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you're watching bbc news. the foreign secretary, liz truss, has been defending borisjohnson after the tory by—election losses in tiverton and honiton and wakefield. she's been speaking to our deputy africa editor, anne soy, at the commonwealth heads of government meeting in the rwandan capital, kigali. heads of government from across the commonwealth have been meeting here in kigali, rwanda. and i'm nowjoined by the foreign secretary, liz truss. just talking about the
politics in the uk at the moment, do you still have confidence in the prime minister, is he the right person to lead the uk? i have absolute confidence in the prime minister. he's doing a fantasticjob. he has led on... ..delivering on brexit, helping britain recoverfrom covid, we were the first country to fully develop the vaccine and get it rolled out and now he's doing a brilliantjob of supporting ukraine in the appalling war against russia. and the conservatives have just lost two important by—elections. should he be considering his position? his role? incumbent governments do tend to lose by—elections. that's not a predictor of the future. what we are making sure is that we are getting the economy going, we're helping the economy grow so people have more opportunities, morejobs in the future and that is what will help us secure the next election. and the migrants deal, which has been signed between the uk and the rwandan government has come under a lot of scrutiny,
even here in rwanda. and your government has said that it remains undeterred, will continue with this, but there have been criticisms, even here in rwanda, that, you know, the record of the rwandan government is not great on human rights, on democracy. some reports from the british government have also, you know, raised questions about media freedom and democracy here. does that change now? well, we are very determined to follow through on this migration partnership. it's very important we break the business model of these appalling people traffickers who are putting peoples�* lives at risk, particularly in the english channel. and this partnership that we have developed with rwanda benefits both countries. we're working very closely together and i have been having very good discussion when i was here with the rwandan foreign minister about how we can continue to develop the partnership between our two nations.
can you confirm if children will be among those asylum seekers will be sent here? i can confirm that there will be no unaccompanied children as part of this arrangement. and, in fact, it will be 90% adult men who are part of this arrangement. and you have been speaking to other foreign ministers here at the commonwealth heads of government meeting. yesterday, the prime minister did speak about russia and the impact of the war on food, on the prices of food. in your conversations with other foreign ministers, what are they saying? many of them have been lukewarm or even sitting at the fence on this issue. well, we put out a very clear statement today, as the commonwealth, about the importance of sovereignty and self—determination, regarding the situation in ukraine. and more generally. and that is why the commonwealth is so important. it's a bulwark against authoritarianism.
it's 5a member states that believe in sovereignty and belief in self determination. and we're very determined to work with all of our commonwealth partners to have closer economic ties, closer security ties to keep us all safe. and talking about the commonwealth, it's also about values and questions have been raised about whether some of the members uphold those values, including those who have applied tojoin. gabon is to be admitted during this meeting to the organisation but it's not the best example of democracy, for instance. the questions that have been raised about rwanda, as well. how important, still, are those values? those values are important and the commonwealth is committed to democracy, it's committed to sovereignty and self—determination. and this is why i think it's such an important force in the world, at present, where we are seeing authoritarian regimes, like russia, and its appalling invasion of ukraine. this is why we do need to build this network that is the commonwealth, to protect
those values we believe in. thank you very much, foreign secretary. thank you very much, foreign secretary-— thank you very much, foreign secretary._ this - thank you very much, foreign - secretary._ this meeting secretary. thank you. this meeting is cominu secretary. thank you. this meeting is coming to _ secretary. thank you. this meeting is coming to an _ secretary. thank you. this meeting is coming to an end _ secretary. thank you. this meeting is coming to an end today - secretary. thank you. this meeting is coming to an end today and - secretary. thank you. this meeting is coming to an end today and we l is coming to an end today and we expect the closing later in the evening. and the heads of government here have been meeting, there have been various interest groups that have been meeting, as well. and we... the meeting will close later in the evening.
good evening. borisjohnson has insisted that questions over his leadership have been settled and that he will lead the conservative party into the next general election. his comments follow the tories�* defeat in two by—elections this week. speaking to the bbc from rwanda, where he's attending a commonwealth meeting, he said people were "heartily sick" of questions about his conduct and that a "psychological transformation" of his character would not happen. this report from alex forsyth in the rwandan capital, kigali, contains some flash photography. diplomacy has been at the forefront of this commonwealth summit, but for the prime minister this morning, issues closer to home were dominant. evening, sir. last night he attended an official dinner with his wife, carriejohnson, mingling with government heads while his own leadership is under scrutiny. after losing two by—elections and his party chair, critics want him to change. but borisjohnson says he won't undergo a psychological transformation, claiming it's policy people care about.
when things are tough, of course people are rightly going to direct their frustration, their irritation at government and at me. i'm the leader of the government. i think, to be absolutely clear, in the last few months, people in tiverton, people in wakefield just heard far too much about stuff they didn't want to be hearing about. his cabinet have rallied round — some more so than others. the foreign secretary, in kigali herself, was pretty clear where she stood. i have absolute confidence in the prime minister. he's doing a fantasticjob. he's led on delivering on brexit, helping britain recoverfrom covid. but those who have long called for him to go haven't given up. borisjohnson is actually galvanising an anti—boris johnson vote. the leader of the party should normally be more popular than the party itself,
and what we're seeing with borisjohnson is that he's a huge drag on the ticket. the summit in kigali was meant to be about boosting trade and co—operation, but for the uk, it's been overshadowed. first by plans to send asylum seekers here, then by politics miles away. this morning the prime minister claimed that the question of his leadership was settled when he won a vote of confidence among his own mps. clearly for some, that's not the case. after rwanda he's not heading back to the uk but on to europe for meetings of the g7 and nato. but he knows his domestic problems will be waiting. here, the clean—up begins as the commonwealth summit closes. borisjohnson wants to brush away these by—election defeats, clear he's not going anywhere. but there is no doubt they will leave a mark. borisjohnson was clear today boris johnson was clear today that he is not about to change his character even though some in his own party would want him to make
something of a shift. in fact, when i saw the prime minister today you did not get the impression of a man feeling under pressure, despite bruising by—election losses and despite the fact a cabinet member quit yesterday. the resignation of party chair oliver dowden did not trigger a string of others so i think for now the prime minister feels pretty safe. but his critics have not gone away. in fact, some are looking at changing party rules to potentially try to oust him. borisjohnson is not back in the uk until the end of next week. when he does return, the mood in his party will really matter. studio: alex forsyth, thank you. russian forces are now said to be "fully occupying" the ukrainian city of severodonetsk, a key location in the war, in the east of the country. ukraine's army has already pulled its troops out from there. let's go live now to our correspondentjoe inwood in the capital, kyiv. this is a significant moment. yeah, absolutely it _ this is a significant moment. yeah, absolutely it is _ this is a significant moment. yeah, absolutely it is a _ this is a significant moment. yeah, absolutely it is a big _ this is a significant moment. yeah,
absolutely it is a big moment. - this is a significant moment. yeah, absolutely it is a big moment. this| absolutely it is a big moment. this is the biggest population centre to fall to the russians since the port city of mariupol. although in some ways we should have expected this given that the ukrainians had already said they were pulling their troops out. we understand they have moved back to more defensible positions on the other side of the river in a city called lysychansk. this is not the only thing concerning for ukraine tonight will stop overnight russia fired missiles into three locations across the territory striking military and infra— structure targets. what's interesting about this is that many missiles were fired from belarus, the neighbour to the north that is not part of this war but is a key are white to the russians. today in an interesting speech president putin said he would be giving his ally missile systems capable of firing cruise and ballistic missiles. crucially, president putin hinted at the fact they could also carry nuclear warheads. it was not a direct threat but was a reminder of how high the stakes can be. thank
ou ve how high the stakes can be. thank you very much. — how high the stakes can be. thank you very much. joe _ how high the stakes can be. thank you very much, joe inwood - how high the stakes can be. thank you very much, joe inwood reporting. clinics have begun closing in some us states after yesterday's supreme court ruling removed a woman's constitutional right to abortion. about half of the 50 states are expected to introduce new restrictions or bans as a result of the ruling, and there've been protests, with more expected around the country. president biden described the ruling as "a tragic error." our correspondent nomia iqbal is in washington outside the supreme court where many people have gathered. what is the mood like there? there are u-rous what is the mood like there? there are groups of _ what is the mood like there? there are groups of anti-abortion - are groups of anti—abortion protesters and pro—choice groups and they are almost in a stand—off with each other. it is very loud, but it is not menacing and not aggressive. earlier today, president biden called the supreme court was my decision to throw out roe versus wade is a terrible one, and it's now “p wade is a terrible one, and it's now up to the individual 50 states of america to make their own abortion laws. conservatives have said this is about protecting life. we know
mostly republican—led states have already banned abortion in parts of america. they have said they will make an exception if a woman's life is at risk but it's really unclear how medically that would be determined. democratic led states have said they will expand abortion access. president biden has said it will be difficult to unilaterally restore abortion rights to america but he is hoping this will galvanise voters for the midterms in november. but will it be enough to turn voters' attention from other issues playing out across america?- playing out across america? thank ou, playing out across america? thank you. nomia _ playing out across america? thank you, nomia iqbal. _ also in the us, the most significant gun control bill in nearly 30 years has been signed into law by president biden. it imposes tougher checks on young gun buyers and encourages states to remove guns from people considered a threat. congress approved the legislation with bipartisan support this week, following a spate of mass shootings.
police in norway have charged a 42—year—old man with murder, attempted murder and terrorist acts after a shooting which left two people dead and 21 others injured. shots were fired at a popular gay venue in the capital oslo. the man had been known to the security services since 2015. duncan kennedy reports. the police were quick to seal off the area, but the gunman's attack lasted several minutes. the targets included a bar popular with the lgbtq+ community called the london club. translation: so i got to london and went both inside, _ outside and upstairs, and there were several injured and there were people already helping out with those who had been shot. this is norway's worst terrorist attack in 11 years. a norwegian man of iranian descent has been charged with murder and terrorist acts. the country's prime minister said oslo had been hoping to celebrate its annual pride parade.
we expected a lively and enthusiastic parade through our streets, of people celebrating pride after three years of pandemics and other standstills. instead, we have a dark day where terror struck oslo this night. although the pride parade was officially cancelled, this was the response. chanting: we won't disappear! thousands marching to show their defiance towards violence and their defence of diversity. duncan kennedy, bbc news. the head of the rmt rail union has said further industrial action has not been ruled out as a third day of strikes hit services today. mick lynch said there was little sign of a breakthrough over pay, and reform of rail services. borisjohnson said the public had a right to expect modernisation of the railway network.
there's a big night ahead at glastonbury, where sir paul mccartney will headline the festival's postponed 50th anniversary. our culture editor katie razzall is there. behind me on the pyramid stage right now the american band haim are belting out hits. earlier greta thunberg was talking about climate change. but in around three hours' time sir paul mccartney will be there. i was down there early this morning and there were already eager fans setting up chairs and claiming a front row spot. they were talking to me about the rumours are swirling about who might perform with mac at tonight. taylor swift was mentioned, ringo starr. i'm told that is wishful thinking. we know it will be a long set by glastonbury standards, two hours and 15 minutes, although it's not long for sir paul mccartney. and also at 80 he is glastonbury festival's oldest headline act. before him, noel
gallagher's high flying birds will be on the stage as the festival really gets into the swing after three years without. all i can say there are glitter, sequins, the sunshine is out and everyone is in the mood for a party.— sunshine is out and everyone is in the mood for a party. katie razzall, from a lively _ the mood for a party. katie razzall, from a lively glastonbury, - the mood for a party. katie razzall, from a lively glastonbury, thank- from a lively glastonbury, thank you. cricket, and on the third day of the third and final test between england and new zealand, three evening wickets have left the visitors on 168—5. that gives them a lead of 137 runs. england lead the test series 2—0. our sports correspondent patrick gearey has been watching the action at headingley. "back yourself." england's new mantra. a belief that allows jamie overton — a bowler on debut — to bat to the brink of a century. 97 — he had come so close, he had come so far. because together with jonny bairstow, he'd changed the game, and bairstow kept going. past 150, past new zealand. an innings that started with england in crisis ended with england in front.
the boy from bradford beloved in leeds. having left with love, he returned with gloves as stand—in wicketkeeper. england ahead by 31 and hunting wickets. that was the first — will young. but slowly england moved from chasing to fetching. kiwi confidence inflated. tom latham and kane williamson looked comfortable. england needed new energy. cue overton... one ball after tea, he got latham. bairstow�*s catch among the pigeons. the weather kept them from maintaining a grip, but again, first ball after the restart, joe root struck. devon conway magnificently caught by ollie pope. now england were on the charge. new zealand's captain, williamson, edged matthew potts behind. england believe. patrick gearey, bbc news. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. we're back with the late news at 10.10pm. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
hello. this is bbc news. tributes are pouring in for the long—time presenter of the bbc�*s look north programme, harry gration, who has died suddenly aged 71. harry gration was considered a huge figure in yorkshire, but was recognised nationally with his career spanning more than a0 years. he fronted many programmes,
including the saturday sports show, grandstand. the bbc�*s director—general tim davie said harry gration was "loved everywhere, but especially in yorkshire". harry gration also appeared on the bbc news channel on a segment called news nationwide presented by simon mccoy. here's a clip of one of his appeareances. we've been running this story all day. an opera sung in yorkshire. how is that going down there? well, it's going down great, lad. i mean, it's bound to, when you think about it, i don't know how you prepare, simon, for your broadcast for news 24 during the afternoon, but i listen to opera. it gets me in the right mood and it gets me sort of psyched up to do all that we should do when we've got guests in't studio, lad. it's what we do. oh, oh, my word. go on. so. so, what do you do? well, basically, ijust sing. i'm well known for singing. in fact, i've got a little ditty here that i'm going to give you, a little later on. but i think what's smashing
about this particular opera, it's written, of course, by the great ian mcmillan, barnsley lad, through and through. it's a south yorkshire opera and i think it's going to take off, it's going to take off big and i think that's something which we're rather proud of. this is my ditty, forgive the singing, but i'm going to do my best. # ey—up, welcome to look north # we've got the news and sport # throw in some weather, too # that's the cheapest we can do # as for news 24, they've got that good old boy # he's called simon mccoy! # he knows about royaljoy.# anyway... 0h! harry, i don't know what to say... earlier, i spoke to simon, who described how important regional news was to harry gration. just watching that just reminds you what a... what a huge character he was. and the great thing about harry... and afternoon live would not have happened without him because there was a lot of...
there was a lot of pushback at the time as to whether regional presenters had the time to do it. but once we had harry on board, i knew we might be able to make a thing with this because he was so respected nationally and locally, particularly in yorkshire. but there were several audiences who will remember harry, yorkshire, certainly the regional presenter there, he worked for kennedy, there, he worked for canada, he worked for itv there for a while, but he also worked in the south with sally taylor for bbc south. so there are lots of people who will have their own memories of harry. and i think this was his trick, because everybody feels as though they knew him really well. and wherever he went... and i was having lunch with him two weeks ago in london and people are still coming up to him and he would do whatever... he would do a selfie, he would do autographs. the audience was all that mattered to him and they loved him. and i've been in touch with his widow, today. and the response on twitter after his death has given huge solace to the family. and ijust wish harry
could see the response to his passing, because he's going to be hugely missed. and, simon, you clearly had such a wonderful relationship with him, and he was an advocate for local, regional news. he really... bang the drum for it, didn't he? oh, my word. and as did i. and do i. because regional news is vitally important to all of us. it's hugely important to the bbc. and harry epitomised what that was about. and it was about when you're at home in your... in your... in your home, wherever it is, you're your regional presenter your regional presenter is part of that. it is part of home. and when you're away from home, it's one of the things you miss. it makes you homesick, if you like. and harry was absolutely aware of that, and it was hugely important to him.
and it was sad his career at the bbc ended in the way it did. it's not what he wanted. he had much more he felt to give. and, in fact, he and i were were planning on a podcast because he still wanted to have that relationship with the audience. he missed it hugely. and, i mean, simon, he had such a huge career. but if you could sum up a legacy, what would you... what words would you use? oh, god — love. people loved harry gration. and that clip you just showed there, i mean, i'm sort of welling up just looking at it because you looked at him and he made you smile. he was the biggest professional in that, you know, he gave up holidays. if there was a big story, stories like the murder ofjo cox, which hit him very, very hard because he knewjo. he's very close to... was very close to kim leadbeater, her sister who is now the mp. he was part of the region and infiltrated all parts of it. obviously the world of sport, but politics, in fact, everything, you know, he was mr yorkshire was voted mr
yorkshire a few years ago. and i was watching look north last night wondering if they were going to break the story. and right at the end, amy garcia had the toughestjob i think any of us ever, ever would have in announcing the death of someone she'd sat next to and got very close to over many years. it's a really important relationship that, and i think harry really valued that. and when the bbc cut down its regional output in terms of going from double headed presentation to single, he realised that was a massive hit, a massive loss, and all praise to amy garcia. that's not an easy thing to do, when you've just lost someone who's not only close to the audience that you have, but close to you as a presenter. he will be very, very, very missed. and just finally, he wasn'tjust a news reader, like you keep saying. he was entrenched in this community. he raised so much money for the community, too.
oh, he did a three—legged walk with paul hudson. they raised hundreds of thousands of pounds. he did... he raised nearly £1,000,000 for many, many charities. harry gration was all about giving. he gave his life to his career, in many ways. he's got six children. he was just enjoying family life. and this is the real tragedy of losing him so early on. he had a young child who he was so thrilled to talk about over lunch, you know, and a family life that he was really enjoying. but, as i say, he still had so much to give. we were going to be... we were going to do a statler and waldorf sort of podcast, the two grumpy old men, and we realised it was perfect for us because that's exactly what we were and we just, we just had such fun and it was that sense of fun, i think, that really came over with harry. that was the former bbc presenter, simon mccoy speaking to me a little
earlier. time for a look at the weather with elizabeth rizzini. hello, there. a very blustery day today with scattered showers in the west, drier and brighter further east. and it's looking very similar tomorrow. in fact, those winds are likely to strengthen further. so, for sunday morning, then, we'll see some outbreaks of showery rain moving to western scotland. they'll be pushing eastwards. a wet start too for western wales. that weather front approach in the south west of england, some scattered showers here. also scattered showers, sunny spells for northern ireland, very windy for irish sea coasts. gusts of wind of up to a0 to 50 miles an hour. the best of the sunshine in the dry weather, again, for parts of east anglia, where we could see highs of 22 or 23 degrees celsius. it does remain windy on monday. still a brisk southerly wind blowing. the focus of those showers moves a little further east, but there'll still be some sunny spells. it's drier and brighterfor much of wales, western scotland and northern ireland, but clouding over towards the end of the day with another weather front approaching, temperatures ranging
by—election defeats. ukrainian authorities say russia has taken control of the city of severodonetsk after a week of fighting. norway cancelled this year's was look at my pride parade after a deadly shooting at a gay nightclub which is being treated as an act of islamist terrorism. thousands of members of the rmt union have been taking part in a one—day strike causing disruption to rail services across britain. now it's time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday. england take late wickets as the hunt for victory to complete a clean sweep.
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