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this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7: theresa may says she'll be putting a bold offer to mp5, butjeremy corbyn believes there won't be anything new. a roadside bomb explodes close to a bus carrying tourists in egypt — injuring at least 17 people. the new national rail summer timetable comes into effect today — train companies say they've learned lessons from weeks of chaos on the network last summer. president trump intervenes in the debate on abortion, as states across the country prepare new restrictions on the procedure. kompany parts company with his club — the manchester city captain is off to anderlecht as player—manager. and in the cricket, england beat pakistan in the final one—day international at headingley to take the series 4—0. we'll have that and the rest
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of the sport in sportsday. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister is to launch a last—ditch attempt to gain approval for her brexit deal, with what she calls a "bold offer" to labour and conservative critics. writing in the sunday times, theresa may says mps should look at her withdrawal bill, the legislation needed to take britain out of the eu, "with fresh pairs of eyes". but the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he does not think the bill will be "fundamentally any different" and therefore his party won't be supporting it. our political correspondent ben wright reports.
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the ayes to the right, 286, the noes to the left, 344. mps have already rejected theresa may's brexit deal three times, but the prime minister plans a final throw of the dice before she quits number ten. the deal agreed with the eu will not be reopened, the writing in the sunday times, mrs may promises a new bold offer to mps across the house of commons, with an improved package of measures, that she believes can win new support. theresa may's offer to mps so far lacks any detail. but it will not for instance include a referendum, something many labour mps want. one cabinet minister said measures including extra guarantees on workers‘ rights should secure labour support. we do, in many ways, agree. none of us want to remain in the european union, none of us want a no—deal brexit, which means logically there has to be a deal, and if there's going to be a deal, the labour and conservative position are about half an inch apart. last week, jeremy corbyn pulled the plug on talks with the government, today he was reluctant to say whether he wanted brexit to happen or not. he certainly sounded sceptical about helping theresa may get the withdrawal
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agreement bill into law. we haven't seen whatever the new bill is going to be yet, but nothing i've heard leads me to believe that it's fundamentally any different to the previous bill that's been put forward, so as of now, we are not supporting it. theresa may says she will make her big offer in a speech later this week, and her hope is to win over enough labour mps to offset opposition from her own side. but few here think of that is likely to work — tory resistance seems to be growing, and breaking the deadlock in parliament looks as hard as ever. and look who's making hay out of that. polls suggest the brexit party is surging in the european elections being held this week. their new recruits sell a simple message. we have one clear aim, and we are not going to muddy it with a whole lot of others. we have one clear aim, which is to deliver the result of the referendum, the second reason of not
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having a manifesto is you know, they are rather discredited. while labour says another referendum should be an option, there is no ambiguity from parties campaigning to remain. if the government is going to bring the withdrawal bill before parliament, what we have said is if they attach a confirmatory referendum to it, we will support it. others fighting for remain votes on thursday say there is no time to hold another public vote before october the 31st, the latest brexit deadline. at the beginning of these european election campaigns, we had time to provide for a people's vote on what happens on brexit, which would take at least 5—6 months. we now no longer have the time to do that by the 31st of october. the stalemate here and the government's failure to get a brexit deal through parliament have led to this week's european elections, and the chance for voters to have a say on the state of brexit. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30 and 11.30 tonight in the papers — our guests
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joining me are chief sports writer for the sun, martin lipton and the indpendent‘s chief political commentator, john rentoul. security sources in egypt say at least 17 people have been injured in a blast appearing to target a tourist bus. the attack happened near the new egyptian museum close to the giza pyramids. the sources added that ten of the wounded are egyptians while seven are south africans. they have been taken to a nearby hospital, and they are all in a stable condition. ranyah sabry from bbc arabic is in cairo and she gave us this update. the explosion was due to a primitive ied or improvised electronic device that went off when the bus was passing and shattered the glass, the majority of the injuries, all of which are light, were caused by the shattered glass. seven are tourists from south africa and the rest are egyptians, passers—by or people who were in a car next to the bus when the explosion happened, and it occurred close to the grand egyptian museum which is still under construction and will be opened officially in 2022 but part of it remains to be open, things have moved
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from the egyptian museum in tahrir square to the grand egyptian museum and this is why the tourist bus was in the area. the new national rail summer timetable has come into effect today, with train companies saying they're making every effort to avoid the chaos of last year's shake—up. public transport campaigners have warned that "robust contingency plans" are needed in case the changes do cause disruption. train companies are adding new services each year, to provide for an increasing number of passengers, and boost the economy. today's timetable shake—up makes space for 1,000 additional services across the country.
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but these changes are on a far smaller scale than last may — then, a huge overhaul of timetables resulted in chaos for passengers on the northern and govia thameslink networks in particular. rail operators will be monitoring this timetable train carefully, and they say they can respond quickly if there are any problems, adding that extra staff are on hand to support passengers. train companies and network rail have emphasised that they have learned lessons from what happened last summer, and are working together to put those lessons into practice. this service will remain... they highlight the new winter timetable introduced in december, which was deliberately scaled back, as a successful example. the group representing passengers says those paying to travel deserve this time around to go smoothly. we will know really by the end of the morning commute on monday, that is the kind of acid test, when we really see whether it works or not. sunday is a bit of a trial run, monday morning, d—day really for commuters, let's see what happens, we'll be there watching on behalf of passengers. seeing what's happening,
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seeing how good the information is in particular. last summer's rail chaos led to apologies from the transport secretary, and an official inquiry. the disruption is still fresh in the minds of commuters, who will be expecting a far less stressful experience when they return to the network in their millions on monday morning. us president donald trump has come out in support of ‘pro—life‘ views on abortion, amid controversy surrounding changes to the law in several states. this year alone, eight have voted to either ban abortions or further restrict the time limits on when they can take place. anti—abortion campaigners say they want the issue pushed to the supreme court, where they hope judges appointed by republican presidents will overturn a landmark ruling that legalised terminations. our north america correspondent chris buckler reports. the battle over a woman's right to an abortion is being fought across the states, and there may be no issue more divisive in a country already split apart by politics.
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should a child, a life inside a mother's womb, be killed due to the actions of its parents? on friday, missouri passed a bill that stops a pregnancy from being terminated after eight weeks unless there is a medical emergency. there is no exception allowed for cases where the mother has been the victim of rape or incest. any time we are so disrespectful and immoral that we would force a woman to bring to life a child that is the result of a rape an incest, or of sex trafficking, we are not thinking about life. just days earlier, alabama put in place a law that is even stricter. protests were held as they voted to outlaw all abortions at any time unless a woman's life was at risk. the president knows that evangelical christians are among his strongest supporters. it was obvious as he
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campaigned in 2016. do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle? the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. for the woman? yeah, there has to be some form. those views seem to be stronger than the law in alabama which makes carrying out the abortion a crime for the doctor and not the mother but in a tweet donald trump has said he is strongly pro—life with three exceptions. rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother. that may be a sign that he is worried this issue could influence some voters in next year's presidential election. we are at a point where a number, it is notjust alabama, this has happened in ohio, this has happened in missouri, this happened in georgia. there is a law that has been passed in michigan that the democratic governor is going to veto. this is happening across the country and people need to know what's really going on here. this is a violation of civil rights. republicans seem determined to push this issue in individual states
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in an attempt to get america's abortion laws challenged here at the us supreme court. more than 45 years ago the famous case roe versus wade established a woman's right to choose an abortion, but donald trump has appointed newjustices that have given this a conservative majority and members of his party want to test the law again. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. let's speak to dina zirlott, who is a pro—choice campaigner. she was raped when she was 17, and forced by alabama law to give birth to her daughter zoe lily, even after the unborn baby was diagnosed with a terminal condition, who died 18 months after birth. dina is in the city of mobile in alabama. in your view, what should be the restrictions on access to abortion in the united states?”
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restrictions on access to abortion in the united states? i believe that thatis in the united states? i believe that that is something to be discussed between a woman and her doctor, between a woman and her doctor, between couples experiencing crisis pregnancies and their doctor when it comes to matters of late abortion. and i believe that whenever we go forward making new laws, if that becomes the case, those doctors should be intimately involved with those discussions, because at the moment i see people who have no qualifications and no experience in women's reproductive medicine trying to regulate it. should it be on demand if a woman changes her mind and does not want to have a baby? those are outliers to a situation, the way abortion law is regulated, women seeking late term abortion,
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they are not doing it because they have gone seven 01’ they are not doing it because they have gone seven or eight months into pregnancy and just have all of a sudden decided they don't want the baby. they are experiencing crisis pregnancies, where the foetus is no longer viable, suffering from fatal conditions, and the mothers are often grieving the loss. they want these pregnancies, they are not simply deciding out of nowhere... they are not monsters. they are not going through so much of the work of pregnancy just to decide going through so much of the work of pregnancyjust to decide at going through so much of the work of pregnancy just to decide at the going through so much of the work of pregnancyjust to decide at the end that they don't want a baby. you have chosen to speak about a deeply personal experience that happened to you in your teens. i have read about your case, where you said that you we re your case, where you said that you were traumatised by the rape that you suffered, that you didn't realise that you were pregnant until very late, and then zoe lily was
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diagnosed with all sorts of complex conditions. had you realised sooner that you are pregnant, what would you a ccess that you are pregnant, what would you access have been to a termination in alabama? you access have been to a termination in alabama ?m you access have been to a termination in alabama? if i you access have been to a termination in alabama? ifi had realised earlier, if i had been capable of realising earlier, then perhaps i would have fallen into the wea k perhaps i would have fallen into the weak precepts that roe versus wade had established. unfortunately, in my case, i was highly dissociated in the aftermath, and also i had an undiagnosed hormonal condition that it wasn't a regular at all for me to experience wide gaps between my cycles. and because of zoe's condition, she didn't have the regular muscle tone of a baby, so there was no kicking, there was none
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of the things that you come to expect in late pregnancy. those were not there. even after she was born, so not there. even after she was born, so rarely did she move, that any time she would jerk around or raise a face, we were just elated to see it because it was so rare. some pro—life supporters believe that abortion is tantamount to murder. and there are women in alabama who support that view and are supportive of these restrictions that are being talked about. how do you convince them that their view is incorrect?” believe that whenever you come to a person with an opposing opinion, if you are open... it takes two people, obviously. you both must be open to a conversation. you both must be open to engage in compassion for each other, and understanding for one another. my personal opinion,
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and how i come at it isjust one another. my personal opinion, and how i come at it is just having and how i come at it is just having a conversation, sitting across from those people, and explaining my story and other women's story, and the legitimate nature of our decisions. and making an easy access point for empathy. regarding president trump a's statement, saying he believes there are some insta nces saying he believes there are some instances where abortion should be permitted, how might that change the path that alabama seems to be on?” suppose we'll see. i know that i was at the senate hearing, and the topic of incest and rape, and how women would be forced to carry the product of incest and rape, the way they tried to ignore those cases is by
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saying that it's so rare, it's so exceptional, it's in such a small percentage of women, and they say that so that they don't have to address the reality or address my reality, or validate my voice, because i can reality, or validate my voice, because i can assure reality, or validate my voice, because i can assure you, my reality does not feel exceptional. going forward , does not feel exceptional. going forward, will reallyjust have to see how that plays out. it is going to ta ke see how that plays out. it is going to take a continued momentum, continued visibility, and the pro—choice movement continuing to speak out. we appreciate you talking to us. thank you. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may says she'll be putting a bold offer to mps on brexit, butjeremy corbyn believes there won't be anything new. security sources in egypt say at least 17 people have been injured, in a blast appearing
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to target a tourist bus. the new national rail summer timetable has come into effect today — train companies say they've learned lessons from weeks of chaos on the network last summer. a 16—year—old boy is said to be in a stable but serious condition after being shot in the leg in sheffield. emergency services were called just after midnight in the the spital hill area of the city. police investigating the shooting have appealed to people who heard or saw anything to come forward. the eu elections take place on thursday. this weekend, we've been looking at the key issues affecting voters in the uk's nations. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, reports from peebles in the borders, to see what voters there would like politicians to prioritise. scotland is one big constituency when it comes to the european elections. from the cities of the central belt to scotland's islands, from the mountains in the highlands, to here in the borders,
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six seats are up for grabs. we are starting with mountain bikers, in a race around the issues that are vexing voters. this sport is a popular pastime in the countryside around peebles. there is a lot of positive work going on in this area at the moment to develop tourism, to really put the scottish borders on the map. and that is influencing how you vote in the eu elections? i think so. i feel that as long as we are in europe we clearly need to have representation. i think there can only be one issue, really, in the european elections, and that's brexit. and i think that is probably how people will vote. so, what of brexit? three years ago a majority in scotland voted to stay part of the eu, but there are strong feelings on both sides and the temperature of the debate remains high. i'll vote for anything that says i want out of europe, regardless of my allegiances to other parties in the past.
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we don't want brexit, so that would be about it, that would sum it up. that's the issue you will be deciding to vote on? we just want to stay as we are. i've got my voting card but i haven't a clue what to do. why is that? because i thought we weren't going to have any european elections! since the last european election five years ago, scots have gone to the polls plenty of times, including to vote in a referendum on scottish independence. that debate is ongoing. so, might it play a role in the decision people face? over 60% of people voted to remain in this country and if they truly do want to remain i think there is only one real option for that to happen. what's that? independence. i disagree. that's fine. well, i'm welsh, i'm not scottish,
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i wouldn't vote for scottish independence, i don't think it's the right way to go. i think overwhelmingly for this particular election, i would like to send a strong message to westminster, you know, about how unimpressed we are about the way they've handled brexit. turnout for the european parliamentary elections tends to be low, but the mood music for this one — strong opinions from some, angerfrom others, and much wariness about the election ahead. the co—leader of the green party, sian berry, spoke tojohn pienaar earlier this morning about what the greens aim to achieve in next week's european parliament elections... every one wants to sound green on climate change. it's bringing us, bringing people over to us, but people have heard this before from the big parties, and they know that we are
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the ones they can rely on to take the very fierce action to have the political will to put the real investment into new industries, but also to challenge the old industries, that is where labour particularly is failing. it's saying, you know, we can have airport expansion, well we can't. i'm really sorry. so we are out there dealing with these two big issues, plus i think this is a really important point, we are trying to take votes of the brexit party, other parties are doing all this thing about... everyone is trying to do that. but i think now the polls are showing that we can make gains, the lib dems can make gains as well, we need to put this question to bed and focus on whittling away at that brexit party vote. this week, we will be continuing our series of interviews with meps and leaders from the main parties standing in the european elections in a special ‘ask this'. you can send us your questions to put to them. tomorrow, we'll speak to conservative mep ashely fox and vince cable the lib dem leader. then on tuesday we're interviewing gerard batten the ukip leader and on wednesday it will be the turn ofjohn healey from labour and adam price the plaid cymru leader.
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details of how to get in touch are on the screen. flights at manchester airport are facing significant delays after a power cut affected the ability to re—fuel planes. all fuelling on site has currently stopped and there are reports that passengers have been stranded on grounded aircraft for a number of hours. some flights are still landing and taking off but there is still no confirmation on when the issue will be resolved. indian prime minister narendra modi and his bjp party are heading for a second term in office — that's according to exit polls. voting has ended in the seventh and final phase of india's general election, the world's biggest exercise in democracy. 900 million people were eligible to vote. our correspondent sangita myska has been following developments from delhi as the first exit polls came in. exit polls come with health warnings, they are not always reliable. the way they are done is literally
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someone standing outside the polling booth asking people what they have voted, and therefore there can be vast variations. having said all of that, three out of four of the biggest exit polls are showing that narendra modi, the incumbent prime minister, is likely to be re—elected in 2019, and likely to be able to form an absolute majority government. now, in 2014 he became the first prime minister in about 30 years to be able to do that. if he repeats that success, clearly, that will be a huge coup. this has been the most divisive, bitter, fractious election that india has seen in many, many years. the question of course is why. principally because this general election has been less about issues and more about having a referendum on the prime minister. he, of course, is from the bjp party, they are hindu nationalists. what his critics will say that over the past five years he has failed to deliver on really big things.
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we have a stumbling economy. growth is slowing down. there is a problem withjobs. unemployment is the highest for 45 years. farmer distress, farmer suicides, a huge problem, thousands across the country in the last five years. but very little discussion of that. his critics say instead it has all been drowned out by the identity politics of the bjp. they have made great play of caste and religion in this country, and critics will tell you as a result india is inching away from its secular constitutional basis. but mr modi's supporters will tell you he is the only man that can deliver sustained development. in the south of the country, which in the past has been unresponsive to the bjp, they will also tell you he is the only prime minister that can take india out of the embedded corruption that has dogged this country for many years. but, of course, the results will be counted on thursday and that is when we will get
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the actual result and we will know who indians have voted for, and who they want to govern the country over the next five years. voters in switzerland appear to have backed the tightening of gun laws to conform with europe—wide rules. an estimated 67% of those who voted in a referendum approved of tougher controls on semi—automatic and automatic weapons. after the paris attacks in 2015, all signatories of the schengen open border treaty were told to restrict such guns. our correspondent imogen foulkes is in the swiss capital of bern and described how prevalent the sight of guns are in the country. yesterday morning i was out for my morning run, i could hear gunfire at my local shooting club and ex army officers getting in their shooting practice. it's very common to see people with guns, it's common to hear the gun club going through its practices on a wednesday evening
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or sunday morning. there are an estimated 2.3 million guns in this country, those are the ones we know about, probably many more inherited from fathers and grandfathers and pretty lax controls — the line has always been that the swiss government trusts the swiss citizen, the swiss man, gun crime is relatively low. but in a country with open borders with the rest of europe, when we see the kind of horrific attacks we saw in paris, europe wants more controls, it wants police across europe to know who has an automatic weapon, where that is, who has a permit, who hasn't, whether that weapon has been sold and who to, and that is the sort of thing the swiss will have to comply with, and they voted by a pretty big majority, around 64% in favour of those restrictions.
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the start of the second world war saw nearly three million children evacuated from britain's main cities to the safety of the countryside. in one case, an entire school was moved from london to wales. our reporter, tomos morgan, has been to meet the last two surviving members of one class, as they reunited for the first time since the end of the war. and we haven't met... since we left school, no. but you haven't altered. no, nor you. laughter it's been 76 years since they last met, but the school time memories of powis castle are still as clear as ever. do you remember miss gwynn? we called her beaky! laughter very tall and very thin and she taught english. 0h, she was good, though. during the second world war, thousands of schoolchildren from the cities were moved to safer rural locations. as governor of the welsh girls school in ashford
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just outside london, lord powis invited the pupils there to be taught in his family home in powis castle, mid—wales. i think we were quite unaware of the war going on because we were never told what was happening. no. wendy duff and mabel gower are now the last two surviving members of their year group. and in addition to the lessons, the homework and the recreational activities they had here, the girls spent hours making much needed garments that were sent to our battling troops. every spare minute we were knitting, because we used to knit socks. we were not allowed to waste any time at all. in the 80th year since the beginning of the second world war, this now a national trust—run castle has been recreated for the public as the school it once was between 1939 and 1946. that's margaret gregory...
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before the war ended, wendy and mabel parted to study at different colleges in london and the midlands. yet after a lifetime apart, the memories of their time in powis live on. i mean, i feel as if we haven't really missed a time, you know? yeah. you know, we've both had completely different lives. it makes me very grateful i've lived so long. exactly, exactly. and you may find it hard to believe it's already been a year since we celebrated the wonderful wedding of prince harry and meghan, and to celebrate their anniversary the royal couple have released a number of unseen from that special day. in a video they've shared on social media, there are new images of meghan with her mother —
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