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hello and thanks forjoining us. the queen has said she wants camilla, the duchess of cornwall, to be known as queen consort when prince charles becomes king. in a message marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the queen said it was her "sincere wish" that camilla would have that title. it paves the way for camilla to be crowned at her husband's side on his coronation day. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports from sandringham. it is highly significant, i think. it indicates not least that the queen is now thinking about what happens
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after the end of her reign and it settles one of the big unresolved issues about charles�*s reign. what will camilla be known as? careful in her choice of words, "my sincere wish", she says. strictly speaking, of course, it should be for the prime minister of the day to advise her on something such as this but who is going to argue now that the queen has said this. charles will be delighted, he has wanted this ever since he and camilla married. the queen, mindful though of public opinion, aware of the hostility there has been towards camilla over the years from certain quarters, but mindful too as she says in her statement how blessed she was to have prince philip as her consort. she clearly believes that the country will now accept this. she clearly believes that charles and camilla deserve it. one important distinction. queen consort is the name given to the wife of the king via 1,000 years of custom and precedent. it has no constitutional significance. unlike queen regnant which is what the queen is, the sovereign and head of state.
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0ne touching note. the queen finished this statement issued on the eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession, with the words, "your servant, elizabeth r." the operation to rescue a five—year—old boy, trapped in a well in morocco since tuesday, has ended in tragedy. rescue workers managed to reach rayan awram after digging a 30 metre tunnel — but officials say he'd already died before they brought him back up to the surface. his death was confirmed in a statement by the king of morocco. duncan kennedy reports. voices clamour. for a few moments, the crowd who'd gathered to witness this difficult national spectacle cheered. apparently in the belief that five—year—old rayan was being brought out alive. but as an ambulance left the scene, it later became evident that rayan had not survived.
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a message from morocco�*s royal court confirmed that the five—year—old boy had died. it said king mohammed vi had contacted rayan�*s parents to tell them the news. rayan�*s ordeal began on tuesday. these ghostly images of the five—year—old with a blooded face captured by the rescue teams who'd lowered a camera to him. they'd also fed in systems to provide oxygen and water though it's unclear if he was able to use them. rayan had slipped down the well while out with his father. the hole was the depth of a ten—storey buidling but the width of a newspaper. that meant the rescuers could not go down the hole and had instead to gouge out a new trench at the side. hundreds of construction workers, engineers, and volunteers, burrowed forfive days, removing tonnes of rock and sand. for the final few delicate metres, they had held up the brittle, collapse—prone
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strata with plastic and metal tunnels. the story of the little trapped boy brought moroccans out to witness this unfolding drama in the hills near one of their northern towns. rayan�*s story was told around the world. but it seems the rescue teams could not get to him in time. and the prayers of a nation went unanswered. a country hoping for a child's salvation has been left bereft, and rayan�*s parents can only mourn their son. duncan kennedy, bbc news. let's look at some other stories in brief a powerful storm has struck madagascar — the second in two weeks. cyclone batsirai has winds of about 180 kilometres an hour — and more floods and landslides are expected. aid agencies have set up emergency shelters, where there are fears of significant and widespread damage to homes.
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the military build—up around ukraine has seen anotherjump in numbers with nearly 3,000 additional american troops deployed in poland and romania arriving near the polish—ukrainian border. the soldiers belong to the 82nd airborne division of the us army. russia has massed more than 100,000 troops on its border with ukraine, but moscow denies that it's planning to invade. borisjohnson has announced new appointments to his team, saying they will help to improve the way downing street operates. the prime minister had promised to make changes in response to revelations about parties during lockdown. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, has more details. after another week of bad headlines, the loss of senior downing street staff and some of his own mps openly calling for him to go, tonight borisjohnson was attempting to get on the front foot. he has appointed the former bbc
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journalist guto hari as his director of communications. he worked for borisjohnson when he was london mayor and here he was just over a week ago setting out what the prime minister had to do. boris has always underestimated how critical it is to have a fantastic team around him and i don't think, even if he can pull this back, he will be allowed to do it unless he promises to his party that he is going to overhaul that machinery. and as part of that overhaul, unusually the new chief of staff in downing street won't be a civil servant but a politician, the former brexit secretary steve barclay. his job will be to ensure that the cabinet and mps feel more involved in decision—making, although tony blair's former chief of staff jonathan powell questioned whether a demanding full—time role as a government official really can be combined with the job of an mp. after so—called partygate, borisjohnson had to promise his mps behind closed doors that he'd make significant changes to the way that downing street was run. and i'm told there will be
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an even bigger staff shake—up announced in the coming week. but he's also being pressed by seniorfigures in his party to make changes to his cabinet, to look beyond his natural allies. and i'm told that those discussions, or perhaps i should say, negotiations, are already under way. it is actually an opportunity for a reset, which i hope the prime minister takes, because it's a very important part of his premiership, that he actually builds bridges, notjust between downing street and the parliamentary party but across the parliamentary party. but will this be enough? more mps are considering submitting letters of no confidence and potential rivals to the prime minister seem to be limbering up. rebuilding trust with mps is one thing, but what voters think is rather more crucial. and here in plymouth, the prime minister still seems to have his work cut out. he's apologised, he's clearing out number ten. maybe he's doing his bit. he might be doing his bit, but he let a lot of people down. well, i don't think- anybody else could take over and do any better. borisjohnson is hoping that
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the changes in downing street will convince his conservative critics not to change its occupant. iain watson, bbc news. there are calls for the government to go further in its plans to strengthen laws protecting people from harmful and illegal content online. the 0nline safety bill would force social media firms to take down such material without waiting for it to be reported by users. but campaigners say mandatory age verification is also needed to protect children. here's katie prescott. frankie was 15 when she took her own life in 2018. afterwards, her parents had her laptop forensically checked. and realised that, back earlier in the year, january, february, march of 2018, she had been accessing sites about self—harm, suicide. just appalling stuff. and we had no idea and the school had absolutely no idea. stories like these are behind plans to toughen up regulations online.
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tech companies will face fines of up to 10% of their turnover if they don't take down material relating to... those sending threatening messages, like the racist abuse of england's footballers last year, will face prosecution, as will people at the companies themselves. the organisations will have - to name individuals who will be responsible within those i organisations for complying with the legislation. if they continue to flout that legislation, those named i individuals will be responsible and could face up to five - years' imprisonment. tech companies say they welcome the clear guidance from government and that they see the need for more regulation. they say that the internet needs to become a safer place, too, but there are concerns that this could stifle people's access to information, if companies were to over moderate and remove too much content in order to comply. experts say the challenge will be putting it into practice.
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on facebook platforms alone, people are posting more than 100 billion times a day. in 2017, facebook and instagram were taking down 35,000 posts a day about self— harm and suicide alone. so, this is regulation not at a minor scale, but at an industrial scale. while there's criticism about whether the plans go far enough, they will mean a revolution in how the online world is policed. katie prescott, bbc news. now on bbc news... attempts at diplomacy are continuing in an effort to alleviate the crisis over ukraine. but while the focus has been on the donbas region in the east, anotherfront is potentially building up. the bbc�*s gabriel gatehouse has this report on ukraine's northern border with belarus.


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