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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: police in new zealand are to charge a 26—year—old man with the murder of british backpacker grace millane who went missing in auckland last week. the evidence we have gathered has established that this is a homicide. police fire tear gas on the streets of paris as anti—government protestors clash with officers in a fourth weekend of demonstrations. this is the scene live in paris, where ministers say the "yellow the number of writers is estimated at more than 90,000 —— rioters. we will bring you the latest. the work and pensions secretary, amber rudd, openly backs a plan b if mps reject theresa may's brexit deal. what happens if it is voted down?
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and anything could happen, there are lots of different things that could happen, most of which they will not wa nt to happen, most of which they will not want to happen, so they need to weigh up the alternatives. six people have been killed and dozens injured after in a stampede at a nightclub in italy. my guests will be discussing the prospects for theresa may after tuesday's vote and also the outcome of climate change talks taking place this week in poland. police in new zealand are to charge a 26—year—old man with the murder of 22—year—old british backpacker, grace millane. grace was last seen a week ago in the company of the man who has now been arrested.
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auckland police say they have not located her body. angus crawdord reports. fun—loving and family orientated, grace millane's parents say her disappearance one week ago was entirely out of character and extremely hard for them to take. now they have been given the worst possible news. the evidence we have gathered to this point in the inquiry has established that this is a homicide. grace's family have been advised of this development, and they are devastated. police say a 26—year—old man will be charged with her murder when he appears in court on monday. grace arrived in new zealand last month, and had been staying at a backpackers‘ hostel in auckland. she was last spotted on saturday night entering a hotel in the city with a male companion who the police say had been with her during the evening. detectives have released pictures of jewellery they believe grace had with her,
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a necklace and a distinctive pink watch are both missing from her possessions and could help them find her body. grace's father arrived in new zealand yesterday. when he spoke to the media, he was hopeful she could be found alive. but this is now a murder investigation. a man will soon be charged and the police search for grace continues. joining me now via webcam from wellington is anna chinn from radio new zealand. thanks forjoining us to give us an update. this is a terrible case for the family involved. what do we know about the circumstances that have led up to the police decision to charge this man? the police have only told us what they have found in
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the evidence from looking at hours of cctv footage at the hotel where she was last seen entering a week ago. that has given them the conclusion that she is no longer alive. they don't have a body and they are hoping to find one and return it to the family who are obviously quite devastated. investigations are trying to establish the body. how quickly ali likely to charge this man? he's going to be charged on monday morning. it is early on sunday morning. it is early on sunday morning here, so about 12 hours' time. what are the public interest beenin time. what are the public interest been in new zealand in this case? presumably it is not uncommon, sadly. new zealand actually has a fairly low murder rate so people
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will be devastated, but people have been noting on social media that grace millane had come to new zealand via south america and people have been noting the irony that she made it safely through what they're saying is one of the more dangerous places in the world. i'm not sure whether that is true. then she comes here and seems to be killed and people are pretty devastated about that because a lot of heartfelt expressions of grief and condolences to the family on social media in this country. people are paying quite close attention to the police media conferences and things like that some people are upset, they hate to think... i guess has come to this country and will not be able to go home. you said the murder rate is low. what is the experience
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generally for solo travellers, particularly women? it is generally very safe. the murder rate was the lowest in a0 years last year, which is from the 7 million people here, so is from the 7 million people here, so 35 murders entirely in new zealand and most of them were not visitors, so i would say in the past 50 yea rs, visitors, so i would say in the past 50 years, they might have been half a dozen women travellers who have been murdered in this country. it's not very high, it's not very common, and it's a very sad circumstance. not very high, it's not very common, and it's a very sad circumstancem certainly is. we have seen grace's father making an appeal yesterday when he had some hope on friday. he still had some hope that she might be safe. this has ended very sadly. 0ne be safe. this has ended very sadly. one question about how this will
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proceed now, he said the man will be charged with murder and will presumably make a court appearance early in the week. does new zealand justice move relatively quickly? would a trial take place in a matter of weeks or will it take a long time? new zealand justice system is still based strongly on witnesses so that depend on how much he is willing to cooperate on if he pleads guilty it will proceed quite quickly. he could be injail and a couple of months‘ time. if he pleads not guilty, a —— it could go through the courts for years with pleas—mac and appeals. police have fired tear—gas on the streets of paris as protestors clash with officers in a fourth—straight weekend of anti—government demonstrations.
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these are the live pictures of the "yellow vest" movement — which began as a protest about fuel tax rises. the government have announced they will suspend that plan which was due in january. but the will suspend that plan which was due injanuary. but the protest does not appear to have dissipated. 90,000 police and riot officers have been deployed across france, and the interior minister spoke yesterday of the process of creating a monster. they‘re not sure how to control it. there is the use of tear gas grenades the protests did not look violent but tear gas seems to be the way they are containing them. we have
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erected barricades which have such a residence in french is that it is the revolution back in 1789 —— they have erected barricades. the wide boulevards are to dissipate the risk of people taking control of the city. police are particularly worried about what they see as extremists infiltrating the movement. this movement has no real leaders organised structure. it has been mobilised quite effectively through social media. there are undoubtedly anarchists involved, far right campaigners involved, as well asa right campaigners involved, as well as a very solid body of people who might be described as being in the middle on a lot of issues who felt very motivated and angry about the tax rises and a perception that emmanuel macron‘s government have
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been more interested in easing the tax burden on the wealthy than ordinary french people. that is an issue we will be talking about in 20 minutes‘ time. let‘s talk to our correspondent in paris. the number seed are small. there are only a few thousand people here on the champs—elysees and they are the ha rd core of the champs—elysees and they are the hard core of the yellow vest movement. what might happen over time is that hard—core mates separate from the mass of people who support in a more specific way, the demands. it is certainly the hope of the government that whatever happens today, it is isolated in paris and is visible in the work of a minority who are no longer representative of the movement as a whole. people around here would not agree with that, they say they are very much pa rt that, they say they are very much part of the movement as a whole. this is the scene live in france.
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protesters are covering their mouths, ism to get away from tear gas ——i mouths, ism to get away from tear gas —— i assume to get away from tear gas. it is about keeping people moving and not allowing them to congregate or create unrest. 0ne moving and not allowing them to congregate or create unrest. one of my colleagues was saying that among the various signs and slogans and so on, you can see a breton likes you see all the different elements of protest in the anti—government feeling and that seems to be running quite high in france at the moment, not just quite high in france at the moment, notjust in paris. quite a lot of controversy earlier in the week when a group of schoolchildren were photographed having been ordered by police to get down on their knees with their hands behind their heads and one release officer was caught
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making a remark about what a well—behaved class they were and some people thought that was excessive behaviour by police. the interior minister said that was because adults had tried to interfere with the protests. everyone will be hoping it does not get out of hand lady did last week in paris when vehicles were set on fire and it was a fatality —— out of hand like it did last week. we will bring you more as the protests unfold. the work and pensions secretary, amber rudd, has become the first government minister to openly back an alternative brexit strategy if theresa may‘s deal is rejected by the commons next week. she said the so—called "norway plus" option seemed a plausible plan b, which would see the uk staying in the eu customs union with full access to the single market. let‘s explain what is meant by norway plus. the uk would remain
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in the single market but would have to allow free movement of people. the uk would still contribute to the eu budget and abide by many eu rules. norway is completely signed up with exceptions for things like agriculture and fisheries but they have to follow all the other rules. norway is not in the customs union so the plus element means being in a new customs arrangement to avoid a hard border in ireland. 0ur political correspondent matt cole explained why amber rudd is still backing the prime minister‘s brexit deal. yesterday, scattered across the
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country, different cabinet ministers junior ministers try to sell the dealfar and wide junior ministers try to sell the deal far and wide and that the official position and remains amber rudd‘s position. she says she fully supports theresa may‘s deal and it is the best that could possibly be had, however, having said that, she has now opened the door on the question of plan b, something no other cabinet minister has done. she‘s not advocating a switch to a plan b, she would have to quit the cabinet otherwise, but by opening the door to it, we‘re getting an insight into the questions hanging over this week. what happens next? the question for amber rudd is, what are you doing by floating this option? this is why she said she has had this discussion. i think it will get through but i know it's going to be difficult because a lot of people are still against it but the point about me discussing other alternatives is to remind people
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that it's all very well saying, i don't like this about the agreement i don't like that about the agreement. what happens if it is voted down? and anything could happen, there are a lot of things that could happen, most of which they will not want to happen, so they will not want to happen, so they need to weigh up the alternatives when they think about this deal. soi this deal. so i think amber rudd is suggesting publicly at least that she‘s floating this idea of a plan b to put pressure on people that they should not want the chaos that could follow a rejection on tuesday, albeit it doesn‘t look like she will get away with that. is there a possibility that because she is pro—europe, it would involve allowing free movement? we are told immigration is one of the issues which may push some brexiteers to say, if that is the option that people like amber rudd are going to be pushing, maybe it is better if i vote for theresa may?|j be pushing, maybe it is better if i vote for theresa may? i think this would be such an unacceptable offer but so was the deal at the moment so i wouldn‘t see this turning to many
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heads in particular. it mayjust, perhaps not far brexiteers, but for others, there could be chaos. we will swap one problem for another potentially so maybe go with this one, but i think as things stand, it‘s going to be a tricky night on tuesday and a very interesting week to follow. meanwhile, the northern ireland secretary, karen bradley has written an open letter defending theresa may‘s brexit deal. ms bradley says the prime minister‘s agreement will protect the constitutional integrity of the uk. she added, the government has secured an outcome which avoids a hard border on the island of ireland, and a customs border down the irish sea. she goes on to say the withdrawal agreement will allows the uk to take back control of its borders, money and laws. six people have been killed in a stampede at a nightclub in northern italy. the crush happened in the early hours of the morning near ancona on the adriatic coast.
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around 1,000 people were packed into the blue lantern nightclub for a rap concert. reports say that a pepper spray like substance was used, provoking a stampede. one of the emergency exits was blocked. in the crush to get out of the club, a railing collapsed, causing dozens of partygoers to fall. a man captured on cctv, who was believed by missing corrie mckeague‘s mother to be her son, has identified himself to detectives. corrie was 23, when he went missing after a night out in bury st edmunds in september 2016. police haven‘t released the footage but say they viewed it during their investigation into the airman‘s disappearance. these are the last known images are of corrie who was last seen entering a bin loading bayjust before he disappeared. a british sailor, whose yacht was crippled by a ferocious storm in a round—the—world race, has been rescued. to safety yesterday,
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by a a0,000 tonne cargo ship. she‘d been left stranded for two days after her boat violently capsized, 2,000 miles off the coast of chile. joining us now is james instance is 0perations controller at falmouth coastguard, which first picked up susie goodall‘s distress signal. what was the first indication of trouble? the first indication that suzy was in difficulty actually was picked up by control on the morning when she reported there were rough conditions and it was really uncomfortable but it was at 11am on the 5th of december where we got an emergency signalfrom the 5th of december where we got an emergency signal from an emergency beacon, all the ships, all yachts in the race had to carry emergency satellite beacons, and we received a signalfrom that.
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satellite beacons, and we received a signal from that. the only difficulty from one of these beacons is although it tells you that something is probably wrong and tells you who it is and where they are, it doesn‘t tell you what the problem is, so we immediately got in contact with race control to say we picked up this signal and then spent a very uncomfortable hour waiting for race control to get through on her satellite phone to be able to find out what the situation was so we‘re aware of late it was, the southern ocean in a deep areas of the pacific, we know that something is probably wrong but we don‘t know what the situation is so it is great news she got back but then we had the difficulty of arranging a rescue. so you at least she was still on board the yacht, you knew she wasn‘t injured, but you knew also that somehow she had to be rescued in a very remote part of the ocean. where would the nearest ships have been to her at that stage?
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she‘s 2000 miles west of chile saw you on one of the most remote areas of the world. and you are nowhere near a of the world. and you are nowhere neara main shipping of the world. and you are nowhere near a main shipping lane on a main transport area —— or a transport area. you would be looking for other yachts that are taking part in the race to be able to come to your assistance, but in this case, the closest one was already further towards south america and to turn backin towards south america and to turn back in those conditions would have been really difficult. the next yacht behind her was 780 miles so that wasn‘t possible. we liaised with the chilean authorities, the rescue authorities there were amazing and what they did. they did exactly what we would have done in the uk, they put out a satellite broadcast to alert ships in the area and we are talking about a 500 mile radius of where susie is to see what
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is around and then you‘ve got to try and directly get in contact with those ships to get them to divert to go to their assistance and there we re go to their assistance and there were two machover contacted, one was a70 miles away and another vehicle which was 385 miles away, so it‘s not like you‘re in trouble off the coast of cornwall devon in the english channel where you can get a lifeboat and helicopter within half an hour, this is a8 hours at least t an hour, this is a8 hours at least opt susie having to wait around, floating at sea in her badly damaged yacht, hoping it wasn‘t going to ta ke yacht, hoping it wasn‘t going to take on water and waiting for rescue. good news in the end. thanks very much, both for the careful what you keep on the oceans and for telling us all about the rescue of susie. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘s mike bushell. good morning. the need for video technology referees to be used outside
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of the premier league, is again a talking point, after a controversial ending, to last night‘s game in the championship. against their west midlands rivals west bromwich albion and it looked to be the winner until a stoppage time equaliser — which clearly came off the hand ofjay rodriguez. he threw himself at the ball but admitted afterwards it had hit his arm. no var in the championship of course. it finished 2—all — villa were furious. the manchester city manager pep guardiola, says they will not be banned, from the champions league — but if they were, they‘d deal with it. allegations have been made that they found a way to get around financial fair play rules, the regulations put in place by uefa to stop clubs from spending beyond their means. but guardiola says senior figures at city, have assured him
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there is nothing to worry about. we won‘t be banned. i spoke to my chairman, my ceo, they explained to me. if it happened, we would accept it. manchester city have a big game today — they‘re away to chelsea in the early evening kick—off, and at lunchtime, liverpool have the chance to go top for a least a few hours. and in scotland, celtic can go back to the top of the table with a win at home to kilmarnock, who‘re leading going into today‘s fixtures. after their dramatic draw last weekend, a re—match between deontay wilder and tyson fury, can go ahead, after it was sanctioned by the world boxing council. their meeting in los angeles, was controversial throughout, but the governing body says the pair produced one of best heavyweight title fights in a long time, and so they‘ve given the sequel the green light. fury would love it to be in the uk but it‘s more likely to be in the us again.
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defending champion ronnie 0‘sullivan, is two wins away from a record seventh uk championship title. he takes on tom ford in the semi—finals, after beating martin 0‘donnell 6—1, though 0‘sullivan said it took him a while to settle into the match. i was just i wasjust a i was just a bit on edge, just trying to feel my way into it and you‘ve got to try and compose yourself as much as you can but it was probably a really good match for me. sometimes i don‘t take for but i‘m finding my feet, i know my game is there, it‘s nice to get it from the off. and 0‘sullivan‘s match against ford is live on bbc one from one o‘clock, with stuart bingham against mark allen on bbc two at 7. there was a glitzy ceremony in st petersburg last night, to present lewis hamilton with his formula one world championship trophy. he won his fifth title back in october, but had to wait to get his hands on the prize.
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mercedes also collected their trophy, for winning the constructors‘ championship. that‘s all the sport for now. now for the weather with matt taylor. fellow. showers are more abundant this afternoon and the wind remains strong, particularly across parts of england and wales but it‘s a weekend of two hats because tomorrow is dry and sunny but also a good deal chillier. that has been driven by pressure to the northeast of us. northwest winds will ease for a time but these weather fronts will bring the rain in a fairly showery nature across northern ireland, wales, southwest england into southern scotla nd southwest england into southern scotland during the afternoon. lengthier bursty than there is a bit of sunshine and away from the showers in northern scotland, there will be some in central scotland, staying dry and sunny, but winds course to gale—force, 50 miles an hour possible further south and they will pick up even more. even though
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the temperatures are up on yesterday afternoon. into tonight, a few as through the night but they will keep going across england and wales, across the skies are strengthening wind. the southern coast could see gusts of 60, maybe 70 mph, which could course issues and damage. . a cold start further north and that is the scene of what is to come. sunday, a cold front pushes south, linked to showery burst of rain into the morning. 0pening linked to showery burst of rain into the morning. opening the door to a northerly airflow, suffer sunday, wales, central and southern england, lots of cloud and showers then the sunshine comes out. a few showers in wales, northern ireland and with two words across scotland. most of you will be dry, predominantly dry with lots of sunshine through the
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afternoon and single figure temperatures. it will feel chilly even the winds are lighter than today, coming from a more north to northwesterly direction. with that wind direction, it will be a cold night, temperatures below freezing, parts of northern england, quite chilly as well into monday morning across eastern part of england but further west, not quite as cold, rural out a frosty and they are into next week, cold in the east, the milder you could wind but we will you updated. —— the mild air could wind. hello and welcome to dateline london, a programme of comment, conflict and opinion with some of the uk‘s leading journalists up against the foreign correspondents who file their stories with the dateline ‘london‘. this week: leadership tested and found wanting. the uk‘s mps find theresa may‘s government in contempt after a big rebellion by her own supporters — a taste of things to come in the vote on brexit next week? carbon emissions go up in paris
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as protestors use fire and fury to force president macron to pause tax rises he says will make the air cleaner. the nations of the world head to a country that loves its fossil fuels to write a new rule book to curb climate change. agnes? poirier of the french news magazine marianne. isobel hilton, who writes on environment policy at china dialogue. david aaronovitch, whose columns appear here in the uk in the times. the usjournalist greg katz, from ap, the associated press. welcome to dateline london. on tuesday, mps will vote on whether or not to accept the brexit terms negotiated with the european union by theresa may. the prospect of defeat looms large, not least after this week‘s vote in which the house of commons found the government in contempt of parliament. ministers had been resisting publishing the full legal advice which confirmed that, during its transition out of the eu, the uk can‘t unilaterally withdraw from a key part of the agreement. it took barely a handful of mps from mrs may‘s conservatives to rebel to ensure the government‘s defeat on the contempt motion.
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many more than that have said they‘ll vote against on tuesday. david, prediction is a‘s dean, even more in this case. do you have any sense how this week will pan out? you have just asked sense how this week will pan out? you havejust asked me sense how this week will pan out? you have just asked me to sense how this week will pan out? you havejust asked me to be sense how this week will pan out? you have just asked me to be a sense how this week will pan out? you havejust asked me to be a mug! welcome to the programme. i will respectfully decline. i will help you out a bit more with some form of analytical framework for this. the big question is, is there any kind of settlement or deal or proposition for a
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