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welcome to bbc news. i'm james reynolds. our top stories: donald tusk receives a formal request to delay brexit from the british prime minister. borisjohnson was forced to make the request after a bruising defeat in westminster. he says it's a mistake. turkey's president threatens more bloodshed in northeast syria, as turkish and kurdish forces accuse each other of violating the five—day ceasefire. hello and thanks for joining us on bbc news. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has confirmed he's received a formal
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request from borisjohnson to delay brexit for three months. mr tusk said he would start consulting eu leaders on how to respond. mrjohnson also sent a second letter telling european leaders that a further brexit delay would be a mistake. he was forced to ask for a delay after mps voted not to approve his dealfor the uk to leave the eu until all the legal steps had been completed. this is how he reacted to that defeat. i will tell our friends and collea g u es i will tell our friends and colleagues in the eu exactly what i have told everyone in the last 88 days that i've served as prime minister, that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for our european union, and bad for democracy. it's an historic day for parliament, because it has said it will not be blackmailed by a prime
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minister who was apparently prepared, once again, to defy a law passed by this parliament. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg, with the latest from westminster. the government has two nights and three different documents to brussels, one of them and official copy of what was in the benn act, the fact that went through parliament that will say that the uk is requesting an extension, another delay to brexit. but the prime minister is already tonight enraging his critics because he has refused to sign that letter was about, in fa ct, to sign that letter was about, in fact, i'm told they sent a photocopy and an e—mailto fact, i'm told they sent a photocopy and an e—mail to donald tusk, the president of the eu council, longside that there is a covering note from tim barrow, a civil servant, saying they are just sending a copy from the actor without a second letter, a political message to the eu from borisjohnson maintaining his argument that a delay would be a mistake and asking them to ask parliament to reconsider their decision. from a political point of view, this window there is
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now, gives borisjohnson‘s opponents what they see is a chance to cause as much trouble as they possibly can to try and try to maybe get that second referendum some of them so desire or to slam the brakes on the prime minister's project. but for number 10 they are going to keep trying. they are going to try another vote on monday, then another vote on tuesday, the difficulty for them is this process is getting more and more tangled up. because of that, we have said before, before too long this is probably going to be resolved by a general election. our europe editor, katya adler is in brussels with reaction from there. the fact that the prime minister has sent an accompanying letter tonight expressing, again, his opposition, that will help eu leaders drag their feet a little bit. first and foremost they are going to look to the prime minister to make good on his promise to them, just two days ago here in brussels, that they nearly negotiated brexit deal would definitely pass through parliament.
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and time, relatively speaking, is on borisjohnson and time, relatively speaking, is on boris johnson and the and time, relatively speaking, is on borisjohnson and the eu's site, because the break the deadline is not today, it's at the end of the month under eu law. and eu leaders wa nt to month under eu law. and eu leaders want to keep the pressure on mps, they want to help focus their minds before they say, yes, you've absolutely got a lot of time. in fa ct, absolutely got a lot of time. in fact, if they wanted to, eu leaders could hold the emergency brexit summit to decide a new extension even on the morning of the 31st of october. but all of that said, if push comes to shove and time is running out and no deal looks like the only option, then after all these years now brexit process, two premises, two brexit deals, i cannot ceu leaders, at this point, closing the door in the uk's face. i think they are then at that point likely to grant another extension, but probably as short as possible and they will want to know what it's for. visited a two pars final legislation? to hold a second referendum? a general election? or even a referendum on the newly signed operates a deal? katya adler
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in brussels. kurdish fighters have accused the united states of failing to monitor a ceasefire in northeast syria, where the kurds have been besieged by turkish troops. for its part, turkey has accused kurdish militia of breaking the truce. meanwhile, a medical convoy managed to reach the syrian border town of ras al—ain, after being blocked by the fighting. gareth barlow has more. after a day's wait, ambulances return from the syrian turkish border, bringing 30 injured people and four bodies as clashes between turkey and the kurds continue. translation: we were able to reach the hospital and we were told that in the city there were many wounded and many people under the rubble. a fragile ceasefire is in force despite sporadic fighting. but kurdish fighters have accused the us, which brokered the deal, of failing to monitor it. warning of possible ethnic cleansing. meanwhile, turkey has threatened to resume fighting if kurdish forces don't withdraw from the border.
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translation: if it works, it works. if it doesn't, the minute those 120 hours expire we will continue from where we left off and keep crushing the heads of those terrorists. as civilians escape the violence, turkey's working to create a so—called safe zone along its frontier with syria. ankara considers the kurdish ypg, allies of america in the fight against islamic state, as terrorists. it wants to force them from the border as says the group has links to insurgents in turkey. for now, these families have graves to mourn by. but if they're displaced the graves could be lost, just like the lives. gareth barlow, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. a curfew‘s been imposed in parts
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of the capital of chile, santiago, where violent protests are continuing. the demonstrations began in response to a planned rise in metro fares, but have carried on despite president sebastian pinera's promise to suspend the move. soldiers and tanks have been deployed in the city after dozens of metro stations were set on fire. at least 15 people have died and 13 are missing following the collapse of a dam in siberia. the dam, located on the seiba river, burst after heavy rain, flooding cabins where workers lived. a criminal investigation has been opened over allegations the dam violated safety regulations and president putin has ordered officials to provide assistance. thousands of protesters in lebanon have taken to the streets of the capital, beirut, for a third day, demanding the government resign over its handling of the country's financial crisis. president aoun's government says it has agreed a new budget that won't include additional taxes and it's promised a solution to the crisis.
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you can keep up to date all with the latest news, business, and sport on our website. there's reaction and analysis from around the world — including up—dated live pages — and reports from our correspondents. that's all at — or you can download the bbc news app. so things are looking more complicated for boris johnson. our political correspondent, ben wright, has been looking at what might happen in the days and months ahead. ministers never tire of saying it's time to get brexit done, but leaving the eu was always going to be a hugely complex and time consuming process, and it is farfrom being over. this is how the next few days and even years might unfold. borisjohnson and the eu have agreed a new withdrawal agreement — the terms of divorce. the prime minister wanted mps to approve it in principle today, but they haven't.
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and so, after this setback for the government, it needs to change tack again. next week ministers will publish the withdrawal agreement bill — that is the legislation which puts the deal into law. expect an early battle over its timetabling, as well as its content. there will be many votes over many days, and the government may even ask mps to back the brexit deal in principle again, as soon as monday. the government still wants the bill to be law by october 31st and for the uk to leave the eu then, but after today all that could slip. let's look even further ahead. a whole new phase of brexit will begin, if and when the uk leaves the eu with a deal. a transition period, during which little actually changes. this is the time both sides are meant to hammer out their future relationship — on trade, security, and more. ministers will set out the negotiating aims to parliament, and then the talking with brussels begins again.
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this transition period will last until the end of december 2020, but could be extended for another two years, if both sides agree. some tory mps hate that idea, and today borisjohnson said he wouldn't want that either, but complex trade deals can take several years to negotiate. the deal mps are arguing about now sets out how the uk leaves the european union, but explains relatively little about what comes next. that will be the focus of wrangling and negotiation for a long time yet. while mps were debating inside the chamber of the commons thousands of demonstrators were outside calling for a public vote on any deal that's agreed. the protest, organised by the people's vote campaign, converged on parliament square, as mark easton reports. # and you'll never walk alone...# it had been billed as a march to give confident voice to those who want the brexit debate
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put back to the people. but as they set out, the mood was more resolute, anxious, even pessimistic. i think it's too late. yeah, i think it is a bit too late. but we're just here to... try to give it a go. yeah. the argument could be decided before you get to parliament square. it could, it could. i know it could. we all know that. it's in the back of our minds, but we are going to still keep marching and saying what we believe in. the organisers claim a million people snaked their way from marble arch, that symbol of british triumph against the continental might of napoleon, past wellington's home at hyde park corner, past nelson, on his column, in trafalgar square. the architecture of the nation's capital, reflecting historical tensions with european neighbours. a significant part of the country mayjust want to get a deal done, get onto the next stage of the brexit process. but these are the faces of people
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who are saying not in my name, not yet, or not at all. details of every growl and groan from the debate inside the house of commons rippled through the crowds outside as they headed towards parliament. stop brexit now! this long—planned event provided a noisy soundtrack to attempts by government to bring the brexit argument to an end before the march reached its destination. pictures from inside the palace of westminster were relayed to the vast crowd watching outside, and then the moment when it was clear there would be no brexit deal today. applause. the news from parliament is greeted less with rejoicing, i think, and more with relief. the long march that they hope leads from one people's vote to another people's vote, well, that can go on. it's not a defeat. we're still in the fight. at least it gives us hope that something can be slowed down. slowed down? the slower it goes, the better. it means the agony continues, though, doesn't it? i know, yes, that's boring.
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but that's the position that he's put us in, so... but what will the final destination look like? for people on all sides of the argument, that remains frustratingly unclear. mark easton, bbc news, westminster. this is bbc news. the headlines: britain's prime minister, borisjohnson, has written to the european union asking for a further delay to brexit. he wrote the letter — which he left unsigned — after losing a key vote in parliament on his withdrawal deal. let us get more on the situation in north—eastern syria. kurdish fighters have accused the united states failing to monitor ceasefire where the kurds have been besieged by turkish troops. mustafa gurbuz is an expert on turkish and kurdish politics and a non—resident fellow at the arab centre washington. so glad you could join us. turkey's president erdogan said he will crush
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the heads of kurdish fighters. do we ta ke the heads of kurdish fighters. do we take this seriously? yeah, turkey's rates are most serious at this point. they have opened a pandora's box. they may not be able to fully control the militias they support. i suspect he will carry out the operations. and what will kurdish fighters do if that goes ahead? welcome at this point nothing is certain. but most likely kurdish forces will make a strategic withdrawal from certain areas but not fully they are creating the 20 mile deep wide zone along 300 miles of syrian border. syrian kurds with the regime ongoing, they feel if they do make a complete withdrawal it would make them more vulnerable and we should remember that this is
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and we should remember that this is a larger area for turkish forces to control fully. so they are betting on the fact that dragging on the conflict will hurt turkey. us congress increases its pressure for more sanctions on turkey. an president trump me choose not to resist as he has enough troubles at home with the impeachment enquiry. is it realistic for president erdogan to expect turkey to control all of what he calls that safe zone, the 20 mile deep zone? it is surely not realistic to have a safe zone. from now on its use may be an orwellian euphemism. because it is going to be a long conflict for the near future as turkish officials are now confessing that they may not be able to fully control the developments on the ground. but we need to remember some of the
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domestic repercussions in turkey, surely about the syrian refugee issue in turkey made erdogan more forceful in his decision, but they don't think that this is really realistic that with 2 million syrian refugees in turkey would find a safe zone and if they say no to erdogan what would be the turkish government plan? how to convince them to go to a conflict zone in syria? these are very, very big concerning questions for the turkish government. just briefly, president erdogan is talking to president putin next week. what can we expect to come of those conversations? well, moscow was most interested. it is not surprising that... erdogan is still
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very much in need of vladimir putin's help but russell already began to give some signs, some warning signs to turkey, putting the state m e nts warning signs to turkey, putting the statements such as damascus would have the right of the territorial control in northern syria —— russia. so erdogan may have some tit for tat in his moscow visit. looking at the trajectory of these interactions it is clear that russell will eventually prefer damascus over ankara. perhaps a tragedy for eve ryo ne ankara. perhaps a tragedy for everyone “— ankara. perhaps a tragedy for everyone —— russia. ankara. perhaps a tragedy for everyone -- russia. thank you very, very much, mustafa gurbuz from the arab centre in washington. let's get more on brexit now. what do people beyond westminster make of it all? our political correspondent, alex forsyth, spent the day with voters in birmingham. at moseley rugby club this morning, people were certainly poised for a big result. the country on tenterhooks, many hoping for a decisive outcome. but while the sport was settled, the wrangling
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in westminster goes on. as does, for some, the frustration. it's not about whether we're going to leave or not. it's shall we have a deal that they won't vote for, therefore we'll have no brexit, but it's not our fault, therefore we'll have to have an election, and then they'll say, well, you didn't back us up, so you shouldn't vote for them. it's childish politics, and they‘ re playing with people's economic futures. in birmingham city centre, despite diwali celebrations, there was a weariness at the brexit state of play. itjust seems that itjust keeps going round and round without getting anywhere. the economy is stagnant, because of brexit. because of the delay. that view is just what boris johnson had hoped might convince mps to back his deal, the desire among some to get it done. come on, mosley! back at the rugby club, there's support for that stance from those angry at mps' actions today. i think it's outrageous. they're just cocking a hoop at us, basically, saying, no, we're not interested in what you think,
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we're going to do what we want to do. i think it's an absolute joke. they're just holding it up. itjust needs to be sorted. and if they want to go to a general election, go to a general election. my view is that parliament's lost it. parliament doesn't represent the people any more. parliament has an agenda. faced with further delay, it seems boris johnson is being defiant, trying to put himself on the side of the people who are frustrated that this process hasn't yet been resolved. the problem with that strategy is that some people think parliament has done the right thing. i think it needs a delay to give more time for the deal to be scrutinised. because it's all a bit last minute and rushed. so, i think it's probably a good thing. i think we had a better deal with theresa may. and this one is worse. i'm a remaineranyway. boris johnson is starting to get his comeuppance. so, with westminster set for a rematch, the public view remains divided, in what seems to many like a political game, albeit with crucial consequences. alex forsyth, bbc news, birmingham.
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more on the situation in chilly with a curfew introduced in the capital, santiago. we are on the line from maria inez. it is late into the night, what is going on? from my apartment all i can hear is some sirens, sounds from the police and people still protesting, despite the cu rfew. people still protesting, despite the curfew. everyone should be at home but not all of them are home. they are still protesting. it sounds like most people are still awake? yes, they. i do not think people are going to get to bed anytime soon. you are playing some videos and it showed people banging so spends.
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this is what we do here. -- banging saucepans. it means we are all fed up. it does not really matter what your political position, we really wa nt your political position, we really want the government to post a solution other than taking the military out to the street. it is very unusual, i would say, that protests of that song, like around 2011, when the same president was in charge and he was also sending police to the students. that was a very ha rd police to the students. that was a very hard time but today is by far worse. the president has declared a state of emergency and he has sent the army into the streets. when you
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and your friends and people you speak to, when you see the army in the streets, how do you react?|j mean, the streets, how do you react?” mean, it was a very sad and shocking because i aim over 30 years old and i remember the dictatorship. i know that my parents and their friends we re very that my parents and their friends were very afraid of the army so seeing them in the street was very, very shocking but also it is very interesting to see that younger people, younger than me, they do not seem to be afraid of them. i would say that a new generation is not that afraid of saying what they want and standing up for the people. the president has said that he would get rid of the price rises, he would stop them. our people reacted to
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that? not really because that would have been felt around four or five days ago, when most protists were about the race in transport but now it is about everything, notjust transport. —— raising the price of transport. —— raising the price of transport. we are talking about the quality of life, how the medication system, pensions work so people have said, ok, that could be a good measure but, after that, immediately after it was announced we had our cu rfew. after it was announced we had our curfew. maria ines, thank you for speaking to us from santiago. at the rugby world cup injapan, it was the first day of
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the quarterfinals. england took on old foes australia. our sport editor dan roan reports. if england wanted to lay down a marker, they have done it. it was a hugely impressive performance. they got onto an excellent start against the old rivals australia, thanks largely to wingerjonny may who scored twice in two minutes. the captain and flyhalf owen farrell extending his side's lead with some importing kicks too. but the advantage at half—time was just eight points thanks to the boot of christian lealiifano who scored some important points of his own. immediately after the restart australia reduced the deficit to just one point — at that moment in the game the match was very much in the balance. but then enter kyle sinclair, the powerful england prop storming through, he proved unstoppable.
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—— sinckler. and after that england really reasserted their authority, thanks to owen farrell's boot, he ended up with 20 points and significant defence. anthony watson secured a try which sealed victory from an intercept. england didn't look back, a margin of victory over australia, who lost the world cup on english soilfour years ago, and were trying to secure revenge. england can now look forward to a semifinal, that was the target for the australian coach. i think given the manner in which it has been achieved, england will now believe they can go all the way, and secure its first world cup victory since 2003. in the day's other quarterfinal ireland took on new zealand. andy swiss was watching. and this was a night when they showed exactly why. as ireland's hopes were dazzlingly destroyed.
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it was an utterly emphatic wind over ireland. ireland looking to reach a semi—final for the ireland. ireland looking to reach a semi—finalfor the first ireland. ireland looking to reach a semi—final for the first time in their history but from the moment that aaron smith scored too early tries to put new zealand in control, there was only going to be one winner. beauden barrett added a try. after the break, new zealand went on expanding their lead. ireland got to consolation scores from bobby henshaw and then a penalty tryjordi barrett rounded things off for new zealand in the closing minutes to complete a ruthless victory over ireland. ireland's disappointment in the world cup continues once again that they have been knocked out at the quarter—finals stage. remember, they had gone into this tournament as well number one. as for new zealand, what a performance from them and what a performance from them and what a performance from them and what a mouthwatering semi—final this sets up against england in yokohama
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next weekend. hello there. saturday was a day of contrast. we finally got some much—needed sunshine across central and southern england and, in fact, in hampshire, we had over seven hours of sunshine. that's not bad for this time of year. it was a different story though further north, across the scottish borders. there was some heavy, persistent rain at times, and some blustery winds and, in fact, edinburgh had 34mm of rain, around an inch and a half of rain, throughout the day. so the radar shows where that rain tended to sit, through much of saturday. it is starting to weaken off now, as the area of kow pressure is drifting into the north sea, and it's allowing a northerly flow to start to dominate across the country. so as the showers fade away and the northerly air kicks in, we will start to see those temperatures falling away, so it could be potentially a chilly start to sunday. particularly in rural parts of scotland and lincolnshire, in south—east england, we are going to see low single figures, maybe low enough for some pockets of frost. so we start off on a chilly note.
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that low pressure sitting out in the north sea could feed a little more cloud along those east coasts and a few scattered showers. so here it could be cold and disappointing, but further south and west, away from the low, we should see the cloud breaking up, the sunshine coming through and highs peaking at 9—11; degrees. so that's the story on sunday. just need to draw your attention to what's happening across the near continent. this frontal system may well move towards the essex and kent coast, overnights sunday into monday, and produce some wet weather, but the high pressure is building in from the atlantic, so that is the dominant force to the weather story on monday, as you can see. largely fine and dry but we will need to keep a close eye on events down into the south—east. that could be a little bit of a fly in the ointment. generally speaking though, highs are likely to peek, again, at 9—11; degrees. now, as we move out of monday into tuesday, that area of high pressure pushing in from the atlantic willjust slip its way steadily southwards, and that's going to allow weather fronts to topple across the high
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and push into the far north—west. so potentially bringing the risk of some more wet weather and certain windy weather at times as well. so only up into the far north of scotland potentially on tuesday. elsewhere, with a south—westerly feed, might be a little more cloud along west face coasts, but a little bit milder with it as well. you can see the theme is generally a dry one across the country, with highs of 11—15 celsius. so as we you move out of tuesday into wednesday and thursday, it's a similar feel to things. we keep the potential for some wetter weather up into the far north. much of england and wales stay dry and a little milder. take care.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the president of the european council, donald tusk, has confirmed he's received a formal request from borisjohnson to delay brexit. mr tusk said he would start consulting eu leaders on how to react. the british prime minister sent the letter after mps voted not to approve his dealfor the uk
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