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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11pm: riot police in hong kong clash with thousands of protesters who defied a ban and marched through the streets for an eighth weekend. it's coming in here, teargas, rubber bullets, pepper spray. and every week it seems to get worse. the government says it's still hopeful, but is working on the assumption there'll be a no—deal brexit. the injured refugees and migrants beaten by croatian police and refused asylum hearings. could cannabis be legal in the uk within a decade? a group of mps says the law should change. slip—sliding in germany, with rain taking it's toll on formula one.
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riding into history — egan bernal becomes the first south american to win the tour de france. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers lynn faulds wood and john rentoul. good evening. hundreds of riot police in hong kong have fired tear gas and rubber bullets, as thousands of protestors tried to advance on the office of the territory's chief executive. many had defied a police ban on marching and set up barricades blocking streets. dozens have been arrested. it's the eighth consecutive weekend of anti—government protests, amid fears of a gradual erosion of freedoms, at the hands of the authorities in beijing. our correspondent nick beake has sent us this report from hong kong.
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there's a predictability to sundays in hong kong this summer. they start peacefully, and end very differently. once again, tens of thousands turned out, this time to condemn alleged police brutality during previous demonstrations. the police had tried to ban today's event and had warned that anyone who marched through the streets could be arrested but, as you can see, it hasn't made any difference, and you do get the feeling now that many people in the city simply have no respect for the authorities or the police. they were heading for the main chinese government building in the territory, and heading for a showdown. because this fire is being fuelled by a fear of what life would become under tighter chinese control. because it's our future, we love hong kong and we want hong kong to stay hong kong.
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we don't want hong kong to become china. we want our freedom. even you know something you cannot achieve, but you will still do it for justice, right? when the masses slipped away, the hard core dug in, those who don'tjust throw insults. and, when they refused to leave, you knew what was coming. police and protesters now in a fight for the future of the place they both call home. battling under a heavy cloud that's descended on the city and shows no sign of lifting. as for tonight, the police had seen enough. this has been simmering all day and now it's erupted,
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police arresting demonstrators. some seem to be injured, others choking back tear gas. this is chaos. sunday night in hong kong. the question is, when will all of this end? hong kong's under—fire government has failed to restore calm, and so a violent weekend is drawing to a close. with both sides battle—hardened, preparing for their next encounter. that report by nick beake. a senior member of boris johnson's new cabinet says the government is now working on the assumption there'll be a no—deal brexit. writing in the sunday times, michael gove, who's handling the planning for a uk withdrawal without an agreement, also insists he still hopes eu leaders will strike a new deal. here's jonathan blake. a warning, his report contains some flash photography.
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just days into his time in downing street, borisjohnson and his government are making moves to demonstrate they are ready to deliver brexit by the end of october, with or without a deal. no ifs, no buts. while the government hopes the eu will change its mind and allow a new agreement to be reached, the man in charge of preparing for no deal says he's working on the assumption that they won't. writing in the sunday times, michael gove says no deal is now a very real prospect, and we must make sure that we are ready. planning for no deal, he adds, is now this government's number one priority. there is clearly a step change in the government's approach to preparing for a no—deal brexit. we are told the entire machinery of government is now gearing up for that outcome. borisjohnson will chair a new weekly brexit cabinet meeting of senior ministers. but this is all also part
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of a strategy to try to convince the eu that the uk is ready and willing to walk away. not if some in parliament can help it. when mps return from their summer break, there may be more attempts to block no deal. labour is poised to call a vote of no confidence that could trigger a general election. for now, they say the public should have another say. no deal, we oppose, and we think people should have a final choice on it. they could have a vote then between remain or whatever option borisjohnson decides to put to them at that time. on a visit to shetland today, scotland's first minister made clear that talk of intensifying no deal preparation was the last thing she wanted to hear. it's outrageous that you've got a government pursuing no deal. michael gove has admitted how catastrophic a no—deal brexit would be, and for that to become government policy just beggars belief. the tories' own leader in scotland, ruth davidson, shares some of those concerns about a no—deal brexit, writing in the mail on sunday that, if it comes to it, she won't support it. but no amount of reticence about leaving the eu without a deal is likely to sway borisjohnson.
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this week, he'll travel further across the uk to spread his now familiar message. jonathan blake, bbc news. a bbc investigation has found evidence of police forces in some european union countries detaining refugees and migrants who've reached the continent, then expelling them to prevent asylum claims. an officer in the croatian police says the expulsions are being carried out under official orders. the bbc has also seen evidence that police forces, particularly in croatia, are subjecting refugees to violence and stealing money from them. damian grammaticas has travelled to both sides of the border. they've fled wars, bloodshed and oppression in their own lands. now, just beyond the eu's frontiers, they're forced to camp out amid bosnia's war graves. asylum seekers who've become victims of new violence, this time meted out by the eu countries they thought would protect them.
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who did this? "croatian police," they tell me, "using batons, fists, boots." they catch refugees who cross the eu's frontier... assault them while in custody, then illegally expel them from eu territory. mustafa is just 17. they hit me. i tell him, "what you do? i'm minor. don't hit me". they hit me more. if they reach the eu or cross this border, each refugee is legally entitled to a fair hearing for their case. they can't be expelled en masse. but that's what's happening. there are dozens and dozens of documented examples, what appears to be a deliberate croatian police policy to push people back and deny them their rights under international law to claim asylum once inside the eu. i met those guys. you saw them here? yeah, i saw them. this is the mayor of
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the bosnian town of bihac. on this track, inside bosnia, he confronted croatian police forcing refugees back across the border. they said they have orders to do it and they are just ordinary policemen. on the same path, a croatian policeman with a gun in his hand, footage captured with hidden cameras set up last winter, men and women being marched out of the eu, in violation of the eu's own laws. croatia's government wouldn't answer our questions, but the president visited the border, local tv cameras in tow, to say her police weren't violent. translation: it's normal that people get bruises and injuries crossing this forest. remember this when you hear stories about our police being brutal. they are not. i absolutely guarantee that. but speaking anonymously, this police officer detailed to us how the pushbacks are happening on government orders.
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translation: i got orders from my superior, and he got it from his. it goes all the way up to the top. we were told we have to catch them before they reach human rights groups or any place that would help them to seek asylum. so now the refugees wash in bosnia's rivers, relaxing before they'll try to enter the eu again. but they're destitute, because the croatian police who beat them often rob them of all their money too. 400 euros. 300. 300, you? and the eu, it seems, is turning a blind eye, so the refugees, abused by a europe they've turned to for help, end up here, dumped on the eu's frontiers, penniless and hungry. damian grammaticas, bbc news, bosnia. iran says it will reduce commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal until its interests are protected. the comments came
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after senior diplomats from britain, france, germany, russia and china met iranian representatives in vienna to discuss saving the deal. iranian negotiators also said there was some common ground. police in northern ireland have released images of an explosive device found next to a bus stop in craigavon in county armagh. officers were called after a loud bang was heard around midnight on friday and believe the booby trap was designed to kill police officers. police have blamed dissident republicans for what they described as a cowardly and evil act of terrorism. police in cyprus have arrested a british teenager who had accused 12 israeli men of raping her in the popular resort of ayia napa. the arrest came as all the men she had accused of assault were released from custody. the 19—year—old claimed that the attack happened last week at the hotel where she was staying. she'll appear in court tomorrow. roads and rail lines have been
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closed today in north—west england because of flooding after half a months worth of rain fell in 2a hours. cars were left stranded on roads in stockport, and sections of the m60 motorway in greater manchester were temporarily shut following heavy rain. the met office has issued a yellow weather warning for tuesday across parts of the midlands, south—west england and wales, warning that thunderstorms could lead to flooding and travel disruption. democrats in the united states have renewed accusations of racism against president trump, after he criticised an african—american congressman. the president accused elijah cummings, who's the head of a powerful committee, of trying to hurt innocent people while doing nothing for his baltimore district, which mr trump branded a rodent—infested mess. mr cummings recently criticised the trump administration over conditions in migrant detention centres.
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speaking a little earlier, our washington correspondent chris buckler said president trump rarely lets criticism of him go unanswered. president trump had clearly been fuming by some of the recent comments from elijah cummings. at a congressional hearing, he attacked the secretary for homeland security at one stage about the facilities at the us border, asking kevin mcaleenan at one stage, that, would he be prepared to have his child sit in faeces, and not be able to take a shower? and president trump has hit back with a stream of tweets in which he has attacked mr cummings personally, describing him as a brutal bully, and also really sent a stream of insults against the part of baltimore he represents, describing it variously as filthy, disgusting, and rodent—infested. now, this is a black congressman in an area with a majority black population, and that has led
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democrats to claim that this is racist, particularly following recent comments that mr trump also made on twitter, about four democratic congresswoman. you might remember that he told them that they should go back to the crime—ridden countries that they came from. and as a result, we now have this really difficult situation where the white house is trying to defend donald trump's comments, but at the same time, there's widespread criticism, not least from one of the newspapers in baltimore, that said as far as it was concerned, it was better to have rats than be one. and you do get the sense that race, which is always such a an emotive issue in america, shaun, is becoming a very sensitive, and a very important one in the campaign, ahead of next year's presidential election. certainty president trump today has been trying to defend his comments, and i think it was noticeable that he sent a tweet out about nancy pelosi, about the state of san francisco, the city that she now represents. you get the sense that he's trying to show that he's spreading this criticism beyond just black and ethnic minority democrats, but at the same time, people will point out that president trump didn't do a lot, despite his claims, to stop a chant
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of "send them home" about some of those democratic congresswoman during a recent rally. there is a sense that race is something that does connect with some of his core voters. and while he wouldn't say that he was trying to be racist, and would deny any allegations of that, he doesn't seem to shy away from sometimes attacking issues that do have race as a quantity as part of them. that was chris buckler there. a 16—year—old gamer has won £21; million after being crowned the fortnite world champion. kyle giersdorf, known online as bugha, beat 99 other finalists to win the title. a0 million players tried to qualify for the fortnite tournament. the game involves 100 players being dropped onto an island where they have to find weapons, build structures and eliminate each other until one player comes out on top. the headlines on bbc news:
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riot police in hong kong clash with thousands of protesters who defied a ban and marched through the streets for an eighth weekend. the government says it's still hopeful, but is "working on the assumption," there'll be a no—deal brexit. the injured refugees and migrants beaten by croatian police, and refused asylum hearings. sport and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good evening. we're going to kick off with cycling's newest superstar, egan bernal has become the youngest rider in 110 years to win the tour de france. the traditional sprint finish on the champs—elysees was won by australian caleb ewan for his second stage victory of the tour. while 22—year—old bernal crossed the line to become the first
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colombian winner. he was hand—in—hand with his ineos team—mate and last year's winner geraint thomas, who finished second overall, but the colombian fans were out in full force to see their tour champion. it isa it is a very emotional moment because it is a first time a colombian is winning the tour to france. it is important for us to be with him and to support him in this important day. i am here supporting egan bernal. we are very happy and very excited. we feel like we are in colombia even though we are in paris. it is very exciting. wet and chaotic — the german grand prix was certainly action packed. red bull's max verstappen took his second win of the year, while ferrari's sebastien vettel drove his way to second from the back of the grid. but it was a day to forget for the reigning world champion lewis hamilton. patrick geary reports. one of those days for lewis hamilton. filthy weather, you're feeling sick, then you have to go to work and it is a safety car start.
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hamilton's firstjob was to somehow stay in front, when all behind was the wacky races. rain scrambles formula i's precise engineering and strategy. this was charles leclerc, just as he was about to take the lead... no! a minute later, hamilton echoed that, going in seconds from winning to spinning and damaging his front wing. he arrived at the pits without an appointment. they'd have it ready as soon as they could. but in the meantime, max verstappen, third in the drivers' standings, went first in the race. these weren't conditions to chase in. hamilton's shocking time in hockenheim got worse still. his team—mate valtteri bottas didn't even finish. all the while, steadily gaining in the rain was sebastian vettel, the german driver going from 20th to second, behind verstappen, dutch conqueror of the chaos and the winner of a race that was never clockwork, but definitely orange. patrick gearey, bbc news. adam peaty claimed his third gold of the world aquatics championships as great britain won
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the men's 4 by 100 metre medley relay. it's peaty‘s third medal overall in south korea but duncan scott took the plaudits for his amazing final leg. they were in a team with james guy and luke greenbank and the four set a new european record. the usa top the medal table. great britain finished in seventh place with three golds, including 2 individual ones from peaty, and seven medals overall. a completely unexpected gold. we are a stream, we always hope. we knew after america we could have been strong and it just after america we could have been strong and itjust shows you, if you put your heads together and everyone comes together, we still have a lot of room there. i dived in like a loaf of bread. it is a testament to what team gb are all about. rory mcilroy could only finish fourth in the stjude classic in tenessee despite holding the overnight lead. he was a shot clear after the third round but could only manage a one over par round of 71 in memphis.
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mcilroy was playing with brooks koepka who was once again in imperious form finishing three shots clear of second place to win the title — his third of the season. england's women are still looking for their first win of their ashes series against australia. they lost the second of the three t20 matches this afternoon. england could only muster 121 for 8 after winning the toss and batting. the aussies reached their target with 7 wickets and 13 balls to spare. australia lead the multi format series by 12 points to 2 with just one t20 match remaining. that's all the sport for now. a group of mps has predicted that cannabis will be legalised in the uk, in the next 5 to 10 years. they've recently returned from a fact—finding trip to canada, where the drug has been made legal. but the government here says it has no intention of changing the law on recreational use.
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radio 1 newsbeat‘s jim connolly reports. these buds will probably get about four times larger by the time this plant is ready to harvest. currently, canada is the only g7 country to allow recreational use of cannabis. i've got no hair, do i still need this on my head? even a few years ago, this would have seemed unimaginable — three british mps from across the political spectrum, looking at how the legalisation process has been implemented. we're following the liberal democrat sir norman lamb, the conservativejonathan djanogly and labour's david lammy. you could go to prison for a very long time in britain if you had anything like this. the trip has been organised by a london—based campaign group, voltefa ce. it wants the uk to legalise weed. it's sponsored by a big north american cannabis company called mpx international, which runs this facility. scott boyes is the boss, and i put it to him that he was trying to use his money to influence british politicians.
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