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if you get rid of the backstop we will still have problems. i'm ben bland in london. the headlines: warm words, but a warning too — angela merkel tells borisjohnson he's got 30 days to avoid a no—deal brexit. you've set a very blistering timetable there of 30 days, if i understood you correctly. i'm more than happy with that. "appalling and inhumane" — critics condemn white house plans which could see migrant children detained indefinitely. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. also in the programme: president trump calls denmark's prime minister "a nasty woman" and cancels his trip
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after she says greenland "is not for sale". more allegations about prince andrew's links with the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. buckingham palace says "any suggestion of impropriety with minors is categorically untrue." live from our studios in london and singapore, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. it's midnight here in london, 7:00am in singapore and 1:00am in the morning in berlin, where borisjohnson began his first foreign trip as prime minister. on thursday, he goes to paris. mrjohnson wants european leaders to change the deal agreed with his predecessor theresa may. the eu response has been firm until now — not a chance. chancellor angela merkel greeted him with smiles,
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but warned him he only had 30 days to come up with an alternative. 0ur political correspondent ben wright is in berlin. another prime minister arrives in berlin to demand more concessions on brexit. prime minister, are you hopeful of a deal? it's a familiar tune, but this time the deadlock is stark, and it's boris johnson receiving the red carpet, here to tell the german chancellor that the deal hammered out between theresa may and the eu must change. otherwise, mrjohnson insists, the uk is leaving with no deal at the end of october and claims there's nothing mps can do to stop it. berlin would not have been surprised to hear borisjohnson‘s condition for a deal, that the irish backstop, intended to prevent a hard border on the island of ireland after brexit, be scrubbed altogether from the withdrawal agreement. but eu leaders say the deal is closed. so, what would one of europe's most powerful leaders have to say
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to the man who led the uk's campaign to leave? before dinner, they spoke at the chancellery. we cannot accept the current withdrawal agreement, arrangements that either divide the uk or lock us into the regulatory and trading arrangements of the eu, the legal order of the eu, without the uk having any say. but, mrjohnson, the eu says it will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement under any circumstances, so are you prepared to compromise, or is this trip simply posturing before you blame the eu for a no—deal brexit? yes, of course, i think there is ample scope to do a deal.
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the backstop, that particular arrangement, which i do think has grave, grave defects for a democratic country, a sovereign democratic country like the uk — that plainly has to go. and chancellor merkel, the withdrawal agreement was defeated in parliament three times in britain. it has been buried by borisjohnson. why won't you reopen it in the few weeks that are left, or do you see the brexit crisis now as the uk's problem to solve? translation: the backstop has always been a fallback position. if one is able to solve this conundrum, if one finds this solution, we said we will probably find it in the next two years to come, but we can also maybe find it in the next 30 days to come. thank you very much. we need to go to work now. before their dinner, angela merkel said the two leaders had a lot their plates to discuss — the mood between them seemed warm,
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but without a big shift in the coming weeks by one side in this stand—off, the uk is likely to be leaving the eu without a deal. ben wright, bbc news, berlin. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. president trump has increased his attacks on denmark, after its prime minister called the us president's interest in buying greeenland "absurd". denmark looks after greenland's defence and foreign affairs. it was one of several issues president trump has commented on, as nick bryant reports. its resources rich and strategically well—placed, but america's property tycoon president has seen greenland asa tycoon president has seen greenland as a prized piece of geopolitical real estate. even though hejoked not to build a trump tower on this barren landscape, the dennis prime minister described his ambition of buying the territory as absurd. so no longer did the presidency the funny side, and announced via twitter that he counselled next month's visit to copenhagen.” thought it was not a nice statement the way she blew me, she is learning
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of the united states. we treat countries with respect, but she shouldn't treat the united states that way saying what an absurd — she said absurd! that's not the right word to use. absurd. the royal household had said it had been com pletely household had said it had been completely blindsided by the president's late—night announcement. the country's new centre—left prime minister sounded dumbfounded. the country's new centre—left prime minister sounded dumbfoundedm the country's new centre—left prime minister sounded dumbfounded. it is with regret and surprise that i received the news that the president trump has cancelled his state visit to denmark on the second and third of september. i had been looking forward to the visit and preparations were well under way. this was the reaction of her mild—mannered compatriot.” this was the reaction of her mild-mannered compatriot. i heard it was because he could buy greenland, so was because he could buy greenland, so it is that stupid, i think it's good that he's not coming. greenland is for the greenland people. nobody else. it all has the feel of a
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somerset early—season story, but the ongoing trade war with china is more serious. and today prompted this extraordinary presidential claim. so somebody, excuse me, somebody had to do it. i am the chosen one! somebody had to do it. so i'm taking on china, i'm taking on china on trade, and you know what? we are winning, because you know what? where the piggy bank. but even the president of the united states doesn't divine powers. he is finding it hard to bend the world to his will. he can summon bend the world to his will. he can summon his helicopters at a moment's notice, but is finding it much harder to get his hands on greenland. nick brown, bbc news, washington. also making news today: thousands of people have protested at a subway station in hong kong. they were unhappy that no one has yet been prosecuted for an attack
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by a mob on the same subway station last month. masked protesters clashed with police in the demonstration at yuen long station. former white house press secretary sean spicer has been cast in the next series of dancing with the stars. the show‘s host, tom bergeron opposed spicer‘s casting, saying he'd rather the programme provided relief from politics. during six months working for president trump mr spicer made many false claims including claiming that mr trump's inauguration audience was the "biggest ever." now, look at this thai firefighter grabbing a python, armed just with his bare hands and a headlamp. very brave. he takes the s—metre long snake from a bangkok home, preventing any danger to the family inside. the firefighter has caught about 10,000 snakes in the last 16 years.
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last year alone, the city had 37,000 reports of snakes being found in houses. i wouldn't want that in my home. the trump administration has announced it wants to allow us officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether they can remain in the country. the department of homeland security said it would scrap a longstanding legal ruling that only allows migrant children to be detained for less than 20 days. by by eliminating the incentive to make the journey to the united states as a family, straining the limited resources of our department's components, and the scale of this risk. it requires a tremendous amount of our border patrol officers to step up. this new rule will provide them with well—written deserved relief and allow them to
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rededicate resources to stop criminals of the border, thejob they signed up to do. the new role will protect children. then being used to beat the system and be released into the united states. david willis is in los angeles and has been following the story for us. why is this happening now? immigration reform is a signature issue for the trump administration. attem pts issue for the trump administration. attempts to quell the numbers amassing at the border have proved largely futile and indeed figures there suggest that the highest number of people convening on the border in recent years, for ten yea rs. border in recent years, for ten years. now president trump has tried various years. now president trump has tried various measures to years. now president trump has tried various measures to tackle that problem. this latest one amounts to basically abolishing the time limit, the limit for children to be
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detained at the border. currently, that time limit is 20 days. and under the changes that are proposed, children and their families, under the changes that are proposed, children and theirfamilies, by default, could be held indefinitely, basically, until their cases are dealt with and they are either granted asylum or deported from the country. now, the acting head of homeland security, kevin mack linen has said this will improve the integrity of the us immigration system, as he puts it. but critics have condemned the move and nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house, she says that amounts to codified child abuse. the american civil liberties union, for their part have said that this move, where it to become law, would lead to more children being detained for longer, ben. so is it likely that there would be a legal challenge against
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it? there are likely to be challenges against this, but many of the others of the trump administration seeking to bring about in an attempt to curb the immigration situation here in the united states. and they put forward a number of measures, including what is called a public charge rule that seeks to basically, dissuade legal migrants from accessing social services such as food aid, for example. they are all intended, these measures, ben, to send a message to people who were thinking of heading for the border in a hope of heading for the border in a hope of getting across the, not to bother. that's a very important message of course for donald trump's base going into an election year. 0k, base going into an election year. ok, david, thanks very much david. indonesia has sent hundreds of police to the province of west papua following violent protests. authorities are also looking
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for more than 250 prisoners who escaped from a jail during the unrest on monday. there's been a simmering separatist movement in papua for decades, but these latest protests were triggered by claims of racism toward papuan students in the city of surabaya. joining me now from jakarta is bbc reporter callistasia wijaya. we know the situation is threatening to get out of control, however the authorities dealing with this? the authorities, police and military have deployed more and more offices in papua and west papua to ensure public safety. they have sent simply thousands of troops, haven't they? and the violence continues? yes stop until yesterday in indonesia more and more protests have happened in
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west papua. some of the protests have turned violent with the burning of public facilities and some parts of public facilities and some parts of the airport have been damaged by the angry mob. tell us more about the angry mob. tell us more about the incident that sparked this latest unrest. how has this fed into broader anger, concern about the indonesian authorities and their treatment of people in the region? yeah, so the people, some proper ones said —— papuans said it has united them to fight racism and discrimination that they have endured every day throughout these yea rs. endured every day throughout these years. and they also mention about the ongoing conflict it's win the
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indonesian military and papuan offices that have caused a lot of the civilians —— officers, these factors make people leave in papua angry and they move now, they move now together to do the protest to force their aspirations to the government and demand the government to give a firm punishment to any people who might involved in the racism abuse in surabaya. now in some parts... we also know there was quite a lot of foreign media, ngos, humanitarian agencies, they've been banned from entering west papua. how difficult is it to get a clear picture of what is actually going on there? yeah, that besides the ban for the journalists to enter the area, for the journalists to enter the area , now for the journalists to enter the area, now the government has also limited the internet access to papua and west papua. that's why it's kind
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of ha rd and west papua. that's why it's kind of hard for us to get information from there. the government limited access to internet to stop hoaxes fuelling the anger of the people. but we still managed to reach local journalists there through a phone call. thanks for bringing us up to date on that story. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a muslim's story in myanmar. from difficulties in getting jobs to online abuse, how some say they face mounting discrimination in a mainly buddhist nation. washington, the world's most political city, is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with ms lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence
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between rival black groups. over the past ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! czechoslovakia must be free! chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we are all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. and i'm ben bland in london. our top stories: the british and german leaders have said they both
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want to reach an agreement on the terms of britain's withdrawal from the european union, but the german leader warned britain has 30 days to come up with a plan. the white house is proposing to ease the rules on the detention of migrants to allow officials to hold families indefinitely while their applications are considered. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the philippines daily star leads with a story on beijing urging manila to completely ban all online gambling, as china looks to stop its citizens accessing gambling websites abroad. china applauded the philippines' decision to suspend the approval of any new offshore gambling licences, but says a complete ban on online bets would help improve relations. hong kong's south china morning post leads with more on the yuen long
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train station protests we mentioned earlier in the program. the post details the anger amongst protesters that one month after the attacks at the station that left 45 people injured, none of the white shirt assailants have been charged. and the front page of the straits times shows the effects of singapore's dry spell. as you can see, the botanic gardens' eco—lake, which is usually a green oasis, is becoming a dry and muddied mess as water levels recede. now, sharanjit, what stories are sparking discussions online? finding a babysitter in the most unlikely of places. you pretty much gave it away, ben! yes, let's looks at what is trending right now. a new zealand lawmaker took a page from the country's prime minister when he brought his
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newborn son to work. and who took the role of the babysitter? the speaker of the house trevor mallard, who cradled and fed the baby while chairing a debate. the baby is the son of mp tamati coffey who was back at work for the first time since returning from paternity leave. talk about multitasking! very sweet indeed. your watch newsday on the bbc. —— your watch newsday on the bbc. —— your watch newsday on the bbc. the death of the financier and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein in prison in new york this month has seen attention turn to some of his high—profile connections, including prince andrew. the bbc has seen court documents in which the pilot of epstein's private jet has claimed the prince travelled with him, and with virginia roberts, a 17—year—old who accused epstein of trafficking her. buckingham palace has said the court documents are inconsistent and emphatically denied that the prince had any form of sexual contact or relationship with virginia roberts. here's our royal
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correspondentjonny dymond. one set of relationships, so many repercussions. the prince has his arm around virginia roberts, 17 at the time. it was her court case against ghislaine maxwell, on the right, that brought today's allegations. at the heart of it, this billionaire businessman, jeffrey epstein, who took his own life in detention 11 days ago. he was convicted in 2008 for sex offences. epstein was alleged to have trafficked underage girls, both for himself and for his circle. here he is in 2010, and here is prince andrew in epstein's house, just two years after the businessman's criminal conviction. epstein was a highflyer with a private jet. in court documents seen by the bbc, the private jet‘s pilot is that
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several times prince andrew travelled with virginia roberts and jeffrey epstein. the pilot gives dates and locations. curious company for the queen's second son. the palace has pushed back hard. "the statement submitted," it said, "shows a number of inconsistencies between the duke's alleged location and his actual location, in some cases he is on different continents." the fact that some of the dates and locations in this are wrong does cast doubt over the claim. it's also not evidence that's been put into a court of law with cross—examination. when it was released, it came with something of a health warning from the court.
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but there are more papers to come, and alongside the video released earlier this week, today's allegations are a reminder of, at best, a terrible error ofjudgement. jonny dymond, bbc news. nearly 700,000 rohingya muslims fled their homes in myanmar following a military offensive in rakhine state in 2017. but there are many other non—rohingya muslims that still live and work in the predominantly buddhist country. one has been sharing his story with our correspondent nick beake. where in downtown yang gone and this is the sule pagoda, one of thousands you see across myanmar, which is mainly a buddhist country. byjust over mainly a buddhist country. byjust over the road we've got a mosque. there is a hindu temple down that way and a church down there. this is
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the thing about this place, it's got a really long history of being extremely diverse. in 2016, i was accused of being a terrorist, and it was, like, widely shared on facebook. this incident and this information was started from a group of nationalists. there was someone that looked like me in the video and they used a screenshot and they shared it along with my photo on facebook. some facebook users, they do not really understand. they just some facebook users, they do not really understand. theyjust hate this face. i was interrogated for, like, more than 11 days straight. they printed
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out that facebook story from 2016. they accused it of being me. the hate... it was kind of like a bad, evil spirit embedded in the mind of the government officials, you know? they do not like muslims. you've been watching newsday on the bbc. i'm ben bland in london. and i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. stay with us. coming up: the uk's first post—brexit deal is about to be signed in asia. we'll have all the details in business news. and before we go, we'd like to leave you with these pictures. police in germany say that an 8—year—old boy stole his parents' car for a motorway joyride, which reached a top speed of 140kph. the child was found in a motorway lay—by heading towards the city of dortmund.
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once found, police said the youngster told them, "i just wanted to drive a little," before reportedly bursting into tears. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. thanks for watching. hello there. as we move into the latter pa rt hello there. as we move into the latter part of august, it looks like summer is going to go for it with a realfinal summer is going to go for it with a real final flourish and temperatures up real final flourish and temperatures up to 30 celsius through the weekend and on into monday. for some, a bank holiday. the reason being is we're going to get rid of these areas of low pressure that have brought quite cool weather to some parts through recent days and also wet and windy conditions, they get squeezed away to the north with building from the continent and as we plumb into a summary as stream by the weekend, real warmth coming in from the continent. this morning, quite a
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breezy story, we are still under the influence of the low pressure to the north of us and there will be some showers around on the tail end of a weather front affecting northern england and more persistent rain in northern ireland that will run into central and southern scotland in the afternoon. to the south of the front, already pulling in the warmer airso front, already pulling in the warmer air so temperatures in the south—east, for example, up to 2a or 25 degrees. then, as the week continues, we will start to pull that warmer airfurther continues, we will start to pull that warmer air further north and as we do so, we squash away these weather fronts as well. but not before we've seen a significant weather spell overnight thursday into friday for western scotland. take a look the overnight temperatures, down in single figures earlier on this week, 55 or 65 in some spots in england and rural wales, mid—teens into friday. there's the high across the continent, still feeding the air in from the south—west but it will
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already feel much warmer than it did, for example, earlier in the week and we start to push away those fronts in scotland, so a much drier day here. temperatures of 22 in the southern uplands and up to 27 or 28 in parts of southern england. then we get to the weekend and that high reorient a and we start to bring air in from the south and the real warmth arrives. some fronts coming into play, not an entirely dry weekend with isolated showers potentially in the north and west. saturday a core of temperatures in the mid—to—high 205 in england and wales. some of that hot air going into scotland on sunday and possibly the warmest day in northern ireland, then a shade cooler in northern ireland and scotland on monday. further south, temperatures still hitting the mid—to—high 205 and it looks like some of that warmth could cling on for much of the week ahead across england and wales. a little more unsettled later on in the week in scotland and northern ireland with the arrival of some showers.
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of hard for us to get information from there.
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i'm ben bland with bbc news. our top story: the british and german leaders have said they both want to reach an agreement on the terms of britain's withdrawal from the european union. but chancellor angela merkel told prime minister borisjohnson he only had 30 days to come up with fresh, workable ideas. that's after he repeated that current arrangements to guarantee an open border in ireland must be scrapped. the white house is proposing to change the rules on the detention of migrants. it wants to allow officials to hold families indefinitely while their applications are considered. and this video is trending on bbc.com. the speaker of the new zealand parliament has been doubling up as a babysitter. trevor mallard cradled and fed the baby while chairing a debate. the child's father bought the child to work on his first day back from paternity leave. that's all.

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