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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the british prime minister holds talks with the chinese president, they discuss trade, the environment and north korea. the reality of life in china's xinjiang province — our reporter finds out what it's like to live under a huge security operation. china is building a total surveillance state — it's a place where saying, doing or even thinking the wrong thing can get you locked up in an internment camp. american actor, robert wagner, is declared a "person of interest" in an investigation into the death of his wife. and making history — nigeria's bobsleigh team become the country's first athletes to qualify for the winter olympics. britain's prime minister is on the third and final day
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of her visit to china, and her officials are trumpeting the nearly $13 billion, worth of deals they expect to be signed during the trip. theresa may has agreed a joint trade and investment review with china. it's the first step to what she says will be an ambitious trade deal, post—brexit, although the recently—leaked civil service forecasts on brexit suggest a china trade deal would be of only limited benefit to the uk's gdp. president xijinping said china's markets will be opened further to the uk. and the two leaders also discussed north korea, protecting the environment, and, more controversially, human rights and democracy. laura kuenssberg reports. a short time ago i spoke to the bbc‘s robin brant in shanghai and i put it to him that everything anyone says in china is closely monitored or censored. i am not afraid to say what i like,
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but for viewers here in china, the bbc, for instance, is monitored and censored. i am not afraid to say what i like, but for viewers here in china, the bbc, for instance, is monitored and censored. i am not afraid to say what i like, but for viewers here in china, the bbc, for instance, is monitored and censored. i think i thinkjohn sudworth's reports this morning of his experience in xinjiang added the western china are definitely being censored, and he was here in are not getting to see that and enjoy it. even what theresa may had to say about hong kong, did not get through to chinese viewers? yes, there are subjects that the chinese consider very sensitive. human rights, xinjiang, the list is a long one. hong kong, hong kong was discussed in the meeting, yesterday, we are told by downing street officials. we are not told who brought it up, but there was an agreement about what is known as the "one country two systems" which treats hong kong, or is supposed to treat hong kong, in a separate way to mainland china. but the view, certainly from the chinese, and increasingly from people like theresa may,
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emmanuel macron, the french president — he was here a few weeks ago — is the idea of what is known as megaphone diplomacy, shouting out loud, talking out loud, about topics at the chinese feel is sensitive, that is not how you achieve progress with china. but nevertheless, human rights, modern slavery, these are hugely important issues for theresa may, and this is something she says she will not shy away from, and one she says, behind closed doors, she is certainly bringing up with the chinese. but there are critics, who say that is not the way to do it. you should shine a light on these issue is more in the way the bbc wass doing with its reporting of the night in xinjiang. what is going to happen in the final days of theresa may's and what will make this a successful trip? success is deepening the relationship and getting the deals done.
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$30 million worth of deals done, we're told, between british firms in various chinese entities, and being up to go progress forward. those parties have a strategic view of this relationship. there is no doubt that theresa may is having issues at home in terms of leadership and the cloud of brexit. the chinese know that. but this is all about train to deepen the relationship between the uk and between china. whether there is brexit on the brexit, in terms of trade, uk, at the moment, china is only its eighth export market. this will be the biggest economy in the world in several years‘ time. well the british government has told the bbc it is concerned about the treatment of muslims in the western chinese region of xinjiang. in the past few months, there has been an increase in reports of ethnic minorities being held in detention camps without trial. our china correspondent john sudworth travelled to the region, where all filming and coverage by foreign media
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is tightly controlled. in looks and in distance, it's closer to baghdad than beijing. but this is china, its far western province of xinjiang and now the target of one of world's most intense security crackdowns. the uighurs, a mainly muslim minority, have a long history here. today, fear is everywhere. under the watchful eye of government minders, there's only ever one correct answer. "i know nothing," he tells me, "life is good here". moments later, armed police show up. this is the china visiting prime ministers never get to see. police power here is all—pervasive and growing. millions of residents are being forced to give dna samples. mobile phones are searched
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for sensitive religious content, using hand—held plug—in devices. and for those suspected of even the mildest disloyalty to beijing, there's now a network of secretive detention camps in which thousands of uighurs have been locked up without trial. close to what we believe is one of them, we are stopped from filming. china is building a total surveillance state. it's is a place where saying, doing or even thinking the wrong thing can you get you locked up in an internment camp. as you can see, it is a place where foreign journalists are certainly not welcome. wherever we go in xinjiang, we are constantly hassled, detained, monitored and followed. like thousands of uighurs, abdurahman hassan has fled to turkey.
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he thought his wife and mother would be safe at home — he has since heard, he says, that they have been taken to the camps. translation: from early morning to late evening, she is only allowed to sit on a hard chair. my poor mother has to endure this punishment every day. my wife's only crime was to be born a uighur and, because of that, she lives in a re—education camp where she has to sleep on the ground. i don't know whether they are alive or dead. i can't bear it any more. i would rather they were executed than abused to death by the chinese government. he says he has no idea what's happened to his children. today, the british government raised its concerns about the treatment of muslims here, including restrictions on religious practice. such a frank statement in the middle of a prime ministerial visit will not go down well.
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china is seeking the uk's backing for a plan to use xinjiang's desert highways as a new economic corridor to central asia and beyond. it insists the threat of islamic terrorism — with a number of attacks in recent years — is a real one. can i ask you the question? is it difficult to answer questions? but a police state breeds fear. they're busy, they say. and can stoke the very resentments china says it's trying to stamp out. john sudworth, bbc news, xinjiang. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: a 12—year—old girl has been arrested by police in los angeles on suspicion of shooting and wounding two fellow students at a school. one victim — a 15—year—old boy — was shot in the head. the mayor of calais has called
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for extra security after violent clashes between migrants. eighteen people are reported hurt in a series of fights between afghans and africans now living rough around the town, since migrant camps in the area were closed by the government. four eritreans hit by gunfire are in very serious condition. the eldest son of the late cuban leader, fidel castro, has been found dead in havana. state media is saying fidel angel castro diaz—balart, widely known as fidelito, took his own life after a long battle with depression. he was 68, a nuclear physicist who worked for the cuban government. it looks increasingly likely that president trump is going to release a controversial memo accusing the fbi and justice department of bias against him. based on classified material, it was written by republican members of the house intelligence committee. the fbi has issued a public statement saying it has grave concerns about factual omissions,
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which fundamentally impact on the accuracy of the document. the democrats claim it's an attempt to distract from the russia investigation. a; aiegs—gé fan—ssrégfi“ ... to release a memo... ..a memo which has been the talk of washington political circles for weeks. but what's in it, and why does a matter? well, it's related to the ongoing investigation into the trump campaign's ties to russia. a document is said to have alleged anti—donald trump bias in the fbi, eggs—eff; reek; gaze,; sagas??? . they argue that permission to wiretap him was based on unsubstantiated intelligence, which was partly funded by the democrats. they're crying foul play and party politics. so, too, are democrats, who say donald trump and his supporters
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are trying to discredit the intelligence agencies. and there's concern from that community. there is a sag on morale. they are troubled by what they're hearing reported. and they know that some what is being reported, some of what's being stated and alleged is just flat—out untrue. the by agreeing to release the memo, the president has drawn the battle lines that in his administration and the country's intelligence agencies. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, washington. a man who deliberately drove a van into a group of people near a mosque in north london, trying to kill as many muslims as he could, has been found guilty of murder and attempted murder. darren osborne, from south wales,
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killed makram ali, who was 51, and injured several others. prosecutors called it an act of terrorism — and described him as a loner who became obsessed with muslims after watching a tv drama and looking into far—right groups online. this report from our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. it was an act of terror. a large van, its engine revving, smashing into a group of muslims on a summer night during ramadan. those he injured, terrified that the driver was going to attack again. there's a few people who were really badly hurt and couldn't move. i thought he was going to kill us. what did you think he was going to kill you with? maybe a gun, maybe a knife. this, a 999 call made at the time. the driver was brought to the ground by the angry crowd. the local imam urging them not to hurt him. everyone back! when police arrested darren osborne, he waved as he was taken away. part and parcel of
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living in a big city. later at the police station, he ranted about previous terror attacks on muslims, saying, "have some of that, have some of your own. at least i had a proper go." at almost exactly that time, 51—year—old makram ali was declared dead at the scene. he'd been crushed by the van. darren osborne was born in singapore, but grew up in weston—super—mare, where friends remember a violent young man. he'd just stand like that and stick a glass in yourface. he did that numerous times. osborne moved here to cardiff with his partner and children, but the relationship was failing and recently he'd tried to kill himself. his rapid route to murderous hate only began last may, with a bbc docudrama about a pakistani grooming gang,
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in rochdale. i buy you things and you give me things. his rage was further fuelled by last year's attacks in london and manchester. in the fortnight before his attack, he started following this man, tommy robinson, and other anti—islam activists on social media. osborne received a group e—mail in robinson's name saying, "there's a nation within a nation forming beneath the surface of the uk. it's a nation built on hatred, on violence and on islam." detectives believe material like this had had a powerful effect on osborne. the people around him described it as having a major impact on him, brainwashing him, and as a result we believe that was, if you like, part of the main driver for why he carried out this attack. but tommy robinson accepts no responsibility. you don't think that there's a chance that somehow the way you were talking about that was inflaming hatred and driving people like darren osborne to violence? no, not at all. zero chance. on saturday, june 17th, darren osborne decided to act
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and went to hire a large box van. and that evening he was recorded in a pub in cardiff, writing a hate—filled note later found by police in the van. it caught my attention when he shouted... callum spence was in the pub that night and remembers what osborne said to him. terrorists are all bad, you know, i want to kill terrorists and muslims. i'm going to take things into my own hands. things like that. the next day, osborne drove to london. his original target, this pro—palestinian march, where he says he hoped to kill as many muslims as possible and jeremy corbyn. but road closures meant he couldn't get near, so he ended up in finsbury park looking for a mosque. just after midnight he came down the seven sisters road, swerving across the bus lane at speed, and impacting the group of worshippers just here. his foot hard down on the accelerator. he ran three people down, knocking several more to the side, and then smashed into the bollards
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at the end of the street. his radicalisation complete, he had achieved his aim — to kill. mohammed mahmoud, the imam who saved osborne that night, says his congregation were left fearful. it left people wondering, would there be more, what next? if a car can be turned into a weapon and cause multiple casualties in one go, in an instant, then could this be expected again in the future? the jury rejected darren osborne's bizarre excuse that a mysterious man called dave was driving at the time of the attacks and vanished, and he nowjoins the growing list of white, far—right terrorists in britain's prisons. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: all: we're the nigerian women's bobsleigh team. making history — africa's first bobsleigh team to compete in the winter olympics.
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this is the moment that millions in iran had been waiting for. after his long years in exile, the first hesitant steps of ayatollah khomeini on iranian soil. south africa's white government has offered its black opponents concessions unparalleled in the history of apartheid. the ban on the african national congress is lifted immediately and the anc leader, nelson mandela, after 27 years injail, is to be set free unconditionally. the aircraft was returning from belgrade, where manchester united had entered the semifinal of the european cup. two americans have become the first humans to walk in space without any lifeline to their spaceship. one of them called it "a piece of cake". thousands of people have given the yachstwoman ellen macarthur a spectacular homecoming in the cornish port of falmouth after she smashed the world record
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for sailing solo around the world non—stop. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the british prime minister holds talks with the chinese president. they discuss trade, the environment, north korea and hong kong. police investigating the death of the actress natalie wood 36 years ago say they are now treating her husband, actor robert wagner, as a person of interest. natalie wood drowned during a boat trip in 1981. james cook reports from los angeles. natalie wood was hugely famous when she died and she had gone on to win the first of three oscar nominations for her performance she had been a child star went on to
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win the first of three oscar nominations in rebel without a cause. her body was found in 1981, november weekend — thanksgiving weekend — off the coast of california's catalina island. she had been on board the family yacht with her husband, robert wagner, her co—star christopher walken, and the boat's captain, dennis davern. her death was initially ruled an accident, but in 2011, the la county sheriff's department reopened an inquiry into the death and two of the detectives involved have now been speaking to cbs and they have given some details about that inquiry. they say, for example, that two new witnesses on another boat have now corroborated reports of a fight between mr wagner and ms wood on the night that she disappeared. they say it appears the actress was that it them of a wrist —— and assault. they now believe that mr wagner was the last person to see her alive, but they say they do not know how she ended up in the water.
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police have not declared the death murder. no charges have been laid against robert wagner. he is now 87 years old. police say he has refused requests to be interviewed by them for this investigation, and he has made no comment on the latest developments. james cook in los angeles with that report. about 950 workers remain trapped in a gold mine in south africa after a power cut caused by a storm. a spokesperson for the mining company said the miners were not in any danger and that they were receiving food and water. the workers have been stuck there since wednesday night. the mine has 23 levels going down to 1000m below ground. a french mountaineer who was rescued from one of the world's most deadly mountains has described the decision to abandon her climbing partner as "terrible and painful". elisabeth revol says she was forced to leave tomasz mackiewicz, who was weak and bleeding, and descend nanga parbat in north pakistan on her own. sarah corker reports. elisabeth revol has severe frostbite on hands and feet.
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doctors may have to amputate. she spent two freezing nights trapped on one of pakistan's most deadly himalayan mountains without a tent. she was with fellow climber and friend, tomek mackiewicz. he could not be rescued. translation: he was someone who was really passionate, who had a real desire to climb this mountain, and he climbed it. the pair were climbing nanga parbat in northern pakistan, more than 8,000m high and nicknamed ‘killer mountain'. shortly after they reached a peak last week, they ran into trouble and an elite group of polish climbers were called in to rescue them. translation: we get to the top and he says "i cannot see anything". at that point, i say "listen, take my shoulder and let's go" because it was dark, we were at 8,000m, and he could not see anything. and his condition deteriorated,
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with blood streaming from his mouth. elisabeth revol said she was told by rescuers to leave him behind. translation: they told me to go down to 6,000m and they could get tomek mackiewicz at 7,200m. it was the only way possible to rescue both of us so they made us separate. and when i came down on the first night, help had not come. so i had to spend a night outside without equipment, without a tent, without food. in the end, only she was rescued. her left foot is severely damaged — hallucinations caused her to take her shoe off for five hours in freezing conditions. but despite this ordeal, she has not ruled out climbing again. sarah corker, bbc news. the winter olympics are just around the corner, and for the first time nigeria will compete. three female athletes — nigeria's bobsled team — have qualified for the games. our sports news correspondent alex capstick met them at their training camp at lake placid.
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we are the nigerian women's bobsleigh team. we are the first team from the country of nigeria. the first team from the continent of africa. and the first team to be represented in the winter olympics in the sport of bobsleigh. in pyeongchang. they‘re known as ‘the ice blazers‘, going where no african has gone before. heading to a bobsleigh track at the olympics. the opening ceremony, that would be really cool. we were just like, "gosh, we are carrying the nigerian flag in a winter olympics. gosh!" born in america, like her team—mates, seun adigun qualifies for nigeria through her parents, and it all began in her garage in houston with a home—made wooden sled. get on up!
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cool running! the exploits of the jamaican men‘s team at the calgary olympics in 1988 inspired a hollywood movie. comparisons are inevitable. it‘s really honourable, to say the least, that 30 years later, people are still singing their praises, and to say that we are along that same path of what people consider to be legendary is really humbling and it‘s an honour to receive. just over a year ago, seun recruited two team—mates who take it in turns to sit behind the driver. they knew nothing about the sport and its risks. after going to whistler — that‘s the fastest track in the world — it was like, "ok, this sport is actually pretty dangerous. you know, like people can get seriously hurt". behind all the excitement, the fun, the global exposure, is a group of women who have no desire to be considered a novelty act. rank outsiders, yes, but they also want to be taken seriously in their bid to set a new benchmark for africa at the winter olympics. people didn‘t think we had a chance to make it to the olympics so i think when you talk about things like that, anything can happen
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and we are here to compete. the team know they are unlikely to become the first africans to stand on the podium at a winter games but they also know the olympics is about more than just medals. alex ca pstick, bbc news, lake placid. and before we go, let‘s take a look at these pictures. we‘ve heard about the flooding in paris all week and for most people, it‘s pretty bad news, but this teenager in a suburb of the french capital decided to take advantage of it. as you can see, he performed some impressive moves on this — it‘s a wakeboard towed by a motorboat outside the family home. there is more of that on our website, and all the news, national and international. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i‘m @bbcmikeembley. thank you for watching. hello once again.
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it was quite a windy day, to say the very least, on thursday, and coming from a pretty cold direction — from the north and north—west. the wind probably at its strongest across parts of scotland, especially across northern and western shores. there was some disruption to ferries. the only difference i can see about the wind on friday is that there‘ll be less of it. the isobars just that little bit further apart. it may not seem that way first up along the eastern shores of england where you have a combination of quite a stiff north and north—westerly breeze, and also quite a supply of showers as well. those tending to lose their oomph as we get on through the day. out towards the west, maybe even some of these showers through western wales and the south—west will also lose their intensity. elsewhere, it‘s a really decent day. plenty of sunshine — but not, again, overly warm if you‘re exposed to that breeze. temperatures dipping away under clear skies until we bring cloud in, in association with a weather front from the atlantic. this is going to be the major feature of interest, certainly from a meteorological point of view, on saturday, if only because we‘re not quite sure how far east it‘s going to go.
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some of it wants to go that way, some of it wants to come this way. other portions of it mayjust go round and round as it forms a little low centre somewhere along its length. and where it stops going eastward is really quite important because, if you don‘t get all of the weather on at this front, you‘ll end up with a dry day, maybe even a bit of sunshine there. but on its eastern flank, because it‘s so cold, the moisture will turn to snow, particularly over the higher ground, i suspect. wherever it stops going eastwards, i think it is going to be all over cardiff. a kick—off there is around quarter past two. no great issues, france versus ireland in paris. the more westerly fixtures here affected by that rain. possibly a little bit of sleet and snow getting over the pennines and the eastern fixtures in scotland — again, i‘m not promising that everybody is going to stay dry by any means at all. less in the way of rain or snow on sunday. there will be some snow showers coming down on this noticeable north—easterly wind into the far south—east. best of the sunshine,
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scotland and into northern ireland. and, if you‘re heading as far as italy for england‘s fixture on sunday, well, there really won‘t be many issues with the weather there, we suspect. so, the weekend — a real mishmash. the rain and snow come sunday will eventually ease across many parts but it will remain cloudy and there will be that cold wind. monday is very much more straightforward until we bring more moisture from the atlantic. and tuesday‘s weather‘s going to be really tricky because there could be quite significant amounts of snow right across the heart of the british isles. stay up to date on the forecast for that one. this is bbc news, the headlines: britain‘s prime minister is on the third and final day of her visit to china, celebratingg the nearly thirteen million dollars worth of deals she expects to be signed.
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theresa may has agreed a joint trade and investment review with china — a first step to what she says will be an ambitious trade deal, post—brexit. she has also discussed north korea, hong kong and human rights, with china‘s president. police in the us say the veteran actor, robert wagner, is being treated as a "person of interest" in an investigation into the death of his wife, the hollywood star natalie wood. she was found dead off the california coast after going missing from the family yacht in 1981. the white house says donald trump will on friday release a secret memo accusing the fbi of political bias against the republicans. the report is believed to claim the fbi spied on a member of donald trump‘s campaign team. now on bbc news, panorama. can a drug addict mother change? or should the state take away her baby? more children were taken into care last year than ever before,
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with many cases directly linked to substance misuse. with addiction fuelling a care crisis, should mothers be given the chance to turn things around and keep their kids? panorama investigates these last chance mums. it‘s thought that one in 20 pregnant women in the uk are addicted to drugs or alcohol. if they don‘t get clean, their children can be taken into care. almost half of drug—using mums don‘t have their children living with them.


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