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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11: the prime minister arrives in salzburg to present her brexit plan to eu leaders. she said the eu "will need to evolve its position" in order to make brexit a success. either leave this is the right proposal because it maintains frictionless trade. —— i believe. it is the only credible and negotiable plan that delivers no hardboard at in northern ireland and delivers on the vote of the british people. —— ha rd the vote of the british people. —— hard water. —— hard border. two people have died, as storm ali brings winds of up to 100 miles an hour to ireland and parts of the uk. bbc news has learned that a review into maternity errors at shrewsbury and telford nhs trust is now examining more than 100 cases. also this hour — the government announces plans to make an extra £2 billion available to build more affordable social housing in england from 2022. theresa may said the proposals aim
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to remove the stigma around living in social housing and improve the quality of new developments. and in football, manchester city suffer a shock defeat in their opening champions league match against lyon at the etihad stadium. and at half past eleven we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers mihir bose and asa bennett. stay with us for that. good evening. a brexit deal is still far away, according to jean—claude juncker, president of the european commission. he was speaking at the eu summit taking place in austria, where theresa may has this evening been presenting her case for a deal based on the plans drawn up by the cabinet at chequers earlier this summer.
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officials say that there remain serious differences over trade and the future of the irish border. mrs may said tonight that the eu needed to show readiness to compromise, as britain had. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has the latest. stuck, looking for a way out. the prime minister and other leaders have eight weeks to agree what happens to northern ireland after we leave. her plan says... it is the only credible and negotiable plan on the table that delivers no hard border in northern ireland and also delivers on the vote of the british people. but what we cannot accept is seeing northern ireland carved away from the united kingdom customs territory. but the eu club's plan is very different.
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they say northern ireland might have to follow eu rules if the big brexit deal cannot be done. i don't think we are any closer to the withdrawal agreements than we were in march. so i can't report any progress at this stage unfortunately, but we will keep on working on it. what if the eu doesn't budge? then united kingdom will have to. they will have to explain how we leave. the so—called chequers deal, they don't like how parts of our economy would stay closely tied to the eu to disrupt against disruption and then going back to an old—fashioned border in ireland, like those of years ago. these talks were always going to be complicated, but at summit, after summit, the biggest obstacle always becomes what happens 1000 miles away from here. when we leave the european union,
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the border between northern ireland and the rest of the island will become the line between europe's huge trading club and another country, the uk, on the outside. the two sides in the talks have very different ideas over how to handle the change. and despite lots of chatter about tweaks from the eu negotiator, or tucks at home, there's no question, the tussle over the irish border is a very real block on progress. some of prime minister may's proposals from chequers indicate a positive evolution in the uk's approach, as well as a will to minimise the negative effects of brexit. on other issues, the uk's proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated. today, there is perhaps more hope, but there
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is surely less and less time. the prime minister hopes by asking her peers directly, they will budge. they believe, in time, she will realise she has to move, but with a time set for deal day, something or someone, will have to give. laura kuennsburg, bbc news, salzburg. 0ur europe editor katya adler is in salzburg, and said that in the current stage of negotiations, both sides are waiting for the other to back down first. we did hearfrom donald tusk, he said he is the host of the summit and the leader of the european council and he said that we are currently now in a very decisive phase of negotiations at. of course, he is absolutely right because under eu law, the time allowed for a member state who wants to lead to negotiate its departure is fast running out. so the leaders here to wa nt to running out. so the leaders here to want to hear from theresa may what
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arguments cheek and have. she is speaking to them for ten minutes tonight and really what we are witnessing now, as the backs go firmly against the wall, is a big game of chicken, or with each side convinced each other is go to back down first. eu leaders here that i believe they hold all the cards. but theresa may has a big car to play and she is waiting it at the summit and she is waiting it at the summit and that is the threat of a no deal. she says on those sticking points, the irish border and the state of future economic relationships between the eu and the uk, you become towards me or there could be no deal at all this autumn. she knows the eu wants a deal because a no deal scenario would be extremely expensive and chaotic for eu businesses as well as the uk's. two people have died after storm ali swept across ireland and parts of the uk, with winds gusting to over 90 miles an hour. a woman died after a caravan was blown off a cliff, and a man in his 20s has been killed by a falling tree.
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scotland and the north—east of england have also been affected, with disruptions to transport and electricity, as our correspondent emma vardy reports. a casualty of the extreme weather which lashed the west coast of ireland. early this morning, police received reports of a caravan blown onto a beach in county galway. the body of a woman in her 50s was recovered, believed to be a tourist visiting from switzerland who'd been asleep inside. as the storm ravaged northern ireland, a near miss for this driver in lisburn, just south of belfast. the treacherous conditions, forcing more quick thinking, this time from a ryanair pilot, just metres from the runway, aborting a landing at dublin. and obliteration of a hospitality tent in scotland at st andrews, hampering preparations for next
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month's european tour golf event. powerful winds wrenched a cruise ship from its moorings at greenock port in inverclyde. the nautica had to be secured at sea by tugs. and a major incident was declared in dumfries and galloway, after people were injured by flying debris. the danger became ever more apparent. a man was killed by a falling tree, and another injured in county armagh, as northern ireland recorded its strongest ever winds in september. more than 2000 homes and businesses lost power, as branches fell on houses and cars. i heard a thud over the back of my roof, which i was a bit worried about. but it was smaller type branches. it was only about five minutes later i went out to the front and i noticed all the big branches down. dozens of routes around belfast were closed as debris blocked the way. there's two large trees that have come down across this road, taking the power lines with them,
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and there's now teams working on site here and across the country to clear up some of the damage that storm ali has caused. we're still experiencing extreme gusts of winds and more problems are occurring. we definitely do at this stage expect to be working through the night and into tomorrow and having customers off supply into tomorrow at least. tonight, many homes are still without power. but with the worst of the storm and are believed to have passed, the clear—up operation is well under way. emma vardy, bbc news. a review into deaths and injuries to mothers and babies at shrewsbury and telford nhs trust, is now looking at more than 100 cases. the bbc has learned that tens more families have come forward in the past month, saying mistakes made by maternity staff led to babies dying unnecessarily, or suffering life—changing injuries between 2000 and 2017. and regulators have today raised serious concerns about the trust's current maternity services.
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0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan has the story. two children born one year apart. two toddlers now finding their way in the world. two people whose parents fear might have been affected by maternity errors. demarai al assan will soon turn three. he doesn't communicate, he doesn't talk, he doesn't walk. when his mother tracy was 28 weeks pregnant, a scan revealed a problem with his skull. but despite the known concern, staff encouraged her to have a natural birth. it didn't work, she needed an emergency caesarian. experts have repaired his skull and insisted it is not the cause of his delayed development. why did you let me try a natural birth when you knew that there was something wrong with his head?
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it could have been a completely different story, you know, but they took that risk and i feel that he is to suffer. sofia—lily will soon turn two. she was born prematurely at 27 weeks and needed support to breathe. but a mistake was made inserting a feeding tube. sofia—lily needed to be resuscitated. the trust failed to tell her parents about the incident for days. so james and cecelia wonder if her delayed development is due to being born early or medical errors. she might not be here now, you know, if she hadn't have fought the way she did and put up a fight. we still don't know. we do know the damage that could have been for. there is no notes of how long her
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brain was starved of oxygen. if there is no notes of anything. the trust wouldn't comment on either family, but we have learned 104 cases are the subject of an independent review into maternity services here. more than 100 families alleging their child died or suffered harm due to mistakes. not every family will have been failed by this trust. it is sadly the case that some babies die for reasons that are neither predictable nor preventable, but the sheer number of people coming forward suggests that for years, scores of families have been unhappy with the care they have received here. in a statement the trust said: but the problems aren't simply historical. today, the regulator, care quality commission raised
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concerns aboutthe current maternity service. for those families who have long suspected the trust had made mistakes, it is little comfort that maternity problems remain. an inquest into the westminster bridge attack has heard how khalid masood told his children he was "going to die fighting for god". the 52 year—old was shot dead after driving into pedestrians on the bridge, and fatally stabbing a police officer. five people were killed in the attack in march 2017. today, cctv images of his final movements before the attack were made public for the first time, as daniel sandford reports from the old bailey. khalid masood on the night before his attack on westminster bridge, buying his last evening meal at a fish and chip shop in brighton. he'd been known as a violent man in his 20s and 30s and had been arrested for shoplifting at just 1a. but he'd been more settled since converting to islam in prison.
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that was about to end. his first preparations had been in a birmingham tesco, 13 days before the attack. here, he bought the two large sabatier carving knives with which he stabbed pc keith palmer to death. a week later, at enterprise car hire, he rented his other weapon, the hyundai 4x4, which he used to kill four pedestrians on the bridge. the inquest heard that in the months before the attack, khalid masood, had told his youngest children, "i'm going to die fighting for god". five days before, he'd gone to wales to see his mother and as he left he looked over his shoulder and said, "they will say i am a terrorist, i'm not". the next day, he did what police believe was a reconnaissance trip over westminster bridge, driving in the roadway where four days later, he would drive up the pavement, hitting tourists at speed. he spent the next four nights at hotels in brighton and here at cobham services
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on the m25, laughing and joking with the receptionist, but watching videos by so—called islamic state in his room. 0n the morning of the attack, he did a second reconnaissance run on the bridge. the attack itself that afternoon took 82 seconds. he killed two londoners, two tourists and a police officer who was guarding the house of commons. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. theresa may has announced plans to make an extra £2 billion available to build more affordable and social housing in england. councils, housing associations and other bodies can bid for the money for new projects from 2022. but local government leaders say it's not enough to deal with the shortage of homes. business correspondent colletta smith has spent the day with residents of the 0ulton estate in leeds. we love the area. kids have always been safe here. you know, it's like, "oh, you live on an estate?" you know, it could be a run—down estate, it could be...
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theyjust think of people as being rough, and maybe not working. not... people that don't have jobs. whereas most of the people on this estate are working. some are retired. they're just in low—paid jobs, so they can't afford to buy a house. more cash for social housing is something we've not heard for a long time. many people in society, including too many politicians, continue to look down on social housing and, by extension, the people who call it their home. so, today is a big change of tack from the government. an extra £2 billion for new social housing over the next ten years. but cindy and her neighbours are facing eviction at the moment, so they'd be added to the long list of people needing a home. there are so many people, we believe, on council housing, social housing lists now, then is this going to be enough? in the east of the city,
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some of these 500 houses at the seacroft hospital sites have already been handed over to social housing tenants. there is such a high demand on council waiting lists, on the choice—based letting systems for any local authority in yorkshire — and indeed nationally. so, the faster we can provide those homes, it's absolutely what we're about as a partnership developer and we really welcome this money. loads of people rent from a housing association or a local authority. in fact, nine million people are in social housing at the moment. that's17% of homes in england. the trouble is, there's a big waiting list too. more than one million people are waiting for some kind of social housing at the moment. today's money may encourage more social housing developments. but it won't be enough to cover the whole shortfall. colletta smith, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister arrives in salzburg to present her brexit plan to eu leaders,
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and says the eu needs to evolve its position to make a success of brexit. ireland and parts of the uk are battered by storm ali, leaving two people dead, including a woman who was blown off a cliff in a caravan in galway. bbc news has learned that a review into maternity errors at shrewsbury and telford nhs trust is now examining more than 100 cases. the rate of inflation increased again last month, it was up to 2.7% in august from 2.5% in july. the rise is partly due to higher fuel and travel costs. the government's target is 2%, as our economics correspondent andrew verity reports. this leicester—based food supplier makes its spring rolls, samosas and other frozen indian snacks by hand,
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but that means big labour costs, and it's also being squeezed by the energy prices. the raw material, like peas, carrot, that is less of a big pressure. electricity, just this time last year the price has gone up 20%. because we use electricity quite a lot because it's a frozen food business, that's something that's impacting us a lot. and the wages as well. that's increasing over time. but wages aren't rising fast enough for many workers to feel but wages aren't rising fast enough for many workers to feel obviously better off. yeah, i think so going up, prices are going up, yeah. so it's a bit difficult. i feel sometimes i feel very bad, everybody can't afford to buy all things. earlier this year, we had some good economic news. the squeeze on living standards had lifted. pay was finally rising faster than prices. meaning you could buy more what you were paid. that's still happening, but with inflation at 2.7%, onlyjust. in the year to august, gas bills rose by 4.3%. electricity was up 7.4 %,
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and petrol jumped by 11.7%. there is still a lingering effect from the fall in the pound after the brexit referendum, and we see that in terms of very high imported prices, so import price inflation is still around about 10% per annum. it's been hinted the government may raise fuel duty in the next budget. again, pushing up the price of petrol. 0n the markets, they're betting the bank of england will have to head off further inflation, with another rise in interest rates by may next year. andy verity, bbc news. the united states says it's ready to re—start talks with north korea over its nuclear weapons programme following commitments made by its leader, kimjong—un. at a summit in pyongyang, mr kim promised his south korean counterpart he'd permanently close a missile launch facility, overseen by international experts. 0ur correspondent laura bicker reports from seoul. pyongyang's games are meant to awe and inspire.
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usually it's because of their elaborate routines. but tonight, a special guest from the south earned the applause. president moonjae—in, the son of north korean refugees, has spent decades dreaming of this moment. translation: we have lived together for 5000 years and been separated for 70 years. i propose that we should completely end the past 70 years of hostility and take a big stride of peace, to become one again. cheering and applause the visit has brought a bit of a breakthrough. north korea has agreed to let experts watch a missile launch site being dismantled. mr kim said he would do more
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if the us also made concessions. translation: we have agreed to make the korean peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. but the deal doesn't go as far as the us had hoped. it doesn't mention the north's current nuclear arsenal, or if they'll even stop building weapons. but he may have done enough to persuade president trump to offer this peninsula a peace deal. "we'll meet again", sing the north koreans to this leader from the south. kim jong—un has said he'll visit seoul later this year, another first. this careful choreography has been designed to dazzle their visitor. he can only hope this show of warmth is not a smoke screen to hide the north's nuclear ambitions. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul.
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a look at some of today's other stories: three men have been hurt after a car struck several people outside a north london islamic centre. witnesses described hearing the driver shouting anti—islamic taunts at the muslim prayer centre in cricklewood. the met police said the incident is being dealt with as an islamophobic hate crime, but is not thought to be terror—related. an inquest has heard how a boy with a severe dairy allergy died after he was chased by another pupil who threw cheese down his t—shirt. karanbir cheema suffered a serious allergic reaction and went into anaphylactic shock at his west london school in june last year. another boy, who was 13 at the time, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged. tesco has unveiled a new brand of discount store,
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called jack's, which it hopes will compete with the likes of rival budget brands aldi and lidl. the new stores will have a smaller range of products than tesco, and a simplified design. the launch comes at a time when tesco is being squeezed by a possible merger between giants, sainsbury‘s and asda. in six months' time, britain will leave the european union. this week, across bbc news, we're looking at some of the questions being asked about brexit and what it means. tonight, our business editor simonjack looks at what could happen to businesses that buy and sell goods outside the uk. will we be richer or poorer? will it definitely happen? why haven't we left yet? how will trade work after brexit? trade in action at the port of felixstowe. when we talk about trade, we simply mean the amount we buy
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from and sell to the rest of the world. how will it be affected by brexit? well, to get an idea of where we're headed, it's worth taking a look at where we are now. ok, let's have a closer look. the uk sold £616 billion worth of goods and services to the rest of the world last year. of that, we sold 44% of them to the eu. now, we imported or bought £642 billion worth of stuff from the rest of the world and, of that, we bought 53% of it from the eu. so does that mean that they need us more than we need them? not really, because the eu, of course, is much bigger than the uk. of the eu's total exports, the uk made upjust 8%. so what happens next after brexit? well, this is the tricky bit. lots of options, lots of acronyms — eea, fta, wto. now, you can disappear down alleyways of complexity with all these different permutations, but the basic
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principle is this. the closer we stay to the eu, its market, its rules, it's regulations, the easier and cheaper it is to trade with the eu, but the harder it is to make new trade deals with some of the fastest—growing economies around the world. now, the government's preferred position, the so—called chequers deal, tries to tread a middle ground between all of that. they want no tariffs on goods, close cooperation on services, close alignment on rules, no free movement of people but, importantly, freedom to make our own trade deals. or we could just leave with no deal at all. clean break, fall back on world trade organization rules. you're then talking big tariffs on things like cars and meat. and this is the one that businesses fear. they think it would be the most disruptive and the most expensive. now, a lot of people say it's impossible to forecast what's going to happen in 15 years' time, and that's probably right. so let's forget about the numbers
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and consider this, some say. the uk already exports £100 billion worth of stuff to the us every year. there is no trade deal there. germany exports four times more than the uk does to china every year and manages to do that from within the eu. so do you need to leave the eu to do more trade with the rest of the world? this kind of crystal ball gazing is difficult. the government and other forecasters don't have a brilliant track record. but one thing seems widely accepted and intuitively right, and that is if you make trade with your nearest and biggest market more cumbersome and more expensive, that's got to result in an economic hit, at least in the short term. it may be decades before we really know whether leaving the european union was good or not for uk trade. simonjack there, and we'll carry on looking at other key brexit questions throughout this week,
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and you can watch the series so far on the bbc iplayer. just click on the news category. and we'll be taking an in—depth look in the papers with reviewers asa bennett from the daily telegraph, and writer and broadcaster mihir bose. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30pm. now it's time for the weather with helen willets. hello. wednesday brought with it the first named storm of the season, it battered the northern half of the uk's. it's moving away and will bring destructive weather to scandinavia but across our latitudes we keep the strong jet off the atlantic, bringing low pressure, delineating the fresh air in the north to the warm and humid air in the south and that is what will intensify our weather front through thursday. rain looks like the main concern by day on thursday, we could see up to 100 millimetres through
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some of the hills and mountains of wales and parts of england. warm and dry in the south, fresher to the north with more showers. 0n dry in the south, fresher to the north with more showers. on thursday night, a spell of windier weather than on wednesday in southern and eastern areas, potentially winds gusting up to potentially 65 mph in some exposed areas in southern and eastern areas. windier than wednesday here as this area of low pressure develops on the weather front. there could be rather windy weather for the north—east for a time, but that whisked out of the way on friday. a blustery start with some trees down, lots of branches and leaves brought down by the leaves. sunnies spells with scattered showers with a bristol north west to westerly wind. bird and noticeable change in the south will be... we have been seeing the high teens by night recently. friday brings with it the blustery north—westerly, that will gradually
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ease away to bring a ridge of high pressure into the weekend. saturday sta rts pressure into the weekend. saturday starts promising. lighter winds could mean mist and fog first thing and even a touch of grass crossed, but not long into the afternoon until the next band of rain approaches the south—west —— grasp rost. cornwall, devon, pembrokeshire by the end of plague —— grasp rost. not a bad day, temperatures average for the time of year —— end of plague —— grasp frost. there is uncertainty as to weather low pressure could sit —— grasp frost —— end of plague. stormy weather with heavy rain, more gales, possibly severe gales. it looks like saturday is the better half of the weekend weatherwise. temperatures again fairly inconsequential when you have the wind blowing a gale and all the wind around, but again it whisks out of the


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