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this is bbc news. the headlines at two. downing street is disputing claims in the german media of a fractious dinner last week with european commission president, jean claude juncker, and theresa may. three teenage women are arrested on suspicion of terror offences in raids linked to a police operation in north london on thursday in which a woman was shot and injured. leading social media firms are "shamefully far" from tackling illegal and dangerous online content, according to a report by mps. these social media companies have been asked repeatedly to sort this out and repeatedly they have failed to do so. so i think it is time that the government should be putting new systems in place which involve fines. dorset police say they're looking for "at least two" suspects, after guy hedger was shot dead at his home during a suspected burglary. also: the final week of campaigning is under way in the french presidential election, between marine le pen and emmanuel macron. macron, the front runner who won
the first round of voting, is calling for major reform of the european union. a new picture of princess charlotte, taken by her mother, has been released ahead of her second birthday. and click investigates an internet company claiming to offer ‘absolute security‘ and discovers that all is not what it seems. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. social media companies have been accused of a "disgraceful" failure earning streets as it does not recognise an account in a german
newspaper for the fractious dinner between to reason mayjean—claude juncker last week. there were disagreements about how a agreement to be reached between the uk and the eu. the uk described it as fruitful meeting. no love lost between the prime minister and the european commission's presidentjean claude—juncker last week. a chance to get together in private before the 27th eu states agreed that brexit glaciations position. but behind the door, how did the meeting go? the influential german newspaper has published an account of the dinner from anonymous sources at the european commission. the report paints a picture of a difficult encounter, with the two at odds over britain's eu divorce bill and help the future relation ship will play out. jean—claude juncker apparently left, saying he was ten times more sceptical than he was when he arrived. in a statement, downing street said... on the election campaign trail,
brexit is the backdrop. and the liberal democrats wants to play a role. the revelations overnight show theresa may being in the astonishing arrogance and complacency, that she feels that somehow the lack of any kind of deal, no free trade deal, no cooperation of police and security, that is somehow acceptable to families up and down this country. never mind how we voted lastjune, that is for every individual, but for the country, we deserve a good deal. labour says theresa may has underestimated the quebec city of p0p labour says theresa may has underestimated the complexity of the talks and her bridge is putting the economy
at risk. you start at the basis that you want to reach an agreement, and that you have shared interests and values. have a very important trading relationship with europe. if you start on that basis and show respect you are more likely to get a good deal. if you start with a megaphone and calling people silly names, it is not a great start to anything. meanwhile, the snp accused the tories of chaotic leadership over brexit. the remaining 27 eu states are uniting to make sure brexit works for them. but theresa may says she still confident she can get the best dealfor britain. let's talk to jeremy cliff. let's talk about what that newspaper is reporting. anonymous sources about what went on at the dinner. how reliable an account do you think this is? you have to take it with a pinch of salt. this is a one—sided view of the dinner, from insiders of the european commission, which is hardly a disinterested body. part of
it is chalked up to a certain amount of chest puffing before negotiations get under way. we have seen that with trees may talking about walking out of the deal, it does matter, it speaks to a perception widespread in other european capitals, brussels, berlin and elsewhere that theresa may is not realistic about what she can achieve from brexit talks. particular what she can achieve in the time frame, whether she can cherry pick parts of european union membership, rights of eu citizens in britain. a sense she does not realise how hard this is going to be over the next to mega years. in terms of the dinner we are talking about something between a two different accounts. hard to say downing street has not put out a full account of the dinner on its side. saying it was constructive, nice words. this is a blow by blow account of the disagreements between the two sides. i will wait to see
whether downing street has something to say about the particulars. if there is some truth to this, it does give britain reason to worry. for example, it was said in the report that theresa may suggested to jean—claude juncker death a template for the brexit talks could be her own renegotiation of the justice for the brexit talks could be her own renegotiation of thejustice and home affairs commission when she was home secretary. she opted britain out of different sorts of corporation and selectively back in. it was allowed by the lisbon treaty. there was concern from the european side that she thinks brexit will work in the same way. britain can t work in the same way. britain can opt out europe as whole, selectively opting back into things it one of. their view is that this is absolutely not on the table. how much has this can influence the recent public comments by angela merkel. there are several sources
including this report, saying after the dinner which jean—claude juncker left, depressed by the chances of a deal being reached. he phoned angela merkel before she was due to give a speech to the german parliament. setting out her negotiating line for brexit before leaving for brussels. according to reports, he said to reason may in the british government are not realistic, they are living under delusions about brexit. angela merkel stood up, having rewritten her speech, saying there are some in britain who labour under delusions about brexit. that is a waste of time. worth stressing angela merkel is not given to sensationalist or undiplomatic comments. the fact she made that comment, perceived in london as being a hostile one, that illustrates this goes beyond the dinnerand illustrates this goes beyond the dinner and jean—claude juncker‘s circle, this is a wider concern. how
soon will it be before we see something meaningful beyond the posturing? it will take time for the talks will not get started until after the british election. they could be slowed up by the general election campaign running over the summer election campaign running over the summer until september. when the two sides sit down and thrash out the differences, it is not clear yet. there are those who know how these things work concerned they will not get far, ending with britain or one that the sides walking out. lord kerr, who drafted the article 50 process has put the chances of the talks collapsing at 30%. that is a real possibility. free women have been arrested in
relation to terror offences. a total of ten people have been arrested in connection with the harlesden road police operation. james waterhouse, what is known about these arrests? the met police are describing this is an ongoing intelligence led operation. these arrests involving three women, two 18—year—olds, one 19—year—old. questioned currently outside of london on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts. officers have confirmed they are linked to a similar raid we saw on thursday last week in which a 21—year—old woman was shot and injured by police, she has been discharged. arrested on suspicion of the same offences. have at least been specific on the later picture, spoiling any meaningful plot? no. not commenting, it is an ongoing
investigation. seven of the ten suspects are women, they won yet charged, but quite wide network, the police are working with, in london and kent. we don't know to what end something has been stopped. you get a sense of the size of the operation. social media companies have been accused of a "disgraceful" failure in their efforts to tackle terrorist propaganda and hate speech online. the commons home affairs select committee says the firms are putting more effort into protecting their profits, than keeping people safe. google, facebook and twitter have previously defended their approach to online safety. richard galpin reports. according to the mps' report, illegal content, including sexualised images of children, had not been removed quickly enough from the website of social media companies. despite repeated requests for this to be done. the home affairs committee had taken evidence from facebook, twitter and google, which owns youtube. the companies have billions of users around the
world. mps have now lost patience. i think the richest and biggest companies in the world have both the ability and the responsibility to make sure that this kind of illegal and dangerous material is removed. i do not think they are taking this seriously enough, and i think they need to. the mps suggest fines, potentially millions of pounds, the companies which do not remove posts enough. they are also proposing that companies pay for police to investigate online material suspected of being illegal. but is it really possible to quickly spot extremist material, like thisjihadist recruitment video, amid the millions of posts being put up on social media sites every day? there is certainly more that companies can
do and they themselves have acknowledged that. they could be improving takedown times, partnering with each other to flag content across platforms, but we should also be careful. the way that systems and platforms work is that they have a limited liability for the content on there. much like the post of this cannot steam open every single envelope to see if criminals are sending messages to each other. so at the moment social media company is our reliant on their users reporting what they consider to be illegal material. and for the mps that wrote the report today, they are not accepting that and the and they expect the tech giants to do much more. dorset police say they are searching for "at least two" suspects after a businessman was shot dead by suspected burglars in the early hours of yesterday. sixty one—year—old guy hedger was fatally wounded at his home in the village of st ives in dorset. duncan kennedy reports. there has been constant police
activity at the scene today. dozens of officers arriving as part of what isa of officers arriving as part of what is a very large investigation. police say guy hedger, 61, was shot in the early hours of yesterday morning, later dying of his injuries. victim, the police say, of a break—in by intruders. injuries. victim, the police say, of a break-in by intruders. we are treating this as an aggravated burglary. the offenders, we believe, went into steel, subsequently shooting innocent man. the police say they think there were at least two intruders. this is an area with large detached houses behind gates and large bushes. the murder of guy hedger has been deeply upsetting for his neighbours. absolutely dreadful, absolutely awful. sickening. very shocked. as i was saying. a very quiet area. you feel very safe here. just really shocking. well, a bit of
horror. when unilit 100 just really shocking. well, a bit of horror. when unilit100 and something metres from the place. it is quite concerning, as i'm sure you will agree. it is believed guy hedger shared his house with his partner, said to be deeply affected by the incident. he was a director of the avon born academy trust. in a statement they said... detectives say they do not think he knew his intruders. they say anyone who heard or saw anything should contact them as soon as possible. the two remaining candidates for the french presidency are holding rallies in paris ahead of next sunday's decisive round of voting.
the centrist, emmanuel macron, has a strong lead in the polls over marine le pen of the national front. hugh schofield sent this report. less than a week to make up a gap in the polls and marine le pen is looking to consolidate supporters in her key workers, working men and women who find themselves victims of globalisation, the eu and the world of finance. translation: i will protect businesses by making them less vulnerable to globalisation and i will protectjobs and stop them from moving abroad. across town, another may rally. this one pulled together marine le pen's opponents in the left—wing trade unions. the unions here are calling on people to out and vote for marine le pen's rival, emanuel macron, to keep marine le pen out. but the question is, how many working—class voters are interested in that message because for many people who vote
left traditionally in france, emanuel macron isjust as bad or worse than marine le pen. i am here to say to all of my compatriots, vote macron, even if you do not like him very much. a former banker, pro—globalisation, emanuel macron knows he is not the natural choice for working—class voters. but he acknowledged their concerns about the eu. the dysfunctions of the european union are no more sustainable. so i do consider that my mandate the day after will be the same for the european union and our european party. in this race, left—wing voters feel they have no runner. if they vote macron, for many, it will be with a heavy heart.
let's ta ke let's take you to paris. a large gathering forming. these are people specifically taking part on may day. what has been described as an anti—right to rally. people campaigning against marine le pen. both the leading candidates were out today. we're expecting immanuel —— the other candidate. we are hoping to speak to our correspondent james reynolds later. downing street says it doesn't recognise an account,
published in a german newspaper, of a fractious dinner last week between the prime minister and the european commission president, jean—claude juncker. three teenage women are arrested on suspicion of terror offences in raids linked to a police operation in north london on thursday in which a woman was shot and injured. a committee of mps says the failure of some of the biggest social media companies to remove illegal online content is a "disgrace." japan has dispatched its largest warship to protect us supply vessel. the first time ever it is sent one of its warships to seek with the purpose of protecting a foreign military vessel. japan amended security law last week for such
purposes. forjapan‘s for japan's ministry this forjapan‘s ministry this is a big step away from pacifism. just across the sea of japan, step away from pacifism. just across the sea ofjapan, satellite step away from pacifism. just across the sea of japan, satellite photos shown north korea preparing for another underground nuclear test. speaking on sunday, us president donald trump again warned john yang not to go ahead. i would not be happy if he does a nuclear test. i can tell you also, i do believe the president of china, a very respected man, will be happy. ifjohn yang is worried, it is not showing it. today they vowed to go ahead with the nuclear tests, at any time and any location. this all comes two days
after north korea tested another of its growing family of ballistic missile. the fifth test this year. meanwhile the us carl vinson carrier battle group has finally arrived in waters off the korean lindsley. the huge ship and escorts are potent symbol of american‘s military might. what are they there to do? president trump not giving many clues.|j what are they there to do? president trump not giving many clues. i don't know —— don't want people to know what my thinking is. for the first time the president acknowledged the terrible consequences of a military strike against north korea. massive warfare, with millions, potentially millions of people being killed, that trumps trade. tensions are now higher than at any time since the
korean dictator came to power in 2011. despite the heated rhetoric and neither side wants a conflict, when tensions are high, so are the dangers of miscalculation. let's go back to paris, demonstrators near the plaster republic. principally an anti—right protest. people are urging the french not to vote for marine le pen, the national front candidate. james reynolds is not there, but close to some of those protesters. see a fair chunk of people behind you. what sort of demonstration are we talking about. pretty big. looks to be thousands and thousands of people. i have watched them marching past for the last half an hour. some of the
people walking by having caring anti—marine le pen placards. a lot of these people are union workers. some represent antifascist organisations. just because they oppose marine le pen means they will support macron. some people may vote for him because the lesser of two evils, others that they may stay at home. a big day for both the main candidates. give us a sense of what people are doing today? marine le pen has been addressing a rally in northern paris, where she gets some of her support on the edges of cities. where she has called on people to vote for her. macron will be acknowledging his rally later
today. he spoke to the bbc, saying he wanted to me renegotiate france's relationship with the eu. he said there is a 50—50 split between pro—and anti—ee were in the country. he said he had to do something to address that. being pro—eu does not given the support he needs for a convincing victory. you may have heard some sands in your hair as you have been talking. we are showing the pictures from another part of the pictures from another part of the demonstration, where it shows that things have got more tense. police with riot shields, flares, some sort of smoke material going up in the air. clearly there is a tension in the air. i don't know whether you can discern that from where you are? to be absolutely honest, no. this demonstration seems to be giving head entirely peacefully. very good—natu red. to be giving head entirely peacefully. very good—natured. no
one shouting at each other. i cannot see any police or riot police in my field of vision. 150 metres in front of me one way, about 70 metres the other way. don't see any police, but driving to the demonstration isil groups and lines of riot police. i think a lot of what they are trying to do is to make sure they keep different process groups apart from each other. may day in france has had traditions of scuffles between various protesters and police. not surprisingly there have been clashes in conflict so far. where i am, at the back end of this main union demonstration, things are very peaceful. thank you for that, james. we will keep an eye on the events throughout the afternoon on bbc news. this week millions of voters
in england will elect a new kind of politician — the first—ever metro—mayors as power is devolved from westminster to some english regions. there are six areas electing a metro—mayor — including the west midlands, from where our home editor mark easton now reports. in a baptist church on the edge of birmingham, the pews are filling for an election hustings. nothing to do with the national or the local campaigns, though. they're coming to scrutinise candidates for something entirely new, a mayor for the west midlands. thank you to our candidates, who must be all husting—ed out by now. whoever gets the job will oversee the lives of 3 million people and an economy worth £120 billion, inheriting powers currently held in westminster. oversight of the region's transport, housing and economic development. a good idea? we gave each candidate ten seconds to explain why the west midlands needs a mayor. we need to take back control
of the west midlands from london. we've been run directly by london politicians for a0 years, and they have let us down. people here voted against having a mayor, it's really clear from the campaign so far, they don't want an mayor at all still. the reason we're having one is the government says to have more money, we have to have one. we need a west midlands mayor as a champion and advocate, as a social entrepreneur, to deliver a self—made place. and as a consensus builder. that person's got to speak up for us in london, and around the world. and that person's also got to deal with the issues that can only be dealt with on a regional basis. to fight the cuts that we constantly get from westminster, and also to keep control and open up the secret combined authority. well, i don't think we need a mayor. i'm standing against the mayor. we need plenty of extra democracy, we need a new system, but not a mayor. birmingham's most famous mayor, liberaljoseph chamberlain, ran the city at the height of its municipal greatness. he controlled the supply of water, electricity, gas. he controlled the police service and the fire service, and for some,
the new metro—mayor is a welcome return of power to the west midlands. as well as birmingham, the mayor's constituency includes coventry and walsall, dudley and sandwell, solihull and wolverhampton. so what do the passengers on the wolverhampton tram think? the worry is that the smaller conurbations around the west midlands won't get as much as everywhere else. as long as it's a fair crack for everybody then, yeah, go for it. i think it's yet another layer of very expensive bureaucracy, when in essence the country is controlled by central government. they hold the main purse strings. i don't know anything about it to be honest. have you not been hearing anything about it? no. i watch a lot of reality programmes, i've not listened to the normal news! watched over by chamberlain's ghost, the regeneration of birmingham's city centre symbolises what a metro—mayor should do for the region.
get it right, and more control may be granted. get it wrong, and the most radical devolution of english power in a generation may turn to rubble. mark easton, bbc news, the west midlands. new photograph of princess charlotte has been released by the duke and duchess of cambridge to mark her second birthday tomorrow. the picture of the toddler was taken earlier this month by her mother at their home on the sandringham estate in norfolk. the royal couple said they're ‘delighted' to share the photo to mark their daughter's special day. time to hear about the weather prospects. for many of us not looking too bad, heading out and about on this bank on a monday. some sunshine, in one or two places in the north west turning warm indeed. parts of south—west scotland seeing temperatures of 21 degrees. further
south, a swirl of cloud cover hefty showers breaking out. even the odd rumble of thunder. this will continue across central and southern england. maybe south wales, as the gate to the rest of the afternoon. elsewhere, not too many showers. ending the day with temperatures around the mid teens. this evening and tonight, showers tending to fade away, and tonight, showers tending to fade any and tonight, showers tending to fade away, many areas dry with clear spells. might be misty and murky across southern england. where you have clear spells with temperatures dropping for a touch of frost. tomorrow dry weather around, easterly wind. ringing cloud in eastern areas. if you showers here and there. sunshine for the west. feeling warmer, temperatures up to 19, maybe 20 degrees.
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