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hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm hugh ferris. the headlines tonight... the house of the rising son. spurs' korean forward gives them a fiorst leg win over manchester city tonight at ten — in the champions league with his second goal the prime minister visits berlin and paris, to prepare the ground for in the club's new stadium. tomorrow's emergency brexit summit. fortress anfield punishes porto. liverpool have a 2—nil lead mrs may met chancellor merkel, after their first leg seeking another extension of the quarter final. to the brexit process, and a rare defeat is followed with just three days to the set date by a more familiar victory. for the uk's departure. engalnd's women beat spain to get their world cup she made the same request preparations back on track. at the elysee palace, amid talk of the eu offering a long, flexble extension to the brexit process. much will depend on the prime minister's performance. eu leaders wa nt to minister's performance. eu leaders want to see evidence of a credible hello again. plan before granting another brexit welcome to the programme. extension. we'll have the latest spurred on by their from brussels and paris, new surroundings, tottenham have beaten and we'll consider the prospects manchester city 1—0 for tomorrow's eu summit. also tonight... to take the advantage married couples will be in their champions able to divorce faster, league quarterfinal. and with less conflict, after changes to the law a game that at one point looked to have var, in england and wales. a missed penalty and injury
it will be better for all to see as the talking point ended up that fault is no longer something producing another goal in spurs' that is key in the divorce process. new stadium for son hyeung min. our correspondent natalie pirks was watching. natalie, plenty of things to discuss... in the israel election, the latest signs are that but, most importantly, long—serving prime minister benjamin netanyahu is struggling to hold on to power. we report from algeria, as the protests by young people intensify against the country's political leadership. and in tonight's football, spurs take the lead against manchester city in the champions league quarter finals. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, a rare defeat followed by a more familiar victory — england women beat spain to get their world cup preparations back on track.
good evening. theresa may has spent the day visiting berlin and paris, with just three days to the set date for the uk's exit from the eu. the prime minister is trying to get the backing of chancellor merkel and president macron for an extension to the brexit process, possibly until the 30th ofjune. the talks are taking place on the eve of the emergency summit tomorrow, when mrs may will put her request to the other 27 eu leaders, as our political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports. no—one could accuse the prime minister of not covering the ground. but clocking up the miles isn't the same is convincing your audience. theresa may landed in berlin, first, to plead for more time. but the normal red carpet was rather lonely today. the prime minister had to wait for a welcome before the two leaders headed outside
for the usual snaps and smiles. the mission though, not just to ask for a delay, but to give the answer why. we want to understand what the uk need this extension for. there is a real effort to try to bring structure to brexit. we have had extraordinary division, really. we still need clarity from the uk side. newsreader: theresa may has arrived in berlin... the reason for the delay this time is to give more space for talks to play out at home. those aren't government ministers on the march at whitehall... morning. we are here to continue our discussions. we are looking forward to hearing what of the government has to say. so we are just going to start those discussions now. but labour's team, invited again for negotiations. if the prime minister can't get her brexit deal through parliament with tory votes, they could compromise to get labour numbers too. there has not really been any fundamental shift of a change in position in the deal itself.
but we're hopeful that progress can be made. we are continuing discussions with the government over the coming days. both sides engaged seriously on a number of issues. we are looking for a way forward. as you'd expect, there are a number of areas where we differ. but we are anxious to ensure that we can carry on with this process. at least one cabinet minister might still rather the prime minister goes back to basics. what i think would be fantastic is if angela merkel would try to support a proper uk brexit by agreeing to reopen the withdrawal agreement. number 10's official allies in northern ireland would like that too. but it's not happening. and they seem to be moving further away. it's rather humiliating that we're having to go and beg so we can leave. you know, it's nearly three years since the nation voted to leave the european union and we are now pleading to stay in so we can deal with matters that should have been dealt with before now.
easy in hindsight in any language. the immediate job is hardest here in paris. the prime minister, to persuade the reluctant president that pressing pause on brexit will be worthwhile. but he is just one of 27 leaders who will have to agree a draft of an accord seen by the bbc tonight, which shows the eu club is poised to offer a delay to the uk. but for how long? eight xs in the space where a date should be, the crucial blank to be filled in tomorrow night. emmanuel macron has long been theresa may's toughest eu customer. so she is here tonight to ask for help, let brexit wait. he and other eu leaders are not likely to refuse her. but there's political cost to delay at home, and it might comes with strings attached. talksjust a warm up, really, for the main event in brussels tomorrow.
but the prime minister has no doubt learnt on this painfuljourney, even neighbours can be friends and allies, and rivals too. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, paris. we'll speak to laura in paris in a moment. but first, to our europe editor, katya adler, in brussels. a sense from you of what kind of reaction mrs may is likely to get from the other 27 to this request? just to give you a sense first of the atmosphere here in brussels tonight, until just a the atmosphere here in brussels tonight, untiljust a few seconds ago, 27 ambassadors, representatives of the 27 eu countries, were locked for several hours in a room trying to forge some kind of united front on how to respond to the prime minister's request for a further brexit extension. they need to come toa brexit extension. they need to come
to a unanimous conclusion at tomorrow's brexit summit. this is a d raft tomorrow's brexit summit. this is a draft of their conclusions earlier this afternoon. the key part here, where it should say the maximum amount of time the eu is willing to allot for another extension, has been left blank. eu leaders are still divided on this issue tonight. and anyway, draft conclusions should a lwa ys and anyway, draft conclusions should always be taken with a big pinch of salt. eu leaders are perfectly capable of turning up at tomorrow's summit, ripping up their conclusions and starting again. they have done that before at brexit summits. turning out to be tougher in person on the day than their diplomats were in brussels. so much depends on the chemistry between them tomorrow and so chemistry between them tomorrow and so much more depends on the prime minister's performance. first you will give a presentation to eu leaders. they will then quiz her, politely, nobody wants to be seen to be humiliating her, but her performance needs to be credible. they want to know how she will get the brexit deal passed. when she has
left the room they will debate the logic of whether a longer or shorter extension. thanks, katty. nora is in paris. what is your sense of the kind of reception mrs may has had in berlin and paris today? i think respectful listening but also some very difficult questions. it is clear tonight there is nothing settled about the kind of delay they might be willing to offer her. even if she does get one, there are plenty of conversation is still ongoing at home. firstly, serious frustration, particularly on brexiteers in her owfi particularly on brexiteers in her own party, about the fact she is asking for any kind of delay at all, when for so long she said she would try to stick to the timetable. second of all, genuine difficulties and dilemmas in those cross—party talks. that is the justification she has given to eu leaders about why she can credibly ask for more time. but those talks, while taking place in good faith, are difficult. it
seems tonight the more they talk of the more they understand just how big an ask it is to get the two parties onto the same page. and third, of course, the frustration for business, for families, for people around the country, that another step people around the country, that anotherstep in people around the country, that another step in this process is a way of prolonging the agony. but for the prime minister, the decision for her house to be ultimately that it is better to pursue this difficult path, to ask for another delay, than open what might have been a pandora's box and leave at the end of this week without a formal arrangement with the eu in place. none of these easy calculations are possibly something that are going to end comfortably for the prime minister. but that is the decision she has taken, but it is not in her hands to decided. thank you to laura kuenssberg and katty adler. divorce laws in england and wales are to undergo the biggest changes for 50 years. the changes will allow couples to divorce more easily, without apportioning blame —
a system that's existed in scotland for some years, although northern ireland has no plans to change the law. justice minister david gauke said the new regime would help end what he called "the blame game", but critics say the changes will trivialise marriage, as our legal correspondent, clive coleman, reports. when the fizz and sparkle have gone from a marriage and it has irretrievably broken down, divorcing couples are forced to blame each other on the grounds of adultery, desertion, or behaviour which is intolerable to live with. or prove they have been separated for a minimum of two years, or five if one spouse doesn't agree. christmas eve, 2014, was my decree nisi. jenny divorced several years ago, but blame and fault meant the entire family suffered. it caused complete communication breakdown and hostility. obviously, mostly from me, i became very hostile towards him,
which i hadn't been and it caused shouting matches and problems that my children were then witness to. for decades, campaigners have been pressing the government to change the law because they argue that when you are getting divorced, you're being torn apart emotionally and financially, trying to sort out living arrangements for your children, and so to throw fault and blame into the mix at that point is to make a bad situation a whole lot worse. the government listened and now new legislation will remove fault and introduce a requirement to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown, create an option for a joint application, and remove the ability of one spouse to block a divorce. when there are children involved, the need to strip out as much acrimony as possible is really essential. and there is a better way of having a civilised relationship in order to co—parent your children than actually dredging through the history of a marriage
and apportioning fault. those are children like rachel, who wishes her parents hadn't had to blame each other when they were divorced. these things are never ideal, but being a child under ten, i was seven, i couldn't quite understand it and i think the blame aspect meant that, certainly, the reaction by both my parents and my family was more heightened than it would have been if that element wasn't there. the government's reforms have angered some, who fear a more on—demand system will see divorce rates rise, but ministers are determined to help those caught in a blame game. clive coleman, bbc news. israeli voters have been taking part in the most closely—fought election in years. exit polls suggest no clear winner between the likud party of
prime minister benjamin netanyahu, and the blue and white alliance led by the former military chief benny gantz. if the polls are correct, neither of the major parties will have enough seats to form a government and will have to rely on smaller parties to form a coalition. our correspondent yolande knell reports from jerusalem. at the end of voting came the first predictions. this poll giving political newcomer benny gantz a narrow lead over the prime minister. but both men have no claimant victory. —— now claimed victory. benjamin netanyahu, her who has corruption charges looming, has been fighting a tough campaign. his main rival, benny gantz, has won popular support with his strong military record and promise of change. some
in israel vote along religious lines. others on key issues like security. in this poll there were more than a0 parties to choose from. the next prime minister will have to build and lead a coalition government. and this election could reshape the political landscape. reaching out to right—wing voters, mr netanyahu made a campaign pledge to make jewish mr netanyahu made a campaign pledge to makejewish settlements in the west ba n k to makejewish settlements in the west bank into part of israel. they are widely seen as illegal and palestinians want for slander for a future state. but in this settlement supermarket, israelis made their election picks, expecting a new approach to solving a decades—old conflict. it's very important who wins this election and who will be handling that whole process. white micro excitement among backers of benny gantz when exit polls came through. but these have to be
treated with proportion. here among mr netanyahu's supporters, they are still hopeful he will stay in power with help from smaller right—wing parties. this vote has made a referendum of his leadership and the country is deeply split. for the latest, let's join our chief international correspondent lyse doucet, who is in jerusalem. what are the latest signals you are getting and what are the implications if the exit polls are correct? numbers are the magic ingredients in any election and the numbers are coming together in an extraordinary way, but they are just projections. no matter how it turns out, it has been a victory for benny gantz, a total newcomer in the israeli political scene has posed a real threat to the settled politics. secondly, far right extremist parties, described as racist and homophobic do not seem to have
crossed the threshold to make it into the next parliament. thirdly, on the other side of the political spectrum, we have seen the collapse of traditional left parties. the labour party which used to produce israeli prime ministers is gradually disappearing from the israeli landscape. another tantalising possibility, benny gantz, and benjamin netanyahu, possibility, benny gantz, and benjamin neta nyahu, they possibility, benny gantz, and benjamin netanyahu, they could form a unity government. possible? they could be more surprises but it's unlikely. the high street chain debenhams has been taken over by its lenders after the chain went into administration today. the company rejected a rescue attempt by mike ashley's sports direct. debenhams' stores are continuing to trade as normal for now, although 50 branches have already been marked for closure. our business correspondent emma simpson is in london's oxford street. debenhams fell into administration but was then immediately sold to its
lenders in a prearranged sale, meaning tonight this chain is in the hands of its banks and us hedge funds. this is an important business. it has 166 stores across the uk, more than 25,000 workers, and last year it racked up sales of nearly £3 billion a year. but it has been struggling to make a profit. it has too high a rent bill and too few customers and way too much debt it couldn't afford. we have had this extraordinary battle for control and mike ashley has lost the best part of £150 million today, or should i say it's sports direct‘s money. he was the biggest shareholder in debenhams, and his stake has been wiped out along with other investors and he is furious his offer was rejected, saying today it was a national scandal and regulators should reverse it. but all along debenhams have said his proposals had too many strings attached and this transaction would put the
business on a more stable footing. it's business as usual tonight, but there will be big changes in the future. this deal will mean the turnaround plan will go on to close 50 stores. emma simpson, business correspondent in central london, thank you. in algeria, thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in the latest protests against the government. last week, the country's long—serving president, abdelaziz bouteflika, stood down after 20 years in power. his decision was meant to appease demonstrators, who first took to the streets eight weeks ago. that was when 82—year—old bouteflika said he'd seek a fifth term in office. young people have been in the vanguard of the protests. more than half of algerians are under 30 and many have been badly hit by high unemployment. today's news that one of the former president's close colleagues — 77—year—old abdelkader bensalah — has been named interim president, has led to even greater anger, as our correspondent orla guerin reports from the capital algiers.
new tension on the streets of algiers. a change in the air after weeks of peaceful mass protest. young revolutionaries facing down the police who tried to ban this demonstration. but the protesters gathered anyway. they won't be swept away easily. the landscape has changed here. what's missing is fear. the security presence has been building here. in the last half an hour or so, we've had tear gas and water cannon being used. the authorities are trying to control what's happening here on the streets to stop the protests. old habits die hard. but the demonstrators say it's too late for that. algeria's vast young population has found its voice. another generation in the arab world trying to break with the past.
i don't think i've ever dreamt of living in such interesting times, but i'm very grateful and i'm very happy that i got to witness this and i got to be part of it and contribute to it. do you feel free now? i'm getting closer to my freedom, yeah. having seen off algeria's veteran leader, abdelaziz bouteflika, they believe they can remove his allies and cronies, known here as "le pouvoir". it's going to be complicated. it's going to take some time. it's going, probably, to take a long time, but it's going to happen sooner or later. we believe in this. but across town, parliamentarians gathered for what looked like a rerun of the past. standing in as president, abdelkader bensalah, a bouteflika loyalist from the old school. this former prime minister told me his appointment sends the wrong message.
translation: it's a provocation that hurts the dignity of the nation. it's not a good sign, but i'm sure the only way forward is to listen to the people. they'll be back on the streets again on friday, and they insist they won't follow the same path as syria or libya, where hopes of a change ended in chaos and bloodshed. orla guerin, bbc news, algiers. there is growing concern for thousands of vulnerable families being rehoused in converted office buildings and industrial estates. private developers are allowed to buy the commercial properties and turn them into bedsits, without planning permission. much of the accommodation is cramped and unsuitable. dozens of former commercial blocks in towns like basildon, croydon and harlow are now being used to accommodate homeless people, as our home editor mark easton reports. an office block above a car park beside harlow bus station.
but the windows reveal how terminus house is now a depository for the homeless, converted into hundreds of bedsits after government changed the rules to boost housing supply. no planning permission was required. i'm just trying to make something good out of a bad situation. terminus house was the end of the road forjudith chen, sent here, like almost everyone in the block, because she has nowhere else to go. london councils export their homeless to harlow, the vulnerable and the desperate, cheek by jowl — a recipe for conflict. there was a fight, i even had blood all over my front door. i couldn't get back to sleep because of all the screaming and the punching, people knocking up against my door, i guess while they were fighting and trying to break it up. there's families in here. yeah. we've got babies, we've got two little girls. yeah, lots of babies. tens of thousands of homes have been
created from old offices in england in the last few years. there are more than a thousand in harlow alone. but local councillors are now trying to stop any more permitted development in the town centre after a risk assessment painted a horrifying picture of life inside some old office blocks. children telling teachers they were too terrified to come home. too petrified to sleep at night. a man openly brandishing a knife in full view of children. the risk of grooming, domestic abuse, drunkenness. this is the businessman who owns and manages terminus house, along with more than 900 other flats created from old offices. are they right, when they talk about alcohol misuse, domestic abuse, drug dealing, potential grooming of children? that was an allegation which hasn't been substantiated and i think the police have corroborated that. it was said in error. so they're just wrong, are they? it's wrong, 100%. you are mixing in the same block,
single men with alcohol problems, drug problems, mental health problems. single mothers with young, vulnerable children. is that really sensible? again, it's about management, and working closely with the organisations and partners. this office block on a harlow industrial estate is where enfield council now sends its homeless, including families with small children. a 30 minute walk to the town centre, mums feel abandoned and frightened. we just live in the middle of, like, nowhere. everywhere is industrial, polluted. you have to walk at least 15 minutes to get to a bus stop and the buses run every two hours. a company owned by enfield council is supposed to manage the block and care for the tenants. it insists the accommodation is appropriate, with cctv and a caretaker on—site during the day. no one challenged our presence. if we literally drew the footprint of a typical small flat on the floor here...
architectjulia park has become incensed at what permitted development can produce. she's found flats of just 13 square metres — less than half the size demanded in planning guidance. some are even designed with no windows. i've been so shocked. ijust feel i can't let it go unnoticed. we do need a lot more houses. is this not a sensible answer? it's not the answer in any way. it's the wrong housing in the wrong place and it will lead to potentially catastrophic consequences. the government believes permitted development can transform beleaguered high streets, turning empty shops into happy homes. in southampton, we found a fireplace showroom that's now flats. so, from one shop, we now have one, two, three, four, round the corner, five, six separate flats. and all of them are less than half the recommended size in official guidance.
the resident of this flat, like others, says she is content to live in a tiny home because the rents are affordable. the government points out that turning offices into houses has boosted the number of extra dwellings. they plan to expand the use of permitted development rights. but in our hurry to solve the housing crisis, are we in danger of redefining what we mean by a decent home? mark easton, bbc news. tonight's football, and there were three english teams in the champions league quarterfinals tonight. liverpool took on fc porto, while manchester city faced tottenham at the new spurs ground in north london. our sports correspondent natalie pirks is there. it's been a decade since the premier league has had four clubs in the quarterfinals of the champions league. all the talk is of city
going for an unprecedented quadruple, but spurs still have plenty to say about that, one man in particular. big nights under the lights are a lwa ys big nights under the lights are always a sight to behold and for this stadium's european debut, the match was worthy of the hype. spurs talked of starting aggressively, but it was city with the first meaningful move, when raheem sterling's effort appeared to touch danny rose poku arm it was var's turning the spotlight. a penalty to manchester city. in front of the spurs faithful, sergio aguero quietly considered his move in front of you go the rhys, a keeper who needed to make amends. he saved it. —— infront needed to make amends. he saved it. —— in front of hugo lloris. needed to make amends. he saved it. -- in front of hugo lloris. spurs we re -- in front of hugo lloris. spurs were about to lose their talisman, england team—mates turned champions league rivals. as pochettino raged, this was a sight to make spurs fans weep. but fear soon turned to joy as
heung—min son turned the fans veers into ra ptu res. the heung—min son turned the fans veers into raptures. the man for the big occasion has put tottenham in the driving seat. so city started but premier league rivals liverpool had no such issues at anfield. they flew into an early lead when naby keita's deflected lead when naby keita's deflected lead gave them the advantage after five minutes. they doubled that lead midway through the first half, roberto firminho applying a simple finish to a flowing team move. 2—0 it finished. a useful lead ahead of the second leg and porto's record of never having beaten liverpool in europe remains. natalie pirks, thank you. that's it. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are.