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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: opposition parties at westminster move to block borisjohnson's plan for a mid—october general election. as many of that opinion will say content, the country not content, the contents have it. the legislation to block no deal brexit has been approved in the house of lords. from independence icon to modern day tyrant, zimbabwe's robert mugabe, who led the country for 37 years, has died. the uk ship at the forefront of the relief effort in the bahamas,
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the islands devastated by hurricane dorian. more than 100 parents and students stage a protest over gender neutral uniforms at a school in sussex. and late wickets dent england's hopes for the ashes, in the fourth test at old trafford. and we will be taking a look at the papers with our reviewers. good evening. the prime minister's demand for an early general election looks set to be rejected by mps, after 0pposition parties agreed it shouldn't take place until after the eu summit in mid—october.
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labour, the lib dems, the snp and plaid cymru say they won't back the government's bid for an election, declaring they wanted an extension to the brexit date of 31 october to guarantee that the uk won't leave the eu without a deal. mrjohnson on a visit to scotland accused them of making an extraordinary political mistake. it came as the house of lords approved a bill to prevent a no—deal brexit. it will get royal assent and become law on monday. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. much easier, this, than leading the country. borisjohnson is trying to call an election before brexit, to stick to his plan, leave on time deal or no deal. but he has lost control, and he wants it back. we must get brexit done, and that's my message to my colleagues.
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let's come together, get this thing over the line, and unite our country, then get on with defeating the labour 0pposition. you know, when they finally have the guts to have an election. you can almost smell the election coming, but he is having to wait, a spectator, as his opponents try to force him to give up on a no—deal brexit, break his promise, maybe his premiership. you keep mentioning 31 october. you've made it abundantly clear that's your line in the sand. if you can't deliver that, you're going to have to resign, aren't you? that is not a hypothesis i'm willing to contemplate. i want us to get this thing done. today in the lords, the legislation banning no—deal was sent to become law, decreeing there would be no election until brexit is delayed. as many of that opinion will say, "content". content! to the contrary, "not content". the contents have it.
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0pponents had co—ordinated their plans. we've agreed that we're not going to give the prime minister the general election he is so desperate for until an extension is secured and the risk of no—deal is completely eliminated. 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. i want an election, the snp wants an election, but we will do that when we've made sure that the security of our citizens is determined. and you want to weaken borisjohnson ahead of that election by making him break his word. well, he has gone out with ridiculous promises of leaving the european union on 31 october. borisjohnson, that's not going to happen. no sight ofjeremy corbyn, though he had gathered 0pposition leaders by phone. labour's brexit policy is still a work in progress. but the party has joined the alliance that has cornered boris johnson. and in downing street, they're searching for a plan, any plan, that will somehow help
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the pm regain some kind of control. he has sworn he will never seek an extension to brexit, but now a new law could force him to do just that. he won't break his word, he can't break the law. mrjohnson needs to find a way to force an election, or salvage his plan to deliver brexit, maybe without reaching an eu deal first. and in there, there is no sign they have found one. reporter: are you asking for an extension, mr frost? what chance of a last—minute deal? britain's brexit negotiator, david frost, has been in brussels today. but the finnish pm, who is chairing the eu, suggested a no—deal brexit could be close. it seems very obvious that we are not yet in brexit with agreement. on with the whites and off to peterhead market. campaigning keeps you busy. haggling is part of the job. £50 perfish. good god, that's an expensive fish!
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borisjohnson is famously upbeat, but his premiership could still end badly. the high court has rejected a legal challenge to borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament. the case was brought by the businesswoman gina miller, who argued the move was an unlawful abuse of power. she has been allowed to appeal. the case is expected to be heard at the supreme court on 17 september. a similar legal challenge was rejected at edinburgh's court of session earlier this week, which is also being appealed. the chief constable of west yorkshire police says he is disappointed that his officers were used as a backdrop to a political speech by boris johnson on brexit yesterday. john robins said it was the understanding of the force that any involvement of their officers was solely about the government's police recruitment drive, and that they'd had no prior knowledge the speech would be broadened to other issues.
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let's go to downing street tonight, and our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. borisjohnson has boris johnson has had borisjohnson has had a wearing, torrid week by any standards. the tea m torrid week by any standards. the team here still seem bullish enough but i have watched borisjohnson closely for many years and he somehow seemed less confident yesterday and more uncharacteristically subdued today than i have ever seen him. certainly some ministers and mps publicly and privately have their worries about government strategy. now they want, for example, some of them, to see those rebels who were sacked as tory mps this week given a reprieve. so there are decisions to be taken on there are decisions to be taken on the election and on brexit. the movement is a look sure to fail and the idea is it had been chewed over —— the ideas that had been chewed overin —— the ideas that had been chewed over in number ten include leaving after so as to come back after the election and a stronger position, or hoping the eu denies britain the
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brexit that boris johnson is hoping the eu denies britain the brexit that borisjohnson is soaking to avoid. 0n brexit that borisjohnson is soaking to avoid. on all sides of this argument, it is calculated that if there is an election after an extension of brexit, the tory party would suffer, would lose brexit support, be more vulnerable to the brexit party. now, with the country so brexit party. now, with the country so split, with politics so polarised, with no government majority at all, there was never going to be much of a breathing space for boris johnson, going to be much of a breathing space for borisjohnson, let alone any kind of honeymoon. i struggle to believe he ever really expected the premiership that he has wanted for so premiership that he has wanted for so long to turn out to be quite so tough quite so quickly. the former president of zimbabwe robert mugabe has died at the age of 95. mr mugabe dominated his country for decades, leading the independence war against white minority rule, and then himself ruling zimbabwe for 37 years, in a regime marked by violence, corruption and economic collapse. he was ousted in a military coup in 2017. 0ur correspondent shingai nyoka's report contains some flashing images.
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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. 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. he spent massively on education and infrastructural development, building a thriving black middle class and one of the most literate populations on the continent. but there was a vicious side to the statesman. just three years after taking office, mugabe deployed a military
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unit trained by the north koreans to deal with his political opponents in the south of the country. thousands were murdered. the world turned a blind eye. but, as the 1990s ended, the economy was in trouble, facing new political opposition, robert mugabe made a fateful step. he gave the go—ahead for the seizure of white—owned land, he knew this was fertile ground, fanning the fires of discontent for those who had fought white minority rule, the so—called war veterans. but this land was what the country's wealth was built on. white farmers fled. the western world took note, breaking diplomatic ties and imposed economic sanctions. and, as the economy faltered and the opposition grew, his ruthless streak took over.
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elections were rigged, opponents tortured, former allies allies condemned him. nearer to home, we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow africans in our own country, and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring zimbabwe. 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. mugabe began well. he promised to bring everybody together. but then later, he became corrupt, self—serving, despotic, unleashing violence and terror against anybody who didn't agree with him. today his successor, his former right—hand man, who effectively ousted him in a coup, paid tribute.
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comrade mugabe bequeaths a rich and indelible legacy of tenacious adherence to principle on the collective rights of africa and africans in general, and in particular, the rights of the people of zimbabwe. and in harare, people chose to remember the liberator rather than the tyrant. he was my first president, so to me, he deserves a great honour. this is sad news. we lost a good father. mugabe was all right. but the truth of his last years in power was his country was collapsing around him, increasingly frail, he leant on his younger wife, grace,
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who had ambitions of her own. but the rising discontent in the party continued and fuelled the demise. there are reminders of robert mugabe everywhere, but on the streets, there are no visible signs of mourning. that is because he lived out his last years cut off from political and public life, in an opulent mansion far removed from the struggles of many zimbabweans. many will remember him as a gifted orator and visionary, who liberated zimbabwe, but who turned his back on the high ideals he had originally believed in. earlier i spoke to our correspondent injohannesburg. earlier i spoke to our correspondent in johannesburg. robert mugabe was viewed in very different ways by many people. they saw a man who was a tyrant, who was a dictator, who brought misery to millions of people. remember that, in brought misery to millions of people. rememberthat, in south africa, as an estimate of 2 million
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to4 africa, as an estimate of 2 million to 4 million zimbabweans who have fled their own country. their economy declined there, looking for job opportunities here. and that is what a lot of people are talking about today. but there are some who remember a liberator, the man who freed them from white minority rule, oppression. rememberthat freed them from white minority rule, oppression. remember that robert mugabe spent ten years in prison fighting the white minority rule government of ian smith in then rhodesia, and he was then denied the right to bury his own son at the time. and he became president, he set up an amazing education system, from which millions of zimbabweans are still benefiting today. so a mixed bag of the reaction to robert mugabe's death today. milton, many people are asking the question, what on earth went wrong? why would he turn on his own people? and some
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a nalysts a re turn on his own people? and some analysts are pointing to his treatment in prison in harrare. as you said, the death of his young son and the refusal to attend the funeral. his treatment in prison, not spoken of, but pretty key, what went wrong? he became increasingly better as he grew older, and he clung onto power too long. and in the end he got to a point where he was not making progress. he spent the better part of the first decade of his presidency doing very well in zimbabwe. they were exporting grain and many other commodities across the continent and across the world. but he soon got into that land redistribution programme after he lost in a referendum, and he started the campaign of grabbing land from white farmers. from then on, things
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didn't go right for robert mugabe, and hejust didn't go right for robert mugabe, and he just dug didn't go right for robert mugabe, and hejust dug in. and that is what really created the situation he ended up in. the very story that he, asa ended up in. the very story that he, as a former president of zimbabwe, dies ina as a former president of zimbabwe, dies in a hospital in singapore, that itself tells you the gravity of what's happened in that country. india's space agency has lost all communication with the robotic rover it's the moon. the class was — but craft was scheduled to land early this evening after landing nearly six years ago. it was sent to explore the south pole but earlier this evening the space agency lost contact when it was just 2.1 kilometres above the moon. the mission was the nation's most ambitious, and it is not known if the rover actually landed. india's prime minister urged the scientists involved to keep up the courage and hope. it isjust
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involved to keep up the courage and hope. it is just past involved to keep up the courage and hope. it isjust past 11:16pm. 0pposition parties at westminster move to block borisjohnson‘s plan for a mid—0ctober general election. the man who delivered independence to zimbabwe but went on to become its dictator, robert mugabe, has died at the age of 95. in the wake of hurricane dorian, officials in the bahamas says the situation there is dire and want the death toll may rise dramatically. the prime minister of the bahamas says hurricane dorian has caused "generational devastation" to the islands. it's left behind what officials say could be a "staggering" death toll — although there are only 30 confirmed deaths so far, mainly on the abaco islands. the focus now is on the aid effort to help those who survived. aleem maqbool has been aboard the british ship rfa mounts bay and has just sent this report.
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heading out to try to find more survivors of the hurricane. this military helicopter is from a royal fleet auxiliary ship that tracked right behind dorian as it smashed into the bahamas. last night the helicopter discovered a group of people who had been cut off with no communications for five days. we delivered the aid first thing in the morning, this morning, to give them more food, so, basically, we are the emergency response, so to speak. and the military here was helping some communities even as others close by were still feeling the brunt of the storm. this british ship really has been at the forefront of the international emergency relief effort. following hurricane dorian. right now it is launching a vessel loaded with heavy lifting equipment and vehicles to try to get to an area that was badly affected by the hurricane, but hasn't yet been reached at all. and they have often been the first outsiders to get to the most devastated areas.
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but new affected communities are still being found, like one we headed to in the north of great abaco island. there, kirk sawyer had just left his house when dorian tore through. sheltering with a friend, debris flying around and huge waves coming in, he thought he wouldn't make it. i told my friend, i said, hey, you've been my friend for almost a0 years. we ride together, we are going to die together here. and not being able to tell his family outside he's alive has been tough. for them, he had a message. he is alive, he made it through this. so, i'll see you all soon. thank you all for being concerned about me. i love you all. the reality is, many didn't survive. in marsh harbour we saw more bodies being removed, and the signs are the recovery effort will go on for many days yet.
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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. the uk is distributing shelter and ration packs across affected communities. but even those of them who have been doing this through powerful hurricanes of recent years, told us they'd never seen needs as great as this. earlier i spoke to the opposition leader in the bahamas who said people are traumatised by the devastation. both people here in the affected areas itself and those who observed from other islands are traumatised. because we are
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experiencing devastation on an unimaginable proportion, and the post—traumatic stress brought on by this horrific catastrophe will last with us for quite a while.|j understand the number of dead stands at 30 at the moment, but there is a problem trying to reach some of the outlying islands, just described to us outlying islands, just described to us what the problems are? most of the access to these areas have been challenging because roads have been damaged and it has become impossible —— compatible. the docs have been destroyed and helicopters have been scarce “— destroyed and helicopters have been scarce —— impassable. but the people reaching out, helping each other and
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others, it is the ordinary citizens that are in these various communities that are reaching out to help each other. and this, as i continue to say, tells us, tells the world who we are as a people. we can see the images on screen there, and you can see that homes are upturned and luckily people there are moving, you can see people with pictures of food, in the report we saw earlier we saw that small amounts of food are coming through, how people with such a limited amount of nourishment? again, it is challenging for them, and all effo rts challenging for them, and all efforts are being made by ngos, friends and family members who are not impacted to get the necessary food and other essentials to their
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loved ones and friends, it continues to be challenging but as i have said before, there is darkness out there, but we see through the debris, the devastation, a little ray of hope as each day passes by. and it is each day passes by, relief efforts are becoming more and more effective. that was the opposition politician of the bahamas speaking to us earlier. us health chiefs have urged people to stop abaco —— vaping as they investigate the respiratory decision. symptoms including shortness of breath and a chest pain and fever have been reported and linked to electronic cigarettes. authorities are working to establish any links between the cases. less than half of eu citizens
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currently living in the uk have so far applied for the right to live and work here after brexit. there are just over three million eu citizens currently living in the uk. the home office says 1.4 million have applied to the eu settlement scheme. but there are concerns that some people have encountered problems with the scheme, as our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. lily bourrier has lived and worked around bristol for more than 15 years. originally from france, she married an englishman and has two children both born in the uk. with brexit on the horizon, she applied under a government scheme to make sure she could stay here after, but more than two months later hadn't had a yes. i love my life here. i've got my working life here and i love myjob. and my children are growing up here. i believe they've got their future here, but i'm not sure about mine. the home office says lily's application wasn't fully submitted and they will help her resolve it, but even a technical glitch has had an impact. the feeling of being rejected
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to the country you call home. around three million eu citizens live in the uk. all are being urged to apply to guarantee their rights after brexit. if you're an eu citizen living in the uk... the home office has been promoting the scheme. anyone who's been here more than five years should get what's called settled status, meaning they can stay indefinitely. those who've been here less than five years should get pre—settled status, which protects their rights but means they'll have to apply again for full status in future. so all you need is your passport. very simple. this charity in leeds is helping people with the process. there are concerns that some people are getting the wrong status, others are having technical problems, and some aren't applying at all. there are a lot of people from vulnerable communities with a low level of english or no english at all who do not know about this. ministers say more people are accessing the scheme
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and there is help for the most vulnerable. it works really well. it's not dissimilar to if you and i were renewing our passport, a driving licence. a very clear and simple system. people can apply and we get that system processed — and actually often in just a few days. some charities and migrant support groups have told us in most cases this scheme is working. but when it doesn't, it causes real stress and, more broadly, many eu citizens say the continued uncertainty over brexit is creating huge anxiety. these three women are all eu citizens who live in leeds. beatrice is spanish and is in the process of applying to stay in the uk. i don't think it's going to be an issue for me to stay because i'm almost five years and i've been working all this time in the uk. but there is that little feeling that, "what happens if they say no?" others want an id card
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or document to prove they've been accepted, like zara, who's italian. no proof to live here. but i am worried about that. eu citizens like these have been promised time and again their rights will be protected, but until that happens they're left with worry. you are watching bbc news. a dispute over new rules for uniform at a sussex school got so out of control that police community support officers had to be called in to help keep the peace, as more than a0 people —— peoples were turned away to wearing skirts. the head teacher at primary school in lewis told all pupils they had to wear trousers after concerns were raised over the length of the gold skirts. earlier i —— earlier parents and pupils staged a protest. the local mp said she was disturbed at how the situation had
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escalated. can you move back so i can check... dozens of children turned away at the gates for contravening the school's new school uniform. from today at priory, only apollo skirts —— polishers with the school ‘s logo and trousers are allowed whether you area and trousers are allowed whether you are a boy or a girl. when girls are wearing skirts, the uniform that is not allowed, and allowed to get in. 0fficials not allowed, and allowed to get in. officials from the school are trying to close the gate and saying they are not coming in unless they are wearing the right school uniform. we wa nted wearing the right school uniform. we wanted to stand there and protest but we didn't know whether the police were allowed to push us back 01’ police were allowed to push us back or whether we were allowed to stay... or whether we were allowed to stay. . . we or whether we were allowed to stay... we were told we were allowed to stay so we were holding our ground and standing there, police at first when i'm doing much and then the teachers were going to the police, you need to get them to... you need to get them to stop. now we
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are trying to get through reception because we want to get our education they are taking away our learning. we have given you a press statement, that's very clear. the man saying no comment is head teacher tony smith. at the end of last term parents were written to about the new school uniform, saying it encourages stu d e nts to uniform, saying it encourages students to be ready to focus, dilate the status placed on expensive clothes, and is not unusual in having trousers as the uniform. but today the local mp has spoken out against the school for turning children away. to bar girls from getting an education simply because they are wearing a skirt, i think is political correctness gone mad. parents agree and say the new school uniform is not cheap either. we have all had to scramble trying to find trousers and none of the uniforms in stock, it is expensive, over £100 per student. we had girls in the changing room yesterday
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trying on trousers, they do not fit her, she is not comfortable in them, and the remarks that she said about her own body, as a parent having to listen to that is really upsetting. despite dozens of children being sent home today, students and pa rents sent home today, students and parents so they will stage another protest next week, putting pressure on the school to change its uniform policy. in a few minutes time, join us for the second edition of the papers. but first here is the weather. it looks like we will add a little bit of tropical air into the mix around the middle part of next week. but before then this weekend is going to feel quite chilly, but at least the weather is settling down. we have this area of high pressure building up from the south—west, thatis building up from the south—west, that is chasing away all the showers and longer spells of rain we have had on friday. there may be a few showers left over on saturday but only across northern parts of the uk, they will soon fade away, lots of sunshine, sunny spells further south, if you catch


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