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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is kasia madera. our top stories: britain and the eu have struck a last minute deal covering issues —— britain has warned that the next phase will be harder than the deal secured so far. clashes between palestinians and israeli security forces during protests against president trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. hello and welcome to the programme: after almost six months of talks, finally a breakthrough in negotiations between the uk and the european union. but the eu president, donald tusk, has warned that negotiating a new trade deal after brexit will be even more difficult than than agreement on the divorce terms. our political editor laura kuenssberg has more. taking their places for the moment,
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after three days of cajoling, compromise, and criticism. it was a good morning for theresa may. a deal to pave the way to brexit round two, the jargon she had longed to hear. sufficient progress has now been made on the strict terms of the divorce. this was a difficult negotiation for the european union, as well as for the united kingdom. after breakdown on monday, blocked by her allies at home, a huge weight off the government's stressed shoulders. i very much welcome the prospect of moving ahead to the next phase, to talk about trade and security, and to discuss the positive and ambitious future relationship. are you going to be celebrating, mr barnier? no. cracking open the champagne? we're still working, no. still more work to do, 0k. no celebrations for either side. there have been many compromises, and more to come.
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the agreement implies it will cost between 55—59 billion to settle our accounts as we leave. there is no finalfigure, and it could be more, but paid over many years. both sides say brits who live elsewhere in the eu, and european citizens who live here, will have their rights protected. and, crucially for tory backbenchers, the role of the european court will be limited. there is a promise there will be no hard border in ireland between north and south, a vow their rules and regulations will be aligned if there is no big trade deal. and a time—limited transition period as we leave. we're not making any comment, thank you. but what about the dup, who had so embarrassed the prime minister on monday? she needs their votes in parliament, and this week they squeezed some concessions. but in the early hours, theresa may made the decision to crack on, even though they weren't quite sure. there are still matters we would have liked to have seen clarified. we ran out of time, essentially. but the prime minister has decided
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to go to brussels in relation to this text, and she says she has done that in the national interest. the leader of the opposition, speaking at the un today, was even less impressed. this could have been done some time ago. the referendum took place in 2016. we're now right at the end of 2017, this is the first time there has been any sign of any movement to go on to phase two. but tory relief washed over social media, the cabinet falling over themselves to praise their boss, and notable by their absence, most tory brexiteers. the ultimate arbiter, put that in your pipe and smoke it. the real criticism, from this man. remember him? amazing, isn't it? the british prime ministerflies through the middle of the night to meet unelected bureaucrats who pat her on the head, they say you have met our demands, made sufficient progress and can move to the next stage. the whole thing is a humiliation.
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as one of the brussels brokers was keen to point out, reaching the next deal to shake on will be harder still. let us remember, the most difficult challenge is still ahead. we all know that breaking up is hard. but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder. but round here, there is no jubilation, more like thank goodness, because these negotiations are intertwined with the prime minister's fate. the talks stumble, so does she. the talks muddle through, and so does she. had there not been this deal at dawn, there would have been serious rumblings about theresa may's future. with progress comes breathing space, but there is compromise, plenty of it. and with that comes winners and losers, and no real guarantees. getting this far and keeping the peace has strained this street already.
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the tory divisions have not disappeared. but agreeing anything has been an achievement. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the us ambassador to the united nations has accused the un of anti—israel bias and of damaging prospects for middle east peace. nikki haley was responding to criticism of president trump's decision to recognisejerusalem as israel's capital. earlier, israeli aircraft struck targets in gaza, injuring ten people, while at least two palestinians have been killed in clashes with israeli troops. meanwhile, a rocket fired from gaza has exploded in the town of sderot in southern israel. it damaged cars but there are no reports of any injuries. our middle east editorjeremy bowen reports from jerusalem. palestinian protesters confronted israeli security forces on the roads leading into all the big towns on the west bank. plenty of people had warned that us recognition ofjerusalem as israel's capital would lead to bloodshed. it has.
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one dead, and many wounded, across gaza and the west bank. that's the land palestinians want for a state, with a capital in east jerusalem. this is our land. palestinian, all palestinian is our land. mr trump, you are wrong. most israelis are delighted president trump has accepted their reality. he said, "we are steadfast here, eternally here since ancient times. "this city was given tojews 3000 years ago. "we are the continuation and the us has recognised that". but the golden dome behind him is part of the third holiest place in the world for muslims. and a few hundred yards away,
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several thousand palestinians were going home after the noon prayer. the reality of this city is that many palestinians live here. life can be hard for them. saleh‘s home has been demolished twice this year by the israeli authorities. they give palestinians very few building permits, while constructing thousands of homes for the jews. i born in this land, and my father and my grandfather. and i will die in this place. i will not leave it, not for israel, not forjews, and not for the united states. palestinian areas of jerusalem were quieter after friday prayers than many expected. whenever a crowd formed, mostly of onlookers rather than protesters, the police broke it up. mr trump's declaration is a big challenge for the palestinian national movement. it will turn into a big defeat for it as well if the palestinians aren't able to organise a coherent
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challenge to what's happened, and to build on all the international criticism there has been. israel feels on the up. it's been given american presidential recognition in this city, without mention of occupation and without, so far, a single concession in return. jeremy bowen, bbc news, jerusalem. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the united nations secretary general, has described the killing of fourteen un peacekeepers in the democratic republic of congo as a war crime. antonio guterres said the rebel attack on thursday in the volatile east of the country was the worst on un peacekeepers in recent history. the peacekeepers were from tanzania, but five congolese soldiers also died.
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the argentine navy says search teams hunting for the wreck of a missing submarine have begun to look in new areas, after failing to locate it where it last made contact nearly a month ago. the sanjuan disappeared with 44 people on board after reporting an electrical problem off the coast of patagonia. the former georgian president, mikheil saakashvili, has again been arrested in ukraine. he was detained earlier this week, but his supporters managed to free him from a police van. prosecutors in kiev accuse him of plotting a coup and receiving illegal russian funding. six ferocious wildfires have forced tens of thousands of california residents from their properties and destroyed more than 500 homes and businesses. almost 6,000 firefighters have been battling the brushfires, with some being drafted in from neighbouring states to help. more detail on all of our stories on oui’ more detail on all of our stories on our website. there is also business and sport. that the website for
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further analysis and further information. let's return to the brexit negotiations. it locks in the progress made so far, but at the same time emphasises that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. and the toughest talks are still to come. this is not the end, but it is the end of the beginning. and we will remain fully engaged and vigilant throughout phase two, the drafting and ratification of the new treaties that will be required between the eu and the uk, and their implementation. so how has the benchmark of sufficient progress been reached? well, on the irish border, the hope is that a future free trade agreement will mean many
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of the concerns about a hard border simply melt away. but as a backstop, if all else fails, the uk has promised to maintain full alignment with eu single market and customs rules that govern trade across the border. exactly how that will be done isn't entirely clear, but you certainly can't have partial membership of the single market and the customs union. 0n citizens' rights, it's been agreed that the cut—off date for an agreement on the rights of eu citizens in the uk, and uk citizens elsewhere in the eu, will be the day brexit actually happens. in other words, some people yet to arrive could still qualify. there will also be a potential role for the european court ofjustice, directly for eight years and indirectly thereafter. the number of legal cases it's likely to cover is very small, but some brexiteers won't be entirely happy. noi’ are some campaigners for citizens' rights, because many details have yet to be resolved. and then there's the financial
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settlement, the divorce bill. a method for calculating it has been agreed. it will be paid in euro. but technical negotiations will continue on various aspects, including when and how the money gets paid. how much is the final amount likely to be? we'll probably never know for sure, but uk sources say the equivalent of up to £40 billion. while some eu sources still think it will be higher. so, what's next? the priority will be to agree upon the terms of a transition period for about two years after brexit. the eu says that means the uk staying in the single market and the customs union. but government says that's not how it understands it at all. it is very clear that more challenging negotiations lie ahead. chris morris, bbc news. more now on the killing of at least 14 un peacekeepers in the democratic republic of congo. the un—secretary general,
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antonio guterres, says it's the worst attack on blue helmets in recent history, and could amount to war crimes. i put this to our africa editor, fergal keane. it is and there is a great sense of shock, not least in tanzania, where most of the troops came from. tanzania has over a thousand troops in the democratic republic of congo. you have to see all of this notjust in the context of what happened last night, which is an attack by the so—called alliance of democratic forces, an islamist group, it comes at a time of deteriorating stability across the congo. you have major escalation of violence in tanganyika, kasai, you have had riots in the capital, kinshasa. all of this because the president is clinging to power. pastis past is two you constitutional term. people sense, military groups, warlords, they sense that there will be a grab for power in the next year. so this violence is part of that.
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it is also into issues of poverty, corruption at a local level. you have to look at the issue of a very unpopular government, corrupt, brutal in the way it treats its own people, facing challenges now across the board. so how do they overcome this, is there a way to do that? it is a good question. when you have a un peacekeeping force that is around 19,000 plus people. to cover a country that is two thirds of the size of western europe. that peacekeeping force is being cut back. they're talking about bringing it down by 3000 people. that is due to american pressure, the trump administration does not want to keep funding, to keep the large share of finding that america is putting into un peacekeeping force. that is a major impact. i havejust come back from kasai
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where you havei million people displaced in violence caused by militias and the vicious response to the militia uprising. the only people who stand between the ordinary citizens and the actions of militia groups, warlords, and the security forces are un peacekeepers and they are being cut back and threatened with the kind of violence we saw last night. so it is an impossible situation. i am loath to use the word impossible. human beings in these situations can be very creative when they want to be. the question is, does this violence make the security council sit up and think and rethink the cut back in the number of troops in the congo or does it say there is no point, we will not get any further, we will not enforce the troops we have on the ground? if it is the latter, and given the kind of tensions you are seeing now in the congo and numerous provinces and the capital kinshasa, with the president clinging to power, then the outlook will be pretty bleak. 0ur africa editor, fergal keane. this is bbc news.
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the headlines: theresa may has been warned that the next phase of the brexit talks on trade will be harder than the provisional deal she has secured on the terms of the uk's departure. there have been clashes between palestinians and israeli security forces, during protests against president trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. averil hart was 19 when she died, just weeks after leaving home for university. she had a history of anorexia, and today the health service ombudsman concluded that she had been failed by every nhs organisation that should have cared for her. her death, he said, could and should have been prevented. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports. her family remember her as fun and outgoing, and averil hart, who was 19, had recovered enough from her eating disorder to go to university.
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but, when her condition got worse, she was failed by the nhs. her death was avoidable, according to an official report. this picture was released by her family. next week, it will be five years since averil‘s death, herfamily has been campaigning since then for answers about her care and treatment. i still can't believe that i've lost my daughter, throughjust a catalogue of disasters, really, in the nhs. averil collapsed after her anorexia deteriorated. but, at hospital in norwich, her condition wasn't recognised as urgent. she wasn't seen by experienced doctors. she was transferred to addenbrooke's, in cambridge. but, even with extremely low blood sugar levels, she wasn't treated properly. she suffered brain damage and had a heart attack. the ombudsman‘s report said... the department of health said
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it was investing in eating disorder services, but some argue more needs to be done. eating disorder services have been really cinderella specialty. and that may be in part because i think that eating disorders have been trivialised for a long time, despite being really very serious illnesses. four different nhs trusts involved in averil‘s care have now apologised to herfamily. when this is all finished, i want to go away and grieve for averil, and connect with her again, and maybe have some therapy. but there's been such a task to get the truth, and to try to prevent other deaths, that at the moment everything is on hold. # to make you feel my love... hugh pym, bbc news. if you have ever wanted to own a rodin or a classical greek statue, but have only pennies to spare, now is your chance.
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a group of the world's leading museums havejust signed up to a new agreement to scan and share their works of art, which means that if you like a work in a museum, you will be able to print off your own 3d version at home. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito has been looking at how it is done. ah, you must bejohn. yes, david — nice to meet you. i have got to ask you first, you've brought the cameras? yes, i have. is this legal? it is, don't worry! his name isjonathan beck, and he is from a group called scan the world. so today we're at the v&a, and sneaking in to scan this bust. it felt a bit like theft. he took a few photos from different angles, uploaded them, and within seconds a 3d printer across town had set to work making a copy of the sculpture.
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these printers now can cost as little as £99. so the v&a, along with the louvre, the hermitage and the smithsonian have today published a new convention, setting out plans to allow anyone to copy and share their artworks. they are even doing their own scans now. so this scanning and sharing — i mean, what's in it for you? what's really interesting is the more content we put online, on the web, the more people come through our doors here at the v&a. they want the original, do they? i think there's something about the human condition, that they always ultimately, despite seeing it on the screen, want to come and see the artefact for themselves. i've got a special gift for you. meanwhile, in the sculpture gallery, jonathan was back. how long did this take? that took about six hours to print. cost? about 30p.
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30p. there is the future. snow and wintry weather have caused disruption across the uk. the met 0ffice disruption across the uk. the met office says snow showers have been affecting parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england, and it is warning of more snow and ice to come this weekend. 0ur correspondent reports. shropshire saw snow from early on, the roads treacherous before morning rush—hour. sledges were an option for some, but few commuters went anywhere quickly. it was the same story on the isle of man. the whole island succumbed to the snow. flights were delayed, medical appointments cancelled, and all of its schools were closed. in wales, there have been problems on the roads. this view of the a5 near wrexham
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was filmed by the passenger in one car. this bus in denbighshire struggled to get up the hill, and eventually gave up, even if its name had seemed apt for the freezing weather conditions. with lessons cancelled, many children in wales are having a long weekend. this school in flintshire took an early decision to close this morning. 0thers sent pupils home during the course of the day. in total, nearly 200 schools across wales shut because of the snow. in scotland, schools were closed in 0rkney, shetland, aberdeenshire, and the highlands. hundreds of homes were without power. in northern ireland, this school stayed open, but there was travel disruption elsewhere. and there is more to come across the uk, with heavy skies promising further snow this weekend. judith moritz, bbc news, flintshire. the crown is thought to be one of the most expensive dramas ever made, at a cost of about £50 million a series. the latest series of the netflix drama about the queen's life has gone online today. it comes at a time when netflix and other streaming services
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like amazon and apple are ploughing billions of pounds into programme—making. and, as our media editor amol rajan reports, it is dramatically reshaping the way we watch television. 70 years ago, the wedding of queen elizabeth and prince philip was broadcast on a single channel in black—and—white. the world has changed. today, their marriage and times has been dramatised in a multimillion—pound, high—tech production, consumed on a range of devices. yet this very british story was made by netflix, not the bbc. the company now boasts over 100 million subscribers, and was irresistible to the british executive behind the crown. well, you know, you can get to see tech companies very, very easily, and they make decisions very speedily, and they seem to have lots of money. so all of these are very attractive qualities when you're trying to sell
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a tv show. netflix have said they will spend up to £6 billion on programmes next year. that is around double the bbc‘s entire budget. meanwhile, according to analysts atjp morgan, amazon will spend £3.5 billion on video content next year, with mega—productions such as their version of top gear top of the list. and now apple, the world's richest company, is now also moving into original programming. it will probably spend at least £750 million next year on content. small fry for a company whose value is approaching $1 trillion. companies like netflix and amazon are part of a worldwide transition from scheduled tv to online and on—demand broadcasting. these tech firms have discovered that consumers will pay for content online, provided it is of sufficiently high quality. and that is why they are now shamelessly pursuing notjust young and digitally savvy audiences, but also older viewers, whose loyalty traditionally lies elsewhere. and yet that loyalty to traditional broadcasters endures. for the likes of channel 4 and the bbc, superstar shows like great british bake 0ff and blue planet are still watched
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by up to 10 million people, and generate national conversation. the streaming services of netflix and amazon are certainly making a very powerful mark, and that's great for consumers. my worry is that we can see over the next decade the amount of money going into content made in britain, for british audiences, dramas that reflect british lives, comedies that reflect the uk, documentaries, and so on, is going to go down. and i think that we would be the poorer for that. as the next chair of bafta argues, older broadcasters will have to form alliances with new ones if they are to thrive. the danger will come if the streaming services no longer need that money from the bbc or itv or channel 4, because they want to fully fund something, and take world rights. the internet has simultaneously undermined the business model of broadcasters reliant on advertising, while giving paying customers unprecedented quality and choice. luckily for viewers, this is a revolution that will be televised.
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amol rajan, bbc news. however you are watching us, let us know via social media. i'm @bbckasiamadera. here is darren bett with the weather. hello there, good morning. friday was a cold day for all of us but large parts of the uk stayed dry and sunny. we've got some heavy snow showers in northern ireland and into scotland, a covering of snow across parts of wales, and the west midlands, north—west midlands in the western parts of birmingham badly affected by the early snowfall as well. now, there is still some snow falling through the night and into the morning, but it is not as widespread, it is not as heavy. but with the frost more widespread, icy conditions could be more of a problem into saturday morning. we start with some wintry showers, possibly moving away from wales, but heading more into the north—west of
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england. a few wintry showers perhaps for northern ireland. more likely to get some snow across northern scotland. many places will have a dry day. it will be a sunny day. we will see cloud increasing in the south—west. signs of some rain. here we have got the highest temperatures. a cold day across the uk. wind is not as strong so may not feel quite as cold but we have drawn down call air across our shores, and coming into the cold air, we saw it briefly in the far south—west, there is some wet weather from these weather systems. and that rings problems as we had overnight into sunday. so very cold very quickly on saturday evening. wet weather coming in from the south—west quickly turns to snow perhaps for northern ireland, more especially for wales, the midlands, perhaps into east anglia, and moving northwards into northern england. and it is across these central areas that we have amber snow warning from the met 0ffice, ten centimetres widely, perhaps more higher grounds. the
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worst of it comes later in the night and early on sunday morning. although snow may continue into the afternoon, it becomes much lighter, probably turning dry across northern ireland. dry and cold across most of scotland. certainly cold underneath that snow mixed there but across the southern parts of england and wales does become milder. sunshine and heavy showers and some strong winds as well. so some snow again on sunday. it tends to peter out later on in the day but there is a storm coming in from the atlantic. that will bring some stormy winds into parts of spain and france and that the area of low pressure having an impact on our shores. it is the south—eastern half of the uk that is more likely to get rain, heavy rain, some really strong winds. there is the risk of snow with that undercut of cold air still around. lots to play for on monday. that system moves away and things calmed down a bit on tuesday. most places will be dry and bright, and cold. it is half past one in the morning. you are watching bbc news. the
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latest headlines: britain is warned that the next stage of negotiations about britain's future relationship with the eu will be harder after the two sides reached a deal on the terms of the uk's departure. it provides for britain to pay a financial settlement, as well as agreeing to keep the irish border open and protect eu citizens' rights. palestinians have held protests in 30 towns and cities in the gaza strip and the occupied west bank, to protest against the us decision to recognisejerusalem as israel's capital. 0ne palestinian is reported to have been shot dead. president trump has declared a state of emergency in the state of california where wildfires have destroyed hundreds of buildings.
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