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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at three. theresa may is to brief ministers on cross—party talks — as downing street warns mps not to try and block brexit. parliament has not got the right to hijack brexit process because parliament said to the people of this country we make a contract with you, you will make the decision and we will honour it. labour's brexit secretary says the prime minister needs to row back on her red lines to break the deadlock. all at this stage she really needs to do this to say i am not going to go on any more with this mantra that you back to my deal or no deal. i will have an open discussion and i am absolutely not going to take us out without a deal. two people are arrested following a car bomb attack in londonderry last night. a funeral is been held in hertfordshire for six unknown
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auschwitz victims whose remains were handed to a british museum more than 20 years ago. defending champion roger federer is knocked out of the austrialian open in the fourth round. and what can our voices reveal about us? we investigate in ‘click‘ in half an hour. good afternoon. theresa may will talk with her cabinet later — before addressing parliament tomorrow on how she intends to break the brexit deadlock. meanwhile, with the uk due to leave the eu on march the 29th, at least one cross party group of mps is discussing how parliament could take control of the process to avoid a ‘no deal‘ brexit. our political correspondent nick eardley has the latest. the clock really is ticking.
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on the 29th of march as things stand we leave the european union. the government is struggling to find a plan for the future that parliament will accept. ireland, many tories say, remains the main sticking point. what is the compromise on the backstop that we haven't agreed to before that we could agree to in the future? it is getting an agreement with ireland of an alternative mechanism to ensure we do not get friction across the northern ireland and ireland border. quite what that looks like, though, is not clear and the irish foreign minister sounds far from convinced tweeting. .. and because of the lack of obvious solutions some mps are worried about us leaving with no deal on the future and so in the corridors of power they are developing plans to take control. dominic grieve wants mps to be able to put options on the table in parliament, things like postponing our departure date and maybe even a second referendum.
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if a majority backs them, the government would have to act. what the commons or this group of mps is doing is trying to work within the normal traditions of the house, albeit changing some of the standing orders, to try and insure that the house of commons has a proper voice in what is without doubt the biggest crisis in our modern peacetime history. labour is also angry with the government, accusing ministers of refusing to move far enough towards compromise. if the prime minister will not move her red lines you can see that parliament will try and take control of the process. that is because people are frustrated with the prime minister. this is only happening because of that. i think in the next week or two other options will now be tested, one way or another. but that idea infuriates brexiteers in the cabinet and they are adamant that the uk should leave at the end of march. we are now getting are some
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of those who were always absolutely opposed to the result of the referendum trying to hijack brexit and in effect steal the result from the people. this afternoon, from her country retreat in chequers, the pm will update the cabinet on her latest thinking and tomorrow she will be in parliament to tell mps that as brexit day draws near, the meanwhile, a cross—part)i group of mps will table an amendment that could extend the date the uk's departure date from the eu beyond the 29th march, if parliament does not approve the withdrawal agreement by the end of february. one of them is the liberal democrat mp, norman lamb — who explained to me what they are trying to achieve. i think we recognise there is a significant majority in parliament across the parties that recognises leaving with no deal could be disastrous economically, the disruption to the nhs and the supply of medicines for example deeply disturbing. i happen to be chair of the science and technology select committee and i know this sounds
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committee and i know this sounds committee is incredibly worried about the disruption that could cause a lot of their funding comes from european funding streams. and the disruption to thiss supply chains and impact it would have on investment means it would have, we elected to exercise theirjudgment andi elected to exercise theirjudgment and i think the public are calling for politicians to work across party boundaries and come up with solutions and the most pressing issueis solutions and the most pressing issue is to stop no deal. this would bea issue is to stop no deal. this would be a mechanism we are pursuing to allow parliament to ultimately mandate and acquire the government to seek an extension. if theresa may has not been able to get a deal through parliament. i suppose what we're seeing also is that it is an act of choice for the government to leave with no deal. the not have to do it. the cost also in the terms of the motor public spending we're committing to planning for no deal
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which isjust committing to planning for no deal which is just pouring committing to planning for no deal which isjust pouring money down committing to planning for no deal which is just pouring money down the drain. £1 million the government has spent on fridges, it is criminal. i think we have to take control and find a mechanism to stop that from happening. i take your point that your main aim is to avoid an old deal. is it ultimately what you're describing, plotting to take power away from the hands of the executive and putting it into the hands of the house of commons? the result was a question about the balance of power between the executive in parliament andi between the executive in parliament and i think it is no bad thing if the balance shifts towards parliament. ultimately it is a parliamentary democracy and when you're faced with literally a constitutional crisis i don't think mps can just stand by and allow us to drift out with all of the disastrous consequences that i have described so i think it is in a sense of duty to find a way of
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avoiding a disastrous no deal and giving time for alternative ideas to be explored. i favour, giving time for alternative ideas to be explored. ifavour, for example, using citizens assemblies so we can ta ke using citizens assemblies so we can take it back out into the country and engage the country in a discussion about our country's future. we are in the really dangerous position at the moment and just drifting out has to be stopped and that is why i think this move by mps across parliament is so important. is another referendum in your view a way to break the current deadlock? i would support another referendum, absolutely, because i think if you take theresa may steel for example it is so different to what better supporters argued was the vision during the referendum campaign. it is entirely legitimate to sit the public, is this what you really wa nt ? to sit the public, is this what you really want? after two years of negotiation this is what they have
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come up with. if this is in the interests of this country would you prefer interests of this country would you p refer to interests of this country would you prefer to stay in the eu? theresa may has on the basis of opinion polls support of about 20% of the population, i do not see it is particularly democratics to impose that on the people of this country and deny them a voice on the final decision. there's been widespread condemnation of a car bombing outside a courthouse in londonderry last night. no—one was injured, but a nearby hotel had to be evacuated. this morning police said they've arrested two people in connection with the incident. declan harvey reports. a reckless attack, police said. officers patrolling in derry city centre last night had spotted the suspicious vehicle before a warning was received by the samaritans help line. police were in the process of evacuating nearby buildings, including a hotel, when the device exploded minutes later. a large church youth group were also being
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moved to safety at the time. local residents said their windows shook with the force of the blast. others were shocked to be so close to such danger. we were all in shock. in shock. very shocked. i thought this was a thing of the past so it is a bit, you know, i don't really know what to think, to be honest. it's understood the vehicle was a pizza delivery van and had been hijacked a short time earlier. it was left next to the city's courthouse. in a place were politics can be so divisive, today political leaders stood united. there is no justification whatsoever. nothing to be achieved whatsoever from an action such as this, bar causing upset and... anxiety to the people of derry. the democratic unionist party leader called it a pointless act of terror which must be condemned in the strongest terms. in the last hour police have described the device as crude and very unstable.
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clearly it was a very significant attempt to kill people here in this community last night. i must emphasise, this bomb was put in a car in a local community. it was driven through the city. a single man thenjumped out of the car and ran away down the road and left it here for the people of this community and your local police service to deal with. this afternoon a large cordon remains in place in the city centre. an 18—year old man will appear in court tomorrow, charged with the murder of a boy in east london. 14—year—old jaden moodie was stabbed to death after being knocked off his moped in leyton, earlier this month. police say they're continuing to look for four other suspects who fled the scene. at least 79 people are now known to have died in a fuel pipeline explosion near mexico city. the governor of the state of hidalgo has said that more bodies had been found at the site.
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the accident happened as crowds of people filled up containers with fuel after the pipeline was deliberately ruptured by thieves. two people have died and 22 others have been injured following a fire in the ski resort of courchevel in the french alps. the blaze broke out in the middle of the night in an accommodation block for resort workers. it took 70 firefighters until daybreak to bring the fire under control. more than 70 years after the liberation of the nazi concentration camps, the remains of six unidentified victims of the holocaust have been laid to rest today. the remains — belonging to five adults and one child — had been held at the imperial war museum for decades. holocaust survivors joined other members of thejewish community at the first funeral service for victims of the genocide ofjews during the second world war to be held in the uk. during the service, the chief rabbi said the funeral was a reminder to confront all forms of racism and discrimination. we don't know what you did for
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a living, we don't have details of yourfamilies. but there is one thing that we do know. you were jewish. and it is for that single reason that you were brutally murdered. the un says it believes that 170 migrants trying to reach europe may have drowned in two incidents in the mediterranean sea in recent days. a rubber dinghy with 120 people on board sank in the sea off the libyan coast on friday. more than 50 people are also said to have died in the waters between spain and morocco. elizabeth throssell from the un refugee agency says more help is needed to stop people making the crossing. well, i think what we have to remember is we are talking about
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people, we're talking about individuals who are at the risk of drowning. what are we going to do, just let them drown? absolutely vital to save people's lives, that is part of international law at sea, for example. also, if you think about the people who are prepared to set across the mediterranean in these rubber dinghies, for example the rubber dinghy that set off and where170 people are believed to have drowned, that is absolutely a tragedy waiting to happen. how desperate must they be to actually embark on that kind ofjourney? whether there are rescue vessels or not rescue vessels, they will still make that type of journey. what we have to focus on is really creating ways that the do not feel that they have absolutely forced to make these desperate journeys. and that means countries working together, establishing safe and legal ways that people who are fleeing persecution, fleeing discrimination, fleeing conflict are able
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to make the journey safely. in the united states, democrats have rejected president trump's compromise plan on immigration — an attempt to end the partial us government shutdown. it is now the longest in american history, affecting some 800,000 federal workers. david willis reports from washington. from the diplomatic reception room of the white house came a distinctly undiplomatic message america's immigration system is badly broken. i am here today to break the logjam and provide congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border. amongst a package of measures that he knew would prove irresistible to many democrats was an offer of temporary relief for around a million immigrants threatened with deportation. but then came the quid pro quo. in return for all of this, the president is demanding close to $6 billion to build a wall along america's southern border — a project the democrats' hate.
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if we build a powerful and fully designed see—through steel barrier on our southern border, the crime rate and drug problem in our country would be quickly and greatly reduced. senior democrats were quick to brand the president's plan a non—starter, and the house speaker nancy pelosi put it thus: adding later: those workers are now taking to charity food banks in growing numbers. and in order to get them back to work, one side or the other in this seemingly intractable dispute has to blink first. david willis, bbc news, washington. the headlines on bbc news... the; prize; ag‘éi'eizte— i; q; gmjgég— rr— .., ..., 7, mm mm“?
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two people have been arrested following a car bomb attack in londonderry last night. a funeral has been held in hertfordshire for six holocaust victims murdered at auschwitz. in sport... manchester city punish the managerless huddersfield... they're 3—0 up. of the australian open in the fourth round. the defending champion was beaten in four sets by stefanos tsitsipas. and judd trump is four frames to one up in the final of the masters snooker against the seven time winner — ronnie o'sullivan. the first to ten frames wins.
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we%i we 3.14777 —*e£ more we g % more sport for we % —*e£ more sport for you we g % more sport for you in an hour. a spokesman for the zimbabwean president, emmerson mnangagwa, has described the security forces‘ response to last week's protests as a foretaste of things to come. george charamba told the state— controlled sunday mail that the opposition mdc was using the recent rise in fuel prices as an excuse to bring violence onto the streets. he said the aim was to overturn mr mnangagwa's election victory last year. joining us now from kent is political analyst, alex magaisa who advised morgan tsvangirai, prime minister of zimbabwe from 2009—13. we are very grateful for your time. i wonder if you can enlighten us and tell us what you are hearing about what is happening in zimbabwe. the
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attacks speak for themselves. the situation is very tense and i would say it is an undeclared state of emergency. we have people who are dying and who are injured and a lot of people have been displaced and the security agents have been rampaging through the high—density areas and people are living in extreme fear. in your view and from what you are feeding and the people you're talking to, who is to blame for this situation? what we have seen for this situation? what we have seen with the government of zimbabwe is that it has returned to default settings whereby they blame the opposition for everything that goes on in the country and all the troubles and they do not take responsibility. you have citizens themselves. they were unhappy with
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themselves. they were unhappy with the feel prices. instead of taking responsibility, the government is piling pressure on blame the opposition. instead of resolving the issues. i'm listening to what you're saying, you sound rather pessimistic. the new prime minister the mag the new —— the new president after the authoritarian rule of robert mugabe was supposed to herald a new rule. people were utterly frustrated by the long rule of robert maghaberry. unfortunately it is apparent that robert maghaberry was just a is apparent that robert maghaberry wasjust a face. is apparent that robert maghaberry was just a face. of the system. we said at the time that the bureaucrats are still in control. these are the people who made robert maghaberry uv was and the people who sustained and supported him. some of
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us are sustained and supported him. some of us are not surprised what has gone on in the past 12 months. the signs we re on in the past 12 months. the signs were clear and a lot of people are now involved. how difficult is it to obtain information from zimbabwe itself? the internet is being turned off for periods of time during the day and night? absolutely. there are restrictions to freedom of movement and speed of communication and shut down. the closure of social media spaces. people are unable to correctly between themselves in zimbabwe and also with the outside world. this is a very well orchestrated effort by the government to make sure that people in zimbabwe find it difficult to get information. hoople improvising and using other mechanisms in order to
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clinic it, visual communications which are helping to shear the information. —— share the information. —— share the information. many people are doing so information. many people are doing so to amplify the message and make sure that the world understands the crisis that is taking place in zimbabwe. just one final question, it seems we are getting slightly conflicting messages from within the ruling party itself. the messages from the government conflict with what the police are saying. what is your view on that? the state security minister two days ago blamed the mdc further troubles led by unions and the police yesterday by unions and the police yesterday by blaming the army and they were giving a comical excuse. we see that
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that doesn't seem to be coordination of discipline. but we know that some people will always blame the opposition that is why not surprised by the spokesperson reiterated the message that they are blaming the mdc furthest. we don't know if there are any complex and the government. in some ways then maybe divergences that i think what it is is that people are coordinating with the system they put together and the magic in one sense but in the end of the day they will be pushing the same agenda. the state continues to repress people and i think it is important that the world understands that we have a humanitarian crisis and the threats that have been given
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the presidential spokesman today should not be taken lightly at all. thank you for your thoughts and insights. you are most welcome. the duke of edinburgh has been spoken to by the police after he was photographed driving without wearing a seat belt — 48 hours after he was involved in a collision near sandringham. meanwhile one of the women injured in the accident says she's yet to receive an apology from the duke. simonjones has the latest. behind the wheel again. prince philip in his new landrover. but something is missing. he is not wearing a seat belt. norfolk police say they have been made aware of these images, taken near to the entrance of the sandringham estate. the duke, they insist, has been given suitable words of advice. it comes just days after the crash along this busy road. in the panic and confusion, one woman feared the worst. emma fairweather was a passenger in a kia, driven by herfriend with a baby in the back that
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collided with prince philip's land rover. although his vehicle ended up on its side, he emerged relatively unscathed. she broke her wrist. emma fairweather told the sunday mirror, i am lucky to be alive and he hasn't even said sorry. it has been such a traumatic and painful time and i would have expected more from the royal family. the queen attended church without the duke this morning. the palace said well wishes had been exchanged with those involved in the crash, but emma fairweather said she only received a call from a police family liaison officer, saying, the queen and the duke of edinburgh would like to be remembered to you. she says that is not an apology or a well wish. the investigation into the crash along this stretch of road is continuing. the duke passed the police eyesight test yesterday morning, but officers insist they will take any appropriate action if it is considered to be necessary. but the palace's response to what happened is coming under increasing scrutiny. simonjones, bbc news, sandringham.
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a man has been charged with flying a drone near heathrow airport on christmas eve. george rusu is accused of using a drone on a field near the runwayjust days after a scare at gatwick grounded more than 1,000 flights. he‘s due to appear in uxbridge magistrates‘ court on tuesday. the number of major retailers warning of financial difficulties has reached its highest level since the economic crash of ten years ago. 38% of retailers listed on the stockmarket issued profit warnings in 2018 — a year in which a number of big—name brands disappeared from the high street. here‘s our business correspondent, rob young. it has been a truly dreadful year for retailers. new look closed dozens of branches. house of fraser collapsed into administration and had to be rescued.
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maplin has gone out of business. toys "r" us shut down. even for those stores that managed to survive intact, it has been a year of pain. according to new analysis, 36 retailers issued warnings about their profits in 2018 that‘s one in three of all of the general retailers listed on the london stock market and it is the largest proportion to the financial crisis a decade ago. retailers probably had one of the toughest years in living memory. there‘s a number of things that had been going on we‘ve had weak consumer demand, combined with uncertainty around brexit which has really weighed on business confidence and, to some extent, consumer confidence as well. and as a result, we have seen a high number of businesses go retailers are braced for a poor 2019. the first few months of the year can be deadly for companies
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in financial difficulty. it‘s feared the coming weeks may bring more grim news for the high street. rob young, bbc news. astronomers are eagerly awaiting a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, in the early hours of tomorrow morning. it will be the last time the event will be visible from the uk for ten years. our science correspondent, pallab ghosh has the details. this is what people all across the uk will see, weather permitting. it‘s called a blood moon. this is one from last summer. it‘s a strange colour because the earth passes directly between it and the sun. this blocks out most of the sunlight, but a small amount falls on the lunar surface as it passes through the outer edges of our atmosphere. and tomorrow morning, the moon will appear slightly larger than usual as it‘s at its closest point to earth. astronomers call this a ‘supermoon‘.
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the sight will be visible over the americas and northern and western europe, the very edge of western africa, as well as the northernmost portion of russia. in all, it will have a potential audience of some 2.8 billion people. pallab ghosh, bbc news. now it‘s time for a look at the weather. it has been another chilly day with credible minds of cloud. the national variable amounts of cloud. you can see this picture from the pitlochry area. there have been some brea ks pitlochry area. there have been some breaks in the cloud across east anglia and south—east england and we are something of a cleveland is again across scotland and northern ireland. both these areas will turn cold overnight for the frost developing quicker this evening. at the same time a week weather front brings a strip of car south across
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england and wales. that could be the odd spot of drizzle and mist and fog patches. otherwise one of the cold est patches. otherwise one of the coldest night of the winter so far in parts of northern scotland. monday is certainly a chill in the area. should be a fine start for most of us but we should see high cloud moving and which will make sunshine increasingly easy. it clouds over the north west with bits of rain in some of that claim will turn to snow over the hills of scotland. temperatures around 5 degrees of 6 degrees for of us. hello this is bbc news with rebecca jones. the headlines: the prime minister theresa may is to brief ministers on cross—party talks as downing street warns mps not to try and block brexit two people are arrested following a car bomb attack in londonderry last night. police believe dissident republican group, the new ira,
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