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this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 11:00: labour calls for a new and independent system for all parties to tackle claims of sexual harassment at westminster. with two mps — one labour and one conservative — suspended over allegations, seniorfigures say confidence must be restored. we need to make sure that our youngsters know that we will listen to them, that we will help, that it's not acceptable, and that they don't need to put up with any of it. the prime minister of lebanon steps down, saying that he's in fear of his life. the white house downplays a major report by us government scientists which is at odds with the president's stance on global warming. only half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on, according to new data. also in the next hour: one farmer's huge romantic gesture. murray graham created a vast message in a field for his wife,
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as a way of apologising for being grumpy. and in a shock result boreham wood beat blackpool, in the first round of the fa cup. good evening and welcome to bbc news. labour has called on all the main political parties to agree a new, independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. it comes ahead of a meeting planned by theresa may, with opposition leaders on monday, to discuss proposals for fresh grievance procedures for staff and mps. this evening the crisis spread to holyrood, with the scottish nationalist msp mark mcdonald resigning as a government minister over inappropriate behaviour. our political correspondent
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iain watson reports. this is the week when politicians‘ private lives became very public, past actions by some mps have had serious consequences. there have been accusations, resignations, investigations and it's clear the current crisis at westminster will continue to fill the front—pages. sir michael fallon lost his job when a journalist contacted by a woman faced serious allegations. and tonight, a new resignation, the childcare minister in the scottish parliament. in a statement he said... political parties are now responding
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to this spate of allegations. the conservatives have toughened their code of conduct. the shadow foreign secretary said a younger generation no longer put up with harassment and many women have been pushing for an independent body to hear complaints and labour ‘s leadership has now agreed. we need to make sure that oui’ agreed. we need to make sure that our youngsters know, that we will listen to them, that we will help, but it is not acceptable and that they do not need to put up with any of it. you know, we need to say no to this and they will find friends and allies in people like me who will not put up with this. some of the things i have heard in the last week have been so disgusting. the physical structures of parliament remained fit for the 21st—century and on monday theresa may wants to
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do the same thing with the culture here at westminster. she wants to get broad agreement about harassment and inappropriate behaviour but some mps are worried political career is good and on the basis of rumour and the settling of old scores. there is a feeding frenzy that some have described, possibly rightly, as a witch—hunt. this may sell tomorrow's chip wrapper but this is more serious than that. members of parliament and my colleague have a right to the same naturaljustice as everybody else and they are not getting it. party leaders want to be seen to be taken tough action but they know and even fear perhaps that they know and even fear perhaps that they are not entirely in control of events. with me are nigel nelson, political editor at the sunday people, and political commentator, jo phillips. what are the implications of all of
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this. as expected, the papers, a range of new suggestions of people doing inappropriate things. how significant is all this are becoming? it is very significant for a couple of reasons. it is significant for theresa may's very fragile government and what is being perceived as her grip on this, although it is not solely confined to the conservative party. it has spread beyond westminster to scotla nd spread beyond westminster to scotland as well. but there is a bigger issue at stake, how parliament generally, it is about power and power in politics and it is about patronage and that means you have people within political parties, whether they are whips or mps people work for who hold that balance and it is very difficult to see how you can change that balance and make it better without ringing in something that means people who
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work for them are employed by the palace of westminster and therefore have a proper hr and a proper procedure for dealing with this. on monday we have the cross—party meeting. they will have to thrash out some significant changes. the first thing they have to do is agree this is not individual party grievance procedures but one grievance procedures but one grievance procedure. as joe grievance procedures but one grievance procedure. asjoe says, you have to change the way that staff work directly for mps as if they are a private company and make sure you have a wider h r type department where they have someone to go. the last two weeks... the culture at changes have already started. people are waking up saying this can not go on much longer. do you think there is something peculiar to westminster? yes, the reason. it is duly because of the
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long hours, because of the, at times, febrile and heady culture. there is a lot of power and passion andi there is a lot of power and passion and i do not mean sexual passion... people go into politics because they are passionate and want to do something but you work killer hours. there are 13 bars, i believe, in parliament and then there is the conferences and the secrets. just because it is a peculiar environment is not make this acceptable. members of the armed forces are also in a peculiar environment and flying together in difficult places in worse conditions and do not go home every night or every week and they have a code of conduct so it is not beyond the wit of men and women to change this and i think this will be the change coming. a final thought, there have been less sense heard
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from the expense scandal. is there a danger that it could become as serious as that? i think there is. one of the things we are reporting tonight is we are expecting 12 by—elections to come out of it. possibly another cabinet resting nation. it is as serious as the expenses. the danger of doing something to weekly is that you need to and get it wrong. i hope that monday's meeting, they thought about what they are going to do. with the expenses scandal, they got a regulatory body and it has not worked well for the public or for the mps so what we do need is careful thought, do not do knee—jerk, something must be done. you will be back in 20 minutes time
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through the details of the paper bye for now thank you very much, indeed. two other news... the lebanese prime minister, saad al—hariri, has resigned, saying he fears for his life. in a televised statement, he was fiercely critical of iran and of the hezbollah militant group which wields considerable power in lebanon. martin patience reports from beirut: it is an honour to be here with you, mr president. for the prime minister of a small nation, saad al—hariri has had some very powerful friends. that is because lebanon matters in the middle east. it is a country outsiders fight to control. and today, an extraordinary sign of that. the prime minister resigned, saying he feared assassination. speaking from saudi arabia, which backs him. saad al—hariri fired this warning to iran. translation: i want to say to iran and its followers, that they are losing in their interference in the affairs
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of the arab world. our nation will rise up, as it has done in the past and cut off the hands that wickedly extend into it. iran and saudi arabia are fighting a proxy war across the middle east. in lebanon, tehran backs hezbollah, which commands strong support. but its opponents say it operates as a state within a state. and its armed wing was accused of killing saad al—hariri's father more than a decade ago by a massive truck bomb. it traumatised the nation, but reshaped the middle east. now some are asking whether his son's resignation will do the same. this announcement has left people here stunned and created enormous uncertainty. lebanon has been spared the violence seen elsewhere. but now many lebanese fear their country could be a casualty in the wider
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regional struggle. saudi arabia's defence forces claim to have shot down a missile — which was fired from yemen — close to the king khalid international airport in riyadh. saudi arabia is currently leading a campaign against houthi militia in yemen. houthi sources there have confirmed that they fired the missile and that the airport was its target. a seven—year—old girl has died after suffering critical injuries in an incident at a house in south—west london yesterday. 55—year—old robert peters, whom officers say was known to the victim, appeared in court today charged with attempted murder. he's been remanded in custody until december. the white house has attempted to downplay the findings of a report which goes against the trump administration's view on climate change. the study, compiled by us government scientists said it was "extremely likely" —
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with 95% to 100% certainty — that global warming is man—made, mostly from carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas. earlier i spoke with michael oppenheimer, professor of geosciences at princeton university: the main thing that stands out is that it reconfirms the long—standing understanding of global warming mainly that human made gas is responsible. that the warming will grow larger and larger in the future. if we do not eliminate the emissions. in the meantime, there will be substantial impact and we need to get ready for rising sea levels, making flooding and storms
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much will difficult to deal with. excess heat is ready killing people. we are seeing a pervasive assault on the environment by greenhouse gases. the irony i guess the people like yourself is that, although in this report there is a clear message, a report there is a clear message, a report essentially commissioned by the government, the government is not very likely to take what it says on board. well, the government is interesting. there was an election between the time this report was commissioned. we have a new administration at many people in that administration, from the president down, have expressed scepticism. unwarra nted scepticism, i would say. as a result, a lot of
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scientists were surprised the report came out at all. it basically contradicts from a — z what they say. given that president trump will find himself at odds with what was said in the report. had —— how do you see things going forward? climate change is at a standstill from either this it ministrations or congress. —— administration. on the local level, in new york city for example, there is an extensive effort to try to prepare the city. the right comprehensive adaptation and planning processes in place. cities preparing against the heat.
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at the state level, they are taking the lead in developing methods to reduce fossil fuel the lead in developing methods to reduce fossilfuel and the lead in developing methods to reduce fossil fuel and greenhouse gases. make the economy more reliant on solar energy. policies are moving forward it is just not coming out of washington. there is also the international stage and president trump has expressed is intention to pull out of significant climate agreements. the paris accord, the un climate change conference in bonn next week, is the us is essentially pulling itself out and having no voice in these any more or does it start undermining what is happening internationally? the us cannot fully pull out for another 3.5 years, according to the terms of the agreement, and what they do in the
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meantime is anyone's guess because our president is very inconsistent. they can sit on their hands and say nothing of constructively try not to interfere and maybe help find ways the west kent collaborate with other countries in ways that it would not offend the president ‘s understanding of climate policy. we just do not know. the nations of the world that are interested in dealing with this challenge, which is basically every other country except the united states, need to move forward. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: labour calls for a new system to tackle sexual harassment. the prime
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minister of lebanon steps down, saying he is in fear of his life. and now a look at the sport news. a full round—up. good evening. a lot to get through. fa cup goals and premier league results. scotland. celtic‘s unbeaten run in domestic matches stands at 63. it stood for 100 years. the manager, brendan rodgers, named an unchanged team for only the second time. afterwards, he paid tribute to the players. only the second time. afterwards, he paid tribute to the playersm only the second time. afterwards, he paid tribute to the players. it is incredible. it is a wonderful example of a, playing and creating high standards every day. they have
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faced everything as football players. playing on dodgy surfaces, being tired, semifinals, finals. they have faced everything. they deserve this. the west ham manager is beginning to sound like a man expecting to be sacked. liverpool piled the pressure on him with a 4—1 win. two dolls in 2.5 minutes. jurgen klopp's in charge. alex oxlade—chamberlain got his first goalfor the club. oxlade—chamberlain got his first goal for the club. it leaves west ham just one place and one point above the relegation zone.|j ham just one place and one point above the relegation zone. i cannot talk about application and attitude and determination and effort, especially not today. perhaps there isa especially not today. perhaps there is a lack of concentration. but it
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is a lack of concentration. but it is not the effort. elsewhere, the early kick—off between stoke and leicester city ended in a draw. bournemouth scored in stoppage time to beat newcastle. that means they come out of the relegation zone. another away win for burnley. and brighton are up to eighth in the table brighton are up to eighth in the ta ble after brighton are up to eighth in the table after beating swansea 1—0. there were 27 fa cup first—round ties today and three league sides have come unstuck against nonleague competition. oxford will be celebrating. they got the first win over a leg side in the competition. and the header in the second half put them on the second round. and a convincing 4—0 victory over cheltenham. the fourth and final
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goal here. borehamwood came from behind to knock out blackpool. there was an 88th minute winner. the home fa ns was an 88th minute winner. the home fans had a memorable victory to zabret. after the opening defeat against australia, disappointing. england led 22— six at half time. very, very poor after the break. a 29— 10 victory. it was a win marred by allegations of biting, a claim made by the lebanon captain. there was an amazing 12 try match at port elizabeth. 36—0 with three minutes remaining. all stars regain second
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place. —— ulster. and a bonus point thanks to this last man a breakthrough. the fifth consecutive win in all competitions. and that is all your sport for now. president trump has visited pearl harbour in a marathon on tour of asia, the longest in the five years. he left hawaii to tokyo, then south korea, then china, then vietnam for the apex summit. tensions over north korea's nuclear programme are set to dominate the agenda, as steven mcdonnell reports from tokyo. in tokyo, they expect north korea to
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dominate. in theory, the us and japan have a lot to talk about. trade, for example. but everybody knows that all these are the issues are going to be completely swamped by north korea. on his way to asia, donald trump also travelled to pearl harbourin donald trump also travelled to pearl harbour in hawaii where, at the sight of the sunken ship, uss arizona, he had a wreath laying ceremony. but perhaps more crucially in hawaii, he also had a briefing from the generals at the us pacific command speaking of regional security. no prizes for guessing what they would have been talking about, again, north korea. when donald trump arrives injapan, he will be meeting us troops based here. the same in south korea. perhaps this is a way of sending a message in terms of american capability in this part of the world. he will also be trying to
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build a coalition of asian governments in an attempt to pile even more pressure on to north korea to get them to give up their nuclear weapons. that includes beijing. now, some analysts have said that china has not done enough in this regard, but donald trump says of his chinese counterpart, xijinping, but donald trump says of his chinese counterpart, xi jinping, that but donald trump says of his chinese counterpart, xijinping, that his effo rts counterpart, xijinping, that his efforts so far have been pretty terrific. only around half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information request to police forces around the country. and at least four police forces don't have any fixed speed cameras at all. alan clayton reports. for motorists caught out by them, they infuriate and bring a hefty fine. safety campaigners say they are fine. safety campaigners say they a re lifesavers. fine. safety campaigners say they are lifesavers. only half of these boxes throughout the uk are operational, says research. a freedom of information request was
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sent to all 45 forces asking how many fixed speed cameras they had and how many were active. the 36 that responded had a total of 2838 cameras, which only 52% were working. forces in cleveland, durham, and north yorkshire, said none of their once were active. and others were left in place to deter speeding despite not working. those that replied said they used mobile speed cameras and regularly reviewed which ones work. in this case they are thinking that the yellow boxes are thinking that the yellow boxes are there and are sending out the message motorists should recognise the risk. they are increasingly looking into more advanced technology like average speed cameras and better engineering on the road which might have more beneficial effects. the national police chiefs' council said the
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decision to use them was an operational matter and all forces have individual responsibility for use of the cameras. bbc news. campaigners are warning of the growing threat to marine and wildlife in the uk from the increasing number of helium balloons and sky lanterns being released into the air. they say they can be deadly for animals, both on land and in the sea, as they can become entangled in them, or swallow them, and they fear their warnings are not being heard. dan johnson reports. the litter in our seas, an issue largely hidden. and how it gets there isn't always clear. so look at this, and think about it. where do they land ? what goes up must come down. and the result is trouble at sea. it's wildlife getting tangled in them, the plastic litter is very unsightly. campaigns have been running for years but the message isn't getting through.
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most people think, "oh, we're having a great time, we will let balloons off, there isn't much of a problem." but it is when you bring that visual impact that has been ingested and getting wrapped up with bits of string and bits of balloon out of their mouths as well. and it could be internal, we find that out when we're able to do a postmortem. the amount of plastic in the ocean is already a threat to marine ecosystems and sea life. and the truth is, it's impossible to tell how much balloons are adding to that problem. because the impact is out there, offshore, unseen and unmeasured. so balloons get released without consideration of the consequences. it's landed in the field, and, being curious, she swallowed it. and they can be just as deadly on land. jennifer's horse died after choking and panicking. right through here with it tangled up, in her back leg, crashed into this, broke
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her neck, and she laid dying for what seemed an eternity. the horse was aiming to be a top showjumper just like her sister here. they don't understand that they are releasing litter into the air, airborne litter, and if anybody dropped that on a pavement they would get heavily fined for it. and it's causing untold suffering for animals that are eating them in the fields and they are either becoming very injured or killing them. the call is for a wider ban on balloons and people to keep their impact in mind before they drift off out of sight. there are many ways to send a message these days, but a mysterious one the size of a field in oxfordshire to the west of london, has caused some bafflement. the name "sue" with a kiss in giant letters was spotted by a police helicopter. a farmer, murray graham, has now admitted he used his gps—operated tractor to spray the crops
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in the shape of his wife's name to apologise for being moody. that is quite a gesture. now for the weather. very wet in the west this evening. heavy showers on a strong north—westerly wind. hail and thunder. snow on the higher ground. showers continued through the night. central and eastern parts of england and central and eastern scotland tending to stay dry. staying cold. five degrees. a touch of frost in eastern areas. tomorrow promises to bea eastern areas. tomorrow promises to be a good—looking day. much better than saturday. wrap up if you are going out. it will be cold. starting with showers in southern and western areas. they will fizzle out. the
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afternoon, much more dry, widespread sunshine, windy in the south—west and north—east, but showers close to the coast and dry elsewhere. 8—10 at best. sunday evening, bonfire night. looking quite good. much better than the night. widespread dry weather england. temperatures already taking a tumble. —— inland. dry with clear skies and cold inland. temperatures around 10 degrees. so, that is how it is looking for the evening period. overnight, as temperatures really fall away under clear skies, temperatures, in fact, really fall away under clear skies, temperatures, infact, in really fall away under clear skies, temperatures, in fact, in some rural parts of central and east england, close to —5 and —6. no surprise we will wake up to things like this in places on monday. mist and fog. a ridge of high pressure bringing the cold. the wind going away as this
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weather system moves in very slowly from western areas. it will push into northern ireland first, then into northern ireland first, then into scotland. heavy and persistent rain. eastern areas starting dry and cold. sun shine. cloudy from the west. the arrival of rain. 12—13. still cold across the east. the weather front very slowly moves eastwards through tuesday. strong southerly winds had about. a mild day on the whole. turning more cold again in western areas with sunshine and showers. and that is your weather.

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