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back then, their 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 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 andi 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 mr kurz has secured a clear enough victory to be
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regarded as austria's chancellor elect. for the eu and brexit, on the face of it, it does not mean very much. mr kurz is a big supporter of the eu and an ally of angela merkel, not likely to break rank when it comes to austria's stands on brexit negotiations. but look at this, the eyes of europe are on this small country tonight and that is because this result has real political significance. this was austria's cha nts to significance. this was austria's chants to cast their verdict on the refugee crisis and the night, for the first time in ten years, austria has, in the words are many commentators here, turns to the right. the car—maker vauxhall says 400 jobs at ago at their plant in ellesmere port in cheshire by the end of the year. the car—maker is moving to one production shift today because of a fall in demand. it says
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it is struggling in european markets and there is a generalfall in demand for new cars. our business correspondent has me. what does this mean for vauxhall? vauxhall says the demand for its hatchbacks like the astra have fallen. we are buying more suvs, apparently. a weaker pound cannot have helped. components are increasingly priced in dollars and euros. to make itself a vision, it is cutting the number of shifts that make these astra is from two to one. that will cost 400 jobs. it hopes all of those will be voluntary redundancies but it is in talks with the union about that. the backdrop is that vauxhall is owned by a french company, psag group. he said that the —— psa group. he said that the peugeot factories were less efficient —— vauxhall factories were less efficient, and that puts pressure on vauxhall.
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more than 200 people are known to have been killed in the truck bombing in the somali capital mogadishu yesterday. hundreds were injured in the blast in a packed shopping area. it is unclear who was responsible, but it is one of the deadliest attacks in somalia since the islamist al—sha bab deadliest attacks in somalia since the islamist al—shabab movement began its insurgency ten years ago. ireland is bracing itself for the arrival of hurricane ophelia. this video released by nasa shows the hurricane guesting in excess of 100 mph. ophelia is due to hit in the early hours of tomorrow morning. it is hoped by then it will have been downgraded to a tropical storm. our correspondent chris pages in belfast now. how is ireland preparing for this? well, even though ophelia will officially be an x hurricane by tomorrow morning, a tropical storm with winds of 80 miles an hour, it will still potentially be able to cause some real damage. in the irish republic today, the weather forecasting agency issued a red
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warning, the highest possible level, for regions around the south coast. in dublin, that government has held a meeting of an emergency task force and has decided to close all schools where the cost will be at their strongest. the storm is expected to hit northern ireland tomorrow afternoon. the warning is that it will not be as severe as in the irish republic. it is an amber warning. that is still significant. it means forecasters think there is a risk to life because of flying debris falling trees. thank you. time now for the sport. here is arlene foster. —— ollie foster. thank you. maria sharapova has won her first tournament since returning from a doping ban. she won the changing open, and also in china, one of the great rivalries with a renewed at the shanghai masters, where roger federer beat rafael nadal. add wild watched both matches. for maria sharapova, it has been a long road back. her 15 month drug ban now over, the road to full
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redemption may yet be even further. still, in china, she took a major step, overcoming adversity seemingly her strength. three games down in the first set to sabalenka, the former world number one battled back. her return to the sport has frustrated some here. the frustration belonged here entirely to her opponent as the first set slipped away. the second was hard—fought, slipped away. the second was hard —fought, but slipped away. the second was hard—fought, but sharon bova turn things around to claim a first title since her return. for one of women's tennis' most recognisable stars, the journey back has begun. china too was the stage for one of modern sport's most enduring rivalries, rafael nadal and roger federer. they're advancing years and still failing to quell the hunger to be number one in the world. now only federer can stop nadal and in the year with that title. this was a chance that the world number two to narrow the gap. a break in the first game, a display of intent, but one from which the spaniard failed to recover. federer‘s fan base spans
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the globe like few others. victory again over his old rival, a reminder of why he commands such adoration. another title in a next ordinary year. the great rivalry now will be who ends it on top. two games in the premier league today. wayne rooney's 90th minute penalty saw everton in a 1—1 draw at brighton. southampton needed a spot kick to salvage a point at home to newcastle. gabbiadini with his second of the match. that finished 2-2. there have been so very tight finishes in european rugby's champions cup today. scarlets fought back from 18—3 down to briefly take the lead against toulon in the south of france, thanks in part to a leigh halfpenny try against his former club. they had to make do with a losing bonus point as they eventually went down 21—20. elsewhere, monster drew against castres. reigning european champions saracens are playing southampton
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now. ospreys are also in action. the latest is on our website, along with details of tyrrell hatton's victory in the italian open, back—to—back titles for the english men. thank you. more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. we are back with the late news at ten. now on bbc one, time for the newsletter you are. hello. this is bbc news. patients in england who go to see their doctor or attend a hospital appointment may be asked to declare their sexual orientation. the nhs says the move is in line with equality legislation to ensure that those who don't identify as heterosexual are treated fairly. our health editor hugh pym has the details. orthopaedic doctor to main base. the new guidance applies to hospital doctors and nurses, gps and many other health and so it professionals in england. they are being advised to ask patients about their sexual orientation if that is not already on their records. one aim is to help
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identify health risks. at the moment, lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not counted across the whole public services. this information standard gives the opportunity for everybody to be given the opportunity to answer that question if they wish. that gives a much more complete picture of all of lesbian, gay and bisexual people's health needs, which means services can be better targeted to their needs when they are needed. the document circulated by nhs england says there is: it is being made clear that it will be compulsory for hospitals and other nhs and social care organisations to implement the policy. patients will have the right if they wish to decline to answer the questions. the base the guidance which has gone out, some are saying the approaches to intrusive. which has gone out, some are saying
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the approaches to intrusivelj which has gone out, some are saying the approaches to intrusive. i will just have a listen here, if i may. one gp argued it was unnecessary and a waste of time. the thought of intrusively asking of people's sexuality at every consultation is an anathema, because the consultation is precious time for patients. quite often, it is difficult to get to have an appointment with their doctor because of the lack of doctors. so 8-10 because of the lack of doctors. so 8—10 minutes is really valuable time, and it is for their agenda, not for time, and it is for their agenda, notfor mine, time, and it is for their agenda, not for mine, not for the government agenda. lgb representatives say it isa agenda. lgb representatives say it is a hugely important step forward, though they acknowledge some people will feel uncomfortable about being asked about their sexuality and there needs to be sensitivity about where the issue is discussed. people who kill someone on the roads could face life sentences under 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 brown—lartey was known
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to his friends as the gentle giant. at six foot six, he towered over his parents. he was killed three years ago in rochdale by a driver travelling 80 miles an hour in a 30 mph zone. addil haroon was sentenced to six years in jail. the government says drivers like him could now face life behind bars. we do think the courts should have power to impose impose life power to impose life sentences for the very worst reckless life—changing cases perhaps with multiple victims, or they've been speeding or racing or looking at a mobile phone. the wreckage ofjoseph's car was displayed in front of the houses of parliament by the road safety charity brake. the organisation has welcomed today's announcement. it is a victory, really, for years and years of campaigning by families of bereaved, crash victims and charities including brake, but we would like the government to go further and also increase resources for enforcement so the law can be properly enforced. the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety said
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there was no evidence that tougher sentences would act as a deterrent. i think it's understandable where it's coming from, but i think there is a danger that it will disappoint the victims' families and have no effect on road safety. this lorry driver, tomasz kroker, 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. voting has ended in austria's snap general election with exit polls indicating that the country soon have 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. a projection for, the austrian
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broadcaster orf suggests the conservative people's party, rebranded by kurz as his personal "movement", will win just over 31% of the vote, followed by social democrats on 27% and the anti—immigration freedom party on nearly 26%. bethany bell is in vienna for us this evening. i suppose as expected, they might be about to have the youngest european leader? yes, it looks as though sebastian kurz will be austria's next chancellor. it has been a remarkable careerfor chancellor. it has been a remarkable career for someone chancellor. it has been a remarkable careerfor someone who chancellor. it has been a remarkable career for someone who joined the government for the first time in 2009, and then in 2013 became foreign minister. he has revitalised his conservative people's party, and on the campaign trail, i have been speaking to people who support him,
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saying he has really given the party in new sense of energy. others i have spoken to are less convinced. they say he is just the old conservative people's party repackaged. one thing that is interesting about his campaign is, he has very much focused on fears about migrants here in austria, and indeed, the far right freedom party has even accused him of stealing some of their policies. he has vowed to try and stop illegal migration, and that seems to be something that has struck a chord here. in 2015, of course, austria to kim thousands of asylu m course, austria to kim thousands of asylum seekers, and that has been a difficult thing for some to stomach. others have said austria has coped quite well with that. and we have just seen pictures of sebastian kurz arriving for what will presumably be arriving for what will presumably be a celebration party at some point. he will have to form a coalition. how difficult will that the? this is an interesting question. he could
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try and forge another coalition with the social democrats. that was his previous partner, but that last coalition between the conservatives and the social democrats fell apart acrimoniously earlier this year. some people believe he is more likely to try and choose an alliance with the far right freedom party, particularly given the fact that they have campaigned and quite similar issues and it comes to the migrant su. we wait to see. there will be a lot of complicated, difficult negotiations over the next week. an alliance with the freedom party could also be quite complicated for austria internationally, and it was certainly be a headache for the european union if the euro—sceptic freedom party is to enter the next coalition government, because the us of course struggling with things like rack set and also the rise of nationalist parties in countries like germany, poland and hungary.
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thank you very much, bethany bell, live in vienna. more than a hundred lives were put at risk after a drone came close to hitting a plane at gatwick. that's according to a report which says the unmanned aircraft passed directly over the wing of an airbus a319 as the jet tried to land. claudia sermbezis reports. it was back injuly at half past eight at night that an officer noticed an object passed between the wing tip and fusilade. it was a drone. we have some of the busiest air space anywhere in the world, particularly here in south—east england. my fear is that we will see some sort of air accidents because of irresponsible or indeed malicious drone activity take place if we do not take action to mitigate that. the plane was coming into land here at gatwick. it was just over 2000 feet when the two pilots described
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being startled by what they thought was a bird but what turned out to be a drone. in the captain's opinion, it had put 130 lives at risk. the incident happened just week after another drone forced gatwick to close its runway. one former pilot said today it is unlikely a drone would cause a plane to crash. the fa ct would cause a plane to crash. the fact that you have got two engines normally on these little aircraft, the airbuses, if you only lose one, you could still land on only one engine. the government has announced plans for drone registration and safety awareness courses , plans for drone registration and safety awareness courses, but details are still being worked out. london is being advised by authorities in new york to push for a change in the law to limit the number of homes in the capital that are used for short—term lets. new york officials say companies like aianb can radically change a city's rental market — unless the government steps in. and that idea for a new law is gaining support. asad ahmad reports. there is a housing shortage here,
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which everyone knows about, but you may not be aware that 60,000 properties in london are also registered with aianb, which potentially takes them away from other people who want to rent. and thatis other people who want to rent. and that is the problem. there are 3500 whole property is being rented out in my borough alone out of 5000 lettings. it actually means some neighbourhoods are increasingly becoming part of the hospitality industry without any of the controls and management. the problem is most acutely felt in westminster, where the number of properties advertised on aianb more than doubled as soon as the sector was deregulated two yea rs as the sector was deregulated two years ago. what we need is for the industry to wa ke what we need is for the industry to wake up and understand the real problems that their business models are causing, for a growing number of
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out are causing, for a growing number of our residents. and if they won't work together and self regulate, local authorities have got to have the powers, by tweaking the deregulation act, so we can police them properly. ina them properly. in a statement, the major sites we contacted said they all comply with the law, but london's advice from new york and what they have learned their is changeable. i believe london leads to enact legislation that makes it illegal to rent out 1's currently, there is no indication that more short—term lets will change, but in a rapidly evolving sector, the government hasn't ruled out changes in the near future. at least 40 people are now known to have been killed by wildfires
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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 underway. this part of sa nta dead is now underway. this part of santa rosa was known, hauntingly as journey's and. it was a trailer park. more than 100 people lived here. special dogs are being used to find human remains within the ash. it is heartbreaking. it is heartbreaking. it just happened so it is heartbreaking. itjust happened so fast, and there was nothing you could do. attem pts was nothing you could do. atte m pts to was nothing you could do. attempts to contain the fire are beginning to work. fire lines are being established by digging in and purposely burning vegetation to take away some of the fire's fuel.
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in this area, there is mixed fuel, grasses, trees, timber. it is all very vulnerable, very dry. still, the exhausted firefighters remain at the mercy of the wind, which has picked up again this weekend, forcing even more evacuations. more than 90,000 people have been displaced so far. emergency services here estimated will still be several days before the major fires are fully contained and people can start trying to rebuild their lives. but there is no impatience here. this community knows it owes a lot to those facing these fires head—on. humberside police say it is successfully helping to reduce the number of veterans who end up in prison. the force has been referring people to a rehabilitation programme funded by two military charities. after the 100 veterans arrested over last year have accepted help. one man from scu nthorpe last year have accepted help. one man from scunthorpe says the support he has received has been life
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changing.jill he has received has been life changing. jill archbold reports. so you are fit and well, basically? for the last year, everybody arrested by humberside police have been asked a simple question. have you ever served in the armed forces are talking macro those who answer yes are offered a rehabilitation programme designed to support military veterans. i thought there would be a really slow uptake, but the longer we have been running, the more uptake there has been. in the last three months, we have had a massive increase, now we have had a massive increase, now we are averaging one day. i am just surprised at how many people we have actually been able to help. over the past year, around 100 people who have come into the custody of humberside police have identified themselves as military vetera ns. identified themselves as military veterans. around half of those have gone to accept help through a rehabilitation programme, and so far, two people have gone on to reoffend. the offer of help is on every cell wall. this message was spotted by ex—servicemen carl
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deegan, who was arrested but released without charge when he was living with undiagnosed post—traumatic stress disorder. i hated life at the time, and didn't wa nt to i hated life at the time, and didn't want to be part of it. all i needed to do was to go and speak to people, and it would have been. but i didn't know that at the time. i didn't know it was even a medical problem that i had. the organisation, the supporters vetera ns, the organisation, the supporters veterans, says many are too proud to ask the help will stop in the forces, they are trained, and they don't show emotions, and they can't show emotions, especially if they are in combat. so then when they leave the army and they come across a problem, they just assume they have got to get on with it. that then leads to other problems, because they don't talk. two military charities fund project nova. for karl, it means he can finish a college course to work as a plumber. it has completely changed my life,
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completely. i now have such a positive outlook on life, whereas i was negative about anything. if someone had said to me back then i would be where i am now, i wouldn't have believed them at all. humberside police says veterans will still be convicted for crimes they commit, but it is hoped fewer will now end up in prison. officials in the west african state of liberia say the former football star george weyah is heading for a run—off in the country's presidential election. the liberian elections commission says the former monaco and manchester city star is leading the first round of voting with 59% of both. 96% of polling stations have been counted. his main rival is the incumbent vice president. as we have been hearing, britain and ireland are bracing themselves for hurricane force winds, expected to arrive in the next 24 hours. it comes exactly 30 years to the day after the famous occasion when
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weatherman michael fish reassure the nation that there would not be a hurricane, despite rumours that one was on its way. a few hours later, southern england was hit by destructive winds of over 100 mph. the great storm of 1987 claimed many lives and caused some £2 billion worth of damage. peter gibbs reports on how it affected with london west sussex. as dawn broke on the 16th of october, 1987, some 15 million trees lay flattened in southern england. at the national trust's wakehurst estate in west sussex, some 20,000 trees were lost. many of the trees lost were rare species. walking through the woods today, you would be hard pushed to spot any trace of that catastrophe. but that is thanks to some clever forward thinking of the people in charge of the clear up at the time. we are in coates' woods, our southern hemisphere woodlands. it was known as coates' tree, the day after the storm. that is all that was left?
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yes. ed ikin is the head of horticulture at wakehurst and he told me about the plans that were put in place in the aftermath of the storm. out of the carnage of that night came some incredibly clear, far—sighted thinking, not to just replace everything that was lost and recover the land, but to subscribe properly to this notion of phyto—geography, grouping plants according to where they come from. would it be fair to say the storm was a blessing in disguise? it allowed us to create something profound and our woodlands are our big contribution to british horticulture. those who have worked on the estate have seen it transformed from a scene of devastation back to the thriving woodland it is today. it was a tangled mess,
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it was like a massive game ofjenga, if you like, but playing with huge great lumps of oak and beech. some colleagues of mine never fully got over the night of the storm, because prior to 1987, they had spent many years working and nurturing the collection and literally with the click of a finger, it was flattened. although it seemed like a disaster at the time, the great storm of 1987 was a natural event. here at wakehurst, it started a process of renewal that is now helping repair forests threatened on the other side of the world. let's find out what we can expect this time round. here is matt taylor with the weather. good evening. after the relative calm of sunday across the uk, things are about to get much livelier for pa rt
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are about to get much livelier for part of the uk into monday. the met office has issued an amber preprepared warning to strong winds, potentially damaging and certainly disruptive across parts of northern ireland across the second half of the day. that is due to what is currently hurricane ophelia. still to the south of us, but notice the strea m to the south of us, but notice the stream of cloud coming out from it into the north of the country. that produces rain at the moment and part of northern ireland in southern scotland. turning water to the night, that languages northwards. wind strengthening to the south—west in tehran. a mild night away from the north of scotland. muddy conditions, temperatures in the teens to start the day. but this is it. the remnants of hurricane ophelia, no longer a hurricane, it. the remnants of hurricane ophelia, no longera hurricane, but still a significant storm pushing into parts of ireland on monday. southern ireland will feel the worst effects, but all around western areas, the winds strong throughout. after a cloudy start, much of england and were all have day. winds quickly strengthening, 70 to 80 mile an hour gusts quickly strengthening, 70 to 80 mile an hourgusts in quickly strengthening, 70 to 80 mile an hour gusts in cornwall, and around the irish sea later on. let's
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focus on that. monday afternoon into the monday evening rush hour, strongest winds around the irish sea and coasts, 70—80 miles an hour potentially, big disruption to ferry services, could be some damage around as well. the rest of the uk looks completely different. the winds from the east of scotland. a blustery day per wales. nothing to significant away from the coast, and temperatures will hit the low to mid 20s. temperatures develop into the rush—hour. windy around the irish sea, and the strongest of the winds become more confined to southern scotla nd become more confined to southern scotland and northern ireland, where into the morning rush hour on tuesday, there could also be some problems. so monday, particularly from the night and tuesday morning, some disruption possible and damage as well. on tuesday, the winds will gradually eased down. it stays wet and radical across scotland and the further north of northern ireland. england, are largely dry day. splashes of rain arriving in the south later.
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nowhere near as warm as monday afternoon. pleasant enough in the sunshine. overnight rain from the south will work its way into parts of northern england wednesday and then into southern scotland. cool wind here, feeling warmerfurther south. goodbye for now.
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