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this is bbc news, the headlines: british government ministers have warned of a constitutional crisis after the speaker of the house of commons blocked a possible vote on the prime welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america minister's brexit deal. and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: john bercow said theresa may's deal can't be put to a vote by mps again, a major blow for the british governmentjust ten days before unless there's a substantial change. britain's due to leave the eu brexit. in just ten days' time. theresa may's told she can't ask new zealand's prime minister, mps to vote on her deal jacinda ardern, has urged her fellow for a third time. citizens never to utter the name of the gunman who killed fifty what the government cannot people at mosques in christchurch. legitimately do is to resubmit speaking in parliament, to the house the same proposition she said he was a terrorist, or substantially the same criminal and extremist proposition as that of last week, who sought notoriety. thirty people who were injured in attack on friday remain in hospital. which was rejected by 149 votes. dutch police have arrested a turkish man in the city of utrecht, where 3 people were killed in a shooting attack on a tram on monday morning. as new zealand mourns, the country's prime minister condemns the gunman five people were wounded, who killed fifty people as a terrorist, criminal and extremist. some seriously. speak at the names of those who were
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lost rather than the name of the man who took them. he may have sought notoriety but we're new zealand will give him nothing. not even his name. a gunmen kills three people in the dutch city of utrecht. police arrest 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. just 10 days before britain is due to leave the european union, brexit has been complicated even further by a ruling from the speaker of the house of commons. it is a major blow to the prime minister. drawing on parliamentary convention going back 400 years, the speaker has ruled she cannot have a third go at getting her brexit deal approved by mps unless the motion
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is substantially different from before. the eu insists the current withdrawal deal cannot be changed. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. 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 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
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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. 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.
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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. 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
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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. dutch police have arrested a turkish man in the city of utrecht, where 3 people were killed in a shooting attack on a tram on monday morning. five people were wounded, some seriously. earlier schools were closed and people told to stay indoors as armed officers tried to find the suspect. 0ur correspondent damian grammaticas was there as events unfolded. 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. within the past hour at the new zealand parliament, prime minister, jacinda ardern, condemned the gunman who killed 50 people as a terrorist, criminal and extremist. she said she would never
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utter his name in public. with more on events and developments in new zealand, my colleague sharanjit leyl is in christchurch. prime ministerjacinda ardern said she was adamant that her government would provide the necessary support and security to the muslim community targetted in the attack. she also explained how she would seek to establish why the attack happened and how to prevent plans for another. i know, mr speaker, that there have been questions around how this could have happened here, rightly. in a place that prides itself on being open, peaceful, diverse. there is anger that it has happened here. there are many questions that need to be answered and the assurance that i give you is that they will be. yesterday, cabinet agreed that
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an enquiry, one that looks into the events that led up to the attacks on the 15th of march will occur. we will examine what we did know, could have known or should have known. we cannot allow this to happen again. part of ensuring the safety of new zealand is must include a frank examination of our gun laws. as i have already said, our gun laws will change. cabinet met yesterday and made in principle decisions, 72 hours after the attack. before we meet again next monday, these decisions will be announced. mr speaker, there is one person at the centre of this terror attack against our muslim community in new zealand.
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a 28—year—old man, an australian citizen, charged with one count of murder. other charges will follow. he will face the full force of the law in new zealand. the families of the fallen will have justice. he sought many things from his act of terror but one was not the right —— notoriety and that is way you will never hear me mention his name. he is a terrorist, a criminal, an extremist i implore you, speak the name of those who have lost rather than the man who took them. he may have sought notoriety but we in new zealand will give him nothing. not even his name. and that was the prime minister speaking in parliament in wellington and many
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people have been reacting to the tragedy here. i have been at the botanical gardens which is at the centre of christchurch and people continue to come here to lay wreaths and give floral tributes. hundreds have come throughout the day. it is three o'clock in the afternoon but they continued to arrive with yet more tributes and to stand in solidarity with them or some neighbours. i spoke to new zealand's governor—general, dame patsy reddy, who was visiting to lay a wreath for the victims. the mood in new zealand at the moment is firstly one of great grief and shock. but there is coming through more and more, and you will have seen it today, a feeling of determination that we will do everything to support those in the community who have been directly affected, but more than that, to make sure that all minorities in new zealand, whether they are new new zealanders, whether they are ethnic minorities who have been here for a long time, they all feel welcome and part of our community.
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i was just at the refugee centre, community centre, this morning and meeting with the people who have had the most immediate losses. there were vacancies in the room, those are the people that are no longer with us or are in serious condition in hospital. they had many searing messages of pain and tragedy, but one thing they all expressed was their determination to make sure new zealand to stay is the place they want to be. they feel safe here and they are determined to feel safe again. and i think we are uniting. we have a culture born out of maori tradition that means that our strength comes from our land and its them now too. so we now have a rich cultural tapestry we now need to weave together to have true integration. there has been some criticism that underneath the surface, even though new zealand has a great
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record when it comes to human rights, multiculturalism, under the surface there is islamophobia, there is racism, and this attack has uncovered all of that. this attack, it was designed to try and break apart our community. and we're not going to let it. so i think you will have seen that, particularly, internationally there have been some challenging posts on social media, for example, that's not new zealand. and if it is new zealand, then we need to make sure that we educate everybody that love is stronger than hate. how about concerns that perhaps the threat of white supremacists were not taken as seriously as the threat of islamist is and terror cells? our prime minister confirmed yesterday
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that our security and intelligence services have been looking at this, it has been a rising issue around the world and they have been bringing resources into it. i think 110w bringing resources into it. i think now there are more dedicated resources to address this but all forms of xenophobia must be stamped out. that is not part of new zealand, that is not who we are. what is being done policy wise in order to do that? that is something you need to address to the prime minister and the government particularly. as governor—general i represent the queen so i cannot get into politics but i know that jacinda ardern has the full support of new zealanders to address conlong and gun control and how we support people in the community. and that was the governor—general of new zealand. she is one of many people here who have been remembering those who lost their lives in the mosque
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attack. a particularfocus has been on the children who died and those that. young new zealanders have been gathering together to see how they can help their community. clive myrie reports. 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 three—year—old and a four—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's awful, yeah. 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. many students have lost loved ones,
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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. 0nly 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 was 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 murray speaking to some of the
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children who gathered, and this is christchurch's largest newspaper —— clive myrie. it is extraordinary, the outpouring. we continue to see the outpouring. we continue to see the people coming through this memorial botanical gardens, hundreds of floral tributes over the last couple of days as we stand here. lovely messages of support for the muslim community, as well. people here of course still grieving, still in shock over what had happened, the worst terror attack that has ever happened on these shores, but they are determined to move on, determined to stick together, and as the prime minister had said in parliament just the prime minister had said in parliamentjust a the prime minister had said in parliament just a little the prime minister had said in parliamentjust a little earlier, oui’ parliamentjust a little earlier, our hearts are heavy but our spirit is strong. so a real sense of resilience from this town here in
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christchurch. remember, of course, it has suffered from tragedy before. in 2011 there was a devastating earthquake that led to almost 200 lives being lost. so it is a city that has built its built itself up, tried to come back from tragedy, and this time around many of the people i have been speaking to us saying they can do this, they can do this again, they can get over this. they can simply move on as a community. together. and i will continue to cover it from here over the next few hours. back to you in london. stay with us on bbc news. 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.
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the trophy itself was on the pedestal in the middle of the cabinet here. now, 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 bbc news. the latest headlines: the british government has been dealt a major blowjust ten days before brexit, the speaker of the house of commons telling theresa may she can't have a third vote on her deal.
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as new zealand continues to mourn, the country's prime minister, jacinda arden, has condemned the gunman who killed 50 people as a terrorist, criminal and extremist. the cyclone which has torn into parts of southern africa may have taken many hundreds of lives. cyclone idai reached speeds up to 120 mph and brought with it torrential rain and floods. worst affected are mozambique, zimbabwe and malawi. shingai nyoka sent this report from the border between zimbabwe and mozambique. shops with their fronts torn off, windows shattered in the street. roofs rendered useless, ripped from theirjoists. this is beira, where it is thought that 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.
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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. translation: flying sheets of metal decapitated people. some people are in hospitals. 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. now, this is one of the main access roads between the city of mutare, where the support teams and the supplies are,
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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 to call his family, trapped in chimanimani, to find out if they survived the storm, but he hasn't been able to reach them. his wife, miriam, makes the sounds that that the wind and water made as the storm approached. she says the rains have been relentless. 5 million people were in need of food aid before the floods. this makes matters so much worse. shingai nyoka, bbc news, chimanimani, eastern zimbabwe. let's get some of the day's other news: the chief executive of warner brothers has resigned amid allegations he promised film roles in return for sex. kevin tsujihara had been in charge of the studio for six years. text messages published by a magazine in the us appear to show conversations between him and the british actress charlotte kirk. the french government has fired the paris police chief and plans to ban rallies in some areas after saturday's violent protests.
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president macron has backed plans for authorities to act as soon as so—called radical groups are identified. 10,000 people took part in anti—government protests this past weekend. they began four months ago over the rising cost of living. a court in france has convicted the congolese singer koffi 0lomide of the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15. he was given a two—year suspended prison sentence, in his absence. it is maybe not a phrase you would expect to say too often in a news bulletin, but a retired belgian racing pigeon has fetched a record price in an online auction. the final price for armando was $1.1; million. armando is now heading for a happy retirement breeding more champion chicks. caroline rigby has the story. described as the lewis hamilton of pigeon racing, armando has created
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quite a coup. exceptionally strong wings and a fantastic sense of direction make him one of the best competitors of all time. but, despite spending his life in the fast lane, the online auction initially crawled by. fuelled by the growing popularity of pigeon racing in china, it is thought two chinese fanciers fought over two weeks to ta ke fanciers fought over two weeks to take him under their wing. eventually, though, a dramatic race to the finish saw armando sell for almost $1.1; million, $1 million more than the growing rate for his fellow feathered athletes. translation: a very special day. we got up thinking is it going to rise a lot more, or not? we had hoped for a little more
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as it had already broken the record, but he has more than doubled. that was hectic, incredible. the five—year—old, who could live until he is 20, will now swap beating his wings for breeding as one of the world's greatest ever homing pigeons moved to his newest home, a chinese stud farm. caroline has used all of the puns, i will keep quiet. thank you for watching. 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'll be a lot more settled and quite mild. although we'll 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've still got a few weather fronts to contend with in the short term. so it does look like, early on tuesday, quite a lot of cloud around, some showery bursts of rain across northern and western areas, and it will be breezier here as well. so with all the cloud cover, i think, and even the rain and the breeze, it's not going to be a particularly cold start on tuesday. but there will be quite a bit of cloud around.
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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, where we'll see further outbreaks of rain, and it'll be breezier here too. so 11—14 celsius for scotland. further south, 12, 13 degrees, maybe 1a celsius in the south—east, which is actually pretty mild — a little bit higher than what we should be looking at this time of year. but things are set to turn even milder midweek onwards. this big wedge of air will move in off 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, then those temperatures will shoot up. but again, another very cloudy day, i think, across northern and western areas. thickest of the cloud across the west of scotland, where it'll be quite breezy. 13, maybe 1a degrees here. but across the south and the 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
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to scotland and then to northern ireland later in the day, and it will become quite windy here too, as well, so a bit of a different feel to the weather here. further south, though, largely settled, variable cloud, a little bit of sunshine, and again very mild, with temperatures reaching 15 or 16 degrees. something a bit cooler behind this weather front — nine or 10 celsius here, lower for stornoway. this weather front begins to slip south—east, but fizzles out as it does throughout 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 across the south and the east. now, it looks like 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 still largely settled, with variable cloud, a bit of sunshine.
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