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good afternoon. the former brexit secretary, david davis, has encouraged cabinet ministers to rebel against the prime minister's proposed brexit deal. theresa may has suggested a temporary customs arrangement for the whole of the uk to remain in the customs union while the irish border issue is resolved. brexiteers fear this may be permanent, and will limit the ability to do trade deals around the world. but health secretary matt hancock said there were "different ways" to ensure any commitments to a customs union are time—limited. our political correspondent, helen catt, reports. david davis has never been shy of walking into a fight about brexit. he is urging theresa may's most senior ministers to front up as well. he wants them to force the pm to scrap any plans to keep the same customs rules as europe to avoid border checks in ireland by asserting the cabinet's elected authority. could that mean threatening resignations?”
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authority. could that mean threatening resignations? i am never good at speculating but i say to anyone in cabinet who has concerns about this, you have to make it clear to the prime minister. we must not have a cabal outside of cabinet running this, it has to be a cabinet decision. downing street says any arrangement would be temporary and time—limited. but matt hancock suggested that my not mean setting a date for it ending. everyone must get behind her because she is trying to deliver the best deal for britain, which is the best way to ta ke britain, which is the best way to take this forward. this arrangement would only come into place if the eu and the government cannot agree a deal on how to trade in future. the democratic unionist party, whose vote theresa may relies on, will not accept anything that treats northern ireland differently. labour, who was to say in a customs union permanently, say that the plans may struggle to commit them as well.m she comes back with something which
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isjust a fudge she comes back with something which is just a fudge that she she comes back with something which isjust a fudge that she has she comes back with something which is just a fudge that she has cooked up is just a fudge that she has cooked up with brussels and it doesn't meet out up with brussels and it doesn't meet our tests, we will not vote for it. the british people are not stupid, we're not stupid, we will not vote for something that is a bridge to nowhere. we need to know what our future relationship with europe will be, anda future relationship with europe will be, and a barge will not fix that. the clock is ticking for theresa may, even if her cabinet stays onside, she will have to convince the eu that enough progress has been made to get a final deal next month. britain and the united states may be about to boycott a major investment conference in saudi arabia following the disappearance of journalist, jamal khashoggi. it comes after president trump threatened saudi arabia with severe punishment, if it turns out mr khashoggi's is dead and the saudis were responsible. our correspondentjon donnison has been following the developments. jon, how likely is this? diplomatic sources have told the bbc that liam fox, the international trade secretary, and the us trade
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secretary, are considering their options but could pull out of this conference which is due to start in just over a week. a spokesperson for doctor fox's office said his diary had not been finalised for that week. labour criticised the government for its inadequate and slow response, saying britain should stop selling arms to saudi arabia. how difficult is all of this for the british government? it is pretty awkward for any western country that considers saudi arabia to bea country that considers saudi arabia to be a key strategic partner in the middle east. over the years, those countries have turned a blind eye to saudi arabia's somewhat dubious record on things like human rights. written has trade deals with saudi arabia worth about £6 billion. this alleged killing, though, apparently brazen and gruesome in its nature, could be a step too far. turkish officials say there is audiovideo
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evidence of the killing taking place in the consulate in istanbul. if those are to come out, it will be pretty difficult to see how britain and america can attend this conference which is a showpiece to promote saudi arabia. saudi arabia has said it would respond to any sanctions. thank you. the nhs is to launch a crackdown on prescription fraud in england that costs the taxpayer millions of pounds every year. some people falsely or wrongly claim free prescriptions and also some rogue pharmacists and dentists falsify claims. but new technology could mean fake claims are easily identified, as richard galpin reports. every year, nhs england loses more than £250 million as a result of prescription fraud. people either deliberately or by mistake claiming they're eligible for free prescriptions. but not for much longer if the government crackdown is successful.
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the campaign's been launched today by the health secretary matt hancock. he's claiming the nhs will no longer be an easy target. those who steal from it, he says, will face the consequences. it's unbelievable that people should defraud a national institution like the nhs but it does happen and some of that is deliberate so were going to halve restriction fraud over the next five years saving £300 million. and technology is a big part of the solution. a computer database of everyone in england exempt from paying prescriptions will be created, so pharmacists can quickly check before the medication is handed over to patients. but critics say most people wrongly claiming free prescriptions do so by mistake or misunderstanding and that it would be difficult for pharmacists to deny medicines to patients. they are uncomfortable doing it, the challenge is uncomfortable and if somebody is defrauding the system, sometimes they could potentially get aggressive
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and you end up having to deal with a situation which takes time and it also takes time away from the pharmacist being able to have conversations about the medicines with other patients. after pilots starting next year, the anti—fraud campaign is due to be rolled out across nhs england. richard galpin, bbc news. trains are being disrupted along the devon coast, because part of the track has been washed away by storm callum. great western railway says a large hole has opened up beneath the line between exeter and newton abbot. the number of rivers at risk of flooding has halved as the worst of the storm passes. two people died yesterday, one in wales and one in brighton, while homes were flooded, and many were left without power. hurricane force winds have hit parts of portugal, bringing down trees and leaving more than 15,000 homes without power. storm leslie struck overnight
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sweeping towards the centre and north of the country. it's a rare example of an atlantic hurricane striking continental europe. winds of more than 100 miles per hour were recorded. the first rocket launch into space from british soil could happen as soon as 2020. it's thought it could be sent into orbit from a spaceport in the north of scotland. the uk's space industry is booming, thanks to a huge surge in demand for tiny satellites made here. joe miller has more. when the space race began in the 1950s, britain was very much a part of it, even managing to put a satellite into orbit. but space exploration was all but abandoned in the uk after politicians decided that taxpayers' money was better spent elsewhere. now, a boom in demand for satellite technology is bringing the sector back to life. you might not immediately associate british business
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with the space industry, but the fact is, the uk is a world leader when it comes to manufacturing these — microsatellites that are usually the size of a washing machine. now, around 40% of these are made here, and very soon, they'll give us the ability to look at detailed video footage of earth. despite such home—grown expertise, satellites have to be launched in other countries. but the countdown to britain's first spaceport is already under way. on scotland's remote north coast. from our perspective it's a really good location for access into the orbits we are most interested in. so specifically the polar orbit, which is where a lot of the telecoms and small satellites will be able to operate on. armed with government grants, lockheed martin is hoping to grab a slice of an industry which could soon be with trillions of pounds. residents of the a'mhoine peninsula hope the benefits will be
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felt closer to home. we're hoping there will be apprenticeships for young people there. we don't have the expertise, we know that, in space, and satellite production satellite launching. but hopefully you can train young people and give them opportunities to see that as future employment. the first ever rocket launched from uk soil could happen as soon as 2020. but it will take more than one success to propel the british space industry back into orbit. joe miller, bbc news. and you can see more on that story on the sky at night on bbc4 at 10pm this evening. that's it. the next news on bbc one is at 5:30pm. until then, have a good afternoon. hello.
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you're watching the bbc news channel. bavaria in southern germany is holding a regional election. chancellor merkel‘s regional allies, the csu, are expected to lose their absolute majority, while the smaller parties including the greens and the far—right afd are expected to make gains. the csu could be forced into a regional coalition in bavaria — a setback that could further complicate the chancellor's federal government. jenny hill has more. angela merkel will be keeping a close eye on bavaria. that's because her sister party, the bavarian version of her conservatives, is expected to take a humiliating hammering at the ballot box. for decades, the csu has reigned supreme in bavaria. today, if the polls are to believed, all that is set to change. the csu has shifted its policies, its tone, to the right, in response to the threat from the far right anti—migrant party afd.
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it doesn't seem to have worked, afd is still a significant challenge. they're expected to enter the regional parliament for the first time. that policy has also sent voters scurrying into the arms of the green party. they're the real predicted winners of this election. they are expected to come in second, and in all probability will end up forming a coalition with the ruling csu. what does all this mean for angela merkel? her critics will say it is humiliating. she is of course associated with the party, although its leadership have, in recent months, attacked her. it like likely to mean, potentially, a new face at her coalition table here in berlin if the csu decide to give their current leader horst seehofer, her interior minister, the boot. but the real reason that berlin and other european capitals will be keeping such a close eye on bavaria is this. what's happening there illustrates perfectly the complexity of the challenge faced by europe's old established centre right and centre left parties.
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this isn'tjust about the rise of the far right, it's about voters turning their backs on the traditional parties and heading instead towards smaller and in some cases newer political movements. take bavaria, its political landscape has for so long been an absolute certainty. now, it's fragmenting fast. pope francis has conferred sainthood on the murdered archbishop of san salvador, oscar romero, at a ceremony in the vatican attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims. the pope wore the rope belt that was stained with the archbishop‘s blood when he was shot dead at the altar in 1980. during his life romero regularly spoke out against military atrocities during el salvador‘s civil war. john mcmanus reports. 1980. as el salvador‘s bloody civil
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war continues, another victim's funeral. this was notjust another critic am about. he was killed during mass will stop you also want soldiers and police that their loyalty to the state was less important than the christian injunction now shalt not kill. his killers were never brought to justice. today in rome, pope francis w0 re justice. today in rome, pope francis wore the bloodstained elk as he declared him a stain. —— declared him a saint. some oppose this canonisation. some feared it "to marxism, which the church opposes. in el salvador, where 75,000 died in
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the civil war, it has been a day to celebrate a man who paid the ultimate price for standing up to justice. six other saints were also created today, including pope paul vi, who led the church for 15 years was that people can a long process of reform, rejecting some of the more ostentatious trappings of papacy. for a long time, many catholics wondered why the church refused to canonise archbishop romero. today, they feel this is a long overdue correction. sport and, for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's olly foster. good afternoon. it's the international break for the men, but there are five matches in the womens‘ superleague today. they are already under way at manchester city and what a start against west ham, caroline weir with a lovely finish
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into the top corner. nikita parris then produced a clever header after a goalmouth scramble to make it two. and she raced through to round the keeper. 3—0 up there. the international break continues, and scotland will need to up their game tonight if they're to break their poor run of form. it's only a friendly at hampden, but it's against the european champions, portugal. the scots lost to israel in the nations league last week — their fifth defeat in seven games under alex mcleish. captain andy robertson has questioned some of the media coverage of their performances. for me, i think the criticism is a bit harsh but some people prefer when we do bad instead of when we do good. you really believe that? yes, especially something maybe some pundits or whatever in fairness they have something to write
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about but that's theirjob, that's what they get paid for, we go out to go on the right lines and as soon as we don't do that, people have stuff to write about. we gave them an excuse to write about us negatively, and we need to take it on the chin because it's part and parcel of football. we respect their decisions. one of the most influential men in world sport, patrick baumann, has died of a suspected heart attack. he was attending the youth olympics in buenos aires. the swiss had been tipped to become the next president of the international olympic committee and was also head of world basketball. the current head of the ioc thomas bach said, "we lose a young and sympathetic leader full of hope who was standing for the future of sport." baumann, who was 51, also sat on the wada committee that recently voted to reinstate russia after their doping ban novak djokovic has won his fourth shanghai masters title. he beat the croatian borna coric in straight sets. djokovic is on an 18—match
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winning steak and will move above roger federer to number two in the world. rugby union's champions cup has started this weekend. five more british sides get their campaigns under way. gloucester are taking on french champions castres. gloucester lead 8—0. cardiff are playing lyon in france. it's currently 10—0. later this afternoon glasgow host saracens whilst newcastle's return to the top tier of european rugby for the first time in 1a seasons when they face toulon. the nfl returns to london this evening for the first of three regular season games to be played outside the united states. wembley stadium will play host to the oakland raiders and the seattle seahawks. the game was meant to be staged at tottenham's new stadium, which has been specially designed for nfl as well as football but there have been building delays.
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tottenham would be really cool as well. both places are amazing. the history of playing here at wembley. tottenham would be cool, to be the first team to play there. we got to walk onto the field, experience that and all that kind of stuff. that was cool, to be around the field and see that that will be a great stadium for years to come. does it look like it's nearly finished? i cannot say too much, i think you are trying to get me here. but it is getting there, let's say that. you can watch that later live on bbc two. that's all the sport for now. the first lady, melania trump, has been speaking with abc news about her relationship with president trump and her campaign against cyber bullying. during the interview she addressed her infamous jacket that had the slogan "i really don't care, do you?"
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emblazoned on the back. melania wore the coat during a visit to an immigrant children's shelter in texas. she said the message was aimed at the left—wing media. it is obvious, i didn't wear the jacket for the children. i wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane, and it was for the people, for the left wing media, who are criticising me. i want to show them that i don't care, you could criticise, whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what i feel is right. france has begun building a fence along part of its border with belgium. it's an attempt to stop the spread of a virus that could have damaging effects on europe's pig population. african swine fever was first detected on belgium's border with luxembourg in september. kathryn armstrong reports. hard at work, these hunters in north eastern france building an electric fence to protect some local inhabitants from a deadly disease.
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there are serious concerns that wild boars roaming the woods may become infected with african swine fever which does not affect humans, but can decimate pig populations because there is no cure. the virus was first detected just over the border in belgium last month and thousands of pigs have since been slaughtered to try to prevent it spreading. yet these pig hunters in this french city are taking no chances. translation: wild boars always have their snout close to the ground, if we hit them at that level they will turn around and they won't cross into belgium. the fence will cover part of the border and other repellents will be set up in places where a fence isn't possible. an ingenious plan for those who will be amongst the most affected if african swine fever makes its way deep into europe. belgium currently faces embargoes on pork products from countries including china which is dealing with its own outbreak. it is hoped that fences like this one will prevent france
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and greater europe from finding themselves in a similar situation. kathryn armstrong, bbc news. the royal horticultural society has tracked down the family of a woman who won a gardening scholarship in 1898, but who had never been allowed to claim her prize, because of her gender. after weeks of detective work, the mystery has been solved, as helen briggs reports. a well—tended garden in the yorkshire dales. it belongs to the granddaughter of a certain miss harrison, and she has fond memories of the woman, whose passion for plants was legendary in the family. i think my strongest memory as an eight or nine year old, being taken for walks in the country and being shown the names of all the flowers. we never missed a flower, we went past all the flowers, she knew all the names. now we know her name. olive mary edmondson, nee harrison,
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and missing details of her life. her family always knew about her success in the exam, having kept papers and letters. they are being shared today with the rhs, who denied her the scholarship all those years ago, but did award a medal. we knew she'd had a medal because she had come top, but that's all we knew. nothing about the scholarship? nothing about the scholarship, no. just look at the pioneering class. photos show olive attended the swanley horticultural college, where she was the first women of her time to be trained and one of the first women to enter the gardening profession. she was a gardener all her life, which is really lovely to know, and to know that she actually gardened professionally. despite not getting the scholarship, she returned back to swanley and then went to work for the cadbury family as a gardener until she got married in 1904 and then she had a family life. it is clear olive's green fingers passed down the generations.
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she spent her life looking after family and plants and this is the last garden she tended. it's also where her family come to remember her. olive had four children and eventually moved to settle. even in herfinal years, she was helping in the garden of this church. this is the memorial and you can see that she is the second person down. and she died after about four years in settle. then she was 92. good life, well lived. and she can now take place in gardening history alongside otherfemale pioneers. helen briggs, bbc news. examples of crashes and astonishing near—misses caught on drivers‘ dashcams have been released by police to
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discourage erratic driving. forces in norfolk and suffolk said they received about 150 videos a month from the public over the past year — that's double the previous amount. they say about three quarters of the footage has led to drivers being warned, sent on driving courses or dealt with through the courts. seann walsh and katya jones returned to strictly come dancing last night for the first time since they were pictured kissing on a night out. there was no direct reference to the controversy on saturday's show, which saw a warm crowd reaction for their charleston — and a score of 28 from the judges. viewers will learn tonight whether they've survived the public vote. princess eugenie and her new husband, jack brooksbank, have released a set of official photographs from their wedding day. the pictures, taken
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by photographer alex bramall, include a black and white image of the couple sharing a kiss during the carriage procession. another group photograph taken in the white drawing room at windsor shows both the bride and groom's families. eugenie's mother, sarah, duchess of york, is standing next to a seated duke of edinburgh, with the duke of york to her other side. time for a look at the weather with tomasz. the weather's looking a lot better thanit the weather's looking a lot better than it has been. it's not looking ideal. it has been raining heavily across the south, but the good news is that this spell of ferocious weather we have had for a few days 110w weather we have had for a few days flow across weather we have had for a few days now across western parts of the uk is on its way out. so far this morning, for example, in northern ireland, the weather has been absolutely stunning. you can see very clear edge to this storm front.
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it is around here across some eastern and central and is on sunday, but many areas towards the west and north are enjoying a fine second half of the day. however, sometimes is weather france do not clear away so swiftly and so straightforwardly. in fact, clear away so swiftly and so straightforwardly. infact, it looks as though it could come back on itself and stole across the south—east and parts of the midlands, maybe central and southern england. cloudy but warm here through the night. in fact, we could see a return of some rain here in the south, so london and norwich could get some rain, maybe even as far north as ligature and the midlands. we do not want rain across wales, northern ireland and the north—west. it is looking drive through today, tonight and into tomorrow, which is where we have had some of that flooding. by tuesday, the weather continues to stay settled. it is not looking too bad
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across settled. it is not looking too bad a cross m ost settled. it is not looking too bad across most of the uk. it is good news on the weather front. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the former brexit secretary david davis has called for cabinet ministers to rebel over theresa may's proposed brexit deal, just days before a crucial eu summit. but the health secretary, matt hancock, has appealed for unity behind the prime minister. we need to get behind the prime minister and pull behind her, because she is trying to deliver the best deal for britain. that is the best way to take this forward. britain and the us are considering boycotting a major international conference in saudi arabia, after the disappearance of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. mr khashoggi, a critic of the saudi government, vanished 12 days ago after visiting its consulate in istanbul. the rail line between exeter and newton abbot has been closed for urgent repairs, because part of the track has been washed away by storm callum. the number of rivers at risk of flooding has now halved, as the worst of the storm passes. the government has said plans
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to clampdown on patients who falsely claim free prescriptions, will help save nhs england £300 million a year. a new digitised system will allow pharmacies to instantly check who is entitled to free medication. and princess eugenie and jack brooksbank have released the first official photographs of their wedding, which took place on friday at windsor castle. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. this week, we're in cairo, as egypt's capital prepares to open the doors to the biggest archaeological museum in the world. it's fit for a king. you have lentils, you have chickpeas, and you have these fried onions. we sample some of the city's culinary delights.
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