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this is bbc news. lam martine i am martine croxall. the headlines at 8:00pm... the family of harry dunn, who died in a road collision with an american woman who then fled to the us — arrive in the country, hoping for a meeting. we may be able to hopefully get a meeting put together. whether it's face to face or lawyer to lawyer, not really sure on that basis yet but fingers crossed, we're stepping in the right direction. hundreds are reported to have escaped from a camp in northern syria, holding family members of islamic state fighters, as an offensive by turkey against the kurds continues. boris johnson tells his cabinet a brexit deal is on the horizon, but a statement from european commission says a lot of work remains to be done.
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thousands turn out to watch four of the remaining cooling towers at ferrybridge power station get demolished. stephen moore — known as the voice of hitchhiker‘s guide to the galaxy's marvin the paranoid android — has died aged 81. good evening. the family of 19—year—old harry dunn, who was killed in a motorbike accident, have arrived in the united states where they hope to meet the driver involved in the crash. ann sacoolas, who had diplomatic immunity as the wife of an american official, left the uk shortly after the crash in northamptonshire in august. the bbc spoke to harry's parents during the flight,
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as andy moore reports. ha rry‘s pa rents left heathrow airport on what has now become a transatlantic search for justice. harry died in august after his motorbike collided with a car in northamptonshire. the car was driven by ann sacoolas, who left britain for the united states shortly after the accident. she has now issued a statement through her lawyer, in which she says no loss compares to the death of a child. anne would like to meet with harry dunn's parent so that she can express her deepest sympathies. but on this flight to new york, harry's parents, charlotte and tim, say that while they do want to meet anne sacoolas, they are not convinced she is sincere. we felt like we had the breakthrough, we finally had confirmed the immunity we didn't think she had has been confirmed,
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that she doesn't have it, certainly since she absconded back to the usa. the statement from her lawyer is promising that we may be able to hopefully get a meeting put together. harry's father said he was still trying to digest the news. i'm still unsure, if i'm honest. i'm more shocked, but hopeful that something can come of this. on wednesday, donald trump made the death of harry dunn a presidential matter, suggesting he would talk to anne sacoolas. since then nothing much has happened to persuade her to return to the uk, even though the foreign office has said she no longer has diplomatic immunity. tim and charlotte say they did not want to come to new york, but they say they will do anything for harry, and would go any distance to honour him. andy moore, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story,
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and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are the journalist and author, caroline frost and the parliamentary journalist, tony grew. kurdish forces say that the families of men who fought for the islamic state group are among those reported to have escaped a camp in northern syria. it held thousands of people displaced by fighting across syria but there was a breakout after turkish air strikes took place nearby. turkey launched an assault last week aimed driving out kurdish—led forces from the syrian side of the border in order to create a buffer zone. from there our correspondent aleem maqbool sent this report. the anguish that only comes from loss. this brother and sister mourned their father who was killed in the shelling by turkey of their residential neighbourhood. the kurds here have already suffered so much, and every day of turkey's offensive brings new chaos. these were just a handful
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of the hundreds of women and children who as turkish attacks got closer today escaped a kurdish camp that held them. they were mainly relatives of islamic state group fighters. the bbc team had access to the camp just last week, where they found amira who was brought to syria five years ago by her british parents. her two sisters, brother and both her parents were killed in the final onslaught against is. my mum died, my littlest brother, my little brother and my sister. her fate and also that of scores of female is members is now unknown. it's not the first massive security breach brought on by the turkish aggression. five captured is fighters escaped from a prison here too after it was shelled. we found it abandoned, the remaining prisoners moved into other already
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overwhelmed facilities. the authorities here say they are already struggling with the resources to hold many thousands of what are among the most dangerous prisoners in the world from a so—called islamic state group. what they warn is that with any further destabilisation caused by this assault from turkey, many more could escape, potentially regroup, undoing the massive effort it took to capture them and take their territory back. already, is says it was responsible for this car bomb that killed three people. the fear is far worse is to come. and the atrocities against the kurds here are now coming from so many angles. all the while, turkey's
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offensive goes on. this evening, a convoy travelling close to the border was attacked. and the number of kurdish casualties continues to mount. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in north—eastern syria. the government says they have held constructive discussions with the eu this weekend but there is still a significant amount of work to do to achieve a brexit deal. intense negotiations have been taking place between british and european officials in brussels. our correspondent gavin lee says talks will continue tomorrow. we've had roughly 1a hours of talks this weekend between the british civil servants and the eu side as well. michel barnier, the chief negotiator for the eu, has been in and out of those talks. we're told there were several rooms with a dozen on each side on a technical level. the terminology, we've been told, it was an intense technical discussion. what's it all achieved? a short while ago michel barnier drove into this building.
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we think he was avoiding the press because usually he walks across and gives us a brief soundbite, nothing. we've had what they call a read out from the eu side in the last half an hour. a quick update which says talks will continue but a lot of work needs to be done, according to the eu's negotiator, to reach that deal. so just put this into perspective, to step back a second, we have an eu summit on thursday where there has been pressure from eu leaders, including the french president emmanuel macron, to say that if they want to achieve a deal, actually that has to happen anytime soon. in fact, the original deadline given by emmanuel macron, was to say that he wanted to know by two days ago, on friday, otherwise operationally there wouldn't be time, you hve to translate any documents into 25 different languages. you need to bring this, for example, to the german parliament, so angela merkel‘s parliament are happy and that she comes back to the summit with a deal. now, it looks like they've got potentially one, two more days maximum to talk and whilst there are no official deadlines being set, i am told by the eu side at least, any time after the wednesday
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morning, it's too late to get a deal by then. of course, that leads onto saturday in westminster, if there's no deal by the morning of the 20th, technically, legally, a letter has to come from borisjohnson in the uk asking for an extension to the brexit talks. borisjohnson has been briefing ministers this afternoon about the brexit talks that have been taking place in brussels. officials have been meeting ahead of a significant few days ahead in both westminster and brussels. tomorrow, mps return to the house of commons for the queen's speech, setting out the government's future plans. on thursday, the eu summit begins in brussels — the last such gathering before the brexit deadline. and on saturday there will be a special sitting of parliament to debate the way ahead. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley, said downing street was still preparing for britain to leave the eu without a deal. we're not totally sure at the moment, because so many of these discussions are taking place behind closed doors, away from journalists,
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with very little being said about the potential concerns that either side might have about the compromise which is on offer. and some are taking that as a good sign. because what we have seen a lot in the last two and a half years is when one side has a concern, it makes it perfectly public that it doesn't like what's on offer. we're not seeing that here and some believe that is a sign that instead of airing public grievances, both sides are trying to figure them out in private and see if there's a way forward. now you mentioned that borisjohnson had that cabinet conference call earlier this afternoon and his message there was that there is still a lot of work to do, a "significa nt" amount of work to do, was the phrase that number ten used.
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but also that the path to a deal is there. and yes, it might be littered with debris and yes it might be hard to negotiate, but there is clearly a feeling in number ten that it is still possible to get from the start of that path to the end. i'm told by someone who was on the call that the prime minister did sound confident that breakthrough was possible in the next few days. now that doesn't necessarily mean that there is going to be run that there is going to be one and there are many people around westminster who are perfectly prepared to pour cold water on the idea that this process could soon see a eureka moment that leads to an agreement. but i think at number ten there is optimism with a heavy dose of caution. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has said she'll ask the uk government, by the end of the year, for a second independence referendum. and at the start of a crucial week for the brexit process, the snp's leader at westminster said he plans to move ahead with a parliamentary vote of no confidence in boris johnson. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith reports. the snp have arrived in aberdeen ready for battle. they want to fight a general election as soon as possible,
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and are preparing to try and make that happen. daring labour and the lib dems tojoin them in a vote of no confidence against the government. jeremy, jo, the clock is ticking. the snp is ready to act. are you? the snp leadership hope an election will leave them holding the balance of power. if so, they won't consider keeping the tories in office, and will only support a labour government if it allows another referendum on scottish independent. say this tojeremy corbyn or any westminster leader who is looking for the snp for support. if you don't accept scotland's right to choose our own future at a time of our own choosing, don't even bother picking up the phone to me. the snp are hugely buoyed by a new opinion poll that suggests 50% of scots now support scottish independence. but that brings a couple of problems with it. it makes it less likely a westminster government would ever allow another in the independence referendum, and it increases
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the impatience of activists who don't want to wait for that vote. so there are demands here for what's being called plan b. either holding an unofficial referendum, or declaring that if the snp again wins over half the parliamentary seats in scotland, they should start independence negotiations. it is unacceptable for us to sit back and accept that this unelected tory government is dragging scotland out of the eu against our will, and it is imposing policies on scotland. if we have a democratic mandate for an independence referendum, you can tell us, we are not having one. we need an independent voice, that is what plan b will do. it would make my life easier in the short term to tell my supporters what they want to hear, but i have watched brexiteer leaders doing that in the last three years and it doesn't end well. i have to deal in reality. i'm determined to lead my country to independence, and that means doing it properly. an attempt to force a conference debate on plan b was defeated in the hall. the additional business
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falls overwhelmingly. for now it seems the party are prepared to bide their time, believing independence is in sight. but they won't wait forever. sarah smith, bbc news, aberdeen. the headlines on bbc news... the family of harry dunn, who died in a road collision with an american woman who then fled to the us — arrive in the country, hoping for a meeting. hundreds are reported to have escaped from a camp in northern syria, holding family members of islamic state fighters as an offensive by turkey against the kurds continues. borisjohnson tells his cabinet a brexit deal is on the horizon, but a statement from european commission says a lot of work remains to be done. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. good evening.
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there's a new world record in the women's marathon — after kenya's brigid kosgei eclipsed the previous record in chicago earlier. she stormed to victory in the chicago marathon, knocking over a minute off the record set by paula radcliffe back in 2003 in london, and radcliffe was on hand to congratulate the kenyan at the finish line. iam i am feeling good and i was happy because i was not expecting to run like this. but today i make wonders to run my best time which i could not ever run and i was happy again. the men's marathon was won by kenya's lawrence cherono but it was a disappointing day for mo farah as he failed to defend his chicago title. after a difficult build up to the race, with questions about the integrity of his former coach alberto salazar, farah was way off the pace, finishing in eighth — his slowest marathon run,
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by more than a minute. more euro 2020 qualifying action tonight — with a better result for scotland earlier. they've moved up to fourth in their group after a 6—0 victory over san marino at a rather soggy hampden park. at times it was hard to see how the game was able to continue as the rain hammered down in glasgow making ball movement pretty difficult but somehow — it was raining goals as well for scotland. john mcginn scored his first career hat—trick. while lawrence shankland and stuart findlay marked their first starts with goals and stuart armstrong's free—kick added a late sixth. that result doesn't help scotland to advance from the group but they can still get to the finals next year via the play—offs.
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they move above kazakhstan after they lost at home to belgium earlier. and with cyprus being beaten by 5—0 by russia, the scots are now one point behind them ahead of their fixture next month. wales are in action at the moment. they're facing group e leaders croatia in cardiff — it's the croats who are leadnig 1—0 at the moment with around 15 minutes left in the first half. all tonight's results on the bbc sport website. simone biles has become the most succesful gymnast in world championship history. the american won her 24th world championship medal taking the gold on the beam in stuttgart. her victory on the vault yesterday meant she had equalled the record held by vitaly scherbo. and biles made it 25 medals shortly after wiht her 18th shortly after with her 18th gold after winning the floor event, finishing ahead of her compatriot sunisa lee and angelina melikova of russia. and this has been an incredbily successful world championships for british gymnasts too. 20—year—old joe fraser producing a perfect routine to win the parallel bars event. it's his first world title and it's the first time great britain have ever won a world medal in this discipline.
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it isa it is a dream come true honestly. all i have ever wanted is to come on the world stage and show what i am actually capable of and today i feel i have done that. world champion, you cannot ask for better than that. yeah, really happy. wales will play france in the quarterfinals of the rugby world cup but scotland are coming home. they lost an enthralling final pool game 28—21 to japan in yokohama. japan will play south africa in the quarterfinals while scotland will look back on where it all went wrong. we knew it was always going to be a challenge, given the way that japan were playing, given our turnaround, but we had the team and we had the ability and the start of that game to go on and win it by the necessary amount of points. that we didn't, it's hugely disappointing and we will have
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to learn from that and... you don't get another shot at the world cup for four years, but we've got to improve as we hit the next tournament, which is going to be six nations in a few months' time. that's all the sport for now. for more on all those stories plus full details of valteri bottas' win at the japanese grand prix, check out the bbc sport website. parts of england could face flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country tomorrow. the met office has issued a yellow warning for downpours along a stretch of the country from plymouth to manchester. well to give us some more details i'm joined now by meteorologist sarah keith lucas. it feels like it has not stopped raining so far this month? that's right, we have some saturated ground. river levels are pretty high, especially across western part of england so somerset,
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gloucestershire, we have flood warnings in false already. it has been an unsubtle spell of weather for the past few weeks. it feels like it has been raining for the last two weeks and if we take a look at some of the rainfall statistics we have had recently. there hasjust been a few days without rain false into the start of the match. in the highlands in scotland, not had a single dry day for the whole of 0ctober. even exeter in london, only one day where we have not recorded rainfall. the rain has been really persistent over the last few weeks. the ground is pretty soggy, muggy and big puddles out there and it is saturated and the river levels are rising as well. it will continue for some people? it is, iwish i could bring you news of frosty, autumn mornings and clear blue skies. but over the next week if you look up the pressure we will see low pressure in charge most of the time. lots of isobars on the weather system, low pressure moving in from the atlantic. you can see all the
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rain, we have had plenty of it and more to come this week. not raining all the time, there will be sunny, dry interludes but as we move through the week, heavy showers and also some thunderstorms as well. particularly on monday, the area we are most concerned about essential parts of england, cumbria down towards the isle of wight. there will be heavy rain but the nature of the showers, not everywhere see them so the showers, not everywhere see them so they could be torrential rain and just a mile down the road, bone dry. and heavy downpours and thunderstorms with the rain as well. sarah, iwill thunderstorms with the rain as well. sarah, i will say thank you just to be polite. thank you. the word brexit sparks very different reactions. the political row over whether we should leave the eu, or not has broken friendships, divided families and the nation. if you're fed—up hearing about it you're not alone. new research by yougov suggests that almost half the country thinks it's been bad for their mental health too. marc ashdown has been
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looking at its impact. it has been loud and bad for our health. sheer selfishness and political cowardice. this prime minister to talk about morals and morality is a disgrace. on the streets, on social media, the debate has at times got out of hand. now the first case has been confirmed of a man suffering a psychotic episode triggered by brexit. 0ne a man suffering a psychotic episode triggered by brexit. one has seen a rise in patients. people get physical symptoms of nausea, headaches. people who had previous illnesses get flare—ups of those illnesses. we have seen quite a few people who have had suicidal ideas. new polling suggests 40% of britons have had their mental health affected by brexit. 45% of
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londoners. i am quite concerned, it wasn't something i voted for or hope for. not good, sorry. i don't give attention to that, too much effort. looking forward to it being over, however that happens. good luck with that. deal, or no deal in the coming weeks, uk's future relationship with the eu will take years to sort out. this isn't going to disappear, it is pa rt this isn't going to disappear, it is part of our daily lives. brexit will be gone if we leave on the 31st of 0ctober be gone if we leave on the 31st of october and we have another referendum and we can get rid of this issue, it is nonsense. the man who got seriously ill did make a full recovery. he explained he lived in an area that dominated and was at odds from his own. for more than half a century, they've been a familiar landmark, dominating the west yorkshire skyline. today thousands of people turned out to watch four of the remaining cooling towers at ferrybridge power
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station get demolished. the power station in knottingley was decommissioned three years ago. luxmy gopal has the story. the pouring rain didn't stop huge crowds gathering to witness the end ofan era. crowds gathering to witness the end of an era. but before showing the end, let's look back at ferrybridge power station's heyday. at its peak in the 1960s, a produce enough electricity for 2 million people. for half a century its giant cooling towers churning out steam dominated the skyline. today, thousands turned out to sea four of those towers demolish. it is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, not many cooling towers left 110w. thing, not many cooling towers left now. why did you come along to watch this today? to see it get blown up and see how big of an explosion it makes. just to see a big bang and everything getting destroyed. always on the skyline when you travel on the a1 or dm 62, so it is a big day for people in this area. the company behind the site closed it in 2016 in
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a shift to carbon energy. these have been part of the skyline for about 50 yea rs, been part of the skyline for about 50 years, so the local community will see a change in that skyline. it isa will see a change in that skyline. it is a bittersweet feeling for the local residents here. those residents helped countdown to the moment this familiar outline on yorkshire's horizon disappeared for good. five, four, three, two, one... cheering and applause the actor stephen moore — known as the voice of marvin the paranoid android in hitchhiker‘s guide to the galaxy has died aged 81. mr moore also played the dad to harry enfield's grumpy teenager kevin and adrian mole on television,
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as well as roles in films including brassed off. hannah bayman has more. mum, cani mum, can i come up on new year's day? no, kevin you will be hung over. it is too much trouble. he was familiar as over. it is too much trouble. he was familiaras an over. it is too much trouble. he was familiar as an on—screen father, both to harry enfield, kevin the teenager and two adrian mole. given the space we can bring new sources of energy. other tv credits included doctor hill and holby city. he was also a classically trained veteran of the royal shakespeare company and was as prolific in theatre as film. i think you ought to know i'm feeling very depressed. but he was probably best known as the voice of marvin, the paranoid android, the robot who struggles with depression
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in the hitchhiker‘s guide to the galaxy. i would like to think i was getting you down. don't you worry about that, you just act naturally and everything will be fine. are you sure you don't mind? no, it is all just part of life. at one director said it was stephen moore who made marvin lovable and has paid tribute to him as being one of the sweet, affa ble to him as being one of the sweet, affable man. the actor stephen moore, who has died aged 81. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas good evening. sunday brought a fair amount of cloud and rain which lasted for most of the day but it did clear away for most places during the afternoon. late brightness and this was the picture in hampshire this afternoon. we did end with blue skies, some clear skies as we head to the rest of this evening and overnight. drain clearing from eastern scotland and more rain arriving in northern ireland and the south—east of england on thursday morning but
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temperatures 10 degrees first thing and there could be mist and fog patches which will clear away fairly quickly. the driest weather will be eastern scotland, northern england. heavy rain moving northwards across central part of england into wales as well. thunderstorms are possible with some heavy burst later on. read quite heavy and persistent for northern ireland and for south—west scotland. it looks like most of the roma clear away during tuesday morning so a drier window of weather on tuesday. light winds with some sunshine. temperatures between 11 to 16 degrees. goodbye for now.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the family of harry dunn, who died in a road collision with an american woman who then fled to the us, arrive in the country, hoping for a meeting. we may be able to hopefully get a meeting put together, whether it is face—to—face or lawyer two lawyer, not really sure on that basis yet. but, fingers crossed we are stepping on the right direction. —— stepping in the right direction. face to face, or lawyer to lawyer.
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hundreds are reported to have escaped from a camp in northern syria, holding family members of islamic state fighters — as an offensive by turkey against the kurds continues. boris johnson tells his cabinet a brexit deal is on the horizon, but a statement from european commission says a lot of work remains to be done. and now on bbc news, game is a multi—million pound global industry selling men pick—up techniques to get women from the street into bed as quickly as possible. myles bonnar goes undercover at a seduction "bootcamp". it's completely not harmless. i spent the whole night kind of terrified. tonight on disclosure, the pickup artists who harass women on the streets... the reason you're doing it is to get laid. only the brave get laid. ..and post footage they secretly film online. i eventually got her back to my place and i had sex with her.


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