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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. awaiting verdicts on charges of genocide, two former leaders of the khmer rouge on trial in cambodia. the world's most expensive painting by a living artist — $80 million for this work by david hockney. after a day of high political drama, another looks very likely
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today, as britain's prime minister fights to save her brexit withdrawal deal. with the uk due to leave the european union injust 4 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. on exactly the spot where theresa may took on the job of prime minister... the march of the brexiteers trying to walk her to the exit. and this is it, the attempt to force
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from office, it could be the beginning of the end. 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 you there to viewers that think this is self—indulgent and he would do is complain about practical compromise, and this is about ambition brexiteers, not what is good for the country. it is not the ambition brexiteers, but ambition for the country. leaving the opportunity, european union is an opportunity, european union is an opportunity for the uk. the ugly fight over how we leave the european union now an open battle in the tory party for who runs the country. those who still backup are exasperated. —— those who still
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back her, exasperated. stop rocking the boat, stop wrecking, otherwise this will prove a historically disastrous period, notjust for the conservative party and the government, but for the country. the primers will not be bullied or change course and the cabinet made a definite decision to back the deal. so her to us to get up, go to work, to use the phrase, gone with the job. it is not clear borrowers into cabinet job. it is not clear borrowers into ca bi net relu cta ntly job. it is not clear borrowers into cabinet reluctantly back to me is with the eu. but after two of them have quit, she had to explain it to the commons. i do not pretend that this has been a comfortable process oi’ this has been a comfortable process or that either that we or the eu are entirely happy with all of the arrangements that have been included with it. mr speaker, when i first became prime minister in 2016, there was no ready—made blueprint for brexit. many people said it could simply not be done. i've never accepted that.
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i been committed then night to delivering on the referendum and ensuring that the uk leads the eu absolutely and on time. this is not that you were promised and i do not believe that we can accept the choice between a 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. some have quit, convinced he signed up some have quit, convinced he signed up to some have quit, convinced he signed uptoa some have quit, convinced he signed up to a suffocating relationship with the eu. there comes a point where it actually the terms are so bad that i felt they could not in good conscience see that deal of the line. would you begin some of our viewers, including lots of people who might have a pro—brexit, who would be really angry at people like
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you who campaign for brexit, and now gets difficult and hard, and you walk away? there are risks in any course we take at this historic juncture. but if the worst possible outcome when you balance the risks is to give into the eu's blackmail and accept a deal that the economy and accept a deal that the economy and devastating the trust in our democracy. so can she really carry on? a leadership challenge, even planned local support in parliament? she would try. serving in high office is an honour and privilege. it is also a heavy responsibility. that is true at any time, but especially when the stakes are so high. negotiating the uk's withdrawal from the eu after a0 years on building from the ground up they knew an enduring relationship for the good of our children and grandchildren is a matter of the highest consequence. my a matter of the highest consequence. my approach throughout has been to
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put the national interest first. i do notjudge harshly those of my collea g u es do notjudge harshly those of my colleagues who seek to do the same but to reach a different conclusion. i'm sorry that they have chosen to leave the government and i thank them for their service. but i believe with every fibre of my being that because i have set out is the right one for our country and all oui’ right one for our country and all our people. is clear what you stick to your plan. is it true that others are seeking to take that decision out of your hans? i will do my job getting the best deal for britain. i will do the best for the national interest. in the vote comes before the house of commons, mps will be doing their best. will i see this through? yes. even if you try, try, try again, you be totally succeed. this prime minister, this government, are still in place, but certainly not in control. and it may notjust be mrs may standing in the way
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of renegotiating the deal. the mood music from europe isn't encouraging. here's german chancellor angela merkel: translation: 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, policy 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
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graham brady. if the prime minister wins the confidence vote that follows, she can stay, and there will be no fresh challenges for a year. but if the prime minister loses a confidence vote, she is obliged to stand aside, then there is a leadership contest she cannot take part in. that is leadership contest where, normally, mps expect to choose two candidates to be put forward to the party membership. but 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 on the party, as they have done in the past, given the divisions inside the conservatives. a leadership election could split them down the middle. judges at a tribunal in cambodia are about to deliver a verdict on genocide charges against two leaders of the khmer rouge,
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nuon chea and khieu samphan. they are accused of carrying out a policy of targeting and eliminating two ethnic minorities. 0ur south east asia correspondentjonathan head is in bangkok. i think the hearing is now under way, isn't it? they should be reading the verdict very soon. we believe these will be the last verdict is in this drawnout process started more than 20 years ago, this extraordinary hybrid court that for many people has been a compromise. this has involved cambodian jurisdiction and united nations your section as well. it is only bought a small handful of people, senior leaders, to trial, and votes in only three of them. so to many people who wa nted three of them. so to many people who wanted to see more people brought to justice for the horrors of the khmer rouge, this has been an u nsatisfa ctory rouge, this has been an unsatisfactory process, but this has
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been detailed. these men have it had been detailed. these men have it had been convicted of crimes against humanity. there have been other crimes against humanity read out against them today. that is in those cases as well is the one of genocide against two minorities. in the end, they will be the only two senior leaders ever held to account. in the documentation it has gone on, the witnesses had been heard, hundreds, in this case, has left an impressive historical record, at least, of what happened in those terrible years in the 1970s. happened in those terrible years in the 19705. at this happened in those terrible years in the 1970s. at this terrible years in the 1970s. at this terrible years in the horrible record, just remind people, this was an ultra— maoist group who left something like 2 million people dead? that is the best estimate that has been presented in these court hearings in the past two years. something between one and half million in 2 million, many of whom would have died of starvation and disease. they tried to turn khmer cambodia into a
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agrarian society. with a violent rule where they saw enemies everywhere and the deaths come from all sorts of causes. that is partly why they have focus on the senior leaders, because they are the ones who blew up the blueprint and forced the imposing of this insured and rea p the imposing of this insured and reap revelatory order. especially brother number two. he is now 92. there are the figures down the hierarchy that some of the prosecutors have tried to bring to justice. that has been blocked by the cambodian government that only what the small handful of senior leaders. those lower figures are all accused by many the presiding of the deaths of people. this is a long time go. many cambodians were born after that. a lot of cambodians now
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do not have a lot of awareness. on the screen, the tribunal is that way. we'll bring you updates on that $0011. let's get some of the day's other news. north korean leader kimjong—un has supervised the test of a new high—tech tactical weapon according to the country's state media. it's the first time in a year that kim jong—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. 0ne 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
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with a system which involves accurately measuring an electric current. the united states has imposed sanctions on 17 saudis for their alleged role in the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi. and a saudi prosecutor has announced he is seeking the death penalty for 5 people charged with the killing. caroline rigby reports. killed in the 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 ordered by the head
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of a negotiating team working to have khashoggi return from exile. but the crown prince knew 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 ofjamal khashoggi. they include key aides of the crown prince, as well as the istanbul consul general, who,
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following the mr khashoggi's disappearance, allowed cameras into the consulate, in an attempt to prove that the journalist was not inside. the us has not pointed any fingers at the crown prince himself. although it is eager to hold those responsible to hold those responsible to account, the trump administration will be keen to 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
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so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's 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, despite ministerial resignations and moves to challenge her leadership.
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verdicts expected very soon in the case of two senior leaders of cambodia's khmer rouge regime, who are facing genocide charges. 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 with the eu. it's a dispute that resonates 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
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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 her 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
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quitting their positions. many saying it is those arrangements for the irish border that they can no longer support. it is the relationship between these two sides that's continuing to define brexit. emma vardy, bbc news. a manual recount of votes has been ordered in the us state of florida for the hotly—contested senate seat in last week's mid—term elections. an electronic recount revealed the margin of victory for the republican candidate, rick scott, was less than 0.25%. he has again urged his democratic party rival, bill nelson, to admit defeat. 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, it's confirmed 56 people have been found dead,
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130 more are still missing. there are figures we can't confirm at the momentjust coming in from the reuters newsagency talking about more than 600 people missing and a death toll of 63 and, but as i say, we cannot confirm those figures. 0ur 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. 0nly another name to add to the list of lives lost. they sift through the
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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. and 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,
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a huge meteorite crashed into the earth. for much of the time between then and now, the impact crater was hidden beneath millions of tons of ice. only when it was finally discovered did we begin to understand its size and scale. 300 metres deep, 31 kilometres wide, much bigger than washington, dc, even bigger than paris, and it's 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. a research team flew over the hiawatha glacier, radar waves travelling through the ice, measuring
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its thickness and internal structure. examining this new data, scientists realised that they had uncovered one of the world's biggest impact craters, although this one isn't anything like as big as the one off the coast of the yucatan peninsula. the impact from that asteroid, around 65 million years ago, big enough to kill off the dinosaurs. scientists will now try to work out what effects the greenland meteorite had. these kind of impact events are rare but they have happened before, they will happen again. one of the greatest works of modern art has been sold at auction in new york forjust over $90 million. ‘portrait of an artist (pool with two figures)‘ was painted in 1972 by david hockney. it's a new record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. russell trott reports.
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the shimmering blue water depicted by david hockney forming the focal point of arguably his most famous work, portrait of an artist (pool with two figures). 0ne work, portrait of an artist (pool with two figures). one of the 20th ce ntu ry‘s with two figures). one of the 20th century's most recognised and loved pieces. attempts auction room then as the world of art, like the subject matter, held its breath. then the shock and amazement, as it became the most valuable work of art bya became the most valuable work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction. back in the early 1970s, david hockney worked 18 hours a day for two weeks to complete it. now at the age of 81, very few classic hockey pieces ever come up at auction. the sale beats the previous record at auction for a living artist by more than $30 million, a record for a painting by a living artist was sold privately and not at
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auction for around $110 million. the record or not, this painting still makes a splash where ever it is seen. a modern masterpiece by modern master. —— by a. 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 and all the news any time for you and the bbc website. thank you for watching. —— on. hello there.
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we started this week with some drenching downpours. we end the week on a much quieter note. but quite a murky one. some cloud, some mist and fog to start friday. 0nly and fog to start friday. slowly will things brighten | an 0nly slowly will things brighten up an sunshine amounts really will ferry. we start the day with an sunshine across northern scotland. southern scotland could start off with the odd bit of drizzle. generally across northern ireland, england and wales, the odd patch of mist, merck and fog. by the afternoon, the card should be in a little bit to provide some brightness and for parts of devon and north wales, cumbria, the north coast of northern ireland, we could see a little bit of sunshine starting to break through. temperatures typically around 13 or 14 temperatures typically around 13 or 1a degrees. the northern half of scotla nd 1a degrees. the northern half of scotland certainly can expect to see is an sunshine as we go through friday afternoon and then as we go into one evening, through the night,
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again it turns increasingly cloudy, misty and murky with some hill fog and the old spot of drizzle. as a consequence, under that blanket of cloud, it is not going to get cold. minimum temperatures between six and 12 degrees. the change to come on saturday, it is all because of this high—pressure sitting a long way to the easter with the win around the high—pressure moving in a clockwise direction, they are going to start to bring in some slightly dry air from the near continent. we are going to kill this cloud back from the map to reveal some saturday sunshine. could be some fog patches around, but watch from east to west, that cloud retreats and we see blue skies in most places by the afternoon. it will be breezy, ten to 12 degrees, it will not feel particularly spectacular that they will be sent sunshine to enjoy. sunday morning likely to start out ona sunday morning likely to start out on a cold and in some places frosty note but again, we are looking at an sunshine stake is in the second half of the weekend. still quite breezy but those temperatures getting up to
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between nine and 13 degrees. but as we get into next week, those temperatures only having one way, thatis temperatures only having one way, that is downwards because we are going to start to tap into some cold airfrom the east, meaning that in oui’ airfrom the east, meaning that in our direction. with that quite a lot of cloud so expect mostly grey skies across the country on monday and tuesday. it will still be breezy and temperatures will struggle to get out of single digits. the latest headlines for you from bbc news: prime minister theresa may has vowed to press on with her brexit plan, despite several ministerial resignations and a growing challenge to her leadership. other european union leaders have said they won't renegotiate the draft brexit agreement even if it's rejected by parliament in london. 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 two ethnic minorities. they have already been convicted of other crimes. the united states has imposed sanctions on 17 saudi officials for their alleged role in the murder of the journalist,
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jamal khashoggi. in saudi arabia itself, a government prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five people charged with the killing at the saudi consulate in istanbul. now on bbc news, panorama. the government's controversial new benefit system is in crisis. i don't really have a lot to live on. it is less than £30 a month. without places like this you would be in trouble. families have been driven to despair. i'd sell things around the house just to make money to put money back into the electric. tenants under pressure are not paying their rent and some face eviction. i have had enough. honest to god i've had enough. one of first councils to experience
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