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this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. questions for boeing after the deadly crash of an ethiopian airlines plane, the second such accident involving the 737 max—8 within five months. this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: after the air disaster in ethiopia, china has grounded its planes. several countries ground all boeing 737 aircraft of the same type for urgent checks. ousted nissan chairman carlos ghosn more than 150 people seeks court permission to attend a board meeting at the japanese carmaker this week while out on bail. died in the crash. two years after the killing of kim jong—un‘s half—brother a brand—new trading week under way in malaysia, murder charges against one of the defendants are dropped. in asia, a mixed results so far. western—backed fighters enter the islamic state group's last enclave in syria. there've been violent clashes with militants. we have a special report. and, could britain's booming tech industry he derailed by brexit? we talk to workers worried about their future. coming up in business: ousted nissan chairman carlos ghosn seeks court permission to attend a board meeting at the japanese carmaker this week while out on bail.
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a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. apparently stressed brits are buying a record number of self—help books at the moment, so we'd like to know are you a fan? or do you think one of the fastest growing genres in publishing is a waste of money? tell us what you think, just use #bbcthebriefing. ethiopian airlines says it has
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grounded the latest version of the boeing 737 until further notice. the news comes a day after a boeing 737 max—8 crashed shortly after takeoff in ethiopia, killing 157 people. china has also ordered all the country's airlines to ground the plane. joining me now from nairobi is our correspondent, tomi oladipo. tell us more about the operation from ethiopian airlines. obviously investigations are still under way, so investigations are still under way, so they are still trying to work out what is responsible for the crash. notjust ethiopian authorities but also people coming in from the us. at the moment they seem to be raising questions about this plane in particular, this model, because the plane that crashed is only four
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months old, so they suspect there might have been some major problem in the way the plane itself was built. also, of course, this is the same plane that crashed off indonesia in november of last year, the lion air plane, and at the time many questions were asked about whether cheques happened, et cetera. this aircraft has been around since 2017. indeed, and this is the kind of plane that companies like, this is an airline that is going full global reach. it has been expanding rapidly and even had 29 of these boeing 737 max—8 on order. if they are to maintain their strong reputation i wonder whether they will have to make some decisions going forward. for details on that, the rescue effort still under way
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and an investigation into what happened, to find out more detail we will have more later. a malaysian court has dropped the charges against one of the two women accused of murdering kimjong—nam, the half—brother of the north korean leader, kim jong—un. the judge said the woman — siti aisyah from indonesia — was free to go, but her discharge did not amount to a acquittal. let's go live to kuala lumpur now and our south east asia correspondent, jonathan head. today was the day we were supposed to be hearing from the vietnamese defendant, doan thi huong, the second woman to smear a liquid on the face of kim jong—nam, but it was the face of kim jong—nam, but it was the other defendant, from indonesia, siti aisyah, who had her charges dropped. the lawyers say the
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evidence against her was not as strong, as there was no security footage catching her smearing anything on the north korean‘s face, and also there is footage of doan thi huong going to the bathroom to wash the liquid off. this, they say, is enough evidence to suggest that she knew the liquid was harmful. both women have said they believed they were taking part in a televised pranks. they had no idea the men they were working for war north korean agents. siti aisyah‘s lawyer believes that echoes the evidence against her was weaker, that is why they have dropped the charges. so this leaves just one defendant is 110w this leaves just one defendant is now in this extraordinary case. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: the venezuelan government has told workers and students to stay at home on monday, as many parts of the country remain without power.
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shops and businesses have not opened for more than three days. thousands of people in russia have protested against plans to introduce tighter restrictions on the internet. a mass rally in moscow and similar demonstrations in two other cities were called after parliament backed the controversial bill last month. a woman who stepped over a barrier at a zoo in the united states to take a selfie has been clawed and injured by a jaguar. the director of the zoo in arizona said the barriers were there for a good reason and the animal would not be put down. the british government will face a judicial review of its plans for the expansion of heathrow airport later. five separate cases are being brought by environmental groups, local authorities and residents, who oppose the building of a third runway. western—backed fighters beseiging the last patch of territory in syria occupied by islamic state, say they have now reached the middle of a camp once controlled by the militant group.
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is once had dreams of a global caliphate, but most of the group's die—hard supporters have now surrendered to kurdish forces and the remaining jihadists are now confined to a tiny piece of land under a mountain outside the village of baghouz. earlier, the bbc was given an exclusive look inside baghouz. our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville, and cameraman jewan abdi, sent this report. this is the end of the road. beyond here, we were given a first look inside all that remains of the islamic state group's caliphate. is are close enough to shoot. under their black flag — it was raised only the day before — the diehards hold firm. improvised bombs are left behind, but the caliphate is reduced to squalid camps. no—one knows how many remain inside. the men of the syrian democratic
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forces wait for the final assault. just a mile away, is true believers meet their apocalypse. more than 12,000 supporters, including their children, gave up to kurdish forces in the last week. girl sings. the daughter of a french is fighter. this is not a lullaby, but a propaganda ballad. she sings of martyrdom and paradise. her extremist father was killed earlier this week. women shout. their hateful ideology, which brought terror here, still pollutes minds. allahu akbar, allahu akbar! "go film the men", they scream, "we are the women of the islamic state, god is great", as they attack our camera.
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hundreds of is fighters have been killed, but hundreds more have survived the battle to retake the last tiny village of baghouz. they are headed for kurdish prison. many of the islamic state supporters view the surrender not as defeat, but as only a setback. the is leadership told them to give up. the wives expect to see their husbands again, and those husbands expect to take up arms again. that leadership has already fled, and now, all across northern syria, there are tens of thousands of hardcore is supporters being held together in camps and prisons, and they're waiting for what comes next. allahu akbar! 11—year—old amar, from iraq, told us he wants to be a jihadist. allahu akbar!
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adiba, a yazidi woman, is revealed casting off is oppression. they burn the abaya she was made to wear. forcibly converted to islam, adiba was passed from one moroccan fighter to another. she says she suffered regular beatings, was raped, and had a child. nearby, we meet her latest captor, ahmed. "she wasn't a slave", he says. "she lived with my wife and parents". he had taken her after her previous ca ptor was killed. is committed a genocide against adiba's people. now, her life begins again. and the nightmare caliphate ends. but, here in syria, the islamic state group's people and its toxic ideology still cling on. quentin somerville, bbc news, syria.
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with only a day to go before the house of commons are given a second vote on on the brexit withdrawal agreement, downing street has conceded that negotiations with brussels over amending it are deadlocked. there's been no progress despite the british pm speaking to the president of the european commission, jean claude juncker, by telephone on sunday evening. with me isjonathan charles, managing director, communications at the european bank for reconstruction and development. good morning. this is the week. we have been talking about this fight for some time. it is tomorrow and it will trigger a whole succession of events, depending on what the outcome is. this is crunch week, the papers today in the uk are full of it. i think what is not happening and what is happening are equally
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important. if there are changes over the weekend and negotiators were meeting all weekend, if that had been successful, i think we would have seen theresa may going today by plane to brussels. that is not happening. to finalise things? to try to have some wording she could use to persuade people in her party to back the deal. we haven't seen that. that has to be a sign that if the vote goes ahead tomorrow, and i'm using the word if, that nothing has changed. so when you say if, you think they could delay the vote? if we do, they are so close to the final date. yes, some say that they should not hold the vote, she is going to be defeated, and maybe something that will be an indicative vote would be better. something that might indicate what the houses of parliament would agree to. if the
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sequence parliament would agree to. if the sequence is to be respected this week, there are two other votes that she promised on wednesday and thursday. one would rule out a ideal brexit, and if that happens, one that would also then be an extension of the article 50 negotiating process. this is a weak that will set the pace for the next few weeks until march 29, but did is still a big if. whether she can keep this can, which is looking very battered, down the road. kenji do it one more time? ithink down the road. kenji do it one more time? i think if she tries to do that there will be bedlam in the houses of parliament. ok, jonathan will be back later for the news briefing, but have a look at the bbc news application, because i have had a look. all the details are there, but also what jonathan a look. all the details are there, but also whatjonathan was just describing, which is what this week looks like and how it will work. if
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every 01’ looks like and how it will work. if every or know every single stage. that will tell you everything you need to know. still to come: an almost certain goal stopped by snow — the weather outwits hannover in the german bundesliga. the numbers of dead and wounded defied belief — this the worst terrorist atrocity on european soil in modern times. in less than 2a hours, then, the soviet union lost an elderly, sick leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years his junior. we heard these gunshots in the gym. then he came out through a fire exit and started firing at our huts, and, god, we were all petrified. james earl ray, aged 41,
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sentenced to 99 years and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail to nashville state prison in an eight—car convoy. paul, what's it feel like to be married at last? it feels fine, thank you. what are you going to do now? is it going to change your life much, do you think? i don't know, really. i've never been married before. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: several countries have grounded all 737 max aircraft following the air disaster in ethiopia that left more than 150 people dead. two years after the killing of kim jong—un's half—brother in malaysia, murder charges against one of the defendants have been dropped. one of the world's
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biggest dairy firms plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30% over the next decade, to meet rising demand from customers for more sustainable products. arla foods has faced increasing pressure, along with the rest of the food industry, to reduce emissions. our environment correspondent, claire marshall, has more. mooing the dairy industry produces a large amount of the gases that help to heat the atmosphere and contribute to climate change in order to supply us to climate change in order to supply us with our pints of milk. a cow's digestive process emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas. there's also the carbon created by packaging and transportation. but there are now signs that the industry's starting to address the problem. environmentalists have long criticised the dairy industry for how much it contributes to climate change. but now, europe's biggest dairy company is going to do its bit — and it's starting right here, at farm level. carrie is already
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helping to meet arla's target of going carbon—neutral by 2050. she's updated her farm to use more efficient, environmentally friendly technology. this milking parlour uses a lot less energy, and her cows only calf once a year, keeping her farms small meaning lower methane emissions. it's an ambitious target, but if everybody works together and there are 2,000 arla dairy farmers in the uk, which — if everybody does their little bit, it's all going to make a difference. vegan campaigners argue that dairy can never be climate—friendly. however, scientists say, if all emissions are included in the dairy giant's calculations, then it could set a new benchmark. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later: first to putrajaya, where malaysia's court of appeal will start hearing appeals by former prime minister najib razak over charges related to a multibillion—dollar scandal
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at state fund 1mdb. then to bucharest, where eu foreign ministers and ministers from candidate countries — albania, the republic of north macedonia, montenegro, serbia and turkey — are gathering to discuss the future of europe. also today: law—makers gather in khartoum to vote on the state—of—emergency law imposed by president omar al—bashir on february 22. deadly clashes have rocked sudan since december. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello. i'm mark edwards, and here is your monday sports briefing: turns out he's human after all — ole gunnar solskjaer‘s remarkable unbeaten run in the english premier league has come to an end, just shy of three months after taking the reins at manchester united. his side lost 2—0 at arsenal — a goal from
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xhakaa and lost 2—0 at arsenal — a goal from xha kaa and obeamayang lost 2—0 at arsenal — a goal from xhakaa and obeamayang gave their first defeat since december 2018. we're disappointed with the result. then you look back at the performance — you can't say this was a game we deserved to lose, because we created five, at least, big chances — hit the woodwork twice... they scored on the first shot and got a penalty... so the performance was good. result — disappointing. andrea dovizio was the toast of the desert after winning a thrilling motogp season opener in qatar on sunday. he won with the reigning world champion just 0.023 seconds back on his honda. cal crutchlow was third. later on monday, the man with
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the world's best agent, claudio reniere returns to life as a manager. the italian has been out of a job all of 11 days since being sacked from english premier league side fulham. he's taking over at roma, who he previously managed between 2009 and 2011. his new side are up against enpoli, and he can't wait to get started. translation: it is always a great feeling. the reason i keep doing thisjob is for the feeling. the reason i keep doing this job is for the emotions feeling. the reason i keep doing thisjob is for the emotions it gives me. going to a new club always feels a little extra special. you need to be on top of things immediately. but coming back to rome definitely feels special — especially for somebody from rome, for somebody who is also a roma fan. i feel the strongest emotions, and i have the utmost ambition. i know it's a difficult moment, but i'm ready to fight. the action continues at indian wells in california on monday, but it won't feature serena williams — the american's return to tennis after a five—week break ended
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with her retiring because of a viral illness. women's world no. 2 simona halep will be preparing for her next match, after a tough warm—up match against kozlova. fatigue seemed to catch up with her opponent. the romanian broke in the 12th game of the second to win the match with a backhand down the line... finally, they say your fans can act asa finally, they say your fans can act as a 12th man — well, how about the weather? from bayer leverkusen's point of view, that's exactly what happened — they got a big helping hand from the snow in a 3—2 win at hanover. haraguchi denied an almost certain goal with leverkusen 2—0 ahead. he shot towards the empty net, only for the orange ball to get stuck in the snow before crossing the line. leverkusen'sjohnathan
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tarr there saying "thank you snow much" as he clears the ball. awful pun. all the latest sports news on our web absolute. for me, mark edwards, and the rest of the sport team, that's your monday sport briefing. thanks to mark for that. so... with brexit day looming, geeta guru—murthy is travelling around the country asking how brexit will impact different parts of the uk. this week she's in london — and she's been taking a look at the tech sector, which is growing almost three times faster than the rest of the uk's economy. but, it's reliant on easy access to investment and to highly skilled workers. so, how could brexit affect it? here's geeta's report. in these politically divisive times, a hard hat might seem a good idea... there's green! it's gone green. this company uses artificial intelligence to sell, among other things, health and safety solutions commercially. they fear brexit will deter their highly skilled workforce. well, we're a world—leading business, and
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we're a world—leading business, and we rely on the top talent in the world to continue to drive that business forward. we can't do that from the uk — there's simply not enough people with the skills that we need. bell, we'vejust popped enough people with the skills that we need. bell, we've just popped out to the cafe to find out what the staff here think of brexit. you're from greece? yes, i am. the talent seems to be moving out of the uk, and the uk doesn't seem that travis asa and the uk doesn't seem that travis as a country. there is a very good job market in the us. so yeah, there are many options. i don't think there will be a loss for engineers and researchers and people who are underskilled — ithink and researchers and people who are underskilled — i think it's mostly going to be a loss for the job market in london itself. kevin tells me london is still a great place to live, but the racism he experienced at home in yorkshire after the referendum shocked him. people referring to me as "chinese such—and—such", some telemarketers we re very such—and—such", some telemarketers were very rude to my mum... but as soon as i moved down to london, it
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evaporated. so people who live and are raised in london are very fortunate to live in a very diverse, very welcoming and progressive place. across the city, tech giants facebook and google are expanding. this google campus helps start—ups and hopes for government support in the political minefield ahead. long known as the second— —— london is the second—largest tech ecosystem globally. what is important is that we keep accessing funds, investors, who will keep investing in tech. across europe, the digital economy is growing five times faster than the economy as a whole. is growing five times faster than the economy as a wholelj is growing five times faster than the economy as a whole. i think there are issues — there's turbulence — ithink there are issues — there's turbulence — i think it can be managed, and i think that the strength of the sector will provide the basis for our future growth, irrespective of brexit. at silicone roundabout in east london, the city's slightly lass glamorous version of california's silicon valley, the tech industry might be a lilt subdued, but it thrives on
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change — whatever the political weather. some might say this process we're going through in the uk — brexit — is causing a lot of stress. well, it has been noted — a report that emerged over the weekend that sales of self—help books have reached record levels in the past year in the uk. in fact, there's been a 20% climb — 3 million such books were sold. books that help you with staying calm, psychology, things about how to sleep better — that kind of thing. lots of celebrities are coming out with self—help books as well. it's a big business, apparently. so we asked you — are you into self—help books? are you a fan? do you read them? if so, what was your favourite? or do you think they're a complete waste of money? many of you have been in touch. thank you for your comments. we've heard from anthonyjohn who says, " if heard from anthonyjohn who says, "if the art of the deal author donald trump is anything to go by, a waste of time and money. it was a
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bestseller." waste of time and money. it was a bestseller. " sigmund waste of time and money. it was a bestseller." sigmund freud says these books are good to change priorities and reduce stress. i'll see you soon. good morning. if you've got significant travel plans or outdoor events this week, it's probably best to stay abreast of the weather forecast, because we are looking at quite a stormy week of weather ahead. severe weather at times. fingers crossed there will be drier, brighter interludes in between. we should see the first of those dry interludes today with this little ridge of high pressure trying to build from the west. it won't last very long. already an area of low pressure starting to push in from the atlantic. that'll threaten tuesday into wednesday. we could start off with a few wintry showers further north and west first thing. they will ease away. it is going to bea they will ease away. it is going to be a breezy day throughout the day, but there will be some clear skies and some sunshine coming through.
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temperatures will peak at 8 to 11 degrees, and with lighter winds than yesterday — for many, it'll feel a little warmer. the cloud, rain and winds will start to strengthen by the end of the day as this area of low pressure pushes in from the atlantic. plenty of isobars around that low denoting we are likely to see severe gales later on. some of the rain really quite heavy. along west—facing coasts, we're likely to see a couple of inches as it gradually drifts eastwards. gusts of 40mph to 60mph. a trail of showers behind — some heavy with hail, sleet and snow mixed in. top temperatures on tuesday of 7 to 10 degrees. the strongest of the winds look likely to be tuesday night at the moment. on the southern flank of this low as it drifts across scotland overnight, we could see gusts of winds in excess of 70mph on exposed coasts —
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certainly worth bearing in mind if you have travel plans overnight on tuesday. stay abreast of your local bbc radio station for any travel disruption for scotland, northern ireland and northern england. it is going to be a windy day as we go through wednesday, and plenty of showers. but the winds will slowly start to abate as we go through the day. so the strongest of the winds first thing in the morning, particularly on exposed coasts, as we go into the afternoon, those winds should start to ease down a touch. in terms of the feel of things — highest values likely of 8 to 11 degrees. take care.
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