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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10: the motion is not agreed to. us senators blame each otherfor the budget row, which has shut down the government, on the first anniversary of donald trump's inauguration. senior democrats say the president is impossible to negotiate with. america knows this is the trump shut down. only the president can end it. gunmen in afghanistan attack a major hotel in the capital, kabul — police there have been fighting to regain control of the building. turkey launches an assault on kurdish fighters in northern syria — opening up a new front in the conflict. mary lou mcdonald is confirmed as the only candidate nominated to replace gerry adams as sinn fein president. and fans at stadiums across the country remember cyrille regis — the former england player described as a "trailblazer" for black footballers. good evening.
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the us national government has officially shut down after senators failed to agree a stop—gap budget. it follows a bitter row between president trump's republicans and the opposition democrats over immigration and border security. senators are tonight trying to broker a deal to get the us government working again. it comes as thousands of women joined protest marches across the country on the first anniversary of president trump's inauguration. david willis reports from washington. marking the first anniversary of president trump's inauguration, protesters took to the streets in washington and across the country as the government of the largest
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economy in the world went into shutdown. the ayes are 50 and the noes are 49. a stop gap funding measure came up ten votes short after the democrat leader in the senate met with president trump. progress was made he said, before the deal—maker in chief changed his mind. negotiating with this white house is like negotiating with jello — it's next to impossible. as soon as you take one step forward, the hard right forces the president three steps back. the white house branded the democrats obstructionist losers. what we have witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision by a set of democrats to shove aside millions of americans for the sake of irresponsible, political gains. the government shutdown was 100% avoidable.
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outside on the streets were the people whose fate democrats wanted to tie to this funding agreement. young people brought into the united states illegally, who president trump is threatening to deport. republicans want their fate linked to the funding of a wall along the border with mexico. congress are working to find a solution to the crisis. hundreds of thousands of non—essential government workers will be paid on unpaid leave. not even members of the military will be paid. president trump took issue with that, tweeting that "democrats are holding our military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration." the last shutdown in 2013 caused the closure of national
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parks and led to around 800,000 government workers being placed on leave. nobody here wants to see history repeat itself. a year ago, the president was celebrating sweeping to power on the platform of the ultimate deal—maker. he starts his second year with the government in shutdown and his approval ratings at an all—time low. pennsylvania was one of the key states in delivering president trump his victory. he inspired hope among many working class voters in places like bethlehem, a former steel town that hadn't voted for a republican for president since the 1980s. the bbc‘s nick bryant went there to see how people rate his performance one year on. it was rust belt towns like bethlehem that helped put donald trump in the white house. one—time steel powerhouses that hadn't gone republican since the ‘80s. democratic strongholds that became trump country. this is all new?
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yes. keith runs his own construction company. he has built 300 new apartments since trump became president. he knows there has been a rise in business and consumer confidence. it has seen him double his workforce. as long as i see builders happy, shovels going in the ground and there is work ahead of me, i'm happy. you're seeing a trump bump? absolutely. 100%. no doubt in my mind. this is a direct result. he may turn out to be a great president. this man runs a barber shop, but keeps an eye on the stock market, which has risen 30% since this time last year. a democrat, he is proud to have voted for the billionaire. he is getting the politicians shook up, no business as usual. and i like what he is doing. what about his behaviour?
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well, you know what are you going to do? you don't like his tweeting. nobody likes his tweeting. in my mind, for my customers and everybody else it is what everybody's thinking but won't say. there are people in bethlehem who regard donald trump as a pariah. this woman is worried about the president's temperament. it's a common complaint from republicans and democrats. i don't think he has a real grasp on any kind of reality in a way. you know, in a theatrical reality he is great. but as far as leading our country, i think he has no clue what he is doing. i don't think he realises the seriousness of it. people in these communities are not consumed by the fire and fury gossip from the white house. they're not following every twist and tweet. many judge his presidency
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with an economic yardstick and many feel better off than they did this time last year. for all the chaos in washington, there is a sense of resurgence in the rust belt. 0ur correspondent reflected on the shut down which has paralysed the us government a year after mr trump's election. the president was due to be guest of honour at a fund—raising dinner to mark the anniversary. instead he is here in washington, feuding with opposition democrats and if anything his stance seems to have hardened over the last 2a hours. the white house is saying point—blank there will be no
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negotiation on immigration until democrats help to solve the impasse with the shut down. the democrats say you can't debate with this man. he keeps changing his mind. and the iconic statue of liberty has been training and training for military recruits is being put on hold. many are wondering what ever happened to the president who gave the world the art of the deal. dr larry sabato is director at the centre for politics at the university of virginia. he described the current situation as ‘very serious‘. i don't think our government has ever been quite this dysfunctional, at least this modern times, although this is the fourth shut down since the mid nineties. the reason this is remarkable is because the republicans control everything. they have the white house, the senate and
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the house of representatives. some republican senators also voted to shut down. indeed. so as you say a curious situation, how long do you think it will go on and what impact will it actually have? i wish i could tell you how long it would go on. i talked to a member of congress less tha n on. i talked to a member of congress less than an hour ago who said senior people were working on a solution. he was mildly optimistic. i'm not sure how to interpret that. i think they will try to end it as soon as possible, because there is no question that the losers other than those who are not paid will be the republicans. we have already had a series of public opinion polls on this, the public almost always blames first the president. second, the majority party in congress. and third the most unpopular of all those groups. president trump is the
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most unpopularfirst those groups. president trump is the most unpopular first year president since polls have been taken. the republicans are unpopular and the public already is disproportionately blaming them and president trump in particular. so they have to solve it and they have to do it as quickly as possible less this end up damaging them for the midterm elections next fall. you mentioned the polls, very much putting the republicans and the president getting the blame for it. but this business about the president, the hard core support he still enjoys among the people who voted for him, is there signs they are waivering or are they still behind him? i think they're still behind him? i think they're still behind him. his problem is this. on his anniversary he has 51% of american public strongly disapproving of his job american public strongly disapproving of hisjob performance. meanwhile 26% about half that level,
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26%, strongly approve of his performance. when you have a two to one opposition in intensity to your job performance, you're in real trouble. do you not think that as the president himself would say, there have been plusses, particularly on the economic side, the stock market, taxes coming down, sure think president can point to some things that have gone right for him and in the the long run may well play well for his own chances of being re—elected. 0h play well for his own chances of being re—elected. oh it is possible that president trump's popularity is a lagging indicator. usually the lagging indicators are economic. but we have not seen so lagging indicators are economic. but we have not seen so far the ratings for president trump rise onist e bit with the economy that is roaring, because most people have made up their minds about donald trump. they're in one fox hole or the other
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and the problem for trump is there twice as many people in the holes opposed to him as those supporting him and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30 and 11.30 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are kate andrews, news editor at the institute of economic affairs and sebastian payne, who's political leader writer at the ft. in afghanistan, gunmen have stormed one of the most popular international hotels in the capital kabul — opening fire on staff and guests. at least four men are said to have carried out the attack on the intercontinental hotel — two of them are reported to have been shot dead by afghan special forces. several civilian casualties have been taken to hospital. 0ur correspondent is in kabulfrom where he sent me this update.
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several hours after the attack started, it's still going on according to officials. two attackers are still resisting inside the hotel intercontinental, a very high—profile hotel in kabul. five people have been injured according to officials. but there are also unconfirmed reports of many people who have died. and the afghan security special forces have been deployed to the area and also the nato forces are said to be in the area helping the afghan security forces. the hotel was also attacked several years ago. and the responsibility was taken by the taliban. no group has taken responsibility so far for this
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current attack and the security forces are engaging to clear different floors of the hotel. it is also said that the kitchen of the hotel has, is burning and has been set on fire. so we will have to wait a few hours to see what these real casualties of the attack and who is taking the responsibility for the attack. turkey has begun a new intervention in the conflict in syria — by launching an offensive against kurdish held territory near its border. it has long fought kurdish separatists within its own country and is now shelling kurdish militia in the afrin region. i asked a guest earlier what turkey hopes to achieve. they're trying to
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reduce the control of the kurdish forces, who have been supported by the us and uk coalition. but afrin is just the us and uk coalition. but afrin isjust a small area the us and uk coalition. but afrin is just a small area controlled by the kurds and its one area that the united states is not working with them. it is not like that turkey will attack other parts of syria. this part doesn't make a lot of sense diplomatic, they cannot secure support for a ground operation and it doesn't make much sense militarily against a very disciplined and effective fighting machine. it some senses for president erdogan for domestic politics, because he is allied with far right groups and he is worried about a further challenge from within his own party in 2019 for the presidential elections. this might
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end up strengthening the president's position inside turkey, but it is very risky, because we have seen turkey not securing huge success in other battles in syria even against a demoralised isis. the headlines on bbc news: many government services in america have shut down after politicians failed to pass a spending bill. essential services including national security and air traffic control will continue. several gunmen attack the intercontinental hotel in kabul and seize hostages. officials say several people were killed and at least six were wounded when security forces raided the building. turkey launches an assault on kurdish fighters in northern syria — opening a new front in the conflict. lots going on in the sport today.
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well it is the weekend. here isjohn watson with the latest. thank you. manchester united are expected to seal the signing of arsenal forward alexis sanchez with details emerging tonight of a deal which will see the armenian internatioa nal henrikh mikhatarayan move in a straight swap deal. the bbc understands the united winger will move in the other direction with no additional money included in the transfer. mikhataryan, signed for united in a £30 million deal in 2016, but has failed to hold down a regular position in the side under jose mourinho this season. he's expected to complete his medical by monday. sergio aguero scored a hat trick as manchester city restored their twelve point lead at the top of the table. his first, the faintest of touches on this header, from kevin de bruyne's cross. his second came from the penalty spot, before the pick of his three, a lovely strike after sane's run, as city put last weekend's defeat
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against liverpool behind them. tough after our defeat in anfield. it was important to make two bad results in a row. and now with, ok, three more points, we need ten more victories to be champion and we are going to try next one and next one. twoest we have two options see what happened behind us and see what happened behind us and see what happened in front of us. manchester united won 1—0 at burnley. arsenal scored four first half goals to sink crystal palace 4—1. chelsea won the early kick off 4—0 with two edin hazard goals. and stoke city are out of the relegation zone. their 2—0 win over huddersfield giving manager paul lambert a win in his first game in charge in the scottish cup, ryan christie sccored twice for aberdeen as they eased their way into the fifth round with a 4—1win over championship side st mirren. adam rooney opened the scoring from the spot before christie's
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double gave them a 3—1 lead at half time. then the goal of the game came two minutes into the second half — gary mackay—steven's outstanding effort to seal their place in sunday's fifth round draw. celtic, dundee united and motherwell also won. scarlets have become the first welsh side since 12 to reach the quarter—finals of the european competition. well saracens' lifeline is at the expense of 0spreys who lost 24—7 at pool leaders clermont auvergne. nick abendanon gave the hosts the lead. clermont led 13—0 at half time and although 0spreys pulled that back to 13—7 with this well—worked move finished by ashley beck, the french side had pulled clear with a couple of penalties. this try from luke mcalister finished things off. clermont auvergne finish top of pool b, 0spreys are out.
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glasgow ended exeter‘s hopes of qualifying, the english champions had to win. but lost 28 points to 21 at scotstoun. stuart hogg with a try—scoring return from injury but it was tommy seymour who scored one of the tries of the tournament to help give warriors their only victory of the competition. wasps play tomorrow, and need a bonus point win to keep their hopes alive. england have won their opening match of the netball quad series against new zealand 64 points to 57 at the copper box arena in london. the match had to go to extra time after the score was level at full time. it's the fourth edition of the round robin format series between england, south africa, new zealand and australia, with all the teams preparing for april's commonwealth games on the gold coast. mark allen will play kyren wilson in the final
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of the masters snooker tomorrow. allen prevailed 6—3 against the two time winnerjohn higgins at london's alexandra palace. earlier, wilson surprised judd trump. it's the first time both men have been made it to the masters final. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. thank you. sinn fein has announced who'll succeed gerry adams as its party president. mary lou mcdonald, who's a member of parliament in the irish republic, was the only candidate for the role. the two come from very different backgrounds as our ireland correspondent chris page reports. many would say gerry adams has been handing over to mary lou mcdonald for a long time. today, it was confirmed she would be the new leader. please welcome the president—elect of our party, mary lou mcdonald. she said she would put her
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own stamp on the job. i won't fill gerry's shoes. but the news is that i brought my own! and we together will walk a journey which marks a defining epoch, a defining chapter in our achievement of a united ireland. her own politicaljourney has been very different of her predecessor. gerry adams comes from west belfast, the crucible of the conflict in northern ireland. security forces believe he was a senior ira member, although he has always denied this. mary lou mcdonald was brought up in affluent suburb of dublin and joined sinn fein during the peace process. she has become a robust parliamentary
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adversary of the prime minister. sinn fein's opponents still focus on the party's links to the ira and sinn fein is continuing to defend that. but it prefers to talk about the present rather than the pavrs. as well as being the second biggest party in northern ireland, it is the third largest in the republic. the first challenge for mary lou mcdonald will be negotiations to restore power—sharing with unionists at stormont. but she will be talking a lot about brexit, which republicans believe has changed the picture and renewed the debate about irish unity. british tourists travelling to jamaica are being advised to stay in their resorts after a state of emergency was declared around monteego bay. there's been a surge in gang—related violence in the area. every year, around 200,000 britons visit the popular holiday
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destination as nick davis reports. for a country that depends on tourism, the pictures of troops on the streets in montego bay, jamaica's biggest resort, isn't ideal. but the government says it is something that needs to be done. the security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all. most of the tourists who visit montego bay and much of the north coast stay in gated, guarded, all—inclusive hotels, where security isn't an issue. but a growing reality for people who live in the city is that crime has spiked. last year saw over 1600 people murdered in jamaica. 335 of them in stjames, the area where montego bay is. most of the crime is gang—related and focused in a small number of communities. the foreign office has advised holiday—makers that they should only travel to and from the airport to their hotels and when they do
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take excursions, to make sure they are arranged by official tour reps. the authorities say there will be more roadblocks and vehicle searches as they go after the gangs and their guns. a similar state of emergency in 2010 in kingston saw the murder rate drop to its lowest levels in years, a statistic that meant lives saved. in montego bay, it is hoped they will happen again. nick davis, bbc news, jamaica. the international olympic committee has approved plans for north korea to participate at next month's winter olympics, and agreed teams from north and south can march under the same flag at the opening ceremony. the agreement comes after months of heightened tension on the korean peninsula over the testing of nuclear weapons by north korea. imogen foulkes reports from ioc headquarters in the swiss city of lausanne. two koreas, face—to—face. such is the tension on the korean
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peninsula that this meeting, ostensibly about the olympics, became something much more. here in lausanne, the two sides spoke together for hours. they emerged with an agreement and the blessing of the international olympic committee. the ioc has approved the request to have their delegations marching together as one, under the name korea. for the first time, the two koreas, divided since the 1950s, will field a unified team, women's ice hockey. and the olympic committee has relaxed its strict qualification deadlines to allow 22 north korean athletes to compete. handshakes, smiles and public signatures. these are not political leaders but representatives of north and south korea's national 0lympic committees. still, some believe this could be a sign of much more harmony to come. the olympic spirit is about respect,
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dialogue and understanding. the olympic winter games, pyeongchang, 2018, are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future on the korean peninsula. given the long divisions between the two koreas, it is probably over—optimistic to hope that real peace is just around the corner but the cooperation here and the contact the two countries will have at next month's olympics might, many hope, lead to more talking and wider agreement. imogen foulkes, bbc news, lausanne, switzerland. now the weather. we can expect
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temperatures to climb as we head into the week ahead. but that transition to milder weather is going to bring one or two issues. a nice end to the day in wakefield. but where we had fine weather to end the day, we will see clear skies over night and it will turn cold. then this next system promises to bring some rain and some milder air, but with cold air still holding on, some of us will see some snow and ice over the next 12 to 2a hours. the wet weather works in during the night across northern ireland we could see icy conditions and some snow for a time. snow in wales as the wet weather pushes in. ahead of it some mist and fog. and a very cold night in the north. . . with the rain moving in from the west, we are going to see some snow and ice during tomorrow morning. particularly in central and northern areas that. s. that could bring some
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disruption. from the midlands, wales and particularly over high ground we will see some snow. although much of it will turn back to rain as we get into the afternoon. after a bright start, things will cloud over in north—east scotland and we will see some significant snow, but rain returning across the west later. an awkward mixture of rain sleet and snow in northern england down to the midlands and some snow in lincolnshire and east anglia. two or three degrees here. but 12 in the south west. here rain will affect the south of wales. windy in the afternoon. into sunday night we push that rain through to the north—east. some rain hangs around in the far south into monday morning. but monday not a bad day. some spells of sunshine. generally a lot of cloud and some drizzle over hills in the west. the temperatures beginning to
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nudge up, 6 to 10 degrees. that is the story as we head through the week. temperatures will climb. particularly in the south. 12 or 13 degrees. but with the milder conditions we will see some wet and windy weather at times. that is all from me for now.

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