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keeping scotland. higher pressure is keeping it dry and sunny and giving all that heat but that cloud in the north west is pushing down on that weather front so very weak. it is not really going to bring much rain to speak of but it will push it southwards and squeeze the heat towards the south—east so cooler, fresher air trying to come in from the north—west on tuesday but towards the south and south—east it is still hot with temperatures of 33. so it is heating up through this weekend. at the peak of the heat, likely to be on monday and tuesday but still going to be very warm if not hot for large parts of england and wales. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8:00pm: newly—appointed chancellor nadhim zahawi and transport secretary grant shapps announce they'll be standing for the conservative party leadership. but one man who isn't standing is the defence secretary ben wallace. he had been one of the bookies�* favourites to succeed borisjohnson before he ruled himself out. the president of sri lanka announces
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he'll step down on the 13th ofjuly, after protestors storm his official residence and set the prime minister's home on fire. it's over the handling of the country's economic crisis. the body of japan's assassinated former prime minister is brought home. police admit security flaws over his shooting. health warnings are issued as southern and eastern areas of the uk prepare for a heatwave that could bring record—breaking temperatures over the next week. sporting history at wimbledon. elena rybakina takes the women's singles title to become kazakhstan�*s first ever grand slam winner. i never felt something like this and ijust want to say a big thanks to the crowd for the support, it was unbelievable all these two weeks. cheering
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two more cabinet ministers have, this evening, joined the race to become the next leader of the conservative party and succeed borisjohnson as prime minister: transport secretary, grant shapps, and newly—appointed chancellor, nadhim zahawi. theyjoin four other mps who have also declared: former chancellor, rishi sunak, the attorney general suella braverman, the former equalities minister kemi badenoch, and the chairman of the foreign affairs committee tom tugendhat. however, one man who won't be running is the defence secretary, ben wallace. earlier today, he ruled himself out of the race — saying his focus was on keeping the country safe. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. who is the best shot, so far? at the forefront of britain's
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response to the war in ukraine, ben wallace was seen as a strong contender for prime minister. the defence secretary is popular with conservative members but he's taken what he said was a difficult decision and wished the candidates good luck. the frontrunner for now is rishi sunak. the former chancellor says he'd gripped the moment and be honest about the challenges ahead. he has supporters and detractors. he's got the experience, he's got the ability, he's got the vision and i think at this moment in time we need to move to someone who's going to walk into number ten and take over the reins of the country, they need that level of experience and ability. unfortunately, because rishi sunak�*s record is saying he wants low taxes and then putting them up, he's now got to double down on that record in his campaign. another grassroots tory favourite, the foreign secretary liz truss. she is expected to enter the race and already sending signals about cutting taxes. do you think you'll make a good prime minister? i
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good evening. in the mix too the senior backbencher tom tugendhat, talking up his time in the military. i've spent 15 years serving our country in uniform. i've spent six, seven years now serving our community in parliament and i'd like the chance to serve again because i think this country matters. at the centre of the storm around borisjohnson in recent days, nadhim zahawi. chancellor since tuesday, confirmed tonight as a contender for the top job. among others expected tojoin the race, former health secretary sajid javid, whose resignation triggered borisjohnson�*s final demise and jeremy hunt, who came second in the last contest back in 2019. grant shapps, the transport secretary, the attorney general suella braverman and kemi badenoch, the former equalities minister, completing the line—up of confirmed contenders. expect to see and hear a lot more of all of them. jonathan blake, bbc news. i spoke tojonathan a little earlier
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about who else could be expected to throw their hat into the ring next. i think we will seejeremy hunt, the former health secretary, sajid javid is also expected to throw his hat in the ring, as is the foreign secretary, liz truss, who is leaving your home, but saying nothing other than a polite good evening to those waiting. she is already sending signals about cutting taxes, frankly, as they all are, at this point. all the potential candidates have to make as broad a pitch as possible to secure as much support at this point in the race. well, also, setting themselves apart from the others, and that is the hard bit. ~ ., the others, and that is the hard bit. ~ . , , ., ., . the others, and that is the hard bit. . , ., . , bit. what is the plan, how much is known about _ bit. what is the plan, how much is known about the _ bit. what is the plan, how much is known about the potential - bit. what is the plan, how much is -
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known about the potential timetable? the timetable is not yet set, the 1922 committee will meet on monday and they will decide the rules of this contest. we can expect it, broadly, to follow the same pattern as last time round. firstly it will be mps voting in several rounds to whittle the number of candidates down to two, and those members will be put to the conservative party as a whole, who will elect their new leader, and with that, give the united kingdom a new prime minister. many want this done as soon as possible, we are promised are swift process, but with this number of candidates to begin with, it is clearly going to take a little bit of time to get it down to the final two, and choose a new prime minister. the newly appointed education minister, andrea jenkyns, has admitted she should have shown more composure — after she made a rude gesture to a crowd gathered
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outside downing street. she raised her middle finger to the crowd on her way to watch borisjohnson�*s resignation speech on thursday. she said she had endured a huge amount of abuse over years from some people and had confronted what she called a "baying mob". the ongoing economic crisis in sri lanka has erupted today — with thousands of people storming the residence of the president in the capital colombo — and setting fire to the home of the prime minister. after months of protests, huge crowds, enraged by the authorities�* handling of sri lanka's worst crisis in decades, overwhelmed the security forces. the prime minister has agreed to resign — and reports say the president will step down next week. sri lanka is suffering rampant inflation and is struggling to import food, fuel and medicine. caroline hawley reports. the barricades were meant to keep the protesters back, but they were no barrier for the furious and desperate crowd, all suffering the effects of living in a nation in economic collapse. police used water cannon and fired shots in the air,
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but the crowds were more determined. and they kept surging forward until eventually they converged on the presidential palace and took over the home and office of the man they want to force from power. he had already escaped. in extraordinary scenes on a tumultuous day for sri lanka, the protesters then cooled off in the president's pool after all the privations in this country's crisis, clearly relishing this moment. you could just make out a four—poster bed as the crowds enjoyed the inside of his home as well, and his bathroom. this was president gotabaya rajapaksa in 2020, campaigning during parliamentary elections. his family are accused by many of corruption and catastrophic economic mismanagement. there have been shortages of fuel, as well as food and medicines, after the government earlier this year ran out of foreign currency. schools are closed, hospitals struggling. protests have been going on for weeks, but today marks a dramatic escalation.
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"we must chase them out," this man says. "i spend one day a week working and five days standing in queues." "leave the country," this driver pleads, "you can't govern this country properly. " as the protest continues, sri lankans don't know now where the president even is, though one report says he has been protected by the island country's navy. it has been announced he will step down by wednesday. and this is said to be the prime minister's private residence. it was set on fire even though he had earlier offered to resign. sri lanka is in an unprecedented crisis. caroline hawley, bbc news. earlier we heard from, kalani kumarasinghe, the features editor at sri lanka's daily mirror who is in colombo — she told my colleague chris rogers how the country found itself in such tumult. over the last few hours, things escalated, we sawjournalists being attacked by military
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personell on live news, that really got to the crowds, which led the mobs to breach the prime minister's private residence, set on fire and after all of these, a little while ago received news that the president has informed the speaker that he is willing to step down next week. this has been received with all sorts of reactions. mostly the public seem to be happy, but also posing the question what it means for us as a country, politically, because there is absolutely no political consensus in the capital right now and we have to wait and see what unfolds over the next few days. i will try to explain what life was like over the past six months alone, it has meant everything we live off,
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essentials, were in short supply. food, medicine, we are also dealing with hyperinflation. people are finding meals unaffordable at the moment. people are foregoing meals, there are reports that children and expectant mothers have foregone meals. it means poor nutrition for kids. doctors and patients cannot get to hospitals. just this last couple of weeks, people in the private—sector and state sector were all unable to come into work because there was not a drop of fuel to be found. this is what life has been like for people from all walks of life. it has been suffering and endless pain. this is what we have been living through and today was the day that a lot of organisers, civic protest organisers as well as political parties, urged crowds to come and people made long journeys by foot,
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travelling miles to reach the epicentre of the protest and it was very peaceful in the morning and then at some point, they basically stormed inside the presidential secretariat and although you have seen moments ofjoy, it is after months and months of pain. i cannot say for certain the economic crisis can be overcome but i'm certain there will be some political agreement that we need to get over this. we need to find solutions, and that is what we will hope to see over the coming days and weeks. prime minister wickremesinghe says he is only willing to step down once there is an interim government with a majority formed, so there is that as well so we all have to wait and see what happens over the
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next couple of days. police injapan have admitted there were flaws in the security provided to the former prime minister, shinzo abe, who was shot and killed yesterday at a political rally. a 41—year—old man, armed with a home—made weapon, said he carried out the attack. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes sent this report — which contains some flashing images. the site where shinzo abe was gunned down on friday has now become a place of pilgrimage. many hundreds lined up this morning to lay flowers and pay their respects. it's an old cliche that japanese people don't show public emotion. not today. at lunchtime the hearse carrying mr abe's body arrived at his home in tokyo. here, too, the emotion was palpable. as a stream of friends and dignitaries came to pay their respects. 0utside, we met a close friend of mr abe's,
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and right—wing political ally. ifeel very, very... very, very sad. and the sense of loss is so great that i do not know how to overcome. it has been striking to see the continuing outpouring of grief and anger today, notjust here but from around the world. it's hard to think of another japanese politician whose death would have inspired days of national mourning in places as far away as india and brazil. there are now serious questions being asked about what happened yesterday in nara, not the least of which is the performance of mr abe's bodyguard team. this video shows how the gunmen was able to approach mr abe from behind. completely unchallenged. the team of bodyguards are all looking the other way. the first shot missed mr abe.
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but the gunman has time to fire a second shot. a nervous—looking nara police chief this afternoon admitted something had gone badly wrong. "it is undeniable that there was a security problem that caused a serious result," he says. "0ur security measures must be immediately reviewed." that is an understatement. police today recovered a stash of home—made weapons from the suspect�*s home. but this is a country where there was just one gun fatality in the whole of last year. little wonder that on friday, the police were taken by surprise. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. the headlines on bbc news... newly—appointed chancellor nadhim zahawi and transport secretary grant shapps announce they'll be standing for the conservative party leadership.
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the president of sri lanka announces he'll step down on the 13th ofjuly after protestors storm his official residence and set the prime minister's home on fire — it's over the handling of the country's economic crisis. the body of japan's assassinated former prime minister is brought home. police admit security flaws over his shooting. at wimbledon, elena rybakina has become the first player from kazakhstan to win a grand slam title. she dropped the first set, but then went on to triumph on centre court, beating 0ns jabeur of tunisia. rybakina was born in moscow, but switched allegiance to kazakhstan in 2018. 0ur sports correspondent joe wilson reports. in this famous corner of london it was kazakhstan versus tunisia. a brand—new combination for a wimbledon final and a clash seemingly of styles.
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0ns jabeur is a conjurer of shots. who, from there, could do this? gasps from crowd commentator: what a shot. well, only her. her opponent, elena rybakina, her stature and power but her touch initially was unreliable. jabeur took the first set 6—3, but even in a 3—set match there is time to get better, to speed up. commentator: she is getting to them and she is putting them away. - into the deciding set, rybakina retained her power but now she had the movement, the finesse. how could jabeur deal with that? well, she needed an answer urgently. she could not find one. third set, 6—2. the moment of victory seemed almost routine. of course, it was years in the making. rybakina is from moscow. she has represented kazakhstan since 2018, but in the year that russian players were barred from she is a champion some
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in russia claim as theirs. rybakina cannot control perceptions, only her achievements. and she was outstanding through this fortnight. i want to say thank you for the royal box. i mean, i am playing first time and it is an honour to be here to play in front of you. thank you so much and it isjust an unbelievable atmosphere. thank you. applause this victory for elena rybakina reallyjust reinforces how open, how fluid women's tennis seems at the moment. the last six women's champions here at wimbledon, all different names, all different nationalities. well, here is argentina and japan, fernandez and kunieda, finally defeating britain's hewett and reid, after their ten consecutive wheelchair doubles grand slam titles. worth the wait. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. chetan pathak followed the match for us from sw19. here, where wimbledon banned russian and belarusian players
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following the invasion of ukraine, it is still a player born in moscow who has won the women's singles title, elena rybakina is not a name we were talking about as a contender at these championships before the start of this tournament. and yet, she walks off with the venus rosewater dish. she started nervously against 0ns jabeur, the world number two and third seed, who, back in her homeland of tunisia is called the minister of happiness. her rise through the game across the last 18 months has been extraordinary. she was the favourite going into this final, 0ns jabeur. she talked about how desperate she was to win this title for the people back home on the first day of eid. she gave herself the best possible start by winning the first set. but then, nerves and fatigue started to set in. and rybakina found her powerful serve, herall—round poweragain, to get herself over the line. rybakina, at 23, makes history, the first kazakhstan player to win a grand slam singles title.
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and she gave a muted response when she won at the end, something we have got used to seeing from her. she often talks about her pokerface, but even she couldn't hide her smile as she lifted that venus rosewater dish. wimbledeon has often given as unexpected winners especially in the women's draw. but with her all—round game, rybakina is someone we should expect to see here time and again. twitter and elon musk are in an extraordinary standoff over his more than $40 billion deal to buy the social media company. the world's richest man wants to pull out of the deal, claiming he's not received the data he asked for about the number of fake or spam accounts on the platform. but twitter�*s board says it will sue mr musk to enforce the deal. here's james clayton. in april, elon musk seemed excited. he'd had a $41; billion bid for twitter accepted.
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yes! he exclaimed, predictably on twitter. but a lot has happened since then. elon musk has had a very public spat with twitter�*s chief executive, parag agrawal. twitter does have a problem with fake accounts, sometimes known as bots. what elon musk wanted to know was how many users, actual people, does twitter have. in a filing to the market regulator, he claimed the responses he had received from twitter weren't adequate. that twitter was in breach of contract and that he was pulling out of the deal. but twitter�*s board hit back, saying mr musk couldn't pull out of the deal and that they expected the sale to go through at the price agreed. i imagine there's some very dramatic talks happening as we speak but unless something comes to fruition over the weekend, they come to some kind of terms on maybe a renegotiated price for this deal, i would imagine a lawsuit is either being drafted currently and being filed or will be filed on monday. there has been speculation that mr musk has an ulterior motive here. with the economy looking worse
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than it was, the deal was looking increasingly like a bad one for the world's richest man. whether mr musk now has to buy twitter will be decided in the us court with some very expensive lawyers, which, fortunately for him, elon musk can very much afford. james clayton, bbc news, san francisco. ukraine has urged its allies to send more weapons to slow russia's military advance through the eastern donbas region. officials have reported towns and villages being shelled ahead of an expected push for more territory. one way other countries are helping ukraine is by training recruits. in the uk, a special programme has begun that offers both military and survival skills. the ministry of defence says it aims to prepare up to 10,000 ukrainians for the conflict against russia. simonjones reports. replace the tmh at the front and make sure the pins... just days ago, these recruits from ukraine had never before picked up a weapon. plumbers, electricians,
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office workers, now being put through their paces in the north—west of england by british soldiers. the training will teach weapons handling, first—aid, battlefield tactics under the law of armed conflict. it is serious training, because it is an important part of our upcoming life and the more skills we own here, the better we will be prepared, and i do feel a high level of responsibility, in front of my people and my family and all my relatives, simply because i am here to be prepared to defend them. the plan is to train 10,000 ukrainians in 120 days, at mod sites across the uk. the british government says it is part of a package of military age totalling more than £2 billion. many of the british soldiers passing on their skills have
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previously had tours of duty in ukraine themselves. i really feel like we're making a difference, they came to us essentially, civilians. now three days into a training programme they have started acting like soldiers, thinking like soldiers, they have started speaking to us like soldiers. borisjohnson and ukrainian president have enjoyed a close relationship. but given the recent political turmoil in the uk, the government has this message for president zelensky. britain is full square behind them. the assistance we give is not just one person, not me, - not the prime minister, it is the whole effort. . we have the british army up here| today, up in the north of england, training ukrainians on what it needs to d0~ _ this next generation are being issued with body armour and first—aid kits to take back with them, trying to prepare the troops for life on the front line. simon jones, bbc news. a heat—health alert has been issued for parts of the uk as temperatures are predicted to hit 30 degrees celsius — higher than in los angeles, marbella and santorini. parents are advised to limit their children's sun exposure. wales is expecting a prolonged
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period of hot weather over the weekend and into next week. earlier i spoke to president of the royal meteorological society professor david griggs — who told me that it's all about climate change. he told me average temperatures are changing every year, we are certainly expecting some hot weather countrywide over the next few days with the possible exception of northern scotland. i don't think we are seeing exceptional temperatures, i don't think we will see many records broken but we will certainly see temperatures that are breaking the threshold for a heatwave. we define a heatwave as temperatures over a certain threshold above the average. that changes depending on where you are in the country. here in devon where i am, that threshold is 25. three consecutive days with a maximum temperature over 25 is defined as a heatwave. in london, three days over 28 degrees is defined as a heatwave.
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we would expect to see was threshold spoken of the next few days. what had been the patterns over recent years and looking further back? because a heatwave is defined as a threshold above the average, the problem is, the average is changing because of human—induced climate change. we are seeing more hot temperatures, more hot extremes, but what we have to do is, if we did not change the average, and we still had the average from 100 years ago, we would have record—breaking heat waves all the time. every 30 years we change the average. last time we had the average of 1961—90, we have updated that to 1990—2020. a lot of the counties around the country have actually had to increase the threshold at which they define a heatwave. we are not getting more heat waves but that is because we are making the... sliding scale...
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..higher every time because of human induced climate change. what were the levels for heat waves in those previous 30 year segments? some of them have not changed very much and some have changed by1 degree, from 27—28 for example, depending on which county you are in how much it has changed. certainly over the time of the last 100 years or so we have seen warming of1.5, 2.5 degrees and as we move into the future with human induced climate change that will continue so we'll have to continue to change our thresholds and we are going to expect to see more periods of extended warm weather and more hot extremes. it sort of feels strange sometimes as well in that it has felt like it has not been very summer—like weather up until this point and yet we will have some, in march, ridiculously high temperatures as well.
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what's going on with the seasons? that is uk weather for you. has it always been that way and every year feels a surprise? yes, what, yes, we have always had a highly variable climate here in the uk, we have always had extremes of heat and cold in every month. 0bviously what we are now seeing because of climate change we are seeing many more hot extremes and many fewer cold extremes. the record for march might be broken with a hot extreme, it's much less likely to be broken with a cold extreme. this year it has actually been reasonably sunny but quite cool and windy so it has not felt like we have had much of a summer up until now. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. hello there. it is not quite as hot today. there is more of a gentle north—westerly breeze this time. these are the temperatures as we head into the early
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part of the evening. highest numbers across all southern areas of england and wales, typically, the mid—20s still. clear skies over night for england and wales. we have got some thick cloud coming into northern scotland bringing rain for a while in the northern isles, and following on from that, this mist, low cloud and fog will push into the north west and through the irish sea. temperatures typically 11 to 1a degrees. so, a comfortable enough night ahead. into tomorrow, that mist, fog and low cloud will burn back gradually towards these coasts in the far north west. we will have sunshine more widely. the winds remain very light. sea breezes make it feel a little cooler around the coast. but otherwise, temperatures continuing to rise, peaking at 27, to 29 degrees in the midlands and south east of england. it gets hotter for england and wales early next week, temperatures up to the low 30s. but cooler and more cloudy further north across the uk.
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hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. newly—appointed chancellor nadhim za hawi and transport secretary grant shapps announce they'll be standing for the conservative party leadership. one man who isn't standing is the defence secretary ben wallace — he had been one of the bookies' favourites to succeed borisjohnson before he ruled himself out. the president of sri lanka announces he'll step down on the 13th ofjuly after protesters storm his official residence and set the prime
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