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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: a murder inquiry is launched after a woman in wiltshire exposed to the nerve agent novichok dies. prime minister theresa may says she is appalled and shocked by the death. four of the boys trapped in a flooded cave system in thailand have been rescued and taken to hospital. the mission to save the remaining eight and their coach continues tomorrow. support from michael gove for theresa may's brexit proposal. he says the plans are a realistic compromise, but the uk should prepare for all outcomes. if the eu is ungenerous and inflexible, then we may have to contemplate walking away without a deal. japan's prime minister says efforts to save people trapped after days of heavy rain is now a race against time. more than 80 people have died across central and western regions. police have launched a murder
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inquiry following the death of a woman who was exposed to a nerve agent in wiltshire. 44—year—old dawn sturgess fell ill last weekend after coming into contact with novichok. her partner charlie rowley remains critically ill in hospital. the met police released a statement on behalf of the head of the uk's counter terror police, neil basu: shortly after the announcement, the prime minister made this statement.
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our correpondent simonjones joins us with the latest. so the nature of this investigation has now changed. it is now a murder investigation and you read through some of the statements there. we have had a lot of statements this evening, statements from the met police and a counterterrorism unit, from wiltshire police, from the prime minister, from public health england, and these are very interested bodies in this, which shows you just how many people will be involved in this investigation. reading through the statements tonight, the one word that really
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crops up in all of them is shocking, the level of shock at what has happened here, at the death, for example, the police commissionerfor the area, for wiltshire, said this was an innocent member of the public who had the right to go about her daily life and not be exposed to what he sees as an international incident between britain and russia. it was, of course, it began with sergei skripal and his daughter at, yulia, who thankfully recovered from their exposure to novichok. they we re their exposure to novichok. they were exposed to novichok some four months ago in salisbury, and i think there had been hoping that case it is those two had recovered, had been released from hospital, although they are still receiving treatment, showing how dangerous this novichok can be, there had been case, a hope that in the case ofjohn sturgis, that in the case ofjohn sturgis, that the hospital would be able to treat this —— dawn sturgess. the hospital said they did all they could and staff are very upset by what has happened. that was echoed
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by the prime minister, who said that she is shocked. the other message coming through that we are hearing tonight is the determination to get tonight is the determination to get to the bottom of this, to find out how it actually happened. because what we understand from the police is that dawn sturgess and her partner were exposed about a week ago. it is believed they touched a contaminated item. the various places have been cordoned off, both in salisbury and amesbury, nearby. it is not entirely clear how exactly they were exposed to it. so the key thing for the police is to try and determine that, and obviously find out what is behind it —— ainsbury. it was only last week we had the statement that the rest of the public was very low. i think what they are acknowledging is that for people who live in the area, and people who live in the area, and people across the country will be worried about this, but they are still saying despite this death at the risk is still low. the advice is for people in the salisbury area, if
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they have visited any of the areas that were cordoned off, they should wipe down the possessions, they should wash their clothes, if it is dry—cleaning, it should be put in a bag and disposed of. what the message is it is a low—risk. but thatis message is it is a low—risk. but that is what they said after the novichok poisoning of the skripal family soi novichok poisoning of the skripal family so i think that will be a ha rd family so i think that will be a hard message to get across to the people in the area. what we are being told from the prime minister and home secretary is that there will be a lot of support for people in the area who are worried. that determination to find out who is responsible for it, but once again the message to people, don't be alarmed, but also don't touch anything strange you might see, because potentially that is how dawn sturgis became because potentially that is how dawn stu rgis became exposed because potentially that is how dawn sturgis became exposed to novichok. —— sturgess. medical director at salisbury district hospital dr christine blanshard says: dr richard guthrie is a chemical
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weapons expert and joins us via webcam from bath. doctor guthrie, thank you for joining us so late at night, in particular. tell us a little bit more, just remind us about how novichok works, and how it is delivered, if you like. well, novichok is one of the groups of nerve agents, so they interact with the body by affecting the signals between nerve cells. and of course, the nervous system is required to support those basic functions of life such as your breathing and your heartbeat. as soon as those systems are interrupted, of course, somebody can be extremely ill, and of course, with a big enough dose, can lead to death. what do you know about the sort of lifespan of a batch of novichok? because we have been told that it does degrade, it does
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deteriorate if it is exposed to rain and sun. yes, well, there is a variety of novichoks, but the a234, as it is known, which is the agent used against the skripals, it does degrade in the environment but it degrade in the environment but it degrade is lower than was initially suspected. that is why so much money was spent in salisbury. if they were to going to degrade naturally a very short period, there wouldn't be the need to do that. so they persist. one of the big problems is that they persist even longer if they are in an enclosed container, and the leading theory in the situation is that the container that held the original poison that was used in the skripal case could be the object that these two most recent individuals have been exposed to. more thanjust individuals have been exposed to. more than just a container, it may even be a device designed to spread the material, for example on the door handle of the skripals' home,
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so door handle of the skripals' home, so somebody interfered with it by picking it up, by handling it, by squeezing something, they may push some of the material out, which they we re some of the material out, which they were then exposed to. so how does this then affect the investigation into where this container is, and to make sure that they have done as good a clean—up operation in salisbury and amesbury as they possibly can? well, it is very difficult to know exactly what the perpetrator or perpetrators may have used without an having known who they are. but i think it is a fairly reasonable assumption that they probably only had one applicator device for doing this, that is all they would need, and it is that object that contains the most potent amount of material, and it is the object likely to be picked up by these two. now, if they have moved it to, for example, where one of them lives, then it might be found relatively easily. if they had handled it but left it in place that
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one of the locations, that is obviously much more tricky to find. the key thing is tracing the movements of these two would be much easier if both of them were conscious. now, unfortunately, of course, one of them is deceased. the other, we don't know how long until they reach consciousness. but there is an important point to be made about detection of these materials. contact poisons such as these persistent materials designed to sit on the skin give off very little labour so it is not like walking into a room with a detector which could point you in the direction of where the object is. you actually have to swap the object, in most cases, to discover that that is where the material is, so finding it could be very difficult. and we were hearing from the home secretary today that the risk to the public is low but when we hear of the death of dawn sturgess, low but when we hear of the death of dawn stu rgess, inevitably low but when we hear of the death of dawn sturgess, inevitably people will worry. i think people will worry and they will see evidence in front of their eyes that will concern them. but i think the risk is low. it is probably only one
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individual object which contains this potent novichok in it. i was filming the bbc news and both amesbury and salisbury in the last few days, i didn't feel particularly concerned about my safety there, any more than i would in any other city. i think the advice given not to handle any strange objects you see lying around is very good, but i think the risk to the general public going about their everyday business is very minor. thank you very much for talking to us. a dramatic rescue attempt to save the young football team trapped in a cave network in thailand has so far managed to save four boys. the operation started this morning, with two brits leading a team of thai and foreign divers. eight players and their coach are still trapped, with time against the rescuers as more heavy rain is forecast. the four brought out are recovering in hospital. a warning that our south—east asia correspondentjonathan head's report contains flashing images. the day started with rescue workers
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an extra dive tanks going on, a daring and complex rescue was under way. waiting nervously for the outcome, the man who has coached the boys football team, nicknamed the wild boars, forfour years. it was his assistant who went into the case with them. i asked him what he would say to them when they came out. translation: i don't know what i will say when i see them again, but ido will say when i see them again, but i do know that i want to hug them. after their dramatic discovery on monday, they have been fed and treated by an army medic on the rock sheu treated by an army medic on the rock shelf where they have been forced to retreat by rising water. they were judged fit enough to make the dangerous journey, though none judged fit enough to make the dangerousjourney, though none has ever dived before. inside the now sealed off area around the cave entrance, ambulances waited to carry those rescued to hospital. and
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outside, as the light faded, the sound of helicopters on the site of flashing lights was our first sign that at least some of them were out. then, governor narongsak, who has led the operation, made this announcement. trans- maci led the operation, made this announcement. trans- mac i would like to inform the public at home and all those who have given us support, after 16 days, this is the day we are waiting for. we're finally seeing the faces of the wild boars. as he spoke, the first two boys arrived in a hospital. an hour later, we saw the third coming in. well, this is what all those who have been involved in this operation have been involved in this operation have been involved in this operation have been waiting to see. we saw two emulators go into this hospital earlier. that is another. the boys are coming out. the four who were brought out today are described by one rescuer as doing remarkably well. there are nine more still in
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the caves, but this first day went better than many had feared it would. jonathan head, bbc news, chiang rai, northern thailand. the environment secretary, michael gove, has urged conservative mps to support theresa may's plan for the uk's future relationship with the eu, although he said britain could always walk away without a brexit deal. it has emerged that, at the cabinet meeting at chequers on friday, the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, used crude language to criticise mrs may's proposal, before giving her his backing. vicky young has more. she gave them little choice — back this compromise deal or resign. theresa may laid out her plan to cabinet on friday. the uk would be tied to eu rules on goods, a closer relationship than many pro—brexit ministers want. but the prime minister has crucial support from one of the leave campaign's most prominent figures. i'm a realist, and one of the things about politics is that you mustn't, you shouldn't, make the perfect the enemy of the good.
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and one of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet. collective responsibility reigns. and i think for the cabinet, all of us, our responsibility is to work together in order to ensure that we can get the best possible deal for britain. at chequers, ministers were allowed to speak their minds. borisjohnson told colleagues, in typically direct language, that they were being asked to polish a turd. the foreign secretary was hostile to the plan, arguing it didn't honour the pledge to take back control of our laws. but friends say he is not resigning because he wants to continue to make his case. other brexiteers are prepared to go further. i can't support this deal. the offer is so bad that i wouldn't be supporting it if the european union were paying us. if she sticks with this deal, i will have no confidence in it, and if the prime minister sticks with this deal, i'll have no confidence in her. on the other side of the brexit argument, more than 100 business leaders from companies, including innocent smoothies
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and waterstones, have described the plan for a combined customs territory as costly and unworkable. labour agrees. i'm afraid it's got "fudge" written all over it. if you look at the facilitated customs arrangement, the sort of heart of this, it's a rebadging of the partnership, and it's based on the idea that at the border you can distinguish between goods that are going to stay in the uk and those going to the eu. it's unworkable, it's a bureaucratic nightmare. the deal done at chequers certainly hasn't pleased everyone. the uk government is calling on brussels to take it seriously, and in the meantime, it has promised to accelerate preparations to leave the eu without any deal at all. a murder enquiries launched after all woman exposed to the nerve agent novichok died, theresa may saying she is shocked by the death of dawn
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stu rg es. she is shocked by the death of dawn sturges. for boys in thailand have been rescued from the cave. the mission continues tomorrow. support for michael gove but the uk should prepare for all outcomes. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's tim. sebastien battle has extended his leave at the top of the formula i drivers championship after winning a dramatic british grand prix at silverstone. at a sweating silverstone, lewis hamilton was hoping to history. from pole position, his chances of a record
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sixth win were soon sent spinning. a sluggish start, a collision and hamilton was down to 18th, his race seemingly over but the elderly, brilliantly he surged through the field and back into contention. two crashes interrupting the race. hamilton also went past, up to second but he couldn't quite catch vettel. the german taking the chequered flag. what drama and what a fight back from lewis hamilton. his hopes of a record win here have agonisingly ended in frustration. vettel leads the championship on a day when lewis hamilton's champagne moment didn't quite materialise. some really sad news caused the
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northern irish racer william dunlop has died in the crash, after taking pa rt has died in the crash, after taking part ina has died in the crash, after taking part in a practice run. it brings more tragedy the family as william's father, robert and uncle, julia also lost their lives in motorcycle races. “— lost their lives in motorcycle races. —— uncle joe lost their lives in motorcycle races. —— unclejoe e. ——joey. the leader ‘s yellow jersey taken races. —— unclejoe e. ——joey. the leader ‘s yellowjersey taken and a number of others involved in a high—speed crash. chris froome finished second in the palette on but is over a minute behind. after falling off on day one for a second grand tour, chris froome enjoyed a more leisurely, - sunday out front it was a lonely removed. out front on his own. but he found some friends eventually. peter sagan
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taking some bonus points in the intermediate sprint before adam yates made sure there were still some british skin. as he picked himself up, most of the sprinters picked up with this sprint ending the chances of fernando. it will sit on the shoulders of peter sagan who outsprinted the handful of riders to ta ke outsprinted the handful of riders to take his ninth — france stage win. india have beaten england in the final and deciding match of the t20 in bristol. jason lloyd top scored as england gave the tourists a good target of 199 to victory. england made inroads into the indian batting order but could do little to prevent this. a century was made and india
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w011 this. a century was made and india won by seven wickets to claim a 2—1 series victory. scotland's russell knox has won the irish open after beating ryan fox of australia. after their final beating ryan fox of australia. after theirfinal rounds, beating ryan fox of australia. after their final rounds, both beating ryan fox of australia. after theirfinal rounds, both managed beating ryan fox of australia. after their final rounds, both managed to get to the green. knox did a special pa rt get to the green. knox did a special part to convert for a birdie. the pressure was on fox part to convert for a birdie. the pressure was on fox to equal it and he just missed by the smallest of margins. the win gives knocks his third european tournament. and that is all the sport now. flooding and landslides have killed at least 80 people and left dozens missing in western areas ofjapan. 2 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. authorities say it could potentially be the worst weather disasterjapan has seen in decades. most of the deaths have occurred in hiroshima, which has been hit by torrential rain since thursday. caroline hawley has more. an ocean where there's meant to be land, is how one
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survivor described it. and with large swathes of western japan submerged, the authorities say it's a race against time to save lives. more than 50,000 rescuers are now involved in a mammoth emergency operation. these were hospital patients were saved by the japanese military. the only escape from the hospital was either by helicopter from the rooftop or by boat. and here, you see why. some people are reported to be still stranded at the hospital. the record rainfall that caused all this led to landslides as well. many had no time to flee. the only escape from the hospital was either by helicopter from the rooftop or by boat. and here, you see why. some people are reported to be still stranded at the hospital. the record rainfall that caused all this led to landslides as well. many had no time to flee. the dead include an 80—year—old couple and a three—year—old girl.
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and the death toll is certain to rise. translation: i went to my father's home, but it was hopeless. we were looking for two people and only found one. translation: it was very scary but i am relieved and very grateful for everyone's help. shelters have been opened for the homeless. several million people ordered or advised to move from where they are if they can. but waters rose so quickly that many are trapped, with no way out. translation: even now we've not been able to confirm the safety of quite a lot of people and there are many stranded, facing the terror of impending inundation and waiting for rescue. nature has delivered this part ofjapan a devastating blow and it's not finished yet. more rain is forecast and with it, officials say, there's a serious risk of more landslides. at least 10 people have been killed and more than 70 injured after a train came off the tracks in north west turkey,
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according to reports from local media. reports say five carriages derailed on a section of track near the town of chorlu, about 100 miles northwest of istanbul. it's unclear what caused the derailment, but a local politician has blamed bad weather. the train was carrying more than 350 people. a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident which left a woman dead and put a teenaged boy in hospital. a 54—year—old woman was found with serious stab wounds on saturday at a house in aylesbury in buckinghamshire. she was pronounced dead at the scene. a teenaged boy was injured and is being treated in hospital. a 32—year—old man has been arrested. a british teenager has died in ibiza. the 19—year—old was pulled from a pool in the early hours of sunday morning, it is understood. the foreign office has said it is providing assistance to the family of a british man who died on 8july in ibiza, and are in contact with the spanish authorities. donald trump's visit to the uk this week will put "unquestionable pressure" on security forces — according to the police federation. the us president will
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spend time in london, and windsor as well as visiting chequers during the 2—day working visit. thousands are expected to protest and police forces from across the country have been asked to send officers to assist. the home office said other forces can be "recompensed by the hosting force". staying with the world cup. england fans watched as a semi—final goal set up a clash with croatia. it was 28 years ago since they last made the final. darren lewis for the daily mirror is in st petersburg and he explained the scale of what the national side has achieved and why they could go all the way. we haven't won a knockout game for 12 yea rs haven't won a knockout game for 12 years so
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haven't won a knockout game for 12 yea rs so we haven't won a knockout game for 12 years so we were really struggling to kind of comprehends the idea that we could make it to this stage but it really was a victory with a minimal fuss, it really was a victory with a minimalfuss, two good goals, fans celebrating everywhere. look quite surprised by the confidence the teams still do have. the amount they have left in the tank. croatia will bea have left in the tank. croatia will be a rather different kettle of fish. indeed. 1998 semifinalists, a lot of quality players including modric, and the juventus lot of quality players including modric, and thejuventus striker. they got a lot of quality in that tea m they got a lot of quality in that team and there will be several levels up on the sweden side. you can understand an amount of exuberance from england fans with this victory over sweden but there has been anti—social behaviour, what have you seen about? it's
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interesting. before the tournament began, we were over here, we were concerned about the potential for disorder here in russia yet the first disorder has been in the uk. let's not ca re first disorder has been in the uk. let's not care ourselves. over here, that kind of thing wouldn't be tolerated and i have to say, one of the features of the tournament has been a fantastic football in the way it's been really well organised and the lack of disorder queue in russia. i can give you quite a broader opinion but nothing to report on negatively as far as disorder is concerned, the first i've seen has been in the uk. hope it continues. in the past, some national sides and manages have
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rather had a bit of a rough ride with the press. i'm thinking of the turnip headlines for graham taylor and molly with a brolly for steve mcclaren. how different is it with gareth southgate? is it entirely down to how well the team is doing? they have done superbly well to break down the barriers between the england national team. they've not treated them like rock stars, that encouraged them to be open the media and encourage them to use social media and in the way of saturday's game. that culture of openness has re—established the connection between england fans, the media and the england team. gareth southgate, there is a continuity of players going to the senior team as well.
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it's been a perfect storm it's come together at the right time because this is the most open world cup there has ever been. there is a new name in the trophy. they will have earned it, england. it has been another dry, hot and sunny weekend. a subtle change in the weather forecast over the next few days. a bit more cloud and things will turn cooler. use the satellite image which shows the cloud working in. it will filter a bit further south across parts of northern and eastern england overnight. clearer skies further south and west and it's here we have the highest temperatures overnight so some places, 20 degrees during monday morning. temperatures sitting at around 18 celsius. the
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south—west, not quite as hot further north. that's slightly cooler theme continues through monday this front working its way south opening the doorfrom more northerly influence. lots of sunshine, pleasant conditions once again. it will feel a bit fresher. northern and eastern england. particularly if you are around the east coast. we will still hold on to the heat across many parts of the country. a slew of got the highest temperatures. several places will hit the 30 degrees mark. further north, just 16 celsius. some places around 5— 10 degrees cooler. this is our things are going to be looking in wimbledon to the championships which continue on monday. quite a bit of cloud. there
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will still be some sunshine breaking through that. 15 temperatures to a pretty hot 29 celsius and it will stay dry. that dry theme continues into tuesday and wednesday, we have high pressure dominating. particularly out towards the west. temperatures will be cooler through this week. sunny spells, and as we look towards the end of this week, more sun. this is tuesday and into wednesday. the cooler conditions filtering gradually further south of the country and temperatures in the low to mid—20s.


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