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this is bbc news i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11pm. with just three days to go before the the uk's set departure date for leaving the eu, the prime minister has been in paris for talks with president macron in seeking another extension to the brexit process. mrs may also spoke to angela merkel in berlin. the gerrman chancellor says a delay to brexit until the end of the year, is a possibility. the israeli election is too close to call with both candidates saying they've won. married couples will be able to divorce faster, and with less conflict, after changes to the law in england and wales. it will be better for all to see that fault is no longer something that is key in the divorce process. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers dawn foster from the guardian and politcal commentator, giles kenningham.
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stay with us for that. 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.
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same as 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.
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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 ten'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
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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
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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. from the french capital, laura gave us this assessment of today's meetings, and the likelihood of angela merkel and emmanuel macron approving an extension to our departure from the eu. it is clear tonight there is nothing settled about the kind of delay that they might be willing to offer her. and even if she does get one, there are plenty of awkward conversation still ongoing at home. first off, serious frustration particularly on brexiteers in her own party about the fact that she is asking for any kind of delay at all when for so
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long she would try to stick to the timetable as she set. second of all, genuine difficulties and dilemmas in those cross—party talks that's the justification she has given to eu leaders as to why she can credibly ask for more time but those talks while taking place in good faith are difficult and it seems tonight the more they talk, the more they understand just how big and ask it is to get the two parties onto the same page. and third of course, the frustration from business, from families, from people around the country that another step in this process is a way of prolonging the agony. but for the prime minister, the decision from her has been ultimately that it is better to pursue this difficult path, to ask for another two way, then open what might have been a pandora's box and leave 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 and comfortably
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for the prime minister. is the decision she has taken but it is not in her hands to the decision she has taken but it is not in her hands to decided. laura kuenssberg in paris there. theresa may will be in brussels tomorrow, as eu leaders convene to decide what happens next in the brexit process, and whether they will approve a further delay to our departure from the eu. from there, our europe editor, katya adler, gave us this update. 27 ambassadors, representatives of the eu countries were walked in a room for so ours here trying to forge some kind of united front on how to respond to the prime minister pots or request for a further brexit extension. under eu are must come to a unanimous conclusion at tamara's brexit summit. this is a draft of their conclusions earlier this afternoon but 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
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divided on this issue tonight and anyway, draft conclusions should a lwa ys anyway, draft conclusions should always be taken with a big picture of salt. eu leaders are perfectly picture of —— epperly cable of ripping up the conclusions tomorrow. they have done so before turning out much tougher in person on the day than the diplomatic here in work. so much depends on the chemistry between them tomorrow and so much more depends on the prime minister pots by performance. first she will give a presentation to eu leaders and they will politely quiz her, no one wants to be seen humiliating her tomorrow. but her performance needs tomorrow. but her performance needs to be credible. they want to know how she would get the brakes past but then when she has left the room, they will debate with a longer or shorter extension. katya adler reporting there. israeli voters have been taking part in the most closely—fought election in years. exit polls suggest no clear winner
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between prime minister benjamin netanyahu's likud party, 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. from jerusalem, our correspondent yolande knell. at the end of voting came the first predictions. speaking hebrew. this poll giving political newcomer benny gantz a narrow lead over the prime minister. but both men have now claimed victory. benjamin netanyahu, who has corruption charges and the men, has been fighting a tough campaign to win a fifth term in office. —— corruption charges looming. 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
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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 makejewish settlements in the west bank into part of israel. they are widely seen as illegal and palestinians want this land for a future state. but in this settlement supermarket, israelis made their election picks expecting a new approach to solving a decades—old conflict. yes, it's very important who wins this election and who will be handling that whole process. excitement among backers of benny gantz when exit polls came through. but these have to be treated with caution. here among mr netanyahu's supporters, there is still high hope that he will stay in power with help from smaller right—wing parties. this vote has been a referendum
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on his leadership and has shown a country that's deeply split. yolande knell, bbc news, tel aviv. the department store group, debenhams, has fallen into the hands of its lenders, as part of an administration process. debenhams has 166 stores, which will initially continue to trade, although about 50 branches had already been earmarked for closure in the future. the department store rejected last—ditch rescue offers from mike ashley's sports direct, which has been locked in a battle for control. i have been speaking to a retail expert who wait out the potential that an investor might come in and help the trouble store. it's a retail brand name that people do well. but finding a buyerfor name that people do well. but finding a buyer for now will be tricky because up until yesterday, mike was saying he would buy it. he would go in as ceo but that has been
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rejected by the board. and whilst this sacrament is ralph continues and iphone kay think there will not be many interested in biting them at the moment. you think he is still there and maligned? the moment. you think he is still there and maligned ?|j the moment. you think he is still there and maligned? i think what he is saying today is that he really wa nts to is saying today is that he really wants to fight to the death on this thing and said he would go to the ends of the earth to save their staff this afternoon. this is a story that has had many twists and turns since the beginning of this year and turns since the beginning of this yearandi turns since the beginning of this yearand i think turns since the beginning of this year and i think it will continue. hejust heard from year and i think it will continue. he just heard from his year and i think it will continue. hejust heard from his right—hand man basically don't feel as though this is the end of the battle quite yet. meanwhile practically the stores have closed, 50 all told. could that picture get worse?|j could that picture get worse?” think the thing is they had artie earmarked at the beginning of the year after christmas that 50 stores would close. i think that will be sped up and may be other stores as well that will follow suit. this is a business that has too many physical shops in a world were now
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shop online and we use high street ina shop online and we use high street in a different way, you don't need 166 stores across the uk. they need a small number of stores. and if they do that, there is some chance alongside big investment on their online business which is needed to try and pull some shoppers back. online business which is needed to try and pull some shoppers backm a part of the fundamental problem ain? a part of the fundamental problem again? and we have heard that all lot as change in high streets are concerned, not getting enough of an online presence and not giving shoppers essentially what they want to stop you but i think debenhams have come... i think they had coming through all levels. they have an 18 year lease signed to the deal for 18 yea rs. year lease signed to the deal for 18 years. their bills are huge. they lost differentiation so people are not shopping there because they are just not excited about product range and their online offers is behind their competitors. in each part of their competitors. in each part of their business, they have got real challenges to face. the headlines on bbc news.
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with just three days to go before the the uk's set departure date for leaving the eu, the prime minister has been in paris for talks with president macron in seeking another extension to the brexit process. mrs may also spoke to angela merkel in berlin. the gerrman chancellor says a delay to brexit until the end of the year, is a possibility. the israeli election is too close to call. with both candidates saying they've won. 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. thejustice 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
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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
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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
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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. a doctor convicted over the death of a six—year—old boy can return to work, according to a medical tribunal ruling. in 2015, dr hadiza bawa—garba was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of jack adcock. she was struck off last year, but appealed against the decision. the ministry ofjustice has confirmed that 13 prison officers had to be taken to hospital at the weekend, after being assaulted by teenagers at feltham young offenders institution in west london. prison officers have said recent
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changes in the treatment of inmates who misbehave are partly to blame for increasing tensions. a student who made hundreds of thousands of pounds blackmailing users of pornography websites has been jailed for more than six years. zain kay—surfrom east london used his computer programming skills to trick people into paying a fine or face the threat of being exposed as a user of internet pawn. as a user of internet porn. he's been described as the uk's most prolific cyber criminal to be jailed. our correspondent dominic casciani reports. cashing out in a london casino, this is zain qaiser, one of the uk's most prominent and wealthy cyber criminals. the university dropout hit upon what he thought was the perfect online crime that nobody would report as he reaped the rewards. qaiser placed fake adverts on popular porn websites,
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and as thousands of users clicked, machines locked up with these fake prosecution warnings. people thought they were under investigation from british police, the fbi and others. users could pay a small fine to get their computer back, and thousands did so, in the fear that their habit would be exposed. national crime agency says he hit millions of computer users... ..with the help russian gang. i would regard him as the most significant cybercrime offender that the national crime agency has investigated. why is that? the sheer volume and complexity of the actions he has undertaken. the number of people he is connected with worldwide. the complexity of the malware he deployed on the success of his operation. judge timothy lamb qc said there was no equivalent case anywhere in the uk. qaiser had styled himself, "the king of the internet" and caused untold damage around the world. he has shown no remorse and dragged out his prosecution at great public expense. qaiser is seen here in a london internet cafe and was caught after one of the companies he exploited raised an alarm.
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key to his conviction were these meticulous monthly logs of his profits, discovered by detectives. today, £700,000 had been traced out of an estimated £4 million, and if he does not disclose where the rest went, he faces even longer in jail. dominic casciani, bbc news. 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 front line of the protests. more than half of algerians are under 30, and many have been badly hit by 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,
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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.
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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
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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. shocking dashcam footage has emerged of near—misses on highland roads, caused by drivers on the wrong side of the road. this comes as a campaign to remind people to drive on the left steps up, ahead of the busy tourist season. the campaign is led by a woman who was injured in a head on crash in similar circumstances. iain macinnes has more.
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it is every drivers nears —— mixed nightmare. i was shutting no, no, it is every drivers nears —— mixed nightmare. iwas shutting no, no, no andi nightmare. iwas shutting no, no, no and i knew that the impact was going to happen. sharon was in a haired on crash with a taurus on the wrong side of the road at the turn of the year. it hitjust here and then push back and i was in the ditch. she has since made a full recovery she is 110w since made a full recovery she is now campaigning and urging drivers especially tourists to keep left sub how do locals feel vulnerable with this everyday? terrifying, they get m essa 9 es this everyday? terrifying, they get messages all the time cindy would not believe what happened today. i live in fear every day of it happening again to me. and i know that we are deafly cautious drivers on the island. local police are on
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board. quite often these collisions are caused by inattention so that would be people who are probably spending a bit of time looking at the scenery and coming from junctions as opposed to paying attention to the road. so what we do is have people take time looking at the landscape with the car stopped and then get back on the motorway, drive and pay attention. but to ensure anyone who is in a hottie who is seen things at this can happen. how do visitors feel dropping on the other side of the road? we always think that when the cars,, it comes on our road. so we think that when the cars,, it comes on oui’ road. so we are think that when the cars,, it comes on our road. so we are shocked for the first time. it's difficult because you have the impression of going on the right side but you are on the website so it's different for us. on the website so it's different for us. did they talk to you about talking on the left side of the road? no word. no, they did not say anything about it. no, at all. it seems more can be done stop of a
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first it is an infrastructure question ensuring the right signage and road markers without overdoing it. but the second one is a tourism question and ensuring every point of contact with at the other visit scotla nd contact with at the other visit scotland or with car rental or with b&bs that there is that advice and guidance to remind people to drive on the left—hand side of the road. another road, another new message. ahead of the busy tourist season, sharon will step up her campaign. but is there a solution? there is no simple answer and there is no one way i think either. and obviously, the arrows on the road would be a good prompt but i think it's before that with education about how to drive on our roads, notjust be out on skybox or scotland wide. the tourist season is already hotting up in the highlands here. a number of ca i’s in the highlands here. a number of cars on the roads and increasing. but road campaigns like hers and warning signs can keep people on the
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correct side of the road. a second addition of the papers is coming up. now it's time for the weather with alina jenkins. hello, we have been seen some noticeable contrasts recently. cloudy, cool and wet for some. warmth and sunshine for others. what we will find in the coming days is that things will tend to level out as its area of high pressure becomes much more established across the uk. this is tuesday's front sliding its way southwards and taking the rain with it. so a lot of dry weather, some spells of sunshine but notice how our milder air, yellow and the orange colours are being replaced by this blue colour. colder air coming out of scandinavia and extending its way across the uk. it's a chilly start to the day on wednesday for many, a touch of frost across many northern areas of the uk. more cloud initially across south—west england, maybe a few showers and keeping more cloud across the northern isles extending down into eastern parts of scotland, may be north—eastern
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parts of england. but elsewhere, plenty of sunshine. a cool, east or north—easterly breeze will feel that particularly along eastern coasts where temperatures are going to struggle to get to much above nine or 10 celsius. further west, 11—13 celsius. in the best of the sunshine. we will have a fine and dry evening, clear skies once again although always more cloud across northern and eastern parts of scotland. it is going to be another chilly night under clear skies with frost for many away from the far north of scotland where we've got more cloud. temperatures quite widely getting close to freezing in more rural spots, there will be a few degrees below so it's another chilly start to the day on thursday. but thursday again will be dry. there will be some good spells of sunshine all. always more cloud across northern and eastern scotland. also across the eastern parts of england as well, maybe extending its way further in land. best of the sunshine on thursday, the further west you are and temperatures are going to struggle to get much above ten or 11 celsius.
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add on that north—easterly breeze, it's going to feel even cooler. little changed by the time we head to the end of the week. we've still got this area of high pressure dominating things. still an easterly or north—easterly wind blowing so it is a cool but try end to the week. a touch of frost under clear skies to start the day. once again, a bit more cloud around across northern parts of scotland and in the eastern side of england. mayjust generally find that cloud building a bit more on friday but it stays dry. temperatures will struggle to get into double figures on friday, just nine or 10 celsius. some eastern parts of scotland make it up to around 11 or 12. so, as we head towards the end of the weekend, we've got this frontal system out to the west that is being kept at bay by this dominating area of low pressure. it's close but it is not going to get across to us so through saturday and sunday, things will stay dry, often cloudy, some bright or sunny spells. but again temperatures not much higher than ten or 11 celsius. as we look ahead to next week, there are some changes because we see a change in wind direction.
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they will start to come from the south—east. that will introduce some slightly milder air. but still very little if any rain. so, let's have a look at the bigger picture for next week. you've still got this area of high pressure butjust drifting its way a bit further westwards which allows this area of low pressure to run its way up the west of the uk, may generate a few showers through the early part of next week. but most will stay dry. but what it does do is start to bring our winds in from the south—east and notice how the blue colour is once again start to be replaced by the yellow and the orange colours. so, some milder air starting to drift across the uk as we head through next week, and at this stage, things are going to stay mainly dry and settled. that's all from me. bye.


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