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this is newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines. tensions rise in venezuela, a women is shot dead and three others injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum. a major horsemeat scandal as police arrest more than 60 people across europe accused of trading meat unfit for humans. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: the swiss star does it again, roger federer makes history, winning a record eighth wimbledon men's singles title. it's the doctor, but not as we know it. the bbc reveals the latest actor to play the iconic tv time lord. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 7pm in venezuela, where one person has been shot dead
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and three others have been injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum. this video is believed to show people rushing away from the scene where gunshots were fired near a polling station on the outskirts of the capital, caracas. the unofficial referendum has been organised by the opposition against government plans to rewrite the constitution. president nicolas maduro has dismissed the vote as meaningless. katy watson reports from a polling station outside the country, in sao paulo. it was a steady stream queueing up on sunday, handing over their identification cards before casting their vote. the referendum is symbolic, it is being held because the opposition is angry with the government's plans to rewrite the constitution. they said the government should be asking the people whether they want the
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constituent assembly. people know that the vote is just a way of president madeira to hold onto power. still, people were hit. —— maduro. —— people were up eight. people were coming out early to vote andi people were coming out early to vote and i am confident we are going to get through this chaotic situation. we are going to show that we are millions against the constituent assembly of this government. we are going to move forward. mr maduro has justified the government's plans, saying a constituent assembly is the only way out of the economic and political crisis. the government rehearsed the upcoming vote and said they would not recognise the results of the referendum. the opposition parties have convened this internal confrontation with there own mechanisms. without prior verification. they are autonomous
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and they can decide there own. venezuelans outside the country have also been voting. there are centres set up in 559 cities in more than 100 countries. in sao paula, people we re 100 countries. in sao paula, people were queueing in the street. whole families turning up to vote. we are in sao paula, 300 people were expected to turn up but it looks like double that. organisers are having to print more ballot papers so having to print more ballot papers so that everyone can vote. venezuelans are being asked three simple questions. whether they reject the constituent assembly, if they want the armed forces to be on they want the armed forces to be on the constitution and for free and fair elections. the referendum won't solve anything soon, but with the crisis in venezuela showing no signs of easing, the opposition wants to show it has support and put pressure on the government anyway can. our other top story, spanish police say they have dismantled an organised crime group
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that was trading horsemeat across europe that was unfit for humans. more than 60 people have arrested in in an investigation that began four years ago in ireland. it was a very large scale investigation. the believes that this criminal gang had made around 20 million euros from the stand they had been carrying out. it has been very complex, it has a european dimension to it. the meat was being repurposed here in spain, the animals were from the north of spain 01’ animals were from the north of spain or portugal. they were going to facilities in spain to be slaughtered. the meat was then being exploited, mostly going abroad. there is a very international dimension to this —— exported. it is linked to a case in ireland that has been being investigated for some time. the pakistani military says it has launched a major offensive against islamic state militants in the north—western region next to the afghan border.
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a pakistani military spokesman again denied the presence of the is inside its territory, despite a series of attacks claimed by the group. there is no organised infrastructure of daesh in pakistan, and we shall not allow them to establish themselves. as regards inside afghanistan, yes, daesh is getting stronger there, is gaining strength. but still, we feel that it is not purely that daesh which is in middle east. thousands more people have fled their homes in western canada in response to wildfires, which have raged across the province of british columbia for more than a week. about 17,000 people are thought to have been evacuated since a state of emergency was declared earlier this month. chinese police say they have arrested a suspect for an alleged arson attack that killed 22 people on sunday in east china'sjiangsu province. the building was rented by a local restaurant for its employees. there were 29 people in the house when the fire broke out. the indian prime minister, narendra
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modi, as last state government to ta ke modi, as last state government to take action against those who take up take action against those who take up violence in protesting against powers being eaten. and in golf south korean park sung—hyun has won the us women's open. this is the first major golf title for the 23—year—old who won by two strokes. she described the victory as ‘unreal‘ and becomes the seventh south korean to win the title in the last ten years. and there's been a royal gathering in california. these women are the voices behind some of the best known characters in disney movies. including kristen bell, the voice of elsa in frozen, and jodi benson from the little mermaid. disney say the event was the largest gathering of its "royals" in one place. with north korea continuing to dominate the global security
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agenda, a former us human rights envoy to the country is calling for humanitarian aid to be provided to the country, under certain conditions. robert king, the former us special envoy for north korea's human rights issues, made the claim during a senate hearing. the call comes at a time where there's uncertainty over how the current us administration will respond to north korea's latest inter—continental ballistic missile test. i spoke to robert king, former us special envoy to north korea and asked him what kind of conditions should be imposed on humanitarian aid. the united states has specific conditions that are established in law for the provision of humanitarian assistance. first of all, we have to be all to assess the need for the assistance. secondly, we have to be able to monitor the distribution and make sure it is reaching those that are most in need. third, we have to look at the overall picture of demand for us assistance in other areas as well.
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so it is not a, yes, we need to provide humanitarian assistance, but if we do provide humanitarian assistance, we need to look at these conditions. but what needs to be addressed regarding human rights in north korea and how could they be addressed? the commission of enquiry established by the un human rights council issued a report in 2014 probably gives the best summary of the problem of human rights in north korea. and, basically, this is a litany of the absolute worst human rights. the commission concluded that they are without parallel anywhere else in the world. there are a lot of very serious human rights considerations that need to be examined in north korea. one of the things that was raised was the question of individuals in prison. individuals who are in prison
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without due legal process, not only are the individuals who are apparently guilty of some crimes sent to prison but their family members, their children, their spouses, their parents are also sent to prison. these are conditions that do not occur in most other places in the world. the un has requested, and other non—government organisations have requested, access to north korean prisons. it would be helpful if the koreans would make progress in terms of allowing access. the stakes are indeed very high. do you think this problem will ever be resolved and what are the options for the us? the options are very difficult, obviously. north korea is a very isolated state, it has considerable military power but it is also in a situation that it can impose serious damage
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to south korea, to japan and to other countries. this needs to be taken into account as we move to try to resolve some of these problems. a masterclass in tennis. did you see history being made at wimbledon on sunday? roger federer has become the first player to win the men's singles title at wimbledon for the eighth time. he beat marin cilic of croatia. john watson was there. this final won't go down as a classic. marin cilic had some problems, a foot problem, that led toa problems, a foot problem, that led to a straight sets victory for roger
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federer. marin cilic to feel disappointed with the way that match played out. we have seen him beat roger federer. he came close last year, and beat him on the way to winning his one and only grandslam title. against roger federer today, he really stood no chance. it was a straight sets defeat. roger federer, the records keep tumbling. he is now the records keep tumbling. he is now the oldest male singles winner here at wimbledon. and the second oldest grandslam champion in the open air. he came through this tournament playing exceptional tennis and had not dropped a set on his way to winning the title. nobody has done that since the 1970s. congratulations to roger federer. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: and you may know monday as the start of the working week —
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but it's actually world emoji day. but what does it all mean? and 200 years on — celebrating the life and work of jane austen — we meet the author's super fans. the flamboyant italian fashion designer gianni versace has been shot dead in florida. the multi—millionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worse floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the "great white way" by americans, but tonight it is completely blacked out. it is a timely reminder to all americans of the problems that the energy crisis has brought to them. 200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison — the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy. today, hundreds of thousands throng the champs—elysees for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards.
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some had eaten so much they could barely stand. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: a woman has been shot dead and three others injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum in venezuela. the vote was organised by the opposition against government plans to rewrite the constitution. police in spain have accused an organised crime group of trading meat across europe that's unfit for humans. more than 60 people have been arrested. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's start with japan times. it says that a recent scandal is taking its toll
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on prime minister shinzo abe's approval ratings. according to the paper the approval rating for abe's cabinet has taken a 9.1—point plunge sincejune and now stands at 35.8%, the lowest since he took office in december 2012. business times says that asia is under—insured and economically vulnerable to cyber attacks. it quotes a study by pwc as saying that a study by pwc, 43% of companies in singapore have been affected at an estimated cost of more than 1.25 billion singapore dollars annually. finally, let's look at the financial times. it says that posts relating to winnie the pooh were removed from china's social media. the paper says that no official explanation was given, but it quotes observers as suggesting that the move might be related to previous comparisons of president xijinping to the portly bear. an international robotics competition for young people starts
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monday in washington. it's called the "first global challenge" and aims to help young people excel in stem subjects, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. high schools from all over the world will compete for over six weeks to build game—playing robots. one of the teams had a trickier route to the finals than most. our correspondent, heidi ghaichem reports. rejected after two rounds of interviews and banned from entering the united states, these young women never gave up the fight of achieving their dream. after an exhausting flight, the team of six afghan girls landed in washington to represent their country in a global high school robotics competition. on monday, they compete against more than 160 countries to build robots that can hit ball into goals, hang on bars, and balance on balance beams. they were banned from the country due to stricter visa entry brought in by donald trump.
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the case has become a talking point. critics said the ban signified a broader effort to stop muslims entering the country. but a reversal was announced on wednesday when it was reported the president personally intervened. a homeland security representatives said it was approved. ivanka trump, advocate of women and a supporter of science tweeted her congratulations. the girls were thrilled to take part. translation: the people of the us supported us in this case, showing they did not give up on us. translation: it shows that nothing is impossible and everything is possible. for the people of afghanistan, the inclusion of these girls
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represents far more than entry into a science competition. in a country where girls face significant limitations in education and personal lives, there is now hope for the future. heidi ghaichem, bbc news. the 200th anniversary of the death of one of britain's's greatest writers is being commemorated. jane austen was only 41 and she passed away but she left a body of work that has been trounced generations of readers. —— and charmed. ball gowns and britches. these are the incomparable janeites. devotees of jane austen are gathering across britain, to mark 200 years since her death. among them, sophie andrews. this is the bedroom? yes, this is my austen shrine,
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should perhaps be the word. from the dresses, the blogs and the 100 copies of pride and prejudice, sophie is pure janeite. for her, austen is a cultural touchstone. the themes of her stories are still things which concern people today, like the need for money, wanting to find love, family relationships. that still happens today. universal and timeless. exactly. it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. in those 23 exquisitely witty words, jane austen opened pride and prejudice, a book adapted for every generation. take this same scene between lizzy bennet and lady catherine de burgh in three different productions. you are mistaken, madam, i have not been able to account for the honour of seeing you here. and if i am that choice, why may i not accept him?
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you have insulted me by every possible method. i must beg to return to the house. it was here at chawton in hampshire, jane austen completed her works, cramming them with 19th century manners, morals and messages of social comment. the following conversation which took place between the two friends... the former model lily cole is one of the voices of audible's new version of northanger abbey. she says austen is still influential. i think there are still bigger messages which are relevant today around social critiques, class structures, love and romance and how those two things can interrelate sometimes. jane austen was buried here at winchester cathedral, having completed around only half a dozen or so works. but 200 years on, such is her continued literary pulling power, she will feature on the new £10 note to be unveiled here next week.
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ironically, jane austen made little money herself, but her legacy remains a currency that endures to this day. duncan kennedy, bbc news. it's world emoji day on today — it was created by emojipedia founder, jeremy burge, in 2014. here's some amazing numbers... according to research by the digital company, swyft media, some 6 billion emoti—cons — or stickers — are sent worldwide every day on our smartphones. there are 2 billion of us smartphone users around the world, sending 41.5 billion messages daily. earlier i spoke with sue bell who runs a sydney—based research company, with a special interest in linguistics and semiotics —
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and i asked her what she thought about our use of emoticons. we have become addicted to our phones but we also have gone back to using visual language. visual languages have been around for a long time in our history. it is a great way to communicate. are there any downside to communicating this way? some people say this has hindered the progress of language and being able to communicate face—to—face? and being able to communicate face-to-face? i do not think that is happening. the one thing about communication via emerge if is that they work brilliantly for short communications. if all we were doing was having a tweet conversation we would use emoji because they are not good for long conversation so we are
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not using them so they do not really replace that at all. what they do is enhance people ‘s ability to communicate in writing quick only. —— quickly. you can say more things with text and picture than just text. is it not making us a little bit lazy? | text. is it not making us a little bit lazy? i probably always have been lazy! maybe... maybe... buti do not think there is any evidence that. one of reasons i say that is that. one of reasons i say that is that some people, they are becoming adventurers and finding new ways to use them and so that is what makes ita use them and so that is what makes it a language, really, that people are being creative in our day use them. if they just are being creative in our day use them. if theyjust use smiley face that may be lazy but a lot of people
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are inventing new communications using emoji. i responded to your twitter emoji message. it's a momentous day for fans of the bbc‘s global hit sci—fi show doctor who. in an historic first, the lead character, who has become a british icon, will be played by a woman! the bbc has announced that jodie whittaker will be the 13th dr who. she replaces the very popular peter capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year's christmas special. our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, has more. time travel show, doctor who, making history. joe whittaker says she is overwhelmed as a feminist, woman, and actor, to be cast as the first female doctor. in the six months since peter ca paldi announced he was stepping down from the role, there
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has been a lot of speculation about who his replacement would be. when he regenerates in this year's christmas special. regeneration was first introduced in dr who in the 1960s, a way to continue the show after the departure of the actor playing the lead role. since the show returned, it has consistently been one of the bbc‘s biggest hits, a successful combination of a great format and a charismatic actor. expectation for the new dr who is certain to be high. will all fans welcome a female doctor? some will, some won't be sure. doctor who is all about change and this is potentially an exciting one. with the bbc committing itself to greater diversity, it will be hoping this will not only excite viewers, but clearly demonstrate
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the time travel show has moved firmly into the 21st century. you have been watching newsday on the bbc. hgppy happy world emoji day. it's sad i am not speak a global star as you are... laughter no, it means you are are... laughter no, it means you are a global superstar. we love you very much. happy emoji day! hello there. plenty going on with our weather in the next few days. in facty, plenty of ups and downs to come during the week ahead. but if you like sunshine, the weekend ended on a high note
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for most of us. that was the scene on sunday afternoon in northern ireland. the sunset looked like this from our weather watcher in warwickshire. we take some of the sunshine with us into the start of the week. this is the first chunk of weather in the week. monday, tuesday, wednesday, increasing temperatures, hitting 30. some rain at times. a lot going on. we start off on a quiet note. a brighter note. sunshine around on monday. a bit more cloud for northern and western scotland. that retreats to the northern isles. showers here through the day. elsewhere, dry weather and plenty of sunshine. some high cloud could turn the sunshine a bit hazy in southern england and south wales. but those temperatures could get to 26—27. across northern wales, northern ireland. lots of sunshine. highs of 24. similar temperatures in eastern scotland.
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always cooler, cloudier, quite blustery across the far north of scotland. the odd shower in the northern isles. during monday night and the early hours of tuesday, high pressure in charge across the country keeping things quiet. there could be the odd fog patch here and there. it starts to turning a bit muggy in southern areas. that is a sign of what is to come. tuesday, south—easterly winds drawing warm air from the midcontinent. and with this weather front here, the increasing risk of some thunderstorms late in the day. fine with sunshine during the day. turning hazy in england and wales. and then later on, the first sign we see some of those thunderstorms rolling into the south—west. but quite a lot of warmth and heat on tuesday. 27 in northern scotland. perhaps further south, hitting 29—30. now, during tuesday night, storms becoming more widespread. gusty winds as well. downpours going north.
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further thunderstorms breaking out through the day in england and wales. beginning to turn more fresh from the west. still heat and humidity across east anglia and the south—east. but as those storms clear away, all of us will take cooler and fresher weather for the end of the week with a little bit of rain at times. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story. a women has been shot dead and three others injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum in venezuela. this video is believed to show people rushing away from the scene as gunshots were fired. the vote follows months of violence and political unrest. police in spain have accused an organised crime group of trading meat that's unfit for humans across europe. more than 60 people have been arrested. and the new dr who in the popular bbc sci fi drama has been announced
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— and, for the first time, it's a woman. the actorjodie whittaker becomes the 13th timelord replacing peter capaldi, who took the role in 2013. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk. the chancellor philip hammond has said public sector workers' generous pensions mean they receive a premium — but he refused to repeat newspaper
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