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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11: internet sites carrying harmful content like images of child abuse and terrorist propaganda, could be blocked orfined, under new government rules. the father of 14—year—old molly russell, who took her own life after viewing harmful images online, says the proposals are a step in the right direction. if there's a comfort, it is in that hearing molly's story might have prevented other such tragedies. the eu gives us global trade! who will have the final say? cross—party brexit talks resume, withjeremy corbyn saying there's no sign of compromise from theresa may... sheep farming is perhaps one
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of the best examples of an industry which feels itself at the mercy of political wranglings at a really crucial time, lambing season, where will the lambs born today be sold, at what cost, will there be tariffs involved? and even if we get a delay, will farmers be facing the same questions a year or so from now? drivers of older, dirtier vehicles are now having to pay more to go into central london, as a new pollution charge comes into force. music and the home video that's a piece of music history. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers anna isaac from the daily telegraph and broadcaster david davies — stay with us for that.
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good evening. we have some breaking news at the top of this hour. that is that the commons has approved legislation to force the prime minister to the lay brexit, to avoid a no deal exit. —— the lay brexit. legislation has been approved in the comments that will force the prime minister to make a one brexit to avoid a no deal exit one brexit to avoid a no deal exit on april the 12th. theresa may has already asked the european union for an extension. —— two delay brexit. to run until the end ofjune and as a result, that means that the uk, if she gets her way, take part in eu elections, but will not have those meps actually sit if the european
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union agrees to that timeframe of the lay. speculation is that at that meeting taken the lay. speculation is that at that meeting ta ken place the lay. speculation is that at that meeting taken place between eu leaders on thursday, perhaps delay might be granted but that delay will be longer than theresa may actually envisage. but at the moment, it is clear that parliament has approved legislation to force the prime minister to the lay brexit to avoid a minister to the lay brexit to avoid 3110 minister to the lay brexit to avoid a no deal exit on april the 12th. u nless a no deal exit on april the 12th. unless a deal as agreed or unless the eu does allow some kind of delay then the automatic default and lot will be that there will be paid no—deal brexit on april the 12th. but that cannot take place now unilaterally from this side of the channel at least because of that legislation. that will delay brexit for a no deal exit at the end of the week. social media companies are facing
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a new system of official regulation under plans announced by the government. the proposals include an independent watchdog to enforce a new ‘code of practice'. senior managers could be held liable for breaches, and internet sites could be fined or blocked, if they fail to tackle harmful content. but some critics say the plans threaten freedom of speech. our media editor amol rajan has more details. mared parry was manipulated into sending sexual pictures of herself as a child. she was approached on facebook by two local men in rural north wales. at the time, i never realised it was grooming so i didn't need emotional support. it was pretty much normalised. a lot of my friends at school were doing the same thing, so for us it wasn't traumatising, it wasn't scary. it was simply normal and we were excited at the prospect of having an older boyfriend, and that's what really terrifies me. eight years on, mared met with culture secretaryjeremy wright to help shape britain's historic and ambitious proposals to tackle online harm. these include a code of practise for social media firms, heavy fines if material is left
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online for too long, and potential criminal liability for directors of companies at fault. the signature item is a dedicated regulatorfor the web, though whether that will be part of an existing regulator remains unclear. and we cannot allow the leaders of some of the tech companies to simply look the other way. the new rules are exceptionally wide in scope and care will be needed to make sure they don't penalise smaller firms who can't afford big legal fees. politicians across the globe and here in britain are lining up to bring the internet to heel. the trouble is there is no template for this stuff. a lot of the intellectual heavy—lifting still needs to be done and creating a new regulator requires primary legislation and years of graft. so the problems might be deep, wide and urgent but don't expect big changes tomorrow. well, the internet companies will fight against this every step of the way. it's really important the government keeps its nerve and holds them to account to protect the children on its platform. cabinet ministers claim britain will have the toughest internet laws in the world.
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that's an exaggeration. the likes of turkey, china and dubai are much tougher, but britain has sought inspiration from germany, whose use of hate speech laws to curb online excess has been tentatively hailed as a success in the past year. censorship is always bad, and it's the task and responsibility of governments to maintain freedom of speech, but it's also the task of governments to stop using free speech if it violates other people. the changes will come too late for ms parry but tougher sanctions on tech companies could prevent future grooming cases. what do you think happened to those pictures? i have absolutely no idea in all honesty what happened to them. the thought of that living out there, it could be anywhere right now. it could be circulating around in groups of groomers, you know. anything could happen to it. it is terrifying knowing that this is happening pretty much on a daily basis to loads of different people.
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it is child pornography, but it is so easy for them to get it. amol rajan, bbc news. the case of molly russell — the 14—year—old who took her own life in 2017 after viewing images of self—harm on instagram — has focused attention on the kind of material available on social media sites. molly's father claims that instagram was partly to blame for his daughter's death. our correspondent angus crawford, who was the first to report on this story, asked ian russell if this meant the age of self—regulation was over. i think the white paper is a very important step to making the internet a safer place. the era of self—regulation, quite patently, hasn't worked, because there's horrible content that's been available online, that's now well known about. and so, it's a necessary step in order to make the internet a better place, a safer place, particularly for young and vulnerable people. but it is only a step.
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it's really important not to erode free speech, to allow freedom of expression. one of the reasons the internet is a marvellous place is you can find whatever you want on it, and when that is a positive thing, it's brilliant. do you have faith that the tech companies will actually stand up, listen and do what the future regulations will tell them to do? i think after what we've been through, and sadly so many other families go through, the urgency is huge. the statistics say that something like, shockingly, four school age children in the uk end their lives, every week. so, every week that passes, you just have this sense of other tragedies mounting up. so, it has to happen, something has to happen as quickly as possible in order to help prevent those tragedies happening. what is it that keeps you going,
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talking about this, talking about molly, raising this issue in public? i think the reason that we are so determined to help make a difference and to help young people and make the internet a safer place, is simply because we don't want other people to go through what we've done as a family, because it's just such a horrible journey. perhaps, most of all, it's to help young people with problems communicate to someone, to anyone, to speak out, to have that courage, so that they don't have to face those fears alone, and hopefully they can overcome their fears and their problems and go on to live long and happy lives. that was ian russell talking to our correspondent angus crawford.
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the prime minister is due to travel to berlin and paris tomorrow for the latest brexit talks, ahead of the crucial eu summit in brussels on wednesday, where another delay to britain's departure date will be discussed. cross—party communication between the government and labour has continued today, in the search for possible areas of agreement. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. a mood for compromise mightjust trickle through, sombre and slow after all the shouting. could the government really, though, do a deal with the other side? we don't have a majority in parliament and so we have to look to other parties to seek agreement that will allow us to get brexit over the line in parliament as the law requires. you can't go into any of those discussions with big red lines because otherwise there's no point having them. given the prime minister has tried to hang on to them for so long, the man who wants to replace her in numberten might take some convincing. the latest offer to the labour
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tribe, welcoming a new mp today, has not accepted yetjeremy corbyn‘s plan for a customs union — a closer trading relationship with the eu than theresa may has negotiated. but sources who've seen the document say it points to that kind of deal being possible, but only in future. we are prepared to talk and put forward our views, but talks have to mean a movement, and so far there's been no change in those red lines. but if rushing to a customs deal with labour makes sense now, why has theresa may avoided it for so long? the answer is in the reluctance on her own side. she always promised she wouldn't take that step, can she win the cabinet round now? the trade secretary, liam fox, isn't the only one who would say no. even though, as ever, there are other members of the government who completely disagree... reporter: will you move on a customs union, minister? ..who would try many doors to find
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a way out of all of this. excuse me. the talks between the tories and labour are genuine. both sides want to know if they can find a deal together to get through that place, but they wonder separately if the other side is serious, and they are a long way from a full—blown partnership. these are nervous first dates between the two, so again this week eu leaders will discuss delay. we're open to extending the deadline to allow time for these discussions to run their course and come to a conclusion. there is a tiny chance this week this whole process could explode, but while labour and the tories are still talking, the show is just about still on the road. but delay, not decision, is still the chorus. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. in the last few moments, legislation has been passed to give mps the power to scrutinise and even change prime minister theresa may's
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request for the european union to agree to delay brexit untiljune 30. the bill gives mps the chance to make legally binding changes to may's requested departure date during a debate scheduled to last 90 minutes on tuesday. alex forsyth is at westminster. this is parliament it seems taking control of the situation. yes, this may come to this point for sometime 110w may come to this point for sometime now and what has happened this evening was entirely expected, a bill that was put forward by backbench mps from both the conservative and labour parties who we re conservative and labour parties who were worried about the uk leaving without any deal at all so they came up without any deal at all so they came up with a piece of legislation and rested through the house of commons and today it has been debated by the house of lords and finally agreed and what this does is compel theresa may to seek an extension to this whole process. as we know the prime minister has already said she was going to do that, that is why she has been having discussions with her european counterparts today and they
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will tomorrow, but crucially the power of this bill is two fold, the first it means that the government has had to set out how long it was that extension to be, so tomorrow there will be a debate in the house of commons and the government will suggest a six and extension tojune the 30th, secondly, parliament is not happy with that it can force the prime minister hand and if the european union offer something that parliament doesn't lie, there's another role for parliament to have another role for parliament to have a say in the process, he gives mps more control over what happens here, the government initially said that might tie his hands in negotiations with the eu but at this point, it's accepted that bill has gone through and very shortly expected to get royal assent which means it becomes law, and prime minister will have to keep the house of commons very much updated in in the loop to what is happening with any delay to brexit from this point on. at the same time, trying to get some kind of calm accommodation with the labour party for a cross party consensus on the way forward. any movement on that? we not talking to you today
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but at an official level, so talks we are told mostly about the timetable for the next coming days 01’ timetable for the next coming days orso, and timetable for the next coming days or so, and then tomorrow, we expect that ministers and members of the shadow cabinet to sit down and continued the discussions proper, but as she heard in the piece there, there are still some real areas of disagreement, not least this idea within the uk should stay in a customs union with the eu in the long term. that is something labour is consistently pushing for but the whole delegation of very senior conservative backbenches went to dentistry today to one the prime minister against that prospect so there is a golf of the difference between the parties. —— went down to dentistry today. they say the talks are being taken seriously but as you heard from jeremy corbyn, he said there's been no significant will beget so compromised is still some way. —— went to downing street today. thank you. mps have taken further action to prevent a no—deal brexit —
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and many british firms have been clear the impact no deal would have for their business. but would another delay be better? our business editor simonjack has been talking to two generations of gloucestershire farmers to find out. what a time to be alive. for many businesses, like this sheep farm in gloucestershire, the world has never seemed more uncertain. one thing is certain to farmer matt hobbs. like the vast majority of businesses, he thinks leaving the eu with no deal could come at a heavy cost. in his case, £15,000 this year alone. i'm a family farm, a tenant farm. that's an enormous amount of money to just see haemorrhaging out of the business. and in reality, that's my income gone... gone for west really. why so expensive? at the moment matt exports lamb to the eu for £80 per animal. leaving with no deal would mean tariffs on those exports of around a0%, and matt expects that would come out of his proceeds, leaving him with around £50 per lamb.
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whatever their party colours, a majority of mps oppose no deal, which means another delay now looks likely. is that helpful? the delay helps me this year because it enables this crop of lambs, which are already here, so we can sell them, but i haven't been investing in anything for two years. i have zipped my cheque—book up, so that's no good for the industry in general or the rest of the economy. sheep farming is perhaps one of the best examples of an industry which feels itself at the mercy of political wranglings at a really crucial time, lambing season. where will the lambs born today be sold? at what cost — will there be tariffs involved? and even if we get a delay, will farmers be facing the same questions a year or so from now? that uncertainty is affecting the next generation. matt's daughter molly wants to take on a farm of her own. i have been asked to put together a five—year business plan for a national trust farm, but it's a bit impossible to predict what we'll be earning in the next five years when we don't even know
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in the next five months. the eu protects its farmers. that's one of its great flaws, say some, but that doesn't mean leaving the fold is easy or painless. simon jack, bbc news. a minute's silence has been observed at the start of a fatal accident inquiry into why a police helicopter crashed into a bar in glasgow in november 2013. the pilot, two crew and seven people in the clutha bar were killed, as our scotland editor sarah smith reports. this was a shocking event that stunned the city, when a police helicopterfell out of a friday night sky onto the roof of a packed pub, killing everybody on board and some of those inside. the bar has reopened, and ian comes back to the place his son died with questions about what happened to him after the crash. he wouldn't have survived anyway. he lay there for at least two and a half hours. perhaps he could have been removed.
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they were obviously walking over him to get to the other victims, because he was at the door. it took them until the sunday morning to get him out, eventually. today the inquiry began with a tribute to the victims. those of you who are able to, please stand now and observe a minute's silence. ten people were killed that night, including the helicopter pilot, two police officers on board and seven people inside the pub. for bereaved relatives it has been a long wait, five and a half years to try and get some answers about what happened here. today that process began with eye witnesses describing hearing the helicopter‘s engines spluttering in the sky before it fell into the roof of the clutha bar. there was a thud on the roof.
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and then the whole roof came crashing in. and very quickly the pub went dark, very, very dark, very dark. mary kavanagh was inside the pub that night with her partner, robertjenkins. she managed to get outside, he didn't. are there specific questions you are hoping to find the answers to? no, there's just one question i want to find the answer to, and that is why i walked into a pub with my partner one night, and walked out and never saw him again. you know, that's basically it. the fatal accident inquiry will now try to find out why the helicopter crashed, and will make recommendations to try and prevent another similar tragedy. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. a new ‘ultra low emission zone' to try to reduce air pollution has come into force in central london. under the scheme, drivers of older, more polluting cars and vans will have to pay a daily fee.
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the mayor of london sadiq khan says he's responding to a public health emergency, but critics say that some drivers are being unfairly taxed. 0ur science editor david shukman reports. a primary school in central london with a new green wall that's meant to trap their pollution. to trap air pollution. children living in the most polluted areas grow up with reduced lung capacity. and they are aware of the problems. it's bad quality air and it's really bad for our lungs. when i hear buses and cars and trucks coming by, ijust think they don't know how much pollution they are causing. so many suffer from asthma here, there is a special rack for the inhalers. lots of our kids take inhalers before they come to school. they are taking them at the school gates. they keep their asthma pumps on them during the day and will have extra medication if they need it. what we're hoping to see with the introduction
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of the ultra low emission zone, is a reduction in that. the new zone will apply around the clock. petrol cars and vans from before 2005, and diesel cars and vans from before september 2015, will pay £12.50 a day. buses and trucks, unless they are the latest, will pay £100. people who live inside the zone have until 2021 to upgrade their cars. black cabs are exempt. they can't be more than 15 years old. louis runs a van rental business. he says the zone will hurt him and many others. a mile up the road is the congestion charge zone, which is going to be the ultra low emission zone. there is a £12.50 daily charge for driving this vehicle in, and that's a lot of money. that's a lot of money to poorer people, it's a lot of money to small business. scientists say there is more evidence that air pollution could harm our health. although traffic isn't
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the only cause of it, the hope is that reducing the number of vehicles coming into the centre will cut the pollution by nearly half. of course, it isn'tjust london where there is a problem. birmingham is planning to charge drivers next year. similar schemes will follow in leeds, glasgow, greater manchester and others. it's a move that many drivers disagree with but now looks set to spread. we can't look back in 20 years' time and say, we protected the rights of drivers, we protected the rights of businesses to drive big vehicles around, and it's a bit of a shame but some people have died about it. you know, you can't have it both ways. only on the worst days can you actually see air pollution hanging in the air. but the damage can be done by gases and particles that are invisible. the hope is that the new zone can quickly make a difference. david shukman, bbc news. the daughter of a british woman arrested in dubai over facebook posts in which she branded her
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ex—husband's new wife a "horse" has appealed for her return. laleh sha—ravesh, who's from london, is due in court on thursday and faces two years in jail under dubai's defamation and cyber crime laws. the foreign office is in contact with ms shahravesh's family, and authorities in the uae. richard lister reports. laleh shahravesh returned from dubai with her daughter three years ago, expecting her husband pedro to follow. but he divorced her and ms shahravesh discovered on facebook that he had a new wife. furious, she posted, "you married a horse, you idiot." pedro died last month, but when ms shahravesh arrived in dubai for the funeral, she was taken into custody, accused of breaking the uae's strict laws on social media abuse. she will appear in court on thursday. her emotional state is really, really terrible. and i have spoken to her daughter, her sisters and mother. the whole family is suffering
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tremendously as a result of this. the foreign office is in contact with the authorities in the uae about this case and says it is supporting the family. its travel advice on the country does warn about the dangers of criticising people in the uae online and says there can be serious penalties things which are not illegal in the uk. british academic matthew hedges was doing research in dubai when he was jailed for espionage. the foreign office helped secure his release last year and hopes it can do the same for ms shahravesh. 0ur diplomats in the uae have enormous experience in dealing with consular cases, as we saw from the matthew hedges case. and so she is getting the best possible service from the fca. her facebook insult could cost her two years in prison. she has told her lawyer she is terrified. richard lister, bbc news. a man is facing jail after he admitted planning
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a bomb attack on a mosque in south london. 41—year—old steven bishop admitted buying fireworks and possessing instructions on how to make explosives at kingston crown court. it's believed he was planning to attack morden mosque before his home was raided last year. he will be sentenced on wednesday. the chief executive of the company which owns british gas received a 44% pay rise last year — despite the company issuing a profit warning. it means that iain conn, who runs centrica and is paid 2.4 million pounds, receives 72 times the salary of some of his employees. for many years the bbc‘s top of the pops was complusory viewing for millions of young people, featuring all the top stars and bands of the day. but the beatles only appeared live on top of the pops once, in 1966, and the recording of that show was lost. now, more than half a century later, a short clip has been found, as our entertainment correspondent
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colin paterson tells us. back in 1966, video tape was so expensive that even the beatles' only live top of the pops appearance was wiped, thought lost forever — until now. the fab four, a fab find. 11 seconds of paperback radar unearthed in mexico. # paperback radar, paperback writer. ..#. kaleidoscope specialise in tracking down missing tv. a mexican beatles fan got in touch after buying an eight millimetre film reel shot at home by a liverpudlian family. i think if you are a beatles fan, it's the holy grail, no doubt about it. the beatles only did top of the pops once live in june 1966, and people just thought it was gone. at the beatles story exhibition we showed the find to an expert. oh my gosh! that's amazing! how important a discovery is this? well, we already have
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loads and loads of kind of audiovisual artefacts, more or less, that we can study. the idea that there more out there is absolutely, it's amazing, really. and it's notjust beatles footage which is being rediscovered. more than 240 lost top of the pops performances, saved thanks to a fan of the show who recorded them at home. north wales, september 1976. the new discoveries, including t rex performing metal guru, will be featured later this month, at the bfi southbank‘s music believed wiped event. colin patterson, bbc news. 0ur our very latest print run of the papers is coming up. anna and david are standing by. now it's time for the weather with susan powell. hello. thanks forjoining me for this longer—term weather outlook. we started this week
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with 19 degrees as a high in norfork. plenty of sunshine here helped to push the temperatures up. there is plenty more sunshine to come as we look at the days ahead. however, what a change in temperatures, even in the space of 2a hours, down 6 degrees for tuesday afternoon and those figures continue to taper away into the weekend. not just east anglia. the whole of the uk is sitting in cooler air. it is coming to us from the arctic, around an area of high pressure, basically feeding in on an easterly wind and it will stay with us through until at least next weekend. so our outlook, turning chillier for short, a risk of frost, and a very settled scene as high pressure establishes. currently, we do have a weather front to the south but the high will be keen to push that away in the coming days as it extends further south feeding
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the area on the southern flank of that high for that easterly breeze. and that chilly feel to proceedings. here we are on tuesday, with the front still to the south. quite a wer story would some fairly intense rain at times, some southern counties of england and from south wales, further north, much brighter skies, still some murkle on the coast, so the easterly breeze as well, keeping things filling coast, easterly breeze as well, keeping things feeling chilly here but for east anglia, i'v already promised a shock to the system with that 6 degrees drop temperature for tuesday and the south may still get up to around 13 degrees but with the cloud of rain i think what a miserable feel and all. the rain gradually drifts off into the channel through tuesday evening into the small was a wednesday. the skies clear and the north will see a fairly extensive frost across scotland, northern england and some patchy frost for northern ireland and wales. as for wednesday, daytime, still some thicker cloud clinging to the south coast, perhaps a little rain for some time but basically


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