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this is bbc news. i'm ben bland. the headlines at 3pm: the prime minister and senior conservatives look for ways to bring may's eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time after it was defeated by 58 votes yesterday. the deal which delivers on the referendum in a way that works for oui’ referendum in a way that works for our economy is the best way forward, but recognising some colleagues do still have concerns about that, we need to work through those. parliament ultimately have to vote for something. parliament ultimately have to vote for something. thousands of palestinian protesters take part in protests on the border between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to declare the pay difference between their male and female workers — but thousands haven't yet done so. the rolling stones postpone their upcoming tour of the us and canada as mickjagger
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is told he needs medical treatment. and at 3:30pm, click investigates the sexual exploitation of children on encrypted messaging apps in the philippines, and the undercover bot trying to catch the perpetrators. theresa may is discussing ways of bringing her eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time next week — after yet another commons defeat yesterday. it was the third time the prime minister's plan was rejected by mps — this time by a majority of 58 — including the dup and 35 mps from her own party. despite that, a number 10 source insisted that efforts are "going in the right direction" —
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given the size of defeat was narrower than the previous two votes. meanwhile, mps from all parties are considering how they might be able to get support for an alternative brexit plan in a second round of "indicative votes" on monday. our political correspondent, matt cole, reports. despite scores of leave supporters raucous outside, it was not third time lucky for theresa may with another rejection of her brexit deal. the ayes to the right, 286, the nos to the left, 344. but with the scale of the defeat smaller than on the previous two occasions, downing street officials are taking the view that at least the numbers are going the right way, and the government has not given up. the deal, which delivers on the referendum in a way which works for the economy is the best way forward, but we recognise some colleagues have concerns about that that we need to work through. parliament ultimately has
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to vote for something. and indeed mps will vote on monday on a range of possible alternative brexit plans with the hope majority support can be fined for one of them. propositions could include a no—deal brexit, another referendum, a customs arrangement tying britain closely to brussels, or even an amended version of theresa may's deal. it is about gathering momentum around particular ideas, so just to say that the dup may come on board with a customs union idea, and it is about pullimh people into a way forward. and it is about pulling people into a way forward. but even if mps do find a plan to rally round, the government is not promising to back it and could even seek to have a run—off against the now thrice rejected withdrawal agreement, but if the prime minister loses again, what next? maybe a general election, maybe something else. if theresa may felt she could not implement what parliament had identified as a way of leaving the eu, we would have to think
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hard about a cross—party coalition group of people. the eu council has called an emergency summit for the tenth of next month, two days before the new brexit day, the 12th of april, but will the government have to offer that could secure a further delay to resolve the deadlock will britain be leaving without a deal just hours later? there are just so many questions about what might happen here next week and the answers will determine the fate of the prime minister, the government, and the country for many years to come, but what those answers might be is just not clear. the conservative mp andrew bridgen, who voted against the government yesterday, told us that leaving the eu without a deal is the best way to resolve the brexit deadlock in parliament. i think no deal is the only way we're going get out fulfilling our manifesto pledges and the commitment we made to the british people after the referendum.
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ultimately when we triggered article 50, parliament knew that we were leaving after two years. it should have been the 29th of march and it's clear that it is with or without a deal. i don't think there is any way that the european union are going to give the uk a deal that is acceptable, certainly not the withdrawal agreement, for all the reasons we have heard. it would be a situation where if we signed up to that, we would be for the first time in our nation's history, a huge amount of our laws would be decided by a foreign power over which we have no control or influence. it would be vassalage, and when it came back yesterday without the political declaration, a future partnership was the only way out of the backstop. it was rather worse yesterday because all you had was two years of transition where we would be paying in under the european union laws without representation then moving into the backstop
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which there was no end to because the political declaration had been removed. meanwhile, the prominent remain campaigner dominic grieve has received a vote of no confidence from his local conservative association in buckinghamshire. members in beaconsfield voted by 182 to 131 against the former attorney general — who supports a second public vote on brexit. earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent, matt cole — he mapped out what he expected to happen in the brexit during the coming days. there are a lot of questions. what are the answers? it's very difficult. there's sequence of events that points us to where things might lie, at least. on monday, mps will have what they call a series of indicative votes. they did it on wednesday, you might recall. they had eight different potential
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alternative brexit options, proposals for how it could be. the likes of another referendum, a customs union tying britain economically close to the eu, a no—deal brexit. a range of options, and mps were asked to vote on each of them, express a preference on a piece of paper, yes or no, none of them got a majority support, but the idea was then it was a first round, just to feel the way and see how the idea could coalesce around things. they will do the same on monday. if they can now, having had theresa may's deal rejected a third time, come up with something all mps can support, maybe theresa may, the government could say let's take this to brussels. the indication from government at the moment is they are minded not to, or they possibly could put theresa may's deal for a fourth time in a run—off against the winner of what happens on monday. that is where we start, where we go kind of depends on what happens on monday night. with all of that, is there time for that to happen given
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that there is this new deadline of the 12th of april? time is tight, yes. there is time this week. what theresa may needs now is something to take to brussels on the 10th of april. there is an emergency summit where they will effectively say to theresa may, what next, have you got something, because otherwise you are leaving without a deal? if she has something she can take to them and say we have this idea, we need to work on it, can we have more time? if it is plausible, the answer will probably be yes, but it will be a question of months, not years. then britain will have to take part in may‘s european parliamentary elections. the government don't want that to happen. but time is short, options running out. if theresa may's deal got through this week, it could even be put to a vote and that's not clear the speaker of the house would allow that. if that could happen, theresa may has said theresa may has said she would resign. we would probably get an extension to may 22.
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there would be a period of getting the paperwork done for a departure on may 22nd and then after that britain would be leaving but so would theresa may because she would be stepping aside and we would have a leadership contest. thousands of palestinian protesters have gathered on the border between gaza and israel, to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began there. the gazan health ministry said a palestinian had been killed by israeli shrapnel — before the start of today's demonstration and two protesters were killed during the clashes. demonstrators are demanding the right to return to their ancestral homes in what is now israel and an end to the gaza blockade. the un says at least 189 palestinians and one israeli soldier have been killed between march and december last year. 0ur middle east correspondent, yolande knell, is just outside nahal oz in israel, close to the border in the gaza strip. she says there are still large
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crowds at the fence with israel. if you look across, through the fields, you can see the gazza boundary fence, and we can still see on the other side large palestinian according to the israeli military, 40,000 palestinians turned out at different locations along the fence for this day of protest. despite the relatively large numbers of protesters, we have seen less violence than in previous weeks. although we are hearing from gazan health officials that it was too palestinians that were killed during the course of the mass rallies, as well as that person killed ahead of them, making it three people killed during the course of the day. israeli troops here have been mainly using tear gas to drive people back. they have had claims from the un, from a un enquiry, that they have used excessive force in the past, using live ammunition. they say they only use live ammunition when palestinians are trying to breach the fence, enter israeli territory,
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where they could pose a threat to israeli civilians who live, as we have seen, not very far away at all from the place where all of these protests are taking place. there has been no israeli confirmation of a claim that came from hamas suggesting that they had helped, been helped by egypt to reach a sort of deal with israel. but all of this coming at a very sensitive time where hamas has been trying to use this anniversary as a show of force. it also wants to use the anniversary as leverage with israel. it has been facing a lot of economic unrest in gaza with some unprecedented protests there. people are criticising the hamas leadership.
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in israel it is also a very sensitive time, politically. we are just ten days away from a general election where security really is a main issue. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, doesn't want to be seen to making any concessions to hamas militants, but at the same time he doesn't want to be fighting an unpredictable campaign against palestinian militants. at the same time as he is fighting a tough election campaign. today is the deadline for public sector bodies — with more than 250 employees — to reveal how much of a pay difference there is between male and female workers. but thousands are yet to file. 0ur correspondent sangita myska has been looking at the numbers. this isn't a story about men and women being paid differently for the same work. this is about the gender pay gap, and it is quite complicated how they calculate that. we have a graphic to show you. this measurement is done by lining up employees, women and men, in a company,
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in order of salary. you then pull out the woman on the middle salary, the man on the middle salary and then you compare the two. that gives you the gender pay gap. why is that important today? we are talking about the public sector. that accounts for one sixth of the number of people employed in the uk. that is over 5 million people. who are the worst offenders? it could be argued that the group of employers who should know better — it's universities. if you look at the national average for the gender pay gap, you will see it is 9.1%. when you take that through to universities, it is 13.7%. it is possible to argue that that gap can be explained by the fact that women, largely, are more likely to be working part time. and let's face it, there are fewer of us in senior roles. but there is a really interesting figure buried
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in between all of this, and that is looking at the gender pay gap for bonuses. these will be single payments made at the discretion largely of the employer. two of the worst offenders, liverpool and newcastle universities, that gap was 80% and over. wow. in terms of the rest of the public sector, how is that faring? civil servants working in whitehall, so that's government departments — again, if you are a woman you may not be happy — that gap is 23%, almost. 22.9 to be precise. local government fares a bit better, actually, around 3%. the pilot of the plane which crashed into the english channel with footballer emiliano sala on board, wasn't allowed to fly at night. the bbc has been told that david ibbotson was colour—blind and restricted to daytime flights only. both men died when the piper malibu crashed in january. kayley thomas has more. it has been ten weeks since the plane carrying cardiff city's record £15 million
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signing, emiliano sala, crashed into the sea off guernsey in the channel islands. the man tasked with getting him to his new club in time for training was david ibbotson, a private pilot from north lincolnshire. but he should not have been flying at night because he was not licensed to. the bbc has been told that he was colour—blind and had a restriction on his license stating he could fly in daylight hours only. the ill—fated flight set off from nantes over one hour after sunset. there has been much speculation about the legality of the flight. the piper malibu was registered in the us and could not be operated commercially with paying passengers. the air accident investigation branch said that licensing continues to be a focus of its investigations but a full report into the crash is not expected until early next year. the headlines on bbc news...
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the prime minister and her cabinet look for ways to bring may's eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time after it was defeated by 58 votes yesterday. thousands of palestinian protesters take part in protests on the border between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to declare the pay difference between their male and female workers — but thousands haven't yet done so. and qualifying is under way for tomorrow's f1 grand prix with
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ferrari topping the time sheets so far. more sport for you in an hour. a bbc investigation has discovered rogue traders are selling tens of thousands of pounds worth of receipts and invoices in a black market trade to cheat uk taxes. the dealers — who advertise online — sell authentic documents to enable others to fraudulently claim back vat and reduce the amount of income tax they pay. colin campbell has the story. he wants to sell me £10,000 of construction material receipts for £800. he boasts they can be used as a way to work around paying income tax. an illicit black—market trade. i contacted dealers posing as a self—employed builder,
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seeking to use the receipts this polish builder wanted £2,500 for £30,000 worth of receipts. another rogue trader, this time decorating receipts. these guys are essentially committing tax fraud. i showed the footage to a tax expert. it's a crime, because what it's doing is enabling people to reduce their tax bill and their vat illegally,
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because they haven't actually incurred the expense that they're going to claim for. i found more than a dozen dealers advertising the receipts on uk based polish classified ad sites. hmrc says it's committed to ensuring all companies and individuals pay the right tax at the right time, and will pursue those who fail to do so. all the dealers we spoke to had a ready supply of receipts. i'm actually a journalist from the bbc. but none wanted to discuss their illicit trade. what you're doing is criminal. it's fraudulent. you're helping people cheat the tax system, aren't you? vat? self—assessment? you're helping people cheat their tax. you've got £30,000 worth of receipts here. a previously hidden crime, now a brazen illicit trade that's hard to combat. another form of tax evasion, cheating the country of much—needed revenue.
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psychiatrists are being urged to ask children, who are having mental health assessments, about how long they spend online and what they use social media for. the royal college of psychiatrists says it is concerned about how time spent online impacts mood, sleep, diet and behaviour. mps have called for new regulations to be imposed on platforms such as facebook, twitter and instagram, to protect children from what they call "an online wild west." dr bernadka dubicka is the chair of the child and adolescent faculty at the royal college of psychiatrists — who explained what help was available to young people. there are lots of support groups out there for young people, lots of really good resources. like minded, for example, from the royal college of psychiatrists. but as child psychiatrists, we are highly skilled professionals, we are trying to enquire and find out about all aspects of a young person's life. and their online presence
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is a really important part of their life these days. so it is important that professionals see young people who are vulnerable, have mental health problems, but are also inquiring and asking what's happening online, and with new technology. are there any aspects of that that is affecting them struggling with that? and then we are there to try and help them negotiate that. the rolling stones have postponed a tour of the united states and canada because sir mickjagger needs medical treatment. the band's publicist said the legendary lead singer would be worrking very hard to get back on stage and doctos expected him to make a full recovery. the rollings stones had been due to kick off their tour in miami and play 17 dates across north america, ending in canada injuly. 0ur news correspondent, chi chi izundu, has been following the story. there is no more detail on what the treatment is for or how long he has been treated for. putting on a tour is an expensive affair, it takes a lot
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for an insurance company to agree to get someone to be signed off, to cancel or postpone a whole tour. plus it would cost a lot of money. concert ticket holders are being advised to keep their tickets because they are assuring fans that this concert will go ahead. mickjagger has said he is sorry to all his fans in america and canada. he hates letting them down like this and he is devastated to have to postpone the tour but will be working very, very hard to be back on stage as soon as he can, and once again, huge apologies to everyone who bought tickets. if you think about a rolling stones concert, one of the things they are most famous for, if not for being the rolling stones, is mickjagger‘s massively energetic performance. there is scientific energy out there, scientific reports that show that when someone is performing on stage, it is akin to being an athlete. he is a 75—year—old man now
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undergoing medical treatment. this tour is just on postponement, but we wish him all the best. you mentioned he is in his mid—70s, but still with this phenomenal amount of energy to sustain a 17 date concert tour. that is no small thing. yes, and this is only one leg of the whole tour. he is world—renowned for how much energy and enthusiasm he puts into each of his tour dates. he never looks tired, he has aged really well for a 75—year—old man! sadly this news has come out that he has had to postpone the whole tour for the us and canada legs. it was supposed to start next month, on the 20th, and end towards the end ofjuly. but his treatment, the doctors have said he cannot do the tour and will have to focus on his health. she's won an olympic medal curling stones, now great britain and scotland skipper eve muirhead is throwing herself on the ice as part
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of a new form of the sport — ‘human curling'. mike bushell has been to see it in action. 0n the ice where 0lympic medallist eve muirhead trains, her sport has taken a new twist with humans being used as stones. once on your way, you steer with your feet and try to keep your head down to minimise resistance to get all the way into the house. spot on! look at that! could not be any closer. i was not hanging around to get rammed by the next shot. actually, in human curling it is one at a time — testing distance, power and accuracy. that's good. instead of pushing down into the rubber tube, try to push forward. this new craze started in france and it was eve who spotted it while competing in europe and brought the idea back to glasgow earlier this year.
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when i first saw it i was not really sure until i gave it a shot. and until you give it a shot you realise how much fun it is and it is just something really different. normal curling is good fun but this human curling is a different level. so you start with your hands on the front of the ring, nearest to the red, nearest to the house. in a singles head to head, i was no match for the 0lympian whose skills are obviously transferable. eve has it there. by a good metre. but when it came to the doubles, teamwork nudged me ahead. it is looking good. into the blue, into the blue. into the red! nearly! and we were not the only ones enjoying the ride. this local school hockey team the latest group to use this as a team bonding exercise.
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i like how it glides along the ice and i was almost there. almost. a little more power? yeah. it's not that hard but it's not easy either. would this make you come back and try real curling? i think it would. it's a nice atmosphere with my friends. and that's the main point of all this, to get people booking more time at curling rinks. to feel the pull of the stones. it gets people involved, people who are not quite so athletic. it has doubled numbers and we have had to add extra sessions. and especially on the weekends we are getting more families in which is great. if we can get more people in the rink to give curling a shot at the end of the session we can have a bit of fun. go on the tube and see how far you can get up the other end. it won't necessarily improve your balance or curling skills... maybe i needed the comfort of the rubber ring after all, before eve who is competing again after hip surgery last summer it helps her unwind after an intense training session. when something like this is thrown in at the end of the session it
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takes the foot off the gas, of the pressure a little bit. i know i perform better when i am having fun. more than a hundred landmarks across the uk — including buckingham palace and edinburgh castle — will switch off their lights later, to mark earth hour. hong kong's victoria harbour, the eiffel tower and the empire state building are among the other sites taking part in the international event, organised by the wwf. more than 175,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a ban on the practice of covering trees and hedges with nets to prevent birds from nesting in them. nets are often used by developers to keep birds away during construction projects, but conservationists argue that it's a threat to wildlife. john maguire has been
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looking into this. it's a cover—up, but is it right? 18 trees have been shrouded by giant nets at this school in ely. cambridge county council wants to fell the trees to expand the school, something that wouldn't be allowed if birds were nesting. elaine ewert spotted them, tweeted and was amazed by the response. it has made such an impression because it is such a dramatic visual metaphor of what we are doing to the natural world. it has been happening across the uk, here recently in surrey on a large scale and in warwickshire where hedgerows have been covered. the royal society for the protection of birds wants them banned. we are excluding birds from nesting habitats at this key side of year. the countryside should be at birdsong right now but across our country we have lost 44 million birds in 50 years and when nature is in crisis, we really can't afford to be adding
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to those pressures with things like these nets. there are concerns that wildlife may be trapped inside the nets like here in north lincolnshire, but developers say the nets protect birds and animals and are deployed in a controlled and responsible manner. trees with nests can't be chopped down during the spring and summer nesting season, so nets allow building work to continue all year round. legislation protects nesting birds, as it rightly should, but developers are under a lot of pressure to bring forward sites for development to start building houses to meet the housing crisis, therefore a delay when they can't do three works between march and august means that they are seeing development put back, it means we can start on site and build the houses that we need. a parliamentary petition calling for a ban has reached more than 175,000 names, well above the number required to trigger a commons debate.
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back in cambridgeshire, the council has reacted to the negative public response here and order the nets to be taken down. whether they protect or they threaten wildlife, these will be removed at easter. two animal stories before the weather. a "rogue" fish has been removed from a lake after children reported seeing it eating ducks. the 25 pound catfish was caught at the man—made lake at the lakeside shopping centre in thurrock, essex, by the environment agency. a spokesman said fishing contests would be held at the lake to reduce the population of invasive species. these pictures show a lucky escape for six baby elephants who got stuck in the mud at a nature reserve in thailand.
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