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welcome to bbc news. i'm james reynolds. our top stories: britain's prince andrew breaks his silence on the jeffrey epstein scandal in an exclusive bbc interview. he was questioned about staying at the home of the convicted sex offender. buckingham palace denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. evo morales, the deposed president of bolivia, says he might stand again if there's a re—run of last month's divisive election. the former american ambassador to ukraine tells the impeachment
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enquiry president trump as manipulated by corrupt foreign interests. and — five alleged spies let go. three countries join a cold war—style spy swap. prince andrew has answered questions for the first time about his relationship with the financier had jeffrey epstein. the prince is accused of having links to the billionaire who killed himself in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. in an exclusive interview with bbc news, prince and he was asked about his relationship with one of epstein‘s accuses, virginia roberts, who said she was forced to have sex with the duke three times. buckingham palace has denied all the allegations against him. our rule correspondence, nicholas which of the boards. he is continuing with royal duties.
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last sunday, he was at the cenotaph, laying a wreath with his nephews. and yet, for month after month, he's been the focus of troubling questions. prince andrew, the queen's second son, one moment seen waving from the doorway of the new york home of a convicted child sex offender, jeffrey epstein, and photographed strolling through central park with him. the headlines have been lurid, relentless and deeply damaging. most serious of all is the allegation that andrew himself had sex with a girl called virginia roberts when she was 17 years old. 18 years on, virginia roberts—giuffre, as she is now, insists she's telling the truth. he knows exactly what he's done and i hope he comes clean about it. thank you. buckingham palace has consistently denied any impropriety by prince andrew. now, he's decided to speak for himself to bbc newsnight‘s emily maitlis. one of epstein‘s accusers, virginia roberts, has made allegations against you.
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she says she met you in 2001. she says she dined with you, danced with you at tramp nightclub in london. she went on to have sex with you in a house in belgravia belonging to ghislaine maxwell, your friend. your response? i have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. none whatsoever. you don't remember meeting her? no. it was in 2001, according to virginia roberts, that she had sex with andrew on three occasions, including one orgy. the palace has denied that. in 2008, epstein was convicted of procuring for prostitution a girl under the age of 18. he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. it was in 2010, after epstein had been released from prison, that andrew visited him in new york and stayed at his mansion. how does he explain that? the problem was the fact that once he had been convicted... you stayed with him.
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i stayed with him. and that's the bit that — that, as it were, i kick myself for on a daily basis, because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family, and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices, and i let the side down. simple as that. but nothing about this story is simple. jeffrey epstein can't answer questions — he took his own life in august. as for andrew, the us authorities will undoubtedly very much like to hear his account of everything he witnessed. you can find out exactly with the duke of york had to say about his friendship with the latejeffrey epstein by watching prince andrew in the epstein scandal, the newsnight interview, it's on these times on bbc world news, and if you're in the uk, because at 9pm on bbc two and the news channel on saturday. —— bbc
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news at 9pm. ever morale is has said he would run for election if his party wants to —— evo morales. will grant reports. for almost a week now, tear gas, strikes and chaos have been the norm in la paz. supporters of evo morales clashed with police on a daily basis over the way their leader has power. and now they're angry after the new government severed ties with long—standing socialist ally, venezuela. the interim government, led byjeanine anez, is reversing evo morales‘ policies at every turn. and they blame his attempt to stay in office for the violence on the streets. translation: the bolivian people have reclaimed the right to elect their authorities. that is what's behind all this chaos.
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evo led us to an election on the 20th of october, and what took place was a blatant fraud. after the military asked him to stand down, morales was whisked to mexico and granted asylum. the bbc spoke to him there and he was characteristically defiant over the disputed vote. translation: we'd won in the first round. the problem is that the right doesn't recognise our victory. i was sure we were going to win. we won. and i've never asked state institutions to help me. back in bolivia's unrest, the government hopes to hold another election in 90 days. there's no clear timetable, but the person now sitting in evo morales‘s recently vacated chair says he won't be allowed to take part. translation: he should face justice because evo morales left in the most cowardly way, he knows he must answer to the country's justice system and he's breaking all of the protocols of asylum by openly engaging in politics, which isn't permitted when one is granted asylum.
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this stand—off in bolivia isn't going to be fixed easily. as well as ties with venezuela, the new government has also cut a medical programme with cuba, trying to consign the socialist agenda of evo morales to the past. but he supporters still refuse to back down. will grant, bbc news, la paz. let's get some of the day's other news. anti—government protesters insulated have been back on the street today after the government agreed to hold a referendum on replacing the country's constitution. the current run dates back to the era of the military leader pinochet. they want any new constitution to declare that education on how the responsibilities of the state. the referendum will take place in april, next year. in sri lanka, voting is
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under way to elect the country's next president. security and development have been key issues of the campaign, with the election coming just seven months after a terrorist attack that killed more than 250 people. the final result is expected to be announced by monday. roger stone, a long—time adviser to donald trump, has been convicted on seven criminal counts of lying to congress, obstruction and witness tampering. mr stone's trial in washington was an offshoot of investigations into russian interference in the 2016 campaign. the former us ambassador to ukraine who was fired by donald trump has told an impeachment hearing in washington that she felt threatened and intimidated by the president. maria ivanovic told the congressional committee that donald trump is my personal lawyer had worked to discredit her and that government had been manipulated by corrupt foreign interests. john sopel reports from washington. this was devastating and powerful testimony in what turned out to be a day of edge—of—your seat drama.
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the us ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, thrust into the centre of a poisonous brew. she fell foul of a diplomatic back channel set up by donald trump's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, and was fired without warning. the smears against her were all untrue, but in thejuly 25 call between donald trump and his ukrainian counterpart, astonishingly, the us president attacked her. so, what did she think when she learned of this a couple of months back? i was...shocked and devastated that i would feature in a phone call between two heads of state in such a manner, where president trump said that i was "bad news" to another world leader and that i would be "going through some things." so i was... it was a terrible moment.
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then, while she was giving evidence, and unbeknown to her, the president went on the attack again, tweeting that "things went bad" wherever she served. she was made aware of this by the chairman of the committee. well, it's very intimidating. it's designed to intimidate, is it not? i mean, i can't speak to what the president is trying to do, but i think the effect is to be intimidating. well, i want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously. republicans too were uneasy, but donald trump denied that he'd done anything wrong. sir, do you believe your tweets or words can be intimidating? i don't think so at all. go ahead. impeachment is the mechanism by which a sitting president could be removed from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors." the first stage is a vote in the house of representatives, which has to be carried by a simple majority. if that's passed, then the articles of impeachment go to the upper chamber.
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and here, the president is put on trial, with the 100 senators acting as the jury. for donald trump to be removed from office, two—thirds of senators would have to find him guilty — a threshold that's never been reached before. this has been an uncomfortable day for donald trump. tweeting against marie yovanovitch while she was giving evidence wasn't a smart move, raising questions as it does about whether he was trying to intimidate a witness. but there's no sign that republicans are peeling away from him. and the less they do, the impeachment process goes nowhere and he certainly won't be removed from office. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the authorities in bosnia have proposed a 24—hour curfew on migrants ina proposed a 24—hour curfew on migrants in a town less than single limit is from the border with croatia. that is in response to protests by the residence of bihac
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is editor and feel safe in their own town. the camps of bihac, home to several thousand refugees from asia, the middle east, and north africa. but local residents say they want the migrants to leave, and the aid groups helping them. among them, the international organization for migration, the iom. translation: we cannot sleep calmly at night! during the day, they run through our yards! are we safe, after all these years we've been living here? on friday, hundreds of local residents took to the streets. translation: we want to simply and calmly demonstrate our dissatisfaction with the way the iom and other organisations treat us. it is an arrogant attitude towards the municipality, city and council. officials have been forced to act, they have imposed a 24—hour curfew on the migrants.
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on the other side of bihac, a different camp, built on a former landfill site, lacking running water and electricity. bihac is less than ten kilometres from the border with croatia, a gateway to the european union. officials say their hand has been forced and that they have been left to look after someone else's problem. translation: we will not spend any more on the camp. all those saying the conditions are bad, we agree. they can come and help us look for a solution. it's easy sitting in brussels, in some humanitarian organisation in new york, in the un, and talk about how the conditions are poor. for those in the camps, it is a bitter irony. so they must have to think about the situation in ‘92 — 1992, when there was war here. they people was refugee here as well, in the other countries, so they must have
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to think this situation. they have to memorise that time when they people was refugees. as the politicians argue, the locals and the migrants are caught in the middle. the locals unhappy with their neighbours they say are forced upon them, and the migrants not wanting to stay and, for now, unable to leave. richard preston, bbc news. stay with us and bbc news. still to come: thejoys of stay with us and bbc news. still to come: the joys of spanish. stay with us and bbc news. still to come: thejoys of spanish. we meet the american children discovering the american children discovering the advantages of learning a second language for the first time. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara.
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it was the biggest demonstration so far of the first growing european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze which has caused millions of pounds worth of damage. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: in an exclusive interview with the bbc, britain's since andrew has said he let the royal family
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down by continuing to associate with convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. —— prince andrew. buckingham palace denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. the deposed president of olivia, evo morales, says he will stand for office again in any rerun of last month's election if his socialist party wants him to. more details have emerged about the legal action the duchess of sussex will take against the daily mail and the mail on sunday. the by len investigates website has published court documents which accuse the papers of waging a fake news campaign against the duchess of cambridge. —— sussex. really serious allegations by the duchess of sussex, which in effect associated newspapers, the publishers of the mail and the mail on sunday, launched a fake news war against her, that they lied when they said they had published the full text of a handwritten
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letter to herfather when in fact they had only published half and they left out key parts of that letter because they didn't conform to the negative image that the paper wanted to portray of the duchess, that there were full stories about her baby shower, about her relationship with her mother, and about the refurbishment of her home with prince harry, frogmore cottage, that for instance they splashed out £5,000 on a copper bath, £500,000 on soundproofing, big money on a tennis court, an orangery, and a yoga studio, none of which, the duchess says, actually existed. and she claims that they falsely claimed the cost was on the public purse. now, associated have told me they intend to fight this case with the utmost vigour. they said that when it was launched last month and they say nothing in this court document changes that. it is getting ugly. russia, norway and lithuania have taken part in a carefully co—ordinated operation that saw the exchange of five convicted spies. the swap took place in the russian enclave of kaliningrad and took weeks to organise.
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this border guard was arrested by the russians and charged of espionage. frode berg was convicted to 1a years. he denies the charges. now he is free and heading home. translation: he is in lithuania, along with representatives of th norwegian authorities and his lawyer. he will come home to norway as soon as it is practically possible. i had a quick conversation by phone with him and said welcome home to norway. also looking forward to a warm welcome home, nikolai filipchenko and sergei moisejenko — two russian men who were arrested and convicted of spying in with the way now. -- in lithuania. not long after, two lithuanian men were convicted of spying in russia. so, five spies, three countries, one obvious solution. a classic cold war—style spy swap. the exchange taking place
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at a border post in the russian enclave of kaliningrad. translation: the state must defend its citizens and use all available tools for that. citizens must know that the state would not abandon them. this is one of the foundations of trust in one's own country. berg soon be back home with his family, his ordeal at an end. an agent of a foreign power, or an innocent man wrongly convicted ? this whole event a reminder that spycraft and espionage live on. it has been described as one of the worst incidents of its kind seen on an american football field. it happened during an nfl game between the cleveland browns and the pittsburgh steelers. cleveland browns player myles garrett is now facing a lengthy banner for an
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attack on pittsburgh quarterback mason rudolph. with eight seconds left, garrett wrestled rudolph to the ground after he had released the ball, ripped off his helmet and swung it at his opponent's had. after the game, garrett explained his actions. i lost my cool. inaudible. the guys who jumped his actions. i lost my cool. inaudible. the guys whojumped in the scrum, i appreciate that my team had my back, but it should never have got to that point. patricia trainor is the senior editor of inside football magazine. she says the fallout from the incident shows no sign of diminishing. it is something that if you want to see it happen on the street, it will
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automatically be a crime. to see that happen in an nfl game, especially when there is such an emphasis on player safety, very disappointing, and as a result, both the browns and the steelers have been fined $250,000. myles garrett has been suspended. for the rest of the season. he is going to appeal that by the way. there were also some other suspensions handed down. marcus pundsey, the steelers centre, was suspended for three games and garrett's team—mate barry was suspended for one game. a lot of fallout and really black mark on the nfl in last night game. years ago, the nfl... would you say it almost used to take pride in its rough reputation, but player safety has now become increasingly a priority with concussions. where does this fit into discussion on player safety, this incident? well, you never want to see someone taking a helmet and using it as a weapon, and that is one of the rules in the game that they kind of outlaw that. you used to see players spearing other guys with their head... that used to happen? guys going after each other with their heads? yes, their tackling technique wasn't the best.
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you would see guys pleading with their head instead of their shoulder. then as concussions came to the forefront, the nfl took a step back and said, hey, we have to put an emphasis on player safety, especially with concussions, because you only have one brain and if something happens to that, you're basically gone. are today's nfl players expected to be role models in american society? i think people want them to be, but should they be expected? no, i don't think they should. they are people, just like you and me and everybody else who follows the game, and they are not perfect. a lot of them are good layers, good people. —— players. you do have some guys that maybe push the envelope a little bit so to speak, and who try to get the competitive advantage the wrong way, but, yes, it is a matter of preference, but in my opinion, i think it is asking too much
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to expect these guys to be role models. you do want to see good sportsmanship in the game, not just in football, but any sport. taylor swift's former record label has rebuffed claims it is blocking herfrom performing her own hits at the forthcoming american music awards. the popstar set music executives scooter brown and scott borchetta would not let her perform songs from her past albums, to which they own the rights. she set and a documentary about her life had also been put in jeopardy. documentary about her life had also been put injeopardy. they documentary about her life had also been put in jeopardy. they say that her statement is based on false information. let's face it, it is ha rd information. let's face it, it is hard not to spelling your own language. imagine having to master it someone else's. many young americans are now making the effort to learn spanish. we have put some of the bravest ones to the test.
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what a test. a reminder of our top story. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, britain's prince andrew said he let the royal family down by continuing to associate with convicted sex offenderjeffrey
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epstein. buckingham palace denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. i am on twitter, please do get in touch, and please do stay with bbc world news. hello. there is a bit more rain in the forecast for this weekend, but hopefully not as much as we had through the week or indeed, as much as we've had through the autumn so far. it looks like some places may well break records. so far this autumn, sheffield have recorded over 400 millimetres of rain, just shy of the previous autumn record. provisional figures suggest that nottingham, with 348 millimetres of rain, mayjust have beaten the previous autumn record rainfall. there is more of autumn to come of course and some showery rain in the forecast for this weekend, but also some spells of sunshine. it's quite a complex weather pattern. low pressure over the near continent, a frontal system pushing in from the west, the two staging something of a pincer movement, bringing areas of cloud and patchy rain in towards our shores. now, in between there's a zone of clear skies for scotland and northern ireland, that's where we are starting the day
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with a frost. and some fog patches across northern scotland, some of which will be quite stubborn through the day ahead. generally, i think we will see a bit more cloud spreading into scotland and northern ireland as the day wears on. eastern and southern scotland seeing some splashes of rain and those grey and damp conditions extend across northern england, down into parts of the midlands. the odd sharp shower for south—west of wales down into cornwall, but for the south—east of england, well, here a decent chance of seeing some dry weather and even a little bit of sunshine. another chilly day, but not quite such a windy one as we've been used to lately. now through saturday night into sunday, still these areas of cloud and showery rain around, it will turn a bit cloudier for a good part of scotland and northern ireland. where you do keep clear skies, and some places will, it will turn into a bit of a chilly night. so on sunday, really we're just chasing these areas of cloud and showery rain around the map. it looks like two parts of northern england, wales, the south—west, people will see cloud and some showers at times. to the south—east of that, a fighting chance of seeing at least some dry weather. and for northern ireland and scotland, it should turn increasingly bright through the day.
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it's still chilly, single digit temperatures for most of us. now, into the start of the new working week, this little ridge of high pressure is going to try to work its way across the british isles. and that should give a drier and brighter day on monday. this is the day where we do get to dry out. there will be a few showers brought into north sea coastal areas on a brisk, northerly wind, but otherwise it's fine. there is some sunshine. it stays pretty chilly, 6—10 degrees at best. but as we head deeper into the week, it does turn more unsettled again. we will see further outbreaks of rain, heaviest in the west. it will be windy, but it will turn a bit milder.
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welcome to bbc news. our top stories: britain's prince andrew breaks his silence on the jeffrey epstein scandal in an exclusive bbc interview. he said he let the side down by staying at epstein's home in new york. evo morales, the deposed president of bolivia, says he might stand again if there's a re—run of last month's divisive election. if, his socialist party wants him to. speaking from exile, he told the bbc elections could also go ahead without him. the former american ambassador to ukraine tells the impeachment enquiry president trump as manipulated by corrupt foreign interests. president trump launched an attack on the former ambassador during while she was giving testimony.

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