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internet sites carrying harmful content could be blocked orfined, under new government plans. images of child abuse and terrorist propaganda are among the material that could see companies punished. today at 5. the tech giants are the father of 14—year—old facing a new system molly russell, who took her own life of regulation under government after viewing harmful images online, plans to clamp down on harmful content online. said the plans were a step in the right direction. it's partly in response to the death of 14—year—old molly russell, i think it‘s important who took her own life in 2017. that the amount of harmful content is reduced online. but her father says that far but i think it‘s also important to remember that it will never go away, more needs to be done. and we always need to be careful. i think the white paper is an important step to making the we will be looking at the measures internet a safe place. the era of in detailand we will be looking at the measures in detail and asking if they could threaten freedom of speech. also on the programme. self—regulation has not worked. now we want the final we'll be hearing more say, final say... from molly's father ian who will have the final say? and we'll be looking cross—party brexit talks are due at the government's proposals. to resume this evening, the other main stories on bbc news at 5. senior conservative mps meet theresa may in downing street as she prepares for brexit talks in france and germany tomorrow and a crucial summit on wednesday.
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a new pollution charge begins in london — drivers of older, dirtier vehicles are paying more to drive in the centre of the capital. and in india — voters are preparing to head to the polls in three days‘ time for what will be the biggest democratic exercise in the world. it's 5 o'clock — our top story is that social media companies are facing a new system of official regulation — under plans announced by the government. the department for digital, culture, media and sport has proposed an independent watchdog — that would write a ‘code of practice‘ for tech companies. senior managers could be held liable for breaches — and internet sites could be fined or blocked — if they failed to tackle ‘online harms‘ —
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such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse. but some critics say the plans threaten freedom of speech. a public consultation on the plans will run for 12 weeks. our media editor amol rajan has more details. over the past few years, the tech giants have come under sustained pressure to clean up their act. terrorist propaganda such as the live broadcast of a recent attack in new zealand have caused horror. so, too, have stories about child grooming online, and the appalling death of 14—year—old molly russell, who took her own life after seeing images of self—harm on instagram — which is owned by facebook — prompted an outcry. the actress and campaigner domenique fragale lost her friend when she killed herself after being bullied online. she thinks this white paper should have come sooner. a lot of messages were being sent to her, and they were encouraging her to kill herself, actually. and because of that, i wish i'd known. i wish she could speak out to me
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or she could actually contact the platforms and say, you know, this is happening. help me. what do i do? this long—delayed white paper is broad in scope and bold in its recommendations. for the first time, oversight of the internet will be entrusted to a regulator. a statutory duty of care to protect users will be enforced. and there is a potential for heavy fines to be administered. but many details remain unclear, which is why there's now a 12—week consultation. too many social media firms still seem to think that they can get away with providing the service without providing the protection for users, that anyone who challenges them must be some kind of luddite who just doesn't understand the modern world, that a little progress here and there is acceptable while countless people, their lives are being destroyed. enough. internet companies have taken huge steps to protect people from harmful content online, and they want to do more of that.
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they are investing in systems to take down content and investing in teams to scan for content and remove harmful images. the next stage is getting to a regulatory regime with the government to help companies do that. the government hasn't yet decided whether it will set up a new regulator or entrust this work to an existing watchdog, such as ofcom. children's charities want tough penalties. now is the time to act, and the uk has an opportunity now. if we see statutory regulation, that will be the uk going further and faster than any other country in the world to tackle online harms. that can only be a good thing, and that will fundamentally ensure that we can see really a game changer in terms of protections for children. the new rules would apply to any company that allows people to share or discover user—generated content, or to interact with others. while facebook welcomes the proposals in principle, they say any new rules must protect innovation and freedom of speech. critics say applying the same rules to companies of such varying size will favour those few companies that
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can afford staff to oversee compliance, so entrenching the power of big tech. amol rajan, bbc news. there has been a lot of reaction to these proposals today including the father of molly russell, the teenager who took a life after seeing images of self—harm. he has been speaking to our correspondent angus crawford who asked if it was now at the end of this era of self—regulation. now at the end of this era of self-regulation. i think that the white paper is an important step to making the internet a safer place. the era of self—regulation quite patently has not worked because there is horrible content available online that is now well known about. so it is a necessary step in order
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to make the internet a better and safer place particularly for young and vulnerable people, but it is only a step. what about transparency, but has been an issue, the fact you could not get access to any of the data on molly's phone or account. but does not seem to be addressed by the white paper. pa rents addressed by the white paper. parents need to know in some way what their children are doing to protect their children and as a pa rent protect their children and as a parent in the digital world that is very hard, the tech companies have end user agreement signed by 13—year—olds in some cases. and that ties young peoples hands into things that are not the case in english law for example. and i think that access to data on molly's phones is key to finding out why she made the decision that she did to end her
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life. we do not know what we may find on these phones but it seems extraordinary that over a year after her death we are still looking and it is still proving difficult and the tech companies are using data privacy laws to hide behind so that we cannot find everything that is available to us. three months ago molly was known to have, to a family and friends, but not to the wider world and now her pictures on the front page of newspapers, we see it on the television. what is that like for you? i think it is good to know that her story is helping to shape the debate. if there is a comfort it is in that hearing molly's story might have prevented other such tragedies and therefore other
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families are not going through what we have gone through as a family and other youngsters are receiving the support they desperately need. do you have faith both in government and in tech companies that in a year oi’ and in tech companies that in a year or two years from now, social media platforms will be safer places?” think year or two big social media platforms will be safer places. i think public opinion and government regulation will help to make that happen. i do not necessarily think the internet will be safer as a whole and i think there will be corners of it that will still be dangerous places to look. this has been a complete change in your life ina way, been a complete change in your life in a way, you have suddenly become a public figure, what is it that keeps you going, talking about this, talking about molly and raising
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these issues? i think the reason that we are so determined to help make a difference and to help young people make the internet a safer place is simply because we do not wa nt place is simply because we do not want other people to go through what we have gone through as a family because it is just such a horrible journey. and obviously we are so connected to molly and the thought of imagining her as a youngster facing the battles that she did alone still horrifies us, still gives us nightmares. and so perhaps most of all it is to help young people with problems communicate to someone people with problems communicate to someone commit anyone, to speak out and to have that courage so they do not have to face those fears alone. and hopefully they can overcome their fears and hopefully they can overcome theirfears and and hopefully they can overcome their fears and problems and go on to live a long and happy life. that
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was ian russell talking to our correspondent angus crawford after the proposals today from the government for a new watchdog of content online. and if you've been affected by any of the issues we've been discussing, support is available via bbc actionline. go to, lines are open 2a hours day , and calls are free. the government has sent another document to labour outlining its latest position on brexit. it's being reported that theresa may has not offered to accept labour's demand of a customs union. talks between labour and the government began last week with theresa may saying only a cross—party pact would see mps agree a deal in parliament. but the shadow brexit secretary sir keir starmer said mrs may's team had ‘not changed its position‘ on her existing plan.
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the prime minister is to meet chancellor merkel of germany and president macron of france tomorrow. this afternoon she spoke on the phone to the president of the european council — donald tusk — ahead of an emergency summit in brussels on wednesday — where eu leaders will consider the uk‘s request for another extenion. in a moment we will talk to emma vardy in dublin. but first to our political correspondent nick eardley at westminster. so more talks this evening between labour and the government? officials get back round the table later this evening to thrash out some of the remaining issues. we know the labour party is urging the government to go a lot further than it has so far on the idea of customs, to agree to a long—term customs union after we have left the eu. at this stage the suggestion is that the government has not got that far, it is not
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promising as much as the labour party wa nt promising as much as the labour party want on that issue and is more open to the idea of reopening the political declaration, that is the bit in my future relationship, not the literal agreement which europe has made clear it does not want to revisit downing street is hinting it could look again at the political declaration and putting some new elements into that. there‘s also talk about legislation to see through some of those promises which it is hoped would give some kind of protection against a new prime minister replacing theresa may coming in and saying they do not wa nt to coming in and saying they do not want to do that, ripping up any agreement. but so far labour are still uneasy because legislation could of course be reversed by new legislation. and in the meantime we have some senior conservative mps led by sirgraham have some senior conservative mps led by sir graham brady going into downing street today for talks. what is your sense of the pressure on the prime minister this week ahead of
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the summit? i think significant, conservative mps are furious at the suggestion that the prime minister might be about to pivot more in the direction of the labour party to get a brexit deal over the line. she requested the 1922 committee, the committee of conservative backbenchers who are waiting ca this afternoon and there was discussion of potential customers deals in the future, it was made clear to theresa may by of that committee that a customs union if that meant europe satin external terrace for the uk would be unacceptable and many conservatives would just refuse to get on board with the deal involving that. there was more discussion of potential ways out and customs arrangements that could work for the conservative party. it does not sound like theresa may has been committal in that meeting, it is another sense that the prime
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minister is gathering together all these different views ahead of her travels to paris and berlin tomorrow and brussels on wednesday. in the last few minutes she had a talk with european commission presidentjean claudejuncker so european commission presidentjean claude juncker so a sense european commission presidentjean claudejuncker so a sense that those conversations are ramping up ahead of trying to secure some kind of extension on wednesday. just a thought before we leave it on the entire question of the prime minister and her leadership because we still have some making forceful and outspoken remarks again today about the question of confidence. what is your sense of the strength of that? there are conservative mps who have quite frankly lost any patience they had left with the prime minister and we know that one of the most committed and outspoken brexiteers in westminster, mark francois, is saying they should be another leadership, potential leadership vote of confidence within the conservative party before that european council meeting on
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wednesday. i think that is not likely to happen but it shows that there is a hard core of brexiteers who are absolutely furious at theresa may and do not think that she should continue as prime minister. beyond that there are others who are angry at the idea that she might be preparing to soften some of those red lines and brexit to get a deal through. all that creates the situation that even if the prime minister against the odds can thrash something out with the labour party to get through parliament, her party is going to ta ke parliament, her party is going to take a lot of fixing. just bear with us take a lot of fixing. just bear with us for a moment, we have some words from sirgraham us for a moment, we have some words from sir graham brady, the head of the 1922 committee, a senior backbench leader who is part of the group that went into downing street today and came outjust group that went into downing street today and came out just a group that went into downing street today and came outjust a short time ago. he had this to say. we had a useful briefing at the invitation of the prime minister and very helpful
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to be brought up to date. what was the briefing about, the deal with labour? there is no deal with labour, discussions have been going on and other aspects of the situation leading up to the eu council on wednesday. did you discuss the letter from mark francois calling for an addictive vote in confidence in the prime minister? we had a useful briefing from her bringing us up to date on the current situation. it is possible to get an indicative vote? all sorts of things are possible. as i made clear last week the executive discussed this and there is no intention of proceeding. the rather enigmatic sir graham brady there.
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nick, he said it was a useful briefing and then he went on to talk about some confidence issues but meanwhile the prime minister has spoken to jean claude juncker this afternoon. that is right, she is holding a number of talks, she spoke to the prime minister of the netherlands, the maltese prime minister is well, we expect her this evening to speak to donald tusk who is of course the president of the european council. that is all before shejumps european council. that is all before she jumps on european council. that is all before shejumps ona european council. that is all before shejumps on a plane european council. that is all before she jumps on a plane tomorrow having to meet angela merkel, the german chancellor and emmanuel macron the french president. those talks tomorrow could be really crucial in the prime ministerfor tomorrow could be really crucial in the prime minister for figuring tomorrow could be really crucial in the prime ministerforfiguring out firstly what extension is going to be an offer from europe because remember they all need to agree so many ways the ball is in their court when it comes to to the prime minister and her request and secondly what potential conditions might be attached to any extension. we know the prime minister desperately wants to avoid taking
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pa rt desperately wants to avoid taking part in european elections at the end of may and that is why she has put that 30th ofjune date on her request because that is when the european parliament meets again after those elections in may for that i have to say some people are really sceptical about what will happen, they think europe will ask for a much lengthier delay with the possibility that the uk could get out if it passes a deal. thank you very much. and let‘s go to dublin and our correspondent emma vardy some important negotiations going on there as well today. absolutely, michel barnier the eu chief negotiator made a visit to dublin today to meet with the irish prime minister lee of radtke of the crucial eu summit on wednesday they discussed a number of things, the uk request for an extension, ireland preparations for no deal but i think there were a couple of things to ta ke there were a couple of things to take away and that was it was clear
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just how much that eu and ireland are watching those discussions in westminster and helping the negotiations between the conservatives and labour could result in a positive outcome. could come to some sort of deal in spite of all the pretentiousness and potential splits in the party is good because of a bear. here a lot of hope that they could be some resolution and that is because of course ireland and the eu would very much like the uk to turn towards the idea of a customs union. for several reasons and in particularfor ireland it would go some way to helping solve the irish border problem, the issue of where to put checks on goods coming into the single market while keeping an open border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. secondly something else to note from michel barnier and his press conference this afternoon, as we stand at the moment legally the uk leaves the eu without a deal on friday although it is likely that that will be averted
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but michel barnier had a strong message for some of the brexiteers and some members of the dup who say we should play hardball with the eu, we should play hardball with the eu, we do not like the irish backstop and the plan to keep northern ireland more tied to single market rules and we should keep no deal on the table. michel barnier had a message for them today and said even if there is a no deal scenario they would still need to have some negotiations about some kind of backstop arrangement to keep the border open before they could go to any trade talks at all. ladies and gentlemen, if the uk were to leave the eu without a deal, let me be very clear, we would not discuss anything with the uk until there is anything with the uk until there is an agreement for ireland and northern ireland as well as for its citizens' rights and the financial settlement. on the last few minutes
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we had some reaction from democratic unionist party in northern ireland to that meeting between michel barnier and lee of radtke today, pretty scathing saying that they call pledges to keep the irish border open hollow and said the uk was outmanoeuvred by the eu. of course the dup is very opposed to the backstop and think it is being used as a reason to keep northern ireland much closer to the eu than the rest of the uk for that they think it is a tactic and it has been a secret for a long time that the dup are opposed to the backstop so some pretty scathing words today from them. thank you very much. just some news coming in from the house of lords still on that brexit story, the house of lords has made changes now to the proposed brexit legislation which asks for an extension to the brexit process. you
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will remember at the commons passed this bill last week, it was put forward by yvette cooper and sir oliver letwin and went through last week this is now going through the house of lords and this afternoon the pier as having recommended the bill to give the prime minister flexibility over at the extension date when she negotiates with the eu and she of course is going to brussels on wednesday to ask for this extension, the amendment came from lord goldsmith, a former attorney general and supported by the government in this and the minister confirmed that the government support biz amendments and they would allow the government to reach agreement with the eu after the summit on wednesday as long as extension did not and earlier than the 22nd of may. an important condition. the bill is expected to
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finish all stages in the house of lords today and then of course following the parliamentary pattern it will need to go back to the house of commons where mps will then decide whether or not to accept the changes made by the house of lords. but an important potentially important change by the house of lords made to that legislation today and if there is more reaction to that we will bring you that straightaway. a new ‘ultra low emission zone‘ — to try to reduce air pollution — has come into force in central london. under the scheme drivers of older, more polluting cars and vans will have to pay a daily fee of £12.50 on top of the existing congestion charge — and bigger vehicles will cost a hundred pounds. the mayor of london — sadiq khan — says he‘s responding to a public health emergency — as victoria gill reports. the dangerous reality of city life. these images filled with a heat sensitive camera showed the pollution from vehicles being pumped into our streets.
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it‘s invisible but on busy city streets like this we‘re all breathing it and long—term exposure to air pollution from traffic can damage our lungs, our hearts, and it reduces our life expectancy. that‘s why london is embarking on a bold venture. the world‘s first ultra low emission zone. from today drivers of the most polluting vehicles will have to pay to enter the city centre. the ultra low emission zone is set to be expanded to cover the entire area between the north and south circular roads in 2021. cities across england are considering similar schemes with birmingham and leeds saying they will introduce clean air zones next year. the idea is to discourage people to drive into central london if they‘ve got polluting vehicles, to encourage them to walk, cycle, or use public transport. if they have to drive into central london, to use a cleaner form of vehicle, electric, hybrid,
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or hydrogen powered. but if you are going to drive in with a more polluting vehicle you‘d have to pay for that. so, what is a more polluting vehicle? well, it‘s based on a standard emissions test. petrol vehicles registered before 2005 are likely to be subject to this new charge. but most diesel vehicles registered before 2016 will be liable. and what will it cost? well, if you include the congestion charge, it could cost £24 per day to drive a car or van into central london. for small business owners like alex who runs a house clearance and recycling company it has meant upgrading his van to a newer one compatible with these ultra low emission rules. i haven‘t been paid in two months. really? that‘s because of the outlay for new vehicles? yes, the vehicle itself was 19,000 and we had to pay for the box on the back so the total is nearly 30,000. you specifically bought that because of the new regulations? yes, i had no choice. it‘s been really, really tough and we have had
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to borrow money right, left and centre and really scrape through. how are others in london viewing these new antipollution regulations? well and truly affected, plus we will have to pay the other congestion when we get into town as well, so we are going to be slaughtered. from a health perspective it is good but for working it is a hit in the wallet. if it improves the air quality for people it is clearly something that will benefit everybody. this is a national experiment, the attempt to clean up the air we breathe and it begins on the busy, polluted streets of central london. victoria gill, bbc news. with me is beth gardiner — journalist and author of choked: the age of air pollution and the fight for a cleaner future. this initiative, ulez, what is it
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going to do? as he reported it is a charge of £12 50 on diesel vehicles in particular that do not meet certain standards coming into london for that i think city can and the government of london would rather that people upgrade to cleaner vehicles than pay the £12. but i think this is a significant move, i think this is a significant move, i think it is the most significant and really the only significant step on air pollution in this country not just in london for more than a decade now. but i think the fact that it decade now. but i think the fact thatitis decade now. but i think the fact that it is having to be done the way it is speaks to a larger failure. this is being done at a civic level, sadik khan responding to what he calls a health emergency and really it isa calls a health emergency and really it is a crisis. up to 9400 londoners every year are dying from dirty air that we are all breathing. the reason why he is having to act in this way is that the national government for many years now has
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neglected to address the issue and in fact it seems they put more time and energy into fighting court cases trying to get them to act than to actually doing something about the problem. if it were addressed at a national level by the national government with the resources and powers that they could bring to bear it could be done not only more effectively and comprehensively and ona effectively and comprehensively and on a wider scale but also more equitably because the national government, the uk treasury, has the resources to fund some kind of diesel scrappage scheme to help people who muster them in good faith, bought diesel cars up until 2015, they were seen as the very polluting ones. the national government could help those people to convert to cleaner cars that would be good for all of us who breed these emissions and also could
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do more to enforce the law because as we learned a few years ago shockingly when the vw scandal broke out, it is notjust volkswagen, almost all the manufacturers of diesel, these cars are emitting over the limit by a factor of four, six, eight and the powers of and there are not enough to enforce larger regulations like that. given you mentioned diesel scrappage, but has been mentioned in the past and is pa rt been mentioned in the past and is part of the bigger picture, what is the message to lots of business people, including those smaller businesses who operate maybe two or three vans and who now will be caught up in what they consider to bea caught up in what they consider to be a very unfair anti—competitive thing for them and that would damage than even if in most cases they recognise that something needs to be done. it is an absolutely fair
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question, who is going to bear the burden and pay the cost and i think that this debate is only going to get sharper in the next year—and—a—half as this expands outwards. it is going to go to the north and south circular in 2021 bring ina north and south circular in 2021 bring in a lot more private cars and vans. bring in a lot more private cars and vans. when it comes to who bears the burden, if it were done at national level it could be done more fairly, siddique khan is using the lever is available to him but what we know is londoners as a whole are paying a steep price already both in terms of health, premature deaths, heart attacks, strokes and dementia are linked to air pollution. and also economically there is a cost to the nhs. how politically realistic is it or do you detect political appetite to impose this kind of scheme in birmingham and manchester and other big uk cities or it not? we are
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hearing talk of that and i‘m sure the leaders of those cities will be watching to see what happens in london. i would think they will be watching to see how effective it is. the city hall is predicting a 45% drop in nitrogen oxygen levels into europe which will bring health gains to londoners. but i imagine leaders will be looking to another date, may, 2020, the mayor election to see how he fears because i think there will be those, even in his own parties he would try to use this as —— use this against him. i think we will have to wait and see what the knock—on effects will be. will have to wait and see what the knock-on effects will be. thank you for coming in. a british woman is facing prison in dubai — because of comments she posted on facebook more than 2 years ago — calling her former husband an ‘idiot‘ and his new wife a ‘horse‘. laleh sharavesh — who lives in london — was arrested when she visited dubai
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last month to attend a funeral. she‘s accused of breaking the country‘s strict cyber crime laws — as our correspondent richard lister reports. laleh shahravesh brought her teenage daughter back to the uk from dubai three years ago. soon after, she got news that her husband in the uae was divorcing her. months later, she saw on facebook that he‘d got remarried. in a fit of anger, she posted, "you married a horse, you idiot". a few weeks ago, her ex—husband died. ms shahravesh and her daughter arrived in dubai for the funeral, but were detained as the police responded to a complaint from the woman she‘d insulted. her daughterflew home, while ms shahravesh awaits a court appearance. her emotional state is really, really terrible, really, and i‘ve spoken to her daughter, her sisters and mother. the whole family is suffering tremendously as a result of this. the foreign office is in contact with the authorities in the uae about this case,
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and says it‘s supporting the family. its travel advice on the country does warn about the dangers of criticising people in the uae online and says there can be serious penalties there for things which are not illegal in the uk. jamie haren from stirling was sentenced to a three—month jail term in dubai for touching a man‘s hip in a crowded bar. he was freed after the foreign office intervened. it also worked for the release of matthew hedges, an academic imprisoned on espionage charges in the uae who was eventually pardoned in november. our diplomats in the uae have enormous experience in dealing with concealer cases, as we saw with matthew hedges, and so she is getting the best possible service from the fco. more than 1.5 million british people visit the uae every year, but few will be aware of the local laws they might break. dubai looks to a lot of people
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like las vegas on sea, but what goes in vegas most certainly doesn‘t go in the united arab emirates. thousands of british holiday—makers will have woken up in hotel rooms in dubai this morning having broken the law because they stayed the night with somebody of the opposite gender to whom they are not married. laleh shahravesh now faces a possible fine of £50,000 and two years injail. richard lister, bbc news. we will have a look at the headlines and sports news in a moment. here‘s tomasz schafernaker with the forecast. the weather has been mixed today. we have a picture behind me but some of us have a picture behind me but some of us have been stuck underneath the cloud and there has been a little light rain here and there, and showers are in the forecast this evening. for most of us it is going to be clear, especially across central and northern areas of the uk where we are away from this cloud
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thatis where we are away from this cloud that is hugging southern parts of the uk. this is where we could see some rain and thunder around bedford for example. this evening, one or two showers in the midlands but not of that the weather looks fine and temperatures are up to around 20 degrees in one or two spots but much colder on the north sea coast. tonight we have got some showers around in southern areas, clear for the rest of us. temperatures in cities in central and northern britain around 4 degrees. tomorrow, some showers affecting the southern counties. but when state looks dry and turning chilly but dry and bright towards the end of the week —— wednesday. this is bbc news. the headlines: tech giants are facing a new system of regulation, under government plans,
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to clamp down on harmful content online. senior conservative mps meet theresa may in downing street, as she prepares for brexit talks in france and germany tomorrow, and a crucial summit on wednesday. a new pollution charge begins in london — drivers of older, dirtier vehicles are paying more to drive in the centre of the capital. and in india, voters are preparing to head to the polls in three days‘ time for what will be the biggest democratic elections in the world. let‘s catch up with all the sports. raheem sterling says he wouldn‘t leave the pitch because of racist abuse during a match. the manchester city forward has been vocal in speaking out about the racism towards black players in football, most recently in last month‘s england‘s euro 2020 qualifier against montenegro. his comments have won the support of his england team mates
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but sterling says he doesn‘t see himself as a trailblazer in tackling the issue. this is something that has been happening before i was born, before my parents were born, so i can only speak up of events that have happened to me and the people around me. that is as much as i can do, raise awareness. i‘m not trying to beat someone who tries to lead, i canjust beat someone who tries to lead, i can just raise awareness and it is for people in a higher place to do theirjob. there‘s a big game tonight in the race to secure champions league football for next season. chelsea just need to avoid defeat at home to west ham later to move back into the top four. west ham haven‘t won at stamford bridge in the league for 17 years. they are a dangerous team because in the season they were in table 12 consistently but they are a team with high quality. in a single match
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they can be very dangerous, it is a difficult match. a hibernian fan has beenjailed for 100 days for confronting rangers captain james tavernier at the side of the pitch at hibs‘ easter road stadium. cameron mack pleaded guilty to breach of the peace for the incident last month at edinburgh sheriff court. the 22—year—old has also been banned from attending any matches in scotland for 10 years. barry middleton has retired from international hockey 16 years after making his debut for england. he‘s great britain and englands hockey‘s most capped player, with 432 appearances and 119 goals. he played in four olympic games, four world cups, eight european championships and four commonwealth games. he was in the team thatjust missed out on olympic bronze in 2012 but did claim commonwelath bronze last year. that is it for now, i will have more for you in that is it for now, i will have more foryou ina that is it for now, i will have more for you in a sports day at half past
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six. a quick update on the brexit story, because i told you earlier the senior conservative mps... because i told you earlier the senior conservative mps. .. here because i told you earlier the senior conservative mps... here they are leading led by sir ian brady. we have got a few lines of what happened there. apparently they want the prime minister, the 1922 leadership, that agreeing a customs union with labour in the talks going on would be unacceptable. they were invited in for those talks this afternoon. it is understood that many of them who are leaving now made clear that the issue of the eu determining tariffs, import and export tariffs after brexit, would be unacceptable. they were a p pa re ntly be unacceptable. they were apparently more open to the idea of apparently more open to the idea of a customs arrangement which would allow the uk to do its own trade
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deals. it is not of clear cut. and then a government source saying mrs may did not make a firm commitment but updated there was present on the talks with european leaders and labour. detox will continue tomorrow. we now know the talks with labour to see if there is any common ground will go underweight this evening. quite a lot still happening today but that is the latest from the 22 committee visit to downing street. it is 22 six scratched... it is 6:20pm. more now on the main story, the government has introduced plans to create an independent regulator, to safeguard people online. in the ‘online harms white paper‘,
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ministers have outlined a number of suggestions: social media companies could see their websites blocked by internet service providers. the regulator would have the ability to fine companies who break the law, over the content shown on their platforms. and senior executives could be held personally resposible forfailing to remove harmful content from their websites. just three of the ideas contained in this whole issue around official regulation rather than self—regulation. with me to discuss how these new proposals could be enforced, i‘m joined by annie mullins, an independent online safety consultant, who has been advising the government on internet regulation. did to have you with us. this notion that self—regulation, as lots of people would see it, has clearly failed even with good intentions behind it. what has led to the very firm proposals there should be an official watchdog regulator overseeing these things?” official watchdog regulator overseeing these things? i think it is no surprise with recent events with some of the big tech companies and the breakdown around privacy and theissues and the breakdown around privacy and the issues that have occurred, that we are here looking at these issues.
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i think it is good to are putting pressure on giant tech companies to ta ke pressure on giant tech companies to take it seriously and i‘m sure they will welcome it to some degree. i think it is a complex global technology, we are having these discussions and we already have a regulator in australia and a new safety commission. they are talking about one in ireland. it is difficult having satellites around the world and making thatjoint up into something coherent that meets the needs of each government. i know mark zuckerberg was talking recently about having a global strategy for these kind of issues around privacy and harms to people online, i think something like that will be more helpful, especially because many companies are not based in this country and find themselves under a different jurisdiction, country and find themselves under a differentjurisdiction, legal jurisdiction, of other governments where they have to comply with the laws in those lands as opposed to the uk. i think what is helpful is he lazy reprint of the areas that need more attention by the companies
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but companies are always going to be ina but companies are always going to be in a catch up situation with some of these things. that is how it will a lwa ys these things. that is how it will always be but they do need to push their own innovation much more and i am sure they will. facebook and google and these big companies have been doing a lot about child abuse for a long time and this is not new. there is no surprises in this white paper. some issues have let them down recently like issues around self—harm and they are having to ta ke self—harm and they are having to take hard lessons and look at themselves with their policies. they are especially based in the us and many companies do not want to be the judge, juror and adjudicator of content judge, juror and adjudicator of co nte nt of judge, juror and adjudicator of content of what the public can see, read and listen to. perhaps sometimes the companies here on the side of caution when making judgments but there are huge amounts of people filtering technology content and moderators looking at terrific content each and every day the most of us would never dream of
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being able to countenance. —— horrific content. it has been happening. the problem is there is a inconsistent approach with dealing with global technology and yet we are going to be looking at a patchwork of different regulatory regimes, depending on which country you are in, even though the access to this content is global so companies will have to deal with a different regulatory framework in the uk to the one possibly in australia or ireland or whatever else. how on earth do you begin to make something consistent if that is the case? it is very difficult, isn‘t it? the case? it is very difficult, isn't it? it is very difficult and you have been citing the case of a woman in dubai who has been arrested because of calling someone a horse, if that is all we had to deal with, it would be easier to live life but
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there is concern about what your bills are going to be applied and how we manage that. the governments need to get together and be talking, andi need to get together and be talking, and i think they are. and coming up with some sort of regime that is applicable. this is not a bad one. it has the basics most companies need to be talking to. one of the big problems as you have an engaged audience for the last 20 years on online harm and protecting children. we have got arrangements with law enforcement but there are new kids on the block. there is a chinese company. we know gaming and engineers concerned, and groups what to see companies probably based in southeast asia engage more. the difficulties were to talk ——
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ticktock and at go viral before pa rents ticktock and at go viral before pa re nts eve n ticktock and at go viral before parents even know about it. large companies can put pressure on that other companies too. that happens a lot. there‘s quite a lot of scrutiny for the apple store a lot of apps get thrown out of there already exists of that self—regulation is working very well. when you look at this framework in terms of regulation and that what watchdog model. how tough would this be compared to others around the world. with this be seen to be more rigorous than others or seem to be a fairly modest offering?” rigorous than others or seem to be a fairly modest offering? i think the premise of this will be about cooperation with industry as it is now. i do not think there will be any big company with a big name that is going to be fined or blocked by an isp. i do not think that is going to happen or is the real intention. i think it is there as a final threat as the home secretary pointed to today. i do not think it... it
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has to be on goodwill, engagement, assessment and risk analysis of the real issues, and what can be realistically done. i work for an app which has become to be proactive in trying to catch people‘s live streams, especially young people who may be posing in their underwear in their bedrooms. this is huge and how you catch that is very difficult. technology can help to an extent. we can get images of people in their underwear and built a machine learning approach but we may get it wrong. they may be on the beach or what have you. i note the new zealand issue is pressing on peoples minds of the uploading of that video but a man shooting could be a man shooting in a game which are uploaded and shared all the time especially amongst teens and on youtube. i am concerned to think
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that we could reassure the public that we could reassure the public that we could reassure the public that we are able to stop this com pletely that we are able to stop this completely because i do not believe it. i think it is whack a mole. it has to be imaginative, creative and innovative in bringing its power of technology to address these concerns. i think it is good in that he draws attention to the leaders of these online businesses and it will help them to focus and perhaps assuage the public concerned that there is. thank you. a man is facing jail after threatening to bomb a mosque. his home was raided back in october last year and he is due to be sentenced at kingston crown court on wednesday. a fatal accident inquiry
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into the clutha helicopter crash has begun in glasgow. ten people died and 31 others were injured — when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of the clutha bar in the city — in november 2013. our correspondent james shaw reports. it was an unheard—of disaster. a police helicopter crashing onto a pub packed with people in the centre of glasgow. this inquiry has been a long time coming, but at last the loved ones of those who died can hope to know the full facts of what happened that night in november five years ago. all rise. it began with an opening statement from the sheriff in charge of the inquiry. at 22 minutes past 10 on the evening of friday the 29th of november 2013, a helicopter then carrying out operations on behalf of police scotland crashed through the roof of the clutha bar in stockwell street, glasgow. before the evidence commences, it is fitting that we pause and remember those who died as a result of the accident on the 29th of november 2013.
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would those of you who are able to please stand now and observe a minute's silence. after the silence, the inquiry heard tributes to those who died on behalf of their families. gary arthur was described as a lovable rogue. robertjenkins is a gentleman. john mcgarrigle, a poet who was wry, humorous and charming. and the inquiry heard that mark o‘prey loved truth and honesty, and detested cant and dishonesty. the clutha reopened in 2015. mary kavanagh was inside with her partner robertjenkins when the disaster happened. she now feels able to return, but will never forget. i said to robert, "i will go get another drink." he goes, "no, love, when i finish this, i‘ll get another drink." and really, that was the last words he said to me.
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the inquiry is expected to last at least three months. the sheriff can, if he wishes, make recommendations to try to prevent similar accidents in the future. james shaw, bbc news, glasgow. in 3 days‘ time, voters across india will head to the polls in the biggest democratic election in the world. five years ago, narendra modi‘s bjp swept to a landslide victory, and it‘s hoping to win another term with a manifesto which it said would address the needs of all sections of indian society. but the opposition congress party, led by rahul gandhi, is hoping to prove the predictions wrong, with an appeal to the country‘s poorest. the bbc‘s matthew amroliwala is in the capital delhi. we are here at the magnificent 17th century red fort, a simply stunning backdrop as we look at these critical elections. it is just a few miles from india‘s parliament building,
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just three days to go until voting starts in this giant of an election. so can narendra modi repeat that 2014 landslide or can the opposition congress upset the polls? we are here with a special coverage from across this country as we take a snapshot ahead of the biggest test of democracy on this planet. colossal, colourful, and often, unpredictable. around 900 million people are heading to the polls, that‘s triple the population of the united states or the whole of europe put together. it‘s an election so big it has to be organised in seven phases over five weeks, across 29 states. every number to do with this is vast. 1 million polling stations, 10 million election staff, half a million police and security, 1700 registered political parties, 8000 candidates, 15,000,0001st—time voters.
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and the logistical challenges are just as massive. every form of transport is used to carry electronic voting machines to the most inaccessible regions. in 2014 there were polling stations 15,000 feet above sea level in the himalayas. and one for a solitary hermit deep in the jungles of western india. for all the complexity though there is also a simplicity. it is a westminster style first past the post system, get one more vote than your opponent and you win the seat. 543 seats are up for grabs, each state allocated a number in proportion to its population so the magic number is 272. get past that you have an outright majority. fall short and it‘s time for a coalition building. when you put it like that, it sounds simple. it‘s anything but. there is a famous saying here that the indian government is like a piece of flat bread.
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it needs to be flipped on the griddle or it will burn. so will it flip this time? well, a year ago it would have seemed ridiculous to even pose the question. narendra modi looked invincible. but the state elections at the end of 2018 were a major setback. the economy is slowing, unemployment is growing. make india a clean india, i‘ll double your wages and create 10 million jobs, india. well, those promises, they haven‘t quite been delivered. so it gives rahul gandhi and the opposition a chance. so, what will decide this election? who will decide this election? will it be urban voters? will it be rural voters? will it be the under 25s? half this country‘s population. will it be female voters? it is expected more women will vote this time than men. and every state is different. the issues are different. the languages are different. the alliances are different which means small shifts can have huge consequences which perhaps explains why india has a habit
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of kicking out the incumbent, even when the economy is doing well. but most people expect modi to win this election, perhaps without an outright majority. one final thought though. india has a history of getting the predictions wrong. it is difficult to predict, principally because this country is so complex. see it less as a national election, more of a federation of a load of state elections building up and there is an element of caution. but remember last time the opposition congress was annihilated so in a sense, it is a success they are back in the game. i talked there in the report about the amount of discontent, the amount of the broken promises. i want to give you one stat on jobs. the big, big issue here. because india‘s railway ministry advertised for 100,000 jobs last month. they got 20 million applications.
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that is to give you a sense of the pressure on jobs. now also there have been big reforms. you remember demonetisation where they got rid of currencies, the new goods and services tax, that‘s adversely affected millions of people. so there is plenty of discontent for the opposition to latch onto, but as i said there in the piece, most people expect that narendra modi will win but not with that landslide of last time. looking ahead to the elections in three months‘ time and looking at some of the issues underlying the campaign. time for a look at the weather. here‘s tomasz schafernaker with the forecast. we have that april showers and thunder and lightning in bedford but for most of us it has been quiet with blue skies and beautiful weather temperatures. tonight for most of us it is going to stay
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clear, just a few of those april showers lurking in the south. here is the latest satellite image with this cloud stretching through the london area into the south midlands and into wales. further north we have got sunny weather so northern ireland, south—western scotland, beautiful weather so far today. this evening, one or two showers around across central and southern areas. could be one or two in london, maybe some showers in bristol but north of that it some showers in bristol but north of thatitis some showers in bristol but north of that it is clear and cold with city temperatures down. it is a sunny note in the north tomorrow. this is the jet streams where the low pressure is and the weather fronts. we have a weather front around our neck of the woods but it is slow and stubborn, the leftovers of today. so
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claudia may be some rain affecting the southern counties. i expect from brighton, london, plymouth, you might need your umbrella in the afternoon. temperatures will be lower it tomorrow. here is wednesday, a beautiful day for many of us but the winds are coming out of us but the winds are coming out of the east which means on the north sea coast of the east which means on the north seacoast it will be chilly. if you are on the promenade it is going to feel even colder although not in norwich itself which is inland but on the coast of norfolk and suffolk. beyond that on thursday and friday the weather is looking dry but it will be chilly, slightly below par compared to what we get normally at this time of year.
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