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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: families of the eight victims from all over the world who were killed in the london bridge attacks two years ago pay tribute to their loved ones as the inquest into their deaths opens. you are broken forever. there's horrendous, the pain that you feel. and we can't make her come home. and ijust want and we can't make her come home. and i just want to stop other people having this horrific grief. 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.
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six. and he spotted it. ! an extraordinary comeback for liverpool, as they beat barcelona in a four goal thriller to reach the champions league final. prince william welcomes his brother to the world of parenthood and says he looks forward to meeting his new nephew. very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers rowena mason — deputy political editor, the guardian and kevin schofield — editor, politics home — stay with us for that. good evening.
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welcome to bbc news. 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 — as our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. clear the area now! it was earlyjune 2017,
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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.
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in court, the father ofjames mcmullan, the only british victim, told the court, "his personality was magnetic, he was funny, he was charming, he was clever, he was unique." xavier thomas‘ father, philippe pesez, said 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
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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 uk will now have to take part in elections for the european parliament. 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. laura kuenssberg reports.
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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. 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.
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after several hours of talks, number ten said the talks had been constructive and detailed. but labour said they had been robust — often political speakfor 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 for may
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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 needs some nifty diplomacy at home, but look who's 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 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. 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 0o had been
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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. 0ur 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 0o 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.
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i'm really happy, excited to see my family and my colleagues, and i can't wait to go to my newsroom 110w. 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 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 0o today? we got no explanation from this government minister.
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is this an admission that these two reporters committed no crime? this british advisor to aung san suu kyi is being credited with securing the pardon. he believes it could mark a turning point in me 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 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
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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. 0ur 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 products 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,
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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 visit them and have to come back. it estimated 35,000 nhs patients were given hiv and hepatitis after being treated with infected blood in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
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the inquiry is examining why this was allowed to happen, with a sometimes catastrophic impact on families like lauren's. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: families of the eight victims from all over the world who were killed in the london bridge attacks two years ago pay tribute to their loved ones as the inquest into their deaths opens. 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. south africa goes to the polls tomorrow for its sixth democratic election since nelson mandela became the first black president “119911. but the party he led — the african national congress —
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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.
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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.
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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
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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's 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.
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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.
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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
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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. 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 first
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battalion coldstream guards, was on a patrol when he was killed by the animal. his commanding officer described him as determined and big—hearted. police are continuing to question a 34—year—old man, who's been arrested over the abduction of two girls, and is being investigated for a string of other attacks around the country. joseph mccann was arrested in cheshire on sunday. he's being questioned over seven incidents across england, including the rape of an 11—year—old boy and a 71—year—old woman. detectives investigating the discovery of two women in a freezer in canning town in east london have identified the second victim. she's been named as henriett szucs — a hungarian national who had been in the uk for several years. scotland yard said her next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.
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a government—backed review says there is too much variation in why some pupils are excluded from schools in england. one of the recommendations of the study is that schools should remain accountable for pupils they expel by including their exam results in league table rankings. frankie mccamley reports from grimsby on the reasons why children are being pushed out of mainstream schools. eight times ten. brody was excluded from mainstream school following poor attendance and behavioural issues. i would swear a lot, and i would shout things across the classroom, throw chairs around if i didn't get my own way. but now, there's no point. you might as well get on with your work. you get rewarded if you do. the small classroom sizes here help scarlett concentrate. i'm a lot, like, happier.
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i'm a different person. it makes me feel happy. they're now at a school for children in grimsby which provides specialist support. we see a lot of young people referred to us that are becoming more and more disaffected with education, in situations where young people are continually rejected. and actually, their self—esteem is rock—bottom when theyjoin us. you know, when we're able to work with the families and the young person, we can achieve some really good successes, and some of those are returning to mainstream school. the government—backed review found it's some of the most vulnerable pupils most at risk of exclusion. 78% have special needs or receive free school meals. of those, only 4.5% gain good gcses in english and maths and just over a third and up not in educational training. the majority of schools are well motivated to make good decisions on behalf of children
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who are struggling or at risk of exclusion. if we have aspects of the system which are making it easier for them to take that option, without really thinking through whether it really is the last resort for that child, then we've clearly not got the system working properly. schools are already being held to account for their academic performance, but what the report today is calling for is even more accountability when it comes to the children they exclude. heads, though, say they want to continue to step in and challenge bad behaviour in order to maintain a safe and productive environment. parents expect that their child goes to a school where their child is safe, where their child can learn and where learning is not routinely disrupted. the government is looking at how it can attract more high—quality staff to schools like this one as it drafts new guidelines to create a more consistent approach to excluding pupils. frankie mccamley, bbc news, grimsby.
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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
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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 the joys 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,
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singing now as britain welcomes an anglo—american baby of mixed race as the latest member of its royal family. nicholas witchell, bbc news. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers kevin schofield, political editor of politics home, and rowena mason, deputy political editor of the guardian — that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with susan powell. we started our week with the chilli is may bank holiday on record since the holiday began in 1978. we began tuesday with scenes like this in aberdeenshire and recorded a minus six degrees frost in scotland as well. it is unseasonably chilly at the moment and it will stay that way
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for the remainder of this week. it is also looking wet and windy for wednesday. welcome rain, however with many areas deficient at the moment. the reason it is so cold is that we are north of the jet stream, the airfrom the that we are north of the jet stream, the air from the at stop mild assets to the south trying to come in from the atlantic but it is blocked for the atlantic but it is blocked for the next few days. the jetstream will feed in a deep area of low pressure for wednesday, a lot of windy and wet weather around and wintry across scotland as low pressure i’u ns wintry across scotland as low pressure runs into cold air here in the wind from scotland will feel particularly cold down the coast. look out for some thundery showers to the south of the low across southern britain. wednesday into thursday the low pressure will start to roll out into the north sea. the tail end of the system will make for a mucky day across the northern half of the uk with a lot of cloud
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around, rain in the north—east perhaps some snow showers and stray showers developing in the south. it will still fill chilly. 15 in the south and we are still four or five degrees short of the market this time of year. thursday into friday things will start to become drier and quieter as it heads to the north sea keen wind and heavy showers breaking out across northern ireland, northern england and southern scotland. again, temperatures barely in double figures across the northern half of the uk. friday into saturday we start to see things changing. the low continues to pull away across scandinavia the chance of the rain getting close to the south, friday night into saturday. we pick up a northerly wind behind the low at the start of the weekend. this bomb here we are watching closely as we get into the weekend because that is a high—pressure trying to build. saturday was a lot of

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