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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at two... iran summons the british ambassador following what they say was his attendance at an anti—government rally tehran. rob macaire says he left when a vigil turned into a protest. urgent talks between the queen and prince harry and meghan will be held tomorrow over the royal couple's future. 8,000 people are ordered from their homes and manila international airport puts all flights on hold after steam and ash erupt from a volcano in the philippines. regret from australia's prime minister over his handling of the bushfire crisis, as scientists worry about the fate of endangered species. serena williams wins her first singles title for three years after beating jessica pegula in straight sets in the final of the auckland international.
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and the week in parliament looks at brexit and iran shooting down a passenger plane. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon. welcome to bbc news. iran have summoned the uk ambassador for "inapproapriate behaviour" after he was arrested last night. rob macaire says he was not taking part in anti—government demonstrations in the capital, tehran, when he was detained for three hours after attending a vigil for the 176 people who died when iran shot down a passenger plane last week. the uk has said the ambassador‘s arrest was a "flagrant violation of international law" and has warned iran that it risks becoming "an international pariah". our world affairs correspondent
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caroline hawley reports. this morning in tehran, iranian authorities stepped up security. they are on extra guard after public gatherings, to mourn the victims of the plane crash turned last night into protests. iranians voiced their fury at the regime, calling for accountability after the military finally admitted it was responsible. they chanted, death to the liars, and they demanded iran's supreme leader resign. britain's ambassador to iran was accused by iranian media of fomenting the protests. though he says he left the scene as soon as people started chanting. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, called his arrest illegal and warned iran against continuing what he called its march toward pariah status. this morning the ambassador tweeted. ..
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completely unacceptable. i think you're right, a breach certainly the vienna convention, and a whole number of conventions. iran is at a crossroads and have a decision to make. and the point we are making, the foreign secretary said this morning, we want to see things de—escalate, we want to see iran come back into the international fold and play their part, but they are at a crossroads and they have got to make that decision. it took three days for iran to admit that it made a horrific mistake by shooting down the ukrainian airliner with 176 people on board. senior iranian officials have apologised and promised that lessons will learned, but iranians are still asking why iran didn't close its airspace when it was braced for an american military response to the missiles it fired at us bases in iraq, in retaliation for the death of qasem soleimani, the country's second most powerful man. chanting. and the anger is not going away. this morning, protests have erupted again.
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and they're taking on a sacred tenet of the islamic regime. chanting here that their enemy is not america, but their own leadership. and carolinejoins us now from beirut. is there a surprise at the decision of the iranians to pursue this after an apparent misunderstanding was cleared up last night? i, frankly, i'm surprised because i would have imagined with iran with so much pressure on it both domestically and internationally would have wanted to draw a line under it. but the iranians media has accused him of fomenting and inciting protest. we have just had a statement on the foreign ministry website which says that he has been summoned to the foreign ministry because of his unconventional or inappropriate behaviour by attending what they
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call an illegal rally. we have not yet had official confirmation from the foreign office, but we wait to get a readout of how that meeting went and see how iran and the uk will proceed from here. one of the background elements to this, and rob mckay refer to it in his explanation, that a vigil turned into an anti—government protest. there have been a number of anti—government protests, over the shooting down of the plane and then the denial, and it included a lot of iranians in the dead, but also the build—up to that, anti—government state m e nts build—up to that, anti—government statements because of the state of the economy. president trump said, to the leaders of iran, do not kill your protesters. thousands have already been killed or imprisoned and the world is watching. more importantly, the usa is watching. turn your internet back on and stop the killing of your great iranian
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people. the americans are in a sense on the front foot because of this admission by iran on friday. the world is watching and those demonstrations are continuing. there is huge anger at the iranians leadership and calls for the supreme leader himself, ayatollah khomeini, to resign. we have had people saying it is not america that is the enemy, it is not america that is the enemy, it is not america that is the enemy, it is the iranians leadership themselves. we are getting reports that hardline militia are staging a counterdemonstration outside the british embassy in tehran, calling for it to be closed and calling for the british ambassador to be expelled. at the moment people are on the streets voicing two very different opinions about the future of iran and about how they see the world. it is interesting because on the one hand we have the stand—off between the americans and the iranians are long—standing, iran has often described the uk as being in
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america's pocket, the little satan to the big satan in the united states, and yet it was borisjohnson who was able to ring up the president and have this grown—up conversation during the week. in a sense britain potentially could have been a source of communication and now these events at the weekend are potentially damaging. it could potentially damaging. it could potentially have been some kind of bridge. of course britain is also saying it supports the nuclear deal that the americans pulled out of, a nyway that the americans pulled out of, anyway triggering this catastrophic chain of events and raising tensions between the us and iran so high. but it isa between the us and iran so high. but it is a very difficult relationship that britain has with iran and has had for a very long time. spare a thought for the british iranian mother, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who remains injailand mother, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who remains injail and his family feel that the latest tensions between the us and britain and iran will not in any way help her.
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caroline hawley in beirut, thank you for that. you can see some discussion of iran and indeed of the fate of iranians dual nationals currently held, along with other nationalities as well in dateline london on this channel at liz30pm this afternoon. the queen has attended church at sandringham this morning ahead of talks there tomorrow with senior members of the royal family on the future role of prince harry. it's understood it will be to be the first time that prince charles, prince william and prince harry will have met since he and his wife meghan announced they would be stepping back from their royal duties. 0ur correspondent jon donnison reports. the queen arriving at church at sandringham on sunday is very much routine. what lies ahead on monday is very much not. the queen's estate in norfolk is the venue for what has been described as the sandringham summit. she will come face—to—face with prince harry for the first time since he and his wife announced they intend to step back
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in their role as senior royals. also there will be the prince of wales and prince william. and harry's wife meghan, the duchess of sussex, is expected to phone in, to join the discussion from canada. officials have worked hard in recent days to understand what the sussexes want. there will, we understand, be a "range of possibilities to review." it is hoped "next steps will be agreed at the meeting." however, officials are stressing that any decision about the sussexes future status will take time to be implemented. the trickiest area could be money, as the couple seek financial independence. this morning, the shadow foreign secretary, emily thornberry, made her views clear on the issue of security. the british taxpayer should pay for the security of harry and meghan and theirfamily. as they do with former ministers. and if they decide they want to go to canada, of course,
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they must always be protected. and underpinning it all is the human side. family divisions and, poignantly, a rift between two brothers. in the sunday times, according to friends, william is quoted as saying... "i've put my arm around my brother all our lives. "i can't do it anymore." a bond which he feels is now being broken. 0ur correspondent leigh milner has spent the morning in sandringham where the queen attended a church service. she arrived just a few minutes before ”am local time. she was wearing a light brown jacket, with a matching hat, of course. and she came down here, she was driven through the driveway, through the gates, towards the mary magdalene church, where the service, as i say, began about roughly an hour ago exactly. and it has been quite a tough day for the queen herself. with all that has been going
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on throughout the past week or so, but she put on a brave face, she smiled, she waved at the well wishers and it almost seemed as if it was business as usual for the queen. remember, she is quite used to this as the head of the church. it is her role, her responsibility. last year, when prince philip was very poorly he spent three days in hospital, she still came to the carol service and she takes that responsibility very seriously. the irish prime minster, leo varadkar, says he's made a decision on the timing of a general election but won't announce a date until he's met his cabinet on tuesday. speculation has been growing that the country will go to the polls in february. our correspondent, richard morgan, is in our belfast newsroom. richard, no great surprise that a general election could come. he has been managing on a slim parliamentary position, but why now? yes, it has been a minority
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government since 2016. the taoiseach, leo varadkar, has relied ona taoiseach, leo varadkar, has relied on a confidence and supply relationship and on the votes of independent members of the irish parliament. we knew an election was coming, there had been plenty of speculation about an early election. we thought may be in the summer, but we think that is now moving to early february. why now? the government has had lots going on externally, not just has had lots going on externally, notjust in terms of domestic issues. first of all, we had brexit. ireland's deputy prime minister simon cove and he has been at the forefront of those negotiates with the european union in a bid to protect ireland's case within europe and its interests in a post brexit world. given this deal on the table has been passed through the uk's parliament, that has all but been moved to one side. the other issue ireland has been focusing on is stormont and getting the
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institutions back up and running in northern ireland. ireland has an interest in that. it is obliged to oversee that power—sharing is back up oversee that power—sharing is back up and running. yesterday the assembly sat for the very first time in three years and ireland and the uk government had worked together to bring this day to the parties in northern ireland in order to get them back around the table and back into government. now those external factors have been dealt with there might bea factors have been dealt with there might be a sense the government can go to the people, go to an election, and try and resolve some of those domestic issues in ireland. the opposition you referred to, do you get a sense that it is the opposition pushing this? they have said we have given you the space to do these important things in ireland's interests, but we cannot put off an election any longer? do they sense that perhaps this government is vulnerable? abdelbasset ali al—megrahi that confidence and supply agreement so
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fina foil agree with the current government on getting a number of budgets through and the confidence and supply agreement was extended late last year but given that the domestic issues in ireland have been piling up there may be a sense that this is the time to go to voters. what are the issues? the first is housing and homelessness. not a week goes by with homelessness being on the front page. at the last count there were 10,000 people who were considered to be homeless. especially in dublin there is a sense of a real housing crisis. the health system is also facing its own problems, people waiting on trolleys in hospitals, waiting for beds. the health minister, simon harris, it was unclear whether or not he would supply a confidence vote. some of the independent mps the government relies on had given an indication they would not be getting behind him and they would be tabling that
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motion. thank you very much. thank you very much. some dramatic pictures now from the philippines. this is the taal volcano, south of the philippine capital manila. a huge release of steam and ash has led the to authorities telling 8,000 people living nearby to leave the area. ash from the volcano has been landing in the capital, leading the authorities there to temporarily suspend flights into and out of manila airport. howard johnson is in manila for us. howard, it is late in the evening in manila and people must be concerned about going to bed tonight. yes, i have just been out on the streets and seen lots of people wearing masks to cover up with this ash that is falling down. if i swiped my hand across the surface, you can see dirt all over the place. there is a sulphurous smell in the air and the authorities are advising people to wear masks to protect themselves. this has gone up from a level three
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alert to a level four alert, and that means a catastrophic explosion could happen anytime soon. lots of people in the area are being evacuated. there are three major towns nearby and thousands of people are currently moving away from the volcano. we have seen a lot of volcanic activity in this region and seismic activity in the last year or so. this pacific ring of fire has been incredibly noisy and busy, lots of rumbles today and booming sounds. what is happening tonight is people are moving moving towards manila to make sure there is a safe distance and a president spokesperson told people to get out of the area as quickly as possible. what is the history of eruption with this volcano? this is the second most active volcano in the philippines. the most active erupted last year and we saw a similar situation where it went from level three to level
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four and we saw a similar mass of plume of ash and steam rising from it. then it moved on to this pyroclastic display with a lot of lava flowing from it like a fountain from the top. that has not happened here in taalfor a long time, but there have been lots of tremors since march last year, lots of warning signs that this volcano is active, and so residents have been ona active, and so residents have been on a state of alert since they found that out. this is the area that had one of the most destructive volcanoes of all time. in 1991 it blew up, killing some 350 people at the time and a lot of people were affected by the mud flows and the dustin affected by the mud flows and the dust in the air, lots of respiratory diseases affected hundreds more hundreds more died as a result of that. the people in the philippines are on a state of high alert tonight waiting to see what happens taal volcano. what has the president had to say? he has not spoken yet, but
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his spokesperson has advised people to stay clear of the volcano and they have also advised the authorities to help with the evacuation of the area. we will see him perhaps issuing another statement tomorrow, perhaps visiting the volcano to give some support and respite to the people affected by this volcano. howard johnson inn manila, wash your hands and keep safe. let's take a look at the headlines. iran summons the british ambassador following what they say was his attendance at an anti—government rally tehran. rob macaire says he left when a vigil turned into a protest. urgent talks between the queen and prince harry and meghan will be held tomorrow over the royal couple's future. 8,000 people are ordered from their homes and manila international airport puts all flights on hold after steam and ash erupt from a volcano in the philippines.
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australia's prime minister, scott morrison, has expressed regret over his handling of the bushfire crisis following strong criticism over his government's response. in the state of south australia, many residents have returned to their homes in kangaroo island to assess the damage. almost half of the island has been scorched and scientists are worried about the fate of many endangered species. 0ur correspondent, shaimaa khalil, has been to the island, and a warning, her report does contain images of animals killed in the fires. it's an ecological disaster so big the army have been called in to help. for the second time in less than a week, bushfires have ravaged stretches of land here, destroying natural habitats and killing tens of thousands of animals. i don't think anyone would like to pick up, you know, deceased wildlife. it's not a fun task. there's been a lot of devastation. it hasn't been easy for people, and we'll be here as long as they need us, and we'll do whatever we possibly can to help out. this place is renowned for its rich
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biodiversity and native wildlife. now it's feared half of the island has been scorched. in some parts, the fires burned right up to the sea. going through kangaroo island, you can see why nothing stood a chance in the path of these fires. the charred trees, the scorched earth, the burnt animal carcasses on the side of the road. but the full picture of the devastation is still unclear, because parts of the island are just too dangerous to get to. scientists are extremely worried about the island's unique species, including the ligurian bees. nearly a quarter of the beehives are believed to have been lost to the bushfires. in this makeshift clinic, vets have been racing to save as many animals as they can. nearly two dozen koalas were brought in after the latest fires. the sad fact is that we estimate, of the thousands of koalas — probably 20,000, 30,000 koalas on the island — probably half have perished. anything that we can
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salvage and save, we'll certainly be doing that. it's going to take a long time for australia's iconic nature reserve to recover. the fear is that some of the wildlife its famous for may have been lost for good, and that other animals will have to battle bleak conditions just to survive. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, kangaroo island. there are just over twenty hours left for the six candidates in the labour leadership to gain the backing they need to get to the next stage of the contest. sir keir starmer, rebecca long bailey and lisa nandy have the required number of nominations, leaving emily thornberry and clive lewis lobbying to get the backing of at least 22 of their fellow labourmps and meps. jess phillips also has the required number. jess phillips also has the required number. registered supporters who are not full party members will have 48 hours from 14th to the 16th of january to secure a vote by paying £25. the ballot will be open from 21st february to the 2nd of april with the results announced two days
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later on the 11th april. 0ur political correspondent tony bonsignorejoins me now. tony, first of all, four of the people on the picture behind us are through this first stage. why are clive lewis and emily thornberry having difficulties securing enough support? that is a very good question and i am sure they are asking themselves and their teams that right now. clive lewis is the outsider. four nominations, including himself. he has been talking this morning and is not hopeful about getting enough. there are still more than 50 mps and meps who have not declared, but it will bea who have not declared, but it will be a tall orderfor who have not declared, but it will be a tall order for him. who have not declared, but it will be a tall orderfor him. emily thornberry is on ten at the moment, she needs 22. she is still relatively confident. she was talking to the bbc this morning and this was her assessment of her chances of getting through. we are
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having technical problems. summarise what she said. she says she was a late starter in this and there are still more than 50 mps to go. she thinks that a lot of them have been talking to their constituents, these mps and meps, trying to weigh it up, and they will only make up their mind today and into tomorrow morning. she thinks she might yet get over the line. it is a tall order but she is confident. some of these people might not want to show their hand. if they come out backing her and she finishes fourth or does not make it to the next stage, they mightfear it not make it to the next stage, they might fear it could weaken their prospects of being a potential member of the front bench team are catching the leader's i. imagine if you are one of these mps. like backing the wrong candidate. you have to calculate who is the best
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leader of the party. but let's be realistic, this is politics and these people are ambitious and it is one of the reasons they go into it. who is best for the party? who will win the next election? who is best for me? do you back the person who you think is best or the person who has got the best chance of winning? we heard from emily thornberry this morning and we also heard from a long bailey who is perceived as being the continuity candidate and has stuck fairly closely to jeremy corbyn. that presumably will help her to a certain extent, but it must bea her to a certain extent, but it must be a dilemma for all the candidates. to what extent do you show loyalty to the past and to what extent do you emphasise your differences? that was the leadership that lost two elections in succession and lost the second one by a massive margin, the worst performance since the 1930s. you are right and it is an issue for all of the candidates, but a particular issue for rebecca long
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bailey, given how closely associated she was with that last campaign, with the current labour leadership. continuity candidate is what she is being labelled and she hates it. she was talking to the bbc this morning and said she hated being called that. she said she was her own person. but she is the favoured candidate ofjeremy person. but she is the favoured candidate of jeremy corbyn person. but she is the favoured candidate ofjeremy corbyn and john mcdonnell. it looks like momentum, this very powerful grouping in labour, they will come out in favour of her. the labour membership tends to be the left of mps and the parliamentary party and a lot of them are very supportive of many of them are very supportive of many of the policies that labour espoused, if not necessarily the leadership and the result. i call it a secret trick, and it is secret because of how these things are worked out, it helped jeremy corbyn in 2015, the introduction of this new category of people able to vote, the registered voters, not members of the labour
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party. ed miliband's attempt to slowly broaden the party's base. lots of young, enthusiastic people whose politics was more to the left joined, they had a vote and they helped to swing it injeremy corbyn's favour. is there any suggestion that people who are not keen on the corbyn drift, the left wing drift to the party are able to organise a counter group of supporters to get people to sign up for 25 quid and you may have been labour supporters in the past but who have drifted away from the party because it has moved to the left? there is not and that is one of the great unknowns. even though as i am looking at the list of nominations, sir keir starmer is way out ahead. 68 nominations to the next challenger, rebecca long bailey. it is not meps who will choose the next leader, it is the membership. we don't know how the labour membership has changed since 2016, particularly
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given that catastrophic election defeat, but also as new category. as you said in your graphic at the top, 48 hours, 25 quid, you get your say. what sort of voters are they going to be? is it going to be a reaction to be? is it going to be a reaction to the drift left or will it be that youthful, left—leaning kind of voter that we saw before? very difficult to gauge. we will know who has finally made it, for the next labour leader will be, when? the ballot closes on april the 2nd and then we will find out a couple of days later ata will find out a couple of days later at a conference on april the 4th, which of course is a grand national day. it will be a busy weekend. which of course is a grand national day. it will be a busy weekendm certainly is, let's hope they find their red rum. time for a look at their red rum. time for a look at the weather. some sunshine and a few heavy showers, but things are turning
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u nsettled showers, but things are turning unsettled from tonight onwards. we will be seeing some strong winds and heavy rain which will be with us for the next couple of days. for now, quite a bit of sunshine out there and snow on the high ground of scotland. still reasonably mild. this evening and tonight the showers in the north fade away, but more showers will put eastwards across england and wales and under the clear skies it will be a cold night with temperatures close to freezing. tomorrow's weather dominated by storm branding which is moving in on strong jet stream from the atlantic. it is going to be a very windy day and the winds will cause disruption, particularly in western parts of the british isles. gales are likely here and gusts are as high as 85 mph in the western isles of scotland. the rain heavy in the west and eastern parts of the uk stay dry for a good pa rt parts of the uk stay dry for a good part of the day, but it will be windy wherever you are.
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hello this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines... iran summons the british ambassador following what they say was his attendance at an anti—government rally tehran. rob macaire says he left when a vigil turned into a protest. urgent talks between the queen and prince harry and meghan will be held tomorrow over the royal couple's future. 8,000 people are ordered from their homes and manila international airport puts all flights on hold after steam and ash erupt from a volcano in the philippines. now on bbc news the week in parliament. hello, and welcome to the week in parliament. was this the moment mps started to get brexit done?
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the ayes to the right, 330. the noes to the left, 231. the iran missile crisis. the prime minister lists the charge sheet against its military chief. and, of course, supplying improvised explosive devices to terrorists who i'm afraid killed and maimed british troops. that man had the blood of british troops on his hands. the end of the peers show — but what should a second chamber do? unless we start by saying "what do we think the house of lords is for?" and once we have agreed on that, i think the options on how you compose that body will almost naturally flow from itself. and how should the uk mark its departure from the eu? will he make representations to the house of commons commission, whose decision this is, that big ben should bong for brexit?


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