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today at 5, britain offers more money to unblock the brexit negotiations, reportedly as much as 50 billion euros. the final figure has yet to be formally confirmed, but ministers now suggest they want to give a "fair offer". the offer that the prime minister's able to make at that council will be one that guarantees sufficient progress. i think that is what everybody around the table, all the 27 plus us, really want to achieve. we'll have the latest on the brexit process, and the other obstacles still remaining, before talks can move on to talk about trade. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. donald trump shares inflammatory material on social media from a british far—right group. downing street says he was "wrong" to do so. a convicted bosnian war criminal has killed himself by drinking poison, after an international tribunal upheld his prison sentence. lawyers for michael stone, convicted of murdering lin and megan russell in 1996, say they have new evidence of his innocence, including a "very detailed confession" from the serial
killer levi bellfield. north korea test—fires another ballistic missile, and claims the entire us mainland is now within its range. and, countless tonnes of perfectly edible food thrown away in the uk every year. a charity calls for better labelling. it's 5 o'clock. our main story is that ministers have expressed confidence, they can break the deadlock in the brexit talks, with an improved financial offer, which is understood to be around 40—50 billion euros. the eu negotiating team says that no final agreement has been reached. the sum would be a considerable
increase on the amount previously offered by theresa may's government as a so—called brexit divorce payment. ministers hope this will help to move on the talks, to cover a future trading relationship between the uk and the eu. our political correspondent leila nathoo has the latest. she hopes she's on her way to sealing the divorce deal. after rounds of meetings, more money now on the table to leave the eu. it is understood that could be up to 50 billion euros, paid over a number of years, to allow trade talks to begin. the government won't get into specific numbers, but insists the uk will meet its financial obligations. the prime minister is going to go forward to the december european council with, i think, a very fair offer, and what we want to see is progress towards the second phase of the negotiations, and that's really what i think everybody now wants to do.
for now, the eu's refusing to confirm anything's already been agreed. do you welcome britain's position to pay more, mr barnier, is it enough? we are still working. so what does the uk have to pay for? things that we signed up to as eu members that have not yet been delivered. these include investment projects in poorer regions, pensions for eu staff, and guarantees of loans to countries like ukraine. it wasn't so long ago brexiteers were talking tough on money. now it appears some are prepared to think longer term. as we leave, if you compare the two together over a a0 year period, even on the net terms, that would amount to about a £360 billion saving to the uk exchequer as we leave, because we will not make contributions after that two—year period. getting money back from the eu was one of the main pitches of the leave campaign and now remainers claim voters were mis—sold. they never said there was going to be this big bill to pay, and secondly,
we are not seeing the central pledge that they made in that campaign to win it, to persuade your viewers who voted leave to vote leave, it is not being delivered on. the divorce bill is just one of three areas on which brussels wants to see sufficient progress before allowing talks to begin on a future trading relationship. eu leaders will meet in a fortnight to formally decide whether britain has offered enough. money may no longer be the sticking point — the focus now is on the irish border. they are inching towards a breakthrough, but there is still a long way to go before the shape of britain's departure becomes clear. leila nathoo, bbc news, westminster. our chief political correspondent vicki young is at westminster for us now. and the most brexit supporters —— most enthusiastic brexit supporters in parliament happy with the money
being talked about?” in parliament happy with the money being talked about? i would say they are split. you have those on the leave side who have said we should not be paying a penny to the eu. that legally we don't have too, we are better off just that legally we don't have too, we are better offjust leaving. if the eu don't want to talk to us about a free—trade deal lets move on. then you have others like iain duncan smith hussein over many decades this will be spread over long time. in the long run you could say we are saving because we are not paying in that £8.6 billion a year that we do to the eu. then you have those on the remain side who feel that they have been duped. they filled the public have been duped and they a lwa ys public have been duped and they always the issue of borisjohnson and michael gove travelling around the country that said on a bus £350 million a week that the nhs. what they think is that there are many people who may not have voted the leave if they knew this bill was
coming off 50 billion euros. i spoke to one cabinet minister, and i think they probably reflects many mps here. taking a pragmatic approach and saying we have to move on to the next age and talk about trade, it's clear we owe some of this money, it's not a lump sum, it will be spread over a long amount of time, we just have to get on with it and it's very important for the government and theresa may that there is that progress. in order to move on and try and get this trade deal. i think in the longer term it is the performance of the economy more broadly once we leave which will have a much bigger impact on oui’ will have a much bigger impact on our prosperity as a country. downing street has criticised president trump, for sharing material from the far—right group, britain first, on social media. number 10 said it was "wrong for the president to have done this". the videos shared on twitter claim to show muslims committing acts of violence.
many have taken to social media to accuse the president of spreading hatred. labour's chukka ummuna has called for the invitation for mr trump to come on a state visit to the uk to be withdrawn. richard lister is here, he's been following the reaction to this. what can you tell us about this material? none of it is new. there are three videos which president trump's 43.5 million followers would have seen this morning. 0ne trump's 43.5 million followers would have seen this morning. one is labelled as an islamist mob pushing a teenage boy off a roof and beating him to death. it has emerged this was shot in alexandria in egypt in 2013 during rioting that took place after a military coup. a 19—year—old man did die but another man was sentenced to death and executed for his murder. the next series of images is purported to be a muslim destroying a statue of the virgin mary. that was an youtube four years
ago, allegedly from syria. nobody really knows. then there was another one, muslim migrant beats up dutch boy on crutches. the dutch media claim the culprit wasn't a muslim he was in fact dutch. three fairly bogus video presented there. the white house press secretary has said when presented with evidence that these videos were not what they are purported to be, thatjournalists we re purported to be, thatjournalists were focusing on the wrong thing and that the threat is real. very little if any contrition from the white house. that was the next question, has there been any signal, no signal at all they were done in error or that there is any kind of regret? that's right. when i first saw them i thought maybe his account has been hacked, maybe they've been tweeted by somebody within the administration who had access to his account. but the president went on with a series of other tweets about other issues. clearly this wasn't a mistake. he only retweeted them
which means he didn't come up with these things himself, he sent them on to his followers, he shared them. at the same time he made no comment about them and as he continued his day did not row back in any way from what he had done. thank you. 0ur political correspondent ben wright is at westminster. we heard that number 10 had been critical but tell us more about the reaction. unsurprisingly there has been cross—party discussed and condemnation at these retweets from president trump. this afternoon the prime minister's official spokesman was clear that the overwhelming majority of the british public com pletely majority of the british public completely reject the prejudice of the far right, those were his words. he was clear it was wrong for the president to have done that, unqualified condemnation from number 10. jeremy corbyn called the tweet is abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society. that time was shared by other labour mps during the
course of the day including chris bryant. —— that tone. i was completely appalled that donald trump should re—tweet and condone the views of a conflicted racist in this country. he is inciting religious hatred in what he's doing. ijust think, just as theresa may when she was home secretary banned rap singers and people who it was thought would not be conducive to the peace in this country, so she should say to donald trump, if you come here you'll be arrested for inciting religious hatred, so i suggest you don't come. chris bryant also said the foreign secretary should summon the american ambassador to the uk for a dressing down to make it clear that the us president shouldn't be meddling in what he called this dangerous way in british politics. tory mps have also been echoing that condemnation, here is nadhim zahawi. disappointment, shock. i think president trump takes the job of being president very seriously, and i am writing to him tonight to explain to him the error of his ways.
by tweeting out these viral videos, he's playing into the hands not only of the fascists, but also of the terrorists. actually this is the sort of methodology that they use to dehumanise us, so retweeting videos that dehumanise muslims is clearly counter— productive for all the efforts, the resources that the state department, the department of defence, the uk foreign office, and other institutions are putting into to try and destroy not just the physical presence of these groups, but the ideology, by explaining to people that actually they are the ones who attempt to dehumanise other human beings. we should not be doing that. i think it's grossly naive of the president to be doing this. i think it's right for the prime minister to come out very clearly and say this is wrong and counter—productive. these tweets have raised again the already very controversial question of president trump's state visit to
the uk. that invitation was extended by theresa may during her visit to washington in january, immediately sparking a political row about whether it was too soon, whether it was appropriate. i think the controversy around that is only going to increase as a result of the tweets. chuka umunna said today that invitation should be withdrawn immediately. the prime minister's spokesman was pressed on that but it was clear from his spokesman was pressed on that but it was clearfrom his remarks spokesman was pressed on that but it was clear from his remarks the situation hasn't changed, the invitation has been accepted. but it was at the beginning of the year expected that visit might have happened by now. when it will actually happen, who knows. this has only heightened the political controversy around that potential visit. many thanks. and we'll be speaking to brendan cox, the widower of mp jo cox who was killed by a right—wing extremist as he shouted "britain first". we'll be getting his reaction in about ten minutes' time here on the news at 5. the convicted war criminal
general slobodan praljak has died, after taking poison, at the international tribunal in the hague. proceedings were suspended because the defendant drank something that he had said was poison. praljak consumed liquid from a small container, after his original 20—year prison sentence was upheld. you may be seated. slobodan praljak is not a war criminal, i am rejecting the court's ruling. stop, please, please sit down. i have taken poison. we suspend, please, the curtains. those with a rather shocking events
at the international tribunal in the hague earlier today when general slobodan praljak a convicted war criminals said he had taken poison, and later and was pronounced dead. there will be more coverage on that a little later on on the bbc news channel. lawyers for michael stone, who was twice convicted of the murders of lin russell and her six—year—old daughter megan in kent in 1996, say they have new evidence of his innocence, including a "very detailed confession" to the killings made by another suspect. lin and megan russell were attacked as they walked along a quiet country lane near the village of chillenden in kent. stone's lawyers say the alleged confession by the serial killer, levi bellfield, raises serious questions about their client's conviction. 0ur correspondent ben ando has more details. already known as the bus stop murder but is levi bellfield also the country lane killer? this is the
scene of the chillenden murders in 1996. a vicious attack on a mother and her two young daughters walking down a country lane in kent. lin russell and her daughter megan were killed in a hammer attack. somehow her other daughterjosie, nine, lived. the killings led to the conviction of known drug user and criminal michael stone, but there was no forensic evidence and he was convicted on the word of a fellow prison inmate who claimed michael stone admitted the killings. now according to his lawyers, levi bellfield is said to have confessed. in the confession, levi bellfield describes how he came across lin russell and had two children, how he attacked them with a hammer and he explains his motivation for the killing. the confession is detailed and has a number of facts which are
not in the public domain. stone's legal team and the new evidence to be sent to the appeal court and say kent police who investigated the original crimes shouldn't be involved. we don't think that they can look at this objectively and say to themselves, we are going to investigate this thoroughly. we realise it will be hugely embarrassed to have to admit we got the wrong man 20 years ago. embarrassed to have to admit we got the wrong man 20 years agom embarrassed to have to admit we got the wrong man 20 years ago. it is, says michael stone's sister, grounds for hope. mick has been imprisoned now for 20 years, that is 20 years too long for somebody who hasn't committed a crime. from his cell in frankland prison, bellfield has denied any involvement. stone is being held in the prison and either both men are killers or one is innocent. we are going to speak now to paul bacon michael stone's solicitor. can you help viewers with this notion of this alleged
confession and why you think it is so compelling? yes, i've read the confession and i'm absolutely convinced that it's a true statement. it comes across with detail in it that not only the killer would know but detail which is so interesting that it would be impossible to invent. you had to have been there to say the things in the detail that has been said and be the detail that has been said and be the killer. we are quite convinced bellfield in what he said is the person responsible and of course michael stone is therefore innocent. you talk about the interesting detail, is it possible for you to share an example of that kind of detail that you say is interesting? 0nly detail that you say is interesting? only this, and there are other details, and we are conscious that is with the criminal cases review commission and might lead to a trial which we don't want to prejudice. bellfield drew a diagram which was copied by our informant, and that
diagram matches the scene. if you we re diagram matches the scene. if you were inventing something you would be very hard put to make that work. that is just one example of the kind of detail we have. what are the next steps for you now that you've revealed this information today? what is the next? we've lodged an application with the criminal cases review commission. we want them urgently review commission. we want them urge ntly to review commission. we want them urgently to look at that and referred the case to the court appeal. michael stone sits in a cell and has stunned the 20 years, we can't just take our time. and has stunned the 20 years, we can'tjust take our time. it's right on this matter is investigated. we say it's taken to the court of appeal, michael stone is acquitted and if necessary the right person is charged with these offences. why do you have little or no confidence in kent police 20 years later to have anything to do with the re—examination of the case? anything to do with the re-examination of the case? when we review this a few years back, we
asked kent police for a murder weapon, a shoelace. it had been brought to the scene by the killer. it had on it dna. none of the dna when it was examined was that of michael stone. that was clear. we wa nted michael stone. that was clear. we wanted to look at the other dna. when the envelope arrived at the forensic science service, it was empty. kent police appear to have lost this vital, vital piece of evidence and we've asked them on several occasions to assist us. you would think they would have at least a moral obligation to assist, but they have been unhelpful is the nicest way i can put it. it's a very serious thing to allege. clearly you are very concerned about their response but it's a matter of the public might think we are 20 years after this crime, that police force is now run by different people but you are saying you still have no confidence in them. this request which we made about the forensic evidence was not that long ago and
since then and in the recent past, we've asked them for items for forensic examination and they have refused. they simply send a blank statement, he's been tried, he appealed, he's been convicted, there is nothing further we can do. it doesn't give us a lot of confidence they wouldn't use the optically investigate this case. you mentioned a witness statement, a new witness statement. what would you say to viewers asking why it's taken so long for that to become evident?m that particular case, the witness had given a statement to the police, in fact they came about a month after the event and took a statement. then the witness contacted me when all this new evidence started to emerge and said, i was never asked to go to an id parade, i was never contacted again, but i've got this evidence. i went to see her and it was fascinating. she had a clear memory of what was
happening. a very responsible person. she gave me a full and detailed account of what she had seen, and she was quite certain that the man she had seen at the time was levi bellfield. what is the state of michael stone's mind now in this 20th year, how would you describe his situation right now? we've kept him advised of what's been going on over all this time. we've got the great benefit nowadays a video link which we can speak to him quite easily. he says he's very hopeful. we've shared with him the detail of the confession and he says and looking at it, i'm now convinced it is levi bellfield. he is hopeful the court of appeal will exonerate him and he'll get his freedom at last. thank you. that was paul bacon, michael stone's solicitor, talking to us from central london after
today's news conference there. this is bbc news at 5 — the headlines. britain offers more money to try to unblock the brexit negotiations, reportedly as much as 50 billion year rose. donald trump has shared inflammatory material and social media from a british far right group. downing street says he was wrong to do so. convicted bosnian warcriminal wrong to do so. convicted bosnian war criminal has killed himself by drinking poison after an international tribunal upheld his prison sentence. in sport, police have concluded their investigation into a fight outside a bristol nightclub that saw the england all—rounder ben stokes arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. they've passed it onto the crown prosecution service which will decide whether or not to press charges. former england manager sam alla rdyce has charges. former england manager sam allardyce has finalised a deal with everton to become their full—time manager. he had one match in charge of england and left crystal palace at the end of last season after
helping them escape relegation. anotherformer palace helping them escape relegation. another former palace boss helping them escape relegation. anotherformer palace boss is in a newjob, alan anotherformer palace boss is in a new job, alan pardew anotherformer palace boss is in a newjob, alan pardew has signed a contract until 2020 at west brom. he says he's going to take them to the next level. a full sports update in ten minutes. two of the country's biggest train operators could be broken up as part of a train strategy to improve services. lines close in the 1960s could be reopened if they would help to boost the economy. labour has described the announcement has flimsy. the beeching report has been published. 5000 miles of railway and over 2000 stations are to be closed. more than 50 years on, people still talk about the beeching cuts. thousands of miles of rail line were closed down. now the government says it might open some up again. i come from the north where a lot of the smaller stations were closed
down in the ‘60s and it has made it very difficult for people to get around. for people in villages there are an awful lot of places that are not serviced well. i think it's a brilliant idea. i was delighted to hear that news. it worked here scottish borders, where a reopened beeching line has been far more popular than expected. but new lines cost hundreds of millions of pounds and even if they're approved, could be many years off. ministers also want to change who does what on our railways. right now, it's bitty and complex. private firms run the trains, the publicly owned network rail runs the track and they're often bad at working together to fix problems. this is the east coast mainline. virgin trains, flying up and down between london and edinburgh. but this line has one of the worst punctuality records the country, so now the government wants to change who is in charge of fixing up and renewing all the track and the signals. ministers plan to set up a public—private
partnership on the line. the idea is that we've got one person in charge, one brand, a pooling of resources, so that the leadership team of the new east coast partnership is responsible for the routine maintenance of the tracks, for planning repairs, for running the trains. so a bigger role for private companies, plans to reopen mothballed lines. but labour arn't convinced. how likely is that this will happen when you have a government that has a record of downgrading, delays and cancellations? i think what he should do in the first instance is follow through on the commitments made in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017. the government is also talking about breaking up two the biggest rail franchises, govia thameslink, which includes strike—riddled southern trains, and great western, where intercity services between south wales, the south—west and london might eventually be run by a different
company to local services in devon and cornwall. the government says it'll all mean better services. 0pponents doubt it will work, passengers just want their trains to run on time. richard wescott, bbc news. president trump has used his twitter account to share inflammatory videos which were published by the deputy leader of the far—right group britain first. the footage cliams to show muslims committing acts of violence. as we heard earlier there have been questions over the validity of all of this material. the extremist thomas mair, shouted the phrase "britain first" as he murdered the mp jo cox last year. jo cox's husband brendan is here with me now. thank you for coming in. difficult to know where to begin on this one
but some thoughts on why the president of the united states would have seen fit in any circumstances to share this kind of material. have seen fit in any circumstances to share this kind of materiallj have literally no idea what the a nswer to have literally no idea what the answer to that question is. i think often at moments like this you try to explain them away, and you try to give them the benefit of the doubt. maybe he didn't know who it was. but if you look at trump, this isn't a mistake, this is a strategy. he consistently does this. he's retweeted people on the far right in the us, shared anti—semitic tweets in the past. his whole campaign was based on calling mexicans rapist and saying he would ban muslims. i think we have to recognise now that this isa we have to recognise now that this is a president who is a purveyor of hate. he is somebody who thinks it's in his interests to build this narrative of hatred, and we have to think about how we respond to that. it's horrific and, even with all of
the... i think almost nothing trump does surprises us any more, but i think this did. i think the revulsion out there is because the president of our nearest ally is sharing far right hatred, giving them a microphone and people are shocked by that. and notjust any far right hatred in that sense because this of course is drawing into a sphere a british far right group, which has for the most tragic of reasons been in the headlines in this country over the past year or so. this country over the past year or so. it's not just this country over the past year or so. it's notjust within america's borders, it's much more of a reach out to other countries as well. yes, i think the reason this matters, it's not just i think the reason this matters, it's notjust that he is providing them a microphone but he's legitimising their narrative, the person who shared it has been convicted of racially aggravated... i can't remember the phrase.
harassment. these are people who are criminals, they are full of hatred and the reason that matters is it creates an environment in which people who harbour that hatred think it is more legitimate. they feel less ashamed of it, they are more willing to speak out on it and more willing to speak out on it and more willing to speak out on it and more willing to act on that hatred. what happens when you have a environment that normalises hatred is that people who feel that hatred and were driven by it previously are more likely to commit extreme acts. that's why we rightly worry about islamist hate preachers. that is why we are worrying about people inspiring jihadis. we have to worry in the same way about the far right and these are people radicalising people on the far right and we have to ta ke people on the far right and we have to take them just as seriously. we we re to take them just as seriously. we were talking earlier with a colleague about a lack of contrition and the fact the white house today saying don't start asking questions about the validity or accuracy of the videos, you're missing the
point. what's important is the notion of a threat. how do you counter that, when you have state m e nts counter that, when you have statements of that status because they are coming from where they come from, how do you counter that?” think there is a slightly 0rwellian moment we are in where people say the truth doesn't matter and that the truth doesn't matter and that the facts of these videos don't matter, he was just sharing the idea ofa matter, he was just sharing the idea of a threat. most people find that a sword. a bigger upset, donald trump as undisciplined become a megaphone for the far right in our country, but i think he's the biggest recruiting sergeant for those of us wanting to build a stronger and more stable coalition are in the british values of decency to one another. if he is that poster child for bigotry, i don't think many people want that poster. do you think, as some have
said, that the invitation for him to come here should be withdrawn? i think it was offered is far too quickly and i think it was a mistake to do so. i don't think it will happen. i understand the governments relu cta nce happen. i understand the governments reluctance to formally withdraw it. i think there is no chance of it happening now. a final vote, i think there is no chance of it happening now. a finalvote, on i think there is no chance of it happening now. a final vote, on the downing street response. downing street today said he was wrong to have done it. would you like that responds to have been stronger?” think that the response was pretty strong. the colony at the president announcing this was the wrong thing to do and also talking about the hatred that this group offers, the full statement was quite strong and pretty good. now, of course, we can be more outraged about him, but i think the question is what do we do about this? i think it is about how we come together as a country and
think about the minorities who are picked on by people like britain first and donald trump, and i think it's about offering upper hand of friendship and engagement to those groups. that is the best response to this. this is bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz shafernacker. temperatures dropping rapidly, as i speak. it will turn frosty tonight. we did see temperatures as low as —6 remain as seven. they really are dropping we don't. through the course of the night, lot of frost r:n.. there will be when the showers continuing across scotland and even pa rt continuing across scotland and even part of eastern britain. i wouldn't be surprised if east anglia could have a little snow lying on the ground. we're talking about a tiny bit. we are not currently building snowmen. —6 is the lowest we'll get tonight, in some of those brutal
areas. tomorrow, another clear and sunny day for most of us. more cloud and showers, more frequent ones, close to the eastern coast. look at these temperatures, two or three celsius, it will feel colder than that, probably fuelling —— possibly fuelling as close as minus three celsius. —— possibly as low as minus three celsius. this is bbc news. the headlines: britain offers more money to unblock the brexit negotiations, reportedly as much as 50 billion euros. but the final figure has yet to be formally confirmed. donald trump shares inflammatory material on social media from a british far—right group. downing street says he was wrong to do so. a convicted bosnian war criminal is reported to have killed himself by drinking poison after an international tribunal upheld his prison sentence. lawyers for michael stone, convicted of murdering lin and megan russell in 1996, say they have new evidence of his innocence, including a "very detailed confession" from the serial
killer levi bellfield. now the sport with 0lly foster. detectives investigating the fight outside a bristol nightclub that involved the england all—rounder ben stokes have passed their file to the crown prosecution service and they will decided whether to press charges. here's our sports correspondentjoe wilson. it's in the hands. we're not expecting anything today, in terms of the cps deciding whether to it could take weeks. it's in their hands. in terms of the time frame, thomas two months since he was
arrested in the early hours of september 25. a couple of days after that, the official statement was that, the official statement was that ben stokes would not be considered for selection until further notice. what we do know from what andrew strauss has said in the last 24 hours or so is that it has classical —— it is critical that a decision is made one way or another about the criminal charges before they then make a decision about potentially bring him back into the squad. one other cricket line, the 21 year old worcestershire all—rounder alex hepburn will appear before magistrates next week after being charged with two counts of rape alleged to have been committed in april. the director of cricket steve rhodes has also been put on leave by the club after failing to report the player's arrest in a timely fashion. worcestershire won the division 2 county championship last season. it's clearly a good day for hiring managers, sam alla rdyce is finalising his move to everton. he had an ill fated one—game spell in charge of england last year before issues over his conduct saw the fa let him go.
he helped crystal palace beat the drop before leaving them at the end of the season. he will have a similarjob on his hands at everton who are just above the relegation zone. he had initailly distanced himself with the role, with watford's marco silva believed to be the club's number one choice to replace ronald koeman. west bromwich albion have a new man in position, another former crystal palace man. alan pardew has signed a deal at the hawthornes through to 2020 he has been out of a job since he was sacked at palace in december, with allardyce taking over. pardew replaces tony pulis who lost his job last week after a run of 10 league games without a win. after manchester united beat watford last night, manchester city need a win tonight to regain that 8 point lead
at the top of the premier league pep guardiola's side are at home against southampto, it's one of 6 games tonight. city have another landmark in their sight. victory will see them set a club record of 12 league wins in a row good recovery again, to prepare mentally for the game against southampton. we will anticipate many things about the records and many things. that can confuses and we have to be focused on what we have to do. chris froome says he will target victory at next may's giro d'italia where he will attempt to seal a hat—trick of successive grand tour wins. the four time tour de france winner won the vuelta a espana for the first time this year
after winning the tour de france for a fourth time. he will attempt to become only the third rider in history to hold all three grand tour titles at the same time. froome has only raced in the giro twice before, the last time was in 2010 when he was disqualified. john hardie has been given a three—month suspension following a scottish rugby investigation into gross misconduct. it's believed the investigation centred around alleged cocaine use by the scotland and edinburgh forward. the ban means that hardie won't be available to play until mid—january. that's all the sport for now. the prime minister has been in iraq on a surprise visit. theresa may met her iraqi counterpart haider al—abadi, and praised the country's efforts to battle the so called islamic state group. mrs may's visit came after iraqi forces backed by an international coalition including britain drove is from areas of the country it had controlled since 2014. the prime minister
spoke to our political correspondent alex forsyth, after she met coalition forces. she began by talking about the threat posed by so—called islamic state. well, of course, we have been taking every action that we can to ensure that we deal with the threat from daesh. and we know that that threat isn't just about individuals on the ground here in iraq and in syria. it's also about ensuring that we don't see the areas of instability that enable daesh to move into those areas so that they can continue to do what they do, in posing a threat to all of us. but it's also about stopping them from inspiring others to conduct attacks and that, of course, is partly, a significant element of that, is about what we do with the internet companies. we've been working hard with the tech companies to ensure that the hatred and extremist propaganda that can inspire others
is taken down quickly by those tech companies and we are having some success. there's more to do but we have had some success. you've been visiting british troops and iraqi forces had to see the work they do but some of your own backbenchers fear the armed forces are being hollowed out. will you commit to keeping army troop numbers above 70,000? i've been very pleased to meet british troops here and indeed other coalition forces and to hear about the important work that is been done training the iraqi security forces and it's excellent work and it's much appreciated by the iraq security forces. we have a rising defence budget in the united kingdom and we are committed to our nato commitment of 2% of gdp being spent on defence. we will see an increasing defence budget over the years. of course, we need to look at the threats that we face and ensure we have the capabilities to meet those threats as they emerge. you're travelling to saudi arabia later today. are you personally comfortable with the actions that saudi has taken with regard to yemen? i am very concerned about the humanitarian crisis that has developed in yemen, particularly most recently. that's why the strong message
i will be giving to saudi arabia tonight is that we want to see hudaydah port opened for humanitarian and commercial access. that's important. i think the international community is concerned about the humanitarian crisis in yemen, that access for commerical and humanitarian goods is important through hudaydah port. on to domestic issues. is the uk going to pay up to 50 billion euros to the eu? we are still in negotiation with the european union. i set out in my speech in florence that no member of the eu 27 need worry that they will have to pay in more or receive less for this current budget plan as a result of the united kingdom leaving and that we would honour our commitments. we are in negotiation with the european union. i want to see us moving forward together. into discussions on our future trade and security relationship. i want a deep and special partnership with the eu in future. i think that's notjust in our interests, it's in the interests of the eu as well.
has a figure been agreed with the eu? we are still in negotiations with the european union and i'm very clear that i want us to move together on to the next stage. of course, we are working in the lead up to the december european council. i want to see us able to move on to the trade talks and the security talks but it means us moving together. have you agreed in principle to pay more? what i have said in my florence speech is that nobody with this current budget need to fear paying more or receiving less and that we will honour our commitments and we're in negotiations with the eu. financial settlement aside, it still leaves the tricky issue of the irish border. you have repeatedly said no hard border but the irish government don't seem satisfied with just those words. how does that work in practice? i am clear we shouldn't have a hard border between northern ireland and the republic. the irish government don't want that. parties in northern ireland don't want that. we want to ensure, because this is not just about trade across the border, it's about people's day—to—day lives.
we are maintaining the common travel area that has been in place since 1923, so long before either ireland orthe united kingdom were members of the european union. that is part of what have agreed with the european union, but we also want to ensure that trade between northern ireland and the republic can continue but also that trade between the republic of ireland and the rest of the united kingdom can continue. i want to get on to those trade talks but i am very clear, no hard border. it seems everyone shares the same ambition but there's still no practical solution and the irish government seem to suggest that that could stop things moving on to trade. the practical solution is about trade and the arrangement of goods across borders. that is why it is so important that we move onto the next phase with the european union, to look at our trade relationship in future and build that deep and special partnership which will be important to northern ireland and the rest of the united kingdom and the republic of ireland but also important to the other members of the eu as well. what do you do if the eu say no trade talks come december?
we are working hard with the european union to ensure we can move together but i am clear that we need to move together. this is about us both agreeing that we can move on to trade talks and security talks, because the next stage won'tjust be about our trade relationship with europe, it will be about our security relationship. and if they say no, we walk away? we are working hard to ensure we get the movement on to the trade talks, that i think is notjust in our interest in the united kingdom but is in the interests of the rest of the european union. prime minister, thank you. president trump says additional sanctions will be imposed on north korea after they successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile which they say was powerful enough to reach the united states. the president said he had discussed the development with his chinese
counterpart xijinping. the un secretary—general has said the latest missile test is a clear violation of security council resolutions. there'll be an emergency session later. 0ur correspondent paul adams reports from seoul. the face and the voice of north korean defiance. announcer ri chun—hee with news of pyongyang's latest and boldest missile test. kim jong un, photographed giving the order. i approve this test launch, he writes. for the party and the country, courageously fire. this was the 23rd missile test this year, the first since mid—september. it took off in the early hours of the morning, north of the capital pyongyang. it flew for 53 minutes, landing in the sea 600 miles away. crucially, it flew higher than any previous missile — 2,800 miles up into space. experts say this means north korea now has missiles capable of hitting
almost anywhere in america. after a pause in testing that lasted 75 days, this is a stark reminder of the determination of the north korean leader to pursue his nuclear and missile programme. today's statement from pyongyang that the programme poses no threat to anyone, provided the country's interests are not infringed, will come as little comfort. a missile was launched a little while ago from north korea. i will only tell you that we will take care of it. a fresh challenge for president trump and his administration. little doubt here that this represents something new. it went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they've taken. it's a research and development effort on their part, continuing to build ballistic missiles that could threaten everywhere in the world. korea's president moonjae—in on the phone to donald trump this morning. the test took his government by surprise. he called it a reckless provocation.
south korea responded with a missile test of its own but warnings, threats and pressure appear to be having little effect. kimjong un says north korea now has its own nuclear force. a bold claim, but only partially true. he has the bombs and the missiles — putting one on top of the other and making it work, that's still some way off. pauladams, bbc news, seoul. joining me now isjohn hemmings, director of the asia studies centre at the henry jackson society, a think tank that advocates the robust spreading of liberal democracy. what is going on here in terms of america's response to north korea? the redesignation of north korea as a terrorist state is probably more important than it first seems. that will enable the administration to
crushed and on those institutions and financial organisations and various actors around southeast asia and china that are still allowing the north korean machine to kind of slip by. it's not as under sanction pressure as most people think. where is the room to manoeuvre, to act a little more robustly?” is the room to manoeuvre, to act a little more robustly? i think, as the trump administration has i think correctly pinpointed comment on the north korea and china border, there are still a significant amount of trade, history of even weapons sales and not to actors in china who are still buying things and pinning them over, so we need to see a significant shift in that. if you look at the satellite data you can see the trucks still going. this talk of shortages of fuel and so on, but remember, as recently as last year, there was talk about building boom in the young gang. —— in north
korea. sanctions have not really been given a try. what are your thoughts on how china is playing this? donald trump says he has an rapport with the chinese president. some people are saying that china are saying the right things but not doing anything, is that fear? are saying the right things but not doing anything, is that fear7m are saying the right things but not doing anything, is that fear? it is fear but we should continue to work with china. they are the key to resolving this issue peacefully. it is understandable in some ways that the chinese do not want to see a unified south korea allied with the united states on the border, it would be a security nightmare for them, so they preferred the status quo. they are also equally worried about the collapse of north korea, and if the sanctions worked too well. huge amounts of refugees could flood across the border. what we have to do is find the sweet spot, the sweet spot within libya and
south africa, were sanctions were applied enough on the political elites of the country to make them change their behaviour and at least get the north korean spark to the table. why is it proving so difficult to find that so—called sweet spot? i think they are incredibly well i chained to changes in western democracy. we have dropped the ball a few times. there have been hundreds of negotiating effo rts have been hundreds of negotiating efforts since the 1990s, literally hundreds. it's not for want of trying. it is to some extent of the regime tape, and solar and others area regime tape, and solar and others are a form of stalinist ideology and the geopolitical elements. the way that north korea relates to china and to the south. the options that some people have canvassed in terms of military action, do you ever think it will come to that? well, a very recent report said that we have to be ready that water could a car.
of course, the nightmare scenario, one hopes it doesn't happen, but the fight is that political leaders in japan, in south korea and washington, will all be thinking about that as a possible eventuality and hopefully not on that of course. thank you for coming in. matt lauer has been sacked by nbc as a result of allegations of misbehaviour. they have reason to believe it may not be an isolated incident. staying within the american media and these kind of
allegations, we have been told that minnesota public radio has fired the vetera n minnesota public radio has fired the veteran radio host garrison keillor after learning of allegations of inappropriate behaviour with a colleague. npr, as it is known the net is terminating its contract with him and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations from an individual who worked with him. two names they are being reported today in terms of losing theirjobs because of allegations of this sort. every year, millions of tonnes of perfectly good food are being needlessly thrown away. now manufacturers and retailers are being urged to make labelling on products clearer to stop the waste. the food charity wrap says a third of the uk's two million tonnes of food waste is thrown away every year simply because of confusion over date labels, as our environment analyst roger harrabin explains. we throw away £5.5 billion worth of food a year because it's not used in time, according to the waste lobby wrap. about a third of waste food happens because people are confused by food labels, it says.
we asked shoppers if labels are clear enough. if you're a day past something, do you throw it away? not normally. you've usually got a few days, haven't you ? roughly, if it looks all right, you'll eat it? yeah, of course, yeah. and if it smells all right, of course. i've had toast with a bit of green on and, like, threw up but you live and learn, don't you? i'm a student so as long as it's food i'll pretty much eat it, to be fair. so, what to do? well, fruit is what we most often throw away. mostly, we should keep it in the fridge, wrap says. it wants to see this little fridge label on things that would keep longer chilled. the idea as well is that when you pick it up with the new guidance that's being recommended, if it should go in the fridge it will have a nice clear picture of a fridge on it. and food firms should put clear labels on all produce so people know wrap's answers to questions like these. how cold should i keep my fridge?
you should keep your fridge at five celsius or below, or food spoils. should i keep potatoes in the fridge? no, it turns the starch into sugar and makes them gritty. what about pineapples in the fridge? yes if it's cut, no if it's whole. that's a trick question! and here is a trick question that divides the nation. bread — in the fridge or out of the fridge? wrap says the fridge actually helps keep bread fresher. it stops it going mouldy. but also, it makes bread taste stale more quickly. so it's your choice. and what about milk? it's something people throw away too quickly, according to wrap. remember that you can freeze right up to the use by date, so even if you've got an open pack, and we do in our own home, label it up, put it straight in the freezer and then you can use it another time. getting to know our food better will leave cash in our wallets. it'll also help prevent farmers
expanding into rainforest areas to grow more food and also reduce greenhouse gases. that's a big result for a little label. roger harrabin, bbc news. let's get more now on the brexit negotiations. the bbc understands the uk has reached broad agreement on the financial framework of the divorce bill, which is likely to be between 40 and 50 billion euros. with me now to take a closer look at the figure is our reality check correspondent chris morris. why do the estimates of what the bill could be vary so widely? i think it is because we have begun to work out the overall amount that eve ryo ne to work out the overall amount that everyone thinks we should be talking about here. we do not know the uk's share of it. in september, theresa may spoke about honouring financial commitments. what has been happening behind the scenes is working out what that means. the european union
says it means all of your commitment and it looks as if the uk has signed up and it looks as if the uk has signed up to that now. the biggest part of that will be the money that has been committed in budget but has not been paid out yet. that is nearly 240 billion euros, about £213 billion. the uk's share of that, the european union says, if we take five years average share of the uk budget, they wa nt to average share of the uk budget, they want to chip away at it. there are ways to break the build brown. the negotiations behind the scenes will continue. what are the other elements? pensions are a big one. the thing that the pension liability is that it is an estimate. it's nearly 70
billion euros. but that is based on a particular and sit —— interest—rate which is not a .3%. historically low. uk argument is if you take that on average for the last 20 years, the interest it would be much higher, which, the way the calculation works, the pension liability would be significantly lower. if you can persuade them of that, you can shave another few billion of the final bill. 0ne billion of the final bill. one person elliot lee says that we will never know the final figure. will we? probably not and deliberately so. both sides know how politically sensitive editors. think again about pensions, if you are 25 or 30 years old now, you won't be calling on your penchant for 40 yea rs. calling on your penchant for 40 years. the uk could choose to make small pension payments stretching out for decades, easing the pain a little bit in terms of an immediate lump sum, but it means that you me and everyone else cannot come up right now with a final figure for the divorce bill. time for a look at the weather.
a really cold night in the countryside. right now, the temperatures are dropping like a storm across the country. there are showers around. i think towns and cities, by the early on and on thursday morning will be hovering around the freezing mark. 0ut thursday morning will be hovering around the freezing mark. out in the countryside, it could be as cold as -6, countryside, it could be as cold as —6, possibly even —7 but that's in rural areas. cold, frosty and another day with lots of sunshine but not as the extreme east of the country and in some south—western areas there will be some showers. temperatures just a couple of degrees above freezing for some of us. what price brexit?
the government offers to significantly increase what it's prepared to pay the eu. the government had said it would pay 20 billion euros — it's now thought that that could rise up to 50 billion euros. we've been waiting for this for a long time, 18 months or so. now‘s the time to get the whole ship off the rocks and move it forwards. we'll be looking at whether the latest figure reflects the final cost and whether we'll ever know what that is. also tonight... lawyers for the man convicted of the murders of lin and megan russell in 1996 say they have new evidence which implicates a different suspect. a wartime bosnian croat commander drinks what appears to be poison at his trial at the hague and dies. donald trump comes under attack for sharing inflammatory videos from a british far—right group.