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boris johnson and jeremy hunt make their first pitch to conservative party members to become the next prime minister. sojust to be clear, you're not going to make any comment at all on what happened last night? i think that's pretty obvious from the foregoing... borisjohnson refuses to answer questions about why police were called to his flat, as both contenders set out their plans for brexit. i think that the only way to unite our party and indeed, our country, is to uphold the mandate of the people and get brexit done. the political risk of no brexit is far worse than the economic risk of no deal and i would take us out of the european union in that situation. president trump says
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the us plans to impose additional sanctions on iran, as tensions between the two countries escalate. churches may consider opening their doors after school to provide safe haven for children vulnerable to knife crime. and india narrowly avoid a big upset against afghanistan in the cricket world cup. good evening. borisjohnson and jeremy hunt have been making their pitch to conservative party members in the first of 16 hustings to choose the next conservative leader and ultimately prime minister. at the event in birmingham, mrjohnson avoided answering questions about why the police were called to the flat he shares with his partner on thursday night.
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here's our chief political correspondent vicki young. have you ruined your chances of becoming prime minister, mrjohnson? mrjohnson, why were police outside your house last night? he's been accused of hiding from scrutiny, avoiding detailed answers about his policies on brexit and tax. we meet in dark days for our party... today, the questions were more personal. as borisjohnson faced hundreds of conservative party members and was asked why police had been called to his flat in the early hours of friday morning. i don't think they want to hear about that kind of thing, unless i... applause. police were called to the flat borisjohnson shares with his girlfriend carrie symonds after neighbours reported hearing an angry row and were concerned about her welfare. a neighbour passed on a recording to the guardian newspaper. it is reported a woman could be heard screaming and saying, "get off", and "get out of my flat". the metropolitan police told the bbc there was no
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cause for police action. so what about questions of character? would mrjohnson answer that? does a person's private life... booing. don't boo, no, no, don't boo the great man. don't boo him. when he answers this question, i will move on. no, no, no. does a person's private life have any bearing on their ability to discharge the office of prime minister? well, no... i, look, i've tried to give my answer pretty exhaustively. on brexit, he said he was determined to take the uk out of the eu by october 31st. what i said was that leaving on october 31st was, my words were "eminently feasible", which was taken to mean that i wasn't100% determined to do it. "eminently feasible" means it is not only that we are going to do it but it's possible. borisjohnson is the favourite in this race. some think he already has a foot on the steps of number 10. but leadership contests
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are unpredictable. he could face more uncomfortable questions, as he has today. some in this room do think he's a risky choice, but given the dire state of the conservative party, they might just think he is a risk worth taking. up next, the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt. he campaigned to remain during the referendum. now he wants to lead a pro—brexit party. so could he be trusted to deliver? if we got to the 31st of october and the eu have not shown any willingness to negotiate a better deal that can get through the house of commons, that's not going to trap us in the customs union, then myjudgment is that, weighing those difficult options up, the political risk of no brexit is far worse than the economic risk of no deal. and what about his character? did he have the charisma and steel to be a prime minister? some people would say, "he's too nice". i think it's possible to be very
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polite and very tough. and i think my track record shows, you know, some very difficult industrial disputes that i had at the department of health. the advantage of the politeness is that people will talk to you. but by golly, i hope they don't underestimate you, because i'm going to get that deal. what did you make of it? i thought boris was absolutely fantastic. he was electric. the room came alive as soon as boris entered the room and he spoke, it was absolutely brilliant. jeremy surprised me, i have to say. he came over much better than i thought he would. and it's food for thought. what did you think about questions about borisjohnson‘s personal life? i mean, it was inevitable, given the timing, that they would be asked, and probably, probably inevitable that he would choose not to answer. there will be 15 more of these hustings before conservative members choose our next prime minister. plenty of time for more questions. vicki young, bbc news, birmingham.
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president trump says his administration plans to impose additional sanctions on iran, to try to prevent the country acquiring nuclear weapons. the foreign office here says one of its ministers will meet senior officials in tehran tomorrow, for talks aimed at easing tensions between iran and the united states. our north america correspondent chris buckler is in washington. president trump appears to be favouring diplomacy, despite the fa ct favouring diplomacy, despite the fact that many of his most senior advisers in the white house has been calling for military action after an american drone was struck down in the gulf by iranian forces. there are some who feel that mixed m essa 9 es are some who feel that mixed messages are being sent to tehran when a clear warning was badly needed. but today, president trump continued to walk the fine line between reaching out to iranian leaders and also threatening dire consequences if there were further attacks. for the moment, donald trump is choosing sanctions as his weapon, not force.
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but the us military remains primed and ready in the gulf, and while the president abandoned strikes on iranian targets on thursday, the countries still appear to be on a collision course, unless something changes. if the leadership of iran behaves badly, then it's going to be a very, very bad day for them. but hopefully, they are smart and hopefully they really care for their people, not themselves. and hopefully, we can get iran back onto an economic track that's fantastic. washington is putting further sanctions in place in an attempt to prevent iran developing nuclear weapons. tehran has already warned it is about to breach limits on the amount of enriched uranium it can stockpile, putting the future of the iran nuclear deal in doubt. by threatening the accord, they are trying to get america's allies to put pressure on president trump to relax the sanctions that are causing real
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pain for people in iran. translation: the economic situation is changing every day. sanctions and welfare are getting worse. this is because the two governments, iran and the us, are escalating tensions. after attacks on tankers and the downing of an american drone, the strait of hormuz is not only one of the world's most important trading routes, it is the centre of international tensions. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. churches could be encouraged to act as safe havens for young people at risk of becoming victims of knife crime. the plan will be discussed at next month's general synod of the church of england, where they'll consider whether churches should open their doors to vulnerable children after school. kathryn stanczyszyn has more. they have always been places of sanctuary, but could churches now become a bigger part of the fight against knife crime? there are calls today for buildings like this to make sure their doors are open in the hours
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after school finishes, a safe haven for any child at risk. members of my church have lost loved ones through knife crime and i think having the resources of churches... it is an amazing resource and i think actually, we should look at ourselves and say, are there ways in which we can open our churches in that critical post school hours? certainly, i think it's possible and could be one of the responses we could make. partners to put up a... another idea is for all churches to have knife amnesty bins on the premises, something this inner—city church has already embraced, another opportunity to get weapons off the streets. more than 100 people have been stabbed to death in the uk so far this year, the youngest just 14 years old. it is a problem disproportionately affecting young people. nearly a third of deaths were those under 30. the home office claims it is tackling the problem and says churches do have a role to play. the proposal will now be discussed at next month's general synod, the church of
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england's national assembly. church leaders say it is time to offer practical and not just spiritual solutions. kathryn stanczyszyn, bbc news. there's growing evidence that an increasing number of businesses and organisations are paying out millions to hackers in secret, against the advice of law enforcement agencies. so—called "ra nsomware" attacks, although in decline overall, appear to be becoming more targeted, with the computer systems of governments, institutions and multi—national corporations being hijacked until a fee is paid. cybersecurity reporterjoe tidy has been to visit one norwegian company still recovering after thousands of their computers were taken offline by hackers. nestled away in the norwegian forest, this aluminium plant had no idea it was being targeted by hackers. but when it was hit, it was just one of 170 sites brought to a standstill by a catastrophic cyber attack. computer systems went
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down everywhere. 35,000 employees forced use pen and paper. five weeks on, they are still recovering. this is another one of the computers that went down. so that was all gone? all gone. for days, olaf managed to keep his plant going manually. he relied on the skills of long—since retired workers and long—since forgotten paperwork. at the company's global headquarters in oslo, they are still rebuilding their systems. as we were being attacked, we had to shut down the entire network. a0 countries, 22,000 pcs. we are still very much recovering. we don't trust anything. the hackers‘ ransom note that appeared on computer screens was typical. for a large fee, probably hundreds of thousands, they would restore the compa ny‘s files. but hydro never tried to negotiate and refused to cave in to the cybercriminals. i think in general, it is a very bad idea to pay. it fuels an industry. it is probably financing other sorts of crime.
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but there are plenty of companies who are paying and keeping it secret. to understand the scale, we need to go to the us, where ra nsomwa re payments are an open secret. this group will divvy up 80% of the bitcoin. this is one of a handful of companies that have started helping victims navigate the murky world of cyber extortion. we always have at least half a dozen to a dozen cases. are these big companies? some of them are, yeah, public companies and name brands. industry analysis suggests that overall, ransomware attack numbers are in decline. hackers are increasingly going after bigger targets and demanding more money. we recognise that when a company needs to pay, and it's a large number, then that's what needs to happen and that could be seven figures. how do you feel when you pay seven figures? not good. it is not a good outcome. everybody recognises it is not
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a good outcome but you are dealing with the life and death of the company. there is no doubt it is a major dilemma and it is something authorities are trying to take control of without legislation. continuing to pay ransom perpetuates the crime. it actually makes the criminals, encourages them to commit further crimes and again, the whole idea, if you pay, you're actually fuelling organised crime on a global basis. but looking at the damage caused at hydro, it is obvious why the easy way out is attractive. full recovery is still months away. the repair bill currently stands at well over £40 million. joe tidy, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's hugh woozencroft at the bbc sport centre. good evening. it's been a dramatic day at the cricket world. at the cricket world cup. there was a tense finish at the hampshire bowl, where india survived a big scare to beat bottom side afghanistan byjust 11 runs in a tight match.
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adam wild watched the action. the cricketing journey of afghanistan has been a sporting success story, being amongst the game's elite a triumph. but five games, five defeats. the world cup fairy tale is flagging. now bowling against the mighty unbeaten india, it would take something special to put a positive spin on things. still, spin is something they do rather well. india struggling, virat kohli got started before he, too, got finished. southampton suddenly stunned and silent. others did have more luck. runs still tough to find, wickets always in peril. this was an afghanistan show of surprising strength and for a moment, the mood was catching. the target just 225. the targetjust 225. cool heads needed. not like that. this was afg hanistan‘s chance to needed. not like that. this was afghanistan's chance to truly make their mark on the world game and it looked like a chance they mightjust
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take. the impossible seemingly now a little less so. but nerves and pressure can do funny things. shah went for glory and found only a safe pair of shah went for glory and found only a safe pairof indian shah went for glory and found only a safe pair of indian ants. shady following just seconds later. wickets falling, their task growing. it was just too much. afghanistan getting agonisingly close to one of the biggest shocks of this or any world cup. mohammed shami's kadric ending afg hanistan‘s dream. for mohammed shami's kadric ending afghanistan's dream. for india, celebrations and relief. —— hat—trick ending. adam wild, bbc news. new zealand have gone to the top of world cup standings after old trafford almost witnessed a fantastic comeback win for west indies. carlos brathwaite led the chase with a sensational century, but needing just six runs from the final seven balls, his bid for victory felljust short as new zealand all but sealed their spot in the semifinals. andy murray and partner feliciano lopez had a late finish at the queen's club championships as they reached tomorrow's final in the doubles. murray is continuing to build back to full strength
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as he recovers from hip surgery, but owes much of the success to the 37—year—old spaniard, who had earlier won his semifinal in the singles event. the knockout phase began today at the women's world cup in france. england will have their chance to make the quarterfinals against cameroon tomorrow. a win would see them join germany in the next round, after their comfortable 3—0 win over nigeria. australia's match with norway is into extra time over on bbc2. at royal ascot, blue point completed a rare double by adding the diamond jubilee stakes to victory in the king's stand stakes earlier this week. ridden by james doyle for trainer charlie appleby, the 6—4 favourite became just the third horse to complete a double in the two group 1 races, holding off dream of dreams to win by a head. and there's more on the bbc sport website including the latest from the french grand prix, where championship leader lewis hamilton has claimed pole position for tomorrow's race. but from me, goodnight.
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that's all from me. goodnight.
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hello. this is bbc news with reeta chakra barti. more now on our top story. the two conservative leadership contenders have faced questions from party members in the first of a series of hustings around the country. boris johnson and jeremy hunt were in birmingham, each trying to convince conservative activists that they're the best candidate to replace theresa may as prime minister. earlier i spoke to tim montgomerie, political commentator and co—founder of the conservative home website. he's supporting boris johnson. i asked tim how he thought boris johnson had performed
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in the first hustings. well, i thought he was right to try and say that the private questions about his private life are not public business. i think we have had a lot of media attention on the unfortunate story that developed overnight, but what we do know about this incident is that the police visited his house. they established that both of the parties to the complaint were safe and well. neither wanted to bring the police into the matter and that should be the end of it. all of us probably have had rows at times that we wouldn't want to be overheard by our neighbours. i understand why the neighbours called the police but both are safe, both are well and i think we should draw a line on the matter and focus on the issues that largely starred in today's hustings. sorry to interject, but was he as straightforward as that? he appeared to be about to answer the question and then proceeded to talk about something else
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and when iain dale, the moderator, tried to bring him back to the point, he talked over him. well, he may have talked over him on one 01’ two occasions. iain dale did a good job at persisting with his question, but it was also perfectly legitimate for borisjohnson to persist in his belief that every person in public life still deserves a private life. if we want good people to go into politics, to go into government, then to have every aspect of their private lives examined is a step too far i think, and there are lots of viewers of this programme, rita, who would much rather we were talking about how the candidates are going to heal the north—south divide, how they are going to deliver brexit, how they are going to deal with the problem of knife crime in london rather than talking endlessly about a private life incident which the police have investigated and found that there was no complaint worth following up on. i think the attention on this incident has been vastly disproportionate.
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ok, then. how do you think borisjohnson and jeremy hunt did when it came to the wider questions, brexit and public policy? as you said and probably have established in this interview so far, i am wanting borisjohnson to be the next prime minister, but in terms ofjust today's performance, i thoughtjeremy hunt edged it. i thought he was fully in command of the questions, probably a little less wafflely than boris was at various times. i thought some of the answers that jeremy hunt gave on the future of the bbc, the corporation we are talking at the moment, on the welcome that the conservative party needs to give to gay people, on his strategy for brexit saying he preferred to deliver brexit rather than face no deal if that was necessary, i thought on those issues, jeremy hunt did really well. i think if there were probably one or two more undecided conservatives in the audience today, jeremy hunt would properly
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have won them over. ijust want to bring you back to that, the issue of a candidate's personal life and their character because you will be as aware as everybody about the questions that they are particularly about boris johnson and his character, his ability to be serious. to a certain extent the gaffes he has made in his policy pronouncements sometimes and then questions about how he does conduct himself and it is because of that that this incident of the police being called to his flat has gained so much attention. i was wondering if you could just answer that. i won't repeat my thoughts about the overnight incident. i do regret though the continued media focus on it. i think what voters want is a little bit like how the media cover trump in a way, in that there is a lot of exaggerations and inaccuracies in trump's tweets but what most of his supporters are interested in is who is he putting on the supreme court, whether he is cutting taxes, whether he is building that wall
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across the mexican border and i think that is what voters will be asking about brexit, about boris and jeremy hunt as well. will they deliver brexit? will they start to heal the north—south divide? will they ensure our national health service is properly funded? it is those issues that really matter and went boris johnson was mayor of london, he cut crime, he delivered a fantastic olympics, crossrail was on budget, he had a ethnically diverse team, let's judge politicians on their record in office and not try and hear again and again and again into their private lives. i don't think it is what voters want and i don't think it's a really reliable guide to how politicians will perform in what, auditioning for the top job in our country. police have arrested a 25—year—old woman on suspicion of two assaults and endangering an aircraft, after a plane was escorted into stansted airport. airline jet—2 confirmed its flight
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from london to dalaman in turkey was forced to return to the airport due to an "extremely disruptive passenger". earlier our correspondent simonjones told us about reports relating to the incident around 6.30 this evening. people reported hearing a loud bang 01’ people reported hearing a loud bang or explosion in the area around sta nsted or explosion in the area around stansted airport. or explosion in the area around sta nsted airport. it or explosion in the area around stansted airport. it was heard in much of essex and even as far away as kent. many people we are told raced out of their house because it was such a loud noise, to see what had happened, some people at sta nsted ca me had happened, some people at sta nsted came out had happened, some people at stansted came out of the terminal, they were very worried, people thought may be an aircraft had come down. people were asking what exactly has happened? two raf fighterjets were exactly has happened? two raf fighter jets were scrambled exactly has happened? two raf fighterjets were scrambled to escort an aircraft back into sta nsted escort an aircraft back into stansted airport after a passenger aboard a commercial flight became disruptive. what was that big bang? it is something called a sonic boom.
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that happens when one of those raf fighter aircraft went faster than the speed of sound and it causes a sonic wave, a bit like a large thunderclap and that is what caused the noise. that commercial aircraft was safely escorted back down into states dead. a25—year—old woman has been arrested on suspicion of two assaults and endangering a aircraft and she remains in custody this evening but that large noise, not an explosion but something called a sonic boom. time for a look at the weather. a lovely start to the rican for many, most places were dry, most had the sunshine and sky is a bit like this. but over the next few days will see a few changes. it will get humid but also turn quite stormy particular across parts of england, wales and eastern scotland before a date at the sunshine returns and the temperatures will start to shoot up.
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this area of low pressure which is spinning towards us. high pressure has been with us to start their weekend and it will be through tomorrow, keeping most places are dry. take a cloud, spinning some rain into northern scotland and then later tonight, isles of scilly, west cornwall could turn wet and breezy but foremost, partly clear skies and staying dry with temperatures around ten to 12 degrees. sunday should be a bright start for many. the exception will be the far north of scotland, patchy rain in the mainland and in the west of cornwall but that where there will spread to other parts of cornwall, south—west england and northern ireland. a few isolated and thundery showers across the highlands of scotland. a good pa rt the highlands of scotland. a good part of england staying dry. turning very humid in the south and as humidity increases, the threat of thunderstorms increases. particularly across parts of wales, the midlands and northern england. we could see up to 50 millimetres in
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one 01’ we could see up to 50 millimetres in one or two spots, that could cause some flash flooding in places, certainly into the early hours of monday and as we creep into monday, eastern scotland could see some heavy and persistent rain. still the chance of thunder. rather cold easterly winds which will continue to blow that rained in. elsewhere, isolated showers for northern ireland, england and wales. the morning cloud when it breaks up, it will feel increasingly humid with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, still in the teens in some parts of scotland. tuesday, the rain across northern scotland but more thundery samples could return. pinpointing where they could become a bit uncertain but parts of england, some torrential storms possible and it gets even hotter and even more humid as we go through the rest of the week.
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hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first the headlines. boris johnson and jeremy hunt take part in the first of sixteen hustings in front of the conservative party members who will choose which of them becomes the next prime minister just to be clear you are not going to make any comment at all what happened last night?|j to make any comment at all what happened last night? i think it is pretty obvious from the foregoing. mrjohnson avoided answering questions about why the police were called to the flat he shares with his partner on thursday night. president trump has announced plans to impose additional sanctions on iran — as tensions between the two countries ratchet up further. police have arrested a 25—year—old woman on suspicion of two assaults and endangering an aircraft, after a plane
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was escorted by two typhoons into sta nsted airport. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the political editor at the sunday mirror and sunday people, nigel nelson and the political commentator, jo phillips. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. the mail on sunday says reports of a row between borisjohnson and his partner on friday night, in which police were called, has allowed jeremy hunt to overtake him as conservative leadership favourite. the observer similarly reports that borisjohnson is struggling to keep his leadership campaign on course after repeatedly refusing to explain why the police had been called to his home on friday evening at today's first conservative party

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