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gordon brown intervenes in labour's row over anti—semitism, telling the party its values are at stake. the former prime minister says an international definition must be adopted in full this week. it's notjust about a procedure. it's about who we are. it's about what we stand for. it's about what makes us tick. it's about the soul of the labour party. we'll be analysing where labour goes from here — as the shadow chancellor says jeremy corbyn‘s views have been misrepresented. also tonight: the eu's top negotiator says theresa may's brexit plans are unworkable, as she says she wont be pushed into compromising. smuggling into jails — new figures reveal how increasing numbers of prison staff are involved. and england win the fouth test and wrap up a series victory against india. good evening.
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the former prime minister gordon brown has intervened in the on—going dispute within labour over anti—semitism — urging the party to adopt an internationally recognised definition in its entirety. mr brown said the issue of anti—semitism went to the heart of what labour stood for as a progresisve party and it needed to move forward in a way that was true to its traditions. today the former chief rabbi lord sacks again criticised jeremy corbyn, saying his speeches were part of the reason some jews were considering leaving the uk — the shadow chancellor said mr corbyn has been misinterpreted. our political correspondent iain watson reports. as a former prime minister, gordon brown intervenes rarely in domestic politics. four years ago he spoke out over the future of the country
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in the scottish referendum. now, with a row over anti—semitism still raging, he says he's speaking out for the very future of his own party. it's about who we are. it's about what we stand for. it's about what makes us tick. it's about the soul of the labour party. labour's ruling national executive incorporated an internationally accepted definition of anti—semitism into a code of conduct injuly but didn't include word for word every accompanying example, angering manyjewish members. those close tojeremy corbyn were concerned that one example, claiming that the existence of the state of israel is a racist endeavour, would restrict the free speech of palestinians in particular. labour's national executive has decided to discuss the issue again on tuesday and this time gordon brown says there's only one way they can rebuild trust. the international holocaust remembrance alliance definition of semitism is something that we should support unanimously, unequivocally and immediately.
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a member of labour's ruling executive, who is close to the current labour leader, is john landsman, the founder of momentum. he believes a compromise is possible which will protect free speech. we have an opportunity still to rebuild trust with the jewish community, and i hope we are going to take decisive steps on tuesday in that direction. the jewish labour movement held its conference here at a community centre in north london and it says it's those links between the wider community and the party which have been stretched to breaking point. and some very prominent voices agree with them. jeremy corbyn must repent and recant as quickly as possible, so as to regain the trust of thejewish and general public. the shadow chancellor responded with an offer of peace talks. i would just say to lord sacks, i just think you've misinterpreted what's gone on, i think you really have misinterpreted jeremy. i have known him for over 30 years.
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his whole life has been devoted to anti—racism, to peace and justice. come and meet him and you will understand that. but for this mp, who's clashed withjeremy corbyn over anti—semitism, something more dramatic is needed to rebuild trust. i don't thinkjeremy corbyn can't solve the problem, because he is the problem. do you think he should go? i think he should reflect on that but i have sincerely come to the view that he cannot solve the problem because he is the problem. senior labourfigures want to detoxify the anti—semitism issue but it's not yet clear if they have found a strong enough antidote. ian watson, bbc news. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, has said he strongly opposes parts of theresa may's proposals for a post—brexit trade deal — saying services could not be separated from goods. that is part of the prime minister's chequers plan for a common rule book on goods. she said today she wouldn't be
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pushed into any compromises — that weren't in the national interest. here's our political correspondent ben wright. the time for talking is nearly up. theresa may is banking her hopes of a brexit deal on the plan hammered out at chequers in the summer which is meant to keep the trade in goods moving freely after brexit. today she insisted she would not be pushed into accepting compromises that are not in our national interest. but the fighting talk does not impress the former brexit secretary, david davis, who quit the cabinet over chequers. in my view, the chequers proposal — it's not a deal, we shouldn't call it the chequers deal, it's the chequers proposal — is actually almost worse than being in and we will be under the rule of the european union with respect to all of our manufactured goods and agri—foods. worse than being in the eu? that is a startling statement from a leading brexiteer, but his contempt for the chequers plan is shared by dozens of tory mps.
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other brexiteers remain in the cabinet but today liam fox scoffed at recent warnings by the chancellor that the economy would be hammered and borrowing would rise if no deal was reached with the eu. can you think back in all your time in politics where the treasury have made predictions that were correct 15 years out? i can't. they didn't predict the financial crisis that happened. no—one could. and so the idea that we can predict what our borrowing would be 15 years in advance is just a bit hard to swallow. theresa may needs to convince the eu her post—brexit trade plan is workable but today the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said he strongly opposed some elements of it in his most explicit criticism of the plan so far. and all this leaves theresa may in a very difficult position. she is trying to keep the tory party together, bridge differences within her cabinet and sell her chequers proposal to a sceptical eu. today theresa may tried to reassure her critics
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in the conservative party by dismissing calls for a second referendum on the final brexit deal as a gross betrayal of democracy. but today a tory donor and former rolls—royce chairman joined the campaign for another brexit vote and there are now mps from all the main parties who back the idea. well, she's rattled. until recently she didn't talk about having a referendum on a final deal. she now knows that opinion is moving in favour of it. theresa may insists the chequers plan is the only one on the table but, with the eu and parliament sceptical, it may struggle to survive the autumn. and ben's live in westminister — big questions hovering over both the main parties as mps return this week. yes, michelle. mps are braced for a very stormy autumn. both the government and labour are fractured.
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there is a sense of rebellion in the air. it was labour's deputy tom watson who said last week that his party was deeply divided and engulfed in a sense of drift. he was speaking, of course, after the labourmp frank speaking, of course, after the labour mp frank field resigned the party whip in protest at how labour has handled the anti—semitism row that has completely dominated labour's summer. i do think the decisions that labour makes this week on whether or not to adopt in full, including examples, the internationally recognised definition of anti—semitism will be absolutely critical in terms of how this row eyes out. there are a number of labourmps this row eyes out. there are a number of labour mps looking at that position, asking themselves whether oi’ position, asking themselves whether or not they have a place in the labour party still. i think that decision by the nec group will be critical in determining what they do. the tories, of course, are totally divided on brexit. the cabinet will sit round on tuesday to discuss progress, if there has been some, over negotiations in brussels, discuss what happens next. it is not, though, just brexiteer tories that feel that the chequers plan is
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rubbish and feel it is a sell—out. there are many tory mps that feel she should be suggesting a much closer economic relationship with the eu, that is what they are urging her to go for. you've heard about scepticism from michel barnier, which is fascinating and critical. he doesn't really buy the chequers proposals. even if theresa may manages to bring a deal back here, it remains very uncertain whether she can get that plan through parliament. for theresa may, this autumn isa parliament. for theresa may, this autumn is a complete political minefield and it promises to be a very turbulent couple of months. ben wright in westminster, thank you. hundreds of prison staff have been caught smuggling drugs, weapons and other banned items into jails in england and wales over the last six year. the new figures, which were obtained through a freedom of information request by the observer newspaper, show an 50% increase since 2012. ben ando reports. drugs, mobile phones, weapons, tobacco — all considered contraband in prison. friends, relatives, even drones used to be to blame, but increasingly the smuggling is by prison staff. figures from the ministry ofjustice
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show that over the last six years the number of prison workers found taking contraband into prisons in england and wales has gone up by more than half. in 2012, 45 prison staff were caught smuggling. but five years later, in 2017, that figure had gone up to 71. and the number of drugs finds has trebled, now running at an average of 35 every day. since 2010, the overall prison workforce has fallen by 7000 — that's nearly a fifth — despite a recruitment drive to bring in 2,500 new prison officers. some say that has caused a perfect storm of overworked, demoralised staff and under—occupied, vulnerable prisoners. the reduction in officer numbers obviously means there are fewer people to interdict the supply of drugs and find out who's behind it. but secondly, the absence of officers means the way of life for prisoners has become more and more restricted, which means you have a lot of bored and demoralised people for whom drugs offer
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a way out of the misery of the prison sentence. injuly prison inspectors found that wandsworth prison in london, the most overcrowded in britain, had stopped scanning visitors for drugs and other banned items due to a lack of staff. the same month a 25—year—old prison officer, lainie martin, was herselfjailed for smuggling contraband into forest bank prison in salford, greater manchester. prison bosses say these figures reflect the actions of a tiny minority, and the vast majority of prison staff are ha rd—working and honest. but coupled with record levels of violence, drug seizures and suicides, these figures will increases the impression of a prison service in crisis. ben ando, bbc news, at the ministry ofjustice. a 16—year—old boy has suffered serious and potentially life—changing injuries after being sprayed in the face with an unknown substance. police say the attack at the cribbs causeway shopping centre in bristol yesterday evening happened while the teenager was having a dispute with someone. the islamist militant group
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al shabab says it was responsible for a car bomb attack in somalia. a vehicle containing explosives was driven towards a government building in the capital mogadishu. three somali soldiers were killed and several schoolchildren were injured. the united states says it is cancelling $300 million of military aid to pakistan, accusing its government of failing to deal adequately with militant groups in the country. the us secretary of state is due to meet the new pakistani prime minister, imran khan, this week. 0ur correspondent chris buckler is in washington. what's the reason for this decision now? well, the us is very concerned about attacks by the taliban in afghanistan. it has been pretty explicit in blaming pakistan for giving militants safe haven, allowing them a place to plan, to plot and to organise. and there has
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been a long—running attempt by both the pentagon and the white house to try to get islamabad to take more forceful action against the afghan taliban and groups linked to it. that predates the current administration. but as you can imagine, donald trump himself has been rather vocal. he said that pakistan has ta ken been rather vocal. he said that pakistan has taken billions of dollars of american aid in return for what he called lies and deceit. this funding cut follows a number of other funding cuts that have taken place. it's a return for support and military security aid. nonetheless, the timing of it all seems very deliberate, with mike pompeo, the secretary of state, meeting the pakistani prime minister, imran khan, in the coming days. chris buckler in washington, thank you. video games which allow players to buy extra items or features while they're playing — so called in—game purchases — will have to carry a warning on their packaging from christmas. it follows concerns about children racking up debts while playing — as angus crawford explains. gaming and spending.
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matthew, who doesn't want to be identified, used to play 12 hours a day and paid out thousands of pounds. he worries about the effect on children. a lot of game companies will tell you this game is to be enjoyed but actually behind it is a very, very stringent business that's there to make lots and lots of money. so therefore they will target people young, get them into a game and then make them want to spend money in order to progress. and if they feel left behind, it then starts to affect them emotionally and psychologically. many games let players buy things like better guns, new characters or extra features, using real, not digital money. children can run up big bills, and some parents don't find out until too late. and now the european ratings body, pegi, has decided to act. from christmas, video game boxes will carry this new warning logo — but will it make any difference?
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if you have to buy the game and within the game to actually play the game and make the most fun out of that game, you have to spend a lot more money, i think the customer should be informed about that. so, yeah, i agree. all the games these days, everything comes with add—ons, you know, and in—app purchases, so it's a good idea to warn people but at the same time people should probably expect it anyway i think. gaming can seem more like gambling. and with regulators circling, this new warning is perhaps a sign of the industry taking action before it's forced to. angus crawford, bbc news. now for the real—life sport. 0ver twojohn watson at now for the real—life sport. 0ver two john watson at the now for the real—life sport. 0ver twojohn watson at the bbc sports centre. england have beaten india in their test series with a match to spare. they won the fourth test by 60 runs in southampton, moeen ali taking the key wicket of virat kohli, as the visitors threatened to chase down the target they needed to level the contest. james burford was watching.
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as the dust settled on a frantic morning session, england put their heads together. the target? seven wickets to win the series, but, formidable as ever, virat kohli set about frustrating england's bowlers. he may well earn man of the series, another box—office 50 from india's captain. a boxset of brilliant shots. running circles around the england attack. but in spinner moeen ali, england have a man full of his own tricks. perhaps where others failed, he would prevail? ali to kohli. coolly caught. india's talisman gone. cue the batting collapse. six wickets for just 43 runs, everything falling into england hands. until the most fitting of finales — sam curran, just 20 years old — that's got to feel good. taking an unassailable 3—1 lead with a match still to play, england have beaten the number one side in the world. james burford, bbc news. celtic say they'll investigate a crush at their stadium which left five people injured before today's old firm derby. sportscene and match of the day
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follows the news, so if you don't want to know any of the day's results, then avert your attention for the next few moments. brendan rodgers ended steven gerrard's unbeaten start as rangers manager, as celtic continued their dominance in the fixture. chris mclaughlin reports. a fixture that rarely needs a subplot got one anyway. linked by liverpool, now brought together and divided by glasgow. gerrard said he was ready for the toughest of tests but from the very start his players were battered by the champions and saved by the crossbar. it was the same after the break. a stunning save, crossbar, rangers breathe again. but eventually they buckled. claims for a foul were waved away. frenchman 0livier ntcham finally found a way past mcgregor, relief for a support spoiled by success, but fearful of a rangers revival. steven's done a good job in there so early on with his team, getting them organised,
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getting them hard to beat. 0bviously lots of numbers behind the ball so we had to be patient and find a way through it. but i think the scoreline probably doesn't really reflect our dominance in the game. it's as you were. rodgers and celtic roll on. chris mclaughlin, bbc news, glasgow. a banner was flown in protest at manchester united executive vice chairman ed woodward before today's match with burnley. after their worst start in 26 years, a section of the club's support expressed their discontent, labelling him a specialist in failure. goals from romelu lukaku in a 2—0 win will have lifted the mood. there were also wins for arsenal and watford — the latter matching liverpool and chelsea's perfect start to the season as they beat tottenham 2—1. saracens rounded off the opening weekend of rugby union's premiership with a 32 points to 21 victory over newcastle. nick tompinks with the last of his side's three tries. the defending championsjoin exeter and harlequins in securing maximum points in the first
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round of fixtures. and the four—time world champion lewis hamilton called his victory at the italian grand prix one of the best of his career. starting from third on the grid he passed both ferraris on their home track, firstly sebastien vettel as the two collided and then kimi raikonen, to move 30 points clear in the title race. there's plenty more on the bbc sport website tonight, including geraint thomas racing in the tour of britain and simon yates taking the overall lead in the vuelta a espana. mishal. it's a country with one of the lowest birth rates in the world, and now the government of singapore is introducing a number of novel measures to try and encourage people to have children. 0ur reporter katie silver explains what's on offer — and why it matters. young singaporeans enjoying a night out. all the tables, guys, do me a favour, when you rotate... speed dating is all the rage but here it being subsidised by the government as a way to get young people to meet.
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the government really wants to get guys and girls to get together. to form families. coming here i hope to increase my social network, i'm coming to make friends and hopefully i can meet someone who is suitable. these dating nights are just want of a number of solutions including tax breaks, baby bonuses and preferential housing that the government is using to combat the country's low birth rate. ivy and her husband are in the fourth cycle of ivf and half the costs were subsidised by the state. ijust get emotional. ijust start crying for no reason. it's also financially difficult. if we did not have a subsidy, we would not think of going to ivf. despite years of intervention, there is little progress in getting the country's birth rate up. it is partly down to women marrying
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later but the increasing cost of living here and cultural expectations that women will take care of ageing parents are also putting them off. it is these sacrifices that mean women like this one, who received government subsidised ivf, are still unlikely to have more than one child. i'm the sole caregiver of this baby. it's not easy for me and i'm really content with one. in just 18 years, singapore will shrink from having six workers for each elderly person down to just two and the consequences of this for the country's future are dire. fewer people of working age makes it harder for the economy to grow and they will face the increasing burden of having to pay for a growing number of elderly people. 0ne population expert said the reason government interventions aren't working is they don't get to the heart the problem. in singapore, you have about 17—18% of young people never married so that's one of the highest probably in the world
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in terms of singleness rates. you really need to think about why people are not getting married. but time is running out. policymakers are now targeting the other end of the age spectrum, getting older people to work longer. katie silver, bbc news, singapore. that's all this evening. now on bbc one its time for the news where you are. goodnight. hello, this is bbc news. the islamist militant group al shabab says it carried out a car bomb attack in somalia that killed at least three people. the attack happened in the capital mogadishu, when a car containing explosives was driven towards a local government building. three soldiers who stopped the vehicle from entering the compound died in the explosion, which also caused a nearby school to collapse.
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six children were among the 1a people injured. 0ur africa regional editor will ross reports. this was a powerful explosion that reduced buildings to rubble. a car wired up with explosives was driven towards the administration offices as employees were working inside. officials say three soldiers stopped the vehicle from entering the compound prompting the driver to trigger the explosion on the street. the soldiers who died, may well have saved many lives. but across the road the mosque was badly damaged, homes were destroyed and several children at a nearby school were caught up in the blast and rushed to hospital. translation: we were in the middle of our usual work when the explosion happened in front of our district office where the building was destroyed, i hid under the table. there was a lot of gunfire at the gate. someone called me to check if we were safe but when i came out
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i saw many people lying on the ground injured while others were dead. the islamist militant group al—shabab said it carried out the bombing. one of its most devastating attacks was last october, a truck bomb near the entrance to a hotel in mogadishu left more than 500 people dead. thejihadist group has been pushed out of somalia's urban areas but still carries out frequent bomb blasts especially in the capital. it often targets local officials in its effort to overthrow the internationally backed somali government. more than 20,000 african union peacekeepers are in somalia helping the government in the fight against al—shabab. by now those troops are meant to be scaling back and moving towards handing over the security of the country to somalia's own army, but after delays the handover is at least three years away. the bomb attacks showed just how serious the jihadist threat
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still is in somalia. firefighters are battling a huge fire at the famous littlewoods building in liverpool. authorities say six fire crews are at the scene of the art deco building, with an area measuring two hundred metres by 100 metres on fire from the first floor of the building upwards. there are no reports of any injuries at this stage. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. it has been another warm day out there, 26 celsius in north yorkshire. many saw some sunshine at some stage of the day, but the line share across parts of eastern england. unbroken sunshine in kent, cloudier in wales. the satellite picture shows we have seen some cloud around northern and western parts, particularly, this zone of cloud coming in is producing some
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rain across parts of northern ireland and scotland. gradually moving saga is —— further south east, reaching into parts of england and wales. northern ireland comes out with clearer skies, and north—west scotland also, temperatures dipping into single figures in some spots. clearer part of east anglia also into single figures, some mist and fog patches. a warm night to come. this area of cloud and our picture of rain still with us in the morning, more persistent and heavy rain affecting pa rt persistent and heavy rain affecting part of eastern scotland, north—east england for a time. it extends from eastern scotland, northern italy, midlands and italy southwest, further south it should be dry and brighter. there will still be lots of sunshine is to east anglia in south—east england, more cloud compared with today. temperatures edging towards the mid—20s. cooler day i this weather front of cloud and outbreaks of rain, much cooler in eastern scotland compared with
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today. the other violent and north—west scotland, even with sunny spells, also feeling cooler and fresher. the wind is lighter tomorrow. this weather front is in no hurry to move its way south eastwards, slowly continuing on monday and tuesday, cooler air continuing to follow. again a very slow process, blue covering more northern england and wales at the stage. along this weather front, not a great deal left on tuesday, and there may still be hints of 21,000 as to the south of it, but elsewhere temperatures dropping back to the mid—to upper teens. things are fairly quiet made the week, but the action starts later in the week, we will see an area of low pressure developing close to the uk, keeping the cool weather and producing some rain in places. hello.
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this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment, first the headlines. the former prime minister, gordon brown, has called for labour to adopt the internationally recognised definition of anti—semitism. he said the party must act now or undermine its values. the prime minister has insisted she will not be pushed into compromises on brexit that are not in the national interest. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, has said he strongly opposes parts of theresa may's chequers plan. hundreds of prison staff have been caught smuggling drugs, weapons and mobile phones into jails in england and wales. the number of staff found taking contraband into prisons has risen by more than 50% in the past six years. video games that allow players to make in—game purchases are to have warnings on their packaging. the icon, which will feature a hand holding a credit card,
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