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this is bbc news. the headlines: borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known as "mister no—deal" over brexit by donald tusk, as world leaders gather at the g7 summit in biarritz. the prime minister will also urge president trump not to escalate a trade war with china at the meeting. 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 apologises after admitting that some e—mails
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sent to passengers telling them theirflights had been cancelled because of a pilot's strike were sent in error. england's batsmen show some resistance in the third test at headingley, but it's australia who still look set to retain the ashes. and in half an hour here on bbc news — how a high school student from ohio received an email out of the blue that changed her life forever in my very extended family. good evening. the g7 summit in the french resort of biarritz is under way and borisjohnson 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". in response, mrjohnson said mr tusk would earn the same title if he ignored the uk's demands. well, a little earlier this evening mrjohnson was greated in biarritz by the president of france
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emmanuel macron and his wife bridget donald trump was also met by president macron — though he had already enjoyed a lunch with mr macron earlier on a seafront terrace. he told reporters: "so far, so good. "we'll accomplish a lot this weekend", adding that he had a special relationship with macron. 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. 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
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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? he will be the third british conservative prime minister with whom i will discuss brexit. 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. 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
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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 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. a crowd of several hundred people has clashed with police in the center of bayonne, five miles inland from biarritz. rioters chanted anti—police slogans and threw stones and bottles. police responded with tear gas and flash—bang crowd dispersers. the action is in the narrow
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streets of the old town next to the river nive, whose foot bridges have been sealed off by riot police barriers. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are john rentoul, who's the chief political commentator at the independent, and the broadcaster, penny smith. prince andrew has released a statement about his friendship 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?
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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... 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
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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 friend, jeffrey epstein. and nicholas explains that prince andrew will be hoping that his statement clarifies his version of events. it leaves him still with some difficulty. let's just look at what he says. he asserts that between 1999, when he says he met epstein, and 2008, when epstein was convicted, he believes that there was no reason to suspect his behaviour. we have to take that at face value — paedophiles are notoriously secretive.
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what is more difficult, of course, for andrew is that he continued to see epstein after he was released from prison. there are photographs, the video of them in 2010. he now says, he acknowledges, that it was a "mistake" and an "error" to have done that, he "regrets" that he did not realise what kind of a man epstein really was. he also says in the statement that his suicide has left "many "una nswered questions". well, that's undoubtedly true. and... "i acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who's been affected "and want some form of closure." what andrew does not 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.
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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. 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
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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 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. british airways has apologised
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after admitting that some of its emails to passengers telling them their flights had been cancelled because of a strike by pilots were sent in error. industrial action is planned for three days next month, but some people with flights on non—strike days were wrongly told to rebook or get a refund. 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 45 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
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on its complexed operations. but some of the thousands who received cancellation messages overnight 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 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. a 17—year—old girl has died at leeds festival in what is a suspected drug overdose. west yorkshire police
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were called to the bramham park site following a report that the girl, who is from the oldham area 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 oldham 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.
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earlier today, i spoke to counsellor michael stabbings who gave me his reaction. i'm very sad to buy very sad 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. the headlines on bbc news... borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known
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as "mister no—deal" over brexit by donald tusk — as world leaders have gathered at the g7 summit in biarritz. the prime minister has said he will urge president trump not to escalate a trade war with china. 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. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. hello, good evening. let's start with the premier league, six matches, five away wins, but liverpool beat arsenal at home fairly comfortably. their 3—1 victory means jurgen klopp‘s side stay top of the table, the only side with a 100% record. nick parrott was watching. when liverpool play arsenal, you can expect plenty of goals. for once at anfield, the fans were made to wait
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for them. chances galore for both sides went begging until the deadlock was brokenjust sides went begging until the deadlock was broken just before half—time from an unlikely source. he only scored once last season and 110w he only scored once last season and now has two in his last four matches. david luiz from chelsea to try to bolster arsenal's defence but the brazilian proved their downfall and the second half, giving the referee no option but to award a penalty. when liverpool go on the attack, it can be blistering. it took nine seconds. once again, lewis allowing the egyptian to get the better of him. arsenal substitute struck late on to deny liverpool the first clea n struck late on to deny liverpool the first clean sheet of the season but there is no denying they look like being the main challengers to manchester city once again. there was a big upset earlier
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in the day with crystal palace beating manchester united for the first time in the premier league. patrick van aanholt scored in injury time at old trafford, the first time they've won there in 30 years. marcus rashford missed a penalty for united. he felt the same last week, earlier in the week, surrey. today, we created enough to winds the game. but then you are playing against the tea m but then you are playing against the team and you have to defend as well and we defended poorly to a three times today and it cost us two goals. they have to come to terms with the fact that teams in the lower half of the league will come here and if they are organised and disciplined, they will put up a fight like we did today. they will be harder to break down and if they are lucky like we are, they will have players in the field that can hurt them on the counterattack, and thatis hurt them on the counterattack, and that is what i think they have to prepare for here at old trafford for a long part of the season.
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tammy abraham scored twice in chelsea's 3—2 win at norwich — their first win of the season. there were also wins for southampton, leicester and west ham. in the scottish premiership, livingston‘s unbeaten start to the season continues. they thrashed ross county 4—1. elsehwere, an injury—time equaliser earned stjohnstone a point at hibs while motherwell and kilmarnock earned their first premiership wins this season. warrington have won the rugby league challenge cup for the first time since 2012. the wolves went to wembley as the underdogs, but beat st helen's 18—1; in blistering heat with pitch temperatures of over 30 degrees. they wrapped up their win in the 73rd minute with a try from hooker daryl clark. warrington‘sjoe philbin and ben murdoch—masila scored two tries in quick succession in the first half. that was after two saints tries were controversially disallowed by referee robert hicks. warrington were beaten by the catalans dragons in last year's final.
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england look in good shape ahead of the rugby world cup, with a crushing 57—15 victory over ireland. it was their largest ever victory over today's opponents. manu tuilagi was one of the stars of the show for eddiejones' team, scoring one of eight england tries. theirfinal warm—up match is against italy at st james' park next month. scotland avenged their hammering by france by recovering an 11—point deficit to win the return match at murrayfield. a chris harris try in the second half sealing the win for gregor townsend's side. some important athletics taking place in birmingham this weekend. it's the british championships that also double up as trials for next month's world championships in doha. dina asher—smith has made the team after setting a championship record in the 100 metres of 10.96 seconds. the men's 100m was much closer
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and there was a surprise winner. ojie edoburun edging out adam gemili and zharnel hughes, all three given the same time of 10.18 — but it was decided on the photo finish. all three should make the team in qatar. cindy ofili eased to victory in the 100 metre hurdles. she finished in 13.09 seconds ahead of alicia barrett and yasmin miller. katrina johnson—thompson finished fourth. england's men have kept their place in the top tier of european hockey. they beat scotland 3—0 in theirfinal match at the eurohockey championship. sam ward scored twice for england — the defeat relegates scotland. wales also stay in the elite group — they thrashed ireland 4—0 in theirfinal match. benjamin francis with their final goal, while that result means ireland are relegated. that's all the sport for now.
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more from me throughout the evening. police have used tear gas to try and disperse anti—government protesters in hong kong. officer 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 through now, coming in from several directions and telling people to kill her out of the way. the riot police are coming through now, coming in from several directions and telling people to clear out of the way. the riot police are coming in from several directions. telling people to get out of the way. not running, but certainly striding
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in with great intent. we are also being moved along. look out, joey, look out, joey! some sort of... material which was on fire thrown at police, they have responded with tear gas. and they are firing their own non—lethal rounds back at the protesters. they 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 riot 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
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this week and peaceful. 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 8th 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. 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,
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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. 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: in pc harper's home town of wallingford, these ribbons acknowledge the thin
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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 sami reindeer herders. but one solution may make things even worse as oui’ correspondent james cook has been finding out. a samie 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
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which they say will disrupt their animals and damage the environment. translation: this is life changing. if this mine 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
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by strict environmental standards. this is only a half—size they grow up to be. but the fishermen in the fjord, 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 up. i think all the clap 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 will be additional employees in society. teachers, kindergarten, etc.
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but for the samie reindeer herders, that does not sound like a future full of promise. 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. now, let's have a look at the raf display team flying over new york city. the red arrows have joined their us counterparts in a historic flight down new york's hudson river and around the statue of liberty.
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it was the first time the combination ofjets had been brought together in such a way. the team, based at raf scampton, near lincoln, are on a tour of north america to showcase the "the strength of "the relationship between the two countries and their armed forces". now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. saturday brought bought —— warm sunshine across many parts of the uk, temperatures above 30 —— 30 degrees across parts of the south—east. we had patchy rain in the north—west of the uk, loves clearing northwards through the night. we'll see cloud in northern ireland, wales, clear spells further east and the odd mist patch, temperatures generally between 12 and 15 degrees. a fine start to sunday for most of us. there will be
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some areas of cloud across the west but it will tend to thin and break as the day wears on. a lot of sunshine to be had, some warmth, if not some heat. temperatures up to 32 degrees in some south areas. monday we will see a mist and murk across western parts, may be the odd shower in western wales and rain in the north—west of scotland. elsewhere, spells of sunshine and eastern areas once again, 32 degrees in london. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known as "mister no deal" over brexit by donald tusk, as world leaders gathered 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.


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