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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 6pm. australian prime minister, scott morrison, claims victory for his centre—right coalition government — in a shock result at the country's federal polls. tonight is not about me. it's not about even the liberal party. tonight is about every single australian who depends on the government to put them first. the shadow brexit secretary — sir keir starmer — says to break the brexit impasse, the government should commit to another referendum in the withdrawal agreement bill. prince william opens up about the ‘pain‘ he suffered after the death of his mother — diana, the princess of wales — in a bbc documentary about mental health. bigger than you and me. final preparations
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are under way for the 64th eurovision song contest in tel aviv — with michael rice flying the flag for the uk. and manchester city lead in the fa cup final as they aim to become the first english club to complete the domestic treble — we'll have that and the rest of the sport in sportsday. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. australia's conservative government has pulled off a surprise victory — in the country's general election — to remain in office. exit polls had suggested a narrow victory for the opposition labour party for the first time in six years. in the end, prime minister, scott morrison's party edged ahead, prompting the leader
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of the opposition, bill shorten, to resign. earlier scott morrison thanked the voters. (tx it's always been for those of you watching this at home tonight, for me and for my government, for all of my team, it's all about you. tonight is not about me or it's not about even the liberal party. tonight is about every single australian who depends on the government to put them first. and so, friends, that is exactly what we're going to do. our government will come together after this night and we will get back to workjust as glad as they did in new south wales. just a few months ago. and that is our task and that is my undertaking to australians from one end of the country to the other.
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i said that i was going to burn for you and i am, every single day. and this was the opposition labour party leader, bill shorten, conceding defeat a short time earlier. it is obvious that labour will not be able to form the next government. and so, in the national interest, a short while ago i called scott morrison to congratulate him. and so, in the national interest, a short while ago i called scott morrison to congratulate him. and i wishjenny and their daughters or the very best, and above all, i wish scott morrison good fortune and good courage in the service of our great nation. our correspondent, hywel griffith, is in sydney for us, and gave us an update on the result.
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the gap in the polls was always tied to about one or 2%, however scott morrison it is government rose on the wrong side of that committee trailed behind to labour for two and a half years. i suppose in a way this was a political miracle. scott morrison as well known for being a pentecostal christian and spoke about his faith and values he wants to project and protect in australia, but on that stage behind me that they are rapidly dismantling now he spoke about the miracle that had been delivered here in sydney tonight. do you think this is a case of better the devil you know for australians, or did that labour messagejust not gel with the australians? what was their message? i think inevitably it was a bit of both. labour were the ones that maybe had a more broad policy platform and the key to that was climate change. the polls for their worth told us that climate change with the one issue for voters and it seems that particularly in places like queensland it still huge
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and dominant and the do not get behind that change. they wanted to keep the status quo and go with scott morrison's argument that protecting the economy was the key and after 27 years without a recession i guess i'll show you thought better of the devil you know, as you say, was better than change. labour's brexit spokesman, sir keir starmer — has accused cabinet ministers of "torpedo—ing" — his party's negotiations with the government — which collapsed yesterday. he's called on theresa may to put a promise to hold a further referendum on the face of her eu withdrawal agreement — when its presented for a final time next month — before she steps down as prime minister. our political correspondent, jonathan blake, reports. an awkward and lacklustre launch for a european election campaign
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theresa may never wanted to fight. but the prime minister argued yesterday only the conservatives could deliver brexit. the big question is how. parliament has blocked her deal three times. early next month, they will vote again and some in her own party do not rate the prime minister's chances fourth time round. it has failed three times and you can watch the movie titanic 100 times but the ship sinks every time. if you are going to bring back this deal, and it has still got the backstop in it, the dup will not support it and an increasing number of conservative mps, even those who voted for it the second and third time, are saying enough is enough. as you go and knock on doors, we need to get that message out there. he had a message today, campaigning in cambridge. the shadow brexit secretary, who has long been a supporter of another referendum, called on the government to offer mps a say on whether to hold another public vote. we do need to break the impasse and one way to do
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that is for the government to put a public vote option on the face of the withdrawal agreement bill that it proposes to bring back in a few weeks' time. the prime minister has repeatedly ruled out another referendum but a downing street source said mps would have the opportunity to amend the withdrawal agreement bill to allow for one, if a majority of mps would support it. are you going to be standing for the tory leadership? do you think you are too divisive a character? with the contest to replace theresa may at least unofficially under way, a yougov poll for the times has put borisjohnson as the outright favourite among tory activists to be the next conservative leader. before the prime minister steps down, though, or is forced to resign, theresa may has one last chance to deliver brexit on her terms when parliament votes again in a couple of weeks' time. jonathan blake, bbc news. a man has died after a fight in a street in rochdale last night. he's believed to be in his early 20s. greater manchester police say a woman,
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who's 25, has been arrested in connection with the murder investigation. two migrant boats were intercepted off the south coast of england this morning. the home office says border force intercepted the first boat carrying 11 men across the channel. in a separate incident kent police received a call from a vessel in danger south of folkestone. nine people, including men, women and a 12—year—old child were rescued and brought to dover. they are all believed to be a mixture of iranian and iraqi national. a woman's been arrested after a fire broke out on ilkley moor, in west yorkshire this morning. some roads were closed and, at its height — around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze. the 48—year—old was arrested after members of the public reported a woman acting suspiciously near the fire. it comes a month after a huge blaze caused significant damage in the area. the duke of cambridge has spoken
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about the pressure of working as an air ambulance pilot, and the strain it placed on his mental health. in a bbc documentary, he says he was left with the feeling that death was always around the corner. prince william also said that losing his mother, diana, princess of wales — when he was a child — was a pain like no other. andy moore reports. he is the man who will be king, and his voice carries when he decides to take up a particular issue, in this case mental health. we have got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions because we are not robots. in this documentary, prince william sits in a changing room and discusses the issue with stars of the footballing world. he speaks candidly about the enormous grief he suffered when his mother, princess diana, died in a car crash in 1997. he was just 15. i think when you are bereaved at a very young age, any time really, but particularly at a young age, i can resonate closely to that,
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you feel pain like no other pain, and you know within your life it is going to be very difficult to come across something that is going to be even worse pain than that but it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. england and spurs defender danny rose was praised by the prince when he spoke publicly about his depression, but some people were not so understanding. in the summer, i was speaking to another club, and they said, the club would like to meet you, just to check you are not crazy. because of what you said? yeah, because of what i had said and what i had been through. prince william spoke about the stress of his formerjob as an air ambulance pilot. he said he sometimes found it very difficult to deal with his feelings. in some cases, very raw emotional day to day stuff where you're dealing with families who are having the worst news they could ever possibly have, on a day—to—day basis. it leaves you with a very depressing, very negative feeling where you think, death is just around the door everywhere i go. that is quite a burden to carry and feel. prince william says the best way
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to share that burden is to be honest and talk openly about the mental health issues that all of us experience. andy moore, bbc news. you can see more of that interview with the duke of cambridge in the documentary, ‘a royal team talk: tackling mental health‘ — which will be broadcast on bbc one — tomorrow night — at 10:30pm. the us has warned that commercial airliners flying over the persian gulf face a risk of being"misidentified" amid heightened tensions between washington and tehran. in recent days, the us has deployed warships to the gulf, and withdrawn diplomatic staff from iraq over what it describes as iranian threats. iran's foreign minister, mohammad javad zarif, told local media that no country had the "illusion" that it could confront iran in the region. tenions have been rising after iran suspended it's commitment to a nuclear deal and threatened to resume production of enriched uranium, following the us‘s withdrawal from the agreement last year.
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in the eu referendum in 2016 , 52% of people in wales voted for leave. next week those same voters, will be back at the ballot box, to elect meps in the european elections. bbc wales political editor, felicity evans, has been asking voters about having to vote again. italians were among the first europeans to come to live in the welsh valleys, and they brought cafe culture with them. the photographs here are showing the bakery as it was in 1980. joe and his chef tony have been serving coffee and community here in pontypridd for more than a0 years. this is what was our living accommodation. when you see the kitchen, that is where we lived. the period decor and freshly baked produce is a big hit with customers, but with wales having voted to leave
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the eu in 2016, many people are fed up with politicians at westminster going around in circles. so, will they use the european elections to let off steam? we had a democratic vote, and what do we do now? is it the best of three or do we use the democracy that we have got in this country, and stick with what we have got? every time you listen to the radio, it has changed, it has changed. at the moment, there is no unity, they are all going off on tangents. i haven't heard a decent argument from any of them yet. people have their parties and they formed yet another party. that seems absolutely ridiculous to me. i mean, what is going on? how can people understand? it is just madness. but the heritage of the welsh valleys is one of coal mining as well as cafes, and labour as well, the dominant party in welsh elections for a century. can welsh labour's new leader keep the brexit party challenge at bay? the new first minister,
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mark drakeford, as the new leader of welsh labour, has a big test on his hands, particularly given the divisions within labour over brexit and whether there should be another referendum and what should happen in the future. he has steered a very careful line, really, towing his leader, jeremy corbyn‘s position on this, but i think that is getting rather fragile now particularly as welsh labour has selected four candidates who support remain and are in favour of a second referendum. a total of eight parties are on the menu in wales. remain parties come in a variety of options — pro—welsh independence plaid cymru, the liberal democrats, the greens and change uk are all arguing for another brexit referendum. ukip once had enough support in wales to win seven seats in the welsh assembly, but opinion polls suggest that these days leave voters find the brexit party a more appetising choice. in a further boost for the brexit party, some former ukip members of the welsh assembly have
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recently joined forces with nigel farage‘s new party, giving it representation in a uk parliament even before the european elections take place. as for the welsh conservatives, they fear voters will not like what they have seen over their pa rty‘s performance over brexit since 2016. on thursday, we will see just how hot under the collar welsh voters are, three years after the brexit referendum. bbc wales political editor, felicity evans, reporting change uk, formed earlier this year by mps who left the conservative and labour parties, were in edinburgh this afternoon campaigning. broxtowe mp anna soubry explained the core beliefs of the new party. we believe that the united kingdom has made a terrible mistake in voting to leave the european union. in scotland, if i may say,
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you had the good sense to vote to remain in the european union. the united kingdom as we all know made another decision and as we all believe, it was a terrible mistake. the other thing that keeps us absolutely together as one is our belief in the need to restore and fix politics in the united kingdom because politics is broken. and next week we will be continuing our series of interviews with meps and leaders from the main parties standing in the european elections , in a special ‘ask this.‘ you can send us your questions to put to them. on monday — we'll speak to conservative mep, ashely fox — and vince cable the lib dem leader. then on tuesday — we're interviewing gerard batten the ukip leader — and on wednesday it will be the turn ofjohn healey from labour — and adam price, the plaid cymru leader. details of how to get
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in touch are on the screen. the headlines on bbc news. australian prime minister, scott morrison, claims victory for his centre—right coalition government — in a shock result at the country's federal polls. the shadow brexit secretary — sir keir starmer — says to break the brexit impasse, the government should commit to another referendum in the withdrawal agreement bill. prince william opens up about the ‘pain‘ he suffered after the death of his mother — diana, the princess of wales — in a bbc documentary about mental health. thousands of women with down‘s syndrome, who are going through the menopause, might not be getting the help they need, because health professionals often overlook their symptoms. the down‘s syndrome association warns that emotional symptoms — are sometimes written off
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as challenging behaviour — caused by a learning disability. jayne mccubbin has been to find out more. right, ladies. what do you all know about menopause? it's the change. the change. it's something what men don't have to go through. there's a reason it's been women given to women — because we can cope. sorry, man in the room! i'm here to be abused — it's fine! this is the award—winning cafe leap in leeds. it's run for and by people with learning disabilities. but this session is to help women prepare and go through the change. feeling sad and tearful, depressed, forgetting things. you can get angry. i get quite tearful. you can get quite tearful sometimes. you've got lots of support here. we're all sisters. should we do a group hug? it's something, susan, every woman sat in this table
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is going to go through, sweetheart. my name is susan hanley and i am 5a years old and i'm going through the menopause. susan is the chair of cafe leap and has had a tough time coping with some of the worst of the symptoms. what do you fancy? but this is where she comes for advice and support and essential tea and cake. a woman needs her cake. nice. not bad. becky told me you were a bit scared at first. i was a bit scared. i wasn't sure what i was going through. you weren't sure what was happening. i could get really low but i try to pick up myself. that's all you can do, really. the down‘s syndrome society tell us too many women like susan get late diagnosis and delayed support because symptoms are too often missed by gps.
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women with down's syndrome, they tend to go through the menopause earlier than the majority so the majority, they tend to say it's 50—plus, whereas with down's syndrome, it can be in your early 40s. and there is another reason symptoms can be missed as well. it's called diagnostic overshadowing. often that is when someone is classed as having challenging behaviour, for example, or they're having an emotional outburst. so gps or medical professionals will miss an underlying medical problem because theyjust haven't taken the time to see beyond the learning disability? yeah. for some reason, it never seems to get picked up as menopause. please, doctors, nurses, whatever, please help us. don't use long words. don't talkjargon. don't hold it in.
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get it all out, out of your system. you'll feel great in yourself. one third of women will fly through the menopause, one third will manage the symptoms, but another third will find it hard and women with learning difficulties might need that bit extra help to make sense of what is happening. jayne mccubbin, bbc news. the partner of murdered journalist lyra mckee has made a public plea for same—sex marriage in northern ireland. sara canning told the crowds gathered outside city hall for the rainbow rally that a law change would be a "win" for everyone. ms mckee, a 29—year—old journalist and author, was shot dead by dissident republicans as she observed rioting in londonderry last month. the differences made, and the rights not extended to same—sex couples is not extended to same—sex couples is not acceptable. it is not fair, it is not right and it's an affront to us as is not right and it's an affront to us as individuals, as couples, as families. to our love, to our loved
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ones and our children, we pay our taxes. we are governed by the same law, we love deeply and we love dearly. should we not be afforded the same rights in marriage? there are reports austria is heading for a snap election after the deputy chancellor, heinz christian strache, resigned. it follows the emergence of a video in which the leader of the far right freedom party, apparently promised public contracts — in exchange for campaign support before the general election two years ago. mr strache complained he was the victim of political targeting. mr strache addressed reporters a little earlier where he apologised for his behaviour and announced his resignation. translation: today at 11am i had a conversation with the chancellor which i offered my resignation from the function of a vice chancellor and he accepted this decision. i'm doing this in my responsibility for this project to prevent any
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further damage to my family because that is the most important thing in life. my party, and my office. the final of the 64th eurovision song contest takes place in tel aviv this evening, following israel's win last year. it's one of the world's longest—running tv talent shows, and the biggest. however, there's controversy this year , with dozens of artists calling for a boycott because of israel's treatment of the occupied palestinian territories. from tel aviv, david sillito reports. welcome to the eurovision song contest 2019! eurovision, and thousands have arrived here in tel aviv for what many israelis feel is a chance to show a different image to the world. it is very exciting that it has come to our country. my country, israel. some people have got the wrong idea, i believe, and now they have seen that israel can really host true parties without any problems.
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indeed, here amongst the fans it is very much the traditional eurovision party atmosphere, but there have been protests and there are those who believe this should not be happening in israel. there have been calls to boycott the event around europe, and here in tel aviv, they will continue as the show begins. it is an occupying country, and it is actively denying the rights of the palestinian people, so having the eurovision in israel is supporting that actively and financially. so far there has been little disruption, but organisers are warning that if anything happens on stage tonight, it will be stopped immediately. david sillito, bbc news, tel aviv. radio one newsbeat‘s steve holden is in tel aviv for us.
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they're they‘ re lovely to they're lovely to see you there. final hours before everything kicks off. have the politics continued to play a part in the event tonight? we are expecting some protests outside of the hall where the eurovision is taking place, it's about 8:30pm our time here, we are two hours ahead of the uk at the moment. and they are from the pro—palestinian group which is the group that calls for a cultural boycott of israel around the world. there are accusations towards that that it is anti—semitic, but the eurovision bosses insist that the event itself is not, or is strictly a nonpolitical event. not too many have been outspoken about the contest taking place in israel apart from one, they are the icelandic entry, a band called hatari. and
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they have been very clear about where they stand in a controversy about the event. they said they can't understand why a contest that was founded on peace and harmony and unity is hosting in a country that is full of conflict and disunity. looking behind you it looks very busy. what is the atmosphere like, and what was it like earlier in the dress rehearsal? the dress rehearsal was incredible. it is a slick production. for anyone that thinks the eurovision is outdated or hearkened back to the likes of brotherhood of man, that was a0 yea rs brotherhood of man, that was a0 years ago, do you know what i mean? it's not a slick production in the worlds largest music event. lots of the acts you would see or hear him uk radio, they are bringing their best singers and choreographers. everything around the production is slick and very of the moment. expect some very impressive performance of tonight. in the press centre at the
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moment and people walking past, these are journalists from all across the world and also let's not forget the contest is young as well. most of the acts on stage and i are under the age of 30. so it is slick, but does it still matter? does it still count for these artists that are taking part? take michael, for example, just tell us about his entry. so the uk entry has had something called bigger than us. he w011 something called bigger than us. he won a tv talent show. it's something you might expect an x factor winner to sing or something from the greatest showman, something like that. it is not a bad song, he's a very good vocalist when you have him ina line—up very good vocalist when you have him in a line—up of 25 other countries his song, i would not say stands out as much of some of the others. but for other acts take the netherlands, for other acts take the netherlands, for example, there were the favourites and i and their singer is unknown, he is called dunk and lawrence ended the song is called arcade. it's a great song and the favour here. he was saying this is
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the best opportunity for me as an unknown artist and i suddenly get an audience of 200 million people. how could anyone argue that that's not a good thing? very quickly, where we a lwa ys good thing? very quickly, where we always at the bottom? good thing? very quickly, where we always at the bottom ?|j good thing? very quickly, where we always at the bottom? i insist i think it's because of the songs and the staging. eurovision does not just last this one night, there's months of build up and there are hundreds of bloggers, eurovision fa ns hundreds of bloggers, eurovision fans that talk about the songs for months before we get to this point. his song being talked about in the months up to now was not. thank you very much indeed. enjoy your night. the queen and prince philip were among the guests at the wedding of lady gabriella windsor and thomas kingston. lady gabriella is the daughter of the queen's cousin, prince michael of kent. it was the third royal wedding to be held at windsor castle's st george's chapel in less than a year. the duke of sussex attended without his wife meghan, duchess of sussex, or their son archie who was born earlier this month.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. and much colder day today date for scotla nd and much colder day today date for scotland and northern ireland, temperatures 11 to 13 degrees. as we have seen some train in england and wales both trigger more of the slow—moving heavy showers but those will tend to fade away overnight in apache mist and fog and still quite cloudy for scotland and northern ireland. rain and drizzle around as well. temperatures of seven to 9 degrees. the mist and fog lifts with cloud over the north sea coast. sunshine developing as it will across scotland and even perhaps northern ireland. heavy and thundershowers. getting under those to bea thundershowers. getting under those to be a wet day but there will be sunshine as well and it warm or different scotland and northern ireland. a touch warmer for today with england and wales. starts misty on monday and we will see sunny spells developing and again some heavy and slow moving showers with further east this time across
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eastern parts of england but again slow—moving downpours in scotland and againfor slow—moving downpours in scotland and again for northern ireland. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... australian prime minister, scott morrison, claims victory for his centre—right coalition government — in a shock result at the country's federal polls.

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