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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. 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 either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. the iraqi army continues to make gains against so—called islamic state. we've heard three car bombs going on in the distance, we've also had a lot of incoming mortarfire, you can hear now the sounds of battle. following a night of violence in rotterdam, turkey's president warns the netherlands it will "pay the price" for expelling for expelling his foreign minister. at least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump in ethiopia. also, joni sledge dies at the age of 60. # we are family...
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she was one of the four members of sister sledge, the group most famous for their disco anthem we are family. and in half an hour, ade adepitan takes an arctic adventure in finnish lapland. that's in the travel show. good evening 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.
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theresa may wants to get on with it. for months she has vowed to kick—start brexit talks by the end of march. but some here in parliament are fighting to get safeguards written into law before the negotiations begin. today, the brexit secretary tried to reassure mps and peers they would get a vote on the prime minister's final deal with the eu. but... what we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. they haven't got a veto on it. what does it mean otherwise? people talk about meaningful votes. what does it mean? peers have defeated the government twice, and labour's standing firm. what we say to the prime minister, and i wrote to her on friday, reflect on what the house of lords has said by majorities of nearly 100. they have sent back
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two important issues. this issue of the eu nationals, reflect on it. don't have this obsession with getting article 50 triggered this week. the two—line brexit bill is still making its way through parliament. last week, the house of lords made their changes. the government will try to overturn these in the commons tomorrow. if they succeed, the bill returns to the lords almost immediately, and if they give way, the final stage of royal assent could be completed tomorrow night. so, the government has parliamentary hurdles to get over this week, but ministers seem confident that theresa may will be able to stick to her original plan. formally telling the rest of the eu that the uk is ready to start negotiating its exit, and attention is turning to exactly what kind of deal, if any, the uk can get. the prime minister has said publicly that no deal for the uk is better than a bad deal, but that would mean tariffs on exports, under world trade organisation rules. my fear is that what this is really
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about is us deliberately... not the prime minister, but others deliberately ensuring that we have no deal. and no deal pretty soon, and in that event, we jump off the cliff onto wto tariffs, and nobody in this country... the people don't have a say. mr davis admits the government is preparing a contingency plan in case there is no deal, but he doesn't think it is remotely likely. it will be tough. there will be tough points in this negotiation, but it is in everybody‘s interest that we get a good outcome. parliament's debate about the bill isn't over, but after months of talking about the talk, formal negotiations will soon be under way. with me is george eaton, political editor at the new statesman. reminders of the amendments that the
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lords made. two amendments, the first is for the uk to guarantee the rights of eu citizens here to remain. that has been a point of contention since the referendum, and a lot of anxiety among eu nationals. the second is to have what appears and mps calla the second is to have what appears and mps call a meaningful vote on the graduations. the government has promised there will have a choice on whatever deal theresa may may be offered or leaving without a deal. mps want the chance to send theresa may back and say, you should try to negotiate a better deal. how likely is it that those amendments will survive the commons?” is it that those amendments will survive the commons? i do not think they will, the bill will pass unamended, as teresa wayne barnes. public opinion on the referendum has not come changed. it was a close referendum, but most want the
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government to get on with the job. although there is support among voters for some of these amendments, mps are nervous of being seen to oppose brexit, especially labour mps, who worried it could harm them. how likely do you think it is that britain could strike some kind of deal with the eu? and a subaru has said that she does not think we will come away with it. it is more likely that there will be a deal. some have criticised teresa may for being unambitious. she has said, we will not seek single market membership, because they want to get back control of immigration. some have argued she should push for controls of migration within the single market, but she has backed down. some say whatever deal she gets will be bad, because they fear the economic costs of us leaving the single market. what would the consequences be of there being no deal, that we walk away and say, we cannot get one? we rely on world
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trade organisation rules, meaning ta riffs of trade organisation rules, meaning tariffs of 10% on food, 15% on cars, 36% on baby, so prices will either go 36% on baby, so prices will either 9° up 36% on baby, so prices will either go upfor 36% on baby, so prices will either go up for consumers or 36% on baby, so prices will either go up for consumers or businesses being forced to pick up the cost, and give them less money for investment, less money to pay their workers. and in the other areas that week operate with the eu on, security, crime, all of those agreements would fall by the wayside. david davis has talked about a transitional phase, what might that mean? we leave the eu in 2019 but there would be a period where we retain aspects of single market membership while a new agreement is concluded. most think it is possible to leave the eu within two years, but is it possible to strike a new trade agreement? it took them seven years to do one with canada. much less complex than brexit. so there would have to be a
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conditional phase, where we are half m, conditional phase, where we are half in, half out. no doubt we will return to this many times. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests are esther mcvey, former conservative employment minister, and robert fox, defence editor of the london evening standard. turkey's president has warned the netherlands it'll pay the price after two of his ministers were prevented from attending a rally in rotterdam. dutch police used water cannon to disperse hundreds of turkish protesters there. mr erdogan has again compared the dutch to nazis today, and called the netherlands a "ba na na republic". its prime minister mark rutte has demanded an apology. not our usual image of the netherlands. this was the wound the dog left behind as riot police used considerable force against turkish demonstrators. they were angered by the dutch
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government's refusal to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support of president erdogan. he is counting on the backing of more than a million turkish citizens living in europe to expand his powers back home in next month's referendum. but his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them. the second turkish minister turned back by the dutch government. she returned to istanbul defiant. translation: in holland, holland as a country that speaks of freedom and democracy, we were faced with very rough and hard treatment. it is ugly of europeans who talk about women's rights and tell us how we should treat women in turkey. all this followed president erdogan‘s far—stronger language at a rally, denouncing the dutch as "nazi remnants and fascists". those words have infuriated several european governments,
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including germany's, mindful of the nazi occupation of holland during the second world war. translation: we are in the wrong situation with turkey at the moment. we've asked the minister not to come because of the tensions we expected in rotterdam. but this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in turkey and the netherlands. the dutch go to the polls first, on wednesday. it's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti—immigration freedom party of geert wilders. he blames the prime minister for allowing immigrants in, and is set to make big gains. it's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary diplomatic crisis with turkey will influence dutch voters, making big choices against a background of rising populism across europe. iraqi forces have made more gains in west mosul, the largest city still under
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the control of the islamic state group. government troops, backed by a us—led coalition, recaptured the east of the city in late january, after more than 100 days of fighting. now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely surrounded, has been retaken. around 600,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside. 0ur middle east correspondent 0rla guerin is with iraqi forces. you may find parts of her report distressing. a rare glimpse of western mosul. urban warfare on a momentous scale. caught below, hundreds of thousands of civilians. this is the place where is proclaimed its caliphate. here it was born, and here iraqi forces say it will die. 0n the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold what they capture.
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they pound is positions. then, frantic gunfire towards a threat overhead. an is drone maybe carrying explosives, they manage to shoot it down. this is as far as we can go for now. as you can hear, there is a lot of gunfire in the area. there are snipers in position on this street. we have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position, but within the last half an hour or so, we have heard three car bombs going off in the distance. we have also had a lot of incoming mortarfire. you can hear now the sounds of battle. the is fighters that are in this area are putting up fierce resistance. troops using every weapon, even home—made rockets.
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then, the rush to retrieve a casualty. we can't say how many have paid with their lives, iraqi forces don't reveal their losses. but commanders say they have to defeat is here or fight them elsewhere in the future. and as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave scarred neighbourhoods, where they have been caught between the militants and the army. few may have endured more than this man. is put an anti—aircraft gun near his house. an air strike targeting the extremists brought the roof down on his family. translation: three of my
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daughters are dead. they buried my heart. my daughters were under the concrete of the house. they didn't let me see them before they were buried. as well as losing his daughters and his home, he lost his leg. he prays god will destroy is, as they have destroyed iraq. the headlines on bbc news. the brexit secretary urges mps to back the bill for exiting the eu to pave the way for the triggering of article 50. the iraqi army continues to make gains against so—called islamic state.
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following a night of violence in rotterdam, turkey's president warns the netherlands it will "pay the price" for expelling his foreign minister. sport now, and for a full round up, the bbc sport centre. totte n ha m tottenham are through to the quarterfinals, sorry, the semifinals of the fa cup after beating millwall 6-0. a of the fa cup after beating millwall 6—0. a hat—trick for son. harry kane limped off after seven minutes, he may have injured the same ankle that kept him out earlier in the season. theyjoin kept him out earlier in the season. they join manchester kept him out earlier in the season. theyjoin manchester city kept him out earlier in the season. they join manchester city and arsenal in the last four. chelsea or manchester united will play tomorrow for the final place. it was important for us to play well and score goals and show we are set to go to wembley. we are very pleased and happy.
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now we need to prepare this week for the premier league game against southampton, but very pleased, very happy, the performance was fantastic. liverpool have strengthened their grip on fourth place in the premier league, with a hard —fought 2—1win over burnley. liverpool were far from their best, but the victory brings them a step closer to qualifying for the champions league next season. an expectant anfield crowd hoping liverpool will take advantage. no room for slip—ups. burnley do not travel well. but ashley barnes can certainly finish. the quality of the through ball matched only by the size of ashley barnes‘ smile. liverpool struggled to settle. burnley seconds away from going in a goal up at half—time when giorgio wijnaldum pounced. on with the game. it was hard to see where any more were coming from when emre can spotted a gap. not many can beat tom
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heaton from 30 yards. relief for liverpool. burnley have earned two points from away games this season in the premier league and it would stay that way, despite the best effort of lowton. ending up with points without playing your best could be the key to a successful season. it is important because, in the past, we have lost those matches and today we won the game. we know it was not our best game, but at this stage, you have to win the games. was it all about winning today? it was all about winning and to get three points. celtic are six points away from winning the scottish premiership after a 1—1 draw with rangers. a
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clint hill equaliser denied celtic a 23rd consecutive victory, that they are now 15 point ahead of second placed aberdeen. tennis now, and britain'sjohanna konta is taking on caroline garcia of france in the third round at indian wells, the tournament considered by some as a fifth major on the tennis circuit. konta made the breakthrough in the fourth game of the first set against the world number 25, a forehand winner giving her the crucial break of serve. and the british number one went on to serve out the first set, winning it 6—3. but garcia has fought back, one break of serve in the second set was enough to give her the upper hand. and she served it out to win the set 6—3. joanna contact leads 6—5 in the decider, and it is going with serve. in the men's competition, dan evans is out. he lost in straight sets to kei nishikori. the british number two showed some early promise against the world number five but couldn't keep
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up with him. 6—3, 6—4, the score. kyle edmund is the last british man in the draw. he faces novak djokovic later. andy murray got knocked out yesterday. marco fu and judd trump are into the final session of the players championship final in llandudno. fu went into it leading 5—4. butjudd trump has taken the first four frames of the evening, he leads 8-5. he four frames of the evening, he leads 8—5. he isjust too four frames of the evening, he leads 8—5. he is just too frames away from victory. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. political parties in britain have been warned to protect themselves against potential cyberattacks, 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
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their network security. last year us intelligence agencies 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. meanwhile, the creator of the world wide web, 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. well, joining me now is dr daniel dresner, a cybersecurity academic at manchester university. how timely are both of these warnings? it is very timely. ijust submitted written evidence to parliament and i called this hour period of inevitable risk. so tim
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gave us the world wide web, it was designed for passing physics information between scientists, and now we are using it as a quick, cheap and easy way for our banking infrastructure, and a critical national infrastructure, our pensions and our day—to—day correspondence, some of which does not matter, but some of which is extremely important. where are the threats coming from? russia has been highlighted, although they deny they had anything to do with the hacking e—mails. had anything to do with the hacking e-mails. i do not think it is that important to be able to lay the blame on any one particular actor. there is any number of different motivations, especially at the political level. these attacks might even come from a local rivalry. good cyber hygiene for all, whether you area cyber hygiene for all, whether you are a politician orjust a normal user at home, who might actually be
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the pathway through which attacks are made on people, is something that everybody ought to be aware of. how do you find out where the week this is in your systems are? —— weaknesses? they are quite well documented. 0ne weaknesses? they are quite well documented. one of the basic areas which is still to be taken up as a mainstream activity, and has been something that the government put out a couple of years ago, cider essentials, it is by no means a comprehensive list of things that you need to do, but in the same way that five a day fruit and vegetables is not a guarantee of health, but it is not a guarantee of health, but it isa is not a guarantee of health, but it is a step in the right direction, these five cybersecurity essentials, one of which is keeping your softwa re one of which is keeping your software and applications, which might be on your phone as well as on
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your desktop or work computer or la ptop your desktop or work computer or laptop or wherever, that is one of the important areas, and the providers are doing some testing themselves, they have brought in external testers, they even offer bug bounties. the danger is when they —— the people who would misuse them find stuff before the companies do. my colleagues work very hard to find these areas, one of the problems we have is that some of the organisations do not have the mechanisms or be reporting lines in place to act on stuff fast enough. to what extent do people need to face sanctions, companies in particular, rather than just been lodged in the right direction? we definitely need to be a lot stronger, in the same way that we have done a lot of work to regulate our physical goods and the trading
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standards and the like. we really ought to have some benchmarks in softwa re ought to have some benchmarks in software quality. i would love to go on, there is so much more i could ask. i would expose all sorts of things that we need to deal with. but for the moment, thank you. at least 48 people are reported to have been killed in a landslide at a huge rubbish dump on the outskirts of the ethiopian capital, addis ababa. dozens of homes were buried under the debris and a number of people are still missing. desperate residents wait for news at this rubbish dump on the outskirts of ethiopia's capital. a massive landslide swept through the site on saturday, burying dozens of makeshift homes. many of the victims were women and children, squatters who scavenged for a living in the dump. many people are still missing, and today excavators sifted through the rubbish,
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as authorities searched for survivors. translation: i heard that eight children who were studying the holy koran were all buried somewhere in the middle of the rubble. this landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than a0 years. there have been smaller landslides in the past, but nothing like this. authorities warned the landfill was running out of room, and it closed last year. but dumping resumed after a new landfill was rejected by residents. translation: we told them not to dump on the top. i think the decision by the city's officials to resume dumping waste was the main reason for this accident. i think around 150 people were here during the landslide. local authorities have vowed to relocate those who live here. but for these families, action has come too late. at least 3a people have been killed and 17 injured in northern haiti,
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after a bus crashed into a group of people outside the town of gonaives. officials said the bus first knocked over two pedestrians, killing one of them. the driver then attempted to speed away from the scene, ploughing into a group of street musicians. rail workers in three parts of the country go on strike tomorrow, as the dispute that's caused months of chaos for southern rail commuters spreads to the north of england. conductors working on the merseyrail, northern and southern services are walking out in a row over their future role. it may have been business as usual today, but here in liverpool and right across the north, commuters are bracing themselves for chaos. from midnight, rail workers with the rmt union will begin a 2k hour strike affecting thousands of passengers. i don't know how i am going to get home. we willjust have to see what we can sort out tomorrow. it will be packed. a lot of people will be stranded
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and won't know where to go. especially if you are not from the area. the companies affected are northern, the uk's second largest operator, which serves passengers across the north, including leeds, manchester, sheffield, newcastle and liverpool. only 40% of their services will run. merseyrail, which serves mainly merseyside, will run trains every half an hour, rather than every 15 minutes, and southern, which will still run 90% of services. the row was triggered by proposed changes to the role of the onboard guard, changes, the union says, riskjobs and safety. we believe that services operated on a driver—only, driver—controlled operation are fundamentally less safe, and every train in the uk should retain a second safety critical person onboard. efforts to resolve the dispute in recent weeks have broken down. 0perators say they need to modernise, and safety won't be compromised. we put safety at the heart
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of everything we do. the rail regulator has indicated this is as safe as conductor operation of the doors. this isn't about who opens and closes the door, this is about giving customers what they want. for now, both sides are at an impasse and few expect tomorrow's disruption will be the last. irish citizens living in the uk and elsewhere could be given the right to vote in irish elections. they are holding a referendum on the issue. enda kenny said extending the franchise to irish citizens worldwide would be a profound recognition of the importance that island attaches to all of its citizens, where ever they may be. tributes have been paid to the singerjoni sledge
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of the group sister sledge, who's died in at her home in phoenix, arizona. she was 60. the band, four sisters, achieved fame in 1979 with their signature tune we are family. 0ther hits included disco classic the greatest dancer. a statement from the family said joni sledge had loved and embraced life. let's look at the weather. good evening. we have quite a lot of dry settled weather for much of the week ahead. some slight variations. still some showers in the far east. they will clear away overnight. cloud and rain in scotland and northern ireland. it will be a chilly night elsewhere. in the countryside it will be just elsewhere. in the countryside it will bejust a elsewhere. in the countryside it will be just a few degrees above
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freezing. monday will be a pretty nice day in the south and east of the country. temperatures at 15 or 16 degrees. perhaps some drizzly showers. many having a decent day. moving through monday overnight into tuesday, the winds pic up. a windy speu tuesday, the winds pic up. a windy spell of weather in the north of scotland. we could see gales. rain working its way through northern parts of the uk. temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees.


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