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this is bbc news. the headlines at 4:00pm: a breast surgeon — ian paterson — has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by performing unnecessary operations. police say they've foiled an active terror plot after a woman was shot during a raid on a house in north—west london. the armed entry was necessary due the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with and involved armed officers firing cs gas into the address. it's understood that the terror suspect arrested in westminster yesterday is mohammed khalid omar ali. police have revealed they're searching an address in london. rex tillerson says that the policy of strategic places with north korea is now over and that all options remain on the table. —— strategic patience with north korea. we will cou ntera ct patience with north korea. we will counteract north korean aggression with military power is necessary. ——
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power if necessary. britain's economic growth slowed sharply at the start of the year. official figures show gdp grew byjust 0.3%. in the next hour: the cancer drugs fund condemned as a huge waste of money. a study finds that it wasted more than a billion pounds of public money. less than a fifth of its drugs helped patients. cycling's three—day tour de yorkshire is underway, the peloton heading from bridlington to scarborough. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. a breast surgeon has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by performing completely unnecessary operations. he has been released on conditional bail. ian paterson, who's 59, was found guilty of 20 charges in total,
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relating to nine women and one man. police say his victims felt that the surgeon enjoyed playing god. and one former patient outside court said she felt mutilated by the doctor. dominic hughes reports. surgeon ian paterson. well—liked and trusted by patients facing the frightening prospect of breast cancer — but for some of them it was an entirely false diagnosis. one such patient is frances perks, who underwent a series of operations and a mastectomy, all of them unnecessary. how can somebody do that? and say things that he did, knowing that you didn't need these operations. how can anybody in their right mind, how can they do that to people? ijust find it unbelievable and how he's made us all suffer and people who have lost their lives.
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how could...? that's pure evil to me. pure evil. during the trial, the jury heard a succession of patients describe a pattern of behaviour. how ian paterson told them that they were at risk of cancer, had precancerous cells and needed to have lumps or entire breasts removed. expert witnesses told the court that the risk was nonexistent or greatly exaggerated and no reasonable surgeon would have acted in the way ian paterson did. this case revolved around ian paterson's work at two private hospitals in the west midlands, although he also worked for the nhs, where he treated hundreds more patients. the ten patients whose treatment formed the heart of this case were drawn from a sample group of more than 200 people whose medical notes were assessed by a group of experts. but we may never know exactly how many people were affected by the actions of ian paterson over
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a long career both here in the private sector and in the nhs. he treated thousands of people. police say that even at this late stage his motives remain unclear. he just wanted to play god with their lives. he took pleasure in telling them that they need procedures and he could make them better. he received some perverse pleasure from those practices. since 2011, hundreds of patients, men and women like diane, have been recalled to hospital to be told they were operated on for no good reason. they are struggling to comprehend what has been done to them. i thought, oh, my god. this is all adding up and now making a bit of sense. that what i'd been told was the truth and what i was led to believe from 2002 to 2011 was actually a pack of lies. two highly critical enquiries into ian paterson's nhs
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and private sector work have been carried out. now the career of this once respected surgeon lies in ruins and his patients are left to deal with the knowledge that they have been assaulted by a man they trusted. seem architecture has sent this update. just around one o'clock we were cold into the court with the jewellery. five minutes later, we went back in and thejudge five minutes later, we went back in and the judge was told along with eyes media that they had reached a decision. ian paterson was convicted. he was found guilty of 17 cou nts convicted. he was found guilty of 17 counts of wood and wood ten. —— wounding with intent. three other kinds of winding. we were called in
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again at 2:30pm. the judge said he would be sentenced in march. he has been given bail and some of the victims are surprised by that. they are disappointed that he has been given bail. west midlands police came onto the steps shortly after he was told he'd been found guilty and here is what they had to say. he has shown that no remorse for any of the terrible things he's done. it's really hard to describe someone who has done such awful things. you struggle to find the words to say what type of person he is. how many other victims do you think are out there? i wouldn't be able to put a number on it. what i can say is that west midlands police have spoken to 240 of his patients, all whom we have taken statements from, and we've taken a number of those cases to the criminal courts, which is what this trial has been. why did he do it, would you say?
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there has been a lot of speculation as to why he has done what he's done. that includes financial gain, some of the victims said he wanted to play god with their lives or got some perverse satisfaction out of giving them bad news and then telling them he's made them better. we really don't know. it's not come out during the trial. we will probably never know. i told everyone i was lucky to have the best consultant. i told everyone that i was lucky to be in spire, in bupa. to have private medicine so that i could get treated straightaway. all these years down the line, i found out that has been a betrayal. i've been left physically damaged. i feel as though i have been mutilated. all of these scars i thought of as a badge of honour are because he has mutilated me and i've been through this for
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nothing. i'm angry that we have waited so long. this has both physically and mentally damaged patients. i ladies that phone me every night to say they cannot sleep. they prayed that justice has been done. they cannot go outside the house. they've had years of mental anguish. thank god justice has been done. i've had to fight for information in my own case. lots of things were hidden. thank god now these brave people that spoke up in court have got the right verdict. we've spoken to other veterans about what went on. one said that every time she got a suburb called a look in the mirror she sees her scars. she will always be reminded of what she put her through. as i said
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earlier, thejudge todd is she put her through. as i said earlier, the judge todd is that ian paterson will be sentenced in may. he has been granted bail and the judge told them to expect a custodial sentence. a terror suspect arrested near the houses of parliament is khalid mohamed omar ali, the bbc understands. the 27—year—old was detained as part of an intelligence—led operation after a concerned family member is believed to have contacted the police. meanwhile, police say they've foiled an active terrorist plot after carrying out an armed raid in north—west london. a female suspect was shot during the operation and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. six people have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts. police said the operation was unconnected to the arrest yesterday of a 27—year—old man armed with knives in westminster. richard galpin reports. early yesterday evening in north—west london. banging. and armed police begin their raid on a house here. gunshots sparking alarm in the neighbourhood.
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as i made my way to the living room i heard bang, bang, bang! so i ran to the front window and i saw police officers aiming and i ran to my partner in the kitchen and said there were armed officers and heard another bang, another bang. the sun newspaper obtained this amateur video showing officers pointing their weapons at the house. by the end of the operation, five people had been arrested here. and this appears to show officers attending to someone outside the house. officers had the help of some that we re officers had the help of some that were seriously injured in the police raid. they believe they foiled an active terrorist plot. last night at approximately 7pm, our highly trained firearms officers carried out a specialist entry into an address in harlesden road. we had that under observation as part of a current counterterrorism investigation. the armed entry was necessary due
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to the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with and involved officers firing cs gas into the address. during the course of that operation, one of the subjects, a woman, was shot by police. she remains in hospital. i can say that her condition is serious but stable. it's thought to be the first time a woman has been shot by the police for a decade and it's now being investigated by the independent police complaints commission. meanwhile, the police have been searching three more houses in london, including here in willesden, where yesterday's raid took place. all this camejust all this came just hours after another incident in central london. a 27—year—old man arrested by armed police near downing street and the foreign office in a separate counterterrorism operation.
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nearby, they found a rucksack with knives inside. the suspect was apparently khalid mohammed omar ali. he was known to the police. he was arrested after a tip—off from a family. what you saw today and yesterday is police preventing a terrorist attack, which is important because when a person gets to the point of blowing themselves up or shooting people it's too late, we willjust have victims. what we need to do is what we saw, police intervening before the attack happens. this has been a traumatic period for londoners. memories are still fresh of the five people killed in the attack near parliamentjust a few weeks ago and now it seems the police are uncovering many more alleged plots in the capital. the us secretary of state rex tillerson has said there could be
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catastrophic consequences if the world does not act together to force north korea to abandon its nuclear programmes. mr tillerson made the comments while chairing a special meeting of the un security council in new york. he urged countries to take steps to further isolate north korea, and said using military force could not be ruled out. all options for responding to future provocation must be on the table. diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract north korea's aggression with military action if necessary. we much prefer a negotiated solution to the problem but we are committed to defending ourselves and our allies against north korean aggression. this new pressure campaign will be swiftly implemented and painful to north korean interest. i realise some nations for which a relationship with north korea has been in some ways a net positive may be disinclined to implement the measures of pressure on north korea. but the catastrophic effects of a north korean nuclear strike
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outweigh any economic benefits. we must be willing to face the hard truths and make hard choices right now to prevent disastrous outcomes in the future. business as usual is not an option. our correspondent barbara plett—usher is in new york. america plus her position is pretty clear. not everybody is saying the same thing. yes, the american position is very clear. business as usual not an option. the secretary of state lead at what he meant by that, the increased pressure, he was member states to implement existing sanctions and impose new ones on north korea individuals and entities that support weapons programmes. he
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once the member states to suspend or cut diplomatic ties with north korea and isolated financially further. he said the united states was prepared to employ third—party sanctions against those that would not close the loopholes and could be sanctions. the americans would put sanctions. the americans would put sanctions themselves on such countries. quite a programme there to isolate north korea. i think broadly speaking there is a sense in the security council that the threat from north korea is increasing. its work on nuclear weapons is getting more sophisticated. there may be support for more tiredly enforcing existing sanctions. new sanctions is not really on the table for most of the members unless there is another trigger. i miss north korea's, for example, have a nuclear test. then i think they will start to talk about it. the country in particular that
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the secretary of state fingered was china. they are of course a major player because their next extra north korea and it is biggest major power ally. the economy is intimately connected. there has been a lot of pressure on china to do more and they have said they will do more and they have said they will do more but they also made it clear that they did not feel they should be the focus. they think that everybody should act. one reads that the buses are also urging caution by taking a bit of a pop at the united states. —— one reads that the russians are also urging caution. there is not widespread agreement. russians are also urging caution. there is not widespread agreementlj think there is not widespread agreement.” think russia and china would be the countries that have always moved much more cautiously on north korea. that's the general position on intervention in other countries affairs. i think these positions
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more generally you would expect. you heard the russians speaking about the missile defence position in south korea as a provocation. that is something the chinese have said as well. they are against the building above the fences. the americans say they think the threat is real and they are doing it in defence. they say, if you don't one is to do it, you need to put more pressure on north korea. —— if you don't want us to do it. the chinese have tried to de—escalates dishes. they did just plainly north korean missile test. they say that the us is also responsible for the tension and have called on the us and south korean to stop theirjoint military exercises they carry out every spring and which north korea sees as threatening. they want a de—escalation on both sides and they wa nt de—escalation on both sides and they want peace stocks to start right away. not wait until north korea ta kes away. not wait until north korea takes some steps to denuclearise. ——
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they want peace talks to start. the time is for our top story. police say they've foiled an active terror plot in london. one suspect, a woman in her twenties, was shot and is in a serious condition. it's understood that a terror suspect arrested in westminster yesterday is khalid mohammed omar ali. he is 27 and grew up in london. in sport, anthonyjoshua and wladimir klitschko away in ahead of the heavyweight world title fight. it is at wembley stadium of light. joshuais it is at wembley stadium of light. joshua is £10 heavier than the former champion. the barcelona open between andy murray and grimaced at last. defending world champion mark selby
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will lead to some event against julie back. this is in sheffield. jimmy economic growth slowed in the first three months of the year. figures show a rise of nought point three per cent, with the service and retail sectors particularly affected. our correspondent andy verity reports this sector is now the bright spot of our economy. this manufacturer makes internal parts for cars from land rovers to the nissan qashqai. the drop in the value of the pound before and after the brexit vote should have helped business a lot because it is cheaper for buyers using dollars and euros to buy the cars that these parts go into. but even here, new orders are not growing as much as they did a year ago. there are potential customers with orders who say, let's wait for 12 months, see what happens with brexit, see what happens
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with tariffs, see whether we can buy from the uk orfrom europe. we are saying we will continue to invest and grow. what we need is more commitment from the government to get deals done. business leaders keep trying to tell politicians that brexit—led uncertainty is slowing down new orders for their goods and putting off big companies from investing. the figures are ominous. they suggest that the way the british economy has been kept afloat since brexit vote, with a lot of consumer spending, spending by credit, high house prices, is not really sustainable. political opponents sought to play up or play down the significance of the slow—down. i think it's really worrying for the average householder. it does show you why theresa may has gone through this early election. the economy is now on the turn. i think the gdp figures should be setting alarm bells ringing and it underlines the importance of making sure that there are voices arguing for a common—sense outcome. the government was far more upbeat. britain's economy is forecast
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to grow at 2% this year, employment is at record highs and that's set to go higher still. the british economy is resilient. for years, retail has driven growth but now consumers are hitting the brakes. looking at the figures, there is a sense that the economy is stabilising at a very strong level. but when we look at the figures, there is a strong sense —— but when we look at the underlying drivers, there is a strong sense that we are at a turning point for the economy. if you are an optimist, the shift from consumer spending to manufacturing is welcome, a rebalancing the previous government tried but failed to achieve. that won't be much comfort to households whose real incomes are shrinking once again. a former royal marines commando,
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alexander blackman, who shot dead an injured taliban fighter in afghanistan has been released from prison. sergeant blackman had originally been found guilty of murder but his conviction was reduced to manslaughter on appeal last month. he was known as marine a during the trial. a special fund set up to improve patient access to cancer drugs in england has been condemned as a "huge waste of money". the cancer drugs fund, which ran from 2010 until it was replaced last year, cost more than £1.2 billion. but researchers say the majority of drugs failed to show clinical benefit. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. the cancer drugs fund was set up to pay for expensive medicines that the nhs was not funding. in part, it was a political response to repeated negative headlines about patients being denied treatment. nearly 100,000 patients received drugs, but the study in the journal annals of oncology found just one in five treatments delivered
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a significant benefit, extending life by an average of three months. researchers say it was an example of policy made on the hoof, and it failed. it was a major missed opportunity for the national health service and the cancer community to learn in the real world about the actual impact of new medicines. a great deal of money, over £1 billion, was expended on this. and we didn't collect the data to look at individual cancer patients. that's a missed opportunity. the study concludes many patients may have suffered unnecessary side—effects from drugs. but a leading breast cancer charity said the fund has had a totally transformational impact for many, offering precious extra time with loved ones for terminally ill patients. the fund was brought under the remit of the national institute for health and care excellence last year, so there is greater scrutiny over which treatments are approved. the president of the european
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council, donald tusk, has said that before negotiations on future relations with the uk, there must be an agreement on "people, money and ireland". mr tusk‘s message came in a letter to 27 eu leaders — but not the uk. he'll chair a summit for the 27 in brussels tomorrow, to try to adopt a joint negotiating position on brexit. our correspondent ben brown is in brussels. yes, the leaders of the 27 remaining eu states will hold a summit in brussels tomorrow. a pretty short summit in which they will nail down their negotiation position, they're negotiating guidelines, on brexit over the next couple of years. let's talk now to camino mortera—martinez from the think tank the centre for european reform. thanks for being with us. what do you expect to come out of this summit tomorrow? i think tomorrow we will see more
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of what we have seen for the last months, which is a very united 27 with a very clear set of priorities, including citizens' rights, the eu budget and a number of other things. a very strong and united europe with a very clear mandate. and what is the thinking? angela merkel, the german chancellor, has said that some people in britain seem to have illusions about the sort of deal they can get, in other words britons might be living in fantasy land. yes, i think that the cleavage between expectations and reality is quite big. the perception that we have in brussels is that some in the government might think they can achieve more than is actually achievable. especially because of election time, we fear that theresa may and others may be making promises they cannot deliver. i think that's a common fear that all of the politicians have
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and they want to make it clear ahead of the elections that, you know, just promise what you can deliver and don't go too much beyond. what about the financial settlement, if you like? donald tusk, the european council president, has made it clear there has to be progress on that before any talks about trade and so on, a future relationship. how much in the end of this bridge and going to have to pay?” how much in the end of this bridge and going to have to pay? i didn't say that. if i could, i would be paid millions. ithink say that. if i could, i would be paid millions. i think britain will have to pay something. i don't think 60 billion floated around... greens 60 billion floated around... greens 60 billion floated around... greens 60 billion neurons is the price that some people have said. i think that is too much. the council will be able to go down. that is insofar as the uk agrees to pay. it is a sign of goodwill. at the end of the day,
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we don't care how much but the uk have to pay the bill. that is clear for the 27. that is one of the priorities. if you read the guidelines, the eu budget is under. the message is clear, there has be sufficient progress on that before any talk about a trade deal. yes, in any talk about a trade deal. yes, in a good case of eu jargon, we talk about the first phase of negotiations and the second case. within article 50, we can only live into the second phase of negotiations once you have settled both citizens li right, the eu budget and the ecj. 0k, thank you very much. it's going to be a brief summit tomorrow. they will finalise their negotiating position on
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brexit. it is scheduled for three hours. the only item on the agenda is brexit. the geordie yorkshire has started in brislington. it came about after yorkshire hosted the opening stages of the tour de france in 2014. large crowds lined the roads then. similar scenes are expected this again. correspondent has been to market down. the market town has really embraced the microwave. you can see how many people have lined the marketplace today. it set off at 12:35am. it is dated just over an hour to reach this time. this is the convoy that follows the tour. you can see that it is quite extensive. the riders will be travelling 103 —— imagines
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them to few colleges. it taken some have declines. they go on and north yorkshire. —— they have some big declines. they will take a steep climb. they never gone to whitby and climb. they never gone to whitby and climb up out of robin hood's day before arriving in scarborough. that'll be for 40 5pm tonight. my goodness, what a welcome they will get. thousands of people have been lining the route throughout yorkshire today. this is day one. there are two more stages of tobacco to begin. the weather has been set fair today. ideal cycling conditions. last year it was won by thomas rucker. he will be happy to retain the title this year. he faces some stiff competition. it'll be quite a weekend. hopefully, the crowds will enjoy the rich as much
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as they have enjoyed today. i missed them. i blinked. let's get the latest weather forecast. considering it is a bank holiday weekend i think you will be very happy with the forecast. on the whole, it is not looking too bad footin whole, it is not looking too bad foot in some ways, some of us are for some rain. this is pushing into the south west. not for all of us. saturday will be a lovely day for them enjoyed some decent sunshine in a southerly breeze. temperatures starting to recover after a chilly starting to recover after a chilly start to the week. highs of 17 degrees. any showers will be isolated. the wind will strengthen on saturday afternoon and evening.
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we'll on saturday afternoon and evening. we' ll start on saturday afternoon and evening. we'll start to see some rain from the frontal system. that will push in to the south—west and much of wales it should stay buying in the daylight hours. the weather front will weaken. a band of scattered showers are likely on bank holiday monday. top temperatures 10—15d. hello. this is bbc news. a breast surgeon — ian paterson — has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by performing unnecessary operations. the victims accuse him of wanting to "play god." police say the armed raid carried out in north—west london last night, in which a woman was shot by armed officers, prevented an active terrorist plot. it is understood that a terror suspect arrested in westminster yesterday is khalid mohammed omar ali, who's 27 and grew up in north london. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, tells a un security council meeting that all options for responding
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to provocation from north korea remain on the table. diplomatic and financial leveraged power will be backed up by willingness to counteract north korean aggression with military action if necessary. economic growth suffered a worse—than—expected slowdown in the first three months of the year — official figures show. let's get the sport now. good afternoon. the countdown continues to the world heavyweight title fight between britain's anthonyjoshua and former champion wladimir klitschko at wembley stadium tomorrow night. the fighters have weighed in this afternoon withjoshua ten pounds heavier than his ukrainian opponent. klitschko weighed in at 17 stone 2 pounds for his first fight since losing his belts to britain's tyson fury in 2015.
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this is klitschko's 69th professionalfight, joshua has had just 18. joshua scaled 17 stone, 12 pounds — the heaviest he has ever been for a fight and is the bookies favourite to win — but an interested spectator will be american deontay wilder. he holds the wbc belt and would be keen to take on the winner in a unification bout. most definitely. this has been marinated in a lot of people's heads. it is up to the promoters, managers and networks. they are putting stuff together now. it will not be a delay. people are demanding this. ifjoshua not be a delay. people are demanding this. if joshua windsor not be a delay. people are demanding this. ifjoshua windsor he would be in big demand. no one else will be able to fight deontay wilder. that is why i want to get another belt to the table. the winner takes all. be considered the baddest man on the
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planet. andy murray is through to the semifinal in the barcelona open. the spaniard not murray out of the monte the spaniard not murray out of the m o nte carlo the spaniard not murray out of the monte carlo masters last week and took the first set here. the world number one for back to take the match in a tie—break in the third which he went on to win 7—4. maria sharapova is through to the semi—final of stuttgart‘s wta tournament as she continues her comeback from a drugs ban. maria sharapova is through to the semi—final of stuttgart‘s wta tournament as she continues her comeback from a drugs ban. sharapova saw off estonian qualifier annette konta—vite for her third—straight win on her return after 15 months out of the game. the 30—year—old five—time grand slam winner has yet to drop a set in stuttgart . and ilie nastase has isued an apology for his behaviour towards britain'sjohanna konta
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and federation cup captain anne keothavong in their tioe in romania last week. the 70 year—old former world number one has been provisionally suspended by the international tennis federation for his conduct. he also was overheard making apparently racist comments about serena williams unborn baby. mark selby has staged a comeback in his world snooker championship semi—final with ding junhui. the defending champion came into today trailing 5—3 but took the first four frames of the second session to build a 7—5 lead in what's a repeat of last year's final. it's been back and forth since then but selby has managed to keep a 2 frame advantage — he now leads 9—7. the match resumes this evening. these are live pictures from the crucible. it is under way betweenjohn higgins and barry hawkins. 5—3 at the start of the session are now 7—5. coverage continues on bbc sport, bbc two and the bbc sport website. sebastian vettel looks determined to increase his lead
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in the formula one drivers' championship after topping the timesheets in practice ahead of this weekend's russian grand prix. the ferrari driver was a quarter of a second ahead of his team mate kimi raikkonen and more than half a second ahead of the mercedes of valtteri bottas and championship rival lewis hamilton. several teams showed their support for british teenager billy monger who had both legs amputated following a crash in a formula four race a fortnight ago. more than three quarters of a million pounds has been raised to help his recovery. in switzerland, team sky, led by chris froome, set up the italian riderfor a sprint to chris froome, set up the italian rider for a sprint to victory. that is all the sport and stop for around 5:30pm. worth saying as well we will
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have business news withjoe lynam to talk us through the business stories, particularly with the latest gdp figures. it is day 99 of president's trump's 100 latest gdp figures. it is day 99 of president'strump's100 days in office. our correspondent has covered this issue from the star and joined us along the border with mexico. james... thank you. there is something of a wall. a fence is probably a better description along the border. we are a short distance from the pacific ocean. it covers perhaps a third of the 2000 or mile —— mile orso perhaps a third of the 2000 or mile —— mile or so border. his signature pledge during his campaign was to build a bigger, better war. there has been some progress. some designs
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have been received. it is not at the stage where funding for the long—term holding of the wall has been allocated. let's talk about the first 100 days withjoshua wilson. thank you forjoining us. thank you for having me. what is your feeling about what has been achieved in the first 100 days of this presidency? this administration has not enforce the law. they have allowed us to do ourjobs properly the law. they have allowed us to do our jobs properly and the law. they have allowed us to do ourjobs properly and we have seen a dramatic decrease in border crossing. it is nice to have a commander in chief who supports us and our mission. border crossings are said to have dropped from 40,000 to 12,000 in the last month. but haven't they been falling consistently for the last five yea rs ? consistently for the last five years? the numbers have been dairying. in 2014, the numbers
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spiked. now there are consequences when you break the law, less people are willing to break the law. this isa are willing to break the law. this is a brilliant idea. it enhances agent safety. in some places it is impractical, due to train and other factors like that. it is one tool in our tool belt. more than 200 companies have expressed an interest in designing the war. some of them have submitted their designs but that window is closed. there will be prototypes built. some companies will be selected to build prototypes in roughly this area in the summer. what are you looking for from those designs? you have seen some of them. some of them are innovative. we are
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looking for designs which will enhance border security and make it easier for us to provide enhanced agent safety. someone i spoke to think money should be spent in a different way. what is your view? this is never going to be cheap. what we need to factor in is the cost if we do not secure the border. notjust economic cost cost if we do not secure the border. not just economic cost but cost to public safety. border security enhances public safety. we have to look at it in those terms, the son ofjust a strict, financial number. thanks a lot for joining ofjust a strict, financial number. thanks a lot forjoining us. a big argument continuing about the funding for this wall, as i say. the congress this week has refused to put the long—term funding for the wall into a package of measures which would see a government
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shutdown. mr trump insists the war will be built. thank you very much. across the uk political campaigning is in full swing. but before the general election voters in scotland will go to the polls to elect councillors in all 32 local authorities. for many, next thursday's council elections have become about much more than choosing who looks after schools and makes sure the bins are collected, as steve godden reports. on glasgow's southern fringe sits the ward of newlands auldburn. traditionally voters here have helped labour keep control of the city council. but against a busy political backdrop, could that be about to change? on the face of it, this election is about choosing who is responsible for looking after parks, who is responsible for schools and collecting the bins, but it's become wrapped up in wider national questions like the general election and the prospect of a second independence referendum.
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in recent years, labour have suffered heavy losses at uk and scottish elections. once known as "red clydeside", glasgow city council now represents a last bastion of power for the party. the fixation that the conservatives and the snp both have with independence referendum issues is something which can confuse people about which elections they are actually fighting on. we are fighting this election, the council election. we're saying send a clear message to the snp and the conservatives that we've got the best plan for the city. canvassing nearby, their biggest rivals. for the snp candidate it's a far cry from when she joined the party and the labour vote had to be weighed rather than counted. we are on the verge of another great happening. this taking of glasgow, the citadel, gives us wonderful credibility and credibility is what we need. we have a lot of it already, but this is the big one. don't forget to vote.
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there's one for your daughter. but snp ambition could be thwarted by what previously might have seemed unthinkable. emboldened conservatives finding favour with glasgow voters. for the very first time, you know, across glasgow, lots of doors actively consider us. they want to hear from us. they want to hear what we have to say so there's lots of people who are turning to us, notjust in a constitutional question but actually because they want a strong local councillor, someone who will focus on the ward, on the area. for this couple, simply filling out their postal vote was a tug—of—war between local and national concerns. because there is a general election in a few weeks' time, and everything that's happening in the country, it has got me thinking about when i make my local vote this time. when the brexit thing is out the way we can calm down and get back to normality, wrong, completely wrong. the sixth election in three years for scots voters will soon be settled.
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time then for some brief respite before number seven rolls around. stephen godden, bbc news, glasgow. earlier, steve spoke to labour and snp candidate in scotland. now he has been dubbed to the tories, the greens and the liberal democrats, about their chances in these local polls. i am joined about their chances in these local polls. iam joined by representatives from the conservatives, the greens and the liberal democrats. first of all, the conservatives. we heard from the conservatives. we heard from the conservative candidate saying knocking on shore with —— on doors where previously they would have shut the door on them, they're getting a good reception. this election will be about bread and butter issues around the country we cannot deny the fact that the s np‘s primary focus is on independence.
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they have taken their eye off the ball. we have a lot of support right now in glasgow. voters are coming in numbers to the conservative party. we have heard from both labour and the snp that the source of many problems in glasgow, they would say, is tory austerity. you cannot say that. the labour party has been in charge of glasgow for years. you have an snp government in charge of scotla nd have an snp government in charge of scotland for ten years. the problem with scotland at the moment, one of the major problems, is scotland is one of the most centralised countries in the western world. we wa nt countries in the western world. we want decentralisation and power back to the community. we want the community to be in charge of local taxation laws, local planning, bringing it back to the people. we believe that people can make the real change. what can the greens offer vote rs real change. what can the greens offer voters in this election? voters will have more say in the
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running of council services and influence over how council money is spent. we are prioritising public transport. we want to invest in an electric bus company for sobhi realise people are having difficulty in getting around the city. —— and electric bus company. parents are very concerned about high quality education in schools. there is a shortage of teachers, classroom assistants and support staff. those of all local issues for the council. how do you deal with the questions of constitution in the general election? it is obviously swilling around this contest as well. this is around this contest as well. this is a very important council election. it is about putting more power in the hands of local communities and vote rs the hands of local communities and voters feeling they have more influence in how the city chambers
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work. day—to—day, elected members are making decisions about vital public services. they are under huge amounts of pressure at the moment. we feel that by collecting green councillors, people will have more influence. it will increase the decision—making powers of local residents. we have this general election coming just after the local election. what factors are at play and how does that affect your perspective? from our perspective, it looks like the general election is helping our case in the city. and in the election itself. campaigning in the election itself. campaigning in the streets, we noticed a distinct shift in attitude after the announcement of the general election. liberal democrats actually represent what most people in scotland won. they wish to remain inside the united kingdom and wish to remain inside the european union. we are the one party fighting for both those things. can you be a
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releva nt both those things. can you be a relevant factor here in glasgow? we stand for local decisions that work in local areas, not blanket decisions. we also stand for policies which produce positive outcomes, not following party political dogma. education is the prime example of that. it has been pushed around by political parties for a pushed around by political parties fora numberof pushed around by political parties for a number of years. pushed around by political parties fora number of years. we pushed around by political parties for a number of years. we actually need policies to produce results the children and not continually failing them. thank you all very much for that. the vote will come next thursday. and here's a full list of all the candidates for the local election in the ward of newlands oldburn. no it is time to look at the league business stories. shall we start with
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the uk gdp? gross domestic product. the number was pretty disappointing. we kind of thought the economy was not going to suffer as a result of brexit. there seems to be a feedback loop in relation to stirling. sterling is weakened, as you know, and that has lead to inflation. we import so much of the food and products we use. they are expensive. there will be an erosion of our spending power which is translated asa spending power which is translated as a fall in gdp. america seems to be having the same situation. the anglo—saxon countries. america had a very nasty first quarter. even wea ker very nasty first quarter. even weaker than britain. again there seems to be a slowdown in
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consumption. what is interesting about this, donald trump kind of owns this one. keywords in or grated late january and this is the first quarter of 2017. —— he was in or grated late january. he cannot say it is all about. the american economy a lot weaker than has been in recent years. rbs, profits? yes. a pretty good first quarter from the royal bank of scotland. 74% owned by uk taxpayers of that there is a lot of dross to come out. the bank has said it is back on the right track. they may have to pay a $10 billion fine for mis—selling of mortgage—backed assets later on this year. good q1 but narsingh is on its way. for some customers today, a
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problem with the banking app. way. for some customers today, a problem with the banking appm basically meant that payments went askew. the bank says everything is back to normal and that the final destinations for the payments will be made by the end of the day. let's go to tom stevenson at fidelity international. good afternoon to you but can we start with uk gdp. consumer appears to have pulled in its horns a little bit. is that a temporary thing that struck will it go on further throughout 2017? we are beginning to see one of the reasons why theresa may thought it was a good idea to call the election soon. we have had a bit of a honeymoon period since the referendum last year. the uk economy has held up much better than people expected. we are now beginning to see the impact of that fall in sterling you mentioned. it is
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raising the cost of imports. inflation is rising. household earnings crucially are not rising as fa st earnings crucially are not rising as fast as inflation. consumer spending power is being crimped and we're beginning to see that in the figures. the interesting thing about this, it has resulted in a rebalance of the economy. consumption is pulling back a little bit. manufacturing still grew by .5% in the first quarter. the law of unintended consequence plays out? the first quarter. the law of unintended consequence plays ounm isa flip unintended consequence plays ounm is a flip side of the same coin. with falling pound, it is bad news of people buying things with pounds in this country. if you are selling things to the rest of the world, a weak pound makes your goods more competitive and the money used overseas worth more. for businesses, a weak pound is good news. let's talk about rbs. is it on the mend? yes, it is on the mend but it is a
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slow process. ten years on from the financial crisis and we have had nine consecutive years of losses from rbs. as you hinted just now, this will be another year of losses. we have had a small profit in the first quarter, £250 million comparing with a total loss over the la st comparing with a total loss over the last nine years of more than £50 billion. yes, it is on the mend but it has been along show slow process. let's move on to the united states with their figures let's move on to the united states with theirfigures for let's move on to the united states with their figures for gdp out as wealth was also disappointing. a quarter figure wealth was also disappointing. a quarterfigure of wealth was also disappointing. a quarter figure of around .2%. that is pretty low. again, the same issue really. consumers are holding back. consumer spending was low, especially on things like motorcars. especially disappointing for donald trump. he announced some tax reforms
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this week and crucially he is dependent on growth in the economy to make the books balance. at the current rate of growth, that will not be good enough to pay for those tax cuts. y forjoining us. a quick look at the markets at the close of the week. the ftse100 is down about a half of 1%. that is not too bad, given some of the news we have had in macro economic terms. given the fa ct in macro economic terms. given the fact the uk and us gdp numbers were both disappointed, i suppose overall they are not too bad given what happened. that is the business news for this week. thank you very much. we await next week with bated breath. an extra day of waiting
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because of bank holiday monday. that is all from us. time to cross the newsroom. tell us if we will be treated to some nice weather for the bank holiday? because it is bank holiday had anything we can grumble. there is welcome rain in the forecast but not much of it. this afternoon we have seen the cloudy, threatening looking skies but the showers have mostly stayed away. east of the pennines we have seen the car break up with sunshine coming through. this has been the story. relatively quiet across the country but rather drive for many. the showers. these are few and far between. relatively mild as well. temperatures sitting around 5—9d we start of the bank holiday weekend on
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a dry and mild note with some sunshine coming through. temperatures. to climb. in the sunshine it will feel quite pleasant. —— temperatures will start to climb. highs unlikely of around 9 degrees. though winds will strengthen to the west later on in the day. it will not spoil the story of the tour yorkshire. perfect weather conditions for the spectators and cyclists. it is important as well for the boxing. joshua and wladimir klitschko may well fight under bursts of rain but for the spectators it will be dry. the rain will arrive saturday night into sunday morning in the south west. wembley will stay dry. the wet and windy weather were pushing eventually nearly hours of sunday morning. some of the rome be quite heavy. further north and used it
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will stay dry, even quite warm. as the front pushes further north east, it weakens off of that just a band of showers as we move towards bank holiday monday. behind it sunny spells and scattered showers are likely to be the story through bank holiday monday and highs between ten and 15 degrees. i'd started by saying it is not looking too bad for a bank holiday weekend. it could be worse. it will be breezy but warmer. there will be rain around but not for all of us. the heaviest will be in the south—west. temperatures should be sitting about where they should be sitting about where they should be sitting about where they should be for this time of year. if you want to know where that is, you are, 12 to 16 degrees the high. today at five: a breast surgeon is convicted of multiple counts
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of wounding with intent after carrying out unncessary cancer operations. ian paterson lied, and exaggerated the risk of cancer. the court heard his motives were unclear, but may have included a desire to earn more money. the scars, i thought were there because they were a badge of honour, and now i know he's mutiliated me — i've been through this for nothing. we'll be talking to debbie douglas, one of paterson's victims. also on the bbc news at 5: police say they have foiled an active terrorist plot, after a woman was shot during a raid in north—west london. britain's economic growth slowed sharply in the first three months of the year — growing byjust 0.3%.
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