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this is bbc news. i'm philippa thomas with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a man suspected of killing a british mp has been named as ali harbi ali — it's understood he'd previously been referred to a counter—extremism programme. the prime minister and leader of the opposition paid their respects at the scene of the attack — as a review begins into the threats faced by politicians. we live in an open society, a democracy. we cannot be cowed by any individual, or any motivation, people with motives, to stop us from functioning. russia records more than one thousand deaths from coronavirus in a single day — for the first time since
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the start of the pandemic. the united nations withdraws a job offer to matt hancock — who resigned from the british government after breaking coronavirus restrictions. and uncovering the origins of the solar system — the nasa mission aiming to learn more about the creation of the planets. hello and welcome. the man arrested by police following the killing of the essex mp sir david amess has been named as ali harbi ali. the 25 year old is british, of somali heritage. it's understood that he was referred a few years ago
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to the government's prevent programme — the scheme intended to stop people being drawn into terrorism. sir david was stabbed multiple times during a constituency surgery in a church hall in leigh—on—sea. the prime minister, borisjohnson, and the leader of the opposition, sir keir starmer, today laid flowers together at the scene. from there, our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. a united front in the face of a suspected terrorist attack. the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, the speaker of the house of commons and the home secretary. four of the most senior politicians in the land at the church today where sir david amess mp was murdered. he was killed doing a job that he loved, serving his own constituents as an elected democratic member. and, of course, acts of this are absolutely wrong and we cannot let that get in the way of our functioning democracy. it was formally declared a terrorist incident late last night, with forensic specialists poring
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over the crime scene, counter terrorism detectives are leading the investigation. the early enquiries suggesting the motive was islamist extremism. through friends, eyewitnesses have suggested that the attacker waited in the queue at sir david's constituency surgery yesterday, before stabbing the mp several times with a knife and then waiting for police to arrive. sir david was known and loved for his hands—on approach with voters and those who have campaigned with him had warned him of the risks. i used to go out on the doorsteps on the cold, dark nights in the rain and i used to be a bodyguard, many years ago. i said, "david, you should have somebody with you on these things, it's not safe". southend has two representatives in parliament and the other mp, james duddridge, paid this emotional tribute to his friend.
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the community hasjust been hit sideways by this. it's notjust a member of parliament, notjust the local member of parliament but he really did touch people's lives in a way that most mps don't manage to do. tonight hundreds of people gathered to remember the mp many of them knew personally. he was a very, very decent human being. an mp that not everyone agreed with but to everyone respected and loved. at southend civic centre this afternoon, a simple ceremony to remember an mp that not everyone agreed with but who everyone respected and loved. # amazing grace... #. daniel sandford, bbc news, leigh—on—sea. police forces across the uk are contacting all mps to discuss their personal safety. meeting constituents is seen as central to their role as representatives. but the death of sir david amess has re—opened a debate about the risks they face. our political correspondent damian grammaticas reports. around the country today, mps continuing to hold their surgeries. robert largan in the peak
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district saying he'll "keep doing this all year round." craig williams in montgomeryshire thanking welsh police for being there to give reassurance, and kieran mullan in cheshire saying, "we must not let people force us to do things differently." but already there are changes. here in south wales, a police guard for an mp�*s coffee morning. we now have cctv at the front and rear of the building. we had to have new security fitted onto the front and rear doors. we have panic alarms in the constituency office that staff often wear around their necks. we have installed panic alarms at my front door, at the side of my bed. you know, this has become too much of the new normal.
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mps' security was reviewed afterjo cox was murdered five years ago, shot and stabbed by a violent white supremacist as she left a constituency meeting. in 2010, stephen timms was attacked by women who had watched radical islamic sermons online. she was bundled away. and in 2017, four passers—by and pc keith palmer were all killed outside parliament in what the police called an act of islamist—related terror. the mp who was here that day and tried to save pc palmer's life has said that meeting constituents is vital but they should be paused. the home secretary has announced a review of mps' security and he said that should be completed first. i would recommend that no mp has a direct surgery until... you know, you can move to zoom. there's other ways... you can actually achieve an awful lot over the telephone, you can get things moving far faster than having to wait for the surgery date, as well. but for david amess, meeting constituents was a vital part of his job.
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so the question now is — how much further should security be tightened 7 many believe things have to be reappraised but mps themselves must decide. it's not a question of carrying on with business as usual and just regarding this as an occupational hazard of being an mp. nor of having close security such as the home secretary has, or the prime minister or the foreign secretary needs to have. we need to have a discussion about how we strike the balance. but it will be are hard to find. two years ago in the royal albert hall, a fundraiser for people with learning disabilities, championed by sir david amess, a public role loved, but guaranteeing mps' security is a huge challenge. damian grammaticas, bbc news. earlier damian gave me more of the information emerging about the suspect in custody. he has been named. we know police have been searching a couple of locations in london and it has also been confirmed this evening that he had at some point, we are not clear when, been referred to the
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prevent scheme, that is the uk government scheme to try to stop people being drawn into radicalisation but we don't know much more about the nature of that and we know he was not viewed as a person of interest by counterterrorism police. years in custody?— years in custody? yes, in essex — years in custody? yes, in essex he _ years in custody? yes, in essex. he is _ years in custody? yes, in essex. he is being - years in custody? yes, in essex. he is being held l years in custody? yes, in| essex. he is being held in essex. he is being held in essex and what is interesting is that we have had today reaction from the muslim community in south bend. there is a considerable muslim community there. they've issued a joint statement today and it is quite strong and powerful, actually. let mejust is quite strong and powerful, actually. let me just read a little bit. basically they said the murder was an indefensible atrocity committed on the grounds of a place of worship and be condemned in the strongest possible terms. it was committed in the name of blind hatred and we look forward to the perpetrator being brought to justice and thejoint being brought to justice and the joint secretary for the essex general has described the
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mp is a tremendous force for good and the pillar of support. and there you have been talking to politicians as well about how they go forward from here in terms of been able to meet their constituents about feeling secure. no easy answer here but they are being asked to be careful to step back? yes. and they have already, they use on my report, had many security measures put in place in recent years but felt very vulnerable and that has revised those feelings of vulnerability. but many are waiting to see is the results of this investigation as they work out exactly what happened here so exactly what the threat here so exactly what the threat here was and that will inform the security measures going forward but clearly you have the home secretary saying she wants a review. police saying they are contacting mps now and in parliament for mps to sit in a special conference, quite an
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unusual thing, to look at these measures. many of them saying this is a difficult act because they need to be at their meeting people and they are public figures and they enjoy that and that is how they interact with the public that they also feel very threatened and are looking for ways to improve their security. and are looking for ways to improve their security. let s get some of the day s other news. emmanuel macron has become the first french president to recognise that crimes were committed when french police brutally dispersed algerian protesters in paris sixty years ago, at the cost of dozens of lives. he joined a commemoration at a bridge over the river seine, the starting point in nineteen sixty—one for a march against a night curfew imposed only on algerians. the british—iranian aid—worker, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has lost an appeal against her second jail sentence in iran. foreign secretary liz truss has described the decision as an "appalling continuation of the cruel ordeal she is going through". mrs zaghari—ratcliffe was convicted in april of involvement in propaganda activity which she denies. her family say that there was no court hearing and now they are concerned she may be sent back from parole to prison.
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french leaders have been honouring the teacher samuel paty, a year to the day after a radical islamist beheaded him for showing his class cartoons of the muslim prophet mohammed. the chechen teenager who killed him was reacting to a social media campaign whipped up by some parents. mr paty�*s violent death stunned france's educators, who saw it as an attack on the country's core values. former us president bill clinton will reportedly stay another night in hospital in california — where he's being treated for an infection. but his spokesman expects the seventy—five year old to be discharged on sunday. new zealand says it has administered a record number of coronavirus jabs in a so—called "vaxathon". nearly 130—thousand thousand people were inoculated at more than 780 sites
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across the country. the united nations has withdrawn its invitation to former british health secretary matt hancock, to take up an unpaid role helping africa s economies recover from covid19. it's understood a decision was taken at senior levels within the un, to rescind the offer — after questions were raised about the former what led to this embarrassing moment for the former health secretary is looking to relaunch his political career came just three days after an exciting moment for him when he announced on tuesday alongside the un's economic commission for africa that he was going to be doing this role, helping africa's economies recover from and he was greeted with from former cabinet colleagues including the foreign secretary and housing secretary and including the culture secretary. and this was not an appointment they came to the uk
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government that they were supportive of it. it was an internal un appointment and there were many in the international community who suddenly questioned his expertise for doing this role, his knowledge of africa and also past mistakes and how that would lead to, you know, a good ambassadorfor this particular ambassador for this particular role. his ambassadorfor this particular role. his friends say that obviously the un must been aware of this history and all these other things beforehand but one thing they did not appear to be aware of comes in appear to be aware of comes in a statement. they may bring it to you now. he starts by saying, this is after the rollers been withdrawn from them. i was honoured to be approached by the un and appointed a special representative to the economic commission for africa to help drive forward an agenda of strengthening markets and bringing investment to africa but the un having to me to explain that a technical un ruler subsequently come to light that states that sitting members of parliament cannot also be un special representatives. since i am committed to continuing to serve as mp this means i can't
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take up the position. iforward to supporting the un in their mission in whatever way i can in my parliamentary role. that begs two questions. i didn't take the event so long, months and they said that initial letter to him inviting into this world to realise that technical rule existed? and secondly, what about gordon brown who was an mp when he was given a similar role. my understanding is that he was about to leave parliament and he had announced he was standing down whereas hancock is saying he is not intending to do that. is saying he is not intending to do that. cabinet minister's suitability for the role. 0ur correspondent, mark lobel has been giving us more details. myanmar�*s military chief will be excluded from an upcoming summit of the association of southeast asian nations — known as asean.the exclusion is a rare rebuke of a member country by the group. asean says it is concerned about the military government's commitment to defusing the crisis which has engulfed the country since the military took power in a coup in february. ko ko aung from bbc
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world service is following the story. it is a huge blow to a myanmar military because they are desperately seeking for international recognition and legitimacy so the coming meeting is the biggest in the region and it is quite disappointing for them and they have responded very angrily to the ministry of foreign stairs myanmar released a statement saying they are disappointed and the question of representation should not be asked because the position will only lead to unwanted side effects so it is a huge setback for them. at the same time, they didn't allow the government, neil acknowledged that they received a letter that i think they're
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trying their best to find a sort of neutral ground as much as possible so they will invite the political representative they say it but we are not at this stage of who that person will be. you are watching bbc news, the headlines: a man suspected of killing a member of parliament has been named as ali harbi ali — the british national had previously attended an anti—radicalisation programme. russia has reported a record number of daily covid deaths. more than a thousand people have died in a single day, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. russia has had more than 700 coronavirus deaths every single day since mid—july. the figures have grown even further over the past month. infections continue to soar too, as the authorities struggle to persuade people to get vaccinated. steve rosenberg has more from moscow: russia continues to set
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new records on coronavirus. for the first time since the pandemic began, the authorities have reported more than 1000 deaths linked to covid in the last 2a—hours. confirmed new cases also hit a record high for the same period with more than 33,200. translation: i think the lockdown that we had last year will happen again. back then, there were even fewer infections. it is frightening. translation: the number of sick people is scarier in the new lockdown. there seems there are a lot of young people, people like us, who are seriously ill. it is scary. russia has developed several covid vaccines but the public has been reluctant to get the jabs. vaccine scepticism is widespread hair. so by the kremlin has avoided imposing tough new restrictions
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but some russian regions are re—introducing a system of qr codes for access to public places. tens of thousands of italians have demonstrated in rome to call for a ban on the neo—fascist forza nuova party over its involvement in a riot last saturday. protesters carried placards saying "fascism, never again," in reference to the dictator benito mussolini, who ruled italy before and during the second world war. forza nuova leaders were arrested after their demonstration against coronavirus restrictions degenerated into an assault on the headquarters of the italian trade union federation. translation: a union that defends our rights was attacked. this is an attack on democracy. we came from belgium to bring solidarity but this is an international problem. we see the normalisation of fascist and far right violence. britain's fourth biggest supermarket, morrisons, has warned that labour shortages are delaying
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new store openings and products reaching shelves. its chief executive david potts told the times newspaper that more visas are needed forforeign workers. it follows measures announced by the government to reduce the pressure on supply chains, in the wake of brexit. our business correspondent katy austin reports. when you have a shortage of labour in terms of hgv drivers, those domestic drivers, it means that the goods are sitting around slightly longer at the ports waiting to be collected. there are labour shortages in other sectors too, including construction, hospitality and food production. now the boss of morrisons has said that while there are plenty of products on the shelves, underlying strain in the supply chain is affecting availability, while a lack of materials such as cement and bricks
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is delaying investment in new shops and refurbishments. he called for more visas forforeign workers. the government has already offered temporary visas for some meat workers. there are 5000 visas available for drivers too. other european countries also have shortages, but this driver in romania told the bbc rising wages in the uk were attractive. translation: a really| good friend of mine left for the uk last week. he went for three months. everyone who went there tells me the wages are really good. i'm tempted too. but only 20 of those visas have so far been approved. in the latest effort to ease the pressure, particularly before christmas, ministers now plan to let overseas drivers do more deliveries when they're on uk soil. i don't think the change yesterday will make much difference. so what do you think
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would make a difference, then? we need to encourage young drivers into the industry. we need to make facilities better for drivers. the general public need to treat drivers better. the government says immigration isn't the long—term answer to filling britain's record number of vacancies. it wants to develop a high—skilled, high—wage economy. some businesses say they still need a better short—term fix. katy austin, bbc news. nasa has successfully launched its first mission to studyjupiter�*s trojan asteroids — two vast clusters of space rocks that surround the planet. scientists believe they are made up of matter that formed the solar system's outer planets. duncan kennedy reports
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i going to visit a large number we will really understand about the asteroids. if you see when you might have a funny one but if you see 80 might really understand what is going on this population.— this population. sign despondency - this population. sign despondency to - this population. sign despondency to test| this population. sign - despondency to test their theory that the early solar system isjuggled abound by gravity with some in and others out just like gravity with some in and others outjust like billiard balls.
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this is expected to be operating for the next 12 years. planetary scientist emily lakdawalla explains why this mission is so significant we are travelling to a new wales we have never visited before. there are the trojan asteroids ofjupiter which bit in the same orbit asjupiter does about 60 degrees ahead and behind. and they are probably capturing words that originated in the outer solar system along with pluto and the other quaker belt objects so we'll be able to learn by studying these objects about what were the building blocks that build not onlyjupiter and the distant outer planets but also our own earth that will help us answer questions about however that the water it has and how it became a life—sustaining play so it has to do with the formation of the entire solar system notjust about
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formation of the entire solar system not just about visiting these tiny little worlds are these tiny little worlds are the fibres will be fun. this mission will be a long series waits followed by really exciting boys while we see these funky new shapes. the colombian government has begun sterilising a growing population of hippos, left as an unwanted legacy thirty years after the death of the notorious drug lord pablo escobar who imported them. local environmentalists say they're an invasive species and have pushed away the native fauna. with more, here's david campanale. they have been dubbed the cocaine hippos. brought from the proceeds of drugs, it's a drug of another kind that colombian authorities are using to put a halt to the growing number. at the height of his powers, notorious drug lord pablo escobar illegally imported a number of exotic animals, including a male and female hippo. and nature then did what nature does. with no natural predators, more than 80 hippos have come to roam near his former luxury country estate to the north—west of the country.
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2a animals have had to be treated with a chemical that will make them infertile. translation: if the sterilisation can be a way to prevent further breeding, at least we mitigate the problem. it is not the solution but it does go a long way to reducing the number of hippos in the wild. escobar�*s luxury estate became a theme park and all the other animals, including zebras and giraffes, were sold to zoos, but not the hippos. colombian environmentalists say they have become the biggest herd outside africa. but as an invasive species, they pushed away the native fauna, and something to deal with escobar�*s and wanted legacy had to be done. david campanale, bbc news. a warrant of further detention has been granted for the 25—year—old man
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who was arrested in connection with the murder of uk lawmaker david amess. whitehall sources have confirmed for the bbc his name is ali harbi ali of somali heritage. we have got some cloudy and damp weather around for the first part of sunday. quite a contrast because some of us did get decent sunshine through saturday the best of it is across southern england. on the far north of scotland as well. but later in the day we did see some rain start to come down around the dunblane area and thatis around the dunblane area and that is the first sign of this band of rain showing up. her neighbour scotland, northern england, getting into north wales is one even further over the next few hours it will probably pick up a few patches of rain leaving across the midlands, east anglia, south—east england, layer largely drive. i'll start the
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day on sunday. legacies like the cool there were still clinging on across the far north of scotland where should be a bright start but otherwise extensive cloud to start the day on sunday. the rain initially heavy scotland but turning my temp at your pretty heavy the morning. these areas will be prone to spots of rain even into the afternoon so for some it will stay on the downside and at the same time we should start to see gaps in the cloud opening out in the south with a few sunny spells. by south with a few sunny spells. by monday we're going to start to get some stronger south—westerly winds moving into monday will be a windier kind of day particularly across western with layers of cloud and debates of veins filling in. not so much in the way of any scenarios that ascension is likely to be hazy. a lot of high cloud and this guy is so bright rather than sunny and those dry amendments.
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temperature is mild. 18 pretty widely and it gets even milder still on tuesday. when coming from a long way south and then we've got the slow—moving weather fund we've got the slow—moving weatherfund being we've got the slow—moving weather fund being an we've got the slow—moving weatherfund being an intense burst of rain to some hilly areas of the west. some of these areas could see localised surface water issues but not seen much in the way of rain really. some sunny spells breaking through and if that happens you may see temperatures climb to 20 or 21. very, very mild indeed and mild weather stays with us at the first—half of the week before temperatures gradually get close to normal at the end of the week.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... the bbc has learned that a man detained on suspicion of killing the british mp, david amess, had previously attended a government scheme to prevent radicalisation. the suspect — named as ali harbi ali — is thought not to have been put on a watchlist of subjects, of interest to the security services. russia has recorded more than 1,000 deaths from coronavirus in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic. the infection rate has also continued to soar as the authorities struggle to persuade people to get vaccinated. the united nations has withdrawn a job offer made to the former british health secretary, matt hancock. the role would have involved helping africa's economy recover from the pandemic but mr hancock says a un rule came to light, that bars sitting mps from the role. now on bbc news, the bbc climate editorjustin rowlatt meets prince charles.


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