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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm. sources close to prince andrew have told the bbc he stands by his decision to be questioned on newsnight about his links to a convicted paedophile. now lawyers call upon him to give evidence. whether a person is a prince or pauper, if anyone has evidence of information that might be relevant to an investigation of a criminal case, that person should provide it. in the election, the conservatives promise all migrants will be treated equally after brexit regardless of where they come from. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn refuses to confirm whether or not, free movement of people from the eu, will be included in their general election manifesto. police and protestors clash in hong kong — after a university campus
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is occupied. tributes to a chronicler of the swinging sixties — the photgrapher, terry o'neill has died. and in half an hour — the travel show — heads to japan to seek out the country's ancient burial mounds. the duke of york is facing widespread criticism today after the bbc interview in which he denied having a sexual encounter with a 17—year old girl in 2001. virginia roberts says she was groomed byjeffrey epstein — the american financier who was convicted on child sex offences in 2008 — and who had been a friend of prince andrew.
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the prince has admitted that going to stay with him after his release from prison was a mistake — and is now facing calls to assist legal inquiries in the united states. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. your royal highness, we've come to buckingham palace... the interview has been heard, andrew's answers have been noted, with incredulity in some quarters and, one suspects, with something close to despair within the royal household. the reaction to his words in most cases has been negative. the consensus in pr terms — the interview was extremely ill—advised. andrew was categoric about his denial of impropriety with the then 17—year—old virginia roberts. she has claimed that on the night of their alleged first encounter, she was introduced to him at tramp, the nightclub in central london. she says they danced together there, but andrew was emphatic that he was at home.
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he said he had taken his daughter beatrice to this pizza restaurant in woking in surrey in the afternoon. but how had he managed to remember a specific day so many years ago? because going to pizza express in woking is an unusual thing for me to do. a very unusual thing for me to do. i've never been... i've only been to woking a couple of times, and i remember it weirdly distinctly. as soon as somebody reminded me of it, i went, "0h, yes, i remember that. " in the united states, home to most of the young women who say they were trafficked byjeffrey epstein to perform sexual favours, lawyers are saying andrew should now repeat his testimony under oath. whether a person is a prince or a pauper, if anyone has evidence or information that might be relevant to an investigation of a criminal case, that person should provide it to the law enforcement. in this case, it would be
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the federal bureau of investigation. and from those who have worked for the royal family and who are familiar with prince andrew, there is a feeling of weary resignation. they will be wondering, was the right decision made? who made the decision to put him on? did he make it himself? or did he seek advice within the palace? my guess is that he bulldozed his way in and decided that he was going to do it himself, without any advice. i'm truly grateful for the opportunity... it was supposed to be the interview which drew a line under the story for andrew and allowed him to move on. that moment is certainly some way off. former royal journalist and a campaigner for victims of sexual abuse, catherine mayer — told my colleague rebecca jones, that the interview showed no compassion for epstein‘s alleged victims. it was as bad as i expected. probably worse. it was bad — if that was supposed to be exercising exculpation
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and reputation management, it was disastrous, but it was also terrible because it erased the victims of epstein. he was given the chance at the end, "is there anything else you would like to say?" and he said "no, no, i think you've dragged it all out of me." well, he didn't mention those women once. he mentioned them only in the sense that he may not have noticed them in epstein‘s house because he was so used to being surrounded by servants, ie servants aren't people so you don't notice them. just extraordinary, but also kind of unsurprising for me, because i've been around him a lot and been around the royals a lot. i wanted to ask you that. you have met him. can you give us an insight a little bit more into what sort of person he is? yes, i mean, it's strange. i spent, i went on a trip to china with him when he was uk trade ambassador, so in 2004 this was, and like many other royals,
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i actually ended up a lot of the time feeling sorry for him, a sensation i now question somewhat, but it was because he was so out of his depth, and all of them are, in the sense that the queen's children have been brought up in these extraordinary, this bubble, where they are told they are very special, that they have this really special role, but actually they can't determine what the role is, they can't do a job, so they both have entitlement and no agency, and they have no real world experience. so, some of what — it explains some of what you're seeing, and he's not a bright man at all. shouldn't we — i mean you say that, of course he may also have been very poorly advised in this case, but... no, he's pushed back every time anyone‘s ever tried to give him good advice, he's pushed back. i mean, i think because they have so little control over their own lives, when they can assert themselves they very often do, and andrew's particularly prone to that. shouldn't we give him some credit
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for attempting to face the music? no. what we're seeing is a culture of impunity, where his — i mean originally, whatever the situation, whatever he did or didn't do, in being photographed by epstein after epstein had emerged from jail as a convicted paedophile he was essentially giving cover to him. he was giving credibility to him. and if you missed that extraordinary interview yesterday, you can watch the whole thing on iplayer now — and it's called ‘prince andrew and the epstein scandal: the newsnight interview" immigration has featured strongly in the general election campaign today. the conservatives have given more details of how they would make the system the same for people from eu countries and the rest of the world. and jeremy corbyn has said there'd continue to be plenty of movement
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of people in and out of britain — under a labour government. jessica parker reports. long debated, the flow of people to the uk, the free movement of workers around the eu. he wants a further referendum, with remain versus a labour brexit deal, so what would that new deal mean for immigration because our economy and society has been enriched massively by people that have made homes here. no labour government led by me will bring in a hostile environment such as theresa may brought. simple question, will free movement end? there will be a great deal of movement.
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the conservatives have fleshed out some of their plans, treating eu and non—eu workers the same, the vast majority will need a job offer to come and live in the uk. migrants will typically have to wait five years before they can claim benefits. the annual charge to access the nhs will rise to £625. but no targets from a party that has been stung before by failing to meet them. if you don't have targets we don't have a way ofjudging whether your policy has been a failure or success. we will make sure parliament has control over immigration, so we get the advantages and benefits. how can we judge if the control is being used properly? we also control the costs that uncontrolled immigration undoubtedly places. immigration can be seen as an issue of principle. to what extent should the uk be able to control exactly who can and can't
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come here to live and work. it is also an issue of pragmatism, with many businesses saying they need easy access to workers of all skills levels. there are so many industries that rely on people coming here to work from other countries, so we want to make sure there is a system that is fair, where you have targeted enforcement so you can keep the rules, but that we recognise and celebrate what immigrants offer us all. in scotland, we need to encourage more people to come and live here. over the next 25 years, if we don't encourage people to make scotland their home and make a contribution to our economy, our working age population may decline, which will mean lower tax revenues in order to fund our national health service. immigration was up for debate in the 2016 referendum, and in this referendum that hasn't changed. and, throughout the election campaign we'll be putting your questions — to all of the main parties. tomorrow morning, at 11:30 — we'll be joined byjonathan reynolds from labour. so, if you have anything you want
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to ask, please do get in touch, using the contact details on screen and we'll put those questions to him. please remember to leave your name and where you're from. there have been renewed violent clashes in hong kong with police using tear gas and water cannon to clear pro—democracy protestors after a standoff at a university building. 0ur asia correspondent, robin brant reports. sunday morning in hong kong. these protests are now in their sixth month. 0n the edge of another university campus, taken over by protestors, there is tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon from the police. from the other side they are now using improvised weapons. the police are now trying to move in on two fronts. the tear gas is coming from there and another group there, and what you have here is the last of the students. they are throwing bricks,
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they are throwing petrol bombs. at the moment it remains a stand—off. for hours, both sides pushed back—and—forth. all as a handful of china's soldiers looked on, from behind the steel gates of their barracks just metres away. there were claims that both sides are resorting to lethal weapons. the police said one was hit in the leg by an arrow fired from the university. do you think the people of hong kong support you firing bows and arrows, support you throwing petrol bombs? i don't expect everyone to support us, but most of the citizens are ok with it. we're not asking for support, we just hope people understand what we are doing right now. for the second time in a week i'm standing on a bridge surrounded by protestors, with riot police on the other side. earlier in the week, it was a highway below they blocked. now, it is one of the tunnels to hong kong island. these protestors continue with their efforts to cause maximum disruption to hong kong's infrastructure. by the day's end the protestors faced police moving in on fourfronts.
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hong kong polytechnic university is now under siege. the protestors who have stayed, many inside, have no way out. robin brant, bbc news, hong kong. the government and armed forces have been accused of covering up illegal killings of civilians — in iraq and afghanistan — by british troops. in an investigation by bbc panorama and the sunday times —— a dozen british detectives said they had found credible evidence of war crimes — but strong cases were not prosecuted. the ministry of defence denies the claims. richard bilton has more. across two decades, british soldiers have fought wars in afghanistan and iraq. most did their duty and came home, but some were accused of committing war crimes. panorama has found evidence the state covered up what they did. like the killing of rahid al moussaoui in basra in 2003.
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translation: when rahid opened a door, the british soldier was crouching behind a pile of rubbish in the street. as soon as rahid walked out, the british soldier shot him, here. detectives from the iraq historic allegations team investigated the case. they wanted to prosecute one soldier for the killing and his commanding officerfor covering up what happened, but no one was charged. this detective asked to be interviewed anonymously. the ministry of defence had no intention of prosecuting any soldier, of whatever rank he was, unless it was absolutely necessary and they couldn't wriggle their way out of it. ihat looked at hundreds of cases, but in 2017, the investigation was shut down. along with 0peration northmoor, which was looking at killings in afghanistan.
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there were no prosecutions. panorama has spoken to insiders in both investigations. they say cases were covered up. key decisions were being taken out of our hands. there was more and more pressure coming from the mod to get cases closed as quickly as possible. the mod says military operations are conducted lawfully, and that decisions not to prosecute were made independently and after extensive investigation. richard bilton, bbc news. and you can watch the panorama investigation — tomorrow at 9pm — on bbc one. the headlines on bbc news. sources close to prince andrew have told the bbc he stands by his decision to be questioned on newsnight about his links to a convicted paedophile. in the election — the conservatives promise all migrants will be treated
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equally after brexit — regardless of where they come from. and, the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, refuses to confirm whether or not, free movement of people from the eu, will be included in their general election manifesto. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, england have signed off their euro 2020 qualification campaign with a comfortable 4—0 win over kosovo. they had already booked their place in next year's tournament before the game but the win assures them one of the six top seeds for the draw at the end of the month. as austin halewood explains, the scoreline doesn't tell the full story. in international football a warm welcome can be a rare commodity but since the draw was made for the people of kosovo this was the moment they were waiting for. the intervention of british troops are
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still fresh in the memory in these parts and appreciation was queer to see. with qualification already in the bag england took their time to settle in. raheem sterling back with the best of few early chances and eventually found a moment of quality. this touch by harry winks took out more defenders than it should have before he got his first international goal. england are far from their best, sloppy mistakes by this much changed team hardly impressing the manager. in the second half they were still off their game before a late flourish clattered the scoreline. marcus rashford then provided the best bit of quality in the match to put the result beyond any doubt before a first international goal this time for nathan mount made it four. i co mforta ble for nathan mount made it four. i comfortable wind on the night the people of kosovo will remember for yea rs people of kosovo will remember for years to come back for england it was a performance they will quickly wa nt to was a performance they will quickly
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want to forget. it was a record breaking day in the women's super league with more than 711,000 fans watching the six games this afternoon. 38,000 alone turned up at the tottenham hotspur stadium but spurs were beaten 2—0 by champions arsenal. scotland international scored a fine first before dutch striker vivienne miedema got the second. chelsea remain top after beating manchester united. lewis hamilton had been bumped down from third to seventh at the brazilian grand prix after a chaotic finish to the race at interlagos. ferraris sebastian vettel and charles leclerc had already taken each other out towards the end of the race. that brought out the safety car and on the first lap after the restart hamilton collided with red bull's alex albon. despite damaging his car he finished third behind verstappen and pierre gasly — only to be demoted by stewards after the race. that means carlos sainz inherits third and thus mclaren‘s first podium for more than five years.
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a saracens side without 0wen farrell, maro itoje and the vunipola brothers began the defence of their european champions cup title with a heavy defeat at the hands of racing 92. they were beaten 30 points to ten in paris, conceding four tries in the process. director of rugby mark mccall said a lot of things went wrong today. elsewhere northampton beat lyon. it's the final match of the men's tennis season at london's o2 arena right now with dominic thiem and stefanos tsitsipas going the distance in the atp world tour finals. thiem took the first set. a fightback to take the second 6—2 and these are live pictures where we are well into the deciding set. neither has won the title before so it will be the fourth year in a row there is a first—time winner, tied at 3-3 there is a first—time winner, tied
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at 3—3 in this deciding set. you can watch the closing stages right now on bbc two. you can also watch it on the bbc sport website as well, and i will have more from you in the next half hour. a 13—year—old girl is in a critical condition trying to protect her 11—month—old nephew from a gang of men in northern ireland armed with machetes. the teenager suffered serious stab wounds after the men forced their way into a house in lisnaskea, in county fermanagh, on saturday. police are treating the incident as attempted murder. a 26—year—old man has been charged with a terror offence after he was arrested at heathrow airport last week having arrived on a flight from turkey. the met‘s counter terror command have charged mamun rashid, from east london, with the preparation of terrorist acts. he'll appear at westminster magistrates‘ court tomorrow. more than 200 students affected
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by a major fire at a student accomodation block in bolton have now been given temporary accomodation and funds. an investigation‘s continuing into the blaze on friday evening in which two people suffered minor injuries. ian haslam reports. it was a devastating fire, and students who escaped the cube building on friday night are still trying to comprehend their ordeal. a lot of emotions. relief, obviously. thankfulness for the amount of things and how many people came to help. i have lost 21 years of my life in that bedroom. so, yeah, because i lived down south, so i moved everything up. but some help is at hand — more than £10,000 has been donated to students on an official crowdfunder along with food and toiletries. when i see this, the staff, the students, everyone coming together, the whole bolton family, they are all coming
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together to help students. i have never seen anything like this. and it is notjust things like food and toiletries. in the back here you can see loads of clothes. male, female. coats, jumpers, everything. and more are coming in by the hour. some students have been relocated to the university's halls of residence. others are, for now, being put up in hotels. some people from the floor started were really panicking. the top floor basicallyjust melted in front of them, and quite a few people were crying you were out. it took a while for it to kick in that it was real. they gave us a list of all the hotels that we could go, places we could stay. it is a big relief. it is good that we are here because obviously we get breakfast. it is like a nice hotel. both of your parents are coming down to see you today. they must be so relieved. yeah. the university of bolton says it is doing all it can for all those affected. very difficult timing. they have got accommodation. they have got money in the pocket. they have a guarantee
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that we are going to sort their accommodation out going forward. this wasn't our building. it was a private provider's building. but we stepped in to help the students because that is the most important thing. greater manchester mayor andy burnham revealed yesterday that cladding on the cube had to be adapted following the grenfell disaster. valeo urban student life, which managed the building, says it's committed to help with any investigations. firefighters are expected to remain here at the scene for the next few days as work continues to assess the safety of the building. it is not known when the students will be able to get back into their homes but the fire service says access will be reviewed tommorow. ian haslam, bolton. large parts of central venice are under water again after another exceptionally high tide. over the last week, the italian city has registered three of its worst 10 floods — since records began. the high water levels have caused major disruption and there are fears about the damage the salt water is causing to monuments.
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hundreds of bikers have gathered to ride in memory of harry dunn — the teenager whose death led to a diplomatic row with the united states. the bikers took to the streets, close to the spot where harry died after the motorbike he was riding, was struck by a car. the main suspect in the crash, the wife of an american diplomat, left the country and returned to the us claiming diplomatic immunity. harry's family said the support from the public was ‘the only thing keeping them going'. a number of homes and businesses in gloucestershire have flooded after river levels in the county peaked this weekend. levels are expected to remain high into tomorrow, and the environment agency is warning it could be a while before the water subsides. madeleine ware reports.
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taking the dogs to dry land. the couple who run the boat inn by the river severn at ashleworth near gloucester were up most of the night, trying to protect it with sandbags. after a few hours' sleep, they awoke to find water inside the pub. we got up when we heard the water had obviously hit the back of the pub because the barrels fell down, and at that point it started to come up through the floor. it's really upsetting, it is very, like, you put hours and hours and hard work into the pub and running it and keeping it clean and in stock, and it is hard to see it all just wet. mark's also a volunteer with the severn area rescue association. last night, they pulled a car out of flood water close to the boat inn. they were actually trying to get to the pub. they had seen our good reviews online and decided to come down for a pint or two, not realising we were shut, but drove into the floodwater, which obviously is a silly thing to do, but with all good intentions, they thought it was ok. there's water too inside the church at ashleworth.
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meanwhile, other pubs in the county have also been flooded. this is the yew tree inn in chaceley. it's next door to the home of clive and karina speaks. they came into the village by boat this morning, as their home's cut off by water. and last night, that water made it inside. we got as ready as we could, but, you know, it is still disappointing when it happens. you still think, oh, you know, there is going to be a lot of clearing up to do once it all goes down. well, levels have actually flatlined for about the last 48 hours. the levels you see now are very similar to friday afternoon, and we expect that to stay that way for at least another 24, 36 hours probably before it starts dropping off significantly. we may even see a small rise yet, but nothing significant. clive and karina moved their horses out of the village today to higher ground. like many residents here, they hope the worst of the flooding is now over, aware that the clean—up is yet to begin. madeleine ware, bbc
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points west, gloucestershire. in sri lanka, a controversial former defence chief, has been elected president. 70—year—old gotabhaya rajapa ksa, took more than 52% of the vote which was split along ethnic lines. from colombo, our correspondent, yogita limaye reports. a wartime strongman returns, as sri lanka's most powerful. mr rajapaksa is seen as a leader who can keep their country safe. we don't have enough protection for the people. you see everywhere there are bombs and terrorists, day by day a lot of terrorists created here. so, we like to have a father for our mother country. in april this year, a series of attacks by islamist extremists killed more than 250 people.
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what happened inside this church in many ways change the course of the election. the idea that peaceful families sitting together attending mass could be brutally killed shook this nation. and brought national security into the centre stage. the attacks were a reminder of this bloody epic conflict between tamil insurgents and the shrunken army. the days that gave mr rajapaksa his deadly reputation. torture, killings, disappearances of tamil minorities, the bombing of civilian areas. he is accused of them all during his crackdown to end the war in 2009. a decade later, the families of those who went missing still hold daily vigils. we want to expose the atrocities
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of him to the world and that's why i come here. he always has denied the allegations against him and as long as he remains president, he cannot be held to account. large parts of central venice are under water again after another terry 0'neill — the photographer whose pictures helped define the 1960s — has died at the age of 81. his images of rock and film stars — and royalty — helped frame an age of celebrity — and the idea of the ‘swinging sixties.‘ david sillito looks back at his work. patrick macnee, twiggy. photoshoots don‘t get more ‘60s than that, and the man behind the lens was terry 0‘neill. his work, a who‘s who of the greatest stars of the last 50 years. this image of frank sinatra striding down a boardwalk is now a museum exhibit.
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indeed, his first assignment as a photographer on fleet street... you know, the very firstjob i ever had on the newspaper i got sent to photograph a group, and they turned out to be the beatles recording please please me, and i started at the top and i never looked back. # rebel, rebel, you‘ve torn your dress. in the ‘70s, he captured david bowie‘s ever changing image. to his admirers, one of his great talents was developing relationships with his sitters. when you work with musicians, you have to respect that it‘s their time, but terry got very close to a lot of people, and in, you know, in some instances, he married his subject. you know, he was married to faye dunaway. married to faye dunaway, photographed frank sinatra — it wasn‘t an easy life. this was one of the first stones photoshoots, but as the years went by, modern stars weren‘t so interesting to him. i don‘t know what it is, all the guys seem to wear black suits, all the girls seem to be fashion plates, but they all look the same. it was a portfolio that had everyone from bardot


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