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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm. police in sri lanka arrest 2a people — as the government blames a local islamist extremist group for a series of coordinated bomb attacks. it's confirmed that british mother anita nicholson and her two children are among the 290 people killed — her husband ben paid tribute to his "perfect wife" and "wonderful children". dozens of firefighters are trying to control a moorland fire at marsden in west yorkshire. police say more than a thousand people have been arrested after seven days of climate change protests. gun salutes have taken place to mark her majesty the queen's
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93rd birthday. the uk sizzles as england, scotland, wales and northern ireland all record their warmest easter monday on record. good afternoon. the sri lankan high commissioner says eight british nationals are among the 290 people killed — in a series of bomb attacks. more than 500 others were injured in the blasts which targeted churches and hotels on easter sunday. police say they've arrested 2a suspects and that the bombings were carried out with the support of an international network. the government there has blamed a local radical islamist group — although no—one has yet admitted carrying out the attacks. there has been another explosion
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today in the sri lankan capital colombo, as security forces were defusing a bomb inside an abandoned van near a church. nick beake reports. the christians of colombo should have been celebrating rebirth this easter, but it's death, on an horrific scale, which has confronted them. this was one of three churches bombed. shouts and screams rang out where there had been singing and prayers. they were victims of a carefully coordinated strike which has plunged hundreds of families into mourning. among them, a 36—year—old's relatives, his brother said he rushed him to hospital, but there was nothing that could be done. the scale of these attacks and the planning that went into them have stunned sri lanka. but already the prime minister has admitted that intelligence was received more than ten days ago about possible attacks on churches, so already some people are asking —
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could these bombers have been stopped? at the shrine of saint anthony's in colombo, disbelief. more than 1,500 worshippers had packed into the easter sunday service. the chief priest told us he had left his church to pick up some papers when the bomb ripped through his congregation and that it was a miracle he survived. how does that touch you this morning, knowing you have been saved and 300 others lost their lives? i don't understand it yet, he has saved me. many are on edge, with good reason. explosions. this device has just exploded near one of the churches targeted yesterday, as the bomb squad was moving in. still no group has yet admitted it was behind the attack, the perpetrators may remain in the shadows but the carnage they have wrought is painfully clear. nick beake, bbc news, colombo.
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a british man has confirmed that his wife and two children were killed in the attacks. anita nicholson, ill—year old alex and 11—year—old annabel were killed instantly while sitting at their table in the restaurant of the shangri—la hotel in colombo. in a recently—released statement, husband and father ben nicholson said...
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it has also been confirmed that three of the four children, of the danish billionaire, anders holch polsen were killed in the attacks. mr polsen — who is denmark's wealthiest man — is a major shareholder in the online clothing retailer asos and one of the uk's largest private landowners — confirmed that his family were visiting sri lanka over the easter period. the queen has sent a message to the president of sri lanka. it says...
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0ur reporter is there. let's get the latest. talk us through the atmosphere and how people are feeling at the moment. there is tension in the capital city because even today the security forces, they found quite a few explosive devices. 0ne found quite a few explosive devices. one of them very close to a church which matt —— witnessed a massive attack on sunday and they were trying to do a controlled explosion. there is tension about what is going to happen. the government is ensuring that they are very much in control and they have found out who are responsible for these attacks and what they're is i previously little known group, a radical
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islamist group, did these attacks on sunday. they did not give any further information on who the attackers are and how they were able to bring in such massive explosives. and these are all very coordinated attacks. even during the civil war attacks. even during the civil war at the height of the civil war, they could not carry out such coordinated attacks. but how come a few radicalised islamist youth could carry this out. that is what many are asking. like you say, the timing, the coordination of all significant. how is it being explained that this group has gone from vandalizing buddhist monuments to committing such lethal violence? has there been an undercurrent of tension simmering away in the country? i have been speaking with
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the muslim community leaders for the last few hours and what they are telling me is there were some riots between the majority similes community and the muslims. 0ne between the majority similes community and the muslims. one of them was last year. many muslim shops and marks were burned down. at that time, the community leaders warned that some of the youth who are spreading hate messages on social media that they could be radicalised. even they didn't expect that hate speech could turn into such a massive bomb blast. that was the feeling. they say the government did not take any action even though they reported some of the priests that were spreading hate messages online. many of the youth would not
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have radicalised. .. online. many of the youth would not have radicalised... fist does not justify the massive attacks that are happening on one of the most important christian festivals. the question is even if the youth are radicalised, why was it not aimed towards the buddhist? also, the link towards the buddhist? also, the link to an international network. who are they likely alluding to? there are some reports that sri lankan muslim use were going to join. some reports that sri lankan muslim use were going tojoin. no one expected that people could get radicalised at this level. even the
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community members, muslim community leaders are looking at the way these attacks were carried out and the day it was, this explosives are not easy to get on the market. sri lankan use would not have had youth for any kind of reach towards these explosives. they must have had reach outside of the country. they are pointing out some globaljihadist movements. we don't know at this stage who are responsible, but there seems to be some sort of link with outside groups because the community leaders are very, very strong that ordinary sri lankans would be able to plan such an act. 0k anbarasan ethirajan, we believe that there. thank you.
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dozens of firefighters are trying to control a moorland fire in marsden in west yorkshire. it's thought the blaze, which broke out last night, extends to over a square mile was started by a barbecue. it's the sixth fire in the area so far this year. absolutely sell and down there on the left—hand side is easter gate, that is where a lot of families come. 0n bank holidays for picnicking. it is thought that this fire was started by a disposable barbecue. the fire started in that area. you can see this huge area, we think now around 400 hectares are now blackened out by the flames. down below us, the reservoir. that is where a helicopter has been coming to get water and dump it on the flames on this moorland. the pilot has been working since nine o'clock this morning. 15 fire appliances working here as well. we are going to speak
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to craig best who is from the national trust. how are things looking, what are your strategies over the next few hours? we are going to stay with the fire support. we fully expect the fire to burn into the evening, into the night. they will be no surprise that this is burning in the morning. 0ur rangers and volunteers will work to deploy our helicopter. it will pick up water from the reservoirs and deploy it on to the various flames. explain to people how important this area is for the local wildlife. it is a uk designated area. it is also recognised in europe for nesting birds, it is a peak landscape. it is also a great place for people. lots of people visit here. for walking or running or cycling.
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we have birds here nesting at the moment, it is an important time of year. and they are going to be devastated. yes, definitely. many birds will be looking to nest here. it could be that their eggs are burnt as well larger mammals have certainly been impacted. animals like mountain hairs. i was watching this earlier and the flames move at such a speed it is frightening. it is no doubt that small mammals would not have avoided being killed. a lot of money and investment has gone into this area as well. it is not the first fire that you have had here at marsden. how does this make you feel? we have invested millions to restore this landscape. this year, we have seen six wildfires, which is very unusual. but maybe we should not be too surprised because for several months we have seen
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hardly any rainfall. it makes this landscape very dry indeed. thank you very much forjoining us. the message from the national trust this evening is if you are coming to enjoy this moorland do not bring disposable barbecue is. this fire has been going on for 22 hours and as you have heard they are going to be here for some hours yet. that was fiona trott there. meanwhile, fire crews are still damping down on nearby ilkley moor, while flames have also spread to saddleworth moor in greater manchester. three men were arrested yesterday on suspicion of arson and today one man has been charged, the other two have been released pending further investigations. in the past hour, ilkley fire service tweeted saying...
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in northern ireland, hundreds of holiday—makers in county down spent the night in emergency accommodation — after a large hillside fire forced them from their caravan park. the wildfire happened in the mourne mountains above the seaside town of newcastle. they're now under control. chris page reports. 0n the mountainside, a fire a mile long threatened some houses as it burned through the gorse. eyewitnesses described it as a running wildfire. 50 fire fighters worked to bring the blaze under control. the flames came close to a caravan park. police went from one mobile home to another, telling people to get out quickly. buses took around to hundreds of holiday—makers to a leisure centre. it wasn't how expected to be spending their easter. very frightening. people were told to get in to their cars, move their cars. then you got in and you were told to get out of your cars and run to the front gates.
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the wind was blowing it towards the caravan site. once it hit one caravan, then they were worried about the gas bottles. once the gas bottles are hit, it would have made a chain reaction. they have now been allowed to go back to their caravans. the mourne mountains provide some of the most striking scenery in northern ireland. the hilltop scrubland adds to the rocky beauty. but when fires break out here, the wind and the terrain mean they spread rapidly. it isn't clear yet how this one began. but the emergency services have pointed out the vast majority of gorse fires are started deliberately, and pictures like these show how dangerous that can be. chris page, bbc news. in derby, a police station has been evacuated after a large commercial fire triggered a string of explosions. derbyshire constabulary say the fire at prime parkway industrial estate has resulted in a series of blasts, and the subsequent evacuation of st mary's wharf police station. they've advised local residents to keep their doors and windows shut.
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0rganisers of the extinction rebellion protests are meeting this afternoon to decide whether the group will continue to disrupt central london for another week. police say more than 1,000 arrests have been made during climate change protests over the past seven days. 53 have been charged. two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of the journalist, lyra mckee, have been released without charge. the 29—year—old was shot dead during violence in londonderry on thursday night. police said support from the community has been positive, but appealed for "tangible evidence". the queens 93rd birthday has been marked with gun salutes in central london. a 41 gun salute took place
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and then at one o'clock and 62 gun salute was performed at the tower of london. although her actual birthday was yesterday, tradition dictates that the salutes never take place on a sunday. it's been another hot day today with all four of the uk nations recording their warmest easter monday on record — according to the met office. (00v)the good weather has brought people in droves to beaches — like camber sands in east sussex — as well as parks and other outdoor attractions. temperatures are likely to fall back to the seasonal average later this week. the headlines on bbc news... times for sports day. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm gavin ramjaun. the battle to reach the premier league continues. all the championship sides were in action today — we'll have all the latest
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could a shock be on the cards, at the world snooker championships —the amateurjames cahill leads world number one ronnie 0'sullivan. and it's been a busy day of rugby league action — we'll round up all the details. hello, and welcome to sportsday, straight to the championship where leeds are taking on brentford, as they chase automatic promotion to the premier league. it is not looking good for leeds at the moment, but this is how it is looking at the moment for the results.
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and norwich city will have to postpone their promotion party... they could only manage a draw at stoke this afternoon. the canaries needed a win to guarantee their move to the premier league next season. they also needed sheffield united to drop points at hull — instead they won 3—0. elsewhere play—off—chasing middlesbrough and bristol city both lost away from home. derby are into the play off places after a late win over qpr. towards the bottom rotherham and millwall are still in big danger of the drop — they both lost. reading's game against west brom ended goalless. leeds hopes of automatic promotion have taken a blow... they have it all to do in the second half at brentford, after neal maupay gave the home side the lead at half—time. leeds are currently three points behind sheffield united in third. so here's the top of the championship. norwich still out in fron but they'll have to wait for another chance to secure promotion. they're three points ahead of sheffield united after the blades' win today. leeds willjoin them on 85 points if they win at brentford. derby sneak into the play off play places after their late win against qpr.
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middlesbrough and bristol city both lost. at that bottom... reading and qpr arejust reading and qpr are just sitting above, looking good to secure their place for next season. portsmouth bolstered their bid for an automatic promotion spot from league one, coming from behind to beat coventry 2—1 at fratton park. second half goals from tom naylor and brett pittman has pushed them up to second for the time being at least. barnsley are back there now — after beating plymouth. sunderland drew with peterborough and sit 4th. just one match in the premier league this evening. chelsea could move up to third in the table with a win at home to burnley — there's full commentary on radio five live — the match kicks off at 8. it promises to be a huge year
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for women's sport and this year's football world cup in france looks set to be the biggest ever. voting is now open for this year's bbc women's footballer of the year award. the award is in its fifth year now — and we're hearing from all five nominees over the course of the week. today, it's the turn of denmark and vfl wolfsburg forward pernille harder, who was named uefa best player in europe last year after winning the league and cup double in germany. i don't really have one celebration. normally ijust do something crazy when i get really happy. when i got the goal in the championship league, i put my tongue out. i play for a vfl wolfsburg in germany and my name is pernille harder. winning the championship and playing the champions league, the final was really big the first
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time for me. also scoring in the champions league final and then of course the personal awards i got, yeah, i got the best player in europe. it was a big moment for me. something i have been dreaming of and working hard for every day since i started playing football. my dad was a coach and my mum was the coach for my sister and yeah, it was only football in the family so it was quite natural that i would start to play. i think i wrote an essay when i was younger, when i was ten years old, that i wanted to be the best player in the world and stuff like this, i think i always dreamt about it. i don't really have one celebration, normally ijust do something crazy if ijust get really happy. i think when i did the goal in champions league, i put my tongue out. i don't know. i do something, it's just coming to me what i do and sometimes i have like this arm.
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it is like the best arm. of course it's weird, but when you're in the game, it's not, it's normal. you don't about it. it's more like the days before the game and the days after and be a bit troubling. i also what to beat her but i want the best for her so it's a special feeling. a small town in the middle of denmark, a cosy city, everyone knows each other. i have a lot of friends. i think everybody from my home town knows who i am and they are also really proud of me, i hear that all the time. you can find details of all the nominees for this year's award — and cast your vote for the winner on our website — head to football — the vote closes on thursday the 2nd of may at eight in the morning gmt. there's a shock in the making
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at the world snooker championship in sheffield. 23—year—old amateur james cahill leads ronnie o' sullivan 5—4 in their first round match. cahill is the first amateur to qualify for the event and gave an early signal of his intention as he took the first frame. the world number one fought back but has looked as if his mind is elsewhere at times and has made plenty of mistakes. cahill has created plenty of opportunities and already appears to feel at home in the crucible. he'll return to the table tomorrow with a five frames to four lead in a best of 19 contest. four times champion john higgins was made to work hard before finally coming through ten frames to seven against england's mark davis . higgins is looking to make it third time lucky after losing the last two finals at the crucible. it was a tough game. he let me off the hook a couple of times. i was really feeling the pressure at the
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end. it is a great one for me, i have not been marked for a wild. meanwhile three time champion mark selby will have to do it the hard way if he's to progress beyond the first round. he trailed zhao xintong 5—1 at one stage before taking the final two frames of the morning session. they'll play to a conclusion tonight. shaun murphy has completed only the second whitewash at the world snooker championship. the 2005 champion resumed this morning 9—nil up against chinese debutant luo honghao and rattled off the first frame to breeze through to the second round. murphy will face another former champ neil robertson in the last 16. british cyclist teo geoghegan hart has won the first stage of his pro tour career, on the opening day of the tour of the alps. the team sky rider was front and centre of a select group into kufstein. he timed his sprint perfectly on the narrow streets to beat his team—mate chris froome — who finished sixth. in rugby league's super league, leaders st helens ran in ii tries
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to hammer hull fc 62 points to 16. adam swift and kevin naiqama scoreda hat—trick of tries each. saints are still four points clear of warrington who also had a big win — 54—6 at hull kingston rovers. elsewhere, there were wins for huddersfield giants, wigan warriors and wakefield trinity. third placed castleford tigers look like they're heading for defeat in the south of france. they trail catalan dragons 19—1; with about 20 minutes left. the dragons have run in three tries to the tigers one. trainer willie mullins claimed a first irish grand national victory as burrows saint took the win at fairyhose. the 6—1 shot favourite, ridden by jockey ruby walsh, led at the final fence and had enough to hold off two of mullins other horses in isle—of—hope—n—dreams and acapella bourgeois. mullins' historic win comes just a month after winning his first cheltenham gold cup. that's all from sportsday. we'll have more
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throughout the evening. thanks for watching. we will see later on. good evening, it really has been the perfect easter break, hasn't it? 0nce perfect easter break, hasn't it? once again we have seen records broken. the warmest easter weekend across the uk. looking at 25 celsius. there were a few showers in the southwest by the end of the day and they will linger first thing on tuesday. affecting south wales as well. a breeze that is going to drag some cloud across the country. it is a little bit cooler on the exposed coast. it is all changed on wednesday with these areas of low pressure pushing in from the atlantic. it will bring some rain that could be heavy. some thunder as he goes through the day as well. it
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will be dry and warm for scotland, cooler and fresher behind. that is the change as we go into thursday. at the end of the week, it is cooler and showering, back to where we should be.
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emergency powers are imposed in sri lanka as the death toll from the easter day bombings rises to 290 — with more than 500 injured. the government there blames a little—known localjihadist group and says the attacks were carried out with the support of an international network. 0ur our main target at the moment is to help these people that are really in tea rs, help these people that are really in tears, broken into pieces. eight britons are confirmed as among the dead — including a mother and her two children who were staying at one of the luxury hotels that was targetted. a nationwide curfew is now in place across the country as the hunt for the killers continues, amid
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allegations the authorities were warned two weeks ago that attacks we re warned two weeks ago that attacks were being planned. we'll have the latest from the sri lankan capital. also on the programme this evening... stop using selective success rates — the fertility watchdog accuses some ivf clinics of targeting older women and "trading on hope". hundreds of holiday—makers are forced to evacuate — as firefighters tackle a ‘running widfire' in the foothills of the mourne mountains in county down. the new parkinsons treatment which meant this patient who could hardly walk — was able to move like this just a few months later. good evening. the authorities in sri lanka have blamed a local islamist group for yesterday's bombings — which killed 290 people — with foreigners among the dead, including eight britons. 500 people were also injured.
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the sri lankan government says the militants must have had international support. the targets were churches during easter day services and some luxury hotels — in the capital colombo, in negombo, and batticaloa on the east coast. the first reports of explosions came at about 8:45 in the morning local time. one of the first places to be targeted in colombo, was st anthony's shrine. three of the city's major hotels were also hit, the kingsbury, the shangr— la, and the cinnamon grand, followed by two further explosions on the outskirts of colombo. later on sunday, a pipe packed with explosives was defused near the airport in colombo. this morning, police found more than 80 detonators at a bus station, and later a van exploded near st anthony's shrine as security forces were defusing a bomb.
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clive myrie is in colombo for us this evening. there is a sense of nervousness here that this immediate crisis isn't over. we aren't allowed on the streets because of a nationwide cu rfew streets because of a nationwide curfew that will go on until 4am tomorrow. behind me, the kingsbury which was attacked yesterday, so we can't go on to the streets. from midnight tonight, so injust can't go on to the streets. from midnight tonight, so in just over an hour's time, a state of national emergency will be declared which means police can pick up anyone they suspect of being a potential troublemaker and they can be arrested and detained. this is coming at the same time as allegations are being made that the authorities were warned two weeks ago that there could be attacks around easter time and this coming from a spokesman from the cabinet.
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let's get the latest from our correspondence. another explosion near one of the bombed churches, in a country that's already on the edge. a van blew up when the police tried to defuse explosives inside. no one was hurt. but on easter sunday, hundreds died, many of them here at st sebastian's church. it's believed to be the site of the deadliest bombing. the hall was packed with families who'd come here to pray. a priest who was at the altar has told me thatjust before the service ended, a person entered through one of the side doors and detonated a bomb. such was the impact that it destroyed everything inside. but even here outside, shattered glass everywhere, roof tiles that are broken. and all around, a strong smell of blood and death. people have begun to say goodbye to loved ones. this family is from thailand.
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they were on holiday in sri lanka. these boys lost their mother, monique, when she was at breakfast in a 5—star hotel. my wife loved sri lanka. this was her favourite country. she was so happy, and i think maybe it was her destiny to, um... to go back home, you know, to sri lanka. among the eight british nationals who have been killed are anita nicholson, her son alex and her daughter annabel. in a statement, ben nicholson said his wife and children had the priceless ability to light up any room they entered and bring joy to the lives of all they came into contact with. asos investor, billionaire anders holch povlsen, lost three children in the attacks. the vast majority of those dead are sri lankan, hundreds of families in this country in grief. popular chef sha ntha mayadunne,
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seen here on the left, and her daughter nisanga, to the right, posted this photo just before they were killed at the shangri—la. some, like this woman, are still searching. today, a sri lankan minister apologised to his people. we are very, very sorry as a government. we have to apologise to the families and the other institutions about this incident. several people have been arrested, and the government has blamed a local hardline islamist group for the attacks. there are questions about whether warnings about the bombings were not passed on. the intelligence never indicated that it was going to be an attack of this magnitude. they were talking about one or two isolated incidents, not like this. and also besides, there is no emergency in this country. we can't request the armed forces to come and assist us. we can only depend on the police, so we informed the police.
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for the people who have endured war, these attacks are a sudden reminder of more violent times. yogita limaye, bbc news, columbo. many are still searching for relatives and family members and friends who are missing but haven't been declared dead. their bodies still haven't been recovered and the grim task of identifying those bodies is particularly macabre. at the police morgue today, the living are looking for the dead. those gathered cluster around a giant video screen as images appear, grotesque photographs of those they held dearest, still bloodied. it is a particular torment to learn notjust that a loved one has died, but to see how they died. some of the injuries mean visual identification is impossible.
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this woman survived the attack on st anthony's church. but herfriend in the picture is still missing. translation: i just saw smoke. then i grabbed my daughter's hand and we both ran. when we got outside, we saw dead people. they were small children, and i was covered in blood. it was a global tragedy. these are swiss diplomats trying to locate their missing citizens as names and pictures are cross—referenced against passport details. but it's sri lanka that by far bears the heaviest weight of loss, local people who must try to make sense of all this, a christian community left flailing for answers. it's a very emotional situation here. we are trying to console their hearts, to help these people who are really in tears, who are broken into pieces.
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there's been no violence on this scale since the end of the civil war a decade ago, with the years of peace a void of relative tranquillity for a tired people. many now pray yesterday's insanity isn't a harbinger of worse to come. that militant islamist group that the government seems to believe may have been responsible are called the national thowheed jamath which is a little—known islamist group, best known for vandalising buddhist shrines until now. that's why the officials believe they must have had international help to carry out this coordinated campaign. tomorrow is a day of national mourning as people across sri lanka remember those who died. older women are being exploited by ivf clinics, who are "trading on hope" — that's according to the head of britain's fertility watchdog.
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sally cheshire, chairwoman of the human fertilisation and embryology authority, has accused some private clinics of using "selective success rates" to persuade middle—aged women to undergo treatment. 0ur correspondent simonjones reports. susannah botting gave birth when she was 43, but only after seven rounds of ivf at several clinics, costing her £50,000. she believes she was talked into additional treatments that she didn't need and haven't been proven to work. you're there because you want to do the next round, you want to get pregnant. it goes back to the hidden costs of the treatments that you may or may not need, but you kind of go, "yes, "i'll do it, because i want to get pregnant this time round. "i don't want to go through another round". the fertility watchdog believes older women are being targeted by increasingly aggressive sales tactics. its chair sally cheshire, who's 50, says she was offered ivf treatments by clinic staff when she recently visited a fertility show in manchester. they are trading on that hope and vulnerability,
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because they know that most patients will do anything to have their much longed forfamily. what we need those clinics to do, particularly the foreign ones, is to be honest with patients. ivf involves removing an egg from the woman's ovaries and fertilising it with sperm in a laboratory before returning it to the womb to develop. the human fertilisation and embryology authority says women aged between a0 and 42 using their own eggs for ivf have a success rate ofjust 9%, unless using eggs frozen when they were younger. women a year older saw their chances of getting pregnant fall significantly to 3%, and those aged 44 and over had a success rate of i%. that equates to just two live births a year in the uk. i'm not sure it's a widespread thing in the uk, but i think there is a risk that people end up doing more than perhaps is appropriate if they are not careful. the key to it is making sure that they get good professional advice about what is appropriate for them. but the regulator wants more
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powers to protect women like susannah botting so that their hopes and dreams aren't taken advantage of. simon jones, bbc news. the fire service in northern ireland say a "running wildfire" in county down has now been brought under control. hundreds of holiday—makers spent last night in emergency accommodation after the blaze forced them from their caravan park. the wildfire happened in the mourne mountains above the seaside town of newcastle, as chris page reports. 0n the mountainside, a fire front a mile long threatened some houses as it burned through the gorse. eyewitnesses described it as a running wildfire. 50 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control. the flames came close to a caravan park. police went from one mobile home to another, telling people to get out quickly. buses took around 200 holiday—makers to a leisure centre. it wasn't how they expected to be spending their easter. very frightening. people were told to get
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into their cars, move the cars and evacuate, and then you were told to get out of the cars and run. the wind was blowing towards the caravan site. so once it hit one caravan, they were worried about the gas bottles. then it would have caused a chain reaction. they were allowed to return to their caravans this morning. the morne mountains provide some of the most striking scenery in northern ireland. the hilltop scrubland adds to the rocky beauty. but when fires break out here, the wind and the terrain mean they spread rapidly. police believe this blaze was started deliberately. county down wasn't the only place in the uk where emergency services had to tackle fast—moving flames. at marsden moor in west yorkshire, a helicopter has been scooping up water from reservoirs to deal with the blaze covering three square kilometres. it's thought the fire was caused by a barbecue. chris page, bbc news.
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what you can see here is 400 hectares of blackened moorland. this fire has been burning for around 24 hours. a helicopter pilot has been going down onto the reservoir collecting water and dumping it onto the flames. there are cruise from greater manchester, merseyside, west yorkshire who have been here for 24 hours supported by teams from mountain rescue, national trust volu nteers mountain rescue, national trust volunteers too. this fire is devastating for the national trust. they have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on this area because it is a site of special scientific interest. this is the second fire they've had this year and they would have spent around £40,000 on the helicopter involved in this effort. all because of a
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disposable barbecue. that's why they are encouraging visitors to be responsible. thank you. a british charity worker has been killed in northern nigeria. faye mooney was shot dead on friday, along with a nigerian man, when gunmen stormed a resort in kaduna state where she was visiting on holiday. three other people were also kidnapped. no—one has yet said they carried out the attack. two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of the journalist, lyra mckee, have been released without charge. the 29—year—old was shot dead during violence in londonderry on thursday night. police said support from the community has been positive, but appealed for "tangible evidence". climate change protesters who've staged a week of demonstrations in london and edinburgh have been holding talks to decide the next phase of their campaign. more than a thousand people have been arrested since the protests began. 0ur correspondent caroline davies reports. central london, day eight of the protest. tents still lie in the middle
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of a road junction and banners and stages continue to block the streets, so the crowds gathered in marble arch. i think it's a very important time, and time we're running out of. i think it's important to give support. it's all about the numbers, so the more people who show support, the more echo it will create. it's great to see so many people from all different walks of life getting involved and standing up for what we believe in. at the natural history museum, around 100 protesters lay on the floor under the blue whale in a staged die—in. over 1,000 arrests have been made so far, with over 50 people charged. among those detained was former gold olympic medal winner canoeist etienne stott. it's a big step to take, but like i say, i think this is what it's come to for me. and i think if it's working, and i believe that it is, i am happy to have been counted at this point, because this could be the start, well,
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i believe it is the start of this turnaround. over 9,000 police officers have been deployed to the protests. the mayor of london has called for the group to allow the city to return to business as usual. the group behind me are currently coordinating what is going to happen next. after over a week of disruption, they're not the only ones who want to know how this is going to continue. exactly what will happen next isn't clear. organisers suggested that more direct action is planned for this week, but wouldn't reveal the details. caroline davies, bbc news. researchers in canada have developed a treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic parkinson's disease. a quarter of patients experience difficulty walking as the disease wears on — often freezing and falling over. but researchers have found electrical stimulation to the spine has enabled some to walk more freely. 0ur science correspondent, pallab ghosh, has had exclusive access to the research. this parkinson's patient was barely able to walk for several years.
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now take a look at the same man a few months later. he's had an electrical implant fitted to the back of his spine. walking involves the brain sending instructions to the legs. the researchers believe that parkinson's disease reduces the signals coming back, causing the patient to freeze. the implant boosts that signal, enabling the patient to walk. gailjardine had the implant fitted a few months ago. this is the first time she's walked with her husband stan for more than two years. because she would freeze, she had frequent falls. researchers monitor her progress using sensors on her suit and socks. i can walk better. i have more confidence. and overall health feels better. i used to fall at least two times a day sometimes, but now i haven't fallen in over two months. how do you feel, easier? the researchers here have been
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astonished at her progress. when i first met her, she had a lot of freezing and was much more off—balance. i think it's been a huge improvement, and it's just been two months. i hope to see more improvement, but what i'm seeing right now, i'm quite satisfied with. these scans show how the treatment has altered the brains of patients. this one is before the electrical treatment. these areas control movement, and they're red because they aren't working properly. three months later, the red areas have gone and the patient‘s walking has improved dramatically. 15 patients have taken part in this pilot trial. so how well has it gone so far? beyond our wildest dreams. to be able to perform something like this in patients that are so advanced, most of these patients have had the disease for 15 years and have not walked for several years with any confidence at all. so to be able to make a difference
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in their quality of life, almost up to three years in some patients, has been remarkable. gail is confident that her improvement will continue, and that she will be able to go out to the countryside with stan more often. pallab ghosh, bbc news, london, ontario. that's it. we're back with the late news at ten. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news. let's get more now on the series of bomb attacks which killed more than 290 people, including eight britons in sri lanka. the sri lankan intelligence services have come under fire after the prime minister admitted the government was made aware about possible attacks on churches ten days ago. 0ur correspondent, nick beake has been speaking to the secretary to the sri lankan defence ministry —
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hemasiri fernando — who was on a visit to one of the bomb sites. a very unfortunate thing has happened. sri lanka has become a peaceful and democratic country and suddenly it happened. it is very unfortunate. very u nfortu nate. in other countries, so many peaceful countries where security concerns are very much... it happens. for example, new zealand, it happened, very unexpected. we want to make sure that similar things will not take place in times to come. you say these things happen but there was a clear warning, intelligence that christians would be targeted, and that intelligence was not acted upon. the intelligence never indicated that it is going to be an attack of this magnitude. they were talking about isolated, one or two, incidents. not like this. besides, there is no emergency in this country, we can't depend on the armed forces
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to protect us. we can only depend on the police. we informed the police. we informed all important departments of the police about this about this information. was any action taken on that warning? no but again... you know, any intruder can get into any place. you can freely go in the bus, in the train, you can freely go, tell me how to do these things? it is very difficult. what is your message today to those who say the sri lankan people have been failed? i can't follow you. what would you say to those who say this was an intelligence failing and innocent sri lankans have died in their thousands? this is not the first time a bomb has gone off in this country. there are several. during the height of the war when the emergency regulations were in force and every two
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kilometres there was a roadblock and we were checking everybody, even then the bombs exploded in this country. why are you trying to isolate this particular incident? it is very unfortunate, very u nfortu nate. what are you doing now? you met this morning the president and other key figures? we have had a number of meetings with the president and prime minister and we are doing everything possible to stop a similar thing happening in the time to come. are you confident you've stopped all attacks? i can't be confident with terrorism. no country in the world can say that it is not going to happen. we are trying our best. investigations are still ongoing and we want to find out the links and routes and everything. we have to do our best. your message to the people of sri lanka today, should they remain on guard? be calm and be peaceful. let the armed forces and the police and the government take
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care of the situation. do you think you have arrested all of the perpetrators? some 23, 24 people in custody now. i don't know. the president, the prime minister and the government are concerned about the current situation and we want the country to get back to normal as soon as possible. we are trying our best. it is an unfortunate incident. should sri lankans have faith in intelligence services here and the politicians to protect them in the future? i refuse to comment on that. you can't give them that reassurance? sorry? you can't give them that reassurance? no, there are certain things i can't. that was the sri lankan defence minister speaking in colombo. you are watching bbc news. here, 36 migrants including a number of women and children have been brought ashore, after three different boats were intercepted off the kent coast today. a home office spokesman says all 36 claim to be iraqi or iranian,
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but their nationalities have not yet been confirmed. from dover, our correspondent leanne lawless sent this update with the glorious weather and of course the calm seas, there was an expectation that perhaps more migrants would be trying to make the crossing. and we know that the first incident happened just off the coast here in the early hours of the morning with 11 men found on board. then further down the coast in dungeness, the lifeboat had to be called out to yet another boat with 15 people on board this time, including a number of women and children. then finally, a third incident again, just off the coast here in dover, where ten adults were found on board. all of the people are presenting themselves as either iraqi or iranians, and they will now be interviewed by home office officials. all of this comes as new home office figures show that there has been a 15% increase in the number of crossings that have been intercepted, either by boat or on the eurostar between 2017—2018. the home office today have told us that they have increased the patrols across the border and they say that anybody who is trying to make this
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crossing is risking their own lives and potentially the lives of their children. that was a leanne lawless that the point. time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good evening. for most of us, it has been the perfect easter holiday, hasn't it, really, lots of blue sky and sunshine. time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good evening. for most of us, it has been the perfect easter holiday, hasn't it, really, lots of blue sky and sunshine. yesterday was a little bit disappointing in the far north—west of scotland, not so on bank holiday monday, hardly a cloud in the sky. a few subtle differences though, a veil of high cloud arrived in the afternoon, it turned misty and murky as you can see across the south coast in falmouth. it was still dry and you were able to get on the beach. this high cloud will continue to spill its way steadily north and west overnight tonight and we run the risk of a few isolated showers across the channel isles
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into cornwall and maybe through south wales as well. so cloud and showers an issue overnight, that will prevent temperatures from falling too low. elsewhere we will see clearer skies, temperatures down perhaps 6—8d. we start off tomorrow morning again on a dry, chilly note, a little more cloud and double digits in the south west, and that high cloud could be more of an issue tomorrow. again, a good deal of dry weather with a few isolated showers fading away in the south—west, but with the sunshine turning increasingly hazy, a bit more of a breeze picking up. it won't be quite as warm. we will see temperatures perhaps peaking at around 22 degrees, always a risk of a bit cooler and fresher, particularly on exposed coasts. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, that is when the real change is set to arrive, with this area of low pressure gathering out in the atlantic and these weather front will bring some rain into the south—west, to start off with. first thing on wednesday morning, there will be some heavy rain across cornwall, across parts of south wales and stretching up across that south coast. so as we go through the morning,
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that rain will continue to drift its way steadily northwards. we will see the potential for some thundery downpours across the midlands and into the north of england. it should stay dry throughout the day across parts of scotland. here temperatures peaking at around 18 degrees but a noticeable difference with the feel of the weather, particularly once that front goes through. it will clear and dry up but only highs of around 13—15d. and the wind direction will change, driving in this moist air off the atlantic and cooler air with it as well. so it's stays showery for the end of the week and into the weekend and, more importantly, noticeably cooler for all.
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you're watching beyond 100 days. sadness and disbelief in sri lanka where too many families are now mourning their loved ones. the government says a small islamist group with international connections may be responsible for the bombings. almost 300 people were killed in a spate of attacks and there was another explosion today. after the mueller report, democrats meet to discuss the one big question — should they move to impeach president trump? also on the programme... volodymyr zelensky wins the ukraine election in a landslide victory — the comedian is a political newcomer — but he has played the president on tv. the white house hosts its biggest social event of the year as president trump kicks off
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