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tonight at six: another round of brexit talks ends with frustration on both sides. the divorce bill is at the heart of the row. the eu hits back after britain's team says it's being asked to pay too much to leave the eu. the commission has set out its position, and we have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it rigorously, it is clear the uk does not feel legally obliged to honour its obligations after departure. with the timetable slipping, we'll be asking if there is a way to break the deadlock. also tonight: theresa may says she's not a quitter, but some in her own party question whether she'll still be leader at the next election. the online gambling firm that's been hit with a fine of nearly £8 million. it failed to protect vulnerable players. still time to apply for an extra 15 hours of free childcare in england — but some nurseries fear they'll be out of business. another record—breaking
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transfer deadline day — premier league clubs have already spent 1.2 billion. and coming up in a special transfer deadline day sportsday on bbc news: alexis sanchez is among the big names who still could be on the move, as the clock ticks down to the end of the summer transfer window. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the latest round of brexit talks ended in brussels today with both sides suggesting the other was to blame for the lack of progress. a major sticking point is the so—called divorce bill — the amount britain will have to pay as it leaves the eu. so the eu's michel barnier summed up the session, saying "no decisive progress" had
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been made on key issues. but the brexit secretary, david davis, warned that only "flexibility and imagination" would lead to a deal. from brussels, our europe editor, katya adler, reports. trust building between the two sides. that's what the eu says this first phase of brexit negotiations is about. so, by today, the end of round three of the first talks, how much trust is there? it's clear that the uk does not feel legally obliged to honour its obligations after departure. how can we build trust and start discussing a future relationship? for his part, david davis said the uk couldn't blindly trust the divorce bill presented by
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the eu. the commission has set out its position and we have a duty to oui’ its position and we have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it rigorously. behind the smart suits, dusted smiles, it was clear that both sides were talking at cross purposes today about what brexit subject to tackle in what order, and whether and much progress is actually being made. david davis picked it deliberately painted a picture of a rigid, inflexible eu. it's only through flexibility and imagination that we will achieve a deal that truly works for both sides. shall garnier insisted the uk had to be more clear, and realistic about of brexit deal. —— michel barnier. he said the eu couldn't be flexible if the uk didn't show its hand. translation: i'm not frustrated but iam translation: i'm not frustrated but i am impatient. translation: i'm not frustrated but iam impatient. i'm notangry translation: i'm not frustrated but i am impatient. i'm not angry but determined. we know that brexit will have a big impact on our lives, but
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how huge will depend on the nature ofa how huge will depend on the nature of a transition deal and a future permanent trade deal between the eu and uk. we are nowhere near that yet, and all this deal—making could still fall apart, but there is no need to panic just still fall apart, but there is no need to panicjust yet. the eu refuses to talk about the eu— uk future until various substantive progress on the divorce deal. both sides agree reassuring eu citizens in the uk and uk citizens in the eu isa in the uk and uk citizens in the eu is a top priority, but they still disagree over whether the european court ofjustice should have a role in guaranteeing the rights of individuals. an ireland, progress has made, especially around protecting in northern and republic of ireland common travel area, but the so—called divorce bill is the biggest sticking point right now. the eu wants the uk to pay up to 100 billion due —— 100 billion euros in what it sees as financial
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obligations the uk agreed to while a member. the uk says it will pay something, but it refuses to specify. these brexit talks have largely been technical, political pressure to push for progress is unlikely to come from the uk or the eu until after the conservative party conference or the formation of a new german government after elections next month. meanwhile, is the eu likes to repeat, the clock to the eu likes to repeat, the clock to the end of the uk's eu membership is ticking. katya adler is in brussels. clearly something of a stand—off, so what happens now?|j clearly something of a stand—off, so what happens now? i think you'd expect a certain amount of gloucester at this stage. he is one of those politicians standing tall and sounding tough. —— a certain amount of bluster. they are doubly domestic audiences and they want to show that if their conferences, they we re show that if their conferences, they were hard —fought. what show that if their conferences, they were hard—fought. what is becoming clear that could be dangerous for the talks is that they have very
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different positions in each politician is convinced they will wear down the other one. the eu will not indulge in that creative thinking david davis is asking for if it means breaking its own rules and weakening the single market, and the government will find it difficult to say to the people of the uk, i know we didn't tell you this but it's going to cost you 100 billion euros to leave the eu and we have to agree to it before we even know what we'll get it a future relationships. both sides insist they want a deal that something will have to give, so who is going to blink first? theresa may has said she's "not a quitter", and repeated her pledge to lead the conservatives into the next general election. speaking injapan, mrs may said the public wanted her to get on with the job. she's supported by some senior conservatives, but others have questioned whether she will still be leader in five years' time. 0ur correspondent ben wright has been travelling with the prime minister. his report contains flash photography. they're two prime ministers in tune, shinzo abe has rolled out a very warm welcome for theresa may on this three day trip.
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whether mrs may's reception will be quite so generous when she gets back to westminster is another matter, after the surprised pledge to lead britain and her party into the next general election, a vow repeated today. i said i wasn't a quitter and there's a long—term job to do. there's an importantjob to be done in the united kingdom. we stand at a really critical time in the uk. this fighting talk comes only three months after mrs may called a snap election and lost her party's majority. but, with brexit negotiations under way and no obvious rival in sight, most, but not all, tories seem willing to let her carry on, for now. we've made a decision, we want theresa may to get on with the job. we think it's an importantjob. it's critically important for the country that we get the right outcomes. i don't see any immediate change, but i think it's unrealistic to plan on the assumption that theresa may's going to be fighting the next election as leader of the conservative party. i don't think theresa may will stand
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down of her own accord, she would never to have a challenger to go forward to her. -- she would need to have a challenger. she is not a quitter. she's very resilient, and she will be there for as long as the conservative party want herto be. given north korea's latest missile test over this island, defence was a focus of talks here, as was brexit, with japan anxious to protect its investments in britain. translation: on brexit, we would like the impact on our companies minimised. we want predictability and transparency ensured during the negotiations. mrs may says she's listening, so that a smooth brexit transition is realised. it's the long—term issues of trade, the consequences of brexit, defence and security cooperation that have dominated theresa may's talks here, but it's her unplanned, strikingly blunt declaration about her own political future that her trip to japan will be remembered for. ben wright, bbc news, tokyo. the online gambling company has been fined a record £7.8 million
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for allowing vulnerable customers to continue betting. the gambling commission found that, due to a technical failure, customers who had excluded themselves from playing were still able to access their betting accounts, with one of them running up debts of over £1 million. richard westcott reports. and you love to play free... the familiar numbers of one of britain's best—known gambling brands, handed a record—breaking fine of nearly £8 million for failing to protect thousands of addicted customers who'd asked for help. the most important thing that gambling companies have to do is get on the front foot. they have to track play. they have to identify customers who may be at risk, who may be getting themselves into trouble and they need to take action much earlier. 888 failed to do that, which is why we're imposing the penalty package that we are today. more than 7,000 customers specifically asked 888 if they could be blocked from using their sites. so the company did stop them playing casino games, poker and from betting on sport but,
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critically, they could still play bingo and over the course of a year they managed to gamble more than £50 million. one of those customers ended up in prison after stealing £55,000 from her employer to feed her habit. she gambled three to four hours every day, for more than a year, placing well over three quarters of a million bets and spending £1.3 million. the commission is highly critical of 888 for not spotting her problem sooner. gambling cost tony his home and his marriage. i was spending £1,000 a time on a roulette number. so losing vast sums of money that i couldn't afford to. he's now campaigning for tighter controls. if i go into the bank and i want to open a current account or take out a mortgage or a credit card product, the bank is obliged to do identity checks, to do money laundering checks, make sure that you've got a legitimate source of income. if they're going to lend you money,
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they're obliged to make sure that you can afford to make the repayments. these are the sort of measures that i would really like to see implemented within the gambling industry. 888 says it accepts the conclusion of the review and that it's committed to providing players with the responsible as well as an enjoyable gaming experience. the company will now reimburse the £3.5 million lost by those customers and pay more than £4 million to organisations that help gambling addicts. richard westcott, bbc news. aid agencies are struggling to get help to millions of people affected by devastating floods across south asia. more than 1,200 people are believed to have died. it's thought to be the worst monsoon season in decades, with nearly a million homes damaged or destroyed in india, nepal and bangladesh. sanjoy majumder sent this report. weeks after the worst flooding in decades, a third of bangladesh is still under water. many villages in the northern part
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of the country still cut off. aid agencies are desperately trying to reach those affected. it's a similar situation across large parts of south asia. the eastern indian state of bihar has been hit the hardest. heavy rain and overflowing rivers have left large areas under water. more than 500 people have been killed here in the past few weeks. tens of thousands of people have lost their homes, and are staying in temporary camps. there's still a lot of water. there's a lot of damage. there's a lot of people still out of their homes. people are surviving and getting on with things as they can. and india's financial capital mumbai, a city of more than 20 million, was brought to a standstill after torrential rain hit the city on wednesday. transport services ground to a halt, forcing many to simply wade home. we're in the middle of the annual monsoon season and it's been raining intensely across india, but also neighbouring
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nepal and bangladesh for the past several weeks. it's caused the worst flooding in decades and it's led to a massive humanitarian crisis across the entire region. south asia is not unused to floods, especially at this time of the year, but the scale of the disaster this time round has meant that the authorities have struggled to cope. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, delhi. a chemical plant in texas which was flooded by hurricane harvey has caught fire, and people living nearby are being told to leave their homes immediately. in houston, some residents have returned to see the damage to their properties. several small explosions have been reported at the arkema facility in crosby. 0ur north america correspondent, james cook, has been there. it is an unsettling sight, a fire smouldering in the water. this plant makes organic peroxides which must be kept cool, but when the hurricane hit, the powerfailed and now they will explode. they planned for this, but not well enough. police have a simple
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message — get out, now. already 15 officers have been to hospital for checks amid fears of fumes in the air. max dellarosa's car was trapped by the floods inside the danger zone, but he was told he had to walk out. i guess something went on because then ijust heard the alarms. i was like, "oh, man, it's so serious now." then my mum was trying to get me, my dad was trying to get me, they wouldn't let nobody come in. i know they've got all kind of chemicals and ijust don't know which ones is in the water and coming down into my house, it means i've got water in the house right now. so it's going to be pretty nasty. as specialist teams rolls in, the messages coming out are confusing and contradictory. reports of explosions are now being denied. federal officials say the smoke is incredibly dangerous, the firm tells a different story. this isn't a chemical release, what we have is a fire, and when you have a fire where hydrocarbons, these chemicals burning, sometimes you have incomplete
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combustion and you have smoke. and any smoke is going to be an irritant to your eyes or your lungs or potentially your skin. the company which operates this plant says there's only one thing to do now and that is to let this fire burn itself out. in the meantime, people are being warned to stay back as there may be further explosions. in houston, with the floods receding, frank rogers is heading home to count the cost. you can see the water mark. when he escaped, the water in here was up to his chest, and this scene is being repeated today in thousands upon thousands of homes. upset, all the work we've got to do to get back up. it's going to be a long, trying time. a long trying time, man. and still this storm is not stopping. the rain and the rescues are continuing to the east,
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on the border between texas and louisiana. and she wants to know, everyone wants to know, when this will end. james cook, bbc news, crosby, in texas. our top story this evening: another round of brexit talks ends with little sign of progress, with the divorce bill at the heart of the row. and still to come: we're outside kensington palace, where tributes are being left to mark 20 years since the death of princess diana. coming up in a special transfer deadline day sportsday on bbc news: several big names still could be on the move in the final hours of the transfer window. we'll bring you all the latest news at 6:30pm. today is the deadline for working parents of three and four—year—olds in england to apply for 30 hours
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of free childcare a week. the extra costs will be paid for by the taxpayer. ministers say pilots have shown nurseries are willing to provide for extra places. but a leading educational charity is warning that the scheme is underfunded and some nurseries will struggle to stay in business. 0ur midlands correspondent, sima kotecha, reports. welcome news for working parents. 30 hours of free childcare a week for three and four—year—olds. it makes you feel more empowered to actually go and work full time because you've got the help from the government for the 30 hours. it willjust be beneficial for parents that are trying to go back to work. we just want the minimal support just so that we can work and it not be such a financial strain. more than 300,000 working families are entitled to this childcare, which is double the number of hours they used to get. however, some parents have told us that ever since they've been able to sign up to the scheme, there have been problems. at one point the government's
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website was not working properly and that stopped parents from getting a code which is needed to get the childcare. there have also been serious concerns about how nurseries will afford to pay for the service. here they are currently getting £3.97 per child getting £3.77 per child per hour from the state, but say they need at least £5.22 to cover the costs. we cannot afford to offer any totally free 30—hour childcare places. what we can do is offer the subsidised element and round that up with charging for meals and the extras that we provide here like french and drama, yoga and all the rest of it. i love playing with lego, building robots and animals. the government says there is a variation on what local authorities pay nurseries in the area, but they are adamant the policy is having a positive impact in places where it's already been trialled. there's £1 billion per year
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going into this by 2020 and we have put additional funding in, in response to some of the nurseries that said it wasn't sufficient. indeed, the fact we have piloted it and delivered already 15,000 places i think bodes well for the 200,000 parents who have signed up already on the scheme to start. on the scheme to start in september. but a survey out today by an education charity suggests 40% of nurseries are worried they will have to close down because they say the cash they are given is not enough to keep them in business. sima kotecha, bbc news. a man has appeared in court after an incident near buckingham palace where three police officers were injured. mohiussunath chowdhury, who is 26 and from luton, has been charged with planning a terror attack. it's alleged he drove his car at police officers before reaching for a samurai sword. he was remanded in custody until later this month. the uk's record on protecting the rights of disabled people has been criticised by a committee of the united nations.
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it's raised serious concerns about the number of disabled people living in poverty and also the effects of cuts to many benefits. the government has responded by saying the uk is "still a world leader" when it comes to disability rights. 0ur disability affairs correspondent, nikki fox, reports. this day centre in stockport as a place where people with all kinds of disabilities can come to socialise but many face barriers when it comes to living the life. our biggest problem is getting to work when i wa nt to problem is getting to work when i want to where i want to. if i want to go somewhere i should be able to get there without thinking. to go somewhere i should be able to get there without thinkinglj to go somewhere i should be able to get there without thinking. i need support to enable me to be independent. these barriers, which are among the many others disabled people face, have been highlighted by today's report from the united nations. it warns the uk is going backwards. it's the result of a
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widescale investigation looking at the uk ‘s progress in implementing the uk ‘s progress in implementing the un convention on disabled people's rights which the government signed up to in 2009. in what was the longest list of recommendations ever given to a member state, the committee said the uk must improve on accessibility to public buildings, transport and housing. provide free or affordable legal aid to improve access to the justice system. and to better support disabled people to live independently. half a million people had reduced the benefits, the social protection entitlements in a way that they were becoming desperate. there were people who committed suicide because of that. what we had was evidence in front of us saying people were pushed into work who we re people were pushed into work who were not fit for work. this is april, she cannot live independently in her own home. even ifi could get in because of the foot plates, you
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cannot get near. she needs support. it is hard. to have to wee into a bottle in this day and age. april used to be the chair of a charity and still would be now. changes to her care package have made it impossible for her to do anything other than the very basics.” impossible for her to do anything other than the very basics. i didn't ask to be like this, i don't want to bea ask to be like this, i don't want to be a burden on society. all right, i'm not able to work but i still wa nt to i'm not able to work but i still want to be part of that society and do what i always used to do, and i have been stopped doing that. such a critical report does not paint a good picture of disability rights in the uk, however the government says
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it doesn't accurately reflect the evidence it gave to the un and says it is disappointed the committee failed to realise the progress it has made. but the uk government will have to be back in geneva in 12 months to report on how the recommendations from the un have been implemented. nikki fox, bbc news. surrey‘s county championship cricket match at the oval against middlesex had to be abandoned this afternoon after someone fired a cross bow arrow into the ground. the discovery prompted play to be suspended and sparked a security alert which led to the match eventually being declared a draw and spectators asked to leave. people have again been gathering at kensington palace to pay their tributes to diana, princess of wales, who died 20 years ago today in a car crash in paris. let's join our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, who is there. 20 years on and it's clear diana still matters to a good number of
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people. it's a tiny fraction of course in terms of scale and intensity compared to how it was 20 yea rs intensity compared to how it was 20 years ago but throughout the day a strea m years ago but throughout the day a stream of people have been coming here to put the flowers by the gates. william and harry were here yesterday, they spent the day in privacy and the anniversary, this attention again poses the question how much impact did diana have on the monarchy. in truth i don't think the monarchy. in truth i don't think the reign of this particular monarch has been changed significantly. in the immediate aftermath of diana ‘s death, senior members were prepared to be more open in the ways of doing things but the queen is a product of her background and generation, and we shouldn't forget that her stoical, understated way of doing things, which was deemed to be insufficient by many people immediately after diana's death, has been widely approved on many occasions since then. where we do see change is in william and harry, they are diana's legacy and the style of doing things, which is accessible with emotional engagement, which is dignified mostly, would appear to be the style of monarchy that many people want for the future and that is down to diana in so many ways. nick, thank
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you very much. now, it's the final day of the football transfer window. 13 premier league clubs have already broken their transfer records. almost £1.2 billion has been spent so far. so why are clubs prepared to spend so much, and how is it all funded? our sports correspondent, andy swiss, reports. this report contains some flash photography. it has been a summer spending spree like no other. big names with even bigger price tags. from manchester to chelsea, from arsenal to everton, across the premier league clubs have been splashing the cash in record quantities. and today it's the last chance. among the early movers, alex 0xlade—chamberlain swapping his arsenal shirt for a liverpool one for a mere £35 million. it has been a window of such mind—boggling numbers, fans of the summer's biggest spenders say it's worth it. it's crazy, but that's football. that's why we pay the money, basically. we come here every match. we want to see success, we want to win trophies. five summers ago, premier league
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clubs spentjust under half a billion pounds on new players. last summer the figure had more than doubled, but that record has already been broken. by this morning, clubs had spent more than 1.2 billion, and by tonight's deadline it will be far more. so why has it happened? well, a 50% increase in tv money, which brought last year's title winners chelsea some £150 million, and some say the club's buying power could rise even further. i think we have talked for the last 20 years about the bubble potentially bursting, and it hasn't burst yet. what will happen to football rights if an amazon a netflix or a google wish to acquire the rights? you can't really predict that at the moment, but you would expect that the value will go up even further. the summer's most jaw—dropping transfer was in france — neymar‘s £200 million move to paris saint—germain, but collectively it's the premier league that leads the pricing or, as some see it, the overpricing. if ever there's a time to be
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a professionalfootballer, it's now. average pay is over 35 million, my goodness. and tonight there could be more hefty numbers. manchester city offering 60 million for arsenal's alexis sanchez. the trend to spend is far from over. andy swiss, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. meteorologists say autumn starts tomorrow so for some it has been the last day of summer and a bit more rain out there with big storms around but also a splash of colour in the skies with rainbows. there are still some thunderstorms across eastern parts of england but after dark the storms and showers fade away quickly, and going into september we have a chilly start because temperatures will dip away under clear skies. lower than this away from towns and city centres, even low single figures in some and places. after the sunshine, showers
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will break out but many places will avoid them and stay dry, that will be the case across scotland and much of northern ireland. across northern england there could still be some slow—moving thundery downpours but even here there will be some places that stay dry. looking into the west and wales, lots of dry weather to be found here and it is still pleasa ntly warm found here and it is still pleasantly warm when the sun makes an appearance. that's friday for you. saturday is fine, but sunday has rain coming in. that's all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. the eu's chief negotiator say there is has' been no decisive gross in the brexit talks after a third round of bargaining. the brexit secretary, david davis says contreat progress
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has been made. the 0val cricket ground in london has been evacuated during a cricket match, following reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt landed on the pitch. armed police are at police are bolt landed on the pitch. armed police are at the scene. 0fficials police are at the scene. officials in texas warn of an incredibly dangerous situation after two explosions at a chemical plant in houston. it was flooded by storm harvey. people living near the plant have been told to evacuate their homes. 0na homes. on a visit tojapan, the homes. on a visit to japan, the prime minister, theresa may, has repeated her claim she has no intention of standing down before the next election. and people are gathering at kensington palace it pay their tributes to princess diana, who died, 20 years ago today. now on bbc news, a special day for sport, a time for a specially—extended sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday.
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