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hello. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. but first, the headlines: the prime minister looks for ways to bring her eu withdrawal agreement this is bbc news. back to the commons for a fourth time. today is the deadline for public i'm martine croxall. sector bodies with more than 250 the headlines at 11: employees to declare the pay the prime minister looks for ways difference between their male to bring her eu withdrawal and female workers, but thousands agreement back to the commons for a fourth time. haven't yet done so. i think what we have to do is to palestinians take part make sure that we deliver on the in protests on the border will of the people at the between gaza and israel, to mark a year since referendum, we have to keep trying. weekly demonstrations began. that is what people voted for. at mick jagger is forced to postpone the upcoming rolling stones tour the end of january, of the us and canada that is what people voted for. at the end ofjanuary, lost by the as he needs medical treatment. largest majority that a government down and out for huddersfield town, who are relegated from the premier league has ever lost in parliamentary history, then brought it back again, after they lose at crystal palace. talking about introducing it for a colin farrell, michael keaton and danny devito started a new version fourth time by the end of the week. this is ridiculous. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to of dumbo by the director tim burton, declare the pay difference between their male see what mark kermode thinks about and female workers, but thousands haven't yet done so.
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and the rest of the week past thousands of palestinians take part in the protest on the border similar leases in the film review. between gaza and israel, to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. mick jagger is forced —— thinks of that. to postpone the upcoming rolling stones tour of the us and canada as he needs medical treatment. down and out for huddersfield town, who are relegated from the premier league after they lose at crystal palace. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking a look at the papers with our reviewers dawn foster and james rampton. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister is understood to be considering asking mps to vote for a fourth time on the withdrawal agreement she negotiated to leave the european union. yesterday, her deal was defeated by 58 votes. on monday, the house of commons will test whether there's support for alternative brexit plans, in a second round of what are called
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indicative or advisory votes. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. there is clear frustration in westminster. still on show the day after mps rejected theresa may's brexit plan — again. the question now is what happens next? as yet, members of the government can't give any real clarity. i think what we have to do is to make sure that we deliver on the will of the people at the referendum. we have to keep trying. some still argue the prime minister's brexit deal is the best option. it's obviously very disappointing that the government lost yesterday. i think that's, you know, put the country in some difficulty and i think the best way forward is the prime minister's deal, but we'll see what the options are. so will she put her deal back again? well, obviously, the cabinet will need to consider what the next step forward will be. the ayes to the right, 286.
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the noes to the left, 344. yesterday's rejection of the brexit plan was smaller than the two previous efforts, but still substantial. on monday, mps will vote on alternatives to the prime minister's plan. last time, parliament could not agree on any one option, but having another public vote or keeping close to the eu in a customs union proved most popular. the government's waiting to see if mps can agree a way forward, but isn't clear if that will change its direction. the customs union doesn't actually reflect or respect what was in our own manifesto but we've got to look at what parliament coalesces around next week. but i think the best way to go forward is to be looking at getting that withdrawal agreement approved. but the labour leader, campaigning in newport today, is holding firm against the prime minister's plan, calling for further compromise or an election. the absolute priority at the moment is to end this chaos that this government has brought us to by their endlessly running down the clock and basically bullying and threatening people. the bullying hasn't worked, the threats hasn't worked. it's time now for the sensible
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people to take over. today there were protests along the irish border by those concerned about brexit and what it might mean there. elsewhere, at the same time, others are pressing the government to walk away with no deal. two weeks until the uk's planned exit date and finding a solution seems as hard as ever. alex forsyth, bbc news. our political correspondent alex forsyth said it's unclear what the government's next move will be. well, it is not clear what the government is going to do next they'll be watching very closely when mps vote on a series of alternative to the prime minister's plan. if they cannot get behind anyone planet, the ideas it will be something that retains formal ties to the european union, the customs union, it could be the prime
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minister presents the choice of her deal or that option, on the hope that that may bring brexiteers on board. however, that is far from certain. there's also the possibility that she may just walk away, to leave without any at all. —— there are those calling for the governmentjust two. —— there are those calling for the government just two. labour mps warned against that prospect, but with all these options on the table and no obvious route out of it, the government early only has two weeks until we are due to leave the eu on april the 12th to make these crucial decisions. meanwhile, senior conservatives have rallied around the former attorney general and high—profile remain campaigner, dominic grieve, after his local party made moves to deselect him. mr grieve, who's called for a further referendum on eu membership, lost a vote of confidence by his local conservative association. he blamed what he called an "orchestrated campaign" by pro—brexit figures in his beaconsfield constituency. palestinian authorities say four people have died, including three 17—year—old boys, as tens of thousands of palestinians protest at the perimeter fence
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between israel and gaza. some demonstrators threw stones and burned tyres, with israelis returning tear gas and live fire. tonight, israeli forces say rockets have been launched from gaza. it's the first anniversary of weekly protests against a security blockade by the israelis, which prevents the movement of goods and people in and out of gaza. our middle east correspondent tom bateman sent this report from gaza. a warning: his report does contain distressing images. he throws a rock, an israeli sniper fire is back, a bullet at the leg. another palestinian joins the thousands with wounds, you have protests at gaza's boundary fence. week after week, they have come back here, these two got engaged after meeting at the protest last year. we
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palestinians have the right to live. we here in gaza, we are peaceful people. we want to live a life, we wa nt people. we want to live a life, we want to feed our children. the process began over the palestinian right to return to ancestral homes in the land that is now israel, but they have become about much more, eventing of anger over the crippling state of life in gaza. nearly 200 people have been shot dead since last march. last year, an israeli soldier was killed by palestinian sniper. the protesters are currently less tha n sniper. the protesters are currently less than 100 metres from the perimeterfence. less than 100 metres from the perimeter fence. the less than 100 metres from the perimeterfence. the israelis, so far, they have mainly been firing tear gas at protesters you can see people here who are throwing rocks back, some have been burning tyres. from the snipers‘s nest, they watch. israel deployed thousands of extra trips today, and explosives and petrol—bombs were thrown at them, they said. they feared attempts to breach the fence and hurt civilians. in this event today, we have had
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approximately 40,000 demonstrators and rioters but the key difference being is hamas obviously making a choice here, deploying people on the ground and making sure that there we re ground and making sure that there were less rioters coming towards the fence. hamas is the militant group which controls gaza. its leaders we re which controls gaza. its leaders were in the crowds today, its security men controlling the protesters. pa rt of security men controlling the protesters. part of an arrangement with israel to calm tensions, after fears a military flareup earlier this week could slip out of control. the stakes are high. hamas is under pressure, israel has closely fought elections in ten days hinging on security, but for now at least, a more serious conflict seems to have been averted. 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 of companies are yet to file their data. deborah hargreaves, founder and director of the independent think—tank the high pay centre, explained why the gender pay gap
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continues to be such a problem. last year, of course, was the first time they had to report. and they all left it to the last minute last year. there was a bit of an outcry when everyone realised how big a pay gap there was in a lot of organisations. and i don't think things have changed much. in fact, i think, in some cases, they've got worse. so, the people that have reported so far, and that's still a fairly small number, but they're showing a fairly large pay gap, that has got worse over the past year. which is quite shocking. how can it have got worse, when there is so much scrutiny of it? as we know here at the bbc, but in particular it has been too. how can organisations have not got on top of it? well, i think that what happens is you're seeing a lot ofjob segregation. so you're seeing a lot of women
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in the lower ranks of organisations, and the men, of course, are at the top and they are better paid. so, some organisations have tried to address that by appointing a very senior woman, who then obviously skews the pay gap but actually doesn't do much for the people on the lower ranks. and what we have got to see more happening is for women to get up the ranks in organisations, to get into more powerfuljobs and to start to affect this. so when you look at something like the national health service, for example, that is britain's biggest employer of women, so women are predominantly in the lower paid bands. pay band one, which is £17,500 per year, that is 75% of women. whereas, right at the top, the top pay bands are predominantly men and most of the nhs trusts are run by men. so, we've really got to start trying to encourage women, or not even encouraging women, but actually making it possible for them to come through the ranks. and in some cases,
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i think we even need to have legislation to get women into topjobs. because it's happening so slowly. why? companies are very resistant to do this. when you look at... there is currently a target for getting 30% of women on boards by next year. that hasn't been met by all companies. when you look at the excuses they make, they're quite shocking. they'll say things like, "well, all the good ones have gone." 0r, "we've got one woman, we don't need any more." or "i do not think they would understand the technical issues that we discuss." you know, terrible excuses that you really would not expect to hear in 2019. that is, really, a very unambitious target. that target of 30% of women on big company boards should be met next year, but i'm saying, why aren't we getting 50% of women?
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why don't we see 50% of women at all levels throughout the economy and throughout our workforce? we should be represented. we are half of the workforce. in fact, in some cases, among the younger ages, we're more than half of the workforce. and so, why are we not represented at the top? and why do we not get our voice heard more clearly? how adequate, though, as a measure, is the gender pay gap? because that just tells you what the average male earns compared with what the average female earns. it doesn't tell you the pay difference between a man and a woman doing the same job. well, absolutely. it's a very crude measure and that's because companies obviously don't want to reveal some of the more detailed information that might show you that gap between men and women doing the same jobs. and a lot of this is shrouded in secrecy. let's not forget, it's all about negotiation and it's about what level you come in at, and how good a package you negotiate while you're at work. and women tend to assume
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that they will be paid for their good work, they assume that they will be recognised for working well. whereas men tend to make a bit more of a fuss about it and they negotiate themselves a good package. so, we have to encourage women to speak up for themselves. and let's not forget that it's actually illegal to pay a man and woman separately, sorry, differently, for doing the same job. we should make that very clear to companies, that that cannot happen. so, i would advocate complete transparency over pay. everything should be public information. we should reveal everything and in sweden, in scandinavian countries, all tax returns are published in full online. so everyone can see what everyone else earns. let's get it all out in the open and then we can tell, and then that will help women to argue for a better deal.
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some of today's other stories: eurostar and southeastern train services from st pancras station have resumed after major disruption — caused by a protestor — led to trains being suspended. the man had made it onto the roof, waving the flag of st george. he's since been arrested. an anti—stall system has been blamed for the fatal crash of a boeing 737 max aircraft in ethiopia this month. sources involved in the investigation say the black box shows the nose of the plane was pushed down by the system, before it crashed outside addis ababa, killing all 157 people on board. 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 rolling stones had been due to kick off their tour in miami and play 17 dates across north america, ending in canada in july.
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0ur correspondent chi chi izundu said it was very unusual to postpone such a tour. festival, the rolling stones have been on this tour since 2017, they started off in hamburg in germany and have been touring around the uk, and have been touring around the uk, and then this was supposed to be the big north american leg. now we know that mickjagger needs medical treatment, except none of his team or him has elaborated on exactly what he needs treatment for. 0bviously what he needs treatment for. obviously there is a lot of social media well wishing out there but he says he is hoping that he will be back on stage as soon as he kannon his publicist has confirmed that doctors have said he will make full recovery. and people will not cancel or postpone these things lightly, so what will happen to all of those two dates and all those people who are so dates and all those people who are so looking forward to these concerts? well, the tour promoter has said that they will reschedule those dates, like you say no—one
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does this lightly. it is very hard and entertainment world, considering how much it takes to put tour on and how much it takes to put tour on and how much it makes an artist effectively, for an insurance company to agree to postpone it comment is really hard that to happen, so the fact that this has happened is quite a big deal. and is there any idea of when the rescheduling will start. ——? there any idea of when the rescheduling will start. --? no idea, he is taking two months to have medical treatment, it is quite a big deal. but as mickjagger and his team have said, he is totally devastated that he has had to do this. he is hoping to be back on stage, shaking those world—famous hips really soon. the headlines on bbc news: 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. 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.
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thousands of palestinian protesters take part in protests on the border between gaza and israel, to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's ben mundy. good evening. there's been significant movement at the top and bottom of the premier league today. first up, huddersfield have been relegated. they lost 2—0 at crystal palace. and that, along with wins elsewhere for southampton and burnley, means they'll play in the championship next season. jan sievert‘s side have taken just 14 points this season. their demise, thejoint earliest relegation in premier league history. personally, i know that in life there is a failure and success and it locks it together. we as a club have to learn about our failure
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during the season and the best way to solve it. the performance proved that, in a way. in the end, you have to go through all the details through the season and prepared to come back stronger. elsewhere, everton are up to ninth in the premier league after a 2—0 win at west ham. kurt zouma headed them in front after just 5 minutes at the london stadium. seamus coleman then set up bernard for their second. west ham boss manuel pellegrini said they had a complete disaster and described their performance as the worst of the year. we mentioned movement at the top of the premier league today as well. manchester city are back on top after a 2—0 victory at fulham. liverpool can regain first place if they beat tottenham tomorrow. as for the other results, manchester united are up in fourth with a 2—1win over watford. burnley and southampton both won, as huddersfield fans know only too well. leicester's win at home to bournemouth, their third in a row, continuing their impressive turn—around since brendan rodgers took over. in rugby union's european champions
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cup there was a thrilling all—irish game as ulster went to leinster. it was one try each by half—time. leinster then scored another before luke marshall answered back for ulster. but then a limping ross byrne kicked leinster back into the lead, and the defending champions hung on to book their place in the semi—finals, winning 21 points to 18. saracens are the only british side left in the cup. they thrashed glasgow warriors, with a dominant seven—try victory. two tries apiece there for liam williams and david strettle. sarries will face munster next, who came from behind at murrayfield to edge past edinburgh. keith earls went over with 10 minutes remaining as the two—timewinners squeezed through. a british heavyweight boxing contest has ended in controversy this evening, after one of the fighters was disqualified for biting his opponent. this happened in the fifth round of the bout between david price and kash ali, in liverpool.
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you'll have to watch closely here. after price landed a big shot on the unbeaten ali, the pair fell over. ali landed on top and then appears to bite him. there's the close up. left a mark on price's ribs. the referee then officially disqualified ali, who lost his fee for the fight. australian ashleigh barty overcame former world number one karolina pliskova in straight sets to claim the women's miami open title. plishkova had broken world number eleven barty early on in the first set. the 22 year—old broke back though. and then won the first set on a tie break. barty broke pliskova twice in the second to win it 6—3 and with it got her hands on the trophy. and some f1 news to finish, ferrari have put their disappointing opening race in australia behind them. they've locked out the front row of the grid for tomorrow's bahrain grand prix. 21 year—old charles leclerc became the second youngest driver
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to claim pole position. he beat his ferrari team mate, and four time world champion, sebastian vettel, by almost three tenths of a second. lewis hamilton will start from third in his mercedes. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. including more on the disqualification in the boxing. 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 reports. it's been ten weeks since the plane carrying cardiff city's record £15 million 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
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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. 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
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to enable others to fraudulently claim back vat and reduce the amount of income tax they pay. colin campbell reports. he wants to sell me £10,000 worth of construction material receipts for £800, and 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, seeking to use the receipts to evade tax and fraudulently claim back vat. with a ring binderfull of construction material receipts, this polish builder wanted £2,500 for £30,000 worth of receipts.
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pay cash? 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 bill illegally, 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.
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0k, great. 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? no. vat? self—assessment? you're helping people cheat their tax. i don't know. 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. colin campbell, bbc news. landmarks around the world have turned off their lights, for 60 minutes this evening to mark this years earth hour. world famous attractions in greece, france, russia, germany and spain and here in the uk were all plunged into darkness.
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the event has been organised by the environmental group wwf and aims to raise awareness of climate change and other man—made threats to the planet. now it's time for a look at the weather. what a glorious day it was across england and wales with lots of spring sunshine and very warm. 20 celsius in a greater london. but the wind is changing and it will bring cooler weather tomorrow. a drop of nine celsius. the drop courtesy of this streak of cloud which is a cold front. a bit of patchy rain on that. drifting southwards. further north, with clear skies, a cold one. fairly wide spread frost. a cold start to
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the date but arguably scotland, northern ireland and the far north of england have the best of the weather with lots of sunshine. further south, some patchy cloud but it will stay bright and a lot of dry weather. it will feel cooler. nine celsius lower than what we had on saturday. temperatures in the north 7- 10 saturday. temperatures in the north 7— 10 celsius. sunday night, we will hit the dry weather. another cold night again. patches of frost developing in the countryside and mist and fog patches a possibility. plenty of sunshine around across england and wales and it will stay dry and bright in eastern scotland also. thickening cloud bringing rain to northern ireland and eastern scotland. cold enough for a bit of
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snow over the tops of the scottish hills. monday forecast. 0n snow over the tops of the scottish hills. monday forecast. on tuesday, another cold front swinging eastwards a cross another cold front swinging eastwards across the british isles and behind that, we start to get the winds from the arctic so when the rain clears, some showers, thundering, with a wintry flavour. we could see snow over the high ground. it will fill cold. factor in the wind and he will feel colder than the six degrees. something ironic about talking about putting the clock forward. as we have wintry showers coming round. colderfor most of us over the next few days. that's your weather.
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