondent, susana mendonca. after seven years holed up in london's ecuadorian embassy, julian assange is now in the hands of british justice, but the question of where he should go next is becoming increasingly politicised. more than 70 members of the house of commons and house of lords have put their names to a letter to the home secretary, sajid javid, to request that he do everything he can to champion action thatjulian 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
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have been pursuing julian assange for years over accusations of rape, coercion and molestation, which he denies. the wikilea ks founder claimed he would be extradited to the us if he went to sweden and instead sought asylum 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 wants julian assange extradited over hacking charges after wikilea ks released secret documents including this video of a us military helicopter firing at iraqi citizens. the americans hope the home secretary will favour the request. 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. some, including the labour leader, sayjulian assange
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is being pursued for political reasons. others say he should face charges brought against him. susana mendonca, bbc news. well, susana joined me a little earlier, with more details about that letter from british mps urging the government to ensurejulian assange is extradited to sweden if requested. so we have got, as you say, mps and peers from different political parties, most of them are labour, but you have also got some conservatives in there, some of them from change uk, the new independent group, also liberal democreats, all basically saying that they think that if sweden were to request the extradition ofjulian assange, that's where he should be sent, rather than him being sent to the united states. that is because they feel that those accusations against julian assange, the sexual assault accusations are more serious in terms of potential criminality
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than the hacking charges in the united states. essentially this is what the mps are saying, they are asking the home secretary to think about the victims of sexual violence when he makes his decision. because, at the moment, there is only an extradition request from the united states. so if sweden then decides to go down that road, the home secretary would then be in a position where he would have to choose between the two of them and choose which one, i suppose, was the one that was most worthy ofjulian assange being sent back to that country. many people are saying keep politics out of this, this should be for the courts, so what are we likely to see happen next? that's certainly the remarks that we'd had from a number of people, for example, lord faulkner who was in the package that we just saw there, who's a former lord chancellor in the former labour government of tony blair. he's saying this is a matter for the courts, politicians should not get involved. the court should make the decision based upon various things, for example, the time at which these cases then cease to be active. for example, with the case in sweden, it has to be acted upon by august of next year.
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in america, the case has a longer period of time before it would cease to be active. those types of things should be taken into account. he is saying that we should leave the politics behind and focus on the law. in terms of what happens, it really does depend on what sweden does. at the moment we understand that they are thinking about it, they're looking into whether to take action. if they do come forward with an extradition request to the british government, then the british government will be in a position where it has to make a decision about what to do. susana medonca there. 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—term 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. we have heard he has cancelled the cu rfew we have heard he has cancelled the curfew and said that all the people
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who were imprisoned during the process and will be released and is calling for dialogue. demonstrators had been demanding the power is given to a civilian authority. andy moore reports. 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
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the resignation of the man who led the military coup to topple the president. 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. 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 is a handover to a civilian government. andy moore, bbc news. 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 have been resisting for a very long time.
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it has just gained some type of visibility over the past few months. but the fact that the sudanese people have been resisting for years. we have lost many martyrs, many people have fallen. the fact is that everybody is fed up, with the mismanagement, the corruption and the utter humiliation that the regime rained upon people. what made it different this time with people going out, we had reached a point where people really had nothing to lose because even sick people didn't have access to medicine, people didn't 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. a 10—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a caravan park in cornwall. the boy, who hasn't been named, was found dead by police at tencreek holiday park in looe in the early hours of this morning. our reporter, charlotte gallagher, gave us the details.
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police say it was a bulldog type breed. now, paramedics went as well of course but the boy sadly died at the scene. around three hours later, a 28—year—old woman was arrested in saltash, a 30 minute drive away from the caravan park. she has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control. that dog has been transferred to kennels. i spoke to the manager of the holiday park and he said they had no idea what happened this morning, they turned up for work and there were police all over the site. he told me he had not seen this dog before. the police have not named the boy he has been killed, but say they are supporting his family. british steel is in talks with the government about a loan of £100 million in order to meet eu emissions rules. newly—issued free—carbon permits could have been used to settle the compa ny‘s pollution bill for 2018. but the steel maker has been affected by a european union decision to suspend uk firms' access to free—carbon permits
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until a brexit withdrawal deal is ratified. earlier i spoke to rob young who had more on the story. what we know is british steel is involved with talks with the department for business for a loan of about £100 million in orderfor it to meet the eu emissions rules. every year, each large company has to pay for the amount of pollution that they emit. ordinarily, a company can pay the bill for the previous year with the next year's allocation of free carbon permits, but uk companies have not yet been given this year's allocation of those free carbon permits because the withdrawal agreement has not yet been ratified, britain's relationship with the eu has not yet been settled and that is why there seems to be their shortfall of £100 million or thereabouts at british steel. as well as officials, i'm told
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the business secretary greg clark is aware of the situation and british steel have said in a statement today that the department of business has been extremely responsive and supported to date but that is not the same as saying they will get this loan. how likely is it that this will get sorted out eventually? it could just a short—term problem, if mps approve the withdrawal agreement at some point soon, the eu may well say for example the date that this payment is due can be kicked at some point into the future, resolving the problem for now. or british steel may well get the money to pay the bill. either way, sources say there is no threat to any british steel sites or to jobs, the company employs 5000 people directly, many more in the supply chain. the company says that it is made significant progress in recent years and is looking at expanding. but this is an interesting corporate wrinkle, if you like, in the ongoing political
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debate about whether or not we should approve the withdrawal agreement between the uk and the eu. rob young there. doctors have used a new type of treatment called "gene silencing" — to reverse a disease which leaves people with crippling pain. the condition, acute intermitted 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 and itjust resonates everywhere. it's really, really unbearable.
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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. sue is now enjoying life without pain but the implications
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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 10—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident. 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. anti—government protestors continue to demand a move away from military government. and in sport, tottenham are back up to third in the premier league after
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beating already relegated huddersfield 4—0. matt whitlock has w011 huddersfield 4—0. matt whitlock has won the gold on the pommel. ellie downey one bronze on the vault. formula 1's 1000 downey one bronze on the vault. formula 1's1000 race, the chinese grand prix tomorrow from pole position ahead of his mercedes team—mate lewis hamilton. i will be backin team—mate lewis hamilton. i will be back in about an hour with an update. north korea's leader, kimjong—un, says he's only interested in meeting president trump again, if the us comes up with a better deal. he's given the united states until the end of the year to reconsider its offer, saying washington needed to change its attitude or risk an increase in tensions. a second summit between the two leaders collapsed in february. in response, president trump
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tweeted, saying, a "summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand." in addition he praised north korea's potential for "extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of chairman kim." a dutch fertility doctor 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 clinic near rotterdam. the results were confirmed afterjudges allowed their release. anna holligan has more. jan karbaat called himself a pioneer in the field of fertilisation. he was first taken to court in 2017 by a group of donor children, including joey, suspicious they were related. i remember watching these young people in court, sitting shoulder to shoulder, clearly sharing some of the doctor's distinctive physical features, but uncertain as to whether they were among
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brothers and sisters. dr karbaat‘s family had initially objected to these paternity tests, but the court agreed to harvest his dna in case the children won their case in the future from his hairbrush and toothbrush, and that was then locked kept in a safe, and then one of his sons came forward and agreed to provide his dna. that matched some of these children who call themselves the donor kids and then the paternity tests were allowed because, the court said, the children's interests should come first. the results confirmed he used his own sperm at the clinic and exceeded the limit of six children per donor. translation: this result means that the larger group, 49 children in total, now also have certainty because their dna can be linked to each other. and joey says the results meant
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he could focus on the future. 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. a procedure is under way to compensate the donor kids who left court with what they came for, the truth about where they came from. 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.
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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 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.
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quite a task. bell ringing may be seen by some as a gentle pastime that is part of the sunday morning ritual up and down the country, but campanologists say it's also a sport, requiring skill, rhythm and a—more—than adequate level of fitness. so who better than mike bushell to give it a go? he's been to visit the ringers at the saints church in wokingham to find out more. bells ring. the sound of tradition, the peal of church bells echoing far and wide. you may think "that is a lovely sound" but not appreciate the skill, the technique and the hours of physical training that goes into creating the sound, and also the fact that many of those bell—ringers will be competing in championships. this is the tower where some bells weigh three quarters of a tonne. they can weigh up to five times that, so now think about the ringers in the room below. it is like having a car above you on the end of a rope. no wonder the ringers often claim
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they are the original form of heavy metal. heavy metal music plays. it is a hidden gem. centuries of tradition. moving a couple of tonnes of metal to your command to precision of under a second, that is impressive. it is very physical and mental. it is meditative. it is also the ultimate team thing. down again. that feels nice. people think it is all about pulling and strength, it is not. it is about feeling what the bell is doing, ringing rhythmically. it could be dangerous to let me loose on the covered part of the rope, called the sally. look where the sally goes. look what i'm doing, you don't want to hold onto it. would you go up there if you held on? you would go off the floor
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and you would have a big drop. it takes at least 12 hours of training before you can start going solo. this is how far you should be from the rope. 0k. keep your hands low at the bottom, let it go up, bring your hands down. so you have got to... no, let go! several times, jane had to rescue me. it is notjust about learning how to control your own bell, you then have to get in sync with the team. here at wokingham, they use the latest computer technology to help. it is like a bug, once you're in, you need friends to get into it, since you have so many bells, it is a really good team sport. that was a bit of a bump, sorry. there are now nearly 40,000 bell—ringers across the uk, some aiming to make the national 12 bell contest. last year, birmingham beat cambridge to the title, and it's hoped by seeing it as a sport, more younger ringers will get involved. i thought it would be very hard but it is quite easy.
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it is really enjoyable, it's a lot more technical than you think. you have to think about where you are going. you can start to learn when you are eight, nine, ten, and you can go on until you well are into your 90s, provided you can climb the stairs. finally, with a bit of tuition from jane, and you do need hours and hours of learning before you can do this on your own, i am part of a bell ringing ensemble, making this beautiful sound that is ringing out across wokingham. some breaking news. we had heard shots had been fired by a fire on officer in the holland park area. we have just had confirmation from the embassy of ukraine, he said that around 10am on saturday, the 13th of april, you can see the statement on
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the website, the official vehicle of the website, the official vehicle of the ambassador of ukraine to the united kingdom was deliberately rammed as it sat parked in front of the embassy of ukraine's building. the police were called immediately, the suspect vehicle was blocked. nevertheless, despite police actions, the attacker hit the ambassador‘s car again. in response, the police were forced to open fire on the vehicle. the culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station. the statement finishes by saying no one station. the statement finishes by saying no one was station. the statement finishes by saying no one was injured, they police are investigating the suspect‘s identity and motive for the attack. confirmation from the metropolitan police spokesman saying that the incident took place on saturday morning, and was not ongoing. that was the latest coming from holland park. around 26 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans each year, leaving millions of marine life dead including
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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 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 oui’ 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
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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 hunstanton 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
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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? 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.


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