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this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 9.00. theresa may defends her brexit plan — as the prime minister hits out at speculation over her future. this is where i get a little bit irritated — this is not, this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. at least 25 people are killed in flooding and landslides in the philippines — but the impact of typhoon mangkhut on rural areas is still not clear. as the typhoon approaches hong kong, heavy rain and strong winds begin to build. in the united states, communities on the east coast face "epic amounts of rainfall" as tropical storm florence continues its path of destruction. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.35 —
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this morning's reviewers are david wooding, political editor of the sun on sunday, and the author and journalist shyama perera. the prime minister has defended her plan for brexit and revealed she becomes "irritated" when asked how long she'll last in thejob. in an exclusive interview with the bbc‘s nick robinson, theresa may said the debate was not about her future, but the future of the united kingdom. and she was also critical of the former foreign secretary borisjohnson, as our political correspondent chris mason reports. you know what some people say? they rather liked it when you joked about being that "bloody difficult woman." they liked that. and they sometimes say, "where's she gone?" laughter. "we want her back." well, she's still there. there's a difference between those who think you can only be bloody
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difficult in public and those of us who think, actually, you bide your time and you're bloody difficult when the time is right. smiling but defiant, in her car and at chequers, after a week in which some of her mps openly plotted ousting her and others met to plan how to derail her blueprint for brexit, the prime minister says... this is where i get a little bit irritated. this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. that's what i'm focused on and that's what i think we should all be focused on. it's ensuring we get that good deal from the european union which is good for people in the uk, wherever they live in the uk. there was then her reaction to this man, former foreign secretary borisjohnson and specifically his remarks last weekend in which he said her brexit plan was akin to "wrapping a suicide vest around the country." just look at the cold contempt with which she reacts to that.
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well, first of all, i have to say i think that choice of language was completely inappropriate. i was home secretary for six years and as prime minister for two years now. i think using language like that was not right and it's not language i would've used. and what was signed off here at her country retreat injuly, she insists, has to be implemented, not least for northern ireland. the only proposal that has been put forward that delivers on not having a hard border and ensures that we don't carve up the united kingdom is the chequers plan. and yet plenty in parliament, including on her own side, think her ideas are a dud — and brussels has sounded sceptical too. it's going to be a long autumn. chris mason, bbc news. you can see that full interview on panorama on bbc one tomorrow at 8.30pm.
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with me now is our political correspondent nick eardley. we saw the prime minister saying she gets a little bit irritated. it was a calm word but she's having a tough time. yes, probably disguising a bit more than irritation this week in particular, which has been a tough one for the prime minister. brexiteers plotting behind the scenes about how and when they might remove her. on the other side, her allies, people who used to advise her, saying after the brexit process is complete or after this current round of the process is complete, we should maybe think about some new blood. i think the prime minister in that interview is trying to say let's not talk about it, let's ignore that and stick to what she and probably most people think is the most important thing, the deal that she wants to get with europe,
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and trying to make that process is successful. of course, we know that deal has been chipped away at by borisjohnson deal has been chipped away at by boris johnson and she deal has been chipped away at by borisjohnson and she had something to say about him and his choice of language. she's not happy with that analogy he used in the newspaper column earlier this month. two weeks ago he talked about the chequers plan and his problems with it and said that the prime minister had "wrapped a suicide vest around britain's constitution and handed the detonator to brussels". at the time that attracted a lot of criticism, the prime minister today saying those words are not the ones she would have used and she thinks it's inappropriate. nevertheless, how ever she tries to pour cold water on this, the calls are perhaps growing for a people's vote, a second referendum. the london mayor adding his voice to that. which is
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significant, a week before labour conference, perhaps a labour's most senior politician who is actually in power at the moment as mayor of london, sadiq khan saying the uk government isn't dealing with this well, that we are on course for a bad deal or no deal at all. so we need to have a rethink and potentially another referendum which would include that option of staying in the european union. the labour party as a whole isn't there yet. the leadership certainly isn't there yet. their policy at the moment is to keep everything on the table. i'm the scenes there are some in the labour party who would much prefer a general election if whatever the prime minister comes back with is voted down in parliament because they think that's the way to get into power. but there is that pressure onjeremy corbyn into power. but there is that pressure on jeremy corbyn from into power. but there is that pressure onjeremy corbyn from many in his own party to adopt that policy of a second referendum, and i suspect we'll hear a lot about that at the labour conference. thank you. all next week on bbc news
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we mark six months until brexit. from the economy, business, health and education, we'll take a closer look at the potential impact of the uk leaving the eu on march 29th 2019. we'll begin our coverage in salford and burnley. that's tomorrow morning from 11.00 on bbc news. china's national observatory has issued its highest warning level, a red alert, as typhoon mangkhut approaches its heavily populated southwestern province. the massive storm is expected to make landfall within hours. typhoon mangkhut is battering hong kong, and well over 100 people have been injured. in the philippines — the massive storm has devastated part of the northern island of luzon, killing at least 25 people and triggering more than a0 landslides. howard johnson sent this report. mangkhut has been called by meteorologists the strongest typhoon in the world so far this year.
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and now, the reality of the utter devastation it has caused is becoming obvious. extreme flash flooding. the fragility of human existence laid bare. the road to cagayan province was littered with destruction. electricity posts ripped from the ground, street lamps bent in two, and this man's house torn to shreds. he showed me where the roof had been pulled back like a tin of sardines. fighting back the tears, he told me how he'd spent the night in an evacuation centre, worrying about the fate of his home. when we arrived we saw a queue of people waiting for fuel to power their generators. how do you feel? we are so scared. all the windows are broken. the whole night we
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didn't sleep. the scene here repeated across this vast region. debris scattered across the ground. electricity cables dangling dangerously. people wading their belongings through floodwaters. two rescue workers were killed in one of many landslides, and a third person drowned in 6—metre high storm surges. a team of search and rescue workers — clearly it had been a long night. our evacuees total about 113,000, scattered in more than 500 evacuation centres. we have not really released them yet because of the kind of wind we have. the magnitude of the devastation left behind here in the philippines still isn't known, and more heavy rain is on its way. howard johnson, bbc news, tuguegarao. forecasters in hong kong expect winds of 118kph. intense rain bands are already affecting the city. most transport services are suspended.
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in nearby macau, the government has for the first time shut all casinos as a precautionary measure. our correspondent there, robin brant, sent this update. this is peak storms, peak winds — typhoon mangkhut at its worst, as it passes by hong kong. it's not a direct hit, but it's passing east to west at the moment. these winds in excess of 100mph. it's quite tricky to stay on your feet. people being told to stay inside, it's too dangerous to be out. hundreds of flights have been cancelled and most of the shops are closed. for the next few hours, this will be as bad as it gets here. the east coast of the united states is facing an "epic amount of rainfall," particularly in north and south carolina where at least 11 people have died as a result of tropical storm florence. many people in the area have been moved to safety and those that have
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attempted to return home are being urged not to, as further flooding is on the way. our north america correspondent chris buckler reports. this storm has left streets submerged across north carolina. towns along the coast and now inland have become badly flooded, leaving rescue teams as the only route to safety for some families. from the air, you get a better sense of the scale of the problems here, and during the brief breaks in the weather, this has been the most effective way of getting people out of cut—off areas like new bern. driving conditions are increasingly difficult. motorists have been advised to avoid this state completely if they can. and new evacuation warnings have come into force for more of these carolinan towns. the worst is yet to come. mandatory evacuations for areas within one mile of the cape fear river in fayetteville, and one mile of the little river have been implemented.
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the number of people who have died as a result of this extreme weather is continuing to rise. florence is no longer a hurricane, but this sprawling storm is moving slowly across the carolinas, dumping months of rainfall injust days. the effects of hurricane florence are still being felt — and the authorities say as long as the rain falls, there is the danger of further catastrophic flash flooding. and after this week in north carolina, both man and beast are well aware of the impact of that. chris buckler, bbc news, wilmington. wealth taxes should be imposed to create a £100 billion "citizens' fund" which would spread britain's resources evenly and strengthen public finances — that's according to the leader of the liberal democrats. sir vince cable says the money would be put aside over a ten year period and would include funds raised from sale of the taxpayers' stake in the royal bank of scotland.
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it's one of a number of suggestions being put forward at the party's annual conference this weekend. our political correspondent jonathan blake is in brighton for us. so, plenty of focus on this particular policy? there is. this is familiar ground for sir vince cable, the former business secretary and somebody who some people at least credit in part with predicting the financial crisis that happened in 2008. he was warning the then labour government about rising levels of household debt, and then of course the crash happened. one result of that was royal bank of scotland being bailed out by the taxpayer. sir vince cable will say today is a disgrace that ten yea rs will say today is a disgrace that ten years on from that, the taxpayers themselves have yet to feel the benefits or to be rewarded for doing that. part of his idea to create this sovereign wealth fund is
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to sell off some of the shares in rbs, to also raise taxes on people who have high investments and high levels of wealth through property portfolios or stocks and shares portfolios, raise the taxes on them and then use the receipt, use the money the government would get to reinvest in the long—term for the benefit of the country as a whole. this will go down very well with liberal democrat party members here in brighton, it's just liberal democrat party members here in brighton, it'sjust the liberal democrat party members here in brighton, it's just the sort of policy they like. he will have to find a broader audience and broader support for policies like this that the party is coming up with its liberal democrats to re—emerge from the margins of british politics and bea the margins of british politics and be a more dominant force in parliament than they are at the moment. thank you. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may has revealed her frustration with the continued speculation over her leadership — as the prime minister defends her brexit plan. at least 25 people are killed by flooding and landslides in the philippines — as typhoon mangkhut closes in on hong kong.
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in the united states — tropical storm florence continues to devastate the east coast with "epic amounts of rainfall". the leader of the conservative party in scotland, ruth davidson, has said that she never wants to be prime minister because she "values her mental health too much". in an interview with the sunday times she's spoken for the first time of her struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts and self harm. ms davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, had frequently been tipped as a future leader. the royal college of pathologists is warning that cancer patients are facing worrying delays in diagnosis and treatment. radio 5 live investigates has been told just 3% of the laboratories which diagnose and study diseases across the uk have enough staff to meet demand. the department of health says it's increased medical training places
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for home—grown doctors by 25%. with freshers week about to get under way, the universities minister is calling for academic leaders to make student mental health a key priority for the upcoming year. universities minister sam gyimah has written to vice chancellors asking them to review the services they already have in place and improve on areas that are inadequate. going to university is one of the biggest transitions a lot of students will make in their life. the first time leaving your family, leaving your village, your town or your city. having the right pastoral care, well—being and support will mean that in the critical transition phase, students can adapt to their new environment and go on to succeed. australians have been warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit. contaminated punnets have been reported in supermarkets in the states of new south wales,
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queensland and victoria. georgina smyth has more. it is the stuff of nightmares — sewing needles inside fresh strawberries found at random across three australian states. i bit into it, there was a break. my knee jerk reaction was to swallow it, and what was left over was half of the sewing needle. it's a shock. you go to get some strawberries from woolworths, the last thing you're expecting is to end up in hospital. some as young as nine have been affected. it went in my mouth and i pulled the needle out. the contaminated strawberries have been traced back to this queensland farm. the industry believes it could be the work of a disgruntled employee, but police won't confirm that. our investigation is still open. we aren't going to get into speculation, we're keeping a very open mind. brands have been pulled from the shelves across the major supermarkets, and while no one has been seriously harmed by the contamination, the industry is already hurting from the recall.
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strawberry growers are pleading with consumers not to abandon the industry. anyone buying the fruit has been urged to slice it before eating. georgina smyth, bbc news. plastics have been called a scourge on the environment but now a group of scientists think they may actually be able to use them to do some good. it's estimated there's around 400 million tonnes of the material buried in landfill around the uk which could now be mined to make green fuel. but some environmentalists think it's better left where it is. david whiteley reports. every week, 1,100 tonnes of household waste are buried in this landfill site. it's just one of 20,000 landfill sites in the uk and between them, they contain 400 million tonnes of plastic. chris cornell has been working on this landfill site
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for the last three years. is it quite shocking to see how much plastic is here, and this is, you know, a relatively small landfill site, isn't it? yeah, yeah, yeah, definitely. i mean, it has been noticeably more plastic in the last few years, so what do you do with it? where does it go, you know? how can you recycle this sort of stuff? dr stuart wagland from cranfield university in bedfordshire is leading a government—backed project to recover landfill plastic and turn it into a new fuel. 850 landfill sites in england have been identified as suitable for mining, but there could be up to 4,000 more. so with this sample here, this has had the metal and glass taken away, and everything else has been used in a pyrolytic plant. oh, you can see it there. so this oil is very similar in consistency to crude oil but we believe we can upgrade this to produce chemicals and liquid fuels and it could potentially power your car in the future. how environmentally friendly is the process of turning
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this into oil and gas, because the process, i believe, creates carbon dioxide? it does, but it doesn't produce carbon dioxide in the same way if we were to burn this material. julian kirby, the plastics pollution campaigner for friends of the earth, still thinks secure landfill is better than this new idea. so they say this is cleaner fuel. what they mean that it's a slightly less terrible type of fossil fuel. it is still a fossil fuel. that's not clean in climate terms. but burning plastic, whether it's in a fancy technology like pyrolysis or whether it's in an incinerator is incredibly polluting, and that's why we need to be massively reducing how much plastic we use altogether and not locking ourselves into a whole new economy of plastic. investors are needed to make this happen. it is predicted we could be using fuel from landfill plastic within ten years. david whiteley, bbc news. if you live in the east of england, you can see more bbc
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one's inside out east on monday night at 7.30 on bbc one. the actor dudley sutton, best known for playing the character tinker dill in the television show lovejoy has died, at the age of 85. former colleagues and co—stars paid tribute to the "great actor and wonderful bloke," who was diagnosed with cancer this year. in a statement, his agent said he passed away surrounded by family and friends. benedict cumberbatch and james corden are just some of the british nominees up for an emmy award, which take place in la tomorrow night. it's the first year that the categories are dominated by the streaming service netflix. our los angeles correspondent james cook reports. enemies to the east. enemies to the west. game of thrones has vanquished them all, winning more emmy awards than any other drama series in tv history. whatever stands in our way...
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we will defeat it. this year, it leads the field with 22 nominations. did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? westworld, where cowboys meet science fiction, has 21 nominations, including a second supporting actress nod for thandie newton. you're going to take me to my daughter. who knows where westworld's going to go for season three? we certainly have no idea. do you not? no, not at all! i'm having dinner with lisa joy, who's one of our show runners, next week and i'm going to get her very drunk and i'm going to get someone dish out of her, yeah! the handmaid's tale, with its bleak vision of a totalitarian united states, is also a frontrunner again. it won best drama last year. is the handmaid's tale a piece for our times? of course.
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my goodness, of course. i feel like it's the only piece for our times right now. the other shows are sources of entertainment and inspiration, but i really feel like it holds a mirror up to society and asks hard questions, particularly about women and the roles of women and equality, and so i think it's necessary. somebody help! she will keep hurting people until i catch her! spy thriller killing eve debuted on bbc one last night, but it's already thrilled american audiences, winning a nomination in best drama for sandra oh, a milestone for an asian actress. help me! it can only be great. i mean, it could only be great! to discuss it in any kind of way, i'll leave that to other people because it should be discussed. but not for me. i'm just happy. in hollywood, the crown remains hugely popular and it's in running again. but what's a fascination with the royals? i think we're sort of secretly happy
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that their life is more miserable than ours, because they live in what we imagine is the gilded cage with everything that you could think of that you'd want to be, princes and kings and queens, they have this incredible lifestyle supposedly, but then you understand that in the middle, they've all the same problems we do. and that's what makes good drama, whether you're in la or the yorkshire dales. so, when i'm in england, iwatch, like, emmerdale and shows like that. you do not! you're an emmerdale fan? me and my mum love all of those. why? they're just — they're very addictive. they know how to write a show, you know. they leave those cliffhangers real good. this annual bafta tea party is a curtain raiserfor the emmys, and very soon, we'll find out who will be sipping the champagne. a 400—year—old painting has been returned to poland's national museum, after being stolen during the second world war.
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portrait of a lady became part of the country's collection in 1935 before being looted. the fate of the artwork during the war is unknown but it resurfaced in 2006 after being sold at auction in new york. an american couple who had unwittlingly bought the picture were there to see the painting being handed back. the papers are coming up shortly. now the weather. we started off sunday with a north—south divide but so far the best of the sunshine in the south—east corner. a beautiful sunrise as you can see by this weather watcher picture. a different story further north and west. already some rain and rather cloudy skies first thing this morning and some outbreaks of rain. rain was pretty heavy through the night across scotland and northern ireland, accompanied by 30—45 mph gusts of wind. as the rain moves
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south and east it is starting to weaken. that will be the story as we go through the day. the rain moving out of the north of england into the midlands and lincolnshire and weakening. we should see some sunny spells developing late in the afternoon across north wales and northern england. a breezy affair for scotland and northern ireland with a scattering of showers in the north—west. still on the mild side, 14-19 north—west. still on the mild side, 14—19 degrees. in the south—east corner we could see highs of 24. that front continues to sink steadily south, a band of cloud and a relatively mild night to come with that south—westerly flow. temperatures will keep sitting at 17. quite a mild and cloudy start on monday. a quiet start to monday on the whole, but it's not going to last because by the end of monday into tuesday we see this significant area of low pressure which is the re m na nts of area of low pressure which is the remnants of hurricane helene pushing across the uk. we start of monday
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relatively quiet. the wind strengthening and the cloud gathers with the rain arriving into northern ireland and western scotland. we could see gusts of wind 40 mph and 24 degrees. as we move out of monday into tuesday, that's when we are likely to see the strongest of the winds. gales or severe gales with a speu winds. gales or severe gales with a spell of wet weather moving its way through northern ireland and into scotland. it rattles away quite a pace, so by tuesday the worst of the rain will have eased. we still get those windy conditions right across the country. at least they are coming from a south—westerly so that means we keep this tropical air particularly across central and southern areas the country. the windiest weather to the north. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may has revealed her "frustration" with the continued speculation over her leadership — as the prime minister
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defends her brexit plan. at least 25 people are killed by flooding and landslides in the philippines, as typhoon mangkhut closes in on hong kong. meanwhile in the united states, tropical storm florence continues to devastate the east coast with "epic amounts of rainfall". the liberal democrat leader, sir vince cable, calls for the creation of a £100 billion sovereign wealth fund to spread britain's resources more evenly. before the papers, sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. good morning, rachel. simon yates will become britain's third different winner of cycling's grand tours this year, provided he stays on his bike to cross the finish line of the vuelta espana in the final processional stage in madrid today. yates extended his lead after yesterday's 20th stage
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and will be just the second briton to win in spain, asjoe lynskey reports.
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