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today at five... a former cabinet minister warns downing street about the danger of inflammatory language. amber rudd accuses number 10 of using words that could incite violence, but borisjohnson defends his description of the law to stop a no—deal brexit. can you use words like surrender to describe a certain act, a certain bill, and quite frankly, i think that you can. nicola sturgeon says the snp could back a caretaker government led byjeremy corbyn to prevent a no—deal brexit. the opposition needs to act to get boris johnson, the most disreputable prime minister in my lifetime, out of office, stop a no deal and then as quickly as possible move to a general election. we'll be asking the snp's leader at westminster
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about those comments. and the other main stories on bbc news at 5... the first police force in england or wales to be rated inadequate in all areas — cleveland police accused of being "clueless" and "putting the public at risk". pressure grows on the bbc to overturn its ruling on comments made by breakfast‘s naga munchetty — about racism and president trump. twe nty—two yea rs on, prince harry walks in his mother's footsteps as he visits a minefield in angola. in amsterdam and i dreamt i saw my mother again. same beautiful, in amsterdam and i dreamt i saw my motheragain. same beautiful, pale blue eyes. same beautiful, pale blue eyes. and donna tartt‘s pulitzer prize—winning novel gets the big screen adaptation in the goldfinch. see what mark kermode thinks of that and the rest of this week's releases in the film review.
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it's five o'clock, and our main story is that the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number ten of using aggressive language that incites violence. ms rudd, who resigned from the government earlier this month, said downing street‘s recent words have encouraged "a more aggressive aproach". but the prime minister has again defended the language he uses and said he deplores "any threats to anybody". meanwhile, the snp has said it could backjeremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister as a way of extending the brexit deadline. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. it's extraordinary, isn't it? he's not talking about events at westminster, but extraordinary wouldn't be a bad word to use this week. the prime minister visiting a hospital in essex this morning denied he was exploiting divisions over brexit.
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on the contrary, i think that what we need to do now is to get brexit done by october the 31st and i genuinely think that once you do that, then so much of the heat and the anxiety will come out of the debate. i think a lot of people are very tentative, businesses are still uncertain and get it done and we will all be able to move on. the latest criticism has come from the former work and pensions secretary amber rudd. in an interview with the evening standard she said... "this sort of language i'm afraid we have seen more and more coming out of number ten does incite violence." "it's the sort of language people think legitimises a more aggressive approach," she said, "and sometimes violence." adding, "a casual approach to the safety of mps and their staff is immoral." a government source said amber rudd was being deeply disingenuous. attracting anger from many in westminster, this man, dominic cummings, the prime minister's senior adviser.
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confronted by one mp yesterday. don't tell me to get brexit done. some of your language has been appalling. i have no idea who you are. and this morning, the man behind the successful vote to leave campaign asked to clarify comments he made last night. it doesn't look like a walk in the park, does it, mr cummings? a walk in the park? yes. who said it would be a walk in the park? you said it last night at a book launch. no. here is what he said. we are a lot under pressure, the referendum was pressure, the referendum was difficult, this is a walk in the park compared to that. all the leave team, we are enjoying this, we are going to win. in a week when mps have spoken of fears for their safety, dominic cummings said threats of violence should be taken seriously, but it wasn't surprising he said that people were angry given
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that mps have spent three years swerving all over the shop, as he put it, after the referendum result. his comments sum up a government strategy to deliver brexit by the end of october come what may and they present anything parliament does as getting in the way. we will not betray the people who sent us here. the government has failed to silence our democracy. tactics as well as language are under scrutiny. another warning from a former prime minister over an attempt by the current pm to get around the law requiring a brexit extension. if this route is taken, if this route is taken, it will be a flagrant defiance of parliament and utterly disrespectful to the supreme court. it would be a piece of political chicanery that no one should ever forgive or forget.
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downing street has again insisted it will obey the law and leave the eu by october the 31st. jonathan blake, bbc news, westminster. our political correspondent jessica parker is at westminster. jessica, let's focus on what the snp have been saying today. nicola sturgeon, their leader, suggesting they may be able to supportjeremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister. all this week since parliament returned the snp appear to be gently opening the door to the idea of some sort of caretaker government in order to secure two things. an extension to brexit, a delay beyond october the 31st, and a snap election. more explicit suggestions today from the likes of ian blackford, the snp leader westminster, and nicola sturgeon in
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hollywood, as to whether they would putjeremy corbyn in downing street in order to make that happen. let's listen to what nicola sturgeon has been saying. i'm not pushing jeremy corbyn as interim prime minister or anybody else as interim prime minister, i'm no great fan ofjeremy corbyn. my point is the opposition needs to act to get boris johnson, the most disreputable prime minister in my lifetime, out of office, stop a no deal and then as quickly as possible move to a general election. and i'm open—minded about who might emerge as an interim prime minister for literally a matter of days to secure the extension before we move to a general election. you can hear nicola sturgeon saying they are open—minded, but it is usually the opposition leader who would get first dibs at being the ca reta ker would get first dibs at being the caretaker prime minister if there we re caretaker prime minister if there were to be a vote of no confidence in the government. would such a vote even with labour mps and snp mps be successful? no, they need other mps
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from other parties to back them as well. the liberal democrats are not keen on a jeremy corbyn led government, even a time—limited one. we have been speaking tojo swinson. we have been speaking tojo swinson. we need to have a solution that will work and jeremy corbyn does not have the numbers, the arithmetic is not there. he knows that, the snp know that, you and i know that. there are a variety of mps it could be and i have put forward suggestions. i would like to hear from jeremy corbyn himself who he thinks would be able to command that support, who he thinks people will be supportive of. this is a possible insurance option we need to consider. jo swinson referring to a variety of names swirling around in westminster as to who could take care of this ca reta ker who could take care of this caretaker government in order to have a snap election. the liberal democrats would also like to have another referendum on brexit as part
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of this arrangement. as before when we we re of this arrangement. as before when we were talking about the issue of the opposition parties working together, it is a matter of whether they can really agree on what to do next. jessica parker, our political correspondent. jessica parker, our political correspondent. meanwhile, all 120 church of england bishops have written a joint letter to mps describing the language used in the brexit debate as "unacceptable". one of them is the right reverend, dame sarah mullally, the bishop of london, she joins us now from st paul's. thank you very much for being with us. thank you very much for being with us. what kind of language do you have in mind when you say it is unacceptable? that is all right. can you hear me? we have heard people begin to use a language that could begin to use a language that could be divisive, the language of war. i can hear you, yes. carry on. you asked me about language that has been used. our concern has been
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about the language being divisive and being the language of war. in such a difficult situation we would much prefer to see the language of cooperation and respect and honouring of one another. are you saying both sides in this debate are using what you call the language of war, or is it one side more than the other? i think it is not right to talk about size. we have a real challenge facing our country and we need to work together. as for somebody in public office within the church, we want to work not with just politicians, but our community to be able to move forward on what isa to be able to move forward on what is a very complex situation. i was with young people this morning. their concerns are about climate, the health service and education. working together we need to get the language right of cooperation and respect and of love of one another.
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just to give one example, the prime minister has been criticised for talking about the surrender act as he calls it, but he has been defending that, saying he is perfectly entitled to describe it as a surrender act and that is what he thinks it is. well, as people in public office we have to take seriously that our words have impact. as christians we believe we should love our neighbours as ourselves, even if we disagree with them. it is notjust our action, but it is our words. when there is so much heat in a subject isn't that the right time to change our language to one of peace, collaboration and respect? thank you so collaboration and respect? thank you so much for being with us. the right reverend dame sarah mullally, the bishop of london.
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cleveland police has become the first force in england and wales to be classed as ‘failing in all areas.‘ it's been placed in ‘special measures' after the inspectorate of constabulary rated it as ‘inadequate' across the board. cleveland's new chief constable says the report is a wake up call but argued the force must be given time to sort out its problems. angus crawford's report contains flashing images. a police service trying... you are being arrested to prevent a breach of the peace. you are being arrested to prevent a breach of the peace. officers on the front line protecting the vulnerable, making arrests. but at the most senior levels, failing. rated inadequate by inspectors in all areas. a service already dogged by scandal, allegations of racism, illegal monitoring ofjournalists' phones. cleveland police simply does not understand the demand that is coming into the organisation. and it is not managing that properly, and it is not understanding the vulnerability of some of the people that call for this service. that creates risk to the public. the inspection found inappropriate behaviour by senior leaders,
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lack of strategic direction, and no coherent financial plans. you've got to bear in mind in cleveland it is notjust about the performance of the force, as important as that is, but all of the other public services are also struggling, and that puts additional pressures on the police. but it has lost 500 officers since 2010, and had six chief constables in almost as many years. the latest only in post for a matter of months. frontline staff work extremely hard in cleveland police, i see it, i patrol as much as any chief constable does, and i see how hard they work to protect our members of the public. but our staff members have not been well served by senior leadership in this force, providing a direction of what is required and being clear about what is required, and a performance regime being set up to hold people to account. a force described by some as broken. one inspectors say needs critical improvement and fast.
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angus crawford, bbc news. let's bring you up—to—date about the news breakfast tv host naga munchetty. a0 other broadcasters, actors and journalists have signed an open letter calling on the bbc to reverse an editorial ruling against her. she was found to have breached bbc guidelines by criticising president trump after he said that four female politicians should president trump after he said that fourfemale politicians should go back to places they came from. in the last few minutes a spokesman for the last few minutes a spokesman for the media regulator ofcom said they had received complaints relating to this programme and are assessing the content against their own broadcasting rules. here is david sillitoe. bbc breakfast and a question to presenter naga munchetty about donald trump.
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he'd called for a group of american politicians, all women of colour, to go back to where they came from. every time i have been told, as a woman of colour, to go home, to go back to where i came from, that was embedded in racism. now, i'm not accusing anyone of anything here, but there is... you know what certain phrases mean. she was then pressed to discuss the impact of president trump's words. and i can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious that a man in that position feels it's ok to skirt the lines with using language like that. does that then... do you feel that his use of that... because that was the point i was trying to make, then legitimises other people to use that? yes. and as our guest was saying there, it feels like a thought—out strategy to strengthen his position. and it's not enough to do it just to get a attention. naga munchetty has now been reprimanded for those comments. the bbc‘s executive complaints unit says she was allowed to say the words were racist, but not comment about donald trump. describing a remark as a racist is not the issue at stake here, the issue at stake is whether it was a right to go
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on to ascribe motive, in this case, to president trump. it could have been to anyone else. it suggests we are impartial on racism. i mean, the bbc isn't impartial on crime. if a crime happens, we call people a criminal. what we have to be impartial on is the reasons why those remarks are made. and there was speculation in the programme, which she made, amongst others, about the nature and the reasons of why those comments were made. and we can't do that, whether it's president trump or whether it's anybody else that we are assessing in that way. but many disagree. a number of bbc journalists have signed a letter, backed by prominent writers, actors and broadcasters, saying the decision must be overturned. it is ludicrous to say it's fine for a presenter to express her own experience of racism, but she shouldn't cast judgment on the person being racist. that's suggesting that, as people of colour who have experienced racism, we can talk about those experiences, but remain impartial about whether we think they're good or not. the bbc complaints unit says it won't change its mind over
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a decision that has been described in today's letter as having wide—ranging consequences for the whole of the media on how it treats racism. david sillito, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number 10 of using words that could incite violence. cleveland police has become the first force in england and wales to be rated inadequate across all areas of performance. pressure is growing on the bbc to overturn its ruling on comments made by breakfast‘s naga munchetty — about racism and president trump. the former european champion lynsey sharp has failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 800 metres on day one of the world athletics championships in doha. there she is, lynsey sharp, coming in fourth. three british men are through to the 100 metres semifinals. the england wicketkeeper sarah taylor has
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retired from international cricket because of issues with anxiety that forced her out of the game three yea rs forced her out of the game three years ago before she returned to win the world cup. pep guardiola has defended his portuguese forward after a social media post was criticised for having racist connotations. he says he regrets any offence caused. a full update in the next 15 minutes. the whistle—blower at the heart of impeachment investigations against president trump is reported to be a cia officer. he says the white house tried to cover up details of a phone call between mr trump and the president of ukraine, where mr trump asked the ukrainian government to help smearjoe biden, his likely political rival in next year's presidential election. david willis reports. a beleaguered president trump returned to the white house last night. even by the breathless standards of his administration, the last few days have been particularly tumultuous.
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a whistle—blower‘s report maintains not only that mr trump misused the office of the president for personal gain, but that white house officials, alarmed by his request for dirt on democratic rivaljoe biden, then sought to bury the evidence. president trump, seen here with mr zelensky earlier in the week, lashed out publicly and privately at a closed—door event in new york. he suggested that white house staff who spoke about the telephone conversation should be seen as traitors. who is the person who gave the whistle—blower the information? because that's close to a spy. you know what we used to do in the old days, when we were smart, with spies and treason? we use to handle it a little bit differently than we do now. laughter. democrats in the house of representatives launched a formal impeachment inquiry earlier this week. on capitol hill, the battle lines are being drawn along party lines. this phone call is a nothing burger
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in terms of a quid pro quo. the president of the united states did not remotely suggest to the ukraine that if you do not do my political bidding against biden, i'm going to cut your off. biden, i'm going to cut your money off. the president of the united states in his actions on a telephone call with a head of state betrayed his oath of office, our national security and the integrity of our elections. trump: my call was perfect. last night, trump renewed the attack on his political rivals. ijust watched a little bit of this on television. it is a disgrace to our country, it is another witchhunt, here we go again. it is adam schiff and his crew making up stories and sitting there like pious...whatever you want to call it. it is just really a disgrace. the president is not without his supporters, however. sheriffs from across the us converged on the white house looking
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to raise his spirits at the end of a brutal week. seven days ago, most people in america had yet to hear of mr trump's fatal conversation with the president of the ukraine. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. let's discuss this in more details with bruce fein — a former assistant attorney general to president reagan. he's in our washington studio. thank you for being with us. president trump says it is a disgrace, another witchhunt. do you think from what you have seen and read that there are grounds for the impeachment of the president? yes, and let's go through three themes that would justify impeachment depending on the evidence substantiating what is now credible allegations. one, the impeachment clause in the constitution makes bribery and impeachable offence. if you look in the context in which this phone call was made, and
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earlier decisions by president trump unilaterally to suspend up to $a00 million of military and economic aid, foreign policy eight to ukraine, and his conversation beginning with mr zelesny, stating we have done things good for you in the past, but i have a favour of you, in the context that suggests you, in the context that suggests you will get that aid if you do my bidding, which was to investigate joe biden and his son. remember, joe biden and his son were the only persons are among the thousands if not tens of thousands of ukrainians complicit who was mentioned. you have to ask why was he only identifying them with regard to ukrainian corruption? for two and a half years these allegations could have been made, thejoe biden alleged wrongdoing began far before june 2019. donald trump said nothing
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during those two and a half years and suddenly when a 2020 campaign appears and joe biden could be arrival, he says i want you to investigate joe arrival, he says i want you to investigatejoe biden arrival, he says i want you to investigate joe biden and arrival, he says i want you to investigatejoe biden and his son, an effort to assist his political campaign. a definition of bribery is you want to influence government action, namely giving money to ukraine in exchange for something of value to you personally, namely assistance in your 2020 campaign for the presidency. the second theme that comes up confronts prohibition in the united states law for long standing that makes it illegal to solicit any foreign assistance in a political campaign, even if solicitation fails. if you read conversation that is transcribed that was released two days ago, he is clearly asking mr zelesny, through rudy giuliani as attorney general, he used the law enforcement resources of ukraine, something of value to him, to investigatejoe biden for the purpose of influencing
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the 2020 elections againstjoe biden. that is also a felony. then you have the third problem, the untied efficiency act. the executive branch spends money contrary to the intent of congress, namely for a purpose not authorised by congress, thatis purpose not authorised by congress, that is also a crime. congress appropriated the $a00 million to assist ukraine in fending off russia, not to help donald trump is back campaign in 2020. the purpose of the money that mr trump was holding out for ukraine was an illicit purpose. later on because of lobbying by congress, mr trump did release that money. but on all those scores i think you are reaching the standard of an impeachable offence if you look at the language and history. that is what you say and you have set out a lot of detail, but given the divisions in congress how hard would it be to actually get an impeachment through congress? you
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are an impeachment through congress? you a re correctly an impeachment through congress? you are correctly pointing to the fact that impeachment simply isn't a legal process, it is a political process as well. there is no doubt the democrats will be calculating not necessarily whether these are impeachable offences, but will an impeachment resolution or article help them in the 2020 campaign? both political parties are completely occupied with the white house to the exclusion of anything else because it becomes so powerful. it may well be even if the evidence is overwhelming that the democrats will conclude, we don't want to do it because public opinion is not in our favour, we think it could damage as and we will stand down. if that happens, it would be almost ruinous to the future of the united states constitution. it is simply not this one phone call that is at stake. mr trump has run illegal wars, spend money that has not been appropriated by congress, refused to respond to
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subpoenas, he has been above the law, threatened to kill 10 million afg ha ns law, threatened to kill 10 million afghans in war crimes without any authorisation from congress, destroying checks and balances. if this goes unchallenged, it means every su ccessor to this goes unchallenged, it means every successor to the white house will feel they have more power than king george iii did over our colonies which provoked the american revolution in 1776. that is a fascinating historical analogy. thank you very much indeed, the former assistant attorney general under president reagan. thank you. thank you. a woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of her two teenage sons at sheffield crown court. sarah barrass is charged with the murder of 1a—year—old blake and 13—year—old tristan in may and also admitted conspiring to murder her four other children. another member of the family, brandon machin also admitted to the same charges. thousands of former thomas cook employees are taking legal action after losing theirjobs
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when the travel company collapsed in the early hours of monday. the bbc has learnt that former staff believe the firm acted unlawfully in the way they were dismissed and have appointed lawyers to seek compensation through an employment tribunal. claire hoang — who is involved in the legal action — said thomas cook hadn't been realistic about the position the company was in. we were told by, you know, in e—mails that the leaders were doing their best to kind of like get a deal over the line. and to be honest, i didn't think the government would let us down. i didn't think that anyone would say, "we are not going to support you." such a large number of people. so you were shell—shocked. twenty two years after his mother's iconic walk through an angolan minefield, prince harry has
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retraced her footsteps. the duke of sussex wore body armour as he walked through an area partially cleared by the same landmine charity supported by princess diana. the prince said the halo trust was helping communities to find peace, by eliminating the ‘unhealed scar of war‘. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell is following the royal couple's tour of africa and sent this report. it's 17 years now since the civil war here in angola ended. yet, there are still more than 1,000 minefields just like this one scattered across the country. the task of clearing these minefields, of course,
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is an immense one. it is being led by britain's halo trust. it is an issue in which prince harry has taken a particular interest, following the lead set by his mother, who visited angola shortly before her death in 1997. harry was shown the painstaking work of clearing the minefields, he watched the de—miners moving metre—by—metre through the minefields. and he detonated one of the mines which was found in this particular minefield. by clearing the landmines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity. later today, harry will go on to the city of huambo. that was the city that princess diana visited in 1997. you will remember those famous images of her walking through a minefield. and it was that visit, her interest, which did so much to bring this whole issue to the attention of the world, and which led then to the passing of the ottawa convention, which finally outlawed the use of antipersonnel land mines. coming up at 5:a5pm... we have got the film review. whenever they are presented with a new addition to the family, we place
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a blank playing card into the box. we place a blank playing card into the box. a game of hide and seek turns deadly in ready or not. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. the weather is a bit of a thriller this weekend. there is an awful lot going on. let's get into the detail. we have had some really heavy showers this afternoon and the first batch will clear eastwards this evening. more will be coming in from the west. strong winds in the southern half of the uk, gusty conditions in the south—east of england. overnight 9—12d, a little colder in some parts of north—west scotland. tomorrow starts off with plentiful showers, but they will tend to fade as the day wears on. dry weather and sunshine in the afternoon. temperatures between 13-19. but afternoon. temperatures between 13—19. but behind me this is the next area of low pressure which will
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drive heavy and persistent rain on saturday night into sunday. there could be localised flooding and very strong winds on the southern flank of that low. very windy weather in places on a sunday. the best chance of seeing anything much in the wake of seeing anything much in the wake of the sunshine is in the north of the uk. this is bbc news. the headlines... the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number 10 of using words that could incite violence. cleveland police has become the first force in england and wales to be rated inadequate across all areas of performance. pressure is growing on the bbc to overturn its ruling on comments made by breakfast‘s naga munchetty — about racism and president trump. a mother has admitted murdering her two teenage sons in sheffield, and plotting to murderfour more of her own children. the whistleblower whose complaint has led to an impeachment inquiry against president trump, is a cia officer — according to reports in the us.
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sport now, here's olly. good evening. the world athletics championships are under way in qatar. plenty of british athletes in action, but there was huge disappointment for the former european champion lynsey sharp who failed to qualify in the 800 metres. she finished fourth, the top three went through to the semi—finals, and she wasn't quick enough to get a fastest loser spot. alex bell and shelayna oskan—clarke will be in tomorrow's semis. sharp had been touted as a medal contender in a depleted field this year, in the absence of the defending champion, caster semenya. we've also had the men's100—metre heats, adam gemili qualified in third in his heat, won by the american sprinterjustin gatlin. zharnel hughes also came through after winning his heat,
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ojie edoburun qualified as a fastest loser. the semifinals and final are tomorrow. success too in the pole vault. this is holly bradshaw clearing the qualifying height for the final at the first attempt. a.6m, job done, she can conserve all her enrgy for sunday's final. these are live pictures from doha, we've still got the men's a00 hurdles and the 5,000 metres heats to come. watch out for the ingebritsen brothers from norway. live action now on bbc two. england wicketkeeper sarah taylor has retired from international cricket because of her ongoing issues with anxiety. she previously took a break from the game in 2016, returning to win the world cup with england in 2017.
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she's been named the best women's t20 player in the world three times, and is second on the england women's list of run—scorers. here she is talking to the bbc when she took a break from cricket the first time. the nerves would hit me, but it would be nerves plus something else. i was away is confused as to what it was. now i know. it is a genuine kind of panic, the heart races, i feel faint. and those are just a little things that i go through and there have been times where i have had to run off into the changing rooms and be sick sometimes just through sheer panic. that is where it has got to really in terms of my cricket. like i say, that in turn affected my performance and i had to. sarah taylor has retired from the international game. that was her speaking three years ago.
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formula one is in russia this weekend, and there was a surprise pace—setter in second practice. red bull's max verstappen leading the way in sochi — ahead of ferrari's charles leclerc. verstappen's got a five—place grid penalty for this grand prix so needs to finish well in qualifying. championship leader, lewis hamilton, finished practice fourth fastest. pep guardiola has defended his portuguese forward bernardo silva after the football association asked for the club to explain a post on social media, now deleted, in which silva compared his team—mate and friend benjamin mendy to a cartoon character on a sweet packet. both have written to the fa, silva saying that he regrets that he may have unintentionally caused offence, mendy stressing that he took no offence. kick it out have said that ‘racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘ba nter‘. he is an exceptional person. different situations, what i said, make a focus on other issues, not on bernardo. he is not absolutely
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guilty. his intention was incredible, just a joke. it is a cartoon, because the face is quite similar. but the same happens a thousand million times with white people. it is the same. sometimes you feel that it is a cartoon, but it was not the intention, it was a joke. the road world championships finish this weekend with the women‘s and men‘s road races. these are live pictures from the roads in yorkshire. this the men‘s u23 road race. it has been a great week of cycling across yorkshire. this is the 173 kilometre route from doncaster to south yorkshire finishing in harrogate. you can follow it live via the bbc sport website and app. harrogate in the north of course, i know my yorkshire geography. we‘ll have more for you in
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sportsday at 6:30pm. we have some breaking news coming from our brussels reporter adam fleming who is saying that the uk is the table a more detailed brexit proposal after the conservative party conference. that is according to people familiar with the matter. they say that the uk plans to put concrete proposals after the tory party conference. and that that would be in time for scrutiny ahead of the european council summit on the 17th of october. so our brussels reporter they‘re saying that the uk is going to be tabling more detailed brexit proposals after the conservative party conference on brexit. select speak to the snp ‘s leader at westminster, ian blackford, who can join in from the isle of skye. thanks very much forjoining us. first of all, your reaction to that news just coming into us. that the
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government is going to detail more detailed proposals. lets wait and see, we have seen detailed proposals. lets wait and see, we have seen a detailed proposals. lets wait and see, we have seen a lot of noise and bluster over the last few weeks that the government is in negotiations with the eu. but when the eu are asked, they say there is nothing which is ongoing. i suspect this is pa rt which is ongoing. i suspect this is part of borisjohnson‘s campaign to say he is trying to get a deal but nothing that is fundamental is put on the table, then he blames our european partners. so let‘s wait and see. i think experience has shown over the course of the last few weeks that i don‘t really trust anything that comes out of boris johnson‘s mall. why do you trust what comes out ofjeremy corbyn‘s mouth? because the snp today said they might supportjeremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister to stop a no—deal brexit. jo swinson from the lib dems has said he is not fit to be our prime minister. do you think he is fit? i think we have to deflect on where we are, and we have a prime minister that is giving no
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indication that he is going to seek an extension to the article 50 process despite the fact that that is now the law. i would simply say to colleagues in parliament that we cannot trust boris johnson. we should not be leaving this man with the keys to ten downing st. there is a majority in favour of an extension to no deal. we need to recognise that we can‘t leave boris johnson to no deal. we need to recognise that we can‘t leave borisjohnson in place with the threat that he doesn‘t carry out that obligation. so we need to make sure that we can remove him. we need a motion of no confidence. what we have said is that there needs to be someone who commands a majority of the house. jeremy corbyn is the leader of the opposition, he has the right to emerge as a candidate for that. what we wa nt emerge as a candidate for that. what we want to see happen if somebody put in place that really has an administrative function in order that we get that extension to article 50, and that we immediately have a snap election. we are not talking about putting someone in to government... what might my question was do you trusting? in the past, nicola sturgeon said she doesn‘t particularly trustjeremy corbyn.
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what we are recognising is that whether it is jeremy corbyn or anybody else, we need to coalesce around an individual that can form an administration for the sole purpose of extending the article 50 process and calling a general election. this needs to be a matter of days... there is the thing that he can be too divisive. then he wouldn‘t get the support of the lib dems who have orally said he is not fit to be prime minister. what is the point in having him as your candidate? there is an obligation, it is not my candour, but there is an obligation to show leadership. i think our constituents would expect. and given there is a majority in parliament to stop no deal, then we have to accept the responsibility that we have as parliamentarians. what we are suggesting is that somebody has to full for that function, whether it isjeremy corbyn whether it is somebody else, we will not be forgiven if we do not remove borisjohnson, we will not be forgiven if we do not remove boris johnson, who we will not be forgiven if we do not remove borisjohnson, who is refusing to resign, some of that
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should resign post what has happened with the supreme court. if he is not prepared to do so, we must all step up prepared to do so, we must all step up to the plate, have a motion of no confidence, and have someone that has the confidence of the house to write the letter extending the article 50 process and calling a general election. that is what we are asking to happen. and use a jeremy corbyn or someone else, who is the someone else? it is up to parliamentarians to come together. the point is we need to find someone who can do this because if we don‘t, we run the risk that borisjohnson seeks to take us out on a no deal basis. we can‘t allow that risk to be sitting there, we have to remove that risk. all of us, and all the opposition parties, indeed the conservative rebels that supported the hilary benn bill, we need to make sure that the conditions of that bill are enacted. we civilly can‘t trust the prime minister to do that. we must remove the prime minister. to that end, we need an individual who will do thatjob for us. individual who will do thatjob for us. we must coalesce around this person. time is short, when we go
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back next week, we must ensure we begin this process of making sure that we bring borisjohnson‘s premiership to an end. ian blackford, snp leader at westminster, many thanks for joining us westminster, many thanks for joining us from the isle of skye. as new arrivals at universities across the country settle into student life, the bbc has learned that some universities have opened foodbanks on campuses for students living in poverty. staffordshire university is one of them. more than a quarter of students there are from deprived areas. as part of a week of reports from stoke—on—trent, digitaljournalist ben moore and reporter lucas yeomans have been to see how the university is adapting to the needs of students. welcome to the first week of the rest of your life. yet despite all the clubs to join, societies to sign up for, and all the new friends to be made at freshers‘ week, students are only thinking about one thing. i think every student‘s got money and finance on the mind. money is always going to be a problem because i get the lowest amount of maintenance loan. i mean, it's been difficult,
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so, yes, i've got to save up and everything. with tuition fees, accommodation, and living costs, students in stoke need to find an average of about £17,500 a year before they can even start lectures. i left school with no qualifications and ended up getting kicked out and then after that... ..i got made homeless. ben is not your typical student. i know it‘s going to be a struggle, with student loans and stuff, i know i‘m going to have to, what spare time i have got, i‘m going to have to work and stuff and get that extra money. stoke takes more than one quarter of its students from deprived areas, many from the local area, which creates a particular set of problems. according to the latest figures from staffordshire university, 38 first—year students dropped out entirely in the 2016 to 2017 academic year, citing money problems as the reason why. what that basically means is that one in 25 students
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had to stop studying because they couldn‘t afford to. that may be why staffordshire is one of only a handful of campuses with a food bank on site. yeah, so we‘ve got everything. we‘ve got all the pasta and stuff here, the dried ingredients. it comes through an adviser, either through the university or ourselves. they assess what the best route is to help that student, so it‘s never abused and because of the stigma of using food banks anyway, you wouldn‘t want to use it unless you have to. ben is about to move into student accommodation. he‘s been at stoke‘s ymca for five years, since he came off the streets, but now he‘s at university, someone else needs his room. my standard charge is £15 a week to live here. the house i‘m going to be staying in costs £75 a week to live in. i haven‘t really been thinking about it, as of yet. it‘s a hard three years ahead, but ben won‘t let his past shape his future. this is kind of make or break for me. and that‘s how i look at it.
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it‘s not an option. i‘m not going to drop out. that‘s it. lucas yeomans, bbc news, stoke. the headlines on bbc news... the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number 10 of using words that could incite violence. cleveland police has become the first force in england and wales to be rated inadequate across all areas of performance. pressure is growing on the bbc to overturn its ruling on comments made by breakfast‘s naga munchetty — about racism and president trump. now on bbc news, a look ahead to sportsday at 6:30pm tonight... really busy sportsday coming up later. we will be speaking to our correspondents live from qatar on the first day of the world athletics championships. it is so late in the calendar because of the searing summer temperatures, but it is still very, very warm in the gulf state. we have had the heats for the men‘s 100 metres.


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