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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: tech giants are facing a new system of regulation, internet sites carrying harmful under government plans, to clamp down on harmful online content. content could be blocked orfined, under new government plans. images of child abuse and terrorist propaganda are among it's partly in response to the death the material that could see companies punished. of 14—year—old molly russell, the father of 14—year—old who took her own life molly russell, who took her own life after viewing harmful images online, two years ago. said the plans were a step herfather in the right direction. her father says instagram is herfather says instagram is partly to blame and welcomes tougher rules. i think it's important that the amount of harmful content is reduced online. if there is a comfort it is that hearing molly's story might have but i think it's also prevented other such tragedies. important to remember senior conservative mps meet that it will never go away, theresa may in downing street, as she prepares for brexit talks in france and germany tomorrow, and we always need to be careful. and a crucial summit on wednesday. a new pollution charge begins we will be looking at the measures in london, drivers of older, dirtier vehicles are paying more to in detailand we will be looking at the measures in detail and asking if they could threaten freedom of speech. also on drive in the centre of the capital. the programme. and lost footage of the only time the beatles performed live on top now we want the final say, final say... who will have the final say? cross—party brexit talks are due to resume this evening,
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the prime minister meanwhile talks to eu leaders. the clutha pub helicopter crash in glasgow in 2013, where ten people died — an inquiry hears from the families of those killed. drivers of older, dirtier vehicles will pay more to go into central london, as a new pollution charge begins. music: paperback writer by the beatles and the home video that's a piece of music history — the beatles on top of the pops in 1966. and coming up on bbc news... chelsea play west ham in the premier league tonight, as they continue their fight for a champions league spot. the blues will go third with a win. good evening. social media firms and internet sites which carry child abuse images
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or terrorist propaganda could be fined and have content blocked under new laws being proposed by the government. ministers want to set up an independent watchdog which will draw up a "code of practice" for tech companies — and senior managers could be held criminally responsible for any breaches. critics argue the proposals threaten freedom of speech. our media editor amol rajan reports. mairead perry was manipulated into sending sexual pictures of herself as a child. she was approached on facebook by two local men in rural north wales. what followed was an increasingly common feature of 21st—century life. online grooming. at the time i never realised it was grooming. so i didn't need any emotional support. it was pretty much normalised. a lot of my friends at school were doing the same thing and so for us it wasn't traumatising, it wasn't scary, it was simply normal and we were excited at the prospect of having an older boyfriend. and that's what really terrifies me. eight years on, mairead met with culture secretaryjeremy wright to help shape britain's historic
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and ambitious proposals to tackle online home. ——to tackle online harm. these include a code of practice for social media firms. heavy fines if material is left online for too long. and potential criminal liability for directors of companies at fault. the signature item is a dedicated regulatorfor the web, though whether that would just be part of an existing regulator remains unclear. and we cannot allow the leaders of some of the tech companies to simply look the other way. the new rules are exceptionally wide in scope and care will be needed to ensure they don't penalise smaller firms who can't afford big legal fees. politicians across the globe and here in britain are lining up to bring the internet to heel. the trouble is there is no template for this stuff. a lot of the intellectual heavy lifting still needs to be done and creating a new regulator requires primary legislation and years of craft. ——and years of graft. so the problems might be deep, wide, and urgent, but don't expect
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big changes tomorrow. those charged with protecting vulnerable children say this cannot come soon enough. well, the internet companies will fight against this every step of the way. it is really important that the government keeps its nerve and holds them to account to protect the children on its platform. cabinet ministers claim britain will have the toughest internet laws in the world. that's an exaggeration. the likes of turkey, china and dubai are much tougher. but britain has sought inspiration from germany, whose use of hate speech laws to curb online excess has been tentatively hailed as a success in the past year. censorship is always bad, even in unfree societies. and it is the task and the responsibility of governments to maintain freedom of speech. but it's also the task of governments to stop using free speech if it violates other people. the changes came too late for miss perry, but tougher sanctions on tech companies could prevent future grooming cases. what do you think happened
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to those pictures? i have absolutely no idea in all honesty what happened to them. the thought of that living out there, it could be anywhere right now. it could be circulating round groups of groomers, you know. anything could have happened to it. it's terrifying knowing this is happening pretty much on a daily basis to loads of different people. it's child pornography, but it's so easy for them to get it. amol rajan, bbc news. the case of molly russell — the 14—year—old who took her own life after viewing self—harm images on instagram — shone a light on the kind of material available on social media sites. molly's father ian said instagram was partly to blame for his daughter's death. our correspondent angus crawford, who was the first to report on this story, has spoken to him about the proposed new safeguards. i think the white paper is a very important step to making the internet a safer place. the era of self—regulation, quite patently, hasn't worked, because there is horrible content that's been available online, that's now well known about.
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and so, it's a necessary step in order to make the internet a better place, a safer place, particularly for young and vulnerable people. but it is only a step. it's really important not to erode free speech, to allow freedom of expression. one of the reasons the internet is a marvellous place is you can find whatever you want on it, and when that is a positive thing it's brilliant. do you have faith that the tech companies will actually stand up, listen and do what the future regulations will tell them to do? i think, after what we've been through, and sadly so many other families go through, the urgency is huge. the statistics say that something like, shockingly, four school age children in the uk end their lives every week. so, every week that passes, you have
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this sense of tragedies mounting up. so, it has to happen, something has to happen as quickly as possible in order to help prevent those tragedies happening. what is it that keeps you going, talking about this, talking about molly, raising this issue in public? i think the reason that we are so determined to help make a difference and to help young people and make the internet a safer place, is simply because we don't want other people to go through what we've done as a family, because it's just such a horrible journey. perhaps, most of all, it's to help young people with problems communicate to someone, to anyone, to speak out, to have that courage, so that they don't have to face those fears alone, and hopefully they can overcome their fears and their problems — and go on to live long and happy lives.
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ian russell there talking to our correspondent, angus crawford. cross—party talks on brexit are due to resume this evening, in a bid to avoid a no—deal exit on friday. it comes as theresa may prepares to meet both the german chancellor jeremy corbyn has said there's been no change on the government's red lines. it comes as theresa may prepares to meet both the german chancellor and the french president tomorrow — ahead of the crunch european council summit on wednesday, where a potential extension to britain's departure date will be discussed. our political editor laura kuenssberg is live at westminster. remember why the government and all of us are in this position. the prime minister's deal that she agonised over with the eu was kicked out not once, not twice but three times by mps in parliament. what feels like almost the last minute, theresa may is trying to see if she can find theresa may is trying to see if she
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canfind a theresa may is trying to see if she can find a way out of the maze with the help of the labour party. the the help of the labour party. the the two parties‘ proposals aren'ti million miles apart but there's enough distance between them to mean there's not enough of a sign yet of breakthrough. on it's a compromise might trickle through. sombre and slow, after all the shouting. could the government really do a deal with the other side? we don't have a majority in parliament, so we have to look to other parties to seek agreement that will allow us to get brexit over the line in parliament, as the law requires. you can't go into any of those discussions with big red lines because otherwise there's no point having them. given the prime minister has tried to hang on for so long, the man who wants to replace her might take some convincing. the latest offer to the labour tribe, welcoming a new mp, has not accepted yetjeremy corbyn‘s
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welcoming a new mp, has not accepted yet jeremy corbyn‘s plan welcoming a new mp, has not accepted yetjeremy corbyn‘s plan for customs union. but sources who have seen the new document say it points to that kind of deal being possible but only in future. we are prepared to put forward our views, but talks have demean a movement and so far there's been no change in those red lines. but is rushing to a customs deal with labour makes sense now, why has theresa may avoided it for so long? theresa may avoided it for so long? the answer is in the reluctance on her own site. she's always promised she wouldn't take that step. can she will win round the cabinet now? the trade secretary liam fox isn't the only one who would say no. even though, as ever, there are other members of the government to com pletely members of the government to completely disagree. who would try many doors to find a way out of all of this. the talks between the tories and labour are genuine. both
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sides want to know if they can find a way to get through that place. but they wander separately if the other side is serious. they are a long way from a full—blown partnership. these are nervous first dates between the two. again, this week, eu leaders will discuss delay. we are open to extending the deadline to allow time for these discussions to run their course and come to a conclusion. there is a tiny chance this week the whole process could explode, but while labour and the tories are still talking, the show is just about still on the road. but delay not decision is still the chorus. officials will be talking again tonight from both sides, trying to see if they can get to a place where they will be able finally to agree a breakthrough that everyone in parliament can sign up to. eight
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leaders are notjust being stubborn, they have divisions in their own parties. both of them have deeply held principles in their parties about the kind of brexit deal they should be able to accept and of course on both sides, but particularly in the labour party, there are many mps who say they will not sign up to any new revised deal u nless not sign up to any new revised deal unless theresa may is also willing to offer the rest of us and not the public vote in the shape of another referendum. there are all sorts of question marks over whether this process really has much chance of succeeding. both the leaders are genuinely trying, because there are so genuinely trying, because there are so many genuinely trying, because there are so many unknowns genuinely trying, because there are so many unknowns it does seem the assumption is that brexit will probably mean another delay decided by the eu this week. studio: thank you, laura. a man is facing jail after he admitted planning a bomb attack on a mosque in south london. 41—year—old steven bishop admitted buying fireworks and possessing
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instructions on how to make explosives at kingston crown court. it's believed he was planning to attack morden mosque before his home was raided last year. he will be sentenced on wednesday. a fatal accident inquiry has opened into why a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in glasgow in november 2013, killing ten people. the helicopter came down onto the roof of the clutha bar. the pilot, two crew members and seven people in the pub died. our scotland editor, sarah smith, reports from glasgow. this was a shocking event that stunned the city — when a police helicopterfell out of a friday night sky onto the roof of a packed pub, killing everyone on board and some of those who were inside. the bar has reopened, and ian o'prey comes back to the place his son mark died with questions about what happened to him after the crash. he wouldn't have survived, anyway, but he lay there for at least two and a half hours. i mean, perhaps he could have been
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removed, they were obviously walking over him to get to the other victims, because he was at the door. it took until sunday morning to get him out eventually. all rise. today, an inquiry into the circumstances of the accident began with a tribute to the victims. 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. would those of you who are able to, please stand now and observe a minute's silence. in all, ten people died that night in 2013 — including the helicopter pilot, two police officers on board, and seven people who were inside the pub listening to live music. for bereaved relatives, it has been a long wait — five and a half years to try and get some answers about
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what happened here. today that process began, with eyewitnesses describing hearing the helicopter‘s engine sputtering in the sky before it fell onto the roof of the clutha bar. siren. there was a thud on the roof, and then the whole roof came crashing in. very quickly, the pub went dark — very, very dark, very black. mary kavanagh was inside the pub that night with her partner robertjenkins. she managed to get outside — he didn't. are there specific questions you're hoping to find the answers to? no, there's just one question i want to find the answer to, and that's why i walked into a pub one night with my partner and walked out and never saw him again. you know, that's basically it. the fatal accident inquiry will now try to find out why the helicopter crashed and will make recommendations to try and prevent another similar tragedy. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow.
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the time is a quarter past six. our top story this evening: internet sites carrying harmful content could be blocked orfined, under new government plans. and the british woman arrested in dubai after making comments about her former husband on facebook. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... raheem sterling says he wouldn't leave the pitch because of racist abuse. the manchester city forward has spoken out against racism toward black players but says, "if you walk off, they win." from today, there'll be a new charge for vehicles entering inner london. it's all part of plans to reduce pollution in the capital. the ultra low emission zone is currently focused on central london, but is set to expand by 2021. several other cities across england are also planning clean air zones — though the details will differ.
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drivers of older, more polluting vehicles will be charged to enter the congestion zone in the capital at any time of day or night. it'll cost £12.50 each time — and those who don't pay could face a fine of £160. it's thought around 40,000 vehicles will be affected by the new charges every day. our science editor david shukman is in central london. david? all over the world, reeta, cities are struggling with what to do with air pollution. some are going for outright bans on older vehicles, especially older diesel ones, and some like london are instead introducing a set of charges, and i am standing at the edge of london's new ultra low emission zone, and i've been finding out what people make of it... a primary school in central london with a new green wall that's meant to trap air pollution.
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children living in the most polluted areas gi’ow children living in the most polluted areas grow up with reduced lung capacity. they are aware of the problems. it's bad quality air, and it's really bad for our lungs. when i hear buses and cars and trucks going by, ijust think they don't know how much pollution they are causing. so many suffer from asthma here, there is a special rack for the inhalers. they take inhalers before they come to school. they keep their asthma pumps on them during the day and will have extra medication if needed, but we are hoping to see with the ulez there is a reduction. the new zone will apply around—the—clock. petrol cars and vans from before 2005 and diesel cars and vans before 2015 will pay £12.50 a day. buses
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and trucks will pay £100. people living inside the zone have until 2021 to upgrade their cars. black ca bs 2021 to upgrade their cars. black cabs are exempt. they can't be more than 15 years old. louis runs a van rental business. he says the zone will hurt him and many others. a mile up the road is the congestion charge zone, which is going to be the ultra low emission zone. it's £12.50 a daily charge for driving this vehicle in, and that's a lot of money. that's a lot of money to pour on people and a lot of money to small businesses. scientists say there's more and more evidence that air pollution can harm our health, and although traffic isn't the only cause, the hope is reducing the number of vehicles coming into the centre will cut the pollution by nearly half. and of course it isn't just london where there is a problem. birmingham is planning to charge drivers next year. similar schemes
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will follow in leeds, glasgow, greater manchester and others. a move many drivers disagree with but now accept. we can't look back in 20 years' time and say, "well, we protected the rights of drivers, we protected the rights of businesses to drive big vehicles around, and it's a bit of a shame but some people have died about it." you know, you can't have it both ways. only on the worst days can you actually see air pollution hanging in the air. but the damage can be done by gases and particles that are invisible. the hope is the new zone will quickly make a difference. david shukman, bbc news. cctv images have been released showing thieves in northern ireland using a stolen digger to steal a cash machine in county londonderry, the gang smashed into the wall of the garage in dungiven at the weekend. they then dropped the cash machine into a van, which had had its roof cut off.
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sports direct‘s rescue offer for debenhams has been rejected. they called for the debenhams board and its lenders to actively engage in negotiations. our banking correspondent emma simpson is here. tell us more. an extraordinary tussle for the control of debenhams. this business has been battling for survival, that toxic combination of falling sales, rising costs, expensive leases, and particularly for debenhams this huge burden of debt. a refinancing deal has been agreed with its lenders to raise some £200 million extra cash, but that will effectively see shareholders wiped out, and the biggest shareholder is mike ashley, the boss of sports direct. recently he has been putting forward a whole series of proposals to try to take control and it has been getting really acrimonious, and his latest offer was rejected this afternoon.
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barring any last—minute developments, tonight it looks like debenhams will fall into the hands of its lenders, possibly as early as tomorrow, because they are effectively calling the shots now. what does it mean for stores? business as usual for stores and workers, but lenders will want to close stores inevitably down the line. emma, thank you. the foreign office says it's supporting a british woman after she was arrested in dubai over facebook comments she'd posted about her ex—husband. laleh shahravesh, who's from london, described her former husband's new wife as a horse. she's due in court on thursday, and faces two years in prison under the country's defamation and cyber crime laws. richard lister reports. laleh shahravesh returned from dubai with her daughter three years ago, expecting her husband pedro to follow. but he divorced her, and ms shahravesh discovered on facebook that he had a new wife. furious, she posted, "you married a horse, you idiot."
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pedro died last month, but when ms shahravesh arrived in dubai for the funeral, she was taken into custody, accused of breaking the uae's strict laws on social media abuse. she'll appear in court on thursday. her emotional state is really, really terrible. 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, and says it is 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. british academic matthew hedges was doing research in dubai when he was jailed for espionage. the foreign office helped secure his release last year and hopes it can do the same for ms shahravesh. our diplomats in the uae have
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enormous experience in dealing with consular cases, as we saw from the matthew hedges case. and so she is getting the best possible service from the fca. her facebook insult could cost her two years in prison. she has told her lawyer she's terrified. richard lister, bbc news. now, for decades it was the music show that launched careers, but the beatles only ever made one live appearance on top of the pops — that was back in 1966. but no recording was kept of the performance. now, footage of them performing on the show has turned up in mexico. our enternainment correspondent colin paterson has been taking a look. the beatles rehearsing for their only ever live top of the pops appearance. back in 1966, bbc shows were recorded on video tape — very expensive at the time, so wiped after a couple of weeks. thought lost forever, until now. # it's a thousand pages, you can take a few # i'll be writing more in a week or two... #. the fab four, a fab find — 11 seconds of paperback writer
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unearthed in mexico. # paperback writer paperback writer... #. one inch, rank's intelforfilm, domestic video tape, you know, d—2, d—3... kaleidoscope specialise in tracking down missing tv. a mexican beatles fan got in touch after buying an 8mm film reel, shot at home by a liverpudlian family. i think if you're a beatles fan, it's a holy grail, there's no doubt about that. the beatles only did top of the pops once live. and to think that, you know, somebody in liverpool was filming, you know, off the telly, in 1966 — so to find it again after all those years later was just stunning. at the beatles story exhibition, we showed the find to an expert. oh, my gosh. that's amazing! how important a discovery is this? well, we already have loads and loads of kind of audiovisual artefacts, more or less, that we can study. the idea that there's
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more out there is absolutely... it's amazing, really. there is no other word for it. and it's not just beatles footage which has been rediscovered. more than 240 lost top of the pops performances, saved thanks to a fan of the show who recorded them at home... music: rocket man by eltonjohn hello, this is charles henry butler pearce, in bangor, north wales, making a test recording in september 1976. hello, hello. the new discoveries, including t.rex performing metal guru, will be featured later this month at the bfi southbank‘s music believed wiped event. colin paterson, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. hello, reeta. a hard day forecasting the weather today. the case of blue
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skies, then some of the first night had to quite literally run for cover. one or two thunderstorms breaking out here and there. temperatures also up to 20 degrees around east anglia, east midlands, but that really was the odd spot. for most of us, nowhere near that. the contrast in temperatures today have been pretty extreme. looking at a little earlier today, in the south—east typically around 12 o'clock, this layer of 20 degrees, then the north sea coast, only 6 degrees with the wind off the cold north sea. through the course of the rest of this week, we will see cold winds from scandinavia moving across the north sea, so temperatures dropping as we go progressively through the week. back to this evening. still a few lingering showers across some central and southern areas, very hit and miss. some will get the odd downpour but then 20 miles away, not a cloud in then 20 miles away, not a cloud in the sky or unclear. the vast majority of the uk will be clear
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tonight, towns and cities around five, but colder outside of town. tomorrow's forecast, notice there is some rain in the south, most around the southern counties, may be just about into southern wales. some could be persistent around the south coast, anywhere from brighton all the way to plymouth, but again the vast majority of the uk, a beautiful day. beautiful in scotland, northern ireland, there the lake district, lots of sunshine. but a little colder tomorrow, and temperatures continue to drop a little. by thursday and friday i think we are mostly talking around about 10—12d with a few sunny spells, but it will be dry.
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