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this is bbc news. i'm joanna gosling. the headlines at 12.00pm: 41 people are now known to have been killed when a russian passenger plane caught fire during an emergency landing in moscow. six of the 33 who survived are said to be in a serious condition. some survivors suggest the plane was struck by lightning. an investigation into the cause is underway. a call for a world wide rescue plan to prevent losing one in four of all species and plants — because of human activity. police hunting joseph mccann — for a series of alleged abductions and rapes — have arrested a man in cheshire. tackling fake news ahead of the european elections — facebook will attempt to block misinformation.
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last summer's explosion of anger on the streets of basra. that's iraq's poisoned rivers — in half an hour here on bbc news. good afternoon — and welcome to bbc news. an investigation is under way into the plane crash at a moscow airport in which 41 people were killed. the aeroflot aircraft made an emergency landing and burst into flames at one of the russian capital's main airports. dramatic images show passengers using emergency exit slides to escape the burning aircraft, which was headed for the city of murmansk carrying 73 people and five crew. in the past hour we've received these pictures. what we're seeing now is the burnt out shell of the plane.
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russia's transport minister yevgeny ditrikh has said more than 30 people survived the crash, and six remain in critical condition in hospital. there is not thought to be any more survivors. our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg, reports. caught on camera, the final dramatic moments of flight m92. the aeroflot jet exploded in a fireball, during an emergency landing at moscow's sheremetyevo airport. by the time it had come to a standstill, the plane was engulfed in flames. on board the burning aircraft, 78 passengers and crew. there was a desperate rush to escape from the inferno. at the front of the plane, the inflatable slide saved some. people leapt onto the chute and ran to safety. but not everyone got out of this alive.
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dimitri survived the crash. asked whether he thought the plane had been hit by lightning, he replied, "yes, maybe. "i saw a white flash." emergency teams fought the blaze and helped the injured. the plane, a sukhoi superjet, had taken off from moscow airport bound for murmansk, but very quickly, it developed technical problems. the crew had issued a distress signal. the pilots had decided they had no choice but to bring the aircraft down. president putin offered his condolences to the families of the dead, and the kremlin leader ordered a full investigation to find out why this flight had ended in disaster. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. earlier i spoke travel editor of the independent, simon calder, about the potential causes of the plane crash in moscow. whenever there is an accident, a whole range of possibilities will be being considered
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by the investigators. it's way too early to draw any conclusions, but what you can do is look more broadly at the aircraft itself, and i flew on this aircraft last year, the same airport, moscow sheremetyevo. it's actually the first kind of new generation russian built aircraft, which is considered up to western standards to the extent that it's actually being flown by interjet in mexico, it was flown for a while out of london city airport. and it feels just like, really, any other aircraft, and built to a very high standard. there has been a fatal accident before involving the aircraft. that was back in 2012, on a demonstration flight in indonesia, which was blamed on pilot error, in
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which 45 people died. and in terms of any other safety issues around air transport, in russia, i mean, i mentioned the suggestion of underqualified pilots and air traffic controllers could be a factor? well, they may or may not, and we will find out. but there is concern, widely, about russia, and indeed the rest of the former soviet union, because of course, during their days of the ussr, it was a very dangerous place to fly. you had fairly rudimentary aircraft, you had extreme weather conditions, there were concerns over maintenance, over pilot training, and so on. now, in the 2ist—century, actually, the standards have vastly improved. the two leading airlines, aeroflot and s7 are members respectively of the sky team, example, and the one world alliance and they had very high safety standards. there are smaller aircraft, we saw for example, last year a fatal accident sadly, another flight from moscow. that airline effectively had its operation certificate taken
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away after a whole series of safety issues were found. i had no concerns, and i did fly around russia quite a lot last year, because of the world cup. i had no concerns about flying with the larger russian airlines, because i believe their safety standards are good, but something that sarah rainsford pointed out, the cabin bagging issue is extremely worrying. we are just seeing pictures of people coming down the chutes. the first rule of any evacuation is that cabin baggage has to be well stowed well out of the way of any evacuation, and you just leave everything there, and we actually saw in september 2015, british airways had a fire on one of the engines on a plane taking off from las vegas, go to gatwick. there was an emergency evacuation,
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all 170 people on board survived, but lots of people were taking their wheelie bags with them. and clearly, that is going to do a whole series of things. it is going to hold things up, it is going to block the aisle, it could damage the chute. i think aviation safety authorities will be looking at what we can do to stop people grabbing their stuff and taking it with them, because it may well, very sadly, be the case, that in this tragedy, some people died because of the selfish behaviour of others. swift action is needed to prevent the loss of up to one million species — that's the warning from scientists ahead of a major assessment of the state of the natural world. the un report, which has been described as the world's most comprehensive, and damning — says humans are to blame for the drastic declines. 0ur global science correspondent rebecca morelle sent us this update from paris. iam here i am here at the unesco building in paris where a major new report detailing the state of life on the
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planet has been published today. it has taken three years, involved 500 experts, and comes in at a massive 1800 pages. it makes bleak reading. we are seeing nature declining at its fastest rate for millions of yea rs. its fastest rate for millions of years. iam its fastest rate for millions of years. i am joined its fastest rate for millions of years. iamjoined by its fastest rate for millions of years. i am joined by sirfog watson who is chair of the panel that put the report together. how big is the scale of the problem? it's a monstrous problem. we are losing species at an unprecedented rate, we are losing our forests, species at an unprecedented rate, we are losing ourforests, our wetlands, and it not only threatens nature, it threatens food security, energy security and human well—being. energy security and human well-being. and humans are at the root of this. there is no question. we are having more and more people on the earth, we are becoming wealthier. we demand more food, more energy, more water. the way we
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produce our food and energy is destroying nature and the very core. it does make for some bleak reading. is there anything that can be done to stop or reverse this decline. is incredibly urgent, but we can get governments to work together, work with the private sector, work with the public, and there are policies and technologies where we can produce the food we need without destroying nature. i mean how big are these changes? massive. we need to make sure that the agricultural sector walks works with the energy sector. all these actors have to work together, and a global scale issue, so we need to develop work countries working with developing countries. how urgently should be out? we should have acted ten or 20 yea rs out? we should have acted ten or 20 years ago. the time to act is definitely now. police hunting a fugitive over the abduction and rapes of three women in and around london, have arrested a man after the abduction of two
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other women in cheshire. following a car chase and police searches overnight, it's believed thatjoseph mccann was arrested overnight. andy moore reports. in the early hours of this morning, a man believed to bejoseph mccann was taken away under cover in the back of this police car. the suspect is thought to have spent several hours up a tree talking to trained police negotiators. earlier in the evening, there was a police pursuit through the streets of congleton, which led to serious damage to this car. two women had been forced into a black fiat punto by a man believed to be mccann. police gave chase. after this collision, the suspect escaped on foot. the two women are said to be extremely shaken but not injured. there had been a nationwide hunt for mccann, after police in london offered £20,000 for information leading to his arrest and prosecution. they said he was extremely
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dangerous, a violent man who posed a risk to women and children. the suspected abduction of two women in their 20s ended in this street when one of them hit their kidnapper over the head with a bottle. some builders on a local site stepped in to rescue them. earlier, mccann had allegedly tried to take the two women to a hotel in watford. the metropolitan police issued these cctv images. mccann was also wanted in connection with a third attack in the london area. police believe he abducted and raped a 21—year—old woman at knife—point on april 21st in watford. andy moore, bbc news. the electoral commission is calling on the government to change the law to make online political adverts clearly state who has paid for them. it comes as facebook mounts an operation to try to ensure that it's not used to spread misinformation in the upcoming european elections. our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones reports. a powerfulforce has been streaming through politics. it's a great campaigning tool, but it can be used to spread misinformation or help foreign powers interfere, and facebook‘s shadow looms ever larger over elections worldwide. fake news on facebook...
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back in 2016, facebook was really downplaying its influence, with mark zuckerberg saying it was crazy to think fake news had had any influence over the election of donald trump. but now, it's changed its tune. and here in dublin, it's getting ready to mount a big operation to oversee its impact on the european elections. at facebook‘s european headquarters, there's a pr offensive under way, with journalists from across the eu invited to see that the company's serious about battling electoral malpractice on its platform. once we find a piece of content that we want to remove, we have the experts in the room who know our community standards. the a0 strong team here include specialists who've monitored other polls, from the american midterms to brazil's presidential election. but back in the uk,
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the electoral commission is impatient for the government to do more. it's been asking since 2003 for a law forcing all online political advertising to be up front about who's paid. when you see an advertisement in your facebook news feed, you want to be able to know there and then — do i believe this advert and does it influence my vote? a really key piece of information you need to make that decision is who's paid for it. across europe, politicians are preparing for battle, knowing that for good or ill, facebook will be a key weapon in their campaigns. rory cellan—jones, bbc news, dublin. a man in his 30s has been murdered following an incident in liverpool in the early hours of this morning. police were called to monfa road, in bootle, after a man was found with life—threatening injuries following an altercation in the street. a 41—year—old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. investigations are on—going and police are appealing for witnesses in what they describe
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as a truly shocking crime. an 18—year—old man has been stabbed to death in south—east london. police were called to tiverton street in southwark yesterday evening after reports the victim was being chased by another man who then attacked him. he died in hospital shortly before 11.00pm. no arrests have been made. there's been a lull in hostilities between israeli forces and palestinian militants in the gaza strip after two days of worsening violence. over the weekend palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into israel during a protest against the blockade of gaza — prompting retaliatory air and artillery strikes. unconfirmed reports from a hamas tv station say a ceasefire has been agreed. there's been no word from israel. four israelis and more than twenty palestinians have been killed since the violence erupted. palestinian forces told the bbc have a night that a ceasefire would come into effect in the morning. as for the israeli barrow, they never
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commented publicly, but the israeli army have said that measures would be put in place. that those measures would be lifted, and schools would reopen, and public places could reopen. for now, it looks like a tentative calm, a lull in the fighting, and the prime minister benjamin button not —— netta nyahu. not —— nettanyahu. what we saw over the weekend was air weighed down our raid sirens going off nonstop. the people here it was a troubling sleepless time. as the people in gaza, who were woken throughout the weekend to the sound of israeli air
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strikes. the building behind me was the scene of a rocket strike. the rocket exploded in the street in front of us. the shrapnel came up. the breeze blocks broken window shattered. a21—year—old man was running from this building. he was killed by the shrapnel from the strike. 0ne killed by the shrapnel from the strike. one of four civilians in israel that were killed. as for gaza, widespread disruption, buildings levelled there. 25 people we re buildings levelled there. 25 people were killed, it has been said. militant groups say that around ten of those along to them. israel says it was targeting militant sites, it was attacking a tunnel that was dug into its territory from the gaza strip. as well, what we saw for the first time, and what has amounted to a series escalation, was a return to that policy of targeted killings of militants.
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the headlines on bbc news... 41 people are now known to have been killed when a russian passenger plane caught fire during an emergency landing in moscow. six of the 33 who survived are said to be in a serious condition. some survivors suggest the plane was struck by lightning. scientists are to call for a global rescue plan to prevent the loss of a quarter of all species and plants because of human activity. police hunting joseph mccann — for a series of alleged abductions and rapes — have arrested a man in cheshire. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0lly foster. not 0lly, john.. apologies. what liverpool require hinges on manchester city's match with
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leicester. at the end, it's not going to happen. they're going to try and make a good game. sure. it's leicester on the final day for chelsea, and that's who manchester city face tonight. the title is in their hands, win at the etihad and they will move one point clear of liverpool again with a trip to brighton on the final day. leicester still have a bit to play for, the chance of europa league football next season, so they're not going to roll over. i cannot imagine the leicester players come here for the holidays, so maybe, they have a chance to finish in the top seven, depends on the result, so at the end, i don't think that's going to happen. they are going to try and make a good game, sure. sound like last year, a top—class team, with —— as it is a top class team, with —— as it is a top class team, who is a pioneer of the modern game. a genius really in terms of some of the innovations he has put
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in place. why it's been announced this morning that the runner why ng that the runner eliud kipchoge, will attempt to make history and break the two—hour marathon barrier. the world—record holder's current best is two hours, one minute and 39 seconds — but he has an even faster unofficial time. 0ur sports editor dan roan reports on the man trying to do something no one has done before. he is already the fastest marathon runner ever. now, eliud kipchoge is focused on breaking the last great barrier in athletics. running 26 miles in less than two hours is one of sports' mythical targets. but after his fourth london marathon win, the kenyan told me he wanted to redefine what is possible. i said yes, i want to make history and to leave a mark in this world. it is about humanity. if you can believe it and if you work on it and trusting your team. until sir roger bannister proved otherwise, right here in oxford exactly 65 years ago,
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breaking the four—minute mile barrier had seemed impossible. since then, various records have fallen in athletics. but the sub—2 hour marathon is still seen as the ultimate challenge. two years ago, kipchoge missed out by 26 seconds at a specially staged event in monza in italy. it did not count as a world record due to the use of numerous pacemakers. this time i am confident. one thing is that i am enjoying my experience from italy. the hope is for london to host the next attempt in autumn. the latest sports venture by sirjames radcliffe. the billionaire's move into cycling has been controversial with protests by environmentalists marring the launch of his cycle team. people will call it just a bit of pr. not really. we don't sell shoes or sports gear. it is unthinkable for any normal human being to run at that pace. it is quite extraordinary. but if anybody could do it, he can. kipchoge's attempt will be open to tens of thousands of supporters. hoping that their support will help him push the limits of human performance.
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what an achievement it would be if he could do it. judd trump is in control in sheffield. he has 11—5 up. he was 5—4 down, but he won eight frames ina he was 5—4 down, but he won eight frames in a row. he was showing off a little, as well. they are getting under way at the crucible at tpm. that is all this but for now. i will be back in the next hour. dramatic footage ta ken by a west midlands police helicopter, has shown the moment a car ended up in a river after it was pursued by officers. after a 10 minute chase by a blue unmarked police car, the suspected stolen car plunged into a small river in birmingham, and the occupants fled on foot.
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three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. it's a condition that affects as many as one in 12 boys, but there are fears that many colour blind children are still not being properly diagnosed, leading to calls for more screening. but it's not all bad news for those with the condition, as technology is helping with job prospects. tim muffet has been to meet the world's first colour blind tube driver. please stand clear and mind the doors. stand clear and mind the doors. i have a colour vision deficiency, more commonly known as colour blindness. it's hard for me to distinguish between red and green. so, you might wonder how alex is allowed to drive a london underground train. until recently, he wouldn't have been, because he could have mixed up red and green signals. it can, you know, halt your career in terms of being a pilot, an electrician, a train driver, obviously. and there should be more education about it, and maybe look for more solutions. 0n the jubilee line, that has been possible. the signal is — used to be the lights would be here,
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and i would have to stop at these lights, but this allows me to completely drive the train without any need for any signalling. as i'm driving, the yellow box will be pushing up, as the speed indicates, but i can now not go passed that red hand. now that we've moved over to more of an automatic operation, we don't actually need our drivers to be able to tell the difference between red and green lights now. we should be looking for ways that we can help people to work, regardless of any issues that they might have been born with. and that's pretty much, on the right—hand side of the screen, how most colour— blind people see the world. so you can see it's pretty murky... along with one in 12 males, marcus is colour—blind. these two colours here, i have difficulty with. i thought this whole side was correct. that's from three years ago, rememberthat? colour blindness happens when colour sensitive cells in the eyes are missing
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or don't work properly. but the challenges posed by these genetic fault, which is far more common in men, go way beyond rubik's cubes. i did this worksheet in yeari where you had to colour in the different balloons. obviously, i thought i'd done it right, but i hadn't, and my teacher marked me down for that. if colour blindness is not actually picked up at a very early age, children can be labelled naughty or slow or, you know, unruly. the department of education says it doesn't consider colour blindness a special educational need or disability. marie wants that changed, and for mandatory screenings to take place in all schools. many of the estimated 2.5 million people who have the condition are never diagnosed. sinead agrees. she has two boys who are colour—blind. so many resources how are colour—based, with ipads and all of the printed colour material in the classroom.
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this has consequences for children, both in terms of their personal self—development and their education. how old are you, flynn? sinead's children were diagnosed here at the university of newcastle medical school, and while local authorities do deliver eye checks for young children, there is no routine screening for colour blindness. many believe its impact is being overlooked. tim muffett, bbc news. what do you do if you're an international multi—millon pound technology company that can't get the staff it needs? the boss of one software company has decided on a bit of diy, starting an academy in his home—town of sheffield to train the tech moguls of tomorrow. danni hewson reports. if you don't know what you are going to do you have to simply ride the wave and know where you have to go. it is definitely a difficult decision but with technology there are many options. like thousands of 16
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and 17—year—olds, these four students try to figure out what to do with their life. it is our future, basically. how technology will be produced and made and our imagination can be used for those ideas. i struggled at times, wondering what i wanted to do but most of the time i think i want to do stuff with computers. there are 600,000 vacancies and there is big demand. the cost of the economy of all those unfilled jobs is around £63 billion a year. you are dealing with a csv file which is tiny data. this is dave richards, tech royalty. he started a massive company in silicon valley 1a years ago. but he wanted a base here in sheffield, his hometown. finding staff has been an issue.
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education and ambition are huge hurdles. technology can democratise, can level the playing field as it did for me, or it can create huge gaps where people get left behind. i want to make sure we have an even playing field where people from all areas of society have the same chances as those from the upper echelon. lets use technology for what it was designed for, which is to democratise. his solution, offer 20 students a place at his specialist academy here at sheffield college and a guaranteed interview at his company. but why can't the uk deliver what he needs? we have an opportunity here to get some momentum. to get people enthusiastic about working in this industry. and many students at this college could take this route but they don't know enough. to have a project like this offers something different. it is notjust classroom—based, this is experiential learning that could make a difference
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to young people who may not have thought of this. the department for education says they are creating opportunities for collaborations between college, university and business to address skill gaps. but for smaller tech firms that don't have spare cash, it is taking too long. it is harder. there are more and more people at larger companies and there are not enough people to go around. previously, five, ten, years ago you could get people quickly. now it can take up to eight months. as these students get ready to head into the world of work, their dreams of a job in tech do not seem so far—fetched. business will have to look to more schemes like this if they want to fill their own skills gap. more people tuned in for last night's police drama, line of duty, than for any programme so far this year. and don't worry — no spoilers coming up, if you haven't seen it already. the audience for the final
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episode of the bbc series peaked at 9.6 million. the bbc‘s director of content, charlotte moore, said it was "fantastic to see such a big audience" for the show. critics said the final episode was "breathtaking" and "deeply satisfying". now it's time for a look at the weather. noone can give you some suspense for the weather coming up. when it finally get warmer? eventually, but it is going to be a slowjob. finally get warmer? eventually, but it is going to be a slowjobm finally get warmer? eventually, but it is going to be a slowjob. it is a chilly bank holiday. possibly one of the chili bank holidays since the 70s. temperatures mid—teens and best. here is our satellite at the moment. quite some cloud across the north of england, reaching down into the north and east. the weather front breaking up a bit now, but if the sun... could end up with some
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punchy downpours in the next few hours. this guy is going up a little. a nagging northerly wind, and that is making things feel particularly raw, in fact, all the way down at the north sea coast as well. so more rain for northern england this evening, into the midlands, some wintry showers across scotland, and hear a widespread frost developing the first thing tuesday, rural lows of —3. for the south, also quite chilly to start oui’ south, also quite chilly to start our day, but more cloud around. there should be some sunshine across southern england and wales, there has been today, but generally cloud will thicken as the day goes on. further north, expect that front still lying, the remnants of some thundery downpours. best of sunshine for scotland, unfortunately still very cold here, highs ofjust 607. this big old area in tuesday and wednesday, wet weather for all
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