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archie battersbee, the 12—year—old boy at the centre of a legal battle over whether he should be kept on life support, has died. he'd been in a coma since april. his mother says she did everything
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she promised her little boy she'd do to try to save him. i'm the proudest mum in the world. such a beautiful little boy and he fought right until the very end. also tonight... 2a palestinians have died in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip, including six children. israel says it's targeting the militant group islamichhad. and it was a diving one—two—three at the commonwealth games for england. good evening. archie battersbee, the 12—year—old boy at the centre of a legal battle over his care while lying
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unconscious in hospital, has died. his life—sustaining treatment was withdrawn earlier today. archie's mother, hollie dance, described him as "a beautiful little boy," adding that she was "the proudest mum in the world." it brings to an end a stand—off between doctors who said archie was "brain stem dead" and his parents who wanted his treatment to continue. our correspondent simon jones has the details. saying their final farewells — these pictures were released by archie's family in the hours before his life support was withdrawn, following a series of legal battles pitting the family against doctors. archie passed at 12:15 today. can ijust say i am the proudest mum in the world? such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end, and i'm so proud to be his mum. the 12—year—old was found unconscious at his home in april. he had suffered catastrophic brain injuries. the doctors treating him said
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there was no hope of recovery, but his family maintained he needed more time. barts health nhs trust, which runs the royal london hospital, went to court to ask for treatment to end. the case was referred to the high court, the court of appeal, the supreme court and the european court of human rights, butjudge afterjudge agreed with doctors. after careful thought, we refuse permission to appeal, on all the grounds... the family eventually had to accept they had exhausted all legal routes. no family should ever have to go through what we have been through — it's barbaric. tributes to archie left outside the hospital today. his family had wanted him moved to a hospice away from what they saw as the noise and chaos of the hospital. that was refused, the trust arguing archie was in such an unstable condition it was too great a risk.
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in a statement, barts health nhs trust said its thoughts and condolences were with archie's family. it said that treatment had been withdrawn in line with court rulings about his best interests, and it said staff had shown extraordinary compassion over months caring for archie in often distressing circumstances. in court, judges had to put all emotions aside to decide solely what was best for archie. it is quite rare to see these types of cases in court, although there have been a handful of high—profile cases in recent years. there have been many different possible avenues that the parents could have tried, and it was important to them to make sure that they had exhausted all of those avenues. archie's family have said they are broken. the end of a life played out in the courts and in the public spotlight. simon jones, bbc news. 2a people are now known to have died in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip, including six children.
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israel says it's targeting the palestinian militant group islamichhad, which in response has fired more than 300 rockets. yolande knell has the very latest from jerusalem. explosion the full force of israel's new military operation in gaza. this building hitjust minutes after a warning strike. palestinians racing away. a year of relative calm now shattered. this is where one of the first israeli air strikes killed an islamichhad commander, leaving his neighbour in shock. "we were safe in our home. we were thrown out of it by the bomb", says maryam. "why didn't they warn us?" tonight islamichhad fired heavy barrages
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of rockets in revenge, it said, for its leader's death. most were intercepted by israeli air defences. but earlier a missile hit this israeli home. the family went to their shelter when the air raid sirens went off, this local official said. this is probably what saved them. no one was hurt. israeli forces are targeting what they say are militant bases in gaza. they maintain they're reacting to a direct threat from iran—backed islamichhad. with further deaths in gaza, much now depends on the decisions of the powerful militant group hamas, which governs here. and tonight we are hearing about other important developments. at least six people killed, including children, in a blast in the north of gaza, with israel and some palestinians blaming a misfired militant rocket. that could complicate egypt—led efforts to broker a ceasefire. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. let's take a look at some
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of the day's other top stories. and a 20—year—old woman has become the third member of a british family to die from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in bangladesh. samira islam was found unconscious last month. her 16—year—old brother, mahiqul, and father, rafiqul, also died after becoming unwell while in a flat in the region of sylhet. police are continuing their investigations. at least 12 people have died and more than 30 are injured after a coach crash in northern croatia. they were travelling from poland en route to a roman catholic pilgrimage site in bosnia, when their vehicle veered off the road, close to the croatian capital, zagreb. the two contenders for the leadership of the conservative party, and to become prime minister, have clashed again on how best to tackle the cost of living crisis.
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in the week when the bank of england sounded dire warnings on the economy, liz truss reiterated she would immediately cut taxes and wouldn't be giving "hand—outs." but her rival, rishi sunak, insisted it was wrong to rule out direct support to some households. here's our political correspondent, damian grammaticas. thank you. applause thank you. liz truss in the sunshine in the west midlands, chasing the votes of tory party members. the looming economic crisis is now weighing on this race. ms truss today said if she were prime minister she would not be giving more hand—outs to those struggling to pay their bills. she would cut taxes instead. well, what i will do from day one is reduce taxes, so reverse the national insurance rise, and also have a temporary moratorium on the green energy levy, so people are spending less of their money on fuel bills. but what i am about as a conservative is people keeping more of their own money, growing the economy, so we avoid a recession. rishi sunak on the south coast said her tax cuts would amount to less than £200 for many average households, and he would look at doing more. we need to get real
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about this situation. it's simply wrong to rule out further direct support at this time, as liz truss has done, and what's more, her tax proposals are not going to help very significantly people like pensioners or those on low incomes, who are exactly the kind of families who are going to need help. mr sunak�*s message to his party is that inflation is what matters. average annual energy bills could go up another £2,000 in the coming months, and it is thought 40% of people are already struggling to pay. ms truss says her approach is about optimism, stimulating the economy, and not talking the country into a recession. damian grammaticas, bbc news. judith durham, the lead singer of �*60s folk group the seekers, has died. she was 79. # hey there, georgy girl # swinging down the street so fancy—free. .. # her band was the first from australia to achieve major international success, selling more than 50 million records. australia's prime minister anthony albanese paid tribute, calling her "a national treasure."
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judith durham, who's died at the age of 79. as temporary hose pipe bans are enforced in parts of england due to record high temperatures and little rainfall, concern is now turning to the risk of wildfires across the uk. fire chiefs have warned that cities need to be better prepared, as our environment correspondent claire marshall explains. the searing heat coupled with the lack of rain has made the countryside bone—dry. wildfires normally seen on moors or grasslands have come closer than ever to houses. in early summer, this blaze began on a country parkjust south of birmingham. it came within a few metres of local homes. we went to look at what was left behind. the wind direction changed and it's pushed it this way, north. so the houses, where are the houses? just over there?
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the houses are sort of down here, through the trees, yeah. so when that happened, the decision was made to start evacuating some of them houses. not one house was damaged. david swallow�*s team managed to contain the blaze, helped by his expertise as the uk's leading wildfire tactical advisor. he had been monitoring temperatures and the wind for weeks. you know, 40—degree heat in the uk with humidity that's down to 20% — they are mediterranean, western us seaboard—type conditions that we've never experienced before. losing a whole row of houses, it's not... it's not something that happens in the uk, but i think it's something that we're going to have to be better prepared for. head south, and these are the malvern hills — a haven for plants and animals. this is the kind of landscape that needs protecting. but everything is really dry, and it's very vulnerable. look at this — someone�*s tried to light a barbecue here on the bare grass. this is just one of dozens found every week in the summer. local managers here work closely
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with the fire service. they manage the risks from rising temperatures, and also the rising numbers of summer visitors. the fire brigade, having a clear plan of knowing where they can get to, that is critical. as we see ourselves, the number of people accessing our land, the number of — the frequency of firestarter events where you've got barbecues, small fires, glass that's left out — we are seeing that increasing pretty much year on year. back on the country park, two days after the fire broke out, it still wasn't completely out. city council ranger dave — not a trained firefighter — has learned to work alongside the crews. how many fires have you put out so far this year? this year? i'm looking at probably about six or eight. how do you look ahead to the summer? the climate�*s changing, things are getting hotter. it's...
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it's scary. as the world heats, it's where the countryside spaces meet the city that will become a bigger part of the front line in the fight against wildfires. claire marshall, bbc news. now with the latest from the commonwealth games in birmingham and the rest of the day's sport, here's jane dougal. hi, clive. what a thrilling day here. an england one—two—three in the diving, northern ireland broke their commonwealth medal record, and on the track medals for keely hodgkinson, laura muir, and zharnel hughes. 0ur sports news correspondent natalie pirks was watching. everything you strained, every effort made, but gold remains elusive. keely hodgkinson won silver at the world championships and hope were high in the 800 metres —— hopes were high in the 800 metres —— hopes were high in the 800 metres —— hopes were high but when kenny's mary moraa turned the burners on their
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was no stopping her. bronze for scotland's laura muir and boogie wonderland for niakhate. keely hodgkinson watched super saturday at london 2012 and decided to focus on running. she now has world silver, 0lympic silver and commonwealth silver. i'm not quite sure. i could do anything. so quick. silver. i'm not quite sure. i could do anything. 50 quick.— silver. i'm not quite sure. i could do anything. so quick. silver again. and now the _ do anything. so quick. silver again. and now the world _ do anything. so quick. silver again. and now the world champion... - do anything. so quick. silver again. i and now the world champion... world championship wins don't automatically guarantee commonwealth once, as jake wightman found out. with our eyes on the world champion, the scot found himself fading in a rapid 1500 metre final and having to settle for bronze. it’s rapid 1500 metre final and having to settle for bronze.— settle for bronze. it's going to be australia, the _ settle for bronze. it's going to be australia, the gold! _ settle for bronze. it's going to be australia, the gold! but - settle for bronze. it's going to be australia, the gold! but for - australia, the gold! but for england's _ australia, the gold! but for england's nick _ australia, the gold! but for england's nick miller - australia, the gold! but for england's nick miller it - australia, the gold! but forj england's nick miller it was australia, the gold! but for - england's nick miller it was hammer time. we gave everyone an early scare with two no throws, but he made up for it to successfully defend his commonwealth title. four years ago england's zharnel hughes won the 200 metres only to be
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disqualified during his victory lap. this time he was denied again by trinidad and tobago'sjereem trinidad and tobago's jereem richards. trinidad and tobago'sjereem richards. smiles, though, for this silver lining. and this is what it is all about. alastair chalmers with an unexpected 400 metres bronze, guarantee's first ever athletics commonwealth medal. hugs all round. it's called the friendly games, after all! it's called the friendly games, afterall! natalie it's called the friendly games, after all! natalie pirks, it's called the friendly games, afterall! natalie pirks, bbc it's called the friendly games, after all! natalie pirks, bbc news, birmingham. away from the athletics, england's impressive performances in diving continued with a 1,2,3 in the men's 3m springboard. dan goodfellow getting gold, with team—matesjordan houlden and jack laugher taking the silver and bronze respectively. northern ireland won their second gold in birmingham. and it was fitting that flag—bearer martin mchugh delivered the winning bowl in the men's fours to beat india and secure their best ever commonwealth medal haul. wales got their first rhythmic
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gymnastics gold medal. gemma frizelle with a surprise first place in the hoop event. it's the opening weekend of the premier league. so if you don't want to know what's happened today you know what to do. last year's runners up, liverpool, were held to a 2—2 draw by newly promoted fulham. alexander mitrovic, who scored 43 goals last season, got another two at craven cottage. elsewhere, wins for bournemouth and leeds united. newcastle beat newly promoted nottingham forest 2-0. the biggest win of the day was at tottenham, as they put four past southampton, and in the late kick—off chelsea beat frank lampard's everton1—0. it's the second weekend of the scottish premiership. aberdeen beat st mirren 4—1, stjohnstone were victorious at motherwell,
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rangers beat newly promoted kilmarnock 2—0 and celtic were 3—1 winners at ross county. and that's the sport from me in birmingham. clive. thank you, tend dobel.
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hello. this is bbc news with chris rodgers. more now on the news that the 12—year—old boy, archie battersbee, has died after weeks of legal battle over whether he should be kept on life support. stephanie nimmo is a trustee of paediatric palliative care charity, together for short lives. stephanie had to make the decision to withdraw life support for her daughter, daisy, in 2017 when she was 12 years old.
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i asked her what it's like for families who have to make very difficult decisions about their children's lives. children's palliative care hospices services are something most of us in the course of our normal lives won't ever have to engage with but the people involved in caring for children at the very last moments of their lives are wonderful. they are very much trained to support children and theirfamilies and take on board all the families' wishes as far as possible while bearing in mind what is medically right for the child to ensur they are supported to have hopefully a dignified and managed death at the very end. it is so tough for everyone involved. we are all human beings. many of the staff have
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families themselves and they are coming in and supporting the families. it is a very, very hard time. for everyone. to many of us that have not gone through what you and other parents have gone through, itjust seems abhorrent that you have to fight for what you want for your child. through the courts, through the legal system. i know it is quite rare, but is there any way you feel that can be avoided? can there be a better system in place that parents have more say or are able to get a greater understanding of what is always a complex and unique situation? totally. i think fortunately the case is that we see going to court, it is very rare. the majority of cases, conversations happen between clinicians and families and an agreement is reached. i think it is important to bear in mind that in this case, in my own case, you go from one minute living your ordinary life to suddenly being the advocate
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and the parent of a very sick child. having to navigate a world that is very complex. it felt for me like people were speaking a foreign language. i at least had some time to adjust and understand how the system worked. in archie's case and the case of children where there has been a catastrophic brain injury, this is impossible. things like advocacy are very crucial, sometimes that can be through a chaplaincy service or independent advocacy service. i think it is now time to look at how we offer more support through advocacy to help parents navigate. and then where there are disagreements, offering mediation is really vital for getting both parties around the table to discuss and come up with a mediated solution. and then also, most hospitals now have an ethics panel as well which will help advise and guide the clinicians. but there are plenty of ways, and i think it alljust comes down to good
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communication and supporting parents who are emotionally traumatised, trying to do the right thing for their child and trying to navigate what can very much feel like an alien world when you first enter it. that can sometimes end up in these whole situations where very combative language is used. if we can try and avoid that and support the parents, i think we will hopefully see a lot less of these high profile, so traumatic for everyone involved, cases. the effects from a cyber attack on the uk's nhs111 system could take until next week to resolve. it affected the phone lines and electronic referrals to out—of—hours gps. the service helps people get the right advice and treatment when they need it. nhs england said disruption was minimal. ross brewer is a cyber—security expert
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and commentator, and vice president of attackiq's international operation. i began by asking him whether this kind of attack is common. yes, we are seeing an increasing escalation and this could be ransom. it is still unfolding. we have seen 417 million ransomware attacks this year, as much as the last five years combined, a massive increase with the geopolitical situation at the moment as well. the defence secretary talks about a modern british army safeguarding us against attacks like this has been mentioned, not traditional ground warfare. but who is or what is behind attacks like this? is it some person sat in a bedroom somewhere in the world or some kind of more complex operation? it is people, individuals, sitting in bedrooms, have a go heroes. but also organised crime,
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government institutions, government entities get into this as well but it's typically organised crime because there is money, especially in financial services and health care records such as the nhs, those are highly valuable for the personal identifiable information. this is more of a question for the government and the nhs, maybe you can enlighten us, how was this able to happen when there is such sensitive information on the 111 line? it is happening too often in critical national infrastructure because organisations are spending too much money putting in defensive capabilities but not validating them, testing them, checking the readiness of the people, processes and technology to make sure they can withstand and repel such an attack. so in your experience, is enough being done, then, to safeguard our private information, but also the infrastructure of this country? no.
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what we see on a daily basis is organisations are not able to actually withstand pretty low—level hacking attempts and we are seeing a great deal of organisations compromised, they are losing personal information, financial information, being taken out of business in terms of infrastructures being brought down. the actors doing this, the techniques they use, there is not enough being invested in validating that these organisations, the information technologies they have invested in, and security technologies are actually correctly configured, prepared in such a way that people can monitor and repel these attacks. rogue countries, countries that we are in dispute with, i do not need to name them, it would be in their interest to disrupt british society and how it operates and can continue, but also as you mentioned earlier,
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they get information, particularly from databases, medical phone lines like this one. what is that information actually then used for? lots of people will be worried this evening, we have been assured not to, but people will be worried about who has the personal private medical details, address, phone number and who knows what else. typically we want to think about this as a nation state attack. more often than not, it is organised criminals. what they do with that information, you can sell personal information, home addresses, nhs numbers and things like that. leads for cold calling and selling people things. social engineering, call someone, you have the information, "you went to the doctor on this date." just give us your password for your e—mail so we can fix something for you.
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vulnerable people think it is legitimate and it leads to a greater problem. keeping children entertained during the summer holidays is challenging enough, but with rising prices, many families are also worrying about providing healthy meals while schools are closed. phillip norton has been seeing how one organisation in hull is helping to make sure children don't go hungry during the holidays. all right. you ready? a few years ago, this park was an area to stay clear of. this is one of the most well deprived areas in hull. the peel project was born out of tragic circumstances, the murder of abdullah baluchi in a nearby street in 2020. but it galvanized this community, who wanted better. the focus this summer holiday is health and food for the young people who live here. we've had instance where kids are playing in the middle of play and they're feeling dizzy. they haven't got water
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or they haven't... and when we go and question them, they haven't eaten anything or they haven't got food at home. so for us to be able to provide that as part of the package is absolutely brilliant. you put all your rubbish in the bin. after a few hours of football, everyone gets a free lunch. really bad. cost of living. electric, gas or food? we're coping luckily, but there's families around here that can't. so the free meals are good for their children. the holidays are a big worry for parents. _ like saving money— for days out and feeding them. because kids do eat a lot. in the holidays, don't they? it is very, very important to feed the kids. - footballer marcus rashford brought the issue of providing free school meals outside of term times to national attention during the pandemic. while meal vouchers are still being provided to families to help with costs, many are still struggling. we saw that when the children were coming in, some of them haven't had breakfast, some of them don't have lunch or dinner
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to go home to. and that's when we realised that, like you mentioned, it is one of the more deprived areas. so having these facilities here is helping a lot more people. i didn't have breakfast. that's why i was really thankful. like the lunch, especially the chicken sandwiches. i'm really happy because marcus rashford and all the other people helped. i feel like very full one. i can feel like i could do more football, you know? the situation is getting worse day by day and organisations out there need to come out and it's come forward to people like us and be able to to help these parents and the standard of living for them. thank you. tomorrow's activity, ice skating and the reassurance of another meal. phillip norton, bbc news, hull. blow looking through the front page shortly on bbc news. time for a look at the weather with darren bett.
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hello there. if you are on holiday in england and wales you're probably loving this sort of weather at the moment. we have seen more cloud in scotland and northern ireland, and there's a bit of rain to come tonight in northern scotland, some patches of rain later on in the western side of the country. otherwise it's going to be dry and largely clear, temperatures could be dipping to eight or nine in some rural areas, but it will be milder in scotland with the cloud and a breeze still blowing, and that will continue to blow in some cloud and pockets of rain and drizzle into western parts of the country on sunday. much drier, brighter and warmer for eastern areas. some cloud, some sunshine at times for northern ireland, the far north of england, the rest of england and wales again bathed in sunshine. may get some sea breezes developing, but inland temperatures continuing to rise, perhaps to 28 degrees in the south east and maybe a touch warmer than today in scotland and northern ireland. but it's across england and wales the heat is going to continue to build. heatwave conditions into next week, temperatures possibly to the mid—30s.

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