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i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: the british prime minister's brexit withdrawal plan has hit yet another obstacle after a ruling by the speaker of the house of commons. i'm babita sharma in london. john bercow said theresa the headlines: may's deal can't be put to a vote by mps again, a major blow for the british unless there's a substantial change. governmentjust ten days before ministers have warned brexit. of a constitutional crisis. britain is due to leave the eu theresa may's told she can't ask in just ten days' time. mps to vote on her deal the new zealand government has for a third time. agreed changes to gun laws ‘in principle.‘ police say what the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit the killer used military—style to the house the same proposition assault weapons which had been modified to make them more deadly, or substantially the same which is not currently illegal. proposition as that of last week, and these pictures of schoolchildren in christchurch which was rejected by 149 votes. are trending on bbc.com. pupils across new zealand performed a gunmen kills three people the haka in tribute to the fifty in the dutch city of utrecht. people killed in the attacks on two police arrest mosques in the city. that's all. stay with bbc world news. a thirty—seven—year—old turkish man. the hunt for survivors of the mozambique cyclone continues. a thousand are feared dead with hundreds more missing.
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i'm sharanjit leyl in christchurch, where tributes continue to pour in for the victims of the attacks on two mosques, and preparations for burials are set to begin. it's 1pm in christchurch, new zealand, midnight here in london where there are nowjust eleven days to go until britain is due to leave the eu. but the path towards brexit has just become even more complicated because of a ruling by the speaker of the house of commons. in a major blow to the prime minister, the speaker says she cannot have a third go at getting her brexit deal approved by mps unless the motion is substantially different from before. with all the day's developments, here's our political editor lauara kuenssberg. time isn't healing, it's hurting.
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every day, it seems theresa may's task gets harder and harder. arriving at the back gates of number 10 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. 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. order.
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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. 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.
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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. 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.
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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. good afternoon from christchurch, where we're expecting details soon of reforms to new zealand's gun laws, following friday's attack on two mosques which left fifty people dead. police say the alleged killer brenton tarrant used military—style assault weapons which had been modified to make them more deadly, which is not currently illegal. hywel griffith 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,
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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 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.
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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. 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.
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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. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. police in the netherlands have arrested a man after 3 people were shot dead on a tram in the city of utrecht. the prime minister, mark rutte, said the country was overcome with horror and disbelief at the day's events and said the motive behind the attack remained unclear. from utrecht our correspondent damian grammaticas reports.
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sirens. late morning, a tramline at a standstill and dutch medics scrambling. the reports were of multiple casualties. 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.
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i heard a lot of honks from the cars. then, all of a sudden, sirens and hell broke loose. it was chaos. 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. offices, 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. also making news this hour: at least
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77 people have died and dozens are missing in indonesia's eastern papua province following flash floods. days of heavy rains triggered mudslides which were made worse by widespread deforestation in the region. rescuers are struggling to reach affected areas because of damaged roads and blocked bridges. thanks, babita. here in christchurch, it's expected that funerals will begin soon for the victims of friday's two mosque attacks, which left fifty people dead. before we get to our next guest we have some live coverage now from a press c0 nfe re nce have some live coverage now from a press conference that is happening behind me. representatives of new zealand's government institutions. let's listen to what they have to say. they have an update on the government response. but also be
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adapting to what their needs may be in the coming days and weeks. we know this will involve specialist staff and resources and agencies are able to scale up if required. i do wa nt to able to scale up if required. i do want to reiterate that the footage related to the attack has been classed as objectional under new zealand law. this means it is an offence to possess, share or host it. before i hand over to each of my collea g u es it. before i hand over to each of my colleagues in turn i would like to pay special tribute to the staff here on the ground and the many volu nteers here on the ground and the many volunteers who are putting substantial time and work into providing these what that is needed. what i would like to do is introduce each speaker, provide them an opportunity to give an agency update and questions will be held at the end. firstly, it terry brown from new zealand customs service. on
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behalf of the new zealand customs service, our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those who have lost. our first option is to support the police as lead agency and in doing that we also expanded oui’ and in doing that we also expanded our present at new zealand international airport. we have a league role, as the minister alluded, around the repatriation of bodies to loved ones overseas and we are working closely with the police and family liaison officers to ensure that that can be expedited and facilitated and customs will waive or complete any formalities that are required. otherwise, various enquiries that have been initiated and announced in the last 24 hours, customs will pay a full role in those. thank you. and i now
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invite the canterbury district health board. it seems a long time since 48 gunshot wounds turned up at christchurch hospital. today we have still 30 people in the hospital, nine of whom are still in intensive ca re nine of whom are still in intensive care and in a critical condition. there to patients who have been transferred over the last few days to auckland. one is a four—year—old child, transferred to starship hospital and herfather child, transferred to starship hospital and her father was transferred, and she remains in a critical condition. herfather transferred, and she remains in a critical condition. her father was transferred up to auckland was able to be close to his daughter and with his wife. and he is in a stable condition in auckland. part of the
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ongoing response to the patients that we have had so far, there will be ongoing multiple operations for a number of those patients and it will bea number of those patients and it will be a long—term recoveryjourney that many of them will be undertaking. at the same time, while we are deal with the tragic events, we are also balancing the needs of the rest of the community who are still continuing to fall sick and be u nwell continuing to fall sick and be unwell and other trauma coming through the door. that is something back, again, our teams through the door. that is something back, again, ourteams are continuing to meet the needs of the community. that has been supported by both our primary care colleagues which are an important part of our health system responds and the number of the larger treasury district health boards that are picking up care that would normally come to christchurch, they are picking up that care on our behalf so picking up that care on our behalf so that we can concentrate on the challenges that we have a head. one of the things like the rest of the
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community, there are and will remain a set of challenges for all of us as we are a service what has happened over the past few days and the intent is to try sense of that. so the home care medical support line has been a central contact point for those needing support or help. as of this morning there arejust needing support or help. as of this morning there are just over 600 people have been in contact with that and the average consultation time on that is in excess of 40 minutes. again, that shows up with different needs and responses both in canterbury and christchurch and broad parts of new zealand. that will remain an important part of our ongoing response. all of us in terms
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of the agencies, whether it be police, education, msd, police, and a range of other agencies, we are all collectively joined a range of other agencies, we are all collectivelyjoined up to ensure that whatever response we are doing across the community is connected and makes sense. but it is also recognising that our recovery from this is going to be a long—term journey, and it is going to require a lot of different responses over the coming months and years. so that might bea the coming months and years. so that might be a good place to leave that. all right, that was just the press conference that we have just heard. we heard david mead from the health board giving an update of the injured, the multiple surgeries that require, and some of those challenges, we also heard from terry brown from the customs service about
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the repatriation of the bodies, some of those who died from elsewhere, from overseas. we will bring you more updates from here christchurch later. you are watching newsday live from christchurch and london. also on the programme: we're on the road with both parties as they try to win over thailand's crucial rural voters. and here in christchurch, people continue to grieve and show their respects as tributes for end. —— pour in. today, we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter. more than 3,000 subway passengers were affected. nausea, bleeding, headaches and a dimming of vision — all of this caused by an apparently organised attack. the trophy itself was on the pedestal in the middle
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of the cabinet here. this was an international trophy and we understand now that the search for it has become an international search. above all, this was a triumph for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, and that's what the voters wanted. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in christchurch. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: the speaker of the house of commons says the british government cannot ask mps to vote for a third time on its current brexit deal. the new zealand government backs tighter gun laws after the massacres
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at two mosques in christchurch. the people of thailand will soon be getting the chance to elect a new government. however, the military has drafted a constitution and brought in a new voting system, which greatly strengthens their hand in holding onto power. their greatest challenge is from the party backed by exiled former prime minister thaksin shinawatra. our south—east asia correspondent jonathan head has been to roi et, a tha ksin stronghold, to see how well the pro—military party is doing there. in the parched, brown country of thailand's northeast, one party has held the loyalty of voters for the past 18 years. this is one of its leaders. on his home turf, among people who like him, opposed the coup and believe his party has lifted their lives. he jokes with
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them about his time injail. he has faced multiple charges for his political activities, barring him from office. that is why it is his daughter who is contesting this seat. politics in thailand is always afamily seat. politics in thailand is always a family business. so it came as a shock to him when his youngest sister defected to the pro— military party. translation: the whole family is opposed to this. we fought against this side for so long. suddenly she switched to that side. she is now part of a slick, well funded campaign to keep the current government in power. the coup leader's party is just a year old, and here in the north—east it confronts and here in the north—east it co nfro nts a and here in the north—east it confronts a population that is
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strongly anti— coup and pro thaksin, they are getting members of prominent families on its side, hoping to break that long—standing loyalty of north—eastern is. they are making big promises, for example to these rice farmers. but they are not so different from what is offered by this party. so why did she switch sides? translation: i felt it gives an opportunity to people from all political colours, be they the red shirts or the yellow shirts. they give an opportunity to eve ryo ne shirts. they give an opportunity to everyone tojoin shirts. they give an opportunity to everyone to join hands and come up with policies that really help the people. but does the military's core message, offering stability instead of change, appeal to villages here? not this one. they still call themselves a red village. thaksin did so much for us, they tell me, but we are still sticking to his
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party. the military is spending big on the north—east to raise its pa rty‘s on the north—east to raise its party's profile, but it is a struggle. empty seats, and a listless crowd. either time the coup leader himself comes on, with the familiar, avuncular tone ties have been hearing for the past five yea rs, been hearing for the past five years, the rally is on the point of fizzling out —— thais. for several days now, the world's attention has been concentrated on events in christchurch. to discuss how new zealand media has been covering the story, and the way it has addressed the cultural, political and security issues raised, i'm joined by wendy petrie, journalist with tvnz. welcome, wendy. we know it has been a challenging number of days, not just obviously for the bereaved, the families, the loved ones. the government agency is trying to address some of the challenges, as we have just heard, address some of the challenges, as we havejust heard, but address some of the challenges, as
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we have just heard, but for the media as well. how have you been covering it? this has been an unprecedented event for new zealand media. we haven't seen anything like it before. we have a reported on nothing else, we have had no ads on all of our coverage, we have dropped all of our coverage, we have dropped all sport, we have dropped all—weather. it is just one of those situations we are a very small country, we have never seen anything like this. i think the emotion is still raw for many people so we felt we had to be very sensitive, so we really have just reported on this, and we have tried to be so sensitive, because we can see it on the faces of the people behind us. it is such a shock, and horrific, and it is still raw for us. the emotional trauma is still something many people are trying to process, and as someone from new zealand, having covered issues here for so long, there has never been anything else quite like this, even though, of course, you have had the earthquakes, those other tragedies here in christchurch. that's right, so the earthquake was eight years ago, that was the last time i was here. this somehow feels different.
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i think this was a natural disaster, the earthquake, so we all pulled together, again, for that. but this feels so much more sinister, so much more frightening. we feel like we are geographically isolated, we feel like we are1 are geographically isolated, we feel like we are 1 million miles away from other places in the world where you see this happen. so for this to strike here in christchurch, it is just such a shock. now, wendy, we we re just such a shock. now, wendy, we were both talking about the children who were killed and injured by this awful thing, and of course, as mothers, this is incredibly emotional when you think of that.
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what are you having to tell your children? yes, that's right, as a parent, ijust find children? yes, that's right, as a parent, i just find it children? yes, that's right, as a parent, ijust find it so difficult. i have a nine—year—old, and you don't know what to say to them. this is something that struck every parent, must feel the same way. we have interviewed a number of child psychologist, and they say it is best to understand, let them talk, if they want the day of school, that's ok. but to support them. and this is one bad man. wendy, thank you so much forjoining us and sharing experiences with us. and of course, as you heard from wendy and from everyone here, there is still a lot of emotional trauma, the feeling is still raw, but there is a real sense that people want to move on from this, to build their communities, and to get over this traumatic event. thank you for watching newsday. hello there. last week, we were bombarded by deep areas of low pressure bringing gales and heavy rain. but i'm thankful to say this week is looking much quieter. we've got high pressure, i think, in the driving seat for many of us. so it will be a lot more settled in quite mild, although we will have quite a bit of cloud around where you get the sunshine, it will feel very springlike indeed. this is the area of high pressure which will be dominating the weather for us throughout this week. but we still got a few weather fronts to content within the short term, so it does look like early on tuesday quite a lot of cloud around, some showery
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bursts of rain across northern and western areas, and it will be breezy here as well. so with all the cloud cover, i think, here as well. so with all the cloud cover, ithink, in here as well. so with all the cloud cover, i think, in the rain and the breeze, i think it is not going to bea breeze, i think it is not going to be a particular cult started tuesday. but there will be quite a bit of cloud around. sunshine will be limited. i think probably the best of any if you get some will be the north—east of scotland, perhaps some spots across eastern england. but elsewhere, quite a bit of cloud, thickest across the north—west,
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where we will see further outbreaks of rain and it will be breezy here as well. so 11— 14 celsius for scotland. further south, 12, 13 degrees, maybe 14 celsius in the south—east. which is actually pretty mild, a little bit higher than we should be looking at this time of year. things are set to turn even milder mid week onwards. this big wedge of air were moving from the atlantic, the orange and yellow colours denote that. and it does look like, if we get some sunshine across the eastern side of the country, than those damages will shoot up. but again, another very cloudy day i think across northern and western areas. the thickest of the cloud across the west of scotland, where it will be quite breezy. 13, maybe 14 degrees here, but across the south and east, given some sunshine, we could be looking at 16 or 17 celsius. we've still got high pressure with us, dominating the scene i think for much of england and wales. this weather front will bring thicker cloud, outbreaks of rain to scotland and then to northern ireland later in then to northern ireland later in the day. and it will become quite windy here as well. so a bit of a different feel to the weather. further south, though, largely settled, variable cloud, a little bit of sunshine, and again very mild. temperatures reaching 15 or 16 degrees. something a little bit cooler behind this weather front, nine or 10 celsius here. lowerfor stornoway. this weather front begins to slip south—east with, but fizzles out as it does for friday. so outbreaks for scotland and northern ireland, then into north—western parts of england and north—west wales later on. those temperatures dropping a little bit here, but still very mild with some sunshine
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across the south and east. now, it looks as though that weather front will slip southwards during friday night, and then for the weekend, something a little bit cooler as you can see. temperatures down a notch, but it looks largely settled, with a variable cloud, amid the sunshine.
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