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this is bbc news. a call for northern ireland politicians to unite to deliver on power—sharing talks — from the priest who received an ovation at lyra mckee‘s funeral. i get the sense that people want our politicians to enter into the talks and bring a positive result at the end of them. 15 bodies and bomb making equipment are recovered by sri lankan security forces, who're hunting those behind the easter sunday attacks. accused of fuelling a mental health epidemic. england's top doctor warns cosmetic clinics of their duty of care to vulnerable clients. jeremy corbyn is being urged by nearly 100 labour mps and meps, including shadow ministers, to back another referendum on any brexit deal.
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and the dateline london panel asks if islamic state will global again? that's in half an hour — here on bbc news. the catholic priest father martin magill, who criticised northern ireland's political leaders at the funeral of the journalist lyra mckee, has told the bbc that people want results from new talks next month to restore power—sharing at stormont. power—sharing broke down more than two years ago. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. at lyra mckee‘s funeral, the words of father martin magill received a standing ovation when he shamed politicians for failing to reconcile their differences to restore devolution. why, in god's name, does it take
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the death of a 29—year—old woman with her whole life in front of her... applause in his first interview since the address, he urged politicians to listen to the people. i get the sense that people want our politicians to move and they want them to move now, and by that i mean in terms of entering into those talks and in a way that will actually bring a positive result at the end of them. political adversaries in northern ireland have been brought together by the death of the journalist who was shot during rioting in londonderry. more than two years since power—sharing collapsed in northern ireland, yesterday, the british and irish governments announced that in the wake of lyra's death, there would be fresh discussions to try to reach a new power—sharing agreement, beginning after the local elections next week. and we will work with all the parties to help them do that. but repeated rounds of talks
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have previously failed, and big sticking points between the parties remain. emma vardy, bbc news. i've been speaking to our correspondent julian fowler in belfast — and asked him how far apart the main parties are, ahead of any new talks. the problems that led to the suspension of stormont years ago have not progressed in any way despite the very public shows and displays of unity in the response to the killing of lyra mckee. we've seen a very bullish response from both the dup and sinn fein to the announcement of those talks, which will begin on may the 7th. while welcoming those talks, they've reallyjust restated their positions from the collapse of the previous talks process. arlene foster, the leader of the dup, she has called for a parallel process for devolution to be restored
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while a separate talks process takes place to deal with the issues that remain unresolved, such as an irish language act and the legalisation of same—sex marriage, but sinn fein has rejected that. they say those issues need to be dealt with before any resolution of devolution. so really it is hard to see where the two governments will find compromise in this talks process, particularly as it begins in the middle of a european election campaign. as you say, european elections, and therefore that is merely going to add to the partisan nature of the politics at the moment, and make it even more polarised, not less, but is there a prospect that the two parties could emerge from that by the end of may, there are english local elections at the beginning of may, by the end of may when the europeans are out the way, in a position where the voters have delivered a verdict that forces their hand to some extent,
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that if the dup and sinn fein vote were to be hit and there was a perception that it would be hit because they were failing to progress on power—sharing, is that the sort of thing that is likely to have an impact, or is it that the issues themselves are so difficult within the communities that there isn't actually a way through? the other thing to say is it is not just about the issues, it is also about the relationship between the dup and sinn fein. a breakdown in trust, really, that mandatory coalition, the parties have to share power together, and really we saw in the last months of stormont before the collapse, a real breakdown in those relationships and the smaller parties as well, who will also be involved in these talks, they were saying they were being excluded from all the big decisions that were taking place between the dup and sinn fein, so there is a lot of trust—building that needs to happen as part of this talks process as well as focusing on the issues. there is no detail yet as to what the format these talks are going to take.
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we have been told there won't be an independent moderator, and although we have heard from the two governments saying this is a time for bold decisions, for risk—taking, it remains to be seen whether the parties are prepared to meet that challenge. sri lankan security forces have exchanged fire with suspected islamic state militants in the east of the country. reports say 15 bodies, including six children, have been found in a house where the gun battle took place. the country has remained on high alert since the easter suicide attacks on churches and hotels that killed 253 people and injured more than 500. katy austin reports. the charred deathly quiet aftermath of a gun battle between suspected extremists and sri lankan police last night. it reportedly started when an armed group set off an explosion. afterwards 15 bodies were found.
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among them police said six children and civilians caught in the crossfire. following a tip off the raid took place in sainthamaruthu, a town in the east of the country not far from the hometown of the suspected ringleader of the easter sunday attacks, said to have died in one of the bombings. all week, security forces in sri lanka have been warning of further attacks — this huge amount of bomb—making equipment found in another raid nearby showed those fears were justified. an is flag was also found. in an interview with the bbc‘s clive myrie the sri lankan prime minister was asked about what many see as the failings of his government and why he had not been aware of intelligence warning of the easter sunday attacks. unfortunately i didn't know of it. what do you do when you are out of the loop? you are talking about not being in the loop. you are the prime minister, you are number two at
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the national security council. that is the critical issue, we have to find out why i wasn't in the loop, who was and who wasn't in the loop at the st anthony's shrine in colombo targeted in last weekend's blasts the clean—up is under way. but the catholic church across the country has cancelled all matches scheduled for this sunday amid concern there could be more attacks, a sign that the threat to sri lanka and its people's fear remain. rohan karr, the general manager of the cinnamon grand hotel, targeted last weekend, told the bbc‘s martin patience that the bomber had checked into the hotel the night before and the staff were not suspicious of their guest. a warning, some viewers may find some of this interview distressing. he behaved like a normal customer. he walked in the night before ejecting and we served him a welcome
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drink and he went up to his room and he came down in the morning with a rucksack on his back and he went into the restaurant, he made sure he got a table right in the middle of the restaurant and he was walking around with this rucksack on his back and he served his food with the rucksack, he ate food and the staff were watching this and wondered why he was walking around with his rucksack on but we never thought this was the man who was going to kill us. he sat, ate, he waited for people to gather.
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when he saw a bigger crowd, he decided this is a time to create maximum damage. when you came downstairs, what did you see? bodies, body parts all over the place. even in the pond, there was a hand and we had to take some 6—foot tables, break the legs and put the people on that and carry that to take them out of the restaurant. five of your staff died, can you tell me a little bit about them? out of the five, four were actually on duty, working, one of them was the restaurant manager. then there was another lady. they come in the morning to do a sri lankan pancake. it was not even her day to work that day. her colleague who was a catholic wanted to go for the easter mass, so she volunteered to come and do is shift so that he might attend the mass. she unfortunately was one of them. was security too lax not only here but across the country? this is a country that had high security for so many years. to be honest, after the war, i never thought we would be
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a target for terrorists, because even a terrorist can't be that bad, to hit back a country that has suffered for 30 years. we did have security but we didn't watch for this. what is the future? obviously the tourism industry is going to be affected by this. definitely. we have people who are departing the country. we have travel warnings from all over the world and all the countries and we don't blame them. now we are slowly but surely trying to stand on our own feet, regain confidence, and as of next week, tuesday, we will open to public, we will work hard. and i will make sure as long as i am here, and my team, that we will not let this destroy us. a senior health official has said clinics that provide
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cosmetic procedures, such as fillers and botox injections, are helping to fuel a mental health and anxiety epidemic. professor stephen powis, who's medical director of nhs england, is calling for an official register of all providers and for better training to protect vulnerable clients from quick fixes. our global health correspondent richard galpin reports. cosmetic procedures like botox injections and fillers are popular and easily available — notjust in clinics, but also in high street outlets. the nhs is concerned there is a link between young people's mental health and these kinds of procedures. 25% of youngsters are worried about their appearance, 50% are worried about their weight, and we know that the evidence is if you've got those concerns, if you are feeling pressure or bombarded around idealised body image, that you are more likely to seek procedures, but you are also then more likely to be dissatisfied with the outcome
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of those procedures. to try to tackle this, the nhs wants all those providing cosmetic procedures to sign up to an online training programme teaching them how to recognise the signs and symptoms of vulnerability and mental ill health, and ensuring they tell customers where to get help if they show signs of being vulnerable. but the course is voluntary and so far, only 10% of providers have signed up for the training. richard galpin, bbc news. more than 90 labour mps and meps, including a number of shadow ministers, have signed a letter demanding the party commits to holding another referendum on any brexit deal. earlier i spoke to our political correpsondent susana mendonca about why the letter was written.
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labour's ruling body, the nec, is going to be deciding on tuesday what goes in the manifesto for the european elections, which of course are going to be held or are likely to be held next month unless the prime minister comes up with a deal. and so because they are going to be holding that meeting they will be deciding what goes on and they will have those meps and mps trying to get in there first and make clear that they want this confirmatory referendum to be part of the offer put to people. what has got some riled is that earlier on in the week there was a draft leaflet that would go out to homes across the country which didn't include any reference to a confirmatory referendum or any kind of referendum and that is something that labour mps had been riled about and some were very concerned about because they want to put across that message that they are a party that would actually offer some kind of say for people on what the final deal is. the problem for labour is that while you have got mps who want that
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and you have got these 90 or so mps and meps have written this letter, you also have labour mps in constituencies where voters, labour voters, will have voted to leave the european union who are very concerned about the idea that you would include a confirmatory referendum because they say that is something that actually might lose them votes. and so that is the challenge for jeremy corbyn and the labour party. northern ireland politicians are being urged to unite to deliver on power—sharing talks, by the priest who received an ovation at lyra mckee‘s funeral. 15 bodies and bomb making equipment are recovered by sri lankan security forces, who're hunting those behind the easter sunday attacks. england's top doctor is warning cosmetic clinics that they may be contributing to a mental health epidemic. professor stephen powis says the practitioners should have training to help them protect vulnerable clients from "quick fixes", such as botox. aid agencies have warned of the threat of flooding and landslides in mozambique, after a second powerful
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storm made landfall, following the devastation of cyclone idai in march.this week, cyclone kenneth struck in the north—east of the country, having first killed three people on the comoros islands in the indian ocean. it made landfall on thursday in the northern cabo delgado region of mozambique. the storm has now been downgraded, but there are warnings that vulnerable communities could be further impacted following several days of heavy rain. 0ur correspondent pumza fihlani gave us the latest from the capital, maputo. the authorities here are still doing an assessment of the damage in the area. they've got teams deployed to the northern part of mozambique currently, and they want to get a sense of how much the response, if it will need to be, but we do know at this stage that three provinces have been affected, and in those provinces people have lost their homes, many buildings have been destroyed, and parts of the infrastructure there including power lines has been severely damaged, and in some areas completely destroyed.
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and that is slowing down the communication and trying to get word from people to get a sense of what they need. we do know also that about 20,000 people are currently taking shelter in makeshift displacement centres. this is schools that are on higher ground and churches, and there they are receiving food aid and water. they are saying that the rain that's expected in northern mozambique will be the equivalent of what they get in a season. about four days of rain. there will be so much rainfall that that will surpass what they will get in the rainy season. and with that, a great risk of heavy flooding, but also of landslides. and most of the area there is incredibly rural, and some of it is located in basins, so they are really worried about what will happen to the people that are still trapped in those remote villages that are not able to get to safety on time. it's being claimed that some fitness trackers from leading brands are so inaccurate, they can be out by up
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to 11 miles when logging the distance of a marathon. the consumer group which? has published analysis of some of the most popular devices from big names in the market. the watchdog used a calibrated treadmill to compare different trackers logging the number of steps and distance travelled. it's warning some simply can't be relied upon. let's go back to our report on a form of heart failure that doctors have known very little about. researchers at four british universities are looking into how to diagnose and treat the condition, as our science correspondent richard westcott reports. around 500,000 people have a type of heart failure we know very little about. it's called hfpef and this is a new study to find out what makes it tick. i didn't realise i had a heart condition and i thought, why, i'm so fit? i can't be — i've been a dancer, done so much, gardening,
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et cetera, i don't believe it. so you are quite good at walking on the flat but not the inclines? definitely. as well as the physical tests, they will be asking patients about their lives. if i said could you walk to the shop and back again? i couldn't. this is an interesting patient group that are pretty much left to their own devices, there are not any evidence—based treatment therapies for them so it's really interesting to try to find out what would help them. it wasn't long ago that some clinicians doubted hfpef even existed. it might be common, but it's hard to recognise. symptoms can be similar to more well—known types of heart failure or evern other conditions, but there is a key difference. a normal heart muscle needs to be able to expand and contract so it can pump the blood. around half the people with heart failure have a muscle that's too loose but they know how to diagnose that and treat it. the other half have a muscle that's
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gone thick and goes too tight and that is the one they need to find out a lot more about. this is one of the more obvious signs we see. this bluejet you see here is blood leaking back because this valve should be closing, but it's not, and that can occur because the heart muscle has become thickened. we know that there are things that we can do for this group of patients and it's just ensuring that there's a systematic way of diagnosing and managing, that people are more aware of it, and they know, right, if we get the blood pressure controlled, if we control their diabetes, if perhaps we make sure they are doing more physical activity, then we can actually improve them. researchers will study around 200 patients for a year. well, i hope they find the reason why we go downhill like we are and i'm quite pleased, actually, that i had that call from fay last year, when she asked if i would come and participate in research,
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because it must help the future. they will then recommend new ways to identify and look after the hundreds of thousands who suffer. richard westcott, bbc news. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike bushell. good morning. we start with the unravelling situation at bolton wanderers, where the players are on strike over unpaid wages. bolton have now been told that they must complete their two outstanding championship fixtures by the end of the season by english football league. today's match with brentford was called off last night after bolton's players said they would not play again until they received outstanding wages. bolton, who have been relegated to league one, have been told to rearrange that game "at the earliest opportunity" — the club's outgoing owner ken anderson, has said in a statement that he had agreed with prospective buyer lawrence bassini, that he would be now paying costs such as players wages.
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it is still very much an ongoing situation. the pressure is now back on manchester city in this seaon‘s premier league title race, after liverpool kept their challenge going with a 5—0 thrashing of huddersfield town. the reds are now 2 points clear at the top, with city playing at burnley tomorrow. andy swiss reports. all sing: liverpool, liverpool, liverpool! there may be the underdogs in the title race, but you would scarcely have guessed it. 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, after all, are rock bottom of the table. but surely, even they could not have dreamt of a start quite like this. liverpool ahead after just 15 seconds. blink and you'd missed it. but naby keita didn't mind, and fair to say neither did his manager. and jurgen klopp soon had plenty more to celebrate as his players made it look oh, so simple. the second, courtesy of sadio mane, and when just before the break mo salah added a typically sumptuous
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third, any lingering anfield nerves had long since vanished. surely, it was nowjust a case of how many and while liverpool weren't quite at their best, they didn't need to be — mane with his second of the night as his side coasted to the most comfortable of wins. it was just what anfield had hoped for and it was all 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. so job done here for liverpool, but they will know that manchester city still have that game in hand and if they win it against burnley on sunday, they will go back on top of the table with just two matches remaining, so this enthralling title race, it seems, is heading right to the wire. andy swiss, bbc news, anfield. final practice is underway ahead of this weekend's azerbaijan grand prix. loose manhole covers caused
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havoc and meant first practice had to be cancelled after george russell's williams was damaged. around 300 manhole covers have since been checked and russell is back on the track today in his repaired car. mercedes drivers lewis hamilton and valtteri bottas are first and second in the championship after three consecutive one—twos at the start of the season. neil robertson is the first man through to the quarter—finals of the world snooker championship in sheffield. the australian beat shaun murphy by 13 frames to 6 at the crucible. robertson, who won the tournament back in 2010, is the now the tournament favourite. well, these are the live pictures from the crucible, and all fans will be happy at the sight of reigning champion mark williams, back at the table this morning. this is not him, this is david gilbert. williams was taken to
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hospital with chest pains yesterday after his second session against david gilbert. williams has recovered and resumed a few minutes ago. every time we talk about live pictures, we don't get to see williams. come on, cameraman, give him a shot. but i can assure you that williams is back at the crucible after he was checked by doctors. it is live on bbc two and the website. a sunny afternoon on the cards for some of you, but for others, storm hannah dahoud is causing problems.
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some travel disruption still possible through this afternoon. and some minor damage to trees and buildings can't be ruled out. don't forget the trees are now getting into leaf and with severe gales expected in places, that could break the odd branch down. winds actually peaked through the night, 82 miles an hour in aberdaron in north—west wales. but once the wind strength has peaked, it could still be a very windy afternoon for many. low pressure systems pushing out into the north sea. southern and western areas of that will continue to see the strongest of the winds. lighter winds to north—eastern parts of england for the time being, that will change later on and certainly across scotland much lighter winds. some slow moving and maybe heavy and thundery showers here. the odd shower but with more sunshine across southern counties of england and wales. it is north wales, north west midlands, north west england and to the east of northern ireland, persistent rain here could cause some minorflooding. and it's these areas, not only will it be quite cool, with temperatures around 7—9 degrees, but it's also where we still see the strongest of the winds, 40—50 miles an hour quite easily. and as i said the winds later will pick up across some eastern counties of england.
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further outbreaks of rain across england and wales and south—west scotland as we go into the night. much of that will gradually start to ease, clearer skies developing here and there. and a colder night than last night, northern ireland for instance there could be some frost around into the start of a bright start to sunday morning. there is this ridge of high pressure building to the back edge of storm hannah, which becomes even less of a feature as it pulls away through tomorrow. still some cloudy skies above london for the london marathon runners but the good news is nowhere near as hot as last year with temperatures peaking at around 14 degrees. but a bit of a breeze and the outside chance of a shower so if you're off to spectate, make sure you take something waterproof just in case. so a few showers across eastern parts of england, a fair amount of cloud here, a bright start in the west but clouding over in northern ireland, pembrokeshire, devon and cornwall later as well as the channel islands. some outbreaks of rain or drizzle possible. most of you though, sunday a dry day, a much brighter day and a warmer day with temperatures into the mid—teens, maybe 16 celsius in the highlands of scotland. and the winds certainly lighter than today although a cold breeze will continue down across eastern coasts of england. as we go into next week a dry start for many but things change
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hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week... the caliphate is over but the carnage continues. after losing its last strongholds in syria and iraq, will islamic state go global again? and last time president trump visited london, he criticised the prime minister, kept the queen waiting and was stalked by protestors and a giant inflatable. this time it's a state visit. will the pomp and ceremony keep things on track or will the uk's drawn out political crisis leave even more things to go wrong? and i only promised you one brexit free programme. that was last week. be warned. my guests today are thomas kielinger, author and long—time correspondent of die welt, political commentator, yasmin alibhai brown, marc roche of le point, michael goldfarb of the podcast frdh, which stands for first rough draft of history.
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last week we marked easter by discussing the impact of religion on our world. including how faith can be manipulated for a message of hate. and then we got a demonstration. 0ne synchronised moment of horror in sri lanka which left hundreds of lives destroyed, thousands shattered, a muslim community in fear of backlash and a tourism—dependent economy reeling. the power of hate? that is where we are, the power of hate. we now know that these guys, there is some kind of link with is and there appears to be some links with the more extremist missionaries if you like of hate. and it is a world which we will have to used to living in and finding different ways perhaps. i think this premature
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