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this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. the headlines at 11:00: the manufacturer of one of britain's most popular weedkillers insists it is safe, after a us court awards huge damages to a man who says it caused his cancer. an airline employee who stole an empty passenger plane from seattle airport is thought to have died after crashing on a nearby island. two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after 7—year—old joel urhie was killed in a house fire in deptford, south—east london. a bbc investigation finds police overtime spending has reached its highest level since 2013 as the number of officers continues to fall. dina asher—smith gets her second gold of the european championships in berlin, winning the women's 200m sprint final, just four days after taking the 100m title. and at 11:30pm we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers, with our reviewersjo phillips of the sunday mirror
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and nigel nelson from the sunday people. stay with us for that. good evening. the makers of britain's most widely—used weed killer, roundup, are insisting that it is safe after a court in california awarded damages to a man who says it gave him terminal cancer. monsanto says it will appeal the verdict of the jury, which found the company knew the herbicide glyphosate was dangerous, but failed to warn consumers. from california, james cook reports. for dewaynejohnson the verdict was bittersweet, to say the least. at 46 years old, he is dying of cancer, caused —
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the jury found — by monsa nto‘s weedkillers. thousands more americans claim they too were sickened by the herbicides and their key ingredient, glyphosate. since the beginning of this case, i've received a lot of support, thank you, and a lot of prayers and everything, just getting energy from a lot of people that i don't even know, you know. 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. the jury ruled that roundup not only causes cancer but that monsanto knew and didn't put a warning on the label. the jury found that roundup presented a substantial danger to users. that is a choice that regards a reckless disregard of human life.
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that is a choice monsanto made in today's the day of reckoning. every single cancer risk that has been found had this moment, every single one, where the science finally caught up, where they couldn't bury it any more. but among farmers and scientists, there is disagreement. monsanto and its german owners say it's vital for agriculture. the us firm denies bullying researchers and insists the chemical is safe. it is the most widely used herbicide in the world. it's the most widely studied herbicide in the world. there are over 800 scientific, medical, peer reviewed published studies that demonstrate glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer. and yet, world health organization scientists say glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, while the us and the eu continue to approve its use. this case by no means ends the controversy about the most heavily used herbicide in history. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. us fighterjets have been scrambled to intercept a passenger plane
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after a man stole it and then took off from seattle airport. the man, an employee with the ground staff, performed aerobatic manoevres before crashing on a nearby island. it's thought he was killed instantly, and that no one else was on board. 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—15 military jets. the authorities said those aircraft escorted the plane out of harm's way but were not instrumental 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?"
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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. police investigating the death of a 7—year—old boy in a fire in south london have arrested two men. the body ofjoel urhie was found at his home in deptford on tuesday. his mother and sister managed to escape from the house. simonjones is simon jones is more. the police have described the fire is horrific, saying it has shattered the lives of the family. seven—year—old joel urhie was found dead by firefighters in the early hours of tuesday morning. he had dreamt of becoming a firefighter
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himself when he became older. his sister and his mother were in the house at the time the fire broke out. they managed to escape by jumping from a first—floor window. we understand his mother is still being treated in hospital. police have been examining cctv and going through the house, and today they have arrested two men aged 21 and 29 on suspicion of murder and suspicion of attempted murder and arson, with intent to endanger life. they are being questioned in south london. joel's sister sarah has paid tribute to him on social media. she says she simply cannot understand what has happened. a bbc investigation has found the metropolitan police has spent almost £500 million on overtime in the last five years, the highest amount in the country. on average, officers in the uk worked nearly a hundred hours overtime each in one year. the home office says forces can apply for additional funding when their staffing is stretched. emma north reports. from terror attacks to a visit by donald trump, from protests to processions, the metropolitan police deal with events faced by few other forces.
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the frequency and type of challenges haven't dropped but police numbers have. two years ago, there were a little over 32,000 metropolitan police officers. a year later, that number had dropped by about 600. the current figure now stands at less than 30,000 police officers. but while the staffing levels fall, the overtime bill has gone up. in 2016, the bill was £92.5 million. in april this year, the overtime cost £107 million. the total paid out in overtime in the last five years, almost £0.5 billion. it seems like a lot but the met police commissioner claims it makes financial sense. policing has always actually relied quite a lot on people working overtime. it is by definition a very flexible way of working. it's often, actually, overall a cheaper way of providing a service because it is so flexible compared with having to recruit a whole new person, for example,
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and pay all the on—costs you get with that. but while some may see this as lucrative, others say it comes at a price. if you are working tirelessly the amount of hours that they're working, it adds to your family life, the pressures there that you're not seeing your family enough, it adds to you mentally because you are having to concentrate in different areas that you didn't have to before, and just the sheer strain of the volume of work you're doing is added upon you. the met say they're actively recruiting and hope to have more than 30,000 officers in the force next year, and the home office says forces can always ask for more money if they're stretched. so, for those young officers passing out yesterday, there's a prospect of long hours of work, but at least they may earn enough to save for a rainy day. emma north, bbc london news. the british author vs naipul has
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died. he worked for the bbc before becoming an accomplished author, polishing more than 30 books. he won the nobel prize for literature in 2001. his wife described him as a giant in all he achieved. president erdogan of turkey insists his country is not going bankrupt despite what he calls its "economic war" with the united states. the turkish lira has hit record lows against the dollar after president trump doubled tariffs on imports of turkish steel and aluminium. the row between the two nato allies is over the detention by turkey of an american pastor, on terror charges. here's our business correspondent joe lynam crowds were out in force in northern turkey today in support of their president in this escalating and very public row between two nato allies. this dispute could destabilise the middle east and global markets and today president erdogan did nothing to calm the situation. he told supporters that the economy was not in a crisis nor
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going bankrupt and the fluctuations in the foreign exchange rate were missiles in an economic war waged against turkey. although president erdogan may be standing firm, his currency, the turkish lira was collapsing. it is down 40% so far this year against the us dollar — yesterday alone and it fell by 14%. that could push up prices rapidly for turkish consumers, interest rates might soar and restrictions could be placed on turks withdrawing their own money. this row seems to have come out of nowhere. turkey has held an american pastor, andrew brunson, for two years over suspected but unproven links to the failed coup in 2016. america applied sanctions on senior turkish ministers last week
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and when turkey refused to release the pastor, president trump doubled us tariffs on turkish steel and aluminium yesterday, in a tweet. while the collapse of the lira spells danger for the turkish economy, british tourists could see the cost of their holiday plunge. turkey has become a popular location since the pound weakened in 2016. the afghan government has said it's in control of the eastern city of ghazni, following a major offensive by taliban fighters. there have been reports that heavy fighting is continuing in the city, which is a provincial capital. a sussex farmer has died after apparently being trampled to death by his own cattle. stephen sands body was found last night at his farm in the village of groombridge. amanda akass reports. this herd of aberdeen angus cattle were stephen sands‘s livelihood, but when he went out to feed them last night, he did not come back. it's thought the 64—year—old was trampled to death. stephen's partner christine was too
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upset to speak on camera but told me she had gone looking for him after he did not turn up to collect her from the station last night as planned. she found his body in the field behind those trees over there, surrounded by cows and the farm's 9—year—old bull. he was stamping and snorting. she called the police, they had to shoot the bull in order to retrieve stephen's body. neighbour brett walker says stephen inherited the beef farm from his father several years ago. he was a super guy. he looked after his cattle as though they were his children. and never got a bad word to say for anybody. so... it's a great loss. the national farmers union said it's unusualfor a farmer to be killed in this way. this breed of cattle are normally quite docile and easy to handle. the only thing is, i understand this is a bull that could have been the problem. it may be that there was a cow in season and a farmer got caught
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between the cow and the bull. sussex police say the investigation has been passed to the coroner. the leader of the liberal democrats, sir vince cable, has called on opponents of brexit to work together to push for a second eu referendum. he told a rally in bristol that the "centre of gravity," as he called it, was now shifting in favour of a referendum on a final deal. laura jones reports. they came determined to have their say. following months of debate about the ins and outs and complexities of brexit, supporters of the people's vote had one clear message in bristol this afternoon, that we should all be able to vote on whatever the government's final brexit plan is before it's a done deal. it's not a second referendum because the facts have changed. there were all kinds of things we were told at the time, that it was relatively simple and then we discovered problems like the irish border. there is now roughly two to one support for a public vote
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in these circumstances. even people who supported brexit now feel that under the circumstances we need to have a fresh look at it. the campaign is supported by politicians from many different backgrounds and political parties. but also by many individuals who just feel it makes sense. i think this is such a big issue. it will affect my industry and it will affect basically every other industry in a negative capacity. and i think we must campaign for this for the future of our country. but plenty of others, of course, disagree. many of those who voted for brexit say they knew what they were voting for and that this is all an excuse for a second referendum, put forward by those who didn't like the results of the first one. today, the prominent brexiteer and mp for north east somersetjacob rees—mogg told points west... this is a campaign that we can win.
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so, optimism from those gathered here in bristol this afternoon, but the arguments about brexit are unlikely to go away any time soon. the headlines on bbc news — the manufacturer of one of britain's most popular weedkillers insists it is safe after a us court awards huge damages to a man who says it caused his cancer an airline employee who stole an empty passenger plane from seattle airport is thought to have died after crashing on a nearby island. and two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after seven—year—old joel urhie was killed in a house fire in deptford, south—east london sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's ben croucher.
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good evening. is this woman about to take the sprinting world by storm? well, she's conquered europe again tonight. dina asher smith has become the first briton, male orfemale, to do the sprint double. she added the 200 metre title to the 100 gold she won on tuesday. she left world champion daphne schippers scrabbling for silver in a highly impressive run. she smashed the british record to clock 21.89 seconds — the fastest time in the world this year just running as fast as i could. i was happy to have done that. i was so surprised to see 21.8 especially because i'm tired. mentally and physically, i'm tired. sometimes, you never know, it's kind of cold, so i never thought i was going to run so quick. but it yeah, happy with that. three more medals
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were won in berlin. the men's 4 by 400 metre relay team, anchored by martyn rooney, claimed silver. the women took the bronze whilst shara proctor also finished third in the women's long jump. a round up of all the results and the highlights and medals from gymnastics, diving and bmx can be found of the bbc sport website the first weekend of the premier league gave little joy to the promoted sides but chelsea started league life under mauricio sarri with a win. his side were comfortable 3—0 winners over huddersfield at thejohn smith's stadium. n'golo kante, debutantjorginho's cool penalty and pedro sealed all three points with sarri expecting more when he players adapt to his style of management. the game was more difficult than the result, if you see the results. but it was a very easy match, although the first half was difficult. you said in the week it will take 2—3 months to see the best
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of this chelsea team. do you think you can do it faster than that? i hope so, it depends on me, it depends on the players. it's not so easy for me at the moment. maybe two months instead of three! here's the other results. tottenham beat newcastle 2—1. of those newly promoted sides, only wolves at the bottom there picked up a point at home to everton. cardiff lost at bournemouth. fulham were beaten by crystal palace both 2—0, as was watford's win over brighton. highlights on match of the day on bbc one right now. all—rounder chris woakes says this is what dreams are made of. a first test century at lord's to put england in charge of the second test against india. he ended the third day unbeaten on 120 as england closed on 357 for 6 — a lead of 250. jonny bairstow made 93 in a sixth wickets partnership worth almost 200. the forecast tomorrow is indifferent so woakes will have a chance to do some damage with the ball you suspect too. he is never good thing out the side
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due to injury. being away from the tea m due to injury. being away from the team and off the field. you do the ha rd team and off the field. you do the hard work to get back to try for moments like today. playing for england at a full house at that lord and playing pretty well is the icing on the cake but it has been a frustrating time it makes the difference to be back in the side and performing well. it is all change at the top of the leaderboard at the us pga championship with brooks koepka the man to catch. he's won back to back us open titles in the last 1a months and could add a third major title. he's out front by four shots on 13 under par in st louis. adam scott is on nine under with tiger woods battling hard after a great front nine on his third round. he's 5 off the lead alongside rickie fowler. previous leader gary woodland has slipped back to eight under. not that much to shout about if you are an english golf
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fan, aside from this on the 16th hole. that's matt wallace. this is a par three. and we're showing it to you which can only mean... a hole in one. some of the golfers on the course had to stop and let the roars die down. he's one of three englishman on 5 under par. that's all the sport for now. a lot more on our bbc sport website. bringing up—to—date with the floods in india. 37 people have died in flooding in india's state of kerala which is on high alert. torrential rains during the monsoon season have destroyed farmland and led to mass evacuations in the southern state. 36,000 people have had to take shelter in rescue camps while millions of pounds worth of crops have been damaged. officials in new south wales in australia say the army could be
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deployed to help farmers as the worst drought in living memory continues to take its toll. the state government says the miltary could be called in to help transport animal feed and water to badly hit communities in the outback. a warm, dry winter has left many farmers struggling to survive and little rain is expected in the months ahead. israeli arabs have been holding a protest in tel aviv against the new nation state law. it defines israel as a principally jewish state, and removes arabic as an official language. last week, thousands of israelis from the druze minority also protested saying the new law will legalise discrimination. nawal assad reports from the rally. thousands of israeli arabs came to the heart of tel aviv to demonstrate ina big the heart of tel aviv to demonstrate in a big rally with thousands
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participating, demanding to abolition of this controversial law. the law does not make them equal to otherjewish citizens in a state of israel. they are carrying banners which demand justice and they are also calling for otherjews to support them in their quest. i want to remind our reviewers that these arabs are actually forming 20% of the israeli population which the new israeli state law says they are not equal with the otherjews to are citizens of the state of israel. scientists working to stop the spread of malaria have developed a new net which could save more than a million lives. the teams from durham, liverpool, switzerland and burkino faso have created a new bed net treated with insecticides which reduce the life span and reproduction of mosquitoes carrying the disease. a trial of the nets has already reduced the number of children
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catching malaria in west africa. megan paterson reports. after two decades of decline, malaria rates in some parts of sub—saharan africa are rising. mosquitoes have become resistant to existing insecticides and that is where this new net, treated with different chemicals, will help. it looks like an ordinary net but it's robust, and most importantly contains insecticide inside the fibres. it leeches it out slowly over time, so you can wash this net 20 times, but it still has insecticide on it, it still will protect people against mosquitoes. so this is a very sophisticated piece of equipment. it doesn't look it, but it is, and for you that would cost about $2 a net, so it is very cheap. the bed nets have already been tested in burkina faso where they reduced clinical malaria cases by 12% in a group of 2,000 children. we are comparing the old net with the new net, the two active ingredients, and what we show
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is that the new net works better than the old net. so we've got something which is a potential game changer. it at least gives us a step forward for malaria control. the latest figures from the world health organization found 216 million people were infected with malaria. the biggest number of victims were children under five. the scientists hope these new nets will stop increase of the disease and help in its eradication. a care home for people living with dementia has been inundated with holiday postcards following an appeal. staff at cedar court in derbyshire asked for holiday stories from the public last month. they've now received about 1,000 to share with residents. caroline moses reports. more holiday reading for cedar court. hello. but these aren't books. 0h, postcards, thank you. in an age of online posts, these are the old way
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of recording travel memories. it followed an internet appeal from the care home last month for people to send in traditional postcards from their holidays in the hope that among other things, it would help residents here recall their own family breaks. what they didn't expect was that around 1000 would arrive in the post. # i'm sending a postcard, i don't care who sees what i've said...# the response has been phenomenal to the postcard appeal. we're just overwhelmed by it, it really has touched all our hearts, we've had them from hawaii, new zealand, china, loads of different places, america and all around the uk as well. they really mean something more to the residents, i suppose, because a lot of their holidays when they were children were in the uk, so places like brighton and skegness, they really invoke the memories of the residents. there's no place like blackpool. i was about 1k when i went with mum and dad, you know. and my dad used to hold my hand. does it make you want to be there?
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yes, it does! he's more responsive, it brings them out of their selves, if you like, it's a talking point. he loves them. we've seen a difference in the fact that the residents are a lot more alert because it's a daily thing that we're doing and reading the postcards and they never get fed up with actually getting the cards, looking at where they're from and what people are doing, the adventures that people are having. now, the idea is being sent to other care homes to encourage them and their supporters to do the same. it takes a few minutes out of your day to write a card, but it brings so much enjoyment to the residents that receive them. we have somebody that's proposed and sent us a card about that, so, all of these single acts of kindness mean so much to us, it really does. caroline moses, bbc east midlands today, bretby in derbyshire. we will look at what the papers are
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saying tomorrow very shortly but first, the weather. pretty as a postcard behind me and finally some spells of sunshine behind me but as a rule of thumb, if you have sunshine today, you are likely to see rain in the next 12— 24 likely to see rain in the next 12— 2a hours. conversely, where we have rented, we should see some sunshine tomorrow. this changeable theme continues. a soggy day around wales as outbreaks of rain push its woods. that process continues through the rest of the night. 0utbreaks that process continues through the rest of the night. outbreaks of rain pushing across northern ireland, england, wales and central southern parts of scotland. far north of scotla nd parts of scotland. far north of scotland will stay dry. not much rain getting to the father south—east of england either. —— far south—east. much milder tonight, most between 12 and 16 celsius. here is the wider view for sunday, a bit
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ofa is the wider view for sunday, a bit of a messy picture. an area of low pressure to the west continuing to push france and outbreaks of rain eastwards —— fronts. behind it, some brighter skies. 0utbreaks continuing to move north into scotland. spells of sunshine and the potential for heavy and maybe thundery showers developing through the afternoon so we won't be out of the woods com pletely we won't be out of the woods completely in terms of rainfall. breezy for the isles of scotland. a gentle— moderate breeze. we get the sunshine, it should feel pleasantly warm. maybe getting up to 22. in central and northern parts of scotland, 15 or 16. something brighter produced through dumfries and galloway. we might need to watch out for some heavy and maybe thundery showers pushing in which could bring heavy rain in short
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bursts of time in england. first thing on monday morning, still a fair few showers developing anywhere from eastern parts of scotland down into north—east england, east anglia and south—east england. as they slowly clear away, behind it, some spells of sunshine. probably some cloud across much of scotland and showery rain for the western and northern isles. here, temperatures 15 or 16 but england and wales, to be just getting up to 22 and 2a so starting to feel a bit warmer again. that trend continues through tuesday and wednesday. always the chance of more showers in scotland and northern ireland but for england and wales, amy dry, spells of sunshine, a starting to again. —— mainly dry. bye bye.
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