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i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story — theresa may has suffered another brexit defeat in the british parliament. mps have voted to take control of the parliamentary agenda on leaving the european union. they're now expected to hold a series of indicative votes to help decide what to do next. welcome to newsday. i'm babita sharma in london. the headlines — another humiliating defeat for theresa may. israel has carried out air strikes in gaza, the eyes to the right 329. after a rocket hit a house near tel aviv. several more missiles were fired into israel from the palestinian territory on monday evening. british mps defy her — and this story is in a bid to seize control of the brexit process. trending on bbc.com. critics say her approach has become a "national embarrassment". confusion in thailand — a british airways flight destined as two rival groups try to form for dusseldorf in germany a government —the official election has landed in scotland by mistake — after the flight paperwork result is delayed until may. was submitted incorrectly. the passengers only realised when the plane landed and the "welcome to edinburgh" announcement was made. the plane was redirected and then i'm rico hizon in did manage to land in dusseldorf. that's all. stay with bbc world news. singapore, the headlines: explosion. israel strikes at least a dozen targets across gaza — hours after a rocket now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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hits a home in tel aviv. and ringing the changes. hong kong's quest to repurpose the public phone box. we'll look at the best suggestions. it's 8am in singapore and midnight here in london, —— 6am in singapore. where members of the british parliament have voted to try to take control of the process by which britain leaves the european union. in the space of one hour the prime minister lost two key votes and three government ministers. it all means that mps will now get the chance to vote on wednesday on a number of alternative brexit plans. here's the speakerjohn bercow reading out the result. the ayes to the right, 329. the noes
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to the left, 302. so the ayes have it, the ayes have it. unlock! so what happens now and what is the timetable? our political correspondent nick eardley can guide us through the indicative votes process. this means the mps have wrestled some of the control. what happens next away from ministers? they will bea next away from ministers? they will be a bunch of boats on wednesday looking at alternative plans to the one the prime minister has been fighting for. it means they could be asking for a closer relationship with the eu, a more distant relationship, potentially the idea of another referendum, potentially leaving with no deal at all, even cancelling the whole thing, revoking article 50. it is really not clear whether any of that will get the backing of a majority of mps and the prime minister has made clear that evenif prime minister has made clear that even if it does, if it is something
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thatis even if it does, if it is something that is contrary to what she promised at the election, she might not go to europe and asked for it. anyway, the prime minister still has ideal, she is still trying to win up more support before she brings it back to parliament but at the moment, there is no guarantee that will happen. we will have more in brexit later on newsday. donald trump says he believes that the special counsel, robert mueller, acted honourably, after his investigation found no evidence of collusion with russia during the last us presidential election. russian officials have also welcomed the findings of the two—year inquiry. the president has repeatedly called the investigation a witch—hunt. this was him speaking today. it lasted a long time, we are glad it's over, it's100%
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it lasted a long time, we are glad it's over, it's 100% the weight should have been. i wish it could have been over a lot sooner, a lot quicker. there are a lot of people out there who have done some very, very evil things, very bad things, i would say treasonous things against oui’ would say treasonous things against our country. —— the way it should be. we can never again have this happen against our president. very few people i know could have handled it. we can never, ever let this happen to another president again. the us lawyer who represented the adult film star stormy daniels against president trump has been charged with trying to extort more than $20 million dollars from sports firm nike. michael avenatti's arrest was announced just minutes after he tweeted that he was about to reveal a major college basketball scandal involving nike. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit cuba in an official capacity. the prince of wales is due to have dinner with the president, as well as visit environmentally friendly projects during the three—day trip.
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the venezuelan capital, caracas, and many other parts of the country have been hit by another power cut, weeks after widespread blackouts. the metro in caracas has closed temporarily, leaving thousands of commuters crowding the streets. the information minister said the main hydroelectric dam had been the subject of an attack. earlier this month, most venezuelans went without electricity for almost a week. back to our top story now, another dramatic day in the count down to brexit. prime minister theresa may has lost three ministers and two key votes in one evening and parliament will now hold a series of indicative votes to indicate which version of a deal to leave to european union it can agree on. when she came back before the mps earlier today, she explained why she thought this would not be any kind of solution.
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the amendment in the name of my right honourable friend, the member for west dorset, seeks to provide for west dorset, seeks to provide for this process by taking control of the order paper. i continue to believe doing so would be an unwelcome precedent to set which would overturn the balance of our democratic institutions. so the government will oppose this amendment this evening but in order to fulfil our commitments to this house, would seek to provide government time in order for this pi’ocess government time in order for this process to proceed. when she lost that vote the leader of the opposition jeremy corbyn congratulated his fellow mps on taking back control of brexit. i would like to congratulate the house for taking control. the government does make approach has
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been an abject failure and this house must now find a solution so i pay tribute to the honourable member of west dorset and the member for leeds central and others who have worked to achieve tonight cosmic result. mr speaker, the government must this process seriously. we do not know what the house will decide on wednesday but i know there are many members of this house who have been working for alternative solutions. —— tonight's result. this house must also consider whether any deal will be brought to the people for a vote. the european commission has warned that it looks ever more likely that britain will leave the eu without a deal. they've been preparing for a no—deal brexit for over a year. our europe correspondent, gavin lee, has more on the view from brussels. every few months we have had some bits and pieces when it comes to people, eu citizens in the uk, uk citizens in europe and i think the new bits of information from the cut
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out and keep guide that we have got are from people going into europe in the event of a no deal on a visa. they won't be a visa for up to 90 days so if you are a tourist you will have to go in a different line, for example, than the eu queue for ferries and you will have to answer new questions and have your passport stamped to accumulate that up to 90 days of travelling around europe having no more than that. the question such as can you vouch for yourself? have you got enough money to see you through for these 90 days? where are you staying? they will be far more invasive than the free and simple ones so far. everything from pets, vaccinations, roaming charges, they will stop back up roaming charges, they will stop back up again, they have been cancelled for the last year and a bit. the top line from the eu is that they do see now, as a result of what happened in the last few days, the fact that theresa may from the eu commission's side, isjust struggling theresa may from the eu commission's side, is just struggling with any momentum now, it is an increased likelihood have no deal. in the past few minutes, on the back of what we
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are now seeing with this parliament getting control of —— parliament getting control of —— parliament getting a sense of control on wednesday, we will get a sense on which way the parliament may go on indicative votes. this in some ways could be good if we get a sense of convergence from mps that we haven't had before. maybe it breaks the deadlock. the former swedish prime minister, the only one to be fairly wet rapid fire on his twitter tonight, downhill tonight, where does this end? former thai premier tha ksin shinawatra claims the country's first election since the military coup in 2014 was rigged to ensure the military retain their political grip on the kingdom. the electoral commission has said it would investigate any allegations of irregularities but the election result is still not clear. two rival camps — the opposition backed by mr thaksin and a pro—military party — are both trying to form a government.
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the bbc thai service has interviewed tha ksin shinawatra and our correspondent rebecca hensche has this analysis. a warning, rebecca's report has flash—photography. former prime minister thaksin shinawatra is in hong kong to attend his youngest daughter's wedding last friday. a guest at the event was thai princess whose nomination to run as a candidate for prime minister in the election was vetoed by her brother, the king. thaksin shinawatra denied to the bbc that he was involved in this highly controversial move. translation: i don't know how it started. i have been friends with the princess for over 13 years, ever since she was married. she treated me as since she was married. she treated measa since she was married. she treated me as a friend stop it was a kind of
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friendship. i know her character. ——as a friend. she is diligent, willing to work hard for the country, and so she volunteered for the leadership role. thaksin shinawatra has been living in exile since fleeing corruption charges in 20 -- 2008. he told the bbc that he would not be returning to the country to face justice but said that he was willing to talk to those in power. translation: before i prove my innocence, shouldn't the justice system be tested? the whole process wasn't fair. i am just an ordinary human being. don't be afraid of me. come and speak with me directly. i
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don't know why they are so afraid of me. the more they are afraid of me, the more chaotic the country seems to be. i am the more chaotic the country seems to be. iama the more chaotic the country seems to be. i am a person who can bring benefit to the country and i want to use the term negotiate. i want to say that if you see me as a benefit to the country, we can talk, that's all. don't look to me as an enemy. the military looks at people on the other side as an enemy. we are not enemies. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come: call for change. hong kongers are asked for ideas on what to do with its disused public phone kiosks. let there be no more war or bloodshed between arabs and israelis. very good. applause so proud of both of you. applause.
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with great regret, the committee 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 newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: british mps have voted to take
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control of the parliamentary agenda on brexit — they're now expected to hold a series of indicative votes to help decide what to do next. there is confusion in thailand with two rival groups trying to form government. the official election result has been postponed until may. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the japan times which reports that a court has rejected a challenge to a national law which forces japanese couples to use the same surname upon getting married. the plaintiffs argued that the law caused psychological suffering. the judge dismissed their claim and ordered them to cover the cost of the trial. india's business standard has the latest in the crisis hitting
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jet airways. it reports that the company's founder naresh goyal stepped down on monday. the paper says that the airline is now seeking fresh investors. staying with airlines — the south china morning post reports that hong kong's aviation authorities are investigating why a cathay pacific pilot was allowed to fly although he had measles. the post says hong kong is currently grappling with an outbreak of the highly—infectious disease. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? rico, a british airways flight destined for dusseldorf in germany has landed in edinburgh by mistake. it happened after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly. the passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the "welcome to edinburgh" announcement was made. the plane, which started at london's city airport, was then redirected and landed in dusseldorf. the israeli armed forces have launched air strikes across the gaza strip
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in retaliation, they say, for a rocket attack on monday. it came as prime minister benjamin netanyahu met with president trump in washington. the rocket hit a village near tel aviv, injuring several people. the united nations has warned against escalating violence as israel said it had destroyed the offices of the hamas leader ismail haniyeh. from jerusalem our correspondent yolande knell reports. another nerve—racking night in gaza. israel's military says it's targeting the sites of hamas, the militant group which runs the strip. here, its leader's office was hit as missiles were fired at israel. i just want to say bibi it's an honour to have you at the oval office, thank you. thank you.
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meanwhile in washington, isreal‘s prime minister, fighting a tough election campaign, had wanted to show he's an unrivalled statesman. in a day of history, we have never had a greater friend than president trump. mr netanyahu has now had to cut his trip short and hurry home. this is why. a house in central israel destroyed by a rocket fired from gaza early this morning. little children were among those injured. robert wolf, their grandfather, is originally from the uk. this is the real price and ijust paid it and i nearly lost my family. and if we hadn't have got to the bomb shelter in time, i would now be burying all my family. there was already fear of rising tension this week coming up to the anniversary of protests here along gaza's boundary fence. tonight, egypt, often a go—between for israel and hamas, has been frantically trying to broker a ceasefire and avert a wider conflict. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem.
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earlier on monday — president trump formally recognized the golan heights as israeli territory. israel captured the disputed land from syria in the 1967 war, a move rejected by the un security council. syria described mr trump's action as a blatant attack on its sovereignty and territorial integrity. a spokesperson for the united nations secretary general, antonio guterres, said the status of golan had not changed. to yemen ,where there's been some of the heaviest fighting in the port of hodeidah overnight since a ceasefire deal was brokered in december. the country has been devastated by a war between pro—government forces backed by a saudi coalition supported by the us and the uk —— against houthi rebels —— backed by iran. —— and the uk, against houthi rebels, backed by iran. tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the start of the current conflict.
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new figures reveal more than 8,000 people have died as a result of fighting since 2015, a quarter of them women and children. bbc arabic‘s nawal al—maghafi looks at the impact the conflict has had on civilians. her report contains images viewers may find distressing. the corridors of hodeidah's main hospital and packed with desperate people. four years of conflict have caused a humanitarian catastrophe. this two—year—old weighs just three kilograms, as much as a newborn baby. translation: because of the war and the blockade, food is so expensive. the mothers themselves are hungry, so how are they meant to breast—feed or provide for their children? dozens of starving children are brought to this ward every day. many with acute health needs. this is what malnutrition does to a baby's skin.
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in the last four years, more than 80,000 children are estimated to have died as a result of poor nutrition. this ten—year—old was close to death when her mother brought her here. translation: thank god she is now doing so much better. but when we go home, i don't know how i'm going to feed her. i work from sunrise until sundown and still i don't make enough to feed us. with more than half of the hospitals closed in yemen, many have no access to health care. this kidney dialysis clinic is overwhelmed. patients are meant to have dialysis at least three times a week. but every day more people come so they'll take whatever they can to survive. translation: i'm lucky ifi get
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it done once a week. i'm 0k financially but most of the sick here are so desperate. it's all because of the blockade. everything is so expensive and the clinic is barely coping. cholera has reappeared in this town. medics thought it had been contained after engulfing the country last year. war and poverty combined allowed the epidemic to spread faster than any on record. just this year, it's already killed more than 190 people. translation: we fill our bottles from the well and we get sick, then we come here and they say we have something called cholera. we know the water is not clean, but what else can we drink? we have no other choice. 80% of the population are now reliant on some form of support to survive. but with aid struggling to make it into the country, the situation is only getting worse.
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and every day war goes on, the people of grow hungrier, more sick and more desperate for peace. to hong kong now. a waste of space or poised for a repurpose? around the world the humble public telephone box stands mostly unused and some argue, a waste of space. a few lonely phones boxes have been put to better use, like these in the uk — others remain largely overlooked. but in hong kong a public vote is taking place to galvanise interest in putting the booths to better use before the space is lost forever. paul zimmerman is a councillor in the district of pokfulam and ceo of designing hong kong, a group that advocates better urban design. many argue that these un—used phone
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boxes are a waste of time. it's not obvious to first reaction when you see them standing unused but we have to realise that in a high—density city like hong kong, that location in the street has a typhoon proof foundation, and electricity cable, as a communications cable so what else can you do with that location? indeed, but more than 1000 of these payphone boots have already been dismantled, paul, and basically you wa nt to dismantled, paul, and basically you want to re— purpose these kiosks but you are running out of time. we have to rush. we published an article on it and we are on line doing surveys so we are trying to get people interested in it. we had about 45 ideas from a lot of different people. some of them are practical, like a water dispenser, a
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multipurpose information panel where you can do phone charging and get tourist information. another proposal that is currently leading as the preferred option is a reverse vending machine where people can deposit their use plastic bottle and get some money back. there are some weird ideas, particularly our teleporter booth, a torture chamber, or even converted into toilets. you can send hong kong, people are practical. they don't get a lot of boats but put a smile on people's face. we see in areas like osaka as well, phone boots being repurposed, one with the fish tank, the other was put into a mini library, mini disco. those are fun, alternative ideas but for a high—density city like hong kong or new york, information panels with tourist information... is there a deadline for this makeover and if you are
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successful, how will you basically finance this makeover?” successful, how will you basically finance this makeover? i think the fan announcing is going to come from advertising and other opportunities on what the panel decides. — financing. we have a deadline, it's every day. these phone locations are being removed and we are working closely, giving pressure on the communications authority in hong kong and hong kong telecom, pcc w, which is the operator of these telephone boots. maybe a karaoke box. ican box. i can see you doing the karaoke thing and we need to export that right here to london so we can have agoas right here to london so we can have a go as well. absolutely, when i am now. we will be back with the headlines in a few minutes but if you —— a reminder. parliament has ta ken minutes but if you —— a reminder. parliament has taken control of business in the house of commons on
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a major blow to british prime minister theresa may over the process of brags it. more to come. hello there. if you like your spring weather dry, you will find plenty to like about this weather forecast. very little rain and the forecast for most of us. we will see dry weather. sunshine amounts will vary. often quite large amounts of cloud that the temperatures as we had towards the end of the week will start to creep upwards. high pressure in charge of the scene which is keeping things settled in asi which is keeping things settled in as i run the sequence through the next few days, this high—pressure belly moves. for most of us, things stay dry and quiet. up to the north, frontal systems scraping into northern scotland so patchy rains at
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times that it will be breezy. we start tuesday for many honest chilli note towards the south with the lion's share of the clear skies but also the best of the sunshine through tuesday morning. the further north and west, the more cloud there is likely to be an across the north—west of scotland, outbreaks of patchy rain, quite breezy there as well. elsewhere cloud thicken up to squeeze out the odd large shower but the vast majority drive. the afternoon brings a mixture of patchy cloud and spells and temperatures between 11 and 1a. into some sunshine, but will feel quite pleasant. into tuesday, we will see fairly large amounts of cloud and where it breaks up for any length of time, we are likely to see mist and fog patches developing. as a consequence of all the cloud, it's not going to get particularly cold. don't be surprised if we do get a touch of frost. wednesday, very similar day. a mixture of cloudy areas and sunny areas. probably brightening up for many places. again, we will see some outbreaks of rain. those temperatures may be up
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bya rain. those temperatures may be up by a degree also. high—pressure still with us. as we move out of wednesday into thursday. not many white lines are ricer bars on the chart but what wind there is will be moving ina chart but what wind there is will be moving in a clockwise direction. that will introduce a south or south—westerly flow across much of the uk. bringing some slightly milder hour. a mixture of patchy cloud and sunny spells before any early morning fog clears. sea breezes developing around the coast of eastern or southern england and those temperatures, up to 16 or 17 degrees. as we look further ahead, friday is going to be another milder warm day. we should see long spells of sunshine. it looks like thing will turn a little bit cooler. most of us, it will be dominantly dry.
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