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$:/starfeed. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story. the british prime minister, theresa may, has told her mps — she'll step down if parliament backs her deal to leave the eu but the brexit process appears no nearer to being resolved. mps voted on a series of options, ranging from leaving without a deal, to revoking brexit. all were rejected. boeing says it's modifying the software in its 737 i'm babita sharma in london. max planes — following two deadly the headlines: theresa may promises to step crashes in the past six months. down as prime minister — the planes have been in a bid to push through her brexit deal. grounded worldwide — but boeing insists they are safe the house of commons votes on a range of alternative options for brexit and this story is and rejects them all what next? we're live at westminster. i'm rico hizon in singapore. trending on bbc.com. also in the programme: singer cardi b defends herself after a video resurfaced in which she admits to drugging and robbing men while she worked as a stripper. boeing says it's modifying the software in its 737 max planes — "i did what i had to do following two deadly crashes — to survive," she said. but insists the aircraft are safe. more on the website. a rare invitation to meet myanmar‘s military — accused of genocide against rohinhya muslims.
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many believe the top generals should not be standing here putting on this type of show should be standing in the dock of the international criminal court. it's 8am in singapore, and midnight here in london where the british prime minister theresa may has told her mps that she will step down before the next phase of brexit negotiations with the european union if they back her deal to leave. in the last couple of hours — mps have voted against all eight possible alternatives to her brexit plan. so what does this all mean? we begin our coverage with this report from our political editor laura kuennsberg at westminster. five o'clock, hardly a tory mp to be seen on the green benches.
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waiting for their leader, not knowing if she was ready to say she'd leave the black doorfor a final time. hundreds of her mps crammed into a room upstairs. it was hot and steamy in there. there was quite a lot of emotion. there was no whooping and hollering. no—one takes on great pleasure in what's happened. she made a really sad but highly charged emotional speed. so packed cabinet ministers couldn't even get inside. ijust managed to squeeze into a very crowded committee room and get in and saw her make an announcement. it was actually a very moving statement. she was very clearly making the case that, look, if this is what it takes to get the deal over the line, which she believes rightly, in my view, that is in the national interest, then i will go once brexit is done. it's a sacrifice number ten hopes has a purpose, to reverse the fierce brexiteer opposition to the compromise theresa may worked out with the european union, so they can have another vote, another try to get it through in the next 48 hours. we can guarantee delivering
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on brexit if this week he and others in this house support the deal. the prime minister is failing to deliver brexit because she can't build a consensus, is unable to compromise, and unable to reunite the country. she is unable to resolve the central issues facing britain today and she is frankly unable to govern. forget prime minister's questions though. the question tonight is how many tory opponents of the deal can theresa may's promise shift? do you wish you'd changed your mind sooner, mr rees—mogg? no. some big name brexiteers were already on the move. i preferred leaving without a deal. once that had gone, as i say, i was willing to back mrs may's deal as she has said that once the deal has gone through, if it goes through, then she will stand down, which i think shows her inner nobility. i am very worried that we might lose brexit. i have campaigned for brexit. and i think the alternatives are looking increasingly unattractive.
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i am encouraged that she has accepted that we should have a new leader for that second stage, when it comes. so, yes, i think i will now vote for the agreement. but there's a hard—core, enough perhaps to block her still. she is not, i think we universally agree, the best prime minister we've had and not the best person for stage two. the reason i'm not happy is that the deal, even part one, which she is absolutely adamant that gets signed before she goes takes us back into europe and not out of europe. what price for dup support? and it's almost impossible to imagine this deal getting over the line without the prime minister's allies she invited into number ten back into the summer of 2010, the northern irish unionists are meant to keep the government afloat, not budging, not this time. the backstop in that withdrawal agreement makes it impossible for us to sign up to that withdrawal agreement. and you know what, i regret that.
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because we wanted to get a deal. a deal that worked for the whole of the united kingdom, a deal that worked for northern ireland. but now we're in a situation where we cannot sign up for the withdrawal agreement and it's all because the prime minister decided to go for the backstop. the prime minister told her mps tonight, just up there, she's ready to pay the highest price, to give up office early in a grand bargain for support to pass her brexit deal. but without support from her northern irish allies it may prove to be another failure. the dilemma may be answered not by theresa may, but by parliament itself. parliament's warming up to make the decisions, tonight voting itself on an alphabet of different versions of brexit, whether for a closer relationship with the eu than the prime minister plans, or to leave without a deal. but even having said she quit, the prime minister walked in to hear no to option after option. so the noes have it. no majority for anything at all. whether it is, in the end, the prime minister's deal or a variation cooked up by mps, brexit has stepped in and is in yet another generation of conservative mps.
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i think it's very strange the people who have the most heartfelt objections to this deal, on all areas of principle, the prime minister may hope her bargain will bring new order. but we can't know that yet. what's certain is theresa may has become another tory leader whose time in office was pulled apart by anguish over europe. for more on what's been happening at westminster i've been speaking to our political correspondent naomi grimley. well, does not look particularly promising for the prime minister to be honest. earlier on this evening, look like she played a rather clever ca rd to look like she played a rather clever card to get brexit supporters back in her party on side by promising that she would create. it is always going to be the last card in the
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park, the prime minister would ever wa nt to park, the prime minister would ever want to play and although it looked like it might have worked for a couple of hours, we then heard of the democratic unionists, who pop up her government, are still sticking to the guns. they do not believe her deal is right for northern ireland and they will be not voting with her in the lobbies when she tries to put this deal back to parliament. to that end, it looks like a bit of a futile gesture and it does beg the question, if she can't get her deal through parliament, will she have to go anyway? having said that, there are people who were staunch opposes of her deal but are now coming out of her deal but are now coming out of the woodwork saying they will support her. are we looking to monday when the next voting procedure will go through as to whether or not this will be judgement day for her finally? earlier this evening, there was talk that she might ring her deal back this friday. and have a go at it then. although as you mentioned,
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some high—profile brexit supporters including jacob bre's mogg and boris johnson have certainly softened in their opposition to her deal. —— rees—mogg. it doesn't look like enough, the arithmetic is stacked against her so it means more attention my turn to this bizarre way of doing things that mps have been trying to do this evening where they whittle through different options and try to pick out some front—runners. it didn't work perfectly tonight in the no clear option had a majority but supporters of this argue that if they run the numbers again this monday, may be a clear option will come out of it. let's get more on this. caroline willow, the deputy political editor of the sunday times. it's an incredible day. what is your overall
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assessment of what we've seen unfold in theresa may's ledge to leave her deal goes through. this is the final toss of the dice in terms of trying toss of the dice in terms of trying to get enough support behind her deal. this is a deal that already been defeated twice and notjust defeated by small margin, by some of the biggest record defeats in our british political history so she has to make a big gesture now to get those hardline brexit supporters behind her deal and this was it today, she spoke to the 1922 committee, her back bench mps and made the offer to them to say if you back my deal i will resign and i will let somebody that you think is more likely to deliver the brexit that you dream of, the people that you think are going to deliver a sort of more hard brexit, take over the next phase of the negotiations. this is where we have ended up tonight. what's as if she is to
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resign. if they don't vote for her deal to go through, she could stay on easily. the we also had this situation involve —— unfold in the house of commons. i think we can show you how the voting ended up, with narrow margins on two points. overall, without looking over too much detail, they have been rejected. back to the drawing board? the things that frustrated the european union, the house of commons has been good in saying what they don't want and not on what they do. running in twin track trying to get her deal through has been this alternative proposal which has been put forward by backbenchers to try and find another group that could potentially get through the house
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with more support than theresa may's deal which is what we've seen today and unsurprisingly, nothing has commanded the majority. the people who been proposing these alternatives are not saying is, down that road, they would have another go to this next week on the proviso that she doesn't manage to get her deal through at the end of this week and actually try narrow down some of those options. there were two options today which weren't far off a majority and actually gained more votes tha n a majority and actually gained more votes than her deal and that was the second referendum, and a permanent customs union. it might be those points that cross the line if you like in the coming days. let's have a word about the ambitions of particular individuals in government and out of government and the conservatives because many are looking at this saying, yes, this is a conversation about brexit but is this really about political ambition of certain individuals. digging a knife, if you like come into theresa
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may to further their own ambitions for a prime ministership. some of the criticism levelled has been that this has been all about the party rather than the country all along and what people will point to very clearly is borisjohnson's decision to say he will swing behind the deal, now that she has made that very clear over to you. she was spending months saying she would not support it. jacob rees-mogg is a supporter of horace johnson. he thinks borisjohnson will be making a very good prime minister. the leadership contest will be in the running but there will be questions asked. borisjohnson who wrote an
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article in favour of remain unwanted favourite exit. again, there were lots of people appointed to that particular moment in his sort of role as saying he took that particular decision to come out in favour of brexit because he thought that would further his own admission to become prime minister of this country. it will open up these questions all over again. we will carry on watching this space. i know it's late for you. thank you. the us aircraft manufacturer boeing has insisted its 737 max which has been grounded by regulators worldwide is safe despite two crashes involving that model in the past six months. the company said it was working on modifications to an automated anti—stall system which is believed to have malfunctioned before the first crash, causing a lion air flight to fall into the sea off indonesia. our transport correspondent
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tom burridge reports. boeing's 737 max is still missing from the world's skies. the company today insists that the plane was and is safe. the 737 family is a safe aeroplane family and the 737 max builds on the tremendous history of safety that we have seen for almost the last 50 years. but tonight, senators with uncomfortable questions for those who make the rules on safety at america's faa. not only have the recent crashes shaken the confidence of the public but the questions that have been raised in the aftermath about faa's oversight of aircraft manufacturers, the certification processes for planes and the close relationship between industry and regulatory bodies threaten to erode trust in the entire system. at the centre of multiple enquiries is the plane's automatic anti—stall
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system known as ncas. in the crash off indonesia it is believed to have pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly into the sea. but did boeing adequately publicise that new system to airline pilots before the first crash? we obtained a copy of the manual for pilots flying the 737 max. dated february last year, eight months before the crash in indonesia. in two and a half thousand pages, the ncas system appears just once in a glossary of technical terms. it would be totally unheard of to not have a description of that system in the manual. because you need to know what it does. and it is the approved manual that tells you this is the approved piece of kit and this is how it works.
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boeing said it discussed the new anti—stall mechanisms with dozens of airlines since the plane was launched three years ago. but it has now been modified. boeing's credibility is at stake. let's bring you more now on our main story this hour, still to come on the programme, the bbc is given rare access to myanmar‘s armed forces as the country honours its military. let there be no more war or bloodshed between arabs and israelis. very good. applause. so proud of both of you. applause. with great regret, the committee have decided that south africa should be excluded from the 1970 competition.
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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: theresa may says she will step down as prime minister before the next stage of brexit negotiations, if mps back her deal. mps have rejected all of the eight brexit alternatives in house of commons votes.
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let's turn to myanmar now, where the army still has a grip on power, despite widespread international condemnation of its campaign against the rohingya people in rakhine state. the united nations says crimes committed there amount to genocide. the country's generals have been presiding over an anniversary celebration to honour the armed forces. our myanmar correspondent, nick beake, was invited to see it. in the eerie darkness of the bernese night, we are signing up for a rare opportunity. an invitation to meet an army accused of genocide. it is 3:30am and about 50 journalists have gathered here just outside the ministry of information. our mind is have come out, we are about to be put on buses and will be taken towards the military parade ground. —— minders. me and my‘s armed forces will be putting on a show to celebrate themselves. —— tim.
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will be putting on a show to celebrate themselves. -- tim. on the way we glimpse soldiers who normally operate in the shadows, far from prying eyes. it is clear that today we will only see what they want us to see. you are not allowed in this area. please, please. ok. this is the army that murdered at least 10,000 rohingya muslims, according to un investigators. the generals claimed they were protecting the nation from terrorists. by senior general so win tells the troops they will crush any insertions in trouble rakhine state, but do so in a lawful way. —— insurgents. but doesn't seem to have been a concern before. many across the world believe myanmar‘s top generals should not be standing here putting on a show, but standing in the dock of the international criminal court, answering the charge of genocide. but so far, powerful allies, china and russia, have
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provided important diplomatic protection. so for now, bringing to justice those responsible for the brutal crimes against the rohingya people seems a long way off. the generals now say they will carry out an investigation into the allegations made against them by the international community. few believe it will be fair. this spectacle is now ending. the show of force for our cameras. from an army that is unrepentant, undeterred and seemingly untouchable. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. starting with gulf news, which is leading on brexit — the paper reports on theresa may's decision to step down as prime minister if tory mps back her eu divorce deal. the japan times leads with a story from india. it reports that prime minister narendra modi claims india has succesfully shot down a satellite with an anti—satellite missile, hailing the test as a major
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breakthrough in its space programme. and finally, the front page of the the south china morning post reports on the former president of interpol, meng hongwei, who has been expelled from the chinese communist party and finally, the front page of the the south china morning post reports on the former president of interpol, meng hongwei, who has been expelled from the chinese communist party and stripped of all his government positions. mr heng has been accused of abusing his position and misusing state funds. and the former director of the fbi, james comey, has said in an interview he still has lots of questions about the mueller report. special counsel robert mueller last week concluded his investigation into alleged collusion between
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russia and donald trump's 2016 residential campaign. the investigation found no proof that jump investigation found no proof that jump criminally colluded with russia and did not reach a collusion as to whether trump obstructed justice. james comey, fired as fbi director in 2017, said parts of the report we re in 2017, said parts of the report were confusing and said it was surprising mr mueller reached no conclusion about a possible obstruction of justice. conclusion about a possible obstruction ofjustice. the purpose of the special counsel is to make sure that the political is, in this case, the attorney general, does not make the ultimate called on what are the subject of the president of the united states, should be held criminally liable for activities that were under investigation. that was james comey. so, babita, let's return to brexit, and it seems that the british parliament simply doesn't know what it wants to do next. if you look at the headline of the guardian, it is! —— it is no, no,
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no, no, no! yes, there were eight indicative votes in the last hour which allowed mps to express an opinion on what they thought might be the best way forward. none of them won a majority. leaving without a deal suffered a heavy defeat. the two most popular options — either asking for a customs union, without any political links, or calling for a new referendum — were defeated respectively byjust 8 and 27 votes. here's how our political editor laura kuenssberg summed it up. what we have seen is in the last few weeks, rival tribes of mps trying to build alliances, trying to build collaboration, often cross parties, trying to come up with an idea. but they have often been at first base, at the stage of saying, what might plan b essentially be if the prime minister's dealfails? plan b essentially be if the prime minister's deal fails? it plan b essentially be if the prime minister's dealfails? it is not surprising they couldn't come to a strong conclusion and not surprising that nothing got a majority. but it is not meaningless, and there are two particular plans which almost made it, or were not1 million miles. one for a customs union,
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which had some government ministers voting for it, a closer trading relationship with the eu than the prime minister has been arguing for, and she has always ruled that out, but also the idea of another referendum, whatever happens, so one of the plans put forward was to say, whatever displays decides, indian, whatever displays decides, indian, whatever number ten puts forward in the end, you and me and all the other citizens should have a say. that didn't make it over the line but lack the customs union option, it wasn't far off. but both of those plans are politically not impossible, but extremely tricky for this government to put through, because it is a complete contradiction from what was in their party manifesto. events are being watched closely in brussels, where it seems no—one is any the wiser as to what the final outcome will look like. here's our europe editor, katya adler. like in the uk, the eu finds itself ina kind like in the uk, the eu finds itself in a kind of agonising holding pattern now, waiting for something definitive to happen in westminster.
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all of this weighting, the uncertainty, affecting european businesses and european citizens. —— waiting. the eu finds all this very frustrating. i found there was a real contrast in moods tonight between the uk and the eu. in westminster there was a certain buzz, a dynamism. and he's trying to do their bit to affect the direction of brexit. —— mps trying. whereas here in brussels, throughout the evening the mood has been dark. eu leaders look at the divisions that are still in parliament and government and they fear the creeping inevitability of a no deal brexit. you have been watching newsday. we will have much more to come on brexit in the next few hours, days, andi brexit in the next few hours, days, and i think months as well. yes, the drama continues in parliament. i'm rico hizon in singapore. we'll have more on that boeing story and those changes to the control systems
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of the controversial boeing 737 max planes. stay with us. more from westminster and the brexit latest coming up on bbc world news. quiet on the weather front. the weather remains unsettled for the rest of the week but that doesn't necessarily mean the skies are clear. this is a picture from yesterday. it was pretty cloudy in the south—east. it felt quite chilly as well. on the other side of the country in st ives it was beautiful. this guy could almost be in the caribbean. stunning weather there in cornwall. this is the satellite picture. the weather front is our way towards the north—west. high pressure not just across the way towards the north—west. high pressure notjust across the uk but across france and into parts of spain and portugal as well, many parts of western europe at the moment are in a spell of settled and dry weather. that is certainly the case across the uk through the course of the night and into early thursday. in the south, under the
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clear skies, temperatures will dip down close to freezing, for example cardiff will barely get above freezing. that means that under the clear skies we could see mist and fog with those dipping temperatures, particularly across the south—west of the country. only patchy fog here and there, but that can still be dangerous so take it steady if you are travelling early in the morning. elsewhere across the uk it will start off sunny and crisp, but clouds are expected to build. may be turning quite cloudy in some areas across the south—east. temperatures will still get up to about 16 in newcastle, 15 in aberdeen. in stornoway, where we have wind of the atlantic, more cloud and maybe some spots of rain, only ten or 11. friday's weather forecast, again, what happens just brushing the north—west of scotland, bringing outbreaks of rain, some for the northern isles two. the vast majority of the country should at the very least have a bright day. most temperatures is one degree higher, 17 in london, possibly as far north as hull. pleasantly warm for many of us come friday. friday
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into saturday, there is a change on the way. this waterfront will be moving across the uk, and remember, front separate milder warm air from cold air that in from the north. the switched direction in such a filter into scotland and also northern ireland. that means cold air out of the north arrives here. temperatures will drop and we could be talking only single figures across much of scotla nd only single figures across much of scotland and northern ireland, possibly even one or two wintry showers in the north. in the south, not quite so chilly. 1a degrees expected in london. but on saturday. come sunday, the cold front will have moved through, in fact, reaching the english channel. that means we are all in the fresh air. high pressure also over us, that means drier weather, chilly weather, temperatures on sunday only around 12 degrees. after a rising end of the week they are going down for the weekend. i buy. —— bye—bye.
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