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this is the briefing. i'm david eades. our top story: angela merkel‘s political future hangs in the balance — could germany have another election? in a new report, amnesty international says myanmar‘s rohingya muslims live under a form of apartheid. president mugabe's could be impeached later on tuesday — accused of letting his wife take too much power in zimbabwe. the us government has filed a lawsuit to try to stop the multi—billion dollar takeover by the american telecoms giant at&t of the media group, time warner. and later in the business briefing i'll be speaking to oliver clark, senior reporter at flightglobal, about easyjet‘s full year results. a warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know
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in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. our talking point today: should police show ‘mercy‘ towards bad drivers? pope francis says they should try to understand the motives of drivers who break the rules. tell us what you think — just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. the german chancellor, angela merkel, is facing a major challenge to stay in power following the collapse of coalition talks with the green party and free democrats. she has already stated she doesn't want to lead a minority government, and the main opposition sdp say they don't want to share power
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with her cdu party. that leaves the prospect of a fresh election, as andrew plant reports. after 12 years of stability there is uncertainty in germany. at stake, angela merkel‘s place at the forefront of european politics. translation: resigning was never an option. i have always said i am ready to serve germany for another quarter years. this coalition failed in its negotiating talks but that does not mean i will forget the promise i made. negotiations to form a coalition government collapsed at the weekend. in theory that leaves three options. either mrs merkel restarts the talks or she opts to form a minority government. or, option three, germany's president calling a new general election. that has been called unwelcome and even destabilising, but it could end up as the only choice left and it could be the option that germany's voters prefer. translation: untilthe last second i thought we could get along
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and form a government. until the end i have believed in it did not work out. translation: mack i thought it was not going to work. but for different reasons like a little stability have appreciated such a coalition. this is unfamiliar ground and not just for germany. coalition. this is unfamiliar ground and notjust for germany. the world is watching and its post—war political stability solid in times of international uncertainty, appears less reliable than before. this is the first time since world war ii that forming a coalition has failed. many fear a new election could favour germany's far right party. the hope for many then is that the coalition talks can be brought back to life and a new general election avoided. brought back to life and a new general election avoided. the human rights group amnesty international has described the situation of rohingya muslims in myanmar‘s rakhine state
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as a form of apartheid. in a new reportjust released, amnesty calls their treatment a crime against humanity. it's believed that more than six 100 thousand rohingya muslims have fled the myanmar military‘s campaign against them since august. joining me now is olof blomquist of amnesty international. he's in bangkok, where the report has just been launched. thank you very much forjoining us. it seems to be your key message, we are talking about a form of apartheid the scale of the problems faced by the rohingya, that is a well—established isn't it? faced by the rohingya, that is a well-established isn't it? yes. absolutely. what we are releasing todayis absolutely. what we are releasing today is the culmination of an two year investigation into what is actually happening inside myanmar over the last couple of months we heard stories of vicious crimes committed by the militants but this is taking place against the back drop of endemic discrimination where
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people are kept in what amounts to an open air prison. every facet of their life is controlled by the state. they are segregated and kept isolated in villages, they are not allowed to access schools, they are keptin allowed to access schools, they are kept in separate wards in some hospitals. it is an incredibly dehumanising form of discrimination that we think is so severe it amounts to an apartheid. much emphasis has been placed in what has happened since august in terms of the numbers of people directly affected. the government, through the military, has said that this is due to terrorist attacks by ridding dirt militants. your response to that? there is no question that the myanmar government and military has a right to defend itself and its people against an attack by an armed group which is what happened in late august. what we have seen since then has been a disproportionate response. the military campaign has
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not been focused on eliminating terrorism, it has been focused on driving the rohingya out of myanmar. entire villages have been torched, people shot and killed a random in a bid to force people to leave their own country. might i ask you one other point about aung san suu kyi, what is your perfect give —— perspective on her role and position? there has been a lot of international criticism of the start she has taken. what is your view? there is no question we are disappointed in aung san suu kyi so far. she could and should have done much more to address this crisis, not least in the form of condemning a and speaking out. you also need to realise that in myanmar you are talking about two governments. the military still powerful and many of these violations that we have documented are happening at the hands of the military. notjust in terms of operation by security forces in the last few months but
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also the discrimination that we have documented —— documented in this report. it is up to the military and the civilian government to dismantle the civilian government to dismantle the system soon as possible. that is the system soon as possible. that is the root cause of the violence in myanmar. and it is not dismantled, the cycle of abuse willjust continue. thank you very much for joining us. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news.... the us department of homeland security has announced it will removed a special protection for tens of thousands of haitians residing in the united states following the powerful earthquake in haiti in 2010. almost 1.5 million people were left homeless or internally displaced by the earthquake and a special legal status was granted to some 60,000 people. it will now be revoked in 2019. one of america's best—known and longest serving tv presenters has been suspended after claims he made unwanted sexual advances towards women. charlie rose has apologised for what he calls his inappropriate
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behaviour. eight women have told the washington post that the veteran journalist sexually harassed them, through lewd phone calls, inappropriate touching and sometimes walking around naked in their presence. the argentine navy says sounds picked up by sonar yesterday during the search for a missing submarine didn't come from the vessel — but probably from a living creature. the sanjuan went missing last wednesday with 44 crew on board. the vessel had reported an electrical breakdown before it disappeared. the us department ofjustice will sue to block a proposed 85 billion dollar takeover of time warner by at&t. time warner is the parent company of the cable news network cnn, which has been the target of continual criticism by president donald trump. geraint anderson an author, former stockbroker and newspaper columnist, also known as cityboy, joins me now. i'll be speaking to you a little later in the news briefing but first
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let's talk about this merger. two very different sectors in the industry. funny how cnn seems to be bubbling up as the touch point in the middle of it all. it is odd because mergers are normally blocked because mergers are normally blocked because you lose a competitor and there are anti—trust issues. this is clearly vertical integration with telecommunications on one side and media run the other. conspiracy theorist are out in force to the head of the doj was appointed by donald trump and he hates cnn with a passion. because if they can use when in fact cnn... i believe it calls the bbc fake news as well. it was described as fair the last time it was mentioned. that is extraordinary. it makes me
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suspicious of the bbc viewer described as fair. the fact that cnn is clearly a central part of this does make me think that donald trump once again is showing indications of behaving a bit like a dictator. he is putting his own personal issues in the place of what truly should be simply anti—trust issues. i believe there has not been a vertical integration blockage since the early 19705 integration blockage since the early 1970s under nixon. the ceo of both companies involved are extremely upset and i can only see it as yet another example of the absurdity of this so—called leader of the free world. those are your words. we will get more perspective on the issue itself in business and we will come back for a newsroom a bit later. let's get more on one of our top stories this hour. the human rights group amnesty international has described the situation of rohingya muslims in myanmar‘s rakhine state as a form of apartheid. for more on this we can speak
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to our southeast asian correspondent jonathan head in bangkok. he has covered this story extensively. jonathan, apartheid is one word for it. in some respects you may feel it does not even necessarily lead cover some of the awful realities of what is happening on the ground. the point in the city is making is that there has been a great deal of documenting of horrific abuses that have taken part —— placed since the attacks in august. the focus of so much attention and the reason why 600,000 people have fled to bangladesh. the point they are making is this is a backdrop of systematic discrimination. we are aware of that. as long as we have gone into the area, as i have an offer the last five years, we have seen how rohingya are confined to cams and have their movements restricted. they have no access to education.
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this is but a much worse and 2012. it coincided with the reforms that we re it coincided with the reforms that were supposed to move to an open and democratic society in myanmar. it has gone the opposite way for rohingya. they have always been discriminated bedded it has gotten worse. amnesty documenting this so people understand not just worse. amnesty documenting this so people understand notjust a long history of this discrimination at the way in which you do humanises the way in which you do humanises the rohingya. apply that to the narrative that many of the military and the native population follow now, their belief that the rohingya are not littered on and do not belong and in many cases, this appalling language used by ordinary people and officials, quite rises —— racist language. other human rights groups and amnesty argue that that creates an environment in which it is easier to tolerate human rights abuses. aung san suu kyi, just before this crisis broke, did accept the recommendation of the commission by the former un leader and promised
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to implement that. the keys to that was to end discrimination. at least, officially the government is committed to doing that. she still says she wants to implement the findings of that report. of course, first, they need to deal with the 600,000 people who have fled. it is a difficult problem and they need to ease the immense hostility and discriminating feeling that people inside the state and the military, have towards the rohingya. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme, champions league football returns to europe on tuesday — among the big matches, tottenham hotspur will take on dortmund. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she has asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson has been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself
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in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black—majority government in this country, and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds‘ worth of damage. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: the human rights group amnesty international has described the situation
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of rohingya muslims in myanmar‘s rakhine state as a form of apartheid. and our top story this hour. angela merkel‘s political future hangs in the balance after the failure of coalition talks. there could be another election. let's stay with that now. joining me now is german policy analyst, olaf bernke. a life, thank you forjoining us. —— olaf. what is your best bet as to the next step? is there anywhere left to go with coalition of them? that is on the cards, although nobody has that we are totally in a time of thing games here in berlin that there is still a grand coalition. it is kind of ironic,
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they are still part of the acting government. the second option is a minority government, most likely without the ftp, and the third one is that they would the eight snap election, —— in their would ea snap election, —— in their would ea snap election, which would take much longer than some people would expect. —— there would be a snap election. angela merkel has said she would soon have that than a minority government. i know that it is difficult to call, but what do you think the effect of a fresh election would be? how has the atmosphere changed in germany? has it changed significantly enough to see much of a change in result? interestingly, there was an exit poll yesterday, and there is a majority, 63% of german voters, in favour of new elections, in comparison to acting 23% to rm favour of a minority government. —— in comparison to i
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think 23% who are in favour. the camp of those who are in favour of new elections is shrinking, while the camp of those who would accept a minority government is gaining ground. therefore, maybe give it another two weeks and we are in the 50-50 another two weeks and we are in the 50—50 position. ithink another two weeks and we are in the 50—50 position. i think it totally depends on angela merkel‘s call. yesterday on public tv she made an announcement that she is favouring new elections rather than a minority government. i have to ask for a short answer here, but in terms of angela merkel, is she still future? at least for the time being, i think this collapse of coalition talks cost her some support in her own party. but i would say it is her last shot. thank you very much. the governing zanu—pf party in zimbabwe is expected to start impeachment proceedings against president mugabe later.
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a senior party figure said he would be accused of giving too much power to his wife, grace, and of failing to respect the constitution. shingai nyoka has this report. within days, there are of resident robert mugabe could finally be over. —— the era of president. zanu—pf already has the two thirds majority required to remove him, but loyalty is not guaranteed here, and they have called on the opposition to support the motion just in case. we have called for the movements to happen tomorrow. we expect that by wednesday we should be able to vote. the military, which took over the country last week, appears to have a parallel process under way. they say the long—time leader is holding talks with his sack the vice president, emmerson mnangagwa, to
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map outan president, emmerson mnangagwa, to map out an amicable way forward. the sacking of mnangagwa, a military ally, eager knighted the takeover. on sunday, zanu—pf fired mugabe as leader and installed mnangagwa in his place. the zimbabwean military and security services are encouraged by new developments which include conduct between b president and the former vice—president, conduct between b president and the formervice—president, comrade emmerson mnangagwa. —— contact between the president. we expect him in the country shortly. thereafter, the nation will be advice of the outcome of talks between the two. —— devised. but the president remains in charge, even though he is still under military guard. at the outcomes of the two processors, his leadership is not likely to last much longer. we have some news just coming we have some newsjust coming in we have some news just coming in to bring to you here from moscow, because it has emerged that president assad of syria has been to the kremlin on monday. this was for
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talks with president putin. according to the reuters news agency, president putin congratulated syria and bashar al—assad for "achievements in fighting terrorism" in syria. we will have more details for that later in the programme. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. delegations from the dup and sinn fein are due to meet british prime minister theresa may for talks in downing street this morning to discuss power sharing in stormont. a summit hosted by the south african development committee will take place in angola, with the big agenda item: zimbabwe's political crisis. and one lucky turkey will be officially pardoned from the thanksgiving table by president trump today as part of an annual tradition at the white house. now with news about the champions league, and the rest of today's sport briefing, here's nick. hi, i'm nick marshall—mccormack with your sport briefing for tuesday, where there's desperation for some in the european champions league and a pool party for england's ashes
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team — and we're all invited! first up, champions league football returns across europe on tuesday and it's the english sides who are having the best of the competition so far. tottenham beat holders real madrid three weeks ago to qualify for the knockout stage. a win against dortmund later on tuesday, will secure top spot in group h. the german side must win to keep have any chance of progressing to the next stage. translation: spurs are a very strong team. we have seen that this season. i think people will be saying we cannot beat them. we are not in a good position at the moment but maybe this is our chance to turn season around. manchester city's start to season couldn't have been much better. the premier league's leaders are also safely through to the last 16. manager pep guardiola looks set to rest and rotate his squad, for their home game against feyenoord.
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but last season's semi—finalists monaco havejust 2 points from their four matches so far and look set to be one of the group stages' biggest casulties. they have to beat leipzig but if porto beat besiktas, even a win won't be enough to save them. england's women are running on the last straight. their final t20 match of the ashes gets underway soon in canberra. and although australia have already retained the trophy, english pride is at stake! we are gutted, the ashes are gone. but i think in the context of the series, yeah, it would be a fair result. i think the girls have fought hard out here. if we can get away with that droid will a consolation. —— with that draw it will be. meanwhile, what kind of preparation do you call this for an ashes test? lazing about in the pool? c'mon england, you've got training to do —
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the first test against australia is at the gabba in brisbane on thursday. and for some lucky fans, that's your view of the action. pool party and cricket, what more could you want? virat kohli just wants runs and more of them. the indian skipper reached 50 international centuries in the first test draw against sri lanka. it's taken him 348 innings to achieve the feat, 28 quicker than the little master sachin tendulkar. one game in the english premier league on monday with four goals but no winner. brighton and albion drew 2—2 with stoke city. new boys brighton have now gone five league games without defeat. if only vitesse arnham defender at his own net! under pressure from groningen, dabo made a total mess of the passback. one for our highlights reel — maybe not for dabo's! tennis greats are remembering the brilliant personality and competitivness of jana novotna
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who died aged a9, after a long battle with cancer. novotna finally won the wimbledon singles trophy in 1998 after finishing runner—up twice. she was such a warm person, very friendly off the court, always the first person to come up and smile and give you kisses. really loved by everybody. novotna has been trending across the world on social media and 18—time grand slam singles champion martina navratilova said she was "gutted beyond words" after hearing the news. "jana was a true friend and an amazing woman." 2013 wimbledon champion marion bartoli said she will always be rememberred as an "amazing, kind and beautiful woman" and that the players of the wta will never forget here. she will be greatly missed. more reaction on our website with a detailed look back at novotna's career. that's i'm nick marshall—mccormack,
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and that is your sport briefing this tuesday. stay with me on bbc news. i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments. and tell me what you think about our talking point today — the pope says police should show "mercy" to bad drivers. let us know your thoughts. use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. peterjensen says he is an atheist and the pope should stick to canon law and leave civil war to secular authorities. society has rules, if you're a bad driver and do something foolish or dangerous, that is what the courts are for. not much mercy there. stay with us on bbc news. hello.
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for many it was a very mild start to the new week. 16.6 was the high, well above average for this time of year. we stay in the mild air for tuesday and for much of the week. i'm sure you've noticed an area of low pressure and a frontal system, which means rain. at eight o'clock in the morning, that rain is draped across scotland and likely to keep falling here through much of the day, just clear of northern ireland. rain returning here later in the morning. it could be a tricky rush hour, particularly through the central belt, heavy and persistent rain. not as cold as it has been, milder air nudging north. that rain will be just about clear of northern england, but certainly down underfoot, with mist and murk and low cloud. in much of england and wales, lots of cloud, but aside from the odd patch of drizzle it will be mainly dry and mild. temperatures around 11 or 12. through england and wales,
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through the day, that cloud will try to thin and break, especially to the lee of high ground. so there could be a bit of brightness. the rain keeps falling over scotland and later in the day we see another spell of rain in northern england, and northern wales. to the south and east of that, mainly dry. the best of any brightness will be here. mild, with high temperatures of around 1a or 13 celsius. still quite cool in scotland. in the evening, more rain to come through scotland, slowly pulling away, then a different spell of rain pushing east across england and wales and becoming more persistent across north—west england and north wales as we head through the early hours of wednesday morning. the winds will be strengthening as well, likely to touch gale force along the western and southern coasts. a mild night as we go into wednesday. a much windier day. chance of gales in some places.
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persistent rain across northern parts of wales, northern ireland, and perhaps stretching up to southern parts of scotland. to the south and east of this, mainly dry, with the best of any brightness. we could well see 15 celsius, butjust 8 in the far north of scotland. lots of isobars through wednesday night and into thursday. strong winds. this front will sweep these, but that will bring heavy rain for a time. duncan kennedy has more. this is business briefing. the us government has filed a lawsuit to try to stop the multi—billion dollar takeover by the american telecoms giant at&t of the media group, time warner. expectations are high for easyjet‘s full year results. has the low cost carrier benefited from its competitors misfortunes in what has been a tumultuous year for the industry. and on the markets — hang seng up nearly 1.25% — following big push across asia and that in response to the us. nikkei up as well — carmakers toyota and subaru.
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dowjones up a third of a percent.
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