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this is bbc news. the headlines: the un says houthi rebels trying to topple the government in yemen are honouring a pledge to withdraw troops from key ports in the country, the first signficant step in a ceasefire agreement. the signs on the ground are people saying it's the ball is in the court of the un and the so—called government and the people of the un who are trying to pressurise and obstruct the agreement. labour says it plans to introduce a £10 an hour minimum wage for all workers, including those under the age of 18. scores of migrants are rescued from the mediterranean, as dangerous crossings to europe increase, with better weather. the venice art biennale opens — with english, scottish, welsh and irish contemporary art,
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all on show. saracens win the champions cup final against leinster, it's their third european title in four years. and at 11.30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers nigel nelson, political editor of the sunday mirror and sunday people and political commentator, jo phillips — stay with us for that. good evening. in yemen, houthi rebels have reportedly begun withdrawing from a key strategic port, and two others close by, in a move that offers hope to millions of people facing starvation. it's the first major step since a ceasefire agreement
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was signed last december. it's a process that will take four days, and could lead to a wider redeployment of both houthi and government forces from this area. the ports are crucial for the distribution of international aid, including food and medicines. forfour years, the houthi rebels supported by iran, have been fighting the yemeni government, which is backed by a coalition of countries, led by saudi arabia. this report from our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, does contain some distressing images. a vital lifeline for a nation on the brink of famine. the first signs of life in a deal that was almost dead. today, houthi fighters started pulling out from all key ports saying they would be out in three days. they had been in
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charge here for nearly five years. now, the coast guard will be running yemen's vital gateway. they put on a bit of a show today. the yemeni government says it is all a show. accusing houthi fighters of changing uniforms to keep their men in place. the holy accuse them and their saudi led backers of blocking any progress. now the ball is in the court of the un and the government and the people of yemen who will pressure those who are trying to obstruct this agreement. we cannot move forward unless other countries keep their promises. un vehicles we re keep their promises. un vehicles were on the move today, too. it is up were on the move today, too. it is up to them to monitor this fragile process. if this first step succeeds, both sides are meant to withdraw their forces from this strategic area. it would help move yemen toward peace talks and away
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from a looming famine, almost all of its crucial aid and imports come through here. we anticipate and we expect that as the porter becomes demilitarised, the united nations in the form of mission here, will have unhindered access to carry out their responsibilities to support the port authorities. the shocking starvation has come to symbolise yemen's plight. millions of yemenis need aid but more than that they need peace. and today i spoke to kimberly brown from the british red cross about the current situation. we are always encouraged to see anything that will help humanitarian aid getting to the country but yemen is at breaking point, it is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. a teapot percent of the population need assistance and many
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are at risk of starvation. we are extremely concerned, the reports from colleagues there are very distressing. by withdrawing, you are essentially opening up this lifeline, how easy or difficult is it then to start deploying the aid? hudaydah is able to give 70% access to humanitarian aid but throughout the country people are deeply in need. we have seen damage to vital infrastructure, schools, hospitals, only 50% of health facilities are functioning. in san and, where i visited, they colleagues from the red crescent society are delivering water and that is the pub later —— population are able to get clean drinking water. speaking to your colleagues, what updates have they provided you with? one of the main problems now is cholera. new cases
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are being reported every day. health isa are being reported every day. health is a big issue, farming, half the country at risk from famine. civilians have to be the priority and have to be protected in this conflict and that is why we want all sides to respect international humanitarian law and late aid workers do theirjob. we have lost 11 staff and volunteers from the red cross and red crescent so aid workers are also not safe in this conflict. how easy is it for age groups to move around the country? are you encouraged by this withdrawal? will the conditions in prove to get the aid to those who need it? we are encouraged by this development and we have been. every time we think there is good news, such as a ceasefire or opening of eight roots, we are very encouraged. but humanitarian aid is not going to save yemen alone, we need lasting political solutions, people have experienced unimaginable suffering for the past four years and they
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need a long—term solution so they can rebuild their lives, get back to safety a nd can rebuild their lives, get back to safety and get the things they need for theirfamilies. and safety and get the things they need for their families. and that safety and get the things they need for theirfamilies. and that is safety and get the things they need for their families. and that is why we call it the british red cross support for our appeal so we can work with the red cross and the red crescent movement to continue to deliver the essential humanitarian aid that is needed. we were hearing from the un earlier who were talking about funds and pledged funds and received funds, what are your priorities in terms of resources? what do you need to then pass on to the people? yes, we have an appeal, like i mentioned, the british red cross and we work with all parts of the red cross and red crescent movement, including the local actors on the ground, so we are able to deliver food, health on the ground, so we are able to deliverfood, health care, water, some medicines, working with different partners. so our challenges access and so when we have these encouraging developments, potentially, like more access, being
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able to get to the port in hudaydah, that may help us to operate further but it is a very difficult operating environment but we are still able to reach people but there are so many more people that we are able to reach if we receive more funds, more humanitarian access. how long are you planning, or do you foresee before people start receiving that aid? the houthi rebels are withdrawing from the key ports, particularly hudaydah. you have mentioned damaged infrastructure, how long will it take for people to start receiving the aid? people are receiving it already but they will receive more and more, the more that these aid corridors will access open up. mention for the lifelines, 70% of battery there but it is only functioning at about half so far. the more that opens up, the better that will be. we have been operating for a long time in yemen through the yemen red crescent society, other partners in the red cross and red
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crescent movement, but we foresee our work there to be still long—term as well. it takes a long time to recover, eve n as well. it takes a long time to recover, even if they're fighting we re recover, even if they're fighting were to cease. just looking at the agreement itself, i'm sure partners like yourself and the un and other age groups will be watching things very closely so the rebels withdraw, you start to get that aid in, what do you say, in terms of planning, as the next step in terms of ensuring security for yemenis? like i said, long—term political solution is needed but our priority is saving lives, as much as we can, as fast as we can, with 1a million people at the break of starvation, it is the immediate life—saving assistance that we need to focus on and so that is food, water, medicines, people who are pregnant giving birth. there is so much need across the country,
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asi is so much need across the country, as i mentioned, it is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and we have so much work to do that and we have so much work to do that and we value and we value any support. labour has announced plans to introduce a £10 an—hour minimum wage for all workers, including those under the age of 18. at present 16 and 17 year olds get less than adults, with the labour leaderjeremy corbyn saying society shouldn't labour has announced plans to introduce a £10 an—hour minimum wage for all workers, including those under the age of 18. at present 16 and 17 year olds get less than adults, here's our business correspondent katy austin. baristas, bar staff and fast—food workers are among those most likely to be on the lowest pay, and 16 and 17—year—olds can be paid less than their older colleagues. today, jeremy corbyn said he would change that. we will abolish the youth rate of the minimum wage. workers should be rewarded fortheirwork, not theirage. equal rights for workers means just that, irrespective of age, gender,
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nationality, or ethnicity. that would be a big change for some small businesses, like this cafe in north london. workers under the age of 18 are currently entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour. just over half the amount of over 25s. labour has a plan for what it calls a real living wage of £10 per hour and it's now said that would extend to 16 and 17—year—olds, adding, it says, £2500 to the amount they earn on average every year. the owner here likes the idea, but fears it's not practical. it's nice, but i don't think many businesses will survive having a minimum wage at £10 an hour. i think 16 and 17—year—olds aren't experienced enough to be on £10 an hour. even though they'll probably be enthusiastic they don't have the life skills and experience. small businesses say they are already facing mounting cost pressures and they'd need more details on a labour promise
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to support them through a rise. questions have also been asked about the kind of impact it would have on the young. nearly all 16 and 17—year—olds live with their parents at home. most are being supported one way or another, so do they need £10 an hour? mostly not. some no doubt would benefit from it, others would lose if they couldn't get the job in the first place because of the much higher wage being imposed. the conservatives told us under their government we've seen youth unemployment fall by half, the biggest increase in the minimum wage for under 25s in a decade, and the economy continue to grow, giving young people the security of a better future. at the moment the independent low pay commission advises the government on minimum wage levels. jeremy corbyn‘s proposal to shake up the system which governs the bottom rates of pay is one pitched squarely at the young. katy austin, bbc news. a man who suffered horrendous injuries after being shot with a crossbow in north wales,
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has died in hospital. gerald corrigan who was 7a, was hit outside his home in holyhead last month. police investigations are continuing. morocco says it's coastguard has rescued more than 100 migrants, stranded on three makeshift inflatable boats, trying to cross the mediterranean. the news comes after another boat capsized off tunisia yesterday, with the loss of dozens of people. some of those who survived, have been speaking, as simon jones reports. stunned and bewildered, after their dreams of reaching europe turned into disaster. but these are the lucky ones — they survived. many didn't. people dying, one of one, every minute people going under, down, every minute one is going, we lost him. i have lost my two brothers, one is cousin brother, one is brother—in—law. in front of my eyes.
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the migrants are thought to have set off from north—west libya. their sinking boat was spotted by a fisherman. the survivors were taken to the tunisian town of zarzis. translation: 16 people were still alive at eight o'clock in the morning, and by a miracle, i must say. people were in the water for eight hours, in the freezing cold and high waves. children, children! despite the dangers the attempts continue — people packing into small boats in the hope of a new life. a journey that for some will in death. simon jones, bbc news. the government has admitted that, concerns over climate change, might restrict the growth of aviation in the uk. a senior civil servant says ministers may have to review their strategy, including plans to expand heathrow. it follows a recent warning from the committee on climate change, which advises the government, that the planned increase in aviation would need to be curbed to control carbon emissions.
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our environment analyst, roger harrabin, reports. flying is on the up and the government has been planning for it to continue to grow. what about climate change, you might ask? under current policy, industry will have to cut more greenhouse gases so aviation can expand. but the government is now considering a plan to virtually eliminate emissions by 2050. and a civil servant has admitted in a letter to a green group that it may have to take note of advice from the independent climate change committee, saying that although people could continue to fly while meeting climate change targets, it was not possible for aviation to keep on expanding. in the end, i think the logic of this is completely inevitable. we know that we have to reduce our emissions urgently and radically and expanding them is going in the opposite direction. itjust does not make sense and i don't think the public want to see the government
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committing to a plan that is inconsistent with a safe and prosperous future for all of us. any policy change may affect controversial plans to expand heathrow. it definitely means the government will have to think hard about whether aviation can continue to grow at a time of what parliament calls a climate emergency. the headlines on bbc news: aid workers say a pledge by houthi rebels in yemen to withdraw troops from key ports is a "big game changer" as it may open a lifeline for millions of people facing famine. labour extends its plans for a higher £10—an—hour minimum wage — to include workers under the age of 18. scores of migrants have been rescued from the mediterranean, as dangerous crossings to europe increase, with better weather. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc
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sport centre, here's gavin. hello and welcome to the programme. saracens have beaten leinster to win rugby union's champion's cup for the third time in four years. they came back from a losing position in the first half, producing a relentless performance at st james park in newcastle. patrick gearey reports in rugby, the final stretch can be the hardest. yet something keeps dragging saracens and leinster back to the stage. the toughest of all, the toughest to call. i feel that is too close. a match of even matches. they are unbeaten in this competition all season, they won this trophy two years in a row when leicester took it off them. these are the two dominant forces in european rugby. when two such forces collide, much sound and fury follows, but initially more bruises than points. leinster battled away
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through until the final furlong. sarries freed themselves from the claustrophobia. sarries were level by the break. saracens' red army lumbered forward. no try but a penalty. 0wen farrell did the necessary. it was still so tight when leinster were struck by a bolt from billy — a moment of match—winning skill that england may need at the world cup. this was too much for leinster — their reign as champions ended by this kick. victory to saracens, brutally brilliant saracens — the strongmen of europe. with these games, you are running on such emotional energy, there is a huge amount of resilience that you have two show but to be part of this team, ithink have two show but to be part of this team, i think you get energy from the team either side of you and
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today there were some monumental performances. this team can be considered one of britain's most successful sporting sides. brutal and brilliant. it was a day for the batsmen as england held—on to beat pakistan in southampton in their latest one—day international ahead of hosting the world cup this month. new dad jos butler, hit a spectacular century off just 50 balls. then targeting 374 — pakistan's opener fakhar zaman made 138. but england kept their nerve to win by 12 runs. it's shaping up to be a real cracking finish to the football season. the premier league finale tomorrow today saw the start of the championship playoffs. norwich and sheffield united are already promoted. and now leeds have gone one step closer tojoining them, after their first—leg win over derby county at pride park. kemar roofe's 15th goal of the season was the difference between the teams. in the other semi—final aston villa beat west bromwich albion 2—1. 0nto the scottish premiership now
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and kilmarnock are back into 3rd. they beat hibs1—0. eamonn brophy with a penalty. kenny miller scored the only goal for already—relegated dundee, who ended a run of 10 straight defeats with victory at livingston. and stjohnstone secured seventh place with a comfortable victory over nearest rivals motherwell. england's matt wallace has a share of the lead of the british masters at southport going into the final round. wallace, who is chasing a fifth european tour title, had raced to a three shot lead early on the third round, but dropped his first shots of the tournament on the back nine to finish on 1a—under par overall, to leave him tied with sweden's marcus kinult. wasps are through to the netball superleague final, after a 20—point victory over loughborough lightning. the defending champions, who topped the table after the regular season, won 74—54 in front of a sell—out crowd of nearly a thousand to progress to the final, keeping their hopes fo a third successive title alive. they'll be up against manchester thunder who beat bath.
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and valteri bottas will start on pole for the 3rd time in a row, ahead mercedes teammate lewis hamilton, for the spanish grand prix. more on that, on the bbc sport website. but that's all from us for now. the united states says it's ready to defend its forces and interests in the gulf as tensions with iran escalate. the pentagon is sending an extra navy ship and a patriot air defence missile system to the region but said it was not seeking conflict with tehran. briony sowden reports. as america's carrier strike group moves closer to the gulf, the pentagon sends more firepower to the region in a show of military force. a navy ship and an air defence missile system are also heading to the middle east, just days after the uss abraham lincoln and b—52 bombers were deployed. washington says it is sending
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a clear message to iran, because they had warnings about an unspecified attack. it released this statement but did not go into detail. the us patriot missile defence system can counter ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft, and had been scheduled to go to the region, but at a later date. last week, john bolton, america's national security adviser, said any iranian attack would be met with unrelenting force. iran swiftly dismissed that, and claimed american psychological warfare. the foreign minister with this message on twitter. if the us and clients do not feel safe, it is because they are despised by the people of the region. blaming iran will not reverse that.
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tehran has retaliated by threatening to cut off access to the strategic strait of hormuz, through which about one—fifth of all oil consumed globally passes. but tensions are not just at sea. this week, iran's president threatened to restart his country's nuclear activities within 60 days if his country is not shielded from the effects of sanctions. the move risks killing a landmark nuclear deal which america pulled out of a year ago. but this is what the iranians call us intimidation. one of america's powerful military assets has now passed through egypt's suez canal as it steams towards the persian gulf. three gunmen have attacked a luxury hotel in the pakistani province of balochistan, killing at least one person. it happened at the 5—star, pearl continental hotel,
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in the port city of gwadar. it's being reported that members of a balochistan separatist group, may have been responsible. a spokesman for the hotel said no one was staying there, due to the holy month of ramadan. french president emmauel macron has welcomed home two hostages freed by french special forces in burkina faso on friday. the french tourists were being held by kidnappers in the west african country alongside an american woman and a south korean man. the hostages were seized from a remote national park in neighbouring benin last week. two french soldiers were killed in the operation to free them and president macron has since paid tribute to their sacrifice. south africa's governing african national congress party has promised a fresh start after winning another five years in office with a reduced majority. president cyril ramaphosa acknowledged the anc had made mistakes in government and that it
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had lost the trust of many people. the final results from wednesday's vote gave the ancjust over 57% of the vote. the final result still puts it comfortably ahead of its next closest rival, the democratic alliance on 20.7%. the radical ‘economic freedom fighters' came third with 10.8%. it's been called the olympics of the art world, attracting big names, big money and big crowds. the venice art biennale opened today, with british, scottish, welsh and irish pavilions all on show. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, has more. if a city could ever be called a work of art, surely it is venice? that man—made masterpiece rising out of a salty lagoon, with its magnificent palazzos, shimmering canals and napoleonic gardens. at the end of which is the british pavilion. a neoclassical building that plays host to a disturbing and, at times,
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brutal installation by the artist, cathy wilkes, whose display of eerie mannequins and household objects is representing britain at the 2019 venice art biennale. she trained in belfast, as did the sculptor eva rothschild, who has filled the irish pavilion with an array of materials and shapes that create a sort of landscape of art to wander through — and to climb on. to talk about the biennale's founding idea, dating back over 100 years, an artist representing a country. is there an argument against it? that it's an anachronism? i think there could be, if it happened everywhere. i think it's the fact that it is anachronistic and it is the only thing. i mean, if every major art exhibition was themed around national identity, i think that would be deeply problematic. but this is the only one. and venice itself is an anomaly. who can believe it exists? not far away, across a narrow canal, is the welsh pavilion, where the cardiff—based artist sean edwards has created a forest of art. it's based on woodlands
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on the estate where i grew up in llanedeyrn in cardiff. and how these woodlands where the boundary of the estate as you grew up... so there was this idea that what is actually a boundary suddenly becomes an open space that leads you on to somewhere else. i've come from the welsh pavilion, which is just down the canal there, walked over this wooden bridge and arrived at this spot, which is the scottish pavilion. up until a couple of months ago it was a working boatyard. but the vessels have moved out and art has moved in, with charlotte prodger, the turner prize—winning artist, showing the third in her trilogy of films, which is a memoir or love, loss and queer identity. and it's in this space, which is a rather disorientating black hole. you have visited what that meant, don't you? idid. and after that, it was like a switch went off and i didn't go back. there are 90 national pavilions competing for this year's prestigious golden lion. every one is fascinating in its own way, revealing not only
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how a country sees itself but also how it wants to be seen. will gompertz, bbc news, venice. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers nigel nelson, political editor of the sunday mirror, and sunday people, and political commentator, jo phillips. that's coming up just after the headlines at 11:30. a huge waterspout surprised singapore residents this morning. videos were posted on social media showing the waterspout swirling in the southern shore of the island. witnesses say it was seen for around 20 minutes. the local environment agency says there are generally three waterspout occu rances each year. a waterspout is a rapidly rotating column of air over water, underneath the base of a shower cloud. now it's time for a look
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at the weather with darren. we are expecting more sunshine more widely across the uk for the second half of the weekend, a better day than saturday, certainly here in hastings and east sussex where we had a few showers, some pandemics then as well, a lot of showers around earlier on but we head into sunday with skies, light winds, a chilly night, touch of frost in scotland, colder than the previous night. high pressure building on right across the uk, limiting the chance of showers on sunday. the weather fronts brushing the north—west, turning the sunshine hazy. a little bit of convection bubbling up here and there, nothing like what we saw on saturday. you might getan like what we saw on saturday. you might get an isolated shower that piques the pennines and the downs in the south—east but for the most part it will be warmer than saturday. as
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we head into the evening, we see the temperature is dropping away as the sun goes down, vertically for england and wales, not so much for northern ireland, bit of a southerly breeze here and it won't be as cold in scotland, there is much more cloud coming over so we may not get a first here, the lowest temperature is closest to freezing towards east anglia on monday morning. next week, high—pressure, dry weather, more sunshine and as a result it will feel warmer, much better than it has been over the past week. bit of a chilly start on monday, may be, it won't be blue skies everywhere, high cloud coming down from the north—west but that will turn the sunshine hazy at times but for many places the temperatures will continue to rise, the southerly breeze helping the temperatures in northern ireland and across scotland we may be closer to 20 degrees through the central belt as well. that is monday, but through the week ahead or at least the middle part of next week, we find a high pressure setting over the uk, the highest temperatures, the woman stared
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