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a very warm welcome to bbc news. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the national guard is deployed to the american state of wisconsin as protests continue over the shooting of another unarmed black man. donald trump receives official republican backing at the party's convention to run for another term as president. in new zealand, the man who killed 51 people at two mosques last year is confronted in court by survivors and relatives of the victims. germany says russia must investigate the suspected poisoning of one of president putin's most outspoken rivals, alexei navalny.
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hello to you. the national guard is to be deployed in the us state of wisconsin, where protests continue after police shot a black man, who was unarmed. video posted online appears to show jacob blake, 29, father of three, being shot in the back. he's in a serious condition in hospital. tensions in the us are high over police brutality and racism after a series of violent incidents against black americans. the democratic presidential nominee, joe biden, said the officers in wisconsin must be held accountable. aleem maqbool reports from wisconsin. it's become a familiar scene. angry protests after the police shooting of a black man. this time, it's wisconsin, where in the early evening, officers had been called to deal with a domestic disturbance. in mobile phone video, 29—year—old jacob blake is seen walking around his car, followed by officers with their weapons drawn.
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as he opens the door, an officer pulls on his shirt and several shots are heard. onlookers start screaming and the car horn blares, as mr blake slumps over the steering wheel. a prominent civil rights lawyer says mr blake's three sons were in the vehicle at the time. police say they immediately offered medical assistance, but jacob blake remains in a serious condition in hospital. some witnesses told local news channels he'd been trying to stop a fight between two women, but details of what led up to the shooting are still emerging. the reaction came quickly, though. with hundreds taking to the streets, trucks that had been moved into place to block protesters were set on fire. we're tired of it. and right now, this is the wrong generation that this is happening to. the frustration is boiling to the top and we are sick and tired.
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eventually, an emergency curfew was imposed, and the state leader was quick to link this incident to others, like the killing of george floyd. you'd think after the past few months when people were stepping up to demand justice, that police departments, chiefs of police, even police unions, would rush to implement some sort of reform. but that hasn't happened. or else you wouldn't have had to have seen the actions that we all had to see last night. the officers involved have been put on administrative leave and an investigation opened, but it is less than three months since george floyd was killed, and the concern for many african—americans has been that in spite of the outrage over that death, little of consequence has really changed. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in kenosha, wisconsin. i spoke to chris ott, the executive director of the american civil liberties union in wisconsin. i asked him if there was a particular problem with policing in his state. well, unfortunately, yes. this latest vicious attack, this vicious example of police brutality caught on camera
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is not the first example of this that we have seen in wisconsin. we have seen disturbances this year and over the last decade, so unfortunately we have some of the same problems that we see gci’oss the united states. obviously there is much to be established about what happened in this incident. as you understand it, what happened 7 well, like so many people i watched this video last night and what i saw was mr blake walking away from police, trying to get into his car and then police opening fire on him, shooting him in the back in full view of his three children. it's just a disgusting act of police violence. i suppose the police might argue — obviously much is still to come out about this — that they might have thought he was going into the car to retrieve a weapon? well, i'll leave that to police to justify what they've done, but looking at this video, it is very hard.
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it's impossible, actually, to understand why they took the course of action that they did. the — as i understand it, the county had voted — had already allocated a budget for body cameras for police. it doesn't seem to have happened in this case? right. my understanding is that the county vote to put that in the budget was for next year. so obviously that doesn't help in this case. and it was not the county's officers, but the kenosha police that were involved in this incident. do you have a sense there is a process of change within wisconsin at all? well, i certainly hope so, but we will need to see. we have seen so many examples of this throughout the country where something terrible like this happens, you know, a vicious attack, sometimes resulting in a murder, and people not being brought tojustice. i think that many of us felt that after — with all the attention we saw brought to this problem since the murder of mr floyd in minnesota, we were at
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a tipping point for racial justice and police accountability. but we can't take that for granted, we need to see results. chris ott of the aclu in wisconsin. in the us, the first evening of speeches and events is just getting under way for the republican party's national convention, designed to drum up support for president trump's bid to win a second term in office this november. instead of crowds cramming conference halls for the four—day event, the pandemic means this year's is a far more scaled back affair, though unlike the democratic party's virtual convention last week, key figures are appearing in person, including president trump, who after being officially nominated by his party earlier gave an hour—long unscripted speech in charlotte, north carolina. here's some of his comments. we have to win. this is the most important election in the history of our country. this is the biggest. this is it. our country can go in a horrible, horrible direction, or in an even greater
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direction, and before the plague came in from china, that's where we were going. we were going in a direction like we had never seen. the most successful economy in the history of our country. well, one of the battleground states is pennsylvania. the bbc‘s jane o'brien reports from bethlehem. troubling polls haven't dampened enthusiasm. voters in bethlehem turned from barack obama to propel donald trump to victory in 2016. his supporters say they're on track to do it again. yes! trump! you know what? we don't have jesus christ in the office, so, you know, nobody's perfect. and i'm not condoning some of the stuff that he has done and said, ok? you know, but i look at results. promises made, promises kept. if you look at his record, almost everything that he promised, he actually fought
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for or actually got through. on day one of the republican party convention, the president touted his economic record. there's never been three months where we've put more people to work — over 9 million people. and, again, we'rejust about ready to break the all—time stock market record. i mean, you look at it... wall street may be weathering the pandemic, but main street has been crippled by the lockdown. the tension between how to control the coronavirus and how to reopen the economy is stark here. biden has already said that he's going to listen to only the scientists, which means... and he said he would shut the whole economy down again. nothing could be worse than that. trump isn't going to do that. pennsylvania is a battleground state, and these small towns have a lot of influence. how people here vote will decide not only their own fate but possibly the direction of the entire country.
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jane o'brien reporting there from bethlehem, pennsylvania, a battleground state. and she's with us now. it's quite a serious matter, a sitting president sewing doubt on the election process about any possible result? it is. it isa any possible result? it is. it is a problem for his supporters, it's a problem for the country, when you have the actual election system itself being undermined. and it has led to a lot of people i have spoken to saying they don't trust the postal system at this point. and that they will be voting in person at the polls. and i think this is something that america has been struggling with for some time. how so many of its institutions have been undermined by the political process in general and that the element of trust
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oi’ and that the element of trust or the level of trust in institutions has deteriorated quite considerably. and just 70 days before an election, to start calling into question whether people's votes will arrive on time, whether or not they will be counted, whether oi’ they will be counted, whether or not they will receive the ballot legally, whether or not it is open to fraud, obviously isa it is open to fraud, obviously is a very questionable issue going forward. it does lead people to worry about exactly what the outcome will be. that said, there are a lot of people who are defending president trump and saying he is not to blame for the underfunding of the post office, that this is an ongoing issue. but clearly, it's become a political hot potato and yet another issue, another extraordinary situation we are up another extraordinary situation we are up againstjust 70 days before the people actually vote. jane, we'rejust before the people actually vote. jane, we're just keeping
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an eye on the convention, this is on your left, on the other side of the screen at the moment. there is a recorded segment of president trump honouring key workers. it's possible he may be speaking, we will go to that if he does. we had some of these voices in your piece —— piece from bethlehem, they may not trust him and they may not like some of what he does, but they would vote for him again. the key question is how many there are and where they are, either in those key states? the simple a nswer to those key states? the simple answer to that question is we just don't know. i mean, remember, my, the polls in 2016 had hillary clinton winning right up until the 11th hour. in fact, instill pennsylvania is self —— itself went to donald trump, that was a big shock to the system. i know
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because i was in philadelphia on the night at a party that was supposed to be celebrating clinton's victory. and her supporters there were absolutely devastated. they couldn't imagine how it had happened, the blue wall had crumbled. here i am back in pennsylvania, just a couple of months before the election in 2020, and there is still now a sense that you cannot trust those polls. certainly from the republicans to make you are saying —— who have been saying we have been here before. they delivered something else on the night, and they're seeing a lot of republicans do support trump, they do like some, but they are very worried about admitting that in this current political climate, because the atmosphere is so divisive and the feeling is that if they do say actually, they do like president trump, they are going to be publicly shamed or excoriated and so therefore they keep quiet and don't necessarily tell the truth when
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they are asked by pollsters who they are asked by pollsters who they are asked by pollsters who they are going to vote for. i do think this is a big unknown. certainly the more vocal drum supporters say there is a silent majority still out there who are very incentivised and who are very incentivised and who will vote. in large numbers, on the day. of course, we don't know. which is why i think only a lunatic at this point would say what is likely to happen come november three. indeed. iam to happen come november three. indeed. i am sure we will be back to you in the convention. jane o'brien in the key swing state of pennsylvania. thank you very much. for more on the republican national convention, stay tuned to bbc news. we'll bring you president trump and other key speakers live in the coming hours, or head to our website, for all the happenings at the convention. go bbc.com/news and follow the links. one purpose of national conventions like this week's republican and last week's
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democratic is to energise voters to rally round their candidate and vote. but there are also strategies in place that, it's alleged, try to limit the number of people who potentially vote for the opposing party — a strategy called voter suppression. i think we can give you a bit more. leigh chapman is director of the voting rights programme at the leadership conference on civil and human rights, which is a coalition of more than 200 groups, she explained how voter suppression works. throughout our history we have seen barriers to the ballot box for many voters. these barriers voters are continuing to face in 2020. and the voters that are the most impacted are voters of colour, students, people with disabilities, elderly voters, you know, in recent years since the gutting of the voting rights act in 2013, you have seen laws and policies that have been passed around the country that make it harder for people to vote. we have seen strict voter id laws, mass purges
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from voter rolls, cuts to early voting and polling place closures all over the country. so covid—19 is just another barrier to the ballot that voters have to face here. and to be fair, of political parties have done this, really, haven't they? yeah. you know, we have seen this from republicans and democrats, but you know the main point here is that in order to have a democracy that works for everyone, more voters need to participate. regardless of political party, policy makers who want to have a robust democracy in our country should be implementing laws and policies making it easier for people to vote and not harder. do you expect voter suppression to have a major impact on this election? you know, you only have to look at the primaries to see how voter suppression has played out. covid—19 is another barrier that voters are facing and voters shouldn't have to choose between their health and their right to vote. and if you look at states like georgia and wisconsin, there were some voters that stood in line for over 5—7 hours to cast their ballot.
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and this was because there were fewer poll workers, fewer polling places. machines broke down. so we cannot have a repeat of this in november. and that is why the leadership conference, our coalition, and advocates around the country are really pushing to make voting accessible and save this election. that means having more opportunities to register to vote, having expanded early voting, having in—person voting. those are all the policies that we are advocating for, and we are pushing for congress to advocate $3.6 billion in funding so states have the resources they need to execute and administer safe elections this year. and, frankly, there are many more people in thejudicial system, many more judges, who are favourable to mr trump's point of view. so when it comes to challenging the picture you havejust painted, it is much harder? the leadership conference is made up of a lot
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of organisations. groups are litigating and winning in courts, and making sure that vote by mail is more accessible. there are states like alabama where in order to avoid by mail, you have to have two witnesses or a notary and a copy of your photo id to submit. there are litigators around the country winning cases to expand access to the ballot in this pandemic. stay with us on bbc news. much more to come. still to come, house of wax: the chinese company that has seen its sales melt away thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. he's the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared, "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky —
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an orange glowing disc that's brighter than anything, save the moon — our neighbouring planet mars. horn toots there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. cheering it will take months and billions of dollars to re pair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years. so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. big ben bongs this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the national guard is deployed to the us state of wisconsin where protests continue over the shooting of another unarmed black man.
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donald trump receives official republican backing at the party's convention to run for another term as president. the german chancellor, angela merkel, says russia must investigate the suspected poisoning of one of president putin's most outspoken rivals, alexei navalny. he's been moved to berlin for treatment after falling ill on a flight to moscow last week. medics caring for mr navalny say they've found traces of a substance which disrupted his nervous system. the bbc‘s jenny hill is in berlin. well, doctors today in effect confirmed what mr navalny‘s supporters suspected all along. they say there is clinical evidence to suggest that he was poisoned. he is still here in hospital, being treated. he's in an induced coma. doctors say his condition is serious, though not life—threatening. they have not been able, they say, to find out exactly what substance was used, but they believe it's part of a group of what are known
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as cholinesterase inhibitors, which may have damaged his nervous system. in fact, they say they can't guarantee a full recovery. it is quite one thing to establish the cause of mr navalny‘s collapse. a very different thing of course to determine who was responsible. mr navalny has been a very prominent critic of vladimir putin, he has made powerful enemies, there is widespread suspicion of russian involvement. and tonight, angela merkel released a statement in which she urged the russian authorities to investigate the case with full transparency. "those responsible," she said, "must be brought to account." let's get some of the day's other news. people in havana are preparing for tropical storm laura, which has already devastated parts of the dominican republic and haiti, leaving at least ten people dead. they've been barricading their homes and businesses as the storm is expected to make landfall in cuba before continuing
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towards the united states where officials predict it will worsen to a hurricane. firefighters in california are trying to control nearly 600 wildfires that are some of the worst the region has ever seen. officials on the west coast say dry lightning strikes, which started many of the fires, are due to return, along with high winds. president trump has declared the wildfires a major disaster and has released federal aid to california. the top us infectious diseases expert anthony fauci has warned that rolling out a covid—19 vaccine before it has been shown to safe and effective in trials is "a bad idea" that could have a chilling effect on the testing of other vaccines. experts have expressed concern that president trump is urging the us food and drug administration to give emergency approval to a vaccine before november's election. a white supremacist, who's admitted murdering 51 worshippers at two mosques in new zealand last year, had planned to cause maximum casualties a court has heard.
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brenton tarrant‘s sentencing hearing has now entered its second day. survivors of the attacks and relatives of the victims gave emotional impact statements on monday. shaimaa khalil reports. singing a verse from the koran for the souls of the dead from a man who survived the shootings, but lost his son. ata elayyan was one of the 51 killed in the christchurch attacks. his parents still struggling to comprehend what happened. i constantly try to imagine... ..how my beloved ata felt at the moment of the attack. what was in his mind when he realised he was departing this life? for those who made it out alive, it is a different type of struggle. the trauma will live with me forever. the images, smell and sound of the mosque on that day haunt me. i do not foresee a future
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where i will be without pain. in the dock, the man responsible for the mass shooting. brenton tarrant remained silent as the court heard how he'd planned his attacks for more than a year, accumulating military—style weapons and researching his targets. there were distressing details about how tarra nt methodically fired at his victims, some as they ran away, many on the floor, unable to escape. i had the privilege... this mother spoke of her grief. he used to give me flowers for my birthday, but instead, i got his body. i decided to forgive you, mr tarrant, because i don't have hate, i don't have revenge. the imam of al noor mosque also spoke in court, telling the killer that he has been misled and misguided. "we are a peaceful and loving community," he said, "who did not deserve your actions."
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today, the people whose lives have been shattered by this massacre had their voices heard. but they also had to relive those devastating moments of pain. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney. the economic impact of the pandemic has been immense. different industries around the world have suffered as people were forced to stay at home. one company in china is especially feeling the strain and their problems are as statuesque as their products. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. a familiar face finding himself in a somewhat undignified position. the skin tone doesn't seem quite right, and there are question marks about the hair. but this is a fairly accurate likeness of president donald trump. shanghay maiyi arts specialises in waxwork figures. but thanks to the pandemic, their orders have...well, just melted away. translation: due to the pandemic, places like tourist sites and amusement parks are temporarily
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closed, so the waxworks are stuck here. what really affected us is that they can't get any new orders as some of these places have yet to resume work. the company normally ships out around 700 statues a year, roughly a third heading overseas. but sales figures have plummeted. a lost opportunity bearing in mind this year's political calendar. translation: when everyone is focusing on one person, our orders will see an explosive increase. this year, trump is running an election again, so if we weren't affected by the pandemic, orders for trumps would have increased. it is not all donald trump. other world leaders are available for the right price, but a company says it is delaying the production of anyjoe bidens. some waxworks, however, are timeless. tim allman, bbc news. there is much more for you anytime on all the news,
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national and international on the bbc website and twitter feeds. thank you very much for watching. hello there. last week, storm ellen brought us some very wet and windy weather. this week, we have another named storm. this is storm francis, named by the met office. you can do this hook developing in the cloud structure on the satellite picture. this shows an area of low pressure that is deepening rapidly. it will continue to deepen as moves across our shores. —— as it moves across oui’ shores. an unusually deep low for the time of year, bringing some unusually strong winds. with that, some heavy rain. it's a combination that could well cause some disruption. so, that rain already setting in for many of us. it will continue to pile northwards through the day. it then slows down across parts of northern england, central and southern scotland, northern ireland, some rain feeding back into wales. so these areas could see some localised flooding.
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and then we have the winds, which will be strengthening through the day. during the afternoon, quite widely across england and wales, we will see gusts of 50 to 60mph, some exposed coasts and hills in the west could see gusts of 70mph. that could cause minor damage, certainly some poor travelling conditions. not as windy further north, but with the heavy rain continuing, if you're in aberdeen, for example, with a strong wind off the north sea, those outbreaks of rain, temperatures ofjust 13 or 1a degrees, it will not feel too pleasant. 22 degrees down towards the south. all the while, though, the far north of scotland, the northern isles particularly will stay dry with some sunshine. now, through tuesday night, you can see this curl of wet weather. here is our area of low pressure, still spinning its way through, still providing some pretty strong winds. those winds only slowly easing through the early hours as our area of low pressure drifts out into the north sea. but you can still see plenty of white lines, plenty of isobars on the chart for wednesday morning. we will still have some very gusty conditions
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across eastern scotland, and particularly eastern coastal counties of england. some rain as well. but from the west, things will be calming down through the day, the winds will slowly ease. we'll see some spells of sunshine. it will feel fairly cool, though. temperatures of 13 degrees for aberdeen, 19 for plymouth, 21 there in london. some more rain in the forecast for thursday and friday. it shouldn't be as windy at this stage. some dry weather in prospect for the weekend, but it is going to feel pretty chilly with a northerly wind across the uk.
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to make voting accessible and save this election.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: an overnight curfew is coming into effect in the us city of kenosha in wisconsin after violent protests on sunday sparked by the police shooting of a black man. jacob blake, 29, father of three, is in a stable condition in hospital after being shot a number of times in the back by police. president trump has made an unscheduled appearance at the opening day of republican national convention to claim the democrats are working to steal the us elections in november. he warned — without giving any evidence — that democrats planned to rig the contest through, as he put it, fraudulent use of postal voting. the german chancellor, angela merkel, says russia must investigate the suspected poisoning of one of president putin's most outspoken rivals, alexei navalny. he's been moved to berlin for treatment after falling ill last week. medics say they've found traces of a substance that disrupted his nervous system.

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