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this is bbc news — i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 4:00pm. a climb down by hong kong's leadership — after mass protests over their controversial extradition law to mainland china. a major review of hospital food after the deaths of five patients from listeria is announced in england. hundreds more people are urged to leave their homes in lincolnshire because of flooding, brought on by heavy rain. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british—iranianjailed in iran, begins a new hunger strike in protest against her imprisonment. foreign secretaryjeremy hunt urges iran to do the right thing. there is an innocent woman at the heart of this, she just wants to get back together with her daughter gabriella, to reunite the family. please show that you have humanity and a heart and let her come home.
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the gulf tanker explosions: two senior cabinet ministers accuse jeremy corbyn of not backing britain's interests by questioning if there's "credible evidence" for the attacks. and the thousands of people spending their life savings on care when it should be funded by the nhs. just one of the stories in the victoria derbyshire programme review in half an hour, on bbc news. good afternoon. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british—iranianjailed in iran, has begun a new hunger strike in protest against her imprisonment. her husband, back in the uk, also plans tojoin her on hunger strike. the mother—of—one has been detained for the past three years after being accused of spying
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by the iranian authorities — a charge she strongly denies — and sentenced to five years in jail. earlier i spoke to our correspondent andy moore. her daughter, gabriella, is in iran, staying with her parents, she has recently celebrated her fifth birthday, and nazanin has said that if she were still in prison when she was five, she would go on hunger strike, so there was an event outside the embassy, her husband said that he willjoin the hunger strike, not taking any food, just water, until his wife came off her hunger strike and i think we may be able to see what he said a few hours ago. i had had some wind that for her gabriella's birthday was a landmark and if we went past it she would do something. i said that the foreign
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office, listen, she might have another hunger strike. in previous phone calls she had been quite tense and stressed and angry and distraught. today she was quite calm. she had made the decision, as she said she sent a letter to the judiciary and she was nervous but also calm and we'll see how things go. how long may the hunger strike last for you? as long as she goes for it. unknown territory for me. i said to other people, i'm glad i've had my breakfast. we'll see. it could be a day, it could be three days, it could be ten days, hopefully not much longer and we'll ta ke hopefully not much longer and we'll take it one day at a time. she has been on hunger strike before. she has been on hunger
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strike earlier this year, about three days on that occasion, she said she wanted medical treatment so she went on hunger strike, briefly. her husband has not been on hunger strike before but he says he will be outside the embassy, camping overnight, until his wife ends her strike or until she is released. iran is "almost certainly" responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the gulf of oman, according to the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt. the us military released video footage yesterday which it said proved iran was behind thursday's attacks on two oil tankers — something iran has categorically denied. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says there's no "credible evidence" iran is responsible, tweeting that the uk should ease tensions, rather than fuel a military escalation. breaking news. it's been reported by police and london ambulance service, the metropolitan police i mean, that a man has been injured following a
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stabbing. the man was aged in his 30s and had suffered stabbing injuries. he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 2:37pm. we understand the crime scene has been established and officers are investigating in the tower hamlets area. inquiries are under to notify the next of kin with a postmortem scheduled in due course. the metropolitan police have said it is a fairly early stage at the moment, no arrests and officers of retaining an open mind as to a motive. a man has died aged in his 30s after suffering stabbing injuries in the tower hamlets area. more on this when we get it. nearly 600 homes have now been evacuated in lincolnshire because of fears a river could burst its banks again.
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nearly 300 had already been evacuated after two months of rainfall fell in just two days, with some houses filled with water almost a metre high after the river steeping burst its banks in wainfleet, near skegness. raf chinooks were called in to drop ballast to bolster the banks. but authorities say water levels are still rising and this afternoon told residents in another 290 homes to evacuate. joining me now is chief inspector phil vickers from lincolnshire police. he's at the county emergency centre in lincoln where they are co—ordinating efforts to tackle the floods. thank you forjoining us. could you bring us up—to—date on the latest? as you say, the repairs completed by the raf yesterday evening were checked again at first light and although they were holding, there
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was concern about the volume of water seeping through. another crack was found in the bank and a decision was found in the bank and a decision was made that the first 290 homes, that's the area to the west of wa i nfleet, that's the area to the west of wainfleet, would be evacuated. later today we've seen rising water levels around the pumping station that serves the area and as a result we are concerned we might lose the capability of the pumping station, so capability of the pumping station, so further properties have been evacuated. where people being evacuated. where people being evacuated to? we are asking most people to self evacuate to stay with friends out of the area. we have prioritised vulnerable residents and providing a specific level of support depending on their needs. we have a refreshment centre, reception centre in skegness for people who don't have anywhere else to go and we are treating people according to their needs and looking at the next 24-48 their needs and looking at the next 24—48 hours. their needs and looking at the next 24-48 hours. the rain has been going on for the past week. how are
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residents feeling? they have responded well. the community are very positive and supportive and have evacuated pretty much as we have evacuated pretty much as we have asked them to. they've been really helpful for all of the volu nteers really helpful for all of the volunteers and emergency services on the ground. clearly, there is concern for the damage to property and we are trying to minimise that. but we are providing local residents with as accurate information as we can ina with as accurate information as we can in a timely manner. you must be coordinating with weather forecasts. how much more rain are you expecting across this area? there's a delay in the impact. although the weather on the impact. although the weather on the ground today has been relatively dry compared to previous days, there is still a large volume of water coming through. the high volume pumps we've got in place are helping us pumps we've got in place are helping us to reduce the area, but we are prepared for potentially an increase over night and that's why we are
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planning through the weekend and into early next week. like you said, there is a delay. how long does it ta ke there is a delay. how long does it take before those waters start to recede? it's going to depend on the weather in a very tight local area. there is a lot of water from the fens that comes out through the river, so we need to prepare for a number of contingencies. the high—volume pumps that have been put in place are making a real difference to that. it's not a precise science and we are trying to provide accurate information as often as we can. raf tunics are helping to drop ballast and gravel to try and shore up those banks. in terms of preparation, had he done as much as you could or where you caught off guard? i think we've done a lot. 0ur higher civil emergency risk in lincolnshire is around flooding. we provided local communities with information about what they can do to be prepared, as
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a group of agencies we have worked together and exercise around this kind of scenario on a regular basis. 0ur priority is always going to be to save life, protect people, and we are happy with what we have achieved so are happy with what we have achieved so far. clearly it's a significant challenge, we are an raf county and military support has been fantastic too. thank you very much. the health secretary matt hancock has ordered what he called a root and branch review of hospital food after two more patient deaths were linked to a listeria outbreak. a total of five people have now known to have died. production has been halted of the sandwiches and salads thought to have caused the outbreak. leigh milner reports. five people have now died after eating hospital sandwiches and salads containing listeria. two lost their lives here at the manchester royal infirmary, another at aintree hospital. it's not yet been revealed where the other two patients died, but public health england has
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confirmed that seven trusts across the country have been affected. the food standards agency ourself are trying to identify how this could have got in to the food chain. that is going to take some time to do. but what we have done is taken steps to make sure that the product is no longer distributed and therefore the public and the nhs patients are safe. the health secretary, matt hancock, has now called for a review of nhs food. in a statement, he said... listeria typically causes mild food poisoning, but can prove fatal if people are already seriously ill. the first patient affected showed symptoms on the 25th of april. suspect salads and sandwiches were withdrawn on the 25th of may. public health england first warned about the outbreak on the 7th ofjune. the good food chain, which is being linked
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to the outbreak, has since voluntarily ceased production. as investigations continue, public health england insist any risk to the public remains low. leigh milner, bbc news. a little earlier i spoke to dr nick phin, the deputy director of the national infection service at public health england. we very quickly identified this, on the 25th of may the products were withdrawn. we have now been running for over two weeks and we have not seen any new cases since then. that is very encouraging. one of the things we have to be aware of is that listeria has a long incubation period. we would have expected most cases to have appeared by now. all i can say is that having taken the product off the market, people can have confidence that there is no longer a risk from that source.
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these are products that were used as part of the sandwiches. at the moment, the food standards agency ourself are trying to identify how this could have got into the food chain. that is going to take some time to do, but what we have done is taken steps to make sure the product is no longer distributed. therefore, the public and nhs patients are safe. we are fairly confident that now we have identified it and are working with the fsa and local authorities, steps have been taken to stop production, that this issue is no longer. chris froome has posted a picture of himself recovering in hospital after his crash in france. posting on his instagram account, he says he's "on the road to recovery" following a six—hour operation in st etienne.
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he sustained multiple injuries including fractures to his neck and leg crashing at 40mph while testing the course at the criterium de dauphine. following huge protests, the leader of hong kong has suspended plans to introduce a new law that would allow extraditions to mainland china. the proposals have prompted big demonstrations, including one last sunday where organisers said more than a million people took part. 0ur china correspondent stephen mcdonell reports from hong kong — and a warning the report contains some flashing images. the large demonstrations just days ago turned into running street battles with the police. it would prove the turning point in this stand—off. the hong kong government has been forced to concede that its controversial extradition bill has prompted ill
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will and division here. and the announcement came that it would be shelved, at least for the time being. i now announce that the government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise, restart communication with all sectors of society, do more explanation work and listen to different views of society. a vast array of opposition groups say the extradition bill means facing mainline chinese courts controlled by the communist party, which can't guarantee a fair trial, and they say carrie lam ultimately still wants it introduced. translation: hong kong people won't be cheated by the temporary suspension and carrie lam's comments will only make us more angry. the city enjoys freedoms guaranteed when the former british colony was handed back to china. a key pillar of that is having an independentjudiciary,
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which is why, for many people, the fight against extradition is a fight for everything this place stands for, and it's why they say they won't give up until the extradition proposal has gone for ever. protests planned for tomorrow will go ahead, with some calling for carrie lam to resign. the government hasn't given up yet, so i think we still have to fight for what we want, because this is not the end. delay of this bill may provide a truce for now, but with both sides digging in, this relief of pressure could also only be temporary. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, hong kong. a huge cannabis factory has been discovered inside a dis—used bingo hall in kettering. police raided the building in the centre of town and found around 2,000 plants, and a sophisticated hydro—ponics system to water the plants.
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they said the factory could produce drugs with a street value of nearly £3 million a year. what has surprised me is just how criminally audacious this particular setup has been. it's in the middle of a town centre location. normally you get these in industrial warehouses and other more isolated locations, but this is quite a sophisticated setup. the headlines on bbc news. the leader of hong kong backs down indefinitely after mass protests over their controversial extradition law to mainland china. a major review of hospital food after the deaths of five patients from listeria is announced in england. hundreds more people are urged to leave their homes in lincolnshire because of flooding, brought on by heavy rain. in sport, sri lanka are chasing what would be a record 335 for victory against australia at the oval. sri
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la nka against australia at the oval. sri lanka 147—1, they are going well. the netherlands have qualified for the last 16 at the world cup in france, they beat cameroon 3—i. the last 16 at the world cup in france, they beat cameroon 3—1. the us open first round leaderjustin raises two shots behind gary woodland at the halfway stage of pebble beach. —— justin woodland at the halfway stage of pebble beach. ——justin rose. exam board edexcel has launched an investigation into how part of an a—level maths paper was leaked online. blacked out images of two questions were shared on social media, ahead of the exam yesterday. pearson, which runs edexcel, said the images were circulated "in a very limited way". it reassured students no—one would be advantaged or disadvantaged and they would not have to re—sit the paper.
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six candidates remain in the race to be the next leader of the conservative party and the next prime minister, to replace theresa may. health secretary matt hancock pulled out of the contest yesterday , but hasn't yet declared who he is backing. former foreign secretary and mayor of london, boris johnson, remains the frontrunner and has confirmed he will participate in a bbc televised leadership debate. 0ur correspondent nick eardley is at a leadership hustings with the contenders in central london and he spoke to us a little earlier this was originally booked to be the meeting where a local tory associations were to get rid of theresa may, a vote of no confidence, to try to put pressure on her. 0bviously she's announced she is going. they thought they may as well use the room anyway. over the last few hours we have had the six candidates in this hotel, all pitching to local party members, about why they should be
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the next prime minister. that's important because ultimately it will be conservative members across the uk will be the ones who make the decision. as you say, borisjohnson, absolutely the front runner, when it comes to mps, he is miles ahead, some of the small polls that we have seen of conservative members suggest he is miles ahead when it comes to them, too. he did not speak when he arrived, he kept his head down, something he has done through a lot of this campaign so far. but we have heard from five of the six candidates this morning. they have been saying, this race is not over, conservative leadership races can throw up some surprises. some of them have also been quite angry at the suggestion that this could ultimately end up being a coronation of mrjohnson. here is the international development secretary, rory stewart. yes, that would be a complete disgrace. the public deserve the chance to look at these leaders, and particularly the members of the conservative party, who are wise, sensible, experienced people, deserve to have a choice.
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we should have learnt the last time round. coronations are not the way to do democratic politics. there is talk now of a lot of deals taking place because people are thinking ahead to those positions of the next cabinet. absolutely. there is the suggestion that people are throwing in their lot with borisjohnson, because they think he is most likely to be prime minister and best chance of being in government if they are on his team but that is not the feeling here, everyone else who is still standing is absolutely adamant that they are going to go ahead with it, we heard from jeremy hunt, the man who came second in the first poll, of tory mps, he was seen to ask this afternoon that if you look back to 2005, david cameron was not the front runner, he was coming second in the polls of tory mps, he turned it around, and 2016,
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theresa may was untested when she took over in 2016, and that did not work out. sajid javid said the same thing, things did not turn out well when they have a coronation last time. absolutely, boris johnson, miles ahead, the man to beat, half a foot in downing street already, and some others in this race are absolutely convinced that they can turn it round. people from black, asian and other minority ethnic communities are more at risk of developing some cancers and other life limiting illnesses, such as kidney failure and type two diabetes. they're also less likely to access, or be offered, hospice care services and now a new government—funded study aims to increase take—up rates across england. our community affairs correspondent, adina campbell can explain.
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are you comfortable? retired businessman dale was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma 2.5 years ago. part of his healthcare planning includes coming here to his local hospice in luton. a service he and many others wouldn't normally consider. the concept the asian community have of hospice is a place you go to die. i didn't want to come here, there was a certain nurse at the health centre, she said, just try it. and then come and tell me. i'm so grateful that i came, and it's made my life a lot more comfortable. a new 2.5 year study, the first of its kind in the uk, will now look at the improvements needed to encourage more people from asian, black and other minority groups accessing this type of care, using more than £a00,000
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of government funding. there has been quite a lot, relatively quite a lot of research about establishing that people from minority ethnic communities are disadvantaged in the end—of—life. there's not a lot about what those disadvantages look like, in terms of health outcomes. there are many reasons for a low take—up of hospice care services by these communities. including cultural, language and religious differences. and often families take on the full responsibility of caring themselves. but some doctors are also unlikely to recommend this kind of support in the first place. because of a lack of understanding or fear they may cause offence. the uk is set to become one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries over the next 30 years or $0. take leicester, for example, and this busy cosmopolitan high street.
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we hear all the time about the pressures of an ageing population. but there's also an increasing need to ensure our care services also reflect and serve a wide range of cultural groups. these women in birmingham were brought together through a hospice service which cared for them and their children before they died. i didn't know what a hospice was, i didn't have understanding because i had a child before who passed away, whose life was mostly spent in children's hospital. the quality of life of one individual is so important to embrace, that we need to look at community resources. we learn a lot and now we try to give other people information. the results of the new study will be published in 2021. researchers say it will help develop real change for ethnic minority groups all over the uk. with specialist training for those working in our care services.
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the italian film and opera director franco zeffirelli has died at the age of 96. in a career which spanned over 60 years, some of his best known work included the taming of the shrew starring elizabeth taylor and richard burton and hamlet with mel gibson and glenn close. lizo mzimba looks back at his life. operatic music. franco zeffirelli made his name as an opera director, on stage and occasionally on—screen. 0pera taught him how to deal with highly strung and highly talented performers. it is a simple as that, holding their hands. really dealing with vulnerable people. really charming little kids. they can't believe their luck and they are afraid.
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his experience proved useful when he made a film with a famously temperamental couple, richard burton and elizabeth taylor. his film version of romeo and juliet was nominated for an oscar but was controversial. olivia hussey, then just 15, appeared topless. franco zeffirelli, who started out as a stage and screen designer, was sometimes attacked for self—indulgence and sentimentality. but jesus of nazareth, made for television, showed a different and more austere side to his work. if my kingdom were of this world, my followers would have fought to prevent me from being captured. in 2004, he was given an honorary knighthood. he had always been an anglophile.
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in terms of the country, i would like to see it married with my country. to make this marriage happen with my work. such a traditional honour meant a lot to a director renowned for his love of formality, opulence and beauty. the notre dame cathedral in paris will hold it's first mass shortly — two months since a major fire which destroyed part of the building. work to stabilise the structure is still ongoing, after the roof and spire were damaged in april. there will only be 30 people in the congregation and they will have to wear protective headgear for safety
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reasons. now it's time for a look at the weather. the rest of the weekend looking similarto the rest of the weekend looking similar to how we started, a mixed bag across the british isles. some rain and a bit of sunshine in the mix for some areas. the reason we have such a varied pattern of weather at the moment is because it's been driven by low pressure, swinging bands of clouds and showers across swinging bands of clouds and showers a cross m ost swinging bands of clouds and showers across most parts of the british isles at some point over the next few hours. it isn't all doom and gloom. the torrential downpours have given way at times to something as good as that. it hasn't been like that incident davids throughout the day, because we've had this showery band of rain working its way from west to east. things have improved behind it. all the while through the
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night, showers push further north in scotland. then it turns drier and then another portion of the weather front coming back into the south—western quarter of the british isles to conclude the night and to start sunday, which won't be overly cold to start the day but it will be fairly unsettled. the air flow is from the south and south—west so not particularly cold directions but if you lose your sunshine, as you well across england and wales after a bright start, the show was working slowly but surely out of the south—western quarter towards the north and all the while, again, we bring those showers back. some heavy into northern ireland and widely across much of mainland scotland. you could get up to 20 but if you lose the sunshine you could be closer to the mid teens. 0n
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lose the sunshine you could be closer to the mid teens. on monday not a great deal


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