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i the ithe research case on the science of the research around higher levels of testosterone and what advantage they provide to female athletes. we'll see that played out over the next five days in lausanne. the verdict not expected until the end of march, is significant because that is just six months before the start of the world championships later this year in qatar. we've all heard about firefighters being called to rescue cats stuck up trees. but usually not cats this size. this is a mountain lion which was spotted perched on a branch 50 feet up in the air near a house in california. the fire crews had to tranquilise it and lower it down with a harness, before releasing it back into the wild. time for a look at the weather — here's darren bett. it's going to get really warm again later this week. right now, it's turning a bit cooler and with the cooler air that's coming in from the west, we've got a lot of shower clouds. also the strip of cloud producing some rain and drizzle.
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it's been pretty soggy on the m3 near basingstoke and further north—west in those showers, a day for rainbows there in highland scotland. lots of showers still to come across the corner of the uk and we've still got some rain and cloud in the south—east. around 9—11, still mild but not as mild as mild as it has been. heavy showers continuing across northern areas. the rain in the south—east will clear away this evening. we'll see the show was becoming fewer and lighter with strong and gusty winds easing down as well. clear skies developing overnight, getting chilly in and may be a pinch of frost here and there. starting bright with hazy sunshine tomorrow but clouding over quickly. this is the next weather system arriving from the atlantic. rain by the end of tomorrow morning turning heavier and marching across the irish sea into western scotland. a breezy day. south—westerly winds
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to again. these weather fronts are going to be mainly affecting the northern half of the uk. it's a wet start here on wednesday but through the day you see how that wet weather pushes over the north sea toward scandinavia, and many parts of scotla nd scandinavia, and many parts of scotland becoming drier and brighter. still some patchy rain for northern england. again, south wales, the midlands and southern england again dry and those temperatures beginning to pick up. over the week we'll find some rain for a while, mainly affecting the northern half of the uk. later in the week, is set to climb once again. the next weather system kept at bay out to the west of the uk. this large area of high pressure is keeping europe dry and mild for the most part. another nudge of cold air coming into the north—east of europe but we are in the warmer air. a bit
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like last week, the air coming all the way from the canaries with those stronger winds pushing the milder across the uk. for thursday and friday those temperatures continuing to rise. 15—16 on friday, possibly 17-18. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. seven mps announce they've quit the labour party — condemning jeremy corbyn‘s approach to brexit and anti—semitism. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon. it's 1.30pm, and here's your latest sports news. tyson fury‘s rematch with deontay wilder could be in doubt. it's because the british heavyweight boxer has signed a promotional deal with espn to broadcast his fights in the united states. their heavyweight fight last december was aired on rival us
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broadcaster showtime — and wilder has worked with them exclusively throughout his career. fury is holding a press conference this lunchtime and his team say an announcement on his next fight will be made in due course. he'll continue to work with promoter frank warren. meanwhile nicola adams‘s world title fight against mexico's arely mucino at the royal albert hall next month is off. adams is injured, and the fight will be rescheduled for later this year. one of the world's most successful track athletes, caster semenya, has arrived at court in switzerland to challenge controversial plans to limit testosterone levels in female athletes. the sport's governing body wants athletes with a higher—than—normal level of male hormones to take medication before they compete, to ensure races are fair. our sports news correspondent, richard conway is in lausanne. this is a five—day hearing. we saw
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this morning caster semenya arrived with her legal team. she is challenging those eligibility rules from the iaaf which say that athletes with naturally occurring high levels of testosterone must ta ke high levels of testosterone must take medication for six months prior to competing in elite middle—distance events. she says that such rules are discriminatory against her because she was born with hyperandrogenism. on the other side, the iaaf say they must take action against this. there is so much to play for tonight in the fifth round of the fa cup. chelsea host manchester united at stamford bridge, with both bosses knowing that a bit of silverware could make all the difference to theirjob prospects. maurizio sarri is under pressure at chelsea with his side losing three of their last four league matches. it's quite the opposite for ole gunnar solskjaer. despite losing his first match as caretaker manager of manchester united last week, the norwegian‘s stock remains high at old trafford — and a good league and cup run
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could help him secure the role permanently. alexis sanchez scored once for united in the last round, bringing his tally to just five goals sincejoining from arsenal last year. he has admitted he's worried about his form but solskjaer says the chilean forward is improving. when you go through periods and you don't perform up to your standard, we know he is a very good player, it is just we know he is a very good player, it isjust one of we know he is a very good player, it is just one of those things, the bottle of ketchup when it never comes. when it suddenly comes, loads, and it's great. you can do it simpler, to be fair, but when it comes, it comes. i'm sure he'll be fine. now let's show you some incredible pictures from overnight. they're from the famous daytona race in florida. one of the cars slammed into the wall and that started a chain—reaction which involved more than two dozen vehicles.
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not surprisingly a red flag stopped the race for a lengthy clean—up. luckily it looked a lot worse than it was and no one was seriously hurt in the pile up. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. let's return to the seven mps who have resigned from the labour party in protest at jeremy corbyn‘s approach to brexit and anti—semitism. they say they were forced to act. let's ta ke let's take a quick look at some of their reasons for leaving from the press c0 nfe re nce their reasons for leaving from the press conference this morning. it is time we dumped this country's old —fashioned politics and created an alternative that does justice to who we are today and gives this country a politics fit for the here and now, the 21st—century, not the last one.
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so, we've taken the first step in leaving the old tribal politics behind, and we invite others who share our political values to do so too. the labour party is now a racist, anti—semitic party. i'm furious that the labour leadership is complicit in facilitating brexit, which will cause great economic, social and political damage to our country. the values which i hold really dear, and which led me tojoin the labour party as a student almost 20 years ago, remain who i am. and yet, these values have been consistently and constantly violated, undermined and attacked as the labour party today refuses to put my constituents and our country before party interest. the evidence of labour's betrayal on europe is now visible for all to see. offering to actually
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enable this government's brexit, constantly holding back from allowing the public a final say, conference policy has been cast aside, no guaranteed full participation in the single market any more, no exact same benefits, no movement towards a people's vote. choosing to stand by while our constituents' lives and future opportunities are hurt by brexit is a fundamental violation of labour's traditional values. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is at westminster. norman. thanks, rita. we heard chris leslie there, and hejoins me now. what i'm not clear about is what you wa nt to what i'm not clear about is what you want to achieve. do you want to change the labour party? do you want to bea change the labour party? do you want to be a presence on the back? or do you want to create a third force in
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british politics? i want to give the public a proper choice. i think for too long it has felt as though the public have to choose between jeremy corbyn and euro phobia. i think the vast majority of the public want decent, mainstream values, whether thatis decent, mainstream values, whether that is fair play, opportunity for all, people taking responsibility. orare all, people taking responsibility. or are looking at some of the big long—term challenges like climate change or an ageing society. we haven't talked about those things for a long time because the main parties have been captured by the sort of extremes on the fringes. that suggests you want to form a new centrist party. well, one step at a time. it has been a big decision to actually leave the labour party for me. i've set out my reasons for that. we have set out our values, the group of us that made this particular decision, but my own personal preference is that, yes, we are not a political party yet, but i
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think this is something we now want to explore, and in particular listen to explore, and in particular listen to what the public want for a change. the old parties of the 20th century treat the public as though they are blocks — there is a block of labour seats or conservative seats — and we need to get out of that habit because the parties don't owi'i that habit because the parties don't own voters, they should be earning the votes of the public. let me put to you that what we are suggesting, andi to you that what we are suggesting, and i appreciate that it is early days, is basically an sdp mark two, which was also motivated largely by europe, and also alarm at the direction of the labour party. you seem to be suggesting a repeat of that, and everyone knows how that ended. these are completely different circumstances. it is a completely different century from when that happened back in the 19805, when that happened back in the 1980s, and nowi when that happened back in the 1980s, and now i think the labour party has gone into an even worse state than it was in the 1980s, and it's notjust state than it was in the 1980s, and
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it's not just about jeremy corbyn. i think the whole leadership team has been captured by a pretty hard left ideology which has caused it to be a bystander on europe, caused it to turn a blind eye to anti—semitism. its views on national security aren't in line with those of the british public. i'm fed up with it and won't put up with it any longer, and won't put up with it any longer, and neither should the british public. many of your colleagues may share your views on brexit and jeremy corbyn, so what do you say to those of them who say that you would have been better to stay and fight? all you will do is help the conservatives and split the labour vote. for a start, there is not a labour right to govern or a conservative one. the public have that particular choice. at the end of the day, you know, i think that the public are the ones who have to choose this. we are not in favour of the conservative party. my values haven't changed at all in this
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process. i have a few that i want to tackle poverty and prejudice and extent equal opportunities for all, but ijust extent equal opportunities for all, but i just couldn't extent equal opportunities for all, but ijust couldn't do that any longer in the labour party, and i tried and tried, as you know, year after year, to try and save the labour party. i did absolutely everything i possibly could. but there is a point at which i feel, notjust for my there is a point at which i feel, not just for my integrity but for my duty to the country, i have to make a decision and say, enough is enough. why not fight by-elections? john mcdonnell has challenged you to do that, but if you believe that your views reflect a view on the public of people who feel they have no political home at the moment, why not make a statement, put it to the test and hold a by—election?|j not make a statement, put it to the test and hold a by-election? i don't think by—elections or general elections right now we know this brexit crisis would be appropriate, or what the public would actually want. i was elected. my name comes first on the ballot paper. you take
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a party label, but you're not a creature of your political party. you elect individuals rather than just a block of party hacks, because we are elected to use ourjudgment, and my judgment is we are elected to use ourjudgment, and myjudgment is that i can best pursue those values that i was elected on as a member of an independent group of members of parliament, andl independent group of members of parliament, and i think that will then take us to what happens next. chris leslie, thanks very much indeed. we will have to watch now to see where others go. do others follow the seven, or do theyjust remain seven? how do some conservative mps are unhappy with brexit respond? a lot of things could happen over the next few days. norman, we will be watching. many thanks. the chairman of the senate judiciary committee says his panel will investigate allegations that the deputy us attorney general, rod rosenstein, considered constitutional measures to remove president trump from office in twenty seventeen. lindsey graham described the allegations by the former acting director of the fbi andrew mccabe
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as beyond stunning . jon ironmonger reports. shame on you! calls for impeachment have dogged the us president, but now allegations have returned of a high level scheme to bring him down. speaking on cbs news, the former acting head of the fbi, andrew mackay, said that rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, considered trying to remove donald trump by invoking the 25th amendment. rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort. it was something that he threw out in a very frenzied, chaotic conversation about where we we re chaotic conversation about where we were and what we needed to do next. what seem to be going through the
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mind of the deputy attorney general was getting rid of the president of the united states. yellow might i can't confirm that, but the deputy attorney general was definitely very concerned about the president, his capacity and what was his intent at that point in time. mr rosenstein has denied reports that he discussed getting rid of the president, and that he suggested wearing a wire to record his conversations. the chair of the us senatejudiciary committee has promised to get to the bottom of the allegations. we will have a hearing about who is telling the truth, what actually happened. mr mccabe, you remember, was dismissed from the fbi for leaking information to the press, so you have to remember the source here. mr mccabe took over the fbi after the president fired his predecessor, james comey, in reaction to the investigation into collusion between his campaign team in russia. on sunday, trump took to twitter once again to claim he was the victim of
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again to claim he was the victim of a witchhunt, and calling mccabe a disgrace. threats to the presidency are many, but while trump appears u nsettled, are many, but while trump appears unsettled, it'll take more to unseat him. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first, the headlines on bbc news: seven mps announce they've quit the labour party — condemning jeremy corbyn‘s approach to brexit and antisemitism shamima begum tells the bbc she apologises for joining the islamic state group in syria, and says she was used as propaganda. and mps investigating ‘fake news' on social media call for stricter regulation and tougher action against facebook to end the spread of disinformation. in the business news: any risk posed by involving the chinese technology giant huawei in uk telecoms projects can be managed — that's according to cyber—security bosses. reports say it can be used in britain's 5g mobile phone network,
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despite allegations that it's used by china for spying. retailers have been accused of trying to water down proposals to boost bottles recycling. environmentalists say both large and small drink containers should be forced to carry a returnable deposit of more than isp — if the bottle is returned for recycling. but retailers say small "on—the—go" bottles cause the most litter, and large bottles are mostly recycled at home and so should not need the deposit. the government has urged families to check if they qualify for tax—free childcare after figures show that only a fifth of eligible families had signed up. the bbc found that the government had budgeted for 415,000 families to take part in the scheme — which replaced the old childcare vouchers — but only 91,000 have done so. afternoon to you — welcome to the business news. uk households have become more downbeat about their finances because of worries aboutjob security.
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according to a new poll by markit, these concerns have hit their worst levels in a year. concerns about jobs were particularly high, despite unemployment at record lows. laura gardiner is research director at the resolution foundation, the think tank that looks at low pay. thanks forjoining us. these are interesting figures, given that economic indicators seem to show that actually unemployment is at an all—time low and job security is pretty good at the moment. these figures look at household finances, andi figures look at household finances, and i think it is consistent with some of the wider economic news we've been hearing, so the recent figures for gdp, the growth of the economy, were very weak last week. what we see in the survey today is the pessimism of uk households about
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theirfinance. our the pessimism of uk households about their finance. our research shows that it their finance. our research shows thatitis their finance. our research shows that it is reflected in the actual numbers. in the past two years, household incomes, the best measure of household living standards day today, have fallen £1500 below where we expected them to be before the eu referendum. so, there are other good news stories in terms of what is going on in the labour market, but in terms of household living standards, the pessimism in today's figures is reflected in the outlook for gdp. wages are rising, and inflation is at its lowest level, so it doesn't seem to tally up. in the expectations for job security and the figures, there is an interesting story. wages are now growing faster
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than inflation. the gap between the two is the largest it has been in a couple of years. the fact that people are pessimistic aboutjob market prospects is a little surprising. it reminds us that it is not about the overall quantity of jobs, it is about their quality. atypical and insecure forms of work remainfar atypical and insecure forms of work remain far too high given the overall levels of employment string. the other thing that is interesting in the figures as the concerns in particular parts of the economy, particularly manufacturing and retail, and we know from other news that the high street is having tough time and manufacturing is in long—term decline, so it is a good reminder to celebrate the overall su ccesses reminder to celebrate the overall successes of the labour market but focus on some of the enduring issues of insecurity in some of the sectors in which economic change is having a big impact. we will discuss this later in the afternoon in the business news. thank you forjoining us. in other stories we've been following, natwest bank has paid compensation to a loan applicant
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after an employee told her "all vegans should be punched in the face". the bristol woman — who did not want to be named — applied for the loan to pay for a £400 nutrition course. natwest said the customer's experience was "wholly inappropriate". it's offered to pay for her course and give her £200 in compensation. more pay rises could be on the way after new figures showed private employers are planning average increases of 2.5% for staff this year. the chartered institute of personnel and development reports that more employers are having problems filling vacancies and so need to offer higher salaries to attract top talent. the sportwear retailerjd has bought a minority stake in its rival, footasylum. jd has taken 8.3% of footasylum's shares for what it described as "investment purposes". jd says it's prepared to buy up to 29.9% of the footwear retailer but it does not intend to make a takeover offer. big companies who pay their suppliers unacceptably late should be banned from
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getting public contracts — that's the call from small business leaders in scotland. the federation of small businesses wants firms to prove in advance that they are responsible payers, and it's called on the scottish government to withhold contracts in a bid to tackle what they call the country's lamentable payment culture. a quick look at the markets... the ftse 100 a quick look at the markets... the ftse100 in a quick look at the markets... the ftse 100 in the red. the pound is up against the dollar amid ongoing uncertainty about the outcome of brexit talks. sterling has been low against the dollar, so it will be interesting to see what happens there this week. oil prices are at their highest levels this year. that is largely because of production cuts by the biggest oil producers in the world. that's all the business news. train companies have proposed major changes to ticketing on britain's railways.
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the rail delivery group says the current system is outdated and overcomplicated. it wants to see more flexible fares and a roll—out of electronic systems, like london's oyster card, across the country. our transport correspondent tom burridge reports. this tap—in, tap—out travel has been the norm in london for years. now, rail companies say there should be a similar style system for passengers across the country. swipe, and you would automatically be charged the cheapest fare for your journey. and if you travel the same route often, your weekly rate would be automatically capped. it's a far cry from the system we have today, which train companies say is overcomplicated and full of anomalies. for example, a single can sometimes be almost as expensive as a return. the industry wants more flexible fares for long—distance journeys, to avoid people rushing for the first off—peak service after the rush hour. passenger groups say change is needed, but worry there will be winners and losers.
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the issues go beyond the railways. this is about ticketing across rail, bus, tram, metro, and other forms of transport. we have got a ticketing system and a fare system that doesn't work for seamless door—to—door journeys. it doesn't work for people day in, day out, travelling to work, going to education or going to the shops. we need a simpler system that works across all forms of public transport. the train companies say the average price of a ticket wouldn't change under today's proposals. they consulted nearly 20,000 passengers. but real change to the way we buy tickets could take years. and, ultimately, it will be down to the government. tom burridge, bbc news. the weather in the moment, but breaking news coming to us from bbc south—east. the border force has intercepted a boat carrying migrants off the coast of dover. the first
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group have been brought ashore and have been given blankets and they are being loaded into vans. the home office says it is concerned —— make the home office confirmed that one of the two cutters deployed in the mediterranean is attending. now it's time for a look at the weather. cooler air coming cooleraircoming in cooler air coming in today, along with shower clouds in the north—west. in the south—east, this ribbon of cloud producing and drizzle. a soggy scene on the m3 near basingstoke in hampshire. it is a day for rainbows in the highlands of scotland. lots of showers to come into western scotland, some getting to eastern areas, heavy showers for northern ireland and north—west england. still reign in the midlands, east anglia and the
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south—east. temperatures 9—iidc. the rain clears the south—east this evening. the showers keep going for a while, but they fewer and lighter. the winds will ease down. clear spells developing overnight. temperatures may be close to freezing in rural areas. tomorrow will start bright. hazy sunshine but it quickly clouds over from the west, rain arriving into northern ireland by the end of the morning, turning heavier in the afternoon before pushing into western scotland by the end of the day. hazy sunshine further east, temperatures of 9-11dc. the further east, temperatures of 9—iidc. the wet weather will be more across the northern half of the uk, those weather fronts moving across overnight. into wednesday, still heavy rain in western scotland over the hills, and over the cumbrian fells. it can be wet for a round 24—hour is. the rain will ease away into the north sea, so it turns
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drier and brighter across a good pa rt drier and brighter across a good part of scotland. some patchy rain left for northern england, may be coming back into northern ireland. clear in the south. temperatures are set to climb once again. the next weather system will be kept away towards the west in the atlantic. this is the dominant feature — a large area of high pressure keeping many parts of europe dry and mild. we will see a surge of colder air coming into the north east of europe, but we are in the warmer air. ourair is europe, but we are in the warmer air. our air is coming from the canaries, and that will give the temperature is a boost. there will be cloud around, spells of sunshine during thursday and friday, maybe early mist and fog in wales. temperatures will rise everywhere, possibly i7 temperatures will rise everywhere, possibly 17 or 18 celsius on friday. hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy.
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today at 2. seven mps announce they've quit the labour party — condemning jeremy corbyn's approach to brexit and antisemitism i have become embarrassed and ashamed to be in the labour party. shamima begum tells the bbc she apologises for joining the islamic state group in syria, but still expresses sympathy for them. idid hear i did hear that a lot of people were encouraged after i left, but i didn't make the decision to put myself on the news. regulate facebook now — a committee of mps says founder
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