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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at four. the liberal democrats pledge to cancel brexit, if they win power at the next general election. if you really believe in something, you can make it happen. i think that us, as liberal democrats, we have believed from the beginning that this is a fight that we must carry on because we can win it. david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave — in order to further his own political career. the foreign secretary condemns the attacks on saudi oil sites — saying they're a reckless attempt to disrupt global supplies — and damage regional security. messages of support for former wales
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rugby captain, gareth thomas — who has revealed he is hiv positive — saying he wants to help reduce the stigma around the condition. in sport — england get the crucial wicket of steve smith — as they edge towards victory in the final ashes test. and coming up at 4:30 — a look at how algerians are trying to rewrite the history of revolutions — in ‘algeria: revolution of smiles‘. the liberal democrats have voted to stop brexit — if they win the next general election. a motion to revoke article 50, has been approved at the party‘s conference in bournemouth.
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the lib dem leader, jo swinson, said supporters of a party dedicated to stopping brexit — would getjust that. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. pro—europe and proud, the liberal democrats are clear they want to stop brexit. the question for members here this weekend is how. so far, it‘s been all about another referendum. but the party leader wants to go further and campaign to pull the plug on leaving the eu if it wins a general election. the policy that we are debating at conference today is very clear. if the liberal democrats at the next election win a majority, if people put into government as a majority government the "stop brexit party", then, stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. yes, we will revoke article 50. it‘s an easy sell to most members here who see stopping brexit as their mission. we will put an end there and then
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to the brexit nightmare that is dragging the whole country down, and tearing us apart. but there is some uneasiness at overturning the result of a referendum without putting the question to the public again. if we end up in a coalition — it could happen — we aren't going to be pushing through revoking article 50. i mean, i hope we'll get a people's vote, but i don't want to be in a position again where the liberal democrats have promised something and done something else. i think there's a real danger of that with revoking article 50. life is not bad for lib dems right now. record membership, signs from opinion polls and the european elections that their anti—brexit message is winning them support. and yet another mp from elsewhere coming on board. the former conservative sam gyimah, who briefly ran for the tory leadership, is the latest to jump ship, but he represents a safe conservative seat in surrey. winning there as a lib
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dem will be tough. he wasn‘t the only star turn here last night. the european parliament‘s brexit coordinator guy verhofstadt flew in from brussels to give the lib dems some love. and then what? do you... although the liberal democrats are at odds with the referendum result to leave the eu, they seem determined to turn that to their advantage and go further than ever their stop brexit stance. let‘s go live to our political correspondent, jonathan blake, who‘s at the conference. with me, in the sunshine in bournemouth is the liberal democrats brexit spokesman, tom brake, talking more about this decision by a party today and the campaign to revoke article 50 if you win a general election. no referendum? no, what we are setting out is a clear policy that if people vote for a liberal
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democrat government, and a majority of liberal democrat mps are elected in the house of commons, we will revoke article 50 and the reason is to put an end to the nightmare that is brexit and the only way to do thatis is brexit and the only way to do that is to guarantee you have done that is to guarantee you have done that through revoking. you are the liberal democrats, is it not anti—democratic to overturn the result of a referendum without putting that question to the people ain? putting that question to the people again? we are setting out well in advance of a general election our stance. that will feature prominently during the election campaign and it will be no surprise to people that, having elected us in a majority government, that we then deliver on that policy. until then, because we do not yet have a general election campaign, we will continue to campaign fora election campaign, we will continue to campaign for a people's to give people the chance to vote for either borisjohnson's deal, if he comes up with one which i doubt, or vote to stay in the eu. you are telling us the electorate will decide and there
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isa the electorate will decide and there is a chancy lib dems government can happen. that‘s unlikely, you will never get the chance to, you can say what you like in an election campaign? actually there's not much between the political parties. in the last general election campaign, we can start ahead, we think low still losing things but the present situation politically in the uk is very fluid so i am confident withjo swinson as our leader, who is more popular among conservative remainers than borisjohnson, popular among conservative remainers than boris johnson, that popular among conservative remainers than borisjohnson, that we would do well in this general election. we had some speakers say it was a promise that could not be delivered. and someone else —— could this alienate people who want to see the result of the referendum expected evenif result of the referendum expected even if they do not agree with that? clearly there is a risk with a people's that if people wanted no
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deal and it is not on the ballot paper that they will be unhappy with that vote and equally, if boris johnson rams through no deal, which is what he seems intent on doing, absolutely nobody voted for that three years ago and they will be entitled to be angry with our prime minister. and what if you do not win a general election, go back to supporting a people‘s? a general election, go back to supporting a people's? that is our policy. thank you. and after that result in the conference room earlier, revoking article 50 if the liberal democrats when the next general election. thank you. david cameron has accused prime minister, boris johnson, of not believing in brexit, when hejoined the leave campaign, in the run up to the referendum. in an extract from the former prime minister‘s memoirs, published in the sunday times, he says mrjohnson backed leave —
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"because it would help his political career". here‘s our political correspondent, peter saull. johnson: how do you do? cameron: are we going to do blue team? do you want to go in goal or upfront? i'll go here. they once stood side by side. two men with similar backgrounds, both in high office, playing for the same team. that was until the eu referendum. as his memoirs serialised in the sunday times testify, the then—prime minister tried to persuade his old chum to back remain. david cameron writes this, "the conclusion i am left with is he risked an outcome he did not believe in because it would help his political career." you could not accuse us of being anti—european. nor little englanders. there have long been questions about what motivated the poster boy of brexit. but is he really a true believer in the cause? his cabinet colleagues certainly think so. remain would have been the easier career choice, borisjohnson led the campaign
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because he believes in brexit and is committed to delivering it. david cameron is disappointed with borisjohnson, but with other brexiteers, he‘s not pulling any punches. 0n michael gove, he writes... "michael gove, the liberal minded, carefully considered conservative intellectual, had become a foam—flecked faragist, warning that the entire turkish population was about to come to britain." but today, michael gove was keeping his feelings to himself. he has accused you of being a faragist, of becoming a populist. how do you feel about that? others, too, are in the firing line. david cameron says he was most shocked by claims from the then employment minister, now home secretary, priti patel. i was a minister in david cameron‘s government, it was a privilege to serve in that government, and i enjoyed working with him and many of my colleagues.
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obviously, the referendum has happened, we have all moved on and the fact is we are now working to deliver that referendum mandate. that is so important. there is no point going over the past. more than three years after he resigned, david cameron has broken his silence at a crucial time for both brexit and number ten‘s current incumbent. peter saull, bbc news. the foreign secretary minister dominic raab says two drone attacks on major oil plants in saudi arabia were a reckless attempt to damage regional security and disrupt global oil supplies. it comes as iran dismisses claims by the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, that it was responsible. houthi rebels in neighbouring yemen have said they carried them out — in revenge for saudi arabia‘s bombing campaign against them. the attacks have badly hit the saudi‘s oil production capacity and led to the a selling off of shares in oil companies on the stock exchange there this morning. nina nanji reports.
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an increasingly bitter war of words between iran and the united states over who is to blame for the attacks on the heart of saudi arabia‘s economy. the saudis say half of their oil production has been knocked out after drone strikes on two oilfacilities. houthi rebels in yemen say they were behind the attacks. but the us secretary of state dismissed this, saying there was no evidence the drones came from yemen. in a tweet, he said that "tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on saudi arabia, while iran‘s president rouhani and foreign minister zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy." iran immediately hit back, scathing of trump administration‘s methods. foreign media reports say the attacks could have a significant impact on world oil prices. the strikes hit the abqaiq and khurais oil processing plants, run by state owned aramco — one of the world‘s
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biggest oil companies. the smoke visible from space, caught by a nasa satellite. khurais produces around i% of the world‘s oil, and abqaiq is capable of processing 7% of global supply. even a brief or partial disruption could affect the company and the oil supply given their size. nina nanji, bbc news. police have fired tear gas and water cannon, to disperse pro—democracy protesters, who‘ve gathered in central hong kong — as three months of demonstrations show no sign of ending. activists threw petrol bombs, built barricades and damaged a subway station. tens of thousands of people joined the protest, even though it had been banned. 0ur reporter, nick beake, sent this update from the very noisy protests. well, once again the pro—democracy activists of hong kong are on the march.
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this is the 15th consecutive weekend of protests in hong kong. look at this. if you thought things were dying down, they‘re simply not. this is the main government headquarters here and you can see a hardcore of protesters all dressed in black. they are attacking it once again wth bricks, with molotov cocktails. the police have been responding with tear gas. and this is what happens. we have seen it time and again. there was a big rally early on with lots of families involved that was very peaceful, but then it descends into this. you get the feeling this will go on for a few more hours to come as they continue to attack the police, who so far have been holding back. a new storm has brought heavy rain to the bahamas, almost two weeks after hurricane dorian claimed at least 50 lives — and devastated the islands. tropical storm humberto, is slowly moving north and is expected to become a hurricane either tonight or tomorrow morning. emergency services say 1,300 people remain missing across the bahamas.
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a charity rescue ship has arrived at the italian island of lampedusa — after the country agreed to let it drop off 82 migrants picked up at sea. it‘s the first time in several months that the italian government has allowed a migrant rescue vessel to dock. most of those on—board will be taken to other european countries — with 2a of the migrants expected to remain in italy. prince william has praised the former wales rugby captain, gareth thomas, for revealing he‘s hiv positive. the duke of cambridge tweeted — saying the sportsman was a "legend on the pitch and legend off it", and that he had the support of the royal family. thomas, who once captained the british and irish lions, came out as gay at the end of his playing career. daniel davies reports. i‘ve got hiv, and it‘s ok, like. that is what i want to learn more than anything.
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it‘s a secret he tried to keep to himself and those closest to him. but now, gareth thomas is telling the world. this is how he came to fame, breaking records on the rugby pitch. today, he is racing in the ultra endurance ironman wales triathlon, he says, to help break the stigma of hiv. a bbc documentary shows his preparation, and his worry that his medical status would be disclosed against his will. a huge hero in our family. one of my fears is that...that will kind of go and all of a sudden who i was prior to people knowing i have hiv might be forgotten and that will potentially deter people from wanting to be associated or be around me.
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in fact, since early this morning, there‘s been huge support for the as—year—old, who compared making this announcement to coming out as gay ten years ago. it is hugely significant for somebody with such a high profile to talk about living with hiv. medical advances means now someone on effective treatment can have a normal life span, and really importantly, they can't transmit the virus to their partners. but the stigma associated with hiv hasn't shifted at all. thomas is one of an estimated 100,000 people in the uk living with hiv. he hopes his gruelling day will show those people should not be limited by their condition. daniel davies, bbc news, tenby. the headlines on bbc news... the liberal democrats pledge to cancel brexit — if they come to power at the next general election. david cameron accuses borisjohnson
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of only backing leave — in order to further his own political career. the foreign secretary condemns the attacks on saudi oil sites — saying they‘re a reckless attempt to disrupt global supplies — and damage regional security. let‘s ta ke let‘s take a look at the sport now with adam. good afternoon, england look to be closing in on victory in the fifth and final ashes test at the 0val. england were dismissed for 329 in their second innings leaving australia chasing a target of 399 to win. stuart broad quickly made inroads into the australia top order, and then he took the crucial wicket of steve smith. he went for 23 to leave the aussies 85 for four. matthew wade has offered some resistance with a half century. england are on top, the latest school is 185—6. at gleneagles, the solheim cup
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is delicately balanced as that draws to its conclusion. the scoreboard changing all the time. here is the latest. europe are up in 11th, 11—9 over the united states, up in two and down in five, very delicately poised there, drawing to its conclusion at gleneagles. to the days premier league action then, two games this afternoon. quique sanchez flores returns to the watford dugout, as they travel to arsenal. that games kicks off in around ten minutes‘ time. in the other game bournemouth ran out 3—1 winners at home to everton. two goals from england striker callum wilson doing the damage. that‘s their first home win in the league this season and lifts them up to eighth in the table. ryan fraser with the other goal after dominic calvert—lewin had pulled one back for everton. they now slip to 11th in the table. in the women‘s super league, everton continued their 100% start
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to the season with a 2—0 victory over bristol city. manchester city are also two wins from two. they saw off reading this afternoon thanks to a couple of goals from pauline bremer. that was her first, an excellent finish. 2—0 it finished. newly promoted tottenham scored their first goal in the top flight, rachel furness with the only goal of the game to beat liverpool 1—0. a quick look at the other wsl results from this afternoon. brighton and chelsea, drew 1—1, whilst west ham and birmingham is ongoing. 1—0 the latest score there. motogp world champion marc marquez has won the san marino grand prix — marquez left it late, overtaking leader fabio quartar—aro prix — marquez left it late, overtaking leader fabio quartaro on the final lap to deny the rookie a madien win. the victory leaves marquez
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with a 93—point lead in the championship. britain‘s cal crutchlow crashed out and didn‘t finish the race. tyson fury‘s potential rematch with deontay wilder may be delayed after he suffered a serious cut in his win overnight in las vegas. he overcame the injury to beat swedish heavyweight 0tto wallin on points... fighting on for more than nine rounds without being able to see out of his right eye. the cut needed constant attention from both trainer and doctor throughout... with the vaseline applied being so considerable it kept dropping off... and failing to stem the tide of blood. had the fight been brought to an end because of the cut fury would have lost his unbeaten record... and sensing he might need a knockout... the british fighter rallied in the later stages. eventually fury was awarded the victory by unanimous decision... but went straight to hospital to have microsurgery on two cuts. they were two of the worst cuts i have ever seen in a fight where the
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quys have ever seen in a fight where the guys have gone one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine rounds with these wounds, with these gaping gashes. quite extraordinary. tyson fury never panicked once. he did dab relentlessly at his eye but he did not panic. that is just as well because the young swede, we have loads of cliches in boxing. the entire business is based around cliche. he came to fight, and he went down swinging. tyson fury had to dig deep, and go back to the corner, try and be calm in the 60 seconds, as those cuts were healed momentarily for the next round. there was no panic that it was really tough throughout. that's all of the sport, more in the next hour. the clear—up operation is continuing, after parts of southern spain experienced some of the heaviest rainfall on record. six people have lost their lives. the spanish prime minister,
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on a visit to the area, promised to do everything he could to help those affected. simonjones reports. this is the dramatic moment a baby is rescued after the child‘s home became cut off by the rising water. 0thers clung on for safety as emergency workers navigated the flooding. the force of the water can be seen here in alicante, cars simply swept away as the river burst its banks. the spanish prime minister flew over some of the affected areas. when he touched down, he promised support. translation: first of all, i want to express the support of the spanish government and, i would add, the whole of the spanish people, to those affected in valencia and murcia and other areas of spain. secondly, i want to express on behalf of the government our condolences to the families of those victims who unfortunately lost their lives in the past few days.
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thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. when they returned to survey the damage it was all too much for some. translation: the force of the rain slowly became heavier. more of the running water came down and at one point it started rising to the level of the garden and up to the house. and, of course, there was a point where we decided to go up to the attic because we saw it was getting quite serious and we thought it would be best. the water levels remain dangerously high. for holiday—makers flying in, hoping for some spanish sunshine, at the airport there was chaos and confusion. because of the storms we got diverted to valencia and we were in valencia for what, how long? four hours. so we are now stuck here for another four hours so it's going to be eight hours in total. we don't how we're going to get to our apartment. but many here are relieved
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they escaped with their lives. the forecast may be improving but the clean—up operation won‘t be quick. simon jones, bbc news. richard roche — who‘s originally from wexford — now lives in murcia in the hills. hejoins me now. thank you for speaking to bbc news. tell us about your experiences, first. it has been a horrendous the storm moved in early in the morning. fortu nately, storm moved in early in the morning. fortunately, we moved away from the low—lying land. we got back in yesterday, to see what it was like. it is devastated. it is horrendous, and people have lost everything. they‘ve really lost everything.
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and people have lost everything. they've really lost everything. you owned a bar there. some six months ago. is there still evidence of it? it is ok, it is on a rise. that‘s fine. it was dry, there is a natural mmp fine. it was dry, there is a natural ramp that comes down beside it. words fail to describe what happened there. cars were washed in, the beach bars were totally washed away as well. it has been horrendous. utterly horrendous. and the clean-up operation has started, are you experiencing that too? it is. fortu nately we experiencing that too? it is. fortunately we were lucky enough to move out of the area recently so we have not been affected directly. friends and clients at the bar, they have lost everything. cars washed away, it was devastating, coming
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back. it was getting dark, people we re back. it was getting dark, people were putting their mattresses outside of the front doors. where we re outside of the front doors. where were they going to sleep? the power was still off, the water was still off. it is a disaster area, to be honest. and i understand there is a dam in the proximity of where you stay. how is that integrity, is it 0k? it stay. how is that integrity, is it ok? it seems to be ok but there are still towns that are isolated. the water is still coming down from the highlands. there is potentialfor floods and more flooding to come down. there are campsites in the southern alicante direction which we re southern alicante direction which were evacuated. it is still an ongoing situation. in land. and
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indeed, down here. the dam is still sound as far as i know. i‘m trying to keep up—to—date with things but it is still 0k. the spanish prime minister, this is an annual whether phenomenon, you get these storms. but he said it was an extraordinary media logical phenomenon. would you agree? you have lived in that region agree? you have lived in that region a while? we have, in 2006 we had really bad storms and floods. we did see that. we saw similar situations where people were putting their bedding outside. but it didn‘t seem too bad but this year it‘s been horrendous. we have the whole view up horrendous. we have the whole view up towards alica nte. horrendous. we have the whole view up towards alicante. and the lightning storms have been horrendous. the waterfall, i believe
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you have 400 millimetres in places. it's you have 400 millimetres in places. it‘s unthinkable. you have 400 millimetres in places. it's unthinkable. richard roach, thank you very much. you are watching bbc news, time for a look at the weather. a real contrast in temperatures with the northern half of the uk seeing fresh conditions but the warmth holding on across the south of the uk. this cold weather front is the boundary line, with patches of rain. fresh conditions behind gradually spreading southwards in the next 24—hour is. that cloud and outbreaks of rain pushing south through the evening and overnight. behind, clearspells and overnight. behind, clearspells and under clear skies we have temperatures falling away. further south, we have failed and temperatures staying in double figures. the risk of showers in the north. —— we have bowed. generally cloudy skies in central and southern
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england and wales, patches of rain and drizzle. brightening in north wales, and brighter spells behind. temperatures in the low to mid—teens in the north but feeling notably fresher in the southeast with highs of 21 degrees. hello, this is bbc news with me, lukwesa burak. the headlines: the liberal democrats pledge to cancel brexit if they come to power at the next general election. if you really believe in something, then you can make it happen. and i think that that is about us as liberal democrats — we have believed, from the beginning, that this is a fight that we must carry on, because we can win it. david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the foreign secretary condemns the attacks on saudi oil sites — saying they‘re a reckless attempt to disrupt global supplies
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and damage regional security. police in hong kong use water cannon and tear gas against thousands of pro—democracy campaigners defying a protest ban. and now on the bbc news channel, a look at how algerians are trying to rewrite the history of revolutions in the arabic—speaking world, in algeria: revolution of smiles. in february this year, millions of algerians took to the streets. their 82—year—old president was rumoured to be considering a fifth term of office.

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