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jeremy corbyn rejects an attack on his leadership by tony blair. the former prime minister claims mr corbyn poses a threat to the future existence of the labour party. there's lots of people associated with me who feel that the labour party's lost, that the game's over. you know, i'm kind of hoping they're not right. i think tony should recognise that the party membership is now much bigger than it's ever been. it's the biggest it's been in my lifetime. it comes as the liberal democrat leader vince cable calls for a "movement of the moderates" in the centre ground of british politics. we'll have the latest from westminster. also this lunchtime... ba says sorry, after a mass hack of data from its customers — nearly 400,000 payment cards have been compromised. civilians flee the last rebel—held province in syria, ahead of a possible assault that could be the endgame in the country's seven—year civil war. cheering and applause. and a standing ovation and a guard
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of honour for alaistair cook, as he plays his last test match for england. and coming up on bbc news — serena williams draws closer to equalling the all—time record of grand slam titles, after reaching the final at the us open. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has rejected an attack on him by former prime minister tony blair. mr blair said labour has become a "different party" and he's not sure it can ever be "taken back" by moderates. it comes as the leader of the liberal democrats, sir vince cable, claims that infighting in the two main parties means millions of voters
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in the centre ground feel ignored. sir vince has also announced he'll be stepping down as lib dem leader after brexit is resolved. 0ur political correspondent chris mason reports. cheering rewind two decades and tony blair was the centre of attention, commanding the political stage, perched atop a humongous parliamentary majority. rewind not many years and sir vince cable, possessed of a ministerial red folder, purged around the cabinet table. not any longer. folder, purged around the cabinet table. notany longer. now, both men stand at the margins, grappling for releva nce, stand at the margins, grappling for relevance, trying to be heard. there's lots of people associated with me who feel that the labour party is lost, that the game is over. you know, i'm kind of hoping they're not over. you know, i'm kind of hoping they‘ re not right over. you know, i'm kind of hoping they're not right for is white and they're not right for is white and the former prime minister suggests
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another party could emerge. i don't think the british people will tolerate a situation where for example the choice of the next election is borisjohnson versus jeremy corbyn. i don't know what will happen and i don't know how it will happen and i don't know how it will happen, but ijust don't believe people will find that in the country as a whole and acceptable choice. something will fill that vacuum? something will fill that vacuum. swapper radio studio for the national liberal club in london and there is sir vince cable with a strikingly similar message in which he is willing to put a sell by date not onjust his he is willing to put a sell by date not on just his leadership but potentially his own party. despite oui’ potentially his own party. despite our best efforts the liberal democrats might not be the only centre force in british politics. i think it's the worst kept secret in westminster that political disquiet in the two major parties is provoking some people to consider the formation of a new party in the centre ground or indeed several, and
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i think this requires us to demand better than the usual tribalism, whether it's our own or others”. the thing is for all this talk, many mps have had a longer relationship with their political parties and with their political parties and with their political parties and with their husband or wife. walking away is not easy. plus history suggests new parties find it mighty difficult to make a breakthrough in parliament. jeremy corbyn has been visiting a noisy museum in leicester today, and politely suggests that tony blair should, well, wind his neck in. i think tony should recognise that party membership is now much bigger than it's ever been. it's the biggest it's ever been in my lifetime, well over half a million members. some supporters of mr corbyn are rather more blunt. what tony blair and what vince cable will be talking about is representing a romp, representing a minority interest in this country. it's not the middle ground at all. we are the moderates, we are the
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centre ground. politics, as you mightjust have centre ground. politics, as you might just have noticed, centre ground. politics, as you mightjust have noticed, has changed rather a lot since this happened, and change is showing no signs of going out of fashion. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is at westminster for us. both tony blair and vince cable suggesting the centre ground in british politics is being ignored. yeah, their analysis is pretty similar. they feel that there are millions of voters and some mps who no longer have a political home, and that liberal democracy is under threat because the tories are obsessed with brexit and moving to the right, and they feel that under jeremy corbyn the labour party has gone to the left. now, what is the a nswer to gone to the left. now, what is the answer to all of this? well, sir bruce paper —— sir vince cable saying it's not the creation of a new centrist party, his message is the lib dems are that party, they already exist. what he thinks should happen is that should be opened up, the whole political system, he
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thinks, should be opened up will you to outsiders. he is saying to people, if you share lip liberal democrat values, you don't have to join up as a member, you canjust supporters, you could even become oui’ supporters, you could even become our next leader. this then brings in tony blair. he is suggesting that in the labour party is as he puts it lost to the left. if there are dozens lost to the left. if there are d oze ns of lost to the left. if there are dozens of labour mps who agree with that analysis, what are they going to do? there's been lots of chatter around westminster about whether they will sit as independent mps, wetheriggs they would try to form a different party, what would happen next. conversations are going on but there is no consensus about what the a nswer there is no consensus about what the answer is and what they would do next. vicki young, many thanks, our chief political correspondent. the former foreign secretary, boris johnson, has announced that he and his wife marina wheeler are divorcing. the couple said they had separated several months ago. they've been married since 1993 and have four children together. russia poses a "real and active threat" to the uk,
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according to the head of the gchq intelligence agency. jeremy fleming has called on the international community to reject what he called moscow's "brazen determination" to undermine the rules—based order of the world. it follows the naming of two members of russian military intelligence as the suspects in the salisbury poisoning attack. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is here. we have been hearing more from moscow on this this morning. yeah, there's an ongoing cold war of words between british officials and diplomats and russian officials and diplomats. at her foreign ministry briefing this morning, the foreign ministry spokesman in moscow, maria za kha rova, ministry spokesman in moscow, maria zakharova, said everything in this story is absurd and then attacking theresa may directly, she said especially absurd of the statements by the british prime minister.
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britain's representatives that the united nations this morning telling the bbc that russia is a disrupter at the moment and the director of gchq jeremy fleming saying what has happened in salisbury demonstrates how reckless the russian state can be, that there is a coalition ready to reject the kremlin‘s brazen determination to undermine the international rules —based order and there has of course been taught perhaps of retaliatory cyber attacks and in response to that, one of the very, very pro—kremlin newspapers in russia, izvestiya, has published an editorial by a man called alexandra, a rail -- editorial by a man called alexandra, a rail —— well—known kremlin supporter in which he says, and like to remind the hotheads in britain that if these plans are carried out russia will be forced to consider it an act of aggression with all that follows from that. russia will not turn the other cheek wherever. so this is a very hot and cold war of words at the moment. daniel sandford, thank you. british airways has apologised to customers after a mass data breach.
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hackers have managed to get access to details of nearly 400,000 payment cards over a two—week period. customers have been advised to cancel the cards they used to book flights. 0ur correspondent theo leggett is in our business unit. the company says it's the worst data breach on their website for 20 yea rs. breach on their website for 20 years. what exactly has been stolen? it's pretty serious. data from 380,000 card transactions was compromised. that was between the zist compromised. that was between the 21st of august at 11pm compromised. that was between the 21st of august at ”pm at night, and a quarter to ten on september the 5th. it affected people who made new bookings or changed their bookings during that period. the nature of the data stolen is very significant indeed. in devolved names, addresses, credit card details, including expiry dates and cw security data, that is the three digit code on the back of your credit card. that's three digit code is not meant to be stored in
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computer systems, so the fact the hackers got hold of that not only means that the credit card details could be used, it also raises questions about how they got hold of that data. another question being askedis that data. another question being asked is whether or not the data that was taken was encrypted. british airways won't say whether it was or not, citing the ongoing police investigation. there are u na nswered police investigation. there are unanswered questions. the chief executive of british airways, alex cruz, said today the company was doing all it could to limit the damage. this was a very sophisticated, criminal attack on 0ver more than 20 years that has been operating, we've never had a breach of this type. we are absolutely committed to the integrity of the data of our customers. the important thing is that as soon as we found out that these records may have been compromised, we began the communications process through all channels available and of course directly to the customers to alert them about this potential problem. so really, from ba, something of a
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pr disaster. what is the damage to the airline? as you say it's a pr disaster, it damages the airline's reputation. british airways says it will compensate anybody who is out of pocket as a result of this fraud and if banks pick up on fraudulent transactions they tend to refund the money anyway so in terms of financial damage, who knows, may not be too serious, but it makes british airways looked inept, it means that people who are thinking about booking through the website might think twice. it's not the first time this year that british airways has had a significant computer problem. you might remember back in the may half term thousands of passengers we re half term thousands of passengers were left stranded because british airways had to cancel flights because of a computer problem. in those terms it looks as though british airways can't get its act in gear. it has computer problems. that creates reputational damage. theo leggett, thank you, our business correspondence. after seven years of brutal and bloody civil war in syria, it now looks likely that president assad is preparing for what could be the endgame —
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a military assault on the country's last rebel stronghold of idlib. nearly three million people are crammed into the province. some are jihadist fighters, but many are refugees with nowhere left to go. the un says as many as 800,000 people could be displaced?and there are fears of a humanitarian crisis. today, russia, turkey and iran are holding crucial talks which may decide idlib's fate. richard galpin reports. such is the fear of what may happen in the coming days or weeks that already hundreds of people have started moving out of areas likely to be first in the firing line. this, the last rebel held province in syria, is a congested area with a population of almost 3 million people. half of those who fled here were from previous battles elsewhere in the country. many of them are now living in camps like this. they are very vulnerable. and earlier this week, russia
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resumed air strikes on the province, reportedly killing civilians. this amid a major build—up of troops nearby, suggesting a full assault on idlib could be imminent. there is this eerie feeling that we are now at the final stages of a relentless countdown to war. i would say there's still time to call it off, to halt this insanity, and to end this last possible battle in syria in talks, and not in a bloodbath that could engulf millions of civilians. in response, rebel forces here are preparing to defend the province. these fighters are aligned with turkey. but amongst the thousands of rebels now in idlib, including many foreigners, the dominant force is an al-qaeda linked group with up to 10,000 men.
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russia says they must be destroyed. the many civilians who are staying put, at least for the time being, are also preparing to defend themselves. these families have created their own bomb shelters and are stocking up with food supplies, while this man is also making gas masks for his family. he says people are scared. "everyone knows russia and the syrian president," he says, "will hit us with chemical weapons." at the united nations security council last night, concern was raised that syrian forces were preparing to use chemical weapons in idlib, prompting a warning the us would retaliate. so, we want to take this opportunity to remind assad and his russian and iranian partners, you don't want to bet against the united states responding again. but the russian ambassador denied that the syrian military had
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any chemical weapons. today in tehran, the presidents of russia, iran and turkey are holding a key meeting about idlib. turkey, like many countries, hoping to persuade the russian and iranian leaders not to launch an all—out assault at the syrian military on the province. president rouhani has said civilians should not be harmed. here in idlib's main city and across the province, people are hoping for good news from the tehran summit. but they are also bracing for the worst. if there is an all—out assault here, it could lead to the most devastating attack of syria's long civil war. richard galpin, bbc news. the time is 1.15. our top story this lunchtime: jeremy corbyn has rejected an attack on his leadership by the former prime minister tony blair
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who's claimed mr corbyn posed a threat to the future existence of the labour party. coming up, can football help children traumatised by war and violence? former arsenal star per mertesacker visits a refugee camp injordan. coming up on bbc news — alastair cook receives a commemorative cap before his last match for england. he'll retire after the final test of the series against india. ahead of america's mid—term elections, president trump has been campaigning in montana — a state which helped him win the white house two years ago. but some of the president's most ardent supporters there are now being hurt by his escalating trade war with china. so could the effects of it erode support for the republican party? 0ur correspondent james cook sent this report
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from broadview in montana. 0n the great plains, the harvest is coming to a close. farming is entwined in the american identity. spacious skies and amber waves of grain. a land of plenty. so much in fact that half of the nation's major crops are sold abroad, a figure that is even higher here in montana. 75% of our wheat is exported. most of our top customers reside in the pacific rim. so we are very heavily export— dependent and we rely on those international customers to keep moving our products. country life ain't so simple when it's tied to international trade. when the us slapped tariffs on china, beijing stopped buying us wheat. and farmers here are also losing access to their biggest customer, japan. montana's democratic senator is campaigning for re—election
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in the shadow of yellowstone park, deep in trump territory. as a farmer, he just wants a fair crack of the whip. access to market is a big issue. that's it, period. if we have access to the japanese market and the south korean market, if we have access to the eu, if we have access to all of these ones, we can out compete with anybody in the world in agriculture. but if we don't have access to those markets, we're done. the trump trade strategy does involve absorbing pain with the aim of winning better deals for the us. across the border in wyoming at the cody rodeo, they may not be following every twist and tweet, but they think they're i'm glad we have trump to probably stand up for ourselves, for us, and maybe make a better dealfor us than what we had in the past. well, american farmers need help, and whatever he can do to help us would be fine.
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and what do you need? what would you ask him for to help you? 0h, he'll do the right thing. we like him. you trust trump? we trust him. there is a great divide here in the north—western united states between protectionism and free trade, but it doesn't seem to be eroding loyalty to mr trump. support for donald trump here runs deep and wide. of course voters have concerns, not least about trade but, in the wilds of the american west, we've heard the same sentiment time and again. people trust the president, they say, to do the right thing. but, as autumn beckons, concerns remain. michelle ericsson—jones is harvesting this year's final field of wheat. she says tariffs have pushed down profits, putting the future of her family farm in doubt. we're ok for a couple of years, yeah, but... but you want to get back to free trade. yeah, we definitely want to get back to free trade. you know, a lot of my concern
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is based on how long it's taken us to build these markets. it's easy to tear them down and, tearing them down has a pretty big impact on, you know, the future, and my kids' ability to farm. as the last grain is hauled away, the direction for america's farmers is farfrom certain. james cook, bbc news, at broadview in montana. there's been an assassination attempt on the leading contender in brazil's presidential election. jair bolsonaro was stabbed in the middle of a crowd of supporters. he's had surgery and is expected to recover. the controversial far right politician has outraged many in brazil with his speeches, which prosecutors have said promote hate and rape. however he's been performing strongly in recent opinion polls. katy watson's report does contains some disturbing images of the attack. out on the campaign trail
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and working the crowds, with just a few weeks to go before the elections, far right presidential candidate jair bolsanaro was in his element, but the celebrations came to a sudden end. mr bolsonaro suddenly gripped his chest in pain, after being stabbed. chaos ensued, and the politician was rushed through the crowd to hospital. initially, his son flavio reported on twitter that the wound was only superficial, but that soon changed. "unfortunately", he said later, "it was more serious than we'd expected. "he lost a lot of blood and arrived at the hospital almost dead, "but his condition is now stable. "please pray for him." mr bolsonaro is a politician who's polarised opinion in brazil. he's become known for his racist, sexist and homophobic comments, but his tough talk of tackling violent crime and of beating corruption has helped propel him to the top of the race. the latest polls show that if, as expected, former president
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lula da silva is banned from running because of his corruption conviction, mr bolsonaro would win the most votes in the first round. politicians of all stripes, even his biggest critics, were united in condemning the attack. translation: whoever did this has to pay, whoever did this cannot stay unpunished. this cannot happen. a democratic country, which respects itself, that wants to be democratic, cannot allow the stabbing of any presidential candidate. police have since released a photo of the suspect who was arrested. he's been named as adelio bispo de 0liveira. next month's elections are the most uncertain this country has seen in decades. with this stabbing, tensions are now running even higher. katy watson, bbc news, in sao paulo. the chief inspector of schools, amanda spielman, has rejected criticism from mps that 0fsted is not enough of a "force for school improvement."
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0fsted's budget has been cut by more than 50%, but despite this ms spielman insisted her staff were not under—performing. her comments followed the publication of a house of commons committee report which suggests the inspection body was losing its credibility. legislation to ban the smacking of children in scotland is being published at holyrood. the measure proposed by a green member of the scottish parliament, has the backing of the scottish government and other political parties. however, the scottish conservatives said present legislation "works well "because it is based on common sense, and " reflects what the majority of parents want". as we've been hearing, the war in syria has created millions of refugees. many of them are in camps in neighbouring countries. in jordan's zaatari camp, half the 80,000 refugees are children — often traumatised by the violence they've seen. well, now arsenal football club have teamed up with psychologists
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from save the children to develop a football training programme that helps the refugees mentally as well as physically. it's been launched by former arsenal captain and world cup winner per mertesacker. catrin nyejoined him at the camp. you try to prepare as much as you can, mentally, for going to a refugee camp. to imagine these circumstances is impossible. an arsenal star takes on a rather different pitch. per mertesacker is used to the emirates stadium in london. this pitch is in zaatari refugee camp injordan, just 12 kilometres from the syrian border. they shout: arsenal! the former arsenal captain is here to see a new training programme designed to help children traumatised by war. this camp is huge. it's home to 80,000 syrian refugees, it's the size of a small city.
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the place is well organised but it has problems. children end up in early marriages and child labour. good, mohammed. .. the training programme teaches children about their rights, about teamwork, resilience, and gives them vital role models. it's also about letting them just be kids. save the children's psychologists worked with arsenal, who already do community work in north london. fleeing conflict from syria and living in a refugee camp with 80,000 people is very different from a young person growing up on an estate here, very different, but some of the approaches and responses are really simple. it's about belonging to something positive, it's about having a sense of purpose, trusting staff, there's trusted adults that do have an understanding of what they are going through. in jordan, per mertesacker meets mohammed, a syrian refugee who fled when he was just nine. what does football mean to him, like...? she translates: it's my life. have you seen your son,
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like, playing, and how good he is, skilful? the whole family fled. they don't know what's going on at home. they don't know how long they're going to live here. so, him, it's just been day by day. enjoying the football, it gives him so much. where do you want to be one day? she translates: famous player. famous player! she translates: like you. save the children and arsenal are aiming to coach 11,500 teenage boys and girls in the next three years, here injordan and in indonesia. they know they can't get these children their old lives back, but they can try and give them hope, make them stronger and make sure it's not war that defines their future. the prince of wales and the duchess of cornwall are visiting scotland today.
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the couple officially reopened the willow tea rooms in glasgow, which were originally designed by charles rennie mackintosh and date back to 1903. the building is the only example where the famous designer had complete control, even down to his choice of cutlery. it's been an emotional morning at the oval as alastair cook makes his final test match appearance for england. there was a standing ovation from the crowd and the indian team formed a guard of honour to welcome to the crease england's former captain and all—time leading run scorer. england have an unassailable lead in the series — and at lunch in this the fifth and final test they were 68—1. joe wilson is at the oval — joe. to speak to you from this elevated position overlooking the famous old
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low blow. the way that they like to perceive alastair cook in the england dressing room is as the world's most down to earth sporting superstar. he would probably like that description. the good news for those of us intrigued by his farewell is that first thing this morning, england won the toss and so far, we have been able to see cook batting. what pose would you choose to capture the man that's alistair cook? resolute. no fuss was his wish in his final test match. but the show of respect from the indian team and captain was only appropriate. now they could try to get him out. in his 161st test match, cook knows exactly where he's trying to guide the cricket ball. they call cook "chef" — obviously. opening the batting is a tough business. keatonjennings still learning. thank goodness for helmets. jennings will need to keep going at the top of england's batting order once cook is gone. jennings making some progress this morning. it's all about partnerships.
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and it's often about patients. —— patience. steady, keaton, steady. the ball fell safely and jennings could rehearse a better shot. sadly, here comes a worse one, straight to the fielder. jennings dismissed for 23, another opportunity missed and jennings knew that better than anyone. he was disgusted with what he's done. as for alastair cook, well, after a lean summer, he was building his best innings of the series. with every straight bat on ball, the chances of cook making a score to match the occasion grew. looking good. 37 not out, cook, moeen ali with him at the break in play. sun is high and there's lunch to enjoy for anyone following cook. yes, england will resume shortly on 68-1. yes, england will resume shortly on 68—1. yesterday i asked the england captainjoe 68—1. yesterday i asked the england captain joe root whether he 68—1. yesterday i asked the england captainjoe root whether he thought
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alastair cook had another century in him. he said yes, he thought it was written in the stars. i cannot see any written in the stars. i cannot see a ny stars written in the stars. i cannot see any stars but i don't think that the clouds will bother alastair cook, and so far, neither have the indian bowlers. time for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith—lucas. decent weather at the oval, is it going to last? we have a very small chance of the double right, patchy rain there tomorrow, but for most of us rain there tomorrow, but for most of us today it looks like a fine, early autumn day with some decent spells of sunshine. this picture was taken in shropshire. beautiful blue skies, barely a cloud around. this is the scene in 0swestry. we have a bit more cloud as you can see on the satellite image, across parts of north—east england, northern scotland, a bit more cloud drifting across


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