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this is bbc world news today. i'm tanya beckett. our top stories. president trump sees for himself the devastation caused by california's worst ever wildfires. more than 70 people are dead and about 1000 are still unaccounted for. more than 200,000 people demonstrate across france against rising fuel prices and the cost of living. supporters of the theresa may dismiss calls for her to try and renogotiate her brexit deal with the eu. and, alexander zverev has done it! the 21—year—old german is through to his first atp final after defeating roger federer. hello and welcome to world news today. president trump has visited the town of paradise, which has been almost
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completely destroyed by the inferno. the fire is now the state's deadliest ever wildfire, and 71 people are known to have died. the number of missing has risen to over 1,000. earlier today, the president again blamed the recent fires on forest mismanagement, something that's angered many locals. speaking in paradise, mr trump said the emergency services had been doing a greatjob. this is the kind of destruction, in fa ct, this is the kind of destruction, in fact, they are telling me this is either not as bad as some areas which are even beyond this, they are just charred. 0ne which are even beyond this, they are just charred. one thing we have, we have the greatest people in the world looking at helping the first responders. fema has been incredible. law enforcement, always. they never let us down. 0ur correspondent dave lee is in chico, where a number of the those displaced by the fire have taken refuge.
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i asked him about president trump's plans for his visit. president trump is potentially going to come here and meet some of the first responders and fire crews that are still battling with fire as it still continues to rage up in the mountains away where we are. president trump was met when he arrived by governorjerry brown, the governor of california but also the governor of california but also the governor elect, gavin newsome, who will take over power injanuary. it is fairto will take over power injanuary. it is fair to say that between them all, there is a differing views over the main cause of the fire. president trump has made it very clear he believes bad forest management is to blame for the fire is happening so often and being so ferocious. governorjerry brown in the past has made a much stronger argument about the impacts of climate change being behind the devastating effects of these fires have had. either way, they are going to meet today, presumably to discuss
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that but also, president trump will perhaps meet some of those who have been affected. 0ver perhaps meet some of those who have been affected. over 50,000 people have been evacuated from the town of paradise and the surrounding area, an awful lot of people, many of those are in evacuation centres around this town, she go, which is nearby. many will be looking for president trump to offer some kind of proper solution for how they are going to move on. dave lee, there. supporters of the british prime minister have dismissed the proposal from five of her cabinet colleagues that she should try to re—negotiate key parts of the brexit deal with the european union. the five, who include the environment secretary michael gove, are thought to want to change what's known as the "backstop" agreement affecting the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. 0ur political correspondent iain watson reports. 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
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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 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 cannot be trapped in a permanent customs arrangement and i think it is really important we get clarity and improvement on that particular aspect of it. 0ther 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. theresa may's fate is in the hands
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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,
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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 and not the public that will decide if theresa may remains as prime minister. iain watson, bbc news. to discuss this story more i'm joined in the studio now by dr hannah white from the institute for government, who's been analysing the government's preparations for brexit. and more particularly, the timetable. a move by some ministers, perhaps not to unpick but renegotiate the agreement, how viable is that? we need to look separately at the withdrawal agreement and the statement on the future relationship when we look at this. really, ithink future relationship when we look at this. really, i think it is much more feasible to think about editing
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the seven or eight pages of statement of intent about the future relationship, which are really best thought of i think as an agenda for the talks which will happen when the uk has left. it is much harder to talk about reopening the 580 pages of dense legal text which set out the withdrawal agreement. yes, but one of the objections is the backstop which appears in the withdrawal agreement. and i think that the chances between now and certainly the special council next week of renegotiating anything there are very small indeed. so what is the timetable now? the prime minister's preferred timetable is to go to the special summit on the 25th, come back to westminster, she will have to do some footwork to work out how the meaningful vote will be held, hold the meaningful vote, hopefully win that, then having done that, bring in primary legislation which will be needed to put in the withdrawal agreement which is a treaty with the eu onto the statute book. but a substantial
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amount of debate can go around the meaningful vote, whatever that is, as you say, and the bill itself. exactly, so the government has not yet said how it intends to handle the meaningful vote. it has talked about the order in which votes might be held and that is something the procedure committee in the house of commons has taken a view on as well. certainly, several days of debate over that and then were that to pass, then yes, the rest of the time really between then and the 29th of march would be taken up with passing the withdrawal agreement. and in between all of that, there is the question as to whether a no—confidence vote might emerge? exactly, i think the chances of that happening at an flow as different things go on. —— ebb and flow. the prime minister is probably most vulnerable to that now and in the immediate aftermath if she lost the meaningful vote. if she were to win the meaningful vote, the pressure would start to come off, and people who were wanting to get rid of her would probably hold fire until after
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the uk leaves in march. there has been some calls in the midst of all of this for a second referendum and theresa may is firmly against that, of course but if things were to unravel for her, presumably that becomes a possibility again? how long would it take to organise? to do it properly, you need to pass legislation, you have to have a consultation period, the electoral commission has to work on the question and make sure it is balanced and fair. you can't do a proper referendum in less than about six months. we would certainly be looking at an extension of the article 50 process and then there would be a question as to whether the eu wanted to grant that. that aside, the run up now to march is going to be gloomy busy, isn't it? it is. the next couple of weeks are crucial. -- extremely busy. the run—up to the special council if it happens on the meaningful vote is the crunch point we are in now. then we wait and see what happens with the passage of the legislation. i would be inclined to expect that if
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parliament passes the meaningful vote, they will take the view that essentially they are going to pass the withdrawal agreement bill in the same way they did with the article 50 bill, once they had agreed in principle, then they were happy to read the bill as well. thank you for joining us. no respitejust yet! let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the us state department says it has not reached a final conclusion on who was involved in the killing of journalist jamal khashoggi, amid media reports that the cia believes crown prince mohammed ordered the killing. president trump says he will talk to cia chiefs following the reports. saudi arabia has called the claim false. protesters have blocked off five major bridges in central london, demanding that the uk government takes greater action on climate change. it followed a week of action by the campaign group extinction rebellion. the group said 6,000 people had joined the demonstrations and there'd been 45 arrests. a war crimes suspect in the central african republic has been detained and handed over
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to a tribunal in the netherlands. alfred yekatom, who was once nicknamed rambo, led a christian militia in the anti—balaka movement which is accused of murdering and torturing members of the car's muslim community between 2013 and 2014. 250,000 people have taken part in protests across france over increases in fuel taxes. one woman was hit and killed by a panicked driver, while more than 100 others were injured nationwide. the protest has been dubbed the "hi—viz" movement, after the demonstrators' bright yellow jackets. lucy williamson reports. there are those in france who say they feel invisible to their leaders. not today. high visibilityjackets, the new uniform of a leaderless nationwide movement, blocking roads across the country in protest at rising fuel taxes and the rising cost of living. anger meant for the government
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spilled out at some sites. at least one motorist was attacked after running a blockade. a protester was killed and more than a0 people injured. priscillia ludosky‘s petition against the price rises helped spark this movement. she gathered 800,000 signatures but got no response from the government. translation: we are not listened to. we are not understood. we're not even consulted on big decisions. we see the president talking to people on the street but the government is not at all connected to reality. they don't realise what is happening on the ground. the government this week announced 500 million euros of energy aid for poorer households, but many here feel that business and industry should be paying more. emmanuel macron, no friend of the struggling, but president of the rich, according to some.
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president macron came to power promising to heal the rift between voters and their leaders, his campaign image based on a new kind of grassroots democracy. but across the country today, protesters are accusing him of continuing france's economic divisions and the distrust that many still feel towards their politicians. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. pauline lallement from french magazine paris match has been covering this story since early this morning. shejoins us now. thank you she joins us now. thank you for joining us. as mentioned in the report, pauline, there has been a programme of reforms introduced by emmanuel macron in france so why have fuel prices been such a focal point? it has been a big issue in france because, like a lot of people, moving to other cities to
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find somejobs come people, moving to other cities to find some jobs come you know, it has been a big problem for them to do it because of the rise of the price of the fuel. but in fact, it was not only the issue of today. it was much more like a widespread frustration, you know? it is about businessmen who can afford to pay all the taxes. it was about uber drivers who also say they are not paid enough. it is also about retired people who have not, who say they have not enough money to get them through the month. it was a lot of people from everywhere in france, more than 200,000 people, who decided to demonstrate today and i think that all of the yellow jackets, they said, "ok, we have this problem with
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the fuel price but it is much more like a widespread frustration". what is the president's response? he came on tv three days ago and he said, "0k, on tv three days ago and he said, "ok, i understand you, everything thatis "ok, i understand you, everything that is coming out on social media about my decisions. i understand that i have had some problems to get understood by the citizens and that we have some failure between the leaders and the citizens". he said that. but still, he hasn't said anything today regarding this demonstration. he hasn't given any a nswe rs demonstration. he hasn't given any a nswers to demonstration. he hasn't given any answers to all of the questions that we re answers to all of the questions that were raised today. what about his political opponents? marine le pen has been speaking, i see. of course,
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lots of politicians went on tv or this week and out in the field even today, we saw one of the leaders as well of marine le pen's party. the thing is, they see demonstration as an opportunity as well to show how people don't like macron and it is a good opportunity for them to be on tv and to be shown close to the people who are protesting. pauline, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: anguish for the relatives of an argentinian submarine crew after the vessel was found at the bottom of the atlantic. the government says it does not have the means to retrieve it. benazir bhutto has claimed victory
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in pakistan's general election. she's asked the president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it is 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
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of pounds worth of damage. this is bbc world news today. the latest headlines. president trump is in california to see the damage caused by the us state's worst ever wildfires. he said everybody had done incredible work to respond to the disaster. argentina's government says it does not have the means to retrieve a submarine that's just been found at the bottom of the atlantic, a year after it went missing with 44 crew members on board. the submarine disappeared in november last year after reporting an electrical fault. the government will declare two days of mourning for the victims. nichola carroll reports. 366 days since the ara sanjuan submarine went missing with 44 crew on board and finally, an announcement from the authorities.
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translation: the submarine is located in a deep place, at a depth of 870 metres. there is a dip to 907 metres which is where the submarine is. that dip hid the submarine from the sonars. at a news conference, the defence ministry said that it seemed impossible to recover what was left of the submarine. translation: we also don't have a remotely operated vehicle to go down to those depths to check the sea bed. we don't have the equipment to extract a vessel with those characteristics. 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 from a routine mission to ushuaia, around 400 kilometres off the patagonian coast, when it reported an electrical breakdown on november 15th, 2017. a massive international search
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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 argentinian armada, which has one of latin america's smallest defence budgets relative to the size of its economy. at the one—year commemoration held 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, relatives received the news that the vessel had been found, located by a private company hired by the government. the question now is whether the vessel can actually be retrieved. nichola carroll, bbc news. now, azi farney has all the sport.
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we'll start with the rugby union internationals, where grand slam champions ireland have beaten world champions new zealand for only the second time in their history. a converted jacob stockdale try was the difference in dublin, as ireland beat the all blacks by 16—9. elsewhere, south africa ended scotland's unbeaten run at murrayfield. the springboks just edged a thrilling match 26—20. wales scored ten tries in a record win over tonga. australia beat italy, while england recovered from an early onslaught to beat japan. head coach eddie jones said his team lost their focus in the early stages. all week we had a really good attitude. and sometimes you get seduced by the start of the game and we scored the first try with the first touch and subconsciously thought the game would be easy. but then points get against you,
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the referee gives them a few calls and then we had a bit of a panic there for a while. we got to half—time, regrouped. i was pleased with how we went about the second half. i think we won the second half 25—0. to the nations league now and italy are hosting reigning european champions portugal at the san siro in group three of league a on saturday. they're into the last 10 or so minutes into that one and it's still goalless. meanwhile, sweden kept their hopes of promotion to league a alive. they beat turkey 1—0 to relegate their opponents. serbia are closing in on promotion to the second tier after a 2—1 home win over neighbours montenegro extended their lead in group ca. in the other match in that group, romania lead lithuania 3—0. scotland are thrashing albania in group c1. roger federer will have to wait until 2019 for his next chance to reach 100 career titles, after a semifinal defeat by alexander zverev at the atp finals. zverev, who's been tipped by many
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as a future grand slam champion, won 7—5, 7—6 at london's o2 arena, but he found himself booed by the crowd in the end, as paul frostick explains. roger federer is a six time champion at the atp tour finals. success in london has come eight times at wimbledon, too. it is a city where he enjoys lifting trophies. and the crowd love him, too. at 37, many wonderjust how long federer crowd love him, too. at 37, many wonder just how long federer can crowd love him, too. at 37, many wonderjust how long federer can go on. his opponent alexander zverev is tipped as a future grand slam champion and he is looking ever more like one. the german was often inspired, grabbing the first set‘s only break of serve and going on to ta ke only break of serve and going on to take it. then their war —— there was second set drama when a ball boy accidentally dropped the ball behind
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federer and zverev legitimately stopped playing the point. but crowd didn't like itand stopped playing the point. but crowd didn't like it and the boos echoed around the 02 arena. first of all i want to apologise for the frustration when the ball boy dropped the ball. it is in the rules we have to replay the point. applause the incident didn't stop his pursuit of this tournament and he can now look forward to the atp tour finals final. while federer‘s wait for 100 singles titles is on hold until next year. zverev will face either novak djokovic or kevin anderson in tomorrow's final — they are in action now. and it's been pretty comfortable for djokjovic so far, he took the first set 6—2 and is now 5—2 in the second. england need just three wickets to win the second test against sri lanka in kandy and take an unassailable 2—0
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lead in the series. the hosts still need 75 more runs for victory. sri lanka were 26—3 at one stage but recovered to reach 221—5 thanks to 88 from angelo matthews. but two quick wickets after tea put england in control before rain ended the day early. that's all the sport for now. thank you. before we go, a reminder of our top story. donald trump has visited paradise in california which has been devastated by wildfires. 71 people are known to have died and more than 1,000 are missing. donald trump said it was very sad to see, adding that no one knows what the final death toll will be. earlier he praised the work of firefighters, who he said have been "fighting like hell". the president has repeated his allegation that mismanagement of california's forests is to blame for the blazes. hello.
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for most parts of the uk, it's been a glorious day with plenty of afternoon sunshine and some gorgeous autumn colours. we started off with a lot of cloud. most of it melted away although it stayed with us in northern ireland and eastern areas of scotland. where the sunshine came out, what a glorious day it was with blue skies overhead. this was the scene in the highlands. to end the day, nearby, what a glorious sunset this was. 0ur weather around the planet is all interlinked. temperatures today in north iceland near the arctic circle reached 16 celsius. that's 13 degrees warmer than normal. the significance of this is that it helps build high pressure westwards which sends cold air spilling into northern europe and that cold air is on the way to our shores. towards the middle of the week, temperatures will be around 5 degrees in a number of areas. really cold weather just around the corner. all linked with the warm air going into the arctic.
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tonight, we keep the clear skies, temperatures taking a bit of a plunge. it would be a really cold night but the breeze is going to stay up which will make it feel cold but temperatures in many areas will just stay the right side of freezing. the exception, perhaps some of the deeper valleys in the highlands of scotland could get down below freezing to give a touch of frost. high pressure still with us on sunday. we start to get those easterly winds, continuing to drag in the dry air so again, another fine and sunny day and although we could start off with a bit of cloud across eastern scotland, there will be more sunshine here than was the case today. notice northern ireland, another big improvement, with sunny skies overhead. sunshine across the board. one of those days not feeling bad in the sunshine, some warmth to the sun but in the breeze it will feel a bit cool. especially across eastern coasts. temperatures 10—12, close to normal for the time of year. quite a change in the forecast as we head into monday, turning much cloudier and around north sea coasts, cloud big enough to bring some patches of light rain and drizzle. notice the temperatures going down. that trend continues into tuesday when the really cold air starts to arrive.
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it is coldest across england and wales where temperatures for some, around four or five celsius. it will feel like winter has really arrived with a bitterly cold easterly wind. temperatures going down towards the middle part of the week. winter is on the way. that is your latest weather. this is bbc world news, the headlines: president trump is in california to see the damage caused by the state's worst ever wildfires. he said everybody had done incredible work to respond to the disaster. more than 70 people have died. the french interior ministry says around a quarter of a million people have taken part in demonstrations across france against a further increase in fuel tax and the rising cost of living. 0ne demonstrator was killed. the us state department has intervened to counter reports that the cia believes the saudi crown prince, mohammed bin salman, ordered the murder of jamal khashoggi. a spokesperson said the us government has not reached a final conclusion.
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the argentine government say they may never ever be able to raise the wreckage of a submarine that has just been found on the sea floor. forty four crew members were on board the sanjuan. at ten o'clock, clive myrie will be here with a full round up of the day's news. but first, qandeel baloch was murdered in her bed, the victim of a so—called honour killing that rocked pakistan and the world. she was a social media sensation, a young woman from a poor village who became famous for her sexually provocative online appearances.
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