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this is the briefing. i'm samantha simmonds. our top story — the us shutdown stand—off continues. senators postpone a vote that might have seen the reopening of the federal government. washington calls on turkey to show restraint after it launches a ground offensive against kurdish militia in syria. hollywood's award season continues, this time with the screen actors guild, and once more, female empowerment takes centre stage. germany's social democrats vote to open talks with angela merkel‘s conservatives to form another grand coalition. in the business briefing, i'll be speaking to christian schultz from citibank about how the two can merge their rather different economic programmes in case of a deal. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport.
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and you can be part of the conversation. today, we're asking if you've lost trust in social media to provide your news. and if so, who do you trust now? tell us what you think. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. the us senate has agreed to postpone a vote on ending the shutdown until later on monday. having watched politicians from both sides making their attempts at a deal, we were expecting a vote in the next hour or so. but then came this — the adjournment until noon on monday, meaning the federal government will remain closed as the working week begins. david willis is our washington correspondent. welcome. what happened? why couldn't they reach a deal? they have been talking over the
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weekend, particularly today, sunday, as it is here, and they have, it would seem, moved a little closer to some sort of agreement, even though which look on all‘s all of ranjit you like to the democrats was rejected. it is a confession of sorts. it does at least recognised the democrats desire, indeed insistence that a stopgap funding measure be aligned to some sort of agreement on the fate of the so—called dreamers, the 800,000 or so—called dreamers, the 800,000 or so young people who are in this country illegally, and who face deportation under president trump in the next few weeks. now, what's happened, as you say, there was due to bea happened, as you say, there was due to be a vote tonight. instead, after chuck schumer rejected a bid by mitch mcconnell to get sorted out, they have gone away to sleep on it,
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they have gone away to sleep on it, they will reconvene tomorrow at ten o'clock in the morning here and there is a second vote on this government funding bill scheduled for noon, midday. in the meantime, the working week begins in the us. what does it mean for ordinary and me “— what does it mean for ordinary and me —— ordinary americans. non—essential government staff hear face being told to go home and to be placed on indefinite leave. essential stuff, we are told, including the military, prison service, the transportation safety people, they will continue to operate as normal. but we are starting to see some signs of this coming into effect. the iconic statue of liberty was closed over the weekend by the national parks department, and it is funny because
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it was the closure of national parks and monuments that particularly irked people back in 2013, when the last government shutdown took place here. that lasted 16 days, and led to 800,000 government workers being placed on temporary leave. david, thanks very much. turkey's massive offensive against kurdish militia in syria is getting a lot of criticism. troops and tanks entered yesterday after air strikes on saturday. turkey's actions risk increasing tentions with its nato ally washington. the us backs the kurdish ypg militia in syria where it's fighting against so—called islamic state. the worsening crisis in syria will be discussed at the un later. more now from mark lowen on the turkey—syria border. 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.
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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 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.
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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 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 fighter jets already inside syria. every few minutes, you hear the thud of an artillery strike.
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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 brief you on some of the other stories making the news. the headline has sentenced a former member of the leadership to 13 years in prison for economic mismanagement. it was once a chairman ofan mismanagement. it was once a chairman of an oil company. another oil executive was given a life sentence for embezzlement. the venezuelan authorities have allowed the burial of rebel police officer, 0scar perez.
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he was killed by security forces last week. government opponents say mr perez was a victim of an extrajudicial execution. the government said he was a dangerous terrorist who died in a shootout. five people have suffered serious injuries after a train derailment in sydney, australia. three passengers became trapped after the train failed to stop at the end of a line. the crash happened at the suburban richmond station. 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. nina trentmann from the wall street journal joins me now. good morning. nice to see you. after months of limbo, it looks like a deal could be on the cards. months of limbo, it looks like a deal could be on the cardslj months of limbo, it looks like a deal could be on the cards. i think it will take days or weeks of further negotiations. we have seen yesterday that leaders of the
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christian social union, mrs merkel‘s smaller coalition partner, and they say it could be in february but also have been hearing other people say it could take till easter. it will be whether the spg tried to backtrack from their former agreement, which was the basis for this vote yesterday. we have seen quite a number of people saying, don't back track, just keep it at what it is because we need a government in germany. it will be interesting and for mrs merkel, one important step for her to be able to found another coalition and to stay in power. another grand coalition. if it does go ahead, what will it mean economically? how will the two marray that political economic futures ? marray that political economic futures? i think the spd has been saying they are ok with not introducing higher taxes for those that are the high earners in a society, there's going to be more
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spending on infrastructure and then also education. i think overall it means continuation of what we have seen means continuation of what we have seen before. there will be more focus on the eu and strengthening the eu, more money for the eu, but it will not mean radical departure from what we have seen in terms of how the economy is run, which at the moment is fine. it is going well. they don't want any more interference from politics in berlin, they want to see some stability that inside going ahead. a great ——i stability that inside going ahead. a great —— i guess the coalition is something the economy can work with. thank you very much. and nina will be back in about half an hour to review the main stories being covered by the global media. the main stories elsewhere in the media: pope francis has finished his south american tour with a call for people from all walks of life to tackle corruption. speaking to bishops in the peruvian capital, lima, he said politics on the continent had become diseased because of bribery and corruption. andrew plant reports.
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waving to the crowds peru, the pope on his final day of a visit to south america, which began in chile a week before. translation: very happy, today was my birthday and it is a gift to be here. translation: i feel so excited, you can't imagine. this affection people give for the pope, i do not have words to explain it. translation: it was very special and one of a kind, i feel very moved by this whole great event. pope francis celebrated mass on sunday afternoon, the final few hours before flying back to rome. translation: thank you being here, thank you for praying for this trip to be a blessing to the peruvian people. to all of you, thank you very much. meeting with bishops earlier in the day, he talked about global politics, saying latin america faced a crisis of corruption. he's previously called corruption "the gangrene of society."
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there was controversy on the trip too — before his arrival, catholic churches were attacked, thought to be a protest over poverty and ancestral land ownership in chile. and he's had to address an ongoing scandal over sexual abuse in the catholic church here. pope francis 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. andrew plant, bbc news. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme — it is that man again, tom brady nick —— lead the new england patriot is a super bowl final where they will face the philadelphia eagles. the people of saigon have just heard that, at last, there is to be a ceasefire. the reaction of american
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servicemen was predictable. i'm going home. demonstrators waiting for mike gatting 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. you're watching the briefing.
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0ur headlines. us senators have postponed a vote until monday afternoon that could have seen the reopening of the federal government. washington calls on turkey to show restraint — after it launches a ground offensive against kurdish militia in syria. mike pence is in israel to address the knesset and meet prime minister benjamin netanhayu. palestinian leaders have refused to meet him, after the us decided to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. in fact mahmoud abbas is in brussels trying to get eu foreign ministers to recognise palestine with east jerusalem as it's capital. evangelical christians helped elect president trump. so what part do their beliefs have in the jerusalem decision? 0ur middle east correspondent tom bateman reports. contested city. home to three great faiths. repairing through its latest vip visitor. mike pence believed
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strongly in the decision to recognise jerusalem as strongly in the decision to recognisejerusalem as israel's capital. he is an evangelical christian. among the millions of americans who support of the country is expressed in religious terms. americans who support of the country is expressed in religious termslj promise you that the day will come when president donald trump moves the american embassy from tel aviv tojerusalem. the american embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. applause this was his address last year at a gathering of christians for israel. many evangelicals believe in a second coming of christ and says the bible believes in asjewish sovereignty of jerusalem first. israel has a right to be here. this is god's chosen spot for the hebrew people. it's just a joy to be able to be here. spot for the hebrew people. it's just a joy to be able to be harem is the rock, the babel is based of
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it. they are god's people. —— bible. from the desire to shift the dynamics of the deadlocked peace process to the role ofjewish donors. but evangelical support was key. the evangelical population gives millions and millions of dollars to support causes in the state of israel and they become a force equal to that of american jews. there have been frequent clashes since that announcement by donald trump. people are boycotting the vice president's visit. they include traditional christians whose leaders objected to mike pence's trip saying thejerusalem move threatened the status quo between the faiths in the holy land. 0n the
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banks of the river that —— river jordan where it is believed christ was baptised, followers flocked for a yearly ceremony. the american vice president had wanted to use his trip to talk about protecting christians in the middle east but thejerusalem decision, while delighting his evangelical supporters at home, now being shunned by church leaders at the very birthplace of christianity. mike pence's visit will still address his belief in his loss's ultimate deal between israelis and palestinians but for those opposed to the us strategy, there is unlikely to be a moment of revelation. —— boss'. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. first up — geneva, where dozens of russian athletes are appealing their doping ban at the court of arbitration for sport — less than three weeks before the start of the winter olympics. the former catalan leader, carles puigdemont, is leaving belgium for the first time since he fled from spain in october — to take part in a debate about the future of catalonia at the university of copenhagen.
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finally, in hollywood — some positive news in the gender equality movement. on her 90th birthday, minnie mouse will be unveiling her star on the hollywood walk of fame. two weeks after the golden globes, female empowerment has again taken all the way from paris, london to las vegas. chanting: this is what democracy looks like! last year, we were angry, and that's why we turned out. this year, we're organised and that's why we're turning out. i'm empowered, and i'm ready to get people talking about these issues, and get people excited about them. a year into donald trump's presidency, and the focus isn'tjust on the man himself, but his policies.
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many believe his immigration plans and cuts he has made to abortion funding and contraception access adversely affect women. he's pushing to make birth control less accessible for women. you know, it'sjust ridiculous how he's supposed to be for the people, but he's against the people. he's against everyone that's here, and that's why i'm here today. in the wake of the me too 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 the victim of domestic violence that my children observed. now i'm free, finally, thank goodness, through no help of the systems that were meant to protect us. and i'm here to hope that the world will listen, and we can create systemic change to help little girls like charlie and myself. and one way organisers think 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
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mid—term congressional elections. this state of nevada was picked for this 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 where this country is deeply divided. two weeks after the golden globes, female empowerment has again taken centre—stage at the 24th screen actors guild awards. the annual awards in los angeles, are voted on purely by actors and gave the chance for some of entertainment‘s biggest stars to once again voice their concerns over sexual misconduct allegations and the issue of equality. it's been a female—powered affair, with women presenting all 13
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of the awards. amongst the winners, best actor was awarded to gary 0ldman for "darkest hour". taking out best actress was frances mcdormand, for three billboards 0utside ebbing, missouri. while a lifetime achievement award went to morgan freeman. the screen actors guild awards are typically an indicator of how the oscars will pan out. and the bbc will have a special programme covering the nominations for the oscars which will be announced on tuesday— from 13:15gmt. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hi there i'm nick marshall—mccormack with your sport briefing for monday where we've got patriot games for tom brady and new england and a blistering back nine from tommy fleetwood. it had to happen! tom brady threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the new england patriots to a berth in super bowl 52. the defending champions had to rally from behind to beat jacksonville 24—20.
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brady found a link man in danny amendola to help him orchestrate a classic pats comeback and ruin what would have been a massive jaguars upset. it keeps the team on track to win a sixth title and tie the steelers for most in league history. but pats slammed the vikings. the super bowl is to be held on february fourin super bowl is to be held on february four in minneapolis. now then novak — how's that elbow shaping up? he's going to need some elbow grease when he takes on the south korean hyeon chung shortly. the six—time winner is battling for a place in the quarter finals in monday's night session in melbourne. the former world number one still doesn't know quite how his body will cope after returning from injury. before the aussie open he hadn't played a competitive match in six months.
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iam i am cautious of what happens day today and dedicated to my body and training. asi today and dedicated to my body and training. as i said, it is nothing major to be concerned about. liverpool have their new guy in goal for the monday night premier league game against later. loris karius made his first league start in last weekend's win over manchester city and after some scratchy performances from simon minolet, jurgen klopp says karius is now number one. did you miss the second—half blitz led by lionel messi and luis suarez?! it helped barcelona thrash real betis to extend their lead at the top of the laliga table to 11 points. but after after ivan rakitic opened barca's scoring. the home side imploded as messi struck twice. suarez also bagged a brace as barca claimed a sixth successive league win courtesy of the 5—0 thumping. in the english premier league, tottenham's stuttering season continued as they were held to a 1—all draw at southampton.
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davinson sanchez‘s own goal was cancelled out by harry kane. the england frontman bagged his 99th premier league goal but spurs could lose more ground on the top four if liverpool win later. nine holes. six birdies. in blusterry conditions. being chased down by the likes of rory mcilroy. it was a back nine masterclass from tommy fleetwood as he defended his abu dhabi championship. the englishman is expected to break into the world's top ten on monday after another dazzling display of driving in the desert. he finished on 22 under par, in a performance which mcilroy called "obscene!" it was just important we carried on going forward. i'm having a great year. it was at the best year of my life but we wanted to keep pushing. like i say, i want to know where my potential will take me that wanted
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to keep pushing and make sure that wejust, to keep pushing and make sure that we just, you know, to keep pushing and make sure that wejust, you know, kept improving and it was important to do that and this week is a step along the way, hopefully. lots of you have shared the annual priests on the piste competition in poland. all you need is your cassock for the run down the 800 metre slalom course as they chase thejohn paul the second cup. which clergy gets the divine intervention is in the hands of the almighty. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me nick marshall—mccormack and the rest of the sport team, goodbye. we are asking what you think about our talking point today. have you lost trust in social media? get in
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touch. hello there. sunday was a day of was a significant change in our weather. we started off very cold. some north areas stay that way below freezing for the afternoon but some mild air began to push on from the south—west. skip ahead to tuesday, all of us will be in that mild air. double digit temperatures and the process of pushing the cold air away and bringing the mild air across the country continues as we head through the first part of this money morning. still possibly cold enough for some icy stretches in the north—east, generally speaking a much milder start the day. a lot of dry weather around as well. some showers blowing in across the north—west of scotland, falling as rain because look at the temperatures, five, six, seven degrees. many places didn't get as high during sunday afternoon. further south, large areas of cloud and sunny spells, one area of rain perilously close to the south coast of england, that once the ground for too long. through wales and much of the south—west it is looking dry as we start off the day. that rain in the south scoots off very quickly, showers continue to the north—east of scotland, one or two showers
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in the western areas but generally speaking a decent looking day. spells of sunshine around and those temperatures significantly higher than they were on sunday. as we head out of monday into tuesday, pretty quiet initially, these mild south—westerly winds holding temperatures up and eventually some rain into western areas, perhaps misty and murky conditions as well. 0vernight temperatures of 3—9 degrees. into tuesday, the milderairtakes up residence across the country, pumped in our direction by this south—westerly wind. tuesday, the mildest day of the week for many will see outbreaks of rain for northern ireland, scotland, northern england and wales, some patchy rain elsewhere. these are your maximum temperatures. nine in aberdeen, 13 in cardiff and in london. bit of a change on wednesday. this band of heavy rain will sink southwards and eastwards, strong winds as well. that's a cold front. behind it, we will see slightly cold air. turning a bit chilly for the end
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of the week with blustery showers at times but not nearly as cold as it has been. this is business briefing. i'm sally bundock. —— samantha. germany's social democrats vote to open talks with angela merkel‘s conservatives to form another grand coalition. we look at the economic situation they are facing. the former treasury minister and remain supporter, lord jim 0'neill, tells the bbc that global growth is boosting britain's economy far more than expected. and on the markets: this is how the dow closed on friday.
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