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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11. 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 killed. her death has prompted politicians to step—up their efforts to restore powersharing in northern ireland. she symbolised the new northern ireland and her tragic death cannot be in vain. sri lankan police find large amounts of bomb—making equipment as they hunt those behind the easter sunday attacks, in which more than 250 people lost their lives. retailer debenhams confirms plan to close up to 22 of its stores next year, affecting around 1200 jobs.
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liverpool return to the top of the premier league after a 5—0 win over huddersfield. and at 11.30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers claire cohen and joe twyman — stay with us for that. 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 while she was observing a riot in the creggan area of londonderry last week. detectives are calling on the local community
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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. 0ur 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
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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 brings a positive result at the end of them.
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today, the secretary of state for northern ireland and the irish foreign minister announced plans to try and 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 sometime 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 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. we will come at it with an attempt to try and find resolution. but what we need is not talks the 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
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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's past. the question now is whether this tragedy can lead to political change for the future. emma vardy reporting. the former northern ireland secretary, lord hain said that the longer a stormont government remained out of action, the more difficult it would be to maintain a working relationship between the parties as outlined in the good friday agreement. i'm sorry to say it in blunt terms, but if a political vacuum is created, that is filled by extremists. we saw so terribly late last week, the consequences of that, and politicians have got to step up to the market, and that doesn'tjust
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include the leaders of the dup and sinn fein, both of whom are culpable in all of this, but it also means both prime ministers of both governments. talking of consequences, let's just say if no deal is agreed in these talks, are we talking here about direct rule? we have got to go direct rule in all but name, in the sense that parliament has legislated, the british parliament has legislated to give the northern ireland civil service certain powers to run the administration, and past finance arrangements and so forth. so effectively there is indirect direct rule, if i can put it that way. what you cannot continue to have is a com plete you cannot continue to have is a complete absence of government. you have administration, but there is nobody taking key decisions over what to do about the worse health service by far in the united kingdom. northern ireland's
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situation with children on long waiting lists for example, facing terrible health problems, that is just one instance where a very important one, of the problems northern ireland is faced with, because they do not have their elected politicians doing theirjob, governing northern ireland in the way the good friday agreement provided for, because as i say, it operated for ten years more or less stably. direct rule will have to be faced up to if self—government proves impossible, but the longer stormont has been down, the harder it is to get it back up again, and direct rule, if it were to be brought in, would make that even more difficult. 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 wickramasinghe said he had
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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 and has this report. 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.
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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. i have seen them. you have pain but you know you have a job to do, and you do thatjob. but we had to get things back to normal, the country must get functioning again. you must move on? you must move on. 0therwise terrorism will take us. but perceptions matter, and on our travels in sri lanka this week we have come across so many
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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 ——appalled the government didn't act on warnings that there 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? 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 why i wasn't in the loop, 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.
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there were huge quantities of gelignite, ball bearings and explosives. this, the safe house of another cell of suicide bombers, preparing to strike sri lanka. 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. clive myrie, in colombo. 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, kirkoddy, 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. —— a total of 55 within the next few years. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. it's folkestone's biggest store,
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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.
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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 sums 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. the brother of the manchester arena bomber, salman abedi,
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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,
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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 between our attorney office and your attorney office there in britain, but now the war — everything is stopped.
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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 trust and confidence.
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so you don't trust the british government anymore? 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. 0rla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. 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.
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sri lankan police find large amounts of bomb—making equipment as they hunt those behind the easter sunday attacks, in which more than 250 people lost their lives. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has said he will not attend the state banquet at buckingham palace in june 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. 0ur political correspondent, nick eardley is at westminster and says this a controversial move for the labour leader.
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it's no secret that this state visit is going to be highly controversial but it's a significant step for the leader of the opposition to publicly make clear that he is going to boycott one of the main events and in doing so launching a scathing attack on the us president on his record international treaties, climate change, orjeremy corbyn called a racist and misogynist rhetoric and at the moment the guest list is looking pretty then because the common speaker, the snp and the lib dems have all said they are going to boycott the dinner as well but this isn't the first controversial state visit to the uk. in 2015, jeremy corbyn did take part ina in 2015, jeremy corbyn did take part in a tribute dinner for chinese president xijinping, a man whose record on human rights is pretty controversial as well. 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.
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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
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on the right and left 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
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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 58—year—old father of the footballer emiliano sala — who was killed in a plane crash in january — 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. two people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion at the tata steelworks in port talbot in south wales. the blast happened in the early
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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 and 2014 which do not have electronic climate control. today, the chief executive of crossrail said he could meet the deadline but admitted there were no guarantees. tottenham court road is the crossrail station nearest
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completion. it's huge and impressive but passengers would be able to use it until toba 2020 at the earliest. today, the man who has had to rescue the project told us why he announced another delay. it's about how you bring the train, the door and the signalling system all into syncretism. the very highest standards of safety. that is why there can be no margin of error. the main issue now is integrating different software systems. the trend is very advanced, the signal system is very advanced. we have doors between the train and plot form, they are a very advanced and it's an integration to bring them altogether but although this room is complete, it isn't complete in every station everywhere. in the worst—case scenario station everywhere. in the
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worst—case scenario for opening is march 2021. you guarantee that? there are no guarantees at all, tom. i can't really think of something big happening. this is the third day we have had, you are becoming like the brexit of infrastructure projects. the confidence is gone. i've been associated with this project for a couple of years. this is the very first time without an integrated schedule bringing all the activities together. will this have activities together. will this have a knock—on effect on other infrastructure projects in london? . very much, i'm concerned the dissident pointed the people, retailers using this railway at most concerned for tfl to allow them to continue investing in london and that's why i am focused on getting this railway opened as soon as possible. some estimate this delay
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could cost tfl 1000000000 pounds 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. 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
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who produced celluloid masterpieces, from barry lyndon to a clockwork orange. 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
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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
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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. time for a look at the weather for the week ahead with louise lear. this time last week we are offering most people the prospect of a warm sunny easter weekend. it was a record breaker with temperatures peaking at 25, 77 fahrenheit but now it's back down to reality because those temperatures are really going to struggle this weekend. the sum, it may well be just below the average for the time of year. it's going to be accompanied by some pretty stormy weather first thing on saturday with storm hanna arriving. she will sweep away, calmer second—half to the weekend. here is this area of low pressure that's been named storm hannah due to the strength of the wins moving through the early hours of saturday morning. gusts in excess of 60—70 miles per
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hour. strong winds will continue to sweep west to east. northern england, northern ireland as well. scotla nd england, northern ireland as well. scotland should stay predominantly drive. it will feel noticeably cold. that area of low pressure will sweep off into the north sea. high—pressure building from the west. it will bring outbreaks of light rain into northern ireland, wales but the bulk of the country on sunday, it will be largely cloudy affairand sunday, it will be largely cloudy affair and those taking part in the london marathon, this is perhaps the best of the way the stories you expect. that cloud cover will stay for many throughout the second half of the weekend. as we move out of the weekend. bring outbreaks of
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