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this is bbc news, the headlines: the un fear is a major military conflicts could take place in libya. this is bbc news i'm duncan golestani. it comes after talks between the our top stories: secretary general and the country's most powerful warlord broke down. forces from the general‘s self fears of a major military claimed the libyan national army are confrontation in libya. united advancing on the capital. president nations talks with the country's most powerful warlord fail as his trump is visiting the border with mexico after batting —— backing off forces advance on the capital. after from his threat to shut it down. he threatening to close the border with has praised mexico for stepping up mexico, president trump pays a security in recent days but left visit. he claims america has no more open the possibility of car tariffs if the flow of drugs is not stopped room for migrants. within a year. our country is full, the area is uk prime minister theresa may has full, the sector is full. can't take you anymore, sorry. can't happen. so asked that european union for a further delay on the brakes are process , further delay on the brakes are turn around. that's the way it is. process, to june 30. further delay on the brakes are process, tojune 30. european leaders have responded coolly to the request, asking britain to provide theresa may asks the eu for another more clarity. delay to brexit, but will european leaders agree? and lifting the lid on america's newest arts centre. new york's shed
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now on bbc news: the next generation opens its doors and its roof for its first formance tonight. —— performance. hello, and welcome to bbc news. united nations security council ambassadors are holding an emergency meeting in new york to deal with the growing risk of a major military confrontation in libya. the session comes after the un secretary—general, antonio guterres, said talks with libya's most powerful warlord, khalifa haftar, had broken down in tripoli. currently forces from the self—styled libyan national army under general haftar are advancing on the unity government in the capital. ramzan karmali reports. he was meant to find a solution to an escalating problem, but the un
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secretary general‘s mission to tripoli appears to have failed for now. the united nations remain available to facilitate any political solution able to unify the libyan institutions. libyans deserve peace, security, prosperity and the respect of the human rights. he was therefore talks with general khalifa haftar from the salt styled libyan national army, but they broke down. —— self—styled. khalifa haftar‘s trips are under orders to get to tripoli in order to overthrow the internationally recognised government. in fact, there were some reports they had moved further north coming as close as a0 kilometres from tripoli, by taking the village of suq al—khamis. since 2011 and the fall of colonel gadhafi, libya has experienced violence and division, as various groups try to take control of the oil—rich country.
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based in tripoli is the national unity government, led by the prime minister. he has urged militias to defend tripoli. in the east of the country, based in benghazi, is the libyan national army, backed by egypt and the uae. but the uae, along with france, italy, the uk and the us have called for a deescalation and fear any conflict will propel the country back into a state of chaos. well, let's get more on this now from our correspondence, chris buckler, who is in washington for us. buckler, who is in washington for us. you are monitoring the situation out of the united nations. just how concerned is the security council?” don't think there is any doubt that the security council at this stage is very concerned. 0bviously the security council at this stage is very concerned. obviously the un took the decision to send the secretary general, antonio gutierrez, specifically to libya to try to deal with this situation, to try to deal with this situation, to try to deal with this situation, to try to de—escalate the obvious tensions inside tripoli and inside libya itself. it seems that up to
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this point that has failed, and now they are in a position where they wa nt to they are in a position where they want to try to release a statement that does anything to really try to ta ke that does anything to really try to take away from that tension. certainly if you look at both the un and the g7 group of countries, which includes the us, the uk, france and germany, they are all saying with one voice that more military conflicts, more violence, is not going to solve the real problems inside libya, a country that has been plagued in recent years by chaotic and very tense situations. they are saying it is time for all sides to withdraw and sit back down. but at the same time it is very clear from the failure of those talks involving the secretary general that the warlord, as he is sometimes called, the military commander khalifa haftar is not prepared to back down at this stage, and as things stand at the moment, it is very clear that there are worries about what is going to
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happen in libya's capital. yeah, just how dangerous do you think the situation in libya is, chris? welcome at the moment we are getting a sense that there is some pushback happening, as far as the forces are concerned, these forces being led by general khalifa haftar. —— well, at the moment. but if you put it in simple terms and look at the message coming from the un secretary general, he was saying, i still hope it will be possible to avoid a bloodied confrontation in or around tripoli. the fact that he is even saying that gives you a sense of what are the real dangers and tensions in libya at the moment, and although he says that he hopes that, and the international pressure is certainly being put on, i don't think there is any guarantee that this is going to end anytime soon. and that is what the real fear in tripoli is at the moment. chris buckler in washington, thank you very much. let's get some of the day's other news. activists in saudi arabia say authorities have detained eight people in a new move targeting
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supporters of women's rights. two of those detained have dual us— saudi nationality. it is the first round of arrests of perceived critics of crown prince mohammed ben simon since the killing of the journalist jamal khashoggi. —— bin salman. an inquest into deaths in bombings in birmingham in199afound inquest into deaths in bombings in birmingham in 199a found that a botched warning called by the ira contributed to the deaths of 21 people. the jury also found there we re people. the jury also found there were no failings, errors or omissions in the police's response to the call. vice president mike pence as the united states will impose sanctions on 3a vessels owned or operated by the venezuelan state oil firm in a new blow against the government of nicholas madero. he said sanctions will also be imposed on two additional companies that transported venezuelan crude to cuba. growing discontent in the country, fuelled by hyperinflation, power cuts and mass food and
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medicine shortages has led to the ongoing political crisis. president trump is visiting the southern border after backing off from his threat this week to shut it down. he's pledged to build another a00 miles of barriers in the next two years. earlier, he praised mexico for stepping up security in recent days, but left open the possibility of car tarriffs if the flow of drugs isn't stopped with a year. the bbc‘s sophie long is in calexico, close to where the president has been. yes, well, yesterday president trump appeared to row back on his threat to close either part or the entire border with mexico, and he said he might consider putting tariffs on ca rs might consider putting tariffs on cars travelling across the border instead. but today he came here to ca lex i co instead. but today he came here to calexico and took the time to meet border patrol officials, and he came to visit a stretch of wall, newly refurbished while just a couple of
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miles from where i am standing now. and he took the opportunity to send a very clear message to any illegal migrants. he said the united states is full and they should turn around. the southern border of the united states. it runs from the gulf of mexico to the pacific ocean. donald trump said he wanted to build a wall along its entire 2000—mile length. it was the rallying call of his campaign. it is one of the most controversial issues of his presidency. today, president trump flew to el centro in southern california to view a section of newly replaced barriers. despite his claims to the contrary, no new wall has yet been completed. this is the san ysidro border crossing. it is the busiest land port of entry in the world. but president trump's determination to keep unwanted migrants out has led him to consider closing the border completely. this is just one of many ports of entry. imagine the chaos even a short closure could cause.
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so the products are received, they're unpackaged in another area of the shop... barry sonhen runs an electrical refurbishment factory in tijuana in mexico. he lives in los angeles in the united states. he and his business are dependent on the border remaining open. it would be a disaster, 0k? it would be as if we had a horrible earthquake. it would be as if the power supply went down to our plant — no difference. it's foolish, so we hope it doesn't happen. right? same way i would never hope to have a power outage, or an earthquake, or horrific floods. but this is right up there with natural disasters. this is an unnatural disaster. how about that? 2020, trump! but those gathered to welcome their president today say the benefits of closing the border would be worth the disruption. there is already chaos at the border, and congress is not doing theirjob. so since they are not taking action, something needs to be done to protect the borders and protect, notjust americans but the people that are being used, politicised,
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and that is our illegal aliens. carmen rivera has been living in a makeshift shelter in tijuana for three months. a closed border would not have stopped her coming here. she says a gang in el salvador gave her 2a hours to choose whether to leave or die after she reported them to police. she chose to live, but had to leave her five children and her sick mother behind. she says she hopes the us president will be more humane and grant people who need it asylum. while carmen waits, cars continue to queue and president trump forges on with his fight to fund the wall. as you heard in my report there, the
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people who live and work along the border with mexico say that any, even a partial or short—term closure, would be devastating for their businesses and cause absolute chaos. but some of presidentjohn‘s supporters who gathered here today lining the streets that his motorcade drove down, waving flags and supporting his policies, one of them said, build the wall, they said there is already chaos at the border. the problem is, president trump's critics say, closing the border would do nothing or very little to solve the deep—seated, long—term problems in latin american countries that are causing families to flee their homes and make their way to the border. president trump's words were very clear today. he said, i'm sorry, the united states is full, turnaround. that was sophie long in calexico. the prime minister has sought an extension to brexit untiljune 30, but eu leaders have voiced their reluctance to grant an extension without any clear plan from the british government. the
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opposition labor party has criticised the government's approach, saying they have not come up approach, saying they have not come up with any changes to the current brexit deal. it's a race against time, brexit. just not enough time. the pm's deputy still talking to labour today. not saying much though. lovely weather today, isn't it? some tories hate even talking to labour, though it's all going nowhere fast. here was labour's chief whip. what could break the brexit deadlock? we've received something from the government which we're looking at now. really? what was that then? a piece of paper. a while inside, then out again. you know i can't say anything and i don't want to speculate about it. he'd be talking some more to his own side. this could drag on. and today, the prime minister's had to accept that. she wrote a letter to donald tusk, the eu council president, requesting a leave date extension tojune the 30th if needed. it also requests an option to leave earlier if a deal‘s agreed in parliament. but the letter accepts no agreement means the uk prepares for the european parliament elections on may the 23rd,
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something mrs may has been desperately trying to avoid. but brexit‘s a work in progress — and not much progress. mps could vote to set their own limit on any extension — potentially tough for the prime minister, since she'll have to hammer out an agreement in brussels next week. to get the delay, the pm needs to tell the eu she's hard at it, trying everything to build a consensus at westminster. what i think they will see from the actions that theresa may has taken over the last week is that she is leaving no stone unturned to do that, so britain is not dragging its feet in trying to solve this, but we are a democracy with a hung parliament so it's not easy. three rounds of talks this week, and negotiations between team corbyn and team may look barely alive tonight — no sign of any breakthrough. while team may is saying they'll rework the plan for the future, labour says the tories are offering zero change in the brexit deal and much the same
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plan for the future. 0bviously that's disappointing. compromise requires change. we want the talks to continue and we've written in those terms to the government, but we do need change if we are going to compromise. some brexiteers as they leave with no deal and maybe change prime minister. the prime minister herself has made it clear she's not going to be leaderfor much longer. we will have a new leader, we will have a new prime minister. that new prime minister will not want to be tied into the withdrawal agreement with the option of an extension. he or she will be in a much stronger negotiating position to get the right deal for the united kingdom, and that seems to me in the national interest. even if mrs may strikes a deal with mr corbyn, and that looks doubtful, mps on both sides could mutiny. some tories hate the idea of delaying brexit, or staying close to the eu, or even talking to mr corbyn.
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many labour mps want a new referendum, whatever deal is struck. and jeremy corbyn has never much liked that idea. both leaders might be privately relieved if their talks come to nothing and its left to mps to choose their ideal outcome — if they can. mrs may's next trip is to brussels, where a 12—month delay has been suggested, maybe with enough flexibility to allow an earlier exit, but where some eu leaders may want to make britain'sjourney tougher, not easier. stay with us on bbc news. 20 still to come, including, as top players criticised the handling of racism in football, should teams tackle it by walking off? 25 years of hatred and rage as theyjump up on the statue.
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this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, a power to influence. today it's about the promise of a bright future. a day when we hope a line can be drawn under the bloody past. i think that picasso's works were beautiful, they were intelligent, and it's a sad loss to everybody who loves art. this is bbc news,
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the top story this hour: the un security council is holding an emergency meeting amid fears of a major military conflict in libya. algeria's president abdelaziz bouteflika has stepped down after 20 years in charge, but the protesters who forced his resignation say it's not enough. they continue to fill the streets of algiers, demanding an end to the regime that stood behind him. the mood among demonstrators is positive but the country's path towards democracy is still unclear. the bbc‘s sally nabil reports. their long—time leader has resigned, but algerians continue to protest. it is the seventh week in a row they ta ke to it is the seventh week in a row they take to the streets. they say abdelaziz bouteflika is gone, but the regime is still in place. they accused the ruling elite of
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corruption and oppression and they wa nt to corruption and oppression and they want to dismantle the entire system. the mood on the street is hope all, but expectations are high. but underneath, there is a lot of anticipation for how to bring about anticipation for how to bring about a transition towards democracy. translation: we are all united here. what we need is change, absolute change. we want the entire regime to leave. notjust the president. for us, they are all the same, they are all corrupt. these have been the driving force behind the protests, the driving force behind unseating a president who ruled the country for 20 years. they are sending a clear message — they want new faces.
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this senate chief, a long—time bouteflika ally is now acting president, and the constitution has set up for the transitional period. this should stay in place for 90 days until new elections are held. but some of the protest leaders this re— with this plan. 0pposition figures like this man believe the country needs a political solution, not a constitutional one. translation: there must be a ca reta ker translation: there must be a caretaker president of those who have not been part of the system in the past 20 years. the other thing we need is a national unity government of technocrats who don't belong to any party. but there are fears algeria might fall into chaos if these forces fail to agree on who
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to leave the —— lead the country. for now, the streets are full of positive energy, but there is also a state of uncertainty looming on the horizon. the england and spurs defender, danny rose, says he can't wait to end his career as a footballer because of the failure of the authorities to tackle racist abuse. racist chanting was directed at rose and other england players during the recent euro 2020 qualifier in montenegro. he says the way the problem is being tackled is a farce. here's our sports correspondeent, joe wilson. here's our sports - football— what can makea here's our sports - football— what can make a player at the height of his powers want to leave? this has happened to danny rose, who doesn't believe football is taking the issue of racism seriously. you only get
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fined a bit of money for being racist, it is a bit of a farce. i have had enough, ijust think i have five or six more years left in football, and i can't wait to see the back of it. this weekend, the fa cup semifinals are played at wembley, where raheem sterling grew up, and a group of children from his old school will be the guest of the player and manchester city at tomorrow's game. they spent this morning at the bbc and told me their role models are footballers. what this port displays really matters. it is disheartening to certain players of colour. you may be very good on the pitch, but due to the colour of your skin maybe you get criticised for that. i also think that what harry kane has come out and said, if the england squad receive any more racial abuse he will walk off the pitch, i think thatis will walk off the pitch, i think that is a good idea. if there is racism at a game would have lead a
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tea m racism at a game would have lead a team of a field of play? that question was put to the boss england's women's team. if we have the courage and we have the backing, more importantly, to bring the team, stop the game, say this not good enough, if we do punish the supporters causing the problems, then i would hope i would have the courage to do that. something needs to be done, that is accepted. who leads a process is not so clear. danny rose has made his point several times. will it take individual players turning away from football to motivate a response? uefa is due to announce its sanctions against montenegro next month. the latest addition to new york city's cultural landscape hosts its first performance tonight. the shed is a mixed—use art space on manhattan's west side. it features separate areas for live shows and the visual arts, plus a public plaza. the building's most prominent feature is its puffy shell, which rolls back and forth on rails,
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exposing part of the space to the elements. the bbc‘s nick bryant paid a visit. 0n the west side of manhattan, it's almost as if a new city has taken shape. and it's notjust the home to high rent apartment buildings and retail but the largest artistic space to open in new york for 50 years. an iconic structure called the shed. this giant venue launches with a celebration of african—american music, a family tree of spirituals, blues, jazz and gospel called soundtrack of america. it's been conceived and created by the 0scar—winning british film director, steve mcqueen. this building seems to be about accessibility and inclusivity. absolutely. i mean, it's about that. it's about us, whoever we are, wherever we come from, whatever background we come from. and it's about allowing people, every kind of person,
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to fulfil their absolute potential in who they are, as an audience member or if it's a performer. it's about democracy, as such, of access and possibilities, which i think should be given to all. this super—sized space would have been occupied by a new york olympic stadium had the city beaten london to host the 2012 games. so, instead, they decided to build this artistic landmark and one... that can shift its shape. its outer shell has been constructed to be retractable. it opens and closes on giant rollers. deciding on how to configure the performance space will be part of the creative process. so, it's really like a toolkit for artists that each of these spaces can adapt to an artist's vision to the work they are trying to create and develop. in fact, we've had some artists who thought they might make
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a piece for this and, as they get into what they think the piece might become, whether it's a visual art piece or a performance arts piece, a pop piece, it might migrate to another space, which is more appropriate. many new yorkers complained this development has disfigured the skyline. maybe the shed can win them over. nick bryant, bbc news, manhattan. so mickjagger so mick jagger is so mickjagger is expected to make a full recovery after heart surgery. the 75—year—old rocker has reportedly undergone heart valve replacement surgery. the band postponed their tour of the us and canada when the singer was advised by doctors that he needed medical treatment. in a tweet he thanked hospital staff for doing " a superbjob" and his fans for their support, saying he is "on the mend" and "feeling much better." we will be back very soon.
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it is looking like a mild weekend across most parts of the uk but sunshine amounts will vary. the last few days has been characterised by heavy downpours, but that will be changing. we will have cloud and patchy rain at times. the further west you are with some shelter from the easterly wind, that is where we will see the driest of the weather and the best of the sunshine. the rain associated with that low pressure continues to pull
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away. more patchy rain pushing into the north—east of scotland. in between some clear spells, most temperatures holding above freezing, but some areas starting with a touch of frost. there will be some spells of frost. there will be some spells of sunshine but generally more cloud coming in from the north sea into eastern parts of england. some outbreaks of rain sometimes, in the north sea coast the wind coming off the sea. particularly where sunshine is further west it will be a mild day, 11— 1a degrees, blue skies overhead and a bit of patchy cloud here and there. it will be western areas that hold onto the clearest of the skies as we go through saturday night, so much so that parts of northern ireland could see a touch of frost. elsewhere, more and more cloud feeding in from the north sea, a spot of drizzle and blanket of
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cloud holding temperatures between 5-7. it cloud holding temperatures between 5—7. it does mean a great start on sunday for many of us, and still a bit of patchy rain across north—east england and scotland. moving through the day sign things will brighten up down towards the south, but that could just serve to kick off one or two hefty showers, particularly to the south of the ma corridor. some hit and miss thunderstorms by the end of the day. 17 degrees in london, a little bit cooler north and east. sunday gets off to a mild start, but it looks increasingly likely that cold air will come back in from the north—east as the week went on. the forecast looks like this. showers towards the south on monday and tuesday, a mild start to the week, but from the northeast things are expected to turn cooler, temperatures beginning to dip away.
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