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welcome to bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: borisjohnson resigns as conservative party leader but will stay on as caretaker prime minister. he blames his colleagues for what he called an eccentric idea to change leadership. as we have seen at westminster, the herd instinct is powerful and when it moves, it moves. and my friends, in politics, no—one is remotely indispensable. attention now turns to who might replace borisjohnson, as the list of potential candidates grows by the hour. foreign ministers from the 620 meet in bali to discuss the disruption to global food and energy supplies caused by russia's invasion of ukraine, with both russian and chinese
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diplomats attending. china of course has steadfastly refused to back the tough us stance towards russia. and the american actorjames caan, best known for playing the gangster sonny corleone in the godfather, has died at the age of 82. pressure is growing on borisjohnson to step down as prime minister as soon as possible, rather than waiting until his successor is named. in his resignation speech on thursday, mrjohnson said he'd stay in the job until the autumn but many of his colleagues, along with opposition parties, are unhappy with that and have called on him
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to go immediately. political editor chris mason has this report on a day of political upheaval for westminster and the country. at breakfast time, there was talk of a constitutional crisis, a prime minister who wouldn't budge, and more and more ministers resigning. butjust after 9:00am, news borisjohnson would resign today. this, the most powerful street in the country, suddenly packed. those arriving for work here capturing the moment, too. at lunchtime, a lectern. those normally inside, outside. an audience awaits, and then a moment at once personal, political and constitutional. hi, everybody. it is clearly now the will of the parliamentary conservative party that there should be a new leader of that party, and therefore a new prime minister.
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so i want to say to the millions of people who voted for us in 2019, many of them voting conservative for the first time, thank you for that incredible mandate. and the reason i have fought so hard in the last few days to continue to deliver that mandate in person was notjust because i wanted to do so but because i felt it was myjob, my duty, my obligation to you to continue to do what we promised in 2019. he fought hard, and lost, his cabinet and his party abandoning him but listen, still, to his defiance. in the last few days i've tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we're delivering so much. this was boris johnson forced to articulate that his imagined future here was being crushed, the boy who dreamed of being world king ejected. as we've seen at westminster,
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the herd instinct is powerful, and when the herd moves, it moves. and, my friends, in politics, no—one is remotely indispensable. i know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed, and i want you to know how sad i am to be giving up the best job in the world. but them's the breaks. that's life, mrjohnson acknowledging. a painful, personal moment, a splash of history unfolding too. being prime minister is an education in itself. i've travelled to every part of the united kingdom, and in addition to the beauty of our natural world, i've found so many people possessed of such boundless british originality and so willing to tackle old problems in new ways that i know that even if things can
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sometimes seem dark now, our future together is golden. thank you all very much. what a moment. a man who won a big majority at a general election just 2.5 years ago is going, humiliated by his party. the borisjohnson era will soon be over. liar! few are indifferent to boris johnson, a primary—colours prime minister provoking colourful reactions to the near—end. a great man brought down. a great man brought down — that's all i can say at the moment, thank you. the country will rue this day. they'll regret it like they did with thatcher. this will be a mistake. but plenty of others within the conservative party and beyond think borisjohnson should be standing down as prime minister pretty much immediately, and notjust as conservative leader. the former prime minister sir
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john major is among them. in a letter, he wrote... sirjohn suggested that the deputy prime minister could take over for a bit, or a caretaker prime minister could be drafted in. would theresa may fancy it? look, i don't think... i, from everything i hear — and i haven't heard recently — i don't think there is going to be a caretaker prime minister in the sense of somebody else coming in to that role. and what does an 0pposition party leader do on a day like this? one option is to smile and go and watch some tennis at wimbledon, having said this about borisjohnson... he needs to go completely, none of this nonsense about clinging on for a few months.
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he's inflicted lies, fraud and chaos in the country. and, you know, we are stuck with a government which isn't functioning. there will be an overwhelming and very widespread sense - of relief today that i borisjohnson's time as prime minister, which should probably never have been - allowed to happen in the first place, is coming to an end. l the problem is the conservative party, conservative mps, have stood by him for so long. they propped him up. they enabled him to fail to lead our country properly. and my heart goes out to the millions of families and pensioners who've not been helped properly because his government has been so incompetent. attention now turns to those who aspire to come next in downing street — a fourth prime minister in a little over six years. are you going to make a bid for the leadership, sir? there's the former chancellor. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is likely to be in the picture,
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and perhaps the former cabinet ministerjeremy hunt, too, among others. a beauty pageant to lead the country is onlyjust beginning. and after the intrigue and anguish, plotting and resignations, a leader departs soon—ish. 0ur reporter at downing street, mark lobel, says the pressure on borisjohnson remains. it all began when borisjohnson was concerned about the functioning of the government. he was concerned he functioning of the government. he was concerned he couldn't run government anymore because of the scale of resignations and begrudgingly he came out and begrudgingly he came out and resigned as the leader. he is still the problem is how well the government can function because he will still be in there. and how long will it stay in there?
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a senior government minister says they think it will be ok for it to be a caretaker government, likejohn major and government, like john major and other government, likejohn major and other ministers should have quit. they think you should be gone on monday morning and someone should be in there to make sure those posts can be filled and government can deal with all the difficult problem that has to deal with as it moves forward. the focus of borisjohnson was actually moves forward. the focus of boris johnson was actually that those around him weren't too glum, i am told, a those around him weren't too glum, iam told, a downing street insider was explaining for why there were so many smiles behind those close doors after such a sharp resignation speech. the focus will move away from here now. it will move to the wider westminster village when we find out who the next prime minister will be, as a conservative announce next week how the contents will work, the timescale, but what we expect autumn, there will be a new prime minister after the tory mps have whittle down contenders to two and sent them
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out to what a country where conservative members will have the postal ballots and vote for who they want to take the place of borisjohnson. who they want to take the place of boris johnson.— who they want to take the place of boris johnson. who are some of boris johnson. who are some ofthe of boris johnson. who are some of the key _ of boris johnson. who are some of the key runners _ of boris johnson. who are some of the key runners in _ of boris johnson. who are some of the key runners in that - of the key runners in that contest?— of the key runners in that contest? ~ ., , , ., contest? the attorney general throu . h contest? the attorney general through her — contest? the attorney general through her hat _ contest? the attorney general through her hat in _ contest? the attorney general through her hat in the - contest? the attorney general through her hat in the ring - contest? the attorney general through her hat in the ring and another one officially declared tom took in heart, the chair of the foreign affairs select committee and the remember him from questioning borisjohnson from questioning boris johnson about from questioning borisjohnson about the uk watched withdraw from afghanistan. he may well be someone like david cameron where if they run a good enough campaign, they can beat all the odds because he is an outsider at the moment. what was interesting about the pitch was that it struck on the two themes if you want to follow themes if you want to follow the contest. firstly, personality. secondly, policy. 0n personality, he says we need a change and he will rebuild trust in government and that is something directly related to
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the problems that people had with borisjohnson. the second one on policies, you will hear this from a lot of ministers, tax cuts and policies on brexit but you may find differences over issues like energy inflation and nationalism. two other potential contenders were spotted here and it was the former chancellor rishi sunak and the current chancellor, the medina haavi. what we do know is there will be a lot of people in the biggest category will be the one who say they do not know who they will vote for. throughout his premiership, borisjohnson has sought to promote an image of a globally significant uk on the world stage. 0ur diplomatic corresponent, caroline hawley, looks at his reputation beyond the shores of the united kingdom. the british government
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is in turmoil this morning. prime minister borisjohnson, a key ally, announces that he is resigning. the downfall of borisjohnson has made international headlines. the prime minister, who as a child wanted to be king of the world, who took the uk out of the eu and promoted the country as global britain. it is time to change the record, to recover our natural and historic role as an enterprising, outward—looking and truly global britain. generous in temper and engaged with the world. the crisis in ukraine has provided borisjohnson an opportunity to show british generosity. the uk was the first european country to send arms, with cross—party support. but as support for his leadership at home drained away, ukraine appeared for him a welcome distraction. in president zelensky, he found a grateful ally
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who today expressed sadness. britain's role is truly global, the leadership and charisma of the leadership and charisma of the state leader is of importance, especially at such a time, the time of roger's full—scale anti— european war which started its attack precisely from our state and it's not surprising that ukrainians feel gratitude towards boris johnson. moscow, by contrast, gloated, with one official saying he'd been hit by his own boomerang. we would like to hope that some day in _ we would like to hope that some day in great britain more professional people who can make — professional people who can make decisions and i like and come — make decisions and i like and come to— make decisions and i like and come to power but at the moment there _ come to power but at the moment there is_ come to power but at the moment there is very little hope for that — we have a deal with the eu that is ready to go. it is oven—ready as i never tire...
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brexit had propelled borisjohnson to power. he got his deal, but his plan to override parts of it brought fury in european capitals. and there are few tears being shed in most of europe tonight at his demise. he is making great progress, so it's an honour to have you here. we will be discussing trade. we can quadruple our trade with the uk... borisjohnson has drawn comparisons with donald trump — both populist, controversial leaders. despite the smiles, relations withjoe biden are cooler, with no trade deal in sight and concerns in washington over northern ireland. i think he's seen as a big and charismatic personality, but i'm afraid one that could not be trusted to stick to deals. his word was not his bond. we are now a country which unilaterally rips up international agreements. i think we're diminished on the international stage and there's ground to be made up. boris johnson relished
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the world stage. he's reordered british foreign policy. but there are, to put it mildly, decidedly mixed views of his overall performance and of the legacy he'll leave. caroline hawley, bbc news. i've been speaking to charles burton, a seniorfellow at the macdonald—laurier institute in ottawa about the international reaction to borisjohnson's resignation. i haven't seen any official reaction from beijing yet. they always take some time to mull these things over but i dare say the government in beijing will be happy to see the back of borisjohnson because, as you pointed out, he has been very supportive of ukraine and china would like to see the russians not be defeated in ukraine, so because of the implications for taiwan. and borisjohnson also joined with the united states and australia
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in the uk us indo—pacific packed with a direct concern about the rise of china. moreover, in the g7, boris johnson was behind the bill back initiative, now known as the partnership for global infrastructure investment which was a direct challenge to the chinese belt and road initiative, which china has been using to leverage support in third world countries,, primarily nondemocratic countries in the world. 0verall, countries in the world. overall, i think borisjohnson has been quite strong on the china issue and will be missed by conservatives in canada and around the world. they're the chinese global times, had him on a sinking ship. what is chinese globaltimes, had him on a sinking ship. what- on a sinking ship. what is the imaue of on a sinking ship. what is the image of boris _
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on a sinking ship. what is the image of boris johnson - on a sinking ship. what is the image of boris johnson and l on a sinking ship. what is the i image of boris johnson and the image of borisjohnson and the wider political view of britain at the moment amongst chinese people? at the moment amongst chinese eo - le? ~ at the moment amongst chinese --eole? ~ ~ ., people? well, i think that certainly _ people? well, i think that certainly the _ people? well, i think that certainly the chinese - people? well, i think that certainly the chinese like | people? well, i think that i certainly the chinese like to see anything that suggests that western political systems are unstable or ineffective, and mr johnson's performance in that regard has not shown britain up very well. that being said, i think in general, chinese people are concerned about the upcoming struggle between the advanced western democracies and authoritarian nations like china and russia, and they identified the british with a legacy of colonialism go back to the opium wars in the 1840s and believe that people like mr johnson are hostile to china's rise, and hostile to the political system currently existing in china, which i think is probably quite true. stay with us, still to come.
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from mafia drama the godfather to christmas comedy, elf, we look at the career of james caan after his death at the age of 82. glenn central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup. they've pipped the favourites, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing j hadn't even been contemplated. celebration parties were cancelled. i a man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then, he asked her for a cigarette. and, on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child...
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..one teacher... ..one book... ..and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. applause this is bbc news. the latest headlines — borisjohnson resigns as conservative party leader, but will stay on as caretaker prime minister. in his resignation statement, he blames his colleagues for what he called an "eccentric" decision to change leadership. let's move away from politics in the uk. let's move away from politics in the uk to bali, indonesia now — where foreign ministers from the g20 world's largest economies are meeting to address disruptions to global food and energy supplies caused by russia's invasion of ukraine. but — unlike the recent g7 meeting — russia is at these talks.
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its top diplomat, sergey lavrov, is at the table, alongside his us counterpart, antony blinken and the chinese foreign minister, wang yi. 0ur south east asia correspondent, jonthan head, is following events. this is the first time since the invasion of ukraine that the us secretary of state would find himself in the same room as his russian counterpart, making for some awkward choreography. the us side insists there is no possibility of a formal meeting between the two. and, remember, this isjust a preliminary here at this gathering to the three big summits scheduled in this region for later this year, to which presidents biden and putin are both invited. and the us can hardly afford to boycott those meetings because it's struggling right now to regain the ground it's lost in recent years in influence to china, particularly here in the asia—pacific. so the talks scheduled between antony blinken and the chinese foreign minister, wang yi, are perhaps the most important part of this meeting. the us says it's hoping to establish what it calls
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"guardrails", to stop their currently fractious relationship from veering into outright confrontation. china, of course, has steadfastly refused to back the tough us stance towards russia over ukraine. the american actorjames caan — best known for playing the gangster sonny corleone in the godfather — has died. he was 82. caan was nominated for an oscar for his role in francis ford coppola's classic. he also starred in the psychological thriller misery, the action film thief, and more recently the comedy elf. with a look at his career here's our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba. james caan as sonny corleone a, the eldest son of the fearless godfather. caan perfectly portrayed the character's quick, restless nature. ——
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reckless nature. his intensity with a passion, both for life and for his family. and he showed he could hold his own against the likes of marlon brando. �* , ., ., brando. are you telling me that the italians _ brando. are you telling me that the italians guarantee - brando. are you telling me that the italians guarantee our - the italians guarantee our investment?— the italians guarantee our investment? ~ ., , investment? well, almost. his next big hit— investment? well, almost. his next big hit also _ investment? well, almost. his next big hit also explored - investment? well, almost. his next big hit also explored the i next big hit also explored the themes of violence and community. rollerball was set in a future where society has become synonymous with the ultraviolent game of the title. i love this game! get ultraviolent game of the title. i love this game!— i love this game! get out of this dressing _ i love this game! get out of this dressing room! - i love this game! get out of this dressing room! that i i love this game! get out of. this dressing room! that same ear he this dressing room! that same year he also — this dressing room! that same year he also demonstrated - this dressing room! that same year he also demonstrated his| year he also demonstrated his lightness of touch. 0pposite barbra streisand in funny lady. all right, listen, we had a little technical trouble in the first... b. little technical trouble in the
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first... �* . first... a little technical trouble? _ first... a little technical trouble? it _ first... a little technical trouble? it out - first... a little technical trouble? it out of - first... a little technical trouble? it out of this i first... a little technical- trouble? it out of this room, you — trouble? it out of this room, you little _ trouble? it out of this room, you little bum. throw him out, can you — you little bum. throw him out, can you throw him out? but you little bum. throw him out, can you throw him out?- can you throw him out? but at times, can you throw him out? but at times. his _ can you throw him out? but at times. his party _ can you throw him out? but at times, his party lifestyle - times, his party lifestyle threatened to overshadow his career. there was alcohol and drugs, and he spent months living at the playboy mansion of his friend, hugh hefner. it was confinement of a very different kind of venue that helped re—establish him as a star. in misery, he played a writer imprisoned by his number one fan. ., writer imprisoned by his number one fan.- and _ writer imprisoned by his number one fan.- and who - writer imprisoned by his number one fan.- and who fought | one fan. you... and who fought back against — one fan. you... and who fought back against his _ one fan. you... and who fought back against his captive. - back against his captive. remember help all those years nobody knew who misery�*s real father was? nobody knew who misery�*s real fatherwas? it's nobody knew who misery�*s real father was? it's all right here.- and - father was? it's all right here.- and for - father was? it's all right here.- and for a - father was? it's all right i here.- and for a whole father was? it's all right here. dad! and for a whole new generation. _ here. dad! and for a whole new generation, was _ here. dad! and for a whole new generation, was the reluctant dad in christmas favourite, elf. �* , i elf. dad, hire, it's me! i don't want _ elf. dad, hire, it's me! i don't want you - elf. dad, hire, it's me! i don't want you to - elf. dad, hire, it's me! ij don't want you to leave. elf. dad, hire, it's me! i- don't want you to leave. from the murderous _ don't want you to leave. from the murderous son _ don't want you to leave. from the murderous son of-
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don't want you to leave. from the murderous son of a - don't want you to leave. from i the murderous son of a mobster. to eventual loving father, james caan could do it all. before i go, let's look back at some key words and images from the past two and a half years of borisjohnson's time as prime minister. we are going to come out of the eu, no ifs or but. this wonderful new team assembled here. cheers, richey. he is going to be a fantastic prime minister. the decision- to advise her majesty was unlawful. you must stay at home. i've developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. the nhs has saved my
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life, no question. gps are doing an incredible job of getting those jabs into people's arms. yes! i went, as we all must, to peppa pig world. mr speaker, i want to apologise. i received a fixed penalty notice from the metropolitan police. above all, i want to thank you, the british public, for the immense privilege
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that you have given me. thank you all very much. hello, there. despite cloud dominating the weather story this week, we've been promising you sunshine. well, we gradually got there in the end on thursday. after a cloudy start, we had beautiful blue sky and sunshine by the middle of the afternoon. not quite the case, unfortunately, in the far northwest, in highland scotland. still some pretty grey cloud around, and in actual fact, this weather front�*s still going to sit there throughout the day on friday. high pressure is building in, and it will gradually drift its way a little bit further eastwards and dominate the scene over the weekend, but it does mean some drizzly rain, first thing in the morning, to the northwest of scotland, and the far north of northern ireland. as we go through the day, there will be plenty of settled, sunny weather. with light winds, temperatures
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are going to respond quite quickly, so highs of 21 degrees in eastern scotland, 2a perhaps into the midlands, 28 celsius the high — that's 82 fahrenheit — somewhere in the southeast. we now have to start thinking about uv, which will be high or very high. and we haven't seen that for some time, so that's certainly worth bearing in mind, if you're going to be spending any time outside. now, as i say, that high pressurejust shifts its position a little into the weekend, and areas where we've seen some low, grey cloud stubbornly sitting in the far north and west, still there on saturday, but slowly improving as the weekend progresses. perhaps the cloud just retreating to the extreme north. more sunshine coming through. again, light winds for all of us, and again those temperatures responding, likely once again into the high 20s for many. so that means a warm night to come through saturday night into sunday morning. it means a repeat performance on sunday, again, dry, settled and sunny. and once again, those temperatures responding. so we might see that cloud
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breaking up a little more into the far northwest of scotland. here, temperatures 16—20 the high, but highest values likely of 29 or 30 celsius somewhere in the southeast on sunday. now, it looks likely that that high pressure is going to continue to stay with us for the next few days. again, still, those weak weatherfronts, a bit of a nuisance for a time, but then it builds in and settles things down quite nicely. so as we go through the week ahead, some cloud from time to time in the far north. dry, settled, sunny and still pretty warm for all of us. some people will see temperatures into the low 30s.
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by conservatives in canada and
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around the world. this is bbc news, the headlines: borisjohnson has resigned as conservative party leader, saying he will stay on as caretaker prime minister until the autumn. but pressure is mounting for him to step down completely as soon as possible. in his resignation speech, mrjohnson blamed his colleagues for what he called a herd movement. attention now turns to who might replace borisjohnson, as the list of potential candidates grows by the hour. defence secretary ben wallace appears to be the favourite among tory party members, ahead of penny mordaunt and rishi sunak, the former chancellor of the exchequer. foreign ministers from the g20 are meeting in bali to discuss the disruption to global food and energy supplies caused by russia's invasion of ukraine. joining the us secretary of state, antony blinken, are russia's top diplomat, sergey lavrov, and the chinese foreign minister, wang yi.

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