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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is martin stanford. our top stories: explosive devices are sent to leading democrats, including barack obama and the clintons. president trump says such behaviour has "no place" in america. any acts of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. in our second special report on china's muslim minority, we hear from those who have fled the country, leaving families behind. the saudi crown prince vows to punish all the "culprits" responsible for the murder of writer jamal khashoggi in turkey. and america's growing addiction to drugs. we hear from those on the frontline of a public health crisis. hello.
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president trump has described the sending of pipe bombs to leading democrats, including barack obama and hillary clinton, as an attack on democracy. but senior democrats believe mr trump's words ring hollow because of his previous statements condoning violence. the fbi is now working as a "priority" to identify whoever was responsible — as our north america correspondent nick bryant reports. in the normally tranquil suburbs of new york city, the home of bill and hillary clinton. today encircled by a much larger security presence than normal, after a suspected explosive device was addressed to the former presidential candidate. the package was intercepted by secret service agents during routine screening procedures. they said mrs clinton was not at risk of receiving it. we are fine thanks to the men and women of the secret service,
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who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home. then came news of a second suspected explosive device, addressed to the washington residence of barack and michelle obama. again, it was intercepted by the secret service, and didn't pose a threat to the former president. we're going tojump in, there's a fire alarm here and... the news organisation cnn was reporting these breaking developments when it found itself part of the story. its anchors forced to broadcast from the street, following the discovery of a suspect package in its new york headquarters. it was a package that was mailed to the building. as the nypd cordoned off this area opposite central park, reports came through of what these staff were fleeing from. a live explosive device, said police, addressed to the former cia directorjohn brennan — a strident critic of the trump presidency, who's been a guest on the network.
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the devices were similar to a pipe bomb found on monday in the mailbox at a home of the liberal billionaire, george soros. a property in the new york suburb‘s not far from where the clintons live. the trump white house condemned the attacks, and from a president whose aggressive rhetoric has made american politics more vicious and more toxic came this call for national unity. we have to unify. we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the united states of america. as the bomb squad removed the explosive device from cnn, there were bipartisan calls for a return to civility in national life. but this is an era of american politics that's come to be defined by anger and division. in the last hour or so, president trump has been speaking at a rally at wisconsin.
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this is what he had to say about the bomb threats. any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. no nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the third of violence as a measure method of political intimidation, caution or control, we all know that. such conduct must be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted. we wa nt opposed and firmly prosecuted. we want all sides to come together in peace and harmony, we can do it. let's get the very latest from our correspondent chris buckler in washington. the president going on to say that the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tongue in, not sure if he was being ironic. to set a civil tongue in, not sure if he was being ironici to set a civil tongue in, not sure if he was being ironic. i don't think he was being ironic, this was an attempt by president trump to
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ta ke an attempt by president trump to take the moral high ground. in other comments, he also went on to say that those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents is being morally defective and no one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often. just give you a sense of that, some of those have received these pipe bombs include maxine waters, who he regularly refers to in these rallies asa regularly refers to in these rallies as a low iq individual, another person was hillary clinton, who he co nsta ntly refers person was hillary clinton, who he constantly refers to as crooked hillary. while trump is now calling for retro to down for more in politics, some would argue the president really needs to take his own advice stock white indeed, and one was reminded of the events when he actually praised the actions of a gentleman who attacked a reporter, greg gianforte, i think his name was. he actually body slammed a guy to the ground. my kind of guy, says
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the president. if that is the tone of political discourse, america has a bit ofa of political discourse, america has a bit of a problem. yeah, it goes beyond, as you say, just words, it also comes down to violence. he made those comments last week in which he specifically praise this individual who had body slammed a reporterfor essentially asking questions, but it does leave you questioning what president trump's own body language will be in the next two weeks. we are weeks away from those crucial congressional mid—term elections and they are very, very important for they are very, very important for the president. now what he is doing is he is out on the road, he is at these rallies, he is trying to fire up these rallies, he is trying to fire up his base. but especially he has criticised the media, saying that they must watch their language and set a civil tongue in the weeks ahead, andi set a civil tongue in the weeks ahead, and i think the president is going to watch very closely as to what he says in these rallies to come stop right thank you. —— to
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come. thank you. let's get some of the day”s other news. the head of a un investigation in myanmar says rohingya muslims still living there continue to suffer what he called genocide. marzuki darusman condemned the country's de facto leader aung san suu kyi and her government for refusing to acknowledge the problem. police in argentina have fired rubber bullets and tear gas outside the congress building to disperse a protest by thousands of people against cuts to social programmes in next year's budget. a parliamentary session to debate the budget proposed by president mauricio macri had to be suspended during the clashes. the british prime minister has been applauded by her mps at a meeting where she tried to persuade critics to get behind her approach to brexit. theresa may is reported to have told them that she had won a number of concessions from the eu. the european parliament has approved a proposal for an eu—wide ban on single—use plastics. meps voted to ban items like plastic cutlery, cotton buds, and straws. it's hoped the measure will reduce the estimated 150,000 tonnes of plastic waste from europe
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which ends up in the sea every year. 2a hours ago, we brought you a special bbc investigation that revealed the construction of a vast network of internment camps in the western chinese region of xinjiang. china refers to these prison—like facilities as "vocational education and training centres", aimed at fighting radicalisation and terrorism. in the second of his reports, our china correspondent john sudworth has been hearing the stories of some of those who have fled the xinjiang region. you don't see long beards in xinjiang anymore. they've been banned. mosques have fallen silent, with no sign of prayer. but no—one dares to speak — the constant monitoring and following sees to that.
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some, though, have found refuge in turkey, a place with ties of language and faith to the uighurs — xinjiang's main muslim minority. just reciting an islamic verse was enough, this man says, to put him in a chinese detention camp. his family, he fears, are still in one. translation: i don't know where my mother and father are, or my brothers and sisters. the chinese government wants us to renounce our beliefs, our ethnicity and our humanity. another former camp inmate says he was forced to sing communist party songs and recite china's new anti—extremism laws, under the threat of violence. translation: every day
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someone was beaten. there were two men, one with a belt, the other just kicked. if we fell down, they made us kneel again. those we've spoken to are the lucky ones. they fled to turkey in 2015. since then, there are very few reports of anyone being released from the camps at all. the testimony me we've heard here is impossible to independently verify, of course, but what's striking are the consistencies. the descriptions of the routines in the camps, the brainwashing techniques, and most tellingly perhaps, the results. not love and loyalty for the chinese communist party, but a deep and lasting resentment. family as well as faith is being broken. when this woman fled xinjiang with her children,
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her baby daughter did not yet have a passport. her dad plans to bring her later, but now he too has been taken away. translation: if my daughter could hear me now, i'd say nothing but sorry. there's nothing worse than not knowing where she is, whether she's alive or dead. are they gonna turn us back here? back in xinjiang, we tried to visit a camp where we've heard 10,000 people may be held. but in front of us, the police close the whole highway — for repair, they say. we try other routes, but every time, at roadblock after roadblock, there's no way through. the point where we are forced
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to give up is just a short distance away from a large new camp, with the watchtower is clearly visible. the chinese police have a long reach, it seems. this man, a british uighur living in london, says they are pressuring his family in xinjiang because of his campaigning work. all my family members have been harassed by the police, security forces, asking them to put pressure on me to keep my mouth shut, do not say any single words against the chinese government. this is another british uighur, who received a message last year saying her mum had been taken away. the 66—year—old is thought to have been in a camp ever since. the chinese government,
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they want to to hide this from the world. we need foreign governments to act as soon as possible before it's too late. uighurs are not missing, says china, they are being educated. but whole extended families have been taken away, and a culture, a religion and a people are in crisis. john sudworth, bbc news, xinjiang. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the toll of america's opioid addiction. we have a special report on a public health emergency. an historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer, and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside korem, it lights up a biblicalfamine, now, in the 20th century.
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the depressing conclusion — in argentina today, it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain. but as good friends, we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style. after almost three decades in service, an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump has said there is no place for political violence in the united states after several low—grade explosive devices were sent to barack obama and hillary clinton. the bbc has been speaking to members of china's muslims minority who have fled the region of xinjiang, leaving families and communities behind.
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saudi arabia's de—facto leader, crown prince mohammed bin salman, has described the death of the journalist jamal kashoggi as a repulsive crime that cannot be justified. in his first public comments on the killing, he told an investment conference in riyadh thatjustice would prevail and all culprits would be punished. the crown prince has faced international criticism since mr khashoggi died during a visit to the saudi consulate in istanbul. the conference has been boycotted by many big companies and governments because of the killing. abdulaziz almoayyad is a saudi dissident living in exile in dublin. he's part of an online activist network called the bee army, which they say helps saudis access information which might counter the state line. thank you for being with us today.
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how does the bee army function? how do you reach your supporters? supportersjoin a do you reach your supporters? supporters join a telegram group. then we send them some instruction in how to be safe and how to deal with these cyber security with knowledge and being covered from government eyes “— knowledge and being covered from government eyes —— telegram. also we provide them with a... numbers to activate their twitter accounts so they can be 100% safe that nobody will get their information even if twitter was breached by technology or one of their employee is decided to leak some information, as happened before. at least there's a story leaking about some leaking of
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activist information. you're in the business of putting an alternative view to that as pushed out by the official saudi media, as we're hearing today that nbs denied any involvement in this murder and he would capture the culprits, what do you make of that? it's a cover-up, just like the other lies he's been saying since this issue started. i think mohammed bin salman is responsible. personally i believe he is responsible firsthand, but even if he wasn't, he's at responsible by being a lousy leader and being in a place that he doesn't know how to run. someone was killed in the saudi arabia and he said for 1h days in his country that he wanted to out...
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evenif his country that he wanted to out... even if he wasn't a killer, which i believe the years, he's not fit to rule saudi arabia, he's not fit to be in that situation. does your network of contacts spread to people still living in saudi arabia, and if so, what information are you hearing from them? do they believe the official line? i think people in saudi arabia are afraid. if you are... let's say, a journalist, for example for the washington post and you're living outside saudi arabia because you say you're afraid of the regime, you could be killed, like mr jamal. could you imagine anyone living like this in saudi arabia? but, yes, people do believe that. people feel betrayed, even the minority who used to trust this government or mohammed bill simon,
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you can see the feeling of betrayal —— mohammed bin salman. you don't need a connection to say there's a lot of figures on twitters from our thinkers, who you can see there's a lot of their speech changed after the incident of jamal and lot of their speech changed after the incident ofjamal and especially when the saudi government said yes we did it, that was the tipping point for a lot of people. thank you very much indeed for talking to us today. president putin has warned russia will respond in kind if new us nuclear missiles are placed in europe. the russian president said any european countries hosting us missiles would be at risk of russian strikes. nato has said it is unlikely to deploy more nuclear weapons to europe should an arms control treaty between washington and moscow collapse. president trump has signed into law a series of measures
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designed to tackle the surge in opioid addiction in the united states. drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in america for people under the age of 50. more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses last year, and darren conway has been to meet people on the frontline of america's war against drugs. a warning, his report contains distressing scenes. my my addiction took my self—worth, my dignity, myself respect. my health, my friends and family, my education, money. took my family, my friends, my freedom. took everything. most of my freedom. took everything. most of my family are dead. if hell is the devil, i would say fentanyl is the horsemen of the apocalypse and it's the one name to death because it just brings death. it's now referred to as the worst public health crisis in american history. alex is just public health crisis in american history. alex isjust one public health crisis in american history. alex is just one of the
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70,000 active heroin users currently living in philadelphia, and he embodies the epidemic of opium abuse in america. after being prescribed painkillers for an injury, he became addicted, and then turned to a cheaper alternative when the pills ran out. heroine. now his body craves something stronger. >> i hope it is fenta nyl craves something stronger. >> i hope it is fentanyl because heroin that's actually heroin will not get me well. fenta nyl is actually heroin will not get me well. fentanyl is a synthetic oil, opioid that's 50 times more powerful than heroine. i'm just opioid that's 50 times more powerful than heroine. i'mjust sticking it in my body all day long. a waste of time, money, energy, everything. with no increase in budget or
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personnel, manchesterfire department now spends 70% of their time responding to drug—related calls. since this crisis has hit, we go out on these types of calls over and over again, all day long. dog, on these types of calls over and overagain, all day long. dog, can you get up? you can't stay here! this is obviously overdosing on opiates. he admitted to using fe nta nyl. opiates. he admitted to using fentanyl. fentanyl, half heroin in a bag. the little bag he has, where is that? probably on the ground, a kid plays with that. sees it is a candy. from my personal example that's why it's frustrating, because you see it all the time, every single day. wake—up! all the time, every single day.
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wake-up! this will be the second one we put, didn't respond to the first one. this is used to block the effects of opioids in an attempt to stop overdoses and save lives. part of the landmark legislation today is to make it more readily available. if this crisis now doesn't worry you then there's something wrong, you're not paying attention. working with local law enforcement, the drug law enforcement agents have identified dealers in the park. he's getting in the bmw. he's looking around. you can see how this works, we are set up can see how this works, we are set up in the park and we can see what's happening. we customers coming in. they are getting served, getting backin they are getting served, getting back in the car. 0ur guys are calling it out to be surveillance units, our surveillance units are calling it to a place win massachusetts or new hampshire and
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we can safely make these traffic stops. new hampshire hasn't had a heroin overdose death, it's not heroin, it is fentanyl. they don't have to worry about opium any more, these cartels, they can mass—produce this stuff in the same lads they use when they were making methamphetamine or any other drug and they're able to manufacture it faster and cheaper. —— labs. we're up here in new hampshire now. we're up here in new hampshire now. we just opt a car we saw picked up from that same park. this woman too had the stuff stuffed inside her body cavity. she's pulling it out for the troopers. here's the evidence be removed from this female. fenta nyl driving up evidence be removed from this female. fentanyl driving up into new hampshire to pollute our communities. the dealers are mixing fe nta nyl communities. the dealers are mixing fentanyl with communities. the dealers are mixing fenta nyl with everything. we're seeing fentanyl mixed with
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cocaine, fenta nyl mixed we're seeing fentanyl mixed with cocaine, fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine. they don't want to kill anyone, they don't care if they do, they're driven by greed, they've killed more people than war has. darren conway with that special report. the duke and duchess of sussex are in fiji as they continue their world tour of the south pacific. they were honouring a british fijian soldier killed in the battle of merv act in 1972. the couple are flying to tonga, where they will meet vertonghen king and queen. 0n wednesday, prince harry and asked scholarships to study climate change, which he says is a daily threat for people living in fiji. that's about it from me for the moment. you can get in touch with me on twitter. thank you for watching bbc world news. hello there. sunshine on wednesday
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took temperatures very close to 20 degrees, but you can expect those temperatures to drop away over the next few days and also through the day ahead, thursday, we're going to see more cloud around in many areas but for most it will stay dry but not for all. on the earlier satellite picture you can see the way the cloud has been streaming in from the north and west. still some brea ks from the north and west. still some breaks in the cloud and where we have breaks to start the day, particularly down to the south, the mist patch around as well. through the day, aerials of cloud coming in from the north—west with the best of the sunshine to the east of high ground, maybe the east of the pennines, east anglia and the south—east and all the while, outbreaks of rain setting in to the north—west of scotland, turning heavy late in the day and those temperatures a bit lower than on wednesday, 9—15. this rain across scotla nd wednesday, 9—15. this rain across scotland will start to push south—eastwards as we go through thursday night into the early hours of friday. not much rain around as
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we see this weather system sliding in to england and wales, but behind it, quite a big change in the feel of the weather. the winds switch around two more of a northerly direction, and as you can see, we're going to start to tap into some pretty cold air for the end of the week. that were coming from a long way north. things feeling decidedly chilly. the remnants of our band of cloud and rain, a cold front continuing to slide across saudis east in areas early on friday and then we'll see spells of sunshine but in areas exposed to this keen northerly wind, yes, showers, turning wintry across high ground in the north. temperatures 6—ten at best. we stick with the chilly feel as we go into the weekend. a biting northerly wind and a mixture of sunshine and showers, some of those showers wintry over high ground in the north and the risk of frost and i is. let's have a look at saturday. we'll see some sunshine, yes, showers coming into the north—east
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of england, a few in west wales, the south—east of england and the west. a few showers inland, many areas staying dry with sunshine but temperatures of just 7—10. staying dry with sunshine but temperatures ofjust 7—10. adding in the strength of the keen northerly wind, it will feel like one, two, three degrees in some places. not much change on sunday, but again we will see spells sunshine. the winds switch around two more of a north—easterly direction, most showers in eastern areas, not as many further west but temperatures still struggling with highs of 7—10 degrees. this is bbc news, the headlines: president trump has said there is no place for political violence in the united states, after several low—grade explosive devices were sent to barack obama and hillary clinton. several other democratic party politicians and officials also received them, as well as the broadcaster cnn. there's "serious and growing concerns" about the human rights situation in xinjiang where the bbc has uncovered fresh evidence of china's campaign to detain and re—educate muslim uighurs. 0ur correspondent has been hearing the stories of some of those
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who have fled the region. saudi arabia's de facto leader, crown prince mohammed bin salman, has described the death of the journalist jamal kashoggi as a "repulsive crime that cannot be justified." in his first public comments on the killing, he told an investment conference in riyadh thatjustice would prevail and all culprits would be punished. now on bbc news, wednesday in parliament.
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