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this is bbc news. the headlines. five ministers in theresa may's cabinetjoin forces to try and persuade her to make changes to the draft brexit agreement. president trump is visiting california, where wildfires have killed at least 71 people and left thousands homeless. 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. according to reports in us media, the cia believes 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 coming up at 8.30 in tech giants, an expert panel discusses fake news within the media. supporters of the prime minister have dismissed calls for changes
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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 of the commons — andrea leadsom, telling reporters there's "the potential to improve the deal" before a cruicial 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. our 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
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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 some arguments behind closed doors. he and four brexiteer cabinet colleagues — penny mordaunt, andrea leadsom, chris grayling and liam fox — are expected to press for further changes to the prime minister's deal. the uk can not be trapped in a permanent customs arrangements and i think it is really important we get clarity and improvement on that particular aspect of it. others ministers were dismissive. just because some cabinet ministers make demands of the prime minister, that the details are going to change is, i think, a fantasy. the reality of life is that we have a choice, to back this, which i think everybody should, because if we don't, we will probably go over the cliff edge of having no deal at all.
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theresa may's fate is in the hands of her mps when they return to westminster next week. she has appealed to local party chairmen to prop her up by 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, but while there seems to be little enthusiasm for theresa may's deal there is also little support for a leadership challenge. as one constituency party chairman said to me, "it is not a good deal, but it is the only deal, and 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 letters calling for a vote of no—confidence, sir graham brady, who will hold a ballot of mps on theresa may's future if 48
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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 and not the public that will decide if theresa may remains as prime minister. iain watson, bbc news. the irish prime minister leo varadkar said his government has "no hidden agenda" when it came to brexit. the taoiseach, speaking during his fine gael party leader's speech, said the only red line had ever been to protect the good friday agreement. he said the country will do all that it can to build a new relationship with its nearest neighbour. we have negotiated a deal that defends the rights of freedoms
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—— that protects ourjobs and our economy and protect the rights and freedoms of irish citizens, north and south. so let us now seal the deal and get on to the next phase. applause. let's get onto the next phase, which is managing the transition period and negotiating a new, deep and close relationship with the uk. we have... applause. as you all know, we have no hidden agenda. our only red line has ever 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. earlier i spoke to professor of politics at the university of strathclyde, the psephologist professor sirjohn curtice.
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he told me that voters remain polarised over this draft deal which, he says, pleases no—one. the truth is, if you ask people whether or not they're for or against the deal, remain and leave voters are almost unanimous in saying they do not approve of the deal. their reasons for doing so are clearly different. the problem the deal faces is that at the end of the day, if you ask leavers to choose between the deal and no deal, around 55—60% of leave voters say that frankly they would take no deal. for leave voters, the problem with the deal at the end of the day is they think it is too soft, they think it still ties us too closely to the eu. conversely amongst remain voters, they will say this is better than no deal, but if you say, "if the choice is between this deal and staying in the eu?", three quarters of them would still say they want to remain inside the eu. so the problem is that
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we are for the most part still polarised on this subject with remain voters, most of them at the end of the day still wanting 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, than they think this deal provides. therefore it ends up being a deal that is relatively friendless, and if you ask people to choose between remain, no deal, and the deal, the deal comes third. so give us your take than on what this week ahead might hold, and whether you think we might end up leaving with a deal in march of next year? in so far as this week is crucial, it is for two things. the first is if there is indeed a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. assuming those five cabinet ministers are assuaged in some way or another, then the other crucial thing this week to watch
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is that the political agreement, that agreement about what the uk's long—term relationship with eu should be, which was only there in a sketch form when the cabinet met on wednesday, that has got to be sketched out rather more and we have got to look to see what this suggests the long—term relationship will be. but thereafter, the truth is, this is going to be a battle now for the minds of mps inside the house of commons. at the moment, simply, the arithmetic 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 dayjust to persuade enough mps, both labour and conservative that if they vote against the deal, they are opening up pandora's box and the risk of no deal, and that is certainly a message that i think we can hear business reinforcing. businesses in many cases are saying they don't think the deal is brilliant and they would much prefer to remain but frankly, they want it to end and they would rather take the bird they already have in the hand rather than the one
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in the bush of remain because they are not sure they would ever get there. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are nigel nelson, political editor for the sunday mirror and the sunday people, and the political commentator, jo phillips. president trump is in california, amid the most devastating wildfires in the state's history. the president arrived earlier today to meet some of those affected by the fires, which have claimed the lives of more than 70 people. the number of people reported missing has risen to more than 1,000. in the last hour, mr trump was seen meeting local officials in the mountain town of paradise, the worst affected area, which has been left in ruins. the president also visited the town of chico, some 15 miles west of paradise, where many of the evacuees have ended up.
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thousands of homes have been destroyed by the blaze. rescue workers are still searching for human remains, more than a week after the camp fire first broke out. speaking while he was in the town of paradise, mr trump paid tribute to the work of the local officials, and expressed his shock at what had happened. to see what has happened here, nobody would have ever thought this could have happened. so, the federal government is behind you, we are all behind each other, i think we can truly say. jerry and i have been speaking and gavin and i have now gotten to know each other and we are all going to work together and we'll do a realjob. this is very sad to see. as far as the lives are concerned, nobody knows quite yet, we are up to a certain number, but we have a lot of people that aren't accounted for. this is the kind of destruction, and in fact, they are
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telling me this is even not as bad as some areas. some areas are even beyond this, they are just charred. so, one thing we have, we have the greatest people in the world looking and helping the first responders. fema, the fema has been... you people have been incredible. law enforcement, always, they never let us down. president trump, there. more strikes are affecting two of the country's biggest rail operators. workers at south western railway and at northern are taking industrial action in the continuing dispute over the role of guards on trains. northern says just 30% of its services are running. more than 100,000 people have been blocking roads across france, in protest at rising fuel taxes. the government has promised that the police will prevent the country 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
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believes saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman ordered the murder 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. the us state department has since said the us government has not reached a final conclusion on who is to blame for the journalist's death. 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 crown prince 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.
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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, their allegations that when jamal khashoggi entered the saudi 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 deliverjamal 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
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that he wants the death sentence now for five individuals out of the total of 11 people indicted. turkey believes that is an elaborate attempt at a cover—up, an attempt to bury the truth and that these five individuals would effectively take the bullet for their boss. they believe it is an attempt to shield the saudi crown prince and that if indeed the death sentence is given to these five individuals, they would take the truth with them to the grave. mark lowen in istanbul. 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". the group said 6000 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
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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 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. president trump is visiting california, where wildfires have killed at least 71 people and left thousands homeless. according to reports in the us media, the cia believes the saudi crown prince ordered the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's azi farni.
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good evening. let's start with rugby union because scotland have been beaten at murrayfield for the first time in a year. they played their part in a thrilling match but in the end it was south africa who won 26—20. austin halewood reports. for the last two years, scotland's form at murrayfield has been red—hot, a win over fiji last weekend was impressive but this was the real test of the autumn. a rejuvenated springboks side, a big challenge in every sense of the word. their power throughout the tea m ofte n word. their power throughout the team often too much to stop. jesse kriel finding an early chink in the scottish defence. while the springboks' game is built on strength, scotland are all about skill and pace. peter horne‘s sprinting over the line. that is skill and pace. peter horne's sprinting over the line. that is a great try! and the scottish creativity continue to pay off with a set move from the line—out sending
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hamish watson through the heart of the springboks defence. hamish watson through the heart of the springboks defencem hamish watson through the heart of the springboks defence. it is so clever and it works so well! despite going down to 1a in the second half, south africa kicked themselves into a commanding position, first handre pollard and then eltonjantjies, a real test match in the end edged by the springboks. just a second defeat in two years at murrayfield for scotland. at times, they were brilliant but it was not quite enough. england's experienced bench came on to spare their blushes in a 35—15 win overjapan at twickenham. japan led at the break as england's defence floundered. after half time, eddiejones‘ men ran in three unanswered tries, joe cockanasiga scoring on his debut. coach warren gatland made 1a changes to the wales team that beat australia last weekend, but they still eased into an early lead against tonga in cardiff. a spirited tonga managed to level the score at 24—24 just after the break.
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sione vailanu's breakaway try was converted, but wales in the end ran away with it. liam williams scoring his second in a 10—try rout. wales remain undefeated in this yea r‘s autumn internationals. the world's top two nations, ireland and new zealand, are battling it out in dublin at the moment. it's been a tense affair so far, but ireland have just scored the first try of the match. jacob stockdale got the score and johnny sexton converted. ireland are currently leading 16—6. scotland have fielded a much—changed side for their nations league match against albania in shkoder. a win by two goals would leave the scots a point away from winning the group. they're just over half an hour into the match and scotland lead 1—0. ryan fraser with the goal after 12 minutes. england are closing in on a series win over sri lanka in kandy.
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the hosts need 75 more runs for victory with just three wickets remaining in the second test. sri lanka were 26—3 at one stage but recovered to reach 221—5 thanks to 88 from angelo matthews. two quick wickets after tea handed the momentum to england, before rain ended the day early. alexander zverev has reached the final of the atp finals in london after beating roger federer in straight sets. he'll meet either novak djokovic or kevin anderson who are in action now. the german took the opening set 7—5, comfortably breaking federer in the decisive game. but there was controversy in the second set when zverev asked for a point to be replayed because a ball—boy had dropped a ball, distracting him mid—point. watch the ball boy here behind federer. it was all by the rules but zverev went on the win the tie break went on to win the tie break but was booed at the end by the crowd! first of all i want to apologise
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for the frustration when the ball boy dropped the ball. it is in the rules we have to replay the point. i'm a little bit upset about the whole situation and how it all ended because this was not how i wanted it to end. i hope i will have many more great matches here and maybe... i don't know what to say, i'm sorry. that match between djokovic and anderson is under way. djokovic breaking kevin anderson in the first game. that's all the sport for now. you're watching bbc news. the former bbc newsreader richard baker has died. he was 93 and he introduced the corporation's first television news bulletin, way back in 195a. 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'll 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 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
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face of the proms. good evening to you and a very warm welcome from the royal albert hall. in his spare time, he had a go at acting, here with prince edward. forgot you, sir?! 0h, notorious villain! 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 argentine navy says it has located the wreckage of a submarine
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that disappeared a year ago with 44 crewmen on board. the sanjuan was found on the sea bed by a us company, at a depth of 800 metres. the families of those who died say it will help their search for truth. latest reports claim that the submarine could have imploded. sophia tran—thomson reports. 366 days since the ara sanjuan went missing with 44 crew on board. finally, an announcement from the argentine authorities. translation: we were sitting at the dining table when my mum got the message from the submarine command force, saying that an object that was detected yesterday was the ara sanjuan. we couldn't believe it until we turned on the television and saw it on the news. news that the vessel had been found 800 metres below the surface of the ocean offered little comfort to the families of the dead. the sanjuan was returning
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from a routine mission to ushuaia, about 400 kilometres off the patagonian coast, when it reported an electical breakdown on november 15, 2017. a massive international search and rescue operation found no trace of the missing sub and hope of finding survivors was abandoned after two weeks. for a year, nothing. the failed search raised questions over the state of the argentine armada which has one of latin america's smallest defence budgets relative to the size of its economy. at the one—year commemoration had on thursday, relatives were still asking questions. translation: i do not wish the loss of a child on anyone, not my worst enemy. we want to have news, we wantjustice to be done, for the truth to be known, and for the guilty to pay. a day later, an announcement the submarine had been located by a private company hired by the government offered some relief but little
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rejoice for these families. with many questions still to be answered, a report into the tragedy will be made public in the coming days. the bbc‘s annual children in need appeal has raised a record amountof more than £50 million, taking it past the £1 billion mark since it first started, almost a0 years ago. our 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
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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. 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,
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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, as peter bowes found out in los angeles. the world's most famous mouse. whistling through his debut film, steamboat willie, in 1928. i only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing. that it was all started by a mouse. mickey mouse was created and first drawn by walt disney himself. i'll save you! mickey went on to appear over 130 films. his distinctive appearance often changing with the times. they were cartoons that forever changed the entertainment landscape.
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some silent film comedians, when animation started to be popular, said things like, like charlie chaplin said, "how can we even compete? they don't even have to stop to take a breath". and they don't! you know, an 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 were published in the early 1930s and they were drawn at this desk by the legendary animator floyd gottfredson. this is one of his original pens and there is 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.
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even as 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 and here at disneyland, he has taken part in countless parades and ceremonies over the past 60 plus years, but one of his main jobs is to pose for photographs, isn't it? let's do it. good job. you are not looking your age. you are looking pretty good. the timeless allure of mickey mouse. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. i think peta has found a new friend! now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. most of you have seen a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine, the early—morning cloud day with plenty of sunshine, the ea rly—morning cloud clearing day with plenty of sunshine, the early—morning cloud clearing away to give blow in sunny skies, a couple
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of exceptions, east scotland and northern ireland but as we go through this evening and overnight, the cloud is already breaking up in northern ireland and will start to thin and break a little in eastern scotla nd thin and break a little in eastern scotland as well. we're left with clear skies and a fairly brisk south—easterly wind and a cold one, much colder than recent nights, temperatures in towns and cities down to 2—4. tomorrow, notice northern ireland joins in on the sunny story and not much cloud for eastern scotland. what cloud we have in the morning should tend to fizzle out. in the sunshine, temperatures close to average for the time of year, highs of around 10—12, something like that. but then the weather over the next few days is going to turn cloudy. some damp weather around but more significantly, it will start to feel


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