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be fans will be eagerly awaiting a title and also to see how their favourite character has changed. time for a look at the weather. after the sunshine and warmth through the weekend, times are changing significantly. we got up to 23 degrees in norfolk yesterday. we will be lucky to hit the mid teens and there will always be some showers close by. temperatures continue to dip into the weekend. disappointing. just 11 degrees after we saw mid 20s in the weekend just gone. some more settled conditions to come next week. we have this area of low pressure centred to the west just now and it will continue to move showers across is from the atlantic, some in organised bands, more persistent rain for a time this afternoon for northern england and parts of southern scotland. some
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sunshine in the south but it will just allow their showers to become increasingly heavy, particularly in the midlands through the afternoon. southern counties becoming drier or later. most showers will clear overnight but we will see a mixed area of rain starting to move towards wales in the south—west by the end of the night. further east, chilly, four newcastle, five in norwich. but here are the best of the sunshine starts friday. but the cloud will gather in the west and showers will move in. rain for a time for the south—west and wales, improving as the day goes on and a wetter afternoon for northern england and southern scotland. friday evening, all eyes on the west. this is storm hanna and it will make for a different story for this weekend. this will bring damaging winds to some regions of
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the uk and heavy rain for a saturday. winds affecting southern counties, especially the south—west, and south wales. gusts of 60—70 mph. wet across england and wales, scotla nd wet across england and wales, scotland and northern ireland fearing slightly better. last weekend, mid 20s, but we will barely get 9—10 in some spots with the wet weather this saturday. on a positive note, the low pressure system moves away quickly. on sunday, some cloud, drizzly rain in the west but hopefully brighter spells as well. temperatures around average, 13—15. a much better story if you're heading to london to run the marathon. gone are the intense heat of last weekend and the heavy rain of last weekend and the heavy rain of saturday. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. cases of measles almost quadrupled in england last year, as a report warns more than half a million children in the uk may
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not have had the jab. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon, it's 1.30pm, and here's your latest sports news. "we're not champions yet" — that's the message from pep guardiola after his manchester city side won a crucial manchester derby. they went back to the top of the league last night after a convincing 2—0 win over manchester united. they have a slim one point advantage over liverpool and guardiola says the title race is so tight because of the standards his team set last season. i think we increased the level for the premier league last season, doing 100 points, and opponents know thatis doing 100 points, and opponents know that is to level. and liverpool are
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chasing us in that situation. at the same time, we have to control them, but what they have done is incredible, but it is in our hands. three more games, that is the most important thing. it is good, because it would be incredible. we try to play our game. the arsenal manager unai emery says he's still confident his side can finish in the top four and qualify for the champions league. that's despite being comfortably beaten 3—1 by wolves. it's the first time they've have beaten arsenal in any compeitition for a0 years. the professional footballers association has released it's team of the year this morning. and unusually, all except one player are from either manchester city or liverpool — which obviously highlights how outstanding both teams have been this season. but perhaps the most surprisingly thing is that the one player that isnt from those two teams is manchester united's paul pogba. so, despite his inconsistency this
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season, pogba's playing peers have still voted for him. onto the world snooker championship, where the second round is under way in sheffield. these are live pictures from bbc two where one of the biggest matches from the last 16 is going on. it's between the 2010 champion from australia, neil robertson, playing the 2005 winner from england, shaun murphy, who's been in great form so far, with only the second ever whitewash in the tournament's history in the first round. robertson is also playing well, only conceding one frame until this match. it's early on, and the score is 65—0 in the first frame. you can watch it live on bbc two and the bbc sport website now. one of the uk's biggest betting companies — gvc — says it will no longer sponsor shirts or advertise on pitchside hoardings in the uk. it's one of a number of promises made by the company that owns ladbrokes and coral,
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including a wider ban on tv advertising. our sports news correspondent is richard conway. a lot of foreign companies are involved in shirt sponsorship with british teams, and getting them on board i think is going to be nigh on impossible. plus your‘s agreement between the major british companies to ban tv advertising took some time to ban tv advertising took some time to negotiate and agree, so getting a universal ban on shirt sponsorship and perimeter advertising, ithink is going to be that much harder. but gvc, one of the biggest firms in the uk what those brands, ladbrokes and coral, taking a stand today and saying they are going to unilaterally withdraw their sponsorship and commercial agreements on that basis because they think it is the right thing to do. just to clarify, it is gvc, that company. three months after having major hip surgery we have an update on the fitness of andy murray. and it's from his mum who says —
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he's "cautiously optimistic" about returning to action at some point this summer. last month andy murray said he was pain free after his hip surgery injanuary, but then he was still rating his chances of playing at wimbledon as less than 50—percent. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. the us military spent millions of dollars trying to wipe out the heroin industry in afghanistan. around 95% of the heroin that ends up on uk streets comes from afghan poppy fields. but the bbc has been given exclusive access to research suggesting that 21st century fighter jets were often being used to bomb mud huts, not heroin factories. justin rowlatt takes a look for us — starting in the skies above afghanistan. an f-16 an f—16 fighter refills over nine to help province in afghanistan.
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america deployed some of the most high—tech weapons ever developed in what has become its longest war. two yea rs what has become its longest war. two years ago, they were given a new target. heroin laboratories. i'm going to talk about the strikes we have done in the last 2a hours. we are hitting the talybont hearts, which is their finances. american forces released videos of many of the strikes they were to be 200 in total, costing tens of millions of dollars. american forces said it was worth it. the taliban, they said, was $50 million, drug trafficking networks, another 160 million. but thousands of miles away in the uk, a tea m thousands of miles away in the uk, a team of researchers claims that the high—tech bombs were hitting empty buildings. can you see the top two pairs of the buildings? those are shops. to analyse the videos and identified many sites. satellite
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footage help to show what was happening beforehand. so i mucked up we look at each of the compound locations, and we look at the activity in it. there are no signs in those images. this rare footage shows workers are piling down opium into a paste, defer stage in a process of producing heroin. it leaves a distinctive pattern is on the ground. this site was hit by the afg ha n the ground. this site was hit by the afghan air force. satellite the ground. this site was hit by the afghan airforce. satellite images of the site being built, and then in september 2017 are being used as a laboratory. we can see that there is an area where they have been processing human barrows, and water i’ui'i processing human barrows, and water run off from that. but production had stopped before the strike happen. the researchers looked at a0 free sites in total, just one, this
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one, was clearly producing. the video and satellite analysis was backed up by dozens of interviews in the communities affected by the campaign. the conclusions were damning. david mansfield is the lead researcher. very few of these buildings that were struck were actively producing drugs. most of them were probably have been labs at some point, but would torment at the time they were destroyed. what does that tell us about how effective this campaign was in terms of denying them equity revenue, which was the primary purpose? denying them equity revenue, which was the primary purpose ?m denying them equity revenue, which was the primary purpose? it as it -- it tells us it was not effective. what is a loss to a drug—trafficking organisation when you essentially hit a much compound? we asked the american military from there is a response. it's civilians were killed in this bombing raid on the first night of the campaign. that has prompted decision to target empty
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sides to avoid casualties? i wanted to know. i got this a terse reply. a spokesman for the us commander in afghanistan said all their efforts are focused on getting the taliban to the negotiating table. the grand majority of our strikes, she told me, are lethal strikes aimed at the taliban or isis. afghanistan's heroin are and midrash corruption and says the man, over charged with overseeing america's effort to reconstruct afghanistan, it is therefore a major threat to peace. over 30% of the gross domestic product is narcotic trafficking, and a major cash crop is heroin. over 600,000 afghans unemployed in the heroin industry. the bombing
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campaigni heroin industry. the bombing campaign i can see heroin laboratories is the latest chapter ina laboratories is the latest chapter in a story of failure in the battle against afghan opium. the us has spent an average of one and a half million dollars a day on counter narcotics since 2001, yet opium cultivation has increased more than fourfold. that affects all of us, because more opium in afghanistan means a cheaper heroin coming to a street near you. iran's foreign minister says the british—iranian charity worker, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, could be released from jail in a prisoner swap. she was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of spying charges, which she denies. the country's foreign minister javad zarif says he is ready to exchange her for iranians held in the us and australia. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first the headlines on bbc news... knife crime across england and wales
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has risen to record levels with nearly a1,000 offences recorded by police last year. "a public health time bomb" — that's the warning from the boss of nhs england — amid a big rise in the number of measles cases. calls for an inquiry after yesterday's leak of controversial government plans for the uk to use chinese i'm tadhg. in the business news: the planned merger of sainsburys and asda has been blocked. the comptetion watchdog said that combining two of the country's leading supermarkets would lead to increased prices in stores and at petrol stations, despite management's insistence that customers would benefit from price cuts. the chief executive of rbs, ross mcewan, has resigned. he's been in thejob for five and a half years, in which time rbs has closed hundreds of branches but also returned to profitability
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after the financial crisis. mcewan was also criticised for his handling of a controvery over how some of its troubled small business customers had their problems made worse by the bank. critics of airbnb and other home sharing platforms have told of their fears that tourist cities could be hollowed out, reducing accommodation for ordinary people. a bbc investigation has found that airbnb listings in edinburgh have doubled over the past three years. in london, they've quadrupled since 2015. let's get more on that decision to block the supermarket mega merger of asda and sainsbury‘s. the boss of sainsbury‘s says that the competition regulator has effectively taken £1bn out of customers' pockets. that was how much he claimed the combined retailer could cut prices. but the competition and markets authority didn't see it that way, and the man leading the investigation told our business correspondent emma simpson that it was not a good deal for customers.
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we blocked this merger because we don't think it will be good for shoppers and motorists in the uk. it will lead to less competition in supermarkets and grocery shopping online, and petrol station. we think that will lead to higher prices and putter service. eubank in france by sainsbury‘s promised to cut prices by £8 billion over the years? no. we are obviously aware of the promise when we decided to block the merger. it is predicated on cost savings which we don't think i'd likely to be realised. secondly, actually verifying and tracking the implementation would be very difficult in practice to make sure it came about. more fundamentally, it came about. more fundamentally, it doesn't deal with a major competition problems associated with too much of the largest grocers in the uk merging. to aviation now and the budget airline norwegian has warned that it could make a loss this year because of the grounding
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of the boeing 737 max. norwegian has 18 of the affected aircraft, which cannot fly while investigations continue into how two similar planes — belonging to other airlines — crashed recently, killing 3a6 people. sourcing alternative aircraft could cost norwegian £a5 million, adding to its other financial headaches. let's get the thoughts now of loizos heracleous, who's an expert in the aviation industry and professor of strategy at warwick business school. similar problems for other airlines flying the 737 max, but not all have the same underlying problems as norwegian, we have had just recently that it could cost £130 million for another company. looking at norwegian, it usually compounding its other financial wars. yes, usually compounding its other financialwars. yes, norwegian's aircraft, about 10% of its fleet is the point 787 max, so that is
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creating some significant problems, but it is really not the root of its troubles. the route of its troubles is to fast growth, and a huge debt, so the gearing ratio, which is total debt over equity, is about 22, so it is 65 billion norwegian kroner in debt. except it is —— its equity is on its debugging, which is about 270 million pounds. the same amount that was raised last month in a rights issue. to put this in perspective, if the writer she did not take place last month, norwegian air would have no equity, so that is the root of its troubles. long—term financially unsustainable. we know they have flooded the transatlantic market with low—cost receipts in the last few years, and they have been scaling back on that capacity in
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more recent times. what more did we learn about the problems and today's results ? learn about the problems and today's results? the low long-haul model is a great idea from the customer's point of view. i had taken the flight point of view. i had taken the flight last week, and i really enjoyed it, but from a financial point of view, it does not seem to cover the costs of the airline, in the right things right now to try and stem the losses, they are deferring capital expenditure, they are restructuring their roots, they are restructuring their roots, they are reducing cost, they are growing more slowly. and hopefully this will help, but if there is no other cash injection over the next year, it will be in big trouble. what about the future for the region? we know that iag tried to buy it recently.
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its offer was a part. can it remain a stand—alone? its offer was a part. can it remain a stand-alone? it is very difficult. anyone who wants to buy it has to accept the debt, which is about 6 billion uk pounds, and even if norwegian starts making profits, it will in the longer term have to somehow pay off that debt, so my view is that it is in a precarious situation. looking at the wider issue, the subtext to all of this, boeing, the 737 max grounding, we had yesterday from a point that it is costing $1 billion in the past quarter. ultimately, at that to whichever competition which might be payable to airlines and of course families of the dead, and ultimately, it could be a lot higher than that. yes it could but boeing will be fine. it is part of a duopoly at the moment. boeing and
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airbus don't have any significant competitors. they do have a full pack order book. they do have a queue of customers waiting for their planes. boeing will be fine in the longer term. thank you very much for joining us with your thoughts today. also making business headlines today, two leading bookmakers have said they'll change their advertising as they try to fight problem gambling. william hill and gvc, which owns other brands including ladbrokes and coral, have promised to stop putting their logos on football shirts, placing ads around football pitches and playing tv ads during live sport. it's not just supermarket mergers being called off today: the controversial plan to bring together germany's two largest lenders has been abandoned. deutsche bank said it had concluded that combining with commerzbank would cost more than it would save. the german government, which still owns shares in commerzbank after a crisis era bailout had supported the merger but it had been opposed by many investors and powerful labour unions.
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facebook has said it will set aside more than £2.3 billion to cover the potential costs of an investigation by us authorities into its privacy practices. the social media giant also revealed that its advertising sales in the first quarter of this year jumped by 26% to almost 12 billion pounds and that the number of users logging on every month had grown by 8%. sainsbury‘s shares taking a real battering today because of that blocked merger. it's also affecting other supermarkets too, tesco and ocado. and the builder taylor wimpey also performing poorly and dragging on other construction stocks after it warned that the cost of building houses was going up. that's all the business news.
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the rspca says it received 15,000 calls last year about exotic animals that had been abandoned or neglected. whilst a pet snake, turtle or bearded dragon might sound more interesting than owning a cat, dog or hamster, exotic pets usually need more specialist care. tim muffett reports. funny, cute, but with raccoon dogs, looks can deceive. if i was to grab this with no gloves on, i would be going to a&e. latterly, people have seen videos of them, perhaps online, of how cute they are and said, oh, i want one as a pet, but they don't make a good pet unless you're a specialist. sparsholt college in winchester for animals and plants are studied, and very occasionally, abandoned pets are given a home — such as these five raccoon dogs which originate from east asia. one was actually found under someone's decking in a garden in hertfordshire. one pair was in cumbria, others were in greater manchester area. the big problem with abandoning
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exotic animals is that they could become established in britain, and impact on native wildlife, so if raccoon dogs became established, they could feed on ground nesting birds and amphibians and so forth. the rspca runs a cruelty hotline, and last year, it received more than 15,000 calls specifically about exotic animals. that's more than a0 a day — almost two calls every hour. it heartbreaking to see these animals suffering. we see some animals deliberately abandoned. and in these cases, we think that just the reality of caring for these animals has become too much. these bearded dragons here were previously kept as exotic pets in people's homes, but the people found out they were no longer able to look after them. some of these animals might be escaped pets. last year, we rescued more than 200 corn snakes, more than 150 of which were found stray. stig's about eight years old. stig is a bearded dragon. he belongs to kirsty, who works for the rspca. we've had a lot of bearded dragons
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that get dumped in boxes. and i picked up ones that have got, like, three legs and half a tail missing, and they are completely emaciated. it can be quite easy to think, oh, i'lljust get a tank and get the initial setup, and it'll be fine. but actually, day—to—day, he needs salad, live food, his uv lamp and his heat lamp. you've got to check the temperature. is it frustrating that some people don't seem to think about this before they buy one? yeah, and there are so cheap to get hold of. i mean, i've seen the babies for sale for 20 quid. in october, tougher regulations were introduced for pet shops and sellers across england, but it is feared many animals which need specialist care are still being bought by people who don't provide it. and unlike a cat or a door, if you come stig's name, he won't come back. if they go out of sight, then that's generally it. people don't tend to find them again.
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a pet project more demanding than many realise. now it's time for a look at the weather. it is april, a month famous for its showers, and unless you think they had forgotten us, they are pretty plentiful today across the uk, and will be for the next few days, after such a drought we can. the reason being, high pressure had made its way to our shores once again. occasionally it brings in more organised bands of showers or weather fronts. for this afternoon, across england and wales, a chance of some quite intense thunderstorms are breaking out, and get some of the strongest of the sunshine and the strongest of the sunshine and the top temperatures, and for northern england, perhaps more persistent rain. time temperatures today probably reserved for the north—west of scotland. elsewhere, 14, north—west of scotland. elsewhere, 1a, 15, certainly down on the heights we have had recently.
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through this evening and overnight, so much aware that rolling across northern england and scotland, and more showers by the end of the night crowding into the south—west of england and westernmost world. further is, quite chilly in a couple of spots, actually. in the countryside, down as low as perhaps four to greece. on friday, the best of the sunshine and the east. a brief dry spell for wales and the south—west before be for a more wet and windy weather will start to write a friday evening. some wet weather through the afternoon for northern england and scotland, but this can't you see to the west is a pretty daunting weather featured that we will be talking about a lot, ifear, through that we will be talking about a lot, i fear, through the latter part of the week and into the weekend. this has been named, and this is storm hannah. for the south of england and south wales, it means a threat of some very strong, potentially damaging winds through friday evening and even on into saturday afternoon. so pretty wet weather as
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well, particularly focusing on england and wales. and it will be a cold day. last weekend, temperatures we re cold day. last weekend, temperatures were in the mid 20s. lucky to get into double figures in some spots on saturday. the good news is, for sunday, that low is a way to the east. the picture is in contrast, just so much quieter. like points, patchy clouds, some sunny spells, and recovering just a little as well. back up to average temperatures.
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hello, you're watching afternoon live. i'm simon mccoy. today at 2: knife crime across england and wales rises to record levels, as latest figures also reveal the highest numbers of murder and manslaughter since 2008. we know what works and what works is a combination of tough law—enforcement and really effective long—term work in communities to engage with young people. a public health time bomb, that's the warning from the boss of nhs england, amid a big rise in the number of measles cases. calls for a leak inquiry, after details from a meeting of the government's national security council about the chinese telecoms firm huawei appeared in a newspaper. coming up on afternoon live, all the sport. amid all the talk of the title race,
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