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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 4pm... senior conservatives are at chequers, for crunch talks on brexit — following reports of a cabinet coup to oust theresa may. david lidington — who's in effect the deputy prime minister — has rejected claims he's being lined up to replace mrs may. i have no wish to take over from the prime minister who is doing a fantasticjob. there is one thing working closely with the prime minister, it cures you completely of any lingering shred of ambition. a cruise liner that ran into trouble off the coast of norway has reached port, after hundreds of passengers were winched to safety. mozambican authorities say half a million people are affected by cyclone idai — the raf is flying out
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aid supplies today. it was the daring wartime prison break—out that inspired a hit hollywood film — and today marks the 75th anniversary of the great escape. and in half an hour, we'll be in austin, texas, looking back at some of the highlights of this years south by southwest film festival. that's in talking movies, here on bbc news. good afternoon. members of the government have been publicly expressing their loyalty to the prime minister, and denying claims that she could be removed from office by members of her cabinet. david lidington — who is in effect
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theresa may's deputy — has said he is 100 per cent behind her, and he's denied suggestions that he could take her place. the prime minister is meeting senior colleagues this afternoon to discuss the brexit crisis. it follows an admission that she may not have enough support to put her brexit deal before mps for a third time. our political correspondent nick eardley reports. what is theresa may thinking this morning? perhaps just days left to save her brexit plan, furious speculation about her future. are you prepared to resign to save your deal? no signs she intends to go just yet but some have suggested that could be the solution. mrs may goes and someone else takes over in the short term to help end the logjam in parliament. some are tipping this man, david lidington, as a caretaker. a short—term prime minister to get britain through its current brexit crisis. but he says he has no intention of doing it. i have no wish to take over from the prime minister
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who is doing a fantasticjob. there is one thing working closely with the prime minister, it cures you completely of any lingering shred of ambition. in this volatile time the next few days are far from clear. ministers are urging for calm. now is not time to change the captain of the ship, we need to chart the right course and the prime—minister has. she has made sure we have a deal which honours the referendum mandate and allows us to leave in a way that means we can strengthen our economy and take advantage of life outside the european union. this former tory leader said any minister suggesting theresa may goes now should be sacked. but what about in a few weeks' time? this breaks into a second phase, assuming the withdrawal agreement got through, if it did get through the second phase needs to be tackled separately and differently. by somebody else? that is a possibility but it's not something i am saying i recommend right here and right now.
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there are still huge decisions to be made here, it's not clear whether the prime minister's deal will be put to mps again and they are set to vote on alternative plans on wednesday. the brexit secretary says any decision will not be binding and warns if parliament backs a strategy the government will not implement it could mean a general election. ultimately at its logical conclusion the risk of a general election increases because you have a situation where parliament is instructing the executive to do something that is counter than what it was elected to do. the prime minister is currently at her country retreat, she has invited some cabinet colleagues and senior brexit supporters for talks. her deal and perhaps her future hanging in the balance. with me is our political correspondent, nick eardley. we have had a strange insight into the private lives of mps, yesterday on the march, supporting the people
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spoke campaign we have people out in the weekend in civvies, a site you don't often see at westminster and now we are seeing don't often see at westminster and now we are seeing mps in smart cars, privately owned cars because they are having to give up their sunday to spend it with theresa may but what are the actually going to talk about? we do not know for sure but we can speculate on the big issue because this is theresa may's loyal cabinet ministers, you heard from david liddington and michael gove, her chief whip and brexit secretary is there, on the other side, some brexiteers she is struggling to win over, borisjohnson brexiteers she is struggling to win over, boris johnson and brexiteers she is struggling to win over, borisjohnson and the former brexit secretary dominic rab, iain duncan smith, jacob rees mogg, all influential brexiteers who she hopes that somehow she can get on board with her deal. i've got to say from where i am sitting now, it looks like a tall order. so far there has
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been very little sign that tory brexiteers are ready to roll over, nor is the dup or a labour mps in any great numberand nor is the dup or a labour mps in any great number and that is why the government thinks it has little chance as things stand of winning a vote. given the cast list assembled at the country house for possible to new among the brexit process, is it possible to get a deal with jacob rees mogg's group, the influential group, european research group, because effectively people are saying, theresa may should give a guaranteed timetable for her departure and then they might be able to bring themselves to vote for her deal. so at least she can go and say she has delivered on her promise, brexit deal, not on the 28th of march as she had kept saying, the original data but 12th
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of april, only a couple of weeks later. some of these figures have beenin later. some of these figures have been in numerous talks over the last few days, borisjohnson was in number ten on friday and i think he was in earlier in the week as well, jacob rees mogg likewise has had talks with senior conservatives in recent days. there are some, not necessarily those in this group that there are some making that exact point you just made. that if the parameter was to announce our immediate or imminent departure, it might create more space for some to back the deal. —— mike lee prime minister. remember, this is the easy bit. the getting out. it is the future, the free trade agreement that will give any future relationship that will be harder. there has been some basic principles for that set out in the bulk still
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has to be done. theresa may might promise to go, someone else could come in to get brexit over the line but it is far from guaranteed that even that dramatic manoeuvre would work. in terms of timetables for the week ahead, we still know little except that there should be a statement tomorrow in the house of commons? yeah, normally, the prime minister will come back on the monday... and i suppose it is quite important because it gives us two extra possible dates for brexit? exactly extra possible dates for brexit? exa ctly a nd extra possible dates for brexit? exactly and what we might get tomorrow is an amendable motion, which means they would be a chance for mps to put down strategies for what we could do now and that is where it is likely that the idea of indicative votes will be voted on and if mps back perhaps, that will happen on wednesday, which means that the point parliament will be
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given a series of different ideas, a softer brexit, a closer relationship, is slightly more distant relationship, like the canada trade model, perhaps a no—deal or another referendum or others that we aren't even discussing right now, which would allow m ps discussing right now, which would allow mps to vote on each of them. and the problem is that it is not guaranteed any of them would command a majority. we have a rough idea of what the week might look like but how it ends up is far from clear. and you are a very wise man after all these months of brexit coverage not to be making predictions. but your weekend ends a bit more pleasa ntly tha n your weekend ends a bit more pleasantly than having to make predictions on brexit. the cruise ship that lost all power in a storm off the coast of norway has docked in molde. hundreds of people had to be winched
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to safety by helicopter. two hundred british people were among those on board — many of them elderly. 20 people are being treated in hospital. the viking sky is now being towed to safety — along with hundreds of passengers who remain on the ship. shot) and this is the scene live on the norwegian coast. ramps have been put in place to allow people to disembark. it was due to sail to tilbury docks but alternative plans have been made. caroline davies has been looking at the difficult conditions the ship experienced. falling parts of the ceiling, sliding tables and chairs and plants. passengers struggled to catch the balance as the storm surges around the ship. after the viking sky suffered engine failure yesterday afternoon the liner began to roll. water all over the ground.
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this is said to be footage inside the ship showing passengers filming water rushing past their feet. while others queue to be evacuated wearing orange life jackets. five helicopters were sent to winch those on board to safety, over 400 people taken to shore. among them george and his wife. one of the most frightening moments i've had because the waves, we could not quite work out where the ship was going. the wind was terrible and it was freezing cold. viking cruises have said 20 people were injured, some taken to hospital. the company said arrangements had been made to fly passengers home with some leaving today. meaning 900 people remain on board including chris. i am keen to stay on the boat, i worked out that as long as the boat was stable and under power we were safe. the idea of going, being hoisted up to a helicopter in those winds, i did not like that idea at all. as the storm begins to calm
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the liner has been able to restart three of its four engines and has begun its journey to the nearest port. voters in thailand are waiting to discover who's won the first election since the military took power in a coup five years ago. turnout has been high — 80 per cent — with seven million more young thais eligible to cast ballots for the first time. a new, constitution drafted by the military is expected to keep the army in charge, whatever the outcome. 0ur correspondentjonathan head has the latest from bangkok. for many thai people, this was their first chance to vote since the military coup five years ago, some of the first time voters were 26 yea rs of the first time voters were 26 years old, they have not had a chance to take part in an election, having said that, everybody knew that this system was weighted to, some would say rigged, very heavily
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in favour of the coup leader himself, a man who overthrew the last elected government has given himself enormous advantages in keeping his prime minister was my job because he has an appointed senate that will back him for a prime minister, that's one third of the seats in the two houses of parliament. for all that, people have taken part enthusiastically that the results have been surprising. the pro—military party, which did not seem to be exciting much popular interest before the election has actually done spectacularly well and have got the largest share of votes, they don't have the larger share of seats but in particular, they have done very well compared to the main opposition party, whose headquarters is behind me, the party backed by the exiled former prime minister, shinawatra, who has been the rivalfor pro—military factions for some time, so it looks as though the military will be able to say they have a popular mandate and will probably be able to get enough coalition partners to back them in the lower
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house of parliament and we should see, if there are no more complaints on these adults are not official yet, this government being able to stay with the same former army commander is pro—minister for the next five years. jonathan head reported from bangkok. a murder investigation is under way after a shop worker was stabbed to death during a robbery at a newsagent‘s in north—west london. the man is believed to have been attacked as he opened marsh food and wine in pinner on sunday morning. scotland yard said the shop's till was stolen and may have been discarded by the suspect, while detectives are appealing for witnesses who saw a black vauxhall astra driven away at speed immediately after the stabbing. 0ur correspondent katy austin is in pinner. kt. kt, if this is a robbery gone wrong, it isa kt, if this is a robbery gone wrong, it is a fairly shocking attack. what do we know about the shop and the
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man who died? a very sad tale is emerging here in pinner, behind this expensive police cordon, that is where the newsagent is, where this attack occurred this morning, police believe the man who has died work there and was opening the shop when he was attacked as part of a robbery, one they said was violent and escalated. police were called around 6am to the scene and emergency services attended by the man was pronounced dead shortly after the assault of a murder investigation has since been launched, no arrests have been made. we have seen continuing police activity around the area today, the court and is extensive, up to where residential area of the road, no arrests made but this afternoon, the metropolitan police and renewed their appealfor metropolitan police and renewed their appeal for information and said they think a shop till was stolen as part of the robbery and it
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might have been discarded, so if anyone has come across that since, they should get in touch. they also say they would like to know more about a black vauxhall astra they say sped away immediately after the attack down cecil park, southbound, but for people who live here and we have been speaking to local residents, they are shocked something like this could have happened in pinner. thank you. the headlines on bbc news... senior conservatives are at chequers for crunch talks on brexit — following reports of a cabinet coup to oust theresa may. a cruise liner that ran into trouble off the coast of norway has reached port, after hundreds of passengers were winched to safety. mozambican authorities say half a million people are affected by cyclone idai — the raf is flying out aid supplies today.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's karthi. good afternoon. good afternoon, good news for wales because they have made a winning start to their euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1—0 victory over slovakia. danjames scored the winner, inside the first five minutes. he was making his first competitive start for wales, deputising for the injured aaron ramsay. slovakia came close to scoring in the second half with a header that was well saved and in the end wales held on for three crucial points, they do face croatia in their next qualifier injune. scotla nd in their next qualifier injune. scotland will be keen to recover from their humiliating defeat to
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kaza khsta n by from their humiliating defeat to kazakhstan by beating san marino later today. in theory, kazakhstan by beating san marino latertoday. in theory, it kazakhstan by beating san marino later today. in theory, it should be relatively simple. they are officially the worst side in the world. san marino, not scotland, that is! alex mcleish says it is the perfect opportunity to put things right. the only apology we can give fans is to win the next game. we are all hurting, we are fans as well. so, you know, i followed the team as a young man and have always been proud to wear the jersey. and these guys proud to wear the jersey. and these guys are as proud to wear the jersey. and these guys are as well. northern ireland meanwhile play belarus in belfast later. a big qualifying game for them, kings against the netherlands and germany still to come. we are in and germany still to come. we are in a good place. we think belarus will make life difficult but possibly they will have more threat on the
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counterattack that we give them the respect they deserve. we have to respect they deserve. we have to respect that. arsenal beat liverpool and beth mead scoring twice and another goal rounding off the win. arsenal are at one point clear, just four games left of the season. to cricket's indian prmier legaue and the kolkata knight riders defeated sunrisers hyderabad by six wickets. the game saw david warner return to the ipl. the former australia vice—captain scored a blistering 85 ofjust 53 balls. while england's jonny bairstow added 39 but ultimately it was a losing cause.
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kolkata knight riders chased down their target of 182 winning by six wickets with two balls to spare. neil robertson has stormed back to pull level at eight frames—all against ronnie 0'sullivan in the final of snooker‘s tour championship in llandudno. 0'sullivan started the afternoon session with a five frames to three lead , but australian robertson won five of the eight played so far today heading into the evening session. the first to 13 wins and if that's 0'sulliavn he'll be the new world number one. and tottenham fans have had theirfirst look at what the match experience will be at their new stadium with a first game being played there this afternoon. the test event saw spurs' under 18s side played southampton, with manager mauricio pochettino in attendance and saying it'll have a massive effect on the players and the club. the spurs first team is scheduled to finally play its first match in the new ground in the first week of april. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for
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you in the next hour. more now on the aftermath of cyclone idai. nearly two million people are thought to have been affected by the flooding in mozambique, malawi and zimbabwe. the number of people declared dead has risen sharply after authorities confirmed more deaths — it now stands at more than 700 and is expected to rise further. anne soy sent this update from maputo. this is a disaster of enormous proportions, never seen in this part of the world. they expect the death
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toll to rise in the coming days. rescue efforts are still under way, more than 11,000 people are still not reached, still being rescued and taken to not reached, still being rescued and ta ken to safer not reached, still being rescued and taken to safer ground, it's a very difficult process and that's because vast areas have fluttered, these are places where homes had been constructed, they are now completely damaged and so it is not easy to navigate to get people out, so it is a slow process, people are getting more desperate, it's very difficult to get aid to them, we understand in mozambique that more than half a million people are affected, 110,000 already in camps across the border in malawi. so, in the coming weeks and months, they will still need a lot of support, as well as medical care. the river is in full capacity
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and the rain is still continuing in the affected areas and the fear is that if the rivers burst their banks, they will discharge more water to the affected area and it will be even more difficult to reach people. a leading us democrat has warned president trump not to block the release of any part of findings by the special counsel robert mueller — who's completed his investigation into alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia. jerrold nadler — the chairman of the us house judiciary committee — said transparency was critical and the white house should not hide behind executive privilege. congressional leaders are expecting to receive mr mueller‘s long—awaited findings later today. one of the uk's leading transplant surgeons says the current system for handling organ donations is at "breaking point". professor nizam mamode has told bbc
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5 live investigates that he fears the system may not be able to cope when england moves to an opt out system for donations next year. adrian goldberg reports. the professor paints a bleak picture of a system under stress, with teams working extremely long hours and surgeons regularly working 36—hour shifts without a break. he says patients sometimes face delayed transplant operations because of the lack of availability of intensive care beds or operating theatres, and, in rare cases, this has led donated organs going to waste. there has been a huge success in transplanting patients so the number of transplants has increased by about 50% over the last 8—10 years. that has been fantastic for patients but what it has meant is that the workload has gone up, the pressures are getting increasingly difficult and, in fact, people often use phrases like "we are at breaking point", "this is not sustainable", "we can't continue". professor mamode fears that the nhs is struggling to deal with current
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demand and is concerned about the predicted increases in donations when the law changes next year. under the new system, consent will be presumed unless people have opted out. the department of health say they are investing an extra £34 billion a year into the nhs by 2023—24. and that there will be a 12—month transition period to prepare. they say the new system of consent will save hundreds of lives every year. adrian goldberg, bbc news. a 19—year—old man's been charged with murdering a woman who was hit by a car at a caravan park near doncaster. the 52—year—old died from multiple injuries at whitegates caravan park on friday. costica mihai will appear at doncaster magistrates tomorrow. a volcano in mexico has unleashed a powerful explosion, sending a column of ash 4,000 feet into the air. the volcano — called popocatepetl —
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is 40 miles south of the capital mexico city, and at nearly 18,000 feet is the country's second highest summit. its name — popocatepetl — is the aztec word for smoky mountain. over the past few weeks, the volcano has become more active, prompting the authorities to put a seven mile exclusion zone in place. it was the daring wartime prison break—out that inspired a hit hollywood film — and today marks the 75th anniversary of the great escape. the plan had been for around 200 prisoners of war to escape from the german camp through a network of tunnels but, although 76 escaped — most were recaptured with the majority of those caught being shot, on hitler's orders. just three made it home. robert hall is there at the site of the camp at zagan in western poland. 0n the edge of zagan forest, british airmen prepare to make a dash for freedom.
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they're echoing a story that unfolded here during a snowy night when 200 prisoners of war queued up for what they hoped would be the largest ever mass escape. a story brought to us by some of hollywood's biggest stars. working in secret, teams of prisoners had spent months tunnelling through the sandy soil, whilst others prepared civilian clothes and forged identity papers. thanks to the efforts of local polish volunteers, it's still possible to get a taste of what the real—life escapers went through. this reconstruction may not contain the hazards of the great escape tunnel but it does give me a real sense of the claustrophobia and the effort that must have been needed to haul those men 100 metres to the tunnel exit. when you get to the bottom
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of the shaft, you will be put on or get onto a trolley and you will be hauled up to the other end. you also know that there are people going out, steadily or not so steadily, according to what the goons are doing on the other side of the wire. but the tunnel, codenamed "harry", hadn't reached the tree line. just 76 of the 200 got out before the alarm was sounded. sunrise the next day brought a massive search. 73 men were eventually re—captured. 0n hitler's orders, 50 of them were murdered by the gestapo. marshall, nelson, churchill, cameron, armstrong and shand. and all these other names? these are the people who were taken away and murdered. they were taken away in groups of three or four and were executed by the side of a road. after the war, members of the raf
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police, whose successors willjoin today's commemorations, tracked down 38 of the killers. most of them were tried and sentenced to death. the man in charge at the time, he went through the old fashioned door—to—door inquiries. he chased down every lead, no matter how trivial, and i think that dogged determination was the driving factor. nature is slowly reclaiming what's left of stalag luft 3 and the last escaper has left us, but their story is still being told, under the tall pines of zagan. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello, a glorious day for england and wales with sunshine but further
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north, showers. across northern ireland and scotland and heading into northern england, north wales as well, that's how we start this evening. showers across the north and west and patchy cloud will prevent frost. further east, with clear skies, temperatures will fall away. in the countryside, cold enough for frost. a chilly start on monday. high pressure is in charge and we have a warm front working in. after a chilly start with plenty of sunshine, it will cloud overfrom the north and west. chilly winds coming down the north sea will affect the east coast of scotland and england keeping temperatures pegged back. highs of 13 in london and cardiff.


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