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this is bbc news, the headlines: britain's mps have voted against leaving the european union without a deal. though in law, a no—deal brexit at the end of march still remains the default, unless parliament a very warm welcome to bbc news — actually approves an agreement. on thursday, they'll vote broadcasting to our viewers in north america on whether to request a delay and around the globe. to the brexit process. my name's mike embley. the prime minister has warned any our top stories: extension could be a long one. boeing has temporarily grounded its entire global fleet of 737 max aircraft. the us federal aviation administration says the decision was prompted by new evidence the ayes to the right, 321, the noes to the left, 278. from two recent fatal crashes. britain's parliament votes to reject a no—deal brexit but still, under current law, the uk could be leaving the european union without any agreement at the end of march. boeing grounds its entire worldwide fleet of 737 max aircraft, as new evidence is uncovered about the most recent fatal the trial over the killing of the half—brother of north korea's crash in ethiopia. leader kimjong—un has been postponed until april 1. the defence requested the delay the judge in the trial in hearing testimony from the sole of the vietnamese woman charged remaining defendant, with killing kim jong—un‘s who is vietnamese. half—brother has agreed doan thi huong was seen on security to a postponement. video putting her hands over the face of kim jong—nam, then rushing to an airport bathroom. we are just hours away from the announcement on whether former soldiers will be prosecuted over northern ireland's bloody sunday
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shootings in 1972. we hear from the officer who gave the orders. we thought, in fact, that we were under attack. we actually will remain convinced actually till the end of our days. and this high flying 10—year—old has her sights set on the olympics. meet sky brown, who hopes her tricks will land her on the podium in tokyo. hello. british members of parliament have once again defeated the government in a vote over brexit. this time they rejected leaving the european union without a deal on march the 29th, or at any other time. though in law, a no—deal brexit still remains the default,
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unless parliament actually approves a deal. later on thursday, mps will vote on whether to request a delay to the brexit process. this from our political editor, laura kuenssburg. there really was something worth watching for the small crowd outside the commons tonight — a vote, a result, the prime minister never wanted. it's a no to no deal. the country voted to leave, end of. it's stupid, you've just given away your bargaining chips. a little bit of squeaky bum time. the ayes to the right, 321, the noes to the left, 278. cheering parliament won, the prime minister lost. mps clearly said we should never leave the eu without a deal, but what now? the house has today provided a clear majority against leaving without a deal. however, i will repeat what i have said before. can she really say nothing has changed? the legal default in uk and eu law remains that the uk will leave
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the eu without a deal unless... unless something else is agreed. struggling to be heard, notjust because of her failing voice. the house has to understand and accept that if it is not willing to support a deal in the coming days and as it is not willing to support leaving without a deal on the 29th of march, then it is suggesting that there will need to be a much longer extension to article 50. the house needs to face up to the consequences of the decision it has taken. through the noise, understand, the prime minister's not ditching her deal. instead, she's warning mps, vote for it soon or else brexit faces a long delay. in the last 2a hours, parliament has decisively rejected both her deal and no deal. while an extension of article 50 is now inevitable, the responsibility for that extension lies solely and squarely at the prime minister's door.
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parliament must now take control of the situation. let us, as a house of commons, work now to find a solution to deal with the crisis facing this country and the deep concerns that many people have. it's up to us, as the house of commons, to look for and find a solution to their concerns. that is what we were elected to do. the astonishing thing about tonight's defeat for number ten — it only happened because some ministers, who sat around the same table in there this morning, ignored the prime minister's instructions and abstained, a total breakdown in discipline. i'm not resigning because i support the prime minister in her course of action. her course of action is to leave with a deal in an orderly brexit. but ijust... i'm very clear that i don't support a no—deal brexit and i've made
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that clear on numerous occasions. he looks strained because this is not, repeat, just not normal. there's already an angry pushback against ministers who didn't vote with the government, even though their allies insist they were told they could. any minister who has defied the whip should consider their position and resign from government. ajunior minister quit the front bench to vote against the party line. within days, theresa may will ask mps to choose her deal or delay. but could tonight's fiasco be for nothing? i'll tell the government now that when meaningful vote three comes back, i will see to it that we honour what we owe to them, to keep voting this down, however many times it's brought back, whatever pressure we're put under and come what may, please don't do it, go back to the eu and say it won't pass. but for some time, ministers have privately hoped the threat of slamming the brakes on brexit could push and shove parliament towards backing a deal they hate.
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parliament has done this to us. the weakness, frankly, of certain ministers has done this to us. the weakness of the labour party has done this to us. and i, tonight, am angry and bewildered at having a gun to my head to vote for a wretched deal or not to leave. number 10 believes the eu when they say the deal as it stands really, really is it. the chief negotiator brandishing the treaty today, what he said is the only one. within a few days, that deal, the prime minister's deal, will be back in front of parliament for another verdict. theresa may pursuing a strategy by bizarre design or political accident. losing, then losing, and losing again, with the hope, finally, to win. the us hasjoined a growing list of nations in grounding
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the boeing 737 max 8. the announcement came from president trump, who said there are questions to answer after the latest fatal crash involving a 737 max. an ethiopian airlines plane went down minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 on board. there were striking similarities with an earlier crash. the bbc‘s nick bryant reports. crying today the crash site in ethiopia became a place of multinational mourning. passengers and crew from 35 countries were killed when the plane plunged into this field on sunday, just six minutes after take—off. north america was one of the few places that the boeing 737 max aircraft was still allowed to fly. the aviation authority here had decided not to follow safety regulators in more than a0 countries by grounding the plane. but tonight, at the white house,
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donald trump announced a change of mind. we're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 max 8, and the 737 max 9. the safety of the american people, and all people, is oui’ paramount concern. another boeing 737 max crashed in similar circumstances last october off indonesia, killing 189 people. canada said there was new evidence suggesting a possible link between the two crashes, as it announced its own grounding. this is new information that we received and analysed this morning, it comes from validated satellite tracking data, suggesting a possible — although unproven — similarity in the flight profile of the lion air aircraft. it was after analysing new evidence collected at the crash site today that the us federal aviation administration made its decision. it found very close similarities between the two crashes. the groundings have affected david and his daughter maddie, who were supposed to fly
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from new york to edinburgh tonight. i think that it's definitely a smart decision to ground the planes. it's better safe than sorry when it comes to dangers in the air. but i do think that they should notify their customers when their flights are being cancelled, and helping them reschedule for another time. as this 737 max landed in the american capital tonight, boeing said it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the plane, but out of an abundance of caution is recommending the temporary grounding of the entire global feat. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. let's round up some of the day's other news for you. the us senate has approved a resolution to end american military involvement in yemen. the vote is a rejection of president trump's policy towards saudi arabia, leader of the arab coalition backing yemen's government. the argument is that congress should determine when the country goes
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to war, not the president. the four year civil conflict has become an international proxy war and created the world's biggest humanitarian crisis. a vigil outside a secondary school in suzano, near the brazilian city of sao paulo, has been commemorating eight people shot dead by two former students on wednesday. most of the dead were about 15 years old. the two male attackers were 17 and 25. they later killed themselves. facebook has been suffering the most severe outage in its history. many of its services have been inaccessible across the world, with messenger and instagram also disrupted. the company says it's trying to resolve the issue. it's not yet clear, or at least being admitted, what the problem is. the trial over the killing of the half—brother of north korea's leader kimjong—un has been postponed until april the first. the defence requested the delay in hearing testimony from the sole remaining defendant, who is vietnamese. doan thi huong, who was seen on security video putting her hands over the face of kimjong—nam and then rushing
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to the bathroom, was due to testify for the first time. jonathan head is our south asia correspondent. he's in kuala lumpur. just being us up—to—date on this, there is only one defendant left. the other one has been released already. yes, there was a shock decision on monday when the prosecution decided to drop charges against siti aisyah, the indonesian co—defendant in this case. only two defendants, remember. all the north koreans who were involved at the time managed to flee the country, so these are the only two people the malaysians got to carry the can for the can for this extraordinary crime. now, she was released because a shock decision on monday when the prosecution decided to drop charges against siti aisyah, the indonesian co—defendant in this case. only two defendants, remember. all the north koreans who were involved at the time managed to flee the country, so these are the only two people the malaysians got to carry the can for this extraordinary crime. now, she was released because the lawyers said the case against recruited by these north koreans. the lawyers for these north koreans. the lawyers for the vietnamese defendant doan thi huong said that the malaysia government is discriminating against their clients, the two women were in court at the same time charged with
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the same proceedings, why was one released is not the other? we do know that the indonesian government lobbied very hard to get their citizen out and it is just before a major general election in indonesia, so major general election in indonesia, so the lawyers four to arguing fairness demands that she also be freed. they are pushing very hard for that. —— so the lawyers a2. their foreign minister is pushing the malaysians to do the same, and doan thi huong herself clearly very distressed today. she is now the only defendant, she has lost a co—defendant, she insists she is innocent, she isjust feeling co—defendant, she insists she is innocent, she is just feeling too stressed to give testimony. her case is adjourned, it is still ongoing, thejudge still is adjourned, it is still ongoing, the judge still believes she has a case to answer. and a case to answer because she is seen on video actually putting her hands on doan thi -- kim
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actually putting her hands on doan thi —— kim jong—nam's face. actually putting her hands on doan thi —— kimjong—nam's face. she thought it was just a prank. thi —— kimjong—nam's face. she thought it wasjust a prank. nobody thinks these two women are masterminds in this assassination, that would be absurd. if you look at the circumstances, although they appear to have been hired, the argument that they believe they were involved in television practices, they had done a number of practices beforehand and been paid for them, is very convincing one. the specific argument against the vietnamese defendant and the fact that she did rush to the bathroom, he believes she has a case to answer that she did know that what she was smearing on kim jong—nam's face was in fact harmful. he believes there is enough evidence for this case to go on, but as we have seen with the indonesian defendant, this is political. no—one here thinks these two women were masterminds, they were unwitting pawns in this bizarre assassination. but if malaysia does decide to drop
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charges against this defendant as well, the whole trial collapses and they end up having no—one to account for this incredible assassination. jonathan, thank you so much for that. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: severe water shortages and power outages in venezuela as the crisis there intensifies. 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 ai, sentenced to 99 years and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail
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to nashville state prison in an 8—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. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: britain's parliament votes to reject a no—deal brexit, but under current law the uk could still be leaving the european union without any agreement, at the end of march. boeing grounds its entire worldwide fleet of 737 max aircraft as new evidence is uncovered about the most recent fatal
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crash in ethiopia. in venezuela, many have spent up to six days without power — although it is now being restored slowly in some areas. there have been severe water shortages in several major cities as the blackout has affected supplies. some people have been queuing up for periods of up to 12 hours to access often unclean water. this report by our correspondent vladimir hernandez begins in the country's capital caracas. this is how many venezuelans have lived over most of the last week — in the dark. it's been described to me as frightening and apocalyptic. for days, people across the country have had no power, no cash machines, no shops, almost nothing. pot banging is a form of protest. this is happening two blocks away from the presidential palace of nicolas maduro. "i hope he hears us. enough is enough!" they say. the only people here with power are the military in charge of protecting president maduro. no blackout here.
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burning rubbish in the streets is a way of protest. outside of the capital, the situation has been much worse. here in san cristobal, this is the only hospital with a generator giving treatment for kidney failure. people need dialysis three times a week, but astrubal has gone eight days without it. translation: it's depressing. it's sad because this is a country with oil and gold but we are going through this. translation: without dialysis, you start facing serious consequences as liquid starts getting into your lungs and you start feeling very ill. this is maracaibo, venezuela's oil powerhouse, or at least it used to be. after days with no electricity at home, food has been lost, which is almost criminal in a country where hyperinflation means most can't afford to eat on a regular basis.
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it's the most vulnerable who are most affected, like this elderly woman who is suffering in the a0—degrees heat. for some, it'sjust too much. translation: i don't understand why it has come to this. it's not fair. i met marujenia six months ago. she was waiting for breast cancer surgery. she couldn't afford the treatment, and today, the cancer has spread everywhere. after living through a blackout for a week, life couldn't get any worse. vladimir hernandez, bbc news. the long—awaited decision on whether former soldiers will prosecuted for their part in the bloody sunday shootings over half a century ago will be announced on thursday. on that day injanuary 1972, paratroopers shot dead 13 innocent civilians on a civil rights march in londonderry. the bbc‘s peter taylor was in derry on bloody sunday and his report includes an exclusive interview with colonel derek wilford, commander of the pa ratroopers
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on that day. in the archive of the troubles, the defining images of bloody sunday mark a tragic watershed in the annals of the conflict. what happened was coloured by two factors — how the army proposed to deal with rioters, and the instrument chosen to do it, pa ratroopers under the command of colonel derek wilford. we were betrayed, and bringing charges against the soldiers is part of that betrayal. just three weeks before bloody sunday, general robert ford met with city traders, who demanded the army crack down on rioters who were destroying their business. ford then wrote a chilling memo, in which he said it might be necessary to shoot selected ringleaders once warnings had been given. the plan was to arrest the rioters
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as they retreated. the paras were aware that ira gunmen might be in the flats. i first interviewed colonel wilford over 25 years ago. he was disgusted by the passivity of his predecessors. the soldiers just stood there like aunt sallies. i had actually said in public that my soldiers were not going to act as aunt sallies, ever. the scene was set. colonel wilford was interviewed when the operation was over and 13 people lay dead. but the facts are we were fired at first and we retaliated in the only way which was possible to us. in 1992, i asked colonel wilford if he believed the victims were all innocent. oh, no, that would be to accept that my soldiers were wrong. it was done as an act, if you like, of war. but you don't sign your death warrant by taking part in a demonstration. some people do. almost 20 years
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after that interview, lord savile's epic inquiry into bloody sunday concluded that all the victims were innocent and posed no threat to the soldiers. one of the victims was 17—year—old michael kelly, shot dead at a barricade near where the museum of free derry now stands. his brotherjohn is its educational officer. soldier fjust fired a shot, michael was hit in the stomach, and the bullet embedded in his spine. do you think that soldier f will be prosecuted ? i do believe so, because the evidence is so strong against him. couldn't a line just be drawn under bloody sunday and all the other incidents, as they happened so long ago, so we can move on? you can't draw a line under murder. justice has to be seen to be done, no matter how long ago it is. derek wilford is now 85
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and has parkinson's disease. it has ended his work as an artist. do you now accept what lord savile said? no, i don't. because i was there. yes, well, we thought, in fact, that we were under attack and we will actually remain convinced of that, actually, until the end of our days. should your soldiers be prosecuted? no, they should not, because i don't believe, in fact, that they were capable of that sort of indiscriminate shooting and killing. will you say sorry to the families who lost their loved ones that day? i've said that at the time, and i've said it subsequently. and i see no point in repeating it because whatever, in fact, i say, will be discounted. what has bloody sunday done to you? it destroyed my world.
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far more directly, it destroyed the world of the victims' families. tomorrow, we will know whether prosecuting soldiers will finally bring closure to the tragedy of bloody sunday. peter taylor, bbc news. will bring you the long—awaited announcement as soon as will bring you the long—awaited announcement as soon as it comes through on thursday. skateboarding will be making its first appearance as an olympic sport at next year's tokyo games, and one 10—year—old british girl has her sights set on gold. sky brown, who trains in the us, will be unveiled as part of the british team on thursday. if the group qualifies, sky will be the uk's youngest—ever summer olympian. she's been speaking to bbc sports correspondent natalie pirks. i like it ‘cause it makes me feel happy and free and like i can do anything. remember being ten, when the world was your oyster? daddy, look at this!
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that carefree attitude is the key to sky brown's success. born injapan, she's been skating and surfing since she could walk, picking up tips from her english father. she trains regularly here in la with little brother ocean in tow, but it's britain that holds the key to her olympic dream. they told me that — no pressure, just have fun and get out there, and i feel like that's the way i kind of skate, like, the most important bit is to just have fun and enjoy it. so, that's why i chose england. at the age of ten, sky's already a precocious talent. by next summer's opening ceremony in tokyo, she'd have just turned 12, which would make her britain's youngest olympian in history. before that, there's a long way to go, though. she'll now have to qualify against the world's best women. fortunately she's got some big hitters in her corner. you're on your way to the olympics — is that what's happening? yes. cool! tony hawk is a legend in the sport. he watched sky beat the top
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europeans in estonia recently and believes she could qualify for tokyo. just how good is she? she's exceptional for her age, extraordinary, doing tricks that are... only veteran pro skaters have even done before. but the olympics is only part of her plan. empowering girls to follow their dreams isn't just a well—drilled sound bite. i feel like sometimes girls are too scared to do what they want to do, so i just want to tell them that it doesn't matter, just get out there, don't care what people tell you. just do it for you. she has all the talk and all the talent. natalie pirks, bbc news, los angeles. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbc mike embley.
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hello again. storm gareth may well have blown itself away out into northern europe, but our weather stays pretty blustery over the next few days. there is gareth working across denmark. but further west in the atlantic, things looking pretty lively still with weather fronts, areas of low pressure targeting the british isles. and that means over the next few days there's no end in sight really to this run of windy weather through thursday, friday, into the weekend as well before things calm down in the following week. now, for those of you heading outside over the next few hours, it is quite breezy outside, some fairly strong winds across north—western areas, thick cloud around and outbreaks of rain as well, quite heavy rain at that across parts of northern england, southern scotland and wales as well. now, these are the kind of temperatures you might encounter if you're heading outside. now, as we look at the weather picture for thursday, no surprises — the low pressure is right over the top of the british isles. we've still got fairly tightly packed isobars showing up
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on the charts too. so, it's going to be a cloudy, windy and wet start to the day. the worst of the rain will tend to clear through across england and wales, and quite quickly thursday morning, we'll see some bright weather for scotland, northern ireland, northern england with a scattering of showers blown in by those blustery winds. gusts of wind that could reach a0, even 50mph across the most exposed locations. that of course means the showers don't stay in one place for any length of time. but what it will also do is it will knock the edge off these temperatures, ranging from around 7 to 13, but feeling a bit cooler than that, so quite a chilly feel to the weather across parts of scotland. now, through thursday evening and overnight, the showers continue on and off across northern areas, it will cloud over elsewhere with outbreaks of rain spreading in, particularly to england and wales. temperature—wise, quite a big contrast thursday night. mild in the south, 9 or 10 degrees or so, got the colder air further north with plenty of showers, wintry over high ground. now, on friday, it's another unsettled looking day, still with those west—north—westerly winds. cloud and rain never far away from the south.
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it may well cloud over again later in the afternoon, bringing rain back into south—west england. some sunshine elsewhere, but, again, plenty of showers across north—western areas, snow up over some of the higher parts of scotland. now, the weekend weather shows no sign of settling down. indeed, on saturday, we could have quite a deep area of low pressure spinning in, bringing a stormy spell of weather. could have some snow around as well. so, some wet weather, given the weather's been wet recently, we could see some localised surface water flooding from that, and also, some very strong winds. notice to the northern edge of the storm system, we could see some snow. the worst of that likely in the scottish mountains above 200 to 300 metres elevation. still quite chilly for northern areas. that's your weather.
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