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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: britain's prime minister — theresa may — appoints her new cabinet and insists its business as usual. what i am feeling is that actually there is a job to be done. and i think what the public want is to ensure that the government is getting on with the job. momentum for macron — the french president looks set for a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections. president duterte denies asking the us to help fight islamist militants — as philippine troops struggle to recapture the city of marawi. chanting: this is what democracy looks like! thousands take to the streets for a gay pride march in washington — one of the biggest protests since president trump took office. the british prime minister theresa may says she will get
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on with the job of delivering a successful british exit from the european union, following thursday's disastrous election which saw her conservative party lose its parliamentary majority. with brexit talks starting in a week the prime minister has faced damning criticism from colleagues. vicky young reports. she's putting on a brave face, but theresa may knows she has thrown her party into turmoil. the shock of election night is still sinking in. after church this morning, the prime minister rang round colleagues who'd been defeated on thursday. she's in office for now, but for how much longer? i said during the election campaign that, if re—elected, i would intend to serve a full term. but what i am doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job and i think that's what's important, i think that's
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what the public would expect. they want to see governments providing that certainty and stability. but senior conservatives have demanded changes. it is going to require a different approach. we are going to see, i hope, more collective decision—making in the cabinet. i and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her and i think you will also see that she will want to work much more closely with the parliamentary party. and this was the first sign that mrs may has been forced to reach out. her old enemy, michael gove, who she sacked, returns to the cabinet as environment secretary. and he'll be sitting alongside borisjohnson. the two men spectacularly fell out over the tory leadership contest last year. today, the foreign secretary denied he was plotting another challenge for the top job. just a little wave for michael gove, best friends? jeremy corbyn did not win this election. it is absolutely right that she should go ahead, form a government and deliver on the priorities of the people. i am going to be backing her,
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absolutely everybody i'm talking to is going to be backing her, as well. he has obviously not spoken to this former colleague. theresa may is a dead woman walking. it isjust how long she will remain on death row. what's your guess? and i think we will know very shortly. in other words, we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her. the labour leader says theresa may's position is vulnerable and he is ready for another general election. we cannot go on with a period of great instability. we have a programme, we have the support and we are ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country. life without a majority in the house of commons will be very different. controversial policies like grammar schools, social care and pension changes may bite the dust. senior tory backbenchers say compromises will be needed. there is no point in sailing ahead with items that were in the manifesto, which we will not get through parliament.
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to get anything done, the conservatives need votes from another party. they are trying to do a deal with northern ireland's ten democratic unionists. today, both sides suggested that the principles of an agreement were in place. we had very good discussions yesterday with the conservative party in relation to how we could support them in forming a national government, one that would bring stability to the nation, and those discussions continue. we have made good progress, but the discussions continue. after such a bad political miscalculation, most leaders would be forced out, but many tory mps do not have the appetite for a distracting leadership contestjust as brexit talks are about to start. and they certainly don't want to risk a second general election. for now, theresa may's colleagues are rallying behind her, but she is certainly not in charge
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of her own political destiny. vicki young, bbc news, downing street. let's have a quick look at what some of the british papers are saying on monday morning. the times claims the promotion of eu remain campaigner damien green to first secretary of state is a sign her position on brexit is softening. the guardian says the prime minister plans to win back support from her party by adopting a more collegiate style of leadership. while the daily mail says she'll go even further, throwing out whole chunks of the manifesto in a bid to keep senior ministers on side. we'll be looking at those brexit talks a little later — and you can keep up to date with all the latest comings and goings in downing street — including in—depth analysis from our correspondents — on the website. just go to bbc.com/news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. iran has sent planes loaded with food to qatar — which has had all transport links with neighbouring arab states cut.
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saudi arabia, the uae and others have accused qatar of supporting jihadi groups. the qataris deny this. people in the us territory of puerto rico have voted in favour of becoming america's fifty—first state — but on a turnout of less than a quarter. the result is non—binding, and any change in status would require approvalfrom the us congress in washington. the move is supported by the territory's governor the president of somalia has said one of the main bases belonging to the islamist group al—shabaab, has been destroyed in an american—backed raid. he said somali special forces took part in the attack, near sakow, south—west of mogadishu.the us military has confirmed that it did carry out an air strike in southern somalia. philippine president rodrigo duterte has denied asking for us military support to help end the siege of a southern city held by islamist militants. it comes a day after the us said it was providing technical assistance at the request of the government in manila. philippine troops have struggled to dislodge the rebels
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who took control of marawi three weeks ago. when questioned by reporters, mr duterte said he'd "never approached america" for help: what are your thoughts on the participation of us troops in marawi? i am not aware of that. i declared martial law. i gave the power to the defence department. in france, president macron, is hoping to tighten his grip on power, in the country's parliamentary elections. early indications, after the first round of voting, suggest he's on course to secure a big majority, for the party he formed just a year ago. our paris correspondent, lucy williamson has the latest. five weeks after snatching the presidency from more experienced hands, emmanuel macron is doing the same with the parliament. his party la republique en marche is on track for a landslide. little more than a year after it was formed. the run—off vote next sunday will decide the exact number of seats, but at party hq they are already
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looking ahead to government. translation: the significance of this result is clear, but we must show humility and determination to beat the big challenges of the next five years. president macron voted at his home in le touquet today, not as a candidate this time, but as the man elected to change france. while the polling station of far right leader marine le pen, fighting for a seat in the country's north—east, was marked by a solitary fan and a selfie. her party, once predicted to win up to 80 seats, is now expected to get no more than a handful. translation: front national supporters must turn out en masse next sunday. it's essential that we win seats so we can oppose the catastrophic politics of mr macron, which include destroying worker rights. mr macron's party could end up controlling around three quarters
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of the french parliament, with the centre—right republicans forming the backbone of a shrunken opposition. emmanuel macron is a man in a hurry. he wants to push his reforms as quickly as possible. the problem is the lack of opposition in the next parliament will bring opposition elsewhere, and that opposition might be in the streets, and the french are very good at bringing opposition in the streets. a clear majority would be a big help to the new president in tackling france's intractable labour laws. but any majority he does get is likely to need sensitive political handling. the party draws its candidates from the old centre—left and centre—right, with half of them new to politics entirely. next sunday's the vote will begin a new political era, new to voters, president and parliamentarians alike. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. in libya, the notorious son of the country's former leader,
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colonel gaddafi, is reported to have been released from prison. a militia group controlling the town of zintan in the west of the country, says it's freed seif al—islam, after six years injail. he's still wanted for war crimes by the international criminal court. from libya, our middle east correspondent orla guerin reports. saif al—islam. for years, the pampered public face of a hated regime. now, once again, a free man. he was colonel gaddafi's chosen heir, due to inherit the family dictatorship. that was before his fall into rebel hands during the uprising of 2011. he was detained by rebel fighters as he tried to flee to niger. later he appeared minus a few fingers — the result of an air strike, he said. he was sentenced to death by a court in tripoli for war—crimes during the uprising and he's still wanted by the international criminal court
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in the hague, accused of crimes against humanity. tripoli's martyrs' square, cradle of the revolution, was the picture of calm today, but the release of saif al—islam could deepen old wounds, and new divisions. those who gathered here in the square six years ago, celebrating freedom, hoped they had seen the last of the gaddafis. now they have to adjust to the fact that the dictator's son has been freed. many will see this as a betrayal of the revolution, of those who fought and died. but the gaddafi name still carries power here. so much so that no—one we spoke to around the square would show their face on camera — but most accepted saif had been freed. not such a surprise, perhaps, when you consider libya's descent into chaos since the fall of gaddafi. this man told us, better
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the devil you know. "he's not like his father," he said. "i think he is from the young generation, he says, and has a different view. he's not like the old regime. in the past, saif al—islam commanded considerable support, and in parts of the country he still does. his backers will be hoping he returns to the political fray. orla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: singing and music. songs to reflect conflict and hope — we'll look at the inspiration for the music of kashmir. the day the british liberated the falklands and by tonight british
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troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbymania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, had raised great hopes for the end of the division of europe. michaeljackson was not guilty on all charges. the screams of the crowd testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. this is bbc news. the latest headlines:
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britain's prime minister insists she will preside over britain's successful exit from the eu, despite her party now having lost its majority in parliament. well, with negotiations on brexit due to begin in days, where does all the current turmoil leave the uk government's strategy? our political correspondent ben wright has been looking at the options. there's some flash photography in his report. almost a year ago, britain voted to leave the eu, but last week's chaotic election result has reopened the argument over how, on what terms, on the priorities, the tactics, just days before divorce talks with the eu are due to start. some tory mps are demanding theresa may has a rethink. she's now got to make sure that she understands that the british people have rejected a hard brexit. we are leaving the eu — i don't think there's any change there — but we're not going to be leaving the eu in some irresponsible way that will damage our
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country and, of course, the future generations. a manifesto to see us through brexit and beyond. theresa may had wanted a strong mandate from voters for this, the tories' manifesto, which set out their aims for brexit. it promised to take britain out of the single market and have control over the eu migration to britain, to strike new free trade deals with the eu and other countries. theresa may also said no brexit deal was better than a bad one — a threat to walk away from talks. every conservative scottish, english, and welsh mp was elected on our manifesto so, obviously, we deliver the plans in that manifesto as best we can — including, and especially, on brexit. even though theresa may didn't win the election outright, today, ministers insisted the government's brexit strategy hadn't changed, but the political reality has. roughly half of tory mps in the house of commons backed remain in last year's referendum and now, after this electoral
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humiliation, they may feel emboldened to try and water down theresa may's brexit plan. but the prime minister is trapped, because the other half of her parliamentary party, also livid about this election result, will be furious if there is any compromise. one pro—eu tory grandee was scathing. brexit is the cancer gnawing at the heart of the conservative party, and there's a lot of talk of changing leader. it may well come to that. but it's not about changing just the leader, it's changing the policy. there is no appetite or mandate in parliament for trying to stop brexit. like the tories, labour has committed to leaving the eu. but how is the question. let's be clear. we are respecting the decision of the referendum. we are democrats. we are respecting the decision. i think people will interpret membership of the single market as not respecting that referendum. others in labour say it's time to get the whole of parliament behind a brexit strategy.
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now there should be a sort of cross—party commission or group set up to try and take forward those negotiations in a way that is open, thoughtful, consensual, that accepts that not everybody is going to get the deal that they want. all this confusion comes two months after britain formally handed in its notice to leave the eu. brussels is waiting to negotiate. the two—year clock is ticking. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. police have released new images of the manchester arena bomber, saying they now fully understand the movements of salman abedi almost hour by hour in the weeks leading up to the attack. they believe he constructed the bomb alone and stored the components ina car. detectives have also released the last people they were holding for questioning about the attack. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. it was in this white nissan micra, boughtjust two days before he left for libya, that police believe the manchester bomber stored the parts to make the device, in plastic barrels police found later in the car. salman abedi flew out of the country on april 15 but arrived back in manchester on the may 18.
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he was then caught on cctv cameras with a blue suitcase, going backwards and forwards to the flats where the white car was parked. detectives believe he was collecting pre—prepared bomb parts from the car for him to assemble, alone, at this site in central manchester. in a statement, police investigating the bomber said: detectives are still searching a landfill site in the hopes of finding the blue suitcase, which could contain crucial evidence. police investigating the manchester attack originally talked about a network. 20 people were detained in the uk, and a senior officer said some of the arrests were very significant, but today, the last of those arrested was released, leaving just salman abedi, who is dead, and his brother, hashim abedi,
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who is being held in libya. detectives say they want to speak to him, who left with his brother on april 15. he has been detained by the libyan ministry of interior's special deterrence force. all roads in this investigation point towards libya. libya is not a country that really, we can operate with with any due certainty. investigations will difficult for british police within libya. police say some of the men they arrested and released appear to have bought materials that can be used to make explosives, and some were in contact with salman abedi in the last few days. but detectives say at this time, they are satisfied with their explanations. daniel sandford, bbc news. tens of thousands of people have marched in washington, los angeles, and other us cities for lgbt rights in one of the biggest protests since president donald trump took office. many of the those attending said
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they felt their community was under threat from the new government. paul blake reports from washington. love, not hate. across washington, the streets were filled with tens of thousands of protesters. marching in one of the biggest gay rights demonstrators the us are seen in recent yea rs. demonstrators the us are seen in recent years. trump has to go! while trump had overtures to gay community string the campaign, many present in sunday's march said they felt threatened by his administration and its policies. i think we have an administration which is pointedly and deliberately not recognising gay people, gay rights, trans rights, and we have made so much progress over the last eight years, i'm not prepared to let it go. the march came on the eve of the one—year anniversary of the pulse nightclub massacre in orlando, florida and many of those present on sunday
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stood to commemorate the 49 people who died in america's worst mass shooting in recent history. this time, the terrorist target lgbtq community. no good. shortly after the bite of shooting, trump vowed to protect lg bt people the bite of shooting, trump vowed to protect lgbt people from the threat of terrorism. as your president, i will do everything in my power to protect our lgbtq citizens. but with trumpian how an hourforjust protect our lgbtq citizens. but with trumpian how an hour forjust over four months, demonstrators on sunday said he is farfrom an ally four months, demonstrators on sunday said he is far from an ally for sexual minorities. because a lot of the progress we have made in the past eight years are coming under attack. the repeal of the trans bathroom mandate that obama put in place, the fact that we have a vice president who supports conversion therapy which we know is harmful. while same—sex marriage was made
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legal across the us two years ago, much as on sunday said there were still much to be accomplished for the lgbt community in the us. decades of conflict in indian—administered kashmir has affected every aspect of life in the valley, including music. now the scene is being taken over by a younger generation of so—called 'resistance musicians'. this report is by shalu yadav and neha sharma. there are more restrictions in kashmir and less life. i see a young guy being shot, point blank, i write a song about that. isee young men, you know, young children being blinded by pellets and immense inhuman force being used against them, i'll write a song about that. music plays. translation: sufi music
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is all about spirituality and praising god. i think there is more to it, you know? they reflect current times as well. there is a poem by habba khatoon called cholhama roshe. music plays. it says about, you know, the feeling of losing someone you love. we know how that feels. we know the pain of losing a person. music plays. being a kid from the '90s, people getting shot, you know, people dying
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and immense violence was a part of day—to—day routine. it appeared to me that music is a really strong entity. it can be a powerful medium which is reflected in my music — the resistance. translation: there is a lot of grief in kashmir. music helps to soothe the pain. as human beings, we want a dignified life.
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we deserve a chance to live a normal peaceful life. before we go, some sports news — and please forgive us, as when it comes to football, we don't normally have a lot to cheer about! england's footballers have won their first world cup final for more than half a century. the under—20 team beat venezuela 1—o in the south korean capital, seoul. the venezuelans missed a chance to equalise in the second half when they failed to score a penalty. the last time england won a world cup was at wembley in 1966. not that it's a date that anyone talks about very much at all. stay with us. 20 more to come. —— plenty. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcmikeembley. hello, there.
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showers overnight continue into the morning across parts of scotland and northern ireland in particular. all linked into an area of low pressure pushing across northern scotland. as it clears away however into the morning there is a slight tightening of isobars and that means that winds strengthening a little bit during the morning rush hour. northern england, northern ireland, central southern scotland in particular. could see wind touch 40, 50 miles per hour. there could be a few restrictions on the bridges and maybe on some of the ferry services, but the further north you are across scotland, the lighter winds to start the day. still some showers around among central and western areas. nowhere near as heavy as we saw through sunday. a few showers maybe just catch you during morning rush hour in northern ireland and northern parts of england but again they should be lighter than we saw during yesterday. further south, only isolated showers, the vast majority will be dry. a bit of cloud in places and there will be sunshine breaking through. a blustery wind but we will see more in the way of sunshine break through that cloud as we head into the afternoon, particularly through southern and eastern areas. by the afternoon, very few showers around, mainly in the western parts
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of scotland and north—western england. by and large, a much drier and brighter day then we saw through sunday. with the wind coming in from the west, 1a, 15 degrees in some western coasts today but the eastern coast could hit 19 to 21 degrees. most finish the day on a dry note with clear skies around. winds lighter through monday evening into tuesday morning. it could lead to a few mist and fog patches, little bit cooler in places compared to the last few nights. into tuesday morning, we see cloud return to parts of northern ireland and western scotland, western parts of england and wales threatening patches of rain and drizzle. all linked into these weather fronts. but they are running to an area of high pressure which is trying to expand across the country. what that tends to do is squeeze out the weather fronts a little bit. not a huge amount of wet weather around, maybe the odd heavy shower in scotland, occasional light rain or drizzle in parts of northern ireland and the far north—west of england. most will be dry. we will see hazy sunshine in places, could hit 18 or 19 degrees again in north—eastern parts of scotland. the temperatures rise in the south—east, 20—23 possible. into wednesday, there
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are southerly winds touching gale force in the highlands and ireland. rain to come here. hazy sunshine, but dry day for most of us on wednesday and by this stage the warmest day of the week. it could see 20—22 across eastern scotland, possibly 26 or 27 in the south—east corner. that is the warmest day of the week. it will turn cooler through the rest of the week. the breeze returns as well and patchy rain mainly limited to the north and west. a small risk on thursday morning of thunderstorms in the south east. this is bbc news. the headlines: the british prime minister, theresa may, has insisted she will get on with the job of delivering a successful british exit from the european union, despite losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election that backfired. mrs may has retained most of her cabinet ministers in a reshuffle. the party of the french president is on course to secure a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. emmanuel macron's party, en marche, received 32%
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of the vote in the first round poll. projections suggest it could get as many as three—quarters of the national assembly seats. and the philippine president, rodrigo duterte, has denied asking for us military support to help end the siege of a southern city held by islamist militants. it comes a day after the us said it was providing technical assistance for the operation in marawi at the request of the government in manila. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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