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This is a BBC News. The headlines. Rebekah Brooks resigns as chief


executive of News International. She says she wants to concentrate


on clearing her name. As I said when I called her resignation 10


days ago, this isn't about one individual but the culture of


organisation. Rupert Murdoch meet the family of


murdered teenager Milly Dowler. He gives what is described as a humble


apology. We will have the latest


developments in another dramatic day in the scandal. Also coming up:


an investigation into three suspicious deaths at Stockport


hospital. Police say solution was


deliberately tampered with. A strike at the BBC. News services


are disrupted as journalists take industrial action over compulsory


redundancies. Europe's biggest ever lottery winners celebrate landing


�161 million. We were tickled pink! The whole notion of winning so much


Rebekah Brooks has resigned as chief executive of News


International. She faces allegation over her role in the phone hacking


scandal. And illegal payments to police officers. In a statement she


said Geller deep responsibility for the people who had been hurt. She


wanted to concentrate on defending a record. This afternoon, Rupert


Murdoch apologised to the family of Milly Dowler. The revelations about


a can of her phone sparked the crisis. This report contains flash


photography. She is the most high-profile


casualties so far in the scandal which has spread to both sides of


the Atlantic. For the past 10 days, she has been at the heart of the


storm which has swept Rupert Murdoch media empire and remained


by his side. Today she decided to step down. In her statement she


I am pleased that Rebekah Brooks has finally accepted responsibility


for what happened on her watch as editor of the News of the World,


backing of the phones of Milly Dowler for example. When I called


for her resignation 10 days ago, this isn't about one individual but


the culture of an organisation. man picked up to replace her is


already at his desk. He has been brought in from Sky TV in Italy.


Writing to all at News International staff, James Murdoch


thanked Rebekah books for 22 years -- Rebekah box. Not a view echoed


in the House of Lords where she was referred to. She said she likes to


be on the bridge. I was a seafarer for 10 years. I would like her on


the bridge if you didn't know what direction she was going in. That is


why she is gone, thank God. This afternoon, Rupert Murdoch acted to


underline the apology offered by his former chief executive.


Travelling across London to meet the family who lost their daughter


and who are amongst the alleged targets of his paper's phone


hacking. The shock expressed by Milly Dowler's family has fuelled a


sense of national outrage. Mr Murdoch emerged after one hour to a


barrage of questions. The lawyer eventually gave details of the


conversation. He was humbled to give a full and a sincere apology


to the Dowler family. We told him that his papers should lead the way,


to set the standard of honesty and decency in the field, and not what


had gone on before. Tomorrow, Rupert Murdoch the signature will


appear on a further apology in every main national newspaper. The


News of the World was in the business of holding others to


account, he says. It failed when it came to itself. Rebekah Brooks may


have left the bridge but her role in this developing story and her


forthcoming appearance with her former employers at next week's


select committee will ensure she remains in the headlines.


Rebekah Brooks had worked for News International for 22 years before


becoming chief executive. She edited its most popular tabloid


titles. We look back at her career. Rebekah Brooks was closer to Rupert


Murdoch and his own daughters, some said. She was close to his son,


James, who runs the UK business. Even at Rupert's patronage couldn't


save her. She took over the News of the World in 2000. She was


Britain's youngest national editor at 32. Campaigns like Sarah's law,


naming and shaming paedophiles, showed she was not afraid of


controversy. The papers are on the side of protecting children and not


the rights of paedophiles, and I strongly believe the public are


behind us. A former colleague on the news of the World says she is


tough and talented. She got to the top because she is ambitious. Some


people might say ruthless. Others would say talented. She was


certainly a person that did stand out. Rebekah Brooks is a well-


connected woman, knowing its celebrities and politicians. Her


former husband is a Ross Kemp. She was on good terms with more than


one prime minister. Tony Blair. And the current Prime Minister, David


Cameron. She would get on with Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, David


Cameron. They know that she says what she believes. As opposed to


many people. Her friendships brought to access, influence and


stories. But she made mistakes balls-up this admission to a


parliamentary committee was one. have paid the police in the past


for information. That is against the law. Her successor resigned as


editor over the phone hacking scandal but Rebekah Brooks was


promoted to News International's chief executive, denying all


knowledge of wrong doing. Critics were not impressed. It is


inexplicable to me that Rupert Murdoch has this strange


affiliation with her because she wasn't that a brilliant as an


editor. For example, she turned down a huge leak about the MPs


expenses on the grounds that there wasn't enough sex in it. Of course,


the Telegraph got the story. That's not very good. She seemed to think


every story had to be about sex. No. Now the woman who had become a


lightning rod for public anger has gone.


Tom Barton is at Westminster. Earlier, you were at at hotel where


the meeting between Rupert Murdoch and the Dowler family took place.


It seems as though, overnight, Rupert Murdoch decided this was the


day of apologies. Yes, Chris Comber it is hard to know for sure what


led to this run of decisions by Rupert Murdoch and News


International, first the announcement this morning before


10am that Rebekah Brooks was stepping down as the chief


executive of News International. At some point this morning, but calls


also made from News International's lawyers to the lawyer for the


Dowler family. They said Rupert wants to meet you. That meeting was


set up for this afternoon. An extraordinary meeting at the end of


an extraordinary 10 days. A meeting in which Mr Murdoch apologised to


the Dowler family, he put his head in his hands several times, he


looked humbled and shaken according to the family lawyer, who was in


that meeting. That apology, of course, to be repeated tomorrow in


the national newspapers. Everyone in the country, to print that


personally signed apology by Rupert Murdoch. It has been an


extraordinary day. I think one in which the Murdoch family, News Corp,


News International will all be hoping they can begin finally to


draw a line under what has been the most astonishing 10 days about the


media. May be drawing a line under that but of course the questions


will be asked from Tuesday when they come face to face for a


grilling. Absolutely it. No matter how hard they tried to draw the


line and the story, it seems that it keeps coming back. The sense


amongst MPs and Peers here in Westminster is that everything the


Murdoch family do is too little too late. It almost feels, to many who


have been watching the story, who have been campaigning against the


Murdochs, and against the actions of the News of the World, they're


only doing things when it feels like they are forced to. They are


hoping this will draw a line under it but no matter how hard they hope,


there is no getting away from the fact, Tuesday next week, both James


Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch, senior figures in News Corp, will be in


front of MPs facing the culture of Media and Sport Committee. There


will be Rebekah Brooks, because when she accepted that invitation


she was chief executive of News International. She is no longer


chief-executive of News International but has indicated she


will still appear and it will be fascinating to see if her leaving


the company, will in any way influenced what she has to say to


that committee. How she response to M Ps, under what will be,


inevitably, a very tough grilling. Tom, thank you.


Police are investigating the deaths of three patients at Stepping Hill


Hospital in Stockport after staff discovered vials of saline had been


tampered with. A further 11 patients have been affected but are


not seriously harmed. John Williams has the story.


Staff at the hospital contacted police on Tuesday after patients on


one ward were found to have unexplained low blood sugar levels.


Detectives believe they were wrongly given insulin after their


medication was tampered with. The police say someone had done so


deliberately. Over the past two days, our major incident team,


having now identified potentially three suspicious deaths, all


involving a 44-year-old woman, and two involving males in the


Seventies and Eighties. Detectives believe saline used to treat


dehydration, patients are not able to take food and liquid orally, had


been contaminated with insulin. Health service managers say the


hospital is safe. It was the start who brought this matter to our


attention and I have asked them to be extra vigilant to help safeguard


patients. We have increased security in terms of access to the


hospital and to medicine and replaced all saline drips in the


hospital. Patrols at the hospital have been stepped up but at one


place, people should feel most cared for, police say.


A main opposition groups in Libya have been recognised as the


country's legitimate government by America and the Alliance of


countries seeking the removal of its leader Colonel Gaddafi. The


announcement came at a special meeting in Istanbul of so-called


Contact Group's. Top officials for the US, Britain


and 40 countries and organisations meeting in Istanbul have reached a


historic decision. To formally recognise the Transitional National


Council, as the country's legitimate representatives.


assurances they offered today reinforce our confidence that it is


the appropriate interlock government for the USA in dealing


with Libya's present and future. That is why I announced earlier


that, until authority is in place, the USA will recognise the TMC as


the legitimate government authority for Libya. We will deal with it on


that basis. It came as NATO called for increased efforts to find and


destroy Colonel Gaddafi's remaining weaponry. Britain is sending four


more tornadoes strike jets equipped with sophisticated sensor pods.


These can detect movement and weapons at some distance, allowing


them to be targeted. Britain's Defence Secretary denied that


NATO's campaign was running out of steam. We have been intensifying


our campaign against the Libyan regime. We have been selecting


targets to ram home the message that we are very serious, Colonel


Gaddafi needs to stop the violence he is inflicting on his own people.


The international community has international law and military


capabilities but above all else, we have the resolve to see it through.


Britain's Ministry of Defence says the additional tornadoes are a


temporary deployment lasting just one month. Few are prepared to bet


for certain that Colonel Gaddafi regime will be over in 30 days.


Let's go to Washington to talk to our Correspondent there. Colonel


Gaddafi has already dismissed the recognition, as expected, but how


significant is it? Very significant. It is the final step in what has


been a very slow evolution in the way the USA has dealt with the


Libyan Transitional National Council, the rebel opposition group.


It started with Washington a few months ago, acknowledging them as a


representative, of the Libyan people. It then moved on at some


point last month, to the USA saying they were the sole legitimate


representative of the Libyan people. And now we have this final step,


which is the USA saying and recognising them as the legitimate


governing authority and that is different from saying that they are


a legitimate government because the USA doesn't recognise governments


but States. It needs to find a way to boost the credibility of the T N


S C so it has chosen this wording of governing authority for this


interim period until Colonel Gaddafi steps down and is removed


from power. The Nato-led military Yes, there does not seem to be a


military outcome to this in the near future, unless we see some


sort of action on the ground in the coming weeks also. It is not clear


how this ends. It is probably why Washington has taken this


additional step in boosting the opposition in Libya, because this


step will allow, not only the United States, but other countries


around the world which deal with the TMC, to unlock frozen assets,


some $30 billion which were frozen after the war started. The money is


badly-needed to help the TMC boost their credibility in areas where


they are operating, where they have to provide services to keep people


fed and happy and enable them also to fight on the ground. We heard


Hillary Clinton speaking from the meeting earlier, we are aware that


America slipped back after the initial phase of the military


campaign in Libya, just how much notice are the American people


giving the campaign in Libya and how involved is the White House?


The White House is very involved. United States is a key NATO member,


but they have wanted to make sure that their NATO partners take


responsibility, take their fair share of the load when it comes to


fighting this war in Libya, to protect civilians. There is some


dispute about whether it is only about protecting civilians or only


about removing Colonel Gaddafi from power. The United States is coming


under criticism that it is not going all the way, that it is not


doing enough to move there so long. This is a country that is facing


increased economic crisis and it simply cannot put itself forward as


much as it did before and it wants its European allies to take a fair


share of the low does well. That means it is taking much longer that


-- than many people had anticipated. Thank you.


The News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch has met the family of the


murdered teenager Milly Dowler, to say sorry to them personally about


the phone hacking. Tomorrow, a series of News


International advertisements will appear in the papers apologising


for what the Murdoch's call serious wrong doings that the News of the


World. And Rebekah Brooks resigns as chief


of News International. She says she feels a deep responsibility for the


people hurt in the phone hacking scandal.


Journalists at the BBC are taking part in a 24 hour strike in a


dispute over compulsory redundancies. The walkout began at


midnight and is affecting news services on television, radio and


online. The BBC says it is disappointed by the action. What do


want? Save our jobs. Pickets were outside the BBC in


Cardiff today and at regional centres and local radio stations


across Britain. The National Union of journalists described the strike


as solid. Nobody wants to go on strike and lose a day's pay but


management have left us with no option. At Television Centre in


west London, managers and none striking staff worked to put out


news programmes but services were affected. Some programme guests


refused to cross picket lines. The strikes are over compulsory


redundancies at Bush House, the headquarters of the World Service


and the BBC Monitoring Centre at Caversham, brought on by government


cuts to their grants. The NUJ says no one should be forced to leave if


they do not want to. Management says that is not practical. In a


statement, the BBC said, we apologise to our audience for any


destruction this may cause. Industrial action will not alter


the fact that the BBC is faced with a number of potential redundancies.


Lucy Adams, the director of business operations said in an


email, no business of our size could commit to such a policy. The


NUJ has criticised the BBC for refusing to use the conciliation


service ACAS, to find a way forward. It calls the BBC stance stubborn.


Plans are being drawn up for big cuts across the organisation which


will mean more job losses and possibly, more strikes.


Eight European banks have failed tests to see how they would cope


with any future financial meltdown. 90 banks, including four from the


UK, had their finances examined in detail by the European Banking


Authority. Five banks from Spain, two from Greece and one from


Austria failed the test. All four UK banks were given a clean bill of


health. Charlie Gilmour, the adopted son of


the print -- Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, has been jailed for


violent disorder. He was arrested last year after protests against


student tuition fees. �15 million has been raised for


victims of the worst drought in East Africa for six decades. The


Disasters Emergency Committee so that is not enough to help the


estimated 10 million people who are fighting famine and disease. Clive


Myrie has been travelling through some of the worst affected areas in


northern Kenya from where he sent this report.


This is north-eastern Kenya, one of the poorest parts of the country,


the landscape parched, the allowance -- lives of the people


blighted by drought. In one hospital in the district of


Habaswein, we found three-month-old Umi, she weighs less than a bag of


sugar, less than half the weight of a healthy newborn child. The weight


of her mother meant she was weak at birth. My daughter is a live now


but I worry about how we take her home. We have so little. In the bed


opposite, another mother consumed by malnutrition. She gave birth


just before we arrived at the hospital but she is grieving. Her


son was buried an hour ago. Azumi clings to life. She is a source of


pride for a father. Later, he took us to a village and explained how


the drought had wrecked lives. All our animals are dead, there is no


grazing pasture, he said, because there is no rain. We have nothing.


A short walk away, rotting animal carcasses bake in the sun.


This village is typical of so many communities of this part of rural,


north-eastern Kenya, reliant on livestock for everything, for milk


and fruit and if the animals are sold for an income. Normally, this


area would be teeming with cattle and goats but it is completely


empty. Dusty roads around here twist


through a land that has not seen rain for close to three years. We


found an outreach clinic in a village. This child is hot, tired


and underfed. This card says he is severely malnourished? He is


severely malnourished, yes. with the right food supplements, he


and so many others can survive. Already, the generosity of the


British public means we are saving children's lives but we can address


the underlying causes. We can help the communities rebuild their lives,


harvest and build reservoirs when it finally rains. Help came too


late for baby Mohammed, buried at just 20 days old. The sharp twigs


around his grave are to stop hyenas digging up his body. But it is not


too late to save others, if the world acts now.


You are watching BBC News. A couple from Falkirk have emerged as the


winners of the record-breaking Euromillions jackpot. Tuesday's


prize of more than �161 million was Europe's over -- biggest ever. This


report contains flash photography. They say they are just a normal


family, not flashy, not celebrities. But Colin and Chris Weir, a retired


TV cameraman and a former nurse are now one of Britain's wealthiest


couples. It was some hours after Tuesday's draw when Chris realised


she had the winning ticket. They were still checking the numbers


when the dawn broke. We could see the sun coming up and it was just


magical but we could not sleep, we were absolutely full of adrenalin.


We even opened a bottle of wine and I do not drink! Here, those you


root millions results now! With morning came the confirmation that


they had won the jackpot, after weeks of rollover as. The wind


catapults the couple to 130th on the Sunday Times Rich List, still


some way behind the combined wealth of David and Victoria Beckham. They


would have preferred not to go public but did not think they could


keep their massive win secret but they want to enjoy it. We are not


scared of it. It will be fantastic and so much fun. They are


determined to do some good with their windfall. They do not plan to


move house but there is talk of foreign travel and maybe a new car.


I do not think we will be immediately swapping cars. If you


have got a reliable car, what is the point? I will be swapping cars!


And one of the first things they intend to buy? Eight ticket for the


next draw. And that is a round-up of the day's


news here on BBC News. One more story to bring you. The


Queen has paid tribute today to the code-breakers who worked at


Bletchley Park, the top secret cypher station which broke the


German Enigma codes in the Second World War. She unveiled a memorial


to the men and women who worked there and made such an important


contribution to the victory over Nazi Germany.


They were some of the darkest days of the Second World War, when


Britain's survival was in the balance. Out in the Atlantic, the


shipping convoys bringing essential supplies, the food without which


the population would staff, the munitions without which the war


effort would collapse, were being sunk by German submarines. The U-


boats which had a largely free rein to plunder convoys that will. Adolf


Hitler's Nazi Germany was in danger of winning. Britain desperately-


needed a breakthrough to survive. It happened here in the secluded


countryside 40 miles north of London. This is Bletchley Park,


quiet and rather overlooked now. 70 years ago, these prefabricated hut


were part of Britain's most vital establishment. It was here people


break the codes of the German military. The country's most


brilliant mathematicians, crossword experts and linguist were brought


together to solve the messages of this, the supposedly impenetrable


German cypher machine known as enigma. A British-built this. It


was called colossus and it is generally considered to be the


world's first computer. With it, codes which had taken the code-


breakers six days to crack by hand could now be broken in a matter of


Hello, if you had the sunshine, make the most of it. There will be


spells of rain and showers and the temperatures will be coming down.


This does not look like a chart we would expect in mid- July. Because


of the low pressure, the wind will pick up. Tomorrow, the wettest


weather will be in southern and eastern England. A band of heavy


rain will move on three and elsewhere a rash of showers. By 4


o'clock, we are into brighter, showery weather through North East


England, the Midlands and East Anglia. The last of the rain will


depart in the South East into Kent. Elsewhere along the south coast it


is blustery. Showers will be hit and miss it nature. Dry and bright


spells in between. Sunshine and between the showers in Wales and


north-west England. They are driven along by a brisk wind. The range of


not last too long. For Northern Ireland, the showers moved through


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