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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11.003m. ten men, aged between 13 and 30, are being questioned on suspicion of murdering pc andrew harper in berkshire. he is clearly a man who, in his short period of time, has touched many lives and has been an exemplary police officer. pro—democracy protesters take to the streets of hong kong once more — they've been supported by thousands of teachers. meanwhile, chinese troops have put on a show of military strength in the border city of shenzhen. the new chancellor sajid javid says he wants to simplify the tax system, and will consider changes to stamp duty, in his first budget. actor peter fonda, best remembered for the cult—classic film easy rider, has died aged 79. in cricket — stuart broad
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is pushing for england to win the second ashes test, despite five sessions having been lost to rain. and foreign correspondents based in london give an outsider‘s view of events in the uk in this week's dateline — that's in half an hour. good morning. ten people, aged between 13 and 30 years—old, are being questioned on suspicion of murdering a police officer in berkshire who was dragged along a road by a vehicle. pc andrew harper, who was 28, died on thursday evening while responding to reports of a burglary. flags have been flying at half mast across the thames valley force area,
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in memory of the officer, who married only four weeks ago. our correspondent simonjones is at the scene and i spoke to him a little earlier. morning. there is still a big police presence at the scene here where pc harper lost his life. this part of the road remains cordoned off and if we have another look at the other side of the afor, a lot of offices there as part of an ongoing investigation. we believe pc harper was dragged across the road by a vehicle and ended up back at their side of the street. we've seen a steady stream of people bringing flowers to the scene. some of them new pc harper and were visibly upset when they saw what had happened. others were from the local community who said they heard about what happened and were shocked and wanted to show their respect. also wanted to show their respect. also wanted to give their thanks to police officers for putting themselves in
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harms way to protect the public. ten people are still being questioned on suspicion of murder and a nearby ca rava n suspicion of murder and a nearby caravan site is also being investigated by the police. here's the latest on the ongoing investigation. roughly three miles from the crossroads where pc andrew harper lost his life, caravans behind a fence at a site now linked to the investigation into his death. ten people are in custody and are likely to face questioning today. all male, ranging in age from 30 down to 13. pc harper died near the a4 between reading and newbury in berkshire. he was responding to reports of a burglary when he was apparently struck by a vehicle and dragged beneath the wheels. some reports suggest he was subsequently hit by a police car arriving at the scene. his chief constable says andrew will be missed as a friend, colleague and a fine officer.
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highly regarded. the team of officers are very professional and deal with a number of challenging environments, so we have experienced and capable officers on that team so well regarded and a significant loss to the force and also his colleagues and friends. pc harper was married just four weeks ago. he and his bride were about to go on their honeymoon. he is the first policeman to die in the line of duty since an officer was stabbed at the houses of parliament two years ago. flags were flown at half mast yesterday at thames valley police stations. today, pc harper's colleagues will resume their investigation into how a routine call to a seemingly petty crime turned to tragedy. matthew barber is deputy police and crime commissioner for thames valley — earlier i asked him about the tributes that people had been paying to pc andrew harper.
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well, as you say, this is a desperately personal tragedy and we mustn't lose site of the fact that andrew harper's family have lost somebody they loved and married only four weeks ago, his wife is now a widow. it is desperately sad and i think everybody feels that. you have heard from people from the community who wanted to pay tribute to him and the work he had done in a comparatively short policing career. absolutely. people have been down at the scene today laying flowers from all across the community, from other members of the emergency services and members of the public and armed forces who have been done here. i have had tributes paid to him from people across the force who worked with him or those who didn't, also members of the public who had been victims of crime who he had helped. they beat testament to the amazing work he did, showing what a
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dedicated officer he was and showing what a tragedy it is that his wife lost him in this way. i wouldn't suggest that there wasn't a similar effort made when anyone died, buti a similar effort made when anyone died, but i would suggest it must weigh particularly heavily on officers when they try to solve this murder, that it is the murder of one of their colleagues. absolutely. a loss of any life is tragic and thames valley police would have cause investigate any merger with great vigour but obviously for those officers involved, it is even tougher for those officers who were at the scene investigating this crime. there was a personal element to it that we cannot ignore. as well as pc harper's family, the force is offering support to friends and collea g u es offering support to friends and colleagues who knew him and worked with him. the chief constable said yesterday in the news conference that in terms of this particular terrible crime that had happened, there was a need to get as much information from the public as possible and you are standing next to the a4 which is a
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very busy road, even presumably late ona very busy road, even presumably late on a thursday evening, it would be relatively busy. what sort of response has there been? have people been getting in touch? absolutely. there have been people coming forward and we would ask anybody with information to contact 101 or if they wanted to, contact crimestoppers. you cannot comment on the investigation, it is a matter for the police, but presumably it will bea the police, but presumably it will be a significant one over the coming days for thames valley? this is a significant operation, you are quite right. only two things mattered today— one is supporting andrew's family but also ensuring that we bring those responsible to justice. i wouldn't want to jeopardise any investigation but i can assure you that we will leave no stone unturned. in terms of the tributes that are being paid, the force has been
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lowering flags to mark respect, but will there be an opportunity for officers and others in the community to show their respect and appreciation for pc harper and the sacrifice he made? is that something that you and others are looking for in the near future? of course. this is very raw at the moment and people are laying their own tributes, the flag is flying at half mast. people will grieve in their own way but over time the police family will support all of those officers across thames valley and the country that have been affected by this terrible crime. that was the deputy police and crime commissionerfor thames that was the deputy police and crime commissioner for thames valley. pro—democracy demonstrators are gathering for a rally in hong kong's kowloon district, just hours after thousands of teachers took to the streets in a peaceful show of solidarity as protests in the territory enter their eleventh weekend. meanwhile, in the border city of shenzhen, chinese paramilitary troops have been training this week in a clear warning to the demonstrators.
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i've been speaking to our correspondent stephen mcdonell about protests taking place in hong kong today. this is a very peaceful protest at the moment because they don't want any intervention from the central government, they don't want the people's armed police to come through the border city of shenzhen. the message is to try and keep things quite simple. the message, for example on this loud—hailer, is telling people to go home after this. they don't want them hanging around here and having clashes with the police. the idea is that at the end of the match they will come down here and you can see people are gathering at this pedestrian crossing. this is the subway, so they want people to go into the subway, for this to sort of wind—up without any clashes today. i think people were shocked by some of those
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images they saw at the airport. especially of a police officer being bashed with his own truncheon, pulling out his pistol. only then we re pulling out his pistol. only then were activists fleeing. there has been a sense there needs to be a rethinking to avoid that intervention from the government. we received a briefing from some senior police officers a couple of days ago and what they have said is they think they are back in control, they have reorganised operations and can we have 3000 riot police much more quickly. this movement had morphed into a more hit and run strategy where they would go to a police station and throw bricks at it or block the traffic. police say they can now move more quickly and that as such they are back in control. they also say they don't have any inter—operability with mainland troops, which means there is no
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training or agreements or protocols. if mainland troops were to come across the border, it wouldn't be to supplement the hong kong police, it would be for beijing to take com plete would be for beijing to take complete control. that means the bar for mainland intervention is much higher than people thought but if it did happen, it would be a very tough response indeed from the central government. we have had some pictures come in which give us an idea of the pro—beijing demos that have also been organised. we saw when a couple of weekends ago when you are out and about in it. there seems to be a bigger scale this weekend? of course, they are trying to also support the police, support the current arrangement. there are divided arrangements, especially for those living in hong kong who come from the mainland. there is much broader support for beijing amongst those who live in hong kong who were
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born there. than for those who for many generations have been in hong kong. and for that reason, we are seeing the pro—beijing rallies and they are trying to counter this image of these people sort of seizing the news agenda, if you like, having their own protest. we are seeing more of that happening, and both sides trying to get their message out. but, you know, the mood does seem to be different here today. there isn't a feeling they are going to attack a police station. no helmets, no gas masks. people are not getting ready for battle as they have on previous weekends. it could well be that, you know, we see a calmer day here today but who knows? after this authorised rally finishes we will see what happens in the coming hours. at stephen mcdonnell in hong kong
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reporting on the situation there as the protests continue. there have been calls to boycott disney's live action remake of mulan after its leading actress voiced support for police in hong kong. liu yifei reposted a message from a beijing newspaper saying "i support the hong kong police. you can beat me up now," — reportedly the words of a chinese journalist accused of being a police officer in hong kong — and attacked by protesters. the chancellor, sajid javid has said he wants to simplify the tax system when he sets out his first budget in the autumn. in an interview with the times, mrjavid said he was considering a number of reforms, including possible changes to stamp duty, making it payable on property sales, rather than purchases. he promised he was "a low tax guy". let's talk to our political correspondent tony bonsignore. this interview is interesting because there has been a lot of talk about ways the government might try to give a little boost to the
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housing market. stamp duty is a very popular topic of debate. what is the chancellor said about that? his first interview since he became chancellor so everybody trying to read everything they can into what he said. essentially what he was asked was different options on the table and one of them was what about stamp duty and reform? his answer was pretty uncommitted. he was looking at different options. this being august and there being a dearth of details about what the government is going to do, the newspapers have run off on it. stamp duty is controversial tax people talk about it a lot but it would be a huge undertaking, implications for the public finances and you would have a huge amount of consultation one would imagine and work out what the unintended consequences might be. i suspect that isn't what is going to be on the agenda over the next couple of months. he also talked about lowering taxes,
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possibly, he talks about the right level of tax not necessarily being the highest end measures if we have a no—deal brexit so getting things into the country. that is perhaps more interesting and there is a spending review in september. what the department is going to spend in the department is going to spend in the next year and the budget possibly before or after october 31. this is a chancellor who needs to hit the ground running. there is a sense he is illustrating some of the wider political debate by speculating over policy, because people seem to think that the conservatives at least want to be in a position to fight a general election should they need to, and this is the kind of thing that could potentially be attractive in drawing back voters who might have been lost to parties like the brexit party. the government wants to set out its stall. you sense labour and the tories particularly, they want to start talking about after brexit, britain after brexit and what their
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priorities might be. hence this sort of talk and spending on police and hospitals and the like. they are desperate to do that but the problem is to get there they have to get past brexit and there are still no clear roots on how they are going to do that. do not go past go! do not collect £200! labour has warned that high streets are facing a "retail apocalypse", and has put forward proposals to tackle the number of empty shops. jeremy corbyn is promising to give councils powers to re—open shops that have been left vacant for more than a year, to give them to start—ups and community projects. it's estimated that 29,000 shops have been vacant for more than 12 months. the headlines on bbc news... ten men, aged between 13 and 30, are being questioned on suspicion of murdering pc andrew harper in berkshire. pro—democracy protesters take to the streets of hong kong once more —
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they've been supported by thousands of teachers. the new chancellor sajid javid says he wants to simplify the tax system, and will consider changes to stamp duty, in his first budget. the hollywood star, peter fonda, has died at his home in los angeles. he was 79 and had been suffering from from lung cancer. the actor was best known for the 1969 film easy rider, which he co—wrote and produced. our correspondent, peter bowes, takes a look back at his career. easy rider, the counterculture classic. the open road, sex, drugs and rock and roll. the film was written, produced by and starred peter fonda, along with dennis hopper, playing a pair of long—haired bikers travelling through the american south—west and deep south. it touched a nerve with the country's youth and captured the mood of the times. it also spawned a new era in film—making, focused on younger generations. it earned peter fonda
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an oscar nomination for best original screenplay, and catapulted him to stardom in hollywood. later in his career he was nominated for best actor in the 1997 drama ulee's gold, in which he played a florida beekeeper. he won a golden globe for the film. peter fonda was part of hollywood royalty, the son of the actor henry fonda and younger brother ofjane fonda. like his father, he was honoured with a star on hollywood's walk of fame. a lasting tribute to the actor, and as news emerged of his death, a place for his fans to remember their hero. in a statement peter fonda's family said they were mourning the loss of a sweet and gracious man who had an indomitable spirit and love of life. jane fonda said he was her sweet—hearted baby brother and went out laughing.
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earlier i spoke to la based showbiz reporter gayl murphy about peter fonda and the legacy he's left behind. he had a fantastic career, six decades long. he was one of the good guys. i was talking to somebody earlier about what his legacy might be. i don't think i ever heard anyone trash talk peter fonda. they might have talked about what he was doing or who he was hanging out with 01’ doing or who he was hanging out with or maybe he wasn't getting enough work, maybe he was getting too much work, maybe he was getting too much work but at the end of the day, another know it was personal. he escaped hollywood a good guy, and i think that that's really part of his legacy. of course, other than the professional part of it where he took the 1969 counterculture world
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by storm for his role in easy rider. it launched jack nicholson's career as well. a big film for so many reasons and still highly regarded to this day. you say he was a nice guy but he was quite honest when he was interviewed by the bbc if you years ago about the falling out with dennis hopper about the film, and dennis hopper seems to have come to resent peter fonda. i can't fonda. ican't imagine fonda. i can't imagine why. but you never know. you know, this film was a platform. his star power exploded in 1969. the film celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and, oh, by the way. this weekend is the 50th anniversary of woodstock, which
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embody the lifestyle of its audience and, you know, i mean, whata coincidence that is. critics called it one of the rallying points of the late 60s, a buddy picture that celebrated sex, drugs, rock and roll. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin. good morning. we're underway at lord's. england bowling at australia, as they hope to get early wickets in the 2nd ashes test. australia 99—11. steve smith ominously at the crease at the moment. england will be hoping to make as much of the good weather as possible, after much of yesterday's play was lost to the rain. liverpool's adrian is hopeful of starting against southampton this afternoon, despite being injured by a fan who ran onto the pitch during the team's super cup celebrations.
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adrian made his debut in the win over chelsea on wednesday, with regular keeper alisson injured — and manager jurgen klopp had this to say to the unwelcome pitch intruder. there is no doubt about how much we love our fans, there is no doubt about that. but if they could all stop doing that, doing... that's now the worst example i've so far heard about. it's not funny. what can i say? i don't know what you can do against it but it's not... i like the fact that we don't have fences in the stadium but that means there's a lot of responsibility for the supporters as well. there's a re—run of one of the best games of last season, in the day's late fixture. tottenham famously ended manchester city's champions league run at the etihad in april — and know they'll need plenty of performances like that to win the title. so happy to compete against him
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again, it's fantastic was more again, it's fantastic once more to have the facility to face a team like manchester city. he is one of the best or the best, for me, managers in the world and that means that we are in the race, the same race, and it's so important for myself. bath winger ruaridh mcconnochie is out of the england team to face wales this afternoon in a world cup warm—up match. he was set to make his debut in cardiff but he has a muscle strain. he's replaced in the starting 15 by club—mate anthony watson. england beat wales at twickenham six days ago and wales boss warren gatland says his players now have to prove themselves to secure a world cup spot. there is a lot of pressure on those guys on the weekend because if some of those don't front and don't perform then they are opening the door for someone else. you win last week and this weekend, you have potentially sealed a starting spot for the first game of first couple of games in the world cup.
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scotland are in far better shape than they were in the spring. they had a six nations championship hampered by a string of injuries and take on france in nice. head coach gregor townsend appreciates the chance these warm—up games give, to study how his players perform. the positive about these games is you can focus a lot more on yourself. we've not done that much analysis on france. they've changed their coaching staff or added people to their coaching staff so they changed the way they play. we just want to make sure we get our systems, defence, attack, how we want to win the game and how our players show their strengths. world champions new zealand emphatically bounced back from last week's heavy defeat to australia. they hammered their rivals 36—0 in auckland today. aaron smith was among the first—half try—scorers, with sevu reece kicking through to finish off the pick of the tries in the second half.
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new zealand have one more game before next month's tournament. they face tonga on september 7th, while australia host samoa on the same day. judy murray knew she was in for a hard watch at the cincinnatti masters last night — and in the end she was congratulating elder son jamie and commiserating with his brother andy. jamie murray came out on top with his doubles partner neal skupski in the quarter—finals, in a really tight three—setter against andy murray and feliciano lopez. andy will switch his focus back to his return to singles now — he's playing at next week's atp event in north carolina. that's all the sport for now. now for the weather with tomasz shafenacher. hello. not a bad day for most of us across england and wales but in
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scotla nd across england and wales but in scotland and northern ireland, blustery showers are the order of the day and they will continue into tomorrow and the week ahead as well. this is the weather front that brought that wash—out to the day across the country yesterday. the weather front has moved out of the way now and the skies have cleared. low pressure is here to stay all through the weekend and you can see a lot of isobars there, an indication that the winds are going to be quite strong, particularly around the coasts of northern ireland and western scotland. elsewhere it is the case of scattered showers carried by these south—westerly winds. the wind around the coast will be around 30 01’ around the coast will be around 30 or a0 around the coast will be around 30 or40 mph in around the coast will be around 30 or a0 mph in gusts, possibly 50 mph later in the afternoon in the north west. top temperatures today 22 or 23 degrees in the south. in the north closer to around 18. showers become quite frequent this evening in the far north—west of the country, with strong winds and gales
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around the coast for a time. it is looking dry for much of england and wales. some rain by the end of the night across the south—east, possibly east anglia as well. this weather front skirting the south—east of the country so for the early birds, sunday morning in the south may start of grey with bits of rain but it shouldn't last long. out of the way by late morning. in the north—west, they showers continue with the low pressure to the north of scotland, spinning around. no change. 17 the top temperature in glasgow and in edinburgh 22 degrees in london. that's sunday. no real change on monday in the far north. low pressure out in the norwegian sea but still sending showers and breeze to scotland, making their way into northern ireland and the lake district, lancashire. basically, the further south and east you are, the dry and sunny at the weather is
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going to be on monday. 21 in london. that's the outlook for the next few days. reasonably settled in the south. in the north we will continue with the showers.
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hello, and welcome to the programme that brings together some of the uk's leading commentators with the foreign correspondents who write for the folks back home with the dateline london. this week — is a gnu the beast that can block the exit to the european union if there's no deal? and is there a way out for the protestors in hong kong as china's government warns it has "enough power to quell any unrest swiftly"? with their take on those events — diane wei liang, born in beijing, spent part of her childhood in a labour camp, where her parents were sent for rehabilitation
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during the cultural revolution. diane is a novelist and a commentator on china. john fisher burns, a pullitzer prize winner, was chief international correspondent at the new york times. david aaronovitch is a columnist with the times here in the uk. bronwen maddox, a former newspaper foreign editor, now runs the research body the institute for government. welcome to all of you, good to have you with us again today. that gnu is not an antelope, neither is it the gn—uther gnu in the comic song by flanders and swann. it's equally unwieldy and almost as rare in this country — it's a beast known as a government of national unity. common in wartime, the last confirmed sighting in peacetime was in 1931, when a labour prime minister unable to get his cabinet to agree spending cuts during the world economic crisis was persuaded to stay in the job at the head of a new ministry drawn from all political parties, although in fact, mostly the opposition. the question of what would happen if borisjohnson loses a vote


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