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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak, the headlines at three. the french president, emmanuel macron, says the uk must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on brexit. sadiq khan defends the tfl decision not to renew the licence for taxi at uber, as over 500,000 people sign a petition calling for it to be reversed. iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile, in defiance of us president donald trump. jeremy corbyn arrives in brighton at the start of the labour party conference. this whole section of rail is nothing but tuxedos. thousands of costumes from the royal shakespeare company go on sale. sir patrick stewart goes through the wardrobe to share some of his memories from the stage that are upforgrabs. and coming up at 3:30, the click team looks at the latest
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facial—recognition technology. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may must be clearer about what she wants from brexit before the eu can start trade talks, according to the french president, emmanuel macron. monsieur macron said three key issues must be agreed. the rights of three million eu citizens living in the uk, how much the uk will pay on leaving, and the future of the uk—irish border. it's the first response by a european leader to the prime minister's speech yesterday in florence, in which she suggested a two—year transition period after brexit, meaning the uk would finally break away in 2021. brexit secretary david davis is heading to brussels for the next round of talks with the eu
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negotiating team on monday. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo reports. theresa may came here to florence to try to unblock the brexit negotiations. with warm words about an exciting partnership ahead, a pledge to honour britain's commitments to the current eu budget, and promises to guarantee the rights of eu citizens in the uk, she hopes she's done enough to kick—start the talks. she appears to have struck the right balance, appeasing tory leavers and remainers alike by pushing for a transition period where security, trade and immigration rules stay the same, but insisting it would only last a couple of years. there should be a clear double lock, a guarantee that there will be a period of implementation, giving businesses and people alike
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the certainty that they will be able to prepare for the change and a guarantee that this implementation period will be time limited, giving everyone the certainty that this will not go on forever. brussels and eu leaders gave the speech a cautious welcome, praising what they saw as the constructive spirit and a show of realism. but there was a demand for more detail. while the prime minister's speech has generated some goodwill, the test will come when brexit talks resume on monday. leila nathoo, bbc news. a short while ago, i spoke to our political correspondent susana mendonca, who said the prime minister's speech had left some of her backbenchers unhappy. we have got a bit more of a sense of the direction, in terms of the transitional deal that she spoke about. back in the summer, there was a debate within cabinet about whether there should be a transitional deal, and this is theresa may
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saying we want two years, and that is something that has caused concern among backbenchers. some of them are not happy with the idea that we will not leave completely in march 2019, that we will still be subject to eu law in some sense, so they want clarity on whether that will be the case. theresa may talked about freedom of movement potentially continuing, that is something that for many is a red line. within the cabinet itself, what she achieved through the speech yesterday was a sense of unity at a time when we have seen a lot of division. you know, for example, borisjohnson, just a few days before the speech, he had written an article taking a different view, perhaps, certainly on the see what money, saying we shouldn't have to pay the eu any money to remain in the single market. it is attempting to create some unity within the cabinet at a time when we have had this unity.
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as david davis heads off for the next round of negotiating on monday, are we expecting to hear more of this detail being fleshed out? that is certainly what the eu wants, we heard from emmanuel macron today, saying that he wants to have more clarity, certainly on those three areas that the eu want progress on — so for example, as you stated earlier, the issue of eu citizens living in the uk, the financial terms of exit, and the irish border. the eu will not progress on trade talks until those three issues are dealt with. david davis, it has been difficult, the negotiations with michel barnier, so we will see what happens with that. certainly, they want more detail. in october, the european commission will get together, they work out if there has been enough progress in this negotiation.
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if they deem that they haven't, what then happens? essentially, the progress that they want on those three areas is really the benchmark for whether or not britain then gets to have tandem trade talks, because what britain wanted at the beginning of this was to have trade talks at the same time as the talks about the settlement with the eu. if the eu commission and national leaders decide that we haven't made that progress, then potentially we don't move on to that progress really in terms of the trade talks, which is not what britain wants. thank you very much. the ratings agency moody's has downgraded britain's long—term credit rating. it says it made the decision because of the economic uncertainty caused by the brexit negotiations and the likelihood that the public finances would become weaker. downing street says the firm's assessments were outdated. our business correspondentjoe lynam says the decision could mean the uk
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government has to pay more for its borrowing. this could result in higher borrowing costs for government. the higher the rating, the lower the interest rates that governments had to pay because markets take a view that they are a healthier risk. the credibility of the credit rating agencies took a bit of a hammering after the financial crisis, and the government will be playing on that. they downgraded britain because they think that public finances will disimprove as a direct result of brexit because the government might have to borrow more or cut its defecit at a slower rate than they hoped for. the government said that it had a robust record and had made substantial progress on combating the deficit. "we are not complacent about the challenges ahead but we are optimistic about a bright future." joe lynam there. more than half a million people have signed a petition calling for transport for london to reverse its decision to stop the minicab booking service uber
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from operating in the capital. tfl decided not to renew uber‘s licence on grounds of public safety and security, but the company says it will appeal against the decision. jessica parker reports. the app which revolutionised taking a taxi has been fighting back. just a few hours after transport for london's decision not to renew its licence, uber launched this petition to save uber in london. already it has over 500,000 signatures. it talks about the 3.5 million londoners and 40,000 uber drivers that will lose out, and also stresses its drivers go through the same safety checks as black—cab drivers. tfl argues it hasn't met their standards on safety and security. but uber disagrees. transport for london have regularly audited us, you know, they've carried out the largest audit in their history, and, you know, we've passed with flying colours. the last time the audited us to check that we were playing by the rules, they found that there were zero
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errors in our processes. nevertheless, tfl have deemed them "not fit and proper" to renew the licence. safety has got to be paramount. the regulator's doing itsjob. if uber customers, or indeed uber drivers, are upset or angry about this situation, don't blame the regulator for enforcing the rules. let's blame the company that flouts them. uber have said they will appeal the decision. their london licence runs out at the end of this month. jessica parker, bbc news. the mayor of london has responded to the petition, saying, "i have every sympathy with uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at uber." "they have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of tfl, to act as a fit and proper operator." a magnitude 6.2 quake has hit the southeast of oaxaca in mexico.
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slight quake tremors were felt, and seismic alarms sounded in mexico city, which earlier this week was hit by the country's most deadly earthquake in decades. the us geological survey reported that the epicentre was 12 miles southeast of the city of matias romero, in the state of oaxaca. iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of up to 1200 miles. the testing of the weapon, which can carry several warheads, is likely to raise concerns in washington, just days after president trump attacked the country's missile programme in a speech at the united nations. here's our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley. a show of power from tehran, a missile launched as a message to the americans. this was state—run television in iran, broadcasting what it says was the successful test of the newly developed missile
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with a range of 2,000 kilometres. the launch came just days after president trump attacked iran at the united nations for destabilising the middle east, and condemned its missile programme. he again threatened to abandon a historic nuclear deal, painstakingly negotiated over many yea rs. we cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear programme. iran insists its missile programme doesn't contravene the nuclear agreement, and the iranian president says his people are now waiting for an apology from donald trump. in defiance of mr trump came this military display on friday, at which the new missile was proudly inveiled. translation: like it or not, we will increase our deterrence
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and defence power in any form we deem to be necessary. in addition to upgrading the missile systems, we will also strengthen our naval, ground and air forces. there's been no response from the americans so far to the latest iranian missile launch, but there's little doubt that the belligerent tone coming from both countries will ratchet up tensions. just as in north korea, iran is trying to show that it won't be pushed around. caroline hawley, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to dina esfandiary from the centre for strategic and international studies, who told me the missile launch was in response to the america's hardline attitude. they have chosen their time quite carefully. they waited until the un general assembly meetings, and then waited to hear president donald trump's speech. they have heard his aggressive rhetoric, and so i think
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that it was almost to be expected that iran would come out with something like this. to respond to the aggressive rhetoric out of the us, this is the perfect way for them to do this. who is behind this programme? the missile programme is generally concerned, controlled by the revolutionary guard, the ha rdline components of the iranian government. these are people that are not necessarily in favour of iran having reached this nuclear agreement a few years ago with the rest of the international community, but this is also a product of internal intentions within iran. it is notjust iran proving to the outside world that it can continue this activity, but also internal fighting. does this now mean, then, for the deal,
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there is now jeopardy for the nuclear deal? we have to remember that iran's missile programme is not part of the nuclear deal. the nuclear deal does what it says in the title — it focuses on the iranian nuclear programme, and they deliberately left the missile programme out of it. however, the un security council resolution that was agreed upon right after the deal, that endorses the deal, talks about the missile programme and calls upon iran to stop testing. with iran not stopping, while it is technically legitimate for iran to continue this kind of activity, because it is for self—defence purposes, it does make things difficult, and it is more food for the rhetoric coming out of the us, saying we have to stand up to iran's aggression. do you expect anything to come from donald trump's words? can he do anything? there are multiple things he can do. donald trump has been threatening to step out of the iran nuclear
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dealfor a while now, he did it during the campaign, and he's still doing it today. while we must remember that the agreement is notjust between iran and the us, there are other countries that are part of it, but it would still be very, very difficult, and it would not look good if the us comes out of it. now, what he can do is reimpose sanctions on iran, or continue to ratchet up sanctions on iran, like they did after the last missile test in january, or he could also not certify iranian compliance in a few weeks, when the certification date comes up. from then on, once the us steps out, it is anybody‘s guess what might happen. the headlines on bbc news: the french president, emmanuel macron, says the uk must provide more clarity over its negotiating position on brexit. sadiq khan defends tfl's decision
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not to renew the licence for taxi up uber as over half a million people signa uber as over half a million people sign a petition calling for it to be reversed. iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of up to 1200 miles. in sport, two goals from harry caine and one from christian eriksen was enough for tottenham as they held on to beat west ham 3—2. eriksen is now the highest scoring dane in premier league history. celtic extend their unbeaten run with a win over rangers in the first old firm game of the season at ibrox. and four weeks on from having emergency surgery to remove her appendix, they britain is racing in the road world championships in norway. members of the labour party
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are gathering in brighton for whatjeremy corbyn‘s predicting will be its largest ever conference. 0ur political correspondent eleanor garnier is in brighton for us. is glorious weather, good news for jeremy corbyn all around? well, jeremy corbyn all around? well, jeremy corbyn all around? well, jeremy corbyn got a very lively welcome when he turned up here in brighton earlier this morning to cha nts brighton earlier this morning to chants of oh, jeremy corbyn. this is the first time the whole of the labour party has had a chance to get together since the general election earlier this year, whenjeremy corbyn did much better than anyone expected, winning an extra 30 mps. soi expected, winning an extra 30 mps. so i think we can expect quite a bit of celebration over the next few days. even the labour didn't do well enough to get into government, there will be plenty of cheering and padding on the back too. despite
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that, there is some division, it's fairto that, there is some division, it's fair to say, lurking behind the scenes over the issues of things like brexit, which way should labour be pushing the government on things like membership of the single market and the customs union. but there have also been a bit of tension over the last few days on the balance of power between the grassroots members, the delegates who will be coming here, and the parliamentary party of elected politicians. in fa ct, party of elected politicians. in fact, there have been some questions as to whether some of labour's key figures would get a chance to speak in the main auditorium, the likes of london mayor sadiq khan, and andy burnham, alec and mayor in greater manchester. jeremy corbyn has been out, making a visit to a centre that helps with refugees, and he defended the changes that have been made to who and how long people get his big. it's a conference for everybody, the largest labour party conference has ever been. we have tried to rebalance the speaking arrangements so that there are fewer and shorter
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platform speakers, many more speeches from the floor and from delegates, and i am very keen to make sure that the voices of our elected mayors are heard, and sadiq khan will be speaking, other mayors will be speaking in future years. they can, however, contribute during the debate just like anybody else, and there are many other speaking opportunities around brighton. 0ne one thing that will be different this year compare to 12 months ago is those calls that we saw last year forjeremy corbyn to go — how long could he stay on as labour leader? lots of questions to senior labour members about that this time last year. this time, i think the tone has changed, there is an acceptance now that not only isjeremy corbyn safe in hisjob as leader, but that he is solid in hisjob as leader, and now the party membership stands at close to 600,000, that makes the
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labour party the biggest political party across europe. eleanor, thank you very much. police have reopened parts of the m3 northbound after they shut the road in both directions. officers were called just before 4am to reports of potential hazardous material in the road. drivers say the closure has caused absolute chaos. the southbound section of the motorway between junctions nine and 11 near winchester will remain shut until at least six o'clock this evening. there've been reports of small tremors in north korea, which chinese officials say could be evidence of an explosion, although elsewhere it's been deemed to be of natural origin. 0ur correspondent danny savage gave us this update from south korea. 0pinion is split over what happened in north korea in the last few hours. the china earthquake administration says it was a suspected explosion, but south korea's meteorological survey said they have analysed it and it does not have the footprint of something man—made, it looks like a natural event. it is unusual seismic activity,
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and not farfrom where north korea has carried out nuclear tests in the last few months. interestingly, in the last few minutes, the nuclear proliferation watchdog in switzerland suggested the possibility that it could be a collapse event. after the big explosion and test recently, the underground h—bomb in north korea, there was a collapse event afterwards where rocks fell, which was picked up by earthquake monitors. it could be similar to that again. i don't think it should cause major concern at the moment, it is being monitored, and it will be some time before we know exactly what happened, but it is leaning towards a natural event at present. that is danny savage there. the two main party leaders in germany will make their final appeals to voters today before sunday's elections. chancellor angela merkel‘s centrist party have a clear lead in the polls. in what is now a familiar picture across europe, both mrs merkel
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and the social democratic leader, martin schulz, are urging voters to shun the anti—islam, anti—immigrant rhetoric of right—wing candidates that have gained support in the run—up to the election. earlier, i spoke to our correspondent damien mcguinness in berlin, who said both mrs merkel and her closest rival were urging the electorate to go out and vote. well, their main point is that they are telling voters to go to the polls tomorrow. that is because they feel the lower the turnout, the more chance that the new anti—migrant, anti—islam afd party will have of getting a strong number of seats tomorrow in the parliament. it is especially controversial in germany, because there are millions of german muslims, and some members of this party are also accused of having links to right—wing extremists, neo—nazi groups. what angela merkel, though, looks set to do, though, tomorrow is get a strong win. the party, as you say,
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is leading in the polls, as things stand, it looks like she will win a fourth term as chancellor. what we don't know is what her government will look like, what sort of government she will end up leading, because she has to cobble together a coalition, and within that you have a number of different parties who have very different views on things like the eurozone or migration or the economy, and these are things that really affect the rest of europe. so the colour of the government that we end up with over the next few weeks during the coalition building will have a direct impact on europe and britain as well. how is it that the afd have been able to gain traction? what is it about the german mindset this time around? what has changed was, of course, the enormous number of refugees and migrants who came over
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the last few years. in the past two and years, 1.5 million asylum seekers have come to germany. in the main, they have been integrated well into german society, mainstream society accepts the need for germany to take in legitimate refugees. there is a debate about what to do with rejected asylum seekers, but there is a consensus in mainstream society. however, a good 10—20% is not happy with that, and those people, many of them, are voting afd. they are seen as the anti—merkel party, and that is because the mainstream bit of german society tends to support angela merkel‘s centrist policies, which reflect mainstream german society today, some voters feel the only way they can go is to the afd. if they get into double figures, it will be seen as a big coup for them. they won't get into government because angela merkel has ruled out forming a coalition with them,
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because frankly they are too controversial. but if they get a lot of seats, they will have a big impact on politics in germany. the royal shakespeare company is selling off more than 10,000 items of costume worn by its actors over the last 60 years. hollywood star and rsc veteran sir patrick stewart has been sharing some of his memories of wearing the costumes, as they go on sale in stratford—upon—avon. hannah bayman reports. "clothes maketh the man," said william shakespeare, and these are the costumes that have made 60 years of his plays come to life. it makes me feel much more than sentimental, it's really quite emotional. there is so much history here. it's the biggest sale the company has ever had, and the money raised will go towards creating new costume workshops.
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there are more than 10,000 items to choose from, including armour, uniforms, shoes, jewellery, and more unusual period pieces. this whole section of rail is nothing but tuxedos. the funniest, most embarrassing costume incident i ever had was in my very, very first production. i was playing an entirely forgettable character called sir walter blount, so i decided i would get the audience's attention sooner, it's called pulling focus, so one night i prepared myself, i threw open this steel door, ran on, and as i ran on, i slammed the door behind me, so everyone in the audience would know that patrick stewart as sir walter blount had entered. my cloak, unfortunately, caught in the great door,
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so as i moved towards the king, i was brought to a sudden halt. well, apart from distressing me, what it mostly did was amuse tony and ian, who both began laughing. you can imagine what that did to the audience, because they could see what had happened. it was a horrendous moment for me in my first role in my first play with the rsc, but when i came in the next day, there was someone from the wardrobe waiting for me, and they said, "we heard about what happened last night, and we're very sorry, but we understand why you did it, and we have taken your cloak and made it much shorter so it won't happen again." that's the kind of people you work with in the wardrobe department of the royal shakespeare company. if, around the world, fans of the rsc knew this was happening,
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they would flock here just to take a little piece of history away with them. and my wife has yet found more garments to wear. what am i going to do? put my hand in my pocket, i suppose. prices start atjust £1 — so pretty affordable to make all the world your stage. hannah bayman, bbc news. weather with louise lear. this illustrates the point beautifully, a west — east split across the country with low pressure in the north—west just drifting this weather front in from the atlantic, bringing cloud and murky conditions and outbreaks of patchy rain towards dawn. central and eastern areas will start off dry and eastern areas will start off dry and bright with lovely spells of sunshine, and with a light southerly
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wind, temperatures will respond. cloud and rain gradually drifts east, and by the end of the day p°ppin9 east, and by the end of the day p°pping up east, and by the end of the day popping up in the south—west, maybe some late afternoon brightness in northern ireland. where we have got rain, 14—17 degrees, possibly 22 in the south—east corner. now, that weather front never really pushes much further than through the spine of the country. for a time, there will be heavy bursts across central and southern areas, but more noticeably we could see the formation of dense fog forming in northern ireland first thing on monday morning. keep watching the forecast. this is bbc news. the headlines at 15:30pm: the french president, emmanuel macron, says the uk must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on brexit. over half a million people have signed a petition calling for transport for london to reverse its decision to stop
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