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good afternoon. labour's brexit spokesman, sir keir starmer, has accused cabinet ministers of "torpedoing" his party's negotiations with the government, which collapsed yesterday. he's called on theresa may to put a promise to hold a further referendum on the face of her eu withdrawal agreement when it's presented for a final time next month, before she steps down as prime minister. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. and all clip and lacklustre launch for a european election campaign theresa may never wanted to fight ——
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awkward and lacklustre. but the prime minister argued yesterday that only the conservatives could deliver brexit. if parliament had backed the brexit deal because have left the eu already. but parliament has not, so what chance does the prime minister have of getting mps to support her deal when they vote on it again next month? at least one in her party does not fancy her chances. it has failed three times, you can watch the movie titanic 100 times but the ship sinks every time, so if you are going to bring back this deal, and it still has the backstop, the dup will not support eight and an increasing above conservative mps, even those who voted for it the second and third time, as saying enough is enough. this man wants mps to debate and holding another referendum. the labour shadow brexit secretary sir keir starmer says that it would be one way to break the deadlock. the prime minister has the
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option of going back to the eu and saying what changes they would make. there was no point in that? the withdrawal agreement might be another option. they could seek to break the impasse by putting a confirmatory vote on the face of a bill, but they have to find a way of breaking the impasse. when parliament votes in a couple of weeks it will be another chance for mps to shape brexit somehow, but for the prime minister it will be her last chance to deliver brexit with her deal on her terms. jonathan blake, bbc news. the final of the 64th eurovision song contest takes place in tel aviv this evening, following israel's win last year. eurovision is one of the world's longest—running tv talent shows, and the biggest. this year dozens of artists have called for a boycott because of israel's treatment of the occupied palestinian territories. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito is in tel aviv. how confident are organisers that
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this will pass without incident? there have been suggestions of protests on the night? it is very interesting. the organisers always describe eurovision as essentially a celebration of inclusivity, diversity and being very nonpolitical, all of which has been challenged by the fact that this year it is taking place in israel. there have been protests, there are groups who want to buy to be a cultural boycott of israel because of their actions in the occupied territories and you had to remember that 0rthodox groups within israel believe they should not be going on, especially on the sabbath. there have been some protests in tel aviv and in the two semifinals there has been remarkably little, but tonight is the big night. i spoke to the boss yesterday who said that, for instance, if any competitors staged a protest on stage they would be immediately stopped and the
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performance brought to a halt, and there is very strict security. if you are there is very strict security. if you a re interested there is very strict security. if you are interested in the eurovision song contest, the favourites so far other netherlands, australia and sweden. the united kingdom is way down the odds. michael rice was not even born the last time the united kingdom won eurovision. david silitto in tel aviv, thank you very much. coverage begins on bbc one at 8pm. the duke of cambridge has spoken about the pressure of working as an air ambulance pilot, and the strain it placed on his mental health. in a bbc documentary, he says he was left with the feeling that death was always around the corner. prince william also said that losing his mother, diana, princess of wales, when he was a child, was a pain like no other. andy moore reports. we've got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions, because we're not robots. in the documentary called a royal team talk, prince william sits in a changing room and discusses mental health issues with stars of the footballing world who have all come under pressure in their careers.
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he speaks candidly about the enormous grief he suffered when his mother, princess diana, died in a car crash in 1997. he was just 15. i think when you are bereaved at a very young age — any time, really, but particularly at a young age — i can resonate closely to that, you feel pain like no other pain, and you know that in your life, it's going to be very difficult to come across something that's even worse pain than that. but it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. he also speaks about the stress of his formerjob as an air ambulance pilot. he said he sometimes found it very difficult to deal with his feelings. in some cases very raw emotional day—to—day stuff, where you are dealing with families who are having the worst news they can ever possibly have, on a day—to—day basis. mmm. it leaves you with a very depressing, very negative feeling where you think, "death is just around the door everywhere i go." and that's quite a... it's quite a burden to carry and feel.
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prince william says the best way to share that burden is to be honest and talk openly about the mental health issues that all of us experience. andy moore, bbc news. you can see more of that interview with the duke of cambridge in the documentary a royal team talk: tackling mental health. it's broadcast on bbc one tomorrow night at 10:30pm. a man has died after a fight in a street in rochdale last night. he's believed to be in his early twenties. greater manchester police say a woman, who's 25, has been arrested in connection with the murder investigation. counting is under way in australia in one of the most closely fought general elections in years. scott morrison is the third liberal prime minister in four years, after his two predecessors were ousted in party coups. he took the top job in august last year after the party ousted malcolm turnbull. standing against him is bill shorten of the labor party, who's promised higher taxes
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on the wealthy, and tougher action on climate change. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith is in sydney. it is living up to projections of a very close contest? still far too close to call. the only exit poll had labour ahead, but as the results come through the liberals have a very small lead. the issue of climate change seems to have been key but played out differently in different parts of australia. in metropolitan places like sydney, being against carbonation cuts has cost the liberals the seat of tony abbott, the former prime minister best known for wearing tight swimming trunks known as budgie smugglers. but in rural queensland where cole is king, it has worked
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against labour who wanted greater action on climate change, meaning both sides losing seats, nobody sure who will emerge victorious. if it is labour, as the pulse lead is to believe, australia will have its sixth prime minister within six yea rs. sixth prime minister within six years. —— as the poles lead us to believe. attack the liberal party hq the initial columbus has changed and they feel they might have enough momentum to stay in government —— but at the liberal party hq, the initial glum feeling has changed. in the last few minutes, the austrian deputy chancellor heinz—christian strache has resigned from the government. it's after a video emerged of mr strache apparently promising public contracts in exchange for campaign support before the general election in 2017. manchester city are hoping to win the fa cup today and become the first men's team to win all three domestic trophies in one season. their opponents, watford, may be the underdogs, but they will be determined to stop that, as our sports correspondent john watson reports.
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cheering. serial winners, record breakers. another slice of history could be city's today. with the premier league and league cup in the can, common sense suggests more is to come. the win is so addictive. so when you prove it and you taste it, you say, "oh, i want more." it's something like... you know, you win, you go to take a shower — "i want to win the next one." but football rarely follows logic, as this competition so often proves. 0n the brink of a semifinal exit, from 2—0 down, watford bounced back to force extra time and knock out wolves. and 35 years after their last cup final appearance, some faces may have changed, they'll hope the result does too. they suffered defeat to everton back in 1984. ..and the goal is given! they'll play the part of underdog in 2019. 35 years since the last time
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watford was in the final. we've never won a cup. so it's a massive achievement, a, to get there, but b, you're on the cusp of something unbelievable. city have won the game's oldest cup competition five times. this season, they've been at their unstoppable best. but as the last few weeks have proved, in football, anything is possible. john watson, bbc news. 0ur sports news correspondent, david 0rnstein, is at wembley. manchester has been like a steam roller this season, do watford have any hope? all statistics or pointers point towards a manchester city victory. they finished first in the premier league, what faith 11. —— watford 11. there was premier league, what faith 11. —— watford11. there was a 48 point gap between them. manchester city's record signing is £60 million,
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watford's just 18.5. record signing is £60 million, watford'sjust18.5. in record signing is £60 million, watford's just 18.5. in 2013, manchester city were beaten by wigan athletic in one of the greatest fa cup upsets in history. watford's manager knows a thing or two about upsets, when he managed malaga in spain he went to barcelona and won 1-0 spain he went to barcelona and won 1—0 in the new camp in 2015, so you never know. this place will be full by 5pm, kick—off, the atmosphere will be electric. man city have not had the best week of the pitch, with speculation they could face sanctions over finances. they will hope today is remembered for footballing reasons, watford will hope to spoil the thank you. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is atjust after 3.30pm, bye for now.
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hello. you're watching the bbc news channel with shaun ley. it is 12 minutes past one. in the eu referendum in 2016, 52% of people in wales voted for leave. next week, those same voters will be back at the ballot box to elect meps in the european elections. bbc wales political editor felicity evans has been asking voters about having to vote again. italians were among the first europeans to come to live in the welsh valleys, and they brought cafe culture with them. the photographs here are showing the bakery as it was in 1980. joe and his chef tony have been serving coffee and community here in pontypridd for more than 40 years. this is what was our living accommodation. when you see the kitchen, that is where we lived. the period decor and freshly baked produce is a big hit with customers,
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but with wales having voted to leave the eu in 2016, many people are fed up with politicians at westminster going around in circles. so, will they use the european elections to let off steam? we had a democratic vote, and what do we do now? is it the best of three or do we use the democracy that we have got in this country, and stick with what we have got? every time you listen to the radio, it has changed, it has changed. at the moment, there is no unity, they are all going off on tangents. i haven't heard a decent argument from any of them yet. people have their parties and they formed yet another party. that seems absolutely ridiculous to me. i mean, what is going on? how can people understand? it is just madness. but the heritage of the welsh valleys is one of coal mining as well as cafes, and labour as well, the dominant party in welsh elections for a century.
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can welsh labour's new leader keep the brexit party challenge at bay? the new first minister, mark drakeford, as the new leader of welsh labour, has a big test on his hands, particularly given the divisions within labour over brexit and whether there should be another referendum and what should happen in the future. he has steered a very careful line, really, towing his leader, jeremy corbyn‘s position on this, but i think that is getting rather fragile now particularly as welsh labour has selected four candidates who support remain and are in favour of a second referendum. a total of eight parties are on the menu in wales. remain parties come in a variety of options — pro—welsh independence plaid cymru, the liberal democrats, the greens and change uk are all arguing for another brexit referendum. ukip once had enough support in wales to win seven seats in the welsh assembly, but opinion polls suggest that these days leave voters find the brexit party a more appetising choice.
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in a further boost for the brexit party, some former ukip members of the welsh assembly have recently joined forces with nigel farage's new party, giving it representation in a uk parliament even before the european elections take place. as for the welsh conservatives, they fear voters will not like what they have seen over their pa rty‘s performance over brexit since 2016. on thursday, we will see just how hot under the collar welsh voters are, three years after the brexit referendum. bbc wales political editor felicity evans reporting. you can find more details and analysis on the eu elections over on the bbc news website. the headlines on bbc news... the shadow brexit secretary, labour's sir keir starmer, says to break the brexit impasse, the government should include a public vote in any eu withdrawal agreement. australia decides — polls have closed as the country waits to find out whether it'll
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get their sixth new prime minister in as many years. prince william opens up over the "pain" he suffered after the death of his mother, diana in a bbc documentary about mental health. more now on tonight's 64th eurovision song contest. 200 million people are expected to tune in, but this year's event is not without controversy. it's taking place in israel, against a backdrop of increased political tension arising from the israeli—palestinian conflict. and madonna has been criticized by some for performing on the show. i'm joined now via webcam by william lee adams from wiwibloggs, a website dedicated to eurovision. he's in tel aviv. good to speak to you. you have a fantastic shirt on which is just as well because it is a dell background so i'm gratefulfor the shirt! has it been as colourful in tel aviv as
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your shirt? absolutely! i arrived on may three it feels like one long night but it is filled with so much colour and energy. people are walking around in feathers, draping flags around their shoulders, supporting their home country and indeed other countries. it is kind of like the world cup of music!|j was of like the world cup of music!” was going to say, i'm interested, how does an american, if i'm correct, discover eurovision? presumably it is not that big in north america? i moved to london in 2006 and my partner insisted i watched it, he said you love figure skating and beauty pageants and reality singing show to and this brings it all together! that's a good way to sum it up! tell me, what actually happens yesterday. i think friday was when the nationals vote and the acts have to make a good
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impression yesterday before they face the public today. that's right. last night was a final dress run through in a packed arena. the co ntesta nts through in a packed arena. the contestants are judged by an international panel of musical experts and that accounts of 50% of the overall score. it is also a rehearsal for the technical stuff because there are explosions, women rolled in on a six metre polls, swinging cameras and the technicians need to be on point. they only have 35 seconds between acts to change the state and if they make a mistake, it can be very dangerous for the next thing. for instance, they have to wipe the sweat because they have to wipe the sweat because the next artist could slip! a very good warning, be careful where you step on a eurovision stage! let me ask you about your impressions of the songs and performances. i have to ask you about michael rice from hartlepool with bigger than us. is it going to be big enough? he is big enough, a great personality and a wonderful voice and a lot of
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charisma but unfortunately i think the staging is not as grand or impressive as some other countries competing but hartlepool can be proud of their guy, he has done a great and been a beautiful ambassador. what about the more fancied candidates? i heard the netherlands as a favourite before the contest. the netherlands is so organic pulled up their singer is openly bisexual, he talks about it publicly, he wants to be honest and real. he wrote his own song, a story about how love is always slightly out of reach. there is an orbital bmp out of reach. there is an orbital lamp that descends from the sky, land in front of his face and illuminates him and he makes love to the camera and it disappears because love can be fleeting! so much emotion here, you will need tissues! they certainly will. who do you fancy? could there be a surprise winner? i think the netherlands is definitely in the lead but there are
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two countries nipping at his heels. 0ne two countries nipping at his heels. one is australia boss of this is so over—the—top, it is cirque du soleil, a woman on a swimming poll seven metres in the air. she has to be wheeled on a swimming poll seven metres in the air. she has to be wheeled onto the stage that a good swinging. you don't see the poll, you see a graphic of the earth so she appears to be floating in outer space, ringing a pop opera song —— singing. this is all about postpa rtu m singing. this is all about postpartum depression, despite the winners, coming out of a depression and finding your feet and taking flight and finding your feet and taking flight and our goal is taking flight tonight. as freddie mercury proved all those years ago, you can do pop opera and make it work and if anywhere, at eurovision. let's talk about controversy. bobby gillespie, the lead singer of primal scream, was laying into madonna for deciding to perform at eurovision because it is taking place in israel so how
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much i need is do you detect about the risk of politics getting in the way of the show? it is by far the most controversial choice, probably since russia and ukraine. absolutely, ever since israel won the right to host it last may, they have been calls for boycotts, artists do not go, but the fact is 01’ artists do not go, but the fact is or 41 participating countries have arrived here. i have spoken to many and they say this is a song contest, we are not here for politics. i feel quite bad for the artists because they can't have to deal with their performance, the stress of that, and then also the issue of being in this country and they frequently give the same answer. they say they feel divided. they want to celebrate music and represent their country on a global stage but at the same time they are sensitive to the plight of people and the ongoing israeli—palestinian conflict. ultimately, what people remember about eurovision is the winner and a few of the songs. it's like the world cup in russia, you remember
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the great goals and not necessarily the great goals and not necessarily the controversy that surrounded the event. but yes, it has been divisive but i think tonight will be all about the music. i suppose the wild ca rd about the music. i suppose the wild card is the icelandic of any last—minute changes apart from benjamin netanyahu last—minute changes apart from benjamin neta nyahu that last—minute changes apart from benjamin netanyahu that he might ta ke benjamin netanyahu that he might take up the offer of icelandic wrestling with their entry? sadly, it would not be a fair contest, there are six of them in pvc and leather! very aggressive but they proved you can scream in a musical way but they say they don't want hate to prevail even though that's what the song is called they say they want to stop what is happening in europe, fake news, political corruption. they have a point of view, very controversial and certainly eye—catching. view, very controversial and certainly eye-catching. not as much as it would be if they were wrestling the israeli prime minister! but he might surprise us, he knows how to generate headlines. a great pleasure to speak to you.
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thank you for making that description of events in tel aviv so lively and entertaining and i hope you have a great eurovision. thank you, enjoy the show. from that to something a little more conventional! the united states and canada have dropped aluminium and steel tariffs that were imposed just under a year ago. it follows lengthy negotiations and a telephone call on friday between president trump and the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. it could pave the way for the ratification of a new north american trade agreement. david willis reports. crowd chanting: usa, usa, usa! president trump broke the news that he was lifting tariffs on metal imports from neighbours, mexico and canada, in a speech in washington, dc. we have just reached an agreement with canada and mexico and we'll be selling our product into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or major tariffs. big difference.
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president trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports last march, pitting the us against all its major trading partners, including the european union. lifting them in regards to mexico and canada is expected to pave the way to the ratification of the united states, mexico, canada agreement — the trilateral replacement for nafta. these continued tariffs on steel and aluminium and our counter—measures represented significant barriers to moving forward with the new nafta agreement. now that we've had a full lift on these tariffs, we are going to work with the united states on timing for ratification but we're very optimistic we're going to be able to move forward well in the coming weeks. the us has also announced a pause in plans to levy tariffs of up to 25% on cars and car parts from the eu and japan. although those tariffs on steel and aluminium remain. president trump is giving
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negotiators six months in which to reach agreement. he believes foreign competition is hurting us car sales and thereby hampering research and development which amounts to a threat to us national security. but whilst it pushes forward with a trade deal close to home, the trump administration is holding the line with china. this week china announced retaliatory tariffs against the us and the next round of negotiation between the world's two largest economies are said to be in flux. mr trump has also declared a national emergency to protect us computer networks from foreign adversaries — an announcement widely thought to be directed at the chinese telecoms giant, huawei. with china and the us locked in an escalating trade war, america may feel it needs its allies and some are saying peace on the trade front here might even
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strengthen the president's hand in negotiations with the chinese. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. an "extremely rare" roman coin has been found during work to upgrade the a14 between cambridge and huntingdon. it dates from around 269 ad and it was minted for an ill—fated emperor, ulpius cornelius laelianus, who was killed after reigning forjust two months. it's believed to be only the second of its kind to be found in england. it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello there. the best word to describe the weather this weekend is mixed because there will be some sunshine and in that sunshine it will feel warm but equally some showers and some of them could be really heavy, drenching downpours. as we go through today, across scotland and northern ireland it is likely stay predominately cloudy with some outbreaks of rain
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whereas for england and wales we will have brighter skies and spells of sunshine but also some hit and miss heavy and thundery showers. looking more closely, it is likely to stay pretty grey and damp across much of scotland today although the rain will tend to ease a little, turning lighter and patchier. 11 degrees in aberdeen, a noticeable easterly breeze. in northern ireland, generally cloudy, some glimmers of brightness, equally some splashes of rain and for england and wales, these patches showing on the chart, some heavy and thundery showers. quite slow moving because of the light winds but some places will avoid them and stay dry. the chance of a shower at wembley for the fa cup final this afternoon. equally some sunshine. in the sunshine, it could feel warm at 17 or 18 degrees. this evening and tonight, many of the showers will fade. it is likely to stay quite damp in parts of scotland and northern ireland and we will see some mist and fog developing, particularly across parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire and east anglia. temperatures not falling too far,
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between six and 11 degrees as we start sunday. low pressure in charge this weekend. it sits across the near continent tomorrow, throwing areas of cloud in our direction but not many white lines on the chart, the winds will be light. any showers developing through the day will be quite slow—moving. some drenching downpours in one or two places. certainly the early mist and fog should lift. some spells of sunshine between the showers. brighter than today in scotland. northern ireland holding on to more cloud. in the sunshine, feeling warm with highs of 16—20d. on monday, a similar story, spells of sunshine and equally some patchy cloud and showers. the showers most especially in eastern and northern parts of the uk. drier and brighter in the far south—west and temperatures again up to 20 degrees. it stays pretty mixed through the week, a lot of dry weather, some warm sunshine but also some showery rain at times. that's all from me for now.
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hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines. the shadow brexit secretary, labour's sir keir starmer, says to break the brexit impasses, the government should include a public vote in any eu withdrawal agreement. australia decides — polls have closed in much of the country as australians wait to find out whether they'll get their sixth new prime minister in as many years.

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