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this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at seven: 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. police fire shots and arrest a man outside the ukrainian embassy in london after the ambassador‘s car is deliberately rammed. a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. sudan's new leader — its third in three days — calls for dialogue with all factions and offers the release of political prisoners. doctors celebrate a new type of treatment — called ‘gene silencing' — used to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. and tiger woods is right in the mix at the masters — he's about to tee off in his all important third round. we'll have the latest from augusta,
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in sportsday, at half past seven. good evening. more than 70 mps and peers have called on the government to ensure that the wikileaks co—founder, julian assange, facesjustice in sweden — 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, chris mason. dragged out of ecuador‘s embassy in london on thursday, julian assange faces one big question. where will he be sent now?
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more than 70 politicians have put their names to a letter to the home secretary, sajid javid, to request that he do everything he can to champion action that will ensure thatjulian assange can be extradited to sweden. they also urge him to stand with the victims of sexual violence and seek to ensure the case against mr assange can be properly investigated. i've signed this letter because i think the top priority is the accusations against mr assange with regards to sexual assault and rape in sweden, and i was concerned that all that vitally important issue seems to be getting airbrushed out of the conversation. the swedish authorities have been pursuing julian assange for years over allegations of rape and sexual assault which he denies. at the same time, the united states wants him extradited over hacking charges after his organisation wikileaks released a secret material, including this video
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from a us military helicopter appearing to show firing at iraqi civilians in 2007. the home office isn't commenting on this letter, and as things stand, sweden hasn't requested that julian assange is sent there. but if it were to do so, british law sets out what would happen next, and it could mean the home secretary deciding where he goes. and one of the criteria in coming to that decision is the severity of the alleged offences. after seven years of voluntary imprisonment, this weekend julian assange is actually behind bars, provoking a political row and a potential international dispute over his future. chris mason, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are nigel nelson from
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the sunday mirror and political commentatorjo phillips. police in london have opened fire on a car outside the ukrainian embassy, after it deliberately rammed a car belonging to the ukranian ambassador. the metropolitan police said that — the vehicle was then "driven at" their officers at the scene. police used firearms and a taser before arresting a man in his 40s. they've since ruled out terrorism. our correspondent, simonjones, who's at the scene in west london said there were differing opinions about the cuase of the incident. the ukrainian embassy are describing this as a deliberate attack, the metropolitan police are saying it is anti—social behaviour involving a car. but if we move the camera in behind me you can see the police focus is very much on that silver vehicle. they have been carrying out in their wet examinations of that for some time. this incident happened at around ten to ten this
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morning. according to the ukrainian embassy, the vehicle that is used by the ukrainian ambassador was rammed bya car, the ukrainian ambassador was rammed by a car, the police were naturally called, the police then tried to box in the vehicle but according to the embassy the ambassador‘s vehicle was once again rammed by the car. the police say they were then driven out and at that point they fired shots and at that point they fired shots and at that point they fired shots and a taser was also used. the vehicle was stopped and a man in his 40s was arrested. he has been taken to hospital as a precaution but we are told he wasn't injured and there we re are told he wasn't injured and there were no injuries to the embassy staff. investigations is continuing at the scene to try to establish the cause of this. the police have told us cause of this. the police have told us they do not believe it is terrorism —related. but the met have paid tribute to the officers involved, saying they put themselves in danger to ensure the people of london remain safe. a 10—year—old boy has died after he was attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. police were called to a caravan
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at tencreek holiday park in looe, to reports that a boy was "unresponsive". heidi davey reports from looe. emergency services were called to the popular holiday park in south east cornwalljust before five this morning. residents here at tencreek told us that they heard screams in the early hours. it is believed the boy's grandmother found him in an unresponsive state. the police confirm that he had been attacked by a dog, which was a bulldog—type breed. the boy was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. people don't come far. they will be at this time of year from parts of devon and around cornwall. this community is renowned for when things happen that we pull together and we try and help in any way we can. police investigations are of course ongoing. tencreek holiday park has issued
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a statement saying its thoughts are very much with the family, and they will offer their support to the ongoing police inquiries. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested in saltash in connection to the incident. as you can see, at tencreek holiday park there is still a strong police presence, officers have been here since five o'clock this morning when they first receive the call. the holiday park is very much open for business, new visitors and existing customers have all been arriving. everybody we have spoken to has reiterated what a strong community it is. lots of static caravans in there, lots of people that have been here for years. they also how shocked they are that something like that can happen here. heidi davey, bbc news, in looe. president trump has confirmed he wants to send people detained in his immigration crackdown at the mexico border to so—called ‘sanctuary cities‘. they‘re areas of the united states — usually under democrat control — that don‘t cooperate with the detention of undocumented migrants.
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we will bring the illegal... i call them the illegals. they came across the border illegally, we‘ll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it, whether it‘s a state or whatever it might be. california‘s always saying, we want more people, and they want more people in their sanctuary cities? well, we‘ll give them more people, we‘ll give them a lot. we can give them an unlimited supply. and let‘s see if they are so happy. they say they have open arms, they are always saying they have open arms. let‘s see if they have open arms. in response, many democrats across the country have condemned the plan, accusing the trump administration of using migrants as "political pawns". the governor of california gavin newsom dismissed the plan as "insulting". it's not serious. it lacks any rationale. it's insulting to the american people and to the intelligence of the american people. it's un—american, it's illegal,
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it's immoral, it's rather pathetic. i don't know what more i can say. 0ur correspondent in washington, dan johnson, has been following developments. sanctuary cities say they are open welcoming to migrants and asylum seekers. in fact they do not help with the federal authorities. if the authorities want help deporting these people, the authorities in these people, the authorities in these cities refuse to co—operate. the president is saying, 0k, fine, if you want to be open and welcoming to any sort of emigrant then i will send people from the border to the cities and they can be taken care of there. because he says simply the
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situation along the border has got so situation along the border has got so intense now, the pressure is so great, that things have to change and people need to be moved. but this would be a complicated plan, it would be a logistical nightmare because it would involve moving thousands of people thousands of miles right across the us, perhaps to cities where they don‘t want to 90, to cities where they don‘t want to go, places they don‘t have connections. so how realistic this isiam connections. so how realistic this is i am not sure, but it is certainly the something the president has seized on, perhaps as a threat to try to silence his critics, because sanctuary cities tend to be dominated by democratic politicians who are opposed to the president putt immigration policies. in sudan, the head of the state security service has resigned, as anti—government protests continue. a general has been appointed as the third leader in as many days. demonstrators are demanding that 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,
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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. one of the new leader‘s firstjobs, an address to the nation. translation: this is a renewed call for all those bearing arms to sit down to discussions to arrive at a peaceful outcome and peacefully coexist under the basis of new measures. dear compatriots, a military council will safeguard state sovereignty and establish a civilian government agreed on by all factions. for this to happen the transitional military council will be in control for a period that will not
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exceed two years. 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. 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. with me now is ahmed soliman, researcher with the africa programme at chatham house. thank you for coming in. how a cce pta ble thank you for coming in. how acceptable do you think this latest leader, the general, will be given that his predecessor was regarded as being too close to the former president? he is a different kettle
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of fish. he has not been politicised in the same way. he has not held a position like minister of defence or vice president previously. he is someone vice president previously. he is someone who is seen as a military man, a straight military man, as well. we have heard from him today, and we have heard a much more conciliatory tone again. but not a huge amount of movement in terms of the two—year transitional piece. it still remains that. and some of those figures remain significantly as part of the transitional military council, including the minister of defence and including the rapid support force which is one of the paramilitary or regularised groups who are active in darfur. the leader of that is now the vice chair of the military council, and i think that
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will worry a lot of people in sudan as well. and ultimately while we are seeing negotiations taking place today with the sudanese professional association who have been steering these protests over the last four months, they haven‘t led at this time towards a civilian administration and i think those calls are going to continue on the streets. how well developed a civil society other political groups, given the fact that they have been under the control of the same man for 29 years? the amazing thing about sudan is you have a very pleural political space, a very rich environment for civil society. someone that has existed in neighbouring countries, in western countries as well. but there is no shortage of political parties, over 100 political parties in sudan. and there is an alliance, a declaration
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for freedom there is an alliance, a declaration forfreedom and there is an alliance, a declaration for freedom and change, there is an alliance, a declaration forfreedom and change, of there is an alliance, a declaration for freedom and change, of both the sudanese professional associations and some of those opposition parties who are negotiating together. the opportunity then for real democracy with a real choice, with free and fair elections, will be new to so many sudanese, because like a lot of african countries it has a very young population many of whom will have grown up under the same leader. and this is their aspiration, this has been the aspiration of the young people over the last four months. but previous to that, i think they sensed they were able to realise their aspirations over the last four months and they have had very little to lose. for a lot of young people it has been case of should we leave the country or do we stand up for our aspirations and what we would like to see change in sudan? and they have chosen to stay and to push for that. and now they are very close to getting what they want which would be a civilian led administration in sudan. so much
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more to talk about, no doubt there will be plenty of opportunity in the next few days. for now, thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: dozens of mps and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces authorities in sweden — if they request his extradition. police fire shots and arrest a man outside the ukrainian embassy in london after the ambassador‘s car is deliberately rammed. a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. as we‘ve been hearing, police in west london have used firearms and a taser to arrest a man after a car was driven into vehicles near the ukrainian embassy. no—one was hurt. for more on this we‘re joined of the line by darcy mercier who saw the incident
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which happened earlier today. thank you forjoining us. tell us where you were when this began.|j was at home. the gentleman showed up about 7am, blasting ukrainian music as some kind of protest against the embassy. and then i was on my terrace when he started ramming the carand terrace when he started ramming the car and then the police arrested him. i believe you spoke to him. i asked him to turn down the music, and he said he was playing ukrainian music for the ukrainian embassy and was just a little belligerent and didn‘t want to turn it down so i went inside. how quickly where the police there? he was out there for almost two hours, but once he rammed the car the police showed up quite quickly, i would say in five minutes. and what did they do?
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initially, a couple of officers showed up, they block the street and they were trying to talk him out of they were trying to talk him out of the car, ask him to open the window, and he kept kind of driving back—and—forth, somewhat threatening manner, and then other officers with firearms showed up and from what i saw it looked like they shot out the tyres of the car and that is when they opened the car and tasered him. how was it difficult difficult was it for them to arrest him?|j how was it difficult difficult was it for them to arrest him? i don't think it was too difficult. he would not open the car at all but they smashed a window and then opened the door and dragged him out. he seems to fight back a little but he was quite surrounded so didn‘t have a clear view. how clear to you or was it the reason for him behaving in this way? i really don't know. it was really strange. he wasn‘t even parked on the pavement, just sat in
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the middle of the raid to wet road for two hours. i‘m not sure if he was drunk or something. it was quite strange. it looks like a road that would be pretty quiet at that time ona would be pretty quiet at that time on a saturday, how much of a crowd did it attract? not really at all. which surprised me. he was just sat there playing the music and people we re there playing the music and people were walking by ignoring him. thank you very much for talking to us. thank you, have a good evening. a month on from the terror attack on two mosques in christchurch in new zealand, which killed 50 people, a unique tribute has been held. thousands of pakistanis have marked the attack by standing in solidarity with all the victims. rahuljoglekar has more. four weeks ago, a quiet mosque in christchurch, new zealand, became the site of a deadly shooting and destroyed many lives and shook the world. here in pakistan, thousands of men gathered to recreate the mosque
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that came under attack, to express their solidarity with the victims who died in the shooting. translation: it felt very nice, it was so pleasant that we were ready to stand the whole day for it, we worked really hard to make this model. nine pakistanis died during the incident. this man was posthumously given an award for bravery by pakistan after he apparently tried to tackle the gunman before being shot. the event, organised by charity, praised the government‘s efforts in new zealand. translation: the way the state of new zealand and the civil society and especially the way the prime minister has led the nation and mobilised it not only soothe the wounds of muslims but also assured them that muslims in their country are safe. at the gathering, among other slogans they chanted "islam means peace" — a message they hope will travel
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across the globe in the aftermath of this very global tragedy. doctors have used a new type of treatment — called "gene silencing" — to reverse a disease which leaves people with crippling pain. the condition 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 other 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. it‘s like nothing i‘ve ever had before. 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,
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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 messengers 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 7a%, 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
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for the future. sue is now enjoying life without pain. i‘ve had painful kind of ten years. i did not expect that could go away. and to be able for that to have happened, i am seeing friends and they are like, you‘re not taking any painkillers, and i‘m like, no. but the implications of this study go much further than sue. 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. 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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it‘s been known since the 1840s that shakespeare lived in this parish, but the company of letha cellars, they bought this huge property in 15113 and they still own it. so i started combing through the leases and remarkably they preserve them. there isn‘t shakespeare‘s lease is in there but there is the lease of two people who must have lived next door. we can locate those, but can work out within a few yards where he was living. —— leather sellers. two berkshire men have begun going up and down for four days in an attempt to break a world record. michaeljones and richard march are hoping to see—saw for more than 80 hours to raise money to restore a former school in twyford into a hub for the community. matt graveling reports. for days, two men, one seesaw. well,
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we‘ve only just met for days, two men, one seesaw. well, we‘ve onlyjust met but he seems like a good guy, i think we have kids of a similar age, i‘m sure we‘ll have plenty to talk about. kids of a similar age, i‘m sure we'll have plenty to talk about. and both getting on the seesaw to take a break from multiple children. ok, you‘re off. this world record attempt is 50 years in the making, the brainchild of david turner, in 1969 he and friend david march stayed on a seesaw continuously for four days. i think we both struggled to stand up when we finished. we didn‘t get off the seesaw for three and a half days. but that was the worst. now his son-in-law michael and counterweight rate mitch had hoped to break the record. tha nkfully hoped to break the record. thankfully there is a toilet but even then someone has to keep bouncing. they will even bejoined by friends to share the load. those things to going up and down on, they are front suspensions from a motorbike, this is part of a children‘s trampoline, a couple of
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people driving round with no seats in theircars at people driving round with no seats in their cars at the moment!” people driving round with no seats in their cars at the moment! i think coordinating sleep will be the difficulty. maybe getting a bit cold at night as well. i can fall asleep standing up so it will be trying to keep talking and focused and he will probably not hear the end of may. they hope to keep going until tuesday night at which point they will have gone up and down around 60,000 times. now it‘s time for a look at the weather. it has been a chilly start the weekend. it is not going to get any warmer tomorrow but many others have at least enjoyed a bit of weekend sunshine so far. there have been a few showers around. a view earlier. we are expecting most places to see a bit more in the way of cloud tomorrow. but still some sunny spells, cold start, mind you. under clear skies we will see another
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frost developing overnight. away from this weather front edging closer to the south—west and wales, bringing in some cloud and keeping temperatures up with the breeze. along the north sea coast the temperatures a few degrees above freezing. in the blue you are likely to get a frost, “i! or —5 in the cold est to get a frost, “i! or —5 in the coldest spots. plenty of morning sunshine on sunday. still the odd shower clipping kent perhaps into sussex, and with cloud building you mightfind sussex, and with cloud building you might find one or two breaking out in north—east england, eastern scotland, wintry on hills. here is that weather front with the cloud for northern ireland, moving into wales and south—west england, the further west you are you will see some further occasional mostly light rain. the winds are a little stronger tomorrow and these are average speeds, gusts in the west up to 40 average speeds, gusts in the west up to a0 miles an hour, may be more in a few spots. that adds an extra chill along with more cloud around as well. single figure temperatures feeling colder in the wind. through sunday night into monday morning, weather front to the west hangs
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around, so the focus for cloud in some outbreaks of rain pushing into parts of south—west england and wales, may be northern ireland. i don‘t think it will be as cold as monday begins but still some areas of blue, stowe still some frost where it has been clear overnight. cloud building on monday, most places dry by the odd shower to that north—east. this weather front in the west has not moved far, still delivering patchy rain towards south—west england, wales and northern ireland at times. temperatures have edged a little higher, and that is a sign of things to come as we go through the week. we will keep pressure low to the west of the uk, height of the east, but that position changes slightly. as such, the flow of air coming to the uk changes to a warmer flow from the uk changes to a warmer flow from the south—east. that will left temperatures. the week. with cloud and outbreaks of rain to the west then that fades away to mid week expected to be mainly dry, increasing sunshine and warmth. and
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thatis increasing sunshine and warmth. and that is just in time for easter. more in half an hour.
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