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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm. borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known as "mr no—deal" over brexit. donald tusk also said the eu will not co—operate with leaving europe without an agreement. meanwhile at the g7 summit, the prime minister says he'll urge president trump not to escalate a trade war with china. prince andrew says "at no stage" did he "see or suspect" any criminal behaviour that subsequently led to the arrest and conviction of disgraced financierjeffrey epstein. brazil's president has bowed to international pressure and ordered the armed forces to tackle the record number of fires in the amazon forest. british airways is facing anger from thousands of passengers who've received emails to say their flights next month have been cancelled — because of strikes by pilots over pay.
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and england's batsmen are fighting to keep their ashes hopes alive at headingley, where they're chasing an unlikely target of 359 to win. good evening. boris johnson has hit back at donald tusk after the european council president said he hoped the prime minister wouldn't be remembered as "mr no deal". mr tusk was speaking in biarritz at the the g7 summit of world leaders. in response mrjohnson said mr tusk would earn the same title if he ignored the uk's demands. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in biarritz — her report contains flashing images. landing for his first summit, and it could be a tense one. borisjohnson is determined to leave the eu but says britain won't be walking off the world stage.
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the prime minister wants to show he's got an important role to play and has strong views on global trade. i'm very worried about the way it's going, the growth of protections, of tariffs that we are seeing. the uk thrives mightily on being an open, outward—looking, free—trading nation. that's what we're going to be promoting because i think it's good for the world. there is a lot on the g7 agenda here in biarritz, but right now for borisjohnson nothing is more important than brexit. can he persuade eu leaders to give him a new brexit deal? that's something brussels has said it won't do, even though parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement that theresa may negotiated. so is this man likely to help the prime minister? donald tusk famously said there was a special place in hell for those who promoted brexit without a plan. most saw that as an attack on mrjohnson. he will be the third british conservative prime minister with whom i will discuss brexit.
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the one thing i will not co—operate on is no deal. and i still hope that prime ministerjohnson will not like to go down in history as mr no deal. and i still hope that prime minister johnson would not like to go down in history as mr no deal. all sides say they want a deal and everyone‘s keen to avoid the blame if it doesn't happen. downing street's playing down the chances of a breakthrough here in biarritz, but think angela merkel and emmanuel macron are ready for some meaningful conversations. borisjohnson insisted again today that the so—called backstop to avoid checks at the irish border must go, and donald tusk should remember that if he doesn't want to go down as mr no deal brexit. mrjohnson hopes he can depend on the american president for support. donald trump has said that brussels hasn't treated the uk very well over brexit. tomorrow they'll sit down together and discuss a post—brexit trade deal. so far so good. the weather is perfect. the guestlist‘s fantastic, everybody‘s getting along and we'll
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accomplish a lot this weekend and i look forward to it. friendly words, but they may not be able to disguise the serious differences between leaders here. vicki young, bbc news, biarritz. the world leaders of the g7 countries have arrived. president donald trump the last to arrive at his photo call, he hasjust been greeted by president emmanuel macron and his wife there, malia trump of course the first lady. being shown the beautiful view there as they ta ke the beautiful view there as they take their time to head over to rest of the world leaders which you can see just of the world leaders which you can seejust behind them of the world leaders which you can see just behind them there waiting for this traditional photo courts. a busy couple of days come up president macron and president trump had an impromptu lunch meeting and met for a couple of hours earlier today, and we heard since then that they have apparently found some
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points of convergence on subjects including trade, and the iranian nuclear programme and wildfires consuming large parts of the amazon, president macron yesterday said dealing with the fire should be at the top of the agenda for the g7 summit. in the last few moments emmanual macron has officially welcomed world leaders to the g7 summit. boris johnson arrived for his first international summit since taking over as prime minister. to secure a deal on brexit — that comes after the outgoing european council president donald tusk said mrjohnson wouldn't want to be remembered as mr no—deal. we will be live shortly for more on the summit. prince andrew has released a statement about his friendship
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with the disgraced financier jeffrey epstein, the first time the prince has spoken directly about his links since epstein took his own life in a new york prison cell earlier this month. prince andrew said "at no stage" did he "see or suspect" any criminal behaviour. epstein had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he killed himself. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. what was prince andrew doing at the home of a convicted paedophile in new york in 2010, peering out through the door as young women came and went? the questions about andrew's friendship withjeffrey epstein have shown no sign of abating — and so, from the prince today, a statement in which he says he is eager to clarify the facts. he states... i met mr epstein in 1999. the prince goes on...
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andrew does acknowledge that it was, in his words, "a mistake and an error" to see epstein after his release from prison. this photograph of them together was taken in 2010. andrew expresses regret that what he knew of epstein was not, as he puts it, "the real person". and yet epstein‘s behaviour was a matter of public record. two years earlier, in 2008, he had been prosecuted for procuring an underage girl for prostitution. he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. but andrew was one of his friends, emerged, when this photo was published. it had been taken at one of epstein‘s parties in 2001. it showed andrew with a then—17—year—old girl — virginia roberts. andrew has always emphatically denied any impropriety. in today's statement, the queen's second son expresses tremendous sympathy for all those affected by the actions and behaviour of his former
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friend, jeffrey epstein. and nicholas explains that prince andrew will be hoping that his statement clarifies his version of events. he will be hoping that this establishes his version of events. i think it leaves him still with some difficulty. lets look at what he says. he asserts that between 1999 when he says he met epstein, and 2018 the macro 2008, when he was convicted, that there was no reason to suspect his behaviour. we have to take that at face value. paedophiles are notoriously secretive. what is difficult for andrew izzy continued to see epstein after he was from prison. their art photographs, the video of him in 2010. he acknowledges it was a mistake and an eric to do that, he regrets he did not realise what kind of a man epstein really was. he also says in a statement that his suicide has left many unanswered questions. well, that is undoubtedly true stuff and i acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. what andrew does not
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say is whether he is now prepared to co—operate with the lawyers in america who are trying to get to those answers. the fate of the amazon rainforest is high on the g7‘s agenda. late last night — in the face of growing international pressure — the president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, ordered the country's armed forces to help tackle them. the fires are scattered widely across the amazon, most notably in the north of brazil. andy moore has the story. there have been angry protests outside brazilian embassies across south america. in mexico city... in santiago in chile... and in colombia, where indigenous people were among the demonstrators. translation: i feelvery sad because the earth is our mother and what is happening in brazil, the president of brazil needs to stop the fires. we live from the earth because she is the one who gives us food.
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at the g7 summit, there was an offer of european financial help to fight the fires. the burning amazon rainforest has become another depressing sign of our times. and mr tusk warned a trade treaty with south american countries was at risk. it is hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by the european countries as long as the brazilian government allows for the destruction of the green lungs of planet earth. the pressure from europe and the protesters has persuaded the brazilian president to change course. in a televised address last night he said he would send in the troops to help fight the fires and crack down on illegal deforestation. translation: all the countries have expressed solidarity with brazil. they have offered to help tackle the wildfires and have also offered to take brazil's position
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to the g7 meeting. wildfires can happen anywhere and they should not be used as a pretext for international sanctions. more than 700 new fires have started in brazil this week alone. has mr bolsonaro done enough to persuade the international community he is taking the problem seriously? andy moore, bbc news. breaking news from the g7 summit in france, we are hearing that there has been a clash with several hundred protesters and police which is the town next to the summit, several hundred people clashed with police and writers have chanted anti—police slogans and throwing stones and bottles, please have responded with tear gas and flash bank cloud disperses —— crowd to disperse hers. but to the latest
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live from this now. welcome to you, ross. you are inside not enjoying the beautiful sunshine of the world leaders are in that photo call, they are all gathered there and donald trump arriving the past few minutes. a busy day even though the summit has not officially gotten under way yet. we know that president trump and president macron met for an impromptu lunch. what came out of that meeting? i think what they were trying to do especially the host president, macron, was convey a friendly tone because every simple person is well aware that on very big policy issues there is not agreement among the big western nations to make up the g7 along with japan. as such both the presidents have said we have our differences and a good relationship and across these three days we are going to work hard to try and progress on the number of issues. they may try to
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set that tone it and it might work. but one photo opportunity and a lunch trying to set that tone is not going to change the fundamentals because donald tusk lee electrified the summit bite set standing up at lunch and listing them for it. he said in the issue of iran and russia during the g7 and on the issue of trade wars europe does not agree with america's approach. of course that feeling is mutual, president trump is convinced that he is right on all of those issues and others thatis on all of those issues and others that is likely to give ground, so what president macron is trying to do is say but it hoping we can get all of the countries in the same page, let's see where we can find common ground. on one issue some countries may join common ground. on one issue some countries mayjoin together but another issue a different group of countries may join another issue a different group of countries mayjoin together. a different approach to previous g7 and they are part convinced they can deliver results. we will see if it does by monday afternoon. for
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sponsor does by monday afternoon. for sponsor and under pressure to deliver results what is already gotten deliver results what is already gotte n to deliver results what is already gotten to a spat with donald tusk, the european council president, hasn't he? i don't know if i would use the word spats, both men are known to use petty phrases to get the point across, mr tusk famously used that special place in hell phrase a couple of months back in the same said mrjohnson does not wa nt the same said mrjohnson does not want be known as mr no—deal brags that. his point being the uk government needs to take getting the deal very seriously those comments we re deal very seriously those comments were made while borisjohnson was making his way here, i skipped down the stairs of the royal air force plane he arrived on and went straight up to the press and said i would push that back to mr tusk could said he will does not want to be known as mr no—deal brexit. the point both of them are making is that they want to find a deal and disagree on how to get there and disagree on how to get there and disagree and how to resolve the issue of the irish borderfrom disagree and how to resolve the issue of the irish border from the second thing is they are both aware and no—deal brexit at the end of
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0ctober and no—deal brexit at the end of october is a distinct possibility and they know that if it happens is going to be a blame game so traversing here as both getting early shots in as we end up in a no deal scenario both sides will say it's not their fault they got there. talking about the fires something president macron would be passionate about yesterday, is there a sense there that they could be progress on that and he will bring the armed forces into try and do something? he thinks that europe's flexing of their muscles with france and ireland saying they are not signing the huge new free—trade deal between south america and europe unless he does more, the europeans feel that threat which came to the end of the week has delivered some results with mr jair bolsonaro announcing some
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things he would not do. in the medium term they want to see to what degree those announcements will actually translate into these fires being brought under control. there's been domestic context here and a particular free—trade deal with these south american countries in europe and some people like the deal not to be ratified anyway and he is also playing a domestic political game. i think for the moment they all feel they said take these fires seriously and president jair bolsonaro has... thank you.
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british airways is facing anger from thousands of passengers who've received emails to say their flights next month have been cancelled — because of strikes by pilots over pay. the walkouts are planned for the 9th, 10th and 27th of september. our business correspondent katy austin reports. josie spent time and thousands of pounds planning a september trip to florida, catering to the needs of her disabled mother. then last night an e—mail saying their flight was cancelled. we don't know whether it's the outbound flight or the inbound flight, as well. we've called british airways 67 times since 6am. we got through once after a 44 minute wait on hold. british airways says all affected customers will be offered a refund or the option of rebooking another day. some flights on the day before or days just after strike dates are also being cancelled. the airline says that is down to the knock—on effect disruption has on its complexed operations. but some of the thousands who received cancellation messages overnight
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expressed confusion and frustration on social media that they had been unable to rebook online or get through on the phone. in a statement, british airways said... after the balpa union rejected a pay proposal and said it was frustrated with the way the business was being run, ba is facing its first ever pilot strikes. the airline says they are unjustifiable and will destroy after the balpa union rejected a pay proposal and said it was frustrated with the way the business was being run, ba is facing its first ever pilot strikes. the airline says they are unjustifiable and will destroy the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers. today they are noticing disruption weeks before a walk out has even begun. katy austin, bbc news. breaking news on this because the anger by those passages could be about to get worse with those of this statement because they said that some cancellation e—mails have actually been sent in error. in
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december they have said we are sorry that some customers received an e—mail in error to save their flight had been cancelled on non—strike days, we are getting in touch with all those customers to clarify their flight all those customers to clarify their flight will go ahead as planned and we would encourage anyone who has incurred extra expenses to get in touch we will deal with each case the individual basis. rest assured that british airways say they will get in touch with you if you are infected but that will no doubt increase anger and frustration. the headlines on bbc news. borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known as "mr no—deal" over brexit by donald tusk, as world leaders gather at the g7 summit in biarritz. meanwhile the prime minister will urge president trump not to escalate a trade war with china when they meet at the summit. prince andrew has said he did not "see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort" that subsequently led to the arrest and conviction of disgraced financierjeffrey epstein.
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police have used tear gas to try and disperse anti—government protesters in hong kong. officers are also said to have charged at demonstrators with batons outside a police station. despite authorities closing four subway stations around kwun tong, thousands of people have gathered there, calling for democratic change. the bbc‘s stephen mcdonell is there — you may find some of the images in his report distressing. the riot police are coming in from several directions. telling people to get out of the way. not running, but certainly striding in with great intent. and protesters seem to have cleared out. we are also being moved along. look out, joey, look out, joey!
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some sort of... material which was thrown at police, they have responded with tear gas. and they are firing their own non—lethal rounds back at the protesters. who have raced off in the other direction. time for our masks now. the principal standoff here in hong kong has come to an end as these right police have moved in, forcing... activists to push back. activists who have been throwing molotov cocktails at them. and other projectiles. we can see some of these activists. back here, these are the... more radicalised youths. many in the pro—democracy camp have tried to keep this week and peaceful.
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but it has not worked out that way. earlier on, this was a peaceful march. but then, the more radicalised camp... descended on the police station. started building barricades. and they say the reason for this is that the government here has come no closer to adhering to any of their demands. a worker at britain's consulate in hong kong — who was detained by the chinese authorities — has been released. simon cheng went missing on the 8th of august while on his way back to hong kong from mainland china. police there say he confessed to carrying out illegal activity but did not say what he had been accused of. a 17—year—old girl has died at leeds festival in what is a suspected drug overdose. west yorkshire police were called to the bramham park site following a report that the girl, who is from the 0ldham area
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of greater manchester, died shortly after 3.a0am this morning. the force have been told she took a combination of drugs. a 17—year—old boy who is also from the 0ldham area has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. a 16—year—old girl and a 21 year old man died in a car crash in the early hours of this morning in essex. two teenage girls are also in a critical condition. a man was arrested in loughton. leigh milner reports from the scene. well, this is golding hill and as you can see behind me is a long stretch of road which runs through epping forest, and if you just look over my right hand shoulder you can see where the silver bmw m3 collided into a tree just after two o'clock this morning. a 16—year—old girl at a 21—year—old man died at the scene and two girls, aged 16 and 17 are currently in hospital with life—threatening injuries. earlier today, i spoke to counsellor michael stubbings who gave me his reaction. i'm very sad to buy very sad
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the young people had to lose their lives and you don't know what happened at the time or what went on. what caused it. have you seen things like this happen before on this road? yes, many times i've driven down here in cars in the forest where they have missed their turns and come off the road for whatever reason. it is a road that has to be taken cautiously. a 21—year—old from left and has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. he's currently in hospital with minor injuries. chief constables in england, wales and scotland will hold an emergency meeting next month after an alarming rise in violence against the police. in an unprecedented move, the national police chiefs' council has called the crisis summit after pc andrew harper was killed during a spate of attacks on officers. richard lister reports.
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blows whistle a policeman's whistle marked the start of a minute's silence for pc andrew harper, murdered in the line of duty. around the country, police forces paused to reflect on a colleague lost. pc harper was the first policeman attacked and killed in the uk since 2017, but assaults on officers are on the rise. the latest figures show that in the year to march, there were almost 31,000 attacks on police officers — that's up almost a fifth on the year before with at least 28 attacks on officers every day. martin hewitt, the chair of the national police chiefs' council, says he'll convene a meeting of chief constables next month to see if there is anything more they can do to improve police safety. writing in the daily express, he said:
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in pc harper's home town of wallingford, these ribbons acknowledge the thin blue line working to keep us safe, but his death underlined the urgency to ensure police officers are kept safe, too. richard lister, bbc news. few places have experienced the effects of climate change as dramatically as the arctic. in finnmark, at the northernmost tip of norway, the warmer temperatures pose a challenge for indigenous saa—mi reindeer herders. but one solution — may make things even worse as our correspondent james cook has been finding out. a saa—mi chief at the top of the world. neil herds reindeer like his ancestors before him. but now, the chief and his daughter are worried about the future, a copper mine which they say will disrupt their animals and damage the environment.
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translation: this is life changing. if this mind becomes a reality, that makes the chance of survival impossible. both economically and mentally. at my age, we can manage somehow, but the young, they are in a dark, dark time. but exploration is already under way. the norwegian government has approved the mine, and the minister in charge of the size of the need for copper outweighs the disruption it will bring. it's true that the arctic is beautiful. but for us, for norwegians, it's also a place where we actually live. and if the world doesn't have more copper, we won't be able to build more windmills. we want to be able to have the huge shift to electrical cars for example that we need. the government says marine life here will be protected by strict environmental standards. this is only a half—size they grow up to be. but the fishermen in the fjord,
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where the mines debris will be dumped, those assurances do not hold water. if they start mining, we cannot eat the crab, if we can catch it. i think all the crab will die in this area. there was a mine here once before, but that was many years ago, and it to divided opinion. this time, the boss argues that his company will revitalise an area that's been struggling economically. we estimate that the mining itself, with people working every day on—site, so contractors and us, will be 150 employees, and then there we estimate that the mining itself, with people working every day on—site, so contractors and us, will be 150 employees, and then there will be additional employees in society. teachers, kindergarten, etc. but for the saa—mi reindeer herders, that does not sound like a future full of promise.
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it's like, ijust... they are just taking more and more land. it's mining, it's power lines, it's wind power. we are so attached to lands and nature, and when you just cut that contact, what's left? the fight for this land and this fjord may be a taste of what's to come for all of us, as the world realises that shifting to new technology to tackle climate change does come with a cost. james cook, bbc news, norway. glorious weather for most of us coming here is been the look ahead for the rest of the weekend. yes, a glorious day if you like warmth and sunshine, 30.7 degrees for their highest temperature today just to the west of london. plenty of other spots not too far behind, parts of
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scotla nd spots not too far behind, parts of scotland with more clout some specials of the rain clearing north through the dave. patchy cloud moving in and the odd mist patch elsewhere into prescribing to between 12 and 16 degrees. for most of us tomorrow another beautiful day and really miss chatting to clear and really miss chatting to clear and sunshine a few patches of cloud in western areas and more generally cloudy conditions and glasgow 27 degrees, london up to 32 before monday we could well see some misty and murky conditions. generally speaking of the fine day with spousal sunshine and a little bit cooler with the west with the odd shower of further east and once again into the low 30s celsius.


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