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millions around the world call for tougher action to combat climate change, demanding "an end to the age of fossil fuels". in cities across the uk, there were marches, many led by schoolchildren, voicing their concerns about the planet. from nairobi to new york, sydney to stockholm, more than 150 countries saw demonstrators call for "climate justice". we are young and we are the ones who are going to have to live with this in the future, and we are not the ones who caused this crisis. the protests come ahead of next week's un climate change summit in new york. also on the programme... it's thousands ofjobs are at risk and british holidaymakers could be left stranded as thomas cook faces collapse. the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew speaks out.
buckingham palace emphatically deny the duke of york had any contact with her. a court hears more details of the final moments of the teenagerjodie chesney, stabbed in a random attack in london. four people are accused of murder. and the rugby world cup gets off to a flying start. host nation japan host nationjapan have won. and coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news... jofra archer gets his reward for a brillant debut summer with england. he's been given a central contract for all forms of the game. good evening. welcome to the bbc news at six. millions of people, including many children, have been taking part in demonstrations around the world, demanding tougher action on climate change.
huge crowds gathered in cities in more than 150 countries, calling for governments and businesses to do more to save the planet. the teenage activist greta thunberg, who protested alone outside the swedish parliament last year to draw attention to climate change, is tonight leading a march in new york. our correspondent, sarah campbell, has the latest. what do we want? climate justice! when do we want it now? now! many animals could go extinct and everyone could die. my generation is terrified. some of us that were already thinking of not having children and starting families. right now, we don't feel the difference. it doesn't mean there are other people in poverty and other countries that aren't feeling the difference, and it's up to us to stop it. young and old took over the
streets around parliament in london and in towns and cities across the uk, marching in glasgow and aberystwyth, cycling in nottingham, demonstrating in belfast, bristol and birmingham. this was about children and young people mobilising adults into action. i hope they listen to us and realise we need a change. i've never been a protester before, but we have to act now, otherwise it'sjust too before, but we have to act now, otherwise it's just too late. before, but we have to act now, otherwise it'sjust too late. we are worried especially for these guys because it's them that will have to put up with these things. is this something you should take kids out of school for? it is one day a year. we wouldn't do it if she was older 0!’ we wouldn't do it if she was older or had exams. these people are protesting as well as the adults. or had exams. these people are protesting as well as the adultsm is our future anyway. this is a
global movement, with events starting in the pacific and the flood threatened islands of vanuatu. in australia, thousands took part in rallies and marches, as they did in south africa. which has recently experienced severe drought and flooding. then europe. this was berlin earlier today. new york is where world leaders will come together on monday for a un backed summit on climate change. already there is the 16—year—old campaigner from sweden who has become the voice of her generation. if someone had said to me when i sat outside the swedish parliament one year ago that what is happening today would be happening, then i would never have believed that. this is not only my
voice, this is the voice of millions of people around the world, but i think it is because we are young and we are the ones who are going to have to live with this. this was a day of passionate and peaceful protest, with young people leading the calls for urgent action to protect their futures. sarah campbell, bbc news. today's protests come ahead of next week's un climate change summit in new york, where world leaders will discuss how best to address global warming. here's our science editor, david shukman. a stark reminder of what the protests are all about. for these people on a pacific island, it's a matter of life and death — of whether their country can actually survive in future. as the planet heats up, the seas rise. and, for millions of people in low—lying communities, the threats are already extreme and they're set to become much worse.
i saw for myself two weeks ago how the ice of greenland is melting — adding to the level of the oceans. and scientists fear that more melting will follow. all the time, human activities keep adding to the problem. this is indonesia right now. the fires are immense, like in the amazon, and they release carbon dioxide into the air, and that makes the rise in temperatures even faster. the challenge is that the world is on a course towards dangerous levels of warming. the global average temperature has already risen by one degree celsius over the last 150 years or so. and scientists say 1.5 degrees is the maximum "safe level". anything more risks a range of damaging impacts. but we're currently heading towards a three degree rise by the end of the century — and that's even if all the climate promises made by governments are kept. if nothing's done, some fear an increase of four degrees — with potentially catastrophic
results. so what can be done? well, the un wants more renewable energy like wind turbines. today, the british government approved hundreds more — and they'll cost far less than expected. in the same way, the price of solar power has fallen. and the un is hoping the summit next week will see new promises to build more installations like this. but hard facts remain. much of the world depends on coal — the dirtiest of the fossil fuels. and moving away from it is difficult. and leaders — including president trump — support it. there will be a struggle ahead. david shukman, bbc news. our correspondent, nick bryant, is in new york, where world leaders will gather for the united nations climate summit next week. you've been speaking to greta thunberg, who helped kick off this global movement of children, refusing to go to school, going on strike to protest. what does she
make of everything that's happened today? greta thunberg was welcomed by her father early this morning and he told her, come and look at the television. it's massive! she did just that and she couldn't believe what she was seeing. she went to bed last night, she realised there were big demonstrations in australia, but she had no idea they would be this massive. a huge demonstration here in new york as well. a million kids have been given permission today to skip school to come to this protest, and clearly many of them have. the question is, will this massive climate change activism translate into climate change action? that big meeting at the un on monday for sub global leaders have been told up —— have been told, don't turn up with beautiful speeches, turn up with concrete plans, a message being sent to somebody who will not be there, donald trump, who withdrew america from the paris accord. what we're seeing is extraordinary, the voice
of the greta thunberg amplified, amplified again, that multiplier effect that has gone the planet. thank you, nick bryant. the travel firm thomas cook could fall into administration this weekend, unless it finds an extra £200 million to secure its future. 9,000 jobs are at risk in the uk and more than 150,000 british holiday—makers could be left stranded abroad. 0ur north of england correspondent, judith moritz, reports. thomas cook is one of the best—known names in travel. at any time, there are up to 100 of its planes in the airand it has 19 are up to 100 of its planes in the air and it has 19 million customers per year, but the operator's financial problems have mounted and news that it faces administration is a headache for holiday—makers. luke dudley is one of them. he is currently in turkey and needs to get back to start a newjob on monday, but he is now worried about his return flight. we just don't know what the situation is, how we are
flying back, back to manchester, or all things could collapse in the next couple of days or hours, and we have nothing to go back on. worries as well for people with future holiday plans. jackie cunningham booked a trip to the maldives to celebrate her recovery from cancer and today happens to be the deadline for her to pay the £8,000 balance. she doesn't know what to do. for her to pay the £8,000 balance. she doesn't know what to dom could mean we don't go, and this is the second time we're going to have to cancel it, we might as welljust give up. thomas cook is in the process of negotiating a rescue deal but its banks have demanded the company finds an extra £200 million to type it through winter. for now, the business continues. —— to tide it. there are 49 thomas cook flights coming and going from manchester airport alone today, but over the next 2a hours, it will be critical to the compa ny‘s next 2a hours, it will be critical to the company's survival, and holiday—makers are travelling with
the knowledge that, if it goes into administration while they are away, they could become stranded and need government help to get home. currently, there are 600,000 thomas cook customers on holiday, of which up cook customers on holiday, of which up to 160,000 from the uk. a colla pse up to 160,000 from the uk. a collapse would require the biggest ever emergency operation to bring tourists home stop sources concerned the civil aviation authority is on standby at a potential cost of £600 million. in the uk, thomas cook has more than 500 shops and employs 9000 staff, who the government have sought to reassure. we very much hope that thomas cook will be able to restructure and be able to continue to survive but, you know, we in my department are very keen to a lwa ys we in my department are very keen to always make sure we looked after the staff in every way we can. thomas cook, whose statue stands in leicester, started his business nearly 180 years ago. where the
company goes next is uncertain. so what should you do if you are a worried thomas cook customer? for package holiday customers who are abroad, under the atol scheme, they would be protected for the cost of accommodation and for return flights home, and that scheme will also provide refund protection for people who already booked and paid for holidays in advance. that is package holidays in advance. that is package holidays for stop what about flights, if you just booked a flight with thomas cook? you might not be protected by the atol scheme, and the advice is to speak to your credit card company and travel insurers to see what they can do for the so all would not necessarily be lost. it's worth remembering that, two years ago when the airline moloch went under, the government covered the cost for all return
flights, regardless of whether people were atol protected or not, and that's a precedent on the stairs would find hard to ignore. —— a precedent which ministers would find hard. a woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew as a teenager has given her first television interview about the allegations. virginia roberts giuffre told nbc news in america that she was "trafficked" to prince andrew, whom she described as "an abuser". her allegations first came to light in court papers lodged against the billionaire businessman jeffrey epstein, who'd been accused of trafficking underage girls. buckingham palace has emphatically denied that the duke of york had any form of sexual contact or relationship with ms roberts. 0ur royal correspondent, jonny dymond, has more. the prince, the teenager and the socialite. now an adult, for the first time outside a court, virginia roberts alleges she was trafficked to prince andrew. the link is this
man, jeffrey epstein are now dead. the hugely rich businessman became a friend of prince andrew's. the prince stayed at his houses and flew on hisjet. virginia roberts says she was introduced aged 17 by mr maxwell to prince andrew. she was introduced aged 17 by mr maxwell to prince andrewlj she was introduced aged 17 by mr maxwell to prince andrew. i was so young, he woke me up in the morning and said, i'm going to meet a prince today. i didn't know at that point that i would be trafficked to that prince. she says she went to a nightclub and that she danced with prince andrew. then she left.|j hoppedin prince andrew. then she left.|j hopped in the car withjeffrey, and they said, he is coming back to the house and i want you to do what you do for epstein. buckingham palace says it is emphatically denying that the duke of york had any form of
sexual contact or relationship with virginia roberts. any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation. maxwell also denies any wrongdoing. these allegations have been made before, but this is the first time they've been made without the legal protection of the court. virginia roberts is challenging the people she accuses to sue. the time is 6.15pm. our top story this evening... millions have been taking part in global protests demanding tougher action to combat climate change. add action to combat climate change. add a spectacular opening — tokyo style — for the world cup in rugby. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news... we look ahead to the start of the premier 15s season — the top division in women's rugby union in england.
the war of words is intensifying between the us, saudi arabia and iran after last week's drone and missile strike on two saudi oilfacilities. the iranian foreign minister has tweeted that riyadh wished to fight iran "to the last american" — a response to comments by the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, who claimed while he was trying to achieve peace, iran was threatening war. 0ur security correspondent, frank gardner, has sent us this report from saudi arabia. buckled and burnt, the aftermath of multiple drone and missile strikes on the very heart of saudi arabia's oil industry. this was the moment last saturday when the attack caused fires to rage across this complex. cutting oil output in half and sending oil prices soaring. today,
the government allowed the media into this normally closed site. it wa nts into this normally closed site. it wants the world to see the damage that it wants the world to see the damage thatitis wants the world to see the damage that it is blaming on iran, which denies responsibility. this is the largest oil processing plant in the world and it got hit in the early hours of saturday morning. the saudis say they are confident they can restore production by the end of september but what they cannot say with confidence as they can prevent such an attack happening again. repair teams are still working around the clock. this isn'tjust about patching up the holes, it's about patching up the holes, it's about restoring saudi national pride and prestige in the global economy. 0ver and prestige in the global economy. over in the saudi capital, i asked people what they are made of these attacks. translation: i'm angry, said this man, angry and nervous. others, like this man, said he was confident the country could withstand such a terrorist attack.
but this rich, successful country has just had its vulnerabilities exposed. little wonder it is in no hurry to retaliate. frank gardner, bbc news, saudi arabia. the boyfriend of teenagerjodie chesney, who was stabbed in a random attack in a park in east london, has told a court that she screamed continuously for two minutes after the assault and that it took around 15 minutes for the emergency services to arrive. two men and two teenagers are on trial at the old bailey charged with the murder of the 17—year—old in march. dan johnson reports. today, eddie coyle gave his account of the last moments of his girlfriend's life, describing how two men come out of the dark in an instant and she was fatally stabbed. they had been together forjust three months and he said she was a great person. funny, sometimes silly, sometimes sensible. he told the jury they were in the park with friends listening to music, drinking and smoking cannabis when two hooded men approached
without a word being said. he demonstrated to the jury how the taller man raised his arm and swung it towards jodie's back. close to tears at one point, eddie said jodie was in shock at first, she didn't know what had happened. she just started screaming. she screamed very loudly, he said. continuously for about two minutes straight. then she began to faint. we can't name two of the defendants, who are 16 and 17. the jury heard svenson ong—a—kwie was seen on cctv the next morning getting rid of some of his clothes. manuel petrovic is accused of driving them in his car on the night. all four deny murder. anotherfriend ofjodie's, bryce henderson, recounted how he previously bought cannabis from a local drug dealer called spencer. he denied there was any outstanding debt or a feud. but earlier this weekjodie was described as the innocent victim of a row over drugs. her boyfriend said there was no reason for anyone to hurt her. dan johnson, bbc news,
at the old bailey. a series of strikes called by pilots at ryanair a series of strikes called by pilots at rya nair have a series of strikes called by pilots at ryanair have been called off. they were set to walk tomorrow and overfour they were set to walk tomorrow and over four days next week. they were set to walk tomorrow and overfour days next week. they they were set to walk tomorrow and over four days next week. they have suspended strikes, they say, to pave the way for a more meaningful negotiations but that the relationship with ryanair remains acrimonious. a number of conservative party members have been suspended for posting or endorsing islamophobic material on social media. the action was taken following a bbc investigation. there have been repeated calls for the conservatives to hold an independent inquiry into allegations of islamophobia within the party. here's our political correspondent, alex forsyth. just three months ago, during the race to be tory leader, this happened... shall be have an external investigation into islamophobia and the conservative party? they agree. they certainly seem to agree, including the night party leader, but there has not been
much movement so far. where is your independent enquiry starting?|j independent enquiry starting?” think that is under way and we have had so many action against people who were associated... who is leading it? we are trying to get to grips with this problem. the problem is another tranche of people who say they are 20 members and we have posted or endorsed islamic schmeichel islamophobic content on facebook or twitter, including islam is the religion of hate, i don't wa nt is the religion of hate, i don't want muslims in this country and muslims are savages. details are passed to the bbc by a twitter user who has been campaigning on this issue for over a year. we verified more than 20 cases ranging from individuals liking or shedding one 01’ individuals liking or shedding one or two comments are pictures to others regularly posting offensive material. we gave details to the conservative party, which said it immediately suspended anyone who was a member but did not say exactly where there might be a full, independent enquiry. a spokesman
said the conservative party will never stand by when it comes to prejudice and discrimination of any kind. and that is why it is already establishing the terms of an investigation to make sure such insta nces investigation to make sure such instances are isolated and robust process or in place to stop them out as and when they occur. but for some, that is not enough. sirjock rim wasa some, that is not enough. sirjock rim was a member of the european parliament for 15 years and is still a conservative. he fears the party may row back on a specific enquiry into islamophobia. is there a need for it? there is. i have been extremely lucky that i have not directly suffer the consequences of these attitudes but what i have had is direct experience of fellow parliamentarians. where they conducted islamophobic conversations directly about me. one of him actually is a serving minister at this moment in time. he hasn't named the minister, the party said if
there was any allegation it would investigate. but some want firmer action on the wider issue — and enquiry and soon. alex forsyth, bbc news. japan have beaten russia by 30 points to ten in the opening game of the first rugby union world cup. it's the first time the tournament's been held in asia, with a crowd of 50,000 watching the game at tokyo stadium. a spectacular opening ceremony got the competition underway, with england, scotland and ireland not due to play until sunday. katie gornall reports now from tokyo. welcome, said japan, to the world. arigato! for rugby this is new territory, a voyage into the unknown. never before has the world cup come to asia butjudging from the fans it felt right at home.” think the fans are up for it, you can see banners everywhere and the prime minister got in on the excitement. we will have good
accommodation for guests from around the world. very excited! after a unique welcomed that showcase the old and new of japanese culture, it was time for the rugby to take centre stage. four years agojapan stunned the world, beating south africa in the opening game. this time they were the ones left shocked as russia got an unexpected lead. urged on by a sell—out crowd, they hit back almost immediately as quick feet and quick hands brilliantly set up feet and quick hands brilliantly set up matsushima for the score. 12—7 up at half—time, japan find their stride and matsushima rounded off a bonus point win with a hat—trick of tries, a victory to unite the nation. they say there is no pressure like the pressure to ensure your own party and these fans will go home relieved and very happy and that can only be good news for the tournament. ahead of a blockbuster weekend for the home nations. according to the rankings, ireland
are the best team in the world but they have never made it past the quarterfinals of the world cup. now could be their time to deliver. they face scotland, full of attacking flair but crave consistency. expectations are high. i believe in this team and as individuals i believe we will create opportunities. on sunday it is about taking them. for years on from a disastrous world cup, england. their 2019 journey disastrous world cup, england. their 2019journey in disastrous world cup, england. their 2019 journey in sapporo against tonga on sunday. eddiejones has named a strong side for the match they expect to win but with this said to be the most open world cup yet, nothing is certain. glorious weather so far this week. will it continue? chris fawkes... barely a cloud in the sky today and we have more of that sunny weather to come, at least for the start of the weekend before we see that slide into more unsettled conditions. this
isa into more unsettled conditions. this is a satellite picture which shows how glorious it has been. even shetland enjoying sunshine. over the past couple of days it has been grey and cloudy. we have had wind gusts of around 50 mph around the headlands of cornwall and they will likely continue into tomorrow, increasingly blustery winds with the headlines towards pembrokeshire. otherwise it is a quiet night, breezy so not as much mist and fog and still a few patches through the vale of york and through the valleys of scotla nd vale of york and through the valleys of scotland and in the countryside temperature is still getting down into low single figures. tomorrow, we have high pressure still with us but are south—easterly winds will drag in warmerairfrom france but are south—easterly winds will drag in warmer airfrom france and so those temperatures will be quite a bit higher in a number of places. you could be some cloud across the north and east of scotland at times but otherwise for the vast majority of the uk it is a promising start of the day with barely a cloud in the sky. plenty of sunshine and mist and fog clearing quickly. 2a degrees in cardiff and birmingham, 25 in london
and 22 in edinburgh. all of these above what we expect in the height of summer, let alone the end of september. we will see changes through saturday evening and as we go through september. we will see changes through saturday evening and as we go through the night time and sunday there is an area of low pressure flexing its muscles. initially saturday evening will see showers breaking out and some could be heavy and thundery and then into some doubt the main push of start to move into the south and west of the uk. there is still uncertainty about the exact details of that rain but it looks like it will be heavy and will push northwards and eastwards through the day and probably the north—east of the uk having the best chance of keeping the dry weather with sunshine and temperatures just easing across wales and south—west england as fresh atlantic air moves in. ahead of that, 23 degrees is still pretty warm for september. take a look into the weather picture for next week, no pressure in charge, bringing showers or long spells of rain. quite windy at times so certainly an unsettled look to next week and all the while the
weather will be cooling down so in edinburgh tomorrow we have 22 degrees, by the time we get to the middle of the week, they will drop 7 degrees to around 15 and as you can see it is unsettled with rain or showers and blustery winds as well. make the most of the warm sunshine tomorrow because it will turn much more unsettled. thank you. the top story... millions of people, many children, have been taking part in protests around the world demanding tougher action to combat climate change. from nairobi to new york, sydney to stockholm, more than 150 countries so demonstrators cold for climate justice. that's it, so goodbye from me. now on bbc one, let'sjoin our news teams where you are. have a very good evening.
hello, i'm olly foster, here's what's coming up on sportsday this evening. a hatrick hero for the hosts, japan come from behind to open their own world cup with a win we'll have the latest news from the home nations as they prepare for their opening matches. england have givenjofra archer a central contract. but was it archer senior who sealed the deal? idid i did have a chat with his dad actually at the oval and he told me he thought he would hit 100 mph next year so i he thought he would hit 100 mph next yearso i said he thought he would hit 100 mph next year so i said i would take that. also coming up in the programme... it's a pivotal season in the premier 15's as women's rugby edges towards professionalism. saracens are leading the way. and hamilton cuts through the singapore smog, the championship leader is quickest in practice ahead this weekends grand prix.
hello, and welcome to sportsday. evening, rugby is going to dominate the sports agenda over the next 6 weeks. 20 teams, 48 matches across japan, the first world cup to be staged in asia. in a moment we'll weigh up the chances of england, wales, scotland and ireland, they all play over the next few days but we have had ourfirst game. the opening ceremony, followed by an opening win for the hosts, 30 points to 10 against russia. from the tokyo stadium, here's our sports correspondent katie gornall. there has been so much anticipation and excitement for this world cup. the first to be held in asia and the hosts delivered the results of the