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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 10. pope francis is in ireland, for the first papal visit in almost a0 years. he's been addressing a crowd of over 80,000 at croke park in dublin tonight. women in england are to be allowed to take the second of two early abortion pills in their own homes — instead of in a clinic. holidaymakers arrive home after being flown back early from an egyptian hotel, following the unexplained deaths of a british couple. and at 10:30 and again at 11:30 we ll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers — the broadcaster and journalist, penny smith, and rosamund urwin, financial services correspondent at the sunday times. — stay with us for that. in the last hour, pope francis has been speaking at the festival
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of families concert in dublin — as he continues his two—day visit to ireland. the pontiff spoke about the importance of peacemaking and forgiveness in families. earlier, the pope spent an hour—and—a—half talking to eight people who suffered sexual or institutional abuse by catholic clergy in ireland. the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, has called on pope francis to listen to survivors of abuse at the hands of the church, at the start of the pontiff's visit to ireland. mr varadkar said the wounds of scandals such as the clerical sexual abuse of children were still open. in place of christian charity, forgiveness and compassion, far too often there was judgment, severity and cruelty. in particular towards women and children and those on the margins. magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes,
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industrial schools, illegal adoptions and clerical child abuse are stains on our state, our society and also the church. people kept in dark corners behind closed doors. cries for help that went unheard. and these wounds are still open. and there's much to be done to bring aboutjustice and truth and healing for the victims and survivors. holy father, we ask that you use your office and influence to ensure that this is done here in ireland and also around the world. women in england will be allowed to take the second of two early abortion pill at home, under a government plan due to take effect by the end of the year. both doses of the medication currently have to taken in a clinic 2a to 48 hours apart. wales and scotland have already legalised home—use of the drug. well, joining us now is the deputy chief executive of the society for the protection
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of unborn children, john deighan. thank you forjoining us here on bbc news. what is your reaction to this announcement? we are disappointed. we are still looking at legal action in scotland to stop this policy. it is further trivialisation of abortion. 0ne fifth of all pregnancies almost, so we need to look at ways to stop that. john, it looks like we don't have the best line. if we do manage to get him back we will continue our discussion on the news that the women in england will be allowed to take early abortion medication in their home. that move set to be put in place by the end of the year. i do believe we have him back, so we were
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just talking about your reaction to this news and you are saying that it trivialises abortion. why would you say that? because it sounds easy for people to take a pill, we are used to taking pills for headaches, and this is a pill that ends the life of the features in the one and it means it can happen in the house, quite dramatic thing to go through, and she sees the reality of the procedure. obviously a lot of women receive counselling and everything is explained as to what they are going to be going through. what i am interested in is not the fact that they are terminating a pregnancy with the pill, that has been going on. iam interested in your with the pill, that has been going on. i am interested in your reaction to them taking the pill at home because you mounted a legal challenge to the scottish decision and were overruled? that is not the end of the story. it is still further recourse in the courts that
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he can have on the legal front. basically... people have to have an abortion under medical supervision and to do at home, taking the pill by yourself, it is common sense, simply not in keeping with the law. the abortion act should restrict abortion and the aim is that women shouldn't be having backstreet abortions, that is what people were told at the time, and now they are having back room abortions because basically they are away from clinics and medical supervision with very powerful drugs which have high level of side effects. this is an increase in the choice for women, it makes it safe and make sure they have dignified clear. do you accept that as an improvement and a forward step? i think it is a regressive step? i think it is a regressive step for women and we know women are often coerced into abortion and
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people increasingly have to take the burden on their own shoulders and this leaves them with all the burden with no medical supervision. it is them and we don't know the conditions, the conditions of their home and if it is a safe place. it isa very home and if it is a safe place. it is a very backward step for women, and for the resources of the nhs to be used in this way. thank you for joining us, i'd be deputy chief executive for the society of the protection of the unborn child. not the best lines. hawaii has seen more floods and landslides, as storm lane makes its way past the islands. the former hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm. but authorities are warning that lives are still at risk. it's the biggest storm to hit the pacific island group in nearly three decades. earlier, our north america correspondent, james cook, who's on the island of maui, gave us an update. it's still pretty windy, not nearly as windy as it was. the interesting thing here has been the storm surge, the pacific ocean beside me here has
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been churned up a brownish colour. it has been on and off pretty heavy rain. but there is some news that has been changing and that is this is now no longer a hurricane, it has been downgraded to a tropical storm. good news of course for hawaii but the may yet be a sting in the tail because the heavy rain which has already caused destruction, landslides and forced rescues on the big island is now expected to cause problems here on maui and on the most populous of the islands. rohingya refugees living in bangladesh have been staging angry protests. they come exactly a year after they were forced from their homes in myanmar during a military crackdown. thousands marched in their camps near cox's bazaar. 0ur south asia regional editor anbarasan ethirajan has more. chanting. demanding justice, thousands of angry rohingya refugees marched through camps in bangladesh's cox's
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bazaar district. emotions were running high as the anniversary prompted memories of the brutal violence in myanmar. in a separate valley, hundreds of women and children sought to highlight their own plight. they are well aware there is little sign of them returning to their homes in myanmar soon. more than a million refugees lived in cramped conditions in these camps. the violence in myanmar‘s state began a year ago after rohingya militants attacked security forces, sparking a military retaliation. rights groups say thousands were killed and the refugees who fled the violence have told horrific stories of sexual violence and torture. myanmar says it launched a legitimate counter—insurgancy operation. myanmar and bangladesh have agreed to re—patriate the refugees. many here believe the burmese government's words are not matched by its actions.
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rohingya leaders say that these camps are not their permanent homes and they want to return with safety and dignity. the first anniversary rallies are a reminder to the international community about their existence. 0n the first day of an historic visit to ireland, pope francis speaks of his pain and shame over the child sexual abuse scandal in the catholic church. tens of thousands turned out to hear the pontiff address the crowds on what is the first papal visit there in four decades. translation: the failure of the ecclesiastical authorities, bishops, religious superiors, priests and others, adequately to address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage. he also met — in private — survivors of abuse, and told them that there would be consequences for those who covered it up. also tonight...
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questions remain over the deaths of a british couple in egypt as the country's leading prosecutor dimisses claims that poisonous gas might have been to blame. tensions increase as venezuela's economic crisis sees peru impose restrictions on the numbers of migrants crossing its border. and one of the biggest upsets ever seen at wembley as catalans dragons beat warrington in rugby league's challenge cup final. good evening. pope francis has spoken of his pain and shame at the failure of the roman catholic church to deal with sexual abuse by
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the clergy in ireland. he was speaking on the first day of his two—day trip to the country — the first papal visit in nearly a0 years. thousands of people lined the streets to greet the pontiff, who this evening had a private meeting with abuse survivors. 0ur religion editor, martin bashir, reports. cheering. tonight's concert at croke park stadium concluded a hectic day of meetings and speeches for pope francis. it all began at 8:30am this morning, when he boarded the papal plane and made his customary visit to the cargo of correspondence and camera crews on board, including the bbc. martin bashir, bbc. unlike the last papal visit, when pope john paul kissed the runway, francis deployed a smile and a wave. his first visit was to the residence of
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president michael d higgins. he moved on to a meeting of civil leaders and the diplomatic corps, and it was here, at dublin castle, that the taoiseach, leo varadkar, raised the issue of child sexual abuse, which has threatened to dominate the visit. these wounds are still open, and there is much to be done to bring aboutjustice and truth and healing for the victims and survivors. holy father, we ask that you use your office and influence to ensure that this is done here in ireland, and also around the world. pope francis responded with words of repentance and regret, but without offering any specific remedies. translation: the failure of the ecclesiastical authorities, bishops, religious superiors, priests and others, adequately to address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame for the catholic
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community. margaret mcguckin was abused in a catholic run children's home and was disappointed by pope francis's speech. these words don't wash with us any more. we've heard all these patronising words for a lifetime. you know, so disappointed, and i can imagine what our people are like all over ireland. at st mary's pro—cathedral, pope francis prayed before a candle, honouring victims of abuse. and then met privately with eight survivors for 90 minutes. one of those in attendance was patrick mccafferty. i got the strong impression that no one will be exempt from just penalties, who have offended, who have covered up, because those who covered up, he was told very clearly, the damage that those who cover up, who cover these things up, is as bad, in some ways, it could even be said to be worse, than the offence, the offender.
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but on the streets of dublin, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the pope, despite decades of scandal. although this visit will lastjust 36 hours, it comes at a crucial moment in the fractured relationship between ireland and the church. back at tonight's world meeting of families event in croke park, a reminder, if needed, that the future of the church in ireland will depend on its ability to treasure the youngest of its members. martinjoins us from dublin this evening. martin, what's your assessment of how the day has unfolded? pope francis arrived in ireland following something of a global blizzard of child abuse allegations.
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we had that near 900 page report from the state of pennsylvania detailing credible allegations against 300 members of the clergy. in may, all of the bishops in chile offered their resignations. and we had the report into ampleforth and tyneside, those prestigious catholic schools in england. then pope francis was elected in 2013, he made dealing with child sexual abuse one of his priorities. five years on, the scandals keep coming. while he retains a level of popularity as an individual, many survivors say that u nless individual, many survivors say that unless he introduces an aggressive, zero tolerance policy and new mechanisms for accountability and transparency, then the church here in ireland and probably elsewhere will continue to be diminished. martin, thank you. martin bashir. egypt's top prosecutor says
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the deaths of a british couple who died at a hotel resort in the country were not due to poisonous gas emissions in their room. john and susan cooper were staying at the steigenberger aqua magic hotel in hurghada. both died on tuesday amid claims the hotel's air conditioning system might be to blame. concern following the deaths led to other holidaymakers being flown home — the first have now arrived back in the uk, as katy austin reports. it's still unclear how an apparently fit and healthy couple died at this 5—star red sea resort. john and susan cooper, both in their 60s, were found ill on tuesday at the aqua magic hotel in the hurghad area of egypt. inspectors found no evidence of toxic gas leaks in their hotel room and the local hospital manager said fumes were unlikely to have caused their deaths. translation: i don't think it was gas poisoning because if a group of people were subject to gas leaks, they would all suffer at the same time from the same symptoms, like suffocation. with the case of this couple,
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i got the first one at around 11am and the second at 5pm. so i don't think this was the cause. nearly half of thomas cook's 300 customers at the hotel chose to fly home. when you find out at 10:30pm at night that two people have died two days ago and nobody knows why, and they came down ill quite suddenly, haven't had a chance to get a doctor first, then yes, i'm wondering what's happening to my kids when they are sleeping. the couple's daughter, kelly 0rmerod, has suspicions about her parents' deaths. a forensic report could take ten days. egypt's tourism industry has suffered in recent years amid security fears. authorities will be hoping this incident doesn't inflict a blow to its reputation. the british foreign and commonwealth office confirmed it is supporting the family of a couple who died in hurghada and that it remains in contact with thomas cook. its guidance to anyone staying at the steigenberger aqua magic hotel is to follow the advice of their tour operator and of local authorities.
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the grieving family ofjohn and susan cooper will just be wanting answers. katy austin, bbc news. women in england will be allowed to take an early abortion pill at home under a government plan due to take effect by the end of the year. at present, women ending a pregnancy in its first 10 weeks must take two pills at a clinic, 2a to 48 hours apart. the move will bring england into line with scotland and wales. hurricane lane has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads towards the us state of hawaii. but authorities are warning that lives are still at risk. schools and offices were closed as the storm brought strong winds and torrential rain. the economic crisis in venezuela has seen tens of thousands of people flee the country each week, trying to escape chronic food and medicine shortages. tensions have increased as venezuela's neighbours struggle to cope with the numbers of people wanting to cross their borders. many have already crossed
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into colombia and many more are now being forced to travel thousands of miles further through mountainous terrain into equador, and then onwards to peru to find work. but peru is determined to restrict those numbers, as our correspondent, katy watson, now reports. the beauty of the eastern andes belies a challenges these mountains pose. this is just the start of the migrant route, but already those walking it are exhausted. anna is headed to peru with her family. eight months pregnant, it is a track of more than 2000 kilometres. for little emmanuel, it is an impossible ask. they are travelling with other migrants. safety in numbers and helping each other out along the way. translation: the truth is, it was harder in venezuela than having to walk in my condition. my son was ill and the hospital wouldn't see him.
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that gave me the strength to walk. but even if they make it to peru, they may not be allowed in. from today, peru requires passports from venezuelans crossing the border. anna's passport was stolen but she tells me the group will cross any way they can. up the road, venezuelans keen to beat the bitter cold in the mountains clamber into a cargo lorry. they are paying £2 each to catch an illegal ride. there are about a0 or 50 venezuelans piled into that truck. after five or six days on the road walking to the border, they are desperate for a lift. but not everybody can go. these people are waiting for the next truck. 2000 kilometres south, the race was on for those who had already travelled down through colombia and ecuador to get to peru before the new passport restrictions came into force. ecuador‘s government even bussed
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venezuelans to the border ahead of the midnight deadline. as the clock ticked, the queues grew. only those with a pink ticket were told they would be allowed through. a seemingly insignificant piece of paper but the ticket to a brighter future. one that from today will be much harder for venezuelans coming through without a passport. this woman tells me she had to hitch lifts and sell her possessions to get her and baby helen to this border. peru, she thinks, is the best chance she has of finding a job. but worries that with more migrants coming through, the patience of neighbouring countries is wearing thin. these people are nearly at the end of their gruelling journey. exhausted, yes, but also relieved. they are finally out of venezuela. thousands more will follow in their footsteps as this migrant crisis continues to get worse. katy watson, bbc news, on the ecuador—peru border. david bowie's one—time
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mentor, lindsay kemp, has died at the age of 80. the dancer and mime artist choreographed the singer's ziggy stardust concerts in london in 1972. he also taught kate bush and appeared in the cult horror film the wicker man. with all the sport now, here's katherine downes at the bbc sport centre. it's been an historic day for rugby league as the catalans dragons beat warrington wolves in the challenge cup final to become the first ever non—english side to lift the trophy. adam wild reports from wembley. allez, allez, allez. .. from the south of france, the catalans dragons, officially in sang et or, blood and gold, perhaps no more fitting colours for a rugby league final. not in great numbers, but in great hope of becoming the first french side to conquer this english cup. warrington wolves stood in their way but failed to block the channel out wide, catalans breaching defences early.
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the french side's determination to make their mark on history all too clear, starting the second half as they did the first, this time brayden wiliame extending their lead. but warrington finally got the luck they needed when george king gathered this fumble, setting up an agonising finish, catalans just clinging on for an extraordinary victory. and so after 122 years, the catalans dragons have done what was once unthinkable. they'll now head back to the south of france with british rugby league's most famous prize. adam wild, bbc news, at wembley. 0nto today's premier league football results — if you're waiting to watch match of the day after the news, then now‘s the time to look away. liverpool are top of the premier league after a 1—0 win over brighton — they're the only side to have won all three of their opening league games. mo salah with the goal. champions manchester city were held to a 1—1 draw by newly—promoted wolves.
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and arsenal got their first win of the season, beating west ham. bournemouth and everton and huddersfield and cardiff drew while leicester beat southampton. hearts are still top of the scottish premiership — they beat kilmarnock1—0. hibs and aberdeen drew 1—1. elsewhere, there were wins for st johnstone and livingstone. lewis hamilton is on pole position for tomorrow's belgian grand prix in spa. the championship leader mastered the wet conditions to go seven tenths of a second faster than sebastian vettel, who's second. force india took third and fourth place just days after the team was saved from collapse. tomorrow's british motogp will start 90 minutes earlier than planned because of heavy rain in the forecast. qualifying today was delayed by more than an hour due to downpours. jorge lorenzo will start on pole at silverstone, with britian‘s cal crutchlow in fourth. great britain won three gold medals on the penultimate
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day of competition at the european para—athletics championships in berlin. hannah cockcroft beat teammate and rival carrie adenegan in the t34 800 metres in a championship record time. it was wheel—to—wheel the whole way but cockroft held on to take the title. sophie hahn and thomas young were the other gold medallists. great britain's women have had to settle for silver at the wheelchair basketball world championships. they lost 56—40 to the netherlands. it was the first time the women's side had ever made it to the final. the british men play theirfinal against the usa tomorrow. and great britian‘s vicki holland is set to race for the world triathlon series title after victory in montreal today. holland closed the gap on series leader katie zaferes of the united states. she's nowjust 3a points behind. the final race of the series is on the gold coast in australia next month. there's more on the bbc sport website, including coverage of the first stage of the vuelta a espana, which started
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today without defending champion chris froome, who is sitting it out this year. but for now, that's all the sport. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. goodnight. a way from scotland it is a bank holiday weekend. very chilly in places this morning but most of us seeing some sunshine through the day. we have also had a few showers around, some heavy and sunday, already starting to fade. a different sort of day tomorrow, this bank of cloud in the early satellite
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pictures meaning something with through the day tomorrow, but overnight, clear skies particularly the further least you are and mainly dry before the close tabs to gather further west with outbreaks of rain in northern ireland and western scotla nd in northern ireland and western scotland and parts of wales in south—west england as we head through the early hours. a cool night but not quite as chilly as the night but not quite as chilly as the nightjust gone. much more unsettled tomorrow. this frontal system working its way in from the west bringing outbreaks of rain and also strengthening winds as well. most of us strengthening winds as well. most of us will see some rain at some stage through the day. some eastern counties of scotland and england getting off to a mainly dry if not bright start before the cloud starts to build and rain already further west extends its way westwards through the day. some likely to be heavy particularly over higher ground. timing dry over northern ireland in south—west england through the afternoon but noticeably windy. these are the average speeds
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but the costs will be even higher particularly on the western and southern coast. given the strength of the wind and rain, a cool feeling day, 12 or 13, 14—19 four northern ireland and england and wales. the rain clears eastwards overnight. enter monday, for most of us a bank holiday, it should be mainly dry, a few showers feeding up with the north—westerly wind, wind starting to ease down through the day. spills of sunshine and in the sunshine feeling a bit warmer, highs of 18-22. 14 15 feeling a bit warmer, highs of 18-22. 1415 in the north feeling a bit warmer, highs of 18—22. 1415 in the north of scotland. most voices but i with stelzer sunshine and showers in western and northern scotland but many places dry on thursday.
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