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this is bbc news, i'm geeta guru—murthy. the headlines at 103m: fighting back — former prime minister david cameron accuses boris johnson of acting ‘appallingly‘ during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. the liberal democrats conference kicks off in bournemouth — with the party set to decide whether to back a promise to ‘scrap' brexit. a major fires breaks out at two government—owned oil facilities in saudi arabia after reports of a drone strike. african leaders gather in harare for the funeral of the former zimbabwean president, robert mugabe — who ruled over the country for four decades. at least five people have died, and thousands of properties are evacuated after flash flooding hits spain's east coast.
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jofra archer puts england in firm control heading into day three of the final ashes test at the oval. and at half past ten, the travel show is in amsterdam, taking a special look at the restoration of one of rembrandt‘s most famous works of art. the former prime minister, david cameron, has accused boris johnson and michael gove of trashing his government, with what he describes as their appalling behaviour during the brexit referendum. in his first major interview since leaving downing street three years ago, mr cameron has told the times newspaper that the result of the referendum left him feeling depressed, and that he worries about it every day. here's our political correspondent helen catt.
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after years of carefully keeping himself out of the headlines, former prime minister david cameron is once again the big news in town, and that may not be welcome news for boris johnson. he and his cabinet colleague michael gove are accused by mr cameron, in his new book, of behaving "appallingly" during the 2016 referendum. he actually, in the book — i said to him "you call michael gove, who was a close personalfriend, ‘mendacious”', and as for borisjohnson, and he says he has always found him amusing, he has worked well with him in the past, but he doesn't always trust him. david cameron also admits that he failed, and that some people will neverforgive him for holding a referendum. he says he thinks about it every single day, but believes that calling it was right and he felt it was inevitable. he's also clearly apologetic. but claims made by mr cameron in his interview with the times magazine that the referendum
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campaign turned into a terrible tory psychodrama have been disputed by a prominent leave campaigner. as far as millions of people — 33 million people voted — 17.4 million of them voted because they wanted to leave the european union. they did not care a fig about tory psychodramas or anything else. most of them put aside party loyalties and voted on the issue. david cameron has also weighed in on the row over the suspension of parliament, describing using prorogation as a sharp practice that has rebounded. he admits, though, that there is a blockage and for that reason, the man who has become defined by one referendum now says holding another cannot be ruled out. helen catt, bbc news. our political correspondent susana mendonca is with me now. are there any signs of cabinet divisions? i guess the key question out of this book is why david cameron held a referendum on whether he regrets it. and what we get from him is an a cce pta nce and what we get from him is an acceptance that he thinks he failed and so he talks about how he thinks about it every single day, he's
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usually depressed by the result, and that there were people who would never forgive that there were people who would neverforgive him. but essentially he still thinks he was right to hold the referendum because he felt that the referendum because he felt that the people needed an opportunity to have a say and that the opportunity to try and renegotiate britain's relationship with the european union was something he still thought needed to happen. but really quite critical, also, of those who were involved in the leave campaign at the time, borisjohnson and michael gove who he thought were going to come on side with him in the remaining camp and didn't in the end and went on the leaf side and feeling they behaved appallingly, he said they left the truth at home, so really quite damning about a former prime minister making those results —— comments about the current prime minister. and this is not about what happened only in 2016, he is told about the strategy now and he wanted borisjohnson to succeed but he thought that boris johnson's plan had morphed into something quite
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different. he was critical of suspended in parliament, of removing the whip from conservative mps, describing that as sharp practices, and also saying that no deal would bea and also saying that no deal would be a bad outcome. so here we have a former prime minister making these quite damning assessments of the current prime minister's strategy, and of course, borisjohnson at the moment is supposed to be meeting this week with eu leaders and supposed to be putting across the image that he is trying to get a deal with the european union, i suppose these words from david cameron at this moment are not helpful to him. cameron at this moment are not helpfulto him. the cameron at this moment are not helpful to him. the question of whether there is a deal or not is also leading to some people thinking also leading to some people thinking a second referendum is potentially back on the table. david cameron saying he thinks that is maybe one way out. and nicky morgan saying if that happened, she would vote remain. if it comes to a point where you are asked to vote again in a referendum, can you give me a very straight answer as to how you would
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vote? i would vote to remain. so, why are you in borisjohnson's cabinet? because i'm also a democrat andi cabinet? because i'm also a democrat and i think one of the fundamental tenets of our democracy is that when the public vote and over 30 million people voted in the eu referendum, there was a clear result, i know it asa there was a clear result, i know it as a result that many people don't like, it is not a result i was co mforta ble like, it is not a result i was comfortable with but i have accepted it and comfortable with but i have accepted itandi comfortable with but i have accepted it and i think it is important that when there is a result, whether referendum or an election, that mps parliament fulfil that mandate. 0therwise, what we are getting is people saying i will never vote again, there is no vote because you people in westminster do not listen to what we want. quite an unusual position there, of course the other party that really do want a referendum and want to stop brexit are the liberal democrats. with nicky morgan saying that, i think
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what is astonishing is that she said it publicly, not that she thinks it privately, we know she supported remain in the referendum and we know she has a reluctance in terms of no—deal brexit, but she signed up to a cabinet that will go for a no—deal brexit if boris johnson a cabinet that will go for a no—deal brexit if borisjohnson cannot get a deal, unless parliament stops it, so having her come out and say that it's quite astonishing. although then she backtracked afterwards saying, she didn't support the idea of another referendum. but there has already been criticism of her. david lammy, the labourmp, already been criticism of her. david lammy, the labour mp, said she put career progression before her constituents, country, and conscience. but, yes, at the same time, we got the liberal democrats starting their conference today in their message today on brexit is very clear, it is about revoking article 50, it is about reversing brexit, they are hoping that that message will mean they will pick up labour voters who are perhaps unhappy with the labour's more
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difficult and i suppose varied positions, depending on who speaks from the labour party. and the conservative party remain as who might be unhappy with boris johnson's direction. thank you. andrew billen is the journalist who did that interview with david cameron in the times — hejoins me now from oxford. what was your sense of how david cameron is now? he does admit he was depressed in the aftermath of the referendum result. i actually asked if he was clinically depressed and he said no, he wasn't taking any medication, apart from a bad back. he has got a tremendous resilience about him, of course. but there is a sadness there. he is perfectly aware that his legacy, his reputation, the first line in his obituary, is all the same thing, the man who inadvertently took us out of the european union, a referendum that he thought he was going to win and badly misjudged. he doesn't admit at
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all that thatjudgment badly misjudged. he doesn't admit at all that that judgment was badly misjudged. he doesn't admit at all that thatjudgment was an error? the one thing he won't admit is that there was any choice for him but to hold a referendum. he said there had been a lot of treaty change from europe, all the parties at one time the other, had promised a referendum, and you couldn't put it off forever. he got the best way to win the referendum was to go back to the european union, renegotiate the relationship between britain and europe and presented to the people. the problem was he didn't get exactly what he wanted than the europeans and when he got back, that press dumped on the deal he did get. in terms of his personal and professional relationship with michael gove and with borisjohnson, give us a sense of how angry he was about their positions. well, on the prime minister, on borisjohnson, he said he had never heard him speak of wanting to leave the european union when he was going in support of
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leave or remain, he spoke to him frankly is that if you hang on, they will be more treaty change, you can probably go back as prime minister and geta probably go back as prime minister and get a better deal, and he thought this was a rational approach to present to mrjohnson, and in the end he more or less said critical ambition sways the balance for him. as for michael gove, they were closer, theirfamilies as for michael gove, they were closer, their families were friends, they had worked closely in cabinet together, of course, and they really don't speak to each other now, the odd text, i think, and the very most. he does talk about whether party is at the moment, he flags up the possibility of perhaps another referendum to settle brexit. the possibility of perhaps another referendum to settle brexitlj the possibility of perhaps another referendum to settle brexit. i was astonished that he mentioned the possibility of a second referendum, says the first referendum had gone so badly wrong for him. i think he's just looking at this logically, we are at this past, how do we get out of it? a second referendum would be a possibility. buti
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of it? a second referendum would be a possibility. but i got no says that he was to campaign for that. i think his days in political life are passed. finally, andrew, obviously there is a great deal of public anger on all sides in the question of brexit, is david cameron feeling the brunt of that, personally?” asked him how he was treated by the public when he met them in the street or at airports all at train stations and he said you get all sorts of use, and i said, are some of those views shouted at you? and he said, we have some robust exchanges. i'm sure he does. andrew billen, from the times, thank you very much forjoining us. drone attacks have hit two major oil facilities in saudi arabia. officials say they started huge fires at the abqaiq plant, the world's largest oil processing facility, as well as an oil field about 100km away. it's not clear who's behind the attacks, but they've come as the state—owned energy giant prepares for a much—anticipated stock listing. felicity huffman, the hollywood actress known for her role in the tv series desperate housewives,
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has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for her part in a college admissions scandal. she paid 15—thousand dollars — that's around 12 thousand pounds — to falsify her daughter's exam results. here's our north america correspondent david willis. reporter: felicity, are you sorry for what you did? it's the walk—on part no hollywood actress would ever want to land. felicity huffman arrived for sentencing, accompanied by her husband william h macy, having admitted paying to have her daughter's test results doctored in the hope of landing a place at a top university. the college admissions scandal has seen 33 parents charged with bribing exam administrators and sports coaches via a middleman. it has also served to reinforce the view that the university admissions system here is inexorably slanted towards the rich. prosecutors accused felicity huffman of acting out of a sense of entitlement. she blamed her actions on parental insecurity, and in a statement released
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after the hearing wrote: felicity huffman's sentence will start in six weeks' time, meaning that, in theory, she could spend next sunday on the red carpet at the emmys. her netflix series when they see us has been nominated for a string of emmy awards. her defence team had argued for probation and community service, no time in prison. prosecutors countered, saying that being confined to a hollywood mansion with an infinity pool hardly constituted meaningful punishment. she will begin her sentence on october 25. david willis, bbc news, washington.
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five people have died in spain as heavy rain and flash—flooding continue to batter the south—east of the country shutting down regional airports and schools. 0livia crellin reports. a woman and her family are hauled to safety. 0ne bag of possessions all they could take with them, as the water steadily rose around their home. these dramatic images of a landscape now underwater, and the urgent response to save those trapped by the deluge were recorded by spain's military emergency unit, now called out to help the thousands affected. just 48 hours after some areas saw their heaviest rainfall on record, swathes of spain's southern countryside were transformed. translation: i went out to buy bread and then i saw the whole town centre filled with water and i was like, how did this happen? everything filled with water, the whole side over there. and there was a submerged car as well, people in the water — i don't know!
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the speed with which the floods came shocked many and even proved fatal. of the handful of victims the floods have claimed so far, most perished in their cars when the water either flipped their vehicles or trapped them inside. worst hit are the regions of valencia and murcia, where the water has been sweeping anything in its path along with it, forcing hundreds of people to be evacuated while hundreds more are left stranded. this includes tourists. the two consecutive days of torrential rain has forced local airports, train networks and dozens of roads to close. but at alicante airport, the arrivals lounge filling with travellers, who had nowhere to go. nobody gets out here, everybody is stuck on the airport. and with us are five, six planes coming in, so everyone has 200 passengers. there are more than thousands
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of people here stuck in this airport. they cannot pick up their hire car, the taxis have got the message from the police and the central not to drive because it is not safe. so the few taxis that are coming here, of course, for money, it is terrible. the line here are, i don't know, perhaps many hundreds. as many areas affected remain on red or orange alert, the authorities continue to recommend that citizens remain at home and avoid using their cars. but while the weather is reported to have stabilised, the extent of the damage it has caused is still unclear. and the numbers of displaced continue to grow. the headlines on bbc news: the former prime minister, david cameron accuses borisjohnson of acting ‘appallingly‘ during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. a major fires breaks out at two government—owned oil facilities
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in saudi arabia after reports of a drone strike. and as you've been hearing, african leaders have gathered in harare for the funeral of the former zimbabwean president, robert mugabe. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh ferris. europe had made a strong start to the second morning's foursomes at the second morning's foursomes at the solheim cup, it went today with one lead over the us after the americans fought back last night to stay in contention. all three of the winning pairs are back out on the course, all leading. europe are up in the lead. you can follow progress on the bbc sport website and app. england resume on the final day of the ashes test after australia were
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bowled out yesterday and believe it or not, steve smith didn't make a century. after taking early wickets, england were again frustrated by smith but after his tenth ashes half century in a row, the celebration that greeted his eventual departure for 80, yes, just 80, were pretty fitting. jofra archer took over finishing six for 62, including the final dismissal with this stunning catch. it would mean a lot for the team, obviously, there is still a lot to play for for the test championships and even our own personal gain, you know, so although the ashes is lost, we still got a lot to play for. friday the 13th fright night produced its super league victim, london broncos were relegated, the lucky —— unlucky team out of the four who could have gone down. they
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lost 19—10 against wakefield, ceiling and immediate return to the championship. in this sport when they hit the ha rd est, in this sport when they hit the hardest, defeat at the very end goes deeper. this was relegation for london broncos on the kind of night not seen in super league before. four teams at the bottom started in the same points but london in red we re the same points but london in red were most in danger. lose to wakefield and they were sure to go down, and sometimes the bounce can make a season. wakefield were in the mix themselves for the final week focus, the team were banned from using social media. it looked like tough love paying off with a half—time lead, london collected their thoughts, but then were outsmarted on the ball. a second try for ryan hampshire put west yorkshire in command, and for the side from the capital, there was no way back when wakefield ran in a third try. that result meant that for huddersfield and hull kr, the
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pressure was eased. they were the other two sides in the mix, but broncos defeat meant super league status is secure. for those teams in the sport, they now reflect and move forward. no english team south of warrington is now left in the top flight. warrington is now left in the top flight. for broncos, it was a one season stay, and the gap between the top two leagues is hard to consult. maybe in a few days' time, we can have a look and say we had a good crack,, or to come so close, and to follow the last hurdle is devastating. we worked so hard. just to come up short like that, it's a bit painful. newcastle and liverpool have served up newcastle and liverpool have served upa newcastle and liverpool have served up a classic. you might have heard the lunchtime meeting at anfield marketed as a prospective one—sided
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affair. newcastle will fight like crazy and like they did against tottenham, for example, they have had a couple of good results now, the game will be a real challenge, everybody will need to be on their toes, and after two weeks, we need the atmosphere again, at 1230. if we have the atmosphere, then we can do something. tyson fury insists he's not ahead of himself as the prepares for his latest fight. he's not looking beyond the first few hours that followed his meeting in las vegas. he weighed in at 17 a half stone, half a stone lighter than his last outing, for his heavyweight fight which will be in the early hours of tomorrow. he had a potential rematch against deontay wilder, something much talked about but not by tyson fury himself. i'm not interested in deontay wilder one bit. i think that
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this next fight and then i'm thinking about getting smashed in las vegas. i might have a couple of bruises by the time february comes, so we'll worry about that by the time it arrives. thank you. nearly 20 current and former african heads of state have gathered in zimbabwe for the state funeral of the country's former president, robert mugabe. thousands of people have been queuing to pay their last respects. these are live pictures from the national sports stadium in the capital harare where the funeral will take place today. mugabe died in singapore last week at the age of 95. we are expecting to hear speeches in due course. we have had some comments already of some of the leaders. they have been coming in. one, the equatorial guinea president, has said that former
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president mugabe should be remembered for fighting for land, taking back land from whites and given it back to the people of zimbabwe, he will be remembered in the whole continent of africa, we should give credit to those who liberated us not only in zimbabwe but also in africa as well. the legacy of sig —— mugabe is going to be very mixed but we are seeing that many people in zimbabwe will remember his achievements, others will remember the political violence, the chaos that marked the last few years of mr mugabe's long presidency. will be bringing you ongoing coverage of that event today. scuffles have broken out between pro—beijing and anti—government protesters at a shopping mall in hong kong. the confrontation happened at amoy plaza, where the clashes also spilled out on to the streets. police have detained several people so far. the pro—beijing supporters had earlier been waving chinese flags and singing and chanting to support police. nick beake is there
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and sent us this report. you can see people are being led away. this is a pretty tense situation. so far, no tear gas fired, probably because we are indoors, but all the time, we are aware of people coming through. if you just have a look... real anger here. it is clear, a lot like that man and woman have been arrested. this is pretty chaotic. saturday afternoon shopping in this part of hong kong, this was supposed to be a relatively peaceful day ahead of a big rally tomorrow. but as you can see, demonstrators are pouring through, we know they are pro—beijing crowds here and also pro—democracy crowds, that is what is causing this tension. it is clear there has been some sort of clash. the police have come in and as we have just saw, they have been making
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arrests. the united states and brazil have announced plans to support private sector investment and job development in the amazon, which they claim will help protect wildlife and reduce deforestation. it follows international criticism of brazil's handling of the forest‘s worst fires for two decades. the country's space agency says there are still more than 80,000 fires burning across the region. 69 high streets in england are to get a share of £95 million in an effort to help them compete with online retailers. ministers say they want to breathe new life into historic buildings. simon jones has more. the high street is struggling with big names and small retailers alike forced out of business as more of us shop online. the government wants to reverse that trend. it says its multimillion—pound investment will help transform disused historic buildings into shops, houses and community centres across england, making them more attractive places to live, work and visit. towns and cities had to bid for the funding, which was announced in may.
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since the start of the year, an average of 16 shops have been closing every day on the high street in the uk. the £95 million cash injection will be shared among 69 towns and cities. the biggest winner is the midlands, which will receive £21 million. here in north london, tottenham high road is going to receive £2 million. that's going to be used to do up shop fronts and facades to try to boost regeneration in the area. the government says it wants to preserve buildings for future generations, while at the same time, making them work for the modern world. bedford is another town that will benefit. but it's a big challenge. a previous government initiative that saw the retail expert mary portas brought in to save town centres had mixed success, and labour says it is a decade of austerity that has decimated the high street. simon jones, bbc news.
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the new bbc one drama ‘the ca pture' delves into the shadowy world of so—called big brother technologies, raising questions about the importance of fighting crime, over rights to privacy. and while facial recognition cameras are being trialled in some places, those behind the technology say its benefits shouldn't be overlooked. our home affairs correspondent katharine carpenter reports. so you're not gonna run a facial rep for me, or shall i call ops room 2? send us the capture. surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology have starring roles in the current bbc one drama the capture. the programme questions whether their images can be trusted and who is controlling them. we are asking similar questions here in the real world, too. police trials of facial recognition have been scrutinised and the information commissioner is investigating after a private company used the technology in kings cross. but here in victoria, where the biometrics of my face are being analysed right now, they say we ignore the positives of facial recognition technology at our peril.
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it will look for people on a watchlist and if one of those people walks past the camera, it will trigger an alert, it will recognise that person. if a person is not on the watchlist, then it will ignore them. clearly, london has a knife crime problem. if a technology such as this could be used in tandem with other front line policing tactics to take knives from the street, i think you would see a lot of public support for that. after ten controversial trials, the met says it is still considering how facial recognition might be used in the future. kenny long says pairing it with officers' body—worn cameras is an obvious next step, speeding up thejob he used to do as a super recogniser, trawling through cctv at scotland yard. the system will give you a list and you will say "right, fantastic," and a human sitting in a control room, or they could be sitting in a car, wherever you are based, would look at it and say "yes, is that the same person? yes or no?" but data protection and privacy concerns persist. it can be used to catch
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bad guys, certainly. it also makes mistakes. so it could be leading to misidentifications of completely innocent people, it can also be used to chill public expression, to make people feel uncomfortable showing theirfaces in public. when i see myself on the screen with a box around my head identifying me, it does make me feel a little bit uneasy. what's really interesting is as you were seen by our facial recognition cameras, you had a smartphone. that smartphone knew exactly where you were, the data was being captured, it was being analysed. other platforms were understanding where you have been, where you're going, who you know, what you have bought. from my perspective, that's far a more pervasive intrusion into our privacy. but he does want clearer laws governing the use of facial recognition, as does the government's biometric commissioner, who says we all need to make choices about the future world want to live in. katharine carpenter, bbc news. game of thrones is one of the most popular television programmes of all time. it may involve dragons and zombies —
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but many of its themes were inspired by events in medieval history. now — the story is being retold — in a form that may seem a little familiar. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. this is the bayeux tapestry and this isn't. this depiction of the norman conquest is more than 900 years old. this version of a song of ice and fire is a little younger, but no less ambitious. the tapestry is over 87 metres long. so it condenses over 90 hours of tv into 87 metres of tapestry. it was made and worked on by 30 embroiderers from the national museums of northern ireland who worked in top—secret. game of thrones was not so much a series of books or a television programme, but a cultural phenomenon. millions of people watched it around the world and the awards just kept


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