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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top stories: trying to find a way forward on brexit — theresa may prepares to meet more of her critics. greece's prime minister survives his own no confidence vote — just. could the dispute over macedonia's name be ending? the circle of ice — weather conditions in the eastern usa create a rare winter phenomenon. hopes of a truce in the trade war are dashed by reports that china's huawei could be charged with stealing technology from us firms. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme,
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a diet has been developed that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and not harm the planet. so, what is in the diet? red meat and sugar needs to be reduced by half and we should eat twice as much fruit and vegetables. so, tell us what you think. have you changed your diet and why? get in touch. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. we begin with the british prime minister. theresa may has urged politicians to "put self—interest aside" and "get on with" delivering brexit. speaking in downing street after her government survived a no confidence vote, the prime minister said she's held meetings with other party leaders on how to move forward with more planned for today. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. ayes to the right 306.
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noes, 325. to may supporters rallied around to see off a challenge to her government that bitter divisions over brexit still remain. the prime minister offered to meet other party leaders to try to find a way through, and she criticised the labour leader can not taking part. through, and she criticised the labour leader can not taking partli am disappointed that the leader of the labor party has not so far ta ke the labor party has not so far take but door the labor party has not so far take i will but - door the labor party has not so far take i will not. door the labor party has not so far take i will not be door the labor party has not so far take i will not be easy, remains open. it will not be easy, but mps know they have a duty in the national interest. earlier, jeremy corbyn explained his reasons for refusing to meet. before there can be any positive discussions about the way forward, the government must
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re move the way forward, the government must remove clearly, once and for role, the prospect of the catastrophe of a no deal brexit with the eu. all round westminster, the different views remain firm. party leaders who did meet the prime minister last night have their own demands for the basis of future talks. we had to have on the table a discussion on extending article 50, on having a people's vote option and i'm taking no deal of the table. there will be plenty more activity in westminster today with more meetings between the government and mps as they try to build a consensus. breaking the parliamentary deadlock will be far from easy. yes, extremely busy in westminster at the end, and will be for the days ahead. we will have more on that later in the programme analysis and some expert opinion on it. let's now take a look at what is
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happening in greece. prime minister alexis tsipras and his syriza government have narrowly survived a confidence vote in parliament. he was supported by 151 of the 300 deputies. this means that the government can press ahead with the ratification of a controversial deal with the former yugoslav republic of macedonia to rename it northern macedonia. nick thorpe is in athens. almost exactly four yea rs since his syriza party came to power, this was a vote alexis tsipras had to win. his government has surprised many by lasting this long, and in his final speech before the vote, mr tsipras set his sights on elections due later this year. translation: i ask with honesty and clarity the reaffirmation of the national assembly‘s confidence in this government, a government which led the country out of the bailout programmes, led the country out of the crisis and can give a future prospect to the greek people. a version of events fiercely rejected by kyriakos mitsotakis,
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leader of the largest opposition party, new democracy. translation: the title of this parliamentary debate is vote of confidence in the government, but it is in reality the last act of a performance played for four years, at the expense of the greek people. in the end, alexis tsipras and his government live to fight another day. 151 votes to 148 — a simple majority. now, he can press ahead with his main challenge — ratification in the greek parliament of the name northern macedonia. that's deeply unpopular with greeks even as their parliament was ratifying the deal with greece last friday. 27 long years after the republic of macedonia declared independence
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from yugoslavia, tonight's vote in the greek parliament brings a solution to the naming dispute one decisive step closer despite continued opposition in both countries. nick thorpe, bbc news, athens. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. at least 21 people are known to have died in tuesday's siege at a hotel compound in the kenyan capital, nairobi, including a british man and a us citizen. dozens of people are still unaccounted for. president uhuru kenyatta said the siege ended with five jihadist attackers being "eliminated". the somali militant group, al—shabaab, says it was behind the attack. meanwhile, the us vice—president, mike pence, has pledged that the us will remain committed to the fight in syria after four americans were killed in a bomb attack. the so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility. the deaths come just weeks after president trump said
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the terrorist group had been defeated and that us troops would be withdrawn from the country. michigan state university's interim president is expected to resign after suggesting that some of larry nassar‘s victims were enjoying being in the spotlight. john engler was appointed last january when his predecessor resigned in the wake of the scandal. nassar was a team usa gymnastics doctor who also worked at the university. let's return to our top story, businesses are no closer to any clarity about britain's exit from the european union. on wednesday, we heard a chorus of business leaders and lobby groups who are warning about the economic
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damage of leaving without a deal. alpesh patel from praefinium partnersjoins me now. lovely to see you. you were sometime ago one of the few out there in the business who were saying actually brexit could be a good thing, it is a positive —— i thought there might be some good to come out of it. now we are at given we we are at this stage, given we have where i is head down, 11 weeks left where it is head down, and whatever might happen, whether it might be softer or whether it will be a hard brexit because of what has happened recently, we are just at the practical matters stage. we don't have time going around making philosophical statements. i wish it never happened at all because we lack stability. given where we are, businesses out of knuckling down. the department for international trade two days ago, ten companies were working to bring
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to the uk did " who are doing this kind of because actually it doesn’t. . . stuff because actually it doesn't... know, people are getting on with business. business people as well. they are getting on with business, but for some and many companies, it is very hard to know what decisions to make in this environment, especially if they are accompanied that sell goods or services. which we do, we are an asset management company, we are eight exporter. things coming into the uk from europe. it is massively difficult. i ama europe. it is massively difficult. i am a business owner and i speak to my clients and i say, what do we do? they may say, we are not sure yet and so what we are doing is we are continuing as per normal as much as we can. day by day basis. there is no point saying, oh, my god, what
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are we going to do? let's see if we can do impossible things. let's go for this, that or the other. we are ona for this, that or the other. we are on a day to day basis and had to pay the bills and make the best of it. and pay wages. and to build teams who are hopeful and inspired and will go forward. all right. on that note, we shall pause for now. you will be back and we will discuss what the media is saying about this today, but also other stories as well, so do stay with us for that. for more on the ongoing brexit crisis, head to the bbc news website. there is so much helpful information. there's full background and analysis as theresa may tries to work out a way forward for her government. go to bbc.com/news and follow the links. there is fact checkers, jargon busting. by 2050, our planet will probably need to feed a population of 10 billion people. a special commission of 37 experts from across the world,
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organised by the medicaljournal, the lancet, says providing all of us with a healthy and sustainable diet will be impossible unless we transform our eating habits and the way we produce food. 0ur health reporter smitha mundasad reports. feast your eyes on this. these are the kinds of dishes scientists say we should be tucking into if we want to be healthier, save millions of lives and protect the planet for future generations. a new diet, one that halve the amount of meat and doubles the amount of fruit and vegetable well eats is being proposed by a team of global experts. scientists acknowledge this will mean different ages for poorer and richer nations, but they late on average the daily diet should include 500 g of fresh fruit and veg, 230 g of whole grains and
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optional 28g veg, 230 g of whole grains and optional 28 g of fish and if you like meat, no more than 1a optional 28 g of fish and if you like meat, no more than 14g optional 28 g of fish and if you like meat, no more than 1a g of red meat. let me make it a little more concrete. it corresponds to roughly one fairly good—sized hamburger per week, great big steak once a month. it is not eliminating red meat by any means. it is treating red meat like i think about lobster, where really like it but i. it a few wa nt want us . reshape in want us. reshape qul in some is . reshape qul in some is . re: modern '2 diets. in some places, modern farming techniques are changing landscapes and contributing to greenhouse gases. they say cutting down on food waste and improving how we grow the most nutritious foods has to also become priority. but we have also heard calls for that healthy diet before. the question is, will this diet be one of whole world can stick to? we are asking
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for your opinions on that. do send them in. get in touch and we will share some views a bit later. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we meet the only ukrainian soldier to come out as gay. that will be later here in the programme. 5.2; see-e the qfiaérieéege 2” . . ~ attacks since the second world war. tebesee is amerlce=fig of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished, as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given 4:72. 3541—271: %% 2.2. s; —;
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£ the mousetrap. whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie eerie“? his? eeeh erie eee eefefifi you're with the briefing. the headlines: britain's prime minister will meet more senior politicians today, to try to find a way forward for the brexit process. the greek prime minister, alexis tsipras, has narrowly survived a vote of confidence in parliament, after his governing coalition broke down in a row over the renaming of macedonia. let's talk about that now.
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anthee carassava is a foreign correspondent for the times. she's based in athens. thank you very much indeed for joining us. so give is your take on the fact they just scraped through, alexis tsipras, his party, on this vote, but that means, it by no means means there is a smooth path ahead. absolutely, this is the fourth no—confidence vote which the prime minister here is facing down in the course of his four—year term but there is no doubt about the most difficult part now lies ahead, and this is because he faces this very important vote to push through, to ratify this controversial macedonia deal next week. he has to find 151 votes to ratify this deal, and that will be difficult because lawmakers
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who came to his side, who supported him yesterday in this critical confidence vote, have openly said that they would be voting against this controversial deal and also, a ce ntre—left this controversial deal and also, a centre—left party this controversial deal and also, a ce ntre—left party that this controversial deal and also, a centre—left party that had also openly sided itself by this deal, is now wavering in its support because one of its members broke ranks and went to the side of alexis tsipras. soa went to the side of alexis tsipras. so a lot of political developments, a lot of talking happening, and as we speak, it will be very, very difficult and also, so much more difficult and also, so much more difficult is that the prime minister after this confidence vote pits himself against popular opinion. there was a mass demonstration against macedonia, against this deal set for this weekend, and it will be very, very difficult for the prime minister to convince greeks to signup to the steal. and use a very
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difficult for him but for those lawmakers who have been very public about how they are voting, some of them have said they have received death threats, that they are receiving some very serious intimidation. just give us a sense of how sensitive and controversial this is for our international viewers. —— this deal. this is for our international viewers. -- this deal. well, the macedonian issue is extremely emotive and notjust for macedonian issue is extremely emotive and not just for greeks, macedonian issue is extremely emotive and notjust for greeks, it is on both sides of the here. greeks isen beings-as qf'ehe'hevee'qte‘eies macedonia and exclusively consider macedonia and exclusively greek and believe m ee northern ti;eee of the same name. it is no of thi that1e name. it is no of thi that mostne. it is no of thi that most of. it is no of thi that most of these 1o mum! have 2; censored |n protests have been censored in salleh nike, which is the capital of 551135 eiee £5.51; iii. e'béiéfiiiétfig discrete called
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551135 eiee erieh iii. e'béiéfiéétfig discrete called macedonia. 551135 eiee erieh iii. e'béiéfiéétfig discrete called macedonia. —— greece's. which is also the birthplace of chris's most revered ancient warrior, alexander the great, and in salleh nike, primarily we have seen a lot of intimidation ta ke we have seen a lot of intimidation take place. a lot of politicians who have openly aligned themselves in this deal. —— saliniki. the deputy public water minister also yesterday tendered her resignation to the prime minister because she had been receiving a rash of hate mail also. all right, thank you very much. very interesting to get your perspective on what is going on there. something we will keep an eye on. ukraine is a country at war, and military service is compulsory for all men over 20. while the country's armed forces allow gay men to serve, almost none are open about their sexuality. we went to meet the country's first openly gay soldier. has served as a medic and an
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operator in the ukrainian volunteer battalion. —— i served. i could not tell to anybody, although guys were co nsta ntly tell to anybody, although guys were constantly asking me to whom i am going out, they asked me to show some photos of the lady. it very it. very hard for me to accept myself as gay, when we returned to the civilian life, we encountered people who were shouting that lgbt
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people, or people of different nationalities, our people of the lower quality, that they are, they don't, they should not be part of the society, they should not have the society, they should not have the same right. two in order to cope with this, i came out. —— in order to. the general public and my comrades responded feheei’e to. the general public and my comrades responded fejeei’e as they all were saying i they all were saying - i a i was a iwasa a i was a normal was a good soldier, i was a normal soldier, they know - as was a good soldier, i was a normal soldier, they know. as a normal soldier, they know me as a normal i was fighting for combatant. i was fighting for ukrainian as they are. being dead is not change anything. —— for ukrainian. —— being gay does not. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm chetan pathak with thursday's sport briefing.
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we start with the asian cup, where son heung—min helped south korea top group c with a 2—0 win over china. son flew out to join his country on sunday after playing 90 minutes in tottenham's1—0 defeat to manchester united, but there was no sign of tiredness. he had a hand in both goals, winning the penalty and then he set up the second goal for kim min—jae from a corner. both teams are already through to the knockout stages. well, the final round of group matches in the asian cup take place later on thursday, with saudi arabia against qatar in group e arguably the most intriguing. both teams are through, but are vying for that elusive group winner spot. the game will be played against a backdrop of huge political tension between the two countries. the saudis are three—time champions but have not won the competition since 1996, which was the last time it was played in the uae. in golf, shane lowry takes a three—shot lead into the seond round of the abu dhabi championship.
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the irishman finished on 10—under par, in a round of 62 which included ten birdies and no dropped shots, equalling the course record set by henrik stenson back in 2006. but he'll be disappointed that he didn't break the record outright after leaving this putt agonisingly short right at the end. look, i left the putt a bit short. i felt like i hit a decent putt but it was a bit more into the green and i thought. 0bviously, was a bit more into the green and i thought. obviously, i felt was a bit more into the green and i thought. 0bviously, ifelt very chuffed. i thought very good about my game. it is probably the best preseason i have ever done that. i feel good about today and i am just hoping i can kick on. the nba returns to london on thursday with the new york knicks the erie? rafi}??? engaging??? ”' w w ’
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and atetijrrefittyholfl'rng at this point of the season, every tea m at this point of the season, every team is desperate for- every but yeah, e... . w$ tea m e... . w$ team that wé'eese w— 7—— e... . w$ team that wants to = as a aa$ team that wants to win e as a aa$ team that wants to win games young team that wants to win games and it is not from losing. —— fun. all the keepie uppies. here we go, with the head. nearly into the basket and just misses. you can get all the latest sports news at our website. that's bbc.com/sport. head there for the very latest on the australian open tennis, with novak djojovic amongst the big names in action on thursday. but for now, from me and the rest of the team,
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that is your sport briefing. 0ur our thanks to that team. a rare natural phenomenon taking shape in the us state of maine is mesmerising people around the world. a giant slow—turning ice disc, measuring approximately 91 metres wide, has formed in a river in the city of westbrook. tim allman has more. the thing about nature is it never fails to surprise you. - the of westbrook, one of the most city of westbrook, one of the most unusual and spectacular sights you could ever imagine. slowly, ever so slowly, this giant disc of ice could ever imagine. slowly, ever so slowly, at s giant disc of ice could ever imagine. slowly, ever so slowly, at s giant of: of ice
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could ever imagine. slowly, ever so slowly, at s giant of the ice rotates at the and mw rotates at the end mw is not rotates at the end mw is meg rotates at the end mw is not‘zé creation of man or this is not the creation of man or woman or beast, - is down to low woman or beast, this is down to low and the simple fleece woman or beast, this is down to low and the simple fléfl of temperatures and the simple flow of water. once you of iei river, it to kind i get to kind ‘get on to kind i get- on the going to kind of get nick on the edges as it moves around and anything. sticks out gets anything that sticks out gets knocked off, and come out to of locals have come out to witness this incredible sight, some it to an spacecraft 77 w h n ‘ the face of the moon. ‘the face of the moon. but ‘ the face of the moon. but time ‘the face of the moon. but time is or the face of the moon. but time is not on in; side, the not necessarily on their side, the disc only exists in a happy medium. if it gets much colder, the river will freeze completely and swallow it up. if it gets a lot warmer, the disc breakup and then melt away. for now, this is a revolution in ice, quite literally. business briefing
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is next. hello. and increasingly wintry flavour to our weather for the next few days. some pretty hard frost, snow showers for some. we are putting ourselves into arctic air, isobars are running from the north to south following behind this weather front here. that will blow south of uk during the course of the day today, all of us plunged into the air. there will be some sunshine around that there will be wintry showers too. ice is our first hazard to bear in mind is that they gets under way today, particularly across the northern half of the uk. here is the weather 57 w t’i' half of the uk. here is the weather $7 t tti' half of the uk. here is the weather effiflfi half of the uk. here is the weather tthe driftingi half of the uk. here is the weather ‘f the "a, drifting across 7' ' half of the uk. here is the weather ‘f the "a, drifting across east " ' hour. the f ' and the and and the even i and gsterngl
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showers in ‘ the york moors the 555 e55 5555555 tei5 1i55l¥ e5 55 555 e55 e555i555 t5i5 1i55l¥ e5 55 of across more of a mieteree diashngam ‘ground more of a mieteree diashngam ‘ ground but also more of a mieteree diashngam ‘ground but also rain more of a mieteree diashngam ‘ ground but also rain and higher ground but also rain and sleet i think turning increasingly to reign as thatj sleet i think turning increasingly to reign as that system pushes off into the continent by the afternoon. it you will see the snow showers still continue to affect some eastern counties throughout. it is a cold day across the board, even where we do see the sunshine. thursday evening, overnight into friday, another cold affair, continued risk of some snow showers in the east, then our hardest frost of the week, overnight lows —3, “4 in rural areas. you will notice things look a touch milder towards the west. there will be little more cloud around here by the time get into friday morning, our weather system trying to push its way in but it could be quite a complicated story because that system is bumping into cold air, so difficult mixture
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of rain, sleet and snow for us to forecast. at the moment, it looks like we could see some frost across northern ireland, turning increasingly back to reign, perhaps more persistent snow for southern and western scotland, and then again some snow over the mountains of western wales. turning i think at the moment the emphasis is back on the moment the emphasis is back on the rain. however, there is a lot of uncertainty in this part of the forecast and if you're travelling on friday especially, it will be worth keeping up—to—date with the latest details but it looks like the wintry flavour of the weather will continue into the weekend ahead. this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. hopes of a truce in the trade war are dashed by reports that china's huawei could be charged with stealing technology from us firms. plus, brexit fears and us china tensions weigh on europe's economy as itjoins the global slowdown. and on the markets, those reports about the huawei investigation now starting to overshadow a positive
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lead from wall street with results from bank of america and goldman beating forecasts. a mixed state emerging in asia. —— a mixed
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