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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: at least two people have been killed and more than 20 injured on venezuela's border with brazil. opposition supporters are trying to move humanitarian aid into the country. three cabinet ministers threaten to defy the prime minister, saying they'll vote to delay brexit unless a deal‘s approved by mps. ajudge in chicago has set bail at $1 million for the singer r kelly in his sexual assault case. votes are being counted in nigeria after the biggest presidential and parliamentary elections in african history. wales have the grand slam in their sights, with a last minute try that sees them take control of the six nations.
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and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, giles kenningham and nicola bartlett. do stay with us for that. at least two people have been killed and more than 20 injured on venezuela's border with brazil. violent clashes also broke out on the colombian border. opposition supporters tried to move humanitarian aid into the country. troops fired tear gas at protestors after president nicolas maduro sealed off borders, saying foreign aid wasn't necessary. the opposition leaderjuan guaido
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said the first shipment of aid had arrived from brazil and that thousands of venezuelans could die without outside help, as the country battles food shortages and hyper inflation. our international correspondent orla guerin reports now from cucuta, on the venezuelan—colombian border. holding the line, president maduro's troops on the bridge between colombia and venezuela. from early morning, face to face with their own countrymen, desperate for aid to get through. this former officer in the venezuelan army addresses the young troops. "when the orders are unconstitutional", he tells them, "you don't have to obey." "i am venezuelan myself", says nicola gonzales, "think of your children." "open the doors, let venezuela be free." a short distance away, the opposition leaderjuan guaido giving the aid convoy a personal sendoff.
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he said it would travel peacefully to venezuela, to save lives. but when his supporters converged on the bridge, they found it wasn't going to be that easy. as we filmed, we were engulfed in tear gas. soon, demonstrators were being hit with rubber bullets. a few tried to fight back. but as violence erupted at the border, this was the scene in the venezuelan capital, caracas.
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the embattled president, nicolas maduro, playing to the crowd, rallying his supporters, but his isolation is growing, he has broken off relations with neighbouring colombia because of its support for the opposition. back at the border, guaido's aid caravan was approaching, laden with supporters and with hopes for change in venezuela. well, the convoy is on the move now, it's pushing forward towards the border, this is what the opposition has promised and it's about far more than food and medicine. if the opposition manage to push all this through the border, through president maduro's defences, it will be a real challenge to his authority. but on the bridge, the trucks ground to a halt, blocked by troops and clouds of tear gas. organisers plan to keep trying, here and at other crossing points. president maduro claims the aid convoy is just a cover for a us invasion.
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but some of his men are no longer listening, like the soldier in the black cap. we watched as he abandoned his post for the embrace of the opposition. he's one of at least a dozen who have deserted today and are now, according to juan guaido, on the right side of history. but this could be just the start of a long battle. orla guerin, bbc news, at the colombia venezuela border. three senior cabinet ministers have threatened to defy the prime minister and vote for a delay to brexit, unless a withdrawal deal can win the support of the commons in the coming days. they've warned a no—deal exit would be a "disaster". downing street said theresa may was working hard to get a deal. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. they're part of theresa may's top team, meant to be her closest colleagues, but today
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three cabinet ministers went against the government line and warned brexit might have to be delayed if there's no deal. greg clark, amber rudd and david gauke wrote in the daily mail... it's infuriated brexiteers. one suggested they should quit, claiming it was a plot to force them to back a deal, rather than delay brexit. if ministers or cabinet ministers cannot support publicly government policy and vote with it, then they have to resign, and government policy is very clear. the prime minister's said on over 100 occasions that we're leaving the european union on the 29th of march, with or without a deal. most mps, though, don't want to leave without a deal. this week, they'll vote on a plan to give parliament the chance to delay brexit if there's no agreement, and some ministers have said they could resign to back that move. downing street says the prime minister is working hard to try to get the eu to change the current brexit deal so she can
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bring it back to parliament, in the hope of getting mps to support it. but it's not clear when that will happen. and in the meantime, these three cabinet ministers have publicly added to the pressure she's already under from so many of her backbench mps. but we've had a democratic vote. i understand the chaos it's caused... one of them, who left the tory party this week, was out campaigning for another brexit vote, still critical. itjust says the complete chaos that's now existing at the top of government, that you have three cabinet ministers who go out into the press because they can't win the argument in a deeply divided cabinet, and i'm afraid to say a prime minister who is just not listening. but here, there was a very different message from grassroots tories today. theresa may addressed their national convention, where members voted not to delay or thwart brexit. for the prime minister, protestations on every corner. alex forsyth, bbc news.
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the shadow foreign secretary, emily thornberry, has accused mps who left labour this week of betraying voters, claiming the party would "crush them if they had the guts to call by—elections". speaking at a rally in nottinghamshire, ms thornberry described her eight former colleagues who've formed a new independent group as "splitters", who were "cuddling up to conservatives". the singer r kelly has appeared in court in chicago on charges of sexually abusing women and underage girls. a judge set bail at $1 million and told the 52—year—old not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18. he's denied all the allegations. votes are being counted in nigeria, where millions of people have cast their ballots in delayed presidential and parliamentary elections. officials say logistical problems that forced a week's postponement have been solved, but some polling stations were kept open because of long lines. the president, muhammadu buhari,
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is being challenged by the main opposition leader, atiku abubakar. there have been reports of sporadic violence in some parts of the country. our africa editor fergal keane reports from the capital, abuja. many had been waiting since well before dawn, voting in the open air, each individual part of the biggest democratic exercise in african history. do you think it will change things here? hopefully. hopefully, it will. but you're not sure? i'm sure it will. with the number of people that are here, i'm sure, and in every other voting centre. i'm just... i have the feeling it will change things. gone are the days where people felt that our votes don't count. this time around us, you can see the people all around us all came out en masse to ensure that they exercise
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their civic right. and we believe in the votes and are not leaving here — we are going to stay until the vote is counted. you can't be but heartened to see people's patience and their faith still in the democratic process here. but the big question is whoever they elect, will they bring to an end the corruption that has disfigured public life here? when several voting machines broke down, some assumed corruption was the cause. billions of naira for this thing, and you are telling me that is not corruption. there were 73 million eligible voters. 120,000 polling stations. and in some places, there was violence. this was a polling station in lagos, allegedly attacked by ruling party supporters. far to the north in maiduguri, displaced people came out to vote despite an attack on their city by islamic extremists.
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there are nearly 2 million displaced people in this region. the election isn't just about machine politics and the power of two big parties. these are young civil society activists recording reports of incidents around the country. they're working to create a genuine culture of accountability. people are hopeful that with every effort that is made, the process will improve, and if it improves for younger people, of course, it means that the country improves and their hope and expectations of a better future will come. by evening, the sorting of votes. the official counts each unused ballot. the voters call back. seven... they want an honest result. nobody can say they don't deserve it. the duke and duchess of sussex have arrived in morocco for a three—day tour that will see meghan‘s promotion of gender equality at the fore. harry and meghan are making their first official
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visit to north africa to strengthen britain's links with one of the few stable countries in the region. the couple are making only their third official overseas trip together, following visits to dublin and a tour of australia, new zealand and the south pacific last year. north korean state media has confirmed that leader kim jong—un has left to attend the summit with the us, which is taking place in hanoi, in vietnam — scheduled for next week. this is the first official acknowledgement that the talks are taking place. the report also confirms mr kim left by train and will pay a "goodwill" visit to vietnam as part of the trip. let's get some more on venezuela now, where we can speak to phil gunson, who is a senior analyst for the international crisis group, an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build
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a more peaceful world. to the in us this evening. we're hearing these reports of violence done on the border, at least two people reported dead. how volatile do you think the situation is there? i think it is very volatile particularly on the borders because the opposition had announced that today was the day in which they would willy—nilly get humanitarian aid across the border, which is a that the government says is merely pa rt that the government says is merely part of the plan by the united states to intervene and the cause regime change in venezuela, so they are determined to stop it. the colombians and the brazilians at the border are extreme and had a lot of violence today, not just border are extreme and had a lot of violence today, notjust reports of people killed were also reports of people killed were also reports of people killed were also reports of people killed as well by gunshot. nicolas maduro said as well that he is breaking off relations with
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colombia, what effect is that likely to have? colombia is one of dozens of countries around the world, including most of the european union, the united states, canada and a lot of other neighbours who do not recognise mr maduro as the president, the legitimate president of venezuela. they recognise the opposition leaderjuan guaido as interim president, pending elections. on the one hand, it was expected, but on the other hand, it also increases the isolation of the maduro government. it means it will be even harderfor maduro government. it means it will be even harder for any maduro government. it means it will be even harderfor any kind of negotiated solution to this crisis, which is really the only way that we are going to avoid violence and create some kind of stable and sustainable transition. president maduro has said that he is not knowing these aid convoys into the country because the supplies are not needed. and when you are in caracas, what you make of that claim?
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venezuela desperately needs humanitarian aid and this is not just a natural disaster or an emergency affecting part of the country, this is the entire country of 30 million people. it is thinking really into an unsustainable situation, the infrastructure is breaking down, people can't afford the food that there is. —— 30 million. hyperinflation is reaching 50%. there are academics, and the government as you say, denying that there is a humanitarian emergency. it does admit that their economic problems, which it claims are exclusively due to us sanctions, and to the fall in the oil price. there does now seem to be a real impasse between nicolas maduro and juan guaido, who has, the opposition leader has declared himself president. how do you expect events to unfold in the coming days? well,
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i think unfortunately, everything points to more violence. neither side is particularly interested in any kind of negotiations. the logic of the situation suggests that the maduro government, which has nowhere to go, is not willing to discuss a possible handover of power, will defend itself with everything that it takes. and the opposition is equally determined not to give up, it has the united states large part of the international community behind it, so everything suggest that it behind it, so everything suggest thatitis behind it, so everything suggest that it is the irresistible force of an immovable object, and u nfortu nately, an immovable object, and unfortunately, at the moment there does not seem to be a peaceful way out. it does seem as though the military could be crucial to deciding the future cause of the country. —— course. is there any indication yet that they are prepared to abandon president maduro? well, the military are
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crucial, maduro does not have much support among the population right now, the military, we have seen desertions. we saw a lot today actually, the colombians are suggesting, the colombian authorities, that 60 or more members of the venezuelan security forces deserted by fleeing across the border today. so this has been a steady flow of deserters, but the military as an institution still remain behind mr maduro and it does not seem as though the amnesty that the opposition is offering is attractive enough for them to switch sides. it is also very difficult to imaginea sides. it is also very difficult to imagine a true because of the structure of the armed forces, which makes it very difficult for any substantial body of the military to get together and act in unison. 0k, many thanks for talking to us from caracas. the headlines on bbc news: at least two people have been killed and more than 20 injured
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on venezuela's border with brazil, as opposition supporters try to move humanitarian aid into the country. three cabinet ministers threaten to defy the prime minister, saying they'll vote to delay brexit unless a deal‘s approved by mps. ajudge in chicago has set bail at $1 million for the singer r kelly in his sexual assault case. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh woozencroft. yes indeed. wales have beaten england in the six nations for the first time since 2013. they've won at the principality stadium by 21 points to 13. and it means warren gatland's side have three wins out of three in the competition, keeping their hopes alive of winning the grand slam. joe lynsky watched the game.
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this is a fixture that consumes a whole city. on days like this in cardiff rugby takes over the censors. but the welsh capital has not seen a win censors. but the welsh capital has not seen a win over censors. but the welsh capital has not seen a win over england here at in six years. and as hope and expectation changed with one run. tom currie is the youngest player on any team at this tournament. but this is the anticipation that has made in was nick through port. with a world cup just months away there isa a world cup just months away there is a sense for both teams of new players making strides. follow wales this was gareth anscombe's chance. slowly his composure chipped away at the deficit. it ends with 13 minutes left and four points in it, one score would change everything. cheering —— cheering! touchdown would take wales to the
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6—nation summer. still, with seconds to go, they would scale greater heights. josh adams! fantastic! absolutely sensational. somehow, from the air, josh adams from they controlled dan biggar‘s keke. a finish worthy of settling the game. this is wales's 12 test match game ina this is wales's 12 test match game in a row. in a nation with rugby at its heart, it is this one is the most. joe lynskey, bbc news. scotland's 20—year wait for a victory in paris goes on after they were beaten 27—10 by france. an injury—hit scotland team struggled against a resurgent france side who scored four tries, including this from yoann huget, to earn a bonus—point victory and their first win of this six nations. ali price scored a consolation try for the visitors. in the women's six nations, france have beaten scotland 41—10 — the scots have now lost their opening three fixtures in the tournament. italy beat ireland 29—27
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in a gripping match to go top of the table. giada franco scored two of italy's tries in the bonus point win. in the premier league, burnley continued their very good form to deliver a big blow to tottenham hotspurs' premier league title aspirations... with an extremely hard fought 2—1win at turf moor. well, after that match there were some very heated words exchanged between spurs boss mauricio pochettino and the referee mike dean. pochettino seemingly expressing his dissatisfaction with dean's performance but he also appeared very upset about something he had heard. pochettino did express some remorse over the incident. now that we are all relaxed it is difficult to explain. but i think what happened on the pitch happened on the pitch. we cannot blame no—one. we need to blame our self. i
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am the first and only to blame myself when the defeat happened, it was in our hands to win. but we should do better. in the end we need to blame our self. in today's other premier league games — there were three penalties awarded between bournemouth and wolves. josh king scored one and missed one for the home side as it finished 1—1. newcastle hosted huddersfield at st james's park. a 2—0 win moves newcastle four points clear of the bottom three. in the late kick off, a poor result for leicester manager claude puel, after his side were beaten 4—1 at home by crystal palace. aberdeen closed the gap on second placed rangers in the scottish premiership with a win at stjohnstone. graeme shinnie scored both goals for the dons. elsewhere, hearts were held to a 1—1 draw by bottom side st mirren. and livingston got an important win overfourth placed kilmarnock. rangers and league leaders celtic play tomorrow. manchester city have won the first silverware of the women's domestic
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season — the continental cup — beating holders arsenal on penalties. the match finished 0—0 after extra time. karen bardsley proved key in the shootout, saving twice. and that allowed janine beckie to secure victory — as city won 11—2 on penalties. it's the third time they've won the trophy. the ibo super—middleweight title fight between the british pair ofjames degale and chris eubankjr is under way at the o2 arena in london. it's been a cagey encounter so far with eubank maybe slightly ahead after putting degale down for a count in the second round. the former world and olympic champion, degale has steadied somewhat — it's a hard one to call. you can follow text commentary on the bbc sport website and app. that's all the sport for now. you can follow the rest of the day's stories on the bbc sport website. many thanks.
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a senior roman catholic cardinal has said that files documenting child sexual abuse were destroyed — allowing offences to continue. cardinal marx made the comments during an unprecedented four—day summit at the vatican, which has brought together bishops from across the world. he told the conference on paedophilia in the church that procedures to prosecute offender's were "deliberately not complied". the sexual abuse of children and youth is in no small measure due to the abuse of power in the area of administration. in this regard, administration has not contributed to fulfilling the mission of the church but on the contrary, has obscured, discredited, and made it impossible. files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed or not even created. instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them. the stipulated procedures
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and processes for the prosecution of offences were deliberately not complied with but instead cancelled or overridden. the rights of victims were effectively trampled underfoot, left to the whims of individuals. officials in colombia have demolished pablo escobar‘s former apartment complex in medellin, after the site became a tourist hotspot. many local residents found this offensive. the ceremony was held outside the building to one of the victims of the criminal organisation that had been led by pablo escobar. first—time buyers now make up the majority of home purchases bought with a mortgage in the uk, according to new figures.
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the last time that happened was 1995. according to the halifax, pendle in lancashire and copeland in cumbria are the most affordable areas for first time buyers. here's colin campbell. the number of first—time buyers has nearly doubled over the past decade, but with surging property prices it remains an uphill struggle for those trying to get on the property ladder. according to the halifax, the average price paid for a typical first home hasjumped by 39%, from £153,000 in 2008 to more than £212,000 in 2018. first—time buyers are putting down an average deposit of more than £32,000, rising to more than £110,000 in london. the figures show a london first—time buyer's deposit could almost buy a home outright in the north—east of england or northern ireland. but it is in wales where first—time buyers are paying the lowest average deposit ofjust over £16,000. while there has been an increase in first—time buyers year on year across the uk, in scotland and wales numbers have fallen. terraced houses closely followed by semidetached properties continue to be the first time buyers‘ home of choice. despite a shortage of homes and challenges of raising a deposit, the halifax say the figures show
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healthy movement in the first buyer property market. colin campbell, bbc news. it really did feel as though spring had arrived in parts of the country today. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. is it going to last? it was a springlike feel across the east and the south—east of the country web is 18 celsius. further north and was there was a pesky weather front which brought a lot of cloud and spots of drizzle which gave a disappointing start to the weekend. tonight, under clear skies, it will turn chilly, especially across eastern areas. mist and fog patches developing again. this is the weather front which brought all the weather front which brought all the cloud across the north and it
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was. it will continue to fizzle out, a band of broken cloud through the overnight period. to the north and to the south—east we should see lengthy clear skies. they chilly one for the north—east of scotland on the south—east of england. a touch of frost in places as tempted to below freezing. mist and fog developing present central northern parts of england which could be quite stubborn to clear, much like this morning. high pressure in the driving seat of the weather, not just across the british isles but much of europe as well. keeping these weather fronts at bay. it looks like it will be a dry story again for parts of the weekend. we have that mist and fog across central and eastern areas. it may be slow to clear across the eastern side of england. it could be grey and cool in places. a better looking day further north and west with more sunshine, more widespread sunshine. after that chilly start temperatures will reach highs of around 1a or 50 degrees. a couple of degrees down on what we have had the last couple of days. —— 15. this weather front may
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encroach into the north—west of the country to bring thicker cloud, maybe outbreaks of rain to the north and the north—west of scotland. it becomes confined to the northern isles through the day. elsewhere, a chilly start with frost around. mist and fog to start the new working week. widespread sunshine across much of the uk and into the afternoon. light winds for most. a glorious one, in fact, with temperatures well above where they should be for the time of year. 16, maybe 17 celsius. tuesday even warmer, highs of around 18 in the south—east. as we had deeper into the week, it looks as though we our area of high pressure ibini continent and start to see whether systems and weather fronts pushing in—off the atlantic. slightly cooler and fresh west or south—westerly winds. temperatures falling away gradually, closer to the seasonal norm. by the weekend it looks as though we could see the first significant weather system, which will bring stronger winds and
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outbreaks of rain. this mild spell likely to continue for the next few days before it cools down. i suppose it could not last forever, could it? good night.

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