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this is bbc news, the headlines: a number of british conservative politicians have joined the race to replace the prime minister theresa may after she announced she will be stepping down. the former foreign secretary borisjohnson is seen hello and welcome to bbc news. as the frontrunner. the new leader is expected to be the race is on to find in post by the end ofjuly. a new british prime minister after theresa may announced the president of the european commission she would step down as leader jean—claudejuncker has made it of the conservative party clear that finishing the brexit process is in two weeks‘ time. the eu's primary concern. in an emotional statement, his spokeswoman said mrjuncker mrs may said she'd been would establish working relations with any new british leader. unable to complete britain's the irish prime minister warned that withdrawalfrom the european union, negotiations could now enter despite her best efforts. a dangerous new phase. the former foreign secretary boris johnson is the favourite a suspected parcel bomb has exploded to succeed mrs may. in a central district of the french city of lyon. and he's declared that local police say eight people under his leadership britain were lightly wounded by the blast would leave the european union in a shopping street. in october with or without a deal.
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the united states has approved the deployment of 1500 troops to the middle east. president donald trump says it would be a protective measure. he's played down the potential of conflict in the region saying that he believed iran did not want a confrontation with the united states. the american military deployed a carrier strike group to the region earlier this month. we want to have protection in the middle east, we will be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective and some very talented people are going to the middle east right now and we'll see and we'll see what happens. our washington correspondent chris buckler has more on the us's motives. sending troops in order to send a message to iran. there is concern among military chiefs and intelligence chiefs here in washington that iran has become more aggressive. they have blamed them for attacks on tankers off the coast in the gulf and there is a sense that they want to do something
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to show they will not tolerate that behaviour. it is also worth pointing out that the troop numbers that are being talked about in the last few days, in the last week, were something like 5000, may be more than that. actually, only 1500 are sent and 600 are already in the region. it gives you an idea that perhaps president trump is trying to dampen this down slightly. there are certainly conversations going on in the white house about iran. his national security adviser john bolton is certainly very hawkish when it comes to the country whereas president trump wants to try and let things settle a little bit. i think we're talking about a compromise here that shows that the white house is concerned but it is not going to really try and raise tensions at this stage. an explosive device has gone off in a shopping street in the french city of lyon, injuring eight people.
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the blast happened outside a bakery near the city centre, as hugh schofield reports. the device went off at around 5:30 in the afternoon, outside a chain—store bakery, on a busy pedestrian shopping street near lyon city centre. eyewitnesses say it contained nails and nuts and bolts. those injured, who include an 8—year—oldgirl, seemed mainly to have had cuts to their legs. translation: i was working, serving people, and all of a sudden we heard a big boom. we went down to see what it was, we thought it was related to something in work but no, it was an abandoned package. i found six victims lying on the ground, with lots of blood flowing. we went into a shop to cover them and treat them a little properly but we could not do much. and so we called the fire department and the police, then we let the police and fire department do theirjob. reports suggest that a man on a bicycle was seen depositing a bag at the scene shortly before the explosion.
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he is described as being between 30 and 35 years old and is now being searched for by police. hugh schofield, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. an american man who murdered a couple in their home and kidnapped their 13—year—old daughter has been sent to prison for life. jake patterson seized the girl, jayme closs, last october after shooting both of her parents dead. he took her to a cabin in the countryside and kept her locked in his room until she escaped three months later. teachers and doctors have been demonstrating in the honduran capital of tegucigalpa. they say the proposed reforms in education and health will lead to privatisation, which they fear will lead to job losses. protests have been held since april. in india, a fire at a college has killed at least 17 students. some were seen jumping and falling from the building in the western city of sura. flames spread quickly through the classrooms because of the material used in the roof. most of the victims were teenagers.
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more now on a tumultuous day in british politics during which theresa may announced that she will resign as conservative leader in a fortnight‘s time. there should be a new prime minister in place by the end ofjuly. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. the device went off at around 5:30 in the afternoon, it was time. time to go to work, although the job has slipped away. good morning. lovely weather. for confidantes to choreograph the exit rather than plan the future. time to confront the truth. a broken government, a broken leader. time to forget distractions. the men in suits walk out. then silence drops. as with every leader, it's lonely at the end.
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the cameras click just for them. camera shutters sound ever since i first stepped through the door behind me as prime minister, i have striven to make the united kingdom a country that works notjust for a privileged few, but for everyone and to honour the result of the eu referendum. i negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our union. i have done everything i can to convince mps to back that deal. sadly, i have not been able to do so. i tried three times. i believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high. but it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime
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minister to lead that effort. so i am today announcing that i will resign as leader of the conservative and unionist party on friday the seventh of june. painful for her inner circle after all the agony of trying to get parliament on side for someone else to try now. it will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum. to succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where i have not. such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise. but her efforts to deal first with her party, then labour, came crashing down. with a country watching on, this inscrutable leader, human after all. this country is a union, notjust a family of four nations, but a union of people. all of us — whatever our background, the colour of our skin or who we love — we stand together
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and together we have a great future. our politics may be under strain, but there is so much that is good about this country, so much to be proud of, so much to be optimistic about. i will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold. the second female prime minister but certainly not the last. i do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country i love. for so long, theresa may fought and fought to hold on to her party, to hold on to her premiership, but that struggle is now exhausted, her time in office nearly done. there's no immediate exit. she'll stay until a new leader
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is chosen by the tory party at the end ofjuly. but who? coy for now. i found it moving actually. i think the prime minister's put her heart and soul into trying to do the best for this country at a difficult time, facing a challenging climate in parliament. and i know that the prime minister has always striven to do what she believes is best for this country. the first cabinet minister in a race of rivals confirmed in a meeting in his constituency he'd run just a few hours later. her passion was to deliver the referendum results, the brexit referendum results. that will now be someone else‘s responsibility, and whoever succeeds in doing that will know that she laid the foundations. and no prizes for guessing who will also be one of a cast of maybe more than a dozen, speaking at a conference in switzerland today. i do not wish to elaborate now on what we are going to do and how
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we are going to do it, but believe me you will be hearing possibly more about that than you necessarily want to hear. laughter you cannot see power, you cannot touch power, but in this street you feel it profoundly when it has fallen away. our political editor, laura kuennsberg. whoever steps in to number 10 as prime minister, he or she will have the same basic challenge as theresa may — that is, trying to deliver brexit, while parliament seems incapable of agreeing on a way forward. and to underline the scale of the challenge, the european union says the brexit agreement which it reached with theresa may remains the only offer on the table — and that her resignation doesn't change its position. so what lies ahead for the brexit process? our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. everyone expected this — the fourth tory premier in a row
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forced out over europe. the only real shock was seeing her heartbreak on show. now the same deadlock that brought theresa may down is waiting for the next one. well, the numbers have not changed in parliament. the challenge, the significant challenge, of seeing that we leave the eu, deliver on the brexit referendum with a deal, which remains firmly in our national interest, that challenge still firmly remains. what do we want? brexit! the brexiteers are strong and getting stronger, among conservative mps and their democratic unionist allies. and with nigel farage scooping up tory supporters, pressure for a tough line on brexit won't let up. until we deliver brexit, nothing else really counts. if we don't deliver brexit, there won't be a conservative party, so there's no point in talking about other things until we deliver brexit. for months, this issue's
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split the country. at westminster, rival factions are dug in deep. if all we do is talk about brexit and we pivot towards no deal, we will not move in the polls, and eventually we will simply hand the keys of number 10 tojeremy corbyn. the riders and runners for leader are off. expect lots of promises to make up for lost time and get a better deal in brussels that mps can get behind. but so far, summit after summit, nothing but failure, staying close to eu rules and standards rejected by mps, including those meant to avoid a hard eu border with ireland. yesterday, the european commission president told german tv... "what can someone else achieve that she didn't?" and the irish leader, voting today, is saying britain could see a general election, a new referendum, maybe a no—deal brexit. british politics is consumed by brexit, and will be consumed by brexit for a very long time. it means that we now enter a new phase when it comes to brexit, and a phase that may be a very
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dangerous one for ireland. if leadership campaign promises to get a better deal in brussels fall flat, and leaving without a deal is all that's left, there's no clear way for mps to stop that happening. and with most mps opposed to leaving with no deal, another constitutional crisis may well be on the cards. so if clarity about brexit is what britain needs most, the painful end of yet another premiership mayjust have achieved nothing at all. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the bbc‘s europe editor katya adler is in brussels, and has this on the reaction from european leaders. first off, what doesn't change is that eu leaders remain fed up with the brexit process, which they feel has been going on and on, and the change of prime minister threatens to lengthen that process even more. where they do expect change is they think that the new prime minister will want to come here to brussels to try to renegotiate the brexit deal, particularly that controversial backstop guarantee on the irish border,
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and brussels was quick to say today that it would not be budging. eu leaders feel they have gone around that block so many times over the last two years, and they point out that theresa may and her cabinet signed off on the brexit deal back in november. but the concern here is that a new, maybe more hard—line, prime minister could use what one eu diplomat described to me today as "dirty tactics" if they do not get their way, such as holding up eu business, maybe vetoing the next eu budget. another worry here is that that next prime minister could be willing to trigger a costly no—deal brexit, something the eu never really believed that theresa may was willing to do. now, however her successor deals with the eu will affect how open eu leaders are to offering a new brexit extension to the uk. the current one runs out on the 31st of october and the assumption here is that the next prime minister will want more time to try to renegotiate the brexit deal, and possibly to hold a new general election.
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their minds are focused elsewhere and thinking of the european parliamentary elections and the results being announced on sunday night. they could have a big impact on important eu players like germany, france and italy back at home. meanwhile, the liberal democrat party has announced that sir vince cable will be replaced as leader on july 23rd, paving the way for a leadership contest. cable called for a "new generation" to head the party, with deputy leaderjo swinson the firm favourite to succeed him. the pro—european union party has struggled in the polls in recent times, but enjoyed strong local election results earlier in the month. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: britain's conservative party politicians are racing to be the one to replace theresa may, after the prime minister said she would step down over her failure to deliver brexit.
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the favouite to succeed her is former foreign secretary, borisjohnson, who says he's prepared to leave the eu without a deal if neccessary. let's have a look at how the newspapers here in the uk are reporting on theresa may announcing she's stepping down as prime minister. they've nearly all gone for the same photograph. the daily mail chooses just three words, "a crying shame," highlighting theresa may's emotional farewell outside downing street. the times opts for "it all ends in tears" as their headline. its lead story says the coming leadership contest could cause a constitutional crisis, with the new leader facing a potential vote of no confidence in parliament. the sun takes a lighter tone with "teario theresa, hello bojo." the paper says the former foreign secretary is now the front—runner among 15 candidates
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thought likely to stand. the daily telegraph has the same picture but its headline is "boris makes brexit vow in push for no 10" saying the former foreign secretary has vowed to take britain out of the eu on october 31st, "deal or no deal," if he becomes prime minister. theresa may's announcement is front page news across europe too. spain's el pais echoes the message in much of the press there, that there is now a greater risk of a no deal brexit. our correspondents from scotland, northern ireland and wales gave us the regional reaction to the prime minister's announcement. politicians here are of course trying to work out what the new prime minister could mean for scotland. nicola sturgeon has wasted no time in saying that a new tory leader could strengthen the case for scottish independence. she says if a
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hard—line brexiteer scottish independence. she says if a ha rd—line brexiteer takes over and there is a prospect of the uk leaving the eu with no deal, that makes it all the more important that scotla nd makes it all the more important that scotland should be given a chance to decide whether or not it wants to be an independent country. and that is exactly why scottish tories will be looking for a leader who will do what theresa may did and refused to allow another referendum on scottish independence. the leader of the scottish conservatives, ruth davidson, says she will back a leadership candidate who says —— who shows they are deeply committed to scotla nd shows they are deeply committed to scotland remaining in the uk, and she says she is looking for somebody who would be a unifier who could try and bring the whole country together again. well, here in northern ireland it was those issues thrown up ireland it was those issues thrown up by ireland it was those issues thrown up by the irish border during the brexit negotiations but again the biggest problem that theresa may never really fully managed to overcome. and she also never managed to persuade her suppose at allies, northern ireland's democratic unionist party, to support her deal.
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—— supposed allies. that confidence and supply arrangement with the dup, something that the nationalist party sinn fein have been very critical of, that arrangement is due to expire and will need to be renegotiated shortly after theresa may's ‘s assessor takes office. further south tonight in the republic of ireland, irish prime minister leo varadkar has said theresa may's resignation could be very dangerous for ireland. it is the country which could potentially be the most exposed to the effects ofa be the most exposed to the effects of a hard brexit, and if they were to bea of a hard brexit, and if they were to be a brexiteer euroskeptic candidate taking on the new prime minister's role, and who could potentially go for an ideal brexit. so there is some trepidation in ireland tonight and some nervousness here in northern ireland as well, a place in which the majority of people voted to remain, about who is going to step into theresa may's shoes. here in cardiff bay, the labour first minister mark drake
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that has said that a conservative leadership contest is the last thing but the country needs right now. welsh conservative politicians have raised theresa may's dedication, but they are calling for the party to come to gather to deliver on the brexit that people voted for. —— praised. overall wales voted to leave the european union and there isa leave the european union and there is a feeling that both conservatives under labour here will feel the impact ofa under labour here will feel the impact of a surge of support for the brexit party when the results of the european elections are announced. kenya's high court has rejected calls to change a law which bans gay sex. three judges told a packed courtroom that they had not seen sufficient evidence of discrimination caused by the laws, declaring them constitutional, because they represented the values and views of the country. gay rights groups argued that the state has no business regulating matters of intimacy. ramzan karmali reports.
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the consolidated petitions have no merit. this was the moment that left campaigners deflated. they had been seeking to overturn a law banning gay sex in kenya. but three judges rejected claims colonial—era law violated the new constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity and privacy. gay rights activists had argued the current law had given rise to a climate of homophobia, but they failed to persuade the high court. we are absolutely disappointed that the courts have decided to interpret the provisions of the constitution as not protecting everyone. it is truly a shame to see about this is how the courts have decided. however, we continue to believe in the rule of law and we are going to appeal this decision and see this through to the very end.
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currently in kenya, gay sex is punishable by up to 1a years in prison, but it is unclear whether there have been any convictions in the country. many african countries still enforce strict laws governing homosexuality, in most cases a legacy of laws imposed by colonial rulers. in mauritania, sudan and somalia, same—sex relationships can be punished with the death penalty. there are many countries like kenya, where it is illegal to have same—sex relationships, including algeria, botswana and guinea. however, there are 19 countries where same—sex relationships are completely legal, including benin, south africa and rwanda. the issue of same—sex relationships is a divisive one in kenya. most christian and muslim groups support the current law, and the kenyan attorney—general had argued against decriminalisation. the people of kenya are happy that the courts have not been misused to try to introduce laws that a majority of kenyan people and their institutions are opposed to. campaigners first filed their case three years ago and there have been delays in getting to today's verdicts. human rights groups have criticised the court's decision
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but the country's lgbt activists have vowed to carry on their battle in the courts. let's head to peru now, and an extraordinary story about generosity and hard work. the generosity came from a middle eastern businessman. the hard work was shown by a school boy who was struggling to find somewhere to do his studies. the bbc‘s tim allman has the story. nighttime in the city of trujillo and a young boy doing his homework under a lamp post. 12—year—old victor had little choice, there is no electricity back home. a few weeks later and he is welcoming bahraini businessman, jakob mubarak. he saw the images of victor on social media and was so impressed by his academic dedication, he decided to give him a new home and his classmates a refurbished school.
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children chanting: victor, victor, victor! i would like to have a new class, new computer, with a new generation class in school in the name of victor and then we will go to make many plans to make this a school very, very ideal and protected for all the kids. mr mubarak says he suffered a tough childhood and he does not want others, like victor, to experience the same thing. "i am happy they are helping me to build my little house," said victor, "it is humble and always will be. thanks also for helping to build our school." the businessman also handed over a wallet full of cash and says he'll be back for the inauguration of the new school and victor's new home. now the young boy will never have to study on the streets again. tim allman, bbc news. they're arguably the most famous girl band of all time. british pop group, the spice girls shot to global fame in the ‘90s
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releasing a string of number one hits before breaking up in the year 2000. now, almost two decades later, they've kicked off their reunion tour in ireland. giving fans what they really really wanted on friday evening, the spice girls gave their first performance together since the closing ceremony of the london olympics in 2012. mel brown, geri horner, melanie chisholm and emma bunton will play 13 dates over the next few weeks, without bandmate victoria beckham who now has her own fashion label. fans from around the world converged on dublin from the early hours to see their idols back on stage. when you heard they were going to reform and do a concert, how excited were you? crying with my mum. finally i can make my dream come true. favourite song is mama! this is a childhood dream come true, for sure. what was the appeal of the spice girls?
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girl power! they were dominating, you know, i think a sense of belonging as well when you were younger, you felt that you could be any of the spice girls. for me, ijust love them for as long as i remember. and him, since he was two years old, he has grown up with them. let's get the weather now with stav danaos. hello there. well, as you've probably already heard, it's not going to be a heatwave this bank holiday weekend. it's turning cooler and there is some rain in the forecast, but it's not going to be a washout by any means. there will be some sunshine around. most of the rain is likely to be across more northern and western parts of the uk, but by sunday night it's a bank holiday monday and it will be turning cooler for all, with north—westerly winds setting in. this is the pressure chart for this morning. we've got this weak weather front gradually easing into the north—west corner
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of the country as the day wears on. that will produce thick outbreaks of rain in northern ireland and much of scotland as the day wears on. further south, the best of the sunshine. staying dry for many places, skies turning hazy across the south—west as the cloud begins to build. temperatures reaching maybe 23 degrees in the south—east. a little bit cooler across scotland with all that rain and the breeze. more weather fronts moving in during tonight. it's going to be heavy rain in places and that rain also arriving across northern and western england as well, the south—east continuing to stay dry, with temperatures here around 11—13, actually quite a mild night for many because of the cloud, the breeze and the rain. low pressure firmly in control as we head into sunday. this cold front is the one that will bring the cooler air to the country as it continues to spread its way south and east. it will do so quite quickly, i think. bursts of rain eventually reaching east anglia under south—east during sunday afternoon. skies brightening up, one or two showers, at least it's an improvement since the afternoon. 20—21 in the south—east early on, but as that cold front moves through, the cooler hour will arrive here as well.
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it does so during sunday night, opening the floodgates for north—westerly. quite a brisk north—westerly. this next feature will bring more wet weather to northern parts of the country, showers or even longer spells of rain here, but through bank holiday monday it looks like it will be a day of sunshine and showers for northern ireland, england and wales. some of those showers will be happy across western areas and quite blustery too. the further east you are, the better chance you have of staying dry and seeing sunshine. noticeably cooler for everybody. beyond bank holiday monday to tuesday, a northerly wind for a while, but will feel quite chilly, feeding and further showers at times. again, there will be some sunshine around but it is pretty unsettled for the upcoming week. it is going to feel quite cooler times, most of the showers across northern areas, with some sunshine and signs of things warming up a bit across southern areas the end 00:28:51,208 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 of the week.
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