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this is bbc news i'm christian fraiser. the headlines at five: the eu summit on brexit will go ahead tomorrow. the spanish prime minister drops his threat to derail the summit, saying britain has given him assurances over the future of gibraltar. but in belfast, the dup renews its attack on the deal, saying it could separate northern ireland from britain. i'm here in brussels where theresa may is due meet donald tusk and jean—claude juncker i'm lukwesa burak in london. the other news this evening: french police use water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators in paris, who are demanding a cut in fuel prices. a us government report warns that unchecked climate change will cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life. and nicolas roeg, the director of the man who fell to earth
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and don't look now, has died at the age of 90. good evening from brussels. crisis averted, there was a last—minute panic that the eu summit would not go ahead tomorrow but we understand the spanish prime minister is satisfied he has assurances on the future of gibraltar. it went on till the last hour until mid—afternoon in brussels. there were concerns that they did not have the go—ahead from they did not have the go—ahead from the spanish prime minister who was coming back from havana but
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assurances have come in the form of assurances have come in the form of a letter from the british ambassador to the eu, who noted that any future deal between the eu and uk would not apply automatically to gibraltar and it was an issue for the spanish government and british government in the form of a bilateral negotiation so he seemed satisfied with that. he is pedro sanchez when he returned from havana this afternoon. —— here is. translation: i havejust told the king that spain has reached agreement on gibraltar. the first thing i want to say is that, consequently, the european council will take place tomorrow. and the second is that europe and the uk have accepted the conditions set down by spain. because of this, spain will lift its veto and will vote tomorrow in favour of brexit. we understand theresa may has just
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arrived and is going to meet jean—claude juncker for 90 minutes. she will then go to another meeting with the european council president donald tusk who has written a letter today to the 27 leaders recommending that they approve the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration that he is putting in front of them. this is his tweet. he also said in the letter that no one side had defeated the other. with me is our brussels reporter, adam fleming. has pedro sanchez got anything more than he had? i don't think so, this was reassuring the spanish that their argument which is that the withdrawal agreement as it is now that the future relationship between the uk and the eu after brexit would
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automatically applied to gibraltar, and he's got a confirmation that the spanish government will have a say over how that final future relationship is applied in gibraltar, which is effectively what they had before but pedro sanchez has a piece of paper he can with any andalusian elections which are coming up in the next few days —— in the elections. he can send a tweet saying this is the biggest thing to happen to gibraltar since the treaty of utrecht which i think the british government would say is over the top. we have just seen pictures of theresa may going into the meeting withjean—claude theresa may going into the meeting with jean—claude juncker this evening. what is she here to discuss? she's definitely not here to negotiate because the two bits of the brexit package, the withdrawal agreement, the divorce treaty and the political declaration, the 26 pages outlining what the future might look like, those documents are sealed, they were zipped shut
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effectively yesterday by eu officials should see is not negotiating —— so she is not negotiating. this will be a springboard to the next part of the process , springboard to the next part of the process, the brexit package being ratified in the british parliament and then the european parliament but this is a moment of history, it's on political theatre because the leaders didn't have to do this, they didn't have two traits you tomorrow and have this sombre ceremony to endorse the document legally. they are not obliged to do that. when they get these documents tomorrow, will they vote on them? no, there's no vote. what will happen is they will all arrive, the 27, walk the red carpet as they always do for an eu summit, we will try to get them to say something, a historic sound bite for the news, then they will be a meeting for half an hour with the european parliament president, who have to give their consent to the final package, then the ‘20s and will spend one hour together and
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agree a separate side document that i think will spell at seven areas of vigilance that they will keep an eye on as the talks progress in the next phase and then theresa may will be ushered in for a maximum of one hour. then we're expecting a press conference with donald tusk and jean—claude juncker tomorrow, and then the whole thing will be wrapped up. thank you, adam. two documents in front of the european leaders. the legally binding 585 pages of the withdrawal agreement which will speu withdrawal agreement which will spell out how the uk is to leave the eu and the non—legally binding political declaration, which isjust 26 pages long, you will have heard commentators like adam saying it is a pretty ambiguous document. if you we re a pretty ambiguous document. if you were to boil it down to simplicity, it isa were to boil it down to simplicity, it is a sliding scale with the future promise of trading relationships, but it depends how
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closely the uk 60 eu regulations unemployment, tax, the environment, a whole range of issues —— how closely the uk sticks to eu regulations. that is a problem for the dup because you have a clash between those who desire greater sovereignty and those who desire to keep the integrity of the united kingdom and in the legal text, the backstop remains and that is what arlene foster of the dup has a problem with. today she is at the party conference in belfast and this is what she had to say earlier about why they will be voting against the withdrawal agreement. now, conference i do want to acknowledge the hard work and determined efforts of the prime minister to secure an agreement. i believe she is genuine when she says she wants to see an outcome that does no harm to the union and the internal market of the united kingdom. however, this draft agreement fails her own key commitments. the prime minister has not been able to guarantee an outcome that eliminates the risk of the introduction of the so—called
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backstop arrangements. now, on the one hand we are told that the backstop would be the best of both worlds, and on the other hand, we are told we are not going to need a backstop so, ladies and gentlemen, therein lies one of the many contradictions at the heart of this draft withdrawal agreement. in such circumstances, northern ireland alone would be aligned to numerous eu single market regulations whilst great britain would not. such a scenario in the medium term would inevitably lead to barriers to trade within the united kingdom internal market. let me be very clear. that is not in the national interest. applause. arlene foster. remember, 13 mps vote with the government in a confidence and
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supply agreement and she was saying today she would ratherjeremy corbyn entered downing street than vote for this withdrawal agreement to theresa may in her discussions tonight might be discussing process tomorrow, but she will also be discussing with jean—claude juncker and donald tusk the difficulties you will have in the difficulties you will have in the house of commons in the weeks ahead. -- difficulties she will have. good evening. in the last few minutes, theresa may has arrived in brussels ahead of tomorrow's historic summit on brexit. she and the other 27 eu leaders are due to approve the draft agreement for britain's departure from the european union. it follows is being's decision today not to boycott the summit after getting the assurances over the issue of gibraltar. theresa may has described the draft deal as the right one for britain but arlene foster, leader of the dup, has told its annual conference in belfast that the prime
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minister should try to get a deal thatis minister should try to get a deal that is better for northern ireland. ina that is better for northern ireland. in a moment, the latest from brussels, but first, from belfast, ireland correspondent, emma. it's the most closely watched conference in the party's history. the dup are poised to vote down theresa may's draft brexit deal. for this draft agreement feels her own key commitments —— fails. she has not eliminated the risk of a backstop arrangement. 0n not eliminated the risk of a backstop arrangement. on one hand, we are told the backstop would be the best of both worlds and on the other hand, we are told when a gradually the backstop. 0n gradually the backstop. on this plan to avoid a hard irish border, they are not backing down. been the backstop —— bin.
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border, they are not backing down. been the backstop -- bin. boris johnson in belfast to lend his support. it is the dup‘s confidence and supply agreement keeping jeremy corbyn out of downing street. and supply agreement keeping jeremy corbyn out of downing streetm and supply agreement keeping jeremy corbyn out of downing street. it is vital that we keep this partnership going and we keep this confidence and supply arrangement going and that we're not so complacent as to abandon the government of this country to a man whose policy is to break up this country. if the backstop is used, northern ireland would remain fixed to eu rules, even after the rest of the uk goes its own way. many northern ireland businesses are supporting the deal, putting them at odds with the dup, who insist it undermines the integrity of the uk. i think that's an adamant that no one in the business community in northern ireland accepts. it is seldom you see agreement on anything in
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northern ireland and when you find every business and organisation is telling you something different, i think the dup should take cognizance of that. never before has this party beans or centre stage. they have been fired up by borisjohnson and now they have the backing of the brexiteers in westminster. this was the moment when today's mac makes the european commission presidentjean—claude juncker shortly ago for talks ahead of tomorrow's summit. let's join or europe correspondent adam fleming in brussels. an important data model and the spanish lifting their threats to derail the issue over threats to derail the issue over threats about gibraltar —— an important day tomorrow. for a couple of hours today it looked like it was going to threaten the summit taking place at all but it has been solved with a series of letters backwards and forwards between the uk and the eu and the eu and madrid, which the
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british say cement their position as it always was, which is that the future post—brexit relationship with the eu doesn't automatically apply to british territory of gibraltar and that the spanish get a say over anything that does. then the spanish government tweeting, this is the biggest thing to happen to gibraltar in more than 300 years. i think it will take a couple of years for us to really see the implications of what these letters and what this agreement and what these reassu ra nces agreement and what these reassurances really mean. for now, theresa may is in the building behind me, the european commission, meeting jean—claude juncker. no negotiations, the deal is finalised, they will be talking about how this isa they will be talking about how this is a springboard to what happens next is the deal gets recognised —— ratified in the british and european parliament. then theresa may will drive around the corner and see the president of the european council donald tusk who will chair that summit of eu leaders tomorrow. i've been guilty of saying things are
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historic maybe when they aren't, but trust me when we say this is historic. this time we really do mean it. police in paris have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters demonstrating for a second weekend running against a planned rise in fuel tax. clashes broke out as demonstrators tried to get through a security cordon, protecting key buildings. 0ver get through a security cordon, protecting key buildings. over the last year, the price of diesel which is used in most french cars has risen by around 23%. there is paris correspondent lucy williamson. this was not a tourist sites today but an unofficial battle ground. protesters armed with paving stones pushed back by tear gas, water cannons and riot police. this movement is about more than fuel
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prices, its supporters are tired of taxes and tired of politicians. their slogan threaten revolution. their slogan threaten revolution. the french authorities, a joke to some. i don't want emmanuel macron to just cut taxes, i want him to resign. why is it was a little taxpayer who two they? we've been tightening our belts for 30 years and it can't get any tighter. the government banned the jesters from this street today, pointing into the eiffel tower. far right leader marine le pen questioned why. the government says she is encouraging dissent. they have mobilised and answered marine le pen's call, they want to
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attack institutions and government. the government said no protests on this street and look what happened, they say ultra—right elements are responsible for the violence here but many ordinary people say they also support this movement. this has brought together people from all political backgrounds, all parts of france but it is a movement with no national leader, no formal structure, its membership and its identity hard to control. a man has died after being stabbed in east london. police have launched a investigation after the attack in hackney this morning. dell also questioning a man after an officer was stabbed outside salford train station last night —— ilford. the injuries are not thought to be life—threatening. rugby, and they were victories for
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england and scotland this afternoon in the final weekend of the autumn internationals with wheels about to ta ke internationals with wheels about to take on south africa and ireland facing the united states later. with the latest, here's patrick geary. 0n the morning of his final bbc radio commentary, a last look around. his most famous words were ina around. his most famous words were in a world cup final as england beat australia. within two minutes, they we re australia. within two minutes, they were beating them once more. england we re were beating them once more. england were in control, but there was a flaw in the plan. for a time, they we re flaw in the plan. for a time, they were rocked. this was an illegal tackle, but not a penalty try. england got away with that then after the break, elliott staley got away from australia. 0nce after the break, elliott staley got away from australia. once he does that, the result becomes inevitable. ina
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in a memorable image to england's viewer. scotland thrashed argentina five months ago and 10,000 miles away. edinburgh seemed world apart but crucially for scotland, they still one. —— won. finally, the british film director nicolas roeg has died at the age of 90. in a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original style of film—making. his 1973 psychological thriller don't look now caused controversy for its graphic sex scenes. roeg also directed mickjagger and james fox in the crime drama performance and david bowie in the science fiction movie the man who fell to earth. that's it for now, we're back with the late news at 10pm. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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welcome to bbc london news. i'm tolu adeoye. a police officer who was stabbed outside illford tube hello. this is bbc news. in the last few minutes, the prime minister has arrived in brussels ahead of a summit of eu leaders. theresa may was greeted by the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker. she's expected to hold a meeting with mrjuncker and the european council president, donald tusk, who has recommended the eu approves the brexit deal. earlier, spain dropped its opposition to the agreement. madrid had raised concerns about its role in future trade arrangements involving gibraltar. let's speak now to amelia hadfield, professor of european and international relations at canterbury christ church university.
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shejoins me from our tunbridge wells studio. very interested on the document you tea m very interested on the document you team put together, delivering a brexit border. we heard from arlene foster early, she is not happy with this deal. when you look at the deal and you hear what arlene foster had to say, how would you describe this? you talk about the importance of borders and whether or not brexit will be a success based on these borders. absolutely, the whole point of the report was to show the point that borders themselves are the most critical, most concentrated aspect of brexit obviously. if the hold—ups at the borders, it has a knock—on effect that has profound social and economic consequences. it has a knock—on effect with heavy goods
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vehicles along the critical arteries in kentand vehicles along the critical arteries in kent and any issues we see at ports like folkestone and dover are going to be mirrored throughout the country. i can understand arlene foster because it is not the deal that she was looking for exactly but with regards to the prevention of the hold—up at the border, the current deal gives us extra time during the transition period to try to work out some of those kinks. on the subject of time, we'll brexit is coming. do you think enough preparation has been put in place at our borders? i'm afraid not. one of the rather worrying things that kept coming up in terms of the field we done and the stakeholders to whom we spoke is there is no clear idea what an ordeal brexit effectively looked like, no understanding of the contingency plans that had to be put in place, whether this is a short—term impact, whether it is a medium or long term impact, the
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national audit office which emote about two months ago —— which came out made sobering reading. 11 of those customs are simpler not ready. we picked this up and we spoke to stakeholders and border staff and the idea is that 80 months is simply not long enough. arlene foster also said this draft brexit agreement in its current form leaves northern ireland alone. as you understand it, what does that mean in layman ‘s terms? she's effectively trying to explain that because the uk has a customs union, this is a concession made from the european union, and it tonight it was simply going to be on the northern ireland within the customs union and probably within aspect of the single market —— it was only going to be northern
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ireland. if the deal goes through, between now and the end of the transition period all of the united kingdom is going to be in that, u nfortu nately kingdom is going to be in that, unfortunately that also means that orderfor northern unfortunately that also means that order for northern ireland unfortunately that also means that orderfor northern ireland —— in orderfor northern ireland —— in order for northern ireland to suffer heart border —— a hard border with its neighbour, it is going to be more deeply within the regulations of the single market is what will look more like the european union. that means something of a regular tory and customs border —— regulatory and customs border. that is not what arlene foster has asked for. she demanded the opposite from theresa may and it's interesting borisjohnson was whipping up the dup intoa borisjohnson was whipping up the dup into a frenzy earlier, effectively saying, you have been sold out. there spanners in the work that can crop up like the dup, we'll
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see what action they will take, the cabinet five are still talking, and it could be a no vote in parliament. in real terms, what effect would this have on preparing for brexit? i detrimental could that be? let's just try to get through the brussels summit tomorrow in terms of spanners! we need to make sure this is signed off. nobody has a veto so that's probably quite a helpful thing. we would go on qualified majority voting so we know that the spanish are very exercised over the prospect of gibraltar, they don't wa nt to prospect of gibraltar, they don't want to see the european union negotiating in anything to do with gibraltar, they want this remained at the bilateral level so they can have their say. if that is signed off andi have their say. if that is signed off and i think that is what theresa may is doing, it is returned to the house of commons that the parliamentary arithmetic does not look good at this point. interesting what amber rudd said earlier this
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week, that even if it doesn't get through, there is no appetite in the house for no deal, so there is a degree of play still even if the bill itself doesn't go through, the idea that british government is simply not going to permit an ordeal scenario. i want to believe her, but to be honest, given all the information put together, it seems perilously close. thank you, professor. time for a look at the weather with mick miller. a big change next week as it turns wet and windy. just now, there's an easterly flow into the uk that favours parts of northwest and highland scotland. sunshine like we saw today and will again tomorrow but at the other end of the uk, the weather front has been delivering cloud and outbreaks of rain in two parts of southern england and south wales. that is drifting westwards.
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into this evening there will be showers towards the southern coast and a few showers overnight. eastern scotla nd and a few showers overnight. eastern scotland and northeast england too. seven o'clock this evening, these showers towards southern england with plenty of cloud, still some hill fog and misty and murky. damp weather for wales but northwards, drier and clear into northwest england but the show to the eastern side of the pennines. clear spells in northern ireland, the odd shower possible this evening and overnight, the showers eastern scotland with as much of the rest of scotland is staying dry. single figure temperatures today, heading down overnight. not too far because we keep a breeze and a fair amount of cloud through eastern and southern most parts but they will be areas that see some prolonged clear spells, like on high ground when we get close to freezing, parts of northwest england, northern ireland and again in scotland. tomorrow,
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showers through the eastern parts. showers look like they could be heavier and more frequent running through northern ireland, pushed by a stronger wind. showers clipping the far southeast. temperatures feeling a little bit cooler. monday is quiet with high pressure in control. beyond that, low pressure from the atlantic takes over once again. frequent weather systems coming in from tuesday onwards with much stronger winds, the chance of gales, severe gales, heavy rain, snow on the hills as the change ta kes pla ce snow on the hills as the change takes place to what will become a milderfeel takes place to what will become a milder feel to takes place to what will become a milderfeel to things as takes place to what will become a milder feel to things as the week goes on so much more active weather coming in. this shows a change from tuesday into wednesday. temperatures are going up well some heavy rain and stronger winds are on the way, too. hello, this is bbc news.
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the headlines: theresa may arrives in brussels for talks as european council president donald tusk recommends that the eu approves the brexit deal at sunday's summit. the spanish prime minister drops his threat to derail the summit, saying britain has given him assurances over the future of gibraltar. in belfast, the leader of the dup, arlene foster, attacks the deal, saying it would create differences between northern ireland and britain. french police fire tear gas and a water cannon to disperse protesters in paris who are demonstrating for a second weekend against rising fuel prices. film director nicolas roeg, whose credits include don't look now and the man who fell to earth, has died at the age of 90. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre,
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here's 0lly foster. lovely to see you. you too. really busy day. the top four in the premier league are all playing today. it's as you were at the top after wins for manchester city and liverpool. city beat west ham 4—0 goals from david silva, raheem sterling and leroy sane put the game out of sight in the first half. sane then scored another to make it four in injury time. they remain two points clear and now have a goal differnece of plus—35 after 13 games. i had the feeling we would be a little bit lucky today, arriving for a five—time times we scored four goals. 0k. a five—time times we scored four goals. ok. i'm pretty sure that sooner than later we will come back to what we normally are. liverpool were 3—0 winners away at watford. it was goaless at half time there and liverpool finally made
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the breakthrough in the last half—hour at vicarage road. mo salah, trent alexander—arnold and foberto firmino with the goals. they were down to ten when they scored the last, captainjordan henderson sent off for a second yellow card. it isa it is a difficult place to go. they played a good season. the position they are in and the points they have is not acorns it is. they have really good. —— it is not acorns it is. you can't take it for granted. you have to work for it here. i have employed please with how the boys we re employed please with how the boys were today. really brilliant, tactical, good. manchester united were held to a gaoless draw at home to crystal palace. palaces andros townsend squandered. a fantastic cance to win it when clean through in the second half. palace are one point above the releagtion zone, united are seventh, 1a points behind
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manchester city r claudio ranieri first game in charge of fulham saw them beat southampton in a brilliant game at craven cottage alexander mitrovic scored twice, his first the equaliser to make it 1—1 and then a volleyed winner inside the last half hour. stuart armstrong scored both goals for saints, they remain just above the relegation zone on goal difference. the 3—2 win moves the cottagers off the bottom of the table. very important for me to give the idea of a fighting spirit and the reaction after we were down was amazing for us. they of match and again, we wanted to win and it was very important. this is the spirit that i like. a couple of other results to mention.
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goals from glenn murray and jamie vardy cancelled each other out as brighton and leicester drew 1—1. and gylfi sigurddsson gave everton a 1—0 win at home to cardiff. fourth against third, tottenham and chelsea have just kicked off at wembley. no goals yet. very early stages. celtic are three points clear at the top the scottish premiership after a 3—0 win over struggling hamilton. ryan christie finished off a well—worked move to put the champions 1—0 up early on. scott martin then scored an own gaol in the second half before a late leigh griffiths free kick wrapped up the win. these are the rest of the results for you. the hearts and lost than a win for the rangers means that the rangers are up to second place. go to the bbc sport website for more details on all those results. it's the final day of the rugby union autumn internationals. england signed off with a win against australia at
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twickenham. they couldn't have started much better, jonny may going over for a try in the opening couple of minutes. they stretched their lead through 0wen farrell's boot but a brilliant israel folau try helped the wallabies draw level at half—time. 13—all, but england dominated the second period, three tries, including this from joe vhokanasinga saw them race clear. that's two tries in two matches for the wing, after scoring on his debut last weekend. folau scored his second late on on but england won 37—18 dyla n dylan and allen have done a fantastic job as captains. dylan and allen have done a fantasticjob as captains. a real understanding if the link with the squad. we are going in the right direction. we haven't played our best rugby yet but i think that is coming. iam really best rugby yet but i think that is coming. i am really pleased how the squad has to together. 0ver over the last four weeks we came together as a team with a bit of an experience i think we have really grown and today it was almost, lost
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not a perfect game, it was a well—rounded game and a lot of it theissues well—rounded game and a lot of it the issues we needed to addressed during the game and i thought we did that. it was great to be part of. scotland finished their autumn series with a hard—fought victory against argentina at murrayfield the wet conditions made for a defensive match with both sides trading penalties until sean maitland scored the only try of the game with 15 minutes remaining. 111—9 the final score. the scots ending november with two wins and two defeats. i felt we controlled the game ended enough to win. the kicked in. we never nola wasn't going to be higher scoring. we defeated a strong argentina team today. you have to be patient, don't try to attack too early and credited the whole team for getting this in the right areas. that is what counted in the end.
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wales are looking to complete their first celan sweep in the autumn series, wins against scotland, australia, tonga and they have just kicked off against south africa in cardiff. and they've made the best possible start, tomas francis scoring an early try which was converted to give them a 7—0 lead. let's ta ke let's take you live to the stadium now. this game is live on bbc two. a fantastic start for wales in their final autumn series match. ireland played the usa a little bit later in dublin. england's cricketers have already won the series against sri lanka, and now they've got their eye on a 3—0 whitewash. career best bowling figures from adil rashid helped them dismiss the hosts for 240 and they have a 99—run lead heading into the third day. ben croucher was watching. they just enter like have theyjust enter like have a tendency to turn and crumble the same can
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apply to sri lankans batting orders. ihigh apply to sri lankans batting orders. i high five for adil rashid before he spun the game england's way he walks on for the night striker in as their tale took their way to 336 all out. if you did that catch was good, ketogenic started a competition with himself. it doesn't matter how you ta ke himself. it doesn't matter how you take it, just that you do. whenever he had a lunch wasn't catching joe root, he had to take is one of the ten as back into groups towards england's total, 5a bradley and dan. ataturkjennings and rashid. he dismissed within a split second if you missed it, here is almost a carbon copy, deborah ball, differ vastly, same field are even more stunning result. sri lanka were being blown away by rashid whirlwind twisting the ball to his tune, to agenda five became 222—6 and then seven, then eight, sri lanka even managed to find a new way to get
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them selves out, never run on a missed field, he found out the hard way, the children, you know who, sri la nka way, the children, you know who, sri lanka completed the track with this fifth wicket at sri lanka lost her last night for 67 runs, this test match is england's to lose but a saturday in colombo has shown it ta kes saturday in colombo has shown it takes just an instance for this mess to turn. —— for this match to turn. it's the final formula one race of the season tomorrow and lewis hamilton isn't taking his foot off the pedal. he may have already won his fifth world title but he's on pole for the abu dhabi grand prix. the 11th time that he's started from the front this year. nick parrott reports. the sun has already set a formula 1's championship battles but there is still a pride to race for in abu dhabi. fernando alonso is getting a royal sendoff at his final race weekend. but the former king of spain and a special paintjob couldn't make his redcar go for it. he did become the only driver to beat his team—mate and every
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qualifying this season, but he will have his work cut out to get a points finish starting from 15. lewis hamilton will be expecting a much easier ride, he hasn't eased off of the gas has become a world champion mexico, and broke the track record three times on the way to his 11th goal of the season. ferrari have never lost this race and although sebastian vettel has, he finds himself third behind the other mercedes. 11th one of the season would be the perfect ending for hamilton. —— and 11th win. a quick update the sports games under way. spurs have one window up against chelsea, wells are portugal up against south africa in cardiff. now on the news channel a programme about the late american senatorjohn mccain — remembering a maverick an interview with cindy mccain. this past august, america lost one of its great statesman. senatorjohn mccain was a war hero, a presidential candidate and a husband. i sat down with his widow,
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cindy mccain, here at the halifax international forum in nova scotia. senatorjohn mccain led the delegation here for years and now cindy mccain is continuing his work through the mccain institute. i asked her about his legacy and what he would of thought about divisions in america and what it was like to be married to a true maverick. it has been two months since the senator passed. how are you? iam good. it is a day by day thing for me. i asked her about his legacy and what he would of thought some days are good, some are not. but he wouldn't want me to be anything but strong. so i live by that now. during the week of his passing, you carried yourself with such extraordinary poise and grace. it really captured that moment. i think both in the united states and internationally.
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well, i did what i hoped john would be proud of and that was to at least remain strong and be strong for my children. i appreciate your words about that, for me it was just what it was and who am i guess. the only way to describe it. when the news came of his passing, there was this extraordinary bipartisan outpouring. why do you think the nation reacted in that way? john was truly the conscience of the senate and i think in many ways the conscience of the country. people recognised him for his ability to work across the aisle and his belief in working across the aisle. and also his willingness to debate but not demean as a result of differences. so, i think we have lost... i believe we have lost those ideals forever right now.
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if that makes sense. he represented so much to the country and i'm hoping that we swing back and begin to realise really the importance of doing whatjohn did. many people said that it wasn'tjust like a president had died. it was like a great president had died. and that stopped the nation at that moment. yet, the president was not there. can you tell me about the decision behind having him not there? was that the senator's call? was that the family's call? well, you have to remember even though it was a very public funeral, we are still a family. for all of us and for the sake of my own children, i didn't want any disruption. this was aboutjohn. not about anything else. it was important to me that we kept it respectful and calm and not politicize it. it sounds funny coming from a political family in a political country, but it was important we kept it
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with dignity so i didn't want the hoopla that came with that. what did it tell you about that moment, because there seems to be this deep yearning for a kind of leadership and statesmanship that senator mccain really represented ? our country right now, it is in a little bit of disarray. i am the first one to tell you we will remain strong and free and democratic and all of the ideals that we believe in, but we have our problems right now. john would be the first to say that. i think people hopefully will learn from him and throughout this and i hope that the president learns from him. when you do see one of the president's tweets, what do you think? some days it is fine. i wish the president would take more time in commenting or answering or asking.
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but i would say that to any of our other leaders as well. at this point in time, how does america get out of this hate and toxic environment? i think it takes all of us. you have to change the narrative. i think you are seeing that. i think you saw that in this election process somewhat. it is about changing the narrative and also about taking a breath and stepping back. let's remind each other and talk to each other and disagree with each other in a civil tone. john mccain stood for a certain approach to the world. he was morally self—confident. john had an unwavering moral compass. that was in large part due to his experience,
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