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this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the eu has given the uk government two more months to prepare for brexit, but if parliament does not pass a very warm welcome to bbc news — theresa may's withdrawal agreement — broadcasting to our viewers which it's already rejected twice — in north america that will change to just and around the globe. my name's mike embley. two extra weeks. our top stories: 2a hours after she attacked mps, the prime minister has now said hours of talks, then the european union agrees she understands their frustration. to give britain yet more time a week on from the gun attacks to prepare for brexit, on two mosques in christchurch, but only if parliament new zealand has fallen silent passes theresa may's deal. to remember the 50 people killed. before mass burials began, if the withdrawal agreement the call to prayer was observed as 5,000 muslims attended services, is passed by the house of commons supported by around 15,000 others, in solidarity with the victims. next week, the european council aid workers are racing to get agrees to an extension emergency supplies to hundreds until the 22nd of may. of thousands of people stranded by cyclone idai, which struck south—eastern africa a week ago. at least 300 people are confirmed 2a hours after she attacked mps, dead in mozambique, zimbabwe theresa may now says and malawi, but that number she understands their frustration. is expected to rise. but she says it's time to end the uncertainty. i hope we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision and i will make every effort to ensure we are able to leave with a deal and move
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our country forward. one week on from the deadly mosque attacks in christchurch, new zealanders come together in their thousands to pay tribute to the victims. aid workers race to get emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of people stranded by cyclone idai. donald trump overturns decades of us policy, saying the us should recognise israeli sovereignty over the occupied golan heights. hello to you. european union leaders have agreed to the british prime minister's reluctant request to delay brexit — an extension to try to get her withdrawal deal
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approved by parliament. but it's not for as long as she wanted, and it is still very possible the uk could leave the european union with no withdrawal deal in place. britain has two more months to prepare for brexit. but if mps don't pass theresa may's deal — they have already rejected it twice — that will change to just two extra weeks. here's donald tusk speaking shortly after the latest eu summit. the european council decided to approve the strasbourg agreement. as regards the extension, our decisions envisage two scenarios. in the first scenario, that if the withdrawal agreement is passed by the house of commons next week, the european council agrees to an extension until the 22nd of may. in the second scenario, that if the agreement is not approved by the house of commons next week,
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the european council agrees to an extension until the 20th of april... 12th!, 12th of april... laughter ..while expecting the uk to indicate a way forward. what this means in practice is that, until that date, all options will remain open and the cliff edge date will be delayed. donald tusk. some laughs, a lot of tension still in quite a lot of fatigue. christian fraser has been in brussels for us and has analyzed some of the key developments from the summit. well, it has been a malathion european council. they were supposed to be meeting to discuss the extension to three hours today. eventually, they came out after
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eight hours to say they had reached some conclusions and really, the extension that they have granted the uk comes in two parts. if theresa may is able to get a deal to the house of commons next week, than for technical reasons, to get legislation through, the european is prepared to give her until the 22nd of may, that if they do not get theresa may's deal through, then they would expect the house of commons to find another way forward and they have set a new limit, the 12th of aprilfor them and they have set a new limit, the 12th of april for them to do that and that is an important date in the diary because that is the moment that the uk would have to inform the european union whether or not it was taking part in the european parliamentary elections. now, theresa may, when she appeared for the press conference this evening, was asked by one of the journalists, where she is going at this moment in time, whether she put her preferences. obviously, her main preferences. obviously, her main p refe re nces a re preferences. obviously, her main preferences are ideal but then she was given the option is a deal, no deal, revoke or extension. was given the option is a deal, no deal, revoke or extensionlj was given the option is a deal, no deal, revoke or extension. i do not believe that we should be revoking article for me, that is not something we should be doing. for
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this reason, we gave the choice as to whether to stay in the opinion or leave the opinion to the british people, they voted into thousand 16, they voted to leave, government at they voted to leave, government at the time said we would honour and respect the decision. at the last general election, 80% of the votes we re general election, 80% of the votes were cast members of parliament who stood on a manifesto to honour that decision, respect the referendum. i think the time is now to deliver for the british people. it is time for decisions, said theresa may. she is putting the onus squarely on house of commons but that will allow many mps back in london, who really can't contemplate the idea that the united kingdom leave without a deal, so expect a battle well next week if the deal goes down for the third time, even if she is allowed to bring it and the speaker allows her to bring it to the floor, what then happens, with the prime minister try and take the uk out of the european union, risking some of the resignations on her own front bench,
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split in our own party, would parliament wrestle it away from her? would they put forward all the other indicative options and take three weeks to find a new way forward? — battle royale. always in brussels will be on house of commons over the next week, it really is as theresa may says, decision time. —— next three weeks. let's get some of the day's other news. venezuela's opposition leader juan guaido says his chief of staff is missing. intelligence agencies detained robert marrero in a raid on his home. the us has repeatedly warned president maduro not to arrest mr guaido or his aides. it called this a "big mistake", that will not go unanswered. at least 44 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a huge explosion at a pesticide plant in china. the windows of houses and a school were shattered by the force of the explosion. local people were evacuated because of concerns about toxic fumes.
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the former president of brazil, michel temer, has been taken to rio. he has been arrested on charges of corruption. the 78—year—old has been detained in connection with a long—running investigation, known as operation car wash, which has seen many politicians and business leaders convicted or charged. he denies any wrongdoing. thousands of new zealanders — muslim and non—muslim — have observed two minutes's silence in memory of the 50 victims of the mass shootings in christchurch last friday. they gathered in a park opposite the al noor mosque, where the killings began one week ago today. the bbc‘s mariko oi is there. that's right, mike. behind me is the al noor mosque, where 42 people lost their lives last friday. eight others were gunned down shortly after. you've probably noticed that i am wearing a headscarf — this is to show respect to those who are praying around us. thousands of people attended friday prayers, which was the exact event that the attacker targeted last friday.
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the event started with a call to prayer being broadcast nationally around new zealand, followed by a two minute's silence. let's take a listen. islamic adhan (call to prayer) and we have really been struck, mike, all week by the outpouring of love and support for the muslim community. we met with 17—year—old ali haidari, who moved to new zealand with his parents in 2013, and he gave a speech to his fellow students. this is what he had to say. a message to the shooter — what you have done has brought us closer together. in the coming weeks, more people will turn up in the mosques, a place
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you hate so much, for the faith, by the strength in theirfaith, and inspired by their fallen brothers and sisters. in the coming weeks, more and more muslims will turn up —— in the coming weeks, more non—muslims will turn up at the gates of mosques with fresh flowers and beautifully written notes. they may not have known where the mosques in their area are, but now they do, all because of you. the shooter may have achieved his aim of intended carnage in his violent rampage, and he has also clearly generated much heartbreak and disruption among our community, he took away many beautiful people's lives, but to me and every other thoughtful human being in this country, he has totally failed to create hate and despair in us. he is a failure. he has failed to drive a wedge between muslims and non—muslims in new zealand, and his violent action has opened new pathways of acceptance.
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let's all stand as one and show the world that we new zealanders stand as one community together, no matter what. five of the victims were under the age of 16. the youngest was only three. most of the victims moved to new zealand from countries like pakistan, india. there were some refugees from syria, looking for a safer place to live as well. earlier, i spoke to dr anwar ghani, from the new zealand muslim association, and asked how his community is holding up. obviously, it's a very tough situation and it's a very emotional time but, thanks to god, we are holding very strong. we know that the compassion and the love which has been
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outpouring from the community has been tremendous, and so far, that gives us this strength that we stand together in this dark hours of our history. we've really been struck by the support of the community as well. the new zealand government has been acting very quickly in terms of addressing the gun laws, but how do you assess the government response so far? so far, it has been excellent. the response from our prime minister and the agencies which have been attending to — to seeing that the loved ones are correctly identified and handed over to the families. so in that regard, it has been an excellent response and the prime minister has shown incredible leadership in the face of the situation we are facing. however, as a nation, there will be a time to reflect on that, how could this happen?
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and we will be looking at beyond just gun laws, to make sure that we emerge from this catastrophe as a country and a community which is strongly connected and cohesive and supportive of each other. and for that, all new zealanders need to play their part in that, and i have no doubt that they will. but also i think that on a global level, we need to look at the ways in which we need to change the thinking and the narratives which create hatred among people. dr anwar ghani from the new zealand muslim association speaking to me earlier. mike, we just got the latest numbers from the city council, which said that 5000 muslim worshippers attended friday prayers but 15,000 others also joined the service, so that goes to show how the local
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community has come together to show their support for the muslim community. we are expecting mass burials later this afternoon, so funerals are continuing to take place for those who died last friday. the mass burial is under way now. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: as thailand prepares to head for the polls on sunday, our pundits are trying to attract the 7 million voters. —— how candidates are trying to. let there be no more wars or bloodshed between arabs and the israelis. very good. applause so proud of both of you.
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applause with great regret, the committeee have decided that south africa should be excluded from the 1970 competition. chants streaking across the sky, the white—hot wreckage from mir drew gasps from onlookers on fiji. onlooker: wow! this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: european union leaders in brussels have agreed to theresa may's request to give britain two more months to prepare for brexit. if mps don't pass her withdrawal agreement, that will change to just two extra weeks.
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a week on from the mosque attacks in christchurch that killed 50 people, the country has come together to remember the victims. aid agencies say hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the tropical cyclone which hit south—eastern africa last week, leaving huge swathes of land completely flooded. our africa editor fergal keane has been with rescue teams trying to reach people still stranded near the coast of mozambique. a town separated from its country. buzi is now an island... ..its people marooned on rooftops. today, the country's president visited. filipe nyusi saw for himself the wretched conditions of his people. "the first thing we're going to do is rescue people from the water," he said, "so that they do not die." there was a small hand—out of food
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aid, too small for so many, with inevitable frustration. we joined a rescue team approaching buzi from the water, from where the river pungwe burst its banks. within a few minutes, we saw the first survivors, calling to us from the shore. the rescuers are from the indian navy, training in the region when the cyclone struck. these people had been waiting a week to be rescued. "we were in the water for four days", said this man. "we've lost our houses. we moved to a safer place so that we could be rescued." day after day, several times a day, the indian navy is carrying out these rescue missions, and finding people in a desperate condition. and you have to ask yourself, what would happen if they weren't here?
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we passed localfishing boats loaded with survivors, but there are too few of them, and many fishermen have lost their homes. once back on land in beira, there is medical care for the old and for the young. numerous people are suffering from foot infections, caused by standing too long in water. somejust sitting in the blazing heat, exhausted by days of suffering. from the air, too, more rescues. these south african teams have been working from dawn to dusk to snatch marooned people. this was the scene at the stadium in buzi, and again, the limits of what is possible to achieve with still such limited resources. we carried on up—river until we reached the first damaged buildings of buzi, the people camped on rooftops.
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and here, those who had heard that rescue was coming, crowded onto the banks. it is impossible to know how many people are waiting in there for rescue. the navy can now only take 28, and there is a much greater need than that. mothers push their children to safety. wherever they were going had to be better than this. disaster on all sides. disaster on all sides? all sides. but at least she was getting out. as we pulled away, others pleaded to be taken. the old woman was brought aboard. we saw the indian navy rescue 67 people along the river, but as others are left behind, the sailors will be back tomorrow and for days to come. fergal keane, bbc news, on the pungwe river, mozambique. donald trump has overturned decades of us policy by saying it is time for washington to recognise israeli sovereignty over the golan heights, which it captured
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from syria in 1967. speaking in jerusalem, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said president trump had made history. a senior palestinian official, saeb erekat, said the policy change was a recipe for conflict between palestinians and israelis. donald trump's move comes ahead of a general election in israel next month. earlier i spoke with debra shushan, director of dolicy and government relations at americans for peace now. i began by asking if this was an electoral gift for mr netanyahu. it certainly is, and i'm afraid that it's not a curious stance as far as the trump administration is concerned, even though it's curious when you look at the consistent us policy toward israel and the golan heights since 1967, and especially since 1981,
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when israel effectively annexed the golan heights, which the us refused to recognise, joining a unanimous un resolution to oppose that move. in that sense, it is curious, but not at all curious given the fact that there is a close relationship between president trump and prime minister netanyahu, and the fact that it has been quite frankly obvious for a long time that president trump would do anything he could in order to deliver netanyahu a big perceived foreign policy win on the eve of the israeli election. and i guess this move on the golan may not change that much on the ground, but it may give encouragement to people in israeli politics pushing hard to annex the west bank. you are exactly right. this process started — well, i shouldn't say it started, but recently, last week you had the state department human
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rights report that came out that completely eliminated the use of the words "occupied" and "occu pation" with reference to the west bank and gaza strip. and then, as far as the golan heights were concerned, for the first time in the human rights report it was no longer referred to as israeli—occupied, but rather israeli—controlled. obviously this was noticed within israel by the israeli politicians. naftali bennett, saying it was therefore incumbent upon israelis, since the trump administration was clearly waving the green flag, it was incumbent on israelis to annex the west bank, or parts of it. he indicated that in the first week of the new parliamentary sitting, his party will introduce a bill to annex area c, which is about 60% of the west bank.
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and after that move of referring to the golan heights as israeli—controlled rather than occupied, even before donald trump declaration today on twitter, you had edelstein, the speaker of the israeli parliament, the number two on the list in the upcoming election, who said that it is now — the time has now come for israel to annex the west bank, because clearly if the united states is willing to recognise annexation of the golan heights, why shouldn't the west bank be next? there will be 7 million first—time voters in thailand's election on sunday. a new party called future forward is attracting their attention, with radical policies to deal with inequality and the influence of the military. but the military itself has set the electoral system, putting its own party in pole position, and it wants youth support too, as our correspondent jonathan head reports. canvassing on two wheels. when you are young and new to politics,
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this is perhaps the best and certainly the most affordable way to connect with voters. i think it's a good time for the new party... i was following taopiphop limjittrakorn around the bangkok constituency he hopes to represent. tao says he has always been a bit of a rebel, and he is a founder—member of a brand—new party, future forward, which is promising big changes for thailand. they think, oh, a new candidate? really? i'm just 30 years old, i told him, and a law graduate. oh, but they — surprisingly, they're really welcome. what made you decide to become a politician? honestly, it sounds so bad. i want power — but power to change, and power for ordinary people. his party and the radical young millionaire who leads it has generated a lot of excitement, especially among younger thais.
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he has become a social media star, though he knows that is not enough. work on ground, as much as you work online. online campaign, you get popularity. on ground, you get votes. the military—drafted electoral system is stacked against him, but there are 7 million first—time voters who could yet help his party to do much better than expected. that presents a bit of a problem for the man who seized power in a coup five years ago. general prayut wants to keep the prime minister's job, and has formed a party to persuade voters that is a good idea. they've recruited young and telegenic candidates like pada vorakanon, who is also on two wheels, though she has a lot more back—up on her party than future forward's tao does. but how does she feel
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campaigning for a coup leader? personally, i like prayuth in terms of he's very efficient in his work. and i feel that... but he is not democratic, is he? it's the way you get to the power and i don't care. he can do things a lot that other government can't do. efficiency and stability — that is the military party's core message. how well it plays with younger thais, we will find out this sunday. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. and jonathan will be giving full details on sunday. eu leaders have agreed to the prime minister's relu cta nt agreed to the prime minister's reluctant request for more time before brexit. it is not as long as she wanted and it is still very possible the uk could leave the eu with no withdrawal deal in place.
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there is more on all the news for you anytime on the bbc news website. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. hello, 18 degrees in the sunshine in yorkshire on thursday but for much of the uk, it may have been mild but it was cloudy again, and all that cloud is still with us as friday starts. but there are changes on the way. as this weather front moves southwards, it will bring cooler conditions but more of us will get to see some sunshine over the weekend. but ahead of that weather front, this is all the cloud we have to start on friday. cloudy, damp, drizzly in places, misty and murky but very mild. bearing down from north—west scotland, and as it moves through,
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we see the wind strengthening. this is where we will see the strongest gusts during the day, in excess of a0 mph, in excess of 60 mph across the northern and western isles. so the rain is moving south across scotland and northern ireland, into parts of north—west england and north wales. but look behind the weather front — the land appears, an indication that the sun is coming out. a few blustery showers, wintry on the hills coming into north—west scotland. ahead of the weather front, plenty of cloud, a few bright breaks in north—east england in yorkshire and along the south coast but most stay cloudy and mild. behind the front, it is turning cooler. the front continues to move southwards, but increasingly light and patchy rain friday evening and night, before grinding to a halt close to the south—east of england and into east anglia, where it stays mild for another night. a little damp and places elsewhere in the clearest skies. the cooler night. a touch of frost and parts of northern england, northern ireland and scotland. so quite a change this weather front is bringing,
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the cooler, clearer conditions in time for the weekend. but the front lingers close to south—east england at least on saturday, and that means there'll be a lot of cloud lingering here, and maybe some light rain or drizzle. elsewhere, good sunny spells, showers and a brisk wind pushing to scotland. wintry, maybe not, just on hills, and there'll be a few showers into northern ireland as well, and temperatures for most areas around 9—12 degrees. so they are down compared to recent days, and more widespread frosts going into sunday morning. brightening up across southern parts of england. some heavier and more prolonged downpours running through scotland, parts of northern ireland and northern england. again, wintry on hills. similar temperatures. so this is how the weekend is shaping up. it's going to be a little different because that weather front will have moved on through. cooler days, chillier nights, with a frost, but more in the way of sunshine around
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those showers, blustery and in places wintry in scotland.
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