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this is bbc news, i'm nicholas owen. the headlines at 11pm: the brexit secretary says he's confident the uk won't crash out of the eu without a deal. dominic raab says he believes an agreement is possible within months, if brussels shows ambition. the energy that were going to bring to these negotiations, the ambition and the pragmatism, we get a deal donein and the pragmatism, we get a deal done in october. hundreds of volunteers from syria's civil defence force, known as the white helmets, are rescued from a war zone in southern syria. they are safely in jordan. police investigating an attack on a 3—year—old boy in worcester say the child's face and arm were seriously burned when a corrosive liquid was thrown on him. officers have released cctv images of three men they want to speak to following the attack yesterday afternoon. we've got a 39—year—old man under arrest. he's helping with our enquiries at the moment. but we're
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really, really keen to identify the three people in the images we've officially sent out because we think they may have information that might be able to help us. three members of the anti—corruption unit at the metropolitan police are being investigated by a police watchdog in connection with claims they interfered with inquiries or failed to investigate cases. and millions of virgin media customers have lost access to channels provided by the broadcaster uktv, such as dave and gold, because of a disagreement between the two companies. good evening. the brexit secretary, dominic raab, says he's confident a deal can be reached with the european union in time for the mid—october deadline, set by the other 27 member states. he's due to return to brussels for more talks later this week. but mr raab also says it's
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right for the government to step up preparations over the summer for the possibility of no agreement. the former conservative prime minister, sirjohn major, warned a no deal could result in dire economic consequences for those he said who could least afford it. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. laughter it sounded like they all agreed, but at the cabinet meeting last week, some around the table were still unsure about the prime minister's plan for brexit. that's according to the new brexit secretary. but he's sounding confident a deal can be done with brussels. i'm striving every sinew, with our department, with michel barnier, who i think is a man who wants to do a deal with us, tremendous pressures on his side, to get the best deal. but we've got to... i think it's only the responsible thing to do to be prepared if those negotiations and the energy and the ambition and the pragmatism we're showing are not reciprocated.
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so, that's the responsible thing to do. whether it's the allocation of money, preparation of our treaty relations, we're hiring extra border staff. the energy that we're going to bring to these negotiations, the ambition and the pragmatism, we get a deal done in october. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has spent the day in dorset, at the left—wing gathering the tolpuddle martyrs' festival. he is scathing about what he sees as government dithering. it's two years and a bit since the referendum. surely they should be in a better position now to know what kind of arrangements we're going to have in the future. and i just get the feeling that the tail is wagging the dog, in the tory party, those that want no deal seem to be ruling the roost and they're pushing for that. no deal would be a very, very bad situation. if the arguments about the uk and the eu sound just a tad familiar... morning, mr major! this man was furious with conservative eurosceptics a quarter of a century ago, and he still is. if we crash out without a deal, the people who have least
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are going to be hurt most. it would be a terrible betrayal of the interests of everyday people, who really are not political. sirjohn cited a government forecast suggesting the north east of england, which endorsed brexit, would take the biggest economic hit in the uk if there's no deal struck with the eu. he also said another referendum would be morallyjustified. so, do people in middlesbrough agree? probably reconsider another referendum due to the fact that they might not want to leave because quite a lot ofjobs would be lost. i think basically, what we should do is, if we get no agreement on brexit, we just walk away. everybody is so mixed up about it, nobody really understands it, and i think that's... if it was explained a bit more, people would have a better choice and they would know what they were doing. a new referendum just means that there's an opportunity for it to go back to how it was, and i think we could do with a change. accommodating the variety of views here and elsewhere, the central challenge for the government.
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chris mason, bbc news. more than 100 members of the volunteer syrian civil defence force, known as the white helmets, have been rescued by israeli troops from southern syria. they're now safe injordan along with three hundred members of theirfamiles. there were fears the group would be captured by the syrian army. the white helmets mainly work in rebel held areas, rescuing civilians from air attacks. mark lowen reports from neighbouring turkey. rescuing the rescuers. syrian civil defence volunteers and their families evacuated intojordan and to safety. these pictures, filmed by the israeli army, show its troops escorting the white helmets from the syrian border, escaping assad regime and russian forces. israel's prime minister said it was an urgent international operation. translation: the lives of these people who have saved lives were now in danger.
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i therefore authorised the transfer via israel to other countries, as an important humanitarian gesture. they'll now be resettled in britain, canada and germany. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, called the white helmets ‘the bravest of the brave', adding, ‘in a desperate situation, this is at least one ray of hope'. in the hell of syria's war, the white helmets have often been the first on the scene, pulling victims from the rubble of air strikes, administering first aid when hospitals are bombed. nominated for the nobel peace prize, the volunteers say they've saved over 115,000 lives. 260 white helmets have been killed. but president assad calls them jihadists. as syrian government and russian forces surround opposition areas of south—west syria, civilians and fighters have been bussed to rebel—held idlib, in the north. but the regime refused to let the white helmets join them. as assad forces, backed
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by russian air power, close in on south—west syria, resistance is crumbling, and the medical lifeline of the white helmets has been cut. mark lowen, bbc news. police in worcester have released cctv images of three men they want to question after a 3—year—old boy was seriously injured in a suspected acid attack. officers say he was deliberately targetted. a 39—year—old man from wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. olivia crellin reports. a shocking attack in a quintessential english city. yesterday, worcester was the scene of a suspected acid attack on a three—year—old child at a busy retail park. it left residents shaken. it's just really disgraceful if anything like that happens to anybody, especially if it's to children. police have released these images, but more than 2a hours later,
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they still don't know the motive for the attack or the exact substance used. the attack was dangerous enough to hospitalise the young boy, who's being treated for serious burns to his arm and face. at the moment, we're uncertain as to the extent of his injuries and what the long—term implications are, but it is pleasing he's been released from hospital now. relief for the family. but even in this quiet city, the threat of acid attacks lingers. olivia crellin, bbc news. three members of the anti—corruption unit at the metropolitan police are being investigated over claims they covered up or failed to properly pursue allegations of wrong—doing by other officers. the independent office for police conduct, which is carrying out the investigation, says a number of other officers are also being assessed. our home affairs correspondent, tom symmonds, gave us the detail from scotland yard. this isabel directorate of
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professional standards, the bit of the met that investigates when it's own police officers either break the law or break the force's rules stopping now the police watchdog, the i/o pc, says individual officers within that directorate may be guilty of serious corruption or malpractice. this is about the allegation that those officers may have interfered with or prevented investigations into met officers, and so far, three middle ranking officers within the directorate have been told that they face investigation and the i/o pc is looking at the cases of another dozen or so. it's a highly controversial announcement, i highly controversial announcement, i highly controversial thing for the i/o pc to save. the met has had a long history with dealing with corruption in the force. in the 70s, 80s and 90s in the force. in the 70s, 80s and 905 it in the force. in the 70s, 80s and 90s it was about corrupt links with criminals and the police. now it seems to be about potentially
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corrupt links between police and other police officers. tom symonds reporting. a woman who lost nine members of her family when a tourist boat sank on a lake in the american state of missouri has been describing what happened. in all, 17 people died when the duck boat capsized during a thunder storm on table rock lake on thursday. caroline davies reports. out of her hospital bed, in public for the first time. last week, tia coleman was on a pleasure cruise with her family when the duck boat she was on started to sink. when that water came over the boat, i didn't know what was happening. i had my son right next to me. but when the water filled up the boat, i could no longer see. and ijust remember kicking and swimming, swimming up to the top. and as i was swimming ing. isaid, "lord, please let me get to my babies, i've got to get to my babies". i've got to get my babies. tia was rescued, but 17 people didn't survive, including her husband, three children and five other relatives.
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the boat had life jackets, but tia says the family didn't wear them because she was told they wouldn't need them. if i was able to get a life jacket, i could have saved my babies. because they could have at least floated up to the top and somebody could have grabbed them. and i wasn't able to do that. under missouri law, passengers over the age of seven aren't required to wear life jackets. there was a weather warning before the boat set out, but the owner of the tour boat company said he'd been told by employees that the storm had come out of nowhere. something happened, and we don't know exactly what it was, and we will. but it doesn't matter. any time people suffer a loss like that, it can't be replaced. i mean, it's absolutely devastating. the community here have each other to lean on. when tia goes home to indiana,
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it'll be without her family. since i've had a home, it's always been filled with little feet and laughter. caroline davies, bbc news. ii taxi drivers have been shot dead in south africa. they were ambushed by unknown gunmen late on saturday as they were returning tojohannesburg from a funeral. four others are seriously injured in hospital. rivalry between groups running minibus taxi routes has led to violence in the past. south african journalist ayanda mhlongo has been telling us about what the motivation could be behind the attack. certainly a horrific incident taking place here in south africa, and the problems of violence. the police have said they do not know what the
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motive of this latest heinous act is. it's believed to be linked to ongoing turf wars in the city of johannesburg between the ivory park association. they have had quite long battles between themselves and other rival associations over routes, and that's generally been what has been the reason behind the taxi violence across south africa, starting way back to the 1980s were the taxis started operating in south africa and we were seeing wars. every single problem in this country... the reasoning behind that has always been a battle over routes. it's become a rather lucrative industry in south africa. taxis make up or carry about 60% of
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commuters, that's about a0 million people in south africa use taxis as a means of transport. it's a multi—, multibillion rand industries. there's been a number of concerns, of course, that it's been an industry that's been unregulated for many, industry that's been unregulated for any industry that's been unregulated for many, many years and as a result now we've seen hundreds of people entering into the taxi industry and it's really increased competition. ayanda mhlongo, south african journalist reporting for us. jeremy corbyn is urging labour mps to delay a debate on the party's new rules dealing with anti—semitism until september. the wording of the new guidelines has been heavily criticised by some jewish leaders and mps. mr corbyn wants a meeting delayed so that more people can attend. residents and business owners have staged a protest in glasgow, demanding access to their properties around the city's famous art school, which caught fire last month. demonstrators were warned by police that attempts to breach the cordon would result in arrest. the area has been sealed off ever since the blaze, while the building is being dismantled. millions of virgin media customers
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have lost access to some of their favourite tv channels over a row between virgin and the broadcaster uktv. popular stations like dave and gold are among all ten of uktvs channels, cut in a row over fees. here's our business correspondent, joe lynam. 90% of all foreign tourists come from abroad, so we've got to speak their lingo, ain't we? we?! french, i like it! already, you're picking up the lingo! they host reruns of some of britain's favourite tv shows, including only fools and horses, the good life, and miranda. but for millions of uktv viewers on virgin media, their favourite channels has disappeared. that's because these ten channels, including dave, alibi and gold, have been pulled entirely from the virgin platform —
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and with them, a host of the country's favourite shows. simonjones in winchester is very disappointed. to find his favourite channels had gone. i'm frustrated that i renewed my contract two—and—a—bit weeks ago, and virgin mentioned nothing about this. so, i'm frustrated. there's a lot of content that i watch. particularly dave and alibi, all the original programming. uktv is a joint venture between the bbc and discovery, from the us, with channels that include dave and gold. they own the rights to broadcast bbc tv shows such as fawlty towers, only fools and horses, and miranda. but virgin has cut the price it will pay, and so uktv has switched off the signal entirely. virgin media have offered us significantly less money for our services. and the reality is that money is so important to us because that
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allows us to invest in the channels and in the programmes that our viewers love, and we're not willing to jeopardise that in any way. but virgin sees it differently. it says uktv refuses to allow viewers to watch box sets of old bbc shows all in one go. we would like uktv to provide us with the box sets of fawlty towers or only fools and horses — the very same box sets that the bbc provides to netflix. so we want our customers to have the same access to modern, on—demand television. we are selling public water to the public! for every day that channels such as dave and gold are absent from virgin media, both sides will be losing money. in the meantime, viewers are missing out. joe lynam, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the brexit secretary says a deal with the eu can be reached by october if brussels shows ambition, but dominic raab says the government is prepared for the possibility of no deal. hundreds of volunteers from syria's civil defence force, known as the white helmets, are rescued from a war zone in southern syria. they are safely in jordan. police investigating a suspected acid attack on a 3—year—old boy
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in worcester have released cctv images of three men they want to speak to. it's been a big day in sport. let's get all the details. here is holly hamilton. we start with the drama in carnoustie this evening, where francesco molinari won the open championship and became the first italian to win a men's major. he had to hold off a star studded pack at the top of the leaderboard but a final round of 69 secured victory by two strokes. our man john watson reports from carnoustie. what a remarkable final day it has been at this open championship at carnoustie. to think tiger woods at one stage was the outright leader, but no one could have predicted what
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francesco molinari could have produced, finishing on a two under par round of 69 to win his first major, wrestling back that claret jug major, wrestling back that claret jug from jordan spieth. we had spoken about the dominance of the americans. all three topped the leaderboard at the start of the day on nine under par but tricky conditions with a much tougher winter saw them fall away. impressive displays from justin rose and rory mcilroy, both producing eagles on the iath, that saw them move back into contention on six under par, but francesco molinari, a deserved winner here with that impressive display, and it bodes well, doesn't it, as we head into the ryder cup to come in paris in september. to look at the names on that claret jug. to look at the names on that claret jug, obviously, what can you say? it's the best golfers in history, and to be on there, it's incredible, you know, from someone like me, coming from italy — not really a
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major golfing country. it's been an incredible journey. lewis hamilton came through a storm and a stewards' inquiry to win the german grand prix and reclaim the lead of the formula one drivers' championship. sebastian vettel lost the race and the championship lead after losing control on the wet track. the briton‘s dramatic victory from iath on the grid was in doubt after he broke the rules by crossing the pit lane line. he was given a reprimand, but allowed to keep his fourth win of the season. 15 stages completed, six to go at the tour de france, and geraint thomas is heading into the last week in the leader's yellowjersey. no change in the overall standings after stage 15: denmark's magnus cort nielsen sprinted clear of a three—man breakaway for his first win on the tour. all the leaders crossed the finish line together, so thomas is still 1:39 ahead of his team leader, chris froome.
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drama, though, as one of team sky's key team members gianni moscon was disqualified for punching an opponent. the anniversary games came to a close at olympic park ealier, and greg rutherford has been saying farewell to the london stadium. he finished 10th in the long jump with an effort of 7.55 metres. he is expected to retire from the sport soon, and this is the last time he'll compete in the stadium where he won the gold medal on super saturday at the olympics in 2012. if you can't train the fundamentals, you can't expect to be able to win major championships, and for me, i wonder europeans back to back twice. i don't think it's feasible for me to do it again now, so i have to get rid of the idea of going to the europeans, get ready for burning and have a bit of fun, but really this was it. it was make or break this weekend and i think it's the right
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thing for me to do. great british wheelchair racer kare adenegan smashed the world record in the tsa 100 metres. adenegan is only 17 and beat hannah cockcroft‘s old mark with a time of 16.80 seconds. cockroft was second. there was also a world record for world and paralympic champion sophie hahn in the t38 200 metres. hahn clocked 25.93 seconds to improve on her previous record time. a reminder — england's men are into the final of the rugby world cup sevens after beating south africa. they face new zealand in the final shortly before 2am. that's all the sport for now. have a great evening. the war in yemen is now in its fourth year, with big regional powers drawn into the conflict. one of those is the united arab emirates, which is believed to be using the war to expand its influence.
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there's a uae presence in a string of neighbouring countries around the horn of africa, including eritrea, and the remote yemeni island of socotra. our security correspondent, frank gardner, has this exclusive report on how the war in yemen is threatening socotra, a unesco world heritage site. remote, mysterious, and home to some of the world's rarest plants and creatures. it's been called the galapagos of the indian ocean. this is socotra, a yemeni island just off the horn of africa, and today, its isolation is ending, as big regional powers come to the aid of its poverty—stricken people. possibly bringing agendas of their own. a noisy reception for a shipment of aid delivered to this village by government charities from the uae, the united arab emirates. they're filling a vacuum left
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by a yemeni government that socotrans say has largely ignored them. this is soft power in action. these are garments flown in from abu dhabi and handed out to the villagers in this very poor village here in socotra in yemen. it's a bit controversial because, clearly, this is aid. clearly, everyone's very happy to receive these gifts. but some socotrans have said to us that the uae and other gulf countries are buying people's loyalty and that they've got designs on this island, strategic designs. the boots on the ground are yemeni, but they've been trained by the emirates. this is socotra's local defence force practising riot control. the island has so far been spared the war ravaging mainland yemen, where uae forces are helping to fight the houthi rebels. but the emirates are expanding their presence here and elsewhere around the horn of africa.
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translation: the uae brought us, supported us by giving us vehicles and motorcycles. they also supported us financially and psychologically. they are still with us in this special forces camp. up in the mountainous interior, i found islanders suspicious of any grand designs by regional middle eastern powers. they wanted aid, not troops. they also want to continue their traditions, like harvesting these dragon's blood tree for their sap, used for both medicine and lipstick. socotra's culture and its ecology are unique. they've developed in near isolation from mainland yemen over the centuries. but this is a poor island in a poor country, and the arrival here
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of rich donor nations is prompting some people to question whether their island is being subtly colonised. explorers and occupiers have been here before. the portuguese, the british, then later, the russians. socotra remains a tempting prize for anyone looking to build up their presence in this region. translation: the presence and support of any foreign country should not include taking parts of yemen's territories. no, it shouldn't happen like this. it's about humanitarian aid in the end, as yemen goes through a miserable time. nearly 1,000 miles away lies abu dhabi, the uae‘s prosperous capital. that country has close family links to socotra and its minister insisted its intentions are benign. we have no colonisation, er... ambitions over socotra. we have no need for socotra. it's developmental,
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it's humanitarian. there's no doubt that the emirates are raising living standards on socotra. this hospital, for example, depends entirely on the uae support. the challenge for the future, though, is to do this without infringing on yemeni sovereignty and without destroying the balance of nature that makes this island unique. frank gardner, bbc news, socotra, yemen. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz. you get to the stage here where the forecast is more less the same most days. can you offer anything new? maybe when we get towards christmas — i don't know! at this rate, it will be christmas barbecues. it really is — what else can we say?
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it's hot and sunny every single week across some parts of the uk. admittedly not everywhere, but, no, i can't offer you anything different. at this rate, it will be barbecues in the winter. slight exaggeration... anyway, this is what we got on the satellite image now. wea k we got on the satellite image now. weak weather fronts drifting into the north—west of the country. they mean that, yes, there's a little bit of cooler air coming mean that, yes, there's a little bit of cooleraircoming in, mean that, yes, there's a little bit of coolerair coming in, maybe mean that, yes, there's a little bit of cooler air coming in, maybe some spots of rain, but really it's the warmth that swinging in from the south across england and wales, but got london northern ireland will be in that slightly fresher air this week, so not everybody is going to get that heat this week —— scotland and northern ireland. this is what it looks like through the early hours. some cloud and spots of rain in western scotland and northern ireland but towards the south, in england and wales, really muddy night. 19 around merseyside, 20 in
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london. then, monday itself, again, fairly cloudy for a time across the northwest with one or two spots of rain flirting with northern ireland and parts of western scotland, but look at that. all of these eastern counties and down towards the south, it's going to be hot. i suspect we will reach 32 on monday, 31, 32, so a really hot day on the way. 90 fahrenheit isjust a really hot day on the way. 90 fahrenheit is just around 32 celsius. now, here is tuesday. the wea k celsius. now, here is tuesday. the weak weather front is pushing a little bit further, and that means that the fresher air in place across much scotland and northern ireland, i think, on tuesday — the blue arrows indicating that — moving into scandinavia, where temperatures have been into the 30s. a huge heatwave across europe. temperatures day by
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day going up and down by a degree but much more comfortable in scotla nd but much more comfortable in scotland and northern ireland. temperatures will be around the low 20s, and look at these values. tuesday, 30, wednesday, 32, my goodness — how much longer can this goodness — how much longer can this go on? for some of us, amazing news, but for a lot of people, it's not. some of us are suffering. the weather.


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