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this is bbc news. i'm james menendez. our top stories: president trump has again said anti—fascist demonstrators share blame for violence at the charlottesville white supremacist rally. 600 people are still missing in the sierra leone mudslide — the death toll could reach 1,000. and the largest warship ever to serve in the royal navy is about to berth in its home port. we'll be there. and i'm ben bland. borderline decisions. the uk government says there'll be no return to a hard border with ireland. a trillion—dollar problem. later today, the us, canada and mexico will sit down to renegotiate the nafta free trade agreement. at a bad—tempered news conference in his new york tower,
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donald trump has lashed out at reporters who pressed him on his response to the violence in charlottesville, virginia at the weekend. unscripted and in his own words, the president again blamed "both sides" for the clashes which broke out when neo—nazis and white supremacists held a rally on saturday. david willis has this report violence. 0ur ——i have no doubt about it and if you reported accurately, you would say. condemned to failing to apportion blame for
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the violence and more than 30 others injured, the president took to the white house on monday to denounce racism and the white supremacist groups that organise this rally. a carefully worded statement which briefly served to cool the embers of outrage, only to the president to reignite them 2a hours later. outrage, only to the president to reignite them 24 hours later. you had a group on one side and you had a grip on the other side that was also very violent and nobody wants to say that but i will say that right now. the remarks prompted sweeping condemnation from leading members of his own party. speaker of the house paul ryan took to twitter to brand white supremacy repulsive, adding there can be no moral ambiguity. while senator marco rubio branded the organisers for the rally 100% to blame for what happened and the governor of virginia, a democrat said ina the governor of virginia, a democrat said in a statement: support came from david duke, the
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leader of the ku klux klan. saturday's leader of the ku klux klan. satu rday‘s protest leader of the ku klux klan. saturday's protest was prompted by plans to remove the statute of the confederate general robert e lee and grouping him with founding president sue he said had also owned slaves, president trump wondered what would be next. i noticed stonewall jackson is coming down. is it george washington next week and john that —— thomas jefferson washington next week and john that —— thomasjefferson the week after? you have to ask yourself, whether is it stop? police forces around the country are bracing for similar protests a nd country are bracing for similar protests and there is concern his latest remarks might serve to embolden certain elements at those protests. rescue workers in sierra leone have recovered almost 400 bodies after a massive mudslide
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near the capital, freetown. but the authorities fear another 600 are still missing. homes were engulfed by mud and water when part of a mountain collapsed on monday morning. thousands have been left homeless. greg dawson reports they may still be hoping to find survivors in freetown but the reality is, most of the waiting ambulances are being filled with dead bodies. from here they are taken to one of the city's morgues and officials say they are running out of space. 0utside, people anxiously wait to see if they're missing loved ones are inside. authorities are trying to identify as many as they can survey can be given a dignified burial. it's believed entire communities were lost to the dilution of mud that raced down the hillsides on monday. new footage shows the panic is raging torrents of water filled up
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the streets and washed away homes. witnesses describe how families were overwhelmed within a couple of minutes. all these children and women have lost their lives on a single day. can you imagine? this is afamily single day. can you imagine? this is a family matter, it affects so many families, this is so heart—wrenching. families, this is so heart-wrenching. the death toll is expected to continue to rise. the red cross says it needs more equipment to try and find some of the thousands still unaccounted for. many of those who survived a huddled together at shelters across freetown waiting for supplies of food and clea n waiting for supplies of food and clean water. the un is working to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases like typhoid and collar rot. the president says his country has suffered a national tragedy and is now depending on international help. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. suicide bombers have killed at least
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27 people in north east nigeria. local security forces say three female bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a refugee camp. at least 80 people were wounded in the attack, in borno state, a stronghold of the jihadist group boko haram. another woman has come forward to say she was sexually molested by the filmmaker roman polanski. identified only as robin, she claimed at a news conference in los angeles she had been assaulted by the director when she was 16. she's the third woman to accuse polanski of child abuse. a falling tree has killed at least 13 people and injured nearly 50 at a roman catholic festival on the portuguese island of madeira. video shows the tree crashed down onto a crowded square in a suburb of the main town, funchal. a court in ecuador has arrested the chinese crew of a fishing boat which was found within the galapagos islands marine reserve carrying three hundred tonnes of endangered sharks. the twenty crew members will be held pending court proceedings. if found guilty they could face up to three years in jail for environmental crimes. ben is here with all
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the business news. the british government has unveiled its second brexit position paper, ahead of the third round of negotiations planned in brussels at the end of this month. this time, it's about minimising disruption at the irish border. under one option the government has proposed, there'd be no customs border at all between the uk and ireland. this would enable goods to flow freely between northern ireland and ireland. the paper also highlights protecting the common travel area and associated rights for uk and irish citizens. thanks to the current arrangement, people can move freely between northern ireland, the republic and the rest of the uk without passport checks. the centre for cross border studies estimates
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that up to 30,000 people cross the border every day for work. and according to the central statistics office, the value of ireland's exports to britain has grown by 14 per cent to $8.5 billion so far this year. today, representatives from canada, the us and mexico will begin to renegotiate the north american free trade agreement— also known as nafta. altogether, the agreement covers $1 trillion worth of trade annually and donald trump's decision to make nafta more favourable for us manufacturers is just one example of the president's intention to shake up global trade. he's already made good on his promise to withdraw from the tra ns—pacific—partnership, or tpp. and as part of his "america first" strategy the president has also ordered an investigation into china's ip theft. we'll have more on this
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on world business report in around 20 minutes time. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter — i'm @benmbland. hundreds of civilians have reportedly fled the town of awamiyah in the predominantly shia east of saudi arabia that's after weeks of clashes. the saudi government accuses shia militant groups of taking up arms against the security forces, in order to destabilise the country. violence broke out in awamiya, after the government started relocating people, to make way for what it says is a development project. it accuses shia militants men of using the old town as a hideout. the bbc gained rare access to the town. this is the level of security needed to visit awamiya, a shia— dominated town in the east of the sunni
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conservative saudi arabia. 0ver town in the east of the sunni conservative saudi arabia. over the past weeks, there have been violent clashes here between government forces and groups of shia fighters. at least dozens were killed, including civilians and police troops. it is quite difficult to get here. only very few journalists managed to make it to awamiya. as you can see, in order to reach awamiya you have to take this armed vehicle and be in the company police special forces the government says it is under control now but the security situation is quite perilous. as a look through the window, i can see that the town is almost deserted. the scale of devastation here is shocking. as we enter the place with our government escort, we see what is left of a once vibrant residential area. a large shia community used to live here. they had long protested
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against what they called discrimination. the confrontation took a violent turn last may when the authorities started to demolish the authorities started to demolish the area as a part of what they say isa the area as a part of what they say is a development project. shia groups accuse the government of forcing people to leave with the aim of crushing dissent. but even today, the fighting is not over yet. they just asked us to leave so we have to go at once because it is not safe to say. —— state. the saudis say they are also targeted. these videos released by the ministry of interior show attacks on police forces in awamiya. the ministry told us in a statement it was terrorist groups who have been behind the unrest. it accuses them of indiscriminately killing civilians or using them as human shields. it was impossible to
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independently verify these accounts inside awamiya. but i managed to speak to a man who fled this place and is now seeking asylum in germany. we cannot identify him for security reasons. this man insists he personally never took up arms but he personally never took up arms but he can understand why some people did. when we went out in peaceful protests, security forces used to disperse a supply of ammunition. you can be sentenced to death only because you are a shia and you belong to a different religious sect. when you are humiliated and pride of yourfreedom, sect. when you are humiliated and pride of your freedom, you sect. when you are humiliated and pride of yourfreedom, you canjust stay quiet. if someone shoots you, you will definitely shoot back. back in awamiya, shia fighters are still believed to be hiding among the rubble. this is a town almost in ruins but the reasons for the unrest are still very much present. stay with us on bbc
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news — still to come: tensions ease in america's pacific territory of guam as north korea says it may not test—fire missiles into the nearby ocean. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutalformer dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. 2 billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse
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of the sun to take place in this millenium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal. you are watching bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump has defended his response to the deadly protests in charlottesville at the weekend, again claiming that both sides were to blame. the authorities in sierra leone say 600 people are still thought to be missing following a devastating mudslide that's known to have killed another 400. after days of heated rhetoric, it now looks as if north korea has backed away from its threat to fire ballistic missiles towards the us pacific island of guam. state media in pyongyang report that
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kim jong—un will wait and watch what the us does before acting. 0n guam, the news has been met with cautious relief. from there the bbc‘s rupert wingfield hayes reports. if war comes to guam, joey lopeer is ready. today, joey and his brother are out hunting for wild pig. but if an attack comes, he says he is ready to turn his guns to defending this tiny pacific island. patriotism runs deep here. per capita, guam sends more of its sons and daughters to the military than anywhere else in the united states. this is an island of warriors. god forbid something happened to this island, do not be surprised that you see local men taking to militia—style... taking up arms and protecting their homes and families. in north korea, there are signs that
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kimjong—un is pulling back from the brink. these pictures show him studying plans for a strike on guam. but kim now says he will first watch a little more the "foolish and stupid" conduct of the yankees. the islands governor told me that his words show that donald trump's tough stance is working. how do you deal with bullies? first of all you've got to do it with strength and clarity. when the head of state is very aggressive and strong, kim jong—un may be reconsidering doing testing. we have gotten some good word that at least, for today, he hasn't made the decision to test. there is obvious relief here, but not everyone agrees with the governor that it is because of the tough rhetoric of president trump. some here are furious at what they see as president trump's casual disregard of their security. we want to continue to live here for generations to come!
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these protesters say it is time for washington to stop playing games with their lives. they live on the frontline, but can't even vote for the us president. 0ur islands have been used for wars for so long and have been caught in wars for so long. it is time for our people to examine why. it's always a war not of our making and it's time that we use this moment and this attention to let the people of the world know that we no longer should be a colony. this is the new reality. america's confrontation with north korea will be long, arduous and, at times, frightening. in the next couple of hours, britain's new aircraft carrier, hms queen elizabeth, will arrive at her new home in portsmouth on the south coast of england. the 65,000 tonne carrier
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is the biggest warship ever to be built in britain but it's not been without its critics. one issue is that the carrier will remain without aircraft until flying trials are conducted in america next year. duncan kennedy reports does contain some flashing images. there has never been a royal navy vessel like it. 65,000 tons, the length of three football pictures, and eventually enough firepower to place us amongst the world's maritime heavyweights. first conceived nearly 20 years ago, it has taken 10,000 people eight years to actually construct the hms queen elizabeth. as high as nelson's column, it has launched a thousand statistics. another deck space to pa rt statistics. another deck space to part 1200 minis. 0ther statistics. another deck space to part 1200 minis. other than capacity to bake 1000 loads a day. the basic
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crew will just be to bake 1000 loads a day. the basic crew willjust be 679 strong, less than previous carriers. and all living on decks with wi—fi, access toa living on decks with wi—fi, access to a cinema, and a full operating theatre. the critics say it has cost more than £3 billion and does not have a clearly defined role. the government, though, says it will be a demonstration of british power around the world. the carrier will be britain's biggest everfloating airfields. from the 4.58 it deck, fighterjets airfields. from the 4.58 it deck, fighter jets can be airfields. from the 4.58 it deck, fighterjets can be launched. each one of the planes cost about £100 million. —— 4.5 acre. a sibling ship, the prince of wales, is due to be handed over in 2019. duncan kennedy, bbc news. five—time european cup winners liverpool will take a 2—1 lead into their champions league qualifier against hoffenheim. the germans were playing
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their first—ever european tie but missed an early penalty to take the lead. they were made to pay for that error with first trent alexander—arnold and then james milner scoring for the visitors. and despite hoffenheim scoring a late goal, the liverpool manager was satisfied with his teams efforts. if somebody would have told me we would win tonight, i would have taken any result, or even an 8—7. so iam happy taken any result, or even an 8—7. so i am happy with the result. yes. i not only happy with is because they scored, but i think they deserve to go ahead in the 90 minutes, with all the effort they put. so there's confirmation of liverpool's victory while elsewhere cska moscow, qarabag and apoel nicosia won with sporting lisbon and steaua bucharest playing out a goalless draw in portugal. there are more qualifiers on wednesday evening. full details are on bbc.com/football. maria sharapova is set to play in herfirst grand slam since her 15—month drugs ban expired in april. the 30—year—old russian has been
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handed a place at this month's us open in new york. the 5—time grand slam champion was denied a wildcard for the french open and pulled out of qualifying for wimbledon with injury. sharapova won the event 11 years ago. there's a historic day ahead for england's cricketers later. for the first time, they will play a test match in the evening. the day—night game against the west indies is the first to be held in the uk and only the fifth in history. it means using a pink ball instead of the traditional red — but why pink? welljoe wilson can explain it all to us. when it comes to playing a test match under floodlights one key issue is the ball. this is a red dux, one that has been used for many years in test matches in england, you can see its colour and a prominent seam and that will deteriorate as the day goes on which is part of test cricket. but under light it is too dark. no good. so what do you do? you go over to the pink.
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a compromise. visible under light, also durable so it will last for several hours of play and won't have to be replaced like a white ball when it gets discoloured. you can see the prominent seam, this is a dux pink ball and to keep that sheen there's an extra layer of protective coating. some batsmen say it feels different when you hit it and under light when you are bowling, the evidence of england practising last night, as far as i'm aware it did a lot. it is very difficult to bat against. getting this in your hand under floodlights has to be a good idea. i haven't used it except to train last night and it did move a bit in the twilight period. i suppose that is the time to bowl. it isn't easy to say, yes, we will bowl in that period, you might have to bat in those conditions as well. i suppose the more we can get used to using it in practice sessions the better. it is a little unknown to howard reacts. at least one player will hope that the ball behaves impeccably.
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mark stoneman will be trying to solve england's opening batting problem this week. as we saw in practice today, he can certainly catch. joe wilson, bbc news, edgbaston. it became known as the frankenstein dinosaur. it appeared to consist of body parts of unrelated dinosaur species. scientists were puzzled until now. they think they have solved the mystery, as pallab ghosh reports. in the mountains of chile, researchers discover a dinosaur, the likes of which has never been seen before. back in their lab in buenos aires, they carefully cut through the sandstone to find a bizarre skeleton. they named their dinosaur chilesaurus. it had a mix of features from different dinosaurs. it hip bones were like those of plant eaters such as the stegosaurus. its arms and body were
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like meat eaters like the dryness or as racks. and so chilesaurus became known as the frankenstein dinosaur. —— tyrannosaurus rex. now a british researcher thinks he has solved the mystery. it is the missing link between one group of dinosaur, like the stegosaurus and triceratops, and another group which contains not a source like the tyrannosaurus rex. tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurus we re tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurus were thought to be in different branches of the dinosaur family tree. but researchers have shown that they are both in the same branch. the frankenstein dinosaur now fits in perfectly as an earlier animal that came before them, which is why it is skeleton is a mixture of both. this reassessment is important, because it will radically change the theory of how dinosaurs evolved and split into different groups. chilesaurus is there at the
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beginning of one of the big splits. hopefully, by understanding more about its biology, we will understand the driving features to drive the splits. the skeleton was once a puzzle, but now it might be the key to explain how dinosaurs evolved. pallab ghosh, bbc news. before we go, if a visit to the dentist fills you with dread, spare a thought for this tiger in denmark. he had been dealing with a bat to for a long time, so the zoo called in the animal dentist. unsurprisingly, the tiger was heavily sedated before the animal surgeon put her hands in to its huge drawers. don't forget you to get me on twitter. stay with us. the headlines come out, then world business report. don't go away. —— headlines coming up.
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it's very quiet on the weather front out there right now. lots of clear weather. there's a bit of rain on the way. it's just about approaching ireland, western parts, and through wednesday some of us will be getting that rain. before that happens we got a chilly start to the day. in some rural areas in scotland, first thing on wednesday morning only around five degrees. single figure temperatures in other areas. this is the low pressure that will upset the weather in western areas during wednesday. here is the rain coming through. 7am—8am, just about getting into northern ireland. fringing on western parts of wales, the tip of cornwall and nudging into the western isles of scotland. by the time we get to the afternoon many of us are still under the sunnier skies, especially across eastern and central areas. temperatures constantly getting into the 20s quite widely. newcastle — 20. any western areas are gloomy, cloudy. some drizzle and heavy rain at times.
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that rain will push across the country on wednesday night into thursday. thursday morning, still some rain around across these eastern and south—eastern areas and for thursday we are forecasting a day of sunny spells, some showers, a little on the breezy side, but on balance a fine day on the way on thursday. temperatures getting up to 21 degrees in newcastle, leeds and sheffield and the mid—20s in london as well. on friday, low pressure still close, meaning there will be showers around. not a completely dry picture. quite breezy as well on friday. most of the showers will be across these western and north—western areas. the best of the weather along the channel coast on friday. saturday — quite a blustery day on the way. it will feel a little cool and there will be quite a few showers around. what we are watching is right now the hurricane is just off the coast of north america.
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we won't be getting a hurricane, but this storm system is going to get mixed up in our own weather that crosses the atlantic and we will get wet and windy weather by the time we get to sunday. so quite a blustery weekend on the way. this is bbc world news, the headlines. prominent republican politicians in the united states have renewed their criticism of donald trump after he again blamed both far—right protesters and counter—demonstrators for violence at a rally in charlottesville on saturday. mass burials will be held in sierra leone today for victims of the mudslide that swamped dozens of homes near the capital, freetown, on monday. nearly 400 people are known to have died. six hundred more are still missing. three female suicide bombers have killed at least 27 people in north—eastern nigeria. nearly 150 people have been killed in attacks blamed on the islamic militant group boko haram since june. britain's new aircraft carrier —
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hms queen elizabeth — is arriving at her new home in portsmouth shortly.
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