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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh, live in dublin. the headlines at three o'clock. a mass led by the pope at phoenix park in dublin is due to begin shortly. huge crowds have gathered to see him arrive. earlier, he visited the shrine of knock and begged for god's forgiveness over sex abuse allegations linked to the catholic church in ireland. this open wound challenges us to be firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice. an estimated half a million people have gathered at phoenix park in dublin despite the challenging weather. and i'm shaun ley. the other headlines this hour... senatorjohn mccain, the americam vietnam war hero who became a republican politician and canddate for president,
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has died at the age of 81. a search and rescue operation is under way for two fishermen after their boat sank off the coast of great yarmouth in norfolk emmerson mnangagwa is sworn in as president of zimbabwe, the main opposition party boycott the ceremony. british scientists say they have pieced together what dinosaur dna looks like and their genetic structure is close to living birds. hello and welcome again from dublin, from phoenix park. this huge park in the city where the pope has been touring around the crowds who have gathered to see him here today in the popemobile. this vast area of
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the popemobile. this vast area of the park behind me, laid out in grids, the crowds were directed into different sections of that great. and the popemobile is making its way among those sections of the crowd. so that as many people as possible could get a good view of pope francis. estimates for today were half a million people. it was certainly in the hundreds of thousands. we will try to get a clearer picture of the figures, but a very significant number coming out to see him. here is a fantastic view up to see him. here is a fantastic view up with the aerial shot, a sense of the crowds and that stage slash altar. it was designed for this occasion. it was not in dublin that the first engagement of the day happened for pope francis. that was and shrine of knock in the west of ireland. it might be very familiar
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to catholics, but for those who do not know about it, it is a place of pilgrimage for catholics where in the late 1800s a group of people said they saw an apparition of mary, the mary ofjesus. and it has been visited ever since by catholic pilgrims. and while he was there, tens of thousands of people were there to see him. while there he delivered a short speech and in that, he referenced the sexual abuse scandal which has affected the church and the people of ireland so deeply. he bagged for god's forgiveness for what he said were the open wounds of abuse. translation: none of us can fail
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to be moved by the stories of young people who suffered abuse, who were robbed of their innocence, who were taken away from their mothers and left with the scars of painful memories. this open wound challenges us to be firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice. well, unlike the last papal visit to ireland byjohn paul ii back in 1979, which was met with mass adulation, there are some demonstrations during this visit by pope francis. i will not say protest, they are very dignified demonstrations by survivors of sexual abuse carried out by priests, by survivors of mistreatment and other catholic run, sometimes state
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run institutions here and ireland. and my colleague from bbc northern ireland has been following one of those demonstrations for us today taking place in dublin. tell us about what has been happening where you are. yes, it hasjust all kicked off here really in the last few minutes. it is fair to say that maybe several hundred people have turned up. maybe slightly more than that have turned up for this special gathering this afternoon. now, it has all been timed to coincide with pope francis‘ mass at phoenix park. and the people who have come here today have come to stand in solidarity with those who have been abused through the catholic church. now, you can see behind me, there is a stage, there is a bit of music, someone a stage, there is a bit of music, someone is singing at the moment. later on we are expected to hear
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from many others. there will be some greetings, there will be some poetry. it has all been organised by a group called stand forjustice. now colin is from that group and he helped organise this. i spoke to him just a short time before this all started. when i threw out a tweet a few weeks ago it wasjust when i threw out a tweet a few weeks ago it was just for people who felt they might want to come together. now look at what his happening good look at the artist that are here. we're absolutely thrilled. the amount of support and encouragement and love that has been thrown out by the organising of this event is extraordinary. what is the message? this is ireland that stands for truth, even if the catholic church won't tell the truth and if pope francis will lie by omission, we stand for truth. the state has taken responsibility, society has taken
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responsibility, society has taken responsibility, this pope continues to dodge an reflect responsibility for the cover—up that is ultimately responsible for it not just for the cover—up that is ultimately responsible for it notjust here but across the world. we have come to stand in the truth to affirm that this is a different ireland. we want to look at ourselves and think about how we want to organise our society and that we don't look to bishops and that we don't look to bishops and cardinals and posted tell us who we might be. this is a different ireland and we are the better for it. and we will continued to do that. we have an awful lot more to do, but we will keep that going.|j was just speaking to him just before this gathering. this concert, i guess you could call it, and started just a few minutes ago. we‘re going to have much more music for around the next hour. there‘ll be different hours getting up. after that, eve ryo ne hours getting up. after that, everyone who is gathered here will go on everyone who is gathered here will goona everyone who is gathered here will go on a silent march for around 15
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minutes. i think that will be the rope on your part of the gathering. they‘re going to stand there, there‘s going to be poetry and more readings and people can leave messages. really that is what is happening here at the garden of remembrance at in dublin city centre at the moment. anita. julie, thank you very much. i am a little way away in phoenix park here where the mass led by pope francis is due to begin soon. i am so the emphasis during the mass will be on the entire congregation here, join in the singing. we‘re told that the pope will be wearing special clothing designed for this occasion. in green, a colour associated with ireland and decorated and embroidered with celtic imagery. many other clerics, the archbishop
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of dublin you just caught a glimpse of. many other clerics are preparing for the ceremony to get under way. i think it is actually beginning a little earlier. then it was scheduled. perhaps because of the poor weather conditions and the vast number of people here who have been standing for hours, many of them. they need for them of course to get home once the masses over and make their way through this huge park. asi as i was saying, those vestments in green, but colour is specially chosen for him to wear it during
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this closing mass of the world meeting families. very much a colour associated with ireland. a trinity spiral on the vestments, representing the holy trinity from the christian faith and also drawing from celtic imagery. i have a guest herejoining me again overlooking the scene that you are seeing on your screen right now is the pope as he prepares to begin the service. a hush is falling over the crowd. tell us more about what we can expect during the service. crowd. tell us more about what we can expect during the servicem crowd. tell us more about what we can expect during the service. it is the core liturgy of the church. as
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the core liturgy of the church. as the sacrament of the eucharist. in a moment pope francis will begin mass as we always do by acknowledging our sins and failings and asking god for pardon and mercy. the very first words that pope francis spoke when he was elected, he acknowledged that he was elected, he acknowledged that he was elected, he acknowledged that he was a sinner. and that is now what he will begin to acknowledge. in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit. peace with you. 39 years ago overi million irish people gathered around this cross for the mass celebrated by your predecessor pope saint john for the mass celebrated by your predecessor pope saintjohn paul. it was a historical moment. it is commonplace to say that today you
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come to a different ireland. the church in ireland has gone through challenging times. people have been wounded by church people. people's fate has been challenged and the church ofjesus christ has been wounded. the cross which dominates oui’ wounded. the cross which dominates our gathering today is a symbol. it was probably never intended to be a permanent memorial. there were times when people asked that it be removed and there were times when this cross appeared starkly isolated in the bleakness of an irish winter. in these years, ireland has had its winter moments. but also, it's moment of spring. and today, we gather around the same cross in the
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hope of a spring for the irish church. we look... applause. we look towards a spring that does not wish to cover—up the harshness of dark days. we wish, rather, to help families realise again that the future of ireland needs the light of the message ofjesus christ to reappear in all its simplicity and hopefulness. it may seem strange, a paradox for me to say in the same breath that faith in ireland is strong and that faith in ireland is fragile. but there is an intrinsic fragility in all faith. a fragility which can tear us away from
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arrogance and self—ce nteredness which can tear us away from arrogance and self—centeredness as oui’ arrogance and self—centeredness as our gospel reading reminds us today, the journey withjesus our gospel reading reminds us today, the journey with jesus keeps going even when others stop going with him. in that gospel reading, we see that peter is the one who understands that there is only one to whom we can go, the holy one of god, the one that has the message of eternal life. while listening to this statement, the short speech by the bishop of dublin. very powerful words from the bishop of dublin. he has said some pretty strong stuff in advance of this visit, calling for a spring in the church which doesn‘t seek to hide the dark days. and we heard the
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applause from the crowd when we heard that. spontaneous applause. encouraging words. archbishop martin has been one of the key people in trying to bring the church in recognising the reality of what it needs to face up to in ireland. 0k, thank you very much. we willjust pull away from this for the moment, but very interesting words, calling for a spring and irish church. and there was spontaneous applause from there was spontaneous applause from the crowds when he said those words. the pope will now continue with this mass here in phoenix park in dublin. i neither was there in phoenix park. we will be back with her a little later for the full service. tributes are being paid to one of america‘s most respected politicians, john mccain, who has died at the age of 81. the vietnam war hero — who was defeated by barack 0bama in the 2008 presidential election —
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had been suffering from a brain tumour and decided to stop receiving treatment two days ago. chris buckler looks back at his life. john mccain was a politician of principle — a patriot who believed in his country and fought for it at tremendous cost to himself. as a young navy pilot, he was shot down over hanoi, interrogated and tortured. his captors saw a potential propaganda coup when his father became commander of us forces in vietnam and offered him release. john mccain refused, despite the many beatings he suffered. on his return, he was hailed as a war hero and entered politics. he eventually spent 35 years representing republicans inside congress, but he was fiercely independent and often spoke out against the party, notably challenging the influence of big money on american politics. i will break the iron triangle in washington of money,
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lobbying and legislation, and they know that would be very, very disruptive financially to a lot of people‘s lives. he may have challenged washington, but he was respected here too. and in 2008, he was selected as the republican presidential candidate, but his campaign was not without mistakes and he was criticised for choosing sarah palin as his running mate. ultimately, he was to lose to history, in the form of barack 0bama. i wish the outcome had been different, my friends. the road was a difficult one from the outset. but your support and friendship never wavered. his influence was still obvious in the twilight of his career. after brain surgery, he walked into the senate and stopped donald trump‘s attempts to get rid of the 0bamacare health reforms. with a grand gesture, he turned his thumb down. john mccain was a fighter to the end.
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he lived longer than expected after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. his family said it was with his usual strength of will that he chose to stop receiving medical treatment. but he was a man who never gave up hope, in politics or in his own personal battles. i hope to impress on you again that it is an honour to serve the american people in your company. senatorjohn mccain, who has died at the age of 81. he was in arizona senator. the daughter ofjohn and susan cooper — the couple who died at a hotel in egypt last week — has told the bbc she is convinced ‘something in their room killed them.‘ kelly 0rmerod — who was also staying at the hotel — believes her parents did not die of natural causes. egyptian investigators say no trace of poisonous gas has been found in the couple‘s room. 0ur correspondent stuart flinders reports. susan and john cooper were both on holiday at the red sea resort of hurghada, when they were both taken seriously
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ill and died on the same day. their daughter, kelly, who arrived home in burnley this morning, was with them. at 11 o‘clock, i went and knocked on the door, to see whether they were just having a little bit of a lie—in and didn‘t want to be bothered. as i opened the door, i could see that my dad was extremely ill, he was staggering back to the bed. mum was laid on the bed and i could tell that something was seriously wrong with them. the egyptian authorities say the couple, both in their 60s, died from heart and respiratory failure. tests are now being carried out on food, water and air conditioning at the steigenberger aqua magic hotel, as the authorities try to establish how the couple died. their daughter says another member of the family had smelt something in the room that made her feel nauseous the day before the deaths. but the tour company, thomas cook, says there is so far no evidence of why they died. this is just a thorough investigation, which is carried out by our independent experts, in cooperation, of course
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with the prosecutors in egypt. what are they testing? i totally trust they are testing the right things. kelly 0rmerod is adamant her parents did not die of natural causes. when they went back to that room that evening, there was something in that room that actually killed them. whether they have inhaled something that has poisoned them, i don‘t know. i can only have my opinion on what has gone on. postmortem results are expected in the next few days, but it could be weeks before kelly 0rmerod is allowed to bring her parents‘ bodies home. a search and rescue operation is continuing off the coast of great yarmouth in norfolk for two fishermen after their boat sank last night. three other men were rescued 25 miles out at sea by a passing cruise ship, which had spotted their life raft. 0ur correspondent, jenny kirk, has the latest.
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well, it is hard to imagine the activity that is actually going on right now about 25 miles out to sea. there is a helicopter, a coast guard helicopter, there are lifeboats and there are other vessels as well. all searching for these two fishermen, believed to be from belgium. three of their colleagues, of course, were found last night floating on a liferaft. and they were discovered by the passengers on a cruise ship who saw them when they put up a flare, apparently they had been there for about four hours, floating in the water. their ship apparently went down so quickly that they didn‘t have time to put up a mayday. well, it must have gone down very quickly because they didn't have a chance to send out a mayday, which is the first thing you do when your boat is in trouble, you send out a mayday. nothing at all. coast guard has heard nothing. they were drifting for four hours before the cruise ship pick them up. what happened? who knows? whether they were fishing at the time, maybe got caught on something at the bottom with
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the nets, it must have been instant, really to go down that quick. it was quite a large vessel as well. so, yeah, it is a frightening thought, really. a lifeboat, along with 20 vessels and two helicopters were launched at eight o‘clock last night. they spent until 3:30 this morning searching for the two remaining fishermen. no luck so far. however, they were out againjust after 6am. and they say that today, they have found some wreckage. they believe the boat went down incredibly quickly. it may, they speculate, of course because that investigation is not under wayjust yet, it may well have got caught under something which pulled it under incredibly fast. they certainly didn‘t have time to put out a mayday. they found wreckage, they found, unfortunately an uninflated lifeboat. no sign yet of the two fishermen, but they will spend the rest of the day onto light fades looking for them. emmerson mnangagwa has been sworn in as zimbabwe‘s president
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following the ousting of robert mugabe last year. the ceremony was held at the national sports stadium in the capital, harare and was attended by thousands of people. the opposition party, the movement for democratic change, boycotted the inauguration over claims of election rigging. emmerson mnangagwa called for the country to come together. i, emmerson dambudzo mnangagwa, swear that, as president of zimbabwe, i will be faithful to zimbabwe. and will obey, uphold and defend the constitution, and all other laws of zimbabwe. and that i will promote whatever will advance zimbabwe. and will oppose whatever may harm zimbabwe.
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that i will protect and promote the rights of the people of zimbabwe. that i will discharge my duties with all my strength, to the best of my knowledge and ability. and adhere to the diktats of my conscience. and that i will devote myself to the well—being of zimbabwe and its people, so help me god. applause that was emmerson mnangagwa of the new president of zimbabwe. let me bring you some breaking news. the
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woman who has been in prison in iran. she has been and a three—day furlough which was granted on thursday. it was due to end today. her lawyers went to the authorities to request and extension. it is not uncommon, once they‘ve been released on furlough to remain on a rolling period of absence from prison. it does not mean that they have been released, but it means they can get on with something of their lives. there she is with her daughter and husband back in the uk. well, we are told that the prosecutors office has told that the prosecutors office has told her that she had to go back to the courts and from there she is due to be returned from prison. the extension was not granted. she was taken back into present this evening. her supporters say, this has come from her husband richard, rather than being dragged out of the bed in the middle of the night, she has decided to return to the prison
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as per the extractions of the prosecutions office. he has talked about the very frustrating time of mixed messages. they were told to come back tomorrow, that is today, the prosecutors office had told her she should go down to court to speak in person to the deputy prosecutor who makes the decisions. at the time she was in the middle of giving her daughter a bath. and her mother took over caring for her granddaughter. she went to see the prosecutorjust after midday. 0ne she went to see the prosecutorjust after midday. one of her former settle m e nts after midday. one of her former settlements was there and had her furlough approved. she was told her case was more complex and was waiting for further information. she had to go back to prison in the
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meantime. today she should go back home and they would be let known. 0n the way home in the car, it she was called and told that her extension was approved. 0n called and told that her extension was approved. on thursday, when she went to go visit the embassy, the embassy said they guarantee her personal safety. ten minutes after she had returned home, according to richard, the family received a second call informing her that in fa ct second call informing her that in fact she would have to return to prison by sunset today. the necessary permits have not been signed off. so she is back in prison in iran as a result of that decision not to extend her furlough. we will
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bring you more on that as we get it. the government is expected to announce funding for the uk‘s own satellite navigation system to rival the european union s galileo project. it comes after concerns that brexit could restrict the uk‘s access to the programme. 0ur political correspondent tom barton says the galileo project is a vital security tool. britain had been a key player in the development of galileo, but the european commission says that after brexit, britain will no longer be able to access it. ministers, of course, hope to persuade the eu to change its mind, saying that galileo remains their preferred option, but they are also actively preparing to build a rival british system. and they‘re planning to spend around £100 million, on a feasibility study, mapping out what the project could eventually look like. now, if system get the go—ahead, it would run into the billions of pounds. now, sources insist that this announcement, which is expected soon, isn‘t a negotiating position. it will though clearly be seen
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as part of the government‘s attempt to show that it is on the front foot when it comes to brexit. a team of researchers from kent university have pieced together the genetic characteristics of dinosaurs by working backwards from their closest modern—day relatives. they say the breakthrough reveals how they dominated earth for more than 180 million years. pallab ghosh has been finding out more. could these scenes from jurassic world really happen? dinosaurs recreated from dna wreaking havoc. geneticist darren griffin has used mathematical techniques to identify the genetic structure of the very first dinosaurs by working backwards from their closest modern—day relatives, birds and turtles. and so, would he, could he, bring them back to life? if we have some dna, the chances that we could recreate an animal from that are vanishingly small. we didn‘t really know what the overall structure of a dinosaur genome looked like. as a result of the work that‘s
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gone on in this lab, we now have a very close idea and a pretty certainty that it was something very close to a bird. birds are the most diverse species on the planet. they come in so many different shapes and sizes. it‘s thought that this is because they have 80 chunks of dna, called chromosomes. that‘s more than three times as many as we have. if dinosaurs have the same genetic structure as birds, then that might explain why there are so many types of dinosaurs. their genetic structure may help to explain why dinosaurs survived so long and are so varied. some are huge. others were tiny. and some flew. it was their genes that enabled them to adapt to the earth‘s changing conditions over 100 million years, and they were able to do that far faster than any other kind of animal.


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