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good afternoon. the manufacturers of britain's most widely—used weed killer — roundup — are insisting that it's safe after a court in the united states awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to a man with terminal cancer who says it caused his illness. the jury in california decided that the us agro—chemical company monsanto knew the herbicide spray was dangerous, but failed to warn consumers. the company insists that the product does not pose a risk to health. from california, james cook reports. dwayne johnson applied monsanto's roundup and ranger pro herbicides up to 30 times a year. now 46 years old, and dying of non—hodgkin's lymphoma, he held his head in his hands after the judge related the jury's verdict. glyphosate did present a substantial danger. monsanto had been negligent in failing to warn users and had acted with malice or oppression. mrjohnson said he hoped the verdict would bolster thousands of similar cases. since the beginning of this case i have received a lot of support, a lot of thank yous and and a lot of prayer, a lot of everything.
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just getting energy from a lot of people that i don't even know, you know. and i'm glad to be here to help with this situation after i learned about roundup and glyphosate and everything, i'm glad to be here to be able to help, but the cause is way bigger than me. his lawyer said the company had acted with reckless disregard for human life. this case was historic. every major known human carcinogen had a moment like this, a moment when the science finally caught up, when they could no longer bury it, when people had to actually look at it and say, "we have a problem". but monsanto, which is owned by the german conglomerate bayer, says it will appeal, insisting its products are vital, effective and safe tools forfarmers worldwide. the science is not certain. in 2015, the world health
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organization classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic, but both the us and the eu, supported by the uk, have since reapproved its usage. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. our business correspondent joe lynam is with me. joe, roundup is widely used in this country. what has been the reaction so country. what has been the reaction so far? it's a very popular weedkiller, growth of 400% over the last 20 years. it is used on british farms and widely available in supermarkets and diy stores. scientific opinion is divided on this. the national farmers' union a pproves this. the national farmers' union approves its use for all its members, while the soil association, who promote organic farming, call forest of the spray of this chemical on crops are harvested on and in parks and gardens. —— they call for a stock of this spray. they say this product could be carcinogenic, while the european agency found no link to cancer whatsoever. france voted
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against approving its use and president macron said he will ban it irrespective of what the eu says within three years. the government here said it was a priority for the protection of people and the environment and decisions on the use of pesticides should be based on careful scientific assessment of risk. as for monsanto, it said the jury risk. as for monsanto, it said the jury in california got it wrong and that decades of research had shown that decades of research had shown that there was no credible link between roundup and cancer. joe lynam, thanks very much. an explosion at a military factory in wiltshire has killed one person and left another in a serious condition. chemring countermeasures, which is based near salisbury, makes products to protect ships and aircraft from attack. the police said the incident was under control and there was no risk to the public. seven marks and spencer stores are shutting today as part of the company's major restructuring plan. m&s announced in may that 100 stores will shut by 2022, after profits fell by two—thirds last year. it comes a day after house of fraser was bought out of administration, and as high street stores face growing pressure from online retailers. the us space agency nasa has delayed
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the launch of its mission to send a satellite closer to the sun than ever before. the parker solar probe was due to have launched from cape canaveral in florida a few hours ago, but the lift—off was postponed when an alarm went off. it has been rescheduled for tomorrow. the united states scrambled fighter jets and declared a security alert after a man stole a large passenger plane from seattle airport and performed aerobatic manoeuvres before crashing on a nearby island. the airline worker, who was alone on the aircraft, is thought to have died in the fireball. the police say it was not linked to terrorism. andy moore reports. what the hell? the stolen plane was filmed by shocked witnesses flying low over the islands of puget sound. what is happening right now? ok, but why has it gotjets? it was pursued by at least two f—is military jets. the authorities said those aircraft escorted the plane out of harm's way but were not instrumental
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in bringing it down. what the hell is this guy doing? whilst he was performing aerobatic manoeuvres, the 29—year—old man at the controls was talking to air traffic control. the man piloting the plane said he would perform a last barrel roll and then call it a night. he crashed into a sparsely populated island, causing this fire. there was the loud boom and i looked at her and said, "what, did they drop a bomb over there?" and that really must have been it. 0ur information now is that there was only one person on the plane and that was the person flying the plane. there is no indication that this person who was flying the plane was trying to damage anything or attack anything. that man said himself he was not a qualified pilot, but he had enough knowledge to take a plane and fly it for some time before bringing his journey to an end. andy moore, bbc news. the conservative mpjacob rees—mogg has accused his party leadership of subjecting boris johnson to "a kangaroo court", over comments he made about the niqab and the burqa.
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mr rees—mogg suggested the issue had become a "proxy battle" in the conservative's divisions over brexit. 0ur political correspondent jessica parker is here. jessica, remind us of what the story is that we are still talking about six days after his article first appeared. this is all after boris johnson said that women who and the niqab look somewhat like letterboxes oi’ niqab look somewhat like letterboxes or bank robbers and the prime minister echoed calls for an apology. the party is now looking into whether he possibly breached its code of conduct. but in an article today for for the daily telegraph, jacob rees—mogg, a prominent brexiteer mp, questioned mrjohnson‘s critics, asking whether there was a nervousness that they wa nt there was a nervousness that they want and probably future leadership contender was becoming too popular. he also made an unfavourable comparison between theresa may and margaret thatcher, saying that the latter would not have allowed personal rivalry to take the heat of the labour party. and today, hosting a show on lbc radio, mr rees—mogg
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suggested that this is all in part a proxy battle for brexit. a downing street source has said that this is an personal and that they have to look into complaints. borisjohnson has been on holiday. he has been spotted today at florence airport. we know he doesn't plan on apologising, but regardless, this row is now into its sixth day and has served to expose existing tensions in the tory party. jessica parker, thanks very much. now, with news of how england' cricketers are getting on at lords, and the rest of the sport, here'sjohn akers at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. england are just 18 runs short of india's first innings total at lunch on day three of the second test at lords. patrick geary reports. 0n on its day, this is one of the best walks in london. the sun shining, india all out for 107, a chance for a batsman to get settled, enjoy the morning, make others do the running. but keep the cork in, it's still early. things could go pop suddenly. keatonjennings lbw early. things could go pop suddenly. keaton jennings lbw to early. things could go pop suddenly. keatonjennings lbw to mohammed shami. next over for ishant sharma,
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another bridge of the peace. a nick from alastair cook, 32 for two. replacing england is highest test run scorer, england's newest batsman 0llie pope may have found a strong less relaxing. second ball for butterflies were scattered to the boundary, pope releasing the fear with a four. lords might look like an oil painting, but one full stroke could cost. a time to write your luck or curse your lack of it. at any moment, it might change. on 28, hardik pandya trapped pope. the tortuous wait, that long walk back. and before lunch another english pick—up. another lbw, joe root out. this game has lost plenty of time. it keeps marching on. patrick gearey, bbc news. there have been three goals already on the first saturday of the new premier league season. approaching half time at st james's park and tottenham lead newcastle 2—1, jan vertonghen giving the visitors the lead with the help of goal—line technology, before joselu equalised a couple of minutes later. dele alli's put spurs back in front. elsewhere, new boys fulham have a london derby
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as they host crystal palace. well, it all kicked off last night as manchester united beat leicester city at old trafford. united took the lead afterjust three minutes — paul pogba converting the penalty after a handball in the box. luke shaw added the second — his first goal in senior football. jamie vardy added a late consolation for leicester. it finished 2—1. there are four fixtures in the scottish premiership today, and champions celtic are away at hearts in the early kick off. almost half time in that one, and the score is 0—0. to the european championships in berlin, and great britain's matt hudson—smith lived up to his billing as the favourite in the men's 400m, as he held on to a massive lead coming into the home straight to win great britain's third athletics gold of the championships. he'll go for gold again this evening as part of the axaoom relay team. katarina johnson—thompson, meanwhile, says she's proved to herself
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that she can compete at the highest level after her silver medal in the heptathalon. she's been speaking to ade adedoyin. coming back into the stadium and sing it empty was like a wow moment. it's amazing stadium and i adore this place. but so far, my performances, i am very pleased with. i think with time, i will be more happy. an important three years coming up and to do what you did must give you confidence. definitely. it was a world—class field, although it wasjust definitely. it was a world—class field, although it was just europe. and those scores, with such long days and tough time schedules, is impressive. i am glad i was able to show that. but i do want a better pb andi show that. but i do want a better pb and i want to push and push until i reach my potential. when you compete in events like this, do you learn something about yourself? when you look back, do you learn about yourself in terms of the challenges yourself in terms of the challenges you face and the way you overcome that? definitely. i learned with
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every heptathlon. i feel like all the mistakes i have made in the past, i am sort of eliminating them with each heptathlon i do. i'm excited to continue that. that's all the sport for now. thanks, john. that's it. the next news on bbc one is at 5:10pm — bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. a man's appeared in court in calfornia charged with starting a wild—fire that led to more than 20,000 people having to leave their homes. the holy fire, as it has become known, burned nearly 10,000 acres through the mountains of southern california. peter bowes reports. another inferno. a rapidly—moving wildfire fuelled by high temperatures, gusty winds, and tinder dry brush. named after a local hiking trail, the holy fire broke out on monday, about 70 miles south—east of los angeles. dangerously close to
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homes, the flames leave residents with no choice. the police told us just a few minutes ago that it's time to leave. yesterday was mandatory evacuations. i left for the night and came back up. in the matter of about an hour were they were driving around with their sirens on and forcing residents to leave, so all of us down at the park. steep, inaccessible terrain has hampered firefighters and the blaze is still out of control. officials are warning that worsening weather conditions with thunderstorms in the forecast will lead to extreme fire behaviour over the next few days. there are a lot of resources available nationwide, but we are in competition with a number of fires up and down the state and also nationally. as those fires wind down and they release firefighting resources we're able to get them here. the authorities say it was started deliberately by this man, 51—year—old forrest clark has appeared in court charged with arson.
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he could face life in prison if convicted. at least a dozen wildfires are burning across california. 111,000 firefighters, including crews from overseas, are battling the flames from the ground and the air. so we've got a really good relationship between america and new zealand and we've had the american usar taskforce teams and come out and help with the kaikoura and christchurch earthquakes in 2010, 2011, so we were really grateful to provide that reciprocal help. the national weather service says smoke from california and other fires burning in western states appears to have drifted as far as new york, 3000 miles away. some of the fires are expected to burn for several weeks. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. the un security council has called for a "credible" investigation
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into an air strike on a bus in yemen that killed at least 29 schoolchildren. earlier, the saudi—led coalition, which carried out the attack on thursday, said it would investigate what it called "collateral damage". donna larsen reports — you may find some of the images in her report distressing. preparing to bury the dead. nearly 10,000 people have died in more than three years of war in yemen, but thursday's attack stands out. children, apparently on their way back from a picnic, hit by an air strike. it happened near a market. un officials called it a new low in the conflict. what happened will change the lives of these children for ever. they are now receiving what help is available in yemen's overstretched hospitals. translation: the blood bank doesn't
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have enough blood. thank god we are doing what we can. there are multiple injuries to the brain, to the bones. at first, saudi arabia which leads the coalition fighting with the rebels in yemen said the attack was legitimate, targeting militants launching rockets. as outcry grew around the world, the saudi military promised an investigation. and after a closed—door meeting, the un security council said it will review what the saudis come up with. the important thing is the word credible. if there is an acceptable, credible. if there is an acceptable, credible investigation the council would want to consider the next steps in the light of that. if any bus to gauge and held is not credible, the council will obviously wa nt to credible, the council will obviously want to review that i want to review if more is necessary. for many, that is not enough. human watch wright said we have been here before, the saudis have been given and chance to investigate themselves and the
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results are laughable, they say. britain, the us and france set on the security council. their concern at this attack and yemen's worsening humanitarian crisis is growing. they have not called for an independent investigation, willing for now, it seems, to wait and see. as the children are treated and the war rages on, the world is looking for a nswe rs. rages on, the world is looking for answers. hill asks the questions will be crucial. calls to allow boxing and martial arts lessons in prisons and young offenders institutions have been rejected by the government. the proposal was part of a review into how sport and a healthy diet could be used to help rehabilitate inmates and reduce re—offending. but the ministry ofjustice said it was concerned the classes would amount to combat training for inmates. the author of the report is professor rosie meek. a little earlier i spoke to professor meek and also a former inmate, john mcavoy, who turned his life around through exercise and sport in prison.
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my suggestion is that governors and pe staff in our prisons should be given the autonomy to make their own decisions when boxing related activities are appropriate. we do know from community findings that boxing and boxing related educational programmes can be an incredible powerful way of engaging with some of our most difficult to reach, disengaged particularly young men but also women and young adults in our communities. it is a shame if we are missing out on the opportunity to deliver some of these programmes in our prisons, where we could argue we need them most where we have very violent prisoners and we need some innovation in terms of trying to deal with some of the issues we face in our prisons today and ultimately reduce reoffending. let me bring injohn, you were a life prisoner? yes. exercise became your way out? yes. explain how? i went to prison when i
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was 18, i got sentenced to five years in prison. it didn't change me, i didn't want to be rehabilitated. i came out of prison worse than when i went in and carried on committing offences. i went back in when i was 22, at 24 i got two life sentences. with a witha minimum with a minimum tariff of five years. this was for armed robbery? conspiracy to commit robbery. whilst i was serving a prison sentence a friend of mine passed away and i had a moment of realisation in prison as to how short my life was and i haven't achieved anything with my life. i had access to the prison gym and there was an amazing prison officer there, darren davis. he spotted i was better than average on an indoor rowing machine. he came back to me a couple of days later and gave me these pieces of paper that had these records. the prison facilitated me to try and break some of these british and world records on a rowing machine. it wasn't just you having the desire, you needed it to be facilitated by somebody else? 100%.
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it wouldn't have mattered how much physical prowess i had, i was in an environment where somebody had to help me. the prison governor reached out and facilitated me to break those records. that opened up my eyes to my potential and i realised i could use my body as a vehicle to get me out of the life of crime. that is exactly what you have done? yes, yeah. i had a dream in prison to become an athlete. lots of people laughed at me because i was serving a life sentence, but i believed could do it. there is 85,000 men, women and children in prison in this country. if i have managed to turn my life around, i was one of the most hard—core criminals, it was about money. if i have managed to do what i have with my life, anybody can do it with their lives. professor meek, prisoners throw themselves into
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education, drugs or the gym. your emphasis is on healthy eating and awareness of body and all the rest of it, but do you think this exercise aspect of prison life has a wider use beyond just getting the prisoners fitter? absolutely, it's notjust a public—health element, which of course is critical. but we have evidence we can use sport to promote learning, education and revive ex—prisoners with the route into meaningful employment in the sports and fitness sectors. you talk about drug use and we have evidence of sports being used as a way of working with people who are dealing with substance misuse issues. as well as a whole range of other psychological and physical health issues. how patchy is provision at the moment? patchy is the right word. i include in my review, a set of good practice examples from across the estate of england and wales. i use these examples to demonstrate they are possible but they are few and far between.
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one of the purposes of this review is to highlight how sport is being used and to demonstrate to the rest of the prison system that we should be making better use of the sporting programmes. but it is patchy and that depends on the senior management, the governor of a prison, how much they support a sporting programme. but often, it comes down to resources where we are facing staff shortages in our prisons and prisoners are kept locked in their cells. it is difficult to engage them in any meaningful activity, whether it is physical education or other forms of education or therapy. nothing on the scale of the rain we
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had yesterday, which brought a0 millimetres of rain into essex. that is three quarters of the months worth of rain. we have had skies like these this morning with plenty of sunshine with some of the contrails crisscrossing the sky. we will see cloud continuing to work in from the south—west. we have seen the cloud arrived across parts of wales and south—west england and it will thicken up with outbreaks of rain here turning heavier and steady as we go through the late morning and into the afternoon as well. by the time we get to apm the rain is well in across south—west england and wales, turning heavy in places, strengthening south—westerly winds as well. some of the damper that will arrive across central, southern england, the midlands and eventually greater manchester and merseyside evening time. that leaves scotland
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with a largely dry day. a few showers for the northern islands and for eastern scotland, that those we re for eastern scotland, that those were the best of the evening sunshine will be. overnight, the rain becomes more expensive across england and wales before spreading into northern ireland and a good pa rt into northern ireland and a good part of scotland. the far north of scotla nd part of scotland. the far north of scotland keeping clearer weather and here again it will turn chilly in rural areas. otherwise it is a mild night, temperatures 13, 270 degrees and probably fog patches developing over the hills. sunday is that luther worst of the two days. cold front which will have pulses of energy running a longer and that will bring bursts of heavy rain. the wettest weather across south—west england, central and southern england, central and southern england and wales. the front itself could be slow to push eastwards, perhaps even slower than we are showing on the charts. then it will be followed by another band of rain we re be followed by another band of rain were in eastern areas it will be cool with onshore winds. looking at
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the weather picture into next week it is unsettled across the north—west. no return of the heatwave although temperatures will lift a bit early in the week across parts of the south. that is latest weather. man with terminal cancer is to claim $300 million after a weedkiller made him ill. i am glad to be here with this situation after i learned about the chemicals, i am glad to be here to be able to help. but the cause is bigger than me. a stolen passenger plane has crashed after an employee carried out on unauthorised take—off at seattle international airport. a 29—year—old man has been killed and another seriously injured after and another seriously injured after an explosion at a military hardware factory in wiltshire. this weekend was my programme looks
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at the cost of marriage in uganda. a new craze is seducing couples across uganda. in a quest to show off new found wealth or status, and in a race to outdo their neighbours, brides and grooms are going to extremes on their big day. ugandan weddings are now big business. big dresses, big venues, and big bills. i'm on the shores of lake victoria. i'm here to witness one of the biggest weddings in kampala in recent weeks. over a quarter of a million couples are getting married every year in uganda. but, in a country where the average annual income is just over $700, many people are spending a small — and sometimes unaffordable — fortune on their wedding. you feel like your husband cannot provide. you feel like you really
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made a mistake. rita is an up—and—coming wedding planner in kampala. this is the dress i was telling you about. she started her own events company three years ago. rita is meeting viola, a bride—to—be, for a very special appointment. that's lovely. this has a touch of white, a touch of champagne, but it has a lot of embroidery. you don't like the embroidery? no. wow! yeah. i know. a bit complicated. we shall get there. this, no. wow! it looks so nice. i love the fact that itjust holds your waist so nicely. i can't breathe.
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we will try millions till we get what you want. 0k. wow! it's really nice. how much does that crown go for? 200. 200,000. only? yeah. buying it? buying it. 200,000. i don't believe you. rita is one of an estimated 130 wedding planners in the capital. you can do lots better than that. how is it? show me. i think we shall get it for your mother. wedding planners, bridal salons, and a range of new businesses are all profiting from the new, modern approach to getting married — the big, white wedding. 0k.
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so, we've fallen in love with this gown. if she wanted to just buy it and take it away, how much would that be? a, 4.5... $1500. that would be perfect. thank you so much. this is that dress. yes! rita's workload is increasing. she now usually works one wedding every weekend.
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