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this is bbc news, the headlines at seven. "frank talks" between borisjohnson and his iranian counterpart, over the imprisonment of british mother nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. her husband say‘s he's staying positive. it would be great if she came home on the plane. i think that would be beyond my wildest expectations. but in terms of realistic hopes, yes, fingers crossed it still is possible she could be home by christmas. an amber weather warning for parts of wales and northern england, as more snow is forecast to fall tonight. more violence in israel and the palestinian territories, after president trump's decision onjerusalem. the palestinians say they will not now meet the us vice president. also this hour — remembering france's answer to elvis. thousands of people gather in the streets of paris, to pay tribute to the rock star johnny hallyday, who died on wednesday aged 7a. and on sportsday in half an hour, west ham beat chelsea
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at the london stadium, the first win for new manager david moyes. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, says he has had frank and constructive talks with his iranian counterpart in tehran over the case of british iranian nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe who's been injail since 2016. the mother of one is serving a five—year prison term on charges of spying and trying to overthrow the iranian government, which she denies. the two—hour meeting covered a number ofareas, including mrs zaghari—ratcliffe‘s situation. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports. it could look routine,
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shaking hands before talks. but there is nothing routine about this encounter. the foreign secretary looking uncharacteristically tense, and with good reason. he wants to improve relations, but also criticise some of iran's actions, while arguing for prison releases, including of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, a case many accuse him of damaging because of loose talk last month. watching anxiously with me in london, nazanin‘s husband, who has campaigned day in, day out for freedom since she was arrested last year. i'm sure it will make a difference, him being there, raising her case, and in the context of a lot of other stuff, can only help improve relations, can only lead to a better case for us. i think that's right.
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i'm not expecting that on monday morning he comes back with her on the plane. borisjohnson is saying nothing at all publicly while in iran, instead the foreign office issued a statement after two hours of what they called a constructive meeting. one good sign is that iran's foreign minister confirmed borisjohnson should be able to meet president rouhani tomorrow. something that is not automatic on a visit like this. talks went on for two hours. it seems that this was a genuine discussion, not a pre—scripted exchange.
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positives and negatives in relations were aired. we should not expect immediate consequences, but iran is in no doubt how much importance the british side attaches to getting nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe home. 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 are the political commentatorjo phillips and nigel nelson, political editor of the sunday mirror. weather warnings are in place for large parts of the uk as heavy snow and icy conditions continue to affect scotland, northern ireland, wales, northern england and parts of the midlands. it's thought 20cm of snow could fall in some areas overnight tonight. olivia richwald reports. a scene of beauty in shropshire, but the first heavy snow fall is bringing disruption to parts of the united kingdom. motorists are being told to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary in parts of the north because of the icy conditions as
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temperatures plummet down to —6 tonight in parts of scotland and wales. in oldham this depot has been working 2a hours a day since thursday. the drivers here grit more than 300 kilometres of road, from busy urban centres to remote routes. with heavy snow showers forecast in this area, they say they are prepared. the temperatures will drop quite significantly, subzero. this afternoon we will do all our primary routes, and then we will continue treating throughout the night, getting as much salt on the ground as possible. it is trans—pennine routes like this that can quickly become hazardous if they are not well maintained. old ham council alone expects to use 600 tonnes of grit this weekend alone, and still no guarantee these roads will stay open. although power was out at some
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properties in the midlands and scotland, in belfast it was sledges out instead. more scenes like this forecast tomorrow as heavy snow falls across central areas. but the north and south might miss out. more snow is expected to fall overnight and an amber "be prepared" alert is in place for the north west of england, north wales and the midlands. our weather presenter, sarah keith—lucas is here. let's talk about the current situation. and low—tech? let's talk about the current situation. and low-tech? this and certainly causing disruption. at the moment we have a north—westerly wind, importing showers into parts of scotland, northern ireland, and filtering through into parts of north—west england and wales and down to the midlands. we have
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already had up to ten centimetres of snow in some places. things will change as we had through the course of tonight. that's where this amber warning comes in? yes, the showers at up—and—coming in so far have been hit and miss. at up—and—coming in so far have been hitand miss. i at up—and—coming in so far have been hit and miss. i love the road is dry in some places have had and heavy. with this amber warning, with this band of rain coming in from the south west, as it bumps into the really cold air, the rain is increasingly going to turn into heavy and persistent snow across quite a wide region, through parts of the midlands, into northern england, and into wales. that is the areas most likely. for other parts, the southern half, it is more likely to fall as rain. but there was a fine margin between rain, sleet and snow. it could be that some of that snow. it could be that some of that snow might fall further south. and the rest of the week, looking u nsettled 7 the rest of the week, looking
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unsettled? yes, we have this heavy snowfall around through sunday, it looks like it will ease during the day tomorrow. it stays cold into the early hours of monday, so be prepared for an icy monday morning rush hour, and then changeable for the rest of the week, but it looks like eventually after a cold and wintry weekend things will turn milder as we had through next week for stop. at least two people have been killed in israeli air strikes in gaza. the israeli authorities say they were targeting hamas military positions after rockets were fired from there into southern israel. four people are now known to have died in violence since president trump announced the united states would recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. our correspondent tom bateman has just sent this report. a display of grief and of anger. funerals were held in gaza for two people killed in israeli
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air strikes last night. the islamist group hamas said the men belonged to their armed wing. weapons stores and a base run by the group were targeted, said israel. a new round of hostilities between old enemies. israel said three rockets were fired from gaza last night, one landed in this southern israeli town. there was minor damage but no casualties. further disruption took place in jerusalem as palestinians continued to vent their anger at president trump. police broke up protests before they gained momentum. and for a third day in the occupied west bank, protesters threw stones and burned tyres. israeli troops responded with tear gas in bethlehem, and palestinians answered back. the clashes since mr trump's statement onjerusalem have so far
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not matched the scale of previous escalations and violence this year, but people here remain wary. diplomatic relations between the palestinian leadership and the white house are under severe strain. president trump appealed for calm and moderation. his critics point to what has happened here in the three day since his announcement and say he has stoked precisely the opposite. many israelis continue to praise his move. but it comes at the cost of increased tensions. a public holiday has been declared in iraq after the country's prime minister formally announced that the war against the group which calls itself islamic state in his country has been won. british prime minister theresa may congratulated haider al—abadi on successfully forcing islamic state from most of iraq, but warned the extremist group are "not yet defeated". in 2014 the group overran large swathes of northern and western iraq, proclaiming the creation of a "caliphate". one of the cabinet's leading
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brexiteers has suggested that voters can use the next general election to have their say on a final deal with the european union and to force a future government to change course if they don't like it. the environment secretary, michael gove, made his comments in the daily telegraph, a day after theresa may's agreement in brussels cleared the way for trade talks. police are investigating the deaths of two teenagers at a nightclub in plymouth in the early hours of this morning. officers believe the deaths were drugs related and are urging people to think twice before taking any unknown substance. andy birkett reports. police were informed two men had been found unconscious by ambulance crews. the two teenagers were then taken to hospital, where the pair both later died. police believe they had taken the drug known as mdma, and are urging anyone else thinking
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of taking recreational drugs to think twice before taking any unknown substance. the families of both men have been informed but no formal identification has yet taken place. police have an 18—year—old man in custody awaiting questioning on the matter, they stressed there is no evidence to suggest the drugs were taken inside this venue. apple is reported to be close to buying the music recognition app shazam for about $400 million. shazam, which is based here in the uk, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify music through a snippet of sound as well as giving the option to buy it. our business correspondent joe lynam says any deal is potentially very lucrative for apple. every time you hear a song or piece of music that you might like, name that song, it not only names it quickly, it gives you a link to buy it insta ntly, and what apple is doing is cutting out the middle man, because they have to pay shazam a commission for
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routing traffic via their app, whatever it is, to their apple buying service — other music services are valeable. so they are cutting out the middle man and paying $400 million, that's less than people thought the company might be worth, and they would be able to use the technology that shazam is also working on, other types of technology. the consumer group which? says an urgent review into the availability of free—to—use atms is needed to make sure customers do not struggle to access cash. there are concerns an overhaul of the link system could result in a significant reduction of free—to—access machines. which? is calling on the payment systems regulator to step in and conduct an urgent market review. wildfires in southern california show little sign of letting up as hot, dry winds continue to fan the flames. one woman has died, and more than 200,000 people have fled their homes with more preparing to evacuate today.
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president trump has declared a state of emergency, as sarah corker reports. in the mountains north of los angeles, wildfires continue to roar through the forests of ventura county. powerful winds are fanning the flames, the fires spreading quickly and cutting dangerously across highways. radio: these guys are scrambling. and the thick plumes of smoke billow for miles. across southern california, tens of thousands of people have already fled. and this is the destruction they're escaping from. i always kind of equate these to my family, friends as disaster war zones is what you see, with the homes that are lost, and the tragedy that hits all of these families that live in these areas. that was the living room. some people now returning home see what, if anything, they can salvage from the charred wreckage. it's unbelievable, it's devastating, it's horrific.
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there's nothing left. not a darn thing. the first fires broke out on monday, reaching the exclusive area of bel air in los angeles and threatening the mansions of hollywood stars. at night, it looks like a volcano erupting. across a huge area, from santa barbara to la to san diego, more than 8,000 firefighters are trying to contain these furious fires, among the worst in living memory here. strong winds forecast through the weekend are making for extremely dangerous conditions. sarah corker, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: "frank" talks between borisjohnson and his iranian counterpart over the continued imprisonment of british mother nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. weather warnings for parts of wales
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and northern england, further heavy snow is expected overnight. more violence in israel and the palestinian territories after president trump's decision on jerusalem. palestinians say they will now not meet the us vice president. this afternoon, our diplomatic correspondent james robbins spoke to nazanin‘s husband richard ratcliffe, who spoke about his hopes that the foreign secretary's visit could help see his wife released from prison before christmas. it's obvious that nazanin is not coming home with the foreign secretary, but do you think there is any evidence this series of meetings could make a difference? i'm sure it will make a difference, him being there, him raising the case in the context of a lot of other stuff can only help improve relations and
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improve relations can only lead to a better case for us. i think that's right, i'm not expecting that on monday morning she comes back with him on the plane, looking closely at who he gets to meet and what happens tomorrow with her court case. and will we have it, and how will it go? and i'm looking forward to hearing on monday or tuesday, whenever he is back, with the debrief about what went on. i'm sure he won't tell me everything because some things stay secret, but we are in a place where we're looking at the tea leaves to see what it means, and fingers crossed it can be soldved by christmas, which means in the week or so afterwards there might be a happy outcome. were you disappointed you could not go with him? as time went on i began to realise it was less and less likely. i had always wanted to go, but they felt it would not have been helpful to over politicised the case by me standing next to him, and there is a logic to that, how that
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could distort other issues and distort other cases. i still would have wanted to go there and still would want to go there as soon as possible. but faced with a choice between going with him and her still being in prison and him going and coming back sooner, take the latter. do you think borisjohnson and the foreign office could've been more forceful with iran? i have long criticised the foreign office for not being as robust in public as i would have liked them to be, and that is a battle we've had behind closed doors as well, with me saying you should be tougher, and them saying, that is not how things work. and yes, if he is able, through his charm and presence, bring her home, then great. i've always been clear that myjob
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campaigning is to say that this is unacceptable and outrageous and she should be with her family. but she should be with her family for christmas, and please can that be arranged? how much did what the foreign secretary say to the committee and the furore about him apparently damaging her case, and much did that affect his ability to bring about the positive results? suddenly he is now associated with her case in a way that he was not six weeks ago. because of what you regard as a gaffe? because of what he said, and the way the iranian media used it. it was endlessly repeated, saying that the foreign secretary revealed that nazanin was there teaching journalism. he went to parliament and said that's not true, and they kept repeating it. there is a way that her fate and hence have been aligned. he is now in iran battling for her.
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there is a way he has a personal interest and personal care for the case that was not the case six weeks ago. you are taking something positive out of that? we will see where things go tomorrow. we have a court case scheduled, and figures crossed there is no court case. fingers crossed that there is a court case, it goes well. i'm watching to see where we are on monday, and to hearing from him as far as he can sharejust how things have gone. tell me a bit about sunday's court case. she is due in court to have her case heard by one of the most hardline iranians judges. and it is a charge of spreading propaganda against the regime, they also talk about her being a spy, which is more serious charge, which will not come to that. at the moment as things stand she will be going to court without a lawyer, which is a very intimidating prospect. and there was a risk her sentence could be increased. it depends what her sentence is. our experience far as we will have a court case and that
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may have to wait a bit for the sentence to come. my understanding of the way law works, it will be potentially an additional sentence but the way it is counted it can be merged with our existing sentence. it is watch this space, all sorts of possibilities could happen, and if we're lucky and no difference, if we're really lucky it doesn't happen, if we're really unlucky it does make a difference. if the court case is heard, will that tell you very much about the prospect of her being freed? it feels like there is the possibility... today could be the possibility of good news, tomorrow could be the possibility of bad news. on monday we could be the position of having had just good orjust the bad news. and that will give a very clear signal as to whether she will come home for christmas or not. in some ways, no news is more positive than conspicuous bad news. it would be great if she came home on the plane. that would be beyond my wildest expectations, but in terms of realistic hopes, it still
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is possible she could be home by christmas. but that would mean we don't have a big sentence coming next week. tens of thousands of people have filled the streets of paris for the funeral of the singer johnny hallyday, who died on wednesday at the age of 74. his coffin was driven in a cortege down the champs—elysees, followed by hundreds of leather—clad bikers. from paris, hugh schofield sent this report. for nearly 60 years, johnny hallyday sang his songs to the french, and today they came to bid him goodbye. tens of thousands of fans, many of them from the older generation, people who grew up to his sounds in the happy, optimistic days of the 605. for france, johnny was le rock and roll. he was the first to open their ears to the thrilling new music coming from the united states. america was his obsession. america and motorbikes. hence the escort of hundreds
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of bikers for his funeral cortege down the champs—elysees. translation: let him rest in peace and wreak havoc up there. let him sing, and get it going, and open his heart up there, surrounded by family and friends. stars of music and screen, political leaders past and present, they were all there for the funeral service inside the church. for the french, johnny was their rock and roll, the man who, for half a century, was always there with new songs and new performances. with his death people do feel that part of the nation's life has gone. the fifa world cup is still six months away, but players, managers and fans will already be dreaming about how well their team might do. it turns out they're not the only ones. following on from the success of paul the german octopus, who became famous for his
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predictions during the 2010 tournament, a menagerie of creatures are trying to emulate his success in russia. both our moscow correspondents, sarah rainsford and steve rosenberg, have been to have a look. forget lionel messi or ronaldo, these could be the real stars of the world cup. they are russia's furry—fortune tellers — all of them, we're told, experts at predicting football results. as your intrepid moscow correspondents, sarah and i have visited all the host cities for next year's tournament and discovered a menagerie of soccer soothsayers. first stop, sochi. here's the stadium. meanwhile, down at the local aquarium... this is harry the otter, and in sochi he has a reputation for results, with a 75% success rate. i will ask him about england's chances at the world cup. yes or no? ready?
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he's gone straight for the green. it took seconds, he's decided, no doubt about it — england to win. onto ekaterinburg, where the excitement is building not on the pitch but in the zoo. maggots at the ready, meet the fortune—telling meerkat. i'm told he has plenty of experience picking winners, let's see where he's gone. england? that's a good sign. the fortune telling raccoon is not playing ball. she is harder to catch than harry kane. so bring on the subs. if the left turtle wins, so will england. coming up from behind. it's england! yes! england. ever since paul the german octopus hit the headlines in 2010 with his world cup predictions,
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the search has been on for a worthy successor. have they found one in saint petersburg? at the world famous hermitage museum, they believe their animal oracle beats the opposition by a whisker. meet the fortune—telling cat. he will be predicting the soccer scores. let's see he chooses in this combination. a crystal ball on four legs he is not, i suspect. but at least he's cute. a massive colony of bats has forced the closure of a public swimming pool and two parks in queensland, australia. residents of the country town of charters towers, in north queensland, say there are about 200,000 flying fox bats in the town, describing it as a "plague." locals are angry more hasn't been done to manage the bat population.
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now, let's get the latest on the weather. loveit love it or hate it, there is more snow forecast. it has already been causing significant disruption, certainly we will see more of that. showers across parts of scotland, northern ireland, north of england will ease, but isil developed overnight. further south this band of rain will increasingly turn to snow as it bumps into the cold air. temperatures as low as — 12 or even -14 temperatures as low as — 12 or even —14in temperatures as low as — 12 or even — 14 in parts of scotland. and subzero further south as well. there is an amberwarning, subzero further south as well. there is an amber warning, which means be prepared for significant disruption. de klerk across central and northern wales, the midlands, and parts of northern england. 5—10 centimetres quite widely, we could see twice
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that falling on high ground. and it is not just that falling on high ground. and it is notjust that that falling on high ground. and it is not just that zone that will see snow. elsewhere remix of sleet and snow, probably turning mainly back to rain in the south during the course of the day. but don't be surprised if you see some disruptive snow anywhere across the southern half of the country, and windsor also feature with gusts of 60 mils per hour. much quieter across the northern half of the country. snow showers easily have wintry sunshine, just a few showers continuing in the far north of scotland. temperatures just — two, but is the highest temperature in glasgow during the day. most of the sleet and snow turning to rain before it eases late on sunday. but once again we will be left with significant ice first thing on monday. the start of the site will cause disruption and part of portugal, spain and france. and there is a chance this could move further north into some southern counties of england as we move into monday. monday against arch with ice. and then we could see some
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rain, some sleet and snow in the south—east with some strong winds potentially here. quite elsewhere across the country on monday. still across the country on monday. still a few showers in the west, but a dry day, and not quite as cold compared to what we have seen through the weekend. for tuesday, high—pressure means and drier day. still chilly in the north but for the south we start to see those temperatures move up a little bit. moving through tuesday and wednesday, rain initially in the west, then it works eastwards across the country. the winds pick up as well, and then it is a return to sunny spells and scattered and potentially thundery showers by the time we get to wednesday. temperatures back to 4—10 celsius. not as cold as our wintry weekend. good evening, this is bbc news. the headlines: "frank talks" between borisjohnson and his iranian counterpart over the imprisonment of a british mother, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. her husband says he's
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optimistic she can come home. it would be great if she came home on the plane. i think that would be beyond my wildest expectations but in terms of realistic hopes, fingers crossed, it's still possible she could be home by christmas. icy conditions prompts highways england to advise motorists against non—essential travel, as the met office issues weather warnings for large parts of the uk.


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