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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: the us shutdown stand off continues. senators postpone a vote that could see the reopening of the federal government. turkey's advance — troops cross into syria, targeting kurdish groups who'd been fighting the so—called islamic state. turkey is clearly committed militarily to this operation and has widespread popular support here but if the turks suffer losses or civilian casualties grow, that could change. at least 18 people are now known to have died in saturday's attack on a hotel in kabul. most of them were foreigners. leaving the biggest till last — more than a million people attend an open air mass as the pope ends his tour of peru. hello.
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welcome to the programme. the us senate has agreed to postpone a vote on ending the us government shutdown to noon on monday — that's 5pm british time. the vote will be on a stopgap spending measure. but in the meantime, the federal government will remain closed as the working week begins. the failure of the majority republicans and minority democrats to reach agreement on friday meant that much of the federal government shut up shop with hundreds of thousands of federal employees facing uncertainty as monday morning approaches. both sides are blaming each other with divisions over military spending and immigration policy. let's go live to washington now and our correspondent, david willis. david, still no deal? still no deal
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and there was to have been a vote in the early hours of monday morning, duncan, which has now been postponed. members of the senate and heading home and stable comeback onto the floor of the senate chamber at canadian and there will be a vote at canadian and there will be a vote at midday. basically, the republicans are offering funding of an olive branch to the democrat who have wa nted an olive branch to the democrat who have wanted to see the fate of the so—called dreamers, is the 800 or so people who were brought to this country illegally through no fault of their own, they are facing deportation in march. mitch mcconnell the senate majority leader basically proposed a shorter stopgap finance measure and gave a pledge to ta ke finance measure and gave a pledge to take up the plight of the dreamers
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thereafter on the senate floor, if, indeed, their fate thereafter on the senate floor, if, indeed, theirfate had not been discussed in the meantime. chuck schumer, the minority leader, the democrat leader in the senate, rejected that. they will now come back, as i say, tomorrow. what is basically happening in the members of the senate have gone away to sleep on it, if you like, and clearly with both sides talking, there is now some hope of a compromise being reached that we will have to wait and see. it is brinkmanship of course, that will be day three of the federal government shutdown, and of course on monday, a few hours from now, it will actually really start to bite because the federal government doesn't really operate at the weekend but come monday, we will see it starting to bite with some government offices closed and some government workers not getting paid, duncan. yes, what
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will that actually mean for the workers? will they go into work or will they be told that they are not needed? we are told that non—essential government workers will be told to stay at home. now, there are about 800,000 of them back in 2013, the last government shutdown, who got that message. they don't get paid while the government is in shutdown, although they are subsequently paid retrospectively. it is very damaging, potentially, for the economy which has been doing very well, president trump of course has made a lot of the fact that the us economy is in a very strong position at a moment. any sort of government shutdown doesn't help with that. while he is being accused of not doing enough, despite the fa ct of not doing enough, despite the fact he spent the weekend in the building behind me, to actually
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solve this issue. new york governor andrew cuomo says the statue of liberty will reopen on monday, even if the us government shutdown extends into the working week. the governor said emergency state funding would be used to allow the landmark monument to reopen, even if dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain closed. it is going to be open and running as normal. i also think in many ways the statue of liberty is symbolic for what is going on right now in washington. the issue is about immigration. the concept of closing the doors to immigrants is repugnant to the concept of america. the un security council is due to discuss on monday the worsening crisis in syria, with turkey opening up a new front against kurdish militia in the north of the country. the militia, the ypg, are backed by the united states for helping in the fight against islamic state militants,
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but they are viewed by turkey as a terrorist organisation. from the turkey—syria border, mark lowen reports. as if syria needed more of this. artillery fire from turkey, launching a new ground and air offensive. it's called 0peration olive branch, though it's anything but a gesture of peace. from the air, turkish f—16s struck yesterday. their target — the syrian kurdish militia, or ypg. turkey sees them as terrorists, linked to the outlawed pkk who have long fought an insurgency in turkey on behalf of the kurdish minority. and it wants them pushed back from the border town of afrin. turkey's president has his own troops fighting for their hero. and with elections next year, war rallies his support base. translation: this is a national struggle. and in this national struggle, we will crush anyone
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who stands against us. that's a message that resonates in border villages, where grape grower 0mer gazel and his friends watched the jets. translation: we felt proud and happy as they took off. everyone came out to bid them farewell. but the ypg has backing, too — both in syria, where kurds rallied today, and beyond. translation: we condemn the attack on afrin and we tell our brothers there that they are in our hearts and that we are with them. because of the bravery of the ypg heroes, we will win the battle in afrin. the us armed them in the fight against the islamic state group, infuriating turkey. france, too, voiced support for them today, calling on turkey to pull back. but the turks are ploughing on. this unverified footage posted on pro—government media aiming
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to prove turkey's military might. in the hills beside the border, we found a further build up as the offensive shows no sign of ending. reinforcements are perched here, a show of strength, ready to back up the ground troops and fighterjets already inside syria. every few minutes, you hear the thud of an artillery strike. turkey has clearly committed militarily to this operation and it has widespread popular support here. but if the turks suffer losses or civilian casualties grow, that could change. and the risk is clear. this border town was hit by a rocket, said to be from the ypg, killing one and injuring more. turkey is on dangerous ground and a likely long, costly offensive is onlyjust beginning. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
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six people have been killed during opposition protests in the capital of the democratic republic of congo. police used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators in kinshasa. they were demanding presidentjoseph kabila give up power. mr kabila's term of office expired more than a year ago. five people have suffered serious injuries after a train derailment in sydney, australia. the crash happened at the suburban richmond station, with the train apparently failing to break and hitting the buffers at the end of the line. russian foreign minister sergei lavrov has said that the "unprecedented russiaphobia" from the west is worse now than it was during the height of the cold war. he was speaking in an interview with the russian daily kommersant after a two—day visit to new york. he said that at least back during the tensions that dominated the second half of the last century, there was "some decorum". authorities in afghanistan say 18 people, including 1a foreigners,
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are now confirmed dead after gunmen attacked a luxury hotel in kabul. afghan troops fought through the night, over more than 12 hours, to free those trapped inside. the taliban says it carried out the attack. zia shahreyar has the story. the final moments of a fight that had lasted all night. gunfire and explosions, as afghan special forces battle to regain control of the intercontinental hotel. 0ne soldier throws a grenade. he moves away, then the explosion. the room is soon on fire. evidence of the struggle that had taken place. the afghan national flag waving from the roof, proof that the building has been reta ken. we are in the area.
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you can see the hotel intercontinental on the hill in kabul and, as you can see, it was burned, part of the hotel was burned. and black smoke has blackened the southern part of the hotel. more than 150 people, including some foreigners, were inside yesterday evening when gunmen burst in and opened fire. eyewitnesses said they were afterforeigners. translation: the attackers were knocking on the door of each room, trying to reach their targets. they killed ordinary people and officials. they were also targeting foreigners. these images, filmed by local tv, showed people escaping by climbing down bed sheets that they'd tied to balconies. this telecoms engineer fell from the sixth floor as he tried to get away. translation: when the sixth floor caught fire this morning, my room—mates told me to either burn or escape. i got a bed sheet and tied it onto the balcony.
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i tried to come down but i was heavy and my arms were not strong enough. i fell down and injured my shoulder and leg. this sustained and complex assault will prompt urgent questions as to how the gunmen got through. after months of deadlock, germany has moved a step closer to forming a new government. the centre—left social democratic party has voted to enter into new coalition talks with chancellor merkel‘s conservative bloc. at a party meeting in bonn, the spd‘s martin schulz urged many sceptical delegates to press ahead, describing a new coalition as the best way to combat hard right politics in europe. angela merkel welcomed the development. translation: the (du already cleared the way for coalition talks last week after concluding the exploratory talks.
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now, we are pleased and welcome that the spd did so today at its congress. today, we are preparing for this coalition negotiation. tomorrow, within the cdu, we will work together, and then quickly enter into joint discussion with the social democrats. that's what today's decision of the spd allows. jenny hill in berlin says talks to form a government could begin straight away. his view is that if they can pull this off, if they go into government, in his view, it's the responsible thing to do to try and form a government, but that it's possible, in his view, to renew the party within that coalition, but their task is going to be huge. they are very low in the polls. they will have to distinguish themselves from mrs merkel‘s conservatives if they are to try and rebuild their electorate — many of whom, of course, disappeared off to vote afd, the far right party. there is a lot of work to be done and he's going to have to do something to unite the party —
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that is, if they still want him as leader — because, of course, he has presided over this real controversy. worth just pointing out, that when it comes to coalition talks which will take place later this week, if and when the two sides can get some kind of deal drafted, the party base, all 440,000 members of the spd, will have to approve it via postal ballot before any actual coalition government can be formed. so, mrs merkel isn't out of the woods just yet, but i think today, you have seen her overcome a significant hurdle. they have taken a step towards, i suppose, delivering the government, the stability she has promised germany all along. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: for a second day, women around the world have been on the march. in las vegas, they're protesting donald trump's presidency and trying to persuade more women to stand for office. the people of saigon
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have just heard that, at last, there is to be a ceasefire. the reaction of american servicemen was predictable. i'm going home. demonstrators waiting for mike getting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him the butcher of lyon. klaus altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia. but the west germans want to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot, a tide of humanity that is believed by officials to have broken all records.
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welcome back. this is bbc news. our top story: us senators have postponed a vote until monday afternoon that could have seen the reopening of the federal government. let's stay with that story. watching events in washington is sahil kapur, national political reporterfor bloomberg politics — hejoins us now. we know this will enter a third day, how do you think this will play in the opinion polls? usually what happens during government shutdowns is the president belongs to one party and one or both chambers of congress are controlled by the other party. that is what happened in the
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shutdowns under 0bama, clinton and ronald reagan. this is the first time in the united states where a party that controls the white house, the senate and the house. the republican party has overseen a shutdown. this time it could work differently. the republicans usually lend a party that is leading congress and not the president at this time they are one and the same. having said that, the democrats use their minority power in the senate to have an legislation from passing. democrats are not without some blame in this as well. what do you make of president trump's role in all of this? he seems to be taking a back seat? the shutdown happened in three stages, democrats at link the fate of about 700,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, they use that as the average to provide legal status of. they will be in limbo after march five due to
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a decision by president trump. but the republicans are not signing off on any deal to normalise their status without approval from the president, he has been too indecisive to make that deal so we are atan indecisive to make that deal so we are at an impasse. you brought up the immigration issue, the so—called dreamers, the children of immigrants who came here in legally. is this a dangerous issue for the democrat do you think! have already seen republicans trying to portray them as putting immigrants over national security and veterans. a couple of different dimensions to that. the issue of the dreamers, as they are called, is a sympathetic one to american voters. about 80%, sometimes as high as 90% of american voters believe they should be able to say here —— stay here and be normalised. having said that, there
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isa normalised. having said that, there is a scene that has unfolded that came out recently that found that by a32 came out recently that found that by a 32 point margin the american public is not in favour of shutting down the government over that issue. there is some danger in both directions. —— 22 point. there is some danger in both directions. -- 22 point. thank you very much. thousands of women have been demonstrating in las vegas, in the latest protest to mark the anniversary of president trump's inauguration. rallies have already taken place this weekend in other us cities and in europe. in las vegas, women are being urged to register to vote ahead of this year's mid—term us elections. rajini vaidya nathan reports. all the way from paris to london, to las vegas. women have been making their voices heard. last year we were angry and that's why we turned out. this year we're organised and that is why we are turning out. i am empowered and i'm ready to get people talking about these issues
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and get people excited about them. a year into donald trump's presidency and the focus isn't just on the man himself, but his policies. many believe his immigration plans and cuts he has made to abortion funding and contraception access adversely affect women. he is pushing to make birth control less accessible for women. you know, it isjust ridiculous how he is supposed to be for the people but is against the people, he is against everyone that is here and that is why i'm here today. in the wake of the metoo movement and a growing conversation around equal pay, many are here to fight on other issues. for amy, who came here today with her five—year—old daughter, charlie, this is personal. for 12 years i was a victim of domestic violence that my children observed, now i am free, finally, thank goodness. through no help of the systems that were meant to protect us and i am here to hope that the world will listen and we can make systemic change to help little girls like charlie and myself.
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and one way organisers thinks that change can happen is by getting more women to register to vote and even to run for office. they are channelling their energy on this year's mid—term congressional elections, the state of nevada was picked for the rally because it is a swing state with a senate seat democrats believe they can win back from the republicans. there may be thousands of women here protesting donald trump, but don't forget that he won the election with a majority of white women voters and many of those think he is doing a greatjob for women. and so, like so many issues here in the united states, even that of women's rights is one that this country is deeply divided. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. pope francis has finished his south american tour with a call for people from all walks of life to tackle
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corruption. speaking to bishops in the capital of peru, he said politics on the continent had the come disease because of bribery and corruption. —— become. waiting to crowds, in per. disaffection of people give for the pope, i do not have words to explain it to. it was very special and one ofa kind, i it to. it was very special and one of a kind, ifeel very it to. it was very special and one of a kind, i feel very moved it to. it was very special and one of a kind, ifeel very moved by it to. it was very special and one of a kind, i feel very moved by this whole event. pope francis celebrated mass on sunday afternoon, the final few hours before flying back rome. —— back to rome. translation: thank you being here, thank you for praying for the strip to bea
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thank you for praying for the strip to be a blessing to the peruvian people. to all of them, thank you very much. meeting with bishops earlier in the day, he took about global politics, saying latin america faced a crisis of corruption. he has breezily called corruption. he has breezily called corruption the gangrene of society. there was controversy too, before his arrival catholic churches were attacked in response to poverty and ancestral land ownership in chiloe. -- chile. ancestral land ownership in chiloe. —— chile. he ended his tour with a mass at a military base in lima, his popularity ensuring crowds of tens of thousands of people. but with many using his visit to highlight their grievances too. and drew land, bbc news. —— and drew plant. hundreds of people have been paying
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their respects to dolores 0'riordan who died last week ‘s topic used formed outside churches in the greek ahead of her funeral on tuesday. books of condolence have also been open for mourners to sign. many expressed their shock and sadness of a sudden death at the age of 46. we grew up with her music, we'd be of the same kind of generation and age and she'll be sorely missed. i taught dolores, i have very fond memories of the family and of dolores in particular. very sad to see her there. 46 years of age, you know, such talent. we shared the same birthday, i only realised at the weekend. but no, she was wonderful. brilliant singer. we were just living down the road from her but ijust think it's absolutely wonderful of her mum and her family to give us today. i think that was very, very kind of her to give us that time today. people wanted to come and support her family. absolutely, yes, yeah. we'll miss her, we would see her on the odd time on the road when she was home, yeah. she was a beautiful girl, a lovely
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family, and we're heartbroken. we followed her success with pride and with dignity always and we cherish the memories that she's given us. people in limerick paying their respects. a reminder of our top story. the us. senate has agreed to postpone a vote on the us government shutdown on monday. the vote will be ona shutdown on monday. the vote will be on a stopgap spending measure, but in the meantime the federal government will remain closed as the working week begins. the failure of the majority of republicans and minority democrats to reach agreements on friday meant that much of the federal government shut up shop, with hundreds of thousands of federal employees facing uncertainty as monday morning approaches. that is the way it is looking. i'm duncan golestani. bye for now. hello there.
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a very different feel to the weather over the next few days. the transition began during sunday, some northern and eastern areas stuck below freezing through the afternoon, with some snow. down to the south—west, it was much milder. skip ahead to tuesday, and all of us will be into that mild air, which is moving in our direction on this south—westerly wind, having more of an influence across the british isles as we go through the next couple of days. this monday morning starts off on a much milder note for most. still possibly some icy stretches across parts of north—east england and eastern scotland, but many places starting the day with significantly higher temperatures. one area of rain perilously close to parts of south—west england, along the south coast, as well. but that rain will be clearing off very quickly, and then essentially across england and wales, through the day, we're looking at large areas of cloud and a sunny spells. just one or two showers across parts of north—west england, and still the potentialfor some icy
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stretches across parts of north—east england, just through the first part of the morning. showers packing in across scotland but look at the temperatures, five and six degrees in edinburgh and glasgow. we didn't get anywhere near that even through the middle of the afternoon on sunday. northern ireland, starting off mainly dry — pretty cloudy, but some sunny breaks, and we'll see some sunny breaks developing across wales, and the west midlands, as well. rain in the south will disappear into the near continent very quickly through the morning. we'll keep some showers going across northern scotland. but generally speaking, not a bad day. the cloud breaking up to give some sunshine, and those temperatures much higher than they were on sunday — in many places at 6—11 degrees. during monday night, things are pretty quiet. the south—westerly winds continuing to bring the milder air in our direction. 3—9 degrees, those are your starting temperatures for tuesday morning. and really, on tuesday, it is all about us being in the thick of this mild air, pumping all the way up from the south—west. tuesday the mildest day of the week for many of us, but that doesn't mean it'll be wall—to—wall sunshine,
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not by any means. some outbreaks of rain, perhaps the south—west. best chance of brightness to the east of high ground. it'll be windy but very mild. 10 degrees in glasgow, 13 the high in london. now, a bit of a change on wednesday. we're going to bring a cold front southwards and eastwards. a band of heavy rain, strong winds as well, and that will start to reintroduce some slightly cold air. i say slightly colder — yes, the end of the week will feel a little bit chillier, but nothing like as cold as it has been. this is bbc news. the headlines: the united states senate has postponed a vote until monday afternoon on a budget measure to end the federal government shutdown which started on friday night. republican and democrat senators are facing pressure from the public to end their stalemate over spending limits and immigration policy. washington has called on turkey
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to show restraint after it began a ground offensive against kurdish militia in northern syria. a number of civilian casualties have been reported. the group targeted, the ypg — which ankara regards as a terrorist organisation — said it had repelled the raid. afghan officials say at least 18 people are now known to have died in a taliban attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul late on saturday. most of the dead were foreigners. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london.
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