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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: a draft agreement on brexit, but will it get through the british cabinet and parliament? the deadliest wildfires in california's history. at least 50 dead and thousands of homes destroyed. "he's just a scapegoat." el chapo‘s lawyer tells the court the alleged drugs baronjust being blamed for other people's crimes. -- is —— isjust. for the third year in a row, a surge in reported hate crimes in the united states. and we have a special report from egypt where a new law supposed to counter fake news is putting critical voices injail. hello.
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2.5 years after the referendum, officials in london and brussels have finalised a draft brexit agreement. little more than four months before the uk is due to leave the european union, cabinet ministers were called into downing street to read what's being proposed. there'll be an emergency meeting of the whole cabinet on wednesday, but some senior politicians have already said publicly that the deal appears deeply unsatisfactory, and it is farfrom certain the government can pull together enough votes to get it through parliament. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. a warning, there is some flash photography in this report. reporter: do you think a deal‘s within reach that you could sign up to? agreement is finally in number 10's grasp. a document that's been in dispute for so long. at last the plans, the compromises go before the cabinet. tomorrow we'll know whether they approve the divorce with the eu in all our names. well, we're obviously working hard on this final phase of negotiations, this final stage. i think we should remain positive on getting a good deal for our country.
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which tonight, a draft of that is on paper. cabinet ministers, many of whom have a less rosy view, had their first chance to take a look in black and white. reporter: is there a deal, mr hancock? one brexiteer who's seen it says do notjudge too fast. the important thing is that we do what's best for britain and the uk, and that we deliver a brexit that the british people will feel fulfils the term of the referendum. but eurosceptics and northern irish unionist allies crowded into parliament to condemn the draft, almost as soon as its existence was announced. for the first time in 1,000 years, this place, this parliament, will not have a say over the laws that govern this country. it is a quite incredible state of affairs. it's utterly unacceptable to anybody
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who believes in democracy. the trick will be for theresa may, can she satisfy everyone? it's going to bea can she satisfy everyone? it's going to be a very hard so i would've thought. there's no chance of labour coming to the rescue. given the shambolic nature of the negotiations, this is unlikely to be a good deal for the country. we'll wait to see the detail but we have made it clear on a number of occasions, if it doesn't meet that test, we'll not vote for it. gary lineker!
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it's hard to see how this crowd with the odd famous face will be satisfied. there's a small, but noisy group in parliament who think that are strengthening and will vote no as they want another choice. i am not going to accept a deal that will totally undermine our credibility in the whole of the rest of the world, because even if some people in my party cannot see it is a bad deal, everyone else around this entire planet can. cheering and applause the man in charge of trying to get the deal through parliament was sounding chipper tonight, at least for the cameras. reporter: you been twisting some arms, mrsmith? no. we're getting closer to a deal. the chief whip will only have that chance if, and it is and if, his boss can persuade all of his colleagues around the top table actually to agree. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. a little more analysis now on what might happen next. in a moment, we'll hear from our europe editor katya adler in brussels. but first, more from laura kuenssberg. number 10 has told me tonight the withdrawal agreement
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will contain the promise of a uk—wide customs agreement. they believe that fears in northern ireland and fears amongst many tory eurosceptics that somehow in northern ireland could be hived off as part of all of this do not have to come true. they think they've enough reassurance from brussels to get that through the cabinet tomorrow. frankly speaking, there's going to be a huge amount of importance placed on every single line in this enormous telephone book—style 500—page document. 0ne senior source said to me there's going to be plenty of scope for mischief inside there. all the governments of the 27 eu countries and the european parliament will want to pour over the words of this several hundred—page document of the draft deal. a particular interest will be compromised wording over the backstop, that guarantee over the irish border, and because that guarantee
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would include a new customs partnerships between the eu and the uk, those who trade closest with the uk, including big hitters germany and france, would want to make sure that the uk would get no competitive advantage out of that customs document. first of all then, here in brussels, we have a meeting tomorrow between the 27 eu ambassadors. they'll talk about this outlined draft agreement. they'll talk about a possible extraordinary brexit summit, as early as the 25th of november and as a sign of the current uncertainty, they will continue talking about contingency planning in case there is no brexit deal at all. katya and laura there. for more on brexit, and what it means for the uk and europe, go to the bbc news website. there's full background and analysis, and a section that promises to tell you all you need to know about the uk leaving the european union. go to and follow the links. around 100 people are still missing in california,
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and the worst wildfires in the state's history look unlikely to be under control before the end of the month. it's now confirmed 50 people have died, but that number is expected to rise. the fires have broken out across california. at least 7,000 homes and other buildings have been destroyed. most of those who died were in and around the town of paradise, which is pretty much gone. dave lee is there for us. get back here. this is the inferno faced by one mother and son as they escaped the deadliest wildfire in californian history. we were out of that by 10:37am, with thousands of people behind me, so... how did it feel to know you were safe? relieving, guilty, terrified for the people behind me, i know there was a lot of elderly in the community that probably wouldn't make it out. five days on, this is what's left of their home. the harrowing process of trying to find and identify bodies here has now begun. search teams think it
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could take many weeks. what will also take time is fully understanding what happened here, and why this fire was able to get so out of control. 500 miles south of where we are, fires are continuing to flare, like this one near lake sherwood. fire officials say gusty winds could easily kick—start more flames. the danger is far from over. if you're being held back, it's because your life and the lives of your family and neighbours are still potentially endanger. there are rare glimmers of good news. some of those who were ordered to evacuate in the south have been able to return to their homes. there is no such prospect for the people of what was once paradise. dave lee, bbc news, in northern california. let's get some of the day's other news. italy's government has defied
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the european commission by sticking to its big—spending budget. deputy prime minister matteo salvini, said the deficit target of 2.4% and a growth forecast of 1.5% remained unchanged. italy now risks being fined by the commission. in an unusual development, melania trump's office has called for the sacking of a top national security aide to president trump. a statement from the office of the first lady says mira ricardel no longer deserves the honour of serving at the white house. us media report mrs trump's staff clashed with mrs ricardel on a trip to africa last month, apparently over airline seating. the latest ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of congo may last until the middle of next year, according to a senior official with the world health organization. a dense and mobile population is making the virus hard to contain. the outbreak has already killed more than 200 and is now the worst in the drc‘s history. cnn has filed a lawsuit against the trump administration for suspending the press credentials
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of one of its seniorjournalists. chief white house correspondentjim acosta had his press pass revoked last week, hours after a testy exchange with president trump. the network alleges this violates his constitutional rights. the long—awaited trial of the drug lord wackeen guzman, known as el chapo, has begun in new york. he was the leader of an infamous drug cartel in mexico, and was extradited to the us to face charges of trafficking drugs. but there was a bit of a delay when a female juror withdrew from the case. the bbc‘s nick bryant reports. really has a new york courthouse and seen so really has a new york courthouse and seen so many really has a new york courthouse and seen so many layers of security, but rarely has a new york trial seen a defendant like wackeen guzman. the mexican drug lord known simply as el chapo was extradited to america almost two years ago and charged with overseeing the largest drug trafficking organisation in the world. the feared sinaloa cartel.
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before his capture following this raid by mexican special forces, el chapo had been one of the world's most chapo had been one of the world's m ost wa nted chapo had been one of the world's most wanted men and also one of the world's richest. ye achieve global notoriety for twice escaping from prison, once along a mile long tunnel that ended in the shower of his cell. his cartel is alleged to have imported tons of cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the united states, generating billions of dollars in revenue. his 17 count indictment also includes murder conspiracy, and money laundering, over a 25 year period. what is expected to be a four—month trial has attracted enormous interest and also the presence of his former beauty queen wife. the judge has ruled el chapo cannot hug her in court. thejudge also ruled el chapo cannot hug her in court. the judge also started the trial with an unexpected announcement. before the prosecution even made its opening statement, the judge said there was a problem with
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the jury. judge said there was a problem with thejury. a female judge said there was a problem with the jury. a female giraffe judge said there was a problem with thejury. a female giraffe had judge said there was a problem with the jury. a female giraffe had sent him and handwritten letter outlining anxieties about serving and also the medical issues she'd had since finding out she'd been selected. the judge of theatre she could have a breakdown and excused from jury service. for court appearance in brooklyn, joaquin guzman has had to be driven in convoy from a prison in manhattan, briefly shutting down the brooklyn bridge. such is the flight risk of a two time is kp, and such is the fear a rival cartel might try to kill him. —— two—time escapee. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a boy and his rhino. how one young south african is helping to save an endangered species. the bombastic establishment outsider donald trump has defied the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election results.
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i voted for him because i genuinely believe that he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display, but on the local campaign headquarters, and the heavy, routine work of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced round their liberated territory. and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. the palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers, who'd long felt only grudgingly accepted among the ranks of clergy, suddenly felt welcomed. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines:
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after months of negotiations, british and european union officials have reached a draft agreement on brexit. the prime minister, theresa may, must now convince her cabinet to accept it. rescue crews are searching for more than 200 people reported missing in california's deadliest recorded wildfire. a new fbi report has found a spike in hate crimes in the united states last year — the third straight year that attacks, motivated by bias, have risen. law enforcement agencies report at least 7,000 incidents in 2017 — up 17% from 2016. caroline rigby has the story. pittsburgh is still grieving for the 11 jewish worshippers killed by a gunman motivated by religious hatred. last month's mass shooting was the worst anti—semitic attack in recent us history, but figures released by the fbi show this was not an isolated incident. for the third year running,
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hate crimes are on the up in the united states, with black and jewish—americans particularly affected. law enforcement agencies reported just over 6000 hate crimes in 2016, but that increased to more than 7000 last year. of those, around 2000 were aimed at african—americans, while more than 900 were againstjews, a 37%jump on the previous year. fbi figures reveal the majority of hate crimes were motivated by ethnicity and race, but religion and sexual orientation were also key factors, with abuse ranging from vandalism and assault to rape and murder. with a 17% increase in hate crimes last year, the us acting attorney general described the report as a call to action, adding: although the number of attacks has increased, so too has the level of police reporting. but civil rights groups say many
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victims never report incidents at all, so these statistics could be just the tip of the iceberg. whatever the true extent, many would agree that more must be done to tackle hate crime fuelled by heated rhetoric in an ever—divided america. caroline rigby, bbc news. i spoke just now to ahmed rehab, executive director for the chicago office of the council on american—islamic relations. u nfortu nately, unfortunately, one cannot discount the rise in the sort of speech coming from political officials, especially the president of the united states, that tends to stoke
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racial sentiments. and what we have seen racial sentiments. and what we have seen is an emboldening of those americans who believe that america belongs to white christians, that it is not set by its values and its promise, but by particular race and religion. and so those who are in minority in regard to race and religion and sexual orientation have felt the wrath of some of these people. although these figures were beginning to spike before donald trump came on the scene, won't stay, politically? they have been on the rise for quite sometime. i would even add that the numbers mentioned in your report, reported by the fbi, are not exactly comprehensive in terms of what might be out there. they are the tip of the iceberg, as your report mentioned. as a matter of fa ct, your report mentioned. as a matter of fact, the us bureau of statistics rana of fact, the us bureau of statistics ran a survey of the use between 2007 and 2011 and concluded the numbers are likely to be around 206 it out in hate crimes rather than the 600 -- 206 it
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in hate crimes rather than the 600 —— 206 it doesn't. in hate crimes rather than the 600 -- 206 it doesn't. not a complete picture because people are reluctant to report? that is certainly a factor. especially my own community. particularly among the new immigrants who come from countries where there is a suspicion of government and law enforcement and when something happens to them they are reticent to report it to the law enforcement authorities. we see that happening in the community as well. in your experience, what experience are people getting when they report to law enforcement and the civil authorities? there is support. we have civil rights departments within various law enforcement entities, including the fbi. i think part of the problem with the muslim community is that there have been a lot of fbi investigations of individuals, or even cold calls, not just investigations of people who happen to be muslim or of arab background. the result of that there has been this additional reticence to report things to the fbi. what we're doing is a civil rights
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organisation is to try to try to bridge that gap and try to encourage community members to come forward with hate crimes or buys incident reporting. ahmed rehab they are. -- bias. —— there. a man has been charged with murder — accused of killing a pregnant woman with a crossbow, in east london on monday. ramanodge unmathallegadoo, who's 50, was arrested at the scene, and appeared in court on tuesday. sana muhammad, who was 35, and eight months pregnant was attacked at her home in ilford. doctors managed to save her baby. there are mounting concerns about restrictions on freedom of expression in egypt. a number of journalists and activists have been jailed, accused of spreading so—called fake news, which is illegal under egyptian law. human rights activists say new legislation in july has further curtailed independent comment. the government says it's trying to fight rumours that destabilise the country. sally nabil reports from cairo. that's amal fathy, a 34—year—old egyptian mother.
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she was venting her anger because twice in one day, she had been sexually harassed. in her facebook post, she blamed the government for failing to protect women. two days after she posted the video came the knock at her door. amal was arrested and separated from her family on charges of spreading fake news. i met amal‘s husband, a human rights lawyer, in his cairo office. he told me amal is not the only person falling foul of the law in this way. the government says it's trying to fight rumours that
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destabilise the country. the government has now set up a hotline for egyptians to report fake news and rumours, but the crackdown appears to go wider than that. hundreds of websites have been blocked in egypt since last year. some of them belong to critical media organisations and some to human rights groups. egyptian authorities deny any systematic crackdown on free speech. amal‘s husband told me he hoped his wife would be released
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on appeal and reunited with their three—year—old son, zidan. while there might be some light at the end of the tunnel for amal, the space for expressing dissent in this country is obviously shrinking, and the phrase "fake news" is seen by many opponents as a powerful tool to silence them. throughout this week, there'll be much more on this on bbc world news — in our beyond fake news season. you can also follow the debate and research by visiting our website, that's at, orjoin the conversation using the hashtag — beyond fake news. the premier league has appointed its first female chief executive. susanna dinnage, from the media company discovery, will replace richard scudamore, who's stepping down next month after 19 years in charge.
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we have reported so often on the hazards facing wild rhinos, one of the most endangered species on earth. in africa it's thought there are only around 25,000 left alive. but one boy in south africa is doing his best to change that. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. nicky — he's the one on the left — is a six—month—old white rhinoceros, whose mother was killed by poachers. with him is 11—year—old hunter mitchell, and hunter is no ordinary young man, he is on a mission. it all started on the 31st of december 2015, when i heard about an abandoned baby rhino at aquila private game reserve, and i knew that instantly that rhinos are super endangered, so i wanted to help him by raising money for him. so far, hunter has
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raised nearly $16,000 — money that will help baby rhinos like nicky. they can be taken care of at feeding stations like this one, protected until they're old enough to be released into the wild. all the money goes to rescuing, raising, and rehabilitating orphaned rhinos, because the mothers or parents die, but if we can save those babies, they can grow up and make more babies for the next generation, which is extremely important. hunter has become something of a local celebrity and he's using his fame to raise awareness of animal protection. he says he wants to be a doctor, but he also wants to keep up the fight and protect the wild rhino. tim allman, bbc news. an exceptionally large and rare pink diamond, called the pink legacy, has been sold at auction for a world record price. the stone, weighing just under 19
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carats, fetched $50 million — a record price—per—ca rat. it was bought by the american luxury jeweller harry winston at auction in geneva after only five minutes of bidding. the new owners have rechristened it the winston pink legacy. time now for a check coach which has been run on something unusual. it is powered by grape juice. been run on something unusual. it is powered by grapejuice. in france, a bus has been running on grape marc after eight years of research. this is possible thanks to recycling find waste which is found in abundance in this region. it is transformed into raw alcohol and then distilled and dehydrated to obtain a fuel that is less polluting than other fuels. much more on all the news at any time on the bbc website. thank you for watching. hello.
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after the heavy, blustery showers many of us saw to start the new week, tuesday delivered us something much drier, with a good deal of sunshine. this was the scene on the north yorkshire coast during tuesday afternoon, and a very similar picture in perth and kinross. but we already have changes afoot to the western side of the uk. outbreaks of rain will continue to work their way north and eastwards through wednesday morning, courtesy of this frontal system. notice the squeeze in the isobars. some windy conditions as well. quite a wet start to wednesday across northern ireland, north wales, north—west england, and the western side of scotland. not just wet, but windy as well. let's take a look at nine o'clock in the morning in closer detail. much of england and wales, away from the far north—west, will be mainly dry, some bright or sunny spells, but these black wind symbols give an indication of the wind gusts through wednesday morning. so quite widely touching a0 to 50 miles an hour for western coasts, and some heavy and persistent rain across northern ireland, and southern and western scotland. warnings in place here.
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through wednesday, that rain will be slowly pulling away north and eastwards, so slowly turning drier across northern ireland, north—west england, central and southern scotland. eventually that rain clears away from the highlands and by the afternoon, most places becoming dry. some spells of sunshine and very mild, 15 or 16 celsius, particularly for the eastern side of scotland, given any sunshine and some help from the foehn effect. now, through wednesday evening, we'll see some lingering cloud across parts of scotland. further outbreaks of rain arriving into the far west of northern ireland, and perhaps later in the night, across the western isles of scotland. elsewhere, it's dry. a mixture of variable cloud and clear spells, but could see some mist and low cloud developing as the night wears on. a little bit cooler where we keep clearer skies, temperatures down to four or five celsius. holding up to double figures where we keep the cloud. but it's mild air which continues to flow across the uk as we go into thursday. it'll be a mainly dry day for most. there will still be this front fringing the far west of scotland and northern ireland. more cloud here and some outbreaks of rain.
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still quite a breezy day. mist and low cloud quite stubborn to clear in places so some may have a fairly gloomy day, but where it does thin and break, we'll see some good spells of sunshine and again, temperatures in the midteens, 13 to 16 celsius. looking ahead towards the end of the week, we've got an area of high pressure keeping things fairly settled and keeping fronts in the atlantic at bay, so heading through friday and into the weekend, most will be dry. however, with lighter winds, we're likely to see some mist and fog and that may linger at times, and temperatures just starting to slide away through saturday. bye— bye. this is bbc news, the headlines: theresa may has been meeting her ministers trying to win their support for the draft agreement on brexit finalised in london and brussels. the full cabinet meets on wednesday, but some senior politicians have already said publicly that the deal appears deeply unsatisfactory and it is farfrom certain the government can pull together enough votes to get it through parliament. hundreds of people are still missing amid the worst wildfires in the history of california. 50 are confirmed dead.
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firefighters say the biggest blazes may not be contained before the end of the month. the long awaited trial ofjoaquin ‘el chapo' guzman has begun in new york. he was extradited to the us from mexico to face charges of being the leader of an infamous drug cartel. mr guzman's lawyer told the trial that he was being made a scapegoat.
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