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this is bbc news. welcome, if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: hong kong marks the 22nd anniversary of the handoverfrom british to chinese control as pro—democracy protestors are locked in a stand—off with police. a handshake and a moment of history. could president trump's visit unlock further progress in the us—north korea talks? at least seven people are killed in sudan after tens of thousands return to the streets to demand civilian rule. and sir david attenborough joins kylie and the cure on the final day of the glastonbury festival.
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senior politicians in hong kong have been celebrating the moment the city returned to chinese rule 22 years ago. led by chief executive carrie lam and joined by officials from china, they attended a reception a few hours ago. outside, a flag raising ceremony was held at the harbour front. in her toast — carrie lam wished successs to the motherland and to the stability and prosperity of hong kong. away from this though the mood is quiet different. this is the scene live as crowds of activists have been gathering from early this morning. they're now in a peaceful stand off with police. our correspondent karishma vaswani has the latest updates.
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in the last hour or so, we have been hearing that there is a stand—off between police and protesters on one of the main arterial roads of this city. what we understand is that in the early hours of this morning hundreds of protesters camped out on that road, trying to block it. police say some of them at least armed themselves with bricks and they have dustbins, they have allowed them to barricade themselves on the main road. it is a stand—off at this point in time, but the situation does remain tense. i must underline and emphasise, however, that it is contained in just this one part of hong kong, not too far away from here. the rest of the city remains largely unaffected. meanwhile, just behind me over there, we had the official flag raising ceremony taking place, the government flag raising ceremony, which marks the annual handover of hong kong to mainland china, and in herfirst public appearance since that press conference on june 18, we saw smiling scenes of carrie lam,
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the chief executive, making a speech about how she recognised that indeed there was a great deal of frustration here in hong kong, but that she wants to focus very much on the future. we certainly saw those very large protests last month about that extradition law. is carrie lam still under a lot of pressure over that? yes, absolutely. she is under a great deal of pressure, and to be honest, you know, to see a smiling carrie lam today, many protesters would be wondering why she doesn't seem more troubled, more worried, because what they are demanding amongst the list of demands that they have is for her resignation. she herself has said that the extradition bill has been suspended, but that is not enough for the protesters. they want it to be withdrawn altogether. later this afternoon, there will be the annual march of course that marks the handover again of hong kong to mainland china. this happens every year.
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but this year it has taken on far more of a symbolic significance because many young people in particular here, notjust upset about what they see as the erosion of their freedoms under the ‘one country, two systems‘ principles, but they also feel they are being disenfranchised and their government is not listening to them and that beijing has an increasingly big power and influence here. donald trump has become the first sitting us president to enter north korea. in a moment broadcast around the world, he walked across the border into the north from south korea shortly after meeting kim jong—un. mr trump has now returned to the us, as critics dismiss the occasion as political theatre. but the us president is claiming to have brought peace to the korean peninsula. this report from our correspondent nick bryant in seoul. "meet me at the dmz," said the president. his impromptu invitation on twitter to the north korean leader like a diplomatic form
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of online dating. donald trump was savouring this moment, a smile of satisfaction as his choreography came together, because the chance of this brief encounter had kim jong—un almost skipping down the steps. and from the lips of this brutal dictator came almost starry—eyed words of welcome, delivered in english by his translator. this place is where the armistice in the korean war was signed, the line that divides the north from the south — a threshold no american president has ever crossed. president trump: i thank you as well. chairman kim: this is a step forward. you're the first us president to cross the border. so this time, it wasn't a handshake that made history, but a footstep. donald trump leaving his security detail behind and striding out alone into what, for decades,
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has been enemy territory, a country that less than two years ago he threatened to totally destroy. his visit lasted just over a minute, more than enough time, his critics will say, to legitimise this totalitarian regime with one of the worst human rights records on the planet. but that didn't seem to trouble the president, who has formed an improbable friendship with a tyrant he used to ridicule as ‘little rocket man'. stepping across that line was a great honour, a lot of progress has been made, a lot of friendships have been made, and this has been, in particular, a great friendship, so i just want to thank you. that was very quick notice and i want to thank you. there were chuckles as well from south koreans who watched on tv, and looks of utter disbelief. generations here have lived with the threat of annihilation from the north.
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in their sit—down meeting, kimjong—un praised mr trump, saying his visit was proof of a willingness to eliminate the unfortunate past and open a new future. and the president delivered another invitation, to visit him at the white house. donald trump's unorthodox diplomacy has certainly reduced tensions here, but it hasn't stopped the north koreans from expanding their nuclear arsenal. this friendship has produced smiles, handshakes, photo opportunities, but not the supposed goal of us policy — the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. he ended his trip with a speech to us troops, staged to look more like a campaign rally. another made—for—television moment, but who would have thought that "make america great again" would also elevate north korea? nick bryant, bbc news, seoul. let's go live to our correspondent mariko oi
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who is in seoul. what has the reaction been in north korean state media and south korean state media? as you can imagine, it is the top news story here in south korea. showing you one newspaper here with that picture of the historic moment when president trump became the first american president to enter north korea. this particular newspaper dedicated seven pages to that story but there has been some debate about whether that was a gigantic photo opportunity. but also, south korean media has been somewhat divided about president moonjae—in of south korea focusing too much on this north korean issue while other main issues for the local community here such as the economy, youth unemployment, remain un— tackled. but as you mentioned, surprisingly, north
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korean state media also reported this story this morning, both on television as well as on the front page of the main newspaper. it actually had 85 pictures of that historic meeting between the two leaders. that goes to show that pyongyang was probably pleased with how it went because usually it takes a lot longerfor north korean media to report about it and of course for the public to find out. what kind of regional reaction have we been getting from some of the neighbouring countries? of course, south korea has been playing a key role here so president moon playing a major role but other countries like china, of course, because chinese president xi xin ping met with kim jong—un about a week ago. china, we haven't heard the official reaction to it but we assume beijing was keen for this relationship to improve after the talk in hanoi
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collapsed and the talks have stalled somewhat. —— chinese president xi xin ping. other players, of course, japan. national —— japanese nationals being abducted in the 70s, some who have yet to return. i have been seeing some reaction online on social media, japan feeling a bit left out because president trump was in osaka to attend the g20 summit and if prime minister abe boasts a close relation —— relationship with president trump, could he have asked something of this trip? authorities in sudan say seven people have been killed and nearly 200 injured during renewed protests in several cities. tens of thousands of people took to the streets to keep up the pressure on the country's interim military rulers
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to hand power over to a civilian administration. the protests on sunday were the largest since a deadly raid by security forces on a protest camp outside the defence ministry, three weeks ago. gareth barlow has more. the rallies across several cities were the largest since dozens were killed in a crackdown at the start ofjune. despite troops being deployed and tear gas being fired, protesters continue to demand the ruling military council hands power to a civilian—led administration. translation: i felt the blood boiling in my veins so i had to come out tonight, i had to march, i had to march for everyone killed, i had to march for the martyrs that died, march for the girls that were raped, had to march to do something, anything. translation: i want to give a message to the military council. if you don't stop the nonsense, we won't leave you and we will take our rights back.
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but the military claimed they had to intervene during sunday's protest to deal with an unidentified threat. translation: now, in front of the military medical centre and from the youth centre, there are snipers shooting at people. they have shot three members of the security forces and maybe five or six civilians. this is now. that is why we were upset and trying to get things under control. those claims strongly rejected by protesters still mourning those killed in the military crackdown four weeks ago. translation: the military council must fall because it only brought us martyrs. we celebrated with the sound of bullets and with the blood of our martyrs. despite an internet blackout and security forces blocking bridges, sunday's protests were the biggest since the military took power. a display of strength by the people, another challenge to the ruling authorities. gareth barlow, bbc news.
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stay with us on bbc news, still to come: calling time on this year's sun—soaked, star—studded glastonbury festival. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell of another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record
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that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: hong kong marks the 22nd anniversary of the handoverfrom british to chinese control, as pro—democracy protestors are locked in a stand—off with police. north korea describes the latest meeting between kim jong—un and donald trump as i. - - more now on that story. abraham denmark, is asia program director at the wilson centre in washington, and formerly worked in the us department of defence under president obama. he gave me his impressions of donald trump's visit
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to the north korean side of the dmz. they certainly seem historic in that it is the first time a sitting president has visited north korea. unlike past visits to places from presidents, i am thinking of president kennedy going to berlin in 1963, there was not much substance behind it, there was no significant policy push behind it or breakthrough diplomatically behind it. it seemed to be more of an effort to look historic rather than to actually make historic claims or progress in this issue between the united states and north korea. you say not much breakthrough and it's a criticism we've heard in the last 2a hours, but isn't this some movement forward? as donald trump says, we're not seeing the nuclear tests, we're not seeing the incredible tension we saw under president obama between north korea and the us and the rest of the world. isn't this some sort of improvement?
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well, it's certainly less tense than before, but i think that's more a difference in rhetoric than in reality. the security situation on the korean peninsula hasn't changed significantly. in the past year or so since the singapore summit, north korea has been free to continue to build nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles even though it's not testing them. they're still free to continue to develop them. in fact, we saw president trump escalate the level of rhetoric and tension with north korea before he turned another way and decided to engage them. so we're not seeing a significant change in the security situation. the fundamental problems in the relationship with the united states demanding north korea to denuclearise and north korea refusing to denuclearise, insisting on the end of sanctions, those issues haven't changed at all.
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the bodies of oscar and valeria martinez, the father and daughter from el salvador who drowned while trying to enter the united states, have been returned home. the picture of them lying face down in the rio grande, published around the world, highlighted again the plight of central americans, caught between gang violence at home and the risks of travelling north. the government in el salvador is urging its people not to risk death by attempt the journey. our international correspondent, orla guerin, has travelled to san martin, a district of the capital san salvador, where the martinez family came from the streets of san martin, a place many feel compelled to leave. danger and despair are woven into the fabric here. police try to keep deadly gangs at bay but, out of sight,
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they menace the community. at the local church, they try to give the young a focus. they offer music classes and some job training. father manuel lozano wants to keep his flock in san martin, but they are being scattered by constant brutality. translation: in my 3.5 years here, 90% of their families in the community have suffered violence. it fills us with sadness. you don't see the gangs in plain sight, but they are here. just a week ago, they killed a young man in an alley nearby. and another young man was killed days before. oscar ramirez survived san martin but did not survive the journey to the us. he wanted better things for his daughter, valeria.
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instead, they both perished in front of his wife, tania avalos. she has been brought home by officials from el salvador, looking frail and deeply traumatised by what she witnessed and what she lost. the government using this moment to call on its people not to risk their lives and those of their children by chasing the american dream. words that are no comfort to this young widow, now facing life alone. back in san martin, there is a festival in the main square, an attempt to lift the community's spirits. the mayor tells me his people are resilient, but more than 30% can't find jobs,
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so they look to the us. he says so far this year, 400 people from san martin have made the journey and locals will keep going, though others have died on the way, notjust oscar and valeria. they have now been brought back to el salvador for burial one week after they drowned trying to reach a new life. the heartbreaking homecoming of a father and daughter who died in each other‘s arms. orla guerin, bbc news. let's ta ke let's take you back to the live scenes in hong kong. earlier we did see people gathering and blocking the road. in the distance, that is a line of barricades where that
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highway has been barricaded. people sitting and locating also the upper highway. umbrellas to shield them. police and protesters were locked in a stand—off earlier. police have now backed off. this is happening on the 22nd anniversary of the handover. it is marked every year and also asked by pro—democracy protesters. obviously more key at the moment given the protest we saw injune against that extradition bill. we will keep an eye on events as they u nfold will keep an eye on events as they unfold in hong kong. the sun has set on the final day of the glastonbury festival in south west england. over 175,000 people descended on the iconic worthy farm, which has seen hit filled performances from acts such as the cure, grime artist, stormzy, and australian popstar, kylie minogue.
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ms minogue saw her return to the festival lineup for the first time since being forced to pull out due to cancer 14 years ago. it wasn't all music though, there was also a suprise appearance by natural historian sir david attenborough. lizo mzimba has the story. this year is the first time glastonbury has taken action against single—use plastics. no longer selling water in plastic bottles and banning many other plastic items. no surprise then that the festival's environmentally—aware audience gave a huge reception to sir david attenborough, the man who inspired the plastics ban with an episode of blue planet ii. it was one in which we showed what plastic has done to the creatures that live in the ocean. cheering. but of course, the main way people willjudge the success of the festival is through its music. kylie minogue drew a massive audience for her first ever full glastonbury set.
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# can't get you out of my head... # i came in like a wrecking ball... a successful glastonbury debut too for miley cyrus. # yesterday, felt so old, felt like i could die... while the cure closed the festival with a record—equalling fourth headlining slot. lizo mzimba, bbc news, glastonbury. it's the start of wimbledon on monday, the world's most prestigious tournament, and the bbc‘s lucy hockings will be there throughout the day to bring us the latest. will novak djokivic and angelique kerber triumph again or will serena williams write herself into the record books by equalling the number of grand slam titles won by a tennis player? lucy has been looking at that and other things you might not know about the tournament. welcome to wimbledon 2019.
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for players like roger federer this is hallowed ground. he's hoping for his ninth wimbledon title. ever since 2007, men and their women have earnt the same prize money. ever since 2007, the men and the women have earnt the same prize money. this is the first grand slam to do that. and this year the prize pot set at $2.8 million for the winners. almost half a million fans are expected wimbledon this year, but only 15,000 a day are allowed into centre court. and that makes the grounds outside almost as important. 22,000 bottles of champagne will be consumed over the next few weeks. and, of course, it wouldn't be wimbledon without the strawberries and cream. 166,000 portions will be bought. and for the eighth year in a row the price has been held atjust over $3, in case you are being wondering. talking of food, the players eat their way through over 2000 kilos of bananas and 4000 pasta portions. mind you, they need it with all the energy they expire on the court. they'll likely hit 53,000 balls across the fortnight — all handled at one stage or another
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by 250 ball boys and girls, all selected from about 1000 applicants. here in the museum you really get a sense of the history of the game. wimbledon is the oldest grand slam tournament in the world. the first was held back in 1877. it's the only grand slam with a royal box as well. catherine, the duchess of cambridge, is the current royal patron. she comes every year and is a massive fan. and that, in a nutshell, is wimbledon. two weeks of world class tennis. and after 675 matches all the attention will be here on centre court as the men‘s and ladies‘ champions are crowned. will it the novak djokovic and angelique kerber again? or will we see two new competitors taking all the glory? do keep watching for all our wimbledon coverage on bbc news. you can reach me on twitter. i‘m @ reged ahmad bbc.
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all the top stories on our website. hello there. uk forecasts coming up in a moment but first of all, we‘ll start off with a look at what has been an incredible week in europe. a week that‘s seen newjune temperature records set in all of these countries, most impressively in france where the new record of 46 beat the old record by five degrees celsius. that extreme heatwave is now beginning to come to an end because we have cooler and fresher air day by day, working in across these areas of europe, moderating the temperatures significantly. it will come as a relief, i am sure, to many in europe. here in the uk, we have had skies like this over the course of the weekend, broken cloud and spells of sunshine and more of the same to come in the week ahead. often the weather is going to dry with some sunshine
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and the sunshine is going to feel warm. but there will be rain at times across the north—west of the uk and indeed if you are heading outside over the next three hours, there is a risk of seeing some rain in scotland, a few showers for northern ireland, northern england and perhaps the north of wales as well. but otherwise, the further south you go, the drier the weather is. it is certainly not going to be a cold start of the day. temperatures 11—14 degrees first thing. looking at the weather picture in more detail for monday. we have this seclusion pushing southwards. that‘s going to take an area of thicker cloud with it, along with showers. so scotland seeing plenty of showers through the day and a few will get across northern ireland and into northern england and north wales as the day goes by. south of this area, for southern wales, the midlands, east anglia and southern counties of england, the weather should stay dry with well broken cloud and some fairly lengthy spells of sunshine around. that is why we will see some of the highest temperatures towards the south and east, temperatures into the low 20s. a little on the cool side for the far north of scotland. another sign of summer is the fact that wimbledon starts today
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and it‘s going to be a dry day with some sunshine. temperatures into the low 20s. similar weather, actually, lasting throughout the week although perhaps getting a little bit warmer towards the end of the week. for tuesday, weatherwise, fewer showers and what showers that are around will be mainly across the north—west of the country. generally more in the way of sunshine for most areas and temperatures generally high—teens to low 20s for many of us and still a little on the cool side for northern scotland. later on in the week, cloud will thicken across the north and west of scotland with outbreaks of rain for a time. as you can see, for much of the time, the weather will be dry and bright for many areas. across england and wales, it looks like it will be a largely dry week with some sunshine. temperatures running into the low—mid 20s, feeling warm in that july sunny weather. that‘s your weather.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: senior politicians in hong kong have been celebrating the moment the city returned to chinese rule 22 years ago. at the same time, pro—democracy protestors, who‘ve blocked main roads and set up barricades, are locked in a stand—off with police. a major demonstration is expected later. president trump has become the first sitting us president to cross into north korea. the meeting with kimjong—un came four months after the collapse of their last summit. the two leaders posed for handshakes then talked for nearly an hour in the heavily fortified demilitarised zone. they agreed to set up teams to continue discussions. authorities in sudan say seven people have been killed and nearly 200 injured during renewed protests in several cities. tens of thousands of people took to the streets to keep up the pressure on the country‘s interim military rulers —

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