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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11. amber rudd has quit the cabinet and conservative party saying she cannot "stand by" while "loyal moderate conservatives are expelled". she said she no longer believed leaving the eu with a deal was the government's "main objective" — and said the sacking of 21 tory mps was an "assault on decency and democracy". have been surprised l by i have been surprised unfortunately by the lack of work and preparation thatis by the lack of work and preparation that is going into getting a deal. i knew and i accept that the prime minister said to be able to leave no deal on the table. but when i had expected to see was a huge government centred effort to get a deal. a spokesman for the prime minister's
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office said they are ‘disappointed' at mrs rudd's departure, ‘but all ministers who joined the cabinet signed up to leaving the eu on october 31st come what may. in other news — the number of people known to have been killed after hurricane dorian ripped across the bahamas has risen to 43 — but there are fears that will increase significantly. england's ashes hopes fade as early wickets fall — at close of play on the fourth day they were 18 for two. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers — martin lipton, chief sports reporter from the sun, and the economist ruth lea.
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good evening. the work and pensions secretary amber rudd has resigned from the government tonight and announced that she will no longer be sitting as a conservative mp. she's said she "cannot stand by while good loyal moderate conservatives are expelled from the party". it follows the decision of the prime minister borisjohnson to expel 21 mps this week, who have refused to back a no—deal brexit, including two former chancellors of the exchequer. mrs rudd said the government appeared to be putting less effort into securing a brexit deal than preparing for no—deal. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. amber rudd has served at the heart of government. she campaigned to remain in the eu referendum and was home secretary under theresa may. she survived the clear out of like—minded colleagues
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when boris johnson became prime minister and was made work and pensions secretary. among others, almost all brexiteers. just this week, amber rudd expressed concern about the prime minister's strategy of throwing mps out of the party for voting against the government. i think we have some very valued colleagues, who have made a very different choice. in her letter to the prime minister, amber rudd said resigning was a difficult decision but wrote, "i do not believe that leaving with a deal is the government's main objective. the government is expending a lot of energy", she wrote, "to prepare for no deal but i have not seen the same level of intensity going into our talks with the european union, who have asked us to present alternative arrangements to the irish backstop." i knew and i accept that the prime minister should be able to leave no deal on the table, but what i had expected to see was a huge government centred effort to get a deal and at the moment, there is a lot of work going on into no deal and not enough going into getting a deal.
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then on top of that, i've seen 21 of my colleagues, good, strong conservative mps with true, moderate, progressive values, excluded from the party. amber rudd's resignation will come as a blow to borisjohnson at a critical time for his premiership. her reasons reflect the concerns others in government share. our political correspondent, jonathan blake says this news will be very damaging for the prime minister. amber rudd clearly feels that she cannot have faith in the government's apparent strategy to pursue a new brexit deal with the european union. as you saw there in the clip, as she outlined in a resignation letter to the prime minister, she does not believe that it is the government's intention to secure a new deal with the eu and she writes that while she sees a lot of resource and energy going into preparing
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for a no—deal brexit, that is not matched by the government's efforts to pursue a deal with the eu. on that basis, clearly she believes that she cannot continue to serve in cabinet with borisjohnson as prime minister. it is a significant blow to borisjohnson at a very difficult time for him. in pure numerical terms, his lack of majority in the house of commons is down by one, and amber rudd concerns are shared by others in government. so there will be a wait to see if others follow suit and also depart behind amber rudd or whether they stay put and there are a few in government like amber rudd, certainly a few in cabinet, who campaigned to remain are seen as moderate, one nation conservatives, set apart from their colleagues who are staunch brexiteers around the cabinet table. so amber rudd, something of a political survivor living on from theresa may's government
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into borisjohnson's. but clearly tonight feeling she cannot continue to serve. what do you make of the timing of this? the timing is a bit of a surprise. perhaps not her resignation wholly because we knew that she had concerns and was uneasy about the prime minister tactics of expelling those mps who butted against the government earlier last week. in that attempt by opposition parties to take over businesses. —— and voted against the government. she expressed those concerns quite clearly. so it is not a huge surprise that she has resigned, but coming, never a good time for a cabinet minister to resign if you are the prime minister but coming on the brink of what will be really a crucial week for boris johnson it the brink of what will be really a crucial week for borisjohnson it is potentially damaging. the number of people now known to have died in the bahamas,
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as a result of hurricane dorian, has risen to a3. but the death toll is expected to rise significantly. efforts are continuing to provide aid to survivors — and find further victims of the storm on the islands. david willis reports. hundreds, possibly thousands, are missing on the tiny island of abbacau in the bahamas. and many fear the place will never be the same again. i honestly believe abaco is finished. i think abaco will not recover until the next ten years. like, fully recover, because everything is gone. absolutely everything is gone. a few miles offshore, the crew of a british ship, the rfa mounts bay, is spearheading what looks to be a massive relief operation. the united nations believes more than 70,000 people here are in urgent need of food and water. but the aim is to evacuate as many as possible to neighbouring islands, not least because those who remain
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face being homeless for months. dorian, for its part, has now headed out to sea, weaker than it was a week ago but still capable of doing serious damage. it's expected to make landfall again in nova scotia, canada, sometime this weekend. david willis, bbc news. clint watson — reporter with tv station, ‘eyewitness news‘ - has been on the island of abaco — and told us about what he found there. it is disastrous. things are flattened. nothing is operable and it is a place where people are just deserted, walking around aimlessly, lost, not knowing what is next for them, just hoping for some kind of relief. most of the residents on the island want to get off the island because you cannot operate. there is nothing you can do there butjust sit in despair, so for many people, they need to get
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out to begin to strategise a way forward. so you find all the ports of entry to the island are swamped with people just trying to get out, with relief planes and relief boats. just last night and then this morning a boat came in and several thousand got out of various ports on the island. people just want to get out because the place is just no where to want to be. the difficulty is presumably that aid is coming into the country but it comes to nassau first and then you have to get it to the other islands? there is a lot of red tape. too much red tape for a cause like this where people just need relief. and getting all of the supplies. it is taking too long to get to the people, to distribute it. there are people who want to just come in and distribute it to the people but that is not being allowed to happen. they have to pass it through the officials and it becomes very cumbersome, and so you find a lot of people on the ground are saying they are not getting the relief. they are hearing about it but not getting it.
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just for a british audience, can you explain what nima is? can you explain what nema is? it is similar to the us company. it is the government arm responsible for distribution and ensuring the entire operation is looked after. thank you for that. and in terms of the immediate needs of the island, and elsewhere as well, is it the supply of food and water and presumably shelter? but presumably that is less of an issue than it was during the storm? yes. still shelter because there are not many buildings you can put people in, so they can't live. and then how long you have people group together and they can't live. the defence and armed forces are coming in to give tents so people can live there. many of the residents on the island are having to go out of town to other islands of the capital, where they can stay with family members. so it's that kind of situation.
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but immediate need is food and water so people can have things to eat and water to be able to do what they need to do. to be able to do the basics. brush your teeth, even use rest rooms. there is nothing here so it is a place you don't want to put anybody to live in. that was clint watson speaking to my colleague. an iranian oil tanker, which was seized by royal marines injuly, has been spotted outside a syrian port. the ship had been held in gibraltar, suspected of carrying oil to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. it was only released after assurances from iran that it was not bound for syria. however satellite photographs reveal it is now sitting at anchor, outside the port of tartus. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. this is the iranian oil tanker at the heart of the row. the grace 1, now known
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as the adrian darya—1, which was detained injuly by gibraltar with the help of british marines. it was suspected of heading for syria in breach of eu sanctions, but released in august after iran gave written assurances that this was not the case. but look at this. new satellite images through the clouds appearing to show the tanker moored just a few miles from the syrian port of tartus, potentially there to off—load its cargo. this is hugely disappointing and demonstrates again why the united kingdom government was right to impound the vessel in gibraltar and wrong to release it. in a terse tweet clearly pointed at european allies, the us national security adviser john bolton said anyone believing the ship was not headed for syria was in denial. tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous assad regime than providing for its own people, he said. this is tricky for the foreign office because they trusted iran
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on this, just when the americans said don't. a spokesman has said it was deeply troubling to hear reports of the tank being off syria and said any breach of iran's assurances would be morally bankrupt and a violation of international norms. so far there has been no comment from tehran, which is desperate to evade tough us sanctions curbing its ability to export oil. iran also announced today a further breach of the deal agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear programme. a spokesman said it would start using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium nuclear fuel bringing the country one step closer to developing weapons grade material. yet again, iran remaining defiant in a stand—off with the west that few expect to be resolved soon. james landale, bbc news. the family of a six—year—old boy, who was allegedly thrown
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from a viewing platform at the tate modern gallery in london last month, say he has made amazing progress in hospital. the boy, who was visiting from france, fell five floors. his family says he still cannot speak or move his body, but responds by smiling. a 17—year—old boy has been charged with attempted murder. russia and ukraine have exchanged dozens of prisoners in a move which the ukrainian president described as the first step to ending the war between them. a man allegedly implicated in the downing of a passenger plane in 2014 was one of those in the group flown to russia. jonah fisher reports from kiev. this swap had been rumoured for weeks. so when the plane finally touched down from moscow, relief echoed across the tarmac. the families of 35 ukrainian prisoners had come to see their loved ones return.
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among them, high—profile detainees like film—maker 0leg sentsov, and 2a sailors, like andre, who was captured in the black sea late last year. and we are happy too but we can't even understand that this has already happened. this is clearly a very emotional moment for the relatives of these ukrainian prisoners, but it is also politically significant. it opens the door for meaningful talks between ukraine and russia and the prospect of an improvement in relations between the two countries. and we haven't said that much in the last five years. during that time, russia has been backing a rebel uprising in eastern ukraine and more than 13,000 people have died. then there was the downing of the passenger plane, mh17. shot down by what investigators say was a russian missile, with nearly 300 people on board.
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with that in mind, moscow insisted on being given this man, volodymyr tsemakh, as part of today's swap. he was on the ground nearby when mh17 was hit and could have been a key witness to russia's alleged role. the loss of mr tsemakh was clearly outweighed by the possible gains for ukraine's comedian turned president. he appears deadly serious about trying to deliver lasting peace. we have to do all the steps to finish this horrible war. but do you think this is a new chapter in relations between russia and ukraine? i think this is the first chapter. as the dust settles on a momentous day, it's possible to be cautiously optimistic about russia and ukraine. jonah fisher, bbc news, in kiev. hundreds of activists have staged a sit—in on the red carpet
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at the venice film festival. they're protesting about visiting cruise ships which they say are causing erosion of the city's foundations, and contributing to global warming. the italian government has already banned the ships from waterways close to the historic centre of venice. the headlines on bbc news... amber rudd has quit the cabinet and conservative party saying she cannot "stand by" while "loyal moderate conservatives are expelled". a spokesman for the prime minister's office said they are ‘disappointed' at mrs rudd's departure, ‘but all ministers who joined the cabinet signed up to leaving the eu on october 31st come what may. the number of people killed as a result of hurricane dorian in the bahamas has risen to a3.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin ra mjaun. what a day for cricket. absolutely phenomenal day for cricket but not for england. england's hopes of winning back the ashes from australia look increasingly remote. with a day left in the fourth test, england are on 18—2. .. needing 365 to win and keep the series alive. andy swiss was watching at old trafford. searching for a another ashes miracle, an army of ben stokes descendent on old trafford hoping for some headingley star heroics but surely not this time. once the rootstock had gone from england first innings fell away. they trailed by half the 196, there seems no way back, but briefly they dared to dream, as also locks four quick wickets, but then guess who? the phenomenon steve smith once again a swatting england's hopes the site. by swatting england's hopes the site. by the time they got in for 82, or
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michael become his lowest score of the series, australia get were out of sight. 383 was england's suppose a target, and realistically, survival. 0h a target, and realistically, survival. oh dear. first rory burns and then captain joe survival. oh dear. first rory burns and then captainjoe root. pat cummings with two wickets in the very first over to leave england possibly chances hanging by the thread. after headingley perhaps anything is possible. but unless england to somehow bat all day tomorrow, the ashes will be staying with australia. in the last 15 minutes or so, serena williams has failed in her bid for a record—equalling 24th grand slam title. she lost in the final of the us open to bianca andreescu, who becomes the first canadian to win a grand slam. williams looked out of sorts from the start, broken in the first game before losing the opening set 6—3. the teenager sped to a 5—1 lead
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in the second set butjust as it looked as though she was going to run away with it, williams fought back, bringing it level at 5 games all. but she couldn't hold on, and andreescu made her own piece of history. phenomenal win for her. catch it on the bbc sport website. we have a british champion at the us open tennis jamie murray and bethanie mattek—sands retained their mixed doubles title. beating the top seeds chan hao—ching and michael venus in straight sets. it's the fourth year in a row that murray has won a title at flushing meadows. by contrast, it was really straight forward for england's footballers this evening at wembley, as they cruised to a 4—0 win over bulgaria... to go back to the top of their euro 2020 qualifying group. captain harry kane was set up by raheem stirling for their first, before he added two penalties for a hat—trick and he returned the favour, getting sterling's name on the scoresheet too,
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as england made it three wins from three. that's all the sport for now. catch up what all of those on the bbc sport website. for me, all for 110w. bbc sport website. for me, all for now. see you later on. thank you. the british chambers of commerce says two—fifths of uk businesses haven't done even a basic risk assessment of the consequences of a ‘no deal‘ brexit. the government has said there's been a "significa nt acceleration" in the help given to companies. but the bcc says its members are still struggling with a "huge number" of unanswered questions. our business correspondent, katie prescott, has more. here in southampton, these warehouses are filled to the rafters. meachers logistics stores everything from food to car batteries and takes it on to where it needs to go. but not knowing when and how we'll
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leave the european union is causing problems for them and their customers. we are so reliant on what the changing environment will be between the eu and uk and what decisions are made, as to how hard the brexit is, but pretty much, we're there in capability, but not necessarily with the manpower we'll need, because you can't employ people with no work to do. and this is the feeling being echoed up and down the country. unlike big businesses with contingency plans in place, many small companies are working out how to direct many small companies are working out how to direct their limited time and resources. it's very hard for businesses, particularly those who are pressed delivering orders or dealing with contracts to try to hit a moving target, and that's exactly what they've seen over the past three years. those firms who've been able to do some preparations have done them. many others have been watching and waiting,
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hoping for a resolution to the question so that they can then prepare with greater confidence. and right now a lot of businesses still don't have the basic information that they need, either, in order to take those steps and make those preparations. the government says it has put in place a lot of support for small businesses to raise awareness about what they need to do. there's a website with comprehensive information for different sectors, a £10 million brexit readiness fund for trade associations, and a finance council to support investment in small businesses. but for companies like meachers, there's one thing that politicians aren't giving them that they want, and that's certainty. katie prescott, bbc news, southampton. more now on the breaking news that mp amber rudd has quit as cabinet minister and surrendered the conservative whip. it was the sunday times that broke the story
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and when she broke the news, she said she resigned from cabinet and surrendered the whip and she cannot stand by as good a loyal moderate conservatives are expelled and i spoke to the mp... in reaction to this, downing street haveissued in reaction to this, downing street have issued a statement saying that we are disappointed to learn that amber has chosen to leave government and the party, she was a talented welfare minister but all ministers whojoin cabinet welfare minister but all ministers who join cabinet signed welfare minister but all ministers whojoin cabinet signed up welfare minister but all ministers who join cabinet signed up leaving the eu on october the 31st, what you may delivering on the referendum result as the public were promised. that has not changed. very quickly, when a furry colleagues, matt hancock has also tweeted. he has said that he is very sorry to see amber resign in a first—rate minister genuinely wonderful person
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and somebody i am proud to call my friend. the conservative party has a lwa ys friend. the conservative party has always been a broad shape by those within it and get it to see amberly but hope other when nation tories will stay and fight for the values we share. the political editor tim shipman spoke to bbc radio five live about her decision. amber read is one of his closest friends in the conservative party. and he will be wondering whether this is the sign of further resignations to come. he lost his own brother and one of his closest friends. my understanding is they are half a dozen other cabinet ministers who probably share amber rudd's concerns, some of those who raise those concerns and private this week. and there are to my knowledge one or two who are thinking about following got her out of the door. she joined thinking about following got her out of the door. shejoined boris johnson cabinet on the grounds that he was keeping no—deal brexit on the table he would pursue a deal with the european union. she has now
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concluded that borisjohnson is not serious about pursuing a deal with the european union and says there is no evidence that that is his central policy and not enough work has been done. the second reason is this week she watched 21 of her colleagues on the one nation conservative party be stripped of the whip and kicked out of the party and banned from serving as conservative mps again. she says thatis as conservative mps again. she says that is an assault on decency and democracy, and she cannot stand by and watch that happen. so she has effectively walked away and will join those people and plans to stand as an independent conservative at the next general election whenever that is. the political editor of the sunday times speaking earlier about the news that the working pensions secretary amber rudd stepped down from her post and also reside and surrender the conservative will. —— re—sign. more on that with our paper discussed.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. i saw isawa i saw a bit of warmth spreading across that map. laughter. looking a little bit further ahead i would say. it is turning chilly this evening. you have not ventured outside recently. i take a step outside recently. i take a step outside if temperatures are dipping away. —— i took a step. getting close to turning some of the central heating on. this is what it looked like earlier. broken cloud and sunny spells and find whether starting the week and continuing tomorrow. but look at this. it was a friend coming in in debt for northern scotland and northern ireland will bring more cloud and here is the cloud. moving very slowly. but elsewhere, a clear night to come. maybe a shower brushing the coast of east anglia and the main story is how chilly it is turning in a touch of frost may be of across parts of each in scotla nd be of across parts of each in scotland in northeast england to start the day tomorrow. great north run will be chilly on the start line. a perfect running conditions,
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light winds and i going to be warm out there. some sunshine and cloud. good luck to everybody taking part. this is how it looks for sunday. england, wales, eastern scotland, cloud developing after a sunday start, most showers towards the coast of east anglia. here is that cloud from the weather front was our earlierfor another cloud from the weather front was our earlier for another island. you cloud from the weather front was our earlierfor another island. you may encounter some rain or drizzle. not amounting to too much, temperatures pretty much on par with today, feeling warmer in eastern scotland and england compared with today. even after that chilly start. anybody hoping for rain to finish off the ashes test match will be disappointed tomorrow. another cool blow—dried day, there is rain coming in but not until sunday night into monday. some of that rain will be quite heavy. it means more cloud around and we start monday will be milder and here is the rain on
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monday. there will be some heavy bursts within this and down towards wales in southwest england, not too much reaching for the east across the uk. some cloud enough bricks of rain and it is going to be a cooler filling day, temperatures going into the mid—teens for some of us. and further weather systems coming as we go through the week including into the remnants of hurricane dori, nothing to worry about but a spell of rain and some winds picking up. it will not be what all the time, hints of it being warmer towards the end of the week. whatever you do for the rest of the week in, find the forecast online into the act.
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hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first the headlines.
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