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this is bbc world news today. i'm lukwesa burak. our top stories. eu leaders have agreed to begin preparations for trade talks with the uk. but britain's prime minister, theresa may, is told there's not been enough progress to start formal talks. i am ambitious and positive for britain's future and for these negotiations, but i know we still have some way to go. my impression is that the reports of the deadlock between the eu and the uk have been exaggerated. it doesn't mean there is no progress afghan officials say nearly 60 people have been killed in two separate suicide attacks on mosques. the invisible killer — new evidence on the human cost of polluted air and dirty water. us president donald trump has provoked fury in the uk by linking an increase in recorded crime with what he called the ‘spread of radical islamic terror‘ — without offering any evidence. european union leaders have
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concluded their summit in brussels with an agreement to prepare for talks about a future trade deal with the uk. the british prime minister theresa may said she remained ambitious and positive about securing a partnership with the eu. even the european council president sounded more positive. donald tusk said reports of deadlock were exaggerated, but that more progress was needed. earlier the german chancellor angela merkel said the main sticking point was the bill to be paid by the uk when it leaves. eu leaders had previously refused to discuss trade until the so—called divorce was settled. as our political editor laura kuenssberg has more. her report contains flashing images. tick tock, tick tock.
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european leaders took 90 seconds today to decide that brexit talks haven't gone far enough to move on. time is pressing. they will start talks about talks. yet until the uk says it is prepared to pay, no big deal. i'm ambitious and positive for britain's future for these negotiations but i know we still have some way to go. both sides have approached these talks with professionalism and a constructive spirit, and we should recognise what has been achieved to date. do you deny that you've made clear to your eu counterparts that you are willing to pay many more billions than you've already indicated to settle our accounts as we leave? what i made clear to my eu counterparts in relation to our financial contribution is what i set out in my florence speech, which is that i have said that nobody need be concerned for the current budget plan
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that they would have to either pay more, or receive less, as a result of the uk leaving, and that we will honour the commitments that we have made during our membership. now, there has to be detailed work on those commitments, as david davis has said. we are going through them line by line and we will continue to go through them line by line, and the british taxpayer wouldn't expect its government to do anything else. among the schmoozing, there are whispers she has said privately she is prepared to stump up billions more. number ten says there hasn't yet been the final word on the cash. and whilst things seem friendlier, eu leaders are clear theresa may has to spell out how much she is prepared to pay before moving onto the main talks on trade and transition. and that means there's no deal yet on citizens‘ rights or northern ireland. there is an expectation they could shake on phase one by christmas, but until she budges, it's 27 against one. lonely arguments to make. the reports of the deadlock between the eu and the uk
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have been exaggerated. and while progress is not sufficient, it doesn't mean there is no progress at all. "there's nothing to say about brexit", says mrjuncker. cue a sigh of relief from the uk. but here's the man who has to try to make it work here. i don't want to answer a question. from the look on michel barnier‘s face, he knows it's not going to be easy. angela merkel said, we hope we can move on in december, but it depends on the uk paying more. the french verdict, even more gloomy. translation: today, we are not even halfway there. did he mean we'd have to pay at least double the 20 billion? that's not yet clear.
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this was far from a brussels bust—up, though. number ten's encouraged that negotiations are at least moving. theresa may does not go home empty—handed. she can claim progress of a sort, but this fraught process has gone a couple of inches, and it's a journey of many, many miles. those 27 will decide their next moves without britain even in the room, while at home the prime minister must calculate how much she can compromise to conclude the whole deal against the clock before we are out for good. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brussels. so was this summit a success for theresa may or not? our europe editor katya adler is there. she gave us her view. i'd say in terms of content absolutely nothing changed in terms of brexit, we heard from laura there, eu leaders still insist that more progress has to be made on the divorce issues, notably money, before they will entertain the idea of talking about trade and transition deals, which is what the prime
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minister wanted. so much for content. in terms of tone, though, and style, she's right, things did change here and she actually had a pretty good summit. here she was surrounded by all the other leaders of the eu. on the whole, they chose to focus not on what britain hasn't yet brought to the brexit table, and there is plenty of frustration about that, but to talk a lot about what has been achieved. they also said that... sorry, they were also queueing up to praise theresa may for her florence speech and to say, don't panic, we could be ready to talk about trade and transition by the time it comes to the next eu summit in december. so it wasn't all doom and gloom. why would they want to give her this? to send her away from brussels not empty—handed? well, it's not out of any deep feelings of friendship for theresa may but rather because of selfish reasons. in the big picture, the eu wants a brexit deal.
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they also want that money, they need the uk to cough up more cash and not to leave that big hole in the budget that the uk threatens to leave behind. i spoke tojosh lowe, who's european politics reporter at newsweek. if you look at the deck haar raetion that was seven out on brexit, after the council, it is clear the money is the most important thing, they are looking for a firm and concrete chitment. theresa may has committed to contribute to the budget up to this end of this period. she needs to do more, she needs to say what sorts of further liabilities is she willing to pay into the eu pension pot, is she willing to pay towards certain programme, how much is she willing to put on the table? once she says that it looks like we are almost set to move on to the next stage. there was a conciliatory tone
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from the eu leader, theresa may being praised for her intervention, in particular florence, is that case of them standing together and not wanting to be seen to be stumbling at the first block? i think so, the eu leaders have noticed some of the criticism, they want a deal to happen. in their own countries this hasn't been their number one priority, they have come to the summit. they have remembered they wa nt summit. they have remembered they want something to come of this and they want december to be a much more positive moment. it was interesting to see the difference if donald tusk and jean—claude juncker, the head to see the difference if donald tusk and jean—claudejuncker, the head of the european commission, tusk sounding much more positive, much more forward thinking in his tone, i think that reflects the mood among eu leaders who are starting to say right, the eu has been made to suffer enough now, let us get on with this and on to what will be a
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much more tricky second phase. you are much more tricky second phase. you a re left much more tricky second phase. you are left wondering what will be going on because it is taking place behind closed door, as far as the uk 90, behind closed door, as far as the uk go, what if any cards does the uk have up its sleeve? in terms, well, the first thing to say, of course, is that the money that the agreement of exactly how much they are going to pay, is one of the uk's strongest cards and that is why we haven't laid it on the table yet, because we wa nt to laid it on the table yet, because we want to get certain assurances before we do. beyond that, of course, german business has been talking about the need to preserve close ties between the two nations, andi close ties between the two nations, and i think, also, in terms of the finance sector in the uk, it is something we need to look into, for the uk that is one of weaker points coming up. i don't think we have it, but what did you make o that picture? that did the rounds on
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social media, the three leaders, macron, merkel and may. there were two that are interesting and that i show a contrast, that one was probably a slightly better one for theresa may, it showed her may be under a bit of pressure, looking like you know, she has two foreign leaders whispering contradictory things to her, but she did look in the thick of it. there was that other picture, he on her own on a desk, looking sad and down cast. did that sort of sum up her isolation? who know, we will have to wait and see. who know, we will have to wait and see. afghan officials say nearly 50 people have been killed in two separate suicide attacks on mosques. in the first, the attacker entered a shia mosque in the capital kabul and opened fire before setting off explosives. more than 20 people were killed and several others injured. elsewhere, another suicide bomber targeted a mosque in ghor province. the massive attack trigger a medical
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emergency in kabul. a routine friday evening prayer, at this mosque, endedin evening prayer, at this mosque, ended in a nightmare. the worshippers included women and children. after slipping through tight security, one man managed to walk right in the middle of the prayer hall. translation: people were playing when the attacker detonated his explosives. many of the wounded tried to flee, fearing further attacks. in a matter of seconds, a number of families we re of seconds, a number of families were torn apart. round the same time there was another attack, this time
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in the central ghor province, a pro government official and several other worships were killed in the attack on a sun any mosque. the islamic state group and taliban have previously targeted shia sites in afghanistan. it has been a terrible week for many afghan, more than 130 people, most of them soldiers were killed in co—ordinated attacks by the taliban. many afghans hoped president trump's new strategy will improve security, but for now, they are desperately hoping for a respite from the spiralling violence. nine million people died in 2015 because of exposure to illness linked to air and water pollution, according to a major new study. heart disease, strokes and lung cancer are linked with toxins in the air and accounted for 6.5 million premature deaths according to a report in the lancet medicaljournal. water pollution killed nearly 2 million people. low and middle income countries are worst hit, with pollution linked to one in four
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deaths in india. china and africa are also hit hard by a problem which has become a global scourge. our correspondts round the world have been telling us more about this. —— our correspondence around the world have been telling here in kenya, about 57,000 people are thought to have died from the effects of pollution in 2015. that's nearly two out of every ten deaths. and here there are many examples why. this is the nairobi river. once upon a time, it was clear. but years of pollution have made it this way. and this is one example — small businesses, like grocers and car washes, dispose of their waste here, which is then washed into the river. this contaminated water flows downstream and through some residential areas. and some places, like the slums, where it passes through it is consumed. and in some instances
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without being treated. here in delhi, it is the morning after the hindu festival of diwali and it's traditionally regarded as the beginning of what they call the pollution season. that is because diwali is celebrated by lighting dozens of little oil lamps and by setting off fireworks, creating a lot of smoke. so for three hours this morning one of the pollution monitors here in the centre of delhi recorded a level of 999 of the smallest and most dangerous pollution particulates. that's more than a0 times the safe limit. pollution has become a significant political issue here in india, so in delhi, for example, there have been restrictions on the sale of fireworks, limits on stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states and restrictions on diesel cars and lorries coming into delhi. which may be one reason why today, by the standards of delhi and the standards of the season, pollution levels are actually fairly low. look at that, just over nine
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times the safe limit. let's compare the air quality in this city, beijing, to, say, london. these very harmful pm 2.5 particulates in the air. in london, a level of, say, 50 triggers an official emergency. if i check my air quality app here, it's 120. we play football here right up to 300. look at that, just over nine times the safe limit. let's compare the air quality in this city, if i check my air quality app here, it's120. we play football here right up to 300. but this lancet report says that actually china is improving on this front every year. and it's attributed this to public awareness, tougher regulations and, crucially, a big shift away from fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. spain's conservative government has
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agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in catalonia in january. the elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region's autonomy, as its leader threatens to declare independence. prime minister mariano rajoy will announce measures to impose direct rule after a cabinet meeting on saturday. the malaysian government has struck a no find, no fee deal with a private search company to locate the wreckage of downed flight mh370. the texas—based company ocean infinity will foot the bill if it fails to find the wreckage. the malaysia airlines flight fell off radar in the southern indian ocean in 2014, with 239 people on board. police in brazil say they've arrested more than 90 people in the biggest operation against paedophiles in the country's history. suspects were arrested in 2a states and the capital, brasilia. the brazilian justice minister said those detained were part of a ring that shared pornographic images of children through computers and mobile phones. still to come, us president trump
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has provoked fury in the uk by linking an increase in reported crime with what he called the spread of islamic terror without offering any evidence. more shortly. the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer, as he sat down obedient enough. dawn and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plane, it lights a biblicalfamine, now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion in argentina
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today, it is cheaper to paper your walls with money. we have had in the past, with great britain, good friends, we have a lwa ys britain, good friends, we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service, an aircraft that has enthralled admirers for so long, taxis home one last time. eu leaders have agreed to begin preparationers for trade talks with the uk but theresa may is told there is not been enough progress to start formal talks. afghan officials say nearly 60 people have been killed
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and in two separate suicide attacks on mosques. time for the sport now. thank you. we are starting with football and there is one game in the english premier league between west ham and brighton, we arejust under half way through the second half and brighton are leading 2—1. glenn murrayed early in temperatures first half and on the stroke of half—time, joe hart was beaten. it will be brighton's first away win of the season. everton have been charged by uefa after their players and fans were involved in a brawl with lyon players, the captain's shove on the goalkeeper sparked a brawl. one of the fans was holding a small child. he has been banned by the club. leon went to win leaving everton with only one point. the
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manager accepts there are question marks over his future.|j manager accepts there are question marks over his future. i am still the man and we fight for everything, to turn it, and of course, the pressure is on, the pressure is on the manager, but 0k, pressure is on, the pressure is on the manager, but ok, i watch television, i am sometimes on social media, i know what is going round, thatis media, i know what is going round, that is normal, because that is football. i don't start back, i go forward. let us hope for three points and after sunday everybody will be more happy than today. another manager experiencing some pressure is the chelsea boss antonio co nte. pressure is the chelsea boss antonio conte. the champion's face watford having lost three league games this season and they are nine points behind leaders manchester city, there have been rumours the italian's intense training regime could be a factor. i have my methods. it is the same like last season when we won the league, but honestly, i think that we are
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working maybe 70% less in this season, maybe for this season. we are having trouble. britain's lewis hamilton count win a fourth f1 title this weekend. second practise is into the latter stages with hamilton the quickest so far. he dominated a wet fist practise in texas, hiss mercedes more than half a second quicker than sebastian vettel‘s ferrari. hamilton can wrap up the championship early if he finishes in the top two in austin and other results go his way. and that is all the sport for now. us president donald trump has provoked fury here in the uk by linking an increase in recorded crime with what he called the "spread of radical islamic terror" — without offering any evidence. he said in a tweet... just out report: united kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of radical islamic terror. not good, we must keep america safe! figures released this week show that
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police in england and wales had registered a 13% increase in crime. but many social media users were quick to point out mr trump's misinterpretation of the statistics, which include offences ranging from burglary to fraud. this was the analysis of our north america editor, jon sopel. it was just before dawn, america was still sleeping when donald trump suddenly, kind of tweets about the british crime rate. well, he called it the uk crime rate, as you say, it was about england and wales. but it was using quotation marks — quote — united kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of radical islamic terror — close quotes. of course the crime survey makes no reference to radical islamic terror, and that is something that the president has inserted himself. i am sure kind of has left cabinet ministers in the uk bewildered as to how our closest ally is using and abusing crime figures for the president's own political ends, and the political ends
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are these, that the president has been frustrated yet again, over his attempt to ban a number of travellers from mainly muslim countries from entering the us. the courts have blocked this move yet again, and all that comes within the last 2a hours, when very, very unusually, two former presidents have taken aim at donald trump. george w bush saying that bigotry seems emboldened, while barack obama warning against the politics of division. and our home affairs correspondent danny shaw was asked if there was any truth in donald trump's tweet. he got the 13% right. the police figures, the crimes recorded by police, went down 13% in the year tojune compared with the previous 12 months. he got the bit about the uk wrong. we are not talking here about the united kingdom figures, these figures were for england and wales. scotland and northern ireland publish their data separately. but putting that to one side, the real question is this link to what he describes
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as islamic terror. well, the number of murder cases and cases of attempted murder that have been related to terrorism have indeed gone up this year. we are well aware of the attacks in london and manchester, and that has accounted for 3h deaths and also a couple of hundred attempted murders. so absolutely, there is an increase there. if you look at the figures for the number of arrests related to terrorism, that has also gone up significantly. but look at all those cases and compare those numerically with the number of extra cases that the police are dealing with of other crimes, something like 580,000 extra crimes logged by police in the past year. and the terror—related crimes represent 0.1%. a 25—day—old spider monkey is being nursed back to health
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in colombia after it fell from the arms of its mother. the offspring suffered injuries to one of the toes on her feet but is expected to make a full recovery. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. stay tuned. some heavy rain to point out to you
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across the globe and also a couple of storm, incheweding storm brian, across the uk, more on that at the end of this forecast and also, in half an hour's time but let us look at typhoon land. currently to the north east of the philippine, you can see the eye in the storm and it is likely to continue to track further north. it is is a pretty slow—moving typhoon and as a result, it may well continue to strengthen and intensify to super typhoon status. a level of uncertainty to the track the storm is likely to ta ke the track the storm is likely to take but it may brush across the south of japan. so that is the story here, let us move away from asia, and move to south asia, where there isa and move to south asia, where there is a little depression that has been developing through the bay of bengal, that has taken heavy rain into myanmar. elsewhere things are quiet. a few scattered showers down
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to the south and affecting sri lanka and the mall dines. —— maldives temperatures into the mid 30s. let us temperatures into the mid 30s. let us look at the rain in detail. detail. moving out into the north east. stretch eight cross bangladesh and into myanmar. the intensity of colours we could see as enough as 200 to 250 millimetres and that may lead to localised flooding. stormy weather conditions in the pacific, bringing gales and heavy snow fall to the northern rocky, fingers cross it will affect northern california which will come as welcome news after the wild fires. some of that rain is heavy as we push across british colombia, down through parts of oregon and perhaps just fringing with northern california, the heaviest of the rain was like least
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through thursday and friday. this is storm brian, a deep area of low pressure bringing severe gales in the south—west coast of the uk. the winds really strengthening during the day on saturday. it brings wet and wind yes wetter to the low country, down into france, the mediterranean looks fine, settled an sunny. as this area of low pressure trails towards the alps it will bring heavy rain for the second half of the weekend here and the potential for localised flooding. it looks as though we don't see stormy weather conditions in the uk, another autumn storm bringing gales or severe gale, more details in half an hour. afg ha n afghan officials so that... the
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second targeted mosque in the province. european leaders have concluded their summit in brussels. the eu says that rumours of a deadlock in brexit negotiations are not true. and donald trump has provoked fury in the uk after linking a link of crime with islamic terror. and 9 million people have died according to our water
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