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the chancellor philip hammond says he'll resign if borisjohnson becomes prime minister. mr hammond says he couldn't support a leader who's prepared to see a no—deal brexit. it's very important that a prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him, in terms of policy, and i therefore intend to resign to theresa may, before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on wednesday. we'll have the latest from westminster ahead of a pivotal week in british politics. also tonight... please confirm you are not intending to violate international law. a recording of the moment a royal navy warship tried to stop iran seizing a british tanker. violence erupts again in hong kong, as police use tear gas and rubber
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bullets on pro—democracy protestors. riot police have come in to clear people out of this area. this is now what's happening every weekend in hong kong. and a fairy tale ending as ireland's shane lowry wins the open — he says he couldn't have done it without his mum and dad. they sacrificed so much for me when i was younger, and i'm so happy that i can hand them this trophy tonight. good evening. the chancellor philip hammond says he'll resign this week if borisjohnson becomes prime
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minister. mr hammond says he could never sign up to a no—deal brexit — something borisjohnson has left open as an option. the chancellor says he would resign on wednesday — just before theresa may leaves downing street. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. philip hammond has been chancellor for the last three years, appointed by theresa may injuly 2016. this was him packing up for the weekend. on wednesday, he'll pack up for good. assuming that borisjohnson becomes the next prime minister, i understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no—deal exit on 31st october. that is not something i could ever sign up to. it's very important that a prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him, in terms of policy, and i therefore intend to resign to theresa may, before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on wednesday. the result of the leadership race
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will be announced on tuesday, but it's notjust the chancellor preparing for prime ministerjohnson. others are ready to resign too, and so the new leader will face old problems — a divided party, and this... the border between northern ireland and the republic, and the existing insurance policy, the backstop, to keep it as it is under all circumstances. mrjohnson and plenty of mps hate it. the eu and ireland say it's essential. if the approach of the new british prime minister is that they're going to tear up the withdrawal agreement, then i think we're in trouble. i think we're all in trouble, quite frankly, because that's a little bit like saying, "either give me what i want or i'm going to burn the house down for everybody". borisjohnson is willing to contemplate a no—deal brexit, a prospect that frightens ireland but excites some of his supporters, not least because they hope preparing properly for it means there is a better chance of a better deal.
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the deal as it stands right now is dead, and there's no point in trying to fiddle or twiddle it. the reality is there are huge elements in it which simply are inoperable in the uk. the eu is a master at hard—nosed negotiation, and i think we got taken for a ride, because we weren't. downing street will be rather busier than this come wednesday afternoon, as one prime minister leaves and another arrives. this is the week where everything changes, and rather a lot stays the same. chris is here. chris, talk us through the timetable then for the coming week. the deadline for the submission of ballot papers from conservative party members is via pm tomorrow afternoon, then the counting gets under way, we'll get the result on tuesday, probably around lunchtime, then on wednesday theresa may will do herfinal prime ministers questions, and then she'll resign and a new prime minister will take
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over, and this will be the week where the old establishment become the new rebels, where in all likelihood the crowd pleasing showman in boris johnson, likelihood the crowd pleasing showman in borisjohnson, the guy who's been used to throwing rhetorical rocks in the direction of the leadership, becomes the leader himself, and the difference in temperament and character between borisjohnson temperament and character between boris johnson and temperament and character between borisjohnson and theresa may is about as dark as you could get. can you imagine theresa may dangling for lawn from a zip wire? but there is going to be this change of personnel and yet so many of the fundamentals will stay the same. so mrs may looked nervously over her shoulder at the likes of jacob looked nervously over her shoulder at the likes ofjacob rees—mogg, looked nervously over her shoulder at the likes of jacob rees—mogg, the brexiteer, and mrjohnson if he wins will look over his shoulder probably at the likes of philip hammond and david gauke, opponents of a no—deal brexit. rebels whose capacity to be awkward is turbo—charged because their party has a barely existent majority. so after the formalities
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of the handover of power and the rhetoric of a new prime minister, there are those core unchanged fact, a withdrawal agreement the eu says is closed and parliaments has its hates, a deadline getting very close and a prime ministerfacing loud opposition in parliament. the big question is can borisjohnson if it is him succeed where theresa may failed, and if you can, what does success failed, and if you can, what does success look like? thank you very much, chris mason. labour has launched an educational leaflet that it says will help the party's members and supporters confront anti—semitism. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says the party must face the unsettling truth that a small number of members hold anti—semitic views. the shadow cabinet will discuss the issue tomorrow. the prime minister will chair a meeting of the government's cobra emergency committee in the morning — after iran siezed a british tanker. a recording has now emerged of the moment a royal navy warship tried to warn iran's revolutionary guard against taking over the vessel
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in the strait of hormuz. the government has described it as ‘a hostile act'. paul adams reports. iranian revolutionary guards boarding the stena impero on friday afternoon, carrying out a two—week—old threat to seize a british vessel. iran said the tanker broke the law, the ship's owners and the british government say this simply isn't true. earlier, tense exchanges as a british warship, hms montrose, attempted to stop the ship being taken. but the revolutionary guards were determined. hms montrose was too far away to intervene. they warned the tanker to obey.
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translation: we followed the ship every second, every minute, and the tanker never left international waters. we understand that the crew are in relatively good condition but it's a stressed situation for everyone. the stena impero was sailing through the strait of hormuz, in omani waters, when it was boarded. at its narrowest, the strait is 20 miles wide. one fifth of the world's oil passes through it. the tanker was forced to turn north towards the iranian coast. all this is happening because a tanker carrying iranian oil is still being held by authorities in gibraltar. the grace i was intercepted by royal marines earlier this month. it's accused of trying to smuggle its cargo to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. another british warship, hms duncan, is on its way to the gulf to replace hms montrose,
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the government facing criticism for failing to protect british shipping. if we want to continue playing a role on the international stage, bearing in mind that threats are changing, all happening just beneath the threshold of all—out war, then we must invest more in our defence, including our royal navy. iranian television has broadcast these pictures, showing the tanker now flying an iranianflag. a local official says the investigation could take a month or more. officials here in whitehall have spent the weekend figuring out britain's response. the cabinet‘s emergency cobra committee is due to meet again in the morning and the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, will make a statement later. i understand he will say that britain is working with other countries to improve maritime security and he will emphasise the kind of international, diplomatic response britain is trying to achieve. paul adams, bbc news, at the foreign office. police in hong kong have fired tear
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gas and rubber bullets to disperse protestors after another mass demonstration against the way the territory is being run. tens of thousands of people have been marching, the latest in a series of pro—democracy rallies that have been going on for two months now. stephen mcdonell‘s report contains some flashing images. protests here used to end peacefully. not anymore. after the seventh consecutive weekend of marches in hong kong, some hardcore pro—democracy demonstrators have decided that escalation is the way forward, and they've been met with force. in a clear provocation, tonight's protesters moved on beijing's most visible presence in the city, defacing national symbols. this is the chinese central government headquarters and it has been graffitied by protesters, including here referring to president xijinping as a dog. it was always going to call for a tough response,
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and this is the response. riot police have come in to clear people out of this area. and this is now what's happening every weekend in hong kong. tensions here are high, with a feeling that there are scores to settle on both sides. some are also wondering how long beijing will hold back from direct intervention now that the protests are targeting china's national institutions. earlier, a large, peaceful march made its way through the streets. what was a movement opposing extradition to mainland chinese courts has morphed into a broader defence of hong kong's freedoms and a call for democracy. we need to stand for what we want and keep going on. because we are hong kongers, we love our homes, and so we need to fight. translation: actually, the world belongs to the young. so i think we have to come out and say to the youngsters
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that we have their backs, and that we can give them our support. this support seems to be holding up for the pro—democracy push, despite the increasingly violent nature of the clashes. but with neither side of this deteriorating political crisis appearing ready to back down, it's hard to see just how it will end. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, hong kong. let's take a look at some of today's other news. police say a 15—year—old boy is being treated for potentially life—changing injuries, after he was shot outside a mcdonald's restaurant in coventry last night. officers believe shots were fired from a motorbike just after 11 o'clock. detectives are linking the shooting to two other incidents in the city last night. british airways flights between london and cairo remain suspended today, and will be at least until friday. the airline announced the decision last night, citing safety precautions,
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but gave no further details. ba says it's trying to book passengers via alternative routes. more than a thousand firefighters are trying to extinguish wildfires in central portugal, where villages were evacuated overnight. strong winds are spreading the flames in the castelo branco district. it's close to an area of the country where wildfires two years ago killed more than 60 people. as americans celebrate 50 years since neil armstrong and buzz aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon, there are questions about what's next for american space exploration. president trump has plans for a space force and a journey to mars, but the entrepreneur elon musk is also making a bid to land on mars, so who will win the next space race? our washington correspondent chris buckler has this report. ignition sequence start. the images of apollo ii's mission have become a symbol
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of what can be accomplished. it's one small step for man... under the moon and above nasa's johnson space center, they lit up houston's skies, to mark 50 years since that landing. just one part of commemorations across a country celebrating american achievement. but the decades since haven't brought the progress that was promised. i thought at that time, in the 19605, that by 2000, 2005, we would be on mars. i think it's about time we get on with it. engines and turbo pumps... on the anniversary of the moon landing, a rocket took off from kazakhstan, to take astronauts to the international space station, including an american. and the united states is now developing new and grander plans for space travel. we are looking to nasa to get us to the moon within the next five years, to lay a foundation to go to mars.
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but if our traditional partners can't do the job, we are going to look to the private space industry. the technology has certainly advanced from what you'll find here at the national air and space museum in washington. some of the latest leaps are a result of the research being carried out by commercial companies, hoping to take paying passengers into orbit, like virgin galactic and blue origin, the company founded by the amazon entrepreneurjeff bezos. the only reason that we can do the things that we can do today is because we are in fact standing on the shoulders of giants. got the flag up now. and yet, five decades on, much remains unknown. beautiful, just beautiful. and no one can be sure where the next half century of exploration will take us. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. with all the sport now, here's jane dougal at the bbc sport centre.
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an emotional shane lowry has spoken of his family's support, after winning the open at royal portrush. the irishman beat his nearest challenger, tommy fleetwood, by six shots to lift the claretjug for the first time. our correspondent andy swiss reports. it was the stuff of sporting dreams. portrush perfection, as shane lowry gave the home fans our hero. from the republic of ireland, shane lowry! he began his round to deafening expectation. but his opening swing suggested the nerves were jangling. then his four—shot lead was down to three. not for long, though. soon it was the shane show. lowry, back to his best, and how the crowd loved it. great shot! as condition sometimes bordered on the farcical, his only challenger tommy fleetwood saw his hopes slip away. and from there it was a march to glory. he can enjoy it now. lowry lapping up the moment
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before a tap in, for trying. and, ireland, there is your champion. portrush could start the party, and after embracing his wife and daughter, he paid tribute to his parents. they sacrificed so much for me when i was younger and i'm so happy that i can hand them this trophy tonight. cheering last but not least, the volunteers and all of the fans, i mean thank you so much. this one is for you. and 150 miles south at his home club, the celebrations were also in full swing. for them and their star player, an unforgettable day. well, the return of the open to northern ireland was always going to be emotional, but this was something else. when has this famous event scene and their popular champion? andy swiss, bbc news, royal portrush. in a shock result, new zealand have won the netball world cup,
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beating the holders australia, 52—51. earlier, england won bronze in tracey neville's last game in charge. they beat south africa 58—a2 in the third—place play—off match in liverpool. adam peaty has become the first man to swim a 100 metres breaststroke in under 57 seconds. it was the olympic champion's dream to break his own world record, even calling it "project 56". patrick geary has the story. adam peaty says he now meditates before big races like this bold breaststroke semifinal. mental peace before incredible pace. this is a swimmer who has already conquered the world, but wants to do it better. faster. giving everything just to finish in less then 57 seconds. 56.88! he has absolutely destroyed the best in the world. this has been a journey far longer than that 100 metres of water. when peaty won olympic gold three years ago, setting a world record in the process, many would feel there where no
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worlds left to conquer. peaty took on project 56. a personal crusade to break what he called the magic 57—second barrier. as an athlete so far ahead of the field, he had now found his new frontier. i think ithink i'm i think i'm going to the finest form ofan i think i'm going to the finest form of an athlete i've been in, i think i'm going to the finest form ofan athlete i've been in, and hopefully the finest person i've ever been, trying to get back to the sport. this is howl ever been, trying to get back to the sport. this is how i set my legacy, this is howl sport. this is how i set my legacy, this is how i want to do it. with every record broken, every race one, the question returns to adam peaty. what next? and tomorrow we will have the answer. the world championship final is tomorrow. australia have retained the women's ashes after drawing with england in the test match. so this week either borisjohnson orjeremy hunt will walk in to number ten downing street as our new prime minister. whoever it is takes on the job in one of the most turbulent times in british political history. our correspondent ashley john—ba ptiste has
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been to reading to hear what young people there want from the new prime minister. jack, hello. mike... six young people from different walks of life, meeting for the first time in reading to talk politics. we are about to get a new prime minister, how do you guys feel about it? i feel quite nervous and unsettled, and i don't feel like we've been involved with much of the conversation. i completely agree with that. at the moment, it's a tory leadership race and whoever wins will become the next prime minister for the whole country but of course the electorate is tory members. yeah, so only conservative party members get to have a say. yeah, exactly, and if the average age of a conservative party member is well into their 50s, then obviously the issues they are going to be concerned about will be different to this age bracket. borisjohnson — how do you feel? at the end of the day, boris' hair is a—class, so, yeah, he's got sort of my vote already. how about you ? i don't like boris, at all.
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he's said some very racist things in the past, and ijust know if that was me in myjob in the public sector, i wouldn't be allowed to do thatjob anymore. did you all know whojeremy hunt was before today? i've seen him on the tv, but i don't know who he is. how did your mates feel about the current state of politics? whenever i speak to any of my mates, they're, like, ah, it's rubbish, man, don't worry about that. like, it's boring. we now meet up and try and escape from just the ongoing onslaught of this whole political mess. and you can see uprisings like extinction rebellion, people are going out on the street and they are protesting, and the protests are increasing, because we don't have that space to voice how we feel. are you guys optimistic that things will get better? i am optimistic, because i've got to the stage where it can only get better. the fact that there is change,
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i would prefer to stay optimistic. charlie? i'm optimistic that the next prime minister is going to bring the best economic outcome. i'm optimistic because of things like this, to be honest, the fact that we are here, we're sat here, young people, talking about it. there's going to be a lot of people that can relate to me, there's going to be a lot of people who can relate to you, you, you, and all of us, so i am optimistic because of things like this. whoever becomes the next prime minister, these young people want a leader who will take the concerns of their generation seriously. ashley john—ba ptiste, bbc news, reading. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news. exit polls in ukraine's snap parliamentary election suggest president volodymyr zelensky‘s party has secured almost 44% of votes cast. mr zelesnky announced the snap election during his inaguration speech in may, with his new servant of the people party having no representation in parliament at that time. the exit polls also predicts that former president poroshenkos' party received just 11.5%. steve rosenberg, has been giving us the latest from ukraine. there were celebrations here at the headquarters of president zelensky‘s party, servant of the people, when the exit poll results were announced. that's because this party is way ahead of the rest. it's expected to get 44% of the party vote, well ahead, more than 30 percentage points ahead of its nearest rival,
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the opposition platform for life, a pro—moscow party. one thing is certain. there are going to be plenty of new faces in this new ukrainian parliament. none of the candidates from this party, servant of the people, have been an mp before. why is that significant? i asked that question to the youngest man on the party list, the youngest candidate, who is just 23 years old. ukrainians aren't willing to trust the old elites, that have lied and tricked them so many times in the past. they want to give us a chance to change the country for the better. we are coming from various walks of life but we have expertise in many different areas and we are trying to put it together to transform the country anew. we don't know the final make—up of the parliament but president zelensky is going to hope this level of support for his party will help him to push through the kind of reforms he says he wants to carry out in ukraine, saying he wants to fight corruption and modernise the party.
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there are sceptics and he has critics who believe he is in the pocket of a powerful tycoon, igor kolomoisky. both the president and the businessman deny that. for now, it seems that ukrainians are keeping faith with the showman turned president and hoping that he and his party will change ukraine for the better. a summerfete in norfolk hosted the annual snail racing world championships yesterday, and though it got off to a slow start, there was a worthy winner. catherine wyatt has more. ready, steady, slow! they were slugging it out for first place but there could only be one winner among the 160 snails racing in the annual world championships yesterday. running since the 1960s, the competition pits snails against each other in heats, with the winners going head—to—head in a grand finale.
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come on! my snails haven't been winning yet. i may be should have chosen larger ones which have more stamina and power, more muscle. in the end, sammy took the prize. although his snail‘s pace couldn't break the 1995 guinness world record holder, archie, english teacher maria welby was pleased nevertheless. i always believed he had it in him, from the moment i met him, earlier today! not what i expected to do on my saturday. perhaps a new career for me, snail racing! the championships are held as part of a localfete in norfolk with entrants paying £20 to charity to enter their local snail. thoughts are turning to next year's championships, to be held injuly 2020.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers rob merrick, who's the deputy political editor at the independent, and anne ashworth, the associate editor for the times — that's coming up after the headlines. time for a look at the weather. good evening. well you've probably heard that we've got something of a heat wave on the way through much of the week ahead. and it's certainly going to be the case that temperatures and humidity are going to be on the rise through to the middle part of the week. it's not going to be dry everywhere though, we have got some rain in the northwest over later in the week, we will start to see some thundery downpours developing with all that heat and humidity around. now through the middle of the week, that's when we see our hottest weather. we have got some very high temperatures developing across the continental parts of europe, affecting london, 3a celsius, but in paris, we could see highs up to 41 degrees. that would potentially be the highest temperature ever recorded in the french capital. now what we have had out there today, well we had this frontal system moving in from the atlantic, bringing quite a lot of clouds, so it still a fair amount of cloud, and some outbreaks of rain, especially across northwestern parts of the uk.
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so for northern ireland, and northwest england, and much of scotland, through the course of tonight, we are set to see that rain continuing. quite windy here too, gusts of 40—50 mph, further west england and wales, you should stay dry overnight, and it's quite it's quite mild, quite humid with those temperatures overnight sitting in the mid teens. but monday it will be an improving picture, particularly for parts of northern ireland and northern england after the rain we saw on sunday and overnight, that should clear to the north, but we keep heavy rain across the western half of scotland, so there could be some localised flooding here. meanwhile, for the rest of the uk, the sunshine reappears. it's going to be significantly hotter, those winds coming in from the south or southwest, so towards the southeast, 29—30 in one or two spots. even further north for the likes of belfast, 25 degrees, just a bit cooler across the northern half of scotland, where you have still got the cloud and rain. heading on into tuesday and quite widely looking at dry hot weather, just the far north of scotland, i think, seeing a few showers. in the sunshine, it's going to feel very hot. temperatures in the southeast up
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to about 33—34 across scotland, northern ireland, looking at the mid to high 20s. so a hot day think on tuesday, really wherever you are. hot notjust by day, but overnight as well, so about 10pm, if you are heading towards your bed, i think temperatures still sitting in the high 20s towards the south, so that is really going to feel quite muggy through the course of tuesday night. we keep the heat, i think, into wednesday and possibly into thursday as well, but there is a chance of some heavy thundry showers, especially in the north and the west. goodbye for now.


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