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a senior member of theresa may's cabinet calls for changes to her brexit plans. the comments pile more pressure on a prime minister struggling to maintain cabinet unity. the uk cannot be trapped in a permanent customs arrangement, and i think that it's really important that we get some sort of clarity and improvement on that particular aspect of it. look, just because some cabinet ministers make demands of the prime minister that details are going to change is, ithink, fantasy. mrs may has been canvassing support from party members, trying to head off a possible vote of no confidence. also tonight: president trump sees for himself the devastation caused by california's deadliest wildfires in history. more than a quarter of a million protest across france over high fuel prices and the rising cost of living. he introduced the bbc‘s first ever tv news bulletin — richard baker has died at the age of 93.
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and a historic win in dublin, as ireland beat the all blacks at home for the first time. good evening. a senior member of theresa may's cabinet has called for changes to her brexit plans. andrea leadsom, who's the leader of the commons, said there was "potential to improve" a draft deal before the prime minister presents it to european leaders next week. mrs leadsom is among five brexit—supporting cabinet ministers said to be demanding significant changes. however, alterations to the draft have been described as "a fantasy" by another government minister. mrs may has been speaking to local
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conservative party members as she seeks to head off a possible vote of no confidence. this report from our political correspondent iain watson contains some flash photography. even in an era of political turmoil, the events of the past few days have been remarkable. this is a decisive step which enables us to move on and finalise the deal in the days ahead. on wednesday, theresa may announced she had the backing of her top team for a deal with the eu. is no dealjust a bluff? but by thursday, there were two cabinet resignations, including the loss of her second brexit secretary, and the prime minister's own position was under threat. this leading leave campaigner called for her to stand down. what we need is a leader who will say to the european union, it is impossible to divide up the uk. then another blow. some who said they supported the prime minister began to attach strings.
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and today, just listen to this cabinet minister talking about the eu deal. you know, i think, as i have said on a number of occasions, i think the uk cannot be trapped in a permanent customs arrangements. i think that it is really important that we get some sort of clarity and improvement on that particular aspect of it. so who really is running the government? michael gove and three other brexiteer cabinet ministers arejoining andrea leadsom in calling for further changes to the prime minister's deal, though not yet for a change of prime minister. i'm totally supportive of the prime minister. i think she's doing a fantasticjob. though he could still be gearing up for some arguments behind closed doors. the eu aren't keen to unpick a 585—page withdrawal agreement and some ministers believe it is unreasonable to ask. just because some cabinet ministers make demands of the prime minister, that the details are going to change, is, i think, fantasy.
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but without any changes, this mp who voted to leave believes the prime minister may be ousted and the deal will definitely be defeated. over the weeks to come, people are going to see that the deal that the european union have offered us and which theresa may has said is the best deal she's been able to secure is simply infinitely worse than the option of moving to a clean, global brexit. so tonight, the prime minister is fighting both for her deal and for her leadership. where does all of this leave theresa may tonight? she has been calling some of the leading lights in local conservative constituency parties, asking for their support. we have also been calling them and we haven't really found a groundswell of appetite for any kind of leadership contest, but the big picture is this. five of the leading
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leave campaigners in her cabinet, if they don't get the changes they want, then further resignations can't be ruled out, and that in turn could cut short theresa may's tenure at number ten. i think she has breathing space this weekend, and she takes to the media tomorrow again, but at westminster they are not talking about strength and stability but about survival. thank you, iain watson at westminster. president trump is in northern california, seeing for himself the destruction caused by the deadliest and most destructive wildfires, in the state's history. standing in the ruins of the town of paradise, he described the scene as "ve the fires which began earlier this month have killed at least 71 people, and more than 1,000 are missing. from california, dan johnson reports. in the ruins of paradise, the president got his own clear view of just how devastating this file was. and he offered his sympathy to the people of this town and the families
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of those still missing. this is very sad to see. as far as the lives are concerned, nobody knows quite yet. we are up to a certain number but a lot of people are not accounted for. this is the kind of destruction... in fact, they are telling me this isn't as bad as some areas. some areas are even beyond this. what a week ago, while this earth was still hot, the president sparked a debate about forest management threatened to cut government funding and after the anger of his initial reaction, today he met some of those who responded and have been searching what is left. he was asked if any of this made him think differently about climate change no. we are going to have forests that are very safe. the president has shown paradise, like so many other places, that his words can be divisive and controversial before they are
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unifying and supportive, but his message here today is that he stands with the people here. meanwhile, they stand in line to fill in the forms forfederal they stand in line to fill in the forms for federal government help. people need to re—establish their identity before they can rebuild their lives, and not all gave the president welcomedlj their lives, and not all gave the president welcomed i mean, saying that... it is federal, land management. it is taken care of by the feds. he doesn't understand or like california. i don't agree with him ona like california. i don't agree with him on a lot of those things. paradise must be seen to be believed. the president has viewed a fraction of what has been lost, and the full extent of the destruction and what caused it is still being revealed. this is what the president saw, a scene that sticks with you, but he
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doesn't seem shaken in his scepticism about climate change. he talked about wildfire protection, saying that other country got it right, talking about finland, but he didn't mention that finland is a fair few degrees cooler than california. danjohnson california. dan johnson in california. the us state department says no final conclusion has been reached, as to whether or not crown prince mohammed bin salman of saudi arabia ordered the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. there had been reports the cia believed the crown prince had authorised the killing. mr kashoggi was killed last month while visiting the saudi consulate in istanbul. saudi arabia insists the crown prince knew nothing about plans for the murder. more than 250,000 people have taken to the streets of france in protests over high fuel prices and the rising cost of living. one person was killed when a woman taking her child to see a doctor tried to drive through a blockade. more than 200 others have been injured. lucy williamson reports from paris. car horns beeping.
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there are those in france who say they feel invisible to their leaders. not today. high visibilityjackets, the new uniform of a leaderless nationwide movement, blocking roads across the country in protest at rising fuel taxes and the rising cost of living. translation: i am a nurse and i am tired of being so heavily taxed. translation: the little people are fed up with this and that's why they've come out today. anger meant for the government spilled out at some sites. one protester was killed and among more than 200 people injured this policeman, who simply got in the way. priscilla ludosky‘s petition against the price rises helped spark this movement. she gathered 800,000 signatures but got no response from the government. translation: we are not listened to. we are not understood. we are not even consulted on big decisions. we see the president talking to people on the street, but the government is not at all connected to reality. the government this week announced
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500 million euros of energy aid for poorer households, but many here feel that business and industry should be paying more. emmanuel macron — no friend of the struggling, but president of the rich, according to some. president macron came to power promising to heal the rift between voters and their leaders, his campaign image based on a new kind of grassroots democracy. but, across the country today, protesters are accusing him of continuing france's economic divisions and the distrust that many still feel towards their politicians. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. the former bbc newsreader richard baker has died. he was 93, and introduced the corporation's first ever television news bulletin in 195a. david sillito looks back at his life. 1954, and the first ever bbc
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television news bulletin began with the voice of richard baker. here is an illustrated summary of the news. it'll 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. richard baker — for more than a quarter of a century, he helped define the calm, clear voice of bbc tv news. police reinforcements are 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,
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and for many years he was the tv face of the proms. good evening to you and a very warm welcome to the royal albert hall. in his spare time, he had a go at acting, here with prince edward. forgot you, sir?! oh, notorious villain! and there was also a memorable moment on morecambe and wise. he was still broadcasting into his 80s, but he'll always be 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. with all the sport now, here's olly foster at the bbc sport centre. good evening.
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it's been a fantastic day of international rugby union. ireland are celebrating their first victory on home soil against the world champions new zealand. there were wins for both england and wales, although not entirely straightforward, and scotland were just edged out at murrayfield by south africa. our sports correspondentjoe wilson was watching all the action. in one place, the best two teams in the world. well, this was intense. ireland had to keep new zealand moving, keep them guessing, switch the play and then there was jacob stockdale. you kick and hope. the bounce worked. now, could he stretch? he's there! that was the moment. but defence is just as important. look at peter o'mahony, snatching the ball a split second before the all blacks could grab it and score. new zealand were attacking until the last. no way through. 16-9. ireland have beaten the best in dublin. now they just need to win the world cup.
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elsewhere, scotland took on south africa with their free running, freethinking kind of rugby. that is a great try for scotland. but south africa's outstanding player, handre pollard, said small moments were big moments, like this. and south africa held on to win 26—20. in cardiff, wales met tongan red with steel. their shirts are anthracite colour, officially. there were new combinations in the unfamiliar kits. ten welsh tries displayed strength in depth and strength of character. wales cut loose with 7a points in the end. lovely when a plan comes together. we spoke all week about tiring them down and then coming through at the end and it panned out exactly as we thought. it was tough for us but we made it tougherfor them. japan made it truly tough for england at twickenham, bursting through the grey areas in england's defence
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to lead at half—time. confronted by huge embarrassment potentially, england responded eventually. a decisive try byjoe cokanasiga, 35—15. if it is how you finish that counts, england did enough. joe wilson, bbc news. sportscene is coming up later for viewers in scotland so if you don't want to know scotland's nations league result away in albania, then do whatever you have to do. they won 4—0 with two goals from james forrest in the second half. if they beat israel at hampden park on tuesday, then they will be promoted to the second tier of the competition and also earn a play—off spot for the 2020 euros. england's cricketers need three wickets on the final day to win the second test against sri lanka. that would also see them take the series. brilliant fielding from keaton jennings helped reduce the hosts to 226—7. angelo mathews the top scorer for them in kandy with 88. it could be a nervy morning session tomorrow, because sri lanka need 75 runs for victory to level
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the three—test series. there's more on the bbc sport website, including details of how novak djokovic and alexander zverev reached the final of atp tour finals in london. that's it. from me and the rest of the team, have a very good night. hello. this is bbc news with rachel schofield. let's return to our main story, and the leader of the commons has said there is "the potential to improve" the brexit deal, before theresa may presents it to the eu at a special summit later this month. andrea leadsom is believed to be co—ordinating a group of five brexit—supporting cabinet ministers who hope to make changes to the draft withdrawal agreement, which was published by the government on wednesday. she has insisted she is "absolutely committed" to getting the brexit that millions of people voted for, but a foreign office minister dismissed suggestions the deal could be rewritten. earlier i spoke to psephologist
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professor sirjohn curtice at the university of strathclyde. he told me that voters remain polarised over this draft deal which, he says, pleases no—one. the truth is, if you ask people whether or not they're for or against the deal, remain and leave voters are almost unanimous in saying they do not approve of the deal. their reasons for doing so are clearly different. the problem the deal faces is that at the end of the day, if you ask leavers to choose between the deal and no deal, around 55—60% of leave voters say that frankly they would take no deal. for leave voters, the problem with the deal at the end of the day is they think it is too soft, they think it still ties us too closely to the eu. conversely amongst remain voters, they will say this is better than no deal, but if you say, "if the choice is between this deal and staying in the eu?", three quarters of them
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would still say they want to remain inside the eu. so the problem is that we are for the most part still polarised on this subject with remain voters, most of them at the end of the day still wanting to stay and the deal is not soft enough to attract them, and with most leave voters still wanting a harder brexit, a cleaner brexit, as they would argue, than they think this deal provides. therefore it ends up being a deal that is relatively friendless, and if you ask people to choose between remain, no deal, and the deal, the deal comes third. so give us your take then on what this week ahead might hold, and whether you think we might end up leaving with a deal in march of next year? in so far as this week is crucial, it is for two things. the first is if there is indeed a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. assuming those five cabinet ministers are assuaged
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in some way or another, then the other crucial thing this week to watch is that the political agreement, that agreement about what the uk's long—term relationship with eu should be, which was only there in a sketch form when the cabinet met on wednesday, that has got to be sketched out rather more and we have got to look to see what this suggests the long—term relationship will be. but thereafter, the truth is, this is going to be a battle now for the minds of mps inside the house of commons. at the moment, simply, the arithmetic does not look very good for the prime minister in terms of her hopes of being able to get this deal through. she is clearly hoping at the end of the dayjust to persuade enough mps, both labour and conservative that if they vote against the deal, they are opening up pandora's box and the risk of no deal, and that is certainly a message that i think we can hear business reinforcing. businesses in many cases are saying they don't think the deal is brilliant and they would much prefer to remain but frankly,
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they want it to end and they would rather take the bird they already have in the hand rather than the one in the bush of remain because they are not sure they would ever get there. professor sirjohn curtis. now, without giving away your age... how old do you think 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 don't 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. his distinctive appearance often
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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, 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.
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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. even as mickey mouse has evolved over the years, he is still that classic character that brings happy memories. for a company built on the image and fortunes of a mouse, the cartoon character is an invaluable asset. mickey is a mouse of many talents. he is the company mascot and here at disneyland, he has taken part in countless parades and ceremonies over the past 60 plus years, but one of his main jobs is to pose for photographs, isn't it? let's do it. good job. you are not looking your age. you are looking pretty good. the timeless allure of mickey mouse. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. i think he found a new friend!
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it's time for a look at the weather for the week ahead, with nick miller. hello. plenty more sunshine to come before the weekend is done but the week ahead is looking cloudier and colder, much colderfor a time. here's some sunshine from saturday in scotland. parts of eastern scotland staying quite cloudy. northern ireland, too. but for many of us where you had cloud on saturday, sunday will be even sunnier. high pressure to the east and north—east of us, flow of air coming from the south—east. right now, it is quite dry air so not much moisture to make cloud. as we go through sunday, sunnier in northern ireland, still a bit of cloud at times for eastern scotland and parts of north—east england. still the same south—easterly breeze, still the same sort of temperatures for sunday so still on the mild side, where we are widely into double figures. don't get used to that. it is about to change because we go into monday and we are going to make a change to the wind direction. more of an easterly. we start to drag in these blue colours from the east, the cold air. two things going on, on monday.
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one, it is colder and two, there is more cloud around. the combination will make it feel very different compared with the weekend. you could see a bit of light rain and drizzle here and there. that said, still some brighter spells and the western isles should see a fair amount of sunshine on monday. as for the temperatures, just dipping down into single figures for more of us and that process continues on tuesday. notice all the atlantic weather systems being kept at bay by the easterly flow but it is a stronger flow on tuesday. we are more likely to see wet weather coming in on that as well, particularly to parts of england and wales, southern scotland and northern ireland. some of the showers coming in could be wintry on the higher hills, just about down into single figures, mid single figures at that. when you factor in the stronger easterly wind, the further east you are, it will make it feel like it is at or below freezing on tuesday. again, very different from what we have at the moment. into wednesday, low pressure gathering to the south. that will feed in, notjust a good deal of cloud but wetter weather on wednesday.
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it is a messy picture. we will keep you updated on the detail but there will be areas of rain with perhaps sleet and snow, particularly for higher ground, migrating further north and westwards on through the day. of course, it is going to feel particularly chilly when you factor in something else to the mix, some wetter weather. the bulk of that by thursday looks as though it is clearing away. still some cloud, particularly across eastern and southern areas but we are more likely to see drier and brighter weather on thursday. it is not going to do a great deal to the temperature. very different weather on the way for the week ahead. the most noticeable thing of course is that it is going to feel colder. it will be colder. the cold enhanced by stronger easterly winds, so wind—chill becomes more of a factor, particularly across eastern parts of the uk and as we notice for a time, some wet weather around, rain, sleet and some snow, too, particularly to higher ground. as we go to the end of the week and into the following weekend,
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at the moment, one idea is that the low pressure is going to stay towards the south and south—west of us. it looks like that will bring potential for wet weather again which will cut off the flow of that very cold easterly wind and bring something less chilly in from the south. but the extent that moves right across the uk, and just how less chilly it is, is open to question. temperatures may recover a little bit going into the following weekend. we will keep an eye on that. we will keep you updated with our weather for the week ahead. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are nigel nelson, political editor for the sunday mirror and the sunday people, and the political commentator, jo phillips. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in — let's take a look. the sunday telegraph lead on the bitter brexit row in the conservative party — reporting that 25 letters of no confidence in the prime minister have been submitted, with tory mp zac goldsmith adding his to the pile. meanwhile the sunday express claims
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leading brexit campaigners and former cabinet ministers, david davis and borisjohnson, have had talks to decide which of them should stand to replace the prime minister — if there is a vote of no confidence
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