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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 11:00. police in both london and new york are investigating claims of sexual assault made against the hollywood producer harvey weinstein who denies them. the eu warns of deadlock after the latest round of brexit talks — as the two sides still fail to agree on the uk's divorce bill. sally—anne jones — the british woman recruited by so—called islamic state in syria — is reported to have been killed in a drone strike. and on newsnight, we hearfrom emma thompson on harvey weinstein and endemic misogyny in hollywood. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the growing scandal surrounding hollywood producer harvey weinstein
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is now being investigated by police in london and new york. he's facing multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment, some of which he denies. our correspondent nick bryant reports from new york. harvey weinstein emerged from his daughter's house in los angeles. the movie moguls still trying to direct the scene. i'll take it with me. don't follow. i'm being good. it's the first time he spoken on camera since scandal engulfed him. are you doing 0k? i'm trying my best. thank you, man. but there was no apology to his alleged victims, no evident display of shame. he did, though, talk about himself. guys, i'm not doing 0k. i've got to get help. you know what, we all make mistakes. second chance, i hope, 0k? but second chances seem
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a long way off right now, given that more than 20 women including angelina jolie and gwyneth paltrow has spoken out. the latest is the british actress kate beckinsale. just 17, when she claims weinstein first harassed her. "he opened the door in his bathrobe, i was incredibly naive and young and it didn't cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. after declining alcohol and announcing that i had school in the morning, i left, uneasy but unscathed." who are the women he preyed on, and preys on, young women. the hollywood legend jane fonda, speaking on the bbc tonight. most of these women were in their 20s when it happened, vulnerable, afraid if they say anything or do anything that it will ruin their career. i found out about him about a year ago and i wished that i had spoken out. why didn't you? it didn't happen to me.
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nonetheless? i didn't want to expose, i should have been braver. the 65—year—old has denied three accusations of rape and any nonconsensual sexual relations. the new york police department, the nypd, is reviewing an alleged sexual assault by harvey weinstein that stems from 200a. and the metropolitan police is investigating an alleged sexual assault from the 1980s, said to have taken place in london. wasn't that a slam dunk? prosecutors in new york have been criticised for not pursuing a case against him two years ago, when the nypd mounted a sting operation against weinstein after an allegation of sexual assault. if we had a case that we felt we could prosecute, my experts felt we could prosecute, we would have. do you mean you make the decision? we made the decision as an office. emma thompson said the problem
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of hollywood sexual harassment goes way beyond harvey weinstein. i didn't know about these things, but they don't surprise me at all and they are endemic to the system anyway. what i find extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg, you know. i don't think you can describe him as a sex addict, he is a predator. you know what, i've always been loyal to you guys. this brief encounter spoke of his cosy relationship with some in the media. i hope you feel better. thank you. get some help, man. the accusations are being investigated by police on both sides of the atlantic. brexit negotiations between the uk and the eu remain deadlocked over the size of britain's financial commitment when it leaves. the eu's chief negotiator says not enough progress has been made to move on to trade talks.
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this report from our political editor laura kuenssberg contains some flash photography. she wasn't there to help. eu supergirl, an anti—brexit campaigner had slinked her way into the press conference today. but listening to the eu chief negotiator, it will need a real superhero to get this crucial deal moving. "we've had useful technical discussions," michel barnier said. "but we are in deadlock. it's disturbing." no deal yet on how much britain will pay, on eu citizens or brits abroad, or on northern ireland. that means the talks won't go his way for now. to start talking trade, in the future. the position we are in now is defined by the council's criteria of sufficient progress. the next step is the european council in october, and clearly we would like them to give michel the means to broaden the negotiation.
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it's up to them when they do it. i think it's in the interests of europe and the united kingdom that they do. listen carefully though. it was not all doom. a promise to find a way. for now, though, the talks are stuck. her cabinet at home split on what to do. the prime minister left with a brave face. there has been good progress made in these talks, and michel barnier himself has recognised that over the coming weeks we will be able to make constructive progress as well. in private, and increasingly in public, uk ministers are frustrated that the eu won't budge. some brexit backers are starting to wonder if it will be soon time to walk away. with the eu saying deadlock, when do you think we should say walk away? well, foreign secretary? what is the answer? we think, as i say, that we made some very helpful suggestions to get the thing, get the great ship moving down the slipway
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and on to the open seas. that's what we all want to see. we see no reason why that should not take place, and we're looking for some urgency from ourfriends and partners, and a time to put a tiger in the tank and get this thing done. but labour thinks the tories‘ approach is the problem. not the eu side. the danger is we will get to march 2019 with no deal, we will fall out of the eu, we'll go on to world trade organization rules and there will be threats to a lot ofjobs all across britain. but hang on. for months round here, it's almost been impossible to find anyone who really believed that this month would be the moment when the talks would move to the vital next phase. there has been some progress behind closed doors — just not very much — and there won't be more until the political leaders are ready to intervene.
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but today's drama in brussels doesn't mean the chances of a deal are dead. they are working hard in whitehall to move things to a conclusion. but politicians on both sides may have to budge for that to happen. the deal that will define the decisions that change our lives is tonight, still farfrom reach. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. a british woman who became a prominent recruiter for the terror group islamic state has reportedly been killed in a drone strike. sally—anne jones, who's originally from kent, travelled to syria in 2013. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner reports. iconic, threatening and british. the jihadist recruiter and muslim convert sally—anne jones from kent. she fled to syria in 2013 with her young son and joined so—called islamic state. from there, she broadcast a stream of hate—filled anti—western propaganda online,
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as well as the addresses of over 1000 us service personnel. she was married to this man, junaid hussain, a computer hacker. together, they plotted attacks on the west and gave instructions on bomb—making. hussain was killed in a strike two years ago. now, jones appears to have met the same fate. 0perating from this us airbase in the nevada desert, pilots are said to have remotely targeted her using an unmanned drone similar to this one. killing her with a missile injune, close to syria's border with iraq. today, the government gave this stark warning to anyone joining is, also known as daesh. i can confirm that if you are a british national in iraq or syria and if you have chosen to fight for daesh, an illegal organisation, that is preparing and inspiring terror attacks on our streets, then you've made yourself a legitimate target, and you run the risk every hour of every day of being on the wrong end of an raf or a united states missile. this boy was identified
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by his grandparents in an earlier is propaganda video as sally—annejones‘ son, jojo. his fate is unclear. interpol had his mother on its wanted list, which gave her adopted pseudonyms and alleged crimes. she was certainly useful to is for publicity purposes, but an expert on jihadist movements gave this damning verdict. i remember speaking to syrian women who had joined isis themselves, and they would ask me about women like her, and they would say, what does she have to do with us? this is our civil war. i think her legacy is one of the bewildering clash of lost souls in europe attaching themselves to a civil war and a distant movement that has nothing to do with them. sally—annejones, the former punk rock singerfrom chatham in kent, is now likely to be one more of the hundreds of western recruits to is to perish in the collapse of its caliphate.
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frank gardner, bbc news. teams of workers have been trying to destroy a massive 130 ton fatberg that's blocking one of the biggest sewers in london. 0ur science editor david shukman has been given exclusive access to the teams doing the work. in east london this morning, chris casbolt embarks on one of the worstjobs in the world. he checks a sensor that will detect toxic gases, he's given a constant supply of fresh air. this is what's needed to fight what's called a fatberg down in a sewer. we give chris and a colleague cameras to capture what they're facing. are you 0k? yeah, i'm good. i asked to join them, but wasn't allowed. they're venturing into extremely dangerous territory. hang on, i need a hose. hose! they arrive in an alien and hostile world, a supervisor calls out to check the gas. what's the gas reading down there? in the hot fetid air,
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the fat releases fumes of sulphur. this narrow tunnel is the only access to the fatberg, but right now it's too deep in sewage for anyone to pass. a pump is used to try to clear it, but gets blocked with chunks of fat. right, the suction‘s blocked. suction's blocked? yes. then the flow begins. it's dropping, mate, it is dropping. the way is now clear, but the tunnel is too low to stand in, so chris has to hunch and shuffle in the dark. at last he can do what he was sent for, hack away at a congealed mass of fat, tampons, wipes and condoms. it's blocking most of the sewer. pressure hoses can't be used because the brickwork is damaged, so it's one shovel stroke at a time, and it's hard to believe this is happening in 21st century britain.
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but the work can't go on for long, it's just too hard. look at how tired chris is and what he's covered in. it's horrible down there, mate. there's so much fat everywhere, do you know what i mean? even upstream, upstream you can see 20 meters that way it's fat. do you know what i mean, it's solid. and this is a piece of the fatberg, a compacted mass of oil, fat and grease. it's rock solid and, as you'd expect, it smells a bit like a blocked toilet and rotting meat, and the real problem here is that the only way to get it out is by hand. the fat is hard to break apart, it'll be turned into fuel. but as one of the sewer teams recovers, the hope has to be that less fat will end up underground in the first place. david shukman, bbc news. that's a summary of the news, newsday is coming up at midnight — now on bbc news it's time for newsnight with emily maitlis.
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let's just say it is endemic. i spend my 20s trying to get old man's comes out of my mouth, you know, because they just thought, comes out of my mouth, you know, because theyjust thought, "well, she is up for it". weinstein is one man, hollywood one vain place. tonight emma thompson tells me sexual harassment is everywhere, and explains the long shadow of the casting couch. also tonight: no, i don't think they do, actually. i don't think they know themselves, to be honest. it's divided, the same as conservative. does anyone understand labour's brexit policy? keir starmer gives it to us straight. the new duke of westminster paid next to no tax on his £9 billion inheritance. do children have a right to inherit? and should parents pay for care from their estate? # down, up and down # through the streets of your town # every day i make my way
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the most successful band — that never made it. steve smith meets the go—betweens. good evening. "we all make mistakes", a plaintive harvey weinstein told a huddle of paparazzi today outside his home. that was before he asked for a second chance. in one way he's right, of course. the man has become vilified this week as hollywood's latest blockbuster baddy — the sexual predator whose marriage, business and health appears in tatters. a man now investigated by police on both sides of the atlantic. there is little sympathy for his fall from grace. indeed, many feel he did more than enough to earn it. but to assume that the problem starts or ends with weinstein is to miss the point. there are those who facilitated his behaviour, hid his behaviour, aped

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