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welcome to bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: hong kong airport says operations have resumed, after a huge protest stopped all passenger flights. the trump administration continues to clamp down on immigration, this time targetting people who need government aid. a norwegian man appears in court in oslo, accused of terrorism in connection with a gun attack on a mosque. and 50 years on, we'll hear from the couple who came to represent the spirit of woodstock.
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welcome to the programme. authorities in hong kong say flights have now resumed at the airport after monday's shutdown because of protesters. it comes after another weekend of clashes between police and demonstrators, angry about what they believe is china's erosion of their freedoms. with these alive pictures coming in from hong kong. the chief executive carrie lam is hosting her weekly press c0 nfe re nce . carrie lam is hosting her weekly press conference. the moment she speaking in cantonese but we will dip into that press conference when she starts speaking in english. there has been another weekend of violent protests. with me in the studio is our bbc
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reporter bill hayton. a lot of pressure on this woman. you can see from her face, she looks com pletely can see from her face, she looks completely tense. she has nothing new to say. no compromise, middle ground. remember, these protests started over this extradition bill which was so controversial. but everything she has done has been too little, too late. new issues have been added to the protest, the police response has been so violent that now police violence has become an issue that we do not see any sign ofa an issue that we do not see any sign of a meeting halfway on that point. we believe we can hear the sound of heckling or protesting at the back of this. she is getting pressure from both sides, protesters in hong kong and from her bosses in abating.
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—— beijing. i think the sound of heckling is reporters firing questions at her. it has taken a long time to see how she responds to this. we're starting to see some response. we're starting to see the chinese state media putting out a video of the people's armed police unit moving down, some in armoured vehicles, 25 kilometres away from hong kong. we are seeing pro beijing tycoons in hong kong putting their names to newspaper advertisements are saying they want stability and if they do not want chaos in hong kong. we are seeing carrie lam not making any concessions at all. we are seeing a railing from beijing of
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anti— protest voices, trying to label protesters as puppets of foreigners and started to suggest the word terrorism and that kind of thing. it does not look like beijing will back down, it looks like it is going to be constant pressure on the protesters to stop. we are waiting for carrie lam to turn to english, she is currently speaking in cantonese. beijing has been speaking today and, interestingly, retching up today and, interestingly, retching up the language. the statute ratcheting up the language. they have been, as we have seen, over the last few days, violet clashes and over the weekend to petrol—bombs we re over the weekend to petrol—bombs were thrown. —— violent clashes. we have also seen 20 of evidence of
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police, for example, firing those pepper bullet guns at close range against protesters with allegations against protesters with allegations a protester loss and i as a result. there is no sign that the government oi’ there is no sign that the government or police will give on any of that. no talk of an enquiry or a change of methods. police in factjust unveiled that water cannon. another sign, signalling of ramping up the rhetoric and the idea that an even more physical response might still be coming. we were looking at pictures of the protests happening at the airport in hong kong. that is going to be a red rag to beijing. the idea that... let's have a listen in to carrie lam.
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(n0 audio translation (no audio translation available). (n0 audio translation available).m spoke too soon. we were expecting a question in english but we are still in cantonese. you have been monitoring this for weeks. can we expect anything revelatory from her? unlikely. the approach of the beijing central government has been to squeeze the space of a difference and a descent. i do not think she shipping changing the policy now. —— president xi. the idea that beijing will back down suddenly and say we
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need more democracy i think is inconceivable. for the moment, thank you very much. if we get more from the press conference we will of course bring it to you. there are still numerous questions surrounding the apparent suicide of disgraced financier, jeffrey epstein, on early saturday morning. an autopsy has been completed but officials say more information is needed before the results are released. two investigations are taking place into the epstein's death in his prison cell in new york, where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, involving underage girls. the incident has sparked wild conspiracy theories, and accusations that the correctional facility, in manhattan, was extremely understaffed. the attorney general william barr said he was outgraged. we are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation. the fbi and the office of inspector general
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are doing just that. we will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability. but let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with epstein. any co—conspirators should not rest easy. the victims deserve justice, and they will get it. let's get some of the day's other news: the uk will be first in line for a trade dea with the us, according to the us national security adviser, john bolton. he's been in london meeting borisjohnson, on the same day that the prime minister and president trump discussed brexit, trade and economic issues over the phone. wildfires burning in russia's vast siberian wilderness have created a cloud of smoke so vast it is thought to be larger than the size of the european union.
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that's according to one research scientist at the finnish meteorological institute, showing smoke cover from the fires exceeds 5 million square kilometers. by comparison, the size of the eu is just under 4.5 million square kilometers. heavy rains and floods are continuing to cause havoc across large parts of south asia. in india alone, nearly 200 people have died, while an estimated one million people have been rescued from floodwaters. the southern state of kerala has been the worst hit. relief efforts are being hampered by ongoing thunderstorms. there have also been major floods in eastern china, where a powerful typhoon has killed at least 44 people. typhoon lekima triggered landslides and caused dams to collapse. these pictures are from shandong province. transport has been severely disrupted with trains and flights cancelled across the region.
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in the united states, new rules will make it harder for legal immigrants to extend visas or gain permanent residency. the so—called public charge rule seeks to limit immigrants to people who will be self—sufficient and rely less on the us welfare system. critics say it will lead to deportations as more people on temporary visas are refused permanent status. there are also concerns some will now decide to forego critical benefits like medicaid and food stamps. max hadler is the director of health policy, at the new york immigration coalition. thank you for coming on bbc news. what are your concerns with these changes? i think it is exactly what you alluded to, huge potential in terms of the number of people who
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will not be able to remain in this country and a larger impact the people who make or may not be affected by the letter of the real but will have severe consequences and. using the medicare programme, start using food stamps and housing services to house and feed their families and it is a real public health risk and also a direct attack on lower income immigrant communities in the country. you mentioned lower income immigrant group. break this down. who will be affected, what kind of people? it is affecting people who are in the country legally but who do not yet have permanent residency or what we call the green card, in the process of applying for a green card. they could be refugees, or asylum seekers. one of the test to attain
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permanent residency is a test of so—called self—sufficiency and whether or not they are likely to become dependent on the government. this is a rule in effect for a long time but by the administration is proposing to do in a couple of months is broadly expand the tests to include a large number of new programmes and effectively they will institute an income test where eve ryo ne institute an income test where everyone who is low income is subject to this test even if they are not enrolled in some of these programmes. they could have their application tonight just by programmes. they could have their application tonightjust by virtue of being low income which runs counter to the history of the us. it is an affront to us values. it is not uncommon for countries to require people who want to come and live in that states do not be a drain on the public purse? different countries have approached this in
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different ways. this is a real serious departure from the way the us has historically done this. it is written in the laws and implemented all along to provide a pathway to permanent residency and citizenship to people from all backgrounds and there are many, many examples who have been perhaps low income at first and built their way towards permanent residency in the us and this really is a threat to this history and the future of the country. thank you very much for joining us. thank you. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: environmental groups head to court, angry about changes being made by the trump administration. the big crowds became bigger as the time of
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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. two billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: hong kong airport authorities say operations have resumed after a huge protest stopped all passenger flights. the trump administration continues to clamp down on immigration, this time targeting people who need government aid. indian—administered kashmir has remained under lockdown during the islamic festival of eid. all the big mosques were closed amid concerns that a large number of people gathering could spark unrest. the region has been tense ever since the indian government revoked its special status last week. the indian government has said that law and order has been maintained across the disuputed region. from srinagar, the bbc‘s india correspondent yogita limaye reports. after they said their eid prayers, hundreds took to the streets in one
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part of the city. they were protesting the indian government's decision to remove kashmir‘s special status. two days earlier, a rally in the same area had turned violent. today, it remained peaceful. the rest of the city wore an uneasy calm. security forces were out in full strength. there were checkpoints on virtually every road. big mosques were closed. people were allowed to pray in smaller numbers, but not everywhere. this elderly man argued with a policeman to let him through. behind a makeshift fence, a crowd gathered, just across the road from the mosque they go to. "they're not allowing us to go to the mosque and offer prayers," this man said. "we don't know what the problem is.
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even though we've come in peace, we're not being allowed to go ahead," another one told me. few ventured out to meet relatives and friends. humera shah was one of them. she took a chunk of meat to her brother's home, an eid tradition. translation: we don't feel like today is eid. we're in sorrow, we're in mourning. what have these people done to us? on a festive day like eid, this street would have been bustling with people coming out here to buy sweets, clothes, jewelry. today, the shutters are down, the markets are empty. for more than a week now, this region has been in a lockdown, and there are no clear answers about how long it could go on for. the restriction imposed, reasonable restriction imposed, at certain sensitive places were completely maintained, and we, depending on the local situation, have given some relaxation. outside this region,
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india's people overwhelmingly support the government's actions. here, the anger is simmering, and a government that is perhaps worried the situation could spiral out of control is taking no chances. yogita limaye, bbc news, srinagar. a 21—year—old norwegian man has appeared in court in oslo accused of terrorism in connection with a gun attack on a mosque at the weekend. philip manshaus was also charged with attempted murder as well as the murder of his stepsister. prosecutors have been granted permission to extend his custody for another four weeks. ramzan karmali reports. a bruised and battered philip manshaus, making his first appearance in court accused of a terrorist act in connection with a gun attack on a mosque in oslo. he has also been charged of attempted murder, as well as the murder of his chinese—born stepsister. when he was arrested, police found the suspect had been filming his actions.
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translation: during the incident, the defendant wore a helmet with a gopro camera attached to it. the camera was filming and has given us important evidence. we can't go into details of the video, but i can say that it has provided us with important evidence. witnesses at the al—noor mosque say the attacker was carrying numerous weapons and several shots were fired. thankfully no—one was seriously hurt, mainly thanks to 65—year—old retired pakistani air force officer mohammad rafiq. he has been praised for tackling the gunman and disarming him. worryingly though, the head of norways' pst police security service admitted that they had received a tipoff about manshaus some time ago. translation: pst received a tip about the accused around a year ago. based on that tip, the pst and the police cooperated, without finding any grounds
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for pursuing this tip further. i can get back to this later, but the tip was rather vague, and did not indicate imminent terror planning. police also said that the suspect appeared to have far—right and anti—immigrant views. online postings in manshaus's name expressed admiration for the new zealand mosque attack. they have now been deleted. manshaus did not speak while reporters were present, and has so far declined to talk to the police. his attorney said that he is exercising his right not to be interrogated, and is not admitting any guilt. but thejudge ordered him to be remanded in custody for a further four weeks, as requested by the prosecution. ramzan karmali, bbc news. a group of environmental organisations in the united states is planning to launch a legal action against sweeping changes to the 1973 endangered species act. the trump administration insists the new plan will reduce regulation and still protect vulnerable
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species, but activists say the changes favour industry, like mining and logging. for more on this, here is attorney kristen boyles. she represents earthjustice, one of the conservation groups planning legal action. there's lots of changes in these regulatory amendments. the most striking are the removal of protections from species that would normally have those protections. there's also concerns about the amount of habitat that is protected or allowed to be destroyed. and then overarching concern that climate change and the global impacts that it has will not be appropriately considered anymore, when considering both protections for species, and whether or not certain harmful projects like timber or mining can go forward. so what wildlife are we talking about here? well, we're talking about everything from endangered salmon and orca whales up here in the pacific northwest, where i am, to grey wolves, grizzly bears,
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to different types of bird species, sage grouse in the middle of the country. practically every single species you can think of. how important is it to be on this list? i mean, how has it worked since 1973? it has been one of the most successful laws we've had on the books. like you said, it's been in place since 1973. 99% of the species that get listed are still around, they have not gone extinct. it is our kind of final safety net, if you will, and so it is that last line of protection for species, and has worked very well for the last a0 plus years. this week marks the 50th anniversary of the woodstock festival. nearly 500,000 people gathered together to watch some of the biggest names in rock'n'roll. one couple who made the trip were immortalised on the front cover of the official album, and now, 50 years on, they have returned.
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the bbc‘s tim allman reports. august 1969, early in the morning, and a young couple embrace. this image was to become one of the defining symbols of probably the most famous music festival in history. 50 years later, bobbi and nick ercoline, now married, both 70 years old, relive that moment, even if the memories are a little hazy from the first time around. just getting up in the morning, standing up, giving my girlfriend a hug. then somebody took our picture. that's what i... i don't even remember the picture being ta ken, honestly. woodstock was one of the most significant cultural moments of the 1960s, a decade supposedly devoted to peace and love drawing to a close with a giant
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party in a muddy field. the practicalities were far from perfect, but the intention was noble. under not the best of circumstances. water was intermittent and sketchy. food was sold out as of friday night. no bathroom facilities. the weather was absolutely awful, and 450,000 people gathered here, and not one incident of violence. that's pretty amazing. this world needs more woodstock. bobbi and nick have a copy of the photo on their wall, a reminder of when they were young, and how their love came to represent the spirit of woodstock. back to our main story. authorities in hong kong say flights have resumed at the airport after monday's shut down because of protesters. a short while ago hong kong chief executive carrie lam gave an update on the protests and the
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police conduct towards the demonstrators. the police have had a very difficult time in the last two months to enforce law and to ensure law and order in hong kong. as eve ryo ne law and order in hong kong. as everyone will observe, they are under extremely difficult circumstances, so as i havejust explained, police operations cannot be determined by someone like myself, who is outside the police, especially when policemen have to make on the spotjudgements of what will be in the best interest and the safety of people around during that particular situation. the police have their code of practice to follow. the police have very rigid and stringent guidelines in the use of appropriate force, and that requires the lowest level of force in dealing with those situations. hong kong chief executive carrie lam
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speaking in the last half hour. you are watching bbc news. goodbye. hello. well, our cool weather with showers is here to stay through the week. if anything, it's going to turn even more unsettled as we head into friday and the weekend. but that's still a long way off. in the short—term, actually, there is a lot of dry weather out there, a lot of clear weather across the uk. this is what it looks like through the early hours. so yes, we have some showers across the south, some across the lake district, lancashire, maybe western scotland, and our temperatures nine degrees first thing in the morning in edinburgh, 12 degrees there in devon and cornwall. this is what it looks like first thing on tuesday, then. so we wake up to a lot of sunshine, a scattering of showers in the west of scotland, some across northern england, one or two affecting
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the south—west of england as well. now, the daytime will bring sunny spells and temperatures of around 21 degrees for london, 17 expected in belfast and in newcastle. now, notice there's a bit of cloud and rain there in the south—west, and that should reach cornwall and devon a little bit later on in the day. but, for most of us, the end of the day on tuesday is looking absolutely fine, a lovely sunset out there. here's mid—week, and low pressure dominating the weather across the atlantic. a succession of weather fronts and low pressures heading our way, one just to the south of greenland there. they're all heading our way. this is what it looks like on wednesday, so one weather front brings rain to wales and many parts of england, another one to northern ireland and western scotland, as well. that bit in between there, perhaps the north—east of england and the borders, getting away with it, but probably later in the day that rain will arrive.
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suffice to say most of us will catch at least a bit of rain on wednesday. now, thursday, the weather does improve a little bit. you'll notice that our weather icons are showing dry here, partly cloudy skies. and then on friday, the weather goes downhill again. another low pressure comes off the atlantic, and this one is a big area of low pressure. that will be barrelling through, notjust during the course of friday, but the weekend as well. so for many of us, an increasing wind, outbreaks of rain, particularly across western areas on friday, temperatures still around about 18—20 degrees. this is relatively humid air coming in out of the south. and then that low pressure is still with us through the weekend. you can see how big it is, stretching from the central north atlantic, in fact, all the way to scandinavia, and further weather fronts will swing around it and bring us some wet weather. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: operations have resumed at hong kong airport after the departure of hundreds of pro—democracy demonstrators. in the last half hour hong kong chief executive carrie lam said "lawbreaking activites in the name of freedom" were damaging the rule of law. the us is to penalise legal immigrants who rely on public assistance programmes such as food stamps, medical care, and housing vouchers as part of a drive to curb immigration. the new policy known as the ‘public charge rule' will aim to deny permanent residency and citizenship. a norwegian man has appeared in court in oslo accused of terrorism in connection with a gun attack on a mosque at the weekend. philip manshaus was also charged with attempted murder, as well as the murder of his stepsister. prosecutors have been granted permission to extend his custody.

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