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the prime minister tells mps of important progress in brexit talks, despite labour taunts that it was "no clearer" what the uk has agreed to so far. theresa may insisted the uk had ambitious and positive proposals and that a deal on citizens‘ rights was close. i believe that by approaching these negotiations in a constructive way in a spirit of co—operation, we will deliver the best possible outcome that works for all our people. it comes amid claims that mrs may pleaded with the european commission president for help last week, and was nervous and discouraged. jean—claude juncker today denied being the source of the story. we'll bring you the latest from westminster. a new charge for owners of older, polluting cars to drive into london. they'll have to pay almost twice as much from today. with hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslim refugees in bangladesh, the un asks governments to pledge more cash. the widow of a fallen american soldier says president trump struggled in a condolence call
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to remember her husband's name. and the return of blue planet, we speak to sir david attenborough. what we're discovering is the world is more intricate, wonderful, astonishing than we ever dreamed of. as the tea charge comes under false, we tell you all you need to know. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. theresa may has told mps that brexit talks with eu leaders last week made important progress and that she had a "degree
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of confidence" that negotiations on trade could begin in december. but a leaked account of her meeting last week with jean—claude juncker, the head of the european commission, has suggested that she begged for help, because she was politically weak, and had no room for manoeuvre at home. mrjuncker has said the story which appeared in a german newspaper was inaccurate. from westminster, here's our deputy political editor, john pienaar. remember this? smiles and kisses in brussels last week. theresa may, europe's top official, eu leaders, all keen to navigate brexit. how? to help mrs may get a deal to sell at home, notjust the story of a leader leaving europe's top table empty—handed. getting a deal done is an uphill climb but today the man who runs things in brussels did his bit to help, even defended theresa may's dignity and stamped on a
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german news reports that she pleaded with european leaders to help with brexit and see of her enemies at home. she was in good shape, she wasn't tired, she was fighting, as is her duties are everything for me was ok. so she didn't plead with you for help? no, that isn't the style of the prime minister. no, not pleading, apparently, holding out for talks on trade and the future without writing a big check out front. statement, the prime minister. she told mps the breakthrough could come soon if there is goodwill on both sides. breakthrough could come soon if there is goodwill on both sidesm we are going to take a step forward together it must be on the basis of joint effort and endeavour between the uk and the eu but i believe that by approaching these negotiations in a constructive way, in a spirit of friendship and corporation, we can and will deliver the best possible outcome that works for all our people. the biggest battle the prime minister faces isn't so much with the 27 european states, the
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chancellor said deftly described as the enemy... it is her battle to bring together the warring factions of her own cabinet and party. and conservative differences were plain to see. will the prime minister agreed to listen to retrieve businesses, and would she even goes so businesses, and would she even goes so far today as finally to rule out no deal? will she stick to her guns, follow through and have confidence that unfortunately the only people undermining her from this side are people that are threatening to go into the lobbies with the labour party? today the foreign secretary insisted he was towing the line set by mrs may recently in florence, not setting down a harder line of his own. have you been helping brexit or helping to weaken theresa may? the entire cabinet is united around every sylla ble entire cabinet is united around every syllable of the florence speech. it is an excellent text, an
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excellent basis on which to proceed and we hope our european friends and partners agree. next time theresa may reports back here on a european summit, she clearly hopes and believes she will have a positive tale to tell. if she wants to ease the pressure, she will need one. missing last's deadline and kick—starting talks on relations with europe after brexit might be excusable. missing another would seem excusable. missing another would seem a excusable. missing another would seem a crisis. those around theresa may believe european leaders want a deal and they will understand her own political difficulties in parliament and with her party sufficiently to take the talks to the next age and talk about bread and butter issues, like trade. even then there would be huge obstacles to ove rco m e then there would be huge obstacles to overcome but the government is taking one small step at a time and the long, hard road towards exiting the long, hard road towards exiting the european union. thank you. from today, drivers of older, more polluting vehicles will have to pay an extra £10 to drive in central london. the charge applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006.
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london's mayor sadiq khan said the charge was needed to improve air quality but opponents argue the scheme will disproportionately penalise the poorest drivers. our transport correspondent richard westcott is in central london now. london has some of the most polluted streets in europe, swimming in nitrogen dioxide and tiny particles invisible unless you use a special camera. it's a hidden killer. pollution‘s linked to lung and heart disease with children the most vulnerable. what i'm in favour of is encouraging people to change their behaviour so they stop driving the most polluting vehicles and start moving to either public transport, walking or cycling, or cleaner cars or vans. from today, anybody crossing this line in an older vehicle will have to pay an extra £10 for the privilege, and it looks like it's already affecting people's behaviour. when they first talked about this scheme back in february, they said around 10,000 vehicles per day would have to pay. a few months later, they're nowjust
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talking about 6,500 vehicles, which suggests that people are changing their cars and vans. it will affect many vehicles registered before 2006. if you include the congestion charge, midweek drivers could actually pay more than £21 a day. critics say it'll put small businesses under pressure. like barry neil, who mends computers then couriers them around the city. more than 50% of our business is in via small career companies. t charge means they're going to put their prices up or, effectively, go out of business, which means that, therefore, we're going to have to use bigger companies, which raises our bottom line, which means we're going to pass that on to our clients. so we're going to be more expensive. 0thers worry the new charge penalises drivers with less money. it's going to be very difficult for people with older vehicles that now have to get rid of them, buy a new one or stump up and pay for it.
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it's going to put a lot of poor people, 0k, people that can't afford it in the first place... what are they going to do? it's pretty difficult. it's notjust a london problem. many british towns and cities have broken eu pollution limits, prompting calls for more action. the government need to step up to and help people to switch to cleaner forms of transport, such as the scrappage scheme, such as changes to the tax system so it's cheaper to buy a cleaner vehicle. many city leaders are looking at cutting pollution with plans announced next year. in glasgow, there's talk of a similar low emission zone, but it's not clear if drivers there would pay. meanwhile, the london zone will be extended in a few years, with even tougher rules on who has to pay to come in. a scottish man accused of public indecency in dubai has had charges against him dropped after the ruler of the emirates city intervened in his case. jamie harron were
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sentenced for three months injail for touching and j mansur sentenced for three months injail for touching andj mansur pingel, for touching andj mansur pingel, for drinking alcohol and making a rude gesture. jamie haran is now free to return to the uk. police in warwickshire are continuing to question a man following an incident at a bowling alley in nuneaton yesterday in which two people were allegedly held hostage. armed officers stormed the building in bermuda park after the four hour siege. no—one was injured and police say the episode was not terror related. the financial conduct authority has said it may take "further action" over the way royal bank of scotland treated some small business customers. the watchdog published an interim report into the unit set up by the bank to help struggling companies, and said it is still investigating. it pointed to some failings at rbs, but said it hadn't engaged in "systematic inappropriate treatment of customers." 0ur economics correspondent andrew verity has the details. it has many four years ago that rbs
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natwest was first accused of systematically mistreating thousands of business customers. it's told customers its global restructuring group was a turnaround division there to help them get through hard times but critics said it wasn't interested in turning businesses around. the interest came second to the bank's interest of pulling in loa ns the bank's interest of pulling in loans and getting profits. the bank furiously denied it. the report finds the bank was engaged in inappropriate treatment of its business customers including failure to handle conflicts of interest, failure to ensure fair treatment of customers, failure to support small businesses in a manner consistent with good practice. while some failures were systematic, it found rbs didn't set out to force businesses into its restructuring group and businesses transferred to the restructuring group already had signs of financial robins. every one of these cases the fca has reviewed said they were in difficulty and
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they were appropriately put into gag. the right cases went in. it is a very disturbing time for customers, i know that, and we should have been better at dealing with those customers. the financial conduct authority, who commissioned the report under pressure from government, has been pressed by mps to publish it in full, notjust a summary to publish it in full, notjust a summary but it has refused to. to publish it in full, notjust a summary but it has refused tom has taken them a long time and they still won't give us the full report, which i think we ought to, as parliament, be able to see because, of course, some damning conclusions, nine separate areas where they have found major problems, and it is people's livelihoods, their businesses, the people they employ, who have suffered from this. after all all, what we are talking about here is gross injustice possibly to a large numberof here is gross injustice possibly to a large number of businesses, often small businesses up and down the country. better late than never but they deserved better. what is
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interesting about this summary of the report into mistreatment of business customers by rbs and natwest, which it owns, is not so much what is in the summary but what is left out. we have seen a copy of the full report which says management knew or should have known this was an intentional and coordinated strategy and that the mistreatment of business customers was a result of that. the report found in dealing with small business customers going through a stressful situation, grg employees were dismissive and sometimes unduly aggressive. many customers are still waiting for justice. the united nations says governments must pledge more money to help hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims who've fled violence in myanmar, and sought sanctuary in neighbouring bangladesh. there were around 300,000 refugees inside camps along the border before august. since then, 600,000 more have arrived. the number of refugees could soon reachi million putting aid agencies and the bangladeshi authorities
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under immense strain. myanmar has been accused of "ethnic cleansing," leading to fears the refugees could spend decades in limbo. from kutupalong camp in bangladesh, clive myrie reports. for rohingya muslims who have escaped myanmar, neighbouring bangladesh is a land of second chances. these refugees part of a huge influx we saw cross the border are queueing for their first food supplies. with their pink ration cards, they are now dependent on the kindness of strangers. it can be a long, tiring wait in the clammy, humid air. best to do what you can to make things a little bearable. these rohingyas are the latest in a long line of victims of a sectarian and religious conflict that stretches back many decades. this is a crisis that's been going on a long, long time. you guys must be feeding people who have probably sort
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of been through this, crossed the border, many years ago. that's true. we've been feeding for 25 years. you can see it in the camps. at the bottom of the camp, there's refugees from 25 years ago. you move upwards, ten years ago. one year ago, and now you can see who's arrived yesterday. these guys have arrived this week? it's incredible. for the refugees, this might be the land of second chances but it seemed one rohingya muslim's luck had run out. a few days ago we found abu in the arms of his big sister by the side of the road. limp and lifeless, acutely malnourished, we alerted unicef. after several days in the clinic, abu's back from the brink. you 0k? he was terribly sick, with fever and diarrhoea. it was a close call. so, the doctors say he was malnourished, still is malnourished but he is taking in food,
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which means that, hopefully, in a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, he should be eating normally. and, fingers crossed, gaining weight. but will abu and his big sister ever see the land of their birth again? just how long is this period of exile for the hundreds of thousands here? the future of the refugees is being discussed at the highest levels between the bangladesh and myanmar governments. could the rohingyas one day return home and these camps close? well, no one's holding their breath. at the un general assembly, bangladeshi's prime minister made it clear where she thinks the blame for the crisis lies. this forcibly displaced people of myanmar are fleeing and ethnic cleansing in their own country where they have been living for centuries. it's a charge myanmar strongly denies blaming rohingya insurgents
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for attacks on civilians. the funeral procession of rashida mohammed makes its way through the rohingya refugee camp. he was 75 and never saw muslim and buddhist reconciled in his homeland. the younger generation may one day see this happen but, for now, the many rohingya will live and die on foreign soil. of our top story this evening. the prime minister tells mps of important progress in brexit talks. labour said it was "no clearer" what the uk has agreed. and still to come. allegations that stolen goods are being openly traded on a uk website. organisers of the venice marathon
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apologise after leading pack are taken off course, costing them a chance of victory. it's now 16 years since the ground—breaking blue planet programme appeared on our screens. for the first time millions of viewers, here and around the world, could see the wonders of the deep ocean. now blue planet is back for a second series presented of course by sir david attenborough. for the last four years, the bbc‘s natural history film crews have been scouring the seas in search of a new cast of aquatic animals. 0ur science editor, david shukman, has been speaking to sir david about his new series. hidden beneath the waves, bright beneath my feet, there are creatures beyond our imagination. the legend
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has returned to the ocean, i6 beyond our imagination. the legend has returned to the ocean, 16 years after the first series, david attenborough is guiding us through some spectacular wonders of the deep. what we are discovering almost a lwa ys deep. what we are discovering almost always is the world is more intricate, wonderful and astonishing than we ever dreams. it reveals a world stranger than anyone realised. an underwater link of methane. giant fish rise from the sea to attack birds. but the programmes also contain warnings about the oceans. they are becoming more polluted, more acidic, and warmer. the mother still need to find the place where her young can rest. rising
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temperatures mean the ice that provides a home is melting. any sceptics ten or 20 years ago about global warming and climate change, and there were lots, must be diminishing almost to vanishing point when you see the evidence. and he says the effects are felt throughout the oceans. what's the most striking impact? areas of bleached coral in the last programme, there are bits of coral reefs that are crumbling deserts. if you've ever seen a reefs that are crumbling deserts. if you've ever seen a coral reef, and you've ever seen a coral reef, and you think what that once was, that is enough to make you weep. what is it that means you are engaged at
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such an active pace at your age? it that means you are engaged at such an active pace at your age7m is wonderful, what more do you want from life than this panoply of beauty and intricacy and wonder? these areas that we don't know about. it is never—ending, a never—ending delight. the world of the underwater is just amazing. the widow of a american soldier killed during a military operation in niger has accused president trump of failing to remember his name, when he phoned to offer condolences. mr trump has insisted he spoke sergeant la david johnson's name correctly without hesitation. but myeshia johnson told abc news the president's "stumbling" had "hurt her the most". it's the president, he said he knew what he signed up for what it hurts
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anyway. it made me cry because i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said that. he could not remember my husband's name. 0ur north america editorjon sopel is in washington. this rumbles on without any sign of the president backing down. it seems that he has no intention of letting it go and he cannot even allow a widow to have the final word on this. that has shocked so many people. myeshia johnson revealed that the authorities would not let her see her husband's body before he was buried. within one hour of giving that interview, he said, i had a very respectful conversation and spoke his name from beginning without hesitation, in other words,
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contradicting her. it has brought condemnation from across the political divide, it has distracted at the white house from the issue it wa nts to at the white house from the issue it wants to be talking about, tax reform. this president does and i foran reform. this president does and i for an eye on the truth for a tooth and is not interested in turning other cheek. football and everton have sacked their manager ronald koeman after yesterday's 5—2 home defeat by arsenal. koeman is the third manager to be sacked in as many months. everton a re currently third from the bottom of the premier league and have won just two of their 9 league games season. cocaine, counterfeit goods and stolen passports are being openly traded on a uk website, an undercover investigation by the bbc has revealed. the inside out west midlands programme found widespread evidence of illegal activity on the classified ads site, craigslist. jonathan gibson has this report. ina cumbrian
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in a cumbrian car park i have arranged buy some dodgy tobacco. he is advertising it on craigslist. i can also find class a drugs. in derby i've arranged to buy cocaine. anybody can advertise here and they do. adverts for drugs sit next to adverts for second hand or stolen passports. what else is on this website? we filmed a woman offering to launder money. i met a man looking for postmen to intercept bank cards. and this guy keeps failing his driving test so he's placed an ad to get someone to do it for him. the amount of organised crime sitting behind everything is frightening and it is critical that
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the police force forced the likes of craigslist to do something about it. craigslist refused to do an interview and would not give us a statement. but what do they say themselves? why are you doing it? make money for my family. not everybody hangs around to speak. the thing is, we are trying to find out why you're peddling cocaine. why is that? well, he was not hanging about, was he? neither was the man selling stolen passports.|j about, was he? neither was the man selling stolen passports. i want to know why you're selling stolen passports. why are you doing it? the home office is investigating how websites like this are being used to
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facilitate crime. viewers in the west midlands can see more on that story on inside out on bbc one at 7.30 — and you can find all the inside out programmes across england on the bbc iplayer. now, this is the stuff of nightmares. a british diver says he swam four and a half miles to safety off the western coast of australia while being "followed" by a shark. john craig is from sunderland and lives in australia — here he is on the trip and back on shore. he says he'd been spear—fishing underwater — when he surfaced he couldn't see his boat, but instead saw the looming and terrifying shape of a shark. it all happened, appropriately enough, in shark bay, north of perth. mr craig says it was a tiger shark about four metres in length. he told the bbc he swam for around three hours before making it to land — and that the shark followed him very closely for 15 minutes.
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the shark did not swim away, it kept pace behind me, every time i looked back i could see it right next to my friends. it would disappear into the gloom, it would go down and come up the sides. i was panicking. i've been a diving instructorfor ten yea rs been a diving instructorfor ten years and i knew straightaway that my heart rate was up, i was panicking. so i had to calm down. time for a look at the weather... here's ben rich. no sharks in the water behind me but a lot of cloud overhead. many places had a decidedly grey day with some outbreaks of rain. at least the weather is fairly quiet. later wins than we have been used to. it will turn warmer. south—westerly wind
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wafting across the british isles but we will see increasing outbreaks of cloud and rain. some murky conditions and look at those overnight lows. very mild start across the south—west. misty and mackie. we also have a little bit of rain. some heavy bursts of rain at times. double digit temperatures even by eight o'clock in the morning. some rain for northern ireland. windy start to the day. as we go through the day we will push the rain quite erratically eastwards. most places will perk up. the best of the brightness is the far north of england. more cloud further south. the rain is likely to continue because we have is whether front hanging back. the frontal system will wriggle around as we get
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into this part of the week. on wednesday, the front slides further south. it is the dividing line between some warm air pushing up from the south and some cold a rare the north. we could see temperatures of 18, the north. we could see temperatures of18, 19 degrees. the north. we could see temperatures of 18, 19 degrees. as we get to the end of the week it looks like the colder weather will sink south. the rise in temperatures will be fleeting. it will feel colder by the weekend. that is all from the bbc news at six. and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines at 6:35pm: theresa may insists that progress has been made in brexit talks, she was updating mps after last week's summit in brussels. meanwhile the european commission
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president denies saying that mrs may had been despondent and begging for help last week. the widow of an american soldier, who died in action, says president trump struggled to remember her husband's name, when he called to offer sympathy. drivers of some older and more polluting vehicles will now pay almost double to drive in central london , in new measures to tackle pollution. the world's coral reefs are being turned into "bleached deserts" , a warning today from sir david attenborough. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday. but first, a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news: if in beyond 100 days at if 7 o'clock tonight, we'll hear from a white house correspondent on the row over how president trump dealt with the widow of an american soldier, who died in action. there'll be an interview with a us army special ops veteran, and the programme will hearfrom ian duncan smith with his take on the state of the brexit negotiations. as bangladesh tells a united nations conference that the number of rohingya refugees, who've fled violence in myanmar now totals nearly a million,
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