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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: what next for brexit? theresa may prepares to unveil her latest proposals to parliament — but the divisions remain. what we are now getting are some of those who were always absolutely opposed to the result of the referendum trying to hijack brexit, and in fact steal the result from the people. tear gas and clashes in greece as thousands rally against the macedonia name deal. with worries over china's slowing economy — we'll be live in shanghai with the latest growth figures that could point to trouble ahead. and the stargazing treat set to dazzle the night sky — the lunar eclipse worth waiting up for. as the tumult over brexit continues in the uk,
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the british prime minister, theresa may, has held a conference call with members of her cabinet — to discuss how she intends to break the brexit deadlock. the prime minister is due to address mps on monday. meanwhile, with the uk due to leave the eu on march the 29th, at least one cross party group of mps is discussing how parliament could ensure a ‘no deal‘ scenario is avoided. our political correspondent alex forsyth has the latest. so the noes have it — the noes have it. it has been five days since theresa may's brexit plan was thrown out, rejected by mps, and while she is working out her next steps, some on the backbenches have plans of their own. some want to change parliament's rules, its standing orders, so mps could delay the brexit process to stop a no deal scenario. all are very concerned about the way in which the brexit debate is unfolding, and extremely concerned that we are in danger of crashing out of
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the eu with no deal. and it's probably right to say that what brings us all together is that we think this is such a disaster for this country that something is going to have to be done to try to ensure that that's stopped. it could change the way this place works — giving backbench mps, not ministers, more power to dictate what comes before parliament, shaping policy. some in government claim that is extremely concerning. what we are now getting are some of those who were always absolutely opposed to the result of the referendum trying to hijack brexit, and in fact steal the result from the people. the bottom line is parliament is gridlocked. while some mps want a pause in the process, others want to get on and leave, deal or not. some want a total rethink, or another public vote, and some believe the prime minister's deal, with some changes, can be salvaged. one option being floated — attempting to change the controversial plan to avoid a hard irish border, to try to bring mps round.
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we actually agree that, no matter what, there should be an agreement that ensures that there's no hard border between the united kingdom and ireland. the question is, can we achieve what the irish government wants and what we want by a different mechanism? but there is no detail of an alternative, and the irish foreign minister isn't convinced, tweeting the irish government's commitment to the current withdrawal agreement — the existing plan — is absolute. labour says theresa may now has to fundamentally shift her position. if the prime minister won't move her red line, you can see what's going to happen, which is parliament is going to try and take control of the process. that is — that is because people are frustrated with the prime minister. this is only happening because of that. and i think, in the next week or two, other options will now be tested, one way or another. so expect further turbulent scenes here in the next few days. the battle now isn'tjust over what should happen with brexit, but who gets to control it. greek riot police have
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clashed with crowds of protesters outside parliament who are opposed to the recognition of the country's neighbour as the republic of north macedonia. youths wearing gas masks stormed the steps of parliament, but were pushed back. the greek government is expected to ask for the name to be changed this week. nick thorpe has more. feelings run high in greece about the name macedonia. a clear majority of greeks feel the name belongs to them and them alone. while today's protest was largely peaceful, more radical elements in the crowd tried to fight their way towards the parliament building, through the ranks of the riot police. for some, it was a largely symbolic protest, against an agreement which has already been signed and which the greek government is committed to pushing through parliament in the coming days. translation: i believe everything is over, but we must carry out our duty and be here. translation: i believe
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this is the last push regarding the national topic of macedonia. i believe the greek people must fight the last battle. it's our last hope. and this is the reason for their desperation. prime minister alexis tsipras and his syriza party narrowly won a vote of confidence in parliament last week provoked by the departure of his coalition partner over the macedonian name issue. the parliament in skopje has already ratified the agreement. if the greek parliament does so as well, it will enter into force and become legally irreversible. its champions say it will benefit not only northern macedonia, but the whole of the balkans, and will also be good for greece. this protest may be the last chance of opponents of the deal to vent their anger and frustration. nick thorpe, bbc news, athens. in the last few minutes china has
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said that the economy slowed last year with growth rates at 6.6% compared to the same time one year ago. this reflects the continued slowing of the world's second biggest economy, which is not only feeling the effects of a global slowdown, but is also embroiled in a trade war with the united states. last week beijing announced a string of measures to try and boost the economy. let's speak to the bbc‘s robin brant, who's in shanghai. but let's show you first the live pictures. the announcement is still continuing. we had that announcement of 6.6% growth. now let's go to robin in shanghai to explain more about this. what do these figures tell us? is this what we expected? it confirms that we are ring the midst of a managed slowdown in terms of china's economy. the focus for china's leaders from president xi
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jinping at the top is on quality of gross and not quantity of growth. what they want to insure more than anything else is that stability remains in this country, even though they will have to deal with things like a growing rate of unemployment. let's remind you of the figures that we have just had from let's remind you of the figures that we havejust had from beijing. growth in chinese economy in the last three months of 2018 is known as the fourth quarter, 6.4%. slightly down on the previous period. or 2018 overall, slightly down on the previous period. or2018 overall, chinese economy grew by 6.6%, a small fall on previous operable figures. so if you are looking on from western capital, that figure is impressive and one you would like to see. at what it tells us about china is that those double—digit growth rates of ten or 15 years ago are now long
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gone and the country is in the midst ofa gone and the country is in the midst of a slowdown in terms of a growth rate. in the context here, aside from the growing trade war with the united states is one where there has been a squeeze on credit here in china. the government wants there to be less money available in the system, it wants it to be less easy to get hold of credit. there is a concern as well about consumer demand. we had the mansour cars in china, the world ‘s biggest market falling by 6% last year. the first falling by 6% last year. the first fall in 20 years. a few weeks ago there was a warning from the ceo of apple about the demand for apple's product in this country. that fell significantly at the end of last year, so much so that it will affect apple revenue. to concern about negative sentiment in terms of consumer demand. as they say, the gdp figures confirm we are in the midst of a managed slowdown in terms of chinese economy growth. in the
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past we have been told that we cannot necessarily trust these figures that come out of china. can we trust these figures? that is the caveat that we always discuss when it comes to official government figures on the size of china's economy. they miraculously always seem economy. they miraculously always seem to come in either bang on all very close to the government's target and this time around that is almost exactly the case. the chinese government has a target of 6.5% gross and this year it is likely to move to something slightly lower. there is always much scepticism giving many people think that growth here is significantly less, maybe in three or 4%. even a few weeks ago we had an academic year giving a speech that was publicised on social media who talked about growth being at 1.67%, way of what the government's official target is. there are huge caveat here, much scepticism about
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government massaging figures so it fits with their forecast. but there is no doubt that the government's target in terms of growth is falling and the gdp figures are in line with ourand we are and the gdp figures are in line with our and we are in the midst of a slowdown in china's economic growth. the priority for the government is to manage that slowdown. robin in shanghai telling is all about the new gdp figures coming out of china. thank you very much. israel says it's struck at iranian targets inside syria overnight. an israeli military statement, in the early hours of monday, said the operation was against the elite quds force of the iranian revolutionary guards: it warned syria not to strike back. the syrian observatory for human rights said the strikes hit areas around damascus and damascus airport. zimbabwe's president, emmerson mnangagwa, is pulling out of a foreign tour and returning home, as anger grows over the violent suppression of protests by the security forces. the demonstrations were triggered by a steep rise in the price of fuel last weekend. at least twelve people are reported to have been killed and hundreds arrested.
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mexican officials say the number of people killed in a huge fuel pipeline explosion late on friday has risen to 85. the blast is thought to have happened after fuel thieves made a hole in the pipe, near mexico city. hundreds of people then gathered trying to fill up containers with fuel. mexico's security minister said the state oil firm, pemex, did not close the valve when first notified because it was not thought to be an "importa nt" leak. south african leaders have been congratulating felix tshisekedi, who's been declared president of the democratic republic of congo by a constitutional court. his main rival martin fayulu says it's a ‘constitutional coup d'etat‘ and has called for peaceful demonstrations across the country. louise dewast has more from the capital kinshasa. steps away from felix tshisekedi's
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party headquarters it has been a day of celebration is. his party had tried unsuccessfully for decades to seize power. many here are also celebrating the outgoing president for overseeing a handover of power. but felix tshisekedi will have to face legitimacy concerns, although he is from an opposition party. some of his opponents claim he made some kind of backroom deal with the outgoing president who they say it helped to read the results in exchange for letting his party remain influential. felix tshisekedi denies that but he will also have to face governing challenges because the ruling coalition have won over half of parliamentary seats. that means the prime minister will be picked from their ranks and they will likely also get to pick
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governors and senators. so while people here in this area of the capital are celebrating the big question now is whether the rest of the population in this vast country, and also the international community, recognise his victory amid allegations of electoral fraud. four men have been arrested in northern ireland after a bomb exploded outside the courthouse in londonderry on saturday night. police called it a ‘very significant‘ attempt to kill people and suspect the dissident republican group, the new ira, of being responsible. our ireland correspondent, emma vardy, reports from derry. this cctv shows the vehicle arriving outside the courthouse in londonderry city centre. the driver parks up, then runs away. shortly after, a group of people pass by, oblivious. the device detonates atjust after 8:00pm last night. i thought this was all a thing of the past, so it‘s a bit, you know...
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don‘t really know what to think, to be honest. this doesn't accomplish anything. it doesn't prove anything. what are they trying to prove? a warning was called in, but police had already spotted the suspicious vehicle some tenminutes earlier, and were evacuating the city centre. hundreds of people were led out of the busy hotels and bars. today, four men were arrested, and remain in custody. thankfully, the local community and the police service acted bravely together, and we got everybody awayjust in time. but the bomb detonated just as we were leaving the area, and it‘s only by good grace that local people weren‘t killed. this attack has been linked to the dissident republican group known as the new ira, a proscribed organisation which aims to bring about a united ireland. police say a pizza delivery van was hijacked by two armed men in derry a short time before the explosion. it was a very crude device that was placed inside this vehicle, but officers described it
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as a significant attempt to kill people. in a place where politics can be so divisive, today, political leaders were united. my message to those, whoever they are, who were responsible for this action is to stop, to understand that they have no support for such actions. the democratic unionist party leader, arlene foster, called it "a pointless act of terror which must be condemned in the strongest terms." scenes like this were once common in northern ireland, but not anymore. this attack reawakens memories of a darker time. emma vardy, bbc news, derry. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a race against time — rescuers struggle to reach a toddler trapped for a week underground. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states.
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he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it‘s going to be only america first — america first. demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him 'the butcher of lyon'. klaus altmann is being held here on a fraud charge in bolivia, but the west germans want to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot, a tide of humanity that‘s believed by officials to have broken all records. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: the british prime minister is preparing to unveil her latest proposals for leaving the european union after plans were rejected by mps last week. the greek capital has witnessed some of the worst violence at a demonstration in years as thousands of furious protestors gathered outside parliament. rescue teams in southern spain are drilling a tunnel in an attempt to find a 2—year—old boy who fell down an unmarked well a week ago. engineers, emergency services, and volunteers have been working around the clock near the southern city of malaga to try to find julen rosello. his family say they heard him cry out as he fell, but he hasn‘t been heard from since. courtney bembridge reports. normally quiet part southern spain,
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tota la n normally quiet part southern spain, totalan is now the scene of a large—scale rescue operation. it has been one week since the toddler disappeared from a family outing and his farmer raised the alarm. translation macro we feel dead but with the hope that we have an angel that will help some get out of there as soon as possible. we will not stop until we take my child out from where he is. thank you very much for the support. thank you very much for your work. the boy fell into an unmarked illegal welljust your work. the boy fell into an unmarked illegal well just 25 centimetres wide. it is to narrow the rescuers to access survey are drilling a wider tunnel next week, hoping to reach in that way. at the operation is complex. translation: we are hopeful that this work will ta ke we are hopeful that this work will take us as little time as possible under favourable conditions. we take us as little time as possible underfavourable conditions. we have the conditions will be better than the conditions will be better than the last few days. officials have
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been unable to find signs of life but say they are working on the basis that child is still alive. rescuers have used the camera to inspect the shaft, finding hair belonging to the boy as well as a bag of sweets and a cup butter is a blockage stopping them from getting to the bottom of the ball hall. all the colleagues and people working here have as their only goal breaching the boy as soon as possible and therefore we are incredibly motivated, incredibly. if we don‘t fill the hours, we don‘t feel there‘s fatigue and we don‘t feel there‘s fatigue and we don‘t feel there‘s fatigue and we don‘t feel the lack of sleep. the story has gripped the nation, making front—page news and triggering an outpouring of public support. residents of totalan marched in support of the family early this week. translation: this is the voice ofa week. translation: this is the voice of a town that is living a nightmare because somehow, we are all inside that well. the desperate search involving engineers, emergency services and volunteers will continue around the clock. the
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drilling operation is expect that to run intoa drilling operation is expect that to run into a lease the end of the day. —— and till at least. courtney bembridge, bbc news. american lindsey vonn, seen as one of the best professional skiers in history, has said she is considering retiring after she failed to finish a ski race in cortina in italy. 34—year—old ms vonn has 82 career ski victories — the most of any woman — and just four shy of the overall record of 86 wins, but she‘s been plagued by injuries in recent years. she had previously said she would retire in december. kim gittleson has more. it wasn‘t supposed to end this way. but after lindsey vonn failed to finish a super—g ski race in cortina, italy, she said it was possible that this event could be her last. a superstar in the ski world, ms vonn had previously said she planned to retire in december due to chronic knee injuries and persistent pain. even before the race began, it was clear it would be an emotional weekend.
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on saturday, she was moved to tears when organizers surprised her with a highlight reel of her historic 12 wins on the course. thank you. applause. woman: we love you, linsey! thank you. lindsey vonn has won three olympic medals, four overall world cup championships and an astounding 82 professional titles — the most of any woman and just four short of the overall record. she is a household name in america. she‘s credited with elevating women‘s skiing, inspiring the next generation — like sunday‘s winner, fellow american mikaela shiffrin. although ms vonn said she hadn‘t fully decided yet, in an interview with swiss tv, she said: a possibly abrupt end to an historic run. kim gittleson, bbc news. now, something i am sure you will
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all waiting for. apologies,... skywatchers are gearing up for a lunar eclipse that‘s due to begin very shortly. it‘s called a ‘super blood wolf moon‘ and should be visible in many parts of the world. walter freeman is assistant teaching professor of physics at syracuse university and has written extensively about the super blood moon. he joins me from new york. walter, thank you for your time and first of all, can you tell us what some people are going to be seeing this evening? starting at about 10:33 new york times the earth‘s shadow will start to pass in front of the moon are normally when the moon is full the sun shines click on it and we see the entire disk of the moon set up but if it is in the way it will the sunlight so starting at 10:33 the earth‘s shadow will move from the bottom of africa to the top right and cover the entire moon
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until about 10:40 eastern us time and the entire moon will be covered by the sun shadow and it will stay for about an hour by the sun shadow and it will stay foraboutan hourand by the sun shadow and it will stay for about an hour and the shadow is going to live in the top right and then the moon is completely eclipsed when the earth‘s shadow completely falls over it and a tiny amount of red light will be around the outside of the earth, —— leak around the outside of the earth, it is all the sunrises and sunsets that occur on earth all the time at once when you see the red glow coming over the horizon, well, any of the light that is not seen by skywatchers keeps going and that will land of the moon‘s surface and dimly illuminate it read so instead of a bright white full moon during a period of total eclipse we are going to see a dull red moon and that is where the term blood moon comes from. we are getting some pictures, early pictures, coming out of the uk in hull, we can see them on the screen. walter, why are people getting so excited about this phenomenon? well,
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short version is it‘s beautiful, any lunar eclipse is beautiful and these are inspiring thing is that the sky gives to us. there was art long before people were around to see it. the other words that you used to describe it, a supermoon and a wolf moon. so those two things are much less exciting, they are kind of artificial things people have created the move was not all but isn‘t quite circular sometimes it is closer to us than other soap supermoon is when the moon is full at the same time as it is a little bit closer to earth than it sometimes otherwise is, it isn‘t much of a change, so it is only about 10% bigger than average but this full moon that is eclipsed is also one of those times when the moon is maybe 10% bigger in the sky than average. and a wolf moon is simply the first moon of the new year. so those two things are kind of normal and mundane, the really exciting thing is the fact that there is a lunar eclipse tonight.
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now apparently, for a bit of trivia, i believe this is a really good moment for budding photographers as well? for those people who want to photograph the moon at this time? can you explain why? sure, i do not landscape photography myself and the challenge is you cannot take a picture that has the stars in the sky near the moon because the moon is so bright that it last out everything else in the night sky near it. but when the moon is fully eclipsed, it is about 10,000 times dimmerthan it eclipsed, it is about 10,000 times dimmer than it normally is when it is full and this would give you an opportunity to correct the exposed both his eclipsed red blood moon as they call it and the nearby stars so this is something that could be incorporated in your photographs. walter, thank you so much for your time, sorry we have run out of time but i hope you enjoy gazing at the moon this evening and for those of you in the uk, it will be read from about 4:40. see you soon. hello.
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eyes to the skies for the total lunar eclipse. there are some areas of cloud around england and wales, some high cloud in scotland and northern ireland that may limit the views, so good luck! the blue indicating where there‘s a frost around. in fact, more widespread frost to start monday compared with sunday, so that is indicative of that. there are some breaks in the cloud, allowing temperatures to drop away for quite a widespread frost, then, for the start of monday. underneath this ridge of high pressure, giving the first half of the day for most of us some quiet weather but things are going to change. a more vigorous weather system is approaching from the north—west. that quite quickly is going to thicken the cloud even further in scotland and northern ireland. the winds pick up as well — gusts eventually towards 60 miles an hour, i think, in the western isles — and then here comes the wet weather, moving into northern ireland, into western scotland through the afternoon and into the evening. some hill snow again, especially in scotland. ahead of that, though, much of eastern scotland, much of england and wales — at least during daylight hours — will stay dry. quite a bit of cloud around, some hazy brightness here and there.
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probably some good sunshine in kent. it is a cold day though, around 4—8 degrees. this wet weather pushes south, then, monday evening and night. snow to the hills in scotland, the pennines, maybe some snow to lower levels, some wet snow and some heavier bursts. squally winds as that moves south as well. clearing behind it, notice some wintry showers coming in towards the north—west for the start of tuesday — a sign of things to come on tuesday. temperatures dipping again behind this weather system to give a touch of frost going into tuesday morning. so that weather system pushes away early on tuesday from the far south—east and a flow of quite cold air coming in from the north—west on which we will see these wintry showers. some sunshine too, but the showers into northern and western scotland, northern ireland, wales, western england. snow notjust on hills out of these. get a heavy shower, even to lower levels, you could see a brief covering, and it will start to drift a little bit further eastwards on through tuesday on that north—westerly wind, which will make it feel colder. now, as we look ahead to wednesday, still a few of these showers running in towards the west.
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quite a bit of sunshine elsewhere. could start to pick up some showers, too, towards east anglia and south—west england going into wednesday night—early thursday. that could give a little bit of snow in places so be aware of that potential. but actually in the second half of the week, there is quite a bit of dry weather around. some sunshine at times. frosty nights. by friday, the atlantic weather system brings thicker cloud towards parts of scotland and northern ireland but at that stage, it becomes a little less cold. at the end of the week, looks like it turns colder again, though, next weekend. much of this week, though, is cold. sunshine and wintry showers with snow in places, and some frosty nights to come. this is bbc news, the headlines: theresa may will unveil her latest plans for brexit later, after the withdrawal agreement was voted down by the house of commons last week. the british prime minister has already updated her cabinet on talks with mps from rival parties — and factions. riot police and extreme right—wing activists in greece have been involved in clashes for several hours that left 25 police officers and an unknown number
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of protesters injured. they were protesting at plans to recognise greece‘s northern neighbour as the republic of north macedonia. china says it economy slowed last you with growth at 6.6% compared to the same time one year ago. it reflects the continued slowing of the world ‘s second—biggest economy and has also embroiled in a trade war with the united states. now on bbc news, the week in parliament.
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