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Brexit: PM sends EU unsigned request seeking Brexit delay – BBC News

Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit – but without his signature.

The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which says he believes that a delay would be a mistake.

The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote.

EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the extension request.

He did not provide details of its content, but added that he will now consult EU leaders “on how to react”.

Hours after losing a crunch vote in a historic Saturday session in the House of Commons, the prime minister ordered a senior diplomat to send an unsigned photocopy of the call by MPs set out in the so-called Benn Act, passed last month.

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Brexit: Boris Johnson agrees new Brexit deal with EU – BBC News

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared earlier today that he’d struck a new Brexit agreement with the European Union — ‘a great new deal’ in his words that ‘takes back control’. But crucially the deal still needs the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

And at Westminster, there is uncertainty about the likelihood of MPs giving their approval when they meet in emergency session on Saturday. Northern Ireland’s DUP, whose support Boris Johnson needs, has already rejected it. And Labour says this deal is much worse for the UK than the one negotiated by Theresa May.

Huw Edwards presents the BBC News at Ten live from Brussels and hears from the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe editor Katya Adler, Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy, economics editor Faisal Islam and deputy political editor John Pienaar.

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Japan deploys military after deadly typhoon – BBC News

Japan has deployed tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers after one of the strongest storms in years hit, killing at least 18 people.

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday, moving north and bringing severe flooding.

Thirteen people are missing from the storm, public broadcaster NHK said.

In central Nagano prefecture, water surrounded Japan’s famous bullet trains while helicopters plucked stranded residents from rooftops.

A total of 27,000 military troops and other rescue crews have been deployed in relief operations, authorities said.

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Japan hit by biggest typhoon in decades – BBC News

Torrential rain and tornado-like winds are lashing large parts of Japan, as the country endures what could be its worst storm for 60 years.

The eye of Typhoon Hagibis made landfall shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT) in Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo.

More than seven million people have been urged to leave their homes amid severe flood and landslide warnings.

Train services have been halted, and more than a thousand flights grounded.

One man was killed in Chiba, east of Tokyo, when high winds flipped his car.

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Turkish forces clash with Kurdish fighters in Syria – BBC News

Around sixty thousand people have fled their homes in North Eastern Syria on the second day of a major air and ground assault by Turkish forces. There’s been heavy fighting in the central border region. Some civilians have been killed and dozens more have been injured on both sides of the border. Turkey’s President Erdogan regards the Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists – he claims more than a hundred have been killed.

Turkey is trying to seize land just inside the border to create what it claims is a “safe zone” in Syria to settle some of the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled the eight-year war.

Sophie Raworth presents a roundup of the day’s news with the BBC’s International Correspondent Orla Guerin, Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville and North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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Boris Johnson or Donald Trump: Who’s got it worse? – BBC News

The US president is facing an impeachment inquiry while the British prime minister has had a turbulent few weeks. But are things really that bad for the two leaders?

Political correspondent, Helen Catt, based in London, and Anthony Zurcher, the BBC’s North American correspondent in Washington DC, have been comparing notes.

Produced by Bella McShane

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson in parliament language row- BBC News

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says tempers need to calm down in Parliament, after torrid scenes in the Commons last night.
Mr Johnson says he “totally deplores any threats to anybody, particularly female MPs,” but has refused to apologise for his use of language.
Several MPs say they’ve received death threats, and partially blame Mr Johnson’s words on Brexit, for fuelling extremist behaviour.
The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, described the culture within the chamber as “toxic,” and said it was the worst atmosphere he had ever witnessed in the House.

Clive Myrie looks into the day’s events on the BBC News at Ten with the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg and political correspondent Alex Forsyth.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: Government is failing people of Britain – BBC News

Boris Johnson’s statement “was like his illegal shutting down of Parliament”, Corbyn says. “Null, of no effect, and should be quashed”.

He adds the PM’s words were “ten minutes of bluster”.

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“This government is failing the people of Britain and the people of Britain know it,” says Jeremy Corbyn

He says the government has failed – including on climate change and for not saving Thomas Cook.

Corbyn wins crunch Labour conference Brexit vote – BBC News

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won the support of party members for his Brexit plan, as they voted to support his stance to stay neutral while negotiating a new deal. But there was confusion as the votes were called. The BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg has been in Brighton at the party conference. And the BBC’s Economics Editor Faisal Islam assesses Labour’s economic pledges.

Part of BBC News at Ten coverage.

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Trump praises Modi at ‘historic’ Texas rally – BBC News

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader.

Around 50,000 people gathered for what Mr Trump called a “profoundly historic event” on Sunday in Houston.

The “Howdy, Modi!” event was billed as one of the largest ever receptions of a foreign leader in the US.

Mr Modi, however, may face a frostier reception at the UN General Assembly.

He is likely to face criticism over tensions in Indian-administered Kashmir, which he stripped of its special status last month, promising to restore the region to its “past glory”.

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