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this is bbc news i'm vicki young. the headlines at 8:00. the irish border still a block on the road to brexit, as the eu and the uk call on each other to change position. it is now for the eu to respond. not simply to fall back onto previous positions which have already been proven unworkable. even if we want to reach a deal, it is also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including a no deal. the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury leaves hospital. two 15—year—olds who plotted to murder pupils and teachers at a school in yorkshire are given custodial sentences. also this hour, donald trump causes another stir in washington. vladimir putin has been invited to visit the president in the white house this autumn. strike action by ryanair leaves thousands of holiday—makers
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grounded at airports — with more cancellations planned for next week. it is all about pop—up. meryl streep,, first and others are among the stars of mamma mia. that and some of the other film releases in the film review. it may only be 310 miles long but the border between northern ireland and ireland is still proving a major block on the road to brexit. speaking in belfast, the prime minister called on the eu to evolve its position on the issue. the eu's chief negotiator responded that he's open to any solution
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that is legally workable. michel barnier also welcomed mrs may's brexit white paper, the one that triggered a slew of resignations in westminster, but questioned whether some of it could work in practise. our deputy political editor john pienaar has the latest. the protesters often turn out for theresa may but the problems of brexit follow her everywhere. today, she was in belfast with a plea and a promise. a promise there will be no hard irish border when the uk leaves. and a plea to the eu. she had compromised on her brexit plan. now, it was brussels's turn. the white paper represents a significant development in our position. it is a coherent package. it is now for the eu to respond. not simply to fall back on previous positions which have already been proven unworkable. as for the border, her plans sees goods moving freely between the uk and the eu,
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including ireland with no customs or other checks. so, no special status for northern ireland, no undermining the union. the solution we have put forward is a practical, workable solution to do that which respects the vote of the british people, protects jobs but also ensures that we don't see a hard border between northern ireland and ireland. in brussels, the stage was set for an important moment. how would the british compromises go down? eu foreign ministers had met and set the tone, wary, not convinced, at least not yet. i will remain an optimist, but it is hard to be an optimist in these challenging times. we will work on the basis of our principles and see to what extent our british partner fully gets it, including the british parliament. then, it is the negotiator‘s turn, he wasn't ready to buy britain's offer as it stood, but he was willing to talk. "there are several elements that open away to a constructive discussion," he said, but his doubts and
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questions piled up. how could britain trade with europe's single market without following the same rules? what about protecting eu consumers? and, in plain english, the eu was ready to contemplate the outcome many fear most — talks ending in no agreements. even if you want to reach a deal, it's also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including a no deal. as the european council said, we have to step up preparation at all levels for all scenarios. this was no moment of breakthrough and it was never likely to be. there will be some relief in government that the british plan wasn't dismissed out of hand. but now the going gets really tough. brussels wants more concessions, and there were some mps who are already plotting mutiny when and if those concessions are made. as it stands, seniorfigures on all sides are telling me it is hard to see mrs may's blueprint getting through in the autumn as mps prepare for their summer break,
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brexit looks like a crisis waiting to happen. it also ensures that there is no border effectively down the irish sea. if only all talks are as friendly as this, but nothing's easyjust now. not her party, not parliament, not brussels, not brexit. certainly not brexit. john pienaar, bbc news. a little earlier i spoke to our political correspondent jonathan blake. i started by asking him if prime minister theresa may should be grateful that the white paper was not rejected out of hand by michel barnier. she should be relieved and perhaps grateful that today was on the day where michel barnier stood up and effectively ripped up that white paper and said" we can work with us" paper and said" we can work with us". it was a cautious welcome but it was but also a warning from the european union today that there are several parts of her plans which
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they believe cannot work and as you heard injohn‘s they believe cannot work and as you heard in john's report they believe cannot work and as you heard injohn‘s report they are, it is viewed that eu countries will be difficult to elect customs on behalf of the un and custom terror some half of the uk and vice versa. he questioned how there could be a free—trade agreement on goods but not services. —— customs. he also said that as you heard as well, time is an issue because as we know there will be negotiations through the summer will be negotiations through the summer but october is the date looming with the uk and the eu need to get a deal done in time for him to get a deal done in time for him to be signed off. this close to the summer to be signed off. this close to the summer break, i think there will be one or two sides of relief in government that there was a constructive tone struck by michel barnier today. but the talk of no deal and the british government saying it will put out more details
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about what that might mean for people, that must be alarming to both sides because both sides want to getan both sides because both sides want to get an agreement. yes, there is preparation being made in government and that has been stepped up in the last few days and weeks we are told for a no deal scenario and that will include as you suggested instructions that people put online every other individuals living in the uk and what to do if there is a no deal scenario. both sides are saying that they want to reach a deal but with every day and week that goes by, that seems to be further and further away from being possible. they have to i guess along with that continue their preparations for there being no deal. that was jonathan blake there. rajesh rana is the president of the belfast chamber of trade and commerce and was there for theresa may's speech in northern ireland earlier today. hejoins me now from belfast. what did you make of what theresa
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may had to say? she feels she has compromise and that she has, come up with a workable solution to what is becoming really the last remaining pa rt becoming really the last remaining part of that agreement? we welcome the white paper as it stands, the commitment to have no hard border which is essential for business in northern ireland. our members trade across the island and across the gb as well. so that commitment was good to have no border or checks between northern ireland and great britain. iam northern ireland and great britain. i am cautiously optimistic but there needs to be that same hope that the eu will respond to this. there are some do know who were in her cabinet by david davis who have suggested that a technological border that they think you could do it by having number plate recognition, you could have checks away from the border. do you think that is workable? as
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theresa may said today, that would probably be impossible and i don't think there is any country in the world where that has been implemented particularly with the difficulties we have at our border with over 300 current border crossings. such a high level of integration. i think we would say that technological solutions are probably not workable so we would welcome the commitment today to have no hard border at all. what about theissue no hard border at all. what about the issue of migration? is that having an impact in northern ireland at all with the workforce, with filling jobs? there are some people reporting in england that it is, is that the same happening there? yes very much so. there was one thing she was silent on today apart from saying there would be no free movement of labour. certainly all businesses in belfast in northern ireland are... there is great
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difficulty in filling roles in all sectors from low skill to professional and technical skills. unemployment is at an all—time low which is great for the economy but for us to grow our businesses and the economy, we do need to have enough people being allowed to come in to the uk from europe and the rest of the world to work and to contribute to our society. if there isa contribute to our society. if there is a free—trade agreement which could obviously solve that issue and give a frictionless border, it would probably mean accepting freedom of movement. is that a price that you and your businesses will be willing to pay? i think the white paper is saying that there are not allowing free movement of people. we would say we would need to have a commitment to have a sufficient number of people being allowed to work in the uk. it is quite a contentious issue that people who support a browser would be against
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free movement. but we do need some mechanism to make sure we do have enough people. unemployment is an all—time low and we're working hard in our businesses to get people into work currently. but that will not fill the gap. it is an issue that needs be addressed. president of the belfast chamber of trade and commerce. thank you very much for joining us this evening. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:45 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the political commentator, giles kenningham, and the political correspondent for the guardian, jessica elgot. the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury in wiltshire, charlie rowley, has been discharged from hospital. his partner dawn sturgess, who was also contaminated, died over a fortnight ago. duncan kennedy reports. it's been a life—changing three weeks for charlie rowley.
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contaminated by a nerve agent but 110w contaminated by a nerve agent but now well enough to leave hospital. contaminated by a nerve agent but now well enough to leave hospitallj am now well enough to leave hospital.” am pleased to confirm that earlier today, charlie rowley was discharged from hospital. charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine. today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery and all of us here at salisbury hospital which am well as he continues to get better. the news of charlie's release comes every two weeks after the death of his partner dawn stu rgess weeks after the death of his partner dawn sturgess from novichok poisoning. today in a park in salisbury, a few of her friends gathered in a small memorial tribute to the mother of three. she was a really nice, friendly person. she always looked out for people. she would give money if they needed it. should help on the way that she could. it's really a shame to see her go. she was a caring person. she like to be the mother of really. they came in contact with the novichok at his home in amesbury.
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the source of the poisonous but it was a small bottle found here. police today released these pictures ofa police today released these pictures of a parking salisbury where it is possible charlie or she picked up a bottle. the operation came as some reports suggest that police may have come closer to identify suspects in the case. four months after you and sergei skripal were contaminated with novichok, today it was charlie rowley a ble with novichok, today it was charlie rowley able to leave hospital. one of four active —— victims of a nerve agent now at the heart of a major police investigation. duncan kennedy, bbc news in salisbury. and a little earlier i spoke to our correspondent caroline davies who has the latest from the hospital. of course it is notjust three weeks since charlie rowley and his partner dawn stu rgess were since charlie rowley and his partner dawn sturgess were admitted here to salisbury hospital after they came into co nta ct salisbury hospital after they came into contact with that nerve agent novichok. when the hospital spoke earlier, they were keen to praise the critical step saying they had
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worked tirelessly to get charlie to this point. they were also very keen to reassure the public that only five people have been exposed and given hospital treatment to that novichok agent. but they have also continued with the advised that if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up. two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder pupils and teachers at their school in northallerton in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences. the teenagers were inspired by the killings of 13 people at the columbine high school in america almost 20 years ago. thomas wyllie, on the left, was handed a 12—year custodial sentence while his co—defendant, alex bolland, was given ten years. reporting restrictions had been in place which meant the two boys couldn't be named before — our correspondent phil connell explains why the judge allowed the names to be released. during the course of this try we had not been able to identify either of these two boys. but today after being challenged by the press, those reporting restrictions were lifted and as you say, they were named as
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thomas wiley and alex boland. the judge told the court that she believed it was in the public‘s interest. we have heard how both became obsessed with the columbine school shooting in america and plan to carry out a similar attack at a school in north allerton in north yorkshire. we heard by the gathered potential bomb making equipment and had planned to shoot both pupils and teachers. she senses them today, the judge told the boys that their conspiracy to murder was not wishful thinking or fantasy. she conspiracy to murder was not wishful thinking orfantasy. she said it was a real plot to massacre many people. she said that the attack intended to cause terror and her decision to name the boys would hopefully act as a deterrent to other young people. the headlines on bbc news. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said many questions remain about theresa may's vision forfuture links between london and brussels. novichok victim charlie rowley, who became seriously ill after he was exposed to the nerve agent in wiltshire last month, has been discharged from hospital.
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two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder teachers and classmates at their school in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences of ten and 12 years. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc lizzy. there's a three—way tie at the top of the open leaderboard after today's round two, played in very different conditions to yesterday. rain. zachjohnson shot a li—under par round of 67 to join fellow american kevin kisner on 6—under. south african zander lombard is still out on the course, but is also currently on 6—under. tommy fleetwood is just one shot off the leaders — his 2nd round of 65 — the best of the championship so far.
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rory mcilroy is one shot further back. defending champion jordan spieth is still very much in contention, three shots off the lead. they are still going. the second round is not done yet. we don't expect the leaderboard to change. danny willett is on 2—under, while tiger woods is even par. let's hear then from the two leading britons — rory mcilroy, and first, tommy fleetwood. it was a strong run of golf. and i think... six under. when you are out there and you hit the shots, and you think "that was really good" and record types got it it went out, you would not fancy being at six under. that is a indication of how good it was. lam in lamina i am in a great position going into the third day. i was probably top ten going into the third day at the tour last year. but some were not. i am happy in a the toughest of conditions and our side of the draw,
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we had to tough it out a little bit. it was more difficult so i am happy to be in with the group and hopefully i can go out and play well again tomorrow and then that would bea again tomorrow and then that would be a big chance going into sunday. wales' geraint thomas still holds the overall lead in the tour de france just over halfway through the race. today's 13th stage was won by slovakia's peter sagan, who just managed to hold off the charge of alexander kristoff to win by a wheel's length. sagan is the runaway leader in the sprint division — and is one of the only sprint specialists left in the tour after the mountains have taken their toll. but britain's geraint thomas finished safely in the main group and leads his sky team mate chris froome by one min 39 seconds. max verstappen has set the pace in practise for sunday's german grand prix. the dutchman just edged out lewis hamilton by milliseconds in second practise in hockenheim. hamilton made a mistake on his best lap but was still clear of title rival sebastian vettel. vettel leads the drivers
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championship by 8 points. some the the world's best athletes will be out to put on a show at the anniversary games in the london stadium, starting tomorrow. britain's dina asher smith will run in the 100 and 200 metres, looking to compete in both at next month's european championships. i want to win. and i am at hopeful that that calibre of race is in london. where i am fortunate enough to have a high bar and i am the only bridge in the race. so when i am really tired and i hear the just a matter you think speed up, or they're getting further away. it feels really good to have that race at home. because i always like to put on a good show for a home crowd and it feels good. england's under 19s could only manage a draw in their second match at the euros in finland, they won their first match against turkey.
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the young lions took the lead against ukraine after middlebrough‘s marcus tavernier scored with a well—struck effor. but the equaliser came just before half—time when trevoh chalobah couldn't deal with the ukrainian striker before he finished brilliantly. england's final group game is against france on monday afternoon. they had just been turkey 4—0. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at half past ten. officials in gaza say four palestinians have been killed in a day of violence near the israeli border. the palestinian health ministry says one person was shot dead by israeli soldiers during the weekly friday protests. three other people were killed in air strikes and tank fire, which israel says was targetting hamas. the latest violence comes a day after israel's parliament passed a controversial law defining the country as the nation—state of the jewish people. hot on the heels of his
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controversial talks in helsinki, president trump has invited president putin for a summit at the white house. from washington, gary o'donoghue reports. one week on and still we don't know what these two men agreed to behind closed doors in a two hour long meeting that only translators were present. but after that joint meeting that only translators were present. but after thatjoint public appearance, donald trump seeming to side with russia over his own intelligence services has faced there were of criticism being forced to clear up there were of criticism being forced to clearup and there were of criticism being forced to clear up and clarify his support for his own side. getting along with president putin and getting along with russia is a positive, not a negative. now with that being said, if that doesn't work out, i will be the worst enemy he has ever had. the worst he has ever had. we have some breaking news, the white house as on twitter that flag repligen is coming
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to the white house in the fall. and 110w to the white house in the fall. and now this. you can the man who runs the entirety of us intelligence off—balance. the entirety of us intelligence off-balance. say that again? laughter . vladimir putin. did i hear that? yeah. 0k. .. laughter . that is going to be special. laughter .on laughter . on the face that, the invite of president putin is baffling. why biscayne other potential humiliation on home soiljust weeks before key congressional elections? the answer is that around seven out of ten republican voters believe the summit was a success. and getting them out to vote at the november polls will be crucial. the president has faced scepticism on both sides of the political divide. over his whole strategy towards russia. some opponents have called it a betrayal. ifind it opponents have called it a betrayal. i find it shocking. opponents have called it a betrayal. ifind it shocking. ifound it to be
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one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an american president that anyone has ever witnessed. and it wasn'tjust that it was a kind of surrender. it's that it it was a kind of surrender. it's thatitis it was a kind of surrender. it's that it is dangerous. the president stood there and did not defend our country. and why the politicians get stuck in, comedians aren't either.l second meeting because the first one went so well. it is just at the exciting sequel coming out this summer. titanic too, here we go again. all coming to a television near you soon. gary o'donoghue, bbc news, washington. a little earlier i spoke to our washington correspondent anthony zurcher and started by asking him about president trump inviting vladimir putin to the white house. donald trump tweeted earlier this week that he viewed the helsinki summit with vladimir putin as a great success despite all of the criticism which he painted as the
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fa ke criticism which he painted as the fake news media pulling things out of proportion. so what better way to show what a great success it has been than to plant the next summit just a few months later. and that is what donald trump has done. it shouldn't come as much a surprise i know a lot of people were caught off—guard by the nazanin, but much off—guard by the nazanin, but much ofa off—guard by the nazanin, but much of a surprise that donald trump would act unilaterally, that he would act unilaterally, that he would make a surprise announcement if member back to the announcement ofa summit if member back to the announcement of a summit with kimjong—un, if member back to the announcement of a summit with kim jong—un, that caught everyone off guard at the time. no one said it would ask her to happen and then it ended up taking place as scheduled. this is the way this president operates and the way this president operates and the only thing unsurprising at this point was that there was surprise this week. another story that is breaking at the moment out of the new york times i think has a story saying the president trump and is once i were secretly recorded a conversation with the president two months before the election in which they discuss payments to a former playboy model. what can you tell us about that? this was revealed from
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an fbi raid on michael cohen, donald trump on—site long—time personal lawyer, on his office and his home. as the investigation into his business dealings including possible payments that he made to a women who are alleging sexual affairs of donald trump. this one in particular, karen mcdougal, was a play-by-play particular, karen mcdougal, was a play—by—play meant was that she had a year—long affair with donald trump, an affair he is denied. he is also denied being in any sort of arrangements to pay off these women. this could be evidence undercutting his assertion that he was involved in that. that was a line he said about a payment to stormy daniels, the adult film star who was also alleging an affair. the reason this is important is because it donald trump knew about these payments and he'd did it in order to further his presidential campaign to help him elected president by defusing potentially explosive stores and do not expose these payments, that
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could be a violation of campaign finance law. in addition it could be putting more pressure on michael cohen to co—operate with investigators who are not only looking into his business dealings but also looking into any possible ties he had with donald trump as pa rt ties he had with donald trump as part of the russia investigation. so if the deals were compelled to co—operate, that could be bad news for donald trump. the new health and social care secretary has said he will look again at the current key a&e target in england of seeing patients within four hours and whether it is realistic. matt hancock also said he wants to address how undervalued many nhs staff feel and boost morale. our health editor hugh pym has been to meet him. nice to meetjuiced up with verne is the major. i am matt. demonstrating his bedside matter. the new health and social care cemetery —— secretary was off to the hospital, expected to make his speech on the
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job. he certainly has a lot to think about and a lot of problems to face up about and a lot of problems to face up to. first, nhs targets that have been missed or sometimes in england. the main ones are for patients waiting times in a& and waiting in surgery. “— waiting times in a& and waiting in surgery. —— a&e nhs leaders have been confident to be changed and matt hancock said he would consider it. the nhs themselves have come forward and said "can we have a set of targets that are more clinically appropriate?" of targets that are more clinically appropriate? " i want of targets that are more clinically appropriate?" i want to listen very carefully to the proposals they put forward. but the use of targets to measure performance is important. we have discussed to make sure that they are the right ones clinically. workforces where matt hancock says isa workforces where matt hancock says is a priority. he says it is heartbreaking how undervalued nhs staff feel. you identifiable morale asa staff feel. you identifiable morale as a problem is in that partly down to the nhs leaders? we need to be
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crystal clear about the value that we attach to people who give up their working lives to improve the lives and health of others. health unions welcomed that pledge while noting workforce shortages had to be tackled. it is about having the right numbers, the right level of skills and training and the tools to do thejob as skills and training and the tools to do the job as well as a culture which is less top—down and less bullying and enabling people to work the best of their ability. better use of technology is another of the secretary of state's aims he is a fan of gps at hand. an online video consultation in london. he says he would like to see it rolled out around the country. but some doctors are concerned. there is risk with new technology that you can end up with some groups who are easily able to access smartphones and computers are being given to better service at the expense of others. on the front line, patient numbers are rising and
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the workload is going. but the new money promised by the prime minister will not kick in until next year. before then, matt hancock will have to face the familiar intense pressures which winter will bring to the nhs. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. we have had a bit of a novelty today. some rain in many places. a ban of france was a philly in the south and east which continues to fizzle away. chuck charts across the southeast. much of the rain will fizzle as the night wears on but if you showers will continue across parts of the south. generally speaking it will become dry, misty and murky across parts of northern ireland and scotland. caught areas not typing far. tomorrow, a lot of dry weather around and some spells of sunshine development. a fair amount of cloud as well. small chance for a shower across the south. some of those can
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be heavy, patchy rain up in western ireland. the average was higher than today. 20 degrees in glasgow, 27 in london as a book to sunday particularly monday, the heat will be building in the south and into the low 30s with some sunshine and more cloud and rain. for the northwest. hello this is bbc news with vicky young. the headlines. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said many questions remain about theresa may's vision forfuture links between london and brussels. novichok victim charlie rowley, who was found in critical condition in amesbury earlier this month, has been released from hospital. two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder teachers and classmates at their school in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences of ten and 12 years. donald trump has invited vladimir putin to visit
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the us later this year — to the surprise of many in washington. a four week—old baby, who was taken during a carjacking in birmingham, has been reunited with her mother in hospital. eliza o'neill was abandoned in her carseat by the carjackers at a health centre three miles from where the incident took place. the baby's mother, who was forced out of the vehicle, was left with facial injuries. sima kotecha reports. a mother who thought the worst, now relieved after being back together with her baby. it was yesterday claire o'neill pulled up outside her home in south birmingham. two men demanded her car keys and then drove off in her vehicle. injuring her in the process. her four—week—old daughter eliza was still in the back. some of her neighbours saw it happen. we thought, at the time —
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i thought a couple of kids i had to go out and find out. it's disgusting what they've done. it's not the sort of thing you expect to happen. around 45 minutes later, baby eliza was found here at this health centre just a few miles away. she was still in her car seat. police said she seemed blissfully unaware of the drama she been involved in. officers say they're looking for the men and the car, which is a grey audi. the intent and the greed around the people responsible for this was taken above the child's life and ultimately emotionally to anybody out there who has any information in relation to this crime — i what those people to come forward. today from hospital, claire o'neill said she was shaken. and that because the men ran over her as they made their escape
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she's unable to hold her daughter properly. the child was missing for less than an hour. but for her, those 45 minutes are likely to have felt a lot longer. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. at least 17 people have died after an amphibious "duck boat" carrying tourists sank in stormy weather in the us state of missouri. the vessel was carrying 31 people when it capsized in table rock lake — a popular tourist attraction in the state. authorities have said there are children are among the dead. ben ando reports. barely making headway, shocked tourists watch as one of the so—called duck tour boats struggles against the swells of a sudden storm. another vessel further out did not make it back and sank beneath the choppy waters of table rock lake in missouri with 31 people on board. we all knew that one of them rolled
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or whatever it may be. i saw two people way off in the distance. we were off in the front of the boat, they were way off in the distance. i believe they may be actual workers that jumped in after others, trying to save them. 17 are dead and seven people were rushed to hospital. our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims in this tragic event that has occurred down here. it's a sad occasion, a lot of people involved, a lot of families involved down here on vacation trying to enjoy time, and ending up with an incident like this. the us president donald trump took to twitter to express his deepest sympathy for those involved in the tragedy. # immonen right. —— come on and right. the so—called duck rides are a popular attraction on table rock lake, billing themselves as the area's only land and water adventure with children themselves allowed to steer the vessel on the lake. the vessels which can go by land or sea were originally designed during world war ii.
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more than 20,000 were built and many took part in the d—day landings where they carried nearly half of the allies supplies onto the beaches. but there have been fatal accidents before. five students were killed many years ago when abe duck collided with a bus in seattle. investigators said one of the axles had sheared off. the cause of this latest tragedy is not yet known. locals say the storm came suddenly, and authorities say there were life jackets on board for everyone. it's not clear whether the passengers had been ordered to put them on. ben ando, bbc news. hackers have stolen the personal data of one and a half million patients from singapore's government health database, in the island nation's worst ever cyber attack. the communications ministry says they do not know who was behind the attack, but that it was sophisticated and targeted. the hackers stole personal details and prescription records, but not full medical records. singapore's prime minister was one of those affected. strike action by the airline ryanair has left thousands of holiday—makers grounded at airports today, with more cancellations planned for next week.
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16 ryanair flights to and from the republic of ireland on tuesday have now been cancelled, with the civil aviation authority instructing those affected to claim compensation. here to help shed some light on people's rights is the travel journalist trisha andres. thanks for coming eggs begin to us. first of all, what is the scale of the problem here? it seems that the moment isjust between the problem here? it seems that the moment is just between ireland and in which airports. is that right?” think at the moment you have got two times of strikes, piling strikes which has affected over 4000 passengers today. there are 24 cancellations today. that is really looking at ireland and uk roots and best thing for tuesday with the 16 cancelled flights affect increase out of 500 people. but also you have got in addition to that cabin crew strike and that is going to affect
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50,000 passengers with more than 600 cancelled flights on wednesday the 25th and thursday the 26th. quite a lot of fights. this of course at a time when the school holidays are just starting. what is the reason behind it? why are they striking? for the piling strikes according to a trade union organising the strike, pilots will not be able to use a provision to use their time for the company to determine future promotions, annual leave and also tra nsfers promotions, annual leave and also transfers from base. so that is the main issue. as for cabin and crew, theissues main issue. as for cabin and crew, the issues are not to zip this similar. they have got to do with pay and also sick pay and working conditions and allowance to have more hours that they can determine in advance. so if you are a passenger and you have been stuck today, what can you do legally and what you get when it comes to compensation was a lie really feel
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for those passengers. with got three scenarios will stop the first one is ifa scenarios will stop the first one is haflmm scenarios will stop the first one is if a flight was cancelled, within european union regulations you are definitely, airlines are definitely obliged to give you a full refund. otherwise, we route you to be nearest destination as soon as possible. otherwise you could also read book at a later date at no extra cost. let's say you've booked the flights and you've also booked accommodation separately, that is not on the package holiday, you'll have to your charms to persuade the hotel or villa to give you a refund or break you at a later date because they are in no way obliged to give you a refund. so you willjust have to use your charms. in terms of compensation, this is still classed as being extraordinary circumstances, so airlines will not have to compensate you. but of course they will need to give you a
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full refund. another scenario is let's say you have been stranded, airlines are also required to do a better hotel has put you up at a hotel and also feed you and give you some food. the best course of action really is to save your receipts so that when you get back to the uk you can make claims for those if ryanair is not a raging those for you. the last scenario is if you are in a package holiday, then the tour operator you have booked with is absolutely required to put you a better hotel and also on a half board orfull better hotel and also on a half board or full board better hotel and also on a half board orfull board basis. better hotel and also on a half board or full board basis. do you think there is a chance that the strike action could read to effect other airports, other routes over the summer? i think at the moment it seems like it is really tuesday and wednesday and thursday. those are the planned ones. hopefully we won't really know, but hopefully it will be relegated to those days. for
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those who are stranded in the uk, then perhaps it is one of those days where you might be able to explore your own backyard. we will end on a positive note. thank you very much, trisha andres editor from the travel desk. farmers leaders are warning some of scotland's soft fruit growers may leave the industry because of a shortage of workers from eastern europe. ?tonnes of strawberries have been left to rot this summer because of a lack of pickers. the uk government's now being urged to re—introduce a scheme to attract seasonal workers from abroad, as andrew anderson reports. we'll pick it for six weeks. checking the rasps on their farm, the living and a life for the marshalls. the shortage of workers brought to harvest this route as these young farmers worry for their future. i'm not hitting the panic button but just that we are looking to the future, where is the labour force going to come from.
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and i think as a countercultural of soft foods in scotland, it is well—known the raspberries in this area are the best due to the warm light and will be really sad to see young people like us sort of not invest in it because we cannot, our hands are tied. every scottish fruit farm relies on workers like these from eastern europe to pick the crop, but the numbers are falling and that has meant big problems this year. on farms across scotland, fruit like these is being left to rot in the ground. farmers were hit by a double whammy this year. they were already finding it difficult to recruit eastern european workers, then there was an explosion in the crop brought on by the hot weather earlier this month. farmers are worried brexit will mean even fewer workers coming here. they're urging the uk government to bring in a scheme without delay to address the problem. without it, would some think of quitting? i think they will because it is not only the certainty of the workers coming here, is the certainty for thr growers to put the crop
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in and to keep the crop running. it's a huge investment presented to the industry in scotland and to not have the confidence is going to be harvested is quite a scare predicament to be in. these mps were helping with the harvested today. a good effort, but not a patch on the workers who are in these fields everyday. the issue seems to be that number 10 and within the home offices, for some reason they seem to believe that this is all about immigration. it's not. people come here under licence. if they break that licence, they will be set apart. they come from six months a year to help farmers in places like this to get the crop to the market. surely we could form a scheme. we had it in the past, we can do it again. the uk government says it is working hard to ensure the labour needs of the agricultural sector are met. meanwhile, scotland's farmers are looking ahead to the autumn harvest, unsure if they will have the workers they need. andrew anderson, reporting scotland. the youngest pilot in the battle of
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britain has died at the age of 96. geoffrey wellum joined the royal air force in the second world war when he was only 17. just over a year later, he was engaged in a ferocious dogfight in which he brought down at least three enemy aircraft, sustained damage to his own, and yet managed to escape. robert hall looks back at his life. archive: the british met the challenge by throwing everything they had. i remember walking out to it with a parachute over my shoulder and looking at this elegant, relaxed fighter. the chap said to me, "go and fly it, but don't you dare break it". it was the start of a true partnership. afterjust a few months training, geoffrey wellum was in the cockpit of his first spitfire. by the summer of 1940, he was a veteran. day after day, he and his young friends scrambled to meet german attacks. the moment the phone rang, you were het up. that was a difficult time.
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once you were strapped into your aeroplane and airborne, then it was up to you. in later life, geoffrey's experiences were dramatised in a film. for much of the battle, british aircraft were heavily outnumbered. dogfights were chaotic and often short. the spitfire only carried enough ammunition for a few minutes of combat. i can remember, the controller coming on and saying, "1—4—0, 150 plus coming in over dungeness". and my goodness, it looked it, too. we went into it head on. like a lot of gnats on a summer evening. the loses of pilots and aircraft were unrelenting. when i spoke to geoffrey earlier this year, he said survivors had to shut out their emotions. you just accepted it. it was a dangerous game and it was a dangerous war. if you lost a close friend, yes, there was a little bit of...
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but let's go out to the local pub, but you had to accept it. geoffrey eventually suffered an emotional and physical breakdown and left active service in 1943. but his memoirs ensure that we never forget that short period in our history. we were young fighter pilots doing a job, defending our country against the king's enemies. geoffrey wellum — who has died at the age of 96. now it's time for the film review.


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