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this is bbc news. i'm alpa patel. our top stories: theresa may's efforts to form a working government. a deal, in principle, is agreed with northern ireland's democratic unionists. after the poor showing in the general election, the first casualties. two of the prime minister's top aides resign. fears of a famine, as ethiopia warns it's running out of emergency food aid for millions of people affected by drought. the us helps the philippines remove islamic state militants from marawi. the original caped crusader, adam west, from the original batman series has died. hello, and welcome to the programme.
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theresa may has reached an agreement to give her a working majority in the british parliament despite having lost her majority in the general election. she has reached the outline of an agreement with the small democratic unionist party, or dup, from northern ireland. a downing street spokesman said this. "we welcome this commitment which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on brexit and beyond." whatever the future holds for mrs may, she'll face it without her two closest advisors. nick timothy and fiona hill have resigned following pressure from mps. our political correspondent, alex forsyth, reports. past friends, now even closer political allies. without enough mps of her own, theresa may has turned
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to the democratic unionist party to help herform a government. she signalled her intention yesterday in this address. we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the democratic unionist party in particular. our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole united kingdom. with its ten seats won on thursday, the dup will back theresa may on key votes like the budget. it's not a full coalition, but a looser agreement. the details, scant so far. now they're politically centre—stage, prompting renewed scrutiny of their policies by some here in westminster. pro—brexit, socially conservative, the party's opposition to same—sex marriage and abortion in northern ireland has caused concern among some tory mps here, but not all. i don't think we're going
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to go backwards in terms of social legislation. it's part of our dna now, part of what makes us the great country we are. and i'm sure the dup understand that. theresa may's relying on the dup to govern here because she doesn't have an overall majority. because she doesn't have a majority, she will have to balance competing demands on almost every front, taking into account notjust the position of the dup on some issues, but that of her own mps too. and today, two of her closest advisers quit, leaving her to navigate tricky waters without their support. nick timothy and fiona hill were accused of having too much control over policy and tactics, blamed for the election campaign that cost the prime minister her majority. and today, as the consequences of that sunk in, reflection and recrimination. some tory mps saying theresa may had to heed calls to change. there have been plenty of calls to make sure that the circle
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around her was wider and more inclusive to prevent anyone believing that the two principal advisers had undue influence. the prime minister's under pressure from all sides. with no majority, her plans for things like grammar schools and social care will be hard to get through parliament, and the queen's speech, her programme for government, is just over a week away. i cannot see how a queen's speech can be laden with interesting pieces of legislation, because many of them are going to be items which will cause dispute within the conservative party, and certainly between the conservative party and the dup. the prime minister may be back in number ten, but not how she'd hoped. without her key aides, dependent on support from the dup, thejob of governing here is harder than ever. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. well, as we've been hearing, mrs may needs the support of the democratic unionist party, to give her a working majority in parliament. but what will the dup demand in return for their loyalty?
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here's john campbell. political views here are firmly held and slow to change. on saturday mornings for the last five years, unionist protesters have gathered at belfast city hall. they're opposing a council policy to reduce the numbers of days on which it flies the union flag, a decision they feel undermines their british identity. they welcome the dup‘s new influence. from a loyalist point of view, i think northern ireland is in the best position we have ever been in. we couldn't have wished for anything better than a hung parliament. what should they be asking for? first off, they should be asking to stop the witchhunt against the british army. just across the street, what do people think the dup should be prioritising? i think the national health and the hospital is one of the most important ones. mostly all of the schools and welfare and stuff. i'm pleased they are going into government with them, to be honest.
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a functioning executive for government in northern ireland, because that's what we really need. money's great, but it doesn't answer all the questions. we will organise massive demonstrations! the dup is a party with religious roots, and that continues to influence its social policy. chanting: stormont, stormont, hear us clear! it opposes extending gay marriage and abortion rights to northern ireland. fundamentally, we did not expect to be in this position. but issues like these are unlikely to feature in talks with the conservatives. the dup‘s demands here will be overwhelmingly financial. they have a clear road map they set out in 2015, when they thought they would be in this position. there is very little in that about social policy. but this new relationship raises wider questions about the conservatives' role here. on monday, cross—party talks are due to get under way, aimed at restoring northern ireland's collapsed government. but how can a conservative secretary of state act as an honest broker at those talks when the conservatives are now so reliant
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on the dup? this deal has come more quickly than many expected, but tonight, the dup are revealing nothing about what they want in return for their support. but on brexit, the dup does not appear to share theresa may's view that walking away with no deal is a viable option. the pa rty‘s financial demands are likely to include more money for infrastructure. and it will not support further austerity measures, like the means testing of winter fuel allowance. well, if you want more on this story go to our website, which includes all the latest on the fallout from the uk election, including an in—depth look at the dup and their polices. that and much more at, or download the bbc news app. let's take a look at some of the other stories
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making the news. the us attorney general, jeff sessions, has agreed to appear before the senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged russian meddling in the presidential election. he says his decision comes after testimony by fired fbi directorjames comey. iran's intelligence minister has said that the mastermind behind wednesday's attacks at the parliament and mausoleum of ayatollah khomeini in tehran has been killed. the attack on wednesday killed 17 people. the so—called islamic state group claimed responsibility which was carried out by suicide bombers and gunmen. american—backed rebel fighters in syria have moved into western parts of raqqa, the de—facto capital of the islamic state group. an alliance of syrian arabs and kurds has been slowly tightening its grip around the city for several months. they've been helped by us airstrikes and took part of the eastern area of the city on tuesday. german chancellor, angela merkel,
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has criticised the us president, donald trump, while on a visit to mexico. she said putting up walls would not solve the problem of migration, a reference to mr trump's repeated promises to build a wall along the mexican border. mrs merkel also backed mexico's free trade position, ahead of talks on renegotiating the north american free trade agreement. let's go to the philippines, where us special forces are helping the military there to dislodge militants allied to so—called islamic state in the city of marawi. philippine troops have struggled to oust the rebels who took control of the city in may. the us involvement comes despite months of hostility towards washington by the philippines president, rodrigo duterte. more from our asia—pacific regional editor, michael bristow. after nearly three weeks of
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fighting, this is what is left of marawi. until insurgents took over, there was a population of 2000 in this lakeside city. most have left in the streets are largely empty. they are having to battle for every house. 30 marines were killed in a i6 house. 30 marines were killed in a 16 hour clash with rebels on friday. government soldiers are now getting some help from a long—standing ally, the us, after a changing heart from rodrigo duterte, who spent most of his presidency criticising washington. according to a spokesman, us troops are not fighting on the streets, but providing technical support. the process of the us counterparts facilitate the exchanges of intelligence, facilitate subject matter and expertise exchange, and
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also provides training exchanges. despite government bombardment, the mounting insurgents have managed to hold out, even though there are unconfirmed reports that the two brothers who lead them have been killed. government deadlines for retaking the city have all come and gone. inside marawi, fires rage. hundreds of civilians are still trapped. the militants are fighting from bunker zones tunnels and are thought to have hostages. even with american help, the fight to reca ptu re american help, the fight to recapture marawi will not be easy. michael bristow, bbc news. let's speak to simon lewis, a journalist with the reuters news agency who has been in marawi butjoins me now from nearby. he is in the north. thank you for being with us. first of all, tell us what you have witnessed in marawi.
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umm, yeah, a lot ofairstrikes what you have witnessed in marawi. umm, yeah, a lot of airstrikes by the philippine army, quite heavily targeting districts still under the control of the militants who have been pushed back to a small area. lots of airstrikes. we can also hear a lot of clashes were the army was able to get to, especially on friday. we have heard exchanges of sniper fire friday. we have heard exchanges of sniperfire and friday. we have heard exchanges of sniper fire and automatic fire. the philippines reported 30 marines were killed in backlash. simon, do we know if anyone has been injured or killed? we seem to have lost him. that is a shame. unfortunately, we
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will have to move on. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: he was the original caped crusader. we look back at the life of adam west, batman from the 1960s tv series, who has died at the age of 88. the day the british liberated the falklands. they have began the task of disarming the enemy tonight. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbimania at its height. a man who has raised great hopes to end the division of europe. michaeljackson, not guilty of all
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charges. the screams of the crowd testa m e nt to charges. the screams of the crowd testament to their faith in his innocence and his popularity. as long as they will pay to go see me, i will go out there and keep them down the hills. what does it feel like to be the first man to cross the channel from your own power? marvellous. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: as theresa may tries to form a working government — northern ireland's democratic unionists have agreed to support the prime minister. the ethiopian authorities have warned that they're running out of emergency food aid for millions of people affected by drought. the german chancellor angela merkel has called the british prime minister to offer her congratulations following the uk election. according to a downing street spokesman — theresa may
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confirmed her intention for brexit talks to begin in the next couple of weeks — as planned. mark urban has been speaking to one of angela merkel‘s ministers — peter altmaier in germany. he began by asking him whether brexit negotiations will still begin a week on monday. it depends on the uk's decision by when it will start. what we know so far is that uk has triggered article 50 and it means a delay of the two yea rs 50 and it means a delay of the two years will be available to negotiate. transitional periods to negotiate. transitional periods to negotiate citizens rights. we hope all this can be done in due time. but we have never interfered with domestic political debates in the uk. we have allowed for sufficient time to decide when to trickle article 50. —— trigger. we have
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allowed a reshuffle in august. certainly, we have understood that the uk is in a situation where some things have to be considered and therefore, we will respect widely and as good as we can, the decisions of the british government. what would happen if the uk tried to change its mind about the whole thing and tried to withdraw the article 50. this is a trap. i have avoided traps for one year because the question whether article 50 application has to be changed or not, this is something to be sited in the uk. we are not interfering with that. theresa may has explained brexit means brexit. this is the official position of the british government and this is understood and accepted by europe. to what extent and accepted by europe. to what exte nt d o and accepted by europe. to what extent do you think attitudes across europe are changing? we have seen a considerable shift in public
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opinion. we have seen it in france. we have seen it in germany where angela merkel has the support of a growing number of citizens and is leading the polls. we have seen it in the uk. nobody knows the result. younger people are more interested in politics than ever over the last 20 years. we have a more vivid political debate. it is of course difficult but it is also a chance. it presents a chance for reflection about the challenges of a worldwide scale. this is something we want to do together with the uk, either inside or outside the european union. the election and the subsequent resignations of prime minister theresa may's advisers continue to dominate the newspapers here in britain. the observer says may's premiership is in peril. the paper leads with its editorial comment saying mrs may is discredited, humiliated, and diminished. it says she is now weak, with rivals and opponents no longer
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fearing her. the daily mail focusses on the foreign secretary boris johnson saying he is set to launch a bid to become prime minister. the telegraph says theresa may may be in downing street but she has no power after losing her majority in parliament. the paper says senior tories are jostling in an unofficial race to replace her. the sunday times claims as many as five cabinet ministers are urging borisjohnson to oust theresa may. borisjohnson has replied to the claims in the papers that he may challenge for the leadership, by saying on twitter: "i am backing theresa may. let's get on with the job." the ethiopian government and humanitarian agencies say emergency food aid for nearly eight—million people affected by drought will run out at the end of the month. the drought has been blamed on successive failed rains. other parts of the horn of africa are also affected. janey mitchell reports. no rain here means no livestock. the
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sheep and goats starve. and these families taking refuge in makeshift camps in the arid south—east of the country are dependent on handouts. translation: the drought has badly affected our livelihood and environment. our livestock have died because there is no pasture they can feed on. what makes this drought the worst is that this is the fourth consecutive year this has happened. this is not a new problem. ethiopian came to the world's attention in the 19805 came to the world's attention in the 1980s with a devastating famine. the authorities are better at coping than they were then at save the children says though the government
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is doing its best, it is now overwhelms. i really think we have responsibility as international community is to step in. some of the other emergencies are round the world deservedly getting attention makes an —— somalia, south sedan, yemen. but what we had in ethiopia, 8 million people, more than 8 billion people, who are affected with very little resources because we don't have the attention. —— 8 million. ethiopian has had help from donors and international groups but not enough and food aid is expected to run out across the country by the end ofjune. with a country facing multiple competing crises are around the world, donorfatigue multiple competing crises are around the world, donor fatigue and now repeated failed rains, agencies are warning of the perfect storm. one in which millions of lives are now at sta ke. officials in the usa president trump
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is about to announce a change in policy to cuba during a speech in which he visits miami during the week. what is he likely to stake —— say? we don't know the fine detail but the expectation is that this will be a rollback at least a partial rollback on one of president obama's key legacies which is the warming of ties with cuba. we expect to see, for example, some kind of partial reversal of the relaxation of travel restrictions which has done so much to allow us citizens to come to cuba, the doors of tuber to americans who went able to visit for so americans who went able to visit for so many decades —— cuba. we expect trade to be impacted as well. there is an embargo so it is not like sarah huge amount of trade already. we are expecting president trump to
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say that us entities cannot work with the cu ban say that us entities cannot work with the cuban states, specifically the commercial and tourism wings of the commercial and tourism wings of the cu ban military. the commercial and tourism wings of the cuban military. given they are so the cuban military. given they are so important, so ubiquitous to the cuban economy, so important, so ubiquitous to the cu ban economy, that so important, so ubiquitous to the cuban economy, that can have a real impact. the grand tour and former top gear presenter, richard richard hammond, has been involved in a serious car accident in switzerland. he's been airlifted to hospital afterfracturing his knee in the crash, which left the vehicle on its roof. hammond was driving an electric super car during filming when the accident happened. adam west, star of the 1960s hit tv series batman has died. he was 88. his family said he had been suffering from leukaemia. we need him now. batman theme music. although batman ran forjust two years, repeats of the show
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made adam west an icon, and his career after batman often saw him play characters based on himself. more recently he voiced the character, mayor adam west, in the animated series family guy. thanks to his pop culture status, adam west often joked about his career — a point that made his audience laugh when he was inducted into the hollywood walk of fame. it is appropriate that my star will be in front of the guinness book of world records! applause . one record i have as i probably noted is the fact i have played batman more than any other actor alive, at least 170 times. i've been out there fighting crime wherever i find it. thank you very much. and... the other record that may be in the book, i'm not sure, but!
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the other record that may be in the book, i'm not sure, but i think i have the record as the actor who has waited the longest to get his star on the sidewalk. the bbc‘s peter bowes has been looking at the reaction coming in to adam west's death. a lot of people paying tribute. he will be missed. you can telljust from that clip of him talking on hollywood boulevard, his sense of humour. it was always with him. i think he will be remembered as the actor who played batman with certainly a sense of humour, with a wink in his eye, a quizzical expression. it certainly wasn't a dark character when he played batman. it changed according to different actors over the years but i think he will be remembered in that way and in fact illustrated in a statement that his family released a statement that his family released a saying, "our dad always saw himself as the bright night and inspired to make a positive impact
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on his van‘s lives. he was and a lwa ys on his van‘s lives. he was and always will be our hero." give us a sense of the tributes that have been paid to him. a huge number of tributes. you mentioned family guide. he voiced at the character mayor adam west. family guy has lost his friend. he was a joy to work with and the kind of guy you always wa nted with and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. his positivity, good nature and sense of fun was undeniable and it was always a jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked into record a show. we also heard from other batmen. val kilmer says he was a real gentleman. a rough rule of thumb for the day
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ahead is that where you were warm and sunny yesterday, you will be cloudy and cooler today. were it was wet, a bit brighter. not necessarily dry because there will still be some showers around. it is driven by low pressure to the west of the uk which keeps things are blustery on sunday. this weather front here brought the rain across northern england and wales through saturday and it is nothing more than a weakening feature in east anglia and the south—east first thing this morning. across scotland and northern ireland, the showers have been going through the night. they will get heavier as the go through the morning. one or two pushing into northumbria and cumberland. compared with what you saw on saturday, are much dry and bright day. a lot more clout in south anglia —— east anglia and the south—east. —— cloud. murky around sussex and kent. it will clear and for the rest of the day, try it with increasing amounts of
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sunshine. after a sunny start in northern england and wales, a few showers pushing in. scotland and northern ireland, it becomes heavy and thundery in the afternoon. you'll be ha rd—pressed and thundery in the afternoon. you'll be hard—pressed to completely avoid them. temperatures be up a bit ben moore you saw yesterday down towards the south—east corner but pleasa nt towards the south—east corner but pleasant enough whether sun will be out. it will be out for the airshow. greater chance of showers and dublin four republic of ireland's world cup qualifier. for those heading to wales and the match in belgrade, there will be some showers but a lot of the day will be dry, sunny and warm. through sunday night and into monday, still a bit breezy and still some showers. longer spells of showers for scotland. temperatures are bit down on monday morning. it will feel fresher and scotland because of the breeze. it will cause a few issues that are rush—hour. you could see gusts of up to 50 mph. the ferries could be impacted.
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elsewhere, a breezy, blustery start but the wind easing down. one or two morning showers but nowhere near as frequent as we have seen on sunday. the showers by the afternoon mainly across the —— scotland and northern england. a few sunny breaks in the south and east. temperatures will have dropped down compared to the weekend but that will change for tuesday and into wednesday, a ridge of high pressure builds in. it doesn't quite build enough to stop the showers in northern ireland and scotland. a few showers showing up for belfast but cardiff and london and much of england and wales, increasing amounts of sunshine and temperatures on the up. bye for now. this is bbc news. the headlines: as theresa may tries to form a working government despite losing her majority in the uk general election, a party from northern ireland has agreed in principle to help her party get its programme through parliament. the ethiopian government
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and humanitarian agencies say emergency food aid for nearly eight million people affected by drought will run out at the end of the month. other parts of the horn of africa are also affected. american special forces are helping the philippine army fight islamist insurgents in the southern city of marawi. the philippines government says the us involvement is only in an advisory capacity. the american actor, adam west, who played batman in the 1960s television series, has died at the age of 88. his family said he'd been suffering from leukaemia. emily maitlis presents a special newsnight programme, one from westminster, ‘can may govern?‘ discussing the aftershocks from thursday's election. it was broadcast earlier this evening before news of the dup outline agreement.
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politics has never looked a more lonelyjob. tonight, as her top aides quit, the pm seems more isolated than ever. ferociously loyal and always in step, fiona hill and nick timothy were forced to resign. does this save theresa may? and forjust how long? what's protecting theresa may right now is not the loyalty, the respect or even the fear of her party. it's the fact that they can't see anyone obvious with whom to replace her. nor can they see an obvious process to find that person that doesn't risk plunging the party and the government into potentially fatal instability. there were frustrations in the party. it was about whether or not all of us felt included in her project.


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