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today at 5.00: the foreign office advises against all but essential travel to sri lanka, after sunday's devastating bomb attacks. more than 350 people were killed in sunday's blasts — the foreign office fears more attacks are likely in tourist destinations. these british teenagers were killed in the bombings — their father pleads for their bodies to be brought home to the uk. we want to get them back. there's nothing else to it. we want to reunite them with their family as soon as possible, as you can imagine. 8,000 britons are still believed to be in sri lanka. we'll be in colombo with the latest. the other main stories on bbc news at 5... calls for a police inquiry, after details are leaked from a national security council meeting on the chinese telecoms firm huawei. it's got to be stopped, and the only way to stop it is to investigate it thoroughly, and that's why i think the police
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should be called in now. cases of measles almost quadrupled in england last year, as a report warns more than 500,000 children in the uk may not have had the vaccine. the 0scar—winning actor rami malek will play the latest bond villain, joining daniel craig, playing 007 for the fifth and final time. it's been a long time but it's been an amazing time, and i'm just terribly excited about getting going. it's five o'clock. our main story is that, in the past hour, the foreign office has advised against all but essential travel to sri lanka, following the easter sunday bombings, which claimed the lives of at least 359 people, including eight britons.
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it warned terrorists were very likely to try to carry out further indiscriminate attacks, including places visited by foreigners. some 8,000 british tourists are still believed to be in sri lanka — the government is to talk to the travel industry about ways of helping them home. meanwhile, the family of two teenagers killed in the blast at the shangri—la hotel in colombo, have paid tribute to 15—year—old amelie and 19—year—old daniel linsey. their father urged the uk authorities to bring their bodies back home to the uk. david and matthew linsey were talking to my colleague caroline hawley. we remember amelie as being beautiful in every way. she had everything — she was beautiful, she was smart, she was loving, she was kind. she lived for other people, and she had a wonderful sense of humour. she loved travelling, she loved being with the family, and had an especially close bond with my father. she was always a daddy's girl.
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and really important for a 15—year—old girl, she wasn't cliquish. neither my wife nor i were cliquish. we tried to discuss things we didn't like and just a really open—minded, great sense of humour. she wouldn't just say something that you want to hear, and she told you what she thought was the truth. daniel was really the most loving and genuine person i've ever met. he more than anyone lived his life in the service of other people, i think, not one time can we remember him asking for something, him being selfish and wanting anyone to go out of their way. he would always go out of his way for other people. he was always interested in interacting with anyone, no matter their background, i think maybe the more esoteric, the more interested he was. what do you want the uk government to do now for amelie and daniel? obviously get them back here as soon as possible. i don't want to say anything else.
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i don't want to be critical in any way because i know governments work different ways but we want to get them back. we want to reunite them with their family as soon as possible, as you can imagine. tributes have also been paid to bill harrop, a retired firefighter from manchester, who was killed in the attacks on sunday, alongside his wife sally bradley. the couple had been living in australia. in a statement, mr harrop‘s sons gavin and miles said, our beloved father bill harrop was a devoted father, the best anyone could wish for. he loved travel, especially sampling local dishes, rugby and fishing. they say, his happiest times were spent with his family, sharing good times as we explored the world. they went on to say, our father was also our hero and he will always be our role model as a family man who protected his community.
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joining me now from colombo is our southeast asia correspondent, nick beake. can we ask first about the news from the foreign office today about the likelihood of further attacks and the likelihood of targeting areas that tourists are in? what did you make of the morning and what kind of impact does this have already? good evening. clearly the british government will not have taken this decision lightly and it will have been based on specific intelligence assessments. i can just been based on specific intelligence assessments. i canjust give been based on specific intelligence assessments. i can just give you a bit of a picture of what life is like in colombo, the capital of sri la nka like in colombo, the capital of sri lanka this evening. it remains in a state of emergency and so once again there will be a curfew tonight. it has been a very busy day once again for security services. we are told more than 7000 soldiers are involved in the nationwide operation and basically the priority is to try and
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track down and stop any remaining members of this terror cell, who have already wreaked such carnage on this country. there was a blast here in colombo earlier today, to the east of the city. nobody was injured in any way. there was an explosion which was on vacant land near a court but clearly that is of concern. also the fact that three other people were arrested and we know that hand grenades were found and also six swords. this is adding to the worrying intelligence picture, and looking at these sort of incidents today it is that british officials will have made the decision. thinking about the kind of difficult logistics that people are having to confront now, not just logistics that people are having to confront now, notjust in terms of the repatriation of bodies but also because of our thousands of tourists there, many of whom will understandably be wanting to return home as soon as they can... some of your thoughts on the scale of this
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challenge? as you say we think around 8000 british tourists are currently in sri lanka in one place or another and we know that in the past ten yea rs and we know that in the past ten years since the civil war ended here it has really blossomed as a tourist destination. britain's make up the third biggest group behind visitors from india and china. we think is happening now is the british government officials will be talking to those tour operators and the people who have brought the tourists here and asking them, what they want to do? do you want to cut short your trip? this is of course guidance and many people look carefully at the government is saying but as you are alluding to, bringing back all those people will not be an easy matter and bearing in mind that we saw on sunday hotels which have been popular with foreign visitors in particular, british visitors, they have been seen as a potential target. we know transport hubs as well as an area of concern so as well as an area of concern so as well as an area of concern so as well as the huge operation the sri lankans well as the huge operation the sri lanka ns face well as the huge operation the sri lankans face in terms of mitigating
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future terrorist attacks, we know british officials will also face their own different difficult challenges in trying to bring eve ryo ne challenges in trying to bring everyone home safely who wants to do thank you very so. much, our correspondent in colombo. thank you. an inquiry could be launched, into how details of a top secret government meeting, chaired by the prime minister, were leaked to the press. the daily telegraph yesterday reported that, despite security concerns, the national security council had approved the use of equipment built by the chinese firm, huawei, in the uk's 5g mobile phone network. the details were leaked to parts of the press, causing growing controversy. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster. what kind of impact has this been having today and what questions are being asked? it has become political and we are used to lea ks it has become political and we are used to leaks from cabinet meetings, weekly meetings. but this many feel as on
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weekly meetings. but this many feel asona weekly meetings. but this many feel as on a different scale because of national security council being a smaller group of cabinet ministers chaired by the prime minister. as the name suggests it talks about matters of national security. there are many who feel this is much more serious that information could have come out of there and got to the press and been reported. now, some are saying but actually it is so serious that it should be investigated by the police. remember, all cabinet ministers signed the official secrets act and some are saying it could well have beenin some are saying it could well have been in contravention of this. this was the former defence secretary sir michael fallon. well, there should now be a proper full inquiry. the cabinet secretary is also our national security adviser and i think he should now call in the police and properly investigate who the likely leaker was and make sure he's dismissed. now, when you say call in the police, what would that entail? well, that would involve a proper scotland yard investigation of all those who attended the meetings, all those who have mobile phones, whether they have contacted journalists after the meeting, all those involved should be investigated now to find out who this leaker is, because if somebody leaks once,
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they can do it again and that's a greater threat. now, of course, it is not as easy as all of that because you can take the phones from cabinet ministers or advisers but the fact that they might have spoken to a journalist afterwards does not mean they were necessarily talking about all of this. it is a bit of a problem and the labour party have ramped up pressure on the government in all of this, making sure the cabinet minister had to have come to the house of commons to answer questions. labour party think this is about cabinet ministers positioning themselves for potential future leadership contests and this was the response from the culture secretary. the reason why we don't is that officials, including the security intelligence agencies referred to in her remarks which i will come back to, need to feel that they can give advice to ministers, which ministers will treat seriously and keep private and if they do not feel that, they will not give us that advice and government will be worse as a result. that is why this is serious
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and that is why the government intends to treat it seriously, as she and the whole house would expect. we have heard from some of those cabinet ministers who were at the meeting and i havejust come cabinet ministers who were at the meeting and i have just come from an event this lunchtime with jeremy hunt, the foreign secretary. he was asked directly about this and he said the lea ks asked directly about this and he said the leaks were utterly appalling. he said it was a very bad day for our democratic processes and asked directly whether he or any of his team had leaked anything from the meeting, he replied no, he hadn't. in the last minutes, gavin williamson, defence secretary, said a similarthing, williamson, defence secretary, said a similar thing, neither i or any of my team divulged information from the national security council. we have not had any official confirmation yet that there is any formal official investigation into this.
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more than half a million children in the uk are not protected against measles because they've not been vaccinated. measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can be fatal. the nhs chief executive simon stevens has called it a growing public health time bomb. the number of measles cases in england almost quadrupled last year. there are similar problems around the world, as our global health correspondent richard galpin reports. one—year—old alba moss is lucky to be alive. the rash, a key symptom of measles. it took doctors in a london hospital more than a week to stabilise her. she's now recovered and back home. too young to have been vaccinated herself, she must have caught it from someone else who had not been inoculated. i had no idea how serious measles could be. one of the reason that we wanted to share photos of alba is to say, this is what can happen to vulnerable children, and babies who either are not old enough to have the vaccine, or aren't able to have
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it for health reasons. according to unicef, cases of the dangerous disease are on the rise around the world. and it is linking it to the numbers of people not being vaccinated. unicef says globally, 169 million children missed out on the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017. and now measles cases are up by almost 300%, compared with last year. in 2017, it says, 110,000 people died from the disease, most of them children. all round the world, there's different reasons and it's really coming down to a mixture of a lack of information and trust of information, no access to it, so the main thing has got to be education. this is new york. an outbreak in the city and the state is thought to be linked to people who returned from trips abroad. the ultraorthodoxjewish community
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has been particularly hard—hit. in europe, ukraine has the most cases of measles. the number of people inoculated is low, partly due to scepticism about the vaccine, reportedly fuelled by anti—vaccination campaigners operating online. it takes just a very quick search on social media to find many posts by anti—vaccination groups. health officials in this country are extremely worried about this, saying that the information given by these groups is misinformation, it's not true, and in fact, vaccines are safe. and we understand that the government is very soon going to meet up with the major social media companies to discuss this problem of misinformation. i'm seeing them on monday to require that they do more to take down wrong, well, lies essentially, that are promoted on social media about the impact of vaccination. vaccination is safe and very, very important for the public health, for everybody‘s health.
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while alba survived measles, tens of thousands of people around the world are dying from it. tackling misinformation online could have a major impact in preventing more deaths. richard galpin, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... tributes are paid to two british teenagers who died in the sri lanka bomb attack as the foreign office advise against all but essential travel to the country. the former defence secretary calls for a police inquiry, after details are leaked from a national security council meeting on chinese telecoms firm huawei. cases of measles almost quadrupled in england last year, as a report warns more than 500,000 children in the uk may not have had the vaccine.
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in sport, ahead of sunday's london marathon on britain's four—time olympic champion mo farah and a former distance champion are embroiled in a row over an alleged theft in a hotel in ethiopia. paul plug but is named in the players union —— paul pogba is named in the players union player of the year. and english snooker player was beaten. i will be back with more just after 5.30. the level of knife crime in england and wales has risen to a record high — according to the office for national statistics. the figures have been published after a series of high profile stabbings caused heightened public concern. there was also a large number of murders and killings last year. our home affairs correspondent
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peter cooke has this report. from patrols, to protests, stabbings to sex crime, the police say they have never been under so much pressure. today's figures show there were nearly 41,000 offences involving knives or sharp instruments in 2018, up 6%, and the highest level since 2011. there were 732 murder and manslaughter cases, an increase of 12%. his loss has been an absolute devastation to the whole family. those affected by violent crime, like paulina serunkuma, whose nephew quamari was stabbed to death in 2017, say a greater diversity could make a difference. if the police were to get more ethnic minorities in there, these are our young children, could see police that reflect society, they would be more willing to approach them when there is a problem. because if somebody has been groomed
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to carry a knife or a gun or anything like that, they could go to somebody, whether it is a social worker, a teacher. similar cases continue in the capital. this was harlesden in north west london yesterday. this is yet another location and another example of violent crime on our streets. the 21—year—old stabbed here is thought to have been attacked by a group of men. he later died in hospital. some 25 people have been stabbed to death in london so far this year. the figure across the uk is more than 70. it is an issue... theresa may held a youth violence summit earlier this month in which he said violent crime cannot be solved solely by increasing police numbers. —— in which she said violent crime cannot be solved solely by increasing police numbers. new proposals outlined how teachers and nhs workers could be held accountable for failing to spot violent crime among young people. this was the government message today. we have been here before and 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 at an early age and steer them away from bad choices that
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have devastating consequences. and that is at the heart of our strategy. the number of overall crimes being solved has fallen to a new low, with more victims failing to support further action. the demand and pressure is on our police forces is likely to remain high for the immediate future. the russian president, vladimir putin, has held his first summit with north korean leader kim jong—un. the pair greeted each other warmly ahead of the talks, near the city of vladivostok in russia's far east. the leaders reportedly discussed denuclearisation, with mr putin offering to support efforts to normalise north korean—us relations. steve rosenberg reports from vladivostok. it's the first rule of international summitry — when a president arrives, in this case putin, make sure they are safe.
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and the second rule — if you have a red carpet, make sure it fits. when the russians realised they didn't, out came the knife. in the end, sticky tape saved the day. just in time for the guest of honour. kimjong—un is in a sticky situation. international sanctions are biting. talks with america on north korea's nuclear programme have stalled. so he's come to an island near vladivostok to seek vladimir putin's support. for russia, it's a chance to show it's a key player on the global stage. "thank you, mr president," said kim, "for travelling thousands of kilometres from moscow to meet me." last year, north korea declared a moratorium on tests of nuclear weapons and long—range missiles. it was the signal for donald trump to start courting kim. he called him his friend. but he couldn't persuade him
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to end his nuclear programme. now russia says it can help. last year, donald trump said of kimjong—un, "we have a great relationship, we fell in love." well, one thing that vladimir putin doesn't go in for is public confessions of affection for world leaders. still, the smiles, as we saw here today, send a message to the white house — when it comes to being kim's best friend, two can play at that game. after the talks, vladimir putin said that for north korea to denuclearise, it needed to be given security guarantees backed up by international law. the summit was short on substance but it was big on symbols. kim gave putin a korean sword, a sign of strength, he said. and then a toast. could vladimir putin be kim's new best friend? donald trump will be watching. steve rosenberg,
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bbc news, vladivostok. let's get more now on the news that the government is now advising against all but essential travel to sri lanka following the attacks on easter sunday. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins is here. let's go through the statement first of all, what have they said? the foreign office said it has now changed its travel advice and advises against all but essential travel in light of what it calls the ongoing security operation and heightened risk of terrorism in sri la nka heightened risk of terrorism in sri lanka following the easter sunday attacks. they also warn that they think terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks and they could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. officials have been working on a new assessment since sunday and they are obviously worried that they are not
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convinced that necessarily everyone involved on sunday has been rounded up involved on sunday has been rounded up or arrested and i think there is a continuing threat. of course, the place, the foreign office, the safety a nd place, the foreign office, the safety and security of british citizens as paramount priority. that is why they are advising people not to rush for the airport straightaway but to make what they call rather charmingly timely plans to leave, and they are advising against any other tourists for the time being from going. potentially some people will be keen to leave understandably. it presents a big logistical challenge, doesn't it was much i assume they will be talking urgently to the travel industry. the element they will be and the department for transport started to talk to the travel industry as soon as the new travel advice was issued one hour ago. they will be trying to work out ways of ensuring the maximum capacity is available to get people away from sri lanka, not necessarily back to the uk in the first instance but off the uk in the first instance but off the island, but they emphasise they
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don't think there is a need for a rush to the airport and with an airport and considerable queues building up there is heightened security. they think people need to make a sensible judgment about how long they want to remain on the island. thank you, our diplomatic correspondent with the latest on that. the chief executive of rbs, ross mcewan, has resigned, saying he has "delivered the strategy" that he set out. when he started in 2013 the bank was more than 80% owned by the government, but the taxpayer's stake has since reduced to 62%. under his leadership the bank has closed hundreds of branches, but last year reported a profit of £1.6 billion. after months of rumour and speculation, the former vice presidentjoe biden has offically launched his bid to become president of the united states. the 76—year—old officially launched his campaign just a few hours ago, releasing a video that focused on the 2017 white supremacist rally in charlottesville, virginia.
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president trump has posted his reaction on twitter. he said: french president emmanuel macron has been setting out his long—awaited plans to help overcome five months of "yellow vest" protests which have damaged his presidency. this is what he had to say. i learned a lot during that period about our country, together with the
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mayors of various towns... translation: it disregards my responsibilities. it all reminds me of one thing, we are first and foremost children of enlightenment and this capacity to deliberate and to say and contradict with respect, it is a good solution for the country to come about but it can never come through hatred, jealousy... you don't build anything on these. you want a fair understanding of what we are on the challenges ahead of us. that was the president speaking a short while ago. our correspondent was listening to the address. what did you make of it? what was the main message? it is too early to say that. it was a press c0 nfe re nce it is too early to say that. it was a press conference but he has not
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stopped his opening address yet and he has not even begun to talk about the measures he wants to announce of this will be a long marathon affair. so far he has talked mainly in generalities about the past and about the gilets jaunes movement and about the gilets jaunes movement and about how he realised it was an important movement in france and therefore launched a big debate we came to the end of come a debate with hundreds of thousands of contributions, and how this press conference is to draw the conclusion to that and make some announcements. the only announcement he has made so farare the only announcement he has made so far are ones which we saw were coming, that is a dose of proportional representation into the electoral system to the national assembly, which is going to be very important because that will answer the calls from some to have a parliament which is more representative of the parties as a whole. and the far right in particular, the old nationalfront, has a very low representation. this will help them get more seats. he
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has also talked about bringing down a number of mps in the national assembly. again, a measure to reflect the fact that many people in the gilets jaunes movement and the big debate have spoken of their mistrust in the elected representatives of the country who have not changed and are sitting in the gilded splendour are not doing the gilded splendour are not doing the job... the gilded splendour are not doing thejob... there will the gilded splendour are not doing the job... there will be the gilded splendour are not doing thejob... there will be more announcements to come over the next hour or announcements to come over the next hourorso, announcements to come over the next hour or so, one of which will certainly be on an economic level, lowering taxes for the middle classes, but the big question there is, how is he going to pay for it? one thing he has set is he is not going to veer away from his own large priority to modernise the country without jeopardising the country's finances. thank you very much, hugh schofield, with the latest on the ongoing statement by the president in paris. we will have a look at the headlines ina we will have a look at the headlines in a moment and catch up with all of the sport. before that, we get today's weather.
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we have some very unsettled and pretty stormy weather on the cards over the next couple of days and we have already seen some heavy showers and thunderstorms developing through this afternoon. over the next hour some heavy showers and thunderstorms in north wales and north—west england. they will use tonight but still ring to come across the western half of scotland and north—west england and later in the night some showers into parts of wales and the south—west as well. elsewhere we will see some clear spells and temperatures falling fairly quickly down to close to freezing on one of two rural spots in the east. now, friday a bit of a mixed picture. quite a lot of dry weather for eastern scotland in central and eastern parts of england, the odd isolated heavy shower possible and for the west we have weather bringing more cloud and again outbreaks of heavy, showery rain at times. in the west, cooler, 12 up to 13 celsius, but milder, up to 17 further east. things turn u nsettled to 17 further east. things turn unsettled through friday night and into saturday as storm hanna arrives bringing strong and gusty winds in the south and heavy, thundery rain
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which is likely to cause disruption. this is bbc news. the headlines: the foreign office advises against all but essential travel to sri la nka all but essential travel to sri la n ka after all but essential travel to sri lanka after sunday's devastating bomb attacks. these british
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teenagers were killed in the bombings. theirfather teenagers were killed in the bombings. their father has teenagers were killed in the bombings. theirfather has pleaded for their bodies to be brought home to the uk. we want to get them back. there's nothing else to it. we want to reunite them with their family as soon as possible, as you can imagine. calls for a police inquiry, after details are leaked from a national security council meeting on the chinese telecoms firm, huawei. it has got to be stopped and investigated thoroughly and that is why the police should be called in i'iow. cases of measles almost quadrupled in england last year, as a report warns more than half a million children in the uk may not have had the vaccine. what lets catch up with the day's sport and joined lizzie. this sunday, double olympic champion mo farah
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will try to win his first london marathon. he has become embroiled in a row with the ethiopian former distance runner, haile gebreselasi. farah said he'd been robbed at a hotel owned the ethiopian. gebrasalasi immediately hit back by alleging "multiple reports of disgraceful conduct", which mo farah denies. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. on the right, europe's best distance runner, on the left, the man who recently smashed the world record. he traded mock blows with world record—holder eliot kipchoge by the thames yesterday. mo farah has been fixed on another rival. he crossed paths with a great haile gebreselassie as a runner, and mo farah are prepared at one of his hotels in ethiopia. there, farah says he was a victim of a crime. and he used yesterday cosmic marathon media conference to tell the world about it. someone in the hotel came into my bag, took my money, took my watch that my wife bought me as a present. and it was in haile's
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hotel. when you stay for three months in that hotel, and you could not have that support, and they couldn't do nothing. just disappointed with haile. here is haile deborah selassie at his hotel in ethiopia. he has made counterclaims against mo farah including claims of an assault, which mo farah and representatives this week. he has a message on his phone warning him that he will use the marathon news conference to raise the robbery issue. he told me before he left ethiopia, i am going to spoil, destroy your hotels. like this. you can read it from his message. a spokesperson for farah urged haile gebreselassie's legal tea m urged haile gebreselassie's legal team to get in touch with the matter
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can be resolved and in the meantime mo farah is preparing for the biggest test of his career. his appearance at the london marathon tumbleator saw him left unscathed. but the race seems more straightforward than a row that has immersed him in the last 2a walace. after an inconsistent season, paul pogba has been named in the peak pfa tea m pogba has been named in the peak pfa team of the year, the only player from the emily's top two sides to make it. he has faced criticism for performances this season, failing to show the type of form that secured the big move from juventus. it is worth noting that this kind of accolade is voted for by all premier league players and they cast their votes at the beginning of april. this is the team, six from man city, four from liverpool,
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this is the team, six from man city, fourfrom liverpool, vindication for their superb season so far, but no place for most salah of liverpool, 01’ place for most salah of liverpool, orfrom place for most salah of liverpool, or from christian eriksen place for most salah of liverpool, orfrom christian eriksen of totte n ha m. orfrom christian eriksen of tottenham. ali carter is new to the next round at the world snooker championship in sheffield. he had to withstand a fightback from jack lisowski before finally winning 10-6. lisowski before finally winning 10—6. shaun murphy has fought back in his second—round match against neil robertson to trail 5—3. murphy was on course for a maximum 147 in the finalframe was on course for a maximum 147 in the final frame of the session but missed the last red a break ending on 112. that's all from me for now, but you can find out more on the bbc sport website. we will have more at 6:30pm in sportsday.
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now, on their 11th and final day of demonstrations climate change activists from the group extinction rebellion have blockaded entrances to the treasury building and the london stock exchange by gluing themselves together — resulting in a number of arrests. the group's attempts to clog the heart of london and other cities across the uk have undoubtedly helped to drive the issue of climate change more forcefully into the public consciousness — but where do they go from here and will the campaign actually result in any kind of meaningful environmental action? with me to discuss this is clare farrell — she's is in marble arch in central london — where the group is officially bringing their protests to a close. i'm alsojoined from cambridge by ross clark, a journalist for the spectator magazine, who has been fiercely critical of both the aims of and tactics used by the demonstrators. will come to you as well, ross, thank you very much. can i start by asking you, ross, for your main
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concerns about the way this protest has evolved? extinction rebellion seem to think nobody had ever thought about tackling climate change until they came on the scene. whereas in fact we have had massive investment in renewable energy, which has meant that one third of the electricity generated in britain last year was from renewables and so on. lots has been happening, even before some of these extinction rebellion rebels were born. what have they brought to the conversation? what they have brought is just trouble and this ridiculous assertion that we can cut carbon emissions to zero by 2025, without crashing the economy, which absolutely nobody in the energy industry thinks as possible. and as for the tactics, if you live in a dictatorship, you have to break the law to make your point, but if you
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live in a democracy like britain, there are ample is ways to make your views known without resorting to this kind of tactic. and virtually every week in london we have a big march, which is sanctioned by the police, happens peacefully and so on, extinction rebellion seemed to have got it into their heads that they are more important than everybody else and therefore that they can just cause this obstruction. i will put some of those points to claire. there are several points, but i would like to ask you first about what you think has been achieved, because you will have had a strategy, goals and ambitions for what you have been doing, so give us your assessment of what has been achieved in the protests that you have put together. we have seen a huge upsurge in the conversation around this issue. her
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first demand is tell the truth. tell the truth that we are in grave dangerand the truth that we are in grave danger and that climate change is a threat, which overwrite is all the other issues and will shape everybody's livescore all of the time to come basically, so that is the first thing that has been a huge success, the first thing that has been a huge success, letting lots of front pages and news appearances like this one, lots of people able to go out and talk about the truth of the matter, which is that we are on a catastrophic course towards crop failure, drought, more wildfires, mass displacement of people, people losing their homes, people going hungry, and more wars, so bringing to public attention the real potential impacts that we are looking at is the first big wind that i think we have seen in this la st that i think we have seen in this last few weeks. did you at least accept that the tactics will undoubtedly have alienated some people that would naturally sympathise with the campaign that you have put together, but the
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tactics have been undermining the validity of the campaign for some people. these tactics have a long history. we haven't made them up. they are associated with a long association with massive social change. people have been reading history books and thinking, how do you change the course when society is going in the wrong direction, and nobody seems to be doing anything meaningful about that. of course that disrupts people and we have a pot —— apologised, try to warn people in the press what we are going to do, but it is quite clear that this level of disruption has achieved some results, which marches quite simply haven't. weight loss, if you accept that we are facing a massive global emergency which is to do with humanity's survival at the end of the day, if you think that politicians are not taking that as seriously as they should, you will
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be embracing these kind of tactics and these kind of protest. what is wrong with that? what truth does extinction rebellion think the government is withholding? arab government is withholding? arab government in common with those around the world set up the ipcc to advise them on the facts of climate change, the facts are there and a report for all to see, and they tell a story that global temperatures are rising by between 0.1 and 0.2 celsius per decade and by the end of the century we can expect sea—level rises of half a metre or so on, those are the real problems, but what extinction rebellion is telling us what extinction rebellion is telling us is just pure fantasy, pure scaremongering, the idea that we are not going to have enough food to eat, our houses are going to burn down and so on. we take the point about wildfires, we have had no end
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of them in the last week, but wildfires in the united states actually plummeted in number hugely over the past century, as we have become better at fighting them. climate change is a story of adaptation and prevention. at the same time we have to preserve the global economy, because, if we halt economic growth in the world, that puts people at far greater risk than some of the effects of climate change. claire, how do you answer the point about the way that you are presenting the argument, and indeed the nature of the way that politics response to what you consider, add lots of other people consider, to be a global emergency? many of the world's top scientist last year spoke out and said we have not taken the risk assessment approach to this. no insurance company would ensure the course that we have taken with humanity, collectively, because
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we are into greater risk. the precautionary principle exists. i'm sure you've heard of that, you don't have to know an absolute certain outcome to mitigate against a catastrophe from taking place, but we have been on a catastrophic course. this country, i'm 36, i've never seen course. this country, i'm 36, i've neverseen in course. this country, i'm 36, i've never seen in the early spring or even in the winter, massive wildfires in four different regions at the same time of our wet and cold island. that is not normal and i don't think there's any dispute with the world bank data that sea—level rises could displace one in people in the uk by mid—century. the effect this will have on the economy, mark carney has spoken out about that, do you think he he is talking rubbish? what is the question here is, what could make a difference? we are calling for structural politicos change, to call the citizens assembly which would be capable of taking different decisions to the ones which frankly lobbies, corrupt
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and failing democratic systems cannot do, and within 30 years of a failure to address a problem which has now put all of life on earth at risk. i don't see what part of this needs arguing with, to be honest. yes, the economy needs to survive in some form, people need to be able to live and get by, but at the moment we're putting ourselves at risk of a very big economic collapse which will come with ecological collapse, there no question of that, so whether you are conservative or liberal, you cannot be against making moves to recognise the ecological crisis. it is not possible to argue against. recognising and acting rapidly on it. we are not telling people precisely what to do, we are trying to create social conditions where radical change can happen in the small window of time that we have got left. the implication of which, ross, is that you are being slow to understand the nature of the problem and complacent about it. itjust
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happens to be a balance between cutting carbon emissions and keeping the economy going. on any other week many of these extinction rebellion protesters would be in london protesting against what they call government austerity. if they think what we have had in the last ten yea rs what we have had in the last ten years is austerity, god knows what they think of what we would have, if their demand for cutting carbon emissions to zero, by 2025, came into effect. the economy were totally collapsed. we wouldn't have public services. we wouldn't have any transport. we wouldn't be able to warm our homes. we are working on a path towards decarbonisation, but it has to be at a pace that the economy can bear, and at the moment the technology just simply does economy can bear, and at the moment the technologyjust simply does not exist for us to switch off fossil fuels and turn on renewables. ross and clare, good to talk to you both and clare, good to talk to you both and thank you for your contribution
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today. people facing homelessness or evictions have no access to publicily funded legal aid in half of all local authorities in england and wales. that's according to analysis by the law society, which represents solicitors. our legal correspondent clive coleman has the details. come on. mark was in a serious road traffic accident as a child. he suffered brain damage and has physical disabilities. after separating from his wife a few years ago, he needed to be rehoused. the nearest legal aid housing solicitor was 30 miles away. i find it very challenging to go out of my area. it's to do with my, erm, brain injury... i wouldn't know how to go about it.
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legal aid may not sound exciting but it is important, and if you are facing homelessness or challenging a rogue landlord, it can provide you with vital support, and for that reason the findings of the law society's analysis are striking. the law society's map shows 184 local authorities have no legal aid service provider, and a further 81 have just one. whole counties such as suffolk have no provision, and in cornwall one housing law firm serves a population of over 500,000 spread across 1,300 square miles. that can mean those on low incomes facing logistical and costly travel challenges. this affects the most vulnerable people in our society but they still could be hard—working families, so this can impact upon children. and do we want to be in a society where those vulnerable people
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can't exercise their rights to protect themselves? the government says it's misleading to compare legal aid services to local authority areas, as that's not how provision is set, and people can be covered by nearby providers or over the phone if they can't travel. clive coleman, bbc news. some rather important news coming in from the authorities in colombo in sri lanka. they have revised the number of dead following the bombings on easter sunday and they have revised the number down significantly. the death toll we are now being told is around 100 fewer than the 359 originally thought, and this is from the health agency and the health ministry in sri lanka. they now think that the death toll is around 250—60. we can't exactly
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say. they say that there has been a miscalculation for various reasons in the past few days. and that this came from the director general of the sri lankan health services, he was speaking just a few moments ago. so just to recap if you're just joining us, the death toll in sri lanka, which was said to be around 359, at least that, is now thought to be around 250—60. it has been revised down because there was some miscalculations. let's update you on another piece of news. we were talking earlier about the call by the former defence secretary sir michael fallon asking for an official inquiry into leaks from the national security council meeting yesterday, the meeting discussing the involvement of the chinese company huawei in the uk's new 5g mobile network which is a hugely
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significant security and certain no matter who has been taking part in it. the prime minister has been given her response to the fact that detailfrom given her response to the fact that detail from that meeting was neat. you macrame don't comment on leaks from those matters. on the overall matter of security in the telecoms network it is clear that we give it a high priority and we want to see greater resilience in the telecoms network, that we have levels of cyber security. the prime minister there with that statement that she will not comment on the leaks, which took place yesterday and of course the promise by quite a few officials that they will be looking seriously at the source of that leak. it is much longer than 25 years, and details have come out about the new james bond film today.
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the oscar—winning actor rami malek is to play a villain, but the movie still does not have a title. the cast and creative team have been unveiled at a launch event injamaica, with the fleabag creator phoebe waller—bridge confirmed as one of the writers. the film will be released next april — daniel craig's fifth and final outing as 007. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba is at the goldeneye estate injamaica, ian fleming's island hideaway where he wrote the original bond books and caught up with — daniel craig. bond is sort of adapted for the times, so that it moves, but you are kind of dealing with a character who is flawed, he has issues, and i think that that is something that's worth still exploring, and something that's worth kind of grappling with, and of course, we wouldn't be movie—makers or creative people, if we didn't have an eye on what was going on in the outside world. that was daniel craig, of course. i'm joined by the author anthony horowitz.
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in 2015, the ian fleming estate asked him to write a continuation james bond novel — trigger mortis — and his newest bond novel, forever and a day, is a prequel to ian fleming's first bond novel, casino royale. good to have you back in the studio. tell us about this. you macro very exciting, the estate came back after trigger mortis for a second james bond novel. i grew upjames bond, he has inspired me all of my life. and this one is a prequel to casino royale. a few months before james bond became 007. interesting to hear daniel craig talking about the flaws in his character. that is what this book is looking at. what turns this man entered the cold—blooded killing machine we have all come to know and love, what happened to him to that creature? how did you make that journey in terms of portraying that
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i loved the books in the film all my life and it is about filling in the gaps. fleming is a wonderful writer and gives us lots of clues about toned cosmic background which gets published later on in the series, and there are some clues inside casino royale, when he talks about being a spy and being a killer. so you read the books and immerse yourselves in them and then as a continuation writer you try to create something that you hope that ian fleming would have admired and liked and fits in with what he himself has created. tell me about the different challenge created by this compared with the first continuation which we discussed, when we talked about the challenge of approaching that, so how is this different? this was easier if only because i had the confidence this time because the estate had handed me the first one and lastly, the bond fan club, here we are today at the announcement of the new film and
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all over the world it is news. here we are talking about it on a news station. people love james bond, they are drawn to this character on they are drawn to this character on the books and on the screen. the biggest challenge is to make sure that nothing i write gets in the way of that passion and spoils it for people. i'm trying to be true to ian fleming, to raise my game. he was an incredibly good writer so i have to write that much better to be as good as him which i am not saying i can do, necessarily. some viewers would say that it is one thing to take on the story, it is quite another thing to go before, to get before the process , to go before, to get before the process, to try to get behind it, if you like and lead up to something thatis you like and lead up to something that is already established. what is the creative process behind that? this three—month gap before he becomes the james bond of casino royale, we know that he is in new york and then in stockholm, two killings, the second of which is a
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messy cling. those are the clues that fleming gave. and i latched onto that, what would it be like if you came out of the special operations executive, naval intelligence, which was fleming's background and you are then working in the secret intelligence and you are asked to kill a person in cold blood in stockholm and it is the first time, hand—sewn, what would it be like? you just have to imagine yourself into that. with bone, the para meters yourself into that. with bone, the parameters are well drawn in the book. he's not going to go and sit in the corner or helped himself to a large gin and tonic. so there are clues, there. you just have to use your own imagination. i have been writing for a long time and have written many thrillers, but i do it within fleming's world, with his rules. it is that emotion which is fascinating, given that you have a body of work that is very much you earn, leading up to this
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involvement, so lots of people would be wondering, how on earth does an established successful author with his own style and his own brand enter into the world of fleming and add to it, add value and improve it? it is an interesting job to do. i am writing my own book, i do my murder mystery stories, i've written a new one of them, so i have two streams, my own work and these continuation novels. i wouldn't do them if i didn't really love them. the idea of writing and somebody else's style and character could become quite tawdry and commercial and on interesting and i actually only do it because it is a wonderful privilege to write sherlock holmes novels or to write james bond novels and go into the world of intelligence in the 1950s, the cold warand all intelligence in the 1950s, the cold war and all that, to imagine what it must have been like to sit in the
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office with them, always my favourite scenes in the film, that scene where he gets his reading, as a boy scene where he gets his reading, as aboyi scene where he gets his reading, as a boy i would imagine myself sitting next to bond and listening to what is being said. are very good sentence, we saw rami malek, will he make a great villain? that is a great piece of casting. i'm happy to see all of the old hands, the team are back. thank you very much, anthony. time for a look at the weather, with sarah. it has been a day of sunny spells and showers. some of those have been thundery during the course of the afternoon. one of them comes from our weather watchers in birmingham. equally, a bit of blue sky around as we end the day. a similar picture heading onto this evening. we have some sunshine over the next few hours and those heavy showers
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rattling northwards, particularly through parts of north wales, midlands and northern england, heavy downpours likely. we have got clearer skies for central and eastern parts of england and eastern scotland. here, the temperatures will fall lowest. a frost free start to your friday morning. friday will be another day of sunshine and showers. it will also feel a bit cooler. you can see the blue colours working in from the west over the next few days. milder air clearing towards the east. things turning more and settled to the to the from the west. friday, we have some sunshine for eastern england and scotla nd sunshine for eastern england and scotland for much of the day, the chance of a few isolated showers, but in general more cloud working in from the west, bringing more spells of showery rain. temperatures around 12 across belfast, and holding on to 16,17 12 across belfast, and holding on to 16, 17 fora 12 across belfast, and holding on to 16, 17 for a time, quite 12 across belfast, and holding on to 16, 17 fora time, quite mild, in the east. things turning stormy on friday night into saturday as storm
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hannah approaches from the atlantic. lots of isobars on the map, the strongest winds across wales in the south—west of england. we are likely to see gales or severe gale force winds. gusts of up to 70 mph possible in some areas, enough to cause some disruption. also some heavy downpours. an unsettled pitch on saturday as storm hanna works its way eastwards. lots of heavy downpours across the bulk of england and wales. drying up for northern ireland and scotland with some sunshine, butjust ireland and scotland with some sunshine, but just 10—12d, significantly colder than it was last weekend. into the second half of the weekend, that area of low pressure d rifts of the weekend, that area of low pressure drifts away to the east, and we have a ridge of high pressure building, whitening things down as we head into sunday. still a chance of the odd shower on the east of scotla nd of the odd shower on the east of scotland and the south—east of england, but it will not be as cold on sunday compared to saturday. around 13 degrees, and losing that strong wind chill. stay tuned to the
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forecast because storm hannah is likely to cause some disruption with strong winds and heavy rain. goodbye for now. tonight at six: only travel to sri lanka if it's essential — new advice from the foreign office after the easter sunday attacks. thousands of soldiers have been drafted in as the investigation into how the attacks were carried out continues across the island. british teenagers amelie and daniel were among those killed — their father describes the terrible end to their holiday. they were getting me food from the buffet when the first blast went off. i hope that's not... you know, that was the fatal blast. because we did start running out, and i don't know what condition they were in, and there was another blast. we will be live in sri lanka with the latest. also tonight...


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