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this is the briefing. i'm victoria fritz. our top story: eu leaders have said they won't renegotiate the draft brexit agreement even if it's rejected by mps in britain. i'm david eades at westminster, where teresa may is adamant she will stick to the task. but will her own party members opt for a direct challenge to her leadership? the number of people reported missing in the california wildfires leaps to over 600. 63 are known to have died. two former leaders of the khmer rouge in cambodia are convicted of genocide for the mass murder of ethnic minorities. taking a pounding. sterling suffers its biggest sell—off in more than two years, as political turmoil puts the uk's brexit deal in doubt i'll be speaking to a top trade lawyer about that draft agreement, and what it could mean for business. if it survives. a warm welcome to the programme,
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation, and let us know what you think about the stories we are covering, just use #bbcthebriefing. after a day of high political drama, another looks very likely today, as britain's prime ministerfights 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. let's go over live to my colleague david eades, who is in westminster.
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yes, thank you very much, it is still dark here, how appropriate is that for westminster? we have so little clarity as to where this goes next. as you pointed out, theresa may took on all colours in the commons in the course of the marathon session on thursday morning from all ends of the spectrum as well in terms of brexit, those who wa nt to well in terms of brexit, those who want to stay, those who absolutely wa nt to want to stay, those who absolutely want to get out, and it wasn'tjust a barrage of criticism of this deal, it was by and large are ready acknowledgement that they wouldn't just criticise it, they would reject. and yet, for all that, she came out at the end of the day and saidi came out at the end of the day and said i am sticking to the task, this is the option, it is the best option and there is no alternative. with a little warning as well, victoria, of a brave and uncertain path ahead if this were to be rejected. carolyn
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rigby brings you up—to—date on a dramatic day of events. ami am i going to see this through? yes. she has made her decision, so has he. just a day after theresa may revealed the d raft he. just a day after theresa may revealed the draft with agreement, the man she cast with negotiating it led a walkout. the work and pensions secretary, two other ministers, two political aides and a party official followed him, all left in protest over the brexit compromise. followed him, all left in protest over the brexit compromiselj followed him, all left in protest over the brexit compromise. i fought very ha rd to over the brexit compromise. i fought very hard to get a very good deal that i could be part of in good conscience take to the country and my colleagues but actually if you look at what has been proposed out it is not only in my view damaging to the economy it is impossible to reconcile with the promises we made at the last election. britain is a divided country. its governing party never more divided too. there seems to bea never more divided too. there seems to be a certain interest in today's proceedings. on thursday tory brexiteers queued up to call for a vote of no—confidence on mrs may's
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premiership herfirst was vote of no—confidence on mrs may's premiership her first was a replacement brexit secretary has turned down her offer. the bbc understands michael gove, environment secretary, turned down the position after the prime minister made it clear he would not be able to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. mr michael gove is now considering whether to resign from the cabinet altogether. i'm going to do myjob of getting the best deal for britain. i'm going to do myjob of getting the best dealfor britain. i'm going to do myjob of getting a deal that is in the national interest. when the vote comes before the house of commons, mps will be doing their job. statement. the prime minister. the prime minister spent three hours answering questions in the house of commons, fielding bitter complaints from all sides. and it's not only the british parliament she will need to convince. it is the european parliament too. the mood music in europe isn't altogether encouraging. though the german chancellor for one seemed as keen as mrs may not to renegotiate the deal. translation: we now have a document on the table
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that britain and the eu 27 have agreed to. so for me there is no question at the moment whether we negotiate further. over the coming days, diplomats will be working flat out, combing through all 585 pages of the withdrawal agreement ahead of an extraordinary summit of eu leaders later this month. but will theresa may still be at the helm by then? she survived turbulent waters this week, but there could well be more storms to come. carolyn rigby, bbc news. well, that is the question, will she still be at the helm when that meeting comes about over eu leaders? what is the feeling where you are? well, it's a very good question still, rather than a certainty that there will be a leadership challenge, inasmuch as what we got yesterday evening which was, in a way that parting shot from the day, was theresa may in essence calling the bluff of all of those critics who said we don't like this, to say, well, what is the alternative? what
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is better than this and who is going to lead that? so while we had, victoria, this talk, as we have had for weeks, of course, victoria, this talk, as we have had forweeks, of course, of victoria, this talk, as we have had for weeks, of course, of the possibility of a leadership challenge, there is still no certainty that that is going to go ahead. it may yet be that events in the course of the day, we heard from carolyn mention michael gove, the environment secretary, being offered thejob of environment secretary, being offered the job of taking brexit through this next stage and declining, if he jumps ship, maybe then there is going to be such a sense of confidence lost that a leadership challenge could still come together. there are still those keen brexiteers to put their name to the list. they need 48 letters to be sent to the so—called 1922 committee for that sent to the so—called1922 committee for that go through for a challenge to be triggered if you like. we still haven't got to that. but it is an open question as to who would be the key challenge in any case. do they really want it right now? what is the best option for them? not
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least the party as well. so we are, asi least the party as well. so we are, as i say, we are still in the dark. we are looking for a shard of light at the moment. it might come in the hours ahead. well, for that eliminating briefing for now, david, thank you very much. we'll have more from you a little bit later on. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. one of the greatest works by the british painter, david hockney, has been sold at auction at christie's in new york forjust over $90 million. that's a new record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. portrait of an artist, pool with two figures, was painted in 1972 after hockney destroyed an earlier version. 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. scientists from more than 60 countries will vote later on whether to change the way the kilogram is measured. for more than 100 years it's been
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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. well, you learn something new everyday, you? well, you learn something new everyday, you ? vigo. well, you learn something new everyday, you? vigo. —— there you go. let's return to our main story: the pound and shares in housebuilders and banks have fallen sharply after cabinet ministers dominic raab and esther mcvey quit over prime minister theresa may's draft brexit deal. cornelia meyer is the ceo of mrl corporation, a business consultancy, whojoins me now. what do you make of all of this? i saw, you know, some of your comments, more surreal than a dali
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painting. staying with the thing. comments, more surreal than a dali painting. staying with the thingm was more surreal painting. staying with the thingm was more surreal than our dali painting because we didn't know the shape of the deal yet, yet so many ministers were already out saying we are totally against it. and maybe you want to read this before you say anything. but it is probably the only deal she could get. it is this or no deal. she is right. it is this or no deal. she is right. it is this or no deal. or no brexit. that's the other option. that would mean... another referendum. look, we are running out of time. simply we have about four months left. so there is very little... there is very little time to go around. there was an excellent interview with the foreign minister of austria, who matters, because austria right now holds the presidency of the eu, last night
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newsnight where she said, look, the eu's hands are a little bit tired because they have their own elections coming up and that means there is not that much wiggle room in terms of giving more time —— tied. 0k, in terms of giving more time —— tied. ok, let's have another referendum, if you are for it or against it, we would need time. the eu cannot give us that time because the eu parliamentary elections are coming up. so, you know, the eu, we have our political agenda here, the eu has its political agenda and the 27 member countries have their agenda, so we are 27 member countries have their agenda, so we are a 27 member countries have their agenda, so we are a bit in a muddle, aren't we? understatement of the morning, thank you very much, cornelia. really interesting. and you were up watching newsnight as well as being in for 5am this morning so congratulations to you, we are all on a little less sleep than we perhaps would like. and cornelia will be back in about half an hour to review the main stories being covered by the global media. as you can imagine, brexit is all
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over the papers. we will have a lot more analysis for you. the authorities in california say the number of people reported missing after the deadliest wildfire in the state's history has passed 600, more than double the number of missing on a list published hours earlier. at least 63 people are known to have died in the blaze, which destroyed the town of paradise. from there, danjohnson reports. the air here is still really thick with smoke. everyone has a mask. there are still places where the ground is smouldering more than a week after the fire tour through here, burning pretty much everything to the ground. and this sort of destruction is typical. you can see this right at the main street. shops and businesses like this completely burnt to the ground. and it is not the case of coming in here and making repairs or rebuilding. they are going to have to start again, build from the ground up. but there isa build from the ground up. but there is a big question, a serious question, about whether that can be done, whether people will even want to come back and live here again
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among these trees on the hillside, in the forest where this fire spread so in the forest where this fire spread so quickly. there are questions about how it started and suspicion that an electrical fault in the power network could have been to blame. there are lots of engineers here trying to rebuild that power network and make it safe. but those questions will have to wait because the priority is working out exactly how many people lost their lives in this fire, and accounting for those who are missing, more than 100 of them, and there are teams going through neighbourhood after neighbourhood, house by house, delicately searching, trying to provide those answers. but every day the death toll keeps increasing. dan johnson, bbc news, in paradise. news coming in in the last half an hour, judges at a tribunal in cambodia have delivered their verdict on genocide charges against two leaders of the khmer rouge, we are talking about nuon chea khieu samphan and found guilty of eliminating ethnic
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minorities, sentenced to life in prison. let's pick now withjonathan head, joining us now from bangkok. what do you make of this, this verdict here, genocide charges? i mean, obviously it is something that we we re mean, obviously it is something that we were perhaps all expecting. well, people need to understand that the international definition of genocide is quite narrow, it means targeting a specific different ethnic group, of course, used most recently in accusations against the burmese in relation to rohingyas. in the case of cambodia the vast majority of victims of the khmer rouge, 2 million people live, were other cambodians and they don't fit that narrow category of genocide, so what people often call the cambodian genocide in international law terms is quite narrow. the khmer rouge in their frenzied violence also specifically targeted minorities, who they saw as the enemy of the revolution, which is what the case relates to, the muslim chams and the vietnamese minority, tens of thousands of the were brutally
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killed. there were other cases of crimes against humanity also heard today in a trial that actually gone in two parts. these two senior leaders of the khmer rouge, nuon chea, number two in the organisation, are the only top leaders who have been able to be taken to trial right through to conviction. the others have either died before trial has happened or during the trials. and because they are so during the trials. and because they are so old, their trial was split in two. so they've already been found guilty of other crimes against humanity. this charge of genocide is included in another slate of charges relating to the massive violence and deaths of people that took place and they are also probably the very last convictions that will take place in this long, drawnout process of international trials that have been going on in cambodia. so it is a big moment for cambodia, seeing the end ofa moment for cambodia, seeing the end of a process that has been quite controversial and suffered some criticism. ok, jonathan head, for now, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: as saudi arabia charges 11 people over the murder
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ofjamal khashoggi, the us imposes sanctions on 17 saudi officials. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election. she has asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself into 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 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
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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 worth of damage. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: the number of people reported missing in a deadly wildfire in california has leapt to more than six 100. eu leaders have said they won't renegotiate the draft brexit agreement — even if it's rejected by the british parliament. angela merkel said there was no question of reopening talks. lets stay with that now. and re—join the bbc‘s david eades at westminster — despite this being hailed as a breakthrough, there's still a long way to go for this draft deal isn't there? certainly the we have the
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westminster. we'll do some more illumination as to when things may go in the course of the day, because one of the features of yesterday and the drama was so are the key brexit figures like jacob rees—mogg coming out and saying, right, i have no confidence in the prime minister of pushing this through. i am putting my letter into what is called the 1922 committee, which, when you get to 48 of those letters, that is 15% of the conservative members of parliament, you can trigger a leadership challenge. let'sjust explain that a little bit more because that may be a critical element of today if it transpires. 0ur element of today if it transpires. our policy editor chris cook has the details for you. 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 48 mps, and the current chairman is sir graham brady.
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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. that is the background, if you like,
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and it has been described as a civil war within the conservative party. activision has been a long time. there has been the division of the eurosceptics versus those who want to stay within the eu and the single market, et cetera. more immediately, do they call the bluff of the prime minister? she has put out and said he want to technion, technion, effectively. that is the decision they need to reach. if they can do that, as chris cook explained, the leadership followed them follows. —— if they want to do that, then do that. never has been held to put a name to that particular challenge. it is still uncertain situation.
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perhaps the only uncertainty we have at the moment is the deal that we have at the moment, the draft negotiated by theresa may, that is ready at and her european cou nterpa rts ready at and her european counterparts is the only negotiation possible now. this is it, take it or leave it. victoria ? 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 five people charged with the killing. bill hayton reports. killed in the study consulate in istanbul, apparently by lethal injection. in a news conference broadcast live on television in saudi arabia, its deputy public prosecutor laid out yet another official story of the killing. the way in which the crime was committed has been discovered. it was a struggle, a fight, and the ministry
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of lethal injection, which led to his death. an official revealed that jamal khashoggi's killing was authorised by a team that was said to convince him to return from exile. but the clap as you nothing of the plan, if ueki by the foreign minister. this is a routine operation. we have a better sense of what happened. this is individuals exceeding the authority and dreamt on their mandate and these individuals may be tremendous mistake and, for this mistake, they will pay a price. and that price has become clearer: prosecutors revealed that they have charged 11 suspects over the murder, and is 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
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killing of jamal khashoggi. they include key aides of the crown prince, as well as the instable consul general, who, following the market shoji's disappearance, allowed cameras into the consulate in order to prove he was not there. the us has not pointed any finger at the crown prince himself, although it is eager to hold those responsible for the murder to account. the trump administration would be keen to treat carefully to preserve the important strategic relationship between the two countries. bill hayton, bbc news. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett. coming up in your friday sport briefing, world champions france need just a point to qualify for the last four of the uefa nations league when they play the netherlands later while defending champions and tournament hosts west indies are in action at the icc women's world t20. world champions france are looking to seal the deal
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in the uefa nations league. they need just a point when they play the netherlands later on friday. a draw wil be enough for them to qualify for next year's semi—final stage. try telling that to didier deschamps though, he says they ‘are the world champions and they will behave like it.‘ paul pogba and benjamin mendy are missing but kylian mbappe is in the squad. at the icc world t20 stefanie taylor will be hoping for more of the same when the reigning champions west indies play sri lanka. she took a career—best 4 wickets forjust 12 runs as the hosts beat south africa by 31 runs on wednesday while south africa play england in friday's other match. novak djokovic is the man to beat at the nitto atp finals in london. the world number one — already through to the semis — will play marin cilic later. the croatian cilic has everything to play for because he can still make the last four, as canjohn isner and alexander zverev in friday's other group match. in case you missed it, spain have missed the chance to be the first team through to next year's uefa nations league finals.
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they'd have qualified with a win in croatia — but were beaten 3—2 in zagreb. that means if there is a winner between england and croatia in league a group 4 on sunday at wembley then that team will qualify for next year's finals. england were in friendly action on thursday as wayne rooney came off the bench to play his 120th international in a game that raised money for his foundation. the country's record goalscorer failed to find the back of the net against the usa but his team won 3—0. roger federer qualified for the atp finals and also went top of group lleyton hewitt with a straight sets win over kevin anderson. the 27—year—old swiss — a six time winner of this tournament — needed to take at least one set to guarantee his place but he won both against the south african who had already qualified ahead of this contest. winning me help me of course, coming
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into the match a little bit more relaxed. but i wanted to go with a bang and when the match. if i go through, great, if they don't, don't deserve it. i'm happy and still live ina break deserve it. i'm happy and still live in a break in play good match the day after tomorrow, whenever i am playing. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me, tulsen tollett, and the rest of the team, that is your friday sport briefing. stay with us. we are giving direction to what is being described as a civil war in parliament. the news on sterling and some the asian markets. stay with us and let us know what you think of the stories we are covering. go to our website. #bbcthebriefing is the
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hashtag. 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. 0nly and fog to start friday. slowly will things brighten | and 0nly slowly will things brighten up and sunshine amounts were really very. we start the day was in sunshine across northern scotland, southern scotland could start off with the odd spot of drizzle. generally across northern ireland, england, and wales, a lot of cloud in the first part of the day. the patch of mist anne merce and fog. —— mist and patch of mist anne merce and fog. —— mistand murk patch of mist anne merce and fog. —— mist and murk and fog. we could well see a little bit of sunshine starting to break through to the north. the british and13— starting to break through to the north. the british and 13— 40 degrees. the northern half of scotla nd degrees. the northern half of scotland can expect is it an sunshine as we go through friday afternoon. and then as we go into friday evening, through the night,
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again it turns increasingly cloudy, misty, and murky, was in hailfog and the odd spot of drizzle. as a consequence, under the bank of cloud, it is not going to get cold. minimum teachers between six and 12 degrees. a change to come on saturday. all because of this sitting a long way away to the east but with the winds around, the high pressure is moving clockwise, and will start to bring in some slightly dry at from the near continent. we will bring us peel cloud back from the map to reveal some saturday sunshine. so grey start. fog patches around. but watch from east to west as the cloud retreats. we will see blue skies in most places by the afternoon. it will be breezy. so can 12 degrees will not feel particularly spectacular, believes there will be sunshine to enjoy. sunday morning likely to start off ona sunday morning likely to start off on a cold and in places frosty note, but again we are looking at an
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sunshine to take us through the second half of the weekend. it will still be quite breezy, but those temperatures getting up between nine and 13 degrees. but as we get into the start of next week, the temperatures only had one way. that is downwards. because as we started tapping system cold air from the east, bring that into our direction, with a cloud. expect grey skies across the country on monday and tuesday. it will still be breezy and temperatures will struggle to get out of single digits. this is the business briefing. i'm victoria fritz. taking a pounding. sterling suffers its biggest sell—off in more than two years — as political turmoil puts the uk's brexit deal in doubt plus — apecing order. president xi takes centre stage at the asia pacific summit in papa new guinea — a sign of china's growing influence in the region elswhere on the markets. asian shares follow wall street
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higher on hopes of a thaw in relations between the us and china — with reports that washington has put the latest round of tariffs on hold.
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