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fresh talks announced to try to break the political deadlock in northern ireland, following the death ofjournalist lyra mckee. the hunt for the gunman — police release new images of the man they believe was responsible for shooting the 29—year—old in londonderry last week. lyra mckee‘s death — as she was observing riots — has prompted politicians to restart talks two years after power—sharing at stormont was suspended. lyra symbolised the new northern ireland and her tragic death cannot be in vain. we'll be asking whether there could be a breakthrough at last. also tonight: tension in sri lanka: large amounts of bomb making equipment are discovered by police hunting those behind the easter sunday bomb attacks. debenhams confirms it's closing 22 of its stores across the uk, putting 1200 jobs at risk. a decisive return to the top of the premier
league for liverpool, but can they hold on to the top spot? and a new exhibition exploring the life and work of maverick cinematic genius stanley kubrick. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: there's drama at the azerbaijan grand prix as george russell's williams car is damaged by a loose manhole cover, causing first practice to be abandoned. good evening. the british and irish governments have announced that talks to break the political deadlock and restore the devolved government in stormont will resume, in the wake of the death ofjournalist lyra mckee. police in northern ireland have released new footage of the man suspected of being responsible for shooting the 29—year—old whilst she was observing a riot in the creggan area of londonderry last week.
detectives are calling 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. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. about a minute before the shots were fired that killed lyra mckee, three men are seen walking towards the rioting — one carrying a crate of petrol bombs. with him, a man wearing a camouflage face mask and what police think is the gunman. it's believed they're all in their late teens. the man in the mask is seen lighting the petrol bombs and later on, another image believed to be of the gunman after the shooting. police believe that's this man, who stepped out from behind a wall, firing at police, but whose fatal shot killed an innocent bystander. for some in northern ireland, talking to police carries a huge stigma, but officers have paid tribute to the overwhelming
support they've received from people in derry. but today made a new plea for others to overcome fears about coming forward, saying witnesses will be protected. the reassurance i want to give to people is that i am able to deal with those concerns and those worries really sensitively. all i'm 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, but it's also sparked renewed public anger over theirfailure to form a government. why in god's name does it take the death of a 29—year—old woman, with her whole life in front of her... applause. i get the sense that people want our politicians to move and they want them to move now. and by that, i mean entering into those talks, and in a way that will actually bring a positive result at the end of them.
today, the secretary of state for northern ireland and the irish foreign minister announced plans to try to re—establish power—sharing after the local elections. we've been here repeatedly before, when previous talks have failed, what makes you think a fresh round of talks will be any different this time? you're right, emma. this isn't the first time talks have been called, but it has been some time since the parties have been together. i think what we saw last week, what we saw this time last week, with the party leaders coming 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 welcome the fact that we now have a process. we will come at it with a good heart. with an attempt to try and find resolution. but what we need is not talks for talks' sake. it is important that we move forward, with a willingness to get a deal that is a balanced deal. of course, the talks last year ended because there wasn't a deal and,
you know, no amount of sinn fein saying there was a deal will make it a deal because if there is to be a deal, it has to be agreed by both sides. the events in derry which led to lyra mckee‘s death were a throwback to northern ireland past. the question now is whether this tragedy can lead to political change for the future. in the two years since this place has been without a government, we had seen public services like schools and hospitals across northern ireland deteriorating and if anything in that time, the gulf between the parties has widened, with the relationships on both sides becoming particularly bitter and difficult. at the moment, what we know from the talks process is there will be a format to bring people together, to bring people around the table. we know little more than that at the moment but big sticking point between the parties remain, such as
sinn fein‘s demand for an irish language act one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. but at the moment, we know alongside this, there is campaigning for the local and european elections taking place and european elections taking place and brexit and resolved it something also continuing to divide people, so it could be a difficult environment with which to find compromise. emma, thank you. sri lanka's prime minister has told the bbc that 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. ranil wickremesinghe said he had considered resigning in the wake of the easter sunday bomb attack. today, the security operation across sri lanka continued, with a large cache of bomb—making equipment found during a raid in the east of the country. clive myrie is in colombo. yes, there has been intense police and security force activity throughout the evening culminating ina huge
throughout the evening culminating in a huge gun battle of the country where the authorities discovered a vast gun making and weapons making factory. now, this is the result of intense intelligence being passed to the authorities, resulting in these raids. so far, no one has been arrested at no one, we understand, is in detention but it is a win for the authorities. a beleaguered government that has been accused of ignoring terror warnings in the run—up to the easter sunday bombings. 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 to him? no, that's it. iamso iam so sad, i am so sad, that's the only thing i can say. thank you very much. we were given the chance to speak with the prime minister, who says he is grieving, too. despite public perceptions of a lack of empathy for those distressed in this nation's hour of need. did you feel any pain at the sight of those churches? i really felt pain. the hotels? i didn't go to the hotel, i went to the churches. you have pain but you know you have a job to do and you do thatjob. but you have to get things back to normal, the country must get functioning again. you must move on? you must move on.
but perceptions matter and on our travels in sri lanka this week we have come across so many travels in sri lanka this week we have come across so many who say their government has been a disaster and we wanted to put their concerns to the prime minister. this man lost four relatives in the bombings and is pulled the government didn't act on warnings that may be attacks. anytime, any moment, this can happen again. we cannot believe it, we condemn it, we really condemn them. there is a credible warning and you are not aware of that? u nfortu nately, are not aware of that? unfortunately, i didn't know of it. what you do when you are out the loop? you are talking about not being in the loop, you are the prime minister, you are number two on the national security council. that is the critical issue, to find out who was in the loop and who wasn't in the loop. as we were speaking, the
security forces were raiding a vast bomb—making factory in the east of the country, where they found a giant islamic state group flag. there were huge quantities of ball bearings and explosives. this, the safe house of another cell of suicide bombers, preparing to strike sri lanka to stop there may be a dysfunctional elite at the top of government but the nation hopes its leaders can unite to beat the real enemies of the people, because too much is at stake. after so many lives were lost that easter sunday morning, when a government failed in its solemn duty to protect its people. the authorities say their investigations into the easter sunday attacks are very, very far from over. they will continue for some time and the prime minister confirmed to me that there are several prime suspects, he wouldn't give mea several prime suspects, he wouldn't give me a number, but said there we re give me a number, but said there were several prime suspects who were
still on the run and capable of committing atrocities. clive myrie in colombo, thank you. 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. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. 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. it is closing. what's folkestone going to do without it? you know, we've got no shops. so, we will miss it, won't we, joan? definitely miss it, yeah. debenhams has been here for a donkeys years, since i was a little child. and it'sjust another big store closing that's
going to remain empty. woolworths and marks & spencers, we've lost them all. will you miss it? absolutely! 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 on 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 with our discussions with our landlords, we can protect more than 100 stores, going forward, and that we won't disappear from the high street. here's 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 sum is no longer add up to keep stores, like this, going. but it'll be a big loss for this town. it's just the latest in a long line of retailers retreating from many of our high streets. and, with debenhams, there could be 30 more closures to come. a chain that's still got a fight on its hands to turn its fortunes around. emma simpson, bbc news, folkestone. 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 in may 2017 which left 22 people dead at a concert. 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 three weeks ago, in a battle for control of the capital. 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. 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. this is... it is ok. they have 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 on the procedure — there is some procedure 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? haftar 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 trust and confidence. so you don't trust the british government anymore? i cannot trust. i cannot. because of their behaviour on this day, 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.
0rla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has said he won't attend the state banquet at buckingham palace injune for the visit of donald trump saying it would be wrong to roll out the red carpet for the us president. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is with us now. nick, it's a controversial move from the labour leader? yes. it is no secret that this state visit is going to be highly controversial but it is a significant step for the leader of the opposition to so publicly makes clear he is going to boycott one of the main events and come in doing so, launching a scathing attack on the us president for his record on international treaties, on climate change for what mr corbyn calls racist and misogynist rhetoric. at the moment the guest list politically is looking pretty thin because the commons speaker, the snp and the lib dems have all said they are going to boycott the dinner,
too. it's worth pointing out this isn't the first controversial state visit to the uk. in 2015, ten point did take part in a tribute dinner for the chinese president, a man whose record on human rights is pretty controversial, too. 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 and 2014 which do not have electronic climate control. the 58—year—old father of the footballer emiliano sala, who was killed in a plane crash injanuary, has died of a heart attack in argentina. horacio sala 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. 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. 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 are 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 reached out to the new party, change uk, and offered partnership.
they rebuffed you and they are 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. 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 democrat, if you believe the polls. they are 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 are facing a new party equally hostile to brexit. no wonder they are 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 dem
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 option, rather than a tiny party that cannot have any support. 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. john pienaar, bbc news. the montenegro football team will play its next uefa home match behind closed doors, after england players were racially abused there in march. players, including raheem sterling and danny rose, suffered racist abuse during the 5—1 win last month. montenegro have also been fined 20 thousand euros and ordered to display a banner with the words hashtag equal game.
in tonight's football, liverpool returned to the top of the premier league, as the fight for the title reaches the final stages. they trashed huddersfield at anfield and attention now turns to manchester city's game in hand on sunday. andy swiss reports. # liverpool, liverpool, liverpool... they might be the underdog in the title race but you would have not guested. liverpool fans in bullish mood hoping for a win to ramp up the pressure on rivals manchester city. and the hosts could afford to be confident. their opponents, huddersfield, are rock bottom of the table. surely even they couldn't have dreamt of a start quite like this. liverpool ahead after just 15 seconds. blink and you missed it but keita didn't mind and neither did his manager. jurgen klopp soon had plenty more to celebrate as his players made it look oh, is so simple. the second courtesy of mane and whenjust
simple. the second courtesy of mane and when just before the break salah added a sumptuous third, any lingering anfield nerves had long since vanished. surely it was now just a case of how many, and while liverpool weren't quite at their best they didn't need to be. robertson with his second of the night as his side coasted to the most comfortable of winds. it was just what anfield had hoped for and it was rounded off by salah. a 5—0 thumping and for now at least liverpool go top, their premier league title dream is still very much alive. the good news for liverpool is they are back on top of the table. the bad news for them is that manchester city still have one game in hand and, if they win it against burnley on sunday, they will go back on top of the table, with just two they will go back on top of the table, withjust two matches remaining. so, this enthralling title race is heading right to the wire. it's 20 years since the american—born, british—based, oscar—winning director stanley kubrick died.
for the first time in the uk, a major retrospective exploring his film—making is being held at the design museum in london. when they came out, many of his films, like a clockwork orange, 2001: a space odyssey and dr strangelove were seen as ahead of their time and still resonate today. 0ur arts editor will gompertz reports. you are entering a stanley kubrick experience, a world of single—point perspective and almost obsessive attention to detail. if film—making was the art form of the 20th century, then stanley kubrick was its da vinci. a fine artist with a mechanical eye who produced celluloid masterpieces, from barry lyndon to a clockwork 0range. malcolm mcdowell starred in the film. 0k, malcolm. the sports car he drove takes the lead in the exhibition. the last time i did this, i think i was in my 20s. oh, my god! what's the matter, will? are you having a problem?
my feet are stuck... i'm in. good man, 0k. how did kubrick differ to other directors? i asked him, "how do you direct?" he said, "well, i know... "i don't know what i want. "but i do know what i don't want." and how, wow, that was true. and i think that's why he did a dot of takes. luckily, with me, he never really did that many takes. 0n barry lyndon, i heard he went up to 100 takes. the exhibition charts kubrick's near 50 year career. from his earliest days, earning a living as a chess player and a photographer, to the short films he made as a young auteur, in which he did pretty much everything. each of his major movies is given a gallery, telling its story, presenting the processes, props and people with whom kubrick collaborated. this is where most of the show‘s contents have come from. the film—maker's home and h0 in hertfordshire,
which was a sort of kubrick studios. ok, so, this library was the screening room. this was a workroom. so, the steenbeck was over there, the control table was over here. what connection was he wanting to make with the audience? he wanted to tell stories that made people think. he didn't spoon—feed you what you should think about his movie. and that's why, 50 years down the road, people are still discussing and talking about them. the exhibition ends with his oscar—winning sci—fi classic 2001: a space odyssey, complete with a space station v installation, and a range of archive material that brings us as close as we are ever going to get to understanding this master film—maker. will gompertz, bbc news. that
at the azerbaijan grand prix. we will do our preparations all day yesterday, the guys getting the car ready, preparing for the weekend ahead. to run into a drain literally after a lap, a frustrating day for us. and from the crucible to a&e, mark williams goes to hospital after the opening session of his second—round world championship match. thanks forjoining us. liverpool have gone back to the top of the premier league after a 5—0 win over already relegated huddersfield at anfield. the reds, who started the weekend one point behind manchester city, now go two points in front, at least until city play at burnley on sunday. 0ur sports correspodent andy swiss was watching that game live at anfield.
andy, liverpool did what they needed to do. thatis that is right. this was a game eve ryo ne that is right. this was a game everyone expected liverpool to win. huddersfield are rock bottom of the premier league. they started the date 7a points behind liverpool, now 77 obviously. even so, i don't think liverpool fans could have dreamt of the start they had because right from kick—off, a mistake from huddersfield let in liverpool, 15 seconds gone and liverpool ahead. what a start for them. it soon got even better, so audio mate with a very good header there to make it to happen zero after 20 minutes. they we re happen zero after 20 minutes. they were coasting at this point. and then mohamed salah on the book of half—time, he made it 3—0 with a
sumptuous finish. it was all over by the break. liverpool were not frankly at their very best for they did not particularly need to be in the second half as siding out my medic 4—0 just after the hour mark with another excellent header and then liverpool rounded off what was really a comfortable victory around ten minutes from time when mohammed salah rented off another fluent move. so 5—0 it finished and it was a very impressive performance from liverpool, not quite their very best but even so, they did exactly what i needed to do, they go back on top of the premier league table for the time being at least and fair to say their title hopes are still very much alive. and all eyes now, and the camera on it city macro at burnley. the good news as far as liverpool is concerned as they are back on top of the table but the bad news is city still have a game in hand. against burnley on sunday