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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6:00pm. the brexit secretary urges mps to back the bill for exiting the eu, to pave the way for the triggering of article 50. what we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. following a night of violence in rotterdam, turkey's president warns the netherlands it will "pay the price" for expelling his foreign minister. at least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump in ethiopia. the iraqi army makes more games against so—called islamic state. we've heard three car bombs going off in the distance. we've also had a lot of incoming mortarfire. you
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can hear the sounds of battle. and, joni sledge dies at the age of 60. music: "we are family" by sister sledge. one of four sisters who made up the 70s disco group, sister sledge, passed away at her home in arizona yesterday. leicester city confirms that craig shakespeare will continue to manage the club until the end of the season. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour says it will fight for changes to the brexit bill when it comes back to the house of commons tomorrow. the brexit secretary david davis has called on mps to reject lords amendments — and to give the prime minister a "free hand" in negotiations with the european union. if the bill is passed —
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theresa may could trigger the formal process of brexit as early as tuesday. our political correspondent susana mendonca has more details. theresa may wants to get on with it. for months she has vowed to kick—start brexit talks by the end of march. but some here in parliament are fighting to get safeguards written into law before the negotiations begin. today the brexit secretary tried to reassure mps and peers they would get a vote on the prime minister's final deal with the eu. but... what we can't have is the, the either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. they haven't got a veto on it. what does it mean otherwise? people talk about meaningful votes. what does it mean. peers have defeated the government twice, and labour's standing firm. what we say to the prime minister and i wrote to her on friday, reflect on what the house of lords has said by majorities of nearly
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100, they have sent back two important issue, this issue of the eu national, reflect on it. don't have this obsession with getting article 50 triggered this week. the two line brexit bill is still making its way through parliament. last week, the house of lords made their change, the government will try to overturn these in the commons tomorrow. if they succeed, the bill returns to the lords almost immediately, and if they give away, the final stage of royal assent could be completed tomorrow night. so the government has parliamentary hurdles to get over this week but ministers seem confidence that theresa may will be able to stick to her original plan. formally telling the rest of the eu that the uk is ready to started negotiating its exit and attention is turning to exactly what kind of deal, if any, the uk can get. the prime minister has said publicly that no deal for the uk is better than a bad deal, but that would mean
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tariffs on exports under world trade organisation rules. my fear is that what this is really about, is us deliberately, not the prime minister, but others deliberately ensuring that we have no deal. and no deal pretty soon and in that event, we jump—off the cliff on to wto tariffs and nobody in this country, the people don't have a say. mr davis admits the government is preparing a contingency plan in case there is no deal but he doesn't think it is remotely likely. it will be tough. there will be tough points in this negredo, but it is in everybody‘s interest that we get a good outcome. ——negotiation. parliament's debate about the bill isn't over but after mondays of talking about the talk, formal negotiations will soon be under way. we are getting closer to the
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triggering of article 50, what happens to the brexit bill in parliament this week? when the lords doesn't agree with commons it goes back and forth until one gives way, usually it's the house of lords because they are unelected. tomorrow the commons will look again at changes the lords have made, as we heard there on eu citizens and their rights and a meaningful vote. it's likely the commons will overturn that. there are some conservative rebels, there weren't many last time around. the question is whether that revolt grows. the ones i've spoken to are looking for assurances from the government, and they sound like they are going to that. it seems likely those changes will be overturned. then it has to go back to the lords. i think there, it's down to what labour do. there it is a coalition of the liberal democrats, labour, a few
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conservatives and crossbenchers. are there enough of them. having spoken to people i didn't think they want to people i didn't think they want to block this any further. they've said publicly they don't want a frustrated, the question is whether they are willing to send it back to they are willing to send it back to the commons one more time. it could be done and dusted by midnight. the commons one more time. it could be done and dusted by midnightm it does get done and dusted, will article 50 then be triggered pretty much straightaway, will theresa may send butler said to brussels? she could do. -- send that letter to brussels. i did think they've necessarily decided. i think they wa nt to necessarily decided. i think they want to wait and see what is decided in the lords and the commons. they wa nt to in the lords and the commons. they want to get on with it. i think for her doing it by the end of march is the key, she doesn't want to be seen to be diverted, pushed off that track. i think it will either be this week, possibly not the week
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after. they've got big celebrations in rome for the treaties of rome. i doing think eu leaders will take kindly to the uk suddenly saying in the middle of that, we are off. it could be the week after. after all the talking, the government didn't wa nt the talking, the government didn't want this bill to go through parliament, the supreme court told them they had to do it. they want to get on with it and trigger article 50 and then it will start getting down to the negotiations. there is still some speculation that anything meaningful might be some weeks off because of various elections. just because of various elections. just because theresa may triggers article 50, it doesn't mean the negotiating process gets underway in media leave. david davis said today, the original talks will be where do you hold them, who is going to be them, how does the process work. you've then got thrown into the mix french elections, german elections. some people say until they know about what happens to angela merkel is there any point in getting underway. david davis' counterpart said
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anything meaningful point really start until september. they've all said publicly the guaranteeing of the rights of eu citizens living in this country, and brits living abroad, that is a priority they say for all sides. back could be the one thing they will at least have a discussion about and some kind of principle put in place, even if it's not completely signed off. thank you. turkey's president has warned the netherlands it'll pay the price — after two of his ministers were prevented from attending a rally in rotterdam. dutch police used water cannon to disperse hundreds of turkish protesters there. mr erdogan has again compared the dutch to nazis today, and called the netherlands a "ba na na republic". its prime minister mark rutte has demanded an apology. james robbins reports. not our usual image of the netherlands. this was the wound the dog left behind as riot police used considerable force against turkish demonstrators.
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they were angered by the dutch government's refusal to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support of president erdogan. he is counting on the backing of more than a million turkish citizens living in europe to expand his powers back home in next month's referendum. but his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them. the second turkish minister turned back by the dutch government. she returned to istanbul defiant. translation: in holland - holland as a country that speaks of freedom and democracy — we were faced with very rough and hard treatment. it is ugly of europeans who talk about women's rights and tell us how we should treat women in turkey. all this followed president erdogan‘s far stronger language at a rally, denouncing the dutch as "nazi remnants and fascists". those words have infuriated several
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european governments, including germany's, mindful of the nazi occupation of holland during the second world war. translation: we are in the wrong situation with turkey at the moment. we've asked the minister not to come because of the tensions we expected in rotterdam. but this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in turkey and the netherlands. the dutch go to the polls first on wednesday. it's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti—immigration freedom party of geert wilders. he blames the prime minister for allowing immigrants in, and is set to make big gains. it's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary diplomatic crisis with turkey will influence dutch voters, making big choices against a background of rising populism across europe. james robbins, bbc news. iraqi forces have made more
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gains in west mosul, the largest city still under the control of the islamic state group. government troops, backed by a us—led coalition, recaptured the east of the city in late january, after more than 100 days of fighting. now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely surrounded, has been retaken. around 600,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside. our middle east correspondent orla guerin is with iraqi forces — you may find parts of her report distressing. a rare glimpse of western mosul. urban warfare on a momentous scale. caught below, hundreds of thousands of civilians. this is the place where is proclaimed its caliphate. here it was born, and here iraqi forces say it will die. on the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold
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what they capture. they pound is positions. then frantic gunfire towards a threat overhead. an is drone maybe carrying explosives, they manage to shoot it down. this is as far as we can go for now, as you can hear there is a lot of gunfire in the area, there are snipers in position on this street. we have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position, but within the last half an hour or so, we have heard three car bombs going off in the distance. we have also had a lot of incoming mortarfire, you can hear now the sounds of battle. the is fighters that are in this area are putting up fierce resistance. troops using every weapon, even home—made rockets.
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then, the rush to retrieve a casualty. we can't say how many have paid with their lives, iraqi forces don't reveal their losses. but commanders say they have to defeat is here, orfight them elsewhere in the future. and as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave scarred neighbourhoods, where they have been caught between the militants and the army. few may have endured more than this man. is put an anti—aircraft gun near his house. an air strike, targeting the extremists, brought the roof down on his family.
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three of my daughters are dead. they buried my heart. my daughters were under the concrete of the house. they didn't let me see them before they were buried. as well as losing his daughters and his home, he lost his leg. he prays god will destroy is, as they have destroyed iraq. orla guerin, bbc news, western mosul. the headlines on bbc news. the brexit secretary urges mps to back the bill for exiting the eu, to pave the way for the triggering of article 50. following a night of violence
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in rotterdam, turkey's president warns the netherlands it will "pay the price" for expelling his foreign minister. at least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump in ethiopia. at least 48 people are reported to have been killed in a landslide at a huge rubbish dump on the outskirts of the ethiopian capital, addis ababa. dozens of homes were buried under the debris and a number of people are still missing. lucy martin has more. desperate residents wait for news at this rubbish dump on the outskirts of ethiopia's capital. a massive landslide swept through the site on saturday, burying dozens of makeshift homes. sirens. many of the victims were women and children, squatters
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who scavenged for a living in the dump. many people are still missing, and today excavators sifted through the rubbish, as authorities searched for survivors. translation: i heard that eight children who were studying the holy koran were all buried somewhere in the middle of the rubble. this landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 40 years. there have been smaller landslides in the past, but nothing like this. authorities warned the landfill was running out of room, and it closed last year. but dumping resumed after a new landfill was rejected by residents. translation: we told them not to dump on the top. i think the decision by the city's officials to resume dumping waste was the main reason for this accident. i think around 150 people were here during the landslide. local authorities have vowed to relocate those who live here. but, for these families, action has come too late.
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lucy martin, bbc news. rail workers in three parts of the country go on strike tomorrow, as the dispute that's caused months of chaos for southern rail commuters spreads to the north of england. conductors working on the merseyrail, northern and southern services are walking out in a row over their future role. danni hewson is at liverpool lime street station. it may have been business as usual today but here in liverpool and across the north, commuters are bracing themselves for chaos. from midnight, rail workers with the rmt union will begin a 24 hour strike, affecting thousands of passengers. union will begin a 24 hour strike, affecting thousands of passengerslj don't know how i'm going to get home, we'lljust don't know how i'm going to get home, we'll just have don't know how i'm going to get home, we'lljust have to see what we can sort out tomorrow. it will be packed, there will be a lot of people stranded, they were nowhere to go. especially if you want from the area. companies affected our
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northern which serves passengers right across the north including leeds, sheffield, newcastle and liverpool. only 40% of services will run. merseyrail will run trains every half an hour, rather than every half an hour, rather than every 15 minutes. and once again, southern which will still run 90% of its services. the row was triggered by proposed changes to the role of the on—board guard, changes the union says risked jobs and safety. we fundamentally believe that services operated on a driver only operation are fundamentally less safe. every train in the uk should returning the safety critical person on board. —— should retain. returning the safety critical person on board. -- should retain. efforts to resolve the dispute have broken down. operators say they need to modernise, and safety won't be compromised. we put safety at the heart of everything we do. the independent rail regulator has
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actually indicated this is as safe as conductor operation of the doors. this isn't about who opens and closes the door is, this is about giving our customers what they want. for now, both sides are at an impasse and few expect tomorrow's disruption will be the last. the metropolitan police have been given more money to investigate the disappearance of madeleine mccann. the operation will get an extra £85,000. scotland the operation will get an extra £85, 000. scotland yard the operation will get an extra £85,000. scotland yard has refused to comment on newspaper reports that they have identified an individual they have identified an individual they want to question. at least 34 people have been killed and 17 injured in northern haiti, after a bus crashed into a group of people outside the town of gonaives. officials said the bus first knocked over two pedestrians, killing one of them. the driver then attempted to speed away from the scene, ploughing into a group of street musicians. political parties in britain have been warned to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks,
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following allegations that russian hackers tried to influence last year's us presidential election. the national cyber security centre, which is part of the gchq spying agency, says it has written to the leaders of political parties offering to help strengthen their network security. last year us intelligence agencies concluded that russia hacked and leaked democratic party emails as part of an effort to tilt the presidential election in donald trump's favour. russia denies the claim. the editor of the journal of cyber policy, emily taylor, says it's a sensible precaution. it's good to see that the national cyber security centre is taking this leadership role, because doing that, giving seminars, giving people the access to that knowledge and information, is a very important part of fighting these cyber attacks. political parties, advocacy groups, non—governmental organisations are incredibly vulnerable to cyber
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attacks, because they don't normally have the sort of infrastructure that is needed, and the know—how to protect themselves. however, research shows thatjust by taking very simple steps, people could defend themselves against 80% of the current cyber attacks that currently get through. emily taylor, editor of the journal of cyber policy. the creator of the world wide web, tim berners—lee, has expressed concern about fake news, data privacy and the misuse of political advertising online. in a message marking the anniversary of the internet‘s creation, sir tim warned against the loss of control of personal data and governments' scrutiny of their citizens online. the former president of south korea, park geun—hye, has said the truth will emerge about the allegations that forced herfrom office. the comments were made as miss park arrived at her private home in seoul
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after leaving the presidential palace following her impeachment. the ousted president has lost her immunity and could face criminal proceedings as part of a corruption scandal. here's our seoul correspondent, stephen evans. she returned like a hero, her supporters greeting her with ecstatic cheers. this was not the demeanour of a disgraced politician. the only elected president of south korea to be kicked from office. a statement said she looked forward to the truth coming out. it may come out in a trial. the head of samsung is already behind bars while he's tried for allegedly giving money to former president park's best friend in return for government favours for the company. on saturday, her supporters were out in force. they say her impeachment was politically motivated and driven through by the left. and those who protested
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against her also held a rally on saturday, a victory rally. for them, park geun—hye has been a symbol of a wider alleged corruption, a hand in glove relationship between business and government. there are elections in under two months and one of the left of centre frontrunners said park's ousting was a victory for the people. translation: a complete victory of the honourable people's revolution can be achieved by making the country ofjustice and common sense through a regime change. he says it is a people's revolution which can be completed by making the country more just and founded on common sense. at her home, park geun—hye may reflect on all of this. but she is unlikely to have much spare time. 30 people have been accused in the scandal. if they now turn on her, her problems are going to get worse. stephen evans, bbc news, south korea. tributes have been paid
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to the singerjoni sledge, of the group sister sledge, who's died in at her home in phoenix, arizona. she was 60. music: we are family. the band, four sisters, achieved fame in 1979 with their signature tune we are family. other hits included disco classic the greatest dancer. a statement from the family said joni sledge had loved, and embraced, life. archaeologists in egypt have found a huge statue in a cairo slum which is thought to be of pharaoh ramses the second, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers. the head and torso of the 26 feet high statue were found submerged in mud and ground water in the east of the city. known as ramses the great, the pharaoh lived more than 3,000 years ago and is credited with massively expanding the egyptian empire.
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it promises to be a historic season for young women in motorsport. one of the most exciting young drivers, esme hawkey, will be taking part in the championship. another day at the office, on her way to work in the city of london. but there's another side to this 18—year—old, another world in which she uses those accountancy skills to keep her alive. it's hard to believe she still only 18, and now she's putting those
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angles and sums into good use at all the major motor racing circuits around the uk as she blazes a trail for young women in the gt cup championship. this season she doesn't have to worry about her a—levels as well. doesn't have to worry about her a-levels as well. you're always working out where you need to be for the corner, how fast you are going into a corner to make the corner. the guys don't like it, to say the least. they don't like a girl going past them. but i think, once you show who's boss, you just become a competitor at the end of the day. as she goes for the gta title in racing, no one could believe she was runner—up in last season making her debut only a decade after she had a go—karting experience for her ninth birthday. she quickly ticked that in the years that followed. run the final turn, the fastest female i've seen final turn, the fastest female i've seenin final turn, the fastest female i've seen in carts for a long time, esmee hawkey wins it in fine style. but
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carting experience aged nine tonnes for her life. at the time i was doing ballet and tap dancing. i loved the speed and the adrenaline. esmee passed her test first time last year and i got a taste of her extreme, on the edge handling skills. speeds of over 150 mph.|j don't really get scared, i think the adrenaline builds up so much, you just get on with it. believe it or not, esmee is a careful driver. got to not drive aggressively and make sure that they last till the end of the race. you need to cope with the steering because it gets quite tiring on your arms and things like that. esmee, my stomach, my head, my senses are all over the place. you do that for 15 minutes! yes, 50 minutes! i have a —year—olds, nine—year—olds coming up and speaking to me, it's great what you do, i'd love to get into this. i
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just say, i started in karting, you can too. time for the weather. it's going to turn quite chilly this evening. we've had some very mild weather. even a touch of frost on the way. cold out. if you are heading out for a walk you might need a jumper or a coat. temperatures will be dipping away quite quickly. the weather has been hit and miss today. we've had some cloud and rain and sunshine around, then a fine end to the day across western areas. this big gap in the cloud will be moving across the country overnight. this is the scene at around 7pm. still double figures in the east. eventually when we get those clear skies overnight,
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it will turn a bit colder. whenever you see the blue, a touch of frost around. these are values in cities and rural areas, probably about 1-2dc. that's and rural areas, probably about 1—2dc. that's about cold enough for some frost on the grasp. —— on the grass. jet stream to the north west will be sending most of the cloud and rain to the north—west of us. for many of us this coming week is going to be pretty dry. monday will be dry and crisp with some nice weather for the south coast and across the midlands, into northern england. pretty chilly in the morning though. colder than that outside of towns. in the north similar weather. if you are in the south or north, it's more or less the same. calm, bright and chilly start to the day. not much changes through the course of the day. variable amounts of cloud through northern areas. a nice day in the
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south—east, in london getting up to 16. might reach 14 in belfast. one thing i want to point out, monday night and through tuesday, we fall so night and through tuesday, we fall so got some pretty windy weather heading our way into scotland. it bit of a split as far as the weather goes between the north and the south. on scotland, very blustery weather. gale force for a time. in the south quite variable amounts of cloud and still around 14 degrees. the winds die away on wednesday and for most of us these south—westerly ‘s. and that is it, i have come to the end of my weather report. have a great evening, goodbye.

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