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this is bbc news. i'm carol walker. the headlines at 11:00pm: theresa may and jean—claude juncker say good progress has been made in brexit negotiations, —— no breakthrough has been made, but more talks are needed later this week. some issues do remain that require further negotiation and consultation. the irish border is the big challenge, with the dup saying they'll resist any plans to align northern ireland with the rest of the eu. we have been very clear, northern ireland must leave the european union on the same terms as the rest of the united kingdom. the us supreme court allows president trump's travel ban against six mainly—muslim countries to come into full effect. and on newsnight: the irish government on what went wrong with today's brexit deal. and are we becoming too blase about the rise of pornography? good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. there was no deal agreed in brussels today to move on to the next phase of the brexit talks, despite all the expectation that agreement was on the cards. the prime minister is believed to have broken off from talks with the president of the european commission, after an intervention by the democratic unionist party of northern ireland, mrs may's parliamentary partners. they were raising concerns about a possible solution to the issue of the border between northern ireland and the republic. further talks will now take place later this week, as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports from brussels. was she here to reveal the deal, or was it slipping away? arriving for lunch,
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the prime minister didn't exactly look delighted, but after weeks of trying to grip a deal, it seemed it was on. she'd only parked up for a brief encounter, but lunch became longer, and then later and later. by tea—time, look at their faces. it was off for today. it's clear crucially we want to move foort together but on a couple of issues some differences do remain by require further negotiation and consultation, and those will continue, but we will reconvene before the end of the week. and i am also confident that we will conclude this positively. didn't feel very positive this afternoon. despite our best efforts and significant progress, we and our teams have made over the past days on this, there remain withdrawal issues, it was not possible to reach
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complete agreement today. despite all the hope, the negotiating teams leave brussels today without a deal. so different to this morning. listen to this. meps saying, we're the team. it seemed sure—ish that the uk government would give enough to make it work, even despite what's been described as a contradiction over the irish border. as long as we have the commitment that there will be full alignment, it's ok, there will be no border. so, as far as you're concerned, sir, the text includes a concession from the british government over the northern irish border? right, yeah, but is that a surprise to you? the british government created for itself a contradiction. nothing today? no prospect today? no, i'm optimistic that it is possible. 50-50. but while the prime minister was in
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a meeting, watch this. as suggestions of a deal became the accepted truth, the dup, whose support theresa may needs, slammed on the brakes. we have been very clear. northern ireland must leave the european union on the same terms as the rest of the united kingdom, and we will not accept any form of regulatory divergence which separates northern ireland. as time ticked on, 20 minutes later, the prime minister broke off her meetings in brussels to phone mrs foster. i understand the dup made it plain they could not support the proposed deal. the precise opposite to the irish leader, who has pushed and pushed, who talked of his shock. i'm surprised and disappointed that the british government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what was agreed earlier today. i accept that the prime minister has asked for more time, and i know that she faces many challenges. and i acknowledge that she is negotiating in good faith. uk government sources are eager to play down the idea that a deal today was ever a dead cert.
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but a document had been put together and accepted by officials on both sides. senior politicians here in brussels and in dublin had gone on the record to suggest it was pretty much done. it was only when it became clear that the prime minister's allies found it unpalatable that suddenly the deal was off. there is no question that it's suddenly all over, but tonight there's no clear way back. those close to her claim it's not just the tories‘ reliance on the dup that sunk the deal for today. yet she leaves having taken so many steps, but not moved very much furtherforward. today's intervention from the democratic unionist party was the latest reminder of the extreme difficulty of resolving the question of the future border between northern ireland and the republic. the dup said it could not accept any solution which meant
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northern ireland would be treated separately to the rest of the uk. in dublin, the taioseach leo varadkar said he was ‘surprised and disappointed' at the british government's approach. our correspondent chris buckler reports. all of this border you will find derelict huts. no one wants return of them or what is sometimes called a hard border. the dup has become concerned about what it sees as the potential price for keeping these roads completely open. it is worried that trading ties with the republic of ireland are being prioritised over those with the rest of the uk, that they could in fact put in place difference and division between here, northern ireland, and great britain. that is extremely sensitive and it is also extremely awkward for theresa may who relies on the dup support in the commons. the journey to a brexit deal is proving far from easy. the uk and the eu still have to find
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a way through the many problems posed by these border roads. the irish government are insisting that there should be no change along the 310 miles that connect northern ireland and the republic, that this should remain an invisible border. south of that dividing line in dundalk, which will stay a part of the european union, people started the day believing there was a prospect of a december deal. and for owners of shops like this, keeping trading rules and regulations the same across this island would be quite a gift. there's no restrictions at all. if you take stuff down, you can take it with you in the morning, you don't have to go through the customs. i remember what it was like, you lost a day going the customs in newry and then to dundalk. after a while, it's like everything else, when it's gone a while, you forget how bad it was, you know. but the dup hold quite a few cards in what is proving to be a grown—up
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game of poker. they worry that the trade—off for ensuring customs posts don't return to this island's roads could be new divisions and trading differences within the uk. potentially even new checks at ports for ships travelling between northern ireland and britain — what has been called a border in the irish sea. and north of the irish border in newry, many felt the conservatives had no choice but to listen to the democratic unionists, because they hold the balance of power at westminster. may needs the dup at the moment. could that scupper this deal? i think it might, because if they pull the plug, it will be a general election. still part of the uk, so that's the way it will work. but these are towns which rely on euros as well as pounds. and they worry that any border could put off visitors and their cash. you see, if they put a hard border, it would more or less destroy towns like newry and enniskillen, the border towns. currently, there appears to be a stark choice of a border on land or sea.
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to avoid that the whole uk could agrow to follow the eu's rules, but the government are desperate to avoid any commitments ahead of discussing trade and despite talk of technology, it's becoming difficult to see a simple solution. chris buckler, bbc news, newry. the former president of yemen, ali abdullah saleh, has been killed just days after abandoning an alliance with a rebel group at the centre of the country's civil war. the current crisis started 2015, when houthi rebels, believed to be backed by iran, took control of parts of the country. a coalition led by saudi arabia then began a campaign of airstrikes to try to oust them. saleh ran the country for more than 30 years and had been seeking talks to bring back the internationally—recognised government. our middle east editor jeremy bowen reports. ali abdullah saleh‘s house has been destroyed by the houthis. they might not be able to break
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the power of saleh‘s extended family and the tribal network that helped him hold power in yemen for 30 years. a houthi tank crew near the house celebrated. a fighter said, "thank god for the great victory and the end of the most corrupt leader in the islamic world." houthi fighters killed saleh as he tried to flee sana, the capital, for his home town. mobile phone video of his corpse had echoes of the downfall of another long serving arab leader, libya's colonel gaddafi six years ago. since saleh‘s death people have been running for cover, as saudi—led air strikes hit houthi targets. sa na'a's ha rd—pressed hospitals took in more patients. the war was already a man—made catastrophe. the un fears that new political uncertainty after saleh could make it worse.
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key components such as fuel and food are in short supply. the fighting followed months of tension between them and rumours that saleh was going to sell out. and then on saturday, he announced it was time for a new page, with the saudi—led coalition, that since 2015 has been bombing yemen to try to destroy the houthis. saleh had been a force in yemen, usually a dominant one, since the 1970s. he was a president for 3h years.
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world leaders courted him as a necessary man in a highly strategic place. saleh called governing yemen "dancing on the heads of snakes." he was very good at doing deals with yemen's tribes. but it looks as if he tried to make one deal too many, switching sides in the war and, to stop it happening, the houthis were prepared to kill him. the houthis are a powerful yemeni faction. they swept into sana'a in 2014 in alliance with saleh and his men. it's about more than who controls these streets for saudi arabia and its allies. they say the houthis take orders from iran, so the conflict here became part of the bigger confrontation across the middle east between the saudis and the iranians. yemen was the poorest arab country before the war pushed it to a new level of misery. saleh‘s killing could create more chaos, making the lives of yemenis, who've become pawns in the quarrels
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of much bigger battles, even more hellish. jeremy bowen, bbc news. the us supreme court has allowed president trump's travel ban against people from six mainly—muslim countries to take full effect even though legal challenges continue in lower courts. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has the latest from washington. this is going to grind on for some time yet as lower courts make their judgements, but the really significant part of this from as far as donald trump is concerned is the first time that one of the travel ban is going to come into force in its entirety. the nine person supreme court, which is roughly speaking five conservative, format liberal, has voted 7—2 in the president's favour and that is a pretty strong indication that when the process as ground on for months 01’ even years the process as ground on for months or even years it will come down in
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the favour of the president —— a lot has been made over donald trump's spat with theresa may but at the weakened his tax reform proposals we re weakened his tax reform proposals were passed in the senate and now the supreme court has taken a big step in allowing the travel ban to go ahead. and for that donald trump will be immensely happy. the veteran bollywood actor and producer, shashi kapoor, has died. he was 79. the actor won several national film awards and was handed a civilian honour by the indian government in 2011. the 79—year—old also acted in a number of british and american films, and his sister—in—law is the uk actress, felicity kendall. he died in hospital in mumbai. that's a summary of the news. newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight. ever get the sense that you are
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being dragged around by somebody that shouldn't do it? tonight, as stomach has theresa may had her tail caught by the dpp? what happened to the brexit deal? is it dawned or just on pause? —— dawn. the brexit deal? is it dawned or just on pause? -- dawn. we have reported substantial problems that we re reported substantial problems that were able to advise president juncker two heads of state. we are not quite there now, but i think we can get there. also tonight: the besieged syrian rebel enclave is struck taiwan of the worst bombardments nearly five years.
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