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though a key sticking point remains. she tells mps the issue of northern ireland is still not resolved and calls for the party to hold together to try to reach a solution. serving our national interest will demand that we hold our nerve through these last stages of the negotiations, the hardest part of all. the conservative party has spent the past two years arguing with itself, instead of negotiating a sensible deal in the public interest. mrs may faces challenges on all sides this week. will her performance today do anything to strengthen her position? also tonight, new images of the saudi journalist murdered in istanbul, as the rulers of saudi arabia offer their condolences to his son. from a fit 19—year—old student to being paralysed and brain damaged. three police officers are found guilty of lying about the night he was arrested. the thousands of homeowners trapped in high—interest mortgages when the government sold off their northern rock loans. and a man who had all four limbs amputated after an infection
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trains to scale one of africa's hghest mountains. and coming up in sportsday later in the hour on bbc news, ronaldo's return — we'll have the latest ahead of manchester united's champions league match againstjuventus. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. at the start of what could be another very difficult week for the prime minister, theresa may has told mps in a packed and noisy house of commons that 95% of the deal to leave the eu is done. and she's outlined once more her interim proposals to deal with the remaining sticking point — the issue of the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. mrs may says neither plan would be put in place indefinitely
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but would allow time for a solution to be found. the labour leader has accused mrs may of kicking the can down the road and says it's time for her to allow labour to take over. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. whistles and motorbikes can't clear the way. the prime minister and entourage can't just speed the way. the prime minister and entourage can'tjust speed past fundamental obstacles. after a roadblock in brussels, chatter about theresa may's future is serious talk. why is there such a fuss now? these are crucial days in the brexit talks, more and more mps are unhappy about the compromise the prime minister is making, and more and more of them are losing faith she is the right person to do the job. but at this stage, theresa may has little choice but to dig in. the brexit talks are not about my interests, they are about the
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national interest, and the interest of the whole of the united kingdom. serving our national interest will demand that we hold our nerve through these last stages of the negotiations, the hardest part of all. their brexit negotiations have the a litany of missed deadlines, shambolic failure, and now they are begging for extra time. we have had two one half years watching the tories failure to negotiate. now even the prime minister doesn't have confident she can negotiate a deal by december 2020. the deep unhappiness in the tory ranks on display. the government's policy is us display. the government's policy is us to be ina display. the government's policy is us to be in a transition period, a never—ending transition period to a destiny that is completely unknown, over which we have no say and no control, and that is something that nobody voted for. it is now two years, over two years since the
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referendum, and we have agreed that we will not regain of our laws, controls, borders and money for over four years. does she understand that for many that is already too long? does the prime minister know where we are going? there are hurried conversations about who should be in charge going on. good morning, good morning. who was he talking to this morning? would you want the prime minister to resign if a hard border couldn't be avoided? one minister told me there hasn't been leadership from theresa may. loyal colleagues are facing those kinds of questions. brexiteers ona those kinds of questions. brexiteers on a day trip to brussels insist they are playing nice. would you give your full they are playing nice. would you give yourfull support they are playing nice. would you give your full support to the prime minister? i have always done, i am an ex leader, my prime minister get my full support. you are fully behind her, we have got article 50 past, the withdrawal act passed, and now what we want to see is this end
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arrangement, and what we have to do now is catch a train! the prime minister has not much choice but to keep going for now, but focusing on the journey keep going for now, but focusing on thejourney might keep going for now, but focusing on the journey might not avoid an eventual crash. the prime minister is under attack from all sides, not least own, she still talking in the house of commons while we are on—air — is she helping her position at all? she has had a tough afternoon in the house of commons, but not a disastrous one, and ifanything, of commons, but not a disastrous one, and if anything, the mood has been a little bit more muted than some of the screaming headlines in the newspapers in the last couple of days. but, you know, trying to get brexit three was like the prime minister walking a tightrope across the grand canyon in a hurricane, and what we are seeing some of her couege what we are seeing some of her college trying to make it even harder by trying to shake the rope. privately, there are quite a lot of mps saying that the prime minister should go. there are some of them who have been putting in letters to try to trigger a leadership contest,
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but it does not at this stage feel to me that she is absolutely at the edge of the precipice. certainly, there is deep, deep discontent, a lot of concern, but it does not feel yet, ina lot of concern, but it does not feel yet, in a very febrile situation, that she is suddenly going to be pushed from office by members of her own party. that said, the compromise is that she is having to make over brexit, inevitable perhaps, but the decisions she is making assertively putting her in political peril. laura at westminster, thank you. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, is due to update the commons this evening on the government's response to the murder of the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. it follows the latest admission by the saudi foreign minister that he was killed in the country's consulate in istanbul three weeks ago. the saudi authorities described it as a terrible mistake and the work of a "rogue operation". here's our diplomatic correspondent james landale. these are the latest pictures of
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jamal khashoggi and his fiancee just hours before he was murdered. arriving at his flat in istanbul, shortly before his ill—fated visit to the saudi consulate almost three weeks ago. today, the investigation into his death continued, turkish police finding a car belonging to the saudi consulate abandoned in an underground car park. all eyes now are on president erdogan of turkey. he's promised to reveal the naked truth about the murder tomorrow. today, his spokesman said it was no accident. translation: we are faced with a situation in which a murder has been brutally planned, and a lot of effort has been made to cover it up. when we look at it from this point of view, it is a very complex murder. and these new pictures seem to show part of that cover—up. a man who left the saudi consulate appearing to wear clothes similar to
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mr khashoggi, a body double in a fa ke mr khashoggi, a body double in a fake beard, according to turkish sources, to give the impression the journalist had left the consulate ally. earlier, saudi officials said the de facto ruler, crown prince be —— mohammad bin salman, had called mr khashoggi's family to offer his condolences. but that didn't stop the international backlash growing. today, yet more business leaders pulled out of a big conference in riyadh tomorrow, and the world is still looking for answers. riyadh tomorrow, and the world is still looking for answerslj riyadh tomorrow, and the world is still looking for answers. i am sure the whole house willjoin me in condemning the killing ofjamal khashoggi in the strongest possible terms. we must get to the truth of what happened. but pressure is growing on her government to take a tougher line. so what action could the uk take against saudi arabia? it could impose diplomatic pressure by withdrawing the british ambassador. it could be more critical of the controversial saudi led military campaign in yemen. they could be sanctions against specific
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individuals linked to the khashoggi murder. or britain could even stop selling arms to saudi arabia. but all that will wait until turkish investigators reveal what they think happened, how a man looking to get married went with his fiancee to get the papers he needed and was never seen again. james landale, bbc news. our correspondent sebastian usher is in the saudi capital, riyadh, for us. this case is making headlines around the world, though it remains to be seen what action governments may take against saudi arabia. how damaging is this for the ruling family? i think you see the damage more from outside and inside, people in saudi arabia are really not going. saudi arabia are really not going. saudi arabia has never been the sort of place where you can do that, mr khashoggi was one of those who try to speak out and found that he could no longer stay in the country and do so. no longer stay in the country and do so. that is why he left a year ago. but from what i've heard, and this is not from people since i've been here, but before i came, from
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exiles, they were essentially saying that people now are afraid notjust of what they say but what they think, and that is quite a big change in saudi arabia, not that there wasn't repression before, but it wasn't at this level. but being here, it feels very different. i have been at the conference today, the day before it starts, at this incredible hotel, the ritz—carlton, very, very lavish, it is all going to go ahead, lots of delegates, attendees, hundreds and hundreds of them, and what they have all been telling me, the people who are coming, not the keynote speakers, not the heads of companies, the people who go a bit under the radar, they are saying this is a blip, they have to be pragmatic, they are looking to the future, they are hoping this will not destroy the relationship they have built up with the saudis, or the future they can build on. they are hoping that business can still be done at this conference, and that is certainly the mood that you get there, but it may be a bit of an expensive bubble in the desert. sebastian usher in riyadh, thank you. three police officers have been found guilty of lying about the how they dealt with the aftermath
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of a fight outside a bedford nightclub five years ago which left a 19—year—old student paralysed and brain damaged. julian cole will need 24—hour care for the rest of his life. a fourth officer was found guilty of misconduct. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. julian cole was studying for a degree in sports science and had ambitions to be a coach, or a pe teacher. it's not easy to see you. that all ended when he was 19, and on a night out with friends. julian was left severely brain damaged and paralysed after he was arrested and restrained, following an incident at a nightclub involving bouncers and the police. he broke his neck, and badly damaged his spinal cord. he's now in a permanent vegetative state. today, his family saw three bedfordshire police constables dismissed from the force for lying over what happened on the nightjulian was arrested. this tribunal decision makes it clear that not only do the officers lie about events involving julian,
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they show an inhuman indifference to his welfare. these officers weren't facing disciplinary proceedings over julian cole's injury. what was under scrutiny was whether they carried out proper welfare checks on him and whether they told the truth about events that night. part of the evidence given by one officer, hannah ross, was described as totally unconvincing. her colleague, sanjeev kalyan, changed his story as well. a third officer also found to have lied was nicholas oates. this is cctv ofjulian cole being dragged into a police van. he was complaining that his neck hurt. the officers had all lied that he had been able to move his legs. he was taken to a police station, rather than a hospital. it's very clear that the panel found no evidence that the officers had contributed to mr cole's injuries.
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what the misconduct panel have found, however, is that the officers acted without the honesty and integrity that i would expect them to, and nor did they conduct the welfare checks that i would have wanted them to. and for that i do apologise. the family say they still want to see someone held accountable in the criminal courts. it's only then, they believe, they will have gotjustice forjulian. june kelly, bbc news. an inquest has heard that a fire which killed a father and five of his children started near a log burner. david cuthbertson and his children died when the blaze tore through theirfarmhouse in powys back in october 2017. police said three of his other children managed to escaped the fire but have been left suffering "significa nt trauma". a man has pleaded guilty to murdering samantha eastwood, a 28—year—old midwife who was found buried in a shallow grave in staffordshire in august.
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michael stirling, who's related to miss eastwood's ex—fiance, denied that her murder had been premeditated. here's our midlands correspondent sima kotecha. samantha eastwood, a friend, a sister, a much loved daughter. today, this man, 32—year—old michael stirling, pleaded guilty to murdering her after a row that quickly escalated. the court was told the two were having a long—standing affair and that stirling is the brother—in—law of her ex—fiance. samantha eastwood lived in this house in stoke—on—trent, and it was here where stirling killed her after a bout of intense rage. she was reported missing in late july. eight days passed before the police found her body. she is my best friend and partner in crime. at the time, her sister made an emotional plea. this afternoon, her family watched him via video link from the public gallery. they have been through hell,
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he has lied to them, he has lied to the police. they haven't known what to think, who's telling the truth. it's been a roller—coaster, an emotional roller—coaster for them. i think that is why today is such a significant moment for them. samantha, on the left, was last seen leaving royal stoke hospital after a night shift on the 27th ofjuly. and then, days later, her body was discovered buried in a shallow grave in rural staffordshire. it was wrapped in a duvet, with tape covering her mouth and eyes. through his lawyer, stirling said he was deeply sorry. he was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in december. sima kotecha, bbc news, stoke—on—trent. the time is quarter past six. our top story this evening. the prime minister tells the commons that 95% of the deal to leave the eu is done, though the irish border remains a sticking point. coming up — morrisons faces a hefty
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pay out after the appeal court rules it is liable for a data breach by a former employee. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, we'll hear from jose mourinho — the manchester united manager has his say ahead of a mouthwatering champions league match againstjuventus. thousands of homeowners thought they had been saved when the government took over their mortgages during the financial crisis. but ten years on, some 65,000 former northern rock customers are still trapped on high interest rates since their mortgages were taken over by an aggressive private equity fund called cerberus two years ago. panorama has discovered that cerberus told the government before the sale it planned to offer homeowners better mortgage deals but they haven't. and so far the government hasn't held cerberus to account. andy verity reports. it's lovely and bright in here, isn't it. yeah. lisa and mark elkins
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are selling their home of 15 years. despite taking on extra jobs and borrowing from family and friends, theyjust can't keep up with mortgage payments, of nearly £2,500 a month. i love the neighbours and i love the house and everything, but it's become like a rock around my neck, that, you know, you feel like you're sinking and you can't get up. and i can't have that no more. the elkins took out their mortgage with northern rock. when the government bailed out the bank, thousands of homeowners like them were trapped on interest rates of about 5% — around three times the best market rate. they've been paying over the odds for years. if you'd had a competitive mortgage, this is what you might have been charged in interest. oh, really. and this is the difference. add that up, over ten years, £30,000. that would have made a difference. we wouldn't have been forced to have taken on loans from family, borrowing from this, that and the other, and struggling.
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in 2015 the government announced it was selling the former northern rock mortgages to an american private equity company called cerberus. panorama's discovered that cerberus, based in this building in mayfair behind me, told the government it was planning to offer homeowners better mortgage deals. but that simply never happened. regulators said cerberus couldn't offer any new mortgages until it put the right systems and people in place. nearly three years later, the company still hasn't done that. which means homeowners like adrian and rachel are still stuck on high interest rates. it's a big additional cost. we've added it up. that's the extra you've paid. yeah. 20 grand over ten years. it's completely... well, it's just daylight robbery, isn't it. i got into my business to progress it and make things better
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for me and my family, and that kind of money would make a massive difference. cerberus say they're good corporate citizens, committed to compliance with the strongest ethical standards and all regulatory requirements. the treasury approved the sale, but so far no—one in government has taken responsibility, and the private equity company continues to make big profits from the high interest rates. andy verity, bbc news. and you can see more on that story in panorama: trapped by my mortgage — tonight on bbc one at 8.30. president trump says thousands of central american migrants making their way towards the united states is "a national emergency", and that he has alerted the us military. the group — who originally set off from honduras in search of a better life — are currently travelling through mexico. mr trump said he would cut aid to three central american countries which he's accused of failing to stop the migrant caravan. morrisons could face an unprecedented pay—out
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to over 5,000 employees — it's lost an appeal which means staff may be entitled to compensation after their personal data was posted online. a former employee of the supermarket chain posted details of staff addresses and bank accounts online in 2014. andrew skelton was jailed for eight years but for the first time, the employer , in this case morrisons, has also been found liable. our business correspondent emma simpson is here. this has implications notjust for morrisons but potentially for any company where an employee decides to post personal data. as it stands this ruling has huge implication for any business or organisation that holds sensitive data on their employee, because if there is a criminal data breach by a rogue employee, then they could be held criminal, legally liable, now this is the first data leak class action of its kind. basically what happened we after andrew skeleton‘s
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c011 happened we after andrew skeleton‘s con viccion a group of round 5,500 employees started legal action against the company for compensation, they claimed that morrisons was reliable for the release of the information because despite his criminality, he was accusing in the course of his employment. that was the key, now all the way along morrisons said we shouldn't be held responsible for the actions of a rogue employee and no—one suffered a direct financial loss as a result. but they lost the ruling today. of course morrison's might suffer direct financial loss asa might suffer direct financial loss as a result of this. this could cost them million, because it is not the 5,500 alone in this group, there we re 5,500 alone in this group, there were 94,000 additional people who had their data leaked online, so they could join in. but morrison's is determined to take this to the supreme court, so this case has still potentially a long way to run before we even start arguing over
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levels of compensation. thank you emma. the radio two drivetime show with simon mayo and jo whiley is going to end afterjust a few months on air. after eight years of hosting the show, simon mayo is leaving the station altogether to focus on his writing. jo whiley will remain a presenter at radio 2, but will move to a later slot. a man who had all four of his limbs amputated after suffering a severe bacterial infection has begun training to climb one of africa's highest mountains. alex lewis from hampshire will climb the ras dashen mountain in ethiopia using a specially designed pedal buggy that he powers with prosthetic arms. he says he's doing it to help raise awareness of disabilities in africa, as duncan kennedy reports. when alex lewis had all his limbs amputated, he struggled to find purpose with life. but this is alex now. with this ground—breaking buggy, he's now training to go up one of africa's highest mountains. so far so good. the buggy is powered
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by alex's rotation action, which creates electrical energy in the back wheels, that in turn pushes him forward. we will get to the top of the mountain somehow, whether i have to shuffle up the last 300 metres, whether we have to be hoisted up, it doesn't matter, we will make it to the top of the mountain, by hook or by crook. the buggy can climb gradients of 30%. well, even though we're on salisbury plain, the terrain here is similar to that they're going to be finding on the mountain in ethiopia, and although the buggy can go 35mph, they‘ re expecting to go much slower when they get there. but sometimes it's not all plain buggying. i'm stuck. one minor problem for the southampton university students who designed it for alex. alex isjust such an inspiration, and the fact i'm going with him and i'm going to see this all first hand, i mean it's going to change my life.
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it's going to forever remain with me, and i don't know, it's just unreal. let's go rock climbing. but the buggy can't take alex the whole way up the mountain. he'll also have to climb the last bit, which means another challenge. i never thought i'd been in a position where i was going to learn to mountain climb. but it's not easy. and a few minutes later, comes this. what's it like up the top? it's amazing. it's brilliant. reaching the top brings a moment of euphoria. that was brilliant. for a man who's seen the bottom. the ras dashen mountain in ethiopia is 4,500 metres tall. it will take alex and his team two weeks to reach the summit. one buggy, several ropes, and endless will power propelling this extraordinary man to the top. duncan kennedy, bbc news. after a short rest from royal
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duties, the duchess of sussex has rejoined her husband for a walkabout on fraser island off the coast of queensland. the couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, are on a 16 day tour taking in australia, new zealand, fiji and tonga. time for a look at the weather... here's nick miller not so sunny in the days to come. you know how it has been so warm, you know what is coming, there is a change to colder weather on the way, after what was a glorious weekend and temperatures up to 20 celsius. in scotland, and southern england, the end of but we have had lots of change in the forecast. looking ahead at what is coming up. you can see a bit of snow in northern hill, that is what is on the way as temperatures take a
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dip at the end of this week, this weekend will be different. high pressure though in control at the moment, and that means, it is all quiet out there, away from northern scotla nd quiet out there, away from northern scotland where we are seeing heavy rain and strong winds, gusts 60, 70mph in the northern isles and that rain eases in shetland, along with the wind. the breeze picks up elsewhere. in chilly in southern england with patchy mist and fog. not too much. tomorrow we still see a feed of rain running into western scotland, where it is windy, specially in the hill, northern england too. gusts round 50mph. best of the sunshine in the south and east, which will take temperatures up east, which will take temperatures up to round 18 degrees in aberdeenshire, so there is still a bit of warmth to be i had. this is the picture for wednesday now, most place also be dry. the rain in western scotland will be easing along with the breeze. by thursday we are still pretty much in the same boat. a bit more cloud round. notice this area of rain to the north. that is the game—changer, late thursday into friday, because it is this which is a weather front which moves
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south and sweeps away mild air in place across the uk as we see the blue coming down, across the british isles, the air turning round to a northerly strengthening too, it is coming in from the arctic and there will be a few wintry shower, remember that picture earlier, here it is again, the hills of northern britain, northern england and scotland, maybe wales later in the week. there will be some sunny spells too but it is the feel of the weather that will be so much different and particularly in the strength of that northerly wind, we expect daytime temperatures just to be in single figures, last weekend round 20 degree, and that threat of some wintriness in the forecast as well. all change, an early taste of winterton way. fiona, i hope we can still a reminder of our top story... the prime minister has told the commons that 95% of the deal to
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leave the eu is done, though the irish border remains a sticking point. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may has been updating the commons on her negotiations with the eu. it comes amid condemnation of the violent language used against her by some of her own tory mps. 95% of the withdrawal agreement and its protocols are now settled. there is one real sticking point left, but a considerable one, which is how we guarantee that, in the unlikely event our future relationship guarantee that, in the unlikely event ourfuture relationship is not in place by the end of the implementation period, there is no ritalin to a hard border between ireland and northern ireland. claims that saudi arabia used a body double to try and fool the world — after murdering the journalist jamal khashoggi. a man pleads guilty to the murder of midwife samantha eastwood, whose body was found in a shallow grave. rya nair says it's called
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in the police after one of its passengers was filmed racially abusing a disabled black woman. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday, but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. as early voting begins in many florida counties, we look at whether democrats can turn hispanic voters their way ahead of the mid—term elections in november. we'll get some more reaction on what's being called the "vile and dehumanising" language directed at the prime minister. we'll speak to the sister of the murdered mpjo cox. and we'll also be taking a look at tomorrow's papers.
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