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the headlines at five p.m.. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has accused the chancellor of risking a trade war with the rest of the eu over brexit. he appears to be making a threat to the european team unity saying if you don't give us what we want, we will become the sort of strange entity on the shores of europe. senior doctors are warning cancer operations in some hospitals are being cancelled because of a shortage of beds. the questions i was asking, you have cancelled this operation, how long have i got before i will not have the chance to have an operation to get this removed? also, donald trump is warmed by the head of the cia he needs to watch what he says. and france urges him not to move the us embassy in israel to jerusalem. france urges him not to move the us embassy in israel tojerusalem. it comes as delegates from 70 nations attend a conference in france in an attempt to kick—start the middle east peace process. a debate over whether to bring in birds of prey to
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cut the number of seagulls on britain's beaches. coming up, song, dance and romance, good lala land to be one of the big 0scar good lala land to be one of the big oscar winners. we will get the verdict in the film review. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has accused the government of threatening a trade war with europe if it doesn't get the deal it wants over brexit. he was responding to comments by the chancellor, phillip hammond, who told a german newspaper that britain wouldn't "lie down wounded" if it no longer had access to the single market and hinted that corporation tax could be cut in response. on tuesday, theresa may is due to reveal details of her brexit strategy. 0ur political correspondent tom bateman reports. under pressure to reveal a plan
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for brexit, theresa may will hope to answer her critics this week, calling for unity and an end to insults or relieving the eu. —— insults over leaving the eu. injune, people voted for change, and a change is going to come. when she first detailed her thinking on brexit, the prime minister said it must mean control of immigration policy and ministers with the power to strike global trade deals. her speech on tuesday seems likely to reflect that, which many interpret as britain being outside the formal markets, but seeking bespoke trade deals. i think the prime minister has always been clear that she wants the uk to be an open, outward looking trade nation. she has said that on a number of occasions. that is the positive we have on the uk moving forward. and obviously ensuring that uk companies
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have the best access to the ability to trade with and operate within the european union. the chancellor said there would be a hardball approach to the talks. he was asked by a german newspaper about lowering tax rates to entice business. he said: he said britain wouldn't lie down wounded, but would be competitive. the labour leader attacked the comments, saying they amounted to an ultimatum. he appears to be making a sort of threat to the european community, saying, if you don't give us what we want, we will become this sort of strange entity on the shores of europe, where there will be low levels of corporate taxation designed to undermine the effectiveness or otherwise of industry across europe. it seems to me a recipe for some kind of trade war with europe. mrs may will hope to shine more light on the heated debate over brexit.
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so far at least, her call for unity shows little sign of being heard. we can speak now to the former cabinet minister and leading leave campaigner, iain duncan smith. theresa may making a very important speech on tuesday, a lot of people now expecting her to make her plans for a hard brexit, a clean brexit, is that how you see it?” for a hard brexit, a clean brexit, is that how you see it? i don't know, obviously i'm not going to speculate about what she will say. i know what i believe is right is that we will make it very clear to the european union that what we want is a proper clean break. we don't want to be in the internal market and they are not likely to offer it to us they are not likely to offer it to us because we they are not likely to offer it to us because we want they are not likely to offer it to us because we want control of our borders. so that means not in the internal market and not in the
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customs union because we want to set oui’ customs union because we want to set our trade deals but it does mean however, as the chancellor hinted at today, that we want to have the best trading arrangements and there's no reason why we shouldn't have a proper free reason why we shouldn't have a properfree trade reason why we shouldn't have a proper free trade agreement with the eu and also full access to services. what's interesting about that is the chief negotiator said i understand in the last few days to some meps that it in the last few days to some meps thatitis in the last few days to some meps that it is vital to the eu to have full access to london's financial markets, otherwise he knows that all the capital they take will be much more expensive so the capital they take will be much more expensive so it is good for the eu and it will be good for the uk. he mentioned what the chancellor has been saying to this german newspaper. jeremy corbyn says this threat of lowering corporation tax is effectively saying there could be a trade war on britain could become a trade war on britain could become a kind of bargain basement economy. no, ithink a kind of bargain basement economy. no, i think the chancellor was really saying that it is in our
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interest to the eu and the uk to reach a very good arrangement. we are already in the eu, when we leave there's not a lot of adjustment to ta ke there's not a lot of adjustment to take place over is no reason we shouldn't have a free trade arrangement either with full access and terrorists for access or otherwise. they will then have full access to the uk, after all they trade more with us than we do for them, and they need london for the lowering of the cost of capital. so these things he's arguing, these are good for both of us but if the eu was to decide we are not going to do that, then there is already going to bea that, then there is already going to be a price to pay and that's been determined by the governor of the bank of england last week who said that he thought that if the eu didn't behave correctly over this, they would suffer more as a result
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of brexit on the uk would. that's the important a make over this, we are not going as supplicants, we are going as a powerful trading nation which the eu wants to trade with and we wa nt which the eu wants to trade with and we want to trade with the eu. the prime minister said let's stop the rhetoric and get down to the idea of doing the deal with free trade, access to financial services, but we will be outside the eu when we do it. what about the prime minister's tactics? she was allowed more details of her brexit strategy and yet all along she has been saying she doesn't want to show her hand before the negotiations so people are confused about whether she will show her hand or not.|j are confused about whether she will show her hand or not. i cannot a nswer show her hand or not. i cannot answer what is in her speech on tuesday because i'm not writing it but i think it is wholly likely she will certainly say things about the way in which things will work, when we will be invoking article 50, how
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the repeal bill will work, some of the repeal bill will work, some of the deadlines we are likely to see. she may well say something about some of the baselines for negotiation in the sense that without giving away the detail, basically saying we are not going to, as she has already said, being the single market. we want to take back control of our laws and be able to make these trade deals with america and new zealand, as was announced the other day, china and india, all of these places are lining up to do trade deals. it is difficult to say what will be in the speech but the government are certain they will invoke article 50 at the end of march. it is in the interest of the eu not to mess around but to have a parallel arrangement and deal with what the relationship is like after we leave the eu. that's what the chancellor was backing up the prime minister today when he said over to you, you can decide to do this the right way
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oi’ can decide to do this the right way or decide to do it a different way, which basically means the uk will certainly thrive and prosper but the eu will be damaged by that. 0bviously eu will be damaged by that. obviously i know you don't know what is in the prime minister's speech but the sunday telegraph quoting a government source as saying, "she has gone for the full works, people will know when she said brexit means brexit, she really meant it". is that news to your ears —— music to your ears? the prime minister has been clear since last year, in 0ctober she said we are taking back control of our borders and we will make trade deals with the rest of the world. if you take that as a package back at the conference, she reiterated it a week ago, i don't think she has been anything else but clear. we will not be in the single market or the customs union because you would have to be subject to european law, but what she is saying is we are open for business so we
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wa nt to is we are open for business so we want to be able to have a good free trade trading arrangement with the eu, no reason why we shouldn't, and full access to financial services. after a ll full access to financial services. after all the eu needs access to london and financial services more than we need access to the european union for those services so that's a good deal to be done for both of us. as friends and partners we will go on cooperating and trading with them. the key point is we are leaving the eu but not leaving europe. europe will remain as our friends, share defence and intelligence, arrangements friends make, but we won't be inside that legal structure of the eu and that's a vital point so i think she's been pretty clear really. iain duncan smith, thank you for your time and spending some of your sunday afternoon with us. thank you. cancer operations are being cancelled because of pressures on the nhs, according
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to the royal college of surgeons. its president says cancer procedures used to be protected because of their urgent nature, but for the past two weeks that has not been the case in some uk hospitals. earlier, ian eardley, a vice—president of the royal college of surgeons and a consultant at stjames' hospital in leeds, told us cancellations were happening all over the uk. we've been speaking to one man recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. he explained how he felt when he learnt his operation, which was scheduled for last weekend, was cancelled. the nhs is under enormous pressure at the moment, increased admissions combined with difficulties in getting patients home because of lack of support in the social and community, means that hospitals are just too full and they can't do a elective surgery. while cancer operations are usually the cases that are most important, up and down the country patients with cancer are having their surgery cancelled or delayed. we have been speaking to one man recently diagnosed with prostate
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cancer. he explained how he felt when he learned its operation, which was scheduled for last weekend, was cancelled. it is devastating to get that type of news. i had a letter that was saying it is very unprecedented, it's never happened in his time as a surgeon, and that was great to hear but from my point of view, the questions i was asking, 0k, you've cancelled this operation, how long have i got before i'm not going to have i got before i'm not going to have the chance to have an operation, to get this removed. you're telling me it is still contained within my prostate, when is it going to break out? is it going to be weeks? he told me, my cancer would double in size in 18 months. every day, and i've said it before, i wake up and the first thing i think about is my cancer, when is it coming out. i want it out
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of me as soon as possible. it's not an easy decision to make, to have your prostate removed because the side—effects of that, but i want to live as long as possible and i don't wa nt to live as long as possible and i don't want to go down the same route. i saw my father, i saw that disease eating him from inside out and i don't want to go down that route, i really don't. 0ur correspondent richard lister told me more about the warning from the royal college of surgeons. it's not just it's notjust a problem for nhs england, they've been hearing it every day. they have triggered a survey amongst all the hospitals in the country to find out the extent of the problem. they say they haven't got the definitive statistics yet but they tell me
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large numbers of hospitals from across the uk are having to postpone cancer surgeries and that so far, just in the last two weeks, it has affected dozens of cancer patients. why are they saying this is happening specifically now then? simply because of the pressure on the nhs. half of hospitals in england declared a major alert in the first week of the year because of the pressure on nhs resources and they simply don't have the inpatient beds to make sure every person who is due to have cancer surgery can have space in hospital to have it done and of course when they come out of surgery for the care they need. that's the problem, it is the pressure on resources. and obviously very upsetting for the cancer patients to think they are having the procedure and then it is cancelled at the last minute. very much so, it is difficult for people being treated to prepare themselves for surgery mentally, and get help in if it is needed, and then to be
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told sometimes on the day that it won't happen and they don't necessarily even at that stage have a date when it will happen. necessarily even at that stage have a date when it will happenm necessarily even at that stage have a date when it will happen. it can be very traumatic. the northern ireland secretary, james brokenshire, has said that he's not yet considering the possibility of direct rule by uk ministers after the resignation of northern ireland's deputy first minister martin mcguinness. mr brokenshire is obliged to call a fresh election if there is no resolution to the political deadlock at stormont by five o'clock tomorrow afternoon. speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show, mr brokenshire also dismissed the idea that britain would consider a joint government with the republic of ireland. i'm not contemplating alternative to devolved government in northern ireland, that is my resolute... really, given that it might be in the pipeline very soon? my responsibility is to make sure we are working with each of the parties and we are not looking at greater division and my concern is an
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election campaign will be divisive and lead to greater distance between the parties at the end of that. it is that worked there for that i'm doing and will continue to do, and i would really encourage the parties themselves to think about these big issues on how they conduct that campaign and how we are able to build things back together once it is concluded. we can talk now to our correspondent gordon adair who's in belfast. we have got this deadline tomorrow, what exactly does it mean? what is expected to happen? at noon tomorrow, the two biggest parties, sinn fein and the dup, will be invited to nominate the first minister and deputy first minister. this chain of events was put in motion a week ago by martin mcguinness resigning. tomorrow the sinn fein and dup will be asked to nominate a first minister and deputy first minister to replace them. it
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is expected the dup will nominate arlene foster back to her existing position but sinn fein have said they will not nominate a deputy first minister and so that will crystallise a position that has existed for a week now, where we have no first minister or deputy first minister. at five o'clock tomorrow it will be exactly a week since martin mcguinness stood down and at that pointjames brokenshire will have no option but to call an election. he is obliged to do that within a reasonable length of time, so that's open to interpretation what a reasonable length of time is. what are the risks to power—sharing in northern ireland because of this crisis, would you say? we are in, effectively, unchartered waters with this. the election would have to be
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called, most likely called from march the 2nd for reasons of mathematics. it is 43 days from which the point james mathematics. it is 43 days from which the pointjames brokenshire announces it and we are looking at probably march the 2nd. the chances are, most observers seem to think the situation will remain virtually as it is, the sinn fein and dup will be returned as the biggest parties. there is a theory that the controversy which ostensibly sparked this whole crisis, it could have an impact on the dup's vote but another school of thought is that the dup will fare well because they have a simple message in this which is sinn fein are trying to push us about, let's give them a bloody nose. for the ulster unionist party, it is more difficult, they are trying to encourage change, but most observers
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seem to think the two biggest parties will remain the two biggest parties, sinn fein and the dup. in effect this is an election to negotiations for an assembly. if they can't, during that negotiation period, agree, theoretically we could have another election but obviously we cannot just could have another election but obviously we cannotjust keep having elections and returning the same results and at that stage it seems inevitable james brokenshire will have to step in and do something. he is ruling out the possibility of direct rule orjoint authority, as you said in your introduction. the headlines on bbc news: the labour leaderjeremy corbyn accuses the government of risking a ‘trade war‘ with europe if it doesn't get the deal it wants over brexit. a warning that cancer operations in some hospitals are being cancelled because of increased pressures on the nhs.
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delegates from more than 70 nations meeting in paris reaffirm the necessity for a two state solution between the israelis and palestinians and warn against unilateral steps. the outgoing director of the cia has said donald trump doesn't fully understand russia's actions, intentions and capabilities. john brennan said that when in office mr trump should be very careful about lifting sanctions against moscow, unless it changed its behaviour. the cia chief also questioned the message the president—elect was sending by underplaying american intelligence accusations that moscow used cyber attacks to undermine the us presidential election and warned donald trump against spontaneous reactions that could have a profound impact on the united states. meanwhile in his last ever tv interview as president, mr 0bama described his successor as unconventional and warned he shouldn't be underestimated. jane—frances kelly reports. washington is busy preparing
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for a new president. us air force personnel practice perfection and ahead of donald trump's inauguration, which will take place on friday. in his last tv interview as president, barack 0bama has been speaking about his time in office, and also about his successor. he described him as an unconventional candidate that won an improvisational campaign. now he is in the process of building an organisation. and we will have to see how that works. it will be a test, i think, for him and the people that he has designated, to be able to execute on his vision. president 0bama admitted he had passed on some words of advice to mr trump. one thing i said to him directly, and i would advise my republican friends in congress and supporters around the country,
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is just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don't get eroded, because there is a reason they are in place. activists led by the reverend al sharpton have been on the streets of washington, criticising donald trump for comments he has made on twitter regarding civil rights campaigner, congressmanjohn lewis, who said trump was not a legitimate president. we won't be trumped! many more protests are planned in the run—up to friday. security will be tight for a president that has made a virtue of being different, and has gained support because he is not part of the political establishment. a major international conference on peace in the middle east,
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has claimed that viable states for both israel and the palestinians — the two state solution — remains the best way forward. and it's called for both sides to refrain from unilateral steps that might prevent that happening. delegates from 70 nations attended the meeting in paris. the palestinians welcomed the conference, but israel said it was biased against it. the french foreign minister said it was clear the international community was united in calling for two states and an end to violence. there's a warning that air passengers arriving in britain will face "severe disru ption" after brexit, unless there's an increase in border force staff. the airport operators association says passport checks for eu nationals are likely to become more stringent, leading to longer queues and processing times. here's our home affairs correspondent danny shaw. there are record numbers of travellers at britain's airports. in 2015, there were 251 million passenger journeys. it's thought last year's
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figure was even higher. but there is concern that growth in air traffic hasn't been matched by an increase in resources for border force, which is responsible for immigration and customs checks. the airport 0perators' association says that has led to longer queues at passport desks and it's concerned delays will worsen. at present, eu travellers use separate channels or automatic e—passport gates. they tend to be quicker than for passengers from outside of europe. but after brexit, if people are all screened in the same way, the association says overall waiting times will increase. in evidence to a parliamentary enquiry, the association said introducing tighter controls on eu passport holders would be, "highly disruptive for passengers, airlines and airports." it says airports would have to spend millions of pounds on extra facilities for immigration checks, so it is asking the government to keep the current system in place for eu passengers travelling to uk airports. the home office says it would be wrong to set out details of how
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future immigration controls might work in advance of negotiations with the eu. but the department says border force has the capacity to meet passenger demand and maintain security. danny shaw, bbc news. a sound of the seaside? or a blight on the beach? seagulls are synonymous with the coast, but they're also known for stealing food from people. so at one british resort, they're debating whether or not to bring in birds of prey to reduce the seagull numbers. emma glasbey reports from scarborough. seagulls and scarborough just go together. but in recent years, the relationship has been turning slightly sour. the number of birds in this town has grown to a few thousand and especially in the summer, it's claimed they are becoming more aggressive. i have seen them take food from people's hands. for children, it can be quite scary. people feed them.
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they feed them titbits and they should not encourage them to come to the area. i don't think it is a real issue. i think one or two people complain too much about it. the council has been discussing what to do about the gulls. councillors could decide to hire a firm to work on reducing the number of birds over the next few years. we would use egg and nest removal. that is not removing all eggs from nests, that is removing a percentage. we work with natural england on that to say, this is how many we're going to take, and report back the numbers. we also fly birds of prey. we are not going out to kill anything, that's for sure. the idea is to move them to nesting in the cliffs or further away from town. it may be winter, but there are still seagulls around. injanuary, you would expect them to be all out to sea, but they are so used to being fed here, they are staying on land.
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if action is going to be taken, it will need to happen soon. the seagull mating season is about to begin. time for a look at what is happening with the weather. good evening, i hope you've had a nice weekend. the chances are it has been cloudy and drab, hopefully some bonus over the next few days but i'm not promising an awful lot. you can see the extent of cloud cover on the recent satellite picture. drips and drugs through this evening, then more persistent rain pushing through the heart of england and wales, fog on higher ground as well. my old from most places though, temperatures well up at breakfast time, more so over western parts of the uk. however further east time, more so over western parts of the uk. howeverfurther east it time, more so over western parts of the uk. however further east it will be chilly with a touch of frost over
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the far south—east, east anglia, and the far south—east, east anglia, and the odd for march. somewhat drier through northern ireland and scotland, my as well, but even here i think not much in the way of brightness. there will be some glimpses of blue sky through the day, particularly across parts of east anglia and the far south—east, and hopefully across northern ireland it might cheer up, but through the central slice we continue with the thicker cloud and some outbreaks of rain although the heaviest bursts should tend to fade away. a contrasting temperatures, many places mild. that will be a theme that continues through the week. on into tuesday, again a touch of frost across the far south—east and east anglia. cloudy further north and north—west, with rain crossing north—east scotland, but my. through the early part of the week at least that will be the theme, cloudy skies were generally
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mild across the north—western parts of the uk, temperatures around nine or10 of the uk, temperatures around nine or 10 degrees. further south and east, it will be a bit brighter but more chilly as well, particularly across east anglia and the south—east. highs of 5 degrees, and where the skies are clear overnight we could see some sharp frosts. this is the weather this evening. mind you, that's nothing in comparison with the colder weather which is set to dominate across much of continental europe with quite severe frosts here and daytime highs remaining below freezing, even down across spain and portugal. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says the government risks a future trade war with europe, following comments by the chancellor which implied the uk could use its corporate tax rates to stimulate investment after brexit. the royal college of surgeons says hospitals around the uk are reporting sharp increases
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in the number of cancer operations being postponed, because of a shortage of beds. the combination of increased admissions through accident and emergency, combined with difficulties in getting patients home because of lack of support in social care, means hospitals are too full. means hospitals are too full. a major international conference to try to kick—start peace talks between israel and the palestinians is under way in paris. delegates are expected to reaffirm support for a two—state solution to the conflict. president 0bama has described his successor donald trump as "unconventional", and warned that he shouldn't be underestimated. on friday, mr trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the united states. coming up, the sport. and after that, mark kermode and gavin esler will be taking you through this week's latest cinema releases, including this year's leading 0scar contender la la land. stay tuned for that.
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first, the sports news. will perry has it. good evening. we will go straight to the live action at old trafford, where manchester united trail against liverpool. before this game, united had won nine on the trot in all competitions. liverpool we re trot in all competitions. liverpool were awarded a penalty in the 26th minute, paul pogba handling. james milner took the penalty to give the visitors the lead. simon mignolet has denied mkhitaryan and ibrahimovic. everton upset manchester city's title challenge with an 4—nil win in the premier league's early kick off today. it leaves pep guardiola's side fifth — ten points off league leaders chelsea as adam wild reports. when these sides met in october,
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everton managed —— manager ronald koeman described manchester city as the best team he had ever met. here they were meeting again. the compliments this time might have to wait. if there were any pleasantries, they wait. if there were any pleasa ntries, they want wait. if there were any pleasantries, they want coming from raheem sterling. convinced this challenge deserved a penalty. replays suggest he might have been right. nothing given. everton seemed in no mood to drag —— to dwell on it. romelu lukaku finding time and space to take his moment to reflect. he wasn't the only one. whatever the half—time message was from pep guardiola, he wasn't getting through. unlike kevin mirallas. less than two minutes in, 2—0 to everton. if that was unexpected, what came next was the stuff of dreams, specifically those of teenager tom davies, his first goal for his boyhood club. everton's bright future playing out in the present. look and only joined
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future playing out in the present. look and onlyjoined ten days ago. welcome to merseyside. a day when ronald koeman was keeping his condiments for his own side. ronald koeman was keeping his condiments for his own sidelj ronald koeman was keeping his condiments for his own side. i think the second half was perfect. in every aspect of football. the first half, we controlled it but they had some good chances. i think the difference was we scored at the right time in the game in the first half. but also the second, straight after half—time. that made it very difficult for them. we created enough chances to score the goals. when they arrived, they scored goals. that is tough for the players, mentally. that's why you have to keep going, to work harder. in the last minute it's another game. in the last minute it's another game.
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a masterclass from virat kohli consigned england to defeat in the opening one—day international. eoin morgan's side made their highest losing score in a 0di, hitting 351 in pune. but india completed the joint—third best chase of all time in 48.1 overs. patrick gearey was watching the action. you would forgive one englishman for being a little jaded on parade. joe root became a father last saturday, flew long haul and saturday and was at the crease on sunday. no time to rest in one—day cricket, a game of co nsta nt rest in one—day cricket, a game of constant bustle and muscle. jason roy took the wheel. he ran out of stea m roy took the wheel. he ran out of steam and 48. ben stokes hoist the lingered to 350, their highest one—day score against india. even totals that they can evaporate. an early rattle of wickets reassured england. but none of the four who went was virat kohli. indian
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captain, indian icon, a man who soars under scrutiny. a six to com plete soars under scrutiny. a six to complete his 27th one—day century. if that created a stir, wait for this. jabba have got 100. the heavy lifting had been done. time to show off. right now they seemed few heights —— there seem few heights india cannot reach. a last minute try from from chris ashton denied scarlets a famous win over saracens in the pick of the day's action in rugby union's european champions cup. scarlets still had hopes of overhauling toulon into a qualifying position at the start of the day's play. they went in front against the defending european champions through scott williams in the second half. and it looked like the welsh side might hold on for a crucial win, but with 80 minutes already on the clock, saracens scored underneath the posts with the final play of the match. the simple conversion meant it finished 22—points all. saracens are guaranteed a place in the quarterfinal, scarlets' hopes of qualifying are now over. toulon boosted their hopes of
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joining saracens in the last eight. a dramatic final minute score from josua tuisova in their match against bottom—side sale secured a bonus point for the french club, which means they're more likely to finish among the best three sides in the runner—up places in each of the five pools. james degale retained his ibf world super middleweight title in the early hours of this morning in new york, but the fight between degale and badou jack ended in a controversial draw. degale began the fight strongly, knocking jack down in the first round and was the busier fighter over the next couple of rounds but he showed signs of slowing in the fourth and fifth, where this happened. the referee taking a surprise left hook. jack is known for strong finishes and that's exactly what happened this morning. he knocked degale down in the final round. the judges took a long time to come to a decision eventually declaring it a majority draw. both men go home with their
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respective world title belts. he's not unbelievable. he is good at everything. i need to watch it back. everyone said it was a mad fight to watch, i showed a lot of heart. i showed a lot of heart, a lot of grit. that was hard. i do not want too many of them. i enjoyed it though, that is the sick thing. after the interview degale was taken to hospital. he has since tweeted. promoter eddie hearn explained the rematch might not happen. promoter eddie hearn explained the rematch might not happen. the wbc will send out a letter on monday to badu jack to say, you have to start negotiations with callum smith. we have got him cornered — callum smith, anthony durrell, james degale. i think he will vacate, i do. i think it will be callum smith against anthonyjoshua orjames degale for the ibf.
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—— anthony djourou l. —— anthony durell. that is the fight we wanted. that is the fight james wants and callum and probably britain wants as well. it will be interesting to see what happens. it's five years since ronnie 0'sullivan last went out in the first round of snooker‘s masters but he came as close as you can get this afternoon. china's liang wenbo came from 4—2 down to lead 5—4 and had this black to win the match. having potted the black to force a decider, 0'sullivan, despite suffering with a heavy cold, cleared up with his biggest break of the day. he'll play neil robertson or ali carter next. ididn't i didn't deserve to win, really. i was there for the taking, really. i didn't play very, very well today. you have got to be feeling for him really. i know what that feels like, one ball away from winning the
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match. it will be hard for him to deal with that one. graeme storm has won his first european tour title in 10 years, beating rory mcilroy in a dramatic play—off at the south african open. mcilroy did this on the penultimate hole, finding the bunker in consecutive shots. that meant both players finished the tournament 18 under par. they would replay the 18th and held there was a winner. 0n the third extra hole, graham storm had this putt to win. just missing. he got that close enough to force the error from mcilroy. he got that close enough to force the errorfrom mcilroy. storm, who nearly lost his european tour card last year, sealed just the second title of his career. i'm speechless. it's been incredible. i was saying
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to rory coming up 18, that we'd never played together before. he didn't know that. to play 21 holes with somebody like rory, it'sjust didn't know that. to play 21 holes with somebody like rory, it's just a dream come true, especially where i've come from the last year. sur andy murray will begin his bid for a first australian open title early tomorrow morning. —— sur andy murray. it is one of the three grand slams he has never won. he has lost five finals in melbourne. four times to novak djokovic and wants to roger federer. i obviously feel pretty confident after the way the last season finished. and i do love it here, i love the conditions. i have played really well here over the yea rs played really well here over the years and have not managed to obviously get over the final hurdle. but yeah, i think i'm in a decent position. i think i have a chance to
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win. newcastle eagles have won the british basketball cup, beating the glasgow rocks. the eagles were 15 points ahead at half—time and held on to their advantage in the last two quarters. 91, —— 91—83 the final score. newcastle become the first tea m score. newcastle become the first team to win it three years in a row. earlier, the manchester mystics won the inaugural women's bb cook. —— pbl cup. 0n the subject of manchester, manchester united have levelled. the zlatan ibrahimovic with a header. it is 1—1. not long left. much more on sports day at 6:30pm. now the film review. hello, and welcome to
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the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. and we've got one or two things you might have heard of. we are in award season. we have la la land, which everyone is talking about. live by night, the new film by ben affleck. and manchester by the sea, with the standout performance by casey affleck. la la land. you have seen this. you've seen the posters. i've seen the film. fantastic. damien chazelle's swooning tribute to classic old hollywood musicals. emma stone and ryan gosling of the star—crossed pair who meet in an la trafficjam. it's a fantastic opening. a wonderful song and dance number. he is a jazz player,
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she is an aspiring actress. they hate each other when they meet, but they become friends and will possibly become more. here's a clip. i got a call back. what? come on. for what? for a tv show. the one i was telling you about. the dangerous minds meet the 0c? congratulations. i feel like i said negative stuff before. it's like a rebel without a cause. i got the bullets. yes. you've never seen it. i've never seen it. it is playing at the rialto. you should go. i can take you. 0k. for research. yes. monday night at ten o'clock. yes. great. for research. you're grinning all the way through it. i loved it. you and everybody else.
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i went into it thinking, the problem is, everybody said it is so good it will be a disappointment, and it isn't. it is really, really good. firstly, this is damien chazelle's second musical. he made another one before, he made whiplash, which was drums as a war movie. full metal hi—hat we called it. from the beginning, it said it was presented in cinemascope, and the screen opens up into this glorious cinemascope, an explosion of colours. there is a fabulous dance sequence. it is like the kids from fame, but done in la. then what the story does is it occupies a space between on the one hand this nostalgic clunkiness of woody allen films, and the free—form fluidity of gravity. in fact, there is a scene where we are literally flying with the cameras. i thought the performances were terrific. emma stone dominates it, for me. she plays somebody who has
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to go to an audition and act being an actor. that's a really hard thing to do. i thought the song and dance numbers were well choreographed, i loved the lyrics, i love the way in which... people have said they are no fred and ginger. they are not meant to be. chazelle said he wanted to make something that has the magical of musicals, but also had its feet on the ground. that had the texture of real life. i think it does have that. i thought it was utterly charming. and importantly, it is not afraid to be melancholy or poignant, it is notjust everything is tied up neatly, it is... its strengths are in its sad streaks, which makes the joyousness even more. i thought the opening five minutes was worth the price of admission alone. it's brilliant. it appears to be one shot. i looked at it... also, we have talked about casablanca being remade, badly — this is casablanca for our times. in many ways. absolutely right.
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it is a movie that is good enough to nod very explicitly to casablanca, and for you not go, you blew it. you're not casablanca. i really liked it. so did i. now live by night. so, ben affleck stars in an adaptation of a novel. he is a small—time hood in prohibition—era boston, and doesn't want to be a gangster. however, he finds himself travelling to florida where he becomes exactly what he didn't want to be. he goes up against the ku klux klan. the interesting thing about the film is, it has an extraordinary pedigree. chris cooper, elle fanning, gleeson, and affleck himself. i think one of the reasons it has sniffy reviews is when you have that kind of talent, people expect something more than a film which is ok. you said about invoking casablanca, this film invokes the godfather and scarface, and it is neither of those films.
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it is handsome, but in a way which is kind of artificial. it does look good, and there are... certainly, i wasn't bored. but it does have a sense of, its handsomeness is more important than any depth. it is very much to do with surface. there is stuff in there to like, but at no point did i think this was a classic. when you look at the pedigree involved in it, itjust ought to be better than it is. argo, which ben affleck also directed, was one of the best films of the last ten years. and it's witty and its tenants. and it is based on a true story, although it takes liberties with it —— it is tense. it is really good. however this brings us nicely to manchester by the sea. this is the third film by the playwright kenneth lonergan. he did margaret, which spent five years in the editing room. he just couldn't finish it. there were lawsuits. is he a genius, or someone who cannot finish a film? this, as his third film, made me go, actually,
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he might be a genius. i'm not going to be here much longer. i'm not moving to boston. i don't want to talk about that right now. you said you left his money so he could move. what's in boston? you are a janitor. so what? you can do that anywhere. there are clogged up toilets all over town. all my friends are here. i'm on the hockey team, on the basketball team. i work on george's boat. i've got two girlfriends and i'm in a band. you are a janitor. what the hell do you care where you live? so, he is a janitor in quincy, but he is called to his hometown of manchester—by—the—sea, the name of the town, where he has to revisit the ghost of the past after his brother collapses and he finds himself having to look after the nephew. the film is told in two time frames — the present, when he is going back to the past,
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and the flashbacks in which we actually see the past. so much of the story is told in the way through which casey affleck holds himself. the scenes in boston, when he is completely withdrawn and everything about the way he hunches his shoulders, the way he slightly purses his lips, it is in stark contrast to the flashback scenes — when he is garrilous, and oozing boozy bonhomie. we know his we will see his old life with his beloved wife michelle williams, and his new life where he is isolated, and somehow we are going to find out how the isolation happens. when it does come, it is very devastating. in one of the key sequences they use albinoni's agagio in g minor, that is a false move for me, because it is used in many films. it was used in flashdance, gallipoli. it was used by wendy craig in butterflies. simon meyer uses it for confessions on radio 2. it was weird in that a film
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that was everything to do with the delicate nuances, it was too obvious. that aside, casey affleck is really terrific. kenneth lonergan deonstrates he is actually a very good craftsman. and for all the criticism of hollywood... to have la la land and manchester by the sea, showing the grittier side. this is an indie favourite. this director has finally shown us he is worthy of the praise that has been heaped on him. your best of the week is a monster calls. a monster calls came out just before christmas. i think it is the best out at the moment. it is about a young boy who was traumatised by his mother's ill—health, and he starts seeing visions of a tree monster, played by liam neeson, which says, i will tell you stories and you will tell me your truth. it does that thing that fairy tales at the very best do. it uses fantasy to address real—life, down—to—earth problems, and it does so in a way which is beautiful and utterly heartbreaking. i have had so many reports
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from people saying, i knew i was going to cry, but i had no idea how much. it is very moving, very touching. beautifully filmed. julieta is wonderful. it is the dvd of the week. i think it is the best since volver. it is based on short stories. they are playing younger and older versions of the same central character, who is estranged from her daughter and trying to make contact. it does the thing that pedro almodovar does best, which is a passion for human stories. it is profoundly cinematic. he has never been backwards going forward in terms of lush visuals. this has wonderful performances, wonderful writing. it is again heartbreaking, but beautifully so. honestly, looking back at the selection of movies we have looked at, that is a good selection of films. a quick reminder before we go that you'll find more film news
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and reviews from across the bbc online, at bbc.co.uk/film — and you can watch our previous shows on the bbc iplayer. that's it for this week though. thanks for watching. goodbye. how much do we still live in tune with the rhythm of the season ‘s? why does that matter? in his much admired novels, tim pears has consistently worked to explore our relationship with the land, the old habits, and inherited feeling for how nature works, and maybe to try to rediscover an understanding that could be slipping away. it's one of the themes of his new book, the horseman. set in the west country before the first world war, telling the story of an unlikely and almost forbidden relationship, and the coming loss of innocence.
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welcome. one of the most powerful elements of the horseman is the sense of the force of nature, the cycles of the seasons and so on, and it's obvious that that's not a device. have you always been conscious of that closeness to the way, frankly, the earth works? i have, yes, definitely. the horseman is set in the west country, and that's where i grew up, i am a country boy. but i left there... like many people, i grew up in a small village. it wasn't for me when i was there, it wasn't where the world was. the world was in the big cities, it was in london, it was in europe. you had to leave home to find it?
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i had to leave home to find it, it is an old story. and, having left home and begun to think about it some years later and beginning to write about it and use it as a place that i wanted to set stories in, i couldn't then go back except in the imagination. but what you've been able to do, i think, is to recover a feeling for the land that has disappeared for most people. and it's inescapable. because you are writing the first of a trilogy that will take us into the first world war, that it is in part about the disappearance of a way of life and an understanding of country ways. is that what you feel? well, ifeel that, but i also feel something else. all the time that i was researching the book, and for the research i read a lot of memoirs by old men written in the ‘60s and ‘70s looking back to their edwardian childhood, and i felt two things very strongly. 0n the one hand, a kind of nostalgia
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for what as you say had been lost, this closeness to the rhythm of the seasons, notjust to nature but also to the animals that they worked with. the relationship between the ploughmen, the carters, and the horses they worked with, which was something that is very much the stuff of the book, and i found very interesting. fascinating to read about their working lives, and then to write about. and i felt that. but on the other hand, equally strongly, i felt a relief that we don't live like that, because they worked so hard, jim. you can see a bit of that in the story as it develops, but what bubbles up the whole time is your feeling for the power of the sensibility of knowing that this season will be followed by that, the harvest will be followed by this, the animals are doing this, the animals will now do that. just watching the landscape change.
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and in your mature years, you still feel that, do you? i think i feel it more strongly than ever. and i will tell you a funny thing, just personally, which is that i grew up with a father who was very much an intellectual, he was a priest and his study was a book—lined room where, after i left school at 16, i immersed myself in the canon of russian literature that he had on his walls, and i went on from there. and my mother was not at all bookish, cultural, and although she is very much from an upper—middle—class background, she basically, i realised, is a peasant in terms of being very close to the seasons, and is immersed in the daily round of nature and animals and so on, and it is very recently i realised with a kind of obvious revelation that i am both my parents' child, and that i am the intellectual,
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but i am also the present. —— peasant. it is interesting how long it takes for the penny to drop that everyone is the child of their parents, isn't it? it is extraordinary that you go back to your childhood, to your learning experience, but also to the palpable feeling for the countryside that you so much wanted to get away from. well, i will tell you, interesting in writing this book, jim, was that as i began to realise what i wanted to write about, these two young people who both have a shared love of horses in a different way, the boy, the son of the carter, and a hoase whisperer in the making, and this girl who is the daughter of the aristocrat who owns the estate. i realised that it would only work if i could write about horses. well, my experience in childhood was that i had a mother who was very keen on horses, and two sisters who had a pony each, and i thought these were just terrifying beasts whose main aim in life was to lure young boys and kick them if possible, and i kept well away. and probably i could count on the fingers of both my hands the number of times i actually fed
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or groomed or rode those ponies. so you had to do the research? no. and probably i could count on the fingers of both my hands the number of times i actually fed or groomed or rode those ponies. so you had to do the research? no. the thing was that when i came to write the book, that very limited experience... all came back. it all came up, and there it was. and maybe that's how it is. you could hear the horses, you could smell them ? yes, exactly. it's the first of a trilogy. this one is set in 1911 before those last warm summers after which the world fell apart for so many people. it is going to take us right through the war, is it? one of the things that i had to bear in mind when i was writing it was that these people had no idea what was coming. of course, some people did.
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the first dreadnoughts had been built. people in the admiralty knew something was coming, some kind of conflict. but they didn't quite know. they didn't quite know. what it was going to be like. no. these people would have had no idea, and i had to keep reminding myself writing it that i mustn't give them this shadow of the war. it wasn't over them. it's only with hindsight that we see it. that was very important. but you're right, it is the first part of a trilogy, and it is going to carry on. to go back finally to where we began, the sense of loss, notjust in terms of the coming war, which we know about but they didn't, but the sense of loss in the dulling of our senses to something in the seasons, the chapter headings are the months here, the year rolls round. is that something that you think many people are now, against the trend, trying to recover? that more people are aware of what has been lost? yes, i'm sure you're right, i'm sure you're right.
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but can i just say one thing that i came across in the memoirs of these old men who worked with horses... of course, as we know, over a million horses were taken to the great war and lost there, and then after the war,

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