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at six, ukraine offers to swap russian prisoners of war for civilians and troops trapped in the besieged city of mariupol. hundreds of people are trapped here, in a vast steelworks in the port city which has been shelled relentlessly for weeks. translation: we are probably. facing our last days, if not hours. the enemy is outnumbering us 10—1. they have advantage in the air, in artillery, in their forces on land, in equipment and in tanks. russia says it's conducted its first test flight of a new missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, as president putin tells those who threaten russia to think twice. we'll have the latest on its significance from moscow. also tonight: the prime minister ignores labour
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calls to apologise to the archbishop of canterbury in the wake of a row over the government's immigration policy. the actorjohnny depp tells a court his ex—wife became violent when their relationship soured and her behaviour inspired him to turn to drink and drugs. and prince harry talks about his visit to his grandmother last week but says he doesn't know if he'll return for her platinumjubilee injune. i don't know, there's lots of things, security issues, so i'm trying to make it possible that i can get my kids to meet her. and coming up in sportsday later in the hour on the bbc news channel, we will get the view from ukraine and one of their former tennis stars after wimbledon�*s decisison to ban russian and belarussian players this summer.
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good evening and welcome to the news at six. ukraine's president, volodymyr zelensky, has said he's ready to swap russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe passage of civilians and troops from the beseigned city of mariupol. as the russian offensive intensifies in the eastern donbas region, mariupol remains a key russian target and would link regions they have control over in the east with crimea, which they annexed from ukraine in 2014. there is an effort to rescue civilians from the city where 100,000 people remain trapped. the azovstal steel works, a massive ten square kilometre plant in the south east, has become the last centre of ukrainian resistance in the city. 0ur correspondent mark lowen has the latest. in the fog of war, russia's ferocious firepower is unrelenting. mariupol, once a thriving port city, besieged and broken. the last bastion of ukraine's resistance is the azovstal steel plant, perhaps a few thousand soldiers and civilians
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in its bunkers and tunnels — a patch of land holding out against one of the world's biggest armies. and now a rare voice from inside the nightmare. "this is our appeal to the world," says this marine. "it could be the last of our lives, we are probably facing our final days, if not hours." "the enemy is outnumbering us 10—1." but today, again, they refused russia's latest surrender deadline — a defiant fight to the end. called's president says he has offered safe passage out of mariupol. across the country, in kyiv, it's all quiet on the western front. so, from a volunteer centre,
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they send supplies to the east — first aid, food and preparations for battle to those repelling the russian assault. among the staff is 0lena nicolena, whose cousin max is one of the last fighters in the steel plant. the pride of russian army here... they've gathered spoils of war from an invasion that has not gone moscow's way. this badge says "death is better than dishonour". 0lena hopes her cousin will return with more fragments of russian losses. she hasn't heard from him since the 8th of march. do you feel proud of him? yeah, totally. i would never have imagined my cousin to become a true hero of ukraine and hero of mariupol. there is obviously a very bitter sense of pride, in the sense that he is in a life—threatening situation. but i am very proud of him. i dream of the day when he will return and we will be able to meet again and i will be able to tell this to him.
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if you could give a message to max now, what would you say? max, i know that you are very strong, and your family loves you a lot, and we are waiting for you, and we are sure that you will come back and you will be our hero, and you will have a great life in a free ukraine after our victory. praying for that end are families across this nation — those like vladimir, whose only child, danilo, is also fighting in the steel plant. here in kyiv, they've fortified their monuments, but vladimir knows he can't protect what's most precious to him. | translation: it's very hard there, | they are running out of ammunition, but they don't want to surrender, because they can't abandon the civilians they're protecting. i used to prepare him for the army, so maybe it's my fault hejoined. i'm pretty sure i'll see him again,
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but until then, i want to say, danilo, i love you, and i'm waiting for you. 500 miles from the front line, the emotional distance can seem further still, with the agony of helplessness comes the hope and dread of news. mark lowen, bbc news, kyiv. russia has released pictures of what it claims to have been a successful test flight of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, which president putin said would make russia's enemies think twice. 0ur russia editor, steve rosenberg, is in moscow. what's the significance of this? thought that this is about the —— i think this is about the kremlin dropping a not so subtle hint. saying to the west, look at us,
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guys, we have this very powerful, very destructive weapon, keep that in mind. now, the sarmat missile has beenin in mind. now, the sarmat missile has been in development for years, so this won't come as a big surprise, and in fact the pentagon says that it was warned by moscow about the launch, it considers eight routine, not a threat. but the launch now, at a time of hostilities in ukraine, they sent a clear message to russia's opponents, and in fact the kremlin leader did not hide that fact, because after congratulating his military chiefs on the test launch, vladimir putin said that the missile would provide food for thought for those who, in the heat of frenzied, aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten russia. president putin also said that this intercontinental ballistic missile has no equivalent in the world, he said it would penetrate any missile defence shield, but it is not ready to be deployed just yet, the defence ministry here says it needs to
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undergo more testing first. steve rosenber: undergo more testing first. steve rosenberg in _ undergo more testing first. steve rosenberg in moscow, _ undergo more testing first. steve rosenberg in moscow, thank- undergo more testing first. steve rosenberg in moscow, thank you. germany says it will stop importing oilfrom russia by the end of the year to make the impact of sanctions more severe. currently, around a quarter of the oil germany uses comes from russia. the german finance minister has admitted that stopping all russian oil imports now would hurt germany more than it would hurt president putin. he also blamed russia for the current global price rises and the internationalfood crisis. he's been talking with our economics editor, faisal islam. just after the invasion of ukraine, the western world clubbed together to isolate russia, its financial system, its biggest businessmen, and its war chest of hundreds of billions in currency reserves as never before. but it wasn't enough to deter the aggression. absolutely key to this is the role of germany — heavily dependent on russian energy and effective source of hundreds of millions of euros being sent to the kremlin�*s companies every day. its finance minister,
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christian lindner, told the bbc it's russia that's responsible for the significant economic consequences of the war. there is an unprovoked, terrible war in ukraine, and russia is responsible for all geopolitical and macroeconomical risks which have their origin in this war. so russia is responsible forfood crisis, for example...? for example, inflation, food crisis, and the possible risk of a serious debt crisis in developing countries. at first, the stringent actions against moscow hit home, collapsing the value of its companies and its currency, the rouble, to record lows. but now, thanks to the flow of energy dollars and euros, it's recovered all of that lost value. when you hearfrom president zelensky last week that europe is sending $1 billion a day to russia for its oil and gas and that, "we don't understand how you can make money out of blood,"
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and he pointed the finger directly at germany and hungary for blocking an oil embargo. no, we are not blocking, we are willing to stop all energy imports from russia, it's just a matter of time. when for the oil embargo? as fast as possible. this year? as fast as possible. it would cause a physical shutdown of your manufacturing sector, your car—makers, if you were to push the button right now? probably, and this is why we prefer sanctions which hurt him more than us as europeans and our single market. the relationship between germany and russia is absolutely key to the calculations of the kremlin in this war. the minister admitted this was a two—decade miscalculation and germany is now committed to independence from president putin, but they say doing so immediately is just not possible.
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faisal islam, bbc news, in washington. wimbledon has banned players from russia and belarus from taking part in this year's tournament because of the invasion of ukraine. the kremlin said it was unacceptable to make athletes what it described as "hostages of political prejudice". 0ur sports correspondent joe wilson reports. at wimbledon, there is no roof to exclude the wider world. this is a fixture in the international sporting calendar, thus what happens here matters everywhere. wimbledon quotes its responsibility to limit russia's global influence in the light of what it describes as unprecedented and unjustified military aggression. and so several of the world's leading tennis players are excluded here, even though they've been permitted to play on the professional tour. daniil medvedev, ranked two in the world, a strong contender for the men's title, won't play. aryna sabalenka, a potential champion, one of several leading women's players from belarus and russia, is now barred. the kremlin says the action
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is unacceptable and the tournament will suffer. well, from one of ukraine's leading tennis voices, a different perspective. it is another sign for russia that they are wrong, they have to stop, and we are thankful for this. we are thankful for all the help, for the weapons we get to survive and keep fighting. the international olympic committee has urged sporting federations worldwide to exclude competitors from russia and belarus. in some sports, they have continued to compete as neutrals. at wimbledon, they've decided that neutrality is not an option. wimbledon�*s stands has been backed strongly by the british government, but the atp, representing men's professionals, believe it is unfair because, in their eyes, it discriminates against some of their members based on nationality.
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between there were strong views, so free, what is clear to see us wimbledon�*s unique profile, which of course brings influence and responsibility. gel, thank you. the prime minister has ignored calls from labour to apologise to the archbishop of canterbury and the church of england in the wake of a row about the government's immigration plans. during prime minister's questions, borisjohnson was pressed on claims that he is said to have made at a meeting of conservative mps last night about plans to send asylum seekers to rwanda. 0ur deputy political editor, vicki young, reports. are there more fines coming, prime minister? borisjohnson is desperate to change the subject and talk about anything other than his covid lawbreaking. a row with the archbishop of canterbury is one way of doing it. happy easter to all of you! in his easter sermon, justin welby criticised government plans to send asylum seekers to rwanda. in a private meeting with conservative mps, mrjohnson reportedly criticised
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the archbishop for being less vociferous in his condemnation of russian president vladimir putin than of government immigration policy. today, the labour leader demanded an apology. in fact, the archbishop called putin's war an act of great evil, and the church of england has led the way in providing refuge to those fleeing. would the prime minister like to take this opportunity to apologise for slandering the archbishop and the church of england? the prime minister didn't repeat what he'd said behind closed doors but... i was slightly taken aback for the government to be criticised over the policy that we have devised to end the deaths at sea, in the channel, as a result of cruel criminal gangs. i was surprised that we were attacked for that. lambeth palace has hit back, saying the archbishops of canterbury and york had condemned russia's
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invasion of ukraine as an act of great evil and spoken out repeatedly against it. it added, "they are gravely concerned by proposal to send migrants overseas." downing street insisted voters care more about policy than parties, but the snp don't think the prime minister will be forgiven. 82% of people in scotland say they believe the prime minister lied to this parliament and to the public about his lawbreaking covid parties. are they right, or should they not believe that lying eyes? we are going to get on with the job of delivering for the people of the whole of the united kingdom. for now, mrjohnson can leave it all behind — he's off to india on a trip which he says will concentrate on jobs, defence and energy security. if back here, labour want mrjohnson investigated by a committee of mps, that will look into whether he has knowingly misled parliament. there will be a vote on that tomorrow. the
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government should have the numbers to make sure it doesn't happen. but i've spoken to several conservative mps who think it would be a really bad look to block this move, and if mrjohnson has done nothing wrong, then he has nothing to fear. we might find out later how downing street are going to play this one. the time is 6:15. our top story this evening... after weeks under attack, ukraine offers to swap russian prisoners of war for civilians trapped in the besieged city of mariupol. and ministers urge completing further in the cladding crisis. coming up in sportsday in the next 15 minutes on the bbc news channel, what now for manchester united? the players were second best again on the pitch, but how deep to the problems go? the actorjohnny depp has told a court that he was more inspired to turn to drugs
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and alcohol because of constant clashes with his former partner — the actress amber heard. johnny depp is suing her for defamation after an article she wrote for the washington post in which she called herself a victim of domestic violence. he denies any abuse. he told the court in virginia that amber heard had a need for conflict and couldn't be wrong. david sillito has been following the case. all right. are we ready for the jury? johnny depp, back on the witness stand for questions about a relationship that he says was controlling and belittling. as he settled down, there was only the briefest glance across the court towards where his ex—wife, amber heard, was watching. i was sort of not allowed to be right. not allowed to have a voice. so, at a certain point, what enters your mind is... you start to slowly realise that you are in a relationship with your mother.
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day one was all about the big picture. his childhood, his lifestyle, his personality, his drug use. day two is focused rather more on the specific allegations. good morning, mr depp. he was asked if he had struck amber heard in an argument over a tattoo. if no, he said. never. instead, he said, he would retreat from her. miss heard, in her frustration, and in her rage, in heranger, she would strike out. she would... it could begin with a slap, it could begin with a shove. it could begin with, you know, throwing a tv remote at my head. his drinking was, he said, a means of coping with the constant rows. the alcohol that i used, drank, was, again, purely...
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it's that little boy who didn't want to hear, or didn't want to feel pain. as they rose for recess, watching intently, his ex—wife. we'll hear amber heard's version of events in the days to come. david sillitoe, bbc news, fairfax, virginia. there've been protests outside parliament today over the cladding crisis as campaigners urged the government to protect all leaseholders from the costs of replacing flammable cladding. today mps were debating the key legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders in england from the multi—billion pound cost of fixing their homes. most major housing developers have pledged to do the work and pay for it themselves. but campaigners says the pledge is not legally binding and homeowners may miss out. judith moritz reports. chanting: make our homes safe! these flat owners came to westminster with a message
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for parliament and some words for the prime minister, "make our homes safe." their protest, timed as the building safety bill reaches its final stages. there's too many, kind of, loopholes, that anyone can just find their way out of it, it's not far—reaching enough. 0ur developer is also quite a small company, and they haven't signed this so—called pledge that a lot of the massive ones have, so where does that leave us? you let the government fund first, fix now, collect later— from the industry and release us from this nightmare. _ they argue the government's building safety bill won't protect every flat owner from eye watering charges for replacing flammable cladding in the wake of the grenfell disaster. the government's got its way in the commons, and the bill is a stage closer to becoming law. not only does the bill provide for a new regulatory regime, but it now provides an extensive set of tools in law to ensure that those who bear responsibility for defects
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are made to pay and to protect leaseholders from crippling bills for historic defects. there was dissent from the opposition parties. i want to put on record, madame deputy speaker, the 0pposition's serious misgivings about the way the government have gone about revising this legislation. as a result of the way the bill has been modified, it is now, by all accounts, something of a mess. we are in a better situation - than anywhere we've been over the last couple of years, but the situation is - still not good enough. there are blocks with flammable cladding in every major city in england. here in greater manchester, there are more than anywhere else outside london. though the building safety bill is making its way into law, flat owners say their campaign will continue. on this side, i can show you the actualfoam. darren matthews lives in a block in salford and has been asked to pay £100,000 to make his flat safe. so you can see that is an inch of polystyrene. it's affected my sleeping patterns,
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it's affected my eating, it's affected my professional life, it's affected my social life. it's affected my family relationships. all of that has been impacted by one letter, by one bill, one demand for payment that i cannot achieve. for darren and for many others, the nightmare want to be over until their buildings are fixed. the government says after today, that's a big step closer. judith moritz, bbc news. the acting head of the metropolitan police has admitted cultural problems in the force are notjust because of a few bad apples. sir stephen house said the force is trying to root out unacceptable behaviour as fast as possible. his comments come as the bbc has learned that the head teacher of a school where a 15—year—old black pupil was strip searched by two officers is leaving due to health reasons. the teenager had been wrongly accused of carrying cannabis. a safeguarding review found that racism was likely to have been a factor in the case. celestina 0lulode reports.
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someone walked into the school. the words of child 0, voiced by an actor. i words of child 0, voiced by an actor. . , words of child 0, voiced by an actor. , , ., words of child 0, voiced by an actor. ., actor. i was supposed to feel safe. the took actor. i was supposed to feel safe. they took me _ actor. i was supposed to feel safe. they took me away _ actor. i was supposed to feel safe. they took me away from _ actor. i was supposed to feel safe. they took me away from the - they took me away from the people that were supposed to protect me and stripped me naked, while on my period. stripped me naked, while on my eriod. . ., , , period. the incident happened in december 2020. _ period. the incident happened in december 2020. the _ period. the incident happened in december 2020. the publication j period. the incident happened in i december 2020. the publication of period. the incident happened in - december 2020. the publication of a safeguarding review made the case public last month. the two female officers involved were removed from front line duties three days after the publication of the safeguarding review. today, we learned the head teacher is leaving due to ill health. we've spoken to a parent whose child goes to the school. 50. whose child goes to the school. so, i heard about the incident when my child came — i heard about the incident when my child came home on a thursday afternoon — child came home on a thursday afternoon and said, have you heard about _ afternoon and said, have you heard about child — afternoon and said, have you heard about child 0? they said, we had a meeting _ about child 0? they said, we had a meeting at— about child 0? they said, we had a meeting at school today. the school told us _ meeting at school today. the school told us that — meeting at school today. the school told us that it took place in our
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schoot — told us that it took place in our schoot i— told us that it took place in our school. i was, told us that it took place in our school. iwas, like, 0k, why are you telling _ school. iwas, like, 0k, why are you telling me _ school. iwas, like, 0k, why are you telling me this and not the senior leadership team?— telling me this and not the senior leadership team? the school disputes this. it sa s leadership team? the school disputes this- it says it — leadership team? the school disputes this. it says it wrote _ leadership team? the school disputes this. it says it wrote to _ leadership team? the school disputes this. it says it wrote to parents - this. it says it wrote to parents shortly after the release of the safeguarding review, adding that, due to the legal and moral need to protect the identity of child 0, the school has been informed that it is unable to confirm this detail to parents and students.- parents and students. people have talked about _ parents and students. people have talked about a _ parents and students. people have talked about a few _ parents and students. people have talked about a few bad _ parents and students. people have talked about a few bad apples. - talked about a few bad apples. clearly, that is not the situation at all. it's not a few bad apples. but there is a wider issue within the organisation, which we acknowledge and we are dealing with. today, the metropolitan police repeated its apology to child 0 and her family. repeated its apology to child 0 and herfamily. the introduction of a pilot scheme means strip searches of under 185 pilot scheme means strip searches of under 18s in some parts of london must now be approved by a police inspector. a report into the fatal
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shooting of cinematographer halyna hutchins on the set of movie rust has found the production company knew that firearm safety procedures were not being followed. the company was fined $135,000, the maximum allowed by state law, because it demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety. the number of netflix subscribers has fallen for the first time in ten years. the tv streaming service lost 200,000 customers in the first three months of this year. it blamed that on increased competition and its decision to suspend its service in russia, following the invasion of ukraine. the company has hinted it might start running adverts and charging people for sharing accounts. the funeral of the wanted star tom parker has taken place in london today after he died at the age of 33. the pop singer's widow, kelsey, led the procession and his coffin was carried by his bandmates. tom parker died in march, almost 18 months after he revealed he'd been diagnosed
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with an inoperable brain tumour. prince harry says he doesn't know if he will return to the uk injune for the celebrations to mark the queen's platinum jubilee. in an interview with the american tv network nbc, the duke of sussex also spoke about visiting his grandmother at windsor last week and said he's trying to ensure the queen is protected, and has the right people around her. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell has more. his relations with the rest of the family have been strained but harry has remained on good terms with his grandmother, the queen. the two hadn't met for more than a year until last week when harry and meghan were en route to the netherlands for the invictus games. they broke theirjourney to visit the queen at windsor castle, and according to harry, the meeting went well. it was so nice to see her. she's on great form. we have a really special relationship. we talk about things she can't talk about with anyone else.
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she's always got a great sense of humour with me and i'm just making sure that she's protected and got the right people around her. harry's comment that the queen was on great form is reassuring given the concerns about her health, but quite what he meant by suggesting he is the person ensuring the queen is protected and has the right people around her is unclear. on his own future plans, harry seems very settled in california. home for now me is, for the time being, in the states, and it feels that way as well. but did he think he would come to britain to attend the queen's platinumjubilee in june? i don't know yet. there's lots of things with security issues and everything else, so this is what i'm trying to do, trying to make it possible that i can get my kids to meet her. a question about his relations with his father and brother was deflected. do you miss your brother, your dad? look, for me, at the moment, i'm here, focused on these guys. when i get back, my focus is my family, who i miss massively. finally, how much did he feel his mother's presence in his life? it's constant.
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it has been over the last two years, more so than ever before. it's almost as though she's done her bit with my brother and now she's very much helping me. got him set up, now she's helping me set up. that's what it feels like. his life of service continued, harry said, it had just relocated to the united states. nicholas witchell, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. a beautiful spring day to day, 19 in the bournemouth area of dorset. as you can see from the satellite picture, clearskies you can see from the satellite picture, clear skies are pretty widespread. at across eastern coast of scotland we have had pesky low cloud form. through the afternoon, quite misty, temperature is only 7 degrees. quite chilly for some. 0vernight, this low cloud, the mist
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and fog probably lingering for a good part of the night across eastern areas of scotland. 0therwise, eastern areas of scotland. otherwise, we will keep clear skies. a dry night. temperature slowly drifting down to about three or four degrees celsius, seven or eight in the south. the temperature over the next couple of days, it is going to be dominated by areas of high pressure to the north. with these come increasingly strong east to north—easterly winds. as those winds blow across the chilly north sea, they cool down, so across eastern areas of the uk, temperatures will be dropping over the next couple of days. that said, it should be a lovely start the day tomorrow. plenty of sunshine on the cards as well. could be one or two matter all these areas of low cloud and mist affecting the coast, but for many it is a warm day for april. 17 or 18 degrees around the likes of liverpool, birmingham, cardiff and in the london area. eastern coasts more like 1a or 15 degrees. for those of you that's a forward hay fever, a word to the wise, we have high levels of tree pollen around at the moment. for the end of the week,
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on friday, we start to an even stronger north—easterly wind blowing in. notice notjust that it is going to be a windy day, but cloud and may be some spots of rain across the south as well. given a stronger wind and more cloudy skies, it will start to cool down. temperature is 15 or 16 degrees across the north west. these eastern coasts, temperatures more around 12 degrees or so. that is the latest weather. a reminder of our top story... is hundreds of people remain trapped in the steelworks in mariupol, ukraine has offered to swap russian prisoners of war for the safe passage of civilians and troops. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me , hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm 0lly foster.


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