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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm. 48 hours to the big parliamentary vote — theresa may warns mps a failure to deliver brexit would be "a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy." meanwhile, the leader of the opposition, jeremy corbyn, spells out what labour will do if the prime minister loses tuesday's vote. we will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it's going to be soon, don't worry about that. police question a man after 11—year old taylor schofield was killed in a hit and run collision in beswick in greater manchester. three people have been killed and a fourth is missing after an avalanche near the austrian ski resort of lech. and the travel show accompanies tony giles, a blind and deaf explorer visiting israel, as he travels around the world. good evening.
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theresa may and her ministers are making last—minute appeals for mps to support the eu deal that'll be put to the vote in the house of commons on tuesday. the prime minister warned today that the trust of voters in the democratic process is at stake if brexit is not delivered, whilejeremy corbyn says labour will table a vote of no confidence in the government "soon" after any defeat. our chief political correspondent, vicki young, reports. she bought herself more time by delaying this crucial brexit vote but theresa may has just two days to persuade mps to back her deal. so far there is little sign of growing support, but the prime minister continues to make her case. writing in the sunday express, she warned mps that if parliament stopped brexit it would be...
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the government is hoping for more reassurances from the eu on the terms of the uk's departure. the brexit secretary admitted the government faces a challenge to get its deal through. we're working hard with colleagues, we're working hard with eu leaders. the prime minister has been speaking to them in terms of the specific concerns we've heard, particularly on the issue of the backstop. after losing crucial votes in the commons, downing street now says it is worried that opponents of brexit could find a way to take control of parliamentary business. mr barclay said that should focus the minds of brexiteers. the uncertainty in terms of what will happen in the house has increased and so those on the brexiteer side seeking ideological purity with a deal are risking brexit. last week speakerjohn bercow made it clear that he has allowed mps to have their say on brexit, so an unpredictable political situation is now even more uncertain. even if mps can seize control
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of what is going on there in the house of commons, can they agree on an alternative to theresa may's plan? some want to stop a no—deal brexit, others want a different kind of deal or another referendum. will you win a confidence vote? so, what does the labour leader want? jeremy corbyn is against theresa may's deal and wants a general election. many in his party want another referendum. he though sounds reluctant. my own view is that i would rather get a negotiated deal now if we can to stop the danger of a no deal exit from the eu on the 29th of march, which would be catastrophic for industry, catastrophic for trade, and the long—term effects of that would be huge. we will do everything we can to prevent a no deal exit. the people's vote campaign group were out in force in sheffield this weekend — insisting support for another referendum is increasing. the liberal democrat leader thinks
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mps will assert themselves if the government loses on tuesday. parliament will take control of this process, will insist that we pursue the option of no brexit. it can happen in one of two ways. it can happen simply by cancelling article 50, which i think would be resented by lots of people, or it can happen by parliament saying actually we go back to the public to have the final say. it's hard to find anyone in westminster who thinks theresa may will win the vote. everyone is talking about plan b, but there is no agreement about what that is. and vicki young told us that although a few more conservative mps have this evening said that they will back theresa may's deal, she still has a difficult week ahead. she needs a lot, dozens of her own mps to change their minds. now there is some sign, there were a couple last week, there's a few more tonight who are saying they will now back her deal, but at the moment that is nowhere near enough, so she she needs something quite significant to
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change people's opinion. now there are suggestions that brussels might come forward with some kind of letter, giving some assurances about the withdrawal deal, particularly that very contentious issue about the northern ireland backstop, to stop a hard border between northern ireland and ireland. they will probably emphasise that that is only meant to be temporary, that neither side wants it to come into force at all. again, i'm not sure that's going to be enough to persuade very many — maybe a few, but not very many — so at the moment it feels like it is damage limitation, because if she can keep the defeat — can't believe i am saying this — below three figures, it means she can maybe give it another go. she could go back to brussels, ask for something more, and then maybe try again the week after. what she's trying to avoid of course is a defeat of 200 or more, but at the moment, you know, with labour saying they‘ re going to vote against it and so many on her own side upset by it, it looks like she is heading for defeat, and everyone is talking about it in those terms. 0k, well, in terms of her opponents, do we have some clarity on their next move?
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i mean, i think that's the only thing that's helping her — might help her as we go through this process, is that those who are against her deal do not agree on what they should do next, so there's all sorts of suggestions. parliament could seize control of the agenda, push through what they want but what do they want? there are some who want another referendum, but it was clear from jeremy corbyn today that is not what he want. there are others who want a closer relationship, so—called norway plus, so you know, the uk would stay in the european economic area, but again it is not enough to command a majority in the house of commons. and then you have the brexiteers who say the default legal position is that we leave without a deal. that is what is going to happen. but of course parliament has made it very clear it's not going to sit there and accept that, so at the moment probably the one thing that she's got going for her is that she has got a negotiated plan on the table, ready to go, and her opponents are divided about what they do next. so maybe that could help her, and i think she might stand up and say on tuesday, "ok, you voted against me deal but what you voting for?"
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they all think if they vote her deal down they will get what they want. well, they can't all be right, and so at the end, there will have to be compromise somewhere. that was vicki young. the family of an 11—year—old boy who was killed in a hit and run accident in manchester yesterday have paid tribute to him, saying he was a cheeky, handsome lad. taylor schofield was treated by paramedics at the scene, but died of his injuries in hospital. police are questioning a suspect. fiona trott reports. he was an 11—year—old boy, out playing on his bike. taylor schofield was treated at the scene but died a short time later. it happened here on albert street in beswickjust after 6pm yesterday. greater manchester police said they are trying to establish the full details of what happened. a grey volkswagen golf was abandoned nearby. they're asking anybody with information to come forward. today, people living in this close community came out to lay flowers,
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including members of taylor's family. friends and neighbours say they are devastated. it's heartbreaking, it's absolutely awful what's happened, it's absolutely devastating. my thoughts are with his family and obviously all the close friends and stuff that have been affected by it. it's absolutely devastating. the police investigation into what's happened here is still ongoing but people in the neighbourhood say this has been a dangerous road for years. how many lives have got to be taken before they step... ? they need bumps on this road to stop it. it's disgusting. something needs to be done. some of the children coming to pay their respects have been very young. a member of staff says taylor's school is making plans to support the pupils tomorrow. fiona trott, bbc news, greater manchester. two men have died in separate falls in the mourne mountains in northern ireland. the fatal incidents occurred within an hour of each other on sunday afternoon. police said they received a request for assistance after a male
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was reported to have fallen, and received another request after another man was reported to have fallen while walking. three people have been killed and a fourth is missing after an avalanche near the austrian ski resort of lech. austria has been hit by record snowfall in the past week, and there've been more than 20 weather related deaths across parts of the alps this month. 0ur correspondent, bethany bell, is in the austrian alps. weather conditions have been causing havoc in austria and across the alps in recent days. it has been extremely difficult for the authorities coped with the task of clearing away all of the snow. and in some places, the risk of avalanches is at its very highest level. there have been several confirmed deaths this weekend including three skiers in the ski resort. mountain regions in austria are used
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to snow but this is extreme. days of heavy snowfall are taking their toll. last night three skiers from germany were killed in an avalanche in lech. their bodies were found on a ski route that had been closed off because of the danger of avalanches. a fourth person is still missing. translation: yesterday evening we decided to cancel the search because it had become too dangerous. we know how the weather will develop so we can probably initiate the search again on wednesday. the risk of more avalanches is very high. some ski resorts and mountain villages have had to be evacuated. other areas are snowed in. these firefighters near the town of kleinzell in central austria are working round the clock to clear snow from homes and buildings. the snow is very heavy
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and there is a real risk this roof could cave in. translation: it is quite dangerous work. as you can see all the men are harnessed because you could easily slip off while coming down. the risk is relatively high. driving conditions are treacherous. it's a struggle to keep the streets clear. underneath this white blanket is a tarmac road. this area has not seen this much snow in well over a decade. in neighbouring germany, the army has been brought in to help clear the roads. and people here are bracing themselves for more. heavy snow is forecast over the next few days. bethany bell, bbc news, near kleinzell in the austrian alps. and injapan, a group of skiers who became stranded on a mountain in the iwate prefecture of northern japan had to be
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rescued by helicopter. four children were in the group of six who had to be airlifted to safety. a fourth person has died as a result of a massive gas explosion in paris. rescuers pulled the body of a woman from the rubble of a bakery in the centre of the city. two firefighters and a tourist from spain were also killed yesterday, with dozens injured and nearby apartments badly damaged. the partial shutdown of the us government over president trump's demands for funding to build a wall along the mexican border has entered its 23rd day. more than 800,000 workers haven't been paid, and today the president tweeted it was all the democrats fault. david willis reports. as the politicians wrangle, the tangible effects of the longest government shutdown in us history are on display. this, a food bank for some of the hundreds of thousands
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of government workers who are working but not being paid. most of all the shutdown is affecting me emotionally. i mean, we did not ask for this. i'm a veteran. i have served my country as well as working at the state department for over 35 years. pressure is building on president trump, as the latest opinion polls show more americans blame him and his party for the shutdown than the democrats. for his part, the president is making much of the fact that whilst he is here in washington, ready and willing to negotiate, democrat leaders are in puerto rico for a winter retreat and a fundraising performance at the musical hamilton. early this morning, he tweeted... the president has toyed with declaring a national emergency in order to get funding for his wall. but some senior republicans
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are urging caution. i would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal. the trickle—down effects of this dispute are being felt at places like this. miami international airport has been forced to partly close one of its terminals because of a shortage of staff. with air traffic controllers also caught up in the dispute, union officials are warning that the longer it goes on, the greater the chance that passenger safety could be compromised. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has arrived in saudi arabia as part of a tour of the middle east. it's a politically sensitive stop because of tension over the killing of the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. the us senate has blamed the crown prince, mohammed bin salman, for the murder. mr pompeo has not, but says he'll raise the issue. well, our washington correspondent,
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barbara plett usher, is in riyadh. earlier she explained mr pompeo would be bringing up the khashoggi case. it's something that mr pompeo says is an outrage, the killing, and the united states wants to see, get more facts about what happened, and also to make sure that those responsible are held fully accountable. now he has said there is no direct reporting about a link between mohammed bin salman and the murder, but he equally wants to raise the issue of making sure those who did carry it out will be punished, and the reporting has been, including from intelligence agents, that those in the crown prince's inner circle were involved. so i think these are the kinds of things he's going to be asking the crown prince and pressing him and other saudi officials to say, we want to see that those, that you're serious about punishing the people involved, that we also want to get more facts about what happened, because the state department has
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said before his visit they still don't believe that the explanation from the saudi government is entirely credible. and barbara, you have been talking to a senior member of the saud royal family, what was said? i talked with him about a number of issues related to mr pompeo‘s trip, but particularly one that has dominated, and that is this decision by president trump to pull us troops out of syria. mr pompeo has been trying to explain that to allies where ever he has visited, and the saudis had quite a lot invested in supporting rebels in that conflict, and they wanted to have a strong us presence, and now they see that mr trump is pulling those us troops out, the ones that are there, never that many to begin with. so i spoke to a senior member of the royal family, prince faisal, and i asked him what he thought about that decision to pull out of syria, and this is what he said. the us's actions from my perspective is that it is going to further complicate the issue,
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rather than find any solutions to it, and it will further entrench not only the iranians but also the russians and bashar al—assad, so that, from that perspective, of course, it is a very negative development. and mr pompeo has said this is simply a tactical change, a movement of troops. the united states still has enough military power in the region do what it needs to do, to fight islamist extremists, but in effect, if the united states pulls those troops out it would be exposing territory that could be open for iran or russia or the presidents assad and i think that is what worries many allies here. that was barbara plett usher. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may warns mps a failure to deliver brexit would be
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"a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", ahead of a crucial vote this week. police question a man after ii—year old taylor schofield was killed in a hit and run collision in beswick in greater manchester. three people have been killed and a fourth is missing after an avalanche near the austrian ski resort of lech. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good evening. let's start with the big match in the premier league today — tottenham hosting manchester united at wembley in what was billed as 0le gunnar solskjaer‘s first real test since taking over as united's caretaker boss last month — and he passed with flying colours, asjoe lynskey reports. cover some of its complete the picture of united's next big decision, could their permanent
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manager b 0le gunnar solskjaer mauricio pochettino? a meeting at wembley was a high—profile audition. the new force behind solskjaer‘s united is getting harder to ignore, five straight wins and a revitalised attack. players like paul pogba have found the confidence to try these passes, right in the stride of marcus rashford to find the corner. commentator: rashford fires it into the net. is the finish of the man the previous boss said lost his cool in front of goal. he's now scored in three straight league games but to beat spurs at wembley requires strength from all over and united's goalkeeper was setting out on something remarkable. in the second half, david de gea would make 11 saves, more than any other keeper in a single match all season. to keep them all out when using every foot and every fingertip, perhaps the pick of them was this point—blank adjustment on the goal—line. but still, as the minutes went on, there would be more contenders. dele alli
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and harry kane still couldn't reach him for the equaliser. a goalkeeping performance to seal a breathless, brilliant win, and a match that was billed as a management audition brought out one inspired performance. everton beat bournmouth in the day's early kick off. kurt zouma's first goal for everton, a headerjust after the hour mark, opened the scoring. then in added time dominic calvert—lewin added an excellent second to give them the three points on a very wet day at goodison park. 2—0 the final score, everton up to tenth in the league. it's been a big weekend of european rugby union, and exeter have kept alive their hopes of reaching the quarter finals of the champions cup. they beat the french side castres by 34—12, scoring six tries and securing a bonus point in the process. the chiefs need to beat munster next week to have a chance of winning their pool. and there were two other matches today. saracens were successful in lyon, winning 28—10, which means they're through to the quarter finals, and glasgow warriors are getting closer to those last eight places — they beat cardiff blues and will face sarries next weekend
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to decide who tops the group. england have made a good start to netball‘s quad series — beating new zealand sa—ai in their opening match in liverpool. they were just a goal ahead at half time, but pulled away in the second half. the commonwealth champions will go on to play south africa and then the world's number one side australia at the copper box in london next weekend — all part of preparations for the world cup which takes place in liverpool injuly. it's the first day of the the masters snooker at alexandra palace, and we've already had a shock. defending champion mark allen is out — losing 6—5 in a deciding frame to belgium's luca brecel. only the top 16 players in the world play in this tournament, and it was a high quality match with all but two of the 11 frames seeing breaks of more than 50. later tonightjohn higgins plays ryan day. these are the live pictures on the
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bbc at the moment from alexandra palace. john higgins playing ryan day, the score two frames to one frame for higgins, day at the table, it's the best of ii frame for higgins, day at the table, it's the best of 11 match. you can watch that now on bbc two, i believe. that's all sport, back to you. scotland's first minister has referred herself to a standards panel over meetings she had with her predecessor, alex salmond, while he was being investigated over claims of sexual harassment. he denies the allegations. 0ur correspondent, katie hunter, in glasgow told us why nicola sturgeon has taken this step. nicola sturgeon says it is in the interests of the two women who made the complaints that the police investigation be allowed to continue without risk of prejudice. nicola sturgeon has said she met alex salmond three times as big to him on the phone twice after the allegations were made to the scottish government in 2018. on tuesday the highest civil court in scotland ruled the scottish government's handling of the allegations was unlawful. nicola sturgeon has said she acted
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in good faith and appropriately throughout in adherence with the ministerial code. she said she understands it is important that parliament and the public be reassured of that. alex salmond still faces a police investigation. he strenuously denies the allegations made against him. a motorist‘s been arrested after allegedly crashing into five cars, overturning the one he was in, before fleeing, leaving his partner and baby inside. police say the vauxhall corsa had failed to stop in long eaton in derbyshire yesterday. the driver thenjumped into a canal. a woman and an 18—month—old child were taken to hospital but were not badly hurt. the husband of a british—iranian woman detained in iran says she is "feeling a strong sense of trepidation", as she prepares to start a three—day hunger strike. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been held injail since april 2016, after being accused of spying by the iranian authorities,
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a charge she strongly denies. the gambling commission has told the bbc it plans to close a loophole that allows problem gamblers to continue betting online, even after they've signed up to a self—exclusion scheme. five live investigates has seen evidence that those who "self—exclude" can easily sign back into accounts. gamstop says it's helped more than 50,000 people self—exclude, but now the gambling commission says it plans to ask betting firms to build in enhanced identity verification, to prevent customers gambling using incorrect details to access their accounts. the labour mp carolyn harris, who chairs a cross—party group of mps on gambling, says she wasn't shocked by the findings of the investigation. i'm not at all surprised. it's not
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fit for purpose, never has been. they've had five years to get this right and they are no further on in identifying what they need to do to bea identifying what they need to do to be a really effective service. and where do you think the problem lies? is it with the gambling companies themselves? do they need to do more to address this? i'm always going to say the gambling companies need to do more because they are exploiting vulnerable people, and always have, and in my opinion always will. so we have to be slightly protectionist here and say that it takes more than just tweaking a system to make it work. they really need to go back to the drawing board. it needs to be able to ban an individual online, it needs to be the ban the actual resource that people use, and they also need to be able to work with the banks to stop credit and debit cards being used for gambling when someone cards being used for gambling when someone has a problem. if someone has a drug problem and you put the
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drug dealer in prison, it's not going to stop that person having a drug problem. this is what this is, it's putting a plaster evra really serious problem. it has to be a robust system and is not fit for purpose. we have some really good treatment centres but they are very, very few, and nobody is really acknowledging this except for those who have an interest in it as being a dangerous addiction, and we have to a cce pt a dangerous addiction, and we have to accept that we have people out there who are vulnerable to gambling and that they are being exploited by and that they are being exploited by an industry which only seems to care about profit, certainly not people. that was the labour mp carolyn harris. the french beauty giant l'0ccitane is taking over britain's biggest independent skincare brand, elemis, which was founded in 1990. the deal is worth £700 million. l'0ccitane's management said they had long admired elemis for a commitment to natural ingredients and scientific innovation. how do you know the photographs you post on social media aren't being stolen? it's easy to copy images and set up
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a fake accounts online. it's a phenomenon known as catfishing. despite not being a criminal offence, police forces are hearing more and more complaints. the bbc‘s jennifer meierhans, a victim herself, investigates. this woman found someone pretending to be her on instagram. when i went on it to investigate my self vape foul ——i on it to investigate my self vape foul —— i found they'd followed my male friends and they were being lazy, trying to get to know me better, etc. joel richards's friend spotted his friend on tinder, but under a different name and sexuality. it was a shock. i'm a bbc journalist, i had no idea what cat fishing wasn't until it happened to
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me. i had private messages on my facebook inbox from men who thought they had struck up a relationship with me in an adult chat room. it turns out that someone was using my name and photos they'd taken off my facebook. cat fishing can be used in grooming, fraud and romance scams, but the act of pretending to be someone but the act of pretending to be someone else isn't illegal. a review of social media and the law by the house of lords in 2014 found there was enough legislation to cover online crime, but detective inspector wesley martin takes more could be done. there is no specific laws around cat fishing but there are other offences such as fraud or deception, which may be invoked if someone deception, which may be invoked if someone is pretending to be someone else online. if we have specific legislation that could make ourjob easier to prove or disprove what is occurring. later this year the government will release on white paper setting out new laws around internet crimes but it's not known if cat fishing will be one of them. so where does that leave people like me, who have fallen victim? i'm
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really surprised now that i think about it but it's not a crime. my own really paranoid, i don't trust people the way i used to. —— i am really paranoid. you can see more on that story on inside out in the west midlands tomorrow night at 7:30pm and it will be available shortly afterwards across the uk via the bbc iplayer. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello, most of us have had mild weather today, but there's colder weather today, but there's colder weather coming. behind this cold front we have some proper wintry weather heading into shetland overnight, where there could be some sleet or a few snow showers coming and going in the winds. it's a glancing blow of cold air, with any frost really limited to scotland. elsewhere, too much in the way of cloud or winter to have much in the way of cold weather overnight, with temperatures in towns and cities
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more widely around 6—8. i'll start the day, quite a lot of cloud around. after a sunny, frosty start in scotland it clouds over and we see some rain arriving across north—western areas as we head into the afternoon. it's across the west and south that we have the mildest air. it will feel quite a lot cooler on monday afternoon across the north and east of the united kingdom. a bit of cold weather doesn't last long. we will be into milder air as we headed to tuesday. that's your weather.

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