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reduce hello and welcome to dateline london, the programme to dateline this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. london, the programme the headlines at 11am... which brings together some of the uk's leading commentators american—backed kurdish forces claim with the foreign correspondents they have captured islamic state's who file their stories for the folks last remaining stronghold in eastern back home under the dateline, london. syria. this week, theresa may puts herself on the people's side against parliament, these are live pictures but where does that leave brexit? from northern syria where a news and 52 years after israel occupied two thirds of syria's golan heights, conference is due to be does it matter that donald trump take place shortly. thinks it's time to recognise the facts on the ground? the countdown to brexit — theresa may warns mps a third meaningful vote may not take place 0ur dateline panel this week: the broadcaster brian 0'connell, next week if it doesn't who reported the london beat get sufficient support. for ireland's rte for more a 17—year—old is stabbed to death than twenty years, an—yes poirier, following a fight outside a block of flats in west london. who writes for the french news us special counsel robert mueller magazine, marianne, has submits his report into alleged published a book about art russian collusion with president trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election. and passion on the left bank of the seine, ned temko was editor of the jewish chronicle, and now writes regularly the al—noor mosque in christchurch for the uk's 0bserver newspaper, john fisher burns reopens one week on from a mass shooting, which killed is a pulitzer prize—winning foreign correspondent, and former london bureau chief for the new york times. 42 people there. theresa may has a sterling performance experienced two gruelling years from raheem at wembley — negotiating the uk's exit
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from the european union, he scores a hat—trick as england and endured two humiliating parliamentary defeats thrash the czech republic 5—0 in their opening european championships qualifier. and at 11:30am, i'll bejoined by four distinguished foreign correspondents to discuss theresa may and the brexit blame game, and donald trump's decision to recognise israel's occupation of the golan heights as ownership. is this part of the president's long promised middle east peace plan? dateline london in half an hour, here on bbc news. good morning. western—backed forces in syria have declared a final military victory over the so—called islamic state group. the syrian democratic forces said they'd taken full control of the village of baghouz and declared the "total
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elimination" of islamic state. let's just take a look at how their territory has diminished. back in january 2015 the areas marked in red were under the control of the group. but since then it has slowly declined as islamic state were pushed back and over the course of the last four years their control has dwindled. and by the start of this year they only held a few small areas of territory. recent fighting has focused on the area near the city of baghuz and today us—backed forces in syria say they have taken back that final strip of land. our correspondent aleem maqbool is in northern syria — a short time ago he gave us this update. we have been in baghouz over the last couple of weeks also, last week we we re last couple of weeks also, last week we were told there were 5000 people potentially inside that area, that last on clave of the islamic state
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group. earlier this week we saw with oui’ group. earlier this week we saw with our own eyes a terrible onslaught, a huge offensive against that final enclave through the night and then during the day, islands of bombardment of the camp. —— islands of bombardment. those leaving the camp in those days, they were telling us the territory had pretty much been won back and clashes that remained in recent days would just be against individual militants who we re be against individual militants who were hiding in a very complex tunnel network in and around baghouz, and that appears to be what has gone on in the last couple of days. as well asa in the last couple of days. as well as a operation to explode unexploded ordnance and booby—tra ps, as a operation to explode unexploded ordnance and booby—traps, and there isa ordnance and booby—traps, and there is a feeling that there has been lots of cleaning up of the bodies of potentially many hundreds of those
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killed in this final offensive. the syrian democratic forces have announced, and they had been very careful, to announce this as a territorial victory but they are also calling it the total elimination of the so—called caliphate. although they are cautious it does not mean an end to the fight against the islamic state group, it is nevertheless a huge moment considering the group once controlled a territory larger than the size of britain. this is a news conference in northern syria which has been scheduled to make the formal announcement, a joint statement by syrian democratic forces and the international coalition, in other words the countries including the uk and the usa who had supported the syrian opposition. the us backed
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stf, kurdish arab alliance, announcing it had captured its comic relief‘s last bastian and has declared the elimination of the charges caliphate. there has been a fair bit of music, maybe a few minutes more of waiting will not hurt. we will go back to the al—0mar oilfield in syria once they start the news conference and will bring that formal announcement of the end of the caliphate as soon sweet get it. -- of the caliphate as soon sweet get it. —— as soon as we get it. the final loss of territory for islamic state follows a period in which they overran huge parts of iraq and syria brutally imposing their hardline islamist ideology. paul adams looks back on how it all happened. in 2014, the group controlled 10 million people in large parts of iraq and syria. then the world took notice and took action. is has been on the retreat ever since, squeezed out of their last tiny pockets of territory. us backed forces in syria are celebrating the defeat of isis in raqqa. so, yes, the dream of a caliphate,
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andislamic state, that's over. the group can still do damage. their leader is still out there, despite numerous reports of his death. they may... may have killed the isis leader. reports baghdadi was among those killed. could be a big victory in the war on terror. his last recorded message was in august. he called on his followers to persevere, despite their setbacks in iraq and syria. those followers, they are still listening and there are probably still thousands of them. so expect to see more of this in the region. bomb attacks, killing and maiming large numbers of civilians. and it's notjust in iraq and syria. is has active franchises in afghanistan, in libya, egypt's and beyond. and, yes, there will be more attacks in the west, too. now, we can't always say that the attacks were planned or commissioned by the group, but that's not the point. the point is that the ideology alone is enough to inspire those attacks. and the ideology is very much alive. to understand why, just look
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at the places where it started. syria's civil war is not yet over. iraq is still divided, too. then there's everyone else with an interest in the region. america, russia, iran, turkey, all with their own different agendas. and you have splits along sectarian lines, along ethnic lines, along regional lines. and as long as those rivalries exist, the middle east is going to remain a deeply unstable place. fertile ground for those who don't mind mixing extreme violence with a narrow, medieval version of islam. and remember, groups like is, like its predecessors, were able to cause mayhem without actually occupying any territory at all. and there's no reason to suppose they can't do that again. the pentagon says isis remains an active insurgent group in both iraq and syria, and it warned that without continued pressure, it's likely to regain territory.
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0ur diplomatic correspondent, paul adams. we will return to northern syria when the news conference gets under way. theresa may has admitted she may not garner enough support for her brexit deal in a third commons vote next week — and may seek a further extension to britain's eu membership. if her deal does not pass, the eu has set a deadline of 12th aprilfor the uk to propose a new plan. in a letter to all mps on friday evening, mrs may offered to talk to mps over the coming days "as parliament prepares to take momentous decisions". it's increasingly likely mps will be asked to vote on a variety of possible brexit outcomes. meanwhile, supporters of another eu referendum will march through central london later, and labour's tom watson will speak at the event. he's expected to pledge to back the prime minister's deal — but only if she agrees to hold a referendum on it. 0ur political correspondent peter saull is here. in terms of the complications in the week ahead, we may all may not get
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the deal back for another vote, it may or may not get through, and then somehow, if it doesn't get through, parliament has to weeks to come up with an alternative plan before we leave anyway? it is clear as mud! in the letter to mps, theresa may acknowledges the third vote on the deal might not happen this week, and if it doesn't it's kind of violates the terms of the extension to the 22nd of may, which was offered by the european union. she has to options, to try to forge a plan b potentially before the 12th of april 01’ potentially before the 12th of april or to choose to take the country out of the european union without a deal. she wants to avoid those scenarios, she does not want a long extension, for the uk to take part in the european parliament elections. how would she sell that to leave voters three years after we
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voted to leave the european union? mist is feel the same, including the children's minister nadhim zahawi. this was him this morning. i think it would bea him this morning. i think it would be a meltdown in politics for much as the conservative party but all parties, we would have to go back to oui’ parties, we would have to go back to our constituents and explain what happened. no one is interested in your position on a particular vote, theyjust want to know are we leaving the eu on time, i'll be getting out and have we delivered on the promise that we make to the british people? it was their instruction. that was the pamphlet sent out by the then government. he said he would not feel co mforta ble he said he would not feel comfortable staying in government it theresa may asked for a long extension. he was asked if theresa may felt the same 90 said she was clear when she spoke to the house of commons last week that she did not
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believe she could keep the uk in the european union beyond the 30th of june. perhaps there is a feeling at westminster that if theresa may is not able to resolve this, we might be in the final straight of her premiership. and nadhim zahawi saying what he is against, but people have been saying what they are againstand people have been saying what they are against and nobody is sure if there are enough people for anything, will that change? this has been the prime minister's argument for some time, she said the only plan on the table is my deal, mps have not been able to coalesce any alternative. we have a series of votes in the house of commons next week, we expect them to take place on wednesday, they will be asked weather they support, for example, britain staying in the single market, in the customs union, a canada market, in the customs union, a ca na da style market, in the customs union, a canada style trade deal. there is talk of the nbn asked to rank their different options in order of
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preference, it could get complicated. some people are saying maybe we should do it for the x factor and it would be simpler for eve ryo ne factor and it would be simpler for everyone to follow! it will be pretty chaotic at westminster next week, it looks like if there is something parliament can get behind it isa something parliament can get behind it is a softer brexit than the one the prime minister proposes, something a lot of conservative mps, hardline brexiteers, could not countenance. could the prime minister take the results of these indicative votes and make them government policy? that is another massive question. she could look at the non—binding part of the withdrawal agreement, go back to the eu and make changes based on what happens in parliament and try to resell the withdrawal agreement. i suppose all bets are off. thank you very much, peter. a petition calling for article 50 to be revoked has now parliament considers all petitions with more than 100—thousand signatures for a debate but downing street say the prime minister will not be
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revoking article 50. meanwhile, one of the government's key plans to deal with the potential impact of a no—deal brexit is being put in place this weekend. the m20 motorway leading to the port of dover was closed overnight, contingency plans are being made in case long queues of lorries build up as they try to cross the channel. a new road layout will be in place from monday. the mother of libby squire, the hull student whose body was found in the humber estuary on wednesday, has paid an emotional tribute to her beautiful girl, and said no family should have to endure what hers has gone through. the 21—year—old's body was found seven weeks after she went missing following a night out on the 1st of february. humberside police is treating her death as a potential homicide. writing on facebook, libby's mother lisa squire said she'd lost one of the most precious things in her life, and that her heart is broken. she said that it was an honour, privilege and a joy to have been libby's mother, that she kept her safe as long as she could, and that she was so sorry she could not keep her safe
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on the night that she vanished. a teenager has been stabbed and killed in west london. scotland yard say the victim, believed to be a 17—year—old boy, was found seriously injured after reports of a fight outside a block of flats in in union lane, isleworth. 0ur news correspondent jane—frances kelly is at the scene. what do we know about the circumstances leading up to this killing? a crime scene tent is behind me, the area has been cordoned off. what we know is that at about 10:30pm yesterday police we re at about 10:30pm yesterday police were called after reports of a fight. eyewitnesses say they saw two attackers, this has not been confirmed by police. they found a teenage boy, believed to be 17, with serious injuries, he had stab wounds. they tried to give him third
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stage before the ambulance arrived but he was pronounced dead at the scene. a postmortem examination will ta ke scene. a postmortem examination will take place in due course and formal identification will take place. residents say they are shocked by this, there have been some recent incidents of anti—social behaviour but nothing like this. they say on the whole it is a quiet place to live. metropolitan police told me that since the beginning of 2019 that since the beginning of 2019 that have been seven teenage homicides in london, six of them due to stabbing. we will find out in due course what was the cause of this teenager's death. jane-frances kelly in isil with, thank you. the investigation into claims that donald trump's 2016 election campaign colluded with russia has been completed. the special counsel, robert mueller, has handed his findings to the attorney general, william barr, who will bnow summarise the report,
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and decide how much to publish. earlier this month, the house of representatives voted unanimously to demand the report is released in full to the public. the special counsel has already charged six former trump aides and dozens of russians. an investigation has finished into whether or not president trump's campaign team colluded with russia during the 2016 election. there's growing anger in mozambique over the pace of the relief operation to help those affected by cyclone idai. the area around the port city of beira has been largely cut off and aid charities are warning of the threat of diseases like cholera. earlier our deputy africa editor anne soy — who is in the capital maputo — explained what's gone so wrong with the relief operation. iamat i am at the sea port in maputo, this
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boat is being loaded with supplies which will be sent to beira. it has com pletely which will be sent to beira. it has completely been destroyed, 90% to 95% of the buildings have been destroyed, rhodes washed away, bridges destroyed. it will be very difficult to even distribute the emergency supplies generously donated by the local people here, roughly 2000 tonnes of food stuff, water, clothing, all manner of supplies that they need. now a new emergency, an outbreak of ebola has been confirmed at one time. it will been confirmed at one time. it will be very difficult for the people who have survived the cyclone, the devastating impact of it, now having to deal with an outbreak of disease. the al noor mosque in christchurch, new zealand, has reopened — eight days after the fatal shootings there. heavily—armed police continue
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to guard the building but small numbers of worshippers are being allowed in. thousands of people marched through christchurch last night in support of those affected. soldiers are being deployed on the streets of paris today to protect public buildings in case of demonstrations by the so—called yellow—vest movement. protests last saturday descended into violence and shops and businesses were looted. paris police have banned the protesters from a large area in the west of the city, including the champs—elysees. hugh schofield is in paris. it is the unpredictability of these protests which has caused the police such headaches? some weekends they seem such headaches? some weekends they seem to pass off peacefully with barely any trouble, then you have a weekend like last weekend? absolutely, last weekend was a com plete absolutely, last weekend was a complete catastrophe as far as paris and the policing of paris was concerned, with scenes that were worse than the very beginning of the
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yellow vest movement. 100 or more businesses along the chantilly is a just along from where i am now looted, burned, smashed. realscenes of devastation along a street which is the showcase for paris before the world. 0ver is the showcase for paris before the world. over the last few days the government has said stop, the fun is over, we will get really heavy this time and have a zero—tolerance policy. at the chantilly is a —— chantilly is eight today, it is sealed off, there will be no trouble there. they are now deploying soldiers and strategic sites like the area around here. more police are freed up to do crowd control when trouble starts, but that has been controversial, the government is under attack for provoking the
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yellow vests, soldiers might come up against rioters. theoretically, the possibility exists, which would be dangers of troops coming up against rioters. but so far this is turning out to be one of the days when nothing happens. a big deployment in central paris but it is all quiet so far. something is happening, but not trouble, in northern france. this is one of the yellow vest protests taking place there. what about the president's response, this big listening exercise, is it still ongoing? that came to an end a week ago. last week's trouble was probably timed to coincide with the
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end of the big debate, as he called it. we are now in what he has to find as the analysis phase in which he and the government will look at the results coming in from around the results coming in from around the country and in theory in a month or $0 the country and in theory in a month or so they will come forward with new ideas for legislation, but the process has certainly served for a while to plan things down and was lauded by many people in the country asa lauded by many people in the country as a very lauded by many people in the country as a very imaginative way of appeasing the anger in the country, but it possibly stores up trouble for later if the proposals do not satisfy people. hugh schofield, thank you. a full round—up of the sport with mike bushell. gareth southgate praised raheem sterling's maturity, after he starred in england's brilliant win over the czech republic in their euro 2020 qualifier. sterling scored a hat—trick as england put five past the czechs.
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they now haven't lost a qualifier for either the euros or the world cup in almost ten years, but it's the style of football, that southgate has brought to the england set—up, that continues to impress. he has taken it upon himself to create a squad of young, confident young men who believe in themselves and the football they are playing. they have no gaps in that belief any more, they certainly were there towards the end of major tournaments. he is bringing through young players. even last night when it would be very easy to sit with the team who got through the uefa nations games, we have callum hudson—0doi, young players creating competition for places like we have not had for a long time. today it's the turn of the republic of ireland, they play gibraltar in what is manager
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mick mcarthy‘s first match since returning as boss 17 years on from his original stint. mccarthy's got the job until euro 2020, and he told kevin kilbane that he's in a unique position. eight games, is that something in your mind that you literally had to hit the ground running now?m your mind that you literally had to hit the ground running now? it is like a club bringing in a manager to manage the fa cup. eight games, get to the final and get on with it, these are your players, get the best out of them. can you get the site backfiring at home? you have played for me, i neverwanted backfiring at home? you have played for me, i never wanted to set back, i would put the press on then and thatis i would put the press on then and that is how we would play. if they are going to be hard to beat and catch teams on the break, you need a certain type of player. whether we have them, i am not sure. there were mixed fortunes for the british number ones at the miami 0pen. kyle edmund is through to the third round, after a straight sets win over ilya ivashka of belarus. he'll play former wimbledon
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finalist milos raonic next. butjohanna konta — at the top of your picture — is out. she got herself into a terrible rut, and lost ten games in a row on her way to a straight sets defeat to china's wang chee—ang. st helens are still unbeaten in the super league this season. the leaders thrashed third placed castleford by 42 points to 12, scoring eight tries in the process. that's seven matches unbeaten for saints. elsewhere huddersfield beat hull kr to move off the bottom of the table. northampton saints are up to fifth, in rugby union's premiership. they beat leicester tigers 29—15, in the midlands derby at welford road. tom collins, the star of the show. in the pro 1a, edinburgh boosted their play off hopes, beating defending champions leinster 28—11. ross ford scoring here, while cardiff also closed in on the play offs with a big win over scarlets.
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it's been a good morning for britain's 0liver rowland, at the sanya e prix, in china. he had his best everfinish — but it was only good enough for second. it was won by frenchman, jean—eric vergne — as the race finished under yellow flags, because of a crash on the final lap. britain's sam bird — who led the overall standings before the race — went out early, and is now down to fourth in the drivers' championship. we've seen many professional cricket players, take great one—handed catches, but we don't normally see it from the fans. have a look at this stunning catch from the stands during south africa's twenty20, win against sri lanka. you can see it better on the replay... ball in one hand, beer in the other, and he didn,'t spill a drop. caught it so brilliantly without moving while others backed away. that's all the sport for now. live action from the world figure skating in japan on live action from the world figure skating injapan on the bbc sport website, that is ongoing right now.
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now it's time for the weather with louise lear. hello, there. looks likely that we are heading for quite a quiet weekend. that's great news if you've got outdoor plans, but you will need a couple of extra layers because it's just going to be that little bit cooler than of late, particularly at night. but we will see some sunny spells. most of the showers this weekend are going to be into the far north and west. now, the reason for the change in emphasis with the story is this weather front that's been sweeping its way south, it's introducing cooler air. you can see tightly packed isobars to the north, that's where the strongest of the winds are likely to be. so there is a legacy of cloud as it clears its way south and east, and that cloud thick enough for the odd spot of or two of drizzle. but you can also see that it's well broken further north and we'll have a scattering of showers into the far north. now, the winds gusting to gale force for a time, easing slowly as we go through the day in scotland. elsewhere, some sunshine coming through, a dry story,
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perhaps the cloud just lingering into the far south—west. not as warm as it has been, nine to 13 degrees the overall high. now, as we go through the overnight picture we continue to see the cloud thick enough for a few showers across cornwall and devon, perhaps, clearer skies elsewhere and frequent showers continue and gather in strength, actually, into the far north—west by the end of the night. but sandwiched in between the two, well, with those clearer skies we could see some blue tones, and that emphasises that temperatures are low enough for a touch of frost. so low single figures, perhaps lower still, in sheltered rural areas first thing on sunday morning so it's going to be a chilly start, again, the emphasis is with this dry, settled story. the only exception into the far north—west, a line of more organised showers will continue to drift their way through scotland, turning increasingly wintry to higher ground. they will eventually push their way across the borders and into the north of england, perhaps just fringing with northern ireland for a time as well. but elsewhere it's dry, settled with some sunshine and highs of nine 13 degrees. now, although we have a few showers to content with across northern england, the main emphasis as we go into next week, we'll continue
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with this dry, settled scene. high pressure builds across the country, a good deal of dry weather in the forecast. perhaps if we see any showers they will be up into the far north—west, but very isolated. so if you have got outdoor plans, this is your week ahead. dry and settled, a little warmer in the south—east by friday.
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