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today at 5pm: pressure on the prime minister as opposition parties agree not to back his demand for a snap general election in october. the rebel alliance will vote against the government or abstain in monday's vote. we are in agreement that the prime minister is on the run. boris is broken. we have an opportunity to bring down boris, to break boris, and to bring down brexit, and we must take that. as many of that opinion will say content. the contents have it. and the bill which aims to block a no—deal brexit has now been approved in the house of lords. the stakes are high for borisjohnson with
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a battle on both fronts — he says the public is tired of dither and delay around brexit. i'll go to brussels, i'll get a deal, and we'll make sure we come out on october the 31st. we'll be untangling today's developments, and speaking live to gina miller about her court case against the government. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm: robert mugabe — the former president of zimbabwe who went from being a liberator to a dictator, has died aged 95. in the wake of hurricane dorian, officials in the bahamas say the situation there is dire — and warn the death toll may rise dramatically. and classic horror with stephen king's it, chapter two. find out 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. our main story tonight: opposition parties in parliament have agreed to stop borisjohnson holding an election until brexit has been delayed beyond the 31st october. mps will vote again on monday about whether people should go back to the polls — the rebel alliance, as it's become known, which includes labour and the snp, has decided to either oppose an early election, or to abstain in the vote. some mps say that means an election is now unlikely before november. this afternoon, the house of lords has approved legislation aimed at blocking a no—deal brexit. our political corresponent chris mason reports. trying to strike a deal is rarely easy. £50 perfish. good god, that's expensive fish! if this looks like a prime minister
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on the campaign trail, that's because it is. hello, good morning. borisjohnson started the day in peterhead in aberdeenshire talking fish and talking to farmers, and encountering this brute. the thing is, his campaigning has photo opportunities but there's no election date sorted because his opponents are saying not yet. there is a contest going on to make sure that we come out of the eu on october 31st and there are people in the parliament who plainly want to block that, and that includesjeremy corbyn, the snp. i think they're wrong, i think people in this country want us to get on and do it. i'll go to brussels, i'll get a deal and we'll make sure we come out on october 31st, that's what we've got to do. you keep mentioning october 31st and you've made it abundantly clear that's your line in the sand. if you can't deliver that, you are going to have to resign. that is not a hypothesis i'm willing to contemplate.
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back here at westminster this morning opposition party leaders got together in person and on the phone to plot a way of leaving borisjohnson in a spot and a tight one, forcing him to choose between breaking his promise of delivering brexit come what may by the end of october, or breaking the soon to be law preventing a no—deal brexit in just a matter of weeks. what we have agreed is that there are no circumstances in which we are going to give the prime minister the general election he is so desperate for until an extension has been secured and until the risk of no deal has been completely eliminated. i think we've done that. the prime minister is on the run. boris is broken. we have an opportunity to bring down boris, to break boris and to bring down brexit. and we must take that. we will choose the timing of that election, it is in our interest in the snp to have the election tomorrow but there is a broader interest of all of our nations
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in the united kingdom to act together and we will have the election when it is the right time but i will make you this promise it will not be a long wait. the resignation of the prime minister's brother yesterday left him winded and this place has left him wounded this week. the opposition parties working together now have a majority here, and they are intent on making use of it. chris mason reporting there. a bill to stop the government forcing through a no—deal brexit on the 31st of october has been approved by the house of lords. it's expected to become law on monday. here is the moment when that approval was confirmed. just to remind the house, the question is... laughter. well said, well said. ..that this bill do now pass. as many of that opinion will say content. all: content! to the contrary, not content. the contents have it.
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we can cross to the palace of westminster and speak to our correspondentjess parker. very ha rd to very hard to keep up, we say it almost everyday. what be doing here friday night? should we be looking ahead to monday? monday is going to bea ahead to monday? monday is going to be a big day, let's highlight a couple of things that will happen on monday. thirdly, will expect to hear from the speakerjohn bercow that this bill designed to stop the possibility of a no—deal brexit has indeed received royal assent. and the government is planning to try again to call for a snap election but as chris mason was just reporting, it looks like the so—called rebel alliance —— rebel alliance, they are not going to back his calls. it looks like they want
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to see the legislation implemented, they want to see boris johnson to see the legislation implemented, they want to see borisjohnson go off to brussels and ask for a delay to brexit before they are happy to look at the idea of going back to the nation. they say that is the kind of insurance policy they need. borisjohnson using kind of insurance policy they need. boris johnson using some kind of insurance policy they need. borisjohnson using some pretty stark language yesterday saying he would rather be dead in a ditch than seek a delay to brexit. so, boris johnson is now being asked if you are mandated to do this and you won't do it, when you therefore resign? and he is saying it is the hypothesis that he is not entertaining at the moment. monday will be a big day but today has been a big day as well here. the house of lords have approved this legislation, it now heads off to get the royal assent, and joining me now isa the royal assent, and joining me now is a shallow labour leader of the house of lords, baroness smith. there has been some discussion in terms of whether there could be any kind of loophole in this legislation, whether they would be a way for the government to ignore it if they wanted to. do you think it is watertight? the government don't
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like the legislation but i think the will of parliament, we have voted overwhelmingly at a no—deal brexit is damaging to the country. it does give me some cause for concern that the government is looking for some wiggle room or some trickery to say there might be something with the legislation? —— something wrong with the legislation. i think the government want to stop it and it failed in the house of commons, there were plans to have delaying tactics or filibustering in the house of lords but it would be wrong. parliament is clear on this, parliament does not want a no—deal brexit and this is what the legislation is for. we are sure this legislation is for. we are sure this legislation is for. we are sure this legislation is right and the government shouldn't try and evaded or try and get around it in any way at all. what do you say to people who look at what is going on here in parliament and say, this is all about just frustrating brexit, parliament and say, this is all
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aboutjust frustrating brexit, this is from people who don't want brexit at all and today an unelected house of lords has approved this legislation that will block the will of the people. it is hardly that, we are talking about the no—deal brexit. we are accepting there could be some kind of brexit. that is a matter for the prime minister. what the unelected has has done is agree with the elected house. it would have been unusual not to do so. i understand the frustrations for people who voted to leave and remain. naturally, leave and remains a borders don't want to leave without a deal but i have to say, if the government is trying to avoid what doing what parliament wants, it is in very, very tricky waters there. finally, early in their wake we had the possibility that this bill would go through the house of lords in a pretty dramatic fashion, they would be over night sittings, we saw members of the lord is bringing in duvets, preparing for that, there was talk about weekend settings, it didn't happen, it has all the wrapped up by 4pm on friday
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afternoon. we like to have longer to debate bills, but we have this artificial guillotine given by the government given by the government saying that prorogation could be done by monday. it took that to do the bill in the time the government has given us, we would have gone through the night. but we all saw that was not the best way of doing things, pulled back from the brink, did in the proper way, scrutinise the bill, debated, and agreed in the house of commons it should become law and the government should respect the wheels of the houses of parliament. there you have it, the legislation in the end wasn't put to the test in terms of long overnight settings all weekend settings, everything wrapped up here, and as i mentioned before, the legislation now heading for royal assent. . meanwhile, talks with uk officials have been continuing in brussels today. damian is there for us.
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any sense, damien, as to whether anything has moved or come out of that? well, the sense that we are getting is that nothing substantive on the table towards any agreement. in fact, it appears things are moving backwards here, not forwards, i would say in the negotiations. the reason for that, the prime minister's europe advisor, his negotiator david frost was here this morning. we understand he was talk about measures to do with northern ireland, this was to do with food and animal plant health measures, just talking about creating a whole zone for the island of northern ireland. that is something the eu is looking at, the uk ideas, but there are serious problems with what the uk is asking for there. the eu view is that as trying to undo some of the provisions in the backstop. equally, the other thing the eu
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negotiators are floating is that in the future and any sort of trade arrangement, the uk would not want to sign up to any level playing field commitments between it and the eu. these are really important parts of the trade deal for the eu, and essentially, to say the uk couldn't undercut its own rules and regulations, by changing environmental standards so companies could undercut the eu. it is among those to apply in the future. that is the real problem for the eu, when he looks down the tracks. the eu viewing this, i think, from what we are hearing, is making things very difficult to make an agreement. if anything, not great noises coming out of the tool —— talks at all. separately, we know that michelle barnier talk to the brexit secretary and again nothing new coming from that. i'm afraid very little in the way of positive signs. all right, damien, thank you very much. staying
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with politics, as you would expect. the chief constable of west yorkshire police says he's disappointed that his officers were used as a backdrop to a political speech by borisjohnson on brexit yesterday. john robins says the force thought the prime minister's remarks would be used in connection with the government's police recruitment drive. he said he had no prior knowledge that the speech would be broadened into other issues until it was delivered. the high court in london has thrown out a legal challenge against borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament. the businesswoman who brought the case, gina miller, was backed by the former conservative prime minister, sirjohn major. her lawyers had argued that the prorogation breached the legal principle of parliamentary sovereignty. well, joining me in the studio now is gina miller. your request, your call was thrown
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out, are you absolutely adamant however, that you go on? if i could correct that. it wasn't thrown out, it wasn't dismissed, the case wasn't dismissed. we didn't get a judgment in ourfavour, it dismissed. we didn't get a judgment in our favour, it wasn't a win or lose, what we did get was an acknowledgement that the case has serious merits and a referral up to the supreme court on the 17th of september. what we now have is a very important case, especially at this time when prorogation will be back on the table next week. in front and centre. when we believe this request for prorogation was a abuse of the prime minister's powers. we are seeing everyday things are changes in polymer should be sitting there. it is a crucial case and will be heard in the most important and highest court in the land. so, whilst it wasn't a win, it wasn't to lose either. we would argue it is being heard in the right place, to be heard in the supreme
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court. that is extraordinary. two things there. one, the supreme court doesn't usually start in october. thejudges have had to be called back, and we are hearing as many as ninejudges will hear back, and we are hearing as many as nine judges will hear this case on the 17th of september. that in itself is very, very unusual. it shows you how important this is because this is not actually about brexit, this is about miss you of power by ministers and prime minister. it is going to be heard and it is about defending the very fundamental markers of our constitution. in practicalterms, not until the week after next so it could all be overtaken by events. the prime minister has given the queen advised that, she has had to sign this, from the knife to the 12, he can provide. we are arguing that the legal advice was illegal so when we have our hearing on the 17th and then the other cases are also going to be rolled out in the same arena,
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thenif to be rolled out in the same arena, then if we win, he will have to, parliament will have to be brought back. we can undo that. and that is the whole point of the supreme court coming back early to hear this case. because they realise how crucial this is. you argue passionately that this is. you argue passionately that this is. you argue passionately that this is about parliamentary sovereignty, you know there will be people watching you saying, yes, but fundamentally, gina miller, this is about you try to stop brexit. fundamentally, gina miller, this is about you try to stop brexitlj can't stop brexit and i can't tell mps what to do, all i can do as an individual on the back of my judgment on the first case is that oui’ judgment on the first case is that our eyes and judgment on the first case is that oui’ eyes and ears judgment on the first case is that our eyes and ears in parliament, our elected representatives, must not be shut out of this process and must be able to scrutinise. if they decide to bring odd legislation or whatever decision, they must be there to do that. would that not be your ultimate aim? i think where we are right now in the timeline we have left, we a re right now in the timeline we have left, we are drifting towards an ideal, and i don't see ideal being of any benefit to this country in
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any sector in any, for anyone's lives. so, of course, like many other people, i want to see no deal stopped. and it is well documented that in previous instances, the cases you have brought in the past have been brought out significant personal cost, you have had very tough experiences as a result of this. nonetheless, does that put this. nonetheless, does that put this off? the abuse you receive? it was easy, it wouldn't be a battle. and the fact is this is so fundamental to our future, there and the fact is this is so fundamental to ourfuture, there is so fundamental to ourfuture, there is so fundamental because if the prime minister gets away with prorogation for five weeks, it can set a precedent that any minister in future, they don't like what parliament is doing, they don't have a scrutiny, they can close it down. this is much bigger than brexit which is why i will carry on fighting because this is about the stability of our democracy and it is about the very central pillar, which is that any prime minister we have
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in this country is not above the law. gina miller, many thanks for your time. he was the liberation hero who became a ruthless dictator. robert mcgarvey, the former president of them bow boy has died. he was the liberation hero who became a ruthless dictator. robert mugabe, the former president of zimbabwe, has died at the age of 95. mr mugabe led the independence war against white minority rule — and then ran the country for 37 years. his regime became one of brutal repression and economic mismangement, which brought zimbabwe to its knees. he was finally overthown in 2017. he died in hospital in singapore. this report from our correspondent in zimbabwe, shingai nyoka, contains flash photography.
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he was once zimbabwe's liberator, leading a war against white minority rule. but by the end, the adulation president robert mugabe once enjoyed was gone. he cemented his power winning overwhelmingly at elections in 1980. as leader of a new nation he set about creating a better country than the one he inherited. and for a while he succeeded. there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the democratic process of election under the lancaster house agreement. surely, this is now time to beat our swords into ploughshares. but beneath the veneer lay a dark side. mr mugabe deployed a crack military unit to southern zimbabwe to deal with hundreds of insurgents. between 1983 and 1987, thousands were murdered and the world turned a blind eye. mugabe was the great hope. but as the 19905 ended, the economy was bottoming out and a new political party was on the rise. seemingly desperate to regain popularity,
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mr mugabe played a political hand. land seized by the colonial government was still in the hands of the white minority. sensing the frustration, mugabe encouraged blacks to take back their land. and they did, often violently. the western world took note, breaking diplomatic ties and imposing economic sanctions. the opposition, its leaders, human rights workers bore the brunt of his anger. in 2008, in the midst of billion—percent inflation and widespread unemployment, mr mugabe suffered his first electoral defeat. it only led to more violence in the second round of voting. britain stripped him of his knighthood and former allies condemned him. nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow africans in our own country.
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and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring zimbabwe. but he remained a cult—like figure among many africans for daring to challenge western political dominance on the world's affairs. in retaliation for the measures we took to empower the black majority, the united kingdom has mobilised her friends and allies in europe, north america, australia, new zealand, to impose illegal economic sanctions against zimbabwe. but within his own party, discontent was rising. many believed he had overstayed and needed to hand over power. his second wife, grace mugabe, a0 years hisjunior, seemed to be gaining power, and she began accusing then vice president emerson mnangagwa of trying to oust them. mr mugabe finally fired his long—time
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aide, accusing him of trying to topple him. mr mnangagwa, with the help of the military, mounted a comeback, posting soldiers on the streets and placing mr mugabe under house arrest. tens of thousands of zimbabweans marched, calling on him to step down, and after the threat of impeachment he resigned. in his last years mr mugabe had retreated to the seclusion of his mansion. many will remember him as a gifted orator and visionary who liberated zimbabwe but later returned her to the shackles of oppression. with me isjulia gallagher, professor of african politics at soas, at the university of london. in the last few moments, we have heard on various news agency that
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the rulings upf party has declared mugabe a national hero.|j the rulings upf party has declared mugabe a national hero. i don't think that is surprising at all he created zimbabwe, it was defined by him for most of its life, its key yea rs. him for most of its life, its key years. everybody in government was pa rt years. everybody in government was part of that, too. i think that despite the depravity is and miseries that were created, some from the beginning, in fact, but sadly becoming quite obvious and problematic in later years, there is still feeling of attachment to him asa still feeling of attachment to him as a liberation hero, and i think that it would have been surprising if the ruling party hadn't recognised that publicly and i not sucked all surprised i'm interested
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to see some of the seeds were there earlier on. many people said it was effective —— he did know when to quit or leave politics but you are saying actually, some of what the brutalities, they were her —— their early on? certainly. he was a man who was forced through a liberation struggle, through a wall he had to fight his way to the top of the party, he had to get rid of rivals, he had to make sure he was pre—eminent, and when he came to power, there were atrocities, massacres, which many people died m, massacres, which many people died in, and people there don't forget those. and although the west didn't really clock them and though many people in large parts of the company refused to believe that mugabe knew about them, and he did, that is clear. that kind of repression was there in the early years but
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similarly his status as a man who had a vision for his country, a man who had a vision for coast colonial —— post—colonial africa continue to resonate. you will find even in zimbabwe today, people will have mixed feelings about this man. a polarising figure. yes, but within zimbabwe and more broadly in africa, ambiguous figure, a man who had people had very mixed feelings about, even people in zimbabwe who fought him and struggled, would still recognise his towering intellect, his great skills as a politician, and his legacy of liberation for the country. and i do wa nt to liberation for the country. and i do want to ask you at the country today, though. some of the structures that must have supported him, are they still there? the dire economic situation that we know about, surely that is going to take about, surely that is going to take
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a very, very long time to repair. they are absolutely there, the replacement of him by mnangagwa was really a shift of personnel at the top but the deeper structures underneath are absolutely still very the same. it really wasn't a revolution, it wasn't as exciting overturned that many zimbabweans had hoped for. it is very much business as usual, but possibly business as usual with a president who has fewer of the impressive skills that mugabe had, certainly in the early years. that is interesting. very good to have your expertise. thank you very much indeed. the government in the bahamas says hurricane dorian has caused ‘unimaginable destruction‘. the number of people known to have died is 30, but officials say the final death toll will be ‘staggering'. dorian is now closing in on the coast of north carolina, and has weakened to a category 1 storm. richard galpin reports. it is hard to imagine how anyone can survive now here in this the ruins of marsh harbour,
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one of the largest cities in the abaco islands. dorian, a category five hurricane, hit this island at full force and stayed over it for two days. hundreds or possibly thousands of people are missing here and on other neighbouring islands. i honestly believe abaco is finished. i think abaco will not recover until the next ten years. like, fully recover because everything is gone, absolutely everything is gone. and that includes food. inevitably, some people have been breaking into shops to find something to eat and drink. and supplies becoming increasingly scarce. small amounts of food are being brought in by ngos and the united nations is now promising to fly in 85 tonnes of ready to eat meals. but when this will arrive is unclear. so many here are trying to leave.
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many are trying to get away from this island as coyly as possible. those who are staying behind will need as much help as they can get. the international response to this disaster is only building up slowly. any disaster response doesn't get to the affected areas as quickly as you wa nt the affected areas as quickly as you want but in this case is vertically challenging because so much of the infrastructure has been completely destroyed. we are hearing that the airspace is dangerously overcrowded, so we are prioritising those things which are most needed, starting with search and rescue. hurricane dorian has also been causing problems, albeit at a much smaller scale, here on the south—east coast of the us. only today, it made landfall. there
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have been wins at 90 miles an hour, causing some damage in north and south carolina. very heavy rains have also led to floods in some areas. but the storm has been downgraded to a category one came again and is now expected to head out to sea. richard galpin, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather. interestingly, the remnants of this hurricane could be heading to the uk to the middle of next week, no longer a hurricane, of course, nothing like it, but one to watch later on perhaps. whether settling down here in the uk, short burst of rain the south—east before the cloud pushes through, and the showers become fewer overnight tonight, some clearer skies, the wind is turning lighter and more northwesterly so it will be a cooler night than last night. as we head into tomorrow, any remaining showers of us the northern half of the uk will fade away,
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should be a lot of sunshine around, further south will keep some sunny spells, if shelves on the up and not many. most places will have a dry day, it's not vertically warm now, the eastern side in england and scotland, the best of the temperatures will be across south wales in the south—west of england, maybe 20 degrees. cold overnight, saturday night into sunday morning, sunny start —— stop the most part, some little cloud but no showers to speak of, in northern ireland and western scholarly could be cloudy and ahead of that the temperatures are still sitting at around 16 to 18 celsius. this is bbc news. the headlines: opposition leaders in parliament agree to stop borisjohnson having a snap election until brexit is delayed beyond the end of october. peers have approved legislation aimed at blocking a possible no—deal brexit. robert mugabe, the man who delivered independence
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for zimbabwe but went on to become its dictator, has died at the age of 95. in the wake of hurricane dorian, officials in the palmer said the situation there is dire. they are warning the death toll may rise dramatically. right now, we will cut up at this point. after rain washed at the morning session on day three of the fourth ashes test, england are having a solid afternoon. they lost by rand, but to root is digging in. he made a half—century and england had moved on to 150—2. that is 339 i’u ns had moved on to 150—2. that is 339 runs behind australia. this is a vital session for england. realistically, they are unlikely to win this match, but they can get a draw they can still win the ashes.
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tennis, serena williams a straight ahead ten ts open final, after beating lns svitolina in straight sets to stoppage to commence tomorrow, she will equal the record of 2a grand slam singles titles or stoppages to years since williams gave birth to her daughter and 20 yea rs gave birth to her daughter and 20 years since she won her first major title. i think it is cool that i had beenin title. i think it is cool that i had been in more finals than anyone on tour. after being pregnant. so, i kind of look at it that way. it is not easy to go through what i did and come back so fast. to keep playing and also not be 20 years old, so i'm pretty proud of myself. her component tomorrow be from canada, at 19 usual she was not even
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bored when william specially did the trophy. she has won her last five games ina trophy. she has won her last five games in a row, describing it as a dream come true to face williams in the final. ferrari's man is the one to beat once again at the time grant papers peepers passes in both practice sessions today, following his maiden win in belgium last again. he said the pacejust ahead of lewis hamilton and it was an encouraging second session from hamilton, though. he leads the drivers standings by 65 points. aunty football, the international fixtures continue tonight with gareth bale and wales taking on azerbaijan and cardiff. the reality did when said he does not listen to critics, after a predator three—month with his club side in spain. he is out of favour with managers and they have previously tried to sell him. i would not say it is the best time, but yeah, it has been not ideal. i know, i had
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before the i know how to deal with it. it isjust about keeping your head down and keep working hard. he always gets rewarded with the work that you didn't. sheffield wednesday have named their new manager. he comes in after steve bruce left to join newcastle in the summer. he has been out of work since being sacked by birmingham city engine. previously he was in charge of swa nsea previously he was in charge of swansea and leeds. hejoins previously he was in charge of swansea and leeds. he joins the wednesday side setting on 11th place in the championship. michael owens says he has no problem with alan shearer, despite a very public arguments they have had surrounding the publication of a once new book. the former england striker spell out whenever relegated in 2009. owen was playing under shearer as temporary manager. shearer accused owen of not wanting to start any final game of the season. i had to run through a brick wall to play any game is for both. look at my most important 15 or 20 games that i have scored in
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every single one of them. in every derby, every big game. i am certain not going to bottle than it is aston villa. it is very sad for me, because it is obviously him that has a problem with me and i would love to be friends with him again. you know, he obviously has this problem and did not succeed as newcastle manager. i feel he blames me for that. fascinating interview with michael and there. you can hear more from michael and sports day at half past six. we will have more support in the next hour. more now on the death of robert mugabe — his successor as president of zimbabwe has praised him as ‘an icon of liberation'. but here the former anti apartheid campaigner and labour minister lord hain said the early promise of his leadership was outweighed by corruption and repression. paul adams assesses reaction to mr mugabe's death. what happened to robert mugabe?
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how did this african liberator, feted around the world, turn into an isolated pariah, clinging to power until his former allies decided they had had enough? i, robert gabriel mugabe... it started so well. a landslide victory in 1980 and promises of progress and racial reconciliation, that sense of early optimism reflected in some of today's reactions. "comrade mugabe was an icon of liberation," tweeted the man who replaced him, "who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. his contribution will never be forgotten." and from former fellow revolutionaries in south africa... "the anc mourns the passing of friend, statesman and revolutionary comrade robert mugabe." mugabe started off as a liberation hero and somebody who was imprisoned by the old racist white minority regime of ian smith, tortured, not allowed
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to attend his son's funeral, and therefore he suffered a great deal for the cause of the liberation of zimbabwe. but so, too, did the country he led. robert mugabe rarely shied away from the use of violence. it became a hallmark of his regime. profoundly troubling for opponents and colleagues alike. i'm afraid we have a deeply rooted legacy of violence in this country. you can't just blame robert mugabe for that. one also has to blame the intransigence of ian smith and the rhodesian front in the 19605 and 19705 but certainly robert mugabe perpetuated that culture of violence. it is now deeply rooted in our society and it is going to take probably another generation to rid the country of that legacy. robert mugabe ruled zimbabwe for 37 years. towards the end he seemed frail, remote, exhausted. did he simply linger too long?
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if the late president had been a two—term president he would have gone down in history along with the likes of nelson mandela. i think it was a case ofjust having overstayed. but on the streets that 5till bear his name, many zimbabweans are inclined to be more generous. he was my first president. so, to me, he deserves a great honour. it is sad news. we have lost a good father. mugabe was all right. when emmer5on mnangagwa took over in 2017, the country seemed euphoric. but, less than two years on, hopes have once more been dashed. it is a measure, perhap5, of zimba bwe's desperate position that robert mugabe is once again seen by many as a hero.
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let's return to brexit — and at the end of a turbulent week at westminster what are voters making of it all? in the european election in may, the brexit party of nigel farge took more than a third of the votes across the west midlands — and our correspondent phil mackie reports from there now: he's been speaking to workers at an engineering firm in smethwick. a5 westminster tries to engineer an end to the brexit cri5i5, businesses across the country still have high—pre55ure jobs to do. this firm wants to expand, but before it can put plans in place, it needs an end to the uncertainty. it's all a bit of a shambles at the moment. hopefully, it'll sort itself out, but i can't see anything happening at the moment. what would you like to happen? to get the deal done, and for the country to get back as normal as possible.
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this part of the west midlands, the black country, voted very strongly to leave in the referendum three years ago. it is also a labour heartland, so it's places like this that will become key election battle grounds. but despite the fact they export to europe here, and there is a great deal of uncertainty, nobody has really changed their opinions on brexit. they are making tools and parts for companies like rolls—royce and jaguar land rover, but although he didn't want brexit, the boss thinks it should happen. we've got to leave. the level of damage politically caused in this country, and the institutions in this country, i think will take generations to repair. ithink theirfaith, their lack of trust in our elected representatives, has been decimated. parliament has not come out of this with glowing colours. what do i want to happen? i don't want us to leave, but for democratic reasons, we've got to leave. you voted remain, most people in this area,
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most people who work in yourfactory, voted leave. do you get on? we have to get on. i'm also of a different persuasion when it comes to football teams! if you get on at that level, you'll get on at this level. the only, and it isn't any comfort, that i'll have the last word, but if it pans out as i think it will pan out, i'm going to be saying, "i told you so," a lot. joe siviter was too young to vote in 2016, although he supported remain. now his opinions have changed. i think brexit has become a sort of broken record within british politics, and i think if we were to go back on it now, our reputation within europe and the rest of the world would be that we are quite weak and indecisive. manufacturing is all about getting the fine details right. if only they could precision engineer a solution to brexit. phil mackie, bbc news, smethwick.
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a landmark bbc documentary series on the troubles in northern ireland has made new revelations about two leaders who eventually made peace — the unionist ian paisley and former ira chief martin mcguinness. this report from our ireland correspondent chris page their portraits now hang instalment, is testament to the unlikeliest of political alliances. 12 years ago in paisley and martin mcguinness went into government together, as the first and deputy first ministers of northern ireland. but the new bbc series, spotlight on the trouble is, a secret history, shows how remarkable their journeys a secret history, shows how remarkable theirjourneys were.
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a very dangerous alarm clock timer, that could blow them all to hell. who do you recognise? who do i reckon eyes? well, there is martin. he is the person you're referring to is martin? martin mcguinness. i research and that is him?|j is martin? martin mcguinness. i research and that is him? i am certain about is him at the back of the car. nobody walks like him. half an abbott later, this happened in the city centre. the number plate in the city centre. the number plate in the wreckage is that of the bagel which was loaded with explosives. the man martin mcguinness would share power with was a protestant teacher. they're going to hear the marching
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feet of protestants on the march. in 1969, the loyalist paramilitary group the ulster volunteer force carried out bombings designed to help bring down the leader of the unionist devolved government, and stop compromises. the documentary looks at ian paisley‘s alleged role in this attack in a reservoir in county down. my memory is very clear from what the district inspector in killkeel told me, was that paisley had supplied the money that financed the killkeel explosion. mr paisley always denied any involvement in the bombings. the programme also reveals a fascinating documents from the former head of the army, general sir michael carver. in 1972, he wrote that a lasting solution had to lie in finding a way to escape the commitment to the border. in effect, he was advocating a united ireland. the violence was to last another quarter of a century. this bbc series promises to generate new debates about the long, complex bitter conflict
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which still impacts on the fraught politics of today. chris page, bbc news, belfast. the headlines on bbc news... opposition leaders in parliament agree to stop borisjohnson having a snap election until brexit is delayed beyond the end of october. peers have approved legislation aimed at blocking a possible no—deal brexit. robert mugabe — the man who delivered independence for zimbabwe but went on to become its dictator — has died at the age of 95. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's coming up on bbc news, a good partnership between captainjoe britt and rory burns, but will it be another england? britt and rory burns, but will it be another england ? they britt and rory burns, but will it be another england? they have dug in at the portraits the ashes, after
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