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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at four o'clock. no delay to the vote — downing street insists tuesday's crucial commons vote will go ahead and the prime minster warns of ‘uncharted waters' if her deal is rejected. the brexit secretary urges mps to back the plan. the vote is going ahead and that's because it is a good deal, it's the only deal — and it's important we don't let the perfect become the enemy of the good. but leading brexiteer boris johnson insists the uk can negotiate a better settlement with the eu. we have to change it. it's a relatively simple job to do, we can have a withdrawal agreement that does not contain the backstop. we can do much, much better than this. police in new zealand investigating the murder of british backpacker grace millane say they have found a body. more than 1,700 arrests in france after another weekend of violent protests — police use tear gas and rubber bullets on the streets of paris — and the french prime minister
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calls for unity. also in the next hour — there's discord at the united nations climate change conference as scientists and delegates express concern over a key report. the us, russia, and others criticise an ipcc study into the impact of a 1.5—degree rise in global temperatures. raheem sterling hits back at the media forfuelling racism — as chelsea and the police investigate alleged racist abuse towards the manchester city striker at stamford bridge yesterday. and just days after her party selected a new leader, mark urban reports on the rise and fall of germany's most dominant politician of the 21st century, of the 21st century, angela merkel. that's in half an hour here on bbc news. good afternoon.
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the government has dismissed speculation that it might delay the vote on theresa may's brexit deal in the commons just days before it is supposed to be put to mps. the brexit secretary stephen barclay has insisted the government will push ahead with the vote on tuesday despite the possibility of the prime minister's plan being rejected. the former foreign secretary borisjohnson said a defeat in parliament could strengthen the prime minister's hand if she had to go back to brussels in search of a better deal. however, earlier the prime minister warned of the uk entering ‘uncharted waters' if the deal is rejected. here's our political correspondent nick eardley. after more than two years
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of arguments and negotiations, this week parliament will pass itsjudgment — whether to accept theresa may's brexit deal or to try for something else. with most in westminster predicting defeat for the pm, some want the vote postponed. this morning, the brexit secretary said that wouldn't happen. the vote is going ahead and that's because it is a good deal. it's the only deal. and it's important that we don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. we're moving to uncharted waters, yes. the prime minister is fighting for us and will continue in post. sorry, can she stay on as prime minister? yes, absolutely. she can stay on as prime minister if she loses the vote? yes. since the uk voted to leave, taking back control has meant different things to different people. delivering brexit has been far from simple. do not underestimate the deep sense of personal responsibility i feel for brexit and for everything that has happened. do not underestimate how much i care about this. this is fundamental to our country and it absolutely breaks my heart to think that after all that we fought for, all that we campaigned for, all that steve barclay campaigned
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for, everybody campaigned for, everybody believes in, that we should consign ourselves to a future in which the eu effectively rules us in many, many respects and yet we have no say round the table in brussels. that is an absurdity. the pm says without a backstop to prevent a hard border in ireland, there will be no deal. but mrjohnson disagrees and argues brussels might rethink. look at what romano prodi, the former eu commission president had to say yesterday. he said that if the house of commons votes down this deal — which i earnestly hope that we do — then the eu will of course negotiate. so far, the eu has shown no willingness to do so. mrjohnson was one of three senior brexiteers who refused to rule out leadership bids this morning — a sign of how uncertain the next few weeks in politics will be. but labour is planning its own takeover, too. when a government can't pass a key
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policy proposal, such as this, i'd question their legitimacy to carry on. but alternatively, she could offer to renegotiate around a deal that would provide concensus within parliament. whatever happens in the coming days, it's a crucial week in the brexit process and possibly for the future of british politics. nick eardley, bbc news. our political correspondent jess parkerjoins me now. any sign at all that the numbers are shifting, there is any softening of opposition to theresa may fozz deal? not in any significant way at the moment. i think some people were theorising as we headed into the weekend that mps would head back to the constituencies and wrestling with the contest. there are a number who haven't cleared what they're going to do yet. it was interesting listing to rory stewart earlier saying he had personally managed to persuade one person to change their
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mind. if all ministers and people on the payroll could do that then maybe the payroll could do that then maybe the government would be heading somewhere. no sign of thatjust yet. i think the important fundamental is that not much has changed in terms of what people have a problem with which is this issue of the irish backstop, this insurance policy should we not reached some sort of free trade agreement that would keep the border open and people are fair that a backstop will leave us time to eu rules and create different rules for northern ireland which is unacceptable for parties such as the dup. we are very much still in this position where it looks incredibly difficult to reason me to win this vote. what about the role of brussels. there is a european summit of the end of the week and some have speculated that if to may loses the vote on tuesday she could be back on the blame on thursday for dinner, she could spend time persuading her collea g u es she could spend time persuading her colleagues there has to be a bit more wiggle room so she can come
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back again and present unamended deal and hopefully that would get through. any sense she is talking to brussels or that might be an option? romano prodi said when you have a problem like this sometimes you have to be flexible. the eu is famed for making these last—minute deals. the official line of brussels has been that this is the deal on offer and that's what number ten has been saying as well. but they would say that, wouldn't they? we know to reason me and donald tusk has been talking today on the phone. that's not unusual ahead of some sort of european summit. we can't read too much into that but the lines of communication are very much open. one imagines brussels are going to be well aware of the prime minister is in, well aware of the fact that it may be, come late tuesday night early wednesday morning, that the prime minister and downing street at having to think again. what brand
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they come up with, they've been reticent to talk about plan b although everyone else is very keen to come up with it, including amber rudd, she was seen you have to start thinking about various possibilities, and rory stewart saying the government could come back to parliament with a slightly adjusted deal. the idea of seriously changing the steel which is well over 500 pages long, it's taken a long time, a lot of people are saying that's not possible and rory stewart says any adjustments would be pretty small and mps need to be really clear about what the red lines are because there's no point going back to brussels and renegotiating something and having it rejected again. it's going to be a fascinating night on tuesday evening fun we get the vote. thank you very much. and of course we'll be keeping you up to date every step of the way. here on the bbc news channel, we'll be bringing you full coverage of every development as mps head in to the final days of debate before that all important vote on the prime minister's brexit deal on tuesday evening. we'll be live in westminster from 11 o'clock tomorrow morning,
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here on the bbc news channel and bbc two. police in new zealand — investigating the murder of british backpacker grace millane — says they've found a body on the outskirts of auckland. they believe it is that of the 22—year—old from essex but so far there's been no formal identification. a 26—year—old man has been charged with her murder. phil mercer has the details. how and why grace millane died will be the focus of an intense investigation that new zealand police say is far from over. a body found in a forest in the waitakere ranges, a beauty spot with hiking trails a short drive from auckland, is thought to be that of the university graduate from essex. police say the remains were discovered close to a main road. we located a body which we believe to be grace. the formal identification process will now take place. however, based on the evidence
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we have gathered over the past few days, we expect that this is grace. obviously, this brings the search for grace to an end. this is an unbearable time for the millane family and our hearts go out to them. grace millane was last seen on security video at a hotel in auckland more than a week ago. the 26—year—old man she was with has been charged with her murder and is due in court tomorrow. the backpacker‘s father, david, arrived in new zealand on friday to make a public appeal for help in finding his daughter. he said she was fun loving and outgoing. 11,000 miles away in england, there have been prayers for the family at their local church in essex. miss millane graduated from lincoln university in september. she'd been travelling alone in new zealand for a fortnight, following a trip through south america. it was supposed to have been the adventure of a lifetime. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney.
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earlier i spoke to the independent‘s travel editor, simon calder, and asked him if people should reconsider their travel plans. if you look at the statistics, though, being a traveller from britain abroad has never actually been safer. there are, very sadly, about 600 fatalities involving british holiday—makers, british travellers every year, but the vast majority are from road accidents, by far the leading cause, and also accidents in water. and older people as well, presumably. whereas in the case of grace, we're talking about youngsters. yes. so the range of situations can be quite wide? quite. particularly in somewhere like new zealand, which has a great deal to offer anybody who's on a gap year, has very, very low crime rates. the road accident rate is more than twice as bad as it is in britain, but that's the kind of biggest threat. you need to take care in water, of course. but for something like this to happen in a place
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like that is extremely rare and, therefore, i would urge people who have got young people travelling around the world, the overwhelming odds are that they're going to have a fantastic time and come back with nothing but great stories to tell. and what's striking about grace's story as well, it kind of adds to the poignancy of her life ending in such a terrible way, is that she had spent time travelling around a much more dangerous part of the world in a small group of friends without any incident. yes. it's a reminder that if you take sensible precautions, most of the time you are going to be fine. yes, there is this notion, understandably, that there's safety in numbers and certainly being a female alone, you are more vulnerable. again, it doesn't necessarily mean that travelling solo is a bad idea because if you're staying at a hostel, as grace was in auckland, then you automatically get to meet other travellers, you can team up with them and travel with them. that works out really well for a lot of people. there are a lot of
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technological solutions. for example, the lucy blackman trust, which was set up after the terrible death of a young british woman in 2000 injapan, says what you need to do is keep a log of all the people you meet, their contact details and every week email that to your folks and your friends, together with your plans for the following week, and in new zealand specifically all the telecom companies have a system where you can just text your details, where you're going, what your plans are to a central database. then if necessary that can be investigated. in paris, the clean up has begun after a day and night of more protests and violence by the so—called ‘yellow vest‘ movement. the french finance minister has said the violence is a catastrophe for the nation‘s commerce and economy. he warned it would hit the growth rate.
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amid the unrest, looting broke out and shops and storefronts were hit. the demonstrations are over rising living costs and dissatisfaction with president macron. police arrested nearly 1,700 people, while more than 100 were injured needing hospital treatment. it‘s being reported in the french media that president macron will make a major announcement next week in a televised address. lucy williamson reports from paris on a night of trouble. they called it a protest. at times, it looked more like a game of urban war. groups of protestors fanned through the capital‘s streets. from the arc de triomphe to republique, boulevards once built to open the veins of the city filled with tear gas, burning vehicles and riot police. the police were well prepared for this confrontation, with armed vehicles, new tactics and bag searches, seizing gas masks and helmets and anything that could be used against police. the tear gas, far stronger than usual, took many
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protestors by surprise. and rapid reaction squads, marked out by orange armbands, were stationed among the protestors to spot trouble and make early arrests. despite the violence of previous protests, this movement still has the backing of many voters in france. its members proud of their lack of leadership and the diversity of their support. but this movement is already splintering into two kinds of protest — one that looks towards a new political programme and a violent wing, opposed to any negotiation that‘s hard to exclude, even harder to control. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. france‘s foreign minister has told us president donald trump not to interfere in french politics. the president took to social media to comment on what‘s been happening in paris, pointing out that the city at the heart of the demonstrations against a rise in fuel taxes was the same one where, three years ago, countries had pledged to cut climate changing emissions.
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president trump tweeted. .. in response, the french foreign ministerjean—yves le drian said, "we do not take domestic american politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated. leave our nation be." the headlines on bbc news... downing street says mps will vote on theresa may‘s brexit agreement on tuesday — as borisjohnson insists the uk can negotiate a better deal. a body is found by police investigating the murder of british backpacker grace millane in new zealand. france‘s prime minister calls for unity as 1,700 people are arrested in a fourth weekend of violent protests. sport now and for a full
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round up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘s katherine. good afternoon. anti—discrimination organisation kick it out says "yet another great day of football has been damaged by prejudice". manchester city‘s raheem sterling was the target of alleged racist abuse at stamford bridge. the metropolitan police and chelsea are investigating an incident in the first half. a group of men in the home end hurled abuse at sterling as he went to collect the ball for a corner. no arrests have been made. chelsea say they will take the strongest possible action where necessary. sterling has responded via his instagram account. he says... "you can see from my reaction that ijust had to laugh because i didn‘t expect any better." but he then accused some media coverage of "fuelling racism and aggressive behaviour". he gave two examples of similar stories in the last year about two of his teamates, tosin adara—biyo and phil foden, who have both bought
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houses for their mothers. sterling wrote — "look at how the newspapers get their message across, one for a young black player then for a young white player. this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, for all the newspapers that don‘t understand why people are racist in this day and age, have a second thought about fair publicity". rangers missed the chance to go level on points with celtic at the top of the scottish premiership after they were held to a 1—1 draw by dundee. former rangers striker kenny miller gave the home side a surprise lead in just the ninth minute. the match turned in rangers favour soon after when nathan ralph was sent off for this. and andy halliday equalised from the resulting freekick. but dundee‘s ten men held on for more than an hour to earn a point that moves them off the bottom of the table. newcastle are hosting wolves in the premier league. and it‘s wolves who‘ve just taken the lead at st james‘ park. diogojota after 16 minutes with the goal. in the women‘s super league, manchester city beat birmingam city
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1—0 to move level on points with arsenal at the top of the table the only goal of the game came in unfortunate circumstances for the birmingham goalkeeper hannah hampton. she missed her kick allowing georgia stanway to finish from a tight angle. manchester city are still unbeaten in the league. four other games today — bristol city beat everton 2—0, reading and liverpool shared the points. while chelsea are beating brighton 3—0 and west ham have a 4—0 lead over yeovil town early in the second half. saracens made it three wins from three in europe‘s champions cup. they came back from 13—18 down at half time to beat cardiff blues 51—25 — earning themselves a bonus point. and that was with three tries disallowed too. sarries are top of their group, the blues third. munster are top of their champions cup group — a comfortable 30 points to five win for them over castres. their three tries came in the second half — jj hanrahan with the pick of them.
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leicetser tigers are at racing 92 in france. they are losing going into the second half. ronnie o‘sullivan looks on course to win a record seventh uk championship title at the barbican in york. he‘s up against mark allen in the final and leads 6—2 after winning five frames in a row in the afternoon session. o‘sullivan only needs to win another four frames and the title will be his. coverage of the evening session is on bbc two from 7 o‘clock. the european cross country championships are underweay in tilburg in the netherlands, there are various age groups, we hadn‘t planned on showing you the men‘s under 23‘s, but this is the frenchman, jimmy gressier, he already had the flags, he knew he was going to defend his title, the first man to do that, so how to cross the line to mark such an achievement? steve cram takes up the commentary. infine
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in fine style coming away to win the gold medal. isaid in fine in fine style coming away to win the gold medal. i said in fine style! jimmy,jimmy,jimmy! gold medal. i said in fine style! jimmy, jimmy, jimmy! whatare gold medal. i said in fine style! jimmy, jimmy, jimmy! what are you doing? his big moment and he‘s loved it. he ran brilliantly well.|j doing? his big moment and he‘s loved it. he ran brilliantly well. i think he was going for a triumphant knee slide but it didn‘t quite work out. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more for you in the next hour. thanks very much, we will hear more from you later. there have been two large rallies taking place today in central london, both for and against brexit. a so—called brexit betrayal march led by activist tommy robinson and organised by ukip made it‘s way through central london from the dorchester hotel to the houses of parliament. at the same time, a counter—protest against the ukip march also took place in central london. anti—fascist groups and labour—backed campaigners were among the marchers. police imposed restrictions on both marches. elsewhere our political
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correspondent nick eardley was at a rally being held by the the people‘s vote campaign at the excel centre in london. one of the main messages here is the rejection of two reads a‘s brexit deal but also a call to give the decision over what brexit looks like or otherwise back to the public. this is a campaign that argues there is no majority for any sort of brexit deal in parliament, we‘ve had a number of speakers saying that. they say they have what they call a people‘s vote. this is supposed to bea people‘s vote. this is supposed to be a cross—party effort. we‘ve heard from the former conservative minister, a current leaders shadow spokesman start, the lib dem leader vince cable is here as well, arguing in his opinion it is now notjust possible but probable there will be
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another referendum. the government has consistently said it would hold another referendum, to reason me says as long as she‘s prime minister it isn‘t going to happen. but the whole of this campaign is that if the deal is rejected in that a vote on tuesday, they can force the government‘s hand, table motions in parliament that will then tell the government to go back to the people and ask the question again. it‘s not com pletely and ask the question again. it‘s not completely clear whether they have the support in parliament for that yet, but there are certainly several hundred people here who think it should happen. scientists and delegates at a un climate conference in poland have expressed alarm, after it failed to incorporate a key scientific text, which outlines how to limit the effects of climate change. the ipcc report — on the impact of a 1.5—degree celsius temperature rise — was released in october. but now the us, russia, saudi arabia and kuwait have all objected to the conference welcoming it.
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our environment correspondent, matt mcgrath reports. wake up! taking to the streets of katowice, thousands of protesters from around the world have descended on this city to make their voices heard, saying more needs to be done to protect the world from the devastating impacts of climate change. we need to do something now, action right now, not tomorrow, not in 11 years but now. there are people here who have already been affected by rising sea levels, such as in the philippines and injapan. it is everybody's problem. fires are intensifying, floods are drowning communities and indigenous people are leaving, the parties, the governments are not doing what they need to do. they‘re here to get the attention of negotiators at the un‘s climate talks. inside the meeting, delegates are trying to agree new targets on carbon emissions.
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but serious divisions have emerged about a critical scientific study. the report, published in october by the world‘s leading climate change body, says in order to prevent drought, flooding and extreme poverty for millions of people, temperatures must not rise by more than 1.5 degrees this century. to do that, emissions must be cut in half over the next 12 years. what‘s been described as a ludicrous row over words masks a much deeper divide. nearly all the countries here want to embrace the ipcc report to bolster the case for rapid carbon cuts. but that‘s something the us, saudi arabia and some others are very keen to avoid. there is a huge amount of frustration. the us, the saudis and the russians are working together to prevent science being at the heart of this process. they agreed the ipcc report. they are the ones seeing the climate changing. there are businesses, investors, citizens pushing for more climate action. it really raises the stakes for next week. talks will resume here tomorrow with over 120 ministers from around the world due to arrive.
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most delegates will be hoping they will be able to reassert the key role of science in guiding the talks. matt mcgrath, bbc news, katowice. and president trump is looking for his third chief of staff, after announcing that john kelly is leaving the post at the end of this month. it‘s not clear why the former marine general is stepping down, but us media reports talk of growing disagreements with mr trump. general kelly has been in the role since the end ofjuly last year and becomes the 28th member of senior staff to have resigned or been fired during the trump administration. john kelly will be leaving... i don‘t know if i can say retiring but he is a great guy. john kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. we will be announcing who will be taking john‘s place. it might be on an interim basis. i will be announcing that over the next day or two. here, a teenager has been stabbed to death in south—east london.
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police say the 18—year—old died at the scene after suffering stab injuries during an incident at a residential address in greenwich. a 17—year—old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident. last night thousands of people spent the night sleeping out in the cold in parks across scotland to draw attention to homelessness. while it remains an issue, there are some new projects underway to try and help those who, for whatever reason, find themselves on the streets, as lorna gordon reports. the distinctive skyline of scotland‘s capital city. but look a bit closer and in amongst the christmas lights and shoppers, there‘s another side. so many people going past you and looking at you like you‘re a piece of dirt, basically. after going into debt, jade says she lost her home, her children, her hope. there‘s been days i‘ve wanted to kill myself and everything because i‘m lying here. i wouldn‘t wish it on my worst enemy, i really wouldn‘t. i had the worst upbringing ever.
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i thought my life was going to be ok and i‘d have my kids, my partner. now i‘ve got nothing. with high rents and a lack of affordable housing, the charity shelter warns that edinburgh is at risk of a housing crisis comparable to london. those without a roof of their own staying in b&bs, temporary accommodation, and in some areas bedding down beneath the city‘s streets. i've lived in edinburgh for nearly 30 years and 24 of those were middle—class. i owned a company, three beautiful kids, a beautiful wife and that kind of stuff. now home for guy is a graveyard, the living sleeping alongside the dead. i was living under the railway bridge for ten days and that got flooded out and so i moved to here. this site has always been used as a site for homeless people. the most important ingredient, as you can see in today's rain, it's dry. childhood trauma, alcohol and drug problems, mental
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health issues, debt. the reasons people end up sleeping rough can be complex but on the outskirts of edinburgh a small village dedicated to people who have been homeless and who are free of addiction. the crucial thing with this village is we are not saying this is the one and only answer. we are saying this is a small part of a jigsaw of various solutions that are required to tackle homelessness, but all of them have the same parallels, which is a nice place where you feel of value where you have a place to call home. come in. welcome. thank you. this is your home? the aim here is to give residents like murray the time, stability and support to get back on their feet. it‘s given me hope, ultimately. it‘s given me a space where i can feel safe and warm, supported. the future is bright for me. these challenges are not unique to edinburgh and there are plans to build thousands more affordable homes, but the attempt here to also try a different approach in tackling homelessness is being watched by other cities and could soon be seen elsewhere.
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lorna gordon, bbc news, edinburgh. let‘s ta ke let‘s take a look at the weather. sunday brought some sharp showers but also fairly generous amounts of sunshine. hopefully you so at least some of that because of the week ahead the sunshine becoming an brother short supply. this evening and overnight, largely clear skies but showers for northern ireland and north—west of england, the midlands and north wales. clear skies create and north wales. clear skies create a widespread frost across scotland, northern england and east anglia but more mild for the west and south. monday on the whole is fine and bright with plenty of sunshine first thing. as the day goes on


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