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this is bbc news. i'm david eades. our top stories: china's communist party unveils its new top leadership. is there a successor to president xi? turning against trump: two republican party senators launch scathing attacks on their own president. one day before kenya's presidential election, the country's supreme court is to rule on whether it can go ahead. i'm ben bland. the weed killer conundrum: eu health experts are due to vote on whether or not to extend the licence for glyphosate. industry say it's harmless and necessarry, but opponents claim it can cause cancer. and we will hear from singaporeans regarding what they think about the new strict rules on car ownership
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that coming from february next year. hello and welcome to bbc news. the position of xijinping has never been stronger. now he is building around him a team to help rule in his image. the make—up of the communist party's politburo standing committee, the most senior decision—making body in the country, has just been announced to the public. the members of that committee are being introduced. let's have a look at the annex to the great hall. xi jinping is spelling out the individuals who have been introduced one by one. there are seven members of the standing committee. the premier is remaining on the committee, and is among the seven. as we hear from the man
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committee, and is among the seven. as we hearfrom the man in charge, let's go over to our correspondent who has been following the detail of who has been following the detail of who has been brought in on what is obviously a critically important team. it is always men. no women have ever featured in the committee of the political bureau of the central committee of the communist party of china. this is the top senior decision—making body within the government of this country. we have five new people this time round. a significant clear out. that's because five people reached retirement age. xijinping, he remains. this is a classic bit of television theatre. he walked out first, followed by the premier, li keqiang, who stays in place, and
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then five new faces. let me give you their names for the record. li zhanshu, their names for the record. li zha nshu, wang their names for the record. li zhanshu, wang yang, zhao leji and han zheng. it seems there is no one with youth on their side. it is often said that an heir would be elevated at this time. it happened with xijinping back in elevated at this time. it happened with xi jinping back in 2007. elevated at this time. it happened with xijinping back in 2007. it is not the case now. the men standing on the stage at the moment are all too old. there is no next generation. that's the main takeaway from this event. we've had this week ofa from this event. we've had this week of a congress. xijinping's from this event. we've had this week of a congress. xi jinping's thoughts have gone into the constitution, this party that ruled this country, and there has been an expectation that an heir might be anointed but that's not the case. it is set to assume that xi jinping has a lot more to do and want a lot more to do
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and wants the time to do it. is he going to stick around for a third term as president? who knows? there are ways in this country of not being president but retaining high positions, head of the party, head of the military commission, to make sure your rule stays in place. so no young generation, no useful heir appears to have been anointed. when we ta ke appears to have been anointed. when we take into account the overwhelming... it was unanimity yesterday in terms of support for xi jinping and socialism, with chinese characteristics, for a new era, which is his position. does he decide quite simply who these seven are going to be, or is there still an awful lot more horse trading, negotiation and indeed some perhaps resista nce negotiation and indeed some perhaps resistance to him that has to be taken into account? i think to be honest what we've seen over the past
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few days is a clear illustration of the fact that there is very little resista nce the fact that there is very little resistance within the party for xi jinping and his leadership. any admire him for what he has done, especially when it comes to dealing with corruption in the communist party. when he became leader many felt the legitimacy of the communist party was disintegrating and his effo rts party was disintegrating and his efforts to deal with the apra one as it has been described, has helped to try to rejuvenate that legitimacy. so he came into this congress already a man who was president. general secretary of the party and chairman of the military commission. about as much power as you can get. that's been further consolidated and what we have now is a group of people who owe their allegiance, there is tension up the ladder, to him. there is of course factional infighting in chinese politics, as their reason in politics in every country. we have the shanghai faction represented by the former president who is still alive and in his 90s. but in towel, xijinping's
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predecessor. —— hu jintao. his 90s. but in towel, xijinping's predecessor. —— hujintao. bite their influence is waning. this is their influence is waning. this is the first time xi jinping has influenced the top and he has done that today. it doesn't look like he is working through his final term. no, he clearly is not. look back to the work in that marathon three—hour speech last week and his china dream, which is at the centre of his leadership. it's not something that he hopes to see realised in the next couple of years. it's about a modern military by 2035. it's about reclaiming china's space on the ce ntresta g e reclaiming china's space on the centrestage by 2050. this is a man who believes this new era extends far beyond 2022. he would be set to
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leave this day —— stage as convention would have it. we are just giving you a shot here of the seven man committee, the most senior decision—making body in china, with of course xijinping decision—making body in china, with of course xi jinping at the podium. moving on with the rest of the news today. two senators from donald trump's republican party have launched scathing attacks on the president, describing his administration as: "reckless, outrageous and undignified". that was how senatorjeff flake of arizona put it, as announced he would not seek re—election and would not remain silent or complicit. earlier, another senator, bob corker, described president trump as an utterly untruthful president and said he had also decided not to seek re—election next year. peter bowes reports. a hostile reception on many fronts. donald trump arrived on capitol hill to talk about tax reform with republican leaders,
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but he had to run the gauntlet. a protester accusing him of being treasonous. treason, treason! it was a minor outburst compared with what was to come. a searing takedown from the floor of the senate. i rise today to address a matter that has been very much on my mind. at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than by our own values and principles. the arizona senatorjeff flake said he would not be standing for re—election, and he felt it was an issue of duty and conscience to criticise the president. it was relentless and blistering. we must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country. the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency. the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest
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and most personal reasons. reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have been elected to serve. none of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. earlier, another republican senator also publicly rebuked the president. bob corker, who had previously said he was not standing for re—election, called donald trump a liar who damaged america's standing in the world. it is a sad place, from my perspective, for our nation. i think the worst of it is going to be the whole debasing, if you will, of our nation. i think that will be the contribution that hurts our nation most. you think the president is debasing the nation? i don't think it's any question that that's the case. just the way that he conducts himself and goes to such
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a low level. just...| do. his comments followed an ea rly—morning twitter outburst from donald trump, during which he called the senator "incompetent" and "a lightweight. " look, you've got an individual in the president who's a fighter. we've said it many times before. the people of this country didn't elect somebody to be weak, they elected somebody to be strong, and when he gets hit he's going to hit back, and i think senator corker knows that and he's trying to get a headline or two on his way out the door. the president summed up his day in another tweet: it was a remarkable day in american politics. and perhaps the day the tide started to turn against donald trump. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. russia has vetoed a united nations security council resolution renewing
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an investigation into the use of chemical weapons in syria. it's the ninth time russia has used its veto to protect its ally. last month, un investigators said a forensic examination showed beyond doubt that the syrian air force carried out a sarin nerve agent gas attack in april. venezuela's opposition coalition has been badly split after one of its leading members, a former presidential candidate, henrique capriles announced he would leave. mr capriles said he was protesting against the decision by a group of newly elected opposition governors, to pledge allegiance to a pro—government constituent assembly, regarded as illegitimate by the opposition coalition. the governor of the us territory puerto rico has called on the federal government to speed up its response to dealing with severe power shortages on the island one month after hurricane maria. governor ricardo rossello said only seven brigades of engineers had been sent to the island, where more than 80% of citizens
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were still without electricity. let's catch up on the business news. thanks very much. a two—year row over whether to ban the use of a common weedkiller in europe reaches its climax later. eu health experts are due to vote on whether to extend the licence for glyphosate. 55? i‘érzéfgs‘fif §§§€£§$t§tf‘§'§ the reason this is worrying for some are the links between glyphosate and cancer. a study in 2015 by the world health organisation's cancer agency found that it was "probably carcinogenic to humans". monsanto, which discovered
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the chemical and owns the roundup brand, insists it is safe. the other issue is what could replace it. several farmers unions have threatened lawsuits if the licence is not extended, because they would have to completely change how they farm. more on that in world business report. we will also be looking at this, a story we touched on yesterday. 0wning your own set of wheels is something many aspire to in asia. but the perils of traffic jams and air pollution mean things are changing. unlike many other asian countries, singapore controls the number of vehicles on its roads. and from february next year, those regulations are getting stricter by not allowing any extra cars on the road. a one in, one out. in wbr we'll here from some residents of singapore how they react to the new rules. that's all in about 20 minutes, so
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join me if you can. very expensive business, buying a car in singapore. thanks very much. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: he painted the ordinary in way that was extra—ordinary. 50 of cezanne's portraits are brought together for the very first time. an historic moment that many of his victims had been waiting for for decades. a former dictator, but, as he sat down in the dock, obedient enough. dawn and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain, it lights up a biblicalfamine, now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion — in argentina today, it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money. we had controversies
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in the past with great britain, but as good friends we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home for the last time. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the communist party of china has unveiled its new leadership, and there's no obvious successor to president xi among them. the republican party senator jeff flake has announced he won't seek re—election because of what he called the reckless and undignified behaviour of president trump's white house. there is going to be a kenyan
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election. the opposition with a stronghold in the west of the country claims a vote will not be fair. fergal keane sent us this report. it looks, and, when you're in the midst of it, feels like a boisterous democracy in action. but it's an election with only one side seeking votes. these are president kenyatta's supporters. and they demand that elections take place, whatever the opposition leader, raila 0dinga, says. raila 0dinga, he want to come and broke power. he'sjust taking us backwards whereas we want to go forward. he just wants to come and bring war
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and he can set fire, but he can burn himself. here, the supreme court is seen as having stolen their victory in the last elections. but as we arrived in the opposition stronghold of kisumu in western kenya, it felt like another country. these youths are from the luo ethnic group like raila 0dinga and believe president kenyatta, from the kikuyu majority, wants to marginalise them. poverty and corruption have deepened ethnic rivalries. we don't want elections that is already rigged. we want a free and fair election. will you allow elections to take place here? no, election in kenya, in kisumu, is not going to happen. in this kind of volatile atmosphere, it's hard to imagine free and fair elections taking place in opposition strongholds like this.
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and if they don't go ahead, there will be a serious doubt over the legitimacy of the result, certainly for those people who support raila 0dinga. this is, in part, a dynastic struggle. kenya's first post—colonial leader was the current president's father, jomo kenyatta. his first cabinet included raila 0dinga's father. the idea was to banish tribalism, but the dream fell away under decades of one—party rule and cronyism. now recent democratic progress is under threat. what's at stake at these elections on thursday is kenya's democratic future. a lot of blood has been spilled, a lot of labour has been expended by kenyans to achieve the kind of democratic institutions that we have, the kind of constitution that we have. and that's what is at risk here.
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it's not just about an election or the repeat of an election. it's about kenya's democratic future. the escalating tension is harming kenya's economy. half the country's manufacturers plan to shed jobs. and for the vulnerable, the fear of violence is palpable. lydia is a widow whose two—year—old daughter, cha ntelle, was wounded by a stray bullet during rioting near their village. she also has a son and since her husband died, survives on the few pounds she earns washing clothes. translation: life here is very difficult. i wash clothes in order to eat, but now i can't do that because the baby is upset and i can't leave home. kenya is deeply polarised. tonight, the bodyguard of a senior judge was shot and wounded amid a growing sense of crisis. fergal keane, bbc news, nairobi. final preparations are being made
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in bangkok for the funeral of the thai king, who died a year ago. the five—day ceremony is expected to cost around $90 million. the new king will lead the rituals, and around a quarter of million people are expected to take part. time for the sport. and we start with baseball, where the los angeles dodgers beat the houston astros 3—1 to take the opening game of the 2017 world series. a pitching masterclass from dodgers star clayton kershaw and a two—run homer from justin turner gave the home side the win. game two of the best—of—seven series takes place at dodger stadium in los angeles on thursday. at the wta finals in singapore, world number three, karolina pliskova, booked a place in the semi—finals after a thumping straight sets win against the world number two, garbine muguruza. and there was also success on tuesday for american venus
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williams. austin halewood rounds up the action. at 37, venus williams keeps rolling back the years in 2017. after losing her first match in singapore, next up her first match in singapore, next up was yulena. williams came out on top to take it 7—5 in the first set. then the french open champion hit back, showing she has enough power to dominate anyone on the tour on her day. but as the match past three hours with 20 breaks of serve, it was williams‘ experience and consistency which gave her the victory. her eyes still on a place in the semifinals while her opponent knows she is going home. the second match on tuesday was much more
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straightforward. both karolina pliskova and garbine muguruza were both in opening matches. but with karolina pliskova at the top of her game, she is a difficult player to top. she showed off power at the baseline. and her touch at the net. as she raced into an early lead. and she soon wrapped up the opening set, breaking the wimbledon champion served twice in a row. the spaniard had no answer for the served twice in a row. the spaniard had no answerfor the power of served twice in a row. the spaniard had no answer for the power of the czech. garbine muguruza, a showdown with venus williams for a spot in the semifinals. and now for some football for you as well. in the league cup in england, manchester city, who are flying high in the english premier league, were taken to penalties by second tier side wolves on tuesday. it was goalless after extra time sending the match to penalties. city keeper claudio bravo was the hero of the night. he had already made three key saves
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in normal time and then blocked two spot kicks. city scored all four of theirs, with sergio aguero sealing the win. while in the copa del rey it was jose arnaiz making the headlines. he scored on his senior debut for barcelona. 3—0 winners they were in their first leg tie away at real murcia. the french master, paul cezanne, is famous for his post impressionist art and now a major exhibition of his work goes on show in london. more than 50 cezanne paintings from collections around the world will be displayed together for the first time. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, has more. a portrait of an artist as a young man. paul cezanne‘s early selfie, painted in his 20s when he was still learning to look like no other artist. he would paint himself throughout his career, making breakthroughs in technique and tone each time, until this final self—portrait, when the artist picasso called "the father of us all" revealed a lifetime‘s knowledge and skill in a single image. cezanne‘s portraits were radical when he painted them in the second half of the 19th century, and they still feel radical today. not for him idealised versions
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of the rich and famous and the great and the good, he just wanted to paint ordinary people in really ordinary settings, and thereby create something extraordinary. even though he doesn‘t seek to represent expressed emotion, obviously he‘s interested in character, and i think he really wa nted that sense of the peoplenesses of people regardless of social status, regardless of anything. i mean, when you look back in the history of portraiture, who has done that before? and you end up with rembrandt. are there pictures in this exhibition, john, where we see cezanne the artist take leaps forward? the first big thing is very early, in the mid—1860s, where he makes paintings entirely with a palette knife. portraits had never been painted in that way before. the next big step is in the middle
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of the ‘70s where, after having worked with the impressionists, colour blooms in his pictures. then by the ‘80s, volume is very present with regular hatch brush strokes. and then in the ‘90s, all these different currents really start to come together. cezanne was famously grumpy. sitters could be reprimanded for the slightest fidget. "does an apple move?" he‘d snap, even though it might have been the 150th session they‘d attended for a single portrait. it is fair to say, cezanne was something else. will gompertz, bbc news. wonderful pictures. well worth going to have a look if you get the opportunity. this is bbc news. we
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will be back shortly. hello there. yesterday we had a top average of about 20 degrees in the south—east of england and east anglia. the milder, warmer air south of these weather fronts, which earlier on were giving heavy rain across northern england and scotland, that front slipping southwards and turning much weaker. heading southwards, to give us a damp start, perhaps across the south—west of england and south—east of england, a bit of mist around and maybe fog over the hills. further north, clearer skies arriving in a good part of wales, the midlands and across northern england much drier by this stage. still a few showers heading towards scotland. in the north—west, these could be on the sharp side early in the day. heavier showers extending towards the northern isles through the day. showers becoming fewer and lighter elsewhere, and the winds gradually easing too. for many of us, a dry day and a good deal of sunshine. southern counties, the english channel and the south—west still cloudy through the day, but you don‘t have to go too far north to get the sunshine and a top of 19 still possible in london. 13—14 through the central
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belt of scotland. a weather front sitting across southern counties during the day. 0vernight, that weather front starts to move northwards. doesn‘t knowing if it‘s coming or going, it looks like it‘s heading northwards, dragging low cloud and mist and fog northwards and some drizzle as far north as northern england and not farfrom northern ireland. to the north, clearer skies and a chillier night. more sunshine on the way. still showers in the far north of scotland. maybe sunshine developing in northern ireland and the far north of england. further south we have the persistent low cloud and drizzle and rather cloudier skies in a good part of england and wales. in that milder air even with the cloud we get up to 16—17 degrees. then we get into the cooler conditions pretty much everywhere on friday. that means more sunshine and a brighter day. those temperatures are lower in the south. 12—15 is what we would expect to achieve by the day at this time of year. heading into the weekend we have high pressure close by. around it we draw down some colder winds. some cloud on the way on saturday.
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maybe a few showers around. colder airfor the second half of the weekend, especially in the wind. we may end the weekend with a touch of frost as skies clear. this is bbc world news. the headlines: at the end of its congress, the chinese communist party has revealed its new top leadership. there are seven members of the new politburo standing committee but there is no obvious successor to president xijinping among them. two republican party senators have made scathing attacks on president trump‘s leadership, accusing him of degrading america‘s politics and harming its reputation abroad. 0ne, jeff flake, said he won‘t be seeking re—election. the supreme court in kenya is due to decide whether a re—run of the country‘s presidential election can go ahead,
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a day before it is due. the main opposition candidate says the electoral commission has not ensured a fair vote. russia has vetoed a united nations security council resolution renewing
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