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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at two... another huge protest in hong kong as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators march, despite a government climb—down on its controversial extradition bill that would send suspects to mainland china. tory leadership contender dominic raab says his party will be "toast" if britain isn't out of the eu by the end of october, and accuses parliament of trying to steal brexit from the voters. the damage it is doing to businesses, many of whom come to me and say we just want to know what you are doing. but also this corrosion of public trust, and the tory part will be toast unless we're out by the end of october. the jailed british iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe begins a new hunger strike, as tehran formally protests about british claims that iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers.
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hundreds of people in lincolnshire still can't go back to their homes because of flooding, descibed by the environment agency as "unprecedented". president trump again denounces london's mayor, sadiq khan. it follows a series of violent deaths in the capital. millions tune in to watch the biggest clash in world cricket as india meet pakistan in the world cup. and the week in parliament considers the chances of the house of commons being suspended in order to deliver a no—deal brexit. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news.
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good afternoon. hundreds of thousands of protestors are back on the streets in hong kong, a day after the territory's chief executive, carrie lam, suspended highly controversial plans to allow extradition to the chinese mainland. within the last few minutes, carrie lam has apologised to the public with "utmost sincerity and humility". the demonstrators are calling for the proposals to be completely withdrawn and for mrs lam to resign. our china correspondent stephen mcdonell is at the protest with the latest. hong kong's streets are again a sea of protest, a day after the government was forced into a humiliating back—down. it's delayed a bill to allow for people to be sent to mainland chinese courts, where demonstrators say a free trial is not possible. but those marching are demanding more. they want the plan
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scrapped altogether. basically, we shouldn't let the government have all power to us because we have our own freedom of rights and freedom of speech and this is why we are out here. if the bill is passed, hong kong will have no democracy anymore. this is not acceptable. i have come here today and also my parents, and all my friends came here today. because we are really upset about this. if this happened, hong kong is over. many in the crowd have blamed hong kong's leader, carrie lam, for instigating this crisis. they say the chief executive pushed ahead with extradition in the face of clear mass opposition. now they want something else from her. the death of a protester last night contributed to a sombre mood. he had fallen from a building. people wore ribbons and carried flowers in his memory. if the idea was to take the steam out of the protest movement by delaying this bill, as you can see, it
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hasn't exactly worked. the other people watching this are the politburo standing committee in beijing. these are all chinese citizens and this is a clear act of defiance from people who are saying that any attempt to erode their freedoms will be resisted in the streets. there is a renewed belief in the power of protest here and, as long as the threat of extradition remains, a large proportion of the population seem prepared to mobilise in order to stop it. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, hong kong. five of the six conservative leadership candidates are preparing to go head—to—head in theirfirst televised debate tonight. however borisjohnson, the frontrunner in the race, will not be taking part. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has said choosing mrjohnson as the next tory leader would mean britain leaving the eu without a deal. our political correspondent nick eardley reports.
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catch him if you can. boris johnson is the frontrunner to be our next pm, and he still is keeping his head down. he won't be at the first tv debate tonight, but his rivals know he is the man to catch. jeremy hunt thinks he can make up the ground, but unlike mrjohnson, he's not promising brexit will be done by the end of october. this morning, he wouldn't even commit to definitely leaving this year. why? because he wants a new deal and believes europe could be open to it. they say that if they were approached by a british prime minister, someone they're willing to deal with, who had ideas as to how to solve the northern irish border, they would be willing to renegotiate the package. the problem — time and time again europe has ruled out reopening the withdrawal agreement, and some tories fear this could go on and on and on. when people voted, they voted to leave. we haven't left yet and that is why we are seeing notjust the uncertainty for the economy and the damage it is doing to businesses, many of them just
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want to know what we are doing, but also this corrosion of public trust and the tory party will be toast unless we are out by the end of october. dominic raab questioned borisjohnson‘s brexit plan and others have too. like rory stewart, the unlikely celebrity of the leadership race. he says he wouldn't serve in a johnson government and believes his brexit strategy doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny. because nobody has yet had the chance to question him, and as soon as you question him, as soon as i sit down with him and ask the big question how, how are you going to deliver brexit, how are you going to get no—deal through, then it begins to come off the rails. there is a clearfrontrunner in the race to call this place home, but borisjohnson‘s rivals insist there is a long way to go. tonight, without him, they will take part in the first tv debate, hoping they can do something to stop this contest becoming a foregone conclusion. let's get more on this
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now from nick eardley, our political correspondent. let's start with the week ahead. what can we look forward to? tonight, the battle to be the other person on the ballot. most of the candidates now accept that boris johnson will get down to the final two and theyjust want johnson will get down to the final two and they just want to johnson will get down to the final two and theyjust want to be the other one, the person going up against him. i think that will be the focus of the debate. it will be trying to say, "i have ideals and the passion and i will be able to deliver." the next big vote for the conservative party is on tuesday and at that point the candidates will need 33 mps backing their to stay in the race. that will be challenging for at least two of them. dominic raab and rory stewart were a fair bit of that number in the first ballot so they will be looking to make up the numbers. over the next couple of days there will be a
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series of votes where the lowest ranked person is eliminated and by thursday we will have the final pair and then it is down to tory members. a lot of the fire is being turned on the front runner, borisjohnson. as this look —— is this likely to hurt them or him more? quite frankly they have to take risks. you heard rory stewart, he has not been shy of criticising borisjohnson stewart, he has not been shy of criticising boris johnson for various things, his brexit plan, his relu cta nce various things, his brexit plan, his reluctance to be interviewed, his relu cta nce reluctance to be interviewed, his reluctance to be interviewed, his reluctance to appear in public, for example, at the hustings on channel 4 tonight. the more broad question is how far they go with that. the reason boris johnson is how far they go with that. the reason borisjohnson gives is how far they go with that. the reason boris johnson gives for is how far they go with that. the reason borisjohnson gives for not taking part in some of these events is that if he does there will be too
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much blue under blue action. people need to catch up with him so they might be prepared to have a go more than normally. do we have confirmation from boris that he will be taking part in that debate on the bbc on tuesday? he will take part. the hope in his camp is that by that point to the number will have been reduced significantly, two or three candidates will drop out on tuesday so candidates will drop out on tuesday so it will be borisjohnson versus one or two others. he will take part in that and it will be another moment in which we see exactly how this race is going. two teenagers have been charged with the murder of an 18—year—old man, who was stabbed to death at wandsworth in south london on friday. scotland yard said eighteen year old mohammed nadir dafallah,
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and a 17—year—old boy have been charged. a huge electrical power failure is affecting large parts of latin america. it has left all of argentina and uruguay without power, according to a major argentine electricity provider. the combined population of argentina and uruguay is about 48 million people. reports said the power cut had also affected parts of brazil and paraguay. emergency services dealing with severe floods in lincolnshire are now preparing for more rainfall, with storms forecast on tuesday. police drones have been monitoring water levels overnight after nearly 600 homes were evacuated in wainfleet, near skegness. residents now face more uncertainty, with bad weather threatening to put more pressure on the river steeping. some residents were left with up to a metre of water in their homes when the river burst its banks after two months worth of rain fell in just two days.
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the raf was called in, bringing bags of ballast to shore up the banks but levels have continued to rise, in a situation the environment agency says is "unprecedented". our reporter luxmy gopal has been in wainfleet today. we asked her about those who have been evacuated. some of them have been moved to a shelter in nearby skegness, and others have had to stay in friends' houses. some of them are double evacuees, in that they were moved out of their homes on wednesday when the flooding first began and moved to friends' houses, and yesterday those properties were also evacuated. the flooding began on wednesday when the river steeping burst its banks when two months' worth of rain fell.
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there is a fear that could happen again. behind me, the pumping station, which emergency crews are desperately trying to keep working to keep the water away to prevent further flooding. there is a concern that at points where the flood defences are weak and vulnerable, the river could burst its banks again. that is why the raf chinook returned yesterday to put in gravel and sand to shore up the defences to plug any potential breach. emergency teams say they might be here till friday because we have some weather warnings issued for tuesday with heavy rain expected. the environment agency is doing what it can to try to mitigate the effects of that, bringing in some big hydraulic pumps to help the effo rts big hydraulic pumps to help the efforts to channel the water away but because of the heavy rainfall expected it is not clear what the situation will be over the next few days but it is certain that the residents of wa i nfleet days but it is certain that the residents of wainfleet will not be able to return to their homes any time soon.
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us president donald trump has once again taken to twitter to criticise mayor of london sadiq khan. retweeting a post from the right—wing commentator katie hopkins, he said, "london needs a new mayor asap. khan is a disaster — will only get worse!" mr trump later followed it up with another post saying, "he is a national disgrace who is destroying the city of london!" the president's comments came after five attacks in london in less than 2a hours left three men dead and three others injured. dr brian klaas is a political scientist at university college london, and says that these tweets are more than just an online feud between the two politicians. trump and sadiq khan have had a twitter spat back and forth for some time now. i think what's notable about this tweet in particular is trump is amplifying katie hopkins, who is viewed, i think rightly, in this country as quite an extreme far—right figure. and the tweet that he retweeted had serious anti—muslim bigotry embedded into it. it is another one of these long—standing feuds that is layered
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on top of trump's long—standing animosity, and i would say bigotry, towards muslim communities. trump has made part of his platform anti—muslim bigotry. we forget sometimes that in december of 2015, trump literally said we should ban all muslims from entering the united states. it is an extremely far—right position to have, so this foil of sadiq khan is usefulfor him politically as he heads into the 2020 election campaign. i also think it's important that we don't lose sight of how unusual and unacceptable it is to mainstream these comments. katie hopkins has described migrants as cockroaches and used dehumanising language. for the president of the united states to again retweet one of these figures, previously he retweeted jayda fransen, who is the leader of britain first, an islamophobic hate group here, you know, it's a very dangerous territory to wade into. iran has complained to britain's ambassador in the country after the uk government accused it
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of involvement in the attacks on two oil tankers in the gulf of oman. the iranian authorities deny being involved. amid the growing tensions, the british—iranian woman jailed in tehran for spying, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, has begun a new hunger strike. she denies any wrongdoing. simonjones reports. outside the iranian embassy in london, a lone tent symbolising the growing tensions between the uk and tehran. the husband of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, camping outside the building to try to make his voice heard. his wife remains injail following her arrest at tehran airport, after visiting her family three years ago, accused of being a spy, which she has always denied. we are camping out in solidarity with nazanin, she has gone on hunger strike in iran. we can't see that, but said if she was going on hunger strike we would do it here. obviously you can see me, and i am doing it in front of the iranian embassy. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe's case
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is intricately connected with the difficult relationship between the uk and iran, which has just become even more tense. london has accused tehran of being behind attacks on two oil tankers in the gulf of oman, one of the world's busiest waterways. iran says that isn't true, making its displeasure known in a meeting with the ambassador. foreign secretaryjeremy hunt, who met mr radcliffe yesterday, as said compassion should be shown to nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe to allow her to return home to her family. for her husband and his supporters the wait continues, with no response yet from the iranian authorities. the headlines on bbc news... an apology with "utmost sincerity and humility" from hong kong's leader, carrie lam, as hundreds of thousands march again in protest at now
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shelved proposals for an extradition law that would see suspects sent to mainland china. tory leadership contender dominic raab says his party will be "toast" if britain isn't out of the eu by the end of october, and he accuses parliament of trying to steal brexit from the voters. hundreds of people in lincolnshire still can't go back to their homes because of flooding descibed by the environment agency as "unprecedented". one of the world's biggest sporting rivalries is happening today. india are playing pakistan in the cricket world cup although the weather is distinctly english as rain has stopped play in manchester with india in a strong position. secunder kermani is in islamabad
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and rajini vaidyanathan is in delhi. things are looking rather calm behind you. that's right. i am at a cricket ground in the centre of islamabad where a screen has been put up for people to watch the match. despite the extreme heat... the match has stopped because of rain. nonetheless, this game is one the whole country has been talking about, including the prime minister imran khan, who is of course... some tactics on twitter, advice they seem to have ignored, i should say. he is also said they should not let the pressure get to him. i am joined by one of the fans. how do you think the game is going so farfor pakistan? we are pretty much in the
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game right now. still optimistic. pakistan has never beaten india in the world cup. our batting is very much in form so i think we can break the losing streak. india and pakistan have a very tense relationship so do you think cricket can bring the two together or does it drive them further apart? can bring the two together or does it drive them further apart7m can bring the two together or does it drive them further apart? it can go both ways but if we play bilateral series then it can bring people together. if the indian team can come to pakistan and the pakistan team go to india. you hear a lot of that here. this is the first match between the countries since the flare—up in tensions in february but often when you speak to ordinary people you hear them say that cricket is something that could unite them. some sound issues but
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let's go to delhi. enjoying the match? rain has stopped play although it looks like it is about to resume anytime soon judging by the feed we are from old trafford. the subcontinent in many ways has come to a standstill to watch this match. it is not any cricket match, it is india versus pakistan. the crowd behind me have grown in the last few hours. everybody is watching their team. india have a very strong batting, 305—4 at the moment, captain virat kohli still playing. i am joined moment, captain virat kohli still playing. iamjoined by moment, captain virat kohli still playing. i am joined by one of the fans. why is this match so important? every match is very important...
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the old rivalry of india versus pakistan, we like to answer back on the field. does that mean that politics crosses into sport when it comes to matches like this? to some extent, yes, but it is the feud that has been going on with pakistan, even after partition cricket was the sport that was always played and india versus pakistan, you can see yourself, no matter what match, not one person would want to miss. how would you feel if india lose? 0h, man! i hope india win. thank you
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very much. we expect the match to resume any time soon. the hopes of an entire nation rest on one cricket match. i know what result everyone here wants. thank you very much. and just to remind you india is 305—4 after 46 overs — pakistan are yet to bat. a surgeon who served time in prison for killing a patient before his conviction was quashed has raised concerns about the way black and ethnic minority doctors are treated by the professional regulator. figures obtained by the bbc suggest the general medical council is more likely to investigate complaints against bame doctors than those who are white.
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i had lost my salary, i had lost my reputation, i lost myjob. david is a respected colorectal surgeon with over 20 years —— over a0 years of experience in the nhs and private sector. in 2010 a patient died under his care. he was investigated by the gmc, then charged and convicted of gross negligence manslaughter. he was later cleared on appeal after serving 15 months of a two—year prison sentence. he believes his race played a part in the way his case and others have been handled. the general medical council, our regulator, investigates a disproportionate number of black and ethnic minority doctors. we should all proportionately take the blame for when things go wrong, and things do go wrong in medicine after all. black and asian doctors make up around a third of the workforce in the uk, yet they are overrepresented in fitness—to—practise cases.
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figures obtained by the bbc show that over a five—year period, 44% of complaints made against black doctors led to investigations. for asian doctors it was a0%. for white doctors it was just 29%. they also revealed i2% of black doctors were suspended or erased from the medical register after an investigation by the medical practitioners tribunal service. that is more than double the proportion of white doctors. the gmc said it is not complacent about its own processes being free from discrimination, which is why it regularly and independently gets them reviewed. it has commissioned research to understand better why black and asian doctors are disproportionately complained about, investigated and sanctioned. they destroyed my profession, they destroyed my career. somebody surely should have been held to account for that, but nobody — i didn't get any apology, nothing.
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the illegal international trade in one of the uk's most endangered species, the european glass eel, has been exposed by a bbc investigation. a team from countryfile posing as fishermen were approached by dealers in china and russia who wanted to break an export ban. here's countryfile'sjoe crowley. our rivers are home to a range of wildlife, including the european glass eel. but today it is a critically endangered species, with laws including an export ban in place to protect it. but it is also at the heart of a £3 billion criminal network, fuelled by demand for its meat as a delicacy in asia. it is the most trafficked animal by number and by value. they leave here at! euro each, and one year later have been grown
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on in the 900 eel farms of inland china, it is worth 10 euros. so i euro turns to 10 euros, and that is pretty tempting. international buyers are offering up to seven times the value of a catch. i posed as a fisherman online with eels to sell, and was soon contacted by international sellers looking to export them from the eu illegally. i have never done this before, how would we do it? i see, ok, ok. if it is that easy, what can be done to stop this illegal trade?
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do you need more resources, different legislation? i think a greater understanding of the problem. this is a major crime. once we can get people to understand the severity of the problem we might be able to get somewhere. campaigners are calling for tougher enforcement of the laws protecting this critically endangered species. and you can seejoe's full report on countryfile on bbc one tonight at seven o'clock. the duke of cambridge has paid tribute to his children and his father on social media today. on the palace's social media account he shared pictures of him playing with his son louis, on a swing, and another of himself in his raf uniform walking on the runway with his own father — the prince of wales. the pictures were shared with the simple message, "happy father's day. " the duke and duchess of sussex also shared
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a picture of their six—week—old son, archie mountbatten windsor, with a message, "wishing a very special first father's day to the duke of sussex." now it's time for a look at the weather. more rain on the cards? indeed so. there is some sunshine in the forecast this afternoon but if you are stepping out you get a sense from the latest radar imagery that there is a fair peppering to be had, especially up towards the manchester area, and perhaps more persistent rain will spread later on as another weather system works its way up, particularly northern and western parts of the british isles. further south and east it will be drier eventually. not a particularly cold night given the breezes from the
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south west. the rain may hang around in some locations on monday, particularly up part of scotland and into northern ireland. and the western side of wales. the rainfall is mounting up. somebody will get a0 millimetres in the next 2a hours. tuesday starts off ok in the north—western quarter but these thunderstorms we suspect will become an influence across southern and eastern counties over the period of later tuesday into wednesday.
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hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines. an apology with "utmost sincerity and humility" from hong kong's leader, carrie lam, as hundreds of thousands stage another march. they're protesting against plans for an extradition law that have now been suspended and would have seen suspects sent to mainland china. tory leadership contender, dominic raab, says his party will be "toast" if britain isn't out of the eu by the end of october and he accuses parliament of trying to ‘steal‘ brexit from the voters. hundreds of people in lincolnshire still can't go back to their homes because of flooding described by the environment agency as "unprecedented". the jailed british iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe


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