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this is bbc world news today. our top stories... the socialist party of spanish prime minister pedro sanchez has won the country's third general election in four years, a survey suggests, but may struggle to form a government. i'm tim wilcox live in madrid, where about 50% of the vote has now been this is bbc world news, the headlines. counted. a good night for the left, with more than half of votes counted but also for the hard right vox in spain's general election, the governing socialists group, which will have political are on course to be the biggest representation for the first time. party, but still without an overall majority. prayers in the street sri lankan police say the father and two brothers in sri lanka as church of the alleged organiser services are cancelled — of the easter sunday bombings a week after more than 250 were killed in a security forces people were killed in operation on friday night. the easter sunday bombings. the authorities have also decided to ban face—coverings and kenya's eliud kipchoge runs following the attacks. the second fastest marathon aid workers in northern mozambique in history as he wins say they've not yet been the london marathon for a fourth time. able to reach many of the people
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affected by cyclone kenneth, three days after the storm hit due to impassable roads. the kenyan athlete, eliud kipchoge, has won the london marathon in a new course record — and the second fastest time for the distance ever run. hello and welcome to world news today. the socialist party of spanish prime minister pedro sanchez has won the country's third general election in four years, a survey suggests, but may struggle to form a government. for more on that, let's go right over to madrid and tim willcox. yeah, about 50% of the vote has been counted, and it does seem to be a good night for the left, not for the right. the popular party has had its worst election results ever in its history. but as you say, no individual party appears to be able to form its own majority government
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here. 176 seats needed for that. but the left is edging closer, it seems, with that 50% of the vote counted, and the evening still might have some surprises in store. nonetheless, the socialists, and pedro sanchez, the socialist leader, is celebrating, or certainly, his supporters are. let's go to katie silva, who is at the headquarters 110w. silva, who is at the headquarters now. yes, as you say, only 5096 of the vote is counted, but you can't tell that here. the celebrations are in full swing. up there, we can see the stage. there is a lot of chanting and screaming. people have been screaming slogans. keep going, the fight of the working class. we are here in an area of madrid that is actually one of the richest areas. but this has been the
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long—term home of paseo, the centre—left long—term home of paseo, the ce ntre—left party. i long—term home of paseo, the centre—left party. i can speak to some supporters. i have jesus, aaron and carlos. how are you feeling tonight? good. i think and carlos. how are you feeling tonight? good. ithink spain and carlos. how are you feeling tonight? good. i think spain needed a change. so i only want to say that spain hasa a change. so i only want to say that spain has a lot of colours. you can see the people. i hope young people get out and go to the box with the paper. we need change. is it early to having such big celebrations? send your sanchez still needs to form a coalition. but you couldn't tell that here. it is difficult to explain the situation right now.
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nobody is sure, but we have a good feeling with the points. we only wait 20 minutes more - that wait 20 minutes more to show that pedro is the new president, with podemos. we can hear a lot of optimism that perhaps senor sanchez may be able to turn what is looking like it could be a very good night for his party, but there are still a lot of votes to be counted, but then there is still a lot of wrangling to be had. we are waiting for senor sanchez to speak, hopefully soon. from the figures i have been looking at, it could be that the socialists we re at, it could be that the socialists were able to form a government with just one other party, potentially podemos, or if the party which said
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they wouldn't work with mr sanchez, if they came on board, he would get it. well, that would be a real win for senor sanchez. we saw psoe and ciudadanos worked together previously. but in a previous election, it looked like riviera was not going to have any deal with psoe. but after potentially what could be quite a good win for senor sanche tonight, that may change. i spoke earlier with somebody who voted for podemos, the more left party, which sees this as a big celebration. and if a two—party coalition can be reached, that would be for senor sanchez a really big win because it would mean he doesn't need to appease the catalans, as has beena need to appease the catalans, as has been a problem for him in the lead up been a problem for him in the lead up to these elections. but he could also turn to the basque nationalists as well? yes. there are a lot of
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options. there were a lot of options even in the lead up to this election. 0n the right side, we saw a potential coalition of three different parties. there are the basques, we have the catalan separatists. there is podemos, there are so many separatists. there is podemos, there are so many potential variations and permutations that could come about asa permutations that could come about as a result of this. but right now, it feels like a night of celebration for the left in spain. as i said, for the left in spain. as i said, for the left in spain. as i said, for the working class, there is a lot of feeling in this fragmented society that the left may have made a big win tonight. for now, thank you very much. let's speak to our political experts here, ana fuentes and guy hedgecoe. ana, a good night for the left, although it is not in the bag yet, but it is close. it is very close. we will see in an hour. for the moment, the very close. we will see in an hour. forthe moment, the picture is very close. we will see in an hour. for the moment, the picture is still blurred, but yes, the socialists are celebrating because from the former
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election, there has been a very big boom for them and they are moderately happy. so we will see if they can make a coalition. even though he has ruled that out? they spoke about not being together for anything and regretting having reached agreements before, so we will see. guy, a dreadful night for the partido popular, but a good night for vox, which has come from nowhere? the two things are connected. the partido popular, undera connected. the partido popular, under a leader who has headed to the right over the last year, has tried to compete with vox to stop themselves from losing voters to vox. but paradoxically, vox has managed to pick up a lot of those partido popular voters, particularly on the issue of catalonia, where vox has takena on the issue of catalonia, where vox has taken a really hard line against the catalan independence movement. that has paid off for vox and people
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seem that has paid off for vox and people seem to feel that the two couldn't compete on that and on other issues. but for the leader of the pp, can he continue? he will have to resign, won't he? he hasn't spoken about that yet, but we will see. the popular party took a very dangerous and risky bet by electing him instead of the moderate candidate. we will see if ciudadanos will influence over! . influence over! what we will see if ciudadanos will influence over! what potency will vox now have in spanish politics?m will be limited in terms of their institutional impact, because they will have less than 10% of the 350 seat chamber here. but it could have a broader impact in terms of setting the agenda on the right, influencing the agenda on the right, influencing the other parties on the right. if we have a weakened partido popular, and we have ciudadanos as well, they
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might be influenced by vox. they already seem to have been influenced by vox in recent months, particularly on issues like the territorial issue of catalonia. so they could have some impact there. what an incurable jennifer they could have some impact there. what an incurablejennifer pedro sanchez. he took the socialists through their worst electoral defeats twice and has come back —— what an incredible journey for him. what secured it this time, was it the fear of the hard right which was pa rt the fear of the hard right which was part of his campaign? there was this picture of the three parties of the right gathering lots of supporters ata right gathering lots of supporters at a square which is very near where we are right now. this picture has been like a symbol for the socialists, saying that that would be the future of a very dark spain. and i think that has mobilised lots of undecided voters. and yet, guy, that dark side, as the socialists
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would characterise it, of spain, does have a constituency here. absolutely. what we have learned from this election so far is that while spain is not a country of two parties any more, the socialists on the left and the partido popular on the left and the partido popular on the right, it's a party that is still split down the middle was that there are two parties on the left. still split down the middle was that there are two parties on the left! country split down the middle. east surrey, a country split down the middle. 0n the left, there is podemos, and on the right, you have three parties. so it is a country thatis three parties. so it is a country that is still very divided, but along the lines of two different blocks rather than party lines. one person described it to me as authoritarianism spain meeting democratic spain, and at the root of all this, separatist parties in catalonia, which even though the public said they were voting for the economy and other things like that, that still goes to the heart of what has been a crisis for this country. it's a very divided country. as you said, some important topics such as
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the economy and foreign policy, the eu, many important things for people here are completely off the table. so it has been a very polarised campaign. spaniards are quite surprised at this new puzzle, five players under 50, all men. it's a very interesting and aggressive campaign. and a new era begins. when you look at social media, going back to vox, theircampaign you look at social media, going back to vox, their campaign attracted 1 million plus people. they have played it by very modern, aggressive campaigning rules. they have, and they have a very aggressive social media presence. by contrast, they have kept away to an extent from the traditional media. earlier this week, there were two televised debates with the candidates ahead of this election. vox was excluded from those debates, and i think that played into their hands. it helped them because they can present themselves as the great outsiders
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who were against the establishment. that may have even helped them today. i think you are going to hang around for another hour, when i think we will probably have a much clearer idea of how many seats these parties have got. thank you very much. we will bring you the latest developments and a speeches by the political leaders when they make them. thanks, tim. the people of sri lanka have been marking a week since the bomb attacks which claimed the lives of at least 250 people. the attackers were islamist extremists who targeted christian worshippers in church services, as well as people in some of colombo's biggest hotels. most christian services today were cancelled due to security concerns. clive myrie reports from colombo. seven days ago, the devout gathered at st anthony's church to mark
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the resurrection of christ. today, they gathered again, but this time with the army and police, a security cordon and a sense of fear, because the sounds of screams filled the church at 8:115 last sunday morning. at8:115am today, bells tolled for the dead. bells toll. the bombers may have killed and maimed, but they haven't diminished the devotion of worshippers to venerate their god, even out here on the streets. here, they espouse a kind humanity — the very notion dismissed by the bombers. but some have had a crisis of faith. lighting a candle for his own family, this man had just left the church with two of his sons
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when the suicide bombers struck. his wife, another son and a baby daughter were still inside. "i believed in god," he told me, "but some in my family have no life. i pray to god he will heal them." meet his four—month—old daughter lakshika, her tiny body badly burned. her mother and older brother are in intensive care. three reasons, perhaps, to lose faith. in all, 19 children ended up at this hospital after the bombings. 0thers died. diduni is five years old. her brother and grandmother are dead at the hands of one of the suicide bombers.
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her throat, badly scarred by the blast, will recover, but how scarred is her mind? today, we were allowed inside the still damaged st anthony's church, members of the sri lankan navy trying to clean away the stain of violence to restore this house of god. they reckon it will be about a month, maybe two, before this place is handed back to the people for worship, and what happened here is destined to be passed down the ages, along with all the other acts of religious intolerance that blacken history. this country will move on, like others darkened by fanatics. and the fervent hope is that the trauma of one week ago will unite sri lanka, rather than divide it. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. indonesian officials say more than 200 and 70 polling staff
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indonesian officials say more than 270 polling staff have died since working on the vote earlier this month. the country's election commission says many more fell ill because of fatigue. the latest vote combined two ballots in one day, it meant many hours of counting by hand, often outdoors in high temperatures. there have been calls for a change to election procedures. police in california are questioning a 19—year—old man in connection with a shooting in a synagogue near san diego. the attack on saturday killed one woman and wounded three other people. police are checking whether a violently anti—semitic, anti—muslim letter posted on a far—right message board before the attack is genuine. tens of thousands of people in hong kong have taken part in a demonstration against a planned change to extradition laws that could allow suspects to be transferred to mainland china for trial. hong kong's government wants the changes to be approved before july. but opponents see the proposal as a sign of beijing's increasing
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influence over the territory and say it will put its freedoms at risk. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: and kenya's eliud kipchoge runs the second fastest marathon in history as he wins the london marathon for a fourth time. nothing, it seemed, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government help to build better housing. internationally, there have already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied that anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahedin, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they've taken the capital which they'd been fighting for for so long. it was seven o'clock in the morning
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on the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is bbc world news today. the latest headlines the governing socialist party of prime minister pedro sanchez is forecast to be the winner in spain's general election. a hard—right party — vox — is forecast to win seats in parliament for the first time. sri lankan police say the father and two brothers of the alleged organiser of the easter sunday bombings were killed in a security forces operation on friday night.
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heavy rains and winds continue in northern mozambique in the wake of cyclone kenneth. floodwaters are rising, and rescue workers are struggling to reach remote areas. 5 people have been confirmed to have died but that figure is expected to rise. the bbc‘s lebo diseko has this update. heavy rains and winds continue in northern mozambique in the wake of cyclone kenneth. floodwaters are rising, and rescue workers are struggling to reach remote areas. heavy rain is expected to continue to fall over the coming days in the north of mozambique, the wfp, world food programme, telling me that they expect the remnants of cyclone kenneth could dump twice as much rain as cyclone idai did in the coming days. they're also expecting a quarter of the yearly rainfall over just these next few days. in cabo delgado, one of the most northern provinces here,
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the united nations has been evacuating people after several houses collapsed. and in the neighbouring province, nampula, there have also been more evacuations. we are not clear about numbers yet, but we are hearing that it could be in the tens of thousands. but the real fear is that these areas, the area that was effected by cyclone kenneth, is much more sparsely populated than that affected by cyclone idai. the fear is that there could be pockets of people or even whole villages that are in very difficult to reach, remote areas. we are waiting for the socialist leader pedro sanchez to speak. we will bring that to you live if it comes in. jane has all the sport. hello and thanks for joining us on sport today. manchester city are only two wins away from retaining their premier league title after a sergio aguero shot just crossed the line and gave his side a scrappy 1—0 win at burnley. aguero's 6ath—minute goal was given via goal—line technology — despite matthew lowton‘s attempted clearance. city had a string of chances and in the end needed to take just one of them. burnley‘s recent good form meant this match could have been a potential banana skin,
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but since going out of the champions league, city have beaten tottenham at home, manchester united and now burnley away, leaving pep guardiola's side within touching distance of pipping liverpool to the title. these kind of games, you play with the tension that is going to happen at the end of the season, but, you know, now 92 points we have, so it's incredible so... and now it's the same as we said in the last month, it's in our hands, so we have to win our two games. next one against leicester and after against brighton. meanwhile, manchester united missed the chance to go level on points with fourth placed chelsea after being held to a 1—1 draw by the londoners at old trafford. former chelsea player juan mata gave united an early lead, but with just two minutes to go until half—time, united keeper david de gea had another moment to forget. he spilled a shot from antonio rudiger, allowing marcos alonso to pounce and score the equaliser.
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jamie vardy scored twice as leicester beat arsenal 3—0, striking another blow to their hopes of qualifying for the champions league. arsenal have now lost three league games in a row. youri tielemans scored for leicester just before the hour mark, before vardy struck late on with a header. and then had a tap—in from close range. arsenal went down to ten men when ainsley maitland—niles was sent off in the first half. sir mo farah could only manage fifth in the london marathon — unable to keep the pace set by world—record holder eliud kipchoge. the kenyan reeled off the second—fastest marathon time in history to win it for a record fourth time. 0ur correspondentjoe wilson was there. when the cameras swooped to find the elite group, it was kenya's eliud kipchoge in control. of course it was. mo farah was toughing it out behind. kipchoge beat him across the line in the quickest time london has ever witnessed. farah said he had no regrets about his comments in the build—up,
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but finishing fifth was not the plan. brigid kosgei made her victory look easy, as did manuela schar of switzerland in the women's wheelchair event. 20—year—old american daniel romanchuk won the men's race. but there were 40,000 stories. everybody runs the london marathon in their own way. everyone has personal goals. but like the incredibles here, so many are raising money for so many others. this year, the1 billionth pound for charity in london marathon history was raised. but the finishing line is still too low. hang on, stop the clock. stop the clock. joe wilson, bbc news, central london. valterri bottas is back on top of the formula one drivers championship after winning the azerbaijan grand prix. it was a mercedes one—two as bottas, who now has two race wins, finished 1.5 seconds ahead of his team—mate lewis hamilton. that's four consecutive one—twos
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for hamilton and bottas now. ferrari's sebastian vettel finished third, charles leclerc fifth. ding junhui has fought back to lead judd trump 9—7 in the second round of the world snooker championship in sheffield. ding had been 5—3 down against trump overnight, but he made breaks of 81, 55 and 60 to establish a two—frame lead going into monday evening's final session. that's all the sport for now. let's end with the success at the box office of the latest — and final — movie in the avengers franchise. avengers: endgame has become the fastest film ever to break the $1 billion barrier. it was only released on thursday night but since then, tickets sales to fans, like these, around the world have already topped $1.2 billion.
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the previous global debut record of $640 million was set last year by, you guessed it, the previous avengers film, infinity war. a reminder of our top story... with more than half of votes counted in spain's general election, the governing socialists are on course to be the biggest party, but still without an overall majority. the vote counts, mainly from smaller towns, indicate that vox will win the first seats for any far—right party since the end of military rule in the 1970s. you can see people gathering to celebrate the socialists‘ victory. correspondents say the socialists may need the support of the left wing podemos party and catalan nationalists to stay in power. we will have to wait and see how
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that plays out. do stay with the bbc to find out more about those results. good evening. for almost all of us, today was the more clement day of the weekend. we said farewell to storm hannah. some of us even got to see some sunshine. that was how it looked for a weather watcher in east sussex. there were some showers around and more generally cloudy conditions across western parts of the uk, with some splashes of rain. you can see that cloud on the satellite picture. we have a slow—moving weather front draped across western parts of the country. it's not going to make much progress eastwards over the next couple of days. through tonight, it will bring cloud and some patchy rain into south—west england, west wales, northern ireland, the isle of man and the far south—west of scotland. elsewhere, some mist and fog
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patches starting to form and in eastern areas, quite a chilly night. in the north—east and scotland, there could be a localised frost. but tomorrow, for most of us it is looking dry, with spells of sunshine, but our pesky weather front will still bring cloud and patchy rain for northern ireland, west wales and the far south—west of england. early mist and fog clearing, but there will be patchy cloud around in the afternoon. the best of the sunshine is across scotland, and that is where we'll have the highest temperatures. as we go into tuesday, a similar day of weather. frontal system still only scraping into western parts. some rain, which could be heavy across northern ireland. elsewhere, largely dry with spells of sunshine once any early fog has cleared. tuesday will be the warmest day of the week for most of us. it could get to 19 or 20 across parts of scotland. as we move into wednesday, that front which has been lingering out west makes some progress eastwards. not much wind to push it along, so it's in no mood to move quickly. it becomes marooned on top of the british isles on wednesday. a band of cloud initially, but it may reinvigorate to give showers and thunderstorms
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in the afternoon. ahead of that front, still some warmth, but behind it, the temperatures start to drop away. that is the theme as we head towards the end of the week. it does look like turning a little cooler and fresher. a lot cooler and fresher. some showers drifting eastwards during their stay. by friday, most of us will be dry, but temperatures are significantly lower than they have been. to sum things up for the week ahead, largely dry for most of us at first, rain spreading slowly eastwards. 00:28:31,517 --> 2147483051:51:00,473 there could be patchy and dense fog 2147483051:51:00,473 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 and it does turn warmer for a time.
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