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tonight at six — china says it's not sure if investing in britain is safe any more for chinese companies. beijing says the uk's decision to drop huawei from its 56 networks has severely undermined mutual trust between china and britain — but president trump has welcomed the move. we convinced many countries, many countries — and i did this myself, for the most part — not to use huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk. we'll be asking how serious china's talk of retaliation could be. also tonight... a rise in coronavirus cases mean parts of lancashire are under new social distancing restrictions to try to avoid a local lockdown. back in the barbers on the stroke of midnight, as lockdown restrictions are eased in scotland. a statue appears of a black woman
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who took part in the protests that toppled slave trader edward colston in bristol. and how a welsh dairy farm has kept its rock—star status quiet until now. and coming up on bbc news, three england changes ahead of the second test against the windies. jimmy anderson's rested, captainjoe root returns and replacesjoe denly. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. china has launched a strongly worded attack on britain and suggested there could be economic retaliation, after britain's decision to exclude huawei from its 56 mobile network on security grounds.
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beijing says that mutual trust between china and britain has been severely undermined and the chinese government isn't sure whether investing in britain is safe any more for chinese companies. the uk faced strong pressure from the united states to ban huawei and president trump has taken credit for personally persuading "many countries" not to use it. today, the us announced fresh sanctions on huawei's employees. here's our north america editor, jon sopel. our desire to communicate, to have insta nt our desire to communicate, to have instant information, to be connected at all times. to watch and listen to whatever we want seems to know no bounds. the next stage of that revolution, sg, bounds. the next stage of that revolution, 56, with the chinese telecoms company huawei a key element in this, is ready to go, but technology has just crashed headlong into politics. britain under pressure from the us is cutting huawei out of the picture, and donald trump last night was on a
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victory lap. we confronted on trust chinese technology and telecom providers. we convinced many countries, many countries, and i did this myself, for the most part, not to use huawei, because we think it's an to use huawei, because we think it's a n u nsafe to use huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk, it's a big security risk. i talked to many countries out of using it if they wa nt to countries out of using it if they want to do business with us, they can't use it. just today, i believe that the uk announced that they are not going to be using it. that was up not going to be using it. that was up in the airfor a long time but they decided. the days when donald trump boasted about the greatness of his relationship with president xi seemed from a different age he was asked last night whether the two men would be talking soon. no, i haven't spoken to him, i have no plan to speak to spoken to him, i have no plan to speakto him. spoken to him, i have no plan to speak to him. but beijing is furious that, to use a chinese word, britain has curtailed to american demands and they are letting it be known in no uncertain terms that this won't bea no uncertain terms that this won't be a consequence free decision.
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translation: in the end, this is a big world and the uk is only a small pa rt of big world and the uk is only a small part of it. ultimately, this band won't stop huawei from prospering. i have also stressed that china will fully and seriously evaluate this incident and take all necessary measures to protect the proper legitimate rights of chinese companies. the downward spiral in relations between the us and china was underlined today, with america imposing visa restrictions on the huawei employees entering the us. make no mistake, washington is on a mission. the ukjoins the united states and now many other democracies in becoming clean countries, nations free of un—trusted 5g countries, nations free of un—trusted 56 vendors. countries, nations free of un-trusted 56 vendors. britain has made its move under pressure from america. china is considering retaliation. these things can very quickly escalate. and mike pompeo, the secretary of state, has announced he is going to be in london next week. you can be
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sure that the subject of china will be absolutely central. and america's concerns on this subject are long. coronavirus, why when the chinese more candid? hong kong, huawei, trade, human rights abuses, china's aggressions in the south—eastern sea. the list of grievances is long and, seemingly, getting longer. john sobel, thank you. new measures to stop the spread of covid—i9 in parts of lancashire have been introduced, after a spike in cases in blackburn with darwen. for the next month, people living there must limit the number of visitors to their homes, and wear face coverings in all confined public spaces in a bid to avoid a lockdown like leicester. our health correspondent, dominic hughes, is in blackburn for us this evening. dominic. well, sophie, for the last couple of weeks, public health officials here in blackburn have been keeping a very watchful eye on infection rates in the town. they knew they were creeping up. now they have decided to act. everyone has seen what
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happened in leicester, where those strict lockdown measures were reimposed. no one wants to see that scenario play out here. blackburn faces a dilemma. how to stop this town from becoming another covid—i9 hotspot. so it's really important that we understand where the challenge is and, particularly, in this instance, we know the challenge is in the community. in blackburn, they are trying hard to get the message out to the communities most at risk. the test results that have come out so far have shown us that, out of 114 infections, 97 of those were from the south asian community, so from a data driven point of view and a factual perspective, it means we've got to act on that information. the local council is introducing extra measures to try and reverse a rise in infections. they include limiting visits to two members from another household, using face coverings in all public spaces and asking people not to hug or shake hands. in blackburn, they are using videos on social media to reach
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potentially isolated communities. but, while the town has a significant population with a south asian background, everyone knows that another lockdown would be a disaster. we simply can't risk another lockdown in this town, and that's why the measures taken by blackburn with darwen borough council's public health team are both responsible and measured. this isn't a blame game, this is about protecting our families, protecting ourselves and protecting the wider community and working in collaboration to bring the r rate and the incidence rate down. it is key that we do reach out to all communities, as partners across the borough, and the message is consistent. this is how one town is trying to contain a rising tide of covid infections. but it won't be the last. and, meanwhile, in pendle, which is only about 25 minutes' drive away from here, infection rates are also
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on the rise. the council tells me tonight that that could be down to people in their 20s and 30s who, perhaps, in the wake of the lockdown being eased, have become a bit too carefree. they say now they need to be careful and the council will announce what measures it's going to introduce tomorrow. dominic, thank you. the latest numbers from the department of health show that 85 more deaths have been registered following a positive test for covid—i9. that means the rolling average continues to fall — it's now at 75. in total, 45,053 people have now died from the virus in the uk since the beginning of march. the health secretary, matt hancock, says there are no plans to make people wear face coverings in offices. but he said, for the foreseeable future, people in england will have to wear face coverings in shops, hospitals and on public transport. the prime minister has confirmed that an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic will take place. during prime minister's questions, borisjohnson said the government would seek to learn lessons from how it responded to the crisis —
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but said the inquiry will be "in the future" and not "immediately" as demanded by some mps. scotland has begun its most significant relaxation of lockdown measures since the country was shut in march. pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, libraries, cinemas and museums can now open — but visitors will have to leave contact details on arrival. it comes as scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon confirmed that there have been no new covid—i9 related deaths for seven days. our scotland editor, sarah smith reports. good evening, welcome back... it's been a long wait, the longest in the uk but, at the stroke of midnight, the hair clippers got going. what are we doing to you today? ten hours later, tony is well into a fully booked 24—hour shift.|j later, tony is well into a fully booked 24-hour shift. i feel like it is good for mental health. when you have a haircut, if you like it, you feel really good about yourself so i feel really good about yourself so i feel like me starting at 12 is quite
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important for some people. feel like me starting at 12 is quite important for some peoplem feel like me starting at 12 is quite important for some people. it feels good, goes a wee bit crazy sometimes. i'm glad it's getting a wee bit of treatment now. nicola sturgeon admits she is nervous about what she describes as the biggest step so far in exiting lockdown. today's steps are, by some margin, andi today's steps are, by some margin, and i mean that, by some margin, the highest risk changes we have made since we began the process out of lockdown. the great unlocking will see pubs, hotels, museums, libraries and cinemas all able to get back to business, if not exactly back to normal. religious worshippers can now get for socially distant services of up to 50 people. the first mass in months in st mary's cathedral in edinburgh came as scotla nd cathedral in edinburgh came as scotland has now recorded no deaths of anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus for seven days in a i’ow. for coronavirus for seven days in a row. as restaurants start to reopen indoors, the first minister has warned she would not hesitate to close them again if the virus gets out of control. restaurateurs know that not all customers are not yet
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co mforta ble that not all customers are not yet comfortable with the idea of sitting and eating inside, so quite a few haven't opened their doors yet and those who have are going to struggle to make a profit, because they can seat far fewer customers. the italian restaurant is hoping to cover their costs. they are opening may need to try and save jobs. as long as we can keep trading, we can keep staff on and if we can keep going like this, we might be able to come out of this in the long run. dinner is served at last. the scottish government is being deliberately slow and cautious, satisfied so far there are approaches keeping the virus under control. sara smith, bbc news, glasgow. uk universities are worried that chinese students will not be coming to study in the autumn, because they are deeply anxious about britain's response to the pandemic. many are afraid because of the high death toll from covid—i9. chinese students are the biggest contingent of overseas students who come here. they're worth around £4 billion a year in tuition fees and other spending, such as accommodation. our education correspondent,
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danjohnson reports from manchester. sherlock holmes, harry potter, jk rowling and shakespeare. henry knows what he likes. i don't know if benedict cumberbatch and emma watson watch that it was in use but i would like to... but british culture can't outweigh concerns about the virus. one in four overseas students is chinese, my my plans have been a little bit destroyed, i was planning to study at the university of manchester but i will now apply next year. one in four overseas students is chinese, so that could really hit universities and cities that have come to rely on higher international fees. it is still a multi—billion pound question. manchester is one of those and their research has found a poor perception of how we have dealt with the virus, worries about racism and a question mark over the value of
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online teaching. it is more than just about the money, it is about the human concerns and the concerns over experiences, their learning experience as well as their experience as well as their experience of safety, that universities should be thinking about. some communications from certain universities for the prospective students were still inconsistent, or insufficient. they feel confused, or anxious. sheffield is another city that has built a strong chinese links, partly through the crucible's hugely popular world snooker championship. as you can see in front of us, we have a big plaza, we are about to open shops. we have 650 self—contained apartments for the students. it is nicknamed sheffield chinatown. but with fewer students, sheffield chinatown's fortu nes students, sheffield chinatown's fortunes wouldn't look so good. students are very, very key for us,
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because our investment is china investment, england investment, and thatis investment, england investment, and that is what makes this project viable as well. my parents would say i must live here. they will pay for me “— i must live here. they will pay for me——i i must live here. they will pay for me —— i must leave here. they will pay for me to go back. me —— i must leave here. they will pay for me to go backlj me —— i must leave here. they will pay for me to go back. i don't want to go back. and even those here already have shared the student dilemma. i was thinking i might defer my offer because i will have to evaluate whether my investment and this experience is worse. business links, tourism and cultural ties are built on student numbers rising and issues like huawei, hong kong and human rights further complicates an already uncertain outlook. dan johnson, bbc complicates an already uncertain outlook. danjohnson, bbc news. the time is almost 6:15pm, our top story... china says it's not sure if investing in britain is safe any more for chinese companies, after the uk's decision to drop huawei from its 5g networks # i came along, i wrote a song for you
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coldplay recorded one of their biggest hits there. we'll report from the small welsh dairy farm that made rock history. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... can this man make even more records? tiger says it's possible, as he returns after his back injury and prepares to make pga history. decisions about lockdown have been taken at different times and in different ways by all four nations of the united kingdom. some of england's regions have also made their own decisions. reeta chakra barti has been to sheffield to ask if the recovery from the crisis is best handled locally. there's been no rest at st mary's church in sheffield during lockdown. each of these boxes is for a family which can no longer feed afford to feed itself. the church used to provide subsidised food at its cafe when it was open, but now they're
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feeding up to 900 people. we've heard from people who have been trying to get on the universal credit, and obviously that was massively delayed, people's circumstances that have changed and certainly at the beginning, massive financial insecurity. and now things are beginning to change, people aren't sure, having been furloughed, if theirjobs will continue. so it's the longer term insecurity now that's beginning to be exposed. the covid—19 crisis has hit some parts of the country much worse than others, and everyone now, from the prime minister down, is talking about using this moment to build a better britain. but who is best placed to do that, national government or regional? danjarvis says it should be local people making local decisions about the recovery. he's a labour mp, but was elected mayor of the sheffield city region two years ago. yorkshire and the humber has a population greater than that of scotland, twice that of wales, but we simply don't have the same levels of powers allocated to us from national government.
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and increasingly, there is an understanding that people in whitehall and in westminster simply don't have the kind of fingertip knowledge that you need to make some of these decisions and to allocate resources where it will add the greatest benefit. that's the opportunity of devolution. he may be in luck. the government has to deliver for the swathes of former labour voters, many in the north of england, who backed it at the last election. the covid—19 crisis comes at a time when ministers are increasingly focused on devolving power to the english regions. do you envisage, with us coming out of this crisis, a greater devolution of powers, in a sense, a more chequered government within england? yes, i think we do. clearly, there is a humility about what central government alone can achieve, and england is one of the most centralised countries in europe. i think we're looking at what we can do to deliver sensible
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devolution on an appropriate geographical framework. will it work? ben is an apprentice. he's 20, and is trying to become a highly skilled electronics engineer, an industry many hope will help power the region into recovery. he is less interested in who is in charge, but wants everyone to have the same opportunities. i don't think it matters who makes the decision, itjust needs to be the right decision. not everyone is as fortunate as myself and my colleagues, so i think widespread in different regions of the country so it can boost the nation together instead of just little segments of the country that are fortunate. that is the risk with decentralisation — that some areas might miss out. but the england that entered the covid—19 pandemic is probably not the england that will emerge from it. quite how it will look is still up for debate. reeta chakra barti, bbc news, sheffield.
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researchers in the us are warning that the world is ill—prepared for large falls in fertility rates which could have a "jaw—dropping" impact on societies. a team at the university of washington in seattle says nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century. it predicts 23 nations — including spain and japan — could see their populations halve by 2100. countries will also age dramatically, with as many people turning 80 as there are being born. a month after the statue of the 18th—century slave trader and philanthropist, edward colston, was toppled in bristol during a black lives matter protest, a sculpture of a black woman who took part in the demonstration has been erected on the plinth where he stood. the mayor of bristol says it has been put there without permission and the people of bristol need to decide what happens to the plinth. jon kay reports. undercover and before sunrise, artist marc quinn and his team
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erected their statue without permission. 0n the plinth were slave trader edward colston stood until last month, they installed a resin replacement of a local womanjen reid. it was inspired by this photo of her taken during the black lives matter protests. out with the old and in with the new. and i think that's that statue, putting aside it being myself, it definitely says colston is no more and it's time for change, time to move on. people of my colour walking past that statue and knowing that change is happening and knowing that change is happening and it will continue to happen. when crowds pulled down colston's statue enter it into the city's docs, it prompted an international debate about the slave trade and the way we memorialise those involved. within hours, the new statue was already dividing opinion. the artist told me it's not meant to be permanent. some
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people in bristol were angry at the weather colston statue came down. some might be angry at the way one has gone up without permission, the cranes coming in the middle of the night. what do you say to them? sometimes you have to do something, because otherwise nothing ever gets done. ifelt like if i had done it officially, it would have taken five yea rs officially, it would have taken five years in the conversation would have moved on. tonight, it seems the new statue itself could soon be moved on. the mayor of the city has said anything that is displayed here without permission will have to be taken down. he wants the public to decide democratically what happens to this space. jon kay, bbc news, bristol. let's take a look at some of today's other news. bbc news is cutting 520 jobs for its news operation — 70 more than announced earlier this year. the bbc‘s political interview programme, the andrew neil show, is being removed as part of the cuts. the bbc is facing increased
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financial pressure because of the coronavirus pandemic. the plans are part of an £80 million savings drive announced injanuary, but delayed because of the pandemic. the home secretary, priti patel, has urged the french authorities to do more to intercept migrant boats crossing the channel, and return them to france. almost 2,700 people have reached the kent and sussex coasts so far this year — with 180 arriving on sunday, a record daily number. pret, kfc and mcdonald's are among the companies which have cut their prices after the chancellor ordered a temporary vat cut from 20% to 5% for the entire hospitality sector. the treasury estimates households could save £160 a year on average, but not all firms will pass on the benefit to customers. a 27—year—old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of lyra mckee — the journalist was shot dead by dissident republicans in londonderry in april 2019. a house in derry has also been searched. in february, a 52—year—old man
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appeared in court charged with ms mckee's murder. some of the world's most famous songs by the likes of queen, 0asis and coldplay were recorded there. but until now, the role of this welsh dairy farm in rock history has gone largely unnoticed. the rockfield studios were set up by two farming brothers, and a new film is telling their story, as our wales correspondent hywel griffith reports. we originally started, charles and i, up in the attics. kingsley ward is an unlikely rock legend. inspired by elvis 60 years ago, he started a band with his brother, charles. but when the london recording studios turned them down, they decided to build their own. two, three, four. the band didn't take off, but the studios did. as the new film telling rockfield's history sets out, by 1970, they'd recorded a number one. # i hear you knocking, but you can't come in.
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after that, the big names followed, including queen. lovely boys, by the way, all of them were. and they used to play frisbee in the yard, but they were followed by a band from canada called rush, which was a massive rock band and they were followed by iggy pop. and when iggy pop was here, david bowie turned up. and then, in 1980, simple minds turned up. there are little pieces of rock history everywhere you look and, here, for example, is where freddie mercury finished up bohemian rhapsody. on top of this wall, noel gallagher recorded the guitars to wonderwall. and coldplay were inspired to name one of their biggest songs here after spotting a copy of the phone book. # yeah, they were all yellow. by the time we got to rockfield, it was, like, this is your chance... we'd been given six months to get used to being signed and stuff and then our label were like, look, you've got to kind of make it happen now. so it was very much kind of like some musical hogwarts. you know, we were sent
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away to figure it out. music: love spreads by the stone roses. some bands have spent longer than others doing just that. the stone roses lived here for 13 months making an album. 0asis have also made the most of life at the residential studio. as the new documentary shows, rockfield has seen its fair share of excess. i couldn't have carried them all over, anyway. there's too many. there should be queen in this one. yes, there is queen. and the woman who's kept generations of stars in line is ann, kingsley‘s wife and the studio's book—keeper. whenever there's a bit of a mess—up and someone's causing trouble, they say, "send for mother." so over i go, say, "right, now, i'm being your mum. "i want you to behave yourselves!" and things like that. you sort them out. and i sort them out, yes. lockdown has seen the studios fall silent for the first time in decades, but kingsley has no plans to retire or let rockfield's history fade away. hywel griffith, bbc news.
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and you can watch "rockfield: the studio on the farm" on bbc four, bbc two wales, and the iplayer this saturday night at 9.15pm. time for a look at the weather, here's susan powell. if you have seen any sunshine today, you have done very well. it did break through the clouds across devon for a time this afternoon. the south—west of england has fared reasonably well along with the east coast of scotland, but for the majority of these guys have looked rather more like this. a cloud, particularly clinging to the hills. to ta ke particularly clinging to the hills. to take us through this evening, there is plenty more of that cloud around to stay with us overnight, bringing a little rain for a time into scotland. but for many, a giant mild night. not the most promising —looking upstarts to thursday because it will be rather grey once again, but unlike today, we are
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anticipating the cloud breaking and seeing some anticipating the cloud breaking and seeing some sunny anticipating the cloud breaking and seeing some sunny spells across eastern wales, central and eastern parts of england by the afternoon. eastern scotland may fare very well indeed thanks to something called the foehn effect. there will be rain on the western coast thanks to this weatherfront. but the far north of scotla nd weatherfront. but the far north of scotland will emerge into the sunshine behind the front. looking wet for southern scotland, parts of northern england and northern ireland through the day. perhaps our warmest day of the week will be friday. and how quickly this front will make its way south through the weekend is the subject of the biggest debate in our forecast for the next few days. it looks like it was clear into the continent for sunday, leaving sunshine for the majority. but there will be a band of cloud and rain working across england and wales through saturday,
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but the rain were not amount to much. for sunday, most of us are seeing a fine into the weekend. a reminder of our top story... after the uk decides to drop huawei from its five—year network, china says it is not sure if investing in britain is safe any more for chinese companies. but president trump has welcomed the move. we convinced many countries, i did this myself for the most part, not to use huawei because we think it's an unsafe security risk. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me and, on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello, and welcome to sportsday — i'm jane dougall.
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root is back, but denly is gone and anderson is rested. will it make a difference as england prepare to fight back for the second test at old trafford? still all to play for — at one end of the table at least. eddie howe's fight to avoid relegation continues as bournemouth face manchester city. we'll have updates from the premier league and the championship matches. will golfing history be made in ohio? well, if so, this would be the man to do it. tiger says he doesn't see why he can't win for a pga record. there is no reason why i can't do it again this week. i have just got to go out there and do my work and make that happen.
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welcome to the programme. they have their captain back and that's just one of three changes england have made as they try to get back into their series against the west indies. joe root in forjoe denly, and bowlers james anderson and mark wood rested, plus a possible return for stuart broad. a 13—man squad has been named, with the team yet to be picked. root, who missed the first test for the birth of his second child, spoke with our cricket corresondent jonathan agnew. it was a week that i would never have got back if i came back and played so in many ways it was lovely to be there and time without for the first time around, i had to fight india so to get that first week, i thought it was very special. i thought it was very special. i thought ben did a good job as captain. i'm through the back and working forge getting back out there. a unique situation for you watching the match and


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