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this is bbc news i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8. police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week, and ask for help from the public in identifying him. lyra mckee was observing riots in londonderry when she was shot. her death has prompted politicians to step—up their efforts to restore power—sharing in northern ireland. she symbolised the new northern ireland. retailer debenhams confirms plan to close up to 22 of its stores next year, affecting around 1200 jobs. libya says the brother of the manchester bomber — salman abedi, was about to be extradited to britain, but that's been halted because of heavy fighting around the capital, tripoli. britain's top civil servant demands
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that ministers co—operate, as an investigation begins into who leaked secrets from the government's national security council. that is the question asked, marvel to save the universe once more in avengers endgame. you can hear what mark kermode thinks of that in the film review later this hour. good evening and welcome to bbc news. police in northern ireland have released new footage of the man suspected of being responsible for the killing of journalist, lyra mckee. the 29—year—old was shot dead while observing a riot in the creggan area of londonderry last week. detectives are calling
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on the local community to identify this man, who they suspect of being the gunman. a group calling itself the ‘new ira' has admitted it was behind the attack. in the wake of lyra mckee‘s death, the british and irish government have announced that talks to restore the devolved government will resume. it was suspended 2 years ago. our ireland correspondent, emma vardy reports. about a minute before the shots were fired that killed lyra mckee, three men were seen on cctv, walking towards the rioting. in front, police say, a man carrying a crate of petrol bombs. with him, a man wearing a camouflage face mask and what police believe is the gunman. the man in the face mask is then seen lighting petrol bombs, officers believe they are all in their late teens. the man in the mask is seen lighting the petrol bombs, and later on, another image, believed to be the government after the shooting. another image, believed to be the gunman after the shooting. police believe that this man,
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who stepped out from behind a wall firing at police, and whose fatal shot kills an innocent bystander. for some in northern ireland, talking to the police carry stigma, but police have paid tribute to the information they have received from people in derry, but today made a new plea for people to overcome fears about coming forward, saying witnesses would be protected. i do believe the community has information that could be the key to unlock lyra mckee‘s murder. i'm not necessarily sure those individuals are protecting this individual, but i do believe they are frightened. the reassurance i want to give to people is it i am willing to deal with those concerns sensitively. all i am looking for is a conversation. more than two years since the collapse of northern ireland's power—sharing arrangement, the death of lyra mckee has brought divided politicians together and also sparked renewed public anger over their failure to form a government.
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why in gods name does it take the death of a 29—year—old woman with her whole life in front of her? today, the secretary of state for northern ireland in the irish foreign minister announced plans to try to re—establish power—sharing after the local elections. we've been here repeatedly before when talks have failed. what makes you think a fresh round of talks will be any different this time? you're right, this isn't the first time talks have been called, but it has been sometime since the parties have been together. i think what we saw this time last week with the party leaders together, it really gives me a clear indication that the party leaders do want to do this. but major sticking points between them remain. i think the challenge that was laid down by father magill at lyra mckee's funeral was a challenge to political parties here. it was also a challenge very firmly to the two governments to do
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something, so i welcome the fact we now have a process. i think people want to see devolution back. we are on that page as well. we are devolutionists. we want to have a devolved administration here working within the uk for all of the people of northern ireland. the events in derry which led to lyra mckee‘s death where a throwback to northern rail and's past. death were a throwback to northern rail and's past. the question now is whether this tragedy can lead to political change for the future. emma vardy reporting from stormont. well, our ireland correspondent, chris page, gave us this assesment of todays events. it's more than two years since the devolved government here at stormont was in place. in the british national government has decided now is the time to restart talks between parties with a view to get to getting it back up and running again. throughout the news conference today, the irish foreign minister and the northern ireland secretary, karen
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bradley, referred to the murder of lyra, the 29—year—old journalist was shot dead by dissident republicans who are opposed to the peace process during a riot in londonderry on thursday of last week. there is a sense that that tragic event has really galvanised public opinion, has generated so much sentiment, people saying they want to see a stable and peaceful future for northern ireland leading to more pressure on politicians to work together, to try and restore the power—sharing institutions. simon said in the news conference that there are some moments in politics where things change, he felt this was one such moment. nevertheless the british and irish government made it clear that there is no doubt that the next few weeks will be full of difficult conversations. the issues dividing, particularly the two main parties there, the democratic unions and sinn fein are plenty, for example the dep do not want to for example the dup do not want to legalize same—sex marriage in northern ireland, sinn fein do.
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there are disagreements on how you investigate hundreds of unsolved killings from the troubles, the parties are far apart on brexit, the dep are brexiteers, sinn fein say brexit will be a disaster for this part of the world. and perhaps the biggest sticking point in previous negotiations which haven't worked out has been that sinn fein want a stand—alone piece of legislation to protect and promote the irish language. the dep feel that is a step too far for them and their supporters. so everybody‘s making it clear at the next few weeks will be hard, the talks will start on tuesday the 7th of may, nonetheless, all the parties involved in the government say they are committed to restoring devolution, that they're going to work in that spirit, whether or not there will be in agreement that the end of may were governments as they will review things, at the moment, very hard to tell, we should get negative we should get an idea of progress whatever the talks to begin, there's no doubt at all that they will be far from straightforward. joining me now from our belfast newsroom is lord bew, a crossbench peer who is also emeritus professor at queen's university belfast.
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what can we hope for with these talks? some. the governments have seized the moment, i do not think the parties are, that they could just ignore the death of lyra, so let us have a talks process. there is no election running right now and i think the two main parties vote it's pretty solid to be honest, possibly going up. but they will have encountered some resistance on the doorsteps, why aren't you talking, why aren't you doing more? so by agreeing to these talks, these parties that think they are doing quite well, probably think they might do even better, but they do not want to be cynical about that because even during these bad days of northern irish politics, there have been serious people on both
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sides of the divide engaging and interesting talks about possible ways forward and there are interesting ideas out there, and it may be the case of finally you get a certain momentum. you talk of interesting ideas, there are so many issues on the table and yet hearing from foster, she said you cannot do that with this political issue. we shot read too much into it —— we should not read too much into that at this stage, there is a genuine concern about the evolution and acknowledgement that it will involve some concessions and that does exist within the sinn fein leadership. there is a question of brexit that needs to be resolved, preferably by a soft brexit before you really do get a chance of a deal here, to get
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to the other side of that, particularly extra divisive issue. it isa particularly extra divisive issue. it is a widespread view among politicians in northern ireland. brexit talks are dominating, you have said in the past that the good friday agreement has been weapon nice when talking about the backstop, how much is that going to play in any step in progress forward when it comes to restoring government in northern ireland? the point i made is a valid one, that is to say that on the subject, the negotiations of the withdrawal agreement did not pay enough attention to the principles of the good friday agreement in the absence of the assembly made that more possible because had the assembly and the cross—border institutions been functioning, they would've said we actually deal with that issue,
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issued by these means, you do not need to have this backstop provision to deal with that, because we already deal with that. but that didn't happen. that is water under the bridge now, it has been protected on all sides, regardless of the fact that they play fast and loose with that and were only with their own interpretation of it. it was a hard agreement representing a compromise between the political leadership and nationalism at the time. how complicated do you envisage things becoming what you considered theresa may is in this confident supply agreement with the dep? that is up for renewal at the moment, as i understand it. but secondly, the government has objectives here which is to see the good friday agreement operating in
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the fact of the matter is, a good friday agreement, somewhat changed, this is the policy, it is not actually a conflict with the dep in the uk government about the settlement. there is a conflict between them and the irish government on the lines of the settlement. so issues might exist if we did not have an agreed template about the settlement about the relationship between all of this in westminster, that really does not exist give everyone agrees with the end objective of this negotiation is. and if that objective is not reached then what are we talking about here? i think will be very lucky, but not impossible for this round of talks to succeed. but on the other hand, all the time, even before this agreement today, serious people in both parties are bringing about ideas to get through this
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problem and eventually it is more likely than not, possibly when brexit is such a painful issue, it is more likely than not that you will have a return of the institutions of the good friday agreement. but probably not the next few weeks. debenhams has announced it's closing 22 stores next year — as part of its plans to reduce its debts, putting 1200 jobs at risk. stores in wolverhampton, kirkcaldy, guildford and southport are among those being shut. debenhams has 166 stores across the uk, and plans to shut a total of 50 within the next few years. here's our business correspondent emma simpson. it's folkestone's biggest store, a cornerstone of the town centre. this morning, shoppers were taking in the news that it's now set to go. what's folkestone going to without it? you know, we've got no shops.
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so we'd miss it, wouldn't we? definitely miss it, yeah. debenhams has been here for donkeys' years, since i was a little child. it'sjust another big store closing that will remain empty. woolworths, marks & spencers, we've lost them all. will you miss it? absolutely. it's one of the most decent stores we've got in folkestone, to be honest. what a shame. what a shame, indeed. it's just one of a long list of locations from altrincham and eastbourne, to guildford and kirkcaldy, 22 stores in all, which debenhams wants to close early next year, including wolverhampton. they were celebrating its opening herejust 18 months ago. nobody likes to close stores. the difficulties in the high street are not unique to debenhams. this shouldn't really come as a surprise to anybody, but what we're trying to do is see if we can make sure that through discussions with our landlords we can protect
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more than 100 stores going forward and that we won't disappear from the high street. here is the problem — department stores are expensive to run. it's lunchtime in folkestone and this huge store, slap bang in the centre, itjust doesn't have enough shoppers. for debenhams, the sums no longer add up to keep stores like this going, but it will be a big loss for this town. there aren't many empty shops here, but there will be an almighty big one next year. how surprised were you when you saw the list this morning? it was a shocker. four main towns in kent being affected, it was a real blow. local businessman rayjohnson leads folkestone's town team. we have to be realistic. shopping habits have changed and are continuing to change. we need to react to that and work together to make sure we get what we need for the town. that's the challenge for so many places as some of our best—known retailers bid a retreat from the high street.
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for debenhams there could be 30 more closures to come. a chain that still has a fight on its hands to turn its fortunes around. the headlines on bbc news. police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week — and ask for help from the public in identifying him. lyra was observing riots in londonderry when she was killed. her death has prompted politicians to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing in northern ireland. and retailer debenhams confirms plan to close up to 22 of its stores next year, affecting around twelve hundred jobs. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's jane dougall
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we go straight to liverpool who desperately need three points tonight at anfield, they're playing already relegated huddersfield. and they're on their way to doing just that with a goal inside 15 seconds. naby kaita who pounced on a poor pass and scored inside 16 seconds. it's1—0 at anfield. it's city's turn on sunday when they head to burnley. the fixture has the potential to be an awkward one — given how much sean dyche relishes the idea of his side causing trouble. lets hear from city manager, pep guariola: the most incredible thing is after the defeat through this before, we are in the champions league. they showed me the character, the personality, the team that we are. they do not have to do anything else. they're going to try to win this title because we would not have done that we have done.
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montenegro will play their european championship qualifier against kosovo behind closed doors after their supporters racially abused england players last month. danny rose, raheem sterling and callum hudson—0doi were targeted by groups of home fans during england's 5—1 victory in montenegro last month. nine players from the top three sides in the wsl are in the professional footballers' association's team of the year. england captain steph houghton is one of three manchester city players, including demi stokes and nikita parris. there are also three players from chelsea and three from arsenal. world snooker champion mark williams has been taken to hospital with chest pains, following the opening session of his second—round world championship match at the crucible. the welshman fell ill after his session against david gilbert. williams is trailing 5—3 against the englishman. he has since tweeted "a&e. could be here a while, couldn't stick the chest pains no more. lucky there wasn't any
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more frames to play." meanwhile scot, stephen maguire leads the amateurjames cahill by six frames to four. that's despite not being in great form this season. cahill remember, pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the tournament's history, putting out five time world champion ronnie 0'sullivan in the first round. these are live pictures — you can watch it on the bbc sport website and app. england cricketer alex hales has been suspended following an "off—field incident", according to a spokesman for the batsman. hales missed nottinghamshire's 0ne—day cup games last week for what the county described as "personal reasons". whilst the issue is not cricket related, hales accepted that it was right that he was suspended. charles leclerc led a ferrari one—two in an incident—packed second practice at the azerbaijan grand prix.
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he finished 0.9 of a second ahead of team mate sebastian vettel with lewis hamilton in third. earlier there had been a bizarre incident during first practice... when george russell's williams hit a loose man—hole cover, causing the session to be abandoned. the car was damaged by the drain cover and then doused in hydraulic fluid after the recovery truck hit a bridge on its way back to the pits. bryony frost has been passed fit to ridejust in time for the final jumps meeting of the season. frost broke her collarbone shortly after making history at cheltenham as the first female jockey to win a grade 1 at the festival over fences. she'll ride ‘present man‘ in tomorrows gold cup at sandown for trainer paul nicholls, who will be crowned champion trainer. that's all the sport for now. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past ten.
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britain's top civil servant has demanded ministers co—operate with his inquiry into a leak of classified information from the national security council. sir mark sedwill has written to ministers — and is reported to have given them an ultimatum — that they either confess to, or deny — the leak about government plans to allow the chinese technology giant huawei help build britain's new 5g network. 0ur political correspondent chris mason reports. look who happens to be in beijing today, talking up the prospect of business deals between the uk and china, the chancellor, philip hammond. back home, a row is raging, yes, over a chinese telecoms firm but also over who did it, who, after a meeting of the national security council, where those there have signed the official secrets act, disclosed what happened? to my knowledge, there has never been a leak from the national security council meeting before. therefore, i think it is very important that we get to the bottom of what happened here. it is not about the substance of what was apparently leaked.
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it is not earth—shattering information. but it is important that we protect the principal that nothing that goes on in national security council meetings must ever be repeated outside the room. the daily telegraph reported that five cabinet ministers disagreed with the prime minister's assessment that a limited role for huawei in the uk's 5g roll—out, the next generation of souped up mobile internet coverage, was a good idea. some argue that it would be a security risk. all five have since denied leaking the informational strongly criticising the leak. but there is fury that it has happened. how serious do you think these lea ks are? this is incredibly serious, actually, complete outrage. i set up the national security council on behalf of the coalition government back in 2010. it is a very special body. the national security council is a senior committee of cabinet dedicated to particularly sensitive subjects and it is rather appalling
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that the lack of discipline should have extended to this body. i think my comment is, people need to get a grip and actually start treating serious subjects seriously. huawei has denied there is any risk of spying or sabotage or that it is controlled by the chinese government. it is already working here and it already has an eye kept on it. what is called a cell was created, manned by british intelligence, paid for by huawei but manned by our people and answerable to our government, who monitor on a daily basis whether huawei is behaving themselves are not. so far, as far as i'm aware, they have not found any obvious examples of abuse. that balance of risk clearly remains an active debate at the heart of government but it is now over to this man, the head of the civil service, sir mark sedwill, to try to get to the bottom of this leak.
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lord west was a security adviser to gordon brown when he was prime minister — i've been asking him for his reaction to the leak. the fact that been the leak is absolutely disgraceful and i mentioned this on the house yesterday. we do not have a good track record of discovering who has lea ked track record of discovering who has leaked things or leak inquiries, i'm afraid, do not have a very good track record and a hope that we may be more successful this time. how are these inquiries and the investigations normally carried out? they are done with the tapping office set within government, they don't normally call the police into these inquiries. excite me how they would do this, i'm not sure, but this committee has set up in 2010 and there have been committees psyche before, it is the key committee, the defence and security of our nation, people going to that committee should understand that, this is not a place for a little
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political game or things like that. i hope whoever has done this realises what an appalling thing is done, this is a dreadful thing you have done. the brother of the manchester arena bomber, salman abedi, was just days away from being returned from libya to britain — to face charges over the attack which left 22 people dead. but libya's interior minister has told the bbc that his extradition is now on hold because of heavy fighting that has broken out on the outskirts of the libyan capital, tripoli. more than 270 people have been killed in libya since fighting erupted nearly 3 weeks ago — in a battle for control of the city. from tripoli, our international correspondent, 0rla guerin, reports. gunfire. 0n the outskirts of tripoli, another round of battle. gunfire. government fighters mounting a chaotic defence of the capital. it's under attack by forces from eastern libya.
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0ne unseen casualty of this conflict, the attempt to extradite a suspect in the manchester bombing. this is hashem abedi, brother of the bomber salman abedi. he was detained here in libya a day after the attack in may 2017. greater manchester police have a warrant for his arrest on charges relating to the murder of 22 people. in libya's heavily guarded interior ministry, we were told his extradition has been approved, but the minister warned it was bad timing. the court ruling was issued just a week before the latest fighting erupted. they agreed to give hashem abedi to the british because he is a british citizen. and what will happen with that now? i mean, is it possible now to extradite him? they are waiting for the procedure — there is some procedure
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between our attorney office and your attorney office there in britain, but now the war — everything is stopped. the minister is focused on protecting his city from an offensive by general khalifa haftar, the military strongman from the east. he accuses theresa may of abandoning tripoli in its hour of need by withdrawing british special forces and embassy staff. why you go out? why you are afraid? after coming to kill us, not to kill you. but if you go out, you give clear to haftar to kill us. i have to say something to mrs may — we have built very good relations after 2011, up to 2019. now, within one week, this relation is broke, damaged, and we lose that
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trust and confidence. so you don't trust the british government any more? i cannot trust. i cannot. because of their behaviour, i cannot trust them. the foreign office has confirmed all remaining british staff were withdrawn from tripoli due to the worsening violence. it says it maintains full diplomatic relations with libya and is in contact with the government. but the view from here is one of betrayal, and it's clear that security cooperation between britain and libya, vital in the fight against the islamic state group, has been badly damaged. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good evening, stormy start to our weekend with the arrival of storm hanna. more importantly, there will be some severe gales along the west
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coast, and i will cause some disruption to the early hours of saturday morning. the winds in excess of 60 to 70 mph and places, strong winds will continue to travel steadily east and will be accompanied by some heavy rain across north wales, the midlands, northern england and northern ireland. the far north should stay dry and bright, same 2% on southern england, but the cloud in the rain will be a disappointingly cool afternoon at nine to 12 degrees. that area of low pressure will start to sweep away to the north sea, a little ridge of high pressure will build in the high quieting things down over the weekend. there'll be a lot of cloud around but there will be and as a result and a degree or so warmer be and as a result and a degree or so warmer as well.
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hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines: police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week and ask for help from the public in identifying him. lyra was observing riots in londonderry when she was killed. her death has prompted politicians to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing in northern ireland. lyra symbolised in the northern ireland, and her tragic death cannot be in vain. retailer debenhams confirms
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plan to close up to 22 of its stores next year, affecting around 1200 jobs. libya says the brother of the manchester bomber salman abedi was about to be extradited to britain, but that's been halted because of heavy fighting around the capital, tripoli. britain's top civil servant demands that ministers co—operate as an investigation begins into who leaked secrets from the government's national security council. the liberal democrats have launched their campaign for the european elections next month with a promise to stop brexit. speaking at an event in east london, their leader sir vince cable reiterated his party's call for another referendum, saying that parliament was gridlocked and the country was demoralised. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar reports.
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vince cable's last outing as leader, and as tough as any he's known. not that that was his message today, launching the liberal democrats' push in the european parliament this was. stop brexit. it's simple. it's uncomplicated. it's unambiguous. we're not iffing and butting. it's honest. not easy, though, squeezed by pro—brexit protests, labour, the tories, and the new party of the centre refusing sir vince's call to work together. you've reached out to the new party, change uk, and offered partnership. they rebuffed you, and they're coming after your votes. has that made a very difficult election all but impossible? there are millions of people in the country who are craving an alternative to the extremes. which they are now getting from the tory party and the labour party. and they do want people to come together to have a more moderate centrist approach to politics.
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he was sure pro—europe centrist parties would collaborate, just not this time. the brutal logic of the british first past the post system is staring everybody in the face, that you either hang together or you hang separately. a lot of people may admire a tough fight against the odds, but not enough to much help the liberal democrats, if you believe the polls. they're still carrying the baggage and the blame from their years in coalition government. they've been drowned out by the din about europe, and now they're facing a new party equally hostile to brexit. no wonder they're finding it tough just to get a hearing. you still blame them for bringing in tuition fees at universities and colleges? yes, very much so, i was a lib dems supporter, and then i went over to conservative because i thought they are all as bad as each other. i think they are on the wrong side of it at this stage, i think they should focus on enabling a good brexit. vince cable is a really righteous man. he has good virtues, and i respect him. i think they have to convince people that they are actually a realistic
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option, rather than a tiny party that can't have any influence. you mean, they've got to get people to support them so more people support them ? yes. defending a single european parliament seat under a leader pledged to stand down by summer, the lib dems are hoping they'll defy all expectations, though just now that is setting the bar rather low. the labour leader jeremy corbyn has said he will not attend the state banquet at buckingham palace injune in honour of donald trump. mr corbyn said it would be wrong to "roll out the red carpet" for the us president, whom he accused of using "racist and misogynist rhetoric", and said the prime minister was wrong to "kowtow" to a president who tore up international treaties. sri lanka's prime minister has told the bbc that he considered resigning in the wake of the easter day bomb attacks. but ranil wickremesinghe said he simply "wasn't in the loop" for a briefing on warnings of a possible terrorist plot received two weeks before suicide bombers killed more than 250 people. today, the security operation
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across sri lanka continued, with a large cache of bomb—making equipment found during a raid in the east of the country. from colombo, clive myrie reports. in sand where nothing else will grow, wreaths blossom. no names yet, just numbers in this catholic graveyard. christian souls lost to suicide bombers on easter sunday. anil fernando was away working in cardiff when his sister died in the attack on the local church. he, like many, accuses the government of not doing enough to protect the public. if the prime minister was here in front of you now, what would you say? i don't want to talk about this. you don't want to talk? no, that's it. we were given the chance to speak with the prime minister, who says he is grieving, too. you have pain, but you know you have a job to do and you do thatjob. some people have to be here and handle the situation.
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on our travels in sri lanka, we've come across so many who say their government has been a disaster, and we wanted to put their concerns to the prime minister. 0ffered condolences by the leader of sri lanka's catholics, fernando lost four relatives in the bombings, and he is angry the government did not act on warnings that there may be attacks. anytime, any moment, can happen. we cannot believe it. we really condemn them. it was a credible warning, and you were not aware of that. unfortunately, i didn't know of it. what do you do when you're out of the loop? you're talking about not being in the loop. you're the prime minister. you're number two on the national security council. that's the critical issue we are here to find out — who was in the loop, who wasn't, why i wasn't. as we spoke, the security forces raided a bomb—making factory in the east of the country where they found a giant
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so—called islamic state flag, huge quantities of ball bearings and explosives. this was the safe house of the easter sunday bombers, a major breakthrough in the investigation. but with a dysfunctional ruling elite, the desperate hope is that this country's leaders can unite to beat the real enemies of the people. prince william has been meeting survivors of last month's shootings in two mosques in new zealand, as well as relatives of the 50 people who were killed. during an emotional speech at one of the mosques that was attacked, he called on people to reject all forms of extremism and described the shootings as an "unspeakable act of hate". hywel griffith reports from christchurch. reclaimed as a place of prayer, this is where a few weeks ago dozens of people lost their lives. prince william came to the al noor
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mosque to condemn the violent extremism unleashed within these walls and to praise the survivors. in a moment of acute pain, you stood up and you stood together. and in reaction to tragedy, you achieved something remarkable. i've had reasons myself to reflect on grief and sudden pain and loss in my own life. and in my role, i've often seen up close the sorrow of others in moments of tragedy, as i have today. christchurch responded with unity and love. that message of love overcoming hate, the rejection of radical ideologies, clearly does resonate here. the survivors of the shootings and the families of the victims hope that sense of unity over the last six weeks can remain for the months and years to come. some have chosen to stay away from the mosque since the shooting. 0thers felt it was important to come today.
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the family of abdul fattah qasem say they felt the prince understood their grief. we're not left alone. they're acknowledging what happened to us, and they're showing that they're sharing our feelings and they are supporting us. it's really appreciated. yeah. this visit was brief, but it helped to show people here that the world hasn't forgotten them or the strength they showed in the shadow of terror. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch. the father of emiliano sala, the footballer killed in a plane crash injanuary, has died of a heart attack in argentina. horacio sala, who was 58, had described his son's death as a "bad dream". emiliano sala was on his way to his new club, cardiff city, when the private jet chartered by his agent came down in the english channel. two people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion at the tata steelworks in port talbot in south wales.
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the blast happened in the early hours of the morning and triggered a number of small fires. it's thought to have been caused by a train carrying molten metal into the works. vauxhall is recalling 235,000 zafira cars for a third time after a new source of fires was discovered. the zafira b cars were previously recalled after campaigners claimed more than 300 had caught fire. the company said the latest recall affects cars built between 2005—2014, which do not have electronic climate control. citizen's advice says people who miss a single payment of their council tax in england and wales are being punished by having to pay their whole year's bill in one go. it means families suddenly falling into thousands of pounds worth of debt. 0ur consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith reports. unpaid council tax
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is a growing problem. it's the biggest issue for people contacting citizens advice with worries about debt, and last year, there was more than £3 billion worth of outstanding bills. good morning, everybody, would you like to come in? now, citizens advice say the rules for how the debts are calculated need to change to stop debts spiralling. in england and wales, if someone misses a payment, they become liable for the cost of the rest of the year's bill within a fortnight. that is exactly what happened to josh. i received a notice through the door that i had missed a payment and i was now liable for the full annual payment. and pretty much within days, i had a bailiff at the door. i wasn't earning a huge amount. ijust started out in my career. and to get a bill like that would have eaten up a huge proportion of my... ..annual salary, let
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alone monthly salary. at this point in the financial year, an average missed payment of £167 can land you with a bill of more than £2000 within a few months. citizens advice say that debt can be crippling. last year, around £500 million of additional fees and charges were added onto people's council tax debt. and for an average person who does fall behind, that looks like about £300 in fees and charges, which doesn't help the person repay their debt and actually doesn't help the council, because that money has to be recovered as well as the arrears that they owe. the local government association say that since 2010, councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that they had from central government to run local services. they say councils want it to be easier to recover money without having to go through the courts, so would be in favour of a review of the regulations, including whether to remove the requirement for the entire annual sum to become payable if one instalment is missed.
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citizens advice say at the moment, the 2 million households facing council debts are being pushed further into the red, rather than helped out of it. colletta smith, bbc news, manchester. crossrail won't be open until at least october 2020, a full two years late, and while today the chief executive of the project said he was confident they could meet the new deadline, he admitted there were no guarantees. tom edwards reports. tottenham court road is the crossrail station nearest completion. it's huge and impressive, but passengers won't be able to use it until october 2020 at the earliest. there's a big hoarding at the top of the escalators. you come from there, down here... straight in. today, the man who's had to rescue the project told us why he announced another delay. so, it's about how you bring the train, the door,
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and the signalling system all into synchronism. it's got to be at the very highest standards of safety. and that's why there can be no margin of error, and that's why we have a window of uncertainty. the main issue now is integrating different software systems. it's a challenge, you know, the train is very advanced, this signalling system is very advanced, we have doors between the train and the platform, they are very advanced. and it's an integration task to bring them all together. fundamentally, though, although this room is complete, it isn't complete in every station everywhere. and the worst—case scenario for opening is march 2021. can you guarantee that it will be opened by 2021? i've no guarantees, tom, at all, i cannot think of something really big happened that i can't control, but things in my control, which is 99.99% of it, i do, yes. because you'll understand londoners, this is the third date you've had,
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and you're becoming like the brexit of infrastructure projects. the confidence has gone. as you say, i've been associated with this project for a couple of years now. this is the very first time we've had an integrated schedule bringing all of the activities together. does that concern you, that this will have a knock—on effect on other infrastructure projects in london? very much so. i'm concerned and disappointed for people, retailers, customers who aren't using this railway, but i'm also particularly concerned for tfl to allow them to be able to continue to invest in london. and that's why i am absolutely focused on getting this railway open as soon as possible. some estimate this delay could cost tfl £1 billion in lost fares. that's used to fund other projects which could now suffer. if you think the crossrail delay doesn't affect you, it might. tom edwards, bbc london news. the headlines on bbc news: police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week and ask for help from the public in identifying him.


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