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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at a50. the headlines at 4.00. five ministers in theresa may's cabinetjoin forces to try and persuade her to make changes to the draft brexit agreement. other ministers voice their support for the prime minister. the reality of life is that we have a choice, which is to back this, which i think everybody should. because if we don't, we'll probably go over the cliff edge of having no deal at all and leaving without a deal. the number of people missing in california's wildfires has now risen to more than 1,000. 71 people are known to have died. according to reports in us media, the cia believes that the saudi crown prince ordered the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. the broadcaster, writer and former newsreader richard baker has died at the age of 93. in rugby, england are losing to japan at twickenham. and wales are leading tonga in cardiff.
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we'll bring you the scores live all afternoon. and coming up at a50, talking business looks at entrepreneurship and the small and medium business scene in dubai and the united arab emirates. supporters of the prime minister have dismissed the proposal from five of her cabinet colleagues that she should try to re—negotiate key parts of the brexit deal with the european union. 0ne minister described the idea of further changes as a "fantasy". the five, who include the environment secretary, michael gove, are thought to want to change what's known as the backstop agreement
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affecting the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. meanwhile, conservative brexiteers of the european reaseach group are planning to publish their own document tomorrow against the government's plans. 0ur political correspondent susanna mendonca reports. he's sticking with the prime minister, but is he going in the same direction? michael gove is among a group of cabinet brexiteers thought to be trying to change the brexit deal. today, he was tight—lipped about that. i'm totally supportive of the prime minister, i think she's doing a fantasticjob. theresa may has been trying to get the party behind her and her plan, calling constituency parties and doing media interviews to sell the idea. her supporters are calling for unity. these five leading leave campaigners who have stayed in the cabinet are expected to meet in the next few days to discuss how to push for changes to the brexit plan which the government has
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already agreed with the eu. to think thatjust because some cabinet ministers make demands of the prime minister that the details are going to change is, i think, fantasy. the reality of life is that we have a choice, which is to back this, which i think everybody should. it is understood this group of cabinet ministers are seeking to justify its continuing attempts to challenge the detail of the prime minister's deal by arguing that it may not be winnable when mps vote on it in parliament. meanwhile, the mp of this constituency, altrincham, is the only one who knows how many letters calling for the prime minister to stand down have been received by a backbench committee of conservative mps. if graham brady, who chairs the committee, gets 48 letters, it would trigger a vote of no—confidence in mrs may. but how does that play outside the westminster village? i think she's done very well to get this far. i don't think anyone else would have done it any better. everyone is trying to stab her
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in the back to get further on in their careers and i don't think they're going to do it. those brexiteers who have been putting forward letters calling for a no—confidence vote say the plan needs to be stopped. chequers is a betrayal of the decision of the british people. they voted for us to leave. we are doing what we are doing in order to try and honour the order that they basically gave us as members of parliament. labour have said that they could renegotiate the deal. for two years now, she's been negotiating, not with eu partners but actually within the conservative party itself, so the divisions within the conservative party have overridden, i think, the interests of the country. the european union has already indicated that it's not in the market for reopening discussions around the withdrawal deal, so the reality is that despite all the political positioning going on in the conservative party, any tweaks could only
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happen if that changes. earlier, we spoke to anne mcelvoy, senior editor at the economist. what needs to happen now is theresa may needs to solidify that cabinet and there are noises in the cabinet that want to renegotiate, one assumes she will say no, i don't want to go this route and if you want to stay in the cabinet, you have to take on my negotiating strategy. it's possible she might go back on one or two tweaks on that very complicated backstop agreement intended to fend off a reintroduction of a hard border or anything like it in northern ireland. it's possible but i think at this point it would be rather technical rather than wholesale revisiting. then she needs to get the tick in the box from the eu 27 which would happen soon at the end of the week, let's assume that will be happening,
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i think they would be quite happy to be rid of it. then she needs to get towards the eu summit and then, about the 27—28 weekend, there needs to get back and we're looking at that big commons vote. that's assuming this timetable isn't disrupted by anything dramatic. we could have a leadership challenge in that time. a bit like that, it's a to—do list! so, something dramatic. could this be brought on by those five brexiteers in the cabinet? could they disrupt it all? they could. the fact that they've stayed, and i think people are particularly looking for michael gove to leadership, he rejected the brexit secretary job, he's been an active brexiteer, he's come back to cabinet to be constructive. i think the future of theresa may lies in the middle of the cabinet, those who are centrists in some ways but brexit or centrists but remain, like jeremy hunt the foreign secretary, sajid javid and michael gove. michael gove is saying he's not happy with this.
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i think if he were to walk out, that would add fuel to the fire of those trying for the no confidence vote, trying to get the number of letters you need to put in under this arcane system the conservative party has to try and have a no—confidence vote. but the fact he has gone back in good faith suggests he intends to give it a go. so, this vote of confidence or no confidence, how likely is it that the european research group will get it and group will get it and in terms of timing, have they shot themselves in the foot? they could have moved too early. don't have those a0 leading names about the need. as far as the information that i have and pooled with my lobby colleagues, they seem to be well short of it. but it could be that when people go away for the weekend, look in detail at this deal, i don't think many on the brexit side think it's better
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than i thought, that they are more likely to look and think, if i'm going to do anything about this, this is the moment. so we might assume that we could see that challenge if it is to be triggered, pretty soon. the possible mistake that was made was that it came hot on the heels of the statement, people feel sorry for her of what she said on brexit. they think, let's take a pause, we know what it's like when big rows happen. so it could be from that perspective that the more moderate brexiteers might be thinking that this is not good and it would be better to let this play out. we simply don't know until they count the names. the number of people reported missing in california's worst wildfire on record has risen to more than 1,000. the blaze has destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 70 people. president trump is on his way to visit the affected areas. 0ur correspondent dave lee reports. this is the first step in a very long process. a crew of firefighters lifts away large debris and makes sure the area is safe.
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soon, a second team of dogs will sweep the area. if they find remains, the coroner's office will arrive. it takes time, even with the more than a00 specialists now on the ground in paradise, the town worst hit by this fire. everybody has been doing their best, but it is crazy, and i know a lot but it's crazy, and i know a lot of my people didn't get out. a couple of them, i heard, in their homes, that died right in front of me. you know, you feel helpless when you're a man and you cannot help. there are a growing number still unaccounted for. as of tonight, the list that we will be releasing, the current list of unaccounted for individuals stands at 1,011, which is an increase from yesterday of 380. this mobile home park used to be known as the enchanted forests, but now it's one focus of the enormous search operation. the impact from these fires is being felt across the state of california.
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more than 100 miles away in san francisco, schools and businesses were closed down due to terrible air quality, currently measured as being the worst anywhere in the world. it's expected that president trump will pay a visit to teams fighting these fires and maybe meet some of those who have been evacuated. hundreds remain in emergency shelters. the president will meet a community determined to get back on its feet. dave lee, bbc news, in paradise. president trump spoke to reporters before leaving washington for california. he said he'll meet local officials there and discuss forest management. we want to spend a lot of time, we want to discuss many things. i'm meeting with the governor and the new governor and governor—elect. so we have a lot of things to talk about. we will be talking about forest management. i've been saying that for a long time, and this
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could have been a lot different situation but the one thing is that everybody now knows that this is what we have to be doing and there's no question about it. it should have been done many years ago but i think everybody‘s on the right side. it's a big issue, it's a big issue, a very expensive issue but very, very inexpensive when you compare it to even one of these horrible fires. and we will save a lot of lives in addition to a lot of money. so we'll be out there talking to the governors, talking to the first responders and fema, they have been incredible. the firefighters have been unbelievably brave, some of the stories i read last night, unbelievably brave. 0ur correspondent dave lee is near paradise in california. i consider tents behind you but what is donald trump going to be seeing, the reality of it? we saw him
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speaking about money and forest management, but realistically those people behind you in those tents have got far more immediate concerns? quite, the idea of what the cause may have been is of little necessity to these people, who just knew about the result, they had to leave that town within a matter of moments to make sure they made it out alive. and since then, and it has been over a week now, many of them have come to places like this, this is actually an unofficial shelter, this was an overflow shelter, this was an overflow shelter when the official shelters became too full. we understand there are 300 people in this area, which is actually just the are 300 people in this area, which is actuallyjust the grounds of a walmart superstore. to answer your question, what donald trump is going to see, he's going to the communities which still need the help of his administration. he has been talking about whether forest management is to blame for these fires. i think many of the people we have spoken to here would say that
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isa have spoken to here would say that is a discussion for later on. the primary concern has to be, where are these people going to live? this is of pressing concern to them, it has 110w of pressing concern to them, it has now been awake since they have been able to be in their homes. it's a real crisis, the community has come together to offer them things, we have seen to our left a load of clothes being made available, medical supplies, food, things people need for the short—term. the question the precedent is, what is the long—term solution going to be for the people who had to evacuate in sucha for the people who had to evacuate in such a hurry? the numbers are astounding. i understand that 52,000 people are understood to be displaced, other survivors or successfully evacuated, but it is this 1011 people who are currently missing, there have been concerns about that number, they may not all be missing but 90% of those on that list were above the age of 60 — just ta ke list were above the age of 60 — just take us through the process of
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identifying whether people are alive 01’ identifying whether people are alive or identifying sadly those remains? yeah. well, it is an incredibly painstaking process and one that we've witnessed is very, very difficult for these authorities to do. you mentioned the list, 1000 names, that jumped dramatically do. you mentioned the list, 1000 names, thatjumped dramatically over the last 2a hours and it did come with a warning that the list may not be entirely accurate. i think it speaks to some of the chaos about the situation, simply not knowing who is merely unaccounted for because they fled and went in a certain direction and have not checked in with authorities, or whether indeed they were caught up in the fire. the make up of the community in paradise, it is a retirement community. we were in an area yesterday called the and john deforest, which was a mobile home park. and people living there were the tyrie is. and there is concern here when we spoke to residents made it out, just about all of them said, we we re
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it out, just about all of them said, we were lucky, i'm not sure how somebody who was less able, perhaps elderly, would have been able to do the same thing. so when you look at that list, the vast majority, elderly, and i believe the oldest person on that list is listed as being 101 years old. relatives of those who are looking for a orderly relatives that may have been in paradise say they didn't have a ceuphone paradise say they didn't have a cellphone and they didn't have these communication tools to check in, whether on facebook or to send a text message. that is where the confusion i think is coming from. but of course that confusion is overwhelmed by just but of course that confusion is overwhelmed byjust sheer concern for those people who perhaps didn't have the ability to leave. very quickly, dave, are the fires all put out? no. they're not. the fires in areas which are of immediate threat to people, although more than 50,000 people are still if kuwait, not able to go back to their homes, even if
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their homes are still actually in a good condition channelled is the precaution that it is not yet safe to go back to their homes, firefighters are feeling that they are making some progress. more than 130 thousand acres have been burned by just the fire up 130 thousand acres have been burned byjust the fire up in northern california and it is a similar picture in southern california near los angeles, where zharnel scenes have been seen. the issue of where these people are going to go has not been solved yet, either. and then the further issue which president trump is going to speak to them about today we expect is how to prevent something like this happening in the future. the headlines on bbc news... five ministers in theresa may's cabinetjoin forces to try and persuade her to make changes to the draft brexit agreement. the number of people missing in california's wildfires has now risen to more than 1,000. 71 people are known to have died. according to reports in the us media, the cia believes the saudi crown prince ordered
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the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. in sport, it's a busy afternoon of international rugby union and there isa international rugby union and there is a massive shock on the cards, england are up against it against japan at twickenham, trailing 15ten. michael leach got the second japan try. wales are now easing to victory against tonga in cardiff. and england's cricketers need three wickets on the final day in sri la nka wickets on the final day in sri lanka to take the series. the hosts need 75 runs. i will be back with a full update at about half past five. according to reports in the united states, america's intelligence service, the cia, has concluded that saudi arabia's, crown prince mohammed bin salman was involved in the killing of the journalist jamal khashoggi.
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the journalist was killed last month while visiting the saudi consulate in istanbul. from there, our turkey correspondent mark lowen sent this update. well, the cia's conclusions are based on a number of findings including reports of a phone call reportedly intercepted by us intelligence, said to have been made at the request of mohammad bin salman by his brother, who is currently the saudi ambassador to washington, to jamal khashoggi, encouraging him to go to the saudi consulate in istanbul to get papers for his upcoming marriage and assuring him he would be safe. the saudi embassy in washington has strenuously denied the existence of this phone call and said they are trying to urge the american authorities to hand over any transcript of a phone call they are thought to have. but the cia's conclusions are backing up turkey's idea, their allegations that when jamal khashoggi entered the consulate here in istanbul almost seven weeks ago,
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he was killed, his body dismembered and probably dissolved in acid, on the orders of the top levels of the saudi government in a premeditated murder. the saudi prosecutor, though, said last week that was not the case, that the whole operation was done by saudi officials who came here to turkey in an unauthorised operation to try to deliverjamal khashoggi back to saudi arabia without the knowledge of the saudi crown prince and that when that rendition failed, jamal khashoggi was killed on the spot. the saudi prosecutor said that he wants the death sentence now for five individuals out of the total of 11 people indicted. turkey believes that is as elaborate attempt at a cover—up, turkey believes that is an elaborate attempt at a cover—up, an attempt to bury the truth and that these five individuals would effectively being taking the bullet for their boss. they believe it is an attempt
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to shield the saudi crown prince and that if indeed the death sentence is meted out on these five individuals, that they would take the truth with them to the grave. the broadcaster, writer and former newsreader richard baker has died at the age of 93. he introduced the bbc‘s first television news bulletin in 195a and was also associated with classical music on radio and television, hosting the annual live broadcast of last night of the proms for many years. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito looks back at his life. 195a, and the first bbc television news bulletin began with the voice of richard baker. here is an illustrated summary of the news. it will be followed by the latest film of events and happenings at home and abroad. in those early days, newsreaders were never seen because it was feared that our facial expressions might not always look impartial, and worse still, that we might turn the news into a personality performance.
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richard baker — for more than a quarter of a century, he helped to define the calm, clear voice of bbc tv news. police reinforcements were drafted into downing street tonight as the crowd outside number 10 built up to about 300. good evening, and first, the big fire... he was a presenter rather than a journalist, but this veteran of the wartime arctic convoys was also a writer. his great love, music. a panellist on face the music, he presented radio programmes, and for many years he was the tv face of the proms. good evening to you and a very warm welcome from the royal albert hall. in his spare time, he had a go at acting, here with prince edward. and there was also a memorable moment on morecambe and wise. he was still broadcasting into his 80s, but he'll always be
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remembered as the voice and then as one of the best—known faces of bbc news. for the moment, that's all the news, except for a word about the weather. richard baker, who has died at the age of 93. in the last few minutes we have heard from andrea leadsom, who is reported to be amongst those cabinet ministers wanting to amend the agreement with the eu. she has been speaking in her constituency. what i am doing is working very hard to support the prime minister and get a
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brexit steel that 17.a million people voted for and i think there are still the potential to improve on the clarification of some of the measures within it and that is what iam hoping measures within it and that is what i am hoping to be able to help with. were you the chief pizza plotter? somehow i've been attributed to all this pizza eating! i am obviously having to exercise a lot but i would not describe myself as a plotter, no, i'm just trying to make sure we get the best possible brexit deal. does that mean you're not happy with the deal as it stands? as i have said ona the deal as it stands? as i have said on a number of occasions, i think the uk cannot be in a permanent customs arrangements arrangement and i think it is really important that we get some clarity and some improvement on that particular aspect of it. thank you very much. that's the leader of the house of commons, andrea leadsom, speaking a short time ago. the future of britain's biggest newspaper groups, johnston press, have been secured after they were acquired by a newly formed company.
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jpi media, which is owned by bondholders ofjohnston press, says its focus is now to preserve jobs and allow publication of its websites and newspapers to continue. the company has more than 200 local and regional titles including the scotsman and the yorkshire post as well as the 'i'. a protester has died and there are reports of a number of others being injured as demonstrators angry at rising fuel prices disrupt traffic across france. it's thought more than 100,000 people are taking part in the protests in 1200 locations across the country. officials have warned that, while they won't stop the protests, they would not allow them to bring the french road network to a standstill. the argentine navy says it has located the wreckage of a submarine that disappeared a year ago with aa crewmen on board. the san juan was found on the seabed by a us company at a depth of 800 metres.
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the families of those who died say that it will help their search for truth. latest reports claim that the submarine could have imploded. sophia tran thomsen reports. 366 days since the ara sanjuan went missing with aa crew on board. and finally, an announcement from the argentine authorities. translation: we were sitting at the dining table when my mum got the message from the submarine command force, saying that an object that was detected yesterday was the ara sanjuan. we couldn't believe it until we turned on the television and saw it on the news. news that the vessel had been found 800 metres below the surface of the ocean offered little comfort to the families of the dead. the sanjuan was returning from a routine mission to ushuaia, about a00 kilometres off the patagonian coast, when it reported an electical breakdown on november 15, 2017.
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a massive international search and rescue operation found no trace of the missing sub and hope of finding survivors was abandoned after two weeks. for a year, nothing. the failed search raised questions over the state of the argentine armada which has one of latin america's smallest defence budgets relative to the size of its economy. at the one—year commemoration held on thursday, relatives were still asking questions. translation: i do not wish the loss of a child on anyone, not my worst enemy. we want to have news, we wantjustice to be done, for the truth to be known, and for the guilty to pay. a day later, an announcement that the submarine had been located by a private company hired by the government, offered some relief but little rejoice for these families. with many questions still to be answered, a report into the tragedy will be made public in the coming days.
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the bbc‘s annual children in need appeal has raised a record amount of more than £50 million, taking it past the £1 billion mark since it first started almost a0 years ago. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba looks back on last night. go on, rob. cue the totaliser! cheering. the night's record—breaking total. # i stay up too late... the evening kicked off with a performance from west end musical school of rock. # every morning'sjust the same... the cast of eastenders took part in a walford walt disney song and dance extravaganza. while boy band boyzone competed for the children
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in need stricly glitter ball trophy. welcome to the tardis! this is amazing. a doctor who superfan got to visit the tardis and workers from children in need projects who thought they were making a music video, got to duet with some of their favourite stars. # just the touch of your love is enough # to knock me off my feet... celebrities also went to visit some of the places where the money raised by everyone watching ends up being spent. it was a night of historic fundraising to help disadvantaged children across the uk. lizo mzimba, bbc news. now, without giving away your age, how old do you think
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mickey mouse is? he actually turns 90 tomorrow. the disney mascot has become one of the most successful cartoon characters of all time and he's still going strong, as peter bowes found out in los angeles. the world's most famous mouse. whistling through his debut film, steamboat willie, in 1928. i only hope that we never lose sight of one thing. that it was all started by a mouse. mickey mouse was created and first drawn by walt disney himself. i'll save you! mickey went on to appear over 130 films. appear in more than 130 films. his distinctive appearance often changing with the times. they were cartoons that forever changed the entertainment landscape. some silent film comedians, when animation started to be popular, said things like,
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like charlie chaplin said, how can we even compete? they don't even have to stop to take a breath. and they don't! you know, an animation character can literally do anything that you can make physically believable. and i think mickey is the embodiment of that. the first mickey mouse comic strips were published in the early 1930s and they were drawn at this desk by the legendary animator floyd gottfredson. this is one of his original pens and there is certainly a lot of history here. mickey mouse is far from history, at 90 he is still alive and well on the screen and at disney theme parks around the world. mickey is real. there is only one mickey. mickey is the easiest guy to work with, i am glad he is my boss. it takes you back to watching cartoons on saturday mornings and mickey mouse was always the cartoon.

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