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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at three. labour's brexit spokesman, keir starmer, says this week may be the last chance to stop borisjohnson taking the uk out of the eu without a deal (tx sot). the route would be by legislation. we have to make it unlawful for the route would be by legislation. we have to make it unlawfulfor him to ta ke we have to make it unlawfulfor him to take us out without a deal. the cabinet minister reponsible for ‘no deal‘ preparations, michael gove, refuses to be drawn on whether the government would abide by any legislation designed to stop a ‘no—deal‘ brexit. let's see what the legislation says. i will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring
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forward. meanwhile — the eu's lead brexit negotiator, rejects borisjohnson‘s demands for the irish backstop to be scrapped. michel barnier says the uk has now reached a "moment of truth". pro—democracy activists in hong kong target the city's airport. large crowds gather outside the terminal building, causing long queues for passengers trying to get inside. political leaders from across the world gather in poland to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of world war ii — as the german president asks for poland's forgiveness at the event. and pope francis apologizes for arriving late for his weekly address to crowds in saint peter's square after he was stuck in a lift for 25 minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour says it'll present a bill in parliament this week designed to stop the uk leaving the eu without a deal. sir keir starmer, the shadow brexit secretary, has told the bbc that if the legislation is passed it's likely to delay the date of departure. the cabinet minister, michael gove, refused to commit the government to implementing such a change even if it's approved by mps, saying ministers would wait to see what happens in westminster this week. here's our political correspondent susana mendonca. protesters took to the streets across the country this weekend to object to the government's decision to suspend parliament, which has been viewed by some as an attempt to block debate over brexit.
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there will be more action from mps promising to bring in a new law to prevent no deal at the end of october. but how do you get politicians from different parties, and with very different endgames, to work together? very simple. the route will be by legislation because i believe there has got to be legislation in place to lock this and make it unlawful for him to take us out without a deal. it's a very simple plan. but i was concerned that over the summer, lots of people were talking about different plans. there have been lots of plans. labour is working with other political parties, including the liberal democrats and the snp, to force an extension deadline. but the minister in charge of no deal planning would not be drawn on whether the government would abide by any new law that mps brought in. for a government to say that we won't abide by legislation is impossible, surely? well, we will see what the legislation says when it is put forward. for me, the most important thing is to bear in mind, actually, we already have legislation in place, which an overwhelming majority of mps voted for.
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we already have an eu withdrawal act, we already have the notice on article 50, the process by which we leave the european union, the overwhelming majority of mps voted to do that. the prime minister has insisted he is making progress with the eu. that claim appears to have been contradicted by the eu's own chief negotiator michel barnier. he said the eu has already shown maximum flexibility on the issue of the irish backstop, which is the insurance policy to ensure an open border between the uk and ireland. importing goods from the eu... more ad campaigns to prepare people for a possible no—deal brexit will start this week. but the government insists they will not be food shortages. there will be no shortages of fresh food. some prices may go up, other prices will come down. but that is unlikely to allay the fears of critics who have warned of shortages and delays at the border. and susana's with me now.
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first off, what reaction has there been to michael gove has said about not abiding to any legislation that is passed through? quite angry reaction. keir starmer said the government is not above the law. also we have heard from a former tory minister has said that mr gove's willingness to flout the rules was a disgrace to our democracy. quite angry reactions to that. the government is saying that the labour party is not giving detail on what the timeframe would be. if it wanted to stop a no—deal brexit on the 31st of october, when would be the date of brexit? it is criticising labour for that. this comes off the back of the protests we have seen over the weekend against the government's decision to suspend parliament, which the government says is about the queen's speech. the forefront of many
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people's minds is how it is going to hit them in the pocket. one of those things is the subject of food shortages. there has been a lot of concern about this. michael gove was asked about this in his interview and he categorically said they would be no food shortages of fresh food. well, we have had a different response from the british retail consortium, who have said that is categorically untrue. that is equipped from them. they have rejected the claims saying the government's own assessments show the flow of goods would be reduced by a0 to the flow of goods would be reduced by 40 to 60% the flow of goods would be reduced by a0 to 60% on day one after a no—deal brexit. they are contradicting what we have heard from michael gove. michael gove said a pick and a book, let's see what the legislation says this week. as far as the week ahead goes, what is coming up? this is going to be a pretty busy week. i think the three key thing for the mps want to start a no—deal brexit, is whether they
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have the number and the time to get it through parliament. the time is very short. they are also looking at whether they will get enough tory rebels tojoin them. whether they will get enough tory rebels to join them. we understand some conservative backbenchers and former ministers are going to be meeting with the prime minister tomorrow. he will be wanting to outline to them where his negotiations with the eu are going and whether or not that is enough to get them on side. we have seen calls from michel barnier today, talking about the idea of an irish backstop is not negotiable, as far as he is concerned. that will have an impact on mps who are thinking about going with the opposition. we are expecting more protests as well. we have court cases. a very busy week. all the while, we have the government wanting to talk about its spending plans later this week and talking about education spending, wanting to focus on the domestic
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issues. that is the thing about prompting the idea that the government is going for a general election. thank you very much indeed. thank you. in hong kong, there've been fresh confrontations between police and pro—democracy demonstrators — trying to bring hong kong's international airport to a standstill. last night, some protestors on the hong kong metro were beaten by police. with the latest from the airport, here's our correspondent, stephen mcdonnell. activists have to an extent at least achieved their goal here at the airport in hong kong. that gate there is where passengers would normally come out to reach buses, you can see it is closed. here is a barricade that has been built to stop them coming in or out. the idea was to cause transport chaos. and here are the protesters, the pro—democracy activists, who have again defied
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the authorities, defied warnings that to have a rally like this risks arrest, risks the potential of being charged with illegal assembly. and they are moving around the airport from place to place, trying to block various parts of the transport infrastructure. the protesters are running in that direction and that's because police have just arrived. and it had to be only a matter of time, given the transport chaos we have seen here today. so this is the movement in action. they have a discussion and then work out what to do. the most important thing to them is to try and escape the airport area without being arrested. they have deployed delaying tactics including building barricades
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and the like to try and slow the police down. that is to give these people enough time to walk out of the airport area. as i say, the priority now in this hit and run strategy, they have done the hit bit, now they need to run. air passengers in the uk are experiencing disruption to flights this afternoon because of a system failure at french air traffic control. all flights travelling through the country's airspace are affected. british airways and easyjet have both confirmed widespread disruption to in—and outbound services. schools in england which have been previously been hurricane dorian is drawing ever closer to the bahamas and the southeastern coast of the united states. earlier this afternoon, the national hurricane centre has tweeted, saying dorian is now a category 5 hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds. the eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the abaco islands
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with devastating winds. hilary lane from cbs news is in cocoa beach near cape carnaveral in florida. this has been a very uncertain storm. it has left people here really questioning where exactly is it going to hit. meteorologists have had a tough time predicting it. as it's gained speed, its path is changing. right now in cocoa beach, we were expecting to get a direct hit from the storm but the storm has since veered east. so right now it is looking like the storm could hit north florida in the daytona, jacksonville area, and then head up the coast and hit georgia, areas like savannah, and then the carolinas. originally a direct hit to florida, but now meteorologists are now backing off of that and it looks like dorian is headed towards the water. which is good news for people here in florida. nick miller from the bbc weather centre has been taking a look at hurricane dorian‘s path. it looks like the worst case scenario for the bahamas as hurricane dorian moves in with its destructive winds.
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of course, it has strengthened. you can see the eye on the satellite picture, always an indication of the power of a hurricane. it's slow moving, too, and that means its destructive winds last longer, along with the rain. huge amounts of rainfall. and a storm surge. the amount of water above normal tide level coming to the bahamas, particularly the northern islands, the abaco islands into grand bahama. now, after the bahamas, where does it go next? well, it continues west but then it looks like it is going to take a turn to the north. this is the forecast track from the usa national hurricane centre. along this line here — if it follows that track, it would not make landfall in the usa. but look at the range of possibilities in the blue shaded area. it may still head a little bit further west than this. it is a distinct possibility that it could still make landfall in florida or anywhere into the south—east of the usa towards the mid—atlantic. as we take a look at the forecast rain and wind after the bahamas, as it takes a turn to the north,
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eventually, look how close it comes to florida. even if it doesn't make landfall in the usa, it is close enough along this coastline here to bring some significant impacts before eventually it starts to move a little bit quicker and then back out into the atlantic. all of these ingredients come with hurricane dorian. it is truly a devastating storm as it stands right now. and all of this is being felt by the bahamas. nick miller there, he will be with us nick miller there, he will be with us later for the weather in great britain. schools in england which have been previously been rated as "outstanding" will no longer be exempt from inspection, following concerns about falling standards. around 300 schools haven't been assessed for more than a decade, but the department for education said bringing inspections back would ensure parents had up—to—date information. alexandra mackenzie reports it's the beginning of a new school year.
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time for the education secretary to unveil what he calls a raft of new measures for schools in england. high performing schools will receive funding to provide more support for ones that are struggling. top—rated schools will no longer be exempt from routine ofsted inpections. some have not been inspected for a decade. and to turn around the most challenging schools, a new specialist academy trust is to be piloted. this will help those that have been underperforming for some time. this comes just after the prime minister's announcement of billions of pounds of extra spending for primary and secondary schools in england over the next three years. the government says it will now focus on standards in education, and supporting the teaching staff. labour says this is an embarrassing admission that the education policies of successive tory governments have failed, but that too many of its offered solutions just offer more of the same.
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it is just approaching quarter past three. the headlines on bbc news... labour's brexit spokesman, keir starmer, says mps will propose legislation to stop no deal. the cabinet minister reponsible for no deal preparations, michael gove, refuses to commit the government to follow parliaments orders, if no deal legislation is passed. the eu's lead brexit negotiator michel barnier rejects boris johnson's demands for the irish backstop to be scrapped. and in sport: a minutes silence was held before todays belgian grand prix in memory of the frenchman anthoine hubert who died in a crash at the spa circuit yesterday. the f1 race is currently underway, ferrari's charles leclerc leads the way, red bulls max verstappen is out after a collision on the first lap. celtic won the first old firm match of the season,
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they beat rangers 2—nil at ibrox to go three points above their rivals at the top of the scottish prmiership. and fighting for the vacant wbc lightweight belt, luke campbell lost to the ukrainian wba and wbo champion vasyl lomachenko on a unanimous decision. i'll be back with more on those stories later. the international committee of the red cross says it believes that more than 100 people have been killed in a saudi—led coalition air strike in yemen. the attack hit a detention centre run by the houthi rebels in the western city of dhamar. the red cross said teams were searching the rubble, but that the chances of finding anyone alive were very low. at least five people have been killed and more than 20 injured by a gunman in the us state of texas. the gunman, a white man in his 30s, was later shot dead by police in the town of odessa. john mcmanus has this report. the terrifying moment a gun suspect crashed his vehicle into a police
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car, filmed by a bystander in texas. a road chase ended with police officers confronting him at this cinema complex then shooting him dead. the chase began after an officer who stopped the man's car for a traffic check was shot. the suspect then drove off, hijacking a us postal van and randomly shooting at other vehicles. just driving around, normal day, and then i hear gunshots. it was at least ten shots, ok. i got one on my door and one went through, ricocheted right here through my wrist. can't get it out yet, because it's a piece of metal. a two—year—old was amongst those injured. as the authorities broadcast warnings, the public were cleared from this shopping mall. there's something, there are people running through the mall. we're not sure why. we need to see what this is. come on, everybody. and this local tv station had to hastily evacuate their studio. 0k, we're going to leave the set—up, we're going to slip awayjust for a minute.
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we don't know what's going on. he is a white male in his mid—30s. as far as civilian casualties, we have at least 21 victims. 21 shooting victims. and at least five deceased at this point in time. there's no sign of a let—up in american gun violence. so far this year alone, there have been hundreds of gun attacks. john mcmanus, bbc news. a man has died after two stabbings in basingstoke, which police have described as potentially linked and targeted. he was found injured after police were called to an address last night and died later in hospital. another man was taken to hospital with serious stab wounds after being found nearby shortly afterwards. a 16—year—old is among four people to have been arrested. police investigating a fatal hit—and—run in birmingham have named the victim and appealed for public help to trace an audi estate car. 29—year—old rajesh chand was crossing a road in handsworth
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in the early hours of yesterday when he was hit by a vehicle that failed to stop. west midlands police said a 30—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident. he remains in custody. voting is under way in two states in the former communist east of germany brandenburg and saxony — with the far right expected to see a surge in support. the right—wing populist party, alternative for germany, could make gains against the centre—left social democrats and chancellor angela merkel‘s christian democrats. afd‘s campaign has fed on disquiet over immigration, and concerns in mining communities about the phasing out of coal—fired power generation. our correspondent damien mcguinness has been telling us about the significance of these elections. regional elections are often very important, mainly to the people living there, but these two elections in former
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communist east germany, do have wider significance across germany. that is because, as you say, people are really looking at how the afd will do, that right—wing populist party. if they do really well, it will make it very difficult for the leading parties at the moment, the governing parties who are there right now, to form stable coalitions. it'll also potentially based the more radical forces within the party. the afd is really quite a broad church. it ranges really from some people within the party who are accused of really close links to neo—nazis, right through to people who are simply not very happy with the euro. what will happen if the afd does really well in both the states? the more radical elements within that party will probably feel a boost because it is in the east that those radical leaders are very strong. so the more extreme elements within the afd will feel, to a certain extent, justified. at the moment, there is a bit of a wrangling
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going on within the afd if that end of the party, the more radical end of the party, do well today in these elections, then they are really going to take control of the afd. the two main governing parties in angela merkel‘s coalition in berlin, in the national government, in those two states. until now, both parties, the centre—left and centre—right have each run each of them one of the states. now, if they lose the main votes, if they find they either can't carry on governing or that they don't win the most votes, that are really rattle angela merkel‘s government and really also boost the rebels within those parties who are not happy with the current leaders. the trade war between the united states and china has intensified with the imposition of new tariffs or taxes on many consumer goods. the us has imposed a 15 percent tariff on over a 100—million dollars worth of chinese imports.
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china has responded with similar tariffs on us goods. earlier we heard from our business correspondent, kate prescott, who laid out the impacts these additional tariffs would have on consumers. previous tariffs have been on steel and aluminium. these are on things that are really tangible, that people buy every day. clothes, food, shoes and nappies, for example. it is hard to find anything that is not on the list. retailers say they are going to have to pass the cost of this 15% charge on to consumers because it is just too high for them to absorb it themselves. by december this year, there are going to be tariffs on everything that america buys from china. this is going to hit chinese businesses, too. it makes business harder to do in america, it makes it far more expensive. the big question is when it is
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going to come to an end? the trade war has been going on for nearly two years. i am afraid to say, it is not going to be anytime soon. the chinese state news agency has called president trump today a global bully. president trump said despite a lot of businesses complaining, he says he is not going to back down and the collateral damage in all of is the consumer in china and america. the president of poland has warned that that the world has not fully learned the lessons from the the nazi occupation of europe during the second world war. speaking during a day of commemorations to mark the eightieth anniversary of the start of the conflict, andrzej duda said imperialism had returned to europe. earlier, a ceremony took place in the town of wielun, which was the first to suffer aerial bombardment during the conflict.
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the german chancellor angela merkel and the us vice president mike pence were among those who observed a military parade in the polish capital, warsaw. the hearts of every american are with our fellow citizens in the path ofa with our fellow citizens in the path of a massive storm, today we remember how the gathering storm of the 20th century broke into warfare and invasion, followed by unspeakable hardship and heroism of the polish people. that was mike pence speaking. our correspondent in warsaw, adam easton, gave us this update on today's speeches. the vice president mike pence from the united states was very complimentary of the polish resistance, polish refusal to give in, to surrender, to
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the notjust one but two brutal occupations at the start of the second world war. the nazis and the soviet union. he also referenced contemporary poland, how john paul ii came here and inspired the solidarity opposition movement to get together, to feel his support, to overcome and overthrow the communist regime. it was actually the polish president during his speech who was most striking. he talked about the absolute terror the nazi occupation launched here in poland. he said that poland and the world has not fully learnt the lessons from that absolute terror. he said that imperialism is on the rise again in europe today. as war beckoned eight decades ago, britain began evacuating 1.5 million people, most of them children, from cities to the countryside.
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operation pied piper was the biggest and most concentrated mass movement of people in britain's history. hannah gray has been speaking to some of those wartime evacuees. the sun in the sands, where i first had my alcoholic drink at the age of ten. the age of ten? a glass of cider. roger is 91. he's brought his granddaughter to the village he was evacuated to 80 years ago. ten years old, nearly 11, and of course i was evacuated to the beautiful village of lamberhurst. can you remember the date that you got evacuated? yes, friday the 1st of september 1939. this building here is the former butcher's shop where i stayed for the first five months. roger was one of 1.5 million people evacuated at the outbreak of world war ii. archive narrator: so it's goodbye
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to the cities and danger areas. labelled and loaded and not forgetting their gas masks, the children head for the special train, and they're not worrying, they're off on a holiday. how were you feeling? were you afraid? no, it was great, we loved it because the battle for britain was being fought over us, the skies full of vapour trails, planes coming down in flames, parachutists coming down, we thought it was quite exciting. and this was the kitchen. stone floor. reg and mary remember it vividly too. they were only nine. we stayed in london through the blitz and then we went to, i think, north devon then, and my mum took seven children because the youngest was a baby in arms, so we were all separated. we took condensed milk, i had a big bar of cadbury's chocolate but i'm afraid that got eaten before
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we got to paddington station! so we got to the village and then you're in front of all these people standing there, you get picked out like prize cattle. really did. the good—looking ones, in the end, me and this other boy from paddington who i've never seen since, we was the last two. i remember the children being very nasty to us, calling us bomb—dodgers and "go back to where you live" and all that. later on, every evacuee wants to run away. i had a mate, a fellow i knew up at the recreation club, he run away three times. the police took him back. and a word of advice for younger generations. not to take everything for granted because you never know if war breaks out and the next one would be... god knows, you know. but i always tell people, i'd never die on a monday. it's pension day. hannah gray, bbc news.
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the hand of god would have been a welcome intervention for the pope this morning, who was running late for his weekly mass at the vatican. he eventually arrived at his balcony overlooking st peter's square, where he explained himself to his anxious congregation translation from italian: before anything, i need to apologise for being late. there was an incident. i was stuck in the lift for 25 minutes. there was a problem with the power and the lift stopped. thanks to god, the fire brigade came. and thank you very much to them. and after 25 minutes of work, they managed to get going. a round of applause for the fire brigade. he got there, didn't he? now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller.
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it may have turned cooler today, but there is a fair amount of sunshine. passing showers. many places are staying dry. the cloud has built after a sunny start. this is a picture from eastern in scotland earlier. some heavy showers here, some thundery. high pressure to the south of the uk. the flow around that has introduced cooler air and the showers, which have been moving southward through the day. as we go through internet, showers to be had. although the showers are moving away from northern ireland this evening, away from that, dry and quite clear weather to come. temperatures will dip away. cooler than it was last night. in rural spots, temperatures could be in low to mid single figures. into tomorrow, most of us starting dry. cloud and rain into northern ireland. it will move
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