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this is bbc news i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 12: theresa may defends her brexit plan, as the prime minister hits out at speculation over her future. this is where i get a little bit irritated. this is not — this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, calls for a second eu referendum, as he attacks the government's handling of brexit. at least 49 people are killed in flooding and landslides in the philippines, as typhoon mangkhut approaches southern china. the big problem, although not so much in evidence around here, is smashed windows, smashed glass. we've seen lots of this stuff flying around, and that is really dangerous to try to deal with. in the united states, communities on the east coast face "epic amounts of rainfall", as storm florence continues its path of destruction. olympic champion, eliud kipchoge breaks the marathon world record by over a minute in berlin.
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and with six months to go until the uk leaves the eu, the click team looks technologies that could be used at borders after brexit. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. the prime minister has defended her plan for brexit and revealed she becomes "irritated" when asked how long she'll last in thejob. in an exclusive interview with the bbc‘s nick robinson, theresa may said the debate was not about her future, but the future of the united kingdom. and she was also critical of the former foreign secretary borisjohnson, as our political correspondent chris mason reports.
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you know what some people say? they rather liked it when you joked about being that "bloody difficult woman." they liked that. and they sometimes say, "where's she gone?" laughter. "we want her back." well, she's still there. but i think there's a difference between those who think you can only be bloody difficult in public and those of us who think, actually, you bide your time and you're bloody difficult when the time is right. smiling but defiant, in her car and at chequers, after a week in which some of her mps openly plotted ousting her and others met to plan how to derail her blueprint for brexit, the prime minister says... this is where i get a little bit irritated. this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. that's what i'm focused on and that's what i think we should all be focused on. it's ensuring we get that good deal from the european union which is good for people in the uk, wherever they live in the uk. there was then her reaction
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to this man, former foreign secretary borisjohnson and specifically his remarks last weekend, in which he said her brexit plan was akin to "wrapping a suicide vest around the country." just look at the cold contempt with which she reacts to that. well, first of all, i have to say i think that choice of language was completely inappropriate. i was home secretary for six years and as prime minister for two years now. i think using language like that was not right and it's not language i would've used. and what was signed off here at her country retreat injuly, she insists, has to be implemented, not least for northern ireland. the only proposal that has been put forward that delivers on not having a hard border and ensures that we don't carve up the united kingdom is the chequers plan. and yet plenty in parliament, including on her own side,
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think her ideas are a dud — and brussels has sounded sceptical too. it's going to be a long autumn. chris mason, bbc news. you can see that full interview on panorama, on bbc one tomorrow night at 8:30pm. our political correspondent, nick eardley, explained that this interview comes at a critical time for the prime minister. this week in particular has been tough and the prime minister. brexiteers on one side plotting behind the scenes about how and when they might want to remove her. on they might want to remove her. on the other side, her allies, they might want to remove her. on the otherside, herallies, people who used to advise her saying, look, after their brexit process is com plete after their brexit process is complete or after this current round of the current brexit process is complete, we need to think about some new blood. i think the pm in that interview is trying to say, let's not talk about it, let's
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ignore that side of things and stick to what she and i suppose what most people think is the most important thing, which is the deal she wants to get with europe and trying to make that brexit process a successful one. of course, we know that deal has been chipped away at, particular by former foreign secretary boris johnson particular by former foreign secretary borisjohnson and she had something to say about him and his choice of language. she is not happy with the analogy he used in a newspaper column earlier this month, about two weeks ago he talked about the chequers plan and his problem with it and said that the prime minister had wrapped a suicide vest around britain's constitution and handed the detonator to brussels. that's at the time attracted a lot of controversy and criticism. the prime minister chipping in with that today, saying those words are not the ones she would abuse, she thinks it is inappropriate. nevertheless, however much she tries to pour cold water on some of this, the calls are perhaps growing one might say for a
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people's vote, a second referendum. we were reading in the independent today, the london mayor adding his voice to that. is significant week before labour's party conference, labour's most senior party politician sadiq khan saying the uk government is not dealing with this well. that we are on course for a bad deal or no deal at all and potentially another referendum, which would include that option of staying in the european union. the labour party as a whole isn't there yet. the leadership certainly isn't there yet. their policy at the moment is to keep everything on the table. behind the scenes, there are some in the labour party would much prefer a general election if were to have a deep prime minister comes back with is voted down in parliament because they think quite frankly that is the way to get into power. but there is that pressure and jeremy corbyn from many in his own party to adopt that policy of the second referendum, and i suspect
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we will hear a lot about that at the labour conference next week. all next week here on bbc news, we mark six months until brexit. we'll take a closer look at the potential impact of the uk leaving the eu and we'll begin in salford and burnley. that's tomorrow morning from "am, here on bbc news. in other news now... at least 49 people are have been killed by typhoon mangkhut as it passed over the northern philippines. most of the victims were caught in landslides set off by torrential rain as the storm ripped through the main island of luzon. the death toll is expected to rise. speaking at a news conference, the president of the philippines, rodrigo duterte, said he shared the grief of those who had lost loved ones. earlier i spoke to our correspondent howard johnson. i'm in tuguegarao, a city of cagayan province. today we made a 50—mile journey to the coastline, to a small town called aparri. we visited it a few days ago, and preparations had been put in place to receive this storm.
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people have been tying down their roofs, there was talk of an evacuation centre. but we met one man who said defiantly that he had watched the waves, and prayed to god before he made any decision to go to the evacuation centre. when we returned today, we saw this man and his home and it had been completely flattened. the roof have been ripped off, there was detritus all over his living room floor. he showed us a tv and a fan that had been broken by the heavy winds and rain. he told me that he was devastated, and that his life had been ripped to shreds, and he began crying as we interviewed him. this was similar across the town. aparri is on the coastline and a direct hit in the path of typhoon mangkhut. in this area, around 750 homes have been affected. lots of people's lives are up in the air at the moment. we saw people repairing their homes,
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hammering wood together with nails, trying to do what they can just to get their homes ready for the night which is approaching here at the moment in the philippines. you mentioned people being evacuated, although some chose not to go. we are showing pictures of the evacuation centres. how well—planned has the support effort been and the kind of warnings that have gone out? this government has prided itself on being very proactive with emergencies. there has been a lot of information relayed out to the people via the media about being careful before this storm came about. it's up to local authorities, the officers would be walking around telling people. where we went today in aparri we heard there had been officers walking around telling people to get to evacuation centres, but some people chose not to go there. we also heard the evacuation centres took a battering in aparri, but no casualties in this seaside town, and this is an area that took the brunt of the storm.
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across the country, the government is saying there are at least 30 people dead, and the death toll is expected to rise as we get more information from the remote mountainous and coastal regions that are yet to report back their figures. because, as we saw with aparri, it was cut off from the world for a few days as far as telecommunications, because on the way in telecommunications cables and electricity poles all over the streets, forests ripped to shreds... i mean, this really has devastated parts of this country. you mentioned the government, clearly they are looking at the immediate support effort, but also into the longer term, a lot of talk about crop damage and the impact on agriculture and, of course, the knock—on on the economy and people's well—being. yes. in the philippines, there's been an issue with inflation. earlier this year, they had a tax reform that hasn't gone down brilliantly with the people of the country. this has devastated parts of the country. you mentioned the government, clearly they are looking at the immediate support effort, but also into the longer term, a lot of talk about crop damage and the impact on agriculture and, of course, the knock—on on the economy and people's well—being. yes.
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in the philippines, there's been an issue with inflation. earlier this year, they had a tax reform that hasn't gone down brilliantly with the people of the country. this has devastated parts of the country. we've seen rice prices, an important staple in the philippine family home go up consecutively every month for eight months. that's caused people to be quite upset with this tax reform. they think it's a direct impact as a result of that, and all these crops that have been affected by this typhoon coming through and dumping water when it was time to harvest — we saw a lot of flooded paddy fields — when it was time to pull the stuff up, not put it under water. the feeling is that rice prices and the price of food is about to go up again, and that won't go down well with the public. the typhoon is now crossing into mainland china and has made landfall in the heavily populated south—western province of guangdong. the massive storm caused considerable damage to hong kong as it passed by.
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our correspondent in hong kong, robin brant, sent this update. the worst of the wind appears to have passed. all they've got to deal with now is rain. but look, on the floor — detritus, debris, some of the drains are almost bubbling up, as well. the big problem, although not so much in evidence around here, is smashed windows, smashed glass. we've seen lots of this stuff flying around, and that is really dangerous to try to deal with. so, for now, people are still being urged to stay indoors. there's just a handful of emergency services, taxi drivers, a few people walking around, but the place pretty much empty. one person who's been living here 2a years, i just saw, said to me it was bad but not as bad as the year he saw boats on this street. the hong kong authorities say 111 people have been injured. no reports of any deaths yet, but they do have a landslip warning in place, as well. so, the threat from typhoon mangkhut has not abated yet. the east coast of the united states is facing an "epic amount
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of rainfall," particularly in north and south carolina where at least 11 people have died as a result of storm florence. many people in the area have been moved to safety and those that have attempted to return home are being urged not to, as further flooding is on the way. our north america correspondent chris buckler reports. this storm has left streets submerged across north carolina. towns along the coast and now inland have become badly flooded, leaving rescue teams as the only route to safety for some families. from the air, you get a better sense of the scale of the problems here, and during the brief breaks in the weather, this has been the most effective way of getting people out of cut—off areas like new bern. driving conditions are increasingly difficult. motorists have been advised to avoid
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this state completely if they can. and new evacuation warnings have come into force for more of these carolinan towns. the worst is yet to come. mandatory evacuations for areas within one mile of the cape fear river in fayetteville, and one mile of the little river have been implemented. the number of people who have died as a result of this extreme weather is continuing to rise. florence is no longer a hurricane, but this sprawling storm is moving slowly across the carolinas, dumping months of rainfall injust days. the effects of hurricane florence are still being felt — and the authorities say as long as the rain falls, there is the danger of further catastrophic flash flooding. and after this week in north carolina, both man and beast are well aware of the impact of that. chris buckler, bbc news, wilmington. the headlines on bbc news... theresa may has revealed her frustration with the continued speculation over her leadership,
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as the prime minister defends her brexit plan. at least 49 people are killed by flooding and landslides in the philippines, as typhoon mangkhut closes in southern china. in the united states, storm florence continues to devastate the east coast with "epic amounts of rainfall". sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. hello. cycling has a new superstar — and once again he's british as simon yates storms to glory in the vuelta aespana. he'll become the third briton to win a grand tour this year, provided of course he stays on the saddle in the final processional stage in madrid this afternoon. cycling weeklyjournalist michael hutchinson says british cycling is having a moment. patience has been the key to this. he was very sort of passive, not passive, but quite relaxed in the first week or ten days
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of the race and has really turned it on in the second half. this is now the grand slam of the three grand tours this year — the giro d'italia, the tour de france and now the vuelta a espana — by three different riders. it is quite extraordinary by any standards, never mind for britain, which until relatively recently was almost invisible as a force in road cycling. now, of course, with simon, who has won with the mitchelton—scott team, rather than team sky, and all the other grand tour british winners have come from team sky, so that's also an interesting and a distinctively positive development. mexico's canelo alvarez has beaten the unified middleweight champion gennady golovkin by majority decision in las vegas in their rematch. it comes one year on from their controversial draw in the same venue. our reporter ade adedoyin sent us this report. we know rematches don't always live up to expectations but saul alvarez and gennady golovkin delivered
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another highly entertaining contest, one that ebbed and flowed, sometimes within the same round. i spoke to many of the journalists ringside and they all had it close, some for golovkin and some for alvarez and some even called it a draw. alvarez got the decision and he described it as one of the greatest moments of his life. he said it is a proud moment for mexico, this bout, of course, happening on the weekend of mexico's independence day celebrations. as for gennady golovkin, he came to the post—fight news conference wearing sunglasses, after having stitches for a cut eye. he said he leaves the arena the defeated man, but in his heart, he still feels he's the champion, he feels that he did enough to win, and he says he's open to a third fight. there certainly seems to be an appetite for a trilogy and why not? both men will earn over $50 million for tonight's fight. may 5th next year is another bank holiday weekend for mexico, so a real possibility they could do it again then and another fight that would be great for vegas and the local economy. great britain's alistair brownlee was disqualified from the grand final of the world triathlon series,
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as mario mola won a third world title in a row. brownlee was initially given a is—second penalty in australia forfailing to go around a buoy in the swimming. you can just about see him there. but this was then upgraded to a disqualification. he continued to compete and did not appeal against the decision after the race. he later tweeted to express his disappointment, claiming he was disorientated after being held under the water. meanwhile, his brotherjonny was the highest brit in 8th place. great britain just need victory in one of today's two singles matches to ensure britain are seeded in the davis cup next year. it's cameron norrie against denis istomin up first, and a win would seal an historic victory of sorts. with the davis cup undergoing a revamp next year there is no relegation at stake, but the gb team need a victory in the tie to ensure they are seeded in february's qualifying tournament. olympic marathon champion eliud kipchoge has set a new world record after shaving more than a minute of the previous time in berlin.
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the kenyan — who is widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era — ran a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds, beating dennis kimetto's world best set at the 2014 race. it's also the biggestjump in a marathon record since 1967. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. thank you very much, see you then. wealth taxes should be imposed to create a £100 billion "citizens fund", which would spread britain's resources evenly and strengthen public finances — that's according to the leader of the liberal democrats. sir vince cable says the money would be put aside over a ten year period and would include funds raised from sale of the taxpayers' stake in the royal bank of scotland. it's one of a number of suggestions being put forward at the party's annual conference this weekend. a little earlier i spoke to our political correspondent,
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jonathan blake, who is in brighton for us, and he gave me the context around this particular policy. the economy is comfortable territory for sir vince cable and as leader of the liberal democrats for the time being at least, because he has announced that he will stand down at some point before the next election due in 2022, that's what he wants to focus on. he's talked about this idea of a sovereign wealth fund, which would come about through the sale of shares in rbs, which the government still owns the majority of, and also raising taxes on people who have large amounts of wealth, through either property portfolios or lots of investment in stocks and shares. he says the money from that should be used to be reinvested on behalf of the country as a whole, to earn more money back for society in the long term. go back ten years, sir vince cable with somebody who had repeatedly warned about high levels
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of highs household debt and is credited by some with at least predicting part of what would happen with the global financial crash. here we are ten years later, he says it is a disgrace that the taxpayer hasn't been repaid or reaped the benefits of that bailout of rbs and other banks that the government had to do. and this is part of his way of re—dressing that. as for the state of the economy as a whole, well, mr cable was asked to give his prognosis by andrew marr on bbc one a little earlier on this morning. i share the worries and i think the relevance of brexit is it is providing a big shock at a time when the system is very vulnerable. i think what's happening at the moment is the banks are safe, they've been required to hold more capital, they're not going to collapse the way they did before, but there are a lot of other financial institutions which haven't remembered the lessons of the crash, and there's a lot of irresponsibility. what are you talking about? there's very high levels of debt, leverage in the jug, in the financial system, and in the british economy —
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households, companies, government — much higher levels of debt. dangerously high? i would say dangerously high. dangerously high. brexit may not be the cause of that economic situation but sir vince has said it is a shock to the economy which is happening at a time when it is very vulnerable. of course, the liberal democrats are anti—brexit. they want a public vote on any final deal reached by the government with the eu and we will hear more about that and the party's policy on it and how it hopes to achieve that when sir vince addresses the conference in his keynote speech on tuesday. the leader of the conservative party in scotland, ruth davidson, has said that she never wants to be prime minister because she "values her mental health too much". in an interview with the sunday times newspaper, she's spoken for the first time of her struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts and self harm.
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ms davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, had frequently been tipped as a future leader. the royal college of pathologists is warning that cancer patients are facing worrying delays in diagnosis and treatment. radio 5 live investigates has been told just 3% of the laboratories which diagnose and study diseases across the uk have enough staff to meet demand. the department of health says it's increased medical training places for home—grown doctors by 25%. australians have been warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit. contaminated punnets have been reported in supermarkets in the states of new south wales, queensland and victoria. georgina smyth has more. it is the stuff of nightmares — sewing needles inside fresh strawberries found at random across three australian states.
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i bit into it, there was a break. my knee jerk reaction was to swallow it, and what was left over was half of the sewing needle. it's a shock. you go to get some strawberries from woolworths, the last thing you're expecting is to end up in hospital. some as young as nine have been affected. it went in my mouth and i pulled the needle out. the contaminated strawberries have been traced back to this queensland farm. the industry believes it could be the work of a disgruntled employee, but police won't confirm that. our investigation is still open. we aren't going to get into speculation, we're keeping a very open mind. brands have been pulled from the shelves across the major supermarkets, and while no one has been seriously harmed by the contamination, the industry is already hurting from the recall. strawberry growers are pleading with consumers not to abandon the industry. anyone buying the fruit has been urged to slice it before eating. georgina smyth, bbc news. benedict cumberbatch
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and james corden are just two of the british nominees up for an emmy award, which take place in la tomorrow night. it's the first year that the categories are dominated by the streaming service netflix. our los angeles correspondent james cook reports. enemies to the east. enemies to the west. game of thrones has vanquished them all, winning more emmy awards than any other drama series in tv history. whatever stands in our way... we will defeat it. this year, it leads the field with 22 nominations. did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? westworld, where cowboys meet science fiction, has 21 nominations, including a second supporting actress nod for thandie newton. you're going to take me to my daughter.
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who knows where westworld's going to go for season three? we certainly have no idea. do you not? no, not at all! i'm having dinner with lisa joy, who's one of our show runners, next week and i'm going to get her very drunk and i'm going to get some dish out of her, yeah! the handmaid's tale, with its bleak vision of a totalitarian united states, is also a frontrunner again. it won best drama last year. is the handmaid's tale a piece for our times? of course. my goodness, of course. i feel like it's the only piece for our times right now. the other shows are sources of entertainment and inspiration, but i really feel like it holds a mirror up to society and asks hard questions, particularly about women and the roles of women and equality, and so i think it's necessary. somebody help! she will keep hurting people until i catch her! spy thriller killing eve debuted
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on bbc one last night, but it's already thrilled american audiences, winning a nomination in best drama for sandra oh, a milestone for an asian actress. help me! it can only be great. i mean, it could only be great! to discuss it in any kind of way, i'll leave that to other people because it should be discussed. but not for me. i'm just happy. in hollywood, the crown remains hugely popular, and it's in the running again. but what's the fascination with the royals? i think we're sort of secretly happy that their life is more miserable than ours, because they live in what we imagine is this gilded cage with everything that you could think of that you'd want to be, princes and kings and queens, they have this incredible lifestyle supposedly, but then you understand that in the middle, they've all the same problems we do. and that's what makes good drama, whether you're in la or the yorkshire dales.
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so, when i'm in england, iwatch, like, emmerdale and shows like that. you do not! you're an emmerdale fan? me and my mum love all of those. why? they're just — they're very addictive. they know how to write a show, you know. they leave those cliffhangers real good. this annual bafta tea party is a curtain raiserfor the emmys, and very soon, we'll find out who'll be sipping the champagne. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. now it's time for a look at the weather. good morning. contrasting weather conditions across the country. heavy rain are pushing out of scotland and northern ireland during the early hours are now moving through northern england, wales and south—west england but weakening all the time. to the south and east that, we keep some sunshine and warmth today. but weakening weather front pushes into the midlands and lincolnshire. behind it, brightening up lincolnshire. behind it, brightening
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up with sunny spells and scattered chows in the far north and west. highest values of 14—24, 70 five fahrenheit where'd you keep the sunshine. as they go through the night, the cloud push into the south piece, but not falling far, overnight lows of 16-17. a not falling far, overnight lows of 16—17. a warm start of the day, quite a quiet start on monday but as we go through the latter stages of monday, despite a quiet start, we will see some very wet and very windy weather pushing them from the north—west. take care. hello, this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. the headlines. theresa may has revealed her ‘frustration‘
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