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for an independent life. her majesty, princes charles, william and harry have been in talks the queen says harry and meghan have made it clear they don't want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. her majesty goes on to add that until a final decision is reached, harry and meghan will split their time between canada and the uk. also tonight. borisjohnson at stormont as assembly members return for their first day of work there in three years. and then there were five — the hopefuls who've made it through to the next round of the labour leadership contest. storm brendan sweeps into the uk, battering northern ireland
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and scotland with winds of 90mph. and thejoker in the pack leads the nominations for this year's oscars. coming up in sportsday later in the hour on bbc news, trouble at the top — we'll get the latest from barcelona and their managerial situation. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. in the last hour, the queen has issued a statement about the future of prince harry and meghan. her majesty, princes charles, william and harry have been in talks at sandringham today to try to agree a plan. in her statement, the queen has made it clear she would have preferred harry and meghan to remain full time
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working members of the royalfamily but she is fully supportive of their wish to live a new and more independent life — and a final decision will be reached in the coming days. in the meantime, there will be a period of transition in which the couple will spend time in canada and the uk. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has the latest from sandringham. within the seclusion of sandringham house, a family summit, chaired by the queen and attended by the prince of wales and his two sons, prince william, duke of cambridge, and prince harry, duke of sussex. after the talks ended the queen issued a statement in which she said... she went on to say that it had been agreed that there would be a period of transition in which the sussexes would spend time in canada and the uk.
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whatever the precise reasons for the sussexes‘ disenchantment, it's clear from the statement that the royal family is determined to find practical solutions. the key issues are well established. money. the statement says that the sussexes not wish to rely on public funds. royal titles. it seems that they will remain his and her royal highnesses. security. this is one of the complex matters still to be resolved. earlier, william and harry had come together to denounce a newspaper story which suggested the sussexes felt they had been pushed away by the "bullying attitude of william." the story was false, offensive and potentially harmful, the brothers said. today's talks and tonight's statement from the queen have emphasised the family's understanding and sympathy for harry. people who know him believe his loyalties must be in turmoil. i think harry would be hugely conflicted at the moment. he loves his wife. he wants to protect his wife, and she, it would seem,
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is very unhappy living here in our royal family. on the other hand, he was born into the royal family. he has served it. he has served queen and country in a military setting. he expected to spend his whole life working for the royal family. and while harry may be conflicted, meghan feels wounded by criticism which, in some cases, she believes has been racially motivated. however, the home secretary believes this is mistaken. i'm not in that category at all, where i believe there has been racism, at all. you know, i think we live in a great country, a great society, full of opportunity, where people of any background can get on in life. it is clear that there is more work to be done, but the queen says in her statement
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that she wants final decisions about the sussexes to be reached in the coming days. nicholas witchell, bbc news, sandringham. after a difficult yearfor the royalfamily, how significant is tonight's development? and what does it tell us about the changing role of the monarchy in today's society? reeta chakra barti reports. how quickly things have changed. in the autumn of 2017, harry's whirlwind courtship of meghan fascinated and beguiled the british public. that has all now gone, replaced by headlines proclaiming crisis, schism and even a threat to the monarchy. and the throne passes to edward viii's younger brother... at the royal family has faced major threats before. the last century brought the abdication of edward viii. 60 years later, the sudden and violent death of diana. last year, prince andrew stepped down from his royal duties after a bbc interview about his links with a convicted paedophile. all were moments which
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tested the monarchy‘s resilience. but harry and meghan‘s decision to step back as a senior royals is unprecedented in this era. we are seeing a whole pandora's box, all kinds of problems are coming out. what the monarchy want now is to shut it down and create a blueprint for the future of harry and meghan as quickly as possible so they will create this blueprint that's going to work for them and for other minor royals in the future. what went wrong? despite smiles for the cameras, reports suggest frustration on harry's part at the constraints of his position. the intensity of the spotlight and media treatment of meghan, who is mixed race infuriated them. harry lashed out at the press, accusing them of handing his wife as it had his mother and meghan launched legal action against one newspaper. at their wedding less than two years ago, it all seemed so different. they embodied a new
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modern spirit of multiculturalism and progressive values. reporting then on the public celebration at windsor, i was struck by the diversity of the crowd. 0ne commentator says the fact the couple is unconventional makes them good ambassadors. she is not playing the game. harry never played it. you've got these two rebels. what more beautiful signal could you send out to the world that this is a modern nation, that you've got these two royals who are doing something else. they aren't harming anybody. harry and meghan already move in different circles, but their bid for independence will undoubtedly test the royal family's capacity to adapt. it's the first day back at work for members of the stormont assembly — which has been suspended for the last three years. the prime minister has been
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in belfast to mark the restoration of devolved government to northern ireland, and has praised all sides for putting aside their differences and coming back together. part of the deal is the promise of significant extra funding but the exact figure has yet to be revealed. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. high winds greet the prime minister in a place that's weathered many storms. northern ireland's new power—sharing government between sinn fein and the democratic unionists marks the end of three years of division and decay. echoing tony blair before the good friday agreement, borisjohnson gave this new political venture his full support. never mind the hand of history on my shoulder. i see the hand of history, no, i see the hand of the future! i see the hand of the future beckoning us all forward, and i hope that with goodwill and compromise and hard work on all sides, it will be a very bright future, indeed. the irish prime minister leo varadkar also came to endorse the new deal,
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which includes promises of perhaps billions of more cash coming in northern ireland's way. the financial package will end strikes by health workers over pay and help schools which have been in decline. there's also commitments to reduce waiting lists at hospitals, which are the longest in the uk. so with the cataract, i'm struggling. day by day. liz only has sight in one eye, and is one of thousands of people told they face years waiting for cataract operations. hopefully, they will, they will get the national health service back up and running. but spending per head in northern ireland is already above other parts of the country. higher levels of poverty here and the legacy of the troubles place a heavy burden. the prime minister's visit marks a new era, but there is a whole raft of problems for stormont to address after such a long time away. no exact answer for its new leaders about how much the
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british government is willing to pay. we have stepped up to the plate, he put forward an agreement he asked us to sign up to it, we have all signed up to it and come into a multiparty executive. therefore, it is now incumbent upon the prime minister to step up to the plate in relation to those financial options. although famous for its past, northern ireland is looking to the future. today, same—sex marriage is legal for the first time. but a dark history still clouds politics here, and over the years, huge sums have been spent helping northern ireland find its way. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. the uk has demanded an apology from the iranian ambassador in london after the arrest of britain's ambassor in iran. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, told mps that the arrest of rob macaire on saturday had been a "flagrant violation of international law". in iran, protestors have gathered on the streets of tehran for a third day,
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demonstrating about the government's admission that it mistakenly shot down a ukranian airliner last week, killing 176 people. there will be five candidates competing to be the next leader of the labour party after the shadow foreign secretary emily thornberry, secured enough nominations in the last ten minutes of voting to go thorugh to the next round of the contest. shejoinsjess phillips, sir keir starmer, lisa nandy and rebecca long bailey — who'd already got the backing of 22 mps and meps. earlier, clive lewis pulled out — after he failed to get the necessary support. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. she has been hearing the opinions of labour party members. who will they choose? after being battered at the election, labour members have another big vote, this time, a vote of their own. we've got to get this right. we've got to get this leadership election right. we need to get back in there,
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and show people... we need to win. otherwise we are going to have 15 years of a conservative government. but, who could build a labour government? way ahead among mps is sir keir starmer, the shadow brexit secretary. wigan mp lisa nandy is in the race. because if we do not change course, as a labour movement, we will die, and we will deserve to. along with the shadow foreign secretary emily thornberry, who just made it onto the ballot with the same level of backing as backbencherjess phillips. i think i have a chance to cut through with people and to get the country to feel that they can trust politicians again. closest to jeremy corbyn, though, is the frontbencher, rebecca long—bailey. so what is needed? the next leader isn't going to be the messiah. and there shouldn't be an agenda which says anybody that says anything against this person should be thrown out the party. we have got to move into a position where we can win elections.
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because otherwise, we willjust become an irrelevant pressure group. we do need to get somebody in the leadership who can unite the party because it has been terribly divided, even down at local level. i'm not a big jeremy corbyn fan, but there are a lot of people out there that supported him, and want his policies to continue. the wrong direction is, if we keep the status quo as we are, the electorate have said, you need to listen to what we are saying. so you are moving out? they all know the pain of defeat. we have a month left tojust wind everything up. labour lost by just 105 votes here in bury north, and the former mp is adamant that the next leader has to pass muster in marginal seats like this. the labour party loves a good loser. somebody said that to me in a bid to console me following the election result. and i think we need to be more brutal in our assessment of what matters to the electorate.
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i think we need to be more brutal with our assessment of winnability, of whether somebody can win, and whether or not the person that is elected our leader is seen as a credible prime minister. n0 consensus among his activists on who. lisa nandy, for me. it would be a really poor reflection on the labour party, if in 2020, or in 2025 by the next election, that we've never have had a female leader. what is it you like about rebecca long—bailey? it is the policies. she knows her stuff about how to make the policies work. keir is steady and sensible. and i know sensible isn't terribly appealing, but i think it's what we need. you know, we've had some pretty mad ideas. and a lot of disappointment, really. disappointment has all too often been labour's predicament. choosing a new leader and deputy
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is a chance, at least, to start to change the mood. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, bury. our top story this evening. after talks at sandringham the queen says she supports prince harry and meghan‘s wish for a more independent life. and still to come — will flybe keep flying? reports that europe's largest regional airline is seeking an emergency bailout. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, james hook calls it a day. we look back at his fantastic rugby union career — and also a future that could see him become a children's writer. storm brendan has swept into the uk, battering northern ireland and scotland with winds just short of 90 mph. there are weather warnings of high winds across much of scotland with some schools shut and delays to road, rail, ferries and flights. the storm is moving across the rest of the uk this evening. danny savage is in grange over sands
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in cumbria for us this evening. it is only really calm down here in the last hour or so. the concern is that with high spring tides backed by the strong wind, it could cause flooding problems. but storm brendan has gone from the south—west of the british isles after the north—east, causing quite a few problems on its travels. as storm brendan swept in from the atlantic, it was ireland that bore the brunt during daylight hours. the weather was described as wild, an apt description for the conditions in greyabbey in northern ireland. this is warrenpoint in county down. the cars were stranded in floodwater, but this was one bus
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driver determined to get through. oh, my god! in carrickfergus, just outside belfast, there was more severe flooding as the sea over—topped defences. there were also power cuts to many homes in the region. further south, in coachford in cork, these pictures showjust how heavily storm brendan was lashing down. it's the first named storm of 2020. with wind gusts widely in excess of 70 mph. on the other side of the irish sea, there was damage, too. this is gwynedd in north wales, where a tree came down on a vehicle. nobody was hurt but again, it underlines the power in this weather system. in stonehaven in north—east scotland, flood gates were being put in place as the storm approached. all schools in the western isles have been closed and bus services on the islands have been cancelled. scottish ferry services are also disrupted. and what would a 21st—century storm
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be without a lost trampoline? this one ended up on a motorway near limerick. storm brendan is the prelude to more windy weather over the next 2a others. it will slowly calm down overnight but from midday tomorrow there is a wind forecast for all of england and wales for at least 12 hours, so there will be a bit more stormy weather over the next few days, fiona. danny, thanks very much. a huge volcanic eruption has forced the evacuation of 25,000 people from their homes near the phillippine capital, manila. officials have declared what they call a "state of calamity" around the taal volcano, warning an eruption of toxic gas could be imminent. a vast plume of thick ash has been shooting into the air since sunday, blanketing the surrounding area and partially closing the country's main international airport.
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the airline flybe has considered asking the government to defer a multi—million pound tax bill to save the company and 2000 jobs. it's been claimed that the company, which is europe's largest regional airline, is struggling to secure the necessary finance. our business editor simon jack is at exeter airport for us tonight. simon, how much trouble is flybe in? the official line, fiona, is that it is business as usual. we have seen people checking in for flights to newcastle and manchester here, but you don't start talks with the government with talks about your tax bill. this is an important business operating in hundred and 39 routes across eight countries. it carried over 8.5 million passengers last year. it directly employs 2300 people. you will remember that the government refused a request from thomas cook for a £150 million lifeline, thinking that it would
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create moral hazard and companies would come to the government every time they got in trouble but this government put regional connectivity at the top of its political agenda. these links between aberdeen, newquay, belfast, southampton, manchester and others are key to some of these local economies, so there is a political hazard as well because the collapse, if it does collapse, it would do nothing to further there is greater connectivity ambitions. let's take a brief look at some of today's other news. the latest monthly gdp figures suggest the economy shrank point three per cent in november. that's worse than most economists expected. growth was slightly stronger in september and october but it fell by 0.3% in november. the former pope benedict has warned against allowing married men to become catholic priests. his successor, pope francis, is considering a request to relax the rules on celibacy. bishops in south america say
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change is needed to cope with a shortage of priests. a mystery has been solved as to why bundles of cash worth £2,000 each were being found on the streets of a durham village over several yea rs. police say two good samaritans have admitted leaving the packages — which amounted to £26,000 in total, around blackhall colliery, saying they had received unexpected windfalls and wanted to give something back. in each case, those lucky enough to find the money handed it in to the police. we're just a month away from the biggest night in hollywood, and today we found out who's up for an oscar. joaquin phoenix'sjoker leads the way with 11 nominations — including best actor, best picture and best director. for the brits — sam mendes' warfilm 1917 is up for ten oscar categories and other british nods went to sir anthony hopkins, cynthia erivo, sir eltonjohn
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and florence pugh. and for the second year in a row, no female film—makers appear on the best director list. our arts editor will gompertz reports. this report contains some flash photography. to bring laughter and joy to the world. the oscar nominations are in, and perhaps, unsurprisingly, for an award season, being critisied for a lack of diversity. the four leading contenders all tell white male stories. thejoker, a batman origin story, is out in front with 11 nominations. and then there are three films with ten nods each. sam mendes' world war i epic, 1917. martin scorsese's mafia saga, the irishman. and quentin tarantino's once upon a time in hollywood, about a fading star and his stunt double. so, who is going to win what? ok, let's get straight down to it and deal with best actress. who's going to win? well, interestingly, black british actress cynthia erivo was nominated for harriet. she was shut out of all the nominations for the baftas last week. will she win?
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i don't think she will, i think renee zellweger‘s got this sewn up forjudy, where she has this amazing tra nsformative performance asjudy garland. ok, next up, best actor. i think it has to be joaquin phoenix for the joker. you know, i think you're right, but it would be lovely to see jonathan price win, wouldn't it? aw, a brit in there. your authority comes from the fact that you will suffer and die in the job. so, moving on to best supporting actress, who would you like to win? florence pugh. not enough to earn a living or support my family. so, moving on to best supporting actress, who would you like to win? rising young british star, love her in little women. i'm with that, but who is going to win? laura dern, it's got to be laura dern, she's having a fantastic award season for marriage story. call, text, communicate in any way shape or form. and then we have best supporting actor, which is like a dog fight between big hitters. we've gotjoe pesci and al pacino — fighting it out over the same film, the irishman. i know, then you've got tom hanks for a beautiful day in the neighborhood, but i think brad pitt is going to win for once upon a time in hollywood. are you an actor? no, i'm a stuntman.
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let's move behind the camera to best director, which, once again, like the golden globes, like the baftas, is another all—male line—up. yes, i was very disappointed about that. though i was cheered to see a korean film in there in the running, for director bong joon—ho, his film parasite is there. though i think it's going to be 1917, sam mendes. he hasn't won since american beauty, his debut film in 1999. so to best film, the line—up of 10, including little women by greta gerwig, so she does get a mention, although not among the best directors. who do you think should win, and who do you think will win? well, i'd love little women to win, but i think tarantino's once upon a time in hollywood, just because hollywood loves movies about itself. our arts editor will gompertz reporting there. more on our main story, the statement issued by the queen about the future of harry and meghan. nicholas mitchell is at sandringham.
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she was careful to say that she supports the decision even if it is not her wish. what is your reading of the situation? i read this as a very positive statement after what the queen describes as very constructive talks. i sense that there is a lot of empathy in this statement from the queen and other members of the family towards the duke and dutch risk, and harry in particular, for the situation they find themselves in. the queen says we are entirely supportive of their wish to create a new life, she would have fared if the remainder as lawyers but they respect their wish for a more independent life and they remaina for a more independent life and they remain a valued part of my family, the queen says. all of this just five days after the sussexes issued their personal statement last wednesday evening, seeking a progressive new path. very few specifics and details about things like funding. we know that they want to seek financial independence,
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about the ratio of public and private work or about earning a living or security, these are complex matters and the queen wants more progress on these matters in the coming days. now this period of transition when they will live partly here in the uk are partly in canada. it is almost as if there is a cooling off period as they feel their way into a new arrangement. time for a look at the weather. here's susan powell. here is storm brendan from above on the latest satellite picture. showing some signs of developing in the atlantic, this is a deep area of low pressure heading for england and wales for tomorrow so a further battering to come for the rush hour this evening and overnight then moore wet and windy weather on the cards tomorrow for england and wales. in the next few hours, these are the gusts that are forecast, up
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to 90 mph for the north—west of scotland, up to 60 mph as we look towards the south coast. some heavy rain out there, as well. that weather front is whipping through quite quickly. it should clear of the south—east and east anglia by midnight. quite clear behind at showers packing into scotland and northern ireland, so you can can expect a covering above 200 metres, but i so problem for scotland and northern ireland for a fast developing tonight. milder across england and wales. first thing tomorrow, not a bad start across many parts of the uk. still quite windy. here is this low pressure winding itself up a tuesday, approaching england and wales. quite quickly by the afternoon, the cloud piling in and the rain and once again the key factor will be the wind. gales spreading across england and wales. in western areas, gusting up and wales. in western areas, gusting up to 60 mph with a little bit of
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respite for northern england and northern ireland, but we're still talking about some strong gusts of the north—west scotland. more wintry, as the rain bumped its way north into the colder air sitting across scotland. quite a big disparity in temperatures tomorrow. a chilly day for scotland, highs in the lower end of single figures, and up the lower end of single figures, and up to 15 in the lower end of single figures, and up to 15ina the lower end of single figures, and up to 15 in a wet and windy england and wales. a reminder of our top story. after holding talks at sandringham the queen says she would have preferred prince harry and meghan to remain full—term members of the royal family but she fully supports their wish for an independent life. that's all from the bbc news at, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. the queen says she would have preferred harry and meghan to remain full—time royals. boris johnson visits stormont, to meet members of the newly—restored northern ireland assembly, after three years of political deadlock there. what's so great about today is, as i say, that northern ireland politicians have put aside their differences, stepped up to the plate, and shown leadership. five candidates are through to the next round of the labour leadership contest, four women and one man. storm brendan sweeps into the uk, battering northern ireland and scotla nd battering northern ireland and scotland with wind of 90


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