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this is bbc news, i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at nine: a woman is shot dead and three people are injured at a synagogue in california. police are questioning a 19—year—old man. as the officer was placing this 19—year—old male into custody he clearly saw a rifle sitting in the front passenger seat of the suspect vehicle. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob. in the next half hour natascha engel will tell us why she's gone. security fears in sri lanka sees church services cancelled — a week after the easter sunday bombings. mo farah says it would be an ‘amazing achievment‘ to win the london marathon for the first time.
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this is the scene live at blackheath where 40,000 runners will begin. it's hoped one billion pounds will be raised for charities by the event. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.35 — this mornings reviewers are prashant rao and lucy fisher. good morning and welcome to bbc news. a woman has died and three people are in hospital after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in california. a 19—year—old man has been arrested after the shooting outside san diego. 0ur correspondent in los angeles, sophie long reports. # we shall overcome.
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a community brought together in pain and multi—faith prayers for peace. they came to soothe each other‘s sadness and to pray for those suffering. for laurie gilbert kay who went to worship on a sunny saturday morning and died hours later in hospital. for a child shot in the leg and for two men, one a rabbi. i have been going here my entire life and to see all these wonderful people come together from all these faiths, it's just absolutely amazing. we had one person today full of hate, one person and look, there is 1000 people here tonight that are full of love. that is what it's about. this is not the first time a tight—knit community like this one have come together to try and help each other heal the wounds inflicted by a man with a gun. it's unlikely it will be the last.
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i am hoping this does not become the new normal, places of worship are sacred. human life is sacred and just the idea of every time we have to keep responding to acts of hate and acts of terror is really traumatising for the community. police have arrested a 19—year—old, john earnest. they are now investigating what made a young man take an assault rifle, shoot a child, kill a woman and destroy lives in a place of peace and worship. sophie long, bbc news, poway, california. there are just four days to go until the local elections in england and northern ireland. the conservatives hold the majority of seats, but with more than 8,000 up for grabs in polls across england — what impact will brexit have? 0ur political correspondent jessica parkerjoins me now. local elections are a big test for
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theresa may from her own mps but also from the grassroots. theresa may from her own mps but also from the grassrootslj theresa may from her own mps but also from the grassroots. i the conservatives facing election wipe—out at some of the newspapers are suggesting this morning? they are suggesting this morning? they are defending the largest number of seats this time around and these are local elections, and some councillors i have spoken to have emphasised they will want to be talking about bins rather than brexit, so things like bin collections, the state of roads, local issues but certainly, there is a feeling, some speculation that what we have seen play out nationally, for example the delay to brexit, could have angered voters so that will be on the conservative pa rty‘s that will be on the conservative party's bind. it is something paul scully, the vice chair for the london region has been talking about this morning. i think all politicians have had people expressing their frustration about brexit, no matter what party they are from because it is
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something that crosses over through the parties, through families even, across the country. so we are trying our hardest to get brexit done and crossed the line but that will continue, regardless of what is happening on thursday. what will happen though is those people, those counsellors that people vote for on thursday will be local residents working on local issues and i don't want people to feel they are going to vote in protest for something beyond those counciller's remit and then be frustrated that local services suffer, say under a local labour council for the next four years. we'll be hearing from other political parties throughout the day on the bbc news channel. find out more about the local elections in england and northern ireland and who is standing in your area by going to our website: there has been a big political row over lea ks there has been a big political row over leaks from the national security council over the chinese firm huawei and its role in the uk's
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five g network. i understand the chinese ambassador has now been talking, what has he had to say? he has written an article in the sunday telegraph talking about how it is up to the uk to choose its independent decision—making. i think he is referring to the fact there has been international pressure from some of the uk's allies, the likes of america and australia, suggesting it might bea america and australia, suggesting it might be a risky strategy to involve huawei in the 5g network. some people have security concerns about that, not least a toll numbers of theresa may's cabinet. this harks back to the national security meeting on tuesday and it appears to have been a leak revealing the facts that non—core parts of the uk's 5g network could potentially be built by huawei. we have learnt that the cabinet secretary has written to ministers demanding their cooperation and that of their special advisers as they try to find
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the source of the league. but i think the chinese ambassador is hitting back saying huawei has contributed 2 billion to britain's economy and it has a good track record on security. i think rather fighting the chinese telecoms company corner. thank you. the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after only six months in thejob, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby — and conseqentially there is a ‘de facto' ban on fracking. natascha engel was tasked with uniting communities over the controversial process, but says stringent rules are stopping the industry from being successful, as john mcmanus reports. is this a vision of the uk's future energy market? hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in this case at a site in lancashire. maybe not, because despite government support for shale gas
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exploration, the woman in charge of inspiring confidence in the project has just quit. natascha engel was appointed as commissioner for shale gas just 6 months ago, but in a letter to the government announcing her resignation, she complained that safety regulations were strangling the industry. retrieving gas through fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock. when that rock fractures the gases are released and brought to the surface. the industry says it is safe, but it can cause earth tremors. to reassure local communities, fracking must pause if those tremors reach a magnitude of 0.5. this site has had to stop work several times. natascha engel says that rule amounts to a de facto ban, and she writes that:
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those campaigners aren't just worried about tremors, they say climate change and fossil fuels should stay underground. in scotland, fracking remained under a moratorium. holyrood still has not decided how to proceed. supporters in the usa say fracking there has lowered gas bills, but some states have still banned it. the government here maintains that shale gas is both environmentally and consumer friendly. now it needs to find somebody new to make that case. if you are watching in bbc one i'm going to hand you over to the andrew marr show, on the bbc news channel let's carry on with the rest of the news. church services in sri lanka have been cancelled today, amid fears of more attacks one week after the easter sunday bombings.
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people have been told to worship at home instead, as thousands of troops continue to search for those islamist militants still at large. yogita limaye sent this report from colombo. the search continues for those behind sri lanka's horror. police have been carrying out raids across the country. on friday they followed a tip—off to this house in the eastern city of sainthamaruthu. armed men were inside who set off an explosion. a gun battle followed and the house burnt down. more than a dozen died. women and children were caught up in the violence. among them are believed to be the wife and child of this man, zahran hashim, the alleged ringleader, he was one of two suicide bombers at the shangri—la hotel. several suspects are still at large.
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these photos were released by the government earlier this week. newly released closed—circuit tv footage shows the bomber at the kingsbury hotel in colombo the night before the attack. backpack full of explosives, he checks in at the front desk and goes to his room. in the morning he is seen leaving the elevator on his way to the hotel's breakfast restaurant. moments later he detonated his bomb. workers have begun to clear the trail of destruction and most of those who died have been laid to rest. but fear remains. it is the seventh night of the curfew here and it will be a week since the attacks. it is a sunday but no church services are being held because of worries they might be targeted again. there is a sense of disbelief here that such a large network of people was active in the country without being discovered
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by security agencies, but with search operations now becoming more intense there is also hope that the government will soon get a grip on the situation. well, my colleague clive myrie is in colombo and has been to visit st anthony's church, one of the sites of last week's attacks. this is the exact spot where the suicide bomber detonated his backpack to devastating effect. you can see the walls pockmarked with the holes of hundreds of ball bearings and the roof of this area pretty much destroyed now letting light in. this place simply is not safe. work is going on to try to improve things, but it is going to take a while, and that is why a little earlier on today worshippers had to pray outside on the street, lighting candles and praying for the more than 250 people who lost their lives, and the hundreds more who were injured, and also praying
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that this place of worship, their spiritual home, will be restored soon. but the authorities reckon it is going to be about a month, it may be a month and a half, before this place will be given back to the people. and what happened here is destined to be passed down the ages, to join all those other acts of religious intolerance that blacken history. clive myrie, bbc news in colombo. a new link between obesity and mental health problems in children as young as seven has been idenfied by researchers. they found obese seven—year—olds were at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, by the time they reached 11. researchers say the findings, to be presented at the european congress on obesity in glasgow, strengthen the case for early prevention. richard lister reports. exercise and a healthy diet have long been the best prescription for avoiding obesity at any age.
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but this new study has found a link to mental health in children too. researchers analysed data on more than 17,000 children, up to the age of 14. they found that from the age of 7, obesity and emotional problems were closely linked. and that linkage was the same for girls and boys. researchers don't fully understand the link between obesity and mental health in children. the extent to which poverty plays a role is also unclear. but the relationship between these issues could be important. i don't think it is as simple as one causing another. i think they influence each other and it is probably going to be different in different people, the extent to which that happens but i also agree there are other factors at play here in one of those could be social or economic disadvantage which is something we looked at in the study. no harm in a little snack, is there? but half the sugar our kids eat
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comes from snacks and sugary drinks. which could lead to harmful fat building up inside. public health england has been encouraging parents to cut the sugar in kids's diets for years, to reduce obesity and stave off physical health issues. this study suggest there might be mental health benefits too. at this school in salford, children start the day playing and chatting, giving staff a chance to spot any potential emotional problems. the research may mean this focus on mental health could also improve children's physical well—being. voters in spain are going to the polls today in a fiercely contested general election, the third in four years. among the contenders are the ultra—nationalist vox party, whose leaders attack multiculturalism and feminism. it's the first real possibility of election success for the far right since the death of the dictator, general franco, in 1975.
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the headlines on bbc news... a woman is shot dead and three people are injured at a synagogue in california. police are questioning a 19—year—old man who they say opened fire with an assault rifle. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob. natascha engel says ministers are paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby. security fears in sri lanka have led to church services being cancelled a week after the easter sunday bombings. four people were killed and three others injured when a construction crane collapsed in the us city of seattle. cars were crushed when it fell from the roof of a building site and onto the street below, police and fire officials said. two machine drivers and two people in separate cars
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died in the incident in seattle's south lake union district. the united nations says many villages in northern mozambique have been entirely wiped out by cyclone kenneth, which hit on thursday. with heavy rainfall predicted for the next few days, there are also fears that many communities will face severe flooding. mozambique is still recovering from cyclone idai, which killed hundreds of people further south last month. donna larsen reports. where families once lived now standing in shells. corrugated iron roofs contorted by the wind, littering the ground. these homes were ripped apart by the strongest cyclone ever to hit this region. jamal‘s shop was just one of so many ravaged by the storm. translation: the wind destroyed the farms and the palm trees. the farms don't have anything, we lost everything.
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here in the village, as you see, 300 houses have been destroyed. the view from above provides some idea of the scale of destruction, villages completely flattened. the united nations has described the damage as heartbreaking. these villages have been entirely wiped out. they look like they have been run over by a bulldozer. people are asking first for shelter then they need water purification and they need food. almost 20,000 people are now living in makeshift displacement centres, set up in schools and churches. more heavy rain is forecast for mozambique over the coming days and with rivers already swollen, the threat of severe flooding continues to loom large. people here now face the daunting reality that the worst could be yet to come. the 39th london marathon is getting underway soon, with more than 41,000 runners taking
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part following a record number of applications. sir mo farah is hoping to beat the world champion eliud kipchoge, who set the world record at the berlin marathon in october and has already won the race in london three times. 0ur reporter graham satchell is at the start line. hejoins us now. morning to you. morning, all eyes will be on mo farah to see how well he can do, he came third last year but really the london marathon is about the everyday people who come to raise money for charity. an amazing landmark because they will break the £1 billion mark raising money for charity in the history of the london marathon. let me introduce you to some runners, we have got to harry. how are you doing? and oscar. why are you running as a rhino? to
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support the save the rhino charity. there are more people running the london marathon than rhinos left in existence, it is an amazing cause. go and check them out. the rhino has become quite a familiar sight around. you are trying to break a guinness world record which is? around. you are trying to break a guinness world record which is7m is the fastest marathon while dressed as a three—dimensional animal. that is pretty niche. but it is an official record? it is an official record, no one has set it but i have to achieve five hours 15 to get it, that is the baseline time. are you confident? fairly confident, i've only done half marathons in the costume. good luck today. 0scar, you're going for a record which is? the fastest
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marathon whilst dressed in a tent. why is it tent? a big one is to get the guinness world record but i am a massive advocate for getting people outdoors and active that with the outward bound trust and another organisation that helps people get outdoors, we are trying to get people to disconnect from technology and reconnect to the arson planet in which we live. brilliant, very well done today. -- awesome planet. oscar is not the only man running as a tent. so you have got competition, you have to beat the other guy in a tent. i was meant to be breaking for hours but there is another tense man who looks quite quick. the pressure is on! exactly. the main race is just after four o'clock, that is it for us. thank you, talk to you later.
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‘exercise tiger‘ was the code name for a large—scale, military rehearsal, which took place 75 years ago — ahead of the d—day invasion of normandy. the run—through went disastrously wrong and serveral military personel lost their lives. robert hall has been to slapton sands — in devon — where a special memorial ceremony will take place. sla pton sands, popular today as a nature reserve, but 75 years ago the setting for a dress rehearsal which went disastrously wrong. in 19114, allied commanders matched this wide bay with the beach in normandy codenamed utah. slapton's geography was perfect for landing craft, tanks and thousands of troops to practise their assault on hitler's atlantic wall. the exercises were held in total secrecy. residents from every nearby village had been moved from their homes. i had six weeks to move out of the area... pam hill remembers the day she was filmed watching the removal men loading her family's furniture into lorries as the first americans arrived.
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she also remembers an april morning when rumours began to spread that something very bad had happened out at sea. they knew something had happened because the fellow remembers seeing all the ambulances going up the line here. so they knew there was quite a lot of injury. as eight tank landing craft made their way in convoy towards the beach, they'd been attacked by german e boats armed with torpedoes. two american vessels were sunk, two more badly damaged. official figures at the time rose to well over 700. many bodies washed ashore along the south coast, but dozens more were never found. it's moving to stand there and look out at the english channel and think about where my uncle's body lay. was his body everfound? no, he's still in the ship.
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for decades, no—one knew what had happened here, partly due to the security around the d—day landings. but this weekend, families have crossed the atlantic to remember young men lost in the grey waters of the english channel. my dad described the water as hejumped in on fire. annelle reynolds' father was badly injured but he survived. she's brought his uniform to be placed in the local museum. i feel now that meeting with these people that it was a shame that these men did not get recognition through their lives. every visitor pays tribute to dean small and his local volunteers. dean's father raised the sunken sherman tank which now forms a permanent memorial. we have the incredible sacrifice that the local people made to give up their home and their land, and at the same time, this horrendous disaster that took
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so many young lives. 0n the beach below, 749 sets of bootprints. a powerful way to remind us of a loss of life which far exceeded the figure on the real utah beach just over a month later. let's return to the news that natascha engel, the uk's former commissioner for shale gas has announced her resignation — saying government policy is preventing fracking from developing. joining me now is natascha engel. thank you for coming in to join us, tell us more. why have you resigned? basically, since i first started six months ago there was always an understanding that fracking was going to struggle to develop if these are really ridiculously low limits on earth tremors were going to be kept in place. the understanding was that they would be reviewed and they would be raised when it was safe to do so and that
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has not happened. it means there is a restriction placed on fracking which is not placed on any other extractive industry in the country and possibly the world. it is still low or no industry could develop under those circumstances. low or no industry could develop under those circumstanceslj low or no industry could develop under those circumstances. i went to pick it up on some of those points but you have only been in the job six months. is that long enough? would it not have been better to stay in post to make the changes from within? i tried to do that. u nless from within? i tried to do that. unless these changes happen quickly, the industry is still not up and running. this is not something that can develop unless these limits are actually reviewed and had a look at. that is the problem with this. actually from within we cannot do very much and at the moment, when you have got government in such terrible paralysis, you have to do something as dramatic as this in order to have your voice heard. that is the tragedy because it has been my idealjob. fracking is untested
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in this country, it is a different proposition here than it is in the wide—open spaces of the united states. isn't a cautious approach needed while more is done? there is a difference between caution and stopping an industry from happening. it is new here but the fact of it when many in wales and america and we have got some of the tightest and best regulations and it was because we have got lots of experience of getting oil and gas out of the ground in the north sea. fracking is not new. this is a technology that has been around since the second world war and it is a method of getting oil and gas out of the ground, like any other method. the only thing unique about it is its awful sounding name but apart from that, it is just a method awful sounding name but apart from that, it isjust a method of awful sounding name but apart from that, it is just a method of getting oil and gas out of the ground. but isn't the bottom line we just do not know. for example, people say it is better for the environment but at the end of the day fracking uses huge amounts of water, doesn't it which has got to be transported to
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the site, that is not environmentally friendly. it's not a huge amount of water if you compare it to industries that use huge amounts of water, such as the drinks industry and paper industry. this does not comparatively, and every extractive industry uses water. the big difference is there is a very large environment to campaign against it. you do not have that against it. you do not have that against other industries and i think thatis against other industries and i think that is why it has been uniquely blown out of proportion. isn't it also the case that there may be potentially poisonous chemicals that are extracted during the course of fracking? what happens is that sometimes the minerals underground come up with the water. that does happen but they are perfectly safely extracted in any other way. there is nothing intrinsically unsafe about it. final thought, given nothing intrinsically unsafe about it. finalthought, given you nothing intrinsically unsafe about it. final thought, given you are so passionate about fracking, now you have gone, he was going to bang the drum for it? i'm going to keep
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banging the drum from outside. the easy to do it from outside than inside and the drum needs to be beaten, especially with these new, the profile of environmentalism has been raised. i need to reduce our carbon emissions is urgent and fracking is one way we can do that. —— our need to reduce carbon emissions is urgent. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. much coming day compared with yesterday. still a keen breeze, especially in eastern counties. later went north and west but can't continue to bring outbreaks of rain across island and working its way eastwards. 11—13d but elsewhere it with some sunny spells into the mid teens, perhaps 16 or 17 celsius
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across parts of scotland where the ascension will be at its best. through tonight we have clear skies and later winds in the east. lots of cloud in the west, patchy rain and drizzle which becomes lighter as we go through the night. keeping temperatures up but in between, northern eastern scotland and england could have frost, a chilly start. some mist taking a while to shift to eastern england. 0nce start. some mist taking a while to shift to eastern england. once it goes lots of dry and reasonable weather. hazy sunshine for lots of pipes but still very cloudy in the west. —— fairly cloudy.

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