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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11: theresa may comes out fighting telling eu leaders they must treat the uk with "respect" and stresses, she won't overturn the result of the referendum. yesterday, donald tusk said our proposals would undermine the single market. he didn't explain how in any detail or make any counterproposal. so we are at an impasse. two drugs companies lose their legal bid to stop the nhs using a cheaper medicine for a common eye condition. at least 131 people have drowned after a packed ferry capsized on lake victoria in tanzania. the messaging app used by paedophiles — how police are struggling to prevent grooming. and at 11:30 we'll be taking another look at the papers with our reviewers — jessica elgot from the guardian and the political commentator, jo—anne nadler. stay with us for that. good evening.
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the prime minister has come out of her corner fighting after eu leaders comprehensively rejected her brexit plan yesterday. in a defiant speech she has told them it's time to start treating the uk with some respect and that it's "not acceptable" at this "late stage of negotiations" for eu leaders to reject her plan with no alternative. the two main stumbling blocks remain trade and the border with northern ireland. the eu council president donald tusk has responded this evening, saying that mrs may has known for weeks and in detail what the eu thinks of her plan, but that a compromise is still possible. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. theresa may's in a hurry, some say getting nowhere fast
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landing a brexit deal. so, how to come back from her diplomatic battering — the chorus of eu leaders telling her her brexit plan wouldn't fly. her answer in downing street? defiance — their turn to compromise. britain had rejected the eu's basic demands. uncontrolled immigration from the eu would continue. and we couldn't do trade deals we want with other countries. that would make a mockery of the referendum we had two years ago. she was prime minister of great britain and northern ireland. on no customs border with ireland or on the mainland, there would be no backing down. it is something i will never agree to. indeed, in myjudgement, it is something no british prime minister would ever agree to. if the eu believe i will, they are making a fundamental
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mistake. mrs may was prepared to walk away from negotiations, though eu citizens settled here would have rights guaranteed. but after the headlines reporting the prime minister's rejection and humiliation, she came back with her own final demand. throughout this process, i have treated the eu with nothing but respect. the uk expects the same. a good relationship at the end of this process depends on it. european leaders lined up against her this week. now she was keen to show she'd face them down. but there are potential dangers behind her, at home. brexiteer tories demanding no compromise. they are campaigning to adopt the so—called chequers plan, which leaves the uk tied to some eu rules and standards. it was making it apparent that no deal remains better than a bad deal, and that she is not going
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to give in to the bullying by the european union, and that's very important. however, it's a mistake to persevere with chequers — that's not really brexit. the eu doesn't like it because it leaves us too tied in to their rules but without respecting their institutions. from my point of view and from the brexiteers‘ point of view, it isn't properly leaving the european union. the irish border and how to avoid border checks after brexit is still a barrier to a deal. british proposals need more work and more negotiation, the eu council president donald tusk said in a statement tonight. he also called britain's brexit position this week surprisingly tough and uncompromising, though he shared the view of ireland's leader that agreement was still possible. i think we can have a deal, we're entering into a rocky patch over the next couple of weeks, but i'm determined to keep working and secure the deal that we need. in parliament they say your enemies are behind you, but here, mrs may's labour opponents are also preparing to defeat any deal she comes up with. their wish list — an early election, maybe another referendum. to them, every bad day for mrs may
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is an opportunity to make it worse if they can. the prime minister's negotiating strategy is collapsing around her, and now the country is staring down the barrel of no deal. the prime minister's chequers proposal was never going to be accepted either in the eu or by her own party, and so she's in denial. the prime minister's back on her berkshire constituency. it won't count as an escape. she couldn't get away from her troubles over brexit if she tried. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. our europe editor katya adler is in munich and has been following the days events. donald tusk is far from the only eu leader to be really taken aback at how the salzburg summit was interpreted in the uk. they say they absolutely did not go out to ambush the prime minister ought to humiliate her. but donald tusk was
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the only eu leader to be name checked by theresa may in her break that statement this afternoon, as the president of the european council, the representative of all eu countries who public dismissed key pa rt eu countries who public dismissed key part of the chequers brexit proposal as unworkable. now, key part of the chequers brexit proposalas unworkable. now, he key part of the chequers brexit proposal as unworkable. now, he said in his statement he was simply matching strident tone for strident tone. he described theresa may as surprisingly tough and uncompromising at the salzburg summit. it is clear now that both of them misjudged the mood and the political sensitivities of the other. there haven't been —— hasn't been any other official reaction from eu leaders to theresa may's statement this afternoon. they basically see it as directed more at eight domestic audience, trying to bolster the position at home. but eu leaders want a deal. donald tusk said that he still thinks a compromise deal, good for both sides, as possible. he signed up as a close friend of the uk and a true
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admirer of theresa may. i could not help wondering what her facial expression might have been as you read that this evening. that was catcher adler. and let's hear an assessment of theresa may's speech from our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. well, theresa may's defiant tone today was clearly meant to chime in with the feeling of brexiteers in her party in a very crucial stage. it was also an assertion of authority and credibility after a painfully difficult eu summit and the even more difficult headlines that followed that. she does get some credit, some respect for the way she soldiers on against the odds. but i don't think that, ultimately, cut that much ice with the brexiteers who wanted to drop the brexiteers who wanted to drop the brexiteers who wanted to drop the brexit compromises that have already cost two cabinet ministers and will conceivably drop more in future. we have more british proposals on the irish border. they would have to be something quite unforeseen to successfully break that deadlock without upsetting the
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democratic unionist party mps theresa may relies on for her majority in parliament. where does this leave? in a tight corner with no real political wiggle room, no deal inside, with time running out, and no clear majority in parliament for any outcome. no one can rule out some kind of agreement in the time that remains, but equally no one can be truly confident of that happening, listening to theresa may's defiant, unyielding tone today. the way that was echoed from brussels, and knowing, as we surely do, there will be more of the same from theresa may which goes to what will be followed a difficult annual party conference in just over one week's time. we will talk more on that. joining me now is political correspondent for the irish times amanda ferguson. just take us through reaction from dublin regarding what mrs may had to say today. yes, i think chequers has been described as useful input with obvious problems. it undermines the
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single market. liam bridcutt is very clear that the eu speaks as one. he has been reassured that they negotiated in 2017, it has to work for ireland, it has to work for all be members. apec is pretty pragmatic obvious, that we are a rocky patch —— he is pretty pragmatic on this. i think the irish government has been asking since march for new backs proposals, so that was welcomed that theresa may... that is a shame. it looks like we have lost amanda ferguson bad. i do apologise for that. you are watching bbc news. other news 110w. two major drugs companies have failed in an attempt to prevent nhs doctors prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition in a ruling that could save the nhs "hundreds of millions" a year. avastin is just as effective
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as the two more expensive treatments for wet, age—related macular degeneration — a common eye condition which can lead to sight loss — but the drug isn't licensed to be used for it here in the uk as dominic hughes reports. come and have a seat on the chair here, stanley... for more than three years, stan nelson has been treated at sunderland's specialist eye hospital for what's known as wet age—related macular degeneration. it's a condition that can lead to rapid sight loss. just checking that it's the right eye that we're doing... a drug is injected into stan's eye. a little bit of pressure... helping to save his vision and preserve the independence of this 87—year—old. at the moment, patients like stan are offered one of two possible treatments to help with this debilitating eye condition, wet amd, that affects around 26,000 people in the uk. but at the heart of today's legal case is the right for doctors to offer a third option, avastin, a cancer drug that is just as effective, but is much cheaper.
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after receiving his treatment, stan told me he'd be happy to have the cheaper avastin. i don't have any objection to it at all, really, as long as it works, as long as it does the same job or better, that's fair enough. these are the two drugs currently licensed for treating the eye condition in the uk. lucentis costs £561 per injection. eylea costs even more at £816. avastin, currently only licensed to treat cancer, is far cheaper at £28. switching to avastin could save the nhs up to £500 million a year. when pharmaceutical companies are prepared to put their shareholders' profits above absolutely anything else, then that does put us in a position of conflict that we didn't really want, but we've had to take on that challenge on behalf of our patience. 0k, look straight ahead...and blink. doctors are now likely to be looking at other treatments that could take
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the place of more expensive drugs. the two pharmaceutical companies involved in today's case say this judgement marks a bad day for the nhs, undermining the regulations set up to protect patients, and they're considering an appeal. dominic hughes, bbc news, sunderland. a male model has beenjailed for at least 2a years for murdering a rival model in a row about a girlfriend. he stabbed a man outside his house in shepherds bush. a third man who was convicted of manslaughter will so was convicted of manslaughter will so 1a years in prison. the coroner overseeing the inquest into the g re nfell overseeing the inquest into the grenfell disasters is that people exposed to smoke and dust should be seen by nhs specialists. doctor fiona wilcox is that those who survived the fire, including residents and emergency responders,
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may have inhaled asbestos, which causes cancer. nhs england as it will respond in the next couple of months. a woman dubbed the snapchat queen has beenjailed for 1h months. a woman dubbed the snapchat queen has been jailed for 1h years for manslaughter after posting a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood on the social media platform. bill bailey heard that she had grown tired of her boyfriend, an afg ha n asylu m had grown tired of her boyfriend, an afghan asylum seeker. she plotted with another man who carried out the knife attack in december of 2016. he is still on the run. at least 131 people have drowned after a packed ferry capsized on lake victoria in tanzania. it was sailing between two islands when the accident happened. tanzania's president said negligence had contributed to the disaster. from nairobi in neighbouring kenya, anne soy reports. they stand and watch, helpless. just a few hundred meters away, the upturned hull of the mv nyerere. rescuers who arrived by boat
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recovered bodies from around the capsized vessel. back on shore, relatives waited anxiously for news. translation: i was told that i lost my aunt, my father and my younger sibling. it's a huge cost to us. translation: my nephew is on the island. he told me the news that his father, my brother, was on the ferry. it's unclear how many people were on board the mv nyerere. witnesses say it could be as many as 400, four times its official capacity. translation: when the captain was trying to slow down and about to dock, the passengers were already running to the other side, ready to get off. so, now, the weight was too much on one side of the ferry. so, it capsized and sank. although accidents aren't uncommon on africa's biggest lake, this latest sinking was particularly deadly. the country's president said
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he was deeply saddened by what had happened and said several arrests had been made, including the captain, who apparently wasn't on board at the time of the sinking. anne soy, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may demands the eu breaks the impasse in brexit talks — and vows to defend the referendum result. the health service could save hundreds of millions of pounds every year after 2 drug firms failed in their legal efforts to block the use of a cancer treatment for an eye condition. more than 130 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds capsized on lake victoria in tanzania — many are still missing. the metropolitan police has admitted for the first time, that an undercover officer had a sexual relationship with an environmental activist with the knowledge of his bosses. legal documents seen by the bbc show
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that mark kennedy's line manager and several other officers knew about his relationship with kate wilson, and allowed it to continue. up to now, the police have maintained such relationships wouldn't have been sanctioned by senior officers. here's our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. he posed as mark stone, an environmental activist and a single man. in reality, he was mark kennedy, an undercover police officer, married with children. one of a number of officers who had relationships with women campaigners they were spying on. 15 years ago, mark kennedy began a two—year relationship with kate wilson. as a result, she is currently involved in legal action against the metropolitan police. in her case, the police have now admitted for the first time that mark kennedy's cover officers and his line manager knew
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about this relationship and allowed it to continue. so, we have been told... kate wilson is currently abroad. via skype, she spoke about how this new information from the police contradicts what they told her when they paid her compensation. they gave me an apology in our civil claim where they say these relationships should never have happened, they would never have been authorised, and they were a case of failures of supervision and management, and that is just not the case. management were absolutely complicit in what was going on. mark kennedy, here with the newspaper during his years undercover. kate wilson thought he was her political soulmate. kate was involved in socialjustice and environmental campaigning. she does not expect that the state could actually order or allow or acquiesce in an undercover officer having a sexual relationship in order to facilitate his gathering of intelligence. it's a very, very shocking revelation in a so—called
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democratic society. in a statement, scotland yard said that as a result of the ongoing legal action it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage. adding again that those relationships were wrong and should not have happened. kate wilson was just one of the women who was duped into a relationship with mark kennedy. the question now being asked is whether police bosses knew about all his undercover relationships, and those of the other police spies. a bbc news investigation has found that police are struggling to combat child grooming taking place on a smartphone messaging app called kik, which is popular with teenagers. kik has played a part in over 1100 police investigations into child sex offences over the past five years. but officers say the company won't help identify predators
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unless they overcome major bureaucratic hurdles. angus crawford reports. mark, you're wanted. not the wake—up call he was expecting. hello, are you all right? mark kirby is about to be arrested. under his duvet, two phones — from his bed, he's been sexually grooming children using kik, a messaging app — free to download and popular with teenagers. you're under arrest... he was sent to prison for more than three years, but kik‘s users are often anonymous, so police can't trace and help his victims without help from the company. there's a child that is probably going to be abused for another 12 months before we know who that is. and kirby's case is not the only one. look — these diagrams show other offenders northampton police need to track down. so each one of these could be a predator? yes. abusing children? yes. but kik won't help unless officers
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start a formal international legal process, taking months and costing money the force doesn't have. so when you ask kik, you get an automated response? yes. so you, the police, get an automated response, saying we can't provide that information? yes. it's a bureaucratic nightmare. it was abuse, yeah, sexual abuse — the worst form of hurting a person, really, is hurting a child. vulnerable and lonely, taylor was first groomed on kik at the age of 13. it started in moments, but lasted years. it started with a lot of selfies, but then, yeah, it would escalate to underwear photos, like naked photos, and videos, yeah, bad — they'd ask you to perform sexual acts, film them and send that. how many men do you think may have tried to groom you? over 100, possibly up to 200, yeah.
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that's shocking. yeah. and it's still rife. posing as a child, within seconds we get this message from a 42—year—old man. then this. and there's more. we also find sexualised images of children, and users offering to share them. our research found kik featured in more than 1100 police investigations into child sex offences across the uk in the last five years. kik refused our request for an interview, but in a statement said: it says it will continue to... safety focused organisations —
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what do you think of that? i think if that was the case, i probably wouldn't be sitting here talking to you now, because there's clearly a problem. i've clearly got cases, as any other police officer, that we're banging our heads against a brick wall. leaving offenders at large and victims unprotected. it's all going on behind closed doors, but there you can see it, that they're not doing anything about it, because at the end of the day it makes them money. the ukip leader gerard batten has said the party plans to contest every seat at the next general election, and that they'd be targeting remain—supporting mps. speaking at ukip's annual conference in birmingham, he said he wanted the party to become more populist. a group of men have been sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison collectively, after they were found guilty of what's been described
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as an ‘alarmingly amateur‘ people smuggling operation. their trial heard how the men‘s ‘lucrative scam‘ used small boats to bring migrants across the english channel. they were caught in 2016 after 18 albanians had to be rescued off the kent coast. duncan kennedy reports. this is the gang who tried to turn the english channel into a high way of illegal migration. and this is three members of the gang, george and leonard powell and saba dulaj, meeting in a pub car park in kent, discussing their nextjob. ajob like this. it is may 2016 and their boat is heading to dymchurch on the kent coast en route to france. but near calais, these french police surveillance cameras pick up the migrants as they wade out to meet the boat. someone alerts the gang and they escape. they can be seen back in kent later that night. 48 hours later, using a different
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boat, they do pick up migrants. two of the gang can be seen in the red striped jackets. they were later jailed at a separate trial. the migrants‘ lives here are only saved by a british border force vessel. they chose to put profit over life, they use vessels that were unsuitable for the crossing and chose to have complete disregard for any means of legislation of border control. despite repeated failures, the gang did succeed with this one boat in getting migrants across. abandoning it here in kent. when police discovered the boat here they found a number of children‘s life jackets inside. they don‘t know how many migrants made this crossing or where they went to. but that was an isolated case. when they bought this jet ski to transfer migrants across the english channel, the depth of their ineptitude became clear. the boat was going back—and—forth, back—and—forth.
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karen lewis, who lives in dymchurch, witnessed a taste of their amateurism. they didn‘t seem very competent, obviously because their behaviour was very erratic and the way they were directing the boat up the slipway. they didn‘t seem very competent at all. it was the powell family who led this smuggling ring. two brothers, george and alfie, and their father leonard, today jailed for a total of 21 years. this was a gang who ran out of fuel, couldn‘t work radios or navigate at night. yet still tried to charge migrants £6,000 each, to cross. in the end they were trapped by what the judge called their "alarming amateurism," but also by the natural dangers and human security measures of the english channel. singing‘s supposed to bring many benefits — making you feel calmer, happier and more positive. but a worldwide project to get people to sing together has even higher ambitions — to promote global peace.
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the one day one choir initiative began a few years ago with just a handful of choirs taking part, but has grown to involve singers from across the globe. today is world peace day and we sent our correspondent rich preston to find out more about the project. one of the initiatives to mark the international day of peace is this, one day one choir. a collection of1 million singers in more than 70 countries around the world, singing to peace. one day one choir was set up to peace. one day one choir was set up by to peace. one day one choir was set up byjane to peace. one day one choir was set up by jane hansen to peace. one day one choir was set up byjane hansen in 2014. new additions to their lineup this year include azerbaijan, bigger and bangladesh. we have literally all kinds of peoplejoining bangladesh. we have literally all kinds of people joining which is wonderful, because the premise was that everyone could join in wherever they were. however the old, however
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able. we have 40 cathedrals, hundreds of schools, mosques, temples, all peoples homes, offices, and this week based in prison was involved and they got the choir singing as well. literally anyone and everyone. but even voice is not usually known to their singing talents a re usually known to their singing talents are getting involved. among those performing is muhammad, who came to the uk three years ago as a refugee from saddam. —— sudan. came to the uk three years ago as a refugee from saddam. -- sudan. peace is so important in our life. everyone wants, everyone needs to live in peace. there is nothing like singing to promote peace and happiness and well— being. singing to promote peace and happiness and well— beinglj singing to promote peace and happiness and well-being. i can say fio happiness and well-being. i can say no more about that a mac win it peace right now! the theme of this year‘s international day of peace celebrates the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. opening the festival today, the un secretary general said peace
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ta kes the un secretary general said peace takes root went people are free from poverty and oppression, and encouraged people around the world to speak up for gender equality, and climate action. more than 60,000 bees have been found in the roof of a hospital building in cambridge. staff at fulbourn hospital called in experts who said honey oozed from the between gaps in the brick and plasterwork when a roof panel was removed. the tree bee society took 12 hours to remove the bees, which they say had probably been there for years. now it‘s time for the weather with chris fawkes. we have had some blustery weather conditions over the last 24 hours thanks to storm ronin which is out of the way, we had cooler conditions following with some showers, the central storm now used in to
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scandinavia. this area of cloud is an area of low pressure which will bring outbreaks of rain to the south of the uk. ahead of that area of rain we have a little bit of reaching, so the weather actually sta rts reaching, so the weather actually starts fine and dry in northern ireland, england and wales before the cloud arrives and outbreaks of rain will spread as we go through the day, particularly for wales in south—west england, and eventually the south—east. you will see it quite a the south—east. you will see it quitea —— the south—east. you will see it quite a —— blustery at cost scotland, not particular warm. there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for sunday‘s weather, and here is why. we have thejetstream, sometimes you get the big troughs in the jetstream. if they get so big, sometimes they break apart and you getan area sometimes they break apart and you get an area of low pressure forming that spins around and stays put. instead of having a sharp trough we get this shallow trough across the atla ntic get this shallow trough across the atlantic and affecting our weather. that is a process that is going on on saturday. a sharp trough would
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bring us to develop area of low pressure, are less sharp trough would bring us a less—developed area of low pressure. so the forecast for sunday that we are showing here is probably the more developmental forecast, the rain may not get as far north across england, and the north of wales, but may stay across southern counties of england, but the uncertainty is there about the northward edge of the rain, we could still get some strong winds affect in parts of east anglia and south—east england during the afternoon and evening on sunday. sunday still a little uncertain, but the forecast is not uncertain next week, because we get this ridging of the jetstream which week, because we get this ridging of thejetstream which ilton area of high pressure across the united kingdom. —— ilton area. the confidence in the forecast is high from monday onwards. plenty of sunshine to start the day, it will bea sunshine to start the day, it will be a chilly start on monday with temperatures into low single


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