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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 9: more pressure on theresa may's brexit deal, as labourjoins forces with other parties to try to force the government to publish its legal advice. at the 620 summit, the united states and china agree to stop additional tariffs and prevent a further escalation of their trade war. teachers must not be expected to act as substitute parents, according to the chief inspector of schools. also this hour, representatives from almost 200 countries gather in poland for crucial talks on climate change. the talks will focus on how to limit global temperature rises and try to breath new life into the paris agreement. the big fight ends in a draw. british boxer tyson fury narrowly fails to take the wbc world heavyweight title from the us champion, deontay wilder. and our sunday morning
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edition of the papers is at 9:35. this morning's reviewers are rosamund irwin from the sunday times, and journalist and authorjames millar. good morning. theresa may is under new pressure on brexit this morning, with demands that she publishes in full the legal guidance she's been given on her withdrawl agreement with the eu. labour is warning it willjoin other parties in bringing contempt of parliament proceedings against the government unless the advice is released ahead of the crucial vote on theresa may's deal in nine days‘ time. the prime minister's opponents suspect the legal advice warns that britain would be trapped indefinitely in a customs union with brussels because of the backstop arrangement on the irish border. with me is our political
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correspondent, jonathan blake. tell us more about the pressure that labour and other opposition parties are putting on the government on —— over this legal advice? this is an attempt to make what would be a difficult week for theresa may perhaps even more so. theresa may perhaps even more so. the shadow labour brexit secretary, sir keir starmer, is leading an effort to get the government to publish in full the legal advice it has received from the attorney general, geoffrey cox, and others about its brexit deal, specifically there are concerns among some mps, brexiteers mostly, that the backstop arrangement, part of the withdrawal agreement which is there to ensure that if a trade deal camanachd be donein that if a trade deal camanachd be done in time, temporary customs union will come in force between britain and the eu to avoid a hard border in northern ireland. they worry that under the terms of the agreement, the uk would not be able to re m ove agreement, the uk would not be able
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to remove itself from that unilaterally, it could only do so is the eu said so and that arrangement could continue indefinitely. the problem the government has is that last month the house of commons passed a motion which demanded that the government publishes legal advice on brexit infill. since then the government has said it will provide a statement and summary of that advice to parliament, which the attorney general is dated —— which the attorney general is due to do tomorrow. that will be a summary, mps, sir keir starmer, and the labour side is saying these are exceptional circumstances so parliament should be able to see the advice infill. how big worry would contempt of parliament proceedings before the prime minister? at this stage it will be up to the speaking of those proceedings are initiated. he can arrange for a debate to happen and a vote in parliament to find individual mps or the member of the government, in co nte m pt of the member of the government, in contempt of parliament. if that happens, it is referred to a
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parliamentary committee, which can decide the punishment, which can in rare circumstances include expelling people from parliament. that has not happened for nearly a decade. it is more about the perception for the government, and some mps say it is not publishing the legal advice because it is too sensitive and explosive. some words of support today for the prime minister and her deal from within government. the international trade secretary, liam fox, a big campaignfor the international trade secretary, liam fox, a big campaign for brexit, one of the leading voices in the league campaign, writing in the mail on sunday with a piece which has become a familiar refrain from brexit cabinet ministers. this deal is not perfect, it does not give us everything we want but it is the only one we have and mps have to back it to get this out of the european union. if we do not, he warns that brexit may not happen at all. this television debate, jeremy corbyn and theresa may, is it going
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to happen, which channel will it be on? it is not settled at this stage. next week we could be preparing for a debate hosted by the bbc and jeremy corbyn said yesterday that theresa may has already agreed to that and what he wants to do is to have a straight head—to—head debate. the bbc has proposed a format which includes other voices and other figures, as part of the debate programme, butjeremy corbyn wants it to be a head—to—head between him and theresa may, and he has indicated that if that was the format he would come on board. everything is far from settled at the moment and the whole thing may not happen and it is an alternative proposition from itv. thank you very much, our political correspondentjonathan thank you very much, our political correspondent jonathan blake. the united states has announced that it's reached an agreement on trade with china after talks at the g20 summit in argentina. president trump met with chinese leader xi jinping and confirmed he will not carry out threats to raise tariffs on chinese goods from 10 to 25%.
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caroline rigby‘s report does contain some flash photography. the us president and his chinese counterpart, meeting for the first time since a trade war erupted between their two countries. many might assume their relationship had soured in recent months but donald trump was more upbeat. the relationship is very special, the relationship that i have with president xi, and i think that is going to be a very primary reason why we will probably end up getting something that will be good for china and good for the united states. both countries have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods but following their meeting at the end of the g20, the united states announced that, for now at least, it would not go ahead with its threat to raise tariffs against china to a rate of 25% in january. the white house said that, in return: the two sides will now engage
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in trade talks with the goal of reaching an agreement within 90 days, but from technology to tariff barriers, america has many more demands on china which it says that must be met. so this may very well only be a temporary truce between the two powers. earlier, the french president emmanuel macron, told reporters the world trade organization which regulates trade disputes, should be modernised. translation: we believe deeply that the modernisation of the world trade organization is absolutely indispensable and that the work that the oecd is doing in order modernise the wto is a necessary step to enhance our multilateralism in the matter of trade. then in their final communique,
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the leaders of the world's largest economies, together, called for the body's reform. the g20 summit also saw other conflicts and disagreements raised. most notably, russia's seizure of ukrainian navy personnel and the question of whether saudi arabia's crown prince was behind the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi, an accusation he strongly rejects. caroline rigby, bbc news. parents should not expect schools to police children's eating and exercise, or toilet train pupils, according to england's chief inspector of education. amanda spielman will argue that the answer to the obesity crisis lies in the home, and that parents should not "abdicate responsibility". neither can schools be a " pa nacea" for knife crime or child neglect, she will say in her second annual report. our correspondent jenny kumah is here now. quite a tough message form parents?
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yes, amanda spielman has been two yea rs yes, amanda spielman has been two years in thejob yes, amanda spielman has been two years in the job and she yes, amanda spielman has been two years in thejob and she is prepared to speak up on issues she feels an important. this is about who has responsibility for what you learn and when, on issues such as toilet training. you may think that is obvious but there can be lots of people involved in a child's life, pa rents, people involved in a child's life, parents, teachers, after—school clu bs, parents, teachers, after—school clubs, the nhs, but the chief inspector will make clear in a speech today to teachers and social ca re speech today to teachers and social care professionals is what the school is not responsible for. on theissue school is not responsible for. on the issue of knife crying, she believes that the lines of responsibility are getting blurred. schools can play a role in educating young people about the danger of knives, they cannot be a panacea for this particular societal level. she has covered a broad range of issues about child education. what else has she been saying?
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another issue is obesity. on youngsters being overweight, well schools can teach children about the importance of healthy eating and exercise, they cannot take over the role of health professionals, and the answer lies in the home and pa rents the answer lies in the home and parents should not abdicate their responsibility. she has particular criticism for parents who send their children to start schools who cannot use the toilet. she will say it is the role of parents and carers and should not be left to schools. only in the most extreme cases should pa rents in the most extreme cases should parents be excused from this most basic of patenting tasks. she gets the sense that at the moment schools are having to take too much of the burden of responsibility on a whole range of issues. the department for education says they have given schools more power and investments so that schools can keep pupils healthy and safe. thank you very much indeed. that is the latest on what the chief
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inspector of education for england has been saying. we will get more on that later on. a major climate change summit gets under way in poland this morning with representatives from nearly 200 countries attending. although talks officially open on monday, such is the sense of urgency in tackling the problem that negotiators have started work a day early. our environment correspondent matt mcgrath has more. scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is increasing the likelihood and severity of events like these, the deadliest wildfires in the us in a century. the urgency of tackling rising temperatures has been highlighted in a series of uncompromising reports this year. they all underline the fact that actions taken over the next 12 years will make or break the chances of keeping temperatures within safe limits this century. the social, economic and environmental costs of climate change dwarf the costs of acting now. failure to act means more disasters and emergencies and air pollution
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that could cost the global economy as much as 21 trillion us dollars by 2050. at climate demonstrations in many parts of the world, there's a growing sense of frustration at the slow pace of progress. the message seems to have gotten through to katowice, with global negotiators starting work a day early. they're trying to agree on the technical rules that will apply to all countries when the paris agreement comes into force in 2020. however, major parts of this rule book are still in dispute. campaigners are also suspicious that the polish government wants to use the conference to cement the place of coal well into the future. but despite these significant challenges, negotiators here believe a successful outcome is possible. matt mcgrath, bbc news, katowice. the french president, emmanuel macron, will meet his
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prime minister and other senior officials today to discuss the violent protests that took place in paris. at least 110 people were injured, and more than 270 were arrested when anti—government protestors burned cars, vandalised buildings and clashed with riot police. bill hayton reports. parisiens are used to demonstrations, but this violence was of an intensity rarely seen in the french capital. smoke from torched cars mixed with water cannon and tear gas deployed by riot police. one protester was left in a critical condition as these metal gates were ripped down. demonstrators also scrawled anti—macron graffiti on structures, including the arc de triomphe. at the g20 in argentina, the french president condemned the violence, much of which, the authorities believe, was caused by extremists from both the left and right.
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translation: what happened today in paris has nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger. no cause justifies that authorities attacked, authorities are attacked, that businesses are plundered, that passers—by orjournalists are threatened or that the arc de triomphe is defiled. what began two weeks ago was a peaceful protest by the so—called yellow vest movement against rising fuel taxes but has now evolved into a far broader show of anti—government anger. later on his return to france, emmanuel macron will convene an urgent meeting with his prime minister and other senior officials to address the situation. but on the ground in paris, the clean—up has already begun. time for many to survey the damage and try to understand how a peaceful march could turn into such a dark day of destruction for the city of light.
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bill hayton, bbc news. the russian president, vladimir putin, has said that there will be no discussions with kiev about freeing the ukrainian sailors captured by moscow. ukraine says they were captured in international waters, while moscow alleges it took place in waters it controls. mr putin alleged the ukraine was " not interested" in a peaceful resolution. the headlines on bbc news: more pressure on theresa may's brexit deal as labourjoins forces with other parties to try to force the government to publish its legal advice. at the g20 summit, the united states and china agree to stop additional tariffs and prevent a further escalation of their trade war. schools should not be expected to act as substitute parents and tackle obesity and toilet training, says the head of ofsted. the defence secretary, gavin williamson, has called
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on the public to report suspicious activity near military sites after a russian tv crew prompted an alert at an army base. the mail on sunday reported that mr williamson issued the warning after a reporter from channel one was seen outside the berkshire base of 77 brigade. the unit works in social media and psychological operations. theresa may has backed the metropolitan police over their controversial new tactics for stopping moped—riding criminals. scotland yard released dramatic footage last week showing police vehicles knocking suspects off their scooters. the prime minister said that a "robust" response was needed to what she described as a growing problem of people using the vehicles to commit crimes such as bag and phone—snatching. three astronauts will blast off to the international space station
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on monday, two months after the dramatic failure of a soyuz spacecraft sent the previous crew hurtling back to earth in an emergency capsule. russia suspended all manned flights after the accident, the first of its kind in over 30 years and a blow to moscow's pride in its space programme. but the soyuz is still the only way for astronauts to reach the space station, which makes space an increasingly rare example of us—russian co—operation. our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford reports. and there is liftoff of the soyuz... this was as routine as it gets in space travel. launch number 137 of the soyuz spacecraft, carrying a russian and an american to the international space station. but moments after blastoff, things went badly wrong. these pictures were released after an investigation by russia's space agency found a problem with the rocket booster system. but it's been hailing
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the soyuz emergency systems, which catapulted the crew back to earth. now a new team are running through their preparations for the launch. this was their final exam, proving they can handle all procedures and any emergency. despite the drama last time, nasa's astronaut says she's ready for her maiden flight. it makes us very focused on what we need to do. i think it's made the whole team refocus on the importance of every detail. we're very confident in this vehicle after the incident. russia's space agency boss was confident, too, at this event marking 20 years of the iss. dmitry rogozin outlined bold ambitions in space as he and nasa stressed warm relations despite the cool political climate. i don't see any problem, mr rogozin told me. there is trust. i spoke to president putin about this, and he's glad it's working. the soyuz is currently the only way up to the
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international space station. a rare example, then, of collaboration between russia and america. both sides say that cosmic collaboration will continue even as relations here on earth become increasingly hostile. russia's proud of its record in space that stems back to the days of cold war competition. the iss united old rivals, but has that project reaches an end and nasa plans a new station to orbit the moon, russia's role remains unclear. the space programme makes russia as a great power, and sends a political challenge to the russian federation. because how will we cooperate in post—iss era? but this soyuz will head for the iss, its crew reassured that the aborted launch was the first in 35 years. this was their chance to try their own soyuz ahead of the countdown to blastoff.
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sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. as we've been hearing, parents should not expect schools alone to provide solutions to problems like knife crime and obesity, the ofsted chief inspector will argue this week. but where does that responsibility lie, and when should parents accept responsibility for their own children? with us now is head teacher south hasmpstead high school vicky bingham. is your school is independent and not governed by ofsted particularly, but you have setup a policy that your school about mobile phone usage in particular, tell us about that. some of our sixth form students as pa rt some of our sixth form students as part of their psychology a—level we re part of their psychology a—level were quite worried about their use of instagram. one of them reported that she had been spending up to six hours a day on social media. and
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during this research project, she discovered that there was a clear link between social media use and self esteem. this inspired her to draw up in consultation with lots of other students at the school a family phone pledge. because we do a lot of work at school about educating our students and also theirfamilies educating our students and also their families about healthy screen habits, and what we wanted to ensure was that families have the right guidance and that they were taking this just as seriously at home, so this just as seriously at home, so this very much came from them. but i suppose it is an interesting question, to what extent is it our responsibility as a school to inculcate healthy phone habits, to what extent is it the parents'? it isa what extent is it the parents'? it is a joint operation, we can't be held accountable for the use of it, but it is normal for us to take an interest. but this warning today sounds like it is saying that really it is parents who need to be taking a little bit more responsibility
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generally, notjust on their kids using phones too much, but obesity, knife crime, a whole range of issues, and a feeling perhaps that pa rents issues, and a feeling perhaps that parents may be abdicating a little better responsibility sometimes? i'm lucky. we've got supportive, engaged pa rents lucky. we've got supportive, engaged parents in our school. they are also really busy. and i know that they have welcomed the guidance that we've given them. i don't think it's a binary thing. i don't think you can say that it is absolutely the responsibility of the schools all pa rents. responsibility of the schools all parents. i agree with amanda spielman that children should come to school potty trained, that is a basic, you would expect that. and i would expect for example that pa rents would would expect for example that parents would be taking their phones off their daughters at night so that when they come into school the next day, they are not tired. i have heard of some students who have been coming into school a little bit tired because they've kept whatsapp notifications on, and they have been woken up in the middle of the night.
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now, that is something we need pa rents to step now, that is something we need parents to step up on, because it affects their learning in school. but i don't think it is a binary thing. are there are some areas where teachers are sometimes better placed to see where a child is going wrong? i think teachers are with the children for a good part of the day. they do spend more time at home. but i suppose on something like screen time, ina i suppose on something like screen time, in a way we are in a privileged position, because at our school we have 930 students, so we can see trends emerging, and then advise parents. but what we want to be happening at home is for what we are saying at school to be supported. and i know that our pa rents were supported. and i know that our parents were really grateful for the guidance that we issued them. vicky bingham, thank you very much indeed, headteacher vicky bingham talking to us headteacher vicky bingham talking to us there, thank you for your time. workers at a building site in bristol have become the first in the uk to use futuristic exoskeletons. developed in california, the robotic vests were first built
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to rehabilitate stroke victims. it's now hoped they can help people lift heavier weights with less strain. our correspondentjoe miller went to see them. a simple screw driven by a mixture of man and machine. this isn't the set of a superhero film, it'sjust a construction site in bristol, staffed by bionic builders. repetitive movement on anyjoints, eventually you feel something. i have tennis elbow at the minute and to be honest, lifting it today, it hasn't been too bad at all. this cyborg—like vest was originally built to rehabilitate stroke victims. for the first time in the uk it is being used to reduce the strain of routine overhead work. under my own steam, this can get tiring quite quickly. but transformed into iron man,
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i can keep doing this all day long with the help of my second skeleton which is able to support the weight of up to two large bowling balls. they may look like elaborate toys, but exos keleto ns are notjust a gimmick. there's something like 125,000 work—related injuries in construction which is a staggering figure. if the vest can take it away, the vest can do some of the work for them, that's the positive. is this a step towards the robots taking over? i think we are a bit away off that yet. there are new technologies and we know the construction industry needs to modernise. exoskeletons are already hard at work in america, reducing fatigue on ford's busy production lines. not everyone is a fan. some are worried this tech will give bosses an excuse to demand longer hours and push for a later retirement age. and when tested in a battlefield
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simulation, researchers found exoskeleton wearers were slower to react. there is no lack of focus back in the westcountry, where even young workers are keen to embrace their robotic assistants. but exoskeleton tech is still in its infancy, and the next generation of mechanised sidekicks mightjust decide to do away with their masters. joe miller, bbc news, bristol. the doctor who starjodie whittaker is to be the latest celebrity to read a cbeebies bedtime story. the actor follows in the footsteps of the likes of sir eltonjohn, dolly parton, david hasselhoff and tom hardy. she'll read the tale of ada twist, a girl on a mission to use science to better understand her world. the story will be shown on the 7th of december, and jodie whittaker has described the experience as an honour. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise.
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hello there. much of the country started sunday on a cloudy but rather mild note, and this weather watcher picture sent in from cheshire illustrates the point quite clearly. we did have a chilly start in the far north of scotland, and thatis in the far north of scotland, and that is where the driest weather will be, but we are surrounded by weather fronts pushing will be, but we are surrounded by weatherfronts pushing in from will be, but we are surrounded by weather fronts pushing in from the atlantic. a milder westerly wind goes with it across the south of the country and that will continue to drive in plenty of showers along the west facing coast, and with it, gusts of wind in excess of 35 or a0 mph. further north we keep the clear skies, but feeling cooler, the temperatures are going to struggle evenin temperatures are going to struggle even in lighter winds. one or two showers across northern and western isles, a maximum temperature of 7 degrees, and further south we can see highest values of ia—i6, way above where we should believe this time of year. through the night,
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more organised showery rain will move out of northern ireland on the north of england, elsewhere we keep that mild theme going throughout the night, overnight lows staying into double figures through the south, whereas we still have the influence of cold air in scotland, solo single figure is not out of the question again. but still under the influence of this atlantic flow from most of us, still mild and at times wet. that is going to be the theme as we go into the week. we will see a band of rain moving through the south—west, northern england, during the day on monday, a little bit raggl the day on monday, a little bit raggi. further north, again that northerly flow cubic conditions drier, but not particularly warm, 607 degrees, highest values on monday of ii—iadc. but that northerly flow influence of the story in scotland digs its way a little further south for the start of tuesday morning, and so tuesday morning could be the coldest start throughout the week as we start to see that cooler air pushing its way further south. not for long, milder
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airwaiting in the further south. not for long, milder air waiting in the wings, set to return, but it is worth bearing in mind if we are up and off tuesday morning, we could see a widespread frost with the exception down into the south. but it will be a dry, bright start with the best of the sunshine, and it won't be long before wet weather pushes gradually into the south—west and began it drags in milderair into the south—west and began it drags in milder air with it. so, cooler into the north, staying well down to the south. take care. hello this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines: more pressure on theresa may's brexit deal as labourjoins forces with other parties to try to force the government to publish its legal advice. at the g20 summit, the united states and china agree to stop additional tariffs and prevent a further escalation of their trade war. teachers must not be expected to act as substitute parents, according to the chief inspector of schools. representatives from almost 200 countries gather in poland for crucial talks on climate change.
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they will focus on how to limit global temperature rises, and try to breath new life into the paris agreement. before the papers, sport and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's olly foster.


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