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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top stories: britain's theresa may tells her mps another brexit referendum would break the faith of the people. north korea warns the us imposing new sanctions could halt any de—nuclearisation for good. just another day in school for these teens in poland, where the right—wing government has sparked a surge in military classes. another weekend of protests in france, even after president macron backed down on some of his policies. so what damage has been done to the french economy and what more do the protesters want? a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme,
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restaurant insolvencies jump in the uk by a quarter as diners chose to stay at home. that's over 1,200 restaurant closures. so we'd like to know are you eating out less? if so, why? what is most important to you when eating out? get in touch just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing britain's prime minister theresa may will today appear before mps and say a new brexit referendum would break faith with the electorate who chose to leave the european union in 2016. her own plans for exiting the eu have so far failed to unite politiicans and has led to growing support for what campaigners have termed a peoples vote. but she will insist this would do irrepairable damage to the integrity of british politics. here's our political correspondent chris mason. postponing a vote she would have
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lost, facing a confidence vote to oust her, and then an eu summit — long on drama and confrontation but short on breakthroughs. at least the prime minister has found someone willing to play ball over the weekend. and yes, she still hopes she can get her brexit plan through parliament. but many are now publicly discussing other options and talking down the ones they don't like. supposing we have another referendum, supposing the remain side won it by 52—48 but it was on a lower turnout. entirely possible. let me tell you that, if there is another referendum, which i don't think there will be, people like me will be immediately demanding it's best of three. where does that end up? yesterday, two of the prime minister's closest allies denied
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they were toying with another public vote. her chief of staff said he wasn't planning one, and her deputy said he's long thought it was a bad idea and would be divisive. but those hoping for another referendum say it might eventually be the only option. if parliament is gridlocked and there's no way of resolving the impasse and no consensus can be met in parliament, then how else do you resolve this other than referring it back to the people? many senior labour figures are deeply uneasy about asking the people again, and don't know on which side they would be if it happened. policy is decided by our members in a democratic and open way. the stage is set, then, for the coming parliamentary drama. the prime minister returns here this afternoon. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. we will talk about that further in
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five minutes time with the analysis book brexit. —— for brexit. north korea has turned its anger on the us state department, denouncing new sanctions and warning of a possible permanent block on any de—nuclearisation plans. the us imposed the sanctions on three north korean officials last week for alleged human rights abuses. relations between the two countries seemed to improve after an historic summit between leaders donald trump and kim jong—un. but since then talks have stalled. let's talk to one of our correspondence who is a cross this story, who has more details. tell us more about this latest line from north korea, they are very concerned about the sanctions, what it means for future talks. the statement was
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carried out by north korea's news agency, it said that the road to denuclearisation will be blocked and also said that maximum pressure won't work with north korea. however, what we want to take note of his who issued this statement and usually when south korean analysts at condemnation that comes from north korea they look at who issued a statement. this statement was issued by a research, or a director of the state research institute of north korea's foreign ministry. it said it is a personal issue, a personal statement, so it goes to show that the level of the condemnation was not as strong as it could have been. 50 what condemnation was not as strong as it could have been. so what are people saying now at this point, the end of 2018, the year that donald trump historically met with kim jong—un. so much process was seen to have
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been made, but what now do people about the situation between north korea and the us now? many analysts say they are deliberating on what move to make afterwards after the singapore summit. some analysts are saying that because of the us sanctions, one of the subjects was the number two guy and the right—hand man of kimjong—un, so it is not that unusual that north korea reacted and trump's tweaked a couple of days ago saying that the relations between north korea is fine and they are in no rush, is also what analysts are basing their assumption that the two leaders are interested in denuclearisation. the matter is how involved they are or how much they want it, that is the
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key we should pay attention to. we will indeed, thank you forjoining us will indeed, thank you forjoining us from the bbc korean service. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. protestors in the hungarian capital, budapest, have marched on state television headquarters, demanding it broadcast their demonstrations. more than 10,000 people took to the streets objecting to changes to the judicial system and extra overtime requirements. saudi arabia has denounced last week's us senate vote holding crown prince mohammed bin salman responsible for the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. in a statement, it says the senate position is based on "unsubsta ntiated claims and allegations" and contained "blatant interferences in the kingdom's internal affairs"the senate vote was a rare rebuke to president trump, who has maintained his support for saudi arabia. the co—founder of the popular app hq trivia and the video platform vine, colin kroll, has been found dead in his apartment in new york. he was 35 years old. police say the death is being treated as a suspected drugs overdose.
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hq trivia, a live trivia game on mobile phones, became hugely popular, but its popularity faded this year. now, as we've been mentioning, theresa may is due back before parliament later to update mps on any progress she had regarding the backstop arrangments for when the uk leaves the eu at last weeks summit. cornelia meyer, ceo of mrl corporation, a business consultancy, joins me now. you have been covering every twist and turn, for those who follow you. what is this week going to look like for theresa may? it is more of the same, iam for theresa may? it is more of the same, i am afraid. i don't know how she does it. she has real grit and real stamina. she will not be able
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to wow anybody with what she has so far. what has she gained from the eu summit on thursday? she didn't really game that much and i understand eu leaders as well because they say if we give them something now before christmas, the brexiteers will just come something now before christmas, the brexiteers willjust come with more to man's. —— come with more demands. if they do something that will really wait until the last minute as well. everybody is playing brinkmanship here. that is the first thing. she was meeting a wall of where they could give assurances but they would not change at this time. what do you think about these calls and the later speculation, always lots of stories that come out on sunday because of political programmes, but also the sunday press that analyse the week that has been and the week that is ahead. this discussion about a second referendum. it is interesting. i am with the prime minister here. when
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you have a democracy you cannot say we voted, we don't like the result so we voted, we don't like the result so let's do it again. but there seems to be quite a few cross parties, some people in labour, some people in the tories and the lib dems, there is momentum gaining and you saw on the andrew marsh show, a big political programme here. liam fox saying that if we don't get anywhere that may be the last option. one of the options is that people are much more informed now perhaps than they were prior to the referendum in terms of what it means, what it is like, the impact. they are much more fed up than they we re they are much more fed up than they were then. you have to be careful how do you want to word the referendum? do how do you want to word the referendum ? do you how do you want to word the referendum? do you want to stay in 01’ referendum? do you want to stay in or out the want to say this deal or out or in? had you get a majority? i doubt very much, when you look at
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the posters, it may be marginally better towards staying in, but i don't know. —— how do you get a majority? the margins are too narrow to be too decisive. thank you for 110w. to be too decisive. thank you for now. cornelia is back a little later in the programme as we look through some of those stories in the global media, what they are discussing today. we must move on and talk about what is happening in regards to strauss board. —— strasbourg. a fifth victim has died following tuesday's shooting at a christmas market in the french city of strasbourg. earlier a memorial took place to remember the victims. the gunman, cherif chekatt, was killed by police on thursday night. caroline rigby has more. a minute of noise, rather than silence. several hunderd locals and tourists gathered in strasbourg for a memorial to honour those who lost their lives. translation: i think we needed to get together to reflect because has been a very painful week. i think something was broken because here in strasbourg had
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a small and very cosmopolitan community. translation: we had to be there to pay tribute to the victims and to be in solidarity with all the people of strasbourg. butjust hours after sunday's memorial, confirmation that a fifth victim had died. a 36—year—old polish national, he had spent days in a coma, but had been unable to recoverfrom his injuries. several other people remain in a critical condition in hospital. as visitors returned to strasbourg's christmas market this weekend, police continue to investigate how tuesday's attack was able to happen and whether the suspect acted alone. cherif chekatt was shot dead by police, following a two—day manhunt. french authorities have dismissed a claim by the militant group islamic state that he had been acting under their orders, are calling the statement completely opportunistic. caroline rigby, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news,
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still to come: vladimir putin goes head to head with russian rappers. we'll find out why. after eight months on the run, saddam hussein has been tracked down and captured by american forces. saddam hussein is finished because he killed our people, our women, our children. the signatures took only a few minutes, but they brought a formal end to 3.5 years of conflict, conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives. before an audience of world leaders, the presidents of bosnia, serbia and croatia put their names to the peace agreement. the romanian border was sealed and silent today. romania has cut itself off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the presumed massacre
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in timisoara from leaking out. from sex at the white house to a trial for his political life, the lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed bill clinton his place in history as only the second president ever to be impeached. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: theresa may warns another eu referendum would cause "irreparable damage" to british politics. north korea warns the us state department that new sanctions could derail de—nuclearisation, permanently. a brazilian faith healer accused of sexual abuse by more than 300 women has handed himself in to the police. joao teixeira de faria had been declared a fugitive when police failed to find him to serve an arrest warrant. he has denied the accusations, as gail maclellan reports.
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the women accuse the faith healer of sexually abusing them during healing sessions. joao teixeira de faria, known asjoao orjohn of god, has thousands of followers, many of them celebrities. oprah winfrey famously praised his healing powers but has now issued a statement calling for justice. he was consulted by politicians and his fame boosted by supposedly miraculous surgeries he claims to have performed with his hands and without anaesthetic. translation: since i was eight years old, god gave me this energy. i believe in god and the power to heal comes from him. the abuse was said to have taken place at mr teixeira's spiritual clinic in abadiania, in the brazilian state of goias. he had been declared a fugitive, but turned himself in to the police
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on the roadside near the town. many of his followers refuse to accept the accusations and the scandal has shocked the town, whose economy has become dependent on the tourists brought in by the healing centre, which opened in 1976. john of god claims he's innocent and says he has now placed himself in the hands of earthlyjustice. gail maclellan, bbc news. a surge of patriotism in poland has led to increased demand for military classes in high schools, where teenagers study weapons and combat alongside traditional subjects. it follows the election of a conservative government and comes amid on—going tension with neighbouring russia. the bbcjoined one female student, doris, at her school in the southern town of nowy sacz, as she goes through her training.
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iam i am doris and this is my school. sta rt. it is hard for girls because sometimes boys think that girls are not strong enough. patriotism as part of our history
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and it is part of my life. military school gives you a lot of extra skills which you do not learn in normal school. also we have normal type of education, we are learning english, we are learning mathematics. my message to every girl is never give up because you are as strong as girl is never give up because you are as strong as everyone. that is doris talking to us about
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her learning in military school. here's a quick lookahead to some of the day's other events: at around 8:30 brussels time, european union fishing ministers will arrive for the start of a two—day meeting to decide catch quotas for the atlantic and north sea. there's going to be a lot of discussion about post—brexit arrangements there. you can imagine that will be quite interesting. a little later in madrid, the supreme court is expected to consider a request from the family of the former dicator general franco to halt the planned exhumation of his remains from his mausoleum. and then it's over to new york where the un security council is expected to hold an urgent session, at serbia and russia's request, after the parliament in kosovo adopted laws that would allow the civilian kosovo security forces to evolve into an army. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm chetan pathak with monday's sport briefing. coming up: europe's top sides await their fate
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in the champions league draw. liverpool beat manchester united to top the english premier league. and francesco molinari's crowned world sport star of the year. thanks forjoining us. just a few hours to go until european football's finest find out who they'll face in the last 16 of the champions league. the draw gets underway at 11:00 gmt. with holders real madrid amongst the eight seeded sides that won their group. beaten finalists liverpool are among the 8 teams who aren't seeded because they finished second, and they're one of four teams from england. there are three each from spain and germany and two from france and italy respectively, with portugal and the netherlands also represented. sides from the same country or that qualified from the same group can't face each other next. liverpool returned to the top of the english premier league with a 3—1win over
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manchester united at anfield. with the game at 1—1, xherdan shaqiri came off the bench to score twice to take jurgen klopp's side a point clear of manchester city in second. a fantastic game. the whole 93, 95 minutes, our boys were in charge of the game and dominated it. played football against a physically unbelievably strong side. we had a clear plan. we pushed them. and in the second half, be kind of annoying. then shaqiri came and scored these two goals. it was just brilliant. in spain, lionel messi scored a hattrick, as barcelona regained their 3—point lead at the top of la liga with a 5—0 win at levante. meanwhile in italy, napoli
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closed the gap on leaders juventus to eight points thanks to this stoppage time stunner of a free—kick from arkadiusz milik. there was another win for the italian golfer francesco molinari who was named the the bbc world sport star of the year. in a worldwide poll conducted via the bbc sport website, 2018 has been some year for molinari, who won his first major, the open championship, claimed his first victory on the pga tour, and won five matches out of five as europe beat the usa to win the ryder cup. at the same star—studded event in birmingham, the tour de france champion geraint thomas was named bbc sports personality of the year. formula 1 world champion lewis hamilton was second, with world cup golden boot winner harry kane in third place. and before we go, plenty of people purring over this on social media... the prize for the cutest club mascot mightjust have to go
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to mexican side, leon. they've named this lion cub as their mascot. sambu was recently born at leon zoo alongside two other cubs. he got his name from argentine midfielder ruben sambueza, who recentlyjoined the team. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me chetan patahk and the rest of the sport team, goodbye. your business and briefing is coming up your business and briefing is coming up soon. vladimir putin has called for his government to take charge of rap music, after a series of concerts were cancelled across russia. the president admits it would be impossible to ban the music outright so the state should play a greater role in controlling it. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. this is husky, one of russia's most popular rappers. in his songs he has mocked
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and criticised the authorities. he recently spent time in jail after staging an impromptu performance when one of his concerts were cancelled. performance when one of his concerts was cancelled. unlikely to be a fan, vladimir putin, who it seems has a beef with the entire rap industry. speaking at a meeting of his council for culture and art, he said: but he admitted: of course, the russian state has a contentious relationship with popular music. the protest group, pussy riot, among those who have fallen foul of the authorities. this is probably the sort of think
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you have in mind when you think of russian music — a military band accompanying a martial parade. it's not clear how the russian government might take control of rap music, but if this police choir is anything to go by, the possibilities are endless. tim allman, bbc news. stay with me on bbc news. tell me what you think about our talking point today. many of you have been in touch about eating out. i will be back in just a moment. hello there. one thing is for sure,
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our weather this week will look very different from what we had last week. last week we had a big blocking area of high pressure. the weather wasn't moving very much. and we were drawing in some cold air from the near continent. over the weekend, we've seen storm deidree pushing away htat really cold air and instead our weather is coming in from the atlantic. this area of cloud here will bring some rain. this area of cloud has already brought some rain. that's moving through and the sky is clear. it's going to be quite chilly by the morning. temperatures close enough for a touch of frost perhaps, maybe some icy patches as well. but monday looks like a decent day for the eastern side of the uk. plenty of sunshine and lighter winds. further west, the winds will be picking up. cloud amounts will be increasing and eventually we will see some patchy rain and drizzle as well. the winds may be touching galeforce around some western coast by the end of the afternoon. but it is a southerly wind so it is mild. temperatures 12 degrees in northern ireland. milder day than it was on sunday. as we look further ahead, eventually this area of low pressure will bring some showers but for the time being it is pushing in that weather front
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and a band of rain. it will be a windy start to tuesday. again some gales out to the west. this rain is moving very slowly eastwards. there will be some heavy rain, especially over the hills and, with some snow melt in scotland, there may be some localised flooding. eventually we should see an improvement in the weather for northern ireland. it takes all day for the rain to arrive across east anglia. it will be anothe mild one. temperatures 11 or 12 degrees. that weather front will take the outbreaks of rain eastwards and out of the way overnight and on wednesday we see that area of low pressure approaching the uk and that's fgoing to be a focus for the showers. of low pressure approaching the uk and that's going to be a focus for the showers. there'll be some good spells of sunshine around on wednesday. there'll be some showers clipping the south—east from the word go. then we'll see showers, maybe longer spells of rain coming towards northern ireland, eventually western scotland, over the irish sea, into western parts of england and wales. temperatures will be a bit lower on wednesday but still pretty good. 7—10 degrees celsius. that low pressure is going to dominate our weather really i think as we move into thursday. not a particularly deep area of low pressure,
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in fact the pressure is rising so the showers should be turning fewer. there'll be some sunny spells. there'll be a few showers around again, mostly out towards the west. a bit more sunshine likely across scotland and eastern parts of england. temperatures on thursday much like those of wednesday. this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. another weekend of protests in france, even after president macron backed down on some of his policies. so what damage has been done to the french economy and what more do the protesters want? laura ashley looks east. the home furnishing brand cuts its uk presence to expand in china. and fianancial markets in asia are mixed, the big focus this week for investors around the world is the meeting of the us central bank on tuesday and wednesday, will it raise interest rates again?
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