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this is bbc news. the headlines: the prime minister briefs the cabinet on how she plans to break the brexit deadlock ahead of her speech in italy tomorrow. rescuers are desperately searching for survivors at a school in mexico city which collapsed in the earthquake. these are the live pictures as the rescue effort continues in the schoolyard. police make a sixth arrest in the investigation into the london tube bombing. also in the next hour: ryanair says it will make its pilots delay taking their annual leave to avoid further flight cancellations. the airline's pilots rejected a cash bonus. the compa ny‘s boss the company's boss michael o'leary warns them not to misbehave. the consumer group which? is advising people to stop buying fridges and freezers without fully fireproof backs. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. cabinet ministers spent the morning locked in discussions over brexit. ahead of a major speech in italy by theresa may tomorrow. mrs may is said to be preparing to make what one minister called an "open and generous offer" to the rest of the eu. the prime minister's intervention is being seen as an attempt to break the deadlock on the negotiations with brussels. downing street insists the government is working together to get the best deal for britain, despite continued speculation about division among ministers. here's our political correspondent, iain watson. open and generous — as the prime minister arrived at downing street to share the contents of her speech with the cabinet, one minister told the bbc that was exactly the kind of offer theresa may was prepared to make to the eu. it sounded like a strong hint she was willing to cough up cash in future to move
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the brexit process forward. but do all her colleagues agree? is the prime minister going to make an open and generous offer to the eu? good morning. morning. as the prime minister going to make an open and generous offer? morning, morning. they were remaining tight—lipped. it is perhaps easy to understand why. this picture from the un suggested borisjohnson was doing some back—seat driving, pointing out the direction of policy. he's already set out his stall, ruling out long—term financial commitments to the eu. is boris helpful, mr hunt? his cabinet colleagues didn't exactly give him a ringing endorsement. borisjohnson might have felt a little shutout from the brexit process but after his intervention, he certainly cannot be ignored now. nonetheless i think it's important not to overstate the divisions around the cabinet table, at least in the short term. there seems to be agreement there should be a transition period after we formally leave the european union in 2019, and that we should continue to make contributions to the eu budget
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during that time. it's also been suggested to keep what are usually our eastern european allies on side, the prime minister could reassure them they won't have to fork out extra cash to cover any funding gap when we leave. some close observers of negotiations in brussels say the eu want to hear a specific offer of cash. any number is a good starting point. we are spending too much time on an issue we shouldn't be spending time on so we need to get on with it and that's important to make progress with other stuff. here, some of the most ardent leave campaigners say the the minister can make an open and generous offer, but on citizens rights rather than hard cash. the prime minister said actually we haven't reached agreement but actually we will say today eu citizens can stay here whatever, then that would be an open and generous offer which i can support but giving billions of pounds to the eu after we come out, what will the british public say to that?
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the chancellor and foreign secretary don't always see eye to eye, both will be flanking the prime minister in florence tomorrow and she will be hoping this show of unity can be maintained. i've been getting reaction from our correspondents, first, chris mason in brussels. we understand the prime minister went round the table one by one, allowing them to make their views known on the latest draft of this text which has been circulating within whitehall and has been seen by some cabinet ministers over the last week. when you look through the history books as i have been doing, you get a sense of how long the cabinet meeting was at two and a half hours. we found one of two hours and 45 minutes when the uk crashed out of the exchange rate mechanism in 1992. you will notice the pattern, another
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long cabinet discussion over our relationship with europe. the prime minister will flesh this all out tomorrow, and we understand she will talk about a transition period. for all of the disagreements around the cabinet table and that are real, there seems to be an acceptance on all sides that there has to be some sort of transition period before we are into the long—term relationship whatever that might be with the eu. this wasn't how it was meant to be. effectively the prime minister is going to italy and she has got to show her hand tomorrow. yes, she is, because there is an awareness that she needs to say something to try and unblock what is stopping the talks from progressing further in europe. all of this boils down,
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if you put to one—side the kind of histrionics and theatricality of the last week with borisjohnson and the article in the daily telegraph, this boils down to the row between the uk and brussels about the sequencing and timing. brussels saying there has to be progress on the three issues on the table, citizens rights, the irish border and the financial settlement, the divorce bill, before there can be a conversation about the future arrangement. the uk had been hoping to have those talks in parallel but europe is digging its heels in and so brussels will be keenly looking out for any suggestion the prime minister is making warm noises about the amount of money that uk is willing to hand over. as part of some transition arrangement. the language from the cabinet, they were talking about an open and generous offer, and there is an attempt they will reassure countries they won't lose out. but for the uk that
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could come with a bill which could be a hard sell. it sounds clear as mud at the moment! chris, thank you. we can go to brussels. damian, that sense of frustration is shared by michel barnier himself. yes, it is. we will try and find some clarity for you! he has been speaking in the last few minutes in italy, to the senate there, and he has said he will be watching the speech very closely because he says he needs to know, he needs clarity on precisely those issues you were hearing about. the initial issues to do with the separation, money, citizens rights and the borders in ireland. he has been making very clear there will be no discussion about a transition or a future arrangement, future partnership,
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unless those issues are dealt with. and he has said very clearly that there isn't enough clarity, the proposals on the table from the uk side are not satisfactory in the view of the eu and they need to be addressed, so he will be looking for signals on that. what do you sense about the willingness to compromise, has that gone completely because they feel they have the upper hand? i think it's a different issue. i wouldn't say it is viewed in those terms in brussels, it is viewed simply, michel barnier says this, as an issue of an orderly withdrawal, of making everything clear and watertight, legal and workable. and that means, he has always said, having absolute clarity for the millions of people who will be affected by brexit, clarity for the companies,
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businesses and universities and researchers who all benefit from funding arrangements that have been put in place. and also clarity for anyone, nations and people at borders, crossing borders, how that will work. for the eu it's a question of legal order and that is a very important thing for them because they need all of that in place before they can move forward. rescuers in mexico city are trying to reach a number of people they believe are still alive under the rubble of a school which collapsed during tuesday's earthquake. a senior official has told the bbc a 13—year—old girl is sheltering under a table in the debris — and that crews have managed to pass food and water to her. the government has appealed to other countries to provide specialist teams and equipment to help search for survivors. rajini vaidya nathan reports from mexico city. after the horror of the earthquake, there is hope. these young children were pulled alive from the rubble of a primary school in the south of mexico city.
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rescuers searched overnight for others who may still be trapped. at least 20 children were killed here. it was on tuesday lunchtime that the powerful earthquake struck mexico. as buildings collapsed, people ran for cover. across mexico city, the search for survivors is continuing. as you can see, people are going in to try and help with the efforts. this six—storey office block, which you see in the distance, is the focus of their work. antonio and dolores‘ son, juan, worked on the fourth floor as an accountant. he called his parents every day. they last spoke hours before the quake hit. for the past day they have watched as rescuers picked through the rubble but there's still no sign ofjuan. translation: we still believe he will make it out alive. "i would dig him out myself
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if i could", antonio tells me. relief workers have beenjoined by hundreds of volunteers. many have turned up with their own tools to do their bit. we're building kits with first aid things like alcohol and band aids, and these things, and that kind of stuff, so they can bring these things to the people that need it. it's a good atmosphere because people want to help. all the mexican people here, all american people, english people, british people, a lot of people want to help and i think that it's good that a lot of people are here to help. at times the crowd was asked to be silent so rescuers could call out to any survivors still stuck in the debris. more than 20 people have already been rescued from this building, but as time passes the chance of people being reunited with their loved ones is becoming ever slimmer. let's speak now to baroness amos —
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former united nations under—secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief. it doesn't matter how many times you see pictures like this, you are aware of the shocking circumcised as for those who are trapped and time is of the essence. it is always absolutely heartbreaking because there will be parents and family members and friends who are standing there, hoping. a few people who are rescued at this late stage and it is great to hear that those children have been rescued but time is running out. it has probably run out, in fact. when they say they wa nt out, in fact. when they say they want international help, is there anything realistically that can be done? one of the things is, it is
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the local people who are first of all there and who try to leave the rescue efforts and then it is the region, the county, the country, and mexico have gone through this many times. devastatinglyjust a week ago. one of the horrible things about this is that because they had about this is that because they had a practice run soon before this earthquake there is a worry that people did not really respond as quickly as they should because of that practice. what the international community can do is prepare when something like this happens so if they are asked to help, and mexico have said any countries with large equipment to please help them by sending that equipment, to be ready to move if asked and the united nations i know will have disaster teams waiting in
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case they are asked. on a wider issue, you have referred to the terrible hurricanes and the devastation, we have seen mexico city once again suffering from an earthquake as it has done before. is there an argument to say, isn't it time that we look where people live physically and think maybe it is time to move to places that are frankly safer? it is a very difficult thing to do. i was at the united states and is —— united nations for five years and many countries try to persuade their citizens to move from too close to the sea and too close to rivers and too close to areas where you might have a disaster, and there are countries where the entire country, like the philippines, prone to typhoons on a yearly basis, and what you have to do is work with people
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to help them understand because if people's livelihoods are integral they deliver macro —— integral and connected, they depend on the sea because they are fishermen, for example, they don't want to move. it is something you can work with, many countries want people to move further inland but it is not an easy thing to do and you can'tjust forcefully pick people up and move them. they will resist and there is a rights issue. what are you up to these days? i have been here two yea rs these days? i have been here two years soas, we are a specialist university, and many of the issues we are looking at in terms of our research is linked to those global
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issues that we are worried about, climate change, the environment, conflict, issues of migration and refugee flows and we also work on issues to do with the arts and music and film as well as doing things like history. it's a great place, very diverse. students from over 130 countries, we arrive microcosm of the world. —— we are a. countries, we arrive microcosm of the world. -- we are a. baroness, thanks forjoining us. a sixth arrest has been made by police investigating last week's attack on a london underground train. a 17—year—old boy was detained in thornton heath, in south london, just after midnight. the five other people in custody are all men, aged between 18 and 48. 30 people were injured when a homemade bomb partially exploded at parsons green. our correspondent matthew thompson is at southwark police station in south london for us now. this investigation is still very much going on. yes indeed. just behind southwark policed asian where
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we believe all six of the men so far arrested are being held under section 41 the terrorism act —— southwark police station. anyone can be suspected >> studio: euro -- anyone can be detained for 48 hours if they are suspected of terrorism offences. we know one man has been arrested for nearly 48 hours. they can then apply for further time to hold him. there is also a 17—year—old iraqi. more men have been arrested since, a 35 old man in southport, wales, and a 40—year—old and 30—year—old also arrested in southport, wales, and a sixth man
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was arrested in south london today. that takes the total to six addresses searched by police and five of those are active. none of these six arrested so far have been charged with any crime and given the nature of those powers i was describing, it could be several more days before we hear more about charges and indeed we might not get any charges at all. after the manchester bombing 20 people were arrested, and they were all released without charge. police have described it as a very fast moving investigation and it is still ongoing. thanks forjoining us. the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister briefed the cabinet on her plans for the brexit negotiations ahead of a major speech in italy tomorrow. emergency workers in mexico city are frantically trying to reach several children believed to be still alive under the rubble of a school which collapsed in tuesday's earthquake.
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a thermal scanner has picked up signs of life in several locations. the chief executive of ryanair, michael o'leary, admits that there's been a "significant management failure", as the firm struggles to cope with thousands of flight cancellations. he says he might force pilots to change their annual leave to cope with the demand. in sport: damian collins calls for an independent review after the sacking of the england women's head coach mark sampson. in 2015 the fa decided he was not a safeguarding threat, but he was dismissed yesterday for what they called inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour in a previous role. but the body denies knowledge of his issues before his appointment. chelsea have agreed to sell diego costa to his former club atletico madrid, if personal terms and medical are confirmed, he will be able to move to spain injanuary. rain has the players off at trent bridge with only minimal play as england hope to take a 2—0 lead in their odi series with the west indies. i will be back with more on those stories at 330. ryanair‘s chief executive michael o'leary, has admitted
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a significant management failure at the airline, and says more flights may have to be cancelled. a group of ryanair pilots has rejected an offer of a bonus of up to £12,000 each to work extra shifts and help reduce the number of cancellations. our business correspondent theo leggett reports. even the boss of ryanair now calls it a significant management failure. it's certainly more than a little turbulence. the budget airline has had to cancel about 50 flights a day until the end of october because it doesn't have enough pilots available to fly them. at today's annual general meeting in dublin, chief executive michael o'leary had some explaining to do. do you feel under pressure? no, we're having a very good year. the company says it is planning to force some pilots to divert part of their annual leave until next year and says it doesn't need their consent but there are signs pilots themselves are taking advantage of the situation. ryanair has offered its pilots
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a cash bonus of up to £12,000 if they agree to work extra days, but in a letter seen by the bbc pilots representatives from bases across the europe say they reject that proposal. they say it's simply inadequate and is meeting with great resistance from their members. they say what they really want is ryanair to come up with new contracts for them with different working conditions. they say that might be enough to stop pilots from looking for greener pastures or in other words moving to different airlines. ryanair‘s business model relies on keeping its costs down. analysts say it can ill afford major concessions to its workforce. ryanair pilots are regarded as well—paid but equally worked very hard. although the company will make some modest changes to make sure they keep pilots and attract new ones from competitors. there won't be room for any fundamental change. ryanair said today the crisis has already cost £22 million. the question now is how quickly
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it can resolve the situation and how much long—term damage has been done to its reputation. our reporter mike cartwright is at stansted airport. this is one of ryanair‘s busiest airports, the uk hub for them, and they are handling 19 destinations fewer today, 38 fewer flights. they are handling 19 destinations fewer today, 38 fewerflights. if your flight has been cancelled you will not turn up here today, but we have been in there speaking to ryanair passengers. have been in there speaking to rya nair passengers. the have been in there speaking to ryanair passengers. the ones we spoke to spoke about the stress this has caused and they talk about the sympathy for passengers caught up. some said they wouldn't fly ryanair ever again and some have said the cheapest ticket is the cheapest ticket and they will always fly ryanair if it is the cheapest. this is what they have been telling us. my actual flight was meant to be
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tonight, actually, and i had to cancel to finish my internship in berlin in two days just to get a flight berlin in two days just to get a flight home for top if that was me i would be looking for compensation, if i'm on is, because that is my holiday and my time off and my time to relax and someone needs to be paying for that. every year i say i won't fly them again because of the way they treat the staff and the pain conditions, but then of course we say that, and then we accident ahead and book again —— pain conditions. cheap and cheerful. cheap and cheerful. the airline says 19% of their customers will be accommodated, they will be directed to the website by e—mailand will be directed to the website by e—mail and text will be directed to the website by e—mailand text —— will be directed to the website by e—mail and text —— 90%. they will be offered a different flight perhaps. there has been criticism that the customers have not been offered compensation, but it is their right to have compensation. some passengers have said when they have to rebut that they have to pay for
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the extras, things like extra luggage allowance and the expos —— when they have to rebut. it seems as though this airline is trying to please their passengers and also their other staff will stop thanks for joining their other staff will stop thanks forjoining us. president ron has said the us will increase its sanctions against north korea, he said the white house will announce the sanctions later date —— president trump has said. south korea's president has been addressing the united nations general assembly. he said the problem posed by north korea must be managed in a stable manner. translation: i managed in a stable manner. translation: i highly managed in a stable manner. translation: i highly appreciate the un security council's unanimous adoptions of the sanctions and resolutions with unprecedented speed and with tougher measures than previous resolutions. this clearly
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reflects that the international community is collectively at reaching and responding under one voice on the north korean nuclear issue and the problem occurring on the korean peninsula. ten army instructors have appeared in court charged with abusing recruits on a training camp. they all denied the charges which include battery, assault and ill treatment ofjunior soldiers aged under 18. our news correspondent danjohnson spoke to us earlier from outside bulford military court in wiltshire. this is a large case involving some serious allegations, there are 16 instructors in total who are accused, they were all based at the harrogate army foundation college, the main training centre for recruits as young as 16, ten of those instructors have appeared here at court and they have denied all the charges that they faced but they have heard the allegations made by 12 young recruits who were on a
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training camp in scotland in 20 14th. they say they were punched by instructors and they were dropped from height and that they were spat on and had their heads forced underwater or into mud, some have said they had animal manure rubbed in theirfaces said they had animal manure rubbed in their faces and one said he was forced to eat it. two of the instructors also face charges that they took belongings from young recruits and there will be a trial for those ten instructors here in fa bry for those ten instructors here in fabry next year and the remaining six who are part of this case will appear here tomorrow morning. —— in february next year. hurricane maria is continuing on its path across the caribbean, and is now hitting the dominican republic. it made a direct hit on puerto rico, leaving the whole island without power. homes have been destroyed and catastrophic flooding has been reported. a curfew has been imposed on the 3.5 million residents. our correspondent richard lister reports. after the wind, the water. early this morning puerto rico
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issued a flash flood warning, the massive quantities of rain mean people here are being driven out of their homes again. they have been urged to get to higher ground. but that's easier said than done. streets not already flooded are blocked by the wreckage of fallen trees and telegraph poles. the power is out across the whole island and cellphone towers are down as well. to our fellow citizens of puerto rico, they are front and centre in our thoughts and prayers and we want them to know that the federal response will be there and we are thinking of them first and foremost as they combat this very dangerous hurricane. it was the strongest storm to hit the island since the 1920s. with winds over 150mph forcing thousands to flee to safety. this is one of at least 500 shelters in puerto rico, but even here in this sports arena the sheer volume of water
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almost led to disaster. after a little while they were afraid that the roof was going to cave in on us so they ended up moving us to the second floor hallway where we have been for the past 12—15 hours. dominica was also smashed. it's a smaller island than puerto rico and it is estimated that 70% of the properties had their roofs blown off, and at least seven people were killed. that number is expected to rise. in the british virgin islands so devastated by hurricane irma, the official verdict is they have escaped the worst of maria. there is damage, and rebuilding efforts have been set back, but recovery teams were already in place and hms ocean arrives tomorrow with more people and supplies. maria, though, hasn't stopped yet. it's heading across the dominican republic lashing it with 100mph winds. storm surges are threatening people along the coast and as it heads
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north maria is gaining strength. we can now have a look at the forecast close to home. hurricane bertha could be going straight for the kirk silence but it looks like has changed direction —— hurricane and maria. but now to home, for east anglia, the rain not arriving until the evening, and we have brighter skies and sunshine. overnight it will be a dry night with clearing skies and that means it will be a cooler night compared to recent nights, temperatures between 7—10 with rain returning to northern ireland overnight. turning windy for time and the band of rain will push east
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tomorrow, as it does, the rain will wea ken tomorrow, as it does, the rain will weaken and become a bit lighter and more patchy in nature, and across central and eastern england it should avoid the rain, highs of 19 in london, and looking at highs of 18 in northern ireland. the weekend looking pretty good, everyone will see sunshine, but more rain on the way to the west on sunday. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 3:30: the cabinet need for a brief discussion on theresa may's speech tomorrow. at least 200 people — including more than 20 children in a school — are confirmed dead as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits mexico. two men have been arrested in south wales over friday's terror michael o'leary admits to significant management failure is the airline cancels 40 to 50 flights
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a day for the next six weeks and pilot project a cash bonus in exchange for giving up there holidays. —— reject. here's a quick look at some of the action on bbc sport this weekend. mp damian collins has cold for an independent review into the football association's handling of the rural and dismissal of the former england women's head coach murk sampson who was sacked yesterday for inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour with female players in a previous rural. now the fa's processes have come under the microscope. in december 2013 a became the england manager having left bristol academy but a few weeks later is safeguarding complaint was made against him rain to his time at bristol. a review panel then investigated the it should on the border back in march 2015. later that here a was cleared to continue working in football. however, having been urged to re—examine the details of the last week, years later the fa
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chose to terminate murk sampson's contract yesterday. its senior executives of the football association were aware of problems with murk sampson —— if they were aware, and and act upon that, then there positions become untenable. next month, we will have a hearing of the select committee where we will hear evidence about how allegations and have concerns about the way they were investigated are not fully investigated properly and we will also be seeking to question senior fa executives about there handling of the whole affair. the women in football equality and support group dropped sampson as one of its patents yesterday climbing questions over his suitability were flags to the fa during the recruitment process. in a statement today, the statement said... the fa have responded today, denying
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those involved in the appointment well aware of the allegations at the time. premiering champions chelsea have agreed to sell dear good cost to his former cloud atletico madrid. a is yet to play for chelsea this season after littleton a was free to leave the club. we didn't materialise, he refused to return to london and scored 20 goals last season but will move to madrid injanuary a personal terms and the medical are confirmed. brian cookson says he departs with his head held high after he lost the election for the uci presidency. he was unseated after giving just eight of the potential 45 votes, becoming the first uci president to lastjust a single term. our correspondent
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says the delegation had a very different view of his tenure. he swept into power four years ago, promising to perform a sport that had been traumatised by a long history of high—profile doping scandals. he says he transforms cycling during his period in charge but it would seem from today's election, a whopping margin of defeat for brian cookson, 37 votes to eight. the delegates gathered at the uci election and have been unimpressed by his efforts. he may have also been affected by the negative headlines surrounding british cycling that there was a culture of bullying in the organisation when he was in charge between 1987 and 2013. that might have swayed some people against him. so we have a new president, the third frenchman to lead the uci, and he said in a speech to reporters before the election that he would get rid of corruption. rain has
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plagued the second one—day international between england and the west indies. england made 21 without loss but the covers have been on for a few hours now. things are predicted to brighten up in nottingham from around five o'clock. that's all the sport from now. we'll have more in the next hour. the coroner of ian brady has accorded a death of natural causes. the coroner heard he was on end of life treatment and had removed his own feeding tube five days previously. our correspondent was that the inquest. he was born in glasgow and was one of the most notorious murderers in british history. he died around six o'clock in the evening on the 15th of may this year. the criminal psychologist
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who certified the death, doctor mark thomas, told the hearing that the lady had consistently refused us... assess m e nt lady had consistently refused us... assessment and treatment spot is severe mental disorders. he had become demanding, narcissistic, he had delusions of grandeur, he told doctors that in the event of his death, he was not to be resuscitated. alongside his deteriorating mental condition, his body was failing and he eventually succumbs to terminal heart disease exacerbated by a lung disease that was also terminal. he had staged hunger strikes over many years but the coroner said in his view, neither neglecting self—neglect on brady's part had contributed to the death. right up to the end, brady had refused to answer questions on locked briefcase that were in his room do not appear to have contained clues as to the whereabouts of the last victim and can't afford, 12—year—old keith bennett, so the last act, the disposal of the
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remains of ian brady is still unknown. this dark and terrible story, that chapter will remain a mystery to all of us. nearly half of fridges and freezers on the market have flammable backs according to which, we want makers to stop making them do to potentialfire risks. cannon carried out a review for the coalition government in 2015. you're not surprised at all. no, it was nearly the three—year anniversary at the end of 2014. i think the board is really good because they have shown that whirlpool, one of the biggest suppliers of the hotpoint brands have plastic backs on them and the fire service have done a greatjob in london showing how quickly they burn. in america, they favour the steel industry in the said appliances will be much safer
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if they have steel backs and the domestic steel industry has support for this. it's common sense, don't put plastic at the back of electrical equipment. it will be more susceptible than steel. absolutely and we have a terrible problem with things catching fire. i know most say it doesn't —— things don't catch fire but every day of the week, somebody‘s tumble dryer catches fire and fridge freezers, its rate at the moment, but it was a fridge freezer that caused the original problem —— it is rare. it was a fridge freezer that led to the terrible grenfell tower deaths. was a fridge freezer that led to the terrible grenfell tower deathsm this a lack of proper oversight in terms of the rules and the lark on as it has not been properly assessed? summary like me who did all this stuff on watchdog for ten yea rs all this stuff on watchdog for ten years and who knows this area and there are design problems with these products and they're getting worse i
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was trying to get them to favour british industry because then we could make sure we could nature that is safe, but a company who brings something into britain, if they don't like the risk assessment, they can go and get another one, as has happened with a fridge freezer from a company other than the one i had named,, which was beco. i had just appealed to the government to dig out that reviewed you ask me to do that i took months to do and just do more of it. this safety legislation isn't strong enough. they could come up isn't strong enough. they could come up with simple solutions to some of this. the government needs to take this. the government needs to take this more seriously and i appeal to whirlpool who add in some much
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trouble —— who are in so much trouble, to say that tumble dryers should not be left unattended and you should switch them off. you can't switch off a fridge freezer, it is on all the time and what on earth are they doing, having plastic backs on products like fridge freezers when a lot of them have sheets of petroleum as insulation. sheets of flannel petroleum —— flammable. we had somebody from the trading standards institute is saying that the problem is they are not the people to carry out the tests. i'm an ambassador for london trading standards and i agreed to do
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that because trading standards have been so cut back. there are not the trading standards officers trained to do it, very few, and the councils don't want to spend money and they pay 90% of the trading standards wages, they don't want to spend a lot of money on testing because they have been cut back as well and they also don't want to go to court and ta ke also don't want to go to court and take on big companies because it costs the earth. what's happened to your review, just shelved?” costs the earth. what's happened to your review, just shelved? i wish i knew which dusty corner and was hiding in but ijust but really simple things i even found their way to get the money for this. as far as i know, they didn't even discuss that with anyone else. if they're watching now, what was the conclusion? the conclusion was the business minister who eventually hadn't read it when she saw me which isa hadn't read it when she saw me which is a great discourtesy after i spent nine months working on it, she said we will handed over to business. i don't know whether it has gone but i
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would just appealed to the present consumer and business minister, instead of... there was a working party set up after my report who reported at the end of march, it was finally published before the parliamentary recess and that's a good place to bury bad news as has been said in the past. i would just appealed to them, let's have a proper appraisal of this and get better products for the public because if you live in a tower block now and you got a fridge freezer with the plastic back on the tumble dryer that hasn't been modified yet, you're going to be a bit scared. chances and if you're in those circumstances you do because nearly half of these appliances had affected and they are aimed at the lower cost end of the week the mac market. because it is cheaper and also cheaper to send them overseas with plastic backs so let's see the
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british industry having steel backs which will help keep people injobs in this country and stop this race to the bottom is cheaper products. we got to understand they are maybe not as safe as the ones which are better built and just try and buy a better built and just try and buy a better product. it will last longer in the long run. and please dust off the report. tougher penalties could be introduced for cyclists who injure or kill pedestrians as part of an urgent review of all aspects of cycling safety. one idea being considered by the government is a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving. it follows a number of high—profile incidents in which cyclists collided with pedestrians. andy moore reports. do you feel any remorse, charlie? on monday, charlie alliston was jailed for 18 months for cycling into and killing a pedestrian in london last year. kim briggs was on her lunch break when she was hit. she suffered serious injuries
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including a fractured skull and died in hospital a week later. he was driving a bike without a front brake which was illegal. he was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of bodily harm, an offence dating back to 1861. after the sentencing, mrs briggs‘ widower called for a change to the law. to have to rely on manslaughter or a victorian law that does not even mention causing death tells us that there is a gap. the government appears to be working to close that gap. they are looking at creating a new offence for cyclists, similar to motorists of causing death by careless driving. some cycling groups point out the number of deaths caused by cyclists remains extremely low, compared with the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed and injured by motorists. the headlines: the prime minister
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briefed her cabinet on plans for the direct negotiations ahead of a major speech in italy tomorrow. rescue workers in mexico city continue to search the rubble of a school which collapsed on tuesday's earthquake. there are signs of life in several locations. the chief executive of ryanair michael o'leary says he might force pilots to change annual leave to stop further flight cancellations. in the business news: india's tata steel and german the gap between what the government and spencer fell last month. economists had expected to be much wider but the numbers were boosted by record vat receipt which then
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upset —— offset a follow on how much it made from corporation tax. consumers are being advised to stop buying fridges and freezers which could create a fire risk. the consumer group which says there are 230 models on sale represented nearly half the market. and the co—op bank is any new homes after the co—op group sold its final 1% sta ke the co—op group sold its final 1% stake —— in new hands. it retains the supermarket and funeral business but sold its remaining stake in the bank for £5 million as part of a broader refinancing deal. consumers are being advised to stop buying fridges and freezers, above or change to server stretch with flammable plastic backs, which could create a fire risk. according to research by the consumer group which? there are at least 236 such models on sale, representing nearly half the market.
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it is also asking manufacturers to stop making such appliances. the move by which? follows a five—year campaign by the london fire brigade to have full fire—resistant backing on such appliances made compulsory. pete moorey is head of campaigns at which? good to talk to you. we've been covering this story from all sorts of different angles today. one thing thatjumps of different angles today. one thing that jumps to make, of different angles today. one thing thatjumps to make, why is the onus being put on the consumer to check that an appliance they're buying any legitimate shop is safe? the onus should be on the manufacturers. the manufacturers now need to do the right thing and they need to stop making fridges and freezers that have this flammable backing. the onus must be a manufacturers but we wa nt to onus must be a manufacturers but we want to make sure that i knew consumers have the information they need so that when they are going out and buying a fridge or freezer they know whether it has a flammable
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backing or not and it is important they have this information because we wa nt they have this information because we want people to be safe in their own homes. was this question that consumers should be asking when they are going to buy a white appliance? the easiest thing is to go to the which website and look for the models on our website. we have looked at 500 of the most popular fridges and freezers across the market and we will tell you what backing it has, whether it has a flammable plastic back on a non—flammable plastic bag on a metal back which is critically important when you're buying a fridge freezer now because we want people to buy safe products but we want people to —— we want manufacturers to stop creating products with the plastic backing and toughen up the standard forfridges and backing and toughen up the standard for fridges and freezers in this country so they are much safer. looking at the list of models you looked at and brands, does this come
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down to cost, to pricing? it looks to me that the high—end brands if you like, most of them seem to have metal backs winners in your study, owned land models performed less well —— own brand models performed less well. it is worrying that it is cheaper models that may well have this kind of backing because we don't want people who are struggling, perhaps, with personal finances and having to buy a cheaper fridge orfreezer being in finances and having to buy a cheaper fridge or freezer being in any less safe a situation than anyone else so i think this is something the whole industry needs to tackle. manufacturers need to do the right thing and stop producing these machines were flammable backing. ——
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with flammable backing. more information can be found on the which and bbc websites. in other business stories we've been following, manchester united has reported record revenues of £581 million for the 2017 financial year, as tv cash soared. in a year when it won the europa league and efl cup, the club also signed 12 sponsorship deals, and saw commercial and matchday revenues increase. the club benefitted from a huge rise in domestic tv revenues during 2016—17, the first season in the current three—year uk broadcasting deal. the owner of google — alphabet — is paying over $1 billion to buy smartphone maker htc. the taiwanese company was once a major player in the handset market but has struggled to compete with the likes of apple and samsung. microsoft looks set to open its first uk store in london's west end. microsoft launched their first
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physical store in the us seven years ago and has been looking for a uk site for some time. they are expected to take over the current united colours of benetton store on oxford circus. a quick look at the markets. the ftse 100 a quick look at the markets. the ftse100 is flat at the moment. it was banking stocks that were the main risers on the ftse100, mining stocks the main drag. the main gainer on the ftse100 blue chips,, the specialist chemicals maker johnson. i'll be back in one hour to see how the major european markets are closed for this session. following this morning's cabinet
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meeting when theresa may briefed what she will say in a speech in florence tomorrow about brexit, sources have told the bbc she is likely to propose a transitional arrangement between the uk and eu of up arrangement between the uk and eu of up to two years after brexit. it is expected the uk will be willing to pay into the uk during that period meaning other member states do not need to reopen the current budget. it means no other member would need to lose out directly because of brexit. she says payments would ensure planned projects based on the current eu budget can still go ahead. a separate government source tells the bbc that these potential payments would be conditional on continued access to the single market and potentially some form of customs union, not the current customs union, not the current customs union, not the current customs union which prevents the uk from striking its own trade deals.
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details of the exact nature of market access are subject to negotiation. we're getting a sense of what theresa may will be saying in her speech in florence tomorrow. much more to come on this in the next couple of hours here and bbc news. three years after prince harry founded the invictus games, the uk's biggest team yet is on its way to toronto in canada to compete in this year's event. the athletes will be joining more than 500 men and women from 17 nations who've served in the military and have been wounded in action. our correspondent tim muffett has been to meet members of the team. invictus, a latin word meaning "unconquered". at heathrow airport this morning, the 90—strong uk team heading to the invictus games in toronto were in bullish mood. it gives you that purpose, it gives you that goal. it gives you something that's been missing for so long. something that gets you up in the morning. what impact does taking part in the invictus games have? because you took part in 2016, didn't you? yes, it had a huge impact on me.
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it basically taught me to believe in myself. it taught me to just focus on what i can do and take as many opportunities as i can. devised by prince harry, the event was first held in london in 2014. a chance for injured, sick and wounded service personnel from across the world to compete at the highest level. let's be honest, no one really knew how big 2014's games were going to be. we honestly thought it was going to be some soldiers playing a bit of sports, and we had no idea of the magnitude of it. we had no idea it was going to be a sell—out crowd. the second invictus games were held last year in florida. craig winspear picked up a silver medal in the wheelchair basketball. he's hoping the uk team can go one better in toronto. definitely a goal this time, yes. craig was injured serving in afghanistan in 2011. my role was to go in search for ieds and dispose of them. unfortunately i was badly injured,
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i lost both my legs. taking part in an event like this, you are not sitting on the coach, you are pushing yourself, driving forwards. you want to do more, notjust in a sporting aspect, in life. with 17 nations taking part, this will be the largest invictus games so far. the sporting action gets under way in toronto on saturday, but for these 90 uk competitors, the journey begins right now. tim muffett, bbc news, at heathrow airport. any new york, donald trump has been talking about hurricane marianne has said it has totally obliterated the us island territory of puerto rico and says the electrical grid has been completely destroyed. he described quarterly call as in very, very, very perilous shape —— he described puerto rico as in perilous shape and that the us would begin
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recovery. there is get more on that and the progress of whether closer on the subject of destroyed electricity grids, the mayor of someone has said it could take four to six months before they are prepared. this is the latest from the satellite showing marietta the north of the dominican republic on a to bring torrential rain here. the next place that could see hurricane maria is as here, the re m na nts hurricane maria is as here, the remnants could be coming our way the first week of october. for the time
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being, we have this familiar weather front across the uk, slicing the weather in half today. eastern areas, dry bread and warm but rain in the evening, behind that some sunshine for the time this evening and overnight we have clearing skies working in. underneath the clearing skies as temperatures fall away, cooler nights, seven to 10 celsius and by the end of the night, the next area of rain will be making its presence felt in northern ireland. notjust presence felt in northern ireland. not just wet but presence felt in northern ireland. notjust wet but quite windy for friday morning and that area of rain pushes eastwards. otherwise, the bright day, but it will turn cloudier, rain moving into scotland and western parts of england and wales but as it does so, the rain will turn lighter and patchy in nature and in any case across central and eastern england, it should stay dry with reasonable temperatures year, sunshine coming out in northern ireland through tomorrow afternoon. as far as the weekend is concerned, not a bad looking weather prospect of some sunny spells, temperatures doing
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well and we have some rain on the way for western areas on sunday but it isa way for western areas on sunday but it is a weekend of two halves, sunday is the better day, early morning clouds breaking away with some sunshine coming through and it will stay cloudy and breezy across the northwest with temperatures not doing badly, temperatures of 18 celsius and 19 and 20 celsius towards london. for the second half of the weekend, this band of rain ages into scotland and western parts of england and wales. sunshine and showers for northern ireland and relatively warm across southeast england, highs reaching the low 20s, soa england, highs reaching the low 20s, so a bit ofa england, highs reaching the low 20s, so a bit of a mixture this weekend but saturday looks to be the better of the two days of the weekend weather. this is bbc news.
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the headlines: the prime minister briefs the cabinet on how she plans to break the brexit deadlock ahead of her speech in italy tomorrow. she is expected to announce a two—year transitional arrangement. in mexico rescuers are desperately searching for survivors at a school which collapsed in the earthquake. these are the live pictures as the rescue effort continues. police make a sixth arrest in the investigation into the london tube bombing. police have been searching a house in south london. also in the next hour: ryanair boss rya nair boss michael ryanair boss michael o'leary warns his pilots not to misbehave. ryanair says it will make its pilots delay taking their annual leave to avoid further flight cancellations. and a warning overfridges with flammable backs.
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