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this is bbc news. i'm geeta guru—murthy. the headlines at 8pm... it's emerged that a major sponsor decided to end its support of a business network founded by prince andrew. accountancy firm kpmg say the decision was made weeks before his newsnight interview. borisjohnson, jeremy corbyn and jo swinson make their election pitches to business leaders at the cbi's annual conference in london. the violent protests in hong kong intensify. hundreds of anti—government demonstrators have escaped a university campus, where they had been held by police. but many remain trapped inside the building. they came running out over the barriers, a large amount of tear gas fired down in their direction. gunshots. and this is them escaping basically. you can hear what the police are doing in response.
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two teenage drug dealers are jailed for life for the murder of 17—year—old jodie chesney, who was stabbed to death in a park in east london. it has been one of the hardest investigations i've ever dealt with. it felt like the world was watching, the world was waiting for answers. and i am adam fleming. join me in half an hour for all the latest from the campaign trailand half an hour for all the latest from the campaign trail and an investigation into a bar chart in hastings. it will make sense when you see it, trust me. kpmg has confirmed it is not renewing its sponsorship of prince andrew's mentorship scheme, pitch at palace.
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it's understood the leading accountancy firm took the decision in october, but it emerged as the duke of york is facing renewed calls to speak to the american authorities following his interview with bbc‘s newsnight, in which he was questioned about his friendship with the convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein, who died earlier this year. the prince denies allegations about his own conduct. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. the prince andrew backlash. the prince is paying for what he said during his bbc interview... the story continues to make headlines around the world. the british royal who is trying to disentangle himself from serious allegations, but who appears to have made matters very much worse. that is certainly the verdict in the british press. andrew's interview with newsnight is widely described as a car crash, oi’ worse. in the united states enquiries are continuing into the activities of the convicted child sex offender jeffrey epstein. he took his own life earlier this year, but us investigators are keen to learn more about his friendship with prince andrew. lawyers say andrew should cooperate.
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i know that the federal authorities here are continuing to investigate everyone who is accused of enabling jeffrey epstein, or participating in his crimes, and prince andrew is accused, so i would expect him to talk to law enforcement, to answer all of their questions. the official line from buckingham palace is still that if asked, the prince would consider helping us law enforcement. in other words, there has been no change from what andrew said on saturday. in the interview, andrew categorically denied any impropriety with virginia roberts, the then 17—year—old who claims she first met him in a london nightclub where, she said, andrew was sweating heavily. andrew said there was a very simple reason why that could not be true. there is a slight problem with... with the sweating because... i have a peculiar medical condition which is that i don't sweat,
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or i didn't sweat at the time. but photos have now been found of andrew from around the same time leaving a nightclub and looking as though he is sweating. he also said public displays of affection are "not something i do", a statement which is not entirely supported by the photographic evidence. public interest in the story shows no sign of abating, though it was a subject the prime minister was keen to avoid. i won't get dragged into commentary about matters concerning the royal family, if that's all right. so, what now for andrew? tonight the accountancy firm kpmg has said that it will not be renewing its support for its pitch at the palace scheme which encourages young entrepreneurs because of what it calls "adverse press scrutiny" around him. but the company says the decision
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was taken before the newsnight interview. in the last few minutes, gloria allred, the lawyer who is representing some of the alleged victims ofjeffrey epstein, spoke at a press conference in new york. i have called on him to voluntarily meet with the fbi and prosecutors who are investigating this criminal case in new york, and also to provide his deposition under oath in any civil case in which his testimony may be relevant to achieving justice for the victims. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. joining me tonight are the author and journalistjohn kampfner, and associate director of right—leaning think—tank the institute of economic affairs, kate andrews.
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hundreds of anti—government protestors are trapped inside a university in hong kong as a stand—off with police intensifies. some have escaped under a volley of rubber bullets and tear gas. the eu's foreign policy chief, federica mogherini, is calling for restraint from both sides, and that they "engage in constructive de—escalation efforts." police have surrounded the campus for a week now and it's thought up to 500 are still inside, some armed with petrol bombs. the past week has seen some of the most violent protests since they began injune, in response to plans to allow some criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland china. critics feared it could undermine the territory's freedoms. those plans were withdrawn in september after intense pressure, but demonstrations have continued as protesters now demand protection for democratic rights and an inquiry into the actions of the police. 0ur correspondent, robin brant, is in hong kong. this is the remnants
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of the protesters left on the streets here tonight. there were far bigger in number in what was a significant show of support for the protesters that remain in the university on the second night of the stand—off. there are some signs that maybe it is coming to a peaceful end, with some high school students being escorted out, but so far only a few dozen have let go. 0n the streets of hong kong, another mass demonstration. this time, it's a protest in support of the protesters. tens of thousands descended on the area close to the university, most young, nearly all wearing a face mask. with barriers and bricks, they blocked roads. they said they wanted to save their friends. one of those friends inside is anthony's brother, who we spoke to on the phone. are you going to come out tonight? or are you staying in there? i am ready to come out tonight. you are coming out tonight? yes.
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you know you are going to be arrested, the police say? i don't want to be arrested by the police. jason told us food and water supplies were dwindling, but they still have petrol bombs. 0thers holed up inside the campus, blockaded by the police for a second night, had already decided it was time to get out. risking serious injury, they slid down ropes, from a footbridge. people on motorbikes underneath, poised to take them away. earlier in the day, just before two o'clock in the afternoon, another group tried to escape. so, it's1:a5pm and, all of a sudden, we hear tear gas and you look down and see protesters, they are basically making a run for it. i think there must be maybe 100 of them. they came running out over the barriers and a large amount of tear gas was fired in their direction. a handful were arrested. police say anyone caught
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leaving the campus will be charged with rioting. those who stayed feared a repeat of this. in the early hours, police raided part of the campus, arresting several people. they claim some are disguising themselves as medics or reporters. despite saying they want a peaceful end, the supporters outside are provoking the police, deploying once again the simplest of tactics. you are trying to block the police and also show support for...? yes, support for the poly university students because they are blocked inside and we are doing anything to help them, to save them, to let them out. the road out of this is still very unclear. hong kong is heading for an election this weekend, district councils will be decided. a barometer of public opinion, but one the government is still
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unsure about whether it can go ahead. robin brant, bbc news. two teenagers have beenjailed for life for murdering 17 year old jodie chesney in a case of mistaken identity, while she was in a park with friends in east london. svenson 0ng—a—kwie — on the left — will serve at least 26 years. arron isaacs, who's 17, was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years. police have released footage of the moment the pair were arrested in march, shortly after the attack. borisjohnson has told business leaders at the confederation of british industry conference that the conservatives will postpone a planned cut in corporation tax next year and spend the money on priorities like the nhs, if they win the election. in his speech, jeremy corbyn denied that labour were anti—business and promised more investment than business had ever dreamt of. jo swinson told delegates that the lib dems were the "natural party of business", because they wanted to cancel brexit. our business editor, simonjack, reports. it is a brave move to use a business conference to announce you are abandoning a planned
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£6 billion tax cut for business. i hope you won't mind if i also announce today that we are postponing further cuts in corporation tax, and, before you storm the stage, this saves £6 billion that we can put into the priorities of the british people. the fact that it hardly raised an eyebrow means you know people's minds are on something else. avoiding no—deal brexit means agreeing a full trade deal in 13 months, something many here doubt is possible without asking for more time. can you guarantee to this audience the uk will never leave the eu without a deal? i think we are off to a flying start and see no reason why we shouldn't get it done in the time available. there was also a promise to cut business rates, and lower taxes on hiring new employees. can i please welcome jeremy corbyn... this is a tough crowd for a party that's promised to hike corporation tax from 19 to 26% and nationalise a long and growing risk
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of private companies. it is sometimes claimed that i am anti—business. actually, this is nonsense. there was an announcement of 320,000 new green apprenticeships, but also a vision of a business—friendly future. you're going to see more investment then you have ever dreamt of. you're going to have the best educated workforce you could ever have hoped for, and you're going to get the world—leading infrastructure... business is labour—curious, but many are curious about how this will be paid for. businesses would dearly like to be talking about something else, politicians too, but the brexit issue continues to cast a shadow over this gathering. the cbi says we simply cannot afford to have another year like 2019, but within the world of business there's surprisingly little confidence the upcoming election will provide the clarity everyone is so desperate for. the lib dems arrived with a promise
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to abolish business rates and replace it with attacks on landlords, but it's their position to revoke brexit the leader was selling hard today. the liberal democrats are the natural party of business. with the conservatives in the pocket of nigel farage and jeremy corbyn stuck in the 1970s, we are the only ones standing upforyou. the snp said scotland had not escaped the damage brexit uncertainty was doing to the whole uk. we've already seen £1 trillion in deferred investment in the uk economy and it's not doing scotland's economy any good either, so i think the best option for scotland is to make its own choice and escape brexit by voting snp. back at the conference, there was a feeling of weary scepticism about the party's promises. there is a lot of promises made today, it's close to christmas so they have all turned up like santa claus offering the world. we want to see the uncertainty taken
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away so we can move forward. the hope comes from hearing all three leaders today talking to 1,500 businesses about their vision for the economy, and that's been missing from the election so far. but we have a lot of frustration as well because we do not have a resolution to the massive issue of our times, brexit, and we have the possibility we could be here in a year having exactly the same conversation. that is a prospect that business will be desperate to avoid. simon jack, bbc news. the high court has dismissed legal challenges, brought by the snp and the liberal democrats, over their exclusion from tomorrow's televised debate between boris johnson and jeremy corbyn. the parties had argued that the format of the itv programme was undemocratic, as the broadcaster had failed to include the views of remain voters. itv has said the debate will go ahead as planned. the headlines on bbc news...
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it's emerged a major sponsor decided to end its support of a business network funded by prince andrew. accountancy firm kpmg say the decision was made weeks before his newsnight interview. the violent protests in hong kong intensify — hundreds of anti—government demonstrators have escaped a university campus where they had been held by police — but many remain trapped inside the building. borisjohnson, jeremy corbyn and jo swinson make their election pitches to business leaders at the cbi's annual conference in london. sport, and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. good evening.
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huge pressure on the republic of ireland tonight. they are in action against denmark in their euro 2020 qualifier, needing a win. anything else in dublin would mean mick mccarthy's side will be in the play offs. it will be in the play offs. is still goalless. you can fo that it is still goalless. you can follow that on the bbc news website. the only way the republic of ireland and denmark could both qualify is if switzerland lose to gibraltar, which is unlikely. the swiss are leading 1-0. is unlikely. the swiss are leading 1—0. elsewhere, italy and spain are leading in their respective matches. you can check out all of the latest on the bbc sport website. saracens aren't going to challenge the huge punishment for breaking
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the premiership salary cap. the english and european champoions were hit with a 35 point penalty and 5 million pound fine. england head coach, eddiejones has been speaking about the issue. he says relationships may have been damaged within his squad by the punishment. eight of his matchday squad for the world cup finaljust over 2 weeks ago were sarries players, including his captain, 0wen farrell. and jones can see some of those players prioritising club over country to help keep them up. that could have a significant impact and it's something that we need to weigh up and look at very carefully. 0bviously, weigh up and look at very carefully. obviously, there may be some dislocation between saracens players and the rest of the clubs. that's a reality, and we might have to work to mend those relationships a bit harder, and there might be some saracens players that feel like they've got to play for their club instead of their country to make sure they don't go down.
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so it's going to be a tough season for sarries. here are the thoughts of their former player kyran bracken who knows what will happen if they get relegated, if they implode or can get up quickly, but it's difficult with the european matches. are they liable to put out the strongest team or are they allowed to put out a younger team? there are lots of difficulties with england, with europe and the club itself. the new look davis cup is under way in madrid. rather than the old format of home and away ties through the year, there are 18 nations competing in six groups with the final on sunday. (00v)belgium got off to a flying start wining both their singles matches to win their opening tie against colombia. steve darcis won his match in straight sets, and then david goffin beat daniel galan in three to secure the victory ahead of the doubles match. and russia won both their singles matches against croatia to secure victory in that tie.
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today's other tie is between italy and canada. sam curran looks likely to be chosen ahead of chris woakes for england's first test against new zealand, which starts on wednesday. curran says he aims to emulate ben stokes' all round contribution to the team following his heroics in the world cup and ashes last summer. my my role, if i do play, will kind of be coming to the bat at number eight and bowling and trying to take wickets. if you look at somebody like stokes, contributing at the bat at number five, a like stokes, contributing at the bat at numberfive, a claim taking lots of wickets. my main aim is to keep working on that angle because i feel, when i play my best, i am contrary to both formats. now we like to bring you a wide range of sports from around the world so we'll end with the action from the rubik's cube world cup final in moscow
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from over the weekend. whoever completes the puzzle fastest is the winner. now for most mere mortals it can take hours — days even — to solve it, but not in the case of these experts. the honours in the male category went to teenager max park of the united states. juliette sebastian of france took the title in the speed cubing female category. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30. i can't do it either! the us secretary state, mike pompeo, has announced that washington no longer considers israeli settlements built in the occupied west bank to be illegal. the announcement has been welcomed by the israeli government and is likely to dismay palestinians. calling the establishment of settle m e nts calling the establishment of settlements inconsistent with international law hasn't worked or
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advanced the cause of peace. the ha rd advanced the cause of peace. the hard truth is there will never be a judicial resolution to this and arguments as a matter about who is right or wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace. this is a complex political problem that can only be solved by negotiations between the israelis and palestinians. the united states remains deeply committed to helping facilitate peace, and i will do everything i can to help this cause. the united states encourages the israelis and palestinians to resolve the status of israeli citizens in the status of israeli citizens in the west bank. further, we encourage both sides to point a solution that promotes, protects and establishes the security and welfare of palestinians and israelis. 0ur north america correspondent, aleem maqbool is in washington how significant is this? it is a big and bold move that is going to upset palestinians and other arab
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countries, and european countries also consider these settlements illegal. this overturns four decades of american policy because, in the late 70s, under the carter administration, the state department looked at international law and decided that israel creating these jewish settlements on land that was ca ptu red jewish settlements on land that was captured in the six—day war and occupied from palestinians was inconsistent with international law, and what mike pompeo said today was that pat had been an obstacle to peace somehow and, by declaring that they are no longer inconsistent with international law, from an american point of view, it would somehow open up point of view, it would somehow open up the space for the potential for a peace deal, and i am certain that is not how palestinians will look at this, and a lot of european countries as well. what is the reason for the white house wanting to make this announcement? it's a good question, and it is certainly
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consistent with what the trump administration has been doing in the last couple of years, declaring jerusalem the capital of israel, recognising jerusalem as the capital, which is part of the dispute between palestinians and israel. also, earlier this year, america decided that israel had sovereignty over the golan heights. that was another area that was ca ptu red that was another area that was captured during the six—day war, that from syria. so it's consistent with what we have seen for the past couple of years, but what benefit would it really have? palestinians have never really felt that america has been an honest peace broker. they never really felt that america was doing anything to stop the expansion of these settlements. when we say settlements, it sounds like a small thing, but if you go to the west bank, you say that these things really dominate the landscape therefore stop some of them are no less in cities, and one in particular spits the west bank in
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two. palestinians have always felt the americans turn a blind eye, so why make this move? the sense is that this is a move to boost benjamin netanyahu, who is locked in a political impasse in israel, and suddenly it does feel like it could help him. the thing is, it could also have various other consequences. we saw, when america recognised jerusalem as the capital of israel, it led to protests, which led to deaths. so there are those who are faithful that a similar situation could arise this time. tata steel is set to cut 3000 europeanjobs. the company says the majority ofjobs affected will be office—based and that there will be no plant closures. it's not yet known what the impact on tata plants in the uk will be. the business says urgent plans
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are being made to improve it's financial performance as part of a transformation programme. it's a deadly fungal tree disease called ash dieback that's swept across europe and could wipe out most of the ash trees in britain. now scientists say there's new hope after a team from the royal botanic gardens, kew identified the genes that provide resistance to ash dieback. it means trees could be bred that are unaffected by the epidemic. the research is published in thejournal nature, ecology and evolution. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle reports. the stunning colours of autumn revealing the richness of our forests, but they're under threat. in 2012, ash dieback arrived in the uk from europe, where it's already ravaged woodlands. it's caused by a fungus that kills the ash trees it attacks. one of the classic symptoms of ash dieback is a darkened lesion on the bark of the tree, and we can see this long diamond—shaped lesion where the fungus has grown into the tree. but, by studying these trees,
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researchers have discovered a very small proportion are resistant to the disease and they've now pinpointed the genes that fight off the fungus. it does give us hope that by understanding the differences between the dna of ash trees with and without resistance to ash dieback, we'll be able to breed trees with increased resistance and those will help to safeguard future populations of ash. this disease really is transforming our woodlands. it's estimated that there are 100 million ash trees in the uk, but the rapid sweep of this deadly fungus could kill off up to 70% of them and a recent report put the cost of this loss at £15 billion. in their search for a solution, scientists have been extracting dna from ash leaves. the idea is to take the genes that are helping trees resist the disease and incorporate them into new plants through breeding. but ash isn't the only tree in trouble, so a major project has
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been under way to collect 15 million seeds from different woodland species. they're stored at minus 20 in a giant freezer. it's an insurance policy against future threats. we don't know what's around the corner for our woodland. there are threats from climate change and from plant health threats, pests and diseases and land use change. so we don't know what's going to happen to our woodlands in the future, so by banking the seeds here, we have them, they're out of the environment, away from plant health threats and they're a back—up. we know how to germinate them. it's the diversity of trees that makes our forests unique. losing any one species, though, would dramatically change them. but the hope is that this new research could preserve woodlands for future generations. rebecca morelle, bbc news. coming up after the weather... adam fleming and the
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team unpick today's political events in electioncast, including a look at businesswoman jennifer arcuri's claims against borisjohnson. stay tuned for that. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. in northern ireland, wales and the south—west, temperatures might lift later. across the rest of the uk, blue colours on the chart, an indication of widespread frost. temperature is already below freezing for some of you, and more be by dawn. maybe in rural parts of northern england, as low as —6. around —9 or —10 in northern and eastern scotland. in the south—east, a frost, but plenty of sunshine, except a bit more cloud in the west and there will be fog patches in wales, the midlands and southern england, and it could lift into low cloud and drift north. most of you in scotland, northern and eastern england will have a sunny day. more cloud in the south and west, compared to today, and in northern ireland, west wales, cornwall, the
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isles of scilly and the hebrides, some rain developing. as we head towards the weekend, we could see a bit more in the way of rain developing in the east.
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