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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm. jeremy corbyn says he would back another referendum on brexit — if labour party members vote for it at conference. i'm their elected leader of this party, elected as the leader to bring greater democracy to this party. there will be clear votes in conference. i don't know what will come out of all the meetings going on. following eu leaders‘ rejection of theresa may's chequers plan last week, the brexit secretary says he won't let the eu dictate negotiations. this is a bump in the road. we will hold our nerve, keep our cool and keep negotiating in good faith. we need to keep these negotiations going. iran's president accuses american—backed gulf states of supporting groups behind a deadly terror attack on a military parade yesterday. a rescue operation is under way in the indian ocean to rescue a stranded sailor. abhilash tomy, who was taking part in the golden globe
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round—the—world race, says he's seriously injured after his boat ran into a severe storm. and at 8:30pm, the travel show looks back at some of the highlights over the last few months, including a once neglected and crime ridden skyscraper in johannesburg that's now a symbol of success in south africa. good evening. jeremy corbyn has confirmed that labour would support another referendum on brexit, if delegates backed the idea at the party's conference. he says he'd prefer a general election, but would abide by the decision of members. his comments came as thousands of people joined an anti—brexit
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march in liverpool, where the labour conference is taking place. here's our political correspondent, alex forsyth. people's vote! there's clear demand. now! calls for another public vote. i can't see that we've got anything to gain from brexit. a say on the terms of brexit. we need to know what the deal actually is. and outside labour's conference, some party members join the chorus. can you hear us, jeremy corbyn?! listen to us, hear us, give us a people's vote! it seems he might have heard. he's resisted so far but today said he would accept the decision of party members. our preference would be for a general election, and we can then negotiate our future relationships with europe. but let's see what comes out of conference, we are democratic party, we're very big, it's the biggest conference we've ever had. and given that, do you feel bound by what the conference decides as the leader? obviously, i'm there elected
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as a leader of this party. the government's ruled out another vote or an election, insisting a brexit deal is possible even after its plan was rejected by the eu. what we need to do is hold our nerve, keep our cool, continue to negotiate in good faith, and really press the eu to be clearer on what their objections are. but they sense an opportunity — an election is what they really want, but having promised a more democratic party, they can't ignore members calling for a brexit vote. the deputy leader says labour must make its position clear either way. it's a bit of a binary choice, you can't really fudge that. we think we need a meaningful vote in parliament. failing that, we think that the prime minister needs to call a general election so we can air the debates around the deal. and then it may be that we have to have a people's vote if parliament can't come to a view. today labour delegates will decide what exactly the party will vote on later this week,
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which will determine whether labour officially supports a vote on the brexit deal. there is support for that here, but some fear it may alienate labour voters who wanted to leave the eu. hence this warning from one of labour's big union backers. there are significant numbers of traditional labour supporters who are saying, "we are going to vote conservative because we don't trust labour to take us out of the european union." any vote, he said, should be on the terms of leaving only. the referendum shouldn't be on, "do we want to go back into the european union?" that shouldn't even be an option? no, because the people have already decided. but these people want another say — labour's now flirting with the idea, while the government says it would be a betrayal of trust. brexit, once again, hugely divisive. alex forsyth, bbc news, liverpool. our chief political
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correspondent vicki young, is at the labour party conference in liverpool, and has been assessing the reaction to events today. it's interesting this week, labour will want to show themselves as a government in waiting. they are talking about wanting a general election and that's quite hard for the opposition to achieve under the parliamentary rules, it would require conservatives to vote for it so require conservatives to vote for it so labour can call for it as much as they like but there aren't many people who think it's very likely to happen. nevertheless they'll bring forward various policies, today talking about extra taxes on those with second homes in order to help local people with the cost of housing and friends, talking too about putting workers on the boards of companies, so lots of ideas running out here, it's difficult to get away from the issue of brexit. it's dominating the political landscape so much that people do wa nt to landscape so much that people do want to know what labour's position is. there's a certain amount of
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concentration here on internal party matters. lots of talk about rules, talks particularly about how local parties could get rid of their mps. it's all about reselection, or deselection, the idea that mps can't just assume they're going to be the labour candidate at the next election if local party members don't want them. this is what len mccluskey had to say about that.|j believe mccluskey had to say about that.” believe there are certain mps within out believe there are certain mps within our party who are almost asking to be deselected. they really don't want... applause they really don't want to be part of this exciting transformation that is taking place. all my life i've thought a government that would bring about the reversible shifting the balance of power in favour working people. we now have an opportunity. please go back, talk to
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the numberof opportunity. please go back, talk to the number of constituency delegates here, this isn't about the constituencies against the unions, i promise you it isn't. we want to make certain that those mps who need to be called to account will be called to account. there has been a lot of tension between many labour mps and jeremy corbyn. some of his mps and jeremy corbyn. some of his mps don't like the direction he's taken the party and they fear there will be some kind of purge, people trying to get rid of them. there has been a shift in the rules. it hasn't gone as far as an open selection, or a mandatory reselection. there's been a compromise but it's definitely going to make it easier for local party members to get rid of theirmp if for local party members to get rid of their mp if they wanted. this was the message from one member at labourmp the message from one member at labour mp stella creasy to len mccluskey. do you know what i find really sad about all of this, unite union is doing really good work on
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how people are getting ripped off by employers and all you are hearing about unite is len's comments. there isa about unite is len's comments. there is a way that parties can get rid of an mp, there always has been. i've had members the mailing me about it for the last two and a half years. every person here at this conference has a choice to make. are you here to make change, are you here to make chaos, and i say to lend your manners are doing great work on things like restaurant tips, why don't we talk about that and how we can make legislation. was a certain amount of anger on the conference floor from labour party members who actually thought that the compromise on all this was a bit too week, they didn't think it went far enough and many of them saying local mps should not assume they have a job for life, may have to be accountable and prove that they backed the party leader. that was vicki young and we'll be finding out how this story and many others have been correct and we'll find out how this story,
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and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages, at 10:35pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are the former fleet street editor eve pollard, and laura hughes, who's a political correspondent at the ft. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, has dismissed claims by the iranian president that washington was involved in an attack yesterday on a military parade in the city of ahvaz. 25 people, including 12 revolutionary guards, were killed in one of the worst attacks against the elite force. hassan rouhani said the us and its allies in the gulf had supported the attack, which killed 25 people. ms haley said the fault lay solely with the iranian authorities. well, a short time ago, our washington correspondent, chris buckler, told me that there seems no end in sight of the diplomatic finger—pointing in this row. yeah, ithink yeah, i think at the moment we've got washington and tehran blaming each other, essentially president
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rouhani claiming without any evidence it must be said, or certainly not displaying any evidence, that the us backed allies in the gulf were responsible for enabling this attack, i think was the word he specifically used, and specifically the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, responding by saying that as far as they are concerned iran also needs to look at how it oppresses its people and they mightfind how it oppresses its people and they might find some idea of how this attack may have happened. a number of groups have claimed responsibility for this including a group inside iran itself. however, in the last few minutes, we've had some details from reuters, suggesting that the so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility for this too and it has posted a video of three men in a vehicle who said they were on their way to that military parade in order to carry out the attack. that of course will be taken very seriously and again it's something that the us will undoubtedly condemn. it says it condemns all terrorist attacks, but at the same time there's still a
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clear tension between iran the us. notjust over this clear tension between iran the us. not just over this issue clear tension between iran the us. notjust over this issue but also over a whole range of other issues. are we expecting iran at the un general assembly next week? yeah, president rouhani is going to new york for that meeting and so is donald trump and that gives you a sense the relationships that are already bad at the moment have a danger of worsening unless they can find some way of seeing and agree something going forward. as it is the us has pulled out of the iran nuclear deal, which of course has led to a great deal of concern, not least because it means the reimposition of sanctions on the country that is already facing some economic problems. and donald trump is also due to chair at this un general assembly a meeting of the un security council. now, that is clearly something that will have a lot of focus on it and president trump is supposed to be chairing a session that is looking at trying to stop the spread of weapons of mass
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destruction. but he has already said that he wants the discussion to focus on iran and that is something thatis focus on iran and that is something that is likely to upset president rouhani specifically, but it also means there will be a great deal of focus on looking at what president trump himself says. sometimes he can be outspoken, as you know, and sometimes president rahane can respond in kind. chris buckler there. a man has been arrested at buckingham palace, on suspicion of possessing a taser stun gun. the 38—year—old was caught when he went through security scanners. police say the incident is not terror related. a teenager has died after being shot in east london. the 19—year—old was taken to hospital after the incident in walthamstow late yesterday evening, where he was pronounced dead. no—one has been arrested. police have appealed for witnesses. a british man who says he is a pharmacist from birmingham has been detained in syria on suspicion of being a member of the so—called islamic state group. kurdish forces captured anwar miah in the eastern province of deir al—zour a month ago.
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a video of his capture has surfaced on social media. it shows mr miah saying he has lived in syria for nearly four years and that he worked as a medic in islamic state territory. it is believed he is now being held in a prison in northern syria, guarded by us special forces. our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville gave us this update. kurdish forces picked him up, they are fighting in syria against so—called islamic state. they say he picked him up in islamic state territory. he's been in syria about four years. the reason we know of his capture was because a video has come to light and in that video anwarmiah come to light and in that video anwar miah has on the back of a pick—up truck —— pick—up truck, surrounded by kurdish forces and says, i'm a doctor, a qualified pharmacist from the uk, i studied
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medicine and pharmacy. the kurds are having a lot of success at picking up having a lot of success at picking up foreign fighters who they believe we re up foreign fighters who they believe were members of the so—called islamic state. anwar miah is now under their control and being questioned by western intelligence officials. that's quentin somerville. the headlines on bbc news... the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, and his deputy, tom watson, say they would back another brexit referendum — if that's what party members want. following eu leaders' rejection of theresa may's chequers plan last week, the brexit secretary says he won't let the eu dictate negotiations. iran's president accuses american—backed gulf states of supporting groups behind a deadly terror attack on a military parade yesterday. sport, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. chelsea have failed to match
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liverpool's perfect start to the premier league season. they could only draw 0—0 at west ham. there were goals at arsenal as they beat everton 2—0. adam wild watched both games. for chelsea is a trip across the capital was short but this season they and west ham could scarcely feel further apart. there's been precious little to cheer at the london stadium of late. still, west ham fans are not without hope. michail antonio almost offering them some reward. chelsea, by contrast, have had a perfect start of the season, was incredibly denied here by the face of fabianski you. having saved the game with one head they should have won it with another. andriy yarmolenko with a glaring miss, these london rivals won't be separated. just down the road there we re separated. just down the road there were goals but against everton, arsenal were made to wait. when it came it was worth it. alexandre la cazette's came it was worth it. alexandre lacazette's finish was quite brilliant and having found one,
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arsenal's second follows within moments. the ball eventually finding its way to pierre—emerick aubameyang and, after a difficult start the season are finding their feet. adam wild, bbc news. celtic have made their worst start to a premiership season since 1998. the scottish champions lost 2—1 in injury time at kilmarnock. stuart findlay scored the winner at rugby park to see killie climb to fifth above celtic on goal difference. they are six points behind leaders hearts. rangers are second after beating stjohnstone 5—1. in the women's super league, leaders arsenal twice came from behind to beat west ham 4—3, thanks to a hat—trick from danielle van de donk, to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. meanwhile, substitue rinsola babajide scored the only goal of the game with five minutes to spare as liverpool clinched a win over brighton in their first game since the resignation of manager neil redfearn. everton played out a goalless draw against chelsea. manchester city drew 2—2 with bristol city.
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and birmingham claimed a victory away at reading. saracens maintained their perfect start to the premiership season as they beat gloucester in convincing fashion to make it four wins out of four. perfect communication between liam williams and alex lozowski helped lozowski towards a superb try to bring the score to 36—3. a gloucester try in the last few seconds of the game brought the final score to 38—15. sarries are a point above last season's beaten finalists exeter at the top of the table, while gloucester stay fifth. worcester beat leicester 34—27 at welford road for the second year running —— 44—37. tiger woods has teed off as leader in his final round at the pga's tour championship.
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the iii—time major winner is five shots clear ofjustin rose as he chases his first tournament win in five years. on the european tour, england's tom lewis has won the portugal masters. it was his first win since 2011 when he won the portugal masters for the first time — his only professional victory until today. despite starting with a first round of one over par, lewis finished 22 under to claim a 3—stroke win over australia's lucas herbert. the semi—finals are taking place in the pdc champions league of darts. it's live on bbc two. gary anderson hasjust beaten defending champion mensur suljovic to make the final. world number one michael van gerwen is facing peter wright in the other semi—final. head over to bbc two for more on that. the final will follow later tonight. that's all the sport for now. an investigation by bbc radio
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five live has found that the number of elderly people who say they have been the victim of scamming has nearly doubled in the last three years.?|n some cases, people have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds. ? fraudsters scammed almost 19,000 older people across the uk in the past year, equivalent to nearly six every hour. caroline davies reports. it's a crime that can happen in your own home, as simple as a convincing phone call or a few clicks on a computer. and for one group in particular, reported cases of fraud are becoming more common. the cost of personal fraud across all ages is estimated to be around £10 billion a year. figures requested in an investigation by 5 live show that nearly 19,000 people aged over 60 reported that they had been scammed and more than 1,000 of those victims were over 90. some experts worry the real number of over—60s affected is far higher and that older people
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are particularly at risk as they are more likely to live alone and be drawn into conversation with a fraudster. the impact can be devastating, leaving victims without savings, potentially reliant on the state to pay for their care. those who do fall victim to fraud once are often targeted again, sometimes being placed on a scammers' list of people likely to be sucked in. the financial ombudsman service has said that scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and told banks that they should take the evolution of fraud into account, rather than assume it is their customers who have been grossly negligent. caroline davies, bbc news. joining us now from southampton, professor keith brown — an expert in fraud, who was consulted for the five live investigation. his elderly mother was scammed whilst she was in the early stages of dementia. professor, thank you forjoining us.
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why is this particular crime becoming, the crime, the scam of choice, by criminals? a number of reasons, really but first of all domestic burglary is getting harder because people put cctv cameras out in their houses. cars have got better sophisticated locks on them. criminals are realising that actually scamming the elderly is a very easy way to make a lot of money. they often live on their own. they are often in the early stages of cognitive decline, alzheimer's dementia and are very easy to colin watts and lots of them. once you have been scammed, is that it, or can it happen again? the opposite. if you have been scammed or one of your relatives have been scammed once, watch out, they will focus on you. criminals will sell your data and if you are what they will call a sucker, if you or someone they think they can easily make an easy book out of you, they will come after you
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time and time again, so a big word of warning. if one of your relatives has been scammed once, but in some protection measures straightaway. tell me about recovery fraud. what is this? recovery fraud is when somebody has lost some money through a business collapse and then somebody comes along and says i can help you recover that money, if you pay me some money to recover the money and you end up in a cycle of scam. so what can we do to stop it? well, specifically recovery fraud, i think you've got to be very wary if —— of recovery fraud going on but the main data we're talking about today with older people, it's going today with older people, it's going to be things like checking is your relative receiving lots and lots phone calls, is their male normal foran phone calls, is their male normal for an elderly person or are they getting lots of mail from for an elderly person or are they getting lots of mailfrom companies offering to sell them products they don't want or what is they are never going to win? it's about looking for and checking out with our loved ones. in particular, having conversations with them and saying,
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mum, dad, grandma, grandad, what's going on, how are you, and even sometimes bridging the subject of saying, should we have a discussion about your finances and check they are not actually losing money on all sorts of fraudulent ways. that something you can do at home directly with family and older members of the family. what about banks? our banks and financial institutions doing enough to tackle this? what are the rights we have as consumers? well, one of the difficulties we have is if you give out voluntarily or bank card details or your bank details, the banks will say that you have done that and you've given that out and therefore that's called a push payment and you are responsible for that loss. now clearly somebody who is responsible,‘ is, for that loss, has been, really conned by very clever clever and also we are having to find ways to challenge banks to say you‘ve got to put in more protective measures and one of the things we are campaigning for is that people
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can self declared the bank and say look, i‘m elderly, i‘m slightly confused, i want you to put 24—hour delay on any payment above a certain amountand delay on any payment above a certain amount and send a text alert to unnamed relative or friend to insure that that is a fairer and reasonable transaction. professor, what are the societal consequences of scamming the elderly? absolutely enormous. i don‘t think any of your listeners will fully understand how big a tsunami this is going to be. what we know is that many people that are scammed in their own homes, is not just a financial loss they suffer, they suffer huge psychological loss. they lose the confidence to live alone in their own homes, they don‘t wa nt to alone in their own homes, they don‘t want to go out anymore, and they frequently end up in care. ironically enough come if you end up in care having lost your life savings, it‘s the state that has to pick up the costs, so the more elderly people that are scammed out of their life savings and conned out of their life savings and conned out of their life savings, the more we will see them coming into care
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because they simply lose the confidence to live on their own and society has to pick up the tab. this is going to have huge implications for health and social care. professor keith brown, thank you very much. thank you. you are watching bbc news. an international rescue mission is under way, trying to reach a seriously injured sailor taking part in the golden globe round—the—world yacht race. abhilash tomy is stranded 2000 miles off the coast of western australia. his yacht‘s mast was broken in a severe storm in the indian ocean. here‘s katharine da costa. rolled, dismasted, severe back injury, cannot get up. a distress message from solo yachtsman abhilash tomy after a severe storm whipped up 80 mph winds and 45 foot waves, breaking his mast on friday. he‘s injured and unable to leave his bunk. i‘m very relieved to be at the start of the golden globe race... this is tomy at the start of the race injuly.
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the 39—year—old indian navy commander is no stranger to extreme conditions — he completed the same round—the—world challenge in 2013. it‘s a 30,000—mile nonstop solo race. competitors had set off from france on the 1st ofjuly. they‘d been tracking down the west coast of africa. tomy had moved into third place when he got into trouble nearly 2000 miles off the west coast of australia. he‘s now stranded in the middle of indian ocean. and this almost the suhaili lap of honour... sir robin knox—johnston was the first man to sail round the world single—handedly back in 1968. tomy‘s yacht is a replica of sir robin‘s — the pair are close friends. abhilash is a tough guy, i mean, he's the first indian to go solo nonstop around the world, so he's experienced, he's been there down before, he's a naval officer, he knows what he's up to, he's very resourceful. help is on the way.
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this morning, the indian air force located his yacht. rival competitor gregor mcguckin is expected to reach him with medical supplies by first light, while it‘s hoped a french fisheries vessel is close behind and can take them to safety. katherine da costa, bbc news. in less than an hour, millions of viewers will tune in for the final instalment of the hit bbc drama "the bodyguard". the programme — based around a close protection officer‘s relationship with a fictional home secretary — has prompted a big increase in people interested in similar work looking at the met police‘s website — with more than 1000 visits a week. danny shaw reports. he‘s talked down a suicide bomber, been shot at in a car, and duffed up a government advisor. argh! all in day‘s work for a close protection officer? here‘s one man who should know.
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i have protected theresa may when she was home secretary, you‘re right, and it is nothing and was nothing like what david budd did. argh! the way we operate is not quite like david budd, who seems to be operating independently! so independently, he even has an affair with the home secretary. that‘s not realistic at all! anybody who crosses that line would not last very long within the department and might not last very long within the police service. but the met police wants to capitalise on the popularity of bodyguard. there‘s been a surge of interest injoining the force. it needs to recruit detectives and technology experts. it's about encouraging people to have an ambition, dream big, and, actually, some day you could be protecting her majesty the queen, or protecting the home secretary. but you're not going to get that instantaneously. one feature of the programme is the large number of senior female officers and detectives from black and minority ethnic groups. it takes some doing...
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the reality is rather different. they‘re in a minority, as this asian counterterrorism detective told me. she doesn‘t want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of her role. women and bme officers are in every rank and every specialism in the police service. so it‘s not a rare thing. we do have senior female officers, we also have senior bme officers. but we still do need more diversity, without a shadow of a doubt. the character of david budd makes great telly and may inspire some potential recruits, but he‘s no substitute for a real close protection officer. it‘s not about making waves — they have to stay in the shadows. danny shaw, bbc news. the duchess of sussex, has revealed she kept a few secrets concerning her wedding dress on the big day. and she‘s spilling the beans in a new documentary series on the royal family, to be broadcast this week.
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it focuses on the queen‘s role as head of the commonwealth, and her efforts to guide the next generation of royals in public service, as sophie long explains. this iconic wedding gown took people‘s breath away, and as the duchess of sussex is reunited with her dress for the first time... she reveals the secrets that lay beneath. somewhere in here, there‘s a piece of — did you see it? the piece of blue fabric that‘s stitched inside? no! it‘s my something blue. it‘s my — it‘s fabric from my... oh, how nice! well, i hope it's still in there! yes, it should be. we'll have to look at that.


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