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this is bbc news. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: palestinian officials say four people have been killed in gaza as israel retaliates to over 200 rockets fired by militants. as cyclone fani leaves devastation and floods, india and bangladesh are praised for saving many lives after evacuating millions of people in its path. british police say a leak of information from the uk national security council about chinese tech giant huawei didn't breach the official secrets act. thailand's king is crowned at bangkok's grand palace — marking his official accession to the throne.
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palestinian officials say a pregnant mother and her m—month—old baby have been killed in israeli airstrikes in gaza. a 22—year—old man was also killed and 17 others wounded in the air strikes and tank fire from israeli armed forces. israel says the military action is a response to over 200 rockets fired into southern israel by palestinian militants. israel has closed a number of border crossings. the bbc‘sjon donnison explaind the scale of the current violence compared to previous hostilities. there have been lots of escalations like this over the years, usually they quieten down, but in the past they have flared into a full—blown war conflict. the last was in 2014. these escalations, they come and go, but the constants are, there is really no prospect of a broader plan for peace between israel and palestinians,
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we do have this plan that donald trump's son—in—law, jared kushner is meant to be pushing in the next few months, but commend this scepticism in the region about that. we've had 250 rockets fired into israel and 220 targets head, so, yes, it's the most serious thing in a few months. usually they fizzle away, but there's always the risk that it could develop into something more. a number of surrounding countries are involved in this, the violence in trying to broker a peace without a ceasefire, what's the bigger picture here? edge of the trying to broker the ceasefire, they are nearly always the ones trying to do it, eventually they get a result and things come down —— egypt. there's a sense both sides that they don't want a full—scale conflict, a war. the bigger picture, though, is that there are some constants here. the constants are no real prospect ofa the constants are no real prospect of a broader middle east in peace
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between israelis and palestinians, you have this american plan that is meant to be launched in the next few months led by jared meant to be launched in the next few months led byjared kushner, the son—in—law of donald trump, commended scepticism about that in the region. disunity amongst palestinians, that's another co nsta nt. palestinians, that's another constant. and the suffering of people in gaza, but on both sides of the boundary. india's been praised for its rapid evacuation of more than a million people, which the united nations says helped minimise the loss of life after a devasating cyclone struck its eastern coast. up to 12 people were killed when cyclone fani made landfall near the city of puri in 0disha yesterday. the storm was the strongest to hit india in 20 years. 0ur correspondent rahul tandon has been to one of the worst—hit areas. driving towards the areas hardest hit by the cyclone. along the way, the destruction is all too visible. these people are amongst the hundreds of thousands who were moved to safety in puri.
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they came to the shelters with whatever they could carry. many are still traumatised. translation: he has been sick. my wife is worried. she is constantly crying. there is no medical help here. we are suffering a lot. next to the shelter is one of the areas worst affected by cyclone fani. this woman returned to her home for the first time this morning. translation: this used to be our bedroom. the roof has blown away. all the houses in the slum here have been damaged. across 10,000 villages in 0disha, there are scenes like this. there used to be life here. now there is just despair. in india, it is always the poor who suffer the most. this "basti", or slum, has been completely destroyed by the cyclone.
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they fled from here for their lives, and when they returned there was nothing left. they're now worried about their future. they say nobody is helping them. wherever the cyclone struck, it left a trail of destruction. buildings damaged and thousands of trees uprooted. more than 2.5 million people are without electricity. the physical infrastructure damage has been enormous, so it will be a big challenge for the administration, and we are on the job. a lot of damage has taken place, people have been injured. some casualties have been reported. the authorities here are working on a war footing, but with many areas still inaccessible, they are struggling to assess the damage caused by one of india's most powerful cyclones. rahultandon, bbc news, puri. let's get some of the day's other news. the brother of algeria's former president has been arrested.
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many algerians believe said bouteflika was the country's de facto ruler for several years after his brother, abdelaziz bouteflika, suffered a stroke. massive ongoing protests calling for a radical change pushed the president to resign in april, but demonstrators continued to demand the removal of all those linked to the former administration. sri lanka's president maithripala sirisena has said the security forces would "eradicate terrorism" and restore stability before a presidential elections which are due to take place there before the end of the year. he said that the polls could not be postponed. more than 250 people were killed in a bombing attacks on easter sunday. the us city of minneapolis has reached a $20 million settlement with the family of an australian woman who was shot dead by a policeman in 2017. justine ruszczyk damond, who was 40, had called police to report a possible sexual assault near her home. she was shot as she approached a squad car despite being unarmed.
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the police officer was convicted of third—degree murder on tuesday. the aladza mosque in bosnia herzegovina is reopening 25 years after it was completely destroyed during the bosnian war. the mosque was bombed in 1992 and took 15 years to rebuild, with the help of both bosnian and turkish architects and artists. it was built in the 11th century and considered one of the most valuable buildings of oriental culture in the balkans. the site is on the list of unesco world heritage sites. british police has said a leak revealing the uk would allow china's tech giant, huwaei, to partly develop its 5g network, does not amount to a criminal offence. the leak from a top—secret government meeting cost the country's defence minister, gavin williamson, his job. he was sacked by prime minister theresa may on wednesday, after an inquiry into the disclosure. williamson has condemned the investigation and his subsequent sacking as a "shabby and discredited witch hunt", and has called for an impartial assessment. earlier i spoke to our political
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correspondent chris mason who told me the uk police's decision did not come as a surprise. the bar that would have to be cleared for a criminal investigation would have to be far greater than the conclusion the prime minister came to. it would be evidence for them to pursue that a criminal conviction was possible. now what we do know about what happened, there was a supposedly secret meeting of the national security council, then a detailed account of it appears in a detailed account of it appears in a newspaper. then the government begins a leak enquiry. we know gavin williamson the former british defence secretary had a phone call with a member of the daily telegraph newspaper, but we don't know the content newspaper, but we don't know the co nte nt of newspaper, but we don't know the content of that goal. mr williams has always denied being the source of the league. now clearly, he lost the trust of the prime minister and so the trust of the prime minister and so he lost hisjob. but the trust of the prime minister and so he lost his job. but there's a difference between that and the
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police being able to conclude there is enough evidence to bring forward a criminal conviction and they concluded that no crime was committed. do you think are furthering —— do you think of furthering —— do you think of further investigation is likely to happen? there was an enquiry by one of the senior civil servants in the uk, but the police say they aren't going to take it any further. he's not quietly, his served right near the top of the british government and has been near the prime minister 01’ and has been near the prime minister or quite some time. politically he could be a thorn in her side on the governing conservative party, but the avenues he can pursue in this case, not least in all likelihood prime minister weren't the prime
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minister —— by minister theresa may won't be prime ministerfor very long, and perhaps he could be appointed by a future prime minister instead of trying to persuade the current one that he didn't do anything wrong. north korea has conducted a number of short range missile tests, for the first time since 2017. south korea responded, warning pyongyang not to raise military tensions on the peninsula. us president donald trump also responded to the news, tweeting "i believe that kim jong un fully realizes the great economic potential of north korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. he also knows that i am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. deal will happen!" talks between the leaders stalled in february after a second summit failed to produce a deal on denuclearisation. earlier i spoke with founding director of the center for the study of global issues and professor of international affairs at the university of georgia — han park — about north korea's latest show of force. they're very much would like to make the statement, the embarrassing,
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rather insulting experience in hanoi in february where kim jong—un brought dozens, maybe more than 100 very high officials, his colleagues and his friends, but only to be insulted by the team, not the president himself, but specifically john bolton, the national security adviser who suggested that the solution is by the lehman model does libyan model. that is clearly surrendering on the part of libya to the united states. north korea cannot accept that, they reject the that 15 years ago does make rejected that 15 years ago does make rejected that stop butjohn bolton brought that stop butjohn bolton brought that to the meeting and that was the end of the meeting. north korea wa nted end of the meeting. north korea wanted to have partial sanctions
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lifted on food items and humanitarian items, but got quickly rejected. so, such a bad experience was reported rarely in north korea. in the past does my compared to the past, kim jong—un is in the past does my compared to the past, kimjong—un is much more open and inspiring, he had to make sure that his dignity — that he has a face—saving device — and the launching of these short—range missiles is designed to show that american troops across the border in south korea can be wiped out at any time. professor, what will countries like china and russia and south korea make of this? parts of this is that they used — of course they don't want conflict there, but china wa nts don't want conflict there, but china wants north korea to remain as a
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socialist state and south korea would like to have improved relations with the north. so they would be against any kind of military confrontation, but from north korea's point of view, they will do anything to make the system viable and survive the system. yes, we have to realise north korea is not an we have to realise north korea is notan ordinary we have to realise north korea is not an ordinary state, a very unique state. that was professor hand park speaking to me earlier. —— han. thailand's king maha vajiralongkorn has been crowned in an elaborate ceremony to mark his accession to the throne. it's part of three days of rituals at the royal palace in bangkok, intended to symbolise the transformation of the king into a divine being. james landale reports. this is a sight that few thais have ever seen, a new king purifying himself with consecrated waters as he prepared to ascend to the throne. maha vajiralongkorn, or king rama x,
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as he is known more formally, became king in 2016 after the death of his father, who had reigned for 70 long years. but he's waited until now to be crowned, over three days of elaborate buddhist and hindu ceremony. to many thais, the monarch is revered as an almost godlike figure, and some were on the streets dressed in royal yellow to see their king make the transition from the human to the almost divine. and for many, this was a rare glimpse of a sovereign who spends much time abroad and has appeared more remote than his much—loved late father. at 66 years old, he's spent his life preparing for this moment, placing a crown weighing more than seven kilograms on his head, issuing his first royal command. translation: i shall reign with righteousness, for the benefit and happiness of the people, forever. king vajiralongkorn has
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had a colourful and at times controversial life. today, his fourth wife, whom he married only this week, was formally recognised as his new queen. he's protected by severe laws prohibiting any criticism, but some thais hope that a crown prince who was seen by some as unpredictable will become a figure of stability for a country facing political uncertainty. for the king has real political influence. what will matter is his relationship with the army, that took power in a coup in 2014, and what role he might play in the balance between military and civilian rule that emerges from recent elections. for this king will be more than just a spiritual leader. james landale, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: dust off your leg—warmers as the kids from ‘fame' reunite for the first time in more than 30 years.
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i, nelson rolihlahla mandela, do hereby swear to be faithful to the republic of south africa. after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and president mitterand. but the tunnel is still not yet ready for passengers and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now, the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister became the first man in the world to run a mile in under four minutes. memories of victory as the ve celebrations reach their climax. this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in the future of peace and freedom.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: palestinian militants fire dozens of missiles into israel from gaza. israel responds — a palestinian mother and child are killed. india and bangladesh have been praised for saving many lives after evacuating a million people as cyclone fani left devastation and floods in its path. police are stepping up security at mosques across the uk in response to fears that they could be targetted during ramadan, which begins this weekend. there's been concern over safety among some in the muslim community. the bbc asian network's, shabnam mahmood has more. stepping up security at the mosque.
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extra volunteers. extra cctv cameras put in place. for mosques across the country, the focus of this year's ramadan is on worshippers‘ safety as well as spirituality. hello, little man, how are you? are you ok? for mosques like this and others across the country, ramadan is one of the most important and busiest times of the year. thousands of worshippers gather for special prayers every single night during the month of fasting. in the mosque kitchen, this mum says following recent attacks on places of worship, some in her community in east london are really worried. people are scared, you know, they are afraid to come to the mosque. the kids are afraid.
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how is the security going to be at the mosque? are we going to be safe at the mosque? people feel it. and and it's the areas where mostly women and children pray that have now been identified in safety assessments as needing extra security. mosque leaders say they have a duty to protect their congregation. the world for us changed after christchurch and the reality kicked in that it happened there, it could most certainly happen here and we have to be prepared for it. if there is an attack or an incident, how do i help women with children to leave? and this is how they are preparing. a nationwide security roadshow giving training on how to guard against an attack. the plan was to engage 200 mosque leaders. we have seen actually over a thousand so far. next week will probably see another thousand. the message from the police is one of reassurance. we completely understand why people feel the way they do.
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i'm here to reassure them we have no information or intelligence to suggest anybody at the uk is at specific risk and i want to make sure they feel safe and supported by uk policing in their worship. these young women are confident their mosque will keep them safe during ramadan. i am not that apprehensive to come here. the mosque make a lot of preparations to make sure we are quite safe. when we all come together it's like we are more stronger and it is a really peaceful at miss fair. —— atmosphere. nevertheless, extra layers of security will remain in place through our the islamic holy month with a message to remain alert not alarmed. a plane flying from guantanamo bay has slid off a runway and into a river injacksonville, florida as it attempted to land during a thunderstorm. the chartered flight was carrying 143 passengers. 21 people aboard were hurt, none seriously.
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the commanding officer of the local naval air station says the cause of the incident is yet to be determined. it isa it is a miracle. we could be talking about a different story this evening. i think they is a lot to say about, you know, the professionalism of the folks that helped the passengers off the aeroplane. there's a lot to say about that, because it very well could be worse. egypt's antiquities ministry has unveiled a 4,500—year—old burial ground near the giza pyramids the site contains tombs and burial shafts from various periods, the oldest is a limestone family tomb from around 2500 bc. the ministry said the tomb was of two people: one had seven titles including the priest and thejudge, and the other was known as chief of the great state. for the first time in more than 30 years, the kids from fame are to be reunited on stage. the tv show was a massive hit in the 80s — now eight
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of the original cast are getting together for two special, charity shows. and it's all thanks to a detective from liverpool who tracked them down. our entertainment correspondent colin paterson has dusted off his lycra to bring you this report. # fame! the kids from fame. back performing in the uk for the first time in more than 35 years. # people will see me and cry. # fame! # i'm gonna make it to heaven. it was a great show. a great show, a great concept, great characters. plus watching dance is fun. i could watch it all day. all day. you have dreams. you want fame? well, fame costs and this is where you begin to pay. fame the tv series,
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a spin—off from the movie, started on bbc one in 1982. it was a phenomenon in the uk. the soundtrack spent 12 weeks at number one, they were regulars on top of the pops. at number three, the kids from fame. the kids from fame. high fidelity made it to numberfive in the singles chart. # high fidelity, high! they even ended the year playing london's royal albert hall. the kids from fame have turned television fiction into fact. there was another tour the following year, but fame ended in 1987 and fans here never thought they would see them live again. until a detective inspector in the merseyside police managed to reunite the cast for two charity shows this weekend. i've loved it since i was a kid, since i was 11. it was everything to me when i was growing up. it was my dream and it has been
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surreal to think that that dream actually is happening right now. to be part of that with those guys is... it's like an alternative universe. # high fidelity. and now her childhood heroes are in liverpool. i get to be with this group of people. i am indelibly connected to. we were a family. we worked 12 hours a day and when we went doing that we were in the studio. we were a family. for better orfor worse. and we were not too shabby, i have to say. being back, we've kind of gone back to that age. back to being kids again. we definitely see each other and we fall into our old habits. that little kid stuff. # fame, i'm gonna live for ever. # baby, remember my name. last—minute dance rehearsals are taking place. backup provided by vlma in liverpool.
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the reason i am a dancer is because of fame. so it is surreal. absolutely surreal to be here with the actual cast. and, amazingly, we have gotten through a whole report on fame without mentioning legwarmers. remember my name. colin patterson, liverpool. a reminder of our top story: militants in the gaza strip have continued to fire rockets towards israel after a day of violence in which palestinian officials say four people were killed by israeli strikes. an israeli army spokesman has disputed the circumstances of the deaths of a palestinian mother and her baby, suggesting saboteurs were to blame. israel says it has targeted various sites, including a hamas headquarters and a tunnel used by islamichhad militants. it says more than 250 rockets have been fired towards israel in the past 24 hours. three israelis have been wounded. the upsurge in violence began on friday, when two israeli soldiers on the gaza border were shot and wounded.
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don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of my team on twitter — i'm si pusey. thanks for watching. good morning. pleasant enough where you got the sunshine on saturday. but certainly cold out of it. and particularly in the showers and strong winds across the eastern half of the uk. there is good news today in that the hybrids in the west is putting further across the uk. doing so puts a cap on the atmosphere and stop some of the showers forming. it is the strongest and coldest of their winds off into the near continent. that said, the day begins with an added chill. there will be frost in the countryside. temperatures below freezing. these are the town and city centre values. a sunny start for the vast majority. mcleod across northern scotland to begin with. one or two isolated showers. showers in orkney and shetland to begin with and they will
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work southwards during the day. more cloud developing across the country towards a day. pushing south—east with. sunny spells for isolated showers or england and wales. most will be dry. across eastern district it will not only be dry but with these to wit does make lighter winds it will feel not as chilly. temperatures still down on levels they should be for this time of year, 9— 14 celsius at very, very best. to take us into sunday night, showers across northern scotland will work southwards. this is a cold front. to the south of it, more cloud than we will have seen at night that we have seen at the moment. debra did not dropping as much. a chance of frost. the greatest chance of that will be the northern half of scotland with kaiser clearance. into bank holiday monday, this is going to be the zone to watch out for for the biggest cloud. showers on it rather than any persistent rain. across southern scotla nd persistent rain. across southern scotland to begin with, sliding into northern ireland, northern england during the day. some of the showers across northern england, pennines and peak district in particular, could be on the side, maybe
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lincolnshire and east anglia. to this other than for bank holiday lots of cloud, sunshine, isolated showers. to the north of it, the better chance of some sunshine. a few showers and a light breeze. for all, a fairly cool day. with light winds around to vinnies monday, what if finished my day you will start with a tuesday. through tuesday the cloud will bubble up with the greater chance of showers developing here and there. some of you will stay completely dry. in the end of the day, towards cornwall, a full—term windy and wet. 7— 30 degrees. the wet and windy weather, strongest crossed france in the channel islands ——13. it will spread significant rain across england and wales. they were today for england and wales. gardeners across eastern areas could rejoice. that quickly through into thursday. such financials until then. staying a little on the cool side. bye for 110w.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: palestinian officials say a pregnant mother and her 14—month—old baby have been killed in israeli airstrikes in gaza. israel says the military action is a response to over 200 rockets fired into southern israel by palestinian militants. three israelis were wounded by the blast. india and bangladesh have been praised for saving many lives after evacuating a million people who were in the path of cyclone fani. according to aid agencies up to 12 people were killed when it made landfall. british police say a leak of information from the uk national security council about chinese tech giant huawei didn't breach the official secrets act. the leak from a top—secret government meeting cost the country's defence minister hisjob. in thailand, ceremonies are being held in the three day coronation of king vajiralongkorn. the rituals are intended to symbolise the transformation of the king into a divine being. he succeeded his father, who died in 2016.

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