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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: police in britain are now investigating claims of sexual assault by three women against hollywood film executive harvey weinstein. the actress lysette anthony says she was raped by him at her london home in the late 1980s. a cabinet minister says if food prices go up because of a no—deal brexit, british farmers will produce more. police in northern ireland are investigating if an 11—year—old boy found dead with cuts to his head was attacked by the family dog. the car maker vauxhall says 400 jobs are to go at their plant at ellesmere port in cheshire by the end of the year. the company has blamed declining sales in europe. patients in england who go to see their doctor or attend a hospital appointment may be asked to declare their sexual orientation. also in the next hour: troops are mobiles as hurricane ophelia heads for ireland. all schools both north and south of the border are to close due to the risk from high winds. and in half an hour,
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a look at tomorrow's front pages in the papers. the times leads on the news that the prime minister will fly to brussels tomorrow for emergency talks with european leaders to break the impasse on brexit. good evening and welcome to bbc news. police in britain are now investigating allegations of sexual assault made by three women against the film producer harvey weinstein. one of them is the actress lysette anthony, who stars in the channel 4 series hollyoaks. she says she was raped by weinstein at her flat in the late 1980s. the metropolitan police say that today another woman has made allegations of an assault in 1992, and a third has said she was assaulted on three separate occasions in london, most recently in 2015. here's daniel sandford. guys, i'm not doing 0k.
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being battered by a storm of sexual abuse allegations in america, the clouds are gathering over harvey weinstein in the uk too. this was british actress lysette anthony in 1982, 19 years old and at the start of her career, filming the science—fiction fantasy krull. that was when she met harvey weinstein. and in today's sunday times, she claims that a few years later, he raped her at her london home. do not let the ship sink... now well—known for her role in channel 4's hollyoa ks, she told the paper: harvey weinstein, who has been lauded as a hollywood a—lister for decades, has now conceded he made mistakes and needs help
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but has categorically denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. the metropolitan police started investigating the allegations by lysette anthony last week. the force now says two more women have come forward. 0ne claims harvey weinstein assaulted her in 1992, the other that he assaulted her three times, in 2010, 2011 and 2015. but if detectives decide they do want to charge harvey weinstein, bringing him here would not necessarily happen quickly. the courts in america would want to deal with all the cases there before extraditing him to britain. actress alice evans says she managed to avoid weinstein‘s advances in cannes in 2002 when he asked to feel her breasts, but she thinks it damaged her career. it was very odd. the overtures were nothing to do with, wow, you're really pretty. or, you know, "i'm really enjoying your..."
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it was nothing to do with me. it was, i want to touch your... they say your blood runs cold, but it's not really your blood, it's almost like your stomach turns. last night, the academy of motion pictures, which hands out 0scars, expelled harvey weinstein and today, the french president, emmanuel macron, said the film producer would lose his legion d'honneur, one of france's highest decorations. but he now faces the real possibility of a criminal prosecution either in america or in britain. daniel sanford, bbc news, at new scotland yard. 0n the line is tim gray, senior vice president of variety, the entertainment magazine. he joins us from los angeles. tim, thank you forjoining us on bbc news. what the reaction been in the states, if any, to the fact these allegations have now spread to london? -- states. when the news
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first broke on october the fifth in the united states of the sexual harassment, i think people in hollywood were shocked. but the fact is it keeps getting broader and deeper. the sexual harassment charges are pretty disgusting. but the rape is a criminal offence, and so the rape is a criminal offence, and so the charges against harvey weinstein are getting much deeper and much more serious and the fact it has happened in other countries it's, like, 0k, it has happened in other countries it's, like, ok, this is chronic behaviour. harvey weinstein semi— apologised saying everyone deserves apologised saying everyone deserves a second chance, but, no, you've had several 100 chances over decades. what does it say about the state of hollywood and the pressures within it that sometimes in many cases it has taken women years for them to feel they can speak up? the truth is i think this goes on in every industry and people don't all about it. hollywood and politics get more attention because of the public but
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in hollywood and actress is co nsta ntly in hollywood and actress is constantly going on job in hollywood and actress is constantly going onjob interviews basically. if you have a good agents agent you will go to two dozen job interviews in a month, which is a lot more than most people, though they are put in a very vulnerable position. sexual harassment occurs either in a workplace or in a job interview, so actresses are more exposed than most people. if you get the reputation of being a troublemaker it really hurts your chances for a job. that's one reason why people haven't spoken out more. how inconsistent is the behaviour of the academy of motion pictures by expelling harvey weinstein before he's been committed, it has to be said, and he says he's done nothing wrong, he denies the most serious allegations, and yet other members with chequered pasts are allowed to remain members? the academy of motion pictures felt the pressure
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that they had to do something. part of the whole scandal with harvey weinstein is the allegations that a lot of people covered it up. the british academy expelled harvey weinstein last week, so the american academy, if they didn't, it would look like they were contributing to the cover up. also this is so scandalous and so hot button right now, they kind of had to do something. but you're absolutely right, people like roman plan ski was charged with statutory rape in 1977, and the academy voted him an 0scar 1977, and the academy voted him an oscar and let's him stay a member. it's very inconsistent. tim gray, senior vice president of variety magazine, thank you for your time. thank you. a cabinet minister has said that british farmers would step up and produce more food for the nation if the uk left the eu without a trade deal. chris grayling was responding after the chairman of sainsbury‘s
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said there could be a sharp rise in food prices if there's no brexit agreement. mr grayling said that in any case, he believed the talks with the eu would lead to a deal. here's our political correspondent ben wright. 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? the retail giant sainsbury‘s has cited research that says there could be an average tariff off 22% on imported food from europe, if britain leaves the european union without a trade deal. if that happened, one minister says we'll have to grow more of our own. what we will do is grow more here and we'll buy more from around the world. but, of course, that will mean bad news for continental farmers, and that's why it won't happen, because it's actually in their interest to reach a deal. so, are warnings of higher prices frightening shoppers? this part of south london voted remain, but i did find two leave supporters who thought a hike in the price of food
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would be worth it. personally, i think that this is yet more scaremongering and it's just an extension of project fear. a short—term hit, possibly. long—term, will it all be fine? i'm not bothered about having to pay a little bit more, as long as we're out of it. and the risk of food going up, do you think that's a real risk and would it be enough to... do you think that should be sort of focusing minds? i think it's a real risk, you know. we've got deals around europe of food coming in and if there are tariffs, if we don't have a deal, there'll be tariffs, so food will go up, which will hit your everyday consumer. i think if they go up a little bit, it's kind of... you can probably manage it. if they go up a lot, then your quality of living is going to go down and that's not what anyone wants. it's notjust the price of food that could ride 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 would be done.
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good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. in brussels, brexit negotiations are deadlocked. and to prove it's prepared to walk away, the government has said it's planning for the possibility of no deal being reached. but parliament is gearing up for a fight, with labour vowing to join forces with some tory mps to try and change the 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 week the government will get a message, there will be a deal. when we amend the legislation, which i think we will, i think there's a majority to do that, we'll have a meaningful vote, which is what we've said all along. we'll be able to say to government, whatever you're negotiating, it will not be on the basis of no deal, because the damage to this economy would be so great. but a deal is what she wants. tomorrow theresa may will have dinner in brussels before an eu summit. a summit which will not open trade talks but will aim to shunt the negotiations on. the leader of austria's conservative
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people's party is on course to become the youngest national leader in the world, at the age of 31. sebastian kurz has led his party to victory in the country's general election. he may have to rely on the far—right freedom party, whose campaign was dominated by immigration, to form a government. jenny hill is in vienna and a warning, her report contains some flash photography. the new face of austrian politics. sebastian kurz has rejuvenated his party and changed his country's political landscape. translation: voters have handed us a great responsibility. many people but big hopes in our movement. i promise i will do all in my power to fight for change and i invite you tojoin me. herr kurz, a word for the bbc? has austria moved to the right today? it is a victory for the right? no answer for us but mr kurz is shifting his party's politics. as foreign minister during the refugee crisis,
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he closed the country's borders. now he's leaving the door open to the far right. even on the campaign trail, his potential new partner, the anti—migrant freedom party, sensed the victory of sorts. at this rally, its leader warned that foreigners are replacing the native austrian population. mr kurz will have to form a coalition government, and this is his most likely partner. translation: we thank voters for their trust. many austrians used their democratic right today. democracy has won in austria today. so, perhaps, has image. austria's chancellor elect talks not about his party but his bewegung, a macron—style movement. but vienna has seen it all before. nearly 20 years ago, mr kurz‘s party invited the far right into government. then there was shock, dismay, some european countries imposed diplomatic sanctions. today, in an eu bruised by the migrant crisis, few are surprised.
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translation: i think it's great that kurz is the leader. they're all tricksters. i did vote for kurz. i'm shocked and outraged. i'm very disappointed that austria has voted like this. it's irrational. populist success, the mainstream chasing the right. europe's youngest leader and embodiment of shifting political ground. jenny hill, bbc news, vienna. the car maker vauxhall says 400 jobs are to go at its plant at ellesmere port in cheshire by the end of the year. the car maker is moving to just one production shift a day because of a fall in demand. it says it's struggling in european markets and there's a general fall in demand for new cars. police in somalia say yesterday's bombing in the capital mogadishu has now claimed the lives of at least 230 people and wounded hundreds. it was the deadliest attack on civilians since the islamist al—shabab group launched
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its insurgency ten years ago. from nairobi, our senior africa correspondent anne soy reports. i should warn you her report contains some distressing images. search and rescue efforts continue more than 2a hours after the blast. hopes of finding people alive are fading. those who recover the remains of their loved ones can be counted lucky. many bodies cannot be identified. it is one of the worst bomb blasts ever on somali soil. a truck laden with explosives struck at a busy intersection on saturday, reducing buildings to rubble and setting vehicles alight. the scale of casualties is unprecedented. president mohamed abdullahi farmajo visited some of the injured in hospital. he also donated blood. the president is in no doubt as to who is responsible for the attack.
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translation: indeed, it is a hard period. yesterday's truck bomb attack is a national disaster that claimed many people's lives and it signifies that the terrorist group al—shabab are cruel and nasty people who kill anyone. a city with just a handful of hospitals has been tested to its limit. medics are overwhelmed. translation: what happened yesterday was incredible. i've never seen such a thing before and the death toll is uncountable. corpses were burned and no—one could recognise them. somalia has been battling insurgency for years. the un—backed government is supported by a regional african union force but al—shabab has shown it remains capable of staging high—profile attacks in the capital. and every so often they test the resilience of a country determined to emerge from the rubble. in a rare show of anger, residents
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protest on the streets of mogadishu. they want the government to avenge the deaths of their loved ones and end a decade of attacks from the home—grown militants. anne soy, bbc news. joining me now via webcam is david shinn, lecturer in international affairs at the george washington university. and a former ambassador to ethiopia. they joining and a former ambassador to ethiopia. theyjoining us. how likely is it in your mind that this was a —— al—shabab. your mind that this was a —— al-shabab. almost definitely. it is interesting that al—sha bab al-shabab. almost definitely. it is interesting that al—shabab has not taken the credit for it. when you have an incident that went awry like
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this one did, going off next to a fuel truck, killing more than anticipated, they are reluctant to ta ke anticipated, they are reluctant to take responsibility because of the blowback from the civilian population. what does it achieve with atrocities like this? that is the point. when this happens, it achieves virtually nothing except to keep itself in the news. that is what it is trying to do. but i think the target was the ministry of foreign affairs, not literally hundreds of innocent civilians. that is going to give it another black eye and cause it, i think, more damage than anything it, she is with publicity. how strong is the group these days? —— it achieves with
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publicity. i think it has maintained its support about the same level over recent years. estimates of numbers vary widely. it has managed to maintaina numbers vary widely. it has managed to maintain a fair amount of rural territory in somalia. it holds no major city in the country. but it is able to recruit because of the huge problem of youth unemployment in the country, young people with nothing better to do. they get paid something by al—shabab, which has access to some funding. as a result, they have a steady inflow of recruits, but the numbers are not large. how likely is it that foreign countries will think again about whether they can maintain embassies in somalia? some have been reopened in recent times. you are correct. a
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fair number of men the states have opened some in recent years. —— member states. this is one of a long string of suicide bombings. the earlier attacks, not as large as this one, did not scare off the international community. this one will not either. certainly al—shabab will not either. certainly al—shabab will lose some sympathy among ordinary somalians. thank you very much forjoining us. a pleasure. the headlines on bbc news. the bbc understand a third british woman has come forward accusing producer, harvey weinstein, of rape. one of them the british actress,
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lysette anthony says he attacked her in the 1980s. a warning of steep rises in food prices if we leave the eu without a trade deal. but a cabinet minister has said that british farmers would produce more food for the nation, food prices could rise sharply in the event of a no—deal brexit. police investigating the sudden death of an one—year—old boy in county antrim believe he may have been attacked by the family dog. sport now. and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. the premier league. a gabbiadini double denied newcastle victory as southampton came from behind twice to salvage a 2—2 draw at st mary's. after over a month out with injury the italian striker levelled isaac heydon‘s first—half opener just after the break. but newcastle restored their lead 87 seconds later, ayoze perez finding the net from an angle. the visitors were denied victory though when gabbiadini scored
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from the penalty spot after shane long had been needlessly bundled over. the other game finished a draw as well. brighton thought they'd snatched a late win over everton with anthony knockhaert‘s goal. but a wayne rooney penalty in the 90th minute earned everton a point but the result and the performance is likely to do little to ease pressure on boss ronald koeman in tennis, the battle for the number one spot continues, and victory for roger federer over rafa nadal at the shanghai masters takes the swiss a step closer to finishing the year at the top of the rankings. federer beat his old rival in straight sets, his fourth win over the spaniard this season and his sixth title of the year. meanwhile, maria sharapova has won her first tournament since returning to the circuit in aprilfollowing her 15—month doping ban. she beat the belarussian areena sabalenka in straight sets to win the tianjin open.
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the teenager had led 4—1 in both sets but wasn't able to convert her lead giving sharapova her first title in over two years. in the european champion's cup, there were wins for toulon and clermont, with munster drawing at castres. holders saracens begun the defence of their crown in emphatic style with a crushing victory over northampton. they thrashed saints by 57—13 at franklin's gardens. patrick gearey reports. crossing paths with saracens is inevitable if you want to win the champions cup. northampton would be forgiven for wanting it to be easy. quick hands. liam woolley is. ten minutes later, over went the ball. the team took the strain, the captain, the credit. the saints on the floor. they conceded 55 points
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to them on the opening day of the season. to them on the opening day of the season. williams again. then calum. tough enough for southampton. then in came the bulldozer. dylan hartley, not the match you want your boss to watch. but the sarries got eight tries. in the league, 50. in the past two seasons, they seem unstoppable. more details have emerged this evening into the culture of fear that existed within british para—swimming. the bbc has obtained a leaked copy of the final report looking into alleged bullying. the report found that former head coach rob greenwood banned swimmers leaving hotels as punishment, used derogatory terms and even asked athletes to perform tasks that their disability would not allow them too. greenwood has declined to comment when contacted by the bbc and it is not known whether he disputes the allegations. it's not been a bad birthday
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week for englishman, tyrrell hatton, after 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 £1.5 million. i knew what i needed to do to give myself a chance and to hole the putt. i was nervous over the putt, hands and knees were shaking. but those are the kinds of feelings you wa nt to those are the kinds of feelings you want to have a cosy want to be in those positions. —— because you want to. that's all the sport for now. western—backed militias say they've begun a final assault to capture the syrian city of raqqa, where 300 fighters from self—styled
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islamic state are understood to be holding out. the city's been under persistent attack for four months. raqqa has been islamic state's main stronghold since it took control in 2014. 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 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 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,
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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 this. 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. but based on the guidance which has gone out, some are saying the approach is too intrusive. i willjust have a listen here, if i may. one gp argued it was unnecessary and a waste of time. the thought of intrusively asking on people's sexuality at every consultation is an anathema, because the consultation is precious time for patients.
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quite often, it's difficult to get to have an appointment with their doctor because of the lack of doctors. so their 8—10 minutes is really valuable time, and it is for their agenda, not for mine, not for the government 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. hugh pym, bbc news. police investigating the death of an 11—year—old boy in county antrim believe he may have been attacked by the family's dog. paramedics were called to a house on queen's avenue in newtownabbey at 12:00 today. the ambulance service said the boy had lacerations and was taken to the royal belfast hospital for sick children. a man is assisting police with their inquiries and a post—mortem examination is due to be carried out. the republic of ireland is bracing itself for the arrival of hurricane ophelia.
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this video shows the hurricane gusting at winds in excess of a 100 miles an hour. there's a severe weather warning in place although it's hoped when ophelia makes landfall she will have been downgraded to a tropical storm. our correspondent, chris page, spoke to us a little earlier from belfast, where authorities are warning of a danger to life. even though hurricane ophelia will likely be an ex—hurricane by tomorrow, officials are concerned. they say it is destructive and potentially life—threatening. earlier today, the red weather warning, the harshest possible, was extended across the whole country. no schools will open tomorrow in the republic of ireland. people are being advised to stay indoors. soldiers will be on standby. in northern ireland, the met office issued amber weather warnings. it
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means there is a potential risk to life, but it is not as harsh as a red warning. now it is the weather. you got the gist of the story. the republic of ireland has issued a red weather warning. that has come because we have expected winds in excess of 80 miles per hour. damage and destruction is likely. what is happening with hurricane ophelia? it is weakening. it is a category 1. it will come more in line with this area of cloud which brings outbreaks of rain in the southern scotland. a few showers in england and wales. a chilly night in scotland. on the
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tops of hills, really warm air. temperatures could be 20 degrees. unbelievable for this stage in october. it is no longer a hurricane. southern ireland will ta ke hurricane. southern ireland will take the brunt of the storm. elsewhere in the uk, windy. the wind is the main feature tomorrow. around the irish sea coast into tomorrow afternoon is where we see the strongest winds. perhaps 80 miles per hour. services will be disrupted. debris here and there as well. stay tuned to the warnings and the radio tomorrow. only part of the story. much of england will be dry. sunny spells. blustery but not windy in the east. 23.

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