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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh, live in dublin. the headlines at 5pm... pope francis addresses crowds in dublin, and has been celebrating mass with vast crowds at phoenix park and in a blink leap prayer he asked for forgiveness for the abuse irish people have stoppered on many levels. we ask for forgiveness of abuses of power, conscious and at the hands of those with responsibility in the church. with mass over, thejob is going on now as the people are leaving the dark. the pope is set to address irish bishops in the next few minutes. and i'm shaun ley. the other headlines this hour... british—iranian charity worker,
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nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been sent back to prison in iran and has not been granted an extention to her temporary release. tributes from former us presidents and across the political spectrum have been pouring in for republican senatorjohn mccain, who has died aged 81. the search is ongoing for two fishermen, missing in the north sea, after their boat sank 25—miles off the norfolk coast last night. we ask the purple and yellow to exit over here, road g first... hello and welcome back to dublin for our
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continuing coverage of the visit of pope francis to ireland, drawing to a close now. welcoming viewers around the uk and around the world. the pope has just celebrated around the uk and around the world. the pope hasjust celebrated mass here at phoenix park in dublin, the job of managing crowd control is going on, helping the numbers of people who were here to exit the park safely. we do not have an official estimate yet of the figures here, we were told in advance of this event that happened million people were expected but that —— that that number of tickets had been given out. i do not think it was quite up at the half million but we are talking at least, at least a couple hundred thousand, perhaps more than not. we do not have an official estimate of figures. i would suggest, certainly, looking behind me where i am standing, this
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area, a vast area behind me was absolutely packed with people. and it was quite an extraordinary opening to the mass which was marking the conclusion of the world meeting of families for which pope francis was here unofficially. because at the end of the mass we heard first from the bishop of dublin, the host city, who talked of the need for a new spring in irish catholicism. do not try to ignore the darker moments of recent history in the catholic church here but which was nonetheless a new spring in the gathered crowd burst into spontaneous applause when he said that. and then pope francis himself, speaking in his native spanish, called for forgiveness for all the abuses that had been suffered in various ways by the people of
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ireland. translation: week ask forgiveness for the abuses in ireland, abuses of power, of conscious and sexual abuses perpetrated by members with relative responsibility in the church. in a special way we ask pardon for all the abuses committed in various times of institutions run by male orfemale in various times of institutions run by male or female religions and the church. we ask for forgiveness that so church. we ask for forgiveness that so many young and women church. we ask for forgiveness that so many young and women were church. we ask for forgiveness that so many young and women were subject to. we ask forgiveness. give us the strength to work for justice. to. we ask forgiveness. give us the strength to work forjustice. amen. with me here at phoenix park, the theologian who has been with us throughout the day, talking about the events that have been happening and we sought the pope at the holy
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shrine in county mayo earlier in the day. and we came to this mass in phoenix park and i know that you we re phoenix park and i know that you were particularly struck by the words of the bishop of dublin and then by the pope. do you think that will be a feeling shared by many people? i think so, will be a feeling shared by many people? ithink so, looking will be a feeling shared by many people? i think so, looking over the whole mass, it was a wonderful expression of continuing faith in the irish people. pope francis's address, the extended rate of penance was a careful listening, and the victims who were represented in the victims who were represented in the various categories in the ways people have been violated by the irish church in the recent past and he named the different context and stopped after each one and said lord forgive us, may we be forgiven for this. he spoke in his own language which allowed them the flexibility to express sincerely what he had in his heart. the people you're responded very warmly to those
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words. if there is to be this new spring, the bishop of dublin spoke about this new chapter that the irish prime minister was speaking about yesterday, what does pope francis need to do now in terms of actions to follow on for these words? i think he will be going away from here and has publicly commissioned to ensuring that there is accountability in a way perhaps we have not seen it, and satisfied at the highest levels of the church, the ways in which cases of various forms of abuse has not been handed correctly and individuals held to account, and it must be mentioned before that bishops and members of the hierarchy, he has spoken that phrase. it is notjust up to pope francis but to each one of us, i was struck by this crowd and the people making their way out, challenging each one of us who are here to renew oui’ each one of us who are here to renew our own fate and be missionary
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disciples for the joy of the gospels. a number of young people here, which is great encouragement. given the challenges irish catholics have based in the challenges the church has faced since the time of the last pa pal visit church has faced since the time of the last papal visit from john paul ii almost four years ago, given that survivors of abuse are still suffering and still dealing with that, how important was it that we had pope francis come here nearly four decades on in terms of encouraging the faithful. because ireland is predominantly a catholic country and still a country of great faith. it is perhaps a source of surprise, these last few hours really, how he has turned it around. his profound prayer at the start of the mass i think it cannot be business as usual and we all come away from it with a new sense of our
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own responsibility to build up the church and people of god, particularly in families but also those in leadership of the irish church. very good to have your thoughts now and indeed thank you very much forjoining us throughout the day as well here in dublin. elsewhere in the city, in the garden of remembrance, there has been a gathering today, a gathering of survivors of abuse, they are supporters. not the sort of thing we would see back in 1979 whenjohn paul ii came here, this was before any of the scandals came to light, came to wider public attention but these were survivors of abuse. their supporters, saying to the church, to the state, we are here, we want more action to be taken. and julie was
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there, watching events in the garden of remembrance. up to a couple dozen people have gathered here at the garden of remembrance in the city centre in dublin. you see the stage there and it is noisy and people are talking and we have had lots of music and poetry and readings. we heard from merry black and brian kennedy but have not heard from the hose here yet. that is the big attraction here today. the organisers do not call this a protest. they do not call it a concert. they call it a gathering. a gathering of people who have come here today, to show solidarity with those who have been abused through the catholic church. the whole thing was organised through a group called stand for justice and was organised through a group called stand forjustice and dates timed it to coincide with pope francis's mass at phoenix park. one of those here
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todayis at phoenix park. one of those here today is marie collins, one of these survivors of abuse who was at the meeting with the pope yesterday evening. i got speaking to her earlier. for the last couple of weeks, it has been wall to wall, the whole issue and it is very difficult, when you are a survivor. it turns up a lot of old feelings and that is how it is without the pressure of the pope's visits popular you had a meeting with the pope, how did that go? it was better thanl pope, how did that go? it was better than i expected. there was it of us go in —— there and it was a good cross—section and most of the people who work campaigners and it was good there was no secrecy of the meeting. we listened and there was plenty of time given, it was was the shorter thenit time given, it was was the shorter then it was a busby, but the pope wanted to listen and kept extending
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the time so everyone got to say what they wanted to say. that was important. it was relaxed, it was an formal, there was only the interpreter, the pope and the survivors there. it was very free. and we saw there mary collins, one of the survivors of abuse, she was abused when she was just a young girl bya abused when she was just a young girl by a priest. she met the pope yesterday at dublin at the event at the garden of remembrance. here at phoenix park we are just seeing i am getting some official figures that are coming through from the vatican, the vatican reporting that there were 300,000 people here in phoenix park today and that is obviously a bit disappointing from the church's perspective, they had been saying in advance half a
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million people, 500,000 in that was certainly the number of tickets that had been distributed for the event. i think the weather conditions today certainly have not helped. many people may have simply not wanted to spend so much time out in the elements given that they would have to of been travelling from very early or standing here in the park pretty exposed park, today for many hours and i gently may have had some impact on the numbers. —— and that may have had impact on some of the numbers. certainly the relationship between many church goers and the hierarchy of the church is a more complex one than before the scandals broke but those who were here today, you saw a veryjoyful celebration of their faith you saw a veryjoyful celebration of theirfaith and you saw a veryjoyful celebration of their faith and as you saw a veryjoyful celebration of theirfaith and as i you saw a veryjoyful celebration of their faith and as i was saying earlier, a very warm response to those words from the pope, calling
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for forgiveness for abuse on all levels and all the different ways it was perpetrated here in ireland. the pope is now making his way to a convent nearby, where he is going to be addressing irish bishops. the public element of this visit to ireland is now over and you will now be meeting irish bishops, undoubtedly he will be following up on the themes that he has spoken about in public over the course of the last 36 hours roughly. he will be undoubtedly saying to those bishops what they need to do to bring forward the message that he has been talking about, especially here today, one where he can deliver, what they can deliver and what the church can deliver along with the irish state, justice for the victims of abuse. and then from
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there, it is the shortjourney on to dublin airport and back to rome where he, the vatican hierarchy and indeed the people here in ireland will be taking stock of this visit and looking in the words of the irish prime minister, for actions to follow those words, to help the victims of abuse but also many people hoping that this will be the start of the new spring. the new chapter for ireland and the catholic church that has been spoken about on this visit. from dublin, back to you. thank you very much. she has been with us throughout the pope's visit, covering it in detail and we will hear more about the speech that the pope is due to give to the irish bishops a little later.
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don thank you for being with us on bbc news and can i get your overall impression of the impact that this visit has made. it is difficult to know at the end of the papal trip, what long—term impact it will have. iam what long—term impact it will have. i am struck by the just of the position —— juxtaposition. you are at phoenix park this afternoon with pope francis and if you were along the motorcade route with the people who were gathered, there was general enthusiasm, and it was a shot to an arm of what was a beleaguered catholic community and on the other hand all throughout the 32 hours of this trip and of course it is not quite over yet, there has been not only literal storm clouds in dublin since the weather has been dreadful
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today but metaphorical ones in the sense that the weight of the clerical sexual abuse scandals and all the recent revelations that we have seen in the run—up to this trip and during it. it has hung over this trip and to some extent i think diminished the atmosphere of celebration you might otherwise expect. a lot of attention to the dampness of the coverage today, and the newspapers tomorrow, broadcasters around the world as they pick this story up as they wake up they pick this story up as they wake up and in the states and other parts of the catholic communities will be to the remarks he made in phoenix park, asking for forgiveness. to the remarks he made in phoenix park, asking forforgiveness. they we re very park, asking forforgiveness. they were very explicit but the other question has been about forgiveness and apology and acknowledging and the other question often asked is about concrete measures taken to ensure abuse is not repeated or if you cannot prevent abuse, at least ensuring the perpetrators are
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punished. and the crimes are punished. and the crimes are punished. d think the church in the pope has gone far enough in public state m e nts pope has gone far enough in public statements on that to satisfy some of those critics were willing to be satisfied but are yet sceptical? first of all i think the story that people will be waking up to is not just what he said in phoenix park but also a story that broke out of the united states late last night that the pope lawes former ambassador in that country has accused him of being aware of sexual abuse charges against an american cardinal in 2013 and yet not taking any action and it is a messy story. collea g u es any action and it is a messy story. colleagues and me and other news agencies have been spending most of the day trying to sort through it. expect the question that pope francis will give during his press conference on the papal plane tonight and i will be part of tomorrow's new cycle as well i am sure. to accompany your question in
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terms of whether he has done enough, i think most observers at least here in ireland will tell you not quite. i think they found his language and gestures heartfelt but now what is the action taken. the mantra is deeds not words. they want to know what action will be taken to of imposed accountability, not only beats sexual abuse of a minor but the cover—up by bishops and other senior of signals —— seniorfigures. i think there will always be reservations among people saying he fully has his hands around this crisis. this is archbishop who was the former ambassador and his accusation is one that has to be steady gains, he has not provided
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any written letters to back this up and he says this is something he warned the pope about and he claims he ignored that warning. that is set against the pope's on words, forgiveness for the church hierarchy who did not take charge and the situations and kept quiet. in the archbishop says the pope himself should resigned. he was the pope's ambassador in america and he is making precisely that suggestion. it should be said that this comes in the context of an 11 page statement in which he makes accusations against a wide variety of senior church officials for all manner of things so it is going to take some time to sort... and he is a long—standing conservative critic of pope francis and a vatican whistle—blower. pope francis and a vatican whistle-blower. he was in the heart of the scandal with pope benedict as
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well. as i say it will take some time to assess the seriousness of this charge. it is another distraction but i think the way it is precisely that, a distraction. there is a perception in many quarters that while pope francis is sincerely committed to reforming this issue and his heart is sincerely stirred by the suffering of survivors and victims of clerical abuse, while he is a reforming pope in many ways, that up to this point there still is a serious piece of unfinished business which is the catholic church has strong accountability measures for clergy who sexually abuse children, it does not have strong accountability measures for bishops to cover it up. and until we see pope francis taking strong action on that front, again, i think there will be some question marks, there will be some reservations and it will be something of a tough sell. john
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allen, president of the catholics news agency. thank you. i hope you enjoy your break away from run to be in dublin despite the weather and that you have a good evening there. we will speak to you again, thank you very much. john allen from the catholic news agency talking to us on bbc news about pope francis's visit to ireland. he is due to address the catholic bishops about now and perhaps we can get a chance what dunn to hear what he had to say because that is part and parcel of the story here, how they responded to the various accusations of child sexual abuse by priests and how they might need to change the way the church of ireland operates and the rest of the world. let me bring you other breaking news this hour, coming out of new york were the new york times is quoting the publicist
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of neil simon, saying he died at the age of 91. he was of course a very distinguished american playwright, his comedies some of which were filmed back in the course of the 60s, 70s and 80s. neil simon, the playwright is reported to have died at the age of 91. the new york times is quoting his publicist. the family of a british—iranian woman imprisoned in iran on spying charges, have confirmed that she has returned to prison today. nazanin zhagari—ratcliffe was reunited with her four year old daughter this week as she was given three—days release. her family tried to extend the release date but failed to do so. she was jailed in 2016 on spying charges which she denies. our correspondent caroline davies, brought us the latest. she was on holiday with her daughter and trying to introduce her daughter to herfamily in iran. she is a dual
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national holder with british and iranian citizenship. she tried to travel back to the uk in april 2016 but was arrested by the revolutionary guard at the airport and then put into solitary confinement and a accused of espionage and she has been imprisoned since been in mean has only seen her totter on prison visits and she was released from jail on temporary release for three days. she was not told when it would occur and was given ten minutes to get herself ready and leave. she has spent time with her family outside of tehran and her daughter gabriela, who is now four years old. her lawyer was relatively positive that an extension could happen but there has been according to her husband, who is still back here in the uk, it was a day of very mixed messages.
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when she left the prosecutor's office she received a phone call on the way back saying she had been approved for release but she got another phone call by the time she got home saying she needed to be backin got home saying she needed to be back in prison and were missing a key signature. she needed to be back in prison by sunset tonight. we heard she went back to the prosecutor's office and try to plead her case with her daughter, she and her case with her daughter, she and her daughter were crying but she was told she needed to go back to prison and just to go then instead of being picked up at home because she thought it would be distressing for her daughter. we heard the prosecutor's office suggested that the signature might come through in the signature might come through in the next few days but she could yet be extended. caroline davis there. emmerson mnangagwa has been sworn in as zimbabwe's president 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
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for the country to come together. as he gave his oath of office. 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. that i will protect and promote the rights of the people of zimbabwe. that i will discharge my duties with all my strength,
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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 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 obama in the 2008 presidential election, had been suffering from a brain tumour and decided to stop receiving treatment two days ago. our north america correspondent, chris buckler looks back at his life. john mccain was a politician of principle — a patriot
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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, 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
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criticised for choosing sarah palin as his running mate. ultimately, he was to lose to history, in the form of barack obama. 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 obamacare health reforms. with a grand gesture, he turned his thumb down. john mccain was a fighter to the end. 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
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the american people in your company. john mccain, the senior senator of arizona who has died at the age of 81. 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. our correspondent, jenny kirk, has the latest. it is hard to imagine the activity going on about 25 miles out to sea. there is a helicopter, the coast guard helicopter and other vessels as well searching for these two missing fisherman believed to be from belgium. colleagues were found last night floating on a live draft and they were discovered by the passengers on a cruise ship that saw
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them when they put up a flare, a p pa re ntly 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 did not have time to put up a mayday. we must get them very quickly because we did not have a chance to send out a mayday which is the first thing to do, and we heard nothing, they were drifting for four hours before the cruise ship picked him up. what happened, who knows? whether they we re happened, who knows? whether they were fishing at the time, they got caught up on stuff with the bottom, with the nets, it must‘ve been going down quite quick and it was a large vessel as well. a frightening thought. deep lifeboat and they spent until 330 this morning searching for the two remaining fishermen. however they were out again just fishermen. however they were out againjust after 6am fishermen. however they were out again just after 6am this morning and they say that today they have found some wreckage, they believe
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the boat went down incredibly quickly and in may they speculate of course because the investigation is not under wayjust course because the investigation is not under way just a course because the investigation is not under wayjust a but course because the investigation is not under way just a but they course because the investigation is not under wayjust a but they may have gotte n not under wayjust a but they may have gotten caught on something which bolded under incredibly fast and he certainly did not have time to put out a mayday. they don't wreckage and unfortunately in an inflated lifeboat. no sign yet of the two fishermen but they will spend the rest of the day looking for them. jenny kirk, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins. while the rain is slowly easing the way eastwards, still some heavier bursts for a time this evening and in parts of southeast england in east anglia. gust of wind as well. a scattering of showers overnight but in most having it largely dry tonight. between nine and 15 celsius. some showers feeding around
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and a brisk northwestern wind but fairly well scattered in having a largely dry day with some late or sunny spells coming through the clouds. been the sunshine, temperatures getting up to between 16 and 20 celsius and feeling a little warmer than today, particularly across scotland and it looks like through tuesday we could see some good spells of sunshine. been a chance of some showers on wednesday particularly in the north and west. hello this is bbc news. the headlines. pope francis is meeting irish bishops before travelling back to rome. earlier he addressed vast crowds at mass in phoenix park in dublin — asking for forgiveness for the abuse irish people had suffered at the hands of priests. british—iranian charity worker, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been sent back to prison in iran and has not been granted an extention to her temporary 3—day release. flags are flying at half—mast
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at the white house — and tributes continue to be made to made for senatorjohn mccain who has died at the age of 81. the search for two missing fishermen has been called off after their bodies were discovered by the coastguard. their boat sank 25—miles off the norfolk coast last night. british scientists say they have pieced together what dinosaur dna looks like — and their genetic structure is close to living birds. as we're reporting, the us playwright, neil simon has died at the age of 91. simon wrote more than 30 plays, including come blow your horn and the odd couple. he was the first playwright to have a broadway theatre named after him, and won the pulitzer prize for drama in 1991 for lost in yonkers. so had a series of the tony awards,
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the american theatre awards for the odd couple and he got a fourth tony for his overall contribution for american theatre. he was nominated 13 additional times four tony awards. it was his career that exemplified american theatre during that comedy in particular. he said when i was a kid i climbed up on a stone ledge to watch another movie of charlie chaplin and i laughed so hard, fell off and come i had opened taken to the doctor bleeding and laughing. my idea of the ultimate achievement in comedy is to make a whole audience fall onto the floor writing and laughing so hard some of them pass out. more on his life and career of evening news. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's jeanette. good evening, jeanette. sebastian vettel has won the belgian grand prix — over—taking lewis hamilton who was on pole, on the first lap. that first lap also saw
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fernando alonso involved in a huge crash, but he escaped unscathed. nick parrott was watching: spahr has a notorious history usually in wet conditions. the sunshine bathing the track view would have addicted this. the reno up would have addicted this. the reno up smashing into the back of alonso's mclaren. with almost dire consequences. this is why formula 1 brought in the halo safety device, it has protected him as alonso flew over. off you're able to walk unaided the shattered carbon fibre. while they were nursing their pride hamilton was also being damaged. the jv cheerleader started from pole but was passed by vettel over the safety car came out following the crash. when racing resumed the bridge and failed to retake the lead. he had to
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settle for second place. with vettel‘s victory cutting hamilton's advantage to 17 points it was a day when at one was shaken at the start and stared the finish. lewis pushed very ha rd to and stared the finish. lewis pushed very hard to me he was very fast. great weekend. ultimately performed quite well this weekend, but he drove past me like i was not even there on the straight. look got to keep pushing as hard as we can to see if we can catch up and that's all i can say. the british moto gp race at silverstone has been cancelled because of heavy rainfall. race officials pulled out all the stops to try and ensure that racing got underway, even using tractors to try and clear the water, but eventually had to admit defeat. this is the first time since 1980 that a race has been cancelled outright, as a meeting between teams and officials decided against posponing the race until tomorrow due to a lack of available marshals. it's gold for great britain's men
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at the wheelchair basketball world championships, as they beat the usa 79—62 in the final in hamburg. it's their first global title, and it comes against the reigning paralympic champions. the young british team had lost to their rivals in the pool stages but went ahead early on and never allowed the usa back into it. gb women lost to the netherands in their final yesterday. watford's perfect start to the premier league season continues with a 2—1win over crystal palace at vicarage road palace had the better of the first half but it was watford who took the lead after the break, roberto perrera taking one of the many chances he had. and then the hornets doubled their lead whenjose holebas' cross luckily found its way into the top corner. wilfred zaha did score a consolation goal for palace but it's watford who get their third win of the season there are two other premier league games this afternoon — both kicked off at four o clock. plenty of goals so far at craven cottage where fulham lead burnley 3—2. chelsea lead newcastle 1—0 — eden hazard hasjust scored
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from the penalty spot. rangers remain unbeaten under steven gerrard but could only manage a 3—all draw after a last minute equaliser from motherwell. rangers twice came from behind before the break thanks to two goals from kyle lafferty on his first start since returning to the club. and they went ahead in a thrilling first half through ovie ejaria, who is on loan from liverpool. but motherwell rescued the point in the dying moments when peter hartley scored from a corner. in the day's other game celtic beat hamilton one—nil. everton defender michael keane has sustained a small hairline fracture of his skull the club have confirmed this afternoon. the england international suffered the injury during yesterday's premier league match at bournemouth and was taken to hospital following a clash of heads. keane hasn't suffered any other complications but won't return to full training for three to four weeks. serena williams has responded to french open organisers whose new rules would see her unable to wear the ‘catsuit‘ she wore at roland garros earlier this year. the suit was designed to help reduce
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the chances of blood clots, after complications during childbirth last year. obviously the grand slams have a right to do with they want to do, but i feel like if and when, or if they know that some things are for health reasons then there is no way that they would not be ok with it. i have since found other methods and when it comes to fashion you don't wa nt to when it comes to fashion you don't want to be a repeat offender, so... it will be a while before this even has to come up again. british kayaker lizzie broughton has claimed the first major title of her career with gold on the final day of the canoe sprint world championships in portugal. the 30—year—old won silver over 1000m on friday but went one better today with gold in the k15000m. broughton is a marathon distance specialist and only began competing in the sprints last year. she enjoyed quite a battle with marnya lit—vin—chuk of belarus throughout today s race with marnya lit—vin—chuk of belarus from her in the closing stages britain sjessica walker
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finished a career—best fifth in the women s k1200m event. olympic silver medallist jon schofield was surprisingly eliminated at the semifinal stage in the k1200m event this morning, so it was left to walker to boost the team s moral. she had impressed throughout the rounds and did so again in the final only missing out on a medal by 0.14 seconds. the 28—year—old was pleased with her performance though. i'm really happy with it, and just how close it was. obviously some work to do to get the gold, but he said to me injanuary i was going to get fit here, so i would have taken it. iam happy. elsewhere olympic k1200m gold medallist liam heath lined up alongside his team—mates in the k1; 500m event. its a new discipline for tokyo 2020. they haven't had a great deal of time together as a line—up and clearly still have work to do finishing fourth in the b final to rank 13th overall, but health insists they will get
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things right. winning medals in olympic games is a lwa ys winning medals in olympic games is always the target of every athlete. when you're not in a game to really be the runner—up you want to be up there and be putting out your best performances, you want to be getting the world best times, really push yourself to see what you can achieve. everyone on the team, it's a lwa ys achieve. everyone on the team, it's always to get the best health and the best of each other and push yourselves. it's the final day of the world european athletics championships in berlin and there's been more gold for great britain. aled davies won the men's f63 shot put with a distance of 15 metres 49 centermetres which is a new comptition record. so it's double gold for davies as he won the f64 discus last week. there was also gold for great britains thomas young in the men's t38100 metres. that completes the sprint double for young as he won the t38 200 metres yesterday.
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quite a weekend for the 18—year—old. great britain added a third gold medal in the final event of the day in the universal 4x100 metres — led home by nathan maguire. that's the 20th gold great britain have won in the championships — second only to poland who top the medal table with 26 gold. the catalans dragons players have returned home to a heroes welcome after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in rugby league history. these were the scenes at the airport as steve mcnamara's players touched down in france — they beat warrington wolves at wembley to win their first challenge cup yesterday. no team from outside england had ever won the trophy in its 122—year history. that's all the sport for now. in the football chelsea now lead newcastle 2—1 and fulham have extended their lead — they are now 11—2 up over burnley. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc. co. uk/sport.
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now though it's time for the film review. now it's time for the film review hello and a very warm welcome to the film review on bbc news, and the good news is mark kermode is back from his summer holidays. nice to see you. nice to see you, it feels like it's been ages. it does, it really does actually. what have you chosen this week? so the children act, which is a new film starring emma thompson, we have this week. also, very different, alpha, the new movie by albert hughes. and black kkklansman, the spike lee film. and the children act... yes. i'm very interested to hear what you say because i've read the novel... 0k. and i like it. so, so? and, you know, adapted from the novel by ian mcewan... yes.
5:44 pm the screenplay. so emma thompson is a high courtjudge, whose work is engulfing her life. she is involved in matters of life and death, very, very complicated cases — one of which is about a boy who's 17 years old, who's refusing a blood transfusion on religious grounds. but he is still technically a child, there is an argument about whether or not he's being forced into this position by his parents. she has also to deal with cases of conjoined twins and, you know, these are weighty philosophical issues. when she comes home, she brings the work home with her, and her husband, played by stanley tucci, is starting to feel shut out of their marriage. here's a clip. i'll make reservations for dinner, as i've had an awful day myself. and, um, we'll go drink some wine and... and i can get some opera tickets for saturday night. no, i'm due tojudge all weekend. you can't switch it? mm—mm, two judgements for monday. hmm. what? 0h, nothing, it's just like last weekend and the 50 weekends before that. that's how it is. yes! yes. um, look, i don't know how to say
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this, um, but here it is. ithink... i think i want to have an affair. yeah. now, i... stanley tucci is terrific. yeah, he is. i'm a big fan of his. he is. the way he says "yes" is really, really well done. i have to say that the performances are terrific. i mean, emma thompson, i'm a huge fan of anyway, and she's really great in this role. it's hard to think of many other people who could carry this role. what then happens is that as part of this case of having to rule about the 17—year—old boy who doesn't want the blood transfusion, she makes the strange decision to go to the hospital to see him, which is unusual. and that encounter with him sparks something with him, if you're aware of things like enduring love, you'll be aware of those ideas of a very short
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encounter coming to mean something much more. what the film is really about is about the way in which her marriage is sort of falling apart and somewhere else in her life, something else — and all these things are colliding. what i like about the film is that, you know, it's notjudgemental about the characters. i think it is a very good portrayal of people being shut out of their marriage by work. i also think that it deals, you know, in a very sort of sensible way with some very complex issues. however, i think the performances are better than the film itself. i think there are moments, there's one moment — a lot of emma thompson's performance is very restrained, you know, she telegraphs a lot with very little, but there are also moments in which she has kind of like an emotional breakdown, which reminded me oddly enough of that brilliant scene in love actually, in which she goes off in the bedroom and cries. 0h, superb, yes. however, there are other things about the film which also reminded me of love actually, and not in a good way. there are certain moments in which the drama, i think,
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is melodramatic, cheesy, doesn't work, and isn't particularly sort of well structured. so i think what it is is really well played and i'd certainly recommend seeing it for those performances alone. i think there are some problems with the writing and the direction can feel a little bit staid. and i'm wondering how filmic it is, because as i was reading the novel, i thought "oh, you could see this, dare i say, as a television drama." you know, ifelt that, in a good way, as i was reading it, ifelt... that is a really interesting point because there are definitely moments watching the film in which televisual is the sense that you get from it. i know actually, nowadays of course, television is as cinematic as cinema itself... that's true, yes... ..but there are moments in it which you think, "this isn't coming to life as a film, but that's — that is balanced by the fact the performances are so good." yeah. i mean even from just watching that clip, i could tell you were enjoying it, and you can see how well those relationships... and i have not seen the pre—screening because i was told that would end in divorce because we both have to go and see it...
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0k. so this is why i haven't seen it, so we're still going. it's definitely worth seeing, i just have reservations about the writing and directing, but no reservations at all about the performances. all right, 0k, well, it's on the list for the bank holiday weekend. alpha, your second choice. so this is an odd one. it's the new film by albert hughes, one half of the hughes brothers, who back in the ‘90s made dead presidents, which is one of the great overlooked movies of the ‘90s, a real masterpiece. set 20,000 years ago, a young man, played by kodi smit—mcphee, goes on a hunting trip. he hasn't yet learnt to kill, and he is lost and left for dead. he's attacked by a pack of wolves. he wounds one of the wolves and then befriends it, and then it becomes a story of a boy and his dog on a quest to get back home. there are some remarkable things about it, certainly in terms of the visuals. there's very, very little dialogue, what dialogue there is is subtitled, but it's really a bit of visual storytelling, and visually, it is very arresting. there are moments in it in which it kind of — it wanders a little bit off the beaten track and it becomes slightly almost hallucinatory,
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which i rather like and i do think that albert hughes is a very talented director. however, it has to be said, this has been sitting around for, i think, it's about a year. it was originally meant to be released about a year ago. there was some controversy as well about animal rights on the set and so, it has had a sort of strange route to the screen. i think there are things in it that are — that are very impressive. and as i said, as its heart, it is the story of a boy and his dog on a quest, and that happens to be a story that i'm a sucker for. well, i am too, as you know... yeah. i may well enjoy that one. and goodness, well, it's the new spike lee. the new spike lee, tell us all. well, he's back in full force. this is based on the stranger—than—fiction story of ron stallworth. john david washington is stallworth, who in the 1970s becomes — he joins the formerly all—white colorado springs police force and he decides to infiltrate the ku klux klan, and he — initially he gets an advert from the press with the phone number, and he rings up and says "i'm a white supremacist and i want tojoin the klan", and they believe him,
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and he starts working his way right up the chain, right up to david duke, grand wizard. but when it comes to actual face—to—face meetings, of course, they have to get somebody else to play ron, so what they do is they pull in his partner, flip, played by adam driver, who isjewish, and they say "ok, well, i'll do the voice on the phone, you do it in person". but they have very different, initially very different, attitudes to the case. here's a clip. well, i'm not risking my life to prevent some rednecks from lighting a couple of sticks on fire. this is the job. what's your problem? that's my problem. for you, it's a crusade. for me, it's a job. it's not personal, nor should it be. why haven't you bought into this? why should i? because you're jewish, brother. the so—called chosen people. you've been passing for a wasp. white anglo—saxon protestant, cherry pie, hot dog, white boy. that's what some light—skinned black folks do — they pass for white. i thought this was really good.
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firstly, it's a film of balancing acts. the central balancing act is between humour and horror, and it's no surprise to discover that it's produced byjordan peele, who made get out, which of course was a horror film that was submitted to one of the awards as a comedy, and thenjordan peele said, actually, "it's a documentary". and of course there is documentary in this, it takes an historical story and brings it right up to date with, you know, shocking footage of cha rlottesville, and it's very, very contemporary — i mean, the issue of neo—nazis and extreme right—wingers is still very, very contemporary. but this could be a deeply serious film throughout. that is what you would expect, given the subject. and what he manages to do — because they say at the beginning it's based on some for—real, for—real stuff, meaning you could hardly believe that some of this happened and it does play fast and loose with the truth — it takes the story and fictionalises it. but what it does is, in much the same way as get out, it balances those two elements, and the balancing act, ito have to say, is brilliantly done. i mean, i think this is spike lee's best film since four little girls because it's very hard to get that balance right. there were moments in the screening
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that i saw in which people were belly laughing, and there were moments in which people were hiding their faces and recoiling because you are dealing with some really, really, you know, profoundly disturbing stuff. and it's an angry film, it's a film which, although it's set in the past, in the 1970s, feels urgently contemporary. i love the look of it, i love the fact that it actually looks like a film made in the 1970s. spike lee has cited things like serpico and french connection and dog day afternoon as kind of visual cues for it, and the performances are really great. adam driver, john david washington in the centre of it, john david washington is brilliant, i mean, carrying this drama. and again, he's also at the centre of balancing the humour and the horror. i thought it was really remarkable and i think you'll like it. ok, i certainly did like what you've chosen as best out. yeah, i'm sorry... oh, my goodness! i'm back, you see? you're back to mamma mia, you can't give it up. but i sobbed, i sobbed. i do, and my love, my life... oh, i know. i was gone. what makes it so brilliant is if it didn't have that
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emotional sucker punch, it wouldn't be half the film that it is. it's not just that you smile and all the rest of it, it's that when you weep, you weep buckets. i thought it was — i thought it was really good. it does what a film's meant to do — is it reaches in and it grabs you by the heartstrings. it was, dare i say, so much better than i expected. yeah. and that's a plaudit in itself. i know! no, absolutely, and believe me, i went in thinking "this can't, this isn't gonna work, i mean there's no way that the godfather 2 structure can work with mamma mia" and you come out saying, i just want to go see it again and again and again. you do. a very quick thought about dvd? yeah, so in the fade, which is a hamburg—set revenge thriller. diane kruger won a best actress award at cannes a year ago now, or two years maybe, and i think it's really worth it for her performance. it's about her husband gets murdered, neo—nazis are implicated, the law fails her and she takes the law into their own hands. her performance is brilliant. the film, actually rather like children act, has some flaws, but she carries it shoulder high and it is worth seeing
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for her performance. all right. mark, lovely to have you back. thank you very much indeed. see you soon. thank you. and all our previous programmes are on the iplayer, of course. thanks for being with us. bye— bye. after some sunshine on saturday sun has been very wet across much of the uk. processing over 20 mm of rain around about an inch and it's all come courtesy of this frontal system which is then working its way eastward not bringing just rain but also some strong and gusty winds and there will remain quite gusty along channel coast for time for this evening reaching 30 or a0 mph. before finally that rain clears away from east anglia and i did a few showers going overnight event
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midlands. some clear spells and not as cool as recent nights between nine and 15 celsius. for the week ahead of the next few days it will feel a bit warmer. subtle spells of sunshine and also occasional rain and for tomorrow a bank holiday monday and that rain will come in the form of scattered showers feeding across a brisk western wind but they will lose some of their strength. quite large amounts of cloud around and most will avoid the showers and mainly dry day. and in the best of the sunshine tourjust getting between 16 and 20 celsius. compared to sunday and will break and then for tomorrow evening. some clear skies or and the clouds are to arrive through parts of northern ireland, western northern scotland and that's because here we are
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closest to frontal system which will bring some outbreaks of rain to the far north of scotland and present northern ireland through the afternoon. noticeable breeze are as well but had further south 70s and mainly dry day. temperatures getting up mainly dry day. temperatures getting up to maybe 22 or 23 celsius with a cooler for western coasts. tuesday into wednesday is complicated slightly by this system over the continent which can generate a few heavy showers and extend their way through parts of southeast england and east anglia. for many on wednesday and the shower start to fade for the north and west mainly by some of the. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 6pm... pope francis is meeting irish bishops before travelling back to rome. earlier he addressed vast crowds at mass in phoenix park in dublin, asking for forgiveness for the abuse irish people had suffered at the hands of priests.
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translation: we ask forgiveness for the abuses in ireland, abuses of power, conscience and sexual abuse by members with responsibility in the church. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe who's been imprisoned in iran on spying charges has been told her temporary three—day release is over — and she must return to jail tonight. the daughter of british couple — john and susan cooper — who died during a stay at an egyptian hotel speaks out about the ordeal and insists ‘something in their room killed them'
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