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this is bbc news. the headlines. tomorrow mps will vote again on alternative brexit options — a cabinet minister says theresa may might have to change her plans as a result i don't think it's sustainable to say, well, we will ignore parliament's position and therefore leave without a deal. i don't think that is a sustainable position for the government to take. police in england and wales are being given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime. it is very important. it is a vital tool in fighting serious violence. i want police officers to feel more comfortable to use it, so that they can protect all communities. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc. the founder of facebook, mark zuckerberg, calls for governments to play a more active role in regulating
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the internet. pulling away. he has not picked up. it is an own goal. liverpool are back on the top of the premier league after an own goal by spurs and in half an hour, the travel show visits a theme park designed especially for children with special needs. good evening. as mps prepare to try and break the brexit deadlock at westminster, a senior government minister has said theresa may has to look closely at a softer brexit and staying in a customs union with the eu if parliament votes for that this week. thejustice secretary, david gauke, said that it wouldn't be sustainable for the government to ignore mps' wishes. tomorrow, the house of commons
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will once again vote on alternatives to mrs may's brexit deal — which has now been rejected three times. with the details here's our political correspondent, iain watson. shame on you! the original brexit date has been and gone and the protests carry on. give us all ourfinal say! this week, crucial decisions will have to be taken if mps are to avoid leaving with no deal by the new deadline of april the 12th. this morning, was the prime minister seeking divine intervention to break the deadlock? she's likely to resurrect her defeated deal this week, in the hope that mps prefer it to the alternatives. but if it fails again, this member for cabinet wasn't her first negotiating a closer relationship with the eu. if parliament is voting overwhelmingly against leaving the european union without a deal, but is voting in favour of a softer
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brexit, then i don't think it is sustainable to say well, we'll ignore parliament's position and therefore leave without a deal. tomorrow mps will debate alternatives to theresa may's deal, including a closer economic relationship with the eu such as a customs union or single market membership. tomorrow mps will debate alternatives to theresa may's deal, including a closer economic relationship with the eu such as a customs union or single market membership. but leaving with no deal could also be an option, tomorrow mps will debate alternatives to theresa may's deal, including a closer economic relationship with the eu such as a customs union or single market membership. but leaving with no deal could also be an option, as well as putting any deal to a new referendum. and that's the option favoured by labour‘s deputy leader. we need to move beyond brexit. it seems to be the only way we can do that now. a people's vote is the solution, not an option. theresa may faces some tough choices this week. there's no question of her cancelling brexit, or as it's known in the jargon, revoking article 50. but some other options favoured by mps, a customs union for example, also ran counter to the conservative manifesto. if she goes along with that,
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she could lose some of her top team around her cabinet table. or she could take a different option and call a general election. a senior conservative has said that pragmatic preparations are under way for possible election. but that prospect has horrified many in the party a former occupant of number ten. i think a general election will solve nothing at this moment. so what's his solution? in the interest of ending the chaos that we have now, and that could continue, we must have a government that has a working majority. and that is the only reason for a time limited unity government. so a cross—party government, to unite a sometimes a very cross country. not likely. but these days normal political rules don't apply. iain watson reporting there, and a little earlier i spoke to iain , who told me that despite tomorrow's debate on alternative options in parliament to find a new consensus on brexit, we could see a similar outcome to last time. when they took control last week,
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with one united voice, they took control and agreed on absolutely nothing. we have got eight motions to be debated tomorrow by parliament, taking control from the prime minister and looking at alternative deals, a 91 from the labour party will emerge tomorrow as well but incredibly similar to ones discussed last wednesday. there is a whole bunch of them, bunched together around this idea of a so—called soft brexit, common market 2.0 as they call it inside the single market, a customs union put forward by ken clarke, a closer economic relationship put forward by labour. there is then an attempt to get a referendum on any of the deals that are discussed, there is also a new deal option and also an option to say let us avoid no deal by revoking article 50 and by cancelling brexit, favoured by the snp. to move the process forward, there has to be some kind of agreement and consensus tomorrow and the most obvious place is around the
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idea of perhaps a closer economic relationship, customs union of some kind. that is not guaranteed and lastly, the snp would not back that because they wanted to go for a referendum. this week they are back in one of those options by signing up in one of those options by signing up to it and looking as though they might actually vote for it. however, having spoken to snp sources, they say they simply want to make sure that this was debated by the speaker tomorrow. he selects which ones to debate and if someone has got a lot of cross—party support, it gets discussed, but when it comes to the vote, the snp might not back it after all. we might be back in the same deadlock as last week, which is no majority for theresa may ‘s deal are no clear majority for an alternative. ian watson. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages ff at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are author and journalist yasmin alibhai—brown,
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and martin lipton, chief sports reporter at the sun. the rules on police stop and search powers in england and wales are being relaxed to try to stop the rise in knife crime. more police officers, at less senior ranks, will now be able to authorise the tactic in several areas where knife crime is high. campaigners have questioned the effectiveness of stop—and—search and described the move as "disappointing and regressive". our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has the details. another knife off the streets, found in a stop and search in north london. some a0 fatal stabbings so far this year. now police in the most affected areas are being given a search power band when theresa may was home secretary. the whole government recognise that stop and search is a useful power. we still want it to be targeted but with these increased powers we all agree, including the prime minister, this is exactly is needed to help fight the rise in serious violence. knife crime fell after 2011 but it has been rising for almost five years.
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the police's use of stop and search plunged over the last decade from 1.4 million times a year to less than 300,000. that fall after concerns the tactic was failing by wrongly targeting young black men. the main stop and search power requires police to have a reasonable suspicion someone is carrying a weapon. they could use it if this knife detector raised and alert. today's changes mean police inspectors rather than their seniors can authorise anyone to be searched in an area where they believe violence may, rather than will, occur. police hope the return of this strategy will help them respond more quickly. while there is no proof of a direct link between the rise in knife crime and the use of stop and search, many police officers believe it deters people from carrying blades. but critics say it is still intrusive and any increased use will be highly controversial. too many of my experiences have been very unpleasant,
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which leads into a lot of tension between police and young people to the point where you have young, innocent civilians running away from police just to avoid being stopped and searched. you stopped me going about my business for no reason! police chiefs say they are listening to concerns about how they use their powers. tomorrow the prime minister hosts a summit to hearfrom officers themselves about how to reverse the deadly violence. nathanieljames is a youth trainer working in schools across the west midlands. he told us how he helps to build trust between young people and the police around the issue of stop and search. police officers, they can't relate to young people, so there is a blockage when it comes to speaking to the young person because, you know, they might speak down to the young person instead of speaking to them respectfully. then the young person speaks back to them disrespectfully and it goes round and round and round and round. so this is why i do teach young people that, you know, you show respect and you receive respect back.
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so that's one of the main things, is just the way of how you approach them and the way you speak to them will ultimately reflect on how they will speak back to you. but you also teach young people about their rights if they stop and search happens to them. just briefly explain what they are. yeah, so, you know, we have something that's called go wisely, which is different categories of what young people should be doing when they are being stopped and searched. we also do something called good cop vs bad cop, where we talk about a police officer asking certain questions that they are not meant to ask, and the questions that they are allowed to ask. so it's about empowering the young people so that they know how to speak to the police when they are stopped. and you're meant to get a receipt from the officer? yes, yes, yes. so the receipt, that will mean that after they've been searched, if they are stopped by another police officer, that they can show that receipt.
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also it will have the name, the station, so if they would like to lodge a complaint against a police officer then they can take their turn to their local station and lodge a complaint. your cousin died as a result of knife crime. how powerful is it when you share the story of the impact of your cousin's death on your family and community? it's a massive powerful tool. my part is what i talk about, it's called the ripple effect. it's when one person gets stabbed, you're notjust stabbing that person, you're stabbing so many people in that family because so many people are affected, not only the family, the community. when there is a stabbing, it just sends fear amongst young people and amongst parents, and especially our young people who then think that they must arm themselves because they're hearing that young people their age are going around stabbing people. youth worker nathanial james. police investigating
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a series of suspected linked stabbings in edmonton have made another arrest. a man aged in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of gbh and taken into custody at a north london police station. the first man arrested on suspicion of gbh also remains in custody. a woman and three men were all approached from behind and knifed in the back — two are in a critical condition. a man has been charged in connection with an incident near london's st pancras station on friday evening. terry maher, from north london, faces charges of obstructing the railway and causing a public nuisance. it relates to an incident where a man spent the night sat on top of the station roof , causing a number of rail services, including eurostar, to be severely disrupted. mr maher will appear before magistrates tomorrow. exit polls in ukraine say the comedian — volodymyr zelenskiy who's made his name playing the president in a satirical tv show — has won the first round of the country's presidential election. he had been expected to beat the incumbent petro poroshenko — in the first round of voting which has been taking place today. it's ukraine's first presidential election since russia seized part of its territory in 2014.
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mr zelenskiy has been giving his reaction to the bbc‘sjonah fisher congratulations. thank you very much. well done. what's your reaction to these exit polls? this is the first fight. i'm very happy. this is not the final action. so the final will be what i saw, but we'll see the result. this is an exit poll. i saw the results. this will be that mr president, mr... and if you win, what will be your priority as president? my priorities? what will be the first thing you will tackle as president? there are things that i want to... in english, i don't know... corruption? corruption, sure. war... and... how do you say in english?
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immunity. immunity of politicians? yes. from everyone. and you're sure you're winning the second round? i think so. we will see. thank you very much. ukrainian comedian volodymyr zelenskiy speaking to jonah fisher. slovakia has elected its first female head of state. the anti—corruption campaigner zuzana chaputova won around 58% of the vote in a run—off against the governing party's marosh seb—u—vbitch. ms chaputova is a prominent environmental lawyer but has almost no previous political experience. she ran as an outsider for the liberal progressive slovakia party, framing the election as a struggle between good and evil. jean—claude juncker has been speaking this evening on italian television and they have asked him about brexit. he said, we have had a lot of patience for our british friends over brexit but patience
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i’u ns friends over brexit but patience runs out. he says he would like great britain to reach accord over brexit in the next hours or days and he went on to say that so far we know what the british parliament says no to, but we don't know what it might say yes to. jean—claude juncker speaking to italian television. the headlines on bbc news... thejustice secretary, david gauke, has suggested the government should support a softer brexit , if mps rally behind it this week police in england and wales are being given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's jj- good evening. they've played a game more than manchester city, but liverpool are back on top
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of the premier league after a dramatic win against tottenham hotspur at anfield. roberto firmino had given liverpool a deserved lead, nodding in andy robertson's pinpoint cross. spurs came on strong in the second half and equalised through lucas mora. with the clock reaching 90 minutes, mo salah's header was diverted onto the shins of spurs defender toby alderweireld. his own goal giving liverpool a 2—1 win and condemning spurs to their fourth defeat in five league games. chelsea scored two late goals as they came from behind to beat cardiff 2—1. camarasa had put the welsh side ahead early in the second half but with less than 10 minutes to go, azpilicueta headed in to make it1—1 — he was, though, clearly offside. and then with very little time left ruben loftus—cheek got the winner, to leave neil warnock fuming at the officials.
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you know, when you don't win the game because of nothing to do with yourselves, it is really a kick in the teeth. roll on the ar, it might be too late for me when it comes, but the equalising goal, that was the winning goal really, not the second one, but if you cannot see it cross the line when it is so clear and obvious, not even close, it is the best league in the world and probably at the minute, the worst officials we have got. i don't know what the linesman was taught. i have seen so what the linesman was taught. i have seen so many. what the linesman was taught. i have seen so many. what can i say about my lads? they were brilliant today. absolutely brilliant. a lot of strong words there and a strong stare at the officials as well. liverpool back on top, two points above manchester city, who can reclaim the lead when they play cardiff on wednesday. tottenham stay third but arsenal can go above them tomorrow if they beat newcastle at the emirates. celtic beat rangers 2—1 in a fiesty old firm derby to go 13 points clear
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at the top of the table.. celtic started the better of the two sides and their pressure paid off as they took the lead through 0dson edwaard. rangers had striker alfredo morelos sent off shortly after for elbowing scott brown — his fifth red card of the season — but they equalised through ryan kent.. but celtic, though, won it late, as james forrest scored a dramatic winner to give them the victory, and probably now the title. lewis hamilton came from third on the start grid to win the barhain grand prix, after long—time race leader shral lecler sufferd from engine problems. nick parrot has the story of the race. in his second race for ferrari, leclerc had the perfect opportunity to secure his first when. his raw
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pace saw him beat his team—mate sebastien vettel to polo before the world champion got the better start to ta ke world champion got the better start to take the lead but he could not stay in front for long. and he was. while the 21—year—old from monaco forged ahead, sebastien vettel slid backin forged ahead, sebastien vettel slid back ina forged ahead, sebastien vettel slid back in a thrilling battle with lewis hamilton and eventually snapped. the damage to his tyres literally shook his car to bits. remarkably, he recovered to finish in fifth place. the bad luck did not stop there. as the other prancing horse pulled up lame. what look like a certain victory was handed to hamilton. nico hulkenberg coming to a halt brought the safety car out to the finish keeping charl leclerc on the finish keeping charl leclerc on the podium. third bonus point for fastest la p the podium. third bonus point for fastest lap is little consolation but his time are sure to come again. nick parrott, bbc news. roger federer has won the 101st
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tennis title of his career after victory in the final of the miami 0pen. the swiss beat defending champion john isner in straight sets. federer was in supreme form right from the start, clinching the first set six—0ne in just 2a minutes...//the second was a bit tighter but federer came through to win the second 6—4 over the american. that's all the sport for now. you can get more on the website. i will have more for you later. jj, thank you very much. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc. in 2013 the majority of calls to the national association of children of alcoholics were from children, but now more than 80% of calls are from people over the age of 18. the department of health said it was investing £6 million to tackle the issue. adrian goldberg from bbc radio 5live investigates has more details. these figures come from the national association of children of alcoholics.
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back in 2013, they tell us that the majority of the calls that they have received seeking help and support from their helpline, the majority of those calls were from children. but they did at that time have around 6500 calls a year from adults. anybody over the age of 18. that 6500 figure has rocketed between 2013 and 2018, to the point where last year they had 23,000 calls from people over the age of 18. that now makes up around 81% of their caseload at their helpline. a really significant increase in the number of adults contacting that helpline for support and assistance. do we know why there has been such a big rise? what are the theories behind that? it's very interesting. i think around 2015 when you had high—profile figures like the labour mp liam byrne, talking as an adult about his experiences having been a child of an alcoholic and finally overcoming what he perceived to be the shame and the stigma coming forward to talk about that, that has prompted a lot of other adults to come forward
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and say that they too had problems like this as a child, with a parent who would turn to drinking. amelia, who grew up with an alcoholic father, joined us earlier to share her experience — she sought help after his death two years ago. i am the youngest of four. i had older siblings who were able to help us deal with that. it was a lot of really difficult times, and unfortunately, my dad passed away from alcoholism about three years ago now. when you have an alcoholic parent from a really young age, you are grieving for that person from when they become an alcoholic, you lose your parent anyway. when that person actually dies, you know, ifelt this horrible relief, and then a lot of shame associated with feeling that relief as well.
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i had a good family, a good support system. we had our mam and my siblings and a big extended family and we used to talk about it a lot within the family but it wasn't something i sought help for externally until i became an adult. if you, or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised, you can find details of where you can find support at www. bbc. co. uk/actionline, or call 0800 066 066. lines are open 2a hours a day with recorded information, and calls are free of charge. the former us vice president, joe biden, has denied claims by another democrat that he behaved inappropriately towards her. lucy flores said that during campaigning in 2014 he placed his hands on her shoulders and kissed the back of her head — making her feel uncomfortable. from washington, chris buckler reports.
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joe biden is still considering whether he will run as a democratic candidate for next year as presidential election. but certainly this is going to put extra scrutiny on him. what was interesting in that statement that came today from lucy flores during that interview on cnn, and she said as far as she was concerned it should disqualify him from running for the presidency. at the same time lucy flores also made clear that she has many different political opinions tojoe biden, and that she does not support him on a number of different issues. but she said she did have concerns about his behaviour. she says that it was not in her view a sexual assault. but at the same time, she felt it was inappropriate behaviour. she said that as far as she was concerned, and this is in an article that she has written, that it was an experience that felt awkward, disturbing and weird. and it is certainly going to put a new focus onjoe biden. he is someone who is regarded as a real statesman within the democratic party,
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somebody who can be very different to donald trump. but of course these allegations will certainly hurt the outstanding that he has within the party. following the livestreaming of a terror attack in new zealand two weeks ago, the debate over who should regulate social networking sites is back in the spotlight. facebook boss mark zuckerberg has called for more government regulation on the internet, and the australian government has announced plans for new laws which put more accountability on the social networking sites. sophia tran—thomson has this report. he founded the biggest social network in the world. a role that comes with a serious social responsibility. now mark zuckerberg says it is time regulators and governments play a more active role in controlling internet content. in an open letter, he has called for regulation of what he describes as harmful content online, saying private firms can't do it alone.
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he says there should be new rules relating to political advertising and the creation of common standards. there should be effective privacy and data protection for all users with countries adopting a common framework. and he has called for data portability, meaning people should be able to move data from one service to another. it comes as facebook faces questions over its role in the cambridge analytica scandal about data misuse during election campaigns and two weeks after a gunman used facebook to livestream his attack on a mosque in new zealand. but mark zuckerberg says those at the top need to step up. some governments say it is the social media giants who are responsible. on saturday, australia's prime minister announced plans to introduce laws which could see the networking sites fined and executives sent to prison if they fail to quickly remove violent material from their platforms. the social media laws we will be introducing are about calling out the social media companies on their responsibilities. they have a responsibility
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when they put these platforms into public use to make sure they are safe and that they cannot be weaponised by terrorists. the debate over who is responsible for regulation is farfrom over, as is the question of how to monitor social media content globally and to what level. the husband of a british—iranian woman who is currently in prison in iran has delivered a mother's day card to the steps of the iranian embassy, as part of his campaign for her release. nazanin zaghari ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 on spying charges, which she denies. the bbc has learned that more than 50 british fighters with the islamic state group have been captured in syria in the last three months. one of those men, a former police cadet from west london spent five years with the extremists. 0ur middle east correspondent quentin somerville has been speaking exclusively to hamza parvez, who was captured in the last is stronghold of baghouz in eastern syria.
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the long line of surrender of the islamic state group stretched far further than anyone expected. among these men, the bbc has learned as many as 50 british fighters have been captured in the caliphate's final three months. hamza parvez is one of them, and one of is's earliest british recruits. a lot of the westerners kept distances from one another, because of... one of the primary fears was targeted drone strikes. so, people wouldn't really want to be associated with one another, just in case... because we didn't actually have a list of who was on the drone list or not, so, we'd really be scared of, this guy might be and this guy might be, so i would just keep to myself. but this is an extraordinary thing, because for anybody else, if you realised you were on a drone hit list, maybe you might actually start questioning what the hell you were doing in raqqa
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and why you were being a member of islamic state. didn't you think that was a time to leave the group? yeah, of course, there was many times when i thought, "time to pack up and leave." and there was many times i did try to pack up and leave... yes, but you did join that group willingly. the horror for most people is that they had no choice over it. syrians, iraqis, libyans, yazidis, who were all either displaced, who were raped, who were murdered by islamic state... you willinglyjoined that group. they had no choice. it wasn't. .. if you were to ask me, would you willingly go and join a group which consists of one, two, three and four... one, two, three and four being genocide, rape, enslavement, murder? mm—hm. anyone in their right mind would have never, ever, ever gone over tojoin something of that... so, you weren't in your right mind, then? i wasn't going to join something... i didn't know there was something waiting for me like that. so, most of the foreign fighters, when they do step in and when you do talk to them, the first thing
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they'll say to you is that we would have never, ever come if we had known the realities of isis. the tabloids called him hungry hamza. here he is on the left, 30 kilograms heavier. he complained on social media about missing british food, and then almost starved in is's last stand in baghouz. only now, in defeat, does he condemn the group he served for five years. because many kids, they did pass away in baghouz, many kids passed away from severe malnutrition. do you blame the west for that? no, i blame islamic state for it. 100%. because they did have food and they did have medicine, and they did have enough to provide. but they didn't. he grew up in a privileged west london home to pakistani parents. he has now been stripped of his british citizenship. young british men brought ruin here. they turned their backs on theirfamilies, their friends and their country. now they are paying the price. for most, there is no way back.

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