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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11pm: one of the biggest fires in belfast for decades — a major blaze guts a primark store in one of the city's historic buildings. it had just been refurbished. we have concerns that the building might collapse, so we need to ensure that the firefighters are fighting ina that the firefighters are fighting in a safe way and are not impacted by the collapse of the building. a new relationship with africa after brexit — theresa may announces plans to be the g7‘s leading investor by 2022, and a change in the way uk aid money is spent. detectives say a mother and daughter stabbed to death at their home in solihull yesterday were on the phone to police as the attack unfolded. also coming up: remembering the queen of soul in her home town. # the moment i wake up, before i put
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on my make—up. aretha franklin lies in an open coffin at a detroit museum, as thousands queue to pay their last respects. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with michael booker, deputy editor of the daily express, and the broadcaster, lynn faulds wood. stay with us for that. good evening. firefighters in belfast have spent almost 12 hours tackling a major fire at a primark store in one of the city's historic buildings. it's believed the blaze started on the top floor of the five—storey building before engulfing it. customers and staff were all ta ken to safety. the building had just been refurbished and police say it could now collapse.
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our ireland correspondent chris page has more. all over the city people saw the smoke in the sky but most didn't realise how bad the blaze was until pictures like these appeared. let's go! shoppers and about 150 staff we re go! shoppers and about 150 staff were evacuated from the primark store within minutes of the fire breaking out. it was very busy. it was a race for people to come down the left and the stairs. i ran as fast as possible. no one was injured. the interior of the building had disintegrated as the fire ripped downwards. several times it seemed firefighters had got the blaze under control and every now and again there were what sounded like small explosions within the store. with each one the flames burst out again. this is an
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extremely dramatic and really very unnerving sight. a major store reduced to a blackened shell by the most severe fire here in belfast city centre in many years. the building has quite a history. it has been here since the late 18th century and has been a bishops residence and bank in the past. primark spent 30 million tab pounds ona primark spent 30 million tab pounds on a renovation process but they fear that will be a big hit. there will be a period of major disruption. heartbreaking, to be honest. not much more i can say that that. hundreds of people who work and shop in northern ireland's capital will be affected. this blaze was the most sudden of blows but its consequences will be felt for a long time. the former chief rabbi, jonathan sacks, has described jeremy corbyn as an anti—semite who has given support to, "racists, terrorists
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and dealers of hate". in an interview with the new statesman magazine, lord sacks said the labour leader's recent remarks about zionists not understanding british irony were the most offensive statement made by a british politician since enoch powell's ‘rivers of blood' speech in 1968. but labour says the comparison is "absurd and offensive". vicki young is following developments in westminster. well, four months, jeremy corbyn has faced a storm of protest from many in thejewish faced a storm of protest from many in the jewish community faced a storm of protest from many in thejewish community and now one of the most high—profile prominent members is attacking him in the strongest possible terms and comparing the labour leader to a controversial leader as enoch powell is bound to escalate tensions even further. this latest row goes back to comments mr corbyn made in 2013 talking about british zionists who didn't understand english irony and jonathan sacks suggests that means thatjews are not fully british and he went on to say...
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now, over the summer, now, overthe summer, mr corbyn now, over the summer, mr corbyn said sorry for the hurt that has been felt by many in thejewish community but tonight there has been a very angry response from labour... now, some labour mps think one way to do that would be to accept in full, with all the examples, the internationally recognised definition of anti—semitism, something the labour leadership has been reluctant to do, all of the row will come to a head when labour mps vote on the matter and we will see them whether their strong criticism from lord sacks has changed jeremy
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corbyn's mind. theresa may has visited cape town at the start of a three day trade mission to africa. it's her first official tour of the continent as prime minister. in a speech she called for the uk to become the leading investor in africa by 2022. she said the extra investment would support african economies, but she also wanted it to work in the interests of the uk. 0ur political correspondent ben wright reports. upbeat, certainly. 0n the beat, perhaps not. but theresa may arrived in south africa eager to talk trade, development and economic growth. the prime minister began her trip to cape town at a school symbolising, she said, the youth and dynamism of many african nations. and it is jobs for these young people and millions like them the uk wants to help african economies create. so this was a trade mission underpinned by a promise. the prime minister pledged an extra
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£4 billion in direct uk government investment which she expects to be matched by the private sector. i want to see strong african economies that british businesses can do business with in a free and fair fashion. whether through creating new customers through british exports or opportunities for british investors, our integrated global economy means healthy african economies are good news for british people as well as for african people. thank you for bringing the rain. to that end the two countries signed a new trade agreement. theresa may sees benefits flowing both ways, using uk companies, capital and government help to invest in african countries in the hope of keeping them politically stable later on. this is about a partnership. it is no longer that colonial relationship where the master would come and give you the instructions
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as to what needs to be done. but we are partners here and we need to understand what is it that they need and how then do we work with britain? it's quite a key. history is present and poignant in south africa. during her brief trip theresa may visited the cell nelson mandela was held in for 18 years. mrs may also used this trip to say the uk would fundamentally shift the way it spends aid money towards building private enterprise and tackling political and economic instability. the dynamic, fast—growing economies of africa have many suitors these days and theresa may dismissed suggestions that britain had missed the boat. but because of brexit the uk is looking for expanded trade opportunities beyond the european union which at the moment is by far our biggest market. but with brexit talks seemingly stalled and time to do a deal running out, i asked the prime minister how she planned to break the deadlock. 0ur negotiating teams with the european commission
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are sitting down and going through remaining details on the withdrawal agreement. i will have opportunities to discuss them collectively with european leaders that are coming up in the coming weeks. so you are aiming for a deal in october, but under what circumstances would you walk away from the table and say the deal on offer is simply not acceptable? we are working for a good deal. first of all, we are working for a good deal, we have put forward our proposal for a good deal. i believe that that deal is to the benefit not only of the uk, but of the european union. but it is absolutely right that as a government we take the common—sense approach. we don't know what the negotiations outcome will be, that is why we make the preparations for a no deal. we have stepped up those preparations for a no deal. theresa may will need some nifty
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political footwork to get through the autumn, but for today the troubles of brussels and westminster seemed far away. ben wright, bbc news, cape town. so what impact will new investment in africa have on both african economies and the uk? and how important could it prove to be for post—brexit britain? 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed reports growing three times as fast as britain, the young and dynamic population, kenya is africa's economic story in microcosm, a small economy fighting poverty and allegations of political corruption, but with big ambitions to trade confidently with britain and the rest of the world. the message that we have is, all we are interested in our win—win proposals that actually unable all of us to take advantage of the opportunities that exist to create mutually beneficial prosperity. so what is the value of
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the uk's trade with africa? let's ta ke the uk's trade with africa? let's take the top five economies in africa for britain's exports for goods. 0ver africa for britain's exports for goods. over the last ten years and has not been a huge amount of change, between five and £7 billion a year. that might sound like a lot, but it is less than we export to for example spain. in total, we export 8.4 billion pounds of goods to africa every year. it sounds pretty good. the total amount we export to the european union, £164.1 billion. and what about the pm's pledge to be the biggest foreign investor in africa among the g7 countries? those are the largest economies in the world. well, we are nearly there already. the us investor and £44.3 billion, the uk just already. the us investor and £44.3 billion, the ukjust behind at £42.7 billion, the ukjust behind at £42.7 billion and france, the third
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biggest g7 investor, £38 billion. but look at this, in 2011 china invested just £17.8 billion in africa. by 2016, that figure had grown to £41.1 billion. at that rate of change, china will soon overtake britain, showing that competition for african trade is high. the big question is this, will britain leaving the european union be a boost or burden for trade with africa? in the next two, three, four, five years the focus in the uk will be replacing the existing arrangements that exist by the eu. in the long run could the uk do things differently from the eu, could it be generous in certain areas? possibly but it is a question in five or ten years' time. tomorrow the next stop for the pm, nigeria, the next stop for the pm, nigeria, the largest economy on the continent that will boast a third of the
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world's population by 2050. there are opportunities to be had on trade but there are plenty of countries, led by china, competing for them. earlier, i spoke kiprono kittony, the chair of the kenyan chamber of commerce, who who will be meeting the british delegation later this week. i asked him what he was hoping to get out of it. we are looking at a situation where they will be greater trade and investment between britain and kenya. i think kenya is really an anchor and kenya. i think kenya is really an anchorand an kenya. i think kenya is really an anchor and an important economy on the eastern african shoreline and we have a growth rate of about 5%. very good workforce, labour force. have a growth rate of about 5%. very good workforce, labourforce. there isa good workforce, labourforce. there is a lot of emerging industries like oil and gas and kenya and the uk have been traditional partners for over one century and we think there isa over one century and we think there is a huge opportunity on trade and investment. are you able to give us a sense on how much trade is done between the two countries at the moment? at the moment there is
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slightly under $700 million us in trade with a slight advantage to kenya, around $390 million worth of exports from kenya to the uk and $270 million of imports, and primarily kenya exports agricultural produce, and we import technological and machinery from the uk as well as ict services. and am i right to assume that the trade between your country and the uk is less than that between kenya and the european union, and certainly less than that between kenya and china? that is correct. despite the fact that the united kingdom, great britain is a significant investor in kenya, the share of investment in east africa particularly has reduced slightly, particularly has reduced slightly, particular competitor i know. but in the stock exchange especially among
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the stock exchange especially among the listed companies there is still a significant investment by british firms and we do hope that this visit, particularly by the fact that there are a lot of smes as well, will forge more partnerships and greater opportunities between the two nations. i suppose what my question really is is can the uk can pick especially with china, which i know has invested in some big infrastructure projects, particularly in kenya, hasn't it? well, we cannot predict what britain is going to do on this visit, but we have seen yesterday that in south africa theresa may announced additional amounts in excess of £4 billion. i think britain might not be able to compete with china but i do think there is greater scope for participation. there is a lot of opportunities for investment. and we also believe in the traditional ties that are enjoyed by these two nations will give it an advantage in terms of being able to negotiate for additional play. as you note
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infrastructure is a long play and there is also room for britain to come in and take part in these investments —— as you know. come in and take part in these investments -- as you know. and do you think that there might be more opportunities for the united kingdom in kenya and indeed in wider africa onceit in kenya and indeed in wider africa once it leaves the european union? leaving the european union definitely presents a great opportunity not just for definitely presents a great opportunity notjust for kenya but for the african continent and particularly for the nations that fall within the commonwealth, it gives a great opportunity for a newly defined bilateral and multilateral relationship under the scope of the commonwealth, and also kenya now, having defined its agenda for the next five years, being affordable housing, universal healthcare, manufacturing affordable housing, universal healthca re, manufacturing and affordable housing, universal healthcare, manufacturing and food security, that presents a lot of opportunity for british firms to come in and expand their in these four areas as kenya seeks to, you know, elevate itself into a newly
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industrialised nation. and i think this visit is very timely, because by the year 2050 is arguable that the african population will be greater than that of china and combined so it's an excellently timed visit and we look forward to receiving theresa may. kiprono kittony, the chair of the chamber of commerce. the headlines on bbc news: a major blaze guts a primark store in one of the city's historic buildings, after it had just been refurbished, in one of the biggest fires in belfast for decades. theresa may announces plans to be the g7‘s leading investor in africa by 2022, and a change in the way uk aid money is spent. and detectives say a mother and daughter stabbed to death at their home in solihull yesterday were on the phone to police as the attack unfolded. detectives in the west midlands have revealed that the woman who was stabbed to death
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with her mother in solihull yesterday was on the phone to police when she was attacked. police are continuing to search for 21—year—old janbaz tarin following the violence in the early hours of the morning. sima kotecha reports. forensic tents still up, and a police cordon continues to surround the area where two women were murdered in the early hours of monday morning. a huge manhunt is underway, as police look for 21—year—old janbaz tarin, the ex—boyfriend of raneem 0udeh, the 22—year—old stabbed to death along with her mother, 49—year—old khaola saleem. today, police confirmed that the two women who were fatally stabbed behind me were from syria, while the suspect is an afghan national who was living in this country legally. and now, west midlands police say
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raneem 0udeh was on the phone to officers when she was attacked. it says she made a number of calls to them on sunday, but officers couldn't find her, then when contact was made, the situation quickly escalated. the force has referred itself to the independent 0ffice of police conduct over its contact with the family. we spoke to a friend of the suspect. he was a very nice guy, and usually quiet, always smiley and very kind. i go to the shop where he is usually, and everybody there was very nice. i never can imagine something like this about him. he absolutely always looked one of the nicest guys in this area who i know. tonight, the manhunt continues. sima kotecha, bbc news, solihull. many children are returning to school across the uk as the summer draws to a close. forfamilies struggling with finances, it means the welcome return of free school meals
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after the long school holidays. 0ur education correspondent elaine dunkley reports from st helens. this may look like any other play centre, but there is a difference. first of all, we're going to have — for, dinner, we've got some chicken pasta bake... at this lunch club in st helens, many of the families who come here struggle to feed their children during the summer holidays. it is a chance for brendan, nicole, cara and jade to have a hot meal and play. we make friends and do painting, stuff like that. and we have lovely food. i do worry a lot about food not being in the cupboards, as much as he used to have. it's been very hard for mum, it's been very hard for my sisters and brothers. and mainly very hard for me,
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to see mum struggle. fortheir mum, sarah, the school holidays is a difficult time of year. she is on universal credit. changes to her benefits have brought hardship. struggling, you know, to get the food in and getting them places. it's not good. how much do you worry? a lot — quite a lot. every day i worry that social services are going to come knocking on my door taking the kids away, because i can't feed them. so when you open the cupboards and the fridge and there's nothing in there, what goes through your mind? ijust break down in tears. i don't know what to do.
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the tlg make lunch group works with churches around the country to ensure that children who usually get free school meals fed during the summer holidays. they also seem more working families using the service. so we note that there is 1.5 million kids on free school meals. another three million close to the poverty line that we don't even know about. it's a massive need, it's heartbreaking to see the kids that come in and i was literally just asking one of the kids, we were talking about what would you do if you had a spare £500? and the first response was to get gas and electric. so the needs go, notjust food, it goes beyond that. for sarah, any spare money is a treat for the children. she's the best mum ever. she put 15p in myjar, 'cause i only had 35p, but now i've got 50p. the government says it has invested an additional £2 million in two projects for poorer children in england during the summer, but for many families, every school holiday is a time of hunger. elaine dunkley, bbc news. the queen of soul, aretha franklin, is lying in state in an open coffin for two days in her home city of detroit, as fans pay their last respects. thousands queued from before dawn outside the african—american history museum in the city to see her
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for one last time before herfuneral service later this week. rajini vaidya nathan was with the crowds who went to celebrate her life. # the moment i wake up, before i put on my make up. # i say a little prayerfor on my make up. # i say a little prayer for you... for fans of aretha frank and it has been the ultimate pilgrimage. # what you want, baby, i got it. crowds lined up in the early hours as they waited to say a final farewell to their beloved and queen of soul. but before she said goodbye she made one last entrance. ever the diva, a white vintage cadillac transported her in a golden casket. for those waiting to see here, the mood he was melodic, not morose..
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r-e-s-p-e-c-t. .. why have you decided to queue up here to pay last respects? i couldn't be here for a better person, she is all that and a bowl of soup. i am honouring her today. she means a lot to me, to my family, to everyone. she is the queen of soul. she paved the way for a lot of black singers, and everybody has turned out for aretha. she will lie in state at the city's african—american museum for another day. her style, her grace african—american museum for another day. herstyle, her grace and her ru by day. herstyle, her grace and her ruby red heels on show for one last time. it was beautiful. she looked like she was just sleeping. she had on red shoes, her dress was so elegant. she looked really pretty. herface wasjust like she elegant. she looked really pretty. her face was just like she was relaxed. aretha franklin will be remembered as america's voice in
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more ways than one. she fought for gender and racial equality, supported charities and community she cared about, and remains a role model for so many in detroit and beyond. she was a global superstar, who never forgot her hometown roots, and this week her hometown is showing the world they will never forget aretha franklin. and we will be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, journalists lynn faulds wood and michael booker. that is coming up after the headlines at 11:30pm. now it is time for the weather, with louise lear. hello there. it was a pretty disappointing start to the week, wasn't it? many places saw some heavy rain, an inch or two macksville, and temperatures really struggle to climb above the mid— teens. it felt, dare i say it,
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almost autumnal. i can hear you sighing as we speak. there is the potential for sighing as we speak. there is the potentialfor summer to sighing as we speak. there is the potential for summer to return as we move into the early part of september, albeit briefly. we could see temperatures in the south—east climbing to 27 degrees, that is into the 80s yet again. moron that it a moment, for wednesday we have these weather fronts crossing the country, producing some sharp showers in the south—east. another very weak affair as it brings a band of cloud, showery bits and pieces of rain as it sweeps its way steadily south and east. behind it somewhat brighter and fresher conditions with a scattering of showers in the north—west. high spells of 14 to 17 degrees, to the south of the front we could see highs of 22, 70 two fahrenheit. high pressure building in behind will quieten things down. it looks as though the start of thursday could be a pretty chilly one, with single figures pretty widely, low single figures in the north. there will be some sunshine around, clouding over from
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north. there will be some sunshine around, clouding overfrom the north. there will be some sunshine around, clouding over from the west as we go through the day, and into the afternoon there is the small chance of a shower almost anywhere. favoured spots in the far west of scotland, highs of 14 degrees, with the threat of rain in the south—west fringing the south—west and the isles of scilly. all the time that high pressure really stays in control and kills off these weather fronts as they try to sweep in from the atlantic. we start off on friday again ona the atlantic. we start off on friday again on a quiet note, a lot of dry weather. cloud will develop through the day, but any rain will be light and patchy, fringing western fringes of scotla nd and patchy, fringing western fringes of scotland and northern ireland. highs of 15 to 21 degrees. and this west— east divide looks likely to be the story as we move into the weekend. the best of the sunshine through eastern england, down into the midlands, east anglia and the south—east. further west, weak weather fronts producing thick cloud on the odd spot or two of rain. here a bit fresher. the highest values of 22 degrees. a similar story in the
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sunday. the high pressure drifting that little bit further east and this weather front threatening out to the west. again, more cloud and again some light, patchy, showery rain from time to time. a good deal of dry weather in the story, and temperatures responding in the south—east. highest values of 25 or 26 degrees not out of the question. 0ne 26 degrees not out of the question. one of the reasons is we are starting to drag up as warmer air from the south—west, with the jet strea m from the south—west, with the jet stream staying into the far north and west. i suspect as we move through the weekend and into the early half of next week, the early half of september, we will see a south—westerly flow which will mean we continue to see some warmth as the uk stays to the south of the jet stream. if we look further ahead, although there is quite an undulation developing in the jet stream, we always stay on the south of it and allow an area of high pressure tube wheeled in and keep things relatively quiet. so the beginning of september is looking
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quite promising in terms of dry weather, and this looks likely to be the outcome. mostly dry, largely sunny at times and often warm. good news if you have outdoor plants, not great news if you are heading back to school. take care. hello. this is bbc news with rebecca jones. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first, the headlines: a fire has destroyed a primark store in a historic building in belfast, which has been in the city for nearly 250 years. fire officials say the building could collapse. theresa may has called for a new trading partnership with africa after brexit, saying she wants britain to become the g7‘s leading investor in africa. police have carried out raids in birmingham to trace a 21—year—old janbaz tarin, who they want to question after the murders
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