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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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A gay clergyman has accused the Anglican Church in Wales

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of homophobia after he was rejected for the role of Bishop of Llandaff.

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The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John,

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The Church in Wales strongly deny the accusation.

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A closely guarded process, but the selection of the next

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Bishop of Llandaff has taken longer than expected.

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The first meeting of an electoral college of church officials

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Now, a leading gay cleric, who narrowly missed out on the role,

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says homophobia played a part in his rejection.

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It is understood the Very Reverend Jeffrey John received

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a majority of the votes, but not the two-thirds majority

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He says homophobic remarks had been made

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In a letter to the Bishop of Swansea and Breccon,

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he said he has been told by an existing Bishop

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that it would be too much of a headache to appoint him.

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He goes on to say the only arguments against his appointment

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were directly related to his homosexuality

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and/or civil partnership, namely that his appointment

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would bring unwelcome and unsettling publicity to the diocese.

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Mr John has missed out on a Bishop role before.

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He was nominated as Bishop of Reading in 2003, but he was asked

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to withdraw by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

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The Church in Wales says the process for a new Bishop

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of Llandaff will continue, so they won't be making any

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Asked about the accusations of homophobia,

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they said the Bishops would deny it.

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Jeffrey John himself has declined to be interviewed on the issue.

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A Wales Office minister has described Scotland as

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"another country" after a recent trip to Edinburgh.

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In a newspaper column, Aberconwy MP, Guto Bebb,

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It comes after First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced

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she'll seek a second referendum on Scottish independence.

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Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, said Mr Bebb's comments

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were designed to generate discussion on the issue.

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A suspected explosive device has been found on a Gwynedd beach.

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North Wales Police were alerted to the find just south

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of Porth Neigwl, near Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula - at around

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A 100-metre cordon has been placed around the device -

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which is due to be detonated safely tomorrow morning.

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Parks in Cardiff are set for a ?600,000 regeneration,

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as the city gets ready to host the Champions League

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Changing rooms will be refurbished at Trelai Park, with new drainage

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A number of playgrounds will also benefit, with the money from

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the Champions League Legacy Cash, and the council.

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An event has been held in Cardiff to highlight the plight

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of a British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran on charges

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained while trying to leave

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the country with her baby daughter in April 2016.

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Her sister-in-law, Rebecca Jones - who's a GP in Cwmbran -

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says the UK Government should publicly condemn what's happened.

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The Foreign Office says it's supported the family

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Nazanin went to a year ago to celebrate the Iranian festival of

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the year and then was detained suddenly and we haven't seen her

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since. Her daughter Gabriella has been taken away from her, is still

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trapped in Iran under the care of Nazanin's parents, and we are

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desperately, desperately trying to get them back reunited and back

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home. Rugby and Six Nations officials

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will review events in the closing stages of Wales' 20-18

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loss to France. Wales coach Rob Howley says he's had

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to "question the integrity of our game" after France replaced

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prop Atonio with Slimani in extra time, after he'd already been subbed

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earlier in the 100-minute match. They will also look at into

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an alleged bite on George North. Ice hockey and the Cardiff Devils

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have been crowned the Elite League champions tonight -

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their first league They beat the Sheffield Steelers 6-2

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last night to secure the trophy, as well as beating

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the Fife Flyers tonight 6-1. It's their second silverware this

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season after winning Let's take a quick look

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at tomorrow's weather now. And after a mostly cloudy,

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mild and wet night for most. It'll be a breezy day

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with rain at first. The worst will be in

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the south of the country. Brighter spells should

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develop in the afternoon, although there will still be

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a chance of one or two Highs on Monday

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of around 11 Celsius. We'll have updates from 6.25

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tomorrow morning in Breakfast. Good evening. There is some rain

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coming into the southern half of the UK as we speak. I think by the end

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of the night it will have got into the Midlands and much of

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