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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three. iran summons the british ambassador following what they say was his attendance at an anti—government rally in tehran. rob macaire says he left when a vigil turned into a protest. 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. 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. the authorities are advising people to wear masks to protect themselves and of course this has gone up from a level three alert
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to a level four alert. that means a catastrophic explosion could happen any time soon. 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. and an alleged rape victim tells the victoria derbyshire programme review that an inquiry into a conservative mp is a "sham". that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon.
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iran has 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". in the last hour, donald trump has tweeted, warning the leaders of iran not to kill the protesters, and that the usa was watching. our world affairs correspondent caroline hawley reports. this morning in tehran the iranian authorities stepped up security. they're on extra guard after public gatherings to mourn the victims of the plane crash turned last night into protests. chanting. iranians voiced their fury at the regime, calling for accountability after the military finally admitted it was responsible. they chanted, "death
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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 the 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. .. "can confirm i wasn't taking part in any demonstrations. "went to an event advertised as a vigilfor victims of ps—752 tragedy." completely unacceptable. a breach, you're right, certainly of the vienna convention, and a whole range of things. iran is at a crossroads and have a decision to make. and the point we are making, the foreign secretary has said just this morning, we want to see things de—escalate, we want to see iran come back into that international fold and play their part. but they are at a crossroads and they have to make that decision. it took three days for iran to admit they had made a horrific mistake by shooting down the ukrainian airliner with 176 people on board.
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senior iranian officials have apologised and promised lessons will be 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. and they're taking on a sacred tenet of the islamic regime, chanting here that their enemy is not america, but their own leadership. that was caroline hawley reporting. caroline hawley is in beiruit and she explained the response from iran is surprising considering the circumstances. i would have imagined that iran, with so much pressure on it both domestically and internationally, would have wanted to draw a line
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under it. but the iranians media has accused him of fomenting and inciting protests. we have just had a statement on the foreign ministry website which says that rob macaire has been summoned to the foreign ministry because of his unconventional or inappropriate behaviour by attending what they 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 to see how iran and the uk will proceed from here. one of the background elements to this and rob macaire are to it in his explanation, was that the vigil turned into an anti—government protest a nd turned into an anti—government protest and there have been a number of anti—government protests, obviously over the shooting down and then the denial of the shooting down of the plane, which included a lot of the plane, which included a lot of iranians in the dead, but also in
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the build—up to that anti—government protests because of the state of the economy. this is a tweet from donald trump. to the leaders of iran, in capital letters, do not kill your protesters. thousands have already been killed in your presence and the world is watching. more importantly, tell your internet back on and stop the killing of your great iranian people. the americans in a sense are on the front foot at the moment because of this admission by iran on friday. and the world certainly is watching and those demonstrations are continuing. huge anger at the iranians leadership and, as you heard, calls from the supreme leader himself, ayatollah khomeini, to resign. you have heard 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 also getting reports that hardline militia are stating counter demonstrations, a
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counter demonstration, 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. on the one hand we had to stand between the americans and the iranians are long—standing, iran often describes the uk as being in america's pocket, the little satan to the big satan in the united states, yet it was borisjohnson who was able to ring up president rouhani and have this grown—up conversation during the week. britain potentially could have been a source of communication and now these events at the weekend could potentially damage that. these events at the weekend could potentially damage thatm these events at the weekend could potentially damage that. it could potentially damage that. it could potentially have been some kind of a 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
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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 within 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 fear these latest tensions between the us and britain will not in any help her. caroline hawley in beirut. 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 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 in sandringham on sunday is very much routine. what lies ahead on monday is very much not. the queen's estate in norfolk
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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 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
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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 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 earlier. 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
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about roughly an hour ago exactly. and it has been quite a tough day for the queen herself. with all that has been going 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. for more details on why mr varadkar made the announcement now, i've been speaking to our correspondent richard morgan in belfast.
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it has been a minority government since 2016. the taoiseach, leo varadkar, has relied on a confidence and supply agreement 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 maybe in the summer, but we think that is now moving to early february. why now? the government has had lots going on externally, notjust in terms of domestic issues. first of all, we have brexit. ireland's deputy prime minister simon coveney 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
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the 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 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 deal 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 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? micheal martin was a finance minister before. they have said we have given you the space to do these important things in ireland's interests, but we cannot put off
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an election any longer? do they sense that perhaps this government is vulnerable? that confidence and supply agreement so fianna fail 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 not 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. he would survive a confidence vote.
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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 motion. richard morgan in belfast. let's ta ke richard morgan in belfast. let's take a look at the headlines at exactly quarter past three. 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. serena williams has won her first title for three years. she beat jessica pegula in straight sets in the final of the auckland international and donated her prize money to the australian bushfires relief fund. a bonus point win for northampton keeps their european champions cup
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hopes alive as they beat bennetton 33—20. arsenal women have gone three points clear at the top of the wsl after thrashing brighton 4—0. aston villa hosts manchester city later. i will be back with all of those stories after four o'clock. 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 and jess phillips 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. registered supporters —
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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 later on the 11th april. 0ur political correspondent nick eardleyjoins me now. it might surprise people are a couple of candidates are struggling to get to the next stage. there are two who looked like they may not make it tomorrow, emily thornberry and clive lewis. just to take you through whom we have got up here and how they are doing. from right to left, lisa nandy is comfortably over the line with 24. clive lewis is struggling with four. he is not smiling as much as he is in that picture. exactly. jess phillips has the 22 required, so she is fine. emily thornberry is on ten. keir starmer at the moment is the man to be, out in front with 68. the one
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opinion poll we have seen suggests he is also doing well with the labour membership as well. but do not count on anything being guaranteed. because on the far side we also have rebecca longbailey, 26 nominations at the moment, but she is the preferred candidate of many on the left of the party. i would suspect that once this campaign gets going proper we will see a lot of work from the left of the party, the membership is more left—wing than it was in the past, and a lot of them will get behind rebecca longbailey. clive lewis is the one with the lowest profile, with perhaps the exception of lisa nandi who was in the cabinet then resign, but then she kept following things up with helping towns around the country and was a prominent critic ofjeremy corbyn. jess phillips has been very prominent in the media. emily
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thornberry is a very prominent figure and a shadow foreign secretary and was up against boris johnson, knocking seven bells out of him when he was foreign secretary when he was having a less happy time than he is now as prime minister. people might be a bit surprised that he or she has not managed to persuade more of her labour collea g u es persuade more of her labour colleagues to back her. it is interesting because for many people she will be one of the faces they recognise. 0ne she will be one of the faces they recognise. one of the things i have heard from labour mps in the last week or so is she does not have a natural constituency in the party. rebecca longbailey will get the left. keir starmer will get any remainers and those who think the party will be managed better. jess phillips is a straight talker. lisa is from the north and someone who can appeal to those labour heartlands that abandoned the party at the general election. nevertheless, emily thornberry is still out knocking on doors in a metaphorical sense, hitting telephones to persuade her colleagues. this is what she told
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andrew marr earlier on her prospects of getting to the line. can you do it? yeah, i think so. i mean, what has happened has been that we have only had a week to get the nominations in. there is a large number of mps who haven't nominated yet, and many of them have wanted to speak to their party members, they wanted to go to the hustings, and think about this, because obviously it is a very important decision. but from the conversations i have had this weekend, i am fairly confident that as long as we don't get any slippage, i will be fine. i will get across the line, and, you know, then we move onto the next stage. it is a long contest and it will have its ups and downs. and i have been a slow starter, but i did start from a standing start after the general election. some confidence from emily thornberry. we will know for sure tomorrow. clive lewis does not sound quite as confident, he has a lot more ground to make up. as emily thornberry said, it is a long contest thornberry said, it is a long co ntest a nd thornberry said, it is a long contest and we will be talking about this for another three months. 0nce
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they get over that line tomorrow there is the hurdle of getting the support of local parties, so it is all to play for. it is interesting the reference she made, which could bea dig the reference she made, which could be a dig at other potential leadership candidates, i only started after the general election, on the understanding that some of her candidates were on the manoeuvre for thejob even before her candidates were on the manoeuvre for the job even before the election and before they lost the campaign. before the election we knew that emily thornberry fancied it. in terms of that practical question, it raises the question of loyalty to jeremy corbyn and whether that is a good or a bad thing. is that a potential problem for rebecca longbailey? she was so close to jeremy corbyn. i do not remember a critical word out of her during the leadership contest and when she was on the french bench. she was very loyal to him. on the french bench. she was very loyalto him. absolutely, and you will see the left of the party get behind rebecca longbailey in the
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next few weeks. momentum, the grassroots group who helped jeremy corbyn, they will get behind rebecca longbailey and there is a process they have to go through before they endorse her. she is adamant she is not the so—called continuityjeremy corbyn candidate. this is what she told sky tv this morning. this is what she told sky tv this morning. the platform upon which many of those policies were developed was positive and, as i said, it did deal with the reinvestment and reinvigoration of our economy and the shift of wealth and power away from those few minorities that have it to everybody in every single community, but we didn't get that message through, unfortunately. we need to recognise that. asi as i say, she has the backing of some people who are key tojeremy corbyn‘s campaign, like john mcdonnell, the shadow chancellor. but they all have this tightrope to walk. they have to sound radical,
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say to the members that the things they have done over the last few yea rs they have done over the last few years where the right thing to do, but they have to do it differently. it is continuing withjeremy corbyn‘s ideas, but not bejeremy corbyn. nick eardley. nick eardley. 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. 0ur correspondent howard johnson is in the capital manila, and he said the effects of the eruption are already being felt. ifi if i wipe my hand here, you can see
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there is dirt all over the place and there is dirt all over the place and there is dirt all over the place and there is a smell of sulphur and the authorities are warning people to protect themselves. it has gone from a level three to a level four and lots of people are being evacuated. some three major towns nearby, thousands of people are currently moving away from the volcano. we have seen a lot of volcanic activity in this region, 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, local residents say. what is happening tonight is people are moving away, moving towards manila to make sure they are a safe distance away and they are a safe distance away and the authorities are warning people, the authorities are warning people, the president's spokesperson told people, to get out of the area as $0011 people, to get out of the area as 50011 as people, to get out of the area as soon as possible. what is the volcanic eruption history of this
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volcano? last year one volcano erupted and we saw a similar situation where it went from level three to four and we saw a similar mass of plume, ash and steam rising from it. then it moved on to this pyroclastic display with lots 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 of last year, lots of warning signs that this volcano is active. 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, pinatubo in 1991 blew up killing 300 people at the time and a lot of people were affected by the mud lot of people were affected by the m u d flows lot of people were affected by the mud flows and the dust in the air, lots of respiratory diseases affected hundreds more and 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 with taal
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volcano. that is howard johnson in the philippines. 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. 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 salvage and save, we'll certainly be doing that.
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it's going to take a long time for australia's iconic nature reserve to recover. the fear is that some of the wildlife it's 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. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas. after a fair bit of dry and fine weather on sunday it is all change over the next few days, very stormy weather on the cards with strong, destructive winds especially on a monday and into tuesday and heavy rain around at times as well. a few wintry showers across parts of scotla nd wintry showers across parts of scotland and this evening and overnight there will be some rain showers working across england and wales. generally clear skies, so quite a cold night with temperatures close to freezing in the north and frost free in the south first thing on monday. although monday start off
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on monday. although monday start off ona dry on monday. although monday start off on a dry know we have got storm brand approaching from the west. it will be a very windy day wherever you are, those winds picking up in the morning. some sunshine in central and eastern parts, but heavy rain working in from the west and gail is developing as well. further east it will be dry, winds gusting around 80 mph in the north west.
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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. regret from australia's prime minister over his handling of the bushfire crisis, as scientists worry about the fate of endangered species. and now on bbc news, victoria derbyshire takes a look

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