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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: early results in the spain's general election suggest that no party will be able to form a government on its own. meanwhile, a far—right party has won seats there for the first time since the 1970s. 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. and manchester city stand just two wins away from retaining their premier league title after they beat burnley1—0.
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kenya's eliud kipchoge wins the london marathon with the second fastest time in history as britain's sir mo farah finishes fifth. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers — the political correspondent for the times, henry zeffman, and the columnist for the guardian, dawn foster. stay with us for that. spain's been voting in a general election that's been one of the most divisive in decades. the election‘s been marked by the rise of a far—right party, called vox, which opposes multiculturalism and unrestricted immigration. with 95% of the votes counted the ruling socialist party have won the most seats but without an overall majority so they'd have to form a coalition. 0ur europe editor
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katya adler reports. these are live pictures of pedro sanchez. and upset with this far right party now being able to take seats in the spanish government for the first time since the franco error of the 1970s. 0ur europe editor katya adler reports. spaniards today were on a mission, crowding into polling stations. for them, this is no run—of—the—mill general election. with politics here polarised, today's vote, some here told us, was a fight for spain's soul. i'm nervous, because i want the people i support to win, but at the same time i'm kind of excited. translation: there is so much at stake in spain today, the unity of spain, the integrity of spain,
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the identity of spain. spain has suffered something of an identity crisis, triggered by the push for catalan independence. sales in spanish flags have shot up here over the last couple of years. now, for the first time since the death of spain's 20th military dictator, francisco franco, a far—right party has won seats — a sizeable chunk of them, it seems — in the spanish parliament. vox promises to make spain great again — that phrase sound familiar? it beats the nationalist drum, promising to preserve spanish culture, including more controversial traditions like bull—fighting. we need to be proud about our country, in a way that we haven't been for a long, long time, defending the unity of spain, the history of spain, your values,
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your systems, your flag. and the link with franco that's being made? what link with franco? franco's been dead for 45 years, we weren't even born when franco died, there's no link with franco. like populist nationalists in france and italy, vox is tough on immigration, on islam and on crime, but... vox is extremely spain—centric — it is pro—bull—fighting, pro—eu, anti—catalan independence. but in this country, split left and right since the spanish civil war, vox, unlike other populist movements across europe, has failed to attract disaffected workers who traditionally vote for the left. in fact, exit polls suggest vox succeeded in splintering the spanish right and rejuvenating the centre—left — something spain's socialist prime minister was hoping for when he cast his ballot this morning.
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i caught up with madrid's mayor just after she voted. she fought against spain's fascist dictator in her youth. translation: nowadays, politics in spain is angry, people are disillusioned. but i voted here in madrid in spain's first democratic elections after dictatorship. we managed to end basque terrorism — we'll find a solution to divided politics. maybe, but deep political divisions seem to have become the new normal in europe — look at france, italy, uk. if, as predicted, left—wing parties now form spain's new government, that will leave many in this country feeling alienated and resentful. katya adler, bbc news, madrid. our correspondent kate silver is outside the socialist party headquarters in madrid. what has the reaction been to the results 7 what has the reaction been to the results? they have been celebrations here going on for a couple of hours.
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even when the exit polls came out, they were already big celebrations. people calling out things and are celebrating this potential return to the right. in the last two minutes, we have heard pedro sanchez declare victory and what he has also talked about is happiness that the so—called corruption, of the partido popular, that that corruption he has declared at ——as the end of an era. the numbers have just declared at ——as the end of an era. the numbers havejust come declared at ——as the end of an era. the numbers have just come out and we are seeing the socialist party get 123 seats. partido popular gets double their main contender. this is a winfor double their main contender. this is a win for the left and as katya's piece was saying, we have seen the rise of this far right party vox buildup we have seen them get seat so buildup we have seen them get seat so they have done well but not quite as well as exit polls suggested a
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few hours ago which was in the range of about 36 seats. the sentiment here is that it is a real push to the left and everyone i have been speaking to has talked about how happy they are it comes to things like women's rights, lgbt rights, things that the socialist party will bea things that the socialist party will be a defender of a. the feeling here is one of celebration. in the last hour, pablo iglesias, secretary general of the left wing populist party podemos said his party would be willing to enter talks with the socialist party with an aim of working a left—wing coalition government. translation: we would like to have habit a better result but this is a sufficient to achieve our aims. 0ur aim is to stop the right and the far right and the second aim is to build a left leaning coalition government. we have two lead and have a lot of
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meetings and create a government plan and were going to carry out the mandate given to us so that we can have a left government coalition government of spain and put in policies to protect social issues. 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. this evening, the sri lankan government announced that from tomorrow they will ban any form of face—covering that might stop someone from being identified. my colleague clive myrie in colombo
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and sent this update seven days ago, the devout gathered at st anthony's 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 8:16 last sunday morning. at 8:16 today, bells tolled for the dead. bells toll the bombers may have killed and maimed, but they haven't diminished the devotion of worshippers to venerate their god, even out 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.
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lighting a candle for his own family, this man had just left the church with two of his sons when the suicide bombers struck. his wife, another son and a baby daughter were still inside. "i believed in god," he told me, "but some in my family have no life, i pray to god he will heal them." meet his four—month—old daughter — her tiny body badly burned. her mother 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. many others died. this child is five years old.
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her brother and grandmother are dead at the hands of one of the suicide bombers. her throat, badly scarred by the blast, will recover, but how scarred is her mind? she still hasn't been told her relatives are dead. this is the alleged mastermind behind senseless murder, zahran hashim. and this is the result of his conspiracy, the bombing of saint anthony's. hashim died blowing up a hotel, while his father and two brothers, co—conspirators, are now dead after a police raid. today, we were allowed inside the still damaged st anthony's church. members of the sri lankan navy trying to clean away the stain of violence to restore this house of god. they reckon it will be about a month, maybe two, before this place is handed back to the people for worship. and what happened here is destined to be passed down the ages,
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along with all the other acts of religious intolerance that blacken history. this country will move on, like others darkened by fanatics. and the fervent hope is that the trauma of one week ago will unite sri lanka rather than divide it. 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. the department of health says people needed protection ‘from the darker side to painkillers' because opioids can cause ‘life—altering and sometimes fatal addictions' as our correspondent katherine da costa reports. doctors say opioids should be used for short—term pain relief following an operation orfor end—of—life care, but not to manage long—term chronic
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pain because they can be highly addictive and even fatal. lisa peake 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 bowels were affected, my mood, my mental health. it was quite tough going. if i had have known how addictive they were and the effects that they would have on my body, and ultimately my life, i would have sought from the doctor different ways to help that pain management. in the last decade, opioid prescriptions in england and wales have increased by more than 60% from over 1a million in 2008 to 23 million in 2018, while the number of codeine—related deaths has more than doubled. the health secretary, matt hancock, says clearer labelling is needed to make sure people are fully aware of the risks. that could mean bold and graphic cigarette—style health warnings on packaging. when patients come to see us
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and they are in pain, they want help, and we want to help them. and we need things that do not involve a prescription. we need 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. katharine da costa, bbc news. the shale gas commissioner for the uk, natasha engel, has resigned after just 6 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. the scottish national party is to send a leaflet to every home in scotland, making the economic case for independence. the party leader and first minister nicola sturgeon told the snp spring conference that the last 3 years had shown beyond any doubt that
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the westminster system was broken. ms sturgeon has already said she wants to hold another referendum on scottish independence by 2021. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith 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's now got a new economic policy they think could win them independence, so the campaign starts now. we must 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. 0urjob 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,
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the uk government has to 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. i don't trust theresa may... all the troops are ready, the country's is ready. we need to finish this brexit nonsense, it's gone on far too long. do you think they will be another referendum?” think so. the party are getting ready with plans to deliver a brochure to every household in scotla nd brochure to every household in scotland this summer but they can't say for sure when any vote might be. seri smith, bbc news, edinburgh. the headlines on bbc news: with most of the votes counted, spain's governing socialist party is on course to win the country's third general election in just four years, but they will have to form a coalition government. prayers have been held in the streets in sri lanka,
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as church services are cancelled, a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. there is to be more prominent health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers because of growing concern over levels of addiction. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here is tulsen tollett. good evening. liverpool's virgil van dijk and arsenal striker vivianne miedema have won the professional footballers' association player of the year awards for 2018—19. van dijk beat raheem sterling, bernardo silva, sergio aguero, sadio mane and eden hazard in the vote by his fellow players. miedema beat steph houghton, nikita parris, keira walsh, erin cuthbert and ji so—yun. manchester city's raheem sterling and georgia stanway won the men's and women's young player prizes respectively.
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0bviously obviously to win this award, for the players we play against, it is fantastic. i think it is the highest honour you can get, and really proud, really proud. so it is great to get recognition from other players, and obviously defending is as important as attacking. let's start with manchester city, because they are back on top of the premier league after a narrow 1—0 win at burnley. city did struggle to find the breakthrough, which came in the 63rd minute, when sergio aguero's shotjust about crossed the line. it was confirmed using goal—line technology. pep guardiola's side are now a point above liverpool, with two games remaining. if city beat leicester and brighton, they will retain the title. manchester united goalkeeper david de gea's form is in the spotlight once again after they were held to a 1—1 draw by chelsea. united took the lead at old trafford throuthuan mata in the 11th minute, as he struck
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against his former club. but then, two minutes before the interval, de gea spilled antonio rudiger‘s speculative effort, allowing marcos alonso to level the score. so manchester city are back above liverpool. just a point separates them, with two games left. there has been no change in the places from third to sixth after the weekend's games. arsenal remain fifth, despite losing 3—0 at leicester, their third straight league defeat. chelsea women have failed to reach their first champions league final, after they were beaten 3—2 on aggregate by the holders, lyon. trailing 2—1 from the first leg in france, chelsea fell behind when maren mjelde deflected a lyon shot into her own net. chelsea responded whenji so—yun curled home a delightful messi—esque free—kick. needing just a goal to take it to extra—time, karen carney almost found it. but a second proved beyond them. lyon will play barcelona in the final. meanwhile, arsenal have sealed their first women's super league
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title since 2012 with a 4—0 win over brighton. a record crowd of over 5,000 at the amex saw the gunners clinch the title with a game to spare. sheffield united will play in the premier league next season after their promotion rivals leeds united drew 1—1 with aston villa. and these were the scenes at bramall lane as that result came 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. valtteri bottas is back on top of the formula one drivers championship after winning the azerbaijan grand prix. it was a mercedes one—two as bottas, who now has two race wins, finished 1.5 seconds ahead of his teammate lewis hamilton. that is four consecutive one—twos for hamilton and bottas now. ferrari's sebastian vettel finished third, and his team mate charles leclerc fifth. andy murray says he is pain—free, and suggested he could return
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to action sooner rather than later. the 31—year—old hasn't played since the australian open and has since undergone a second hip operation. but speaking at the london marathon, where he was an official starter, murray was optimistic about his future. it's really good, actually. no pain anymore, and just a bit weak from where i got cut, kind of on the side of my leg, from the operation. i'm doing well, and i'm happy, pain free and enjoying my life.” doing well, and i'm happy, pain free and enjoying my life. i think your mum let out last week that you have been hitting a ball against the wall. yes, i have been hitting a few balls from a stationary position. i am still quite a long ways from sort of testing it properly, running around the court, but i willjust have to see what happens. i don't
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feel any pressure that i need to come back and play again but if my body feels good and i am pain—free then i will give it a go. that's all the sport for now. at westminster tomorrow, senior conservative and labour figures will resume talks to try to find common ground on brexit. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, is under increasing pressure from within his party to back another referendum on brexit ahead of a key party meeting on tuesday. 0ur political correspondent iain watson is at westminster and gave us this update. i think both sides want to be seen to be striving for a deal, a month after we were due to leave the eu. more documents have been going to and fro between them over the weekend and i am told they are about to try to explore a compromise on a customs union, sticking point so far, there is no great expectation that they will reach agreement, and jeremy corbett is coming under renewed pressure from many of his own members to commit to a referendum, whatever deal emerges. currently, labour's position on a referendum is only to back it in very limited circumstances, to avoid a bad tory deal, as they would see it, or no deal at all. but now the pa rty‘s it, or no deal at all. but now the party's deputy leader, tom watson, is urging activists to lobby
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labour's leading national executive to strengthen a commitment to a referendum when they meet on tuesday to discuss the party's european election manifesto, proving that with brexit it is difficult to get agreement notjust between the parties, but within them as well. this coming week, a public inquiry looking at how thousands of nhs patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and ‘80s gets underway. so far, around 3,000 people have died as a result of the infections. the scandal is considered to be one of the worst—ever disasters in the history of the nhs. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports. he just looks at me and goes, "that's your life for the next two yea rs. " and then i said, "what do you mean by that?" and he goes, "well, you've got about two years to live." that's when it hit me. it was the moment martin was told he had hiv, in the 1980s, because the nhs had given him a blood product for his haemophilia which turned out to be infected. years later, he saw evidence doctors
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had known about his infection but not told him. and i saw the letter, dated 1985, between one hospital and another, discussing me and the fact that they knew i was hiv positive, but they did not wish me to know. that isjust staggering. it is a deadly disease, and there is no known cure... it was a time when there was uncertainty and fear about hiv and aids. 0fficial public health adverts underlined that, and that created stigma for those infected with hiv. so protect yourself. my cousin, who also contracted hiv through haemophilia, he passed away. at his funeral, i could feel these eyes burning into me, looking at me, thinking, "how long's he got?"
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martin was confronted with unjustified fears he had aids. he was a regular player with his local pub pool team, and was thrown out, and later he lost his job. one day, the bosses called me in, and they said to me, "the rest of the workforce are not happy. " and they basically said either i go, or they go. and i was forced out, and i've never worked since. the inquiry will look at why the clotting agent given to haemophiliacs was often imported and made from blood sold by donors, including prison inmates. infected blood supplies were also given to patients needing transfusions. since the launch lastjuly, the inquiry team has carried out a nationwide trawl for official files. now, they're being painstakingly reviewed. just one of these boxes contains 900 documents. it is thought, by the end of the inquiry, literally millions
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of pages will have been examined. there have been allegations of a high—level cover—up, and the inquiry will try to establish who knew what, and when. for martin, it is a chance to get to the truth, after decades of waiting. i would like some answers. i would like some openness. if there is anybody out there who is — guilty of a really — to a high degree, you know, then maybe they should be punished. but that's not for me to say. martin beard, ending that report there by our health editor hugh pym. 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.
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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 to cross the line in the quickest time london has ever witnessed. 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 wheelchair event. 20—year—old american daniel romanchuk won the men's race. but there were 40,000 stories. runners in an array of colourful costumes have been pounding the streets today in the 39th london marathon, in what has been a record—breaking yearfor applications. 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. what he didn't plan for, however, was getting his sizeable costume over the line. after a few attempts of getting
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beneath the hoardings, and a little help from fellow competitors, he managed to finish his race, although sadly for lucas, he wasn't quick enough to break that world record he was after. there were certainly some impressive costumes pounding the pavements alongside big ben, and many guinness world records were also set today by fancy dress runners. a man made it round the gruelling course in three hours and 57 minutes dressed as a tent. a panda achieved a time of 3 hours and 48 minutes. a runaway bride completed the marathon in two hours and 49 minutes. if he did it in heels, great. a crayon completed the course in under four hours. and the thunderbirds are most certainly go, with met police officers making it round in an impressive costume in under six hours.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the political correspondent for the times henry zeffman, and the columnist for the guardian dawn foster. very impressive, watching those marathon runners. i ran five kilometres and wondered how i would get further than that even not in silly costumes. we made it to the end of the weekend and after some wind and rain at the start of the weekend it has ended on a very pleasa nt weekend it has ended on a very pleasant note for some. shetland not as bright as that, more cloud in devon and that cloud in western areas has been producing some outbreaks of rain. you can see it on
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the satellite picture sliding its way in from the west, but not making much progress eastwards. as we go through the rest of the night, cloud and patchy rain affecting western scotland, northern ireland, fringing into parts of wales and the south—west at times. further east, largely dry with clear spells, mist and fog patches, and a touch of frost for some in north—east england and eastern parts of scotland. we get on into tomorrow and a lot of dry weather around. some early fog patches to break and left, but they will, and then we will see some sunny spells, the best of those across scotland. all the while this frontal system in the west producing some patchy rain in northern ireland, parts of west wales and the south—west of england. temperature—wise, we're are up into the teens. parts of scotland could get to 18 or 19 degrees. we have moved forward to tuesday but the weather chart looks similar. this frontal system in the west, heavy rain into northern ireland, fringing into western scotland, maybe west wales and the south—west later. elsewhere, early fog will clear to give some sunshine and those temperatures of17— give some sunshine and those temperatures of 17— 20 degrees. temperatures like that are not going to last, as we move through tuesday into wednesday, this frontal system which will have been lingering in the west eventually makes its move and slides its way eastwards. the progress of this front very


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