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this is bbc news. the headlines: the parents of a teenager from oxford who travelled to syria to join the islamic state group are found guilty of funding terrorism. admits he betrayed britain and regrets joining admits he betrayed britain and regrets joining is. i did what i did, i made a big mistake and that's what happened yeah. i regret what i did. the us iran standoff president trump says he changed his mind just ten minutes after ordering military strikes to punish iran for shooting down a us drone. foreign office minister mark field is suspended after being filmed manhandling a climate change protestor at last night's mansion house dinner. a by election is to be held in brecon and radnorshire after more than ten thousand people sign a petition to remove
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the constituency‘s tory mp, chris davies. the supreme court in spain rules that a gang who raped a teenager at the running of a festival in pamplona three years ago should have theirjail sentences increased. sir eltonjohn receives france's highest civilian honour as he's being presented with the legion d'honneur by president macron at a ceremony in paris. on the film review, i am joined by mark as he talks us through this week plus ‘s cinema releases including bright burn, but the latest toy story film and flood, and also reveal his best out and best dvd.
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the parents of the oxford teenager jack letts who travelled to syria to join the islamic state group have been spared jail after being found guilty of funding terrorism. john letts and sally lane sent money to their son dubbed jidhadi jack despite concerns he had joined is and warnings from police that they would face prosecution. his parents said they believed their son's life was in imminent danger and they were just trying to help him. a statement was read out on behalf ofjohn letts and sally lane outside the old bailey. we have been convicted for doing any thing that a parent would do if their sun was thing that a parent would do if theirsun was in thing that a parent would do if their sun was in danger. we wanted to make it clear that we have not been convicted of funding terrorism. we have been convicted of sending money to our sun when they were reasonable grounds to suspect that it may have been used for terrorist purposes. no one during our trial even suggested that the pounds that we managed to send to jack was in
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fa ct we managed to send to jack was in fact used for terrorism. they acquitted us of some of the allegations which mixes clear that thejury allegations which mixes clear that the jury accepted that we believed that his life is in imminent danger and we believe that we have been let down badly by the police and the government. we try to do the right thing, be fully cooperated with the police and ask them repeatedly for help. they promised they would help us help. they promised they would help us but instead of helping us, they use the information we provided to prosecutors. our correspondent chichi izundu has been following the case and sent this report from the old bailey. jack letts with his parents. a picture perfect childhood, but just a few years later at the oxfordshire schoolboy was inside islamic state group—held territory in syria. the jury was told this one—fingered salute was associated with is. butjack‘s parents, his dad an organic farmer and his mum a fundraiser for oxfam,
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had told the old bailey their son had converted to islam at 16, and said he was travelling to the middle east to study arabic. sally lane told the court she was horrified when he called her in september 2014 to tell her where he was. she said she screamed at him, how could he be so stupid? nearly a year after being in syria, jack letts had begun asking for money, first to help out a poor friend with a large family, then he said it was to get out of syria. by by make the parent argue that they did not believe that he was actively fighting in syria and in a police interview, he tried to explain. i've got to get him out, somehow. and how am i going to do that? he is in danger and i feel i have to do something, but on the other hand, i don't want to get put away and i don't want sally to get put away. i've got another son to worry about. so, what am i supposed to do? the messages which could be retrieved were read out in court, his mum told thejuries retrieved were read out in court, his mum told the juries of or discussed at some of his comments. like this one, posted on the
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facebook page of a school friend that had been celebrating the completion of a course. he said i would like to perform a martyrdom operation in the scene. nearly a year after being in syria, he had began asking for money, helping out a friend with a large family, he said it was to get out of syria. despite warnings from police, ca ptu red despite warnings from police, captured on cctv at her local western union sending £233. four it's not for individuals to decide when it applies to them and when it doesn't. the really strong message is, despite whatever you might think you're doing, ultimately you are breaking the law and that's not ok. a jury at the old bailey agreed. they found sally lane and john letts both guilty of sending money to their son jack, knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect the funds would be used for terrorism.
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his parents refused to believe that he had become a dangerous extremist he had become a dangerous extremist he married and had a child before being captured and imprisoned in syria by kurdish forces in 2017. our middle east correspondent met him and we had to wait until his trial was over before we could broadcast this interview. one of the islamic state group's most notorious recruits was former 0xford schoolboy jack letts. he agreed to speak to us in october last year. only now that his parents‘ trial is over can the interview be broadcast. he said he wasn't speaking under duress and he wanted to come clean about his membership of is. i asked him if he had betrayed his country. what were you? were are you a traitor or were you are a collaborator?
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that's the question i'm asking you. a traitor to britain? you mean a traitor to britain? it's the first time i've heard that term in a long time. i was definitely an enemy of britain. i have no doubt about this. i haven't tried to make myself innocent. i did what i did, i made a big mistake and that's what happened. i regretted what i did and thought, supposedly the british idea is that even if you do make big mistakes, you can sort of go back. not go back to britain, i mean go back from your mistakes. you can set things right. did they ever ask you to put on a suicide vest? they don't ask you but they encourage you. in a sort of indirect way. i used to want to at one point, believe it or not. i now think it's actually haram. that's the first time i say this. i might as well tell the truth. i did at one point want to. not a vest, i wanted to do it in a car. so i said, if there's a chance, i'll do it. i didn't request to do it but at the same time it was obvious that,
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i made it obvious to him that if there is a battle i'm ready. this is one of the places where jack letts lived in syria. he loved raqqa to begin with. he says he fought on the front lines. in iraq, he was badly injured. later he got married and had a child. he says, though, he eventually grew disillusioned and attempted to leave is. but why did he abandon britain in the first place? i had a comfortable home, i had a very good relationship with my mum especially. my dad as well, actually. i thought it was leaving something behind and go into something better. i thought i was never going to see them again. in britain, they call youjihadijack. while you've been away, there have been attacks in manchester, the london bridge attacks, there have been attacks in paris. there's very little appetite to give you a second chance because of what you've done. to be honest, i'm not asking any... it's not like i'm appealing to the british public
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to give me a second chance. it's not something anyone would do. if i was a member of the british public, i wouldn't give me a second chance, probably. maybe in the specific situation but i don't expect that from anyone. so what do you expect, jack? that's the problem, i don't know what's going to happen. i've been here two years, every few days i hear any promise. it never gets kept. as for, and it's probably not that important, but in manchester, what happened in london on the bridge, etc, i was in prison at the time. this was a long, long time after i left isis. yeah, but, jack, that's the point. your recruitment as a westerner, as a white middle class boy from oxford, signed up and joined the so—called islamic state, that you were a rallying cry. you gave their insanity more credence for other people to go and join them. that's one of the things i regret. i realised that me coming was a lot more... had more meaning than a syrian coming to isis. the fact that i came from england, i understand that it made a big difference. that's one of the things
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i regret as well. they used us as well. they used us as a sort of, what do we call it in english... like a poster boy. his kurdishjailers say he can't stay in syria. jack letts also has canadian citizenship, although he's never lived there. the british government says it washed its hands of him the day he joined the islamic state group. president trump called off military strikes against iran with just minutes to spare last night. the planes were in the air ‘cocked and loaded' as he says and had three targets in their sights. but the president said on twitter that he decided to halt the air strikes because too many people would have been killed. the attack was supposed to be retaliation for the shooting down of an american unmanned surveillance drone yesterday in the region, which supplies a third of the world's oil. the us military released this video yesterday,
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which they say shows the drone being shot down. relations have worsened since president trump tightened economic sanctions on iran last month, and there have been a series of incidents in the area. 0n the 12th of may, four oil tankers were damaged by explosions along a key shipping route in the gulf of oman. the united arab emirates said the blasts were caused by mines, and the us blamed iran for the explosions but iran denies it was involved. then last week, there were two more explosions involving oil tankers in the same area. the us says it has video evidence of iranian forces removing an unexploded mine off of one of the ships, but iran says the video is fake. according to the accounts, it seems fairly close at least donald trump said he called it off ten minutes
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before the strikes are supposed to happen, later on he said that the plans weren't actually in the air. but he did say that the deliberations had been pretty much done by the time you decided not to go that route. he said he just had been told 150 people would be killed if the strikes went ahead and that would be disproportionate response to iran shooting down an unmanned aircraft. it is not clear why that would come out of the last minute, thatis would come out of the last minute, that is something that you would expect to be deliberated quite early in discussions, but nevertheless, there are very serious deliberations but the pentagon and senior staff talking about this strike and there was an argument that if the us is hit, he needs to head back to show strength, it will look weak if you pull back. donald trump did not frame it in that way, he framed it as one of careful deliberation and saying that, we have the power, we have time to strike but it does add a lot to the uncertainty and
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confusion about what's happening in the gulf. just because this does not happen doesn't mean the issue goes away now doesn't? know it doesn't, because the americans have this maximum pressure strategy to put crippling sanctions on iran while demanding that they make changes and many critics say, where is the diplomatic space to actually de—escalate this? another thing senior officials of said pretty much, there will be a response of americans were hit. if there was an americans were hit. if there was an american drone, it was not an american drone, it was not an american casualty because that is putting out a redline which then becomes a road map to escalation. distinguished fellow at the bipartisan think tank, the washington institute for near east policy. these strikes
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what is the say to you about tensions between iran and the us at the moment? i think the tensions are quite high and i think they are really a function of what you are describing. there is an american policy of maximum pressure and lower scene from the iranians is a response to that. they're putting on what i to think is there version of maximum pressure. 0n what i to think is there version of maximum pressure. on two different occasions, tankers blown up by minds, rockets fired notjust the pumping stations but also airport. we have seen in the past couple of days, rockets fired from militias and basses were american forces are present, we are seeing a pattern of iranian responses although they denied their behind it. it is an asymmetrical approach to our pressures but it is designed to show the administration that the iranian skin impose on her interest in
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friends and try to get us to take a step back, the trump administration hopes use its maximum pressure to get them to come to the table and negotiate better terms to the iran nuclear deal that we walked away from. but on that last point, is that really an explicit desire of president trump as you understand? that if there was some sort of move to the table by iran, a revisit of that nuclear deal would be an option? it clearly is his view if you think of what he said when he was injapan, first he said his objective is not regime change is that no nukes, no nuclear weapons. and he wants to talk. when you are saying is, when he says no nukes, thatis saying is, when he says no nukes, that is a very general standard by which to measure whether or not an objective is achieved. certainly president 0bama would say that it was about ensuring that iran would not have nuclear weapons and from
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president trump spa standpoint it wasn't good enough and he wants to do better. the key criteria for him in every circumstance is to show that he either did better than president 0bama or his predecessors in the measure here is he will improve on the terms of that. no doubt, by focusing on the sunset provisions with key restrictions on the nuclear programme getting lifted in the year 2030. and this is one area where you could show if those area where you could show if those are extended, another ten or 15 yea rs, are extended, another ten or 15 years, he would use that as an indication that he did better than president 0bama than deal with the iranians. and also what he sees his bad behaviour by iran in the region in terms of the groups it is linked to, the threats that it has posed in other countries because he thinks the original deal did not embrace any of that. i think it is true but i wonder how far that i would go.
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0ne i wonder how far that i would go. one of the things that the 0bama administration want to pursue was a grand deal, meaning a grand deal where you resolved all the issues: the nuclear programme issue but also the nuclear programme issue but also the bad behaviour in the region. i think today, trump would want to achieve something on the region, not necessarily everything because i'll probably prove to be too difficult and if he is going to demand more from the iranians, they are going to demand more from him and he will have to decide what is he prepared to provide the iranians are trying to provide the iranians are trying to get more from them. he is hoping to get more from them. he is hoping to maximum pressure, to put them in a position where they are so in need of getting the pressure lifted that they will simply agree to better terms may think one of those things that the administration is discovering that when you apply maximum pressure but you do not think through what they might do in response, you are then confronted with a situation like the one we are seeing right now in the gulf. thank
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you very much for coming in. the foreign office minister mark field has been suspended from the government after he manhandled a climate change protestor out of a dinner in the city of london. mr field said he acted instinctively when the woman approached the stage during a speech by the chancellor philip hammond. here's our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford. in red dresses, suffragette—style sashes and dinnerjackets, the climate emergency protesters had little difficulty getting past security and into a room full of senior politicians and bankers. there they staged a noisy protest as the chancellor, phillip hammond, tried to make his speech. some diners intervened and there was pushing and shoving. among the protesters, janet barker, a long—term greenpeace activist.
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she starts to make her way to the top table and the chancellor and the governor of the bank of england, at which point foreign office minister mark field intervenes and angrily manhandled her out of the room, holding her by the back of the neck. can you get this person out? two months ago he had called on police to take a firmer grip on climate protesters. today, janet barker told the bbc she didn't want to go to the police, but she had concerns about the minister. i would quite like him to go on anger management perhaps, and i hope he doesn't do it again because there was some serious anger there. but for me, the concern is the environment, it is what i've lived for. i've done it for 22 years and i will continue to do it. mark field has apologised, saying it was an instinctive reaction but the prime minister was very concerned and suspended him as a minister. he recognises that what happened was an overreaction but what we need now, in his interests but also
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in the interests of the lady involved, is a proper independent enquiry by the cabinet office. greenpeace said mark field's actions were an assault, but what exactly is the law? the first question is did he honestly believe that it was necessary for him to use force? and then the second question would be, was the force that he used reasonable in the circumstances, as he believed them to be? emergency! this is an emergency! you've made your point. the city of london, which organised the dinner, said it was reviewing security, but it was the minister's actions that caused the greatest shock. the headlines on bbc news. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. quite an upset in the cricket world cup in england was beaten by sri
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la nka cup in england was beaten by sri lanka by 20 runs, potentially damaging their semifinal ambitions. sri lanka batted first 300 32, —— 332, the modest target was soon looking ominously tricky after early wickets and then the saviour for england going forjust ten runs, one of four wickets for them. ben stokes did his best to carry england over the line, he ran out of partners mark wood, the last fall, 212 all out, england final score. they stay third in the table but with the three most difficult group games to come, this could be really difficult for them to make it through. he'll make you look at the basics of partnerships a very important the individual, endings, but that is not good enough to win again. i think that when we get beaten, we tend to come back quite strong. we tend to
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resort to aggressive, smart, positive cricket, slats lets up that's the case on tuesday. the women are in action on the west indies and the second 2020 of their three match series, the first was rained off and england won the toss and are batting with the good start, 150 for after 17 overs, england have won the last 13 in all formats, he can won the last 13 in all formats, he ca n follow won the last 13 in all formats, he can follow all the latest on the bbc sports website. becoming the first female jockey to win in 32 years and just the second ever, she left the queen source magnetic charm and second place. later given a banner for overusing the whip during the race. frankie won his seventh race of this years royal wedding, the commonwealth cup advertisement in
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four races in a row, but they set for a monster pay—out before losing his final two races of the day, he once wrote seven winnings in a day in1996, once wrote seven winnings in a day in 1996, but ought tennis now, at the edge and beating neck in the singles yesterday, the cost of the upset today, knocking out the top seed and currently the youngest player in the atp top 100 b demonstrates sets and also played and lost a doubles match. meanwhile, these are life pictures from queen were andy murray is back in action in the doubles, his second batch since hip surgery. he is playing la paz for the quarterfinals against britain. dave won the first set, his brotherjamie is out of the doubles competition after losing earlier. for
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encroaching on the penalty take, following a request by fifa to the rules, the game rule makers. scotla nd rules, the game rule makers. scotland fell the rule when saved a penalty only for va are to show that she had come off her line for the ball instruct, the technology is enough of a deterrent without giving up enough of a deterrent without giving u p yellow enough of a deterrent without giving up yellow cards. england's under 20 ones are all but out of the european championships after losing 11—2 against romania, romania lead but england true level thanks to a stunning strike from lester's grey. putting romania back in front. abraham putting romania back in front. abra ham equalised putting romania back in front. abraham equalised a minute later, romania snatched the wind with two goals, his first was a moment to forgive for dean henderson, england finished bottom of the group. you
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can finished bottom of the group. you ca n follow finished bottom of the group. you can follow the action from the women possible is pga from our website will have more on sports day at half past ten. spain's supreme court has ruled that an attack on a teenage woman that shocked spain was gang rape, rather than an earlier verdict of sexual abuse. the five men, known as the "wolf pack", were originally given nine years injail when they were cleared of rape. but prosecutors appealed to the supreme court to upgrade the conviction and judges increased their sentences to 15 years. here's guy hedgcoe on the outcry over the initial sentence. there was a huge backlash, particularly from women's groups and feminist groups and particularly the left that felt that they believed this was clearly a case of rape. a lot of the details of the case of what actually happened in this attack when the public domain, so people at a fairly good idea of what happened and many people felt it was
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clearly a case of rape. and that original verdict showed that it was not just original verdict showed that it was notjust an original verdict showed that it was not just an injustice original verdict showed that it was notjust an injustice by the court, but also it reflected a broader injustice in spanish society, which they felt was tilted in favour of men and against women. so there was a very big backlash at times. a by election will be held in brecon and radnorshire after more than ten thousand people signed a petition to remove a conservative mp. wales' parliamentary correspondent, mark hutchings, was in brecon. right now, in this picturesque setting, this is the constituency without an mp. chris davis has a job, he doesn't any more, but as a consequence of his actions and events and 16, his conviction earlier this year and today, a day of public reckoning. given
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notice to quit, it is an old school toa notice to quit, it is an old school to a thoroughly modern process. the 10% threshold needed to trigger the bye election crossed, it made for an uncomfortable outcome for a man who represented the area since 2015. i'm extremely sorry for my constituents, family, and team of staff and my friends around me because this is had a huge effect for all of us, this is been over my head for 18 months. he was finding given a community service charge for his misdeeds. he could have claimed them legitimately but instead, he rode to false receipts into budgets. and this caused the recall position which calls for six weeks for people to sign if they wanted to. the polling stations and personal ballots. yes, i signed it. i did not
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think that there was anything important, thinking that he would do something like that. he broke the law but i think there is a lot of worse things than that being done. as for the man, he is no longer an mp, but he says he is not heard the last of them, having been through all of this. i have learned a great deal, i hope that they will repay that hard work and i can carry on representing them. you hope to stand in the by election? you think you might not be stopped by the party from doing so. i have no indication that that will happen. they say it has dealt another huge blow to his credibility, meanwhile, the liberal democrats who previously held the seat are focused on the by election saying that the choice is between them and the they suggest that they may be open toa they suggest that they may be open to a pact with other parties who
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favoured the eu referendum and the brexit party says how strongly the level of dissatisfaction is with politics. the court should have their say and not his constituents, their say and not his constituents, the wider view from the people will now lay ahead the summer. i understand there will be meeting tomorrow of the executive of the local conservative association to decide if they're going stick with chris davis. he is pretty confident they will, but there is a meeting that they will have to ratify and then they will put that to another meeting of the membership. he says he's had support in high places, he has had phone calls from both boris johnson and jeremy hunt, you remember them, the last two in the contest for the leadership of the tory party. he also said he has contact from the other defeated candidates getting behind him and
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expressing their support but, who ever gets thejob, expressing their support but, who ever gets the job, whoever wins the job of the tory party, they have a rather tricky matter of a fiercely contested by election to the top of their entry. now they're known for their speed and agility in the water, but did you know that seals can sing? a group of grey seals have been taught to sing, among other tunes "twinkle twinkle little star". it's part of a study at the university of st andrews, teaching them new sounds and songs like the star wars theme tune. scientists hope the research could lead to new ways of studying speech disorders.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello. some find mother to start off the weekend, some sunshine on the way and drive for many of us, this is the weather —— fine weather. a few passing showers where it remains quite breezy in our overnight lows between six and 12 celsius and the start of the weekend is looking promising and it is all down to this. an area of high and area of high pressure that we have not seen so far but that is what is to bring us quite a lot to the weekend. england and wales getting off to a fine settled in sunny start, the way the weather is going to stay with some fair weather cloud. northern ireland and scotland with the of sunshine, a few showers continuing in shipment. the forecast get warm, temperatures looking at the highs of
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edinburgh, 19 celsius across england and wales, lightly into the low 20s and wales, lightly into the low 20s and that we are looking at an area of country rain which will affect parts of the uk. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the parents of a teenage muslim convert who went to syria to fight for the islamic state group, have been found guilty of funding terrorism. president trump says the us military was ‘cocked and loaded to retaliate' against iran last night, but he changed his mind ten minutes before planned strikes. foreign office minister mark field has been suspended after he was filmed pushing a climate change demonstrator at a dinner in the city of london. a by election will be held in brecon and radnorshire after more than 10,000 people signed a petition to remove the constituency‘s tory mp, chris davies. and sir eltonjohn has tonight received france's highest civilian honour.
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he's been presented with the legion d'honneur by president macron at a ceremony in paris. and coming up.... as thousands celebrate summer solstice we'll get a particular take on the the longest day of the year, from a group of pensioners from peterborough. jeremy hunt has promised to give boris johnson the ‘fight of his life' in the race to become the next conservative leader, and britain's next prime minister. earlier the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, rejected mrjohnson's argument that new trade tariffs can be avoided if there's a no—deal brexit. chris mason reports. the final two in the race to be our next prime minister. for borisjohnson and jeremy hunt, the scrutiny now steps up particularly on their plans for brexit. enter the governor of the bank of england. he's been outspoken about the risk
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of leaving the eu. today he told the bbc there would be taxes on imports, tariffs if there is a no deal departure. if we don't have an agreement with the european union, it means that there are tariffs automatically because the europeans have to apply the same rules to us as they apply to everyone else. and yet borisjohnson has suggested it could be possible to avoid these new taxes even without an overarching withdrawal agreement. there will be no tariffs and there will be... what we want to do, get a standstill in our current arrangements. mrjohnson's team do not dispute the rules but point to provisions to allow for stopgap measures to avoid tariffs. if there is no agreement, that assumes the europeans do not want an agreement.
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it would be in the interests of the eu to look at an agreement. a no—deal brexit would be an unprecedented political and economic situation and could prompt rapid action to minimise disruption but right now many trade experts believe boris johnson's plan wouldn't avoid new tariffs. his rivaljeremy hunt visiting a factory in worcester today has said he would delay brexit again if necessary to get a better deal. thousands of jobs in the west midlands depend on having a wise prime minister who makes sensible calls as to how we leave the european union promptly, but also in a way that doesn't harm business. but in brussels, european leaders say they will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and the uk has been wasting time since brexit was delayed.
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maybe the process of brexit will be more exciting than before because of some personal decisions in london, but nothing has changed when it comes to our position. this afternoon, another hustings event forjeremy hunt and boris johnson. what's clear is who ever becomes prime minister next month will face many of the same challenges that defeated theresa may. transport for london would have put barriers along london bridge if it had been told of its vulnerability before the attack in which eight people died, the organisation told the inquests into the deaths of the victims today. the bridge was identified as one of the most vulnerable locations in the city of london by a police counter terrorism security adviser, just weeks before the attack. richard lister reports from the inquest.
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pc matthew a city of london police officer but also a counterterrorism security adviser and quite senior in that role had been a warning for several weeks within city of london police that he was very concerned about the vulnerability of london bridge to a vehicle ramming attack. he had worked on this quite extensively and it written e—mails to various people and after a review, he had ensured that london bridge was put at number six in the city of london corporation list of vulnerable places in the city. he was very aware vulnerable places in the city. he was very aware of vulnerable places in the city. he was very aware of this thread. today we have been hearing from transport for london, who are responsible for the pavement and roadways of this bridge and shot haber, the compliance director said they were never told about that advice from pc hone. they never got that information but she was asked what they have taken action if they had got that information and she said absolutely categorically yes. she said she would've called a meeting
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with the other groups and agencies involved including the police and the city of london corporation who manage the bridge structure and they would've tried to take whatever action they could to mitigate the risk. she said despite evidence we've heard over the past few days, there was really no temporary barrier available to go onto the bridge and she said tfl had access toa bridge and she said tfl had access to a lot of temporary barriers that could have been put in place. she said that would have been the kind of thing they were thinking for but she accepted that there was no intelligence about an urgent risk and that often makes decisions about the kind of response a little more difficult. just over 70 years ago, hundreds of caribbean migrants sailed over on empire windrush to help rebuild post war britain. many decided to stay and create new lives in the uk. tomorrow is the first national windrush day — celebrating the contribution made by this generation and their families. one of the last living passengers who travelled on the ship is former raf serviceman alford gardner.
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adina campbell has been to meet the 93—year—old during a family get together in west yorkshire. i was one of lucky ones. that's why i'm still here. there are four generations of alford gardner's family — eight children, 16 grandchildren, and more than 20 great—grandchildren. i lived injamaica long time ago. i don't know about you lot, but as a little boy, i was bright. i was very bright. and i knew it. laughter. at the time, there was no work, especially in my field. where did you hear about the ship and when did you go? my sister heard about it and gave me the news. so days after hearing about it, my brother was off to book his ticket, i didn't have any money, so i had asked my dad. and he gave me the money.
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what happened on the ship? we had no problem. we had a bright happy ship. not much to do. just enjoy it. about three days out of england, we were told sleep as best as you can because it is cold. we had a very good time. very good time. but this wasn't his first time in the uk. he joined the raf at the age of 18. and served in the second world war. what was your first meal? lamb chops. my very first night, i had a problem. we had dinner, and there were some little bits of bone there, so i took a bit of the bone and by the time i sat down, they were onto me. i had stolen two.
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are you used to the cold yet? you never get used to it. how old are you? three. you are three? iam 93. 93. 90 years more than you. sir eltonjohn has been awarded france's legion of honour their most prestigious civillian decoration. the musician was presented by president emmanuel macron during a ceremony at the elysee palace, in paris. mr macron‘s office praised sir elton as a ‘melodic genius‘ who was one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the lgbt community. his charity, the elton john aids foundation, has also generated nearly 400 million dollars for hiv prevention, education and support.
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merci.. it is so handling leigh humbling to stand here and be given such an honour from humbling to stand here and be given such an honourfrom france. —— it is so humbling. which i am far grateful. i have a huge love affair with friends. i have a house there. i have always love coming here. i love the french culture and the way of life in the french people. as a musician, to receive this award on the day of the festival of music, makes it even more special. i also wa nt to ta ke makes it even more special. i also want to take this opportunity to thank you and the people of france foran thank you and the people of france for an act of great generosity and leadership. later this year, for an act of great generosity and leadership. laterthis year, france hosts the replenishment of the globalfund for aids. hosts the replenishment of the global fund for aids. tb and malaria. an institution to which france helped give birth. which essay the millions and millions of lives. and whose continued success
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is essential in helping us defeat the most lethal infectious diseases on the planet. this is of great importance to me, like music, the fight against aids has been my passion for many many years. and like music, this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. and that things that bind us are stronger than those that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. it is this magical human spirit i will carry with me as a proud member of the lesion. with your music, ringing in my ears, back away and come enjoy your festival. cheering eltonjohn in elton john in paris. a group of hardy swimmers were determined to mark the start of the longest day, and the summer solstice, in an unusual way, very early this morning. they marked the occasion by taking a dawn dip at the lido in peterborough and then witnessing the sunrise.
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and adam jinkerson was up early too to capture this spot of eccentricity. 4:43am, and sunrise on the longest day of the year. while most of us would have been tucked up in bed, a select few people in peterborough were making it their mission to witness dawn breaking by going for a dip in the city‘s lido. this is a bit of a special occasion, to get here at 4:30am at 4:45am, it is brilliant. the rest of the world is sleeping and you are in here enjoying the sun coming up and enjoying the warm water. just fantastic. it seems to have a whole different meaning to swimming inside a pool that's inside. getting out in the fresh air and the sun is up and the birds are singing, yeah, it is reviving, refreshing. to see the sunrise on the longest day of the year is amazing and this place holds so many great memories from growing up in peterborough, i love it. the summer solstice swim is in its second year
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and after a successful launch in 2018, staff year were determined to keep the new tradition going despite the recent bad weather. we have been worried. this time last week, it was supposed to rain all day for the summer solstice so we have been lucky with the weather. when we got up this morning, it has been brilliant blue skies, not a cloud in the sky and to be able to see the whole sunrise and hopefully see it set again tonight. we want to give back to the community. everyone here is coming for a good time. giving back for our customers and a bit different with the lido and it is great to do as much as we can. about a0 people made the effort to come watch the sunrise this morning with another 20 excited to watch the sunset this evening. for those that did brave the early morning swim, though, and a hearty english breakfast to warm them once they finished their laps. for the rest of us, the hope the summer solstice may


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