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this is bbc news. i'm nicholas owen. the headlines at 7pm: jeremy corbyn apologises on social media over anti—semitism in the party, after his deputy warned that labour could disappear into a "vortex of eternal shame" if it wasn't resolved. president maduro of venezuela blames right—wing opponents and colombia for what he says was an assassination attempt using drones carrying explosives. the government here unveils new plans for organ donation. adults in england will automatically become donors unless they opt out. currently, just under 40% of people are signed up. i didn't have no hesitation. we walked hayley to theatre, said goodbye and ijust kissed her and ijust said, "go save some lives, hayley." tell you what, move it towards me a little bit. to you. to me. after half a century making people laugh, barry chuckle of the chuckle brothers has died. brother paul says he's lost his very best friend.
and ireland's fairy tale run in the hockey world cup comes to an end as they're beaten 6—0 by netherlands in the final. that and the rest of the sports news in sportsday at 7:30pm. good evening. jeremy corbyn has again apologised for the hurt that's been caused to manyjewish people by anti—semitism in the labour party. in a video message, the labour leader acknowledged that his party had been too slow in dealing with allegations. he has not, however, responded to a call from his deputy, tom watson, for labour to adopt the full definition of anti—semitism set out in the international holocaust remembrance alliance. vicki young reports.
mr corbyn, when will you do enough for the jewish community to be happy with the labour party? he's not answering questions but jeremy corbyn‘s under growing pressure to do something to prove he's taking the issue of anti—semitism seriously. mr corbyn‘s refused several requests for interviews. instead, the labour party filmed this message in which he says sorry for the hurt caused to many jewish people. people who use anti—semitic poison need to understand, you do not do it in my name or the name of my party. you are not our supporters. anyone who denies that this is surfacing in our party is clearly actually wrong and contributing to the problem. shame on you! jewish groups are angry about the definition of anti—semitism the labour party has decided to adopt in its code of conduct. now the party's deputy leader has joined the chorus of disapproval. tom watson told the observer that labour risked disappearing into a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment over the row. in public and private,
severaljeremy corbyn‘s senior colleagues have now made it clear they think he needs to go further than simply repeating past statements about anti—semitism. if he doesn't, this row is going to continue, damaging labour and distracting it from what it is supposed to be doing here, opposing the conservatives. another senior backbencher said mr corbyn‘s video changed nothing and she did not feel at all reassured by more words. he seems to have difficulty understanding that this is a very serious situation that won't go away with warm words. he seems to hold thejewish community in some kind of contempt and to treat them in a way he would not dream of treating any other minority community. labour insists that mr corbyn has made it clear in the strongest terms that anti—semitism has no place in the party and the code of conduct, which is causing such anger, is about to be fully consulted on. vicki young, bbc news, westminster.
and we'll find out how this story — and others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. guests joining me tonight are the broadcaster and entertainmentjournalist caroline frost and the parliamentary journalist, tony grew. the president of venezuela, nicolas maduro, has angrily condemned political opponents — including the united states and colombia — accusing them of being behind an attempt to assassinate him. he said there would be no forgiveness for those responsible for what he said was a drone attack while he was addressing a military parade in the capital, caracas. venezuela's interior minister says six "terrorists" — as he called them — have been detained over the explosions. president trump's national security adviser, john bolton, has suggested the incident might have been set up by the venezuelan government itself. katy watson reports. mr maduro's speech started off like all the others, a rallying call on state television to support his revolution. and then this happened.
the sound cuts off. the television pictures continue to roll. at this point, you can hear what sounds like panicked officials trying to protect mr maduro, while in the distance, a small group of soldiers start to move. and then chaos. the broadcast gets cut. from a nearby apartment block, you can see the military parade emptied, the sound of emergency sirens hardly heard above people's screams. anti—riot police move in, shields in hand. mr maduro likes to tell the world that there is order in venezuela. these pictures show otherwise. but within hours, he returned on screen, defiant. translation: i've no doubt that everything points to the right, to the venezuelan ultra—right, in cahoots with the colombian ultra—right, and the colombian president is behind this attack. the colombian government
deny any involvement. the aftermath felt chaotic. the secret service, a common sight in venezuela, was out in force. but what is missing is the evidence. where are these drones that tried to kill mr maduro? without that, conspiracy theories abound. what people are concerned about is that mr maduro will use these images to justify a further crackdown on his political opponents. katy watson, bbc news. here, the government's publishing plans for a new system for organ donations in england. from the spring of 2020, most adults would be considered as potential donors unless they opted out. ministers say up to 700 more lives could be saved each year. 0ur health correspondent catherine burns reports. she was always bubbly, there, wasn't she? look. hayley—louise jordan's parents say she was always fun but liked to plan ahead. so she was in her 20s when she signed up to the nhs
organ donor register. her family thought nothing of it. she's gorgeous there, isn't she? yeah. but when hayley was 32, she had a brain haemorrhage. doctors pronounced her brain—dead and asked her parents about donation. i didn't have no hesitation. we walked hayley to theatre, said goodbye, and ijust kissed her, and ijust said, "go save some lives, hayley". public support for organ donation is high. it is thought about 80% support the idea, but only 37% have signed up to become donors. in reality, only a tiny number of deaths are suitable, but the government thinks changing the system could generate hundreds of extra transplants a year. the system for organ donation was overhauled ten years ago with some considerable success. now, for the first time, more than 5,000 people have had transplants in the uk over 12 months. last year, just over 1,500 people donated organs after their death
and that is a record high. but still, there are just over 6,000 patients on waiting lists for transplants. so under the new system, all adults would automatically be considered as donors unless they actively opt out. in the last year, more than 500,000 people across the uk have officially said no to donation even though, so far, only wales has a system where people need to opt out. scotland plans to introduce one, too, and northern ireland has rejected the idea. there just isn't the evidence that this will actually deliver more organs that are in line with the wishes of the donor. and secondly, there is a fear — and we don't know if this is the case or not — that it may change perceptions of donation. rather than being seen as a gift, it could be seen as the state taking organs. so could this mean organs being taken against the wishes of relatives? the government says absolutely not. their views would still be paramount. the reality is what we are trying to do isjust make it easier for people to record their wishes.
by definition, that will make more organs available. but i will say that still, we will never stop looking to see what else we can do to increase the supply of organs and save more lives. carol says she gets great comfort from knowing her daughter's organs went on to help several sick people. we haven't got hayley, but she's living with... in other people. and they are having a healthy and happy life. catherine burns, bbc news. downing street has distanced itself from a suggestion by the international trade secretary, liam fox, that a no—deal brexit is now the most likely outcome of negotiations. dr fox told the sunday times he believed the odds that britain would leave the eu without a transition arrangement next march were now at 60—40. number 10 has insisted it remains confident it can get a good deal. the family of the missing midwife samantha eastwood have thanked
the public for their support after police in staffordshire found a body. the family have also asked for their privacy to be respected. the midwife went missing just over a week ago. three men are in custody, one on suspicion of murder. police in london have launched a murder investigation after a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in kingston—upon—thames last night. the man was found in cambridge gardens and was pronounced dead at the scene. officers are in the process of informing the man's family. no arrests have been made as yet. all 20 people on board a vintage aircraft which crashed in the swiss alps late yesterday evening are now known to have died. swiss police say the junker 52, flown byju air, came down on a remote mountainside in the east of the country. the cause of the crash remains unclear. imogen foulkes reports from berne. the vintage junker 52, dating from 1939, was on a two—day excursion flight from locarno
in the south up to zurich in the north. it was full, 17 passengers and three crew making the most of the clear summer weather for a flight across the alps. but somewhere above the 3,000—metre piz segnas mountain, something went wrong. today, crash investigators revealed their preliminary findings. translation: based on the situation at the crash site, we can say that the aircraft smashed into the ground almost vertically at relatively high speed. the exact cause is still to be investigated. what we can rule out at this point is there wasn't any collision with another aircraft, nor with an obstacle such as a cable. but establishing exactly what happened will take some time. the elderly plane had no black box flight recorder, and the remote alpine location of the crash means there was little radar monitoring.
the scene of the accident remains closed. the bodies of the victims — 17 from switzerland and three from austria — are still being recovered. imogen foulkes, bbc news, berne. portuguese firefighters in the algarve are struggling to bring wildfires under control, as the southern european heatwave continues. temperatures have climbed to 46 degrees celsius, approaching the all—time european record. fire warnings have been issued across the iberian peninsula, as chi chi izundu reports. portugal — the latest country battling wildfire. some 700 firefighters are still trying to stop flames taking further hold of a eucalyptus forest near the town of monchique in the algarve. water—dropping aircraft have been assisting them, as well as over 100 fire trucks. already, more than 1,000 hectares of land has been destroyed and one village has been forced to evacuate. how far were the flames?
it was about 500 metres from our kitchen. the terrain is difficult to access and conditions have been tough. high winds, dry land and record temperatures. this weekend, seeing more than 45 degrees. it's so hot, people are opting to stay in. but it's not just portugal suffering. a continent—wide heatwave in recent weeks has seen deaths in spain, droughts and wildfires from greece to sweden. chi chi izundu, bbc news. our correspondent in lisbon, alison roberts, has been following the story. i think it's fair to say that they're not very overstretched at the moment. you'll remember, your viewers will remember the fires last year. we had some 500 over one weekend in october, which was really a record. there's half a dozen fires that we have seen today and yesterday, and the big one, as you say, is down in the south,
in the algarve region. actually in the interior, not near the beaches many people will know. and local operation commanders had thought they would be able to bring it under control overnight. they haven't managed to. they've said there have been changeable winds. some of the terrain is very accessible, deep valleys, very thickly forested. neither accessible on the ground or even to accurately bomb them with water. we've seen more than 800 firefighters there, and in the last hour or so, some 30 have been treated for the effects of fire and smoke. alison roberts reporting from lisbon. the australian government has announced more aid for farmers as parts of the country suffer the worst dry spell in living memory. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, says it's important to respond to what he calls "exceptional" circumstances. the extra £108 million brings the total relief measures
to more than £370 million. a second major earthquake in a week has struck the indonesian island of lombok. the latest earthquake, with a magnitude of seven, prompted the authorities to issue a tsunami warning, though that has now been lifted. at least 16 people were killed in last week's earthquake which also left more than 500 hikers stranded on a mountain in lombok. let's ta ke let's take a look at the headlines here on bbc news. jeremy corbyn apologises on social media over anti—semitism in the party, after his deputy warned labour could disappear into a "vortex of eternal shame" if it wasn't resolved. president maduro of venezuela blames right—wing opponents and colombia for what he says was an assassination attempt using drones carrying explosives. the government publishes plans to change organ donation in england to an "opt—out" system from 2020. it was a fairytale
run while it lasted. ireland's women hockey players surmounted all the odds to reach the world cup final. the unfancied side had won the hearts of many on their progress through the tournament, but their fans didn't get the ending they were hoping for, as a dominant netherlands team beat them 6—0. we can now get the reaction of michelle harvey, a veteran of the irish women's team with well over 100 appearances under her belt. good evening to you. this was super. it went wrong in the end but will the run lasted, it was terrific. yes, the girls have done so well in this tournament. they prepared so well for the tournament and it took every match as a file and proved they could beat consistently teams high rank than themselves and they proved that the match today was tough but they've done really well tough but they've done really well to get to the final. all credit to
them. i know you played yourself in yea rs past them. i know you played yourself in years past but it has to be said, ireland was pretty far down the rankings, wasn't it? exactly, yes. we were late known in the world in hockey terms. we have tried for yea rs hockey terms. we have tried for years to hockey terms. we have tried for yea rs to really hockey terms. we have tried for years to really do well and the fact we had this opportunity to compete ina we had this opportunity to compete in a world cup and for we are a nation to be reckoned with, hopefully this is the start of things to cover the future of irish hockey and now that the world has seen that we a hockey team... and lots of popular following four in the country? i've heard from close family and friends, people outside the hockey community, obviously the whole hockey community around the world is aware of it. the likes of dan carter. he heard the new zealand tea m dan carter. he heard the new zealand team was out so he started supporting irish hockey. this last game, the final. it did look as
though the netherlands were very much ina though the netherlands were very much in a dominant position. just talkers of the game as you saw. the dutch are consistently class and a leading hockey nation. they have a lot of funding. they are constantly training. there's a lot to balance their when you play that kind of calibre. all credit to the irish. they never gave up. they taught writing to the end and they were close to scoring in the end but it's ha rd to close to scoring in the end but it's hard to compete against nations that have a lot of funding, have a lot of backing that the irish national team did not have come a sponsor until two months ago. it's hard to compete against that but they've done extremely well to get through to the finals. yes, there was a bit, four goals in seven minutes i think in one stage. morale must‘ve sagged a bit at that point. yeah. i think they were realistic that the dutch we re they were realistic that the dutch were going to come fighting on the start. they got very convincing strikers. i think the kind of had to
ta ke strikers. i think the kind of had to take that initial swell, that heat in the first four goals and they did absorb that. i think it was the third orfourth quarter absorb that. i think it was the third or fourth quarter they were zero goals against. he did show they kept fighting and a where resilient towards the end of. you mentioned funding that the netherlands enjoys. we're talking here a strictly amateur team. you mentioned sponsorship only came along in the last couple of months. the game in ireland, it needs some more support, does it not? 100%. most ireland, it needs some more support, does it not? 10096. most of the girls are either full—time students or full—timejobs. to try are either full—time students or full—time jobs. to try and balance that with international hockey career isjust, it that with international hockey career is just, it is a very demanding. the lack of funding, if not all, most of the girls had to pay to get there. it's just a com pletely pay to get there. it's just a completely different world to the likes of the dutch who have their training three orfour likes of the dutch who have their training three or four days a week asa team, training three or four days a week as a team, consistently through the year. ourgirls as a team, consistently through the year. our girls have little to no funny and it's just very hard to compete with the rest of the world in that situation. indeed. there's
honestly but be. football, also is of other things. could you think this could make hockey a much more popular sport among women?” this could make hockey a much more popular sport among women? i hope so. popular sport among women? i hope so. we have made a name for ourselves in the sport of ireland. as you sick of this other sports to compete against but the fact that we are the first nation to get get through, the first nation to get through, the first nation to get through to a final for ireland, that in itself is a massive heat and the girls should be super proud of themselves and hopefully that will be the start of big things to come for hockey in the sport of ireland. how do you think they are tonight? honestly defeat is never easy to ta ke honestly defeat is never easy to take but they must be surely pleased with where they've come from. exactly. they should be very proud of themselves. i don't think they even expected to get out of the quarterfinal. i think they were trying to be realistic, so the fact that they got through the quarterfinal, they topped the group. they didn't even disqualify two that they also won the quarterfinal match
and the semifinal, they should be immensely proud of themselves and i'm sure they are. yes, it was quite a big defeat but to get that far, to be teams, other nations higher than themselves, is great. anything like a open bus ride through dublin? i'm sure there will be massive parties in dublin. thousands of fans, hopefully, celebrating when they arrive when they arrive in dublin airport and they would do something in dublin since. indeed. well, dublin is the place to have a party if you want to have one. michelle, thank you very much indeed. the us first lady, melania trump, has expressed her support for the basketball star lebronjames, hours after her husband made insulting remarks about him on twitter. the player had said in an interview that mr trump was "divisive" and had "emboldened racists". our washington correspondent chris buckler has more. lebron james is without any doubt one of the biggest stars in american sports.
when he recently signed for the la lakers, it made the headlines, but he's found himself in the news again because of his criticism of donald trump. on cnn, he accused the president of using sport to split the us apart, and it's not the first time he's spoken out against mr trump. i'm not going to let — while i have this platform — to let one individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have, or she should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us. in an angry tweet, donald trump fired back at both the basketball star and the news network, saying... but lebronjames has a surprising ally in this latest fight — mr trump's own wife.
a statement by the first lady's spokeswoman said melania trump was impressed by lebronjames' work to do good things on behalf of the next generation. he has just opened a new school for at—risk students in his home—town in ohio. mrs trump made clear that she was open to the idea of going to visit it. i love you too, man. i really do. that's a sign of support from lebron james, even as he feuds with her husband. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. the russian foreign ministry says it has appointed the american actor steven seagal as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the united states. he was granted russian citizenship in 2016 and has previously praised president putin's policies. the ministry said his new role is to help deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. thousands of homes and businesses
in east nottinghamshire are without water because of a burst main pipe in the village of epperstone. severn trent has sent tankers to deliver supplies to those affected, and has been taking bottled water to vulnerable customers. navtej johal has the details. another scorching summer's day, and severn trent has been feeling the heat. these people have been without water since the early hours and have come to bingham leisure centre to collect some of the thousands of bottles provided by the company this afternoon. it's kind of crazy. it's so difficult. it's like somebody cuts your arm off. it's dreadful. i live in an area where there are five houses all in a very close community, so they have given me water for everybody. we have just woken up and we have had no water at all in the house. we also have two elderly neighbours and they have got nothing. they are boiling in this heat as well. thousands have been affected, many of them with no running water at all. the taps have been dry in jo's home in bingham all day. we came down the stairs to make
a cup of tea, turned the tap on. nothing happened. so it was a bit like, "oh, nothing, absolutely nothing." this burst water pipe in epperstone in nottinghamshire is where the problem began. workers were on site here at 1:30am this morning to repair a 20—inch pipe, one of the biggest in the area, which created this hole when it burst. the same pipe burst in 2016 too, also leaving thousands without water then. severn trent has apologised to customers and says more than half of those affected have now got their normal water supply back. it says engineers remain at epperstone and it is doing everything it can to get all supplies restored as soon as possible. meanwhile, the bingham collection point will remain open until ten o'clock tonight. navtej johal, bbc eadt midlands today. navtej johal, bbc east midlands today. now for something you don't see very often on a busy london street. a tropical snake eating a pigeon in broad daylight on the pavement. the snake — thought to be an abandoned boa constrictor — was found on high road, leytonstone this weekend.
the rspca has since taken the snake to a wildlife centre and is appealing for information about the incident. tributes have been coming in for the veteran entertainer, barry chuckle — one half of the chuckle brothers — who has died at the age of 73. alongside his brother paul, he became a fixture on children's television from the 1980s onwards. david sillito looks back at his career. i tell you what, move it towards me a bit. right. to me... to me, to you. for more than 30 years, barry elliott was barry chuckle. it was a comic career dominated by a never—ending struggle with awkward bits of furniture. you could saw a bit off the cue. their children's tv show began in the 1980s. the act was made up of the classic musical routines that they had grown up with. the whole family was in show business. can you stop the music and let me out...
0h! their dad was a comedian. their older brothers were also an act, the patton brothers. and young barry and paul continued the family trade. there was some early success on opportunity knocks and new faces, but chucklevision changed everything for the rotherham duo. i am sven from sweden. i am ethel...from rotherham. it is a sad day in rotherham. yeah, he was very much from rotherham and he was very grounded to the area. yeah, his heart was here, definitely. it was a big part of my childhood. like, going to my grandparents' and watching it with my grandad. yeah, it is really sad. it was slapstick and i loved it. among the tributes today, jack whitehall, david walliams and tinchy stryder, who had even recorded a song with them. # wait, i swear you're the chuckle brothers # you must be... # barry # and he's...
his brother paul said today... the death of barry chuckle, has died at 73. now what about the prospects of the weather? let's get the latest details from alina jenkins. hello. whilst there's been a lot of sunshine again across england and wales, for scotland and northern ireland, it's been a cloudy affair with outbreaks of rain, which will continue overnight. gradually sinking their way south and eastwards, but becoming a little bit more persistent as we head towards dawn. some mist and low cloud for wales and southwest england. elsewhere, some clear skies and a fairly muggy night, lows between 13 and 16 celsius. that mist and low cloud across wales and southwest england gradally dispersing tomorrow to reveal some spells of sunshine again. a very sunny day for much of england and wales, but always more cloud for northern ireland and scotland. some of that sinking down into parts of northern england,
and that could still bring some patchy outbreaks of rain at times. still quite noticeable winds for the western isles of scotland. elsewhere, a lighter breeze, and then the sunshine across central, southern and southeast england, temperatures again could exceed 30 celsius. noticeable cooler and fresher as you head futher northwest. so the outlook then for the rest of the week, that heat in the south will slowly start to ease. it will turn fresher for all, and there could be some rain. there will be showers at times, especially midweek onwards. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: jeremy corbyn apologises on social media over anti—semitism in the party after his deputy warned labour could disappear into a "vortex of eternal shame" if it wasn't resolved. president maduro of venezuela blames right—wing opponents and colombia for what he says was an assassination attempt using drones carrying explosives.
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