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this is bbc news. the headlines... boris johnson says the chances of a brexit deal are "touch and go" ahead of his meeting with the eu council president at the g7 summit. i do think that they understand that there's an opportunity to do a deal. but i think they also... so it's more likely than it was, do you think? i think — it's going to be touch and go. president trump says "a very big trade deal" after brexit is on the menu as the two men hold a working breakfast. we are having very, very good meetings. we are going to do a fantastic deal once we clear up some of the obstacles in our path. the uk's biggest airports will install sd baggage scanners to make security checks quicker.
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40,000 troops begin a major operation to fight fires in the amazon. will ben stokes' century be enough to help secure an unlikely england ashes victory at headingley. and talking movies explores the role of the producer in both big hollywood productions and smaller independent films. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. hello, good afternoon. borisjohnson has told the bbc that it's now "touch and go" whether the uk will leave the eu with a deal on october the 31st. speaking at the g7 summit in biarritz, the prime minister said he had to be prepared to leave without a deal in order
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to convince brussels to scrap the current withdrawal agreement. the prime minister, who this morning had his first face—to—face meeting as prime minister with president trump, also admitted it would take more than a year to negotiate any future trade deal with the united states. he was speaking to our chief political correspondent vicki young. side by side, the american president and the man he says is the right person to deliver brexit. borisjohnson says there are massive opportunities for british businesses if a trade deal can be done. but critics say that could take years. we are going to do a fantastic deal. the us and british teams sat down for a working breakfast. donald trump promising a very big trade deal that could be done very quickly. a very big trade deal, bigger than we've ever had with the uk. when i spoke to the prime minister, he was optimistic. well, the americans are very ambitious to get this done as fast as possible and they really want results you know, within a year i suppose by nextjune orjuly.
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we're keen to go as fast as we can. but we want this to be a really big, thoroughgoing, comprehensive trade deal. there's no point in having a deal just in agriculture, industrial goods and so on. that's not where the real advantages are for the uk. the experts say it can't be done in a year, it's going to take years? well, i think years and years is an exaggeration, but i think to do it all within a year is going to be tight. but what about a deal closer to home with the eu? mrjohnson also sat down with the president of the european council today. i think that it all depends on our eu friends and partners. i think actually, the last few days, there has been a sort of dawning realisation in brussels and other european capitals, you know what the shape of the problem is for the uk. have you detected more of a willingness? look, i think, i'm an optimist but i do think that they... it's going to take a bit more
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than optimism isn't it? i do think that they understand that there is an opportunity to do a deal. but they also understand... so is it more likely than it was, do you think? i think it's going to be touch and go, but the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal. i was going to ask you about that. that is something that greatly assists us in a couple of ways, as you know. it means that it helps us to convince our friends and partners of the necessity to do a deal, but it also minimises any disruption that there may be on october the 31st. the main talks at the summit are focusing on the global economy and security. but brexit remains the most pressing issue for boris johnson. vicky young is in biarritz for us and earlier i asked her what she would highlight from her conversation with the prime minister. i think it's interesting he feels he detects a shift in the conversations with emmanuel macron and angela merkel last week.
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that he and downing street do feel those conversations about a new brexit deal, they might be ready to start. they could be meaningful and that has obviously come from a position where, for a very long time, the eu brussels have said we are not opening the withdrawal agreement. but borisjohnson thinks there can be a deal but wants to carry on preparing for no deal. that is still the interesting thing. we are talking aboutjust over two months, borisjohnson made it clear he will leave with or without a deal at the end of october. the prospect of that no deal and what it means for people is still something that is hard to pin down. he wasn't really willing to explain what it might be. in the past he has talked about it being bumpy and about there being bumps on the road. does that mean job losses, does it mean fuel rationing, food shortages? it is very hard to know. i did manage to get a guarantee about medicines. lots of people concerned that if things are snarled up
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at the border because of customs checks they won't be able to get the essential medicines they need. i said could he guarantee people will get access to them? he said it was a guarantee he could make, which is the first time he has done that. he believes the nhs and access to medicines will continue to run smoothly, even in the event of a no—deal brexit. those chances of a no—deal brexit, not so long ago, coming out of his mouth, it was a million to one chance but that has changed in his view? yes, going from a million to one, a deal will be incredibly easy to get, we are at the point where he says a deal is touch and go. he cannot be sure of that. some people think parliament will stop it from happening. it is not entirely clear they are sure they can do that. his argument and downing street's argument is we continue to prepare for no dealfirstly, because they feel that as a negotiating position,
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it helps convince the eu that we are serious about it so if we are ready to do it, it will give some leverage. we have to be ready for the disruption. he said at some point we will disentangle ourselves from the eu, even if we get a deal so we need to make the preparations anyway and they won't be wasted. the meeting with donald tusk, we played the clip a moment ago and the emphasis on that was all the areas we agree on, but clearly the one they don't agree on is arguably more important? yes, it is. this is donald tusk, a man who said there was a special place in hell for those who have put forward the idea brexit without a plan to do it safely. at the time, everyone really thought he was aiming that people like boris johnson. so there was some tension there yesterday, another spat where donald tusk said surely mrjohnson didn't want to go want to go down as mr no deal.
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what you can see is a preparation of the blame in case no deal happens and you can hear mrjohnson is saying, it is up to the eu. they know parliament has rejected the withdrawal agreement and the northern ireland backstop, it is completely unacceptable to the uk, it has been rejected three times and something will have to change. if they don't compromise, they will be blamed for no deal. that is not how the eu sees it. they think this is a uk problem and they have compromised on things, the backstop was a compromise for the eu, it was something the uk government wanted. but it was a different regime and prime minister. things have changed, but in the end someone will have to compromise. no one thinks there will be any kind of breakthrough and the date in the diary some are looking at in downing street is the 17th of october which is an eu summit, which is also pretty close to the departure date. the iranian foreign minister,
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javad zarif, has made an unscheduled trip to biarritz, after the french president, emmanel macron, said g7 leaders meeting there had agreed a common stance on tehran‘s nuclear deal. french officials said mr zarif would meet his french counterpart, jean—yves le drian, to discuss what conditions would de—escalate tensions between washington and tehran. ros atkins is in biarritz for us. isaid it i said it was unexpected, no one seemed to know he was coming?m i said it was unexpected, no one seemed to know he was coming? it was definitely unexpected. i wouldn't be the first to know, but i under the bbc journalists here the first to know, but i under the bbcjournalists here have been speaking to the diplomatic sources who would think they would know and even they didn't see this coming. this was a genuine surprise the french have arranged. we are not clear to which the americans were brief, but the wider diplomatic
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immunity here in biarritz, didn't know about it. what we have been told by the iranians via bbc persian, the french foreign minister invited the reigning foreign minister to continue conversations emmanuel macron has been having with the iranians. we don't have any details beyond that of exactly what he will be doing. it is worth considering the physical circumstances in which we are here. ijust up circumstances in which we are here. i just up the circumstances in which we are here. ijust up the road is mr zarif‘s aeroplane. you have huge security delegations with the g7 leaders and the other leaders who have been invited. you throw the iranians into the mix as well and there is a lot of diplomatic and political tension being packed into one small part of south—west france. being packed into one small part of south-west france. a word about other matters, how else would you highlight elements of the events of
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the last 12 hours or so?|j highlight elements of the events of the last 12 hours or so? i thinki should probably explain to you that if you heard a loud cheer in the background, it wasn't anything to do with the fact that mr zarif has arrived, but a group of british journalists were huddled around a pc over there watching the ashes. i don't know what the score is, but every time we score a run, there is a cheer. that is the context in case there is any more. the broader context of this g7 summit is there area number of context of this g7 summit is there are a number of issues emmanuel macron wants them to focus on. one is global trade, donald trump started the trade war with the chinese and all of your‘s primary powers are not happy. borisjohnson said he wishes it wasn't happen, emmanuel macron, angela merkel and donald tusk said that. donald trump said he will not be pressured and this is necessary, we have horrible trading relationships with europe
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and china and his view hasn't changed. the other one i would highlight is the ongoing fires in the amazon. today emmanuel macron said we have to do everything we can to support brazil. but there are different ways you can encourage a country to do something. you can use the carrot and stick and already the french have been threatening to veto a new trade deal between south america the european union. tomorrow morning there will be a discussion about those fires and it will be interesting to see what approach, if any, the g7 can come up with to encourage brazil's new president, jair balsonaro, who knows his own mind, to take an interest in stopping deforestation and stopping the fires. thank you very much and well done for battling through the cheering. i am well done for battling through the cheering. iam hearing it well done for battling through the cheering. i am hearing it here from directly behind me. have we won? not yet, but it is very close, two to
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win for england in this remarkable test match at headingley, of which i might bring you a little more news in the moment. in the meantime... british airways has apologised after admitting it mistakenly told some passengers their flights were cancelled. pilots are going on strike on the 9th, 10th and 27th next month, but some customers with flights on other days were wrongly asked to re—book, or get a refund. british airways passenger caroline payne told me how she'd had to book a second flight after she was told her flight was cancelled, only to be told her originalflight had been reinstated. we got an e—mail, i think it came to in the early hours through in the early hours of the morning saying ourflight had been cancelled. that was it. so you know, we thought my goodness, what are we going to do? tried to phone ba, couldn't get through. no joy, so we thought we had better rebook because otherwise we have a lot of arrangements to alter. so we rebooked through air canada at great expense. where were you due to be going?
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to seattle on the 8th of september. you rebooked with air canada at significant cost, so where do you stand now? i would like to speak to ba, but it is virtually impossible because every time you ring, it is either you cannot get through. we managed to get through and press number one, whatever it was we had to press and then the phone went dead. we have still got to contact ba or them to contact us, would be nice. you are now under the impression, am i right in saying, the flight you thought was cancelled is now back on? yes, then in the evening we got another e—mail saying the flight is back on. ok, you now have got potentially the ba flight that you had originally and an air canada flight and you are how much out of pocket? 2,500. any word on what might happen to that 2,500? no.
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what would you like from ba at this point? i would like a flight and a refund. the efforts to do that are involving what, from your point of view? i would like ba to phone me, why should i have to be on the phone holding on the phone all the time trying to get hold of them. we are their customers, they should be phoning us, apologising and sorting it out one way or another. when you first heard the strikes were going to happen, were there any questions in your mind at that point as to whether you might be affected? with the cancellation? yes. or the pilot's strike. the pilot's strike, when it was announced, did you have doubts it would happen? no, the pilot strike was supposed to be on the ninth, our flight was on the eighth, so we thought it was fine.
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the flight coming back was going to miss the strike, so we thought great, we are going to miss this. then the early hours of the next morning we got the e—mail. saying the flight was cancelled. listen, you are not alone, i am sure that is no consolation, plenty of others in the same boat. i hope you get some joy in the next 2a hours or so and things pan out for you. yes, i would like ba to contact us. if ba are watching, there is caroline, she would like a call. new 3d baggage scanners will be introduced at all major airports in the uk by 2022, under government plans announced today. ministers say the technology will cut queues, boost security and will mean passengers will no longer have to remove laptops and liquids from their luggage as it's screened.
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our business correspondent katy austin has more. a familiar site to air travellers — clear plastic bags to put your small liquids in while you go through airport security. laptops must be put in a separate tray. airports in some countries, particularly america, are already starting to use new, high—tech scanners for hand luggage. heathrow in london is investing £50 million in similar equipment, saying it could remove the need for liquids and electricals to be taken out. it will be much quicker, less disruptive, not having to take things out of bags, and people will be able to get on their way much more quickly. but it will also bring more security, which is really important. now, all major uk airports are being told they must have advanced 3d scanners by 2022. it is important we are using the best technology, we will have the best in the world once this is rolled out. 0ne travel expert says passengers will notice a difference.
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imagine this: you are at security, you have forgotten to take out all your stuff, so that means your bag full of liquids, then you have your computer, and maybe a telephone. you have to take it all out and put each one and a separate tray. all of that takes time. even though we say to ourselves, "i'm ready", by the time we get the security most of us realise that we are not ready and there is a lot of faffing that takes place. heathrow believes the new technology could make going through security up to 60 times faster. airport as operators say introducing it could be a challenge for smaller airports. katie austin, bbc news. remarkable scenes at headingley in the last few moments where england have just one the test match against all the odds. 0lly foster is as clued as i wasn't supposed to be. talk us through this, quite
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remarkable? everybody has been watching, the cheers has been reverberating around the sports centre and headingley where we witnessed something remarkable. the ashes series is now level at 1—1 and all hope appeared to be lost. england in this third test, bowled out for 67 runs and they were always up against it, needing 359 runs to win this test. impossible, they had to bat out two days. they were either going to lose it all win it. it went down to a man, he started the day on two runs alongside his captain joe man, he started the day on two runs alongside his captainjoe root. joe root was unbeaten on 75 and we thought he was going to give england a glimmer of hope. joe root fell early on the fourth day. then it was
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all down to ben stokes. he made a healthy partnership withjonny ba i rstow, healthy partnership withjonny bairstow, but when went, it was the ben stokes' show. he brought up his century with the boundary with jack leach, the last man in at the other end. england nine wickets down and he did well to keep ben stokes on strike. strike he did, time and time again. reverse sweeps over the boundary as he cleared the boundary time and time again. there was an agonising drama towards the end because jack leach, ben stokes should have been out but australia had run out of reviews so they couldn't clear and lbw decision. these are the winning runs coming up for england to win by one wicket. it was reminiscent of 2005 when they we re was reminiscent of 2005 when they were in the ashes for the first time ina long were in the ashes for the first time in a long time at edgbaston. that was a 2—1victory against australia. 1981 at headingley, that was about
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ian botham. ian botham, and ben stokes, it was an impossible victory for england in the ashes in 1981 and this will go down as an even more remarkable victory for england. i can see ben stokes on my monitor being applauded off the field by the australian players as well. steve smith, the australian leading run scorer missed this because of concussion and just patted ben stokes concussion and just patted ben sto kes o n concussion and just patted ben stokes on the back. we will have more reaction from headingley and bbc news across the rest of the afternoon, but england have levelled the series, they have won the third test and they lost the first at edgbaston, drew the next at lord's. they seemed down and out in this but ben stokes is the hero of the hour with his century pulling england across the line when all looked lost. but england have levelled the series and the ashes are alive. we will also remind people of the
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world cup from a few months ago where ben stokes was the hero. he was involved in that as well, a super over as well as jofra he was involved in that as well, a super over as well asjofra archer. jofra archer, who chipped in with some wickets but the most astonishing second innings. they have never chased that total to win a test match. that was a record as well and one of the most famous of daysin well and one of the most famous of days in test match history for england, a bit of a break now between this test and the fourth test, that is at old trafford. then obviously, the fifth and final test at the oval. but it is 1—1 so england are back in the series. a bit of other sports news. iam bit of other sports news. i am told not, but you will leave us on tenterhooks on that. we will be talking lots more about this across the rest of the afternoon. we certainly will. 0lly foster, bringing you up to those
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extraordinary events at headingley. now you know why people or making noises behind ros atkins in biarritz a few moments ago. brazilian troops are tackling the record number of wildfires in the amazon rainforest, with planes dropping water and chemicals in an attempt to extinguish the flames. president bolsonaro's government is promising to ease austerity measures in order to find extra money to tackle the emergency. 0ur correspondent will grant has been on board a greenpeace plane and flown over some of the affected area. from this vantage point, you get a sense of the scale of the disaster facing this region of the amazon. hectare after hectare of pristine forestjust going up in smoke. there must be thousands of hectares already, and it's a huge task for the troops who are supposedly reaching this region and who are going to try to tackle the problem, sent by president bolsonaro.
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this is the reason for the protests taking place in the large cities of brazil — in sao paulo, brasilia, in rio. and it's also caused the international outcry. this is a global crisis, because these are considered the lungs of the world. and, just on a human level, on an emotional level almost, it is extremely upsetting, extremely disturbing, to see this kind of devastation unfolding in front of you. now the forest has already been cut back for timber and is much weakened. so when the fires are started, they take very easily, particularly given this dry weather. but the activists say the problem is this is just the beginning of the season of dry weather, that things are going to get a lot worse before they improve. riot police have fired tear gas and baton—charged protesters in hong kong. the latest clashes come as the protests enter their 12th week.
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they began in response to a controversial extradition bill but have since grown into broader anti—government demonstrations. 0ur correspondent stephen mcdonell has sent this report from where some of the worst clashes have been happening. this is a new development, these protesters, instead of waiting for the police to come and clear them out, they are moving their barricades towards the police. it is obviously a clear provocation. the police have been firing tear gas and you can see the projectile is coming back across the barricades from the protesters. it seems we are back to the situation of a few weeks ago with protesters and police having a pitched battle here. perhaps the police don't have enough numbers yet to clear this many protesters away.
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more molotov cocktails are also being thrown. the protesters moved forward again and then they back together as the police are firing their non—lethal rounds back at them. we are seeing something on fire over the other side and molotov cocktails going off on the street. protesters are certainly upping the a nte protesters are certainly upping the ante in terms of the weapons they are using against the police. this is despite the warning, despite the warning they have had the police will come in with some force and clear this area. i have never seen as many petrol bombs thrown in the whole campaign as we have seen today. now we can see why the police we re today. now we can see why the police were holding off. they were waiting to bring in their new piece of gear.
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these are the water canon trucks, which the hong kong police have been threatening to use. as soon as the trucks came, i can tell you, the protesters who had been digging in fighting with the police, they scarpered very quickly. and possibly this is one of the reasons why this has now been brought forward because i think the protesters realised, they can't withstand the force that would come from the water canon on these trucks. spannish media are saying that seven people, including two children, have died after a mid—air collision between a helicopter and a plane in mallorca. the accident happened in the inca region of the spanish island. emergency services are attending the scene. a 21—year—old man has been stabbed to death in maidstone in kent in the early hours of this morning. the incident took place
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on maidstone high street. four other men were treated in hospital for their injuries. kent police have arrested four men, all from london, on suspicion of murder. a man in his 60s has been stabbed to death in west london. police and paramedics were called to southall shortly after 6:30 last night. the victim was initially treated for a stab wound but died at the scene at st mary's avenue. a man in his 30s remains in hospital under police guard after being arrested on suspicion of murder. the uk's only active fracking site has experienced it's second earthquake in a week. the tremor last night was the largest recorded at the lancashire site, measuring 2.1 on the richter scale. the previous record was 1.5, set on wednesday. energy firm cuadrilla say last night's tremor lasted around a second and happened at 11:00 o'clock, while fracking was not taking place. over a million people are expected at the notting hill carnival in west london over the next two days.
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the 72 second silence for grenfell will begin now. in the last half an hour a 72—second silence was held — to remember those who died in the fire at grenfell tower. the tower block is within half a mile of the parade route. greg mckenzie is in notting hill for us. good afternoon, carnival is well under way here in west london and by the end of today1 million people would have been to the carnival. many of the children are competing for the title of best costume. 15,000 costumes in total and more than1 million 15,000 costumes in total and more than 1 million man 15,000 costumes in total and more than1 million man hours to put them together. carnival every year, there isa together. carnival every year, there is a debate, it is so big, a million people and some people are campaigning to have it move. the london mayor who spoke to us in the last few minutes at the notting hill carnival will always remain here as
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long as it's on his watch. carnival will always remain here as long as it's on his watchlj carnival will always remain here as long as it's on his watch. i have been lobbied by conservative mps to move the carnival. but i am aware of its history, this is the 53rd year and of course there are challenges. we are the victim of our success and we want to make sure bad people don't come here to cause mischief or commit crimes. everyone has a role to play to make sure the carnival, keeps at its essence, the community atmosphere. so everybody enjoying the mood, and the sounds. carnival was introduced to the uk over 50 years ago by the windrush generation. today is about remembering those people from the caribbean that came here to help rebuild this country following world war ii. children's des today and tomorrow is that the adults come here and everything will start at 10am and run until a tomorrow


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