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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 3pm... borisjohnson and michael gove — who campaigned for brexit together, but fell out three years ago when both wanted to become prime minister — will again contest the conservative party leadership. i 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, deliver brexit and lead this great country. the latest to enter the race to succeed theresa may and become prime minister by the end ofjuly include dominic raab and andrea leadsom. i will be standing for leadership of my party and as the next prime minister and i do believe that i am the decisive and compassionate leader who can reunite our great country. final voting in the eu elections in under way in 21 member states — results will be released after polls
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close at 10pm tonight. a man and a woman are charged with murder after two children died following an incident at a house in sheffield on friday. found alive after being missing for two weeks in a hawaiian forest — the hiker who says she faced difficult choices. it did come down to life and death. and i had to choose. i chose life. i wasn't going to take the easy way out. and a survivor of rape gives a moving and distressing account of how she was affected. that's in the victoria derbyshire programme review, in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon. the environment secretary michael gove has entered the race to become the next conservative leader and prime minister.
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it means he'll once again be challenging borisjohnson the two men were the most prominent conservatives leading the leave campaign in 2016. the former brexit secretary dominic raab has become the latest candidate to insist the uk must leave the eu in october, with or without a deal. andrea leadsom, who resigned from cabinet last week, has also confirmed she's standing. our political correspondent tom barton has this report. stepping out of his house and into the leadership race. hi, good morning. good morning. i can confirm that i 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. i'm ready to deliver brexit and ready to lead this great country. so, both of the big names of the leave campaign now in the tory leadership campaign. a tantalising prospect, not least because they have history. remember this? for all of boris‘ formidable
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talents, he was not the right person for that task. borisjohnson‘s leadership campaign torpedoed in 2016. now, three years later, both men are in the race again, joined in a crowded field by six other candidates. among them, former brexit secretary dominic raab, saying today he would try to renegotiate a northern irish backstop, but making it clear he would leave without a deal if he couldn't. we weren't resolute enough when we took no deal off the table. i don't want the wto brexit but i think unless you're willing to keep your promises as politicians, and i think we are going to see what happens if you don't in the european election results later, if we don't and are not willing to say that, i think we put ourselves in a weaker position in terms of getting a deal. if you're not willing to walk away from the negotiation, it doesn't focus the mind
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of the other side. also committed to keeping no deal on the table, andrea leadsom. of course in order to succeed in negotiation you have to be prepared to leave without a deal. i have a three—point plan for brexit, for how we get out of the european union. i'm very optimistic about it. my role as leader of the commons means that i have had a very good insight into what needs to be done. another would—be a leader going further, saying she wouldn't even ask the eu to reopen negotiations. we won't be asking for any more extensions, that's part of the corrosive uncertainty that individuals, businesses and the country don't want. that date is fixed. of course we have to say we need to make sure we're ready to leave on that date. now, if the eu wants to come back to us, the door is open if they want to a better deal, that's fine, we've always wanted a free trade arrangement. the difficulties for those advocating a no deal brexit is that parliament has consistently voted against it. the chancellor, who is staying out of the leadership contest, saying today that forcing a new deal could lead to a very short
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lived premiership. parliament has voted very clearly to oppose a no deal exit. parliament has no locus any more in this. this is a parliamentary democracy. a prime minister, who ignores parliament cannot expect to survive very long. while those seeking to replace herfight it out, theresa may was at church near chequers this morning. the weight of office lifting from her shoulders, and the responsibility for resolving brexit soon to lie with her successor. voters in 21 eurropean union countries are voting today to select new meps. seven countries — including the uk — have already voted, but the results will only be revealed once polls have closed across the eu. here's our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas. the uk was in the first wave of countries to vote in these eu elections, and the uk results, out this evening, will be watched
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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 are being 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 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 pointer 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
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this evening. damian spoke to us a little earlier from brussels — and explained the key things to look out for as the results come in tonight. most countries are voting today. voting in belgium is compulsory. what is being watched out for? the overall composition of the european parliament. the expectation is the big centre parties, the conservative centre right, the socialist centre left, will be losing the share of the vote. what will happen then to the liberals, the greens? they may do quite well. the far left, the far right. that will determine the balance of the parliament, but crucially also the horse trading in the next few days for the top eu jobs and the overall balance between pro—and anti—eu forces. that could have a profound affect
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on the future of the eu. 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 man and a woman have been charged with murder after two children died in an incident at a house in sheffield on friday. earlier, our correspondent phil bodmer updated us on the story. police and paramedics were called to a semi—detached property six miles north of the city centre on friday morning at around 7.30. neighbours reported seeing numerous police and ambulance activity on the street. six children were taken to hospital. police later said two teenage boys, aged 13 and 1a, had died. now, 37—year—old man and a 34—year—old woman were arrested on of murder on friday. arrested on suspicion of murder on friday.
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yesterday afternoon, police announced that the four children, including a seven—month—old baby, had been discharged from hospital. but today, south yorkshire police have announced that the two people arrested on friday have now been charged with two counts of murder each. and the woman faces three counts of attempted murder. they will appear before sheffield cosmic magistrates‘ court morning. postmortem examinations were due to be carried out on friday, but so far no results have been made public. 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 stun gun. government sources say there've been expressions of interest in buying british steel, which was placed in compulsory liquidation earlier this week — but they have dismissed reports that it has set a two—week deadline for a buyer to be found. earlier i spoke to our business correspondent, katy austin — who said the only other option apart from somebody buying the company — is for the government
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to nationalise it. the insolvency of the company means 5000 jobs are put at risk. 3000 are at scunthorpe. otherjobs are at risk in teesside and 20,000 others potentially in the supply chains. there is a lot at stake here. british steel are still trading while work is going on behind the scenes to try and find a buyer. there has been a serious interest domestically and from foreign quarters. uk firms and international firms might be interested in buying it. the sunday telegraph today did report that ministers are only prepared for the government supporting british steel for two more weeks, after that the plug will be peeled. government sources have confirmed to us they do not recognise that timetable. meanwhile, there are a lot of people are
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nervously watching and waiting to see if somebody comes forward. the difficulty is that steel is in long—term decline, in terms of the uk's share of the market. huge competition from china. i heard simon saying that moore produced was —— make more steel was produced in china than in the british lifetime. that is right, the uk steel industry faces huge challenges and has done for years. in 2016 when british steel nearly went under then. it took a private equity firm buying it for £1 to keep it going. you could argue that the industry is very much struggling anyway. and it will definitely require a buyer to have deep pockets to keep this business going. british steel is not the only steel producer in the uk, but it is
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significant. it has been a pillar of the country's industry for decades but it is reduced in its size and the number of people it employs. it does not mean it is important. it is symbolically important. nobody wants to see it go under. the only other option apart from somebody buying the business would be the government nationalising it. that does not seem to be on the cards at the moment. donald trump, who's visiting japan, has dismissed concerns about recent missile tests by north korea. in a tweet he refered to the missiles as "small weapons". a lavish welcome was laid on for the president by japan's prime minister, shinzo abe — including attendance for the final of a sumo wrestling tournament. our tokyo correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes sent this report. it is a little different from the sort of wrestling mr trump is used to seeing back in the states. japan's national sport is steeped in tradition. one is that spectators are not
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supposed to sit on chairs. but tradition was set aside today, as first prime minister shinzo abe came up to award a cup to the grand champion. and then for the first time ever, a foreign leader was allowed onto the hallowed earth to present an even bigger cup. inside, there was huge excitement about the famous guest. outside, a little less so. translation: i wish he would respect our culture. he is our guest but he is acting more like a king. they are giving him special treatment, letting him sit on a chair — i think it's too much. president trump is getting a lot of firsts during this trip. first to meet the new japanese emperor, first to sit on a chair during a sumo tournament and to present a special prize to the grand champion. it is of course not without reason. japan is nervous that mr trump is not quite as committed to his asian ally as some of his predecessors, and he could launch a trade war
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againstjapan, like he has in china. a tweet from mr trump today demonstrated exactly why japan is nervous... in it he describes recent north korean missile tests as small weapons which disturbed some people, but not me. this is what those small weapons look like. they may not bother mr trump, but they certainly do bother japan, which is well within range. japan is deeply sceptical of mr trump's friendship with north korean dictator kim jong un. but the us president still appears to believe it can lead to a historic peace deal. 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
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prime minister by the end ofjuly. a man and a woman are charged with murder after two children died following an incident at a house in sheffield on friday. drama at the monaco grand prix with several crashes and chaotic re starts, lewis hamilton is still leading after x of the 78 laps. dundee united and st mirren continue their quest to play premiership football next year. 0—0 after the first leg — the second leg of the play—off final is also goalless after 15 minutes. sunderland are leading the league one play off final by a goal to nil after a goal keeping howler. and roger federer is 2 sets up in the first round of the french open tennis, he's playing lorenzo sonego on the tenth anniversary of his one and only title in paris.
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i'll be back with more support at 4:15pm. —— sport. at least two people have been killed after a powerful tornado swept through a small town, near oklahoma city. authorities have spent the evening sifting through the damage — fearing the death toll will rise. the bbc‘s freya cole reports. oklahoma are no stranger to tornadoes, but when one with such ferocity hits, it is near impossible, even for seasoned residents, to prepare for the worst. it was pretty intense. we had a lot of patients on the patio. we started seeing tents overturned, chairs overturned, and heavy, heavy rain all of a sudden. the storm front swept through this caravan park, displacing dozens of people and flattened this budget motel in el reno.
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rescue workers spent the night searching the rubble for survivors. they've been told more than 38 people were inside. i've been inside. it is very traumatic. we are waiting for the daylight. that is what we are waiting on right now. check all of our information out and you'll see how dramatic it is when the day light shines on it. it is feared the death toll will rise. authorities are now tasked with notifying victims families and helping oklahoma rebuild. fire safety experts have told bbc radio 5live that the new round of testing of building materials following the fire at grenfell tower, is 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 more details to my colleague martine croxall. grenfell, the 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.
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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 crop up as part 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.
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i've spoken to one expert today 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. an earthquake with a magnitude of as much as 8 has struck northern peru. it's the most powerful in the world so far this year. tremors were felt more than 600 miles away in neighbouring ecuador, with shocked witnesses describing buildings shaking as a result of the huge quake. in the capital, lima, people ran out of their homes in fear. the sunday times says it has found evidence that the snapchat app has become what it calls a "haven" for sexual predators who target young people.
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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... a woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing in a forest on the hawaiian island of mow—ee. amanda eller was rescued by helicopter from 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 have been the toughest of my life. hiker amanda eller knows how lucky she is to be alive. she spent over two
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weeks lost in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. the yoga instructor thought she was walking back to her car but instead 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! chris was like, "don'tjump out of the helicopter!"
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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, 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
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by feeding on the sap 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,
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sycamore trees, things that are really key in our landscape. 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. taking a child swimming is something most parents and carers do without a second thought. but for children who have disabilities or are seriously ill, it can be much more challenging. but now a scheme in aberdeen has found a way to help children enjoy the water whilst keeping vital equipment dry, and there's a bonus — the children can swim with mermaids — or mermen — as nasim asl reports. alanna has a rare lung disease. she is two. and today she is off to swim with a mermaid. she needs a constant supply of oxygen, is fed
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by a tube in her bowel, and is hyper mobile. she gets so excited when i mention the swimming pool. she loves coming to the splash, splash, as she would call it. it's amazing to see, considering a couple of years ago we never thought she would ever get in the water. but with her hypermobility it's amazing to get her into the water, because it's exercise for her legs. this is the only chance alanna gets to be safely in the pool. the sessions are free. zara grant trained as a swimming instructor just for this. it was like part of the children's bucket list to swim with the mermaids. so that's one of the reasons i kind of started, just to create magical memories that parents could have forever. it allows the children to come in and have these memories, or have a day out at the pool with their family and so they have that normality whilst going through their treatment. the mermaid swim started with eilidh patterson. she had neuroblastoma and died in 2017. she was five.
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it's obviously upsetting for eilidh's family because eilidh has passed. they have this memory now that they can keep forever and she got to fulfil some of her bucket list. the bond between zara and alanna is amazing. and what zara does for us as well, she goes above and beyond to make sure everything is safe for alanna to be in the pool. you love zara, don't you? yeah. where's alanna ? where's alanna's cheeky smile? mum lauren looks after alanna full—time. but caring for her daughter isn't always straightforward. i don't even think about half of the things we do now. but when you think back of a year ago, or two years ago, we struggled. we did struggle. we don't know what her future is going to hold. if she is going to still be on oxygen for the rest of her life, or if she is going to be tube fed for the rest of her life. or if she is going to be in a wheelchair for the
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rest of her life. we don't know. we have kind of learntjust to take each day as it comes. each trip to the pool brings benefits. it helps alanna's movement and her confidence. zara hopes to keep giving these special experiences to families that need them. and she has certainly made a splash with alanna. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. hello. many places will have seen a bit of rain so far today. a weakening weather front has been moving southwards. not a huge amount of rain left on it as it clears away from east anglia and the south—east of england. through this evening, largely clear skies behind it, feeling cooler and fresher, but a zone of rain pushing further south across scotland into parts of northern ireland later in the night. temperatures a little bit lower than they were last night, certainly feeling fresher out
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there compared with last night. and then the bank holiday. an area of cloud, some outbreaks of rain, in central and southern scotland, parts of england and northern ireland, that will just turn showery during the day. elsewhere, a mainly fine start, some cloud building, some showers breaking out, catch one, it could be heavy, but there will still be further sunny spells into the afternoon. not many showers at all across southern england. on this base, some will filter a bit further south eastwards during the day, but inevitably, some places will avoid them and stay dry. where we have had temperatures in the low to mid 20s, just looking at the high teens for the bank holiday. hello this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines... borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for the conservative party leadership. 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
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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. results will be released after polls close at 10 pm tonight. a man and a woman are charged with murder after two children died following an "incident" at a house in sheffield on friday. now on bbc news... the best of the week's exclusive interviews and reports from the victoria derbyshire programme. hello and welcome to our programme. for the next half an hour, we'll bring you some of the exclusive and original journalism we've broadcast over the last week. on tuesday, we heard first—hand the shocking, brutal impact that rape can have on an individual. sarah — which is not her real name — is the 23—year—old graduate raped

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