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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: the motion is not agreed to. us senators blame each otherfor the budget row, which has shut down the government, on the first anniversary of donald trump's inauguration. senior democrats say the president is impossible to negotiate with. america knows this is the trump shut down. only the president can end it. gunmen in afghanistan attack a major hotel in the capital, kabul — police there have been fighting to regain control of the building. turkey launches an assault on kurdish fighters in northern syria — opening up a new front in the conflict. north korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the winter olympics in south korea in february and fans at stadiums across the country remember cyrille regis — the former england player described as a "trailblazer" for black footballers.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. the us national government has officially shut down after senators failed to agree a stop—gap budget. it follows a bitter row between president trump's republicans and the opposition democrats over immigration and border security. senators are tonight trying to broker a deal to get the us government working again. it comes as thousands of women joined protest marches across the country on the first anniversary of president trump's inauguration. david willis reports from washington. marking the first anniversary of president trump's inauguration, protesters took to the streets here in washington and across
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the country, as the government of the largest economy in the world went into shutdown. the yays are 50, and the nays are 49. last night, a stopgap funding measure came up ten votes short. that after the democrat leader in the senate, chuck schumer, met with president trump at the white house. progress was made, he said, before the dealmaker—in—chief changed his mind. negotiating with this white house is like negotiating withjell—o. it's next to impossible. as soon as you take one step forward, the hard—right forces the president three steps back. the white house branded the democrats "obstructionist losers" what we've just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision decision by senate democrats to shove aside millions of americans for the sake of irresponsible political games. the government shutdown
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was 100% avoidable. as the vote collapsed, outside on the streets of the capital were the people whose fate democrats wanted to tie to this funding agreement — young people brought into the united states illegally, whom president trump is threatening to deport. republicans want their fate linked to funding for a wall along the mexican border, a pet project of president trump. members of congress are working over the weekend to try to find a solution to the crisis. hundreds of thousands of nonessential government workers will be placed on temporary unpaid leave. and not even members of the military will be paid until a breakthrough is reached. president trump took issue with that today, tweeting that democrats are holding the military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration, can't let that happen. the last government shutdown here, in 2013, caused the closure of national parks and led to around
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800,000 government workers being placed on leave. nobody here wants to see history repeat itself. a year ago, the president was celebrating sweeping to power on the platform as the ultimate deal—maker. he starts his second year with the government in shutdown and his approval ratings at an all—time low. david willis, bbc news, washington. pennsylvania was one of the key states in delivering president trump his victory. he inspired hope among many working class voters in places like bethlehem, a former steel town that hadn't voted for a republican for president since the 1980s. the bbc‘s nick bryant went there to see how people rate his performance one year on. it was rust—belt towns that helped put donald trump in the white house. one—time steel powerhouses such as bethlehem, pennsylvania, which hadn't gone republican since the 1980s. democratic strongholds that became trump country.
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so, all this is new? all this is new, all this is new. keith hornet runs his own construction firm, and has built 300 new apartments since donald trump became president. he knows there's been a rise in business and consumer confidence. it's seen him double his workforce. as long as i see builders happy, shovels going in the ground and there is work ahead of me, i'm happy. you're seeing a trump bump? absolutely. 100%. no doubt in my mind. this is a direct result. he might turn out to be one of the greatest presidents we ever had. joe d'ambrosio runs a barbers shop, but keeps a close eye on the stock market, which has reached record highs and has risen about 30% since this time last year. a registered democrat, he is proud to have voted for the billionaire. he's getting all of the politicians shook up. no business as usual. and i like what he's doing. what about his behaviour?
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well, you know... what are you going to do? i mean, you don't like his tweeting, nobody likes his tweeting. but in my mind, for my customers and everybody else, it's what everybody‘s thinking but won't say. but there are people in bethlehem who regard donald trump not as a messiah, but a pariah. pensionerjulie rae is worried about the new president's temperament. it's a common complaint from republicans as well as democrats. i don't think he has a real grasp on any kind of reality, in a way. you know, in a theatrical reality, yes, he's great. but as far as leading our country, i think he has no clue what he's doing. and i don't think he realises the seriousness of it. people in these communities aren't consumed by the fire and fury gossip coming from the white house. they are not following every twist and every tweet. manyjudge this presidency with an economic yardstick,
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and, financially, many feel better off than they did this time last year. for all the chaos and controversy in washington, there's a sense of resurgence in the rust belt. nick bryant, bbc news, pennsylvania. earlier our washington correspondent david willis reflected on the shutdown which has paralysed the us government exactly a year after trump's election. the president was due to be guest of honour at a fundraising dinner to mark the one—year anniversary of his inauguration at his posh florida resort. instead he is here in washington, feuding with opposition democrats and, if anything, his sta nce democrats and, if anything, his stance seems to have hardened over the last 2a hours. the white house
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has point—blank that there will be no negotiation on immigration, the so—called dreamers issue until democrats help to solve this shutdown. the democrats can't debate with this man, he keeps changing his mind. meanwhile, the iconic statue of liberty has been closed and training for military recruits is being put on hold. many are wondering whatever happened to the president who gave the world the art of the deal. dr larry sabato is director at the centre for politics at the university of virginia. speaking to me earlier this evening, he described the current situation in the us government as ‘very serious‘. i don't think our government has ever been quite this dysfunctional, at least in modern times, although this is the fourth shutdown since the mid—i9 90s. the reason this is remarkable is because the republicans control everything. they
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have the white house, the senate and the house of representatives. what was not noted in the piece is that some republican senators also voted to shut down. indeed. a curious situation. how long will it go on and what impact will it actually have? i wish i could tell you how long it will go a warm. i spoke to a member of congress less than an hour ago who told me that some senior people were working on a solution. as he put it, he was mildly op domestic i'm not sure how to interpret that. they will try to end it as soon as possible because there is simply no question that the losers, other than those who are furloughed without pay, will be the republicans. we have already had a series of public opinion polls and the public almost always blames, firstly, the president. secondly, the majority party in congress, and third, the most unpopular of all
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different party groups that it president trump is the most unpopular first—year president since polls have been taken. the republican congress are deeply unpopular and the public already is disproportionately blaming them. president trump in particular. they have to solve this and they need to do it as quickly as possible lest these end up damaging them for the mid—term elections next fall. dimension to the polls are very much putting the republicans and the president, giving them the blame. this business about the hard—core support that the president enjoys amongst those who voted him in. are there signs that they are wavering? i think they are still primarily behind him. his fundamental problem is this — on his one—year anniversary he has 51% of the american public strongly disapproving, not just disapproving but strongly disapproving of his job
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performance. meanwhile, 26%, about half that level, 26% strongly approve of his performance. when you have a 2—1 opposition in intensity to yourjob performance um you are in real trouble. in afghanistan, gunmen have stormed one of the most popular international hotels in the capital kabul — opening fire on staff and guests. at least four men are said to have carried out the attack on the intercontinental hotel — two of them are reported to have been shot dead by afghan special forces. several civilian casualties have been taken to hospital. al correspondent is an cobble and gave us —— al correspondent is an cobble and gave us —— oui’ al correspondent is an cobble and gave us —— our correspondent al correspondent is an cobble and gave us —— our correspondent is in kabul. the attacker still going on and attackers still resisting inside the
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intercontinental hotel, a high—profile hotel in kabul. five people have been injured according to officials. there are also unconfirmed reports of many people who have died in this attack. also the security special forces have been deployed to the area and nato forces are said to be in the area helping the afghan security forces. the hotel was also attacked several yea rs the hotel was also attacked several years ago and the responsibility was taken by the taliban. no group has claimed responsibility so far for this current attack and the security forces are engaging to clear different floors of the hotel. it is also said that the kitchen of the hotel is burning and has been set on
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fire. we will have to wait a few hours to see what the real casualties of the attack and who is taking responsibility. turkey has begun a new intervention in the conflict in syria — by launching an offensive against kurdish held territory near its border. it has long fought kurdish separatists within its own country and is now shelling kurdish militia in the afreen region. earlier i spoke to gunay yildiz from the think tank, the european council on foreign relations. i asked him what turkey aimed to achieve with its latest moves in the conflict. turkey is trying to reduce the control of the syrian kurdish forces and these forces have been supported by us led military including the uk and many european countries. it is only a small part of the area that is under control of kurdish forces and it is one place where the us is
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not co—operation with —— cooperating with the kurdish forces. it is unlikely that turkey will attack other parts of northern syria. it does not make a lot of diplomatic sense because turkey cannot secure diplomatic support for a ground operation. it is a hugely risky than operation. it is a hugely risky than operation against a disciplined and effective machine. it makes sense for the turkish politicians and domestic politics. the president is worried about a further challenge to him arising from within his own party. during the 2019 presidential election. this may support his position inside turkey but it is a military risk because turkey are not
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securing a huge success against even a demoralised isis in other battles. the headlines on bbc news: many government services in america have shut down after politicians failed to pass a spending bill. essential services including national security and air traffic control will continue. several gunmen attack the intercontinental hotel in kabul and seize hostages. —— and seized hostages. officials say several people were killed and at least six were wounded when security forces raided the building. as we've just been hearing, turkey launches an assault on kurdish fighters in northern syria, opening a new front in the conflict. sport now, and here's a full round up from the bbc sport centre. hello again, nicholas. many thanks. manchester united are expected to seal the signing of arsenal forward alexis sanchez with details emerging tonight of a deal which will see the armenian international henrikh mkhitaryan
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move in a straight swap deal. the bbc understands the united winger will move in the other direction with no additional money included in the transfer. mkhataryan signed for united in a 30 million pound deal in 2016 but has failed to hold down a regular position in the side under jose mourinho this season. he's expected to complete his medical by monday. it's as you were at the top of the premier league after another busy saturday of action. manchester city remain 12 points clear after a sergio aguero hat—trick earned them a 3—1win over newcastle united. city had 81% of possession to put their defeat to liverpool last weekend behind them. tough defeat in enfield, also important to make too bad results in a row and now it is ok, several points, winning ten more victories to be champion and we are going to try next one and next one. we have
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two options, see what happened behind us, see what happened in front of us. behind them are arsenal, who, without alexis snachez, beat crystal palace 4—1 to maintain their push for the all—important champions league places, the damge done in a pulsating opening period. arsenal were helped by some poor palace defending, gifting posession to arsenal allowing alex iwobi to score their second, after nacho monreal‘s first. their pick was their fourth, alexandre lacazette rounding off a lovely arsenal move as they moved 4—0 up in the first 22 minutes. manchester united won 1—0 at burnley. arsenal scored four first—half goals to sink crystal palace 4—1. chelsea won the early kick—off 4—0 with two eden hazard goals. and stoke city are out of the relegation zone. their 2—0 win over huddersfield giving manager paul lambert a win in his first game in charge. celtic cruised into the third round.
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the champions have had a three—week winter break and they looked refreshed. and rogers fielded a strong 11. —— brendan. without a league win all season, aberdeen, dudley and motherwell also recorded victories. scarlets have become the first welsh side to reach the quarterfinals of rugby union's premier european club competition as they reached the knock—out stage of the champions cup. they did so with a 30 points to 27 victory over toulon, which also saw the french club reach the last eight. saracens kept their hopes alive by thrashing northampton. glasgow beat exeter to end their hopes, while clermont beat ospreys as they also drop out. england's ross fisher has a share of the lead heading into the final day of the abu dhabi international, with rory mcilroy also in contention on his return from injury. mcilroy, though, could be the one to watch heading into tomorrow's final round — he's third, one shot off the pace, after hitting eight birdies
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in his third round. fisher produced a 7—under par round of 65 to catch the overnight leader thomas pieters, finishing his round with this birdie putt to move 17 under overall. england have won their opening match of the netball quad series against new zealand 64 points to 57 at the copper box arena in london. the match had to go to extra time after the score was level at full time. it's the fourth edition of the round robin format series between england, south africa, new zealand and australia, with all the teams preparing for april's commonwealth games on the gold coast. mark allen will play kyren wilson in the final of the masters snooker tomorrow. allen prevailed 6—3 against the two—time winner john higgins at london's alexandra palace. earlier, wilson surprised judd trump. it's the first time both men have been made it to the masters final. that's all the sport for now.
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thank you, john. sinn fein has announced who'll succeed gerry adams as its party president. mary lou mcdonald, who's a member of parliament in the irish republic, was the only candidate for the role. the two come from very different backgrounds, as our ireland correspondent chris page reports. many would say gerry adams has been handing over to mary lou mcdonald for some time. and today, sinn fein confirmed she would be the new leader of irish republicanism. please welcome the president—elect of our party, mary lou mcdonald. she indicated she'd put her own stamp on the job. i won't fill gerry's shoes. but the news is that i brought my own, and we together will walk a journey which marks a defining epoch, a defining chapter in our achievement
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of a united ireland. her own politicaljourney has been very different to her predecessor. gerry adams comes from a working—class area of west belfast, the crucible of the conflict in northern ireland. security sources believe he was a senior ira member, though mr adams has always denied being in the organisation. mary lou mcdonald was brought up in an affluent suburb of dublin. shejoined sinn fein during the peace process, just as the party was starting to score electoral success in the irish republic. she's become a robust parliamentary adversary of the prime minister, leo varadkar. sinn fein‘s opponents still focus on the party's links to the ira and sinn fein is continuing to defend the ira campaign, but it prefers to talk about the present rather than the past.
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as well as being the second biggest party here in northern ireland, it is also now the third largest in the republic. the first challenge for mary lou mcdonald will be negotiations to restore power sharing with unionists at stormont. but in the coming years, she'll be talking a lot about brexit, which republicans believe has changed the picture and renewed the debate about irish unity. chris page, bbc news, belfast. the international olympic committee has approved plans for north korea to participate at next month's winter olympics, and agreed teams from north and south can march under the same flag at the opening ceremony. the agreement comes over months of heightened tension on the korean peninsula over the testing of nuclear weapons by north korea. imogen foulkes reports from ioc headquarters in the swiss city of lausanne. two koreas face—to—face, as the 7-7
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tension on 1; two koreas face—to—face, as the 7-7 tension on if korean peninsula at tension on the korean peninsula at this meeting, ostensibly about the olympics, became something much more. here in the same, the two sides spoke togetherfor more. here in the same, the two sides spoke together for hours, they emerged with an agreement and the blessing of the international olympic committee. the ioc has approved the request to have their delegations marching together as one. under the name korea. for the first time, the two career countries divided since 1950s fulfil the unified team, women's ice hockey. and the olympic committee has relaxed its strict qualification deadlines to allow 22 north korean athletes to compete. handshakes, smiles and public signatures, these are not political leaders but representatives of north and south korea's national olympic committees. still, some believe this could be a
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sign of much more harmony to come. the olympic spirit is about respect, dialogue and understanding. the olympic winter games jong chung dialogue and understanding. the olympic winter gamesjong chung 2018 are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future are hopefully opening the door to a brighterfuture on are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future on the korean peninsula. given the long divisions between the two koreas, it is probably over optimistic to hope that real peace is just around the corner of the cooperation here and the contact the two countries will have at next month's olympics might, many hope, lead to more talking and wider agreement. british tourists travelling to jamaica are being advised to stay in their resorts after a state of emergency was declared around montego bay. there's been a surge in gang—related violence in the area. every year, around 200,000 britons visit the popular holiday
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destination, as nick davis reports. for a country that depends on tourism, the pictures of troops on the streets in montego bay, to's biggest resort, isn't ideal, but the government says it is something that needs to be done. the security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect their dignity and safety of all. most of the tourists who visit montego bay in much of the north coast stake in gated and guarded all—inclusive hotels where security isn't an issue. a growing reality that people who live in the city is that crime has bite. last year saw over 1600 people murdered in jamaica. has bite. last year saw over 1600 people murdered injamaica. 325 of them instant strains, the where montego bay is. most of the crime is gang—related and focused on a number
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of small communities. the foreign office has advised holidaymakers that they should only travel to and from the airport to their hotels and when they do take excursions, to make sure they are arranged by an official to representatives. authorities say there will be more roadblocks and vehicle searches as they go out of the gangs and their guns. asimilar they go out of the gangs and their guns. a similar state of emergency in 2010 in kingston saw the murder rate dropped to its lowest levels in yea rs rate dropped to its lowest levels in years as ““3 rate dropped to its lowest levels in years as ——a statistic that means light saves. in montego bay it hopes the same will happen again. six women from the british army have become the largest all—female group to ski coast—to—coast across antarctica. the ice maiden team began the 1,000—mile expedition on november 20. they've been battling winds of up to 60 miles per hour and temperatures as low as minus a0. there will be some low temperatures here as well but not quite that bad.
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the weather with ben rich. the low temperatures here tonight, it could get down to —13 or lower over some of the snowfields of scotland. and with the cold air in place tonight, and it will turn particularly chilly but we have clear skies overhead, it will start to introduce one or two issues. this weather system here, clad here, brought rain and snow to some today but the next weather system pushing into the cold air could cause some issues as we have through sunday because although it will try to introduce a milder air, this rain will initially be working into some pretty chilly conditions. so i say rain, watch what happens to the rest of the night, wet weather across northern ireland and wales will turn to snow, especially but not necessarily exclusively over high ground, icy stretches as well and confirmation of those low temperatures across parts of scotla nd temperatures across parts of scotland but a milder air beginning to show its hand across the far south—west. as the wet weather continues to slide into the cold air
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tomorrow the risk of some significant snow and ice or central and northern areas particularly some travel disruption is quite likely, this is how the day panned out, the cold start and then the rain and indeed the snow pushing its way northward and eastwards, anywhere from the midlands north really are especially over high ground, will see a spell of snow but much of it will start to turn that ran from the west as we get through end of the afternoon. 3pm there will still be significant amounts of snow falling across scotland, the mild air arrives over northern ireland, seven, eight, nine degrees could bring some fog patches, a tricky mixture of rain, sleet and snow across northern england, the north midlands, down into east anglia, two 01’ midlands, down into east anglia, two or three degrees but 12 in the far south—west, she will be rain falling, similar to south wales, a windy day wherever you are. tomorrow night, most of the brain and what is left of this noble clear. for the most part. one double brain scrape into the south of england but generally, a decent day. some styles
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of sunshine, fairly large amount of cloud around, some drizzle in the hills and coasts in the west and those temperatures will be mild, ex— 10 degrees. the mild air really wins out as we get deeper into the week. double—digit temperatures easily down towards the south, something chilly i suppose further north, but not as cold as it has been. with a milder conditions however in the week ahead we are going to see some styles of wind and rain at times. all weather to come here in half an hour. that's all from me for now. hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first the headlines. the united states government grinds toa the united states government grinds to a halt on the first anniversary of president trump's inauguration as the senate fails to agree on a budget to fund public services.
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