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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00: the speaker of the house of commons says the prime minister cannot ask mps to vote on her brexit deal again, unless there are substantial changes to it. what the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit to the house the same proposition or substantially the same proposition as that of last week, which was rejected by 149 votes. police in the netherlands say they've arrested a man, after three people were shot dead on a tram in the dutch city of utrecht. new zealand's prime minister says she'll announce new gun laws within days, following the attacks on two mosques in which 50 people died. also coming up: mozambique‘s
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president says he fears up to 1,000 people may have been killed by a cyclone. the city of beira has been devastated by flooding and high winds, which destroyed homes and ripped roofs from concrete buildings. in cardiff tonight, a fitting welcome for the record—breaking welsh rubgy team, after winning the six nations and the grand slam. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers businessman, lord digbyjones, and dawn foster, the guardian columnist. stay with us for that. good evening.
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welcome to bbc news. there has been a fresh twist in the brexit process. with just 11 days to go to the set date for the uk's departure from the european union, the speaker of the house of commonsjohn bercow has ruled out another parliamentary vote on theresa may's brexit deal unless there is "demonstrable change", not in terms of wording but "in terms of substance". in response some ministers warned of a looming constitutional crisis, as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. time isn't healing, it's hurting. every day, it seems theresa may's task gets harder and harder. arriving at the back gates of number ten today, she'd planned to have another go at getting her deal through, not knowing what the speaker had up the sleeves of his black gown. order, i wish to make a statement to the house. john bercow has the ultimate power in parliament, and, as it stands, he says the government cannot try again.
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what the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit to the house the same proposition or substantially the same proposition as that of last week, which was rejected by 149 votes. in other words, the government should forget it, he says, if they think they can just keep asking mps to vote again and again on the brexit deal, because it's been lost twice before. 0rder. point of order. yes, indeed, point of order. you can hear the surprise at his ruling, and see government frontbenchers jumping up to try to push back. remember, the government had hoped to hold another vote today. it requires detailed consideration and we will be looking at it closely and coming to a view on it.
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clearly, it's not the most helpful intervention we have seen from the chair. those in and out of number 10, trying to get a deal done, had no idea. reporter: has the speaker ruined the government's brexit plans? no idea. we are in a major constitutional crisis here, a political crisis, that we want to try and solve for the country. the prime minister's doing everything she can to try and break that impasse. the chair's ruling is the chair's ruling and it is binding. the speaker's many detractors suggest he is using his power far too aggressively... we march on our way. ..stopping parliament having another say on brexit. but his fans would argue he is doing exactly the right thing. strangely, the move has united some leavers and remainers who both want to stop the prime minister's deal. we know all these european deals, they always happen at the last minute, so with 11 days to go, something really interesting could come out of this. well, it is clear she can'tjust keep flogging the same dead horse now, can she? she's been doing that for ages. so let's maybe get on a different horse.
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there is anger, though, too. i think what will happen now is that thanks to this afternoon's announcement, brexit will not occur and the people of britain, both those who voted to leave but also the remainers, who like to see democracy done, they will be absolutely furious. tonight, the government front bench doesn't quite know which way to go next, but the mood is clearly sour. for me, treating colleagues with courtesy and respect is at the forefront of that reform and any speaker's counsel would have to have that at its heart and i simply would not be confident that that would be the case. well, so be it. i treat the house with respect. respect? there's not much of that around. a cabinet minister told me the government willjust have to find a way around this decision. but none of this has been done before. there's no map, no easy route out. laura kuenssberg reporting there and a short while ago laura explained how the government had reacted to the speaker's ruling. it certainly took the couple met by
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surprise and maybe it should not have done because there has been chatter around in the last few days. it does not stop brexit happening but it makes it extremely unlikely that the government will put another vote to parliament this week and that in turn it makes it less likely that in turn it makes it less likely that the prime minister will be able to see their eu leaders and ask for a short extension and somehow i promise to be able to get this all sorted out. in turn, that means it is much more likely she will end up with a longer extension, a longer delay to brexit and the conclusion most people in westminster will reach means we are heading, it is likely, towards a closer relationship with the european union, a softer brexit — to use the jargon— than the one theresa may has been setting out. that said, the
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government does believe, although they are not clear about what it might be, that the reason a way around this complication but it is another significant obstacle. —— there is another way around. i think it is hard finally to underestimate how divisive this has been. for some people, perhaps many people watching, they will thinkjohn bercow is a hero, standing up for parliament by the others he has absolutely gone beyond his remit. new zealand's prime minister says she will announce major reforms to the country's gun laws, within days, following friday's attack on two mosques which left 50 people dead. police say the killer brenton tarrant used military—style assault weapons which had been modified to make them more deadly, which is not illegal under current legislation. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith
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reports from christchurch. hosne, shot while saving her disabled husband. mucad, a three—year—old remembered for his smile. and sayyad, a high school student at the mosque with his mother and friends. it's the stories of the victims, and not the gunman, that new zealand wants the world to hear, as it faces the question of whether they were failed. abdigani would have been at the mosque if he hadn't overslept. but his housemate, mohammed, was there, one of 20 friends he lost as the gunman kept on shooting. women and children have died, you know? a very cowardly act, i would say. we're coping the best we can. he's not succeeded. if anything, this will bring us a lot more closer, and we still have our faith, which he can never take away from us. within hours of friday's
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terror attack, new zealand's government pledged to reform gun controls. the suspect, brenton tarrant, had five weapons, two of them semiautomatics. after the 1996 port arthur massacre, australia banned semiautomatic weapons and held a national amnesty. new zealand may now follow. the prime minister says measures have been agreed, in principle. when australia found itself tragically in a similar position to what we find ourselves now, they took 12 days to make their decision. we have taken 72 hours. there is, though, still some detail that needs to be worked through. i want to do that, but still move as quickly as we can. just as in australia, just as in america, it's taken a terrifying, violent act to provoke a debate on new zealand's gun laws. but, just as in those other countries, there is a powerful gun lobby here, likely to resist change.
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the christchurch gunman bought four firearms online within four months, from this company. its store in the city remains open, and its owner defiant. he was a brand—new purchaser, with a brand—new licence. it was an ordinary sale. and while he was keen to go before the cameras, he wouldn't answer our questions on restricting gun sales. i totally agree there should be a gun debate. but today is not the day. please respect me on this. i am going to leave if these are the only questions you have. in a few days, a group funeral will take place for many of the victims. families have been desperate to arrange burials in line with islamic custom. the need to honour the dead, to cherish their memory, is what now sustains this place. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch.
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people have been remembering those who lost their lives and of course the scores of people still in hospital recovering. a particular focus today has been the children who died in the two mosque attacks, and young new zealanders have been gathering together to see how they can help their community. clive myrie has this report. this silent memorial shouts its poignancy. 50 pairs of white shoes. for the 50 people who died. among them, little children. as so many reflect on this tragedy, lost in a whirl of painful thoughts, it is sobering to remember that the killer didn't see human beings in those mosques, he saw targets, and children were fair game. the tributes right across christchurch reflect that abomination.
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five perished who were under the age of 16, including a 3—year—old and a 4—year—old, given no chance in life. sayyad milne was 1a. "now at peace," says his father, and mourned by one of his best friends. in the morning, the news was confirmed and i was devastated, it was awful. he was known by so many people and loved by so many people and it is so sad that this community has been brought down by this shooting and it is awful, yes. i don't know what to say, really. no—one knows what to say. but 0cirano talaier, who is 17, says it is important young people have a voice in helping a community heal. i know that my school has been majorly affected.
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many students have lost loved ones and just making sure that they know that the school is behind them and, you know, getting involved in the events that i've led just shows them that, you know, hatred cannot drive out hatred — only love can. and this is the fruit of his labour, organising a huge vigil. an opportunity for thousands of young people to celebrate life. i think it's amazing how we all gathered together to show our support and especially how it was done by kids and high school students, i think that is just a really good thing. local schools now have counsellors on hand to help traumatised children after the calamity. recognition that no—one should have to walk through gates of grief and sorrow, especially the young. clive myrie reporting from christchurch there.
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brenton tarrant, who's been charged with murder following the attacks in christchurch, had published a document online in which he advocated his far—right ideas. it's led to questions about the wider threat posed by the rise of the far right, notjust in new zealand but here in the uk. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has been investigating. police in stanwell in surrey last night, after a non—fatal stabbing which detectives suspect was a terrorist incident inspired by the far right. it raised new concerns about the possibility of a new zealand—style attack in the uk. 21 months ago, there was an attack on worshippers near a mosque in finsbury park. everyone back! darren 0sborne drove into a group of muslims, killing makram ali. the home secretary warned today that the government's de—radicalisation programmes have detected a growing problem with the far right.
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of those that we have had most concern about, and that is something called the channel programme, last year almost half of those were far—right extremists. counterterrorist police and the security service, m15, have experienced a sudden surge in the threat from the extreme right wing. four attacks got through, three murders, and one that came very close. and of the 18 foiled suspected terrorist plots in the last two years, four came from the extreme right wing. very vicious language about muslims that has been circulating everywhere online. .. but at a regent's park mosque event today, sajid javid was also repeatedly warned about the language that had crept into everyday politics. 0ur politicians, our leaders, who use language such as "sick asian paedophiles", such as "muslim women who wear the niqab are letterboxes", they need to be called to account. some recent uk attacks have been
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linked to neo—nazi groups like the now banned organisation national action, but others were simply driven by the unrestrained extremism that can be found in parts of the internet. a number of people are self—radicalising who are not members of organisations, who are not activists infar—right groups, but are listening to this propaganda, watching it on the internet, becoming inspired by it and, without any kind of political background at all, are then acting to carry it out. so, another far—right attack could easily happen in the uk but the strict gun laws here make a mass—casualty firearms attack unlikely. daniel sandford, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the speaker of the house of commons says the prime minister cannot ask mps to vote on her brexit deal again — unless there are substantial changes to it. police in the netherlands say they've arrested a man, after three people were shot dead on a tram in the dutch city of utrecht.
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new zealand's prime minister says she'll announce new gun laws within days, following the attacks on two mosques in which 50 people died. police in northern ireland are investigating the deaths of three teenagers at a st patrick day's party last night. a 17—year—old girl and two boys aged 16 and 17 are thought to have been crushed in a large crowd outside a venue in cookstown in country tyrone. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. this was the scene outside the hotel last night as the crowd waited to get in. people began to scream that they couldn't breathe. there was confusion and disbelief, as one teenager died at the scene and two died later in hospital. terrible. terrible, just chaos. young ones, hysterical.
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today, local youth clubs offered support. 17—year—old kyra said she'd watched as people tried to resuscitate her friend on the floor. i just started crying, just having to see everybody there, depressed, and having to see him lie on the ground like that. why do you think it became such a crush? i don't know. i just think everybody just wanted to get inside and drink. that's what everybody wanted to do. 17—year—old lauren bullock was killed. her school described her as a shining light. we are deeply saddened at the tragic death of lauren, our year 13 student. she was a beautiful girl, a young person with much talent and much capability. the 16 and 17—year—old boys who died have been named as connor currie and morgan barnard. police have asked people not to post pictures from the incident online as they try to piece together what happened. there was a crush towards the front door and in that crush, people seem to have fallen.
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we are examining now to see if the people who have fallen are those who are deceased. there seemed to be a little bit of struggling going on to get people off the ground and that might explain also why there was a report of some fighting. emergency services have described what happened here as a truly appalling incident. and today, there are questions about how the event was advertised and how the crowd was being managed outside. tonight, teenagers are still trying to come to terms with how their st patrick's day turned to tragedy. emma vardy, bbc news, cookstown. it's feared that up to a thousand people may have died in mozambique from the effects of a devastating storm. cyclone cyclone idai reached speeds of up to 120 miles an hour, and brought with it torrential rain. tonight, the british government said it would send £6 million of relief aid and tents. cyclone idai came in off the indian ocean at the port city
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of beira, which has been largely submerged, before making its way into zimbabwe. 0ur reporter shingai nyoka has managed to get to chimanimani, close to the border with mozambique, and sent this report. shops with their fronts torn off, windows shattered in the street. roofs rendered useless, ripped from theirjoists. this is beira, where it's thought there has been the greatest loss of life. while the damage on the ground is bad enough, it is from the air that you can see the scale of what has happened here. beira is the major port on mozambique's coast. now it is largely underwater, after the cyclone tore through it, bringing the sea in its wake. the city's tightly packed suburbs submerged. no—one knows yet the true loss of life here.
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translation: flying sheets of metal decapitated people. some people are in hospital. it's really bad. we don't eat properly. we don't sleep properly. we have no home. from the suburbs, cyclone idai's destructive force spread inland. no respecter of borders, it crossed into neighbouring zimbabwe. landslides, rock falls and raging waters have marooned hundreds. as you can see, the devastation of cyclone idai. there is a major crater here. this is one of the main access roads between the city of mutare, where the support teams and the supplies are, and the villages of chimanimani, which have been cut off. we met an elderly couple who were trying to check on family members on the other side. he tells us he has been trying
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to call family trapped in chimanimani, to find out if they survived the storm, but he has not been able to reach them. as night falls, rescue teams are managing to save those trapped by the rising waters. plucking people from trees, providing comforting arms for a distressed child. but once on dry land, hunger and homelessness become the next challenge. shingai nyoka, bbc news, chimanimani, eastern zimbabwe. police in the netherlands have arrested a turkish man after three people were shot dead on a tram in the city of utrecht. five others were injured in the shooting this morning. earlier, schools were closed and people were told to stay indoors as police tried to find the suspect. from utrecht, our correspondent damian grammaticas reports. sirens. late morning, a tramline at a standstill and dutch medics scrambling. the reports were of multiple casualties.
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armed police units responded fast, too. they moved in as well, hunting at least one attacker who it was thought was still nearby. dan molinaar was in the tram. he says, "all of a sudden, the shooter came running, waving a pistol in the air. ithought, i have to get out of here." what eyewitnesses said was that this morning on the tram here, a man pulled a gun and began shooting. there was panic as people tried to escape the scene and, within minutes, police and ambulances were here. but it is thought that he fled around the corner and now police have a house surrounded in one of the adjacent streets. erwen van der linden was just getting ready to catch the tram himself when it all happened. i heard a lot of screaming. i heard a lot of honks from the cars. then, all of a sudden, sirens and hell broke loose. it was chaos.
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soon, several city blocks in utrecht had been sealed and police issued this picture of the suspected attacker, gokmen tanis, 37 years old, originally from turkey. anti—terror teams thought he might have fled just a few hundred yards around the corner. as they tried to track him, they ordered people in the area to stay indoors. 0ffices, schools, and universities all in lockdown. "this has been a jolt for our country," the dutch prime minister, mark rutte, said, adding, "we are horrified and in disbelief". and late in the afternoon, the suspect, gokmen tanis, was detained. the police siege at an end but the sense of shock here still deep. damian grammaticus, bbc news, utrecht. crowds gathered in cardiff earlier tonight to celebrate the welsh rugby team's grand slam victory at the weekend. warren gatland's men, who claimed their 14th win in succession with victory over ireland, will now turn their attention to the world cup injapan in september, as our correspondent
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katie gornall reports. it has been a weekend to remember for the grand slam champions. for the past three days, they and their country have been in party mode. now, at the welsh assembly in cardiff, it was time for a more formal celebration. we'rejust very proud. i've said it a few times in the last couple of days, all the faces looking back at us here today, it's what we represent when we get out on the park. we couldn't be prouder to be here, sharing it with everyone today. the little dink, hadleigh parkes! wales‘ match with ireland was meant to be a nailbiter. instead, they blew them away 25—7, suffocating them in defence and punishing them in attack. they haven't had it all their own way in this six nations, but even when they were behind against england and france, they found a way back. when the pressure is on, wales have proved themselves to be
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masters of the big moment. their demolition of ireland gave warren gatland a record third grand slam title in his final six nations game in charge. his side are now on a 1a—match winning streak and have climbed above ireland to second in the world rankings. they will head to the world cup in japan later this year as major title contenders. as wales celebrate this grand slam, they know an even bigger prize could be around the corner. warren gatland will step down after the world cup injapan and nothing will mean more to him, the fans or the players than if they can return here to cardiff with the webb ellis trophy. it's been an awesome campaign, an awesome tournament. tonight has been awesome as well. more importantly, we won the grand slam and that is definitely a good start for the world cup. i'm so proud of them. i think all the nation is, proud to be welsh. she speaks welsh. there's a togetherness about wales, a sense that when you play them, you play a nation, and not a team.
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this is a small country that believes it can conquer the world. katie gornall, bbc news, cardiff. a pigeon that's been dubbed "the lewis hamilton of racing pigeons" has been sold for over a million pounds after a competitive two—week online bidding war. the bird, which is known as armando, was sold for the record sum to a chinese buyer and it's said to be the best long—distance racing pigeon of all time. two men from china, where pigeon racing is a popular sport, had been locked in a bidding war to purchase the bird. now it's time for the weather with louise lear. hello there. the month of march can often be seen as the transition from winter to spring. we sawjust that
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last week with spells of snow at times, severe gales uprooting trees, and some heavy, persistent rain. it brought localised flooding for north wales and north—west england. according to the met office, northern ireland has already had its wettest march on record. 0ne northern ireland has already had its wettest march on record. one of the reasons, the jet stream was sitting right across the uk and that was driving areas of low pressure in from the atlantic last week. this week we are seeing more of an undulation in the jet and the week we are seeing more of an undulation in thejet and the uk is to the south of the jet, which will allow high pressure to build and allow high pressure to build and allow things to turn just that little bit quieter. so that will probably come as welcome news for many this week. lighter winds and a dry story. high pressure starting to build in from the south—west. ahead of it we have a couple of nuisance weather fronts which will introduce cloud, showering rain from time to time, and a noticeable breeze or strengthening wind does make salary rate. for many on tuesday it is a cloudy affair, the odd spot or two of drizzle. breaks in the cloud from time to time and a little bit of
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brightness. at the same time, the rain gathers a different afternoon into the north and west of scotland. 11-15 at the into the north and west of scotland. 11—15 at the high for tuesday afternoon. as we move out of tuesday we have the slice of mild air starting to push on across the country. the middle part of the week looks likely to seize temperature slightly above the average. the only exception is the far north of scotland, it could still be breezy and not as mild. the areas of low pressure threatening to be an issue up pressure threatening to be an issue up into the far north—west. gusts of winds up to 50 mph. elsewhere the cloud will break up and we will see glimpses of sunshine, 17 degrees, may be higher if we get more in the way of son. as we move out of wednesday we still have that area of high pressure centred across the uk. weather fronts will start to push in from the north—west and we will have to keep an eye on that from the far
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north west of scotland. we might see a significant area of low pressure developing by the end of the week. increasingly went to the far noth. elsewhere, whether cloud will break up, more in the way of sunshine. a very amount of cloud generally across england, wales, northern ireland. highest values of10— across england, wales, northern ireland. highest values of 10— 16 degrees. 0ut ireland. highest values of 10— 16 degrees. out of thursday into friday, the area of low pressure could be an issue. we will need to keep an issue on that. if you have outdoor plans on friday keep abreast of the situation. england and wales in the best of the dry and sunny weather. more of a breeze around by friday. as we start into the weekend, things could turn cool. we could see the showers turning increasingly wintry to higher ground in scotland. plenty of frequent showers up into the north—west. not quite as well. but hopefully with more of a breeze, hopefully for the start of the weekend. elsewhere a greater chance of seeing sunshine come through. further ahead, that area of high


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