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this is bbc news, i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 7pm. five ministers in theresa may's cabinetjoin forces to try and persuade her to make changes to the draft brexit agreement. there's still the potential to improve on the clarification, and on some of the measures within it. and that is what i'm hoping to be able to help with. more than 1,000 people are reported to be missing in california's deadliest wildfire on record. 71 people are known to have died. donald trump has arrived in the us state to see the damage for himself. it seems that many more people are missing than anyone thought even possible. and i want to be with the firefighters and the fema first responders. and this is the scene live in chico, where the president trump will be seeing the damage for himself. as well as talking to some of those involved in the clean—up and rescue efforts. according to reports in us media, the cia believes
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the saudi crown prince ordered the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. the broadcaster, writer, and former newsreader, richard baker, has died at the age of 93. and in rugby, wales score ten tries to thrash tonga, whilst england come back to beat japan at twickenham. a round up of the day's sport coming up in half an hour. supporters of the prime minister have dismissed calls for changes to her brexit withdrawal agreement with the european union. it's understood that a group of five brexit supporting cabinet ministers, michael gove, penny mordaunt, andrea leadsom, chris grayling and liam fox, want a change in the draft text, with the leader
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of the commons, andrea leadsom, telling reporters there's "the potential to improve the deal" before a crucial eu summit next weekend. mrs may has been speaking to local conservative party members, as she seeks to head off a possible vote of ‘no confidence‘ in her leadership. 0ur political correspondent iain watson has more. fighting for her deal, and fighting for her leadership, this weekend could be crucial to theresa may's political survival. he didn't storm out of the cabinet, government insiders say michael gove‘s decision not to resign was a pivotal moment that kept theresa may in number ten. i'm totally supportive of the prime minister, i think she's doing a fantasticjob. but he could be gearing up for arguments behind closed doors. he and four brexiteer colleagues penny mordaunt, andrea leadsom,
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chris grayling, and liam fox are expected to press for further changes to the prime minister's deal. the uk cannot be trapped in a permanent customs arrangements and it is very important we get clarity and improvement on that particular aspect. but others were dismissive. just because some cabinet ministers make demands of the prime minister that details will change is, ithink, fantasy. the reality of life is that we have a choice, which is to back this, which i think everybody should, because if we don't, we will probably go over the cliff edge having no deal at all. theresa may's fate is in the hands of her mps when they return to westminster next week. she has appealed to local party chairman to prop her up by a putting pressure on them to call off a challenge. we have been speaking to leading lights in local conservative parties, too, a limited snapshot of opinion.
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but while there seems to be little enthusiasm for theresa may's deal, there is little support for a leadership challenge. as one constituency party chairman said, "it's not a good deal, but it is the only deal, we need to plough on". but some mps disagree. this letter expresses no confidence in the prime minister. over the weekend, conservative mps will take soundings, as we call it, consult with local party workers in their constituencies and ask them what they think they should do. this is the man who will receive any no—confidence letters, sir graham brady, who will hold a ballot of mps on theresa may's future if 48 of his colleagues call for it. what do his cheshire constituents think? i think she has done very well to get this far, i don't think anybody else would have done any better. everybody is trying to stab her in the back to get further in their careers, i don't think they will do it. but it's her party, not the public,
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that will decide if theresa may remains as prime minister. ian watson, bbc news. the irish minister says his government has no hidden agenda when it comes to brexit. he says the only red line had been to protect the good friday agreement, saying the country will do all it can to build a new relationship with its nearest neighbour. we have negotiated a deal that protects our jobs neighbour. we have negotiated a deal that protects ourjobs and economy, defends the rights of freedoms north and south. so now, let us seal the deal and get onto the next phase. applause. and let us get onto the next phase,
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which is managing the transition period negotiating a new, deep, and close relationship with the united kingdom. we have... applause. we have, as you all know, no hidden agenda. 0ur we have, as you all know, no hidden agenda. our only red line has been to protect the good friday agreement and all that it means. peace in britain and ireland, power—sharing in northern ireland, and ever closer cooperation between north and south. and above all, no hard border. and we'll find out more about how this story and lots of others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight nigel wilson, and the political commentatorjoe phillips. and some of those affected by the
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fires, which is claimed the lives of more than 70 people, but a number of people reported net —— missing has risen to more than 1000. our correspondent dave lee reports. the firefighters lift away large debris and make sure the area is safe. soon after, a second team with dogs will sweep over the area. if they find remains, corners office were up to sharon. it takes time, but with even the more... the town worst hit by this fire. everybody had been doing their best, but it is crazy. and i know a lot of my people didn't get out, a couple of them i heard in their homes that died right in front of me. you feel helpless, when
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you're a of me. you feel helpless, when you'rea man, of me. you feel helpless, when you're a man, and you can't help... four many are unaccounted for. we will be... which is an increase from yesterday of 380. this mobile home park used to be known as the enchanted forest. but now it is one focus of the enormous search operation. the impact from these fires is being felt across the state of california, more than 100 miles away in san francisco, schools and businesses were closed down due to terrible air quality currently measured as being the worst in the world. it is expected that president trump will pay a visit to teams fighting these fires and maybe meet some of those who have been evacuated. hundreds remain in emergency shelters. the president will meet a community determined to get back on its feet. dave lee, bbc news, in paradise. donald trump has since arrived in
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california, but he spoke to reporters before leaving washington, saying he will be meeting local officials to discuss forest management. we want to spend a lot of time and discussed many things, i'm meeting with the governor and the new governor, and governor elect. so we have a lot of things to talk about, we will be talking about forest management, i have been saying that for a long time, but this could've been a lot different ofa this could've been a lot different of a situation. but the one thing is that everyone now knows that this is what we have to be doing, and there's no question about that. it should've been done many years ago, but i think everybody is the right side. it is a big issue, a big issue. a very expensive issue, but very inexpensive when compared to even one of these horrible fires. and we will save a lot of lives in addition to a lot of money. so we'll be out there talking the governors, talking to the first responders at
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fema. the firefighters have been unbelievably brave, some of the stories i've read last night, unbelievably brave. donald trump there. dave lee is in chico and california, where donald trump has recently arrived. you can bring us up recently arrived. you can bring us up to speed with what we know about the president's agenda? that is correct, we understand trump arrived in the town of chico, 15 miles away from the worst affected area. we don't know too much about his exact schedule and movements, we understand he will likely meet with some of the firefighting teams here and the specialists that are dealing with a fire that still going on near where we are. we expect the president to visit the town of paradise, where the fire was at its most damaging and most of the deceased so far have been found. he was met when he arrived on the tarmac near here as expected by the
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governor of california, jerry brown, as well as the governor elect who ta kes as well as the governor elect who takes over injanuary. it is safe to say that between them, there's a difference in opinion of the main cause of these fires. trump is very clear that he believes bad forest management has created the fuel to make these fires so frequently and for roche and, by governor brown in the past has made a much stronger argument for climate change being the most impactful element of what is going on here. speaking experts, they say it is accommodation of all those issues, and when you speak to some of the people who have been evacuated from paradise and is rising town, 50,000 people had been evacuated, right now they couldn't ca re less evacuated, right now they couldn't care less what the causes. they want to know what the solution to the problem is, they need housing and help, and say when donald trump comes through as we expect, that will be the big question that is put to him. and you mentioned though
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disk —— those displaced people, what provisions are there for them at the moment, and where are they being looked after? is a very mixed picture, more than 50,000 people who have been evacuated in total in the weeks since the fire, not all of them have been... there have beneficial shelters that were quickly filled up in the hours after the fire, which is whyjust a few moments away from here, there is a walmart superstore whether an impromptu shelter in the parking lot, a tent city of people who have nowhere else to stay. as well as an area of supplies, clothes, pet food, and so on. a community taking it upon themselves to look after themselves. we expect that shelter to be shut down tomorrow, on sunday. he will be interesting to see where those people go, relying very much on an organisation known as fema. the head of the agency is here,
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brock longer, it will be up to his agency to find out what you do with an entire community that has been displaced by what we know to be the deadliest fire to ever happen in california. a huge challenges ahead, thank you very much. more strikes are affecting two of the country's big israel workers. southwestern and northern are taking industrial action in the continuing dispute over the role of guards on trains. northern says 30% of its services are running. more than 100,000 people have been blocking roads across france and protest in rising fuel taxes. the government has promised that the police will prevent the country from being brought to a standstill. 0ne prevent the country from being brought to a standstill. one person was killed in an accident when a motorist tried to drive through a blockade. dozens of people around the country have been injured. us media is reporting that the cia believes saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman ordered the murder
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ofjournalist, jamal khashoggi. he was killed last month while visiting the saudi consulate in istanbul. saudi arabia has called the latest claims "false" and insists that the crown prince knew nothing about plans for the killing. a little earlier our turkey correspondent, mark lowen sent this update from istanbul. well, the cia's conclusions are based on a number of findings including reports of a phone call reportedly intercepted by us intelligence, said to have been made at the request of mohammad bin salman by his brother, who is currently the saudi ambassador to washington, to jamal khashoggi, encouraging him to go to the saudi consulate in istanbul to get papers for his upcoming marriage, and assuring him he would be safe. the saudi embassy in washington has strenuously denied the existence of this phone call, and said they are trying to urge the american authorities to hand over any transcript of a phone call they are thought to have. but the cia's conclusions are backing up turkey's idea,
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their allegations that when jamal khashoggi entered the consulate here in istanbul almost seven weeks ago, he was killed, his body dismembered and probably dissolved in acid, on the orders of the top levels of the saudi government in a premeditated murder. the saudi prosecutor, though, said last week that was not the case, that the whole operation was done by saudi officials who came here to turkey in an unauthorised operation to try to deliver jamal khashoggi back to saudi arabia without the knowledge of the saudi crown prince, and that when that rendition failed, jamal khashoggi was killed on the spot. the saudi prosecutor said that he wants the death sentence now for five individuals out of the total of 11 people indicted. turkey believes that is as elaborate attempt at a cover—up, an attempt to bury the truth and that these five individuals would effectively being taking the bullet for their boss.
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they believe it is an attempt to shield the saudi crown prince and that if indeed the death sentence is meted out on these five individuals, that they would take the truth with them to the grave. the headlines on bbc news. five ministers in theresa may's cabinetjoin forces to try and persuade her to make changes to the draft brexit agreement. donald trump has arrived in california, where more than a 1,000 people are reported to be missing in the state's deadliest wildfire on record. 71 people are known to have died. according to reports in us media, the cia believes the saudi crown prince ordered the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. let's talk now to the psephologist professor sirjohn curtice,
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who is professor of politics at the university of strathclyde. better very good of you to be with us this evening. it feels like today is such a calm day, but where you think we are now? yesterday was a much better day for the prime minister then the day for the prime minister then the day before, and certainly central to this was michael gove's decision to remain in government. if he left, life would be more difficult for the prime minister. that said, she still faces potentially a number of problems. one is we still do not know whether or not whether sir graham brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, has or has not the 48 letters of no confidence that he needs that would require him to hold whether the protesters should remain leader. second, although she still
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has five brexiteers in her cabinet, including michael gove, who says they backed the deal, we are now hearing that they are now trying to say to the prime minister that they still think that this controversial issue of what the backstop to the northern ireland problem should be, as well as concern about whether the uk might be made endlessly inside a custom steel, can they change that? because it is a draft agreement, there is a way that there is an opportunity to rethink. but other problems she faces is that the opinion polls are not good for her. the truth is that although a lot of people say they currently don't know not —— enough about it, but those who are willing to express an opinion, it is around two to one that say they're opposed to this deal. that should concern the prime minister, it looks like conservative voters, many who voted to leave, are amongst those who are not enamoured with the deal, and frankly many of
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them would prefer to go ahead with no deal. so there are still plenty of issues to deal with, because of course, actually managing to win, the biggest challenge, which is to vote the —— when the vote of the council, many opinion polls say even tory voters are not keen on the idea. let's delve into those opinion polls, because we are used to your knowledge on these things, we want to get the benefit on that. when you say that 2—1 are opposed to that, can we break that down to say they are opposed because they never wa nted are opposed because they never wanted to leave in the first place, or because they are opposed because it is not hard light enough? how does this split? if you ask people whether or not there against the deal, remain and leave voters are almost unanimous in saying they do not approve of the deal. their reasons for doing it are different. the problem the deal faces is that at the end of the day, if you ask
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believers to choose between the deal and no deal, some are around 55—60% of leave voters saying that frankly they would take no deal. for leave voters, a problem with the deal at the end of the day as they feel it is too soft, they think it still ties us to closely to the eu. conversely amongst remaining voters, they will say this is better than no deal, but if you say to them —— posted them the choice of a deal to stay with the eu, three quarters of them would still say they want to remain inside the eu. so the problem is that week are still polarised on this subject with a remain voters, most of them at the end of the day still want to stay and the deal is not soft enough to attract them, and with most leave voters still wanting a harder brexit, a cleaner brexit, as they would argue, then they feel this deal provides. they feel it is
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relatively friendless, and if you ask people to choose between remain, no deal, and a deal, a deal comes third. so give us your take than on what this week ahead might hold, and where you think we might end up leaving with a deal in march of next year? so far as this week is crucial for two things. the first is the deal of no confidence, those cabinet members can be assuaged one way or another. the other crucial thing to watch this week is that the political agreement about what the uk's long—term relationship with it you should be, which was only there ina you should be, which was only there in a sketch form when the cabinet met on wednesday, that has to be sketched out more, and we must look to see what they suggest a long—term relationship should be. but the truth is this will be a battle now for the mountains of mps inside the
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house of commons. at the moment, the arithmetic simply does not look very good for the prime minister. in terms of her hopes of being able to get this deal through, she is clearly hoping at the end of the day just to persuade enough mps, both labour and conservative, that if they vote against this deal, they're opening a pandora's box. and that is certainly a message that we can get a business to reinforce, many businesses are saying that they do not think the deal is brilliant, but they want this to end and would rather take the burden they already have in the hand than the one of the bush of remain, because they're unsure they will get there. great to have your analysis, as ever. thank you very much. protesters have blocked off five major bridges in central london, demanding that the government takes greater action on climate change. demonstrators occupied southwark, blackfriars, waterloo, westminster, and lambeth bridges, after a week of action by the campaign group, extinction rebellion.
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the group said 6,000 people had joined the demonstrations, and that there'd been 45 arrests. the future of one of britain's biggest newspaper groups, johnston press, has been secured after they were acquired by a newly—formed company. jpi media, which is owned by bondholders ofjohnston press, says its focus is now to preserve jobs, and allow publication of its websites and newspapers to continue. the company has more than 200 local and regional titles, including the scotsman and the yorkshire post, as well as the i. the former bbc newsreader richard baker has died. he was 93 and he introduced the corporation's first television news bulletin way back in 1954. david sillito looks back at his life. 1954, and the first—ever bbc television news bulletin began
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with the voice of richard baker. here is an illustrated summary of the news. it will be followed by the latest film of events and happenings at home and abroad. in those early days, newsreaders were never seen because it was feared that our facial expressions might not always look impartial, and worse still, that we might turn the news into a personality performance. richard baker — for more than a quarter of a century, he helped to define the calm, clear voice of bbc tv news. police reinforcements were drafted into downing street tonight as the crowd outside number 10 built up to about 300. good evening, and first, the big fire... he was a presenter rather than a journalist, but this veteran of the wartime arctic convoys was also a writer. his great love, music. a panellist on face the music, he presented radio programmes, and for many years, he was the tv face of the proms. good evening to you and a very warm
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welcome from the royal albert hall. in his spare time, he had a go at acting, here with prince edward. and there was also a memorable moment on morecambe and wise. he was still broadcasting into his 80s, but he'll always be remembered as the voice and then as one of the best—known faces of bbc news. for the moment, that's all the news, except for a word about the weather. richard baker, who's died at the age of 93. the bbc‘s annual children in need appeal has raised a record amount of more than £50 million, taking it past the £1 billion mark
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since it first started almost 40—years ago. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba looks back on last night. go on, rob. cue the totaliser! cheering. the night's record—breaking total. # i stay up too late... the evening kicked off with a performance from west end musical, school of rock. # every morning'sjust the same... the cast of eastenders took part in a walford walt disney song and dance extravaganza. while boy band boyzone competed for the children in need stricly glitter ball trophy. welcome to the tardis! this is amazing.
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a doctor who superfan got to visit the tardis, and workers from children in need projects, who thought they were making a music video, got to duet with some of their favourite stars. # just the touch of your love is enough # to knock me off my feet... celebrities also went to visit some of the places where the money raised by everyone watching ends up being spent. it was a night of historic fundraising to help disadvantaged children across the uk. lizo mzimba, bbc news. now, without giving away your age, how old do you think mickey mouse is? he actually turns 90 tomorrow. the disney mascot has become one of the most successful cartoon characters of all time, and he's still going strong,
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as peter bowes found out in los angeles. the world's most famous mouse. whistling through his debut film, steamboat willie, in 1928.” whistling through his debut film, steamboat willie, in 1928. i only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by mel. mickey mouse was created in for strong by walt disney himself. i'll save you! mickey went on to appear in more than 130 films. his distinctive appearance often changing with the times. they were cartoons that forever changed the entertainment landscape. some silent film comedians, when animated —— animation certainly popular, said things like, charlie chaplin said, "how can we even compete? they don't even have to stop and take a
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breath." and they don't! and animation character can literally do anything that you can make physically believable. and i think mickey is the embodiment of that. the first mickey mouse comic strips we re the first mickey mouse comic strips were published in the 1930s, they we re were published in the 1930s, they were drawn at this state —— desk. this is one of his original pens, and certainly a lot of history here. mickey mouse is far from history, at 90 he is still alive and well on the screen and at disney theme parks around the world. mickey is real. there is only one mickey. mickey is the easiest guy to work with, i am glad he is my boss. it takes you back to watching cartoons on saturday mornings and mickey mouse was always the cartoon. mickey mouse has evolved over the years, he is still that classic character that brings happy memories. for a company built on the image and fortunes of a mouse, the cartoon character is an invaluable asset. mickey is a mouse of many talents, he is the company mascot
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and here at disneyland he has taken part in countless parades and ceremonies over the past 60—plus years, but one of his mainjobs is to pose for photographs, isn't it? let's do it. good job. you're not looking your age. you're looking pretty good. the timeless allure of mickey mouse. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. time for a look at the weather, and chris fawkes has the weather. much more sunshine than was the case yesterday, and beautiful pictures are being sent into us all day today. this was one of those from norfolk, showing this flock of birds taking to the sky, thanks to walking greyhound for


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