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' will will move southwards, cold air will move southwards, particularly across the northern half of the country it will feel colder by the the key issue — how to solve the dispute over the size of the brexit bill. the prime minister said her position was clear no other eu country need fear that they will have to receive less or pay in more. we've been very clear that we will honour our commitments. but europe's biggest player, germany, is in political crisis after its leader angela merkel fails to secure the coalition support she needs. we'll be asking what impact the turmoil in germany might have on the brexit talks. also tonight... protests in zimbabwe, as president robert mugabe faces impeachment, charged with allowing his wife to usurp power. could more district nurses caring for people at home help relieve the winter strain on the nhs?
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tributes are paid to jana novotna, the tennis player who wore her heart on her sleeve, who has died at the age of 49. and the bells ring out for a platinum wedding anniversary — the queen and prince philip celebrate 70 years of married life. coming up on sportsday... another premier league sacking, this time at west brom, who part company with tony pulis. good evening. theresa may is meeting senior cabinet ministers in an effort to make progress on the stalled brexit talks. they are expected to discuss
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the so—called divorce bill — that's the money the uk needs to pay on leaving the eu — with some conservatives warning the government not to "play santa claus" by handing over tens of billions of pounds. today, the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, said brussels was ready to offer the uk the "most ambitious" trade deal, but only if its terms were met. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. no 10 is always a special place to visit. but today it was the scene of vital conversations for the call of the cabinet. crucial conversations to decide if theresa may can hold out promise of billions more to brussels. she has already promised nearly 20 billion to clean up our accou nts nearly 20 billion to clean up our accounts as we leave. we have made it very clear that we will honour oui’ it very clear that we will honour our commitments. but what i want to see is developing that special partnership with the european union
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for the future, and i want to see us moving together. a deal which is good for the uk will be one which is good for the uk will be one which is good for the rest of the european union. but what else should we pay for? prime minister wants to concentrate on how to grow industry. there will be cash promises for research and development two days before the budget. and yet she can't ignore tension in government over the handling of the financial deal with brussels. where it is also a red—carpet day. and there's no doubt about what the other european nations think british ministers must decide. reporter label do you want more money from the uk...? yes to more money from the uk...? yes to more cash from the germans. and the dutch say, get on with it.” more cash from the germans. and the dutch say, get on with it. i think this has been happening for a few months now channelled it has to be concrete and on the table. but with the germans without a government and potentially holding new elections, there could be plenty of hold—ups on
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there could be plenty of hold—ups on the eu side has hit the chief negotiator, michel barnier, said the uk can't have the benefits of the single market when we leave, but a if we pay up and come up with a deal for the irish border...? if if we pay up and come up with a deal for the irish border. . . ? if we manage to negotiate an orderly withdrawal puzzle there is every reason for our future partnership to be ambitious. this is our preferred option. but even hinting at paying billions for that could cause trouble at home. the chancellor of the exchequer has got very limited scope for manoeuvre. he cannot afford to play santa claus to mr tusk and mr juncker. afford to play santa claus to mr tusk and mrjuncker. he needs to make sure that we are only paying exactly for our obligations, for what we are absolutely contracted for. did you talk about money today... 7 but who for. did you talk about money today...7 but who will be the most persuasive7 the foreign secretary, who promised we would get money back from brexit7 or his colleagues? this
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from brexit? or his colleagues? this is so politically sensitive. cabinet ministers say they are not even talking actual numbers yet. tonight's decision is whether theresa may is allowed to go to brussels on friday with a clear signal that the tanya is willing to pay more. the tories' top table is so divided, the party so fractured on this issue that it is a choice theresa may cannot make on her own new. the progress of brexit talks may also be affected by events in germany, where angela merkel is facing a deepening political crisis following the collapse of talks to form a coalition government. the failure of the negotiations since the country went to the polls in september may trigger a fresh general election. our berlin correspondent jenny hill reports. she promised germany a government for christmas. instead, angela merkel has delivered an unprecedented political crisis. not much to applaud. in the early hours of this morning, mrs merkel admitted
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she couldn't form a government. translation: i, as the acting chancellor, will do everything to lead the country through these difficult weeks. later, crisis talks with the german president. this country may yet have to go back to the ballot box. what's uncertain is whether mrs merkel‘s party would want her to lead them into a fresh election. translation: this is the moment for all involved to reflect and reconsider. all parties elected to parliament are there to serve the common good. i expect them to be open to discussion, to create a government in the very near future. but german politics, german voters, have changed. the far right now sits in parliament — a weakened mrs merkel doesn't have many options. translation: it's time for a change. someone else should be in charge. she's out of new ideas. translation: she's
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close to the people. she tries to represent the interests of different parts of society. she doesn't always succeed but she tries. political uncertainty, economic disquiet. mrs merkel cancelled a meeting with the dutch leader today. little time for foreign policy now. dwindling influence perhaps in the future. it's rare, unprecedented even, for there to be such confusion at the heart of the german government. but this is a leadership crisis, too. they call it the merkel dammerung — the twilight of merkel. her demise is often wrongly predicted. this time, though, there is a sense that the lights are starting to go out on the merkel era. from a country which stands for stability, a sudden hesitation in the heart of europe. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. our europe editor, katya adler, is
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in berlin for us. what does a weakened angela merkel mean for europe and for brexit? first of all, don't give up on angela merkel yet. she is weakened, but if you look at her personal popularity ratings, they remain something that other european leaders would dream of. but yes, germany is the most powerful country economically and politically in the eu. so, what happens here has a knock—on effect elsewhere, too. the eu has been quite bullish of late, with ambitious plans to reform the eurozone, reform asylum policy, have closer defence co—operation, but germany was in the driving seat for all of that. angela merkel is now distracted internally, which will stall those plans. and what about brexit? one source close to angela merkel tonight insisted that none of this will affect brexit at all. and if you look at angela merkel trying to form a coalition in
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the last few weeks, germany has remained quite vocal voice in the brexit talks. however, the uk government is calling for imaginative thinking when it comes toa imaginative thinking when it comes to a final brexit we'll, and that ta kes to a final brexit we'll, and that takes political will and power. and if you look at the eu, there is no—one single voice louder than that of germany. in zimbabwe, the ruling party is to start the process of removing robert mugabe from office, charging him with letting his wife grace "usurp constitutional power". it comes after the 93—year—old president refused to step down after mass protests calling for him to leave. our africa correspondent fergal keane has been following the day's events. at party headquarters, the shreds of better days. piece by piece, robert mugabe is going. his mps gathered to begin legal process of impeachment, removing him from office by parliamentary vote, and telling as it could happen in days. we expect
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the motion to be moved tomorrow, a committee to be set up tomorrow, and hopefully by wednesday we expect that we should be able to vote in parliament. in the audience a first lady in waiting the wife of the man whom the party wants as president. with your husband become president? i have not committed on that. everybody is waiting to see him? i have not committed on that. everybody is waiting to see him7|1 am everybody is waiting to see him?” am also waiting to see him! thank you very much. you can hear the emotions are building here, and this isa emotions are building here, and this is a parliamentary party set on getting rid of robert mugabe. they share that ambition with the people of zimbabwe and with the military. listen, when the people have spoken, thatis listen, when the people have spoken, that is it. the country is still absorbing last night's extraordinary presidential speech, with it's soothing musical introduction and
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absence of any talk of resignation. he appeared detached from reality, talking about presiding over a party congress. partly this is to do with a changed africa. the old days of shooting leaders are gone. this human rights lawyer was once persecuted by robert mugabe and imprisoned. she says those opposed to him wants to be seen to be acting within the law. it has always been, you make the law, you justify it on the basis that this is the law. and this is in line with the zimbabwean way of doing things. if it respectability by making it law. impeachment is not just respectability by making it law. impeachment is notjust about removing robert mugabe quickly. it's about the quest for legitimacy of those who will pull this country next. fergal keane, bbc news,
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harare. the owner of british gas, centrica, has announced that it will scrap standard gas and electricity tariffs for new customers. british gas claims the series of measures, to be introduced by april, will be much more effective than the government's proposed cap on energy bills. british airways is introducing a boarding policy that means those buying the cheapest seats will be seated last. from 12th december, passengers will be assigned a number on their boarding passes, depending on how much they've paid to travel. ba said the move will bring it into line with other carriers. an investigation into spending by vote leave during the eu referendum campaign has been re—opened by the electoral commission. the organisation denies attempting to get round spending limits. the electoral commission originally accepted this — but now says it has new information. the world of tennis has been paying tribute to one of the sports most popular personalities — jana novotna, the former wimbledon singles champion,
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who's died of cancer at the age of 49. the all—england club described the czech player as "a true champion in all senses of the word". david ornstein has been looking back at her life. 1993, and on the verge of winning wimbledon, jana novotna crumbled on centre court. she lost the final but won the hearts of the british public. and in the duchess of kent, she found a shoulder to cry on. she just told me, jana, you will do it. i believe one day you will do its. i just became very emotional and it was very nice, i appreciate very much what she has done. and her perseverance finally paid off the following year. a popular victory and uphiller champion. she was such
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and uphiller champion. she was such a warm person, always very, very friendly off the first person to come up and smile and give you a couple of kisses, and really, really loved by everyone. despite her many achievements, novotna will always be remembered for wimbledon, the tears, the triumph and eventually, the smile. commentator: that smile will remain on her face for the rest of the afternoon. jana novotna who has died at the age of 49. our top story this evening: theresa may meets senior cabinet ministers in downing street to discuss the size of the brexit bill. and still to come... what happened to britain's productivity, and can it be boosted? every year the nhs is put under mounting strain
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during the winter months. health experts say it needs four billion pounds more next year to stop patient care from deteriorating. ministers say it needs different ways of working. one possible solution is treating people at home. back in 2010, the number of district nurses providing crucial home care was 7,000, in england. there are nowjust over 4,000 community nurses delivering home care helping people stay out of hospital. our health correspondent dominic hughes spent two days with a team in leeds. asa as a health professional, you know what you are signing up to, you know you will be working around the clock. this is highly skilled, demanding work. they are lucky get
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you to make a decision and it can be quite difficult. in a service under pressure. we do constantly struggle with the supply of staff to do the job that we need to be done. district nurses form the backbone of health care in our communities.” think the antibiotics have done the trick so i'm really pleased. a stroke, throat cancer, diabetes and liver problems have loved maurice dependent on the support of his wife and community matrons. in many ways, he's a typical patient. is this where you are getting the pain? otherwise he would be constantly in and out of hospital. no matter what time of day, you can ring them any time. the district nurses, their carers, i wouldn't be able to keep him at home without them. in the
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hospital it is your environment. in someone's homes, the tables are reversed, you someone's homes, the tables are reversed , you are someone's homes, the tables are reversed, you are guest in their home and this sense of being alone. it isjust you and the patient or their family. there was a ten year difference in life expectancy between some of the deprived areas of leeds and the wealthier parts of the city and that presents a challenge to the community nursing teams who are seeing patients with a myriad of complicated health problems but the real issue is there is simply not enough qualified nurses who are willing or able to do this difficultjob. back at base the tea m this difficultjob. back at base the team are trying to manage a growing number of cases, it's not easy. we just have pressured day in, day out to do it. if services like mine are not there 21w, our hospitals are
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com pletely not there 21w, our hospitals are completely full. staff nurse lisa is on another call—out, this time to check up on colin who has problems with his legs. not getting sort anywhere? keeping patients like colin at home rather than in hospital is central to plans for the future of the nhs in england. would you be able to get the prescription sent to the chemist and delivered to his own address? this is work often unseen, requiring dedication and compassion but it is vital if the nhs is to continue as we know it. the family of 19 year old gaia pope, whose body was found at the weekend, have questioned why police officers took 11 days to locate her. the teenager's body was found on land south of swanage in dorset. gaia suffered from severe epilepsy and her disappearance sparked a huge campaign from family and friends to find her. duncan kennedy reports.
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at the place gaia was found, the police were today continuing their investigations. it seems no one else was involved in her disappearance. gaia had been missing for 11 days, her body was found on saturday leaving her family devastated. her body was found on saturday leaving herfamily devastated. today her father richard read this note written by gaia's mother, natasha. the lights will radiate for all eternity. meet me at the gate, my darling. so here we are longing for you for the rest of our lives, together forever united as one. your mum, always. gaia's cousin said there were questions over why it took 11 days to find her. this is not something that should have happened and it shouldn't have taken
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11 days to find her so close and we need to know why. hundreds of local people helped look for gaia. three people helped look for gaia. three people were arrested and released. today police said the three would face no further action but the father of one of those arrested said the police went too far. they did ta ke the police went too far. they did take it seriously. what did they do, they decided my family were involved in it, when all they have tried to do is show kindness. dorset police said today there are inquiries may have caused distress to some individuals but that it had an obligation to explore every possible line of inquiry. gaia's family say they want to be left to grieve in private. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories... a taxi driver caught on cctv buying petrol, which he later used when killing his
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two children by smothering them with a fuel—soaked rag, has been been jailed for life at birmingham crown court. endris mohammed was convicted last week of the murders of saros, aged eight, and his six—year—old sister leanor. mohammed was badly burned as he set fire to the family home in an attempt to kill his wife while she slept. kezia dugdale was not given permission to join the cast of i'm a celebrity get me out of here, according to the new leader of the scottish labour party. ms dugdale apparently sought authorisation from party chiefs to appear on the reality tv show but it was not granted. she's expected to join the itv programme later this week. the government today outlined plans to spend £4 billion on research and development and regional growth strategies to boost economic growth. it includes £1.7 billion to provide better transport links between cities. the government hopes this will improve britian's weak economic productivity — that's the amount workers generate per hour. it's seen as one the key challenges for the chancellor ahead of wednesday's budget, as our business editor
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simonjack explains. the first industrial revolution saw the amount businesses could produce rocket, using machines that did the work of thousands. it was a leap in productivity that in recent years has slowed to a crawl under that matters. if you can increase productivity, you can pay workers more, and crucially they pay more tax. otherwise none of those good things happen which is why the biggest challenge for the chance of this week is to persuade businesses to invest in the machines and skills of the future. in order to improve it, the government outlined plans today to spend research and development with
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a further £1.7 billion to improve links between cities hoping improved connectivity will drive greater productivity. a new revolution is at hand, being driven by technology companies like google who today opened a digital garage in manchester, a drop—in centre for those looking for digital skills. when you look at economy is relative to those who are not, there is a substantial untucked opportunity to go online. the majority of advertising is not online and yet the reach you can have online is quite profound. retraining workers cost government money, money they get from tax, tax that google has been accused of legitimately avoiding. the government make the rules and we apply those rules and that's what we are doing. we are very much of the view that being responsible citizens within every jurisdiction is the way we conduct ourselves. not only is the uk less
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productive than germany, france and italy, the north of england is less productive than the south, a gap that needs closing according to the mayor of manchester.” that needs closing according to the mayor of manchester. i think the single biggest thing holding the north of england back and giving us productivity challenge is our transport infrastructure or the poor quality of it because we haven't had the investment over decades in road and railand the investment over decades in road and rail and consequently we see more and more congestion, people arriving late for work. this is a real problem. these investments in new technology are welcome but won't spare the chancellor the productivity downgrade on wednesday that will tighten the squeeze on the public finances even further. the queen and the duke of edinburgh are marking 70 years of marriage today. the bells of westminster — where elizabeth married prince philip — rang to celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary. it's been a low—key affair,
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with the royals making private plans to mark the occasion. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. ringing out from westminster abbey, of bells to mark 70th wedding anniversary. it was to the abbey on this day in 19117 that the then princess elizabeth came for her wedding to lieutenant colonel mountbatten. now the solemn service begins. take thee philip to be my wedded husband... it was the start of a marriage which has enjoyed for 70 yea rs marriage which has enjoyed for 70 years and which from the moment elizabeth came to the throne in 1952 has underpinned the success and
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stability of her reign as queen. those who know them have no doubt the bride and groom who signed the marriage register that day at the abbey were deeply committed to each other. obviously they were very much in love, it is early love as far as ican in love, it is early love as far as i can understand it so it is a love match essentially, it is a great love story. a deeply loyal sense of duty, which is bolstered in courage and uplifted by their faith. the early years of her reign were difficult for the duke who felt he had no clear purpose but he adapted to the role of consort and for decade after decade they toured the world and fulfilled official duties together. a couple so much of whose lives have been public, sustained by the private bond between them which remains strong and deep, as the latest photographs make clear. there are 70 years together will be
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celebrated with a private party at windsor castle. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. most will have noticed a change in the feel of the weather today, it has been a very mild day, even where it was cloudy, and where the cloud broke we got up to 17 degrees, not bad at all for this point in november. you can see from the satellite picture it has been largely cloudy affair but this is sunshine through wales and the midlands is where we have had some of the brightest weather today. tonight it will be all about the cloud, misty and murky conditions, patchy rain, then through the second half of the night through northern england and scotland we will see heavy bursts of rain developing. for many, colder across the northern isles. generally across scotland it isa isles. generally across scotland it is a wet start to tomorrow morning, heavy bursts of rain which will move
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slowly northwards through the day. this next belt of rain moving across northern ireland into western areas through the day and it will turn increasingly windy as well. some glimmers of brightness perhaps, but it will be generally quite cloudy, 14 it will be generally quite cloudy, 1a degrees if you keep the cloud. that first area of low pressure tries to clear away during tuesday night, but here comes another one for wednesday and a weather front which will bring quite a lot of rain across parts of wales and north—west england. further south and east, windy, we get some brightness, still holding on to something called a further north. towards the end of the week the cold air will try to dive southwards again. quite an erratic process, some doubt about how far south it will get, but in the north it will feel more chilly by the end of the week. 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.
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hello. this is bbc news with carole walker. the headlines. the european union's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said the eu would prefer an ambitious future partnership with britain once it leaves, but has warned member governments to prepare for no deal. theresa may is meeting ministers to decide whether to increase the amount britain is prepared to pay the eu, as part of a so—called divorce bill. as protesters take to the streets, president mugabe faces impeachment proceedings as early as tomorrow, after a deadline set by the country's ruling party for him to step down, expired. after the breakdown of coalition talks, germany's chancellor angela merkel says she'd rather have fresh elections than lead a minority government.
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