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hello and welcome to bbc news. after a bruising encounter in brussels, british prime minister theresa may says she still believes she can get extra assurances from eu leaders to get her brexit withdrawal agreement through the uk parliament. eu leaders say they won't renegotiate but will offer what they call ‘further clarifications‘ on the so—called backstop. that's the safety net aimed at avoiding a hard trade border between the eu and the uk on the island of ireland, if no future deal is agreed in time. this report is from laura kuenssberg in brussels. a bad omen? a bitter morning — for more than one reason. the prime minister came to brussels hunting concessions from the eu. does the eu like your plan, prime minister? but they didn't just say no, one of their top politicians said she didn't even know what she wanted. she was "nebulous". leading this private, careful politician to show real anger. "did you call me nebulous?"
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she seems to say to jean—claude juncker. he grasping her arm, the microphone may be off, but you can see exactly what went on. the dutch prime minister comes along to try to make peace. later, she had not forgotten the accusations. i was crystal clear about the assurances which we needed on the backstop, having heard the views of mps in the house of commons. i reiterated that it is in the interests of the eu as well as the uk to get this over the line. eu leaders had said she would not get those concessions on the so—called backstop. she begged to differ. my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion, following the council's conclusions, is, infact, possible. you looked very angry when you were speaking to jean—claude juncker earlier today. what did you say to him, and did he admit that he had called you "nebulous? "
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and, secondly, the summit conclusions suggest the eu is not willing to budge, but you appear to be suggesting that they might. can you tell us more about what they have said to you about their willingness to move? because if parliament won't budge and the eu won't budge, is it time for you to budge? well, first of all, i had a robust discussion with jean—claude juncker. i think that's the sort of discussion you're able to have when you've developed a working relationship and you work well together. and what came out of that was his clarity that actually he had been talking, when he used that particular phrase, he had been talking about a general level of debate. we can look at this issue of further clarification and that has been something i have been discussing with a number of eu leaders, so we will be working expeditiously over the coming days to seek those further assurances that i believe mps will need. you might wonder what exactly has been going on with with these negotiations.
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what are the misunderstandings in the relations between the eu and the prime minister? what has the president of european commission really been up to since that row? ta—ta—tum... we were not dancing! she thought that i did criticise her by saying yesterday night that the british position was nebulous. i did not refer to her, but to the overall state of the debate in britain. on and off the stage the message from the eu is clear — they promise they'll do a trade deal as quickly as possible, so the backstop‘s never needed, but that cannot mean changing what's already been agreed. the prime minister leaves here with a big problem — remember, she kept herjob in part this week, because she promised she could get more compromise from herfellow eu leaders. but she's left tonight with assurances that there could be more conversations, and that simply might not be concrete enough
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to protect her in a hostile environment at home. let's get some of the day's other news. president trump's former lawyer michael cohen has spoken out for the first time since being sentenced for crimes including campaign finance violations. he claims the president told him to pay off two women during the 2016 presidential election, even though he knew it was wrong. that directly contradicts what donald trump has said. negotiations at the un climate conference in poland have gone past their official close. delegates from almost 200 countries are taking part. they're looking to find agreement on tackling rising global temperatures. after a week in which allegations of racism in football have grabbed the headlines, england's premier league has urged fans to report unacceptable behaviour. chelsea have strongly condemned supporters who chanted anti—semitic abuse during a match in hungary last night — saying they have "shamed the club"
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as our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. at their home ground, chelsea present a welcome to the world. but this is a football club shamed by a section of its supporters — chelsea made that clear today. last night some chelsea fans used a match in hungary to chant anti—semitic words about a rival club in london — totte n ha m. it's not an isolated example. educationalfilms have been made, endorsed by chelsea, showing previous incidents of fans making anti—tottenham chants, and then showing the historical reality of the holocaust. there is an element of that chant which is meant to bejust anti—tottenham and that's the whole point of the film, to say, you might think your making anti—tottenham chants, but actually when you make, when you sing "spurs are on their way to auschwitz", this is what you're
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really chanting about. chelsea know the problem. the club promised today that any individual found to have shamed the club by using anti—semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club. instances of anti—semitism are especially poignant and hard to comprehend at this club. after all, roman abramovich, who has bankrolled chelsea for so many years, is himselfjewish. but last night's events come hard on the heels of chelsea's game against manchester city and what happened there to raheem sterling. chelsea have suspended four people from attending games after allegations by raheem sterling that he was racially abused. so, a grim old problem returning, or a sign of today's times? racial events in our game which we are trying as hard as we can to eradicate are always going to happen. you hope, you hope that it's something that doesn't escalate
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— sometimes when times are hard, then, they become more prevalent. but racism holds no place in our game, it holds no place in society. today's attention is firmly on chelsea. the issue this weekend and over the many festive matches to come is just how far football's problem extends. joe wilson, bbc news, west london. a silent walk has been taking place in west london on friday night to mark 18 months since the grenfell tower fire which killed 72 people in june last year. the first part of the grenfell inquiry, which looked at failures before and during the fire itself, ended this week. but the inquiry‘s chairman has said the second phase, which will look at the wider causes of the fire, is unlikely to begin before the end of next year. our special correspondent lucy manning has been talking to two survivors about how they feel about the inquiry so far. the state palpably failed
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in its primary duty to protect its citizens. i don't know how that building is still standing to this day. we should've all been dead. if they were evacuated, the people's lives could be saved. sid ali altmani and mahad egal survived grenfell with theirfamilies. both provided evidence to the inquiry. i was completely lost. the only solution i have to take is to get up. after nearly 100 days of evidence, they wait on some answers. they need to deliver. he needs to make sure to deliver the criminals, the ones that are responsible for killing people. i feel that a lot has been unearthed and i hope to see that the corporates are under more scrutiny. the inquiry has heard a litany of safety failures. harrowing 999 calls.
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don't give up. you can't give up. don't give up. where's the fire brigade? jesus! they should be there. officials who didn't immediately send building plans and a list of residents to firefighters. what were you actually doing, during that period? standing there. responding to phone calls. speaking to people on the phone. not very much. firemen who cried for those they couldn't save. to the family of the people in flat 175... i was looking for another girl. i didn't know there was anyone in there. and a fire chief who wouldn't accept they should have responded differently. i wouldn't change anything we did on the night. i think without exception, my firefighters and my officers and my control staff performed in a fantastic way. you could have changed a lot of things in that night. it could happen. she wouldn't change also the 72 people who died. she could've put her statement in a different way.
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perhaps they could have improvised a plan b for evacuation. the inquiry chairman will deliver an interim report next year, but the second part of this inquiry, looking at wider issues, is set to be delayed. personally speaking, i think that there's more people that are put at risk, because phase two has been delayed and the conclusion to the inquiry's not being reached. so it could be more than three years after the fire when this inquiry finally ends. lucy manning, bbc news. the christmas market in the french city of strasbourg has reopened after an horrific gun attack on tuesday. french president emmanuel macron visited the market, laying a flower at a memorial to victims of the attack. the number of dead in the shooting has risen to four, several more remain seriously injured. the suspected gunman, cherif chekatt, was killed on thursday night in a shoot—out with police. from strasbourg, gavin lee sent this report.
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strasbourg, in lights once again after two days of darkness, the main square where people fled for their lives on tuesday night wasn't considered safe during the search for the gunman, but these famous christmas markets, the oldest in france, have now reopened, the manhunt over, there's a "keep calm and carry on" spirit here. everyone comes back, because i think they want to show that we are living. we are still alive, and we have to enjoy the moment, you know, we have to take some hot wine! do you feel generally safe here now? yes, relieved, yes. i'm from paris, and my family was worried, and they didn't want me to come here, but finally it feels safe here, and i don't regret, because even if it was a little sad yesterday, today it's ok. translation: the fact that i came
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here is to show that you don't need to be afraid of a certain minority, the majority is not like that, not at all, and being a muslim, it's not the side that we want to show. it was on this street in the strasbourg suburb of neudorf where the gunman, cherif chekatt, was found and killed. bullet holes in the doorway marked the moment he was confronted by patrol officers who he fired at. they fired back and shot him dead. the 29—year—old, born in strasbourg to an algerian family, is believed to have hidden in the same area for two days. the islamist cell is claimed he was working on orders, although french authorities say he had been acting alone with no support network behind him. a major focus of the police investigation will now look at what went wrong in french surveillance methods after the suspect was added to a list of those being monitored for extremist behaviour. but for now, in the city that
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promotes itself as the capital of christmas, it's slowly moving on and returning to normal. gavin lee, bbc news, strasbourg. fighting has broken out on the outskirts of yemen's port city of hudeyda — the first since a un—brokered ceasefire came into effect on friday. people living there say they could hear artillery shelling and automatic gunfire. the saudi—backed government and the iranian—backed houthi rebels had reached the truce agreement for hodeida after a week of talks in sweden. more food aid has now begun arriving at the port. the un has warned that 1a million yemenis are on the brink of starvation. the bbc‘s chief international correspondent lyse doucet has reported extensively from yemen and from the peace talks. i asked her if the ceasefire can hold. the situation is still very tense in hodeida, you have the houthi forces which control the port and the adjacent city, you have the yemeni government and emirati forces,
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this unexpected agreement on a ceasefire is very fragile. it is not surprising, it is regrettable but not surprising, there seems to be sporadic fighting, but no one is saying the ceasefire is dead, it is largely holding. it has to be said, it has brought rare hope and such relief that at last, this is the most significant breakthrough in five years of talks hosted by the un. this port is so significant, because this is the way most food and supplies and relief get in for people who have been under siege for four years. keeping the port open means keeping yemenis alive. this is the country that has the most percentage of its people dependent on food aid. two thirds of yemenis depend on some kind of food aid to survive and 10 million, the un says, do not know where their next meal is coming from. so they need the port.
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and also the commercial imports, the food and other essential goods — and prices have been rising, even yemenis who have a little bit of money cannot afford to buy them. that is what has created this real fear of the risk of famine. you have reported from there many times, is there a danger that after three orfour years, positions get entrenched, fighters maybe don't want to give up the fight, or do you think somehow there is a slight change in the political atmosphere, and this could be different this time? your question actually points to what is one of the biggest challenges in yemen, which is that you have the political delegations who met in the swedish countryside — and it was quite extraordinary to see them, so many yemenis when they saw the image of the head of the government delegation, the head of the houthi delegation, with the un secretary general antonio guterres in the middle smiling, shaking hands, it was a rare moment of hope.
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just before i came into the bbc tonight, i got a message from a yemeni activist, saying, "did you see that message of hope, did you see that handshake?" the yemen foreign minister joked on social media, "the un secretary general said he had to bring us together, but you don't, we are brothers." but the reality is there is so little hope, on the battlefield, and now there are other yemeni groups who are benefiting not from peace but from war. and they do not want that war to end. this is bbc news. the headlines: the british prime minister has insisted that it's still possible to get her brexit deal through parliament, despite the eu ruling out any re—negotiation. donald trump's former lawyer has said the president knew it was wrong to order payments in 2016 to keep two women silent about their alleged affairs with him. let's stay with that story. i asked our north america
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correspondent, david willis, if the latest claims by mr trump's personal lawyer will make any difference. not yet, but you know what, it's a drip, drip, drip, this, martin, and we have all these accusations now focusing not just on we have all these accusations now focusing notjust on these payments, but also payments during the inauguration, all sorts of enquiries going on. it's a drip drip effect potentially that could undermine the president's attempts to pass legislation, particularly in the new session of congress are starting at the beginning of next year when the house of representatives, of course, the lower house will have a democratic majority. now, would you change the way you eat if you knew the impact your food was having on the environment? scientists are calling for mandatory labels that spell out food's carbon footprint.
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and that includes everything from meat to chocolate. they say it would help consumers to make more informed choices. danny savage has been to bury market to see what they make of the idea there. food, glorious food. and that this time of year, we're stocking up big—time. but do we think about the environmental impact of its production and getting it here? i think when you mention carbon footprint, i'm pretty vague on that andi footprint, i'm pretty vague on that and i think a lot of people are, to be honest. how often do you eat chicken grains,? once a week. once or twice a week. we showed them the new calendar. tofu, would you be prepared to eat more vegetarian food like tofu instead of meat?” prepared to eat more vegetarian food like tofu instead of meat? i think we probably need persuading on that. at the cheese monger next door, local delicacies were in demand. details about their carbon footprint, though, weren't. do you look at all this cheese and think about the carbon footprint?
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absolutely not. what about the customers? absolutely not. at the fruit and veg stall, there's stuff from all over the world. the idea of in season local produce only doesn't like. at this time of the year i reckon the fruit is all imported, only the vegeta bles the fruit is all imported, only the vegetables are local and seasonal. but sue and dan do think about the environmental impact and want to see labels. if it was on there showing up it was read for carbon or green then i think it would make a difference, people would start looking. and dan and sue are typical of many people we've talked to hear today. they'd like more information about the carbon footprint of their food. labels would create the information about greenhouse gas emissions, about greenhouse gas emissions, about by adversity and put that on products. that means consumers can change what their purchasing. a coffee a day over the course of a year uses a coffee a day over the course of a year uses as much c02 as hitting an average home for 2h days. farmed fish a couple of times a week emits the same as driving a petrol car 373
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miles. and if you eat beef once or twice a week, it's the annual equivalent of a return flight from london to malaga. although this butcher isn't too worried. when the weather gets colder, when the cold air clause in, the sunday rose will always be very popular. will we change our habits? maybe, but not without more easily available information. danny savage, bbc news, very. —— very. her terrifying journey made headlines around the world, now a british sailor whose boat capsized during a storm in the south pacific has finally arrived in chile. it's a week since susie goodall was rescued by a chinese cargo ship, as she tried to circle the globe solo. duncan kennedy has more. this is what relief looks like. when you step ashore after surviving the drama, the mid—ocean crisis. a hug from mum, brigitte, and brother, tim, means susie goodall‘s ordeal is finally over. then it was on to a medical check—up before she gave her first insight to the trauma she faced 2,000 miles from land. if you ask me if i'd do this again,
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now knowing what it's like, i would say yes in a heartbeat. but as i said to the chilean navy captain who brought me ashore from tian fu, i created so much work for everyone involved in the rescue, to which he responded, of course you must do it again. some people just live for adventure, it's human nature, and for me, the sea is where my adventure lies. it was the wild seas of the southern ocean with its 7m waves that triggered the emergency last week. in sailing terms, susie's yacht pitch polled, meaning it somersaulted forward, end over end, smashing the mast and leaving her stranded for more than two days. it took a crane from a passing freight ship
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to hoist her out of danger. susie, whose 29, was the youngest competitor in this golden globe race before she hit the storm. but she trained here at the uk sailing academy on the isle of wight. this afternoon, we showed her friends the moment she made it back to shore in chile. oh my god. amazing! gives you goose bumps. really pleased for susie, and especially her family. she's been through a real ordeal and experience and adventure over the last few weeks. so pleased she's made it back safely. susie goodall is the third sailor to be rescued in this year's race, but now she's safe and heading home for christmas. duncan kennedy, bbc news. well, the results are in and we have a winner — mohamed salah has been named bbc african footballer of the year
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for the second time in a row. he was presented with his award in liverpool by bbc sport africa's mimi fawaz. he ended the season in 2018 as the premier league top scorer and the champions league finalist for his club, liverpool. heroes and to egypt this summer in their first world cup since 1990 that he represented. and so i'm here with the winner, congratulations, mohamed. thank you. take it, it's all yours. last year, when i presented you with the award, you said you'd like to win it again this year, you've done it, what does it feel like being the first player since jay—jay 0kocha in 2004 to win this back—to—back? i think it's a great feeling, a great feeling, you know, i would like to win it also next year, so i am looking forward from now. but, you know, it's a great feeling to win another award, two years in a row, so happy to win it. when you look back at your 2018,
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what have been, for you, some of the individual moments where you feel you were at the top of your game? i think that there's many moments in 2018, like i can say the game against tottenham was the top, the game against roma was also unbelievable. so each moment i feel like i'm scoring goals, helping the team to get the points, to be top in the league, you know, that's always a great feeling. anything that you will be looking forward to in the coming year overall? i think ijust want to win something with the club, so everyone is excited, everyone is happy about that, so i also tried to push myself every day to help the team to win something. this season, everyone has... i don't want to say motivation, but everyone wants to win something,
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so i think we will carry on. congratulations, mohamed, the winner for the 2018 bbc african footballer of the year. thank you very much, thank you. britain's royal family have revealed the photos they're putting on their christmas cards this year. don't worry if you're not on their list, we can show you what they've picked. the duke and duchess of cambridge have chosen a picture of their family at their norfolk home, while harry and meghan are seen watching fireworks at their wedding reception earlier this year. the duke and duchess of cornwall, meanwhile, are seated on a bench in the grounds of clarence house. perfect for your mantelpiece. don't forget, you can get in touch with me on twitter. i'm @martinstanford. now it's time for the weather with sarah keith—lucas. hello. after a fairly quiet day on friday, the weather is about to turn much more lively as we head through the course of the weekend. we've got a named storm, storm dierdre, it's been named
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by met eireann. that is bringing some very disruptive weather this weekend with warnings, amber warnings from the met office for ice and snow, and there will also be freezing rain which will bring widespread ice on any roads and untreated surfaces too. here is where we've got the amber warnings out through saturday and early into sunday as well. ice warnings across much of northern england and southern scotland and we'll also have snow and freezing rain here. heavy snow across many central parts of scotland, mainly to the north of the central belt. the reason for all this disruptive weather is milder air moving in from the atlantic, with these weather fronts which are which are packing in and bumping into this cold air, so a cold saturday dawn, temperatures sub—zero per many of us. that milder air works in from the west along with the rain, the freezing rain and ice and snow too. notjust the rain, freezing rain, ice and snow, but also some strong winds which will cause some disruption too. so you can see the rain edging its way gradually eastwards
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across the country, bumping into that cold air in place, and it will be turning to snow, mostly over the higher ground for the north of wales, the pennines too but even to the south we could get one or two flakes of snow earlier on before it turns back to rain, i think, during the middle part of the afternoon. could be about 2—5 centimetres of snow, even to low levels across northern england to the north of the central belt, 10—20 centimetres of snow and the freezing rain really will be quite dangerous. that's rain droplets that willjust freeze instantly on impact with the cold ground, bringing a real instant ice rink effect. so some pretty disruptive weather through the course of saturday, all down to storm dierdre. it's going to cause disruption to travel through saturday night and on into sunday too. with that mix of freezing rain, snow and ice and strong winds too, your bbc local radio stations will keep you up—to—date with any disruption to travel. so heading on into the second half of the weekend, we start off sunday still with some rain and snow to the north—east which should slowly clear away. it will be a drier day compared to saturday, not as windy. more sunshine in the east but there will be some lying snow and still the risk of ice.
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further rain showers then packing in from the west later on in the day. it won't be quite as cold, so those temperatures starting to nudgi up about 6—10 degrees through the day on sunday and then things turn a bit milder into the new working week, still unsettled with further showers for monday and tuesday too. bye for now. this is bbc news. the headlines: britain's prime minister has insisted talks with rest of the european union will continue over further clarification of arrangements for the northern ireland border. theresa may said she had held robust talks with the european commission president, jean—claude juncker, after he had complained her requests for clarifications were imprecise. donald trump's former lawyer says the us president knew it was wrong to order payments before the election to keep two women silent about their alleged affairs with him. mr trump has denied asking michael cohen, who's been sentenced to three years in jail, to break the law. there've been sporadic clashes on the outskirts of the crucial
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yemeni port of hodeida, putting at risk a ceasefire that came into effect on friday. the un's special envoy for yemen said a robust monitoring scheme was needed to ensure the truce could take hold.
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