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welcome to bbc news. our top stories. protests in hong kong continue with organisers claiming a record turnout on sunday of nearly 2 million people. it is not just it is notjust this street that is jammed with protesters. it is the next one over and the next one beyond that. electricity has returned to almost all of argentina — after a massive powerfailure that affected much of the country. polls have closed in guatemala's general election — will the result help stem the tide of migrants heading north? and — nautical attraction — why fishermen are using magnets to help clean up paris's
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underwater environment. hello and welcome. organisers of sunday's mass protest in hong kong are calling it the biggest demonstration in the territory's history. the march went ahead despite the decision of the government to suspend a draft extradition law that would allow the mainland chinese authorities to allow the trans fur of criminal suspects. protesters wanted cancelled. let's have a look at the live scenes now in hong kong. it looks like those protesters are occupying the street. carrie lam offered a rare apology for the upheaval. this report from hong kong. chanting. in the sweltering heat of a sunday afternoon, they came out again in their hundreds of thousands. a sea of black t—shirts, the now unofficial uniform of these protests. today they wore no facemasks
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or helmets and had just one chant. "withdraw the bill." these are truly remarkable scenes we're seeing here in the centre of hong kong again this afternoon. it's notjust this street that is jammed with protesters, it's 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's offices. this is a massive display of discontent with carrie lam and her government. your message for her today is what? is to stop it. to stop hong kong people from being two groups, going out and fighting with each other. we are one hong kong and not two hong kongs. so she should stop what she's doing so in order not to make the people so angry and so going out and fighting with each other.
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yesterday carrie lam said she will suspend... not acceptable! withdraw! totally withdraw. not acceptable to hold. we need to withdraw it. this is what we want, all the people — hong kong people. tonight, under immense pressure from this huge protest, hong kong's chief executive released a grovelling apology. "i admit deficiencies in the government's work have led to substantial disputes in society", she said. "i apologise to the people of hong kong and pledged to adopt a more sincere and humble attitude." butjust as mrs lam was sending her apology, protesters were setting up a shrine to the first martyr claimed by this movement. the flowers and candles are for a man who fell to his death on saturday night after climbing a building to unfurl a protest banner. the sea of protesters then surrounded the government headquarters. the police were on their best behaviour, no helmets, shields or barriers in sight.
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but if today's protest shows anything, it's the public anger here will not be assuaged until the hated extradition bill is gone. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. let's cross live to hong kong — and speak to the bbc‘s laura westbrook. there are still people out on the streets. yes indeed, when i arrived this morning people had clearly been here all night. people were asleep when they arrived, they had got up and cleaned the rubbish, then moved over to my right to the road there, where people have been gathering. there is an increased police presence there, which i noticed this morning. but police say they are still keeping back, not interfering as of yet. this is something we
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really noticed on sunday's protest. police were very much not interfering, they stayed back, and thatis interfering, they stayed back, and that is because there has been a lot of anger towards the police against police interference on wednesday's protest, when we saw those very violent scenes of more than 150 rounds of tear gas used, as well as rubber bullets. so yesterday, there was a police keeping back, and when we saw those incredible scenes that you just saw in that package, hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. and all of them were telling me that they are personally worried, if this bill was to be passed, that it could affect them, and that is why they were on the streets calling for it not to be suspended but to be withdrawn. thank you for keeping an eye on things for us in hong kong. electricity has returned to almost all of argentina following a massive failure that left tens of millions of people
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without access to power. the country's energy minister said it had been an unprecedented event and claimed that the system itself was stable. the exact cause remains unclear, but argentina, uruguay and parts of paraguay were affected, according to one of the region's largest suppliers. it caused major disruptions in cities like buenos aires. chris buckler has more. at first light, much of south america was left in darkness. a massive power outage 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 cuts and all the traffic lights out in the streets, several provinces took the decision to temporarily delay local elections. this was a failure on a quite remarkable scale.
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a 25—minute trip took me almost an hour and a half to be completed, and during the journey i saw three collisions. the collapse of argentina's national grid caused a blackout that stretched notjust across this country, but throughout uruguay, and even into some parts of brazil and paraguay. businesses were left scrambling to fire up generators in an effort to save their stock. translation: we don't know much. what i read was on facebook, where it said that the problem came from argentina, but the truth is we really don't know a lot. energy companies have been struggling to determine the cause of these unprecedented problems. slowly throughout the day, customers have been reconnected, but by early evening that's still left half of argentina without electricity and preparing for what could be a long, dark night. chris buckler, bbc news.
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in germany, the far—right afd party has failed to win mayoral run—off election in the southeastern town of goerlitz. it would have been the group's first mayoral victory, but it was defeated by angela merkel‘s centre—right christian democrats. the afd registered high levels of support in the town — which has become famous as a movie backdrop, but which suffers from high unemployment. in sudan, the deposed president, omar al—bashir, has been charged with appropriation of foreign currency. he was driven to present in his first public appearance in months. israel's prime minister benjamin neta nyahu has unveiled a new settlement in the occupied golan heights, named after us president donald trump. the strategic plateau was seized by israel from syria during the 1967 six day war, in a move never
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recognised by the international community. the inauguration of the town of trump heights, comes after the us president recently recognized israeli's claim on the territory. five candidates hoping to take over from theresa may as the leader of written‘s governing conservative party, and as prime minister, have taken part in a first televised debate. the frontrunner, boris johnson, did notappear, his debate. the frontrunner, boris johnson, did not appear, his lecture and standing empty. discussion between the other five candidates was dominated by brexit. he turned up. so did he. i don't think there is any point to these debates without boris? very much, yes. five of the tory candidates vying to be the next prime minister. arriving for the first tv debate. but the front runner decided to skip it. they had an empty podium and the picture, but borisjohnson wasn't there. he thought this crowded stage
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would be too blue on blue, a bust—up between politicians from the same party. which it was. and brexit dominated, of course. just a second, michael. we must allow parliament to vote. give ourselves a shot at the best... we cannot leave unless parliament votes for it. you would buckle. you have said you will take no deal off the table and defend legislation... i will defend our democracy. dominic raab says he is the only candidate who would be prepared to suspend parliament to leave the eu without a deal at the end of october. stop taking things off the table. make sure the only thing we are absolutely iio% committed or is keeping our promises to the voters of this country. it is the wrong thing to do, i wouldn't do it and i don't think most people in the conservative party would do it either. we are not selecting a dictator of our country, we are selecting a prime minister of one of the proudest parliamentary
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democracies in the world. while four of the candidates said they would try and renegotiate the brexit deal parliament has rejected by the latest october deadline, rory stewart said it was time for realism. the fundamental issue here is there is a competition of machismo. everybody is saying, i am tougher. we are not going to get a different dealfrom europe. you and i and jeremy and sajid have argued for that deal. we have argued for that deal because it is a 550 page document, works out in detail. you will not get any changes out of europe and your attempts to get any changes out of europe will leave you stuck for months and years to come. like dominic raab, there is another candidate in this contest who says the country must leave the eu on october the 31st, come what may. but he wasn't here. where is boris, if his team will not allow him out to debate with five friendly colleagues, how will he fare with 27 other countries? he should be here to answer that question.
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with boris johnson far ahead at the moment, this was a chance for rivals to prove they should be his challenger in the ballot of tory members. i can bring people together, transform public services and make our country stronger. i'm still an outsider. lam campaigning on telling the truth. what was boris johnson doing to all this? enjoying a take away it seemed, perhaps in front of the telly, letting his competitors scramble to catch him. speaking to the bbc, those who criticised the pilot in the ethiopian airlines aircraft that crashed months ago. boeing has now grounded all 737 max aircraft. hidden away, aircraft not seen since
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they were confined to this the end of the runway in addis ababa. the fleet‘s sister aircraft was lost in a devastating crash just six fleet‘s sister aircraft was lost in a devastating crashjust six minutes after taking off, back in march. around the world, the boeing 737 max—8 is now grounded. this was a town about 126 kilometres south of addis ababa airport. just over my shoulder is where the flight came down, with the loss of 157 lives. no police or security are here. but with debris still strewn across the area, the investigation into who is responsible for what happened is becoming an international dispute. one leading american politician is one of many voices in the us blaming the pilots. pilots trained in the us would have successfully been able to handle this situation. but the boss of ethiopian airlines disagrees. the senator seems to be seriously
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misinformed, or he doesn't have the information at hand when he said that. why have they grounded 380 aircraft around the world? simple, right? the fact speaks for itself. what a sense of shock still exists at the airline's huge flight school, where leading pilots are strongly defended their colleagues' actions. i think defended their colleagues' actions. ithink our defended their colleagues' actions. i think our pilots have done whatever they could, and whatever was implemented by boeing as well, to save the aircraft, but they couldn't. boeing is working on changes to the flight control system, but the pilots wrestled with before crashing. but for now, these jets are sealed, covered, and going nowhere soon. it is a battle over who to blame continues. stay with us: still to come...
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native tongue — why indigenous languages have been dying out in australia, and what is being done to preserve them. there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word 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 apartheid 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 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 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 today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut.
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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 to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news — the latest headlines: protests in hong kong are continuing with organisers claiming a record turnout on sunday of nearly 2 million people. electricity has returned almost all of argentina after a massive power failure returned almost all of argentina after a massive powerfailure that affected almost 50 million people. people from what amal are 110w now make up the fifth largest group of latin american migrants in the united states, with thousands more still trying to enter the country despite president trump osma clamp down. they are fleeing some of the highest levels of poverty, corruption and violence in the
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americas. on sunday, voters and what amal went to the polls to chairs a new congress and president. the candidates hoping to succeed presidentjimmy morale is. how likely are any of the candidates to improve the situation? i'm joined now from antigua in guatemala by freelance journalist louisa reynolds. thank you so much for your time. we hear a lot recently about many people leaving guatemala because of the situation there. do presidential candidates need to do in to change the situation for people inside the country? as you just pointed out, what amal has serious violence corruption problems to deal with at
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the moment so those are the main issues that the incoming president will have to deal with, especially after a very lacklustre administration under president morales. much remains to be done there. 40% of the population is indigenous and lives below the poverty line. also rural areas are suffering the effects of climate change which has undoubtedly had an impact on immigration flows and speaking of immigration, this is the first election in which white islands living in the united states are voting from abroad. —— in which people of guatemala are voting from abroad. that is significant, giving that immigration is so high. four cities in the us enabled the population to vote from abroad. do you think that will change the situation of expats can vote? you think that will change the situation of expats can vote ?m should have an impact. it seems the immigrant population is so
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considerable it will definitely have an impact. it will be an interesting development to see how that works out because it is the first election that this has been done and u nfortu nately that this has been done and unfortunately the main candidates vying for office are not in any way. one heading the pulse has been accused of corruption so that does not bode well for things changing in guatemala. it has been a very strange election. some of the candidates have been barred. i believe one has fled the country to do and the candidate you just mentioned, the front runner, got a divorce in order to run. yes. that was not for this election, she was the former first lady and she was the former first lady and she was the former first lady and she was divorced from a former president who is currently in prison
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for corruption charges. she did this eight years ago when she first tried to run for office. she is better known for implementing social welfare programmes under her ex—husband's administration. however she has been accused of involvement in corruption. money—laundering allegations and perhaps also most seriously alleged ties to drug cartels. the second candidate who has been doing well in the polls has an unsavoury record as well. he is best known as the former prison director, in 2007, when a number of prisoners were extra traditionally executed extra judicially. it sounds like a complex situation and there is a long way to go. thank you so much for giving us the inside. insight.
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australia was once home to at least 300 indigenous languages, spoken by aboriginal communities. today just 13 of them are still being spoken in every day life. most have either disappeared or are critically endangered. but renewed efforts are now being made to preserve them. our correspondent hywel griffith has been to kununurra, in far northern western australia. this is miriwoong country. a land of vast open skies that straddles modern day state boundaries. the miriwoong people have been here for tens of thousands of years but in recent decades, their language has come under threat. so we can see right across the miriwoong land? yeah. david and agnes are two of just a handful of surviving, fluent speakers. to them, miriwoong is woven into this landscape. there's language all around you. everything we see, has language. everything that moves has language.
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modern things come, we just have to give it a name in miriwoong. like when the first car arrived in our country, miriwoong people gave it a name. and that actually comes from the sound that it makes. before european settlement, australia was home to around 300 indigenous languages, now only a dozen are left with more than 1,000 speakers. languages are normally handed down from one generation to the next but in australia, in indigenous communities, that link was broken decades ago when aboriginal children were taken from their families and put under the care of european settlers. and so, to revive miriwoong, they need a new generation. every week, 400 pupils at local schools have lessons, regardless of whether they have aboriginal heritage.
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my favourite word in miriwoong is joowinyin, and that means crocodile. my favourite miriwoong word means grandma. my favourite word in miriwoong means swimming. a lot of money has been put into trying to save miriwoong but the team of linguists working here say the impact is far—reaching. there is research that says indigenous people learning their ancestral language are more likely to be successful in life. which means they are more likely to get a job, they are more likely to attend school. they also are less likely to struggle with substance abuse, they are less likely to commit serious crimes. there is no certainty that all this effort will pay off. but here they are trying everything to make sure miriwoong is a living, breathing language
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for decades to come. for many developing countries — fishing is a vital industry. it is also one of the world's most popular pastimes. hundreds of millions of people do it all around the world. in the french capital paris — some are going fishing — but aren't interested in catching any fish. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. this river is the life blood of paris. much older than the eiffel tower or notre—dame. it is a river full of history, intrigue and... more than a bit of scrap metal. these two gentlemen are trying to do something about that using powerful magnet to fish out bikes, scooters and even old rifles. translation: magnet to fish out bikes, scooters and even old rifles. translatiosz isa and even old rifles. translatiosz is a bit of an adventure. above all,
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you are improving the environment around you, not on the other side of the planet your own. it is becoming a thriving industry. the owner of this shop has sold more than 2000 magnets this year whereas in previous years he sold barely 100. and they are becoming more and more powerful. translation: ithink and they are becoming more and more powerful. translation: i think it is the only way of clearing pollution and having fun at the same time. fishermen say i caught a big pike. i caught a big carpet. for magnet fishermen it is i brought back a fridge or a scooter. it is not a major moneymaker. line has sold around four tons of metal and only made a few hundred euro. but it does help clean the environment, one piece of scrap at a time. before we go, let's head back to the
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live scene in hong kong where people are still on the streets. some people blocking a road there, off the back of the huge protests yesterday, on sunday, nearly too many people according to organisers. —— nearly 2 million people. hello again. following all the heavy rain that we had last week, all that water has been running off hills and into our river catchments. this is how the river severn is looking and a number of flood warnings still in force. flood warnings for a couple of spots in the midlands and lincolnshire as well. an area of low pressure has been influencing the weather across the uk every single day of this month so far and for monday, the low pressure is just to the west of ireland, continuing to bring showers and lengthy outbreaks of rain. if you are heading outside over the next hour or two, take the wet weather gear across northern scotland because the rain will be heavy. a few showers for northern ireland and some rain working in as well across wales and part of north—west england. it is a mild start to the morning so you do not need too many layers
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out and about. through monday, this front brings wet weather across wales and england. the front is not going to move very far very quickly. to the north, to the far north of england, northern ireland and scotland, it is a day of heavy thundery showers and limited bright and sunny spells. across the south and east midlands, east anglia and much of southern england, the weather should stay largely dry with some warm june sunshine and temperatures reaching the low 20s. the good news is we finally lose the influence of this area of low pressure mid week and the bad news was that we have another area of low pressure moving in from the south bringing the threat of some more heavy and potentially thundery rain. this is how tuesday starts off. wet weather starts the day in highland scotland, gradually moving eastwards with time. dry start elsewhere but starting to turn a bit cloudier later in the day and feeling perhaps a little more humid as well across the south of wales and southern parts of england. we may start to see some showers break out late in the day.
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those showers, we already have met office warning for these, late on tuesday through tuesday night and into wednesday, the amount of rain that we get will vary a lot from place to place. given that the ground is completely saturated, where we do get the heavy downpours coming through we could see some surface water flooding building very quickly. there is a risk of some disruption to road and rail. the exact position of the thundery downpours are still open to doubt, a large spread of east—west movement but it mostly looks like england at risk and perhaps a little rain into eastern parts of wales. through wednesday also some heavy showers again through northern ireland and scotland bringing unsettled weather but the weather has not been as wet across this part of the uk as other areas so hopefully that rain will not be impactful.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: thousands of people are continuing to occupy the streets in hong kong, following a massive protest against an extradition bill. many demonstrators camped out overnight, while others were seen putting up barricades. but the atmosphere is relaxed in stark contrast to the tension of the past week. electricity has returned to almost all of argentina after a massive power failure that affected millions of people. the argentine energy minister said it had been an "unprecedented" event. he said investigations were beginning into the cause of the blackouts, which also affected parts of uruguay and paraguay. polling has officially closed in guatemala in elections for a new president, a new congress and new mayors. in a field of about 20 people competing for the presidency, the frontrunner is sandra torres, the ex—wife of a former guatemalan president — standing for a centre—left party. it's 2:30am.

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