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this is bbc news i'm geeta guru—murthy. the headlines at 8pm. the number of dead after the easter sunday attacks in sri lanka rises to 321 — while this footage emerges of one of the suspected church bombers. the prime minister says some of the extremists are on the run. we have to apprehend them, so far we have been successful at apprehending many of them. as the investigation into the bombings gets under way it's emerged that intelligence about the attacks may not have been passed on to ministers. in other news, us president donald trump will return to the uk injune — this time for an official state visit. change uk — the pro—remain party which backs another brexit referendum — launches its european election campaign.
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fire crews tackle a huge mountain blaze above the town of bligh—nigh fest—in—yog in north wales. and billy mcneill, the celtic legend and the first british man to lift the european cup, has died at the age of 79. the first funerals have taken place in sri lanka after more than 320 people were killed in the easter sunday suicide attacks on churches and hotels. it's been a day of national mourning, with three minutes silence observed across the island. the authorities have blamed a local islamist group — although the islamic state group has claimed responsibility. the country's prime minister says some of those involved in the plot are still on the run and armed.
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it's emerged that the intelligence services may have been warned of an impending attack which was not passed on to ministers. ourfirst report comes from clive myrie, in colombo. white banners and streamers today greet those entering negombo. in the afternoon breeze, they dance, as if heralding a fete or celebration. but in sri lanka, white signifies death. they chant. a meditation on the life of christ and remembrance of the dead. in this house, open caskets house four members of one family, murdered as they prayed on easter sunday — a mother, two girls, and a boy, aged seven. then the quiet reflection is broken. she wails. "my golden daughter, my small son, why are you like this?", she wails. "get up, get up!"
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overcome, this grandmother still cannot believe two generations of her family are gone. and next door, another house of sorrow. "i lost my family," says anusha kumari. and all around, her heartbreak is shared. nearby, more bodies. her husband and a teenage son. this room is now a shrine. and close by, a 21—year—old daughter, to be laid to rest. so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility, and anusha demands that the government gets tough on local extremists. translation: the people of this country are mad. they're fools.
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we need a strong leader to run this country. sri lanka needs a strong man for it to rise. it's clear that the sense of shock and grief and loss that this woman is feeling — so many are feeling here in sri lanka — is now turning to anger, real anger at the authorities for not protecting them. as he calmly walks past a child, cctv captures the bomber who destroyed anusha's life and so many others. he walks into san sebastian church. it's packed — this is easter sunday. and seconds later, he detonates. on this day of national mourning, sri lanka's prime minister warned some extremists are still on the run and may be returnees from syria. there are a few people on the run. some are on the run, so we've got to apprehend them. he asked how many were on the run.
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no, i don't know. back in negombo, excavations from mass burials. the burning question after sunday's barbarity, will the killings bring this country together in grief, or see it fracture along religious and ethnic fault lines that in the past have destroyed so much? and we'll find out how this story and many others — covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:1i0pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are political commentator, lance price, and deputy political editor of the sun, steve hawkes. here, buckingham palace has confirmed that president trump will make a three—day state visit to the uk injune, accompanied by first lady melania trump. the white house said the visit would reaffirm what it called the "steadfast and special relationship" between the united states and britain. unlike 2018 — dubbed a working trip at the time — this will be an official state visit
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with the queen as host. our north america editor jon sopel reports. the queen has welcomed president trump before to the uk, even if there were moments last summer when it was hard to discern who was hosting whom as they inspected the troops at windsor castle. but this will be a visit with all the bells and whistles. a state banquet at buckingham palace, a gun salute in green park — it will be full ceremonial. what's unclear is whether he'll be invited to give a joint address to parliament, as president xi of china did on his state visit to london. the speaker has indicated he is opposed to president trump being given that honour, even though the us is britain's closest ally. and there'll be widespread opposition to the visit. many of the things this president has said people find objectionable, the amplification of tweets from racists, for example, some of his views around people who belong to my faith,
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some of his views people find objectionable, and one of the great things about living in a democracy is people will make their views known. the key thing, though, is that any protest is peaceful but also lawful as well. the last time the president was in the uk, there were large, good—natu red protests, but donald trump didn't see any of them. he was very deliberately helicoptered from one secure location to another, never coming face to face with the demonstrators. this will be only the third state visit made by an american president to the uk during the queen's long reign. some will say it's too soon for donald trump, others that he's too controversial a figure. but he was never going to turn down the invitation — the pomp and pageantry of a state visitjust before you're seeking re—election will play very well with the american public. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the new political party, change uk, has launched its campaign for next month's european parliamentary elections.
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the party, formerly known as the independent group, was formed nine weeks ago. it's made up of ii mps who quit labour and the conservatives because of their approach to brexit. at a launch event in bristol it unveiled candidates including racheljohnson, borisjohnson‘s sister, and the former bbc news presenter, gavin esler. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. there's been a lot of waiting to see what next for brexit. in bristol, some lined up to hear from a new political party that is pushing for one particular outcome. this group, set up by former tory and labourmps, says it wants to change uk politics and start by stopping brexit. this is no rebel alliance. this is the home of the remain alliance. they unveiled their candidates in case there are elections to the european parliament — among them, some familiarfaces, including racheljohnson,
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the sister of the pro—brexit tory mp borisjohnson, now backing a movement that's calling for a rethink. and now we do demand that people's vote! despite having no other policies in place so far, the party insists what it stands for is clear. unlike the labour party or the tories, who are finding it very uncomfortable in their own skins, how to land their position on europe, we are really, really clear. is there a risk that you split the remain vote? we are clearly attracting people from every walk of political life, that we are the natural home for people, and we have felt confident that it'll be us that people for. but there is some scepticism, even among supporters. i think there is a need for more substance, perhaps on policies. we just need some energy in some fashion, we need to do it, it's great. bit concerned about the logo. bristol was chosen for today's launch because here most people wanted to remain. people are being asked to think about voting in the european elections almost three years
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after the uk chose to leave the eu, so perhaps unsurprisingly some of the parties are trying to make them about brexit. the government are still trying to avoid these elections happening at all. in westminster, talks resumed between labour and the government as they try to broker a brexit compromise. number ten said it had been difficult and progress was urgent. so far, there's been no breakthrough. there has got to be a change in the government's approach, they cannot keep on just regurgitating what has already been emphatically rejected three times. back near bristol at this motorhome business, matt and glenn are united on the need for progress, despite voting different ways on brexit. we are tired of it now, we just want some certainty back in our business, and certainty back in our customers‘ buying patterns. can i ask you what you think of another referendum 7 what a waste of money and time and effort. yeah, i think it massively undermines democracy in this country. so while some still hope the brexit process can be reversed,
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others are simply craving a decisive outcome. alex forsyth, bbc news, bristol. an mp convicted of false expenses claims has been ordered to complete 50 hours unpaid work and fined fifteen—hundred—pounds. -- £1500. chris davies — the conservative mp for brecon and radnorshire — pleaded guilty to providing false or misleading information for allowances claims back in march. mr davies now faces a recall petition amid calls for his resignation. a 19—year—old neo—nazi has pleaded guilty to two charges of encouraging terrorism, including running a social media account that called for prince harry to be shot for being a "race traitor". michal szewczuk also admitted possessing five documents that might be useful to terrorists. he was a member of the extreme right wing group, the so—called sonnenkrieg division, which was exposed by bbc news last december. she is the teenager who has galvanised her generation in the campaign to find ways to deal
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with climate change. today the swedish schoolgirl, greta thunberg, has taken her message to westminster, telling politicians that her future, and those of children across the world — had been "stolen". the 16—year—old climate change activist insisted politicians needed to act now, to help bring down carbon emissions. the today programme's nick robinson has been speaking to her. the passion, the pigtails, the shy smile — greta thunberg is the swedish schoolgirl who wants to teach politicians three or four times her age a lesson they'll never forget. hanging on her every word in the commons today, representatives of all the major parties. we children are doing this to wake the adults up. for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. we children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back. greta was just 15 when she walked out of class and began
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the first school strike against climate change. since then, more than a million in countries all over the world have followed suit. their message a simple one — why should we waste time learning when our leaders ignore the facts about global warming? you said something very striking the other day. you said, "we need to panic, we can'tjust have a polite conversation about this any more." what did you mean? as i say, if your house is on fire and you want to keep your house from burning to the ground, then that does require some level of panic. you don't sit talking about insurance claims or rebuilding and renovations. you do everything you can to put out the fire. greta's school holidays are a little different from most kids. she's spoken to crowds in berlin... this is only the beginning of the beginning. ..met the pope in rome...
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..got a standing ovation at the european parliament in brussels, before travelling to london — all by train, of course — to be hailed as a hero... we love you, we love you! ..by climate change protesters blockading the streets. do you occasionally have to pinch yourself and say, "how has this happened?" yes, definitely. it's hard to sort of understand it. you talk about having asberger‘s. and you say that it's a gift, that it helps you in some ways. how? if i would have been like everyone else, i wouldn't have started this school strike, for instance. i think differently. i couldn't believe that everyone could just continue like before, while this was happening. politicians are queuing up to be seen with greta thunberg. they all say they share her concerns. she's living proof that you're never
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too small to make a difference. nick robinson, bbc news, westminster. the headlines on bbc news. mass funerals take place for the victims of the bomb attacks in sri lanka, as the death toll rises to 321. it's confirmed that us president donald trump will make a three—day state visit to the uk injune. change uk — the pro—remain party which backs another brexit referendum — launches its european election campaign. sport centre, here's sarah. good evening.. we've two games under way in the premier league this evening — tottenham are at brighton and watford hosting southampton. just over a half hour gone in both —
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and shane long scored the fastest goal in premier league history for the saints in that game — just seven seconds after kick off — he found the net. they lead one nil at the moment. in the other game — it's goalless — a win for spurs would consolidate their place in third. brighton were three points above the relegation zone at start of play, as they try to fend off cardiff who are in the bottom three. england winger, callum hudson—odoi, is having surgery this evening on his ruptured achilles tendon. the 18—year—old suffered the injury during chelsea's 2—all draw with burnley inthe premier league last night. he'll miss the rest of the season and is a serious doubt for england's nations league semifinal against the netherlands on june the sixth. pep guardiola says it's not as difficult to go to old trafford now for manchester city — that ahead of the big game tomorrow night in the title race. win the derby against united and city will move one point clear at the top of the table, with three games left to play.
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manchester united lost badly over the weekend, a—nil at everton. this club in the last decade grew a lot, and that's why it's not scary to go there and play them before, we know the distance, especially for the play yesterday, manchester had in the last ten seasons. it made this game a little more equal than may be before it was a little bit, the gap was bigger. billy mcneill — the first british player to lift the european cup — has died. he was 79. mcneill was one of the most important figures in celtic‘s history. he captained them to nine successive titles, seven scottish cups and six league cups. but he'll be best remembered for this iconic moment, lifting the the european cup when they beat inter milan in the 1967 final in lisbon. he also had two terms as celtic manager and spells in charge of manchester city and aston villa.
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the five time world champion ronnie o'sullivan, has been knocked out in the first round of the world championship by amateurjames cahill. o'sullivan was 5—4 down overnight and though he pulled it back to 5—all, and 8—all he seemed strangely out of sorts, missing some very simple pots. he also appeared to be struggling to stay awake when he was in his chair. this pink would have put him 9—8 up, but the miss was typical of his performance. cahill won the match 10—8 to stun the favourite in one of the tournament's greatest ever upsets. he certainly enjoyed it. you have to come here physically feeling good, and mentally i was feeling good, and mentally i was feeling up for it, like i said, i've had a good season. you know i didn't expect to do well here, but you come here just sort expect to do well here, but you come herejust sort of, expect to do well here, but you come here just sort of, you know, expect to do well here, but you come herejust sort of, you know, trying to do your best, and if you know, you're physically not 100%, you
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know, it's going to make it even harder. so ijust tried to hang in there, i tried to do as much as i could come and just see if i could get through this match, and have a few days off. to try and feel a little bit better, you know? another big name is in trouble. world number seven judd trump faces a battle to stay in the championship. he'll resume his first round matach against thailand's thepchaiya un—nooh tomorrow, six frames to 3 down. world heavyweight champion anthony joshua says jarrell miller "does not deserve to be in a ring with me or any other heavyweight" after the american‘s reported drug test failures. the pair were due to face each other at madison square garden onjune the first. but miller was denied a licence for the fight after an "adverse finding" in two separate doping tests. he had previously called joshua a "fraud" and the briton says miller brought his downfall upon himself.
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the lessons learned in this situation is that karma works in various ways. what goes around will come back around, and i feel like he taken come back around, and i feel like he ta ken fate come back around, and i feel like he taken fate in his own, bless them come out of his own hands. sometimes, be respectful, i know it's a fight, but be respectful, be appreciative, and lead by example. what he had done is not leading by example. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at half past ten. see you then. see you then sarah, thanks very much. a 57—year—old woman has been arrested under the terrorism act in connection with the murder of thejournalist, lyra mckee, in northern ireland. she was shot while observing rioting in londonderry on thursday night. the dissident irish republican group, the new ira, has admitted it was behind her killing. in a statement, it offered what it said were "full and sincere apologies" to lyra mckee's family and friends. our ireland correspondent chris page, in londonderry told us about the reaction to the apology. a number of lyra mckee's friends quickly and very publicly dismissed it, branded it as cynical,
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as crass, as offensive. and they said that paramilitary organisations shouldn't be issuing statement of apology, in fact they should be simply disbanding. the new ira is thought to be the largest, most active of the dissident republican groups, which are opposed to the peace process. police have been warning for several years now that although they are small in number, perhaps several hundred members, they still pose a severe threat. here in derry, detectives have said that they have had a massive public response to their appeals for information about the murder of lyra mckee's. for example, more than 140 people have contacted them via an online portal, but they say they still need more potential witnesses, and they‘ re continuing to concentrate their efforts on the kragen area, where lyra mckee was fatally wounded on thursday night. today, detectives haven't made their third arrest of the investigation of 57—year—old woman, detained, being question under anti—terrorism legislation. tomorrow though, the focus
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will very much turn to lyra's home city of belfast, where herfuneral will be held in the cities largest cathedral. let's discuss this further with dr eamonn o'kane — reader in conflict studies at the university of wolverhampton, where he focuses on the northern ireland conflict and peace process. he joins us from worcester. thanks forjoining us. can you just explain for us a little bit more about the new ira, how big is its membership, is support for growing? well, it's an organisation that materialised around 2012, and it was an amalgamation of several other groups of dissident republicans. some of whom were related to the real ira organisation, who had carried out activities previously. in terms of its size, it's hard to know. there's probably speculations that there's a couple hundred of members, as your correspondent indicated there. in terms of support, they've had marches where they got significantly more people onto the street, whether it's growing or not is hard to say. it's unlikely to be growing in terms of
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of mass number should, it's nothing comparable to the organisation of the original ira in the 70s and 80s 01’ even the original ira in the 70s and 80s or even into the 90s. of course, just because it may not be numerically large, it doesn't mean that it's not a serious threat, as it's unfortunately shown in recent weeks. it has issued an apology, does the last few days events change on the ground do you think? that's an interesting question, on one level we obviously have to wait and see. these sort of organisations have never really relied upon, or indeed, believed they needed mass public support. they see themselves as sort of keeping a torch alive for representing a strand of republicanism and armed force that basie is essential to come as they would put it, liberate ireland from british occupation, etc. we see that terminology being used over the last couple of days, and today in the statement that they've put out. but in terms of the impact they will have, with the result of this, this
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is obviously damaged them, the backlash to them has been significant, but the statement indicates today that they don't have any intention of going away, presumably hoping to weather this, and hope that in the future, they will continue their activities. but it does seem to be a significant backlash of opinion, particularly locally from the reports that have been coming out. and how much of their support is now being linked with brexit, and given that everyone is saying there will be no hard border, does brexit really potentially enthuse more people behind that cause? yeah, brexit matters. brexit doesn't matter insofar as these individuals, and this organisation would be trying to do the same thing whether we win the brexit situation or not. the reason that brexit matters is because anything that leads to instability in northern ireland helps this organisation and their narrative of northern ireland being different, of not functioning politically, etc. the idea that we're definitely not
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going to have a hard border of course is still not necessarily a given or a certainty that you've covered brexit an awful lot on your programme, and your viewers will know that the debate about what this form will take, and what a border will look like, if there is no deal, remains on the table. but brexit will matter to this organisation, because it enables them to continue to present, as i say, northern ireland is not functioning, and particularly given there hasn't been an executive in northern ireland didn't years, these sort of things help it and trying to get the message across that they are trying to resolve a situation, because northern ireland situation as they would put is on attainable, obviously situation that's rejected by all the mainstream parties, but will be interesting is whether this incident will help to try to put the pressure on the political parties of northern ireland to seek to resolve the differences and reconvene the executive has a separate two years.
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way back i was in northern ireland recently covering brexit, that was the thing that some of the people we re the thing that some of the people were talking about. they were talking about storment isn't sitting, had the question is how close are the parties if at all, to being able to come together? the noise is, that has been coming out, would suggest that they're not. there's very little sign that they are there's very little sign that they a re close there's very little sign that they are close to an agreement, and really there's been no momentum for it at least 8—12 months coming holdings gone quiet, it's interesting today that simon has gone off apparently to meet political leaders, one of the reigning nationalist parties of northern ireland was issuing state m e nts northern ireland was issuing statements and writing to leaders, saying we need to reconvene this, so at one level, it would be nice if one of the outcomes is a movement towards a reconvening of the executive. but if we're honest, there's actually little indication about that at the moment. because
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whilst everyone is united in their pollens of this killing, that doesn't mean that the issue that is still dividing northern ireland will be put aside. is of the case that if there was a resolution to brexit that that would have a call mean, you know effect on politics? well brexit has become one of several dividing lines between the parties. of course the do you peace position on brexit is very different to that of the other three or four main parties, who you would need to have an agreement. so at one level, if you could resolve the brexit scenario, that takes out one strand, but of course the division in northern ireland and the executive predate brexit, so whilst brexit has made the situation more difficult to resolve, the resolution of brexit would not move the other... thank you very much indeed. new photographs of prince louis have been released to mark his first birthday today.
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the youngest child of the duke and duchess of cambridge is seen playing in the garden of the family's home, on the sandringham estate in norfolk. the dutchess took the pictures herself, earlier this month. lots of reaction on twitter to those of course earlier today. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. the last couple of days have brought some subtle changes in our weather. more high cloud streaming up from the south, but the changes accelerate as we go to the next 2a hours or so. outbreaks of showery rain arriving across parts of southern england in south wales, as we go through tonight into the early hours of wednesday, some showers into northern ireland. further north, largely dry, with lots of low cloud rolling into eastern scotland and northeast england. so pretty cloudy here through tomorrow. but it should be largely dry, if rather windy. further south though, this rain band slides across the southwest of england into south wales, ahead of that for the midlands, north wales, northern england, northern ireland, will see some heavy downpours and thunderstorms breaking out into the afternoon. some really strong and gusty winds, and temperatures down on where they have been,
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may be getting to 20 in norwich, most places stuck in the teens. those temperatures have a lot further to fall, as we have through the end of the week into the weekend. struggling into double digits by saturday it, with some winds and rain at times.
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hello this is bbc news with geeta guru—murthy. the headlines. as the number of dead after the attacks in sri lanka rises to 321 — this footage shows one of the suspected church bombers. it's also emerged that intelligence about the attacks may not have been passed on to ministers. it's confirmed that us president donald trump will make a three—day state visit to the uk injune. change uk — the pro—remain party which backs another brexit referendum — has launched its european election campaign. fire crews have been tackling a huge
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mountain blaze above the town of bligh—nigh fest—in—yog in north wales. and billy mcneill, the celtic legend and the first british man to lift the european cup, has died at the age of 79. let's return now to sri lanka where a state of emergency remains in effect to prevent any further attacks following bomb blasts which killed more than 300 people on easter sunday. our correspondent nick beake sent us this update. tonight, sri lanka remains in a state of emergency, there's a curfew once again, very few people on the streets, most of the vehicles you're seeing here are the military or the police. today has been a day of more funerals. dozens of funerals, many people being buried at the churches, where they were killed on sunday. at the same time, we've had the prime minister speaking once again, defending the actions of the authorities here.
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saying that if crucial intelligence had been passed to him, and his cabinet, some of these attacks may have been prevented. we've had another minister saying that he thought that the attacks on sunday were some sort of reprisal, revenge for the attacks in christchurch in new zealand last month. he wasn't able to provide any evidence for that claim. i asked him of the islamic state group however have said today they were behind the deadly attacks here in sri lanka. they said that eight members of their organisation had it carried of their organisation had carried them out, again they were not able to provide any information for this claim. but all along the authorities here have said that the level of sophistication, the ordination behind these attacks, meant that sri lankans, who wanted to do harm, serious harm, would've needed some sort of support from abroad. people here remain on edge, particularly in colombo, and that's because a specific warning was sent out today, that was for the police here to be on the alert for a lorry and a van number which is thought could be
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packed with explosives. that's really focused peoples minds, lots of people hoped, they prayed, that all of this was over. but with that sort of warning, people are certainly on edge. let's cross to washington now where we can speak to dr zachary abuza, professor at the national war college, where he focuses on southeast asian politics and security issues. the question that many people have been wondering is why sri lanka? why target that nation? i think you'll see that as the islamic nation, how they switched to a model of global insurgency, they branched out. a new province established in the southeast asia, about a year ago. they are clearly looking for new places to expand and create new
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fronts in their war. you have a muslim community in sri lanka and the group that is alleged to be behind the attack, it gets started asa behind the attack, it gets started as a result of anti—muslim pilgrims that began in 2013 and continue through 2018. so i think the islamic state is looking to graft onto these groups that get formed with a very specific agendas about defending their own communities and then huack their own communities and then hijack them. and how much is it likely that ias or some bigger group or the smaller group joins to a bigger network as if seen in other places? this is going to replicate. we saw this in 2016 in bangladesh with the bakery attacks. very similar,1 with the bakery attacks. very
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similar, 1 degrees of localfounded group with local agenda that results in getting some foreign support, recognition, from other places, tying themselves to the broader islamic state agenda. they were able to magnify their attacks and i think that sri lanka isjust to magnify their attacks and i think that sri lanka is just another example of this happening. you've seen it in indonesia, the philippines where the islamic state is going to provide support for inta ke is going to provide support for intake credit for these attacks, they do not micromanage them, they might provide some technical expertise, but they are very different from al-qaeda which has traditionally always micromanaged their attacks. and the fact that there was some intelligence, some potential insurgents were missed, that there will be a tightening up
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to an adequate level? we have to differentiate between that intelligence and not acting on the intelligence. i think there's a fair bit of evidence right now that they did have some intelligence, tip—offs from the indians, sri lanka own intelligence services is very good coming out of a civil war, very good human intelligence especially among the muslim community, and it is the result of the political stasis into absolute hyper partisanship in the country that prevented this intelligence are being shared with the relevant government minister. thank you forjoining us in washington. buckingham palace has announced that the queen will host a state visit to the uk by president trump injune. mr trump will hold talks
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with theresa may at downing street, but it's not yet clear whether he'll address parliament during the three—day visit. so what do we know about the details of the visit? the three—day state visit to the uk will be from the 3rd to the 5th ofjune. once inside buckingham palace, it is expected the queen will host a banquet for around 150 guests in mr trump's honour. in addition to meeting the queen, the president will have a meeting with prime minister theresa may. donald trump will then attend a ceremony in portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of d—day. and will then travel to normandy on june 6th will for further normandy commemorations. with me is columnist and author, owen jones. and also i'm joined by chair of republicans overseas uk, sarah elliott. thanks to both of you, if i could to start, the dd anniversary celebration, it is inevitable that president trump would be invited to
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that end he is one of the most strategically important allies. very few presidents get the honour of a state visit, only two of the us presidents have been conferred that particular honour. that gives them legitimacy and respectability from his closest ally, but let's talk about the day. what was that about? it was about the conquering of the forces of racism and fascism in the continent of europe. we are seeing today, the far right at its strongest that it's ever been in the man most, if you like, associated with legitimising the far right internationally, an icon of the far right and of the rights of premises is president donald trump. and he is a man whose actions have consequences for all of us. yes, well, first of all. he is
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democratically elected by the american people and i like to point out that 700 counties voted for president obama twice and they also voted for president trump, he did not win because of white supremacists, he won because he had an argument, a campaign and he spoke to the people and what they wanted to the people and what they wanted to hear. unlike his opponent. this is not about rerunning the first election, it might be though the second election campaign, why does he want to come to the uk?|j second election campaign, why does he want to come to the uk? i think he want to come to the uk? i think he wants to come to the uk because he wants to come to the uk because he wants to come to the uk because he wants a free trade deal with the united kingdom when it leaves the eu, he also wants to underline the fa ct eu, he also wants to underline the fact that the american alliance is the strongest ever in combating evil in the world and protecting free world. and as the anglo—american alliance led in the 20th century, it will continue to lead in the 215t
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century. in matters like security, intelligence, that us uk partnership is crucial for both nations. the trade deal wasjust is crucial for both nations. the trade deal was just mentioned there, the vast majority have raised to the bottom and... that is one aspect of the relationship. we should always have relations with the united states of america, but we should also stand up for values which i think the vast majority of people support on both sides of the atlantic. we are talking about common values that millions of americans and british people share, which is to a poor misogyny and racism, trans—fovea, homophobia and for example, against not taking or making the climate crisis, which is in excess install crisis, climate change is a security threat it is a security threat which will kill people and will force people to flee their homes. if you're going to talk about a relationship of the united states,
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let's talk about the common values that i think the majority of americans who did vote for donald trump, share with so many people here and there is a great american tradition that we want to build on, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and... and what a better time in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of d—day to remember what we do have in common and what we have accomplished together and together as a partnership, focus on our shared values and mutual challenges in the world, will be can face and accomplish. i think this is a wonderful opportunity to be positive, and also a sombre opportunity to remember the women and men who lost their lives on both sides. it is not the time to challenge capitalism and on the paris climate court agreement, the united states may not be a part of the paris climate accords, but they're the only ones who are meeting the goals and the quotas of that paris climate agreement without
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being forced. if president donald trump, he was shielded from the protests last time, do you think they'll be a problem for him?|j protests last time, do you think they'll be a problem for him? i do not think it will be a problem, it will be an embarrassment that this is how you welcome your best ally. he is not our best ally. the united states of america is your best ally. and he is the commander—in—chief of the united states and quite frankly, if russia was to ever attack this country or should there ever be an external attack, you would be asking the united states to come and help. that is just factually, there is some truth in that because as i said, that security partnership, the nato partnership is totally crucial to our peaceful future of.|j nato partnership is totally crucial to our peaceful future of. i think inflating donaldj trump of the united states of america, a brilliant country with such diversity, such history and tradition, to complete a single man who is a racist... yes, he is in
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charge and we have to have a relationship united states, but we also to speak for the truth. look, d—day, the second world wars and brought up all of the again, back in the 1940s and 30s, thejewish people we re the 1940s and 30s, thejewish people were scapegoated and demonised for everything, today we are seeing muslims blamed for everything. he is going to britain and should they just let should theyjust let other nations ta ke should theyjust let other nations take the lead and having a very strong us relationship? we should not have a state visit, ronald reagan did not get a state visit, jimmy carterdid not reagan did not get a state visit, jimmy carter did not get a state visit, i could go through so many. the vestment they have not got one, i have a lot of criticisms, but they have spoken to more candid terms about donald trump dinar cowardly servile government has done and if the british government fails to
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represent the of people, then the british people will take... represent the of people, then the british people will take. .. you talk about a trade deal from the us point of view, donald trump is still investing time and energy to come to the uk injune, what specifically, what does he want out of it?|j the uk injune, what specifically, what does he want out of it? i think he wants to see a closer relationship with britain, his mother was scottish, america has the most in common with great britain than the rest of the world and we wa nt than the rest of the world and we want to see those strengthened because together, we are unstoppable in terms of opportunity and again, tackling the challenges that we face today. i honestly think that it would be wonderful for this country, as well as the united states, as great britain leaves the eu, there isa great britain leaves the eu, there is a wide world out there that has
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theirarms open and is a wide world out there that has their arms open and ready to welcome great britain. and on the whole brexit question, do you think theresa may wants president donald trump due to the stalling and brexit, that may help her get some progress if she can get a potential us steel? originally invited donald trump after the inaugural event for a trade deal, there's a big wing that wants a trade deal with the united states of america, it will be a trade deal in the race to the bottom, i'm afraid the majority of people do not want a trade deal which will lead to a national health service, the proudest institution, that is... i was raised on american chicken, idrink... i
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that is... i was raised on american chicken, i drink... i do not have a third eye, i am perfectly healthy, i was raised on american products, there is nothing to be afraid of, except maybe opportunity which may be, you may not like. i do not know. thank you so much, it is very difficult when you're down the line and thank you both, i think what you're much more ahead of that visit. the former celtic captain, billy mcneill, who became the first british footballer to lift the european cup, has died at the age of seventy—nine. billy mcneill led his celtic team — nicknamed the lisbon lions — to a famous victory over inter milan in 1967, one of the highlights of a long playing careerfor celtic. katie gornall is outside celtic park. it was often said that billy mcneill was at the heart of everything for celtic. here he is celebrating the club's greatest triumph — becoming the first british man to lift the european cup. in that moment, the leader became a legend.
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the victory came against inter milan on a sun—drenched evening in lisbon in 1967. barely seven minutes from time came the winning goal. today, two of his team—mates from that famed lisbon lions side paid their own tribute. we called him caesar, honestly, because he was a leader. and the great thing about it, he had the passion of everybody that was in the terraces. bornjust ten miles from celtic park, mcneill made his debut in 1958. but it was the arrival ofjock stein as manager that put him — and celtic — on the road to success. in 1965, mcneill scored the winning goal in the scottish cup final, sparking a period of domestic dominance that would include nine successive league titles. he was capped 29 times for scotland before retiring in 1975, bringing to an end an 18—year playing career devoted to celtic. not many people get the opportunity to stand in the winners' rostrum, and i've done it
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on lots of occasions. and it is wonderful, make no mistake about it. and to play for a club and to be associated, for me, with this club has always been brilliant. mcneill would go on to manage aston villa, manchester city and aberdeen. but his heart belonged in glasgow. in two spells in charge, he led celtic to five league titles, becoming one of the club's most successful managers. everybody's an icon, everybody's a hero. but he was. he was an icon. it takes you back to, you know, to winning the european cup and all the things that happened from there and what it meant to people. and he wasjust some man, you know what i mean? he wasjust... he gave so much. there is a feeling among the celtic faithful that something precious has been lost in the passing of billy mcneill, a footballer who was one of a kind. billy mcneill who has died at the age of 79. joining me now is former footballer and former head of the scottish football association, gordon smith. gordon, a friend of billy's,
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played under him when the billy managed manchester city in the 1980s. thank you so much forjoining us. your thoughts this evening. yes, it was something that we have known for quite some time now and he was not in good condition at all but, he was someone that at the most respect for and even if i had not played, i still would have respect for them in terms of what he did, when i was a youngster. it's celtic, he did not retire long after that. and then, i was playing a game against aberdeen one night, and that performs against aberdeen at the time, we won one, and i'll never forget he was leaving the side and he shouted me over and saidi the side and he shouted me over and said ijust the side and he shouted me over and said i just want to say the side and he shouted me over and said ijust want to say i value outstanding tonight, well played,
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that you had a great game. i can believe it. —— i can't believe it. he did tell me that, as well but i was playing for manchester city, i was playing for manchester city, i was there for nearly two years and was there for nearly two years and was marvellous to play for and since then, after that we met each other a few more times and over the years, he was always very friendly and someone at the utmost respect for. huge name in the world of football, but also you have spoken about the effects on his health and what should change for youngsters playing the game now. absolutely, one of the things that, he had a serious case of dementia and i remember he gives it manchester city and he said, he was hitting the ball and i used to
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practise, get a kick out of 20, 25 balls and then head up the field, if you practise that, i looked at him when his condition came up, i thought back to that. those comments i thought my goodness, that must‘ve had in effect, the amount of balls he was hitting and balls are a lot heavier, they're like double the weight, so that was obviously having an effect on an and it was only found out his condition that those comments came back to me in that is something we need to be very careful about for people who play the game over the years. it's happened to be more because in the old days, the balls are heavier, it's something that we know that they're very keen the football now, most of the kids hitting the ball. thank you very much indeed with those thoughts and memories. fire crews have spent the day
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at the scene of a large mountain fire which broke out in blaenau ffestiniog in the heart of snowdonia. it spread rapidly — with a number of properties in the town evacuated. our reporter roger pinney has more: it lit up the night—time sky. a fire front glowing red across the mountain, the threat of property to homes all too obvious. and in daylight, you could see the scale of the fire service operation needed to keep the flames back. among the families forced to move out, charlie and jackie, they went to a nearby cafe which opened especially. how close to your home did it come? just above the roof. so, just over the back. right down the top, theyjust caught it before he got to the house. no one has been hurt, thank god. but it has been right mess sorting out. and they've done a very good job
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between all of them. the alarm first went out across half past eight last night, fire crews from station across north wells had been deployed. the steepness of the terrain had been a major challenge. it makes it difficult to put staff and personnel on the mountain to tackle it in first step to use the platform here to get to those points on the rock faces because the fire is coming down the mountainside obviously have been coming close to obviously has been coming close to properties on one of our goals to save life and property. quite a gusty, stiff breeze here and that has been blowing the flames around the mountain with the fire service having to effectively chase it, first through this morning, the main cause for concern was around a quarter of a mile from here, now hotspots are breaking out on the side of the mountain. it has been awful and my sister lives around the corner and her little girl was absolutely petrified because they do not live far from you. live far from here.
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the cost is huge. it's all black, it's all black. it's black on the hill and black in our hearts. it seems now any immediate danger to people and property has passed but the risk of a further outbreak remains. meanwhile — the dry conditions in some parts of england have a propted a warning to food growers and farmers that they could face water restrictions as early as next month should the spell of dry weather continue. from east anglia, richard daniel reports: harder work for a very simple reason, there has been no significant prolonged rainfall by mac for 12 months now. and that means the land is incredibly dry now, it
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turns to dust. there is no moisture in it whatsoever. we've only had four and in it whatsoever. we've only had fourand a in it whatsoever. we've only had four and a half inches of rain so far this year,. using water from a farm reservoir, he could see restrictions on the use of river water for restrictions on the use of river waterfor irrigation. restrictions on the use of river water for irrigation. as the safest water, which includes the rivers, you cannot save it till later on, i'm using the river licence because i cannot save it for later because of it is not in the river, we don't have any access to it. a short distance away, it is become a feeble trickle. the lack of water here began long before last summers heatwave. it is been a very dry april, less than a fifth of the rainfall we would normally expect in april, march was not too bad, but prior to that, a lot of the months, there has been a deficit in average rainfall to all who would normally expect, this has been going on now for several years and so a deficit is building up over time. forecast
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assay will take months, not weeks to restore ground water levels. will see a little bit of rain which will improve things, but probably not going to be enough to make up the deficit that we have been building over the past year or so. the solution is, yet more water storage for many farmers. we've actually built 19 storage in the past years, to make sure we can give reading space for the environment. but right now, there's very little anyone can do except hope. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. we have seen some subtle changes in our weather, more high cloud streaming up in the south of the changes are about to accelerate, so much so that we can say goodbye to the easter weekend by this coming weekend. we'll be lucky to get the 13 and it will be some rain at times
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as well, satellite picture shows that cloud has been spreading from the south, mostly so far, just turning the sunshine a little bit hazy, but there tonight, that cloud bringing an increasing chance of showers, maybe even thunderstorms across the southwest of england and may be clipping into northern ireland as well, elsewhere be predominantly try but cloud creeping into scotland in northeast england, temperatures generally between six and 12 degrees. it's a lot of dry weather still tomorrow, but the changes at this stage really are getting more dramatic, low pressure very much and this system he is going to bring some heavy rain for some of us, that rain moving across the southwest into wells it ahead of its and showers breaking out, the northern half of the uk should stay predominantly dry, particularly across scotland and on the eastern side, that is look at the rain through wednesday afternoon, from the southwest, south was pretty
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heavy, but for some parts of the southeast, the midlands and north wales and even northern ireland will cease in heavy foundry downpours breaking out with some gusty wind and it can make for some poor travelling conditions, even further north where we have all of that dry weather, it will be quite windy in temperatures for most of us probably won't get to 20 degrees, as a go to wednesday evening, we have further showers and thunderstorms drifting and across the uk, and as the shower stripped northwards, the warm air gets pushed away northwards as well, so to get to the end of the week, we'll get to the school or feed of westerly winds, a very different feel to the weather, on thursday showers across the uk, northeast scotla nd showers across the uk, northeast scotland proceed the lion's share, but have a look at these temperature values. 13 and 1a, 15 degrees in those temperatures fall a little further venting, as he had towards the weekend, it will feel very cool with some winds and rain at times.
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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. sri lanka's prime minister says the country's investigating whether the islamic state group was involved in sunday's suicide bombings. these were not being done, they have been training people in coronation which we have not seen earlier. meanwhile, mass funerals have begun for some of the 321 people who were killed — and there's been an official day of mourning. president trump will make a three—day state visit to the uk injune — the mayor of london says he expects protests. and the first ever vaccination against malaria is being tested in malawi — health officials say it's a big

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