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this is bbc news i'm shaun ley. the headlines at one: murderers who refuse to say where they've buried their victims could be more easily denied parole under a proposed new law. as the two men vying to be pm again attempt to win over members in two hustings today — a bbc investigation discovers some party members have received two ballot papers. a powerful earthquake has hit southern california for the second time in a matter of days. it's the strongest in the region for twe nty—five yea rs london's pride march is underway — it's expected to be the largest ever in the capital — with more than a million people attending. at wimbeldon — johanna konta, dan evans, harriet dart lead british hopes on day six.
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and coming up at 1.30 — hardtalk — stephen sackur speaks to former prime minister sirjohn major. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. murderers who fail to disclose the whereabouts of a victim's body could spend longer behind bars, under legal changes being set out by the government. what's become known as "helen's law" — which will apply in england and wales — follows a campaign by the mother of helen mccourt. she was killed thirty one years ago, but her body has never been found. ben ando has more. for 31 years marie mccourt has been fighting for helen's law, named after her daughter, who was just 22 when she was abduct and murdered in 1988. her killer, pub landlord ian simms. he has never revealed the whereabouts about of helen's body.
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to have this law means that other families will not have to hopefully go through the pain and grief for as long as i have. i believe that these killers now have to face up to what they have done, because to take a life is horrendous, but then to take the lives of the family of that loved one, and not let them know where their loved one's body is, there is no torture worse than that. marie led a campaign demanding that murderers who refuse to disclose the whereabouts of a victim's remains spend longer behind bars. in 2016, mps voted in favour of helen's law, but it didn't receive government backing until now. with thejustice secretary david gauke proposing that it be introduced as soon as is practicable. the parole board can also use withholding information as a reason not to release a prisoner, because it suggests they are still an ongoing risk to the public.
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but it is optional. helen's law changes that, and makes factoring it in a legal requirement. even now, marie lights candles every week at her home in merseyside. although she still does not know where her daughter's remains are, the creation of helen's law may provide some comfort, especially if it means other families won't have to face both the pain of loss, and the agony of not knowing. ben ando, bbc news. the former conservative leader, iain duncan smith, says more work needs to be done to ensure that party members do not vote twice when they elect the country's next prime minister. a bbc investigation has uncovered evidence that some members have received two ballot papers. around 160,000 people are being sent postal ballots as they decide whether to endorse borisjohnson orjeremy manveen rana reports. the conservative campaign rolled
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into nottingham today as the tory leadership rivals face members again in the battle for number ten. voting has begun, but the bbc has learned that some party members have received more than one ballot paper in the post. from the total membership of up to 160,000. some were based in more than one constituency and joined the local party in each area, others included women, who received separate ballot papers in their maiden name and married name. i am certain the chairman has been asked to look carefully at how they sift, so there is an issue here, i accept that, but rather than get bogged down to process, the truth is in a general election people are registered in different areas. but unlike general elections, electoral law doesn't
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apply in this contest. the vote will be governed by the conservative party's internal rules, and its ability to police them. well, it is made clear on the ballot paper you are only allowed to vote once, and i expect conservative members to follow that, you point out that if people have joined two associations they may get two ballot papers, i get two in elections because i'm on two different sets of electoral registers, it doesn't mean i vote twice, i don't. the conservative party couldn't confirm how many had been sent in error or how they would ensure the votes they received were valid. instead they issued a statement saying those who vote twice will be expelled from the party. the onus is on members to vote once for one of the two candidates before the ballot closes on 22nd july. manveen rana — bbc news. the former head of british intelligence has told the bbc that the uk
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is going through a "political nervous breakdown". sirjohn sawers has said he's deeply concerned about the calibre of politicians in the uk as the country prepares to leave the european union — criticising both the conservative party and labour. emergency crews in southern california are tackling a number of fires and gas leaks after the state was hit with its biggest earthquake in more than twenty years. the epicentre of the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.1, was near the city of ridgecrest, about 150 miles north—east of los angeles. angus crawford's report contains some flashing images. oh, my god. fear and shock. two quakes in two days.
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this one, seven .1 on the richter scale, the largest for 20 years. nerves stretched to the limit. go, go, go! panic is infectious. 8:21am here on the air, we are experiencing... and very public. i think we need to get under the desk. 0k, we're going to go to break. will be right back. wow. in hollywood, tourists weren't sure what to make of it. everything's moving, and the chandelier was shaking, and the kids were saying, it's an earthquake. we saw that the rest of the people in our neighbouring rooms were looking at each other. we were all kind of scared, just freaking out about it. for cinemagoers, an unnerving experience. my friends and i were watching a movie when it happened. we were watching midsommar, which is a horror movie, and there was a part where the world turned upside down, and we thought it was the speakers, but the whole theatre started shaking. and after about, like, ten seconds people started to get up to leave. landslides blocked some roads. motorists using their bare hands to clear the debris. broken gas pipes caused fires, though no serious injuries were reported. and here's why.
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the epicentre, remote ridgecrest near death valley. but there's more to come. this was a very large earthquake. and we also know there's going to be a series of after—shocks as a result of the main quake. so we want to prepare ourselves and be able to have those resources in place as the days go on here. for now, california counts the cost of this quake and waits for the next. angus crawford, bbc news. earlier i spoke to sonia d'angio who was near ridgecrest when the earthquake struck. i was pretty lucky. i was on the sand dunes in death valley. san doesn't move that easily, so we knew it was quite a strong one. —— sand doesn't. it's one thing to feel it
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ona doesn't. it's one thing to feel it on a solid floor like concrete, to feel it on a surface that already undulating under you must be quite freaky. it was freaky. we were lucky because there was no sense of danger for us. it felt like sand shifting but without you walking on it. it wasn't unpleasant at all. i was lucky. it was just an experience for me. have you been in earthquakes before? i live in la, so i've been through some small ones and i've been through one in india, and in italy, but this was different, i think. yesterday was definitely a different experience for me. it was longer and bigger than i'm used to, this was definitely a more serious earthquake. given that your state is built on the san andreas fault, tell us built on the san andreas fault, tell us about how people day to day treat the risk of earthquakes, because we we re the risk of earthquakes, because we were hearing from an expert hourly who said there will be more tremors
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and that california has gone a long time without a significant earthquake. there are two types of people in la, people like myself who have an earthquake kit, shoes under their bed, everything ready to go when it happens. and people who lived through the big earthquake in the 90s, and it struck everything, and they say it's fine, we can handle the big one, it's no big deal. tell us about your emergency shelter, where is it? i have a water supply. i have a bag to get out and run. she was under my bed. food supply. i have all of the things. the duct tape and plastic sheeting, that kind of stuff. you are really well—prepared. that kind of stuff. you are really well-prepared. i am, i like to be well-prepared. i am, i like to be well prepared. but the important thing is it doesn't stop you getting on with daily life, you are not paranoid by the threat of an earthquake. no, you make the kit,
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you put it away, you hope you don't have to use it, but that's the reality of living here. we are blessed with great weather, not a lot of hurricanes and blizzards, because they are hard to deal with, but we have to deal with earthquakes. that's probably something you cannot blame on climate change. right, it's been strange weather around here, but thatis strange weather around here, but that is how it is in la and in california in general. i think this scared a few people because it was a lot longer than we are used to nowadays. one of britain's most senior female asian police officers has accused the metropolitan police of discrimination. parm sandhu has begun legal action against the force, claiming she was denied promotion on the basis of her race and sex. last month, she was cleared of allegations that she'd breached rules about the police honours process. the met said it was "inappropriate" to comment. the duke and duchess of sussex's son will be christened by the archbishop of canterbury today. archie harrison mountbatten—windsor will be baptised
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in front of close family and friends in the private chapel at windsor castle. there's been some criticism for the decision to exclude the public, and for the secrecy surrounding the identity of the archie's godparents. 0ur correspondentjohn mcmanus is in windsorfor us.. we do know a few things about today's ceremony, but there is much we don't know. for example, how many godparents there are, and who they are we don't know their names, that is a deliberate policy by the palace, they say they are protecting the privacy of the godparents themselves, but i wonder how sustainable that might be over the coming years to keep those names secret. the ceremony itself, as you say, takes place at the private chapel within the grounds of windsor castle here at some point today. members of the public who might want to wish them well have not been invited into the grounds to do that. neither have members of the press who, of course, often provide those all—important pictures for tv and for newspapers. and that has prompted much criticism from several newspaper columnists
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who say that the sussex family take public money and therefore should, in their view, provide more public access to baby archie. that's something prince harry is determined not to do, and that will probably not worry him or his wife too much today. people who we do know will be at the ceremony includes the prince of wales, the duchess of cornwall, the duke and duchess of cambridge, but not her majesty the queen, she has a prior engagement. the uk's biggest pride event is getting underway in central london — celebrating 50 years since the start of the modern lgbt+ rights movement. more than 30,000 people arejoining the parade itself, with up to 1.5 million expected to line the streets to cheer them on. the organisers say this year's london pride could be the biggest ever. 0ur lgbt correspondent ben hunte is watching the pride celebrations get underway. he is up on the roof. number is growing as you are looking out. what is your impression as a lookout at the start of this pride event and
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why it is so important for the community. activists have said this is their one opportunity to show up and represent their sexualities and genders for an entire massive audience to see. that's why they are here. this is a huge event. this is set to be one of the uk's biggest lg bt set to be one of the uk's biggest lgbt pride event of all time, if not already the biggest. pride in london, we have millions of people in the streets, we have over 30,000 people marching, they are from 600 groups. that is a record for pride in london. you assume all corporations here than ever before, more charity groups than ever before, and you are also seeing some groups who have never been here before, such as a group of romany gypsies who are marching for the first time. some activists are saying this is too much of a celebration and the party has gone on for too long and it's too big and that we should be getting back to the root of what initially because the root of what initially because the lgbt movement, which was
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protests. protests against the degree of discrimination against people because of their sexuality and gender. the reality, as you will know, not only do those issues continue today as they always have done, but also there is this tension that has developed between some parts of the community over definitions come over words, over how people respect or disrespect each other. give us a flavour of that, and how important it is for people celebrating pride in london do not have those issues overshadow it. 0ne it. one of the organisers said the reasons they are so impressed is that over the past year there is friction within the lgbt community itself, especially when it comes to transgender affairs and transgender lives. some lesbians do not want to have the same rights given to
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transgenderfemales. but have the same rights given to transgender females. but at an event like this, nothing bad has happened. no major drama has happened in the same way as last year when some people stormed to the front of the parade and outwardly stated they did not want transgender people to have the same rights as them. this year it's a celebration at the moment. good things all round at the moment. you were in new york for the stonewall commemorations last weekend, or the weekend before. why is that regarded as such an important event? even for the community here in this country and other parts of europe when it happened on the other side of the world. 50 yea rs world. 50 years ago on christopher street, new york, the stonewall inn was raided. it was a gay bar. it wasn't really anything different or unique for the police to raid. but on that night there was a big number of the community present and they decided to fight back. it's one of the first
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time lgbt to fight back. it's one of the first time lg bt people to fight back. it's one of the first time lgbt people fought back against the police. that went on for several nights. violent protesting happened in the streets. that kicked off the modern lgbt rights movement, many people say. something like this many activists would say would not have happened without that initial protest in new york. and that's the reason why ultimately many people around the world celebrate pride in the way they do. some activists have said it's too far, it needs to go back to the original protesting roots, so may be over the next few yea rs we roots, so may be over the next few years we will see london pride stripped back a little. but we need to remember that london is still blessed to have something of this scale like this. we were speaking to people earlier who are not even lgbt who are in the crowd supporting lgbt rights. you can see how far things have come. but around the world the situation is not the same. eloquently put, thanks very much. the headlines on bbc news... murderers who refuse to say
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where they've buried their victims could be more easily denied parole under a proposed new law. as the two men vying to be pm again attempt to win over members in two hustings today — a bbc investigation discovers some party members are receiving two ballot papers. a powerful earthquake has hit southern california for the second time in a matter of days. it's the strongest in the region for twe nty—five yea rs. he was last heard telling us if the earth moves he will be running, so keep your eyes out in salford. if you spot will perry in a hurry you know an earthquake is on the way. all is calm there at the moment, but maybe not at wimbledon. i would be out the door before you know it. so much to look forward to at wimbledon today, let's take you straight over
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to the all england club and join john watson. a big day for the british players today, isn't it? yes and we are still feeling the tremors from last night when cori gauff progress. we have three brits in action. in the singles, arie —— we have three brits in action in the singles, and we have andy murray in action in the doubles. ashley barty is playing against harriet dart. it is impressive when you consider she had not won before her opening week here. we hope harriet dart fares better than she did the last time she played on a show court when she was beaten by maria sharapova 6—0, 6—0 at the australian open at the start of the year. on court two, andy murray will be alongside serena williams in the
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mixed doubles. that match was moved from yesterday to today. but he is in men's doubles action at the moment. they are warming up. things just getting under way on the main show courts. we know he could have beenin show courts. we know he could have been in line to face his brother jamie ifjamie been in line to face his brother jamie if jamie were been in line to face his brother jamie ifjamie were to progress, but he couldn't do that, he was knocked out of the men's doubles, so andy murray and his partner herbert will be playing today. joanna konta faces sloane stephens. she beat her in the french 0pena stephens. she beat her in the french open a few weeks ago. and dan evans in action later on. away from british interest, some huge names on court later. yes, absolutely, we have no dowel up
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againstjo—wilfried tsonga. —— we have a rafael nadal up againstjo wilfred tsonga. serena williams in action, as well, she is currently up againstjulia gergen is ——julia goerges. lots of people looking forward to seeing andy murray and serena williams. we will see both of them in the mixed doubles. first of all she needs to emulate margaret court's record. she's been trying to do that for a long time now. she hasn't won a major in a long time, a big slam, but could we see her do it this year at wimbledon? it certainly would be a story. petra kvitova, two times previously won here, she is through, she came through in her match earlier on. potentially somebody to win the title this year.
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she beat magda linette. we know about her pedigree on grass court. naomi 0saka is no longer in. caroline wozniacki also went out. petra kvitova, one of the names mentioned when discussing the women's singles title. thanks very much. it's not the match the england wanted to be playing in but head coach phil neville says they have to finish the women's world cup on a high despite being "sick" of losing semi—finals. england were beaten by the defending champions usa in the last four and play sweden this afternoon in the third—place play—off. jane dougall‘s in nice for us. the england squad didn't want to be here in nice playing for a third place. they wanted to be in lyon
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fighting for the trophy. but after that loss against the us they need to salvage something. they play against sweden in this third—place play—off. some of the members of the squad were not in canada when england won a bronze. for them, to wina england won a bronze. for them, to win a medal at this world cup would be something to be proud of. equally, the players who were in canada four years ago want to do just as well as they did all the way back then. you would to england where the favourites going into this match, but sweden are a stronger squad. not much separated them and the netherlands. they went into extra time before the netherlands managed to get a goal. going into this match you could say it is quite tight, and that sweden are a very strong team. looking at the england side, we know millie bright won't feature for them after getting a red ca rd feature for them after getting a red card against the usa. but we do know that karen carney will definitely feature in the squad. this will be her last match as an england international. phil neville says she will come onto the pitch at one
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stage to earn her 14ath cap. the final two group games at the cricket world cup are being played today. australia can top the group if they beat south africa in manchester. india looks set to finish second and therefore play england in the semifinals. they are taking on sri la nka semifinals. they are taking on sri lanka at headingley. ms dhoni had a hand in the first four wickets as sri lanka slipped to 25—11. angelo mathews has had the welcome he has led the response from sri lanka with a patient half—century. a short time ago they were 200—5 in the 41st over. and...the tourde france is underway — they set off from brussells a couple of hours ago. geraint thomas the defending champion of course. you can follow it live via the bbc sport website and app. that's all the sport for now. thanks very much. work to protect a lake district beauty spot from flooding is finally complete after more than three years.
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glenridding was badly hit during storm desmond in 2015 — flooding twice in a matter of days — since then work's been ongoing to repair damage and protect the community. £1.2 million has been spent on the flood management system. now, it's finally finished there's relief but also frustration as megan paterson reports. it is a landscape which inspired wordsworth and countless others since. glenredding on the shores of ullswater is a lake districtjewel. the tranquillity of today a stark contrast to the chaos of december 2015. obviously very scary, especially for the poor souls who live on this stretch of the village. and the feeling of helplessness, as well, especially at the start, because we were cut off for two days. so, when the rain comes in off those fells, those steep fells, it comes down with some force, and it washes notjust water down, but all of these rocks as you can see here. so, to see it now, and we've got this great new green space, its superb. however, it doesn't take a lot of rainfall to get this to rise.
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for much of the last three years, this pretty village has been a building site. tonnes of silt and gravel to shift, walls to build higher, drainage to improve. prevention the main focus. the main problem was gravel coming down the system and blocking the channel. what we do have now is we've improved the gauging systems, the way we monitor the river levels. we've also installed a camera down by the bridge, so that from our incident room we can monitor how the river is behaving, making sure the bridge is clear of debris, so we can keep water moving through the system, rather than coming out of its banks, and then into peoples properties. the community came together in the aftermath to mop up and clean out. alan has had a business here for 37 years. like many, he's been left frustrated by the speed of the work. devastating. to see your business and your livelihood sail off down the road in the water. the period of time it took to do i cannot believe it took three years.
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three years, why has it taken three years to do this? the challenge of working in a river environment, there is always an opportunity to try and make things faster, we wanted to make sure that the scheme that we left the community in was as good as it could possibly be and blended in with the community in the longer term. as the climate changes, so too will the landscape. this community, like many others, hopeful it can manage those changes and limit the devastating impact of future flooding. megan patterson, bbc news. doesn't that look spectacular? not much danger of heavy rain on the horizon just yet? there is a bit in the forecast this afternoon. for others, some showers in the week. not extreme, looking average, really. in some parts of wales and east anglia, look at this
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narrow strip of rain. it's moving very slowly to the south. the south of that, still some warmth, but for many average temperatures and some showers in north—east scotland. some rain could arrive at wimbledon before the end of play today. still, micro showers towards north—east scotla nd micro showers towards north—east scotland overnight. well done to single figures for some of us in scotla nd single figures for some of us in scotland and northern ireland through the night and into the morning. this is how part two of the weekend are shaping up. a fine day to come for many. still these showers in north—east scotland, some p°ppin9 showers in north—east scotland, some p°pping up showers in north—east scotland, some popping up in northern england, especially into the east of the pennines. any patchy rain in the far south should clear away. a cooler day here. and cool in north—east scotla nd day here. and cool in north—east scotland with those showers. average temperatures for the week ahead. a fine day monday. some rain affecting parts of scotland and northern ireland and some areas of northern england by tuesday. after that, it'll be sunshine and showers.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. murderers who refuse to say where they've buried their victims could be more easily denied parole under a proposed new law. a powerful earthquake has hit southern california for the second time in a matter of days. it's the strongest in the region for 25 years. a los angeles—based tv station caught the moment live. there is a very strong earthquake. it's 8.21 here, we are experiencing very strong shaking. i think we need to get under the desk. we will go to break, we'll be right back. wow. as the two men vying to be pm again attempt to win over members in two hustings today — a bbc investigation discovers some party members are receiving two ballot papers. huge crowds are on the streets of london for the city's pride parade — its expected to be the capital's

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