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this is bbc news. the headlines at four. the brexit secretary urges mps to back the bill for exiting the eu, to pave the way for the triggering of article 50. what we can't have is the... either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. senior mps warn the government it must have a plan for the brexit negotiations ending without a deal. it's notjust for the government to prepare itself for no deal. individuals and businesses need to understand what the consequences are. following a night of violence in rotterdam, turkey's president erdogan warns the netherlands it will "pay the price" for expelling his foreign minister. at least 35 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump in ethiopia. also in the next hour, we continue our look at the effect of air pollution.
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we meet the people living on the most polluted street in the uk outside of london. and in the fa cup, tottenham ease into the semifinals, thrashing millwall 6—0 at white hart lane. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour says it will fight for changes to the brexit bill when it comes back to the house of commons tomorrow. the brexit secretary david davis has called on mps to reject lords amendments and to give the prime minister a "free hand" in negotiations with the european union. if the bill is passed, theresa may could trigger the formal process of brexit as early as tuesday. our political correspondent susana mendonca has more details. the latest instalment in the battle to trigger brexit takes centre stage
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here tomorrow and the government's warning mps, including potential rebels on its own side, not to stand on its way. what we can't have is the... either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. they haven't got a veto on it. i don't think anyone is talking about that. well, well, what does it mean otherwise? you know, people talk about a meaningful vote. what does it mean otherwise? this is how the timetable has unfolded. last week, the house of lords passed the second of two amendments to the government's article 50 bill. tomorrow, the bill goes back to the commons where mps could reject the amendments and pass the bill back to the lords. if the upper house backs down, the bill will proceed to royal assent, allowing theresa may to trigger article 50. if the lords doesn't back down, it could go back to the commons in a process known as ping—pong. and labour insists it will fight for the amendments to stand. what we say to the prime minister, and i wrote to her on friday
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and said, "reflect on what the house of lords has said. by majorities of nearly 100, they have sent back two really important issues, this issue of the eu nationals and the issue of the vote. reflect on that. don'tjust have this obsession with getting article 50 triggered this week". the prime minister has been doing the legwork with her eu partners ahead of triggering brexit, but some are worried that there isn't enough planning going on for the prospect of no deal at the end of it all. if there is going to be no deal, that is going to have serious implications for businesses and individuals and the government needs to make sure we have planned for it. but the brexit secretary says he has got a plan. the simple truth is, we have been planning for the contingency, all the various outcomes, all the possible outcomes, of the negotiation. including a proper plan for no deal? oh, yes, oh, yes. whatever that plan may be, the government has to get permission from this place first before it can get those negotiations going. susanna mendonca, bbc news.
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turkey's president erdogan has warned the netherlands that it will "pay the price" for damaging relations between the two countries, after two of his ministers were blocked from addressing turkish expatriates in rotterdam on saturday. dutch riot police used water cannon to break up hundreds of turkish supporters who'd gathered to demonstrate against the decision. from rotterdam, anna holligan sent this report. the netherlands, a traditionally tolerant nation, erupted overnight. riot police struggled to disperse hundreds of angry turkish expats, outraged by the netherlands‘ refusal to allow their politicians to attend a rally in support of president erdogan. this was a demonstration of the support he commands abroad. he is depending on the backing
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of one million—plus turkish citizens who live in europe to expand his powers back home in next month's referendum. but his family minister didn't get the chance to address them. amateur footage shows her arguing with police, before being escorted back to the border. she returned to istanbul, defiant. translation: in holland, holland as a country that speaks of freedom and democracy, we were faced with very hard and rough treatment. it's very ugly of europeans who talk about women's rights to tell us how we should treat women in turkey. all this after president erdogan branded the dutch nazi remnants and fascists, after they refused to allow his foreign minister to campaign on dutch territory. the timing is especially sensitive for both countries. translation: we are in the wrong situation with turkey at the moment.
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we have asked the minister not to come because of the tensions we expected in rotterdam. in a few days, the dutch will vote for a new government. the campaign has been dominated by the anti—immigration freedom party of geert wilders. he blames the prime ministerfor allowing immigrants in and is set to make significant gains. the protests outside this consulate building have fired up the debate about the presence of dutch residents still connected to their foreign roots. approximately one in seven people here in rotterdam are of an immigrant background. those images are likely to be at the front of people's minds as they enter the voting booths on wednesday. anna holligan, bbc news, in rotterdam. our turkey correspondent, mark lowen is in istanbul with reaction to the escalating tensions. the turkish president has come out in typically bullish form and said the netherlands will pay the price of what he called the shameless treatment
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of the family affairs minister. she was expelled. the turkish foreign minister followed suit, saying holland is the capital of fascism, not democracy now. bearing in mind the turkish government uses this kind of situation for domestic purposes, it is a way of whipping up the nationalist support base both here in turkey and among the turkish diaspora, for electoral reasons. the turkish president facing, as you have heard, a referendum... in five weeks' time. he needs the support of his core nationalist voters but also the far right and this kind of thing plays well with them. of course, in the process, turkey is now plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the netherlands, and with other european countries as well. let me ask you about other european countries because the danish prime minister, we are hearing, has proposed postponing a planned visit
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by the turkish prime minister this month because of the row between turkey and the netherlands. yes, this would follow the pattern of other european countries as well. it started with germany blocking various turkish ministers from coming and rallying the turkish diaspora. we have had the netherlands and austria as well, switzerland and now it appears denmark also weighing in and saying they don't want the turkish prime minister coming at the moment. it is of course, on one hand, internationally embarrassing for turkey to have the door slammed in their face but on the other, it provides president erdogan with fodder, as i say, for his support base. this is how he works, he is a canny political operator and he knows what the domestic support base wants and the other side of this country is horrified at what is happening and sees it clearly as reiterating the fact that turkey is drifting ever further from europe. but if president erdogan can get
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the 51% needed for this referendum, then that is all he cares about at the moment. let's bring you a line of news from the premier league, leicester city, last yea r‘s the premier league, leicester city, last year's remi league champions, have named craig shakespeare the managerfor the remainder have named craig shakespeare the manager for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of claudio ranieri because they are in the relegation zone. craig shakespeare has been named as leicester city manager for the remainder of the season. we return now to our top story, and the call from brexit secretary david davis to mps to reject the lords amendment on the brexit bill and to give theresa may a "free hand" in negotiations with the european union. several conservative mps have threatened to rebel against the government if parliament isn't given a final say on the deal negotiated by the prime minister. with me now is the conservative mp neil carmichael. he was a remain campaign in the
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referendum. will you be one of the rebel that might vote against the government this week?|j rebel that might vote against the government this week? i don't think so government this week? i don't think so because i think david davis will effectively give us a statement, saying there will be a vote in parliament on the final deal. importantly, i think we need a vote if there is no deal. so you are looking for a guarantee that there will be a vote? yes, effectively, we are looking for a statement in the house of commons during the debate from david davis, the secretary of state for exiting the european union, saying that there will be a timely vote, and by that, i mean before the european parliament gets hold of any final deal and a meaningful vote, i.e., that we will be able to see something which makes a difference. if there is no deal, i still think the government will really need to have parliament's endorsement of the position, all of its position, at least. if there is no deal, a lot of people are
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beginning to speculate and worry about what will happen. that is why we are raising the point now because in two years' time, it will be too late to worry about the implications of no deal. we need to know now what the government is really thinking. the government would say if they tell you that and you know that and eve ryo ne tell you that and you know that and everyone knows that, that we their negotiating hand. of course it does but it does not mean to say we should not have some kind of plan if there is not no deal. it does not matter the context, it is what parliament may or may not be able to do if there is no deal. two years is a lengthy period of time for a lot of things but there's a huge amount of things but there's a huge amount of work to do between now and march 200019. if we find ourselves having the same discussion about no deal in march 2019, we will be in a difficult situation. the brexit secretary says there is a plan for if there is no deal. if there is a plan for no deal, then he do not —— doesn't need to worry about a vote on it. what do you think will happen this week when the bill comes back
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from the lords? will it go through the commons and then will the prime minister trigger brexit in the coming days, this week? to answer your final question first, coming days, this week? to answer yourfinal question first, i coming days, this week? to answer your final question first, i think the prime minister will get on with triggering article 50 as soon as she possibly can. whether she chooses one day or another, there will be political ramifications, 60 years since the treaty of rome and so on. but i think the fundamental thing about what will happen on monday, tomorrow, is that there will be a heated discussion about what a vote actually means in the house of commons towards the end, deal or no deal, that is what we will be seeking and the secretary of state will, i think, seeking and the secretary of state will, ithink, come seeking and the secretary of state will, i think, come up with a statement, and that statement will be tested by people like me, from the backbenches, you know, really probing whether it means what it says, and if it does, we will be ok. but your expectation is that you are not going to have to rebel against your own government? that is my
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expectation. but you might? i've worked very hard to get to that situation. body wouldn't rule it out? don't rule anything out in politics. you should never use the word never. but i have worked hard to get the right kind of atmosphere, as my colleagues have, in orderfor us as my colleagues have, in orderfor us to have a sensible debate about parliament's role us to have a sensible debate about pa rliament‘s role in us to have a sensible debate about parliament's role in this crucial matter. thank you forjoining us. the headlines on bbc news. the brexit secretary urges mps to back the bill for exiting the eu and pave the way for the triggering of article 50. following a night of violence in rotterdam, the turkish president warns the netherlands it will pay the price for expelling his foreign minister. at least 35 people have died in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump in ethiopia. sport now, with a full round—up of
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all the latest news including football action from this afternoon. we will get to the action in a moment but starting with confirmation of the breaking news that we just gave to you, that leicester city have confirmed craig shakespeare will be their manager until the end of the season. the premier league champions sacked claudio ranieri a fortnight ago when they were 17th in the table. since then, shakespeare has led them to victories over liverpool and hull as ca reta ker victories over liverpool and hull as caretaker manager but he now has the role full—time. spurs' final fa cup game at white hart lane ended in an emphatic 6—0 win over millwall which takes them into the wembley semifinals. spurs lost harry kane to injury early on but in his replacement early on but his replacement christian eriksen came on to score the opener. it always looked like a case of how many for spurs from then. son heung—min scored the first of his three goals with this long—range effort at the end of the first half. they beat millwall 6—0 in the end
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and they are through to the semifinals of the fa cup. celtic are now just six points away from winning the scottish premiership title after a 1—1 draw with rivals, rangers. a late clint hill equaliser for rangers denied celtic a 23rd consecutive league win but they are 15 points ahead of second—placed aberdeen. the way rangers celebrated comic you would have thought they had won at celtic park. on their last visit, they were sent packing after losing 5-1. they were sent packing after losing 5—1. things have changed since with portuguese pedro caixinha you appointed manager yesterday. the players were keen to impress with martyn waghorn coming close to opening the scoring. but it was the home side who struck first, thanks to stuart armstrong. despite going ahead, celtic never looked co mforta ble. ahead, celtic never looked comfortable. at times, craig gordon kept them in it. they might have found it easier had jason holt been
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punished for this. he was substituted soon after. rangers intensity remained, though, and the perseverance paid off when clint hill found himself in the right place at the right time. he then found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. but referee bobby madden did not see it that way. it might only have been a draw but forcing celtic to drop points for only the second time this season felt like a victory. nic barrett, bbc news. in the premier league, liverpool host burnley this afternoon, hoping to gain ground on those above them in the top three. but they have conceded early against burnley. ashley barnes with the goal in the seventh minute of that one. 16 minutes played. burnley leading 1—o. in tennis, it is the prestigious indian wells tournament. andy murray, the world number one has been knocked out in the second
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round. the world no 1 lost to canadian qualifier vasek pospisil in straight sets 6—4, 7—6. he often struggles when it comes to this particular tournament, murray. he won the dubai championship earlier this month and would have been hoping for a better performance in this week. that's all the sport for now. apologies about some of the pictures but i think you understood it! you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. we will be back with sports day later. political parties in britain have been warned to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks, following allegations that russian hackers tried to influence last year's us presidential election. the national cyber security centre, which is part of the gchq spying agency, says it has written to the leaders of political parties offering to help strengthen their network security. last year, us intelligence agencies
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concluded that russia hacked and leaked democratic party emails as part of an effort to tilt the presidential election in donald trump's favour. russia denies the claim. the creator of the world wide web, sir tim berners—lee, has expressed concern about fake news, data privacy and the misuse of political advertising online. in a message marking the anniversary of the internet‘s creation, sir tim warned against the loss of control of personal data and governments' scrutiny of their citizens online. joining me now from copenhagen is emily taylor, who is an associate fellow at chatham house and the editor of the journal of cyber policy. firstly, let's talk about sir tim berners—lee and a warning. do you think he is right? i think it is really important that someone of the statue of sir tim berners—lee has made this statement and explained to
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people how our personal data is at risk. we all love using free services but i'm not sure we all understand that our data is part of the payment. he is quite right to speak out on these issues in my view. are we partly to blame, then, for being too lax in what we give away, if you like on the internet?” don't think that is true. i don't think you can always blame the consumer. when you look at the terms and conditions of any of these services, which serves billions of people, they are long and complex but also, they give the provider incredibly wide powers to mine data, edit it, take it down, to share it, whether with advertisers or governments. it is very difficult for individual people to feel that they have any power against that and as sirtim they have any power against that and as sir tim berners—lee said, when at
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the same time have you got this rampant data collection, you also have governments passing very intrusive surveillance laws. that puts the governments and companies on the same side against the individual where both have the incentive to collect and keep as much data as possible and this is a moment really where we need our governments to stand up to big tech companies and get them to be more transparent and more accountable for what they are doing with our data, rather than getting a big slice of the data pie, as it were. in terms of cyber hacking and attacks, we have heard this warning now about political parties in britain being told to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks in the wake of what allegedly happened in the usa. is that a sensible precaution, do you think? it is a very sensible precaution and it is good to see that the national cyber security centre is taking this leadership role because doing that, giving
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seminars, giving people the access to that knowledge and information is a very important part of fighting these cyber attacks. political parties, advocacy groups, non—governmental organisations are incredibly vulnerable to cyber attacks because they don't normally have the kind of infrastructure that is needed and the know—how to protect themselves. however, research shows that just protect themselves. however, research shows thatjust by taking very simple steps, people can defend themselves against 80% of the current cyber attacks that currently get through. thank you forjoining us. emily taylor, associate fellow at chatham house, there. at least 35 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of ethiopia's capital addis ababa. dozens of makeshift homes have been buried under the debris and a number of people are still missing. mechanical diggers are sifting through thick layers of mud and rubbish trying to locate any survivors. many of the casualties are among the hundreds of people who attempt
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to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site. the iraqi military has made further advances against so—called islamic state in the city of mosul. refugees fleeing the fighting are streaming into new camps which have been opened around the city. 200,000 people are now housed in a total of 21 facilities. our correspondent rami ruhayem has been talking to families in chamakor near irbil, the un's latest camp which opened last week, but which is already filling up fast. yet another stream of refugees from mosul and surrounding villages arriving at the chamakor camp on the outskirts of the city of irbil. this is a new camp for the internally displaced, opened just a few days ago, as authorities simply ran out of space to take in more people. and it looks like it's filling up quite quickly. the latest arrivals have come from a village north—west of mosul, where iraqi forces have been
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advancing over the last few days. they describe a harrowing journey from their homes to the camp. translation: we called officers in the iraqi army, and they told us to leave at night and that they would secure the road for us. we walked towards the mountain, and is fighters followed us on motorbikes. finally, the army spotted them and fired at them, and they fled. translation: we ran away and walked the entire night with our men and children. and when we arrived, we were received by the army, and they helped us out. to my brother and mother in syria and all the rest of my family, don't worry about us, thank god, we have all arrived safe and sound. the new camp can take in about 12,000 people. authorities here say it is receiving more than 200 every day and estimate
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it will reach full capacity within a few more days. rami ruhayem, bbc news, northern iraq. the former president of south korea, park geun—hye, has said the truth will emerge about the allegations that forced herfrom office. the comments were made as miss park arrived at her private home in seoul after leaving the presidential palace following her impeachment. the ousted president has lost her immunity and could face criminal proceedings as part of a corruption scandal. here's our seoul correspondent, stephen evans. she returned like a hero, her supporters greeting her with ecstatic cheers. this was not the demeanour of a disgraced politician. the only elected president of south korea to be kicked from office. a statement said she looked forward to the truth coming out. it may come out in a trial. the head of samsung is already behind bars while he's tried for allegedly giving money to former president park's best friend
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in return for government favours for the company. on saturday, her supporters were out in force. they say her impeachment was politically motivated and driven through by the left. and those who protested against her also held a rally on saturday, a victory rally. for them, park geun—hye has been a symbol of a wider alleged corruption, a hand in glove relationship between business and government. there are elections in under two months and one of the left of centre frontrunners said park's ousting was a victory for the people. translation: a complete victory of the honourable people's revolution can be achieved by making the country ofjustice and common sense through a regime change. he says it is a people's revolution which can be completed by making the country more just and founded on common sense. at her home, park geun—hye may
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reflect on all of this. but she is unlikely to have much spare time. 30 people have been accused in the scandal. if they now turn on her, her problems are going to get worse. stephen evans, bbc news, south korea. the government is being urged to create a central database for taxi drivers in england and wales. an investigation by bbc radio 5live has found that some drivers who've had their licence revoked are continuing to work after getting a licence from another council, as danni hewson reports. for 25 years, steve mcnamara was the one behind the wheel of the taxi. for him, the safety of passengers has always been paramount, which is why he is supporting renewed calls for a national database of drivers. the most urgent thing that needs to be resolved is cross—border hiring, because at the moment, a licensing authority can set whatever standard they want, and somebodyjust goes elsewhere.
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if we prohibit cross—border hiring, limit cross—border hiring, that goes some way to resolving the problem. the second thing that needs to be done is we need a good standard of licensing that must apply to all authorities, a standard that everyone has to comply with. and obviously, if certain authorities want a higher standard, that's great. currently, individual councils are responsible, but across local authorities, the requirements that need to be met before a licence is handed out can be vastly different, and some drivers refused a licence in one area may be approved in another. though all drivers undergo a criminal—records check, it doesn't reveal if the driver has ever had a licence refused or revoked for behaviour that hasn't ended up in court. in the wake of the rotherham child sex abuse scandal, when it emerged hundreds of children had been sexually exploited by men including taxi drivers, there were calls for tighter controls. in scotland, they already have a national database. the association for police and crime commissioners has written again to the transport secretary, asking him to intervene.
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danni hewson, bbc news. tributes have been paid to the singerjoni sledge, of the group sister sledge, who's died in at her home in phoenix, arizona. she was 60. music: "we are family." the band of four sisters achieved fame in 1979 with their signature tune we are family. other hits included disco classic the greatest dancer. a statement from the family said joni sledge had loved, and embraced, life. now time for a look at the weather with thomas jackson acca. for many of us so far today, it has been pretty cloudy with some spots of rain. this evening, the skies will clear and it will turn quite cold with even a touch of frost on
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the way, a lot colder than the last few nights when we were into double figures. this coming night, barely above freezing in the countryside. this gap in the cloud will be in place across the bulk of the country later, so temperatures will dip away. already down to single figures this evening across western and northern areas and the remnants of any cloud and spots of rain we have had across the east and south—east fizzling away into the north sea. by the end of the night, apart from a few spots of rain in northern scotland, the vast majority of the country is in clear skies and chilly weather, down to freezing outside of town. tomorrow, a nippy start but sunny and it should be a nice day with light wind. the sun will be out in most areas, just a few clouds in one 01’ in most areas, just a few clouds in one or two places and the top temperature, 16 in london, 1a in belfast, and a bit fresher in scotland. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the brexit secretary tells mps to ditch changes to the bill, which will allow the government to start the formal brexit process.
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turkey's president erdogan has warned the netherlands it will "pay the price" for expelling a turkish government minister. dutch riot police used water cannon to break up a large protest outside the turkish consulate in rotterdam.


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