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this is bbc news i'm martine croxall. the headlines at six. labour's leadership team say they would back members. on another brexit vote. i'm there elected as the leader of this party. elected as the leader in order to bring greater democracy to this party. there will be a clear vote in conference, i don't know what's going to come out of all the meetings that are going on. and i am vicki young in liverpool where labour‘s brexit policy is under the microscope. —— labour's brexit policy. following eu leaders‘ rejection of theresa may's chequers plan last week, the brexit secretary says he won't let the eu dictate negotiations. this is a bump in the road. we'll hold our nerve. we'll keep our cool and we'll keep negotiating in good faith. i think we need to keep these negotiations going. a man has been arrested at buckingham palace on suspicion of possession of a taser. police say it is not terror related. iran's president accuses american—backed gulf states of supporting groups behind a deadly
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terror attack on a military parade yesterday. us media giant comcast wins a bidding war to take control of tv broadcaster sky. shareholders are urged to accept the offer. falling for scams. reports of fraud almost double in three years. a bbc investigation reveals fraudsters scammed almost 50,000 older people last year with six people over the age of 60 falling victim every hour. and rescuers are trying to reach a seriously injured sailor who is taking part in the golden globe round—the—world race, stranded in the middle of the indian ocean. good evening.
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welcome to bbc news. jeremy corbyn has confirmed the labour party would support another referendum on brexit if his party's conference backs the idea this week. mr corbyn says he'd prefer to settle questions over brexit with a general election, but would abide by the decision of party members. 0ur political correspondent, alex forsyth, reports from liverpool. all behind jeremy. get your copy of labour briefing. at labour's liverpool conference, there's one thing on most people's minds. there is growing demand among the rank and file for labour to back another public vote on any brexit deal. today, the labour leader said he'd listen to party members. 0ur preference would be for a general election and then we can negotiate our future relationships with europe. but let's see what comes out of conference. we're a democratic party, we're very big. it's the biggest conference we've ever had. given that, do you feel bound by what the conference decides, as the leader? well, obviously. i'm there elected as a leader of this party. the government has ruled out another election,
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insisting a brexit deal is possible even after its plan was rejected by the eu. i think what we need to do is hold our nerve, keep our cool, continue to negotiate in good faith and really press the eu to be clearer on what their objections are. but here, unsurprisingly, they‘ re not happy leaving it to the government. behind the scenes today, delegates will agree on motions the party will vote on later this week, deciding labour's position on another referendum, and some say it must be clear whether the party backs it or not. it's a bit of a binary choice. you can't really fudge that. we think we need a meaningful vote in parliament. failing that, we think that the prime minister needs to call a general election so we can have the debates among the deal and then it may be that we have to have a people's vote if parliament can't come to a view. but there is a warning. any vote should be about the way we leave the eu, not reversing brexit. the referendum shouldn't be
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on, do you want to... do we want to go back into the european union? that shouldn't even be an option? no. because the people have already decided on that. they say they'll listen to party members, but finding a view on brexit that unites labour supporters here and across the country, well, that's a conundrum forjeremy corbyn. alex forsyth reporting. let's talk to our chief political correspondent vicki young who is at the labour party conference in liverpool for us now. we canjoin we can join her we canjoin her now. vicki. it is not just that brexit we canjoin her now. vicki. it is notjust that brexit policy we canjoin her now. vicki. it is not just that brexit policy which we canjoin her now. vicki. it is notjust that brexit policy which is causing some division within the party. there's this ongoing row about the role of mps about how easily they should be able to be deselected. at the moment if you are a sitting mp you are automatically get the stand again at the next election. but after the really two yea rs of battles election. but after the really two years of battles that there have been between some labour mps and
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jeremy corbyn with some of these mps being highly big love him, there are some in the party who say they should no longer have that automatic right. and today what when mccluskey said he agreed to that point. here's what he had to say. i believe there are certain mps within our party who are almost asking to be deselected. they really don't want... applause they really don't want to be part of this exciting transformation that is taking place. all my life i have sought a government that would bring about the irreversible shift in the balance of power in favour of working people. we now have an opportunity. please go back, talk to the number of constituents in delegates here. this isn't about constituencies against the unions. i
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promise you it isn't. we want to make certain that those mps who need to be called to account will be called to account. the change in the rules means that there will not be a mandatory de—selection. they will not have to go through it. but the rules are changed, they have made it slightly easierfor labour changed, they have made it slightly easier for labour party members to get rid of their mp if they want to. there is no doubt there are some labour mps who feel that there are some in the party who are trying to purge them from that party. they feel they are what they would call moderates and they feel they are going to be pushed out. earlier i spoke to in mp who said that... these other grassroot supporters who broughtjeremy corbyn into the leadership of the party. this was her message to len mccluskey. to know what i find really sad by
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this? unite the union is doing really brilliant work on ted's and under which working in restaurants are being ripped off by the imports. and i wear hearing about len... there are ways that parties can't get rid of their mp. i've had members e—mail me about it for the last two years. every person here at this conference has a choice to make. are you here to make change, are you getting akis? and ijust say to len, "your members are doing great work on these attempts. why don't we start talking about that and how we can make that legislation was quote. the message is that the party labour should not be caught up too much in the process. there are certainly some strong expressions from labour party members who say they are angry with their mps, that they are angry with their mps, that they don't think they should have they don't think they should have the right to just stay in the job for life and that they should go through this resorption process.
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certainly some angry words there. some divisions on the first day but i think they want to be moving on the party certainly talking about the party certainly talking about the economy. vicki, thank you very much. vicki young in liverpool. a man has been arrested at buckingham palace. lets get more on this, i'm joned by our news correspondent simonjones. hejoins us now. simon, what is happening today? this happened at about a quarter to one this afternoon of the visitors entrance of buckingham palace. —— house. a 30—year—old man was stopped by security staff of the palace. —— 38—year—old man. i understand he is to go through security scanners like the one you see at airport or at public entrances. the police arrived at around one o'clock and the man was this —— arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm, namely a taser stu n possessing a firearm, namely a taser stun gun. he's been taken to a police station in central and for
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questioning by police are stressing to us that they are not treating this as a terror incident. they say it was all resolved fairly calmly once the man had gone through this security scanner. now, we know at the moment that the queen was not in residence at buckingham palace. she is currently still on her summer break at bellmore in scotland. but the security is pretty tight at buckingham palace. this will spark quite an inquiry sought but there will be very keen to know why exactly he was there and why he allegedly had this taster. whitehead this weapon with them and that will be part of the inquiry. —— why he had this taser. there have been various security breaches at buckingham palace, people climbing over security walls around three yea rs over security walls around three years ago. a couple of people manage to get on the roof of buckingham palace and unfurl a banner. but it appears in this case that the initial security, though scanners, managed to protect this incident and the man who allegedly was bringing in this taser has really been
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questioned. simon, thank you very much. iran's president, hassan rouhani, has accused american—backed gulf states of supporting the attackers who carried out yesterday's assault on a military parade. 25 people, including 12 revolutionary guards, were killed, in one of the worst attacks against the elite force. president rouhani spoke as he left tehran for new york to attend the un general assembly. he says he's ready to confront the united states and its gulf arab allies. translation: the victims fell as innocent murderers. undoubtably the islamic republic of iran does not overlook this crime. it's clear to to and to where they are linked. the small puppet countries that we see in the region are backed by america and the united states is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities to commit these crimes. the president of iran. well a short time ago, our correspondent chris buckler, who's in washington, told me more about the accusations
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that are being made by tehran. iran has not presented any evidence or given specifics about who they believe was responsible. but they believe these are gulf states who were involved in this attack. they actually pointed the finger at washington for supporting those gulf states. but that has been pointed right back by nikki haley, the us ambassador to the un. she says that the president has to look at what his country has been doing. that they have been oppressing the people, she says. and that they need to look in the mirror to try to work out exactly why this attack has happened. but you can imagine that all of this and particularly this kind of rhetoric is only going to cause greater tension between the us and iran, particularly ahead of this un general assembly meeting because already we have had the us pull out of the iran nuclear deal and put more economic sanctions on iran. putting back things which really damage the economy and caused problems for the country. where will iran try to draw support from when it gets to the un?
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well, they can try to make the argument that those who are still inside this iran nuclear deal, including the uk of course, and say to them, "listen we are doing our best to try to address the concerns that you have. we're doing our best to try to stop the use of nuclear weapons to try and stop their spread." and they can try and get some support there. at the same time, you're going to have president trump trying to put pressure on those countries. and already we're getting the sense that, for example, as far as the uk and others are concerned, that there is a danger of businesses facing sanctions from the us if they continue to trade with iran. so that creates a real tension there. perhaps one of the most interesting things during this whole meeting of the un general assembly is going to be the meeting of the un security council because it will be chaired by donald trump himself. specifically it is about trying to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. but he has already said that as far as he's concerned,
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it is a meeting about iran. that is going to be watched very carefully, specifically by president rouhani. chris buckley in washington. in the lead up to this week's un security council meeting chaired by donald trump on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, theresa may has been talking to news organisation cbs. she said that the president's decision to withdraw from the iranian nuclear deal is one area in which britain and the us have a difference of opinion. the question of that deal of course is an area where i do have a difference of opinion with president trump. we believe that should stay in place and others involved in putting that deal together believe that it should stay in place. we do agree with the united states that there are other aspects of iran's behaviour that we need to be dealing with, too. so looking at the issue of ballistic missiles, looking at the issue at the way in which iran is acting in the region to destabilise the region. we need to address
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those issues, too. but we also want to ensure that we have a nuclear deal in place. theresa may speaking to cbs news. police in london are appealing for the public‘s help to find a missing woman and her son. sacha dedman, who is 43, went missing from her home in plumstead yesterday, along with her 5 along with her five—year—old son, sonny. it's believed they could be driving a white vauxhall corsa. directors of the british broadcaster, sky, have urged shareholders to accept a takeover offer worth more than £30 billion from the us media giant, comcast. after a long—running battle against rupert murdoch's 21st century fox, comcast won the auction for sky, as our business editor simonjack reports. it's been an epic battle between two heavyweights of the media world. in the final round, us cable giant and universal studios owner comcast delivered a knockout blow, offering £30 billion, 10% more than the disney—backed 21st century fox was prepared to pay. the prize — sky's 23 million
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customers across europe, ten million of them in the uk. the final bid has come in at £17.28, which is a i7% increase on the previous offer for sky, so they certainly have. and i think for comcast, sky is a very important strategic asset. it will help them diversify outside of the us where they're seeing pressures of cord—cutting — that is consumers are less and less paying for big, expensive cable packages. so why are all these megadeals happening now? look no further than the new kids on the block, netflix and amazon. both are winning new subscribers around the world. both are pouring billions into making their own original content. in the short—term, sky customers will notice little difference. both bidders had agreed to fund loss—making sky news for at least the next ten years. putting up prices will be hard, given the red—hot competition for eyeballs. comcast may have won, but they had to pay £30 billion. the real winners this weekend are the sky shareholders, which include the family of one rupert murdoch. he may not have succeeded in buying
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all of sky as he once wanted, but he will not be going home empty—handed. simon jack, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, and his deputy, tom watson, say they would back another brexit referendum if that's what party members want a man has been arrested at buckingham palace on suspicion of possession of a taser. us media giant comcast outbids rupert murdoch's 21st century fox to buy tv broadcaster sky for more than £30 billion. an investigation by bbc radio 5 live has found that the number of elderly people who say they have been the victim of scamming has nearly doubled in the last three years.?|n some cases, people have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds. fraudsters scammed almost 19,000 older people across the uk in the past year, equivalent to nearly six every hour. caroline davies reports.
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it's a crime that can happen in your own home, as simple as a convincing phone call or a few clicks on a computer. and for one group in particular, reported cases of fraud are becoming more common. the cost of personal fraud across all ages is estimated to be around £10 billion a year. figures requested in an investigation by 5 live show that nearly 19,000 people aged over 60 reported that they had been scammed and more than 1,000 of those victims were over 90. phone rings. some experts worry the real number of over—60s affected is far higher and that older people are particularly at risk as they are more likely to live alone and be drawn into conversation with a fraudster. the impact can be devastating, leaving victims without savings, potentially reliant on the state to pay for their care. those who do fall victim to fraud once are often targeted again, sometimes being placed on a scammers' list of people
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likely to be sucked in. the financial 0mbudsman service has said that scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and told banks that they should take the evolution of fraud into account, rather than assume it is their customers who have been grossly negligent. caroline davies, bbc news. a british man who says he is a pharmacist from birmingham has been detained in syria on suspicion of being a member of the so—called islamic state group. kurdish forces captured anwar miah in the eastern province of deir al—zour a month ago. a video of his capture has surfaced on social media. it shows mr miah saying he has lived in syria for nearly four years and that he worked as a medic in islamic state territory. it is believed he is now being held in a prison in northern syria, guarded by us special forces. 0ur middle east correspondent quentin sommerville gave us this update. kurdish officials tell us they captured anwar miah about a month ago in eastern syria inside is—controlled territory. he's a pharmacist from birmingham.
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in a video that's subsequently been posted online, anwar is seen blindfolded in the back of a pick—up truck, he is heard saying, "i'm a doctor, i'm a qualified pharmacist from the uk, i studied medicine and pharmacy." it also turns out that a man with the identical name was struck off as a pharmacist in birmingham in 2014, so those numbers match. as far as the kurds are concerned this man is member of the so—called islamic state, he is now being detained in northern syria. he's being kept under guard by us special forces and we've learnt today that he's being questioned by western intelligence services. the kurds say, though, that they now have over 500 foreign is fighters under their care, and they cannot hold these men long—term and they should be returned to their countries of origin as soon as possible. quentin sommerville.
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a teenager has died after being shot in east london. the 19—year—old was taken to hospital after the incident in walthamstow late yesterday evening — where he was pronounced dead. no—one has been arrested. police have appealed for witnesses. polls have closed in the maldives, in an election which opposition groups have warned will not be free and fair. president abdulla yameen is seeking a second term in office, despite concerns about his record on human rights and the jailing of his rivals. president yameen has links to china, while his opponent, ibrahim mohamed solih, is seen as leaning towards india and the west. james clayton reports from delhi. the maldives has a population of less tha n the maldives has a population of less than 500,000 people so you might well think why do we care? but the countries are at the fulcrum of a geopolitical battle between china
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and india. traditionally in the maldives it is been in the orbit of india. but more recently it has tilted its focus towards china. in terms of the politics of the maldives, the president is a hugely controversial figure maldives, the president is a hugely controversialfigure in maldives, the president is a hugely controversial figure in the maldives opposition groups have recused them and accuse them of curtailing press freedoms. there are also opposition figures who have beenjailed including his half—brother. just to give you a flavour of what happens in the politics here, in february this year after a judge said that some of those prisoners should be released, the president declared a state of emergency and sent troops to address thejudges. state of emergency and sent troops to address the judges. neither is in opposition, but already rights groups are suggesting these votes might not be free and fair. reports already last night that the opposition campaign has quarters
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we re opposition campaign has quarters were raiders —— were raided. and the eu has our he stated that it is going to place sanctions on the maldives if these elections aren't free and fair. so all eyes are on the maldives as we wait to see what happens today. james clayton. pope francis has called for society to be vigilant towards any resurgence of anti—semitism during a visit to eastern europe. he made the appeal in the lithuanian city of kaunas, saying new generations should be taught about the holocaust. india's prime minister, narendra modi, has launched what's been described as the world's biggest universal health care scheme. the plan, dubbed as modicare, aims to give 500 million people, nearly half of india's population, free health insurance. but critics say the government has failed to prepare the necessary infrastructure to implement the billion—pound programme. devina gupta reports. nearly 1.6 million people die every year because of lack of access to affordable health care in india. the ayushman bharat national health protection mission is meant to plug
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this gap with an annual health insurance of $7,100, but unlike most of the global public health schemes that cover all the citizens, india's policy will only cover advanced medical treatment costs like surgery and cancer care for 500 million of the country's poorest. while the government claims the scheme will make 265,000 beds available, for poor in government and private hospitals in the country, the question is if that is enough. what it's doing is carefully setting up infrastructure that will allow us to work towards, which is the aspiration of the scheme, to get to universal health care, which is our ambition and which is something that we need to do. in india, on average, only one doctor is present for 11,000 patients. that's 11 times more than the ratio recommended by the world health organization. for now, india has allocated $1.5 billion for the roll—out. experts feel more investment
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is needed as millions rush to grab health care that has been out of their reach so far. devina gupta reporting. here are some dramatic pictures of indonesia's anak krakatua volcano, erupting during the night. the volcano has erupted at least 44 times this week alone, according to the country's meteorological agency. it has been active sincejune but has not caused any disruption to flights or tourism. in 1883, there was an eruption in which more than 35,000 people died. 0rganisers of the golden globe round—the—world yacht race say a fellow competitor is on his way to rescue an injured indian sailor who's stranded 2000 miles off western australia, with a broken mast. solo yachtsman abhilash tomee messaged to say he had injured his back and was unable to eat or drink. the australian and indian navies are also on their way but will take days to reach him.
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millions of viewers will tune in tonight for the final installment of the hit bbc drama the bodyguard. the programme, based around a close protection officer's relationship with a fictional home secretary, has prompted a big increase in people interested in similar work looking at the met police's website with more than 1000 visits a week. danny shaw reports. he's talked down a suicide bomber, been shot at in a car, and duffed up a government advisor. agh! all in day's work for a close protection officer? here's one man who should know. i have protected theresa may when she was home secretary, you're right, and it is nothing and was nothing like what david budd did. agh! the way we operate is not quite like david budd, who seems to be operating independently! so independently, he even has an affair with the home secretary. that's not realistic at all!
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anybody who crosses that line would not last very long within the department and might not last very long within the police service. but the met police wants to capitalise on the popularity of the bodyguard. there's been a surge of interest injoining the force. it needs to recruit detectives and technology experts. it's about encouraging people to have an ambition, dream big, and actually, some day you could be protecting her majesty the queen, or protecting the home secretary. but you're not going to get that instantaneously. one feature of the programme is the large number of senior female officers and detectives from black and minority ethnic groups. it takes some doing... the reality is rather different. they're in a minority, as this asian counterterrorism detective told me. she doesn't want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of her role. women and bme officers are in every rank and every specialism in the police service. so it's not a rare thing. we do have senior female officers, we also have senior bme officers.
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but we still do need more diversity, without a shadow of a doubt. the character of david budd makes great telly and may inspire some potential recruits, but he's no substitute for a real close protection officer. it's not about making waves — they have to stay in the shadows. danny shaw, bbc news. senior members of the royal family have allowed cameras to follow them for a new documentary about the queen as a global figure. queen of the world, which will be shown on itv, was filmed over a year. in one episode, the duchess of sussex, meghan markle, reveals a secret detail of her wedding dress for the first time. somewhere in here, there's a piece of — did you see it? the piece of blue fabric that's stitched inside? no! it's my something blue. it's my — it's fabric from my... oh, how nice! well, i hope it's still in there! yes, it should be. we'll have to look at that.
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it's fabric from the dress that i wore on our first date. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. the last week or so has brought no shortage of wet and windy weather across the uk. the satellite picture from a today's shows the strength of cloud which is been piling its way without praise of wayne —— rain. notice we now have a break and that is allowing high pressure its chance to ta ke is allowing high pressure its chance to take control. things looking much more quietly as we head the start of the working week. we will see a lot of dry weather around, the knights will be quite cold. you will notice that. and all the while there will be the presenter for that. and all the while there will be the presenterfor some that. and all the while there will be the presenter for some wind and rain across times and in northern areas. southern parts have the wetter weather today. a real soa ker ofa wetter weather today. a real soa ker of a sunday morning across many southern parts. the rain cleared away from the far southeast and then as we go through tonight we are looking at largely dry weather. still one or two showers around but most still one or two showers around but m ost pla ces still one or two showers around but most places would have clear starry
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skies overhead and from north to south it is going to turn chilly. you can see these widespread pale green shades and our temperature chart. that is in the big built—up areas. 0ut chart. that is in the big built—up areas. out in the countryside sunspots spots will get the freezing or even a touch below. we could start of the raw morning with a touch of frost and maybe the odd five patch as well. it will turn into a decent day with patchy cloud and the odd shower up to the northwest. not as many as we had today. those temperatures may be just a notch higher. 14—16d. —— 14-16d. it just a notch higher. 14—16d. —— 14—16d. it will allow front systems to squash and towards the northwest of the country. a bit of a split in our fortunes developing during tuesday. a chilly start for most of us. for england and wales and for asia's island as well. northern ireland and western scotland there will be outbreaks of rain. there
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will be outbreaks of rain. there will be outbreaks of rain. there will be an outbreak of wind as well. because the wind will be coming in from the southwest, just beginning to group upwards of 1a maybe 18 degrees. contrast those fortunes during tuesday night, it will be southern arizona because of the weather close to freezing. for the north significantly mother but only because we would have after crowded outburst of rain to stop warm for breeze. but further south, the middle the deed —— we will turn a great deal warmer.


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