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this is bbc news. the headlines... borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for the conservative party leadership. will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. i believe i am ready to unite the conservative and unionist party, ready to deliver brexit and ready to lead this great country. andrea leadsom and dominic raab have also joined in the race hoping to be prime minister by the end ofjuly. polling in the eu elections ends at 10 pm tonight — 21 member states are voting today. a warning that 1700 buildings are at risk of failing fire safety tests held after the grenfell tragedy. found alive after being missing for two weeks in a hawaiian forest — the hiker who says she faced difficult choices.
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it did come down to life and death, andi it did come down to life and death, and i had to choose. and i chose life. i wasn't going to take the easy way out. and extraordinary scenes from two democracies: from narendra modi of india to theresa may in britain. that's in dateline, in half an hour, here on bbc news. the contest to replace theresa may as prime minister looks set to feature a battle between two former allies who famously fell out the last time the job was up for grabs. this morning, the environment secretary michael gove announced he would be entering the race, saying he was ready to unite the conservative party
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and ready to deliver brexit. ican i can confirm i am ready to deliver brexit and lead this great country. can you beat boris? i am entering this contest because i want to put forward a positive set of ideas to bring our country together. i believe i am ready to unite this country at the conservative and unionist party. i am looking forward toa unionist party. i am looking forward to a contest of ideas. the former brexit secretary — dominic raab — is another of those eight candidates jostling to become tory leader. he told andrew marr that he will try to renegotiate a brexit deal with brussels and if that fails, will leave with no deal. when asked how it will be different this time from when he helped negotiate the current deal — he said there would be a well—organised government operation. first of all, as i said, we would be willing to walk away from negotiations if we don't get the very finite, targeted, reasonable change. my experience was being undermined by some others in
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government. we need to have a very well organised number 10 operation under a united cabinet. i think if you do that and you can be credible in brussels, we want a good deal, but we are willing to walk away otherwise. i think that will focus minds ina otherwise. i think that will focus minds in a way that wasn't done before. one of two female candidates to announce they are running is the former work and pension secretary, esther mcvey. speaking earlier on sophie ridge on sunday on sky news, esther mcvey said that if she became prime minister, britain wouldn't be asking for any more extensions and that the uk must complete its preparations for a no—deal exit. we won't be asking for any more extensions. that's part of the corrosive uncertainty that individuals, business and the country don't want. so that date is fixed. so of course we have to say we need to make sure that we're ready to leave on that date. if the eu wanted to come back to us, the door is open, if they want to have a better deal. that's fine, we always wanted a free—trade agreement. but what we've got to is not waste time.
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time is limited. we have to make sure we are ready to leave. i've been speaking to the international trade secretary liam fox about whether he was preparing to stand in the conservative leadership contest. if we get any more candidates, it will be a shorter list to say those who are not. ken clarke said that, there has to be one conservative mp thatis there has to be one conservative mp that is not going to throw his hat into the ring. why would you be tempted, or wouldn't you be? as i said, it's very unlikely. any case, iam said, it's very unlikely. any case, i am away all of this week. we have a lot of trade and investment in north africa, so i am off to their to do thejob. north africa, so i am off to their to do the job. that is what all candidates have to remember, especially those that hold cabinet positions, that they still have theirjobs to do. who would you support, what kind of candidate, if you want to tell me a name? there area number of you want to tell me a name? there are a number of issues. brexit will be central to all of this, but it can't be the only issue. it's not a referendum on brexit. there is a world beyond europe, they will be a
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time beyond brexit. whoever is leader will take us into the next election and it is not a one issue election. i want to know what the candidates think about wealth creation, i want to know what they think about social policy, what they think about social policy, what they think about social policy, what they think about crime policy. surely for your membership of the party, thousands of people that have joined because they want the opportunity to select the leader, for many of them they will see this as an opportunity to send a message about how theresa may has approached brexit? it's not just a message, it cannot be that. it will be, you might not want it to be. we have to remember this leader will take us into a general election. general elections are not single issues. people are much more visceral about these things. if your perception is that this government has not delivered brexit as it should have done, we have to have this extension to october to 31st, thatis this extension to october to 31st, that is your priority, that is how you're going to vote, you are going to pick somebody that is going to get the country out of the eu by the
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end of october. the current prime minister wanted to do that, it was parliament that blocked that. if we wa nt to parliament that blocked that. if we want to leave, parliament has agree to what we want to do. i think theresa villiers made a very valid point in your previous interview. is it possible for a new leader to get a better deal around the backstop, and to remove what is one of the central blockages in parliament? it cannot be done? there are a number of complications in this. we have to have someone to talk to. they will not be a commissioning place for some months following the european elections. that puts a lot of pressure on that timetable as we get to october. who would you want to work with, who would you be prepared to serve with? i'm prepared to say with anyone. that doesn't sound very principled. because we are a party thatis principled. because we are a party that is a broad church. the conservative party remains an internal coalition, and we have
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avoided external coalitions. the public will expect us not to be a single issue party either. they expect us to deal with the things that mattered to them, housing, education for children and care of the elderly. these are all issues we need to think alongside the importance of brexit. for me, brexit isa importance of brexit. for me, brexit is a key issue. i campaigned to leave, i always wanted to leave the european union. but in a leadership election, it goes beyond the single issue. how would you feel about a general election, if that might be a way of shaking up the parliamentary arithmetic, that might get a deal over the line, which you can't do the numbers at the moment? that depends. it's still possible, i think there is a consensus on parliament to leave it ideal. if we can't leave with a deal, it is only one of three options. it has always been the case that there are only three things that could happen. we leave the european union with a deal, we leave the european union without a deal, or we don't leave the european union. now, the third of those is so completely unacceptable that i think it would
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tear the political system apart, which leaves you with leave with a deal or without a deal. at what we must do is leave. the international trade secretary liam fox. voters in more than 20 eu countries will go to the polls today to select new meps. a number of countries — including the uk — have already voted, but the results can't be revealed until the polls have closed across the eu. here's our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas. the uk was in the first wave of countries devoting these eu elections, and the uk results, out this evening, will be watched for how far the handling of brexit may have impacted the share of votes won by the conservatives and labour, and how people are divided between pro—and anti—brexit parties. across europe, half a dozen more nations — this is latvia — have already voted. today, ballots have been cast in 21 more eu member states. in some countries it is migration that is the top concern. elsewhere, the numbers of young people unemployed. here in northern france it is a contest between president
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macron‘s pro—eu movement, and the anti—eu nationalists of the former national front, that's being watched. translation: i am going to vote, it is my duty as a citizen, but i don't know yet who for. translation: this vote will be an important point of the future elections. it will give an idea who might come out on top. the official eu results will be released when polls close this evening. you can follow all of the results of the 2019 european elections with huw edwards and the team from ten o'clock this evening on bbc one and the bbc news channel, and you can find the latest results on the bbc news website. a 17—year—old boy has become the fourth person to be charged with the murder ofjodie chesney. jodie, who was 17, was stabbed to death in a park in east london in march. investigators say the fourth person to be arrested has been charged with murder and with possession of a prohibited weapon, a stun gun.
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a man and a woman who were arrested at a house in sheffield on friday, have been charged. they will appear before magistrates in the city tomorrow. two teenagers died in an incident at the house in the shire green area of the city. our correspondent phil bodmer is in leeds. phil, remind us what happened here. well, emergency services were called toa semi well, emergency services were called to a semi detached house at 7.30 on friday morning over concerns about safety. what happened was that six children were taken to hospital, including a seven—month—old baby. two teenage boys later died in hospital yesterday. police told us that the four other children had been discharged from hospital. at
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the time, neighbours reported seeing dozens the time, neighbours reported seeing d oze ns of the time, neighbours reported seeing dozens of emergency service vehicles, including police and ambulances on the streets, indeed an airambulance was ambulances on the streets, indeed an air ambulance was brought in and landed on a school playing field as well. on friday, two people, as you mentioned, a 37—year—old man and a 34—year—old woman, were arrested on suspicion of murder. in the last hour or suspicion of murder. in the last hourorso, suspicion of murder. in the last hour or so, south yorkshire police announced that two people arrested on friday from a house in shire green have now been charged and will appear at sheffield magistrates on monday. what they are not saying, we are not specifying what those charges are. so we don't know at the moment. all we can say is that two people arrested have now been charged. we are awaiting further details from south yorkshire police. but there are legal reasons that we can't go into why they perhaps are not saying what the charges are at the moment. we are also awaiting results of postmortem examinations. those postmortems were carried out on friday evening. we were told that they would be made available at the weekend. we have no details whether they would be made public. the sunday times says it has found
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evidence that the snapchat app has become what it calls a "haven" for sexual predators who target young people. the newspaper has uncovered thousands of reported cases involving the photo—messaging app since 2014. john mcmanus reports. snapchat has helped to revolutionise mobile communication. it is a simple idea — photos and videos sent between users are deleted once they have been viewed, very quickly. that tends to induce a carefree attitude, which means if you feel like sending your mate an embarrassing picture of them or you, well, the image will quickly disappear once it has been seen. that makes the app popular with teenagers. but the sunday times says there is a dark side to the craze for sending what are known as "snaps". it says data it obtained under freedom of information requests shows that police officers are handling about three child sexual exploitation cases every day, in which snapchat has played some kind of role, although it doesn't specify exactly what.
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users of the app can message each other, which means potential abusers can chat to and groom victims. and the automatic deletion of images makes it difficult to trace evidence of wrongdoing. the nspcc says is also easy for abusers to screenshot an image and save it to other platforms. there are 14.5 million snapchat users in the uk, and those who want to join must be aged at least 13. the company says... john mcmanus, bbc news. president trump has begun the second day of his state visit to japan by playing golf with the country's prime minister shinzo abe. they're currently attending a sumo wresting tournament and mr trump wil later become the first foreign leader to meet the country's new emperor, naruhito. the united states and japan are in the process of negotiating a delicate trade deal.
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our correspondent in japan, hywel griffith, has been telling me why president trump has been saying the trade agreement between the two countries needs looking at. well, he says that a trade deficit has been going for too long and he wants to rebalance things. maybe, he says, japanese businesses have had it too good for too long, so he wants them to invest in the us and wants us companies to have better terms trading here, particularly the us farmers who have been somewhat at a disadvantage since what was the trans—pacific partnership came into life. they don't get the same terms as european farmers do here, for example. but while a lot of the back room discussion has been around trade, a lot of the picture opportunities have been about donald trump relaxing with his big international friend, prime minister shinzo abe, playing golf this morning. both men known to be big golf funds. wherever he goes, donald trump takes his sticks. in fact, he was gifted some golden golf sticks by prime minister shinzo abe after coming to office. now, after the golf, of course,
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a more traditionaljapanese pastime, both men came here to central tokyo to the sumo stadium. so, we saw donald trump getting a front row seat, a seat rather than a question, which most people had to use, to watch the grand final of the sumo competition, and then present a trophy to the victor. trade clearly will be the main plank of the agenda for donald trump. he's made the point many times to other countries, too, that he feels often america is suffering because it's too understanding, it's to open? that his argument. i mean, the deficit with japan, the deficit with china, clearly he wants progress, he wants a win, essentially, to take into the next presidential election. now, in terms of that relationship with japan, how does he do it? well, he refused to be part of a trans—pacific partnership, but he does want a bilateral deal.
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he's said that will not be produced in this meeting. maybe not even when he returns in june for the g20. but after the local elections here, in the senate, then he says byjuly, maybe, he'll unveil that deal. usefulfor shinzo abe, very useful for donald trump in showing the american people, the american voters, that balance is changing. and ifjapan isn't willing to play by his terms, well, he can slap some tariffs onjapanese cars, which sell very well in the us, of course. the headlines on bbc news... borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for the conservative party leadership. andrea leadsom and dominic raab have also joined in the race hoping to be prime minister by the end ofjuly. a 17—year—old boy has become the fourth person to be charged with the murder ofjodie chesney, in a london park in march. the teenager has also been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon,
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a stun gun. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. starting with football, neil lennon says celtic‘s priority will always be winning the scottish premiership but says he can't rule out the prospect of winnng another treble next season. lennon secured his role as the new permanent manager after his side beat hearts 2—1 in the scottish cup yesterday — their ninth domestic trophy in a row. the former parkhead captain returned to celtic park after brendan rodgers left for leicester city in february. it isa it is a privilege to manage celtic, it isa it is a privilege to manage celtic, it is a huge club with great history. it's been important in my life were 19 or 20 years now. to be back at the helm is a wonderful feeling, and one that i accept with great humility and understanding. and ambition. you know, obviously i am ambitious, and i want more success as possible for the club.
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st mirren and dundee united contest the premiership play off final later for the right to play in scotland's top flight next season. meanwhile, charlton face sunderland at wembley with the opportunity to secure a place in the english championship. charlton manager lee bowyer has only been in the permanent role since september, but he's telling his players to treat today's game like any other. nothing changes for me. just preparing the lads, like we have for any other game. because it's still a game of football, between two teams. nothing changes there. so, it's looking at their strengths, their weaknesses, and making sure that we put the right side out. making sure that everybody is ready, mentally and physically. england'sjos buttler has played down injury concerns after his side were beaten by australia in yesterday's warm up game in southampton. england bowled and fielded well but lost momentum, never seriously threatening the total of 297 set
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by australia. with steve smith scoring a century on his return to engish soil after the ball tampering scandal. england are awaiting the results of a scan on mark wood's foot after he limped off with both joffra archer and liam dawson also picking up knocks, but buttler says it's all part of professional sport. that is the nature of sport that injuries do happen. obviously around the world cup, everything is heightened because you want everybody to be fit and firing. unfortunately, in professional sport, things like this happen. and we will go through the six weeks within our team, we will have niggles, other players on other teams will have niggles. it isjust the nature of the game. the second tennis grand slam of the season begins today as the french open gets underway. british number one johanna konta begins her tournament tomorrow, against german qualifier antonia lottner. konta has never won a match at the french open — but she might be one to watch —
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as russell fuller explains. she has been heading in the right direction for a while, but she hadn't really got the results in tour events. six wins out of six in a great britain vest in the federation cup in february and april, and winning some matches in stressful situations, she has been brilliant. now we are seeing the sort of form from her we saw a couple of years ago when she ended up in the semi final of wimbledon and number four in the world. england's bronte law remains in the running for her first career lpga title at the pure silk championship in virginia. she shares the lead with japan's nasa hataoka heading into sunday's final round. at one point it looked like she'd be returning to the clubhouse a shot behind but managed to birdie the 18th — her sixth in a round that also included two bogeys. meanwhile, england's annabel dimmock has secured her first ladies european tour title, winning the jabra ladies open in france. the 22—year—old carded a final round 68 to finish on seven under par.
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that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. fire safety experts have told bbc radio 5live that the new round of testing of building materials following the fire at grenfell tower, are almost certain to see some majorfailures. and that could have a massive impact on hundreds of buildings including tower blocks, schools, hospitals and care homes. adrian goldberg, from 5 live investigates, has been giving me more details. grenfell, a tragedy which took 72 lives was clad with something called acm. this was cladding which, at the time, was legal, but which expert evidence at the grenfell enquiry suggested contributed to the spread of the fire around grenfell tower. the government has identified that there are still hundreds of buildings that are clad with acm around the country but they have made £600 million available in total for local councils and private landlords to remove that acm cladding in the fullness of time. what other forms are causing concerns, because it could be that other things will pop up as part
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of these inspections? that's right. because the acm cladding for grenfell was considered to be acceptable at the time, the government decided to commission an investigation into otherforms of cladding and building materials to see if they now posed a safety threat and a private company commissioned by the government has identified as many as 1700 buildings around the country which need further testing because they may represent a fire risk. one of the kinds of cladding, called apl, is common, not to all of those buildings, but too many of them. i've spoken to one expert today
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who says that in the worst kind of circumstances, this kind of cladding could potentially be more dangerous than the cladding on grenfell tower. what is the government saying? the government has provided £600 million to remove the kind of cladding that was used at grenfell. they are waiting for the tests on the 1700 buildings to come through later this summer. and they say they are working with private landlords and with local councils to remove all kinds of dangerous cladding. and you can hear more from adrian and the team — on radio 5 live at 11 o'clock this morning. it says 11 o'clock, but that means you have probably missed it. it will be available on bbc sounds. a woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. amanda eller was rescued by helicopterfrom a deep ravine — she'd been hiking in the area when she became lost and then injured. ramzan karmali reports. the last 17 days of my life had been the toughest of my life. hiker amanda eller knows how lucky she is to be alive. she spent over two weeks lost in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. the yoga instructor
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thought she was walking back to her car but was walking further and further into the wilderness. it came down to life and death, and i had to choose, and i chose life. i wasn't going to take the easy way out, even though that meant more suffering for myself. amanda was rescued from a deep ravine. she waved down a rescue helicopter funded by donations. one of her friends was on that rescue helicopter. out of the woodwork she comes out, arms swinging. i was like, there she is! i know her very well so i said, that is amanda eller! i thought, how is she dressed, she is not wearing shoes, we have to land this thing! don'tjump out of the helicopter! in order to survive she foraged on berries, but she was injured with a fractured leg and severe burns from the sun. doctors say she should make a full recovery. she is most grateful for those who didn't give up on her. i have the most gratitude and respect and appreciation, i can't even put it into words,
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for the people who helped me, who have prayed for me. her mother, julia, has called the rescue a miracle. now there's a call from scientists — have you seen any spittlebugs? would you even know what they look like? the insects get their name from the frothy spittle they leave on plants in springtime. volunteers are being asked to report sightings of them, because it's thought they could spread a deadly tree disease called xylella. it's feared the disease could soon arrive in the uk and scientists want to be prepared, as helen briggs has been finding out. spittlebugs are easy to spot if you know what you're looking for. oh, here we go, here's one. hidden in bubbles of froth on the stems of plants. where my pencil is pointing — there we are. we might be able to persuade the little juvenile spittlebug to come out. and there it is. if xylella arrived in the uk, spittlebugs could spread the disease by feeding on the sap
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of infected plants. now, scientists want help recording sightings of spittle and fully grown spittlebugs, which are champion jumpers, able to leap more than 100 times their own body length. so we need to learn as much as we possibly can about what kinds of plants they feed on, what habitats occupy, and where they are in the country, so that ultimately if the worst possible happens and the disease does arrive in britain, we'll be able to make some really good predictions about how it's likely to spread, and how quickly. xylella arrived in europe six years ago, devastating olive groves in italy and spreading to other countries in the eu. it's important to remember that xylella isn't yet in the uk, but if it did arrive, there's a huge amount of plants that could affect. and it's notjust in our gardens, with the rosemary, lavender, but the wider environment, as well, things we particular care about, so tree species like oak trees, sycamore trees, things that are really key in our landscape.
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we want to protect those, as well as within our gardens. scientists are calling for thousands of volunteers up and down the country to help map spittle and spittlebugs in gardens, meadows and woodlands. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. hello, there. a change in the weather forecast today, most of us have cloudy grey skies, the rain has been pretty persisted in scotland. in the last 24 hours we have had 30 millimetres. there is going to be some relentless rain to come for the rest of the day and into tomorrow. as you can see, that cloud and rain sitting in scotland. it is weakening as it moves south and east, it will be a band of showers in the london area. behind it across wales, northern
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england, southern scotland and northern ireland, we will see a little bit more on the way of brightness, may be even sunnier skies. it's going to be breezy with it. underneath the cloud and rain in scotland, a disappointing 9 degrees elsewhere 19 or 21. as we move out of sunday, it is bank holiday monday, rain in scotland, fairly persistent, but may be a little further south than we have seen today. elsewhere we start with sunshine, a brisk north—westerly breeze, cooler tomorrow. 10—19.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for the conservative party leadership. i will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. i believe that i am ready to unite the conservative and unionist party, ready to deliver brexit, and ready to lead this great country. andrea leadsom and dominic raab have alsojoined in the race, hoping to be
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prime minister by the end ofjuly. polling in the eu elections ends at 10pm tonight — 21 member states are voting today. a 17—year—old boy has become the fourth person to be charged with the murder ofjodie chesney. the girl scout was stabbed to death in a london park in march. the boy has also been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, a stun gun. a hiker has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. amanda eller was rescued by helicopter from a deep ravine. she says she faced difficult choices between life and death. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london.

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