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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at six: 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 54—year—old shop worker has been stabbed to death in north—west london following a robbery early this morning. police say the till was stolen from the newsagent‘s in pinner. the main findings of special counsel robert mueller‘s report into alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia during the 2016 us presidential elections are expected to be published
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in the coming hours. a cruise liner that ran into trouble off the coast of norway has reached port, after hundreds of passengers were winched to safety. it was the daring wartime prison breakout that inspired a hit hollywood film — and today marks the 75th anniversary of the great escape. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister is holding talks with senior conservative mps and members of her government at chequers to discuss the brexit crisis as two ministers denied that they were part of a cabinet coup to oust her.
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both david lidington and michael gove have insisted they are continuing to back theresa may ahead of a week in which mps in parliament could take control of the brexit process. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. it was no day of rest for the prime minister, with her brexit plan and her future plagued with uncertainty. for now, it seems the answer is no. instead, key brexit ears were summoned to her country retreat. the prime minister, it seems, still trying to win their support for her trouble deal, but all the while talk is swirling about whether she can keep herjob. her de facto deputy today had to deny reports of a plot today had to deny reports of a plot to replace her which would see him step in, saying he had no such
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plans. i don't think that i've any wish to take over from the pm, who i think is doing a fantasticjob. i'll tell you this, one thing that working closely with the prime minister does is to cure you com pletely minister does is to cure you completely of any lingering shred of ambition. cabinet ministers were keen to quash rumours of any plan to oust their boss. it is not time to change the captain of the ship. we need to chart the right course, and the prime minister has done that by making sure we have a deal that honours the referendum mandate. one tory said this is a crisis that demands new leadership. another said simply, resigned. some mps could relu cta ntly simply, resigned. some mps could reluctantly back the prime minister's brexit deal as long as she does not lead the next stage of negotiations. this former party leader said that was a possibility but warned ministers not to move
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against theresa may now. but warned ministers not to move against theresa may nowi but warned ministers not to move against theresa may now. i think round the country, in the conservative party and outside, there will be real disgust at the behaviour of some of our cabinet ministers who are not fit for their positions if they behave like this. they should be apologising, and they should shut up, for god's said. something parliament should take control of the process, and tomorrow, mps will decide whether they should get a vote on different brexit plans. labour said if that happened, the government must listen. the point is, if we are to do that, we get to a conclusion of that exercise, the prime minister then has to own the outcome, because then has to own the outcome, because then we are going down a road that she is using merely to frustrate the process. the brexit secretary said parliament's you would not be binding, and if mps backa parliament's you would not be binding, and if mps back a strategy that contradicts government policy, there could be an election. at its
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logical conclusion, you could have a situation where the parliament is instructing the executive to do something counter to what it was elected to do. the brexit plan and come “— elected to do. the brexit plan and come —— like politicalfuture of theresa may hang in the balance. our political correspondent alex forsyth is here. what do we know about who is at this meeting and what they might be trying to thrash out because like you like it is interesting because downing street said this is one of a number of meetings the prime minister has been having with collea g u es minister has been having with colleagues to find a way through. when you look at the cast list, it might say something different, because it is key brexit ears, boris johnson, jacob rees mogg, iain duncan smith, big beasts of the conservative party, so you may assume that theresa may is still trying to win them round tobacco brexit deal and have conversations with him about how that might happen despite the fact we know it has been resoundingly chucked out twice
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already. this discussion, partly fuelled by stories in the papers this morning, that perhaps one way of getting enough votes from the conservative side for her deal if it is presented for a third time is to make some kind of commitment about her own departure. is that the kind of thing that could be the sort of concession people like jacob rees mogg and others might want to extract from the prime minister? does not seem a credible possibility? when, you remember, she was facing a vote of no confidence in her own leadership by her own party not so long ago, she won that, but when she was addressing mps then, she made clear to them that she wasn't going to try and hang onto powerfor ever, that she recognised there were some frustrations in her leadership, to let her get brexit through and then she would think of whether to stay on or not. she has signalled she might go. some mps, conservative, are saying that they don't want her to lead the next stage of negotiations. what we are talking
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about now is our exit from then —— my exit from the eu, but the future relationship negotiations will be a long and drawn—out process. perhaps some conservative mps might lend their support so that we leave the eu, as long as there is a promise that someone else takes the negotiations on going forward. having said that, you have heard the warnings from the likes of iain duncan smith that now was not the time to move against the prime minister because of the added uncertainty in an already very uncertainty in an already very uncertain situation. i suppose the other risk they run is that if they are perceived only to be voting for this because of the commitment about her exit from office, it is very easy to portray that as putting party before country, isn't it? the idea you are voting for something you don't agree with for some objective which is for the party's future. you have to bear in mind the
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eu position. there are two parts to the deal on the table — the legally binding withdrawal agreement, setting out the terms of departure, then the political declaration which goes alongside. the aspiration. yes, which isn't legally binding. the eu have agreed that with theresa may. it may change the eu position now if they think it will be another person taking those negotiations on going forward. there is uncertainty around this still. a lot of conservatives might say, and you have heard the cabinet arguing for it today, that this is a pragmatic approach, backed the deal, and then we can have discussions about the future relationship. it is whether or not some brexit ears you have been publicly and strongly opposed to elements of the deal will be prepared to come round, and at this stage there isn't a clear indication there has been a clear shift. —— like a huge shift. and they have said they will not bring this back again unless they are confident they
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can get it through parliament. i like we may be leaving on the 12th of april and we may be leaving in mid—may, but what else do we know is likely to happen this week? and i will put it no stronger than that! that is the safest way to put things these days. mps will carve out, either by themselves or the government will give them some time, to have a series of votes on a range of options. we think that will happen this week, and interestingly, philip hammond said today that while he doesn't personally support another referendum, he said that was one of the options that should be considered, so part of this strategy could be from the government that if you present the choice to brexit ears, it is to raise a's deal or another range of less palatable option is to them, something like a softer brexit, no brexit or another vote, which may persuade them to
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come round, but the certainty around that strategy is about as certain as theresa may's long—term future or anything else. alex forsyth, thank you very much. a man's been stabbed to death in pinner, in north—west london. it's understood that he was opening up his newsagents shop early this morning when he was attacked. richard lister is at the scene. you can probably see the police cordon still in place across what is the main road through penner. ——pinner. you might also be able to see the police forensics tent outside the newsagent, where this man it is believed was opening up the shop very early this morning when he became a victim of a violent robbery. they were alerted along with the london ambulance service at six o'clock this morning but unfortunately paramedics were unable to save the man, who died less than an hour later. no details have been released about the individual while police try to reach out to his next of kin, but they have released details of a car they want to trace.
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a black vauxhall astra was seen speeding along the road just after the attack took place and it is thought it was parked nearby before the incident. they want to see the shop's tale which may have been discarded after it was taken by the robbers. —— they want to speak to anyone who may have come across the shop's till, which may have been discarded after it was taken by the robbers. pinner is a leafy suburb of london and people around here are shocked that the knife crime problems should have extended this far. the mp, the policing minister, has tweeted that he is greatly saddened by this attack and says police have increased their presence in the area while they conduct house—to—house inquiries. 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
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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 in the coming hours. our correspondent chris buckler is in washington.. the us attorney general left for the department ofjustice once again to try to put together this summary, and all indications are at this stage that he wants to release the report today. we are expecting to get the summary of the report coming in the next few hours. when i say the summary of the report, it will be what he describes as the principal conclusions, the main findings of special counsel robert mueller. it won't be the full report, and that is why you are hearing democrats already pushing for this information, pushing to find the full report rather than just the main conclusions.
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even though neither democrats nor republicans, nor indeed the white house at this stage know what is inside the report, it has not stopped the political battle starting, with republicans seizing on this piece of information that has come out already that robert mueller has recommended no further indictments. they suggest it is perhaps an indication that donald trump's claim all along that there was no collusion has been backed up by this report, but democrats want to see everything that is contained inside, everything robert mueller has found, partly because they want to push their own investigations inside congressional committees, and they believe there may be nuggets of information there that they can seize upon. their scepticism is around the principle that a sitting president cannot be indicted for a criminal charge.
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that is not the same as necessarily saying that there is no wrongdoing but that there was no way to charge him even if he was. it's that where they think the potential gap in this report might lie? believe it or not, that is really department ofjustice policy in the us, that a serving president cannot be indicted. however, if you take a look at the fundamental principles of what robert mueller was looking at here, he was investigating whether or not there was interference by russia, and specifically these claims of collusion between russia and the trump campaign. if you take a look at that key question, you could argue that it would notjust have to be the president who was essentially indicted, it would be those around him. and although we have seen members of the trump inner circle being prosecuted and convicted of offences, they haven't been about that key question of collusion. and that's why many
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republicans and many inside the trump team are at this stage quite positive, because they feel that no one else around donald trump is being indicted on these offences. it is just not about the president. the president himself is waiting to find out, like everybody else, what the main findings of the report are. i will check, but he hasn't tweeted that much in the last couple of days. he has been unusually quiet. but he has said this morning, good morning, have a great day. make america great again. he has been in a good mood, and considering the fury we have seen from him over what he has called a witch hunt, that does suggest a bit of a change in mood. finally, how important is it to get the mueller report out of the way before the president contemplates whether or not he wants to run for a second term? i think the president has already indicated that he does want to run for a second term. i think no matter what robert mueller
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says, no matter what these findings are, there will continue to be a lot of discussion about the reports, and discussion about what happened in 2016. if you listen to the democratic contenders all trying to run against donald trump next year in the presidential election, they are already discussing issues of what the president did or did not do in the last election. i think this question of russia, these questions of collusion, will continue to hang over all the election discussions that take place over the next year. president trump is well aware of that, but he also believes he can use that. remember, that rallying call of a witchhunt has been mentioned time and again in rallies that donald trump has held. he continues to say that he has been subject to an investigation that has been unfair, expensive. i don't think he's going to stop doing that when we get to campaigning season. the headlines on bbc news:
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senior conservatives are at chequers for crunch talks on brexit following reports of a cabinet coup to oust theresa may. a 54—year—old shop worker has been stabbed to death in north—west london following a robbery early this morning. police say the till was stolen from the newsagent‘s in pinner. the main findings of special counsel robert mueller‘s report into alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia during the 2016 us presidential elections are expected to be published in the coming hours. a cruise ship which suffered engine failure in a storm off the coast of norway has been helped into port. hundreds of passengers, most of whom were from the united states and britain, were airlifted to safety from the viking sky. around 20 people were taken to hospital. caroline davies reports. caught in crashing waves off
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the coast of norway, when the viking sky suffered engine failure yesterday afternoon, the luxury liner began to roll. on board, parts of the ceiling fell on passengers, who dodged sliding tables, chairs and plants. passengers have said that some of the ship's windows smashed and others filmed water rushing past their feet. some queued to be evacuated, wearing orange life jackets. helicopters winched over 400 people to safety, including injured and elderly passengers, air lifted in strong winds. george davies and his wife were among them. one of the most frightening moments i've had, because the waves were just... we just sort of lost it really. we couldn't work out which way the ship was going. it was going everywhere and the wind was terrible. it was freezing cold. back on land passengers began to think about what they had witnessed. itjust hit me, the enormity, and the potential disaster. we came so close.
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i thought this was it. the water was going to rush in and this is it. the ships operator viking cruises has said that 20 people were injured. some have been taken to hospital. the company said that arrangements have been made to fly passengers home with some leaving today. nearly 900 people remained on board the liner, including chris 0'connor. i am definitely keen to stay on the boat. the idea of actually being hoisted up to a helicopter in those winds, i didn't like that idea at all. today the liner was able to restart three of its four engines and made its way to the nearest port, pulling in this afternoon. those on board were grateful for calm waters and to be back on dry land. caroline davies, bbc news. ten days after a deadly cyclone left a swathe of death and destruction through southern africa, there are warnings from mozambique about the growing threat of diseases such
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as malaria and cholera. cyclone idai also hit zimbabwe and malawi — so far more than 700 people are known to have died, across the three countries. 0ur africa editor fergal keane reports from nhamatanda — one of the worst affected parts of mozambique. this boy, aged six, died march the 22nd 2019 in the hospital of nhamatanda. seven days after the cyclone, disease taking lives. when we visited this ward, there were sick children sleeping together, all suffering from severe diarrhoea. adults, too. in the room next door, where the roof is now open to the elements.
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the mozambiquan staff relentlessly but with inadequate medical supplies and aware that beyond these wards there is vast need. you can cry. stop crying, get sad and get disappointed because you cannot help. you just can't help the patient. their families are suffering. maybe this young boy can die. rosa antonio is sick with severe diarrhoea and her three—year—old daughter, azaria, has died. her husband works nights, and so she worries for the six—month—old baby left at home. but when we went to the family home, we found the baby being cared for. delphine answered a call for help from rosa's husband. translation: the father was my friend. so when i came here, i saw the situation. it was night. i went inside the house and i found the baby was there and there was no—one to care. when i saw her, i felt pity.
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in the family's hour of need, rosa's husband ezequiel has found kindness. the neighbours are the ones who are helping, he says. and my former partner. she felt she had to come and help me. with the world around so broken, ezequiel feels like a man at the edge of endurance. fergal keane, bbc news, nhamatanda. 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, it was their first chance to vote since the
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military coup five years ago. some of the first time voters were 26 years old, they hadn't had a chance in eight years to take part in an election. having said that, everybody knew that this election, the system was weighted, some would say rigged, very heavily in favour of the coup leader himself, the man who overthrew the last elected government has given himself enormous advantages in keeping his prime minister'sjob because he has an appointed senate that will back him for prime minister. that is one third of the seats in the two houses of parliament. for all that, people have taken part very enthusiastically. but 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. they have got the largest share of votes. they don't have the largest share of seats but, in particular, they have done very well compared to the main opposition party whose headquarters is behind me. that is the party backed by the exiled former prime minister thaksin shinawatra, which has been the rival of pro—military, pro—royalist factions for a very long time.
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so, it does look as though the the military, although it will rely on this appointed senate, will be able to say they have a popular mandate. they will probably be able to get enough coalition partners to back them in the lower houses of parliament and we should see, if there are no more complaints, and these results are not official yet, a fairly smooth transition from this government to, in effect, a newer version of this government with the same coup leader, the former army commander, as prime ministerfor the next four to five years. 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 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.
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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 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.
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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. rising mental health problems in children has professionals asking themsleves what is the best way to treat them. but what if treatment didn't involve adults at all? that's an approach being trialled in bradford where children are being trained to offer mental health support to their classmates. ashleyjohn baptiste has visited to find out more. hi, what is your name and how are you doing? i'm gemma. i am all right but i have got a little of exam stress. students in bradford speaking about exam pressures. i have to revise and revise because my mum and dad want me to do well. they are mental health campaigns and trained to help students with their mental well—being through one and one chats. are you proud?
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yes, it makes us happy when we see somebody who may be does not always feel great and we have helped them. when they grow up they start helping other people and that makes it better. what makes this pilot unique is that young people are trained to supporting each other. they can empathise with each other. an adult would care but they not have that lived experience. there are some things that have changed from when i was at school with social media. there is no downtime. primary schools are also been taking part. this year four‘s mental health board so every morning they get their name and put it on the board with the feeling they are feeling. they can come to somebody and talk about their feelings. when young people come to speak to you what sort of advice do you give them? you have to tell them you should always feel good about yourself and you should keep trying your best.
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also the faces stand out. this pilot is one initiative but there are others in place across the city aiming to get young people to open up. we are at a park in bradford to find out a about another scheme that helps young people with their mental health. it is by a charity called emerge. it is a chance to de—stress and come and hang out with your friends. i had a person in my life pass away last year so if anything happened in school i would not think. you cannot get over the trauma but it helped me live and cope with it. it helped me a lot with school life, i have got my gcses coming up, i can focus on that instead of other things at home. and with the range of pressures on young people face in bradford it is important for them to know there are safe spaces where they can go to have a chat. a special service has taken place
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in poland to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the prison break which inspired the film, the great escape. 200 allied prisoners of war spent months digging a network of tunnels to escape the stalag luft three camp. 0ur correspondent robert hall was at the service and sent this report. the gestapo, acting on orders from hitler, murdered most of the 76 great escapers. today, there was a tribute to the airmen. the forest is steadily reclaiming stalag luft three, but this is a story that endures, in part, through hollywood.
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cavendish... 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 is 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 gives 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 of the shaft, you will be put on, or get onto, a trolley. you would 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


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