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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: britain's prime minister, theresa may, appoints her new cabinet and insists its business as usual. what i am feeling is that actually there is a job to be done. and i think what the public want is to ensure that the government is getting on with the job. momentum for macron. the french president looks set for a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections. president duterte denies asking the us to help fight islamist militants, as philippine troops struggle to recapture the city of marawi. thousands take to the streets for a gay pride march in washington, one of the biggest protests since president trump took office. this is what democracy looks like! the british prime minister theresa
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may says she will get on with the job of delivering a successful british exit from the european union, following thursday's disastrous election which saw her conservative party lose its parliamentary majority. making changes to her cabinet, mrs may has kept most of her senior ministers. but she appointed an influential former adversary, michael gove — he was a leading brexit campaigner. with brexit talks starting in a week the prime minister has faced damning criticism from colleagues. vicky young reports. she's putting on a brave face, but theresa may knows she has thrown her party into turmoil. the shock of election night is still sinking in. after church this morning, the prime minister rang round colleagues who'd been defeated on thursday. she's in office for now, but for how much longer?
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i said during the election campaign that, if re—elected, i would intend to serve a full term. but what i am doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job and i think that's what's important, i think that's what the public would expect. they want to see governments providing that certainty and stability. but senior conservatives have demanded changes. it is going to require a different approach. we are going to see, i hope, more collective decision—making in the cabinet. i and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her and i think you will also see that she will want to work much more closely with the parliamentary party. and this was the first sign that mrs may has been forced to reach out. her old enemy, michael gove, who she sacked, returns to the cabinet as environment secretary. and he'll be sitting alongside borisjohnson. the two men spectacularly fell out over the tory leadership contest last yea r. today, the foreign secretary denied he was plotting another challenge for the topjob. just a little wave for michael gove, best friends?
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jeremy corbyn did not win this election. it is absolutely right that she should go ahead, form a government and deliver on the priorities of the people. i am going to be backing her, absolutely everybody i'm talking to is going to be backing her, as well. he has obviously not spoken to this former colleague. theresa may is a dead woman walking. it isjust how long she will remain on death row. what's your guess? and i think we will know very shortly. in other words, we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her. the labour leader says theresa may's position is vulnerable and he is ready for another general election. we cannot go on with a period of great instability. we have a programme, we have the support and we are ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country. life without a majority in the house of commons will be very different. controversial policies like grammar schools,
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social care and pension changes may bite the dust. senior tory backbenchers say compromises will be needed. there is no point in sailing ahead with items that were in the manifesto, which we will not get through parliament. to get anything done, the conservatives need votes from another party. they are trying to do a deal with northern ireland's ten democratic unionists. today, both sides suggested that the principles of an agreement were in place. we had very good discussions yesterday with the conservative party in relation to how we could support them in forming a national government, one that would bring stability to the nation, and those discussions continue. we have made good progress, but the discussions continue. after such a bad political miscalculation, most leaders would be forced out, but many tory mps do not have the appetite for a distracting leadership contestjust as brexit talks are about to start. and they certainly don't want to risk a second general election. for now, theresa may's colleagues
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are rallying behind her, but she is certainly not in charge of her own political destiny. vicki young, bbc news, downing street. the tories will continue negotiations towards a deal with the dup later on monday, which will most likely centre on more funding for northern ireland and a greater say for the dup in brexit negotiations. we'll hear from ireland correspondent, chris buckler, in a moment. but first, let's get the latest from downing street, wherejohn pienaar has been following developments. the reshuffle was evidence of the vulnerability of the prime minister. a brexit supporter, michael gove, had to be brought in. the most
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discreetly powerful figure on the backbenchers warned her publicly that anything that upsets people risks defeat. michael fallon warned her she better listen to him in future or presumably risk a mutiny. she looks at the prime minister strapped into an ejector seat with 500 fingers hanging over the button. borisjohnson said don't expect a challenge to theresa may, at least not yet. but that means nothing with loyalty to self—preservation in the party. they could not handle a challenge this close to brexit talks. senior members fear the possibility of a second election. her position looks painful. her pa rty‘s looks her position looks painful. her party's looks deeply uncomfortable. it can't be good for a company country expecting something stronger
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so country expecting something stronger so close to the brink of brexit. the dup's so close to the brink of brexit. the dup's priority will be money. economy and public services you need investment. expect the dup to ask for cash. they will also want a sad during brexit negotiations and help to bring the union together so put —— say. westminster will have an impact at stormont. negotiations to get power sharing back up and running will start tomorrow. it will be difficult to see them as honest brokers and conciliators in those talks. that is why we have had a message from andy kenney, the prime minister, saying nothing should be done tojeopardise the good friday
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agreement. —— enda kenny. let's have a quick look at what some of the british papers are saying this morning. the times claims the promotion of eu remain campaigner, damien green, to first secretary of state is a sign her position on brexit is softening. the guardian says the prime minister plans to win back support from her party by adopting a more collegiate style of leadership. while the daily mail says she'll go even further, throwing out whole chunks of the manifesto in a bid to keep senior ministers on side. we will be looking at all of the brexit talks a little later on. and you can keep up—to—date with all the latest comings and goings in downing street, including in—depth analysis from our correspondents on the website. just go to in france, president macron, is hoping to tighten his grip on power, in the country's parliamentary elections. early indications, after the first round of voting, suggest he's on course to secure a big majority,
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for the party he formed just a year ago. our paris correspondent, lucy williamson, has the latest. five weeks after snatching the presidency from more experienced hands, emmanuel macron is doing the same with the parliament. his party la republique en marche is on track for a landslide. little more than a year after it was formed. the run—off vote next sunday will decide the exact number of seats, but at party hq they are already looking ahead to government. translation: the significance of this result is clear, but we must show humility and determination to beat the big challenges of the next five years. president macron voted at his home in le touquet today, not as a candidate this time, but as the man elected to change france. while the polling station of far right leader marine le pen, fighting for a seat in the country's north—east, was marked by a solitary fan and a selfie.
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her party, once predicted to win up to 80 seats, is now expected to get no more than a handful. translation: front national supporters must turn out en masse next sunday. it's essential that we win seats so we can oppose the catastrophic politics of mr macron, which include destroying worker rights. mr macron's party could end up controlling around three quarters of the french parliament, with the centre—right republicans forming the backbone of a shrunken opposition. emmanuel macron is a man in a hurry. he wants to push his reforms as quickly as possible. the problem is the lack of opposition in the next parliament will bring opposition elsewhere, and that opposition might be in the streets, and the french are very good at bringing opposition in the streets. a clear majority would be a big help to the new president
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in tackling france's intractable labour laws. but any majority he does get is likely to need sensitive political handling. the party draws its candidates from the old centre—left and centre—right, with half of them new to politics entirely. next sunday's the vote will begin a new political era, new to voters, president and parliamentarians alike. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. let's ta ke let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. iran has sent planes loaded with food to qatar, which has had all transport links with neighbouring arab states cut. saudi arabia, the uae and others have accused qatar of supporting jihadi groups. the qataris deny this. people in the us territory of puerto rico have voted in favour of becoming america's 51st state, but on a turnout of less than a quarter. the result is non—binding, and any change in status would require approvalfrom the us congress in washington. the move is supported by the territory's governor who hopes it might help solve the island's deep economic crisis and heavy debt.
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the president of somalia has said one of the main bases belonging to the islamist group al—shabaab, has been destroyed in an american—backed raid. he said somali special forces took part in the attack, near sakow, south—west of mogadishu. the us military has confirmed that it did carry out an air—strike in southern somalia. philippine president, rodrigo duterte, has denied asking for us military support to help end the siege of a southern city held by islamist militants. it comes a day after the us said it was providing technical assistance at the request of the government in manila. philippine troops have struggled to dislodge the rebels who took control of marawi three weeks ago. when questioned by reporters, mr duterte said he'd "never approached america" for help. what are your thoughts on the participation of us troops in marawi? i am not aware of that.
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i declared martial law. i gave the power to the defence department. stay with us on bbc news. there is plenty to come. feminism on film. we'll take a look at some of the movies set to make their mark at the sydney film festival. the day the british liberated the falklands and by tonight british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbymania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, had raised great hopes for the end of the division of europe. michaeljackson was not guilty on all charges. the screams of the crowd testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence.
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as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. welcome back. you are watching bbc news. this is bbc news. —— our top story: britain's prime minister insists she will preside over britain's successful exit from the eu — despite her party now having lost its majority in parliament. that's stay with that.
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well, with negotiations on brexit due to begin in days, where does all the current turmoil, leave the uk government's strategy? our political correspondent ben wright has been looking at the options. there's some flash photography in his report. almost a year ago, britain voted to leave the eu, but last week's chaotic election result has reopened the argument over how, on what terms, on the priorities, the tactics — just days before divorce talks with the eu are due to start. some tory mps are demanding theresa may has a rethink. she's now got to make sure that she understands that the british people have rejected a hard brexit. we are leaving the eu. i don't think there's any change there, but we're not going to be leaving the eu in some irresponsible way that will damage our country and, of course, the future generations. a manifesto to see us through brexit and beyond. theresa may had wanted a strong mandate from voters for this, the tories' manifesto, which set out their aims for brexit. it promised to take britain out of the single market and have control over the eu migration to britain. to strike new free—trade deals with the eu and other countries. theresa may also said no brexit deal was better than a bad one,
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a threat to walk away from talks. every conservative scottish, english and welsh mp was elected on our manifesto, so obviously, we deliver the plans in that manifesto as best we can, including, and especially, on brexit. even though theresa may didn't win the election outright, today, ministers insisted the government's brexit strategy hadn't changed, but the political reality has. roughly half of tory mps in the house of commons backed remain in last year's referendum, and now, after this electoral humiliation, they may feel emboldened to try and water down theresa may's brexit plan. but the prime minister is trapped, because the other half of her parliamentary party, also livid about this election result, will be furious if there is any compromise. one pro—eu tory grandee was scathing. brexit is the cancer gnawing at the heart
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of the conservative party, and there's a lot of talk of changing leader. it may well come to that. but it's not about changing just the leader, it's changing the policy. there is no appetite or mandate in parliament for trying to stop brexit. like the tories, labour has committed to leaving the eu. but how is the question. let's be clear. we are respecting the decision of the referendum. we are democrats. we are respecting the decision. i think people will interpret membership of the single market as not respecting that referendum. others in labour say it's time to get the whole of parliament behind a brexit strategy. now there should be a sort of cross party commission or group set up to try and take forward those negotiations in a way that is open, thoughtful, consensual, that accepts that not everybody is going to get the deal that they want. all this confusion comes two months after britain formally handed in its notice to leave the eu. brussels is waiting to negotiate.
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the two—year clock is ticking. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. police have released new images of the manchester arena bomber, saying they now fully understand the movements of salman abedi almost hour—by—hour, in the weeks leading up to the attack. they believe he constructed the bomb alone and stored the components ina car. detectives have also released the last people they were holding for questioning about the attack. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. it was in this white nissan micra, boughtjust two days before he left for libya, that police believe the manchester bomber stored the parts to make the device, in plastic barrels police found later in the car. salman abedi flew out of the country on the 15th of april, but arrived back in manchester on the 18th of may. he was then caught on cctv cameras with a blue suitcase, going backwards and forwards to the flats where the white car was parked.
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detectives believe he was collecting preprepared bomb parts from the car for him to assemble, alone at this site in central manchester. in a statement, police investigating the bomber said... detectives are still searching a landfill site in the hopes of finding the blue suitcase, which could contain crucial evidence. police investigating the manchester attack originally talked about a network. 20 people were detained in the uk, and a senior officer said some of the arrests were very significant, but today, the last of those arrested was released, leaving just salman abedi, who is dead, and his brother, hashim abedi, who is being held in libya. detectives say they want to speak to him, who left with his brother on the 15th of april. he has been detained by the libyan ministry of interior's special
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deterrence force. all roads in this investigation point towards libya. it is not a country we can operate with with any due certainty. investigations will difficult for british police within libya. police say some of the man they arrested and released appear to have bought materials that can be used to make explosives, and some were in contact with salman abedi in the last few days. but detectives say at this time, they are satisfied with their explanations. daniel sandford, bbc news. in libya, the notorious son of the country's former leader, colonel gaddafi, is reported to have been released from prison. a militia group controlling the town of zintan in the west of the country, says it's freed seif al—islam, after six years injail. he's still wanted for war crimes by the international criminal court. from libya, our middle east correspondent orla guerin reports. saif al—islam. for years, the pampered public
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face of a hated regime. now, once again, a free man. he was colonel gaddafi's chosen heir, due to inherit the family dictatorship. that was before his fall into rebel hands during the uprising of 2011. he was detained by rebel fighters as he tried to flee to niger. later he appeared minus a few fingers — the result of an air strike, he said. he was sentenced to death by a court in tripoli for war—crimes during the uprising and he's still wanted by the international criminal court in the hague, accused of crimes against humanity. tripoli's martyrs' square, cradle of the revolution, was the picture of calm today, but the release of saif al—islam could deepen old wounds, and new divisions.
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those who gathered here in the square six years ago, celebrating freedom, hoped they had seen the last of the gaddafis. now they have to adjust to the fact that the dictator's son has been freed. many will see this as a betrayal of the revolution, of those who fought and died. but the gaddafi name still carries power here. so much so that no—one we spoke to around the square would show their face on camera — but most accepted saif had been freed. not such a surprise, perhaps, when you consider libya's descent into chaos since the fall of gaddafi. this man told us, better the devil you know. "he's not like his father," he said.
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in the past, saif al—islam commanded considerable support, and in parts of the country he still does. his backers will be hoping he returns to the political fray. orla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. thousands of people have taken part in a gay and transgender rights march in washington — one of the biggest such demonstrations since president trump took office. the event came nearly a year after 49 people were shot dead at a gay night club in florida — the worst mass shooting in us history. many of the marchers said they felt threatened by the trump administration. i think we have an administration thatis i think we have an administration that is pointedly and deliberately not recognising gay people, gay rights, trans rights will stop we have made so much progress in the last eight years, i am not prepared to let that go. a lot of the progress we have made in the last eight years are coming under attack. the repeal of the trans— bathroom
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rules that above the press. the repeal of the trans— bathroom rules that above the presslj the repeal of the trans— bathroom rules that above the press. i would like to acknowledge that this is quite mum. i would lie the government to promise to protect lg btq i government to promise to protect lgbtq i americans. as we've been hearing, women around the world have been holding marches, raising the prospect that we could be on the cusp of a new wave of feminism. that's the focus of one of the world's leading film festivals in sydney, australia. this year for the first time, organisers are shining a spotlight on feminism and film. i think it was because there are a number of programmes happening in australia at the moment that are addressing the fact that, after a0 yea rs, very little has changed, actually, in filmmaking, and the numbers of women, for example, who are directing or writing, or producing, they really have not changed, all that much since the 70s. so for example, in 1971, 4% of feature films were made by women. and today, 16%. that is not a great change in such a period of time. if that rate of change continues, it might take 100 years to get equity. so a number of programmes have been
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put in place to try and change this situation, and the festival thought it is time to look at the films that were being made in the 70s, when it was the heyday of feminist or making here in australia. before we go, some sports news and please forgive us — as when it comes to football, we don't normally have a lot to cheer about. england's footballers have won their first world cup final for more than half a century. the under—20 team beat venezuela 1—0 in the south korean capital, seoul. the venezuelans missed a chance to equalise in the second half when they failed to score a penalty. the last time england won a world cup was at wembley in 1966. that is it. stay with us here on bbc news. we will see you in a few minutes. goodbye. hello, there.
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showers overnight continue into the morning across parts of scotland and northern ireland in particular. all linked into an area of low pressure pushing across northern scotland. as it clears away however into the morning there is a slight tightening of isobars and that means that winds strengthening a little bit during the morning rush hour. northern england, northern ireland, central southern scotland in particular. could see wind touch 40, 50 miles per hour. there could be a few restrictions on the bridges and maybe on some of the ferry services, but the further north you are across scotland, the lighter winds to start the day. still some showers around among central and western areas. nowhere near as heavy as we saw through sunday. a few showers maybe just catch you during morning rush hour in northern ireland and northern parts of england but again they should be lighter than we saw during yesterday. further south, only isolated showers, the vast majority will be dry. a bit of cloud in places and there will be sunshine breaking through. a blustery wind but we will see more
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in the way of sunshine break through that cloud as we head into the afternoon, particularly through southern and eastern areas. by the afternoon, very few showers around, mainly in the western parts of scotland and north—western england. by and large, a much drier and brighter day then we saw through sunday. with the wind coming in from the west, 1a, 15 degrees in some western coasts today but the eastern coast could hit 19 to 21 degrees. most finish the day on a dry note with clear skies around. winds lighter through monday evening into tuesday morning. it could lead to a few mist and fog patches, little bit cooler in places compared to the last few nights. into tuesday morning we see cloud return to parts of northern ireland and western scotland, western parts of england and wales threatening patches of rain and drizzle. all linked into these weather fronts. but they are running to an area of high pressure which is trying to expand across the country. what that tends to do is squeeze out the weather fronts a little bit. not a huge amount of wet weather around, maybe the odd heavy shower in scotland, occasional light rain or drizzle in parts of northern ireland and the far
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north—west of england. most will be dry. we will see hazy sunshine in places, could hit 18 or 19 degrees again in north—eastern parts of scotland. the temperatures rise in the south—east, 20—23 possible. into wednesday, there are southerly winds touching gale force in the highlands and ireland. rain to come here. hazy sunshine, but dry day for most of us on wednesday and by this stage the warmest day of the week. it could see 20—22 across eastern scotland, possibly 26 or 27 in the south—east corner. that is the warmest day of the week. it will turn cooler through the rest of the week. the breeze returns as well and patchy rain mainly limited to the north and west. a small risk on thursday morning of thunderstorms in the south east. this is bbc news — the headlines. the british prime minister theresa may has insisted she will get on with the job of delivering a successful british exit from the european union, despite losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election that backfired. mrs may has retained most of her cabinet ministers in a reshuffle. the party of the french president is on course to secure a landslide victory in parliamentary elections.
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emmanuel macron's party en marche received 32% of the vote in the first round poll. projections suggest it could get as many as three—quarters of the national assembly seats. philippine president rodrigo duterte has denied asking for us military support to help end the siege of a southern city held by islamist militants. it comes a day after the us said it was providing technical assistance for the operation in marawi at the request of the government in manila. now on bbc news, it's time for talking books.
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