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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. britain's two main political parties are both being accused of racism. the uk's most seniorjewish leader has attacked the labour party's record on anti—semitism, saying a poison has taken root. leaderjeremy corbyn says there's no place for anti—jewish hatred, but refused to apologise. i am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. i don't want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society, and our government will protect every community. meanwhile, the muslim council of britain says borisjohnson‘s conservative party is in denial and deceit over the issue of islamaphobia. we'll look at both issues in depth.
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a un report says the world will miss its chance to avert climate disaster unless there is an immediate reduction in fossil fuel emissions. and we'll look at a report from a uk consumer group warning that many black friday sales are not what they seem. race and religion are dominating the uk election campaign today. both major parties have been accused of institutional prejudice. for the conservatives, it's a charge of islamaphobia. for labour, it's anti—semitism. to labour first. here's an article in the times by britain's most seniorjewish leader, the chief rabbi ephrime mirvis. he wrote...
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that sentiment was backed up by the chair of the jewish leadership council, an umbrella group representing secularjewish organisations in the uk. anybody who knows the chief rabbi knows him to be a temperate and a thoughtful person. he's regarded as a real shepherd to his flock. and the fact that he feels the levels of anxiety and is reflecting the anxiety of the community at this point in time, you need to understand the strength of feeling that has brought us to this point. the archbishop of canterbury also commented. "that the chief rabbi should be compelled to make well, the chief rabbi outlined the reasons for his words.
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here's jonathan goldstein again. there are over 100 cases, serious cases, within the labour party at the moment, and there are thousands waiting to be heard. there are nine prospective parliamentary candidates who are within the labour party who have been outed for very unpleasant anti—semitic comments over the course of only the last 2—3 weeks, and nothing has been done. labour leaderjeremy corbyn launched his party's faith and race manifesto today, and protesters were waiting for him. the message on this van reads, "labour under corbyn is institutionally anti—semitic." but again he's defended his party's processes. where the cases have been reported to us in the labour party, we have a rapid and effective system of dealing with them.
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mr corbyn didn't address the chief rabbi's comments directly, but he did address the broader issue head—on. anti—semitism in any form is vile and wrong. it is an evil within our society. it's an evil that grew in europe in the 1920s and onwards and ultimately led to the holocaust. but even that launch raised questions. this labour candidate was there at the launch with mr corbyn. her name is aspana begum, and a couple of years ago, she shared this facebook post. it reads, "house of saud are crossing the red line, inspired by their zionist masters." she has since apologised, saying the post used words that were inappropriate. our political editor laura kuenssberg was there and tweeted this.
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she went on... the second person referred to there is claudia webbe. her defence of ken livingstone came after the former mayor of london said adolf hitler had once supported zionism, which is the establishment of a jewish nation. the claims are not accurate. this bbc article explains why that isn't the case. now, back in 2016, labour decided to set up an inquiry into this issue. it was led by the barrister and human rights campaigner shami chakrabarti. her report found that labour was not "overrun by anti—semitism or other forms of racism", but said that there was an "occasionally toxic atmosphere". the report was billed as independent.
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it's worth noting that labour gave shami chakrabarti a peerage soon after it was published. but an independent investigation is taking place. more recently, the uk's equality and human rights commission became involved. this is the website. it explains that after an initial investigation in march, it found sufficient reason to launch official inquiry into anti—semitism in the labour party. its report arrives injanuary. jeremy corbyn‘s supporters say his critics generate and amplify the anti—semitism accusations for political gain. this is the labour peer alfred dubbs with jeremy corbyn today. his family fled nazi—occupied czechoslovakia to escapejewish persecution when he was six, and he's defended the labour leader.
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i understand there's a lot of pain in the jewish community. i'm not quite sure the chief rabbi hasn't gone a bit too far. i have a lot of respect for the chief rabbi. i've worked with him in campaigning on behalf of child refugees, i worked with the jewish community on behalf of child refugees. so it's very difficult for me indeed to sit and say i think he's gone too far. but i'm sad about that, i think he's gone a bit over the top today. because gone a bit over the top today. of all the things i ha just because of all the things i have just shown you, inevitably the issue came up when jeremy just shown you, inevitably the issue came up whenjeremy corbyn was interviewed earlier by andrew neil. wouldn't you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the britishjewish community for what's happened 7 what i'll say is this — i am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. i don't want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society. and our government will protect every community... so, no apology? against the abuse they receive on the streets, on the trains or in any other form...
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so, no apology for how you've handled this? orin any other form of life. i'll try one more time. no apology? no, hang on a minute. andrew, can i explain what we're trying to do? you have, and you've been given plenty of time to do it. i asked you if you wanted to apologise, and you haven't. andrew, i don't want anyone to go through what anyone has gone through. and you've said that several times, i understand that, mr corbyn. i was asking you about an apology. so, no apology there. here's political correspondent rob watson on this challenge for labour. i think this is repeatedly an issue for mr corbyn and the labour party partly because of the scale of the problems. the labour party admits itself that it's had hundreds of complaints about members of the party and activists, allegations of anti—semitism. and because people who have left the party keep saying that they have a problem with it and that they don't think that jeremy corbyn himself has cometo grips with it. but i think there's something else that's wider here, and i guess if you like, it's sort of an ideological issue. it's this sort of idea that mr corbyn, a man of the far—left
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and most of his supporters on the far—left, that maybe it's part of their worldview if you like that the far—left often has a problem with western imperialism. so, israel is seen as being part of western imperialism. and if you're an anti—capitalist, quite often that sort of veers over into the anti—semitism of seeing jews as rich capitalists, as bankers. so, i think that's perhaps why it's persisted with labour. just the numbers of people in the party, the party has hugely expanded in terms of membership. and because of a suspicion that it's somehow connected to mr corbyn, or if not him personally, those who support him. but it's connected to their left—of—centre, their far—left worldview. those are the criticisms facing labour. the conservatives are facing criticisms over islamophobia. the muslim council of britain has accused them of "denial, dismissal and deceit" on the issue. here's some of a statement earlier. it's endemic, it's institutional within the conservative party, and after a number of years
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where case after case, example after example have been shown, no action has been taken. some of that criticism is also coming from within the party. sayeeda warsi is a former conservative party chairman. she's also a member of the house of lords. earlier this month, she said, the conservatives were "failing to tackle racism at every level". here's the muslim council of britain again. just in the last couple of weeks, there have been dozens of councillors, these are representatives of the conservative party, who have engaged in islamophobia. very little action, no transparency, no idea what's happened to them. in addition to that, there have been individual candidates, i think four of them now, who have engaged with the far—right, islamophobic far—right, have shared tweets of people like tommy robinson, and guess what? these are still candidates for the conservative party. the conservatives say they have suspended some of those members, and it's promising to hold an investigation into all forms of prejudice within the party by the end of the year.
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but that investigation was originally supposed to deal with islamophobia exclusively. not any more. here's sajid javid, the chancellor, defending that policy. nothing's going to be watered down. we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can, doing more to root out any kind of prejudice amongst anyone who has got any association with the conservative party. there is no excuse for it. i am, the prime minister is. it's worth remembering the prime minister himself has been accused of using islamophopic language. last year, boris johnson wrote an article defending the right of muslim women to wear the burqa, but in that article, he said those women "look like letter boxes". sajid javid today said the prime minister used that language in an article to "defend the rights of women". he says the prime minister has given a "perfectly valid explanation" of why he used that language. here's rob watson again. i think there seems to be less of a political cost for the conservatives,
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again partly because of the issue of scale, while there have been allegations, not quite in their hundreds. and i think sort of contrary, if you like, in contrast to the labour party, i think it's not seen as being so ideological in the case of the conservatives. it's not part somehow of their worldview. it's just individual examples of people being crass, and indeed i guess some would say some of the things of prime minister have written when a journalist would sort of fall into that category. now, is this going to cost the conservatives votes with individual muslims? i'm not sure, it probably will. but i think there's a bigger point here, and that is there are two bigger issues in this election. one is brexit, we'll leave aside for a moment, and the other is the unpopularity ofjeremy corbyn. he is according to the opinion polls the most unpopular leader of the official opposition that there has been since this kind of polling started. so, the events of the last few hours
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have certainly not helped with that, and if mrjohnson does end up winning this election, and many people have likened it to an ugly baby contest with neither mrjohnson nor mr corbyn particularly liked or trusted by the voters, i think this sort of issue of anti—semitism, allegations of anti—semitism along with other things would've really done for mr corbyn. if you want more on the uk election campaign can be there is a lot of it on the bbc news website. yet more stark language on climate change. the un says countries need to reduce their carbon emissions by more than five times their current targets. if they don't, they won't meet the commitments made in in the paris climate accord of 2015. the un says every country needs to reduce its carbon emisisons by 7.6% every year for ten years if temperatures can be kept to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre—industrial levels. here's more from the un.
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now, because of climate procrastination which we have essentially had during these ten years, we are looking at a 7.6% reduction every year. is that possible? absolutely. will it take political will? yes. will we need to have the private sector lean in? yes. but the science tells us that we can do this. and the opportunities are there, but failure is simply not an option. the un highlighted seven of the world's richest countries. australia, south korea, japan, south africa, canada, brazil and the us all need to do more to achieve their paris targets. although the us has withdrawn from the deal, so presumably donald trump is not worried about hitting that target. more generally, the un says all of the 620 — the world's biggest economies — need to do more. here's one of the report authors. we look particularly
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at the 620 economies because they are accountable for such a large share of global emissions. currently, the 620 economies account for about 78% of global emissions, so unless they are really on board, we won't be able to change the trend in global emissions. 620 countries are responsible for 78% of all carbon emissions. brazil's one of them. it's had its emissions target revised because of a surge in deforestation in the amazon. over 30,000 fires were burning this august. this graph shows the number of fire spiking in the summer but he has decreased rapidly since then. a 60—day ban on lighting fires means by october only a few 1000 were still burning. slashing and burning rainforest is a also major problem in indonesia. over 320,000 hectares of rainforest was burnt betweenjanuary and august this year. borneo is particularly affected as trees are cleared for the production of palm oil.
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there's a double hit here — the burning generates carbon dioxide and there are fewer trees to turn co2 into oxygen. china and india are also under pressure. they're being urged to ban all new coal—fired power plants, but haven't done so yet. indeed for all of the increased emphasis on climate change for the last decade, emissions have gone up by at least 1.5% every year. yesterday, the world meteorological organisation confirmed that levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eached a new high. all of this and much, much more will frame discussions in madrid next week for the latest round of un climate talks. they will be discussing how much to reduce carbon emisisons by and how to do it.
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here's our chief environment correspondentjustin rowlatt. there are optimistic things. all around the world, the price of renewable energy is falling and often is becoming competitive or even cheaper than fossil fuels, particularly coal. that's a really powerful and important trend. if the economics are on the sides of renewables, then expect to see a lot of money get into it and the beginning of the end of the coal industry. and there are signs that that's already happening. the amount of electricity generated by coal reduced by a record amount this year. so, it may be in a couple years' time, we'll begin to see those reductions reflected in these kind of figures, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. as we know, more greenhouse gases mean increases in temperature, which in turn has a range of consequences. wildfires in california and wildfires in australia worsened by longer droughts
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and stronger winds. rising sea levels and warmer oceans make storm surges worse. when cyclone idai hit mozambique, it brought a storm surge over four metres high along with torrential rains. over 1000 people died. typhoon hagibis hit japan during the rugby world cup. it caused over $9 billion worth of damage, and it killed over 80 people. these are just four crises from this year, there were many more. and the science is clear on this, no single event can be directly attributed to climate change, but the rising temperatures it causes make these disasters more severe and more frequent. so, the meeting in madrid next week could be crucial in combating these effects. to find out what we can expect, i'm joined now by alden meyer from the union of concerned scientists. thank you for your time. what are
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your expectations of the meeting? we hope the report you discussed will bea hope the report you discussed will be a look—up call to countries around the world and they will discuss how they will get us back on track. the deadline of course for countries under paris to decide whether to increase the ambition of their original targets put forward in 2015 is actually the next summit meeting. the uk will be hosting that in glasgow meeting. the uk will be hosting that in 6lasgowjust six days after the 20/20 presidential election here in the us. countries are very aware of that timetable and i did not expect we will get many announcements from the big players like china or india, japan or others what they are all aware they are on the hook to come back with what they intend to do by this deadline next year. so we are going to see a series of ministerial meetings, the meeting in madrid will pull together not just the meetings, the meeting in madrid will pull together notjust the usual environment ministers that happen every year but this year finance ministers, energy ministers,
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transport ministers and even agriculture ministers coming to the table. talking about the hope that this could be a wake—up call for countries but i lose track of the number of reports and stark warnings that could have been a wake—up call but turned out not to be. what do you think is necessary for this message to cut through?|j you think is necessary for this message to cut through? i think there are two things that have changed. one as noted is the impact of climate —related weather events are mounting year by year. very aware of that in the us and i think increasingly around the world. the other thing that has changed as we are seeing millions on the streets actually and the next big wave of global striper climate action will be this coming friday. and i think thatis be this coming friday. and i think that is adding impetus to the politicians in some countries at least saying that if they don't wake up least saying that if they don't wake up and take more action on this crisis that they will start losing votes. we appreciate your time, thank you very much indeed. live from washington. in a moment on outside source
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business, vivienne nunis will be live in new york for us. federal prosecutors are reported to be looking into whether pharmaceutical companies intentionally allowed opioid painkillers to flood communities. demonstrators who object to teaching primary school children about lesbian, gay, bisexual and tra nsgender relationships have been banned from protesting outside a school in birmingham. campaigners say that equality lessons at anderton park school in sparkhill promote homosexuality, which is against their islamic beliefs. but the school and the city council welcomed the ruling. shakeel afsar, who has been leading the protests for months, said he would not be silenced. what they are being taught is that there is nothing wrong with this and that it is ok to be gay and it is ok to marry the same sex. well, like it or not, we do not accept this and will not accept this. our religious convictions do not permit us the luxury of cowering
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to the council and the court's attempt to silence us. as the imam said in evidence and the judge accepted, as muslims, we are under a religious obligation to stand up for our faith and to defend our beliefs. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is: britain's chief rabbi has strongly attacked the opposition labour party over anti—semitism. meanwhile, the ruling conservative party is facing accusations of islamophobia. here are the main stories from the world service. 13 french soldiers died in mali when their helicopters collided as they hunted for islamist militants. forces on the ground were tracking a group of militants, and called for air reinforcements as an intense gun—fight broke out. on bbc africa.
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federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies intentionally allowed opioid painkillers to flood communities. this according to the wall streetjournal. vivienne nunis is in new york. 6ive give us more detail on what these companies are alleged to have done. what prosecutors are investigating is whether these companies violated a law called the controlled su bsta nces a law called the controlled substances act. this is an act that requires companies all along the pharmacy and drug distribution chain to really monitor how controlled su bsta nces to really monitor how controlled substances are consumed in the communities. so if a pharmacy makes an above average order for a particularly powerful drug, the drug distribution company should refer to that pharmacy to the authorities. while the allegation in the opioid crisis is is that although some communities were making above average orders, some pharmacies were
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ordering a large amount of drugs, that was not being reported and so we had the opioid crisis which authorities say killed 400,000 americans over the past 20 years. and at the prosecutors decide to act, how will that work in legal terms? if they do go ahead, this would be one of the largest criminal prosecutions in the opioid crisis was that we have seen a number of civil lawsuits lost from thousands of counties and cities across the us. they are all trying to recoup the millions or billions they say they spent in dealing with the opioid crisis. those are civil lawsuits with this with the largest criminal prosecution if it does go ahead. asi criminal prosecution if it does go ahead. as i say, i spoke to the attorney's office in new york and they did not confirm the story but if you look at what happened on wall street today, investors are worried. shares in pharmaceutical companies, to be companies name, have dropped substantially to about 8% today. thank you very much that update. chinese e—commerce giant alibaba has made its hong kong trading debut. the company, which is already traded
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in the us, raised at least $11.3 billion in its secondary listing. the move is being seen as a strategic step for alibaba in case us—china trade tensions continue to worsen. our asia business correspondent karishma vaswani has more. alibaba is the world's biggest retailer, a giant in the e—commerce world, but it doesn'tjust do shopping. think of amazon, ebay and paypal all rolled up into one massive company. that's alibaba, and it does even more than that. the firm is also into artificial intelligence, cloud computing and digital payments. and that's what alibaba says it needs to raise this money for from new investors, so that it can invest and expand its businesses. now, the hong kong flirtation is the company's secondary listing. it had previously listed shares in the united states, but the timing of all of this is very questionable. at the very least, it does raise questions about why alibaba has chosen to make this move
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against the backdrop of months of political protests. more of andrew neil interviewing jeremy corbyn. hello there. well, many americans are thinking about heading out to their families for the thanksgiving holidays, but it looks like the weather's going to turn nasty for some. got an area of low pressure here that's been bringing some heavy snow from colorado, wyoming, nebraska, and that is extending northeastwards as, at the same time, colder air moves in from canada. so, some disruptive snow is in the forecast. and i think quite widely, we'll see falls of snow of around 15—20 cm extending up towards the great lakes, but in michigan we could get more than that, maybe 30 or 40 cm. and eventually some of that disruptive snow will work across the border with canada into south ontario. now, tuesday night sees another area of low pressure, this one working into the pacific northwest. heavy snow in the mountains,
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where we could see a metre of snow for some, three foot or so. but it's the strong winds that could also cause some problems. those winds look set to be damaging across oregon and into the far north of california. 6usts of 70, maybe 80 mph. it's not out of the question that a sting jet could form, and if that happened, we could get some even stronger winds, up to 100 mph in gusts. for east africa, keeping an eye on a clump of heavy showers thatn are in the western indian ocean at the moment. an area of low pressure is enhancing those downpours. we have seen some heavy rain get into coastal areas of somalia and it's not out of the question we could see some localised flooding from some of these downpours over the next few days. meanwhile, we've got a tropical storm that's well to the east of the philippines at the moment. but this tropical storm is expected to strengthen to become a typhoon over the next few days, and the forecast track takes it more or less towards luzon in the philippines next week, but that's a long, long way off. the track probably will change a little bit over the next few days.
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we have seen some storms working their way across into southeast europe. they've left a trail of destruction in parts of greece, particularly over the course of the weekend. we had some locally severe flooding and some damage as well due to those floodwaters rushing around. damage to roads, cars have been bashed around as well, so there has been some pretty serious damage here. now, the weather is slowly improving across southeastern europe. there are still a few thunderstorms, but they're not as severe. meanwhile, out in the atlantic, we're looking at low pressure that's been with us today bringing outbreaks of rain across many western areas of europe, with some strong winds around as well. we've got more of the same really to come over the next 24 hours, but very gradually that low pressure will be moving into the heart of europe, bringing outbreaks of rain and some blustery conditions. but as that low moves through, we're going to start to see much colder air that's already making inroads in across scandinavia. well, that's going to be heading southwards. so, quite a cold blast on the way as we head into the weekend, with temperatures for example in berlin just around four degrees this weekend. for us, well, we've got more outbreaks of rain
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to come on wednesday. it is, however, relatively mild, but it will turn drier and colder in the week.
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hello, i'm ros atkins. welcome back to outside source. britain's two main political parties are both answering accusations of racism. the uk's most seniorjewish leader has attacked the labour party's record on anti—semitism, saying a poison has taken root. jeremy corbyn says there's no place for anti—jewish hatred, but refused to apologise. —— declined the opportunity to apologise. i am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. i don't want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society, and our government will protect every community. meanwhile, the muslim council of britain says borisjohnson‘s conservative party is in denial and deceit over the issue of islamophobia.
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at least 18 people have been killed by an earthquake in albania. we'll have the latest from there. and we'll look at a report from a uk consumer group warning that many black friday sales are not what they seem. at the top of the hour, we heard some ofjeremy corbyn talking to the bbc‘s andrew neil. that was on the topic of anti—semitism, but the labour leader has been questioned on much more. jeremy corbyn says he will remain neutral on brexit. we knew that was his position. andrew neil asked him about that. you want to negotiate a new brexit deal with the eu and then put that to the people in another referendum. you say you'd be neutral. so why would the british people want a prime minister that doesn't
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have a view on what really is the greatest peace time issue that's faced this country for 70 years? well, i think the country's become very divided over brexit since 2016. that's clear. and we can't forever go on debating what happened in the referendum in 2016. people that voted remain and are living difficult lives, universal credit, private rented, poor lives... can i finish, please? i'm just asking you why you're remaining neutral. i'm trying to explain what our policy is. and put those along people who live in areas that may well have voted leave in exactly the same condition. let's not set one community against the other. and so, our party, which represents people who voted both leave and remain, has developed a policy. the policy is that, within three months, we'll negotiate a leave option with the eu, which does take us out of membership and... i've said that, mr corbyn. my question was,
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why are you remaining neutral on the greatest issue of our time? and within six months, we'll put that to a referendum... and i've said that, too. why are you remaining neutral? and within six months, we'll put that to a referendum of the people of britain, who will make that decision. the labour government will carry out the decision of that referendum. i will be the honest broker that will make sure that the referendum is fair and make sure that the leave deal is a credible one and the remain option is alongside it, so that we can actually protect jobs in this country, trade relationships and, crucially, protect the good friday agreement which has been so effective in northern ireland... ok, so even if you got everything that you wanted in this deal, you still wouldn't ask people to vote for it? well, what i'm saying is that i think it's the role of the government to say, "this is the choice for you, the people of this country," and we would also make sure that there are spending rules and so on...
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but the government wouldn't remain neutral. you're the one to remain neutral... most of your shadow cabinet is going to campaign to remain. i would be the prime minister that would make sure that there was a fair debate and fair discussion, and we'd come to a conclusion at the end of it and i would carry out the result of that referendum... i understand that. what would you do during the referendum campaign? would you go on holiday? no, iwould be running the government. you wouldn't take part in the referendum? there are many other things to run as well... but you wouldn't take part in the referendum? i've said all along that i would adopt a position which would be enabling people to come together at the end of it. jeremy corbyn also defended his party's tax policy. it wants to raise income tax for people earning more than £80,000 a year. jeremy corbyn says 95% of taxpayers would not be affected. here's their exchange on that. you often imply that these top 5%, they actually don't pay much tax at the moment and you're going to make them do so. what share of income tax revenues do they currently pay?
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they pay a top rate of about 45—50%. .. no, no, what share of income tax revenues do they contribute? 0h. they contribute quite a lot, of course. how much? i couldn't give you the exact figure but they contribute quite a lot. they already contribute 50% of all income tax... but they are on very high earnings. of course. and they're paying a very high amount of tax. and we think they should pay... they could — and should — pay a little bit more. that is jeremy that isjeremy corbyn speaking to andrew neil. let's bring in the bbc‘s nick eardley, watching all of that. we should point out that engine gives a reasonably hard time to the person sitting opposite of him, but how would you scorejeremy corbyn this evening? tough interview. they always are. there we re interview. they always are. there were some key issues wherejeremy corbyn was struggling to give an answer, really. declining to apologise for anti—semitism in the labour party is something that i'm sure the labour leader will not
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enjoy watching back if he does so. it's been an issue that has dogged him for three years and the leadership. his argument is, he has been an anti—racist all his life and he has done everything he can to eradicate anti—semitism but it's an issue that keeps coming back. he keeps facing pressure on. likewise, there was another point and that interviewer mr corbin was asked about the big pledges his party made in the last few days, after their ma nifesto, in the last few days, after their manifesto, which was to give money to women who had basically been affected negatively by changes to the state pension age. is going to cost £58 billion. mr corbyn was pressed because it is not part of their official... he said, we might have to take it from official government coffers. not the easiest
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interview from mr corbyn. someone else making news stories. it's the conservative lord and former deputy prime minister michael heseltine. he says borisjohnson‘s slogan "6et brexit done" is nonsense, warning trade negotiations with the eu will take years. and he's recommended voting against the conservative party. although i am a lifelong conservative, member of the conservative party, in this particular context, i couldn't vote for my party with their brexit agenda. if you haven't got an independent conservative, then i would say there is only one party that can actually secure another referendum on the issue and stop brexit — and that is the lib dems. let's bring in nick again. there would have been a time when we would have been shocked by this, but when i first saw this story, it did not surprise me in the least. not in the least. michael hasn't seen —— heseltine backed the lib dems backed
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the lib dems —— in the european elections as well. being 4—story thing some of the historic alignments we have seen. there are so many conservatives who have maybe thought that their party does not represent them in this. we know some lib dem candidates in the election are former tory mps. likewise, some labourmps, former tory mps. likewise, some labour mps, former labour mps, former tory mps. likewise, some labour mps, former labour mp5, or standing for the lib dems. it's a reminder that brexit has let a lot of you would question their historic loyalties. just a quick question by voters signing up to be able to vote. there's been a huge online campaign to get people to do so. hasn't made a difference? it seems so. a number of people registering in the last 48 hours or so. a big spike in the number of people who are using the government website to apply to vote and you still can if you're in the uk. you've got three hours left to do it on the
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6overnment hours left to do it on the government website. until midnight. nick, thank you very much indeed. i'm afraid, those of you watching outside of the uk, you're going to have to pass on that option. the bbc website for details all the party policies as they had to election on december 12. the albanian government has declared wednesday a day of mourning after an earthquake killed at least 17 people. here are some of the pictures that have come in. these drone pictures give you an idea of the scale of the damage to buildings. the earthquake was a damage to buildings. the earthquake wasa 6.4 damage to buildings. the earthquake was a 6.4 magnitude. 600 people are injured and it's feared some are still trapped. rescue work will continue through the night to search for survivors — some people have been heard crying out for help. people are desperate to reach them. we should also mention that the police and the albanian army are now being called into supporting rescue effo rts being called into supporting rescue efforts as well.
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the earthquake hit around 30 kilometres northwest of the capital tirana in the early hours of tuesday morning. the worst damage is in a coastal resort, durres. this person lives there and survived. translation: it was a real horror, so i tried to get out of my home. i went through the glass door and i cut myself badly. the albania red cross is coordinating the response. here's how they described the situation. the impact is terrible due to the collapsed buildings that we have faced and the people which have been in a great panic and alarming to the situation which left their homes and get out immediately. it was not they, it was dark steel, with the children, crying. and it was also a very, very dramatic scene that we faced due to this earthquake in albania.
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red cross always keeps a stock with basic materials for such cases — i mean, for emergency happenings — like tents, like blankets, like hygienic needs and other materials, clothes. so we always keep this stock available. to respond quickly as soon as something happened. so this stock contains for about 1,000 beneficiaries. the european union says rescue teams from italy, greece and romania are on their way to help. next, let's hear from ardit toca, a journalist based in tirana, on what happened when the quake hit. it was suddenly, so we were inside of homes and it was just a moment. so everyone ran away and we just found each other in the streets and in the roads. and after, we noticed that this
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earthquake was with a magnitude 6.4. some of the people, in fact, they are under... in durras and in thumane, where the epicentre of this earthquake was, they are working because some of the buildings are destroyed and people are under the wraps. so the government is working on this because the people are demanding for help. you can see albanian here at the bottom of the map. but there were aftershocks and tremors across the balkan region — from bosnia to serbia. hours after the quake in albania, there was a 5.2 magnitude tremor south of the bosnian capital sarajevo. there were also tremors felt farther
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north in slovenia. our correspondent 6uy de launey is there. we've been getting reports from all across the region about people feeling quakes in the middle of the night, when the quake struck in albania. initially, the first reports were coming from sarajevo. people were woken up in bosnia's capital by the power of that quake. and there has been a separate quake in bosnia about 10am this morning, just over five magnitude, which brought people out onto the streets as the buildings were shaking. so it does seem that the seismic activity is continuing, notjust with aftershocks in albania but with separate quakes in other parts of the region. well, black friday coming up. there isa well, black friday coming up. there is a consumer group called which. they say you have to be careful because not every deal is what it seems. he's a builder — and until last week, she was a shop worker — but lenka thomson has given that up
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after she and her husband steve scooped £105 million in the euromillions lottery. the couple from west sussex say they were stunned when they realised what had happened. now they're planning to buy a new house so their three children can have their own rooms. they were the sixth jackpot winners in the uk this year. duncan kennedy reports. cheering bubbles amid the disbelief. steve and lenka thomson with the smiles of super winners and the cheque for £105 million. i believe that's mine. it is indeed, and the couple still can't believe what's happened. it's life changing. it's life changing for... for us, ourfamily. the family... our friends in the community. yeah. definitely. we are going to do a lot of good with this. lenka has a job in a grocery store, steve is a builder, and he went back to work after his win. still had to go and paint a ceiling.
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so, why were you painting the ceiling? because i fell through at the previous week insulating someone's loft. the couple say they are going to be sensibly generous the couple are now in the top ten uk lottery winners of all time, richard and emma watson on £52 million, ronnie wood with £85 million, and gareth bale on £94 million. steve and lenka say the priority now is to move house so their children don't have to share bedrooms. whilst lenka has already given up herjob in the grocery store, steve says he won't be letting his customers down, and he'll carry on building. for now, it's carry—on celebrating, and a pre—christmas present for a couple now with a gift to spread to theirfamily couple now with a gift to spread to their family and friends. duncan kennedy, bbc news, west sussex.
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this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. britain's chief rabbi has strongly attacked the opposition labour party over anti—semitism. meanwhile, the ruling conservative party is facing accusations of islamophobia. there have been days of violent protests in the democratic republic of congo — and now a dusk to dawn curfew has come into force in the eastern town of beni. you can see it right up here on the board. six people have been killed there during the unrest. protestors are angry at what they see as a failure by the congolese army and the un peacekeepers to stop deadly militia attacks. the bbc‘s lisa marie misztak reports. fresh protests and beni have pushed the death toll up to six people killed. this was the scene on monday when demonstrators stormed a un
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peacekeepers camp. four people were killed in the clashes after protesters set fire to several un buildings and the local mayor's office. an indefinite don till dusk cu rfew office. an indefinite don till dusk curfew has been announced in the area. the violence is an angry response to an escalation of attacks by armed groups in the region. eight people were killed on sunday by suspected militia from the la democratic force. they are one of many armed groups that are fighting for control in the region. many demonstrators are frustrated that you enforce has not done enough to curb the violence. translation: it is legitimate for people to wonder why this peacekeeping force persists in the drc also we have had good successes but now it is time to sit down and talk honestly about what would be done better or what could not be done better or what could not be done because they cannot stay in the drc forever. beni, in addition to
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being in the of militia violence, is also the epicentre of an a bowl academic that has killed around 2000 people since august 2018. —— in a advocate anchor. it has moved 49 staff out of beni over growing security. for now, all eyes a re over growing security. for now, all eyes are on the joint un over growing security. for now, all eyes are on thejoint un and over growing security. for now, all eyes are on the joint un and conquer these military task force whose new focus is working together to defeat the armed group in the country —— un and congo military task force. lisa marie misztak, bbc news. a big sports story. a world anti—doping agency committee has made recommendations that could see russia banned from taking part in major sporting events for the next four years. that would mean next year's tokyo olympics and the 2022 fifa world cup. russia could also be banned
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from staging games at euro 2020. st petersburg is a venue for some of the competition's matches. the proposals were put forward after the committee declared that the russian anti—doping agency noncompliant. wada is due to vote on this on december the 9th. here's alex capstick. yes, well, this does go back to that big scandal which was first uncovered in the mclaren report in 2016. russia was banned, as you say. it was reinstated by wada, controversially, in september 2018. and one of the conditions for that reinstatement was that russia should hand over data from inside the moscow laboratory. this was drug testing data related to the period of 2014 and 2015. they eventually did that in january this year, but what wada found, what its investigators have found, is that lots of that data have been tampered with, fabricated, that the russians were still covering up drug cheats. and that's why the complaint review committee recommended noncompliance, more sanctions, and those sanctions should include a four—year ban
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