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hello, this is bbc news. gapjulian assange is found guilty of breaching his bail, after british police the wikilea ks founder, julian assange, is arrested and appears in court, arrested the wikileaks founder following seven years in the dorian after ecuador removes his right to asylum in its london embassy. embassy. the editor of wikileaks dramatic scenes, as police force him called today's events a dark day for out of the building, which has been a refuge journalism. we don't want this to go for seven years. outside court, his lawyer said they would fight extradition forward , journalism. we don't want this to go forward, this has to be averted. the to the united states, where he's wanted for publishing state secrets. uk government needs to make a full this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organisations assurance that a journalist will and journalists in europe never be extradited to the united and elsewhere around the world. states for publishing activity. we'll be asking, what next for the man behind one theresa may tells mps she wants of the biggest ever leaks of government material? also tonight: britain to leave the european union as soon as possible, after the eu delays the uk's departure until the i know the whole country is intensely frustrated that this end of october. jack shephard, the process to leave the european union man who killed a woman in a has not still been completed. theresa may defends another speedboat crash, has beenjailed extension to the brexit date — man who killed a woman in a speedboat crash, has been jailed for an extra six months for fleeing the this time, october 31st. country. a woman being held in dubai the labour leader is critical. after allegedly calling her
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the second extension in a space of a fortnight represents not only ex—husband's new wife a horse will be allowed to a diplomatic failure, but it's another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire brexit process. celebrations in sudan, as its 30—year ruler is toppled in a military coup, but how much will now change? and government space agencies now have a rival, as the first private mission to the moon is about to land. and coming up on bbc news... the masters is under way at augusta, with northern ireland's rory mcilroy favourite to win the one major missing from his collection. good evening. the wikilea ks founder, julian assange, is tonight in prison after being arrested
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at the ecuadorian embassy in london, where he'd been living for the past seven years, after asylum was withdrawn. mr assange first took refuge there to avoid extradition to sweden over sexual assault allegations, which have since been dropped. he now faces potential extradition to the us over the leaking of government secrets. he made headlines around the world in 2010, when wikileaks released footage showing us soldiers shooting dead iraqi civilians. our diplomatic correspondent, james landale, has this report. this was the momentjulian assange‘s seven years of self—imposed asylum came to an end. older, greyer perhaps, but still defiant, still protesting. after the ecuadorian authorities revoked his asylum and allowed in the police to arrest him for breaching bail. inside, he resisted the officers, shouting, "this is unlawful, i'm not leaving!"
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before they handcuffed him and let him outside. what we've shown today is that no one is above the law. julian assange is no hero, he has hidden from the truth for years and years. and it is right that his future should be decided in the british judicial system. this afternoon, mr assange was brought to westminster magistrates' court. he gave a thumbs—up to supporters outside. and inside, he waved to the public gallery. but the judge called him a narcissist, with a laughable defence, and found him guilty of failing to surrender to the court in 2012. he was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date. mr assange is also facing conspiracy charges in the united states, relating to a massive leak of government secrets almost a decade ago. outside court, mr assange‘s supporters insisted they would fight on. this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organisations and journalists in europe and elsewhere around the world. this precedent means that
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any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the united states, for having published truthful information about the united states. the wikileaks website that julian assange founded has, over the years, published hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents, many from the us. revelations that government officials argued put lives at risk. perhaps the most remarkable leak was this video, of a us apache helicopter firing on iraqi civilians and two journalists in 2007. information that wikileaks insists it had every right to publish. this pertains to publishing work nine years ago. publishing of documents, of videos, of the killing of innocent civilians, exposure of war crimes. this isjournalism.
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it's called conspiracy, its conspiracy to commit journalism. in 2010, mr assange was accused of sexual assault in sweden, charges he denies, but eventually avoided by seeking asylum in the ecuadorian embassy. can you hear me? from his diplomatic bolthole, he continued to campaign and defend himself but, eventually, he outstayed the welcome of his ecuadorian hosts. in particular, the new president, lenin moreno. to some, julian assange is a champion of free speech. to others, a dangerous conspiracy theorist. either way, after almost seven years in that building, he is now at least facing justice. this afternoon, mr assange left court by a back entrance for a new life of confinement. this time, at the hands, at the very least, of the british government.
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james landale, bbc news. our north america editor, jon sopel, is at the white house for us. so, it looks like the us could finally get their man? yes, and if he is extradited, julian assange will face a single charge of conspiracy to, computer intrusion. that sounds rather dry, what it boils down to is, this was one of the biggest breaches of classified information in the history of the united states, withjulian assange allegedly co—conspiring with former navy defence analyst bradley manning into breaking into those computer systems. his friends in the usa very much this was the act of a whistle—blowing journalist, not a computer haka, and he should be protected under the first amendment, which gives the right of freedom of expression. now, the department of justice may regard him as a fugitive from justice, but it is probably fairto from justice, but it is probably fair to conclude here in the white house with this president, it is a
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little more ambivalent. in the presidential election campaign, julian assange played an absolutely critical role, with the dub of thousands of e—mails that were deeply embarrassing to the democratic party. donald trump in the last few minutes has been asked about his arrest and he says, i know nothing about wikilea ks, about his arrest and he says, i know nothing about wikileaks, it's not my thing. in october 2016, nothing about wikileaks, it's not my thing. in october2016, he nothing about wikileaks, it's not my thing. in october 2016, he said, wikileaks? i love wikileaks. many thanks. theresa may has told mps they have a "national duty" to resolve the brexit crisis, as she defended accepting a further six—month delay. but some of her own mps have called on her to resign, accusing her of "abject surrender" to the eu. the uk was due to leave with no—deal tomorrow but, in the early hours of this morning, eu leaders opted for a new deadline — the 31st of october. however, the uk could leave before then if a deal is agreed. if it isn't, the uk will have to take part in european
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elections at the end of may. if we don't take part, we leave on the 1st ofjune with no deal. this afternoon, the prime minister and labour leader, jeremy corbyn, held more brexit talks. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. the fury isn't so fast any more. our eu exit has slowed right down. the prime minister didn't get her way. so she was back explaining to parliament today, we might not leave the european union for another six months. statements, the prime minister. i hope still to make it happen earlier, but not many on these benches think it could be done. i deeply regret that we have not been able to secure agreement in this house for a deal that would allow us to leave in a smooth and orderly way. i know that this whole debate is putting members on all sides of the house under immense pressure. for brexit to happen anytime soon, the prime minister needs labour to compromise, but there is still hostility between the two. the second extension in a space
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ofa two. the second extension in a space of a fortnight represents not only a diplomatic failure, but is another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire brexit process. the delay is toxic for some tories. perseverance is a virtue, but she is not. so, prime minister,... but she is not. so, prime minister, . .. eurosceptics know but she is not. so, prime minister,... eurosceptics know a thing or two about being stubborn as well. does my right honourable friend the prime minister appreciate the anger that her abject surrender la st the anger that her abject surrender last night has generated across the country, will she resign? a sharp collective intake of breath. country, will she resign? a sharp collective intake of breathlj country, will she resign? a sharp collective intake of breath. i think you know the answer to that. and as per usual, the tories have split. cani per usual, the tories have split. can i think the prime minister for going out to brussels, standing up in the national interest and coming back with an extension that means we are going to avoid the car crash and
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disaster that would be involved in a ha rd disaster that would be involved in a hard brexit. and a delay means more time for those pushing a radical solution to make their case. one more heave isn't good enough and it won't work. does she acknowledge, evenif won't work. does she acknowledge, even if it's not what she wants, but in her withdrawal agreement to the public is the way to break this brexit deadlock? that might be a long time coming, but so is the decision on delaying. it wasn't until the early hours of the morning in brussels that the prime minister emerged. tojustify in brussels that the prime minister emerged. to justify doing what she had said she never would. you said just a few days ago, as prime minister, i could not consider a delay further beyond due the 30th, except that is exactly what you have agreed here in the early hours. but why should people consider that you are still the person to preside over this? well, look, what we have agreed to night means that we can actually leave the european union
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before the 30th ofjune. what we need to ensure we have an agreement in parliament that we can get through. it is quite a stretch, though, to imagine this could be wrapped up by the end ofjune. theresa may met jeremy wrapped up by the end ofjune. theresa may metjeremy corbyn again this afternoon, putting energy into trying to find a compromise with labour. it is a tall order, though, to imagine the two big parties could come together. and without a deal like that, there is no obvious other way through. traitor! the prime minister and may be you, too, wanted this long gone by now, but nothing about brexit has happened in haste and now the speed of this process is still slowing down. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. so, how are people reacting to the decision to delay brexit? our correspondentjudith moritz has been to knowsley, in merseyside, to talk to voters and businesses.
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what do i think about brexit and the latest extension? further agony for the country. 0r latest extension? further agony for the country. or the people don't know what is going on, in fact, the politicians don't even know what is going on. i think like the rest of the country, i am absolutely fed up. after a ll the country, i am absolutely fed up. after all those extensions, it became one big comedy for now. they need to all get together and basically decide what they want to do. if you think the worlds of questions and politics are far apart, think again. staff at the soft furnishings factory might have had enough brexit, but their boss the extension. i just brexit, but their boss the extension. ijust hope that the withdrawal agreement that the prime minister has put forward actually passes because it is good for our business because we do a lot of business because we do a lot of business with the united states which will give us the opportunity to get a trade deal and we do a lot of business with the eu where we buy a lot of our fabrics from. brexit is buttering both ends of the business
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spectrum here, jaguar‘s plants nearby has stopped production this week blaming uncertainties over it, and the smallest businesses say they are feeling the effects, too. businesses like this tattoo parlour whose owner says he has had his worst ever winter's trading. a lot of my customers over the last two years have lost theirjobs. that is brexit, you think? i think so. what about if we have european elections amidst all this? i personally and i presume the general public haven't got a clue about the workings of the european union. the european elections, we don't know how that works. the mp here is to be harold wilson, he was prime minister during the 1975 referendum when britain voted to remain, so how do locals think brexit will play out? in six months, we will get another six months, we will get another six months, won't we? it will go on and on? yes, until we months, won't we? it will go on and on? yes, untilwe have anothervote. we need a new leader that the recent
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brexit and can take the country forward. this european election, i am going to vote because livelihoods are at stake. how do you predict brexit is going to end? a general election and people have never been more politicised than in the history of working—class british folk! more politicised than in the history of working-class british folk! bbc news, knowsley. our business editor, simon jack, is here. we heard some business reaction there, but what has business more widely been saying? the first reaction is, we are not leaving the european union tomorrow at 11pm, few. most people were not ready. there are three groups, the big companies who have been planning for this for years, the pharmaceutical companies, the big banks, it was unthinkable they wouldn't be ready. there is a second group, small businesses, he didn't know what to do and they have done very little, and alarmingly high proportion of them according to hrm c. and there are the other businesses who heeded the government warnings and spent a lot of time
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looking into customs declarations and that kind of thing, spend real money on stockpiling some parts, some supplies. and they are thinking, now what? do i try and get that valuable money back into the business by running down those inventories or do i say, i am still going for an uncertain outcome so i have to keep spending that money on keeping these levels high? that is the dilemma. two more thoughts, if we do get to october, it is going into christmas season and always a gamble how much stock to buy for the christmas period? gamble how much stock to buy for the christmas period ? and gamble how much stock to buy for the christmas period? and lastly, people saying, i assumed the crash position last time when i was told to by the government, as i get towards it, do ido government, as i get towards it, do i do that again? some people will think that it was cry wolf last time, will i bother preparing this time? thank you. let's get more now from our political editor, laura kuenssberg. this buys theresa may more time, but how's she going to use it? it's not straightforward. as our
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viewers well know in the last few weeks, the fury, the pressure, anger and anxiety has been building and building at westminster. this delay suddenly calms everything down, gives everybody a breather and gives the prime minister a window to try to do initially what she is very committed to trying which is get some form of compromise with the labour party so she can stitch together if you like a mini coalition in parliament so she can be sure of getting a deal through and be sure of having enough votes. she has failed more than once to get the backing for the agreement she has already got with the eu. the two parties, although both taking it seriously and i understand they will meet again tomorrow, are really far apart on some of the ways they differ in their whole approach to brexit so there is nothing certain about that coming to pass. if that fails, we may well be back to gridlock in parliament. if we get
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there, more stalemate, more anger, exactly a re there, more stalemate, more anger, exactly are members of public in moseley were suggesting, it may be something more drastic like a general election that we end up in. laura kuenssberg, thank you. our top story this evening: the wikilea ks founder, julian assange, is arrested and appears in court after ecuador removes his right to asylum in its london embassy. and jack shepherd, who killed a woman in a speedboat crash, is jailed for an extra six months for fleeing the country. coming up in sportsday on bbc news... australian rugby league say they won't entertain israel folau after the rugby union body in the country say they will sack him over his homophobic social media posts. after months of protests in sudan, its longstanding president was today ousted from his position in a military coup. omar al bashir is tonight being held in what's been described as a safe place, marking the end of an autocratic
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rule which lasted 30 years. a military council is now in charge in khartoum, but even at this early stage there are questions about how different things will be from now on. this report is by our africa editor, fergal keane. they sensed a great moment was coming, and thanked those who'd protected them for days. at this moment the army were seen as the saviours. the hours dragged on until the early afternoon, and then the words they had yearned to hear. i have now stepped ahead. the former head of the regime has been removed and is in sixth place. i answer the formation of a transitional military council that will manage the matters within during the period of two years. with a few words, he was deposed. in an age when civil society is challenging leaders across africa,
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the president had seemed immovable. omar al bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989 and survived for 30 years through cunning and brutality. he was a master manipulator of his own party's factions. an indictment for genocide in darfur in 2010 wasn't enough to force his departure. he was a pariah in the west but still welcomed in africa and the middle east. but a spiralling economic crisis last year awakened decades of resentment and created this people's revolution. in khartoum his face was vanishing, and for a generation which has known nothing but bashir‘s rule, euphoria is understandable. translation: to see bashir stepping down is enough for us. 0h, our young people, this is such a big joy! translation: the protest will go on until the sudanese people are ensured their revolution will not be stolen from them.
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there is much caution. these rank and file troops protected the demonstrators, but their senior commanders are bashir‘s old cronies and say they hold power now for two years, declaring a state of emergency under curfew. most of those people have been part and parcel of all the maladies of the sudanese people — economical, socialfreedom, law and order and everything. it is just like an old wine in new bottles. sudan doesn't fit into an easy political template. military rulers, yes, but a civil society that's sophisticated, organised, with mass popular support. the protest will go on until the people or the generals win the fight for sudan. fergal keane, bbc news. india's marathon election has kicked off, with tens of millions of people casting their votes in the first phase of
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the world's biggest election. it's thought around 900 million people are eligible to vote, with the result not due for six weeks. the main issues at stake are relations with pakistan, and growing unemployment. the australian rugby authorities say they'll sack one of their star players, israel folau, over a social media post saying that homosexuals and what he called other sinners would go to hell. officials said that he did not speak for the sport and that in the "absence of compelling mitigating factors" they intended to terminate folau's contract. the player has 73 international caps and had been preparing for this year's world cup. jack shepherd, who went on the run before being convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat crash, has been sentenced to an extra six months in prison for fleeing the country. he'd beenjailed for six years in his absence for the manslaughter of charlotte brown. this morning, he appeared at the old bailey after being extradited from georgia yesterday. our correspondent helena lee was at court. charlotte brown's family arrived
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at the old bailey this morning knowing they would finally see jack shepherd face justice, the day they had waited months for. charlotte was killed when her first date with the 31—year—old ended in a speedboat crash. last night he was put on a plane back to britain from georgia after ten months on the run. the couple were on their first date when the boat capsized. he had taken her out to try and impress her but he was drunk and the boat wasn't safe. today in court, jack shepherd admitted skipping bail. thejudgejailed him for six months on top of his six—year sentence. charlotte's family were emotional outside court. he has not shown any real remorse or accountability for his actions, accusing charlie of being responsible for her own death as recently as this week. his lack of respect and decency continues to astound us. we hope that shepherd's appeal against his conviction will be
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dismissed, and as a family we can continue to fight for a change in the laws. during his sentencing, judge richard marks said that jack shepherd's deliberate decision to go on the run added to the distress of charlotte's family and was as cowardly as it was selfish. he said by absconding and instructing his lawyers from his hideaway, he was having his cake and eating it. charlotte's family know that jack shepherd is going to appeal against his conviction. for now though, today, they feel they are a step closer to getting justice. helena lee, bbc news, at the old bailey. in the next few hours, the first privately—financed mission to the moon will attempt to land on its surface. until now, only government space agencies from the us, china, and the former soviet union have achieved this. the spacecraft will take pictures and conduct experiments
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and the mission could pave the way for future low—cost, commercial exploration landings. our science correspondent rebecca morelle has more. closing in on the moon. until now it's only been explored by a few space agencies, but these are the latest images from a mission set to change that. this spacecraft, built in israel, is the first privately funded attempt at a moon landing. missions like this usually cost billions, but with a price tag of £70 million, it is space exploration ona £70 million, it is space exploration on a shoestring. the idea that you don't have to wait for the creaky bureaucracy of a government or a national space agency to carry it forward , national space agency to carry it forward, that's really exciting. the probe blasted off in february,
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but to save money it shared its ride into space with other spacecraft. this though has meant an unusual journey. it usually takes just a few days to get from the earth to the moon, but this spacecraft has taken much longer. after launch it began to travel round the earth, at first quite close but gradually in higher orbits until eventually it was ca ptu red orbits until eventually it was captured by the moon's gravitational pull. seven weeks after launch is the hardest part, landing on the lunar surface. this spacecraft burns its engines for exactly the right amount of time for a soft touch down. after taking some photos, its job is to investigate the moon's magnetic field. it may look small but this british built engine is key to the success of the mission. it is vital for the final descent onto the moon. there is quite a lot riding on it. we have done a lot of testing, we are confident it is going to work
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but you never really know until you test or use the engine in anger in space. it is the 50th anniversary of nasa's moon landing but if this new mission is a success, another piece of space history could be made today. rebecca morelle, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's lucy martin. some beautiful photos sent in by our weather watchers today. you can see the blue sky behind the blossom here. on the satellite you can see many have seen some sunshine today, andi many have seen some sunshine today, and i generally fine day. as we go through the next few days, we will see a fairly settled, quiet picture with high pressure dominating. we stay in this fairly chilly air mass so temperatures won't be much to write home about. this evening and overnight there will be cloud for
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the north—east of scotland, thick enough for some showers. clear spells developing across northern ireland and england and wales and there will be patchy cloud here and there will be patchy cloud here and there but generally dry with clear spells. these are the temperatures in towns and cities, touch cooler than that. one or two showers possible for north—east scotland, and the south—east of england as well we could see some sharp showers. the temperature slightly disappointing between seven and 11 celsius. as we move into the weekend, it will turn that little bit colder so it will be feeling chilly if you have outdoor plans. it will be mostly dry though and there is sunshine to come. the best of that sunshine will be on saturday, some good spells of sunshine around after a chilly start. it will turn fairly windy in the west with the
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risk of some showers in the south—east corner. if you catch one of those showers, there could be hail mixed in. temperatures between seven and 11 celsius, generally feeling fairly cool and it stays cool as we move into sunday. a little bit more in the way of cloud around but generally dry with sunny spells. thank you. a reminder of our top story... that's all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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