I'm Stuart Mackintosh with the BBC News. Hello. Britain's Prime Minister is facing defeat laterin a parliamentary vote on her proposed terms for the country's departure from the EuropeanUnion. The vote comes more than two and a half years after a referendum in which Britishvoters opted to leave the EU. The government's opponents argue the withdrawal deal islegally and constitutionally unsound. Here's our political correspondent Ian Watson. To saythis is a big day for Prime Minister would be a huge understatement. Everyone keeps talkingabout the worst, which is hard since well last week, but this time she is on a verge of sufferingpotentially a major defeat on a deal she's negotiated with the EU. More than a hundred ofMPs are still saying they cannot support it. We'll see if she can bring those numbers downtoday. There'll be various changes proposed to her deal which might make it look a bit moreattractive. But as things stand, it looks as though the Prime Minister will not be able to getenough support to get a deal through parliament.
A senior member of the Afghan Taliban has been detained in Pakistan. Taliban sources saidthe man held is Hafiz Mohibullah, the Religious Affairs Minister in the Taliban administration inAfghanistan before 2001. Our Pakistan correspondent Secunder Kermani has more details. Hehad been living in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar for a number of years, but he wasdetained by Pakistani authorities in the past few days. And now our sources, the seniorTaliban figures speaking to us on condition of anonymity, has said that this move is part of astrategy by Pakistan to pressurize the Taliban into taking part in peace talks with US officialswhich they have already been doing it in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates but also cruciallytaking part in peace talks with the Afghan government who so far the Taliban have refused tomeet because they dismissed them as puppets.
The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is due to sign a decree today loosening the country's gunlaws. Mr. Bolsonaro who took office earlier this month, made the pledge a key part of hispresidential campaign. Candace Piette reports. Brazilians are desperate for better publicsecurity. In 2017, almost 64,000 people were murdered, two thirds died from gunshotwounds. But the latest polls say most Brazilians believe making firearms more available willpour gas on a raging fire. That hasn't stopped President Bolsonaro who says that by freeing upthe existing gun laws, he can reduce crime. As a first step, Brazilians will only have to renewtheir gun license every ten years instead of five. They also won't have to work so hard toconvince the police they need a firearm. BBC news.