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not any more. the us fast food giant has left russia in protest at the invasion of ukraine. and it sold all its restaurants here — more than 800 — to a local company. gone are the golden arches. the logo now is two french fries and a burger. the new owner is siberian tycoon alexander govor. translation: there'll be no more big macs or mcflurries here. - it's a pity because they were the most popular items, but we told our experts to find replacements that are just as good or even better. the customers we spoke to were lovin�* it. "russians can do fast food just as well", he tells me." as well", he tells me.
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"and as for western sanctions and global brands leaving russia, we are very tough people — you can't scare us." then the very first mcdonald's restaurant opened right here 32 years ago, that was a hugely powerful symbol, a symbol of russia embracing western culture, western ideas, western food. what's happening here today with the departure of mcdonald's and its russian replacement, that's a symbol too, but a symbol of how russia and the west are now moving apart. over in the kremlin, no burgers but a hefty serving of patriotism. at a ceremony vladimir putin called on russians to devote themselves to the motherland, but he will know that western sanctions are having an impact. here's one example. russian tv reports that due to sanctions russian car—makers can't import key components, so the new lada's being made without any airbags or an anti—lock braking system. taxi driver nikita thinks the russian economy is in for a bumpy ride.
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the prices in roubles, they became ridiculously high, yeah. so for the taxi business now, it's gone. we don't have new cars — we have to use old ones. russians won't relish the prospect of economic pain, but so far the kremlin shows no sign of changing course. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. with all the sport now, here's chetan partak at the bbc sport centre. evening. centuries from ollie pope and joe root have helped england fight back on day three of the second test at trent bridge. they're 341—5 in their first innings in response to new zealand's 553 all out. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports: in the foothills of new zealand's
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vast first—innings total england had to bat, so why not enjoy it? alex lees made his highest score for england but 67 felt like a disappointment, such was the context. this was a day of opportunity, and he knew it. both teams dropped several catches. this was a tough one but it wasjoe root, and therefore to be regretted by new zealand. ollie pope was guiding his way to 100. england batting his talent, giving him responsibility, and this is how you show you are worth it. soon playing his full range of shots, making his highest test score. is that a six? sure is. joe root in full flow. no safer hands in cricket. well, not many. he got to 100 with a kind of trick shot, even his mrs work. this may be the golden era ofjoe root, playing with freedom. remember, england are still climbing towards new zealand's score and bends —— ben stokes saw
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the summit. climb like that and fell like that. slow wickets are still the test. max verstappen�*s extended his formula i world championship lead after winning the azerbaijan grand prix. it was a frustrating day for ferrari, whilst george russell finished on the podium for mercedes. ben croucher was watching: eight races into the season and starting to feel the heat, lewis? temperature is raised in azerbaijan, land of fire. the day started badly when sergio perez snuck through at the start for charles leclerc. there are a's day was up in smoke with max verstappen now into the lead. it was a little bumpy up behind. back pain and a bouncing mercedes gave lewis hamilton an uncomfortable ride but he still sprung up the field to finish fourth behind team—mate george russell. out dashing out
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front verstappen led a red bull 1—2 and extend his championship lead to 21 points. maybe not everybody had such a bad baku. bbc news. and a late equaliser saved northern ireland from defeat to cyprus in the nations league. they came from 2—0 down to draw 2—2 in belfast. jonny evans scoring in the 93rd minute to level the match. the pressure remains on manager ian baraclough. northern ireland have won just one of their last ia home games in all competitions. dan evans has just won the final of the nottingham open. there's more reaction to that on the bbc sport website, as well as to andy murray's defeat in stuttgart. that's all from me — reeta. thanks very much, chetan. the queen has become the second longest—reigning monarch in recorded history. her majesty has been on the throne for 70 years and 127 days. only louis xiv of france ruled for longer. his reign began when he wasjust four years old and lasted for more than 72 years.
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there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. we're back with the late news at 10. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the government is considering a plan to use agency staff to fill in for workers who go on strike. the potential change in legislation could allow companies to hire temporary workers in order to minimise disruption. if the plan goes ahead, it would not come in time to affect the three days of rail strikes planned for later this month. our business correspondent, simon browning, explained more about the background to the strike. 50,000 workers are due to walk out onjune 21, a huge number of workers you would need to acquire for the whole rail industry,
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but already this morning both sides of this industrial dispute, the unions involved in the action and also rail industry sources are saying there are big concerns about safety. people who work on the railways run safety—critical jobs, signallers and train dispatch on platforms, you cannotjust bring in agency workers to fill those jobs without huge amounts of training, so both sides have said they are worried. we heard from aslef concerned about that, the rmt union, who are taking this action, said many of their members perform safety—critical roles and it appears grant shapps wants to change the law to have a shadow casual workforce, downgrade standards and safety. this dispute from the government and network rail, they want to modernise the network, £16 billion the government has pumped into railways during the pandemic, and only 70—80% of passengers have come back, so changes need to be made. and that is what is at
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the centre of this dispute. i spoke to neil carberry, chief executive of the recruitment agency, rec. he told me the suggestion from grant shapps is one we've seen before from the government. it's not one agency's or agency representative bodies support, because we don't think that injecting someone else's staff into the middle of an industrial dispute between an employer and their workers is the right thing to do. you should be looking for resolution. and, really, that only fans the flames of the dispute. is there, in principle, though, any reason why agency workers couldn't fill some of these roles? i mean, not all of them are going to be safety dependent, like drivers and signallers, where you might actually physically need to have very good knowledge of rail safety. i mean, you can sell tickets from a ticket office, can't you, as an agency worker? well, i think there are other practicalities, besides whether agency staff could or couldn't do the job.
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as we're always clear that agency work is a high quality, secure option for people to be taking. i think one of the big challenges is asking the question right now in a tight labour market in the uk where we have more jobs amongst agencies than we can fill with the candidates that are available, how many candidates are going to be willing to take a job that involves crossing a picket line by comparison to not crossing a picket line? i think that's one of the biggest challenges to this being a practical option for for the government, even if we also think it's not the right thing to do. i suppose the answer might depend to a certain extent on how much you're prepared to pay them, because some people do those jobs as effectively freelancers because they get more money, don't they? well, in many cases that is true. but i think the scale of this step is really quite significant. injecting another company's staff into an industrial dispute for short or long term is not is clearly not heading towards resolution. i don't want to take a position on this particular dispute, but in almost every country, it is illegal to replace striking workers with with agency workers.
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indeed, our global federation has as one of the core tenets of its code of conduct. certainly from an agency perspective, it's not something that we would we want to happen. and can you just help us with why has it over time? because presumably at some point it's been legislated for. itjust it hasn't been since time immemorial. there are reasons this has happened. can you explain why over time countries have adopted that approach and why we've adopted it here? whatwas the cause for that to legislate on that basis? well, every country, in its own way, in its own legal tradition, has a right to strike, a right for workers to remove their labour when they have a dispute. and almost every country sees not immediately replacing those workers as something that that should be put in place to make sure that the right to strike is protected. that's what the trade unions are talking about today. from an agency perspective, inserting your own workers
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into what is quite a tense situation carries health and safety concerns. and also we've spent decades proving that agency workers at the heart of the british labour market, it's not insecure, it's not low cost. we don't want to be dragged into this kind of debate. in the last hour or so, a bipartisan group of us senators says it's agreed on a framework for potential legislation on gun safety. president biden has hailed the deal as an important step. state "red flag" laws, tougher background checks our correspondent in los angeles, david willis, gave us this update. given how polarised politics is in this country at the moment, these are modest proposals compared to whatjoe biden and other senior democrats had called for,
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but they are nonetheless a step in the right direction, some might say, given there has been no legislation of this kind for decades. there were attempts to tighten gun control laws after the sandy hook shooting, but it fell short of the votes needed in the senate. the feeling now is that they can now move forward with these modest proposals because the backing is there. they include federally funded so—called red flag laws, which are basically designed to alert authorities and officials to unstable people who are in possession of are in possession of firearms and enable them to confiscate those weapons. federally expanded mental health checks. school security measures. and a strengthening of background checks on those under the age of 21 seeking to buy a weapon of this kind. what they do not include in these measures is a ban on assault—style weapons, or indeed much wider background checks of the type thatjoe biden
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had called for. the assault weapons is a significant subject because it was those sorts of weapons used in the uvalde massacre and the buffalo shooting. what has been the reaction to this? we have heard from joe biden and mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader for the republicans. presumably the leaderships' approvalfrom both parties matters quite a lot. very much so. mitch mcconnell making clear in the weeks just gone he would like to see some sort of agreement reached on this. highly significant, basically giving his party at the right, if you like, to move forward on this. in terms of the reaction, i thinkjoe biden�*s quite significant. he said while this does not do everything that is needed, he said it reflects
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an important step in the right direction and would be the most significant gun legislation to pass congress in decades. as i say, these are modest proposals, but given how ridden with political differences the party atmosphere here is, this is quite significant indeed. i don't want to run before i can walk on this. but ultimately if it even gets through the senate, also getting through the house of representatives, a bigger number of people involved, presumably a lot more requirements to satisfy all those districts all with different priorities, many of whom coming from areas where gun ownership is quite high. the crucial difference is the house of representatives is democrat controlled, if you like. getting these measures through the house will be no difficulty indeed, because the house of representatives passed some gun control measures of its own just
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a couple of days ago, which went further than these measures agreed upon by this bipartisan group of senators. that is almost a rubber stamping, if you like, by the house of representatives, it then goes to the president. presumably if it can get through the senate, and the indication it has the ten votes necessary from republicans to do so, then this will come into law quite quickly. let's get more now on the government facing potential legal action from disability campaigners, after it decided not to back a key recommendation of the grenfell tower public inquiry. ministers said it was not practical to provide vulnerable residents in tower blocks with personal evacuations plans. earlier i spoke to fazilet hadi, who's head of policy at disability rights uk — that's an organisation which works to improve life for disabled people in the uk. i began by asking her why this decision could make people more vulnerable than they would otherwise be. as the grenfell tower inquiry recommendation of october 2019 clearly set out,
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the inquiry having heard all the evidence from fire experts, decided that personal emergency evacuation plans for those disabled people who will have problems in evacuating on their own would be essential for their safety, and i think it's because... none of us have a guaranteed no risk when there is a fire but when you are disabled, if you are blind or have a learning disability or a wheelchair owner, you and the building owner might need to think ahead to mitigate risks, so i think that proposal of the inquiry was reasonable and it was based on evidence. what, in terms of the practical options as an alternative to personal evacuation plans, could be adopted? is there anything else that isn't
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individual but might improve the prospects of getting out of the building when it is on fire? of course, but it isn't either/or, so we would advocate all the sensible measures about ensuring the building is as safe as it can be, making sure people have fire alarms that are working, and that if they are deaf they can see flashing alarms and have properfire doors. many of the issues were rehearsed in grenfell about how building owners need to pay attention to the safety of the building, but we don't think any of that negates the need for a more personalised plan for those of us who have particular impairments that need to be thought about. it's just common sense, there was nothing in the consultation that
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showed that this wouldn't be difficult to implement. that this would be difficult. one of our real problems with the government's closed mind on this is that the evidence of the inquiry and in the consultation did not show that personal emergency evacuation plans were disproportionate or impractical. tributes have been paid to a man from cardigan, in wales, who drowned after going into the sea to rescue two children. hywel morgan's family described him in a statement as a devoted father and a hero. he was pulled from the sea at poppit sands, but later died. aled scourfield reports. conditions on friday night were said to be treacherous at poppit sands — a popular beach just a few miles from cardigan town centre. the local rnli lifeboat was sent out just after 7pm after reports that a body boarder and a swimmer were in difficulty near the beach. coastguard teams, the wales air ambulance and other emergency services quicklyjoined the frantic rescue efforts.
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police were called here on friday night amid reports that several people were caught in a rip tide near a beach here at poppit sands. an 11—year—old boy was successfully rescued from the sea by the cardigan lifeboat team. a second casualty was found and brought back to shore by the lifeboat team, but he sadly later died. the 47—year—old man who died has been named as hywel morgan from nearby cardigan. an eyewitness said he gave his life to save others, as he tried to help the children in difficulty in the sea. in a statement, his family said he was a devoted and loving father and a hero. they said it gave them comfort that he selflessly tried to save others. local councillor dave clive davis knew hywel morgan, who was affectionately known by friends and family in cardigan as howl. lovable character, well—known by the town.
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i would often speak to him on the street or he would wave from across the street and have something to talk about, some kind of story, or he would be talking to me about a business idea he had. and his death is going to have a profound effect on the community. here in the cardigan area? yes, it's quite a hit for the town. quite a small, close—knit town and he was well known across the town. yeah, it's been quite a hit for the town and a lovable characterfrom cardigan. he has obviously lost his life trying to help others. yes, a selfless act which is really, really sad in a way. that he went in and saved these children's lives and, yes, it has been quite a hit for us. and hopefully we can actually remember him in some way in the town. police say two children were taken to hospital to be checked over after the incident. locals who knew hywel morgan said the community in cardigan would be grieving at the loss of a wonderful character. aled scourfield reporting. the government is expected
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to reject the idea of a tax on sugar and salt when it announces its new food strategy for england on monday. a leaked draft published in several newspapers suggests that ministers have dismissed a number of recommendations made in an independent review by the restaurateur, henry dimbleby. i spoke a little earlier to minette batters, president of the national farmers union, who talked to the prime minister on friday. she told me what message she had for him. my message to the prime minister was food security is a massive issue right now, notjust in the uk but in the global context. ifelt he had a good grasp on that now, and he said the future has to be about greater levels of food production and taking food security seriously. i cannot stress enough that it is important we do both, that we do environmental delivery and food production. 75% of the uk is farmed landscape, so it has to be about both.
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and it probably should be about both even more so because the government is facing a direct challenge with by—elections in the south—west coming up, a lot of farmers there judging by reports in the newspapers, including today's sunday telegraph, which describes farmers being angry about the plans for replacing the farm payments they received when britain was in the eu but also concerns over things like availability of labour and what they think the government is or isn't doing about it. you're right, this is a message i gave the prime minister and the other farmers there, it was a private meeting without any media, but farmers are frustrated, they feel there has been a strong lean to environmental delivery, we have legislative pathways on taking land out of production
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and introduction of species alongside a massive commitment to build houses and the implications of green energy strategies and solar farms, and nothing on food production, so this is timely and farmers are running long term businesses. decisions are being made now that will affect what they are producing next year, so it's important we have policies in place, detail in place that farmers know what they have to do and to work effectively in partnership with government. that is the important thing as an independent nation, there is nothing more important in making sure we can feed this country. food security matters. the implication of what you are saying is you think there is a danger the combination of government policies might either drive farmers to give up some of their land or even incentivise getting out of farming altogether.
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is that what you are worried about? we have neverfaced into such competing ambitions for land use, and i would add to that the voluntary carbon market, carbon credits, land being sold off to plant trees, now is the time, we have needed a food strategy for a long time, everyone has focused on energy, but food security is the big issue globally. you have the world food programme, the un, really challenging the world, we are facing unprecedented famine migration unless we act now, so this is long overdue and it is a white paper so it sets the tone for a discussion. henry dimbleby worked very long and hard. there are recommendations he put forward that have been put into this, but it's a white paper so a start, but we need to focus on the policy
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that will deliver less. government minister heather wheeler has apologised after describing birmingham and blackpool as "godawful" places. the conservative mp for south derbyshire made the remark at a conference in london as she launched the government's new digital strategy. the conservative mayor of the west midlands, andy street, gave his reaction to the comments to the bbc�*s politics midlands. it's a very stupid thing to have said frankly and i'm sure she regrets it very deeply but the point is the evidence is so much to the contrary, so she might have heard view but remember 1.25 million people bought their tickets to come to an event in birmingham, they are going to see what a great place it is and if you look at other
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things, more students coming here, more young londoners coming to live here, businesses are investing, so the evidence is time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. southern parts have the lion's share of the sunday sunshine. and it's those same southern areas that will have the lion's share of the warmth, even the heat that's going to develop through this week. cambridge isjust an example, but temperatures here by friday up to 32 degrees. it will be very different, though, further north and west, with more cloud, some rain at times and temperatures only getting up to 17 or 18 degrees. and that is quite typical of the story across much of northern ireland and indeed scotland, closer to areas of low pressure and weather systems. during today, as you can see from the satellite picture, that is where we've had the bulk of the cloud that's bringing some showers further south. it's been mainly dry with some sunshine. and as we go through tonight, well, where we keep clear skies and the winds fall light, it will actually turn
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a little bit chilly, but we'll see more cloud rolling into the western side of scotland, some rain splashing into the western isles later in the night. for most of us, though, monday getting off to a fine and dry start with some spells of sunshine. this area of cloud will bring outbreaks of rain across the western isles, into the western highlands, and then just running across the far north of the mainland into orkney and shetland during the afternoon. generally quite a lot of cloud, a bit of drizzle for scotland, also for northern ireland, whereas england and wales will have the best of the dry weather. patchy cloud and sunny spells, only a very small chance of catching a shower. temperatures — 20 for birmingham, 21 for london, much cooler across northern parts of scotland closer to these weather systems, which willjust continue to work through as we move on into tuesday. at the same time, high pressure builds down to the south. so, for much of england and wales on tuesday, there'll be lots of sunshine, just a little bit of patchy cloud, more cloud for northern ireland and scotland, a bit of rain at times. i think there'll still be a decent amount of dry weather here. temperatures of 17 degrees for aberdeen, for glasgow, for belfast. but by this stage, middle 20s looking likely across the south—east of england.
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that's nothing compared with the temperatures we'll be seeing across south—west europe. 44 looking likely in southern spain for a time. and as we move through wednesday into thursday and friday, this area of high pressure is set to wobble its way eastwards. as it does, it will allow us to pick up a southerly wind and import some of that hot air into the south—east of the uk. temperatures by the end of the week, 31, maybe 32 degrees, but further north and west, always cooler and cloudier


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