this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines. theresa may says further progress has been made during crunch brexit talks in brussels, as both sides look to finalise a deal before sunday's eu summit. as both sides look to finalise we've had a very good meeting this evening. we've made good progress, and as a result, we've given sufficient direction to our negotiators, and i hope for them to be able to resolve the remaining issues, and that work will start immediately. concern for a 31—year—old british academicjailed for life on charges of spying in the united arab emirates. donald trump faces criticism after he rules out punishing saudi arabia for the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. and sir david attenborough is to take up the so—called "people's seat" at next month's united nations climate change conference. both britain and the eu say progress
has been made in brexit talks today between the uk prime minister theresa may and european commission president, jean claude juncker. mrs may says she'll meet mrjuncker again for more negotiations on saturday, ahead of a planned eu summit on brexit the next day. the british and eu sides have been trying to finalise what's being called the political declaration, effectively an broad outline of what the uk's future relationship with the european union will be after brexit, in areas ranging from aviation to trade. so this is what the prime minister has had to say in the last hour about how the talks went. we've had a very good meeting this evening. we've made further progress, and as a result, we've given sufficient direction to our negotiators.
i hope for them to be able to resolve the remaining issues, and that work will start immediately. i now plan to return for further meetings, including with presidentjuncker, on saturday to discuss how we can bring to a conclusion this process that's in the interest of all our people. what are the problems that need to be solved so this summit can go ahead and all this can be signed off? well, there are some remaining issues which we have discussed this evening with presidentjuncker. we've been able to give direction to our negotiators on resolving those issues. so further progress has been made, and as i say, i'll be returning on saturday for further meetings, including again with presidentjuncker, to discuss how we can ensure that we can conclude this process in a way that is in the interest of all our people. but was this the plan? wasn't there meant to be a finalised text ready 48 hours before the summit was going to happen? well, there were some further issues that need resolution. we've given direction
to our negotiators this evening, the work on those issues will now start immediately. i believe we've given this to lack of sufficient direction for them to be able to solve those remaining issues. let's talk to adam flemming, our correspondent in brussels. adam, both sound side —— sound reasonably optimistic progress as a bed made —— has been made? reasonably optimistic progress as a bed made -- has been made? the idea initially was that the eu and the uk negotiating teams would conclude negotiations on this political decoration and you were talking about last night. that deadline was missed, then there was a suggestion it would be completed tonight wants the prime minister and president juncker sat down and hammered out the remaining issues. that does not look to be the case, so talks will continue into tomorrow. i think the real deadline that brussels is operating on for this is friday
morning, and that is because that is when there is a meeting scheduled over so—called sherpas, the prime and —— prime minister ariel over so—called sherpas, the prime and —— prime ministerarieland —— advisers from europe coming to brussels, who will lay the final bits of the groundwork for the summit to take place on sunday. they are their leader's eyes in the years in this process, and if there is final text of the political decoration by friday morning before lunchtime, i think some countries will be thinking thinking if it is worth it for them to us —— turn up on sunday, and there'll be a problem. to make it clear, we've had the draft withdrawal of dream —— agreement which is 500 pages, but this is much shorter, a broad outline of britain's future relationship of the eu, coming with a whole host of areas. so perhaps unsurprising that it is taking a bit longer than expected to negotiate? and it is worth remembering that talking about the original timetable, we are meant to have reached this point mid—october when
there was a schedule summit of the eu leaders who are meant to give the green light to negotiators spending a month working on that political declaration. but because the progress and talks in the earlier phase went a bit slower than people hoped, that was forestalled and that milestone was reached a bit later. all that month—long of discussions about things like fisheries, gibraltar, aviation, data protection, the shape of the future trade deal, the broad outlines and whether it looks like the prime minister's chequers plan, all the discussion which has proved quite tricky and controversial with the member states has been squished into a week—long period. so maybe it is no surprise things have gone a bit tense and the timing has gone a bit out of whack. of those potential sticking points that you just mentioned, which do think the toughest? fishing, for example, we
know that causes concern on both sides of the negotiating table. you could see the prime minister in a very short clip who did not want to get into the specific issues, she just said there were remaining issues. but looking at the diplomatic correspondence and notes in meetings that have been happening in brussels amongst the 27 member states, it seems to me there were three main sticking points. fish, as you mentioned, which is how much details in the political declaration about the access european books will get the uk fishing waters in return for uk fishermen being able to sell their products on the eu market, a very important and controversial point on both sides for many reasons. second, the issue of trade, particularly what access the uk gets to the single market for goods? doesn't look like a chequers plan, where it is a free trade area with a common? doesn't look more like a traditional free—trade agreement? what sort of strings are attached to
the uk's privileged access to the single market as a result? the issue we discussed a lot the past few days, gibraltar, the spanish government quite worried about how to clauses in the withdrawal agreement interact in their view, and add to some permanent settlement for the constitutional status of gibraltar, which the spanish government rejects. the work in the last few days has been really focused on those issues. interestingly, when the draft of the outline of this document, what was posted last week, michel barnier said that security and cooperation was still a big stumbling block. i have not heard many people say that is still the case, so i wonder if that big security part of the package, maybe they have made progress there? coming back to my original point about the timing, but a lot of the germanys, especially germany, angela merkel thinks if there is not a finished text of this local declaration on the table for
her to sign off on sunday, there is no point in coming to the summit on sunday. but then you hear rumours that emmanuelle macron wants to get his teeth stuck into the text personally on sunday. so as i said, it is unsatisfying and we will have to see how things unfold over the next 48 hours. theresa may is coming back on saturday, will that saturday visit be a social call on the eve of the big moment where the whole break the big moment where the whole break the package will be signed off? or will it be another, as he sat in the introduction, a set of crunch talks to solve these really thorny issues? the sound of the clock ticking will be incredibly loud in there and our ears. thank you very much, adam. let's talk to our political correspondentjonathan blake who is watching events from westminster. just discussing how those talks are going, i suppose from theresa may's point of view, having been criticised by her own side for
making too many concessions, she is now ina making too many concessions, she is now in a position with this political decoration where she does not want to be seen to be making many more concessions to the eu. no, she will not want to be giving any ground at all. although the withdrawal agreement that she has reached with the eu is almost universally unpopular here at westminster, there is a feeling that theresa may might need to come back with some possible changes to that, but far more likely are some reassu ra nces but far more likely are some reassurances written into that political declaration of the future relationship between the eu and the uk that will satisfy some of, if not all of her critics, because it is impossible to keep everyone happy in their own party, let alone the opposition parties here in westminster. there was a sense of that at the prime ministers questions today, where there will —— we re questions today, where there will —— were hostile russians for theresa may on all questions democrat sides,
amber rudd the former home secretary who took up her position this week, suggesting on the radio this morning that no deal would not happen because there simply wasn't the majority for in parliament, and mps would do everything they could to block it. it was not long ago we we re block it. it was not long ago we were used to hearing the prime minister say that no deal was better than a bad deal. so questions and holding the prime minister's fee to the fire on all sides of the front —— was mr here today. concessions are progress from her visit today will be disappointed, i don't think there is much hope from anyone on that front. we will have to wait till the end of the week before we get a sense of what changes have been made, and the final shape of a future relationship agreement. been made, and the final shape of a future relationship agreementm been made, and the final shape of a future relationship agreement. in we started this week wondering whether theresa may's opponents within the conservative party would be able to
mount a challenge to her leadership there are a no—confidence vote, but we are ending this week with her in a relatively stronger position. she is still prime minister, still party leader, and she is having talks which both sides in brussels tonight have said progress has been made. so she is looking better than a few days ago? she is, but it was a low bar she started from. everyday she is still the top, theresa may must chalk that up for a win at the moment, because this time last week we about there being a vote of no—confidence in her leadership imminent with the required number of tory mps writing their letters to the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee, calling for the chairman of the backbench1922 committee, calling for that to happen. the heat has gone out of that plan because they were unable, theresa may's critics, not able to summon the required numbers. but
there are different problems for her to face, we have seen in the house of commons this week, the democratic unionist party who prop up theresa may's government, the ten mps she relies on to get things done and win votes in parliament, they have withdrawn their support temporarily, saying that is not the end of their agreement to support the government. but it is certainly on ice at the moment, and until they come back into line, then certainly theresa may has no hope of getting the withdrawal agreement and brexit deal to parliament, which will be a very, very tough ask as it is. so as one problem falls away, another presents itself. but if she carries on like this for the rest of the week at least, there should be —— they should be in a relatively good position, compared to last week. thank you, jonathan blake. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40pm this evening in the papers.
—— an11:30pm. our guests joining me tonight are polly mackenzie, director of demos, and lynn davidson, the sun's whitehall correspondent. a british student has been sentenced to life in prison in the united arab emirates for spying. 31—year—old matthew hedges, who was studying at durham university, was in the uae researching the country's foreign and internal security policies when he was detained by the authorities in may. his wife, who was in court this morning, says her husband is innocent and called for the uk government to take a stand. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, says he's shocked and disappointed by the verdict, and has warned of repercussions for the relationship between the two countries. from abu dhabi, paul blake reports. matthew hedges, in happier times with his wife, daniela. the durham university academic was in the united arab emirates
to research the country's foreign policy, but as he was about to return to the uk, he was detained, with his family saying he was held in solitary confinement, forced to sign a confession in arabic and fed a cocktail of drugs. today, despite hopes for his release, the academic was sentenced to life in prison. his wife, daniela, who was in court, issued a statement. friends of the couple suggested that matthew hedges had been on the verge of being released. we are all shocked. there were expectations that the pressure, and added to the actions of the uk government, would have led to a different verdict. the uk and uae have historically enjoyed warm diplomatic ties, but it appears today's ruling came as a surprise to the british government. the uae is supposed to be a friend and ally of britain's.
we have given them repeated assurances about matthew. and if we can't resolve this, there are going to be serious diplomatic consequences, because this is totally u na cce pta ble. foreign media, including the bbc, were barred from observing today's court proceedings, and we were told by authorities that we weren't even allowed to report from outside the court. ultimately, most of the details had to come from the family, who say the hearing lasted fewer than five minutes, with no lawyer present. matthew hedges' colleagues say there is no legitimate basis for his arrest. the information we have been given, and the uae authorities have provided very, very little about this, is that matt was kind of brought to their attention by a citizen of the uae, who was concerned about the questions he was asking. we don't know who that person was. as far as we are aware, that person remains entirely anonymous. matthew hedges' family have maintained his innocence throughout and say that his mental and physical health have worsened while detained. reports suggest he will have 30 days
to appeal, but for now, a nightmare for one family is quickly becoming yet another diplomatic crisis for britain. paul blake, bbc news, in abu dhabi. our diplomatic correspondent paul adams says it's clear that the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt, who we saw in that report, is angry about today's sentence. he thinks essentially that he was given an indication, almost an assurance during his personal intervention that this would not be the outcome, that matthew hedges would be released. he has talked about there being consequences, what might those be? well, it is a very close relationship, 6,000 british businesses based in the uae, 100,000 british citizens living and working there, a million tourists visit every year. but i think before we get into what the consequences might be, there is probably a bit of the legal process that needs to play out. the attorney general and the uae have said that this is not the final verdict, that matthew hedges,
who he said made a full confession of the crime he is alleged to have committed, cannot appeal, there can be a retrial in which he and his lawyer can both be reheard. so that process can happen relatively quickly, we simply don't know. i think the hope here is that the uae will be taken aback by the strength of the british response. they don't want to be seen frankly as behaving like iran, in the case of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. it is just very, very bad publicity for them. so perhaps they may want to see a way out of this, but i think the family is probably asking, with an accusing finger at the foreign office, "how did it get this far out"? the headlines on bbc news. theresa may says further progress has been made during crunch brexit talks in brussels, ahead of a planned
eu summit on sunday. british academic matthew hedges is jailed for life in the united arab emirates after being convicted of spying. donald trump is criticised over his support of saudi arabia, as he rules out sanctions following the murder of of the journalist, jamal khashoggi. in sport, ireland are looking for a new manager, their leader left after five years in charge. they have not won a competitive game this year. a new survey of over 27,000 supporters from anti—discrimination campaign group out, nearly three quarters of fa ns wa nt group out, nearly three quarters of fans want fifa to take racist abuse into... tiger woods and phil legos and go head—to—head for $9 million in an18 hole and go head—to—head for $9 million in an 18 hole —— hold battle later this week. the pair squared off
before it ended in laughs and handshakes. we'll have more from the bbc sport centre a little bit later. democrats and republicans alike have criticised president trump after he refused to punish saudi arabia, over the murder of the journalist jamal kashoggi. asked about whether the saudi crown prince knew about the killing, mr trump said "maybe he did, maybe he didn't". and today, he tweeted his thanks to the saudis for the fall in the oil price. well, senators from both sides have condemned the president, with moves planned in congress, to force more robust action. let's start by hearing again those comments from donald trump. we are not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in orders and let russia, china, and everyone else have them. for me, it is very simple, it is "america first". saudi arabia, if we broke with them, i think your oil prices would go through the roof.
i've kept them down, they've helped me keep them down. right now, we have low oil prices, i'd like to see them go down even lower. but i think it is a very simple equation for me. i'm about "make america great again", and i'm about "america first". so what do the saudis make of all this? our chief international correspondent lyse doucet has been speaking exclusively to the saudi arabian foreign minister, who again denied the crown prince ordered the murder of jamal khashoggi, or knew anything about it. this was not the cover—up. we released the information as we had at time, and we receive more information than a we could then update what happened and come up with a picture that is more complete. why did they want to mull kashoggi back? that he was at a threat that he had to be killed? he was not wanted in saudi arabia.‘
members went to saudi arabia, including members of the princes‘s odegard, and leading forensic expert and body double? what about rogue operations? people exceeded their authorities, people committed the crime, and people will be held accountable for it. do fear there'll be sanctions from the united states if some senators have their way?|j think if some senators have their way?” think it would be short—sighted, there have been sanctions against individuals who are implicated in this and detained public prosecutors office. but that is different from a government, saudi arabia is not responsible for the. there is a call even from lindsey graham, for the sections to be appropriate, which are bea sections to be appropriate, which are be a huge step. people can see a lot of things, it is their right.
they can be inaccurate, they can be misplaced... it doesn't matter, and saudi arabia, our leadership is a red line. the crown prince is a redline, they represent every saudi citizen, and every saudi citizen represents them. and we will not tolerate any discussion of anything thatis tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or crown prince. the cia has included that it could happen without an order from the crown prince. i have not seen the report, nor do i believe thejournalists prince. i have not seen the report, nor do i believe the journalists who talk about it have seen it. i have seen the statement by the spokesperson for the state department who said the reporting on the report is inaccurate, and i have seen the statement by the president saying this is inaccurate. the crown prince has not been involved in this, we have an investigation is
ongoing, and we will punish the individuals who are responsible for this. peace talks aimed at ending the war in yemen have been set for early december in sweden, between huthi rebels and the un—recognized government, according to the us. the united nation's envoy to yemen is in the capital sanaa today for talks with the rebels, amid a humanitarian crisis caused by the fighting. half of the country's 28 million people are thought to be on the brink of famine. before he arrived in yemen, martin griffiths, who's a former uk foreign office diplomat, called for all sides to exercise restraint. caroline rigby‘s report contains images you might find distressing. ten—year—old vizier is fighting for her life. for of her siblings never even made it to hospital. like so many others, they were collateral damage in this devastating war. the
conflict in yemen has been raging for 3.5 years between a saudi led military coalition and iranian backed rebels. as the main entry point for food backed rebels. as the main entry point forfood aid, backed rebels. as the main entry point for food aid, the backed rebels. as the main entry point forfood aid, the rebel backed rebels. as the main entry point for food aid, the rebel held point for food aid, the rebel held point of the data has... but hopes of the deal suffered a further setback this week when fighting escalated. the un described yemen as the world's worst man—made humanitarian disaster, with 14 million people on the brink of famine, more than half of them children. and the charity save the children estimates 85,000 under the age of five may have already died of malnutrition since april 2015. saudi arabia and the united arab emirates have pledged almost £400 million to help tackle the crisis. but as well as being the country's largest aid
donors, they all say the biggest military powers in a coalition repeatedly blamed for civilian deaths. there should be an end to this conflict. let us put enough pressure on them to attend this dialogue, and let's be serious to reach a political solution that brings peace to yemen. on the ground for now, the war goes on. but the un remained hopeful they can resume peace talks between the two sides within the coming weeks. caroline rigby, bbc news. the pentagon says its cost 72 million dollars to deploy us forces to the mexico border. almost 6,000 troops were sent to the border before the mid—term elections after president trump warned of an invasion of the country by a caravan of central american migrants. there are several thousands of those migrants heading towards the us border. stay with us, you're
watching bbc news. good evening. it didn't seem cold for most of us today but a dusting of snow over some high ground. in derbyshire earlier on. nothing unusual about that. the weather changed across many other parts of england and wales with some welcome sunshine earlier on today. the clearer skies make mean temperatures fall away for now. it could be quite frosty overnight. not much rain around. a few showers. heavy in the south—west. they will move away. a few showers in northern ireland and in scotland they perhaps continue in the far north—east. largely clear skies developing quite widely. that allows temperatures to pull away quite quickly in oxfordshire, could see —6—7. later in the night we will see more cloud in eastern areas stopping temperatures getting too cold.
for northern and eastern parts of scotland not as cold as further west. some showers mostly of rain. not quite as cold for northern ireland. a few showers running away towards the west early in the morning. clouding over quickly in northern ireland and east england's, east anglia, south—east of england, wales and the south—west getting up to a bright and sunny start. a decent day here. the cloud coming in from the north sea will get into north wales and for a dusting. later a few showers coming back into northern ireland. more cloud coming into western scotland. most of the rainforest in scotland and bloody thing. —— and northeast england. still sunshine across southern counties of finland. temperatures similar to today. easterly breeze as we head into friday. and nothing sort of day, really. not as much frost on friday morning. more cloud in general. a little sunshine here and there. most places dry. a few sharp showers in the south—west. more rain for eastern scotland. the weather pattern fairly static. high pressure to north of the uk. lower pressure to the south
and south—west threatening to push together with this weather pattern fairly static. high pressure to north of the uk. temperatures in the right direction days. we might make double figures on saturday. most places will be dry. a little sunshine. a few showers and diverse out and showers across eastern part of it. hello this is bbc news with ben brown. let's bring you those breaking news on the brexit talks. the eu president and the prime minister teresa may have said that talks have improved. which does there should be a vote on sunday.
but he will vote against a deal if he does not obtain assurances on the disputed peninsula of gibraltar. just a quote from the spanish prime minister. if this is not solved by sunday, spain will unfortunately have to vote no. that was mr sanchez saying that and his conference with his portuguese counterparts to forge there from the spanish prime minister on the latest on the brexit negotiations. that is our top story this evening. the prime minister says progress has been made during crunch brexit talks in brussels, but further talks are needed on saturday to try to finalise a deal ahead of a crucial eu summit on sunday. evenif even if we had a very good about this evening, and i hope for them to be able to resolve the main issues,
and that work will start immediately. there's concern for a 31—year—old british academicjailed for life on charges of spying in the united arab emirates. donald trump faces criticism after he rules out punishing saudi arabia for the murder of the journalist, jamal kashighi. and sir david attenborough calls for a global approach to climate change, ahead of next month's united nations climate change conference. the parents of a girl who was sexually assaulted by boys in the playground when she was 6 years old have won compensation from the local authority. the council has not accepted liability, but the undisclosed five figure settlement could set a precedent.?the mother has been speaking exclusively to our education editor branwenjeffreys. bella has made friends at her new primary school, but she carries the mental scars of past experiences.
at the age of six, she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by boys in her primary school playground. staff had seen bella with her underwear partly removed. eventually, she told her mum she was in pain. for the family, the legal action was about holding the authority to account, and being able to support bella the future. it's been worth it financially, because there is now a sum of money that will pay for the therapy and support for her up until adulthood. at any point in the court action, did the council say, ok we'll offer you support for your daughter? we'll offer bella help? no. they wouldn't even offer her a written apology.
i know that matters a lot to you. it matters for her i think when she's older when she can make some sense of how she could be so seriously sexually assaulted so many times and in a place where she should have been safe. and when she finds out that not only the boys not prosecuted, and not punished, but also the people who were responsible for keeping her safe on those boys while she was in school, didn't even write an apology to say yes, we know we got it wrong, and we're sorry. schools in england now have new guidelines for the first time they recognise that sexual abuse of children by other peoples. but bella's mum said that for the child victims, more support and more protection is needed. a school has to decide whether they go to senior school with the perpetrator, or whether they themselves moved to another school. the onus is on the victim to move, not the perpetrator. more government money is paying for counselling for victims of peer on peer abuse. there are plans to teach primary schoolchildren about relationships. parents say the system is still
struggling to cope with what's happening. it can be very hard to accept that a young child is capable of a sexual assault, and if the child is under the age of ten, the police may not record it. allegations of sex offences in schools are not recorded consistently by the 43 police forces in england and wales. 15 forces recorded a total of 593 allegations of sex offences on school premises last year, where both the perpetrator and victim we re under 18. this included 71 allegations of rape. among the allegations, were 203 offences where the victim was under the age of 13. bella's case is the first involving a primary school child to reach court. lawyers say, it may not be the last. in my experience, i've had about a dozen families coming forward and a number of those
involving primary school—age children, and so it's not a problem that seems to be going away anytime soon. and so we need more recognition, and more measures in place. how was she doing? i have no yardstick. i have no frame of reference for how a girl who is so seriously sexually harmed is supposed to be three years up. all i know is that she has good days, beautifully good days, and she has horribly dark days. the sticky back now to the news today of a british academic has been jailed to live the united arab emirates. during a brief hearing at a court in abu dhabi, matthew hedges was found guilty of spying on behalf of the british government. the 31—year—old, who's studying for a doctorate at durham university,
has been held since may, including periods of solitary confinement. let's hear more from one of matthew hedge's colleagues at durham university, who gave his reaction to our north of england correspondent fiona trott. i'm, i'm appalled. it has been you knowjust a desperate time for obviously for matt and his family especially his wife danny, and sending the e—mail to my colleagues confirming that this has what had happened is one of the hardest things i have done in my 17 years at the university. it is a conviction that is unjust, and a sentence that is just outrageous. his wife today saying that she is very concerned for his welfare knowing him, as you do, how do him,
as you do, how do you think doing? i can't begin to think what must be going through his was mind, and one of the things that we know from, during, it is that matt is not well. we understand that he is on suicide watch for parts of that time, and clearly we, we're definitely worried about what this might do to his well—being and the possibility of his, and any benefits he's had, and made his health and the period he has been on bail will be wiped out. explain to us specifically why he was there in the first place what the basis of his research was. so matt's researches into the developments with the united arab emirates and how its foreign and security and defence policies have developed, particularly since 2011 but that there is a lot of academic working into this field because of how those gulf monarchies
such as the uae, or saudi arabia, kuwait and others have developed since the arab spring is important to the summit. it is very interesting so matt was coming towards the end of his phd he thought he done a great deal of open source work using the existing published literature that at the use coverage in mixed in that area of complaining that information together so he was out there looking into the number of people who had previously identified and he made contact with just to get their particular insights and perspectives and development of the country. what kind of people? it's a bit of a mixed bag. some would—be international experts in the uae, some would be former uae government officials who would work in relevant areas and who were known to have inside information and understanding about how these processes operate just to get a perspective upon whether the published literature was getting it right or particularly other issues that
you can get from talking to people who had been directly involved in this activities. some breaking news. counterterrorist detectives are investigating two suspected bombs that were found in an empty flat. this is in northwest london found at 930 this morning. the blocker flats were evacuated. roads were closed and officers assess devices as being improvised explosive devices. both items were taken forforensic explosive devices. both items were taken for forensic evaluation. soak the police are saying the next stage is to investigate how and why these two suspected devices came to be in the flat. the counterterrorism commander is leading that investigation without just a commander is leading that investigation withoutjust a recap of the counter terrorist are
investigating after two improvised explosive devices were found in an empty flat in northwest london. the number of children classed as problem gamblers has quadruped to more than 50,000 in just 2 years according to a study by the gambling commission. it also says almost half a million children aged 11 to 16 are betting more regularly than drinking alcohol, smoking or taking drugs. sima kotecha reports. some of society's most vulnerable turning to gambling. children as young as 11 betting with friends in playgrounds, using slot machines and buying scratchcards. i got addicted very quickly. and that's a pretty common characteristic of children who get into gambling. it's the parts of the brain that regulate risk that are not properly developed. i became addicted within weeks of starting gambling. today's report indicates
a worrying rise in the number of young gamblers. nearly 3000 people aged 11—16 were surveyed. 1.7% of those were deemed to be problem gamblers. extrapolating that across england, scotland and wales, it would be the equivalent of 55,000 youngsters. loot boxes sold on some of the world's most popular video games have come under criticism, with the commission saying almost a million young people were exposed to gambling through them. people pay to see what virtual item is inside the box, and critics say that process can fuel addiction. campaigners want fewer adverts on prime—time television, while others are calling on gambling companies to put money towards helping those worst affected. i want 1%, and that would produce £140 million a year so we could treat people, educate people.
ministers say they expect the gambling commission to take the strongest action against organisations that don't behave responsibly. campaigners want today's findings to instigate change, with some warning that without new legislation these children could be at risk of ruining their lives. sima kotecha, bbc news. the rehabilitation of inmates in british prisons is facing one of its most challenging times. evidence of serious drug use and overcrowding is said to be contributing to a lack of staff wanting to take on the role. one of the least visible, but increasingly significant roles is that of the prison chaplain. our religion editor, martin bashir, has been inside pentonville prison in london, one of the largestjails in the country, to see how faith can make a difference. # amazing grace...# if the church's mission is to save sinners, then this
is a good place to start. in the presence of god, and 26 prison officers, this is the chapel at pentonville, a category a prison, with some of the nation's most dangerous inmates. they asked us to conceal their identities. the chaplaincy team is available to all 1,300 inmates. i decided to commit and surrender to god. people like craig, who is serving seven years for supplying and selling drugs. i'd never read the bible before and i took it back to my cell. it was like god was trying to speak to me through his word. it was like a revelation came over and ijust decided to fully commit. to me, it's the best job in the world. there will be times when it doesn't work, but that doesn't mean you stop trying. the reverend jo davies is the full—time chaplain. you see people at their lowest and there is an opportunity to give
somthing into that situation that you rarely get the privilege to do. there is an honesty and integrity here that is difficult to find in a world outside the walls. i got arrested by armed police officers, for intent to supply a large amount of drugs. the challenge for prisoners like tony, who have committed to christ, is how to stop committing crime, when released. i'm trying my best to put into practice, now, ways to not fall back into that routine. i think that's the only way i will stop reoffending, is to have strong faith and fellowship around me. and you really believe that that will stop you offending? yes. but the reality is that more than two thirds of male prisoners go on to reoffend within five years. do you ever think you're being played by prisoners? yes.
some of the most transformed people i have seen will tell you that the only reason they came to the chapel was for a chocolate biscuit and cup of coffee. a lot of people struggle to accept or even believe that i did hand and give my life over to god. people thought it was a joke. a lot of people did think that maybe i was trying to... manipulate, to try to get a lower sentence. but as long as god knows what's in my heart, people can have, you know, their own opinions and stuff. god offers something that is free, unconditional, no strings, that is hope and is love in a place that does not have much of either of those things. i've lived my whole life ducking and diving and in the darkness but i really see there's a bright future for me out there, as long as i stay in my faith and stay in the light. martin bashir, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news...
the british prime minister says progress has been made during crunch brexit talks in brussels, but further talks are needed to finalise a deal ahead of a crucial eu summit on sunday. british academic matthew hedges is jailed for life in the united arab emirates after being convicted of spying. donald trump is criticised over his support of saudi arabia, as he rules out sanctions following the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi. one of northern ireland's biggest employersm the aerospace company bombardier, is cutting nearly 500 jobs in belfast. our ireland correspondent emma vardy has more: there have been fears of large—scale redundancies for a while. now we know that this is a part of a cost—cutting drive across the company, essentially bombardier
wants to sell more planes by making them cheaper, but the announcement today of 490 jobs to go. the united union says it exceeds their worst fears, and it is part of a string of job losses that have been announced that bombardier in northern ireland over the last three or four years. the company employs about 4000 people in northern ireland. this belfast plant here makes the wings for the c—series passengerjets. the company says it will try to mitigate compulsory redundancies and the union says it is particularly disappointed that the job losses had to be this high because the company bombardier had announced a rise in profits earlier this year, so of course this is a blow to the economy overall of northern ireland, but very worrying news for workers and their families here, particularly in the run—up to christmas. the online retail giant amazon has apologised after a technical error caused
customer names and emails addresses to be disclosed on its website. amazon confirmed its emailed affected customers, but said it was not a security breach of their internet systems. the error comes during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year as black friday approaches. next month politicians from around the world will gather for the united nations climate change conference in poland. but for the first time ever one seat at the table will not be reserved for a nation. it's being called ‘the people's seat and the idea is it will give ordinary people a voice on this all important issue. sir david attenborough is one of those involved, he's been talking to our science correspondent victoria gill. it's either too hot or too cold, but you can't do anything. the world is a place where we all live together, and if we don't take care of it we
live no where to go. the monsoons are sometimes coming too early or too late, nothing is on time. of course, but what can i do about that? concern and confusion over chart climate change was that it's a global conversation. and now the un has turned to a very familiar figure to ta ke has turned to a very familiar figure to take messages like these from people all around the world to the crucial climate talks in poland in less tha n crucial climate talks in poland in less than two weeks' time. the people's seat is meant to represent the hundreds of millions of people who are around the world whose lives are about to be affected, or have already been affected by climate change. so that it will sit there to remind politicians that this is not a theoretical enterprise was that this is our opportunity to collectively make a difference to have our voices heard. it is a one—man's do, it is not one woman's
pupils that is the try and summarise what the whole planet can do. -- one—man's of view. we saw the impact of plastics on the environment. how would you convince people that they personally can make a difference, and that they should be a part of the conversation? that is what i have been spending my life trying to do making clear what the natural world is, how complicated it is and how it works. and making it clear that we human beings depend upon the health of the natural world for every breath of air that we breathe. what would you want to say to politicians, not just being what would you want to say to politicians, notjust being a conduit for the people, but what would your message the? my message is that the people of the world know that the world is changing, and they are behind politicians taking action. that is what the people see
in this new conference is coming up. people want to stop climate change. the people's seat. while the seat might remind leaders of the talks that are at stake, any agreement or actions will be in the hands of the politicians that are in the room. victoria gill, bbc news. today marks 100 years since the passing of the parliament qualification of act, which allowed women over 21 to become mps for the first time. to mark the date, mps from across the political spectrum, including cabinets ministers, the leader of the opposition and senior liberal democrats, have been hosting more than 300 aspiring women from their constituencies to show them the inner workings of westminster. the "askhertostandday" is aimed to encourage more women to go into politics, as currently only one in three politicians are women. this week is the bbc‘s 100 women series, highlighting inspirational
women around the world. stacey cunningham is president of the new york stock exchange, the first woman to occupy that post and one ofjust a few women in senior positions in a very male dominated industry. she's been speaking to samira hussain. there is still a discrepancy between the number of women and the number of men that are in finance, particularly in seniorship roles. i mean, do you see that changing? when i look around at the nyc management team, or more broadly at the intercontinental exchange management team, there are a lot of senior women in very senior roles. you know, senior executives. so, i don't see it quite as... i do think there is a trend to have more senior women in leader roles. and i think that we are moving in the right direction. we are not moving quite as quickly in the global landscape, but i think we are heading in the right direction. still, the number of public
company ceos that are women is dreadfully low. and it's frankly falling, which is the wrong direction to see. so i think we need society to change a little bit and help support what the expectations are of what a senior executive looks like. why are there fewer women ceos? there has never really been the ceo of an investment bank, either, that's a woman. yeah, we welcome ceos of public companies here at the new york stock exchange all the time. and if i look back, most of them are men. there were two women ceos that came to celebrate bringing their companies public and ringing that bell. but as we are standing on the bell podium, while there have been very few women, there are more women in senior executive roles of those companies. so, we see that women are rising through the ranks. and i think that is a sign of good things to come. do you think the finance industry is overdue its own me too moment? when i look back at some of the trends we saw in finance a couple of decades ago,
there was i think, a bit of a cleansing there. certainly there was a message that people need to be treated with respect in the office. and there were stories of women, where they had not been treated appropriately. so i think finance may have been ahead of the game to some extent in this movement. but the message that we need to take away, that we should all be taking from any of the events that have unfolded over the last 12 months or so is that every individual deserves to be treated with respect. and if you are coming into work each day, that is a base level right that you have. and as leaders of organisations, we need to make sure that that's what's going on. for you personally, do you think you would be in this prominent role, president of the new york stock exchange, if you would have decided to perhaps have had children earlier in life? what i could tell you is that a man probably wouldn't get that question. and that's important. because society needs to change their expectations around what women should be doing
and what men should be doing. and if we're focused on how people are operating as executives, and let them manage their personal lives in their own way, i think you will see women progress more through society, progress more through business and achieve higher goals. society often has a different expectation for women than they do for men. and that's something that is a challenge that women do have to fight. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. thanks very much indeed. good evening, it probably did not feel quite as cold as it has recently but it still looks like a pretty wintry mix across the hills of the uk. there was some welcome sunshine today, although right now we are beginning to pay the price for those clearer skies, because with clear
skies and light winds, temperatures are only going one way. we have a frost developing and quite a few places already. some showers are moving in the southwest across wales and will continue across northern ireland. there is cloud in the north sea that will push its way into the eastern areas. we could see temperatures down to —6 or —7 degrees. in the morning, we will start here in scotland where it is cold and frosty for western scotland it's not as cold. we have showers for eastern scotland. does extend their way down into the of england with one or two in the midlands as well. a sunday start for wales perhaps the west midland and about the southern england as well. we should hang up the sunshine at times in these areas too. there is clouds
over northern england as well. northern ireland hangs up the sunshine before we get some showers in the east by the end of the day. plenty of sunshine across wales and southern england. not as windy today for eastern scotland, but here we find the wettest of the weather, and temperatures will be similar to today so six to 8 degrees. into friday, it's today so six to 8 degrees. into friday, its remaining quiet. i would not as much frost but it will be touch and go put up a little sunshine at times to stop a few showers that could be clipping southwest of england without temperatures are beginning to creep up temperatures are beginning to creep upa temperatures are beginning to creep up a little bit so it's becoming less cold stop the weather pattern is still the same. high pressure to the north and low pressure to the south. that low pressure is trying to push some more showers through the english channel and perhaps at the english channel and perhaps at the southern counties of england.
away from here, there are not many showers at all. for most places it will be drive to drive. this is outside source, i'm ros atkins. there's deep concern over the case of a british academic, jailed for life in the united arab emirates. matthew hedges has been found guilty of spying on behalf of the uk government. theresa may says further progress has been made during crunch brexit talks in brussels, as both sides look to finalise a deal before sunday's eu summit. we've had a very good meeting this evening. we've made good progress, and as a result, we've given sufficient direction to our negotiators. i hope for them to be able to resolve the remaining issues, and that work will start immediately. saudi arabia denies ordering the death of journalist jamal khashoggi. in an interview with the bbc, its foreign minister says those making accusations are crossing a red line.