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the prime minister says progress has been made during talks in brussels but she will return on saturday to resolve more issues. all smiles with the commission president but it's a race against time now, as negotiations go right down to the wire ahead the eu summit planned for sunday we have given sufficient direction to our negotiators, i hope, to be able to resolve remaining issues. and that work will start immediately. but tonight spain has said it will not agree to the brexit deal unless changes are made to the wording over gibraltar. also on the programme... a 31—year—old student from durham university is jailed in dubai charged with spying for the british governement a six—year—old sexually assaulted by boys at school — her parents win compensation from the local authority gambling has made this woman britain's highest paid executive — denise coates earned 265 million pounds last year from bet365. a sharp rise in the number of people dying from cocaine overdoses in america as it's laced with a drug 50 times more powerful than heroin. it hurts.
and those who we lose, they do not realise that their families have to go on carrying this pain with them the rest of their lives. and the people's seat — sir david attenborough tells us why it will take pride of place as world leaders gather next month for a climate change conference. they are dealing with real people's futures and the people are watching them and want action. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the republic of ireland are looking for a new manager after parting company with martin o'neill and his assistant, roy keane, after five years in charge. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at ten.
the prime minister says she has made good progress in the brexit talks in brussels this evening with the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker. they have been discussing the political declaration which sets out what the future relationship between the uk and the eu will be after brexit — in areas ranging from aviation and energy to trade. but theresa may says she will return to brussels on saturday to continue discussions ahead of the planned summit on sunday. tonight spain's prime minister has said he will vote against the proposed brexit deal unless he gets clear assurances concerning gibraltar‘s future. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. the deal is not quite lined up will stop the prime minister not here for the final handshake. instead of deal
done, chorizo me will be back on saturday for more talks, not the original plan. -- theresa may. we have given sufficient direction to negotiators and the work will start immediately. i plan to return for further meetings on saturday to discuss how we can bring to conclusion this process and bring it toa conclusion this process and bring it to a conclusion in the interests of all of our people. downing street has in —— indicated she will not go home empty—handed. number 10 has in —— indicated she will not go home empty—handed. numberio is eager to get this done for sign off on sunday. after months of negotiations between officials in brussels in westminster, some eu countries like spain are making their complaints plain. the spanish leader says, as things stand he would vote no, wanting more assurances about what happens to gibraltar will stop after so many
arguments... downing street believes the deal so far is a balance, bringing an end to unlimited eu immigration and bringing us some more control of our own laws. it has fierce opposition in parliament. instead of giving confidence to millions of people who voted both lead and remain, this half baked dealfails to give lead and remain, this half baked deal fails to give any hope that can bring the country together against. and a cacophony of views on her own side as well. i cannot vote for this deal because it affects the integrity of the united kingdom and i cannot accept that. there is no clarity on taking control of the waters which fishermen need and want. most people watching what is going on in parliament must think pantomime season has started early
this year. i will vote for the plan of the prime minister because i think it is better than it was but i do not think she will get it through the house of commons. many of my colleagues will vote against and very few labour mps will support it, so very few labour mps will support it, so she needs a plan b. if mps reject the deal, almost can happen. brexit is going to happen, right? there is an element of nostradamus in this. brexit prophecies are dangerous. we do not know if the last—minute objections are perhaps the predictable squeals before the inevitable sign off or major mishaps that could somehow threaten it all. it appears it is the former rather than the risky latter in any journey, often the last mile is the ha rd est journey, often the last mile is the hardest one of them all. so, what is the political declaration document that is being negotiated?
well, quite simply it will spell out what the relationship with the eu might look like once we have actually left — in all kinds of areas like aviation, crime, energy and crucially it will pave the way for a future trade deal after the transition period. this is what eu leaders are currently working on. but this document will not be legally binding unlike the draft withdrawal agreement published last week, which deals with the issues arising directly from the uk's departure from the eu — citizens' rights, the transition period, the irish border and the divorce bill. our europe editor, katya adler, is in brussels. time really is running out. negotiations are going to the wire. this really is an unfolding story taking twists and turns it feels almost minute by minute. there are talks even in the last hour by high—level eu officials that if the
text of the brexit document can almost be finalised by the end of the planned meetings of theresa may on saturday, the sealed the deal brexit summit on sunday may not take place at all. recently we have seen certain eu countries smelling the possibility on seizing of issues of national interest in the brexit text and trying to score political points at home. france over the right to fish in uk waters after temple map and spain demanding written legal negotiations over a future trade deal they would not automatically applied to gibraltar. germany annoyed with everyone nit—picking at the last moment over the text. angela merkel worries that trying to make the constraint on the uk even tougher at this late stage will only make harderfor the tougher at this late stage will only make harder for the prime tougher at this late stage will only make harderfor the prime minister to get the brexit deal through parliament. whatever the political
points scoring interest, no eu leader wants to encourage a no—deal brexit. in the last moments i am hearing the fisheries issue may be being resolved although spain, gibraltar is a political issue. they think they can work it out by saturday. holding the summit in november was at the request of the prime minister. eu leaders say, if necessary , prime minister. eu leaders say, if necessary, they can hold it in december. watch this space. a british student has been sentenced to life in prison in the united arab emirates for spying for the british government. 31—year—old matthew hedges — who was studying at durham university — was in there researching the country's foreign and internal security policies when he was detained in dubai 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. our correspondent paul adams has this report. matthew hedges, pictured
here with his wife daniela, before his arrest at dubai airport in early may. six and a half months later, the british academic faces life imprisonment in the country he was studying and knows well. daniela says she's in complete shock. "i don't know what to do," she says. "matthew is innocent. this has been the worst six months of my life, let alone for matt, who was shaking when he heard the verdict." daniela says matthew is entirely innocent. simply no question, she insists, that he was spying for britain. here, the government seems outraged. the uae is supposed to be a friend and ally of britain's. we have given them repeated assurances about matthew. and, you know, if we can't resolve this, there are going to be serious diplomatic consequences because this is totally u na cce pta ble. you sound angry about this. did you get the impression from the uae authorities that there was going to be a different outcome? i'd actually spoken about matthew to crown prince mohammed bin zayed
when i visited abu dhabi last week. and i thought i had some understanding that this was going to be resolved in a satisfactory way. so, how did a 31—year—old british academic fall so spectacularly foul of the emirati authorities? his research involved asking sensitive questions about security and defence policies across the gulf. the head of his department says he had a wide range of sources. some would be international experts currently based in the uae. some would be former uae government officials who had worked in relevant areas and who were known to have inside information and understanding about how it is that these processes operate. but, for all the shiny glamour of the modern gulf, this is a region of poisonous rivalries and deep suspicions. someone, it seems, didn't like the questions. i'm sure there's a lot of, sort of, personal politics behind this. and probably somebody
in the government who reallyjust wants to make a point and wants to use matt as an example to say, you know, we will go about our foreign and security policy in whatever way we want to and no one will ask questions. daniela says that nightmare is getting worse. "i don't know where they're taking him," she says, "or what will happen now." what happens next? it has been difficult to get any answers from the uae embassy in london. the country's attorney general says matthew hedges is entitled to appeal and that there could be a retrial. they said matthew hedges admitted guilt in court and the uae says its legal system is transparent and independent, claimed many human rights organisations with question. the government here, the foreign secretary who clearly feels personally aggrieved is busy trying to figure out what measures if any
he wants to take. the founder of an online gambling firm based in stoke on trent paid herself £265 million last year — making her one of the highest paid women in the world. denise coates started bet365 in a car park portakabin 17 years ago. our business editor simonjack is with me. that is more than a quarter of £1 billion injust one that is more than a quarter of £1 billion in just one year, extraordinary. it is a mind-boggling sum. theroo tears and their shears. what that means is that, every day that denise coates, the stoke —based entrepreneur went to work last year she made an astonishing £726,000 per day. that dwarfs the money that gets paid to what we like to call the fat cat ceos in britain. she made 50 times as much the average ftse ceo and that eclipse is sports stars and
film stars. who is she? she is a quiet, private woman, 51 years old, who left sheffield university and took over her father's small chain of gambling shops. she sold up and invested in an online gambling firm which paid off big. 0nline gambling exploded. when you take home over a quarter of billion quid every year eyebrows will be raised. vince cable corded obscene. the high pay centre said, even if she was doing something really socially beneficial this would be impossible to justify. 0thers this would be impossible to justify. others say, she employs 4000 people a yearand, most others say, she employs 4000 people a year and, most importantly to many, the company she founded paid £80 million in tax, much more than facebook and other internet giants. that paid could yet expand. —— that pgy- the parents of a girl sexually assaulted, at the age of six, by boys in her primary school
playground have won compensation from the local authority. the council has not accepted liability, but the undisclosed five—figure settlement could set a precedent. the girl's mother has been speaking exclusively to our education editor, branwen jeffreys. 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, in 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 will offer you support for your daughter, we will 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 sense of how she can be so seriously sexually assaulted, so many times, in a place where she should have been safe. and when she finds out that not only were the boys not prosecuted or punished, but also the people who were responsible for keeping her safe from those boys, while she was in school, didn't even write an apology to say, "yes, we know we got it wrong, and we are sorry". schools in england now have new guidelines. for the first time, they recognise sexual abuse of children via the pupils. but bella's mum says for the child victims, more support and more protection is needed. at the moment, a child who is raped in primary school has to decide whether they go to senior school with the perpetrator, or whether they themselves move schools.
the onus is on the victim to move schools, not the perpetrator. more government money is paying counselling of victims of peer on peer abuse. there are plans to teach primary school children 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 that 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 victim and perpetrator were 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 around about a dozen families coming forward. a number of those involving primary school age children. and so it's not a problem that seems to be going away any time soon, and does certainly need more recognition, and more measures in place. how is she doing? i have no yard stick. i have no frame of reference for how a girl who was so seriously sexually harmed is supposed to be, three years on. all i know is that she has good days, beautifully good days, and she has horribly dark days. bra nwen jeffries reporting.
if you've been affected by the issues in her report you can find support on the bbc‘s actionline website — that's at bbc.co.uk/actionline. one of northern ireland's biggest employers, the aerospace company bombardier, is cutting nearly 500 jobs in belfast. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardyjoins us now. why are they cutting back? the company wants to be able to sell more planes by making them cheaper so redundancies have been on the cards but i think the scale of the losses are higher than many expected. 490 roles will go here which is around one in ten of the local workforce in northern ireland for bombardierfacing local workforce in northern ireland for bombardier facing redundancy. there has been criticism from the unite union over the scale because bombardier had reported a rise in profits at the beginning of the year so this is a blow to the northern ireland economy overall and worrying
news for many local workers and families in the run—up to christmas. thank you. around 200 people died every day in the united states last year, after a drug overdose, as the number of deaths hit record levels. in chicago, more people died from drugs than from gun—related crimes or car crashes. most of those who died had taken opioids — a class of drug that includes heroin and synthetic fentanyl, which is far more powerful than heroin. but in chicago, there's also been a big rise in the number of deaths from cocaine — it's up by more than a third. and that's because the synthetic drug fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin, is now being mixed in with cocaine to ensure those who take it get hooked. nick bryant reports from chicago on a worrying new trend in america's drug crisis. chicago, illinois is one of america's proudest cities. but it's also one of the most deadly. close to the downtown skyscrapers are districts such as the south side and west side that sometimes feel less like neighbourhoods and more like urban combat zones.
and so many of the deaths are drug—related. in just one weekend here, more than 70 people were wounded in shootings. 12 of them were killed. chicago, illinois is one of america's proudest cities. this alleyway has been the scene of a spate of recent drive—by attacks. so, no wonder the gangs security detail is edgy. what you sayin, man? but we've come here not to talk about gang warfare but to find out more about a deadly new product that's hit the streets. cocaine laced with the killer opioid fentanyl. and we're hearing that fentanyl is now being mixed into cocaine? yeah, like, right now, it's mixed in everything right now. it's in the cocaine, it's in the heroin, it's the pills, you know what i'm saying? that's the new wave of this right now. do the users actually know it's in the cocaine? most people don't, you know what i'm saying? because some people, if they did know, they wouldn't overdose off it and that's why a lot
of people is dropping dead. it's a lethal combination. yeah, it's a bad combination. we're travelling from the east side now to the south side of chicago. and one question we're keen to get the answer to is, why fentanyl is now being mixed with cocaine? is it deliberate, an attempt by dealers to expand the market by hooking users on an opioid? or is it accidental? cross—contamination through cutting the batches on the same table? this is what's called a trap house. the backstreet workplaces where dealers produce and sell their drugs. in this case, crack cocaine. this dealer told us that fentanyl is being mixed in deliberately, a cocktailjust as deadly as this gun. when challenged about selling such
a lethal mix, he insisted that if users didn't buy from him, they'd buy from someone else. we mix fentanyl with the cocaine to make it better and to make the junkies come back faster than they usually come back. make it stronger and more potent. so, if you mix fentanyl with it, you know what risk taking, with the life of who your selling it to. they ain't got to know if there's fentanyl in it or not. but nine times out of ten, might be. users at the chicago parties just don't know what they're snorting. and, although heroin mixed with fentanyl remains by far the biggest killer, the number of cocaine and fentanyl overdose deaths has doubled over the past year across illinois. it's extraordinary how brazen this business can be. these dealers connected with a mexican cartel have set up shop in a car in downtown chicago.
it's a lucrative business. they sell what many regard as a party drug in the more affluent districts of the city, but they say mixing in fentanyl with cocaine makes no sense because it risks killing off their client base of recreational users. if you think about it, everybody around us right now are major consumers. if they don't consume today, they will consume tomorrow. and if somebody doesn't die today, somebody will die tomorrow if that hits the streets. it's going to impact our neighbourhoods and our whole city and our whole country. it's going to hit us like a bulldozer, i tell you that much. it's going to knock us off the charts. it's that deadly. fentanyl has already killed the son of sharon harkless, and when we asked if we could speak to other affected families, more than 40 people turned up. my son was joshua ashby.
i am the sister of greg cornishjr. my son, darren. my son's name was cody gillies. he died of a heroin fenta nyl overdose. he died three weeks before his 19th birthday from fe nta nyl. he was 30 years old. passed away march 2nd of this year from cocaine and fentanyl overdose. passed away due to fenta nyl and cocaine. my biggest fear is burying another one and i almost did that last week again. so... the crisis is real. my son was somebody. he was a good person. so... do you think he would have taken that drug if he'd had any idea that it was laced with fentanyl?
no. why would you risk death? no. he had too much to live for. those we lose... they don't realise that there are families. we have a go on with carrying this pain with them the rest of their lives. one of many mothers in chicago who've lost their children to drugs ending that report by our north america correspondent, nick bryant, and cameraman darren conway. lets take a look at some of the day's other news. the japanese authorities are reported to have extended, by ten days, the detention of nissan boss carlos ghosn. it follows his arrest on monday over alleged financial misconduct. a report in the financial times claims mr ghosn had been planning a full merger between car—makers nissan and renault, which was opposed by the board of the japanese company. ikea has said 350 of its employees in the uk, mainly in head office
roles, are facing redundancy as part of its global transformation plan. the swedish home retailer, which has 17 stores in the uk, expects 7,500 jobs to be cut across its global operation. ikea says it plans to open large stores in city centres as it seeks to adapt to changing shopping habits. counter—terrorism police are investigating after two bombs were found in an empty flat in north—west london. our home affairs correspondent june kelly is here. june, what more can you tell us? the police were called just after 9:30am to this flat in houston in north—west london, the flat is being refurbished. —— harlesden. they bound two explosive devices which we re bound two explosive devices which were taken away for examination and this evening it was announced that the scotland yard counterterrorism command were adding the investigation. local residents were moved out of their homes for most of
the day but were allowed back in this evening and what is not yet clear is how long this flat had been empty for. detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. the flat is in a block in craven park and no doubt there will be an update from scotland yard and the next 24 hours. thank you. saudi arabia's foreign minister has defended the crown prince against claims he was behind the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi and said criticsim of the kingdom's leadership was a red line. it follows reports that the cia has concluded that the crown prince could be linked would have had to order the killing. an unshakeable bond. but the us congress now has the prince in its sights. it wants to know what role did he play in the murder of jamal khashoggi. but in riyadh, the kingdom's top diplomat hits back. the crown prince of saudi arabia is not involved in this. we have made that very clear. we have an investigation that is ongoing and we will punish the individuals who are responsible for this. and we will make sure it
doesn't happen again. so, is this a red line for the kingdom, sir, whatever the evidence is? show us the evidence! if turkey has the evidence, please provide it. all we hear is leaks, leaks. show us the evidence. and then we talk. it's a red line when you have individuals calling for the removal or replacement of our leaders. that's ridiculous and that's unacceptable in saudi arabia. there's another crisis, too. yemen, said to be on the brink of the worst famine in living memory. saudi arabia is under mounting pressure to end the bombing and blockades causing such suffering. we are doing everything possible in orderto minimise the humanitarian suffering of the yemeni people. now, when we have a militia that is radical, allied with hezbollah and iran, that launched more than 200 ballistic missiles at our towns and cities, are we supposed to sit
there and say, oh, sorry we're not going to do anything? so, if i understand you correctly, saudi arabia and its coalition are not ready to do anything to bring an end to their involvement in this war? we have said that we support all the political efforts aimed at finding a resolution to the yemeni crisis. this week, the saudi monarchy set out his country's agenda for the next year. his son, the crown prince, in the front row. a signal to saudis and the world that the kingdom sets its own course. lyse doucet, bbc news, riyadh. next month politicians from around the world will gather for the united nations climate change conference in poland. but for the first time there'll be one seat there that's not 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. victoria gill has been speaking to david attenborough about it. we have been banging on about it
for decades now and no—one is doing anything because no—one in power actually cares. it is either too hot or too cold and we can't grow anything. the world is a place where we all live together and, if we don't take care of it, we will have nowhere to go. the monsoons are sometimes coming too early or too late, like nothing is on time. translation: of course, but what can i do about that? concern and confusion over climate change. it's a global conversation. and now the un 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 than two weeks' time. the people's seat is meant to represent the hundreds
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