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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11: as dramatic footage emerges of armed iranian troops boarding a british—flagged oil tanker in the gulf, the foreign secretary called on iran to reverse the "illegal act". we are looking for ways to de—escalate the situation, but we are also very clear that we will do what it takes to ensure the safety and security of british and international ships. all british airways flights to the egyptian capital cairo have been cancelled for a week as a security "precaution". labour sets out plans to stop private companies providing council services in england. their hearts are broken! england wilt under pressure — narrowly losing in the world cup semi—final to new zealand. and exactly 50 years ago tonight
the first men set foot on the moon. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers penny smith and bonnie greer — stay with us for that. good evening. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has expressed his "extreme disappointment" in a phone call to his iranian counterpart over the seizure of a british—registered tanker in the gulf yesterday. he said the government would do what it takes to keep british and international shipping safe. germany, france, the netherlands, and the eu have all called for the immediate release of the stena impero. iran has released a video which appears to show masked gunmen descending from a helicopter to board the tanker, as paul adams reports.
this is the moment iranian revolutionary guards took over the stena impero, descending from a helicopter onto the deck of the tanker, as fast boats circled nearby. iran says the ship had broken international regulations following an accident involving a fishing boat. the ships owners have not confirmed this and say it was obeying the law. it's now being held at the iranian port of bandar abbas. we are calling on iran to reverse this illegal act. we're looking for ways to de—escalate the situation, but we're also very clear that we will do what it takes to ensure the safety and security of british and international shipping. the tanker was making its way through the busy strait of hormuz, in omani waters, when it was intercepted. it made a sharp turn north towards iran, a clear sign that something was wrong. a british warship, hms montrose, was alerted and raced to intervene,
as it did successfully with another british—flagged tankerjust over a week ago. but this time, it was too far away. the tanker was already in iranian waters. to allow a ship to go out when we knew the iranians wanted to actually take a hostage is extraordinary, and it's hardly surprising. they said they would do it. several times they said they would do it and, lo and behold, they've done it, and now we've got in this very difficult situation. tensions started to rise last year, when donald trump pulled the us out of a 2015 nuclear deal with iran and imposed crippling sanctions. iran grew increasingly frustrated. in may and june, it was blamed for a series of attacks on international tankers. then, in a dramatic escalation, iran shot down an american surveillance drone. donald trump briefly contemplated a military response. and earlier this month, off gibraltar, the royal marines intercepted a tanker full of iranian oil that britain said was bound for syria. iran threatened to retaliate.
today, iran's foreign minister accused britain of piracy. "it is iran", he tweeted, "that guarantees "the security of the gulf and the strait of hormuz. "the uk must cease being an accessory to the economic terrorism of the united states." what we have at the moment are two captured tankers and an angry war of words. mr hunt says he feels betrayed by his iranian opposite number. he says that javad zarif told him a week ago that iran wanted to de—escalate the situation, but that iran had done the opposite. the stena impero and its multinational crew, which does not include any britons, are now prisoners of iran's revolutionary guard, hostages in a deepening geopolitical row. paul adams, bbc news. let's speak now to rear admiral chris parry who's a former royal navy warfare officer. good evening. thank you very much for joining good evening. thank you very much forjoining us. not necessarily the
question you are expecting from invisible. but can you just briefly explain what a warfare officer does? laughter. wa rfa re laughter. warfare officer is probably the primary specialisation a seaman in the royal navy. he conducts, essentially, the fighting capabilities of a warship or an aircraft. and in any ship like hms water —— montrose you have two wa rfa re water —— montrose you have two warfare offices. somebody in the role would be involved, potentially, in the kind of operations we are seeing in the golf? undoubtably. there would be warfare offices in montrose. the captain is a warfare officer as well. they are well—versed in what they have to do. what are the differences, as far as you are concerned , what are the differences, as far as you are concerned, between the activity in the gulf in iran at the moment compared to the previous incidences we have seen of somalia?
that is a very good question. a frequently say that the sea is the physical manifestation of the world wide web and everything that goes virtually on the internet really goes by sea. i'd tend to see things like the iranian action and the pirates of somalia as the malware that gets in the way of everybody doing their business at sea. and in that sense the iranians are playing piracyjust like the pirates in somalia and of malacca and anywhere else in the world where people seek to obtain illicit ends by illegal means. what choice and, given the importance of the strait of hormuz, do shipowners have but to send their vessels along the stretch of water? you are quite right. it is an important international street. that is why it is protected by international law to stop people like the iranians actually interfering with the traffic. and they think we need to be really clear about this. there is no moral equivalence between what happened of
gibraltar and what happened in the strait of hormuz. the iranian tanker was arrested, quite rightly, in eu waters for conducting, essentially, illegal sanctions busting. what has happened in the gulf is part of a pattern, i'm afraid, write their way back to the 1980s when the iranians whenever, —— whenever they have internal problems or they want to gain something from the international community they tend to put pressure on shipping in the gulf. and this is essentially what they do. it is the sort of behaviour would expect from a rogue nation with a regime that is tottering and is really being held to ransom by the iranian republican guard. and they think what is really interesting is that this sequence started when the greatest one, the tanker, was arrested of gibraltar. —— gracei. that tanker, was arrested of gibraltar. —— grace 1. that is an important pa rt —— grace 1. that is an important part of the economic activity of the iranian republican guard. this
paramilitary organisation tells about a quarter of the iranian economy. so this is hurting them really very much indeed. and because of that, it is not so much the issues associated with the nuclear deal, the iranian republican guard are putting pressure on their own government in trying to advertise to the world that they can be trouble if they are not looked after. you say they are being held to ransom by the iranian republican guard, that sounds like you are implying that they are acting on their own, that that they are not being instructed by the state to do this. i'm not implying it. and being absolutely explicit about it. i think the iranian republican guard are actually running the country at the moment. and i think you will find that the recent donald trump sanctions, particularly targeting the iranian republican guard, they don't like it very much. and we don't like it very much. and we don't hear very much on the government in tehran. we hear a lot from this supreme ruler, of course you do, because the iranian republican guard actually acknowledge his authority. but in
fa ct acknowledge his authority. but in fact the americans have to play a very careful game here. because in trying to deter the iranian republican guard they are also destabilising the iranian regime in tehran. tehran is in a very, very difficult position at the moment. the country is under severe economic sanctions. the people, obviously, are sanctions. the people, obviously, a re restless. sanctions. the people, obviously, are restless. about 70% of the population are under 35. they want this sort of things that you and they have in the west and they are not getting it. so it is a very fragile situation in iran at the moment and this is not making it any easier. it was only weeks ago that president rouhani was appealing a particular to france saying can we please keep this nuclear deal together we do not want it to unravel. how mindful should the white house be at this moment that if it pushes too hard things could get a whole lot worse? well, think it could get a whole lot worse within that's for sure. because the
iranians have to have something to ta ke iranians have to have something to take them to their people. one of the things they won't want to do is lose face. i think one of the complicating factors in what we are seeing in the golf at the moment is the iranians are really keen to embarrass britain, why? because we have a change of prime minister coming up, we have a foreign secretary, of course, who is part of the leadership race, and it is all timed to try to embarrass us —— gulf. i think that has to be played into the mix as well. this should not be any doubt here. the iranian action is a clear threat to the passage of shipping through an international street which is protected by international law. and if the iranians do would other people in the world will get the idea that this is a good idea as well. it isn't. and we need to protect the rules —based international system on which global security and prosperity depends. rearadmiral security and prosperity depends. rear admiral chris parry, thank you very much for talking to us. british airways has cancelled
all flights to the egyptian capital cairo for a week as a security "precaution". passengers about to board a ba flight to the city from heathrow airport were told that it was cancelled — and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. matt cole reports. for some cairo—bound passengers, the first sign of trouble was when their boarding passes failed at check—in. others have told of confusion from ba ground staff as news filtered through that all the airline's flights to and from egypt's capital were being suspended. at one stage, the met police were called to deal with agitated would—be travellers. it is very disappointing and frustrating, especially to my kids and family. we have a big family over there waiting to see the children. there was no information, there was no help, there was no advice on any alternative ways of getting there. it was just a case of, "ring this number", which of course you couldn't get through to. ba says it made the decision to suspend flights, but has given few details as to why, save for a short statement which said...
"we constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports "around the world and have suspended flights to cairo for seven days "as a precaution to allow for further assessment." the uk government says it is aware of ba's flight suspension but, other than acknowledging that, the foreign office has made no alteration to its long—standing advice for travel to egypt. ministers have promised to end the building of new developments in england with separate entrances for private residents and social housing tenants. the communities secretary james brokenshire said the so—called "poor doors" can stigmatise those in social housing. jenny kumah has the story. social housing tenants in this development can only use this entrance, while those living in the privately owned homes here get to use this one. and for several years, the children of social housing
tenants were prevented from mixing in this play space, as it was reserved for the wealthier families who had bought their homes. it did upset me, because i thought, "why are the kids separated?" there's enough hate in the world as it is. why do we want our kids to hate each other for what one's got and what one hasn't? it was really sad for us mums and for the children. the children used to watch through the windows down at us playing. we were like, "come down and play!" they were like, "we don't have permission". we were like, "we'll give you permission, come and play! " until recently, this wall went all the way across here and it meant that the children living in social housing here were segregated to this part of the development. it was only after a long campaign that this gate was put in and enabled them to access the play facilities and open spaces that were available to the rest of the private home owners in this development. many developers say the separate entrances allow housing associations to keep costs down, but it was media attention on the situation here that's inspired the government to announce a crackdown.
i think it's unacceptable. i think it embeds this issue of stigma attached to social housing and therefore, we're going to be introducing new guidance, a new manual and design so that councils take this into account when considering applications of this kind coming forward. residents here agree. they say breaking down the barrier that separated their children has made it a better place to live. jenny kumah, bbc news. police in hong kong say they've seized a large amount of explosives ahead of a weekend of marches by both pro and anti—china demonstrators. officers found two kilogrammes of a powerful explosive as well as petrol—bombs, acidic substances and knives. they've arrested a 27—year—old man who's understood to be a member of the hong kong national front, which advocates independence from china. police say they're trying to determine whether the hoard is related to this weekend's protests.
the headlines on bbc news: as dramatic footage emerges of armed iranian troops boarding a british—flagged oil tanker in the gulf, the foreign secretary called on iran to reverse the "illegal act." all british airways flights to the egyptian capital cairo been cancelled for a week — as a security "precaution". labour sets out plans to stop private companies providing council services in england. sport and a full round up from the bbc sport centre a big weekend for space exploration. a big weekend for shane lowry. we expect he's over the moon with his third round at the open today, where he shot a sensational eight—under—par. the irishman will take a four—shot lead into the final day. his closest rival, englishman tommy fleetwood. our correspondent andy swiss sent us this from royal portrush. everywhere you looked around portrush, the search for a potential champion was on, but, as it turned out, they didn't have to search far. another unforgettable
day for shane lowry as, once again, he gave them plenty to shout about. come on, down you come. yes! roared on by a sea of support, lowry was simply sublime, a sensational 63 and the round of his life. the rest were left trailing in his wake. england's tommy fleetwood is his closest challenger, some four shots back, while the others need binoculars. justin rose among a chasing pack, but some seven shots adrift. he can! he loves it! as lowry tapped in on the final hole, he surely had one hand on the claretjug. a deafening ovation for a dazzling display. he's had a few good days already. lowry‘s biggest challenge could be the weather. the players will start their final rounds early tomorrow because of the bad forecast, but on today's form, he'll take some stopping.
andy swiss, bbc news, royal portrush. tracey neville says "basic errors" cost her england netballers, as they failed to land a place in their first ever world cup final. the roses fell to an agonising defeat to new zealand, as natalie pirks reports. they say imitation is the highest form of flattery. tracey neville, who announced weeks ago she'd step down after this world cup, no longer has to bang her own drum. netball has captivated this liverpool crowd, but england fans knew it would be tough. they were not wrong. a jumpy start soon saw new zealand race into the lead. this is a collector's item, yet it wouldn't be the last mistake. england's tournament swagger had been replaced by thejitters. new zealand's shooters were on fire. that shot is so sweet. the ferns were cranking up the pressure. england needed attackers harten and housby to finally hit their mark and, in the blink of a quarter, england had turned a six—goal
deficit into a three—goal lead. the win was now in their hands, but they threw it away. new zealand attack again, with all the answers. with just minutes left, england were three goals down. mouths were dry. but with new zealand so brilliant at both ends of the court, the roses were left to rue mistakes, going down 45—47. heartbreak for england, withjust two goals in it, but knocked out by a resurgent new zealand side for the third successive world cup at the semifinal stage. is it down to legs, misunderstanding orjust a build—up of pressure? they did a greatjob on us. there were opportunities for us to take that game, and we left it too late. their seventh match in nine days just a step too far. the world cup final remains elusive, for now. natalie pirks, bbc news, liverpool. defending champion geraint thomas lost more time to tour de france leaderjulian alaphilippe on stage 14.
the briton cracked with just over half a mile to go to the summit finish on the iconic tourmalet mountain. it was france's thibaut pinot who won the stage, but compatriot alaphilippe was next to finish, more than thirty seconds ahead of thomas, extending his lead to two minutes with seven stages left. and australia look set to retain the women's ashes, after dominating day three of the test against england in taunton. they declared on 420—8 and then took the important england wicket of tammy beaumont for a duck. captain heather knight helped the recovery but she went lbw for 28. then, amyjones made a terrific half—century for the hosts, but eventually went for 64 to this catch. england closed 199—6 and, with one day to go in the one off
test, the ashes appear to be slipping away. just to say. dillian whyte's heavyweight clash with oscar rivas is into round four. the winner will become a mandatory challenger for deontay wilder's wbc belt. you can follow that on the bbc sport website. and that is it from us. who should be responsible for local services like bin collections? your local councils or the private companies they might be paying to do it for them? it is called outsourcing, a practice that was supposed to make it cheaper and more efficient to deliver local services, but labour says it's led to councils often paying a high price for a poor
job and if it were in government, it would bring an end to most outsourcing in english councils within five years. to put it simply, the business model of outsourcing failed and is broken, and that's why it needs replacing. so after year upon year of failures, the public themselves have lost confidence in the privatisation of our public services and the carve up of the public realm for, well, for private profit. labour points to the collapse of the construction giant carillion last year which saw work on its public contracts, like this super hospital in birmingham, come to a grinding halt when it went out of business. bringing local authority services back in—house is just one of the policy ideas labour is rolling out as it prepares for a possible general election, but a government spokesman said it should be for councils to decide which services to let private companies run, notjohn mcdonnell. susana mendonca, bbc news.
tonight marks 50 years since neil armstrong and buzz aldrin made history, by becoming the first men to set foot on the moon. that momentous achievement is being marked by events all over the world. pallab ghosh reports. and liftoff. 50 years after a small step for man... three astronauts heading to the international space station, 250 miles up, a far cry from the moon, more than 1,000 times further away. today, the american vice—president promised that the glory days would be back. america will return to the moon within the next five years, and the next man and the first woman on the moon will be american astronauts. the vice—president also paid tribute to these three men, who set off to the moon 50 years ago. three, two, one... we have liftoff.
neil armstrong reporting the roll and pitch programme which puts apollo 11 on a proper heading. four days later, neil armstrong, buzz aldrin and mike collins arrive at the moon. as the lunar lander descends, neil armstrong notices that they're off—course. instead of the preplanned smooth landing site, there are dangerous boulders. with fuel running low, commander armstrong takes manual control. the eagle has landed. roger, tranquillity. armstrong then descends onto the lunar surface. it's one small step for man... one giant leap for mankind. on tv all across the world, 600 million people were watching. it has a stark beauty all its own. it's like much of the high desert of the united states. it's different, but it's
very pretty out here. at the time, all things seemed possible. yet three years later, the apollo programme ended and humans haven't been back since. it was america's flag planted, but this moment was an achievement for all humanity. pallab ghosh, bbc news. our correspondent nada tawfik is at washington's air and space museum, which is hosting a special ‘the eagle has landed' celebration event to mark the occasion. that is right. injust a that is right. in just a few hours here at the national air and space museum this whole will be filled with people and they will have a new year's eve with people and they will have a new yea r‘s eve style with people and they will have a new year's eve style countdown and you can see the big astronaut bit behind me made of balloons. it will come down as people countdown from ten to historic moment when neil armstrong placed his left foot on the lunar
surface. also behind me is a lunar module that looks just like the eagle did. it was used in test flights to so many people have been coming to the museum today to relive that moment all, for younger generations, to experience it for the first time. the director has been saying how the people who are inspired here will be the future generations to take on the next era of space travel. i think the first goal to walk on mars is some girl coming through the museum right now. to me, we're going to inspire those kids by showing them, letting them do things like relive the apollo mission through virtual reality. we will get them the stories they need, the options for careers they need, through reaching them digitally. we can't just reach through reaching them digitally. we can'tjust reach those around us, we need to reach kids around the globe and we can only do that with a digital strategy the museum has also
put on display neil armstrong's suit that he wore to the moon. it is still covered in moon dust and people have been excited to go there and see it. what is really interesting is that we have spoken toa interesting is that we have spoken to a few children here who have spoken about notjust going to the moon but mars as well. so as we look at the past and this anniversary it also refocuses the minds of many on the future of space travel. we know the future of space travel. we know the white house has said they will try to return to the moon by 2024 but it is also interesting to see how space exploration is also in the hands of private companies did it this anniversary is time to celebrate and a time for people to get excited about what is next. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers penny smith and bonnie greer — that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas.
it has been a day of sunny spells and some lively showers and thunderstorms as well. most of those heavy showers and thunderstorms have eased away over the last few hours so for many of us it looks dry. this was the serene scene as the sun set a little earlier. just the odd shower across the far north—west of scotla nd shower across the far north—west of scotland but for the rest of the uk it looks clear and dry and the wind is much lighter than it was during the day on saturday. still warm out there and temperatures overnight holding around 10— 14 degrees and we will see humidity increasing over the next couple of nights. through sunday morning most of us begin the day with dry and sunshine around but the wind picks up towards the north—west, a sign of things to come. cloud and rain pushing across northern ireland in the latter part of the morning and by the afternoon some of that wrangle heading across the western half of scotland to for the western half of scotland to for the eastern of england and wales you should be dry with spells of
sunshine and temperatures around 20, 20 five degrees or so. a touch cooler in the north—west where there is the rain and the rain will be effect in the final day of the open at royal portrush. the rain is also heavy for the western half of the scotla nd heavy for the western half of the scotland through sunday night and into monday morning. there could be a few localised flooding four due to the heavy nature of the rain. this is monday morning with the rain sitting across the north—west. an improving story for the likes of northern ireland and england as showers push northwards through the day. it is warm and humid, really from the word go and it will heat up on monday and through the next few days. cloud in the west and low cloud and murkiness around some of the coasts and hills. best of the sunshine is in the east with temperatures 29, possibly 30 degrees during the day on monday. it will feel hot and humid even in the far northern parts of the uk. things are really heading up through the middle pa rt really heading up through the middle part of the week. let's look at what
is happening across europe. temperatures here are on the rise with high pressure towards the east and the wind drawing from a southerly direction so paris could see 41 degrees this week. that would be the hottest temperature ever recorded in paris. it's not quite as hot here but london also temperatures around 33, maybe 34 celsius in the 90s and fahrenheit. a few showers and perhaps some thunderstorms as well. the heat and humidity rises through the middle pa rt humidity rises through the middle part of the week and we are likely to see some of those heavy and thundery showers in the second half of the coming week. hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first the headlines. dramatic footage of armed iranian troops boarding a british—flagged oil tanker in the gulf. the foreign secretary called on iran to reverse the "illegal act."
all british airways flights to the egyptian capital cairo have been cancelled for a week as a security "precaution". all british airways flights to the egyptian capital cairo have been cancelled for a week as a security "precaution". labour sets out plans to stop private companies providing council services in england. and exactly 50 years ago tonight the first men set foot on the moon. hello and welcome to our look at the papers. thank you very much. that is better. laughter. we arejoined better. laughter. we are joined tonight by broadcaster penny smith and bonnie greer. they have settled down a bit in the last hour. have we? a bit of fidgeting going on. some of tomorrow's front pages are in. the sunday times says
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