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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 8:00pm. theresa may makes a personal apology to the leaders of caribbean countries for the treatment of windrush migrants. the pay squeeze is drawing to a close as unemployment falls to its lowest level since 1975. also in the next hour it may be microscopic but it's a huge honour, the plankton named after sir david attenborough and the bbc blue planet team. of course it's a great compliment and one's delighted. generation rent — how a third of so—called millennials may never
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be able to afford a home of their own. good evening and welcome to bbc news. theresa may has apologised to caribbean nations for the treatment of members of the so—called windrush generation. they came to britain decades ago, but had been threatened with deportation for not having the correct paperwork. a government task force is being set up to ensure that doesn't happen. the prime minister said she was sorry for the anxiety that had been caused by many having their british citizenship questioned, some losing theirjobs and benefits. our correspondent adina campbell reports. that was the first day that he started school... paulette wilson, another descendant
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of the windrush generation who arrived into the uk as a child from jamaica. despite living here for more than 50 years she was held in a detention centre for not having the right paperwork. when i saw the illegal paper, ijust didn't understand it and i kept it away from my daughter for about two weeks. i was just walking around in a daze, thinking, why am i illegal? it's just upsetting to think that an ordinary person like me could go through something like that, i'm still going through hell at the moment. newreel: in jamaica they couldn't find work, but full of hope they sailed for britain... it has become the focus of international political debate. jamaica's prime minister andrew holness today
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met his counterpart theresa may to discuss the welfare of those affected. he reacted to the controversy in a speech to the commonwealth heads of government meeting in london. prime minister, we welcome your response and we look forward to a speedy implementation of your proposed solution. applause then there was a more intimate discussion at number ten with commonwealth leaders and inside, hoping to make amends, theresa may apologised. i want to dispel any impression that my government is in some sense clamping down on commonwealth citizens. particularly those from the caribbean who built a life here. i take this issue very seriously,
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the home secretary apologised to the house of commons yesterday for any anxiety caused and i want to apologise to you today. after the meeting, some of those who had attended gave their reaction. it is regrettable that the circumstance which we now find ourselves was allowed to get this far. but nonetheless we want to consecrate the future and we hope that these issues which are affecting the migrant population will not surface again. jamaica's prime minister says he is poised to work with the british government. it is a concerning matter but we take note that the government has given a commitment and we stand ready, as caribbean leaders, to ensure that the commitment is kept. empire windrush arrived into tilbury port in essex back in lavillanie, carrying the first wave of immigrants from the commonwealth. and in 1971 they were legally entitled to remain in the uk but the home office did not keep records. regulations were tightened in 2014 under the then
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home secretary theresa may, and without proof of legal status, this restricted access to health care, housing and jobs. whether apologies are enough to draw a line under this ongoing issue, caribbean leaders said they will continue to fight for the rights of all those affected. joining me now via webcam is tony smith, he's a former head of the uk border force and worked in the home office for a0 years. thank you forjoining us. how surprised i used by what's happened? line bit surprised by this, i wasn't expecting it, and i did know... in this country... particularly people
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who had been here at the time and had not come to the attention of the home office since we moved to digital records and this is what has happened. in recent years we introduced laws which required employers and landlords to check the immigration documents of tenants and employee ‘s. people have come forward , employee ‘s. people have come forward, they have national insurance numbers, health cards, but they don't have immigration documents because in those days we didn't issue immigration documents to them. what i find bizarre is that people who have been here for that amount of time have been threatened with immigration enforcement action. people who have been here for that amount of time would not have been subject to that action so i think there have been some errors made and it's good to see that the department is devoting resources to cleaning them up. who is responsible for
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those errors? a combination of circumstance. i worked those errors? a combination of circumstance. iworked in those errors? a combination of circumstance. i worked in the home office for a0 years, lots of different governments. the immigration act started applying to commonwealth citizens in 9073 and it has changed massively over the yea rs. has changed massively over the years. people came here under different legislation. now days we expect everything to be online, electronic passports but that doesn't work for everybody, not everybody has a mobile phone or digital identity. when you start introducing requirements on other parts of the community, for instance checking documents, with a penalty ofa checking documents, with a penalty of a fine if they don't, people find it hard to meet those requirements and there is a tension between the identity management strategy, where people don't have an identity as
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such with the government and an immigration programme aimed at tackling illegal migration. a new task force in the home office will be setup to resolve cases within a fortnight. in your experience how possible will that be? i'm confident the home office will put a lot of resource into this. that is part of the challenge. some of these cases are quite complicated. it requires an experienced officer who knows immigration history and understands the various permutations of this work to come to a conclusion that some of these cases may be quite complex. we cannot automatically assume everyone coming forward is automatically genuine. i hope for the categories you are reporting about who came all that time ago that they would be given documentation evidence of
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entitlement to services and i hope that's what the documentation will do. thank you forjoining us. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are caroline wheeler, who's the deputy political editor at the sunday times, and laura hughes, political correspondent for the financial times. officials say the nerve agent used to poison the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter yulia in salisbury last month was delivered in liquid form. a clean—up operation is beginning to remove the chemical from mr skripal‘s home, and other contaminated sites. our correspondent duncan kennedy reports. the investigation into the attack has focused at sergei skripal‘s house in a suburb of salisbury. police have said the biggest concentrations of the novichok nerve agent were found on his front door.
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until now, we didn't know what form the agent was delivered in. some had speculated it was a powder or other substance. but now officials have confirmed it was a liquid, not in the form of a gas or vapour. the also say that it was transferred directly from person—to—person or item to item. the officials also confirmed that the novichok has not yet disappeared, it's still around as it doesn't evaporate. including here in the city centre, where yulia and sergei skripal were found last month, but they stress the concentrations are extremely small and the risk to the public is low. but all sites, they say, will need an intensive clean—up. recovery is really about looking at the sites where there could have possibly been contamination and then testing those sites, cleaning, testing, cleaning and repeating that loop until such time as there is no contaminant detected. at that time, we know
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a site is clean. painstaking work, being done by the people who know how to do this. nine sites will meet decontaminating, as well as mr skripal‘s house, the restaurant bar they visited, but also ambulance stations and the police station were caught up in the aftermath. i90 military personnel will be involved and caustic agents will be required to sanitise locations. officials said it could take many months, meaning more disruption for the public. i think this is an absolute joke. it's terrible. i don't think people are realising the extent to which this is having an impact on our businesses. they need to clean the poison and then we are free to walk around. no illness, is it? let them do it. sergei and yulia skripal continue to recover, with sergei, still in hospital, yulia in a secret location. it is more than six
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weeks since the attack and the diplomatic, political and personal consequences continue to resonate. the year—long squeeze on wages is showing signs of coming to an end. official figures show the gap between inflation and wages narrowed between december and february. other figures show unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 1975. our economics editor kamal ahmed has the details. over the last few years i think things have been fairly tough but we are beginning to feel a bit more confident about the future. i am lucky enough to have my own home, i've got two young kids and it is quite tough to provide for them. it is nice to get a little wage increase but by the time i've got it in one hand it is out the other... our incomes, a vital part of the economy. and away from the statistics, the real—world, how people are feeling
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about the year—long incomes squeeze. as soon as we get a pay rise, food goes up, everything goes up, so that pay rise is, hello, goodbye! take my son, he got himself on the housing ladder, he's now got a young family, he's got twins, he needs to move up to a bigger house, they have only got a little masonette and he hasn't got a chance. just like maria and nigel, the wage squeeze is still true for many workers but the evidence is growing that 2018 will be better than 2017. let's look at the improving picture on incomes. if we look at last month figures said wages were increasing by 2.6%. today, that number rose to 2.8%, the highest for three years. and better news on jobs as well. unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975. the head of the firm which employs maria and nigel and 170 others in west london reveals why things are looking up.
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we went through a period where we had to reduce the size of the business, laid some people off, we have a constrained environment for pay rises. since then over the last three or four years we have seen maybe 20% per year growth in our business and that has been reflected in significant pay rises for our staff. there is one striking thing speaking to people here — the good times have not suddenly returned. over the last decade, people's real incomes have hardly moved at all. how unusual is that? well, the last time we saw figures on income that bad, queen victoria was on the throne. wages are slowly being fixed and are rising. at the same time as the rate of the increase in prices is easing. a stronger pound meaning imports of things like food and fuel are cheaper. the outlook is still tough for 2018, but that income squeeze is drawing an end. the pound has climbed to its highest level against the dollar since the eu referendum.
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overnight it reached $1.a3, after dipping below $1.20, following the vote to leave the european union. analysts in the us say the rise is partly due to an expectation of further interest rate rises in the uk. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may has made a personal apology to the leaders of caribbean countries for the treatment of windrush migrants. sergei skripal and his daughter yulia were poisoned by a nerve agent delivered in liquid form, says the department for the environment. the year—long squeeze on wages is showing signs of coming to an end. official figures show the gap between inflation and wages has narrowed and unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 1975. sport now. and for a full round—up
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from the bbc sport centre, here's damian johnson. brighton are desperate for points to ease their relegation worries and they are facing tottenham this evening. it is 0—0. perhaps with one eye on saturday's cup clash with manchester united, spurs have rested dele alli. manchester city striker sergio aguero is set to miss the rest of their season after undergoing minor knee surgery. the argentine struggled to overcome an injury suffered in training last month. aguero has been troubled by a problem in his left knee for the last five weeks. no timescale for his recovery has been given, but with city already crowned premier league champions, the world cup in russia will become his main target. rangers have suspended their club captain lee wallace and striker kenny miller following a heated exchange with the
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manager graeme murty. the experienced pair are understood following sunday's a—0 scottish cup semi—final defeat by celtic at hampden. the club confirmed the news this morning following a meeting with the players. the scottish internationals have been told to stay away from ibrox and the club's training ground. chris froome has moved up a place to fourth overall at the tour of the alps following a battling ride on the toughest stage. the team sky leader launched one of his trademark attacks just over half a mile from the finish of the second stage, but wasn't able to hold off his rivals. he ended up crossing the line in fiemme in italy in fourth place, four seconds behind the day's winner miguel angel lopez. just days after losing his first atp tourfinal, kyle edmund is out of the monte carlo masters. he was well beaten in his first round match by the italian qualifier andreas seppi. the british number one, who this week rose to a career high number 23 in the world, lost in three sets. this sunday the london marathon
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returns, it's live on bbc 1. mo farah will be among the contenders in the men's race. after retiring from the track following last yea r‘s world athletics championships he's now set his heart on olympic marathon glory in tokyo in 2020. the briton has dominated distance running, winning the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the last two olympics and claiming six world titles. but on his marathon debut in london four years ago he was only able to finish eighth. this weekend he'll return to the capital's streets hoping to improve on that. it's nice to have that support and people thinking you're going to win every ra ce people thinking you're going to win every race but the track, yes, i did that for a number of years over a decade, winning races but now i'm starting a new career in the marathon and it's going to be totally different. the london marathon ones is one of the big ones
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in the world and it has the best runners here so the race is going to bea runners here so the race is going to be a difficult one. another wave of commonwealth athletes have arrived back home from australia's gold coast. there was a big cheer for england's netballers at heathrow this afternoon. their gold medal against australia, secured with the final throw, was one of the games highlights. you are in a bubble and that is all you know about so the response we've had is incredible. one of the best things about doing it is that you are inspiring young girls, getting more people involved in the sport. if it inspires more girls to play, that's amazing, such a bonus. still brighton, no, tottenham, now. —— 0-0. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30. up to a third of so—called millennials, those born
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between 1981 and 2000, may never own their own home, according to new research. the think—tank the resolution foundation says they could still be renting when they retire. it's called for more affordable homes for first—time buyers to be built as well as better protection for those who rent. sima kotecha reports from birmingham, which has seen some of the sharpest rent rises over the last 12 months. more than 5,000 homes being built here in the city centre, but for many, owning one of them is more of a dream than a reality. and today's report suggests the property ladder is getting steeper and less affordable than ever. pretty much everyone my age... these men say it's depressing news. wages are stagnating, and house prices are going up. it's not in correlation at all, and it's going to get harder for everyone, regardless. it has been shown. i mean, i think this report today has shown it is getting harder.
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if fewer people own homes, the report says half of those aged between 18 and 37 could still be renting by the time they're a0. we've all known it for a while, that people, especially my age in the younger bracket, we're just... unless we have the luxury of grandparents or parents who can give us money, owning a house is going to be a tough task. so now the resolution foundation is calling for more affordable housing. and better protection for those who rent. and another idea... one possible solution is to bring in long—term agreements. that means tenants would have contracts that would last for years, not months — giving them, it is hoped, more security and more rights. of course i want my own house... a record 1.8 million families with children rent privately, up from just 600,000 15 years ago. once you've got the expense
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of the children, and then the expense of renting on top, it's just impossible to save enough money. you know, the interest rates are low so your savings are what you put into it, and there just isn't enough spare income. the government says figures show more people are buying because of the help—to—buy scheme and the cut in stamp duty. it says it's giving councils more powers to crack down on bad landlords, while giving stronger protection to tenants. liz is studying to be a barrister. she believes it could be another eight years before she can really call somewhere home. sima kotecha, bbc news. in northern europe it's much more common than in the uk to rent property for a lifetime. we can speak now to martin hofverberg from the swedish union of tenants. his organisation represents over half a million people. he joins us live from stockholm. we've been hearing about the
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challenges faced by young people trying to buy property in britain and having to rent. tell us about the situation in sweden. there is a housing shortage in sweden as well. since the end of the second world war we've had these huge public investments in housing, a lot of it going to the rental sector which made that sector a lot more attractive than rental sector is in other countries. they aim to make every kind of tenure attractive to live in so we have this social mix, homeownership as well as rental. that's interesting because many people here see property as an investment as much as somewhere to
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live. why isn't that the case in sweden? there was a sort of political agreement made at the end of the second world war, where society took a huge part in the investment is in infrastructure and housing and we had a strong social democratic party in power for many yea rs democratic party in power for many years and they were able to make their stamp on the country's development. but as a lot to do with it, housing being a right, not a property to be speculated on. how do people there then make money for their retirement? until somewhere in their retirement? until somewhere in the 90s when we had a new agreement on pensions, but before that, pensions were quite agreeable and
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generous. i don't think there was the same need to saving your house and you could make a go with public retirement. is the situation in sweden the same across scandinavia? the nordic countries are similar in many ways but the housing market is very different. norway is a lot more like the uka. a lot more home ownership in norway than there is in sweden. why do you think that is? different political traditions. a lot of this changed after the second world war. there was a different tradition after the war and that
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made for different political agreements. in norway specifically there was a tradition to go back to with homeownership and that continued until today. with homeownership and that continued untiltoday. part of with homeownership and that continued until today. part of the problem in britain is that renting can be quite insecure, there are short—term tenancies and quite low quality housing stock. what safeguards are there in sweden is? that's a part of it, white rental apartments are still so popular, about one third of people in sweden rent apartments, part of that is because it's pretty secure, the tenure is quite long and therefore the rent is not regulated but we have collective negotiation agreements which make rents better
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and there are regulations to ensure that the standard of living in rental apartments are good. that the standard of living in rental apartments are goodlj that the standard of living in rental apartments are good. i don't know if i should ask you this. but do you rent, do you own a property? there is a middle of the road thing in sweden, co—op ownership, which i happen to be living in. what's that is? the tenants in the house only property together. right, ok, and that works smoothly? yeah, i think so. how does it work, do you come together and work out who is doing what? exactly, precisely that, big meetings. so you have more of a mixed housing economy in sweden than we do in the uk. do you think they are we do in the uk. do you think they a re lessons we do in the uk. do you think they are lessons that people in britain could learn? i think so, we have had
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great public investment in housing which i think is necessary if you wa nt to which i think is necessary if you want to keep a good housing stock. every person who wants to rent or own gets to do so and to keep the prices in check i think is a big challenge in england as well as sweden. yes, we all face challenges. thank you forjoining us. the high court has heard that south yorkshire police knew about the bbc‘s plans to broadcast footage of the search of sir cliff richard's home in 201a a month before it took place. the singer claims that pictures of the raid, carried out following an allegation of sexual assault, were a "very serious invasion" of his privacy, and is suing the bbc. the corporation disputes his claims. sir cliff richard was never arrested or charged. our special correspondent lucy manning was in court. sir cliff richard arrived at court
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to hear more details about how a bbc helicopter came to film and broadcast pictures of the police searching his flat in 201a. the bbc and south yorkshire police disagree about how close their relationship was. the force's head of communications, carrie goodwin, admitted in court she had known nearly a month before the search that the bbc was going to film officers going in to carry out the raid, and broadcast it as soon as it could. we understand there are eight officers here. they are from south yorkshire police... danjohnson was the bbc reporter who south yorkshire told the date and time of the search, the police claims under pressure. he was in court as the force was accused of telling him more, helping the bbc film police arriving when a press officer texted mrjohnson their location details. ms goodwin admitted she had seen this bbc report on the one o'clock news and no—one at south yorkshire police had
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contacted the bbc to object to the helicopter pictures. later that afternoon she texted mrjohnson... the bbc‘s barrister gavin miller put it to carrie goodwin... "south yorkshire police were quite happy to use danjohnson and the bbc "to get coverage of a high—profile child sexual abuse case. " "that couldn't be further from the truth," she said, "no." mr miller continued. "that's why south yorkshire police went out of its way to enable the bbc to report." "i completely disagree," she said. there was also written evidence today from gloria hunniford, who was in court last week. a close friend of sir cliff richard's, she said when she watched the bbc‘s report of the search,
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it was beyond belief. she'd never seen anything like it before on british television. she said the singer was broken, violated and betrayed, and lost so much weight he felt like skin and bones. lucy manning, bbc news. like skin and bones. the weather now with tomasz schaffernaker. the weather tomorrow is going to be better across most of the uk. today's forecast, a bit of a blip across the west of the country, we had cloud, rain, strong wind around the coast. tomorrow, the weather will be settling down. tonight, some cloud, spots of rain across the west and south—west. another low pressure coming in but that's going to skirt western parts of ireland overnight and into tomorrow. mild for most of us, 12 degrees is the overnight loan in one or two major cities. tomorrow, here is the cloud and rain to the west, it should just miss belfast, maybe affecting the western isles.
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those southerly‘s are going to win across the country, sunshine from plymouth to edinburgh and temperatures will keep climbing. 2a high in london on wednesday, 20 in newcastle and not far off that in the lowlands of scotland. and thursday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, up to 26. this is bbc news, our latest headlines — theresa may has apologised for the windrush migration row telling caribbean leaders she's "genuinely sorry" for the anxiety caused by the home office threatening the children of commonwealth citizens with deportation. more details have been released about the poison attack on the former russian agent sergei skripal and his daughter yulia. the substance was delivered in a "liquid form" and a very small amount was used. the year—long squeeze on wages is showing signs of coming to an end. official figures show the gap
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between inflation and wages has narrowed and unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 1975. up to a third of so—called millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, may never own their own home, according to new research. the think tank the resolution foundation has called for more affordable homes. in a moment — we here from the farmers struggling to survive after weeks of rain and unseasonably cold weather in the us, the state department says it has evidence that both chlorine and sarin nerve gas were used in alleged chemical attacks in syria ten days ago. earlier today syrian state media said that international chemical weapons inspectors had entered the town of douma, where children were among the alleged victims of the attacks. they have been in damascus since saturday.
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meanwhile, here mps have been debating the government's right to use military force without the consent of parliament, following saturday's american—led air strikes on syria. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said a change in the law was needed so that commons' backing had to be sought before any planned military intervention. cbs news correspondent seth doane is in syria and has visited duoma, he sent this report. this was rebel territory until two days ago. and today we made it to the very house where that suspected chemical attack took place. "all of a sudden, some gas spread around us," this neighbour recounted. "we couldn't breathe. it smelled like chlorine." syrian forces recaptured this area from rebels over the weekend. that means they now control this building, where this video was taken.
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this is your brother here? nasser hannan's brother is seen in that activist video, lifeless and foaming at the mouth. in the kitchen, he told us how his brother had tried to wash off the chemicals. how did the chemicals get here? "the missile up there," he pointed, "on the roof." we asked him to take us to where the missile allegedly hit. he took us here up and pointed here. where we found a missile neatly resting. syria insists there was no chemical attack, while the us, france and uk blame syria. since those coalition air strikes, bashar al—assad's government has tried to show it was unaffected, today highlighting their military gains. this is exactly what the syrian government wants us to see — syrian forces here in douma and back in control. rebels had run this damascus suburb since 2012 and the intense campaign to recapture it started in february with russia's help.
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this was apparently a bomb—making factory for rebels here in the heart of douma. you can see the makings of fins for mortars, mortars over here. take a look down here, you see this bin. it appears to be home—made grenades. the human toll of the fighting was evident in the main square this afternoon. hundreds of thousands of civilians have been living here, many without food, for months. you can see the desperation here, people just hoping for some bread. we asked this mother of five why she didn't leave if the fighting had been so bad. "we tried more than once," she told us, "but the rebels wouldn't let us go." nine days have already passed since that suspected chemical attack, and if weapons experts do make it to that building, they could find a scene that may have been tampered with, and eyewitness accounts that can be confusing and contradictory.
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seth doane, cbs news for bbc news, damascus. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. a father whose seven—year—old daughter died after a bouncy castle flew 30 to a0 feet in the air, has told a court how he had "desperately chased" the inflatable at a park in harlow. summergrant died in hospitalfrom her injuries. two fairground workers, william and shelby thurston, deny manslaughter by gross negligence. marks and spencer is closing its warrington distribution centre, putting more than a00 jobs at risk. the site currently handles clothing and home products for stores in the north west and scotland, but will stop all its operations in september. the retailer shut its birkenhead branch earlier this month, as part of the brand's five—year transformation programme. spring sunshine has finally started arriving across many parts
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of the uk but for british farmers the better weather is far too late. the weeks of rain and unseasonably cold weather have left farms facing acute shortages of feed and fodder, they've lost more lambs than in previous years and some are still waiting to begin sowing crops. danny savage reports from north yorkshire. shepherdess whistles in the high reaches of swaledale, it still feels like winter. the ground is sodden, spring is nowhere to be seen and shepherdess amanda owen is having to feed her flock, which should be eating grass by now. our feed bills at the moment are enormous, so we're looking at roughly about £1000 a week in buyong hard feed. things are desperate. i mean, we're quite used to spring coming late in the hills, it has to be said. but it's just, it's really so unforgiving. a few miles away on bowes moor, nicky race is putting out her very
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last bag of food for her herd. animalfeed is hard to get, spring can't come soon enough. we need some grass shoots to come through for the lambs to grow, they need grasp of milk couple they can't produce the out of milk when they got no grass and that means the lambs are struggling to grow, really. fodder is like gold dust. people are driving hundreds of miles to this supplier near thirsk to get hay bales, but they're having to turn trade away training yesterday morning i had five telephone calls, people none of whom we knew from other areas, looking for hay and straw and we were unable to supply any of them, because we need to keep the stock for all our regular customers, particularly in the local area and south—west scotland. this is what lots of low—lying farmland now looks like, the heavy snow was followed by heavy rain, leaving many fields flooded. and where they should be livestock moment, instead those ducks and geese.
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this beef farmer says crops are being sown late, so the harvest will be delayed and cost to the consumer could rise. certainly with potatoes, and large part of them would be in the ground now and coming to the market in reasonable time. so you're going to have a late harvest for the vegetables. feeling a bit perkier now...? many lambs have died, too, in the wet conditions meaning some need intensive care to survived, as spring struggles to find its feet. danny savage, bbc news, north yorkshire. a little earlier i spoke to dan belcher, who's a cattle and sheep farmer from melton mowbray. he told me how the bad weather had affected his farm. it's been very trying. spring and winter. we have just finished lambing, the weather has been very wet and cold, we have managed to escape a lot of snow thankfully but i know some farmers further north and south
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who were heavily caught in the snow since three weeks ago. we are almost halfway through this season, it's too wet to get the cows out onto the ground. talk specifically about how heavy rain has affected you. we have quite a heavy clay here, almost flash flooding, the ground is waterlogged, the water cannot get anywhere, we had rain again last friday night and a couple of days dry will stop the animals are sitting in water with water on top of them, it causes pretty heavy losses. it is one to test us this time of year. you sent us some pictures which i think we can look at now. this gives us some sense of the kind of conditions you are talking about. talk us through the bail of hay that we are seeing,
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clearly important, we can see the wet weather there. it's pretty unusual this time of year to be turning lambs out, the lambs are to do three days old realistically, we don't have the space to be holding them back. the flash floods, we need to give them plenty of decent feeding, we have been going right up there with hay and solid barley feed to keep those lambs going. to keep their bellies full. lambs have been dying, is that right? yes, we have been suffering far greater losses than a normal winter, definitely. it is purely down to the weather. that lack of grass that is there will not have a lot of quality in it. it has been a situation that is difficult. have you had to buy in to try to alleviate the situation? how much have you had to spend? straw has doubled in price from this time last year, we are paying upwards
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of £200 for straw. hay would be used a lot more than last year as well on the open market. clearly a big impact for you, will you have to pass any of those costs on to the consumer in any way? we are governed more by the livestock markets we sell through, so i suppose there may be a shortage of lambs when it comes to selling, if so then the price may be as likely greater. what we're hearing is the whole country is suffering losses. on that basis, it might be higher prices in the markets, yes. have you ever known anything like this before? i haven't, i've been farming at home for ten years, even my mother and father have said they have never known such a long, heavy spring, you usually get a miserable day then four or five days of sunshine but it has been day after day of cold and wet. you have to take what they throw at you, not a lot we can do about it.
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what happens if it carries on raining? we are forecast a few fine days in the coming days that if it starts raining again, what effect that have this coming winter? we have a lot of spring sorting to do, if they're a critical grass that has not been drilled, further on, the knock—on effect is already looking into the spring yields, we would have hoped to have barley weeks ago, that will affect the yield when it comes to harvest. if the reality is that we can expect wetter weather in the future,are our farmers like you going to perhaps had to adapt and change the way you do things? certainly. we try our best to adapt to the situation we have got. whether it's providing housing
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or changing your crop plans, there are various ways around it if it looks like it will carry on in this trend will certainly have two address it make the best of the situation. really good to to you, thanks to you for taking the time out. ajudge in new york has rejected a request from donald trump's personal lawyer to block evidence which was seized in fbi raids last week. computers, phones and documents were taken from michael cohen's home and office, as part of a criminal investigation. among those in court was the porn actress, stormy daniels, who says she was paid by mr cohen to keep quiet about an alleged sexual liaison with mr trump. ms daniels has been speaking on us television as katty kay reports from washington. i'm sorry, i'm done being bullied. meet stormy daniels, the porn star allegedly the mistress of donald trump.
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she was composed, articulate and confident. she went on tv to explain her 2006 relationship with mr trump. it was not prostitution. there was no solicitation. no agreement and no money exchanged. this woman is now in the eye of an almighty legal storm, over whether mr trump's personal lawyer michael cohen violated campaign finance law when he paid her money shortly before the 2016 election. enter the news that one sean hannity, fox news anchor and number one trump supporter, has now also been revealed as a client of michael cohen. he never represented me in any legal matter. i never retained his services.
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i never paid him for legal fees. i did have occasional brief conversations with michael cohen. he's a great attorney. i was looking for input and prospective. it's all very cosy except that stormy daniels claims she and her young daughter were threatened by a man she says look like this. threatened not to reveal her affair with donald trump. he looked at my daughter and i remember him saying, it is a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mother. we don't know the legal implications of this appearance, but mr trump would be wise not to underestimate this woman. one person has died following an emergency landing at philadelphia international airport after a plane suffered engine failure. officials say the southwest airlines flight made an emergency landing in philadelphia after a window, wings and fuselage were damaged in the incident.
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the flight was flying from new york to dallas in texas with 1a3 passengers and five crew. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may has made a personal apology to the leaders of caribbean countries for the treatment of windrush migrants. sergei skripal and his daughter yulia were poisoned by a nerve agent delivered in liquid form, says the department for the environment. the year—long squeeze on wages is showing signs of coming to an end. official figures show the gap between inflation and wages has narrowed and unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 1975. how do you encourage more young people to enjoy the arts? well, tate galleries which has sites in london, liverpool and cornwall, has announced discounts
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and membership deals for 16 to 25—year—olds and it's to appoint a trustee dedicated to representing the views of younger people. the government hopes other institutions will follow tate's example. here's our arts correspondent david sillito. welcome to tate britain. as you can see, this is the entrance to the exhibition impressionists in london. if you want to see it, you will have to pay. and that price, well, this is the ticket booth. impressionists in london, £19.70. there is another exhibition, all too human, admission £21.50. but there is a concession of £1. however, that is about to change, because of this group of young people. here is our little group who have been advising the tate on trying to make this place a bit
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more youth—friendly. the first thing, gabby, angela, will, how will it change when it comes to price? tickets will be £5 if you are 16 to 25. quite a big reduction? it is, we really want to make galleries cheaper for more young people to come. they have been bragging about it for ages at tate, to make it more accessible. is itjust about cost? no, it is to do with representation, reflecting diversity, and we do that a lot in our programming. so you are involved in putting things on here? yes. later tate and after hours. what is difference between what you do and this very nice exhibition? we essentially make it a bit more exciting than it is. are you suggesting this is not very exciting? not for our age group, no. we feel more work could be done to engage and stimulate us.
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will, you are the only non—londoner, shrewsbury, you don't feel you fit into a space like this? sometimes, no. prior to any experience at the tate i had never been in a gallery. it was almost sometimes like walking into a facility where they lock the door before you go out and it was very intense. listening to people under the age of 25, make it a bit cheaper and make it a bit less dull. leading engineers at nasa have told the bbc that the first person to set foot on mars should be a woman. nasa's top female scientists and astronauts have been speaking to bbc radio 5 live about their work, the barriers they face and their desire to see more women make history in space. they're aiming for a gender balanced workforce, but say they can only
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achieve that if equal numbers of men and women train for science and technology careers. 5 live's anna foster reports. mission control in houston. they are monitoring the international space station. in this mock—up, astronauts train for the rigours of space. except you would be floating in, not walking. of course. we are on the ground, for starters. but for the women here, there is a new frontier. my director is a woman, my former division chief is a woman. we have female astronauts. we haven't put a woman on the moon yet and i think that perhaps the first person to step on mars should be a woman. for a long time now, nasa has tried hard to celebrate the achievements of its female engineers and scientists. 2018 marks a0 years since the first women were picked to go into space, the total workforce here is now one third female, and in 2016, nasa selected its first—ever gender—balanced class of astronauts.
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but there's still one place that only men have ever set foot. is nsséséa-‘zé'all 55 14‘=—- i wasn't as great in math!
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ergntrtrlbg a” ' " interstellar barriers, but now they want to see the earthly issues of equality and opportunity overcome too. anna foster, bbc news. now you know you've made it big in the natural world when they start naming plankton after you. sir david attenborough and his blue planet team were given that particular honour today. sir david described it as a great compliment. he was talking to our science editor david shukman. the amazing images of blue planet 2, they electrified audiences around the world, but these forms of life all depend on one thing... plankton.
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