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the european and the —— the european union and the uk remain far apart. that's the verdict of the eu's chief negotiatior at the end of a third round of talks over brexit. michel barnier says at the moment there's little common ground on a range of issues. how can we build trust and start discussing the future relationship. but david davis urged the eu to be more imaginative and flexibile in its approach. we'll have the latest live from brussels. also this lunchtime: theresa may dismisses criticism of her plans to lead the conservatives at the next election. i said i wasn't a quitter. there's a long—term job to do, there's an importantjob to be done in the united kingdom, we stand at a really critical time. there's an anxious wait as a chemical plant in houston, flooded by tropical storm harvey, suffers two explosions. the surrounding area has been evacuated. millions of people are hit by heavy
flooding right across south asia, during the worst monsoon rains in decades. i live at kensington palace. on this day in 1997 diana, princess of wales was killed in a car crash in paris. today flowers have been laid at the gates of her former london home today flowers have been laid at the gates of herformer london home is just as they were 20 years ago. and buying success in the premier league, as the transfer window closes on more than a billion pounds‘ worth of deals. also in the sport on bbc news: will riyad mahrez be leaving leicester city? the premier league's 2016 player of the year has left algeria's international camp to formalise a move. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
the european union's chief brexit negotiator says that the eu and britain have made no substantial breakthroughs, at the end of the third round of talks between the two sides. speaking at a joint news conference in the past hour, michel barnier said both parties remained far apart, and that there is little chance of starting negotiations on a possible future trade agreement. but the brexit secretary david davis urged the eu to be "more imaginative and flexible" in its approach. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas reports from brussels. round three and brexit talks are in trouble. the chief negotiator has emerged to say that on the biggest issues things have stalled. translation: at the current state of progress, we are quite far from being able to say that sufficient progress has taken place. sufficient
for me to be able to recommend to the european council that it engaged in discussions on the future relationship between the uk and the eu at the same time. both sides frustrated with each other, thinking they are inflexible. it is only through flexibility and imagination that we will achieve a deal that works truly for both sides. in some areas, we have found this from the commission side, which i welcome, but there remains some way to go. the two big sticking point is our first big uk's financial obligations. the uk is questioning the legal basis for what the eu says it does and although it has obligations it won't say what they are. on the trade deal, the uk says it must settle the separation first and won't even discuss one. david davis himself hasn't been in
brussels for most of the week. he returned last night, leaving the negotiations to his officials. he hoping he can twist the arms of the eu's 27 member states so that they will talk trade. they have insisted there must be sufficient progress on there must be sufficient progress on the separation first. any progress on the divorce bill first. so the uk won't get to move forward until it satisfies that demand 7 won't get to move forward until it satisfies that demand ?|j won't get to move forward until it satisfies that demand? i think so. the eu has been very consistent on this point. the eu is obligations must be honoured and the uk is questioning them. we have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate the position rigorously. at this round, we presented our legal analysis. after this week, it is clear the uk does not feel legally obliged to honour its obligations after
departure. how can we build trust and start discussing the future relationship? we need to address together the issues seriously and rigorously. for now, the eu says it's not satisfied decisive progress has not been made, and brexit countdown is ticking. chris morris from the bbc reality check is here. pretty frank words from michel barnier, no real progress it seems, so where does this leave the negotiations? yes, a pretty gloomy atmosphere there. two words which are crucial, sufficient progress — thatis are crucial, sufficient progress — that is what the eu said must be made on these initial issues before we can talk about trade. the trouble is the words are deliberately vague and the british side seem to think they made abroad declaration of
principles whereas the eu wants more detail. in particular the big sticking point will be money, surprise surprise. and we don't know exactly how much the eu thinks the uk should be paying as its obligation on withdrawal but you can estimate the figure of roughly 60 billion euros from what it said. the eu said there is a seven—year budget period at the moment and the uk has made obligations to make payments, some of them in the future. the uk seems to have gone through that line by line and say hang on a minute, we are not committed to these things after we have left. we only accept actual payments made in every single budget year and that's a big difference of approach. both sites will keep talking, word of the negotiations go from here? michel barnier it seemed to indicate he might be willing to meet more frequently but at the moment there's a fairly rigid structure for the
talks and there will be one round of talks and there will be one round of talks each month, the next two starting on the 18th of september and the 9th of october and they need to make progress because later in october there is an eu summit on the 20th and it is there that the other 27 eu leaders will make the decision on whether sufficient progress has been made so we need movement on the money. where will it come from? it is difficult to see at the moment. the talk is of a transition period because if there were to be a transition agreed after we have left in march 2019 for a couple of years, say, it could be that we still pay into the budget during that transition period and that money could meet some of the commitments the eu says we have made and size of the eu says we have made and size of the bill could get smaller. but there are some people around the cabinet table saying what they are asking for is way too much sale at the moment they are very far apart. chris morris.
theresa may has further attempted to dismiss criticism of her promise to fight the next general election by insisting she is "not a quitter". some former ministers — including lord heseltine — have said it would be difficult for her to continue as prime minister until 2022 following the disastrous election. but at a news conference in japan, where she is on a three—day visit, she emphasised there was a long term job to do. ben wright is travelling with the prime minister, and sent us this report. and a warning that his report contains flash photography. steadying the ship. theresa may didn't come to japan to bolster her leadership back home. this visit is formally focused on trade and security. and this morning, the two countries marked their close defence cooperation at a naval base near tokyo. but theresa may, back from her summer break, has faced speculation about her political sell—by—date since losing the tories' majority injune. her plan, revealed here injapan, to lead the tories into the next general election would see her stay in number 10 through brexit and beyond.
if, of course, her party and mps agree. so, theresa may ploughs on with brexit, keen to reassure japan's political and business leaders she does have a plan for protecting their interests in britain. the uk, traditionally, has had very good economic relations with japan. but the uk of course has been a very important part of the european union, of the european single market. and for many japanese companies here in europe, the uk was actually almost like a gateway to the european market. the japanese government has been public and frank in the past about its concerns. and, after talks with theresa may, japan's prime minister said he wanted the brexit negotiations to be as open as possible. translation: japan and the uk are mutually important countries. on brexit, our country would like to have the impact to companies minimised. we want predictability and transparency ensured during the negotiations. mrs may says she's listening, so that a smooth brexit transition is realised.
if mr abe had learned more about the uk's negotiating aims, he wasn't letting on. but japan and the uk have agreed to start working on a new free trade agreement. and theresa may restated her determination to stay put. i said i wasn't a quitter. and there is a long—term job to do. there is an importantjob to be done in the united kingdom. we stand at a really critical time in the uk. it's the long—term issues of trade, the consequences of brexit, defence and security cooperation that have dominated theresa may's talks here. but it's her strikingly blunt, unplanned declaration about her own political future that this trip to japan will be remembered for. ben wright, bbc news, tokyo. our political correspondent iain watson is in westminster. how serious is theresa may after what happened in the recent election
about staying on as leader of the tories in 2022? the simple answer is i don't think she is entirely serious. she went to japan not to talk about her leadership ambitions, she didn't talk about leading her party into the next general election initially. she wanted to deny a very specific newspaper story that such it was setting a timetable for her departure, but in a barrage of broadcast interviews she hardened up that position so she has now indeed said she will depart into the next election and has had a few ministers coming out and publicly supporting her, not least boris johnson. coming out and publicly supporting her, not least borisjohnson. on the other side, there has been a few voices scoffing publicly at this. lord heseltine one of them, nicky morgan, the former education secretary, but the majority of mps are not saying anything publicly at
all. but privately, they simply don't believe her. they don't put any more credence on the fact she would fight the next election than they did on her assurances that she wouldn't call a snap election this year. they basically think nothing much has changed and she is still in a relatively weak position but she couldn't have said anything else when asked about her future in the press. the london evening standard, edited by george osborne of course who she sacked as chancellor, has today suggested she is somehow staggering on like the living dead. thank you. there have been two explosions at a chemical works in texas, which was badly flooded by tropical storm harvey. the owner of the plant near houston, had warned that a loss of power meant volatile chemicals could overheat. the surrounding area has been evacuated. this report from simonjones contains some flashing images. two explosions already, with the warning there could be more to come. the arkema plant in crosby is flooded, it's lost power. the volatile chemicals
can't be kept cool. the owner had warned this was inevitable. bus—loads of residents had already been moved out, fleeing notjust their homes but the danger of blasts. they're being told not to return to the area. hundreds of thousands of people have now been displaced by harvey, some have paid with their lives. the bodies of four children and their great—grandpa rents were discovered in this van, which had been swept away by the floodwaters. the mexican foreign minister on a visit to washington has now offered to help with the relief effort. particularly i want to thank the government of mexico for its offered assistance to the state of texas. they have offered a wide range of assistance, coordinating with the governor down in texas. the lieutenant governor of texas has praised the way people have come to the aid of their neighbours. dan patrick said hundreds of ordinary people turning up with their boats to search for survivors reminded him
of the rescue operation at dunkirk during world war ii. he said the reconstruction in the city could cost up to $200 billion, and many still need urgent help. this is a nursing home in port arthur. tensions were at a very high level when i came into this facility, from the relatives and even from some of the volunteers who have come to try to take these people out. and the authorities are warning the worst is not yet over, with flooding expected to continue for many more days. simon jones, bbc news. let's talk to don champion, a reporterfor cbs news, he's in houston. we heard a report suggesting things will get worse in other areas, i just wonder what's happening where you are in houston, aren't the water is beginning to recede? good afternoon, clive. certainly some of the floodwaters have started to recede across this region but the
devastation is still all around this area. some of the hardest hit areas here, the flooding might not recede from there for well over two months. yesterday we got our first aerial view of the devastation across this region. it was breathtaking, and incredibly sad to see how many large swathes of land in this area are literally still under water. yesterday was the first day we saw the return of the sun above the houston area in more than five days. more than 30,000 people are still seeking safety and shelter set up around this area. more than 200 are opened here in texas at risk power. some families are leaving the shoulders and going elsewhere with family members in other locations and other cities but certainly the waters are starting to recede. there isa waters are starting to recede. there is a concern that as they recede the
tragedy will deepen even more as officers and first responders begin to find somebody‘s in the water. officers and first responders begin to find somebody's in the water. 0k, thank you. aid agencies are struggling to get help to millions of people affected by devastating floods across south asia. more than 1200 people are believed to have lost their lives. it's thought to be the worst monsoon season in decades, with tens of thousands of people forced from their homes in india, nepal and bangladesh. sanjoy majumder has the details. weeks after the worst flooding in decades, a third of bangladesh is still under water. many villages in the northern part of the country still cut off. aid agencies are desperately trying to reach those affected. it's a similar situation across large parts of south asia. the eastern indian state of bihar has been hit the hardest. heavy rain and overflowing rivers have left large areas under water. more than 500 people have been killed here in the past few weeks. tens of thousands of people have lost their homes, and are staying in temporary camps. there's a lot of damage.
there's a lot of people still out of their homes. people are surviving and getting on with things as they can, but there's been a lot of damage. and india's financial capital, mumbai, a city of more than 20 million, was brought to a standstill after torrential rain hit the city on wednesday. it left commuters stranded, transport services ground to a halt, forcing many to simply wade home. we're in the middle of the annual monsoon season and it's been raining intensely across india, but also neighbouring nepal and bangladesh, for the past several weeks. it's caused the worst flooding in decades and it's led to a massive humanitarian crisis across the entire region. south asia is not unused to floods, especially at this time of the year, but the scale of the disaster this time round has meant the authorities have struggled to cope. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, delhi.
a doctor has appeared in court, charged with more than 100 sexual offences. manish shah, who's a7, from romford in essex, is accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 people, at a medical practice in east london. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has the story. this was the first time that the 47—year—old east london gp has had to attend court and answer the 118 charges of sexual assault he faces. manish shah has been charged with so many offences against 5a of his patients that it would have taken too long to read them all in court, so the deputy district judge just heard a summary. the doctor said he would plead not guilty to all the charges, one of which involves a child under 13. throughout the time dr shah is accused of committing the offences, he was living here in a detached house not far from the surgery where he worked. the gp practice is in the london borough of havering,
but for legal reasons the media have been asked not to name it. the alleged offences all took place between june 2004 and july 2013, when the police investigation began. manish shah was released on bail and told he would stand trial on the 118 sexual offence charges at snaresbrook crown court. the general medical council suspended him from working as a doctor three years ago. daniel sandford, bbc news, at barkingside magistrates' court. our top story this lunchtime: the eu's chief negotiator says both sides remain far apart, at the end of a third round of talks over brexit. coming up... parents in england have until midnight to sign up for 30 hours of free care, but some nurseries warn they'll struggle to cope. coming up in sport: premier league clubs are amongst those battling to do last—minute deals, on the final day of
the domestic transfer windows. could arsenal's alexis sanchez be making a move to manchester city? it was 20 years ago to the day that diana, princess of wales died in a car crash in paris. the vehicle she was travelling in was being pursued by paparazzi photographers. well, several public events are taking place to commemorate the anniversary, and members of the public have been gathering outside kensington palace, leaving cards and floral tributes. her sons, princes william and harry, are marking the anniversary in private. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has been recalling events of that day in paris, with new insights from the then british ambassador to france. the news had come in the early hours of the morning. diana, princess of wales had been involved in a serious car accident in paris. as the world waited for news, the then british ambassador to france, lord michaeljay, was at the hospital with france's interior minister, jean—pierre chevenement. as time moved on, it became clear
it was more serious than we thought, and then chevenement was taken out by one of the nurses and he came back in tears, really. he came up to me and said, "i'm afraid she's dead." later in the day, the prince of wales arrived at the hospital to bring diana's body back to britain. it had been charles who'd had to break the news to william and harry that their mother had been killed. 20 years on, lord jay recalls the conversations with charles very clearly. he was clearly deeply moved by what had happened and talked a little bit about what it had been like in balmoral that morning. he said how prince william had wanted to go to church that morning — which was not, he said, something prince william always wanted to do on a sunday morning — so they had been to church. but throughout that day, that morning, he had wanted to do what he thought was in the best interests of two children who had lost their mother rather brutally.
it was a week when many people struggled, not least, says lord jay, the monarchy itself. the nation wanted to share their grief, it seems to me, with someone, and the person they wanted to share their grief with was the queen. lessons were learned at the palaces, but most importantly it's diana's sons, now in adulthood, who appear to embody the style of monarchy people want for the future. yesterday they looked at the tributes to their mother which had been placed outside kensington palace. 20 years on, diana's impact is still very real. nicholas witchell, bbc news. in a moment we'll hear from my colleague simon mccoy at kensington palace. but first let's talk to our paris correspondent hugh schofield, who's by the pont de l‘alma road tunnel, where the crash happened back in 1997. how are the french marking the
anniversary? well, if you've been to paris at all in the last 20 years you will notice flame has become the almost official memorial for the diana tragedy, because it was in the tunnel underneath where i'm standing now that the limousine crashed 20 yea rs now that the limousine crashed 20 years ago, driven by henri paul, pursued by the paparazzi. then starting the whole process of warning and the investigation and the conspiracy theories and so on. —— the process of mourning. normally this place is deserted, frankly. there are a few pictures that are kept there but the rush of people that we are used to seeing in the early years has long since dried up, but today, it's different. i don't know if it's the presence of television cameras or the fact the news is being reported on international media, but there's an awful lot of people passing along here today. mainly tourists, it has to be said. the river ride ends on the quayside here, i get the
impression people are coming over and saying, oh, yes, of course, it's 20 years. that's what happened. other more faithful people have been here as well, because there are more floral tributes, 20 year anniversary cards and so on, all to show that the mess and the legend and the memory of her does live on asked myth lives on. simon mccoy is at kensington palace. we are getting a reminder of the scenes we saw in 1997, at kensington palace? we are a bit but it's a mix of people. there are those who followed diana around in life, who held a very english ceremony behind me, putting a cake and handing out champagne. then there are those who are walking through a london park on are walking through a london park on a sunny day, who may take a look at
the tributes and read the tributes on the gates behind me. then there's that other group of people, those bringing flowers to lay at the gates to have a private moment or two as they remember diana 20 years on. that's the bit that reminds you most of all of what happened here 20 yea rs of all of what happened here 20 years ago, when the sea of flowers spread across in the gardens in front of me, but also the shock of what happened 20 years ago when the news broke of the car crash in paris. the shock that gave way to angen paris. the shock that gave way to anger, as people focused on the paparazzi and the press, and that anger in turn as nicholas witchell was explaining, turning onto the monarchy and the queen herself. it was a very strange monarchy and the queen herself. it was a very strange week. above it all was the grief, the grief of losing a woman who later on this day 20 years ago the new prime minister, who had been in office forfour months, tony blair described as the people's princess and if you talk about a legacy here, it's summed up as william and harry. indeed, simon mcquoid at kensington palace and hugh schofield in paris —— simon
mccoy. a special court in pakistan has cleared five men of conspiring to murder the former prime minister benazir bhutto, after a trial lasting nine years. she was assassinated shortly after returning to pakistan from a self—imposed exile ten years ago. two senior police officers were convicted of negligence in failing to prevent her killing. the former pakistani president, pervez musharraf, who's also facing murder charges, was declared a fugitive for his failure to attend the trial. the online gambling company 888 has been fined a record £7.8 million forfailing to protect vulnerable customers. the gambling commission found that more than 7000 customers, despite opting out of playing, were still able to access their accounts. it says there were "significant flaws" in the firm's procedures to protect people from gambling—related harm. today is the deadline for working parents of three and four year olds in england to apply for 30 hours of free childcare a week. the extra costs will be paid for by the government.
but a leading educational charity says the funding so far isn't enough, and some nurseries will struggle to stay in business. ministers say pilot schemes do show nurseries are willing and able to provide for extra places. our midlands correspondent sima kotecha reports. a promise from the government — 30 hours of free childcare per week for three and four—year—olds. itjust makes you feel more worthwhile actually working full—time. it'd be very easy not to work and not to have to pay the nursery fees, because it is a huge bulk of money which goes every single month. but it makes you feel more empowered to actually go and work full—time, because you've got the help from the government for 30 hours. it would just be beneficial for parents that are trying to go back to work. we just want the minimal support, just so that we can work and it not be such a financial strain. tens of thousands of parents are entitled to this childcare, which is double the number of hours they used to get. however, some parents have told us that ever since they've been able
to sign up to the scheme, there have been problems. at one point, its website wasn't working properly, and that stopped parents from receiving a code which is needed to get the childcare. there have also been concerns about how nurseries will pay for the service, with some saying the money ministers are providing isn't enough. here, they say, they're struggling to stay afloat. we cannot afford to offer any totally free 30—hour childcare places. what we can do is offer the subsidised element, and round that up with charging for meals and the extras that we provide here like french and drama and yoga and all the rest of it. the government says the policy is already having a positive impact in the areas that have trialled it since last year, and that independent analysis shows most providers were both willing and able to offer the extra hours. there is £1 billion per year going into this by 2020, and we put additional funding in in response to some
of the nurseries that said it wasn't sufficient. indeed, you know, the fact that we piloted it and delivered already in 15,000 places i think bodes well for the 200,000 parents who've signed up already on the scheme to start in september. but a survey out today suggests 40% of nurseries are worried they'll have to close down because the cash they're given, they say, isn't enough to keep them in business. sima kotecher, bbc news, warwickshire. tonight the premier league's summer spending spree ends, with the closure of what's been the most expensive transfer window ever. the clubs are expected to have spent close to £1 billion. it's the last opportunity for signings, untiljanuary. our sports correspondent david ornstein is at the bbc sports centre in salford. one wonders if it's all money well spent? they've already passed that £i.2 spent? they've already passed that £1.2 billion mark, quite eye watering really, isn't it? the
summer started with the likes of romelu lu ka ku summer started with the likes of romelu lukaku joining the manchester united for £75 million. alvaro negredo to chelsea, alexander la cazette to negredo to chelsea, alexander lacazette to arsenal. today, the done deal so far is alex oxlade—chamberlain leaving arsenal for liverpool, the england international, an early deal worth £35 million. what's still to come in the next 9.5 hours, well, alexis sanchez also of arsenal is the key name on every body's blips because he isa name on every body's blips because he is a target for manchester city. he wants to go. manchester city wanting. it's whether arsenal will let him go and find a replacement. nine and a half hours to go, £1.2 billion already spent. david ornstein in salford, thanks. worth every penny, nick miller with the weather.