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this is bbc news. the headlines at seven... there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer with more flights set to be cancelled in the coming weeks at heathrow, the uk's busiest airport. the conservative mp chris pincher, who is under investigation for allegedly groping two men, says he's seeking professional medical support and hopes to return to his duties as an mp as soon as possible. hundreds of people have gathered in east london at a vigil dedicated to zara aleena, who was killed as she walked home from a night out. two more britons captured by russian forces in ukraine have have been charged with being mercenaries, according to russian state media. more than a million people have gathered on the streets on london for pride as the lgbt+ community marks 50 years since the first march.
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and it's a day of drama at wimbledon as the women's world number one, iga swiatek, is knocked out, along with two more british hopefuls. good evening. there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer with more flights expected to be cancelled in the coming days, including at heathrow, britain's busiest airport. airlines look set to change their schedules as the busy school holiday period begins — british airways said it would help provide certainty to customers. our business reporter, noor nanji, has more. after big queues at airports
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this summer, warnings of more disruption, with a new wave of flight cancellations expected to be announced next week. we are now right in the midst of the peak summer travel season but we're still experiencing the problems of lack of manpower, not only for airlines but across airports, ground handlers and even, in some cases, border control staff, so the mix of high volumes and lack of people is causing tremendous dislocation at many airports. the government is allowing an amnesty on airport slot rules, which they say is part of their plan to tackle disruption ahead of the summer season. it means airlines are able to cancel flights without being penalised for not using their slot, but they must finalise their schedules by this friday. british airways services from heathrow are likely to bear the brunt of any cancellations. but ba said the relaxed rules would help them provide certainty to customers by making it easier to consolidate some quieter flights. ba is already facing the threat of summer strikes from cabin
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and ground crews over a pay dispute. today, there are already strikes by ryanair and easyjet cabin crew in spain, and some passengers have been stranded across europe. so what should you do if you're caught up in all of this? crucially, i know what my rights are if anything is cancelled and that is to get a replacement flight on the same day if there's anything available that will take me there at the airline's expense, and then furthermore hotel accommodation if need be and compensation if it's the airline's fault, which, if it's technical issues or staff shortage, it generally is. but for one passenger who's stuck in geneva after having his flight to bristol cancelled for three days in a row, it's tough. i don't have any available funds to pay for anything. _ easyjet have said they'll. refund me any expenses, but i can't pay for anything at the minute. _
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after two years of covid rules, the travel industry and passengers were hoping for a return to normality, but for now those fears of delays and cancellations are not going away. noor nanji, bbc news. paul charles is a travel industry consultant with the pc agency. he says this year's passengers will face a disappointing summer over the next eight weeks. i'm afraid this is going to be a summer of stress after two years where many of us have been unable to travel due to covid lockdowns, notjust in the uk but in many parts of the world. what you're going to see over the next few days are thousands of flight cancellations by british airways and others because they have a window in which they can effectively hand back the slots that they use for taking off and landing at airports like heathrow. and with this window, it means there's no penalty for them. they also want to give consumers more than 1a days' notice of any cancellation because, if they give more
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than two weeks' notice, it means they won't have to pay compensation to those of us who find flights cancelled. so the next few days are going to be very, very tricky indeed. the planes are, of course, available, but there aren't enough people around who can get the baggage onto or off a plane or help with security processing. every part of the airport infrastructure is a pinch point at the moment, and that's why airports like heathrow and gatwick are asking airlines to cap the number of flights they're flying each day. so on top of the government's slot rule being changed in this window until friday for airlines to hand back their slots, plus the airport's asking for caps, then you're seeing a lot of flights cancelled over the next few days. it's going to be a very stressful period for all of us who've got flights booked. the last thing you want is that email coming through from the airline cancelling the flight. of course it's worth bearing mind, over 90% of flights will still be operating as normal. but for those of us on the other
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5—10% that are cancelled over the next eight weeks, it's going to be a pretty grim time. the former conservative deputy chief whip, chris pincher, who stepped down when sexual misconduct claims were made against him, has said he's now seeking professional medical support. he was suspended from the tory party following allegations he groped two men at a private members' club in london on wednesday. mr pincher said he hoped to return to his duties as mp for tamworth in staffordshire as quickly as possible. our political correspondent, helen catt, has more. in chris pincher�*s constituency of tamworth in staffordshire this morning, it was all quiet. mr pincher himself has not spoken publicly since he resigned as the deputy chief whip on thursday night after being accused of groping two men at the private carlton club in london. he said in his resignation letter that he had "drunk far too much" and embarrassed himself. he remains the mp for tamworth. some constituents told us they were unhappy at his behaviour. very disappointed in him because we've always voted tory and we always will. and i love boris.
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and it's a shame he has to take the flak for all of it. it's not right, is it? it's wrong. he's there to look after the people in tamworth, and he does things like this. he is meant to be representing the town and that is not - representation that you really want. i think it's disgraceful and it is now time he left. a formal complaint has now been made to parliament's independent complaints and grievance scheme, which investigates allegations of sexual misconduct. the prime minister and the chief whip agreed to suspend mr pincher from sitting as a conservative while an investigation is carried out. there's been criticism from opposition parties and some conservative mps about the length of time it took to come around to a decision that many had felt was pretty inevitable. labour said it showed the prime minister had had to be dragged kicking and screaming to suspending chris pincher, who has been one of his key allies. number 10 insisted that it had acted swiftly as soon as a formal
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complaint had been made. it's the parliamentary watchdog who will examine the facts of the allegations, but it has raised lots more political questions for number 10. helen catt, bbc news, westminster. joining me now is our political correspondent, damian grammaticas. more allegations emerging this evening, i understand?- more allegations emerging this evening, i understand? these are the sunday papers. _ evening, i understand? these are the sunday papers. out — evening, i understand? these are the sunday papers, out in _ evening, i understand? these are the sunday papers, out in the _ evening, i understand? these are the sunday papers, out in the morning. i sunday papers, out in the morning. they are now saying they have no allegations, these are allegations made about chris pincher and his behaviour, the mail on sunday in the sunday times in particular, including things like, the mail says they have spoken to someone who claims that a decade ago when they were 2a they were subject to unwanted advances from mr pincher, another claim that a tory staffer said they tried to prevent lecherous advances to a young man at a tory conference, and mr pensioner threatened to report that staffer to
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a boss, another claim that mr boris johnson was made a rare two months ago that claims mr pincher had made unwanted advances to a tory mp and when rebuffed had gone to their mp�*s rife with allegations of a sexual nature about that mp, so all of these are now being reported by the sunday papers. these are now being reported by the sunday papara— sunday papers. have we heard an hinu sunday papers. have we heard anything more _ sunday papers. have we heard anything more from _ sunday papers. have we heard anything more from chris - sunday papers. have we heard i anything more from chris pincher himself? i anything more from chris pincher himself? , ., ., himself? i try to contact him and ut these himself? i try to contact him and put these to _ himself? i try to contact him and put these to him, _ himself? i try to contact him and put these to him, he _ himself? i try to contact him and put these to him, he has - himself? i try to contact him and put these to him, he has not - himself? i try to contact him and l put these to him, he has not come back to me on that, but we know that he has told the newspaper is that he denies all of these allegations. we heard earlier from denies all of these allegations. we heard earlierfrom him in a statement in which he said he was not thinking of resigning as an mp, he was seeking professional medical help and wanted to return to his constituency mp role as soon as possible and would cooperate with the parliamentary inquiry under way. and is the pm likely to face more questions about how he has dealt with all of this?—
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with all of this? absolutely, very much so. that _ with all of this? absolutely, very much so. that last _ with all of this? absolutely, very much so. that last allegation - with all of this? absolutely, very much so. that last allegation i l with all of this? absolutely, very l much so. that last allegation i was talking about, that he was made aware two months ago, puts mr johnson's rolled back into the spotlight. also his role in appointing chris pincher to be the deputy chief whip, the position in charge of both getting the mps in line to vote with the party and also in charge of mps' welfare so it's an important and powerful role, particularly for people wanting to raise questions themselves about treatment they may have experienced or seen, so questions about what did mrjohnson know when he appointed mr pincher earlier this year? dominic cummings, who has fallen out with mr johnson, has been tweeting today, claiming that mrjohnson had repeatedly referred to mr pincher as pincher by name, picture by nature long before appointing him. downing street yesterday said boris johnson
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was not aware of any specific allegations about mr pincher that would prevent him adopting that role that was given for him.— that was given for him. thank you very much- _ and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are the broadcaster and pyschotherapist lucy beresford and joe twyman, director of the polling organisation deltapoll. two more britons captured by russian forces in ukraine have been charged with being mercenaries, according to russian state media. dylan healy, a chef who was volunteering as an aid worker, had been captured at a checkpoint in april. on the same day, russia released a video of andrew hill in military uniform, saying he had surrendered. it comes after two other british men, shaun pinner and aiden aslin, were sentenced to death last month. joe inwood reports. andrew hill travelled to ukraine to help fight the russian invasion. dylan healy went there
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to help evacuate civilians. both men now face being tried as mercenaries in an unrecognised separatist court. they would not be the first to appear there. last month, aiden aslin, shaun pinner and a moroccan man, brahim saadoun, were all sentenced to death by the so—called donetsk people's republic. according to dominic byrne, who is working on their cases, it is no coincidence most of them are british. this really shows that the russians are pulling more and more pressure on the british government than other governments and using the british prisoners as more of a political tool and negotiation tool more than others. and we believe that's the case because the british government have really seemed to rattle the russians within ukraine. rattled or not, on the battlefields of the east, russia is very much on the advance. they are said to be taking ground in the last part
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of the luhansk region held by the ukrainians. russia is moving to encircle the city. if they do, they will cut off some of ukraine's most experienced soldiers. but it's notjust the eastern donbas region that has felt the effects of russia's invasion. the last fortnight have seen attacks right across ukraine. here in the capital, kyiv, at a shopping centre in the town of kremenyuk and, most recently, in the resort of serhiyivka. 21 people are now known to have died when three russian missiles struck the popular holiday destination. roman tried to help. everyone who was inside at the moment, they all died. my neighbour was a very good person. it's a great pity. she simply died in my arms. it's really scary. i don't know how to put it into words. the attack came just a few hours after russia was driven from the strategically important snake island under massive ukrainian bombardment. russia claimed it left as a gesture of goodwill, but last night returned to bomb
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the equipment it had been forced to leave behind. joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv. hundreds of people took part earlier today in a silent vigilfor zara aleena, who was murdered in east london while walking home. the 35—year—old was minutes from her front door when she was attacked in ilford last week. 29—year—old jordan mcsweeney has been charged with her murder. ayshea buks has been in ilford for us throughout the day. it has been an extraordinary day here, obviously very emotional for the family, but they wanted to invite people here to gants hill in east london and, in theirwords, to walk zara home. hundreds of people joined them in doing that. they walked through the streets of gants hill to the point where we are now and, as you can see, there are women and men and also very young children. i spoke to one mother who said she wanted to bring herfour sons because she wanted them to be educated and to remember that it is not acceptable to ignore the issue of violence against women
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and girls and also to show respect for women. there are also here local politicians and national leaders who have come to show their respects. the family have said that zara was a brave and fearless, independent young woman. she was 35 years old, she had just secured a job at the royal courts ofjustice and was an aspiring lawyer. one of her friends told me that she would have been fully in favour of what has happened here today, that people are walking to demonstrate their demand for change and for solutions of this very, very pertinent and important issue, in their words. yesterday, jordan mcsweeney, 29—year—old from dagenham in east london, appeared in court. he is charged with zara's murder, burglary and attempted rape. the family have said they do not want zara's life to be
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defined by her death. and you can see that here, with the solidarity of so many other women's groups, million women rise, end violence against women, for example, they have said they want zara to be remembered as the brave and independent woman that she was. the headlines on bbc news... there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer with more flights set to be cancelled in the coming weeks at heathrow, the uk's busiest airport. the conservative mp chris pincher, who is under investigation for allegedly groping two men, says he's seeking professional medical support and hopes to return to his duties as an mp as soon as possible. hundreds of people have gathered in east london at a vigil dedicated to zara aleena, who was killed as she walked home from a night out. religious leaders and tribal elders, who've been holding a three—day meeting in the afghan capital,
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kabul, have called on the international community to recognise the taliban rulers and lift all sanctions. around 3,000 clerics attended the men—only conference, which was organised by the islamist group. anbarasan ethirajan, our south asia editor, gave us this update earlier. the taliban had invited thousands of religious scholars, as well as the tribal elders from around the country for this meeting. they had been preparing for this for weeks now, and at the end of the meeting they passed several resolutions to meet in court over a short while ago. one of the key demands of the resolution was, you know, asking the international community to recognise the taliban rule. and also they warned the people of afghanistan itself, saying any armed opposition to the taliban rule would be considered to be a rebellion. and they also asked donor nations
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to unfreeze, to release funds of afghanistan frozen after the afghan taliban that took over last august. these were some of the key demands. at the same time, these clerics also, you know, they owe their allegiance to the taliban leader. he made a very rare public appearance. he usually lives in kandahar city. so the taliban said he came to the meeting, he addressed the religious clerics, and these clerics are there from different parts of the country. you know, taliban is divided into various tribal divisions. so their loyalty is very, very important for the taliban if they want to continue that rule because, you know, they are divided into ethnic divisions. so they wanted the loyalty of these clerics as well. and that is what taliban achieved in this three day meeting. fresh rain has been hampering rescue attempts following a landslide in manipur, india. officials in the area have said that
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2a people working on a railway construction site have been killed with 38 still missing. here is the bbc�*s reporter, salman ravi, with more. this is the third day of rescue operations being carried out by the national disaster response force and the indian military to retrieve people believed to have been trapped underneath the debris of a massive landslide caused by heavy rains, heavy downpour in the area. this is in a district of manipur. and fresh landslides have been reported today. the rescue operations have suffered a major setback because of heavy rains and fresh landslides that you can see behind me. it's all dark clouds over there and the place of occurrence, the site is just behind this hill, and it's been raining very heavily over there. these people who are believed to have been trapped the number exceeds 50. so far, 20 bodies have been recovered. 17 people are said to be injured
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and who have been admitted to different hospitals in the region and even in the state capital. the major reason is that the chief minister of manipur, talking to the bbc, he said that most of the hills in this area are very weak because of soft soil, and that is the reason that rains have caused havoc in the area. this is for the first time in the history of the state that this accident of such a magnitude has taken place. authorities are exerting maximum caution because the met department has issued fresh alert of very heavy rainfall in the next 2a to 36 hours. and that is the reason that most of the areas have been cordoned off. civilians have been asked not to enter the national highway 37 because of landslides, which is a continuing process since the last three days. salman ravi, bbc news, manipur. president biden has promised the federal government will act to protect women's rights if us
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states seek to prevent them travelling to get an abortion. speaking at a virtual meeting with democratic state governors, mr biden said he believed some states would attempt to arrest women who crossed state lines for abortion access. he went on to say that only democratic victories in the mid—term elections would give congress the power to restore federal abortion rights. i think people are going to be shocked when the first state, the first state that tries to arrest a woman for crossing a state line to get health services. and i don't think people believe that's going to happen. but it's going to happen and it's going to telegraph to the whole country that this is, this is a gigantic deal that goes beyond, i mean, it affects all your basic rights. if extremist governors try to block a woman from traveling from her state that prohibits herfrom seeking medical
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help she needs to a state that provides that care, the federal government will act to protect her bedrock rights through the attorney general�*s office. hundreds of thousands of people are marching through london today for the city's first pride parade since 2019 because of the pandemic. it's also the 50th anniversary of london's first pride event, which was back in 1972. 0ur lgbt and identity correspondent, lauren moss, reports. it's loud, it's proud and it's back... ..where it all began. the pride march has taken to the streets once again, with thousands of people walking under the rainbow flag. generations came together, including 17—year—old erin and her mum, vicky, who have travelled from leicestershire. i came out this year to my mum as bi. i've always wanted to come to one of these festivals. when i discovered we'd be down here anyway for the guns n roses concert yesterday, i asked if we could go, and my
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mum was so for it. i'm so proud of erin, i really am. to see everybody today, it's the most amazing experience. and for others, it'a a homecoming. jamieson came to his first pride 46 years ago. it's wonderful now to see - the progression of what it was, and what we have become. it's thought around 30,000 people took part in the parade today, passing some of the route the original march took in 1972. it's one of the most colourful celebrations in the country. but pride is still a protest at its heart. we're celebrating the progress made over the last 50 years but also continue to campaign. the party will go on into the night. pride celebrations will continue around the uk for the next several weeks. lauren moss, bbc news. there's been a huge rise in the number of people checking bowel cancer symptoms on the nhs website following the death of dame deborah james.
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visits to the website increased from 2,000 on tuesday to 23,000 on wednesday. dame deborah had been living with the illness since 2016 and worked tirelessly to raise awareness of its symptoms and reduce the embarrassment of discussing them. graham satchell reports. dame deborahjames dressed up as a poo to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer. in posts on social media, she took people through the common signs. again and again, she urged anyone who had worries never to be embarrassed and to see their gp. dame deborah died on tuesday. her tireless campaigning has had a remarkable impact. this morning, nhs england has revealed a tenfold increase in traffic to their webpages about bowel cancer, up from an average of 2,000 a day to more than 23,000 on wednesday, the day after dame deborah died. deborah did the unthinkable in getting people to talk about bowel cancer and encouraging people not to be embarrassed or prudish. so deborah wasjust
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an extraordinary spirit, full of courage and determination, to raise awareness about the importance of early detection because, generally, if you detect cancer early, the chances of cure are much greater. in a statement, the health secretary for england, sajid javid, said... deb is sat next to me in a poo costume. are you going to wear that for the whole podcast? well, the problem is, because it's designed for a six—year—old, - i can't really breathe in it. deborah's last words, posted on instagram, were, "check your poo, it mightjust save your life." today's figures show the impact her words are already having and the countless lives that will be saved as a result. graham satchell, bbc news. the un's cultural arm, unesco,
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has added the cooking of ukraine's version of borscht to its list of endangered traditions, describing the beetroot—based soup as part of the fabric of ukrainian heritage. the decision was fast—tracked following the russian invasion of the country. the kremlin has reacted angrily to the move, as danny aeberhard reports. the real battle is being fought with bombs and bullets. but there's also a minor skirmish over borscht. on twitter, ukraine's minister of culture declared victory in what he called the borsch war. his sentiments were echoed by this diner at a restaurant in kyiv. they have always been saying that borscht is their national dish. that's why i think that recognition which was made in france is our victory. this richly coloured, beetroot based soup, normally topped with sour cream, has prompted some tart exchanges between ukraine and russia.
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it's central to the cuisines of both nations but has become embroiled in a wider struggle for identity. 0ne famous ukrainian chef told the bbc it was to ukrainians what pizza and pasta are to italians, a feeling only accentuated by the war. in the war time, it started to be not only our main to be not only our main dishes but some part of our souls and everyone. every refugee who now is coming to my bistro, i'm giving them borscht because i want them to feel like in a safe. they feel like at home. the taste of borscht is a taste of the family. the unesco decision got a mixed response from these residents of moscow. certainly it's part of the legacy of both russia and ukraine. | but i think it's an explicit symbolj
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of ukraine, especially the version of the savoury bun and garlic. i think unesco took the right decision because ukrainian borscht with a pompous savoury bun and lard is a brand. but i also make borscht. and it turns out. well, i've got to admit. borscht has no nationality. just like bread, potatoes, cabbage. is it national? what nationality can it have? but the row has prompted sharper comments from the authorities in moscow. the spokeswoman for russia's ministry of foreign affairs, maria zakharova, accused ukraine of nationalism, saying borsch originated as a dish of russian inhabitants of kyiv. so it is that a humble beetroot soup, traditionally a symbol of hospitality, has become a further stain on relations. danny aeberhard, bbc news.
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new york gears up to host one of its most famous annual spectacles. the coney island hot dog eating contest is the jewel in the crown of the city's 11th july festivities. the rules are pretty simple — contenders gather to try to eat as many hotdogs and buns as they can manage in ten minutes. this was the scene at the official pre—event weigh—in, where the 14—time champion, joey chestnut, pledged to eat like a madman to beat his personal best. last year, he broke his own world record, polishing off an unbelievable 76 hotdogs. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. it's been another day of sunny spells and big shower clouds delivering some drenching downpours. through the evening, some rain to clear from the southeast of england, we'll see further showers overnight around some western coastal fringes, most especially for northern ireland, parts of north west, england,
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northern and western parts of scotland, where the breeze will be strengthening. temperatures overnight between nine and 12 degrees. tomorrow is another sunshine and showers day, but there shouldn't be quite as many showers as we've seen over the last couple of days. quite a few drifting across scotland, where it will be breezy. some quite heavy showers for central and eastern parts of england, perhaps with the odd flash of lightning, the odd rumble of thunder. but by the afternoon, northern ireland shouldn't have too many showers. neither should wales nor the south—west of england. temperatures around 16 to 22 degrees in most places. now, as we look further ahead, it is going to turn drier for most of us, particularly in the south, where it's going to warm up as well. temperatures could approach the high 20 celsius, always a little cooler with a little rain at times in the north. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer, with more flights set to be cancelled in the coming weeks at heathrow, the uk's busiest airport.
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