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tonight at ten, at the funeral of a murdered journalist in belfast, a powerful appeal for a new political start in northern ireland. lyra mckee was shot dead by the so—called new ira in londonderry last week. # then sings my soul, my saviour god, to thee in a powerful address at the funeral service, father martin magill rebuked leaders for the political stalemate in northern ireland, and urged them to renew their commitment to powersharing. why in god's name does it take the death of a 29—year—old woman, with her whole life in front of her... applause. to get to this point?
we'll have more on today's service, and we'll be asking if today's appeal is likely to lead to change. also tonight. here in sri lanka, three days after the easter sunday attacks, more is being learned about the bombers, with one of them a former student in the uk. sri lankans continue to bury the dead. the number who lost their lives has reached almost 360. in scotland, the first minister says she wants a second referendum on independence by 2021, if the country is taken out of the eu. the north korean leader, kim jong—un, has arrived in the far east of russia for his first summit with president putin. and in tonight's football, manchester city go top of the premier league again, after a decisive win in the manchester derby. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, judd trump battles back from 6—3 down to keep his world championship hopes alive after a thrilling final frame
decider against thepchaiya un—nooh. good evening. the murder of the journalist lyra mckee should be a decisive turning point in the history of northern ireland. that was the forthright message delivered at her funeral in belfast today, a message heard by a congregation which included theresa may, jeremy corbyn, the taoiseach leo varadkar, and leading politicians in northern ireland. lyra mckee was shot dead by the so—called new ira in londonderry last week. in a powerful address at the funeral service, father martin magill rebuked leaders for the political stalemate in northern ireland, and urged them to renew their commitment to power—sharing. our correspondent emma vardy has this report.
a modern victim of political violence that many hoped had been consigned to the past. thousands lined the streets of belfast for lyra mckee, her death uniting protestants and catholics and political rivals. lyra was a person who broke down barriers and reached across boundaries. this was her hallmark in life and this is her legacy in death. # then sings my soul, my saviour god, to thee...# side by side, leaders of the democratic unionist party and sinn fein, bitter adversaries today united in their condemnation of the events which led to lyra mckee‘s death. and british and irish prime ministers brought together, too, as theresa may and labour leader jeremy corbynjoined
leo varadkar and irish president michael d higgins. lyra is many things to many people. tributes were paid to her writing and her activism. she campaigned for peace and gay rights in northern ireland, and her family appealed for people to embrace her vision for change. we have the power to create the kind of society that lyra envisioned. one where labels are meaningless. then came a reproachful plea, directed at northern ireland's divided politicians. why in god's name does it take the death of a 29—year—old woman with her whole life in front of her... applause. an uncomfortable reminder that more than two years since the breakdown of power—sharing
in northern ireland, these leaders who have come together in solidarity today have failed to show the same unity in government. i dare to hope that lyra's murder on holy thursday evening can be the doorway to a new beginning, and i detect a deep desire for this. exactly 21 years after the good friday agreement, lyra mckee, gunned down by the new ira, has prompted a backlash against modern day dissident republicans. the shock of lyra mckee‘s death has been felt widely but there is also a sense of hope here that it can bring a new turning point which helps northern ireland move forward. it should have been a thing of the past, you know. it is ridiculous, you know. it's a small minority who hold
the whole country to ransom, or who are trying to do it, you know? a young girl has lost her life and i hope there's no more lose their lives after this. if people would only wise up in this country. this celebration of lyra's life, also a reminder of how much northern ireland has to lose through a continuation of its past. let'sjoin emma let's join emma in let'sjoin emma in belfast tonight. it was a very powerful appeal that people heard at the service. do you detect any sign that there is some kind of new political start in the offing? well, the change people really wa nt offing? well, the change people really want to see is a reconciliation between the main unionist and nationalist parties here, so that northern ireland's devolved government can get back up and running. history has shown us in this place but sometimes, truly tragic events can lead to real change. but at the same time, i think there is some scepticism today
because after the emotion of today moves on, the differences between the main parties still remain. brexit is continuing to be a huge dividing point. but what has happened after the death of lyra mckee, this huge public outrage at the activities of the new ira, and particular public anger directed at the dissident political party here and it is hoped that will further diminish any lingering support there may be for violet republicans in future. emma vardy with the latest from belfast, there. -- violent republicans. more funerals have taken place in sri lanka for the victims of the bombings on easter sunday. the number of dead has risen again. it's now confirmed that at least 359 people died, with more than 500 injured. a row about the failure to share intelligence before the bombings has deepened political tensions, and led to moves to dismiss the country's defence minister. my colleague clive myrie is in colombo with the latest.
huw, it appears to have been a day of real progress in the investigation. while the row over the intelligence failures goes on, a much clearer picture of the bombers is emerging. the authorities say they were radical islamists, possibly helped from abroad, but some muslims in sri lanka fear reprisals because of their religion, as i've been finding out. mourning for the majority christians who died is not confined to the catholic church. in the city of negombo, at the grand mosque, prayers have four days included thoughts for the hundreds killed at the local church, murdered in the name ofa the local church, murdered in the name of a perversion of islam. the rituals remain the same but something has changed here now. there is an undercurrent of fear, that there might be christian reprisals, that a whole community has been tarred by the barbarity of
a few. in a city that has enjoyed so many years of interreligious cooperation. "not in our name," say the trustees of the mosque, denouncing the bombers as enemies of their faith. may be they are muslims but we won't accept that, we won't accept them as muslims. but in this city, in the shadow of the church a suicide bomber desecrated, how can the community heal? go ahead. all around, the living are touched by evidence of the intolerance exhibited. killed in the attack? yes, in the attack. three more people who died. yes, three more people who died. yes, three more people here. this street is paved with sorrow and lined by grief. so many are still awaiting burial. in this house, a woman in her 70s. her
daughter, aged 52. and another woman in her 60s. some of the more than 100 christian lives cut short here. but today, in the spirit of reconciliation, they are mourned by buddhists. the leader of sri lanka's catholics also paid his respects, and he told me the bombings left him numb. also paid his respects, and he told me the bombings left him numblj lost my people. these were innocent people. they had nothing to do with whatever the struggles of these people are that blasted them to pieces. it was something that i could not grasp and understand. i couldn't understand the rationality of what they did. the families of the eight british people killed in sri lanka can't understand, either. lorraine campbell from manchester, who was 55, is the last one to be named. ijust want who was 55, is the last one to be named. i just want to bring who was 55, is the last one to be named. ijust want to bring my mum home and i want to give everyone who
knew her, who had the opportunity to spend time with her and get to know her, like we all did, give them the opportunity to come together and celebrate this beautiful woman. lorraine campbell's killer is thought to have lived in this upmarket neighbourhood in colombo. this is the suicide bomber‘s house, still sealed for forensics. and the family's copperfactory still sealed for forensics. and the family's copper factory is where investigators believe the bombs were built. so many died that easter sunday, the funerals are being staggered. there we re d oze ns funerals are being staggered. there were dozens more today. it is a continuing process of remembrance in a land where the only viable future for its multi religious and ethnic population is to try to live in peace. the work on reconciliation
continues. there is still a state of emergency here and the government has kept a curfew in place as security services investigate the attacks. so far, we know that police have identified eight out of nine bombers, all of them sri lankan, one of whom was a woman. 60 people have been arrested to date and many of them are still detained. but police are still searching for the man they believe to be the ringleader, zahran hassan, a member of a hardline islamist group. 0ur correspondent yogita limaye travelled to his home town, more than 200 kilometres east of colombo. the search for the source of sri lanka's horror leads to this town. it is where zahran hashim lived, a radical muslim cleric, thought to be the mastermind of the attacks. islamic state group have now claimed then. in his town, it is difficult to get
people to talk about him. you don't know where he lived in this area? nervous that their community is under the shadow of terror. we are told he has not been seen here in more than two years. we finally find his sister's house. afraid of reprisals, she does not wa nt afraid of reprisals, she does not want herface afraid of reprisals, she does not want her face to be shown, but she agreed to speak to us. later, walking through a rundown neighbourhood, we are taken to his childhood home. the house is all locked at the moment. we are told his parents left town a few days before the attack. zahran hashim grew up here. i'm told this is his ancestral home.
although more recently he lived in a rented house in town. people in this neighbourhood are in shock that someone who lived amidst them is suspected to be behind such brutal bombings that killed hundreds, and they shy away from talking about him. earlier in the day, we saw the mosque he'd founded. today, it's empty, but he is believed to have had hundreds of fanatical followers. though there were also many muslims who accused him of radicalising youngsters. this man heads the council of local mosques. translation: that someone from our area has been linked to attacks is really worrying for us. we are shocked and upset by it. our community doesn't support hardliners. we believe in harmony and unity. as a mark of respect for the victims, the town closed down. there's sorrow here, like the rest of the country,
but also real fear of a backlash. yogita limaye, bbc news. the latest on the hunt for the mastermind, potentially, of the attacks here. you talk to people here in colombo and frankly across the country, and they are left with several questions. 0ne the country, and they are left with several questions. one of them, how could a group of eight or nine people, including a woman, have been radicalised to a point where they we re radicalised to a point where they were willing to commit mass murder. with the authorities saying they had everything going in life, they were educated and wealthy. but also, again, how could it be that a paralysis at the very top of government here, and in the intelligence services meant that warnings two weeks ago that attacks we re warnings two weeks ago that attacks were being planned, were completely ignored. and now it looks like there will be senior resignations at the very highest levels of government. and of course, all those problems
have led to people dying. i have seen have led to people dying. i have seen over have led to people dying. i have seen over the last three days, so many open caskets of people still needing to be buried. and in the next day, the day after that and the day after that, there will be many more, so day after that, there will be many more, so many day after that, there will be many more, so many people died here. it's back to you. studio: clive myrie, in colombo, thank you. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe could be released from jail in a prisoner swap, according to iran's foreign minister. the british charity worker was jailed for five years in 2016, after being convicted of spying, which she denies. speaking in new york today, javad zarif suggested she could be swapped with iranians detained in the us and australia. the chinese telecoms giant huawei has welcomed reports that the uk government is to allow it to help build britain's 5g data network. that's despite objections from some senior ministers. who believe it poses a possible security risk. the us and a number of allies have
also expressed concerns about the security implications of working with huawei. the telecoms firm has always denied being controlled by the chinese government, and says that its work does not pose any risks of espionage or sabotage. our security correspondent gordon corera reports. the new world of 5g technology promises to transform our lives, connecting millions of devices and enabling everything from driverless cars to smart homes. but it also poses a major security question — should a chinese company be the one to deliver this future? 5g is a real game changer because the network itself is going to be much more intelligent. there's going to be much more software running things, changing its shape, changing its function, all the time. it's going to be a much more unpredictable service, and for cyber security experts, that means that it presents more of a potential risk. huawei may be best known to most people for making phones,
but it's also a leading player in building the infrastructure for all our communications. critics fear that allowing it to build 5g could enable the chinese state to spy on — or even switch off — the flow of data we will all depend on. but the uk's top cyber security official says the risks posed by huawei can be managed. whatever final decision ministers reach, we can be confident that it will be a sufficiently tough and demanding oversight regime for all suppliers, and for our telecommunications networks as a whole. at a conference in glasgow today, there was an unprecedented appearance from representatives of the intelligence alliance known as the five eyes — the us, the uk, canada, australia and new zealand. but behind this very public show of unity, there are real divisions about how to deal with huawei, with the us and australia having already decided to exclude
the company, and now the uk appearing to look to take a different approach. huawei being a company that has to be responsive to their intelligence and military needs presents a threat. and as for five eyes, we're united that that is a threat. so, you will see us draw a line and say, they can't be in our sensitive networks. the discussions that are going on right now is, where do you draw the line on what's a sensitive network? the expectation is that the uk will exclude huawei from the most sensitive core of any new 5g network, but that will not allay all of the concerns. the company itself has always denied it could be the tool of the chinese state. dealing with huawei is about more than one company. it is about how western countries deal with the rise of china and the spread of its technology, and the uk's decision is one that will be closely watched at home and abroad. gordon corera, bbc news.
our china correspondent john sudworth is in beijing. john, how has this news gone down with the company, and does it change in any way the debate around this company and the chinese government? huawei is treating this as a victory but in reality it's only a partial one. as you heard in gordon's report, the company could provide some equipment but we would be locked out of the uk's core 5g infra structure, and that's because huawei has a fundamental problem. it doesn't matter how often it says its independent of the chinese government, proving it is quite another matter. this is a country, a society, in which the communist party exercises almost total control over the courts and wields huge influence over company boa rd rooms. in the end, though, this may have
been a decisionjust in the end, though, this may have been a decision just as much about geopolitics as it is about security. the uk found itself caught between china and america, and given its other geopolitical diplomatic challenges at the moment, perhaps it's no surprise that in the end it has chosen to hedge its bets. john sudworth with the latest from beijing. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has said she wants to hold a second referendum on scottish independence by 2021, if the country is taken out of the eu. speaking at holyrood, she said she would soon introduce legislation to set the rules for another vote. the first referendum on independence took place in 2014. our scotland editor sarah smith was listening to the address. hoping to appear generous, nicola sturgeon is offering snacks to the press. bacon rolls! as well as offering cross—party talks to her political opponents. offering impatient snp members the prospect of another independence referendum just in time for their party conference this weekend, and offering cross—party
talks to her opponents on more powers for the scottish parliament. so if others across this chamber are willing to move forward in that spirit, they will find in me an equally willing partner. but if all they have to offer the people of scotland is a failed and a damaging status quo, then the process of change will pass them by and support for independence will continue to grow. unionist parties are not convinced ms sturgeon really is looking for consensus, and believe voters do not want another scottish referendum. they've watched the whole brexit episode unfold. they can see that leaving a 40—year—old union has proved to be hugely problematic. i think it's persuaded even more people in scotland that trying to leave a 300—year—old union, the most successful one, that they voted to remain in just a few years ago, is actually an even more difficultjob still. ijust don't think they want it. the scottish parliament cannot hold a referendum without permission from westminster, something the uk government is not about to grant.
nicola sturgeon knows it's extremely unlikely that westminster would allow another scottish referendum within the next couple of years, so she's playing a longer game here, saying she wants to start a conversation that includes people who don't support independence about how scotland should be governed. hoping of course to persuade them that independence would be the best option. scotland's future is often debated amongst the volunteers at this community garden in ayrshire, where brexit has changed some people's minds on independence. if we end up with a soft brexit, i'm not sure there will be independence, or a successful independence referendum. if we do crash out, i think there probably will be another independence referendum, and this time it could edge it. does brexit make scottish independence more likely? i think it actually does. i think eventually, if scotland wants to stay in europe and europe wants scotland to stay in. i think everybody is fed up with referendums, quite honestly. sorry, no second chances.
the snp know they need to grow support for independence before they can hold another vote. they hope they've begun to cultivate a conversation that will persuade people to consider it. sarah smith, bbc news. the north korean leader, kim jong—un, has arrived in the far east of russia for his first summit with president putin. mr kim made the relatively short trip to the pacific coast city of vladivostok in his private armoured train. talks are due to begin on thursday, as our correspondent steve rosenberg reports. his armoured train had all but made it into vladivostok station. but somehow there was just enough time for a last—gasp spring clean by kim jong—un's staff. north korea clearly keen to make a good impression on russia. outside the station, kim was treated to a guard of honour. it's his first visit to russia. he is looking quite the statesman.
two summits with donald trump had ensured that. even if they have failed to persuade north korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme. whenever there is a summit with kim jong—un at the table, we've kind of got used to the man opposite being donald trump, but this time it will be vladimir putin, and that puts the kremlin leader exactly where he wants to be — centre stage. vladimir putin hasn't met to kim jong—un before, but he met his father, kimjong—il. as for this meeting, the kremlin has a clear message for america. you cannot solve the world's biggest problems without russia's help. steve rosenberg, bbc news, vladivostok. tonight's football, and a game billed as a decisive encounter in one of the closest—run premier league title races in years. manchester united took on reigning champions manchester city at old trafford tonight. our sports editor dan roan
was watching the action. the finale to a thrilling season hurtling into view, this was a derby with a twist. for many manchester united fans, it felt like a no—win situation. get a result against city and they would be handing bitter rivals liverpool the advantage in a classic title race. lose, and instead their noisy neighbours would be on course for another league triumph. after a string of poor results, however, united desperately needed to restore some pride. marcus rashford repeatedly posing a threat. city's best moment in a goalless first half carved out by raheem sterling and only denied by david de gea. but the champions had won ten league games in a row for a reason. bernardo silva giving them the lead they craved. it's in, a priceless goal for manchester city! at this stage, united were still in it, butjesse lingard then blew a golden chance to equalise, before substitute leroy sane found himself in acres of space to extend city's lead.
the significance of the moment not lost on the manager. de gea, all too aware that once again, he should have done better. a seventh defeat in nine, then, for united. their hopes of a top four place in jeopardy. city back on top with what could prove a decisive win. their dream of retaining the title within touching distance. it all means city are a point ahead of liverpool with three games to play in what has been a truly remarkable title race that has seen the lead change hands some 28 times already. when all three and they will retain the title, and they are on the verge of an unprecedented domestic treble, manchester city. at old trafford, the scale of the rebuilding task required is laid bare this evening. newsnight is getting under way on bbc two. here on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are.
hello and welcome to sportsday, i'm sarah mulkerrins. your headlines tonight. a signficant strike — city take control of the title race as they beat rivals united in the manchester derby. arsenal outclassed by wolves, as the gunners miss their chance of moving into the top four. and digging deep — judd trump comes from three frames down to beat tepchaiya un—nooh and keep his crucible hopes alive.
hello and welcome to sportsday. good evening — manchester city are back on top of the premier league table tonight — they are one point clear of liverpool after a 2—0 derby win over manchester united. it's been an extraordinary title race so far this season, with this thrilling battle between liverpool and city, and now with just three games left. how signficant will tonight's result prove? let's cross live to old trafford and join the bbc‘s sports editor dan roan. united were under pressure from recent poor performances — and city were able to exploit their frailties tonight. absolutely, in truth it's not a real surprise, six defeats and eight for united coming into the match, they went ten week games in a row they we re went ten week games in a row they were the hot favourite many felt that united had a point to prove and desperately needed a win, not only to restore pride but for their
prospects and getting into the top floor and qualifying for the champions league next season, but it was not to be. the first half was relatively evenly balanced, united posed a threat especially through marcus, who went close a few times but towards the end of that first off, the quality began to show. the first chance at a real chance they enjoyed was raheem who carved out a good opportunity for himself, but added denied that as you see, so i think he has been something of a hero between them and at that point they look like they may be happening again but he changed in the second half where city's extra quality really began to show up, and the deadlock was broken by bernardo after a fine team move, early after the restart. as you can see, he beat him at his near post perhaps manchester united goalkeeper could have done more, but that