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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: as the hot weather continues, the met office has issued a health alert, urging precaution in all the heat. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has warned the uk could crash out of the eu without a deal by accident unless officials in brussels change their approach. the home office says it won't oppose the use of the death penalty if two british men suspected of being islamic state militants are put on trial in america. labour mps will be balloted on whether the party's rules on anti—semitism should correspond with internationally—recognised norms. also coming up: president trump threatens to revoke security clearances belonging to critics of his administration. the white house targets former intelligence and security chiefs including ex—cia directorjohn brennan, and former fbi chief, james comey. and 60 singers scale the peaks
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of the lake district, commemorating the fallen heroes of the first world war. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers the broadcaster and journalist, aasmah mir, and the editor of politicshome, kevin schofield. stay with us for that. good evening and welcome to bbc news. it's been the uk's hottest day of the year so far. temperatures hit 33 degrees in suffolk and are likely to rise this week. the met office has issued an amber alert, urging people to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. farmers are also struggling as the dry conditions and soaring temperatures mean crops are failing to grow and there's no grass to feed livestock.
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more on that in a minute with danny savage in north yorkshire, but first, daniela relph on the wider impact of weeks of this heatwave. a parched, dried out landscape. this is hertfordshire, but it could be pretty much anywhere in england. the advice is obvious but clear. stay out of the sun during the hottest hours and it's the young and the elderly who are the most vulnerable. it's really serious because obviously lots of older people have underlying health problems, perhaps are on many tablets, and the hot weather just tips them are on many tablets, and the hot weatherjust tips them over into not being able to cope. i find sleeping
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difficult, i find being able to cope. i find sleeping difficult, ifind it's being able to cope. i find sleeping difficult, i find it's very hot. i'm drinking more water and using ice, which we don't usually have to bother about. there was a problem for us, i think this weather is better than cold wind and rain lashed no problem. the hot weather has a wider impact on our own behaviour and productivity. these things become more frequent and become the norm under climate change and then the economy will suffer because these things will become more standard and we'll have to adapt to those new conditions. in clacton on the essex coast, keeping cool and avoiding sunburn we re keeping cool and avoiding sunburn were essential, especially with even hotter days forecast. daniela relph, bbc news. no rain means this grass hasn't grown so they have to eat they'll feed, highly unusual in summer they'll feed, highly unusual in summerand they'll feed, highly unusual in summer and very expensive. -- bailed
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feed. i've never known anything like this in all my time. we haven't had any significant rain for six weeks i would think so now we're having to feed the winter forage we've kept back for winter. the last time we had conditions like this was 1976.‘ short distance away atjohnson's commercial nursery they grow plants for garden centres and local authorities. trouble is, fewer people are wanting to buy plants because they don't think they'll last. there's talk of hosepipe bans etc, people don't want to put plans in and they watch them die in front of them. it's wilting, just not growing. guide grows carrots for a living. the conditions mean they are much smaller than they should be. the business consequences are there is much less crop, we are letting customers down, less income in the business and the longevity means we won't have the money to grow next
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year's crop unless we visit our models again with our customers. the tinder dry conditions have led toa number of the tinder dry conditions have led to a number of lines i'd fires in doncaster next to the east coast main line. as a result, this track has been closed for much of the day and this is the first northbound service for hours —— line side. yet again this year the extremes of the british weather are causing numerous problems, especially for those whose livelihoods depend on it. danny savage, bbc news, in the vale of new york. —— vale of york. temperatures injapan have soared to more than a0 degrees celsius as the country remains in the grip of a deadly heatwave. between 15 and a0 people are reported to have died in the heat with thousands more hospitalised. the country's disaster management agency is urging people to stay in air—conditioned spaces, drink water and rest to prevent heat exhaustion. five people have died in fires thats continue to rage on the outskirts of athens. greek authorities are urging residents to abandon their homes as the uncontrolled wildfire continues to burn. motorways and train lines have been shut down because of the blaze. this week sees the start
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of a concerted push by government ministers to sell the uk's latest brexit blueprint across europe. today the foreign secretary is in berlin where he has warned of a brexit no—deal by accident if the eu doesn't change its negotiating position. jeremy hunt said he feared such an outcome would change british public attitudes to europe for a generation. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports. get used to seeing this. the new foreign secretary and the rest of the government tightening the focus on brexit, as the time ticks down to the october supposed deadline. jeremy hunt meeting his vital german counterpart today, telling the eu in strong terms, the block isn't us, it's you. without a real change in approach from the eu negotiators, we do now face a real risk of no deal by accident. it would change british
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public attitudes to europe for a generation. and it would lead to a fissure in relations, which would be highly damaging. just in case you hadn't realised how serious he thinks no deal might be, in a later tweet he said the only person who would be happy is vladimir putin. remember, the government used to say that no deal is better than a bad deal. it feels different now. with the cabinet on the road in the north—east today, they're surrounded by pressure from all sides. very nice to see you, and it is a joy to be here in newcastle. the eu that doesn't like much of its plan. we demand a people's vote! former remainers who think the government's proposal doesn't really add up. brexiteers who think it would keep us too close to the eu for good. and, most importantly, many members of the public
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who have their doubts, who, for the first time in more than a year... thanks very much, everybody, and it's great to be here today. ..were able to put questions directly to theresa may. what confidence do you have that you will sell this plan to the rest of europe? with the divorce bill being so high, will we still reap the benefits of the projects that that money has been set aside for? in the event that parliament rejects the deal that is negotiated with the european union, is it inevitable that there will be a no—deal brexit? we're going into a negotiation. we're making sure that we're prepared for a no deal, and government is stepping up its preparations for no deal, because it only makes sense to be prepared for all contingencies. but i'm working to get a deal that parliament will support because they'll see that it's a good dealfor the uk. this place packs up officially tomorrow, but there is a huge summer of work ahead. the outline of the brexit deal is meant to be done in 12 weeks' time in october,
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and while the rhetoric is getting hotter, there is still no guarantee that the eu, and then parliament, can agree. that will matter not just to the cabinet's future, but all of ours. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. ealier, our diplomatic correspondent, james robbins, spoke about what germany makes of britain's brexit blueprint. i think the germans were frankly expecting a british charm offensive from the new foreign secretary. there relieved in germany that it's no longer the leader of leave, boris johnson, whose britain's foreign secretary but if they were expecting ajeremy secretary but if they were expecting a jeremy hunt, then said they got a charm offensive with menace. in laura's report you heard that it was for europe to give ground to avoid no deal, britain crashing out and the damage that would do, provoking a poisoned atmosphere in britain towards europe for a generation. the trouble with that is the germans
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think attitudes in britain towards the eu were poisoned anyway, as witnessed in the referendum vote, and they've been much more used to hearing theresa may and others saying that actually no deal would be better than a bad deal. so these new threats and pressures are not necessarily credible to all germans. but i think they directly nice, and heiko maas, the german foreign minister, made it clear there is a huge amount of work to be done. the german foreign minister made it clear both sides had to give some ground but there was some menace in what he said too, because heiko maas reminded joe meehan and britain and the negotiators that they don'tjust have to persuade the other eu member governments, who have so far taken a strong line against anything that appears to be capitulation, but they are also have to persuade the european parliament as well. so toughness on both sides and clearly no certainty of a deal at the end of
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it because the germans are making clear they too are making preparations for a no deal brexit. james robbins in berlin there. the home secretary has come under criticism after it emerged the uk has dropped its demand for assurances that two men from london won't face the death penalty if they are sent for trial in america. the men are accused of being part of an islamic state group cell which murdered western hostages. they were captured in syria injanuary and have been stripped of their british citizenship. our security correspondent frank gardner reports. the four british jihadists, nicknamed the beatles, accused of beheading western and other hostages in 2014. alexanda kotey, el shafee elsheikh, ian davies and mohammed emwazi, dubbed jihadi john by the media. he was killed in a drone strike in 2015. davies is in prison in turkey. kotey and elsheikh were captured by syrian kurdish forces injanuary and are still being held. now britain has dropped its usual insistence that they would not face the death penalty if
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convicted in a us court. the american video journalist james foley was one of their alleged victims. today his mother spoke out against any possible death sentence. i think that would just make them martyrs in their twisted ideology. i would like them held accountable by being sent to prison for the rest of their lives. but the government has come under pressure to explain what appears to be an about—face on its universal opposition to the death penalty. it's the long—standing policy of the uk to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, as a matter of principle. yet in this case, the home secretary seems to have unilaterally ripped up those principles on a friday afternoon in summer. the decision was taken some weeks ago by senior cabinet ministers. today it was left to the security minister to defend it. in this instance, and after
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carefully considered advice, the government took the rare decision not to require assurances in this case, and it would be inappropriate to comment further on that specific case. campaigners against the death penalty say this sets a dangerous precedent. if we are to go abandoning that commitment and saying that well, in some circumstances, we don't really fully oppose it, i think that undermines everything that we are setting out to do when we say that we believe in fair trial and the rule of law. but what if the us wants to send the pair to guantanamo bay? if that happens, says the government, then it would withhold key intelligence on the two suspects. it wants to see that facility closed. where and how these two eventually face trial is of paramount interest to the relatives of their alleged victims. they want to see them held accountable in court for some of the most hideous crimes
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they're alleged to have committed. frank gardner, bbc news. three men have been arrested after a three—year—old boy was seriously injured in a suspected acid attack in worcester. he was in his pushchair at a retail park on saturday afternoon. the paramedic who treated the toddler at the scene has spoken exclusively to the bbc. he said the attack was horrific. from worcester, seema kotecha sent this report. a busy retail park witnessed a rare attack over the weekend. specialist teams spent hours collating evidence after a 3—year—old boy was doused in a corrosive substance while in his pushchair in home bargains. the fluid that i saw was pink in colour. it had quite a strong smell. no bleach or acidy—type smell, but it was an astringent kind of smell. just smelt like a chemical really. we met the paramedic who treated him. what is your reaction to a 3—year—old actually
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being attacked by this? it's horrific, absolutely horrific. i mean we, as i said before, we had no inkling or any reason to suspect that it was an acid attack, we just thought that he had come into contact with some sort of chemical, but to find out afterwards that that was the case, it's shocking. the attack happened in the store behind me. we have been told that the child was with his mother, brother and sister and was treated in the office at the back for what at first seemed to be some sort of allergic reaction. it wasn't until the police sifted through cctv footage that they ascertained that the attack was in fact deliberate. three men were arrested this morning in london in connection to the attack. another man from wolverhampton was arrested yesterday. west mercia police say
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the motive is still unclear. we are considering all the options available to us and we keep an open mind, but at the moment we are stating that it is a potentially deliberate attack and from that perspective, we want to reassure the community that we're working hard to make sure we understand the motivation and as a consequence of that we can make sure that we are safeguarding both that individual and the wider community. the boy was discharged from hospital yesterday. he had burns on his face and arm. officers say the long—term implications of those injuries are unknown. the headlines on bbc news: as the hot weather continues, the met office has issued a health alert, urging precaution in all the heat. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has warned the uk could crash out of the eu without a deal by accident unless officials in brussels change their approach. the home office says it won't oppose the use of the death penalty, if two british men suspected of being islamic state militants are put on trial in america. president trump is considering revoking the security
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clearances of six former intelligence and law—enforcement officials. they include a former head of the fbi, james comey, and a former cia chief, john brennan. our north america correspondent peter bowes is following the story for us. presumably he can do this but it seems like he's trying to silence its critics possibly? that is what its critics possibly? that is what it appears like, according to the statement read at the daily press but —— briefing at the white house. this is a move that the president supports because he views these six individuals as politicising and in some cases monetising the public service to make, as they put it, baseless accusations against the president. it is true these individuals, former high—ranking officials including an fbi director,
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james komi, have criticised the president over recent weeks. —— james comey. james comey questioning the moral ability of the president to leave. james clapper, a former director of national intelligence and tv contributor said he can third of the watergate scandal to the russian allegations over collusion involving the donald trump campaign in 2016, saying watergate pales in comparison with what is happening. strong criticism. its interesting two of them say they don't have security clearance anyway. why were these former officials have clea ra nce to these former officials have clearance to get into the white house and the first place?|j clearance to get into the white house and the first place? i think it's generally seen as a courtesy. these senior officials continued
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with security clearance. in practice, and let's say this security clearance is taken away from them, it seems it will make no difference to their ability to go onto television and speak their mind, to say what they think about the president. in the case ofjames comey, he apparently turned down temporary security clearance recently because he didn't want to be accused by the president of leaking important information that he had achieved through that clea ra nce. he had achieved through that clearance. he is saying that he doesn't have that clearance right now. thank you very much. a collision between labour mps and the leader jeremy corbyn has been averted. tonight it's been agreed the party will vote on whether to accept its new and controversial definition of anti—semitism, but not until september. jewish mps have expressed deep concern that the definition is not comprehensive. supporters of mr corbyn have accused his opponents of creating a row in order to discredit him. from westminster, iain watson reports. as labour done enough on
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anti—semitism, mr corbyn? as labour done enough on anti-semitism, mr corbyn? jeremy corbyn got his top team together to prevent the government and that task may be more difficult now he is on a potential collision course with many of his own mps. they defied him tonight to discuss changing the rules and tightening anti—semitism. what is your message? a veteran mp is facing disciplinary action for telling jeremy corbyn to his face that he was seen as anti—semitic. telling jeremy corbyn to his face that he was seen as anti—semiticlj blew my top side did confront and i told him that you can only be judged on what you do, not what you say. its actions not words which are really important. he is perceived as being anti—semitic and racist. really important. he is perceived as being anti-semitic and racist. at the core of the dispute is a war of words in labour's ranks. its ruling national executive backed by jeremy corbyn has adopted a code of conduct
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which does include an internationally accepted definition of anti—semitism but it excludes all rewrites some specific examples. the international code for instance says an example of anti—semitic behaviour is to draw comparisons of contemporary israeli policy to that of the nazis. labour's code tells party members to resist using nazi metaphors but adds: labour officials say this is simply turning loosely worded examples in a more robust legally enforceable code. so why won't margaret hodge except those reassurances? the jewish people have reached out to jeremy corbyn in the labour party right through the process, they've been rejected. tonight, labour mps decided to hold a vote straight after their summer break on the
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green to adopt the international exa m ples of green to adopt the international examples of anti—semitism word for word but their leader has been defending his party's code of conduct. what has been done is an honest attempt to make sure we do make it clear we will not tolerate anti—semitism in any form and we will allow legitimate debate on issues facing israel and palestine but it can't ever be conducted in an anti—semitic form. but it can't ever be conducted in an anti-semitic form. this is not about words, it's about trust. jeremy corbyn's critics believe he has been too slow to act on anti—semitism that many of his supporters think theissueis that many of his supporters think the issue is now being used to undermine his leadership and views are becoming entrenched. united parties tend to do better in the polls so labour's journey to power may have become on beer. —— bumpier. a choir has climbed to the top of england's highest summits to pay tribute to fallen heroes from the first world war. the singers have been on a tour of the lake district, to mark the centenary
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of a unique war memorial, a series of peaks across cumbria that were donated by landowners to remember the local men who died in the conflict. our correspondent robert halljoined the choir for their last performance. on the rocky slopes above borrowdale, a line of walkers is making upwards. they are among thousands visiting the lakeland landscape this summer but these visitors are on a mission. almost a century ago, another column of men and horses was climbing into the clouds. she had to build a cairn commemorating the lost lakeland is of world war i. in the years that followed, the idea grew, fell walkers raising cash to buy 12 mountains, creating the uk's largest and most dramatic memorial. now that
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moment has been marked with music. over the past three months, more than 60 singers have walked 25 miles and climbed a total of 3000 feet to reconnect with the past.|j and climbed a total of 3000 feet to reconnect with the past. i feel it's such a great opportunity, such a fantastic project. on the local musician and the opportunity to do anything in the fels is great but the comment eight dashed accommodation of bringing singers together in this amazing landscape for this particular project is too good an offer to refuse, it's like a gift for a musician. the song cycle is just gift for a musician. the song cycle isjust one in gift for a musician. the song cycle is just one in a series of commemorations. earlierthis is just one in a series of commemorations. earlier this year, a group of park rangers defied the winter ice and rain to rebuild that memorial cairn 970 metres up on the summit of scar fell pike. another
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reminder of the spirit of remembrance that lay behind what became known as the great gift. it's been a huge, it's been an amazing undertaking but we've had so much help from everybody. the amount that leaders have given about time for free has helped the project and it's been absolutely amazing and it's just so nice to see it all come together and happen. the choir have called themselves the fellowship of hill, wymondham sunshine, words used by the poet and mountaineerjeff whymper pyong when he handed the fells to the nation. century on, his nephewjoined the celebration. fells to the nation. century on, his nephew joined the celebration. the brunt of all my life but it's great with this singing, it's a reminder of what an inspirational gesture it was. and we all stay trapped back
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home. walking back home... robert hall, bbc news. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers broadcaster and journalist, aasmah mir and the editor of politicshome, kevin schofield. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time to look at the weather for the week ahead with ben rich. what an exceptional summer it has been and it is far from over yet. it's been exceptionally dry to many and according to the met office, some places in suffolk have had no measurable rain since the fifth of june. not too far away at centre down, temperatures in excess of 33. the hottest day of the sofa. we continue to draw heat up from the south as we get on into tuesday but mostly across southern and eastern
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parts of the uk because further west, a bit of a change. weather fronts moving in, cold fronts, not much rain left along these weather fronts but some slightly cooler, fresh air brought in from the north—west. whether weather fronts sit across southern scotland and northern england, some extra cloud but perhaps the odd shower and towards the south—east, another hot day. small chance production in shower, something a bit cooler and fresh fruit a good part of northern ireland and scotland. another warm and humid night into wednesday. again, they could just be an afternoon thunderstorm across east anglia and the south—east but most places will stay dry. even further north, belfast getting up to 22 degrees. into thursday, this next frontal system winds itself up in the atlantic. it will bring some
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weighing into the extreme west of the country but this front will have the country but this front will have the effect of scooping a warmer air from the south and bringing it in our direction. for thursday, across much of england and wales and eastern scotland, plus a match large amounts of sunshine. look at the temperatures. the deep orange colours blossoming to life. 31, 32, 33. i wouldn't be surprised if some areas got higher. see the rain into northern ireland in far western scotland. a bit more progress eastwards as we go on into friday but high pressure not too far away, squashing the life out of our weather front. notice the way the rain fizzles away. many spots will stay dry. there is a chance we could import thunderstorms to the far south—east and those temperatures will begin to drop a little bit. some moving in from the west. that's a process continuing into saturday.
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something a bit cooler and fresher but still with lots of sunshine and the odd shower. look at these temperatures. i suspect that will feel very pleasant indeed. as we move on the second half the weekend, we get this dip developing in the jet stream and whenever we see one of the steps, it means we are going to spin up an area of low pressure, bringing rain to some of us but big question marks about how much will get towards the south—east ridge has been so dry. what will also see is another area of slightly cooler air from midweek onwards, it looks likely that we will again tap into some really hot air from the south. as you get into next week, pressure for a as you get into next week, pressure fora time, as you get into next week, pressure for a time, some rain, as you get into next week, pressure fora time, some rain, but as you get into next week, pressure for a time, some rain, but mostly in the north—west, it looks like turning hotter on the middle part of the week. this summer is not over yet. hello, this is bbc news with clive myrie. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment, first the headlines:
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as the hot weather continues, the met office has issued a health alert, urging precaution in all the heat. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has warned the uk could crash out of the eu without a deal by accident


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