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this is the briefing.
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i'm sally bundock. our top story: the eyes to the right, 308, the noes to the left, 322. brexit in limbo. parliament approves a deal to leave the eu, but then says it needs more time. america's top diplomat in ukraine gives damaging testimony about donald trump's dealings with the country's president. moving day — the 700 ton lighthouse that was getting a little too close to the sea. libra hearing. we talk to the cryptocurrency‘s head of policy as facebook‘s mark zuckerberg is set to face us lawmakers.
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a warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business, and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. tell us what you think — just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. the british prime minister boris johnson has halted the passage of his brexit bill through parliament while european union leaders decide whether to grant the uk a further delay to its departure from the bloc. mrjohnson got initial approval of the bill but mps voted against his attempt to rush the legislation through to try to meet the october 31st deadline. the european council president said he'd recommend approving britain's request for an extension. so what next? here's our political correspondent
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jonathan blake. last night mps had their say on boris johnson's brexit last night mps had their say on borisjohnson‘s brexit deal. their verdicts, yes and no. so the ayes have it, the ayes have it, so the noes have it, the noes have mps gave their back into the deal as it stands, but they did against the government's timetable for its passage through parliament. eye must express my disappointment that the house once again voted for delay, rather than a timetable that would have guaranteed that the uk would be ina have guaranteed that the uk would be in a position to leave the eu on 0ctober in a position to leave the eu on october the 31st with adl. and we now face further uncertainty and the eu must now make up their minds over how to answer parliament's request for a delay. tonight the house has refused to be bounced into debating a hugely significant piece of legislation injust two a hugely significant piece of legislation in just two days, a hugely significant piece of legislation injust two days, with barely any notice
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and analysis of the economic impact of this bill. the prime minister is the author of his own misfortune. with little chance now of mps passing the brexit deal the deadline of october 31, the prime minister has pressed the pause button until the eu decides on the extension he was forced to ask for. president of the european council said he would recommend that eu should grant a delay. if that happens, downing street source said, the only way to move on would be with a general election. and once an extension to brexit is secured, opposition parties are poised to back going to the polls. watch closely for the next move. jonathan blake, bbc news, westminster. we will have further analysis on that in just we will have further analysis on that injust a we will have further analysis on that in just a few moments. let us brief you on other stories in the news today. russia and turkey say they'll mount joint military patrols in parts of northern syria. the move, agreed after talks between presidents putin
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and erdogan, is aimed at preventing the return of kurdish forces to areas near the syrian—turkish border. turkey has also said there is no need to continue its offensive against the kurds, following us assurances that all kurdish fighters have now withdrawn from the region. police and protesters have clashed for a fifth day in a row in the chilean capital, santiago, as demonstrations continue against social inequality and price hikes. the country's president, sebastian pinera, says he has requested meetings with opposition leaders in an attempt to come to a solution. protests erupted last friday, with a state of emergency declared in ten cities. an american pharmaceutical company says it may have developed the first drug to slow alzheimer's disease. biogen says it will soon ask us regulators for approval. current drugs only help with the symptoms of alzheimers — so if given the go ahead it will be a major breakthrough in the treatment of
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the disease. the man whose extradition case sparked the past six months of protests in hong kong has agreed to return to taiwan voluntarily, to face prosecution for murder. it's alleged chan tong—kai murdered his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday in taiwan last year. he fled back to hong kong, which has no extradition deal with taiwan, and his case was cited when the government proposed amending the law. the former top us diplomat in ukraine has testified that he was told president trump had made the release of military aid to ukraine contingent on a public declaration from kyiv that it would conduct an investigation into the former democratic vice—president, joe biden. william taylor's evidence to congressional committees leading an impeachment inquiry was met with gasps in the closed—door hearing. donald trump has denied using a threat to withdraw military aid as political leverage. david
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willis reports. william taylor, career diplomat, man of the establishment. his testimony the most explosive yet of donald trump's impeachment enquiry. called from retirement to serve as america's top diplomat in ukraine, he said he arrived to find two separate channels of us policy making, the official channel, which he was a part, and an unofficial one made up of the president's personal lawyer rudy giuliani and others. their goal to leverage millions of dollars in us aid money on an investigation by ukraine into president trump's little rivaljoe biden, whose son was doing business there. it amounted, biden, whose son was doing business there. itamounted, mrtaylorsaid, in his opening statement, to a
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rancorous story about whistleblowers, mr giuliani, side channels, quid pro quos, corruption, and interference in elections. some see is testimony as a potential turning point. ambassador taylor highly detailed credible account. that came across that he has a very steep recall of what has happened. and, remember, we're not asking people to recall something that three, four, five years ago, we're talking about events in august, september. having previously likened the impeachment enquiry to a witch—hunt and a coup, the president had earlier gone a stage further. prompting condemnation even from members of his own party. given the history in our country i would not compare this to a lynching. that was an unfortunate choice of words. it is an unfair
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process. william taylor is an unfair process. william taylor is the latest in a series of current and former us diplomats to have voiced concern about the trump administration's policy towards ukraine to the impeachment enquiry. the white house continues to insist there was no quid pro quo. in a statement last night, called the impeachment enquiry a smear campaign co—ordinated by far left lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. more than 115,000 officially—registered refugees are currently stuck in libya unable to travel to europe, but unwilling to return home for fear of persecution. some of them were inmates of a centre in the suburb of tajoura that, in july, was hit by an airstrike. more than 50 people were killed. 0rla guerin has been to meet some of the survivors — and heard more about their
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uncertain fate. a night of horror in tripoli. collecting the dead. victims of an airstrike on a libyan run detention centre in the suburb of tajoura. migrants and refugees who dreamt of a better life in europe. this was the moment the missiles struck. hundreds were locked inside. we met some of them before the attack, when we managed to get into the detention centre in april. the conflict was closing in, many already living in fear. every time we hear one, we hear a gunshot every time, every day. after the attack, hundreds who made it out alive headed
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to a transit camp run by the united nations refugee agency. and here they remain, three months on, still trapped in a war zone with their trauma. this ten—year—old keeps reliving what he witnessed. he was pulled from the wreckage by his father, rashid. i've put his head on my shoulder. they bring him out. but when a watching the ground in watching dead people. so when you are stepping on the ground you are stepping on bodies. yes, bodies, dead people. and they are all my friends because we are each together, we are all together with them. so, please, we need help. we need to leave libya because every day what we hear, what we see is not 0k. because we hear coming
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from all the sides, many places. please. some lost relatives. he tells us his stepbrother survive the genocide in darfurfor but stepbrother survive the genocide in darfur for but did stepbrother survive the genocide in darfurfor but did not stepbrother survive the genocide in darfur for but did not survive the slaughter in tajoura.|j darfur for but did not survive the slaughter in tajoura. i never found his head. 0tto found his body. and i knew him because there are many mugs. they love him as my brother. even the close he was using was my close before. that is how i know he is my stepbrother. they have found refuge here, but it may be temporary. the un says the transit camp is severely overcrowded and the solution is for these survivors to live outside voluntarily, with aid but without protection. they say they have suffered enough and should be sent to safety abroad. these women, from somalia, begged us for help. translation: i want you to tell them to help us, move us
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from libya. we survived an explosion, we left our country because of explosions, and 110w country because of explosions, and now we're facing the same problems in libya. for others in the camp, finally, hope beckons. time to say their goodbyes. heading, not to europe, but to rwanda, which has agreed to take in 500 of the most vulnerable refugees. well, this group will soon be on their way to a new future and a new life. but many others remain and they are at risk. the united nations says there are about 3500 refugees and migrants still trapped here in libya in conflict zones. and with so many left behind in a city under attack there is a risk of another tajoura. 0 rla there is a risk of another tajoura. 0rla guerin, bbc news, tripoli.
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stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll tell you what happens when you take a 700 ton lighthouse and try and move it 200 feet. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer, and, as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside korem, it lights up a biblicalfamine, now, in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today, it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain. but as good friends, we've always found a good and lasting
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solution. concorde bows out in style. after almost three decades in service, an aircraft that enthralled its many admirers for so long, taxis home one last time. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: america's top diplomat in ukraine gives damaging testimony about donald trump's dealings with the country's president. and our top story: britain's prime minister has halted the passage of his brexit bill through parliament, while eu leaders decide whether to grant the uk a further delay. let's unpack that further now. i'm joined by henry bonsu, broadcaster and international conference
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host. good morning, lovely to see you. 0nce good morning, lovely to see you. once again, i am sitting in my studio saying we don't know what is going to happen next. a touch of the hog ground. they must be tearing their hair out, i cannot because i do not have any. i like to look at parliamentary procedure. we are told that parliament is broken and we do not know what our parliament wants, it has defied the will of the people but it has showed a mature process. 110 pages of dense, parliamentary text, legalistic language that has to change the relationship between the uk and the eu for the next 20 yea rs has to the uk and the eu for the next 20 years has to be scrutinised and the prime minister has been told so in no uncertain terms. let's
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not glide over the fact... no gliding. he did when that vote so this wasn't the first time in his entire process that the parliament said, yes, we can say yes to this withdrawal agreement deal brokered between the uk government and the eu and that is progress. it is progress and he clung to that like a man who does not want to die in a dig, to quote him. the only reason he got it over the line was because of the amendment which means you cannot leave the european union until parliament has ratified and looked at it and says we can approve. we are waiting from donald tusk from that european union. he will put into the other 27 members. to grant the extension the uk government has
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asked for but did not want a funny scenario. this is parliament's request not boris johnson, scenario. this is parliament's request not borisjohnson, as he said. some people think it was a little bit childish. if we get this extension to the end of january little bit childish. if we get this extension to the end ofjanuary or whatever it might be, what will the reaction be on the part of the prime minister because he has said many times, i would minister because he has said many times, iwould rather die minister because he has said many times, i would rather die in a ditch, do ordie, times, i would rather die in a ditch, do or die, i am determined that we will leave by the 31st of 0ctober. and that could mean no deal. this could be a real test for him. he came in as a person getting this over the line, but theresa may could not do, get the torah brexiteers and some of the remain as into the lobby with him. he wants to be seen as somewhat like church hill, someone who believes and do something, buccaneering,
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and atla ntic something, buccaneering, and atlantic britain as opposed to a european britain but time and again, u nfortu nately for european britain but time and again, unfortunately for him, he looks as though he is in office but not in power. he supposed be this must attack mission but everything he has tried to push through has been stop by parliament who says we will scrutinise as we are meant to. thank you for now. henry is back later. we will get stuck into some very interesting stories. affordable housing is a concern for people around the world, sparking political debate and in some cases civil unrest. germany is taking action. rich preston reports. a growing population and not enough houses to go around means rising rents. around 80% of homes in berlin are rented. rent rose
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by 7% in the first quarter of 2019 alone, and in the last ten years, rent have doubled. the average berlin apartment cost over $1200 a month. residents have been calling for officials to take action. a form of rent control was introduced in 2015, stopping landlords doesn't new tennis more than 10% above the average but now the city is getting tougher. —— charging new tenants more than. translation: tougher. —— charging new tenants more than. translatiosz tougher. —— charging new tenants more than. translation: it is a central theme not only in berlin and in this respect it is right to react. and it will all be backdated tojune react. and it will all be backdated to june but react. and it will all be backdated tojune but not everyone thinks a rent freeze is the answer. construction firms say it will put
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them off working in the city. translation: we will have less new constructions, fewer repairs and modernisation. the parliament still needs to formally adopt the bill expects to come into effect in january next year. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm gavin ramjaun, and this is your wednesday sport briefing. let's start with the european champions league. it was an action—packed round of games, with several teams marking their mark, by hammering their opponents. paris saint germain maintained their 100% record in the competition, with a 5—0 win over bruges. substitute, kylian mbappe, with a second half hat—trick. not so many goals for real madrid in theirgroup, but they're off to their first win in this season's competition, beating galatasaray1—0. tottenham put their poor domestic form to one side, to smash red star belgrade 5—0. harry kane, and son heung—min with two a piece. and manchester city were a goal down but came back to win 5—1 against atalanta. raheem sterling
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with a hat—trick. we scored five goals but it wasn't just today but, we scored a goal, we knew it from the way they played that, if they win, this kind of tour, this kind of action, they can create actions. but when you we could contact with players up front, we could create chances and raheem sterling touches were good. it was a real tough game, a tough opponent. that is why they finished top in one of the toughest lease in the world, like italian. the bangladesh cricket board has accused players of a conspiracy to destabilise cricket in the country by going on strike. leading players, including test captain shakib al hasan, say they will not take part in any cricket activity until their demands for better pay and facilities are met. more on wednesday's european football in a moment.
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but in tennis, american, taylor fritz, will play alex de minaur, of australia, at the swiss indoors in basel. that's after he beat the second seed alexander zverev in straight sets. the american won the opening set on a tie—break, which gave him momentum into the second set, which he won 6—4. zverev was looking for a good week to bolster his chances of defending his atp finals title, which takes place in london next month. and third seed, stefanos tsitsipas, will play spaniard, pablo andujar, or lithuania's ricardas berankis in the second round. tsitsipas battled to 6—3, 7—6 victory against spaniard albert ramos—vinolas. the greek has now won eight of his past 10 matches european champions liverpool are away to genk on wednesday. liverpool are second in group e. their belgian opponents bottom, with one point. but that was from their draw with leaders napoli. the italian club beat
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liverpool in italy last month. barcelona face slavia prague on wednesday, in a first—ever meeting between the two sides in the competition. ba rca a re currently joint top of group f, together with borussia dortmund, after taking four points from their opening two matches. finally, cleveland browns wide receiver 0dell beckham jr, who's criticised an nfl fine for ruling his pants failed to cover the knee area, during a game. the 26—year—old has been fined over $14,000 for the uniform violation in cleveland's defeat by the seattle seahawks earlier this month. beckham junior posted on instagram over the nfl's letter to him, claiming the move was — in his words — "ridiculous." you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's
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but from me — and the rest of the team here that's your wednesday sport briefing. in denmark, a 120—year—old lighthouse has been moved to save it from falling into the sea. it weighs around 700 tons, so shifting it was quite the operation, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. for more than a century it has stood on these shores protecting sailors and ships alike. but coastal erosion had finally caught up with the rubjerg knude lighthouse. it would have to be abandoned, demolished or moved. and in the end, they went for option number three. translation: it is a really big day for us. we have been on the sidelines from the beginning, when we did not even know if it was possible to move the lighthouse. but it was possible. the entire structure lifted up by hydraulics and slowly carried at the dizzying speed of up to eight metres per hour. it was pushed along two tracks, a process described as being something like
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skating on rails. thousands of spectators looking on as the lighthouse was moved some 70 metres, more than 200 feet. translation: i felt very confident but, of course, i am very relieved now that it is done. especially as it is so important for northern jutland but also for the whole of denmark. once it had reached its destination, concrete was poured in, to provide support. this whole operation is expected to safeguard the lighthouse for another a0 years or so when, presumably, everyone will come back and do it all over again. tim allman, bbc news. still to come we have business briefing. we will unpack a little further the situation when it comes to brexit. i will see you soon.
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hello there. tuesday was a dry day up and down the country with plenty of sunshine around and a bit warmer early in the south, thanks to a ridge of high pressure that will be with us on wednesday morning that we have low pressure to the north—west of the country and a weather front across the south—east. wetter and windier across the north—west. dry with clear spells and sunshine through the morning however the cloud will increase in the south—east and we will start to see a few showers and the rain will wrap up across scotland and northern ireland with strong winds as well. the best of the sunshine northern england, wales, the midlands and the south—west. temperatures 12 — 15 degrees. wednesday evening and night, this weather front across the south east and the west tend to move south—east and merge
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together. rather cloudy into the night across england and wales. a milder night with clear skies and showers across the north—west. into thursday, low pressure in control across the north of the country, a spell of showers and windy weather to scotland and northern ireland through the day. some showers can turn out to be heavy and thundering and went picking up. 60 miles an hourfor the north—west of scotland. it's in england, whether from bringing outbreaks of rain slowly pushing eastwards leaving a mix of sunshine and sunshine, particularly in the west. as we head on into friday, colder air invading the north of the country. mild up for a time in the front the colder air will wind through the weekend. 0n front the colder air will wind through the weekend. on friday, this feature running up off the atlantic, an active weather front which will bring outbreaks of rain. it was that
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windy across the north of scotland, low pressure, further showers. it will turn cloudy and wetter. heavy rain across northern and western areas. as it bumps into scotland and northern ireland, it could have an effect. as we get onto the weekend, the combination of the rain on friday and saturday could cause some travel issues. stay tuned to the weather.
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this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. press pause! the british prime minister halts his brexit bill after mps vote down his timetable. libra hearing — we talk to the cryptocurrency‘s head of policy as facebook‘s mark zuckerberg is set to face us lawmakers. and on financial markets in asia it's a flat day today as investors keep an eye on the politics. also, it's a huge week for earnings — so far in most cases the numbers have surprised to the upside. it was a tale of two votes in britain's parliament. first, mps voted for borisjohnson's deal to take britain out of the eu
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