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this is bbc world news today. i'm simon pusey. our top stories... sudan's ruling military and the civilian opposition alliance sign a power—sharing deal the agreement comes after months of pro—democracy protests, violent repression and political upheaval. casualties are feared in afghanistan after a suicide bomber targets a wedding reception in kabul. a rare sea mammal made famous after it was rescued earlier this year in thailand has died after swallowing plastic. and in sport, liverpool extend their perfect start to the premier league title race with roberto firmino sealing a 2—1win at southampton.
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hello and welcome to world news today. after months of mass protests and violent repression, a moment of optimism for sudan. celebrations have been taking place after military and civilian leaders signed a power—sharing deal. it paves the way for a transitional government and, eventually, elections. it also marks the end of what has at times been a bloody process since the ousting of president omar al—bashir. the bbc‘s zeinab badawi reports from khartoum. it can be no doubt that it is a historic day in sudan. there was a mood of optimism and hope amidst the celebrations. the ceremony attended by visiting dignitaries has taken months of closely fought negotiations between the military and leaders of the protest alliance. the man who signed the agreement on behalf of the military told me that
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they are genuine about handing power to civilians. translation: we will stick to every single letter we have agreed on, even without this we have to work in this direction because it is in the interest of the country, not interest, therefore will carry out the agreement and support it. but there is still suspicion and mistrust of the military. today's deal comes after around 100 demonstrators were killed in khartoum injune, demonstrators were killed in khartoum in june, when demonstrators were killed in khartoum injune, when security forces tried to disperse the sit in. the violence has been blamed for the rapid support forces led by general hemetti, described as the most powerful man in sudan. he denies any involvement. on the streets today, some of that mistrust seem to give way to help. translation: we hope sudan can be forward so we can be
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proud of our country and forget about the guns and move towards peace. protesters demanded civilian rule because they wanted a better life. today is a historic day for sedan and hopefully this deal will meet the demand that the revolution was based on. the military and civilians make for uneasy bedfellows. but for now it seems the sudanese people are giving the military the benefit of the doubt and are working with them together to create a new sudan. and you can watch the full version of that exclusive interview with general hemetti on hardtalk on monday 19th august at 04.30, 09.30,15.30 and 20.30. there are reports of multiple casualties in the afghan capital, kabul, after an explosion ata wedding. eyewitnesses say a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the men's reception area of a hotel.
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at least 20 people have been taken to hospital after being injured. let's speak to shoaib sharifi from the bbc afghan service. sources say casualties might be high? yes, the incident happened right at the climax of the party, right at the climax of the party, right after dinner at around 10:a0pm local time although only 20 unit have so far been confirmed by one hospital. but the footage we have received, a video from inside, shows many people looking for their missing loved ones and one video shows one young boys saying he has got five brothers missing and one man says his 14—year—old boy was killed in the incident. inside, the decorated seats of the wedding party
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are stained with blood and eyewitnesses say there might be more injuries. it is dark and the hospitals, the incident happened west of kabul and the emergency hospitals are to the north so later more figures will emerge and how many dead or wounded due to this explosion, which happened in the west of kabul, an area mostly populated by the shia minority in kabul. that is a developing story and we will keep across that. thank you. riot police have cleared roads in hong kong after a standoff with pro—democracy protesters, as the political crisis in the city continues for an eleventh week. earlier thousands of teachers took to the streets in a peaceful show of solidarity. police say more than 100,000 attended a rival, pro—government rally. from hong kong, john sudworth reports. hong kong's summer rains have done nothing to dampen the fury.
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most of it directed at the police — now seen as agents of a hostile state by people who say they are fighting for their city's freedom. just a short drive away, china has stationed paramilitary police in the border city of shenzhen, designed, it seems, as a very visible and ominous warning. are you worried china will send troops to hong kong? no, because if they do, they have to be afraid. we're not afraid of anything. on the other side of this deeply divided city, pro—beijing groups were rioting. they reject the claim that china is eroding hong kong's special status. and they support the police, who by nightfall were once again facing off against the pro—democracy protesters and sweeping them from the streets.
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well, what began as a provocation by a small group of hard—core protesters has turned into this. a massive show of force by dozens of riot police, clearing a busy shopping street. it is a clear illustration of the intractable nature of hong kong's political crisis and of the breakdown of trust on all levels. bystanders, drawn in by the scenes, also hurled abuse at the police. a once confident, outward —looking city trapped in a cycle of recrimination and bitterness. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a massive fire has swept through one of dhaka's biggest slums, leaving more than 50,000 people homeless in the bangladeshi capital. city officials say at least 15,000 shanty homes were destroyed in the blaze. the fire service said many had polythene roofs,
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which helped the fire to spread. turkey's biggest city, istanbul, has been lashed by a heavy rainstorm, causing flash flooding. the body of a homeless man was found in an underpass. the flooding left parts of the historic grand bazaar — one of the world's oldest covered markets — inundated with water. the water also flooded shops in an underpass and briefly halted ferry services connecting the asian and european sides of the city. the spanish sea rescue charity open arms says 27 teenagers have been allowed off a migrant ship anchored near the italian island of lampedusa. the italian coastguard took them ashore, but more than 100 migrants remain on board the vessel, which has been anchored off the coast for three days. a rally organised by the russian communist party has been held in moscow, calling for free and fair elections to the city's parliament next month. meanwhile, opposition activists held small one—man protests, in a move designed to circumvent restrictions by the authorities. an orphaned sea mammal
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that became an internet sensation after being rescued in thailand has died. the rare marine dugong was one of only a few hundred left in the region, and died from complications after swallowing plastic. kate harley reports. she was just a baby when she was rescued, orphaned and stranded on a beach in the south of thailand. rescuers named her marion, meaning lady of the sea. incredible images of the rare dugong went viral after she was seen nestling into marine biologists. she was nursed back to health before being released back into the sea. but last week marion was found sick and exhausted and couldn't be saved. vets conducted an autopsy finding that she died due to an infection after ingesting a great deal of plastic. with pieces as large as 20 centimetres long profound in her stomach. the vets who look after her said they are devastated by the loss of the dugong who had been named the nation's
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sweetheart. many have taken to social media to mourn the loss and thailand's department of marine and coastal resources said sleep well, little angel. the country's seaweed and seagrass research unit said goodbye, little princess, you are a conservation superstar. heartbreaking to see you die by our neglect of the environment. we are all guilty as each has thrown a plastic bag or a straw bottle and that has killed an animal somewhere. her rescuers echoed the call urging people to take responsibility for their waste and hoping the death would not be in vain. syat with us on bbc world news, still to come... we look back at the life and career of hollywood actor, peter fonda — who's died at the age of 79.
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washington, the world's most political city, is assessing the political city, is assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. i did have a relationship with monica lewinsky. and it is wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last 10 days, 500 have died. czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died. we work with them now. they are in our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people in his home town. stay with us, stay with us, chanted this ocean of humanity. well, well, joked the pub,. the pope.
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this is bbc world news today. the latest headlines: suadan‘s ruling military and the civilian opposition alliance have signed a power sharing deal after months of pro—democracy protests, violent repression and political upheaval. more now on our top story, the power sharing agreement between sudan's military rulers and the civilian opposition. huge crowds have thronged the streets of the capital, khartoum, to celebrate the landmark deal which follows months of mass protests and paves the way for a transition to civilian rule. so there's certainly been lots of celebrations, but what's actually been agreed? let's take a look. a sovereign council will be established to run the affairs of sudan. the council will be made up of six civilians, of which one is agreed by both sides, and five generals. it will rule for three years until there are fresh elections. there will be a rotating chairmanship of council. and a new prime minister will be appointed next week.
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earlier, i spoke to ahmed kodouda, a sudan reseacher at george washington university. he said it was a significant moment in the nation's history. for the first time in 30 years, civilian government is supposed to head the country. of course, there are many challenges ahead. the first you have highlighted already. it is whether the military will be able to follow through with implementing the deal. there are significant centres of power that continue to feel as though disagreement is not acceptable to them. but at this stage, i think people are very optimistic, hopeful, and many people understand that the hard work is yet to begin. these negotiations have been going on for many months. why do you think the agreement has been reached now? i think the regional and international community played a significant part in making sure this agreement happened. of course, the forefront had been the african union and the ethiopian prime minister, but as well as the other regional
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powers, the saudis and the emiratis, of course, had been the number one backers of the military, but they were pressured, i think, by the americans, as well as by the african union to make sure that an agreement was reached. at the same time, i think the military, as well as the forces for freedom and change, the opposition coalition, recognised that the sudanese people are tired. they are ready for some sort of stability. they recognise that the economy is at a precipice, and if nothing happens immediately, and a sense of normalcy returns, then the country would have actually possibly slipped into civil war or further interrogation. you talk about civil war. with so many factions involved in this agreement, are there fears that this may blow up again? certainly there are fears that it may blow up again. most importantly, are the intra— opposition negotiations,
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in particular those with the armed factions that are not formally a part of the agreement. there are two groups, namely the spla north, in the nuba mountains, and the slm, which is based in darfur. these two groups continue to control significant territory in the country and they are kind of kept at arms‘ length from the opposition as well as from the agreement. the spla north has said that it is willing to come to talks, but it is waiting for a civilian government to come into power. it was not willing to negotiate with the opposition before the general took control. the other challenges are going to be the economic situation. what is positive are the appointments of leading experts, sudan's experts from the world bank,
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united nations, who have the expertise to help the economy improve, as well as the energy from the young people, from the street, to actually come about and come together to help their communities, at a local level, but also they recognise that the challenges and hard work is yet to begin. it has been a big day in the world of sport. jane dougal has all the sport. hello and thanks forjoining us. we start in the english premier league where there was a controvertial end to manchester city's match against tottenham at the etihad, with the champions being denied a winning goal. it was 2—2 when gabrieljesus thought he'd scored city's third, two minutes into added time, but it was disallowed when the video assistant referee spotted a handball in the box by a city player. the goal was struck off and city were left frustrated. they share the points with spurs.
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that is what it is. i accept it. we would like to win. we had a good performance. i do not think it is possible to play better against a tea m possible to play better against a team like tottenham, the way we played. i do not have regrets. last season one played. i do not have regrets. last season one hand from fernando llore nte season one hand from fernando llorente put it out in the champions league. that is what it is. it is poison and thinking for the next one. liverpool followed up their opening day win with a 2—1 victory at southampton. jurgen klopp's side with their 11th successive top—flight victory. sadio mane scored against his former club before roberto firmino made it 2—0. there was a dreadful mistake from goalkeeper adrian which let danny ings score to get one back for southampton, but ings squandered
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the chance to get a second. it was so difficult for us today. we should form the first second that nobody is tired. we came here to win the game, that was the only reason, so we have to fight like crazy. before the game i said, i think that most of the headlines are already written. everybody is prepared. it is like the biggest banana skin in history. elsewhere, arsenal won the day's early game, 2—1, against burnley. aston villa lost their first home game back in the top flight to bournemouth. brighton and west ham drew 1—1. everton had their first win of the season, beating watford 1—0 and promoted norwich beat newcastle 3—1. after barcelona lost the opening la liga match on friday, real madrid began their campaign with a comfortable 3—1win against celta vigo with ten men. as speculation continues over gareth bale's future, he set up karim benzema for madrid's first.
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mallorca also won. valencia and real sociedad played out a 1—1 draw. there are two games currently on— going, goalless between leganes and osasuna, villarreal leading granada 2—1. there was one of the great ashes duels on day four of the second test, steve smith againstjofra archer. the australian batsman was struck several times by the debutant fast bowler. smith carried his team to a score of 250 all out. that had them just eight runs behind. england then struggled to 96 for 4, a lead of 104 runs by the close of play, and the draw is looking a more likely result. with the rugby world cup injapan just over a month away, defending champions new zealand have beaten australia 36—0 at eden park in auckland. after a closely contested opening quarter, the home side scored two quick tries and a further score early
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in the second half to extended the advantage, with two more added as the all blacks retained the bledisloe cup for the 17th straight time, having been beaten by the wallabies in perth last weekend. there are four further internationals on saturday with south africa beating argentina in the second of the southern hemisphere clashes, while in the northern hemisphere, italy have hammered russia. scotland are currently playing france in nice. it's 20—3 to france. and in the pick of the matches, wales beat england in cardiff and will go to the top of the world rankings for the first time. congratulations to them. that is all the sport for now. more later. thank you. tributes are being paid to the american actor peter fonda, who's died aged 79. best known for his role in the 1969 road film easy rider, his family says he died peacefully at his home in los angeles after suffering from lung cancer. peter bowes looks
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back on his career. easy rider, the counterculture classic. the open road, sex, drugs and rock and roll. the film was written, produced by and starred peter fonda, along with dennis hopper, playing a pair of long—haired bikers travelling through the american south—west and deep south. it touched a nerve with the country's youth and captured the mood of the times. it also spawned a new era in film—making, focused on younger generations. it earned peter fonda an oscar nomination for best original screenplay, and catapulted him to stardom in hollywood. later in his career he was nominated for best actor in the 1997 drama ulee's gold, in which he played a florida beekeeper. he won a golden globe for the film. peter fonda was part of hollywood royalty, the son of the actor henry fonda and younger brother ofjane fonda. like his father, he was honoured with a star on hollywood's walk of fame. a lasting tribute to the actor, and as news emerged of his death, a place for his fans
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to remember their hero. in a statement peter fonda's family said they were mourning the loss of a sweet and gracious man who had an indomitable spirit and love of life. jane fonda said he was her sweet—hearted baby brother and went out laughing. iamjoined by i am joined by clara bingham, iamjoined by clara bingham, the author and documentary film producer to talk about peter fonda and his life. people remember peter fonda for easy rider. what made it such a classic? easy rider came out in 1969, the same year as woodstock, and it was the first hollywood film that portrayed the counterculture and the social upheaval that was going on at the time authentically. before that, hollywood had also produced the graduate and bonnie and clyde in 1967, it showed the
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generation gap for the first time by the easy rider was the first authentic counterculture may be. the film touched a nerve for the youth of america. what was it that made the characterisation of america's hippie culture by peter fonda so real. he was a hippie and he was only 29 when he made the film, 28 when it was in production. he was very young, so was the rest of the cast, they were the real thing. they made a movie about what was really happening at the drug culture. the essence of the film was about freedom, what it meant to be young and free in america. to be self—determined, not be part of the 19505 self—determined, not be part of the 1950s culture they were fighting against. it also lionised the bad boy, the road movie, and very importantly, it showed how
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threatening it was to establishment america, to be a hippie. in the end, two of the main characters are killed by rednecks. it was so authentic and so powerful. it became authentic and so powerful. it became a massive commercial hit which surprised everyone in hollywood. it was made on a very low budget, but it really struck a nerve because of its authenticity. is it fair to say that in easy rider, there are throwbacks to today? the period that he characterised in easy rider, a deeply divided america? exactly. we can see it with the donald trump america, who want to make america great again, they are looking back at the 1950s, the period that easy rider is fighting against. it is an interesting time in america, where the massive amount of permanent cultural change that started in the
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19605 cultural change that started in the 1960s is still being threatened, and there are still large segments of america who are racist, sexist, against gay rights, and the freedom that easy rider exposes and describes is something that is still threatening to many people in america. —— espouses. threatening to many people in america. -- espouses. he made other films. how else will he be remembered? easy rider was the film that exposed him. his father henry was a great hollywood movie star. he became the counterculture six symbol for america in the late 1960s and early 1970s. —— sex symbol. he made many movies in his later years and he has one coming out in october. he was nominated for an oscar for writing easy rider but he was
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nominated for best actor. we will have to end the interview there i am afraid. thank you so much for that. that is the life of peter fonda who was in easy rider. thanks for watching. stay tuned. hello again. well, broadly speaking, today has been a day of sunshine and showers, with rather breezy conditions as well. some very large, towering clouds threatening there in the skyline in the highlands of scotland, and here we have seen a number of heavy showers tied up with an area of low pressure just to the north—west. across the south of england, meanwhile, we have this wiggling weather front that is going to be heading in over the next few hours. that will threaten outbreaks of rain, scraping its way
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across the south of england before turning north, bringing rain potentially into parts of east anglia and south—east england, but for the time being, it is a largely dry picture across england and wales, only isolated showers. the majority of the downpours working in across scotland and northern ireland where they will continue to be through the rest of the night time. there is that rain working into south—east england, probably getting into a good part of east anglia as well for a time overnight, with clearer skies elsewhere across england and wales but the threat of a few showers in the west, showers continuing to feed in on the blustery winds in scotland and northern ireland, overnight temperatures between 11—14 degrees. on sunday, there is this wave on the weather front to start with, bringing rain to east anglia and south—east england. that will clear out of the way, and with low pressure close by to the north—west of scotland, again, this is where we will see the lion's share of the showers on sunday, some of them turning heavy and thundery, and showers getting in at times to north—west england, northern wales, a few showers down towards south—west wales and south—west england, the driest weather probably across the midlands, east anglia, south—east england, once we have lost the threat of the early morning rain. into monday, the area of the low pressure that has been with us through the weekend will drift closer to norway. we still have weather fronts tucking
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in across parts of scotland and northern ireland bringing further heavy showers or perhaps even lengthy spells of rain for a time. the showers reach in across parts of northern england and the north—west of wales. the driest weather across south—eastern areas of the uk. temperatures below par for the time of year in scotland, 15 in stornoway, 16 in edinburgh, but in the best of the sunshine further south, temperatures will reach the low 20s. looking to the weather further ahead in the week, it is set to get warmer and drier. temperatures could reach 25 in london by friday and showers eventually ease off in scotland and northern ireland later in the week.
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this is bbc world news, the headlines sudan's ruling military council and civilian opposition alliance have signed a landmark power—sharing deal. the agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule. there are reports of multiple casualties in the afghan capital, kabul, after an explosion ata wedding. eyewitnesses say a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the men's reception area of a hotel. at least 20 people have been taken to hospital after being injured. a massive fire has swept through one of dhaka's biggest slums, leaving more than 50,000 people homeless in the bangladeshi capital. city officials say at least 15,000 shanty homes were destroyed in the blaze. pro—democracy demonstrators are holding a series of rallies in hong kong this weekend. so far the protests — in favour of democracy


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