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good afternoon. a group of mps are preparing legal action if borisjohnson refuses to carry out the instruction of a new law which could require him to ask for a further delay to brexit. the legislation, to rule out the option of a no deal exit at the end of october, is expected to become law on monday. the prime minister has said he would "rather die in a ditch" than ask for a brexit extension. our political correspondent matt cole reports. after a week of wrangling and some
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the most testing days a fledgling prime minister has faced boris johnson has a weekend to pause and a think. as many of that opinion will say content... the contrary not content. the contents have it. the lords have followed the commons, approving legislation so by monday it should be locked in law that britain can't leave the eu without a deal on october 31st. which appears to mean the pm is boxed in. he can break his pledge not to ask for more time or he can break the law and not ask for an extension. remember, the new law means boris johnson ask for an extension. remember, the new law means borisjohnson has until october 19th to get a deal with brussels. if not, the new law says he must write and request more time, until at least january 31st. but yesterday, he said this. this bill would in theory mean that the government was obliged to write a letter asking brussels for a pointless delay. downing street stress this is borisjohnson merely
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underlining he will not put pen to paper but some fear he is seeking a loophole or way around the law, and seniorfigures are loophole or way around the law, and senior figures are counselling caution. it is a fundamental principle we are governed by the rule of law that i hope that nobody of any party will question it and defying any particular law sets a really dangerous precedent. so concerned are some mp, not least tories sacked by borisjohnson this week they have confirmed readying lawyers to challenge the prime minister if he doesn't comply. courts making a decision to try to make a prime minister abide by the law made by a parliament of which he isa law made by a parliament of which he is a member, these are strange times for democracy. putting it to the people, having a general election is one solution borisjohnson is general election is one solution boris johnson is pursuing general election is one solution borisjohnson is pursuing but without opposition mps support that is not an option and they are refusing to help. of course, if this man can as he has pledged get a deal
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by mid—october, things could move in a very different direction but right now, there is little sign of that. direction but right now, there is little sign of that. an iranian oil tanker, which was seized by royal marines off the coast of gibraltar injuly because it was suspected of travelling to syria against eu sanctions, has been spotted near a syrian port. the ship was released on the condition it would not take oil to syria. it's been photographed by satellite near the port of tartus. helena wilkinson reports. this is the iranian oil tanker, the grey swa n this is the iranian oil tanker, the grey swan which was detained off gibraltar, sparking an international diplomatic crisis. back injuly, it was stopped by royal marine, suspected of moving oil to syria, a breach of eu sanctions. the americans tried to stop the tanker from being released. but last month, iran gave assurances it wouldn't
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discharge cargo in syria, so authorities in gibraltar let the ship go. but look at these recent satellite image, released by a us space technology company, they appear to show the iranian oil tanker now renamed adrian i in the waters off the syrian port of tartus. the trap kerr is believed to have turned off the trans ponder this week. the president's national security adviser has responded with this. anyone who said the ship wasn't heading to syria is in denial. tehran thinks it is more important to fund the murderous regime than provide for its own people. just this week iran admitted it has begun using advanced technology to enrich uranium, taking a step back from its 2015 nuclear deal. today's development have added to the
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international diplomatic stand—off over iran, which shows no signs of nearing its end. labour have said they would severely constrain — or even ban — the bonuses paid by banks and financial institutions, if they won an election. in an interview with the financial times, the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell said people were "offended" by the current level of pay—outs. a key witness has been released to russia from ukrainian as part of a prisoner exchange. detainees from both countries have been returned home by plane. it is thought more than 30 prisoners from each side have been swapped. a massive relief operation is under way in the bahamas, which was devastated by hurricane dorian earlier this week. crowds of people have been trying to flee the worst hit island, great abaco, where there's been looting by armed gangs. the bahamian government says 43 people are now known to have died in the storm, though that figure is expected to rise.
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there are growing concerns about the number of young people who've died after taking diet pills containing a highly toxic substance. dinitrophenol — known as dnp — is sold online as a fat burning slimming aid but in the uk it's illegal to sell for human consumption. adina campbell reports. it's a poisonous substance mainly used as a pesticide, but dnp is growing in popularity as a quick fix weight loss aid — with dangerous health effects. in 2018, there were six deaths linked to dnp in the uk. 21—year—old bethany shipsey had complex body image issues after being raped and emotionally abused by an ex—boyfriend, which led to a number of suicide attempts. in 2017 she took her own life. overdosing on pills containing dnp that she bought online. since his daughter's death, doug shipsey has been trying to trace the source of the dnp.
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bethany ordered the pills from ukraine. police raided this flat and found a stash of chemical substances. a man was arrested and later released without charge. dnp is not illegal to produce or sell in ukraine. in the uk, it is legal for industrial purposes. doug shipsey has come to ukraine to find out more about his daughter's death. i haven't had time to grieve beth yet, and i'm trying to getjustice for her and trying to prevent this happening to other young people, which is what will give myself, my wife and my family closure. doug is here to meet the man who he believes is responsible for his daughter's death. who is this? yeah, you sold her the dnp that killed her. i watched her die, in hospital, in four hours.
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i'm really sorry. if i could do anything... if i knew... he admits selling the dnp, but said he never intended the substance to be used for suicide, and is not responsible for betha ny‘s death. all i want to say is i really feel sad. it just was a small business idea. it was just for money. i hope you remember these eyes for the rest of your life. that's what we needed to hear. is this the end of the journey for you? certainly not. dnp is still freely available on the internet. adina campbell, bbc news, in ukraine. now with the very latest on the ashes, and all the day's sport, let'sjoin mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. it proved to be one rescue act too far for ben stokes.
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the new ball has maybe helped book the ashes urn a ticket on a flight back to australia. andy swiss is at old trafford. it was like a scene from an australian nigh mare, an army of ben sto kes‘ australian nigh mare, an army of ben stokes' descended on old trafford hoping the real one could save england's hopes after his her robes of headingley, could he rescue his tea m of headingley, could he rescue his team for a second some time? the early scenes were encouraging. while attacking moments were few and far between jonny bairstow showed a flourish as england made a wicket free start. that was until this. ba i rstow bowled by free start. that was until this. bairstow bowled by mitchell starc beauty, gone for 17, about as emphatic as it gets. for the home fan, everyone worse was to come. as australia got the main man, stokes nair snared for 26. no miracle this
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time, were england's hopes leaving with him. it was surely down to their last specialist batsman. jos buttler. he has struggled so far but could he rise to the occasion? he was running out of partner, next to gojofra archer was running out of partner, next to go jofra archer nicking was running out of partner, next to gojofra archer nicking behind for one, australia tighten their grip. england know once again they will need something is very special indeed. at lunch england are 278 for 8. they still trail israel by 219 runs and they will need another remarkable come back to keep their ashes hopes alive. football, and it's internationals weekend. england manager gareth southgate says his side still have everything to prove as they take on their group's bottom side bulgaria at wembley this afternoon. england have won two out of two of their euro 2020 qualifiers so far. after bulgaria, they play kosovo, at st mary's on tuesday. victories in both games would make qualification
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for next year's tournament, a near formality. and attendance records for women's super league matches will almost certainly be smashed this weekend with some games being played at their clubs' main grounds for the first time. the new season kicks off with manchester city hosting newly—promoted manchester united at the etihad — the two sides, haven't met in the super league before, with united playing their first season in the wsl. we are making sure that we are diligent in all our preparation, making sure the players know their roles and responsibilities. are we there yet? no, we've got a long way to go and we will probably still be finding our feet in this league campaign when we start. but we start in a very, very tough way. man city, arsenal, liverpool for your first three games is a tough ask for a promoted game but it will give us a good guide and a good barometer of where we are at. rafael nadal has reached the final of the us open with a straight—set win over italian matteo berrettini. the spaniard survived two set points in the opener before his class shone through in a 7—6, 6—4,
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6—1win at flushing meadows. nadal is going for a fourth title in tomorrow's final against russia's daniil medvedev. that's all the sport for now. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.15, bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. a plane carrying ukrainians freed in a prisoner exchange with russia has landed in kiev. it's thought the swap may ease tensions between the two countries following moscow's annexation of crimea five years ago. our kiev correspondentjonah fisher was watching at the airport. that is the plane behind me,
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where they arrived about an hour ago. there have been emotional reunions taking place on the tarmac in the last hour or so. small children, wives, girlfriends, parents, they saw their loved ones for the first time, in some cases in as long as five years. 35 ukrainians have been brought on board that plane. including 2a sailors caught on the kerch strait in the black sea. high—profile ukrainians held in russia. now, the interesting thing is what went the other way. an aeroplane went from here in kiev to moscow, at the same time. there were 35 people on board that. the question is whether a man called volodymyr tsemakh, he was operating in the occupied parts of ukraine when passengerjet mh17 was brought
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down in 2014. whether he has been included in the swap. he was a sticking point in these negotiations, the dutch investigators looking into that crash would like to have spoken to him but there are quite a few indications that volodymyr tsemakh may have been included one way or the other in the swap, as a way of getting these ukrainians released and to move things forward. as you are talking, we just saw pictures of people being reunited with families, one little boy jumping into his father's arms. what does this say, more broadly, about relations between the two countries? it is a glimmer of hope, there is a new president here in ukraine, he was here to greet those prisoners, volodymyr zelensky. he said to me that
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it was a new chapter and would open the possibility of further talks with russia's president, vladimir putin, regardless of completed issues that exist between the two countries. not least the conflict in ukraine and russia's occupation of crimea. it was hard to see how they would have discussions if the prisoner issue was not resolved. they have taken place. we will see whether it is built on and face—to—face discussions with presidents zelensky and putin talking about the difficult issues and relations between these two countries, which are so bad. health officials in the united states are urging people to stop using e—cigarettes after another death from a mysterious lung illness, linked to vaping. there've now been five deaths confirmed in recent weeks across the us, with 215 cases of people falling ill after vaping, but the problem could be much greater, with experts investigating
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a50 cases of lung illness that may have been caused by e—cigarette use around the country. our reporter alydia noble has more. over 12 million people use flavoured e—cigarette, or vapes, in america, but fatalities are on the rise from a respiratory illness which seems to be related. at least 215 people are confirmed to have been affected, but hundreds more cases are being investigated. on friday, the centres for disease control released a statement urging people not to vape, and encouraged users to monitor themselves for symptoms. no common brand or ingredient has emerged among cases, leaving doctors at a loss for the disease's cause, and how best to treat it. the cdc is working with the us food and drug association to investigate the illness and what chemicals might be behind it. the illness, which leaves patients struggling to breathe,
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appears to be a form of lipoid pneumonia, which is caused by inhaling oils and, in most cases, developed after the patient vaped thc or nicotine—containing products. the cdc statement comes after michigan became the first us state to ban flavoured e—cigarettes on wednesday, after the state health department found that youth vaping constituted a public health emergency. alydia noble, bbc news. professor linda bauld is the president of the society for research on nicotine and tobacco europe and deputy director of the uk centre for tobacco and alcohol studies. do you think the uk should follow suit in terms of what the us advice is now? actually, the us advice is changing almost hourly. the food and drug administration has said that the vast majority, if not all of these cases, are definitely linked to cannabis oil. the us has an unregulated market compared to the
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uk. we have not legalised cannabis in the uk or products associated with it. these are contaminated oils. we think there could be a vitamin er set eight used in the oils which is causing this lip -- lip —— lip lloyd pneumonia. we have millions of people who use e—cigarettes. some are trying to stop smoking, it is essential that these people do not go back to tobacco use. you say this seems to be linked to cannabis use and not just tobacco? that is correct. there is no tobacco in e—cigarettes. there is no tobacco in e—cigarettes. there is nicotine but no tobacco. this is an outbreak. we have had vaping products on the market for a decade and they are used by millions worldwide. we have never seen this before. so something is going badly wrong, it looks like a public health
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crisis. it is an outbreak. it could be linked to this compound as the fda were saying last night, what american authorities need to do is identify producers to an illicit type of product sold unregulated in the us. we need to ensure it does not spread to other markets. fortu nately, not spread to other markets. fortunately, in the uk, we have a strict regulatory framework. the health care authority has not seen any of these cases in the uk so it is important people do not panic but clearly this has to be investigated. isa clearly this has to be investigated. is a tad tall possible to say what could be causing this scientifically? —— is it possible? it is this vitamin he acetate. it is a thickening agent. what we think has happened is the illicit manufacturers has added an agent to
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the oils, or other vaping products, asa the oils, or other vaping products, as a thickening agent. what is happening is when people consume that, they breathe it deep into their lungs, it is an oil that coasts metrical coats the lungs. there is a chemical at fault here. in the uk, people should only use products which have childproof packaging, a health warning, they cannot be tampered with and they are bought from reputable dealers. that is the message we must send to people today. it isn't that everyone should drop their e—cigarette. the research suggests that they are hugely less harmful than smoking but make sure that people use reputable and regulated products. thank you so much, professor. the children's commissioner for england has proposed opening schools during evenings, weekends and holidays to keep children safe and away from gangs. anne longfield has also suggested posting designated police officers and security to every school to help combat violence. she said that opening classrooms
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outside of usual hours could have a transformative effect on society. jane—frances kelly reports. bell rings. the school bell marks the end of the day, but the children's commissioner for england would prefer it if pupils stayed on for a range of activities, rather than going straight home. anne longfield fears too many children are ending up indoors, stuck in front of their computers during theirfree time, because they don't feel safe playing outdoors. they have fantastic sports and arts facilities, technology there. all of it gets locked up just at the time when children need it most. the sad fact is, we know the violence peaks between four and 6:30pm when children are leaving school. that is just when schools need to be open. she warns that in more and more areas, gangs are operating in streets and parks, grooming increasingly younger children. to help tackle the problem, she would like schools to open at weekends, evenings and during school holidays to provide a safe place for extracurricular activities.
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anne longfield says about £2.6 billion a year of extra funding is needed to allow schools to stay open out of hours and to provide more high—quality youth support in communities. to put that cost in context, it's as much as the promised increase in school funding across the whole of england for 2020—2021. one head teachers‘ union has welcomed the idea, saying it would require extra money and careful planning but could create time for arts and sports, which are increasingly squeezed out of the school day. the government says it's making record investments in education and children's services to help young people overcome the challenges they face. jane—frances kelly, bbc news. the indian prime minister has said he was proud of the space scientists who had come so close to putting
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a probe on the moon. the indian team is examining data to try to discover the fate of their moon lander, after losing contact with it moments before it was expected to land on an explored part of the lunar surface. the unmanned vikram probe was a mile above the moon's unexplored south pole when data suddenly stopped transmitting to mission control in bangalore. bill hayton reports. glum faces at ground control. india was attempting to become the fourth country to make it to the moon but it was not to be. everything appeared to be going well, until the last few minutes. the descent was as planned and we observed it up to an altitude of two limiters. subsequently, communications from the lander to ground stations were
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lost. the intention was to land near the moon's cell poll where no mission has gone before. it was always going to be a complex mission but this added to the humanity understanding of the lunar surface, the presence of water and in that pa rt of the presence of water and in that part of the lunar surface. the country's prime minister was on hand to celebrate success but ended up commiserating with the scientists. translation i watched and i saw that all of your faces looked disappointed. what you have achieved is not a small feat. the country is proud of you and has learnt a lot from this hard work. despite the setback, the other part of the mission, the lunar orbiter, remains in operation and will continue to study the mood for about a year. in just three years' time, indian rockets are expected to send a person into space for the first time. the air force has announced
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the first round of selection is com plete the first round of selection is complete but the country's space programme still has some way to go. bill hayton, bbc news. educating yorkshire, the channel 4 series which followed life in a dewsbury secondary school, became a sensation after one of its pupils — mushy — learnt how to cope with his stammer, with support from his teacher. now six years on, mushy‘s life is the subject of a new musical. our entertainment correspondent, colin paterson, caught up with him at rehearsals. plug it into mine, i'll put you some awful music on! it was a tv moment which became a viral video and made millions cry — the documentary series educating yorkshire. mushy, in year 11, able to read a poem despite his acute stammer, when his teacher mr burton tried out a technique he had seen in the king's speech. it's the same moment when the trees unloose their soft arm from around you, the birds take back their language. now, six years later, mushy‘s story has been turned into a musical.
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# mushy, mushy, mushy — you put dewsbury on the map. # mushy, mushy, we saw you on tv. # mushy, you're the man. and this is the moment he went to rehearsals to meet the man who would be playing him, the actor varun raj. what's going on, everything good, yeah? all good, all good. awesome, amazing, man. i'm a little bit nervous! are you a bit nervous, yeah? same, man. and mr burton is here as well! how are you doing, are you all right? i am excited! mushy then watched on as scenes from his life were acted out. how many weeks does it take my boys to change a light bulb? i don't know, ammi. never! i thought you were telling a joke? it's like, how the hell has it happened? it's awesome seeing how each and every person has put their hard work in, and obviously really shown how far i've come. # don't my mum i'm famous, i'm not a geek or a freak...
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the production was the idea of the rifco theatre company, whose aim was to encourage asian audiences into the theatre. i wanted to tell his whole story. not just the kind of viral video, the before and the after. and this is what mushy does now, giving motivational talks at places such as this — the first direct arena in leeds. prince has played here, bruce springsteen has played here, and now you. it's awesome, i would not have thought i would be here six years ago. obviously getting from the situation where i thought i would never speak again, and now speaking at this, it's awesome. his audience — 2,000 people at the teach first teacher development conference. hi guys, i'm musharaf asghar, and hopefully you guys saw me on a tv show six years ago called educating yorkshire. cheering back at rehearsals, one important question remains. is he good—looking enough to play you? he is, ifeel like i should be calling him mushy.
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ifeel like i'm playing him now. colin paterson, bbc news, watford. # mushy, you're the man #. more now on our main story — and the bbc understands a cross—party group of mps could be set to mount a legal challenge if borisjohnson disobeys an act of parliament that could delay brexit beyond until the end of january. the prime minister said he would rather ‘die in a ditch‘ then ask the eu for another brexit extension. let's speak now to the former conservative mp dominic grieve — who was sacked by downing street after rebelling against the government earlier this week. hejoins me via webcam from cambridge. thank you so much for your time. can you tell us anything about how boris johnson could be prevented from ignoring the law that has just gone through parliament? he can't. he
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cannot ignore the law. he is as bound by the rule of law as anyone else in this country. parliament has passed primary legislation and once it has received royal assent it is law of the land and he's obligated to obey it. if not, you can be taken to obey it. if not, you can be taken to court and the court will issue an injunction, if necessary. it would order him to do it if he does not obey the injunction he could be sent to prison. that process can be appealed, is there no danger that the club gets run down, and that end of october deadline goes? -- clock. there is ample time for him to carry out the instructions of the house of parliament, the house of commons and the house of lords and ample time to enforce the order if he were to attempt to avoid it. it would be extraordinary. a cabinet secretary would resign, and virtually every top civil servant would go. the attorney general would have to resign, after pointing out that he
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is behaving in a way that is com pletely is behaving in a way that is completely improper and indeed the entire mechanism of government would ground to a halt. you are confident there is no legal loophole by which borisjohnson there is no legal loophole by which boris johnson can ignore there is no legal loophole by which borisjohnson can ignore this legislation? i cannot think of one. i have two sata you that in this case it is the law of the land. -- i have to say to you. in terms of taking stock this week, which you expect boris johnson taking stock this week, which you expect borisjohnson to be able to continue for much longer? there is speculation he could even resign over the coming days? i've no idea what he wants to do. the sensible thing is to realise the policy he has been pursuing these last six weeks was doomed for failure from the start and to reset how he gets the start and to reset how he gets the country out of the hole that is brexit, he has contributed to digging that relentlessly as it has gone deeper and deeper and actually start thinking creatively and
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