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this is bbc news, i'm vicki young, the headlines at 5pm. the bbc understands the met police are investigating a further three sexual assault allegations made by one woman against film producer harvey weinstein. they relate to incidents in london since 2010 the government insists it's confident of reaching a deal with the eu — but the transport secretary said ministers are preparing for the possibility of a no—deal brexit of course we have to plan for an option for there is no deal, we don't expect that, we are not aiming for it and i don't think it's where we will end up. voting has ended in austria's parliamentary election with exit polls indicating that sebastian kurz is set to become europe's youngest leader. gusts of up to eighty miles an hour are expected to batter some parts of the british isles. there's an amber weather alert in northern ireland and in parts of ireland, schools will be closed tomorrow and newcastle lead i—o against southampton at half time. we'll have a round up of sport at half past good afternoon and welcome to bbc
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news. the bbc understands the metropolitan police is investigating a further three sexual assault allegations made by one woman against film producer harvey weinstein. a short time ago i spoke to our correspondent alexandra mackenzie who brought us up to date with latest from the metropolitan police. this statement from the met police, they have not named the hollywood reducer harvey weinstein but the bbc understands that's who they are referring to in this latest statement. —— producer. they reminded us on the 11th of october merseyside police had referred an allegation of sexual assault to the metropolitan police service and what they've said is its alleged ballot
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man sexually assaulted a woman in the late 80s in west london. we understand that to be the british actress liz said anthony, she has spoken to a sunday newspaper and she said she met the reduced in 1982 when she was given the lead role in a film, she is now in hollyoaks, and she is the fifth woman to claim she was sexually assaulted either film producer in her london home. that has not confirmed by the met police but she has spoken to a sunday newspaper. the statement from the met goes on to say on the 14th of october there were further allegations made against the same man, they are not naming the man the allegations were made against and they say its alleged the man sexually assaulted a different woman, this is a second victim and three new allegations and these
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allegations were in westminster in 2010 and 11 and in camden more recently in 2015. have also said there's been no arrest at this stage, they have not named anyone but harvey weinstein has denied all claims of nonconsensual sex. alexandra mick ennis either. —— mckenzie. the government has insisted that it's confident of reaching a brexit deal with the european union —— and that "britain will succeed" whatever happens. but the transport secretary chris grayling said ministers were fully preparing for the possibility of leaving without agreement. labour meanwhile said it is working with mps in other parties to prevent a ‘no deal‘ brexit. it comes as the chairman of sainsburys warns that food prices will rise sharply if britain leaves without an agreement. our political correspondent susannah mendonca reports. no deal is better than a bad deal, that's what the government keeps telling us, but what might that mean for your supermarket shop? retail giant sainsbury‘s has warned that food prices could go up by 22%
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if britain leaves the european union without a trade deal. if that happens, it looks like we might have to start growing more of our own food. we will grow more here and buy more from around the world, but that will mean bad news for continental farmers, that is why it will not happen, because it is actually in their interest to reach a deal. there have been questions around whether our seaports like dover could cope with backed up lorries in the event of no trade deal with the eu. the transport secretary said he thought a deal would be done, but if it wasn't we already have operation stack set up to cope with it, and he rejected suggestions that planes would be grounded. the deadlock in the latest negotiations with the eu has made the prospect of no deal one that the government insists it is now planning for. but parliament is gearing up for a fight, with labour suggesting it will join forces with tory remainers to try to change the legislation in the eu withdrawal bill to stop the government from being able to opt for no deal.
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i think on a cross—party basis, you will see in the debates in the coming week, the government will get the message, there will be a deal. when we amend the legislation, which i think we will, i think there is a majority to do that, have a meaningful vote, what we've said all the way along, we can say to the government that whatever you are negotiating will not be on the basis of no deal, because the damage to this economy will be so great. with the lay of the land on a future trade deal looking uncertain, the advice seems to be that we might have to become more self—sufficient, and as far as the future of eu citizens go, one brexit minister has said that they would be able to stay in the uk whatever happens. susana mendonca, bbc news. four hundred jobs are to go at the vauxhall car plant in ellesmere port by the end of the year. the car maker is moving to just one production shift a day because of a fall in demand.
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it says it's struggling in european markets and hopes job cuts can be made by voluntary redundancies. our business correspondent, joe lynam, says demand for vauxhall‘s c class cars has dropped. people are preferring to opt for suvs, sports utility vehicles, instead, and in order to get the company shipshape for bidding for the next generation of astras in 2020, they will have to cut down the shifts from two shifts around the clock to one shift. now, 400 jobs, they are hoping they will be voluntary before the end of the year. they have been in talks with unite, the union, but obviously if they can't get the 400 names, they might have to proceed to a different type of redundancy. that is 22% of the workforce, that is a significant number of jobs, but what the company is saying is that this is not related to brexit and this is not related to the takeover of vauxhall by the french group psa last year. people who kill someone on the roads could face life sentences under
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new laws being proposed by the government. motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or driving while on a mobile phone are among those who could face the maximum penalty. andy moore reports. joseph was known to his friends as the gentle giant, at 66" he towered over his parents. he was killed three years ago in rochdale by a driver travelling at 80 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone. this man was sentenced to six years injail, the government says drivers like him could face life behind bars. we do think the courts should have the power to impose life sentences on the worst cases, perhaps where there are multiple victims, looking at a mobile phone, speeding or racing. the wreckage ofjoseph‘s car was displayed in front of the houses of parliament by a road safety charity and the organisation welcomes this latest announcement. it's a victory for
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years of campaigning by families of crash victims and charities including ours but we would like the government to go further and increase resources for enforcement so the law can be properly enforced. the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety says there was no evidence sentences would act as a deterrent. i think it's understandable where its coming from but i think there is a danger that it will disappoint victims families and it will have no effect on road safety. this lorry driver was scrolling through music on his mobile phonejust seconds before he ploughed into a line of stationary traffic killing four people, he was sentenced to ten years in jail. the government says cases like this should be seen as similar to manslaughter and the prison term should reflect that. andy moore, bbc news. us—backed forces who are battling to capture the syrian city of raqqa say they have launched their final assault on the city. local forces began
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the offensive on sunday — after a number of so—called islamic state fighters and their families left the city. earlier i spoke to the world service middle east analyst alan johnston who's been following the story. we have heard a lot about raqqa, it has ground along through the hot summer months, the city has been reduced largely to ruins, reports of civilian casualties. we seem to be entering the final phase. the syrian democratic forces said there has been a lot of negotiation with militants who are holding out, about 275 of them surrendered, gave up the fight effectively and about 3000 civilians who they had been holding as human shields were also freed but the syrian democratic forces say 300 foreign fighters had refused to surrender and they continue to hold out
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with some of their family members in a small area in the centre of raqqa and the sdf has announced it has launched what it calls the final offensive, the last drive against these groups that are holding out and it says it will continue until they have been cleared away. it's impossible to know quite how long that might take, it could be hours, days, slightly longer but its really just a matter of time. what does it mean to the wider so—called islamic state movement, people say if raqqa is taken they may well hold them back elsewhere or will they simply move somewhere else and carry on what they have been doing. raqqa is tremendously important in symbolic terms, it was the capital of the so—called caliphate, the centre of the state islamic state wanted to found and hoped would continue to flourish and expand.
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obviously the loss of the city speaks as clearly as anything could that those dreams of state building have been brought to nothing for islamic state. they continue to hold a small area of territory straddling the iraqi syrian border but it's under pressure there too but nobody who watches this group closely believes that will be the end of the story, it will disappear, feeling very much is that is will go underground and operate much more conventionally guerilla attacks, hit and run and maybe become more dangerous in other ways, may be more determined to strike out in places like the cities of europe in an effort to hit back at the forces that routed them from the islamic state. the met office has issued an amber warning for northern ireland, meaning there's a "potential danger to life", ahead of the expected arrival of hurricane ophelia tomorrow. a little earlier we spoke to our correspondent
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in belfast, sara girvin. she said many schools were closed and in some areas people were being urged to postpone long journeys. reparations very much under way on both sides of the irish border before ex—hurricane of the year it's the short here in northern ireland and the republic of ireland. amber warning in place for northern ireland meaning there is a potential for injury and a danger to life. gusts of wind of up to 70 miles an hour are expected, and this tour hits northern ireland at around 3pm tomorrow afternoon. the met office has warned that could mean flying debris, damage to trees and a risk to electricity lines. in the republic of ireland a red weather warning is in place for tomorrow morning, coming into play around 9am. that could mean high winds of up 9am. that could mean high winds of
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up to 80 miles an hour, storm surges, possible struck all damage to buildings and the potential for flooding. that warning originally took in five counties, it's since been extended to eight. this morning an emergency meeting was held in dublin to discuss preparations ahead of the storm and that that meeting, the irish met office warned what to expect. the track is very consistent, has been for days and we've seen its going to come and impact the centre of the law coming up impact the centre of the law coming up the south west coast, the strongest winds along the south coast tomorrow morning, monday morning, tracking up the centre again going along the western part of the country, the strongest winds across most of the country but coastal counties from wexford, waterford, cork, kerry, up to where, galway and mail, they will get the strongest winds, that's not to see other places won't have stormy conditions. following that meeting
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in dublin all schools and child care facilities within those red weather warning counties have been advised to close and school buses within those same areas have even cancelled as well. in terms of advice in northern ireland, it's simply to ta ke northern ireland, it's simply to take care and be aware of those incoming stormy conditions. northern ireland electricity has said they are monitoring the situation and emergency plans are being put in place. people travelling into moral‘s evening rush hours are being asked to take particular care as travel delays are very much expected. for anyone considering making a long journey tomorrow from late tomorrow afternoon in northern ireland onwards, are being asked to reconsider those plans. the headlines bbc news, the bbc understands the met police is investigating a further three sexual assault allegations made by a woman against the film producer harvey weinstein. a related incidents in
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london since 2010. transport secretary chris grayling says he doesn't believe in it and will leave the eu without a trade agreement but insists the country would succeed, what may. as we've heard, alan's national emergency coordination group warns against all unnecessary travel as forecasters said the storm due to head the british isles tomorrow has the potential to be a life—threatening event. voting has ended in the austrian general election. the country could elect europe's youngest leader. but 31—year—old conservative party leader sebastian kurz may have to rely on a coalition with a far—right anti—immigration party in order to take power. our correspondent, in vienna, bethany bell said the issue of immigration appeared to be a big factor for many voters. this is an election that has taken
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place brain much under the shadow of europe's migrant crisis back in 2015-16. this europe's migrant crisis back in 2015—16. this country has moved to the right and now in these first projected results with 42% of the vote counted we have seen the conservatives coming out first with about 30%, the freedom party in second place at the moment with 26 pointed percent ahead of the social democrats with 26. it seems this country has shifted to the right, one of the biggest campaigns has been the question of migrants and immediately after the migrant crisis, the freedom party, the far right party, surged in popularity but then sebastian kurz of the conservatives to god many of the themes, package them slightly differently in our softer and less extreme way and that has pushed him into first place but there's only about four present between him and the far right at the moment. looks
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like a coalition could be on the cards, how quickly is that kind of thing sorted out? that's something that will take a lot of haggling, all of the party leaders were keeping their card quite close to their chest when it came to possible coalition partners. the appetite here for another grand coalition of the centre left and the centre—right is not particularly high, their last coalition collapsed in may which is why we have got elections now that the other choice is of course this more controversial coalition with the far right freedom party. the last time there was a conservative for eight freedom party coalition was back in 2000 and that point there were sanctions by the eu, it's unlikely that will be the case this time but certainly there will be a lot of people in the eu concerned about a nationalist eurosceptic anti
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migrant party having part of the power here in austria. 230 people are now know to have been killed in two bomb blasts that struck the heart of somalia's capital mogadishu. it's unclear who was responsible, but it's one of the deadliest attacks in somalia since the islamist al—shabab movement began its insurgency ten years ago. at least a0 people are now known to have been killed by wildfires which have devastated a major californian wine region. hundreds of others are missing, as the fires continue to spread. large parts of the state, including sonoma and napa counties, and the city of santa rosa, have been affected. dave lee has the latest. while huge fires continue to burn over the hills, the unimaginable task of finding and identifying the dead is now under way. this part of santa rosa was known hauntingly as journey's end. it was a mobile home park, more than 100 people lived here.
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specially trained dogs are being used to find human remains in the ash. it is heartbreaking. it happened so fast and there was nothing you could do. attempts to contain the fire are beginning to work. fire lines are being established by digging in and purposefully burning the vegetation. in this area, there is rugged terrain, a heavy fuel bed with oak and timber. it's all very volatile and dry. still, the exhausted firefighters remain at the mercy of the wind, which has picked up again this weekend, forcing more evacuations. more than 90,000 people have been displaced so far. emergency services here estimate it will take some time before people can rebuild their lives. but there is no impatience. this community knows it owes a lot to
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those who are facing the fires head on. health professionals in england are to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new nhs guidelines. nhs england said no—one would be forced to answer the question but recording the data would help to avoid discrimination. lesbian, gay and bisexual people are currently disproportionately affected by health inequalities such as poor mental health and a higher risk of self—harm and suicide. a woman is in a critical condition in hospital with "life threatening injuries", after becoming trapped under a carnival cart in somerset. the woman, who's in herforties, was part of the road crew at the chard carnival. an investigation has been launched and the health and safety executive and the local authority have been notified. today is officially the last day to spend your old round pound coins, although some stores will continue to accept them for a limited period, and banks will still take them.
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the new 12—sided pound was introduced in march to thwart counterfeiters, as annie shaw — who's a money expert — told my colleague ben brown earlier. the problem with counterfeiting, it's surprising, you would think, a fairly small value thing but it was apparently, i am not an expert on counterfeiting, but apparently counterfeiters found it reasonably easy to copy and they were saying there is as many as one in 30 were fake coins. you know that time you went to the vending machine, put your pound in and it dropped through, you did not get your chocolate, that was probably because it was a fake. let's talk about what you have to do, the deadline is midnight tonight, isn't it? midnight tonight. i expect there is quite a few sweet shops doing trade today filed people get rid of small change but not to worry,
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you can change them at the bank anyway, take them in and swap them 1—1, various stores have said they will continue to accept them, i think sainsbury‘s, m&s and lidl will not, a lot of small traders have said they will, poundland, they are making hay out of this, come and spend your pounds with us. i think you don't need to panic about it, you will need to be aware that these new coins, you may not be able to spend yours at all in the future. there might be some people coming back from holiday who if they did know they have forgotten and suddenly realise, i cannot spend my pounds any more. i think so and anybody from overseas, those are notorious, watching this programme on the news, they may have brought some with them that they have had for a couple of years, i did that when currencies
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changed abroad, i have turned up with an old currency that is no longer accept it. that is no longer accepted. tourists certainly need to be aware, anybody who has been abroad and not been awake to this change, been away for a couple of months, certainly. they are nice little things, two colours, like the £2 coin, more attractive than the others, one thing i would say, some of the old ones could be quite valuable, i been seeing some things on forums and in the papers, i think the metro has a thing about which old £1 coin is more valuable, got a bit of a trade going on of the more valuable old designs so if you do find a few rattling around, perhaps check that they have more than the face value of a pound, you might be able to sell it for a bit more. and also, i know you could give them to charity as well, the british legion for example saying they would take old pound coins any time, that's always a good thing. £1 coins, anything, if you have spare change,
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give it to charity because they can always do with it, they have special agreements with banks and things like that. the years biggest literary prize, the man booker award will be reviewed —— revealed next week. or look at the prizewinners and short list is begins today. a young girl growing up in an isolated community experiences a shocking coming of age. this is the latest instalment. history of post takes the voice of an adult woman looking back on important events in her life. she is remembering when she became a baby—sitter for a family remembering when she became a ba by—sitter for a family that
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remembering when she became a baby—sitter for a family that moved and across the lake from where she lived and sees our sense is that something is not quite right in that household. but doesn't allow herself to act for a long time until it's too late. it's not that i never think about all, he comes to me occasionally before i'm fully awake though i almost never remember what he said or what i did or didn't do to him. visiting in nature centre on a late afternoon like any other and his body moves automatically toward mine, not out of love or respect but simply because he hasn't yet learned the etiquette of minding his body stops and another begins. outside window and avalanche of popular fluff floats by, silent and weightless as a. i decided early on to reveal the death of one of the central characters, paul, a little boy because i was more interested in thinking about how that event of his death is at process ten and a's memory. linda as a teenage girl
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doesn't really know when she's approaching the most dramatic things that are going to happen to her but of course the adult narrator looking back on those and so i was playing with that kind of tension between the two perspectives and the narrative questions became ethical questions in the book. the book is asking us to sort of thing through why linda fails to act. the sense of place is incredibly important to this novel. this north woods setting infuses everything, gives the texture of mood and tone and really brings out i think linda's unusual. this book has been called a coming—of—age story, coming of age into the world that we live in, most of us is coming of age into patriarch eat and into racism and that means a loss as much as a game
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for many people who are not fight men and that can make a person angry. and you can see the special live awards programme next his deny, 9:30pm on the bbc news channel. now, it's time for an up date on the weather with ben rich. good afternoon, some potentially disruptive weather coming this week, hurricane of failure still a strong storm east in the atlantic, beginning to weaken, it will not be a hurricane but still the potential to bring very strong winds in the west particularly. this met office be prepared amber warning for northern ireland during the second half of tomorrow. active this evening and tonight, things quieter, lots of club through northern ireland spilling into scotland,
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taking outbreaks of rain wizard, south some clear spells on what will be an exceptionally mild night, minimum temperatures of 1a—15d, the winds starting to pick up in the south—west. the first sign of what is to come. ophelia no longer a hurricane but still a dv area of low pressure, look at these white lines on the chart, squeezing together, showing us in western areas you could see winds of 60—70 miles an hour, the strongest overexposed tells and coasts but at low levels and inland, windy weather, northern ireland, they could reach 80 miles an hour through the second half of the day. rain to the north—west, to the day. rain to the north—west, to the south—east here different, warm sunshine, highs of perhaps 23 degrees. let's focus on the roughest weather, monday evening, that will be across northern ireland, wind gusts of 80 miles an hour, the threat of travel disruption, power cuts possible. white tuesday
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morning, the strongest winds across northern england particularly the central belt of scotland, if you have travel plans during monday night or tuesday morning, stay tuned to your bbc look north radio, keep up to your bbc look north radio, keep up to date with our forecasts, there could be some quite significant disruption. the winds slowly easing in northern areas on tuesday, brighter skies further south, cooler and fresh appeal, the team— 17 degrees, wednesday, the wind much lighter, bands of rain trundling erratically northwards, brighter intervals as well. highs of 12—18d, a lot going on through the week, story starters, quieter in the middle of the week, the end of the week bringing more wind and heavy rain as well. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: police in britain are now investigating claims of sexual assault by two women against film
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producer harvey weinstein. the actress lysette anthony says she is the woman who alleged she was raped by weinstein, at her london home in the late—1980s. shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell says parliament can stop the uk leaving the eu without negotiating a deal. he told the bbc he would work with other parties to stop a "damaging" outcome. gusts of up to 80 miles an hour are expected to batter the british isles tomorrow. it will hit in the early hours of the morning and many schools will be closing for the day. exit polls suggest austria's conservatives and the far right have made big gains in the country's election. 31—year—old sebastian kurz looks set to become europe's youngest leader and may have to form a coalition with an anti—immigration party.
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sportsday now, with holly hamilton. hello. starting with the premier league. starting with the premier league. two games in the premier league today, around 15 minutes to go in the game between southampton and newcastle. rafa benitez‘s side took the lead at st mary's — isaac hayden's goal in the 20th minute putting newcastle in the driving seat. just four minutes after the break, manolo gabbiadini brought southampton level. but the visitors restored their advantage almost immediately. ayoze perez putting them 2—1 up. a win for newcastle would move them up to seventh in the table. newcastle just awarded the penalty in the last couple of minutes. apologies, southampton have been awarded a penalty. there was also a long trip for everton supporters who probably set off pretty early for their side's lunchtime clash at brighton. the hosts were heading for victory. but wayne rooney scored a 90th—minute equaliser from the penalty spot. the seagulls had taken a deserved lead inside the last ten minutes through anthony knockaert.
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both teams are three points above the relegation zone, and it's a result that will do little to ease the pressure on everton boss ronald koeman, with just two league wins in eight, despite their heavy spending in the transfer window over the summer. we lost a little bit of control after one of two mistakes. maybe thatis after one of two mistakes. maybe that is the problem of confidence, but there is one way to come out of this difficult situation, is working hard. to show the belief and the commitment between the players. and that was what we showed today. and southampton have just equalised that was what we showed today. and southampton havejust equalised in that game so it is 2—2 at saint mary is. derby county have jumped above nottingham forest in the championship after a 2—0 win in the east midlands derby this afternoon. the contest was only 2a seconds old when vidra opened the scoring for derby, firing home from 25 yards. he then teed up the veteran striker david nugent. it's county's first win in five games, and they are up to 13th in the table.
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roger federer has continued his hold over rafa nadal. he'd won their three previous matches in 2017 and it's now four after victory in the shanghai masters final. the swiss could now knock the spaniard off the top of the rankings by the end of the year. adam wild reports. rafa nadal! it is one of modern sport's most enduring rivalries. rafa nadal and roger federer, two of the greatest tennis has ever seen. the advancing years still failing to quell the hunger to be the world's best. in shanghai, that was on the minds of both. now only federer can stop nadal ending the year with that title. a chance for the world number two to tighten the gap. a break in the first game, display of intent and one from which the spaniard failed to recover. federer‘s fans the globe like no others, blasting his way to the first set, a reminder
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of why he commands such adoration. this is the 24th final between the pair, nadal‘s the question coming in bursts. but like so many occasions before, it wasn't quite enough. another title in federer‘s extraordinary year. the great rivalry now is to see which of these pair ends it at the very top. maria sharapova has won herfirst tournament since returning to the circuit in april following her 15—month doping ban. she beat the belarussian areena sabalenka in straight sets to win the tianjin open. the teenager had led 4—1 in both sets, but wasn't able to convert her lead into a definite advantage, giving sharapova herfirst title in over two years. pro—12 champions scarlets have kicked off their champions cup campaign with a trip to french heavyweights toulon. after a poor first half, the welsh side mounted a comeback from 18—0 down to lead by two, thanks to 15 points from former toulon man leigh halfpenny.
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french international francois trinh—duc kicked a crucial penalty to give toulon the win. it's a ninth straight defeat on the road in the champions cup for scarlets, but they did pick up a losing bonus point. two—time european champions munster started with a 17—all draw at french side castres. simon zebo and david kilcoyne crossed for munster, who managed to weather a strong second—half castres onslaught to pick up two points for the draw. elsewhere, defending champions saracens have begun their campaign away at northampton — that game kicking off in the last few minutes. also in pool 2, last season's runners—up clermont travel to ospreys. it's not been a bad birthday week for englishman tyrrell hatton. fter successfully defending his dunhill links championship title last weekend, he's gone and snatched a one—shot victory at the italian open — ending with a superb final round of 65. winning the two tournaments in a week have earned him around one and a half millions pounds. that is more than i got in my
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birthday card! that's all the sport for now. coming up next, it's the film review with jane hill and mark kermode. hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases, as ever, is mark kermode. good to see you, what have you been watching? a very mixed bag. we have been watching the snowman — a thriller starring michael fassbender. we have the ritual — camping holiday goes to hell. and loving vincent — an oil painted animation. masses to talk about with that one. the snowman, to start with. i feel like i'm the only person in the newsroom who hasn't read the novel. i hadn't read it either, although i hear it's a real page turner. this is an adaptation
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ofjo nesbo, the thriller, directed by tomas alfredson, who made let the right one in, which i really love, and tinker tailor soldier spy. which i loved, yes. it stars michael fassbender as an alcoholic detective on the trail of a serial killer whose trademark is that he leaves behind snowmen. sometimes he creates them before committing the crime. his character is partnered with rebecca ferguson, who has her own reasons for wanting to track down this particular killer. here's a clip. they were having an affair, and that was the last thing my father was investigating before he got killed. you broke into vetlesen's house because you were afraid i would find out this was personal and take you off the case. vetlesen was his pimp and they were both in bergen when the murder started. i know how much you want this, but you can't force the pieces to fit. do you actually think he killed them? i don't know. i don't think either of us do, for sure. i have to say, i went
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in with high expectations because i like the film—makers, i like the cast, and as everyone says, the source material is terrific. it's with a heavy heart that i have to say that it was a disappointment. it's very muddled, very confused and it looks like a film that has lost its way during the film—making process. it doesn't really know what its focus is. it's notjust that the narrative goes off on different tangents that don't properly tie up, it's more to do with the fact that the film can't quite decide where it's meant to be leading the audience. it's a terrific cast, people like charlotte gainsbourg, jk simmons and chloe sevigny, many of whom who are pretty much wasted. i never found myself gripped by the chilly, icicle—to—the—heart idea of a killer building snowmen. it's a terrifying idea, but it never terrified or gripped me and i was never convinced of the psychological back story. i neverfound myself gripped and involved in the way you want. the disappointment is made worse by the fact that you look
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at the pedigree of the people making the film. alfredson is a terrific director and it looks to me like this is a film that got away. it looks like during the film—making process, they just lost sight of where it was going. confused or confusing? confused and confusing, and it looks like it has been re—edited a lot. it looks like when they got into the editing room, they have had to work very hard to make the constituent parts come together. occasionally it happens, a film—mmaker literally just misses something. the disappointment was made worse by the fact that you go in thinking, you know, great source material, apparently, terrific on—screen talent and a director who i really like. but at no point... and i hate to say this, i ended up being bored. i really don't say that lightly. i wanted to like it. you don't say that very often. it didn't chill me. michael fassbender, so versatile, very watchable but he doesn't solve this? he looked to me
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like he was cruising. if you look at the anguish of his performance in shame, for example, that's anguish with layers and depth. this just looked very much like going through the motions, unfortunately. the film just doesn't gel, it doesn't come together. it ends up being a series of ideas. some arresting images, but not much more than that. ok, for your second choice... the ritual. a horrorfilm, again! thanks, mark! it has a comedic edge as well. it takes inspiration from a bunch of films i know you would love! the blair witch project, the evil dead, the wicker man, the hills have eyes. of course, mark! there's a group of friends and rafe spall plays luke, who goes into an off—licence with one of his friends, who is then killed in a robbery. luke feels guilty because he didn't do anything. the rest of the group then go on this bewildering camping holiday in the middle of nowhere. they need to get somewhere, one of them has hurt his leg, they take a short cut
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through the woods...! they end up in a cabin that looks like it came straight off the set of the evil dead. never take the short cut! although its reference points are all very familiar, i think it got the group dynamic right. there isjokey, bantery dialogue, so the air of horror is built well. it does that very good thing about withholding its revelations until the last possible moment. i think that although you're going to recognise certain riffs from it, they are done in a way which is sympathetic enough to the characters to make you involved. all the way through, there is this guilt that they have, that rafe spall‘s character feels guilty for this thing that happened in the past, and the rest of the group do kind of blame him as well, so it works on different levels. i was pleasantly surprised because i had gone in thinking this looks so much like the blair witch project meets wicker man meets the evil dead. although they are touchstones, i think it did something new with them, and it worked.
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when it needed to be monstrous, it was, but it withheld that... i think you'd enjoy it. i know you want to be converted! i am a big rafe spall fan. go see it as a rafe spall movie and not as a horror movie. ok, i'm far more likely to go and see loving vincent, as everybody can tell you. the phrase "labour of love" was invented for this film. unbelievable. an oil—painted animated feature which basically brings the work of van gogh to life as an animation. the story was shot first as live action, which the artists then used as the basis for doing the incredible painting of the animations. if you think of something like waking life, i think that would be an example. the narrative unfolds after van gogh‘s death. the central character, played by douglas booth, is entrusted to deliver a letter which vincent wrote to his brother, theo. that takes him back to the place where vincent van gogh spent his final days and they end up speaking to everyone to find out what happened, how it was that someone who seemed to be on the straight and narrow
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shortly before their death met this terrible ending. one of the characters he meets is played by saoirse ronan. here is a clip. you want to know so much about his death, but what do you know of his life? i know that he tried hard to prove he was good for something. yes. he did. that's why i take flowers to his grave. that's all i can do for him now. he would appreciate the delicate beauty of their bloom. even each blade of their grassy stems. no detail of life was too small or too humble for him. now, i think it is the case that certain bits of the dialogue
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are a little bit on the nose, but i didn't care because i was so entranced by the visuals. you saw, just from that, just how extraordinary it is. there are flashback sequences which are done in monochrome, black and white, which are almost photorealist. so it goes from that to these much more painterly, swirly, starry night constructions. and even if you know as little about art as i do, it is thrilling to watch this. firstly, because you just think, this must have taken so long! i mean, the effort that has gone into it. it was the best part of six years. it's extraordinary. 65, 000 separate canvases. it feels tactile. you can feel that. people talk about computer graphics and that sort of thing, but you can feel the work that has gone into it. and what i thought was really wonderful was, you do feel as if you have been transported into the paintings. you do feel as if you have been transported into this world. and, as i said, the flashback stuff is black and white. the newer stuff is in that sort of full colour. and it's got a kind of dreamy,
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mesmerising, strange, half awake, half asleep... you obviously recognise the actors, the performances, as you saw from that clip. i just sat there thinking, this is really unlike anything i have seen before. and there are things about it, as i said, in terms of the narrative and the dialogue that perhaps you can pick apart, but why would you want to? just sit back and take it in. and enjoy the beauty, the colours! it is so rich! it is a really, really remarkable film. fascinating. just such a fascinating idea that they even managed to sell that, and they said, you know what, go away and make that. that is staggering, isn't it? blade runner? it's very long! blade runner 20119. have you seen it? no. i was thinking about the original, which i saw 300 years ago. and i have not seen this yet. and people will be looking, thinking, do i really need to sit there for two and three quarter hours? well, i went into it thinking, gosh, that's a long running time, and i came out thinking, i'm really glad it was that long,
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because it had the bravery to take itself at the pace it required. i'm a huge fan of the original blade runner, the final cut version, not the original version with the ridiculous voice—over. "i am decker and i am an android hunter." not that version. and i thought, in the case of this, it had the themes of the original... hampton fancher, who obviously wrote the original, is the co—writer of this version. i think denis villeneuve did a brilliantjob with realising a world in the same way that ridley scott had realised a world in blade runner. i know that some people have found it alienating and some people have found it a movie whose gender politics they have a problem with. i didn't. i thought it was very, very true to the original. and believe me, i was very trepidatious, and i have seen it twice now, so in total, that's the best part of six hours! and i could happily go back and see it again tomorrow. ok, you definitely weren't bored? never bored! a quick thought about dvd? a man called ove, which is this beautiful film. a couple of oscar nominations. the story of a guy who is a curmudgeon, a widower, and we see through his relationship with his neighbours, how his life has turned him
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into the person he is. that phrase where people talk about bittersweet comedy, this is a genuinely bittersweet comedy. there are things in it that will make you laugh, there are things that will make you cry. it's heartbreaking, it's moving, it's tender. and it was a real surprise because i knew nothing about it beforehand and i really enjoyed it, i loved it when it was out in the cinema. and now it's out on dvd. a man called ove. great stuff, thank you very much, mark. a really interesting week. thank you, and a quick reminder before we go, you'll find all the film news and reviews from across the bbc online. i'm sure you know the address by now — bbc.co.uk/markkermode. and you can find all our previous programmes on the iplayer as well, of course. that is it for this week. enjoy your varied cinema—going. thanks for being with us — bye—bye. police in britain are now investigating claims of sexual assault by two women against film executive harvey weinstein. the actress lysette anthony says
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she is the woman who alleged she was raped by weinstein, at her london home in the late—1980s. police are also looking into claims by a second unnamed woman that she was assaulted three times by weinstein in london. also on the programme... a warning of steep rises in food prices if we leave the eu without a trade deal — ministers insist the uk will succeed "come what may". exit polls suggest austria's young conservative leader and the anti—immigration far right have made big gains in the country's election. and hurricane ophelia heads for ireland, with troops mobilised and schools closed in the south. good afternoon. british police are now investigating
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claims by two women — one of them the actress lysette anthony — that they were sexually assaulted by the hollywood film executive harvey weinstein. ms anthony, who stars in the channel 4 series hollyoaks, says she was raped by weinstein at her flat in the late 1980s. the metropolitan police say a second victim has alleged that she was assaulted in westminster in 2010 and 2011, and in camden in 2015. here's daniel sandford. being battered by a storm of sexual abuse allegations in america, the clouds are gathering over harvey weinstein in the uk as well. this was british actress lysette anthony in1982, 90 was british actress lysette anthony in 1982, 90 years old and at the start of her career filming the science—fiction film which was when she met harvey weinstein and she claimed that a few years later, he raped her at her london home. now
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well—known for her role in channel 4's ollie oakes, she told the paper... wail harvey weinstein has conceded he made mistakes and needs help, he has so far categorically denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. the metropolitan police, which has already investigated allegations by lysette anthony, now says a second woman has come forward who claims harvey weinstein sexually assaulted her in london in 2010, 2011 and 2015. british actress alice evans says harvey weinstein asked to feel her breasts in cannes in 2002. she avoided his further advances, but thinks he damaged her career.m avoided his further advances, but thinks he damaged her career. it was very odd. the over chores were nothing to do with, you are really pretty. you know, it was nothing to do with me. it was i want to touch
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your... they say your blood runs cold but it is not your blood, it is like your stomach turns. last night, the academy of motion pictures which hands out oscars expelled harvey weinstein, but he now faces the real possibility of a criminal prosecution in america. and when thatis prosecution in america. and when that is over, increasing chances of a prosecution here in britain as well. well, daniel's at scotland yard for us and laura bicker is in los angeles. first daniel... — how is the investigation likely to proceed? scotla nd scotland yard never confirms names but it is no doubt harvey weinstein is at the centre of the allegations by both these women. detectives do have a couple problems. first, they need to gather evidence from the time of these allegations. they are from a couple of years ago and one was from 35 years ago. that does cause problems sometimes in bringing
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charges in these kinds of cases. secondly, there is an issue around extradition because harvey weinstein is facing a torrent of allegations in america and the police and courts in america and the police and courts in america or want to do with the cases their first before agreeing to allow harvey weinstein to come to britain and face charges that might be brought against him here. laura, we know there are many allegations against him in the us, what are the chances of criminal proceedings there? police are investigating here in california and new york, but prosecutors face a hurdle, what is known as the statute of limitations, a time limit placed on the time of the offence to bringing charges. in california, it is two years and in new york, it is three. given the number of women who have now come forward , number of women who have now come forward, harvey weinstein and his company could face very costly civil suits. but what people here want to see is the culture change. they want
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to see an industry where women and men who feel abused can speak up without losing theirjobs. and that they will be believed. thank you, both. a cabinet minister has said that british farmers would produce more food for the nation, if the uk left the eu without a trade deal. chris grayling was responding to a warning from the chairman of sainsbury‘s of a sharp rise in food prices if there's no brexit agreement. mr grayling insisted that in any case, britain would reach a deal with the eu. here's our political correspondent ben wright. no deal is better than a bad deal, thatis no deal is better than a bad deal, that is what the government keeps telling us, but what might that mean for your supermarket shop? retail giant sainsbury‘s has warned that food prices could go up by 22% if britain leaves the european union without a trade deal. if that happened, one minister says we will have to grow more of our own. what we will do is grow more here and we
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will buy more from around the world, but that will be bad news for continental farmers but that will be bad news for continentalfarmers and but that will be bad news for continental farmers and that is why it will not happen because it is in their interest to reach a deal. so are warnings of higher prices frightened shoppers? this part of south london voted remain but i did find two we supporters who thought they price hike would be worth it.|j think this is yet more scaremongering and just an extension of project fear. a short-term hit possibly, long term it will all be fine? i am not bothered about having to pay a bit more as long as we are out of it. the risk of food going up, is that a real risk and would it be enough to focus minds?” up, is that a real risk and would it be enough to focus minds? i think it isa be enough to focus minds? i think it is a real risk. we have got deals around europe, food coming in, and if there are tariffs with no deal, the food tariffs will go up which will hit your everyday consumer.“ they go up a little bit, you can probably manage. if they go up a lot, your quality of living is going to go down and that is not what anyone wants. it is notjust the
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price of food that could ride without a brexit trade deal, new ta riffs without a brexit trade deal, new tariffs could clog up seaports like dover with lorries waiting to clear customs. there is a risk no agreement on aviation might ground planes, although the transport secretary dismissed that possibility today and insisted a deal will be done. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. in brussels, brexit negotiations are deadlocked, the uk wa nts to negotiations are deadlocked, the uk wants to talk trade but the eu says the term of divorce is be sorted first. so to prove it is prepared to walk away, the comet has said it is planning for the possibility of no deal been reached. but parliament is gearing up for deal been reached. but parliament is gearing upfora deal been reached. but parliament is gearing up for a fight come up with labour vowing tojoin gearing up for a fight come up with labour vowing to join forces with some tory mps to try and change the government's eu withdrawal bill, theiraim, to government's eu withdrawal bill, their aim, to close down the option of leaving the eu without any agreement. i think on a cross-party basis, you will see in the debates in the coming weeks the government will get a message there will be a deal. when we amend the legislation which i think we will, there is a
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majority, have a meaningful vote, we can say the government, whatever you are negotiating, it is not on the basis of no deal because the damage to this economy would be so great. we will be out of the eu by march 2018, but the lay of the land is still very uncertain. we do not know what our long—term trading relationship will look like, but as far as the future of eu citizens goes, one eu minister has now said they would be able to stay in the uk whatever happens. austria looks set to be the latest european nation to return a strong showing for an anti—immigration party — according to exit polls in the country's snap general election. the conservatives, led by the 31 year old sebastian kurz, are in the lead, with the far right freedom party in second place. here'sjenny hill. the new face of austrian politics, sebastian kurz revitalised his party and he wants to take his country in and he wants to take his country in a new direction. as foreign minister
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during refugee crisis, he closed the country's board is the migrants. now he's leaving the door open to the far right. mrmkurz he's leaving the door open to the far right. mr mkurz will have to form a coalition government, this is his most likely part of dutch partner. at a rally on friday, the far right freedom party of heinz—christian strache the immigrants who he says are replacing the native austrian population. islam is not a part of austria. and we don't want any islamisation of our homeland. it would not be a political first for vienna. the party govern together nearly 20 yea rs party govern together nearly 20 years ago. back then, their right—wing coalition caused shock, dismay across europe. today, in a eu bruised by the migrant crisis, few are surprised. i am afraid really because this is not a good direction, it is not a good thing to
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teach your children that we should not help anybody else but ourselves. it isjust not the right decision. freedom party is a party like any other. they present themselves well andl other. they present themselves well and i have a good idea what they are about. the other parties do not give about. the other parties do not give a particularly good image right now. sebastian kurz has deliberately moved his party to the right. he, like so many of the eu mainstream political figures, must like so many of the eu mainstream politicalfigures, must respond like so many of the eu mainstream political figures, must respond to an increasingly powerful populist voice. you're a's youngest leader and embodiment of shifting political ground. —— europe's youngest leader. these are exit polls but
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