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this is bbc news. i'm tim willcox. our top stories: a fourth term in office for angela merkel, but her authority is weakened and the right—wing nationalist afd becomes germany's third party. i'm damian grammaticas live in berlin. mrs merkel must now build a coalition in a political landscape that has greatly changed. in other news, the us imposes new travel restrictions on eight countries, including north korea, venezuela and chad. a warning from bali — this volcano could be ready to blow for the first time in half a century. and in business, merkel comes out on top in germany's elections, but europe's biggest economy will have to weather months of uncertainty as coalition talks loom. and stepping into orbit. australia's government says its launching a space agency so it can compete in
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a $300 billion industry. germany's election result has redrawn the country's political landscape, with an impact likely to be felt right around the world. chancellor angela merkel will serve a fourth term in office, her christian democrats have remained the largest party. but her authority has been weakened by the right—wing afd, a strongly anti—immigrant party, which has won seats in parliament for the first time. our correspondent damian grammaticas is in berlin. a grammaticas is in berlin. victory eclipsed by what i
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happened? a victory eclipsed by what has happened? yes, good morning from berlin. germany has voted, angela merkel‘s party has come out on top, so merkel‘s party has come out on top, so she will be chancellor for a fourth time. this is a surprising showing for the alternative for germany, the first time a right—wing nationalist party will be represented in germany ‘s parliament in decades. this is the breakdown. the right—wing afd party which has as yet not been represented in government will get 94 seats. it was a disastrous night for angela merkel. a brave face, though, for the cameras, and for the party faithful. mrs merkel has won the election for them, but it is not the victory they had hoped for. support for her conservatives is lower than it has ever been under her leadership, a verdict perhaps on her decision
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to open germany's doors to a million refugees. translation: let's not beat about the bush. of course we'd hoped for a better result. but let's not forget we've just had a very challenging four years. that's why i'm happy to say we achieved the strategic goal of ourcampaign. we are the strongest party. because this is today's real success story. anti—islam, anti—immigrant, anti—euro — afd, the far—right, is now part of the german establishment. translation: we will hunt them down. we'll hunt mrs merkel down, and we'll take back our country and our people. it is a profound shift in postwar german politics. today, running together in berlin. but in the heart of this country, there is division, discontent.
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translation: they are like the nazis under hitler. i was born in ‘39. i'm a war—child, i grew up in the ruins, and now we get this again. they are criminals. translation: it's difficult. there aren't many alternatives to angela merket. translation: she doesn't do much on her own initiative. she reacts a lot to what others do, and that's a kind of stagnation. angela merkel must now find coalition partners, win back voters, persuade her country, perhaps some in her party, she is the right woman for the job. exhausted, bruised — the end a long campaign. mrs merkel‘s conservatives may be the winners, but it doesn't feel much like victory. this election will go down in the
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history books. her worst result and a winfor history books. her worst result and a win for the far right. what was a norm in other countries was unthinkable in postwar germany. not any more. it was really the showing of the afd that was the shock of the night, most people did not expect them to do quite as well. the other view, angela merkel secured a fourth term and is back in office, but she has two now secure a coalition. that will be difficult for her on this basis. looking at the results in the former east germany, the afd came second there. another candidate has gone into official opposition, how does that work in terms of committees and funding? angela merkel‘s current coalition partner,
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the spd, the centre—left, it has been a grand coalition. the spd's leader, who used to be the president of european parliament before coming back to fight this election, they have slumped to their worst result. he is pulling his party out, he says he doesn't want to stay in a coalition. he views that as having damaged the spd quite considerably. it means that the spd will be the main official opposition now in the parliament. the third placed party, the afd far right party, they will not be the official opposition but they will still have an important place. not the most dominant opposition voice, but they will sit on many key committees. a slightly smaller role because of the spd
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decision. what will it mean for the relationships with france, in terms of brexit? the big picture is that she is back. despite everything, the problems, trials and tribulations of the last four years, that was evident in her speech last night. despite what happened with the migrant crisis, which many predicted maybe her own doing, they believed she may have britain through those problems. an anchor of stability at the helm of germany. because of the wea ker the helm of germany. because of the weaker showing and the difficulties she has in terms of a coalition, her choice of coalition partners means that she will be able to devote less
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time to pushing for eu reforms, backing up emmanuel macron‘s ideas about how to reform the eurozone. one of her likely coalition partners will be the liberal democrats, pro—business. some problems there, not able to push ahead as much as she might have liked. for brexit, the meaning is that the uk will see little change. the coalition partners are all of the same mind, that the uk has to follow the script the eu has laid out. they must meet the eu has laid out. they must meet the obligations before they will offer anything like a trade deal. very interesting. more talks on
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brexit today. if you want more on the german election you can head to our website, there's analysis from our correspondents as well as video insights into germany's post war politics. that's the united states has issued a new travel ban, adding north korea, venezuela and chad to the list of countries whose citizens are prohibited due to poor security and lack of cooperation. sudan, one of six majority—muslim countries on president trump's original list, has now been removed. andrew plant reports. a list of countries whose citizens are prohibited from entering the united states. it now includes three new names, north korea, venezuela and chad. president trump has tweeted about the updated restrictions, saying: the list now covers eight countries,
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iran, libya, in yemen in somalia we re iran, libya, in yemen in somalia were pa rt of iran, libya, in yemen in somalia were part of the original list —— and. sudan has been taken off the list. it is the first time non— muslim countries have been placed under restriction. students from some other countries will be allowed into the us, and the venezuela ban is limited to certain officials and theirfamilies. the is limited to certain officials and their families. the original presidential declaration detailing the ban had been due to expire. that sparked protest and legal setbacks. injune, the sparked protest and legal setbacks. in june, the supreme sparked protest and legal setbacks. injune, the supreme court allowed a modified version to take effect. they are still considering a legal challenge to the ban. it is not clear how this new order might affect that case. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. polls have opened in northern iraq in a controversial referendum on independence for iraqi kurds,
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which is going ahead despite growing international pressure to call it off. turkey and iran, with a combined kurdish population of over 20 million, have warned the vote could bring chaos to the region. but kurdish president, masoud barzani, said that independence was the only way to secure safety for kurds. a new round of talks on britain's planned departure from the european union starts today. they'll be the first chance for the eu delegation to respond to friday's speech by prime minister theresa may, in which she promised to meet britain's eu budget commitments. she didn't give a figure, and some european politicians are demanding more clarity on this and other issues including the status of eu nationals living in britain. japan's prime minister is to hold a news conference at his official residence in the next few hours where he's expected to announce an early election in october. though polls show a lead for his party, reports suggest
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he may struggle to keep a two—thirds parliamentary majority. the us treasury secretary says america will do everything it can to avoid nuclear war with north korea. in a television interview, steve mnuchin also talked about economic sanctions and said president trump had authorised him to cut off financial institutions anywhere in the world that support north korea. i can assure you, the president's number one priority is the safety of the american people and our allies. the president doesn't want to be in a nuclear war, and we will do everything we can to make sure that does not occur. on the other hand, the president will protect the american people and our allies, and having a country like this have nuclear weapons, testing them, using them, sending rockets over our allies — that's unacceptable behaviour. our top stories is our is of course
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about the elections in germany, and what about in business? —— this hour. as you've been hearing, germany's elections have delivered a fourth term in office for chancellor angela merkel. but the outcome is one that most economies dread — uncertainty, and that's because despite coming out on top support for both mrs merkel‘s conservative cdu party and her coalition partners, the social democrats, has fallen. it all means europe's largest economy could face months of painful coalition negotations and that has led the euro to fall in asian trading. but the economic picture going into the election was pretty healthy. the latest figures show annualised economic growth ofjust over 2% — that's after the 0.6% expansion in the three months to the end ofjune.
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and despite the huge influx of migrants which are thought to have cost mrs merkel votes, unemployment in august was 5.7% — well below the eurozone average and also germany's lowest since the berlin wall fell in 1989. and the public finances are in decent health too. the national debt fell nearly 3% in the first half of this year to just under $71.5 billion. that does give mrs merkel some wiggle room in that she can afford to offer potential coalition partners some of the policies they want in order to support her. we'll have more on world business report in about 15 minutes time. also, australia's government says its going to set up its own space agency. it's one of the last economically advanced countries not to have one, but that's going to change as it competes for a slice of a global industry that's worth more than $320 billion a year. it could mean thousands ofjobs are created in and around adelaide. the industry is thriving thanks to growing demand
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for micro—satellites which are being used for communications, gps services and the monitoring of everything from natrual disasters to crops. we will be going live to sydney. also, more than 700,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the ride—hailing app uber not to lose its licence in london. meanwhile london's mayor, sadiq khan, has told the bbc it's difficult to see how discussions with uber can be held at all given its aggressive stance over threatened legal action. the company says its keen to talk after the authorities said it's licence to operate would not be renewed because of concerns about public safety and security. that story continues. all of those in the other business stories in about... 13 minutes. that only have until the end of the
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month, don't they? that depends upon whether the licence runs on until the appeal process or not. thank you, sally. donald trump has become embroiled in a row with leading us sports stars after criticising american football players who refused to stand during the national anthem. they say they're protesting against racism in america. but the president argues they're being unpatriotic and has called for them to be fired. the row resurfaced in london at wembley stadium ahead of an american football game when several players defied mr trump. jon donnison reports. # 0 say, can you see... you might think only a fool would pick a fight with these guys but president trump is not shy of punching above his weight. today, though, at wembley, by refusing to stand for the star—spangled banner, dozens of players defied him. it came just days after
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president trump had this to say. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "get that son of a bleep off the field right now! out, he's fired. he's fired!" but in today's later games across the us, the defiance spread. taking a knee, as it has become known, has been used mainly by african—american players in protest at cases of police brutality towards america's black communities. tonight, i'm taking a knee for america. and last night, at a concert in new york, stevie wonder went out of his way to criticise president trump. and it is notjust american footballers who are clashing with the president. steph curry is one of the world's best basketball players. as part of the nba championship team, it is tradition that his golden state warriors should visit the white house.
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i don't want to go, that's really it. the things that he's said, and the things that he hasn't said, in the right times, that we won't stand for it. but the president was not best pleased. 0n social media, he said going to the white house was a great honour and that steph curry‘s hesitation meant the invitation was withdrawn. today, as american football came to the uk, the controversy came with it. this morning, president trump was up at dawn to take to twitter to urge fans not to turn up at matches if the players continue to disrespect the flag and the country. but here at wembley, for today's nfl match, the fans have clearly ignored him. it's not criminal. it's their right, and i think it's symbolic of... it's very similar to what martin luther king did. a peaceful protest of things
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that are going wrong. respect the flag, respect the country. but you know what — freedom of speech is an important thing. once again, donald trump doesn't seem to mind who he upsets. by stirring up controversy on issues such as nationalism, patriotism and race, he is playing to his base. and, from many of them, he still gets a standing ovation. jon donnison, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come — in many parts of pakistan, stray dogs are a problem to be to be controlled. but on this deserted island off the coast, fishermen are becoming their best friends. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this
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morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: after the german election,
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angela merkel is set to serve a fourth term in office, but both main parties have lost significant support. new travel restrictions are to be introduced in the united states. they've been expanded to include two non muslim—majority countries, north korea and venezuela. more than 35,000 people have fled their homes on the indonesian island of bali amid fears that a volcano could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. the evacuations come after two days of heightened seismic activity. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. it looks relatively peaceful, but it seems mount agung may be waking up. increased seismic activity has sent tremors through the area — a warning that this volcano may soon erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. translation: this morning, we observed sulphuric smoke spewing from the crater, and we've never seen this before. this smoke spewed from the crater
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about 200 metres high. to protect the public, an exclusion zone has been put in place and thousands are being told to leave their homes. they are given food and shelter. no chances are being taken. the last time the volcano erupted, more than 1,000 people were killed. others gather at local temples, hoping for divine intervention. "save this village," said this man. "i hope god will protect and save this village from the volcano." officials have urged people to remain calm but they admit there's no way of telling if and when the eruption will come. tim allman, bbc news. there are thousands of stray dogs in pakistan, where authorities have made sporadic attempts to cull them. many view them as a public health risk while others hold cultural beliefs about all
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dogs being unclean. but as the bbc has been finding out, fishermen working off the coast of the country's biggest city karachi have adopted a group of stray dogs living on an uninhabited island where there's barely any water orfood. don't forget, you can reach me on twitter — i'm @timwillcoxbbc. for late september we've had some pretty interesting weather and thunder have the highest britches peaking at 23 celsius and a few shots, london and gravesend amongst those, about five celsius warmer thanit those, about five celsius warmer than it normally is at this late stage of september though it has been quite warm. not right for everyone, a weather front has come through. the streak of cloud you can see and the front isn't straight, it has wiggles on it, and each wiggle has wiggles on it, and each wiggle has a pulse of rain. as we do on to
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the next few hours, expect the rain to become extensive across scotland, england and wales with pulses of rain, it won't rain all the time everywhere. northern ireland, fog seems to be the great risk. looking at the picture through monday, the weather front. while to at the picture through monday, the weatherfront. while to make progress east because it is running into a block of high pressure across scandinavia and europe and in the front will go nowhere fast and also it will be pretty weak. 0n front will go nowhere fast and also it will be pretty weak. on monday, the patchy rain will tend to fizzle out to some degree as we go through the afternoon so many of us have dry weather and the skies brightening across east anglia and south—east england and the best of the sunshine will be across the western side of the uk and particularly in ireland on the vlastuin early—morning fog which could take some time. chester, the weather front is with us, the strea k of the weather front is with us, the streak of cloud is draped across scotland, england and wales were cloudy start to the day that the cloudy start to the day that the cloud or thin and breakup. not much room left on tuesday, which of the increasing amounts of sunshine breaking through. in the sunshine
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this is pretty warm for this time of year. the bridges for most between 16- 21. while year. the bridges for most between 16— 21. while these changes towards the middle part of the week. the atla ntic starts the middle part of the week. the atlantic starts to wake up. this area of low pressure pushes a band of rain into northern ireland, it looks to be heavy and persistent. a bit more of a push on it. 30— a0 millimetres of rain perhaps more over the hills and gale force gust michael flynn over the coast. a breezy day but some sunny spells and relatively mild. temperatures between 16— 21 for most. it really towards the end of the week it will turn increasingly unsettled with rain at times becoming quite windy and those temperatures are coming back to normal. that is the weather. this is bbc world news, the headlines. angela merkel is set to serve a fourth term in office following the german general election. both main parties lost significant support and the anti—immigrant
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afd looks like becoming the country's third largest party. president trump's administration is imposing new travel restrictions on eight countries, including for the first time north korea, venezuela and chad. it's the third update on a ban that has been much contested in court. polls have opened in kurdish areas of northern iraq in a referendum on independence, despite international pressure to call off the vote. the iraqi government, turkey and iran have warned the vote could bring chaos to the region.
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