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this is bbc news. i'm carrie gracie. the headlines at 11: theresa may formally asks the eu to delay brexit until the end ofjune, and blames mps for hampering the process. we will now not leave on time with the deal on the 29th of march. this delay is a matter of great personal regret for me. the prime minister made herformal request earlier today. the eu says it could agree to a short extension if mps back the prime minister's brexit deal. it is increasingly visible and justified. we cannot give up seeking until the very last moment a positive solution.
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mozambique consumed by water after cyclone idai devestates the country. tens of thousands have lost their homes and the death toll is unknown. funerals are continuing for the 50 people killed in the gun attacks at two mosques. these are the latest pictures from christchurch. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, george eaton from the new statesman and the spectator‘s katy balls. stay with us for that. good evening. the prime minister has tonight addressed the nation from downing street, after she formally asked the eu for a short brexit delay — untiljune the 30th. she said the uk would not now be leaving the eu with a deal next friday, which for her was a matter of great
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personal regret. theresa may blamed mps for not delivering a brexit deal on time. the president of the eu council, donald tusk, said short delay to brexit should be possible, but only if mps finally back theresa may's deal. the prime minister travels to brussels tomorrow under intense pressure from all sides. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. what is really going on in there? grappling with what officialdom admits is a genuine crisis for the country. the prime minister's statement asking to delay brexit delayed slightly itself. then what felt like a solitary moment, but aimed at us all. this delay is a matter of great personal regret for me. and of this, i am absolutely sure — you, the public, have had enough. you're tired of the infighting, you're tired of the political games and the arcane procedural rows, tired of mps talking about nothing else but brexit.
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i passionately hope mps will find a way to back the deal i've negotiated with the eu, a deal that delivers on the result of the referendum and is the very best deal negotiable. two former ministers immediately chose the word "delusional" to describe her statement as she walked away. and even before her podium moment, the eu had been on their own platform, saying yes to a short delay, but with a big if. i believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the house of commons. the cabinet's not even united on how to press pause. they clashed over how long the country ought to wait for brexit. with her top team at odds, what hope does the prime minister have of getting parliament on side?
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this place voted for delay, but not her version. as prime minister, as prime minister, i am... order! i am not prepared to delay brexit any further than the 30th ofjune. at moments today, a struggle to keep a grip. the outcome of a long extension would be endless hours and days of this house... of this house carrying on contemplating its navel on europe and failing to address the issues that matter to our constituents. thishhouse has indulged itself on europe for too long. that provoked calls of "resign". she was furious, but so were they. people, mr speaker, all over this country, are anxious and frustrated with this government's utter inability to find a way through the crisis. if the prime minister cannot get
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changes to her deal, will she give the people a chance to reject the deal and change the government? in the national interest, i beg this prime minister to think again. yet, brexiteer troops pulling her in the other direction, saying leave next week, whatever. prime minister, it is entirely down to you. history willjudge you at this moment. prime minister, which is it to be? when will she develop a backbone and stand up to those that would take this nation to disaster? and as one of her ministers said this morning, referencing another feeble prime minister, "weak, weak, weak. " what do you think about extending brexit? i can't see why we're doing it... but the prime minister is seeming to pit herself against parliament, and patience is running out. she has failed, and i think
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that there are now big question marks as to whether she should be allowed to carry on, and see whether she can dojune 30, because there are a growing number of people who think it's time to move on. i have never felt more ashamed to be a member of the conservative party, or to be asked to lend her support. she spent most of her time castigating the house for its misconduct. at no stage did she pause to consider whether it is, in fact, the way she is leading this government which might be contributing to this situation. but if the solution is in bringing the parties together, it's far off. i came out of itjust exasperated, because she simply does not see the reality. she does not recognise that the house of commons has voted her deal down twice. well, there was clarity, but it wasn't very satisfactory. i mean, we'rejust going round and round in circles with the same old arguments. and jeremy corbyn walked out when he realised one of the mps who'd quit his party was there. all the other representatives
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from other opposition groups all agreed to meet, no problem, but he had a problem with it, which i don't think is the kind of behaviour people expect from a leader of an opposition. labour said number ten couldn't manage its meetings properly, but what is working properly around here right now? not the machine around the prime minister, nor our political parties, nor our parliament — leaving us, the public, to watch on. with me now is our political correspondent, chris mason. in the end of another very long and very dramatic days. an extraordinary day here and i know people like me sitting in chairs like this use words like that rather a lot at the moment but we do because these are extraordinary days, as lawyer was reflecting on there, clash between the and parliament, government, often the left—hand of not knowing what the right hand it is doing. the view coming from the very top changing rather quickly, since often that the government is no longer living day by day but our by our.
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and then the most extraordinary conversations happening both publicly, on the floor of the house of commons chamber, you heard dominic grieve there, for instance, the conservative backbencher in lower‘s report, but also conversations happening privately. i have spent much of the day loitering around the corridors of the house of commons. —— laura. in ten oris yea rs commons. —— laura. in ten oris years reporting here, i have never known the atmosphere to be like it was tonight. a sense that this is it. but after all that cliff edge tour, that this in the next week at that moment, but also since this statement from the prime minister a couple of hours ago, real anger, privately and publicly from mps, including some that she might have hoped caught ahead of that next so—called meaningful vote, that happen as soon as next week, who are spitting with anger at that division that she drew between the parliament and public. —— court. labour mp
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saying she knows is lots of mps know that mps have been subjected to death threats in recent years in social media and divisive politics, and he says that that kind of statement, framed in the way it was, increase the likelihood of mps coming to harm. so you get a real sense now the absolute gravity of the moment. and i suppose, another aspect of that is that the whole exercise was supposed to be to bring back sovereignty to this parliament and then there is something wrong with this parliament, it is like a lot of the objectives of brexit seem to be in question at this point. yeah, it does illustrate that idea of taking back control. i suppose the oddity, if you look at it in its historical context, is that we have a hung parliament. the whole nature of the first past the post voting system is that it is meant to and usually does produce strong governments are big majorities, even if the proportion of the population they appeal to in the general election was not necessarily
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absolutely huge, that we have seen a couple of times now in the last decade the parliamentary arithmetic taking down and away, that the governing party was in a week position from the outset. theresa may was in a weak position originally, which is what led her to that general election, in which she went into an even weaker position. and so you have an executive government that is found the whole business of delivering brexit very, very difficult, it is extricating itself an organisation it has been a member of almost a generation, it was always likely to prove tricky. on top of that, it is sitting on a parliament work cannot command a majority to call its own, so put those two things together and you arrive at the situation that we are in now. and do you think that the word government is still appropriate here, i mean given what we have heard about the people on one side of the government who do not like one course of action, people at the other end of government who do not like the other course of action, the flip—flopping we have seen over
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short to long extensions and the confusion around that, do you think the word government is still useful? it has never carried less weight in my time reporting here in my time —— since 200a. the import that you attach to any statement is one where you think how long can they hold this form? secondly, just that sense that it this form? secondly, just that sense thatitis this form? secondly, just that sense that it is now transparently obvious to the dogs in the street, let alone anyone else, that the government is not able to get its way. that it might have a view about a cause of action it hopes to pursue but that does not mean it will be able to pursue that course of action because it will be buffeted by the winds and parliament and also by the conversations that it is having in brussels, so you put together the magnitude of the challenge of delivering brexit, which would be a huge challenge for any government at any time with any majority, couple that with the political situation that with the political situation that the covenant government finds
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itself in and your question about the meaning of that word, that so often is groaning with import is an entirely legitimate one because it is trying to survive now, the government. —— konta government. no longer week by week, no longer day by day, but sometimes it feels like aby by day, but sometimes it feels like a by day. thank you. our europe editor, katya adler, explained why the timing of the prime minister's letter caught many eu leaders by surprise. european capitals own a very sombre mood. here we are, eight days away from brexit day a very real prospect ofa from brexit day a very real prospect of a no—deal brexit, something that the prime minister and eu leaders have said they do not want is staring everyone in the face. look, today started in other confusion here, with brussels waiting and waiting and waiting for an expected letter from the prime minister, asking for dilated brexit. by the time it finally arrived, it was too late for a number of eu leaders, including angela merkel, to talk to their national parliaments about it,
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as they do before they come to an eu summit. so in that scramble, donald tusk, the eu council president tried to ta ke tusk, the eu council president tried to take the lead. he said there would be no short delay and there are disagreements here as to just how long a short delay would be, u nless how long a short delay would be, unless theresa may's brexit deal is approved by parliament next week. now let's turn to other news. aid agencies are struggling to reach survivors of the tropical cyclone that has battered south—eastern africa. communications are down, roads cut off, and some communities completely inaccessible. the storm's left hundreds of people dead and thousands more homeless across mozambique, zimbabwe and malawi. the british red cross is warning that the situation is set to become even more challenging, with heavy rain predicted in the coming days. our africa editor fergal keane reports from the port city of beira in mozambique. the water consumes the land. homes, belongings, and lives.
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this is 15 miles from the coast, but has become an inland sea. today, as the rain cleared, we were able to fly over one part of the flooded interior. over people waiting for food, water and medical aid. this was the town of buzi. population — more than 170,000, wading through the floods to the upper floors of buildings or any patch of dry ground. some sought refuge in
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the stands of the stadium. here, crowded onto a bridge. it leads to a cathedral, one of many buildings battered by the cyclone. others have camped on roofs. hundreds have already been rescued from here, but many more are still in desperate need. nearby, we stopped on an island of higher ground, where south african military helicopters were delivering aid. this single white tent represents the international aid community. 100 more are needed and expected, so many people have taken refuge here. what is striking is the dignity and weariness. this situation is very, very serious. there is trouble here, you can say that we are in trouble. yeah, it's a dangerous situation,
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because the people are dying because of this flood. but those on the dry land are the lucky ones. this man was saved from a precarious refuge above the water. international rescue teams are now stepping up their operations, flying whenever the weather relents. 0n the ground, survivors are given what comfort is available. fresh water is the first, most basic need. aid workers and foreigners are together here. the relief operation is being commanded by adrian nance. we are looking for support from the government and from the un agencies so that urgent, life—saving tasks can be addressed as quickly as we
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can. in the city of beira, the thousands who've lost their homes are being sheltered in schools and churches, in the few buildings that are largely undamaged. six days since the storm struck, there's severe overcrowding, and even in the city, a serious scarcity of food. this woman was lucky to get a small supply of rice. translation: help! we're suffering here. help mozambique. here in beira, we are in a very bad way, very bad. we have no water, no food, or houses. a few days ago, they lived productive lives, growing their own food. it's not their habit to plead to the world for help, but they desperately need it. fergal keane, bbc news, beira. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may formally asks the eu to delay brexit until the end
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ofjune, and blames mps for hampering the process. the president of the european council, donald tusk, says a short delay is possible, is mps back the prime minister's brexit deal. and in other news — a race against time to save survivors of cyclone idai, which has killed hundreds across southern africa. funerals for victims of the gun attacks at two mosques in new zealand have been taking place in christchurch. fifty people were killed and dozens more injured in last friday's deadly shootings in the city. the prime ministerjacinda ardern has told the bbc there needs to be a global fight to root out racist right—wing ideology which she says is notjust a specific problem in new zealand. from christchurch, clive myrie sent this report.
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above christchurch, the rising sun illuminates a day of mourning. with a lonely flag at half mast, a portent of things to come. an open casket threads its way through a crowd, bearing a body in a white shroud. at last, the victims of the mosque shootings are finding peace. this journey will be made 50 times. the grave—diggers have much work to do. so, too, the survivors, now desperate to exorcise memories of the attacks. nathan smith, here on the right with a friend, is originally
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from poole in dorset. a convert to islam, he now lives in christchurch and was at prayer when the gunman struck. you heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang! and it was relentless. but it wasn't right in the room. it was, like... people were looking at each other. to be honest, i thought it was firecrackers. i thought maybe electrical problems or something. 50 people dead... the bodies were stacked on top of each other, people just falling. the windows going out. i can't explain it. how i got out, i don't know. outside the mosque, where nathan cheated death, the reconciliation of strangers. and the burden of fostering disunity nationwide after the shootings rests on slender but strong shoulders. —— this unity. i happen to be the prime minister of a particularly peaceful nation. you know, how could this happen here, to us and to this community? but it did happen here. anti—immigrant, anti—muslim sentiment is hardening.
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housing shortages are blamed on newcomers by some in her own party. and elements within her ruling coalition see immigrants as even a threat to rural life. but jacinda ardern says the fight against prejudice isn'tjust local. we still have a responsibility to weed it out where it exists and make sure that we never create an environment where it can flourish, but i would make that a global call. what new zealand experienced here was violence brought against us by someone who grew up and learned their ideology somewhere else. she's facing the toughest test of her political career, soothing a nation traumatised by extreme violence, but charisma and an ability to strike just the right tone in a moment of national mourning has endeared her to new zealanders and many around the world. how do you bring this community back together? this was a community that was,
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by and large, already together. myjob is to ensure its not shattered apart. clive myrie, bbc news, christchurch. increases in the cost of food and alcohol helped to push inflation higher last month. the rate of price changes, measured using the consumer prices index, rose to i.9%. that's up from 1.8% injanuary. but the office for national statistics says house prices are rising at their slowest rate for almost six years. cockpit recordings have revealed that the pilots of a boeing 737 max — which crashed off indonesia last year — had been scouring the aircraft's manual minutes before the plane hit the water. the captain and first officer were unable to find out how to stop the aircraft nose—diving. all 189 people on board died. boeing grounded the aircraft model worldwide last week after a similar accident in ethiopia,
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in which 157 people were killed. a un war crimes court has rejected an appeal by the former bosnian serb leader, radovan karadzic, and increased his sentence to life in prison. judges said the original ao—year sentence had underestimated his responsibility for the most grave crimes committed during the bosnian war in the 1990s. the atrocities included the genocide in srebrenica where karadzic‘s army killed thousands of muslim men and boys. a bbc investigation has found extreme material encouraging and glamorising eating disorders on instagram. children are using the social media platform to swap disturbing images of weight loss and share advice on how to make their illnesses more extreme. the royal college of psychiatrists says the problem is "spiralling out of control". last month instagram pledged to remove all graphic
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images of self—harm, the move prompted by our reports about the death of molly russell. her family say she took her own life after viewing graphic content on the platform. you may find some of angus crawford's report distressing. a secret world of harm. i close my eyes and i can see them, images i'll never, everforget. promoting illnesses that can kill. the fact that i did have instagram, it fuelled the eating disorder. i was dying. if it hadn't been for immediate treatment, yes, i wouldn't be sat here today. but jodie has recovered and is thriving, the memory of the illness pushing her to help others. i love this one here... with her mum julie, using their instagram account to offer advice and to fight back against the damaging content they find there. i show them that it's possible. the pictures on there were so graphic, ofjust skin and bones, really, and anorexia would make you believe that actually
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you're bigger than that, you need to be like that. and instagram reinforced that, with the comments of "i feel so fat" all over these posts. but it's notjust about the images. we uncovered a world of extreme diets and content promoting aggressive weight loss. some instagram users post their target or goal weight, dangerously low. it's a secretive community built around the illness. i think it's deeply worrying and, to some extent, the situation is spiralling out of control, because there's so much out there, how to be a better anorexic, tips and tricks to be better at having an eating disorder, so it is sinister. it can be dangerous. even more disturbing, look at this. instagram users searching for so—called ana—buddies to help them make their illness more extreme. we found this conversation — like many others, a child wanting other children to fast with. i can't do it alone, she says. and there's a stream of replies.
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# i'm a bird...# meet roseanne. likejodie, she spent months in hospital. just having my whole life taken over by my eating disorder. i just felt lost and hopeless. and, likejodie, she's recovered. the fact that i did have instagram, it fuelled the eating disorder... she says instagram played a major part in her illness, too. even on the ward, the platform bombarded her with recommendations for more harmful content. for me, it was the algorithms that weren't helping at all. i'd just get all these suggestions of kind of weight loss hashtags or hashtags thatjust really weren't very helpful. itjust made it easier and, in a way, kind of tempting
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to look at it again, and tempting to dip my foot back into the eating disorder world. instagram insists it is taking the problem seriously, directing users to helplines, banning certain hashtags, spotting harmful activity. in a statement, it said... jodie and her mum, julie, are still scarred by what anorexia did to their family. you and dad look so tired. we were shattered. there's a lot of worry. in part, they blame instagram, and are now demanding change. please just close all these awful sites down, get rid of the hashtags, get rid of the negativity there. it should be a safe space, it should be a happy place, and it certainly isn't either. angus crawford, bbc news. if you are feeling emotionally distressed and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support with eating disorders, go online
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to bbc.co.uk/actionline or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 066 066. google has received £1.3 billion fine from the european commission for blocking rival online search advertisers. the company has been accused of abusing its market dominance by restricting third—party websites from displaying search ads from its competitors. the fine is the third penalty the company has received in the past two years from the european commission — with an overall bill of over £7 billion. google says it is making a range of changes to address the concerns. a metalfactory worker from hereford —
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who won a euromillions jackpot of £71 million — has proudly declared that it will change his life. ade goodchild — who's 58 — has quit his job and now has his eye on a new house with a jacuzzi, a few staff as he put it and dream holidays to the grand canyon and the pyramids: you know, you go from the bottom of the screen and raise it up and shows you which line you have won on and everything was circled. so i thought, £71,000, that's unusual, for that to be the jackpot, so i looked at it again, it was £71 million. i had to sit back down again, as you do. and the first thing that went through my head was, i'd better phone my mum and dad. lucky mum and dad! well done. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers george eaton, the deputy editor, new statesman and katy balls, the deputy political editor, spectator — that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with nick miller.
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so much for the spring equinox. the much of the uk it was cloudy and misty and places, you may have had a little rain but hold on a minute, what's this? sunshine in south yorkshire, the view from doncaster and not far away in sheffield this temperature underneath that big hole in the cloud reached the giddy heights of 19.4. on any regular march day you would get excited that this isn't as high as the temperature reached during that record february warmth. but it is more settled with high pressure and control across much of the uk with a lot of cloud trapped underneath this area of high pressure. there is a weather front close to scotland producing some rain, heady bursts of rain, argyll & bute starting the day very wet again and also in the north—west highlands. rain totals

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