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prince charles says when he becomes king, he won't be "meddling" in issues that in the past have been close to his heart. he says he's "not that stupid," and understands that as sovereign, his constitutional role will be more restricted. you can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the prince of wales or the heir. but the idea somehow that i'm going to go on exactly the same way if i have to succeed is complete nonsense, because the two situations are completely different. the prince was speaking in a bbc interview to mark his 70th brithday. we'll have the latest. also this lunchtime: a gunman who opened fire in a bar in southern california has killed 12 people. emboldened by success of the mid term elections, donald trump fires his attorney general, and bans a cnn reporter from the white house. the international trade secretary says the uk must be free to leave any temporary customs arrangement it strikes
with the eu after brexit. coming up on bbc news... uefa say they'll consider fast tracking the use of var in the champions league. calls grew after raheem sterling was wrongly awarded a penalty. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the prince of wales says he'll stop speaking out on topics he feels strongly about, when he becomes king. in a bbc documentary to mark his 70th birthday, he acknowledges that consitutional parameters mean he won't be able say what he likes, and that he won't be "meddling." in the past, the prince has campaigned strongly on issues such as the environment and architecture. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. he's filled his adult life thus
far as prince of wales, trying, as he put it, to make a difference for the better, but as he approaches his 70th birthday, charles knows better than anyone that one day he will step into a new role as king, and with that role will come a particular responsibility to curb his habit of speaking out on subjects about which he feels strongly. if it didn't work, it didn't work. in the bbc documentary, charles is asked about his so—called "meddling", as prince of wales. he says he regards it as motivating people to take an interest in things like the inner cities and the environment, and then he draws this vital distinction between the role of prince of wales and the role of king. i think it is vital to remember there is only room for one sovereign at a time, not two, so you can't be the same as the sovereign, if you're the prince of wales or the heir.
but the idea somehow that i am going to go on in exactly the same way, if i have to succeed, is complete nonsense, because the two, the two situations are completely different. clearly i won't be able to do the same thing as i have done as heir, so of course you operate within the constitutional parameters. that undertaking, to abide by the constitutional parameters when he's king, is significant. it should mean an end to the sometimes controversial public speeches he has made over the years. on architecture, for example, in 1984, his description of a planned extension to the national gallery as a "monstrous carbuncle" is just one of his interventions on building design which have irritated some. more recently, his speeches opposing genetically—modified crops placed him in opposition to government policy. on other matters, such as his passionate defence of the environment, he is often said to have been ahead of his time, but once he becomes king all public campaigning
will have to stop. that is the future charles has always known will be his. his wife says he's relaxed about it. his destiny will come — he's always known it's going to come, and i don't think it does weigh on his shoulders at all. slowly but surely, the way is being prepared for the moment, perhaps still some years away, when charles is king, and the united kingdom has a new head of state. nick, and significant is the prince coming out and saying all this now? it is significant. the fact he says he knows where the line as he will not stray when he is king is significant. he said he has had this view for some years, privately, but he hasn't wanted to talk about how he hasn't wanted to talk about how he will be as king because he felt it was in some way disrespectful to his mother. but i think in a way it
is part of the psychological preparation he is making for the moment when he succeeds to the throne. he will still be able to express views privately. the constitutional convention is the monarch has the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn, but he will have to do that privately, in the audiences with his prime ministers. he will still be able to convene meetings. he makes it clear he will wish to do that, but he has also said that, and he has backtracked a little from his previous position, you will only do that with the approval of ministers. nicholas witchell, thank you. prince, son and heir — charles at 70 will be shown on bbc one at nine o'clock tonight. and it'll be avaliable afterwards on the bbc iplayer. a gunman in california has shot dead 12 people, at a crowded bar in a suburb of los angeles. police say the attacker
was found dead, at the venue in the thousand oaks area. richard lister has more details. they'd fled for their lives. some of the survivors from this nightclub shooting found safety behind police lines. it was the busiest night of the week at the borderline club when a gunman, dressed in black, walked in and opened fire. i was just yelling, "get down, get down." there was quite a few girls in a group, young girls, and i think they all got out, but they all got down and then he kept on moving to the right. he shot the front desk cashier. it was just semi—automatic, as many shots as he could pull, and then when it started to reload that's when we got people out of there and i didn't look back. and we didn't know what was going on and then we heard more gunshots, and then these incredible humans justjumped up and started smashing out the windows, and everybody wasjust, like, "jump," because we were trapped — we were completely
trapped on that side. so we jumped two storeys down to the ground out of these broken windows so that we could escape. there followed a massive police response and a search for the gunman. they found someone matching the suspect down outside the building. it was eventually confirmed that he'd been killed, but so too had one of the first police officers on the scene, shot the moment he ran through the door. the sergeant passed away at the hospital, about an hour ago. i only mentioned it might be terrorists because that's where we all go these days when we have multiple shootings like this. there's no reason for it, and we have this horrific death. i have nothing to lead me to believe, or the fbi, that there is any terrorism link here. the investigation to find out who the gunman was and why he did this is under way, but how to prevent more of these mass shootings is a question america seems unable to answer. richard lister, bbc news. emboldened by the success of senate republicans in this week's mid—term elections, donald trump has fired
his attorney general, jeff sessions, america's chief law enforcement officer. he's also now moved against the broadcaster cnn, claiming that one of its correspondents was involved in a altercation with a member of his staff. mr trump has on several occasions referred to cnn and the media in general as "enemies of the people." our washington correspondent chris buckler reports. jeff sessions was given a long round of applause by colleagues as he left the department ofjustice for the final time. he had been given thejob of attorney general in return for the loyalty and support he had shown donald trump. but his resignation letter made clear that he had been unceremoniously fired by a president who had long since lost faith in him. make america great again! mr trump never forgavejeff sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the investigation taking place into allegations of russian interference and collusion in the 2016 presidential election. democrats, and even
some republicans, fear that the president is trying to bring an end to the enquiry, which is led by the special counsel, robert mueller. it would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the mueller investigation. i think it was a great victory... mr trump appears to be on the defensive, having lost the house of representatives to the democrats in the mid—term elections. but if he's trying to fight back, it's journalists who've got caught in the crossfire. that's enough. mr president, i wasjust going to one other... that's enough. pardon me, ma'am... excuse me, that's enough. the president ended up at a news conference in a furious row with a cnn correspondent, jim acosta. that's enough — put down the mic. mr president, are you worried about indictments coming down in this investigation? i tell you what, cnn should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them. you are a rude, terrible person. you shouldn't be working for cnn. go ahead. the white house has called this
unacceptable behaviour, and claimed that he placed his hands on the intern who was trying to take his microphone away. cnn say that's a lie, and are standing by their reporter. this isjim acosta. i am in front of the white house. a secret service officer is asking for my hard pass... butjim acosta's press credentials have been suspended indefinitely, and last night he was refused access to the white house. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. let's talk to philippa thomas, who's in washington. phillipa, first of all, a response to the attorney general being fired, and a response to that altercation we saw there at the white house with the cnn reporter? quite a lot happening, isn't there, clive? the
sacking ofjeff sessions i have to say was not entirely unpredictable. donald trump has made clear his displeasure with the attorney general and the man replacing him, matthew whittaker, is on record as saying he thinks the robert mueller investigation into donald trump is going too far already. that it should just be about whether russia interfered in the presidential elections and shouldn't stretch to territory or a tax into donald trump's personal finances or family's finances. clive, you can see the battle coming up there, because of donald trump is thinking he can shut down the mueller investigation, the democrats on the hill who now run the house of representatives, they are very determined that is not going to happen. as we saw and chris's piece, also this other altercation that affect the nature of reporting on the white house, jim acosta, the senior white house correspondent at the white house was asking donald trump, saying this migrant caravan can't be constituted as an invasion,
called an invasion, cannock, they are hundreds of miles from the border? that made the president angry, then you saw that moment where a young female staffer tried to ta ke where a young female staffer tried to take the microphone from the correspondent —— can it, as there are hundreds of miles from the border? they are saying jim acosta laid hands on a young woman at the white house and therefore has been banned from the white house. cnn are saying that is outrageous, that's a lie, and that this is in their words fraudulent accusations. the man at the centre of that storm, jim acosta, has said, "well, it happened to me. it could happen to others." he set wood is sending a message to the us press corps about this, reporting at the white house —— he is sending a message. thank you, philippa thomas, from washington. the international trade secretary, liam fox, has said that the government must have the right to decide when to leave any customs arrangement that might be put in place to avoid any border checks between northern ireland and ireland, in the event the uk leaves the eu without agreeing a future trade deal.
our political correspondent iain watson is at westminster. what are they likely to make of this? they have moved to some extent because the eu are saying they will compromise on a future customs arrangement which might be the basis ofa arrangement which might be the basis of a deal later this month, something theresa may's very keen to do, but they will not accept britain acting completely unilaterally. in a sense all this has done has been a spanner sense all this has done has been a spanner in the works of theresa may, because in order to get the deal by the end of the month, discussed earlier this week, was this. they said "it looks as though we can't get an agreement with the eu for the whole of the uk to stay in the customs arrangements to avoid any customs arrangements to avoid any customs checks between northern ireland and the republic or britain and northern ireland", and that seems fine but long—standing leave campaigners say britain must be able to withdraw from that arrangement unilaterally, and the cabinet were
to brussels would not accept this. so in orderto to brussels would not accept this. so in order to try to get that deal, theresa may meter cabinet therefore comments from liam fox will not just upset michel barnier, but are likely to upset theresa may as well. when i spoke to earlier today he said he was in absolutely no position to compromise. —— he said there was absolutely no position to compromise. we have an instruction from our voters to leave the european union. that decision can't be subcontracted to somebody else. that needs to be an issue for a sovereign british government to be able to determine. so if he digs in his heels, the prospect of getting an early deal with the eu will be receding. the foreign secretary jeremy hunt with the eu will be receding. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has been speaking in france and says he is still confident of getting a deal but said getting something in the next seven days would be pushing it a bit, and i think that's an understatement. iain watson at westminster, thank you. half—year results at the supermarket chain sainsbury‘s have shown a 20% rise in underlying profits. the company said it had benefited from its recent takeover of the catalogue firm argos, and the hot summer weather.
however, when several exceptional costs are taken into account, profits nearly halved. these include preparing for its merger with asda, which is being examined by competition authorities. now, a paraplegic athlete who said he was forced to drag himself along the floor at luton airport because there were no self—propelling wheelchairs is dropping his legal action against the airport. justin levene said his independence had been compromised, but now more self—propelled wheelchairs will be made available. clive coleman reports. the pictures from august 2017 were shocking. luton airport, thank you very much. justin levene, a paraplegic man, dragging himself through luton airport, after his wheelchair, which he pushes himself, was left behind by an airline. the airport offered him a rigid high—back chair like this, which had to be pushed by someone else. he declined and completed his journey on a baggage trolley. last friday he explained his actions to the bbc. i've worked very hard
for a number of years to try and maintain my independence and one of the biggest problems i had was if i didn't have my wheelchair my legs had been taken away from me, all of my self—sufficiency and my independence was no longer there, and to be in one of those chairs made me feel humiliated and degraded. if you're in those chairs and they insisted on trying to strap me down on it i wouldn't have been able to adjust myself and then i'd have been at risk of getting a pressure sore. since the bbc covered the story, luton airport has confirmed it now has ten self propelling wheelchairs permanently based at the airport, a system to lend out equipment including wheelchairs in case a passenger has lost or damaged theirs, and where a passenger pre—notifies they need specialised mobility equipment, the airport will source it. justin levene is pleased with that. so for me the fact that they're saying they have ten self propelled wheelchairs and a loan system in place, which for me is the most important aspect, i'm absolutely delighted with. this is all that i've been campaigning for for the last year, and for them to have listened
to all of this and learned from the situation i think is a wonderful result. this story has created a huge debate online and justin has received some extremely abusive comments, some of which we couldn't possibly broadcast. this is one of the less offensive ones. he's an attention seeking self—importa nt child, having a tantrum and then trying to sue people who offered him help. but others have been more supportive, like this one. when you're disabled, being completely independent is the most important thing in your life. i agree with him. justin levene says he just wants to be able to travel around with as much independence and dignity as possible. clive coleman, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime... prince charles says when he becomes king he won't be "meddling" in issues that in the past have been close to his heart. still to come.
england cricketer keatonjennings bats england into a commanding position in their opening test against sri lanka. coming up on bbc news... after three olympics games, gymnast louis smith has announced his retirement. he won four olympic medals. he says he's going to pursue other exciting opportunities. prince harry has opened the field of remembrance at westminster abbey, laying a cross in advance of sunday's armistice commemorations. this year marks the centenary of the end of the first world war, and our correspondent robert hall is in ypres in belgium for us this afternoon. the city of ypres saw some of the most terrible battles of the first world war. the menin gate behind me straddles the route that columns of men took as they headed for the
trenches around ypres and many of them to their deaths. the menin gate is also the focal point for thousands of people from britain, france and canada, who are in the city ahead of this weekend's armistice commemorations. many of them will have had relatives that didn't them will have had relatives that didn‘t fight them will have had relatives that didn'tfight in them will have had relatives that didn't fight in europe, but further afield, in what was a world war. in 1914 when the battles were raging here the turks were on the move in the middle east and the battles that left a lasting legacy as martin patience has been finding out. in a quiet corner of beirut, a commonwealth war cemetery — testimony to the bitter fighting between the allies and the ottoman empire, which joined the war on germany's side in 1914. the ottoman empire, which was centred on modern—day turkey, ruled supreme in the middle east for centuries. this was once an army barracks for its troops in what is now the lebanese city of tripoli, and for the people living here today, the consequences
of the first world war are still being felt. some of the families now living here are syrian refugees and syria as a country actually only came into existence after the first world war. a century ago, the most famous battle fought in the region was the gallipoli campaign. allied forces were repulsed by ottoman troops. that defeat meant they were forced to fight their way through the region, starting in egypt, pushing north through palestine, as it was then known, into modern—day syria and lebanon. lawrence of arabia famously rallied arab—bedouin forces to attack ottoman supply lines, including blowing up railways. this station in tripoli is more than a century old. it was once one of the arteries
stitching together the ottoman empire, but at the end of the first world war, the empire was carved up by the victorious powers, britain and france. the destruction of the ottoman empire and the collapse of the ottoman empire was imminent in a way, not because it was intrinsically weak but because the foreign superpowers wanted it gone. everything you see around you is a product of world war i. and here are the faces of descendants of french—african troops brought to lebanon to fight for the allies. they now live in a rundown area known as the "house of slaves". fatima, now in her late 70s, tells me she knows little of her family history. all the photographs she had were destroyed during the lebanese civil war. she says she's endured racism throughout her life. translation: i am only annoyed by the remarks i hear while walking in the market,
when people say, "here come the blacks, here come the blacks." i would reply by saying we are god's creation. they would answer, but we do not have this complexion in lebanon. so i say, "i am born as a lebanese, and my identity is stronger than yours." these men died in what was supposed to be the war to end all wars. but a century on, the middle east remains torn by conflict, a consequence of the settlement following world war i, and british forces are still fighting in the region. martin patience, bbc news, beirut. i suppose legacy for ypres of the
first world war it bass itself, a medieval city completely reduced to rubble by the ferocity of the gunfire and rebuilt stone by stone to original plans. tomorrow i head off to newport on the belgian coast at the end of this journey along the western front. robert hall in ypres in belgium. the japanese firm toshiba has abandoned plans to build a nuclear power station in cumbria. the company had failed to find a buyerfor its uk subsidiary nugen, which was set up to pursue the project, planned near sellafield. our consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith is outside the site. what has been the response to this news where you are? well, the site is behind me, this should have been transformed in the next couple of yea rs into transformed in the next couple of years into the next generation of nuclear power plants. it is owned by the japanese company toshiba, but because of difficulties in their american side of the business
they've decided to pull out of all nuclear investments outside of japan. that's particularly bad news here in cumbria, becausejust japan. that's particularly bad news here in cumbria, because just the other side of the road is the sellafield plant. that will ring a bell with most people in the uk is one of the biggest power plants. it's not running anymore, it's being decommissioned, and the jobs that people that work in that plant were hoping that this plant was going to be their saviour, to simply move all of that expertise and those jobs across into the next generation of pla nts across into the next generation of plants ozturk the fact that tashi warr has now pulled out but this whole site into complete jeopardy. —— the fact that tashi warr has now pulled out has put this whole site into jeopardy. the government has responded by saying they are still committed to nuclear as an energy source but they are sticking by their plan of making sure that its international companies who are investing private sector investment in actually building the plants in the first place and that means that we are subject to international
headwinds when it comes to that investment, as we are seeing here today, a company canjust investment, as we are seeing here today, a company can just decide it's simply not worth the financial risk for them. colletta, thank you. official figures have revealed further evidence of pressure on the nhs in england. key waiting time targets are still being missed and prescriptions for diabetes are now costing the nhs more than £1 billion a year, although there was a slight improvement in accident and emergency targets last month. the pakistani foreign office says a christian woman, aseea bibi, whose conviction for blasphemy was overturned last week, has been released from prison, and flown to a secure hiding place within the country. her lawyer has been offered temporary asylum in the netherlands, after anger from islamists at the revocation of her death sentence, for blasphemy. england's cricketers are in a commanding position in sri lanka, with two days to go in the first test in galle. opening batsman keaton jennings contributed with a career—best 146 not out, and sri lanka now
have an uphill struggle, to have any chance of winning. jo currie reports. a batting masterclass from the 26—year—old, dominating away from home isn't a familiar feeling for england at the moment but keaton jennings gave the tourists a day to remember. starting play 177 runs ahead after england's top order all faltered, it was left to ben stokes to try to keep up withjennings' pace. pat down from jonny bairstow to keep the muscles ticking over. and maybe it helped. as stokes hit three sixes as he headed towards his half—century. best again making himself useful. there wasn't much stokes could do about this from dilruwan perera though. asjennings' partners came and went, next bit was jos buttler‘s turn, who got off to a promising start but there was only one star man today. that's it. that is it. keaton jennings ending his
year wait make his second england century, much to the delight of the fa ns century, much to the delight of the fans and his captain. bowler made his mark on what was to be his final performance for lanka as button was caught with this brilliant reaction. ben foakesjoined caught with this brilliant reaction. ben foa kes joined the caught with this brilliant reaction. ben foakesjoined the party caught with this brilliant reaction. ben foakes joined the party making a respectable 37 before being caught. shortly afterwards joe root declared, setting the hosts a daunting target of 462 for victory. jennings finishing the day in touching distance of his 150, streets ahead of his team—mates. jo currie, bbc news. the hardships of life for palestinians living in gaza are many, and for musicians it can be particularly difficult pursuing their passion, because of few concert venues and access to instruments. in fact, gaza has just one grand piano, but after a lengthy restoration it's now been played in its first concert, as our middle east correspondent tom bateman reports. a rare soundtrack to life in a region used to discord. this is the only concert grand piano in the gaza strip.
after a painstaking renovation, it is now being played at its first public concert. here is the piano. for the music students involved, a unique chance to bring this concert grand to a new audience. you can get the sense of how sad, but still kind ofjoyful, this piano is, because it went through a lot, so every time i play it i remember where it was and where it is now. the piano had laid abandoned for years. it was rediscovered in 2013, in a theatre later damaged during the last major conflict with israel. now restored by a music fund that works in war zones, it's been moved to a new home, one of gaza's few music schools, tucked away beside a red crescent hospital. on one level, this is just a story about a piano being restored.
what makes it interesting and important is the fact that it can happen here, in gaza, a place where even everyday life comes with its own unique challenges, and something that needs so much skill and expertise can take place in the most difficult of circumstances. the piano's revival was a three—year task. it needed special coordination with the un agency to bring in skilled people and parts from abroad. gaza is blockaded by israel and egypt, who cite security concerns. live music events are rare in the strip, which is run by the islamist group hamas. it's years work, and we're so happy that it wakes up again now and it's now not only in the concert, but especially here in the music school, it can really profit from people who want to study and who are studying pianos.
few stories from here have as harmonious an ending as this one. the rebirth of gaza's only grand piano needed energy and invention, says the music fund. they hope, despite the challenges, these kind of concerts can happen again. tom bateman, bbc news, gaza city. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. good afternoon. the weather has not what we'd call quiet this week but it is about to get even livelier. we seen a it is about to get even livelier. we seenafairamount it is about to get even livelier. we seen a fair amount of cloud during today, particularly in western areas. the cloud already bringing outbreaks of rain. if i show you the satellite