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this is bbc news. the headlines: two teenage boys are being held in custody afterfive people died when a stolen car hit a tree in leeds. a crackdown on the dangerous use of drones. owners will have to register and pass safety tests under new plans. the international trade secretary liam fox says the future of the irish border cannot be resolved until the united kingdom and the eu have reached a trade agreement. smoke and ash from a volcano on the island of bali prompts the indonesian authorities to issue a red alert to airlines. also, in the next hour, a historic first at buckingham palace, sailors perform the famous changing the guard ceremony as part of a year—long celebration of the royal navy. and cricket, australia are on the verge of victory at the end of day four in the first ashes test in brisbane. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. five people, including three children, have been killed after a stolen car crashed into a tree in leeds. officers were called to the meanwood area of the city last night, to stonegate road just before 10pm. two boys aged 15 are in custody. our correspondent alison freeman has more. officers said they were faced with a scene of complete carnage when they arrived here last night. the west yorkshire force said a stolen renault clio had crashed into this tree just before ten o'clock. five people lost their lives. the youngest of those who died was a 12—year—old boy. two other boys aged 15, and two men aged 2a and 28 were also killed. it's not yet known if all of those who died had been travelling in the car when it crashed or if some had been walking along the road at the time. two other 15—year—old boys have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
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the major collision inquiry team is at the scene, trying to work out exactly what happened here last night. police are appealing for witnesses, to what they are describing as a tragic accident, to come forward. the international trade secretary liam fox has said there can be no final decisions on the future of the irish border until britain and the european union have reached a trade agreement. brussels has given the uk until the fourth of december to come up with proposals on the border, and other key issues, to allow brexit talks to progress to their next phase. our political correspondent chris mason reports. could this be the giant sticking point that stops
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the brexit talks moving on? the border between northern ireland and the republic, what will soon be the frontier between the uk and the eu. ireland insists it must remain open, almost invisible after brexit, or it could block the talks progressing. but one leading brexiteer in the cabinet says the negotiations need to move forward to discuss the future in order to sort this out. we can't get a final answer to the irish question until we get an idea of the end state, and until we get into discussions with the european union on the end state, that will be very difficult. so the quicker we can do that, the better, and we're still in a position where the eu doesn't want to do that. we are getting close now to 2018, when we will be talking about next year when we leave the european union. the british government wants the uk to leave what's known as the single market and the customs union after brexit, meaning our economy and the eu economy would be governed by different rules. some say that means it'll be impossible not to have a more obvious border, and so... the way to stay the same on the island of ireland
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as it is today post—brexit is for at least the uk to take their red line off the table, but to stay in the customs union and single market gives us what we have today, an invisible border, seamless trade, and it will help build and keep those relationships. labour says the government needs to be willing to be more flexible. what this government has done is it's ruled out remaining a member of the single market or a member of the customs union. that is what they have said very clearly, that they will leave both of those institutions. we have not ruled those off the table. we've said they are still options. in just over a fortnight, it'll be crunch time for the government. will the eu say yes to talking about the future? what happens along this sio—mile border will be central to how that question is answered. chris mason, bbc news. police could be given
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the power to crack down on the illegal use of drones, as part of proposed new legislation. owners of devices over a certain size will also have to register with the authorities and sit safety awareness tests. the measures are included in the draft drone bill to be published next spring. once the preserve of enthusiasts, nowadays drones are everywhere. they‘ re cheaper, lighter, and can do a lot more than just hover in the air. many prototype drones are being developed to work where it might be dangerous for humans. they can fly into water, for example, and propel themselves back out. these drones can be used on oil rigs to fix cables in treacherous conditions. and that's the kind of application that the aviation minister wants industry to tap into. we've looked at the drones today, which can help in the construction industry, in the mining industry, on offshore oil rigs, and what's really exciting is actually they can do the jobs
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which actually put people at risk, so hopefully it will help on safety as well. and to prevent drones getting too close to airports and prisons, the proposed drone bill could mean that owners of drones weighing more than 250 grams will need to register and do a test. they will also be banned from flying near airports or higher than 120 metres, or 400 feet. police will get new powers to seize unmanned aerial vehicles. dji is one of the biggest drone manufacturers in the world. could these new rules hit their sales? it could. but we have already implemented many of the things we have seen the government now proposing, so we don't believe that it will. and we believe, as an industry, that anyone flying a drone should take proportionate measures for safety. with the christmas rush well under way, some have predicted that drones will be one of the biggest sellers this winter. soon, though, new owners won't simply be allowed to open the box and fly them straightaway. joe lynam, bbc news.
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let's talk to simon stickland, he runs a civil aviation authority approved drone filming company, dragons' eye filming. what you make the idea of introducing these regulations? what you make the idea of introducing these regulation57m theory it is a good idea, the problem is, overstretched police force, will they be given the training and the funds to catch those that will be breaking the rules 7 those that will be breaking the rules? we already have rules in place, and yet there seems to be a lot of people getting away with things they shouldn't be. what kind of things are concerning you as a legitimate operator? the cost, the cost for renewing the mission, through the caa, it went up 70%,
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next year, a0%, hopefully, this will go towards catching those that do break the law. but at the moment, we are seeing very few successful prosecutions, so, hopefully, with the new police powers, this will be giving them the power they need to catch those that are doing things that they shouldn't be doing. what other things they should not be doing which need to be stamped out? flying illegally to close two airports without permission, flying over towns and cities without permission. some of the prisons have problems with things being dropped off. tools and drones are the same thing. drones are used to save people, rescue people, save lives, event risk, it is how they are used. and you need to ensure that they are used responsibly, you talked about costs, it has gone up 70%, and another a0%, from what to what. costs, it has gone up 70%, and
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another 4096, from what to what. from £130, the renewal will be £180. so it is small—scale but when the costs keep going up, compared to the level of service that we get, the two do not always match. what about the argument there is need for safety awareness test, that a lot of people particularly buying a drone in a high street, getting it up and treating it a bit like a model aircraft, not really knowing the risks. that is a very good point. there is already the drone code in place and navigation orders, all—new drones, sold in this country, should have a copy of the drone code with them, also easily be freely found online. the drone test is a very good idea, but again, if people have to pay more money to take a drone test, those that are going to break the law will not want to do that
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either. all of that is down to what resources , either. all of that is down to what resources, time, people are available to actually enforce that? exactly that, in force and education of the public, of the flyers, and for the police forces. to give us an idea of how fast this area is developing, in terms of the work you do, how is the demand increasing?” started my business nearly two years ago, ido started my business nearly two years ago, i do aerialfilming, i have flown among a quarter of a million sea birds for the rspb, ifly at world heritage sites, we also do small advertising. the work is extremely varied, 3—d work for films... it is a huge business. the tall is that these are, the potential that it brings for growth across the media industry, to save people's lives, save putting people
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at risk, help people in trouble... we are still looking at a better ways to use them. interesting stuff, simon, thank you forjoining us. the head of armed policing and his deputy are understood to be suspended by police scotland amid allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct. on friday assistant chief constable bernard higgins was also suspended. this is the latest in a series of suspensions of senior officers in the uk‘s second largest police force. i'm joined from our glasgow newsroom by our scotland correspondent catriona renton. we learned on friday about the four officers being suspended, what more can you tell us has emerged subsequently? more details have emerged. we learned on friday that the assistant chief constable, bernard higgins, had been suspended, one of the most high profile of police scotland's officers, head of operational support and in charge of public
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order and crucially, the force's armed police. now we have learned more, two more names have come forward, superintendent kirk canell, head of armed policing at police scotland, and deputy chief inspector bob glass. another officer has been suspended. we do not know that name. two additional officers have been placed on restrictive duties. this came about after anonymous allegations were made to the police investigations and review commissioner. these allegations are being investigated. mr higgins has denied any wrongdoing. this is the latest in a series of controversies to affect police scotland, a single force for the whole of scotland. it isa
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it is a merger of quite a few other police forces that existed until recently. police scotland became one force foreign half years ago, before that, it was eight separate police forces in scotland, within that time it has already had two chief co nsta bles. it has already had two chief constables. chief constable phil gormley, the current chief constable of police scotland, is currently on special leave, that is because of some allegations of bullying against him. currently on special leave. he denies any wrongdoing. the scottish police authority, the body that oversees police scotland, it's too has had its problems in recent months, and its current chair has resigned, amidst claims of his conduct. a new chair has been appointed that will take over that role next month. scotland'sjustice secretary michael matheson was talking to sunday politics on bbc scotla nd talking to sunday politics on bbc scotland and says he is not
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convinced there is a problem with the culture within police scotland asa the culture within police scotland as a whole, but he is willing to investigate if there are lessons to be learned at the end of the ongoing investigation. we are concerned when senior police figures within police scotland are under investigation, for a range of different issues. do you think there is a cultural problem? i am not sure that is the case but having said that, what is important... wouldn't you like to find out? i'm not sure that is the case, look at the nature of complaints, they are different types of complaint, but having said that, what is important is making sure that the command team we have in place, through ian livingston, is given the support required. once we have at the outcome of these investigations into the complaints against the chief constable, and complaints we have rating to bernie higgins and other officers, we will then be in a better place to understand exactly what the circumstances were relating to the complaints. michael matheson speaking with us a
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little earlier. that is the government response but what has been the opposition response? government response but what has been the opposition response7m government response but what has been the opposition response? it is inevitable that with the high—profile reporting with problems in police scotland, that there may be an impact on public confidence and trust, that is something that opposition parties at holyrood are likely to continue talking about, scottish conservatives have already called for a strong and positive reaction to what has happened from the government to avoid what they are describing as further erosion of public confidence in police scotland. thank you very much for joining us. the headlines: five people, including three children have been killed after a stolen car struck a tree in leeds. drones could be banned from flying near airports, or
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above 400 feet, under new laws being proposed by the government. the international trade secretary, liam fox, says the future of the irish border cannot be resolved until the united kingdom and the eu have reached a trade agreement. let's ta ke let's take a look at the sport, for a full round—up, here we go to the bbc sports centre. everton troubles continue under ca reta ker everton troubles continue under caretaker manager david unsworth, a 4-1 caretaker manager david unsworth, a 4—1 loss to southampton this afternoon. saints striker charlie austin scored two second—half headers on his first league start of the season. steven davis beatjordan pickford from the edge of the box to wrap up victory. the toffees have wonjust once in wrap up victory. the toffees have won just once in seven games under david unsworth. we are not performing, and romford and is is probably lower than it has ever been. -- the toffees. this is a team
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that has been underperforming for all of the season, a lot of tough games, a lot of away games, and we need to get back to some basics. we need to get back to some basics. we need to get back to some basics. we need to stop conceding the goals that we are conceding, they are killing us. we need some home comforts, we need to get back to goodison, we have that this week. we need to put some points on the board fairly quickly. this performance was not acceptable. elsewhere in the premier league, leaders manchester city have just kicked off away against huddersfield, as pep guardiola's men look to restore their eight point lead at the top of their eight point lead at the top of the table. 17 minutes played in the manchester city match. and there was late drama at burnley, as alexis sanchez converted an injury time penalty to give arsenal a vital win. the gunners leapfrog spurs into fourth place. it is now 2—0, james forrest got the
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goal after the restart, and just a few moments ago, motherwell saw their goalkeeper sent off for a foul inside the box. mousa dembele converted the spot kick. valtteri bottas held off team—mate lewis hamilton as mercedes cruised to a dominant one—two in the season—ending abu dhabi grand prix. the finn completed the hat—trick of pole position, fastest lap and race win as he claimed his third victory of the year. sebastian vettel finished third which was enough to secure the german the runners up spot in the drivers' championship, which hamilton had already won. england are on the verge of defeat in the first ashes' test after australia dominated the fourth day in brisbane. the hosts need just 56 more runs to win with two days remaining. meanwhile, the ecb says it has spoken to england wicketkeeper jonny bairstow after claims of an alleged incident involving australia's cameron bancroft during a night out earlier
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in the tour. andy swiss has more. difficult day for england on the pitch and a difficult day off it, the england and wales cricket board say they have spoken with jonny bairstow after reports that he was involved in an incident in a bar in perth. at the start of the tourfor weeks ago. he was having a drink in the same bar as the australian player cameron brannagan of when at one point in the evening, quote, there are heads met, although it is understood the players left amicably. the ecb have released a statement saying there has been no report of any incident from the venue, security or police, nothing reported but they will follow up with england management after this test match. —— cameron bancroft. with the ongoing controversy surrounding ben stokes, this is not exactly the sort of thing they need right now. they left the field knowing victory was just a matter of time. it's second against first
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in the premiership this afternoon as saracens take on exeter chiefs at allianz park. both teams have a number of players on international duty, but sarries have coped better so far, alex goode scored the first of their two tries against the reigning champions. it's 15-6. in this afternoon's other game london irish are leading wasps 3—0. in netball england have won the second match of the vitality netball international series against malawi. the roses led 31—25 after half—time and continued that dominance to win 61—53 at the copper box arena in london. they go 2—0 up in the 4 match series. that is all the sport for the moment, plenty more later on. the archbishop of york, john sentamu, has put his clerical dog collar back on, ten years after saying he wouldn't wear one until zimbabwe's president robert mugabe resigned. in 2007, the archbishop dramatically cut up his old dog collar during a bbc interview.
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he's now put on a new one, saying mugabe should apologise for taking a prosperous country to the brink of ruin. do you know, andrew, i could attempt to put this one back, or, i could try to put them all together, using superglue. .. it would be a pretty ropey collar. and i think the lesson for zimbabwe is the same. they cannot just try to stitch it up. something more radical, something you need to happen in terms of the rule of law, allowing people to getjobs because 90% of people are out of work. they can'tjust stitch it up. i need a new collar. here is the million—dollar question, will you put a collar back on again? andrew, i promised, when mugabe goes, i will put it on, so i have no choice but to put it back on. absolutely. mugabe has gone. the new president has got
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to remember, something more new than just sticking things back together must be done. robert mugabe's nephew says the former zimbabwean president is in good health and quitejovial, despite having been forced to resign last week after 37 years in power. leo mugabe said he has visited his uncle, who was looking forward to his new life. our correspondent richard galpin spoke to father fidelis mukonori, a jesuit priest and close friend to the former president, who mediated his resignation with the military. outside the capital, harare, a celebration of the first mass in what is a new era for zimbabwe, the end of the rule of robert mugabe, unleashing a sense of freedom not felt for decades here. and the jesuit priest conducting the service, father fidelis mukonori, is
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the man who brought it all about, he is close to robert mugabe and acted asa is close to robert mugabe and acted as a mediator. having played such a crucial role in the transfer of power, what is the father going to reveal about the deals done to persuade robert mugabe to stand down and how the former president is reacting to losing control of the country? in his office, -- in his —— in his office, father fidelis said that he was still play an active role. i don't know how you do it in the rest of the world but in the african world, senior citizens are there for advice. but will people go to him for advice, for example, the new president? the new
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president said, he is my mentor, he is my father, my leader. when he is my father, my leader, my mentor, as he said, i don't think so. you played a key role as the main mediator to persuade robert mugabe to stand down, what was the deal which did persuade him to go, what was he given, what has he been offered? we did not offer him anything. you are asking a direct question for him to resign, he was not offered anything, he resigned for the good of zimbabwe. there are reports that he has been offered millions of dollars, that he will have immunity from prosecution, that all his businesses will be left untouched. is that correct? what i
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have read in the newspapers about immunity... that he will be looked after, like any other head of state. that is what i have read in the newspapers. how confident are you that the new president will pursue a democratic path rather than reverting to a more autocratic presidency, like that of robert mugabe? he has said so. that he will bea mugabe? he has said so. that he will be a democrat? yes. and you believe him? well, i do, after 50 years of active life as a soldier and as a politician, he knows what it means, he knows that democracy is crucial. at the moment, this remains a honeymoon period for zimbabwe, people here determined to believe
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real change has come, but that has yet to be proven. at least 23 civilians are reported to have been killed in more syrian government attacks on a rebel—held enclave on the outskirts of damascus. activists monitoring the conflict say towns in the eastern ghouta district have been subjected to air strikes and artillery fire and conditions for the enclave's 400,000 people are dire. earlier we spoke with alanjohnston, our middle east analyst. what is the military situation? we are talking about a large area, on the eastern edge of damascus, a tract of towns and villages and farmland, home to hundreds of thousands of people, but very much in rebel hands, all through the syrian war. besieged by syrian government forces and their allies. in recent weeks we have seen the government forces step up their pressure on the enclave, carrying out air strikes and other attacks and more of the same today, various sources talking about air strikes beginning sunday morning, and heavy artillery fire, looks to be three or four areas within the east that were targeted, and there have been these civilian casualties, part of a pattern we have
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seen in recent weeks. even allowing for the people who have died or been injured because of our attacks, presumably if it is under siege, the humanitarian situation must be getting terrifying? it is absolutely dire, this area under siege for a long time but for years it was relatively easy for smugglers to come and go, bringing supplies, trading across the front lines, using a network of tunnels. in the course of the summer, july, august, government forces tightened their grip on the perimeter, after that, the human terrain situation, the supply of food and medicine got very much more difficult. just last week, we had a world food programme report that spelt out how bad things are,
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saying that people in some cases had been reduced to eating animal fodder and even garbage. school children, teachers, fainting. fainting at school. reports that four people died of starvation. a un boss talked about eastern ghouta being the epicentre of suffering in syria at the moment. it might surprise people that an area that is relatively close to the capital at a time and we have heard so much about russian air support, for the syrian regime, possibly the balance of the war was shifting in, bashar al—assad's prospects of staying seem to be increasing, that this area has held out for so long and the syrian military have not been able to retain it. no question, for many months, the syrian government, thanks to russia, has been in the ascendancy, making important progress in many areas but the fact is that this area east of ghouta the edge of damascus has held out, and you can imagine the government will be concerned about that degree of rebel powell, right on the edge of the capital,
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certainly the rebels launch attacks into the capital, you can imagine that the government is intent on putting whatever pressure it can on this rebel area, but the rebels hold out. indonesia has put out a red alert, warning airlines to avoid flying near a volcano on the island of bali. mount agung has been spewing out smoke and volcanic ash thousands of metres into the sky, and there are fears it could soon erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. sailors from the royal navy have been performing the famous changing the guard ceremony outside buckingham palace in london for the first time in its 350 year history.
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the ceremony involves one set of guards, the old guard, handing over the responsibility of protecting buckingham palace and st james's palace to another set of guards, the new guard. the manoeuvres are usually carried out by a regiment from the army, as our correspondent jane—frances kelly explains. people from all around the world, witnessed this historic event, the royal navy, for the first time, undertook the ceremonial duties, normally undertaken by one of five footguards regiments, that form part of the army's household division. lieutenant commander steve elliott is believed to be the first captain of the queen ‘s guard for the royal navy since sir walter raleigh, during the reign of elizabeth first. he explained why they are undertaking these duties now.

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