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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: the first day of the republican convention draws to a close, and donald trump is officially made the republican nominee. an overnight curfew comes into effect in wisconsin with protests of the police shooting of another unarmed black man. germany says russia must investigate the suspected poisoning of one of president putin's most outspoken rivals, lexington only. doctors in hong kong say a person has been rei nfected kong say a person has been reinfected with coronavirus. we will have more on what that might mean.
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republicans have just wrapped up republicans have just wrapped up the first day of the national convention, describing donald trump as the bodyguard of western civilisation. crowds crammed into conference calls for a four—day event. —— instead of crowds cramming into conference calls for a four—day event, this year's pandemic means it is a much more scaled back affair. unlike the democratic party's virtual convention last week, key figures are appearing in person — including america is not a racist country. this is personalfor me. iam country. this is personalfor me. i am the proud daughter of indian immigrants. they came to america and settled in a small southern town. my father wore a turban. my mother wore a sari. i was turban. my mother wore a sari. iwasa turban. my mother wore a sari. i was a brown girl in a
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black—and—white world. we faced discrimination and hardship. but my parents never gave into grievance and hate. my mum built a successful business. my dad taught 30 years at a historically black college. and the people of south carolina chose me as the first minority and first female governor. america is a story that is a work in progress. now is the time to build on that progress and make america even freer, fairerand and make america even freer, fairer and betterfor and make america even freer, fairer and better for everyone. that's why it is so tragic to see so that's why it is so tragic to see so much of the democratic party turning a blind eye towards riots and rage. the american people know we can do better. and of course we value and respect every luck life. —— black life. the black cops who have been shot in the line of duty, they matter. black small business owners who have watched their life ‘s work go up watched their life ‘s work go up inflames, watched their life ‘s work go up in flames, they matter. the
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black kids who have been gunned down on the playground, their lives matter too. and their lives matter too. and their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets. nikki haley, former american ambassador to the united nations, speaking to the convention. 0ur correspondence jane o'brien is indicated swing state of pennsylvania, in the town of bethlehem. jane, as nikki haley was saying, apart from all that, she is a former south carolina governor, the daughter of indian immigrants, as she put it, a brown girl in as she put it, a brown girl in a black and white world. she is an important player for the republicans, not least because she is seen as a possible future leader? nikki haley is a very important player for the republicans, and i suspect we may have seen the beginning of a 2024 presidential bid. she has been the highlight of tonight, i think, without question. of course the other person who featured dominantly was donald trump himself. he didn't make the anticipated live
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experience, but he appeared in a pre—recorded interview, with himself, interviewing ordinary americans. and i think that was the other key feature of this first night of the republican party convention. unlike the very slick, highly produced virtual extravaganza we saw last week with the democrats, the focus tonight was on ordinary americans. the americans that donald trump appealed to in 2016 when he said that he would speak for those who had been left behind, and those other people that he be counting on again in 2020 to ta ke be counting on again in 2020 to take him to victory. —— he will be counting. whether or not he can turn out his base, and sues them after four years and bring wavering voters into the fold, thatis wavering voters into the fold, that is of course the big question. —— enthuse them. but what he is campaigning on now, and clearly this will set the tone for the next 70 days or so, is his record. and i do know from talking to republicans, trump supporters
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here in pennsylvania, a key battleground state, but they like his record. they believe he has delivered on his agenda, his promises of cutting unemployment, of boosting the economy, deregulation, all of these things, they say they can vote for again, and overlooks some of the personal qualities, the rhetoric that has made him such an anathema to the democrats. as everyone knows, the president is prone to saying things that are highly contentious, in some cases things that are just not true. also, he is prone to accusing others of things that he has been accused of. he is now accusing the democrats of planning to steal the election by voterfraud. i mean, there's almost no evidence that mail—in ballots or absentee voting bring in more fraud, but it is a serious matter for a sitting president to try to discredit an election and the process of electing a candidate in this way? it is extraordinary that with 70 days to go, the entire
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system that americans will be very much relying on in this pandemic is being brought into question by the president. but while there is no evidence of voterfraud, or that it while there is no evidence of voter fraud, or that it will increase voter fraud, there voter fraud, or that it will increase voterfraud, there is a very real concern among ordinary americans that the system may not be as robust and as stable and reliable as it could be, and that is the concern that donald trump is highlighting and playing on. and, asi highlighting and playing on. and, as i said, the big issue here is whether or not americans will feel confident in the system but they are being asked to entrust their vote to. jane, thank you very much indeed for that. an overnight curfew has come into effect in the city of kenosha in wisconsin. we have live
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pictures, you can see material burning on the streets, it is not quite clear what it is. hundreds have gathered outside the county courthouse in kenosha as darkness fell. some demonstrators... sorry, we will come back to that in just a second. yeah, police have been firing tear gas to disperse protesters who defied an overnight curfew. as we were saying, hundreds have gathered outside the county courthouse as darkness fell, some demonstrators throwing water bottles a nd demonstrators throwing water bottles and fireworks. the cu rfew bottles and fireworks. the curfew is came into effect and the national guard was deployed to try to regulate the protests sparked by the shooting of police of another unarmed black man. video posted online appears to show jacob man. video posted online appears to showjacob lakes, a 29—year—old father of three, being shot several times in the black. —— jacob lakes. being shot several times in the black. ——jacob lakes. —— blake. tensions are already high across the us after a series of violent incidents and killings of black americans by police. joe biden has said the officers in wisconsin must be held accountable.
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it is supposedly passed curfew here in kenosha, wisconsin. there is a single line of police outside the courthouse, protecting that building. all these protesters who have gathered here for a second night ina gathered here for a second night in a row, they are here, they cannot spontaneously yesterday, after the shooting ofjacob yesterday, after the shooting of jacob blake, a yesterday, after the shooting ofjacob blake, a 29—year—old black man who was shot seven times, we hear, in the back, by an officer in front of his children inside a car. immediately, people came out and they are out here again demanding change. two months ago, a month after the killing of george floyd in minneapolis, wisconsin promised to change, promised to introduce legislation that would lead to more police accountability. that is something that these people are calling for now. they don't want any more delays. they say they will keep
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on coming out onto the streets until they get that. we can speak now to direct mckesson, podcast and rights activist. you recently launched activist. you recently launched a campaign to share resources to try to and police violence across the united states. many people will know you from pod save the people, the podcast, listen to it regularly myself. first of all, your response to what has happened in wisconsin? it isa what has happened in wisconsin? it is a reminder that the police have killed 751 people as of today in the united states. there are only 12 days so far this year when a police officer didn't kill anybody. people forget, you know, all the stories don't make venues. there is not a video for every single killing. it really is a crisis in the us. we have data that goes back as far as 2013 and every year, the police kill around 1100 people. so this is just another reminder. we did
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launch nix the six, a focus on systemic issues. kenosha is a city with a bill of rights that protects the police, wisconsin isa protects the police, wisconsin is a state that has that the laws that protect the police. i would be interested to see the legislative package for the governor, he called a special session, that is a big deal, because while he is a democrat, the legislation is republican. so he will be forcing a vote on these issues, and we will see if the republicans in wisconsin step up. it is very difficult to make changes, of course, because police contracts and the police unions are so strong. but you will know, there are a lot of people worried about the fact that shootings are going up in new york city and in many major cities across the united states. it is a tricky time, isn't it, to be trying to sell an initiative that essentially means an initiative that essentially m ea ns less an initiative that essentially means less policing? so, remember, when we look at a violent crime is a category, it is actually decreasing. there is actually decreasing. there is something happening was shootings across the country that we need to acknowledge. also remember that this is sort
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ofan also remember that this is sort of an interesting time. we are seeing a record highs in hunger, homelessness, unemployment and poverty, all happening at the same time, right? so there are cities across the country without resources , across the country without resources, people who have been home for a long time, trump has failed, the federal government is not giving people any support and resources, and we see people doing things and taking measures that they otherwise would not take. so the only way that we will ever deal with the crime that is manifesting is actually dealing with poverty and the underlying causes that the pandemic has exacerbated and the federal government has not addressed at all. we have seen republicans at the convention attacking this notion that the progressives, as they put it, wa nt to progressives, as they put it, want to defund the police and abolish ice, the immigration task force. these are easy initiatives to caricature, aren't they? as i understand it, what you are after is fewer armed officers turning up to traffic stops, to potential shoplifting offences. there are other people who could deal
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with that, for instance, specialists in mental health, for starters ? specialists in mental health, for starters? yeah, so, the question is, what do you need a gun to respond to? what other situations where you need the person who responds to have a gun? you don't need somebody with a gun to respond to a missing kid. you don't need somebody with a gun to respond toa car somebody with a gun to respond to a car accident. you don't need somebody with a gun to respond to homelessness. you don't need somebody with a gun to respond to suicidal ideation. the vast majority of 911 calls are not for things that should need somebody with a gun to respond to, and that is what people have insane really loud and clear. that is not a wild statement, that is just simple. —— what people have been saying. it hasjust been asserted at the national convention the president trump has ended once and for all the policy of incarceration for black people. this is a clear picture for the black vote. what do you make of that? i mean, he did sign a criminal justice reform bill. i mean, trump will lie, trump will try to sell your air trump will lie, trump will try to sell yourairand trump will lie, trump will try to sell your air and tell you who made it. that is something we have seen time and time
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again. the convention, he hasn't changed. he did not and incarceration. remember, it is this president that is calling for the death penalty for drug dealers. it is this president that restarted the death penalty at the federal level, which we had put a pause on stop it is this president that is giving more money to police department so that they can arrest people. this president is putting kids in cages. and he is deporting people in record numbers. there is no end to incarceration under this president. jerome mckessen, very good to talk to you. thank you. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: treasure trove — the teenagers in israel who discovered a stash of gold coins buried for more than a thousand years. 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,
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"i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky — 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,
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the latest headlines: the first day of the republican convention draws to a close, and donald trump is officially nominated for a second term. protests continue in the us state of wisconsin over the police shooting of an unarmed black man, despite an overnight curfew. this is the scene live in the city of kenosha. 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.
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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 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." jenny hill for us in berlin.
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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 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. police in colombia have seized one—tonne of cocaine that was being carried on a submarine. local reports say the vessel was heading to mexico. police believe the notorious gang, 0liver sinisterra, was behind this shipment. the gang is believed to be responsible for moving tonnes of cocaine into the united states every year. three individuals on board were arrested. the top us infectious diseases expert antony fauci has warned that rolling out a covid—19
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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. scientists in hong kong have identified what they say is the first confirmed case of coronavirus re—infection. the 33—year—old man contracted a different strain of the virus from the one he'd recovered from 4.5 months earlier. although he was asymptomatic, he tested positive during screening at hong kong airport. the case has raised questions around immunity to covid—19. maria van der kerkhove from the world health organisation addressed the issue today. there's been more than 24
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million cases reported to date and we have to look at something like this on a population level and so it is very important that we document this and, in countries that can do this, the sequencing can be done, that would be very helpful but we need to notjump to any conclusion and even if this is the first documented case of reinfection, it is possible, as our experience with other corona virus, we know that people have an antibody response for some time but it may wane. professor of immuno—biology at yale school of medicine, akiko iwasaki, joined us a short time ago. this is the first concrete evidence for reinfection but they have been multiple cases reported from asia from people who recovered from infection and became positive again. the special feature of this particular study is a sequenced
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the viral gino particular study is a sequenced the viralgino and particular study is a sequenced the viral gino and they knew the viral gino and they knew the first virus was different from the second virus. it is not easy to sequence it for everybody so it is difficult to tell whether a person had a reinfection or somebody who carried a lingering virus for a long time. now that we know that reinfection can happen, we need to have future preparedness for testing for infection in a more variety of settings. three months after the death of george floyd, most officers are still legally allowed to use neck restraints. the civil rights activist reverend al sharpton is trying to change that. he's also leading a march on washington this friday, to mark the 57th anniversary of dr martin luther king's historic march. the bbc‘s larry madowo sat down with reverend sharpton in new york. when i see rallies now and march is now, where there is
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whites and blacks, it shows there is something different going on. what sort of national legislation you need to avoid another george flight? we need one that says it is a felony to co m press one that says it is a felony to compress someone and one that says it is a felony to compress someone and because of their death. you need a national legislation that it is a felony. you need federal legislation to say that when a policeman is accused of a crime, it is transparent and you need to see if he has had records before and you need immunity so that you cannot be personally sued. there is disagreement about whether policing in america is systemically racist or whether there's a few bad apples stop if there is no law, it does not matter. whether they are systemically racist or not, they can do racist things and they can do racist things and the system is not built to hold
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them account. a lot has been achieved, why can you talk about the progress? because the progress was made because people harping on the issue. the progress did not drop out of the sky. the fact that you have a george floyd and we are still disproportionately unemployed, that we are still the ones that died at a higher rate during covid—19, means we have not achieved equality. one of the criticism is that you do this every time there is another black person killed by police and that it is all about publicity for you. yes, it is. iamon publicity for you. yes, it is. i am on the scene for publicity because that is what the families called before. no—one calls me to keep a secret. they used to accuse the civil rights leaders in the 60s of the same thing. 0urjob is to put public
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attention on this. guilty as charged. my message is that doctor king was make dream, that you romanticise, is not going to be achieved. come with the families of the abuse to say demonstrations must lead to legislation. we cannot have you that such reconciliation without legislation. that was the civil rights activist reverend al sharpton talking to the bbc‘s larry madowo. if you've had this experience, you know the feeling — finding cash on the ground it's a thrill. so imagine how it feels to accidentally stumble upon a stash of gold coins. that's exactly what happened to a teenager in central israel during an archaeological dig. alanna petroff unearths the story for us. sometimes in archaeology you can on earth amazing things. with picks and brushes, you dig through the dirt and discover treasures beyond your wildest dreams. a team of teenage volu nteers dreams. a team of teenage volunteers found a jar filled
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with 425 pure gold coins. they are estimated to be more than 1100 years old, from around the 10th century. translation: we we re 10th century. translation: we were digging along the square andi were digging along the square and i saw something that looked like leaves. i wanted to clear them but realised they might be points. at first i found about three. when i pick them up, i saw more underneath. the team believes that back in the day, one of these coins could have bought a large farm animal, like a cow or horse. taken together, they could have bought a mansion and those kind fragments would be used for smaller purchases. the unique thing about this is actually it shows us a lot about international commerce of that time. in the area which was on
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the rise and prospering. as opposed to the commerce in europe over time, whether use of gold started dwindling. the israeli antiquity authority says they were careful with the stash, bearing in and securing it with nal so it would not move. it is a mystery by the individual did not come back to retrieve it. the fine could energise other young archaeologists in israel and around the world. keep on digging for the next fault of valuables. alanna petroff, bbc news. we ta ke we take you to the scene right now in kenosha, wisconsin, when police fired tear gas at protesters who defied a curfew. the national guard has been deployed trying to regulate the protests but by the shooting by is of another unharmed black man. video posted online shows
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jacob baker, 29—year—old father of three was shot in the back. much more on the bbc website and twitter feed. thank you 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 see 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 it moves across our 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 of just 13 or 14 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 across eastern scotland,
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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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this is bbc news, the headlines: republicans in the us have begun their national convention with dire warnings about the country's future ifjoe biden were to defeat donald trump in november's presidential poll. speakers claimed mr biden would be a radically left—wing leader. the president's son suggested the democratic challenger was backed by china. police in the us city of kenosha have fired tear gas to disperse protesters who defied an overnight curfew. hundreds had gathered outside the county courthouse as darkness fell. the national guard were deployed in the wake of violent protests on sunday following the police shooting of a black suspect. german chancellor angela merkel says russia must investigate the poisoning of one of president putin's greatest rivals, alexandre valley. he was transported to billing for treatment last week. doctors say they have found traces of a toxin that disrupted his
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