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the london bridge attack two years ago — lives torn apart in less than ten minutes of terrible drama, says the coroner as the inquests open. eight people from all over the world were killed in the van and knife attacks. the mother of an australian victim paid tribute to her daughter. you're broken forever, it's horrendous, the pain that you feel, and we can't make her come home, and ijust want to stop other people having this horrific grief. also on the programme tonight: as brexit talks resume with labour, the government concedes the uk will now have to take part in the elections for the european parliament in two weeks‘ time. reunited with their families — two reuters journalists jailed in myanmar 18 months ago after reporting on a massacre of rohingya muslims are released. ..since he was six,
and he's spotted... 0h, they've caught them! they've caught barcelona napping! an extraordinary comeback for liverpool as they beat barcelona in a four—goal thriller to reach the champions league final. i will be live at anfield where liverpool's fans are now celebrating arguably the greatest comeback their stadium has ever witnessed in european competition. prince william welcomes his brother to the world of parenthood and says he looks forward to meeting his new nephew. i'm very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society. more sport on the way in sportsday on bbc news, kyle edmund's poor run of form goes on, the british number one crashes out in madrid.
good evening. the inquests have opened into the deaths of the eight people who were killed in a van and knife attack on london bridge and in borough market two years ago. the chief coroner told the old bailey that lives had been torn apart in what he called less than ten minutes of high and terrible drama. the first two people were killed when a van was driven into pedestrians on london bridge just after ten o'clock on the third ofjune 2017. the attackers then crashed the van into railings, got out and ran through crowds of people, stabbing six others to death, before they were shot dead by police near borough market. it all happened injust nine minutes. the victims‘ families were at the old bailey as the inquests began. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is there. yes, sophie, today was the beginning of what will be a difficult 11 weeks as the chief coroner he has
harrowing evidence of the london bridge attacks. there will be poignant details too, like the fact that we learn today that one of those killed today had just called his 17—year—old son seconds before being hit by the van. there were tributes from the families of all those who died today, tributes that contrasted from what they had to say about the killers who xavier thomas‘s family described as barbarians. clear the thomas's family described as barbarians. clear the area now! it was earlyjune 2017, saturday night, and central london was enduring the third major attack on the uk that year. gunfire what the chief coroner called today, "less then ten minutes of high and terrible drama." arriving at the old bailey this morning, the families of the eight people killed. they came for the inquests from all over the world — london, france, canada, australia. among them, the mother and father of 21—year—old sara zelenak,
who was in london to work as an au pair. there is the last picture she sent them before the news came that she'd been stabbed to death in borough market. ifelt like i'd had a heart attack, i couldn't breathe, it was the most horrendous feeling that you could ever imagine. you're broken forever, it's horrendous, the pain that you feel, and we can't make her come home, and ijust want to stop other people having this horrific grief. in court, the father of james mcmullan, the only british victim, said, "his personality was magnetic, he was funny, he was charming, he was clever, he was unique." xavier thomas' father, philippe pesez, told the coroner, "he still had so much to give." "barbarians, who in no way can be described as human, took his life." kirsty boden, an australian nurse, was helping others when she was stabbed. her boyfriend, james hodder, said, "we are so unspeakably proud of her, and not a day goes by that we're not
in awe of her bravery that night." the court heard that chrissy archibald had just kissed her boyfriend when she was struck, while another victim, alexandre pigeard, was a music—loving waiter, and ignacio echeverria was fighting the attackers with his skateboard when he was stabbed to death. sebastien belanger‘s mother said she could not forgive the men who killed him. and what is worse, khuram butt, who led the murderous assault, had long been on an m15 list of men suspected of planning attacks. the families of the eight people who died that night are looking to these inquests for answers as to how it was that a man that was so well known to m15 was able to organise the attack, and how it was that barriers like these, which would have protected pedestrians, still hadn't been installed here more than ten weeks after the westminster bridge attack. but these inquests will also hear
details of acts of remarkable heroism by both civilians and police officers that night. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. the government has conceded that the brexit deadlock means the united kingdom will now have to take part in elections for the european parliament this month. ministers had hoped that talks with labour would have resulted in a compromise brexit deal by now. talks have resumed, but there's still no agreement, which means the european elections will now go ahead in a fortnight. the deadline for registering to vote is midnight tonight. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. hackles up, territory to defend. it's notjust the prime minister's cat that's been holding the line on brexit. the lack of agreement so far means european elections will go ahead. we will be redoubling our efforts in talks with mps of all parties to try to make sure that the delay after that is as short as possible.
ideally, we'd like to be in a situation where those meps from the uk never actually have to take their seats in the european parliament, and certainly to get this done and dusted by the summer recess. the way out could be talks with labour, marching to the table again in whitehall — sceptical there's much new on offer. there might be logic for both leaderships and doing a deal together, but it's a long way off. we expect to make compromises, but without a government willing to make compromise, it is difficult to see how an agreement can be reached. after several hours of talks, number ten said the talks had been constructive and detailed. labour said they had been robust, often political speak for difficult, with one source even ministers were disingenuous for claiming they were really offering anything new on the vexed issue of customs, which has been such a troubled issue for sides
of this debate. they will talk again tomorrow, but don't bet on this process agreeing anything soon. both the tories and labour fell way short at the local elections last week, but working with the enemy is a risk for their own parties too. we have to deal with where we are, not where we would like to be, and i don't think a customs union will deliver what we promised. does sitting down with labour make it easier or harder may to get this through?m with labour make it easier or harder may to get this through? it might be easier to get it through parliament, but with labour votes, i don't know what that means for government afterwards. the prime minister need some nifty diplomacy at home, but look who is on the case abroad. the new grandfather insisting in berlin that, after brexit, we'll still be friends. whatever is negotiated and agreed between governments and
institutions, it is more clear to me thanit institutions, it is more clear to me than it has ever been that the bonds between us will and must endure. the prime minister has few friends in high places. with doubts about her leadership, it will take more than gladhanding at home to bring this crisis to an end. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. you can see lots more on the european elections including more details of how to register to vote at the bbc news website. two journalists from the reuters news agency who'd been imprisoned in myanmar in an attack on press freedom have been released. wa lone and kyaw soe oo had been investigating the murders of ten rohingya muslims by government soldiers when they were arrested. ethnic violence against rohingyas in myanmar have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. our correspondent nick beake was there when the journalists were released in the city of yangon. they've endured 500 days in prison
for exposing a massacre. now — freedom. the outside world hailed them as heroes, but myanmarjailed them as traitors. the treatment of wa lone and kyaw soe oo gained global media attention — the journalists imprisoned for doing theirjob. just a word in english, please, today. i'm really happy now, and i also wanted to thank you for everyone who helped us inside in the prison and also around the world, people who wishing to release us. so i wanted to say thank you very much for everything. i'm really happy, excited to see my family and my colleagues, and i can't wait to go to my newsroom now. this was the story they were covering — the rohingya crisis. their investigation forced myanmar‘s army to admit they murdered these ten rohingya men in the western state of rakhine, but the journalists were jailed
as enemies of the state. this has been a traumatic time for the friends and family of the two reporters, but it's also had a chilling effect on fellow journalists here in myanmar, and it also has raised big questions about the direction that aung san suu kyi is taking this country. the nobel peace prize winner's government has been accused of targeting otherjournalists, as well as democracy activists. until now, all international pressure to release the reuters pair has been resisted. minister, just a word for the bbc, why have you decided to free wa lone and kyaw soe oo today? we got no explanation from this government minister. is this an admission that these two reporters committed no crime? this british adviser to aung san suu kyi is being credited with securing the pardon. he believes it could mark a turning point in myanmar‘s relations with the west. what i've learned from all of this is dialogue works here. if we are to help rakhine,
we need to engage with the international community, the myanmar government, to really bring peace and prosperity. tonight, thejournalists who inadvertently became global icons of press freedom finally embraced once again the roles they had been denied — husband and father. nick beake, bbc news, yangon. a british soldier has died after being trampled by an elephant while on an anti—poaching operation in malawi. guardsman mathew talbot, who was serving on his first deployment with the 1st battalion coldstream guards, was on a patrol when he was killed by the animal. his commanding officer described him as determined and big—hearted. a woman whose parents died when she was nine years old as a result of contaminated blood has told a public inquiry that her life was shattered by the loss. lauren palmer's father had been given infected blood products
for his severe haemophilia. he passed the virus to her mother. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. lauren palmer, born in 1983, a christmas day baby — the local newspaper took this picture of her with her mother and father. butjust nine years later, both her parents died of aids. i do solemnly, sincerely and truly... today she told the inquiry how their family life had been devastated. these were herfather‘s medical records — a severe haemophiliac treated with the infected blood product factor viii, he had caught hepatitis and hiv. she explained how her mother, whom she adored, had in turn been infected with hiv. the illness made herfather violent and her mother turned to drink. i literally would follow her around the house like a little shadow, she was literally everything to me, and then to see and watch her suddenly become this different person and be intoxicated around me,
there were often times when i was...very scared. in 1993, when lauren was just nine years old, both her parents were admitted to hospital in oxford. they died within eight days of each other. the inquiry heard of her heartache that she and her brothers were then sent to live in separate homes. not only did i lose my parents, i lost my brothers, who were the next closest thing to me. and it would rip me apart every time i would go to visit them and have to come back. it's estimated 35,000 nhs patients were given hiv and hepatitis after being treated with infected blood in the ‘70s and ‘80s. the inquiry is examining why this was allowed to happen, with the sometimes catastrophic
impact on families like lauren's. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. south africa goes to the polls tomorrow for its sixth democratic election since nelson mandela became the first black president in 1994. but the party he led, the african national congress, is under pressure because of corruption. former president, the anc‘s jacob zuma was ousted last year, accused of looting state funds and awarding contracts for cash. his successor, cyril ramaphosa, has promised dishonest officials will be jailed. 0ur africa editor, fergal keane, reports from the campaign trail. tropical durban, south africa's tourist playground, is a political battle ground, where the party of mandela is fighting a bitter internal struggle in the midst of a presidential election. this man, president cyril ramaphosa, is promising to clean out endemic corruption in the anc. they sing. first stop of the president's day,
a tourism conference, and the national anthem of a people longing for a moral revolution, ramaphosa humorously reminding them whose legacy he's claiming. coming to durban, i thought i should wear a madiba shirt, the type of shirt that nelson mandela used to wear. and they said, "no, no, no, that wouldn't be appropriate, wear a suit and look presidential". ramaphosa is in a hurry to undo an entire system of official corruption. 0n durban's streets, workers protest over anc misrule. across south africa, there's fury over what's been stolen. billions have been lost in bribes paid to top officials, lucrative tenders, profits from state enterprises, handed to cronies of the former president, jacob zuma.
all this with unemployment running at 27%, and deepening disillusionment in the slum—like foreman road, where they wait forjobs and proper homes. this woman is a mother of three who runs a roadside stall. how long have you lived in this place? 20 years now. 20 years? yeah. 20 years, you've lived here? yeah. will you ever get out of here? she laughs. mqapheli bonono was a long time anc activist here, but quit in disgust over the growing corruption. the worst thing about corruption is when you see the conditions people are living in getting worse. we blame the government because the government are the ones who were supposed to be responsible. the anc can still rally the crowds, this near durban,
and is expected to win, but has lost support to more radical alternatives. and when president ramaphosa arrived at the rally, i put to him the question i'd heard from numerous south africans. can you save this country from the crooks trying to destroy it? well, the anc‘s going to win this election, and as we win the election, we are going to proceed with a process of renewal. we've got to go now, because the people have been waiting. for renewal, read purge and prosecutions. but look at who's leading the welcoming party to see mr ramaphosa's challenge. durban mayor, zandile gumede, denies numerous allegations of corruption against her, and this official was recently forced to deny he'd ordered the killing of a party comrade. cyril ramaphosa is the popular leader of a party that's losing popularity. that's because he has pledged to defeat corruption. but can he do it, given how pervasive the rot
is within his own party and almost every level of government? winning the election may be the least of his battles. fergal keane, bbc news, durban. a paralysed man who lives with constant pain has began a fresh legal challenge to the law that bans anyone helping him to take his own life. 63—year—old paul lamb from leeds lost a case at the supreme court in 2014, but argues that public and professional medical opinion on assisted dying has changed. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports. this was a young, fit paul lamb 30 years ago, before he was paralysed from the neck down in a car crash. now in constant pain, he wants to be able to end his life at a time he chooses, but he'd need medical help, and any doctor providing it could face prosecution and a sentence of up to 1a years.
when it's bad, it's like i've been smashed on the back of my neck with a baseball bat. i think the worst thing in the world is for somebody to say, "you're going to be in pain for the rest of your life, and i'm going to make sure you're here for a lot of years". it somewhat can be construed as torture. in 2014, paul lost a case at the supreme court. two out of nine judges said they would have made a declaration that the current law on assisted suicide breached his human rights, but overall, the court said parliament should reconsider the law — and soon. in 2015, amidst heated public debate... we want choice! ..mps comprehensively rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying for the terminally ill who had less than six months to live.
but paul lamb's case is different. though incurably suffering, he's not terminally ill, and he argues that, since his last challenge, more people favour legalising assisted dying. countries like canada have adopted it, the royal college of physicians has dropped its opposition, and parliament has failed to consider cases like his. but some see real danger to any change in the law. legalising it is going to be dangerous for us all and has to be resisted. it's resisted for able—bodied people, it's against the law to help somebody commit suicide, and it needs to be the same for us. paul's challenge is the next stage of the complex journey in deciding where the law should stand on the rights of those who wish to end their lives, but need help to do so. clive coleman, bbc news. football now, and it had been dubbed mission impossible
but tonight, liverpool staged an extraordinary comeback against barcelona in the second leg of the champions league semifinals at anfield. the reds came into the match 3—0 down after a disapointing performance in barcelona. but tonight they stunned everyone with a 4—0 win and a place in the champions league final. our sports editor dan roan is at anfield. what a night for liverpool! absolutely, yes. this place has seen some remarkable comebacks over the yea rs, some remarkable comebacks over the years, but anfield knew that it had to inspire the kind of recovery here this evening that would eclipse anything it has previously seen. they were 3—0 down from the first leg against a lionel messi inspired barcelona. despite that, manager jurgen klopp always said his team had a glimmer of hope, and he was proven correct, as anfield enjoyed surely its greatest ever european night.
if ever liverpool needed anfield to rod to the rescue, it was now. 3—0 down from the first leg, liverpool need to have any hope, they had to score early. but with two of their top three strikers missing, where would the girls come from? answer, back—up option divock 0rigi, anfield erupting with a surge of belief. barcelona always threatened what would surely be the decisive away goal, as ever, lionel messi danger. liverpool tend to wijnaldum, who would be an inspired introduction, the midfielder soon doubling his side's lead. and then just two minutes later, as barcelona began to panic, sensationally adding another. 3-3 panic, sensationally adding another. 3—3 on aggregate. liverpool rampant, anfield witnessing the kind of comeback they had dreamt of. in a season of remarkable resilience, now the hosts would dig deeper than ever, the quick thinking of trent alexander—arnold and 0rigi outsmarting one of the world's best teams to propel liverpool to the final. for the second successive
year, this club will play on european football's grandest stage, but never in their history have they reached it quite like this. a performance and a result that perhaps rivals this club's greatest european night ever in 2005, when they came back from 3—0 down in the champions league final, of course, against ac milan to somehow win. these players have written themselves into anfield folklore. it seemed perhaps that both domestically and in europe, this season would end in glorious failure for this club, but now they are just one match away from a sixth european crown and who knows what might happen this weekend in the climax to the premier league season. dan roan, thank you! finally, the duke of cambridge has welcomed prince harry into what he called "the sleep—deprivation society that is parenting", after the birth of his son yesterday. it's understood the baby, whose name has yet to be announced, was born at the portland hospital in london. 0ur royal correspondent,
nicholas witchell, reports. band plays: congratulations by cliff richard. the message from far and wide — congratulations, relayed to the queen, accompanied today by the duke of edinburgh at an official lunch. congratulations, another great—grandchild. wieder einmal. .. at a dinner tonight in berlin, the prince of wales, speaking in german, said he was particularly pleased to be there as the grandfather of a new grandson. applause. and from the duke and duchess of cambridge in greenwich... i'm very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep—deprivation society that is parenting. no, i wish him all the best and i hope... i hope the next few days, they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in the family and all thejoys that come with that. 0utside windsor castle, the stalwarts who love these events were entertaining the tourists and the media. all that was missing, really, was a sight of the sussexes and their son. that will have to wait. harry and meghan remain determined that this is one event over which they want to have control.
and that determination to control the message has yielded several, well, oddities. it now appears that baby sussex was not born at home, as everyone was left to believe, but at this exclusive private hospital in central london. whether that was harry and meghan's plan all along is unclear. but a baby's place of birth has to be recorded on its birth certificate. she sings. now what the sussexes may feel they need is a lullaby. this is the kingdom choir, which sang at their wedding, singing now as britain welcomes an anglo—american baby of mixed race as the latest member of its royal family. nicholas witchell, bbc news. newsnight with emily maitlis is getting under way on bbc two. here on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are.
hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm gavin ramjaun. the impossible dream — achieved! liverpool knock out barcelona — to reach the champions league final. tottenham will be hoping to make it an all—english final — they prepare for their showdown, in amsterdam. we have the latest from their camp. and a bad day for the brits in spain. both kyle edmund and johanna konta
are out of the madrid 0pen. welcome to sportday — on an incredible night for liverpool football club — who've reached the champions league final — after one of the most unlikely comebacks in european competition. they beat the mighty barcelona — the spanish champions — by four goals to nil at anfield. not many had given them a chance before the match — but they've done it! and reached their second successive final. we speak now to our sports editor dan roan — who's at anfield for us. dan — they were calling it mission impossible before the tie. but it's actually happened! tell us how they pulled it off. you can see what they did, they had so many doubts that they could
prevail because there are three nailed down by think it is fair to say that from last week, they were playing barcelona, where the best teams in europe and let us not forget they are without two of the best three strikers. but despite all of that, they have seen so many comebacks, there was just this glimmer of hope but if they were to have any hope, they would have to score early. let's take you through what happened because they did score early. as shocking play from barcelona really. the rebound from henderson, falling nicely to, who was only playing due to the absence. that went to the second half of the next goal, they brought in the midfielder who brought in an inspired introduction because he scored that goal for liverpool 2— nailed, with panic setting in, the barcelona ranks two minutes later,
he scored his second and admitted three all on aggregate and for the premier league and in europe, three all on aggregate and for the premier leagl year. in europe, three all on aggregate and for the premier leagl year. they rope, three all on aggregate and for the premier leagl year. they dug , three all on aggregate and for the premier leagl year. they dug deep, resilience this year. they dug deep, deeper than they ever did to score the winter. such quick thinking from alexander iii quarter. taking advantage of barcelona, really going to that set play and they reacted with such speed, such quick thinking to put it in the net, make it 4—0, 4-3 to put it in the net, make it 4—0, 4—3 on aggregate, they were in a very difficult and vulnerable position because if they scored just one goal, they would be through on away goals. they knew that throughout because there was no room for error and liverpool. they somehow inspired their men to what will surely go down as the greatest european night that this stadium has ever witnessed and perhaps, the greatest european result bar none, rivalling that final victory in 2005 when they came back from