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but uk cloud and rain at times. but gci’oss uk cloud and rain at times. but across england and wales we see temperatures getting a boost in the sunshine and by the weekend in the south—east we could see temperatures of 27 celsius. for herfinal eu summit. responding to the results of the european elections, she says they were disappointing. what it shows is the importance of actually delivering on brexit. i think the best way to do that is with a deal, but it will be for my successor and for parliament to find a way forward. meanwhile, labour expels tony blair's former press adviser alastair campbell for admitting he voted lib dem in the european elections. also tonight... the family of the ringleader of the london bridge attack says they reported to him to the anti—terror hotline two years earlier. a mother appears in court charged with murdering her two teenage sons. on the streets — how the number of homeless people with a physical disability is increasing. and as the cricket world cup gets under way this week,
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could hosts england lift the trophy this time? and coming up on bbc news... we will have the latest from baku ahead of tomorrow night europa league final between arsenal and chelsea. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. theresa may has arrived in brussels for her final european summit as prime minister. responding to the crushing defeat of the conservatives in the european elections, she conceded the results were "disappointing" and it would be for her successor now to deliver brexit. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt — campaigning to succeed her — said that leaving europe without a deal would be "political suicide". meanwhile labour, like the conservatives,
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are wrestling with how to respond to the drubbing handed out by voters at last week's eu elections. this afternoon alistair campbell — who for many years worked as tony blair's spin doctor — was expelled from the labour party after admitting he voted liberal democrat. here's our deputy political editor, john pienaar. she tried, she failed. now it will be someone else‘s job to sort out brexit. but how? it's split the country and its tone theresa may's party. in brussels for a leaders gathering today or she could do was hope. i am not going to comment on the views of individual candidates, there will be a process of selecting my successof as there will be a process of selecting my successor as leader of the conservative party, but i continue to have the view that it's best for the uk to leave with a deal. so where is brexit leading now? back into talks with the eu if tories ought to make jeremy into talks with the eu if tories ought to makejeremy hunt pm, back from the brink of an ordeal brexit,
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oi’ from the brink of an ordeal brexit, or else... the risk of that is that parliament would then try to stop in ordeal brexit which they've already done successfully before and then you would be pushed into a general election and i think if that happens the conservative party would be annihilated. in other words, don't pick and no deal brexiteer, boris johnson comes to mind, pledged to leave with or without one on october 31. the next brexit deadline. other contenders must now choose where they stand and they know it. brexit is going to be one of the big issues that has to be addressed properly and every candidate has to come forward with a credible plan, i will have much more to say on that in the coming days. tories who want out deal or no deal and with no further delay or make their feelings clear for now until the elect a new leader. the conservative party is not functioning as an electoral machine at the moment. not leaving is what has got us there, leaving might revive us. what do you believe
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ofjeremy hunt's prescription? might revive us. what do you believe of jeremy hunt's prescription?” hope he is a better doctor then that he is now. if a new prime minister tries to get a new deal in brussels and then tries to leave without one parliament may not have the time our power to stop that happening. the speaker of the house of commons has hinted he might intervene otherwise it could come down to a pro—european tory levels voting against their own government on a vote of confidence and forcing a general election. jeremy corbyn is under pressure from collea g u es jeremy corbyn is under pressure from colleagues to back another eu referendum, a change of direction whatever anyone says. ideally we would want a general election, that's been our position and remains oui’ that's been our position and remains our position, but as the clock ticks down f are not going to have a general election we would support a peoples vote. but some even closer insist one referendum is enough. i'm not sure what a second referendum would do. what we need to do is heal
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the division that unfortunately has been made worse by this government and its only labour who can do that. so let's be calm, let's not be skipped, and let's reflect on how best we can get that message across. but it's a struggle for labour's identity too. remember tony blair's closest adviser alistair campbell? he voted lib dems to help swing labour behind another referendum and 110w labour behind another referendum and now he's been expelled.” labour behind another referendum and now he's been expelled. i have not left labour party, i am still in the labour party as far as i am concerned and i will always be labourer. i suspect i will be in and around the labour party longer than some of the people who are in and around jeremy corbyn at the moment. our prime minister in office but not in power, no longer a taunt, just how it is. for theresa may at the time for tears and pain are over. we can guess the question is facing whoever comes next but not a single a nswer whoever comes next but not a single answer at a defining time for british politics and the country.
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catcher adler, while theresa may is in brussels one of the people who wa nts to in brussels one of the people who wants to succeed her, jeremy hunt, talks about renegotiating the withdrawal deal, how is that going down? all the eu leaders gathered here are not intending to discuss brexit at all today, it's not on the official discussion agenda and they don't want to discuss it off agenda either. as the leaders were coming into this building to the meeting andi into this building to the meeting and i was calling out to them how open are you to renegotiating the brexit deal the look on their faces was often one of irritation. jean—claude juncker president of was often one of irritation. jean—claudejuncker president of the european commission who was not imitated by the way, said he had been crystal clear that the deal was not open very negation. the prime minister of luxembourg said its very easy, you have one prime minister who negotiated a deal, then you get
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another prime minister and you renegotiate the deal, that is not how it's going to work. that said, from the point of view of the eu leaders here today, the 31st of october, that's the end of our brexit extension, seems to them very far away. they have a lot of other things on their plate at the moment. i think they will engage more with this question come the autumn, i do think they will listen to what our new prime minister has to say. don't forget that they want to avoid an ordeal brexit, it will be costly for them as well. but they will not want to avoid no deal at any cost and in all the years i have followed eu politics those eu leaders famous for beckoning and not being able to agree on many subjects, i have never seen agree on many subjects, i have never seen them singing from the same hymn sheet as i have done when it comes to brexit. the inquest into the deaths of eight people at london bridge two years ago has heard that the family of the ringleader of the attackers had reported him to an anti—terrorism hotline because of their concerns about his extremist views. the old bailey heard how khuram butt turned from a hard working schoolboy
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to an extremist who brought shame on his family. daniel sandford has more. in the aftermath of the london bridge attack, counterterrorism police immediately started investigating the killers. today the families of the eight people who died held that their inquests what the detectives discovered. they heard the leader of the group, khuram butt, was born in pakistan and came to the uk aged eight. his family was granted asylum. he did well at school but since 2014 had become increasingly involved with followers of anjem choudary and the banned group al—muhajiroun. the coroner heard that among the jobs khuram butt had done were working on the stock room at topshop in oxford street, doing administration for arrigo holdings, a company that ran kfc franchises, and working in security as a door supervisor. he got a job working for transport for
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london here at westminster underground station, despite the fa ct underground station, despite the fact that four months earlier he had appeared ina fact that four months earlier he had appeared in a documentary about you had tests and despite the fact that m15 had had tests and despite the fact that mi5 had information suggesting he could be planning an attack on the uk. in the documentary, khuram butt was filmed playing in front of a flag ofte n was filmed playing in front of a flag often used by the islamic state group. the inquest heard that at this time there were a series of i’ows this time there were a series of rows at khuram butt‘s east london flat, his wife temporarily moved out when he suggested getting a second wife. his father—in—law burnt his passport to stop him going to syria and his brother—in—law reported him to the anti—terrorist hotline. the year before the attack he started training at this muslim run gym and he was giving lessons in the koran ata he was giving lessons in the koran at a nearby primary school at the head was later banned from teaching. the second attacker, khuram butt —— brett carter was a failed asylum seeker from morocco who moved brett carter was a failed asylum seekerfrom morocco who moved back to britain after marrying an irish
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wife. they separated after he slapped her. the third attacker, youssef zaghba, among otherjobs he had briefly taught children gymnastics. daniel sanford, bbc news, at the old bailey. the equality and human rights commission has launched a formal investigation into the labour party over allegations of anti—semitism. the watchdog will now formally look at whether the party has unlawfully discriminated against people because they are jewish. labour says it will co—operate fully. our political correspondent ben wright is at westminster for us. iam thinking i am thinking after the results of these eu elections this is the last thing labour will want to. true, they become the first political party to be fully investigated by britain's equality watchdog in this way. it reopens the row which has engulfed labourfor way. it reopens the row which has engulfed labour for about three yea rs into how engulfed labour for about three years into how it has handled allegations of anti—semitism within its ranks. they have been mulling over what to do since march when
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they first received complaints and today the watchdog said it would be looking at whether the party has discriminated against, harassed or victimised people who arejewish. it will also look at whether the party acted unlawfully and how effective 01’ acted unlawfully and how effective or not it complaints procedures are. today a labour spokesman said the party was implacably opposed to anti—semitism and insisted the party took complaints very seriously. separately today, the muslim council of britain has asked the hrc to look into allegations of islamophobia within the tory party, and previously the conservative party has insisted it has robust complaints procedures in place but thatis complaints procedures in place but that is a request for an investigation. labour now faces a formal enquiry and the party says it will co—operate fully. formal enquiry and the party says it will co-operate fully. thank you. the formerjls star, oritse williams, has been found not guilty of raping a woman in his hotel room. the singer denied the attack after a concert in wolverhampton in december 2016. his tour manager was also cleared of assaulting the same woman.
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an australian man has beenjailed for ten years in queensland for the rape and kidnap of a british backpacker, who was forced to drive through the outback at gunpoint for several weeks. elisha greerfrom liverpool was repeatedly assaulted by marcus martin during her abduction. the pair had met at a party in 2017. more than 200 boots stores across the uk could be closed, by its american owners, in a bid to cut costs. the shops — which are in areas where boots has more than one store — are under review for possible closure. the chain currently employs around 56,000 staff. injapan, a man armed with two knives has attacked a group of schoolgirls as they waited for a bus. one of the girls, and the parent of another child, were killed. it happened in the city of kawasaki, close to the capital, tokyo. the suspect stabbed himself and later died in hospital. rupert wingfield—hayes reports. this morning, this quiet residential street on the south side of tokyo was turned into a scene from a horror movie. schoolgirls lining up to get
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on their morning bus, slashed and stabbed by a knife—wielding man shouting, "i'm going to kill you!" this man saw it happen. "i heard the screams, then i saw some kids lying on the ground," he says. "there was a man with two long sashimi knives, one in each hand. then he cut himself in the neck and collapsed." "i saw a boy who had been slashed on the face and leg," says this man. "he was very traumatised, terrified. i cannot forgive what was done to these kids." this afternoon, people began leaving flowers and little gifts at the site, a sign of respect for the two who were killed — one, a little girl, the other, a parent. so this is the street corner where the little girls were lining up to get on their bus this morning when they were suddenly attacked by this man wielding two knives. you can still see the bloodstains on the street here. an attack like this would be profoundly shocking anywhere in the world, but it is all the more
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shocking here injapan because this is such a safe society. japan is so safe it is extremely common to see children as young as six years old walking to school every day by themselves. prime minister shinzo abe called the mood of the country tonight when he spoke of his anger at what had happened. translation: i feel strong anger that young children have suffered. i would like to offer my deepest sympathy to those who died and their families. we must ensure the safety of our children. this evening police began searching the house where the suspected attacker lived. neighbours said he was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. having taken his own life, there is now no one left to explain why he carried out such an apparently senseless attack. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in kawasaki city, japan. the time is 18:15. our top story this evening.
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theresa may arrives in brussels for a meeting with eu leaders. and still to come — the distraction of smart phones for students in the middle of exam season. coming up on sportsday, on bbc news: british number one kyle edmund ends his losing streak with his first win in 50 days, to reach the second round of the french open. the number of people with a physical disability who are homeless in england has increased significantly in the last decade, according to homelessness charities. new government figures show that thousands of vulnerable people are struggling because of a shortage of suitable accommodation, with many living on the streets. our disability news correspondent, nikki fox, has the story. you see more disabled people. you see more mental health patients. this is birmingham. are you all right, though? yeah, just a bit cold, love.
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are your hands hurting? believe it or not, this is not dirt on my hands, like, you know. i tried to get this off, it'sjust ground into my fingers. all these men are homeless and disabled. are there times when you feel extra vulnerable? yeah, all the time, ifeel vulnerable all the time. yeah. change for something to eat, please? and their lives are hard. last week, i actually got beat up, and they nicked my last wheelchair. i'm just getting to my wits' end, to be honest. if i make £20 every day, yeah, iam ok. i don't ask for too much. carlos is at this spot most days. when the people ask, "carlos, where i can see you?", i say, "i am in my office". he says he's too proud to ask, but people give him money. oh, thank you very much, ma'am. thank you. god bless you. ten years ago, he had a good job, but a spiral of addiction, prison time and health problems have
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led him here. for a short time, this was home for carlos. this is where i used to sleep every night. the three—star hotel! recent figures show a significant rise in the numbers of disabled people like carlos affected by homelessness. there's nothing here to make this place comfortable. it is not a nice place to sleep! as a double amputee, he gets disability benefits, but not everything he says he's entitled to. and although he's no longer rough sleeping, a lack of accessible homes means that his wait for permanent accommodation could be that much longer. we are beyond the point of crisis when it comes to homelessness and this is something that should have been addressed years ago. universal credit, welfare reform, all this is hugely impacting on homeless people and those that are presenting themselves
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with disabilities. the government says disabled people have priority need for accommodation and that it's providing £1 million over the next two years to adapt properties. hola! carlos now has somewhere to stay... welcome! but it's temporary. this is no life here. what i have at the moment is just survival, yeah? come this way... but this place has given him hope for a different life, free from addiction and having to spend time on the streets. nikki fox, bbc news, birmingham. a mother has appeared at sheffield crown court, charged with murdering two of her sons. sarah barrass's children were 13 and 14. a 38—year—old man, brandon machin, has also been charged with murder. both have been remanded in custody. alison freeman is in sheffield for us this evening. alison, what more can you tell us? well, sarah barrass and brandon
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machin appeared together in the dark here at sheffield crown court for what was a very brief hearing this morning. sarah barrass wearing a grey prison t—shirt and brandon machin wearing a green sweatshirt. miss barrass is 34 and from shiregreen and is accused of murdering her two teenage sons on friday of last week. 14—year—old and 13—year—old tristan. she also faces charges relating to other children last week. mr machin, of no fixed abode, is also accused of murdering the two boys. the pair were charged after police were called to house in shia green on morning. today, they we re shia green on morning. today, they were both remanded in custody and a trial date has been set for november the 12th. —— shiregreen.
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the wife of a jailed azerbaijani banker has become the first person in britain to have property confiscated under new legal powers, after she spent more than £16 million at harrods, the luxury store in london. zamira hajiyeva spent £4 million onjewellery, £30,000 on chocolate, and nearly £100,000 in harrods' disney boutique, according to documents revealed in court. the national crime agency believes her husband stole their money from a state bank he once ran. amnesty international has dismissed most of its senior leadership, after an inquiry said the human rights group had a toxic workplace. amnesty‘s secretary general, kumi naidoo, ordered the independent review last year. it found the organisation had "a toxic culture of secrecy and mistrust" and was in "a state of emergency". students across the country are sitting exams this week, as record numbers attend university, but many could find themselves getting distracted. research suggests many are glued to their phones for much of the day — with 16 to 24 year olds most likely to say they spend too much time on their phone.
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our media editor, amol rajan, has been speaking to students in reading. it's exam season. across the country, hundreds of thousands of young people have been imbibing knowledge and honing skills. but compared to a generation ago, they have a challenge to contend with. smartphones are the most convenient and sophisticated consumer technology ever invented — reaching billions of people every day — but, boy, are they addictive, as these students at the university of reading have been telling me. would you say you're addicted to your phone? erm, i think i would, yeah, because without thinking about it, ijust pick up my phone to check instagram, or snapchat, or facebook, or anything. it's a bit of an issue with studying because if i have it on my desk while i'm revising, i tend to get very, very tempted to just look at my phone. i'll be like, ooh, i see a notification, and i'll be tempted to just open it. and then ten, 15 minutes will go by and i haven't done any work. is that a bit of a problem in exam season? like, i have to have my phone out of sight if i'm, like,
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trying to concentrate. because otherwise, i'm just so tempted to just like, pick it up and go on instagram. andjust, like, iwill literally be sitting there just scrolling for, like, ages. if we're going to be honest, i think i probably check my phone at least, like, five times an hour, which is silly because... like, to go on instagram, which is silly because not even that many people have posted anything new in the time that i've checked it from. smartphones have been rightly called "a species—level environmental shock". while the science about their effect on young minds is contested and evolving, what's not in doubt is that in the space of just a few years, they've created a totalising environment, relentless information overload and irresistible distraction. we live in an attention economy. this former google designer wrote an influential book about how big technology companies manipulate us. information abundance makes our attention the scarce resource, and so challenges that, in the past, were about breaking down boundaries between us and information, now the challenges are really about putting those boundaries in place, setting limits for ourselves. and so, that's kind ofjust the baseline world we find ourselves in. and then on top of that, you have this entire persuasion
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industry that is dedicated to capturing, exploiting our attention. facebook is a persuasion machine. twitter is a persuasion machine. you know, instagram is a persuasion machine. and i think when we call these things social media, you know, that's not actually what they're selling, that's not their business. they're essentially advertising companies, persuasion companies. study requires concentration, and distraction is the enemy of concentration. it mayjust be that the attention economy and academic education don't really mix. amol rajan, bbc news. the cricket world cup starts this week, and hosts england are the hot favourites. that's despite hosting the tournament four times before and never lifting the trophy. so, what's changed? our sports editor, dan roan, has been looking at their chances, and the importance of the tournament to the future of the sport. it's cricket's moment in the sun. the world cup has forged some of the game's most cherished memories and featured its biggest stars. and now, for the first time in 20 years, england is playing host to the sport's showpiece.
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sri lankan legend kumar sangakkara played in four world cups and told me these are historic times for the game here. this is probably the most significant year in terms of cricket for england. you have a world cup, then you have one of the oldest rivalries in terms of the ashes. what more can the mcc, lord's, spectators or world cricket and english cricket ask for? it's such an exciting time. the ten teams play each other in a round—robin format before the top four contest semifinals. 11 grounds will stage 48 matches, across six and a half weeks of action, and 830,000 tickets have been sold. six matches will be played here at old trafford, including the eagerly anticipated match between archrivals india and pakistan, for which there have been a remarkable 800,000 ticket applications. and even though lancashire have
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built this 8,000—seater temporary stand, this place could have been sold out for that game 32 times over. next summer, the ecb launches a controversial 100—ball competition. for the first time in 15 years, some live cricket will be on free—to—air tv. it's a major gamble, but with the game at a crossroads and struggling to retain relevance, the man in charge hopes the world cup could help win over the sceptics. it's a once—in—a—generation opportunity for the game. this is a great platform for us to build all the plans going beyond 2019 into next year and beyond, to make sure we're opening cricket up as widely as possible for people to get involved in this great sport. two years ago, england won the women's world cup. now the men are favourites to emulate them, their bold style of play making them the world's top ranked one—day team. but here at an inner—city grassroots project, one of the hosts' biggest stars says england must also now appeal to a younger and more diverse fan base. i'd just see it as an
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opportunity to really get the country more into the game. we can get better, and we have so many problems away from the sport, actually, sport can really change a lot of things. having won their final warm—up game against afghanistan, england are high on confidence, but true success depends on winning new fans, as well as cricket's most coveted trophy. dan roan, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. one weather for one weatherfor some one weather for some and wet weather for us towards the end of the week. —— warm weather. wet weather for a few today in the form of some scattered showers which have particularly affected central and eastern parts of the uk. some pretty heavy downpours, even lightning and thunder across parts of yorkshire. further west, there haven't been as many showers and this sewing of clearer skies will spread eastwards through tonight. and a clear and starry skies, particularly across scotland, it will get relatively
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chilly and some spots get to freezing, a touch below, a touch of frost here and there. further south and west, not as cold because you will see more cloud developing during tonight. into tomorrow, the cloud brings outbreaks of rain across the south—west of england come into wales, the midlands, northern england, northern ireland, eventually the far south of scotland. tvs to these areas, we start with brightness, it clouds over during the day, northern scotla nd over during the day, northern scotland holding onto sunshine and showers. quite cool here. further south, it turns muggy and humid muqqy south, it turns muggy and humid muggy and humid as this frontal system works its way in. more fronts fringing into northern parts of the uk into thursday, more rain. but to the south of those weather fronts, we tap into those increasingly warm and humid airflows. this is the weather front across central and southern scotland, northern ireland, bringing outbreaks of rain. to the south, areas of cloud, some brightness, up to 20 degrees and
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cooler across the far north of scotland. that continues towards the weekend. 27 degrees, it looks quite likely, towards the south east. it will always be cooler further north and west because he had come up we will see some cloud and outbreaks of rain at at times. so a story of warm weather for some rain at at times. so a story of warm weatherfor some and rain at at times. so a story of warm weather for some and wet weather for us weather for some and wet weather for us later in the week. thanks very much. a reminder of our top story... theresa may arrives in brussels for her final eu summit, describing the european election results as "disappointing". that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me.
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this is bbc news, the headlines following present results for the main parties in the eu elections both the conservatives and labour have tried to define their positions in brexit. the prime minister said
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she still wants an orderly brexit. the position i have taken is to try to work to get the best possible dealfor the uk to work to get the best possible deal for the uk in to work to get the best possible dealfor the uk in leaving the eu. i think the best option is to leave with a deal. labour has expelled alistair campbell after he revealed he had voted for the lib dems in the european elections was that he said he would appeal the decision and said he would always be labour. the equality and human rights commission launches a formal investigation into the labour party over claims of anti—semitism. the family of the ringleader of the london bridge attacks says they reported him to the anti—terror hotline two years earlier. beyond 100 days is coming up earlier. beyond 100 days is coming up at seven o'clock but now time for sportsday.

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