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this is bbc news —i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00: in a highly unusual intervention, the chief rabbi criticises what he calls the labour leadership's failure to deal with anti—semitism in an article for the times newspaper. levels of greenhouse gases break new records, as experts express their fears for the future of the planet. the critical period is now in the climate change that we see in the decisions that we will make the last not just for decisions that we will make the last notjust for decades or for centuries but potentially longer than that. after 39 migrants‘ bodies were found in a lorry container in essex — a man pleads guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration. the cinema operator vue defends its decision to withdraw
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the gang film blue story after violent incidents outside several of its venues. and at 11:30, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the observer's sonia sodha and the telegraph's anna mikhailova — stay with us for that. good evening. the chief rabbi has made a highly unusual intervention in the general election campaign — by condemning what he says is jeremy corbyn‘s failure to deal with anti—semitism, and by questioning the labour leader's fitness for downing street. writing in the times newspaper, ephraim mirvis, who's britain's most seniorjewish leader, said:
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labour has responded saying: well, in a moment we'll talk to our political correspondent chris mason, but first, here is martin basheer explaining how significant the chief rabbi plasma comments are. the chief rabbi has oversight behalf of those in the united kingdom who identify as practising jewish and he says that
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labour's claim that they are doing everything in their powers to root out anti—semitism is in his words mendacious fiction and a new poison has taken root in the labour party sanction from the very top and he says that while he is not in a position to tell people how to vote, the chief rabbi asks, how complicity in prejudice the leader of her majesty's opposition have to be in order to be considered unfit for high office. that feels like a historical question. by way of comparison, last week the archbishops of york and canterbury issued a joint statement appealing to voters and politicians to honour the truth and challenge falsehoods. no reference to individual candidates nor party leaders. this isa candidates nor party leaders. this is a devastating attack onjeremy corbyn by the chief rabbi. i should say the labour party has issued a statement to a spokesperson, ijust
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received it, it's asjeremy corbyn isa received it, it's asjeremy corbyn is a lifelong campaigner against anti—semitism and has made absolutely clear it has no place in oui’ absolutely clear it has no place in our society nor party and that no—one who engages in it does so in his name but make no mistake, this isa his name but make no mistake, this is a very significant intervention by the chief rabbi. let's get more from chris mason. how serious is this for labour? this is serious. it's serious because of the language the chief rabbi uses and the timing of this intervention, just over a fortnight away from polling day. it is worth saying it's not that surprising given some of the things the chief rabbi has said in the past and the kind of criticism we've heard from plenty in the jewish community criticism we've heard from plenty in thejewish community directed towards jeremy corbyn thejewish community directed towardsjeremy corbyn but not all amongst those of the jewish faith, there is some who defend what labour are doing and are aggrieved by this intervention by the chief rabbi but
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plenty amongst dues have been critical a long time aboutjeremy corbyn in particular and the labour party in general and its capacity and willingness to embrace a desire to eradicate anti—semitism within its ranks. jeremy corbyn says he is a lifelong defender of thejewish faith and jewish people but this is an issue frankly forjeremy corbyn that has been there for as long as he has been labour leader, the criticism he has faced. he's never managed to properly put a lid on it and here we are just over a fortnight away from polling day and a pretty devastating intervention. tomorrow labour has a related launch. tell us about that and should be read into the timing? timing is curious. neither side suggests it's new about the intervention either side would make, that labour will launch this race ma nifesto that labour will launch this race manifesto or the chief rabbi was aware that this was coming. in this
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document we been given site of tonight, we learn about what the party wa nts tonight, we learn about what the party wants to do as far as race issues are concerned but also faith issues are concerned but also faith issues and there are 700 words of pre— released information, particularly relating to thejewish community. it only makes the thinnest of passing references to the internal troubles labour has had on the criticism it's faced. instead, it sets us as planned to work with social media plus forms to combat the rise of anti—semitism on line, that it's already been working with a sport to take actions against group ‘sand with a sport to take actions against group ‘s and individuals that have hijacked labour's name to share anti—semitic content and talks about whatjeremy corbyn will set this launch ahead of the launch, saying that in government, label do everything necessary to guarantee that security of the jewish community in the right to limit
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freely in combat rising anti—semitism in our country and across europe and it's worth pointing out they talk about other things as well as part of this launch including launching a review into the underrepresentation of black and minority ethnic teachers in schools and this extends beyond the jewish faith by the timing is curious, given we have this cheap intervention in the launch of the race and faith manifesto a few hours later. good to talk to you. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 11:30 in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are sonia sodha from the observer and the telegraph's anna mikhailova. one of the world's leading experts on climate change says he's now scared for the future of the planet, following the latest report by the world meterological organization. sir david king, the former chief
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scientific adviser to the uk government, says there is a lack of political leadership to tackle the scale of the problem. the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has reached new highs and levels of other warming gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, have also risen by above—average amounts. 0ur chief environment correspondent justin rollatt has more details. floods in england. record spring temperatures and wildfires in australia. the worst floods venice has seen in a generation. scientists say extreme weather events like these will become more common as climate change intensifies. and, today, we learned
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that the gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing global warming, have hit record levels yet again. let's see how concentrations of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, have risen. back in 1800, in the early days of the industrial revolution, there were 280 molecules of carbon dioxide per million. there is a gradual rise until around 1960. then, look at this. it takes off. think cars, industrialisation in the developing world, mass aviation. today we learned the concentration accelerated again this year, taking the total to 407.8 parts per million. we have again broken records in carbon dioxide concentrations and we have already exceeded a00ppm level which was regarded as a critical level that happened already two years ago and this growth of carbon dioxide concentration continues. we know what the problem is. the way we travel, the food we eat, the energy we use to power our
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homes, how we build our homes. and we know what to do. scientists say we've got to almost halve emissions in the next 10 years if we're going to keep warming below 1.5 celsius. let the temperatures rise above that, they warn, and we will all face more intense heatwaves, droughts and floods. i think the thing that we need to remember about climate change is the critical period is now and that the climate change we'll see and the decisions that we make will last notjust for decades, not even centuries, but potentially longer than that with melting of the ice sheets. so, it's really got to be the top of our agenda, i think, for many decades to come. the frozen regions of the world have already started to melt. and the sad fact is today's figures show that our efforts to cut emissions are not working. in truth, it is worse than that.
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a lorry driver accused of causing the deaths of 39 migrants found in a lorry container in essex has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist illegal immigration. maurice robinson — from craigavon in northern ireland — was not asked to plead to 39 charges of manslaughter — which he also faces. the bodies of the people from vietnam — including children, — were discovered last month. tonight essex police said another man had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter — in connection with the container deaths. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. the discovery last month of 39 dead people from vietnam in the back of a lorry in essex led to a huge international investigation into a suspected people smuggling gang. this morning, mo robinson, the 25—year—old lorry driver from northern ireland
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arrested at the time, appeared by video link at the old bailey and pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration. he is also accused of 39 counts of manslaughter but, at this stage, he has not been asked to say whether he pleads guilty or not guilty to those charges or a charge people trafficking, or one of money—laundering. mo robinson is the first person to appear here the old bailey following the 39 deaths, but he won't be the last. he is accused of being part of a wider conspiracy. two other men are already facing charges, police are looking to talk to at least two more. eight of the 39 people found dead in the lorry were female. ten were teenagers. two of them were boys ofjust 15. they all leave behind grieving families in vietnam. sealed inside an unaccompanied lorry trailer, they'd crossed
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the english channel from zeebrugge on this cargo ferry, the clementine, and arrived at the port of purfleet on the river thames, just east of london. the trailer had been dropped off at zeebrugge some 12 hours earlier by this lorry cab. eamon harrison, also from northern ireland, is accused of being the driver on the belgian side, and is fighting extradition from dublin. and, with the wider investigation into the lorry deaths still continuing, a third man from northern ireland, 23—year—old christopher kennedy, appeared in court in chelmsford today, also charged with people trafficking and assisting illegal immigration. daniel sandford, bbc news. labour has pledged to put bad landlords out of busines and bring in rent controls in england as part of its election campaign. the party claims a quarter of all privately—rented property
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is damp, cold, in need of repair or unsafe to live in. under labour's plans, landlords in england would face an annual property mot, with fines for substandard conditions. there'd be a cap on rent rises no more than the national rate of inflation. and there'd be new protections against unfair evictions, with open—ended tenancies. but landlords say the new laws would lead to a serious rental housing crisis as our our business correspondent colletta smith reports. it's just too expensive... about half of jack's wages go on rent and he turns to acorn renters' union for advice, as his landlord have been hit and miss. they gave us very little notice to say, actually, you know, "we don't want you to renew your tenancy, we're actually going to be selling," which then obviously means a lot of people coming around and viewing the flat that we weren't really hoping for. labour want to cap rent, so no—one gets hit with a rise that's more than inflation — which jack likes the sound of. any move to kind of regulate how
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much landlords can actually up the rent each year is a good thing. ultimately, itjust means you're a little bit more secure in what should be your home. labour also want an independent check each year to make sure properties are up to scratch and more protection against evictions. there are many landlords who are actually very good, do keep their places decently, do treat their tenants well. they have nothing to fear whatsoever. it's only those that don't look after their properties properly, charge too much in rent and don't treat their tenants correctly. but landlords think they've quite enough restrictions on them already. you all properties have a certain level of standards that they have to achieve that is currently existing in law, and i think that's what we need to really focus on, is that, actually, it's about enforcing the current laws that are in place. conservatives say capping rent could put landlords off and make the property shortage worse. we want to tackle unscrupulous landlords but we also want a vibrant housing market,
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so everyone can have a safe and secure property, whether to rent or to own. across the uk, rents have increased byjust over 1% this last year. that's less than inflation, so labour's policy wouldn't have kicked in anyway. but any kind of extra protection for renters is likely to be popular with young people, because a third of them are renting their homes at the moment. i would like to buy, mainlyjust for that security, really. because of how kind of risky being in the private rental sector is, it makes me want to pursue that a little bit more. but forjack, like many, having enough cash to buy is a long way off. so all parties are making promises, trying to attract the votes of the uk's 11.5 million renters. colletta smith, bbc news, in manchester. let's take a look at some of today's other election news: the former labour prime minister tony blair says that the current state of british
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politics is utterly dysfunctional with both main parties peddling fantasies. mr blair says he will vote for labour but that a majority government for either labour or the conservatives would pose a risk. the cross—community alliance party in northern ireland has launched its general election manifesto. the party's leader naomi long says they will put brexit at the centre of their campaign, calling for a new eu referendum, with the option to stay in the eu. like the majority of people in northern ireland we recognise the huge benefits of a membership to the eu. we also believe our future lies at the heart of the eu, working together with other european nations together with other european nations to tackle the major challenges the headlines on bbc news: in a highly unusual intervention, the chief rabbi criticises what he calls the labour leadership‘s failure to deal
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with anti—semitism, in an article for the times newspaper. levels of greenhouse gases break new records, as experts express their fears for the future of the planet. after 39 migrants' bodies were found in a lorry container in essex, a man pleads guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration. the cinema operator, vue, has defended its decision to withdraw the gang film, blue story, after more than 25 incidents were reported, in several of its venues, during the first day of its release. a mass fight broke out at a cinema in birmingham on saturday evening where it was being shown. the operator, showcase, also withdrew the film, but has since decided to reinstate it. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, has the details. these were the scenes at star city in birmingham on saturday night.
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the popular multiplex was locked down, as groups of young people came armed to fight, not relax in front of a movie. where are you from? from deptford... ghetto boy, yeah? one of those showing was the urban drama blue story. if anyone asks, yeah? i've been here the whole time. vue, the cinema owner, believes the film was the root cause of the disturbance, and has therefore stopped showing it. remember that! in a statement, the cinema chain said... is that why your brother don't like me, then, because i live in this area? the film tells the story of a schoolboy friendship ruined by postcode gang wars. vue's decision to pull it has left
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one blue story actor dismayed. i feel like there are other films that have come out in the past which have had a high level of violence and incidents have happened around the time the films were premiered, and they've not been pulled. so it makes me question, why has blue story been treated differently to the other films that have come out? i'll call you! vue have just sent a release out saying they've had over 20 different incidents. that may be the case, but incidents with young people, i don't see how, again, blue story is related to that. i don't see how there was any link, i don't see how there is any connection to it. i'm standing in leicester square, in london, which kind of shows graphically the split between the big cinema chains. 0ver there is the 0deon, the biggest of the bunch, which is still showing blue story. 0ver there is cineworld, the second big biggest, which is not only showing blue story but is actively promoting it. and over there is the third biggest, vue, which has pulled blue story from all of its screens. are you going to carina's party? so, how do young cinema—goers feel
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about blue story being withdrawn? some cinemas are showing it, so what's wrong with every cinema showing it? people choose, at the end of the day, how they want to act, according to what they see, you can't blame a movie for that. everyone's saying it's promoting violence and gangs, but it's really not. it's all about love. that's what rapman, the director, says about his debut film, which he also describes as a modern parable. of the violence at the weekend, he said, "it's truly unfortunate a small group of people can ruin things for everyone." will gompertz, bbc news. the chinese government has responded to the landslide victory for pro—democracy candidates in the hong kong elections by emphasising that the territory will always be ruled from beijing and has warned against further protests. pro—democracy candidates won almost 90% of seats in local elections. the result is being seen as an outright rejection of carrie lam's leadership, and a massive show of support for the anti—beijing protests
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that have been going on for months. 0ur correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes, reports from hong kong. this is not the sort of media attention usually given to the winners of a local council election. but last night's victory for hong kong's democrats was no ordinary win. it was an unprecedented landslide. these newly minted young politicians won 85% of all the seats contested. today, they gathered to tell hong kong's government they will not be ignored. government parties, they have no more excuses for saying that rioters don't have popular support. now we see that they have popular support. hong kong people have learned a lesson, that they understand that without democracy, any freedom...
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..all the freedom we have is very fragile. it can be gone in one day, by a tyranny. the message here today is that the hong kong opposition is now the most powerful political group in hong kong. it is no longer a protest movement. it now has a proper democratic mandate, and that means that the chief executive can no longer ignore the demands. time for the hong kong government to act may be short. in central hong kong today, prominent pro—beijing politician regina ip had to be escorted from her office by riot police, withjeering, hostile crowds. out on a street corner this evening, paul tse was thanking his supporters. he's one of a handful of pro—government councillors who survived the election. but he says it has been a nightmare for the pro—government camp. everything is wrong. i think we have to start with government policy, government strategy, the composition of all kinds of things, the cabinet and what have you.
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i think this is a very loud voice of the people that they aren't happy with what they've been going through, the last six months. but anyone looking for a hopeful sign from beijing today got nothing. a foreign ministry spokesman again insisting that hong kong is china's internal affair, and everyone else should mind their own business. applause but without some acknowledgement of what happened here on sunday, the celebrations could soon turn back into violence on the streets. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. the jury in the trial of the match commander during the hillsborough football disaster, david duckenfield, has retired to consider its verdicts. the retired chief superintendent, here on the left, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 liverpool supporters at the fa cup semi—final in 1989. the taxi app, uber, is not being granted a new licence to operate in london.
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transport for london said a pattern of failures had put passenger safety at risk. the firm will appeal and can continue to operate during that process. up to 400 jobs are at risk at tsb, after the bank unveiled plans to close 82 branches next year. it says it wants to concentrate on its online and automated services, but will try to find new roles for those at risk of losing theirjobs. seventy five years ago today the first concentration camp in western europe was discovered by the allies. natzweiler was one of the smallest camps, but almost half the 52,000 prisoners who were sent there died. boris pahor who's 106, was one of the prisoners at natzweiler and is believed to be the oldest living survivor of the nazi concentrations camps. the bbc‘s alan yentob has been to meet him.
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boris pahor spent much of his early life standing up to fascism and the nazis who occupied his home town trieste in italy. he was a prisoner here at natzweiler. although relatively small, this was one of the deadliest of the nazi concentration camps. he grew up in a thriving slovene community before mussolini's fascists came and burned their cultural centre to the ground. for seven—year—olds boris it seemed like the end of the world. when the nazis came to trieste, boris joined the resistance but was arrested by the gestapo. i visited him at his home, he recalled the moment of his arrest. translation: the fascist police came to my home to find me.
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they started to beat me with a leather strap, a whip — one on the left, one on the right, each with a whip. i was screaming. they didn't care. they had a radio on. my back was like a zebra. he was sent to natzweiler, hidden high up in the mountains of alsace. while here, fellow prisoners who were artists also recorded the horrors they saw. translation: in natzweiler, you were immediately afraid. you came in at the top and the gallows welcomed you. we were told there was none other than down there. we were told there was an oven down there. there was no way out but the chimney. typhus was an ever present danger and the prisoners were regularly disinfected. translation: they shaved our heads, armpits and crotches. then they put us under the showers.
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boris told me prisoners neverforgot that next to the showers, there was an oven, and that, night and day, a stoker heaved human logs into it. translation: you can't avoid the smell of burning flesh. you couldn't say, "i won't think about it." you had to keep breathing. you became part of that burning flesh. injuly, 99 years to the day since his beloved cultural centre was burned to the ground, boris returned there. the flames that haunted his childhood were behind him but the plight of all the victims of the death camps remain. and, he says, must never be forgotten. and you can see the whole programme the man who saw too much on bbc one this
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wednesday at 10.a5pm. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, sonia sodha from the observer, and the telegraph's anna mikhailova.— that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with louise lear it looks likely we are going to close out the month of november as we began, with low pressure control and rain around for many. it will be quite mild, on the positive side but indications as we start the beginning of december, something brighter, bolder and more seasonal is expected. before that, wet and windy weather in from the south—west with gusts of wind in excess of 40-50 with gusts of wind in excess of 40—50 miles per hour. northwards into northern ireland, packing itself across scottish bodice and then behind another spell of wet
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weather. —— scottish borders. top temperatures still staying on the mild side. double digit widely across the country. that low pressure is going to drift eastwards steadily and we are still going to see the 20 of tightly packed isobars under the southern flank of that low. gusty winds for a time and some persistent rain here. at the same time, across eastern england, the scottish border, more wet weather and this could have an impact. you will need to keep abreast of the forecasts over the next few days. 9— 12 degrees on wednesday. as we move out other wednesday, the low pressure drifting into the continent. the winds change direction to more of a northerly. they turn notably


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