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six people are now known to have died and eight are missing after the volcanic eruption in new zealand. dozens of tourists were on the island. almost all of the injured have at least 30% burns to their bodies. rescuers say the scene was devastating. it was like i have seen the chernobyl miniseries. everything was just blanketed in ash. there was a helicopter on the island that had obviously been there at the time, with its rotor blades off it. two british women are among those being treated. most of the tourists were australian. also this lunchtime: the penultimate day of campaigning as party leaders criss cross the uk in a last ditch attempt to persuade the undecided. a secretly recorded phone call,
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but the shadow health secretary, jonathan ashworth, insists he was "joshing around" when he told a friend there was no way labour could win the election. "oh, the tories are going to lose and i was like saying, "no, you're going to be fine," you know? joshing as old friends do. he's only gone and leaked it all to a web—site and he's put me... and selectively leaked it and i thought he was a friend. the nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi arrives in the hague to defend the government of myanmar as graphic details are heard of the mass murder, torture and rape of members the muslim rohingya minority there. murder, torture and rape of members wetherspoons murder, torture and rape of members said it will ir £200 wetherspoons said it will invest £200 million, creating 10,000 jobs. and the latest banksy street art gets protection after its reindeer are given red noses. and coming up on bbc news: liverpool need a point at salzburg tonight, or they're likely to be out of the champions league at the group stage, just six months after they won the trophy.
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good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. six people are now known to have died on white island and eight people are missing — presumed dead — after yesterday's volcanic eruption in new zealand. 31 people are being treated in hospital — among them two british women. almost all of the injured have at least 30% burns to their bodies. dozens of people were exploring new zealand's most active volcano when it erupted. questions are being asked about why they were allowed to go there given that seismologists had raised the alert level just a few weeks ago. more than 10,000 people visit the privately owned island every year. russell fuller reports. steam continues to rise from the crater of new zealand's most active volcano. and on white island, images from returning helicopters reveal a white blanket of ash.
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the rescue operation is now one of recovery. many of those saved were badly injured when the volcano erupted and today those who came to their aid have been telling their stories. immediately the crew of the boat launch the inflatables and started launched the inflatables and started picking up the injured. we didn't know what we were dealing with until the first ones started coming on, and as they came on, they were horrific burns, and everyone... we took 23 people off the island before we started heading back to mainland, every single one of them were badly, badly burned. new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, visited the injured and thanked those members of the emergency services who were first to respond. it was like... like, i've seen the chernobyl mini—series, there was just... everything was just blanketed in ash. it was quite... quite a... an overwhelming feeling. there was a helicopter
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on the island that had obviously been there at the time. they were pretty poorly, obviously difficult to see specific details but covered in ash, looking quite badly burned. obviously requiring transport by helicopter meant they were very sick anyway, so... they were in fairly serious condition. as hearses arrive to pick up the bodies of some of the victims, an investigation into the tragedy has begun, although police say it is still too early to confirm whether it will be criminal in nature. tipene maangi, a 23—year—old tour guide from new zealand who was called in to work on his day off, is among the missing. he's a wonderful boy, he's an awesome kid, tipene. everyone knows him, he is well—known on the coast, from the small babies right through to the kaumatuas, he can walk in all those worlds. hard case, can sing... very talented. very talented boy. the local community has been paying its respects to those
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who lost their lives. the focus is now on those injured and bereaved and questions are being asked about whether anyone should have been on the island in the first place. the alert level was raised in november, because of an increase in volcanic activity, but a direct threat to visitors was not envisaged. today, though, all was quiet in whakatane as people mourn those lost across the sea. russell fuller, bbc news. our reporter danny vincent has just sent this update from new zealand's north island. night has now fallen in this corner of new zealand, and the community is now beginning to attempt to come to grips with the tragedy which took place in this region just yesterday. now, the prime minister has said there are many questions that still need to be answered. this is a community which is attempting to mourn, but also there's also, perhaps, suggestions of some frustrations
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from some members of the community. earlier today, police said they were going to launch a criminal investigation. they later backtracked and said it is no longer going to be a criminal investigation, simply an ordinary investigation to try to gain some clarity over what happened here. now, many people in the community were very surprised by the expression "criminal investigation." they felt it was way too early to have that type of discussion, because people here wanted to take time and mourn the people they have lost, and they also wanted to get a sense of what happens next. two days before the general election, borisjohnson and jeremy corbyn have been trying to focus their campaigns on what they see as vote—winning issues for their parties. for labour the emphasis has been on funding for the nhs, but the party's health spokesman has had to insist that a secret recording of him apparently criticising jeremy corbyn was simply "ba nter". for the conservatives, borisjohnson has warned a hung parliament would mean more uncertainty over brexit. here's our political
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correspondent, chris mason. the last slog towards election day is under way. jeremy corbyn outside manchester. all the parties want to talk up what they see as their key messages. and we will hear from jeremy corbyn in a moment. but first, stuff happens in election. a private chat between a shadow cabinet member and a friend who is a conservative activist is leaked and the labour man is candid about his pa rty‘s the labour man is candid about his party's prospects. i think it is dire for labour. like my of my colleagues, i back the line. it is off for them. it is... it isa line. it is off for them. it is... it is a combination of corbyn and brexit. mr ashworth insists it has been selectively leaked. you said
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more than once the situation for labour is dire. he is also saying, ohjeremy corbyn is going to win, it isjoshing ohjeremy corbyn is going to win, it is joshing around and ohjeremy corbyn is going to win, it isjoshing around and he has leaked it. i can't believe it. jeremy corbyn‘s not dwelling on that, but instead saying this. we have now got until thursday night to win this election. thursday night to save the nhs. nurse night to end child poverty in britain, to end homelessness in britain and to build the houses that we need, thursday night to get a government you can trust that will represent people. labour are emphasising the nhs after a bumpy day for the prime minister yesterday after a four—year—old boy was pictured apparently asleep on a hospital floor was pictured apparently asleep on a hospitalfloor in was pictured apparently asleep on a hospital floor in leeds, was pictured apparently asleep on a hospitalfloor in leeds, because there was no bed for him. demand in there was no bed for him. demand in the nhs continues to grow. we have seen that since its foundation. the founding assumption of the nhs is with increasing provision demand would drop, but the opposite has
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been true. but what we have is a very targeted and structured programme that has been agreed with nhs england to invest in places like leeds. at this stage in the campaign with a couple of days to go, it is about the parties playing their greatest hits. it is no time for obscure album tracks. enter the liberal democrats with their big pitch on brexit. we need to run the best, the biggest, the hardest operation we have ever run to get those liberal democrat votes out, knocking on tens of thousands of doors, in each and everyone of our target seats to make sure that we can stop boris johnson target seats to make sure that we can stop borisjohnson getting a majority and leading us to a crash out brexit. the snp's big plan is independence, but in the short—term, their message is similar to the liberal democrats. we are fighting the this election to win and in every seat where the tories hold a seat, the snp are the nearest
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challenger, so a vote for the snp is a vote to lock boris johnson out of no 10. the noisy dash to move in here and run the country for up to five years is nearing its end. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster.(os) norman smith, is in westminster. jonathan ashworth he said he was joshing around, how much of a problem is it for labour?|j joshing around, how much of a problem is it for labour? i think he knows it is a problem, he has apologised to the labour party, which suggests this goes further than banter between friends, or formerfriends shall we than banter between friends, or former friends shall we say. the reason it matter is because it touches on an issue on which many labour folk believe is their achilles heel, namelyjeremy corbyn and the question of leadership and jonathan ashworth is dismissive about how jeremy corbyn jonathan ashworth is dismissive about howjeremy corbyn is seen on the doorsteps, saying while traditional voters don't like boris
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johnson, they can't stand jeremy corbyn and he says the situation is dire in traditional seats and he seems to agree thatjeremy corbyn might bea seems to agree thatjeremy corbyn might be a threat to national security and the civil service would intervene. if you havejonathan ashworth, the man meant to be at the front of labour's campaign on the health service, having so little confidence injeremy corbyn, why should voters have confidence in jeremy corbyn. this of course just 24 jeremy corbyn. this of course just 2a hours after we saw borisjohnson forced on to the back foot after he failed to respond with any sympathy to the plight of that four—year—old jack seen on a hospital floor. what it tells us that that despite the attem pts it tells us that that despite the atte m pts by it tells us that that despite the attempts by the parties to have a carefully choreographed campaign, events a re carefully choreographed campaign, events are coming in to knock them off course. thank you. let's take a look at some of today's
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other election news. the green party has promised to deliver what it calls "justice" to students by scrapping tuition fees. in a speech in london, its deputy leader, amelia womack, said the party would write off existing student debt. she said education should be free, for life, for everyone. the brexit party leader, nigel farage, says he believes he can get some of his candidates "over the line" in thursday's election. he's urged leave voters in some labour—held seats, which he claims will be very unlikely to vote conservative, to vote tactically and back the brexit party. he also renewed his criticism of borisjohnson‘s brexit deal, saying it would lead to "years of agonising negotiations." as we've heard, there s been further controversy today about the picture of the boy on the floor of leeds general infirmary. despite the hospital issuing a full apology, claims that the incident was staged have gone viral on social media. our digital election reporter, joe tidy reports. the way the story around this one image has evolved tells us a lot
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about the election online. it was first brought to prominence by a mirror article online and in print on sunday. the story was shared widely in labour social media circles. the image, they claimed, depicted the nhs in crisis. the labour party used it in three paid for ads on sunday. around 15,000 was spent getting it to hundreds of thousands of people's timelines on facebook and instagram, but the story didn't really take off until this video. this is a four—year—old boy, prime minister, suspected of pneumonia, forced to lie on the floor, on a pile of coats. i understand that. on twitter alone, this video from an itv reporter has been shared more than 40,000 times, viewed almost 10 million times and with a potential reach of 92 million. it's a terrible, terrible photo and i apologise, obviously, to the family and all those who have terrible experiences in the nhs. but then this, counterclaims posted on hundreds of accounts saying the picture was staged. despite the hospital issuing an apology for the child's care,
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the debate has now been derailed by this strange, seemingly coordinated campaign. and as reporters and researchers work to find the source, the message has gone viral. but the real battle ground has been on paid—for ads, particularly on facebook and instagram. nearly 20,000 have been launched since the election began, with at least 2 million spent so far. most are highly targeted and use the social network's digital tools to hone in on specific voters. certain ads are being chosen for us based on age, location, interests and gender. so how much of a difference will all this political advertising actually make? upbeat music. boris johnson: let's get brexit done. there the tag line. what do you think of that? not aimed at you, but what do you think of the message? oh, i don't know! how do you feel about the fact that the parties are aiming very different messages and very different adverts to different people in the country? well, it's all marketing, isn't it? i think it's quite worrying
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because itjust means you have to find the best message for you and for me, which doesn't really have any relation to what's best for the country. herfears are mirrored by a growing number of groups calling for reform in political ads, particularly around fact checking, which isn't currently a legal requirement. we need some rules in line with the mantra that governs all other advertising, for it to be legal, decent, honest and truthful, that sets out what you can and can't say in an ad. these changes have been called for for years, and it's up to whoever‘s in power next to take on the challenge. joe tidy, bbc news. official figures suggest the uk economy grew at its slowest annual rate in more than seven years in october. output was 0.7% higher than a year before — the weakest growth since march 2012. in the three months to october, growth was flat. the civil aviation authority has apologised for its failure to complete refunds for all of thomas cook's passengers. it had originally promised that all valid claims made on the first day of its refund programme would be paid by last friday.
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it estimates it still has about 50,000 refunds to process. the pub chainjd wetherspoon says it's planning to create 10,000 newjobs in the uk and the republic of ireland over the next four years. the company is investing millions of pounds in new pubs and hotels. our consumer affairs correspondent, colletta smith, is in salford. good news? more jobs? good news? morejobs? what is behind it? this is a very significant investment for the chain across the uk and ireland, they had said it will result in more than 60 brand—new pubs being developed, at least four new hotels being developed. those are already in the pipeline, some still need some final permissions, some are more at the shovel ready stage than others but over the next four years, these pubs and hotels will be brought into the
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community. there will also be around 40 pubs, probably more, they are planning to redevelop, not brand—new pubs but once they are refurbishing and reopening. there will be a significant amount of new staff employed in all of these pubs, so these jobs will be coming in, employed in all of these pubs, so thesejobs will be coming in, drip feeding into the system over the next four years, it is a significant announcement because it is basically quadrupling their workforce at the moment, they say 10,000 newjobs, both full—time and part—time, around a 50s 50 split. the company stresses that although they will invest in big cities like london, dublin, glasgow, edinburgh and birmingham, the majority of the investment will be in small—town sun city is right across the uk. it is certainly a difficult time for pub chains at the moment, so whether spins are hoping that the investment will pull off —— pay off in the long run.
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our top story this lunchtime... six people are now known to have died in yesterday's volcano eruption in new zealand. a good conduct medal is returned to a falklands veteran quarter of a century after it was removed because of his sexuality. coming up on bbc news, the head of the us anti—doping agency is among those criticising the four year ban given to russia. travis tyagart says a leading russian athletes to compete as neutrals won't change anything. the nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi has appeared in court in the netherlands, to defend her country against accusations of genocide. the international court ofjustice in the hague is hearing allegations that myanmar committed atrocities against its rohingya muslim population. thousands of rohingya were killed and more than 700,000 fled to neighbouring bangladesh during an army crackdown in the country in 2017. myanmar says it was trying to tackle extremists, and now miss suu kyi has found
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herself defending the actions of the military which once held her under house arrest. nick beake reports. the world used to see this woman as a symbol of peace and human rights. aung san suu kyi even won a nobel peace prize for her efforts to bring democracy to myanmar. now, she's the civilian leader and she's fighting charges that the country, on her watch, has committed genocide. it's hard to get your head round just what an incredible turnaround this is. for nearly 20 years, on and off, aung san suu kyi was kept under house arrest here in this city of yangon by the brutal military dictatorship. now, though, she's standing up for the same army which took away her freedom, and even trying to justify its actions to the world. this is what it's accused of — targeting and killing the rohingya muslim minority.
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un experts say myanmar‘s army acted with genocidal intent when, in 2017, troops forced up more than 740,000 rohingya. these refugees tell horrific stories of rape and murder, and they're still trapped in camps across the border in bangladesh. then this happened. this tiny west african muslim country, the gambia, brought a case against myanmar at the united nations‘ top court, the international court ofjustice. it's doing this on behalf of dozens of other muslim countries. they want the court to issue an emergency ruling to protect the rohingya from further harm. but myanmar rejects all allegations of genocide. the army, which still holds enormous power, insists it was only clearing out those it calls terrorists, and that, really, the rohingya are illegal immigrants. justice for the rohingya is still a long way off,
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even with this court case. and that's because the icj has no way of enforcing a ruling against myanmar, and there is no international police force to protect the rohingya from further abuse. neither aung san suu kyi nor the generals would automatically be arrested and put on trial. but it could lead to sanctions against myanmar, damaging an economy only just finding its feet after military rule. nick beake, bbc news, yangon. nick has travelled from myanmar to the hague for the start of the hearings. hejoins us now. he joins us now. i hejoins us now. i think it is he joins us now. i think it is worth stressing once again that uncensored she did not have to be here at the hay, she did not have to justify the actions of an army that she does not control. she is defiant and this is the moment when she arrived at court
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and we caught up with her. reporter: good morning, miss suu kyi. are you defending the indefensible? any comment, miss suu kyi? shortly afterwards, she went into the hearing and for the next three others she was. listen to very detailed and often graphic testimony of how the myanmar army targeted rohingya men, women and children in a campaign described as genocidal, the fact they were targeted because of who they were. the argument of the lawyers here is that there is an ongoing genocide in myanmar, they say there are some 600,000 rohingyas still living in one state in myanmar and they have no access to educational health care, it is difficult to get food and they don't have citizenship. this is the central argument they are asking the judges to look at and issue some sort of emergency order. tomorrow,
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aung san suu kyi will be back again to argue there is no genocide in her myanmar. thank you. the charity age uk says many people without children are being failed by a social care system that's on the brink of collapse. they're calling for drastic change to adult social care so that everyone gets the help they need in later life. it comes as data suggests a fifth of women in england and wales are not having children. phil bodmer reports. well, i'm an only child of an only child. it's a very singular sort of family. we used to be a very extended family, but gradually people have died off. i have no children, so i'm the last of the line, and i have no nephews or nieces all family support of any kind. jean basson was the main carer for her mum in her latter years. vera lived at home before moving into residential care. now, at the age of 70, jean wonders who will look after her. i think it was particularly when i started to become an advocate for my mother, i became the person who had to speak on her behalf,
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and it was then that i realise that, as i am ageing, who's going to do that for me? who will speak for me? we live in an ageing society. according to the office for national statistics, the number of 85—year—olds is set to double to 3 million within the next 25 years. the institute for public policy research estimates most care is currently provided by children or family members rather than by the state, saving the government £55 billion. fewer people are having children, and also that we have smaller families, so by 2020 almost half of families will be single—parent. . .single child families. so all of those factors mean that there will be less family care for people as they get older in future. the subject of adult social care dominated the 2017 general election, but has been less prominent during the current campaign. however, there is acknowledgement that the present system is simply
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unsustainable and urgent reform is needed. the one in ten older people over the age of 65 who currently don't have children, we are wondering how they are going to cope, especially in a social care system that's on the brink of collapse. forjean, and the 1.2 million over 65s in the uk with no children, the prospect of facing old age alone is a worry. it's very scary to think that you're going into your later life without any obvious support, but as you get older and more frail, even the accessing of those kinds of organisations is difficult to do. as the population ages, more of us will need caring for at some point. doing nothing is no longer an option — a political reality all parties will have to confront. phil bodmer, bbc news. the ministry of defence is to return a long service and good conduct medal to a falklands veteran, who had it removed because of his sexuality. joe ousalice served for 18 years
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in the navy, but was discharged in 1993 because of a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces. the mod has admitted its policy was "wrong, discriminatory and unjust". daniela relph reports. this is a significant victory forjoe ousalice. it wasn't just about getting his medals back, it was about personal pride and restoring a reputation. he joined the navy in the 1970s when there was a ban on lgbt people serving. his military career had been blighted by what he felt was a campaign to force him out because of his sexuality. by hook or by crook, every two years they dragged me in. on one occasion i came back from two and a half years with a nato fleet, i hadn't been back in the uk for two and a half years, and yet the day i got back in they claimed they'd seen me in a pub in portsmouth doing drugs. now, i've never touched drugs in my life, but this shows you the level of what they get up to.
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joe served in the falklands war, did six tours of duty in northern ireland and was posted to conflict zones in the middle east. but after being forced to disclose his sexuality, he was discharged from the navy, his medals cut from his uniform. it's taken 26 years to get them back. we are very, very glad, obviously, that they've settled this claim, they are going to givejoe his medal back and, most importantly in some ways, joe has ensured that they are also going to introduce a policy whereby other lgbt veterans can also apply to have their medals back as well. i'd like...
1:28 pm apology from somebody in high authority. it was a rear admiral who gave me the medal, it was an admiral who took the medal off me, so i'd like it from somebody of equal importance. the mod hope thatjoe will have his medals returned by christmas. daniela relph, bbc news. security guards have been posted to protect a new mural in birmingham by the street artist banksy. the artwork features two reindeer painted onto a brick wall appearing to pull along a bench like santa's sleigh. it went viral online after the artist filmed a homeless man on the bench. but now vandals have added their own finishing touches to the reindeer, as phil mackie reports. on a victorian railway bridge in birmingham's jewellery quarter, the elusive artist banksy has created his latest piece. this was the film he uploaded to instagram. it's already been viewed nearly 3 million times, and thousands of people have turned up in person to see it. the lady in the jewellery shop just
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told me, so i'vejust come down to take a picture of it. and how much do you know about banksy? well, i know he creeps up in lots of places and paints pictures on the walls, but i don't know much more about him than that. and what do you think about this one? i think it's amazing, it's beautiful. it's absolutely beautiful. well, i think it's brilliant. i think it's a great addition to birmingham's artwork and our culture itself. for the homeless people themselves, it brings a great awareness to everything and i think it's really good and it's brought a lot of... as you can see, a lot of people out in birmingham, high spirits and everything else. the reindeer appeared in the early others of friday morning. the filming happened later that evening. local businesses knew something was going on but weren't sure it was a banksy until yesterday. banksy has really good ideas. i like his art, his thinking behind his art, there's always a thought behind his pictures. it's a lovely... lovely idea. the red noses weren't on the original piece, someone jumped over the barriers
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last night and sprayed them on. whatever you think of the red nose additions to the original artwork, network rail have decided they need to put up some clear plastic to protect it from any further potential street artists. banksy says that while they were filming with the homeless man, ryan, passers—by kept offering him drinks and help. rough sleepers regularly sleep at the station. for us, it touches a really... really poignant point for birmingham. and i think that was the intention anyway, of his artwork. so it needs to be saved? so it needs to be saved. the clear plastic glass will protect itfrom further vandalism — or enhancement, depending on your of view. the wall itself could be worth millions. phil mackie, bbc news, birmingham. time for a look at the weather — here's helen willets. it is not very nice out there? this was sent from a weather watcher in aberdeenshire. it is blowing a hoolie, to say the


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