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this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm. the us says china agrees that north korea's threatening behaviour can't continue — after the country's failed missile test earlier today. votes are being counted after turkey's bitterly—fought referendum on increasing the president's powers. partial results suggest that the yes vote as a lead. theresa may urges unity over brexit, as she delivers her first easter message as prime minister. our shared interests, our shared ambitions, and above all our shared values can and must bring us together. also in the next hour: renovation work near lambeth palace leads to an historical discovery. builders found the tombs of five former archbishops of canterbury, dating back to the 17th century, in a hidden chamber beneath church foundations. marcus rashford strikes early to put manchester united one goal ahead against league leaders chelsea at half time. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. president trump's national security advisor has said an international consensus against what he called north korea's threatening behaviour now includes china. hr mcmaster said the united states was working with its allies and with the chinese leadership to develop a range of options in response to what he described as a "pattern of destabilising behaviour". earlier in the day, us vice—president mike pence arrived in seouljust hours after a failed missile test by the north. from seoul, stephen evans sent this report. the american vice president visited south korea's national cemetery, where the names of 104,000 soldiers
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who died fighting north korea nearly 70 years ago are listed. mr pence knows this history, because his father served in the war. his big message now — the alliance remains. this morning's provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defence of the freedom of the people of south korea and the defence of america in this part of the world. he landed a day after a fearsome display of weaponry, 100 miles to the north in pyongyang. but as though to undermine that image, north korea today tried and failed to fire off a missile. us officials said the launch came from the sinpo region, the second such launch from land in that area, which also has a submarine base. talk of war is now ramping up.
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it's not clear though if mr trump has decided on attacking north korean nuclear facilities. south koreans are watching developments closely. 25 million south koreans live within range of north korean artillery. all the same, south koreans tend to assume war will not happen. life goes on. all mr trump's predecessors from clinton onwards have contemplated military action. mr clinton contemplated bombing north korea's nuclear facilities and pulled back, because the threat of retaliation would probably bring on a second korean war. mr trump may or may not be like the presidents before him — he says he's not. in a complex situation of great danger, he is the new unknown factor. his attitude to risk and military action is hard to gauge. stephen evans, bbc news, seoul.
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0ur correspondentjohn sudworth is in the north korean capital pyongyang, and earlier gave us his assessment of the situation. his movements are being monitored and tightly controlled. in many ways this is business as usualfor north korea, using brinkmanship and tension to up the ante and then win diplomatic and economic concessions as it steps back from the brink. but with each cycle moving one step closer to its goal of becoming a fully fledged nuclear power. what is new in this is not what is happening in this capital but in washington. but it seems that north korea's actions suggest that it is confident that president donald trump will like his predecessors eventually conclude that the cost of military action is simply too great. earlier, i spoke tojohn hemmings from the centre for strategic
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and international studies. he began by telling me how the us could respond to north korea's actions. donald trump has tried to make this really about china. the only thing he can do, looking back at the past 15 years of attempted and failed negotiations, is to really push north korea's main ally and source of resources to do something, so i think even the moving of the carrier fleet, the uss vincent group, that is about pressuring the chinese, implying the threat of action. but i don't think he is serious about doing something. anybody on his security of staff have told him that unilateral military action on the peninsula is a nightmare scenario. because the risks are too great in terms of what comes back. absolutely, seoul is in artillery range, 13,000 artillery pieces within range. potential use of chemical weapons, and this is a regime not afraid
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of causing mass casualties. what of north korea's intentions? clearly the intent is there, even if the execution wasn't on this occasion. it depends if you have a maximalist concern about them. i think, at the worst, they want to check nuclear deterrent from the us in order to continue provocations with the south. you could argue that the military still carries dreams of unification at their hands. that's a worst—case scenario. 0n the more benign side, they want to survive, the kim family wants to stay in power. they use the promise of a strong state with a military to keep the support of the military, so i think itjust depends on that range of things. but if you're a planner in washington, seoul or tokyo, you may have to think worst—case scenario. what do you think the chinese are weighing up right now? i think the chinese have gotten away easily and lightly. in the cold war, the us kept
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a number of its allies from developing their own nuclear weapons, including south korea. the chinese have never been in that position. and now trump has really put north korea on their doorstep. trump has, as we have seen with his tweet, hinted that he will go easy on the trade issues if they resolve this. what can they do, they can offer nuclear deterrence to the north koreans and say, if you get rid of your own nuclear system, we will extend the deterrent and put you under our nuclear umbrella. they have the power to stop the north koreans, because of course the north korean economy is so dependent on china. the real question is beijing's strategic calculation. because they look at that border between themselves and north korea and they would fear an imploding government and all the implications that brings. absolutely. they have never really
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been willing... i mean, they've been willing to step up in new york at the un, but on the border they have watered down a lot of that. if we could see them doing a little bit more, you know, stopping the coal ships was demonstrative, but how about all the weapons? we are seeing these trucks going through the parade, many of those manufactured in china. i don't believe they're not doing all they can. we saw some doom—laden headlines on the front of some of the papers yesterday. are they going to far at this point? the headlines? yes. given the stakes of the korean peninsula, it's unsurprising that people weigh these things up that way, so i wouldn't like tojudge either way. that wasjohn
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that was john hemmings that wasjohn hemmings from the strategic centre for international studies. 68 children are believed to be among those who died in yesterday's suicide bomb attack in syria. a convoy of coaches was carrying evacuees in a pre—arranged exchange between the syrian government and some rebel groups when the car bomb exploded. activists say more than 160 people were killed. —— more than 120 people. the blast, on the outskirts of aleppo, tore through coaches that had left two pro—government towns surrounded by rebels. the iraqi military says that in fierce fighting with islamic state militants its forces have pushed deeper into the heart of the city of mosul. after weeks of near stalemate, troops and police launched an attack in the area of the old city, which has been an is bastion. the government forces say they managed to advance some 200 metres. the difficulty for government forces has been the area's narrow streets, which often makes it impossible to deploy tanks and armoured vehicles. votes are being counted after turkey's bitterly fought referendum on increasing the president's powers. initial results suggest strong
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backing for the proposals, about 90% of votes for the yes side. what is the latest on the counting? according to the results announced by the official news agency, the yes campaign is slightly ahead. they stand at 52.5%, whereas the no campaign's vote is the remainder. initially, that result was 60—40, it came as a shock because the polls was suggesting a tight race. now it seems that the no votes are creeping further, and they are slightly behind the yes campaign. if the result is yes, the turkish nation will have decided that the time has
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come for this country to change its system to a presidential system. this country had a parliament since 1876, since the last years of the 0ttoman 1876, since the last years of the ottoman empire and, ever since, this modern nation of turkey was founded. if the result is yes, president erdogan will have enhanced executive powers, he will have the power to appoint his vice ministers and appoint his vice ministers and appoint topjudges, appoint his vice ministers and appoint top judges, he will be able to d raft appoint top judges, he will be able to draft the budget and the prime minister post will be abolished. the opposition was saying, if that is the case, the country risks falling into authoritarianism, but the government was saying, and president erdogan was saying that those steps we re necessary erdogan was saying that those steps were necessary to bring stability into this country, which had gone through a very volatile period in the last few years. the nation is still holding its breath. the yes
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campaign is slightly ahead of votes are still being counted. we just need to see this race will go.“ are still being counted. we just need to see this race will go. if it ends up being a very close yes, is there any suggestion that some of there any suggestion that some of the changes you are talking about will have to be dampened down to an extent? not necessarily. in order for the constitutional changes to be passed, over 50%, absolute majority is enough. so if 50.1% of the people who voted today have voted yes, the constitutional changes will go through. but, of course, those 18 changes made in the constitution, if only 51% says yes and 49% said no, how legitimate will that be? that will of course be a question, and already there are questions being raised about about the legitimacy of the vote, because a high electoral
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board ruled a controversial decision. they are saying that they will be accepted as valid ballot papers that do not have seals on them. the opposition mps have come out, saying that that is overshadowing the legitimacy of this election, of this referendum. so, if the margin is very tight, the legitimacy of the referendum will be a phrase we will hear a lot. thank you very much. testing children in primary schools has been on the agenda at the national union of teachers' annual conference in cardiff today. there was a heated debate among delegates, in which teachers criticised the way younger pupils are tested. delegates at the nut conference will vote tomorrow on whether to boycott the tests. a short time ago, samantha nicholson—hickling, a teacher from 0ldham addressed the conference. she set out her dissatisfaction with the current model for testing children. we know this system doesn't work. it creates workload and it creates
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immense stress for everybody. it leaves us with a prescriptive and frankly boring curriculum that we don't want to teach and the kids are turned off and don't want to learn. it is all about a test. 0ur government, as we know, are obsessed with tests — baseline at four, phonics at five, key stage 1 sats at six, key stage 2 sats, and then the shambles created by it all is retested in key stage 3. what is the point of putting our young people through this exam factory when the only thing it seems to be used for at the moment is a giant stick to beat us and our schools with for "not making accelerated progress" ? from year 3 upwards our young people are told that what they are doing is for sats. i am guilty of it and i suspect other primary teachers here have used the sentence, "you have to do this to pass your sats. " i won't deny i have said it, i am ashamed i've said it but it has been said.
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they are trained to know they are practising for a test. the creative curriculum falls by the wayside in pursuit of understanding things they are not probably ready to understand yet. "you are creative, that's great," you can say to some of them, "but you can't use a compound sentence with an adverbial opener and use a hyphen? nah, you are a failure." that seems to be the message we are giving our children, that because they can't understand something they not old enough to understand yet that they are a failure. 0ur education correspondent gillian hargreaves is at the conference. she told us that many speakers criticised the current model of testing children. there was delegate after delegate after delegate this morning, saying how irritated they were by the testing regime in england's primary schools. one said the government is test obsessed. another said sats tests at the age of 11 are akin to a monster stalking our schools. the reason why the government has testing at the age of 11 is to monitor pupils' progress before they go into secondary school.
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the government would say, without testing, you can't make sure children have reached a record level to compete with other pupils across the world, and you can'tjudge how good primary schools are. so testing at 11 will almost certainly stay. but the opposition to testing in primary schools is such that the government has said it will look again at testing younger children. at the moment, six and seven—year—olds also undergo formal testing. the government has effectively established a moratorium on that until they can consult with teachers about what might be the best way forward. there were so many delegates talking this morning about primary testing. they haven't actually yet had a vote on whether they are going to boycott sats tests. that will happen tomorrow. this being easter sunday, what normally happens is that the nut breaks for the rest of the day, so there won't be any more debates this afternoon, so we won't find out when that boycott will happen or if it will happen until tomorrow. but given the flavour
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of the comment this morning, it is almost certainly inevitable that teachers will vote to boycott them. they will not affect sats tests being sat in the next ten days or so. those will go ahead as normal. if there is any boycott, it will affect the testing regime next year. and they will hope they may lead to talks with the government that might see a change of heart? yes, i think there is some wiggle room on this, because the government is looking at the testing regime in primary schools. it has already said it is minded to find another way to test progress for the youngest children. as i say, there are formal tests at the moment for six and seven—year—olds, and the government is minded to get rid of those, it says, but that is open for consultation at the moment. so it will be interesting to see what the union's position now is. last year, there were boycotts of tests. some parents took their children out of school for the day and did other things with them.
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so there is a groundswell of opinion on how much children are tested in primary school. but as i say, the government says some sort of benchmark has to take place you can see how well they are performing and how good their schools are. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump's top security adviser says that the us and china are working on a range of options on north korea after the country's failed missile test. votes are being counted in turkey, with partial results suggesting that the yes vote has a slight lead. theresa may urges unity over brexit and speaks out for the role of christianity, as she delivers her first easter message as prime minister. theresa may has used her first easter message as prime minister to say the uk is coming together after the brexit vote. the prime minister said
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opportunities would emerge from britain's decision to leave the european union thanks to the country's shared ambitions and values. she also stressed her belief in the importance of religious tolerance and freedom of speech. let us come together as a nation, confident in our values and united in our commitment to fulfil the obligations that we have to one another. let us work together to build that brighter future that we want for our country. and let us together build a stronger, fairer britain that truly does work for everyone. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, used his easter message to urge people not to stand by in the face of society's problems. the leader of the opposition said easter should be a time to reflect on the current challenges, both at home and abroad. it would be easy to retreat into our private lives because the challenges seem overwhelming, or allow ourselves to be divided and blame others. but we need to respond to these
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problems head on through action and support for social justice, peace and reconciliation. the pope has used his easter sunday vatican address to condemn attacks on civilians caught up in the war in syria. meanwhile here the queen and the duke of edinburgh attended the traditional easter service at windsor castle. laura tra nt reports. rain didn't dampen the easter message in rome, where thousands of pilgrims gathered to see pope francis celebrate easter mass and lead the blessings in st peter's square in the vatican. he speaks latin mass took place amidst tight security, a week after attacks on two coptic churches in egypt left more than a0 people dead. pope francis used his message to also condemn yesterday's bomb attack on a crowded syrian bus convoy, that killed at least 112 people. translation: may he sustain
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the efforts of all who are actively engaged in bringing comfort and relief to the civil population in syria. pray to a war that continues to sow horror and death. and yesterday the latest horrible attack on refugees, which provoked many deaths and many wounded. may he grant peace to the entire middle east. as the skies cleared, the pope's message resonated with the thousands who travelled from far and wide for his easter blessing. the archbishop of canterbury delivered his easter message from canterbury cathedral. he said today's terror, pain and despair should not be allowed to triumph. do not be afraid. these things, these grim events overshadow our lives because we fear that they may have the last word. these things lie.
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they deceive. they pretend to have power that they do not have when they say that they are final. the royal family gathered at st george's chapel in windsor. the queen, who wore a springlike shade of turquoise, was joined by the duke of edinburgh and her children and grandchildren for a traditional easter sunday service. the tombs of five former archbishops of canterbury have been unearthed by builders undertaking refurbishment work near lambeth palace. the builders were levelling the floor of a nearby church when they accidentally cut into the foundations and discovered a hidden chamber. inside, they found 30 coffins, with an archbishop's mitre resting on one of them. closer inspection revealed metal plates bearing the names of five former archbishops of canterbury, dating back to the early 17th century. christopher woodward, director of the garden museum
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development project, which is refurbishing the church, spoke to me a little earlier about the moment he was told of the discovery. we didn't quite know what to do with this great pile of coffins and we wanted to leave them in peace, really. we are doing this transformation of an old medieval church into a museum, a deconsecrated church, and the builder rang and said to come quickly. i arrived thinking, there's gonna be bones or some terrible hole, and they said they found a golden crown and, looking through the hole under the chancel, you could see the mitre glimmering in the dark. it's an 18th—century replica of what the archbishop would have worn, made to be placed on the coffin at an archbishop's funeral, and there seemed to be about five archbishops among about 30 coffins in this vault. and nobody knew that they were there? we knew they had been buried there but the church had been rebuilt from top to bottom and other
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people's remains, like anne boleyn‘s mother, had vanished. it was the builders just moving aside this slab and looking down and seeing these brick steps. put the discovery into some context for us, in terms of its historical significance. the archbishops have been the primates of a world church. one of them is particularly famous, archbishop bancroft, appointed by king james i to put together the king james's bible, an astonishing piece of work from the 17th century where they had to put together a bible with 47 writers. even though he didn't write it, it is the words that he forced into print which ring out across thousands of churches, today, it is those words you hear if you are going past a church. what happens now? we don't know, it's new.
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we sent down an endoscope to try and read all of the words in the dark. we think we are going to try and leave it where it is, because they are dead and they deserve to be left there, but visitors to the museum next month will get a glimpse of these steps leading into the dark and perhaps one day we will do some more investigation. i mentioned refurbishment work going on. does that have to wait now? no, it sits on top of it. it is all... basically, we built the new building like a modern museum popping up inside an ancient church, so it all sits above it, but you look down on this flight of steps leading into the darkness, but you would need a giraffe's neck to see the archbishop's mitre. the number of people killed following the collapse of a rubbish dump in the sri lankan capital colombo has increased to 23.
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-- 26, —— 26, including six children. hopes are fading that anyone else will be found alive. a local resident told the bbc he believed another 20 people were missing. tonnes of rubbish fell on to more than 100 homes on friday when heavy rain caused the dump to become unstable. 980 people have been displaced and 79 houses completely destroyed. a rescue operation is under way in north—western iran following heavy flooding. according to state media, at least 30 people are reported to have died. others are said to be missing following torrential rains. areas of east azerbaijan are reportedly the worst hit. but several other provinces are affected, as kasrs naji reports. north—western iran has been particularly badly hit. many rivers in the mountainous region have burst their banks, taking roads, bridges and houses with them. about a dozen or so people are still missing. the floods have taken many iranis by surprise.
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this is a country that has been suffering from persistent drought for many years. clergymen have repeatedly asked people to pray for rain. it seems their prayers have been answered, but not in the way they expected. floods have been reported from five provinces in the north, with the worst reported from the mountainous north—west, where the melting of snow contributed to the disaster. the authorities have issued warnings of more floods in the next few days, as more torrential rains are expected. and now the weather forecast. there is a lot of dry weather in the forecast for the next few days, but easter is sunday brought a fly in
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the ointment. these weather fronts clearing south—east through this evening, so dry weather developing overnight. a fair amount of cloud left behind with one or two clear breaks, which could allow some mist patches deform and also a touch of frost in places. towns and cities, probably 3—9 degrees, but in shetland, down to freezing. tomorrow, some cold air working in from the north and, with that, a band of rain and some sleet and snow, especially over high ground. that will move from eastern scotland down into north—east england. elsewhere, showers and sunny spells but temperatures, especially in the north, dropping away. prostate on monday night. —— frosty on monday night. but some fine, dry days with spells of sunshine this week. is hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: donald trump's top security adviser says the us and china are working on a "range
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of options" on north korea after the country's failed missile test. 94% of the votes have been counted in turkey's referendum on increasing the president's powers. partial results suggest the yes vote is slightly ahead. the duke and duchess of kent which joined the queen for her easter service at windsor castle for the first time today. builders renovating a medieval church in london have unearthed the remains of five archbishops of canterbury lying for centuries in a forgotten crypt. time for a look at the sport now. the premier league title race could be back on. league leaders chelsea look to be heading to defeat against manchester united at old trafford. jose mourinho's side were ahead within seven minutes when striker marcus rashford raced clear to open the scoring. and united added a second
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immediately after the break when ander herrera's shot was deflected in. around 20 minutes to go, it remains 2—0. chelsea began the match four points ahead of second placed spurs. liverpool have strengthened their claim on a champions league spot with a hard fought 1—0 win at west bromwich albion. roberto firmino scored the only goal of the game in first half injury time. ben croucher reports. we will bring that to you in a moment, hopefully. here we have jurgen klopp's reaction to that much. we have had a few away games in the past. not too much, but a few, where we didn't start like we
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wa nted few, where we didn't start like we wanted to start. but today, we were immediately in the game, not football wise, but concentration—wise. it was a real challenge to stay at our highest concentration level today, because a set piece can be decisive. the boys did fantastic. i'm really happy. the one negative was really our reaction in the first 20 minutes of the second half. that goal really knocked us. that was the only negative that i said to the players after the game. i expected them to come out and do what would bring in the first half, but step it up a bit. it did take us quarter an hour or 20 minutes, bit. it did take us quarter an hour or20 minutes, in which bit. it did take us quarter an hour or 20 minutes, in which time they had a few good opportunities and played through us to easily. we are obviously disappointed. well doing everything in reverse order. that was the reaction to the match. here is what happened during the match.
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reaching the champions league is rarely a stroll, but liverpool have been making light work of it of late. now seven unbeaten, they could have made it easier had roberto firmino's wed been working. wrestling control against west brom was not too much of an issue, a team that have not scored for a month. kicking the ball helps. heading works as well, one from lucas, one from firmino. in control, maybe, but co mforta ble, from firmino. in control, maybe, but comfortable, not quite. a second goal would have calmed any nerves. james milner should have delivered it. but it turned tense. in desperation, west brom's goalkeeper burst forward too, but when he was left stranded, alberto moreno somehow failed to finish west brom off. fortunately for him, it didn't cost his side, who now move up to third in the table even if they made harder work of this one than they needed to. a controversial late penalty earned ross county a precious point against celtic in the scottish premiership.
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with the score level at 1—1, patrick roberts put the champions ahead in the 78th minute before a dramatic finale at dingwall. the hosts earned the penalty when alex schalk went down under erik sviatchenko's challenge, but there appeared to be no contact. county levelled and shortly afterwards, celtic captain scott brown was sent off for a lunge on boyce. he's likely to miss next week's scottish cup semi—final against rangers, as the hoops chase a domestic treble. ronnie 0'sullivan is through to the second round of the world snooker championship. the five—time world champion started the afternoon session leading gary wilson 5—4. he moved onto 7—5 with this break of 124 — the highest of the tournament so far. sullivan went through to the next
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round, 10—7 the score. 0n the other table, stuart bingham was 3—0 up on peter ebdon. ebdon has pulled it back to 3—2. it's now 5—2 to bingham. earlier, kyren wilson booked his place in round two with a 10—6 win over david grace. wilson, a quarter—finalist here 12 months ago, converted his overnight 5—4 lead into a convincing victory. rugby union, and bristol have been relegated from the english premiership after a home defeat against wasps. meanwhile at the other end of the table, saracens kept alive their hopes of a home semi—final with a thrilling last gasp win at northampton. it finished northampton 25, saracens 27. maz farookhi watched the match. his leadership has never been in question, but in the week the land
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squad will be announced, there are still question marks over dylan ha rtley‘s still question marks over dylan hartley's form. back in northamptonshire, today brought an opportunity for him and his team—mates to push themselves into the forefront of warren gatland's mind. rather than established internationals, though, there was a possible one for england's future who led the initial charge to give saintan early lead. who led the initial charge to give saint an early lead. the home side knew how badly they needed the win. hardly knew the importance of a big performance. no better time for him to drive over the line for his first try of the season. saracens were never far try of the season. saracens were neverfar behind, try of the season. saracens were never far behind, though, try of the season. saracens were neverfar behind, though, and in the final minutes, marcelo bosch found the time and space to snatch victory. hardly‘s best performance for some time in a saints shirt, but that wasn't enough to stop his side losing by only two points. whether he has done enough for a lions call—up will be revealed on wednesday. confirmation of those two results. bristol will play in the championship next season after a 36—21 defeat at home to wasps. great britain have finished joint fourth in the medals table
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at cycling's world track championships. having already won two silvers in hong kong, elinor barker went one better, taking gold in the points race after a gripping battle with america's sarah hammer. it was britain's fifth medal and second gold in the five—day competition, following katie archibald's omnium success on friday. high speed two i'm incredibly happy. i have had two silvers this week and until the last lap, it looked like it was going to be another silver. soi it was going to be another silver. so i was a bit heartbroken, and i am so relieved that i got a gold. the final round of the pga tour event in south carolina is under way with jason dufner teeing off later with a one shot lead. england's ian poulter is 3 shots back and he had quite an experience yesterday when an alligator delayed play! this alligator was lying in wait for poulter after a stray tee shot at the tenth hole. the englishman fired four birdies on the front nine to reach the turn in a share of the lead alongside webb simpson. poulter had to take penalty drop
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for his ball going into the water and was worried the alligator might snatch his club. simpson's caddy managed to scare the reptile away. poulter, unsurprisingly, double bogied the hole. he will start his final round shortly, a relieved man. and in the last few seconds, sebastian vettel has won the grand prix. lewis hamilton was second, va ltteri bottas prix. lewis hamilton was second, valtteri bottas was third. that's all the sport for now. more from me later today. police in west yorkshire are issuing a warning to drug users following two deaths in the area on saturday. it follows the deaths of three men and a woman at separate addresses in barnsley on good friday which are believed to be linked to heroin.
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south yorkshire police said it was not officially linking them at present, but warned drug users to be careful. dave edwards reports from leeds district police headquarters at elland road. police were called to compton view in leeds yesterday morning, where they found the body of a 36—year—old man. four people have been arrested in connection with his death. then yesterday afternoon, paramedics were called to park green in normanton, where a 27—year—old man was suffering breathing difficulties. he died at the scene. west yorkshire police have told us they believe both deaths are related to class a drugs. it's after four deaths were reported in the barnsley area on friday, and south yorkshire police said those may be linked to heroin use. both police forces have issued a warning to users of class a drugs. there are concerns about the strength and content of heroin being used in the region. two people have been arrested by the south yorkshire force on suspicion of drugs offences, and they have been released under investigation.
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police in guinea have raided two illegal zoos to arrest alleged wildlife traffickers. it's part of an investigation targeting influential and powerful people in the west african state — including a high ranking member of the army who'd planned to sell the animals in an increasingly lucrative international market. russell trott reports. locked up, lonely and unloved, one of dozens of endangered animals kept illegally in zoos in the west african state of guinea. the 33 animals rescued included chimpanzees, a baboon and ostriches from mali, as well as several turtles, crocodiles and even parrots. most are endangered and protected. some were discovered in small, cramped, rusty cages, left to fend for themselves, with very little food. translation: we will have to work on healing him, giving him good things to eat. he was all alone here,
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and the chimpanzees don't live alone, they live in big families, a bit like us. they were freed after raids were carried out in two zoos belonging to a guinean army colonel, ibrahima bangoura. he has been arrested after he voluntarily presented himself to interpol and is expected in court on tuesday. it follows a complex four—year long investigation between conservationists, interpol and the guinea ministry of the environment. these are the lucky ones. they will be released back into the wild, part of a policy to dismantle a criminal network that sells protected species on the international market. russell trott, bbc news. for many children, their experience of farm life might be somewhat limited. but a farm in kent is trying to change that. throughout spring, they've been streaming their lamb shed live into schools across the country so pupils can watch, in real time, as 150 ewes give birth.
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it's part of a wider scheme by the the education charity, the country trust. holly hamilton reports. it's a typical spring day on this farm in kent, but it's notjust the farmer keeping a close eye on the animals. these are the stars of lamb cam, streamed live online straight from the farm and into the classroom. who can tell me what the job of a sheepdog is? these children in east london have been closely monitoring this lambing shed for the past two weeks and even witnessing some live births. it's really exciting because we don't go to farms that much. the lambs are quite slimy, because the lambsjust came out of the ewe. had you seen anything like that before? no. when we're in the classroom watching it on the screen, you don't need to smell all the dung. for thousands of children
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across the uk, access to the countryside is limited, so schools are having to come up with alternative ways of educating pupils about rural living. high speed two this has given us a great opportunity to watch what goes on on the farm. it has given the children a chance to find out a bit more. we had a roof garden built recently, so we have two raised beds and it has given the children an opportunity to plant those seeds and nurture the plans, ready to eat. lamb cam is the brainchild of the country trust, a charity that helps bring working countryside to disadvantaged schoolchildren all year round. we take about 18,000 children every year out of the city, into the countryside and onto real working farms, but we know that that's just scratching the surface, so we thought the country trust webcam would be a way to bring farms
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to thousands more children and giving them a window into the life of a real working farm and making a connection with the farmers who work so hard to produce food for us and be able to share experiences that they wouldn't see in their daily life. some children would have seen a lamb being born which is a really wonderful thing. soon the lambing season will be drawing to a close, but that won't mean the end of lamb cam. instead, it will be moved to a new location in the cow shed and the children will still be watching. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump's top security adviser says the us and china are working on a "range of options" on north korea, after the country's failed missile test. votes are being counted following turkey's controversial referendum on constitutional change, with partial results suggesting the yes vote has a slight lead. in her first easter message as prime minister, theresa may has spoken of a "sense of people coming together" following the uk's vote to leave the eu.
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now on bbc news, it's time for the film review. hello and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is james king. what do we have this week? first up, fast cars and tight t—shirts. it is the return of vin diesel in the fast and the furious 8. from the ridiculous to the sublime, park chan—wook‘s glamorous and amorous the handmaiden. and broadbent and rampling re—live their teenage years in the pensive the sense of an ending. so, fast & furious 8. have you seen the other seven?
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a couple. so we are onto number eight, but still an impressive cast? impressive cast, impressive box office returns. this is such a huge franchise, this one will be huge. the interesting thing about the franchise is where they go with it. they have to give audiences what they want, which generally speaking are the big action scenes, the car chases. the big point of difference this time round is that vin diesel, who plays dominic toretto, the lead character, has gone rogue. he has gone to the dark side. he's hooked up with a superb criminal called cipher played by charlize theron, who is a hacker extroadinaire. so he is playing the bad guy again. we have a clip of them. this is what vin diesel does for most of the movie, which is look puzzled. here he is. let me ask you something, dom, what is the best thing in your life?
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family. no, it is not. not if you are being honest. it is the ten seconds between start and finish when you're not thinking about anything, no family, no obligations, just you, being free. i got to tell you, this whole saving the world, robin hood nonsense you've been doing recently, it is not you. be who you are. why live only a quarter of a mile at a time when you can live your whole life that way? i think we get a sense there. i'm just looking at the cast list, helen mirren? helen mirren playing jason statham's mum, who would have thought it? i don't think helen mirren ever thought it, judging by her performance! she's actually funny in it. it is a deliberately over the top cockney sparrow performance from her. jason statham provides the best moment of the film.
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it's a scene where he is fighting the bad guys on a plane, at the same time as trying to save a baby in a carrying cot, so he has to punch people one second and the next second look after the baby. it's like something jackie chan would have done. it's almost like ballet. it's an entertaining scene in the movie. but a lot of it is car chases. that is fine, that is what people want. is it doing anything that different to the other ones? i am not sure. there is a formula, and it is sticking closely to it. what will number nine look like? i hope number nine will shock us. i hope it will take more risks. i enjoyed number eight, it did a good job, but the problem i had is, it was occasionally treading water and i wanted more surprises. although this will be massive, i hope the next one will take more risks. let's talk about the handmaiden. this is a film you really like? this is great.
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it's inspired by the book fingersmith by sarah waters. there was a bbc adaptation of it. it's a victorian english setting. now it is directed by park chan—wook, who is south korea's most respected film director. he has moved the action from victorian england to 1930s japanese—occupied korea. but the story is generally the same. a young girl from a criminal background goes to work for the lady of the manor, but she is actually there to swindle her out of her fortune. unlike the book, it really relishes the power of storytelling, in other words, it is the twists and the turns, it is the horror, the comedy, the romance, it throws everything into the mix and does it in a really luxurious and lush way. i want to call it a romp, but that sounds throwaway and it's not. it is a costume drama?
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a costume drama, but heartfelt. although it is fun to watch because there is so much going on, it is intelligent and heartfelt and tender. ultimately, it is a romance. it is a beautiful, tender love story. absolutely beautiful to watch, highly recommended. and a major twist? at least one? at least one. i had read the book, so i knew the twists. the end of the handmaiden, the movie was different to fingersmith. so even though i knew the twists, it was still a joy to watch. let's move on to the sense of an ending. another literary adaptation. julian barnes wrote the book which won the booker prize. in 2011. now we have the movie with jim broadbent. he plays tony webster, who is semi—retired and works in a camera shop. out of the blue, he gets a letter saying the mother of his ex—girlfriend from when he was a teenager has died and he has been left something in her will. this gets him reminiscing and thinking back to
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his teenage years when he was at school and college and that girlfriend and her mother. in the present day, that ex—girlfriend is played by charlotte rampling, so here isjim and charlotte getting to know one another again. let's take a look. are you married, itake it? not married. never? mysterious to a fault. i'm divorced, in case you were wondering. i wasn't, but i am sorry to hear that. 0n the contrary, very happily so. the best decision we ever undertook. in fact, she recently accused me of having built a shrine to you, no less. a shop, when i told her that it was you who gave me my first leica. and what did you say? a remarkable cast.
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the only criticism i have read about the sense of an ending is a criticism of the ending! it is certainly a story that deals with quite subtle and nuanced arguments about memory and the past and subjectivity, so in a way, it can never have a big punch of an ending. in a way, the ending had to be slightly anti—climactic, because that's sort of what it is about, but when you have performances like jim broadbent, charlotte rampling, who does stern and mysterious better than anyone else, when you have that calibre of performers in a movie, however subtle and nuanced and slow the story is, and it is slow, you are automatically drawn in. i liked that it dealt with quite abstract subjects. and it goes back to the ‘60s. that is an easy transition? i think so. it takes a while to get to know the story if you have not read the book already,
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so it takes a while to work where the penny will drop but for me, that is part of the joy of the film that you have to work a bit to get into it. and with jim broadbent and charlotte rampling you will not go far wrong? jim broadbent is more of a curmudgeon in this movie, but he does it well. now, you have chosen raw as the best out. mark waxed lyrical about this. it is an arthouse cannibal movie. he would be upset if i did not mention it again this week! i really liked it. it does have an unwavering commitment to unsettling the audience. it's set in a veterinary college about a teenage girl who discovers her taste for flesh, her taste for cannibalism, and it is genuinely creepy and weird. the lighting, the music, the performances, it has this sort of industrial brutalist backdrop and surreal moments, and it is not often with horror films that you can say "i just
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haven't seen anything like it before", and it genuinely disturbed me. but raw did that and did it in a beautiful way. it is an elegant film. she starts as a vegetarian! she starts as a vegetarian, but things happen at college which make her realise she is perhaps not quite as vegetarian as she thought. 0n the squeamish scale, it sounds like something, where would you pitch it in taste? that is the wrong phrase! it is squeamish, because it is beautifully done. because of the elegance, that makes it more horrific. sometimes if it is a straight out blood and guts slasher movie it is so in your face and there is nothing to it. when it is more subtle, that is actually creepier. let's move on, please! to dvd. this is sully, the story of the pilot who managed to land his plane on the hudson river. it is directed by clint eastwood. it was raved about at the time. and i will still rave about it.
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tom hanks stars as sully. although you expect it to be about the crash landing in 2009, it's in there, you see that, you experience that, but it also shows you what happened before. it also shows you sully afterwards. it shows you the investigation which happened afterwards. he has to prove that he did the right thing, that he is a hero, and of course tom hanks can do the everyday down—to—earth reasonable hero probably better than anyone else. so it is not perhaps the movie you would expect, but i think that makes it all the better, because it does delve a lot deeper. and it is that quiet unfussy... unfussy is a great word for it. clint eastwood does that very well. he brings movies in on budget and on time. he does thejob intelligently, and you see all of that in this movie. james, always a pleasure.
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thank you. james king there. that's it for this week, thanks for watching. goodbye. easter sunday has turned into a decidedly mixed affair. there has been some cloud and some rain, but there has also been some sunshine, as captured by this weather watcher in bath and north east somerset. but the cloud was pretty thick and threatening across cumbria, and did bring outbreaks of rain. this is the radar and satellite from earlier. you can see the cloud and rain moving erratically southwards and eastwards across the central slice of the country. to the south—west, it has been mainly dry, and to the north—east as well. just about all of us will see drier weather by the end of the night as our rain clears off to the south—east. quite a lot of cloud left behind, but some clear spells as well, which will allow the odd mist patch,
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and temperatures will get cold enough for a touch of frost here and there. easter monday starts off like this, high pressure out to the west, which will never be far away through the week ahead. but with low pressure to the east, we have a northerly airflow bringing cold air quite a long way south across the country, this air coming all the way from the arctic. with that, we have this weak weather front which will bring a line of rain, but also sleet and snow, particularly over higher ground. behind that, bright skies for northern scotland into the afternoon, but it will be cold. northern ireland is bright by the end of the day, just the odd shower here. a band of showers will move across northern england, particularly to the eastern side of the pennines. to the midlands and south east, generally fairly cloudy. there will be some showers around. as we go through the evening, a weak weather front, with its showers, will continue
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to work across england and wales. as it clears away, it will turn into a cold night, especially out in the countryside, temperatures dropping below freezing. could be a shock to the system if you are back to work on tuesday. on tuesday itself, this area of high pressure builds up again across the country. tightly squeezed isobars in the south—east, so it will be breezy here. elsewhere, a lot of dry weather and some spells of sunshine. but temperatures are no great shakes. for the week ahead, it remains chilly, with some frosty nights, but sunny spells by day. this is bbc news.
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the headlines at six: counting is nearly over in turkey's bitterly—fought referendum on increasing the president's powers. partial results suggest the yes vote has a slight lead. we will be live in istanbul shortly. the us says china agrees that north korea's threatening behaviour can't continue after the country's failed missile test earlier today. theresa may urges unity over brexit, as she delivers her first easter message as prime minister. 0ur shared interests, our shared ambitions, and above all, our shared values can and must bring us together. also in the next hour: renovation work near lambeth palace leads to an historical discovery. builders find the tombs of five former archbishops of canterbury in a hidden chamber beneath church foundations.
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