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hello and welcome to bbc world news today. i'm karin giannone. our top stories. organisers say two million protesters flooded the streets of hong kong over the proposed extradition bill, as the chief executive apologises. i confess we have not been as effective as we would like to communicate with the people to justify this very good objective, that's worth doing. a massive power cut across almost all of argentina and uruguay and parts of brasil and paraguay leaves tens of millions of people without electricity. candidates to be the next british prime minister take part in their first tv debate, but the front runner boris johnson didn't attend
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celebrations as india defeats pakistan in a cricket world cup match watched by an estimated billion people. really on top of the world, i am so happy. really on top of the world, i am so happy- i really on top of the world, i am so happy. iam really on top of the world, i am so happy. i am very proud of my team, i'm very proud of virat kohli. thank you. hello and welcome to world news today. organisers say nearly two million people took part in sunday's mass protest in hong kong against a controversial extradition bill. they're calling for the territory's chief executive, carrie lam, to step down. the bill — which was suspended on saturday — would allow extradition to the chinese mainland. rupert wingfield—hayes reports. in the sweltering heat of a sunday afternoon, they came out again
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in their hundreds of thousands. a sea of black t—shirts, the now unofficial uniform of these protests. today they wore no facemasks or helmets, and had just one chant — "withdraw the bill, withdraw the bill". these are truly remarkable scenes we are seeing here in the centre of hong kong again this afternoon. it is notjust this street that is jammed with protesters. it is the next one over and the next one beyond that. all of these people chanting, "withdraw the bill," all heading to the centre of hong kong to surround the government offices. this is a massive display of discontent with carrie lam and her government. your message for her today is what? it is to stop it. to stop hong kong people from from being two groups, going out and fighting
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with each other. we are one hong kong, we are not two hong kongs. yesterday carrie lam said she will suspend... not acceptable. withdraw! totally withdraw! not acceptable. we need to withdraw it. tonight, under immense pressure from these new protests, the hong kong chief executive released a grovelling apology... as night fell, the sea of protesters surrounded the hong kong government. the police were on their best behaviour, no riot shields or helmets, the barriers cleared away. but if today's protest shows anything, it is that public anger here will not be assuaged until the hated extradition bill is gone. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. our correspondent martin yip is in front of the hong kong legislative council with more
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on what hong kong leader carrie lam had to say. carrie lam has apologized in a written statement. she says she will use them most sincere and humbling attitude to accept criticism over what she's been doing over the past few months, that is to push this controversial extradition law amendment bill through the little parliament here, the legislative council. whether people are taking this apology is another thing. at least the organizer of today's rally, the civil human rights front, has been calling people to stay on the street and they also, at my back right there, at the entrance to the chief executive office, called longwall road, people are gathering. they're cutting off traffic yet again, just like what happened five years ago during occupy central or umbrella movement. so what's the next step the government would like to take? we will have to wait and see. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the deposed president of sudan,
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omar al—bashir, has been charged with corruption and the illegal possession of foreign currency. making his first appearance in public since he was overthrown in april, he was driven in a heavily—armed convoy from prison to the prosecutor's office. his trial is due to start next week. voters in guatemala are heading to the polls to elect a new president, a new congress and new mayors. about 20 people are competing to succeed presidentjimmy morales, but two high profile candidates have been barred from running. opinion polls suggest no candidate will win an outright majority and a second round will be needed. the group of 20 major economies have signed a commitment to reduce plastic waste. the g20 environment and energy ministers made the annoucement at a meeting injapan, ahead of the g20 summit there later this month. little detail has been revealed on how the pledge will be implemented but local media are reporting the scheme would be voluntary. a massive electrical failure
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across argentina and uruguay and parts of brazil and paraguay has left up to 48 million people without power for several hours. electricity supplier edesur confirmed the failure on twitter — saying a blackout of this size is unprecedented. the exact cause is still unclear, but there have been major disruptions in cities like buenos aires. chris buckler reports. at first light, argentina and uruguay were left in darkness. a massive power outage across both countries left tens of millions of people without electricity and crippled communications in city after city. in argentina, people were preparing to go to the polls, but with trains halted by the power cut and in the streets all the traffic lights out, several provinces took the decision to temporarily delay local elections. this was a failure on a quite remarkable scale.
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translation: everything came to a halt. elevators, water pumps, everything. we were left adrift. translation: the fridge thawed and i couldn't go out because the elevator wasn't working. i could only come down when the power came back. it's notjust here, it was everywhere. shops have been scrambling to fire up generators in order to save their supplies. energy companies say a limited number of their customers have been reconnected, but it's likely to be hours before many have their power restored. the authorities are still investigating the cause of these unprecedented problems. like so many others, they are still in the dark. chris buckler, bbc news. joining me now from oxford is dr william blyth, an associate fellow on energy, environment and resources from the chatham house think tank. he's also the director of the independent energy research company, oxford energy associates. . thanks forjoining us. it seems
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almost unthinkable, almost the entire country without power. what may have happened? it's extraordinary, i've seen reports that it was a technical failure on one particular line coming down from the major hydro plant in the north of the country. this is sometimes the cause of some of these rolling blackouts, and we saw a similar eventin blackouts, and we saw a similar event in the north—east us for example, where a blackout in one area can cascade through the system and cause huge areas to be blacked out. it has gone across national borders, so there's no concept of a national grid here. it's really across the whole region. yes, there is regional interconnection. if one pa rt is regional interconnection. if one part of the system goes down, it can lea p a cross part of the system goes down, it can leap across into other countries. if
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it is the fault in the north of the country, it may have affected paraguay and gone into brazil as well. it seems all the more extraordinary that at this stage there is no clear idea of what it might be. it wasn't some major catastrophic event. it's hard to trace the causes of these things sometimes. electricity is strange stuff, it flows around to some extent through its own free will and if one part of the system goes down it will try to find another way around. that stresses the next part of the system. you tend to see one pa rt of the system. you tend to see one part of the system causing failure of other parts of the equipment and then that will cause a failure there. it's not always obvious where there. it's not always obvious where the source is. it can be quite small parts of the system where it can cascade. how alarming for other parts of the world to see this
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happening? are other parts of the world safeguarded against this, or could it happen to them as well? it's certainly good. the lesson from this is that you can protect the energy system, but you must invest to do so. the obvious way is to have back—up lines. if you have two lines, one of them goes down, the other can pick up the power. having two lines means you aren't using half of the lines half of the time, so half of the lines half of the time, so it's expensive, so it's a choice as to how reliable people want their elytra city systems to be and how much they are prepared to pay. —— wa nt much they are prepared to pay. —— want their electricity systems. latin america has good systems but maybe not the most robust in the world. we've seen large incidents of a similar scale, tens of millions of people affected in the north—east us for example. from the fact you have, how long potentially could it be
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until things get back to normal?|j imagine until things get back to normal?” imagine they will try to restore the major cities relatively quickly. buenos aires is a long way from the suspected source, if that's where the source of the failure was. to get power back to the whole country, i'd imagine it may take hours, or days. probably less than a week but some parts of the country are going to be out for days i'd imagine. . thanks forjoining us. the wife of the israeli prime minister, sara netanyahu, has admitted to misuse of state funds in court, after being accused of spending about $100,000 on catering. under a plea deal, mrs netanyahu will avoid jail, and will be forced to pay back to the state about $15,000, including a $3,000 fine, but she will have a criminal record. here's our middle east correspondent, yolande knell. although she was smiling in the
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court, this long—running case has been humiliating for sara netanyahu and has reinforced perceptions that herfamily and has reinforced perceptions that her family lives and has reinforced perceptions that herfamily lives a and has reinforced perceptions that her family lives a lavish lifestyle. mrs neta nyahu was her family lives a lavish lifestyle. mrs netanyahu was originally charged with ordering in hundreds of restau ra nt with ordering in hundreds of restaurant meals worth about £80,000, paid for with public funds, and that wasn't allowed because the prime minister's residence employs a cook. under her final plea agreement she admitted intentionally exploiting the mistake of a member of staff. prosecutors dropped the more serious offence of fraud. she'll be left with a criminal record. translation: the verdict means people with access to public funds, regardless of how senior they are, cannot treat them as their own. taking public funds in significant amounts throughout years against the rules and instructions as a criminal offence that carries conviction and concrete financial punishment. meanwhile the prime minister still faces his own legal troubles. three
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corruption cases in which he denies wrongdoing. he faces a pre—trial hearing just weeks after another general election in september. it was called because he failed to win the government after an earlier vote. israeli prime minister benjamin neta nyahu has unveiled a new settlement in the occupied golan heights, named after us president donald trump. building is yet to begin at trump heights, but it's been named in his honour after he recognised israel as the ruler of the territory. israel seized the golan from syria in the 1967 middle east war and in march this year, the us became the first country to recognise israeli's sovereignty. us ambassador david friedman says the name will bring life to the region. i think it's it's a wonderful first step in the follow on to his recognition of israeli sovereignty over the golan heights, which i'm very proud of. i think many in the united states think it was a brilliant decision and we're going to give some effect
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to it, life to it, today. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: we'll hear from india's ecstatic cricket fans as they celebrate their team's win over pakistan in the world cup. there was a bomb in the city centre, a codeword known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of partheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years, forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night. but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping
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in his cot at home. early this evening the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement, and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could get her to go out there for a little while. this is bbc world news today. the latest headlines. organisers say nearly two million people took part in protests in hong kong against a controversial extradition bill. electricity services are being gradually restored in argentina and uruguay after a massive power outage affected millions of people on sunday it was a much anticipated
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world cup match between two regional rivals, watched by an estimated billion people world—wide. in the end, india won. the beat arch rivals pakistan decisively at old trafford in manchester. india notched up a massive 336 runs. pakistan, chasing the winning score, collapsed to 166—6 before a rain delay saw their target revised to another 136 runs required from 30 balls, a near—impossible task. indian fans have started their celebrations. here are a few voices from fans in delhi. i feel very great and this is a very proud moment for india. we won the match and we'll be able to show that we are number one. we are number one. thank you. on top of the world. so happy. proud of my team and virat kohli.
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thank you. ok, how do you feel? india won. feeling very good. so everyone is enjoying it, beating pakistan is the best thing in the world. now india will win the world cup. i came here with my friends today. i was looking forward for the match. very happy india won. how do you feel? it's my victory. why does this victory matter? because we feel happy and it's against pakistan. so it's kind of competitive and then it will be if you don't won the competition it's a victory. that's all. one of the most keenly anticipated encounters in the cricket world cup, if not in sport.
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if you wondered exactly how much this game means, well, here's your answer. for india and pakistan fans, all roads led to manchester. whatever their transport, theyjust had to be there. this means a lot for us. we are from india, only to watch the match. only to win the match! it's more than a cricket match, this is war! no, it's the biggest match in the world. any sport, you can't beat it. the best part of a million people had applied for tickets, with an estimated billion watching on tv. talk about pressure. but india didn't seem to be feeling it; the favourites off to a flyer. a brilliant century from rohit sharma, before virat kohli showed why he is officially the world's best.
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he hit 77 until his bizarre dismissal. he thought he'd hit it. replays showed he hadn't. frustrated, just a little. pakistan needed 337 but it seems they might have a chance. when he went for 60 to the rest tumbled around him. not even a to the rest tumbled around him. not evena rain to the rest tumbled around him. not even a rain delay rescued them as under the floodlights india wrapped up under the floodlights india wrapped up the in fact it went. —— emphatic win. tomorrow windies face bangladesh in what could be critical for either‘s chances in this tournament. the chelsea manager maurizio sarri has left the club to join juventus on a three year deal. he only had one season at stamford bridge but led them to third in the premier league and they also won the europa league. he has signed a three—year deal
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at the italian champions. frank lampard, the club's record goalscorer and current derby boss, is favourite to replace him. in france, the united states produced another commanding display as they comfortably beat chile in paris. the usa — who rested seven players for this game — were quickly on top with carli lloyd putting them ahead early on. she scored the third as well after a julie ertz header in the first half. chile, who are playing in their first world cup, must now beat thailand to have any hope of progressing to the knockout stages. sweden are also through after their 5—1 win against thailand in nice. fridolina rolfo with the pick of the goals. sweden face the usa next in the final round of group f fixtures — in what could be the top—spot decider — while thailand take on chile. england'sjustin rose goes into the final round of the us open just one shot off the lead.
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the american gary woodland still leads the way on 11 under at pebble beach in california. rory mcilroy is in the chasing pack five shots behind. the leaders will tee off in around an hour's time. i'm not chasing, really. i am so close to gary that i will play my game tomorrow and i think it will be dictated by the pin placement and the weather tomorrow as to how aggressive you can be and what it will take to win. i make no predictions about how it is going to feel tomorrow. i will assess it in the morning but i couldn't be in a better spot. fernando alonso has claimed back—to—back wins at the le mans 24—hour race. alonso shared the car with fellow former formula one drivers sebastien buemi and kazuki nakajima. the toyota crew, who took the lead with an hour to go, were also crowned the world endurance champions. the race was watched by over 250,000 spectators. that's all the sport for now.
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carin, back to you. five of the candidates to be the next uk prime minister have gone head—to—head in their first televised debate. the frontrunner, boris johnson, chose not to take part in tonight's debate, saying he'll instead participate in a bbc event, on tuesday. the mps that did attend argued over whether a new brexit deal could be renegotiated with the eu, and the prospect of a no—deal brexit. here's some of the debate. the minute we telegraph to the eu, and this is the fundamental mistake, that we're not willing to walk away at the end of october come what may, we lose the best shot of getting the deal. but when faced with impossible odds, the right thing to do is to have a plan to deliver, and i believe we can deliver an exit from the european union that strengthens our democracy, that brings our united kingdom together. you and i, and jeremy and sajid, have argued for that deal because it's a 550—page document, worked out in detail.
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you're not going to get any changes out of europe... the only thing that is realistic and credible in terms of getting a deal is to focus on the one thing that's got through parliament already, and that is the withdrawal agreement with a change to the backstop. we have got to sit down and negotiate that deal. it's very, very difficult, but i say that it is fundamentally pessimistic if you say we can't do that, because that means we are giving this country the very stark choice... a flavour of what we heard. our political correspondent, matt cole, is in stratford in east london where tonight's debate was. did anyone emerge as a clear winner? well, i think it was clear that rory stewart, the international secretary, drew the warmest applause. an audience of 116 floating voters all of whom said they might be minded to vote for the tories. some supported brexit and some are more remain minded. rory
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stewart got the warmest applause for his answers compared to his competitors however he is the man who is furthest behind by a long way in the race. he has the most ground to gain. it isn't the applause of people in the room he was seeking. he needs more support from mps in parliament. the next round of voting ta kes pla ce parliament. the next round of voting takes place on tuesday whereupon the candidates need at least the backing of 33 mps, minimum, to proceed in the contest. rory stewart got inaudible on tuesday, so applause for him but it may not be enough. an empty lector for borisjohnson, it may not be enough. an empty lector for boris johnson, the frontrunner. explain what he thought it wasn't necessary to take part. interesting, the debate began with an invitation to borisjohnson at any time if he wanted to join an invitation to borisjohnson at any time if he wanted tojoin in. he didn't. there weren't many ferocious exchanges but there was one ding—dong over brexit and whether britain should have its parliament
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suspended so that a no—deal brexit could pass, leaving without a deal, without mps being able to stop it. it created a row and may be the kind of thing boris johnson it created a row and may be the kind of thing borisjohnson wanted to avoid. he says he didn't want to ta ke avoid. he says he didn't want to take part in a cacophonous blue on blue series of exchanges. other than that, one direct criticism of his nonappea rance, that, one direct criticism of his nonappearance, from jeremy hunt, the foreign secretary, who said that if borisjohnson foreign secretary, who said that if boris johnson can't speak to five, supposedly friendly party colleagues, what hopes of going to brussels and debating 27 other eu leaders to get a better brexit deal? 0k, leaders to get a better brexit deal? ok, we look forward to the debate on tuesday in which all of them will be taking part. a reminder of our top story. hong kong has held its third mass protest in a week, crowding the chinese territory's narrow streets for miles. organisers say nearly two million people took part in the protest on sunday against a controversial
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extradition bill. thanks for watching. parts of the uk were hit with a deluge last week. the water has been rolling off the hills and filling up rivers. this is what the river severn looks like near worcestershire. on stretches there area number of worcestershire. on stretches there are a number of flood warnings in force and way fleet is struggling in lincolnshire as well. the low pressure to the west of ireland is feeding in wind with showers or lengthy spells of rain. the wet weather in northern ireland is going to spread into scotland and then this slow—moving weather front over wales and northern england. not moving very far very quickly because the wind is flowing parallel to the front rather than pushing it through. it will be with us for a length of time. to the south—east
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mostly dry, a mild night for most, temperatures in double figures. monday, the rain affecting parts of wales and northern england. the far north of england, northern ireland and scotland, sunny spells and fund re—showers, looking lively in the afternoon. to the south a dry day with bright or sunny spells. when we see the june sunshine with bright or sunny spells. when we see thejune sunshine it should feel quite warm with temperatures up to 21 in the warmest spots. the good news is that we lose the low pressure. the bad new is is that another one moves up from the south to bring more weight whether over parts of england in particular on tuesday —— more wet weather. tuesday, showers affecting northern and western areas of scotland. it won't be long before we see thunderstorms arriving over the south of the uk, moving up from france. bright or sunny spells. a drier day over northern england with more sunshine. the main focus is on the rain. the met office has issued
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a weather warning for thunderstorms over parts of england on tuesday and wednesday. the amount is going to vary, 15, 250 millimetres of rain but given that the ground is saturated, when we see these heavier downpours we may see surface water flooding —— 15, to 50 millimetres. the main focus of the weather is going to be on the thunderstorms posing a threat of localised flooding. when the sunshine comes out it should feel reasonably warm. that's your weather.
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you are watching bbc world news. our headlines... if confirmed, the numbers would mean the largest protest in hong kong since 1989. how are gradually being restored in uruguay and argentina after a massive power cut affected millions of people. argentina's largest supplier said power was back on in coastal cities and part of the capital when his arrows. the wife of the israeli prime minister will have to pay $15,000 in fines after admitting she used funds in a plea
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