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Maria Sharapova is suspended for two years after testing
The Russian tennis star calls the ban unfairly harsh
Deadline extended - UK voters have more time to register
to vote in the EU referendum after a last-minute rush
Accused of being behind the deaths of hundreds of migrants,
one of the world's most wanted people smugglers is arrested.
International fans flock to see the boy wizard,
who's back, this time on London's West End stage.
She hasn't played international tennis since announcing her positive
Now Maria Sharapova has discovered what the penalty for a taking
A tribunal has suspended the former champion for two years raising
serious questions about her future in the sport.
Sharapova admits she took Meldonium, during this year's Australian Open
but says she was prescribed the drug for medical purposes
Our sports news correspondent Richard Conway has this update
from Wimbledon where the world's top players will soon compete.
Within minutes of that decision being known today,
Maria Sharapova issued a statement saying she would appeal
and that she wanted to be back playing tennis.
But, of course, she won't be here at Wimbledon
It was here in 2004 that Maria Sharapova was launched to fame
by winning the Ladies Singles title at the age of just 17.
But now she is 29, she is at the peak of her career,
but she is facing that two-year ban that stretches back
to January this year, to the Australian Open,
when she tested positive for a substance called Meldonium.
Maria Sharapova said she took that substance because she had
She wasn't aware that it had joined the list of prohibited substances
only on January the 1st, so she offered that as a defence,
but an independent tribunal has said that's not a good enough defence,
and they accept that, while she didn't intend to cheat,
she should have known about the rule change.
So that appeal will now go forward but it could be some time before
we see Maria Sharapova back here at Wimbledon, back of course
at the Rio Olympics, which she looks now set to miss
as well, and of course at any other Grand Slam.
It could be 2018 before we see her in competitive
There's more on this story, including What Is Meldonium?,
on the BBC News website and if you're watching
on BBC World News, stay tuned for Sport Today,
With just over two weeks left until voters decide whether Britain
should leave or remain in the European Union,
it's becoming increasingly clear that the campaign will go down
A few hours ago, the British government announced
that the deadline for voters to register has been extended
That's because the registration website crashed on Tuesday before
the midnight cut-off, meaning that some people could have
According to the government, almost 60,000 people
were trying to use the service when the problem was first reported,
It lasted until after midnight, when more than 20,000 people
But the government's data does not show whether those users
Our Deputy Political Editor, John Pienaar, has the details.
Were you one of those who try to register to vote
At over 500,000 clicks and counting, the official website crashed.
Thousands were denied the right to join the EU referendum, so today,
an emergency decision to grant more time.
David Cameron, who believes the bigger the vote,
It is extremely welcome that so many people want to take part in this
massive democratic exercise, in this vital decision
The new deadline will be midnight tomorrow.
Gordon and Nicky from Worcestershire tried to register last night.
And it's really great, I think, that the Government
are being flexible and responsive so quickly to make sure that people
I hope a lot of young people are also online at this very moment,
because it is their future more than ours.
This vote will decide Britain's place in the world for decades so no
surprise more time has been given for voters to register.
Tonight, the Remainers, who believe a big turnout
at the polls will help their side, look happiest.
That is why the campaign has become frantic, with the Leavers
warning of mass migration if we stay inside the EU
and the Stronger Inside talking of a meltdown in the market
Now there are fresh warnings that if Britain chooses to leave the EU,
many more Scots will want to leave Britain.
The Leavers say they will support the decision to extend the time
to register but not all of them are happy about it.
Any idea of rewriting the rules in any substantial way would be
madness and make the country look like a shambles in the run-up
If they left it till the last minute and all tried to register yesterday,
that is their fault and we should not change our regulations
in the middle of a very important referendum campaign simply
to suit those who have not organised their personal affairs
well enough to secure their registration in good time.
But thousands more will be able to vote.
Will more young voters swing it for Remain?
Or more voters angry about EU meddling when it for the Leavers?
-- Or more voters angry about EU meddling win it for the Leavers?
There is not much cheer from either side so far.
It has been more about competing visions of gloom.
But on the 23rd of June, voters will decide once
and for all how the country is run, and the skies are already darkening
It's not just the UK where Euroscepticism is on the rise.
A new survey shows that other countries within the EU
are increasingly disenchanted with the way Brussels works.
The European Union is most popular among some of the newer member
By contrast, France and, perhaps not surprisingly,
Overall, younger people are more positive about the Union.
In France and the UK this contrasts sharply with older age groups,
whereas other nations like Italy and Hungary see little variance.
Let's talk through these numbers with Nina Schick, from Open Europe,
a think tank remaining neutral in this referendum debate.
Not very surprising that the newer member states, the former Soviet
bloc countries, rather enthusiastic. But increase, very unfavourable. --
in Greece. In France, though? This distrust of the EU is a trend that
has been happening for some years. The Eurozone crisis is still not
over, and the austerity in some southern countries is incredibly
hard to bear. 50 or 40% youth unemployment in some countries. Add
to that, Europe is facing the migration crisis, which has seen
loyalties split at such a level that we haven't even seen at the height
of the Eurozone crisis, it is facing a challenging time and this is a
continuation of a trend we have seen for a few years. You talk about the
way the EU has handled the EU crisis -- migration crisis, most countries
disapprove of of how that has been tackled. The policy was to have a
quote to redistribute refugees around EU countries. When it comes
to something like refugees and migration and asylum policy, it is
very sensitive, and although some countries like Germany have been
welcoming, the Eastern and central bloc have said they do not want to
take refugees and they resent that Brussels thinks it can force them to
do so. Young people seem more optimistic. Is that because they
don't have as much experience? It depends country to country. In
Poland, young people are more sceptical and in the UK more
optimistic. All the people think they have signed up to a common
market whereas young people think of it as right to travel and live
abroad. This is a general trend but it depends on which country we are
talking about. What is interesting is how the people who have been
polled think about the future of the EU, it is kind of split. At the
highest level of the EU, they take any kind of victory they can get,
because it has been bad news after bad news. Over five years of
economic crisis, then the migration crisis. This optimistic vision of
Europe is being increasingly challenged across the continent and
one of the problems as people think Brussels is so far removed from
them. If you look at national elections, people turnout higher
than European elections, cos they feel closer to their representatives
at a national level. Part of the challenge is that there is no such
thing as one EU citizens are -- citizenry, and Brussels seems very
distant. As we just heard, the Pew research
suggests that an overwhelming majority of people in Europe
are unhappy with the way the EU has But efforts to identify people
traffickers and to bring them A 35-year-old Eritrean who's thought
to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa
to Europe has now been James Reynolds reports
now from Rome. Mered Medhanie was
brought to Italy by jet. His journey to Europe was easier
and safer than those made by the migrants who paid to go
on overcrowded boats. TRANSLATION: It is a particularly
important arrest. He is the head of one of the most
advanced criminal organisations dedicated to the trafficking
of migrants and the new path has been opened thanks to international
cooperation between agencies. Mered Medhanie, who is 35,
is accused of smuggling migrants, bribing officials and extorting
money from families. Prosecutors believe he smuggled up
to 8000 people a year He and an accomplice may have
taken in up to ?700,000 In 2013, one of his suspected boats
went down near an Italian island. Investigators say Mered Medhanie
was heard on the phone His phone conversations
may have cost him. British intelligence agencies
were listening in and helped We would consider this to be a major
disruption of an organised However, we still have
other investigations and lines of inquiry,
particularly where we focus our attention on high priority,
iconic individuals who certainly feel they are out of reach of law
enforcement and of the courts. And those smugglers are still able
to dispatch vessels towards Italy. These migrants were
rescued this week. Hillary Clinton has been celebrating
her long-sought milestone, becoming the first woman to lead
the US Democratic Party's She had secured the number
of delegates needed for the nomination even before
Tuesday's primary elections. President Obama congratulated her,
saying her campaign But there's just one problem,
her rival, Bernie Sanders is refusing to give up,
as James Cook reports. All men are created equal,
says America's Declaration That has sounded dated
for a very long time and yet it is only now,
240 years on, that it may be about to change,
thanks to this woman. Thanks to you, we have
reached a milestone. The first time in our nation's
history that a woman will be a major party's nominee
for president. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic
challenger, says he will not quit. He is intent on making
what will surely be a symbolic stand at the party's
convention next month. Next Tuesday, we continue
the fight in the last I know that the fight in front of us
is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight
for every vote and every As her rivals point out,
Mrs Clinton is one of the most unpopular presidential candidates
since polling began. This is shaping up to be
the bitterest of battles. We can't solve our problems
by counting on the politicians The Clintons have turned
the politics of personal enrichment into an art
form for themselves. Her place in history
all but assured, Hillary Clinton "To every little girl
who dreams big," she said, "Yes, you can be anything
you want, even president". Here's another remarkable thing,
Mrs Clinton could become the first First Lady to move
into what was once her husband's Let's bring in our Washington
correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue. Before we talk about the hurdles
Hillary Clinton has to get across, let's take a moment because that has
been a somewhat remarkable achievement. Yes, it is and the
cemetery is striking as well because it was eight years to the day after
she had had to concede that she wouldn't become Democratic nominee
because Barack Obama turned out to be the first African-American to
become president of the United States. He won the primary eight
years ago. But here she is, having said 80 years ago, we've made 18
million cracks in the glass ceiling, she has finally broken through and
will be the country's first ever female nominee from a major party.
Could be the first ever female president of the US. It is quite a
moment and wherever people are on the political spectrum, they
understand that marks a moment in this nation's history. Even Barack
Obama has asked Bernie Sanders to get behind Hillary Clinton, but he
is still holding strong. He said he wanted to go to the end of the
process. Believe it or not, there is one more primary to go in
Washington, DC next Tuesday. It will not make any difference to the
outcome but he wants to go through to the end. I think to prove that
this isn't just a sort of flash in the pan candidacy, he thinks he has
started something, he thinks he is shaping the future of the Democratic
party, and I think you had seen in Hillary Clinton's speeches and her
rhetoric, she has had to change some of her policy positions and language
to take account of these young people who have got behind Bernie
Sanders. Her challenge is how does she picked them up and get them
behind her? They haven't got any where else to go, and likely to vote
for Donald Trump, but they might stay at home if they do not feel
enthused by her campaign and it is her job to do that.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
At least ten people people are reported to have been killed
and dozens more wounded in a series of air strikes on rebel-held
areas in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Activists say one of the strikes was near a hospital.
It's not clear who's responsible, but government forces are seeking
Turkish media says a car bomb has exploded at a police station
in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.
Turkey's Prime Minister says three people were killed
Ambulances rushed to the scene in the town of Midyat,
The blast comes a day after eleven people were killed in a bomb attack
Authorities in Singapore have announced that public servants
will be blocked from accessing the internet on work
computers from May next year for security reasons.
Officials said the move aims to plug potential leaks from work e-mails
and shared documents amid heightened security threats.
French security forces have carried out an anti-terrorism training
It's in preparation for the European Football Championship
Hundreds of police, emergency services and special
forces were involved in a simulated terrorist incident.
This is Lyon's main square and, in a few days' time,
this is where tens of thousands of people will flock to watch
Many fan zones like this are dotted up and down the country and,
tonight, the French security services, the emergency services,
are testing their abilities to respond in case of the worst-case
TRANSLATION: Tonight we have an exercise with two interests.
The first is to see how the police react after an attack.
The second is how we communicate across forces so that we are ready
These anti-terrorism exercises have been taking place across France over
There's 700,000 security forces, police, some special forces
involved, and the message is that this will be a huge
security presence for fans, that they should be vigilant,
they should enjoy the football but ultimately have confidence that,
if anything goes wrong, these people and the security forces
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed a joint
The speech is a mark of his rehabilitation in Washington.
For years he was banned from entering the US
following controversy over religious violence that took place
while he was chief minister of his home state of Gujarat.
Today, our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history.
Comport, candour and convergence define our conversations.
The controversial artist who set fire to the door of Russia's
security service has been fined 7,000 dollars, in what's being seen
as a rare show of leniency by Russian authorities.
Pyotr Pavlensky first gained notoriety when he nailed himself
to Moscow's Red Square, but it was his torching
of the Federal Security Service last November that landed him in prison
Sarah Rainsford watched the trial in Moscow.
Handcuffed and under police guard, a Russian artist is led into court.
Pyotr Pavlensky likes to shock his public, but his latest
work landed him behind bars, on trial as a criminal.
The question is, was this art or just arson?
The canvas, or target, was the headquarters of the FSB,
As the fire he lit rose behind him, the artist stood silent and still.
Pavlensky calls this his comment on the rule of terror in Russia.
We've just been let in for the final few moments of this trial.
The judge is about to return to deliver the verdict,
and the artist, there inside his metal cage,
surrounded by police, bailiffs and a huge number of cameras.
But after seven months in prison, the artist was released
Outside, cheered by supporters, Pavlensky said he had no regrets.
His work was meant to expose the mechanisms of power, he said,
ruling over 146 million people through fear.
The artist's style has always been controversial.
Like the time he nailed himself to Red Square by the scrotum.
It was a comment on apathy and indifference.
Or when he chopped off part of his ear to prove his sanity.
It has left many baffled or disgusted, and the criminal
But Pavlensky himself is quite clear.
TRANSLATION: They are trying to label me, to say this is how
a criminal or a sick mind views those in power.
But I am an artist, I am doing political art.
Pavlensky's work is challenging but he is making it
Harry Potter is back, this time on the London stage.
And the audience at the first public performance of the play
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child were not disappointed.
The latest instalment in JK Rowling's saga
received a standing ovation, as fans finally found out
what had happened to the boy wizard when he grew up.
You have been amazing for years at keeping Harry Potter secret
so you did not spoil the books for the readers who came after you.
So I'm asking you one more time to keep the secrets.
Before the play began, JK Rowling made this
Fan dressed as wizards and witches queued around the block
as they waited to clear the strict security.
Whatever it was they saw in there,
The play is expected to be the theatrical
When tickets went on sale last October, the first 175,000
The face value of tickets starts at ?15 but some have sold
These behind-the-scenes pictures give us a glimpse of the characters.
What we do know of the plot is that it picks up where the last
novel leaves off, with Harry as an overworked employee
at the Ministry of Magic dealing with his youngest son, Albus.
The biggest challenge we had through all of this and the biggest
ambition was to make something the fans loved,
and if tonight's reaction is anything to go by,
it looks as though we may have done that.
The play is in two halves and part two gets its premiere tomorrow,
and it officially opens at the end of the month.
How exciting for all those fans out there.
But for now, from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.
This evening's storms will fade away quicker than last night leaving most
of us dry to start Thursday. But humid