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this good afternoon. senior conservatives have called for unity after the party experienced its worst result in english local elections since 1995. more than 1,300 conservative councillors lost their seats. labour failed to make the gains it had hoped for. the health secretary, matt hancock, said his party needed to listen to voters and compromise so that brexit could be delivered. our political correspondent nick eardley reports.
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urgently seeking inspiration, tories mulling over devastating local election results, trying to find a way to solve the party's troubles. these members are in scotland, there we re these members are in scotland, there were not any local elections here this week, but many agree failing to deliver brexit was behind the dropping. ruth davidson says it's time to sort out differences and get a compromise deal done. time to sort out differences and get a compromise deal doneli time to sort out differences and get a compromise deal done. i say to the negotiating teams of our party and labour, who are currently in talks, get brexit sorted, get a deal over the line and let britain move on. can clay some in government are worried about moving too close to the labour position, but the health secretary was urging difference. we need compromise, which often involves looking at the different positions of different groups and coming up with something in between. clearly, i've supported the prime minister's deal, which i think is
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better, but there are options in between. talks between the government and opposition will resume early next week. sources tell me there are still substantial differences but, after labour had a tough time at the polls, jeremy corbyn says there is impetus to get labour done. but opinion in labour is split, some pointing to losses in brexit supporting areas. we've got to leave because we had a referendum and asked people if they wanted to leave the eu, and by a small majority they said they did, and we said we would honour the result. but many argue the opposite, and say the party needs to back a referendum. they point to huge gains in the elections for the greens and liberal democrats. we are clearly the leading remain party and we expect to do well on that basis. these elections have posed big questions
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for a government struggling to deliver brexit. answering them will not necessarily be easy. up to 12 people have been killed by cyclone fani in the north—eastern indian state of odisha. officials say the loss of life could have been far worse had they not evacuated more than a million people from their homes. cyclone fani came ashore near the city of puri in odisha yesterday. but, as the storm continued across india and into bangladesh, its winds have calmed and its power has reduced significantly. angus crawford reports. the strongest cyclone to hit india in five years. wind and rain tore through the state of odisha. gusts hit more than 120 miles an hour, destroying homes and businesses... ..uprooting trees, cutting roads, destroying communications. this man says it doesn't matter what preparations we made, houses and shops,
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everything is destroyed. but more than a million people were evacuated from the storm's path, kept safe in shelters. the numbers of deaths and injuries remain low. now, a time to assess the damage, clear and rebuild. workers start by unblocking the roads. an officer coordinating efforts says his teams are responding to reports wherever they come from. cyclone fani has decreased in strength and moved north. prompt action did save lives, but still it leaves mile after mile of low—lying areas flooded, crops, villages, livelihoods destroyed. angus crawford, bbc news. a passenger plane ended up in a river after landing in florida during a storm and skidding off the runway. more than 130 people
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were on board the flight from guantanamo bay in cuba. the us authorities say it's a "miracle" that nobody was seriously injured. thailand's king maha vajiralongkorn has been crowned in a three—day coronation ceremony. it comes at a time of political uncertainty in the country. a general election was held in march — the first since the army took control in a coup five years ago — but a new government has yet to be declared. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. this is a sight that few thais have ever seen, a new king purifying himself with consecrated waters as he prepared to ascend to the throne. maha vajiralongkorn, or king rama x, as he's known more formally, became king in 2016 after the death of his father, who'd reigned for 70 long years. but he's waited until now to be crowned over three days of elaborate buddhist and hindu ceremony.
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to many thais, the monarchy is revered as an almost godlike figure, and some were on the streets, dressed in royal yellow, to see their king make the transition from the human to the almost divine. and, for many, this was a rare glimpse of a sovereign who spends much time abroad and has appeared more remote than his much—loved late father. at 66 years old, he spent his life preparing for this moment, placing a crown weighing more than seven kilograms on his head, issuing his first royal command. translation: i shall reign with righteousness, for the benefit and happiness of the people forever. king vajiralongkorn has had a colourful and at times controversial life. today, his fourth wife, whom he married only this week, was formally recognised as his new queen. he is protected by severe laws prohibiting any criticism, but some thais hope that
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a crown prince who was seen by some as unpredictable will become a figure of stability for a country facing political uncertainty. for the king has real political influence. what will matter is his relationship with the army, which took power in a coup in 2014, and what role he might play in the balance between military and civilian rule that emerges from recent elections. for this king will be more than just a spiritual leader. james landale, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. more than 52,000 tickets have been sold for this evening's women's fa cup final between manchester city and west ham. city are one of the giants of the women's game and will be overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy for a second time. meanwhile, a possible west ham win has been described as a "fairytale". 0ur reporterjo currie is live at wembley.
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hi,jo. hi, jo. hello, mike. yes, we've got a wonderful weather today for what has become the pinnacle of the women's domestic season. i'm joined by former england and everton goalkeeper rachel brown. you won the fa cup in 2010, but it wasn't held at wembley. tell us what it's like for this current crop of players to play here. itjustifies where the women's game is now. we are hoping for 50,000 fans today, a record—breaking for 50,000 fans today, a record— breaking crowd, and for 50,000 fans today, a record—breaking crowd, and the fa cup final is always special, but to haveit cup final is always special, but to have it at an iconic stadium like this, and every young boy or girl growing up wanting to be a footballer wants to play at wembley, so footballer wants to play at wembley, so it's unparalleled. they are hoping for a record crowd, 50,000 fa ns hoping for a record crowd, 50,000 fans or so. what will the nerves be like, for some of the players who haven't played in front of a packed
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stadium? i'd favour city, because we st stadium? i'd favour city, because west ham are a new collective who only really started in the women's super league this season and they are still gelling their players. a lot of them don't have experience of big games like this in front of a big games like this in front of a big crowd, and i think manchester city have a lot of experience, both at international and domestic level, but it will be a wonderful occasion for all of them. west ham have got international players can they do it? it's already been a fairy tale finish, to get to an fa cup final, to secure their place in the super league for next season, and that's what they were aiming for, and they've gone above and beyond. matt beard, the head coach for west ham, will be drilling into the foreign players especially how special it is to play at wembley, to play in an fa cup final, and he will have leaders like julie flaherty, who has played in fa cup finals, and won one with arsenal, and it's been a fairy tale season so arsenal, and it's been a fairy tale season so far. will find out who
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wins later. kick—off is at 5:30pm. coverage starts on bbc one from 5:10pm and the red button from 5:15, and you can also listen on bbc 5 live from 5:30pm and follow via the bbc sport website and app. tottenham have fielded a strong team in their bid to qualify for next season's champions league, in their lunchtime match at bournemouth. despite their champions league semifinal return leg in amsterdam on wednesday, spurs are not resting players such as delle ali and son, and they have been on top on the south coast, but it's still goalless. there's live commentary on radio 5 live. also under way are celtic, who can clinch their eighth scottish premiership title on the trot today. they need just a point at aberdeen in the lunchtime kick—off to win it yet again. and the champions have been victorious on their last five visits to pittodrie. aberdeen though need the points to hold onto third spot and secure european football next season. it's goalless at the moment. it's
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nearly half time. the double olympic champion caster semenya says "no human can stop herfrom running", after her victory in the 800 metres at the diamond league meeting in doha. it comes just two days after the south african lost a landmark case against athletics‘ governing body over plans to limit testosterone levels in female runners. the doha meet was semenya's final race before the iaaf‘s new rules come into force. tournament favourite judd trump continues to lead gary wilson in their semifinal at the world snooker championship in sheffield. trump led 9—7 overnight but won the first two frames of the morning before they shared the final two to give trump a 12—8 advantage at the interval. the pair are back out now and these are live pictures from the crucible. wilson has come back slightly. a bit ofa a bit of a fightback. the score is now 13—10 to trump. the first to 17 frames will win the match. you can follow the action on bbc two, the bbc sport website and app. in the other semifinal, david gilbert leads john higgins 13—11.
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celtic have just scored in their match at aberdeen, so looking likely now to win the title again. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at az10pm. bye for now. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. palestinian militants in gaza have launched dozens of rockets into neighbouring southern israel. the israeli military say more than 90 missiles were fired, and that it has been hitting back, targeting positions of the hamas organisation in gaza. the gaza health ministry say a 22—year—old palestinian man has been killed by the latest israeli strikes. the exchanges follows a heightening of tension in the area after fighting broke out along the border on friday. 0ur middle east correspondent,
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tom bateman, is injerusalem. these have been weekly protest that have taken place at the gutter perimeter fence, have taken place at the gutter perimeterfence, largely on fridays, ever since last summer, which have seen ever since last summer, which have seen the death of 200 palestinians with israeli troops guarding that perimeter fence, that they say is necessary to guard and prevent a violent reach by what they see as militants on the other side who could harm israeli civilians. hamas say they want an easing of the. israel says it has no say for security reasons. that has been the context, at what we had on friday afternoon was a palestinian gunman who shot at two israeli soldiers, they were wounded, and response to that the israelis struck at a hamas
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observation post, and two militants we re observation post, and two militants were killed. palestinians were killed afterwards. a heightening of the tensions because of those casualties on both sides, and as they funerals took place in the gaza strip up to of those militants this morning, there was a barrage of rocket fire from the gaza strip into israel, triggering alarms across powers and cities in southern israel. the is really military says the majority of those dozens were short down, but certainly at least one house was hit and damaged, but no reports of injuries. in response the israeli military has carried out strikes in the gaza strip, killing at least one man, and others injured. at least one home, pictures ofa injured. at least one home, pictures of a home very badly damaged as well in that. we have seen a ratcheting up in that. we have seen a ratcheting up once again of these pensions despite an effort to broker a longer—term truce between the two
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what about the rocket attacks? this isa what about the rocket attacks? this is a persistent feature of the way hamas strikes back against israel, but they rarely do more than damage property. why are they such a big security concern? they do damage property, they also do cause injuries and deaths. in one of the escalations last year, there was a fatality of a palestinian person in southern israel because of the rocket strikes, and we have seen much longer range rocket strikes that have taken place on usually into israel earlier this year. a house was struck north of tel aviv, and afamily house was struck north of tel aviv, and a family of seven people were injured. they were rushed to a shelter, they were hurt in that, but it was a lucky escape for those people. that created another of these military escalations. it brings you to one of the fundamentals here between israel and hamas in the gaza strip, you have
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two completely competing perspectives and narratives of this situation. as far as israel is concerned, hamas is a terrorist organisation that wants to wipe out the existence of its state and harm and kill its civilians. it says it is simply defending itself. inside the gaza strip, conditions are dire, people are jobless, terrible poverty, endemic problems, disease, health problems, and the blockade thatis health problems, and the blockade that is put in place by both israel and egypt, they say for security reasons, is one very significant pa rt reasons, is one very significant part of that. you have a dynamic weather to resize, israel says it wa nts weather to resize, israel says it wants calm on the boundary, the military leadership of hamas in gaza says it wants an easing off that blockade at the very least, that is where we have had some attempts at negotiations between the two sides, but there are political pressures from more hawkish elements on both
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sides that call for an escalation to try and bring things to a head. the effo rts try and bring things to a head. the efforts by the un and egyptian staff are happy to try and prevent that sort of flare—up from turning into an all—out conflict. the headlines on bbc news: senior conservatives call for the party to pull together after it suffers its worst results in english local elections for almost 25 years. there's further calls for theresa may to step down as prime minister. cyclone fani hits bangladesh after leaving a trail of destruction in india. more than 1.5 million people are evacuated. train passengers are warned to expect disruption, as network rail carries out engineering work. parts of the west coast main line will be closed, as will london euston station. thailand has crowned a new king at the start of a series of elaborate ceremonies that will last for three days.
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king maha vajiralongkorn promised to rule with righteousness. 0ur correspondent, laura bicker, watched the crowning in bangkok. these ceremonies do matter, this is one of the most powerful monarchies in the world, and this enacts his place, cements his place at the head of this thai dynasty. it comes to those ceremonies you just talked about, it began with both a bathing and an ointment. the bathing in those waters that came from five thai rivers, and the an ointment where he was anointed in jugs of water which came from 107 sources across thailand. 0ne water which came from 107 sources across thailand. one source within the palace itself. a sacred pool within the palace. those were some of the most important ceremonies, and you mentioned the 90 ad parasol. underneath that he was crowned with
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less elaborate crowns which weighs 7.3 kilograms. quite a hefty crown to put on your head. there have been further ceremonies where he has gone to the temple of the emerald blue dial, one of the most sacred temples in thailand, where he has officially appointed as the royal patron of the buddhist faith. 95% of thais are buddhas, so it is important for him to be seen to be doing theirs. all of these ceremonies over these three days will be viewed by thais very carefully because his father was much laughter and much revered. i have heard from thais who have said that they spoke of him like an uncle. he was seen as someone that they could love. this king has been slightly more remote, a slightly different personality. he has spent a lot of time in munich with his 13—year—old son. he is also very close to the military, in military which has overthrown two thai
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governments in 13 years. he has also run his palace differently, the bureaucracy and the finances. big differences between him and his father. however, labour wants differences between him and his father. however, labourwants these ceremonies over the next few days i'd realise that he comes from a long line of a thai dynasty. i'd realise that he comes from a long line of a thai dynastylj suppose long line of a thai dynasty.” suppose this is one of those public events, particular given the scale, that has the potential to unite thais in celebration of their heritage and of their future represented by the king. what about the underlying tensions in thailand? are there any size that he can have a positive role to play and improving the very fatuous politics? that will be an interesting role for him to play if that is one he intends to do. —— for actual us politics. i am limited to what i can say due to the laws in thailand. when it comes to the number of
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people wearing yellow, we are wearing that because it has the colour of monday in thailand, it is the day the king was born, it is also the colour of the sun which represents the monarch in the cosmos. many people have been wearing those yellow, the city is bedecked in yellow and gold. tomorrow there will be a procession through bangkok where the king will visit three sacred temples. that will be an indication of the kind of crowds that turned out, turned out for his father after he died, during the funeral procession, so it will be interesting to see the kind of support he can garner on the streets of bangkok in what i have to say is very high—temperature is indeed. rail passengers are being warned to expect disruption to theirjourneys this weekend, as bank holiday engineering work gets under way. one of the uk's busiest routes, the west coast mainline, will be closed between london euston and milton keynes. there's also a reduced service for east midlands trains services into london st pancras. passengers are being asked to check theirjourneys before
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setting off and use alternative routes. 0ur correspondent leigh milner has been at euston station, which is shut all weekend. over the weekend, some stations including euston will be closed because hundreds of engineering works are taking place. they are happening because fewer passengers apparently travel during the bank holiday weekend. let me just remind you of some of the lines which will be affected. the west coast main line, where some stations including euston will be closed. some stations between london and glasgow, elsewhere engineering works well affect south western railway, trains from london waterloo to clapham junction and barnes. there is also disruption on the thameslink services to and from london st pancras international. if you are travelling from essex, which i am, buses will be replacing some of the trains between shinfield and southend victoria. network rail says other
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operators, including virgin trains and london northwest railway, will also be affected in preparation for the hs2. lots going on. the obvious advice i have been given, check before you travel. police are stepping up security at mm —— moscows across the country. —— mosques. in response to fears that they could be targetted during ramadan, which begins this weekend. there's been concern over safety among some in the muslim community, following the new zealand and sri lanka attacks. the bbc asian network's shabnam mahmood has more.(vt next) for mosques across the country, the focus on this year's ramadan is on worshippers‘ safety as well as spirituality. for mosques like this and others across the country, ramadan is one of the most important and busiest times of the year. thousands of worshippers gather for special prayers every single
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night during the month of fasting. in the mosque kitchen, this mum says following recent attacks on places of worship, some in her community in east london are really worried. people are scared, you know, they are afraid to come to the mosque and the kids are afraid. and it's the areas where mostly women and children pray that have now been identified in safety assessments as needing extra security. mosque leaders say they have a duty to protect their congregation. the world for us changed after christchurch and the reality kicked in that it happened there, it could most certainly happen here and we have to be prepared for it. we completely understand why people feel the way they do. i'm here to reassure them we have no information or intelligence to suggest anybody at the uk is in specific risk and i want to make sure they feel safe and supported by uk policing in their worship.
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nevertheless, extra layers of security will remain in place throughout the islamic holy month with a message to remain alert and not alarmed. the authorities in the democratic republic of congo say more than 1,000 people have died in the latest outbreak of ebola. but efforts to combat the spread of the disease have been hampered by violence. the world health organisation has promised greater security for health workers, as andy beatt reports. 1,000 dead and new cases rising fast — the democratic republic of congo in the grip of the world's second—worst ebola outbreak. for medical staff fighting to contain the virus in the eastern city of bukavu, it's a race against time. we are anticipating a scenario of continued intense transmission. dr tedros and dr moeti,
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our regional director, have recently returned from the democratic republic of the congo, where they found the situation on the ground to be worse than it has been previously. health workers are also facing another deadly threat — armed groups targeting them and their makeshift hospitals. since january, we have experienced 119 separate attacks. 42 of which have been directly on health facilities, with 85 health personnel either injured or killed in those settings. so we are dealing with a difficult and volatile situation. each time a health centre and its staff are attacked, services are suspended, allowing the epidemic to spread. thought to be responsible — rebel groups competing for resources and power, and locals suspicious of outsiders and their motives.
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medical teams have demanded and been promised more protection. we are going to see an increase in the security coverage of the operation but very much sensitive to the fact that we don't want to, if you like, obstruct and confront the people first with the military. this is a public health response. for the first time, though, a cocktail of experimental drugs is raising hope. a massive immunisation campaign is under way, with early signs suggesting the pioneering treatment could drastically cut rates of transmission. so far, just two provinces in the drc are affected. but despite its best efforts, the world health organization says cases are very likely to spread into neighbouring countries. it has pointed to a multi—million
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dollarfunding gap, and called for far greater resources to back its response. andy beatt, bbc news. let me bring you some breaking news. this is in connection with that leak of information from the national security council, which suggested that theresa may had overruled a cabinet colleague —— cabinet collea g u es cabinet colleague —— cabinet colleagues who were sceptical of the chinese film being involved in the sg chinese film being involved in the 5g network. this is from the assista nt 5g network. this is from the assistant commissioner of military port and the police. it follows the sacking of gavin williamson earlier this week. he says it involves a lea k of this week. he says it involves a leak of information of the top secret meeting of the national security council about the chinese tech giant dead not contain information that would have been a breach of the official secrets act and did not amount to a criminal offence. you may remember there had been pressure from labour in
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particular that this should be referred to scotland yard for an investigation to see if a crime had been committed at the weather eve ryo ne been committed at the weather everyone should be prosecuted. the government had said, as far as we are concerned, it is closed. theresa may took the view that the matter was now closed with gavin williamson's departure. nonetheless it looks like the initiative may have been taken by the metropolitan police, they have looked at it and concluded that there is no case to answer. unless urgent action is taken, the rare and varied wildlife of madagascar could soon be lost forever. that's the warning from an international team of scientists. they're concerned at the ongoing loss of natural habitats in the region. 0ur science correspondent, victoria gill, has been to see what's being done now to help save the animal population. a tropical sanctuary. home to wildlife that lives nowhere else on earth. but all this biodiversity, the life that thrives in this forest of madagascar is under threat.
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lemurs depend on primary old—growth forest like this. but across madagascar, 80% of the habitat has been cut down. the driver of that is agriculture. slash and burn. burning forests to produce a plot of fertile soil. but here there is a farming revolution going on. with the help of a malagasy charity, teenagers here are learning to grow food in a new and sustainable way. these ae lessons in weeding, pruning and maintaining the soil using compost and crop rotation to keep the same plot. translation: it is difficult with the traditional farming techniques because you move from one field to another and cut and burn trees. with the new method you stay in one place and it is much easier. translation: if the forest continues to be destroyed there will be less water to drink and there will be a loss of habitat for the wildlife.

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