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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america, or around the globe. i'm mike embley. our top stories: an air strike on a migrant centre leaves dozens dead in libya. un officials say it may be a war crime. china tells the uk to keep out of its affairs as the row over britain's support for hong kong's protesters deepens. the uk government chose to stand on the wrong side. it has made inappropriate remarks. boeing promises a hundred million dollars for families of those killed in the 737 max crashes. and can cuba's tourism industry stay afloat after us sanctions force
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cruise liners to wave goodbye? the united nations has called for an independent investigation into an air strike that killed at least 44 people in a detention centre near the libyan capital. the top un official there calls it a possible war crime, but the security council, meeting in new york, failed to issue any formal condemnation. libyan officials blame forces loyal to the warlord, general haftar. he blames local militia. thousands of african migrants trying to reach europe are being held in libya, in the midst of a civil war. quentin sommerville reports. they came to libya in search of an escape, but were killed before they could flee its shores. more than 100 migrants, mostly africans, were corralled inside the detention centre in east tripoli.
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they had nowhere to run to when it took a direct hit. dozens were killed, many more injured. they had fled their countries‘ war, persecution, and poverty, with few possessions. in the rubble, they looked for any scraps that survived. people are still under the block, so we don't know what to say. all we know is we want the un to help people out of this place because this place is dangerous. the men and women who died were caught in the crossfire of libya's latest civil war. the government in tripoli is battling the forces of khalifa haftar, a warlord with his own self—styled libyan national army. the rebel forces had earlier threatened an escalation in air strikes, but now deny that they were responsible for the bombing of the migrant centre. the un says it's unclear who is to blame, but again called on better protection for migrants in libya.
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we have to see a change now, there has to be an immediate release of all the detainees from the centres and we have to make sure that no rescued refugee rescued on the mediterranean is taken back to libya. detention centres across the country are overwhelmed. the conditions inside are appalling. this one was filmed in april this year. people—smuggling flourished after the fall of gaddafi eight years ago. hundreds of thousands came here in the hope of making it to europe. for migrants, death is familiar. around 500 have drowned this year alone trying to cross the sea. but as the war continues, the risk increases and libya offers them little refuge. quentin sommerville, bbc news, beirut.
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the north korean leadership has described washington as determined to carry on with hostile acts against it, despite president trump's call for more talks. the us president met with kim jong—un just a few days ago and agreed to continue talks on north korea's nuclear programme. but now pyongyang's representatives to the united nations say the us wants to undermine the peaceful atmosphere in the korea peninsula and call on all countries to be vigilant. north korean diplomats say their statement is in response to us allegations that pyongyang had breached a cap on refined petroleum imports and had asked all un members to send expatriate north korean workers home. there's been an angry exchange of words between china and britain over the recent mass demonstrations in hong kong. the british foreign secretary has warned of "serious consequences" for china if the rights of people living in the territory are infringed. in response, chinese officials accuse the uk of indulging "colonial era fantasies". our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. the aftermath of an invasion. this was hong kong's parliament today, where they were beginning to clear up the mess left
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by protesters on monday. for many pro—democracy campaigners, their demonstration was peaceful. but for some, it was violent, forcing their way into the legislative council, where they wrought substantial damage. damage that also had diplomatic consequences in london. the uk government chose to stand on the wrong side. it has made inappropriate remarks. china's ambassador said britain's support for the demonstrations was wrong, disappointing and hypocritical. it had damaged uk—china relations. we strongly condemn and oppose the gross interference in hong kong affairs and china's internal affairs by the british side. i call on them to keep hands off hong kong. what upset the ambassador was the warning from the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt that there would be serious consequences if china diluted
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hong kong's freedoms, and the promise from borisjohnson that he would back the demonstrators every inch of the way. the row centres on the joint declaration agreed by britain and china in 1984 that in future, hong kong should retain some autonomy and freedom. this meant that after the handover in 1997, hong kong would exist under a so—called "one country, two systems" policy. britain thinks that until the declaration expires in 2047, hong kong should keep its freedom. but china says the treaty is now just an historical document. theresa may said she had been shocked by the violence, but emphasised that the majority had marched peacefully and lawfully. it's vital that hong kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the sino—british joint declaration are respected. i have raised my concerns directly with chinese leaders, as has my right honourable friend the foreign secretary and other ministers, and we will continue to do so.
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jeremy hunt did that in a tweet, telling the chinese government that good relations between countries are based on mutual respect and honouring the legally binding agreements between them. he also summoned the chinese ambassador to the foreign office, where he was told by britain's top diplomat that what he had said was both unacceptable and inaccurate. it's rare for the chinese embassy to hold a news conference. it's even rarer for ambassadors to be so outspoken. the question now is whether this war of words escalates and causes lasting damage to britain's relations with china. james landale, bbc news. victor gao is director of the centre on china and globalisation in beijing. he says all the communist party leadership in beijing will expect other governments to condemn the violent protestors. i think violence did happen, rioting did happen, evangelisation did
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happen, attacking the state did happen, attacking the state did happen on july the first. happen, attacking the state did happen onjuly the first. this changed the nature of the demonstrations in hong kong completely. as you may know, and the british probably know this better than people and many other countries, in hong kong there is a tradition of the rule of law and people have the right to demonstrate and to protest... forgive me, you understand surely... crosstalk. you must understand why people are angry because they see the chinese leadership pushing and pushing against those liberties that they we re against those liberties that they were promised by the chinese government. allow me to say, whatever unhappiness you may have, whatever unhappiness you may have, whatever grievances you may have, whatever grievances you may have, whatever complaints you may have, you have no right to violate the rule of law. you have no right to attack police, because if you do then the system in hong kong will get back to you. and this will be
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the universal rule in the whole world. any democracy. any civilised nation will not tolerate such violence and rioting. an opinion down on that point. you know how the leadership rings there. —— thinks there. the whole world saw it. is it a reason to be much tougher on hong kong? no, right now under one country, two system principle, whatever is happening in hong kong is to be dealt with by the hong kong local government. and the central government in beijing does not need to get involved directly in dealing with the violence or the rioting, et cetera. and there is a long process with many, many loops before you need to go through before china will be involved in the situation in hong
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kong. we are talking about a highly hypothetical situation many miles down the road. for the moment, i think the hong kong government is doing the right thing. they are pleading for sense and sanity and restoration of order in hong kong. and they are really expressing confidence in the hong kong police. the hong kong police, after all, we're very much trained by the british before 1997. and these are one of the best police forces in the whole world. very transparent, very disciplined, very law—abiding. and i think this is the time for all of us to applaud the law enforcement forces in hong kong and the british can do the same thing. they need to express can do the same thing. they need to ex press a can do the same thing. they need to express a vote of confidence in the police force in hong kong and they need to appeal to the people in hong kong to abide by the law and to behave, rather than attacking police forces in hong kong.
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that is the point of view at least of victor gao. lets get some of the day's other news. a federaljudge in ohio has temporarily blocked a law that would have banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. there have been rallies across the country and in washington dc against states imposing such restrictive measures. the law in ohio would have been one of the strictest, with no exemptions even in case of rape or incest. argentina's energy secretary has claimed the blackout that affected argentina and uruguay last month was caused by a chain of failures originating with an electricity transmission company. more than 50 million people were left without power across south america for several hours on june 16th. the government has promised a full investigation. there've been more protests in israel over the killing of a young man of ethiopian origin by an off—duty police officer. the officer claims he opened fire because he felt his life was in danger, when he tried to break up a fight. activists complain of discrimination and harassment against the ethiopian—israeli community. boeing has announced the creation
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of a $100 million fund for the families of those who died in two crashes, involving its 737 max aircraft. the fund promises to help pay for living and education expenses, but lawyers representing the victims‘ families have dismissed the compa ny‘s announcement. the bbc‘s nada tawfik has this update. many believe boeing's response to the crashes has been tone—deaf and so they see this as boeing trying to repair a lot of that damage. in this statement, the boeing ceo says he hopes that this money will give some comfort to the families who lost their loved ones in the crashes. the $100 million, the plan is, will be invested over a number of years. boeing will partner with local governments and also non—profit organisations to invest in things like economic development for communities, and also to pay living expenses and educational expenses for the families. now, already one law firm in chicago, which represents 23 family members who have sued boeing, came out with a statement kind of pouring cold water on this pledge, saying
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that it was disingenuous when there are still so many facts that are unknown about what happened. they said boeing should take that money instead and help families recover the remains of their loved ones and ensure that the 737 max is safe to fly. much more to come on bbc news. still to come: how hundreds ended up in hospital, after partying with the philippines former first lady. 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
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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 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,
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the latest headlines. the un says an air strike on a migrant centre in libya, could be a war crime. dozens of people died in an attack that the government and rebels blame on each other. let's get more on that now. hardin lang is from refugees international. all evidence would suggest we are looking at a war crime. if nothing else, we are pretty sure this is the worst attack in the libyan civil war to date and that is saying something. it is more horrific because the location of the migrant detention centre and the people and it had been shared with the parties to the conflict so this is shaping up to the conflict so this is shaping up to be extreme. do you deduce that it was some kind of mistake or the co m bata nts it was some kind of mistake or the combatants didn't care? it is quite ha rd to
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combatants didn't care? it is quite hard to tell at this stage, one way 01’ hard to tell at this stage, one way or the other, but that does not absolve them of the responsibility stop there are a few things we want to see going forward, the first is the additional pressure being brought to bear, not only on general haftar but the countries that supported him from outside libya, including uae, saudi arabia, egypt, to pull back on this offensive in libya and continue them back to the peace table where we were hoping to get a couple of months ago. in addition, a i want get a couple of months ago. in addition, a iwant to get a couple of months ago. in addition, a i want to ask you about war crimes and blame generally, it looks like they were put ina generally, it looks like they were put in a warehouse next to a weapon store or next to them. perhaps they were, in some way, being used in ——as human shields. element that does not absolve the parties and potentially general haftar and his forces have responsibility for the deaths. ---- that does not absolve
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the parties. european countries are paying libyan militia because they wa nt to paying libyan militia because they want to avoid taking in more migrants themselves. to treat migrants themselves. to treat migrants in these conditions and treat them terribly, in many cases. indeed and in addition to what is going on inside libya itself, the european union and its members have been supporting the libyan coastguard and hoping to build up the libyan coastguard for a number of years. the libyan coastguard does europe's dirty work for it. have intercepted the migrants sea, turned them around and brought them back into libyan waters and back into the detention centres. in essence, by ignoring its responsibilities to provide some sort of legal pathway for these asylum see as to make their way into europe, they are working through the libyan coastguard to prevent that from happening and this needs to change immediately. what are the chances of
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improving this desperate situation? there are some pilot programmes in place to evacuate migrants and refugees in these detention centres. right now, we are thinking in the immediate area of tripoli, looking over 3000 in these detention centres here. there is a programme that will bring them to niger and transition them onto resettlement in european countries and what we want to see, at least in the immediate, is to expand, enhance and accelerate these programmes to get these people out of danger. one person has been killed in a volcanic eruption on the italian island of stromboli. the victim is believed to be a tourist. the eruption was unexpected and started fires on the small mediterranean island, just north of sicily. ramzan karmali reports. ash and smoke rising in the airjust moments after the volcanic explosion on stromboli. the mushroom shaped cloud grew larger until it soon filled the sky above the small island. witnesses say they heard a loud boom and saw streams of red hot lava
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running towards the small village of ginostra. 0ne male hiker died after being hit by a falling stone while others were injured. many tourists threw themselves into the sea for safety. the volcano, nicknamed the lighthouse of the mediterranean, is one of the most active on the planet and has been under a regular state of eruption since 1932. but experts aren't entirely sure what caused this explosion. it's probably to do with the accumulation of a large amount of gas deep in the volcanic system, which is then released in one great big bubble and that rises up and pushes all of the magma out in one go. rescue services said the eruption had started fires on the western side of the island. firefighters even sent a plane to drop water on the flames below. just 500 live on the island, which relies heavily on tourists. many of whom climb the 924 metre summit to peer into its crater. something volcano enthusiasts are likely to keep doing, despite the obvious dangers.
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ramzan karmali, bbc news. cuba is feeling the economic effects of the trump administration's latest sanctions, tourism especially. since the announcement from washington that american cruiseships would once again be banned from visiting the island, noticeably fewer tourists are making the trip. from havana, will grant. it was a fitting metaphor. when the empress of the seas pulled out of havana's port last month, it ended the policy of trump's cooperation with cuba. it will be the last american ship to dock on the island for the foreseeable future. in may 2016, i travelled amid the excitement and celebration on the first cruise ship in 50 years to make the short trip across the florida straits.
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now it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of tickets to cuba will go unused, hitting the tourism industry on the island hard, particularly tour guides and taxi drivers. translation: i think it is a pretty unjust measure, because quite honestly the problems the us government have with the government of cuba shouldn't mean that we, the people, should have to suffer the consequences. translation: i'm totally against this policy because people should be free to visit whatever country they like. restaurant owners will be hurt too, notjust by the cancellation of cruise ships but also tighter rules on us visitors in general. this restaurant once entertained president 0bama during happier times. translation: we are at around 2096 capacity at the moment. there were just six
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tables occupied yesterday and i'm one of the fortunate ones. we were lucky enough to host president 0bama during his visit so people know us, but there are other restaurants around town that haven't had a single booking recently. there can be few better symbols in the change of washington's policy then this — while yesterday there were cruise ships in the port, today there is the russian navy. this squeeze is expected to hurt where the cubans will feel it the most, its tourism industry, and its reason — to punish them for their support of venezuela. cuba is unlikely to change on that alliance. to present a united front, a representative recently criticised policy against both nations. washington's hardline policy towards cuba isn't new.
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it has been the norm over the past 50 years. thus far it hasn't forced any political change. cubans had hoped the friendship under 0bama would last, but instead, the trump administration is determined to cut the island off anyway it can, including by sea. the american whiskey company, jim beam, is saying a lightning strike appears to be the cause of a massive fire at one of its warehouses in kentucky. 45,000 barrels of bourbon have been destroyed, each containing 200 litres of whiskey. million dollars of bourbon going up in flames. —— estimates suggest we're looking at between $90 million and $300 million dollars of bourbon going up in flames. it looks as though hundreds of people have suffered food poisoning at a ninetieth birthday celebration for the former
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philippines first lady — imelda marcos. guests were taken to hospital with experiencing vomiting and dizziness. officials say at least 260 people fell ill — although she was unaffected. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. it was quite the turnout, around 2,500 people coming to celebrate imelda marcos's big day. the former first lady can be seen talking to her guests, while others were trying to take pictures. 0n the menu — chicken, boiled eggs, and rice. but it seems this particular birthday meal may not have agreed with everyone. not long after, and the casualty department at a nearby hospital, hundreds of well—wishers suddenly not feeling all that well. translation: we felt dizzy, felt dizzy and vomited. i went to the toilet, then i went back again. all of us, all at the same time. translation: how did the food taste? very spoiled. an investigation is underway, and the marcos family have
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apologised. imelda's daughter imee marcos said on facebook, the food may have been spoiled, but we remain solid. they are being hydrated which is the first fundamental, most important step. so, for as long as they are hydrated, i am confident that they are going to be ok. beloved by some, reviled by others, imelda marcos remains a controversialfigure. famous for her love of the highlife, especially her love of shoes, she was first lady for more than two decades. despite herfall from power, despite recently being convicted of corruption, she is still a popularfigure with many in the philippines. it seems unlikely this unfortunate culinary incident will do much to change that opinion. and you can get in touch with me
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and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbcmikeembley. hello there. for some parts of the uk, the next couple of days will bring blue skies, sunshine and warmth. but in other places, it will look and feel very different. this is how it looked in the far north of scotland on wednesday. 0n the satellite picture, you can see the way in which this cloud has been approaching, pushing in from the north—west, and as this cloud makes a bit more progress, we will see some outbreaks of rain. so, as we head through thursday, rain initially across the northern and the western isles will increasingly spread across the northern half of mainland scotland. the heaviest rain always across hills in the west. to the east of high ground, the rain very showery, very patchy in nature. more cloud filtering into northern england, northern ireland through the day, but the further south you are, we're going to see quite a lot
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of sunshine and some real warmth. 24 degrees for birmingham, 26 degrees in london, so that's the sort of temperature we could well attain at wimbledon during thursday afternoon. certainly sunny skies overhead, very light winds as well. the day ends on a sunny note across the southern half of the uk. but further north, we have our cloud, we have our outbreaks of patchy rain, sinking a little further southwards, and then a new push of slightly heavier, more persistent rain gets into the far north—west of scotland by the end of the night. quite a mild night, as well — lows of 11—15 degrees. so, as we go into friday, high pressure still trying to hold on across the south. some fine weather here, but these frontal systems will continue to bring some outbreaks of rain across the north of the uk. certainly a lot of cloud into northern ireland, north—west england and scotland, some rain once again pushing down across the northern half of scotland through the day. ahead of that, in the sunshine, some real warmth — 26, maybe 27 degrees. but underneath the cloud, with the outbreaks of rain, it will feel cooler — 17 degrees in aberdeen, 18 in belfast. and that is a sign of things
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to come, because as we move out of friday into the weekend, these frontal systems in the north will make some progress further south, and as this cold front here moves southwards, it will open the door to some cooler air. the winds switching round to north or north—westerlies. this band of cloud sinking southwards, maybe getting stuck across southern england and south wales for a time. could be the odd spot of rain here on saturday. elsewhere, patchy cloud and sunny spells, but with those north or north—westerly winds, not especially brisk for most of us, butjust bringing a slightly cooler feel, so temperatures 13 degrees in aberdeen, maybe 22 in london. and we keep those slightly lower temperatures as we head into sunday. a lot of dry weather, a lot of cloud as well, but some spells of sunshine.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the united nations has called for an independent investigation into an air strike that killed at least 44 people in a migrant centre near the libyan capital, tripoli. the top un official there has described it as a possible war crime. the government and rebels both blame each other. there's been an angry exchange of words between china and britain over the protests in hong kong. the british foreign secretary has warned of "serious consequences" for china if the rights of people living in the territory are infringed. in response, chinese officials accuse the uk of indulging "colonial era fantasies". boeing is giving $100 million to help families affected by the two crashes of the company's 737 max planes in indonesia and ethiopia. the payment, stretching over several years, is independent of lawsuits


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