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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: despite a string of ministerial resignations and moves to unseat her as leader prime minister may insists she will see her brexit deal through. i believe with every fibre of my being that the course i have set out is the right one for our country and all our people. and european leaders claim they won't renegotiate the draft brexit deal even if it's rejected by the british parliament. as saudi arabia charges 11 people over the murder of jamal khashoggi, the us imposes sanctions on 17 saudi officials. under the ice in greenland scientists find a giant crater from a meteorite strike not so long ago. after a day of high political drama, another looks very likely
today, as britain's prime minister fights to save her brexit withdrawal deal. with the uk due to leave the european union injust four months, theresa may faced hours of hostile questioning in parliament, a series of ministerial resignations, and moves to unseat her as leader. she insists the only alternative to her plan is to leave the eu without any deal, or no brexit at all. the bbc understands that one of her most senior colleagues, michael gove, has rejected her offer of becoming the new brexit secretary, and is now also considering quitting her cabinet. this report from our political editor laura kuenssberg. there seems to be a certain interest in today's proceedings. on exactly the spot where theresa may took on the job as prime minister, the march of the brexiteers, trying to walk her to the exit. what we need is a leader who will say to the european union,
"it is impossible to divide up the united kingdom, it is impossible to agree to a situation where we have a perpetual customs union." what do you say to some of our viewers and listeners who think this is self—indulgent, you are complaining about a practical compromise? it is nothing to do with ambition of brexiteers, it is about ambition for brexit and the country. leaving the european union is the most fantastic opportunity for the united kingdom. the ugly fight over how we leave the european union. now an open battle in the tory party girl who runs the country. those who still back her, exasperated. stop rocking the boat, stop wrecking, otherwise this will prove an historic, disastrous period, notjust for the government, but for the country more widely. two
—— to use her phrase commission is get back to work. after two of them had quit, she had to explain it to the commons. i do not pretend that this has been a comfortable process. or that either we or the eu are entirely happy with all of the arrangements that have been included within it. mr speaker, when i first became prominence in 2016, there was no ready—made blueprint for brexit. many people said it could simply not be done. i have never accepted that. i have been committed, day and
night, to delivering on the result of the referendum. and ensuring the uk leads the eu absolutely and on time. this is not the deal the country was promised and parliament cannot and i believe will not accept a full stories between this bad deal and no deal. the government must now withdraw this half— baked deal, which is clear does not have the backing of the cabinet, this parliament, or the country as a whole. there is no escaping the big problems, though. the brexit secretary and some other colleagues quitting convinced the progress has signed a suffocating relationship with the eu. there becomes a point that the terms are so bad that i felt i was unable to work with it. lot of people might have voted for brexit that have been really angry, people like you, who campaigned for
brexit, and now gets difficult and really ha rd brexit, and now gets difficult and really hard and you walk away. there are risks in any true as we take this historicjuncture. are risks in any true as we take this historic juncture. but are risks in any true as we take this historicjuncture. but the worse even do is to set a bad deal for the economy and devastate the trust in a democracy. so can she really carry on? be challenged in the leadership, a plan with little support in parliament. she will try. serving in high office is an honour and privilege. it is also responsibility. they destroyed any time, but especially when the stakes are so time, but especially when the stakes are so high. and associating the uk's withdrawal from the eu after a0 yea rs uk's withdrawal from the eu after a0 years on building from the ground up a new and interim relationship for the good of our children and grandchildren is a matter of the highest consequence. my approach throughout has been to put the
national interest first. i do not judge harshly by colly sissy to do the same but reach a different conclusion. except the resignation of thank them for their service. i believe that every fibre of my being at the course that i have set out is the right thing for our country and all of our people. it is very cleared you want to stick your plan. is it the case that others are seeking to take that decision out of your hands? i will do my job of getting the best deal for britain. i will get a deal in the national interest. when the vote goes for the house of commons, mps will be doing their job, house of commons, mps will be doing theirjob, and house of commons, mps will be doing their job, and lacy house of commons, mps will be doing theirjob, and lacy this through? yes. even if you try and trade-in you do not always succeed. this prime minister, this government is still in place. but certainly not in control. and it may notjust be mrs may standing in the way
of renegotiating the deal. the mood music from europe isn't encouraging. here's german chancellor angela merkel. we now have a document on the table that britain and the eu 27 have agreed to. so for me there is no question at the moment whether we negotiate further. if members of the government still want to try for a new deal, how would they go about ousting prime minister may? it comes down to the conservative party's rather antiquated sounding 1922 committee. chris cook, political editor for the bbc‘s newsnight, explains it for us. if 15% of conservative mps wrote to the chairman of the 1922 committee saying they no longer have confidence in the party leader, there is a confidence vote among
tory mps. right now, 15% means a8 mps, and the current chairman is sir graham brady. if the promise wednesday confidence vote that follows, she can stay, and there will be no fresh challenges for a year. it is the prime minister losers a confidence vote, she is obliged to stand aside, then there isa obliged to stand aside, then there is a leadership contest she cannot ta ke is a leadership contest she cannot take part in. that is leadership contest where, normally, mps expected used to candidates to be put forward to the party membership. that could take weeks, at least. more time in the party feels they have with the brexit clock ticking away. but it is hard to see how mps could be prevailed upon to choose one candidate in the party, as they have done in the past, given the divisions inside the conservatives. a leadership alleging could split them down the middle. —— a
leadership challenge could split. let's get some of the day's other news.
the judges at the khmer rouge tribunal in cambodia are about to deliver a verdict on the genocide charges against the two leaders of khmer rouge, nuon chea and khieu samphan. they are accused of carrying out a policy of targeting and eliminating two ethnic minorities in the country. the bbc‘s jonathan head is in bangkok. what is the latest on this? were expecting a verdict later today. these charges are part of a trial that were split into, because this process has taken so long. we've had a number of senior khmer rouge leaders die of old age before the trials were concluded or they can be brought to trial. these are the only two senior leaders to be ever brought to trial. they were found guilty of crimes against humanity back in 201a. so they are already serving life sentences.
these are charges of genocide. a lot of people refer to the
mass killings as genocide. the vast bulk work cambodians. these genocide charges only refer to minorities, muslims and vietnamese, who were also targeted by the beverage. but there are also charges being heard today and be ruled on, on cries against humanity. so both of these men are serving life sentences go there are likely to be the very last verdict is in this very long and drawnout process that started more than 20 yea rs process that started more than 20 years ago. and so it will be a chance, i think i've cambodians and the rest of the world to take stock of this attempt at international justice. in a sense, this whole system of internationaljustice has been on trial as well, as it? it is an unusual form of international justice. they are all unique when you think of trials involving
yugoslavia, rwanda, the international court. this is what the cambodian government insisted on, which it held technically under cambodian jurisdiction, but with parallel internationaljudges and cambodian ones. that has been dramatic because the cambodian government has effectively restricted the cases they could be pursued with this small collection of very senior khmer rouge leaders. the number of other people who were thought to be guilty for other atrocities have not been brought to justice. it is a limited process. on the plus side, those who are frustrated by the enormous expenses, $300 million, the time it has taken, and the limited number, only two people have been convicted, would actually say it has been a fantastic documentation of what happened because of the immense amounts of test and see and research that has been done. —— testimony and research. at least cambodians who went through it has seen some accountability and will see things
properly documented, a real historical record, which is a rarity not only in these cases but in the region, were a lot of awful historical events have been largely swept under the carpet. and that verdict to come. jonathan, thank you for that. let's get some of the day's other news. north korean leader kimjong—un has supervised the test of a new high—tech strategic weapon according to the country's state media. it's the first time in a year that kimjong un has inspected a weapons test site. the korean central news agency described the test as a success but gave no details on the type of weapon. sri lanka's parliament has descended into chaos with members throwing punches at each other after the speaker declared there was no government. one legislator was hospitalised, and several injured. turmoil began when the president fired the incumbent prime minister and replaced him with mahinda rajapa ksa. scientists from more than 60 countries will vote later on whether to change the way the kilogramme is measured. for more than a hundred years it's been defined by the weight of a platinum based cylinder locked away in a safe in paris. it's expected to be replaced with a system which involves
accurately measuring an electric current. one of the greatest works by the british painter, david hockney, has set a new record at the new york auction house, christie's. portrait of an artist: pool with two figures fetched over $90 million, which is a new auction record for a living artist. it was painted in 1972 after hockney destroyed an earlier version. the united states has imposed sanctions on seventeen saudis over their alleged role in the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi. it follows the saudi prosecutor's announcement that he is seeking the death penalty for five people charged with the killing. caroline rigby reports. killed in a saudi consulate in istanbul, apparently by lethal injection. in a news conference broadcast live on television in the
kingdom, its deputy public prosecutor laid out yet another saudi narrative of the killing. translation: the way in which the crime was committed has been discovered. it was after a struggle, a fight, and the administering of a lethal injection, which led to his death. an official revealed jamal khashoggi's murder was approved by 18 cents to invest it in for excel, but the cramp you nothing of the plan. it is a view echoed by the saudi arabian foreign minister. this was a routine operation and we have a better sense of what happened. this was individuals exceeding their authority and going beyond their mandate. and these individuals made a tremendous mistake, and that this mistake they will pay a price. and that price became clear today. prosecutors revealed they had charged 11 suspects over the murder and are seeking the death penalty for five of them. the united states
also appears to be stepping up its response to the killing. imposing sanctions on 17 saudi arabian individuals for serious human rights abuses resulting from their roles in the killing of jamal abuses resulting from their roles in the killing ofjamal khashoggi. abuses resulting from their roles in the killing of jamal khashoggi. they include key aides of the crown prince, as was the istanbul consul general, who, following the disappearance, and that cameras into the consulate, in an attempt to prove that the journalist was not inside. the us has not pointed any fingers at crown prince muhamed himself. although it is eager to hold those responsible to hold those responsible to account, the trump administration will tread carefully to preserve the important strategic relationship between the two countries. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: wejoin rescuers in california trying to find those who didn't survive the worst wildfires in the state's history. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election.
and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that its opening the country's remaining whites only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds's worth of damage.
this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the british prime minister theresa may has said she is determined to press on with her plan for brexit, agreed with brussels, despite ministerial resignations and the risk of a challenge to her leadership. the united states has imposed sanctions on 17 saudis over their alleged role in the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi. more on brexit now, and all along, one of the biggest disputes has been the future of the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. after brexit, it would be the uk's only land border it's a dispute that's resonated both north and south of the border, as our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. who's scoring here? it was a goalless draw as northern ireland took on the irish republic
in dublin tonight. but theresa may's been trying to present the draft brexit deal as a win for both sides. it's not really dublin's problem, so yeah, they can just sit and watch it all unfold in westminster. the best case scenario in northern ireland would be the hong kong of the uk, it's the place to do business if you want to do business with europe easily, but at the same time, without feeling like you've got difficulties actually within the united kingdom. the brexit deal could keep northern ireland more closely tied to eu rules, so trade can flow freely between the north and south of this island. some northern ireland businesses believe that's a benefit. from first impressions, we thought it was business friendly. we welcomed the fact that we had open access to both the gb and eu markets. one of theresa may's closest allies came to rally support for plan. when people actually sit down and go through the detail, and it is incredibly technical detail, and they see the safeguards
that have been put in place and see the way that the people of northern ireland have been put at the heart of this, they will see that this is the right deal for the united kingdom. but she's not cheering, the dup leader arlene foster believes the draft deal severs the united kingdom itself. and the decision to sign off on the irish backstop has led to a political crisis at westminster. today, player after player in theresa may's team have been quitting their positions. many saying it is those arrangements for the irish border that they can no longer support. it is a relationship between these two sides that's continuing to define brexit. emma vardy, bbc news. the deadlines have come and gone in florida, where ballots in the senate and governor's races were undergoing a recount. now everyone awaits the results, it probably won't surprise you to learn this drama may not be over yet. the bbc‘s rajini vaidyanathan is in fort lauderdale. florida is a state that is no
stranger to recount. we all remember that hugely contentious presidential race between george w bush and al gore 18 years ago, and it looks like the ghost of recount has come to haunt this state once again. now more than a week on the mid—term elections, some key races are still undecided. we have two recounts this week, the ones are watching the race the senate and the race for governor, and they were triggered because the margin between the republican and democratic candidates was close enough to go to a recounts, although the republican candidates in both of those races we re candidates in both of those races were ahead. now in the race for governor, the republican candidate remains ahead and off after the recount to actually go on and take thatjob, so ron desantis looks likely to become the state's next governor, but the race the senate, well, that continues because the margin between the republican
candidate, former governor of the state rick scott and the democratic incumbent senator bill nelson, the margin between those two candidates after that recount was less than 0.25%. that means under the state law, we now go to another recounts, thatis law, we now go to another recounts, that is a manual recount, so people will be counting votes by hand and they have until sunday to deliver they have until sunday to deliver the results of that. the director of the us emergency agency says that paradise — — the town in california destroyed by wildfire — will take years to rebuild. he described the destruction there as "one of the worst disasters" he had ever seen. so far, 56 people have been found dead and 130 more are still missing. our north america correspondent dan johnson reports. these are the teams that must answer the painful questions that hang in this acrid air. where is my family member? what happened to my loved one? how many more people are dead? team five starting search on location. house after house, street after street, the ashes of this
community are slowly revealing the lives once lived here. this work is difficult and the conditions can be dangerous, and the scale of the task is almost impossible to comprehend. more than 10,000 properties ruined, and more than 100 people still missing. there's no good news here, no positive outcome. only another name to add to the list of lives lost. they sift through the rubble with respect, and they're trying to preserve some dignity. they're special people. yeah, i don't think humans are intended to see this stuff, to be honest with you. but i think everybody that does this, they come in with the intent of trying to provide closure to the families, because right now they are missing. so there's still more for them to do, and as they look further, it only gets worse.
danjohnson, bbc news, paradise. an international team of researchers has discovered a huge impact crater underneath an ice glacier in north—west greenland. it's believed to be the result of a giant meteorite, around a kilometre in diameter, that crashed into the earth. this may be one of the most recent such craters anywhere on the planet's surface. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. maybe 3 million years ago, maybe just 12,000 years ago, no one knows for sure, just 12,000 years ago, no one knows forsure, a just 12,000 years ago, no one knows for sure, a huge meteorite crashed into the earth. for much of the time between then and now, the impact crater was hidden beneath millions of times of ice. only when it was finally discovered did we begin to understand its size and scale. there you have it metres deep, 31 kilometres wide, much bigger than
washington, dc, even biggerthan paris, and it is probably one of the youngest large impact craters on earth. it may have been covered up by the relentless spread of the greenland ice sheet, but in some ways, the crater was always hiding in plain sight. nasa satellite images and new topographical maps prompting a more close—up examination. the research team flew over the hiawatha glacier, radar waves travelling city ice, measuring its thickness and internal structure, examining this new data, scientist realised that they had uncovered one of the world's biggest impact craters, although this one is not anything like as big as the one of the coast of the goodtime peninsula. the impact on that asteroid, around 65 million years ago, big enough to kill off the dinosaurs. —— ic. scientists will
now try to work out what effects the greenland meteorite that. this kind of impact events are rare but they have happened before, they will happen again. just finally, morocco has unveiled a $2.a billion high speed railway — the first ever such line in africa. the french president emmanuel macron, and morocco's king mohammed the fifth, were among the first passengers to use the service from the port city of tangier to the capital, rabat. the train will travel up to 320 kilometres per hour, and slash journey times between the two economic hubs by more than half. morocco says the project is a key step in modernising the country and position itself as an african hub for foreign investors. much more nor the news for you any time on the bbc news website. thank you for watching. —— and all of the news.
hello there. we started this week with some drenching downpours. we end the week on a much quieter note. albeit quite a murky one. some cloud, some mist and fog to start friday. i'm hopeful that things will brighten up a little bit later on. but sunshine amounts will vary, depending on where you are. most of us starting off grey and murky with some mist and hill fog. but as we go on through the day, that cloud will tend to break up. northern scotland should see some sunshine even in the morning. and then, into the afternoon, a few other places willjoin in, mostly where you get a bit of shelter from high ground to the south, parts of north cornwall, north devon, western and northern wales, here a decent chance of seeing a little bit of sunshine. elsewhere, the cloud should thin and break a little bit to reveal some brightness. temperatures generally around 13 or 1a degrees. the north coast of northern ireland, perhaps cumbria, the northern half of scotland, these areas
likely to see some spells of sunshine with those temperatures again up to 13 or 1a degrees. but, as we go through friday night, most places will again turn quite cloudy, the cloud lowering down onto the hills. it will be quite murky, some patches of mist around. as a consequence, not a cold night, minimum temperatures between six to 12 degrees. so a mild start to saturday morning. quite a grey start as well. there are some changes to come. high—pressure sitting here across the near continent. but the winds around high pressure flow in a clockwise direction, and that's going to start to bring us more of a south—easterly flow. we will start to tap into some drier air and so this cloud is going to retreat. we are going to peel it back from the map and we will see increasing amounts of sunshine. so after that grey start, things should tend to brighten up. and by saturday afternoon, most of us should have blue skies overhead. those temperatures, ten, 11, 12 degrees, that won't feel too bad, although it will be quite breezy. and then, for sunday, quite a cold start, actually. could be a touch of frost around,
then a lot of sunshine to take us through the day. still quite breezy and still not especially warm. temperatures up to around nine to 12 degrees. but those temperatures are only going to head in one direction as we get into the start of next week, and that is downwards. we are going to start to import some much colder air from the near continent, and so temperatures are going to take a tumble. at the same time, we are going to bring in more in the way of cloud. so, largely grey skies as we go into monday and tuesday. it will still be quite breezy, and temperatures for many stuck in single digits. this is bbc news. the headlines: prime minister theresa may has vowed to press on with her brexit plans — despite several ministerial resignations yesterday and a growing challenge to her leadership. meanwhile, other eu leaders have said they won't renegotiate the draft brexit agreement — even if it's rejected by parliament in britain. the united states has imposed sanctions on seventeen saudi arabian
officials over their alleged role in the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi. in saudi arabia itself, a government prosecutor has said he's seeking the death penalty for five people charged with the killing at the saudi consulate in istanbul. judges at the international tribunal in cambodia are about to deliver a verdict on genocide charges against two leaders of the khmer rouge. nuon chea and khieu samphan are accused of carrying out a policy of targeting and eliminating members of two ethnic minorities. they have already been convicted of other crimes. now on bbc news, thursday in parliament.
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