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this is bbc news. the headlines. 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. in other news, around 50 people are killed in flooding and landslides in the philippines caused by typhoon mangkhut, which has now made landfall on the china coast. the french far—right leader, marine le pen, re—launches her party to try and broaden its appeal. the party will now be known as ‘rassemblement national‘ or national rally. good afternoon.
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theresa may has said she gets "irritated" by the ongoing speculation over her position as prime minister. mrs may told the bbc the debate should be about the country's future, rather than her own, with only 6 months to go before brexit. her comments come days after conservative mps opposed to her brexit plan, met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down. nick eardley has more. at chequers, where her brexit proposal was born, a sight we don't often see — the prime minister at ease, defending her plan for life outside the eu. this week, some discussed
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replacing her over that policy, but theresa may says it's not her future that is important, it's the country's. 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. ensuring that we get a good deal from the european union, which is good for the people of the uk, wherever they live in the uk. some brexit backers say the plan would be a disaster. they are flexing their political muscles to change it. michael gove backs the prime minister, saying he's compromised. but he says compromises needn't be forever. a future prime minister could always choose to alter the relationship between britain and european union. the chequers approach is the right one for now, because we need to respect the vote and take advantage of the opportunities of being outside the european union. but with so many different views still on the table, who makes the final call? london's mayor thinks it should be voters in a referendum in the final deal. the question should be a choice between the deal done by this government or staying
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in the european union. the deal done by this government we can now actually see what the consequences would be. labour's leadership remains to be convinced on another referendum. the prime minister insists it won't happen. she says she'll fight for her plan. 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? we want her back." she's still there. but 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 and when it really matters. and it's that resolve that will be tested in the coming months. nick eardley, bbc news. 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, beginning in salford and burnley.
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that's tomorrow morning, from 11, here on bbc news. around 50 people are now known to have been killed in the philippines by typhoon mangkhut, many of them caught in landslides set off by heavy rain. map the typhoon has now moved across from the philippines, to southern china and hong kong, with winds of up to ioomph. from hong kong, robin brant sent this report. this was a monster typhoon that hit three places in three days. hong kong was in the middle. more than 100 people here have been injured, but no deaths have been reported. the biggest casualties were shattered windows and fallen trees. dozens of roads were blocked. there's some flooding in lower—lying areas, as well. this is obviously not what sunday evening in one of the main streets in hong kong is supposed to look like. there is rubbish everywhere. we've got about half a metre
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of flooding there, as well. the worst of the winds have passed, but there's a big clean—up operation that needs to happen. people still being urged to stay indoors. it wasn't a direct hit and the worst has passed, but the rain is falling and there's a landslide warning in place. it's still dangerous to be out. translation: i'm here to feel the strength of the typhoon. it's quite strong. in the philippines, it was more serious. the death toll there is rising — the damage more widespread in smaller communities in a country less able to protect its people. in a flooded home, rescuers found a mother and child, stranded. both were saved. the child passed first to safety. here, too, though, there is now the threat of mudslides. mangkhut has now made landfall in mainland china, hitting guangdong province, the final stop on its devastating westerlyjourney. thousands had already been evacuated there.
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they'll know the full extent of the damage once monday comes. robin brant, bbc news, hong kong. the east coast of the united states is facing an "epic amount of rainfall,", particularly in north and south carolina where at least 12 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
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increasingly difficult. motorists have been advised to avoid 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.
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in the last hour the governor of north carolina roy cooper has been giving a a press conference. here's what he had to say. this treacherous storm officially has now claimed ten lives. we mourn their loss and our hearts go out to the victims‘ family. we are working now and doing everything we can to prevent more deaths. people can help us with that, by using safety precautions and common—sense. the french far—right leader marine le pen has rebranded her party in an effort to broaden its political appeal. formerly known as the front national, the party is now called rassemblement national. ms le pen has been speaking to her party at its summer conference this afternoon.
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our correspondent, hugh schofield, is in paris, and sent this update. rebranding, a new name but the message is identical to what was there before. as you say, she has had a tough year and a half, she lost the election of course against macron after a pitiful performance in the second round of the elections, then there have been these judicial problems, money problems, the defection of her very important number two, florian fillipo, so people have been tending to say it is all a bit of a bust and flush but i have to say there is a sense that the hard right in the form of marine le pen is very much back. this was the opening salvo in a period leading to the european elections in which we will see a lot of her and a lot of the confidence she used to have back in action. largely, down to the opinion polls. the opinion poll, a very
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important one last week, showed that in voting intentions for next year's european elections in may, she and her party, the national rally, are now neck and neck with emmanuel macron's party. this is crucial and very interesting because it shows that the traditional parties, the moderate right and left are still not resurrecting themselves from the ashes of the debacle in the presidential election and still if you want to position yourself as somebody who does not like macron and wants to undo his liberalising, globalising policy, then the place you will go to is not the far left, which for a time seemed to be the port of call, but once again the hard right, represented by marine le pen and her party. she also has this sense, which is hardly the first time we are reporting on it, that she is representative of a transnational movement across europe. she brought this up over again in the speech, you look across europe to salvini, to orban in hungary, to what's happening in sweden, denmark, and you have a sense, she has a sense that as she put it, there is a big shake—up going on in europe and she wants to be part of it.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's karthi. yates' lead in overall standings will not be challenged and he'll join geraint thomas as the leaders. he'll be the first british rider to win without the help of team sky. lewis hamilton has won the singapore grand prix for the fourth time but he described it as the longest race of his life. he continues to increase his lead in the driver standings and is a0 points the head
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of sebastian vettel. lewis hamilton says the marina bay street circuit is the most challenging circuit but he made winning here look easy. no one could get close to him in qualifying or on the dash to the first corner. a perfect getaway is vital for victory. sebastian vettel crashed at the start last year and nearly did so the start last year and nearly did so again as he fought with max verstappen for second place. the ferrari got ahead while others got caught up, showing what can go wrong. vettel stopped early for fresh tyres to change his leg like verstappen took second place. the dutchman was delighted. vettel was slighted. this race is supposed to bea slighted. this race is supposed to be a bogey race for mercedes but with little coming third, hamilton's championship lead has grown to a0 points. the battle isn't over but the finishing line is getting closer. we had a great start, the
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tea m closer. we had a great start, the team have never given up their faith in me and in our ability. it was a long race. sigurdsson pulled a goal back for everton on the stroke of half—time but that effort was in vain. west ham restoring their two—goal advantage through arnautovic in the second half giving pellegrini lee perfect 65th birthday present. bernie looking for their first family and the win of the season after defeat against wolverhampton. —— burnley. wolves sitting
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back—to—back league victories. in by back—to—back league victories. in rugby union the game of the weekend did not disappoint with wasps surviving a fightback from leicester to win ai—35. started strongly and scored two early tries including this from josh bassett after a superb kick. tigers have a player sent off just superb kick. tigers have a player sent offjust before half—time but responded well. being a man down showed towards the end and wasps scored two late penalties to take the win. then the proia ulster moving to the top of conference b after beating southern kings 28—7. foster leading at the halfway mark. angus curtis with the last of them. they are one point clear of leinster. southern kings are bottom of the table. great britain will be
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seededin of the table. great britain will be seeded in next year's revamps davis cup competition after beating uzbekistan 3—1 in the world group play—off tie this weekend. cameron norrie beating his opponent in glasgow in the first of the singles matches to give great britain victory in glasgow. kenya's eliud kipchoge has set a new marathon world record after destroying the field in berlin with a time of two hours, one minute 39 seconds. the 33—year—old took more than a minute off the previous best shock and surprise, perhaps not that it was kipchoge who led the way or that it was on the flat streets of berlin where the many fastest times have been said before but what was surprising was the margin by which he smashed the record. 0ver surprising was the margin by which he smashed the record. over one minute faster than anybody else in history. i feel great, winning two hours and one minute and seven
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seconds. so i'm really happy and i'm grateful to those who worked with me. the 33-year-old is no stranger to marathon success. he claimed gold and the brazil 0lympics two years ago. kipchoge is the olympic champion. and in april he won the london marathon, taking his third title. he was already regarded as one of the greatest runners of all time. perhaps now the greatest. kevin beattie has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 6a. he was capped four times by england and was part of ipswich town's most successful teams. his manager at ipswich sir bobby robson described him as the best english player he ever had. that's all the
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for now. theresa may has revealed her frustration with the continued speculation over her leadership — as the prime minister defends her brexit plan. around 50 people are killed by flooding and landslides in the philippines — as typhoon mangkhut make landfall on the china coast. the french far right leader, marine le pen rebrands her party to try and broaden its appeal. around 1,000 people have staged a rally in manchester to protest against anti—semitism. the organisers of the rally say there has been a frightening rise in abuse targeting jews. the chief rabbi — ephraim mirvis — and labour mp dame margaret hodge both spoke at the event.
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we asked dame margaret hodge what she thinks the labour party could do next to improve the issue, having recently adopted the international definition of anti—semitism. i'm really pleased the national executive of the labour party has now accept it the international definition of anti—semitism, but that's a first little step towards building trust again with thejewish community. they now have to act and take action against those people who have been anti—semitic in the labour party and i think stop action against people like my colleague, ian austin, who called out anti—semitism and finds disciplinary action against him. and then i thinkjeremy corbyn himself i think has to lead the building, the rebuilding of trust by talking to the jewish representative organisations and listening and perhaps even saying we're sorry. vince cable has said his party will "not buy" any brexit deal from brussels, based on theresa may's chequers proposal.
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the liberal democrat leader was speaking at the party's annual conference in brighton. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake is there. well, there are two big issues which you can't escape at the lib dem conference in brighton this year. one of them you were just talking about, brexit and the party's policy, of course, to oppose and stop brexit in whatever way they can. and the other one is really the state of the party itself and whether it needs to undergo big changes, as the leader, sir vince cable, has put forward and suggested, in order, really, to survive and broaden its appeal, to bring more people in as unpaid supporters, to allow non—mps to stand for the leadership. that's something which sir vince cable was facing questions on in the main hall in brighton earlier on. there is a bit of nervousness i think it's fair to say among the lib dem members who have heard these proposals and are worried that the party is going to be open
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to all and sundry and someone who wasn't an elected member of parliament, who the membership weren't particularly happy with, could come in and be installed as leader of the party. as one person put it to sir vince cable, they were worried that somebody like chuka umunna, the labour mp who has been campaigning for a second vote on the final deal with brussels, could come in and end up as the party leader. and this was sir vince cable's response. there is no leadership election in prospect, except in the longer term. we have very good mps. i see nothing wrong with opening up the talent pool and looking at people who share our values. it may be that the party rejects them, maybe they don't get through the nomination process, maybe they don't get through the star chamber interrogation progress but at least not ruling things out from first principles. just because we can think of somebody we distrust who might
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get through hypothetically. that seems to be the wrong way of looking at it. the liberal party, surely we are open to choice? looking at possibilities? so, applause for sir vince cable as he answered those concerns about potential changes to the party which, of course, will only happen if the membership agreed to them and get behind them. for many senior figures in the party, he's got the right idea with those suggestions. brexit, the big policy that the lib dems have that they are struggling to capitalise on as a major party who oppose brexit. yesterday the brexit spokesman tom brake said that there wouldn't be time for parliament to scrutinise a deal that the government reached with the eu on the terms of britain's withdrawal from the eu, so what would lib dem mps do, regardless of the deal that the government comes back with when parliament gets a chance to vote on it?
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sir vince was asked about that in a session earlier today. there is an enormous hole and it's been exposed by many of the prime minister's allies. if we are left on a late—night in earlyjanuary with that in front of you...? we're not going to buy it, we're not going to buy it. "we're not going to buy it," a very clear signal there from sir vince cable that regardless of the deal, the government manages to get, if there is one, with the european union on britain's exit from the eu, then lib dem mps will vote against it in parliament. that may have a big impact because the parliamentary arithmetic is tight, as we know. theresa may doesn't have much of a majority in parliament at all. so it won't take much, if a handful of labour mps or most of them vote against it with along the lib dems, to put the government in a very difficult position.
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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. ms davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, had frequently been tipped as a future leader. a major study into taking an aspirin—a—day suggests the drug should not be taken by healthy, elderly people. aspirin is taken widely for its impact on the heart but the clinical trial on 19,000 people in the us and australia found no benefit for people in good health over 70. former england and ipswich town footballer kevin beattie has died at the age of 6a. his former team said on twitter that they are devastated to hear of his passing following a suspected heart attack. the footballer, who was known
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as beat, made 296 appearances for ipswich town and won nine caps for england. a russian activist supporting the protest group pussy riot, pyotr verzilov, has been flown from moscow to berlin for specialist treatment following a suspected poisoning. he became seriously ill on tuesday. he is best known for an anti—putin protest at the world cup final in moscow earlier this year. 0ur correspondent damien mcguinness is in berlin, and has been following the story. he arrived late last night here in berlin on an ambulance plane that was funded by a german ngo that has in the past also helped other anti—putin activists. that's because he became seriously ill in moscow, his fellow anti—putin activists say that's because he was poisoned. that's what they suspect. it seems he was unable to speak,
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could not walk or hear anything, was rushed into hospital in a very serious condition. he then was sent over here to germany to a very famous hospital here in berlin where he is right now being given treatment. he is apparently much better now according to a statement by one of his fellow activists. we still don't really know what exactly happened because doctors and officials here in germany have not yet confirmed whether this was in fact a poisoning, and if so, what's behind it. we still don't really know why he's ill. but he is ill and he is in hospital right now in berlin. any reaction from russia? he's also a canadian citizen, so what have officials been saying, if anything? he is quite a controversial figure in russia. so far no official statement about him being in germany right now. in russia, he really divides opinion because this group is not necessarily very popular with many russian voters. they have done quite a few anti—putin stunts which many russians would feel
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as disrespectful, for example a performance in a cathedral, "punk prayer" is what they called it. he has also engaged in an orgy in a museum and released cockroaches into a court, lots of things his supporters and anti—putin opposition activists quite like because it really gets publicity and shakes people up. some russian voters don't like it because they feel it's very disrespectful. he does divide opinion in russia. he himself is not a massive name in russia but his group, pussy riot, with whom he works, is very famous. he was previously with an art connective, whose name is "war" in russian, a group also known for controversial acts. right now, this group wants to create publicity to get opposition going against putin, some people like that and some don't. but he has got a lot of support in the west so it's likely that people who don't like or criticise
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the russian government will also be very interested to see what happens to him here in germany. interesting to point out he still faces charges in russia because after that stunt, which you mentioned, which many of us will have seen at the world cup, when he ran onto the football pitch dressed in a fake policeman's uniform, he was fined and put into jailfor 15 days. after he was released, he was then given other charges which he has not yet gone to court for. it might get controversial still, it might be quite a difficult situation if he does not go back to russia to face these charges so that could be the next problem that we now see here in berlin. benedict cumberbatch 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 have been dominated by the streaming service, netflix. 0ur los angeles correspondent, james cook, reports. enemies to the east. enemies to the west. game of thrones has vanquished them
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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. 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
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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 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.
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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 the 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. 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.


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