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australian voters elect their first labor government in almost a decade. it means party leader
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anthony albanese will replace scott morrison as prime minister — although it's still unclear whether he will secure a majority. tonight, the australian people have voted for change. cheering. we'll be live in sydney with the latest. also tonight... as russian attacks in eastern ukraine intensify, president zelensky says diplomacy is the only way the war on his country will end. pharmacies in england will be able to prescribe alternative medicines to deal with shortages in hormone replacement therapy. and rangers beat hearts in the scottish cup final at hampden park, in extra time.
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good evening. australia's new leader, anthony albanese, has vowed to bring the country together, after his party — labor — won the most seats in the general election. it means australia will have its first labour government in nearly a decade, although it's unclear whether the party will secure enough seats for a majority. the election, which resulted in the defeat of the incumbent scott morrison, saw the rising cost of living and climate change emerge as key issues for voters. our correspondent shaimaa khalil reports now from sydney. this is the labor party's first election victory in almost a decade and it will be led by one of australia's longest serving politicians. we should be making change and, you know, that's what we hope that this government will do. it's been a long time in the darkness and now, finally, we can smile again. anthony albanese has promised voters
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safe change as he worked to kick out the conservative—liberal national coalition which has been in power since 2013. it says a lot about our great country that the son of a single mum who was a disability pensioner can stand before you tonight as australia's prime minister. shortly after his election victory, i caught up with australia's new leader. mr albanese told me he was looking forward to working more closely with the uk government. they're going to look to you for some policies on climate change. this has been divisive, it's been difficult throughout the campaign. what should they expect from you? it's far less controversial in the uk. it shouldn't be controversial here and we have an opportunity now to end the climate wars in australia. it's been a sombre night for the ousted prime minister, scott morrison. going into the election, all signs indicated that the incumbent was in trouble.
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mr morrison's tenure has been dominated by natural disasters, the covid pandemic and his government's many scandals. i've always believed in australians and theirjudgement, and i've always been prepared to accept their verdicts, and tonight they have delivered their verdict. independents have also done well in the elections so far, amid public dissatisfaction with the two major parties. mr albanese may have to rely on them form a government. throughout the campaign anthony albanese had one key message for australians — it is now time for change. the people have listened, now he has to deliver. the rising cost of living and climate change have dominated this election as two key issues for voters. this is a country that is anxious and divided. its new leader has vowed that his will be a government of optimism and unity.
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and we can talk to shaimaa in sydney now. what does the albanese victory signify? i what does the albanese victory si . ni ? ~ . , what does the albanese victory siuni ? ~ . , , , signify? i think mainly it signifies that australians _ signify? i think mainly it signifies that australians are _ signify? i think mainly it signifies that australians are tired - signify? i think mainly it signifies that australians are tired of - signify? i think mainly it signifies that australians are tired of the l that australians are tired of the status quo, and the status quo is essentially what scott morrison was campaigning on. his message to australians was, stick with me, stick with my party, and nothing changes, and essentially what australians told the liberals, that they were ready for change, they needed change on climate action, on the cost of living, on gender equality issues, and on that last point i think one of the significant stories to come out in this election are those female independent candidates. they were the ones that defeated male candidates from the government's party here in sydney and in melbourne as well, and in a country where politics is seen as such a toxic environment for women,
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their presence, their performance, is hugely significant, whether or not they get to form a government with anthony albanese the or not, their win is a win for women in australian's politics and that is a real change. australian's politics and that is a real change-— australian's politics and that is a real change. thank you, shaimaa khalil reporting _ real change. thank you, shaimaa khalil reporting from _ real change. thank you, shaimaa khalil reporting from sydney. - as russian forces intensify their attacks in the eastern donbas region of ukraine, president zelensky has said diplomacy is the only way the war with russia will end. here, the foreign secretary liz truss has said that ukraine's neighbour, moldova, should be armed with nato military equipment, to help guard it against the threat of a russian invasion. from kyiv, our correspondent james waterhouse reports. ukraine's resistance is far from waning, but in the luhansk region, it's going backwards. it's an area of moscow claims will soon be in russia's control, and they're throwing everything at it. close to the front line, sergiy, a coal miner, still tries to evacuate people, even with his van riddled with bullets.
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translation: i have to help people. there are grandmothers and grandfathers, people with disabilities who remain. they have to be pulled out. russia's gains are only a few miles here. people in this region are used to eight years of war already, since moscow backed pro—russian separatists in 2014. for some, though, the fighting has finally reached their doorstep. translation: my daughter is in france and my son is in poland. | i told them about this and they told me to immediately leave. but how can i leave? this is our home. on the third anniversary of his landslide election win, a firm handshake for president zelensky from antonio costa, the prime minister of portugal. translation: i'd like to remind people that we're fighting - a war on our territory, and even if someone in european countries or the world got used to donbas being a russian occupied territory and to the fact that people were given out russian passports there, we'd like to say it's not a good thing to get used to. these are our territories and we're going step—by—step to liberate our territories.
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the evening light we're seeing in kyiv couldn't be more at odds with the devastation we're seeing in the eastern donbas. we're going to get more reports of russian assaults as well as ukrainian counter—attacks, but we have to start asking the question, whoever ends up occupying these territories at the conclusion of this conflict, what is there going to be left to occupy? ukraine's leader, though, believes peace will only come from talks. given the current lack of dialogue between the two sides, it's a long way off. james waterhouse, bbc news, in kyiv. here, opposition parties are demanding that the prime minister explain a meeting he had with the senior civil servant sue gray, over her report into parties held in and around downing street during lockdown. it's emerged the pair met several weeks ago. our political correspondent iain watson is with me. there are different accounts of who requested this meeting.
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that's right, reeta. downing street are emphasising this was not at the prime minister's instigation, but equally a spokesperson for sue gray is making it clear she didn't suggest it initially either. they are blaming it on the number ten official. whatever the arrangements for the meeting and the invitations, labour are saying why did it take place at all? she was meant to be carrying out her work independently of number ten. so effectively they are saying to restore confidence what she should do now is get all the welter of evidence she has come a 500 or so photographs, more than 200 documents, put it all in the public domain. that is not going to happen but it is possible i'm told tonight that we might see some of these photographs if effectively they back up the story she is trying to tell. if she is worried about a lack of social distancing at some of these gatherings, she will make sure a picture of a crowded room to underline this. they have been no new calls for the prime minister to go but i think when we get the full detail of the gatherings inside
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downing street it could still prove damaging. downing street it could still prove damauain. , ., ., downing street it could still prove damaiiin, , ., ., pharmacists are to be given more flexibility to deal with shortages of hormone replacement therapy medicines in england. they'll be given temporary permission to offer alternatives if they can't source the precise drug on the prescription. matt graveling has the details. i can get tired. i didn't used to get tired, always had quite a lot of energy. it can make you feel anxious when you never normally get anxiety, so you can worry about things that are really silly not understand why. just two symptoms of the menopause experienced by yasmin, who got her life back on track by treating them with hormone replacement therapy, or hrt. but for yasmin, like many others, a recent lack of supply has led to frustration and a return of symptoms. a lot of life admin goes into trying to organise and get medication, and going between different pharmacies, talking to a gp, having to phone a gp all the time, having to try and source them. to tackle the shortage, the government have made two changes.
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they've given pharmacists the power to limit a patient�*s supply of hrt to three months, and to substitute an out of stock brand for an equivalent product. all of these medications are made to a supremely high standard and tested and tested and tested again, so they should all be offering the same dosage, the same concentration of medication. on that basis, we would say, trust the product, and if your primary choice is not available, do try the substitute. the shortage of products has been attributed to a rise in awareness of hrt alongside supply chain issues due to covid. the government say the changes have already helped stabilise stock. very often, even if you give a woman the same product that is made by a different manufacturer, they will notice a difference in how their symptoms are being managed. so it's not the ideal solution, but it's certainly helping us get medicine out to women who are currently struggling to get those products.
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experts say anyone who has questions or concerns about hrt should speak to their pharmacist or doctor. matt graveling, bbc news. president biden and his south korean counterpart, yoon suk—yeol, have agreed to step up measures to deter aggressive behaviour by north korea. they said detailed discussions would be held on how to expand combined military exercises and training. the two presidents also said they were ready to help north korea tackle a major covid outbreak, asjean mackenzie reports from seoul. good evening, president biden. the first task for the us president upon landing in seoul — learn the mechanics of the computer chip. the focus of this trip was supposed to be semiconductors and supply chains — things that will help these countries compete with an increasingly dominant china. but by the time the leaders sat down to talk, an increasingly hostile north korea was top of their agenda.
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on the dprk. .. but the door to dialogue with the north was still open, they said. with regard to whether i would meet with the leader of north korea, that would depend on whether he was sincere and whether he was serious. the situation in north korea is serious. covid—i9 is infecting millions of its unvaccinated population. the united states hopes this could lead to a reconciliation. we've offered vaccines and we're prepared to do that immediately. we've got no response. despite the pleas to kim jong—un to come back to the negotiating table, the focus here today was much more on south korea and the united states being ready for if the north were to attack, for how they could be more prepared for if the worst were to happen. remembering the us soldiers that died fighting the korean war. ever since this battle
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divided korea in two, the south has relied on the us to defend it. we go together. earlier, mr biden agreed to send it more weapons if needed. translation: we discussed the timely deployment - of various strategic assets, including fighterjets and missiles. this relationship has never been stronger or more vital, according to mr biden. it certainly seems on pretty firm ground. jean mackenzie, bbc news, seoul. with all the sport now, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks. good evening. we're starting with football, so a quick warning if you want to wait for sportscene, on after the news in scotland, because just a few days after losing the europa league final rangers have won the scottish cup. they beat hearts 2—0 in extra time at hampden park. jane dougall reports. hats, flags and scarves.
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a last chance for rangers to win a trophy after missing out on the league and losing on penalties in the europa league final three days ago. were you guys in seville? we were indeed, yes. are you over the disappointment? never get over the disappointment, no. rangers are going to win the cup. what's the score going to be? 12-0. for hearts, winning the scottish cup would be a fitting end to an impressive first season back in the top—flight. hoping and praying that theyjust take it but i think they will. as the smoke cleared, the teams emerged. would rangers be heavy legged, would hearts take advantage? they came closest first, a tempting ball across the face of goal but ellis simms couldn't connect, with the ball at least. on 90 minutes, joe aribo thought he was the hero but craig gordon's outstretched leg sent it to extra time. for the second time in a week, rangers would play 120 minutes,
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but it galvanised them. ryan jack's strike sensational. the fans daring to hope the trophy was theirs. now hearts were in disarray, suddenly it was two. no way back for the edinburgh side, with not even a shot on target. and the whistle confirmed it, rangers the scottish cup champions. after the heartbreak of seville, a trophy left to give their supporters a celebration. jane dougall, bbc news, hampton. the former premier league side — sunderland have been promoted to the championship. 16,000 fans watched them beat wycombe wanderers 2—0 in the league one play off final at wembley. in turin, lyon won the women's champions league for an eighth time, beating the favourites and defending champions barcelona 3—1. rory mcilroy�*s chances of winning a fifth major at — this year's uspga look unlikely. he's now seven shots behind the leader mito perreria on his third round in oklahoma.
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but it was still better than tiger woods, who shot the worst round of his professional career. britain's cameron norrie has won the lyon open tennis — his fourth title in a year and his first on clay. he'll now head to paris for the french open, which starts tomorrow. britain's fastest woman, dina asher—smith, looks in good form ahead of a busy summer of international athletics. she beat a high—quality field to win the 100 metres at birmingham's diamond league meeting. she also helped the gb team win the axioo metres relay. and there was plenty of other british success there. it's all on the bbc sport website. back to you, reeta. that's all from me, but you can see jo coburn at nine tomorrow on the sunday morning show, with her guests the education secretary nadhim zahawi, and the chief executive of the energy company eon. goodnight.
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a mother has described how her 11—year—old son had to have a finger amputated, after hurting himself while running away from bullies at school. shantal bailey says raheem has received racist abuse since starting at abertillery learning community in south wales last september. the school says it's working closely with gwent police and the council to establish the full details of the incident. a warning — some people may find rebecca john's report distressing. ii—year—old raheem in happier times. his mother shantalbailey said he was attacked by a group of children at school on tuesday, who kicked him while he was on the floor. this is him in hospital later that day. shantal said he caught his finger and injured it while climbing a school fence to escape the ordeal. after six hours of surgery,
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it had to be amputated. shantal bailey and her children moved to wales last year. she says raheem has received racist abuse at school and has been bullied because he is small for his age. he is now recovering from the surgery, but he is struggling to understand what's happened, sometimes thinking it was a bad dream. his mother said she hasn't been contacted by the school. abertillery learning community said it is working with police and the local authority to establish the full details of the incident. it says the well—being and safety of its pupils and staff remains of paramount importance. police and the council are investigating what happened. the welsh government has responded, saying it condemns bullying and racial harassment in any form and expects allegations of incidents of bullying and racism to be fully investigated by schools, with appropriate action taken.
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since the incident, shantal bailey has set up a fund—raising page to pay for a prosthetic finger for raheem. it has already exceeded its target many times over. survivors of the manchester arena attack say urgent changes are needed to increase mental health support for people caught up in terrorist atrocities. tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the bombing, when 22 people were killed and many more injured. now a report from survivors against terror says initial help should be available within three weeks, and treatment within six, as our north of england correspondentjudith moritz reports. this was the night abi quinn grew up. she was 12 years old when she went to see ariana grande at manchester arena. when the bomb went off, she wasn't physically hurt, but five years on, she is still
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living with the impact it has made on her mental health. she finally got therapy for ptsd and anxiety, but only after her mum wrote to their mp, who helped to fast—track abi's case. there's still such a backlog in mental health services, for children anyway, without events like this happening. it's just not ok. there needs to be a lot more put in place. you can'tjust keep being given i2—month waiting lists and just hope that in 12 months it sort of self—heals, because it just doesn't. now there are calls for better mental health support for people caught up in terror attacks, including a maximum wait of three weeks for assessment and six weeks for relevant help. martyn hett was murdered at manchester arena. some of his family struggled to get access to the skilled therapy they needed. his stepfather stuart, a gp, has co—written a new report pushing for improvements. i remembera moment a couple of months afterwards, screaming in the car, saying how ridiculous this is.
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i have worked in the nhs for 30 years, i know the systems, and yet i'm having to pay for private help. i felt embarrassed, in a way, that as a doctor the help isn't available — and if i can't get it then there's no hope for anyone else. those affected by attacks often need ongoing support, but campaigners say there is no guarantee they will get long—term care, and say a register of survivors would help. though this memorial is dedicated to the 22 people who were murdered at the arena, the attack affected thousands more. and many i speak to tell me the anniversary is always a particularly difficult time, and the fifth, this weekend, may well trigger increased anxiety and heightened emotion. some of the manchester survivors choir performed at the memorial�*s opening. the choir has been a real success story.
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its members, who have all been affected by the attack in various ways, have found help from mutual experience. just knowing that we had all been there on that night and that we could be there for each other. choir members have talked quite openly that that became their support network, that that was the thing that was giving them a reason to come back into the city to engage in a positive activity. the government says it is committed to providing swift support for survivors of terrorism and that it will continue to listen to their views to inform the help that is available. there's been a large increase in online searches for information about bowel cancer in the last two weeks, ever since the author and broadcaster dame deborahjames revealed she is now receiving end—of—life care. both nhs england and bowel cancer charities have reported a surge of visitors to their websites, while dame deborah's fundraising total is now close to £6.5 million. will batchelor has the details.
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when she was diagnosed with stage iv bowel cancer in 2016, deborahjames wanted to raise awareness of a disease that can thrive due to embarrassment. i'm not going to look at you. a crying fit is not what we need right now. she had already achieved that, thanks largely to her work on the podcast you, me and the big c, but her announcement just 12 days ago that she is receiving end—of—life care has supercharged the mission. on the day after what deborah called herfinal message, nhs england says it saw an extra 82,000 hits to its bowel cancer page last week. the charity bowel cancer uk said its page crashed due to all the extra visitors, and other charities too are noticing the dame deborah effect. we're really encouraged that we're seeing an increase of 25% in terms of the number of searches that are coming to our website,
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specifically about finding out information about bowel cancer. so that's a 25% increase on last year, and that really is a direct response to deborahjames speaking out and really raising awareness. it is notjust awareness getting a boost, it is fundraising too. the bowelbabe fund stands at £6.5 million as people around the uk and beyond try to show their admiration in any way they can, from surprise royal visitors in the garden of her parents' home — the duke of cambridge wanted to hand—deliver deborah's damehood — to letters of support. never mind the address, the postie knew exactly who this was for. ways to support the fund are growing too. there is a book, dame deborah's second, on living with bowel cancer and staying positive. there is a rose, launched at the chelsea flower show,
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and there is a shirt. i knew i wanted one charity element in the collection, and i always use the phrase "rebellious hope". for me, it's something that i suppose i relied on. it gives me that little glimmer of hope to continue to carry on, day by day, regardless of what the future looks like. dame deborah may be in the final stage of her cancerjourney, but her work continues. time for a look at the weather with louise lear. hello. rain across the far north—west of scotland continuing to linger over the next few hours, more cloud along west—facing coasts. conditions start off murky first thing on sunday. best of the clearer skies across central and southern areas, one or two rural areas seeing temperatures as low as five or six celsius.
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some lovely sunshine here from bristol over towards norwich, anywhere south and east of there will be dry, settled, sunny, warm. a lot of low cloud to the west, scattered showers, persistent rain lingering in the far north—west. temperatures around 11—17 celsius. in the best of the sunshine, highs of 23 celsius. it looks like, as we move into monday, wind direction changes to north—westerly, slightly cooler with a few scattered showers as well. take care.
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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the political commentatorjo phillips and nigel nelson, political editor of the people and the sunday mirror. tomorrow's front pages, starting with... the observer leads with partygate and the imminent sue gray report — claiming that the prime minister is expected to �*sacrifice' the head of the civil service, simon case when it is released. the conservatives are threatening an attack on transport and education unions — that's according the sunday telegraph, which says the government is poised to draw up laws requiring
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