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this is bbc news i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at four... former us president, george bush senior has died, aged 94. his son, george w bush, described him as "a man of the highest character and the best dad you could ask for." he served as the 41stus president — between 1989 and 1993. his term was defined by the cold war and his victory in the first iraq war against saddam hussein. aggression is defeated, the war is over! a 98—year—old world war ii veteran, who was attacked and robbed in his north london home, has died in hospital. labour's kate osamor quits herfront bench role amid controversy over her son's drug conviction. another resignation over brexit. the universities and science minister, sam gyimah stands down, calling the prime minister's plan "naive".
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the deal that is on the table is a deal in name only. all the big issues have been kicked down the road. more than 120 people have been arrested in paris during violent protests over rising fuel prices. and in half an hour, ‘dateline‘ looks at theresa may's attempt this week to win support for her brexit deal, along with events in washington, where the president's former lawyer admits lying over mr trump's dealings with russia. good afternoon. donald trump has led tributes to the former us president, george bush senior, saying he inspired generations of
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americans to enter public service. mr bush died early this morning at his home in texas. the white house has announced that wednesday will be a national day of mourning across the united states. george bush senior was 94 and had been living with parkinson's disease. barbara, his wife of 73 years, died earlier this year. he was elected president in 1988 — as the cold war came to an end and led the united states in the first gulf war, when saddam hussein invaded kuwait. our north america editor, jon sopel, looks back at his life. i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. that george herbert walker bush had reached the highest office in the land almost seemed predestined. so help me god. congratulations. he was born into a family of wealth, privilege and politics. his father was a us senator. george attended yale
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before volunteering for the navy in world war ii. he was shot down over the pacific, his rescue remarkably caught on film. peacetime took him to texas, where he made a fortune in the oil business. and then came the lure of politics. he was elected to congress, served as an ambassador and became head of the cia, before pitching to become the republican presidential candidate in 1980. he lost to ronald reagan, but reagan put him on the ticket and served as vice president. in 1988, he had another crack at the presidency — this time successfully. but there were new uncertainties, notably iraq's surprise annexation of kuwait in 1990. margaret thatcher told him to stand firm, apparently saying "this is no time to go wobbly, george." he didn't. iraq will not be permitted to annex kuwait. that's not a threat, not a boast, it's just the way it's going to be. a wide coalition was forged,
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and operation desert storm began. the ground war would lastjust 100 hours, in a decisive victory for american military expertise and superiority. the 1992 election pitched the patrician bush against the young, charismatic and hitherto little known democratic governor from arkansas called bill clinton. his cleared advocacy of a new vision for america swept him to a decisive victory. within a decade there was another bush in the white house, george w. bush senior was the last of america's cold war leaders, and the demise of communism during his period was managed deftly, as former soviet satellites embraced the values of democracy and freedom. the one constant throughout all that — his wife barbara. they were married for over 70 years. that is george bush senior who has
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died at age 94. that is george bush senior who has died at age 94. joining me now is the former strategist for the republican party, mallory factor. mallory, thank you forjoining us here. do you know one of the most i think touching aspects of this news is the character of president bush thatis is the character of president bush that is being described by so many people who worked with him or who analysed the way he led america. his character. his character was totally unique. for today. he character. his character was totally unique. fortoday. he was character. his character was totally unique. for today. he was a character. his character was totally unique. fortoday. he was a man, first of all, who believed in the presidency. he believed in the presidency. he believed in the presidency —— you believe it was something very special. when he went in to see his son, he addressed him as mr president. this is right after the inauguration. he is a man who was not a conservative. a lot of conservatives did not like him because he was not. what he was was
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a man who believed first in family, he actually said this, second in faith and third in america. he also was a great lever in bipartisan politics. how successful was he with that? well, it cost him the election. he said no new taxes, read my lips, when he was accepting the nomination and he went on to do a deal with the democrats were control in congress at the time and did raise taxes. it ended up costing him the election. he lost it to bill clinton. how did he handle the loss? he never talked about it and he became friends with him. but in some papers that are at his library in texas, he always felt like he had failed by not winning that second term. it is amazing how a man so successful still fails failure. and that tells a little bit about
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regardless how big you are or where you go in life, when failure still comes about for all of us at different times. we are hearing a lot about his foreign policy. domestically, how did he fare, economically? a lot of people felt at that time that he paid more attention to international affairs than he did to domestic politics and policy. that was also a failure of his. but he did a lot. he did so much internationally. when the wall fell in berlin in november of 1989, his staff, all of his chief advisers said you can go and take a victory lap. he said no, i'm going to do —— what i'm going to do is work with the leadership there because the world is an important place for every nation. he was really a global list in a very unique way. he was
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also a man who cared about people. remember, the american disability‘s act was passed by him. he was a big advocate of that. that was one of the most important acts ever done. injure dealings with him, what was he most proud of? they were relatively minimal my dealings with him. i had met him several times, but never one on one. he was always a real gentleman. he was courteous, he was friendly. sense of humour, maybe? he does have a sense of humour. as a matter of fact, i was going to tell you one quick story. 0ne going to tell you one quick story. one of the things that he hated was that his mother made him eat broccoli all of the time. aboard air force one on march 23 of 1990, he said, ido force one on march 23 of 1990, he said, i do not like broccoli and i have not liked it since i was a little kid and my mother made me eat it and little kid and my mother made me eat itand i'm little kid and my mother made me eat it and i'm president of the united
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states and i'm not going to eat broccoli any more. and that tells you everything you need to know about this great man that we will miss greatly. mallory, before we let you go, in the last hour or so, we have heard that donald trump will be at the funeral. we heard he did not vote at the time what does that say to you? he believes the presidency of the united states is institution and not a person. and donald trump is the president of united states. the legitimate president. and it is the president's world to be there for other presidents. it transcends his own personal feelings about the person, the office does. that is how he always felt and that tells you a lot about the man. thank you very much. you are watching bbc news. well, there will be a national day of mourning on wednesday. 0ur washington correspondent, chris buckler has more details on what else can be expected
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in the coming days. there will also be a service held in the cathedral in washington, but i think the final funeral will be in texas where we saw earlier this year his wife of 70 years, barbara bush, where she was buried. and that itself was a very emotional funeral. it gave you a real sense of george bush, the family man. someone who was very concerned about his family and as someone who grew up with a real love affair of a marriage with barbara bush. they were married for more than seven decades. and then you saw him sitting at the front of the church in failing health. someone who was clearly upset in every way about the death of his wife. many feel that after she died, that he himself lost some of that spirit to live. such was their connection. and such was his love
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for herfor connection. and such was his love for her for those many many years. theresa may has suffered another blow to her brexit proposals, with the resignation of the universitites and science minister, sam gyimah. he said her agreement with the eu is "a deal in name only", which would remove britain's voice and veto and lead to it being "hammered" in future negotiations with europe. the culture secretary, jeremy wright, defended the proposals — saying the agreement was "not perfect" but was "the best deal available." 0ur political correspondent, jonathan blake reports. she is still managing to smile, but just as theresa may arrived for a reception with other world leaders at the g20 summit in buenos aires last night, one of her ministers announced his resignation. sam gyimah was seen as a rising star in government, a loyal supporter of the prime minister, but one who has now made very clear he cannot support her brexit deal. in leaving the eu, we will surrender our voice, our veto and our vote. and we will become rule takers not rule makers. the deal that is on the table from the pm is a deal in name only.
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all the big issues have been kicked down the road, so we are in for several years of negotiations, at the point at which we have no leverage and the eu has all the control. sam gyimah‘s decision came after the prime minister announced the uk would pull out of the galileo satellite navigation programme, the eu's alternative to the us—based gps. britain had wanted to stay part of it, but the eu would only allow partial access. it would be wrong to put our armed services relying on a system on which they couldn't be sure of. that would not be in our national interest, so what is in our national interest is to say no, you haven't allowed us that full access so we will develop an alternative, we will look at alternative options. ahead of the vote in parliament on her brexit deal, theresa may has been appealing to people directly to put pressure on their mps to back her agreement.
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with sam gyimah‘s resignation there is now one more voice calling for the public to have their say again. but a second referendum is ruled out by the prime minister, and for labour, is still only one possible option. our view is let us have a general election, the reason is because in a general election, there is a wide debate and you choose the team that will lead you from thereon. if we can't get that, we have said we will keep all options on the table and that includes the possibility of a people's vote. as the prime minister took her place with other leaders on the world stage last night, one more of her ministers stepped out of line over brexit. and she knows there may be more to come, before mps vote on her deal in parliament, in ten days' time. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg is in buenos aires at the g20 summit with the prime minister. she gave us this assessment of how mr gyimah‘s resignation would be viewed. it's another reminder to theresa may of the wall of resistance that
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awaits her when she gets back to westminster after returning from the other side of the world. it is not necessarily a surprise that he is one of the ministers that has added his name to those departing over her brexit plan. but politics is, apart from anything else, a battle of momentum. theresa may has been trying, struggling to get onto the front foot here, struggling to put her arguments across, and then, again, a resignation like this knocks her off that script and forces her once again onto the back foot. she knows she is in an extremely precarious situation here and yet no inclination from her for any shift, any countenancing of a plan b. it feels right now that the government is like a giant tower ofjenga, day by day one more piece gets pulled out. it's pretty shaky even though it hasn't yet fallen over. the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe, has met theresa may at the g20 summit, taking
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place in argentina. he asked her to avoid a no—deal brexit. major companies like nissan and honda are concerned about the possible impact on their supply chains across europe. mrs may said she was confident that japanese businesses based in the uk would continue to trade well with the eu. a 98—year—old world war two veteran who was critically injured during a violent robbery in his home in north london has died. police were called to peter gouldstone's home in bounds green on the sixth november — where they found him suffering from a head injury and extensive bruising to his body. he was taken to hospital, but died yesterday. joining me now is our correspondent, jenny kumah. give us the background. you may remember the shocking photo of him lying in his hospital bed unconscious. he —— it was released
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early in his attack to find people who were responsible. police described this as a despicable attack on a pensioner. he suffered tube leads to his brain and bruises to his body. —— two bleeds to his brain. the metropolitan police say they are shocked and saddened by the news of his death and they appeal to anyone with information to search their conscience and contact the police. no arrests have been made, but they say a number of inquiries are enhanced and £810,000 has been offered in the hope that it can lead toa offered in the hope that it can lead to a conviction. —— a number of inquiries are in hand. your headlines on bbc news. the former us president george bush senior has died aged 94. his son george w bush described him as a man of the highest character. a 98—year—old world war two veteran
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who was attacked and robbed in his home in london has died in hospital. another resignation over brexit. the universities and science minister, sam gyimah, resigns calling the prime minister's plan "naive". tyson fury will fight america's deontay wilder in los angeles for the wbc world heavyweight title. at the weigh in fury was scaled 18 stone four and a half pounds — more than three stone heavier than wilder. there will be commentary later. leeds united are top of the championship after an important win at fellow promotion contenders, sheffield united. a defensive mix up allowed pablo hernandez to score for leeds for a 1—0 vicotry. and mark williams is through to the third round of the uk snooker championship in york with a straightforward six frames to nil win over daniel wells i'll have details at around 5:30pm. more than 120 people have
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been arrested in paris after violent protests around one of the city's most famous locations, the arc de triomphe. it's the third weeked of demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices. hugh schofield reports. another saturday, another violent protest at a paris landmark. today, the yellow vest demonstrators were kept away from the shops of the champs elysees, so it was at the top, around the arc de triomphe, that there were the clashes with police. all morning we have seen hundreds and hundreds of yellowjackets gathering here on the avenue, and then pushing up towards the arc de triomphe, which you can see behind us shrouded in tear gas. the more daring go to the front where there are clashes going on with riot police, the others hang back where we are now. most of the marchers kept well away from the violence and expressed in words their anger and determination. translation: the problem is much bigger than just a few tax. that was just the straw that broke the camel's back.
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the distress has been brewing for years, it is time to make ourselves felt. translation: we are simple citizens, simple french citizens. it is the people who are rebelling, no political parties here. translation: we thought we were seeing the beginnings of a dialogue between the yellow vests and the government, but with all of this that's totally wrecked. now the yellow vests are going to keep going to the bitter end. it's civil war. the numbers of protestors were relatively small, those who took part in the violence even fewer, but once against the yellow vests are dominating the news. their anti—macron movement still has momentum. hugh scofield, bbc news, paris. this is the scene live in paris now... you can see security forces there either trying to set up barriers or trying to move —— remove and break
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down barricades that have been built by some of the demonstrators themselves. these are the streets around the area which has been the scene of much of the protest and demonstration. some of the protesters, with big yellow vest, they are required to wear those by law if they are driving or altered on the roads, they managed to get to the top of the arc de triomphe. it has sparked a lot of condemnation from french leaders who said that they are upset at the disrespect for national monuments like this one. the prime minister spoke earlier saying how he wanted to say how much i was shocked by the involvement of symbols that are the symbols of france. the fact that the arc de triomphe was tagged, i presume that was graffiti, the fact that around
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the tomb of the unknown soldier, another monument, violent demonstration can take place around these national monuments. i am not satisfied with these scenes. lots of fires have been lit throughout the day in paris. 65 people reported as injured. 11 members including —— 11 members of the security forces. these are just parisians, they are people who have travelled from across the country to protest. we are hearing now it is notjust fuel prices. the hike in fuel diesel duty. it is also the rising cost of living. we are watching these scenes very closely. i think it is unusual that it has continued into sunset, but a lot of action continuing. police looking for a missing couple whose car was discovered washed up on a beach in scotland — have found two bodies. susan and james kenneavy
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were reported missing on thursday morning — when their vehicle was found on drunmore beach, near stranraer. search teams are tackling "challenging terrain" — including dense woodland — as they continue efforts to try and find a 16—year—old from aberdeen who's been missing for two weeks. liam smith caught a bus from aberdeen on the 17th of november and is thought to have got off at crathis. police say a subsequent "credible sighting" of the teenager in the crathes estate area that afternoon has led them to focus their search in the locality. now, as it's the first of december, you may have started your christmas shopping online today, but there's a warning that you may need to have a mobile phone, and a decent signal, to make sure their transactions go through. uk banks are starting to introduce a new layer of security, involving passwords sent to your mobile phone.
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that could be a problem for hundreds of thousands of householders without a mobile, or poor signal. our business correspondent joe miller has been giving me more details. it has come into place because of an eu directive and essentially, as online shopping has become more popular, there has been more potential for fraud. this was designed to crack down on that, to avoid potential fraud when people buy things online. they will be asked in a thing that is being rolled out very slowly, before next september, to provide a pin that is sent to their mobile phone as an extra layer of security. before you ask, even though this is an eu directive, the uk has decided to adopt this. even after brexit, this will be something that uk banks implement. there are concerns that not everyone has access to a mobile phone so readily and so easily. i live in a black spot, that is not going to work for me,
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and for many other people. you're not alone. around 30% of people in the uk either live in a place with a very poor signal or no signal at all. the campaign group fairer finance has pointed out it is notjust people who are in black spots, it is also people who are disabled, who perhaps cannot operate a mobile phone, the elderly, there are quite a few people who might not be able to make online payments if this goes through. it comes in at quite a low amount. any payment over £27, this new security system will kick in, and especially payments much larger than that, maybe your average christmas shop could be substantially larger, so banks are starting to roll this out with no real plan for people who cannot access mobile phones. if you have a bad signal and you're left hanging on this online transaction, how do you get clearance from your bank? have they explained how they expect to put that through?
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if you do not have a signal, what happens? at the moment there isn't a comprehensive explanation of what you're supposed to do. you can call your bank and ask them for a code but that is cumbersome. you have got the queues. no—one wants to do that but uk finance, the corporate body which represents uk banks, it is urging banks to provide other forms of verification, so perhaps a fingerprint on a mobile app, perhaps a numbersent to your landline, it is urging banks to come up with these ideas so perhaps as this gets rolled out across the country over the next few months, we will be hearing about alternative ways for those people in blackspots. this really does ruin the shopping experience. when online shopping first started it was all about the speed of your data being sent down the line. are there any exemptions in place? there can be some.
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the law allows banks with a good track record of stopping fraud to allow people to make transactions without the need for this pin, and there are also certain transactions, certain very trusted websites, that perhaps will not require this. these are early days and we will see how many exemptions there are and it could be that those exemptions do not apply to people without mobile phones, because they are making more complex transactions or perhaps they are making one off transactions that their bank thinks is dodgy. uk finance is saying there has to be a plan to help these people. labour's kate 0samor, the shadow international development secretary, has resigned from her front bench role. it comes after a report that she verbally abused a journalist from the times who was looking into controversy surrounding her son's conviction for drug possession. in a statement, she said she will now ‘concentrate on supporting my family
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through the difficult time we have been experiencing'. now it's time for a look at the weather with alina. hello, it is a dry and to the day for many. the rain is clearing for england. more rain will arrive to southwest england and work its way towards the north. clearer skies for the north ends south of england. temperatures only just above freezing. in england and wales, the temperature is very mild, around eight or nine. the rain will work its way towards the ease. as it hits the cold air in the highlands of scotland, we could see some snow. more showers will come in in the west during the afternoon. very strong winds across wales in southern england. the gus could touch 40 mph. it is another mild
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afternoon for much of england and wales cricket board teen or 15 celsius. monday, sunshine for many, but rain for southern parts and more snow for that northern parts of scotland. goodbye. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the former us president, george bush senior, has died aged 94. his son george w bush, described him as "a man of the highest character". a 98—year—old man critically injured following a violent robbery at his north london homehas died. detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the robbery. a tenth member of the government resigns over brexit. the former science minister, sam gyimah, says the prime minister's plan is naive and calls for a second referendum. police say 65 people have been injured and more than 120 people arrested in paris during violent protests over rising fuel prices. it's the third weekend
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of demonstrations — in which thousands of people have taken to the streets. now it's time for dateline london. hello and welcome to dateline london, the programme that puts some of the uk's leading commentators up against the foreign correspondents who file their stories for the folk back home
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