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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6. the uk's shale gas commissioner resigns after only six months in thejob — blaming ministers for paying too much attention to the environmental lobby. from within you cannot really do much, but when you have government in such paralysis, you have to do something like this to make yourself heard. a woman is shot dead and three people injured at a calinfornina synagogue. a man — believed to have used an assault rifle — has been arrested. nicola sturgeon says no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland choosing indpendence. i'm setting out today our strategy to win our country's independence. still hoping britain won't take part in next month's european elections — the conservative party chairman, brandon lewis explains why.
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security fears in sri lanka result in 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, cool winds the london marathon. —— eliud kipchoge has won the london marathon. eluid kipchoge has won the london marathon for a fourth time. britain's sir mo farah finished fifth. and manchester city stand just two wins away from retaining their premier league title after they beat burnley1—0. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after only six months in thejob, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby —
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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, 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.
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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, 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
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new to make that case. john mcmanus, bbc news. the department for business, energy and industrial strategy has responded to natascha engel‘s resignation. 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 was confident that current regulations "strike the right balance in ensuring the industry can develop, while ensuring any operations are carried out safely and responsibly". the government says it has no plans to review. 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. we shall overcome...#
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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 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 1000 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,
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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 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 scottish national party leader, nicola sturgeon has warned the government in westminster 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 scotland correspondent lorna gordon, spoke to us a little earlier, just after ms sturgeon finished speaking at the snp conference in edinburgh. i think it's fair to say that there were three broad
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themes to her speech, which lasted about 45 minutes, and has just this moment come to an end with a standing ovation in the hall packed with a around about 2000 or so delegates. those themes were policies, process, the ideas behind them, that the timescale for any legislation to do with a second independence referendum, and the strategy to build the support for the policies, and the idea of intergenerational fairness behind much of them. she talked of offering a £25,000 loan to first—time buyers, that would be implemented by the end of the year. declaring a climate change emergency in response to those climate change strikers. when it came to process, she announced she would introduce legislation for a referendum next month with a plan to pass it at holyrood by the end of the year.
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and, of course, the most meaty part of that speech was to do with a strategy. the strategy to build a consensus in support of independence for scotland. 0urjob now is to get support for independence. and make sure no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland's right to choose. applause conference... conference, i am setting out today our strategy to win our country's independence. we must recognise that these are different times and new circumstances. this isn't a rerunning of 2014. the uk that existed then does not exist any more. our approach must be different. we should not enter this campaign
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thinking of people as yes voters or no voters, remainers or leavers, but as fellow citizens who want the best for ourselves, our families, and for scotland's future. applause we must acknowledge the ties of family and friendship across the uk, and step up to the challenge of answering peoples' questions. tipping a hat to the change in strategy. she wants to build consensus going forward. she talked of a citizens assembly, for people to talk about the idea of what kind of scotland they want it to be. and she also announced the biggest campaign, she said, on the economics of independence, a plan and a proposal to send to every house in scotland, all 2.4 million of them, a leaflet on the economics of independence.
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she was speaking in the hall behind me this afternoon. an awareness from nicola sturgeon that she has to build a wider, broader base in favour of independence. not least, of course, because the government at westminster says they will not grant a second referendum on independence. nicola sturgeon believes that if she can build a consensus in favour of independence, they will have no option but to grant that referendum. 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 mps in the next few weeks, so that the uk can avoid electing meps on 23 may. 0ur political correspondent, jessica parker, has more. will the uk soon be sending meps to sit here at the european parliament? many now suspect it is inevitable
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and with the polling date just weeks away the conservatives are saying they are still aiming to avoid it. as a government our first priority is to not have to fight the european elections. we should do everything we can to respect the 2016 referendum. what of a cross—party deal? walking time and again into talks with the government, labour say they are no bar to progress. the discussions have been productive. we've gone into a lot of detail. there seems to be a lot of willingness on both sides to move toward some sort of consensus. as yet we haven't seen the government move on any of their redline. there are those who are not fussed about finding a deal, theirfocus instead is stopping brexit altogether. but the lib dems have been left frustrated in their quest to form a remain alliance.
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it is a shame those remain supporting parties were not able to come to an agreement to be fighting that together. but the wider issue of securing a vote to stop brexit is one we are very much still working together. before any european poll, there are local elections this thursday, and after all of 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, few think the din of brexit can be just drowned out. polls are set to close in the next hour in spain's third general election in just four years. the election was called by the socialist prime minister, pedro sanchez, in february after catalan separatists joined rightwing 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.
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let's cross live to madrid — and join tim willcox. build up in the last hour before the polls close. . that's right, turn out has been higher, some 60% of the population has voted. interestingly, also, turnout in catalonia has been high, is welcome in some areas 18% higher than the last time. what does all of this mean? let's talk to two expert on spanish politics. anna fuentes from el pais. what are you reading into this? this is a very interesting election for spain. we have five parties are fighting for power. they will need to sit down and make agreements. and
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coalition governments. and we have to see how much catalonia, the economy, how tired the spaniards are of bipartisanship, and how all of this plays out. you have written a book about the struggle of catalonia, rafael, it has been a unifying force for the right, hasn't it? and has caused other parties to tack themselves to the far right more than ever before. the whole catalonian story, which we especially saw in 2017, allowed spanish nationalism, which was a taboo issue because of the francophiles. the bigger issue of that was vox. it probably wouldn't be running the way it is now without the catalan crisis that we had. anna, has that divided spain? i lived in spain 30, a0 years ago, the idea of a hard right party
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potentially having influence in government would have been anathema after the death of franco in 1975. many people thought spain would be spared from this populist wave. we saw le pen in france. we thought spain wasa saw le pen in france. we thought spain was a safe haven. but it isn't. the national populism is here. we have to see what chunk of the government is taken, and how they can conform other parties‘ politics. raphael, what are you hearing in the way of things and how they are moving? it was always predicted that sanchez would get the most seats. it is such an uncertain election. without a crystal ball i cannot give you an answer. but the socialists are heading for a victory. that is what i am hearing from now. ithink victory. that is what i am hearing from now. i think the victory might not yet be enough to get the
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absolute majority in parliament. that really is going to require waiting for the final seat to be announced, i think. waiting for the final seat to be announced, ithink. it's waiting for the final seat to be announced, i think. it's going to be very close. 176 out of 350 is the majority. the left are heading for somewhere around 170. anna, when you look at the economy in spain, doing pretty well compared with other countries in the euro zone, unemployment has come down, but presumably those are the key issues for a lot of people who have lost good jobs and are now working on zero—hour contracts, and are not really enjoying the standard of living they would have had before. when you zoom out you see a good picture. as you said, an appointment has gone down. it's now 13.7%, which isa has gone down. it's now 13.7%, which is a big difference from almost 30% several years ago. the risk premium is not as it is in 2012. it used to be at 600 and something, now it has
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gone down dramatically. but spaniards are still struggling. they are working. youth unemployment is very high. they cannot find proper contracts, properjobs, so this is going to be a factor. on immigration, vox, which we've all been focusing on, they are talking about building walls around the enclaves in north africa. is the country troubled by immigration? last year that it had some of the highest figures, didn't it? vox said they wanted those people, around 57,000, to go home. we had the election debates, immigration did feature. there is obviously a sense that the italian clamp—down moved more people towards spain, coming from north africa, so it has worked from north africa, so it has worked from a perspective of somebody who doesn't want illegal migrants to enter. so, yes, some people are
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saying why didn't we also apply stricter regiments? why should we be receiving the people italy and greece don't want? 0n the other hand, i don't think this is a country that has been polarised by this issue. the internal disputes are much more prevalent in terms of the nationalism. we hear about gibraltar, as well, from vox. the majority of people, especially if they live anywhere north of madrid, don't think about gibraltar when they wake up in the morning. thank you both very much indeed. those exit polls, we expect in around a5 minutes' time. then around nine, ten o'clock, local time, we should get a clear idea of which way this election has gone. we also expect to hear from election has gone. we also expect to hearfrom some of election has gone. we also expect to hear from some of the political leaders around midnight. it is going to bea leaders around midnight. it is going to be a long, interesting night, and we will keep you updated with all of the latest developments.
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studio: thanks very much for your time this evening, tim. 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. nicola sturgeon says no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland choosing indpendence. prayer services have been held in sri lanka one week on from the deadly suicide bombings carroied 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. seven days ago, st anthony's church was filled with the screams
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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 walls pockmarked with the holes of ball 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
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that blacken 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, gave a televised mass, but some frightened parishioners stayed away. 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 myrie, bbc news, colombo. we have some breaking news in
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relation to events in sri lanka. this comes from the president of sri lanka, maithripala sirisena. some muslim women have recently taken to wearing an all body covering. he is saying that people space should be fully visible to identify them. they don't wa nt visible to identify them. they don't want people covering their faces because of the security risk in the wa ke because of the security risk in the wake of the bombing on easter sunday. it will now presumably be under emergency laws, for however long it lasts, so it will be legal
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to do so, or people could face punishments for doing so. president maithripala sirisena using emergency powers to ban the wearing of either the face veil or the all body burkha. none of the suicide bombers where women, as far as i am aware, 01’ where women, as far as i am aware, or wearing burkhas, or anything similar, but there is obviously concerned about identifying people and ensuring they are who they say they are. 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.
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researchers analysed data on more than 17,000 children up to the age of 1a. 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
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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 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. 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
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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 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.
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hayley has just run a personal best. she's 0k... well, this is how eliud kipchoge finished: 2 hours, 2 minutes, 37 seconds. 0utside his world—record, but the fastest time ever in london. for mo farah, fifth place, and a little slower than his personal best. definitely disappointed, he said, but no regrets about the build—up. plenty of aches and pains at the finish line on the mall today — but imagine getting to the end of the 26.2 mile course to find that you can't get over the finish line. and it isn't because your legs have given up. this is lucas bates — who was aiming to break the guinness world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a landmark building, which in his case was big ben. this was the fourth time he entered the london marathon. what he didn't plan for however — was getting his sizeable costume over the line. he isa he is a quantity surveyor. he measure the outfit. but perhaps he did not know about the scaffolding
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above. after a few attempts of getting beneath the hoardings, and a little help from fellow competitors — he managed to finish his race. many congratulations to him. although sadly for lucas, he wasn't quick enough to break that world record he was after. best of luck for next year. 0ur reporter kate grey caught up with britain's sir mo farah after he finished fifth. let's hear what he had to say. yeah, today, conditions were tough. honestly, it was hard work out there. iran 2.05. the time doesn't mean anything. i'm definitely disappointed with my position. i have to go back now and chat with my coach and see what we think. it's been a tough week, a number of stories in the news in the run—up to the marathon. do you regret bringing to light the row with haile gebrselassie in the run—up to the marathon? i don't regret anything i said. it's the honest truth. at the same time, it won't take away from the race. i feel like a lot of stuff wasn't talking about the race, it was talking about haile and myself. you have got to respect the race.
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i want to thank all of the organisers for putting on a great race today. what a time eliud has run, 2.02. it just shows what we can do. a ceremony is being held this afternoon to remember 7a9 american military personnel, who were lost at sea in 19aa during a rehearsal for the d—day landings that went disastrously wrong. robert hall has more. it was a last chance to get things right on d—day, 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. 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.
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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. annelle 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 of the attack. 0n the beach nearby, 7a9 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. we will have all of the results as they come in later this evening from they come in later this evening from the spanish general election. in a few minutes' time we will be joining the was on bbc one for a summary of
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the was on bbc one for a summary of the national and international news. now, though, a look at the weather. with tomasz shafernaker. a reasonably pleasant day for most of us, and tomorrow not looking bad either, plenty of bright weather. over the next couple of days, the temperatures will rise, hitting 20 degrees by the time we go to tuesday. the satellite image, having 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, it's 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—15 degrees. 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—9 degrees, but where the sky play in central
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of rain, 8—9 degrees, but where the skies are clear in central and eastern britain, pretty nippy outside of town, maybe 2—a 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 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 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, fresher there, for example in norwich, only 1a degrees. high—pressure midweek, building into the uk, there is a weather front that you can just about see across central parts of the uk,
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that means a bit of cloud, maybe 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 a slightly cooler day on wednesday because of cover across these north—western areas, still hanging on to 19 in london. end of the week, thursday and friday, cooling off across southern areas as well, back down to around 15.
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the people of sri lanka have been marking a week since the bomb attacks which took place on easter sunday. praying. prayers in the street to remember the 250 killed by islamist extremists. we report from colombo. here, they espouse a kind humanity — the very notion dismissed by the bombers. also today, much more prominent health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers because of growing concern over levels of addiction. nicola sturgeon says she will write to every household in scotland, making the economic case for independence. kipchoge is the champion again. and, the second fastest marathon in history, as kenya's kipchoge wins the london marathon again, with britain's sir mo
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farah in fifth place. good evening. the people of sri lanka have been marking a week since the bomb attacks, which claimed the lives of at least 250 people on easter sunday. the attackers were islamist extremists who targeted christian worshippers in church services, as well as people in some of colombo's biggest hotels. there were very few church services held today as a security precaution, but a nationwide service was televised, as my colleague clive myrie reports. seven days ago, the devout gathered
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at saint anthony cross church to mark the resurrection of christ. today, they gathered again. but this time with the army and police, a security cordon and a sense of fear, because the sounds of screams filled the church at 8:a5am last sunday morning. at 8:a5am today bell's told for the dead. her the bombers may have killed and maimed but they haven't diminished the devotion of worshippers out to venerate their god, even here on the streets. here they espouse a kind humanity, the very notion dismissed by the bombers. but some have had a crisis of faith. lighting a candle for his own family, this man had just left the church with two of his
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sons when the suicide bombers struck. his wife, another son and a baby daughter were still inside. translation: i believe in god, he told me. but some in my family have no life. i pray to god he will heal me. his four-month-old daughter, her tiny body badly burned. her mother and older brother are in intensive care. three and older brother are in intensive ca re. three reasons and older brother are in intensive care. three reasons perhaps to lose faith. in all, 19 children ended up at this hospital after the bombings. 0thers died. this child is five yea rs 0thers died. this child is five years old. her mother and grandmother are dead at the hands of
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one of the suicide bombers. her throat badly scarred by the blast will recover, but house guard is her mind? —— but how scarred is her mind? —— but how scarred is her mind? today we were allowed inside the still damaged saint anthony cross church, many trying to clean away the stain of violence to restore this house of god. they reckon it will be a month or maybe two before this place is handed back to the people for worship. what happens here is destined to be passed down the ages along with all the other acts of religious intolerance. this country will move on. like others darkened by fanatics. and the fervent hope is the trauma of one week ago will unite sri lanka rather than divide it. in an interesting development this evening, in our last hour, from the president's office, he has issued a
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decree saying the covering of the face to avoid identification of a person will be banned from tomorrow. we ta ke person will be banned from tomorrow. we take it to mean that anyone wearing a full face veil will be banned from monday. that will affect muslim women, who will see this as an attack on their faith and religion. but the authorities say it is important for religious reasons following the attacks last week. clive myrie in colombo, thanks. there will be much more prominent health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers such as morphine, codeine, and fentanyl because of growing concern over levels of addiction. official figures in england and wales reveal a 60% increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the past decade, as our correspondent katherine da costa reports. doctors say opioids should be used for short—term pain relief following an operation or for end—of—life care, but not to manage long—term
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chronic pain, because they can be highly addictive and even faithful. lisa from south london was hooked on a cocktail of prescription painkillers for nearly three years after a road accident left her with chronic neck pain. my sleep was affected, my internal systems were affected, my internal systems were affected, my internal systems were affected, my bowels, my mood, my mental health. it was quite tough going. ifi mental health. it was quite tough going. if i had known how addictive they were and the effects they would have on my body and ultimately my life, i would have sought from the doctor different ways to handle that pain management. in the last decade, opioid descriptions in england and wales have increased by more than 60% from over 1a million in 2008 to 23,000,02018, while 60% from over 1a million in 2008 to 23,000,020 18, while the number of codeine —related deaths has more than doubled. health secretary matt hancock says clearer labelling is needed to ensure people are fully aware of the risks. that could mean bold and graphic cigarette style warnings and packaging. when patients come to see us and they are
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in pain, they need help and we want to help them. we need things that do not involve a prescription. we need early access to physiotherapy and early access to physiotherapy and early access to good quality pain clinics. lisa hopes the changes will help others avoid the misery she has experienced as a result of her addiction to painkillers. katherine da costa, bbc news. the shale gas commissioner for the uk, natascha engel, has resigned afterjust six months in thejob, complaining that needlessly strict rules are in effect creating a virtual ban on fracking. the current rules say fracking must be suspended every time a 0.5 magnitude earth tremor is detected. the government insists the regulations offer the right balance. scotland's first minister, and leader of the snp, nicola sturgeon, is launching what she's called the biggest campaign on the economics of independence in her party's history. it will involve sending a leaflet to every household in the country making the case. ms sturgeon told the party's spring conference that the past three years had shown beyond any doubt, that the westminster system was broken, as our scotland editor sarah smith
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reports from edinburgh. she came to tell them what they've all been so eagerly waiting to hear, that she is ready for another scottish referendum. the party has now got a new economic policy they think could win them independence, so think could win them independence, so the campaign starts now. we must have the choice of a better future. scotla nd have the choice of a better future. scotland must have the choice of an independent future. she and her party are buoyed by polls suggesting voters are moving their way. support for independence is already up. our job now is to get support for independence surging and make sure that no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland's right to choose. before anyone can choose, the uk government has to
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agree to holding a referendum. nicola sturgeon set out what the real challenge now is. she has to demonstrate there is a real desire for another independence vote if she is to try and force the westminster government to allow one. all the troops are ready. the country is ready. climate change, brexit nonsense has gone on far too long. do you really think there will be a referendum in the next couple of yea rs ? referendum in the next couple of years? i believe so. nicola sturgeon has set out in her plan. the party are getting ready with plans to deliver a brochure on independence to every household in scotland this summer. to every household in scotland this summer. but they can't say for sure when any vote might be. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. voters in spain are taking part in the country's third general election in the space of four years. for the first time since the end of the franco dictatorship in the 1970s, a far—right party is among the main contenders. 0ur europe editor katya adler is in madrid this evening. katya, any sense as to how well the far right will do in this election?
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the big question, how will this populist nationalist party, vox, that has been hogging the headlines here and abroad in the lead up to the election actually perform? the reason we don't know is that up until today's vote, a0% of spaniards said they were not sure how they would cast their ballot. but they poured into the polling booths today, turnout was extremely high and spaniards really feel their vote really counts today. some voters told us they felt it was a fight for the soul of spain. more right or left wing values? the themes and slogans of vox might sound familiar, make spain great again, and like right—wing populists in spain and italy, they are tough on immigration, islam and crime. but it's also a very spanish movement. they are emphatic about spanish unity. they say it must be kept
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together, this country. that push for catalan independence, how that has affected the vote, we will find out ina has affected the vote, we will find out in a couple of hours' time when the exit polls come out. but now these are nail—biting moments in spain. katya adler in madrid, thank you. hundreds of american servicemen, who died while rehearsing the d—day landings 75 years ago off the devon coast, have been remembered in a special ceremony. 7a9 troops died when convoys training for the normandy landings were attacked by german boats near sla pton sands. 0ur correspondent robert hall reports. around an american tank dragged from the sea bed in a landscape once full of us troops, memories of a d—day rehearsal that ended in tragedy. the ships were burning, ordnance was exploding, fuel tanks and the sea were on fire. many soldiers drowned. slapton sands was a near perfect match for conditions on utah beach in normandy, but as a convoy of eight
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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. for decades, secrecy shrouded the tragedy at slapton sands, but us families who followed a trail to devon found villages which continued to remember those they'd lost. above the beach today, soldiers from britain's royal tank regiment helped to lay boot prints representing a loss of life six times greater then in the real attack at utah beach. i want people to think about the hundreds of young men from so far away who never actually saw their own front door again. on both sides of the atlantic, there is a determination that the story of slapton sands must be shared and passed on. robert hall, bbc news, devon.
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with all the sport, here's holly at the bbc sport centre. good evening. as the premier league title race edges closer to the finish line, it could be a sprint finish forfourth place. today's results mean just three points separate arsenal, manchester united and chelsea. while in the title race, manchester city have edged out in front once again. adam wild reports. the march towards the premier league title must at times feel like walking a tightrope, perilous, precarious for manchester city, this. no time to wobble. any slip could be the end. a goalless first half against burnley did little to relieve that pressure. pressure that would soon turn to frustration. here david silva's shot struck a defender‘s arm. no penalty given. burnley it seemed were about to have a big hand in this premier league race. none bigger than tom heaton's city thought again for but then fortu nes city thought again for but then fortunes finally changed. aguero's
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shot stopped on the line. confirming a cross by less than three centimetres. victories and indeed premier league title races don't often premier league title races don't ofte n get premier league title races don't often get much tighter. behind the leaders, the struggle is no less compelling. both manchester united and chelsea are aiming to finish in the top four. united had taken the lead but a goalkeeping error handed chelsea a way back. it finished 1—1. the premier league at this stage is unforgiving. there are few second chances. lester's jamie vardy was offered one against arsenal. he knows the importance of taking them. at that stage, arsenal were already a man down and a goal behind. their miserable afternoon finishing with jamie vardy scoring another with the game's final touch, the very last kick. this premier league season may yet come down to that. adam wild, bbc news. sheffield united will play in the premier league next season after their promotion rivals leeds drew 1—1 with aston villa. these were the scenes at bramall lane as that result came
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through from elland road. the players clearly had the champagne on ice in anticipation as they return to the top flight for the first time since 2007. in the scottish premiership, rangers have postponed celtic‘s title celebrations for another week with victory over aberdeen. a james tavernier penalty double aided steven gerrard's side to a 2—0 win at ibrox. that means celtic need just a point against the dons next week to be crowned champions. arsenal have been crowned womens super league champions with a game to spare after thrashing brighton a—0. in front of a wsl record crowd, the gunners led 2—0 by the break before beth meade added to their tally in the second half, ending their seven year wait for the title. heartbreak, though, for chelsea who were knocked out of the women's champions league in their semi—final second leg against holders lyon. they drew 1—1, which means it's the french side go through 3—2 on aggregate. in formula one, mercedes driver valtteri bottas has won the azerbaijan grand prix ahead of team—mate lewis hamilton.
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it's the first time a team have completed a one—two in the first four races of a season. ferrari's sebastian vettel finished in third. sir mo farah could only manage fifth in the london marathon. unable to keep the pace set by world—record holder eliud kipchoge. the kenyan reeled off the second fastest marathon time in history to win it for a record fourth time. 0ur correspondent joe wilson was there. when the cameras swooped to find the elite group, it was kenya's eliud kipchoge in control. of course it was. mo farah was toughing it out behind. kipchoge beat him across the line in the quickest time london has ever witnessed. mo farah said he had no regrets about his comments in the build—up, but finishing fifth was not the plan. brigid kosgei made her victory look easy, as did manuela schar of switzerland in the women's
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wheelchair event. 20—year—old american daniel romanchuk won the men's race. but there were a0,000 stories. everybody runs the london marathon on their own way. everyone has personal goals. but like the incredibles here, so many are raising money for so many others. this year, the 1,000,000,000th pounds for charity in london marathon history was raised. but the finishing line is still too low. hang on, stop the clock. stop the clock. joe wilson, bbc news, central london. and you can watch all the highlights from this year's london marthon on bbc sport website. we're back with the late news at 10:00pm. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are.
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hello. this is bbc news. let's return now to the london marathon. tens of thousands of runners have been taking part in today's race. 0ur sports reporter kate grey has been there on the finish line on the mall, soaking up the atmosphere and a little earlier sent us this update.
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many memorable moments, that one in particular with big ben being very iconic i think we'll remember that one for years to come. as you've said, there's been tents, i've just seen a rhino, the wombles are finishing, and it's starting to peter out here. the crowds becoming much smaller. they've been running for about five to six hours here now, so, again, amazing achievement getting round the 26.2 mile course. they make their way, behind me, past me, then they gather their medals just here, which is thatjingling noise you can probably hear. to really appreciate the achievement they've made here. there have been plenty of selfies on the finishing line, plenty of emotions, as well, which is completely understandable, but one gentleman who has every right to be emotional after this race was steve bland, who i spoke to earlier today. now, his wife was rachel bland, who sadly died to cancer last year. she was a presenter for 5 live, and also on the pod cast you, me, and the big c, and when i spoke
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to steve, who was running for macmillan cancer support, at the end of the race he was clearly very reflective. rachel was a really keen marathon runner. she did three herself. we actually had a place for her last year to run for macmillan, but we deferred it to this year. she was really, really, really keen to run, but she died in september. one of the first things we did was say to macmillan, "we'll do it for you". we got a little team together, six of us did it, and we raised loads and loads and loads of money for macmillan. it is a because close to our hearts. it is a cause close to our hearts. they have been a massive support to us over the past couple of weeks of rachel's life. it was pretty emotional thing. we had a team. people knew what we were running for. you know, some people were shouting out things like, "rachel would be so proud of you," and there was a girl who caught us up after a mile and said, you know, "my boyfriend
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has cancer and i cannot tell you how much the podcast means. " so, yeah, the whole experience has been a really, really emotional one. and just, and then, i had awful calf cramp at about 18, 19 miles, it made the last six or seven a real struggle. so, chuck all that in, and it's been a bit of an ordeal, so, chuck all that in, but, yeah, pleased to have finished. for all of us it was a bit of a more calm of us for today. some of us got to see sunshine for so that's how it worked in east sussex. there were showers around and generally cloudy conditions across western parts of the uk with some splashes of rain. you can see that on the satellite picture. we have a slow moving with pa rt picture. we have a slow moving with part moving across western parts of the country. it will not make progress eastwards. for tonight it will bring some patchy rain into south—west to nguyen. the isle of man, far south—west of scotland. elsewhere, some fog patch is starting to form and in eastern
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areas quite a chilly night in fact for parts of northeastern england and scotland there could be a localised frost. for most of us it is looking drive with smells of sunshine but our pesky weather front will still bring cloud and some patchy rain. early mist and fog clearing but always a patch of pot around into the afternoon. the best of the sunshine in scotland. 18—19, possibly 20 degrees. as we go into to say, a similar day of weather. scraping into western parts, some rain. elsewhere drive with spells of sunshine and the early fog will clear. tuesday will be the warmest day of the week, 20 in lending, it could be 19 or 20 in other places. -- 20 could be 19 or 20 in other places. —— 20 in london. this should make some progress eastwards. some wind to push it along, it is in no mood to push it along, it is in no mood to move quickly. it becomes marooned
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on top of the british isles on wednesday. a band of cloud initially but may reinvigorate to give showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon. i had at that weather front, still warm. but behind at the temperatures start to drop away which is the theme heading towards the end of the week. it does look like turning cooler and fresher. some showers drifting eastwards during thursday. by friday most of us will be dry but those temperatures significantly lower than they have been. to sum things up than they have been. to sum things upfor than they have been. to sum things up for the week ahead, largely drive for most of us at first, rain spreading slowly eastwards. there could be patchy, dense fog and it does turn warmerfor a could be patchy, dense fog and it does turn warmer for a time.
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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7. prayers in the street in sri lanka as church services are cancelled — a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. more prominent health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers — due to growing concern over levels of addiction. the uk's shale gas commissioner resigns after only six months in thejob — blaming ministers for paying too much attention to the environmental lobby. from within you cannot really do much, but when you have government in such paralysis, you have to do something like this to make yourself heard. nicola sturgeon says no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland choosing indpendence. i'm setting out today our strategy to win our country's independence.


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