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families. 50 i have seen first—hand what happens families are disrupted. it is great to talk to you, i am sorry it is great to talk to you, i am sorry our it is great to talk to you, i am sorry our time is up. now it is time are named as the main suspects. ruslan boshirov and alexander petrov flew from moscow to london in march. they're accused of attempting to murder a former russian spy and his daughter. police have caught them on cctv in london and salisbury after trawling through 11,000 hours of footage. this was not a rogue operation. it was almost certainly also approved outside the gru at a senior level of the russian state. iam i am live in salisbury looking at how the police identified the suspects. we'll have the latest reaction from moscow as well. also tonight... we are three friends, we're also bloggers, we all have one thing in common — we all have or have had cancer. the bbc 5 live presenter
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rachael bland has died aged a0 less than two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. after last week's so—called scallop wars in the channel, talks to prevent further clashes between french and british fishermen. and gearing up for his last test match, alistair cook, england's most prolific test batsman, tells us there may be tears at the oval. and coming up on bbc news... ian poulter will make his sixth appearance at a ryder cup. he's one of the european wildcard picks, alongside sergio garcia, paul casey and henrik stenson. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. two russian military intelligence officers have been accused of carrying out the novichok attacks in salisbury. alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov have been named as the suspects
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in the attempted murder of the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter yulia. police say the two men arrived at gatwick airport, from moscow, in march. they stayed at a hotel in london before travelling to salisbury. they've released images of the two men after going through 11,000 hours of cctv footage. but the russian foreign ministry says the names and photographs of the men "do not mean anything to moscow". 0ur security correspondent, gordon corera, reports. these two russians now stand accused of the salisbury nerve agent attack. police say they entered the country as alexander petrov and was done boshirov but those are thought to be false names used by undercover operatives —— ruslan boshirov. false names used by undercover operatives -- ruslan boshirov. the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and cps are officers from the russian military intelligence
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service, also known as the gru. the gru isa service, also known as the gru. the gru is a highly disciplined organisation with a well established chain of command is not a rogue operation. it was almost certainly also approved outside the gru at a senior level of the russian state. the two men, police say, carried out a remarkably sophisticated attack. they flew in from moscow and are seen here in salisbury djurdic after it was alleged they smeared nerve agent on sergei skripal‘s front door, and this is what was believed to have been there weapon, the perfume bottles used to carry the novichok nerve agent. three months later dawn sturgess would die after handling the discarded containers. eventually the surge led to its discovery. the announcement by the crown prosecution service is the most significant but an investigation and without sufficient evidence to bring charges in relation to the attack on sergei and
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yulia skripal in salisbury and have domestic and european arrest warrant. we will be seeking to circulate interpol notices. prosecutors say they have enough evidence to charge the two with conspiracy to murder sergei skripal, attempted murder of sergei skripal, his daughter yulia, and detective sergeant nick bailey, a police officer who went to the house. use and possession of novichok contrary to the chemical weapons act, and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to yulia skripal and nick bailey. the gru, based in this building is intelligence arm of the russian military does come with a long track record of undercover operations around the world. under vladimir putin, seen here visiting the headquarters, observers say it has become even more aggressive, is accused of hacking america's 2016 election and now using nerve agent in britain. the prime target of the
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salisbury operation was sergei skripal. himself a former officer in the gru. sergei skripal, it is thought, was targeted by former collea g u es thought, was targeted by former colleagues in the gru because they viewed him as a traitor for working for the british secret service, m16. today was about much more than just naming two individuals, but also come in the eyes of the government, exposing the role of the gru and the prime minister made clear that, as well as the public accusation, british intelligence would be asked to do more to counter the gru's activities out of sight. today, russia's deputy ambassador was summoned to the foreign office. moscow said it did not recognise the names of the men accused. the british government acknowledges there is no real chance they will be extradited but it will be hoping that to date increases the pressure on moscow. the investigation into what happened in salisbury has involved around 250 specialist counterterrorism officers, as well as more than 180 members of the military
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who were deployed to the city to help remove objects that may have been contaminated. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, is in salisbury for us this evening. yes, this investigation turned into a mammoth task of handling those thousands of hours of cctv using image processing software and specialist super recogniser officers and they managed to get from easy to cama down the road and then to russian men crossing the borderfrom gatwick airport and that got them names and a hotel room in east london where they found minute traces of novichok. this was the moment on the first friday in march that two men, calling themselves alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov, arrived at gatwick on a flight from moscow. after six months of painstaking work, detectives believe they used
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this hotel in east london to spend their first this hotel in east london to spend theirfirst night this hotel in east london to spend their first night in this hotel in east london to spend theirfirst night in britain before travelling by train to salisbury on a reconnaissance mission that saturday afternoon. detectives want anyone who saw them that day between 2pm and az30pm to come forward. the next day, sunday, the day of the attack, they returned to salisbury and were caught on cctvjust before 12 o'clock on wilton road. that image was recorded just moments before the attack because, from here, it is just a short walk to sergei skripal‘s house, where detectives think the two men used pay—per—view dispenser to pump —— used a perfume dispenser, to pump the nerve agent, a novichok, onto the nerve agent, a novichok, onto the front door. that looks like the perfect kind of vessel to have applied some form of agent, through a pump. it's a gel or a liquid, onto the door of the skripals' home, which has what contaminated sergei and then yulia. an hour and a half later, already contaminated from the front door, sergei and yulia skripal drove into town.
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they had a drink in the mill pub and, after lunch at zizzi's, were found seriously ill on a park bench at 4:15pm. they very nearly died. while the suspects walked calmly back to the station, took the train to london, and flew out of heathrow at 10:30pm that night to moscow, safely out of reach. by now, detective sergeant nick bailey had also become contaminated. the fake perfume bottle police think they used had a special adapted nozzle and was full of novichok. it was found injune in this counterfeit nina ricci packaging by charlie rowley. he thinks it may have been in a charity bin. his partner, dawn sturgess, died after spraying herself with the bottle. for the leader of salisbury council, today's news made what happened here all the more real. i think there's real anger today that two individuals, knowingly it appears, came to salisbury to carry out an act of what turned out to be attempted murder. there were civilians that were wrapped up
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in the collateral damage of that. people feel that is a shocking thing to do. six months on, the quiet city of salisbury is still suffering, both economically and psychologically. even the grass where the skripals were found has had to be relayed because of contamination, and the chief medical officer was still advising residents today not to pick up any strange objects. daniel stanford, bbc news, salisbury. let's go to moscow now and talk to our corresepondent steve rosenberg. what has been the reaction from moscow? the reaction here i would describe as predictable. russia portraying itself as the innocent party here and pointing the finger back at britain. for example, the kremlin said that from the outset as
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it had been ready to go great with britain in an investigation into the salisbury poisoning but the offer had been met with silence. we heard from russian foreign ministry saying, we have seen the names and the photos of the suspects in the media and they mean nothing to us, and accusing britain of manipulating information. pretty much that has become the default position of the russian state is in recent years, whenever is accused by the international community of crimes, whether accusations of hacking or of military intervention in ukraine, and that position has been to accuse the accuser and deny everything. but i think, from what theresa may said in the commons, that it will not stop the british government from trying to increase the diplomatic pressure on moscow, trying to increase the diplomatic pressure on moscow, britain has all recalled a meeting of the un security council and there was talk of pushing through new sanctions but is there really an appetite in
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europe for more sanctions against russia? i'm not sure, and some european countries are openly calling for a few sanctions against them, so maintaining the european unity against russia on this issue and maintaining the pressure on moscow, that is the big challenge for the uk. thank you. the bbc presenter rachael bland, who was a well—known voice on radio 5 live, has died at the age of 40, less than two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. rachael, who tweeted on monday that she had been told she had just days to live, died in the early hours of this morning, surrounded by herfamily. she was married with a young son. after being diagnosed with cancer, she began writing a blog and then recorded a frank yet witty podcast about dealing with the disease. judith moritz looks back at her life. we at three friends and bloggers and we have one thing in common, we all have or have had cancer. rachael bland changed the conversation about
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cancer. the newsreader whose own story became the most important. diagnosed with breast cancer, she created the podcast you, me and the big c, three women with cancer in common is talking about it in a funny, frank and fresh way. we wa nted funny, frank and fresh way. we wanted to talk about death and dying! and mainly about the subject because people don't talk about it. the podcast has been so popular that yesterday it reached number one in the uk charts. unfortunately for rachael's cancer, her journey the uk charts. unfortunately for rachael's cancer, herjourney in terms of where we are, has ended, but what she has shown is that she had lived and lived absolutely a worthwhile, purposeful, amazing life that has had an impact on so many people. after more than 15 years on bbc radio 5 live, rachael found the podcast brought her a new audience.
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it is not about her, she'd not want personal phone, it was a crusade to get others through cancer and she was adamant about doing that and alongside that, she wanted to help her son, freddie come to terms with what happened to her. rachael's little boy is just three years old. she has wrapped presents for him to open on every birthday until he is 21. she spoke about being with him when she learned her cancer was in curable. the call came through and they said, and sorry, it's the cancer, it's back also and all the way home i was saying to freddie, i'm so sorry, way home i was saying to freddie, i'm so sorry, i'm so sorry. sorry, that's the first thing that has made me cry in the first 12 episodes! it has finally broken me! today, rachael's death was announced on air. the news that our beloved colleague, five live presenter and
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newsreader rachael bland has died this morning. in tributes, rachael was said to have improved understanding of cancer and reduced its stigma and this from her husband, steve. at the end, he said, even though her body was at its wea kest, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful and she will always be an incredible inspiration. rachael bland, who died this morning at the age of a0. a major report on the state of the economy says the system is unjust and has called for higher taxes for the wealthy and businesses. the commission on economicjustice — whose members include the archbishop of canterbury — said the minimum wage should rise and people on zero—hours contracts should be paid 20% more. 0ur economics editor, kamal ahmed, has been speaking to people struggling to make ends meet, people the prime minister has described as "just about managing". beginning. it is now at a point where it doesn't matter how many
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hours you work unless your work 60 or 70 hours, you won't better yourself. if you have a family, or if you have got any sort of debt, you can't ever get out of this vicious circle. so, you literally arejust going vicious circle. so, you literally are just going around. ramsgate in kent and stephanie telling her story and a story for millions — working and a story for millions — working and still struggling to make ends meet. would you struggle to save £10 at the end of the month? yes i have to borrow at the end of the month. soi to borrow at the end of the month. so i couldn't save any money. the question — how to fix this system for the just about managing, described today as unjust. when i was growing up,, i was told get a good job. but that isn't the case. that is why the commission is calling for reform. we need a simple tax system that means those who are able to bear the weight should bear
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the weight, so yes, some people will need to pay more tax. some people won't. but it's got to be something thatis won't. but it's got to be something that is not option. and it is fair and just for the common good of every person in the country. so what is this new economic plan? the commission's report contains some bold ideas. increased taxes on the wealthy, by taxing income from owning shares. increased taxes on firms by raising corporation tax to 2496 firms by raising corporation tax to 24% from 19%. new taxes on technology giants like facebook and google and increase the number of affordable homes to help younger people. what chances do you think there are of any of these policies being past by a parliament where no one party has a majority? we hope today that politicians will respond
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positively, we are trying to get a national debate that is more meaningful and taking radical ideas into consideration than rather sort of mealy mouthed incremental change. we don't think that will work. mealy mouthed or radical, politicians will have the chance to respond in the budget later in the autumn. our top story this evening. two russian military intelligence officers are named as the main suspects in the salisbury novichok investigation. are politicans a step closer to making upskirting a crime? mps vote later. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: alastair cook says there were tears as he told he england team—mates he'll be retiring from international cricket. the former england captain will play his final test this weekend. they've been called the scallop wars after the dispute
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that flared up between french and british fishermen last week. now talks have been held today to try to resolve them. the violence involved around a0 french boats which clashed with five british boats off the coast of northern france. the british crews said rocks, smoke bombs and other projectiles were hurled at them during the confrontation. france's navy is on standby to prevent further clashes. our environment correspondent claire marshall is at brixham harbour in devon for us. we understand in the lost few minutes in london the french negotiating team has started talking, but we still don't know the details of that. fishermen here are keen to learn what is being decided, because it will decide tomorrow whether they go to work. heading out from brixham today, a very different boat from the
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huge dredgers that left from this same harbour last week and clashed with french fishermen. we were taken to the secret location with divers that gather scallops by hand. they showed us their techniques. there's no large machinery involved, they select the right ones and leave the rest. there is another way to get scallops that leaves the sea bed intact and the growing success of businesses like this shows that more and more people are caring about how their scallops are picked. if you take too much there's going to be nothing left. if you don't leave enough breeding stocks to breed, then you can't keep fishing. that's part of what sparked the so—called "scallop wars". dredgers haul up everything. the british were fishing legally, but furious french fishermen say they will leave them with no catch in the bay de seine. this blue boat is a 200 tonne british trawler crashing into a
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french boat. english fishermen say these smaller vessels deliberately got in their way. the french boat that this was filmed from has battle scars, but it's still putting out to sea off normandy. but the french law banning its crew from fishing for scallops means they're left with much less lucrative mackerel. they say if the british dredgers return, they will fight back. translation: i'm not going to watch them catching scallops while we're catching fish, i'm not going to sit by, we'll take the same action again. french negotiators arrived in london earlier today. he says, "we want peace, so everyone can return to work as normal." the negotiations are over and the fishermen now have an idea of the way ahead. but it is not that much ofan idea. way ahead. but it is not that much of an idea. we know the talks were constructive, however they have been
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unresolved and they will hold another meeting in a8—hours. what thatis another meeting in a8—hours. what that is striking to that about me is that is striking to that about me is that obviously no agreement has been reached, although it was amicable and here there is dischord even among fishermen, some saying it is a goodidea among fishermen, some saying it is a good idea to go back and whatever we are doing is legal and others, who say this is wrong and we are angering the french and it could make our situation worse. thank you. high levels of e—coli bacteria were found at a hotel in egypt where a british couple died last month. john and susan cooper from lancashire died during their stay with thomas cook at the steigenburger aqua magic hotel on the red sea. the exact cause of their deaths is still unknown. the tour operator apologised, saying standards were below what it expects and it is committing more resources to tackle hygiene at hotels with high sickness levels. mps are expected to vote later on government's plans to ban what's known as upskirting — when a photo or video is secretly taken up a woman's skirt.
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some mps are backing an amendment to the proposed law which would see misogyny classed as a hate crime — meaning those convicted of upskirting could face tougher sentences. sima kotecha reports. being harassed for being a woman. it happened to rosie. we were dancing sort of in a group with all my friends and there was these guys literally just going along and swiping everyone's bums as they went along. and now some politicians want tough punishments for those guilty of misogyny — the hatred, contempt or prejudice of women. someone just seeing you as an object completely, as if they're just allowed to touch you in whatever way they feel appropriate. they have not thought about your feelings, your emotions, or you as a person. this evening, mps are due to vote on amending a new bill that would ban secretly taking pictures up women's skirts. the change would include misogyny as an aggravating factor. what we really want to do,
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because we know it is not just about upskirting, is to have a review of hate crime and include misogyny in that, so we can say to men and women equally, you can walk the streets without fear. it would meanjudges being able to take hatred of women into account when passing sentences. two years ago, police here in nottinghamshire became the first force in the country to start recording cases of suspected misogyny as a hate crime. since then several other police forces have followed suit, including north yorkshire and northamptonshire. the local university has analysed nottinghamshire police's data to see how the pilot went. 0ur responses were overwhelmingly positive. of those that reported, 100% said they would report again and 75% had a very positive experience from the police and the key thing is that women feel like the police are taking them seriously at last about this issue. but some people have raised questions around equality,
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asking whether hatred of men should also be a hate crime. if this does open up a broader discussion about sexual assault and abuse and harassment, that is something that men do experience and i think for true equality, yes, it needs to be discussed for both men and women to protect them both. if the amendment is passed, it could be a huge challenge for the courts — how to prove where male inappropriate behaviour ends and hatred of women begins. cricket now, and alastair cook says there may be tears at the oval as he plays his last test match for england — which begins on friday. but he insists that emotion won t affect his batting. cook will retire from international cricket having played more tests and scored more runs than anyone else in england s history. he has been reflecting on it all today with our correspondentjoe wilson. one last time — the final test.
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by nature, alistair cook's more batter than chatter — england's best ever. so impossible to replace isn't he? no, i'm definitely replaceable, i think that's... there will be another very good player coming along i'm sure. with all the same attributes as you? i don't know... it's not for me to say. i mean, it's, all i can say is... it's very hard when you still have another game to play and i'm determined to play well in this game. it's not easy playing international sport, any international sport, with how hard you have to work, but i have had a hell of a time doing it. cook led famous victories at home and abroad. there were big defeats too. england's removal of kevin pietersen and his book created acrimony, with cook pitched on one side and pietersen on the other. just shows how powerful sport is and how people love stuff like that and controversy. you don't love it, do you? i'm not a big... obviously, it was a tough time... for me personally. but you know i don't regret many things in my career.
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the home farm and an expanding family await. cook will still play for essex, but this ground will witness his final england match. you know, alistair, it's said when don bradman came out to bat here for the last time, 70 years ago, he struggled to see the ball, because of the tears in his eyes. is that going to happen to you? no. definitely not? i don't think... i mean there might be tears afterwards in the changing room, but i don't think walking out, i know i will be determined to try and score runs. solid defence to the end. time for a look at the weather. here's thomas schafenacker i want to point out the same colour of your dress! clear skies on the way for many tonight after what has been a beautiful day across some parts. but the rest of the week is turning more unsettled across the north. here is the latest satellite
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image. many parts of the uk can clear. this is the afternoon. in western scotland, in northern ireland here a weather front has been moving through. we have had some rain and later on in the night that rain should push through northern england and back into the north sea and we are left with clear skies. tomorrow, the weather does go u nsettled skies. tomorrow, the weather does go unsettled across the north. cooler er west. dragging more cloud into the northern england and scotland. and wales will see cloud and rain and some of the rain will end up in parts of midlands. more uncertain this area of rain. but generally some of us will need our brollies tomorrow. 15 in the north. 21 in london. 0n tomorrow. 15 in the north. 21 in london. on friday, low pressure, the same forecast as we have been showing you, expected to park itself off newcastle so that means
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increasing winds in the east of scotland, the north—east of england and some heavy rain at times. but a big difference the further south—west you go. so that is for northern ireland, wales and the midlands and down to the south, it is looking fine. temperatures cooler. for most of us the feel will be in the teens. cool off the coast of the north sea around 1a in newcastle. the outlook for the weekend, it is still going to remain cool weekend, it is still going to remain cool, particularly in the north and spells of rain almost for anybody. so not as nice as it was last weekend. thank you. a reminder of our top story: two russian military intelligence officers are named as the main suspects in the salisbury novichok investigation. the men are accused of attempting to murder former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter. that's all from the bbc news at six — so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello this is bbc news. the headlines: two russian intelligence officers are named as suspects
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in the poisoning of former spy sergei skripal, and his daughter yulia in salisbury. after an extensive study of cctv and other images, scotland yard says there's sufficient evidence to charge the two men who have been identified by the authorities. labour's parliamentary party has agreed to adopt the international definition and examples of anti—semitism without any caveats. eight mps voted against adopting it and 12 spoiled their ballots. tributes are paid to the bbc‘s rachel bland, who's died at the age of a0 — the presenter of an award—winning podcast documenting her treatment for cancer. french and british fishermen are holding talks in london
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