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this is bbc news, the headlines at two. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob, blaming ministers for paying too much attention to the environmental lobby. from within, you can't do very much, and it means at the moment when you have government in such terrible paralysis, you do have to do something as dramatic as this in order to have your voice heard. a woman is shot dead and three people injured at a californian synagogue. a man, believed to have used an assault rifle, has been arrested. still hoping britain won't take part in next month's european elections — the conservative party chairman, brandon lewis. security fears in sri lanka sees church services cancelled, a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. he has run quicker than anyone else before, including himself in london. eluid kipchoge has won the london marathon for a fourth time. britain's sir mo farah
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finished fifth. kenya's brigid kosgei wins the women's race with a new personal best. america's daniel romanchuk wins the men's elite wheelchair event, and swiss paralympian manuela schar wins the women's. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after only six months in the job, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby, and consequently there is a de facto ban on fracking. natascha engel was tasked with uniting communities over the controversial process but says stringent rules
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are stopping the industry from being successful, as john mcmanus reports. is this a vision of the uk's future energy market? hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in this case at a site in lancashire. well, maybe not, because despite government support for shale gas exploration, the woman in charge of inspiring confidence in the project has just quit. certainly, since i first started six months ago, there was always an understanding that fracking was going to really struggle to develop if these really ridiculously low limits on earth tremors were going to be kept in place. the understanding was always that they would be reviewed and be raised when it was safe to do so, and that's not happening. it means there is a sort of restriction placed on fracking that's not placed on any other extractive industry in the country. retrieving gas through fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock. when that rock fractures, the gas is released and brought to the surface. the industry says it is safe,
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but it can cause earth tremors. to reassure local communities, fracking must pause if those tremors reach a magnitude of 0.5. this site has had to stop work several times. natascha engel says that rule amounts to a de facto ban. those campaigners aren't just worried about tremors, they say climate—changing fossil fuels should stay underground. in scotland, fracking remains under a moratorium. holyrood still has not decided how to proceed. supporters in the usa say fracking there has lowered gas bills, but some states have still banned it. the government here maintains that shale gas is both environmentally and consumer friendly. now it needs to find somebody new to make that case. john mcmanus, bbc news. the department for business, energy and industrial strategy have responded to natascha engel‘s resignation.
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a spokeserson said the government supported the development of the shale industry in the uk because "it could have the potential to be a new domestic energy source, and create thousands of well paid, qualityjobs." they also said the government it is confident that current regulations "strike the right balance in ensuring the industry can develop, while ensuring any operations are carried out safely and responsibly." a woman has died and three people are in hospital after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in california. a 19—year—old man has been arrested after the shooting outside san diego. our correspondent in los angeles, sophie long, reports. # we shall overcome...# a community brought together in pain and multi—faith prayers for peace. they came to soothe each other‘s sadness and to pray for those suffering. for laurie gilbert kay, who went to worship
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on a sunny saturday morning and died hours later in hospital. for a child shot in the leg and for two men, one a rabbi. i have been going here my entire life, and to see all these wonderful people come together from all these faiths, it's just absolutely amazing. we had one person today full of hate, one person. and look — there is a thousand people here tonight that are full of love. that is what it's about. this is not the first time a tight—knit community like this one have come together to try and help each other heal the wounds inflicted by a man with a gun. it's unlikely it will be the last. i am hoping this does not become the new normal. places of worship are sacred, human life is sacred, and just the idea of every time we have to keep responding to acts of hate and acts of terror is really traumatising for the community. police have arrested
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a 19—year—old, john earnest. they are now investigating what made a young man take an assault rifle, shoot a child, kill a woman, and destroy lives in a place of peace and worship. sophie long, bbc news, poway, california. the chairman of the conservative party, brandon lewis, says he still hopes the uk won't have to take part in the european elections next month. mr lewis said he wanted to see the brexit withdrawal agreement approved by parliament in the next few weeks. a little earlier, our political correspondent jessica parker explained more. their plan, as you explained there, trying to get a deal ratified before may 22nd to avoid taking part in european parliamentary elections, it's something they know might be quite unpopular among some members and voters, three years after the uk voted to leave the european union. that's the plan, but is it realistic? there is a lot of scepticism in westminster as to whether it's possible. why? cross—party talks between the labour party and conservatives
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have been going on for some time without a real breakthrough. not much evidence to suggest theresa may's original set of proposals, her withdrawal agreement and plans for the future, could suddenly garner a majority in parliament. a new link between obesity and mental health problems in children as young as seven has been idenfied by researchers. they found obese seven—year—olds were at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, by the time they reached 11. researchers say the findings, to be presented at the european congress on obesity in glasgow, strengthen the case for early prevention. exercise and a healthy diet have long been the best prescription for avoiding obesity at any age. but this new study has found a link to mental health in children too. researchers analysed data on more than 17,000 children up to the age of 1a.
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they found that, from the age of seven, obesity and emotional problems were closely linked. and that linkage was the same for girls and boys. researchers don't fully understand the link between obesity and mental health in children. the extent to which poverty plays a role is also unclear. but the relationship between these issues could be important. i don't think it's as simple as one simply causing another. i think they influence each other. it's probably going to be different in different people, the extent to which that happens, but i also definitely agree there are other factors at play here, and one of those could be socioeconomic disadvantage, which is something we looked at in the study. no harm in a little snack, is there? but half the sugar our kids eat comes from snacks and sugary drinks. which could lead to harmful fat building up inside. public health england has been encouraging parents to cut the sugar in kids' diets for years, to reduce obesity and stave off
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physical health issues. this study suggest there might be mental health benefits too. at this school in salford, children start the day playing and chatting, giving staff a chance to spot any potential emotional problems. the research may mean this focus on mental health could also improve children's physical well—being. richard lister, bbc news. the scottish national party leader, nicola sturgeon, will warn the government in westminster this afternoon not to stand in the way of a second independence referendum. earlier this week, the first minister said another referendum should be held by 2021 if the uk leaves the eu. 0ur political correspondent lorna gordon is in edinburgh for us. good afternoon, it is going to be speech in about an hour's time, much prediction that independence will be the theme. yes, nicola sturgeon will
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be taking to the conference hall, making her speech and a little over an hour's time, she will be speaking toa an hour's time, she will be speaking to a packed hall, a 2000 0c seeds, it is likely to be filled to capacity, as it always is at snp conference. you capacity, as it always is at snp conference. you are capacity, as it always is at snp conference. you are right, she will build on the speech she made to holyrood on wednesday, when she said that she wanted to hold another independence referendum in 2021, if the uk leaves the eu. 0f independence referendum in 2021, if the uk leaves the eu. of course, there will be some policy statements here, and announcements here this afternoon. she is likely to talk about housing, about short—term lets, not least in cities like edinburgh, popular with tourism, there has been pressure on people who live here and their ability to rent, but i think you are right that the focus will be on independence, she is expected to say it is time for scotland to become independent, warning the uk government not to
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stand ina warning the uk government not to stand in a way of a second independence referendum. 0f stand in a way of a second independence referendum. of course, they have said no to granting those powers, but i think she will be trying to argue that if there is a groundswell of support in favour of independence, then they will have no option but to let one take place. of course, she is speaking to the converted here, at the snp conference, many of the delegates are hungry for change, but she will no doubt be aware of the wider audience, the wider scottish electorate, treading gently, trying to bring them on side as she builds her arguments for independence. lorna gordon at the snp conference there, thanks very much. rather appropriately, from scotland to spain. spain is holding its third general election in four years. the election was called by the socialist prime minister, pedro sanchez, in february after catalan separatists joined
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right—wing parties in rejecting his government's budget. for the first time since the end of the franco era in 1975, a far—right party, vox, is among the main contenders. let's cross live to madrid, andjoin tim. good after you, lovely day there, but a very unsettled period that spain has been going through. but a very unsettled period that spain has been going throughm but a very unsettled period that spain has been going through. it has for the last few years, you're right, beautiful spring, summer day here, but a deeply divided country. you were mentioning francisco franco, a lot of commentators saying this is the most divisive election since the death of the dictator back in 1975. what seems clear, according to the polls, is that no individual party will win an outright majority, that will mean coalitions will have to be formed. now, in the past, spain used to be governed, really,
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by two parties, basically the psoe, the socialist party or the centre right wing party. now, that has fragmented, so now potentially there are some five parties who have assured at being in power, and you mentioned that hard right party, vox, a lot of attention has been focused on them. they are predicted, according to some of the latest polls, to maybe get 15—16% of the deputies in the congress behind me now, i have some 350, so they could get 35—40, and could they potentially be the kingmakers for a right—wing coalition? what is also interesting, sean, they are anti—immigration, they are wanting to build walls, for example, around two spanish enclaves in north africa, they want to send back 57,000 migrants who arrived in spain last year, they are pro bull—fighting, they are very much against any separatism, their big
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rallying cry was make spain great again. they are not talking about demolishing or abolishing the semi—autonomous regions, but they are pushing in that direction, and because of their public support, two other parties have moved further to the right. it could be a very interesting evening here as the results come through. and what about the fate of pedro sanchez, the leader of psoe, they come back in to start with, wasn't he? he was dumped as party leader then came back, i met him before the first elections when he lost, the party was just losing power, and he was a very bright and charming guy, but not thought of as a great figure in the party, and he has really taken it by the horns and won power in a clever move in parliament. he has, he has been a tactician, but as you say, he led the socialist to the two was defeated in living memory, he was then kicked out of power, he went on a listening tour, rather like
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emmanuel macron, came back, was reappointed leader of the party and then won a no—confidence vote against marianna rajoy, the former leader of the popular party. when he w011 leader of the popular party. when he won that no—confidence vote, he had to pick up support from the separatists, and it was pretty clear to most people that even though he was made prime minister, he wasn't going to be prime ministerfor very long. he is a comeback kid, but all will depend on what deals he can do with, for example, podemos, which grew out of the anti—austerity movement, but they have not got so much power now. we will probably have to do deals with the catalans, and that is the uniting force for the right in this country — they don't want any deals at all with separatist parties, and that is what tampon is campaigning on. one other thing, shaun, we talk about immigration, the unity of spain, but when the latest poll came out on the
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eve of the election, most spaniards wa nted eve of the election, most spaniards wanted to vote on unemployment, workers' rights, and the fact that even though they are out of recession now, people'sjobs, the middle classes aren't in anything like the sort of salaries they were earning before, so they want a radical overhaul of the way that the financial system here is run. of the politicians could be talking about one thing at about something com pletely one thing at about something completely different! tim willcox, thank you very much, we will hear from you later, tim willcox in madrid for bbc news. let's take a look at the headlines on bbc news. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob. natascha engel says ministers are paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby. a woman is shot dead and three people are injured at a synagogue in california. police are questioning a 19—year—old man who they say opened fire with an assault rifle. conservative party chairman brandon lewis says he still hopes the uk won't have to take part in next month's european elections.
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let's cross to the streets of london, where tens of thousands of people are taking part in the 39th london marathon. let's take a look at the scenes live. of course, we are well past the elite races, which have been over for the best part of a couple of hours now, it is the fundraisers to make fun runners, many of them running for charity, many of them and what look like quite uncomfortable and what look like quite u nco mforta ble costu mes. and what look like quite uncomfortable costumes. i hope that is not as smelly as the average pair of trainers after running the london marathon! another interesting costu me, marathon! another interesting costume, i should say that earlier the kenyan runner eliud kipchoge won the kenyan runner eliud kipchoge won the men's race, setting a new course record, mo farah finished fifth. the women's race was won by another kenyan, brigid kosgei.
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0ur reporter kate grey is at the finish line. ican i can say something quite interesting just very close to you! yes, iam interesting just very close to you! yes, i am actually surrounded by some very bizarre costumes at the moment, a gentleman dressed up as a sun, running this distance is not enough for some people, they like to dress up, and also a gentleman dressed as a tent, so more wild and wonderful every year, there has been a full size big ben, someone does dressed up as a postbox, brilliant scenes. they have been running for four hours now, a brilliant achievement, they love the challenge, we have seen plenty of people crossing the line, and they will continue to do so over the coming hours, amongst them a few celebrities, i have been trying to pick them out in the crowds, and earlier i caught up with nell mcandrew, has done this a few times, she was quite emotional at the end of the race. it has been seven years since i ran
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london, and i wish i had not lifted that long, because even though it is not easy and i am relieved to be at the finish, you can't experience that support anywhere else like that, it is overwhelming, and it is the first time i have heard about my children at the end, so quite special. why did you leave it so long? having children and all of that? yes, there has been so much going on, just live! sol that? yes, there has been so much going on, just live! so i have realised, actually, it is amazing, andl realised, actually, it is amazing, and i would recognise it to anybody if you have got the opportunity, running for charity or if you just wa nt running for charity or if you just want to experience it, just do it.|j think she was one of the fastest celebrities there, a brilliant run for her, probably not her best time but an incredible achievement. we also met amelie mauresmo, you will know her better for being on a tennis court, former world number one and wimbledon champion, she has turned her hand to marathon running in new york and paris, and she definitely enjoyed it in london.
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0h, oh, it is very different, but i ee, oh, it is very different, but i agree, the crowd throughout the race, just unbelievable, they push you, they support you even when moments are getting tough, and i am just so happy, so proud, and definitely i want to recommend it, because it is incredible. lovely to hear from both those ladies there, and i will be plenty more celebrities that we are looking out for. but today it really is about the masses, they have raised millions of pounds over the years, and by the time this race is finished, they will have raised over £1 billion since the london marathon began back in 1981. all of these amazing runners have managed to raise over £1 billion, an incredible feat, and you canjust raise over £1 billion, an incredible feat, and you can just tell from the emotions as they crossed the line, they have got their own individual stories, the volunteers are jingling the medals that they get to wear as soon as they finish the race, and it isa soon as they finish the race, and it is a brilliant site, and we have had
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some amazing racing in the elite races as well with eliud kipchoge running one of the fastest marathon is ever here to win the men's elite race, with mo farah finishing in fifth place, not a bad time, but he was disappointed with his position. and brigid kosgei from kenya also ta ke and brigid kosgei from kenya also take in gold, she came second last year, so she has bettered it this year, so she has bettered it this year, and that brings the elite races to an end, but plenty more athletes running across his line as the masses continue to flower here at the london marathon. the weather just about holding up, a view rain drops coming down, but it won't dampen the spirits of the brilliant run is here today. what you couldn't see why that interview was being played, tight was nearly demolished by the tent! i do not know how we would have explained that, actually, or indeed what kind of insurance claim one can put in if one is knocked down by a tent! have a lovely afternoon. it is 21 minutes
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past two. the united nations says many villages in northern mozambique have been entirely wiped out by cyclone kenneth, which hit on thursday. with heavy rainfall predicted for the next few days, there are also fears that many communities will face severe flooding. mozambique is still recovering from cyclone idai, which killed hundreds of people further south last month. donna larsen reports. where families once lived now standing as shells, corrugated iron roofs contorted by the wind, littering the ground. these homes were ripped apart by the strongest cyclone ever to hit this region. jamal‘s shop was just one of so many ravaged by the storm. translation: the wind destroyed the farms and the palm trees. the farms don't have anything, we lost everything. here in the village, as you see, 300 houses have been destroyed. the view from above provides some idea of the scale of destruction, villages completely flattened.
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the united nations has described the damage as heartbreaking. these villages have been entirely wiped out. they look like they have been run over by a bulldozer. people are asking first for shelter then they need water purification and they need food. almost 20,000 people are now living in makeshift displacement centres, set up in schools and churches. more heavy rain is forecast for mozambique over the coming days and with rivers already swollen, the threat of severe flooding continues to loom large. people here now face the daunting reality that the worst could be yet to come. they are 50—year—old episodes of doctor who, thought to be lost in time. the originals were discarded after broadcast, with only the soundtrack surviving. but now the doctor's 1960s adventures have been recreated on dvd,
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using animation, and much of the artwork was done by a sunderland university graduate, using a computer in his back bedroom. peter harris went to meet him. get out! that's not very polite. i was interested in what you were saying. the voice is the patrick troughton's, but while the voices survived, the pictures did not, and that is where animators like rob come in, bringing the doctor back to life. no animation will bring in his level of comedy and timing, but we can try. back in the day, the bbc would ditch material after broadcast. some did survive like this. i suppose that is true, that seems more vulnerable than others, yes. but of the lost material only the sound survived because fans recorded it off the tv at the time. someone would hold a microphone up to the tv, but then you would hear the whole family, the dog barking, nana saying she cannot hear anything.
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and some of that exists on the recordings. but some fans took apart the tv and hard—wired a reel recorder to it so they have got some real crystal recordings of these stories. rob has worked on a number of doctor who animations in which long—lost episodes have been brought back to life. he creates the monsters. the studio will animate the characters, and i will get something which looks a bit like that, which isjust a character acting against nothing in the middle of no set. there is no monsters involved, and then by the time i have finished all my bits, it looks a bit more like a finished product. so you are the monster creator? yeah. the monsters in this are essentially based on giant crabs, it was a challenge but it's great to give them a new lease of life. rob does these animations with the bbc in his spare time, but it is a labour of love for a lifelong doctor who fan.
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the episodes just released are available now on blu—ray and dvd. peter harris, bbc news. there are still 11 observers that have been found gathering dust on a sheu have been found gathering dust on a shelf in northern nigeria, so do checkin shelf in northern nigeria, so do check in your attic, there may be a film can with a bit of broadcasting gold! right, ina film can with a bit of broadcasting gold! right, in a moment we will be joined by viewers on bbc one for a full round—up of the day's news, but before that the weather prospects with tomasz schafernaker. a reasonably pleasant day for most of us, and tomorrow not looking bad either, plenty of bright weather. in the next couple of days, the temperatures will rise, hitting 20 degrees by the time we go to tuesday. the satellite image, having
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said that, is revealing a lot of cloud across the uk. in fact, some rain in northern ireland, parts of wales, the south—west of england, and even if you haven't got the rain, fairly hazy, that sunshine across central and eastern areas, but on the whole the bulk of the uk is enjoying a decent day with temperatures of 13—15d. now, tonight western areas remain cloudy, you can see the cloud across the western isles, northern ireland, down to the south—west, a few bits of rain, 8-9d, but south—west, a few bits of rain, 8—9d, but where the sky play in central and eastern britain, pretty nippy outside of town, maybe 2—4 degrees. tomorrow starts quite sunny, cloud building across parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, east anglia, the south—east, you know, clouds obscuring the sunshine. the rest of western england and scotland should be quite sunny, but then out towards the west, northern ireland and wales, overcast. now, on tuesday, we are going to see a
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little bit of warmth heading our way, particularly towards scotland and some western areas of the uk. notice there is some sunshine for places like cardiff, liverpool, the lowla nds places like cardiff, liverpool, the lowlands of scotland, one or two spots getting up to 18 or 19 celsius. wouldn't rule out 20 for london, but closer to the north sea coast, pressure in norwich, only 1a degrees. in high—pressure midweek, building into the uk, there is a weather front that you can just about see across central parts of the uk, that means a bit of cloud, may be spits and spots of rain, a slow—moving weather front, not really doing anything apart from giving a bit of cloud here and there, one or two showers. so slightly cooler on wednesday because of that cloud cover may across these north—western areas, still hanging on to 19 in london. end of the week, thursday and friday, cooling off across seven areas as well, back down to around 15.
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good afternoon. prayer services have been held in sri lanka, one week on from the deadly suicide bombings carried out by islamist extremists. at least 250 people, including many tourists, died in a series of co—ordinated attacks at churches and hotels on easter sunday. the archbishop of colombo called the atrocities ‘an insult to humanity'. from sri lanka, clive myrie reports.
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seven days ago, st anthony's church was filled with the screams and cries of the dying. bells ring and today, bells marked their passing. the bombers mainly attacked christians, but buddhists commemorated the horrors of last week too. it doesn't matter what they've done. we are coming from, like, buddhists, hindus, islamics, or whoever. we have to pray, then to live in harmony. inside st anthony's, members of the sri lankan navy tried to wash away the stain of violence. to restore this house of god. this is the exact spot where the suicide bomber detonated his backpack to devastating effect. you can see the wool is pockmarked with the of ball
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bearings and the roof in this area pretty much destroyed, and what happened here is destined to be passed down the ages to join all those other acts of religious intolerance that black in history. god said we need the others. it is not good for man to be alone. the leader of sri lanka's catholics, cardinal malcolm ranjith, leader of sri lanka's catholics, cardinal malcolm ra njith, dave leader of sri lanka's catholics, cardinal malcolm ranjith, dave a teller vest mass, but some frightened parishioners stayed away —— televised. frightened parishioners stayed away -- televised. it is hard to see, to see this empty church. it is so sad that this kind of disaster has happened due to religion. several raids in recent days may improve public confidence. terror cells had been disrupted and huge quantities of bomb—making equipment seized. but the hope is that the trauma of a week ago will unite this country in grief, rather than divide it in acrimony and retaliation. clive
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myrie, bbc news, colombo. the chairman of the conservative party says he still hopes that the uk won't have to take part in the european parliament elections next month. brandon lewis said he wanted to see the prime minister's brexit withdrawal agreement approved by parliament in the next few weeks, so that the uk can avoid electing meps on 23rd may. 0ur political correspondent, jessica parker, has more. will the uk soon be sending meps to take their seats here at the european parliament? many now suspect that it's inevitable, with the polling date just weeks away. but the conservatives are saying they're still aiming to avoid it. as a government, ourfirst priority is to not have to fight the european elections. i think we should be looking to do everything we can to respect that 2016 referendum. what of a cross—party deal? walking time and again into talks with the government, labour insist they're no bar to progress. the discussions so far have been productive. we have gone into a lot of detail.
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there seems to be a willingness on both sides to move towards some form of consensus. but as yet, we haven't seen the government move on any of their red lines. there are those who aren't fussed about finding a brexit deal. their focus, instead, stopping brexit altogether. but the liberal democrats left frustrated in their quest to form a remain alliance. i think it is a shame that those remain—supporting parties aren't able, weren't able to come to an agreement to be fighting that together, but the wider aim of the securing of a people's vote to stop brexit is one where we are very still working together. but before any european poll, there are of course local elections this thursday, and after all the recent political turmoil in westminster, some conservatives are forecasting a difficult night for their party, because while bins and buses will no doubt be issues in these council contests, if you think that the din
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of brexit willjust be drowned out. jessica parker, bbc news. local elections are taking place in england and northern ireland this week. find out more about who is standing in your area by going to our website: 0pioid painkillers will now feature prominent warnings about their addictive nature. the measure was announced by health secretary matt hancock, over concerns about a rise in the number of people addicted to opioid medication. 0ur correspondent katharine da costa is here. what is the background to this? 0pioids like morphine and fentanyl and over—the—counter drugs like codeine can help severe pain but if people are on them too long, doctors say they can become highly addictive. 0ver say they can become highly addictive. over the past decade, opioid prescriptions have increased 60% from 1a million in 2008 to 23,000,02018 while the number of codeine —related deaths in england and wales has more than doubled. the health secretary matt hancock has said the situation here is not as
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bad as the crisis in america but clearer labelling is now needed. that has been welcomed by health experts, but the bma, the doctor's union, is also calling for a national dedicated helpline and more support services for those with addictions and public health england is due to publish a review into addictive painkillers later this year. thank you very much. a ceremony is being held this afternoon to remember 749 american military personnel, who were lost at sea in 19114, during a rehearsal for the d—day landings that went disastrously wrong. robert hall is on the beach at slapton sands, in devon. robert. this ceremony hasjust this ceremony has just got under way, attended by people from local communities and many american families he had to pay some thought and tribute to those who are lost in this terrible incident. it should have been a perfect rehearsal for d—day but, as you are about to hear, it ended in tragedy. it was a last chance to get things right on d—day,
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and the right place to do it. slapton sands was a near—perfect match for conditions on utah beach in normandy, but as a convoy of eight landing craft — packed with tanks and troops — headed for south devon, it was attacked by german fast patrol boats. four vessels were sunk or damaged. many of the nearly 750 dead were never found. it's moving to stand there and look out at the english channel and think about where my uncle's body lay. was his body everfound? no. he's still in the ship. for decades, no—one knew what had happened here, partly due to the security around the d—day landings. anelle reynolds' father was badly injured, but he survived. she's brought his uniform, to be placed in a local museum. it was a shame that these men did not get recognition through their lives. today, families and villagers are gathering around a us tank recovered from the site
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of the attack. 0n the beach nearby, 749 bootprints, reminding us of losses far greater than in the real attack at utah beach just over a month later. robert hall, bbc news, south devon. tens of thousands of runners have been taking part in today's london marathon, with a new record set in the men's race. joe wilson was watching. more than ever before began london's marathon. just a few came to win. mo farah may be many things but, as his coach said this morning, he's not an angel. after a week of disputes over hotel robbery and gym scuffle, today, it was simple street talk. 26 miles of london's roads would measure his progress. meanwhile, a new force in wheelchair sport — american daniel romanchuk, aged just 20, outsprinted the rest. manuela schar, of switzerland, was over five minutes clear of the field when she won the women's wheelchair race. the challenge was just
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starting for the eccentrics, the fundraisers and the brave, who make this event a mass expression of enthusiasm. but as the men's elite race passed halfway, where was mo farah? not in the leading group. kenyan eliud kipchoge was in control. no—one in the women's field could get near brigid kosgei. she made the whole thing seem almost easy. of course, it isn't. not far behind, britain's hayley carruthers was giving everything to try and break her personal best. everything. well done, hayley... she made the finishing line, and then the help arrived. hayley has just run a personal best. she's 0k... well, this is how eliud kipchoge finished — two hours, two minutes, 37 seconds. 0utside his world—record, but the fastest time ever in london. for mo farah, fifth place, and a little slower
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than his personal best. definitely disappointed, he said, but no regrets about the build—up. of course, behind me, people are finishing their own marathons all the time. everyone has personal goals, but so many are running for us goals, but so many are running for us and this year, it has been calculated the billionth £1 will have been raised since the london marathon began here. thanks hello. you're watching the bbc news channel with shaun ley. as we've been hearing the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after only six months in the job, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby — and consequently there is a ‘de facto' ban on fracking. natascha engel was tasked with uniting communities over the controversial process, but says stringent rules are stopping the industry from being successful,
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well, earlier rebecca jones spoke to natascha engel, who started by telling us a bit about why she's quit. since i first started six months ago, there was an understanding that fracking would struggle to develop if these ridiculously low limits on earth tremors were going to be kept in place and the understanding was they would be reviewed and raised when it was safe to do so, and that is not happening and it means there is not happening and it means there isa is not happening and it means there is a restriction placed on a fracking that is not placed on any other restrictive industry in the country. it is so low that no industry could develop. country. it is so low that no industry could developlj country. it is so low that no industry could develop. i want to pick you up on some of those points but you have only been in the job for six months. wouldn't it have been better to stay in post and make changes from within?|j been better to stay in post and make changes from within? i did try to do that. unless these changes happen quickly, the industry is still not
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up quickly, the industry is still not up and running so this is not something that can develop unless these limits are reviewed and had a look at because that's the problem with this. from within you can't do much and at the moment where you have government in such terrible paralysis you had to do something as dramatic as this to have your voice heard. that is the tragedy because it has been my idealjob. fracking is untested in this country, it's a different proposition here than in the wide open spaces of the united states, isn't a cautious approach needed one more research is done? there is a difference between caution and stopping an industry from happening. it is new here but they have cracked over1 million wells in america and we have some of the tightest and best regulations in the tightest and best regulations in the world because we have lots of experience of getting oil and gas from the north sea and fracking is not news. this is a technology
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around since the second world war and it is a method of getting oil and it is a method of getting oil and gas out of the ground. the only thing that is unique about it is the awful sounding name but it isjust thing that is unique about it is the awful sounding name but it is just a method of getting oil and gas out of the ground. is at the bottom-line we just don't know? people say it is better for the environment but at the end of the day, it uses huge amounts of water, that is not environmentally friendly. amounts of water, that is not environmentally friendlym amounts of water, that is not environmentally friendly. if you compare it to industry that use a lot of water, papermaking, pulp making, the drinks industry, they use huge amounts, this doesn't and every extractive industry uses water. the only big difference with this is there is a large environmental campaign against it you don't have that against other industries and that is why it has been blown out of all proportion. isn't it also the case that may be
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potentially poisonous chemicals that are extracted during the course of fracking? what happens is that sometimes the minerals that are underground come up with the water, that does happen but they are perfectly safely extracted any other way. there is nothing unsafe about it. final thought, given way. there is nothing unsafe about it. finalthought, given you way. there is nothing unsafe about it. final thought, given you are so passionate about fracking, now you are gone, who will bang the drum for it? i will keep banging the drum from outside, it will be easier from the outside than inside and the drum needs to be beaten especially with these new, the profile of environmentalism has been raised and we need to reduce our carbon emissions and fracking is one way we can do that. more on the news that spain is holding its third general election in four years. for the first time since the end of the franco era, in 1975, a far—right party —
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vox — is among the main contenders. my colleague tim willcox is in madrid — and has been speaking to the political analyst pedro riera. we are not sure because it is a very intriguing situation in which there could be lots of hidden votes but we are thinking above 15%, a little bit more or slightly left, 15, 16, we will have two weight. the rallying cry for vox has been the separatist drive in catalonia and yet when you look at the polls, people seem more interested in unemployment, taxes. how big an issue is catalonia?m interested in unemployment, taxes. how big an issue is catalonia? it is because parties, right—wing parties are focusing a lot over on their campaigns and people in spain are worried about the situation of catalonia and this is helping the right—wing parties and basically the
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new far right party vox. but if pedro sanchez is to form a coalition, presumably he might had to go back to the separatist in catalonia, one of whom is on trial. it will be nice to see what is going to happen the day after the elections because pedro sanchez is not going to have a majority so he will have to talk to other political forces and you will have two options, either moving towards the centre right and trying to talk to them or on the opposite side try to form a coalition with podemos. more now on our top stories at three. now though it is time for the
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film review. hello there, welcome to the film review here on bbc news. taking us through this week's releases, mark kermode. mark, you got something for everyone this week, haven't you? we have. we have eighth grade, the debut feature from bo burnham. avengers: endgame — the saga comes to a conclusion. and bel canto, a trouble drama starring julianne moore. so, eighth grade. just to be clear — because there's a different system in the united states — this is 14—year—olds? exactly. it's the end of middle school, and it stars elsie fisher is kayla, a 13—year—old coming to the end
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of her eighth grade. and she is socially anxious in person. we see these shots of her moving through the corridors of school. everybody else is moving this way, she's moving that way. she finds it quite difficult to communicate with her peers in person. she's crushingly voted "most quiet" in class at the end of the year. but she has a second life online. there is a version of herself that she puts out online in which she posts cute, happy selfies. she does video blogs, vlogs, of self—help videos of how to put yourself out there and how to be more confident, how to be yourself. and the fact that no—one appears to be watching these videos — we see the video count as one, two, five, zero — doesn't matter, because in a way, she's kind of using that to talk to herself. she's also using her phone and her headphones to avoid conversation with her father, because she has brilliantly observed, slightly sort of scrapie relation with her father, who she finds painfully embarrassing. here's a clip. can you not look like that, please? what?
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like what? just, like, the way you're looking. looking at the road? you can look at the road, dad! i obviously didn't mean that! just, like, don't be weird and quiet while you do it. sorry. hey, how was the...? no! you were being quiet, which is fine. just, like, don't be weird and quiet. cos, like, i look over at you and i think you're about to drive us into a tree or something. and then i get really freaked out and then i can't text my friends, sojust, like, be quiet and drive and don't look weird and sad. please. 0k. he sighs. that's worse. now don't be weird, mark! the trailer says you're going to fall in love with elsie fisher. do we fall in love with her? i fell in love with the whole film. it's directed by bo burnham, who started out his career as an internet comedian doing songs, comedy sketches, and many which are very, very brilliant. and what this manages to show
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you the life of this 13—year—old, who is painfully anxious, who was absolutely beset by anxiety about her peer group. it depicts a life in a completely sympathetic way which understands, for a start, the specifics of her life. bo burnham said that this is a film about a generation who have grown up in a culture they did not create which demands that they put a version of themselves out there online, and he said very specifically when he was receiving one of many awards that it was a generation referred to as somehow self—obsessed, but in fact what they are it's self—conscious. and the brilliant thing about this film is it looks like he's listened to those people. it look like he's actually understood their experience. he gets the specifics of growing up in this generation z, the post—millenial generation. but as with all great coming—of—age movies, if you get the specifics right, the universality will take care of itself. the real genius of its film is not only that it's funny, and dark, and moving, and heartbreaking, and uplifting, and there is kindness, and there is cruelty
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all mixed together. but no matter who you are, you can watch this film and see, in that central character, a version of yourself, or someone you understand. i mean, i have nothing in common with that lead character, but the pain and the anguish that she goes through is really, really universal. i think this is one of the best films of the year. it came out in america last year. it was one of the films that barack 0bama listed as one of his favourite films of 2018. it's really wonderful. and in a week in which we have bigger blockbusters coming out, for me, this is the one to seek out. i think anyone with a beating heart will love this film. this is one of those films like mary poppins which is going to if you don't love this, we don't have anything further to say to each other. a real film for today. speaking of blockbusters, we have avengers: endgame, which is only three hours and one minute long. yes, and a little bit of that is the credit, but it is pretty much three hours long. this is the end part of infinity war, and it is concluding the saga which is played out over
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a series of films. it picks up at the and of infinity war, which has ended in disaster, and the beginning of the film is sombre in tone. actually daringly sombre, i think. reminded me of things like logan. film is a very much a three—act structure, each act with a very different flavour. i don't want to say anything at all about the plot, because if people want to go and see it at the weekend, don't want to spoil anything. it is very impressive that in the film of this kind of size, of this kind of visual spectacle, with this number of characters that they have to deal with, that actually, what it manages to do is it manages to make you care about the characters when they're on—screen. i laughed more times than i have done in many alleged comedies. there were two moments in the film in which i teared up. bear in mind, i'm not that much emotionally vested in the story, but there were two moments which worked, which struck me as being universal. i do think that you do have to have seen the previous films. there's always a lot of discussion
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about, "can i see it?" you can do, but the more of the other ones you have seen, the more invested you are, the more you're going to get out of it. although there are moments because of the sheer elements it is dealing with, it feels perhaps slightly baggy or kind of... it is impressive that through all that, amidst all the visual spectacle, amidst everything else, it is the characters that are actually at the centre of it, and it does have an emotional heart. it has an emotional core and i don't think any fans will feel let down. even i, who is quite emotionally removed from this, was touched by enough to be moved to tears in places. 0k, bel canto, which is a hostage siege south america based on a novel. yes, a very popular novel, which apparently is very good. i haven't read the novel. i have seen the film. julianne moore is an opera singer who agrees to give a highly—paid concert. ken watanabe is the industrialist who is in this country, who is there because he is theoretically going to be involved in building a factory. actually, he's there to julianna moore sing. when guerrillas take over the building, they do so because they think the president is there. when they realise the president isn't there, they realise that the best asset they have is julianne moore.
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they wantjulianne moore to sing for them. she won't play ball. here's a clip. the government has turned off the water to this house to make things more uncomfortable for us. i gathered that. we need water. my comrade wants to shoot someone just to show the government who is in charge, but i have another thought. what's that? i want you to sing. i want you to sing loud enough that these animals outside can hear it. what good would that do? it might remind them what is at stake. 0h. no. i won't sing. not for you. he says to do what you're told. 0h. or what, he'll shoot me? you've kept one woman, one american, una americana.
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if you shoot me, what do you think will happen to you and your people? i don't think i need to do what you say. i have to say with such a huge amount of international talent on screen, and julianne moore, who i think is generally wonderful, and it was based on a well—respected book, it's a shame that the film itself is so misjudged. it seemed to be, on the one hand torn between being a serious trauma and on the other hand, being a soap opera. there's a subplot about the president not being there because he is staying at home to watch a soap opera on television. i have to say on some points, you think that is what you're watching. i did go into it, thinking, this is good quality actors and good quality stuff, and then just sitting there thinking, "at what point is this going to stop looking like a creaky television drama?" the answer is, never. it's a real shame because, as i said, i'm a big fan of many of the people involved, but it is a real disappointment. oh, dear. all right. thank you. best out? from me, mid—90s. a film you'll really struggle to find in theatres. a coming—of—age drama byjonah hill. a companion piece to eighth grade.
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also very empathetic. some have compared it to kids, but it's clearly different because it's made by somebody who actually understands the kids. i know you're a big fan also of... wild rose! jessie buckley! it's a such a great story about someone using country music to speak those inner truths — three chords and the truth, which country music is meant to be. i think it gets right to the heart of that and it's uplifting. i've seen it with a crowd. people really do end up punching the air, and a lovely cameo by whispering bob harris! one of the very few people who has earned the right to play himself in utterly glowing terms, because he really is that nice. she's a great actress, and a belting voice. have you seen beast? she is so brilliant. she is really, really terrific in that. and lastly, best dvd. being frank, the chris sievey story. i know if you ever saw frank sidebottom play live... i had the great honour of sharing stage with frank sidebottom. this is chris sievey,
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who was a sort of brilliant sort of pop song composer who was in a great pop band that never got the recognition they deserve, and suddenly achieved unexpected fame as frank sidebottom, a character wearing a papier—mache head and talking as if he had a nose clip on his nose. and it's a really brilliantly made movie, because it has absolutely brilliant archive footage. it is made out of absolute love and affection for chris sievey, and the way this alter ego sort of became something he never expected it to be. i thought it was really moving and really touching. love it when you talk through your nose, mark. thank you very much! thank you very much. that is it for this week. thank you so much for watching. from both of us, goodbye. fairly quiet on the weather front compared to yesterday and tomorrow it is also looking pretty good. a bright day with some sunshine, tuesday and wednesday will gradually
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be warming up, temperatures up to 20 degrees but this afternoon, a little bit fresher than that, typical temperatures of 13 to 15 but across western parts there is a bit more cloud, light rain here and there, mist and cloud, light rain here and there, mistand murk cloud, light rain here and there, mist and murk overnight, but many central and eastern areas tonight should have plenty of clear weather and it will be nippy, particularly out of town, temperatures down to low single figures nationwide. tomorrow's forecast and a lot of bright weather around but not necessarily clear blue skies. some central areas may be cloudy, also cloud across the rest of the country but temperatures in some spots to around 17 degrees. goodbye.
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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob, blaming ministers for paying too much attention to the environmental lobby. from within, you can't do very much, and it means at the moment when you have government in such terrible paralysis, you do have to do something as dramatic as this in order to have your voice heard. a woman is shot dead and three people injured at a california synagogue. a man, believed to have used an assault rifle, has been arrested. still hoping britain won't take part in next month's european elections — the conservative party chairman, brandon lewis. security fears in sri lanka sees church services cancelled — a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings.


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