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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm: international trade secretary, liam fox, says the future of the irish border can't be resolved until the uk and eu reach a trade agreement. two of the five people killed when a stolen car hit a tree in leeds have been named on social media as brothers ellis and elliot. police are holding two teenage boys in custody. dangerous drones — owners will have to register and sit safety tests under new plans. also in the next hour: they're changing guard at buckingham palace. sailors perform the famous ceremony for the first time in history as part of a year—long celebration of the royal navy. the international trade secretary, liam fox, has said there can be no
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final decision on irish border arrangements after brexit until the uk and the eu have reached an agreement on future trade. the comments come as the eu demands enough progress on issues including the border within the next few weeks, in orderfor talks to move on to the next phase. irish officials have suggested that they might veto that unless they have guarantees on how the border will work in future. our political correspondent chris mason reports. could this be the 310—mile sticking point that stops 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, and almost invisible after brexit, or it could block the negotiations progressing to discuss trade. but the government says until there
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is a discussion about the future, the border issue can't be resolved. 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 the position where the eu doesn't want to do that. and we're getting close now to 2018, when we will be talking about next year when we leave the european union. there's long been irritation in government here that the eu won't let talks progress until sufficient progress has been made on money, citizens‘ rights and the irish border. both london and dublin agree that they don't want to see the return of a hard border, but neither side has yet publicly suggested a solution which both would be happy with. the government wants the uk to leave what's known as the single market and the customs union after brexit.
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meaning, in broad terms, 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, 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 also will build and help us keep those relationships. ministers here though insist that will not happen. labour says the government needs to be willing to be more flexible. what this government has done is it has 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 are going to leave both of those institutions. we have not ruled
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those off the table. we've said they are still options. christmas is getting closer, but next month's crunch eu summit is closer still. this is a delicate operation. all sides agree a unique solution is needed for the irish border. but they agree too that pulling that off is an incredibly tricky manoeuvre. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. a short time ago, our ireland correspondent chris buckler told us that frustrations were growing on both sides of the border. and various ideas have been floated by both sides, but neither side has voted an idea compatible to both sides. for instance, one of the ideas floated is, do you keep the northern ireland in a single market
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and ina northern ireland in a single market and in a customs union, while the rest of the uk, great britain, is outside? that would solve the problem around the border, you could still have a soft invisible border because the economic rules governing the economies on both sides would be broadly the same. but that would amount, effectively, to drawing a border between the uk and the island of ireland, straight down the i received. if you are a unionist in northern ireland, the majority there, you will see that as a slippery slope in the direction of a united ireland. that would be politically tricky for any government at any time, the added twist at the moment is that the democratic unionist, the biggest party in northern ireland are propping up theresa may in westminster. tricky for any government, particularly so because of the perilous political situation she finds herself in. any other ideas? some brexit ears are giving
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the idea of snazzy solutions. there is not a huge amount of detail attached to what that might amount to. owen paterson, conservative brexit campaigner, made this case. at most frontiers, a huge amount of goods passing across them are not physically checked one lorry and then the next. their argument is that there are technological solutions that you could look at, some for instance point to the border between norway and sweden, a country in the eu and the other not, relatively open border with technological solutions around customs. crucially in that situation you do not have the legacy of the troubles and the history and jeopardy that is heaped onto all of that. an additional factor which would way into law this is we are used to reporting on the parlous state of the government here and at
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westminster, but in the context of brexit in the last couple weeks we have seen plenty of flurries and bare limbs about the state of the german government, trying to patch together a coalition, and in ireland, things particularly wobbly, it is not impossible there could be a general election and ireland before christmas. it is whether fianna fail was to pull the rug. before christmas. it is whether fianna failwas to pull the rug. not been prime minister that long, but again it is a confidence and supply arrangement, like the arrangement between the conservatives and the dup and westminster. it is relied on the more minor party in the arrangement maintaining confidence. if they do not, said confidence and supply arrangement, the clue is in the title, bites the dust. that is probably not going to happen. it will probably remain for the time being. but that is another element of uncertainty on the table, and it
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shows how impossible it is to work out where this process is going to go in the next couple of weeks. a short time ago, our ireland correspondent chris buckler told us that frustrations were growing on both sides of the border. the two governments have others talked about the shared interests on the shared border, but the language is definitely hardening. even today you have a eu commission say the country will use its veto to prevent talks moving on to trade unless they get guarantees about the border. the republic of ireland has been battling this idea that even if the rest of the uk was to leave the customs union and the signal market, northern ireland could potentially stay in it. that is a solution that is completely unacceptable to the democratic unionists. they say that in simple terms it would create a border between one part of the uk and another, effectively bothered on the irish sea with new checks at ports. as a result you have a
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difficult situation, the dup boj voice matters on this. not least because the conservative government are relied on their support at westminster. the minority government and ireland have their own problems, and ireland have their own problems, and little row is threatening to forsa ke and little row is threatening to forsake that collection now. there isa forsake that collection now. there is a consensus forsake that collection now. there is a consensus across forsake that collection now. there is a consensus across the parties in about this issue, and there are making clear they will do all that they can arrest the hard physical border on this island. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight political commentator, jane merrick and head of sport at the sun, martin lipton. 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 cityjust before 10pm last night. two 15—year—old boys are being held in custody on suspicion of dangerous driving. our correspondent alison freeman is at the scene and a little earlier sent us this update. officers i try to understand what
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caused this crash. we have seen young people coming here, wanting to lay flowers and pay tribute to those who lost their lives. officers said they were faced with a scene of complete carnage when they arrived here last night. a stolen renault clio crashed into this tree just before ten o'clock. five people lost their lives, including two brothers, named on social media as elliott and ellis — aged just 14 and i2. their family have paid tribute to the boys, along with three others aged 15, 2a and 28. people living in this quiet area are understandably shocked. i looked out of the bedroom window and saw the blue lights. it is horrible. it's scary, a scary thought, with it being at the end of the street as well.
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as i say, with my family here. debris from the crash is strewn across the road here. crash investigators are sifting through, trying to establish exactly what happened here last night in what police are describing as a tragic accident. 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. police say two died at the scene, while three others died later in hospital. two 15—year—old boys have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are being questioned whilst investigations continue. alison freeman, bbc news. owners of drones could have to register and take safety awareness tests as part of proposed new legislation. police will also be given new powers to crack down on criminal use of the devices. but asjoe lynham reports the government is also keen to develop the technology. they could be one of the most coveted presents this christmas.
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prices have come down and you can do a lot more with them. this potential customer says he would use one for aerial surveys and research. but he knows there needs to be more controls. it's all isn't it? we don't want drones crashing into planes and things like that. safety concerns surrounding drones were highlighted in july, when gatwick airport had to close when a drone was flown under a plane about to land. there have been near misses at leeds bradford, cork and manchester airports since 2015. and to prevent drones getting too close, 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 be banned from flying near airports, or higher than 120 metres — or 400 feet. and police will get new powers to seize unmanned aerial vehicles. but drones have a growing list of useful applications. this prototype can fly into water
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and propel itself back out. these drones can be used on oil rigs to fix cables in treacherous conditions. and they are the types of uses that the aviation minister wants to encourage. we've looked at the drones today which can help in the construction industry, in the mining industry, an offshore oil rigs. and what's really exciting is that they can do the jobs that actually put people at risk, so hopefully it will help with safety as well. with the rising popularity of drones comes the issue of potential misuse by the public. this legislation could mean that new users won't be able to simply take it out of the box and start flying it straightaway. joe lynam, bbc news. the head of armed policing and his deputy are understood to have been suspended by police scotland amid allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct. assistant chief constable bernard higgins was suspended on friday by the scottish police authority.
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it's the latest in a series of suspensions of senior officers in the uk‘s second largest police force. our correspondent in glasgow is catriona renton. we learned on friday that four officers had been suspended. what more can you tell is? as you said, on friday, assistant chief constable bernard higgins was suspended. he has denied any wrongdoing. today two more names have emerged, one is superintendent kirk canal, the head of armed policing at police scotland. his deputy chief inspector bob glass also. mr glass was head of former strathclyde police's armed response unit at the time of the 2007 terror attack on glasgow airport. another officer whose baby do not know was also suspended on friday, and two additional officers
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have been placed on restricted duties. this came about after anonymous allegations were made to the police investigations and review commissioner, as there were allegations of criminality among them they were referred to the crown office michael has asked the commission to investigate. this is the latest in a series of controversies at police scotland, is that? ollie scotland was formed 4.5 yea rs that? ollie scotland was formed 4.5 years ago, it is now on its second jeep cars. bat police scotland. its second jeep cars. allegations of bullying, he is currently on special leave. the scottish police authority was established at the same time to oversee the force, and it has also had its troubles. its current chair has resigned amid claims of his conduct, and a new chair will be in place there next month. scotland's justice secretary michael matheson
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told bbc‘s sunday politics scotland that he isn't convinced there is a problem with the culture within police scotland as a whole. he is willing to investigate if there are lessons to be learned at the end of these investigations. when you have seen the police figures were under investigation, for a range of different issues, it is right to be concerned. is there a cultural problem? i'm not sure, but what i think is important, if you look at the actual nature of the complaint, there are different types of complaints. having said that, it is important to make sure that the two—man team we have three livingston is given the support it is required. once we had the outcome of these investigations and also about the complaints of bernard higgins at the other officers, we will then be in a better place to
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understand exactly what the circumstances where relating to those complaints. what are the little party saying? opposition parties will be keeping the pressure up on the scottish government. this got the conservatives have already called for a strong and positive reaction from the scottish government. the scottish liberal democrats have asked that a statement be made at holyrood to set out how the leadership police scotland will be secured file these investigations are underway into senior officers. —— while these investigations. the international trade secretary liam fox says the future of the irish border cannot be resolved and the united kingdom and the eu have reached a trade agreement. two of the five people killed when a stolen car hita the five people killed when a stolen car hit a tree in leeds have been named on social media as brothers ellis and elliott thornton. police
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are holding two teenage boys in custody. groans are holding two teenage boys in custody. groa ns could are holding two teenage boys in custody. groans could be banned from flying near airports or above 400 feet under new laws being proposed by the government. more details are emerging about the mosque attack in egypt on friday — the worst the country has suffered in recent memory. 300 worshippers, including dozens of children, were killed. officials believe up to 30 gunmen were involved. as our middle east correspondent orla guerin reports, local people are asking what more can be done in the fight against extremists in sinai. her report contains some distressing images. trying to bring comfort after an attack that has horrified egypt and caused shock around the world. among the survivors, the imam, mohammed abdul fatah. he was leading the prayers when terror came to the mosque. as soon as people heard firing they started to run, he said. some climbed onto the pulpit. they were piled on top of each other.
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the attackers were shooting at anyone breathing. my friends lost their families, lost their cousins and brothers, some of them lost their sons. this sinai journalist is from bir al—abed, where the attack took place. he says it's a turning point for local tribes, who have resolved to hunt the militants themselves. they had a meeting of their chiefs. the tribe members yesterday, almost 400 people were in the meeting. and they decided to carry arms. and here, in a propaganda video, the main suspects — the egyptian branch of is, which has found fertile ground among the desert sands and neglect in sinai. now it has really money, resources, weapons and recruits. sadly and tragically, the egyptian government has basically used only military means
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against the isis branch in north sinai. what you need is to dislodge isis from the social, economical and political grievances that exist in sinai. experts say the egyptian army has been relying only on military might to try to defeat is in sinai. but now, more than ever, it needs a new battle plan. orla guerin, bbc news, cairo. the first aid ship has arrived in yemen at the rebel—held port of hodeidah after the saudi—led coalition eased a blockade that has lasted for nearly three weeks. the vessel is carrying 5,5000 tonnes of flour. millions of people in the country are at risk of starvation, while the coalition fights houthi rebels who are at war with yemen's government. abeer etefa is the spokesperson for the world food programme for the middle east and north africa region.
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shejoins us now on she joins us now on the line from cairo. thank you very much for joining us. why has it taken so long for this food to get through? says the ban but we have said all ages to get the ships in the country. there are essentially forgetting the food supply to the country, especially... the people are hungry, in areas in the north of the country, and most accessible ports, there are blockades and the fact that we are not able to... this applies to the
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country for the last three weeks. at least the night we know that our shipments are in the port and should be in the port tomorrow for off—loading the supplies of food, which should ease the provision of 1.8 million people over the next few weeks. how hopeful are you that more food will be delivered soon? this is a good sign. we are hoping that we will continue to have access in the south, and also the ability to move around the country and be able to deliver publicly. yemen is on the brink of famine. we have billions of
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people that like millions of people who are hungry, some areas of yemen are who are hungry, some areas of yemen a re really who are hungry, some areas of yemen are really on the edge of a famine. the art racing against time to be able to save lives in the next few days. other than food, what more support you need ? days. other than food, what more support you need? the country needs everything. we need food, a huge need for medical supplies. we cannot go another three weeks like this. it is essential to keep the lifeline to yemen. the situation is near critical, it is very critical and near breaking point. thank you very much for talking to us. at least 23 civilians are reported to have been killed in syrian government attacks on a rebel—held enclave
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on the outskirts of damascus. activists say towns in the eastern ghouta district have been targeted by air raids and heavy artillery fire. here's our middle east regional editor, alan johnston. after the bombs and shells have fallen, the medics do their best with what little they have. some seem almost resigned to the horror of it all. of syria's war, all they know is the pain and the fear. there are those for whom nothing can be done. the scene of one of the attacks, it hardly seems worth cleaning up. some things can be patched and repaired and life will go on. but nobody here will forget what has just happened. translation: and there are martyrs, including two children, one who was 12 years old. there are no checkpoints here, no army post, it is a residential area.
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everyone knows it is a popular neighbourhood. these people have lived under siege for years. government forces surround the enclave, pressuring the rebels here to fire missiles into nearby damascus. the un says food in this place is so scarce that some people have been reduced to eating animal fodder and even garbage. there have been reports of death by starvation. some of the worst of syria's suffering is endured on these ruined streets. the archbishop of york, john sentamu, has put his clerical dog collar back on — ten years after saying he wouldn't wear one until robert mugabe was no longer zimbabwe's president. from narbonne and will not wear my
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dog collar and gaby is gone. —— from now on. in 2007, the archbishop dramatically cut up his dog collar during a bbc interview. he's now put on a new one, saying mugabe should apologise for taking a prosperous country to the brink of ruin. a 39—year—old man has been charged with aggravated burglary and the attempted murder of a d—day veteran. 96—year—old jim booth, seen here dancing with the duchess of cornwall, was seriously injured in an attack at his home in taunton in somerset. joseph isaacs will appear in court on monday. two men questioned by police about an altercation at which led to mass panic on oxford street have been released without charge. the men, aged 21 and 40, attended a police station voluntarily after the incident at oxford circus tube station on friday evening. a mountain rescue team based in the brecon beacons are out of action tonight after a fire
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destroyed vehicles and equipment at their headquarters. it's estimated the blaze could have caused up to half a million pounds of damage. the central beacons mountain rescue team is funded solely by voluntary donations. nick palit reports. fire crews were called to the mount a rescue team's hq at 830 last night, to tackle the blaze inside the building. it is not clear how the building. it is not clear how the fire started, but the team's incident control vehicle was com pletely incident control vehicle was completely destroyed. we had our area of controlling incidents, as you can see it is all gone. the windows are blown and pop. italy has been destroyed. it is devastating, thatis been destroyed. it is devastating, that is the word. —— it is devastating the rougeries you spend a lot of time and effort, raising the funds. the purges the vehicle and keep it on the road. the scene is now, it is a sad sight. —— to see
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this now. regular bbc viewers will be familiar with the team, they often feature in the station identity shown between programmes. volu nteers fear identity shown between programmes. volunteers fear the fire could have cost u p volunteers fear the fire could have cost up to £500,000 of damage and will impact on safety. we are now nonoperational in terms of responding to mount a rescue incidents. for the city foreseeable future. given the weather and dark nights, we are into our record—breaking year for incidents, 130 call—out so far. we have coming up, and the winter weather in front of us. it is going to impact severely on how we operate over the next few months. byes the insurance claim is being assessed and the eagles are off the road, the rescu e rs eagles are off the road, the rescuers now saying how to respond to emergencies their own cars. sailors on the royal navy had been
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performing the famous changing of the guard outside buckingham palace for the first time in its 350 year history. the manoeuvres are usually carried out by a regiment from the army, as a corresponding france's kelly explains. shortly before 11am, sailors from the royal navy must have the wellington barracks and into the history books. —— marched out. people gather to watch them into the gates of buckingham palace. this temporary changeover from soldiers to sailors as part of a year—long celebration of the navy the uk. leading them was lieutenant commander steve elliott, who is believed tv first captain of the queen ‘s guard from the royal navy says walter rane during the reign of elizabeth at first. a great opportunity, the year of the royal navy. to act as a capstone to everything we have had this year and
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coincide with the commissioning of hms queen elizabeth. my team have worked really ha rd hms queen elizabeth. my team have worked really hard to get themselves ready for it, it is not something we are traditionally famous for. hms queen elizabeth and the royal navy's biggest warship. the queen will travel to portsmouth and from the commission it into the royal fleet. another new recruit to the service is alex stacey, who never dreamt she would be undertaking sentry duty at buckingham palace.|j would be undertaking sentry duty at buckingham palace. i dried up in january, and finished all my training injuly. still very new in the navy, so it is a great honour and privilege to be able to do something like this. sailors from the royal navy are also undertaking guard duty at saintjames ‘s palace, the tower of london and tomorrow at windsor castle in what has been a very busy year for the service.

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