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today at 5:00pm, cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, the former archbishop of westminster, has died. as archbishop, he was the leader of the roman catholic church in england and wales. he was 85. gas suspends nine employees, after claims of abuse and assaults on detainees at an immigration removal centre. britain's trade secretary warns that the uk won't be blackmailed into paying a high price to leave the eu. kenya's supreme court has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, and ordered a new one to be held within 60 days. the former england captain, and everton striker, wayne rooney has been charged with drink driving. ratcliff highway comedy store today household. the previous week...
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a prostitute — alice stanton. and, bill nighy is an inspector on the hunt for a victorian serial killer in the limehouse golem. hearjames king's take on this, and the rest of the week's cinema releases, in the film review. welcome to the bbc news at 5pm. we have had an announcement in the last half an hour. the former archbishop of westminster, cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor has died aged 85. he was created a cardinal by popejohn paul ii in 2001. as archbishop, he was the leader of the roman catholic church in england and wales. 0ur religious affairs correspondent martin bashir looks back on his life. the almighty god bless you, the
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father, the sun... 60 years a priest and almost a0 years a bishop, carr murphy—o'connor served as the head of the roman catholic church in england and wales from 2000 until 2009. his theological acumen was recognised early and he served as rector of the english college in rome before becoming bishop of arundel and brighton. it was in sussex he faced his greatest public challenge. a local priest, michael hill, had been accused of child sexual abuse. then bishop murphy—o'connor decided to redeploy him asa murphy—o'connor decided to redeploy him as a chaplain at gatwick airport. michael hill went on to abuse children and was jailed in 1997. cormac murphy—o'connor refused to resign but described his management of michael hill is a grave mistake. he clearly wanted to make amends for that and do something constructive. so out of that terrible case came his decision
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to ask lord nolan to help him rethink how the catholic church in this country dealt with child abuse issues, to try to avoid such terrible things happening against white although he did not engage directly in politics, it was his careful that led tony blair to convert to catholicism in 2007 after he stepped down as prime minister. 0ne he stepped down as prime minister. one year later cormac murphy—o'connor published a book entitled faith in the nation in which he argued against the erosion of religious values in public life. religious belief of any kind, he wrote, tends to be treated more as a private eccentricity than as the central and formative element of british society. it was this assertion that the christian faith must play a role in the public square, that cormac murphy—o'connor had contended for throughout his life. that report from martin bashir. we
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can now speak to the archbishop of westminster, cardinal vincent nicholls. good evening and thank you for speaking to us tonight. your thoughts this evening on this news? good evening. it's a very sad moment for the whole catholic community, andi for the whole catholic community, and i think for people of a much wider range of commitments. cormack was loved by everybody who knew him, whatever their background and their religious convictions. he was a man who had both a great zest for life and a deep commitment to his face and a deep commitment to his face and to the well—being of our society. —— to his faith. and to the well—being of our society. -- to his faith. he had been ill, and we understand you saw him very recently. i saw him yesterday afternoon. we had a lovely conversation. we laughed about some
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of our shared memories and we talked about his faith and his humble piece in the face of death. he knew in his heart he was going to meet god. he was going to meet the lord. as he said, iam was going to meet the lord. as he said, i am not afraid, was going to meet the lord. as he said, iam not afraid, iam peaceful, humble and trusting in god's mercy. to me it was a wonderful example of how a human being approaches the most important moment of their life, the moment of their death, when they pass from this world to the next, and face the judgment of the almighty god. a man of unsha keable faith, judgment of the almighty god. a man of unshakeable faith, and yet, as we reflected in our report there, there we re reflected in our report there, there were difficulties that went with the early years of his career. to what extent did he talk about those failings and what had gone on,
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particularly in suck sex? to what extent did he talk about those in later life? -- in sussex. he did, and like every human being, the crucial thing is how we learn from mistakes. there is no doubt that he did. he learned in his public actions, because, as martin bashir said, it was he who initiated the reforms within the catholic community in this country which means we face oui’ community in this country which means we face our responsibilities for safeguarding children quite robustly and maturely now. he also reflected on his mistakes in his own personal life. his memoirs, the autobiography, he says this of his dealings with michael hill. he wrote, of course, i was wrong, and i should have reported him to the police and the social services. i didn'tandi police and the social services. i didn't and i will always look back on my decision with sorrow and shame. you can't have greater honesty than that. he was in that
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sense a man of honesty and courage. he took on difficult responsibilities at that time. how will you remember him as a person? what was he like to spend time with and have dinner with? what was he like as a human being?” and have dinner with? what was he like as a human being? i think along with many people, my lasting memory of cormac will be of his laughter. hisjoy in life and hisjoy in music, sport, in company, and in having a good chat. even yesterday afternoon we laughed so much about some of our shared memories. and i'm sure heaven will be ringing with his laughter now. cardinal vincent nicholls, very good to speak to us so nicholls, very good to speak to us so swiftly. thank you for your time tonight. cardinalvincent so swiftly. thank you for your time tonight. cardinal vincent nicholls, the archbishop rob —— the archbishop
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of westminster who succeeded cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, who has died this afternoon at the age of 85. and now we will look at the rest of the day's news. the private security company, gas, has suspended nine employees following claims of abuse and assaults on detainees at an immigration centre. an undercover investigation by the bbc‘s panorama programme appears to show staff mocking, abusing and threatening violence against detainees at brook house, near gatwick airport. gas says there is "no place for the type of conduct described in the allegations", and that it has immediately begun an investigation. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt has the details. just metres from the runway at gatwick airport is brook house, an immigration removal centre run by the global security firm gas. here, foreign national prisoners facing deportation at the end of their sentence are detained alongside asylum seekers, illegal migrants and those who have
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overstayed their visas. undercover filming as part of a panorama investigation to be broadcast this monday alleges that some staff at brook house, mock, abuse and even assault detainees. it exposes a place awash with drugs, with self—harm commonplace amongst the men held there. the company says it's waiting to see the footage but has suspended nine staff and alerted the police. my initial reaction is i'm absolutely disgusted by the alleged behaviour. it's totally unacceptable to me, to the organisation, to anyone else who would work in this kind of vocation. it is the home office that decides who is detained at centres like brook house, whilst their immigration case is decided. it says in a statement: we condemn
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any actions that put the safety or dignity of immigration removal centre detainees at risk. it also says that gas needs to ensure there is a thorough investigation into the allegations at the centre and that it expects appropriate action to be taken. and you can see the panorama documentary "undercover: britain's immigration secrets" on monday evening on bbc one at 9:00pm. the brexit secretary, david davis, says he takes an optimistic view of the eu—uk exit talks. in a key speech in washington, he promised that britain won't engage in a "regulatory race to the bottom" after it leaves the union. earlier, injapan, the international trade secretary liam fox accused the european union of trying to blackmail britain into accepting a brexit divorce bill. the eu insists issues arising from the uk's withdrawal must be dealt with before any talks can begin about future trade relations. 0ur political correspondent
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iain watson reports. liam fox exchanging a memorandum of understanding with japan on trade. but he isn't as delighted with the eu commission, he accused them of trying to exact a price for moving from the first stage of brexit negotiations. we can't be blackmailed into paying a price on the first part, we think we should begin discussions on the final settlement because that is good for business. at issue is the divorce bill for leaving the eu. at a tetchy press conference yesterday the european commission chief negotiator argue why trade talks could begin only after britain gave an indication of how much it was willing to pay. liam fox gave a whole series of broadcast interviews injapan but only made the accusation of eu blackmail once, which suggests it wasn't a pre—scripted attack.
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nonetheless it could be a sign of frustration that the government strategy to put more pressure on the european commission to deliver trade talks this autumn so far hasn't succeeded. in washington today the brexit secretary admitted negotiations with the eu were tense, but he was hopeful progress would accelerate after german elections later this month. he conspicuously refused to repeat liam fox's allegation. i never comment on other ministers‘ views on things like this. look, we're in a difficult, tough, complicated negotiation, i said from the beginning it will be turbulent. what we're having at the moment is the first ripple. some opposition politicians here believe liam fox's rather undiplomatic terminology could do serious harm is to relations between the eu and uk. his language is intensely unhelpful. this is sabre rattling from a trade secretary who is twiddling his thumbs because he cannot do anything until the trade position of the uk
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has been resolved with the eu. but british business leaders want to hear a lot less sabre rattling about brexit from all sides. this is politics, there will always be bluster, gameplaying by both sides. i think businesses would like to see both sides maybe tone it down a little bit and get back to focusing on those issues which matter so much to both sides, particularly things like citizens‘ rights, we really need movement on that quickly. this week the government focused on its trading relationship with japan but it's our future trade links across the channel is proving harder to negotiate. let's cross to our political correspondent leila nathoo in westminster. your assessment of where we are at the end of another week of talks. how are things looking? you heard from liam fox there, really betraying his frustration at the progress of brexit talks. liam fox,
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it must be said, a key brexit campaigner. he also said business was getting impatient with the fact there has been no revelations about what a future deal with the eu would look like. david davis really trying to keep things simple at this point. it has to be said that there has been an impasse in the brexit talks. brussels is very strict, very clear that it sees there has to be progress on the divorce issues, withdrawal issues. eu citizens, the brexit bill being the major sticking point, before a future relationship discussion can even take place. at the press conference yesterday after the press conference yesterday after the third round of talks we saw a bit of despondency perhaps and a bit of exasperation, but certainly things were still civil and diplomatic. i think david davis, things were still civil and diplomatic. ithink david davis, by refusing to be drawn on liam fox's comments intends it to stay that way. next month we have a deadline the eu has set on there being sufficient progress made on these
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divorce talks, the withdrawal agreement. david davis hopes by then they will have judged the progress has been made so talks can go onto the next phase of negotiations on this future trade deal. i think david davis's approach is to try to keep things simple then. leila nathoo at westminster. this is bbc news at five — the headlines... cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, the former archbishop of westminster, has died. gas suspends 9 members of staff, after complaints about conduct at an immigration removal centre at gatwick airport. britain's trade secretary warns that the uk won't be blackmailed into paying a high price to leave the eu. in sport, chris froome has a lead of 59 seconds after today's stage of the welter of espana. eight stages to go as chris froome goes for a double. scotland manager gordon
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strachan believes his side need ten points from a possible 12 to qualify for the world cup next year. they play lithuania tonight. england are playing malta. and western storm through to the super league final against southern vipers later fixed wing nail biting victory over the surrey stars, winning by three wickets to set up a repeat of last yea r‘s wickets to set up a repeat of last year's final. we'll have more from all those stories after 5:30pm. the supreme court in kenya has overturned the result of the country's presidential election because of irregularities in the way the vote was conducted. the ruling is being seen as a victory for the opposition leader and veteran politician raila 0dinga, who called it a historic day for the people of africa. we have just received this report from nairobi. celebrating a new lease of life. vetera n
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celebrating a new lease of life. veteran politician raila 0dinga gets one more chance to run for president. a last—minute decision to challenge the result of the presidential election paid off. the presidential election paid off. the presidential election paid off. the presidential election held on the eighth august 2017 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law, rendering the declared result invalid, null and void. a shocking and rare judgment. 0utside and void. a shocking and rare judgment. outside the court, celebrations erupted among opposition supporters. it's now back to the drawing board for presidential candidates. as much as i disagree with it, i respect it. i disagree with it, because, as i have said, millions of kenyans queued up, made their choice, and six people have decided that they will go
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against the will of the people support however, the judges found no evidence of misconduct on the part of the incumbent. the judges didn't limit themselves to the process on election day. rather they looked at everything from voter registration to civic education as well as the procurement of election materials. ina procurement of election materials. in a sense this judgment sets a strong precedent for election dispute globally and a high threshold for the conduct of elections. the court directed the alecto commission to organise a fresh election. but the opposition says it has no confidence in the current commission. they have committed criminal acts. most of them actually belong in jail. and therefore we are going to ask for prosecution, of all the electoral commission officers who have caused this monstrous crime against the
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people of kenya. the constitution states a new election must be held within 60 days. for now though, opposition supporters across the country are basking in the glory of the court victory. marietjie schaake is the chief observer of the eu monitoring team in kenya. good evening. what do you make of this ruling from the court today? good evening. what do you make of this ruling from the court today7m is unprecedented in the continent of africa. as the eu election observation commission, we have urged all parties and officials who have grievances and want to challenge irregularities to go through the courts. that's what the opposition has done and the court has said that they have looked at how they conducted the elections. lawyers have expressed appreciation for the court, so there will be new
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elections. it means the electoral commission is discredited, doesn't it? the details about what exact irregularities the court has found still need to be seen in the final ruling, which can last up to 21 days to become public. and it is now up to become public. and it is now up to the relevant kenyan authorities, for example be public prosecutor and others, to look at if any illegalities took place and how they should be addressed. and the key question is, as you say, there must be another election within 60 days. the key question is how that would be free and fair and transparent. what is important now is that the kenyan authorities engage with stakeholders, people in civil society, different political parties and coalitions, legal experts and others, to see what lessons can be learned and what changes can be made, even though the time frame is very short. according to the kenyan
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constitution, elections now have to ta ke constitution, elections now have to take place within 60 days. i'm curious as to whether you feel that's a difficulty. if the whole process is to be run again, to be rethought before it is run again, is your concern perhaps that 60 days is very tight? we have seen that short timelines were challenged in the actions of august eight. i do believe it's essential to work very diligently and learn lessons from these elections. it's up to kenyans to find a way that is trusted by a sufficient amount of people to go forward , sufficient amount of people to go forward, where these lessons are reflected without throwing away the baby with the bath water and starting with scratch. that would be the major challenge. but it's up to kenyans to see how they can deal with this and come together to organise new elections. i'm interested what role people like yourself can play. 0ther
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international observers. what sort of rope could or might you play in that? -- of rope could or might you play in that? —— sort of role. of rope could or might you play in that? -- sort of role. our role is one that is very impartial and independent. we have a rigorous methodology in assessing whether elections in practice meet the letter of the law. the kenyan constitution, the alecto code and kenya's commitments on international law. we observed the trial and the way the supreme court conducted itself, the work of the electoral commission, and those are the kinds of things we will continue to do in our observer work is about very interesting to talk to you, thank you forjoining us. the former england captain, wayne rooney, has been charged with drink—driving. cheshire police... cheshire police say the everton striker has been released on bail and is due to appear at stockport magistrates‘
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court later this month. the 31—year—old announced his international retirement last week and recently rejoined his boyhood clu b and recently rejoined his boyhood club everton. richard conway gave us more details. cheshire police say wayne rooney has been charged with driving while over the prescribed limit. officers say he was stopped at 2am on friday morning on altrincham road in the town of wilmslow in cheshire. rooney has enjoyed a good start to the new season in the premier league. he moved from manchester united to everton and scored in his opening two games. but news of this arrest comesjust a week two games. but news of this arrest comes just a week after he announced he was retiring from international football. he has been released on bailand is football. he has been released on bail and is due to appear before stockport magistrates‘ court on september 18. sports correspondent richard conway there. some of the stories making the news tonight... a man‘s been jailed for six years for trying to rob the england and west ham footballer,
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andy carroll. basildon crown court heard thatjack o‘brien, who‘s 22 and from romford, pulled up alongside the striker as he drove home, and demanded he hand over his watch, worth £22,000. sinn fein has rejected a proposal from the democratic unionist party to restore devolved government in northern ireland. the dup leader, arlene foster, wants ministers to return to stormont during talks, but sinn fein say this would lead to another collapse. more car companies have announced trade—in schemes aimed at persuading customers to upgrade to more environmentally—friendly vehicles. volkswagen, toyota, kia and renault—nissan havejoined other manufacturers who say they will offer discounts for trading in more polluting models registered before 2010. aid agencies are describing flooding across south asia as one of the worst regional crises in recent years.
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more than 1,200 people have died in india, bangladesh and nepal, and millions have been affected. many people are sleeping on roadsides and in makeshift shelters. angus crawford reports. once a main street. the only traffic now, makeshift canoes and boats. look at the pole he‘s using. it almost disappears under the waters. across bangladesh, almost a third of the country has been affected. heavy monsoon rains making this the worst flooding in decades. the whole region has been hit, with more than 1200 dead, and more than a0 million forced to leave their homes, affecting india, nepal, bangladesh, and now pakistan. the level of devastation is horrible and it‘s massive. millions of children have been affected, and as we know, throughout the region there‘s a0 million people overall, in all of south asia. so right now the rains have subsided and people are starting
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to clean up the debris. in mumbai, on india‘s west coast, 33 people were killed when this building collapsed. the cause isn‘t yet known but it followed days of heavy rain. the youngest victim a 20—month—old baby. 500 miles away, pakistan‘s biggest city, karachi, was brought to a standstill, streets submerged, more than 20 people dead. in bangladesh, millions made homeless have gone to higher ground. vulnerable to hunger and disease, they count the cost and hope to rebuild. angus crawford, bbc news. the long running strike affecting bin collections in birmingham has resumed this morning after redundancy notices were issued to some workers. the industrial action was suspended last month after seven weeks — during which time rubbish piled up on many of the city‘s streets.
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our midlands correspondent sima kotecha reports. it looks bad and it smells even worse. a bin strike that‘s been going on for weeks and people here have had enough. itjust smells like a tip. i mean, there‘s bags dumped everywhere. bags which have opened up and just scattered all across the road and we have to walk through it every single day. it‘s not on. i don‘t know what they need to do. they need to sort something out between themselves and move on. that smell, it's so awful that you would rather do this to yourself than smell it, really. the council and the refuse workers are arguing about shift patterns, pay and conditions and job losses. this strike started at the end ofjune. the council claims that it‘s been costing them around £a0,000 per day to hire agency staff to clean up all this rubbish. then the industrial action was suspended in the middle of august as the two sides held talks to figure out what to do next. then at 7:30am this morning
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the strike was back on. and that‘s because the council confirmed last night it would be cutting jobs. the unite union says they won‘t let that happen and will carry on striking for three hours every day. this is not about money. this is about ideology. paid officers of the council want to make cuts and they want to damage trade unionism within the council and they‘ve taken a decision to sabotage an honourable settlement that was reached at acas to do so. the row‘s got worse because the council‘s leader had said in principle there would be no redundancies but he‘s come under pressure from his cabinet to change his stance because some of them say no job losses are unaffordable. redundancy notices have been issued but everyone still has a job. who has been given those redundancy notices. they can either have a job at exactly the same level, somewhere else in the council, or they still have a job on the bins. so the posts have gone, but actually the actual
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employees are still there. nobody is losing theirjob. birmingham city council is the largest local authority in europe and it‘s under pressure to make savings. but the longer this strike goes on, the more expensive it gets for them and for those on strike. coming up in the film review... arnie is back. more than a quarter ofa arnie is back. more than a quarter of a century on, terminated two returns to cinemas in 3—d. —— terminator. a lovely day and a lovely evening coming up. showers have been few and far between. a few of them still
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dotted around. most of us will avoid them but if you‘re underneath it you will see a heavy downpour and some rumbles of thunder that will eventually fade. the rest of the night is dry and clear, maybe bob mist and fog patches. lovely started saturday and we can. plenty of sunshine and patchy cloud building. there will be a few isolated light showers around, especially into eastern england. in western part of the breeze will seem fresher later in the day but it‘s a lovely start to the weekend. going through saturday night, rain starts to move in from the west. this is where it goes on some day, gradually heading further east. it might not reach some parts of eastern england until later in the day. cardinal cormac murphy—o‘connor, the former archbishop
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of westminster, has died. he was the former leader of the roman catholic church in england and wales. the private security company, gas, has suspended nine employees following claims of abuse and assaults on detainees at an immigration centre. international trade secretary liam fox says the uk must not allow itself to be "blackmailed" by the eu over its brexit settlement bill. calls for calm as kenya‘s supreme court annuls the result of last month‘s presidential election and orders a new one within 60 days. now for the sport. it is international ‘s weekend in scotland
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face a must win qualifier. scotland face a must—win qualifer in lithuania tonight if they want to make it to next year‘s world cup in russia. all the home nations are in action this weekend — but scotland are under the most pressure — they‘re a points off the play off spot, and have only won once before in lithuania. strachan believes 10 points out of 12 will be enough to finish in the top two places. there is a psychology to it. no speech to make them feel any better. i don‘t think that. generally make sure the players are prepared, they feel comfortable and amount of time they put into it and the training they put into it and the training they put into it. england are expected to win comfortably in malta later. it is the first match since wayne rooney retired from international football, gareth southgate says although he knows his replacement is he will not tell his players until later. i am keen to keep sharing the leadership. we
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focus too much on wayne rooney in particular over the last few years. we must start building a more resilient group of leaders and allowing them to take responsibility. so, for me, it is not the most important decision. northern ireland need to avoid a slip—up against san marino later to secure a play—off spot. they currently sit second, with a a—point cushion over third place. it has been a short week, playing on the friday as opposed to saturday in the friday as opposed to saturday in the past. the main thing is to do the past. the main thing is to do thejob tomorrow the past. the main thing is to do the job tomorrow night. hopefully we can come through injury wise and suspension wires. we must be careful. all the focus isjust suspension wires. we must be careful. all the focus is just on san marino. wales will play austria tomorrow, — they‘re third in group d. it‘s been a good day for chris froome at the vuelta a espana, after crashing yesterday, he finished 7th on stage 13. italy‘s matteo trentin was the fastest man to the finish — he took the stage victory,
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showing why he‘s leading the sprinters‘ green jersey competition. but froome wasn‘t far behind, finishing in the leading group along with his nearest rival vincenzo nibali. so he still leads by 59 seconds, with eight stages to go. it‘s finals day of cricket‘s kia super league today with surrey stars taking on western storm at hove in the semi—final. storm steadied the ship and helped them reach their target. the match against southern vipers gets under way in half an hour. it had to repeat last year‘s final. james anderson stands on the verge of history going into england‘s third and decisive test against west indies at lord‘s next week. he could become just the third pace bowler in history to take 500 test wickets — he needsjust three more to make it, but doesn‘t want the 500 to become a distraction.
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it is special. it won‘t mean anything if he does not win the test match. to be honest it is a real sideline for me. i want to contribute to england winning the test series. that is what we will focus on. it is looking like a good weekend for the mercedes drivers ahead of this weekend‘s italian grand prix. valteri bottas was fastest in second practice, closely followed by his teammate lewis hamilton. that was a reverse of the top two from first practice. sebastian vettel‘s ferrari was only 0.1a seconds of the pace, the german holds a 7 point lead over hamilton in the driver‘s standings. natalie powell has won a gold medal —— bronze medal at the world judo championships. you can read more on the bbc sport website. ollie foster will be here later on with the sport
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at 6:30 p:m.. thank you. more now on our top story, and in a key speech in washington the brexit secretary david davis says he‘s optimistic about how the eu—uk exit talks are progressing. chris morris from bbc reality check has been looking at where the negotiations go from here, at the end of the third round of talks. well, the uk‘s main goal in the brexit negotiations right now is to move on, as quickly as possible, from talking about past obligations, to talking about a future partnership with the eu. but there‘s a long road ahead — and it could get bumpy. the eu‘s chief negotiator, michel barnier, said yesterday that there had been no decisive progress on any of the main issues. in other words, for the moment, it‘s no go. so a quick reminder about the issues on which the eu says progress has to be made before it will talk more about the futur first, , the future.
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first the status of eu citizens in the uk and uk citizens elsewhere in europe. there was some progress this week — confirmation that after brexit these citizens will still be able to use their ehic health insurance cards. there‘s no agreement on that, though, for the rest of us. and here‘s the overall sticking point — who would have legal authority over any deal on citizens‘ rights? the eu wants it to be the ecj. the uk says that‘s not acceptable after brexit. the second major focus at the moment is the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. the uk says it wants to maintain an "invisible border" after brexit, with no physical infrastructure, and there were, we‘re told, "good discussions" on ireland this week. but while the eu understands the sensitivities on the border, it says frictionless trade is impossible once the uk leaves the single market and the customs union. the toughest issue of all, money. what other uk‘s financial obligations when it leads? the uk could be looking at a net amount of
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as much as 60 billion euros, based largely on commitments the uk has already made. the uk questioned the legal basis of these calculations and went through them line by line this week. it is not prepared to pay nearly as much. to get to where the uk wants to be, talking about the future trade relationship, a lot of progress will have to be made in the next few weeks for the leaders of the other 27 eu countries meet for a summit in brussels. that will take place on the 19th and 20th of october when they will make a decision one way or another. if they do not think sufficient progress has been made they will not meet again untiljust been made they will not meet again until just before christmas. been made they will not meet again untiljust before christmas. that warming talks on trade not beginning until well into the new year with ticking away. david paton is professor of industrial economics at nottingham university and a member of economists for free trade: good evening. david davies says he
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is optimistic. are you? reasonably, yes. if you look at the early news in terms of investment in the uk since the referendum, investment is at record levels. we have had two big announcements of investment in our manufacturing industry from aston martin and nissan. the omens are quite good. in terms of the negotiations, there are two important figures to remember. the first is £11 billion, the net contribution the uk makes to the eu. the eu is very desperate not to upset their budget plans and need and want some contributions. the otherfigure is 70 billion, the amount of money the eu sells goods to us relative to what we sell to them. we have a big trade deficit with the eu. any trade deal is clearly in the interests of both the eu and the uk but at heart it is the eu and the uk but at heart it is the eu who has more to lose and the uk if no deal is forthcoming. is it
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fairto if no deal is forthcoming. is it fair to say you are suggesting that in the longer term the odds are pretty good for the uk? things are in our favour. pretty good for the uk? things are in ourfavour. i‘m curious about pretty good for the uk? things are in our favour. i‘m curious about the interim, from now until you reach that point. we don‘t know if the shore. that uncertainty surely cannot be good for business at all. businesses do like certainty. the data at the moment is telling us that businesses are looking to the long—term and seeing the uk is a positive investment scenario. all the fundamentals are good in the uk economy and they want to invest in the uk. we want to get the situation settled. there are dangers and risks. the transition period is too long. one danger if we were to stay in the single market or the customs union with that delays the certainty which businesses want. it is important that we move quite quickly to get the benefits that can be there from leaving the european union and don‘t delay too long. we
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will have the freedom to trade better with countries outside the european union. there will have freedom to devise economic policy without restrictions imposed on us from the eu. we can save money from the neck contributions we pay to the eu to decide to use as we want. so, you think a cliff edge is not necessarily a bad thing. it is not talked about very positively in many circles, is it? a cliff edge is the wrong thing. even if there is no formal deal with the us. the us are not in the single market that trade very effectively. that does not mean there will not be difficulties and problems but they can be dealt with relatively easily if there is the will to so do. even in the
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worst—case scenario, where there is no formal trade deal, we will have the resources from not making payments to be eu to support our industry, making decisions in terms of cutting tariffs from the eu and other countries goods from our consumers cheaper and inputs from manufacturers are cheaper. there are lots of things we cannot do now. businesses want to know what the situation is. the quicker we can move to get some certainty about the long—term trading relationship the better. good to talk to you. thank you forjoining us tonight. nearly half of young, low paid parents are struggling to juggle childcare with work, according to a survey for the tuc. researchers found that irregular hours were to blame, with many working parents feeling at the mercy of employers. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. hi, boys! hi! it‘s the end of the day. kiera‘sjust got back from work, and all her kids are finally home, too. show me! ah, what does it do?!
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a precious few minutes before they are off to bed. kiera is self—employed and works in it. she and her partner, from hertfordshire, earn between them less than £28,000 per year. juggling childcare and work is a daily battle. i can be at home with my children, enjoying my life with them. when instead, i‘m planning it around trains, hoping and praying that my train isn‘t late or delayed or cancelled. and then you look at your bank balance and you think, what did i do today? what have i really earned? kiera‘s experience isn‘t unique, judging by today‘s survey, conducted on behalf of the tuc. nearly half of low—paid young parents are struggling to manage work and childcare. a2% felt penalised at work when they asked for flexibility. some were given fewer hours, or even lost theirjobs as a result. nearly a third had resorted to taking annual leave to cover their child being sick. achieving a good work—life balance
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can be hard for any parent. this survey highlights just how difficult it is for families on lower incomes, many of whom don‘t even know what their parental rights are. so, could and should employers do more? employers can certainly do more to communicate the rights that people do have. i think government also has a role to play, to do more in that area as well. i think the broad issue around flexibility, in that quite a lot of flexibility can be quite exclusive. for example, home—working quite often applies only to senior managers, for example. so employers really need to review their flexible working practices, be a bit more innovative about how they apply them. up you go. kiera‘s shift pattern is regular, although she is still often working after the kids go to bed. the tuc wants everyone at work to get the same parental rights from day one. and to be made aware of them. emma simpson, bbc news, hertfordshire. the headlines:
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