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this is bbc news, the headlines: the un fear is a major military welcome to bbc news, conflict could take place in libya. it comes after talks between the broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. secretary general and the country i'm lewis vaughan jones. but was most powerful warlord broke our top stories: fears of a major military down. president trump is visiting confrontation in libya. un talks with the country's most powerful warlord fail as his forces advance mexico after backing down on a on the capital. threat to shut down the border. he after easing threats to close the mexico border, president trump continued the threat of car tariffs if the flow of migrants has not stopped within a year. british prime visits what he says is the first pa rt visits what he says is the first part of his wall. theresa may asks the eu minister theresa may has asked the for another delay to brexit, eu for a further delay in the brexit but will european leaders agree? the prime minister requests another process until june brexit extension until the end eu for a further delay in the brexit process untiljune 30. the eu has responded coolly, asking for more and the defender waiting to quit a clarity. dream job. england's danny rose says racism makes him want to quit
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football. welcome to bbc news. the un security council has called for an immediate end to fighting in libya. forces of libya's most powerful warlord, khalifa haftar, are advancing towards the government in tripoli. clashes have been reported just 50 kilometres from the capital. ramzan karmali reports. he was meant to find a solution to an escalating problem, but the un 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 their human rights.
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he was there for talks with general khalifa haftar from the self—styled libyan national army, but they broke down. khalifa haftar‘s troops are under orders to get to tripoli in order to overthrow the internationally recognised government. this means the battle tomorrow will be on the outskirts of the city. since 2011 and the fall of colonel gaddafi, libya has experienced violence and division, as various groups try to take control of the oil—rich country. based in tripoli is the national unity government, led by prime minister fayez al—sarraj. he has urged militias to defend tripoli. in the east of the country, based in benghazi, is the libyan national army,
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backed by egypt and the uae. but the uae, along with france, italy, the uk and the us have called for a de—escalation, and fear any conflict will propel the country back into a state of chaos. well, a little earlier i spoke tojonathan winer who's a former united states special envoy for libya, now scholar at the middle east institute. i asked him whether general khalifa haftar was planning a full on attempted coup in libya. well, the general first announced a coup back in february 2014 on television. nobody followed, he did not succeed. he went east, he secured foreign sponsors and foreign money, counterfeits dinars from russia. he used it to build patronage networks and cobbled together what he calls libya's national army. it had important successes in fighting terrorism, it also engaged in military rule in several cities.
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he wants to run libya the way colonel gadhafi did, with a mix of conquest and propaganda. that is what he is trying to do. in november 2016 as military advisor and two sons told me he would capture tripoli by december 2016. he has been working to do that now four years. now he has decided to make his move. he is letting loose the dogs of war and a lot of people are going to die as a result. how serious do you think his chances are of overall success? well, it is one thing to take libya, it is another thing to hold it. this is a country of fiercely independent people. they don't want foreigners telling them what to do and they don't even want other libyans telling them what to do. it is likely to lead to tremendous chaos, bloodshed, misery, human rights violations. it is a very bad thing for the country and it is going to hurt the libyan people a lot. so what does the international
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community need to do now? well, when his sons and military adviser told me he was intending on taking tripoli by christmas of 2016, i said, red light. not green light. we will do everything possible to stop you. the us government called up every other government. we were talking about libya, they all agreed to send haftar the message, don't do this. enter into negotiations, find ways of compromising, ways to create inclusion. libya needs to be one country, one government, that is inclusive, in which every group in the country has a stake in libya's future and libya's wealth. that is what needs to happen. conflict will not end well. as far as i can tell from what you are saying, you are absolutely convinced that conflict will happen before anything else? some conflict will happen. so far libya has not been syria. libya has not looked like syria, we have not seen millions of refugees, we have not seen massive bloodshed. i am concerned about both,
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i am concerned about resurgence in terrorism as people go underground to fight general haftar. he is putting everything at risk. and it is very dangerous. when i was in myjob i talked to governments throughout the region, including some of the governments that have provided him with support, and they agreed it would be reckless, dangerous and destructive, including self—destructive, for him to try to do what he has apparently decided to do now. 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 400 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. sophie long has more the southern border of the united states. it runs from the gulf of mexico to the pacific ocean. donald trump said he wanted
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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. 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.
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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, 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
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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. sophie long, bbc news, southern california. the uk prime minister has asked to delay the brexit process, this time until the 30th ofjune. eu leaders however have voiced a reluctance to grant any extension without a clear plan from the british government. meanwhile, after three days of discussions designed to break the impasse, the oppostion labour party has criticised the government's approach saying they've not come up with any changes
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to the current brexit deal. 0ur deputy political editorjohn pienaar reports from westminster. 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
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means the uk prepares for the european parliament elections on may the 23rd, 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
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and much the same 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. many labour mps want a new referendum, whatever deal is struck.
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and jeremy corbyn has never much liked that idea. both leaders might be privately relieved if their talks come to nothing and it's 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. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. this still to come — the 11—year—old composers having their pieces played by the new york philharmonic. 25 years of hatred and rage as theyjump up on the statue. this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, a power to influence.
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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 world news. the latest headlines:
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fears of a major confrontation in libya as a warlord approaches the capital. president trump has visited what he saysis president trump has visited what he says is the first part of his southern wall. earlier he rode back a threat to close the border with mexico. 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 correspondent, joe wilson. today's question four foot bull: what can make a play at the height of his powers decide he's had enough? well, danny rose has enjoyed racism. most recently at england's aami montenegro. he does not believe
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that foot all is taking that issue seriously. they can only get find a little bit of money for being racist. it is a bit of a farce. i've had enough. i just racist. it is a bit of a farce. i've had enough. ijust think racist. it is a bit of a farce. i've had enough. i just think that racist. it is a bit of a farce. i've had enough. ijust think that i have got five or six more years left in football. i just can't wait to see the back of it. this weekend, the fa cup semifinals i played at wembley. it's where raheem sterling grow up and a group of children from his old school will be the guests of the player and manchester city at the game. they spent this morning at the bbc. and they told me that their role models of foot bowlers. what the sport displays really matters just two footballers. it is hard for people of colour. even though they might be really good on the pitch, due to the colour of their skin maybe they get insulted for that. due to the colour of their skin maybe they get insulted for thatm he receives any more racial abuse he will walk off the pitch. so if
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there's racism a game with a manager lead a field of play. that was put to the boss of the women's team.“ we have the courage and the backing, more importantly, to maybe bring the team, to stop the game, so this is not good enough, we will punish the supporters causing the problems, then i think i would hope i would have the coast 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. jermaine scott is a phd candidate in the department of african—american studies at northwestern university. his research area includes the cultural politics of sport. he joins me now from chicago. thanks very
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much for talking to us. is this a particular problem with football or soccer? i think it is. in particular problem with football or soccer? ithink it is. in other sports we don't see as many explicit and overt acts of racist abuse. for some reason, in football, particularly in europe, we see this in england but also in italy and france, this kind of overt, explicit expression of racism just seems to persist throughout the years. why is that? is it something to do with the sport or the large crowds? what is it that gives these people this feeling of license that they can express it? i think it's important that soccer is rooted in these histories of imperialism and colonialism. and these logics of colonialism. and these logics of colonialism persist in regular
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society, right, and thisjust comes out in the most populist in europe, which is football. foot poll is also a very nationalistic and, you know it's a nationalistic sport which drives out a loss of the worst emotions out of people —— football. how do you go about tackling it? there has been criticism so far about the measly fines and things like that. people not happy that clu bs like that. people not happy that clubs or countries find enough. what you try to do to try to stop this? yeah, the players have been doing a greatjob of calling out racism when it occurs. there have also been critical, as you said, of the punishment that has already been laid out, he finds and the bands. i think something a little more radical needs to take place. troy townsend recently talked about them he isa townsend recently talked about them he is a campaignerfor the antiracist organisation in football, he recently came out and said that
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the teams should be completely expeued the teams should be completely expelled from whatever uefa competition that they are participating in. ithink competition that they are participating in. i think that will definitely make fans think twice before they do something like this again. jermaine scott, thank you very much for your time. appreciate it. thank you. let's get some of the day's other news and boeing is to cut the rate at which it produces its best selling 737 passenger aircraft by nearly 20%. it follows the two fatal crashes that led to the 737 max model being grounded worldwide. boeing has carried on manufacturing 737s since the disasters, but it hasn't been able to deliver them to customers. vice president mike pence says the united states will impose sanctions on 3a vessels owned or operated by the venezuelan state—run oil firm in a new blow against the government of nicholas madero. mr pence also said sanctions will also be imposed on two additional companies that transport venezuelan crude to cuba.
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growing discontent in the country, fuelled by hyperinflation, power cuts and mass food and medicine shortages has led to the ongoing political crisis. a family in nebraska has a special reason to be thrilled by the birth of a baby girl. as gail maclellan reports, little uma louise had an interesting beginning. they say it takes a village to raise a child, but for this little girl it took a whole family to make one. when married couple, matthew eledge and elliot dougherty set out to start a family, they knew it would not be easy. there are a lot of problems when it comes to foster and adoption for same—sex couples and so for us, we did not really want to navigate through that dependence on other people and other politicians to build a family. they were delighted when elliot's sister lea offered to donated her eggs. it was no question for me. of course, i am married so that was the only thing,
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i had to go and talk to my husband about it. we had to both make sure we were comfortable with it, and we were so that was the beginning of the process. the eggs were fertilised from sperms from matthew, giving baby uma genetic material from both sides of the family. but everyone was surprised when matthew's mum offered to carry the baby. i wanted to do itjust as a gift from a mother to her son. ijust knew it meant the world to matt and to be a part of something that would help him in their future endeavours, it was just a no—brainer. there were concerns that at the age of 60, cecil was too old to be a surrogate mother but uma louise came into the world and grandmother and baby both healthy. the circumstances of uma's birth are a testament to changing social norms, though the family has found not everyone is positive about the birth. people online are going to say negative things and at the end of the day a good chunk of them could be teenage kids that are bored
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and want a reaction so we're certainly not going to allow that kind of negativity to kind of disrupt the light and the joy and the bliss that we feel right now. but baby uma louise has no idea of any controversial or of how special her birth has been, for her it is about love and about the next bottle. gail maclellan, bbc news. congratulations to them. new york's philharmonic orchestra has down the years performed works from some of the greatest composers of all time. we're talking about the likes of beethoven, mozart, and bach. well, two new names can be added to that illustrious list, but these composers are putting youth before experience, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. music playing this piece of work is called rising. # i close my eyes to the wild...# and the singer is 11—year—old
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paloma dineli chesky. this is not her first appearance with the new york philharmonic. she is practically a veteran these days. but this time she also composed the song — every lyric and every note. you know how it is, you wait ages for a young musical prodigy and then two come along at once. this is mack scocca—ho, also 11 and he has a composition of his own. both children are part of the new york philharmonic‘s very young composers programme. open to children between the ages of 10 and 12, it aims to promote talent and instil a love of music. every child in this room has and will create at least three orfour pieces during the course of this. unedited — the child writes every note, so we get the actual voice of the child. of course, the prospect of seeing that voice on stage, in front of a full house,
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can be pretty daunting. full orchestra, one month, first time ever, never done this before, new york philharmonic, playing with these...you have so many different emotions in your head. after the performances, the plaudits. quite an experience for such a young talent. it is incredible just to have my composition here, and have me on stage singing — it is amazing. and, after hugs from the family, one last question. are you going to keep composing, you think? yes, that's pretty much a given. tim allman, bbc news. amazing, isn't it. rememberyou amazing, isn't it. remember you can get in touch with me on twitter at any time. i am at lewis vaughan jones. you're watching bbc news.
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plenty more on the website. i will be back with a couple of minutes. bye— bye. hello there, it's looking like a pretty mild weekend across most parts of the uk, but, as i'll show you in a moment, sunshine amounts will vary. now, the last few days have been characterised by heavy downpours, areas of cloud circulating around an area of low pressure, but as we start the weekend, that low is retreating southwards, taking a lot of the rain with it and leaving us with easterly winds. where you are exposed to that easterly wind, parts of eastern england, a good part of scotland, 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 away south—westwards through the early part of saturday. 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. through the day there will be some spells of sunshine but generally more cloud coming in from
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the north sea into eastern parts of england. cloud spinning across scotland, some outbreaks of rain sometimes, in the north sea coast the wind coming off the sea. elsewhere, particularly where sunshine further west, it will be a mild day, 11—14 degrees, and at aintree for the grand national, blue skies overhead and a bit of patchy cloud here and there. temperatures as the race gets going, and around 5:15, around 13 degrees. 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 cloud holding temperatures between 5—7. it does mean a grey start on sunday for many of us, and still a bit of patchy rain across north—east england and scotland. moving through the day signs 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 m4 corridor.
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some hit and miss thunderstorms by the end of the day. 17 degrees in london, a little bit cooler further north and east. next week 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 wears on. the forecast looks like this. showers towards the south on monday and tuesday, a mild start to the week, but from the north—east things are expected to turn cooler, temperatures beginning to dip away.
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