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this is bbc news. the headlines. a couple from leicester who named their baby boy adolf, out of admiration for hitler, are among three people jailed for belonging to the banned neo—nazi group national action. it isa it is a really dangerous well structured organisation and at the heart is a neo—nazi ideology that seeks to divide communities. just days to put together a deal — pressure mounts on the prime minister to get her cabinet to rally around her brexit plan. theresa may is here at the guildhall in the city of london for a speech on foreign affairs. will there be any signs that the brexit deal is close 7 the death toll in the california wildfires reaches 31, with more than 200 people missing in what could become the state's deadliest fire ever. also tonight, the schoolchildren placed in what's been described as ‘distressing and degrading' isolation booths. a bbc investigation shows more than 200 children spent at least five consecutive days in these
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measures to control their disruptive behaviour. and the co—creator of marvel comics, stan lee, has died — at the age of 95. good evening. three people have been convicted of being members of the banned neo—nazi group national action. adam thomas and claudia patatas, whom the jury heard had named their baby boy adolf, out of admiration for hitler, were convicted at birmingham crown court, along with daniel bogunovic. we can now report that ten people have been found guilty, of being members of national action this year, with eight linked to a cell in the midlands, which included a serving soldier. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford has the story.
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we are going to have white families and white children. a provocative national action demo before it was banned as a neo—nazi terrorist organisation after celebrating the murder of the labour mpjo cox. on the left here, giving the nazi salute, the group's main organiser in the midlands, alex deakin, an open nazi, recruiting university students and even schoolchildren. after the ban, he took his members underground, borrowing tactics from so—called islamic state and communicating using an encrypted chat group named after the ku klux klan — eight of his members have been found guilty of belonging to a banned group. they are learning from other terrorist organisations how to communicate, how to radicalise, how to recruit individuals and gather equipment. there is so much concern about the growing
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threat from extreme right—wing groups that the security service, mi5, is taking overfrom the police in gathering and analysing intelligence on them. these groups are now being dealt with in the same way as other terrorist organisations. perhaps the most dangerous man in the midlands group was a serving lance corporal in the british army, he wrote about creating civil disorder and attacking infrastructure and accumulated a personal arsenal of guns and crossbows and knives. he had access to young soldiers in his regiment, the royal anglian, and recruited at least three to the neo—nazi cause — he has been thrown out of the army, along with one of his recruits. if there are such serious breaches of values and standards then the army will take the most serious action against these individuals. what does that involve? that ranges but it can result in termination of service. in fact, one of the soldiers
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originally suspected of being involved is still in the army. one of the most extreme people in the midlands group was adam thomas, who also wanted to join the army. he and his partner, claudia patatas, gave their son the name adolf. amazingly, he had previously lived in israel, but by the time of his arrest, he had been caught stockpiling weapons. for the race war they thought was coming. including £1000 crossbow. they even discussed stealing an assault rifle from the army and with his friend darren fletcher, seen on the left, they on the talked about killing mps. it has not been just talk. in wales, a former member of national action, zach davis, was convicted of trying to murder a sikh dentist.
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a third, jack renshaw was found guilty of plotting to kill his local mp. another of building a viable pipe bomb in yorkshire. national action was banned at the end of 2016, but police are still investigating former members. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are polly mackenzie, who's director of the left—leaning think—tank, demos, and the conservative commentator, tim montgomerie. theresa may is under renewed pressure from some in her own party, who are unhappy with her proposals for britain leaving the european union. but the prime minister still hopes to announce an agreement with brussels this month, though problems over the northern ireland border still persist. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. where can the prime ministerfind shelter? not in parliament, not in brussels. and for number ten, they know
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theresa may can't be sure of finding full support for her brexit plan in the cabinet yet. these don't sound like the words of a minister eager to sign up... the important thing is that there's two checks on this deal. there's cabinet, and there's parliament, and so cabinet'sjob is to put something to parliament that's going to deliver on the referendum result, and we need to work together as a cabinet to do that, and i'm going to be supporting the prime minister to get a good deal for this country. lovely to see you. the brexit secretary's trying to make it work, but it might need more than a cup of tea to stiffen the nerves this week. sources suggest if the cabinet can't agree in the next couple of days, the government can't stick to its timetable of a deal with the eu this month. they might not want to say it publicly, but there are nerves at the top table over whether the uk could be stuck in a relationship with the eu even after brexit, with no way out. the prime minister's trying to get the very, very best deal for britain,
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and our negotiating team are out in brussels. i wish them, you know, all the good luck in making sure that we get absolutely the right deal. but the prime minister's allies believe she has to push on. though we understand there was widespread discontent in the heat of the summer over number ten's preferred proposal struck at her country house, chequers. multiple ministers — remainers as well as brexiteers — calling the proposals worrying. it was, and is, a very unhappy compromise. but the prime minister and her allies are determined to push on. last week, cabinet agreed they had to try to get a deal this month. and that means signing something off this week, but that seems to be slipping. three different cabinet ministers have told me theresa may has to ditch her current proposals, because they simply won't get enough votes in here in parliament. 0ne told me to continue this way would be to self harm. another suggested it's time for her to walk away. judgment day is coming,
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and they will be judged on whether or not they have the moral courage to defend their country, or whether a car and a red box and being called sir by a civil servant was more important than their nation's destiny. the government seems to be running into trouble everywhere. labour's trying to make ministers publish their legal advice on brexit, and might get enough support from others in a vote tomorrow to force them. of course, governments need confidential legal advice but there is exception to that rule — we are in exceptional circumstances. we have a legally binding treaty, mps will be asked to vote for it and in those circumstances we need to see the legal advice which sets out the basis on which votes are being asked for. cabinet will gather again tomorrow. as of now, it is just not clear if they will delay or decide, but there is simply no refuge for theresa may right now. 0ur chief political
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correspondent, vicki young is at guildhall in central london — where theresa may is due to speak in the next hour. what is going to be at the heart of the speech? presumably she would like to talk about things apart from brexit? this is traditionally about a wider issue, global politics. this time last year she talked about russia and the uk's relationship with russia and that will be touched upon again this evening, but what has happened since then, the poisoning insoles —— in salisbury and the deterioration of the racial ship, but what she will say, if russia would like to change its behaviour, then the uk will change its relationship with vladimir putin because that is not the kind of relationship that the uk wants, she will say. as you say, of course,
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brexit is not far from anyone‘s mines and she will touch upon that, as well, and she will repeat that she wants to save the result of that referendum and she has laid down certain deadlines about that and some will say that is what has cornered her. she has nowhere to go. she is under mounting pressure from her own cabinet some of whom think it is time to walk away and that if the eu won't give any more concessions, the deal that is on the table at the moment is into not good enough. and from a practical point of view, there are many who think what is the point of them rubber—stamping a deal which they are rubber—stamping a deal which they a re pretty certain rubber—stamping a deal which they are pretty certain will not get through parliament. 0ne cabinet minister said they had always thought it would not get through and i think that is the problem. she is asking her cabinet to look at
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something many of them have reservations about and they don't think it will get through parliament, so more work to be done there. that creates this sense of there. that creates this sense of the government not knowing where it can go next, presumably? it can trigger preparations for a new deal brexit but that also involves votes in parliament, so this is difficult to see how they can get through this if they cannot get a agreement which is sellable to parliament. the whole issue of the timetabling, it is possible that the vote could happen injanuary in possible that the vote could happen in january in parliament. possible that the vote could happen injanuary in parliament. there is no reason why it can't, because their legislation has to go through. you could make parliament sit six days a week if you wanted, but you know dear preparations would have to be massively stepped up and that costs a lot of money —— but the no deal preparations. if she is going to look to the labour party for help, there is confusion. jeremy
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corbyn has said brexit can't be stopped but we have had his brexit spokesman saying it can be stopped and all options are on the table. it is very clear that all options are on the table, including another referendum if it were to come to a command a lot of discussion has been about what happens if parliament rejects theresa may's deal. teresa —— theresa may says that means no deal but other parliamentarians say it could mean other options. thanks for joining it could mean other options. thanks forjoining us. at least 31 people have now died in the deadliest wildfires on record in california. more than 200 others are missing. around 4,000 fire—fighters are involved in the emergency operation, but they're struggling to deal with flames fanned by hot, dry winds. the town of paradise has been hardest hit, pretty much destroyed by a blaze called camp fire, with 29 people dying there. while further south, near los angeles, flames from the woolsey fire have claimed
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two lives, damaging beach resorts including malibu. an estimated quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes. dan johnson reports now from los angeles. they are called the devil winds, and they are doing the devil's work. hot dry breeze carries a wall of flame over these hills, straight through anything in its wake. thousands of homes have burned to the ground, some gone in a of minutes. the winds blew across, and the firestorms — it started coming down, and we had to run to the ocean, then they just blew through here like a tornado. the rich and famous haven't been spared. welcome to my home in malibu.
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this is film star gerard butler, returning home to find there is very little left. save the whole block... and here neighbours have been reunited after running for their lives. he put that tree out right there, and that could have... you know, thank you. tyler stayed to fight the fire, so whilst he and his wife watched homes across the street burn, he used the garden hose to keep away the flames. if i knew what i know now i'm not sure i would have run back in, because there was a point i was standing on the roof and i thought... i'm not going to get out of here. you thought you were going to die? 100%. the only way i could have gotten off was to jump off my back roof come into my neighbour's yard, but there was a point where i was thinking, "i can't get off this roof," but luckily enough i was able to figure it out and it passed. in another time i was
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able tojump down and, you know, hugged everyone around me. in areas like this you have some properties that are safe, have been completely untouched, and yet right next door homes like this that have been completely destroyed. there's very little left here. no sense to it and no fairness. hundreds of miles away, a different story. in paradise, everything's gone. this was total wipe—out. for now, the priority‘s containing the blazes — thousands of firefighters on the ground, being supported in the air, but they are not yet winning this battle. we can speak now to jody jones, who's the mayor of paradise — one of the worst hit towns in california. jody escaped the fire on thursday with just the clothes on her back. she joins us live on the phone from chico — which is 20 miles
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from what remains of paradise. it must be very difficult to see any of those pictures right now of the place you called home. it is overwhelming to see those photos and i got to go back on friday and see it for myself. yeah, it's sad. how much warning did you get regarding these fires, that they were getting so close to the town? it happened so fast. i can't believe it. paradise is in the forest. so we pay attention to fire and there was smoke in the air and the town manager keeps the counsellor prized and she sent me a text that said fire chief says the fire is a long way from paradise. it wasn't 45 minutes before i got the immediate evacuation order. 45 minutes? 45
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minutes later. and the fire was moving so fast. members were being blown the two miles. how did you get word out to the people of the town? -- embers. we have an emergency notification system, i got the text on my cellphone. my husband got it on my cellphone. my husband got it on our phone. if you went outside you could see the smoke was in town and it did not take very long before you could see fires. please continue. from the time i got the immediate notification to evacuate it probably took me 20 minutes to get in my car and on the road and there was fire on both sides of the road. that must have been
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terrifying, knowing you were trying to escape when you were putting on life at risk in order to do it.|j did not think of it like that. maybe ididn't did not think of it like that. maybe i didn't realise how dangerous it was while i was doing it. i was just following the cars in front of me trying to leave. it is about a 20 minute drive from paradise but it took four hours that day. when you went back on friday, can you give me a sense of what your feelings were standing in paradise then? there is devastation in the residential areas, 90% of the homes have burned down, almost everyone i know has lost the home. it's not so bad in the business district, maybe 50%. i've never seen anything like it. it was like a war zone. power lines
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everywhere. little smouldering fires everywhere. little smouldering fires everywhere. it was surreal. i don't wa nt to everywhere. it was surreal. i don't want to leave people with the idea that there is nothing there. we have a high school and a hospital and the town hall and the police department and the library, grocery stores, hardware store, starbucks, they are still there and we have a base to build from. that is good, we have some cause for hope for you. we have some cause for hope for you. we have some pictures from further south in the state, ventura county, on the edge of los angeles. presumably you and your fellow escapees from paradise must be so grateful for the work of the fire service in trying to protect you? those people did an amazing job. if you are trying to evacuate an entire place of 26,000 at the same time, they stayed there
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and they put their own lives in danger and they saved a lot of people that day. i had to ask you this, because this is part of the news, we have at the critique of the way forest is managed in california, the president saying he thinks the reason is that forest management is being so poor and that needs to be remedied. what is yourjudgment? i'm not going to comment on the president's comments. i do think that we haven't... we have let... build—up, and most of the forests are federal forests build—up, and most of the forests are federalforests in build—up, and most of the forests are federal forests in california. i'd take your point. there's a
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difference between things the state of california is responsible for an things the federal and national government is responsible for? —— and things. very true. there are a lot of environmental regulations now. it is a lot more complex, i guess i would say. understood. you are optimistic that paradise will rise from the ashes? absolutely. everyone i know wants to rebuild our town. it's a very close—knit community and we are going to come back. that is very good to hear. thoughts and prayers are with you and your fellow californians and all of those praying and hoping for the missing. thanks forjoining us. thanks for having me. that was the mayor of paradise, hoping for the future. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre,
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here'sjohn watson. liverpool's daniel sturridge has been charged by the football association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules. our sports correspondent andy swiss has more details. all we know it set the alleged breaches of the betting rules by daniel sturridge happened in january this year, ten months ago. the fa says this relates to two specific betting rules, firstly that players cannot bet on football matches and any football related issues, and secondary that players cannot pass on any inside information to people outside the game which could then be used for betting purposes. liverpool haveissued used for betting purposes. liverpool have issued a statement and they say that daniel has given his unequivocal cooperation through the process and has assured the club he will continue to do so and they said daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football. they say they were now the process to be completed before
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making any further comment. the fa said daniel sturridge has until tuesday november 20 to respond to these charges. it looks like there could be an upset on the cards in the fa cup tonight, with non—league side hampton and richmond borough already a goal up against league two side 0ldham athletic. tyrell miller—rodney went down under the challenge of callum lang to earn the hosts a penalty. chris dickson stepped up to the put the ball beyond daniel iverson on 12 minutes. just before kick off the draw was made for round two — the winner here will play maidstone united. you can see the full draw for the fa cup second round on the bbc sport website. england's women are just getting their 2020 world cup under way — they are playing bangladesh in st lucia. the game has been delayed by 15 minutes. england won the toss and decided to bowl. it's their first action of the tournament after their opening fixture with sri lanka was rained off. england have just ta ken
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england have just taken a wicket in the early stages of that match. the test match special team are on the air now — and there's in—play video highlights on the bbc sport website. also on the website is commentary from the second day of the season ending atp tour finals in london. world number one novak djokovic is in action. he is playing the americanjohn isner at the o2 arena. that match is just getting under way. djokovic with a remarkable season to climb back up the rankings, hoping to win the title for a sixth time. in the day's first match, germany's alexander zverev beat marin cilic. cilic did have the upper hand in the first set, but world number five zerev fought back to take it on a tie break. the second set also went to a tie break, which zerev also won. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 1030.
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the writer and comic book creator stan lee has died at the age of 95. lee, who was the co—creator of "spider—man" and "iron man", was behind dozens of other superheroes that have become key figures in us pop culture. he is also recognized for his cameo appearances in marvel‘s live—action films. lizo mzimba looks back at his life. in comics... in cartoons... in cinema. stan lee's creations have captivated fans for decades. the charismatic face of marvel,
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known to millions around the world, apart from to a few... liverpool nice try, body. he started in publishing in the 1930s, at a company that would eventually evolve into marvel, and where he helped to create the fantastic four, the hulk, ironman, black panther, the x—men, the avengers, and so many more. i would be writing these stories along with the artists we would be working with, and we would all be hoping that somebody would buy the comic books, so that we could keep ourjobs, and pay the rent, and not be thrown out on the streets. but we neverfor a minute could have envisioned anything like what happened to these characters. two—dimensional on the page, stan lee's characters were three—dimensional. take spider—man, driven by guilt about not preventing the death of his ankle. the 1970s and 80s saw stan lee
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expand into tv. don't make me angry, you would not like me when i was angry. it was inevitable that hollywood would come calling. and stan lee's frequent cameos — a constant on—screen reminder. that he was consulted about the direction of the stories, and their often imperfect stars. yeah, big man, with a suit of armour. take that off, who are you? genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. echoing their comic book origins, they had frequent conflicts. metaphors are going to go over his head. nothing goes over my head. my reflexes are too fast. i'm going to die next to the biggest idiots in
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the galaxy. super heroes, who fought together, as often as they fought each other. and that is the real reason his characters still fill our comic books, and soar across our screens. stan lee, one of entertainment‘s biggest everfigures was a trailblazer. that is hilarious. he was the first comic book writer to understand that the human behind the mask was much more interesting, much more important, than the mask itself. you know, i guess one person can make a difference. enough said. well, joining us now is broadcasterjonathan ross — who's a life long fan of stan lee's work. you met him and interviewed him?|j interviewed you met him and interviewed him?” interviewed him for a documentary
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about when he created spider—man. he was a huge figure to all of us who are fans of comics, especially marvel comics, which is my favourite, because of his style of dialogue and the way that he communicated with the fans. he spoke to us, he knew how much we love what he was doing and he saw himself as almost a hipster father he was doing and he saw himself as almost a hipsterfatherfigure. he was a swinging force in the progressive 60s so his personality more than anyone else imbued marvel comics with the character and equalities it has today.” comics with the character and equalities it has today. i remember growing up and reading marvel comics andi growing up and reading marvel comics and i knew who stan lee was, but i did not know who was the man behind dc comics. he reached out to ordinary readers and fans come as much as the hard—core people. he was a lwa ys much as the hard—core people. he was always available. the hard-core
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comic convention starc had not become the force it was back then did —— convention starc had not become the force it is it partly reflects on the way he saw his own work. he was a frustrated novelist, i heard the reason he his name to stan lee is because he was saving his real name for when he got the chance to write the great american novel, which of course never happened. but he achieved something greater, he touched so many millions of people, billions, perhaps, and the legacy lives on. it's a powerhouse in the entertainment industry. not only comics themselves, but all those people who were fans of comics who have gone on to become writers of comics and screenwriters, somebody like neil gaiman, who
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really grows out of that comics tradition. anyone who comes from the world of comics, and there are many writers, people who might be surprised that, i note ian rankin, for example, also a big crime book fan. alan moore, and as you say, neil gaiman, a big worldwide the nominal and that he is. they were very much influenced and grew up loving what standard. and what he did was to give it an element of you might say melodrama, certainly soap opera. there were emotional storyli nes opera. there were emotional storylines from the sea were concerned about peter parker's relationship with his aunt, the fact it could not get a girlfriend for yea rs, it could not get a girlfriend for years, he was trying to hold on for ajob, years, he was trying to hold on for a job, javid that soap opera quality which really humanised comic books, but they felt real, more so than superman, who was an alien who lived in the antarctic, and that man, who was a millionaire who lived in a cave. they were great characters,
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but they didn't resonate with us in the way that spider—man did, all the fantastic four, because they felt like real people, realfamilies. was he pleased, do you think, with the transition from the comic book, with that wonderful, lurid colour printing, and that willy bold thing that you got so excited about coming every week or every couple of weeks, and the big screen, highly commercialised, glitzy, perhaps a bit less emotionally thrilling films? 0h bit less emotionally thrilling films? oh no, he adored it, because of the 70s, when he stepped away from writing, he stepped away from being as hands—on with marvel and handed it over to other people coming was out there in la, trying to get television and film products off the ground. especially when the superman film came out, he was try to get a spider—man film made, but he realise special effects were really u p he realise special effects were really up to speed yet. they couldn't do it that convincingly, in the way they made a man fly, they somehow couldn't make a man swing, somehow couldn't make a man swing, so he was frustrated for a good 15
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or 20 years, until finally the marvel cinematic universe took off. that is what is so lovely about the fa ct that is what is so lovely about the fact he lived to the great old age of 95, he got to see the characters he co—created and shepherded and imbued with so much life, he them go on to imbued with so much life, he them go ontoa imbued with so much life, he them go on to a whole new level and to reach whole new audiences who would probably never have discovered them if they had stayed just on the printed page. jonathan, you thusly loved the product, what impression that the man make new?” loved the product, what impression that the man make new? i always adored stan lee. to a small extent he became a somewhat problematic figure in the world of comics towards the end of his life, because many of us, those of us who had studied the history of comets came to the awareness that he was perhaps getting, and it might not have been through his own desire, but he was getting more credit perhaps than he deserved for the creation of characters like you mentioned the hulk and iron and they were co—created, spider—man was co—created. and they never got the
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airtime, co—created. and they never got the air time, because stan was also a great showman. he was a huckster, to an extent, he was a snake oil salesman, he could go out there and talk the talk. even the people who bothered to interview jack kirby, steve dichio would not be interviewed, he was a different kind of character, but stanley was a great seller, he could talk about the works and himself, he was funny, breezy, witty, so in a way, perhaps inadvertently, he came to acquire more credit than most of us who studied the history of comics believed was really his due. they use the so—called marvel method, where he would lay out the beats of the plot and in the office would add elements, add characters even. the silver surfer, a huge character in the fantastic four. from he was almost without credit, by jack
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kirby, who relies this character who had coming should have a heraldry goes before him, so he sketched this quy goes before him, so he sketched this guy in, and said, i cannot but this quy: guy in, and said, i cannot but this guy, kind of a salford dude who was cosmic. to say tampa created him would be unwise, but he gave them so much character. his talent is without doubt one of the greatest talents we have ever seen, notjust income of books but in the world of popular entertainment, and especially in the world of fantasy entertainment, he is one of the most important figures certainly of our generations, but i think perhaps ever. jonathan woo oscar ouma fact he cemetery giving us an insight into the importance of —— jonathan ross, thank you. huejackson, who played wolverine in one of the adaptations of a stan lee comic
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said, we havejust adaptations of a stan lee comic said, we have just lost adaptations of a stan lee comic said, we havejust lost a adaptations of a stan lee comic said, we have just lost a creative genius. ten one was a pioneering force in the superhero universe, i am proud to have been a small part of his legacy. now a look at the weather prospects with our own super—heroine, sarah. weather prospects with our own super-heroine, sarah. we have had some pretty dramatic skylines around with a mix of sunny spells and heavy, thundery showers. cumulonimbus clouds pictured like this one. we keep all those heavy showers, particularly across parts of southern england, wales, northern ireland, scotland and northern ireland, scotland and northern ireland as well. some eastern area staying dry for a time overnight and the heaviest and most thundery showers should ease away during the early hours of tuesday, settings become a bit drier to start the day, reasonably mild, but could be a bit chilly across the north—east of scotla nd chilly across the north—east of scotland first thing. still a few showers to start off the day on tuesday, particularly the north—west
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england and west of scotland. they should tend to ease away so things will become drier and brighter on tuesday and in the sunshine temperatures up to about a0 degrees or so. some rain arrives on the far north—west as we head into tuesday evening. a few showers for edinburgh and belfast on wednesday, should be dry in cardiff and london too. you are watching bbc news. the headlines. a couple who named their baby after hitler have been found guilty of belonging to the banned neo—nazi group, national action. a third man was also convicted today — the three will be sentenced in december. just days to put together a deal — pressure mounts on theresa may to get ministers to rally around her plan for brexit. tonight, she's addressing the lord mayor's banquet with details of her foreign policy. the death toll in the california wildfires reaches 31, with more than 200 people missing in what could become the state's deadliest fire ever. around a quarter of a million
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people have been forced to flee their homes. and the co—creator of marvel comics, stan lee, has died — at the age of 95. one half of the brains behind spider—man, the incredible hulk and iron man among others, he died in california after a short illness. a bbc news investigation has found that more than 200 schoolchildren in england spent at least five consecutive days in isolation booths last year. these are facilities designed for disruptive pupils to remove them from classrooms, but keep them in school. more than 5,000 children with special educational needs were also found to have been put into isolation rooms. but some experts say pupils are being detained too frequently, and for far too long. our special correspondent ed thomas has this exclusive report. the shelves, the wing mirrors, the bare walls, it was like that every single day. let me know if you get tired.
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i was quite athletic, i was happy and i felt unwell and that is when it all went off. so how many tramadol did you have to ta ke so how many tramadol did you have to take this morning? just the one. they put me in a room in my own so i was in isolation. how did you learn? i did not. ijust copied out of gcse revision books. nobody has ever marked the work. that would happen for months. they forgot about me. i did not exist. casey says he spent three months in a room on his own. his school said despite their best efforts, his regularly disruptive behaviour meant he could not benefit from the full school experience. they also say the room he was in was not the school's actual isolation facility and they dispute the length of time he spent on his own. many isolation units look like this. we have learned they are now widely
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used across our schools. some resemble classrooms but most are lined with so—called consequence booths, pupils sit at partitioned desks in silence, facing the wall. paul dicks has spent the last 15 years visiting isolation rooms as a behaviour consultant. i have seen 50 children in isolation booths, children with asperger‘s and autism. i met one child who spent 36 days in isolation, that is not an education but a custodial sentence. he says he is seeing more schools using it for punishment. where is the regulation around it and the reporting? i ask the same question all the time, how many children here have additional needs and the answers was the same, all of them. but if it allows other to carry on? totally unneccessary. separate them, help them to get back into the classroom, that would be perfect. it is like we now believe that imprisoning children is
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a route to better behaviour. show me the evidence. 0ur information requests asked more than 1000 secondary schools about their use of isolation, 600 replied. more than 200 schools in england use them, one dozen in wales, six in scotland and none in northern ireland. we've learned that more than 200 children spent at least five consecutive days in isolation booths for a single punishment. we have found out 5000 pupils with special educational needs attended isolation and dozens of those have education, health and care plans. pupils with complex needs. we have obtained the rules for hundreds of isolation units. two, which include bathrooms, do not allow children to leave for the entire day. not even to go to the playground or canteen. we have also been sent these pictures, a room of isolation booths, and a seclusion room, used in a primary school.
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staring towards the wall? well hopefully they won't be just staring... wagg richard is the executive head of 13 schools. would you keep a child here for a week? no. he believes isolation can be effective, but only for short periods. would you ever have a child with special educational needs in here? it's extremely unlikely. for them it would be very hard. and you are setting them up to fail. he also says he understands why schools need sanctions. there is the gathering storm in the system regarding student behaviour. we have seen cuts in services in local authorities and the ability of schools to purchase a well—run alternative provision. schools are less well funded than they have been in the past. they have not got the means to deal with this. government guidelines says schools are free to decide how long children should spend in isolation but it should be used reasonably. it only takes two or three pupils to really persistetly wilfully misbehave
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to disrupt the lesson... this is the independent adviser on behaviour to the department for education. we have heard of more than 100 children spending more than five days in isolation. is that excessive? it depends what happens in isolation. i actually think it is a positive thing to do sometimes. it can prevent long—term exclusion by keeping them in the school and looked after by the school because a lot of the children are at risk ofjoining gangs... in a booth, staring at the wall? some isolation places are like that. that can be for a day or an hour or longer but very frequently most of these places are where children are given lessons and work. is it painful for me to touch you? no. for casey, his time on his own has had lasting impact. i went into a deep depression. i locked myself in my bedroom every day. i shut the blinds and was in complete darkness. it felt like being
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isolated was normal. the department for education says children should be in isolation no longer than necessary and their health, safety and welfare of pupils must always come first. israel has carried out airstrikes across gaza after a barrage of rocket fire from the palestinian enclave. israel's military said it had struck more than 20 targets in response to over three—hundred launches from gaza — dozens of which were intercepted by israel's defence system. three palestinians have been killed, while at least seven israelis are reported to have been injured. the past 2a hours has seen a major escalation in violence. the un's special coordinator for the middle east peace process nickolay mladenov has said tonight "the escalation in the past 2a hours is extremely dangerous and reckless. rockets must stop, restraint must be shown by all! no effort must be spared to reverse the spiral of violence." a senior police officer has said the rules on stop—and—search are too restrictive, and has suggested lowering the threshold of suspicion for stops to take place. adrian hanstock, who's
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the national police chiefs' council lead on the issue, said the test could be where an officer was concerned that someone was at risk, or posed a risk to others. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, says body cameras can help make a difference to stop and search — but it must be combined with an increase in police numbers. the key thing is any stop and search has got to be lawful, it's got to be targeted, it's got to be intelligence led. it will be the case fans when somebody is stop and search and may not carrying an offensive weapon, not carrying drugs, they have done nothing wrong. that is why it is important for those top searches to be done courteously. the body worn cameras are important, the loose have the confidence to use targeted stop and search, the body worn video protects you from vexatious complaints but also londoners will now have the body worn video records interactions between the police and members of the public but the reality is this. we police by consent. that is no good if a police officer today stops
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and searches you unlawfully all wrong way. you go back and tell your family about this, and then tomorrow we ask you to provide intelligence of the police and we are surprised when you don't provide intelligence. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has been in saudi arabia urging the authorities there to do more to deliver justice for the family of the murdered journalist jamal khashoggi. he was killed in the saudi consulate in istanbul six weeks ago. the foreign secretary's visit comes after the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, told the saudi crown prince, that washington would hold everyone accountable who was involved in the killing. richard galpin reports. the foreign secretary's visits here in saudi arabia started with a meeting this morning with king salman. mr hunt apparently aiming to keep the pressure on the country's leadership, following the killing of mr kashoggi last month. he was expected to tell them the international community remains
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united in horror and outrage at the brutal murder ofjamal khashoggi and encourage the saudi authorities to cooperate fully with the turkish investigation into his death. it is now more than five weeks since the journalist made the fatal decision to enter the saudi consulate in istanbul. having initially denied he had been murdered there, the saudi authorities eventually admitted this, but are still claiming the royal family was not involved. but at the weekend, turkey's president erdogan made an important announcement. he said he had handed over audio recordings to western countries, including britain, purportedly documenting the killing, and he says the murder was ordered at the highest levels of the saudi government. also adding to the pressure on the saudi leadership, the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, who was in paris yesterday, said the united states would hold all those involved in the murder accountable. his comments made in a phone call with crown prince mohammad bin salman, the country's de facto leader. but how much all this will convince the saudis to reveal all the details of who ordered the killing is questionable.
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and meanwhile, there is another agenda. the long conflict in yemen, in which saudi arabia has been playing a key role. there is a push now for a ceasefire, being led by the united states, britain and other western countries, as millions of yemenis face notjust the fighting but also an impending famine. the bombing campaign, led by saudi arabia and the united arab emirates, has left many civilians dead. and with the saudis under intense pressure over the murder of jamal khashoggi, britain and the united states sense an opportunity to make a ceasefire happen. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale explains what the foreign secretary wants to achieve with his trip to saudi arabia. what mr hunt wants to do is just
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make it clear to the saudis that the international pressure is not going to go awayjust because this hasn't beenin to go awayjust because this hasn't been in the news as much as it has been in the news as much as it has beenin been in the news as much as it has been in recent days. so his message is very clear. he wants to know what the saudi authorities are doing to bring those responsible to justice, and secondly also what they're going to do to demonstrate that it's not going to happen again. and i think what will be absolutely crucial is his meeting tonight the country's de fa cto his meeting tonight the country's de facto ruler, crown prince mohammed bin salman, because he is so central to this. 0nce bin salman, because he is so central to this. once we have seen what comes from that meeting we will get a sense of where the saudis are. some news on that, there has been much talk in the last month or so in the aftermath of the killing in istanbul of jamal khashoggi of the aftermath of the killing in istanbul ofjamal khashoggi of audio recordings existing. sources have talked a lot about nobody actually seem to have heard them, although some suggestion the director of the cia might have done so. we are now airing from the canadian government,
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from the canadian security intelligence service, saying they can confirm that the director of canadian security intelligence service has listened to the audio tapes in question, and has provided a briefing to the prime minister, mr trudeau, and other canadian officials on his visit to turkey, and presumably on the content of those audio recordings that are said to have alleged to have been recordings of the death of jamal khashoggi at the moment he was murdered. now to the guildhall in central london where theresa may is about to address the lord mayor fozz back and quick. at the moment on his feet is the lord mayor of the city of london, —— the lord mayor's banquet. let's turn to our chief political correspondent, vicki young, who is there. yes, that's right, this is traditionally a foreign policy speech by the prime minister. we know she will talk
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about particularly the uk's relationship with russia, but of course brexit is not far from anyone's mind, least of all the prime minister's, as she wrestles to get this deal done with the eu. there has been a lot of speculation this week about whether she will be able to ask her cabinet to sign off on some kind of text. now at the moment we don't think that that is the case. there is a normal cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow. 0f course they will discuss brexit, particularly they had agreed a while ago to have weekly updates on no deal preparations, and more attention is turning to that, because many think if she can't get this deal done very soon, if you can't get that special summit with the eu in november, then those preparations will have to go up a gear. let's have a listen to what the prime minister has to say. applause
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my lord mayor, my late lord mayor, your grace, my lord chancellor, your excellency 's, my lords, haldeman, sheriffs, chief commoner, ladies and gentlemen, this weekend our country came together to commemorate the centenary of the armistice. gathering around memorials across the length and breadth of the land, people of every faith and background stopped and stood together to rememberthe stopped and stood together to remember the sacrifice of a generation. a sacrifice that touched almost every family and every community, including this one, when
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in 1915 the then lord mayor raised the bankers battalion of the royal fusiliers. from the stories we have heard, to the names we have read, their memories live on, ingrained in our national congress —— national consciousness and will do so rightly forevermore. we will remember them. as we do... applause as we do... applause as we do so, we should reflect with pride on the progress we have made the last 100 years, working together with our partners across the international community to make the world a safer, better place to live, from the formation of nato to the establishment of the united nations, we have not just establishment of the united nations, we have notjust stood up to establishment of the united nations, we have not just stood up to defend global security, we have forged the
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international partnerships that maintain it. in the shadow of mount washington, with the world at war for the second time in a generation, the foundations for economic reconstruction were laid, and with the creation of the world bank and the creation of the world bank and the international monetary fund, the basis for global economic cooperation was set. as a global trading hub, the united kingdom has always understood that our prosperity depends on the global once we are told, and the partnerships we build. from the world's first insurance market to the creation of the biggest islamic finance centre outside the islamic world, we have not only driven the trade and investment that fuelled unprecedented growth, but help to shape the institutions and governments that sustains it. not least right here in this great city
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of london. when we look forward to the next century of london, we know our security can only be upheld by collective endeavour. we know our prosperity can only be advanced by cooperation across borders, and we know our success as a cooperation across borders, and we know our success as a nation depends notjust on a know our success as a nation depends not just on a strong know our success as a nation depends notjust on a strong economy know our success as a nation depends not just on a strong economy at home, but our role in the world. at this banquet last year, i said we could not turn a blind eye to the threats we faced, that as open economies and free societies, we needed to increase our collective resolve to tackle them, most depressingly those threats emanating from russia. the past year has tragically proven those threats to be ever more real, not least through
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the reckless use of a chemical weapon on our own streets by two agents of the russian intelligence services. but it has also proven our commitment to respond, exactly as i said we would. together with our allies, in response to the attack in salisbury, we co—ordinated the largest ever collective expulsion of russian intelligence officers, fundamentally degrading russian intelligence capability for years to come, and our law enforcement agencies, through painstaking investigations and cooperation with our allies, produced the irrefutable evidence that enabled our crown prosecution service to bring charges against those responsible. applause in response to the activities of the
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gru in europe, through the cooperation of western security agencies, the dutch government were able to prevent and expose russian attempts to penetrate and undermine the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons. in these actions, we have seen the impact of international unity and a collective response to these threats. we have shown that while the challenge is real, so is the collective resolve of like—minded partners to defend our values, our democracies, and of like—minded partners to defend ourvalues, our democracies, and our people. but as i also said a year ago, this is not the relationship with russia we want. we remain open toa with russia we want. we remain open to a different relationship, one where russia desists from these attacks that undermine international treaties and international security, and its actions that undermine the
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territorial integrity of its neighbours, and instead acts together with us to fulfil the common responsibilities we share as permanent members of the united nations security council. and we hope that the russian state chooses to take this path. if it does, we will respond in kind. we will continue to show our willingness to act as a community of nations, to stand up for the rules around the world. when the syrian regime used chemical weapons on its people again in april, we took military action, together with france and america, reinforcing the global norm against the use of such a torrent weapons. —— such a warrant weapons. as part of the global coalition, we have continued to degrade daesh in syria and iraq, to roll back their so—called caliphate, and as we seek
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to protect and advance our common security, it is vital that we and our partners in the international community and straight our common adherence to the rule of law. we have seen this most recently in the terrible murder ofjamal have seen this most recently in the terrible murder of jamal khashoggi and as the foreign secretary made clear again and as the foreign secretary made clearagain in his and as the foreign secretary made clear again in his visit to riyadh today, there must be a transparent and credible investigation, and those responsible must be held to account. and because we know that instability or the erosion of global rules in any part of the world damages our collective security, the uk will continue to increase the depth of our global security partnerships. we continue to increase our security cooperation in asia, and are taking our first land exercises with japan, and asia, and are taking our first land exercises withjapan, and deploying three royal navy ships to work alongside america, canada, australia, new zealand and japan, to
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e nforce australia, new zealand and japan, to enforce sanctions against the dprk and reinforce the maritime security on which all trading nations depend. and today, i am proud to be able to announce the naming of hms london, one of oureight announce the naming of hms london, one of our eight planned type 26 frigates. applause as she upholds global stability, she will also bear the name of this great centre of trade and finance, reminding us of the critical link between global stability and global prosperity. just as we must work together to uphold those rules that govern our collective security, we must also show


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