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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10pm: hundreds of thousands of people take part in mass demonstrations across the united states in support of gun control. we will continue to fight for those things that are right. we will continue to fight for common sense. fight for our lives. we will continue to fight for our dead friends. france says it will hold a national memorial service for the police officer who offered himself as a hostage to save others during a supermarket siege. cambridge take the 2018 men's boat race. 0nce cambridge take the 2018 men's boat race. once more, the splashing and smiling celebrations begin on the thames, this stretch of the thames, belongs entirely to cambridge. a clean sweep for cambridge at the boat race, winning the men's, women's and both reserve contests. and we'll be taking a look at tomorrow's front pages, including the observer, which carries claims from a whistle—blower
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who says the vote leave team may have broken referendum spending rules. good evening and welcome to bbc news. hundreds of thousands of students and campaigners have gathered in cities across america, for rallies pushing for tougher gun laws. the protest called march for our lives, is being led by survivors of the massacre at a school in parkland in florida last month. they've been addressing crowds around the country, vowing to "stop at nothing" until lasting change is made. here's our north america correspondent gary 0'donoghue. this is more thanjust a march. this is more than just one day, one event, then moving on. this is not a mere publicity stu nt,
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a single day in the span of history. this is a movement. this is a movement reliant on the persistence and the passion of its people. cheering. we cannot move on. if we move on, the nra and those against us will win. they want us to forget. they want our voices to be silenced and they want to retreat into the shadows, where they can remain unnoticed. they want to be back on top, unquestioned in their corruption. but we cannot and we will not let that happen. cheering. today, and every day, we will continue to fight for those things that are right. we will continue to fight for common sense. fight for our lives. we will continue to fight for our dead friends. there will be no faltering, no pauses in our cause. every moment will be dedicated to those pieces of legislation. every march, every meeting, every moment. all for that assault weapons ban to keep these weapons of war out
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of the hands of civilians who do not need them. all for the prohibition of high—capacity magazines, because no hunter will ever need access to a magazine that can kill 17 in mere minutes. cheering. all for the reinforcement of background checks and closing of loopholes, because there must be more requirement for a person to access a gun than just a wad of cash. parkland shooting survivor delaney tarr addressed the crowd. in washington, martin luther king junior‘s nine year old grand—daughter addressed the crowds. my grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. i have a dream that enough is enough. cheering. and that this should be a gun—free world. period. will you please repeat these words after me?
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spread the word! have you heard? have you heard ? all across the nation. we. are going to be. a great generation. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. my guests tonight are rachel cunliffe, comment and features editor at city am and political correspondent at the financial times, henry mance. six england football fans are being held by police in amsterdam. they'd travelled to watch the national side play a friendly against the netherlands. in total, 100 england supporters were detained, but most have been released. 0nline shopping is causing roads to be clogged up and worn out by delivery vans, councils have claimed. the distance travelled by light
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goods vehicles in britain has risen by almost 20% since 2011, according to local government association, whilst average speeds on a—roads have fallen by 4% since 2014. the amount spent on online retail has increased by 23% in a year, according to the most recent data. drivers are being dazzled by the headlights on new cars, according to an rac survey. two thirds of motorists said they were caught by the glare of headlamps "regularly" and 15% claimed they had nearly crashed because the lights of oncoming cars were too bright. all headlamps on uk cars must conform to eu guidelines. earlier, i spoke to rod dennis, spokesperson for the rac. this is actually in direct response to what our members and a lot of drivers are telling us. that's simply that a lot of car headlights these days are simply appearing to bright. we went out to a wide range of motorists right across the country to try and understand this a bit better. and sure enough the figures
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we are getting back which you quoted just there, suggest there is perhaps an issue. our understanding is because of the different types of light bulbs that are now used in cars, this is what is leading to a lot of them appearing brighter. these days, we use leds are a lot more, fantastic if you are a driver, much better view of the road, much more energy efficient, much cheaper. they last much longer. so, as a driver and a vehicle manufacturer, fantastic. but what our research is showing is if you are on the receiving end of that in another vehicle, actually it can actually be quite a hazard potentially and really get in the way of you driving safely. well, yeah, because the majority of those affected are saying it takes them up to five seconds before they can see clearly again and a vehicle travelling at 60 miles an hour would cover 134 metres in that time. that's a lot of time in which to potentially have an accident while your eyes are closed or while you are being dazzled. exactly. this is down to what leds actually do. they actually scatter the light across the back of the eye, and that means that while you can actually zone in on the led very clearly, it makes actually looking at anything else outside that led quite difficult.
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it's the same sort of thing if you look directly at an led, perhaps on the front of your fridge freezer, or microwave, or cooker or something like that and then look away, you will have that kind of imprint left on your eyes and it's that that's basically been happening again and again when conditions are dark and drivers are driving at night. so, it's something that needs to be looked at and thankfully we have spoken to the government over the last couple of weeks and it does look like the issue is beginning to be taken seriously. it seems a bit slow to be only to be beginning to be taken seriously now. i mean, this is across the eu and all of this, you know, car safety equipment has to go through an immense amount of testing. why on earth has this been allowed to happen in the first place? well, everyone‘s different. this is the thing. so, different people do receive this sort of light differently. our research shows, interestingly, that actually across the age groups people are concerned about this as an issue. but manufacturers are very attuned to this, they put in place levelling technology, which is designed to actually allow leds to sort of dip clearly so that you're not affected by them if you are an oncoming driver. the issue comes from a range of factors.
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one is many of us are driving cars which sit much higher on the road, that means the direction of the headlight will be different if you are in a car like a hatchback which sits much lower on the road. also, the condition of our roads, we talked a lot about potholes and poor condition roads, even adverse camber on the road, all of those things can affect that levelling technology and therefore can, if you are unfortunate enough, lead to those leds directly going into the back of the eye and that's what causes hundreds of thousands of people attend rallies across america, demanding tougher guns law. coast to coast, the protestors included survivors, of last month's high school massacre in florida. we will get rid of these public
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serva nts we will get rid of these public servants that only serve the gun lobby, and we will save lives! tributes pour in for the french police officer who died saving the lives of hostages, during yesterday's supermarket siege. nato‘s top man in afghanistan, claims russia is trying to stall efforts to end the war, with the taliban. and scandal on the cricket pitch. australia admit cheating in their 3rd test match against south africa. good evening. hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in rallies across america, demanding the white house and congress, back tougher gun laws. the protests called "march for our lives" have been led by survivors of the massacre at a school in florida last month,
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in which 17 people died. there were rallies in solidarity here in the uk, in sydney and in tokyo. washington dc saw the biggest turn out for an anti gun demonstration for 25 years, with celebrities joining students and teachers in vowing to "stop at nothing , " until lasting change is made. here's our north america editor, jon sopel. this wasn't some run—of—the—mill saturday morning protest by a bunch of disaffected kids, this was way, way bigger than that. far more significant. what do you hope today will achieve? i hope that congress will actually do something about gun laws. stop ignoring us. we should not have guns in schools. donald trump is wrong for even trying to give teachers guns at all. and it wasn'tjust in washington, protests took place across the country,
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bringing the so—called apathetic, don't care generation onto the streets in unprecedented numbers. these children, tomorrow's voters, are determined that this should not be a one—off protest, but in the national rifle association they have an implacable opponent. it really is the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. # it ain't about how fast i get there... the rally had performances by the likes of miley cyrus and ariana grande. but the headliners were the young people. there was martin luther king's nine—year—old granddaughter, who had a vision of her own. i have a dream that enough is enough. cheering and that should be a gun—free world — period. then of course there were the survivors from the marjory stoneman douglas school in florida.
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we will come together. we will get rid of these public servants that only serve the gun lobby. and we will save lives! we need to arm our teachers. we need to arm them with pencils, pens, paperand the money they need. they need that money! and finally, silence. since the time that i came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. the shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend with the students as they escape and walk free for an hour before arrest. fight for your lives before it's someone else‘s job. cherring jennifer hudson brought
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the rally to an end, singing the times they are a changing — they may well be. after what these young people have been through, they‘ re not intimidated by the nra, nor cowed by politicians. it won't be easy to change america's gun laws, but for the first time, in a very long time, it no longer seems impossible. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. president macron of france says a police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege showed "exceptional courage," and died a hero. tributes have been paid around the world to lieutena nt—colonel arnaud beltrame, who was shot by an islamist gunman yesterday, in the town of trebes in the south of france. three other people were also killed and sixteen were injured. lucy williamson reports. this attack has become not the story of a gunman,
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but the story of hero, arnaud beltrame, the man who made astonishing bravery seem natural, almost routine. flags were lowered to half—mast at his former base today, and at units across the country, to pay homage to their colleague and friend. he was remembered here, too, by those who never knew him — another tribute every few minutes. he is a hero for me, because he's given us his life for a lot of people. he knew it was dangerous, what he did, but he did it. the gendarmerie said arnaud beltrame‘s death was a reminder of their daily commitment to protect the people. for the people themselves, his actions are a defiant response to the country's would—be attackers, a reminder of the best of france. today, the sight of so much drama was a chilled and empty crime scene,
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its car park still littered with the debris of a terrified and desperate flight. inside this building yesterday, arnaud beltrame offered up his life in place of others, his mobile phone secretly connected to colleagues outside, giving the operation a vital edge. his brother told french radio that arnaud had died a hero. translation: what he did was beyond the call of duty. he gave his life for strangers — he must have known that he didn't really have a chance. if that doesn't make him a hero, i don't know what would. his mother said she wasn't surprised at what her son had done. "that's the way he lived and the way he worked," she said. "he used to tell me he was just doing hisjob — nothing more." that's not how it feels today. lucy williamson, bbc
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news, carcassonne. the official brexit campaign, vote leave, has been accused of breaking electoral spending rules during the eu referendum. a former worker on their campaign has claimed in interviews with the observer newspaper and channel 4 news that the organisation breached official spending limits. 0ur political correspondent iain watson is here. just feel as then on the background to all of this? i will do my best! the allegation comes from a former volunteer, shahmir sanni, who is effectively saying that the main campaign to leave the eu treaty by spending more than it was allowed. the main allegation is that vote leave was allowed to spend £7 million during the campaign. 0ther campaign groups were allowed to spend £700,000 but in addition to its own spending, it gave more than
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£600,000 to a guy called darren grimes to run a youth campaign called beleave. that is perfectly legal but what they are saying that effectively this was nothing remotely independent, shahmir sanni says this was effectively a front for vote leave, who were required to spend all the money they got on a company doing digital advertising for the leave campaign. if that were true then that would be a breach of the rules. i have to say all the main figures behind the live campaign are robust, and so is darren grimes and even if the electoral watchdog, the electoral commission, which is currently investigating, even if it finds a breach of the rules, i have to say, it has no power to rerun the referendum. iain watson, thank you. two policemen have been killed in a car bombing in the egyptian city of alexandria. government officials say the city's security director was the target. his vehicle was passing
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by when the device went off and he escaped unharmed, but five others were injured. the attack comes two days before the presidential election. the commander of nato forces in afghanistan says russian influence is destabilising efforts to end the conflict there. generaljohn nicholson's comments come as the us steps up air support for afghan forces who, he says, are making progress against insurgent groups, including the taliban. 0ur south asia correspondent justin rowlatt reports. and there is some flash photography in his piece of. high above the mountains of north—eastern afghanistan, f—16fighterjets take turns to refuel. ..look good, nice and stable. i've got eyes on them. minutes later... disconnect. ..they‘re ready to get back into the fight, providing air cover for afghan forces battling insurgent fighters. 17 years into this war, and, says the commander of us and nato forces in afghanistan, russian interference is making the conflict even more complicated.
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well, what we have seen is destabilising activity by the russians, we see a narrative that's being used, that grossly exaggerates the number of isis fighters here, this narrative then is used as a justification for the russians to legitimise the actions of the taleban and provide of the taliban and provide some degree of support. us air power is here to back these guys — afghan commandos. this exclusive footage shows them besieging a taliban stronghold and capturing a taliban commander. the plan is to double the number of these elite troops. they call these guys the tip of the sphere, it's theirjob to take the fight to the taliban. commandos like these and special forces make up just 10% of afghan troops. but they carry out 80% of offensive operations.
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but, says the general, some of the taliban insurgents these troops will be fighting are likely to have been armed by russia. we've had stories written by the taliban that have appeared in the media about financial support provided by the enemy, we've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by afghan leaders and said, "this was given by the russians to the taliban." last month, the president of afghanistan made an unprecedented peace offer with a wide amnesty for taliban leaders who join negotiations. but there's been no response yet. the taliban have rejected such offers in the past, and the fear is that foreign meddling in afghanistan is likely to make any peace here even less likely. justin rowlatt, bbc news, afghanistan. with all the sport, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes
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at the bbc sport centre. thank you very much. good evening. it is being called one of the darkest days for australian cricket after a player was caught blatantly cheating in a test match today, encouraged by his captain. cameron ba ncroft encouraged by his captain. cameron bancroft was seen using a piece of tape to rob the poor in the third test against south africa in cape town. he then hid it in his trousers before being questioned by the umpires. captain steve smith, who led australia to their ashes win against england a few months ago, confessed to being part of the plan. ba ncroft confessed to being part of the plan. bancroft has been charged with ball tampering. i saw an opportunity to potentially use some tape, get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket and try to, i guess, change the ball condition. we spoke about it at lunch, and i'm not proud of what happened, you know, it's not
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within the spirit of the game, my integrity, the team's integrity, the leadership group's integrity has come into question and rightfully so. come into question and rightfully so. meanwhile, england's opening test against new zealand continues to be thwarted by rain. 0nly test against new zealand continues to be thwarted by rain. only 17 balls were bowled before play was abandoned in auckland today. new zealand will begin batting on day four 175 runs ahead as england feel the hangover from their dismal 58 i’u ns the hangover from their dismal 58 runs first—innings total. cambridge have completed a clean sweep in the university boat race. men's and women's teams cruised to victory over 0xfo rd women's teams cruised to victory over 0xford on the river thames, leading from start to finish. john watson reports of. the traditional battle on the river thames. under overcast skies, a battle for clear water. cambridge starting on the south side soon had the pick of it. calm waters and calm heads, building a lead they would not relinquish.
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commentator: cambridge appeared to be entering a period of dominance... they got a course record last year and it ushered in an era of light blue dominance, with back—to—back wins for the first time in 19 years. after defeats to oxford last year for the cambridge crew in the men's race, could they match the performance? they started as strongly. with a lead comes the advantage of plotting the best course, the men's crew demonstrating power and control as they seized the lead. with the tallest man to compete, cambridge's jim letten, lead. with the tallest man to compete, cambridge'sjim letten, at 6ft 10, they compete, cambridge'sjim letten, at 6ft10, they have the levers. andrew cotter: and cambridge take the 2018 men's boat race! an emphatic victory, today this stretch of the thames belonged entirely to cambridge. formula 1 is back for a new season cambridge. formula 1 is back for a new season and defending champion
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lewis hamilton looks to be at his dominant best. he produced his insatiable late qualifying lap to claim pole position for tomorrow's australian grand prix, describing it as close as he can get to perfection. his team—mate valtteri bottas crashed out in melbourne. northern ireland's footballers won theirfriendly against northern ireland's footballers won their friendly against south korea, beating them 2—1 at windsor park. debutant paul smith came off the bench to score the winning goaljust two days after impressing with the u21s. that's it from me. is always there's much more on the bbc sport website, including the rugby union news from today. that's it. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. but from me and the rest of the team, have a very good night. good evening. it may be an hour less
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in bed tonight but there is some good news pass more sunshine tomorrow! it will be a lovely day across parts of scotland. this was fife this afternoon. this is storm hugo, which will produce a torrid night in france and spain, but as it gets further away from us, it will ta ke gets further away from us, it will take that cloud further south and east. the cloud will be confined to parts of the channel islands, the south—east and east anglia by the end of the night. clearer skies in its wake but with those clearing skies, a widespread frost into tomorrow morning. frost free for the channel islands and the south—east and east anglia. that is where the cloud will remain in place. but it will be breaking up and we will get some sunny will be breaking up and we will get some sunny spells and a cracking afternoon across england and wales compared with today. one or two very isolated showers, chiefly from northern ireland and northern scotla nd northern ireland and northern scotland but even here we will have
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temperatures into double figures. a fine end to sunday. lighter evenings, of course. milderand cloudier air clear conditions to take this into sunday evening, only one thing that will happen, temperatures will drop widely, the frosts will develop forjust about all as we head into monday morning's rush hour, few towns and cities will stay above freezing just but elsewhere get ready to scrape the cars. that sets us into a week ahead in which we will see a battle of milder air pushing through to start with and then it's going to be a case of what will win, the atlantic winds or is it going to be colder air trying to make a comeback from scandinavia? certainly on monday, after a frosty start it will be the atlantic air that wins over, meaning after a sunny start with mist and fog patches in eastern areas and central areas cloud will increase, many areas dry but cloud in wales and western england and northern ireland and the temperatures will pick up, in double figures. through monday night and into tuesday as the area of low pressure works
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across bringing rain for many, as it sinks southwards we could start to introduce the colder air and some snow on the hills in northern england and scotland. so, just as british summertime begins and the clocks go forward tonight, cold air could be making a comeback. hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first the headlines. hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets across the united states, calling for stricter gun controls. survivors of the florida school shooting led the biggest
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