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the odd piece of rain moving in but not amounting to much. the greater part of england and wales starting dry. towards the south—west, cloud sitting low, so watch out for hill fog and there will be drizzle here. that might fade, the cloud trying to lift. you get the sense that although there will be dry weather to start the week across much of the british isles, sunshine will be patchy across the greater part of england, and maybe wales, northern england, parts of scotland faring better. cloudy in northern ireland to finish the day. no great issues with the weather for the match between wales and the republic of ireland on monday. on tuesday, weak weather fronts tumble down across england and wales bringing the prospect of rain. things brighten up nicely until we bring in the next set of weather fronts. that will spoil the latter part of the afternoon through northern ireland and western scotland. they have more about them,
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you will notice the isobars. the wind is a feature of wednesday. if you are anywhere near that front, you will see quite a bit of rain. wet and windy in the middle of the week. once we get through that, towards the end of the week, things could be warmer, especially in the south. danny. the reason of cysts she's theresa may insists that she is determined to stay, there are rumours of a cabinet shuffle, but number 10 says that that is speculation. the bbc understand the catalan president will give "a symbolic statement" in the regional parliament on tuesday but will stop
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short of making a unilateral independence declaration. at least 350,000 people took part today on a pro—unity rally on the streets of barcelona. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon says britain's struggles to chart a way out of the european union are boosting the case for scottish independence, but she wouldn't commit to a date for another referendum vote. the £2 billion grant has been awarded for the mental health charitable trust. is the largest amount of money ever awarded by the charitable trust of the duke and duchess of cambridge and prince harry. and the bestselling author peterjones talks about the injuring fascination readers have for crime thrillers. now on bbc news — sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday with me, john watson. the headlines tonight: heartbreak for scotland — their world cup dreams shattered by a stalemate in slovenia. the scots loss — northern ireland's gain —
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as that result guarantees them a play off place. as lewis hamilton wins in suzuka to move a step closer to a fourth world title. scotland's hopes of reaching the world cup in russia are over. victory over slovenia would have guaranteed a play—off place, but they were held to a 2—2 draw. tim hague reports. were these the men to take scotland toa were these the men to take scotland to a first world cup in 20 years? the initial target a play—off place with victory in slovenia required. and with that in mind it was a positive start. they start which would lead to a goal. leigh griffiths, so often the man when it
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matters most, doing it again for his country. but with slovakia winning against malta, no time to party. even more so when this happened. it meant scotland were now out of the play—offs. they had to win, yet went behind. and while gordon strachan‘s side had left it late many times in this campaign so far, two goals in 20 minutes, surely not? that chance should have been won, before substitute robert snodgrass did level things up, but an absorbing game ended 2—2. a draw no good, and the world cup will have to wait for scotla nd the world cup will have to wait for scotland once again. scotland's result significant in northern ireland's progress, michael 0'neill‘s side now assured of a play—off spot. they will finish as one of the best eight second placed teams. they field a strong team, but
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o'neill teams. they field a strong team, but 0'neill can now afford to protect several players who are one booking away from a possible suspension, with that play—off now confirmed. a very reasonable points return in a group which was always looking tough alongside the world champions germany who topped the group. england qualified as group winners as well with victory over slim beeney on thursday. that gave manager gareth southgate the chance to experiment with his side. a very england performance to close a very england qualifying campaign. insipid but good enough. you could see why other clubs are ranked above lithuania, they lacked a cutting edge. more experienced players helped end the drought. dele alli down, harry kane on target. harry
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winks went hunting for his first on debut. the self—destruction here averted by the goalkeeper. even if it was a sunday stroll for england, it was a sunday stroll for england, it was a sunday stroll for england, it was almost spoiled. another successful qualification campaign complete. any signs of optimism? have english would that be? and tomorrow there comes the huge qualifier in cardiff between wales and the republic of ireland in what is essentially a winner takes all. ireland must win or their chances of qualifiication are over, while wales need to avoid defeat to guarantee themselves at least a play off place. thomas kane is following the irish squad in cardiff. they may be without their injured superstar gareth bale, but there is still plenty of quality within this welsh squad. republic of ireland manager martin 0'neill will have the influential duo ofjames mcclean and robbie brady available to him. the pair missed a victory
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over moldova on friday through suspension. we have to believe we can win every game. it comes from the manager, and we believe that we can beat anyone, we have shown we can beat top teams, and wales are top team. a game to relish rather than fear? absolutely, it is the reason we play football. bring it on. chris coleman said his side should have no fear for their pivotal qualifier with ireland tomorrow despite the absence of their injured striker gareth bale. he watched training today and will be in the cardiff city stadium for that vital qualifier. wales could even top their group with a win, but defeat would send the irish into the play—offs at their expense. it will be a fantastic atmosphere, so there is nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. the occasion is what it is, and it's great for us to be involved in it, but we've got a game plan, we've always had a game plan,
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and our players have proved that they are very good at executing whatever game plan we put in front of them. from the players‘ point of view, we know we can rely on each other. we have proven that over the years. and we know we can rely on the fans as well. what they have given us over the last couple of years has been fantastic, and if we could ask them now for one more real big effort, the last game of the group to come, to really back us, i know they will be nervous, but to make it a really good atmosphere for us, and if they could do that, hopefully we can give them something to be proud of again tomorrow. what an atmosphere that will be tomorrow night. arsenal's frustrating start to the women's super league season continued as they were held to a draw at home by bristol city. the visitors took the lead midway through the first half. 17—year—old lauren hemp with her first goal of the season. but arsenal levelled
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after the break. dutch international danielle van de donk making sure they finished with a point. there were two other games today, reading drew 2—2 with birmingham while sunderland beat yeovil. lewis hamilton took a huge step towards a fourth world title as he opened up a potentially championship—winning lead with victory in the japanese grand prix. he leads title rival sebastien vettel by 59 points with four races to go, after the ferrari driver was forced to retire early on. nick parrott reports. a show of gratitude for the mercedes car that has taken lewis hamilton to the brink of a fourth world title. consistency brings success in sport, and he's had it this season. starting from pole position for the tenth time in 16 races, he made the perfect getaway. his main rival, sebastian vettel, has seen his consistency disappear lately. problems with his ferrari's spark plugs saw him tumble down the field, before retiring after just four laps. the german now seems resigned to his fate. his only hope was for max verstappen
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to deny hamilton for a second week running. the dutchman got within touching distance in the last few laps, but hamilton held on for his eighth win of the season. team radio: get in there, lewis, beautiful work! with his lead now 59 points, hamilton's bubble seems unlikely to burst and he could even be crowned champion in america in a fortnight. tyrrell hatton has become the first player to successfully defend his title at the dunhill links championship in st andrews. his final round didn't start well. and eased to victory, finishing the tournament on 2a under par, three shots ahead of his closed rival — fellow englishman ross fisher, who shot a final round 11 under par 61. it's tyrrell hatton‘s first win of the season, and he receivesjust over £600,000. saracens have returned to the top of rugby union's premiership with a 38—19 defeat of wasps. chris wayles and jamie george both crossed the line with little more than ten minutes gone as saracens led 18—7 at the break. george then came up with two further
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tries, the last complete with bonus point saracens won 38—19. it's the first time since 2014 that wasps have lost four consecutive league matches. caroline garcia has overtaken britain'sjohanna konta in the race for the last place in the end of season wta finals. garcia beat the new world number one simona halep to win the china open — her second title in two weeks. it means konta, who is taking a couple of weeks off with an injury, must now reach the final of the kremlin cup which starts on 16 october to claim back her place at the end of season finale in singapore. i don't even know where i was ranked, but to come like this and be maybe in singapore at the end of these two weeks, no one thought that was possible, so even if last year was a tough battle, you just have to take in the present and enjoy the moment, and i was really enjoying everything and i was improving every day,
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and now i am fighting for singapore, and i wouldn't believe that could have happened two weeks ago. the men's final in beijing was won by world number one rafa nadal, who thrashed nick kyrgios to win his sixth title of the season. the spaniard won nine games in a row on his way to a comprehensive 6—2, 6—1 victory to reclaim the trophy he last won in 2005. that's all from sportsday. plenty more support on bbc news throughout the evening. goodbye. cuba has been marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary leader che guevara. the events took place
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in santa clara, the city where he led rebels to victory in one of the decisive battles of the cuban revolution. the bbc‘s will grant was there. this ceremony began with che guevara's old friend raul castro laying a white rose at his tomb. followed by an excerpt from the original speech made by fidel castro in 1967, announcing that che guevara had died. throughout it has been a solemn ceremony, although it has a large presence of schoolchildren — there is an an emphasis on youth when one speaks of che guevara in cuba. they have been repeating the slogan, we will be like che. a key part of the cuban education system. dignitaries, comrades who fought alongside him, members of his family. they all see him as a hero, as an example to youth in cuba
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and around the world. not everybody sees it that way. his critics see him as a man who was bloodthirsty and cruel. however, saying that here today is sacrilege for these people. they see him simply as a hero. and at 9.30 tonight, will grant looks at what che guevara's legacy has been in cuba — in our world
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