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good afternoon. 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
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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 susana mendonca. it was a decision that brought down his premiership and set britain on a turbulent course to leaving the european union, which we are all still on. up until now, david cameron has kept quiet about brexit but not anymore. in his memoirs, former prime minister said... he has tough criticism for the current prime minister, boris johnson, and cabinet minister michael gove, who mr cameron said left the truth at home during the
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2016 eu referendum and behaved appallingly. he doesn't use the word betrayed but talking to him over 90 minutes as i did, it was perfectly clear the herd and sense of frustration he had with his former colleagues who he says trashed their own government. but today, michael gove, who is now overseeing no—deal brexit planning, wouldn't be drawn on the words of his formerfriend. the wouldn't be drawn on the words of his former friend. the suspension of parliament by borisjohnson‘s government, which caused angry scenes like this, has rebounded according to mr cameron who criticises the treatment of tory rebels and says another referendum cannot be ruled out. under current member of the cabinet has raised questions about cracks in his government after saying she backs staying in the eu if there were another vote. i would vote to remain because i'm also a democrat and one of the fundamental tenets of ardour —— our democracy is that when people
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vote and there is a clear result, i know it is a result many people don't like, it is not a result i was co mforta ble don't 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's important that when there is a result that mps of parliament fulfil that mandate. with the nation and parliament still divided over brexit, david cameron will want to frame his own legacy, but critics, including the lib dems leader, say the current mess is of his own making. susana mendonca, bbc news. thousands have gathered, including several african leaders, for the funeral of the former zimbabwean president robert mugabe. the 95—year—old held on to power for a0 years before being ousted in the 2017 coup, after years of economic and political turmoil. our senior africa correspondent anne soy now reports from the capital, harare. the final journey for zimba bwe's independence leader. robert mugabe led the country for nearly four
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decades. the towering figure was both loved and loathed at home and abroad. current and former leaders from across africa here to pay their respects and express solidarity with the man they address as comrades. comrades mugabe will be remembered as an africanist and a great icon of african liberation. president mugabe had consistently demonstrated his steadfast commitment to our shared vision of the africa we want. but from zimbabweans, a less emphatic sendoff. years ago this stadium would have been buzzing with supporters, but the turnout today a reflection of robert mugabe's fall from grace during his final years. the man who toppled him from power two years ago now leading the farewell. the giant of africa has
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fallen. indeed, the bold, steadfast and resolute revolutionary com raid robert mugabe is no more. the strained relations between him, the government and the mugabe family have played out in public since the late leader's remains return to the country. former president robert mugabe has been afforded the highest honour in zimbabwe, a state funeral with a 21 gun salute and a fly—past but it's taken a lot of negotiating to get here, and even sow divisions still exist between his family and the state. from here, his body will be taken to his rural home for traditional rights, a mausoleum will be built, where he will be buried. anne soy, bbc news. let's take a look at some
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of today's other news now. houthi rebels in yemen have said that they carried out drone attacks on oil facilities in saudi arabia which have caused huge fires. the rebels, backed by iran, are fighting against a saudi—led military coalition. a british australian woman who's been held in an iranian prison has been identified as kylie moore—gilbert. she's a lecturer at melbourne university, specialising in middle eastern politics. the australian government say the charges against her are unclear. the conservative party has said it is reviewing its facebook advertising after it was accused of misrepresenting a bbc news story. the advert featured the bbc logo with a headline saying "£11; billion cash boost for schools". however, the original story on the bbc website quoted a much lower amount ofjust over £7 billion. with all the sport now, here's hugh ferris at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. england's batsmen have made steady progress on the third morning of the final ashes test at the oval, including posting the highest opening partnership
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of the series so far. at lunch they're 88/2. that's a lead over australia of 157... joe wilson reports. s.a.m curran. now the must—have addition for any serious collector. it takes years to become a cricketer. it takes the ashes to become a star. got it. england's opening batsmen are both playing in their first ashes series. neitherjoe denly nor rory burns have reached the fame of ben stokes, for example, but australia's bowlers have certainly learned to respect burns. there has been enough of this to ensure that. and denly? well, that's a side of his batting that seemed to shock australia. england had reached 5a. it was all going so well. and then burns was caught and gone. but australia were a long way behind. there were some urgent discussions with the umpire. now, was that a team under pressure we were watching? and how was your mood seeing this? joe root was batting, and he certainly seemed to enjoy it. but the mood of a batsman
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can change instantly. joe denly in sudden pain. his captain offered sympathy. sort of. bravery and a bit of luck, that's all part of the game. denly probably earned his good fortune as the ball missed the stumps and ran towards the boundary. of course, australia's captain would have disagreed. and those expressions changed once again just and those expressions changed once againjust before and those expressions changed once again just before lunch becausejoe root was dismissed but england was in shortly already with a lead of 157. it's been an interesting week forjoe denly, the son in every sense here definitely shining. joe wilson at the oval, thank you. europe have maintained their one—point lead over the usa after the second morning's foursomes at the solheim cup. now attention turns to the fourballs at gleneagles, where we can join sarah mulkerrins. sarah.
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yes, europe on 6.5 points usa on 5.5. remember that scotland's captain of team europe is looking for herfirst captain of team europe is looking for her first european win at this eventin for her first european win at this event in six years. today was really all about the testing conditions that we have had here at gleneagles. we have had gusting winds up to 35 mph, the players have been struggling out on the course. we have seen them step away a lot from the shots they are taking some of the shots they are taking some of the golf balls on the green have been shifting and oscillating as players have been trying to make their shots. there were some momentum with the americans when the final two matches were halved despite europe being ahead in those and it was earlier today that the momentum seemed to be with the americans. we had the sisters jessica and nelly korda, they were
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the first to get a point on the board today. a big win for them, the first siblings to play at the solheim cup. they won their match. another point on the board for the americans, then for team europe it has been two english players are starring for them, charley hull and aza ha ra starring for them, charley hull and azahara munoz, the europeans who halved that late match yesterday. they came out on fire today, wrapping up an important win, and georgia hall also with an important point and she has been very steady for team europe. nothing really but the tricky weather between these teams heading into the afternoon. sarah, thank you very much indeed. you can follow the golf on the bbc sport website. there is more there, including news of today's football.
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which currently includes leaders liverpool drawing with newcastle, but that's all the sport for now. liberal democrat leader jo swinson says she hopes to convince party members at their conferenece in bournemouth to back a policy of scrapping brexit without another referendum. ms swinson says holding the referendum got the uk "into a mess". and she believes revoking article 50 — the formal process to leave the eu — is the only satisfactory way out. liberal democrats are crystal clear, we wa nt liberal democrats are crystal clear, we want to stop brexit, so if we find ourselves in a general election that will be our unequivocal message. therefore if a liberal democrat majority government is elected, we shall revoke article 50. and, before we go, what are the chances of this? in america, baby christina brown was born on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this week at 9:11 in the evening weighing 9 pounds 11 ounces. her parents say she's a "little miracle during such a sad time". you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6:40.
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bye for now. you're watching bbc news with me, geeta guru—murthy. let's get more reaction now to the times' interview with the former prime minister, david cameron, who's accused boris johnson and michael gove of trashing his government, with what he describes as their appalling behaviour during the brexit referendum. it's his first major interview since leaving downing street three years ago. mr cameron told the newspaper that the result of the referendum left him feeling depressed, and that he worries about it every day. earlier i spoke to former conservative — now independent — mp, ed vaizey, who was culture minister in david cameron's government. i asked him what he thought about the depiction of the brexit vote as an internal drama
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within the conservative party. people who say this was an internal party issue for the conservatives do have a point but they have to accept that whoever became prime minister would probably have had to promise a referendum and may have indeed believed a referendum was the right thing. may have wanted to leave the european union. if the conservative party was going to continue to form a government at some point, a referendum was going to happen. secondly, you may criticise him for responding to the threat from the right wing to the conservatives but ukip were winning votes, something like 4 million votes at the european election. they were a group of voters out there who were feeling very passionately and strongly about our motion of the european union. i think a referendum would have been inevitable regardless of whether david cameron called it. in terms ofjudgment,
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also david cameron talks about demoting michael gove from education. wasn't that another key mistake? michael gove as you know for years was a strongly eurosceptic and to then bruise his ego and he flipped to the other side when the referendum was called. i wouldn't categorise it as a mistake, but when history is written i think it is an important moment. some viewers may think i am belittling what has been a major event in our countries history but any historian knows it is a mix of trends and individual personalities. i thought david cameron did the right thing. michael gove is my oldest friend in politics but i knew that although he carried out really important reforms he had lost a lot of support. i think david did the right
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thing of moving him on and brought him straight out into government after the election. it broke a bond between them and although i think michael gove would have supported leave anyway, i think he may have found thatjourney easier having felt that david cameron had made the first move in terms of breaking the bond between them. david cameron also admits he was depressed and he was asked if he was clinically depressed he said he was not on medication. how big a toll has it taken on him and does he feel the anger that many people blame him dividing the country? i think he is depressed because anyone who cares about the future of his country as i do as well are depressed to see the state we have got into. but i don't think he feels he did anything wrong and i don't think he should feel guilty about it.
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a referendum was inevitable and he fought as hard as he could for the remaining cause. that may temper it a bit. there has been a lot of focus because the book is being published that he is to blame for the mess we are in but the referendum, 17.4 million people voted to leave and presumably they are grateful to david cameron. secondly, the mess which has been created by theresa may and parliament failing to agree and get us out of the eu, a brexit that causes the minimum damage to our economy. you have lost the conservative whip. david cameron has said it is a mistake by boris johnson and the proroguing of parliament. would you go back if the whip was restored? or are you going to be out of politics? i am glad he has spoken up
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and it is good that he and many others including william hague have said this is the wrong thing. i would like to get the conservative whip back. i have worked for them for 35 years. i was canvassing for the conservatives at oxford university when borisjohnson and others were not. he was not on the campaign trail in the ‘80s. i have supported them for 35 years and i am irritated that people have decided i am disloyal when i have worked all my life for the conservatives and getting a conservative government. 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
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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 and sent us this report. they have made arrests. 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, it looks 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
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been some sort of clash. the police have come in and as we have just saw, they have been making arrests. 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. olivia crellin reports. a woman and her family are hauled to safety. one 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,
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the whole side over there. and there was a submerged car as well, people in the water — i don't know! 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,
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so everyone has 200 passengers. there are more than thousands 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. 69 high streets in england are to get a share of £95 million, in an effort to help them compete with online retailers.
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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. 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
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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. 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
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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. 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.
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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 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,
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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. it's been five years since england, scotland and wales legalised same—sex marriage, but some lgbt couples say they still face obstacles when organising their big day. this weekend, one of the uk's first wedding fairs for same—sex couples has come to london, where it hopes to provide a more inclusive experience. our lgbt correspondent, ben hunte, has been along to find out more. there are wedding cakes. suits and dresses. flowers and drag queens. this is pride lux, one of the uk's first wedding shows
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specifically for lgbt couples ready to celebrate their big day. the organisers say over 1000 of them will be right here this weekend. this year, britain celebrated five years of marriage equality, with the first same—sex marriage taking place in march 2014. these ceremonies are now performed in england, scotland and wales, but not in northern ireland. wedding shows are big business. they happen across the country throughout the year. and they give couples the opportunity to meet the people who can make their wedding goals a reality. but with lots of other wedding shows already existing, why do lgbt couples need a separate event like this? i think there is an incorrect assumption that gay weddings are a spin on straight weddings, when actually they are their own entity. gay people are celebrating their relationships in their own way. so here is pride lux you can find trends, things you might want while planning a gay wedding which you wouldn't
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find at a normal wedding show. some of the world's leading luxury wedding brands are appearing at this event, but every single one has been vetted to make sure they offer services tailored to same—sex couples — something that many couples here say they have had problems with before. there are still some suppliers who are not on board with the idea. so coming to a focused wedding show like this means they can go around, be inspired, speak to suppliers who want to work with them. you know, the amount of emails i have to send and mention that my couple is a same—sex couple, still, in 2019, astounds me. but that is the reality. ijust think to bring together companies that specialise in lgbt offerings for lgbt weddings is really important, right? there are lots of wedding fairs for heterosexual couples, and i think to have one for lgbt people is a really good thing. a huge amount of marketing collateral is focused on opposite sex couples, and that's just wrong. lgbt couples want to feel welcome,
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and organisations in a whole range of industries, including the wedding industry, the travel industry, organisations focusing on parenting, they need to be more openly inclusive and demonstrate that they welcome same—sex couples so that they feel safe and accepted. the uk is one of only 28 countries to have marriage equality for same—sex couples. so lgbt people internationally will see an event like this as a huge step forward in securing their rights to love. are we going to get some sunshine?
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this photo sent in by a weather watcher earlier, plenty of blue sky overhead. more in the way of cloud in northern ireland and scotland and rain pushing into the northern isles and not where scotland gradually said today. windy across the northern half of the uk and the far northern half of the uk and the far north as seeing gales are severe gales. dry and bright with highs in the low 20s further south. the cold front will slip if a little further south and it will stay windy in the far north of scotland. severe gales across the northern isles. the outlook for tomorrow, the cold front reinvigorate and outbreaks of rain for northern ireland, northern england and pushing into wales. behind it some sunny spells and one 01’ behind it some sunny spells and one or two showers for northern scotland. feeling warm in the south, highs


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