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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at four. the prime minister appeals to jeremy corbyn to resolve their differences and help her deliver brexit. the shadow chancellor says a crucial factor, trust, has been damaged. in a word, a single word, do you trust the prime minister? no. sorry not after this weekend when she has blown the confidentiality she had. i actually think she has jeopardised the negotiations for her own personal protection. as israel exchanges fire with palestinian militants for a second day, the israeli prime minister orders the military to deploy in strength around the gaza strip. crowds in bangkok brave a long wait in searing temperatures for a glimpse of their newly—crowned king. the illegal puppy trade exposed. the treasury recovers more than £5 million in unpaid taxes in an operation to tackle
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the black market trade. and in half an hour we'll look at how our changing climate is affecting life around us. that's in our special weather world programme. labour's shadow chancellor has accused the prime minister of breaking the confidentiality and trust surrounding brexit negotiations between labour and the government. writing in a newspaper today, theresa may has called on labour leaderjeremy corbyn to "put their differences aside" and agree a brexit deal. the uk was due to leave the european union on 29th march, but it was delayed to 31st october after mps failed to agree a deal. our political correspondent, nick eardley reports. the most unlikely of brexit pairings, but could theresa may
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and jeremy corbyn unite and agree a compromise deal in the coming days? the prime minister hopes so, recovering after her party was thumped in the local elections. she believes the public now wants politicians to deliver. writing in the mail on sunday, theresa may appealed directly to labour leader jeremy corbyn, saying... "let's listen to what the voters said in the local elections and put our differences aside for a moment. let's do a deal." her party's scottish leader believes agreement is within reach. we need to start walking ourselves back to an agreement where we can get the majority of people in the house of commons on board, and i think there is a deal there to be done, i genuinely do. but it takes two to tango. talks with labour will resume on tuesday, but one of its key negotiators is less than impressed with the pm. do you trust the prime minister? no, sorry, not after this weekend, when she's blown
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the confidence she actually had. and i actually think she's jeopardised the negotiations for her own personal protection. labour has real concerns that even if it can secure its demands, whoever replaces theresa may could rip up the deal. trying to enter into a contract with a company that's going into administration and the people who are going to take over are not willing to fulfil that contract. we can't negotiate like that. and it's notjust labour mrs may has to convince. this morning, graham brady — the chairman of the committee of tory mps — warned accepting labour's demand for a customs union could lead to a split in the conservative party. the tories are worried, too, about losing further political ground to unambiguously pro—brexit parties. if they push forward with this, it will be seen as a coalition of politicians against the people, and i think millions of people would give up on both labour and the conservatives, i really do. labour also has a tough sell. dozens of its mps won't back a deal
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that doesn't include another referendum. they warn against a stitch—up, and fear losing votes to anti—brexit parties, even if labour secures a closer relationship. even that should be put back to the people. and that's the problem, i think, that particularly the labour party is facing, because on their side, a lot of their supporters are deeply angry. differences remain between these two and many other rows are waiting in the wings. at fractured westminster, brexit solutions don't come easy. any deal between the conservatives and labour will need both sides to make compromise, which could cause problems for the leaders, as our political correspondent nick eardley explained a little earlier. both sides have looked at the local elections and thought, we need to get on with this. whatever solving brexit looks like, they think that needs to happen. the prime minister says she thinks that is getting a deal over the line and there are some in the labour party who are
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sympathetic to that argument. it does seem the government is prepared to go some way to meeting some of labour's demands for a customs union of sorts, an arrangement close to a customs union, although you can safely bet they will call it something else to save face. but it is far from clear that that will be enough. you heard john mcdonnell talking about doing a deal with a company that is going into administration and that is a real fear on the labour side. even if they agree something with theresa may, she has said she will stand down if a withdrawal deal goes through. the next prime minister, labour fear, could be a borisjohnson, a dominic raab, and could come in and rip that up. the newspapers were saying today, they were talking about the suggestion the government would offer a deal that would run until the next election at least two years away. that is fine, but how do you guarantee when the prime minister goes,
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how do you sign in blood as it were that that deal would stand? presumably that requires trust and that is whatjohn mcdonnell says has been eroded. absolutely and it is not a good omen for someone wanting to get a deal. the labour party is worried it cannot trust the government, the government is worried about going too far and alienating those on its own side. i cannot emphasise enough how important party discipline is in this. if theresa may goes too far and goes too close to labour's proposal, she will lose potentially dozens of tory mps. on the labour side if they do not include another referendum on any deal, they could potentially lose dozens on their own side as well. that could lead to a position where it is possible a deal could not get through parliament and if that was the case, there is little point in doing it. iain duncan smith set the dogs running yesterday by suggesting the prime minister should name a date now when she was going to go
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and if she would not, the 1922 committee might move against her. is there any indication his call has picked up any resonance? there are some who sympathise, but what there has not been so far is what we often see as the cacophony of calls for the prime minister to do something. some are holding their fire until after the european elections when the tories could do worse than they did in the locals. but there is a risk, perhaps a question of if the prime minister comes back with a deal she has signed with labour that goes towards their position this week, many will be furious. but there is another risk. if she does not get the deal done in time for the european elections, the voters will punish the conservative party again and then her critics might come calling. israel's prime minister has ordered the military to continue with massive strikes on the gaza strip and to deploy tanks, artillery and infantry forces
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around the territory. palestinian officials say eight people have been killed in gaza over the weekend. israel says it's responding to hundreds of rockets fired into southern israel. three israelis have been killed in the town of ashkelon and several others wounded by the barrage. the bbc‘s middle east analyst alan johnston reports. on through the night it went, yet another israeli strike on gaza. and the militants there unleashed rocket after rocket. israel's air defence shield worked to try to intercept the missiles, blasting them out of the night sky. and israel struck repeatedly at what it said were militant targets like weapons caches all down the gaza strip. in the light of day the extent of the damage, the impact of the pounding, was clear to see. where people should be shopping and working, coming and going,
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there is rubble all around. and on the other side of the conflict in the israeli city of ashkelon a similar scene. a man in his 50s died here when a rocket from gaza slammed down on his home. israel's leaders are watching and making their plans. there is no talk of stepping back. translation: this morning i instructed the israeli defence forces to continue with massive strikes against terrorists in the gaza strip. and i also instructed that forces around the gaza strip be stepped up with tanks, artillery and infantry forces. hamas bears responsibility not only for its own attacks and actions, but also for those of the islamic jihad for which it pays a very high price. a funeral in gaza, it's very likely there will be more of these. behind—the—scenes egyptian
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and united nations diplomats behind the scenes egyptian and united nations diplomats will be trying to mediate. they may well seek a deal that eases israel's very tight economic blockade on gaza in return for calm from the militants. but for now at least there is no sign of any imminent truce. alan johnston, bbc news. earlier i spoke to fawaz gerges, professor of international relations at the london school of economics, about the causes of the latest outbreak of violence. in gaza you have a major israeli blockade, you have 2.5 million palestinians who live in gaza. the social, economic and humanitarian situation is very desperate. so really hamas believes that israel has not delivered on its promise to ease up the restrictions of the blockade of gaza. and the israelis presumably say these restrictions have to be imposed for security reasons? exactly. israel says if we ease the restrictions on gaza, hamas will benefit and will use
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the money in order to arm itself. but what you have now is 4 million people, what you have is collective punishment, 80% of the people in gaza who live in poverty. the palestinian people who live in gaza are really bleeding. what hamas is doing now, to look at it in strategic terms, hamas is risking a military confrontation with israel. why now? presumably they could do it almost at any time. they say this is the immediate cause. presumably there are other factors in play? absolutely. this is not the first round or sadly the last round. there was a war in 2008, another major mini—war in 2012, a huge conflict in 2014. the reality is as long as you have the israeli blockade, as long as you don't have light at the end of the tunnel, as long as you have palestinians who suffer, you will have confrontation. the question is not why
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this particular round? the question is are there any prospects to resolve the palestinian—israeli hostilities? sadly and tragically in fact the peace process is really dead and that is why my fear is not whether we are going to witness all—out war on gaza... you don't think that is likely? it is not likely at this point. my fear is in fact the west bank might implode or explode in the next few months because the palestinian authority really is on the verge of bankruptcy and the situation is extremely volatile. and president abbas of the west bank is an old man, he has stayed beyond his time although there is no obvious successor, and there are all the tensions between his organisation and hamas in gaza. you are right. you have two palestinian authorities competing for influence. you have president abbas and the palestinian authorities on the west bank and you have gaza and hamas. but the bigger question is that president trump has fully sided with israel, he has moved the american embassy to jerusalem,
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he is pushing and pressuring the palestinians to accept basically his vision for a solution with israel. and we still don't know what that vision is because he hasn't actually revealed it in detail. we know the broad contours. jerusalem now is not on the table, the palestinian refugees, more than 4 million palestinians, are not on the table, and the reality is according to his own envoy to the middle east, jared kushner, that the american president no longer subscribes to a two—state solution, so even an independent, viable palestinian state is not on the table. crowds gathered to watch thailand's newly crowned king being carried through the streets of the capital bangkok in a four—mile royal procession. king vajiralongkorn was crowned in an elaborate ceremony yesterday, becoming thailand's first new king in 70 years. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports.
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dawn in bangkok, and the streets brightened by a stream of royal yellow. thousands up early to get a good vantage point, all keen to catch a rare glimpse of their new king, their first for almost 70 years. king maha vajiralongkorn was crowned yesterday, so now it was time to show himself to his people. carried by 16 soldiers on a gilded palanquin, a cavalcade involving thousands of people, stretching some 500 metres long, slowly processing round the heart of the city. a chance for his people to pay homage and celebrate his ascension to the throne, but also a chance for many thais to see their monarch in person for the first time — a much remoterfigure than his much—loved late father, spending much of his time abroad. this elaborate three—day coronation is as much religious as it is ceremonial and,
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as the king processed, he visited sacred temples, where he could offer up prayers before golden images of buddha. in thailand, the monarch is revered as an almost godlike figure, the official protector of the buddhist faith, and even members of his family prostrate themselves before him as they receive their royal titles. but he's more than a spiritual leader and many thais wonder how the king will use his huge political influence as his divided country emerges from military rule. james landale, bbc news. a 17—year—old girl who was murdered in wiltshire on friday has been named. ellie gould was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to an address in calne near chippenham. wiltshire police are continuing to question at 17—year—old boy who has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. the headlines on bbc news. let's do a deal, the prime minister
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appeals to jeremy corbyn to resolve their differences and help her deliver brexit. as israel exchanges fire with palestinian militants for a second day, the israeli prime minister orders the military to deploy in strength around the gaza strip. thailand's king makes a grand procession in front of large crowds in bangkok, in his first public appearance since his coronation on saturday. sport, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. good afternoon. some huge games in the race for the top four — manchester united's hopes of qualifying for the champions league are over after they were held to a one all draw wkith huddersfield
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this afternoon. they took the lead through an unlikely provider, midfielder scott mctominay rewarding his start with a goal. but huddersfield, already relegated, hit back through isaac mbenza with his first goal for teh club. with his first goal for the club. and after a brilliant start to his reign at old trafford, they've only won two of their last eleven matches. chelsea have moved above tottenham into third with a win, ruben loftus cheek giving them the lead in the second half against watford, before david luiz added a second. another win on the final day of the season will guarantee them champions league football next season, should they not qualify by winning the europa league. arsenal are about to get under way against brighton, knowing a win is a must if they're to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive. they too have a possible route into european football's elite club competition via the europa league, they lead after their semifinal first leg against valencia. norwich have been crowned champions,
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while derby have secured the final play—off spot on the last day of the champinoship season. frank lampard's side just pipping middlesbrough, amid plenty of drama. as james burford reports. if ever there was an afternoon for looking over your shoulder, this was it. frank lampard's players started on the front foot. the crisp it of crosses , on the front foot. the crisp it of crosses, the coolest of headers. the man they can count on when time stands still. the pride of pride park clear for stands still. the pride of pride park clearfor all to see, stands still. the pride of pride park clear for all to see, time to tuckin park clear for all to see, time to tuck in and buckle up. these players have been on quite a ride in this roller—coaster of a championship season. roller—coaster of a championship season. fans started checking the scores, middlesbrough two up, a nightmare scenario which seemed unlikely but then threatened to become a reality. the goal that could put derby out of the play—offs. super frank lampard in his days as a player played his hand. could mason bennett craft a
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chance? he scored one. just look at what it means. there was even time to seal it from the spot and harry walton did. now they spy a reunion with leeds. james burford, bbc leeds. the final of the world snooker championship is under way in sheffield, it will finish tomorrow, judd trump leading 3—2 in the early stages. he took the first two frames, butjohn higgins hit back with a break of 139 to take the third. trump replying with a century of his own to take the fourth. but higgins hasjust pegged it back to 3—2. it is live over on bbc two right now and you can follow it on the website and you can follow it on the website and the red button.
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england are playing a one off twenty twenty debutsout , which includes one to bowlerjofra archer. he claimed his first international wicket against ireland in the recent one dayer, he got his first england wicket in the shortest format of the game in cardiff. he's got two to his name now, and had a hand in a run out. west indies produced a record opening partnership of 365 against ireland in their tri series match in dublin, john campbell and and shai hope both hitting centuries in passing the previous best of 30a set by pakistan against zimbabwe last year. some monster hitting. windies finished on a mammoth 381—3 from their 50 overs. hermosa won the 1,000 guineas at newmarket this afternoon. it was another win for trainer aiden o'brien who won the 2,000 guineas yesterday to cap a great weekend. jockey wayne loughton winning the race for the second time in three years.
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that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. you can follow the latest from the world snookerfinal at you can follow the latest from the world snooker final at the crucible. final at the crucible. john, thank you very much. john watson. john watson. dog breeders selling puppies on the black market have been forced to pay back more than five million pounds in tax as part of a clampdown on illegal puppy farming. customs officers found fraudsters making huge profits by breeding puppies on a mass scale with little regard for their welfare. simonjones reports. distressed dogs kept in appalling conditions by breeders not paying their taxes, treating animals as a commodity rather than with humanity, selling them on in huge numbers. the impact of the illegal puppy trade on dogs is one of absolute misery and animal welfare problems, from disease to over—breeding,
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it really does cause suffering, and some of these people are moving dogs around, travelling great distances when they are sick and injured, and it really is a miserable trade. a task force from hm revenue and customs set up in 2015 has recovered almost £5.5 million in lost taxes. it identified 257 separate cases of tax evasion across the uk. one puppy breeder in scotland was handed a bill of £425,000. animal welfare groups say tens of thousands of puppies are being reared in unregulated conditions. the task force says it has made inroads into what it calls a brutal trade, but it is a growing problem. the government was unable to say how many of the breeders who had been fined were still operating. the advice from the rspca for anybody considering buying a dog is to do your research on the person selling it, or to consider a rescue dog.
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you saw dermot murphy in that report. he's been telling me more about the work the rspca is doing to tackle illegal puppy farming. animal welfare is our main driver, but one of the ways of achieving thatis but one of the ways of achieving that is to ensure we put some of these people out of business who are these people out of business who are the worst possible offenders causing suffering to animals on an industrial scale. when you say industrial scale. when you say industrial scale, what sort of things do you have? how widespread is this practice? two years ago we broke a gang that were responsible for turning over £2 million and last year we broke a gang who were responsible for turning over £2.5 million. a huge amount of dogs were involved in that and they had very little regard for the animal welfare 01’ little regard for the animal welfare orfor people little regard for the animal welfare or for people buying those dogs. how are they accessing customers? most of it is online, 87% is online, that is where they attract their
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customers. people do not help this because people are often buying on impulse rather than doing their research to see what dog is best for them and taking much longer lead in time before bringing a dog into the house. we advocate taking on a rescue dog, they fantastic pets. house. we advocate taking on a rescue dog, they fantastic petsm terms of how this operation is carried out, is most of the breeding done here or in the continent and animals brought in? what is the balance? it is mixed but in recent yea rs balance? it is mixed but in recent years there have been more dogs in effect smuggled in. they would be smuggled in with underlining health problems and travelling great distances which act exacerbates the problem and makes the situation far worse. what about the measures in place to try and prevent this? people are supposed to chip their animals and have a record of their origins. presumably that is bypassed? there origins. presumably that is bypassed ? there is origins. presumably that is bypassed? there is a fraud side to this as well? the rspca can catch
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them for animal welfare offences, but we have also moved into offences forfraud but we have also moved into offences for fraud because they give out paperwork for nonexistent insurance 01’ paperwork for nonexistent insurance or vaccinations. often these animals are not vaccinated and have not been cared for. it is a multi—agency approach which is why we are so pleased to see hmrc taking such a tough line on the worst offenders. what cooperation do you get from the legitimate dog breeding world? that is something that is licensed by local authorities. if somebody wants to go toa local authorities. if somebody wants to go to a breeder, they will take a while before they let go of a dog to somebody. they will make sure all the welfare is in place. that is regulated by the local authorities and where the best of it is working it is very good. these are criminals and animal gangs. what advice would you give to people who are thinking about buying a dog? we run a
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campaign called poppy smart and on oui’ campaign called poppy smart and on our website there is a lot of information about getting a dog. i would consider getting a rescue dog, there are hundreds and thousands of dogs around the country looking for the perfect home. a rare brooch has been uncovered in norfolk. the 800—year—old treasure features two lions and is studded with two pink stones. it was found in a freshly ploughed field by a newly qualified archaeologist but it wasn't his first find. tom lucking unearthed a anglo—saxon pendant worth £145,000 when he was still a student in 2014. let's talk to tom lucking whojoins us from norfolk via webcam. the first thing i should say is good afternoon and congratulations. thank you very much. what were the circumstances? this find was made during an organised gathering which is paid for during the weekend when you get access to a farmer's field
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and the proceeds go to a charity of the farmer's choice. this was on a particular field of the farmer's choice. this was on a particularfield of his. it drew the farmer's choice. this was on a particular field of his. it drew a lot of attention and it was in this same field where this approach came up, 150 metres away from the motor site. when did you realise you might have something of particular historical interest? when i first dug it out i saw the back of it. i was not sure of what it was. when i saw the two amethysts staring at me i thought it was medieval. then i knocked a bit of the dirt off and saw the two alliance and realised it was a nice example of a medieval brooch. you cleaned it up and you must have realised it definitely was a very beautiful object? yes, we did not give it a proper clean, we let the dirt falloff. you could see it was a really nice example. a lot of
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the silvergilt examples that are medieval, the gelding has gone and on this one most of the gilding survived, it is like new almost.|j read it was not that far below the surface when you discovered it? no, it was only a few inches because the field gets ploughed every year. tell me about your other find, is it field gets ploughed every year. tell me about your otherfind, is it in field gets ploughed every year. tell me about your other find, is it in a museum? that was an early anglo—saxon burial assemblage of a female and it featured a golden garnet pendant and it has just come back from the british library. that will be on display very soon or is already on display in norwich castle. it was voted the uk's most favourite piece of art and it must be nice to think that you were the
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person responsible for bringing it back to public attention after hundreds of years. it was a nice reward to have. i think it was their favourite acquisition of 2018. something like that is in a com pletely something like that is in a completely different league of fines compared to the usual medieval coins and broken bits of pockets. you have been doing this since you were 11 and it clearly is a lot of commitment and a lot of time and a lot of occasions when you find absolutely nothing of interest. there are days when you go out and you do not find very much, but you have to balance out that with the good days. do you have to wait for this to be evaluated under treasure trove laws or has it been resolved? this was only declared treasure by the coroner at an inquest on thursday. because norwich castle are interested in acquiring it, they have started the evaluation process
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and at the end of that the reward money is split 50—50 between the finder and the land owner. then it should go on display. people will see another of your successes. and you are turning it into a full—time career as well four i have found a few interesting items although it is not that glamorous. it is good to see a boyhood passion turn into a lifetime's work. now it is time to have a look at the weather. temperature is below where they should be at this time of year, still a few showers around, certainly as we go through the evening and tonight, snow drifting, show over evening and tonight, snow drifting, snow over high ground, ploughed around overnight, for most of us, temperatures above freezing, guys do clear out across the south—west of england, and across southern half of
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scotland, dropping just below


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